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Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Since you took the time to look one thing up might as well go for two and look up 'context' so as to glean why 'translation' is not the applicable word.

But if you insist on using that word wrong ... my post needed neither translation nor interpretation, it was self explanatory to all but the most feeble minded.

Meh, at least you took the time to sign your last post.

Well this was fun ... moving along ...

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Posted by . on February 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Obama takes a page out of the GOP playbook

...he took a page from the right-wing playbook, which has allowed the GOP to get as many people onto local councils and boards and into statehouses in order to pass deleterious garbage...

It seems to me that the GOP has just taken what they could get. President Obama won in '08 and in today's electoral landscape, beating an incumbent President is almost impossible. So they went local. I'm sure the Republicans would trade every single gain on the state and local level for eight years of McCain.

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Posted by Carlos Danger on February 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Translate:

a. To put into simpler terms; explain or interpret.
b. To express in different words; paraphrase.

Dipshit.

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Posted by Jaxx on February 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Obviously, none of you have been tour guides. While there might be bullshit out the ying yang out there, it's licensed bullshit. That licence doesn't come cheap.
The problem is whether the rickshaw guy advertised the tour. Whether he paid the tour tax.
I got out of the business years ago, because of all the fees, restrictions, rules, regulations and punitive fines.
Those who have persevered, I salute you.
As for the cab drivers, the $5 charge is pure socialism. Same fee from South Battery to Mount Pleasant Street as from Pinckney to Calhoun.
That said, there are robberies occurring right and left in Wagener Terrace. Seems to me that with limited resources, it might be better to concentrate resources there.

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Posted by David Farrow on February 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Oh goody, the person who doesn't know the difference between 'translate' and 'interpret' took it upon themselves to interpret my post.

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Posted by . on February 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Allow me to translate:

I used to live somewhere that lost it's identity to an influx of newcomers intent on reshaping it to their liking.

I just moved to a new town undergoing the same phenomenon, which makes me part of the problem. This troubles me, so I apologize and even empathize.

That said, (gotta love the ol' "that said,") it's not as bad here as other shit holes, and as a certain wise cartoon character once said, "If it was as good as you remember it, we wouldn't have changed it."

You see that I'm the problem?

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Posted by Jaxx on January 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

If a pedicab driver didn't advertise a historical tour, anything he said was just constitutionally protected free speech. I hope one of these companies has the resources to sue the city and give them a civics lesson.

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Posted by obviousdusty on January 31, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

All of this is true enough ... I remember moving to the West Village in NYC twenty years ago when all that was there was a true meat market, a few semi-bohemian residents, and you knew all the transvestite hookers by name. By all measures it was a true community, as perfectly beautiful and vile as one could hope for. Then one day we woke up and it had turned into South Beach meet Times Square, and we where all left wondering when was the tipping point and how did we miss it?

I am a newcomer to this fair town, and for the fact that this obviously makes me part of the problem rather than any solution I apologize in earnest, and I wholeheartedly empathize with the stated vexation.

That said, in these times of almost but not quite Detroit level turmoil in the Holy City, when I hear voices steeped in melancholy wax poetic about a past that is no more, I refer them to the eternal words of Homer Simpson: "Everything's perfect about the past except how it led to the present."

You see the problem?

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Posted by . on January 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Don't like it?? Go vote!

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Posted by Jojojo on January 29, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Its very simple. Your in a home of your own making. Take another look at who is in charge and whom your political leanings support and .....viola.

Your home.

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Posted by artrogue on January 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

Forget it, Mat. Everything changes. Including Charleston.

Downtown is slowly turning into a kind of Disney/Epcot image of "Charleston." As long as the economy is expanding, that process will not stop. Tourists are falling all over themselves to go to Conde Nast's whatever and they are filling the coffers of local merchants. Progress? I don't know. I preferred Charleston when it was a little less civilized, but that's me.

