Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
what do you mean even in North Carolina. We're not all barney Fife any more than all Australians are Crocodile dundee.
Not sure Barney is the most appropriate analogy -- perhaps Jesse Helms, but, notwithstanding the attempt by Thomas to school you on why we should scorn The Old North State and, likely, any of the other narrow-minded, racist and reactionary States south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you were right to take umbrage.
This story depicts an anomaly within NC politics and society, and it is ridiculous and scurrilous to suggest it is emblematic of North Carolinians.
Every State in the Union --- even the enlightened Liberal ones in the NE and on the West Coast, have antiquated laws still on their books which no one takes seriously.
Our furrin friends need not worry though since Ashville is one of the most Liberal places in NC (next to Chapel Hill) and will never let this stand. That may upset the notion they wish to hold about the American South, but so be it: Propriety trumps Furriners' smug sense of what is wry.
So bipo, be true to your school and your state, because NC is a great place to live and raise a family and (more's the pity) it went for Obama.