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Carolina-Canada Connections

September 6, 2018

Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 10, No. 9

A monthly outreach to our friends in Canada

David Does Deutschland – Your former US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, and the Wilkins family enjoyed an amazing trip together last month in Germany.  The whole gang was there to visit David and Susan’s son, Robert, aka “Major Wilkins” who is deployed in Germany with the South Carolina National Guard.  James Wilkins, as well as Robert’s wife Stephanie, and their wonder-twins, Whit and Clary, were all on the exciting journey. 

For eight days the Wilkins clan toured the German countryside via bus, train and bike and enjoyed some of Germany’s best offerings (read: lots of beer!)  And of course, they took time to do the “Sound of Music tour” in beautiful Salzburg, Austria! 

Their travels also took them to Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgaden and to the highest peaks at Zugspitze. 

Check out these “sehr gut” (or “very good” Google told us that means in German) photos from their dream trip: 

They Said What?

  • “He was a man in a hurry all the way to the end,” – Senator John McCain’s longtime collaborator and former chief of staff Mark Salter on McCain’s determination last year when diagnosed with brain cancer to plan his own memorial services, write a final book, participate in an HBO documentary about his career, and clear out a portion of his Arizona property that had been overgrown with brush and trees before his death. 
  • “Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing, sources tell me and @frankthorp.  Dem leader @chuckschumer led a phone call and committee members are executing now,” – NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt on Twitter Tuesday morning regarding the start of the chaotic and disruptive Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh.
  • “The sooner the better,” – New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer at a Labor Day parade on Monday replying to a constituent who asked, “When are you all going to impeach Trump?”
  • “Word of caution to the public who are trying to convict the president -- don't move so fast. I've seen no evidence of collusion after two years. Mueller is looking at it, we'll see what he says. But plenty of evidence of corruption at the DOJ and FBI, should be stunning. Not one Democrat seems to care.  Just, like, reverse the roles. Imagine if the Republican Party had paid a foreign agent to go to Russia to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, and they used it to get a warrant, never told the court about it, that'd be a front page story everywhere. That's pretty corrupt -- when the U.S. attorney and the DOJ lawyer say 'it's our job to stop Trump.' Could you imagine what would happen if they'd said 'it is our job to stop Clinton'?” – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on FOX News regarding allegations of corruption within the US Department of Justice and the FBI.
  • “Yes, it will alienate consumers—just look at the Twitter reaction already.  But the attention it will gain, the publicity, the media discourse, the incredible reaction will far outweigh any loss of business that might result. For every swoosh that’s lost, one or more will be gained,” – Baker Street Advertising sports marketing expert Bob Dorfman, reacting to Nike’s decision to make controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its new 30th anniversary “Just Do It” marketing campaign.

Last Take:

It’s a Great Day in South Carolina – last Saturday was indeed, a red-hot, great day in South Carolina.  Both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University football teams won their season home openers (albeit in blistering Palmetto State heat and humidity that was decidedly un-fun.) 

Tens of thousands of Gamecock fans turned up in Columbia, SC as did Tiger fans in upstate Clemson, SC including our former governor turned United States Ambassador to the United Nations (and Clemson alum) Nikki Haley.  (Editor’s note:  Considering the heat she takes – and gives – at the UN – we reckon a little SC sweat ain’t nothin’ but a thing…)

David Wilkins, grandson Whit Wilkins, and UN Ambassador to the US Nikki Haley cheer on their Tigers. 

It’s a good thing too that both Clemson and Carolina won because it means a week of mucho peace on Team Wilkins where every year college football season is fraught with nervous tension between Gamecock and Tiger fans and the rest of us navigating their divided loyalties. (Editor’s note: It all boils down to Ashley Martin Aldebol loathing the Tigers and Wilkins not caring much for the Gamecocks.  And the rest of us keeping out of their way!)

Think we’re making this up?  Check out the snap below: 

Ashley Aldebol’s precious daughter Mary Martin wears her (mom’s) heart on her bum…

We can’t wait to see what Mary Martin is sporting for the epic Clemson-Carolina showdown come November. 

Stay tuned…