It’s Official: I Live Among The Brainwashed and Ultra-Racists

McCain has big lead in South, poll of 11 states shows

Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain enjoys a 16-point lead — 51 percent to 35 percent — among Southern voters over rival Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, a new poll by Winthrop University and ETV shows.

And, the further into the South you go, the larger McCain’s lead grows, the poll of likely voters in 11 Southern states shows.

Likely voters in the Deep South — those in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina — preferred McCain by a 25-point margin, 56 percent to 31 percent.

Southern voters said what they want most in a president is honesty, experience and shared values. Southern voters rated McCain ahead of Obama in each of those categories.

B’Man: Jesus Christ, rednecks. Are you shitting me? I am no Obama fan and won’t vote for him, but this is insane. Have you no sense about you, whatsoever? There is no way that ‘thinking’ people could ever come to this conclusion.

McCain’s strongest support comes from white working-class Southerners — who favor him by a 34-point margin — and white evangelicals — who favor the Arizonan by 54 percentage points.

The poll, which was conducted Aug. 1-17, has a margin of error of (plus or minus) 2.97 percentage points…

…On the issues, McCain trumped Obama nearly across the board in the poll.

The economy easily was the most important issue to Southern voters in the upcoming presidential election. McCain bested Obama on which candidate would handle energy and gas prices better, and who would do the better job on taxes.

McCain also far out-distanced Obama on who would do a better job of handling the Iraq war and terrorism.

None of that surprised Jeanette Smith of Chapin, who described McCain as honest and decisive, strong on national security and unlikely to be manipulated by a foreign government.

“The economy and national security are neck-and-neck for me,” said Smith, a 54-year-old bookkeeper and mother of four. “In fact, I’m not even sure they are separate issues.”…

B’Man: I read this shit and I scratch my head wondering how in the fuck someone could be so out of touch with reality and then I remember that these ignorant morons only listen to Rush and the other radical freaks mimicking anything and everything the neocon asshats want remembered. I am working to wake you rednecks up, but it is becoming apparent that some are simply too far gone from reality to ever wake up. Normally I would be sad for you, but your idiocy is fucking up my world. Hence, I have nothing but disdain and anger towards those who continue to spread false and dumbass commentaries about McCain, as if he could or WOULD do any of that.

Fools.

However, Deep South and working-class white voters disagreed, saying McCain understands them best.

“Senator Obama has a great deal of work to do if he plans to turn the Southern states in his favor,” said Adolphus Belk Jr., who helped design the poll and teaches political science and African-American Studies at Winthrop.

Belk said Obama has to do a better job at defining himself for voters, moving beyond simply being a new face on the national stage. Obama also has to overcome religious and ethnic misinformation that continues to plague his candidacy, Belk said.

That’s no short order in the South, either, said Obama supporter John Hines Jr. of Effingham, S.C. “For older Americans, I think color is still an issue,” said the 53-year-old paper maker.

Of those polled, 86 percent said race would not be an important factor in how they choose to vote. However, a quarter of all likely Southern voters surveyed said that if a candidate had a Muslim parent, it would impact their votes. Obama, who is a Christian, had a Muslim father.

Hines said he thinks race matters despite the poll results.

“I hate to knock on the color thing, I really do,” said Hines, a native South Carolinian. “But I think it’s a factor.”

Still, Hines also had kind words for McCain. “I really think whoever is elected, it will be good for America,” he said.

Obama supporter Willie Greene, 50, of Patrick, S.C., said the Democrat has to focus on pocketbook issues, and be more assertive and less contemplative in responding to questions.

“Right now, they’re seeing color,” said Greene, a treatment plant operator. “It’s a big hurdle he would have to overcome, and I hate to say it, but he is at a big disadvantage in the South.”

B’Man: Idiots. Neither of these power mongers are going to be ‘good’ for this country. McCain sure as hell will be the very worst that we could ever even consider at this point in time of our history. How people can even think it baffles me.

I am at wit’s end. Logic disallows the computation of this bullshit.

B’Man’s Redneck Watch: $13 Barbie rod lands record catfish (no charters, no guides)

McClatchy reports on a cool grandpa redneck who seems to have done the impossible: catch a 21# catfish on a Barbee fishing rod.

$13 Barbie rod lands record catfish (no charters, no guides)

By Bruce Henderson

David Hayes knew from earlier catches that lunker catfish patrolled the acre pond a few feet behind his rural Wilkes County home.

But he never suspected it held a state-record channel cat. Or that he would land it with a hot-pink Barbie rod and reel 2 inches shorter than the fish.

How that happened is a whale of a fish story, which says something about a 3-year-old girl’s bond with her grandpa.

Hayes told it this way:

It was 7:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, Aug. 5. Hayes was home in the Shoaly Branch community after work running the dye house for a local textile-maker. Granddaughter Alyssa Hayes, who lives nearby, helped Hayes pick tomatoes. Then she decided she wanted to go fishing.

