» A sample of some of the nicknames: “Rat,” “Bruce-Bruce,” “Brooklyn Donnie,” “Lightning,” “Yard Owl,” “Big Fred,” “Gravel Dave,” “Diamond Dan” and “Diesel.” According the the Charlotte Observer, crime among Hells Angels members is on the rise, with some of the members tied to Mexican drug cartels. The Carolinas have a long history of biker gang-related arrests, with a raid of the Outlaws gang taking place in Charlotte just two years ago.
The man who today occupies the White House and is running for president is a very different person. We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history than we have over the last three and one-half years.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio • Talking smack about Obama at a fundraiser in South Carolina last night. Since we’re talking about divisive figures, is it not worth noting that there are divisive figures all around, on all sides? Wouldn’t we have bipartisanship if people weren’t being so divisive? Here’s our question: Do Rubio’s harsh words make him more or less likely to be Romney’s VP? He’s sort of the top rumored guy at the moment — though the effect of this speech has some speculating he might make a good presidential candidate after 2012.
It had started off about the size of her palm, and it grew to cover her whole leg by the time she made it to the [operating room].South Carolina resident Kayla Moon • Discussing her friend Lana Kuykendall’s bout with flesh-eating bacteria. It’s the second such bout of its kind in recent days, after a 24-year-old Georgia resident’s recent zip-line injury caused her to lose parts of her limbs to the disease. (Aimee Copland is staying optimistic, though.) Kuykendall, a new mom, is faring better — after her most recent surgery, the spread of the flesh-eating bacteria seems to have stopped — fortunately. Um … yikes.
I’m having a hard time being funny about this when mysterious forces bigger than you are shoving you around.Frustrated Carolinas resident Frederick Berlinger • Discussing learning that his residence, where he’s lived for 15 years, is not actually in North Carolina but South Carolina. The new changes are the result of modern surveyors redrawing the lines using modern tools and correcting minor errors in the original maps that stood for centuries. The changes affect the owners of 93 properties along the North Carolina/South Carolina border, some of whom are gas stations that could find the fireworks they sell illegal and the gas they sell suddenly more expensive to buy. Sucks to be them.
» Joe B. Anonymous: According to a recent poll conducted by Winthrop University, the above percentage of adult residents of South Carolina couldn’t name the current Vice President of the United States. In fact, 3% of those polled claimed Dick Cheney was still roaming the halls of the White House. Sounds like Joe Biden has some work to do on his name recognition, no?
Speaker Gingrich had a good week. It was not a great week for me. We spent a lot of time talking about tax returns and the changing result in Iowa.Mitt Romney • Discussing his loss in South Carolina and revealing that he would finally release his tax forms after much goading. His dad, George, famously released his own tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. “I’m not going back to my dad’s year,” Mitt said, but he would (on Tuesday) release his 2010 return and an estimate of his 2011 taxes. We will not be happy until he tells us where his money pit is. source (via • follow)