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Romney struggles to get 'hillbilly' vote
The Australian ^ | October 1, 2012 | Nico Hines

Posted on 10/01/2012 12:23:41 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

DEAD possums litter the roads of the southern United States and whenever Bernie Smith encounters another fallen marsupial he pulls over and hurls the corpse into the back of his truck.

One man's detritus is another man's feast: cooked slowly with potato, carrot and celery, the meat becomes tender in a rich and spicy stew known as burgoo.

Mr Smith, 67, was showing off this traditional technique at the annual Road Kill Cook-Off festival in Marlinton, West Virginia, an isolated town nestled in the Appalachian mountains. Thousands were on hand this weekend to compare his casserole with barbecue squirrel, bear meatloaf and grilled porcupine skewers.

For the Republican Party organisers fanning out across the event, this ought to be fertile ground. These rural, white Christians, once dismissed as "hillbillies", have been central to the party's electoral success since the Nixon era.

Certainly, the hostility towards President Barack Obama was near universal. Mr Smith, a pharmacist from North Carolina, began his critique along policy lines; he dislikes the Administration's desire to raise tax and hates the White House vision on energy and coal. In a lowered voice, he also confided that he thought Mr Obama was a secret believer in the Islamic faith.

"It's obvious he is," he whispered. "The reading I've done: the way he talks about the Koran, you wouldn't do that unless you were a Muslim." Mr Smith, who pronounced the Islamic holy book "key-ran", said people were still distrustful of Mr Obama but there was less talk about his race now than there had been four years ago.

But in a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey of the Bible Belt, which stretches from Texas to Virginia, 20 per cent of white lower and middle income voters still said they would be less likely to vote for an African-American candidate.

Despite this, Mitt Romney engendered little excitement. Lane Jack, 38, who was browsing the stalls with his wife and a small pig on a leash, said he was unsure how to vote in November.

"With everything Romney's been caught saying, I don't see how you could trust him," he said. "I don't think he understands us." Mr Jack, who owns a small T-shirt printing company, agrees with 38 per cent of voters in the survey who said they would be less likely to vote for a "very wealthy" candidate. Another 35 per cent said they were less likely to vote for a Mormon.

"We're so damn poor around here we didn't know there was a recession," said Mike Hollingsworth, a self-employed handyman and logger. "I was taught growing up that anyone could be president. Looking at people like Romney I don't know if I believe that any more."

While Mr Romney is likely to pick up most states below the Mason-Dixon line, he is struggling in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, key swing states along the Appalachian trail. Speaking as she sauteed wild deer for her deep-fried venison balls, Shawn Smith said the US President must put faith at the heart of the White House. She was unconvinced that Mr Romney's Mormonism would suffice. "There's a dark side to Romney that I don't think we can trust," she said.

With the state leaving space on the ballot box for people to write what they want, the winner of the Miss Road Kill, West Virginia contest, Joy Hammond, knew exactly how she would be voting, and said she was lobbying friends to do the same. "I'm writing in 'Clint Eastwood'," she said.


TOPICS: Virginia; West Virginia; Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: 2012; hillbillies; nascarvote; obama; romney; rural; va2012
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I'd like to hear from those who live there about this. The Australians are usually very left-wing, so I don't trust their reporters.
1 posted on 10/01/2012 12:23:46 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t believe anyone that mines coal would vote for Obama. I would be surprised.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 12:29:41 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What an idiot....the folks in VA and NC who aren’t melanin enriched and don’t support Romney are not native

They are the usual scourge ...northern libtards or Kali libturds

That is what killed Florida


3 posted on 10/01/2012 12:30:00 AM PDT by wardaddy (my wife prays in the tanning bed....guess what region i live in)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While Australia may have a number of rough outbackers, I doubt that they have any clue about US southern and mountain folk, or that the south was traditional Democrat back in the OLD KKK Byrd days, but no longer.
The yellow dog democrats have died off, leaving the party to the blacks.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 12:47:26 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: chuckles

why was this article posted?


5 posted on 10/01/2012 12:50:20 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This strikes me as a bullsh!t article written by somebody whose sole knowledge of Appalachia comes from watching Chinese bootlegs of Wrong Turn.

