Thanks to the AP, this story is everywhere.
One of my pals, a native Oregonian, returned to the O-club at Ft. Benning from Aberdeen Proving Grounds with a shiner. He got it in a Maryland bar. This must have been the summer of '76.
Him: "Those people are rednecks."
Me: "Who, Marylanders?"
Him: "I couldn't believe it! I thought I was in the Northeast!"
Me: "Whadja do?"
Him: "I had a few and there was this guy with a Confederate flag patch and I said something."
Me: "Not even a girl involved?"
Him: "Just rednecks and me."
Here's the modern blogging equivalent of that idiotic conversation.
Here's a sourge of the past.
And you might not know that "Dirt Farming is currently the state's primary employment opportunity."
Just kidding! Amends to follow.
Note: My part, BTW, was spoken in the common accent of Baltimore-Phillly-Frederick-Lancaster-AC-Trenton- the very accent of the "rednecks" in question. I am a Marylander in speech at least.