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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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    profiting on slavery and racism

    Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano

    by Pirate illustration by Tom Ferguson

    In Open Veins of Latin America Edwardo Galeano has written a Latin American equivalent of Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the U.S. As difficult as it has been for the subject of Zinn’s book, not your generals and presidents but the people, ordinary workers, the plight of Latin America’s people has been much harsher. More akin to the victims of slavery and the land-stealing expansion and massacre of Native Americans. The ruling class in the U.S., or much of it, currently aspires to total control whereas the rulers of our southern neighbors have had it from day one. First the native population was coopted, enslaved and slaughtered. Then came …

    no horses

    Prayers From Stall No. 1

    by All the Pretty Horses GIF

    Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing’s beautiful. You startle yourself with a luminous phrase. Writing’s frightening. A thing sends your mind to places you avoid. Something last week sent my mind to a time I dread and it has me rethinking how I travel this road called Life.

    I was to speak at a complex where elderly people congregate…

    best yet

    Darryl Rhoades And The Ticking Clock

    by The Last Goodbye by Darryl Rhoades

    Even Bob Dylan knew he could learn something new about songwriting from Doc Pomus. It was the summer of 1988. Already Dylan had written enough great songs to merit a Nobel Prize for Literature, which would come 28 years later, but at the time Dylan was suffering from writer’s block. As Dylan would put it, he needed advice from someone who could tell you fancy and tell you plain. Pomus, who had written the lyrics to “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Little Sister,” and many more hits, had also taken time to advise and assist Lou Reed, Shawn Colvin and Dr. John with their songs…

    felt like a miracle

    Our church was named for Robert E. Lee — here is how we changed it

    by The R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA, in Aug. 2017, prior to the name change to Grace Episcopal Church.

    Confederate symbols in churches, especially Episcopal churches in Virginia and the National Cathedral in Washington, have followed a pattern of controversy parallel to, but distinct from, the civic battles over their removal from public spaces.

    In Episcopal churches directly associated with Robert E. Lee, the controversy has been a deeply emotional, semiprivate clash of sensibilities, one side claiming to respect the sacredness of history and the other, the history of sacredness.

    It has been, under the surface, a re-litigating of Lee’s terms of surrender at Appomattox.

    oppose offshore drilling

    Offshore drilling not needed, dangerous to coastline

    by Deepwater Horizon Fire - April 22, 2010

    For many years, the Center for a Sustainable Coast has aggressively opposed proposals to drill for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean along Georgia’s coast.

    Now resurrected by the Trump Administration, offshore drilling comes at a time when global supplies of fossil fuels are glutted and the U.S. is exporting more oil and gas than ever before. Yet, employment by fossil fuels is less than the number of jobs created by the development of clean energy, primarily solar and wind power.

    vigilante politics

    Walking Tall

    by Walking Tall

    Walking Tall was on television while I was trapped inside during the initial days of 2018. Not the lame PG version starring The Rock but the original gritty 1973 offering with Joe Don Baker in the title role.

    That movie was loosely based on former Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser. A big stick and some locals claim, a glossing over of the truth, permeated the Hollywood version. America was just coming to grips with horrible liberal ideas like racial equality, respect for working women, and fair treatment to accused perpetrators…

    singing 'bout satan

    Man Of Peace

    by Man Of Peace

    Already the United States of America had just experienced its most tense week since 9/11. The President of the United States, one Donald Trump, had spent the previous several days sabre-rattling, shaking up the world with his talk of nuclear war with North Korea. Trump, who’s never recovered from a severe case of arrested development before he entered grade school, was stepping across the line that former presidents would never approach, at least not publicly.

    all that matters is money

    No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein

    by Editorial cartoon by Tom Ferguson of Uncle Sam holding the door of a man fat with money - Uncle Sam says, "Door's always open to you, sir."

    In No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need Naomi Klein refers back to another of her books, No Logo, to talk about Trump’s early recognition of the business idea to – instead of selling products, objects, sell his brand. His outrageous behavior got him attention and that helped build the Trump brand. Marketing the brand brought him millions and, the cherry on top, the presidency – where he continues his same outsized strategy.

    stinks

    When Holding Your Nose is not Enough

    by smelly socks and the old shoes

    My new friend Dr. Jim Vickery is completing the final edit on a book about the old B-movie Western films. A tome to which I made an infinitesimal contribution. Unfortunately, I neglected to add my most unusual picture-show story; I still don’t understand how I could have forgotten such a warm, abiding memory.

    It transpired thusly…

    voice crying in the wilderness

    The time of the return of the Sun

    by That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing - I meant it - God

    At the time of the turning of the seasons, the winter solstice, I try to take time to reflect on the fundamental challenge of humanity: our obligations to other humans and our ecological environment. It would be easy to divide the world into binary, competing ideologies: good – bad, black – white, us – them.  When the lion kills and eats the deer is that good or bad? It depends on the perspective. What I’m getting at is that goodness is a spectrum and it isn’t good – bad but a continuum between love and fear.

    evil and irresponsible

    The Economic Cannibalism of the GOP

    by the Donnor Republican Party

    It’s official; the US is an oligarchy.

