Charming Late-Night Anecdote o' the Week: An officer wrote in an incident report, "It should be noted, the offender stated, 'I'm not that drunk,' as she slid off the curb onto the sidewalk in a sprawling manner."
That was written by the most literate cop I've ever heard of.
I must admit, this caster dr.marnish is real. i called dr.marnish +15036626930 when my boyfriend departed from me. but since my boyfriend came back I definitely believe email@example.com is real
"A cop pulled a man over for throwing a cigarette butt out of his car window".
I'd like to see a lot more of this.
CCP is a disgrace if it does not promote Stegelin for a Pulitzer.
ATMs photograph the person doing the transaction.
The .357 revolver would not have been stolen if the owner practiced responsible possession and secured the weapon. As a result another firearm is in the wrong hands. At least a child didn't find it. Thanks.
Stegelin always the best!
Southern and Confederate are far from synonymous. Make a stand to defend the South and our endangered culture- Make a stand against Neo-Confederacy.
Anywhere you look, Southern culture is under siege.
Large areas once occupied by our peoples are now occupied by others. This has lead to massive urban sprawl- and along with it, the destruction of farmland and increased usage of natural resources.
Our native languages and dialects are seldom spoken on the airwaves. In some places, youths are pressured to conform to the standards of "mass media English". They are told that retaining their native dialect will prevent them from attaining success in their future.
Many of our once thriving and competitive industries (some built around pieces of Southern iconography) have collapsed under the pressure of cheap imports from foreign countries.
These are just a few of the many challenges we face.
These are not inevitabilities. We do not have to simply accept them.
And at the same time, there are those that wish to divide us from within.
Equally threatening to our cultural survival as outside threats from outside the South is the meteoric rise in Neo-Confederate sentiment.
Neo-Confederacy is the support of 19th Century Confederate and White Supremacist "Fire-Eater" ideology. Neo-Confederates are keen on re-establishing racial codes and denying the vote to non-Whites. Some admit they have a disdain for voting rights in general.
Neo-Confederates do not acknowledge that race does not determine ethnicity. They insist that only white Southerners can be considered Southerners.
This is a display of their preoccupation with race and complete disregard for actual cultural defense.
The Greater Southern ethnicity, (the ethnicity containing all of the Southern ethnicities- including Gullah, Cajun, Appalachian, Texas German, Muskogee, Louisiana Creole, Catawba, etc.) like many of the world's ethnicities, transcends race. There are many Black Southerners, there are many White Southerners, there are many American Indian Southerners, and there are many Southerners that are any mix of the three.
To give an outside example to compare us to - Do all Cubans belong to one race? Do all Brazilians belong to one race? No. Ethnicity and race aren't the same thing, and race does not determine ethnicity.
Neo-Confederate activists are not pro-Southern. They are not concerned about the displacement of Southerners. They seek to divide us Southerners. They do not care about being Southern, or protecting Southern culture. Their chief objective is the advancement of their racial superstitions.
"Southern" and Confederate" aren't even close to synonymous. Confederates were an overwhelmingly White faction of Southerners during the American Civil War. They were nowhere close to the representatives of us as a whole- In fact, they were a slim majority Southerners at the most.
Neo-Confederates will often protest that Black Southerners alone made up the Unionist faction of Southerners. This is simply isn't true. The White and American Indian population in much of the South opposed the Confederacy. Consider the White populations of Northern Virginia, Western Maryland, Central Texas, East Tennessee, much of present-day West Virginia, most of Kentucky, most of Delaware, most of Missouri, and many other places favored the Union. Consider that a measurable number of Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee, Seminole, Osage, Lumbee, and Pamunkey (regardless of their race- yes, there were and are American Indian/White Mixed individuals in all of these groups and Black individuals in most these groups- they are Southern ethnicities with pre-Columbian beginnings and are not defined by race) supported the Union. There were large factions of White, Black, and American Indian Unionist Southerners. This is fact. It is also important to note that four Southern states remained in the Union.
These Neo-Confederates bill themselves "Southern nationalists". I object to this. They seek to divide Southerners along racial lines. They neglect the fact that race does not determine ethnicity. They are not concerned about protecting Southern culture and the unity of the Southern people. They are not working on asserting Southern nationhood (our place as a constituent people/nation of this country), but rather forwarding a white supremacist ideology. They are not Southern nationalists.
"Nation" doesn't mean sovereign state or independent country. "Nation" is another word for ethnic group and the territories it occupies/occupied within recent memory. As an example, Puerto Rico is widely recognized as a nation within the United States. Its cultural independence is recognized, even if it is not an independent, sovereign country. The same is true with Scotland in the United Kingdom, and Flanders in Belgium. Being a Southern nationalist isn't about being a secessionist- that is a different issue entirely. Very few true Southern nationalists are secessionists.
