"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see — listen and do not hear — the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak."
Mother Teresa in one of several letters set to be published that show the woman had a troubled relationship with the Lord. Source: Time.com
Romney '08: You've Heard it All before
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was in town last week trying to drum up support for his presidential campaign. Romney is well-known for his strong performance on the campaign trail. While the meat of his stump speech is on enabling private industry to reform health care, help businesses, and lower taxes, the flair is often pulled from other sources.
On turning 60: "As that country song says, I'm not as young as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was."
On America's future: "Someone has described our current condition as being almost a perfect storm, like that movie."
On Muslim radicals: "They want to cause the collapse of all civilization, as Tony Blair has said."
On an allegedly modest Edwards personal savings plan: "Someone yelled out from the audience that it wouldn't even buy him a haircut."
On family values: "Peggy Noonan, the speech writer for President Reagan, said our kids are swimming in an ocean of filth — pornography, sex, violence, perversions. It's time to clean that up."
On lifelong politicians: "I was with a fellow in New York named Ezra Zilkha. He said, 'Do you know what's wrong with America today? ... Politics has become a profession, not a duty.' For me politics is a duty."
On bipartisanship: "As my aunt says, 'Watching Washington is like watching two guys in a canoe in a fast-moving river, approaching a waterfall. And instead of paddling, they're arguing.'"
On America in Iraq: "Shemom Perez ... said America is unique in the history of the world. In the history of the world, whenever there's been a war, the nation that wins takes land from the nation that loses ... One nation in history has been willing to lay down hundreds of thousands of lives and take no land for itself."
To be fair, he's careful to give credit where it's due for what he says, except for his often quoted statement that, "A strong America is the best ally peace has ever known," which sounds a lot like a March 2005 Wall Street Journal piece that reads, "The U.S. military has long been the best ally human freedom has ever known." —Greg Hambrick
Growth For The Sake Of Growth
A DHEC public hearing last Wed., Aug. 29, to collect input on the possible filling of 138 acres of wetlands at the Watson Hill tract on Hwy. 61, directly across from Middleton and Magnolia Plantations, attracted 125 concerned citizens. The land is currently embroiled in a lawsuit between North Charleston and Summerville, who both claim the property. If North Charleston wins, it would be their first significant parcel annexed west of the Ashley River, and they would likely allow 4,995 homes and a golf course on the 6,600-acre property. Dorcester County's Historic Overlay Ordinance would limit the development to 990 units. The wetlands also lie in the route of a planned extension to the Glenn MConnell Parkway. Citizens expressed concerns about issuing a permit to drain wetlands when the land is still in a legal battle, and the Parkway is not yet funded or mapped out. "The audacity required to file for this wetlands fill permit and the total lack of respect for the Ashley River Historic District is reprehensible," said the Coastal Conservation League's Hamilton Davis, pointing out that filling the wetlands would induce runoff and negatively impact water quality in the Ashley River. "That idea that some developer from out of state can come down here and degrade our natural resources is unacceptable." —Stratton Lawrence
Miss Teen USA host Mario Lopez seemingly thanking South Carolina after Miss Teen South Carolina Lauren Upton totally blew her pageant question. She may not know why 20 percent of Americans can't find the U.S. on a map, but she likely sealed a deal with Rand McNally (that's a map company for you folks who don't read maps).
That's Charleston County's average SAT score last year, just under the statewide average of 984, but a nine-point gain from last year. Source: The Post and Courier
Sept. 11 or The Day Before I Lost My Job
Because Labor Day isn't enough, there's a movement out there for a second four-day work week in September. Activists are calling on folks to boycott 9/11. While some may suspect that means boycotting Toby Keith albums, American flags, or color-coded warning systems, it's actually a call for a general boycott of everything (work, school, shopping) on the anniversary of the terrorist attack in response to ... well, I'll let them tell you.
"The General Strike is a national call to action, from citizens to other citizens," according to the movement's website, www.strike911.org. "It is not about a single issue. It is not an anti-war protest, a civil rights protest, an election fraud protest. It is not about torture, surveillance, corporate media, the 9/11 cover-up, or the environment. This strike is about all these issues and more."
These boycotts are popular with college students — you take the day off from school to support legalizing marijuana (for medicinal purposes). We're all for a second four-day work week in a row, but we'd certainly recommend you check in with your boss before taking off the day to literally boycott whatever. —Greg Hambrick