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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Haire of the Dog

Re: “Maurice Bessinger, BBQ baron and unrepentant racist, dies

Some of the people on here act just plain wreched. Are we to recognize the rights of one group and not another? The slanderous attacks on Maurice Bessinger are awful and unwarranted. He grew up poor and was raised in a diverse region of South Carolina. He worked his way up in life. He was a Korean War combat veteran. If any of these antagonist ever knew any truth, and read his autobiography "Defending my Heritage" they would easily see that Maurice loved black people, had many good experiences with them and that he had many good memories living in a state as diverse as this one. He also loved his heritage.

The bigger issue however is not whether Maurice was a racist which he surely was not as mentioned by this author and their liberal no-nothing following of ignorant people, but rather the fact that the Confederate flag's purpose of being an individual soldiers flag and a flag of freedom from oppressive government has been warped by curropt politicians for political gain, lobbyist, race baiter organizations like the NAACP. Or by other organizations such as the KKK and other hate groups.

Not one confederate flag ever flew over any slave ship, but the American Stars and Stripes we all love sure did, and for many years at that. Public education has warped our history and has in it's unrepentant vow to erase a piece of our national history. Lincoln was a kingdom builder and a bigot. He didn't care about blacks, he knew by freeing them, that other nations would not come to the aid of the south who would have surely wok had England, France or Spain got invilved.

Lincoln was intelligent, but that does not make him the golden cow the media makes him out to be. He stated that black people where only partial people which is absolutwly ludicrous. It can be said that Lincoln, or the Civil War freed the slaves. But ask yourself thsee kinds of questions if you have a mind to think independently from your public indoctrination.. How free to do you really feel today? How free will our children be tommorow? Did you know that today our "freedoms" are almost non existent? Are we as free as people in our country were back then?

No.. Lincoln and his war of Northern Aggression illegally invaded as constitutionally seperate south. He may have freed the slaves, but what did he do for them afterwards. The central bank, and central government have since enslaved us all.

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Posted by GodBlessAmericana on July 12, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The tragic but undeniable truth about Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots

Amazing to me that there was so much going on in rock in the 90's that one could even consider throwing away a band like STP. Wouldn't happen these days with the shit that now passes for music.

But you overplay your point about rip offs and sell outs. Bands plug into a style, that's why there is a musical style of each era. The bands are different, but there's a sameness too.

And to compare the onstage antics and appearance of an outrageous Scott Weiland to the reserved Eddie Vedder, based on a video, is just plain stupid. The two couldn't be more different.

Posted by driver eight on July 6, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The tragic but undeniable truth about Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots

STP came out at a bad time. 1993-94 was the popular peak of Seattle-based heavier alternative music. Because of their timing, and because they weren't from the Seattle area but had a similar sound, they were doomed to be considered bandwagon hoppers. Had Core come out a year earlier, at the same time that Ten and Nevermind were released, they probably wouldn't have been insulted so much and would have been considered to be more original.

That being said, the Plush video was...bad. That video alone forever damned them into the grunge knock-off category. Had Scott not dyed his hair red like Kurt Cobain and acted very similar to Eddie Vedder during his performance in that video, the band may have actually escaped that fate. That was what really screwed them, far more than anything else. Beavis and Butthead made fun of the video saying "Eddie Vedder dyed his hair red".

Posted by Adam McKay on July 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Even when it's time to grieve, a journalist often feels detached

Thank you for the column. I appreciate your acknowledgment of the intersection between the heartfelt and the deadline that the job entails.

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Posted by Pronghorn on July 6, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Even when it's time to grieve, a journalist often feels detached

As someone who has busted your balls on many, many occasions over the years, I have to tell you that I do enjoy reading CCP more often than not, and appreciate the work that you and your co-workers do. And I'm very sorry you've lost a member of your work family and that another is losing her battle.

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Posted by Jaxx on July 5, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Wanna email Gov. Haley directly? Well, now you can: nrh@gov.sc.gov

