Karen Floyd's "Play of the Week"

Those of ya'll who know me know that I've never been a fan of the Karen Floyd campaign.

I supported Bob Staton in the primary, in part because I felt Floyd's support base was too far right, and her emphasis on issues, such as school choice (which I support), was directed at that base. Focusing so much on that narrow a base of support, while valuable in a GOP primary, could scare moderate voters (just ask David Beasley) and be a fatal weakness in a fall campaign.

I expected the Floyd campaign to hunker down and ride the usual GOP advantage to victory, with a minimum of effective effort to reach the political center or into key Democratic constituencies. In a state where the GOP has won a staggering majority of races for constitutional offices since the early 90s, it's certainly a smart way to play it.

Yesterday, I got to eat some of my words for lunch, and I’m big enough to admit it.

Monday, Floyd stood up with a number of black community leaders and public figures from around the state who announced their support for her. Bold move.


Critics could try to dismiss the support of McCall, a state GOP party officer, and Hairston, a GOP county council member from Hilton Head as a political front. If such people were the bulk of the people at her press conference yesterday, they might be right.

However, this group of endorsers included a Democratic legislator, and a former Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Education - the kind of people who would usually back their party’s nominee, or quietly sit the race out so as not ruffle feathers with their fellow Democrats.

Statements by two Democrats at this event were particularly bold:

"I have been a lifelong Democrat but in this election I am supporting Karen Floyd because our young black men are not getting the education they deserve in the current system. The Education Department has been reporting how much our test scores are improving, but what they never acknowledge is that the achievement gap between black children and white children continues to grow. Frankly, I’m tired of seeing our young black men graduate high school without knowing how to read and write."
-African American Hall of Fame inductee Dewey Tullis

"Members of the South Carolina Legislature have approved education funding increases in several consecutive sessions. We voted for the increases with the assurance the system needed more money to turn our current situation around. But the spending increases have done little, if anything, to affect change in the African American children’s test scores, ability to read and write and drop out rate."
-State Representative Harold Mitchell (D – Spartanburg)

For a candidate who has been perceived to be on her party’s right flank, this IS news. Good for her, bad for her opponent, whose campaign called the press conference:
“an ‘act of desperation,’ spurred by slipping support in her own party and driven by outside money coming into the state supporting tax credits that would harm rural and economically disadvantaged areas, and blacks in particular.”
- The State, 8/29/06

I disagree with their attempt to characterize the press conference as a sign of weakness. If anything, this press conference suggests that Floyd's campaign may finally be getting its act together. Further, the two I quoted would normally be associated with the state's most loyal Democratic political constituency, not to mention the others in attendence without a history in the GOP. Their messages of concern should give notice that Jim Rex may be the candidate whose political support is weak.

This effort to reach out to traditional Democratic constituencies was a surprising turn of direction by the Floyd campaign and certainly qualifies as my political “Play of the Week”.

While it remains to be seen if this is the beginning of a bold effort by her campaign to reach voters in the political center, or just an isolated bright idea, it certainly makes this race one to watch.

Wicked Sensation: George Lynch's first solo album

After recording five albums as the lead guitarist for the band Dokken in its 80s heyday, George Lynch took a new direction in his career with his 1990 album, Wicked Sensation, with his new outfit, Lynch Mob.

While many metal bands of that time were about hair spray, hype, and attitude, Lynch was a real rock and roller, whose career included a Grammy nomination for his guitar work. While this was clear on the Dokken albums, it stands out even more on this album.

While it was a really great album, it's 1990 release, as metal was poised to begin it's decline and self-destruction, destined it for relative obscurity. Had it come out in say 1986 or 1987, it likely would have done much better.

Appreciated or not, it was a great album. While the album showcased Lynch's creativity with solid musicianship, it didn't simply become a showcase for Lynch's guitar work, or an oversized ego, as some did when leaving bands to pursue solo careers.

Favorite songs on the album? No Bed of Roses, River of Love, Sweet Sister Mercy and the title track, Wicked Sensation.

If you're on the road or have something which gives you the time to commit to listening to the entire album at one setting, then I recommend this highly. If you don't check it out, it's your loss.

How disgusting

For those of you who don't know any better, meet the lamest musician in the last twenty years of American music: Vanilla Ice (as pictured on the left).

