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In Memorial

Carl E. Langley Jr.
Sept. 27, 1932 - March 25, 2011
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist



It is with heavy heart that we bring you news of the passing of Carl Langley, a cherished columnist and good friend. Carl passed away on Friday, March 25, 2011, at his home after an extended and brave battle with cancer. He was 78. He had a distinguished career as an editor, reporter, columnist, and author. Carl joined Edgefield Daily as a columnist in December of 2006 and continued his writing until May of 2010 when his health declined.

Read the tribute to Carl here.


Carl Langley's book, "Parting Shots - Never Judge a Book by its Cover" is now available for purchase. The book is available at Aiken Office Supply, the Aiken Standard, Ingate Pharmacy, Aiken Drug, Artist Parlor, Gene's discount clothing, and the T-Shirt Shoppe or you may e-mail your requests to:
carllang@bellsouth.net


Proceeds from the book support Molly's Militia, a North Augusta-based kitten and puppy rescue service.








Current political leaders "Nut jobs"
By Carl Langley
web posted May 21, 2010
GUEST COLUMN – If you are wondering just how bad it has gotten in this country when it comes to fixing blame for outrageous acts, then I hope you heard some of the inane, absolutely stupid comments made by people you would expect to know better.
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Voters’ wrath sends a message to the Democrats
By Carl Langley
web posted January 22, 2010
EDGEFIELD – Martha Coakley said one of her biggest concerns after winning the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts would be dealing with the weekly commute to Washington as she tries to balance public service with her housewifely duties. Well, the good news is she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore after being routed by Republican senatorial candidate Scott Brown in the special election to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy.
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The Dawn of Mankind in Relative Terms
By Carl Langley
web posted December 9, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters and gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would drift down to the seaside in the winter and live on fish, crabs and lobsters.
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The Twain Award Goes to an Illinois Idiot
By Carl Langley
web posted November 30, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Each time some liberal speaks I recall the sage wit of master American storyteller Mark Twain. It was Twain who warned, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” The newest holder of the Twain award is Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard (Dustbin) Durbin, a rather muddled soul who once remarked on the floor of the Senate that American soldiers were murderers.
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General Puts His Foot in His Mouth
By Carl Langley
web posted November 12, 2009
EDGEFIELD – In the awful aftermath of the shooting deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., by a Muslim serving as a major in the U.S. Army, I was shocked at the words of the Army’s top general, George Casey. Gen. Casey’s words, in which he declared that the shootings would not deter the military on its path to diversity, would have been better left unsaid. He should have spent his face time on television deploring the act of a mad man.
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Give them an F
By Carl Langley
web posted October 15, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The year is almost over, but I have been gifted with my 2009 nominees for the stupidest people on the planet. The certain winners are the members of the Christina (Delaware) School Board, who ordered a 45-day sentence to an alternative school for a first grader. Poor little Zachary Christie, the target of the school board's wrath, committed the "dastardly crime" of bringing to his elementary school a small utility tool given to Cub Scouts.
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Doomsday in Denmark
By Carl Langley
web posted October 9, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Holy Shazam, Batman, did you see what just happened to SuperObama? said Robin, unable to believe his eyes. On the craggy, rock-girded  cliffs of the Danish isle, our modern day version of Superman ran headlong into an international version of kryptonite.Barack Obama, our president and our media darling, used up five luxury class jets and more than $1 million dollars in flight costs in his vain effort to sell Chicago to the nations of the world.
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The Left Coast
By Carl Langley
web posted September 21, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Just when you think it can't get any crazier out on America's West Coast, along comes the tale of Phillip Paul. Paul, a state inmate now on the lam, has been judged by judicial authorities in the state of Washington as mentally deranged and criminally inclined.
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Harold Royce Gross: a true patriot and American
By Carl Langley
web posted July 6, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – With Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats off and running on the wildest spending sprees ever seen in the supposedly civilized world, it’s left to us seniors to recall the days of Harold Royce Gross, a country boy and World War I soldier from Iowa who served in the U.S. Congress for a quarter of a century.
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State Focusing on Helping Retirees
By Carl Langley
web posted April 6, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Millions of the nation’s baby boomers (those born in the five-year period after the end of World War II) are retiring each month, and thousands are turning South Carolina into a retirement haven.