    The GOP’s “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is the most odious piece of legislation I have witnessed in my nearly 70 years. It codifies the economic cannibalism of the lower and middle classes by the oligarchy, and it will likely destabilize American society within a decade. Passed by strict party-line vote without public hearings, testimony of expert witnesses, or a single Democratic “yeah,” this bill is a wholly owned abomination of the GOP.

    soiled christmas cards

    The Good Olde Days

    by The Good Olde Days

    From as far back as I can remember, until I reached 12, every Thanksgiving and Christmas, after he’d delivered groceries to the people on his part of the Sunday School’s list, Dad took me with him to see his “unofficial friend.”

    We drove down an alley far behind the foundry, to Shorty’s, bearing four bulging bags from the local Jitney Jungle…

    mixing religion with politics

    Magnificent Job. Now Get Back to Work

    by Roy Jones election watch party by Jamelle Bouie

    While playing his first round of golf during the 1925 US Open, amateur golfer Bobby Jones, thought his ball moved after he addressed it and assessed himself a one stroke penalty. Jones ended up losing the tournament by one stroke.

    The great golfer was praised universally for his honesty. He was irritated by the uproar, stating that honesty was a bedrock of golf and every true golfer would have done the same thing. His quote is still recalled: “You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.”

     

    may all your dreams come true

    Christmas in Tukuyu

    by Mount Lengai seen from Lake Natron Northern Tanzania

    Do you have one Christmas past that stands out from all the others? My son and daughter say the happiest Christmas they ever had was the one when they were seven and eleven years old — Christmas of 1977. At the time, we were living in Tukuyu, a sleepy little town located on top of a dormant volcano in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Obviously, our lifestyle was not that of a typical American family. The children grew up in Africa with only periodic visits back to the states. I was often amazed by the contrast in their behavior…

    a book review

    The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, Betty Medsger

    by FBI - a drawing by Tom Ferguson of an agent hidden underneath an agent

    The non-fiction on my reading list is important stuff but not exactly entertaining… and mostly depressing. It’s part of my dutiful good-citizen activism. The Burglary is also but such a page-turner that two days in a row it was 3:30a.m. before I could put it down.

    In 1971 eight activists decided to break into an FBI office to find proof that the agency was off the rails, blatantly violating the constitution. Their successful action confirmed this in spades. They divided the booty up into categories, setting aside criminal investigations and mailing the hot stuff to key congressional figures and media, the author of this book foremost.

    wagga wagga, wiradjuri

    The Return Journey

    by View of the old Court House

    It was about 6am when the passing trucks interrupted my sleep. I had turned off the air conditioning and opened the motel window to help me sleep after a long day driving the back roads and exploring the Monumental Cemetery. A hamburger washed down with a few cold beers in an Irish bar helped me go to sleep until the noise of the early morning traffic brought me back to reality. There was a lot to do and more roads to explore.

    portent of things to come

    Alabama Then and Now

    by Alabama Senate Race 1962 vs 2017

    Although I grew up in a family of Democrats in Louisiana when there were few Republicans and two kinds of Democrats (supporters of Huey Long’s machine and the other kind), I went to high school in Phoenix where I worked in Barry Goldwater’s first senate campaign in 1952 running against the incumbent Democrat in a blue state.

    Influenced or infected by the relatively enlightened views toward race then current in Phoenix, I joined the Young Republicans when I returned to my native state to enroll at Tulane University. I did so because the local Republicans, including several very liberal Tulane professors, were working hard to register African-Americans who had been disenfranchised since the end of Reconstruction.

    why is it so hard?

    Singing Second

    by The 118th Army vs. Navy Game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dec. 9, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Michelle Eberhart

    The first college football game I ever watched was the 1960 Army Navy contest. A running back named Joe Bellino caught my attention and I cheered enthusiastically for Navy during that contest. A few days later Bellino would also win the Heisman Trophy.

    My father watched the game with me and rooted for the opposing team. He served in World War II as a gunnery sergeant and was Army through and through. This was likely the first of many disagreements he and I would have over the years..

    symbols of hate

    Who’s in Charge of Georgia’s History?

    by Who's in Charge of Georgia's History?

    Last week, David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), Speaker of the Georgia House, was interviewed on WABE by Denis O’Hayer. “In just a month, Georgia lawmakers return to the state capitol,” O’Hayer said by way of introduction, “and they have a lot of issues in front of them.”

