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I lived for a short while in the woods of West Virginia. I was informed in short order about the way people do things in those parts. The part that stuck with me was "I seen (name of my next neighbor down the way) slit a man's throat. These are not people it will do to mess with. Somebody could come out here any time, kill you, feed you to their dogs, hide the bones out in the woods and Johnny Law would be none the wiser."

They weren't kidding and they weren't lying. Country folks take care of business for themselves. The law barely exists in some of those counties, which have no tax base to speak of and don't want lawmen around anyway (moonshine and marijuana were important economic activities in that neck of the woods). The law don't come looking if nobody calls, and dead people don't call.

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 8, 2008 10:34 PM

very funny, moorman.

very funny, flamingbanjo.

beechnut is disgusting. go skoal. much better.

Posted by james | July 9, 2008 11:14 AM

Trent, I usually enjoy most of your articles. I found this one to be fairly mean.

Posted by godsactionfigure | July 9, 2008 1:02 PM

Sorry godsactionfigure,

I didn't mean it to be mean. I just spent some time in the South and was put off by the way they still treat women and are still way racist.

I was reacting to some of that and heard this song and wanted to do something with it.

I probably could have done a better job. Sorry if it offended you.

Posted by trent moorman | July 10, 2008 1:05 AM

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