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By Jamie Sanderson on November 30, 2009

It couldn't have happened at a better (or worst) time.

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their Grand Strand Reception in Pawleys Island amidst hard times and a huge uncertainty along the coast. However, the message was plain and clear from each candidate in attendance: We must elect a Democratic governor in 2010.

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By Weeden Nichols on November 29, 2009

Tree of Smoke is a 2008 National Book Award winner. The reason this novel, or a review of this novel, might be of interest to many readers is that the novel is concerned most centrally with the Vietnam War and, in a broader way, with the Cold War era. Many of you, like me, have been around, since long before the Cold War. Some of you, as I did, participated in the Vietnam War. Many of those who are younger are old enough to remember the Cold War. All of you have watched the entire world affected by policies and decisions driven, or purportedly driven, by our intelligence agencies. I begin with my usual disclaimer – that it is my position that the purpose of a book review is not to disclose the entire plot (which, I admit, would be difficult in the case of this novel). If, based upon my review, other reviews, and/or word-of-mouth, you choose to read the book, then you will know the plot.

There are, in my opinion, relatively few writers who write in a totally detached mode, entirely for money, without an intellectual, philosophical, or emotional connection to the material. The hacks who write the features in the airline magazines one finds in the airplane seat pockets might be among the “relatively few” to whom I refer. Denis Johnson is not. My approach to making sense of either novels or poetry is to seek some understanding of the writer, as well as to pay careful attention to what the writer writes.

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By Jamie Sanderson on November 29, 2009

I decided to dig a little more into the Act 388 with the county mentioned in the story WIS's Drew Stewart did. That county?


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By Jamie Sanderson on November 29, 2009

A sad story today was published in The Sun News about a veteran who took his life because he was denied health care.

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By Janet Morrison on November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. There is no gift-buying that adds to the stress of other holidays...just family getting together and doing what they do best--some cook, some clean, some take pictures...

I have so much to be thankful for.

Thankful was the word that came to mind when I watched this TED video:

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By Gerald Britt on November 28, 2009

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

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By Jamie Sanderson on November 27, 2009

I can't help it. I am so upset at these right-wing wackos in my state who actually walk around in fear of the 2nd Amendment being taken away from them. Instead, they sport the latest fad - a concealed weapon. More so, we have a tax-free holiday on... Guns.

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By Jamie Sanderson on November 27, 2009

South Carolina can jump for more joy now. State Republicans and their party embraced the news that the state has no power to provide oversight - regulation - over a planned legal defense fund for election, ballot and candidate court issues.

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By Colin Curtis on November 27, 2009

n75336892920_1753803_2013536This is a piece I've been wanting to write for awhile now, with Joe's name appearing as a possible candidate for the KS-03 race I figured there is no better time to do so.

Before I start I want to make it clear that I do not know if Joe will jump into the race or not, I have no 'inside' information on this and think that this is a big decision for him to make with his family. With that being said if Joe is to jump into the race I am completely behind him and I think he would be great. I've wanted to write this because I feel that Kansas City, KS/ Wyandotte County often are left to handle themselves both by state politics and the state party. Candidates in KCK often run their own campaigns and don't get much support from outside the city. Over the past 7 years KCK has had a rockstar candidate, Joe Reardon.

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By Bruce Fealk on November 27, 2009

Congressman David Obey has finally been raising the idea of paying for the war in Afghanistan. 10 more years in Afghanistan will cost $900 billion, about the same as the cost of health care for all Americans.

Congressman Obey is finally saying America has to pay for its wars with a progressive tax surcharge specifically meant to pay for the war. Do you think the wealthiest people in this country are willing to pay for the war with 5% of their income? Are you willing to pay for the war in Afghanistan with even 1% of your income? I think I know the answer. Let me know what you say.

By Gerald Britt on November 26, 2009

"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever."

Clarence Darrow, 1857 - 1938
Defense Attorney

By Angelo Lopez on November 26, 2009

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By Mikyung Lim on November 25, 2009

In her blog, “Will the Unemployment Disaster be Obama’s Katrina?” published on November 23, 2009 at Huffington Post blog, Ms. Adrianna Huffington talks about the need of 2nd Economic Recovery Package for the goal of creating jobs. In the blog, she presents four prevalent ideas of alleviating the current unemployment situations as below:

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By Bruce Fealk on November 25, 2009

This is NOT the change we voted for. President Obama is continuing the same disastrous policies of the Bush regime. It's time for the people to take to the streets and the announcement of the escalation of the war in Afghanistan is the day the honeymoon is over.

Demonstrations are now planned in San Francisco, Chicago, New Haven, CT; Hartford, CT and Seattle. If you would like to plan a demonstration, join us at or 866 973 4463.

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By Mike Maggio on November 24, 2009

Since the Washington Post refused to print my letter in response to an article in their Sunday paper a week and a half ago, I've decided to publish it here.