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Let’s Talk the Rats Out of the House
By Carl Langley
web posted March 26, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Let us take up this morning what may become one of the burning issues of our time. In brief, do chickens have the right to bring a class action lawsuit against the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain? Can pigs sue the snouts off of those so brazen as to cook barbecue?
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Democrats Are Failing History of Economics
By Carl Langley
web posted February 14, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – In response to the pork-laden stimulus legislation hatched by the Democrat majority in the Congress it’s time to recall the words of an economics professor at the University of South Carolina more than 50 years ago.
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Mike Malloy: a preacher of hate
By Carl Langley
web posted February 2, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Several years ago I made an investment in satellite radio, following in the footsteps of a friend who told me about the joys of listening to a service that offered a wide range of listening options. I became a Sirius subscriber after learning the system carried more than 100 channels, including among them stations that feature music from the 1940s and 1950s decades - the happy, carefree days of my youth.
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Save the Jews
By Carl Langley
web posted January 17, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – The effeminate dilettantes of the United Nations have taken time off from their boring wine and cheese receptions, endless state dinners and show-and-tell lecture meetings to pass another resolution ordering the Israelis to cease and desist from fighting for their survival as both a people and a nation. In other words, shut up and die.
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Obama's National Security Force
By Carl Langley
web posted November 12, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – First, let me congratulate Barack Obama for winning the 2008 presidential election, thanks to a well-oiled machine that went into full attack mode nearly two years ago. Second, let me chastise John McCain for running the most inept political campaign in history, one dragged down the incompetents he surrounded himself with and who are now busy trying to lay the blame for their stupidity on poor Sarah Palin.
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History’s Lessons Are Being Ignored
By Carl Langley
web posted October 30, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – During my sophomore year at the University of South Carolina ages ago I had the good fortune of landing in a political science class taught by the dean of the PS department Dr. Raymond Sherrill. He was one of the greatest teachers I ever had.
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Big Media Has Betrayed Honest Journalism
By Carl Langley
web posted October 25, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – I received an e-mail a couple of days ago from a retired newspaperman I had the joy of working with years ago. Ken Boswell was a fine reporter but he gave up the business to take a job with a county government in Georgia. In his e-mail to me he expressed the depression that has overtaken him during the current presidential race, the quadrennial political struggle is an American hallmark, but now a contest in which Ken’s believes our once proud profession has lost its soul.
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Sammie Finds a Home
By Carl Langley
web posted October 17, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – A few weeks back I was walking to my car in the parking lot at this newspaper when a black dog struggled to her feet. She had been resting in the shade of an oak tree in the center of the parking lot.
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ACORN ruled the day and ruined us all
By: Carl Langley
web posted October 7, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – If the situation was not so deplorable, the incompetents standing before the cameras looking like deer caught in the headlights would be laughable. But this was deadly serious business and our professional politicians were doing what they have always done best - blame everything on the opposition.
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Spring Was Breaking Out All Over
By Carl Langley
web posted September 22, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Fifty Aprils have long since disappeared from the calendar, but I can still recall spring breaking out all over on a beautiful Sunday morning in Aiken’s historic district. On this glorious day trees and shrubbery were busy putting on their coats of green, the early flowers were forming in carefully cared for nooks and crannies on lawns along Colleton Avenue and York Street.
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Predicting a Riot Is a Foolish Proclamation
By Carl Langley
web posted September 5, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Fatimah Ali is a black female who poses as a columnist for the left leaning Philadelphia Daily News, a newspaper so intimidated by that city's majority black population that it takes the racist side to everything. So much for objectivity in the news business in one of America's signature cities. But, then again, what goes down in Philadelphia goes down in other major American cities.
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Some Questions About the messiah
By Carl Langley
web posted August 22, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – It is time for some commentary that will serve as a guide for those of you who will be heading out to vote in November. So, I draw your attention to Barack Obama, a mystery nominee for the nation’s highest office if there ever was one.
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A Dark Act Proves Happiness Is Relative
By Carl Langley
web posted August 4, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Don and Jimmy were acquaintances of my childhood, although we grew up in settings as different as day and night. Don was the only boy in a family that enjoyed the prestige money can bring. The family’s wealth was an accumulation of generations, and money, however wisely or unwisely used, buys a lot of respect.