    He asked Ralston if allegations of sexual harassment might surface in the state government and how the legislature might address that issue. Then, O’Hayer moved to another topic – Confederate monuments. “The state already has a law … that bars local governments from removing or concealing Confederate monuments…

    hold nissan accountable

    Corruption Can Be Classic, In the Mississippi Way

    by Donald Trump riding the GOP elephant with a confederate flag by DonkeyHotey

    Progressive Mississippians have got their pantsuits in a wad.

    Justifiably so. This weekend, which marks the bicentennial of Mississippi’s initial entry into the Union, also heralds the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

    At the last minute, the KKK-endorsed, white supremacist Donald Trump accepted Phil Bryant’s invitation to attend and speak at this event. In response, many groups — from the Hillary-honorific “Pantsuit Nation” to the Obama-inspired Organizing for Action — are planning kneel-ins and sign displays along the motorcade route.

    moore v jesus

    Pray for Roy Moore but for God’s Sake Don’t Vote for Him

    by Predator, bigot, transphobe, homophobe, xenophobe & twice removed Judge Roy Moore U.S. Senate log

    Make no mistake, the Alabama U.S. Senate election is about hate.

    Republican Candidate Roy Moore, the twice-elected and twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice, says the race is about an attack on our Christian heritage and beliefs. An assault on the very foundations of our country. Moore says he is being persecuted by “forces of evil” and thus all of our beliefs are at risk.

    encourages the fantasy

    The 25th Amendment Isn’t Impeachment Lite

    by Donald Trump - Caricature by DonkeyHotey

    Ezra Klein is a very smart boy. Way smarter than me. That’s why I’m posting here and he’s presiding over Vox, a very influential national online news outlet.

    But in the course of a recent article calling for President Trump’s impeachment, Klein stumbles into a misreading of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. In fairness to Klein, he’s just repeating the mistake made by other media heavyweights who’ve written about this.

    exploring

    Driving the Back Roads

    by Driving the Back Roads

    Inspired by Tom Poland’s great stories about his travels on the back roads I decided to drive some country roads in search of a little piece of history. I didn’t want to go too far from the small inland cities and towns because I needed a little comfort at the end of the day. Camping out and cooking on an open fire no longer interested me, especially when alone.

    Unable to find someone to share the experience I left home early on Sunday morning to navigate the freeways and toll roads out of the city.

    a book by matt taibbi

    The Great Derangement & Insane Clown President

    by You thought I cared about the little guy... I do. This money is the little guy - Cartoon by Tom Fergueson

    In The Great Derangement Matt Taibbi looked at several contemporary phenomenon: The War in Iraq, Fundamentalism as exemplified by a Texas Mega-church and, in his words, the great sausage-making in Washington, D.C. The 911 conspiracy buffs come under scrutiny as well.

    He makes no bones about the deception in Iraq accomplished by the usual methods: jingoism, cowardly congress, compliant press…

    absolute paradox

    We Love You – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do About It

    by We Love You – Ain't Nothing You Can Do About It

    Like all good books, Paul Theroux’s Deep South got me thinking about things beyond the book’s covers. As the service wrapped up at an African American church Theroux visited (the congregants called him “Mr. Paul”), he picked up a Bible and turned to a passage in Proverbs he remembered. It read, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

    kill to kill trump's tax scam

    #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

    by #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

    The Senate test vote (aka: motion to proceed or pre-vote vote) could be next Monday, November 27. They could bring it to the floor as early as Thursday, November 30th. We need to make some noise until we defeat this bill that even Forbes called “The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington.” Calling your senators is a good thing (capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121). Do it. But that isn’t enough.

    This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now.

  • DewTubes


  • Indivisible at One

    Bruce Springsteen Sings "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town"

    Visit with Santa Cold Open - SNL

    Welcome to Hell - SNL

    White House Christmas Cold Open
    - SNL

    Volunteering with SIFI

    Come Back, Barack - SNL

    Green Day - Back In The USA

    The Trump Presidency:
    Last Week Tonight with
    John Oliver (HBO)

    The Greatest Tax Bill Ever Sold
    December 6, 2017 Act 1
    Full Frontal on TBS

    Even More Creeps: Journalist Edition
    December 6, 2017 Act 2
    Full Frontal on TBS

    About North Korea
    December 6, 2017 Act 3
    Full Frontal on TBS

    Enough is Enough.

    "The Shady Bunch"
    a Roy Zimmerman song parody

    Don't Stop Believin'
    Postmodern Jukebox

    Nonsensical Rifle Addiction

    The Presidential Fitness Test
    The President Show

    Saving Miley from Costco

    Love Has No Labels
    Diversity & Inclusion

    Weekend Update: Gretchen - SNL

    At This Point, Do Republicans Even
    Care About Sexual Assault?
    The Daily Show

    The Most Honest Three Minutes
    In Television History



  • random stories from our past

    Help Me Make It Through the Night

    by David Evans

    Help Me Make It Through the Night

    And then there’s always that nasty stuff about death making everything so serious. As I get older, I seem to want to read more biographies, especially of writers since I am fascinated with what makes or made so many of them tick. I crave insider information about their routine, how they got the...

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    If you can’t stand the heat…

    by Timothy Freeman

    If you can’t stand the heat…

    I'm listening to folks on the radio and t.v. sound shocked that it's hot. It’s Georgia. It’s summer. It’s hot. Get used to it! What’s there to not like about summer? Can you remember a more perfect time than the summers of your childhood? I seem to remember the summers more than I do the Chr...

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    Remembering Dr. Weems Pennington Sr.

    by Tom Poland

    Remembering Dr. Weems Pennington Sr.

    Back in a simpler, better time ... In my case, five scars bring back memories of Dr. Weems Pennington Sr., a doctor who epitomized what a family physician should be. He was smart, kind, funny, and kept many of us rolling despite an excess of maladies, ills, and accidents. He had a way of teaching...

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    Alabama GOPer Pushes Bills Amending Anti-Immigrant Law

    by Amanda Peterson Beadle

    Alabama GOPer Pushes Bills Amending Anti-Immigrant Law

    When Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and Attorney General Luther Strange (R) both called for changes to the state’s anti-immigrant law last year, it was a hopeful sign that the state might roll back the law’s most harmful effects. According to one projection, the state GDP could decline by $2.3 ...

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    The Republicans' Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

    by Andy Schmookler

    The Republicans' Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

    The Republican Party, I have said here, has been taken over by a destructive force. Time now to flesh out more of the picture showing the relentlessly destructive nature of what now animates the Republican Party: It's a force that's insatiable in its lust for power and wealth. Even though we ha...

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    Two non-southern states of mind

    by Robert Lamb

    Two non-southern states of mind

    I’m a South Carolina native who grew up in Georgia, and I have lived in one of these two states most of my life except for two years in the Navy (during which I never saw a ship — a story for another time) and a misguided six months in California, land of fruits and nuts. How bad was the gold...

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    Coach Jimmy – Part 3

    by Tom Poland

    Coach Jimmy – Part 3

    Coach Jimmy – Coach Cake Bake (Author’s Note: I played football for Coach Jimmy Smith for four years. He was one of those unforgettable characters who fought his own demons, in time prevailing. To know him was to love him.) It was not my idea to be an alcoholic. I didn’t want to be one. Afte...

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    Flat Taxes are Big in the Former USSR. Have They Worked?

    by Braden Goyette For ProPublica

    Flat Taxes are Big in the Former USSR. Have They Worked?

    GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Gov. Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich have all introduced proposals for flat taxes, which aim to tax everyone at the same rate. The idea is to simplify the tax code, getting rid of loopholes and reducing entitlements and deductions. Gingrich and Perry have both ...

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    '100 Saints You Should Know'

    by R S

    '100 Saints You Should Know'

    Life comes loaded with admonition. We should go to church. We should eat our veggies. We should not smoke. We should sit up tall. We should act our age. Last night’s Southeastern-premiere preview performance of 100 Saints You Should Know examines the "ought" theme, painfully cutting acros...

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    Time, as it was

    by Tom Baxter

    Time, as it was

    It is a summer night in South Alabama, shortly before the 20th Century’s first great collision with hell. Austria-Hungary will declare war on Serbia in five days; within two weeks, the slaughter will be under way on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. The pace of events throughout the world i...

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    Springsteen, God and Guns

    by Jeff Cochran

    Springsteen, God and Guns

    Author's Note: Upon Bruce Springsteen's endorsement of President Obama for a second term in office, one gave thought to summer '84 when Bruce Springsteen's popularity reached a new peak. That same summer, Ronald Reagan was on his way to a second term as President. It was a time of celebration for t...

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    My Corny Life

    by April Adams

    My Corny Life

    I’ve been an allergy sufferer for most of my life. I started getting shots when I was 8 or 9-years-old and am still going strong. Trees, grass, flowers, if it exists in the natural world, I probably have some sort of sensitivity to it. My allergies have expressed themselves in stuffy nose, runny n...

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    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED

    by David Evans

    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED

    No, no, not that kind of ED, which always seems to feature one of those slightly discomforting situations where you see the happy afterglow of couples strolling hand in hand and smiling lovingly, presumably after the little blue pill has worked its magic. The kind of ED I’m talking about is en...

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    Flannery O'Connor, Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours, and My Redneck Daddy Must Converge

    by William Cotter

    Flannery O'Connor, Notre Dame du Perpetuel Secours, and My Redneck Daddy Must Converge

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the hospice and urban garden, did not rudely elbow its way to a tight squeeze between Atlanta Braves Stadium (Turner Field) and the Crew Street police precinct. The free cancer home at 760 Pollard Blvd was there first, when the address still went by the name of Washington...

