Though it is not reflected in the comments section of the previous post, I did get a couple of emails and a phone call to gently remind me that there were odd things all over the state in local politics, not just Anderson County. I had to look no further than the Anderson Independent Mail to find that is the case.
In an article dated May 13th, written by Pearce Adams, the AIM reports that Carl Ables allegedly attacked his brother, Oconee County Council member Hugh Frank Ables, Jr, with a pitchfork. The AIM further reports that Carl Ables is being charged with assault and battery with attempt to kill. One line stands out in the article:
According to a police report, Carl Ables attacked Frank Ables with a pitchfork around 2:30 a.m. on May 8.
Read the AIM article at http://www.independentmail.com/news/2008/may/13/younger-sibling-oconee-councilman-charged-attempti/
Wow. That's more than just poking a little fun at one's brother. Like the mainstream media, I can not just let this article go by without talking about the dangers of pitchforks at the home.
First, there can not be anything good done with a pitchfork at 2:30 AM on a weeknight. We all know the dangers of having a pitchfork lying around and how that could lead to an unfortunate incident. Could we have done something about rural based video games that glorify pitchfork violence? How many rural families have to be harmed before the government does something about people who leave their pitchforks lying around for the next set of angry hands to pick up?