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T-Rav Goes Off

RAVENEL RIPS “COOKIE CUTTER” POLITICIANS IN REALITY SHOW PREVIEW Thomas Ravenel is a rich guy. A good-looking guy (for any age). A guy with a gorgeous model for a girlfriend. A famous guy … who’s about to become even more famous when his reality TV show – Southern Charm –…

RAVENEL RIPS “COOKIE CUTTER” POLITICIANS IN REALITY SHOW PREVIEW

Thomas Ravenel is a rich guy. A good-looking guy (for any age). A guy with a gorgeous model for a girlfriend. A famous guy … who’s about to become even more famous when his reality TV show – Southern Charm – debuts on Bravo next month.

Naturally, lots of people hate him. And if you don’t believe us … feel free to peruse the comments section of this article.

Before you do that, though, it’s worth perusing some of the indisputable truth that Ravenel – one of the Palmetto State’s most outspoken political figures – dropped on the pages of The (Charleston, S.C.) City Paper this week.

Rarely, in our humble estimation, is the nail so squarely struck on the head.

After briefly addressing his upcoming reality show (“my personal life has always been pretty entertaining, so I can only hope it will make for entertaining television”), Ravenel’s pen turned a bit introspective.

“I’ve always been very successful in business, and when it comes to politics, I’ve always come down on the right side — the side of free markets, individual liberties, and the individual taxpayer,” he wrote. “So my personal life is a little crazy. I’ve still got two out of three. And two out of three ain’t bad.”

Ha! Pretty good …

That’s when Ravenel put down the pen and pulled out a flamethrower, though …

Some people will question or criticize my association with this show. To them I would say this: There are legions of indistinguishable, supposedly upright, and virtuous people in public office — so-called principled leaders with perfect families, blemish-free backgrounds, and alternating red or blue ties to match their American flag lapel pins. These cookie-cutter politicians stand in front of cameras and read from teleprompters about how they know what’s best for us — how they will take care of us — yet these are the very people bankrupting our future generations and running our Republic into the ground.

Every year, every election — it’s the same old thing. Yet nothing ever gets better. Nothing ever changes.

If you ask me, those are the real criminals in this country — the “native criminal class” Mark Twain spoke of — not people like me who have the audacity to live our personal lives as we see fit.

I stand against those criminals. I stand for the simple belief that when it comes to helping people and expanding prosperity, markets work — bureaucracies don’t.

Wow …

And that, ladies and gentleman, is why we love T-Rav. Yeah, he’s rich … but it’s not the rich people he’s fighting for. In fact his unapologetic, uncompromising pro-free market position runs directly counter to Washington D.C.’s bipartisan coddling of the “one percent.”

So hate on, T-Rav haters … dude’s still looking out for you.

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95 comments

SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Bwaaaahaaahaa. Funniest thing that I’ve read today. News Flash. The show has been on for a couple of weeks now. It does not show him nor SC in a positive light. Bwaahaahaaa

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Will Folks aka Sic February 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Official site says series premier March 3 -> http://www.bravotv.com/southern-charm

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SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

They must be showing it earlier then. I’ve seen it. Disgusting.

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Awwww....poor baby February 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Yet another brain fart. (aka as ‘lies’)

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

How is 30 minutes of that shit a “sneak peek?” That’s the length of a sitcom and is a helluva lot longer than I’d want to have to sit through watching such drivel.

SCBlueWoman February 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

It’s like watching a train wreck….

Mary February 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

You are correct. I have seen it as well. Described my perception earlier.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

T-RAV, everybody!

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GrandTango February 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

FITS, Sanford and a Ravenel-ous crack appetite…They think if their silver-spoon and privilege makes them interesting…

When you wonder about TRASH in politics, and why people puke regarding the GOP..it’s because dirtbags like this call themselves Republicans…(although FITS will call himself a space-alien (read opportunist) if there is a dollar in it)…

These people ARE the problem in politics…and in polluting society. They think any kind of publicity is good because they are whores for attention…

As I said before…integrity means nothing, nor does talent, ability or experience…Just be as filthy as you can…and there is a certain number of cretin that will ring the bell for you….

