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Re: “South Carolina's war against 'equal protection under the law'

Linda,

While your sermon on history is noted, your construct that bans on same-sex marriage are a violation of "equal protection under the law" is fictional. All marriages, as the institution has been understood for millennia, are treated equally under the law.

The fundamental question here is not equality but whether society should go about redefining the institution of marriage.

California had legalized domestic partnerships that, for state purposes, treated same-sex relationships as equals to heterosexual marriages. Homosexuals said that was not good enough and sued in state court. In 2008, the California Supreme Court agreed with homosexuals that the equality issue was not a deciding measure (In re Marriage Cases). Why was that?

Equality is nothing but a pretense.

Now that you've joined the herd redefining marriage, where do you draw your arbitrary boundaries? Are polygamous marriages allowed? Is marriage allowed amongst first cousins, siblings, father-daughter, mother-son? Do tell. If you draw any boundaries at all, why are any relationships you exclude not covered under your pretentious banner of "equal protection under the law?"

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Posted by freefirezone on October 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Bicyclists and pedestrians should not be treated like second-class citizens

FishPimp as you are clearly aware, the Charleston city code Sec. 19-125 ALLOWS, but does not REQUIRE cyclists to ride on the sidewalk on 35+mph roads. However doing so the cyclist must ride with the flow of traffic, and riding a bike in the roadway on the northbound bridge over the Ashley River is insanely dangerous. So all the cyclists AND pedestrians heading both directions pile onto the narrow sidewalk on the southbound bridge. It's a situation that is unquestionably unsafe and is far from the within the spirit of the pertinent regulations. You don't need statistics to prove everything. Until you've tried to cross the bridge at rush hour (on foot or by bike) I suggest you reserve your comments.

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Posted by Josh Mueller on October 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

"An alleged drunk driving incident in the Hamptons"? Really..."alleged" according to who? According to the Post & Courier Ravenel plead guilty and lost his license for 6 months. Here is the full quote from the Post & Courier:

"But after pleading guilty this week in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Ravenel paid the fine, minus the $650 he had posted for bail after his arrest, the East Hampton Star reported. He was originally scheduled to appear in court in May. Before accepting a guilty plea, Ravenel was required to admit to prosecutors that he'd been drinking and was intoxicated at the time he was arrested, the East Hampton Star reported. "A police incident report said Ravenel was stopped because he was observed crossing the solid white line and onto the shoulder and had crossed the solid double line at the road center. Ravenel said he took a breath sobriety test at the stop that he later learned put his blood alcohol content at .09. The legal BAC threshold in New York state is .08."

"Alleged"? Don't think so.

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Posted by 2Beagles on October 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM
Posted by mat catastrophe on October 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

He paid $235,000 of his own money to campaign....?????
and only getting $5,000 per TV show.....????
and they showed His "fanny"......?????
Oh God. ....
and again, you want to represent South Carolina......
as a senator????
YOU, DO NOT HAVE MY VOTE....
and I DO ON NOT WATCH YOUR RIDICULOUS SHOW...
Damn, you could have fed ALOT of homeless people right here in Charleston....and, housed them....

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Posted by Lisa Marie Towne on October 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

GO T RAV...There are people "behind you "...

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Posted by momrocker on October 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Bicyclists and pedestrians should not be treated like second-class citizens

More lies. Please cite the law of which you speak. Please make sure to cite it completely and fully so as not give the impression that you are once again trying to use misinformation to get what you want.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on October 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “¡Ask a Mexican! has a taco lesson for us all

As for tortilla size: I am less-concerned with what is normal in an American town than what is normal in Mexico. And the answer is it varies greatly, even with just corn tortillas.

Tacos on the street filled with grilled or fried meats are usually small and cheap. You can often find them for 5 pesos or less each, about 50 cents or less. And the tortillas are usually about 3 inches wide, making them two-bite tacos. Tacos de canasta (similar to tacos sudados and tacos de minero, likely the "original" taco) are even smaller.

If you are getting tacos de guisado or tacos in a restaurant, you'll usually have a 5 or 6 inch tortillas, similar to the size most often found in American grocery stores. Seems similar to the ones at Minero.

However, if you get something like tacos acorazados in Cuernavaca, they're enormous -- probably a 10 inch corn tortilla, more like the size of most quesadillas. And even in Mexico you'll pay $5 or so for one.

Value is a very personal thing. Maybe it's not worth it for you, but when recommending a place, you should be more concerned with whether it's good and let people decide for themselves what's a good value.

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Posted by Nick A. Zukin on October 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

Fanny?

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Posted by Richard Box Bachschmidt on October 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Re: “¡Ask a Mexican! has a taco lesson for us all

The only way you get cheap tacos is from cheap labor and cheap food.