Kee Ran?

Seriously?

Not buying it.

6 posted on 10/01/2012 12:58:28 AM PDT by FredZarguna (When a first-rate intellectual like Samuel L. Jackson makes this kind of a video ... well ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Australia is in the thrall of the unions, to a degree that would be unfamiliar to most of us in the the US. That said. we’re the ones who elected Obama.

This article is just a slur piece against Romney, entirely concocted. It could just as well have been titled “Obama Struggles to get Hillbilly Vote”. But the author want to portray “hillbillys”, i.e. ignorant yahoos, as the natural electorate of Republicans.

Since when?

Hillbillys have traditionally been Democrats, to the best of my memory. I can recall when the West Virginia primary was a must-place-well for any Democrat aspirant to the presidency.


7 posted on 10/01/2012 1:23:34 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I live in a very rural county in southeastern TN, right along the edge of the mountains. Though most folks around here may not be all that excited about Romney, he’ll win this county hands-down. Too many are more concerned about what will happen to this country if we have 4 more years of The Occupier in the WH. Almost everyone who has walked into our Republican Women’s headquarters for signs, buttons, etc. has said they are scared to death by the thought of Obama being re-elected.
We’ve also given out a lot of voter registration forms. Some to folks who have recently moved to the area and some to folks who just haven’t bothered to vote in the past but are determined to do their part to boot Obama out this year.

One old feller in bib overalls showed up last weekend and said he’d always voted demoncrat but not this time. He walked out with an armload of Romney/Ryan signs, t-shirts, and buttons and a big smile on his face.

No struggle for Romney to get the hillbilly vote in my neck o’ the woods. :-)


8 posted on 10/01/2012 1:24:21 AM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: radu; 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for posting this.


9 posted on 10/01/2012 1:28:14 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: FredZarguna

The author’s a wanker.


10 posted on 10/01/2012 1:32:26 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the hillbillies are clinging to their guns and their God and...Obama? If true we’re totally screwed.


11 posted on 10/01/2012 1:43:22 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: thecodont

You’re welcome.

I just couldn’t sit back and let that Aussie paint all hillbillies as ignorant. LOL! A lot of us do have brains that function quite well.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 1:49:50 AM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a crock! Why do people that don’t live here continue to spread this kind of trash? I don’t know anybody personally that eats possum or lives in a home with no utilities and a dirt floor. I know there are poor people here that live on Welfare but there are people like that all over. People that don’t live here don’t know what they are talking about. We HAVE moved into the 21st century. Southerners are the friendliest people you will ever meet. The Southern culture is the best anywhere. Tennessee does have the road kill law but that means that if you hit a deer on the road out of season that it is legal for you to pick it up and have it processed without fear of being fined rather than leave it to rot. It’s a good law but of course people that don’t live here intentionally take it out of context.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 2:05:34 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: radu

I am also in S.E. Tennessee and I agree. I don’t like Romney at all but anybody is better than what we have.


14 posted on 10/01/2012 2:07:42 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

About the only thing I can say is that this reporter must have talked to the “hillbillys” that are on TANF, EITC, Section 8, WICs, EBT, etc. In my little north Georgia county, we have a lot of them, but they are still outnumbered 2 to 1.

I worked as a poll clerk for several years and the elections always went conservative here, even in 2008. We have “hills”, and we have “billys, billybobs, and billyjoes” but not all that many “billyBaracks.”


15 posted on 10/01/2012 2:12:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: John Valentine

Right. We’re expected to believe that ‘hillbillies’ (potential Christian clingers) feel a natural affinity to urban liberal elites?


16 posted on 10/01/2012 2:42:32 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've come to the conclusion that the "time to store nuts" season is aka squirrel kill season.

They're all over the damn roads....in pieces....with nuts rolling around nearby.

I guess they get all excited and just run into the road.

I hate the sound of thump, thump in the morning. Evening...not so much...

