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    Voice of the Challenger: An Interview with Jeremy Salter

    by | 23 hours ago
    Voice of the Challenger: An Interview with Jeremy Salter

    Are political courage and smart ideas enough to unseat an entrenched incumbent? Jeremy Salter is counting on a thoughtful electorate ready for overdue criminal justice reform as the challenger in the contest for Floyd County District Attorney against incumbent Leigh Patterson. That Patterson is the most prominent of the four local public officials in the county who recently changed their affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party adds an element of drama to the race…

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    Geographically Challenged

    by | Sep 28, 2016
    Geographically Challenged

    That Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump in the first debate between the party presidential nominees on September 26, 2016 is obvious. She was clear while he was confusing. She was self-possessed while he was easily baited. The differences were so obvious that they tended to obscure what their responses revealed about their respective geopolitics. A bare bones content analysis of the number of references to locations reveals much about their perspectives on global politics.

    each a time capsule

    War Letters

    by | Sep 26, 2016
    War Letters – Photo by Tom Poland

    The Deceased Speak

    “Letters to and from the front lines were a lifeline for service men and women fighting in World War II. Few things mattered more to those serving abroad than getting letters from home, ‘mail was indispensable,’ one infantryman remembered. ‘It motivated us. We couldn’t have won the war without it.’ The mail, whenever it arrived, also helped reassure the worried families of servicemen back home.” – “The War, Letters & Diaries,” PBS

    what kind of person?

    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle
    “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” – Winston Churchill No one who feels allegiance to a political party wants to have to choose between party and principle. But sometimes history compels ... Read on →

    why not

    Email Fisticuffs

    by | Sep 19, 2016
    Email Fisticuffs
    This is where we agree, I think: we both oppose people who harm others, who want to dominate, deny liberty, lie to make themselves look good and others bad, deny people their rights under the constitution and the bill of rights and also our ... Read on →

    making a difference

    Colin Kaepernick is Sitting Down, But Will He Stand Up?

    by | Sep 11, 2016
    Colin Kaepernick Sits During National Anthem
    Colin Kaepernick’s protest of injustice in America by not standing for the national anthem is absolutely his right, and we are now seeing a few more players following suit in support of his cause. All this is well and good, and while there are ... Read on →

    nipping at my curiosity

    Rambling Around in Georgia

    by | Sep 11, 2016
    Downtown Waycross Historic District by Daffydoc via Wikipedia.org
    Every town has its own history and attractions; some well-known and some not very. Haunted houses, churches and other buildings are always interesting. Court houses and old jails, too. Sometimes small towns are more appealing and accessible than the bigger ones. Fewer people with ... Read on →

    beauty, peace and healing

    Boilie

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) by sheilapic76 - Dolphind
    Our entire family has always been drawn to the water and boats and dolphins. We went to Marineland years ago, when David was four years old and Kathi was only one. David immediately fell in love with Nellie – the main ... Read on →

    earth and its peoples

    Standing with Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camp

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    Standing Rock Indian Reservation
    "Resistance to high-risk extreme extraction is building a global, grassroots, and broad-based network the likes of which the environmental movement has never seen." Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything (2014) Something extraordinary and unprecedented is happening within the environmental movement. The epicenter of ... Read on →

    nature rules

    A Little Breathing Room

    by | Sep 12, 2016
    A Little Breathing Room
    A cormorant surveys his kingdom. Georgetown, SC, Sept. 7—We were on a mission and there we stood at the dead end of a long Lowcountry road in searing heat. Anonymous Mysterious Florida Woman, Robert Clark, and yours truly were waiting on a ... Read on →

    truth – google it

    I Read It On the Internet

    by | Sep 10, 2016
    “Sometimes, I go on the internet and just tell lies” – George Washington
    When President Obama said, at the Democratic National Convention, that Hillary Clinton is better prepared to occupy the Oval Office than any previous aspirant, he had no idea how right he was. This woman has powers that mere mortals don’t. She’s ... Read on →

