Lowcountry fantasyland

One Lowcountry resident swore he must have been mistaken when he saw the “Cinderella carriage.” Though he was not in error, the carriage was not a storybook fantasy but somewhat of a short-lived affair. Our best sources confirm that the fairytale world has not completely captured Charleston for good, as the owners have withdrawn the Disney-like carriage — at least for now. The Rambler concurs with those blogging in social media about this out-of-place entity and hopes that this chapter in tourism fairytales will end permanently.


Tall tales and cocktails

Speaking of mixing up one’s vision of reality, a recent episode of the Comedy Central show “Drunk History” took aim at our home front in the latest in a string of pop culture adventures in the Lowcountry. We saw the show and found it more lacking humor rather than being anything offensive. One longtime resident of Mount Pleasant’s Old Village suggested the show was “wasted airtime.”

Blame it on Hazel

About a week before “Drunk History” popped the cork, Charleston lawyer Andy Savage, in an article in the Post and Courier, brought up the name Hazel V. Parker as one who would have been a stop-and-frisk target according to the Charleston Police Department guide on monitoring those who wear a “big coat in summer.” As the attorney for the family of the late 19-year-old Denzel Curnell, Savage suggested that race was likely the deciding factor in an off-duty policeman seeking to frisk a young man wearing a hoodie. After all, no one would have frisked Hazel Parker, who was prone to wear warm clothes all year. Miss Parker did wear a sweater in summer, but had she been out in the evening, she would not have lurking in the shadows. More likely she would have been taking young girls for ice cream after kickball practice. Moreover, she would have put up her hands immediately had any law enforcement official asked. As a law-and-order lady, Hazel would be less than pleased to be used in what seems like a straw man defense — one far beneath Mr. Savage’s talent.

Fritz fries facts

Speaking of defending a client in a wholesale manner, many readers no doubt saw that experience is not always the best teacher, especially when it comes to longtime politicians such as Fritz Hollings. In an opinion piece for the Post and Courier, he said that we are blaming Putin for the downing of Flight 17 to “cover up the fact that we started the fight.” It was enough to shake one’s blueberries off of the morning cereal. We will admit that our nation is a bipartisan blunder machine when it comes to foreign policy; however, that does not mean we are in some way responsible for Putin’s thuggish behavior. For more on matters overseas, please see our editorial on page 12.


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Buxton Books

Caviar & Bananas

The Meeting Street Inn (Rack)

Clair's Service Station, Folly Rd. (Rack)

Harris Teeter, Houston-Northcutt Blvd. (Rack)

Mt. Pleasant Library, Mathis Ferry Rd. (Rack)

Pitt St. Pharmacy

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