17 posted on 10/01/2012 3:30:23 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Australians love Green Acres like the French love Jerry Lewis. It's deeply imprinted upon their collective psyches to the point that they subconsciously apply it to every rural American scenario. They no more understand "Appalachia" than our own northeastern media corridor understands it. They were taken in by a tongue-in-cheek festival, so the local yokels decided to have a little more fun with them, and will be laughing their A off upon reading this.
18 posted on 10/01/2012 3:49:42 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Hines

I don’t have an “Obama Phone” so I can’t call ya.. But, if I did, I’d tell ya that the hillbilly vote will go overwhelmingly for Romney. How do I know? Unlike you, I am a hillbilly from the South and I know just how much Obama is despised and is held in deep disdain down here.

Most Southern hillibilies like myself have nothing but contemp for Barry. We are smart enough to see the charlatan for what he is....A FRAUD!

But, being that we aren’t as “ENLIGHTENED” in the ways of ignorance, stupidity, liberalism, and communism as you nitwits in the press, we don’t expect you to understand.

Anything else I can “DO FER YE”?

Ya’ll come back now...ya hear....!


19 posted on 10/01/2012 4:20:40 AM PDT by swampfox101
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was born and raised in Kentucky and never heard of anyone eating roadkill in my life. Why eat roadkill when you can open your back door and shoot dinner? My sister’s Thanksgiving invitations always conclude with the statement “Bring a gun, we’ll kill something and eat it”.


20 posted on 10/01/2012 4:24:15 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: DocRock
Restaurant shut down after roadkill brought into kitchen

Who did this? Here's a clue-it wasn't "hillbillies"

21 posted on 10/01/2012 4:29:38 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind
well?... i posted it.
Red Flower Chinese Restaurant, in Williamsburg, KY.

22 posted on 10/01/2012 4:39:51 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: wardaddy

Aussies done went and gave up THEIR GUNS!

What do they know? Now they’re overrun with Muzzies outa the ME.

To hell with what they think—iffen they CAN think.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 4:41:34 AM PDT by Flintlock (-THE TRUTH--It's the NEW hate speech.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh for God’s sake!

You don’t eat road kill. And yes, us country folks, hillbillies, piney woods folk, rednecks, crackers, whatever you want to call us, know this.

You hunt and kill critters yourself, or a trusted friend does and gives you the meat.

Anything found dead stays out of the pot unless you want to die.

I doubt sqaushed possums: bones broke and splintered, guts and brains mashed in with the meat and hair, would make an appealing meal to anyone except the near-to-death starving.


24 posted on 10/01/2012 4:44:22 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: 1010RD

Yeah, they love uber wealthy power seeking Yankees out there, sure they do.....


25 posted on 10/01/2012 4:45:51 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Melinda in TN

As reformed yankee (Packed up and moved to NC in 98) I agree with every word.


26 posted on 10/01/2012 4:47:13 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Road kill recovery team feeds the hungry
27 posted on 10/01/2012 4:47:13 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I heard about a similar incident in New Jersey in which a woman spotted a dead deer being loaded into a van. She followed it to its destination which turned out to be a Chinese restaurant, and then called the police.


28 posted on 10/01/2012 4:50:28 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind
I heard about a similar incident in New Jersey in which a woman spotted a dead deer being loaded into a van. She followed it to its destination which turned out to be a Chinese restaurant, and then called the police.

You must be mistaken Only dog carcasses would apply here.

29 posted on 10/01/2012 4:52:18 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Down Under must be one crazy place. A disarmed citizenry with muzzies everywhere attacking nonveiled women.

Did the “article” mention that our hillbillies are armed to the teeth? I didn’t bother to read it but that detail would just add to the heap of Aussie contempt for us bloody yanks.

“Why should I travel? I’m already here!”


30 posted on 10/01/2012 5:03:19 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: chuckles
I don’t believe anyone that mines coal would vote for Obama. I would be surprised.

He promised to shut down all the coal mines last time yet the United Mine Workers union's home page was devoted to supporting him. Just like Catholics were encouraged to vote for him despite his stand on abortion. Same with the Jewish community. Mindboggling to say the least.

31 posted on 10/01/2012 5:07:28 AM PDT by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’re in a small town in eastern Tennessee. The guy who does our pest control is someone people might consider to be a hillbilly due to his walk, talk, mannerisms, etc. Last month when he was here I was watching a clip on Fox News and he stopped for a minute to watch.

