Sunday, January 3, 2021

2020 Restaurant Visits

 Restaurant                                    Location                Rating            Beer Selection Rating

MESU

DT

3

2

Coda del Pesce

MP

5

2

Husk

DT

5

3

Tempest

DT

5

3

Wine and Company

DT

5

5

Bistronomy

DT

4

2

Bad Daddy's Burger

Sum

3

3

Poogan's Southern Kitchen

Sum

3

 

Virginia's on King

DT

2

 

Coast Brewing

Park

5

5

Edmunds Oast

NK

5

5

Twenty Six Divine

NK

5

0

Charleston Bakery and Deli

Sum

4

0

Five Loaves Café

Var

4

3

Hall's

DT/Su

4

3

House of Brews

MP

4

5

Renzo

NK

4

3

The Ordinary

DT

4

3

Frannie and the Fox

DT

3

2

Kickin Chicken

Var

3

3

Mellow Mushroom

Var

3

4

Papi's Taqueria

MP

3

3

Baker and Brewer

NK

4

4

Coastal Coffee Roasters

Sum

4

4

Juan Lewis

NK

4

2

Leon's Fine Poultry and Oyst

NK

4

3

Swig and Swine

Var

4

3

The Brew Cellar

Park

4

5

Victor Hopensteins Brewlab

NK

4

3

Commonhouse Aleworks

Park

3

5

Neighborhood Tap House II

NC

4

4

The Darling

DT

4

3

Taco Boy

NK/Su

3

3

Binky's

MP

4

2

The Grit Counter

MP

4

 

167 Raw

DT

3

3

SOL

Sum

3

 

Azul

Park

4

3

First Watch

Su/MP

3

 

Rusty Bull Brewing

NC

3

3

The Mill Street Tavern

MP

3

3

The Codfather

Park

4

3

Bar Felix

DT

4

3

Cuban Gypsy

NC

4

 

Peno Mediterranean Grill

NC

3


 

Here's a link to the Master Restaurant Spreadsheet

Columns are Restaurant, Location, Rating and Beer Selection Rating.

Locations: Park - Park Circle, DT - Downtown, NK - North of 17 Downtown, Var - multiple locations, MP - Mount Pleasant, MN - Middle of Nowhere (Outside Holly Hill in this case), WA - anywhere West of the Ashley, NC - North Charleston, Su or Sum - Summerville

Rating - 1 to 5 scale (5 being best (gotta be perfect to get a 5 - 4 is a perfectly great score and 3 is reliably good))

Beer rating:
1   No beer or little good beer (or a bad brewery)
2   Below Average (or a mediocre brewery)
3   Some locals and other good brews (or an OK brewery)
4   Excellent (or a good brewery)
5   Best (or a great brewery)



Sunday, November 29, 2020

Congress Fails - Courts Legislate - This is NOT How it Works!

 Very few things highlight the failures of the Democrats than their failure to advance legislation to extend the Civil Rights Act when they had majorities. Just like the Republicans, they don't want to solve a problem if they can continue to use it to demonize their opponents and garner votes. 

CONGRESS is the proper way to extend these rights, NOT the courts. If unelected judges can unilaterally change the law or the Constitution then NONE of us are safe from a Court that does not align with our values. 

We shouldn't have to be afraid of a conservative court if the court wasn't trying to fix that which Congress refuses to. 

Biden had almost 50 years to fix this and refused to. He is not going to fix it now. He is going to put a ragged band aid on it, claim to be the hero of the LGBTQ, and then continue to fear-monger for votes.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-barack-obama-discrimination-marriage-fbdd826a46b3c77c265967c73b7ff6e0

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Rights are a Bundle. Ignore Some at Your Own Risk

Again, for those not listening...

Rights are a bundle, not a la carte.

"You don’t care very much about the rights of the sky zombie folks* because you care more about COVID-19? Totally understandable, as you’re allowed to value your personal concerns over those of other people. But then, they’re allowed to care about their values over yours. The difference is that theirs are protected by the Constitution. Honor it not because you agree, but because you expect them to honor the rights you value, and either they all deserve respect or none do."

*these would be religious people

https://blog.simplejustice.us/2020/11/28/god-v-science-constitutionally-speaking/

Partisan Hypocrisy in Census and other Areas

This discussion is another in a long line of examples of unprincipled politicians using principled arguments to pretend that they give a shit about you.

Just like Ds and Rs don't give a crap about whether a vote is legal, fair, or unburdened - only that the vote is for them - when they argue voter ID or felons voting... 

Any thought that politicians actually care about principles regarding the census, reapportionment or redistricting is laughable. Rs want more seats in areas where their voters are and Ds want the opposite. 

It is as simple as that. 

If mail in voting overwhelmingly favored Rs over Ds, their positions would flip instantly and they would pretend they always believed that way and that only an amoral idiot would possibly argue against their positions. 

And their mindless flacks would eat it up and follow right along... 

One needs only remember the past lawsuits on redistricting, and follow along in the coming new redistricting lawsuits as Ds and Rs in one state argue exactly opposite positions of their counterparts in different states depending on how redistricting affects them. 

https://www.scotusblog.com/category/special-features/symposia-before-oral-arguments-in-the-2020-21-term/symposium-before-oral-argument-in-trump-v-new-york/

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Hidden, but incredibly important election

NATHANIEL RAKICH

We haven’t been actively tracking it, but one other late-breaking election result of note: This week, Democrats basically sewed up a supermajority in the New York state Senate. In addition to giving them the ability to override the vetoes of moderate Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this also gives Democrats full control over passing new congressional and state legislative maps in New York, which is expected to have 26 House seats next decade. That means that Democrats will control the redrawing of 73 House seats in total, or 17 percent of the House. Republicans will control the redrawing of 188 seats (43 percent), while 167 seats (38 percent) will be drawn by independent commissions or both parties working together.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Official 2020 Election Prediction

 These are my official predictions and I won't change them based on polls or minor movements but reserve the right to change them over a major political event such as a death, COVID cure, or REAL scandal.

