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(NPR)   Appalachia: "Hey, there's more to offer here than just blind kids playing banjo, and filthy, haggard, sunken-eyed, inbred chain smokers living in abject poverty"   (npr.org) divider line 193
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2014-04-06 05:53:15 PM
Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.
 
2014-04-06 05:56:57 PM
Don't be so negative Uncle-Daddy.  You;re making baby cousin cry!
 
2014-04-06 06:04:03 PM
I grew up in Appalachia.  Too many were too stubborn to ever leave or recognize the grinding poverty which was a day to day fact of life.
 
2014-04-06 06:08:03 PM
Yes, there's also the cave-dwelling mutant human-flesh eaters.
 
2014-04-06 06:23:02 PM
Yah but who's going to drive all that way to see gun toting militas, zombie apocolypse preppers, and incest cults?
 
2014-04-06 06:26:33 PM

Ambivalence: Yah but who's going to drive all that way to see gun toting militas, zombie apocolypse preppers, and incest cults?


Idaho is not in Appalachia.
 
2014-04-06 06:38:15 PM

Calmamity: Ambivalence: Yah but who's going to drive all that way to see gun toting militas, zombie apocolypse preppers, and incest cults?

Idaho is not in Appalachia.


Idaho is the Appalachia of the west.
 
2014-04-06 06:58:36 PM
Don't forget sippy cups of Mountain Dew rotting children's teeth.
 
2014-04-06 07:14:57 PM
"poverty porn"

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paulseta: Yes, there's also the cave-dwelling mutant human-flesh eaters.


CHUDs?
 
2014-04-06 07:36:24 PM
There was a dick sucking fluff piece on Bob Corker in the Knoxville News Sentinal this morning.

Strangely they didn't ask why TN was such a shiat hole  ... I'm sure another couple centuries of conservative values will bring us prosperity
 
2014-04-06 08:12:40 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: There was a dick sucking fluff piece on Bob Corker in the Knoxville News Sentinal this morning.

Strangely they didn't ask why TN was such a shiat hole  ... I'm sure another couple centuries of conservative values will bring us prosperity


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2014-04-06 08:41:56 PM
Any of you smug westerners ever been to Happy Camp, California or traveled the Klamath River corridor from I-5 to Hoopa? YeeHaw!
 
2014-04-06 08:49:23 PM
Duh. I learned that from MTV's Buckwild.
 
2014-04-06 08:54:19 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: There was a dick sucking fluff piece on Bob Corker in the Knoxville News Sentinal this morning.

Strangely they didn't ask why TN was such a shiat hole  ... I'm sure another couple centuries of conservative values will bring us prosperity


Nashville and Knoxville are doing quite well, thanks.

You're more than welcome to relocate to that liberal utopia called Memphis.
 
2014-04-06 08:55:11 PM

Calmamity: Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.


And Oxycontin!
 
2014-04-06 08:55:45 PM
I dated my sister for a while but I'm from Nitro, West by God Virginia so suck it all y'alls!
 
2014-04-06 08:58:07 PM

farkingismybusiness: Duh. I learned that from MTV's Buckwild.


My wife taught a couple of those kids in school a few years back, and knew some of the others. While they were certainly "redneckish", their behavior on the show was much more exaggerated than they behaved in real life, apparently. I suspect most reality shows are like that, I guess.
 
2014-04-06 08:59:17 PM

doosh: I dated my sister for a while but I'm from Nitro, West by God Virginia so suck it all y'alls!


Nitro isn't bad. Smells funny, but not bad. Boone County here. Yeehaw and all that.
 
2014-04-06 09:00:31 PM
Shorter article: Appalachia isn't just poor white people!  It's also got a few poor black and hispanic people too!
 
2014-04-06 09:01:03 PM
fta The region's population growth is increasingly fueled by minorities,

So, more electric bass than banjo?
 
2014-04-06 09:02:41 PM
Huntington, WV was just named America's fattest city.

Another thing Appalachia has going for it.
 
2014-04-06 09:02:56 PM

Calmamity: Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.


Too bad you can't teach everyone your unique style of tolerance. Imagine how much better their lives could be if Appalachians learned from you how not to treat others with prejudice and bigotry.
 
2014-04-06 09:02:57 PM

discgolfguru: farkingismybusiness: Duh. I learned that from MTV's Buckwild.

My wife taught a couple of those kids in school a few years back, and knew some of the others. While they were certainly "redneckish", their behavior on the show was much more exaggerated than they behaved in real life, apparently. I suspect most reality shows are like that, I guess.


Oh sure!  Next you'll claim Springer's guests make stuff up, too.
 
2014-04-06 09:03:36 PM
The dueling banjo kid was not blind.
 
2014-04-06 09:04:06 PM
doosh:

Nitro!  One of my favorite exit signs ever!  Usually see it once a year, maybe twice this year!
 
2014-04-06 09:05:19 PM

aharown: The dueling banjo kid was not blind.


Yeah, but I kinda want him to be blind, y'know?
 
2014-04-06 09:07:10 PM
Asheville NC is pretty badass *shrug*
 
2014-04-06 09:09:33 PM
Some of those scripted reality shows take place in Appalachia. Ostensibly.
 
