Great accents for a meal here. The bulk gourmet chocolate is wonderful in moderate amounts. The locally made Chocolate, from Charleston is the best I've ever head. Thrilled so see so many local producer's products here. The South, for all its faults, produces some of the finest food products on Planet earth and we don't need to go further to prepare really extraordinary meals. Italy is great and I love being there and eating their food with them. I was in Sienna once, at a Contrade dinner out on the street, just like you see in the Movies. Their families made the cheese, pasta, sausage, wine, olive oil and vegetables that were part of our meal. I met the people whose families had owned those farms, factories and cheese houses for centuries. There is no greater celebration of a culture than to eat it's food grown and made by the hands of people connected to its land. Sometimes on very special occassions we hold a dinner at our home and everthing on the table comes from within 100 miles of our house. This place makes that much easier.
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A few years ago, we had an LLC sue the Town of Mount Pleasant over a zoing issue. The court finally order disclosure of who owned the LLC, but that was far into the case. Remember, however, that "independent" expendatures by third party organizations are unlimited under Citizen's United and can come from secret sources. It's quite possible that some our of nowhere candidate will file at the last minute and carpet bomb the city with dark money. In the last election, there was a last minute attack on Joe Riley which was funded that way. Came out of nowhere from nobody and saturated local radio and media.
I don't read the names of any of our locally active leaders here. We've have a very thoughtful local Black Lives Matter effort here for over six months now. Several local activists went to Ferguson and came back convinced nobody wanted something like that to happen here. They've worked hard to work with local police towards real solutions, which isn't simple or easy. That doesn't mean it's perfect here or that everyone agrees on everything. I don't really see how this is an effective protest, particularly since it's nowhere near N. Charleston. All it does is get attention and piss people off, two things they were good at doing at Ferguson, a place nobody really wants to be any longer.
A decent treatment of a difficult and complex issue. I meet some of these people on the bus from time to time. A few are a nusance, but many are just decent people with bad luck.
I hand out CARTA bus passes when someone asks for a handout. You can buy them at the CARTA Office on John Street at the South end of the Visitor's Center Building in downtown Charleston.
I find pan handlers to be a nusance but attacking them like they're animals and encouraging violence shows how cruel and angry America has become. The white working class has been persuaded to turn their anger against people who sleep under bridges, while we grant billions in subsidies to corporations that pay no taxes and export jobs. Somewhere the arrogent billionaires increasingly in control of our government are laughing their heads off. If they have some group paying for part of this, I wouldn't be surprised. They've turned winding up white, working class anger into an art form.
We emptied the mental hospitals. We sent half a million men to war and damaged them. We exported 10 million factory jobs. We cut funding for wellfare, food stamps and other forms of public assistance. We tore down thousands of affordable housing units and built expensive projects with government backed loans which we had to bail out. We've allowed the miminum wage to lose half it's value. Why is anyone surprised that America has become what it is?
I would like to see Boeing standing at a street corner with a sign telling us what the total amount of subidies, tax breaks and grants they've been provided is. We don't even know what that amount is.
Yet another way in which building an entire landscape devoted to the car makes people vulnerable. A more walkable landscape with better transit would make all of us less of a hostage to the automobile, which is the tool which levels community everywhere. Beyond Harris Teeter, there is the nation's largest grocery store chain now, Walmart, increasingly stuff with food produced in Mexico, China and other third world countries. SC produces some of the finest agricultral products on Earth, but our stores are stuff with tasteless junk from off. Read the lables. Get to know a farmer. Fight to keep your food local.
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