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Marine Survives Iraq, Dies at the Hands of Street Rats
By: Columnist Carl Langley
web posted July 21, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Robert Crutchfield’s aunt and other family members say that the young Cleveland, Ohio, Marine had long held dreams of being a member of America’s most fabled fighting force. The young man who had just started his journey on the American dream only lived long enough to serve with distinction as a member of a Marine battle unit in Iraq. After more than a year spent surviving enemy firepower, he came home and died at the hands of two of the army of street thugs that prowl our nation’s major cities.
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Dickie Scruggs is Heading for Jail
By: Carl Langley
web posted June 30, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The good news is Mississippi trial lawyer Richard (Dickie) Scruggs is going to jail. The bad news is that his jail sentence isn’t long enough, considering the damage he did to the American court system. Scruggs, who piled up hundreds of millions of dollars while winning lawsuits against the tobacco, asbestos and insurance industries, will be looking at life from behind prison walls after pleading guilty to trying to bribe a Mississippi trial court judge.
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Democrats Show Their Lack of Common Sense
By: Carl Langley
web posted June 16, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – It’s bad enough that the liberal Democrats now have Americans by the throat in both House and Senate, but it’s worse when you consider the fact that their numbers likely will be increased after the November elections. Playing to the fears of the American people, rightfully so when you consider the dismal performance of George W. Bush as president, the Democrats are putting themselves in position to wreck what is left of the economy.
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SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007
By : Carl Langley
web posted June 9, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The author of this compilations of senarios, SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007, is unknown.
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Mars Trip Opens Up the Sky to All
By: Carl Langley
web posted May 27, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The good news is that America's Phoenix space ship made a great landing on Mars on Memorial Day. This is a great testament to American technology and the reason this nation, equipped with the finest minds in the universe, leads the world in just about everything.
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Langley: United Nations to investigate the US for racism
By Carl Langley
Guest Columnist
web posted May 19, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The United Nations, long a haven for the planet’s worst criminals, including liars, thieves and sex offenders, is back at it again, and again the United States is the target of its arrogance and pomposity. The Reuters news agency, always willing and able to circulate any information derogatory to our country, reports that the UN is sending one of its own to investigate racism in America.
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Augusta Sheriff Wins Again in Legal Battle with Radical
By: Carl Langley
web posted April 30, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The Georgia Court of Appeals has handed down a decision that even the most incompetent of lawyers can understand. The court, in an announcement made public Tuesday, upheld a ruling by an Augusta judge who ordered an Aiken radio station owner and a loud mouth, brainless talk show host to fork over more than $6 million for slandering Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.
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Celebrating a Hero’s Special Flag
By: Carl Langley (Photo)
web posted April 21, 2008
GEUST COLUMN – I was invited to a flag raising on Patriots Day, and this was one ceremony it would have been a shame to miss. I learned about the beauty of the human spirit and the endurance of loving memories. It was on this special, refreshing day that I found myself surrounded with love and remembrance in abundance, and with so many people who love their country.
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Charlton Heston, Defender of Freedom
By: Carl Langley
web posted April 9, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – I began my working years serving as an usher in my little home town’s theater and developed an attachment to the make-believe world of movies that lasted well into the 1970s.
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Is High Court Poised to Disarm the Lawful?
By Carl Langley
web posted March 24, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The Supreme Court of the United States is considering a lawsuit brought by a Washington, D.C., man and others who want to preserve the right to keep a handgun in their homes for protection against the nation’s increasingly brazen criminal element.
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Preacher of Hate Doesn’t Have a Clue
By Carl Langley
web posted March 17, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Dr. Jeremiah Wright, the raving lunatic who pastors a Chicago church, is about to do to Barack Obama what Hillary Clinton has not been able to do: deliver a knockout punch in the Democratic presidential primary.
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Small Businesses Are the Lifeblood of Capitalism
By Carl Langley
web posted March 11, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Charles Wilson, a high ranking cabinet official during the Eisenhower Administration of the early 1950s, is famous more for one statement than any of his many accomplishments in the private and public sectors of American life.
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Hey Jesse, Al How about a Little Help?
By Carl Langley
web posted February 4, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – I read about a murder recently which was a little hard for me to take, considering the youth of the slaying victim. But an analysis of this tragedy about a young man who made a shambles out of his life reveals he set the stage for his own death by choosing his associates.
