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Kathey E. Adams [...] said when traveling and watching reports about her state, "I was horrified by what I saw." She deplored reports that focused on black voters, saying "It's a new South. What do they think, we're in hoop skirts?"
The coverage I have seen has not been kind to SC - cataloging it as a backwards state, podunk, etc. Folks, South Carolina makes BMWs! Yes the South is a living dichotomy. New South vs Old South. Klan vs. Progress.
I wonder if they will vote for Edwards just out of spite? Besides he is actually a local.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project & My Left Wing
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Most people are very aware of Cajun cuisine from Louisiana but few are aware of South Carolina's claim to fame - Lowcountry Cuisine. It is a subtle blend of flavors from unusual ingredients to make a dish that surprises you. Lowcountry cuisine also springs from poverty and limited local resources. There are only so many things you can make when your income is limited. A lowcountry breakfast consists of mostly grits, butter, and shrimp with a biscuit. If you are feeding a family on a very low income, chances are lowcountry breakfasts were part of your diet.
Here is another example - the Hoppin John - black-eyed peas, bacon (or fatback), rice, onions and salt. Simple, cheap and filling.
That was John's childhood. Lowcountry food was probably (guessing here) something that graced his plate on occasion while growing up in the brutal poverty of South Carolina.
I am not surprised that John Edwards is exploding in the polls in South Carolina - he understands the issues of poverty to his bones, unlike his opponent Hillary.
Here is my new pet theory. John will continue to gain strength in the polls because the race has thinned. Yes, Kucininch is still in the race, but all media attention (for better or worse) is on Obama, Clinton (and Clinton) and Edwards. In the past debates - all of them previous to Nevada, Edwards had to fight for time with almost a dozen other people. And even then, time typically went to Obama and Hillary more than the other candidates. So John had little opportunity to rise above the din. Now it is just the three of them and Edwards has the opportunity to make the vivid comparison between himself and the other candidates.
While Clinton and Clinton trade jabs with Barack Obama, John is building. He is moving forward.
Frankly I am ready for a steady diet of Hoppin John Edwards.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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There is one story that made little or no news here in America and that was the Turkish bombing of Iraq. This whole mess started with Bush, of course, and the Pentagon's lack of control of the Iraqi border. This has allowed Kurdish Guerrillas known as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) to cross the border into Turkey and bomb populated areas.
Some in the tin foil crowd (they tend to be right on these things lately) think that our slack border security with Turkey is payback because Turkey did not allow US troops to enter Iraq from their border. Either way, the Turks are conducting strikes within Iraq and it seems the Bush Administration is allowing this to occur.
From December 24:
U.S. President George W. Bush promised Monday to continue helping Turkey fight separatist Kurdish rebels, after the third air attack in a week inside Iraq by the U.S.'s NATO ally, a Turkish official said.
I think it is obvious why the US is not mopping up the PKK. We have most of our troops sitting in Baghdad's Green Zone doing the surge thing, and even with heaps of Blackwater mercenaries, we still do not have enough troops to take care of the Kurdish rebels. I might add, there was a ceasefire of sorts until the US invaded Iraq - then it all went to Hell.
But nobody cares in our glossy MSM world. I am sure CBS has a package set to run tonight about a dog that can predict the outcome of the South Carolina primary.
Iraq is quickly sliding to a place with the US populace that is on the same level of Africa. You know Africa? It is right there beside Iraq.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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In turned out to be a Jerry Springer Show for political geeks, John Edwards kept on topic during the Hillary/Barack cage match. He was the only one that looked Presidential, acted Presidential and was the one that exhibited an inner strength that our pre -Bush allies could respect. But he could stand his ground when the occasion arose. Hillary brought up the issue of trial lawyers donating to Edward's campaign. Here is his golden response...
Respectful but forceful.
We have had a President that has dished bullshit since way before he was ever elected and from what Hillary dished out last night, it just made me queasy. Her relentless and unwarranted attacks on Obama were difficult to watch, especially the lies about the Reagan and Rezco nonsense. That was NOT Presidential.
Oh yeah, one more thing, can we please get out of Iraq?
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Sunday, January 20, 2008
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