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Will Folks aka Sic February 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

“Dirtbags like this call themselves Republicans …”

Ummm … wrong (again) -> https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/12/31/ravenel-major-parties-failing-citizens-taxpayers/

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euwe max February 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Why waste your time sensationalizing the vague, clichéd barbs of Damned Tango?

I’ll do it.

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GrandTango February 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

FITS, you are forever tied at the hip w/ Sanford…who got elected calling himself an R..just like your But-pirate hero: Ronpaul….

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dwb619 February 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Again, ASTOUNDED!

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Gregory Geddings February 27, 2014 at 6:54 am

Oh, crap, first this stupid article and now the silly SOB is talking to himself.

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euwe max February 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm

As I said before…integrity means nothing, nor does talent, ability or experience…Just be as filthy and as low-class as you can

——
Damned Tango not only talks the talk, but walks the walk!

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dwb619 February 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I stand ASTOUNDED!

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

You are making me warm up the guy now. Stop it!

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GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

How exactly does one dude “warm up” another???…
Are yall spoonin’???….

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Fits Aint No Republican February 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Whats your “obsession” with this guy?

A rather unexceptionable rich guy who got caught with some nose candy and went to the slammer.He just mouths off the same Republican talking points as several of your Non Republican Republican compadres here,ie, Government sucks, the “free market ” is God, etc etc.

Yet, every few weeks we are “treated” to some of his inanaties and today you are in full scale hero worship of the guy.Sorry, I dont get the big deal,nor ,based on past comments does anybody else .

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Will Folks aka Sic February 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I don’t think this is inanity … https://www.fitsnews.com/2014/02/24/ravenel-grahams-contempt-freedom-must-challenged/ … and neither did The State newspaper when they ran it (print and web editions).

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Fits Aint No Republican February 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Wait,now The State newspaper which you have excoriated for YEARS is the arbiter of whats important?

You’re outdoing yourself Fits!

Once again, whats the big deal about this ex con and why are you so enamored of him?

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dude! February 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Indeed, cant FITS just quit while he’s behind

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Thomas February 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Oh, so now something being in The State means something to you? I thought newspapers and the things that run in them were “lamestream??”

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MyDaddyIsRich February 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

He must have promised to take him off this website and bring him to Washington with him to stand against criminals(oh the irony). There are apparently two people who take Ravenel serious at this point, Thomas and Fits.

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Squishy123 February 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

What he doesn’t realize is if his last name were Johnson instead of Ravenel, his ass would likely be in jail. Just another silverspoon Charleston blueblood who has never worked a day in his life.

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bogart February 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Mr Honey Boo Boo on mint juleps.

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Fed Up Republican February 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Oh yeah add T-RAV to the list of sicko embarrassments!

Until my GOP grows a set, stops it’s hypocricy and gets rid of the reprobates, adulterers, cheats and ethicly challenged amoung us, we need to cease our votes for the failures accepted by the establishment GOPer’s:
Mark Sanford
Richard Eckstrom Nikki Haley
Larry Martin Brian White
Hugh Leatherman Luke Rankin
Harvey Peeler Joe Wilson
Bob Peeler Bobby Harrell

Until we rid the GOP of this rift raft scum! We are no better than the Democrats with:
Bill Clinton Hillary Clinton
John Edwards Jim Cluburn
Nancy Pelosi Harry Reid
Barak Obama Henry Waxman
Anthony Weiner Chuck Shumer

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SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Your list is longer.

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Squishy123 February 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

So are our dicks.

SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Not in my experience.

Squishy123 February 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

Hell yours is probably longer than most Democrats.

dwb619 February 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Bill and Hillary gonna’ be back in the BIG House.

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 6:55 am

Sadly. I’d be fine if it were Bill, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Hillary.

Anonymous February 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

You left off Jean Hoefer Toal

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bogart February 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

How dare you include my Markie in with that list of GOP losers…his cheating was different,HE WAS IN LOVE.He is going to marry his soulmate just as soon as he is free to do so….Well Ok maybe he’s been free for 4 years but weddings take a lot of planning.

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Catty February 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

Well his “dearest” had a Lifestyle Lift for either her wedding OR she is getting ready to play the field again. Maybe she doesn’t want to waste her refreshed looks on the Futon fraud.

Pass me the crack Jack February 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Honey Boo Boo is better looking and tougher.

