It is almost that time of the year. The breeze in the air, the crunch of bones, and the sound of screaming fans all through the fall. I love football, whether it be high school, college, pro, or even Canadian. The NFL does not start for almost 3 months, but college starts in less than 2 months.
Seeing as how we are in the south we know football is king. Whether it be SEC, ACC, or even Southern Conference. No matter who you pull for the season is soon to be on us.
In college football everyone knows the big names, USC (the real USC out west), Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State. Florida is the consensus number one across the board in most major magazines and prognostications. Texas and Oklahoma come in at two and three respectively. USC comes in at fourth followed by continually disappointing Ohio State.
In South Carolina you have to make a choice in who you want to pull for, South Carolina or Clemson. It does not matter if you went to either school or even to another but you have to choose one. I would like to think that the state is evenly divided, but honestly I do not know.
South Carolina is considered by most preseason magazines to be a late 30’s to early 50’s. I believe that the Gamecocks will end up being 7-5, but has a chance to be 8-4. I think that the Spurrier magic has ran its course and hie reign is soon to be at an end. The Gamecocks have talent coming back, but unfortunately they lost a lot of key players from last year.
Clemson is rated by most prognosticators to be in the low 30’s. I think the Tigers will end up 8-4, but will hopefully can steal one and end up at 9-3. We will see how Dabo Swinney does with a full year under his belt. The Tigers did not bring in a lot of recruits, and they lost a lot of skill players from last year.
I am not intentionally leaving out the smaller schools, so if anyone would like to add something about our other schools I would gladly like to read it. I welcome all comments regarding any and all teams, so let me know what you think.
It looks like South Carolina has lost the ACC baseball tournament for the next three years. This tournament was suppose to bring in a million dollars to the Myrtle Beach area. The people who live and work in this area could use this money. Whether it be the waiter, the business owner, or the maid in the hotel. There will be no tips, there will be no increased business, and there will be more vacancies in the hotels. The majority of the income in this part of the state is driven by tourism.
The NAACP who imposed this supposed boycott in 1999 has been fairly ineffective in actually keeping activities or other things out of this state. I do not know why now they decide to push away money from an area badly in need of it. For an organization supposedly around to Advance Colored People it is only serving to keep those people down but keeping money out of their hands.
Why is this boycott now being pushed or being pushed at all. This whole thing was suppose to be over in 2000 when the agreement to move the flag from the state house down to the state house grounds. According to state Reps D- Vida Miller: “I’m very troubled,” Miller said. “When we debated this issue in 2000, the consensus of the General Assembly was that a compromise was agreed to … so that we could put this issue behind us and move this state forward and deal with quality-of-life issues.”
The ACC is as much to blame as the NAACP. The ACC acted cowardly and backed down to a thug group who is serving no purpose with this act. According to state Rep R- Thad Viers: “The bottom line is they’re letting political correctness dictate policy,” Viers said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know who to be more upset with, the state chapter of [the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] or the ACC commissioners for caving in to political correctness.”
Those comments were the weakest of the ones Rep Viers had to say. In a tweet on Tuesday he poseted: “the ACC= the girly men conference for athletics!” After this he posted: “i apologize for my last tweet … the ACC is fine; its [sic] not their fault that their commissioners don’t have the gonadic strength of a goat!”
As I am not a fan of John Swofford or his stance on this issue I feel that Rep Viers second opinion on the ” gonadic strength” of Mr Swofford is correct.
In the long run the people of SC are caught in the middle of an issue that will not be corrected anytime soon, and truely is a non-issue to most people. The NAACP needs to find an issue they could actually help people with and the ACC needs to grow a pair. If the NAACP would have tried this with the SEC I feel sure that they would have laughed at the NAACP and slammed the door in their face.
On this July 4th, 233 years since we declared our freedom from Great Britain, I would like everyone to think about what the Declaration of Independence means to them. To me I have sat and read it again this morning, and I still believe the truths that our fore fathers wrote about still stand today.
Our country seems to be torn between what we were and what some would have us to be. We, as written by Thomas Jefferson, were given certain unalienable rights. Those are the things I would like to focus on today.
The first unalienable right is the right of Life. Seems to me a simple term, and to the framers of our Declaration I am sure it was also. The people of that time wanted to be able to live free of the tyranny of a king across the sea. We today as a nation do not respect Life. We have found over the course of time that it is ok to kill the unborn and call it choice. We have turned our back on these principles and yet many believe we are honoring our past.
The second unalienable right is the right to Liberty. Liberty is term that has been misqouted or miss used today. In essensce liberty is a synonym for freedom. Our fore fathers wanted a word to define their freedom from undue and unjust goverment control. We still have liberty today, although today its meaning has been perverted by our goverment and the media. We have our liberty or freedom as long as it does not interfere with someone else liberty or freedom. Our government today is chipping away at the very liberty’s and freedom’s we all hold dear. We as a country have to stand together, not as Republican, Democrat or Independent, but as Americans and make sure our government does not take away the freedoms of any group or people.