The interviewer asked Hussein something about his biggest mistake. Like a switch was flipped, the guy began a barrage of “his biggest mistake was being elected!”, and so on. He said he figured Obama lit the fire under the demonstrations in Egypt and elsewhere in the middle east. He said he’s tired of working his butt off to get by so the losers can get their food stamps, free phones, etc. (And he does work hard and long). He went on and on. Very informed and very angry. A “hillbilly” ... and Romney will not have to struggle to get his vote.


32 posted on 10/01/2012 5:07:30 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; mickie; flaglady47; Bob Ireland; surfer; seekthetruth; seenenuf; ExTexasRedhead
The author of the above article is indeed a left-wing journalist....and well-known in the Australian, London and DC journalistic trade.

He is no dummy....his article is a carefully-crafted piece of socialist-based, pro-Obama propaganda designed to leave the impression that the average southern voter is a neanderthal, racist, white, Christian hick that will go to the polls to vote for Romney while tasty road kill is simmering on his wood stove back in his cabin.

"Buzz" words and phrases are regularly employed by writers. Buzz words by definition are designed to evoke emotional responses, good or bad, in the reader. Here's some of the buzzes carefully and craftily placed in the above article:

".....dead possums litter the road"
".....Bernie Smith hurls the corpse into the back of his truck"
".....One man's detritus (organic, decaying waste) is another man's feast"
".....barbeque squirrel, bear meatloaf and grilled porcupine skewers"
".....rural, white Christians
".....Mr. Smith, who pronounces the Islamic holy (holy?) book 'key-ran' "
".....with his wife and a small pig on a leash"
".....as she sauteed wild deer for her deep-fried venison balls"
".....the winner of the Miss Road-Kill Contest"

Well, now, if you don't have a definitive mental image of the average white southern Romney voter after reading the above article, you never will.

If you do, the writer has accomplished his mission.

You are only normal if you're a northern white wine and quiche consumer....and if you're a sophisticated, cool Obama voter.

Leni

33 posted on 10/01/2012 5:43:19 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Exactly. And I’ll bet “Miss Road Kill” was a babe!!!


34 posted on 10/01/2012 6:03:01 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Melinda in TN
Tennessee does have the road kill law but that means that if you hit a deer on the road out of season that it is legal for you to pick it up and have it processed without fear of being fined rather than leave it to rot. It’s a good law but of course people that don’t live here intentionally take it out of context.

Maine has the same law and it's a sensible one.

35 posted on 10/01/2012 6:13:06 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: MinuteGal
They are trying to imply Romney can only get the dumb racist vote, anyone smart would vote for Obama.

I live in rural Virigia (although polluted by the D.C. suburbs and some Marylanders). The question is not whether Romney will win out here (he obviously will) but whether there will be enough Romney votes out here to offset the liberal vote close to DC. A large number of stupid young women (and men) have moved close to DC to get "jobs" (i.e. paid to look good). If they vote, they will vote Obama.

On a more somber note, a man died a week ago last Saturday and his buddy is in critical condition. What I can say for sure is the first man fell off his bike after hitting an Obama sign (well away from the roadside). The sign (still there but bent over) is about 200 feet where they ate chili and drank beer for the previous 6 or so hours. The second man was riding towards the hospital and was clipped by a state police cruiser going towards the first accident.

36 posted on 10/01/2012 6:13:54 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Of all the wild meat (vermin included), possum has to be the worst. It smells like rotted pork while going thru the requisite 3 changes of water after cutting off all the fat.

I was once married to an indiscriminate hunter, who brought everything home. I have attended a private wild game dinner hosted by a chef. Some interesting dishes and some just too heavily spiced/sauced to judge. A few miles from here, a group of hunters ended their annual game dinner after a cluster of cases of prion disease. I believe one contributor was squirrel brain in the burgoo.

Raccoon, OTOH, can be made edible. Squirrel is a matter of taste, I guess. Pretty tough and needs to be pressure cooked.

Venison is wonderful, of course. Rabbit is good, as well.
Roadkill? EWWWWWWWW!

BTW, Aussie *possum* is not the same as American o’possum.


37 posted on 10/01/2012 6:48:45 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is the dead possum vote related to the dead cat bounce?


