Christian, writer, reader, husband, amateur folklorist, photographer, anti-hippie nature lover, paleoconservative, introvert, night owl, awkward speaker, INFP. I am much more expressive through writing than…
It's really impossible to ever find out when or where the first sweet tea was made. All we can ever know is when and where the first recorded mention of sweet tea occurs. Those are two quite different things. It may very well have been in Summerville, or it may have been in England or China for all we know. If it doesn't get written down somehow, it's lost to history. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.
The Sangarita (frozen margarita/sangria blend) at 3 Matadors Tequileria in West Ashley is one of the best margarita style drinks I've ever had.
The one about Mfume and Lee getting whipped is pretty bad. The one comparing the Confederate loss to the Holocaust isn't shameful or wrong so much as it is silly, the sign of someone whose youthful fervor for their beliefs makes them to use ridiculous hyperboles, which is something that probably most of us have done. As for the Abraham Lincoln excerpt, while again given to dramatic overstatement, actually has some merit to it. Judged fairly, and divested of the cult-like adoration he's given as an sort of semi-divine figure of American history, Lincoln was actually a pretty terrible president. I think Chris Haire in this article is guilty of the same thing that Jack Hunter was in his early work: ridiculously overstating his views on his subject. Sure, Hunter sometimes phrased his ideas a bit too strongly or took them a bit too far, or relied too much on shock value. But, especially in the later part of his career as a radio personality and columnist, he mellowed out a lot and his tone took on a much more even keel.
Haire, too, here, is guilty of something that I consider one of the most annoying fallacies of modern American discourse: the snarky, knee-jerk assumption that he need not defend or justify his own position. When he gives the Lincoln excerpt, he doesn't bother to say why this is so wrong or horrible. He just assumes that all his readers will gasp and shake their head sorrowfully. This is not only a fallacy, it's one of the most unfair rhetorical moves, as it convinces people not by reason but by the fear that if they don't agree they might be perceived as worthy of just as much scorn.
This'll be my first Spoleto event, despite living in the city for nine years now. Hope it doesn't rain too badly. I'm a fan of the Ramblers, can't wait to see them.
This is horrible. More development and population growth in Charleston are the worst things that could happen to the area, which is already overpopulated and environmentally threatened by out of control growth. Sure, the economic needs of its people are something we need to worry about, but not at the expense of everything that makes the city a place worth living. And that's exactly the price we're paying, and are likely to pay if things keep up the way they're going.
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