Thursday, December 21, 2006

DHS Orphans, Imprisons Children in Texas 

I just wrote to my senators to make sure they are aware of the plight of the children of immigrants which DHS has abandoned and imprisoned in Texas. One nursing mother was separated from her infant, and as far as I've heard they were not reunited, forcibly weaning the child. As a new mother myself, this tears at my heart.

I know nobody reads my blog, but I'm hoping that by adding this link I can help make this story filter to the top of the automated news pages. More people need to know what's going on, and Michael Chertoff needs to answer for his department's callousness.
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Friday, December 15, 2006

Second-Row Owners, Rejoice! 

According to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, you may have beach-front property within your lifetime.

I wonder how this could affect McClellanville? It's not directly on the water but along the Intracoastal Waterway behind a bunch of barrier islands.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

USC Football Gets Live Mascot 

Move over, Uga: the Gamecocks now have their very own live mascot, Sir Big Spur. He's a 13-year-old gamecock who will have his own roost at Williams-Bryce Stadium. Yes, 13 is pretty old for a chicken, so his owners have a 5-year-old gamecock ("Sir Big Spur II") waiting in the wings.

I didn't realize that USC's mascot tradition only goes back to 1971. The original guy in a suit was just called "The Rooster." He was replaced by Big Spur in '74 and then Cocky in '80. Here's an article on the history of the gamecock mascot which includes an interview with the original Rooster.
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Friday, December 01, 2006


I was just listening to Walter Edgars' program on NPR. He and his guest were talking about preconceptions people, especially Yankees, have about Southerners.

Mr. Edgars told a story about the time he moved up to Vermont for a year to teach at a college there. His daughters transferred from Heathwood to a private school up there. His 10-year-old's teacher asked her what did she notice about her new school that was different from the old one. Mr. Edgars implied that this woman was fishing for a statement about how the Vermont school was more academically rigorous, had nicer facilities, etc. than that funny little school in South Carolina. But what the girl said was, "There were black students in my class back home, but I don't see any here."

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