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I have no idea why, but four A-10 Warthogs made several circuits around the skies of Pittsburgh today. They are quite noisy, subsonic jets used by the military against armored vehicles and ground positions. The last time I had seen one outside of an air show or museum was when I was kid camping in Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. A couple A-10’s from a local air base were doing some target practice. Their tank-busting guns sound like a giant dumpster slamming from far off. At first, we had no idea what the sound was coming from, so we joked it was the lizard man.

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Old Christmas Tree

Posted: 3 December 2007 in Uncategorized
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Donna just had me dig up a pic of our Christmas tree 2 years ago, so I figured why not post it. I think it was beautiful. That was the Christmas we got Daedalus.  Be sure to scroll down to see the little boy.

Christmas tree from our house in Irmo, SC

My lemon beagle Daedalus as a puppy.  Still the cutest dog ever.

Probably would not be noticeably bad. Colbert certainly is attracting a massive amount of attention after declaring his desire to run as a candidate in South Carolina. Whereas Barrack Obama’s facebook group was haled as a success after gathering 384k+ members, Colbert’s group skyrocketed to over a million in just one week. So does he actually have a shot at the presidency if he decided to kick it up a notch and run in all 50? That certainly seems to be the case with younger voters at this point, but would it hold out at the actual election? On Wonkosphere, he’s got a buzz percentage of about 4%, roughly one-third of the buzz for the candidates the media is telling you to vote for (Hillary and Giuliani).

Better yet, he should run in 48 states, singling out 2 as “handicap” states to give the other candidates a fighting chance. I’m sure he could find a pair funnier than Alaska and Rhode Island, but that’s a start.

Also, for a good read about why the democratic leadership isn’t worth two farts in the wind, you should check out today’s article on Dissident Voice.

The things Bush says are so awesome sometimes.  My new favorite quote is “Childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.” [source] At first the White House transcriptionists corrected the mistake, but then press secretary Dana Perino instructed them to include the mistake, saying that the integrity of the transcriptions is very important to her.  This is good.

Language Log brought this particular juicy quote to my attention and Mark Liberman has an interesting commentary on the nature of the grammatical mistake – one more common to children than adults.  He also has a clip you can listen to.  He goes on to say that Bush does pause after he says childrens but that there’s no indication he’s just made a planning mistake.  I’m not completely sure I agree here.  I don’t think he necessarily did, but it’s possible.  I’m curious whether he was reading from a teleprompter or piece of paper and misread it as children’s and then seeing the rest of the quote, paused because it didn’t parse at first and then plunged on ahead because he’s a public speaker and it’s better to just keep going than stop and visibly appear to be lost.

Anyhow, the interesting part of Liberman’s post is the reference to chilluns, which he attributes to some possibly fictional southern dialect.  It’s not fictional.  It’s called Gullah and it’s from around the Charleston area in South Carolina.  Interestingly, I have also heard some people use a similar form in the country around the midlands of South Carolina.  I’m not really sure how to transcribe it, but it’s sort of like chillren.  Unlike chilluns it’s usually not plural (at least not that I recall).  When I first heard it, I thought the speaker was joking and using covert nonsense speech, like many of the words my wife and I use together.   For example, Kek kek kek = Connecticut, Pennsyltucky = Pennsylvania (especially when referring to the more rural parts), and South Kakalakee = South Carolina.  (We didn’t make all those up, but they are parts of our private conversations.)

But you can actually find a lot of occurrences of chillren on Google, so it’s not all that uncommon.   It seems to appear in a lot of slave narratives (judging by the Google results), so it probably had its origins in the pre-Civil War era and has survived in some areas.

The National Resources Defense Council is reporting on a study that looked at ten eastern US cities are found they are going to see more red alert days during the summer for air quality. They found that rising temperatures due to global warming will lead to a decrease in the number of good air days (as defined by the EPA).  Two of the cities I have lived in were included in the study: Columbus, Ohio and Greenville, South Carolina.  Another city included was Asheville, NC where Donna and I have spent several anniversaries.  Greenville and Asheville are both very beautiful cities, so it’s really a shame to see that things will be going downhill. The same will be true everywhere, of course. By the middle of the century, the study reports, 50 eastern US cities will see:

  • A doubling of the number of unhealthy ‘red alert’ days
  • A 68 percent (5.5 day) increase in the average number of days exceeding the current 8-hour ozone standard established by the EPA
  • A 15 percent drop in the number of summer days with “good” air quality based on EPA criteria because of global warming

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