Tonight, me and my little one went down to Folly Beach. When we went down to the pier at the beach, the dock extending out from the beach was open for late night strollers and fishers, but the double-deck viewing and fishing area at the end of the pier was closed off for a private party.

We were treated to the most revolting sight I've seen in years. Grown adults, a large number of them dizzy blondes and men twenty years older than them, dancing on the dock to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", followed immediately by Vanilla Ice.

The scene reminded me of the lyrics to "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)" by the Dead Milkmen (yeah, I listened to them):



You'll dance to anything...
You'll dance to anything...

Don't try to tell me that you're an intellectual
Cause you're just another boring bisexual
("I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party")
Blow it out your hair cause you work at Hardees
80 pounds of make up on your art school skin
80 points of I.Q. located within
Know what you are?
You're a bunch of ... Artfags! Artfags!
Choke on this you dance-a-teria types!

(... followed by a harsh, non-dancable guitar solo).


It is bad enough that people may actually want to listen to crap like that by the most pathetic and lamest performers of their time, but can you imagine that there are several dozen people in the Charleston area who are so twisted that they would actually make a public spectacle of it? Needless to say, I had to take action to protect my daughter, so we left.

How revolting, how disgusting ... it is truly scary what people will do these days.

Seriously, don't hold that against the place. It really is a neat place to go when visiting the area, especially in the evenings, when the bars and restaurants on Center Street are open.

Back to school

It's back to school time for me.

As I took the summer off to catch my wits, I decided I needed to ramp up my courseload, taking two classes a semester for the first time.

Those of you who have been to grad school, especially while holding down jobs and/or keeping up with families, will know that any grad school course is nowhere nearly as easy as an undergrad course.

This fall, it's a Communication Research course, along with one in Speechwriting.

Don't be surprised if my volume of posting lags a little, but please keep coming back, visiting, and posting those comments.

Combined with the Carolinas Communication Association and National Communication Association conferences, it looks to be a busy semester this fall.

Thoughts on Peace in Lebanon & Palestine

As the cease-fire brings a halt to organized, large-scale conflict, and presumably the eventual end to all combat operations by both belligerents in the one-month war in Lebanon, it's time to look at what has taken place, and where things should go from here.

Clearly, the United States, through it's direct and indirect involvement in the Middle East, has established itself as a major player in the region. Therefore, at least some of the credibility we need to conduct foreign policy anywhere in the world will rely on how effectively we conduct ourselves in the region.

Disengagement, as was done in the mid-80s following the bombing of Marine peacekeepers in Beirut and the Iran-Contra deals, didn't work then, nor will it now. As the President has pointed out, and even many of his Democratic opponents admit, the resulting power vacuum would likely favor those who would implement regimes even more harsh and dictatorial. Further, these forces would be empowered to spawn greater terror attacks across the globe, so we're stuck with having to deal with it.

U.S. efforts in WWII saved democracy and ended militant nationalism, and during the Cold War sheltered the Western democracies, as well as helping many others take root, show that it is possible to tackle this challenge. We only need the will, and the vision, to do so.

Two columns published on Bitter Lemons, where Israeli and Palestinian commentators sound off on issues in the region, give us some thoughts to help build that vision:

Dr. Ephraim Sneh, a retired IDF General and Israeli Labor Party leader, sees the existence of common interests which should guide both Israel and Palestine to reconciliation:

The Palestinian and the Israeli are my virtual creations. Yet both exist. They take different points of departure: each wants a larger portion of the same piece of land, and they are uncompromising in their conflicting perceptions of history. But their interests coincide. Both would profit from an Israeli-Palestinian permanent status agreement and would lose from its ongoing postponement.

Daoud Kuttab, director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, argues the recent conflict showed the need for continued involvement by the United States in the region, to take a leadership role in the resolution of regional conflicts.
If the Lebanon war has shown the fragility of the region and the utter failure of unilateralism to solve anything, it has also shown the overwhelming power of the United States. While pragmatism is needed to shake up the Palestinian track, ultimately any serious breakthrough in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will require the strong and continuous engagement of the world's only remaining superpower.

Those of you who are interested in following events and getting a balanced perspective would do well to sign-up for their email list for a regular digest of editorial columns.

