Born during the “Great Depression,” this old curmudgeon has seen a lot of history pass under the bridge of life, but perhaps not as much as some of you. Looking back, it seems we fail to learn little if anything from our history.
No Trump campaign buttons or bumper stickers for me. I'm part of the new silent majority: those who don't like Donald Trump but might vote for him anyway. For many of us, Trump has only one redeeming quality: He isn't Hillary Clinton. He doesn't want to turn the United States into a politically correct, free-milk-and-cookies, European-style social democracy where every kid (and adult, too) gets a trophy just for showing up.
There is plenty of evidence that the Obama administration less than two months before the November 2012 election tried to come up with a less damning explanation for the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Ben Rhodes was the author of a memo that sought immediately to elevate the anti-Muslim video as the official narrative. The president stuck to that cover story up through his Sept. 25 speech at the United Nations, long after we understood this was a planned attack, the outgrowth of the chaos festering in the wake of the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.
When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her approval ratings hit an all-time high. Republican luminaries Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John McCain -- the list goes on -- all sang her praises.
The discovery of a dead, emaciated dog in Orangeburg County with his muzzle tightly wrapped in duct tape is not the first such case in South Carolina. A dog named Caitlyn was found last summer in North Charleston with her muzzle bound by electrical tape, apparently as a punishment for barking "too much." She had reportedly been kept chained.
It is natural in the face of tragedy to seek solutions to the unthinkable crimes committed against our fellow Americans. However, all the money, regulations and agencies thrown at the problem has yet to deter the rise of evil, as evidenced recently in Orlando. The Sandy Hook and Charleston massacres were committed by deranged, mentally-disturbed young men. Ft. Hood, Boston, Oklahoma, San Bernardino and now Orlando were clearly committed by radicalized Americans aspiring to be Islamic Jihadists seeking rewards in the next life.
In the early spring of 1967, I was stationed at Keesler Field in Biloxi where my dad had been a tail gunning instructor for the B-17 about 20 years earlier. I was there for ground radio operator tech school, but most of my afternoons were spent on the baseball field.
For many years, we have enjoyed the wonderful concerts on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. At our most recent concert, there was a sign reading “no golf carts.” I am trying to understand what complaint concert goers have regarding the golf carts at the concerts?
Coastal Carolina University baseball coach Gary Gilmore dreamed for years about taking a Chanticleers team to the College World Series in Omaha, and at one point made such a promise to CCU president Dave DeCenzo. In his dreams, however, Gilmore did not imagine playing for the championship.
I spend much of my time shrugging off breathless news events. Ebola (now Zika), employment reports, Federal Reserve rate changes, government shutdowns, peak earnings and so on. Much of what passes for earth-shaking news turns out to be, with the benefit of hindsight, something in between idle gossip and fear-mongering. The genuine, not well-anticipated, actual market-moving news -- such as the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union -- is a relatively rare thing.