Good Southern nationalists simply wish to be recognized as a constituent people of this country- just as the Welsh are in the United Kingdom, just as the Basque are in Spain, just as the Frisians are in the Netherlands, and so on, and so on.
Pride in the defense of one's culture does not excuse the poor treatment of other peoples. Appreciation of one's own culture should fuel appreciation for others. Every ethnic group has a right to exist. When you disparage another peoples, you imply their cultural independence is a problem - and leave your own ethnicity open to derision from those who argue that the displacement of cultures is not a tragedy.
A good Southern nationalist is not anti-Northern or an opponent of Northern culture. Northerners have as every right to exist as a people, as well. No culture has more right to exist than another- a good Southern nationalist does not dislike Northerners or assume cultural superiority. Displacing Northern culture is not any more excusable than displacing Southern culture. Anyone who loves and defends their own culture should respect all cultures and acknowledge their right to exist. One can be an ardent defender of one's culture and still have a great curiosity and admiration for the outside world.
Another absurdity of the Neo-Confederates is the bizarre symbolism of their flag. The Neo-Confederate flag (incorrectly labeled the "Southern nationalist" flag by them) is a black and white Cross of St. Andrew (a saltire, like the Confederate Battle Flag). The black on their flag is meant to symbolize "nationalism" (I have no idea how the color black is meant to symbolize nationalism), and the white on their flag is meant to symbolize what they believe to be the South's exclusively "European heritage". They completely deny that the South's culture is stands at the confluence of European, British Isles, West African (including some cultures on the Western Coast of Central Africa), and Pre-Columbian North American cultures. Our culture and identity comes from this convergence.
Grits are a Pre-Columbian dish of the South. Okra was introduced to the South by West Africans. The Southern taste for a "full breakfast", as opposed to the general Northern appetite for a "continental breakfast", certainly originates in the British Isles. Jambalaya has origins in Europe- specifically France and Spain, both colonizers of Louisiana. Southern baking techniques largely come from the British Isles and Europe. Corn, muscadines, and beans are pre-Columbian North American plants.
"Bayou" is a Pre-Columbian (specifically Choctaw) North American word. English, the language of most Southerners (in various Southern dialects and creoles), is from the British Isles. French, the language of many Louisianans, is European.
Blues, Soul, Country, and Jazz music all incorporate elements of British Isles and West African musical traditions. Jazz is strongly influenced by European music, as well.
I could go on and on.
Neo-Confederates are advocates for white supremacy, not Southern culture. That is that.
Do not let these fringe activists let them misrepresent themselves as the face of Southern pride and culture- let all of our faces, regardless of our color, stand together in defense of the cultures and land our ancestors and us have been a part of for so many centuries.
Every culture within the larger Southern ethnicity- Gullah, Cherokee, Cajun, Appalachian, West Texan, and many others alike-is challenged by the current trend.
We, like any other ethnic group, also have issues we must improve on. The South is generally impoverished when compared to the rest of the country. We have generally lower standards of animal welfare. Our educational systems generally aren't on par with those in the rest of the country.
In our efforts to defend our culture, we must also turn attention to these issues and improve these conditions. The issues of animal welfare and education can be addressed primarily by action on the state and local level. Unemployment issues and poverty resulting from trade policies, though, must be alleviated through federal legislation.
Back to dealing with threats posed to our culture from outside the South.
I'll start by addressing the food issue.
Our cuisine is derided as "death food" by critics, who ignore that many staples of Southern fare can be very healthy and nutritious with very minor modifications.
Look at greens (collard, turnip, mustard, and kale, among others), a common ingredient in most of the South. When eaten alone, greens are an extremely healthful food. The primary issue with greens is that they are regularly eaten with large amounts of fatty seasoning, specifically ham hocks or hog jowls.
The solution? Don't eat a whole ham hock in one sitting! That, or you can choose a lower fat seasoning ingredient, such as a smoked turkey neck or leg, to go with the greens. You can also forego meat seasoning entirely. I alternate between all three.
The same goes with beans (pinto, lima, butter-yes, we do make a distinction between small and large lima beans in the South, and green, among others) and peas (black-eyed, crowder, and cream, among others).
These critics do have a point on the issue of deep-frying. True, deep-fried food can be very harmful to one's health, but like most things, it is safe if consumed in moderation. If someone eats fried chicken (or any other fried dish) once a week and keeps healthy habits at other meals, they're not going to expose themselves to major health risks.
Now to address the economic threats to Southern culture.
