Hey, Dudes, check out my site…

Here’s another thing about Andre that — since I’m supposed to be writing a column right now, and I’m also supposed to be working on my time-management discipline (despite the fact that I pretty much meet all my obligations without going 101 mph) — I don’t have time to comment on, but I just can’t wait to share with you.

We’ll diagram that sentence later.

Anyway, a friend pointed out to me that our lieutenant governor apparently (unless there’s a fairly convincing impostor out there) has his own site on MySpace.com. If you’re not familiar with MySpace.com, that’s cool. I mostly know about it because my children spend hours on it. It apparently has great appeal to folks in the 15-30 age range. It’s a place where they can make connections to other young folks with similar interests.

The lieutenant governor, in case you’ve forgotten, is 37.

From this site, you can learn that he is "single" and "straight," and is here for  "Networking, Friends." You can read that he is a Pisces, and one of his fave reads is The Book of Inside Information. You can see his 159 friends. Note: If you’re not into the same kind of music he is, you might want to hit your mute button.

And you can learn that he digs NASCAR. Well, I’m just going to leave you now to browse by your lonesome…

28 thoughts on “Hey, Dudes, check out my site…

  1. bill

    Averted Eyes
    Parts of the Jan. 31, 2003, meeting memo were disclosed earlier this year by British attorney Philippe Sands, author of the book, Lawless World. But Sands’s disclosure received scant attention in the United States, where the major news media also has downplayed other revelations of Bush’s duplicity about the Iraq War.
    In 2005, the U.S. press mostly averted its eyes when a British newspaper disclosed the so-called “Downing Street Memo,” which recounted the chief of British intelligence telling Blair in July 2002 that Bush was set on invading Iraq and that “intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”
    The major U.S. media also has failed to challenge Bush when he has claimed falsely that Hussein brought the war on himself by barring U.N. inspectors from his country.
    “We gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in,” Bush said when he began revising the pre-war history in July 2003, four months after invading Iraq. “And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.”
    Bush has repeated that lie in varying forms dozens of times since, including at a televised news conference on March 21, 2006. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Those Lies, Again.”]

  2. bill

    Clean Up Your Own Backyard
    (Text & music by B. Strange – S. Davis)
    Back porch preacher preaching at me
    Acting like he wrote the golden rules
    Shaking his fist and speeching at me
    Shouting from his soap box like a fool
    Come Sunday morning he’s lying in bed
    With his eye all red, with the wine in his head
    Wishing he was dead when he oughta be
    Heading for Sunday school
    Clean up your own backyard
    Oh don’t you hand me none of your lines
    Clean up your own backyard
    You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine
    Drugstore cowboy criticizing
    Acting like he’s better than you and me
    Standing on the sidewalk supervising
    Telling everybody how they ought to be
    Come closing time ‘most every night
    He locks up tight and out go the lights
    And he ducks out of sight and he cheats on his wife
    With his employee
    Clean up your own backyard
    Oh don’t you hand me none of your lines
    Clean up your own backyard
    You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine
    Armchair quarterback’s always moanin’
    Second guessing people all day long
    Pushing, fooling and hanging on in
    Always messing where they don’t belong
    When you get right down to the nitty-gritty
    Isn’t it a pity that in this big city
    Not a one a’little bitty man’ll admit
    He could have been a little bit wrong
    Clean up your own backyard
    Oh don’t you hand me,
    don’t you hand me none of your lines
    Clean up your own backyard
    You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine
    Clean up your own backyard
    You tend to your business, I’ll tend to mine

  3. Brad Warthen

    OK, so you don’t want to talk about frivolous stuff. Fine. I’m more of a hard-news guy myself, but I try to vary the texture of the blog.