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Death Takes a Cowardly Killer from the World
By: Carl Langley
web posted January 31, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – The average American, burdened by ignorance on matters of historical significance, will not notice the death of a man a couple of days ago whose passage through life meant the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children. George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was 82 at the time of his death from pneumonia in a Jordan hospital, which was 82 years more than this rat deserved to live.
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Remorseless Killer’s Lifeless Hands end a Manhunt
By: Carl Langley
web posted January 15, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – In the end it was a pair of hands floating in a jar of formaldehyde that brought to a conclusion all the speculation about what had happened to a remorseless killer.
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The Lunatic Fringe Will Buy Anything
By: Carl Langley
web posted January 9, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – Hillary Clinton’s main campaign mantra is the need to bring universal health care to millions of what she describes as the lost, the hopeless, the uninsured, the ones whose birthdays are overlooked and the ones who didn‘t get a single present at Christmas.
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Robbers Are Victims of Price Gouging
By: Carl Langley
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web posted January 4, 2008
GUEST COLUMN – It’s amazing what you can stumble into while trying to ferret out some information. And that’s especially true when you are working through the tangled web of a court system.
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A Special Christmas With Billy the Kid
By: Carl Langley
web posted December 17, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Every growing boy should enjoy the companionship of a goat. There is much to be learned in keeping and caring for a goat. During this Christmas season I recall the time my brother and I got our own goat. On Christmas Eve of 1939 Billy joined our family. He was a solid white goat about six months old.
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Life as a Small Town Mayor Was Interesting
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Part 4 of a 4-part short story
web posted December 10, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – Being a small town mayor in most places is not a very exciting job, so a mayor’s main job is finding something interesting enough in town to grab and keep his attention. You can only watch so many haircuts at the town’s one-chair barber shop or watch so many oil changes and tire repairs at the corner gas station before dullness sets in on a grand scale.
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A Gruesome Killing Scars a Small Town
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Part 3 of a 4-part short story
web posted December 4, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – With Tim and his pal parked in a state penal facility, it appeared that life would return to normal, or what passed for normal in those days. But things were going to get worse. Much worse. The little petty crimes that had been inflicted on the town for several years turned into horror. A gruesome killing changed the town forever, splitting families and turning friends against friends.
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A Chatty Girl Helps Spring the Jaws of Justice
Part 2 of a 4-part short story
By: Columnist Carl Langley
web posted November 26, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – With the threat of jail removed by a judicial order, Tim loitered around town for several weeks, always managing to elude the mayor’s watchful eye Meanwhile, the mayor and several of his friends turned into night riders. He and his buddies patrolled at night with axe handles, hoping to come across Tim and his friends spray painting cars, overturning dumpsters, leaving bags of feces on people’s porches and engaging themselves in other civic pursuits.
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A Brave Mayor Takes on the Criminal Element
Part 1 of a 4-part short story
By: Columnist Carl Langley
web posted November 19, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The sun was an hour away from filtering through the large stand of pines along the side of the street as the mayor wheeled his ramshackle Vega around the curve leading to his home. The Vega, a piece of junk bought during the midst of a divorce, wheezed and gasped at every stroke of a piston.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted November 14, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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Grandparents Are Special People
web posted November 12, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Sitting on the worn stool, I watched the old man’s tanned and leathery hands guide the heavy crimping tool around the end of a piece of tin pipe. As the tool worked along the edge the tin collapsed in a succession of tiny folds, alike in length, width and depth. The three-foot sections of pipe were joined and held tight by the fluted ends to make venting for wood stoves, heaters and other fireboxes.
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Abuse Mindset Seems a Twisted Dilemma
web posted November 5, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The stepmother thought the three children were sneaking snacks, therefore to punish them she beat them. She beat them with a wooden stake, the type used to mark the corners of property boundaries, before resorting to a belt after a warning from an Aiken County Family Court judge.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted October 30, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted October 22, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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A Theory on Global Warming
web posted October 12, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Now that Al Gore, an assortment of nut cakes from academia and far-left scientists, entertainment industry fruit loops and others have just about convinced many of us that we are going to bake, it is time for some direct action in this global warming business.