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    A Reflection on the Written Word

    by John M. Williams

    A Reflection on the Written Word

    It all happened on the same day. A post I wrote about my first e-book, Special Forces, appeared on this blog, a friend suggested I look into producing my own audio book, and I received a visit from a charming retired Japanese journalist, Shoichi Nasu. Mr. Nasu, making a series of pilgrimages to Amer...

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    Privileging Prominent Predators

    by Tom Ferguson

    Privileging Prominent Predators

    Some persons would like to view the U.S. government as a protector of workers and the average citizen against the excesses of predatory capitalism. Predators, however, view the U.S. government as their employee, a potential adversary who must be constantly reminded who they work for. This element al...

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    Riding the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul

    by Rob Coppock

    Riding the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul

    The cab driver deposited our luggage on the sidewalk in front of the Gare de l’Est train station in Paris where the uniformed porters didn’t blink at the two huge suitcases, the carry-on bag, the hanging garment bag, and several shopping bags. We followed the two pillbox-hatted young men through...

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    The Imaginary Fix

    by Lee Leslie

    Since computer bits replaced paper which replaced precious metals which replaced labor, our monetary system has been imaginary. Value has always been faith-based. Wealth is the large scale accumulation of imagined value. While the commodity markets trade on imaginary quantities of real things, the...

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    Mental Health Craziness

    by Lee Leslie

    That Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC.com) reports that Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has received a last minute bailout from vestiges of the Bush administration’s “Justice” Department. The “Justice” Department launched an investigation of state-run hospitals two years ago after the AJC...

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    Dew Drops: S.C. dominates quotes list

    by Ron Taylor

    Dew Drops:  S.C. dominates quotes list

    South Carolinians sounding off earned three spots on the latest Top 10 list of famous quotations compiled annually by Fred Shapiro, editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, and not one of them was from Gov. Mark Sanford, though he did figure in one of them.  No other state got more than one spot on t...

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    A sign by Kristin Joiner

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    Scott Pruitt Is Not Up For The Job

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    Everytown For Gun Safety

    Tom Price

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    http://occupydemocrats.com

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    We have work to do

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We Can't Trust Big Oil Insiders

    ClimateRealityProject.org

    Canaries in the Coal Mine

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  • thankful

    My Father’s Canteen

    by My Father's Canteen

    The canteen hung from a nail in my parent’s attic for decades. My father brought it home from Hiroshima. He brought back, too, Earth Superior binoculars and a Japanese rifle and bayonet. The rifle is missing. Its bayonet remains. War relics.

    Look closely. You’ll see the designation U.S. A.G. M. Co. 1942 on this World War II canteen. A.G. M. stood for the Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Company. Check eBay. Folks are selling history, war relics.

    fantastic meal #89

    Almost Mom’s Oyster Dressing

    by Thanksgiving Oyster Dressing by Earl Fisher

    I’ve often wondered if other countries have a national holiday like we do—Thanksgiving—an entire day dedicated to eating, followed by National Leftover Day, a holy day almost as big a hit as T-Day, itself. Is there a Sardine Day in Norway? A Fish & Chips Day in Great Britain? I really don’t know, although I’m sure I could Google it if I could figure out how to ask the right question.

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part III

    by Front of historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville

    A notice on the front door warns that you look at the church at your own risk. The church stands empty. Closed. Nothing new. Trinity Episcopal closed during the Great Depression. “When my mother and aunt came back here to live in retirement, they tried other churches and it just didn’t work,” said May. “So, they got some friends who had grown up in the church with them and reopened the church. The first service was on November 1, 1948.”

    candidate ga psc

    John Noel Is Running with the Sun

    by PSC candidate John Noel wants Georgia’s energy future to be solar-powered

    Republican victories in Georgia Public Service Commission races have been so predictable in recent years that Democrats haven’t bothered to field a candidate in three of the past five elections. Next year is shaping up to be quite different for the state’s asleep-at-the-wheel all GOP regulatory agency, however.

    Here’s why…

    corporate criminals

    Testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission

    by Testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission

    Nov. 6, 2017. My name is Stephen Wingeier. Wouldn’t it be great if all Georgia citizens had the day off to participate in their democracy today? Luckily for me, Monday is my day off. But by holding this so-called “public hearing” during the workday, you are excluding the vast majority of Georgians.

    Long after Monsanto Corporations’s own secret studies revealed the toxicity of DDT, they kept right on selling it. Long after the tobacco industry did secret studies proving that cigarettes are carcinogenic, it kept on pretending cigarettes were safe. And long after the plastics industry secretly knew it was poisoning its workers, it kept right on poisoning them. None of these corporate crimes was halted until government regulators stepped in.

    reviews: lehane, taibbi, clavin, tolle

    Text Addict

    by Drawing/Cartoon of police spokesperson: “Ok, our new human rights policy - make sure there are no video cameras around when assaulting civilians” was created by © Tom Ferguson.