    Bill, first, I never found the Downing Street memo very interesting. Why? Because there was no news in it. So a Brit who was in a meeting in the summer of 2002 came away believing Bush was determined to take out Saddam. Big deal. I got the same impression from the 2002 State of the Union address, and I didn’t need any special clearance for that. The only thing I was wondering about was what we were going to do about the other two countries in the "Axis of Evil," since those were a lot trickier to deal with than Iraq. I was far from alone. At about the time of the meeting to which the memo refers, mainstream journalists such as Jim Hoagland of The Washington Post were saying get ready, folks, we will soon be at war. Knowing that Hoagland has far better national security sources than I had, I was not inclined to doubt him. Here’s the lead paragraph of his June 24, 2002, column:

    CIA OFFICIALS ARE telling key members of Congress that the spy agency has only a 10 percent to 15 percent chance of recruiting an Iraqi general to put a bulletin the brain of Saddam Hussein or of mounting any other successful covert operation that would avoid a U.S. invasion of Iraq.

    Note that by that point, an invasion was such a foregone conclusion that knowledgable people were down to talking about last-ditch options for avoiding it.

    Why were there months of international debate between that time and final action? Because the president gave in to the idea that we should TRY to get international support. And we did get the necessary resolution — except that the Security Council didn’t want to act to back it up. Amid all that, I don’t think any reasonable people doubted that the president had a set idea of where all the talking would end. Some people were supportive of that, and some (such as, presumably, yourself) were frustrated and angry about it. But everybody knew.

    So what’s the big deal about this memo? Where’s the news value — or even the historical value? I find myself wondering why the guy even bothered to write it down. Couldn’t he read the paper?

    As for your second point, who ever said Bush could speak? The man can’t even pronounce "nuclear." And you actually think he MEANT that in the months preceding the invasion, inspectors didn’t step foot in the country? He can’t talk, but I hate to tell you, he’s not THAT stupid. Look at the facts: Saddam barred inspectors for years, right up until the point we were mobilizing to attack, and then let them in and gave them the runaround, burying them in mountains of unhelpful paper, and generally engaging in a fairly obvious game of delay. There are two things we’ve learned that we didn’t know then: He was hiding the fact that he DIDN’T have the weapons any more, and he was waiting for the world to stop paying attention to him so he could go BACK to developing WMD.

    But because Bush, one of the worst orators ever to hold the office, didn’t express it just like that, you say he’s a liar.

    Come on. Sure, he’s incompetent. But I don’t think I’ve ever heard the man tell a deliberate lie, and I don’t think he would.

  4. bill

    I don’t think Bush is that stupid.He just epitomizes the phrase-“the banality of evil”

  5. kc

    So what’s the big deal about this memo? Where’s the news value — or even the historical value?
    Why, it confirms Bush’s utter bad faith. That’s the big deal.

  6. kc

    To refresh your memory, Mr. W:
    Bush said that if he felt “we were safe from attack, I would be thinking differently. But I see a gathering threat. I mean, this is a true threat to America.”
    Throughout the news conference, Bush seemed subdued and weary. He called upon reporter after reporter in what he acknowledged was a “scripted” exchange, exceeding the usual number of questioners that the White House press office carefully calibrates.
    Ask about his reaction to the millions of demonstrators who marched worldwide against the war, Bush at first likened them to the demonstrators against the World Trade Organization, but later softened a bit.
    “I recognize there are people who don’t like war. I don’t like war. I wish Saddam Hussein had listened to the demands of the world and disarmed. That was my hope.”
    He said that was why he had gone to the United Nations in the first place.
    “Nobody likes war,” he said, adding he refused to shrink from the necessity of military action.
    “The only thing I can do is assure the loved ones who wear our uniform, that if we have to go to war,>b? if war is thrust upon us because Saddam Hussein has made that choice, we will have the best equipment available for our troops, the best plan available for victory, and we will respect innocent life in Iraq,” Bush said.

    –from a March 6, 2004 UPI article (apologies for the long C&P)
    (btw, of course we all now know he was lying about having the “best plan available” too . . . )

  7. Dave

    Bush had no bad faith and still doesn’t. He named three countries as the Axis of evil and we have only gotten to one of them. The other two will get their turn soon enough. Bush is the most honest president we have ever had. Carter was very honest but to an extreme, especially when he had to confess to us that he had lust in his heart. I didn’t think we needed to hear that. By the way, our troops by a vast majority love W. That is no accident that the people shedding blood believe he is straight up and completely honest. Only the surrender weasels from the left are obsessed with this lie thing. But as I have said before, thankfully the weaklings in the country are not running the country.

