“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frédéric Bastiat
In her 2014 book A Fighting Chance, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts points out “the game is rigged.” Over the past few years, I’ve slowly made that realization myself after years of naively believing that, as they say in Ragtime: here in America, anyone at all can succeed!
August 5, 2015
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Contact: Adam Fogle, firstname.lastname@example.org
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Local communications specialist and occasional internet commenter Adam Fogle on Wednesday announced that his girlfriend of nearly five months, Amy Naughton of Chapin, was in fact a great influence on his life and someone with whom he thoroughly enjoys spending much of his free time.
“She’s incredible,” Fogle wrote in a statement to himself. “Amy has changed my life in all the good ways and none of the bad. Her love is perhaps the most remarkable and astounding circumstance that has yet occurred in my three decades of life.”
When asked what the future holds for the idyllic couple, Fogle played coy. “We’ll see,” he said. “I never make plans that far ahead.”
This morning, the City of Columbia and our awesome Mayor Steve Benjamin joined with local developers and business leaders to announce the name of our great city’s new baseball team: the Columbia Fireflies.
The name was initially met with some degree of consternation among the local social media elite. But then the freshly-minted team released this video and well, . consider the consternation sufficiently quelled.
It’s hard not to get excited about the name and what it represents for us. And as a city that prides itself on passionately rooting on its beloved Gamecocks, we’ve become quite used to cheering for a team with a monicker that may make rivals raise their eyebrows.
All I can say is I can’t wait for this spring when the Fireflies, a Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, begin play at Spirit Communications Park in the heart of the newly renovated Bull Street property in Columbia that for so long remained a vacant drain on this city.
I still carry with me countless memories from when we were kids, goofing around together every summer at MDA camp; pranking counselors, painting things we probably shouldn’t have, throwing water balloons and racing wheelchairs, and being totally free for the best week of the year.
I’ll never forget Jon. He had a big heart and an encouraging smile. He lived a life that was full of joy despite adversity; a life that mattered; a life that we can all learn from. I am heartbroken by his loss, but I celebrate his remarkable spirit. And I am emboldened in my quest to put an end to muscular dystrophy. Continue reading →
Today it was in Lafayette, La. at The Grand movie theater, where over 100 people were peacefully enjoying Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” when out of nowhere, gunfire erupted killing three and wounding seven more.