On June 24, 2009, at a hastily arranged press conference in the rotunda of the State House, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, and a rising star in the Republican Party, acknowledged that he had not spent the better part of a week "hiking on the Appalachian Trail."
A collection of brutally cynical thoughts intruded upon my encounters with this piece of Charleston's beauty. The deaths of nine people served as prerequisites to the moving displays of humanity that I witnessed. Yes, tragedy often produces unequivocal generosity of spirit.
South Carolina is the Pet Sematary of disgraced politicians: They come back to life and act weirder than ever.
As Mark Twain wrote, "truth is stranger than fiction." In fact, truth can also be much funnier and often more surreal. Such is the case in the new comedy Tail! Spin!
Having to deal with your former husband's cheating in such a public way must have been awful, Jenny. But to still be dragging him to court five years after you filed for divorce speaks more about you now than him, quite honestly.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
Controversial tactics are par for the course in politics. Businesses, including online dating sites, do not often make political statements to attract customers. Exceptions to every rule, however, exist.
We need to have policies that help all students to succeed, and not just the few. Ayn Rand and her philosophical followers would have us be concerned only about future "strivers." Our better nature, most religions, and our country's core beliefs call for us to help all.
We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.
Where there's a great risk, the level of excitement and thrill is heightened and there's an effort to push the envelope further and further. The greater the risk the greater the thrill.
What are we to make of these powerful men behaving badly? Are there lessons we can learn from them? I would suggest the answer is "yes."
If I were you, I wouldn't think too much about PRISM. You're more likely to get found out by your wife, your husband, your boss, your friends, or your community than you will from the NSA, the FBI, or anyone with Top Secret clearance -- with a caveat.
Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?
Eliot Spitzer as Comptroller will bury the past in a pile of papers, lose himself in reports on the city's economy, and he'll come out the other side of this public service cleansed and processed, stamped and sealed.
It was clear he was borrowing a page from someone else, the playbook of the man who would later go down in history as "America's Mayor," Rudy Giuliani. Looking at Weiner's spot, was I watching a Giuliani for NY Mayor commercial again?
"You know you cannot trust them They know they can't trust you." -Steve Goodman (Jimmy Buffett) "Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscien...