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    making stuff up

    “Don’t we need an oath?”: Something’s Wrong with Homeland Security

    by "Don't we need an oath?": Something's Wrong with Homeland Security

    On May 17, at the commencement exercises for the United States Coast Guard Academy, President Donald Trump gave his first commencement address. This was the speech in which he said,

    “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history—and I say this with great surety—has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

    ticklebox repair

    Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times

    by Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times

    God made the funny bone, but it atrophies with disuse. Those of us who closely follow the evening news are highly susceptible to morphing into a sourpuss.

    An excellent remedy over the long haul is to give no more than 15 minutes a day to the headlines and redeem the rest of the day by reading good poetry aloud, fly-fishing alone in a huge state or federal park, changing diapers (of the very old or of the newborn), looking in a mirror while sticking out your tongue…  Use your imagination. That’s why we have one.

    spewing bile to the witless

    President Coward

    by President Coward

    Donald Trump spent years lambasting the administration of President Obama for refusing to say “radical Islamic terrorism” and other variants of that phrase. One of the pillars of his campaign was that he would ‘call it like it is,’ this included calling terrorism that happened to be committed by Muslims, “radical Islamic terrorism.” In fact, he went so far as to suggest that Obama might be involved with terrorists, “there’s something going on with [Obama] that we don’t know about.” …

    debunking conspiracism

    Cue Giorgio Tsoukalos

    by novelist and entertainer K.J. McElrath, lawyer and activist Glenn Greenwald is by David dos Dantos and television personality Giorgio A. Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath, Glenn Greenwald and Giorgio Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath and Glen Greenwald appear disoriented. This is not the post 2016 election political struggle that they had anticipated. Or know how to fight. They were prepared to wage a virtuous ...  Read on →

    times change

    Sacks of Mail

    by Varney Airlines: Now Known as United Airlines Recent incidents involving forced removal of passengers from commercial flights have highlighted how far we have moved from the golden age of airline travel. I started flying in the 1950s and have experienced the significant changes in the ...  Read on →

    scandal drama

    Optimally Slow and Painful: Let’s Hope Donald Trump Refuses a Dignified Exit

    by Donald Trump finger pointing caricature by DonkeyHotey Despite the "never, ever, ever give up" language in Donald Trump's recent disaster of a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy it takes little imagination to picture him suddenly resigning from office. Although a majority of Americans ...  Read on →

    where is the gop outrage?

    The Spineless Majority

    by Trump Whine No Fair they are pickin on me by Mike Licht Republicans, the GOP, and Donald Trump are all blatantly obvious hypocrites. They are spineless, they lack a backbone, they have no guiding moral principles. They are parasites to our society. Just imagine that Hillary Clinton had won the election ...  Read on →

    a fairy tale

    Do you believe in fairies?

    by Fairy fort Nothing prepared me for the shock discovery after months in a writers’ group where I now live in Ireland, that several of our members firmly believe in fairies. Nobody dismissed them as ...  Read on →

    deeply disturbing satire

    The Spirit of 2016 a Lesser Vintage

    by Washington Burning from the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” As smoke from the dumpster fire at the Trump White House blocks out the sun over Washington, flames are finally reaching the steps of Capitol Hill. Among at least some majority party ...  Read on →

    classified funny

    Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions

    by Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions   Well, tie me to an ant hill and slap jelly in ma ears … Vladimir Putin, former KGB chief, thug and Dictator in Chief of Russia has offered to vouch for Donald’s ...  Read on →

    save cumberland

    Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure

    by Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA Among my most cherished memories as a kid growing up in western Pennsylvania is a series of summer treks to the New Jersey shore. ...  Read on →

    the slow lane

    Wreckage Along The Back Roads

    by To I-77 old store falling down Beautiful wreckage along the back roads. It’s a chest of tarnished treasure. The key is that red, white, and blue shield you see in the photograph. Rather than speed from one destination to another, ... Read on →

    book review

    Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky

    by Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky If you believe, and wish to continue to believe, that the U.S. is a force for democracy in the world, a nation with a free press and vigorous debate on critical issues, this book ... Read on →

    smiling back at you

    The One Who Got Away

    by Young David Evans in front of his home with his beagle I built my first coffin as an eight-year-old, a time when dogs still trotted freely in the street. Sawdust and Timber, my two young beagles, had full reign of our neighborhood.  One day Sawdust ... Read on →

