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Originally posted by glassman:
honestly, i've never been to a TGIF. I'm a tavern with pool table type.

the pool tables here (very few) are ripped, drinks stains all over and just plain dirty - as in never once brushed or cleaned.. greasy even. it's gross, you have to wash your hands aafter one game blah!

in Nebraska i was in three pool leagues. played torunament twice month some of 'em with three hundred people....

here? in the Delta, not all of MS- but the delta they literally refuse to sweep the floors because they might lose some of the ambiance... teh blues isn't music here, it's LIFE and they make sure to live it that way on peurpose. funny thing tho, every good Bluesman leaves as soon as they have any money- they come back once inawhile and you can catch them if you are in the mood-

i was over in Starkville and found good clean pool halls that serve good drinks and food with both sizes of tables all immaculate.. it's the Delta man- they been crop dusting her for 75 years now and it's taken it's toll..

Wonder if this is stirring up any tensions:

Clarksdale, MS Mayor Removes Flag From City Hall

The mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi has removed the state from city hall, refusing to let it fly until it is redesigned.

The state flag has the Confederate flag built into its design.
Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett removed the flag from city hall last Thursday saying it will not fly again until that symbol is removed from the flag.

After the South Carolina Church shooting last month, there have been debates around the country about the fate of the Southern symbol. In Mississippi, there have been calls from state legislatures to remove the stars and bars from the state flag. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker weighed in saying the state flag needs to be replaced.

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant on the other hand has said he doesn’t believe the state legislature will change the flag, noting that in 2001 people across the state voted to keep the current flag. -city-hall

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Bill Luckett is best friends with Morgan Freeman. They have several business enterprises together.

I'm born a Southerner from parents that were born in the south- honestly i once believed the rebel flag represented a sort of finger in the face of government, but i know better and i didn't learn it in school. The South had more money than the North, it had the better generals, and it basically started teh war only to lose it. The simple truth is that the South lost cuz the Southernors didn't work together. Most southernors had more wealth in their slaveholdings than in real estate and other property than slaves. So, i now know better than to think the rebel flag represented some sort of FU ot govenrment too. It represents losers, bad losers and idiots to boot. I dunno why poor people are always willing to fight for wealthy people but that's what the rebel battle flag really represents.

Selected Statistics on Slavery in the United States

(unless otherwise noted, all data is as of the 1860 census)

Total number of slaves in the Lower South : 2,312,352 (47% of total population).

Total number of slaves in the Upper South: 1,208758 (29% of total population).

Total number of slaves in the Border States: 432,586 (13% of total population).

Almost one-third of all Southern families owned slaves. In Mississippi and South Carolina it approached one half. The total number of slave owners was 385,000 (including, in Louisiana, some free Negroes). As for the number of slaves owned by each master, 88% held fewer than twenty, and nearly 50% held fewer than five. (A complete table on slave-owning percentages is given at the bottom of this page.)

For comparison's sake, let it be noted that in the 1950's, only 2% of American families owned corporation stocks equal in value to the 1860 value of a single slave. Thus, slave ownership was much more widespread in the South than corporate investment was in 1950's America.

On a typical plantation (more than 20 slaves) the capital value of the slaves was greater than the capital value of the land and implements.

Slavery was profitable, although a large part of the profit was in the increased value of the slaves themselves. With only 30% of the nation's (free) population, the South had 60% of the "wealthiest men." The 1860 per capita wealth in the South was $3,978; in the North it was $2,040.

Don't envy the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise.

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