Turtles, Hard Shells, and the weekend

While on the way to a job site in Bamberg Friday morning, I took this picture Friday morning of a rather lucky turtle.

The sucker that I am, when I saw this guy trying to cross the highway, I turned around and carried him the rest of the way across the road. Once released on the other side, he quickly scurried into the ditch. I hope he got where he was going.

... and I'm betting this shoots my callous, arrogant jerk image all to heck. Except with the more moderate Nazis.

Speaking of good occasions to have a hard protective shell and the ability to hide in it, my friend, Columbia attorney Brian McCarty, makes some valid points about stepped-up security at a Midlands football game in the wake of threatened gang activity on his blog, Voting Under the Influence:

But, there is something going amiss in these great pastimes. The gangstas are among us. The local jamborees, (football exhibitions in which several high schools play one another for a quarter or half, for you high school football neophytes out there), in Richland and Lexington county were fitted with metal detectors and heavy security. The reason was that the Richland County Sheriff's department had broken up a Crips gang meeting this week in which disrupting the jamborees with violence was allegedly planned.

I hope everyone gets where they’re going this week. Be sure to travel and cross those highways safely, and remember that the middle of the road isn’t always a safe place to be, no matter how hard your shell might be.

Ravenel to declare candidacy ... against Rainey?

For sometime, I’ve watched the ongoing spat between GOP Treasurer candidate Thomas Ravenel and John Rainey somewhat puzzled.

However, as the exchange of words has continued, I’ve grown increasingly concerned. But Sunday, after services were over, my priest, knowing I’m a political gadfly and hobbyist of sorts, asked me what that was all about.

All I could do is shrug and say “I wish I knew.”

When the spat reaches to that level of the public, any thinking person has to wonder just what in the heck is going on here.

This is about as bizarre as whatever motivated Patterson, who is well into his eighties and facing considerable questions about his ability to serve as Treasurer, to seek re-election in the first place.

Is Ravenel running against Grady Patterson, or John Rainey? Doesn’t he understand that time and effort spent on debating his fellow Republicans is less to raise funds and get his message out?

This continuing war of words may very well make people wonder if his party really is united behind him, and give Rainey’s criticisms a far wider audience than they normally would have received. This is not what one wants to do when facing a well-known incumbent who traditionally gets a noticeable amount of cross-over support from GOP voters for his re-election campaigns.

Grady Patterson is a real South Carolina hero. His record of service to his country, in World War II, and to his state as Treasurer, is beyond reproach. Patterson’s legacy of service, like many of his generation, leaves a strong legacy and challenge to those who follow. However, in his later years, he has earned the right to retire. His last point was proven in 1998, when he took back his job. His re-election may well result in the sacrifice of what little time he has left to rest on his laurels and enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

Of course, this presumes that he shows up for work, and that he's not on deep freeze in some morgue so as to assure his loyal supporters ... uh, staff members ... continued job security.

To win, Thomas Ravenel has to show he has the character and leadership abilities to match those of Patterson’s. He can ill afford to come across as petty, immature, and confrontational, especially against an incumbent whose campaigns have stressed Patterson’s record of commitment to public service, and his personal character.

Many in Patterson’s generation learned to aim their weapons towards the enemy and use them with powerful effect. This seems to be a lesson Ravenel has yet to learn.

Firing via text message?

In today's electronic culture, some find themselves crossing the line at which devices no longer help facilitate discourse, but help us avoid it. In my humble opinion, this is one of those situations:

U r sckd: worker fired by text message
A company has defended its decision to sack one of its staff by text message, claiming it was keeping in touch with youth culture.

Katy Tanner, a 21-year-old sales assistant, received the message while she was off work with a migraine, the South Wales Echo newspaper said Friday.

The text message said: "We will not require your services anymore...Thank you for your time with us."

"I don't think it's right to just text someone. At least they should have talked to me face to face," Tanner said.

"You're not allowed to text in sick, you have to phone. The fact that they texted me is a bit of double standards."

Several senior staff members at Blue Banana, a body-piercing and jewellery shop based in Cardiff, defended the decision.

But company director Jon Taylor added that an internal investigation was underway to see if "the ultimate action was ideal".

The retailer claims it tried to reach Tanner directly "five or six times" and passed on a message through her boyfriend before the text was sent.

