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Election Day 2008: Dr. King's Dream And Ours

Posted November 4, 2008 | 15:27:05 (EST)


I had one, final chance to reach South Carolina voters in my market this morning. One last attempt to prod them to look deeper, think more clearly and do the right thing rather than falling victim, again, to their longheld fears and biases. One final column on...

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McCain, McCountry, McChristians and McBigots

Posted October 31, 2008 | 17:07:09 (EST)

It may be November, the leaves may be fallin' off the trees and our sweaters feel mighty good of a mornin', but it's gettin' right hot down here in the Deep South.

We South Carolinians may be just a teensy bit confused about which flag it is we ought...

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Cyber-Wars: Hate-Mail And The Obama Internet Campaign

Posted October 27, 2008 | 18:37:35 (EST)


With the end in sight, we're faced with an ever more outrageous barrage of nasty, negative, anti-Obama emails. Relief comes in the form of the other email campaign, the one conducted by (we're real Americans, too) supporters of Barack Obama.

The difference in cyber-war tactics is...

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Sarah Palin: "Ya Think This Six-Figure Wardrobe Makes Me Look Phat?"

Posted October 27, 2008 | 17:22:01 (EST)


Not a chance, honey.

Phat: (Derivation: Black English Vernacular, ebonics; deliberate misspelling of the word fat.) Meaning: Excellent. Prominent. Cool.

Leave it to the African American community to reinvent a negative word, turn it on its head and make it a powerfully good descriptive term. They've been...

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Inboxes in South Filled With Warnings About Aliens, Commies and Schizophrenia

Posted October 21, 2008 | 09:40:55 (EST)

It's getting right crazy down here in Dixie. When we're not talking to ourselves, we're talking to everybody else -- whether they want to listen or not. Yada-yada-Muslim, yada-yada-antichrist, yada-yada-doesn't-want-America-to-win, yada-yada-he-s-a-commie-socialist! Yada-yada-God-hates-him. And more.

I'm drowning in it. Get involved covering a campaign and you'll find your name gets on...

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Political Campaign Is A Mirror Of The Man Who Leads It

Posted October 14, 2008 | 09:29:32 (EST)

"...Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

Sleep is hard to...

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Tag Team Terrorism: The Bush, McCain, Palin Soap Opera

Posted October 7, 2008 | 17:04:26 (EST)

Be afraid. Be ver-r-r-ry afraid.

Barack Hussein Obama does not see the same 99 44/100% pure Ivory Soap America you and I know and love. Really. The McCain/Palin America is pristine; its shiny neo-conservative principles fit neatly in the palm of your hand. It never sinks. Ever. It floats.

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Fears, Smears And Loathing In The Deep South: The Race Is On

Posted September 29, 2008 | 23:25:55 (EST)


Manic, erratic John McCain's poll numbers are down. Stable, steady-as-you-go Barack Obama's are up. Sarah Palin's rhetorical responses to media interviewers are so insensible they've become fodder for every comedian who watches a few minutes' worth of network news any night of the week. I credit an...

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John McCain: "Are You Ready For Some Football?"

Posted September 24, 2008 | 20:46:45 (EST)

Postpone the debate? Suspend your campaign?

Honey, this woman ain't no fool. Southern gals are weaned on football by our daddies.

You fumble... it's another turnover. What's with your QB? It's third and short; you're down by a TD; you keep getting penalized for one personal foul after another;...

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Praying For Pipelines Not My Kind Of Religion

Posted September 22, 2008 | 08:50:50 (EST)

I am a person of faith. A believer. Prayer is a part of my daily life. And I've had a rough week.

After my regular column ran in the paper down here in South Carolina last week all hell broke loose. It was a column in which I wrote that...

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McCain Lets Bush & Co. Demonize Obama

Posted September 12, 2008 | 09:42:08 (EST)

In 2000 George W. Bush decided he ought to run for POTUS. He had good reason. God wanted him to be president. W. had no qualms at all about announcing the Almighty's endorsement (or the anointing, if you will) publicly. America needed to know what God intended and George W....

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Palin's Terrible "Executive" Family Decision

Posted September 3, 2008 | 20:46:12 (EST)


Barack Obama's response to the news that GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter is five months pregnant is crystal clear: The families of candidates, especially the children, are off-limits. Period.

It's the right position to take. The fact that Alaska Governor Palin's teenaged...

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McSame's McVeep: A Token of His Esteem...

Posted August 30, 2008 | 16:58:38 (EST)


John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for vice president says more about the character of the man at the top of the ticket than it does about the woman in the number two spot.

His lust for power overrides both his common sense and his Country...

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What Hillary Didn't Say

Posted August 27, 2008 | 14:48:09 (EST)

"[I am] a proud supporter of Barack Obama!" and "No way. No how. No McCain!" were surely stellar moments in Hillary Rodham Clinton's Denver speech. She asked THE challenging question of her PUMAs and other fractious supporters:"Were you in this campaign just for me?" And she made it clear that...

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John McCain, War Games And The Draft

Posted August 22, 2008 | 14:37:52 (EST)


John McCain has it on good authority (George W.) that The Hundred Years' War is more than a boring chapter in European history. It's Chapter One in the Bush/Cheney foreign policy crisis handbook, War Games: The Pre-emptive Punch Power Play.

The Bush/McCain doctrine is clear: It...

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Sexus Perplexus: Prurience, Politics and Piety

Posted August 9, 2008 | 19:51:10 (EST)


Poor John Edwards. He should have known better. Illicit sex is the ultimate American no-no. It's the "black act" we love to hate; visions of all that sneaky, naked panting and groping dance in our little heads like sugar plums. It's all so deliciously obscene.

It's also...

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The Untouchable Hero McCain

Posted August 5, 2008 | 16:27:51 (EST)


Anyone who really believes the Vietnam War ended in 1975 is, well, dinky-dao (Americanized Vietnamese for "crazy"). That misbegotten conflict, a war we never should have fought and the only war we ever "lost", cost us the respect of much of the world, polluted U.S. policy, spurred...

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McCain's Conspicuous Consumption

Posted July 28, 2008 | 14:17:00 (EST)


John McCain's new and improved campaign strategy, pundits say, is character assassination. There's only one way to beat Barack Obama, a popular candidate who is as likable as McCain is abrasive, as ready with facts as McCain is goof-prone and as rhetorically eloquent as McCain is the...

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Sen. Kevin Bryant: The Problem With God and Governance

Posted July 22, 2008 | 21:14:14 (EST)

Bryant is a born-again Christian, having trusted Jesus Christ as personal savior not by works, but through faith. He came to this saving knowledge at eight years old. Christian principles are an important part of Kevin's enthusiasm to display a servant leadership approach to public office... --statement of faith from...

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GOP Co-Star: South Carolina's Sanford Wants It So Bad He's...Speechless

Posted July 13, 2008 | 21:40:03 (EST)

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wants the veep spot. He wants it so badly he salivates at the very thought of four years living at Number One Observatory Circle--the big, Queen Anne style Victorian residence of the Vice President of the United States of America.

The former U. S....

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