Are you a transplant? If so, do you believe that Charleston achieved its coolness peak 10 minutes after you moved here?

My hometown, Mt. Pleasant, turned into Columbus, OH right about 1997. Oh well...

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Posted by Carlos Danger on January 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Rickshaw drivers are no match for the Charleston Brand™

"Charleston is a community, not a commodity"

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Posted by Jack Handegan III on January 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Education isn't a competition

"If competition was truly the driving force behind the evolution of life, then perhaps we would all live in a libertarian fantasyland where individuals themselves are sovereign states." ---- I take it the writer is not a libertarian, although he may believe individuals are sovereign when it comes to abortion, or what food/substance to put in their body, what choices they make for the betterment of their own lives, etc. Libertarianism does not disallow cooperation, in fact, it heavily depends on cooperation over *coercion*.

Yes, in a society of free individuals, there is going to be competition, but it's competing on who can serve their fellow individuals better- if a business or person in the attempt to compete infringes on that dreaded "sovereign individual", namely me, or you or any person or group of individuals, that's where we draw the line. This gentleman is a democrat if memory serves, who believes the will of the majority can vote on something like forcing healthcare on the entire population, and even if 49% of the people didn't want it, that would still be irrelevant. What is his democracy, if not a competition of various ideas?

Posted by Judd Stephens on January 28, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

We have a total breakdown of the Father/Mother ,Husband / Wife, Family Unit. We have a total Breakdown of our School system, which in turn ruins the society in general. Children have no respect for Authority, Parents/teachers, police, etc. We have a very large Drug problem within society among the young and middle aged, now seems states are making it legal to smoke pot. You speak of poverty ? you make me laugh !

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Posted by Clarkie on January 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

"Raising wages is fine, but absolutely limiting wages for top earners would be better." And how would that help poor people? What America needs to do is stop sending money overseas to people that hate us and use it here to fight poverty. I can't believe you didn't mention that, unless you think it's good foreign policy to pay people to be our "friends"

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Posted by Showmoor on January 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

*NOT winning

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Posted by nofaith on January 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

The real reason we are winning the war on poverty is that we have people who have convinced themselves that capitalism and the free market are what keeps people poor when it is in fact the opposite. The war on poverty has kept people poor because it has kept people dependent on something other than themselves. It is not as greedy to want to keep what you have earned as it is to want to take what you did not earn from others.

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Posted by nofaith on January 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

"But business as usual is what gave us the New Deal in the 1930s instead of actual socialism and a War on Poverty in the '60s instead of a War on Big Business, which is what we should be fighting."

Bologna. simple.

It is our system, one based on a free republic and a free market, which has elevated the most people in the world's history to a level where they can succeed and fight to elevate themselves out of the horrors of poverty worldwide.
Tyrants, statists, socialists, communists, progressives on the left continue to rant and think they have the answers, forcing it down our throats.
Total control is their answer. Don't let them succeed.

"If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible.
He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants.
There is danger in the exuberant feeling of ever growing power which the advance of the physical sciences has engendered and which tempts man to try, "dizzy with success", to use a characteristic phrase of early communism, to subject not only our natural but also our human environment to the control of a human will.
The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men's fatal striving to control society
- a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals."
Fredrick Hayek

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Posted by artrogue on January 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

Thanks, good article.

You're notable unrealistic on this point: " . . . but then the members of the liberal party do nothing." Liberals can do almost nothing new now! This radical right controlled GOP has the power to block any new progressive policy ( e.g., universal pre-K, infrastructure spending, closing tax loopholes, etc). All the liberals can do is block worse ideas. And it's going to stay that way until the voters get sick of anti-government nonsense, kick out the GOP, and the GOP then reforms itself to stop being "the stupid party" as Bobby Jindahl called them.

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Posted by Herb Smith on January 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “The real reason why we're losing the War on Poverty

my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this…........………www.DUB30.ℭom

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Posted by haroldmthompson on January 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM
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