Dear Governor Nikki Haley, Never before have I've written a President or Governor ,nor a Senator!!! I'm e-mailing you tonight because the hospital in Orangeburge,S.C. put my husband Alex Stephen Boykin,Sr. in Blue Ridge of Sumter,S.C. Nursing home November,4th 2015!! He'd been on Hospice for two & half years and they had him on zanax,morphine,and delodid--he'd taken more than he should have and when I called the ambulance to come get him they took him to E.R AND TESTED his blood showing where he'd had of medications in him--So the E.R.Nurse called in D.S.S. and I've tried moving him closer to Orangeburg,S.C.==we live in Bamberg,S.C.His social worker at Blue Ridge gives his ( REFERAL Letter to this one nursing home that had three medicaide longterm beds to offer but when they see her fax that he's on D.S.S THEY TURN HIM DOWN) Now Governor Haley my Stephen is a PROUD CHEROKEE INDIAN HIS GRANDFATHER WAS FULL BLOODED AND HIS GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER !!!His grandfather's name was SU-SUNG Brown & I don't remember Stephen telling me what his grandmothers name was!!! My two (PROBLEMS ARE GETTING HIM OUT OF THE HELL HOLE NURSING HOME) THE SECOND IS THEY HAVE HIM ON A MEDICATION CALLED (RISPERAL 1MG TWICE A DAY) HE IS A COMPLETE SOMMBI!!PLEASE I KNOW YOU ARE A VERY VERY BUSY GOVERNOR AND I'M PROUD THAT YOU ARE; I VOTED FOR YOU AND ONE OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS IS JAMIE BRABHAM WHO'S IN MY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS!! PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FOR STEPHEN!!I LOVE HIM TO MUCH TO SEE HIS LIFE GO DOWN THE DRAIN!! P.S. I'VE FILED FOR HIS MEDICAID CARD SINCE FEBUARY 15,2016 AND AS OD SUNDAY JUNE 19,2016 HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT// WE'RE ON A LIMITED INCOME AND I'M HAVING TO PAY THE NURSING HOME $550.00 A MONTH UNTIL IT KICKS IN!!Thank You ,Linda Kaye Boykin

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Posted by Linda Kaye Boykin on June 19, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Re: “SC Senate passes sentencing reform bill that would decrease non-violent prison population

Since this has been okay by legislation and senat why cant Gov Nikki Haley go ahead and sign off on it so we can began to save?

Posted by Tricia Wateva on June 2, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Wanna email Gov. Haley directly? Well, now you can: nrh@gov.sc.gov

Dear Gov.
This is a true story happening all over our country and the world NOW. A 13yr old girl, good girl, gets good grades, does her chores, you get the idea. Her father, brother, uncle, stepfather, gets a bit too drunk, or not drunk at all. See's said child and decides she is after all 'his'. She is beaten for fighting back the impending violation of her body and innocence. She is bruised and broken and pregnant.
You dear Gov. Haley, on top of everything else will now force her to carry the child she carries from this despicable act.
It is shamefull what you have done. I am ashamed to live in a country where women are treated like they are treated in third world countries.
Sincerely, Ms. Danielle Chassang

Posted by Danielle Chassang on May 26, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Wanna email Gov. Haley directly? Well, now you can: nrh@gov.sc.gov

In my opinion, the reason we don't have a transportation/ roads bill is because of Nikki's desire to show she tows the GOP- Grover Norquest line of "never ever ever vote for any new taxes".... unless of course it's to line you own pockets or advance your own political career. It is UNBELIEVABLE that the Gov. is going to make SC citizens financially responsible for the shady group that put the SC retirement fund into HIGH RISK stock investments that lost money and THEN paid sky high trader fees for those investments. She should have called for SLED to investigate that group to determine whether a Grand Jury should hear the details of why these men are not responsible for paying for the their fiduciary crimes AND be required to pay restitution. Let them pay out of their political slush funds. Unfortunately, the majority of the SC legislature is in the pockets of the NRA and deceptive political organizations cooked up by the Koch brothers and channeled by by our own Jim DeMint.
It is disgusting that 90% of "We the people of SC" are not represented by Mrs Haley.

Posted by Susan Ragsdale King on May 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Wanna email Gov. Haley directly? Well, now you can: nrh@gov.sc.gov

I have a question for Nikki Hillary you too dumb and confederate flag because you does it stand for races and slavery no I got a question why don't we take down the steakhouse because it stand for the blood of the innocent Native Americans many women and children and babies were killed because of The Government forcing them off the land do I Native American land from them it's funny how y'all just forget this so my question is how can you take a racist flag down without taking the Statehouse down to does not belong to you .

Posted by barbara19872006 on May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM
Posted by Mso1 on April 28, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Gullah cuisine, genetics, and Michael Twitty's beef with Sean Brock

"In a new Penn State study, researchers found that people who possessed variants of the taste receptor gene TAS2R—including the TAS2R38 variant, which is present in about 25% of the population—were much more sensitive to bitter flavors. In this case, they showed an aversion to hoppier beers, but TAS2R38 has also been linked to distaste for bitter veggies, too. In one previous study, people with the gene variant consumed an average of 200 fewer servings of veggies per year."

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eat…

As everybody knows, gene TAS2R has been traced to the first alien cultures through ancient Egypt, as if it were a marker to identify the chosen people. One day those of us who hate broccoli and IPAs will be your overlords. Think of us as the first meta-humans.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on April 4, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Gullah cuisine, genetics, and Michael Twitty's beef with Sean Brock

Storm in a teacup. History is full of people who didn't "get the credit and success they deserve." For nearly every successful person or organization there is some person or group claiming that credit was stolen from them.