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By Jamie Sanderson on November 23, 2009

Look, I know as much as any liberal how nice it would feel to liberate this state from Governor Mark Sanford. I just hope people realize that there's another Republican next in line, one who wants to be the next governor, if that happens.

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By Denise Cassells on November 23, 2009

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Deputy Communications Director, Megan McClendon confirmed this afternoon that, "He (Moore) is indeed stepping down."

U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore, 64, now serving his 6th term, will become the first member of Congress to retire without seeking another public office.

The official statement released today by Moore's D.C. Communication Director Brandon Naylor gave confirmation to Moore's retirement.

It has been an honor and a privilege to have been elected six times to represent the people of the Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have decided not to seek reelection in 2010. It is time for a new generation of leadership to step forward.

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By Gerald Britt on November 23, 2009

The words of Shaniya Davis' father, Bradley Lockhart, resonated with me. Friday night, I watched an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show that had been recorded earlier that day. I was watching to see what she had to say about the end of her long running talk show. I didn't expect to hear more about the adorable 5 year old girl who was found brutally murdered earlier this month.

I watched this young man, obviously and understandably, in deep pain as he struggles simply to get past this inexplicably horrible moment. And yet, when Oprah asked him whether he wanted to speak to the young girl's mother for answers as to why she allegedly sold the baby as a sex slave to a Mario Andretti McNeil, a known violent criminal, his answer revealed a heart struggling to find grace...

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By Danielle Lee on November 23, 2009

President Obama has announced a campaign to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time and volunteer effort to encourage students, especially in middle and high school, to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The campaign - "Educate to Innovate" will primarily focus on informal education opportunities such as after-school activities, mentoring opportunities with scientists and researchers, plus quality science and math promotion television. So far, Elmo and Big Bird have signed up and the MacArthur Foundation is sweetening the pot to encourage video game designers to create educational gaming software. In addition to Sesame Street and many professional science societies signing on, big media outlets and stepping in also, donating money, equipment, and television time.

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By Janet Morrison on November 23, 2009

Have you seen the movie Precious? If not, it's a must-see. But not just for a night out. Precious exists to pique our conscious. Read the book as well. The movie stays pretty true to the book, but the book provides even more insight.

I wanted to watch the movie because several years ago one of the teenagers were sitting in my apartment. We were having some kind of serious discussion and one of them mentioned that she had been sexually molested by her mother's boyfriend. One by one, the other girls spoke up...“Me, too…me, too…me, too…”

I had no idea what to do. We worked to try to get the most recent one to counseling but her grandmother resisted and her mother denied it had ever happened.

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Earlier posts in this month:

