Welcome to the live chat with Brian. He'll start answering questions promptly at noon - hopefully - but if you have a question or topic you'd like Brian to discuss you can fire away now.
Howdy to all you folks out there in the ether, and welcome to the chat with me and Andy.
I just have to start out by saying that I'm blown away by this story out of North Charleston. Some guy and his brother are just listening to the Eagles, dreaming of a tequila sunrise, and some witchy woman comes out and stabs him. At least she don't have lyin' eyes - she admitted it. Said she was sick of the Eagles. Sounds like Don Henley to me.
You know, if I never hear Life in the Fast Lane again, it wouldn't be the end of the world. But how about One of These Nights? Must be short for "One of these nights, somebody is going to stab you for incessantly listening to lite pop rock from the '70s."
My favorite line in Christina Elmore's story: "All three people were intoxicated when the stabbing occurred, police said."
You don't say.
Speaking of Henley, hope you're ready to air some dirty laundry, Brian.
That's always been my motto with the column: kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down
I'm ready - just finished reading that 600-page Salinger bio.
Is there a shortage of real outrage? Frankly, I'm outraged no one else is asking questions ...
I think everyone in the free world has a Twitter account or is on the Facebook, and all of them want to throw in their two cents. And people like to think they are defending their homeland (we have a long and storied history of that). But mostly, people like to gripe and say ugly things.
I should know - I get paid to do it.
I defended Miss South Carolina because it's clear to me she didn't even write that line - it was handed to her. Apparently the pageant writers had to come up with something cute to say for every state, and their northeastern biases were on full display. Some of them were funny and some of them were forced, like the one for Miss Kentucky.
I just think people ought to have better things to do that beat up on beauty contest contestants.
I've got plenty of outrage in my inbox, but most of it is unprintable.
In other news, how do you think a 'call taker' fails to answer an alleged 45 calls without anyone noticing?
By the way, I do think the mobile home joke was stupid. I just don't think it's worth getting upset about.
The phone lines are open ...
I think there were some holes in the system, but when you think about the thousands of calls that go into 911 every day, missing one or two a week is entirely plausible. The Consolidated Dispatch Center folks have, as a result of this, tweaked the system and I think it will get even better.
You got to figure, the quality control at the 911 center is still better than at most ports in this country, where maybe two or three containers out of a hundred get checked. I'm just sayin'
I'm shocked, shocked, that county council is not willing to compensate anyone for their property. He says that's never what that they meant to suggest, but that's how everyone took it - and all the news media reported it. Seems if that was wrong, someone should have called for a correction the next day - not six or eight months later.
To be fair, you can't really expect them to do that. It would open up a can of worms that would likely bankrupt the county. They just shouldn't have dangled that bait for Anna Johnson
I've noticed we see a surge in people toward the latter half of the chats. Do you lurkers out there think we should change the time? Maybe during your work time so we don't disturb your lunch?
Technical difficulties here today...
Andy, I think maybe we should go have lunch with some of these folks and broadcast from there.
I agree, Aggie. That's what they passed, and they either ought to stick to it or bring it up for another vote. I think right now county attorneys are desperately searching for wiggle room in the amendment's language. In fact, it might be a column before long ...
@BrianHicks: Sounds good to me.
That's why the attorneys are trying to find some wiggle room in the language. They don't want this thing coming up for a full vote again.
Good question. Haven't talked to Bobby in a while, so I'm not sure. Need to check in with him. I hear he's fielding calls from the rest of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation, asking him to make Chip Limehouse quit stealing their lunch money.
Brian, what's the latest in the race for Lindsey Graham's seat?
What is happening with Sribble? Or is it me?
I think the Lindsey Graham race has gone dormant, and by that I mean the media is sick of it for the moment. Nancy Mace is signing all these pledges that she won't vote to spend a dollar, hates Obamacare and will re-institute hazing at The Citadel. Lee "Notso: Bright is calling for free guns for all kindergartners - that's school choice! - and nobody is listening to poor Richard Cash, who (despite holding up Jim DeMint as a personal hero) is the most qualified challenger so far to Lindsey in my mind.
Doesn't mean he won't come in fourth. He's just the most serious.
Next question, Brian: Is it lunch time?
This just in: Bobby Harrell on Twitter, plugging Avondale Restaurant Week. Guess that's what he's up to.
It's always lunch time. And I think folks would do themselves a favor to head over to the Meeting Street Piggly Wiggly, while it's still there, and get some of Mrs. Mac's fried chicken. It will make you super-productive for the rest of the day.
WARNING: May have the exact opposite effect, but it's still good. And if BI-Lo doesn't keep Mrs. Mac's on the menu, they need to be prepared for a long and unending campaign of snarky comments and protest columns
Thanks Aggie Tater for participating and thank you lurkers for watching. Maybe you'll chime in next week. Same Brian time, same Brian channel.
Anybody got an extra ticket to see the Eagles in Charlotte this fall?