38 posted on 10/01/2012 7:06:32 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: central_va
I certainly understand that a fresh-killed deer, if not too badly mangled, can be eaten, but small creatures like possums and such found dead and usually squashed would be very unhealthy and certainly unpalatable. Here in Alabama, for example, the police lets you keep such a deer if you were unfortunate enough to hit one and kill it. And no, I do not know anyone who does so intentionally. Deer strikes cause a lot of damage.

And even so with deer, caution should be taken. The carcass should be examined thoroughly to ensure the intestines, colon and bladder haven't burst and spoiled the meat, and that shards of glass, metal or other foreign material are not embedded in it.

Recovering and eating such animals as deer after a careful survey is far different than “stopping at every flattened possum and throwin’ it in the back o’ the pickup to make a stew later”--which the writer is implying us rednecks do--is what's wrong.

39 posted on 10/01/2012 7:31:45 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: MinuteGal; gonzo
***the average southern voter is a neanderthal, racist, white, Christian hick***

Ahm studyin' that ideer... then I's gotta git that dirt dog outta the road, set the crapper up right and fix that fence. Dadgummit!

40 posted on 10/01/2012 8:36:33 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just as in 2000, 2004 and 2008, even though the state is totally controlled by RATS, WV WILL vote Republican for President. Remember, in the RAT primary, an incarcerated felon in Texas got 41% of the vote vs Zer0.

(I'm not so sure this would be the case if Hildebeast were running, though)

41 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:55 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trying to get the hillbilly vote...is that a leftist racial slur by any chance - like Obama trying to get the n!@@er vote and the wetback vote? Socialists are so predictable.


42 posted on 10/01/2012 2:04:36 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: chuckles

Never under estimate the stupidity of a union member.


43 posted on 10/01/2012 2:07:04 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: wardaddy

My wife and I lived in Raleigh in the late 1980’s and we use to wonder who was worse in the area: the northern left wing idiots or the eastern left wing idiots.


44 posted on 10/01/2012 2:10:19 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The fact that they start out with a lie is a reliable indicator that the rest of what they write is crap also.

First, people don’t eat road kill. Few eat possums and those that do simply shoot them or trap them. They’re not hard to find.

Second, drive through West Virginia, Romney is a lock and INEC.


45 posted on 10/01/2012 2:11:57 PM PDT by Varda
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To: reformedliberal

An elderly man I worked with told me once that during the Great Depression his family and a lot of others ate groundhogs and he said they are great. They don’t scavenge and they are grass and plant eaters. One thing about it....we will never starve around here. We have groundhogs everywhere. LOL


46 posted on 10/01/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Bob Ireland; 2ndDivisionVet; mickie; flaglady47; surfer; seekthetruth; seenenuf; ExTexasRedhead
"...Road Kill Cook-Off festival..."

Kinda says it all for me, although I did once pick up a fresh goose-kill. I saw the car hit it!

Pissed-off the driver who hit it 'cause he was coming back for it ....................................... FRegards

47 posted on 10/01/2012 4:23:02 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Oh for God’s sake!

You don’t eat road kill. And yes, us country folks, hillbillies, piney woods folk, rednecks, crackers, whatever you want to call us, know this.

Apparently, the Aussie boob who wrote the article missed one crucial point in the description of the event:

Real roadkill isn't used, but contestants must use the meat of animals commonly found on the side of the road.
From: wvliving.com article
48 posted on 10/01/2012 4:39:14 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Melinda in TN

Woodchucks? They burrow, so I’d think they’d taste of mud.

Well, they certainly are fat enough, but it must be something to hunt them, since they burrow and are mean as all get out. The dog used to corner them when they got under the deck and as good a hunter as he was, he never got close enough to one to kill it. Lots of snarling and posturing from both of them!


49 posted on 10/01/2012 6:12:44 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Melinda in TN

Woodchucks? They burrow, so I’d think they’d taste of mud.

Well, they certainly are fat enough, but it must be something to hunt them, since they burrow and are mean as all get out. The dog used to corner them when they got under the deck and as good a hunter as he was, he never got close enough to one to kill it. Lots of snarling and posturing from both of them!


50 posted on 10/01/2012 6:13:21 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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