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Like so many other states Mississippi has dry counties and towns. I have been here for almost 3 years and have known that 2 of the adjoining counties to Forrest County are dry counties. What I didn't know was that unlike dry counties in Texas where alcohol sales are banned here it is illegal to possess it in dry counties even at home. I was talking to a Sheriff's Deputy from Lamar county that cuts Hattiesburg in half about it and he told me that even passing through on the interstate you can be arrested for having unopened containers. I consider this to be cruel and unusual punishment and un-American.
 

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You can't legislate morality!

What's the biggest (Social) difference between Catholics and Baptists? Catholics drink in front of the barn while Baptists drink behind it.:D BTW - I'm Catholic that was raised a Southern Methodist in Alabama.
 

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You can't legislate morality!

What's the biggest (Social) difference between Catholics and Baptists? Catholics drink in front of the barn while Baptists drink behind it.:D BTW - I'm Catholic that was raised a Southern Methodist in Alabama.
What he said.
 

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I thank God that I don't work for one of the big whiskey makers, I wouldn't be able to comprehend making the stuff and not being able to drink it.
 
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Did you happen to get a reference to the applicable law (s)?
 

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Wow, that's ridiculous! "Good baptists drink out of town"


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So truckers delivering alcohol have to map around these counties?
 
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Wow, that's ridiculous! "Good baptists drink out of town"


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Oh they're getting better. They will at least say Hi to each other in the liquor stores now. :D
 
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2cents.gif That sucks....

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I am pretty sure the Founders were OK with this. Given that 9 of the first 13 States had official State religions written into their Constitutions. They figured that if the majority of people in a State or County wanted it "dry" so be it, if you didn't like it, or didn't like the State's religion, you didn't have to live there. They were aware that the Pilgrims were of a common religion that left "the Continent" so they could practice their common religion as they saw fit and that included the tenants of that religion that applied to morality.

The Founders were far less about "Do your own thing" (as an individual) than the revisionists since the glory day of the 1960's )hippies) would have you believe. They valued a common community ethic as a means of developing strong communities, more than some would have us believe. That is why the "Powers reserved to the States and the people" clause is there. Most of the Constitution and BOR is to protect the people of the States from the Federal Government. Ironic that the people who fear the Federal Government are the ones who often cite the Federal Constitution and Federal powers to force their local Government to do as THEY wish it to. Those people benefit often from the post-Civil War amendments far more than they like to admit. They will try to find Federal Court decisions that let them have their way one week and then complain about "The Intrusive Federal Government" the next week.
 

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Yup as has already been said, you can't (nor should you legislate) morality!

Good thing I am not in one of those counties... with the volume and variety we have it would probably be a capital crime! :D :D :D
 

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I am pretty sure the Founders were OK with this. Given that 9 of the first 13 States had official State religions written into their Constitutions. They figured that if the majority of people in a State or County wanted it "dry" so be it, if you didn't like it, or didn't like the State's religion, you didn't have to live there. They were aware that the Pilgrims were of a common religion that left "the Continent" so they could practice their common religion as they saw fit and that included the tenants of that religion that applied to morality.

The Founders were far less about "Do your own thing" (as an individual) than the revisionists since the glory day of the 1960's )hippies) would have you believe. They valued a common community ethic as a means of developing strong communities, more than some would have us believe. That is why the "Powers reserved to the States and the people" clause is there. Most of the Constitution and BOR is to protect the people of the States from the Federal Government. Ironic that the people who fear the Federal Government are the ones who often cite the Federal Constitution and Federal powers to force their local Government to do as THEY wish it to. Those people benefit often from the post-Civil War amendments far more than they like to admit. They will try to find Federal Court decisions that let them have their way one week and then complain about "The Intrusive Federal Government" the next week.
Thanks for enlightening us.
 

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You can't legislate morality!

What's the biggest (Social) difference between Catholics and Baptists? Catholics drink in front of the barn while Baptists drink behind it.:D BTW - I'm Catholic that was raised a Southern Methodist in Alabama.
I always heard that, wherever you'd find four Episcopalians, you'd find a fifth.
 

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Wow - that's interesting. We can't buy mags of greater than `10 round capacity, but we can buy booze on Sundays....:confused:
 
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As a cheesehead, the idea of a "dry" county baffles me...did they add too much vermouth?
 

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True story

Back in the late 80's, I lived in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa contains the University of Alabama and is a "wet" county. Just to the north of us is Fayette County, a dry county. Back then you couldn't legally possess any alcohol in a dry county. Now you can possess "personal" amounts without fear of prosecution. Fayette County law enforcement was particularly diligent in its enforcement of these laws, much to the public delight of the Baptist ministers in the area.

During a state tax audit, the investigators discovered the two largest beer retailers in the county were two small, rural convenience stores located within a few hundred yards of the Fayette county line. Again, this was in a county that had a major university at its center. Naturally, the Alcohol Beverage Control board was notified and the place was duly staked out. Turns out that the chief bootlegger was the local Sheriff.

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Bonus, after he served a few years, he got a pardon and was elected county commissioner.

Judge says ex-con sheriff can keep job | GadsdenTimes.com
 
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