Over the last few decades, many policy makers in Washington have tried to sell to us the belief that free trade policies would bolster the Southern economy and lead to the development of more manufacturing facilities by "opening up" untapped markets to our exports.
Their claims could not be further from the truth.
Free trade agreements and business hiring patterns have injured Southern cultures as much as anything else.
Consider the state of the South's catfish farming industry. Twenty years ago, catfish farms were heralded as a great, ecologically-responsible success in our economic development- particularly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. We made a piece of Southern iconography the product of a respected industry.
Twenty years later, lax trade policies with Southeast Asian countries have caused the industry to lose any competitive edge it once had. To give perspective- in 2003, 3% of the catfish consumed in the United States came from foreign sources. By 2009, that figure had risen to 57% percent. The collapse of this industry has left thousands of Southerners unemployed and exposed the seafood-buying public to stocks of foreign fish that regularly test positive for carcinogens and other toxic substances.
Consider the state of the South's textile industry. As recent as a few decades ago, textile mills were a common site across the piedmont regions of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Lax trade policies have lead to the near-complete collapse of this industry, depriving thousands more of their livelihoods.
It is completely undeniable that low-duty and free trade policies have adversely affected these and countless other industries in the South. Economic protectionism is completely within our interests.
It is also worth noting that companies relocating their production facilities to the South often choose to hire workers from their old production facilities, rather than native Southern labor. This trend has played a significant role in our displacement and unemployment rates.
A people encumbered by increased financial burdens cannot make as strong of a stand for their culture as they would in a time of non-scarcity. It is also worth considering that these lost industries were cultural icons by themselves.
Take the time to consider the environmental consequences of our displacement.
The populations of the both the Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston metropolitan areas in Texas and the Atlanta metropolitan area in Georgia have grown by well over one million in the last two decades, largely because of massive Northern migration and foreign immigration into the areas. As a result, some parts of these metropolitan areas are not recognizably Southern at this point. The same could be said for the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia- As well as in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Middle Tennessee metropolitan area, the Austin, Texas metropolitan area, the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area, and many other places on a smaller scale. This has naturally lead to urban sprawl.
Urban sprawl leads to suburbanism, which leads to an increase in the usage of water through landscaping. This increased usage of water further depletes the stores of our already overtaxed aquifers and reservoirs. Look at the water crises in Atlanta in recent years. Lake Sidney Lanier and Lake Allatoona alone cannot support the millions of migrants pouring in to Atlanta's suburbs from the North and foreign countries. Look at the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in West Texas and Oklahoma. The depletion of the aquifer's water could spell complete doom for the region's thriving agricultural industry. Rapidly growing immigrant populations in this area compete with the agricultural industry for these dwindling resources. The long commuting distances resulting from suburbanism also lead to an increase in fossil fuel consumption.
Want to keep us dependent on foreign oil? Want to take part in depleting our water resources to the point we have to strictly ration water in our cities and can't keep our farms running? Support urban sprawl and continued reckless population growth.
Our state, county (parish in Louisiana), and municipal governments have also played a hand in bringing about the current situation.
Look at the property tax situation on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida as an example. In some of these areas, property taxes have gone up by over 500% in time frames as short as one year- forcing low income, land-wealthy residents off the land their ancestors have occupied for centuries. It is hard not to see these as a deliberate effort to displace the native, predominately Gullah inhabitants of these islands with the wealthy Northern migrants purported to “stimulate the economy" and "enrich the state". The supporters of these property tax hikes do not consider the feelings of these islands' native inhabitants and the fact they are playing a role in displacing one of the South's great cultures.
It is robbery and cultural destruction masked with cheap lipstick.
Urban sprawl leads to increased public infrastructure spending. Look at the extension of I-526 in the Charleston, South Carolina area. The proposed extension of I-526 would not only displace residents currently living in its way on the Sea Islands, encourage further urban sprawl and displacement by offering suburban residents a (marginally) faster way of reaching other places in the metropolitan area, potentially cause a whole host of ecological issues, and increase property tax rates for native residents in its corridor- it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to construct. That's money that could be used to improve South Carolina's educational system, law enforcement system, environmental programs, cultural programs, or one amongst many other things.
Urban sprawl also hurts the agricultural industry. As suburban communities grow around farms, property taxes go up for farmers. It is hard for some of the small farms affected by urban sprawl to remain economically viable.
In many of our cities, there are campaigns to attract wealthy non-natives and develop high-income housing under the guise of '"protecting architectural traditions" and "urban renewal". Preference is given for the development of expensive traditional architectural designs marketed towards wealthy transplants over high-density housing that lower-income natives can afford. "Urban renewal" is simply a euphemism for "displacing low-income natives with moneyed outsiders". Nothing is being renewed or revitalized- only replaced by something else from the outside.