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Buz Martin February 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Wasn’t he banging that spotty-faced chick that Will tried to make some kind of star?

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Oh Shit February 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

yeah knocked her up! My daughter was in school with her, saw her recently with child! Bragged it waas T-RAV’s!!!!….Bragged!

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Squishy123 February 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Feel sorry for the kid, tonight on the news they were talking about kids conceived by fathers who were over 45, the chances of being fucked up in one or more ways goes up dramatically vs. a baby daddy in his 20’s.

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

Damn. That’s like the dumb teenagers that drive a beater Honda Civic with a fart cannon muffler bragging about their “ride.”

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

Seriously? And Will is not covering this?

No wait! He IS covering it. In another way.

IF true.

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

More grist for the mill and hype for the piece of shit show, if it is.
Will T-Rav marry the spotty-faced chick? Or will she just get paid off and he’ll find another dumb young’un to fuck? Keep tuning in a see …

Damn. Good thing I don’t hate the son of a bitch.

Buz Martin February 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

You kidding? I’m sure he DOES realize that. He probably thinks he’s entitled to be treated differently because of his family name.

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I just threw up in my mouth February 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Oh, get your tongue out of T Rav’s ass, Fits.

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Care for a breath mint? February 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Can we request a picture before he does so?

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Jeffrey Sewell February 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

It is called a “Pilot” people, [pahy-luht]… serving as a teaser prior to the launch of the
series, and it’s gonna be good, as long as they don’t stray too far from the star.
So like W said, Official site says series premier March 3 ->> http://www.bravotv.com/southern-charm

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Mary February 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Well I saw the “Pilot” and its all I need to see, to know that this show puts SC in bad light. Of course I guess there is little damage one could do to the state’s reputation. Everyone in the nation thinks we are a bunch of hicks anyway.

Ravenel was riding polo ponies, partying, and hanging out with a bunch of dumb kids half his age. There was some kid who is in the CSOL, some kid who thinks he is a musician whose family is from Charleston and whose mother has a pink hand gun. Some guy from Boykin SC and everyone is going on and on about how he is a SC Blue Blood and the Boykin Spaniel was named after his family. A bunch of sleazy looking girls hooking up with the CSOL guy and the guy from Boykin; and collapsing after another night of partying in Charleston.

These people look like a bunch of spoiled dumb rich kids with little or no morals; and Ravenel looks like a creepy old man hanging out with them. As I said earlier I guess he was their drug dealer. Otherwise they would never hang out with him.

The only redeeming value in this show is I now know all the real Charleston blue bloods have died. Otherwise this show would never be aired. It makes “Charleston Society” look like nouveau riche white trash.

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SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Poor people acting that way would in fact be called white trash. Rich are just called eccentric. Trashy but eccentric.

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dwb619 February 27, 2014 at 4:14 am

If Candice Bessinger is in it, I would watch.

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Town Crier February 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The guy carrying on about the Boykins (Shep Rose) is disgraced former DPS director Boykin Rose’s nephew. As if being related to Boykin Rose isn’t bad enough…

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davis mcclam February 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I could care less about his personal life or his finances. What I do care about is his position on issues that few seem to want to address today, I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Then you do not deserve the right to vote.

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Sullivans Island February 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm

The irony of the show is Ravenel is the only rich Charlestonian on the cast. There is a rich guy from Los Angeles as well but the other four are nobodies. Why a 50 year old man with money would lower himself for a reality show with a bunch of kids is beyond me. But nothing Thomas has done (federal prison, DUI, getting 21 year old pregnant) makes any sense anyway. Thanks for the laughs Thomas, Charleston is laughing at you, not with you.

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Squishy123 February 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

It’s television, TRav would dry hump Rosie O’Donnell if it’d get his mug on television.

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Attention whores to the right February 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

“Why a 50 year old man with money would lower himself for a reality show ”
Well, he was pretty low already.

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Town Crier February 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

His latest FB post says something to the effect that “haters win” and that he has sold his house and is moving either to Wellington, FL (polo country) or Texas.
All the cast members have changed their FB profile names so look for “Thomas Jackson” if you check out Ravenel’s personal page.

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Trembling of the Leaf February 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

T-Rav is the only Charlestonian on this horrid show.