And store director Ian Besbie added that the dismissal method was fair because texting was a part of "youth culture".

"We are a youth business and our staff are all part of the youth culture that uses SMS (text) messaging as a major means of communication," he said.

The company employs about 120 people in Britain, many of them aged under 21.
(
Yahoo News/Agence France Presse)

Was the action "ideal" ... no, that was just lame and pathetic.

I'm gonna be on the road all day Friday for work and I also
have a pretty hectic weekend schedule. Since this'll be my
last post until next week ... everyone (including my blog stalker)
be careful out there and be sure to have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Congrats to SCHotline

It's no secret that "new" media, such as the web and blogs, are often dismissed by traditional media as not credible. Those same types who then turn around and get their news leads from these sites, without the respect of attribution.

Monday's edition of the Anderson Independent Mail gives a little bit of long-overdue credit to Mike Green and SCHotline:


Web site offers 'insider politics'
August 14, 2006

Political watchers can find out from several different sources what is going on in South Carolina politics at http://www.schotline.com/.

Headlines from newspapers across the state offer a snapshot of the political news for the day in the state. And press releases from different organizations and politicians offer information and opinion for the politically curious.

Guest editorials and commentary from "the politically-inclined and politically empowered" also appear on the site.

The site has links to Web sites for South Carolina government organizations, including the state ethics commission, the General Assembly and the state’s Black Caucus.

Other links will take visitors to the Web sites for all 46 counties in the state.

Visitors also can access several state college, weekly and daily newspapers and television stations.

Political advertisements are located on the top and bottom of the site’s home page, and a Google search button is in the middle of the page.

Anyone interested in politics can get news, read opinions and hear from legislators each day on the hot topics affecting state residents at www.schotline.com.

Kudos to Samantha Epps with the Independent-Mail for "getting it", and congrats to Mike Green! Be sure to let Ms. Epps know you appreciate her willingness to recognize the validity of new media outlets as sources for news and related information.

Play nice everyone

I think I've done this before ... but just in case, I'll say it again ...

I rejected a couple of blog comments this morning that were out-of-bounds for what I consider fair on this blog. Both of them dealt with personal shots at people that had nothing to do with the original postings.

There are those of you who have axes to grind with people. Regardless of how legitimate you feel your case may be, this blogsite is not the forum for such vendettas.

Granted, I do allow some degree of whining from a certain poster who feels my blog has postings which are "rude, judgemental, cutting and hurtful". However, as those are intellectually empty shots taken at yours truly, without any supporting evidence to back his/her claims, they are harmless.

Besides, they make great comedy material.

I put myself out there via this blog, so to some degree, I guess I should be able to take a little more criticism than I allow to be made of others. However, beyond a certain point, we're all human. We have a right to be ourselves, and so long as nobody gets hurt along the way, I don't believe it's our place to judge others.

At least not here you won't.

Democratic directions?

I know this has to be confusing for some of you ... head-banging heavy metal posts interspersed with serious, thoughtful stuff ... sorry, I've got a few wild hairs.

Last Tuesday's Democratic primaries saw two high-profile Democrats lose their races: Senator Joe Lieberman in Connecticut and Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in Georgia.

What, if any, underlying messages do we look for in these two defeats?

Clearly, both enjoyed high profiles in the media, but for very different reasons. Lieberman for his unrepentant support for continued military involvement in Iraq, and McKinney for a string of radical statements and the recent altercation with Capitol police. Lieberman was a moderate who worked well with Republicans, respected enough to be his party's VP candidate in 2000, and was even outspoken against Clinton. McKinney was on her party's left flank, courted by the Green Party, outspoken against Iraq to the point of playing anti-war songs at her election night party, and after her run-in with Capitol police, kept at a distance by her party leadership.

While two races in two different states can't be a guaranteed indicator of the overall mood of Democratic voters or the direction of the Democratic Party, it does suggest that Democratic voters may be far from united on what they expect from their party's leaders, and on the positions they should take on important issues.

It is also interesting to note that the two top-ranking S.C. State House Democrats were ousted in their primaries last June: House 3M Committee Chair Joe Brown and Tom Rhoad, the senior member of the State House.