Fishing and riding four-wheelers together are what Alyssa loves best with her Papa.

Hayes, who’s 56, caught a few crickets and baited the hook on her 2 1/2-foot Barbie rod and reel combo — $13 at Wal Mart. Alyssa caught a couple of bluegills.

Then she had to go to the bathroom and thrust the tackle in Hayes’ hands as she turned for the house.

“They hadn’t no more than closed the door than the cat hit the cricket and took off,” he said. “He turned the water over and I saw his tail was about as wide as my two hands.

“I knew I was in trouble.

“By the time she got back out there, she said, ‘Papa, you’re going to break my rod,’ because it was bent double.”

After 25 minutes, pink plastic and 6-pound-test line prevailed.

Hayes netted the exhausted fish. Alyssa “squealed and her eyes got as big as silver dollars.”

Scales at a local grocery said the 32-inch fish weighed 21 pounds, 1 ounce. A state fisheries biologist certified the record, nearly three pounds over the previous mark.

The fish will go on the wall, along with Alyssa’s Barbie rod.

“It looks like a toy,” Hayes said, “but it’s a functioning toy.”

Booze Kills, Pot Doesn’t

Many years ago, when I was 17, my dad was best friends with my hometown police chief. I was wild as a buck and was known to partake in the evil weed and could be known to be crazy as hell.

Back then, I would drink, but simply for social reasons… I never really have liked getting ‘drunk’ (even though I did it quite often). I feel horrible the next day and I don’t really like the feeling I got especially after the initial ‘buzz’. I also seemed to get into trouble when drinking and was known to take my redheaded temper to extremes.

But weed never did me that way. Hell, it wouldn’t cause anger, it calmed me down.

Anyway, I came home one day close to graduation and I noticed that Jack’s Chief car was in the driveway. This wasn’t uncommon, so I didn’t think too much about it… UNTIL I went in and realized that they were waiting on me.

Both men are dead, so I can say this now, but as they railed on me about the evils of weed, they were smoking cigars and drinking a Scotch and water ( we lived in a dry county, which means this drink was also illegal).

All I could say was that if I had a choice between the two evils (the one they enjoyed or the one I enjoyed) I would choose the one that didn’t cause me to be a maniac and sick as a dog. I also told them that the day they could put down the cigars and alcohol would be the day I put down the weed.

Both of these men smoked and drank until the day they died…

From Alternet:

Booze Kills, Pot Doesn’t

On Aug. 19, the Associated Press reported on a group of college presidents proposing reconsideration of the legal drinking age. I’ll refrain from wading into the emotional debate about what the legal age for alcohol should be, but a graph that accompanied the story in some outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, raises larger questions about our national policies toward drugs and alcohol.

Two things are striking:

1. The number of alcohol poisoning deaths in the United States is shockingly high, consistently between 300 and 400 each year. The number of annual deaths from marijuana poisoning remains — as always — zero.

2. The number of alcohol poisoning deaths spiked just as the U.S. government started going all out to demonize marijuana, deploying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of anti-marijuana ads on TV, on radio and in print.

One can’t help but wonder if this is really just coincidence. The recent low point came in 2000, with 327 alcohol poisoning deaths overall, 16 of them among college-age Americans. In 2001, the Bush administration came into office, with anti-marijuana zealot John Walters taking over as drug czar late in the year. Shortly thereafter, Walters began his anti-marijuana crusade.

The airwaves were soon filled with commercials telling teens and their parents that lighting up a joint could lead to shooting your friends, getting pregnant, running over little girls on bicycles or supporting terrorists. Walters made wild statements, claiming that marijuana potency had increased up to 20-fold (a claim he’s since backed off from but never directly retracted). The message was clear: Forget everything you think you know about marijuana being relatively harmless — this stuff is dangerous, addictive and scary.

When sensible individuals noted that alcohol is in fact far more dangerous health-wise than marijuana, Walters told the Albuquerque Journal that the idea was “frightening.” And the anti-marijuana crusade sped onward, with new waves of ads directed at both young people and their parents.

According to government surveys, marijuana use did decline modestly (though the decline had actually begun before Bush and Walters took office, a point the administration generally neglects to mention). And in 2002 — the first full year of Walters’ modern “reefer madness” — alcohol poisoning deaths spiked to 383, a level they’ve roughly maintained ever since. Booze deaths among college-age young people also ratcheted upward and in 2005 set a recent record of 35 in one year — a 250 percent increase in just four years.

And during that time, the government maintained virtual silence about the dangers of binge drinking.

No one wants to encourage kids to drink or smoke marijuana. But if you keep bombarding young people with propaganda about the dangers of marijuana while saying nothing about the possibility that booze can literally kill you — which is precisely what our government has done — well, that just might be “sending a message to young people,” as the federal bureaucrats say. And that message could kill.

It’s not unreasonable to suspect that it already has.