President:

Trump gets 219 electoral votes, Biden gets 319

Biden States (closest bunch first): AZ, FL, PA, WI, NV, MN, VA, HI, VT, NH, RI, MA, CT, DC, NJ, DE, WA, OR, CA, CO, NM, IL, NY, MD, 3/4 ME and 1/4 NE

Trump States: NC, GA, OH, IA, UT, ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, IN, KY, TN, WV, MS, AL, SC, AK, ME 1/3, NE, 3/4

States I am most worried about being wrong: NC, GA, OH, ME, AZ, FL

Confidence in my prediction: 65% (this year is weird). If wrong, I think Biden crushes Trump, but I wouldn't be surprised in other direction.

Senate:

51 plus or minus 1 Democrats.

I have CO, GA, ME, NC, AZ flipping Red to Blue

I have AL flipping Blue to Red

Least confident states are IA and ME

House:

I have 233 plus or minus 5 Democrats

Jo Jorgensen:

4.8%

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Guest Post from Dillon Goertz on Recent Racial Incidents:

This is America

In 2018, Childish Gambino released the single This is America and the video that was meant to not just supplement the song, but to be part of it. The video and lyrics are a powerful statement about how blacks in America live in a state of constant fear of the potential for institutional failure, whether that failure is with the government that is supposed to create a safe environment, or with the law enforcement agencies that are supposed to enforce the laws fairly and equally, or with the members of the general community, who say they want to live in the land of the free but who often act like the land of the free was only meant to belong to certain groups.

Interestingly enough, when the single won the Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Music Video, and Best Rap/Sung Performance, Donald Glover, the creative force behind Childish Gambino, was not there to accept the prizes. He was nowhere to be seen. Of course, I can only speculate as to what led to his decision not to attend, but if I had one guess, it would be this: he didn’t care about being recognized; he just wanted people to listen to the message.

I’m troubled by the repeated reminders, so many over the last few years, that a lot of people not only haven’t listened, they don’t even want to hear it. When people of color complain about the systemic inequities, pointing at extreme but repetitious examples, those who should be listening default to their echo chambers and shoot off false axioms (“there must have been a good reason”, “cops lives are hard”, “maybe if the person hadn’t done...” and on and on).

So it’s already started with two very notable stories in the news yesterday.

In the first, a black man wisely decided to start recording a white woman who was becoming aggressive towards him in a relatively secluded portion of Central Park called The Ramble. There are a few things to note:

1. The encounter began when Christian Cooper, the man, asked the woman, Amy Cooper (same last name was only coincidence), to leash her dog in accordance with posted rules of the park. Other areas of the park allowed dogs to be off-leash, but he was there specifically to bird watch, a known hobby in that area of the park and exactly why the leash rule was posted.

2. In the video, Ms. Cooper tells Mr. Cooper that she is going to call the police and “tell them that an African American man is threatening my life.” This, to me, requires the most unpacking of the whole event. First, instead of leaving (which is what any sane person would do if they felt their life was threatened), she took the time to call the police on her cell phone, while holding her dog up in the air by its collar, and tell the police exactly what she said she would. But before the call, she didn’t say “I’m going to tell them that YOU threatened my life” but “an AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN is threatening my life.” That distinction should be clear to anyone: it was an unveiled threat to use racial profiling as a weapon. This is the “white privilege” that people talk about in disgusting clarity.

3. She kept approaching HIM while making ridiculous comments about how threatening he was (which was clearly the trigger for him to start recording). And STILL people say “well, we don’t know what he said to her. She may very well have felt threatened.” No, she was angry that HE didn’t feel threatened by HER. Her control mechanism wasn’t working, and so she resorted to threatening to call the police. And when that that threat didn’t work either, she DID call the police.

In the second story, a black man named George Floyd was killed on video by a police officer who refused to lift his knee off of the man’s neck, even as the man pleaded with them to let them know he couldn’t breathe, even after Floyd became non-responsive, even as onlookers pleaded with the officer to take corrective action, even after the cop looked directly into the camera and knew he was being filmed. A couple of notable things:

1. Video taken from a surveillance camera shows the police detaining the man with handcuffs and walking him to the side of the building. At no point on this video does Mr. Floyd appear aggressive, confrontational, or resistant.

2. The alleged crime? Forgery. He wasn’t suspected of violence, he wasn’t suspected of carrying an illegal firearm, and nobody in the surrounding area could attest to him behaving violently.
The message to be heard from these events is this: we have to honestly ask ourselves if we hold a different standard for people who look different. Why is it okay for police to treat one person brutally but if they do it to someone with lighter skin, they’ve overstepped their bounds? What gave that lady the idea that a black man needed to do what she wanted (to let her break the posted rules) or she could call the cops on him? What was she hoping for? That he be treated the same way that George Floyd was treated?

Another thing to remember: both of these incidents occurred in cities in the historic Union, not in the south, where racism seems to be more expected. Minneapolis and NYC are both very liberal, filled with the types of people who like to virtue signal on this type of thing.

Apparently, when it matters, signaling virtue is not the same as having it.