2014-04-06 09:09:36 PM

aharown: The dueling banjo kid was not blind.


Yep, he could see.  He just couldn't play the banjo.
 
2014-04-06 09:11:19 PM
and, of course they are 'value voters'
 
2014-04-06 09:12:03 PM

Notabunny: fta The region's population growth is increasingly fueled by minorities,

So, more electric bass than banjo?


Pffft. 4 piece horn sections. The place got soul now
 
2014-04-06 09:12:23 PM

Carousel Beast: Nashville and Knoxville are doing quite well, thanks.


You do realize that Nashville is about 50-50 split between Republican and Democratic voters, right?

No. Of course you didn't.

Also, spend a day riding with Nashville Fire. They have the same problems as Memphis outside of the "rich" areas.
 
2014-04-06 09:13:40 PM

Calmamity: Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.


Then you go on a multi-day backpack trip off the Trail and get to meet the real characters.
 
2014-04-06 09:13:51 PM
As someone who has lived in Roanoke, VA for the past 3 years, I can say that is the perfect description of Appalachian living.  I have never seen such a level of poverty, inbreeding, segregation (yes, it exists), and overt racism.  I can't wait to get the hell out of here.
 
2014-04-06 09:15:12 PM

DubyaHater: As someone who has lived in Roanoke, VA for the past 3 years, I can say that is the perfect description of Appalachian living.  I have never seen such a level of poverty, inbreeding, segregation (yes, it exists), and overt racism and morbid obesity.  I can't wait to get the hell out of here.


FTFM.  There are a lot of fat people here too.
 
2014-04-06 09:16:20 PM

Notabunny: fta The region's population growth is increasingly fueled by minorities,

So, more electric bass than banjo?


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What an electric bass might look like.
 
2014-04-06 09:18:26 PM
  You huffpocrites can kiss my lily-white-yet-surprisingly-easy-to-tan Melungeon ass.
 
2014-04-06 09:18:40 PM
Was in West Virginia with some buddies on my way to ATV riding, was going thru one of the towns and one of the tie down rings on my ATV trailer broke and the tie down strap was dangling... One of the ATVs could have slid off the back.

Thankfully I hit a couple red lights and I heard shouting further back but didn't think much of it.  All of a sudden the guy behind me gets out of his truck and walks up next to my door and sais "Sir, your ATV straps are broken".

I pulled over a block ahead where there was room and he saved me from a big mess.

Sure there are crappy people everywhere but I felt the people that I met there were genuinely nice and if you treat them with respect they will treat you with respect.
 
2014-04-06 09:22:32 PM

UsikFark: Notabunny: fta The region's population growth is increasingly fueled by minorities,

So, more electric bass than banjo?



What an electric bass might look like.


I hate those.

And now I hate you.
 
2014-04-06 09:24:45 PM
ITT: Pretentious elitists who haven't actually been to Appalachia.
 
2014-04-06 09:25:57 PM

linemanbear: Was in West Virginia with some buddies on my way to ATV riding


Hatfield McCoy trails?
 
2014-04-06 09:27:00 PM

Ambivalence: Yah but who's going to drive all that way to see gun toting militas, zombie apocolypse preppers, and incest cults?


People who dont have time to travel to idaho?
 
2014-04-06 09:27:37 PM

linemanbear: Was in West Virginia with some buddies on my way to ATV riding, was going thru one of the towns and one of the tie down rings on my ATV trailer broke and the tie down strap was dangling... One of the ATVs could have slid off the back.

Thankfully I hit a couple red lights and I heard shouting further back but didn't think much of it.  All of a sudden the guy behind me gets out of his truck and walks up next to my door and sais "Sir, your ATV straps are broken".

I pulled over a block ahead where there was room and he saved me from a big mess.

Sure there are crappy people everywhere but I felt the people that I met there were genuinely nice and if you treat them with respect they will treat you with respect.


Whoa! A suprise breath of fresh air, with dandelion fluffies whirling in the breeze!!
 
2014-04-06 09:28:45 PM
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2014-04-06 09:29:08 PM

hardinparamedic: Calmamity: Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.

And Oxycontin!


And lots of rusty old refrigerators and washing machines with little skeletons inside them.
 
2014-04-06 09:29:29 PM

discgolfguru: Hatfield McCoy trails?


Not on that particular trip, we were near Clarksburg.  Always a blast when I am able to get down to WV.
 
2014-04-06 09:29:45 PM

Seraphym: Calmamity: Yeah! You forgot about the meth-heads and the huge percentage of citizens who are morbidly obese!

And the racism.

Then you go on a multi-day backpack trip off the Trail and get to meet the real characters.


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Like this guy?
 
2014-04-06 09:30:31 PM

TerminalEchoes: ITT: Pretentious elitists who haven't actually been to Appalachia.


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Lighten up, Francis.
You'll get over it.
 
2014-04-06 09:31:54 PM
Of course there's more to Appalachia than that.  A little more.
 
2014-04-06 09:32:10 PM
Appalachia's got some badass whitewater.

/beater
 
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