For Democrats who hope to capitalize on bad publicity and low voter support for the GOP, a party that is divided in direction and in the middle of "house-cleaning" may have trouble taking control of Congress in this year's mid-term elections.

In 1998, low enthusiasm among GOP voters, especially moderates, over the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, as well as a strong economy, went against Democratic voters who were nonetheless solidly behind their party. Swing voters, whose support for Clinton was soft due to the Lewinsky fallout, largely stayed home, as they typically do. This allowed the GOP to blow what should have been a sure-fire gain of Congressional seats, due to the historic "six-year itch".

By contrast to both the present situation and 1998, the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress was fueled by a united GOP base, clear message, and swing voters solidly (but only temporarily) opposed to President Bill Clinton. By this time in 1994, you knew the GOP was surging, and in 1998, by this time, you knew they weren’t. This year, it’s hard to tell what's going on out there.

While generic polling suggests Democrats are favored to govern Congress, there has always been a difference between how people feel about Congress in general, versus their own House and Senate members. Race-specific polling does show far more GOP incumbents in trouble than Democratic incumbents, in which cases the generic trend can’t be helping the GOP incumbents.

A Democratic Party which is still uncertain of its direction and fighting amongst its own, especially with what is sure to be a highly-publicized Lieberman independent bid drawing attention to that disunity, may have a harder time taking advantage of the GOP's present weaknesses than they think.

Does a party headed in two directions have any momentum at all? In three months, we'll know the answer ...

Megadeth & Gigantour 2006


In 2005, Megadeth headlined the Gigantour, a group tour of 80s and contemporary metal bands.

This year, they're back, and are kicking off their tour in Boise, Idaho (big heavy metal stronghold ... right?) on September 6, and then taking it on the road across North America and beyond.

While I have yet to see Megadeth in concert, I did see Overkill (one of the other bands on the Gigantour) in Charlotte in 1991 - that was one wild concert.

A few To Be Announced date slots in early October, between dates in the Northeast and Florida, look like when they'll be coming to the Southeast. Believe me, if they anywhere within a 4-5 hour drive of here, I'll be there!

Lowcountry elected officials "declare war" on general public

"We are mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore," said a group of Lowcountry elected officials who have declared their intent to "declare war on the general public."

"There is a lot of anti-incumbent sentiment out there," said Councilman Smith White. "Rest assured that there is also a lot of anti-public sentiment among elected officials. Do people really think we're going to sit back and take it?"

State Representative Tachin Ayhm of Lincolnville added: "We want people to understand that there is nowhere to hide, and no stone will be left unturned. That includes people who are working or riding in their car. In neighborhoods,on the roads, day and night. We're coming for you."

In addition, a write-in campaign was announced to make Dirty Harry Mayor of Charleston. "We want Dirty Harry, not Clint Eastwood," said White. "Charleston used to have a lot more gun action, especially on the Eastside, and it's high time we got back to that. With a trigger-happy cop at the helm, toting a .44 magnum in bad neighborhoods, you can bet we'll have that taxpayer-funded body count sky high and fast."

This announcment has followed a wild couple of weeks in the Lowcountry in which several elected officials were arrested for mulitple charges, including two counts of DUI and two of assault:

State Representative Wallace Scarborough was arrested after an altercation with utility workers, in which his weapon discharged.

Bert Reeves, the Mayor of Cottageville, was arrested and charged with DUI . Reeves has generated numerous headlines for Cottageville, a small town well-known on Speedtrap.org:

--In March, he was charged with speeding 103 mph in a 55 mph zone, a charge that is pending a jury trial.
--In June, a Colleton County sheriff's deputy gave Reeves a warning after stopping him for traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone just outside of town limits. Sheriff George Malone said the deputy issued the warning because the deputy wanted to stay out of town politics, despite Reeves' lengthy driving record that includes one conviction each for habitual offender and driving under suspension.
--Also in June, a tape surfaced in which Reeves can be heard scolding a police officer in November 2004 for not writing more traffic tickets to generate revenue for the town, which has a reputation as a speed trap.
(Charleston Post and Courier)

Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Bobby Utsey, facing re-election this fall, was arrested after following a woman in traffic and attacking her. He was also charged with DUI.

Meanwhile, national Homeland Security officials had no response to this press conference, but did advise Lowcountry citizens to watch out at all times for further attacks by local elected officials.

