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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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    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 …

     

    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 5, might have provided publicity that could ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    fantastic meal #90

    Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    by Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes Number 91 of my list of the top 100 (mostly Southern) meals and side dishes of all time. 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 ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    who will it be?

    The Honorable Senator from Alabama

    by Jeff Sessions, Roy Moore, Luther Strong Republicans: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Candidate Roy Moore, Candidate Luther Strong The good folks in my home state of Alabama aren’t too sophisticated when it comes to voting excellent people into office. Consider that Jeff ... Read on →

    #charlottesville

    Playing With Fire

    by Charlottesville Unite The Right Rally photo taken by Rodney Dunning "Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done Walk away from trouble if you can It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek I hope you're old enough to understand Son, you don't ... Read on →

    fantastic meal #91

    Summertime Soup

    by Summertime Soup Number 91 of my list of the top 100 (mostly Southern) meals and side dishes of all time. When August drifts around every year, there is little to celebrate here in the Deep South. It's ... Read on →

    so easy to steal here

    New Wave Mobsters

    by Mafiya by © Tom Ferguson Mobsters tend to evolve out of inner city poverty. The young look around and notice the people in the neighborhood with flashy lifestyles, who don't go hungry, who lord it over ordinary citizens. They ... Read on →

    southern places

    A Country Club Like No Other

    by Harold's Signage -photo by Tom Poland Down near Yemassee, South Carolina, is a country club like no other. Harold’s Country Club proclaims that it is “in the middle of nowhere but close to everywhere.” That’s true. You’ll find it off ... Read on →

    fight like hell for the living

    100 Years Ago, Frank Little Died for Our Rights. Today, the Struggle Continues.

    by Jaz Brisack I stepped in an anthill at 4:17 yesterday morning, as I pounded a yellow “Union Yes” sign into the dewy ground outside the mile-long Nissan factory in Canton, Mississippi. Later in the day, on my ... Read on →

    more a direction

    Plumnelly: A Road Mark

    by Cheaha State Park by Andrea Wright On July 17, 1936, five months before I was born, an area of 393 acres of wilderness in Alabama's Talladega County was established as a U.S. National Forest. One of its many glories is ... Read on →

    in the war on science

    Revenge of the Nerds

    by March for Science, Washington, DC by Becker1999 (Paul and Cathy) Earlier this month, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a damning report: Sidelining Science Since Day One—How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Public Health and Safety in Its First Six Months. The value of science ... Read on →

    southern addiction

    Football Sex and Old Time Religion

    by Football Sex and Old Time Religion The recent stunning downfall of the Ole Miss football coach has all the elements of a Southern Gothic tale. I’m surprised this wasn’t based on a Faulkner novel. Hugh Freeze resigned abruptly after being ... Read on →

    abstraction distraction

    In a Word, Authentic

    by Scar-Moochi (aka: Anthony Scaramucci) by © Trevor Irvin The word “authentic” is being tossed around a lot these days … another empty-calorie, tasteless ingredient in today’s word salad. The kale of the word world. The other day, a leaking pustule of a man, ... Read on →

    people need to know

    Clinton Tried to Win Election

    by he Ties That Bind was created by © Trevor Irvin Breaking Newz: A quickly unfolding scandal has revealed that Hillary Clinton colluded with millions of democrats nationwide to vote against Donald Trump during the 2016 elections. In a statement today, Satan’s BedBug, Kellyanne Conway, said “We ... Read on →

    it all comes down to this

    Goosing Adrenaline

    by Goosing Adrenaline I swear, I don't know what gets into people. This latest head scratcher starts when the morning’s news feed flashes a headline about an American from Virginia Beach, Virginia who gets "run through" – i.e.: seriously ... Read on →

    shoe already dropped

    The Smoking Gun

    by The Smoking Gun For months, there has been smoke; thick, black smoke that cannot be seen through. It certainly seemed like the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, something seemed suspicious, but there was never any proof. But ... Read on →

    we must dissent

    Salute This Flag

    by John Beecher in 1976 by © Rob Amberg for the Asheville arts monthly, “The Arts Journal”. Salute This Flag The Fourth of July Was a holiday for everybody but people’s cooks Corinne was fixing us hot biscuit When I marched into the kitchen Waving the Stars and Stripes And ordered to “Salute this flag! It made your ... Read on →