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Kathy February 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Looks like the guy from the preview episode JD Madison who they introduce as Thomas’s best friend owes quite a few people in Charleston money, or should I say has alot of people after him for money. Do they not do background checks on these people before they put them on TV.

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Baker February 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I thought he had renounced his United States citizenship.

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alec baldwin/T-Rav February 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Yeah, he wasn’t even relevant then – when he was treasurer after his resignation – and half a decade – can’t we be done with him. I was so excited when he was SUPPOSED to be renouncing his citizenship and leaving.

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Mike at the Beach February 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm

He did, but naturally failed to follow through on making good with all of that. Maybe T-Rav and his likeminded citizenship-denouncing wannabe Alec Baldwin can throw in together, buy an island somewhere, and start their very own rogue nation. Assholistan? The United State of Narcissism? Inflated Sense of Self Worth Island, perhaps? They should go and live out their remaining days of irrelevance, endlessly debating libertarianism vs. liberalism well out of the earshot of the annoying little people.

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Mike at the Beach February 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Don’t go “off,” just go “away.”

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Obama+Ohaley=Oshit February 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

He cannot go away far enough, or fast enough!!

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Buz Martin February 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Nothing original or profound about T-Rav’s rhetoric. I don’t hate the guy, but see nothing about him that is impressive, either. But then, Charleston blue-bloods in general are singularly un-impressive as a class of people. And generally just trashy narcissists in nice suits.

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SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

It’s all the inbreeding to keep the property in the family.

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dwb619 February 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Would that be “coastal gypsys”?

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SCBlueWoman February 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I’m not familiar with “coastal gypsys” but if they screw a relative to procreate, I guess I have it.

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Town Crier February 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Will makes a cameo appearance in the show…watch the preview episode.

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

Nice try, Bravo’s marketing group, but I still won’t watch it.

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Andre Bauer February 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm

“That’s when Ravenel put down the pen and pulled out a flamethrower”
CORRECTION: That was a STRAW.

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MyDaddyIsRich February 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Famous or infamous? Live like you have Tiger Blood baby, just do not run for anything.

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 6:54 am

In this post: Misshapen cookie dough that fell on the floor complains about cookie cutter cookie dough that still gets to go in the oven.

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The Colonel February 27, 2014 at 7:22 am

I wish he’d go off for a long walk on a short pier…

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RogueElephant February 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

WOW. I haven’t heard this much jealous sniping since the rich kid got a new Corvette for his sixteenth birthday.

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Willliam February 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

Interesting take, jealous of what exactly. That they don’t look like a middle aged has been playboy. Maybe people are just royally POed that our state is forced to endure more ridicule from another show that enforces stereo types of SC that most of the country already believes. And this from the man who Folks says is looking out for the people. Well he just looks like another self indulged Republican to me. Had to get another job because he can no longer live on the back of the taxpayers, like Sanford. But he still holds on to that dream of a government job, and that granddaddy’s money can get it for him. .

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Town Crier February 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for playing, “Thomas Jackson.”

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Society February 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

I like him. I think that what he says is real and the truth behind it is, all of you do too. I love to hear the people gather in groups and talk about others, but when the group breaks and everyone goes home for the night they stop by the liquor store or their girlfriends on the way home to the wife. They converse with their girlfriends and liquor store clerks about how their wives treat them and how messed up society is as a whole. I like T-Rav because he is real and stands and speaks his mind. Would I vote for him, No. But you goota like the guy.

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Guest February 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

Well Done, the irony is poetic!…The haters have actually created exactly the kind of allure a show like this needs to attract more viewers. Its the JR Ewing effect! Brilliant!!!… They haters intent has backfired and have ultimately put money in your pocket!! Have a drink on them! Love it!! ..

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Guest February 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

Well Done, the irony is poetic!…The haters have actually created exactly the kind of allure a show like this needs to attract more viewers. Its the JR Ewing effect! Brilliant!!!… The haters intent has backfired and have ultimately put money in your pocket!! Have a drink on them! Love it!!

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TimmyDrose February 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

Well Done, Thomas!!! The irony is poetic!…The haters have actually created exactly the kind of allure a show like this needs to attract more viewers. Its the JR Ewing effect! Brilliant!!!… The haters intent has backfired and have ultimately put money in your pocket!! Have a drink on them! Love it!!

