Why Conservatives Should Support Wetlands Protection Laws

This article from The State newspaper came to my attention this morning.  It concerns a proposed law that would, its opponents say, make it easier for developers to build on wetlands and other protected areas.I haven't researched the law, so I'm not writing on the particulars of it.  Like many conservatives, I'm generally in favor of less bureaucracy rather than more.  Like many conservative conservationists, I don't automatically fall in with every single "green" idea heaped on the en … [Read more...]

Is Your Catholic School Any Good?

The other week a friend was sharing in a private discussion group about how her child was being bullied over at the local public school.  She asked for advice and prayers, then added, "I'm hoping we can get financial aid for Catholic school for next year."That comment caused another member of the group to say, "You know, it was at Catholic school that I was bullied all those years.  I begged my parents to take me out, but they wouldn't."About that same time, another friend, in a c … [Read more...]

Why Trump Won, as Heard in Seven Shots & One Speech

Monday morning, MLK day, I was loading the car in a hotel parking lot when gunfire erupted in the distance.   The shots were irregular - one, and then two, and then a pause and another one . . . perhaps seven shots in total.The hotel was more like a set of small apartment houses clustered around the pool; sound bounces off houses deceptively, so that all I could know is that the shots came from ahead or beside me, not behind.  It was quiet.  A cloudy morning.  To my left was a high privacy fe … [Read more...]

Reality Check re: Black Santa

So, about those Santa Wars going on up at the Mall of America . . .I'm pleased to see that someone has been getting the memo and kindly ranked my horrible, no-good, very bad Southern state in the top ten worst places to live in the US.  It's terrible here! Stay away!Meanwhile, newsflash: What the local shopping malls here in backwardsville term "African-American Santa" has a been fixture on the Santa-visiting schedule for as long as I've had kids, and I suspect far longer than t … [Read more...]

Calexit Refugees Need Your Help!

Quick update: The piece below is satire (and was tagged as such from the outset), but a few people missed the memo.  The Calexit ballot initiative, however, is not.  You can read the detailed Q&A on the 2019 referendum initiative here.Dear Friends,I am writing to you in these tumultuous times to ask for your help with a very important work of mercy -- a whole collection of works of mercy, in fact.  Now before I make my plea, let me begin by thanking you for your hard work and de … [Read more...]

Difficulties Educating Redneck Children, Meat Edition

This afternoon, the 5th grader comes to me for homework help after school at St. Urban's.  It's a grammar review, and she couldn't make sense of the directions for question #3.The directions: "Use context clues to determine the meaning of the bolded word below."These directions were difficult to understand because the sentence is: "The hunter killed several deer in order to have enough venison to feed his family during the long, cold winter."The idea that someone wouldn't know wha … [Read more...]

Why SC Shuts Down When Weather Gets Near Us

Related:  Over at the Conspiracy I give instructions on how to watch the evacuation live, including the understatedly-impressive I-26 lane reversal.***Here's Governor Haley acting like you might hope, say, a president would act:You can like her politics or not, but at least we as a nation have hope that there are some moderately-competent politicians in the pipeline for less disastrous election years to come.Meanwhile, let's talk about South Carolina's habit of taking … [Read more...]