    100 million

    From Butter Churns To Baseball Bats

    by Louiville Slugger by Tom Poland She kept the old churn in the kitchen. I see it vividly, even now. I watched my Grandmother Poland churn butter, a memory that sure seems old-fashioned in this digital age. I have no ... Read on →

    and then i knew

    Dancing with Wolves

    by Dancing with Wolves I worshipped the man. Like a puppy, I waited expectantly his daily homecoming, ever eager to ask a child’s question: “What kind of day did you have?” “Oh, I had a good day,” he might ... Read on →

    remembering

    The Boy Who Stoned Cats

    by The Boy Who Stoned Cats Late in the afternoon a strange noise came from the vegetable garden beside the house, it was the sound of a bird in distress. The bird was squeaking, flapping its injured wing and hopping ... Read on →

    throwback to another era

    The Old Hand Pump

    by 76 station hand water pump by Tom Poland A Scene From The Past “The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles,” wrote Bob Dylan as he closed out “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Vandals have yet to get the handle of the pump ... Read on →

    like before fox news

    Make America Great Again

    by Celebrate Freedom Rally   Make America Great Again Words by Gary Moore, annotations by David Parker Make America great again[1] Make America great again[2] Lift the torch of freedom[3] all across the land[4] Step into the future joining hand in hand And make America ... Read on →

    even uncle sam has bad days

    Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price

    by Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price On the Fourth of July, we naturally think of Uncle Sam, our nation's favorite icon. While I try to keep a positive attitude about Uncle Sam in July, I can't forget the day the ... Read on →
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    Happy Left-hander's Day

    by JL Strickland

    Happy Left-hander's Day

    August 13th is National Left-handers’ Day. I will celebrate quietly. I’m not sure about my sister; she is also a southpaw. That means our parents created two left-handed children, well above the national average of 10 to 13 percent. If you believe human traits are the result of parenting ...

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    At Lincoln's death, 12-day rail procession took body to Springfield

    by JL Strickland

    At Lincoln's death, 12-day rail procession took body to Springfield

    Last week Americans saw heavy media coverage of the death 50 years ago of President John F. Kennedy. I couldn't help but compare the aftermath and funeral of JFK with that of Abraham Lincoln, both victims of assassins. One reason this came to mind is because I had just finished a year-long projec...

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    ARRA Update

    by JL Strickland

    ARRA Update

    The latest information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be found here. In summary, of the $787 billion approved to be either spent or not collected as taxes, $515 billion have been allocated, so far.  Although the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 3.3 million...

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    Flying the Friendly Skies

    by JL Strickland

    Flying the Friendly Skies

    I was nine, maybe ten. My heart was pounding like a sub-woofer and I could barely hold the wheel with my tiny, sweaty, trembling hands. I was driving the family car down Highway 5 outside Centreville, Alabama. I couldn’t reach the pedals so my dad was helping with those, but I was driving the c...

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    Unexpected find turns out to be great book

    by JL Strickland

    Unexpected find turns out to be great book

    There may be treasures in your attic or in some seldom-visited closet. You can never tell. We stumbled upon quite a treasure the other day, something we did not know was there. It was a large-format book, in a box of textbooks and other literature, probably from one of our children. Going thro...

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    'How Many Times...'

    by JL Strickland

    'How Many Times...'

    Based on the online obituary’s time stamp, she died just a short while earlier this Wednesday evening, but the earthy, authentic voice of Mary Travers of “Peter, Paul, and Mary” fame will continue to live on for some time, and not just in the trio’s videos on YouTube either. Among the sto...

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    How to run unopposed — and lose

    by JL Strickland

    How to run unopposed — and lose

    Genuine two-party politics takes some getting used to around Georgia. For most of our lives, winning the Democratic primary was “tantamount to election,” as all the papers used to say. No more, however. The more things change, the more they stay the same is what some might say, though. In ...

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    White Power

    by JL Strickland

    White Power

    The KKK had their say in the mountain town of Ellijay. Hispanics are bad, a black President worse. God bless white, their vile words filled with anger and spite. Remove the sheets, a blight on white, and the words sound eerily familiar, just turn on the radio, tv, internet. Listen.  The crowd simil...

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    Where Did I Squirrel That NRA Application?

    by JL Strickland

    I’m all about the Second Amendment these days. Especially my right to keep and bear a pellet gun. High velocity. Single shot. With a scope. It’s really more about being anti-squirrel than pro-gun. I was all right with the hordes of squirrels that besiege my neighborhood, dropping batches of b...