    perception v. reality

    The Duty to Hate Hillary

    by | 0 | Sep 19, 2016
    The Duty to Hate Hillary
    A letter in the most recent AARP Magazine got me thinking. The previous issue of the magazine had a piece titled "Leading Ladies," featuring several older actresses - Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, and Alfre Woodard ... Read on →

    oneness of reality

    Atheist Believers: A Religious/Existentialist Wedding

    by | 0 | Sep 12, 2016
    Face of God by Tom Ferguson
    "Who We Are" – oil painting on mirror by Tom Ferguson The meaning of the word God, in my congregation during my formative years, was conventional, literal biblical, bearded guy in the sky taking notes, ... Read on →

    unforgetable

    Good Night, Lois Kelly, Wherever You Are

    by | 4 | Sep 8, 2016
    Good Night, Lois Kelly, Wherever You Are
    I’m not prone to posting video of myself talking. But, in this case, what I need to say isn’t something I could type now even if I wanted to. Still the words are ones ... Read on →

    except greed

    Reasons for Denying Climate Change

    by | 0 | Sep 8, 2016
    Reasons for Denying Climate Change
    Everybody has reasons not to want to believe what scientists are saying about climate change. For starters, who wants to believe that we humans are facing our greatest challenge ever? Life is hard enough, just ... Read on →

    ms. misogyny

    Finally!

    by | 6 | Sep 7, 2016
    Fear and Loathing with Phyllis Schlafly by the author, Trevor Irvin
    Phyllis Schlafly has finally made millions of people very happy … she died. It was a simple, but gratifying act. Many hoped it would have happened much sooner, but as they say, better late than ... Read on →

    summer 1943

    Remembering Atlanta

    by | 1 | Sep 7, 2016
    Piedmont and Tenth Street in the 1940’s(Georgia State University Library)
    The original Varsity (GSU Library) My “Old Maid Aunt” Naomi, prided herself on being “the only woman used car dealer in Atlanta.” Her car lot was on Lucky Street on the way to downtown Atlanta ... Read on →

    what if

    Almost

    by | 2 | Sep 7, 2016
    President Jimmy Carter relaxed at his desk in the Oval Office in April 1978
    The country was at peace; internally and around the world. We had issues; Russia was being aggressive, Central America was volatile, Israel and Egypt, of course. But America didn’t have a standing army fighting ... Read on →

    snobby pronunciation

    Do Peking Ducks Know Their Name Has Been Changed?

    by | 1 | Sep 7, 2016
    Do Peking Ducks Know Their Name Has Been Changed?
    When I was growing up, the Chinese capital was pronounced “PEE-king.” There was no latitude in the pronunciation of this word. It was not POO-king nor PIE-king. It was PEE-king. To deliberately say the word ... Read on →

    loved by all who knew her

    Friends Called Her Kitty

    by | 4 | Sep 6, 2016
    Friends Called Her Kitty
    My daughters’ last grandparent died last week. The call came in at 7:45 in the morning August 24. My daughter, Becky, delivered the sad news. “Daddy, grandmom died.” Katherine Crane, “Kitty,” Ross had passed away ... Read on →

    forbidden fruit

    Unh, hunh

    by | 1 | Sep 5, 2016
    Unh, hunh
    Dylan mocked, ". . . with God on our side." The Boy Scouts award a "God and Country" merit badge. Nick Searcy sloganed,  "God bless America - annd no place else !" And those longing for the ... Read on →

    heavenly bodies

    I’ll see you in my dreams

    by | 2 | Sep 5, 2016
    I’ll see you in my dreams
    Disaster I dreamed that my husband and I had bought a caravan and were towing it up a steep incline behind his rather old banger. (In reality we bought a caravan twenty years ago and ... Read on →

    something more

    When We Can No Longer Agree to Disagree

    by | 4 | Sep 1, 2016
    When We Can No Longer Agree to Disagree
    In “We Take Care of Our Own,” New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote last month about conflicting world views of nationalism and globalism. To these, he added the notion of moral particularists and ... Read on →