  8. bill

    I don’t care about trolling around the web for tittilating facts about Bauer’s personal life.
    YOU sound like a gleefull teenager.What you and this town need is an alternative daily paper.You’ve had a monopoly on “news” in this town for way too long and have become complacent,lazy and arrogant.If we could get a real NEWSpaper here,you could change your name to The Gamecock Gazette.

  9. Brad Warthen

    Maybe I’m trying to sound like a gleeful teenager. Maybe I’m being ironic. Maybe, since this is a blog, I’m trying to be a little more engaging than to simply harrumph, as the old grayhair I am, at this young man’s lack of gravitas.

    You want serious and grownup? Read our editorial today. We put the serious stuff in the newspaper.

  10. Brad Warthen

    Let me add, though, that I appreciate your input. I depend upon the feedback I get to help me as I continue to try out different voices on the blog. This is still a field of experimentation for me, and only y’all can tell me what works and what doesn’t.
    So keep the thoughts coming.

  11. bill

    You call that editorial serious? It’s Andre Bauer.He’s a joke.The editorial is a joke.George Bush is unfit to serve and most of the country knows it.The State demanded Clinton’s resignation in several op-eds,as I remember,but you go into utter denial when it comes to Bush and his very real crimes.
    Just gimme some truth.
    War on my mind
    By Russ Baker
    Houston: Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.
    “He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”
    So he just HAD to steal the election.

  12. Brad Warthen

    Lennon John — “Give Me Some Truth”
    I’m sick and tired of hearing
    From uptight-short sighted-
    Narrow minded hypocritics
    All I want is the truth
    Just give me some truth
    I’ve had enough of reading
    By nuerotic-pyschotic-
    Pig headed politicians
    All I want is the truth
    Just give me some truth
    No short haired-yellow bellied
    Son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard
    Soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of hope
    Money for dope
    Money for rope
    I’m sick to death of seeing
    From tight lipped-
    Condescending -mommies little
    All I want is the truth
    Just give me some truth
    I’ve had enough of watching
    Of schizophrenic – ego – centric
    – paranoic – prima – donnas
    All I want is the truth
    Just give me some truth

  13. Capital A

    Bwahaha! Well played, Signor Warthen, well played:)
    I didn’t even know you had the music in you!

  14. Brad Warthen

    I spent one semester at USC — Fall 71. I lived in one of the cells in the Honeycombs.
    I was hanging out over at the brand-new Bates House, where they had a TV (imagine that) in a common room down on the first floor. John Lennon came on the Dick Cavett show, and played the famous video — only they weren’t called “videos” yet — of him playing imagine on the white piano, in the otherwise empty white room, while Yoko went around and opened all the shutters in the room to let in the light.
    The next day I went to that record store that used to be in the basement of that little commercial building across from the Horseshoe (behind Carlton Arms, the only place other than a bank that a student could go to cash a check — no ATMs, no debit, no credit) and bought the album. I played it over and over that semester.
    John sure knew how to market his work.
    Yeah, I’ve got the music.

  15. Ready to Hurl

    Shorter BW: Bush lies. People die. (yawn) Nothing new here, people. Move along.
    Jeez, what kind of drugs are you on, Brad?

  16. Ready to Hurl

    I jes’ don’t understand why you mean people at The State have to keep attacking Bauer. Why, he’s an outstanding young Republican on the way to great achievements.
    He’s just coming of age in George-W.-Bush-years. Why he’s jus’ sowing some wild oats, like Dubya in his youth: boozing, womanizing and skippin’ out on NG duty. (Oops, Bauer hasn’t needed to dodge the draft, so, scratch that last one.)
    In fact, Bauer has accomplished more in 37 years than Dubya did. You folk jus’ won’t cut him any slack because he doesn’t have a rich and powerful Daddy to buy his way into office.
    Go, Andre, go! You’ve got the makin’s of a legendary Republican. SC GOPers, now is the time to stand by your man against the librul media.