The third unalienable right is the right to the pursuit of Happiness. This means that we should be allowed to pursue what makes us happy and or fulfills our dreams. It is not promised in the Declaration that we will be happy or that the governments job is to make us happy. We are only promised the opportunity to pursue our happiness. To that end if you fail in life or can not make your own happiness you can not blame your neighbor, your community or the government. We have choices in this life and it is up to us to take control of our lives and strive to be great and happy.
There is more to the Declaration that just these rights. If you have the time today please take the time to read it. Share it with your children, and let them know that our country was set up to allow them to be great and to succeed.
If you do not have a copy of the Declaration you can access it at: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
If you would like a copy of the Declaration or our Constitution you may Visit AskHeritage.org and they will send you one.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th and remembers it is not only about fireworks and cookouts, but is about the greatness of our country and what it stands for. God bless the USA.
I admittedly am not old enough to really be uttering those words, but in today’s world it seems that my country and in some cases my own party have left me. I look around the world around me, my city, my church, my state and my country and fail to recognize things that I once thought were normal.
Once upon a time the people in this country strived to be the best they could be. People worked to make the best for their family and their communities. Churches and communities took care of their own. If someone in the church had a problem (i.e. lost job, house burned, sickness) the people in the church took care of each other. Before medicare and medicaid people some how survived. I am not sure how but they did it, Amazing.
Insurance has not always been available. Once upon a time you paid for what you bought. There was no credit bureau and you paid for medical expenses as they happened. I am not so naive to think that those things could still be possible with the way the world is today. But really if you have been to a hospital lately do you really expect that a Tylenol cost $10. Insurance is part of the problem we could throw in law suits and the government.
I once believed that the enemies of our country lived outside of our borders. I know that the “reds” were here in the 50’s but that is not the enemy we have today. Our country is now under attack from small time dictators from 3rd world countries. We have religious zealots who have corrupted their own religion and now have (and have had for a while) declared war on the US. For those of you who have forgotten they have attacked our country twice already.
My biggest fear is that the leadership of our own country is setting us up to be destroyed. Our President and the leadership of the Senate and Congress are forcing bills and laws down our throat that will eventually lead to our destruction. The Cap and Trade bill is nothing more than a new tax to shut down our energy production as well businesses that depend on things like oil, gas, and coal. Basically the early projections are that gas will get to $6.00 a gallon and our home energy cost will go up 70-80%.
So as I sit here tonight I wonder what will be left of my country. What will my kids find waiting for them in 20 years if we don’t stop the misplaced ideals and neediness of our countrymen. People need to wake up and smell the coffee before it is to late. Hopefully we can make a change soon, but I am afraid 2010 is not soon enough.
There is so much more I would like to say, but I feel that will have to wait for another posting.
In a perfect world everyone would be happy, healthy and we would not have to worry about going to the doctor or medical expenses. Our country, no matter what else we think or feel, is still the best country in the world, although it is not perfect. Unlike what you have heard or been hearing there is no great unwashed mass that do not have insurance available to them. In our country of 250 million people only 45.7 million people were not insured at one time or another in 2007. Folks, that is only 18% of the population.
There is no doubt that our health care industry is not messed up and that the insurance companies do make it worse. I do believe like most people that the health care system could be tweaked to work better.
According to research of the 45.7 million who did not at some point have insurance last year 26% of those did not choose to accept a form of public coverage. That reduces the number of people uninsured by 11.88 million.
Another 21% that are not insured are immigrants here legally or illegally. So that once again reduces our uninsured number by 9.59 million. For those of you keeping count that brings our total uninsured to 24.23 million.
The next group is actually the one most hurt by a lack of insurance. 20% of the uninsured make at least $75,000 but are not offered insurance by their company. These individuals actually make enough to afford private insurance, but can not get it becasue of a health situation. Subtracting this 9.14 million from the total leaves us with 15.09 million uninsured.
The last group that we have is made up of the younger generation. 40% of the uninsured either consider themselves healthy or do not have it available to them.
Now that we know who is not insured and how their groups are divided does it help us find a cure for the uninsured. No, but now that it is known what the groups are, does it sound so horrifying that 10 million of the people not insured (and I feel that is incredibly low based on the number of illegals in our country) are immigrants legal and illegal.
Our country was not founded to give free health care to all of us. It is simply not feasible to expect it, those who know the truth realize that our country is responsible for protecting our borders, not providing health insurance. If we can get real torte reform that will help lower overall cost of health care. If we don’t allow illegal immigrants to make use of our facilities illegally that would also decrease our cost. If we could all step back and take a look at the situation we would realize that the government is not the one that should be running our insurance. If you need more proof simply look at how Medicare and the VA are run.
If the goverment can not take care of the men and women who have protected us why would we think they could take care of our health needs. I hope that these measures are not passed and that we can find a diffrent way to help those who trully need help.