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salty doggerel February 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

To a tattooed apothecary he may have travelled,
And, as a result, his life became unraveled.
But as a frat-boy embued with health
And modest repositiories of inherited wealth
With which to travel all
Over the nouveau-confederacy,
Our felonious monk Tea Ravenal
Continues to engage the voter in political pederasty.

What are the odds
Our citizens will continue to take it from arrogant frauds?
Indeed, I harp.
But the list is long and longer; from Sanford, to Ryberg,
To lisping Lindsey and Icky Eckstrom,
And to Arp.

It is a mystery.
And there are so many others in our history.
In dread, I will not shout them a “Bravo”.
Instead, I hope for them the heave-ho.

Make a star of a felon? Sad is the state of American media–
That cable subscribers will actually pay for such tedia.

Tune in to Comcast and join in the bombast.

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Dan on Devine February 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

I trust T-RAV and his leadership ability above:

Jean Hoefer Toal
Steve Benjamin
Bob Coble
Joel Lourie
Darryl Jackson
James Smith
Bobby Harrell
Glenn McConnell
Hugh Leatherman
Lillian McBride
Jim Clyburn

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Manray February 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

Really? They may all be best described as the “usual suspects.”

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Low bar of the month post.

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Picking my poison February 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Give me the hemlock instead of the arsenic!

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Mike at the Beach March 2, 2014 at 2:11 am

Tallest midget in the circus.

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Manray February 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

Why is this guy not in jail? Oh, yeah…he’s a well-to-do white guy in SC

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Good riddance, hypocrites February 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

St. Philip’s Church, St. Michael’s Church and the Huguenot Church — all downtown — are home to many of the arrogant, unfeeling hypocrites that Ravenel speaks of.

Congregation and clergy.

That’s why I transferred from one of those (where I was baptized and confirmed) long ago.

The Charleston he describes is full of rich, pompous bully bastard graduates of Porter-Gaud and Christ School, many of them lawyers and doctors, found at the back bar of the Carolina Yacht Club during lunch.

Where they rail (some quietly, some loudly) against and ridicule Jews, Catholics, Baptists and “Yankees.”

Yes, Thomas, cut open the fish so America can see what’s inside this stone-hard and -cold society.

These are the sort of Americans who would not stop to help a woman with a flat tire.

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Nölff February 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Confucius say: Stop watching reality TV and live own reality.

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Cooter Brown February 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

That ol’ boy iz a gonna be guvnuh one ov deese days!

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Buz Martin February 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

A guy I worked for in the time share biz had a serious cocaine addiction (don’t they all?) and he used to brag about going to Charleston to party at T-Rav’s. Also bragged that Limbaugh was at one party he went to. I always wondered if that bloated piece of shit got a bump or two. Obvious he was not addicted to that substance though, from looking at his frame.

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katfay February 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Ravenel’s ‘attack’ on other politicians is intellectually immature & stupidly in opposition to support of individual liberties. As is Folk’s support.

1) Personal activities have nothing to do with PUBLIC servant job. Until activities violate terms of office.

2)TERMS: Use public dollars for public purpose. Officeholder promise by sworn oath, not to use office to usurp citizen master’s will, and respect citizen rule (our laws).

3) When politicians enact/ignore law with their whim, they corrupt rule of law, usurp citizen will with their own, and render written laws arbitrary and capricious.

4) Rav claims above his conviction under our rule of law is ‘not criminal’. In other posts he argues his opinion of the law as justification for his disregard. Whaddya know. Just like all the other ‘cookie cutter politicians’.

5) In a Republic, unflinching respect for law that embodies citizen power to self govern gives each individual tools to remedy/redress/protect themselves against subjugation by popular/stonger group. Ravenel’s disdain for the law is disdain for the only mechanism that can protect individual liberties.

I AM NOT implying every citizen must blindly comply to law. I AM stating a politician’s personal decision to ignore law by personal whim isn’t within allowable discretion of public servant.

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giveashit February 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

who really gives a shit what this coke head, embarrassment of a washed-up wanns be politician thinks? i mean, really, who gives a shit?

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