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Judge Tunes Out Radio Station Owner, Former Talk Show Host
web posted October 8, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The owner of an Aiken radio station and its former loudmouth talk show host have been given a lesson in the American judicial system, and those who have followed this miserable case for months should be pleased that these two losers earned failing grades.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted October 1, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 24, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 17, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted September 10, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted August 28, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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Vick Should Play, but for his Prison Team
web posted August 27, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The headline in the Augusta Chronicle read, “NAACP says Vick should play.”
I agree.
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So You Think You Know Everything?
web posted August 21, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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The lunatic fringe is at 10 percent and holding
web posted August 13, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – One of the downsides of living in a free society is that the more sane among us too often find ourselves putting up with the crazies allowed to run free when they should be bouncing off of walls covered with foam padding.
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So you think you know everything?
web posted August 6, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.
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An Elderly Senator Calls Out Dog Fighters
By: Carl Langley
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web posted July 30, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd has filled me with pride for his fearless denunciation of the thugs who operate pit bulldog fighting rings. “Barbarians,” cried Byrd as he stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and lashed out at those he denounced for engaging in what most decent people regard as a horrifying blood sport. Byrd, now in his late 80s and a dog lover all his life, was unsparing of his use of the words barbaric and barbarian. He repeated them over and over, and I hope the thugs who support dog fighting were listening.
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The Late Terry Haskins Spared Many from Misery
By: Carl Langley
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web posted July 24, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – There is joy in our land these days. Video poker, the beast that at one time looked like it would not die, is on life support and fading fast. Which means that the profiteers of this long-running scandal, once sheltered by the Duke of Clarendon and his not-so Merry Men in our state legislature, soon may have to find honest work.
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Blood Sports Are an Evil Inheritance
web posted July 18, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Cockfighting and dogfighting are the evil hand-me-downs from ancient times, and despite laws prohibiting them in most of our states they still flourish. I am animal lover, so each time I hear law enforcement officers have raided and broken up one of these horrid events I give a rousing cheer. I long for the day when this despicable blood sport is purged forever, but I fear it will take a dramatic change in some people‘s attitudes.
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A Dark Cloud Falls Over My Old Home Town
web posted July 10, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The Mafia, in all its hideous glory, could have learned a thing or two about the crooks, criminals and others who have run afoul of the law in my old home town.
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God bless you, Duke Flannagan
web posted July 2, 2007
COLUMN – A few days ago I browsed through my hometown newspaper and came upon an obituary notice that left me stunned. It was a short piece about the death of a man I met many years ago, the kind of person who attracted others as easily as a magnet picks up iron filings.
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Rogue Prosecutor Caught in His Own Web
web posted June 22, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – In the summer of 2006 there was general agreement among anyone with half a brain that Durham County. N.C., prosecutor Mike Nifong’s charges of rape, kidnap and sexual assault against three Duke University lacrosse players eventually would blow up in his face.
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A Hate Crime is in the Eye of the Beholder
web posted June 7, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – In the busy race-baiting worlds inhabited by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton any unkind word spoken by a white person against a person of color is a hate crime, and so are actions that are later found to be false but whose revelations are greeted with silence
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A Close Up Look at One of Nature’s Miracles
web posted May 29, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Several years ago on a Saturday morning my wife and I loaded up some household throwaways and headed for one of Aiken County’s recycling centers. We drove into the center, pulled up to a huge bin and tossed away what once had been treasured items. We got back in the station wagon and started to pull away when my wife said, “Hold on a minute.”
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Court sentencing recalls bad political times
web posted May 14, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – In 1998 I was covering the South Carolina political campaigns for the Aiken Standard newspaper, and my focus was on the battle for governor between incumbent Republican David Beasley and Democrat challenger Jim Hodges.
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Racial Rabble Rouser Could Use a History Lesson
web posted May 1, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Al Sharpton, the New York street preacher, racial gadfly and proven outright liar, was able to gin up so much verbal heat he cost a nationally syndicated radio talk show host his job, but poor Al still can’t pass a 5th grade history test.
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Michigan legislators fleeing from reality
web posted April 16, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – The Detroit News is speaking out against what it calls an “excess of idiocy,” and if ever a newspaper had it right this one does.
