South Carolina has deep scars in its past from slavery. We cannot and will not deny that. South Carolina was the first state to secede from Union at the start what became the Civil War. South Carolina had voting issues and lynching and racial hatred.
Scott’s family history is interesting as well.
Scott was born in North Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Frances, a nursing assistant, and Ben Scott, Sr. His parents were divorced when he was 7. He grew up in working-class poverty, as his mother worked 16-hour days to support her family, including Tim’s brothers. His older brother is a sergeant major in the U.S. Army. Scott’s younger brother is an air force colonel.
Scott attended Presbyterian College
from 1983 to 1984, on a partial football scholarship. He graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1988 with a B.S. in Political Science.
Senator Tim Scott; a black man, an evangelical Christian, a conservative, a member of the Republican Party.
We cannot imagine how Scott feels looking back at where he came from and where he is now.
So it must have been with great sorrow and perhaps even anger when Scott was attacked by members of the left for his support of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. (more…)
The real question that has to be answered is “why all of these fake stories and ‘reports’?”
We think there are two answers to that. First, in days gone by, the news media would rush to get a story printed – a process that would take hours. If a reporter had what they thought was a story, they could pound out column and get the typesetter started. If the story was false, there was still time – hours even – to correct it before the story hit the streets.
The same could be said when there were basically three news networks broadcasting the news. There always seemed to be time to not only get the story, but get it right. That meant if something happened at 2 PM, the story could be “worked” before the network went on the air with it at 6:00 PM.
These days, with Twitter, Facebook, and other electronic media, the time between seeing a “story” and publishing that story is minutes, if not seconds. That means there are going to be more errors. It doesn’t excuse the errors and it doesn’t excuse the idea that the individuals within the media seldom issues a mea cupla. We think the time element adds to the number of mistakes.
Secondly, there is the attention span of people. Writing about complex issues in a 140 character Tweet doesn’t exactly work. It is almost as if we as a country and maybe even the world, can’t stay focused for more than 2 seconds. The same principle applies with news talk shows where deep and complex issues are pared down to a less than 7 minute segment. (And that segment often includes an advertisement for what is upcoming in the next, less than deep discussion seven minute segment.)
It seems that we have become a nation or world where we all want black and white, yes or no, up or down, left or right answers to everything. It is easier for us because we don’t have to dig into issues, think about those issues or discuss those issues. We are too busy re-Tweeting what was said rather than figuring out if what was said was accurate.
In that “be first and the heck with the consequences,” it is no wonder there are mistakes by the media. (more…)
We found this on another site and find it to be fascinating.
Hillary Clinton likes to call Donald Trump a “racist” for his stance on immigration and his goal of wanting to build a wall at our Southern Border. But take a classic rewind, and Hillary supported those very same policies! Who’s the racist now, Hillary?
We wonder if Hillary would have followed through with her positions and if so, would they have generated as much outrage as Trump’s positions have – even though the positions are the same.
Democrats gasping at straws using the alleged Russian hacking as the reason for their defeat against Trump.
One of the things that we read on another site that resonates is that in 2000 when George Bush was elected, the Democrats screamed “selected not elected.” Now, after a legal election in 2016, the Democrats are again screaming that the election was somehow invalid as it was “hacked.”
The problem is that there is no evidence to support that the election was hacked. No one has come up with any evidence that any voting machine was compromised. No one has suggested, much less proved, that any vote tabulation machine was compromised.
Did the Russians hack the DNC through the stupidity of the DNC themselves? Probably. But the result of that hack was not changing votes in a computer, but rather the exposing the Democrats, Obama, and Hillary as vile. People looked at the emails and said “I don’t want to vote for that person.”
We don’t get it. People making up their own mind is not “hacking” an election. It sounds and is more like sour grapes.
By the way, if we are going to talk about ties to the Russians influencing an election in the US, can we at least remember when Ted Kennedy approached the Russians to stop the election of Ronald Reagan. (more…)
The Presidential Transition is coming up and Obama warns President-Elect Trump not to destroy everything he has accomplished the past 8 years.
A note for our readers from Cocoa Beach, we have a couple of posts that will be directed to you in the next day or so. (Well, certainly at least one as we are waiting to hear from an attorney on the other issue.)
We were going to get them going today but ran into other issues and didn’t have the time to get them done.
In case you missed it amongst all your holiday plans and revelry, the other day the UN Security Council passes what is basically an “anti-Israel” resolution which reads, in part:
Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,
Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines . . .
Essentially, the resolution wants Israel to pull back to the 1947 boundaries instead of the ones negotiated in 1967 after Israel was attacked and defended itself to the point where a negotiated peace was made.
Initially, the resolution was put forth by Egypt but they withdrew it for a day and then the resolution was passed. Voting for the resolution were for of the rotating member countries on the Security Council of New Zealand, Venezuela, Senegal, and Malaysia. Other permanent members of the Security Council voting for the resolution were China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
The United States abstained from voting.
A “nay” vote from the US would have killed the resolution, but instead, the US stepped aside and decided to abstain.
The resolution does not carry the weight of law, but it can be used to condemn Israel in international tribunals and in other court cases. This is not some “who cares?” type of thing. (more…)
There has been a lot of talk as to the Russians hacked into the DNC emails and cost Hillary the election. There are some who think that Trump was tied to this “hacking” and therefore he won the election illegally or at the very least, falsely.
The theory goes that as Trump had done work with Russian businesses, the government of Russia would want him as president. There’s no evidence of that, but that is what people want you to believe.
The problem with this theory is that the facts don’t exactly line up. According to the New York Times, we know who was responsible for giving the “hackers” access to Clinton’s and the DNC’s emails:
It was the Clinton campaign itself.
WASHINGTON — When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk.
His message was brief, if alarming. At least one computer system belonging to the D.N.C. had been compromised by hackers federal investigators had named “the Dukes,” a cyberespionage team linked to the Russian government.
The NY Times seems to be covering for the DNC and the Clinton Campaign to some extent. It is not “natural” for a call from the FBI on a cyber attack to be passed off to some low level person at a “help desk.” If anyone else got a call from the FBI, they would most likely do one of two things. First, they would pass the agent along to someone above them. Or in the alternative, the person on the help desk might believe the call was a prank. If that’s the case, most people would simply call the FBI and ask for the agent. If he answers the phone, it isn’t a prank. If he doesn’t answer the phone and you get “Bob’s Pizzeria,” you have been pranked.
Instead, the help desk did nothing. Hawkins called that DNC several times in the following weeks, warning them of activity on their networks.