My blog's First Anniversary

My blog turned one year old today ... and my youngest daughter, Bonnie, turns eight today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE AND ALL!

I started blogging as an experiment, with my first posting on my then-upcoming presentation of my graduate research paper on Managerial Communication Ethics. First on Yahoo 360, and then I moved to Blogger.com, which lets me do more and allows anyone to post/comment.

My original intention was to increase my volume of writing, so I could better keep up with the research and writing demands of graduate school. While seeking to avoid a lot of the personal asides that fill a lot of blogs (not to mention turn people off bigtime), along the way, I think I've shared a little bit of insight as to who I am, and what I'm thinking.

But what's really given this blog meaning for me is those of you who've posted, used what I've written as starting points for your own commentary, as well as those occasions my work has become the stuff of news coverage. Without your involvement, this blog would simply be the online equivalent of shouting into an empty canyon.

Thanks again to all of you who've tuned in - I've learned from ya'll as well, and hope that I've given ya'll something worthwhile to think about.

Please keep coming back to read and share your insights and opinions. Through broadening the dialogue, we learn more about each other and get closer to the truth that we are all seeking.

Well, most of us.

The rest are looking for the bar down the street. If you're one of those people, email me for directions.

Capps to kick off Education tour of South Carolina

Summerville resident and blogger Earl Capps, announced his plans to kick-off a "Will Someone PLEASE do Something about our Schools?" tour of South Carolina on Friday, August 4.

This tour is Capps' reponse to the "46 counties in 46 days" tour being held by Democratic state Superintendent of Education candidate Jim Rex: "I plan to cover more ground faster. Given the state of our schools, where progress is just about nil, can we really afford a reform agenda that takes so long to travel across South Carolina."

His tour will take him to THIRTEEN counties in just two days. At each stop, he will stop his car, get out and announce his education agenda:

1) Finish his Masters' degree in 2008,
2) South Carolina schools really suck,
3) Will someone PLEASE do something? ... and
3) Ask for directions to the next county.

Capps was disappointed at the slow progress of Rex's tour: "If it takes THAT long for him to cover that much ground, maybe he needs to find a faster lawnmower. Or he could call William Bell and ask to borrow his horse."

GOP sources were skeptical that Bell would loan his horse to a Democratic party nominee.

An analysis showed that Capps could, at that rate, cover all 46 of South Carolina's counties in just 7.07 days, moving approximately six times as fast as Rex's tour.

"Talk about likkity-split", said GOP chairman Katon Dawson. "Quintipilicate-copy forms could never move that fast in the Department of Education."

One Democratic observer suggested that Capps was aided by "outside" elements: "Perhaps the Enterprise is beaming him around the state."

"I graduated high school with a GED," said Capps. "It wasn't Inez' programs that got me to go to college and continue to grad school - it was ME. A little motivation and initiative can take someone farther than any government program ever will."

His "Will Someone PLEASE do Something about our Schools?" tour will visit the following counties:

Friday's stops:
Dorchester, Charleston, Berkeley, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Lexington, Richland, Newberry, Laurens, and Spartanburg Counties.
Saturday's stops:
Greenville, Pickens, and Anderson Counties ... and if he wants really good fresh peaches and strawberries to take back to the Lowcountry, add Cherokee County.

Those wild and crazy Neo-Nazis

It's been a fun since my first posting about those wild and crazy Neo-Nazis who are having their shindig in the Columbia area.

One of my friends who posted commentary elsewhere got a death threat in his email, to which he laughed his ass off. All I got was some nasty messages, which made me feel somewhat left out.

I got in touch with some of the protestors, who assured me that their efforts, due to a pathetic turnout by the Aryans, was pretty much a waste of their time. In this case, I am glad the turnout was disappointing.

I did get a nice email from the event's organizer, one Mr. August B. Kreis, who serves as the National Director of the Aryan Nations organization:

-----Original Message-----
From: August B. Kreis III [mailto:NationalDirector@Aryan-Nations.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 7:12 PM
To: Earl Capps

Idiot!

How thoughtful of him to write! We love you too!

After my first posting, a friend of mine emailed me a collection of Charlie Chaplin pics from when he played the Great Dictator. I thought they were pretty hilarious!