What good are the architectural preservation programs when they play a hand in our displacement? Are we preserving the essence of our cities by encouraging the destruction of low-cost housing and inviting the development of expensive houses designed to attract wealthy non-natives? The protection of our historical buildings and architectural styles is very important, but it means nothing when it is being used to displace us.
Others try to excuse our cultural displacement by suggesting we communicate in "sub-standard" speech. They suggest that Cajun is a "crude" variety of the French language. They call Gullah "very poor English". They refer to the Inland dialect heard in many mountainous regions, as well as much of the Upper South and Texas as a "trashy twang". They call the dialect of the Virginia Piedmont something of "antiquated gentility". They call Baltimorerese "foul-sounding". They suggest that we make no effort to save Texas German and Chickasaw because they have so few speakers. This is nothing other than unabashed cultural elitism on their part. I, for one, would not stand for similar criticism of their speech any day of the week.
There is one thing to be exceptionally proud of. Southern arts have largely survived in the face of cultural displacement. Southern youths of today still listen to Otis Redding, Hank Williams Sr., Albert King, Ernest Tubb, The Allman Brothers Band, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many other great Southern artists of the last century. Southerners continue to create music of their own in the vein of these great artists. Southern fiction writing is still thriving through literary magazines like The Oxford American. We still have a good number of Southern visual artists producing work.
We just need to pick up our efforts on other issues.
The world seems to think it's a tragedy when cultural displacement happens in Scotland, Québec, Catalonia- or one of any other number of places. When it happens in the South, many seem to be indifferent about it.
Now is the time to restore dignity to the name of the Southern people and see that we are not swept in to the ashcan of history.
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is there a name for this type of writing ?
You cannot help but to conclude after seeing the same kinds of behavior exhibited in almost every Blotter article, that consumption of alcohol leads people to do incredibly stupid, if not blatantly criminal acts, often in public places. Yet no one seem to lobby for increased enforcement of laws regarding intoxication. It is almost as if society promotes it, and virtually condones it in many cases. It would be nice of law enforcement officers could spend more time preventing violent crime, like rape, theft and murder.
And you gotta find a way to make the bullet be fired. If it were not for stolen guns, most pawn shops would be out of business.
Gotta stop arming the boys in the hood. Gotta pass a law that anyone gets their guns stolen must provide police with the registration number and a bullet fired from the gun. Gotta hit them with a big fine if gun is taken from an unlocked vehicle or residence, or is left lying around in a public place. Over 200 guns a year going to arm gangs in Charleston area along. Gotta clamp down on pawn shops accepting stolen guns.
I suppose that everyone who works at the guesthouse has to endure a hostel work environment.
Booze is like sex. If you try to repress it and make it shameful and stigmatized for children, they are going to grow up to be alcoholics and whores. Same with the herb. Lie to your children about it, like the government and schools do, and when they eventually try it - which they will - they are going to say "Hey, this isn't as scary and terrible as I was always told. In fact, it's pretty fucking awesome. I wonder what other drugs they were lying about?"
Children witnessing consumption of alcohol does not necessarily guarantee the child will grow up to drink. Children witnessing grownups exhibiting the behaviors above while perceived authority (parents, etc.) appear to approve and rationalize (i.e. "Oh, man, he's wasted! Hahahahah!") will teach children to aspire to the same behavior. My husband and I both drink, though rarely to excess. When our son was young, my husband got very drunk one night. While his behavior wasn't dangerous, it was stupid and when our son saw him, I said "And some day, when you grow up, you can drink until you behave like an idiot, too!" My son opted to avoid alcohol. Never did we hide drinking from him or avoid places where drinking occurred, but most of the time, what he saw was responsible drinking. He learned that drinking was not a social imperative and that he was responsible for his choices. His choice was no alcohol.
Seems like booze is a common denominator in most of these incidents. It may also be a factor in most cases of domestic violence, highway accidents, and breaking up relationships. What a dull society this would be without booze. Good to see CCP promote it and particularly encouraging people bringing kids to restaurants that feature booze, to help get them indoctrinated to a habit that appears to be the backbone of the economy..
Here's another responsible gun owner, granted way the hell away from here:
Every fucking week weapons are stolen out of cars. Paul, use your badass journalism skillz and find out how many of these weapons belong to people who consider themselves law-abiding, responsible gun owners. Because I'm always hearing how responsible ones are being oppressed for no reason.
Internet: How does it work?
Ought to be a law against leaving a weapon in an unlock vehicle..Newspapers should publish photo of all arrested for public drunkenness..pretty obvious some drama queens are guys..Kudos to CCP for this funny stuff and great art work. Need to put it on a banner cause it is difficult to find.
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