Cheap labor comes in the form of people being paid under the table (ie, no taxes, social security, unemployment) and often for less than minimum wage, or people being paid for the day no matter how many hours they work, or people maybe not being paid at all, such as kids. The same people bitching about McDonald's not paying their workers $15 per hour are often the first people complaining about tacos that cost more than a buck or two. You can't have it both ways.

Organic food costs more, obviously. But even set that aside. Meat is expensive. Beef has pretty much doubled in the last few years. Lengua is now more expensive than top sirloin and about 4 times as expensive as chicken, even the breast meat. So if you are looking through commercial price lists on meat, as I do several times a week, you'll see stuff described as "carne asada meat". But what you're getting are all the shitty trimmings off the good meat. But it's half the price of even something like top sirloin and 1/4 the price of something like skirt steak or flank steak. And that's the stuff that a lot of taquerias and taco trucks are buying these days because they're afraid (probably rightly so) to sell a $3 taco.

But if a taqueria is using cheap but decent quality meats and is paying their employees minimum wage or above, paying them for overtime, and paying all their employees, that's about what it needs to cost for a taco. And that seems to be what Minero is charging.

Of course, if it's a fancier restaurant or bar, you're paying for real cooks who are getting $12 to $15 per hour, the cost of the decor and the rent, the cost of nicer plates and glasses which are constantly breaking, linens that have to be washed, and more people to give you attentive service.

btw, ironically, Mexicans in Mexico are often willing to pay more for tacos. Tacos de guisado there, even on the street, run 25 to 35 pesos or more, despite the lower cost of rent, labor, and ingredients.

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Posted by Nick A. Zukin on October 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The stories of 3 same-sex couples who tried applying for marriage licenses last week

kjenkins,

Fuck off.

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Posted by Pronghorn on October 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Taking a spin through Chef Sean Brock's new cookbook, Heritage

I saw him get 86'ed from the Folly Road Huddle House™.

True story.

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Posted by Pronghorn on October 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “The stories of 3 same-sex couples who tried applying for marriage licenses last week

I'll take my civil marriage and you can keep your "biblical" marriage all to yourselves. I, being the discriminatee who BELIEVES civil marriage should be open to ALL couples and, youselves, being the discriminators who BELIEVE marriage should be available only to opposite-sex couples. At this juncture of this maddening struggle for equality, I want NOTHING more to do with the religious establishment which is directly responsible for our plight.

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Posted by tupper29406 on October 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

Give him a break, y'all; he's only 52.

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Posted by Pronghorn on October 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Thomas Ravenel says he’s quitting Southern Charm

What a dork.

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Posted by Dan Diehl on October 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: “From humble ingredients to his love of Valentina hot sauce, Sean Brock gives an inside look at Minero

I am confused is this the CCP or the SBP (Sean Brock Paper)? You people currently have at least 5-6 stories covering Sean Brock. How much longer before you all move along? I know, I know, his new place is right down the street but lets not just write about Brock....its boring.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “¡Ask a Mexican! has a taco lesson for us all

I am confused is this the CCP or the SBP (Sean Brock Paper)? You people currently have at least 5-6 recent stories covering Sean Brock. How much longer before you all move along? I know, I know, his new place is right down the street but lets not just write about Brock....its boring.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “The stories of 3 same-sex couples who tried applying for marriage licenses last week

kjenkins,

Given the long way you've come (as you describe it) since your days as a minister, your being fired on the spot is understood. It doesn't appear you were struggling at all. More likely, you were looking to shoehorn scripture into your sexual proclivities.

Your interpretation of scripture is a juvenile one. It could be used for any number of sexual dysfunctions. As long as Tiger Woods told his wife he loved all the women he was screwing on the side, who was she or anyone else to object? Scripture simply tells us to love one another. Laughable.

The arguments you make are not relevant to the current debate in any event. Homosexuality is already legal. What is on the table is whether same-sex relationships should be legalized under the category of marriage. You didn't offer any scriptural support of these relationships as you cannot find any. Biblical marriage has no reference to relationships other than a man and a woman.

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Posted by freefirezone on October 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Taking a spin through Chef Sean Brock's new cookbook, Heritage

I am confused is this the CCP or the SBP (Sean Brock Paper)? You people currently have at least 5-6 recent stories covering Sean Brock. How much longer before you all move along? I know, I know, his new place is right down the street but lets not just write about Brock....its boring.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The stories of 3 same-sex couples who tried applying for marriage licenses last week

Why is it that "straight" people use the issue of gay/lesibans having sex. Why does it have to be about sex and why can't it be about love? Honestly?

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Posted by kjenkins on October 16, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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