    i will

    Bob Dylan, take note: The times they have done changed

    by | 6 | Sep 1, 2016
    Vintage wedding cake by pompixs and licensed at DepositPhotos.com
    Whatever happened to simple weddings? My wife Margaret and I got married 34 years ago in her parents’ living room, in Columbia, with maybe 10 people, tops, in attendance. This past Thursday, Aug. 25, we drove ... Read on →

    just political applesauce

    Enjoying Fritz Hollings’ colorful language again

    by | 1 | Aug 30, 2016
    Sen. Hollings at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on product liability, Feb. 19, 1986. (CitizensForACompetitiveAmerica.com)
    Clintonsm President Bill Clinton with Senator Fritz Hollings. (University of SC Library) Sen. Fritz Hollings Senate Farewell Address Sen. Fritz Hollings Senate Farewell Address Hollings-Biden web Fritz Hollings with Vice President Joe Biden. (University of SC Giving) Hollings posed with ... Read on →

    no atheists in hell

    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church

    by | 2 | Aug 27, 2016
    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church
    It was hard to resist the Morganton Baptist Church marquee headline I saw a couple of weeks ago during my Sunday bike ride: “There are no atheists in hell… they believe.” How could a ... Read on →

    underground airlines

    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters

    by | 0 | Aug 27, 2016
    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters
    American novelists have been disturbing comforting denials about the evils of racism since the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852. Ben H. Winters’ carries on that proud tradition with his ... Read on →
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    Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

    by David Evans

    Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

    “I was wearing an orange bathrobe. She was leaning over me in a white men’s T-shirt and tiny white panties, shaking me by the shoulder. Her slender body seemed fragile, secure, childlike, with no sign of last night’s Italian excesses. Outside was not yet dawn.” As I wind down Haruki Murakam...

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    Occupy Justice

    by Matt Johnson

    Occupy Justice

    As an activist for over seven years, I have witnessed numerous progressive organizations—even entire movements—fall apart due to internal conflict. Many blame this phenomenon on government infiltrators, which undoubtedly have played a role in sowing discontent and provoking violence within our r...

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    Celebrating, honoring Pat Conroy’s gifts

    by Andy Brack

    Celebrating, honoring Pat Conroy’s gifts

    Writer Pat Conroy, who died Friday night, had a way with words that can only be described as an incredible gift. Perhaps no one more aptly painted word pictures of love, loss, beauty, yearning, pain, grief and aspiration. Whether fiction or memoir, Conroy could tell a story like no one else. ...

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    The Long Hot Summer of the Angry White Man

    by Boyd Lewis

    The Long Hot Summer of the Angry White Man

    One day, Whiteman found himself so angry, so anxious, that his head felt like the splitting rind of an overripe cantaloupe sitting in a south Georgia sun. The future he had planned for himself and his family was in ruins. Terrorism was all around him. Forces beyond his control were costing him his j...

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    Beach Walk

    by Robert Lamb

    Beach Walk

    I walk my pit bull 'Dro (short for Pedro), on or near the beach nearly every morning. We usually access the beach at an inn whose parking lot, full these days, is to me something of an amusement park, what with all the bumper/window stickers and out-of-state license plates to be seen there: New ...

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    Movin' On Up By Movin' On Down

    by Jim Cobb

    Movin' On Up By Movin' On Down

    I'm struck by the fact that although things have been decidedly on the upswing down in these parts for at least two generations, practically every report on apparently positive developments in the South, seems to start from the premise that this is something brand-new.  Hence, the New York Times ca...

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    Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

    by Tom Ferguson

    Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

    Jeremy Scahill begins his book, Dirty Wars, by confirming that Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield cherry-picked intelligence to justify their disastrous invasion of Iraq, an intention formed well before 9/11. The infamous attack served only as an excuse for their “imperial” ambitions. Interesting that th...

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    Confessions: The Past Never Dies

    by Tom Poland

    Confessions: The Past Never Dies

    I see a lot of abandoned homes in the hinterlands. Way more than I should. Awnings fallen off. Gutters rotting. Roofs caving in. You can tell no one gives a damn about them. What, I wonder, condemned them to abandonment? Economics gone south? Bad family blood? No will? Foreclosures on places nob...