    So I ran across Dennis LeHane’s latest in the new book shelf at the Atlanta Ponce library. His Mystic River was first rate – so says James Lee Burke. But he wrote one where I felt so suckered I vowed not to read him again. But this one drew me in, thought I’d give it a chance. The first hundred pages read like a book club book: serious, smart writing, psychologically insightful, lot of research to make the world he’s portraying credible.

    we cannot forget

    KSU Cheerleaders Kneeling in the Stream of History

    by The public lynching of Samuel "Tom" Wilkes in 189

    A few weeks ago, just before a football game against the visiting Crusaders from North Greenville University, five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders knelt during the playing of the National Anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. KSU officials promptly banned the cheerleaders from the football field at future games until after the national anthem had been played.

    On Wednesday, in a letter to the KSU community, President Sam Olens announced that “I have decided that at Kennesaw State University’s next home game on November 11, the pre-game program will be restored to its original format, with the cheerleaders taking the field before the singing of the National Anthem.”

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part II

    by Trinity's interior in better times. Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick.

    Owing to the need to save money for their daughters’ college tuition, it took May and her husband fifteen years to move to Abbeville After her mother died. That was in 1977. “We came and never looked back,” she said. Her husband took early retirement and she quit teaching first grade. “No more,” she said, but more was in store. A school in the country urgently needed a teacher. “I pitched in and ended up teaching four more years, but that gave me four more years of retirement money.”

    finding self

    Why We Build

    by Why We Build

    I built my first coffin as an eight-year-old in 1952, a time when dogs still trotted freely in the street in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. They had full reign of the neighborhood. Sawdust and Timber, my two young beagles, slept in my bed with me. We had to jockey for space. At that age, I didn’t mind rolling over on a wet and slimy shard of chewed bone. One summer afternoon Sawdust ran under a speeding Buick Roadmaster. Trailing a few steps behind, Timber only heard the thump.

    think, remember, reflect

    Who do you hate?

    by Exhibit - Center for Civil and Human Rights - Atlanta by Albert Vecerka-Esto

    I grew up in the segregated South. In my seven years of elementary school, four years of high school, and four years of college, there was never a black student in my school.

    I was there on the Sunday morning in 1960 when the leaders of my Methodist church gathered nervously on the front steps fearful that a black family was going to come to worship. When I asked my Dad what everybody was afraid of, he said, “you don’t understand.”

     

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part I

    by Saving Trinity, Part I

    August 31. Rain from Harvey’s remnants made the driving tough along Highway 34. The wipers met out a metronome-like beat as log truck after log truck slung sheets of water across my windshield, a clattering collision of water against glass. My destination? Abbeville, South Carolina to meet photographer-writer-historian Bill “Big Sky” Fitzpatrick. A gusty, gray rain seemed fitting for a mission to see who and what might halt the crumbling of historic Trinity Episcopal Church.

    hiking the at

    Song of Hiawatha

    by Appalachian Trail Rock Tunnel

    Since my early teens, I have loved the out-of-doors and spent many a good moment there, sometimes in the company of others, often in blissful solitude.

    At the age of forty, beset by an unexpected urge to solo trek, I strapped on a JanSport backpack large enough for a bathtub, filled it with fifty-four pounds of gear and sustenance, and hiked north on the Appalachian Trail (AT) out of Damascus, Virginia, bound for the high country of Mt. Rogers and Grayson Highlands. After a schlep of nine miles on day one, mostly uphill, I collapsed and camped right beside the trail, too exhausted to search for a better spot. Each day thereafter, however, I grew stronger…

    there is a bigger deal out there

    The Chase for Amazon

    by he rendering of the Amazon building in the Denny Regrade neighborhood of Seattle by NBBJ

    It has been hard to ignore the buzz created by the chase for Amazon’s second headquarters. Five billion dollars in construction costs and 50,000 “high-paying” jobs. 238 proposals have been submitted to Amazon from all across North America. Of course there were.

    While all the proposals were made in secret, it is safe to assume that no incentive was left out.

    southern blood

    Valhalla

    by Valhalla

    Without fanfare the bass player, Bob Keller, stepped to a microphone and introduced the first song.

    Here’s something by Bob Dylan.”

    The wall of sound unleashed from those speakers was unlike anything we’d ever heard. Maybe like a two by four upside the head. I swear the wind from their opening notes blew my hair.

    reading list

    Meandering Mind Stream

    by Meandering Mind Stream

    Caught without my emergency notebooks, not even a book, I found myself with 45 minutes to kill before the East Atlanta library opened. Fortunately Joe’s Coffee Shop is nearby.