If a white person wrote all this DNA stuff he would be called a Nazi eugenics nutjob, so turnabout is fair play. Either we are all biologically equal as humans or we are not.

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Posted by Cid95 on April 4, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Gullah cuisine, genetics, and Michael Twitty's beef with Sean Brock

Let me see if I understand what you're saying, Phil--African-Americans are the only ones who should be talking about their food history.

I agree with you that there is a dearth of African-American faces and talent in the F&B industry here and I do think it's about time that they have a place at the table, so to speak. But to say that African-Americans are the only ones who should be talking about their foodways, I think is shortsighted.

I am a Living Historian. For the past 20 1/2 years, I've been privileged to educate folks about slavery history (which includes food and foodways). I'd never had a lot of these foods until coming here (I'm from off), and they were a marvelous discovery. I've always given African-Americans full credit and kudos.

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Posted by weavingdreams on April 4, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Gullah cuisine, genetics, and Michael Twitty's beef with Sean Brock

After reading this poorly conceived, poorly researched, poorly reasoned and poorly written (not to mention poorly edited; despite the author’s grand profession of his editing bona fides at the beginning of the piece, there are at least 10 glaring grammatical and word choice errors that wouldn’t pass muster with an editor worth his or her salt) diatribe/hit piece, it’s hard to know where to begin in criticizing it.

I’ll start here: portraying Michael Twitty as some kind of histrionic, overdramatic snake-oil salesman just waiting for a fainting couch when he is criticized is deeply unfair and inaccurate, at best a flawed reading of his scholarship in Southern foodways and at worst a purposeful misrepresentation. Yes, Twitty puts a lot of stock in DNA results, but at no point does he suggest that DNA equals destiny; in fact, it is a starting place for researching your family history, not an endpoint, and Twitty has used that information to painstakingly trace his own family history, which is difficult, slow work, especially for those who descended from the enslaved. His writing is tough and uncompromising, yes, but it’s also a lot more nuanced than most other writing around the subject.

And speaking of histrionic, the author’s comparison of Twitty’s belief in DNA research to the National Socialists (that’s the Nazis, folks, even though he cravenly tries to walk it back a bit) is cowardly, and considering Twitty’s conversion to Judaism, deeply inappropriate.

But it all comes back to this: Yes, it’s important that the African and African-American food story be told, but it damn sure also matters who tells it. The history of Southern cuisine, which Charleston has turned into a multi-multi-million dollar industry catering to a high-end tourist clientele, is inextricably tied to the history of the African American hands that made the food for the White mouths that ate it.

The descendants of those cooks are conspicuously absent in the telling of the story of Southern cuisine, and THAT’S the crux of Twitty’s argument. There might not be a “cooking gene” but there is a long line of cooks in African American families who have had that spirit, and those recipes, passed down from hand to hand and generation to generation. But those voices aren’t heard, and more to the point, those hands aren’t making the food, or getting much of a slice of the money, that flows into Charleston and other cities that are seeking that tourist trade.

And that, Chris, is what cultural appropriation is all about. And I get that there are programs in the schools that are helping students, especially African American students, learn about cooking, and that’s good, but it’s essentially a rain check. There are great chefs of color NOW who can’t get a foothold in Charleston for whatever reason — lack of access to venture capital, lack of notice in the media, lack of connections or lack of networking opportunities. And as much as you want to point to the future, this is a problem that has to be dealt with in the present, and no, it’s not easy. But it’s necessary. And that’s why we need people like Michael Twitty.

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Posted by Phil Lueck on April 3, 2016 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Gullah cuisine, genetics, and Michael Twitty's beef with Sean Brock

Excellent article, Chris. I have a dear friend who's one incredible cook (she makes the best fried chicken I've ever put in my mouth). But because she has not graduated from some uppity culinary school, she doesn't get much credit for what she does.

As far as the African and African-American food story goes, what's the most important thing is that the story is told. It doesn't matter by whom. Just that the info gets out there.

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Posted by weavingdreams on April 2, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “I don't know about you, I'm voting for Trump's penis

CIACulinaryKid:

The plural of penis is "pingu".

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Posted by Pronghorn on March 9, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “I don't know about you, I'm voting for Trump's penis

Oh, NOW the Republicans want us to vote for the guy with the biggest dick.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on March 9, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “I don't know about you, I'm voting for Trump's penis

I think of all politicians regardless of gender as big penises, or is it penii or penes? Mr. Pimp, you have a wealth of penis knowledge, do you know the proper plural?

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on March 9, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “I don't know about you, I'm voting for Trump's penis

Jenny has no penis and obviously no idea that there are independents running, also.

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Posted by Showmoor on March 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM
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