Welcome to the weekly live chat with Brian Hicks. Feel free to ask questions now and we will post them when the chat begins at noon.
Good day, Charleston. Today we're going to try to get up a petition to change the name of South Carolina's stand your ground law to Stand By Your Man...slaughter.
Ruth, I think the Wild Wing story is disturbing, if that's the way it happened.
For those of you who missed it, a group of folks went to the North Charleston Wild Wing in July for a going away party. They had to wait for an hour, had a run-in with some women who came through and was seated before them, then waited another hour before being told they'd have to leave because the group was scaring some of the patrons.
The group feels race was a factor.
Now, I don't think it's any big deal that the two women got seated before them - a table for two is easier to find that a table for a dozen or more. But for management to come out and tell them they couldn't be seated because they were scaring the white women?
When did Rand Paul get elected president?
MRSJR, I think McConnell would take the job if the College of Charleston offered it to him. He's an alumni, it's a nice gig at one of the city's oldest institutions (and he's into old).
Truth is, the board of trustees could make a worse choice if they are worried about the college's standing in Columbia. McConnell of course is extremely connected, knows how to get things done in the General Assembly and, unlike some candidates, is actually liked by the people who run this state.
As opposed to some of the other candidates. Jenny Sanford - cough, cough.
Steve: We don't think criminals read this (we don't think anyone reads this).
Steve, you're right - we have gun laws, and aren't going to get any new ones unless they loosen restrictions put in place by the previous laws. But some people are still running around saying we aren't doing enough to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
Too bad these folks don't read the rest of the Constitution as well as that section.
You're right, too, Andy - criminal don't read this. At least not the ones who use guns.
They are too busy bonding out of jail every other day.
I've been trying to get Chief Britt on the phone for the last two days. I've got a hot tip on a stock and was hoping he'd invest with me. I heard he had some money lying around.
I hope I get him soon. Sounds like SLED may have other plans for the St. George police chief and his (taxpayers') money.
From Mary Burton: Why is N Charleston spending so much money on a mural,,when our taxes keep going UP??? It will last only 7yrs.
Mary, that's a really good question.
North Charleston is in the middle of a campaign to make residents feel better about their city, which has been treated like Columbia's twin sister for years by Charleston. Sometimes these civic projects cost money.
I didn't think $5,000 for the mural was too bad, but $87,000 to stick it up on some container was a tad steep. Luckily the city council decided against that. Like you say, especially since it will only last 7 years. Or two days until the skateboard punks spray paint it.
Brian, what did you make of the Lindsey Graham meeting sans Lindsey Graham? And what's with the cardboard cutouts?
Funny you should mention that. We're trying to line up an interview with Cardboard Lindsey Graham, who was at the Freedom Works town hall meeting last night. We're told he's deep in conference with Cardboard Nancy Pelosi, who came to town to work for Mark Sanford's congressional campaign and never left. We can't let this sort of talk across the cardboard aisle continue.
I think those folks are probably better off arguing with a cardboard cutout. They wouldn't stand a chance against the real Graham.
By the way, that's not fawning adoration for Graham, that's a statement on the issues comprehension skills of the attendees.
We might see some incremental change if people like Scarlett Wilson keep pushing for change. Truth is, lawmakers say they have responded fairly well to the requests of the solicitors and various police chiefs.
Trouble is, civil rights, due process and all that innocent-til-proven-guilty gets in the way. But ultimately, like everything else, it comes down to money. Until we have enough jails to hold the increasing number of people committing crimes, things will stay pretty much the same.
And they certainly can't sell a tax increase to pay for more jails - we'd have to listen to all that plasma TV, prison Taj Mahal malarkey from people who've never been a guest of the government.
My friend Susan says we should all be watching the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of M.L. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and she's right. Tune in for presidential comments this afternoon.
Hard to believe that was half a century ago. We've come a long way, but there are still a lot of people out there still living in the '50s. I wish one of them would buy me a '59 Vette while they're there.
Brian, North Carolina and South Carolina play tomorrow night. Shouldn't there be a special prize for the winner?
... such as "The Real Carolina" trophy?
I think North and South Carolina should play every year, toward the end of the season, and call it the Secession Bowl. It would only be fitting for South Carolina to start it.
I like the Gamecocks' chances, by the way. In fact, North Carolina should be offended to take the role of "first game patsy," which is a time-honored practice in the SEC.
So nobody - not even you, Andy - has any recommendation for my first-round pick in the fantasy football draft. I pick 9th, right behind Schuyler.
Are we ready to wrap up Brian?
I suppose so. I've got to catch Cardboard Lindsey Graham before someone in North Charleston goes and recycles him.
Thanks everyone for stopping by! See you next week.