    Browsing their little book shelf I found a John le Carré novel. With coffee I read ten or fifteen pages, marveling at his superb writing. Coincidentally the hold books I was there to pick up included a le Carré memoir, a collection of magazine articles he published over the years, a unique form of memoir…

    that the best he's got

    Donny O’Trump and the Liddle People

    by Donny O'Trump and the Liddle People

    Randy Newman caused an uproar years ago when he released a catchy pop ditty in which he declared that “short people got no reason to live.” The singer-songwriter insisted “Short People”was a metaphorical, anti-bigotry joke, as was his bent, but that didn’t stop a lot of short people and their families and friends from wanting to cut him off at the knees. I wonder why we haven’t heard a similar outcry over Donald Trump’s fondness for belittling “liddle” people. He’s not joking, much less engaging in metaphor.

    aging

    Nothing’s Gonna Touch You in These Golden Years

    by lifecyle of a dandelion blossom

    My right eye is doing the heavy lifting; my left, just along for the ride for now.

    Six months ago, I had a detached and torn retina in my left eye. Thanks to micro- and laser-surgery techniques, they can fix that. Not that long ago, I would’ve lost the sight in the eye. The cause? Old age, my friend, old age. While detached and/or torn retinas can happen as the result of an injury, in folks my age, they’re caused by 1) a misshapen eye (mine are extremely myopic; I had worn glasses for distance since third grade until I had LASIK a decade ago) …

    painting barns

    See Rock City

    by See Rock City

    In my mom’s back yard stands a red and black birdhouse on a white pole. Its roof holds iconic words. “See Rock City.” If it had not been for Garnet Carter and Clark Byers, that birdhouse wouldn’t exist. Times were, you could drive along a back road and sooner or later you’d see a barn with its roof turned into an advertisement.

    You’ll be hard pressed today to find a barn’s roof declaring “See 7 States from Rock City.” In case you’ve never heard of it, Rock City is a roadside attraction in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Gigantic rock formations, a Lovers Leap, and caverns with black lights I recall. I remember, too, Ruby Falls but that’s an attraction inside Lookout Mountain.

    education by tv

    Irish Famine

    by Queen Victoria transforms to TV Queen Victoria

    Popular on British and American TV screens, the series ”Victoria” about the reign of Queen Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, is a great way to become familiar with the history of England without reading books. Only a small percentage of the population reads history books, and even there, some issues are not fully covered. For many British viewers it was the first they had learned about the horrors of the 1840s Irish Famine… 

    protecting class privilege

    Vietnam in the Air

    by Vietnam in the Air

    Timely to have happened on the book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, at the library just as the Ken Burns’ Vietnam: A Television History began on PBS. I was curious to see what perspective was brought to both the book and documentary. The factoid that especially interested me: Vietnam was one country, temporarily divided by the Geneva Accords …

    a deeper observation

    Taking A Knee for the National Anthem

    by Taking A Knee for the National Anthem

    It is obvious there is anger throughout the league from world renown athletes to the general managers of those professional teams. Professional athletes such as LeBron James, professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, have spoken out about racial injustices throughout our nation and have exemplified their frustration for our current president, Donald Trump. LeBron does not stand alone …

    faux patriotism

    Respecting the Constitution

    by Respecting the Constitution

    So let me get this straight; the primary way for Americans to properly respect our country, flag and all those soldiers who died for our right to say what we want, act the way we want, and worship in the manner we see fit is to attend a sporting event and reverently stand while an ode to a night of bombardment during a war we didn’t win, set to the tune of a British drinking song, is sung by some diva trying to sing it completely apart from what it was intended.

    southern queer vs. yankee cop

    A time to be silent or a time to speak?

    by Rainbow colored golden retriever

    I enjoy the diversity of the waiting room when I go for a routine checkup to my miracle worker, Dr. Lobiondo, Director of the Wound Center at Clara Maass Hospital in Newark, NJ. More than five years ago his rigorous routines completely cured a large open wound on my left leg, a result of lymphedema. For 2 years I had been sleeping in a chair with my legs elevated, but no noticeable improvement. Then I discovered Dr. Lobiondo…

    in the past

    A Sunday Drive

    by Noble SC Governors Grave

    Used to be customary for folks to take Sunday drives. I don’t think people today tend to do that as much as the older folks did but they should. It’s enjoyable and revealing. Of course we still use “Sunday driver” to describe a driver who dawdles, and dawdling is in order when the drive itself is the destination.

