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Five Quotes About South Carolina Politics

Over the next three weeks, many a lazy reporter is likely to trot out a variation of the James L. Petigru zinger, “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.”

Since that dead horse has been beaten to a pulp, here are five more quotes to sharpen your appreciation for the kind of politics we’re in for between now and February 27.

Whisper campaigns, push polls, mudslinging and false attacks are the coin of the realm in the state where the late Lee Atwater spawned a legacy of GOP-operative street hustlers who dominate the political culture. Indeed, political consulting in the Palmetto State might be the only career where a mug shot looks good on a resume.

Cory Hutchins

[T]he state is…a painful symbol of the brutality of American politics.”

Jennifer Steinhauer

I was there to find out about dirty politics, I’d say. Over and over, that provoked pride: “You’ve come to the right place!”

Richard Gooding

Politics in South Carolina has a sad reputation as a blood sport. Our state has been famous for its last-minute dirty tricks, anonymous phone calls, and personal attacks.

Governor Nikki Haley

While I don’t think Pat Conroy was describing only our politics in this one, it’s still right on target:

South Carolina is not a state – it is a cult.


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River Rat to keep craft beer ball rolling in Columbia

Step 2 in turning ColaTown into a decent BeerTown.

Drink. Blog. Repeat.


With the recent opening of Conquest Brewing Co., Columbia was finally put on the map as a burgeoning beer city in the Palmetto State. But more importantly, it showed prospective brewers that there was support for local craft beer in the Capital City.

By the end of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014 at the latest, the second production craft brewery in Columbia will be online in the form of the River Rat Brewery. A partnership between a burgeoning homebrewer with an interest in going big and a longtime professional brewer from one of the country’s largest craft breweries, River Rat is aiming to quench not just the local thirst for craft beer, but also a much larger clientele.

About a year ago, Mike Tourville, 51, picked up his first homebrewing kit at Lexington’s Keg Cowboy, eventually expanding into a professional prefabricated 15-gallon system. As he began…

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Without a Paddle: Thomas Creek Brewing Up the Creek Extreme IPA

One of my favorites…geez it’s been a long time since I wrote anything.

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When it comes to “extreme beer,” Dogfish Head takes the cake. Their experimental tendencies provide a slew of wild, off-centered ales. Among them, 120 Minute IPA.

Well, meet 120 Minute’s new competition: Thomas Creek’s Up the Creek Extreme IPA.

At 12.5 percent ABV, this imperial India Pale Ale is nothing to sneeze at. Although, I might prefer this brew over its Dogfish Head brethren. It’s got an 84 on Beer Advocate.

The South Carolina brewery used a ton of high alpha acid American hops in this beer, which gives it nose-stinging hop aroma – literally. I was not put off by the sheer voracity of Amarillo and Willamette hops, but the smell of this beer is harsh and pungent, carrying aromas of lemon, mint and blood orange.

Whereas 120 Minute nearly smells and tastes like a pseudo-baryleywine thanks to its intense malt profile, Up the Creek Extreme IPA…

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Happy IPA Day

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It’s been entirely too long since I actually posted something on my own blog, so let me just wish you all a Happy IPA Day!

Here are a few of my favorite beer-related sites/services for your enjoyment:

Untappd : Drink Socially

Beer Advocate: All things beer

Craft Beer: Yummy

World of Beer Columbia: ‘Nuff said

Thomas Creek Brewery: A Chernoff Newman client!

Friday is National Growler Day

Oh yeah:

if you’re not already aware, many brewpubs and some breweries across the United States have the ability to sell you “growlers” of their house brewed beer for you to take home and enjoy. Typically, a growler holds 64 ounces and in many occasions you can bring them back for refills (a refill price is often cheaper than a first fill because you are paying for the glass container).

I buy most of my growlers at Green’s on Piney Grove, but Hunter Gatherer rocks as well. Go drink some good beer.

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Get over it, Gamecock fans

When people need positive reinforcement or just a little encouragement in their lives, they will often look to me and – and then quickly move on.

However, I myself am astounded and disturbed by all the negativity currently surrounding University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecock Chickens Football.

For the love of God, people, we’re 7-2 with a real chance to again win the SEC East!

In the 28 seasons since I first set foot on the University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecock Chickens campus as a student, we’ve averaged 5.8 wins per season – which incidentally is just 8/10ths more than the number of coaches we’ve burned through in that same time.

I didn’t leave my house on March 6, 2002; I once asked for a new room when the hotel clerk handed me a key to Room 362; I walked straight out of McDonald’s without accepting my order or swiping my debit card one day when the bill came to $3.62; all because you just know there is a wicked curse waiting to be unleashed in a universe where a football team can have a 3-6-2 record twice within five years! And then we came within 5 points of tying Kentucky – Kentucky! – to finish with the same record four seasons later!

We’ve finished 5-6 or 6-5 so many times that the NCAA added a 12th game to the season just to break up the monotony and fix it so the Gamecocks could finish 5-7 a couple of times.

And please, for the sake of all that is good and holy, do not speak to me of 1998-99, when our our winning percentage was just below A-Rod’s average with runners in scoring position during the late innings of a postseason baseball game.

We’re 7-2, people! Yes, the Auburn game is as inexcusable as it is inexplicable, but we lost to a Top 10 program in Fayetteville, Arkansas with a backup quarterback, the 5th-string tailback and a freshman tackle on the field – and still had a chance to win the damn game in the fourth quarter.

Yes, yes, yes, I know all about the soft bigotry of low expectations. If we expect the Gamecocks to win 5.8 games, we can all be happy with a 7-5 record, right? Except I’m not the one with low expectations – you get that courtesy of all the moaners.

I WANT to win 12 games (counting the SEC Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl to follow) and I will be BITTERLY disappointed if, at this point, Georgia beats Auburn and we end up 8-5 after another blowout loss in the Outback Bowl. But in the meantime, I don’t see a whole lot of reason to jump clean off the bandwagon.

Have we looked good in all seven of our wins? No, but I don’t recall feeling particularly better when we played good and ALMOST beat a whole bunch of teams in the last 28 seasons either.

Get over it, Gamecock fans.

My boy looks so awesome

Check out my lacrosse star Jack.

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