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    Bob Dylan, take note: The times they have done changed

    by Robert Lamb

    Bob Dylan, take note: The times they have done changed

    Whatever happened to simple weddings? My wife Margaret and I got married 34 years ago in her parents’ living room, in Columbia, with maybe 10 people, tops, in attendance. This past Thursday, Aug. 25, we drove to Athens, Ga., to make arrangements relating to our youngest son’s upcoming ...

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    The GOP's Boot Scootin' Boogie Really is "Out in The Country, Past The City Limit Sign"

    by Jim Cobb

    The GOP's Boot Scootin' Boogie Really is

    If one picture can be worth a thousand words (depending, of course, on the relative quality of both picture and words), the same is surely no less true of a map. I regret that it was so late in my career when I truly began to understand the illustrative power of a good map. Take the following exampl...

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    Ralph Stanley: "I Am the Man, Thomas"

    by Jeff Cochran

    Ralph Stanley:

    The term "Doubting Thomas" comes to us by way of the New Testament. Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, said he would not believe that Jesus had risen from the grave until he had real physical proof. He needed to see and feel the wounds on Jesus' hands and sides, the wounds suffered in his...

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    That Which Doesn't Kill You ...

    by David Evans

    That which doesn't kill you reportedly makes you stronger. Or at least Friedrich Nietzsche thought so, as he wrote in Twilight of the Idols. If we’re talking about how life can sometimes sneak up on you in a “gotcha” kind of moment and all of a sudden everything is now up for grabs, the dr...

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    A Party of Judases

    by Dave Pruett

    A Party of Judases

    [caption id="attachment_59457" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, Padua, c. 1306[/caption] "I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists -- that we don't have enough information to act [on climate change]. Well, I'm not a sci...

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    Turning life's debris into art

    by Kevin Duffy

    Turning life's debris into art

    Neither advancing age nor the death of his first wife has curbed the Rev. George Kornegay’s desire to turn life’s debris into art. At 95, Kornegay continues to build a sculpture garden outside his trailer home, using hubcaps, televisions, dolls, rusty scrap metal and whatever else comes his w...

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    Luke

    by Mark Dohle

    Luke

    In working with the elderly, there are many rewards that come with the job.  One of perks is the humorous exchanges that can take place at unexpected times.  I not sure anyone could stay in the care giving profession if they did not have a sense of humor and were unable to laugh, not only at thems...

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    Hosea Williams, a fun-guy icon

    by Bill Montgomery

    Hosea Williams, a fun-guy icon

    [caption id="attachment_18007" align="alignright" width="233" caption="Hosea Williams in Foryth County."][/caption] A gravel-voiced civil rights icon gone 11 years is drawing new attention nowadays, which got me to remembering my experiences with him during my time as an AJC reporter.   When I ...

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    Todd Akin's Brain: It's Not Just a War on Women. It's a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy.

    by Soraya Chemaly

    Todd Akin's Brain: It's Not Just a War on Women. It's a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy.

    In case you've been deep-sea diving in the Marianas Trench, yet another Republican Congressman unwittingly revealed his party's contempt for and distrust of women. And he did it by once again illustrating how the "war on women" is really part of a larger issue. What Todd Akin said and believes do...

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    The walls of an information ghetto

    by John Hickman

    The walls of an information ghetto

    Listen to those defending Israeli violence against the Palestinians in Gaza and what you hear is denial. They cannot deny the facts and instead deny their emotional and moral significance. They agree that the Israeli military is bombarding Gaza and that thirteen hundred have been killed as a con...

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    The AUMF reconsidered

    by Monica Smith

    The AUMF reconsidered

    Let me suggest again that while we know that the PATRIOT Act was sitting on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity to be enrolled and passed into law, that the AUMF was waiting in the wings has received less consideration. But, if the interest in a "unitary executive" whose authority is above the...

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    My New Hero

    by Mike Williams

    My New Hero

    If you aren’t a golf fan, you’ll probably find this as boring as watching the game on TV. If you are a fan, though, you may, like me, find Rory McIlroy a refreshing spring breeze in a sport that’s been suffering through a long bout of summer doldrums. [caption id="attachment_26440" align="a...

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