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    National GOP has problems, but so do Georgia Democrats

    by JL Strickland

    National GOP has problems, but so do Georgia Democrats

    After virtually two years of campaigning, the election is over. While we may complain about the length of the campaigns, especially compared with some parliamentary countries where they can elect a new government within a few weeks, overall, we stand satisfied with the long campaign. Eventually, new...

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    Rockwell painting nudged nation

    by JL Strickland

    Rockwell painting nudged nation

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – With the eyes of the nation this week on civil rights, let’s turn our focus to a painting inspired by a Louisiana event that astonished America when it came out 46 years ago. In 1964, artist Norman Rockwell, the well-known illustrator of iconic images of the American dream, u...

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    Falling Leaves

    by JL Strickland

    Falling Leaves

    One usually arrives early and sits patiently. Others file in slowly, leaning on walkers. Some carry oxygen tanks. Many come in wheelchairs, a rolling procession that looks like a car race just as the caution flag comes out. Some amble in using canes and the newer style walking sticks, the kind y...

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    A visit with Lady Liberty

    by JL Strickland

    A visit with Lady Liberty

    The news earlier this month of the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, once again letting tourists wiggle their way through the iconic figure on Liberty Island, had me tumbling backward to a memorable trip my family took to New York in the early 1990s. Right here in metro Atlanta, of course, we h...

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    Is Donald Trump Evil?

    by JL Strickland

    Is Donald Trump Evil?

    “For evil to happen, all that is necessary is for good [people] to do nothing.”—Edmund Burke It’s a question that must be asked. Aristotle defined evil simply as untruth. By this yardstick, Trump—who revels in fake news, alternative facts, birtherism, and Breitbart conspiracies—qua...

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    New Year's Resolutions

    by JL Strickland

    New Year's Resolutions

    Since early on New Year's Day, I have been inundated with phone calls and emails asking why I did not write a New Year’s Resolution column.  Okay, inundated may be a bit of an overstatement, although I did get a call from a neighbor requesting that I keep my cat off of his porch, and I did receiv...

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    Why doesn't Komen Foundation sever ties with Bank of America?

    by JL Strickland

    Why doesn't Komen Foundation sever ties with Bank of America?

    The Komen Foundation's public rationale for defunding lifesaving services at Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country, as summed up by the press, "is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress—a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abort...

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    Long Time Passing

    by JL Strickland

    Long Time Passing

    Of all the distinctive experiences in my life, there have been only two that have totally brought me to a halt, changing my landscape to the point that the line before and after are dark and broad strips as though made with a blunt and heavy magic marker. There is no ambiguity that the line is one o...

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    There is no such thing as an unloaded gun

    by JL Strickland

    There is no such thing as an unloaded gun

    You’ve heard the story so many times, you already know what the bereaved parents or aunts or neighbors are going to say. You don’t, you can’t, know the horror and dread that’s ahead for the loved ones after a child dies from an accidental gunshot. A brother, a playmate, someone innocent, ...

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    Who Wants Intervention?

    by JL Strickland

    Who Wants Intervention?

    Who wants to intervene in the Syrian civil war? Opinion polls on both sides of the Atlantic make it clear that while events in Syria are tragic there is no desire for involvement in another war in the Middle East. Recent experience has taught the public lessons about their cost and futility. Instead...

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    It all started with Mehitabel

    by JL Strickland

    It all started with Mehitabel

    When I was young, I lived on MacDill Air Force Base. Our apartment backed up to a baseball field. That is where we met Mehitabel. Mehitabel was a fluffy, black cat. We would use the mowed grass to make forts, and, one day, Mehitabel arrived, hanging out in our fort and acting, for all the world, lik...

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

    Go to https://www.ofa.us/

    Organizing for Action

    Go to Organizing for Action

    A sign by Kristin Joiner, on a neighbor's lawn (Photo by Mike Licht)

    A sign by Kristin Joiner

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/32066779640/in/dateposted/

    Scott Pruitt Is Not Up For The Job

    The Climate Reality Project

    Gideons Promise

    Gideon’s Promise

    PenceWatchdotUS

    PenceWatch.us

    Women_March_Report_opt22

    Everytown For Gun Safety

    Tom Price

    UltraViolet

    Occupy Democrats

    http://occupydemocrats.com

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

    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

    Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter/

    Listen to FDR

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    Grant - Quote

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