  17. Capital A

    I know that record shop, but I surely forgot the name. What was that curious smell always in there? Was it there before the albino who ran the place arrived? Do they still have the same 40 bought-back copies of the Spin Doctors’ debut CD they always did?
    I did my time in the Honeycombs as well. If I can ever get my adventures there published, I hope to then get that story (and all its semi-complex themes therein) ruined into at least an American-Pieish script that would make even Gene Siskel’s corpse reanimate in order to thumbs-down.
    If that never comes to fruition and you are completely out of stories, you could track down and interview Scott Searcy, our effeminate RA on the 6th floor of Douglas. We drove him to mental collapse at one semester’s end.
    One of the least of our offenses was shooting aluminum arrows stolen from Wal Mart into a poster of the movie Juice while it was plastered to the outside of his door. Of course, this was only when he was away for the weekend.
    I don’t know really how those holes and the tips embedded got there. Honest.
    What? We earned an extra beer for putting the arrow directly between Tupac’s eyes!
    Our soundtrack was usually a particular NWA album whose title (for fear of offense) I won’t mention here.
    I miss those late Bushdaddy/early Clintoke years sometimes. We had the music, too. And, man, did we have an appetite for destruction.
    I’m a gangsta, an addict
    I smoke any foolz tryin’ to cause some static — Appetite for Destruction, NWA (1991)

  18. kathy

    I heard someone on the radio this morning say that Andre Bauer should be made to ride with the police or ambulance to scenes of accidents where people have died in car accidents often caused by running red lights or speeding. Perhaps it would help him mature after seeing the awful and sobbering results? What he is doing is not a game.

  19. David

    At least Andre has one friend on his Myspace site – Thomas Ravenel.
    Andre Andre Andre.
    What a piece of work. A movie wouldn’t be this stupid.

  20. David

    As another website I saw today has said
    Maybe Jake E. Knotts can get Toonces the cat from Saturday Night Live fame to drive our Lt. Governor around the state.
    After all, Toonces is so popular (that seems to be Senator Knott’s ludicrous reasoning) he will do well to drive Andre around.
    Take a look at Toonces in action

  21. Capital A

    Bwahaha! Classic, David.
    Man, I haven’t been this serially nostalgic for the early to mid 90’s…ever.
    Anyone remember when Toonces went into Sprocketz! space with Dieter (Mike Myers) and ended up just orbiting around the inside top of the craft the entire skit? It was only a plush cat being swung around on a fishing line with the appropriately distressed meows accompanying, but I almost cracked a rib while laughing.
    Alright, I’ll stop now. I can sense the sideways glances.
    At least, we found some humor out of our statewide embarrassment, huh?

  22. David

    I sent the TOONCES pic to Jake Knotts.
    After all, according to Knotts – this is all Sanford’s fault. LOL
    Folks, it is sad but we have Senators in our statehouse that make Hee Haw look like a Harvard history lecture on 5th century Asia.

  23. Dave

    The Pope was in SC and while traveling in a limo on I-20 he told the driver he wanted to drive because they would never let him drive in Italy. So the Pope got behind the wheel and next thing you know, a SC trooper had pulled him over clocked at 100 mph. So the trooper called his supervisor and said I pulled over a limo with somebody really important inside and need advice. The Lt. said, Was it the Lt. Gov.? Officer said no, bigger than that. Was it the Governor? No, bigger even yet. Surely it wasnt President Bush? If not, who was it.. The officer said – Well, I don’t know who the bigshot is in the backseat but he’s got the Pope driving for HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. buster

    buh-doom ssst!
    But seriously folks, what do you call a 37 year old man that hangs out on myspace?
    Lt. Governor!

  25. JuneB

    I don’t quite get what’s so wrong with having a myspace site, Brad. I’m 38 and I have one. I started it up because it’s an easy way to stay in contact with a couple dozen friends who have migrated around the globe. I’m not an SC.2 fan but I don’t see anything wrong with a Myspace site. It’s actually a great way to Network. My niece’s medical missionary group in Pa. recently used a Myspace site to network with folks and get donations for a supply drive. Not everybody is on it just to party or meet singles…

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