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Wanted Now: A few Good Men to Lead Us
web posted April 4, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – It’s a shame that this country and our motherland of Great Britain no longer have people like Viscount Kitchener, Bomber Harris, Chesty Puller and George Patton to help reinforce the principles of a democratic society.
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Religion can be directed only be reason and conviction
web posted March 24, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – “Religion can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence, and therefore all men are entitled to the free exercise of religion.” - James Madison, fourth president of the United States.
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Dogs, one of God's wonderful gifts
web posted March 12, 2007
 GUEST COLUMN – They live in a world filled with boundless joy that comes from their love for the ones who care for them, and they are privy to secrets that not even the greatest researchers have been able to diagnosis with any great degree of confidence.
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A Veil of Secrecy Protects the Worst of the Worst
web posted February 27, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – There are few crimes that rank on the loathsome scale with murder and rape. But there is one, when ranked in the category of moral depravity, that can equate with murder and rape.
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Where has all the good music gone?
web posted February 19, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – Johnny Mercer’s grandmother knew the infant she was holding in her lap would someday be famous for his musical talents. The legend has it that the doting grandmother told family members and friends that the six-month-old baby she was rocking in Savannah in the early years of the 1900s would begin humming a tune each time he heard a piano playing.
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A starlet’s death exposes the empty minds of millions
web posted February 13, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – web posted February 13, 2007
COLUMN – All she ever did was stand there, flashing a manufactured smile, tossing her bleached blonde hair in come hither fashion and mumbling the one-syllable words that exposed her intelligence - and all the while looking as pretty as she could.
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Nation's Slide in Education Is Picking up Speed
web posted February 5, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – For the second time in the last several months an interesting e-mail has arrived at my desk, and this time it was passed along to me by a friend who has long shared my fearful outlook on the decline of American education.
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Duke Lacrosse Non-Case Exposes Some Unsavory Business
web posted January 29, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – A noted author once wrote that there is nothing more dangerous than an outraged mother protecting her brood. Some time back I watched CBS’ popular news magazine show “60 Minutes” (one of my favorite viewing areas in a bleak television landscape) and saw firsthand what the writer was talking about. The mothers of Duke lacrosse players Collin Finnerty, David Evans and Reade Seligman were being interviewed by CBS correspondent Leslie Stahl, and what these mothers had to say should send shivers up the spine of Durham, N.C., prosecutor Michael Nifong.
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One lucky dog
web posted January 15, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - Lucky hobbled down the ramp leading up to his new home. With his tail wagging briskly, a dog’s university sign of welcome, he was eager to greet the guests arriving for dinner. On this sunny, warm afternoon the big, friendly dog was well on his way to recovery from wounds that could have killed him. Only a few weeks back his life was slowly ebbing away because of two broken legs that had left him unable to seek help.
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The state of the nation
web posted January 15, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - A couple of weeks back I wrote a piece chastising liberal college and university professors for tainting the minds of young students whose parents spend thousands upon thousands of dollars for the right for their children to be taught by the mentally deranged.
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God save the USA!
web posted January 8, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - My, my, my. It seems I have put a gentleman named Alan White into a tizzy and tied his undies into knots with my commentary about liberal college professors running amok on some college campuses.
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Taking on education
web posted January 2, 2007
GUEST COLUMN - By even the most conservative of estimates it now costs American parents about $25,000 a year to pay for the college education of a single child, and you can add several thousand more for the incidentals. That’s a burdensome investment in preparing one’s offspring for the future, so any parent expects his or her student will receive an education that lays a firm foundation to succeed in a highly competitive world.
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Quoting reality
web posted December 26, 2006
GUEST COLUMN - For many years I have made a habit of jotting down some of the more memorable quotes heard during the past year, and now I share with your readers some of them with accompanying commentary.
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Three rousing cheers for Goldman Sachs and free markets

web posted December 21, 2006
GUEST COLUMN - There’s nothing like a success story, or hundreds of success stories, to set our liberal scolds and complainers to weeping and wailing and screaming their protests against the free enterprise system.
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Goodbye Kofi, And Don’t Come Back
web posted December 18, 2006
GUEST COLUMN - The good news for a war-weary world is that the United Nations, a long-time haven for some of the planet’s worst liars and thieves, will soon be under new management.
At the top of the international pecking order of people who shun honest work is South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon, who took the oath as new UN secretary general last week and immediately vowed to change the character of the world body.
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