    Sunday, September 17 my sister, Deb and family friend Teresa took me to an old cemetery I’d never seen. Across the Savannah …

     

    just won't die

    The “Heritage, Not Hate” Dodge

    by zombie confederates

    Yet again, over 150 years after Appomattox, we’re still at one another’s throats about the meaning of the horrendous bloodletting that ended with a half-page of surrender terms and a handshake. The proximate trigger for the recent mayhem in Charlottesville was the city’s plan to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee. Now the air is thick with denunciations of similar monuments for valorizing traitors …

    getting to the whole truth

    The CIA’s Tortured Amnesia

    by CIA TORTURE REPORT by Paresh Nath

    It’s too bad the trial of two CIA contract psychologists who created the “torture” interrogation program in the wake of 9/11 was canceled and the case settled out of court. The trial, scheduled for September 5th, might have provided publicity that could help prevent future abuses in the name of national security. Such publicity could also call attention to the need for creating a stronger institutional memory …

    fantastic meal #90

    Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    by Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    We were not big potato eaters when I was growing up. My mom was a stay-at-home housewife and did most of the cooking, and baked or mashed potatoes weren’t high on her list of dinnertime sides. Rice and black-eyed peas, however, were. And as much as my dad loved black-eyed peas and rice, he did not fail to let us all know that he sure missed an occasional side of mashed potatoes, rolls, and gravy. I think the sore point here was the gravy, but it could have been the rolls.

    kegger stories

    Ground Ball Back To You, I Got The Throw

    by Pi Lambda Phi House at the University of Virginia

    “Jimmy Joe, ground ball back to you, I got the throw at second.”

    I joined a Greek fraternity at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1976. Like most large schools with dozens of different houses, an incoming freshman had a lot to choose from. There were old Southern houses that dated back to the Civil War. There were heavy drinking houses. Other houses preferred…

    hidden beauty

    The Long Way Home

    by A vintage rural scene come summer. A farmer’s crops and a dirt road just off Highway 34 between Silverstreet and Chappells. Blue, green, white and beige, the colors of the Earth.

    Labor Day I labored. I wrote the photo captions for my new book due out next spring about lesser-traveled road, a familiar refrain. By now you readers surely can tell what I’m working on by the columns I write. I’ve often written about my expeditions into the countryside. I drove over 10,000 miles deliberately avoiding interstates. I chose to take the long way home as Supertramp famously sang.

    values in caricature

    The Big Board Game, Capitalism

    by The Big Board Game, Capitalism

    In terms of articulating what’s going on, who runs things for whose benefit in the country, hell, the world, we are gifted with two stand-out analysts; Noam Chomsky and Michael Parenti. I’ve been reading Chomsky’s first book on the subject, American Power and the New Mandarins and an early book of Parenti’s, The Sword and the Dollar… 

    a sooty middle finger

    What the truck! Should monster pickups be outlawed?

    by Big red monster truck

    I was stopped for a red light while on my way to the grocery store when it pulled up in the lane next to me. I heard its rumble and felt its shadow fall like a partial eclipse before I actually saw it. When I glanced left from the window of my medium-sized sedan, I was eye level with its underbelly – the pristine wheel wells, the giant tires, the gleaming chassis, a concentration of chrome like a buck-toothed teenager’s orthodontics. The reflections of my car and the car just ahead of me in its side panels didn’t even reach as high as its door handles…

    climate change is real

    And now for the hard work

    by And now for the hard work

    Hurricane Harvey has brought death, unfathomable destruction, loss of homes and a deeply distraught community of caring people throughout the world.  How can we help? What do we do now?

    We will reach out, and offer whatever we can.  I particularly love the #cajunnavy and all the out-of-state volunteers from California and New York rushing to our side.

    fight them at every turn

    Understanding Racism

    by Trump Rally Asheville by Will Thomas

    I can’t really help myself. It just happens. Whenever I see images of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, or reasonable facsimiles, I think of Groucho Marx. The comedian from my dad’s generation famously stated that he would never want to join an exclusive club that was willing to accept him as a member.

    While viewing photos from KKK members, Confederate sympathizers’ mug shots, or watching the footage from places like Charlottesville, I can’t help but think: This is supposed to be an example of a superior race? Really?

    staring at the sun

    Today we were animals

    by Preparing for the eclipse

    For one brief, shining moment, we gathered near strangers, didn’t fear for our lives, and watched the moon blot out the sun.  The moon & sun were gliding all over fly-by land, giving us a quick peek at our natural selves; amazed, amused and/or otherwise distracted from the chaos of our own creation. We thought about our place in the universe, among the other animals making noises and clustering together.

    doing stupid stuff

    I Peed On That

    by St Louis night by Daniel Schwen

    I started my career in information technology in September 1983 at the Wilmington, DE office of Digital Equipment Corporation [DEC]. The Wilmington office serviced the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co account. Better known as DuPont, they were the largest chemical company in the United States and No. 6 on the Fortune 500. They were huge and impossible to please…

    context is not pc

    The Burden of Being a Southern, Part II

    by Sigbee drive cemetary

    Henry Kidd, who identified himself as a former national officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, objected to adding context. “Every tourist who comes to Richmond wants to see Monument Avenue; they don’t want to see a politically correct Monument Avenue,” Kidd said. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

    I will give Levar Stoney’s credit for appointing the Monument Avenue Commission to determine the fate of Lost Cause monuments …