The Art and Economics of Cheek Turning, November 22, 2009
Teen U: Helping teens realize their dreams, November 22, 2009
So, How Much is Enough?, November 22, 2009
'I'm NOT Sorry', November 22, 2009
The Two-class Society: The Destruction of Civic Life, November 21, 2009
Global Rich and Poor, and US Corporate Centralism, November 21, 2009
Be That Woman, November 21, 2009
South Carolina: Asking My State Reps to Stand Against H. 4171, November 20, 2009
Large Banks Forced to Create Jobs, November 20, 2009
On with Common Sense with Jim Alger, November 20, 2009
What's in Your Community?, November 20, 2009
What Joy! S.C. Jobless Rate Rises to 12.1 Percent, November 20, 2009
Hard to Love Our Neighbors If We're Afraid to Get to Know Them, November 20, 2009
Sign the Petiton: Send a Coat Hanger, November 20, 2009
Melanne Verveer: An Advocate for the World's Women, November 20, 2009
If You Don't Support Gay Marriage, Should You Be Scrutinized?, November 20, 2009
Two Men, November 20, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 19, 2009
Southern Fried Euthanasia, November 19, 2009
Creationists Distributing Darwin's Books on Campuses Today, November 19, 2009
Volunteer Spotlight: Susie Marshall, November 19, 2009
Raising the Rent at the C Street House, November 19, 2009
The People Speak: The True Story of American History, November 19, 2009
What Does Being Pro-Choice Mean?, November 19, 2009
Stupak Amendment to Eliminate Abortion Coverage for All Women, November 19, 2009
Mayor-elect Scoville Answers Questions, Provides Insight, November 18, 2009
Political Will and Respecting Citizens, November 18, 2009
Carrie Prejean For President 2012?, November 18, 2009
Is Sarah Palin a Safe Sex Advocate?, November 18, 2009
Poor Sarah: Reloading, But Shooting Blanks, November 18, 2009
Permanent Supportive Housing 101 (Part 2), November 18, 2009
Coin Conspiracy, Penny Conspiracy and Ms. Palin, November 18, 2009
A conservative and a liberal actually agreeing, November 18, 2009
Using the Bible to Self-indict?, November 17, 2009
Unify South Dallas: Getting a Place at the Table, November 17, 2009
Bailouts, Government Interventions: No Loopholes, Please, November 17, 2009
Heard the New Joke About Healthcare Reform?, November 17, 2009
Dr. Iesha, November 17, 2009
Keith Olberman Raises $1.7 Million for Free Clinics, November 17, 2009
Markey and Ross Encourage Young Girls: Look to the Future, November 17, 2009
Christianity and the Crash, November 16, 2009
Sarah Palin: Discussing Birth Control, November 16, 2009
Girls Have Unrealistic Expectations: Can We Have It All?, November 16, 2009
FBI Warned About Scott Roeder, November 16, 2009
Eastvold: 'I Believe' plate would have sent off-putting message, too, November 15, 2009
This Is a Small World!, November 15, 2009
S.C. Republicans fail us with prepaid college tuition program, November 15, 2009
Justice, November 15, 2009
Mental Health, Public Policy, Incarceration and Our Priorities, November 15, 2009
Out My Front Door, November 14, 2009
Keynesian Spending vs. Economic Collapse, November 14, 2009
Permanent Supportive Housing 101 (Part 1), November 13, 2009
Jasper and the Detention Center, November 13, 2009
Uh Oh! You Got Caught! RNC's Health Plan Pays for Abortion?, November 13, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 13, 2009
Brick City, November 12, 2009
S.C. Dems Chair Scolds DeMint for 'Do Nothing' Attitude, November 12, 2009
Is Black Beautiful? Hollywood and Society Doesn't Think So!, November 12, 2009
Make a Call Today for Torture Accountability, November 12, 2009
Exploiting Poor People's Desire to Learn, November 12, 2009
2 Miracles: Sean Hannity Apologizes and Lou Dobbs Resigns, November 12, 2009
No Alternative, That Is, If You Want Affordable Health Care, November 12, 2009
In Memoriam: Fort Hood, November 12, 2009
The Truth and Only the Truth About the 'Public Option' Plan, November 11, 2009
Support Fundamental Basic Rights, November 11, 2009
'Tear Down this Wall': Anniversary of Berlin Wall’s Demise Is Time for Reflection, November 10, 2009
Mia Love: First Black Female Mayor of Utah, November 10, 2009
Glamour Women of Year Awards 2009, November 10, 2009
Churches and Support of Urban Development, November 9, 2009
Walking to Support Ending Homelessness, November 9, 2009
Gay Rights Are Civil Rights, November 9, 2009
Sexual Abuse By Women on the Rise, November 9, 2009
Time to Open Up to Cuba, November 8, 2009
Healthy Citizens and Healthy Economy Rely on Real Reform, November 8, 2009
Just An Observation, November 8, 2009
Working for A City of Justice and Mercy, November 8, 2009
What It Was Like on the Floor - Health Care Bill Passes!, November 8, 2009
Time For a New Ecumenical Action?, November 7, 2009
The Health Care Bill, November 7, 2009
Dallas Justice Revival: Worship AND Work, November 7, 2009
Young Dems Rally for Public Option Health Insurance, November 7, 2009
Hoyer: 'You will have coverage that you can depend upon', November 7, 2009
GOP objects to women, rest of Americans, November 7, 2009
Bernice King Elected SCLC President, November 6, 2009
American Nurses Association Supports HR 3962, Public Option, November 6, 2009
Brick City: Politics of Redemption and Resurrection, November 6, 2009
GOP in 2010? Not so fast, November 6, 2009
Homeless Diaries Series: Meet Pam!, November 6, 2009
Green Is Now!, November 5, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 5, 2009
Youth Violence: Opportunity and Hope for Urban Families, November 5, 2009
SC: Georgetown Steelworkers Approved for TAA Benefits, November 4, 2009
H1N1 Vaccination Hysteria Part 3: Alternative Remedies vs. Vaccination, November 4, 2009
Justice of the Peace Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple, November 4, 2009
Nun Suspends Activism for Abortion Rights After Rebuke, November 4, 2009
When Will We Understand That Blackface is NOT Acceptable?, November 4, 2009
Homeless Diaries Series: Libraries Should Welcome the Homeless, November 4, 2009
SC: Scoville Wins Mayoral Post, Ard Tops City Council Votes, November 3, 2009
Tracking the Stimulus, November 3, 2009
Planned Parenthood Leader Resigns After Watching Ultrasound, November 3, 2009
My Friends Deserve the Public Option, November 3, 2009
70 Percent of Americans: Women Should Take Spouse's Name, November 3, 2009
SC: Voting in the City of Georgetown, November 2, 2009
The Kansas Free Press: 1st Month Anniversary!, November 2, 2009
Evangelical Christians on Immigration Reform, November 2, 2009
Great Movie, Great Lesson, November 2, 2009
Homeless Diaries Series: Homeless Youth, In Their Own Words, November 2, 2009
Homeless Diaries Series: You are not where you live, November 2, 2009
My Day at the Alternative Press Expo 2009, November 1, 2009
SC: Where's the execution of ideas in City of Georgetown?, November 1, 2009
Creating a Single Story, November 1, 2009
Immigration: An Interactive 'Explorer' Resource, November 1, 2009

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