    misogynist in chief

    Happy Mother’s Day, I Guess

    by Trump PEEOTUS (unknown, Public Domain) It’s the second Sunday of May and we all know what that means: Mother’s Day. The one day a year when mother’s come close to receiving the respect, adoration, and thanks that they so ... Read on →

    tuesday morning massacre

    It’s History Calling on Line One

    by James Comey - Caricature by DonkeyHotey As an ever-bumbling White House struggled since Tuesday to explain just when, how, and why President Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, a central question has been the role of Deputy Attorney ... Read on →

    the truth shall keep us free

    The Press is All We Have

    by Donald Trump - Caricature Donald Trump is simply an authoritarian. This was made clear when he said that the press is the “enemy of the people.” The press, the fourth estate, the unofficial ‘branch of government’ that keeps ... Read on →

    southern life

    The Long Approach

    by Douglas DC-7C G-AOIC On lots of those days during school I would daydream about rambling the world; seeing and doing all the things I had learned about in books and movies. Trans-World Airways and Pan American went ... Read on →

    southern life

    A Fondness For Old Gas Pumps

    by A Fondness For Old Gas Pumps Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself. When I see a proud old pump, its dispensing ... Read on →

    still debating science

    Rick Santorium in The Age of Trump

    by former Senator Rick Santorum speaking at CPAC FL in Orlando, Florida was taken by Gage Skidmore On Monday, April 24th, Rick Santorum, the former Representative, Senator, and Presidential candidate, made an appearance at Unity Christian School in Rome, Georgia. He was there as a paid speaker for Young Americans for ... Read on →

    counterfactuals are free

    A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution

    by A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution Did the world need another biography of V.I. Lenin? That we have no need of new biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler or Winston Churchill is obvious. Yet they will be published. ... Read on →

    southern places

    A Train Rolls Through It

    by A Train Rolls Through It The Branchville Depot A pecan orchard reaps center-pivot rewards You won't leave hungry Southern Serves The South A museum now Down south of here a ways The first time I heard of Branchville, South Carolina, I was a ticket agent ... Read on →

    sharing cultures

    Peeking Back Through the Schoolhouse Door

    by Peeking Back Through the Schoolhouse Door Standing in the Schoolhouse Door In the hot summer of 1963. Governor George Wallace, already campaigning hard for the 1964 presidential election, made his infamous “stand in the schoolhouse door” of Foster Auditorium, where registration ... Read on →

    eu could learn a lot

    It’s All Monkey Business

    by Barbary Macaques: Gibraltar Barbary Macaques – Gibraltar There has been some strong language from some European Union representatives about Great Britain’s planned exit from the EU. Great Britain’s politicians have responded with strong words as both sides position ... Read on →

    paying attention

    Lafitte’s and Ali

    by Cafe Lafitte in Exile on Bourbon Street in New Orleans "A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." – Muhammad Ali Cafe Lafitte in Exile's overstuffed Bloody Mary Sitting in Cafe Lafitte’s ... Read on →

    for a clear style

    Professors Often Cause Bad Writing

    by The world is a bad place and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering – Tom Waits Academic writing styles sometimes impress more than they enlighten. Professors assign much that is gratuitously opaque. Some students conclude that the way to be considered smart is to master the professional jargon. Yet, bright ... Read on →

    5 decades of public service

    New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

    by Statue of Senator Fritz Hollings by sculptor Rick Weaver unveiled in Charleston, SC. Photo by Andy Brack Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95. Three things stand out in the ... Read on →

    earth day message:

    Clean, Efficient Energy Is Most Promising Path To New Jobs & Profits

    by Earth Day over coastal Georgia is a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com On this Earth Day, it’s fitting for coastal Georgians to reconsider the importance of strong ties between our economy and environmental health. Too often, outmoded, poorly-informed viewpoints unfairly portray environmental quality as being contrary ... Read on →

    release your tax returns

    Protesting the President: Money (That’s What I Want)

    by Tax Protest March April 15, 2017 by Mike Licht Once again, President Tweety has claimed that Americans who march in protest of his policies or of him personally are doing so for pay. His latest accusation came in a tweet on Easter Sunday, ... Read on →

    injustice

    Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation

    by Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation Though it’s not stated in the U.S. Constitution, the quality of fairness is embodied in our government. After all, we are a nation of laws, and that alone speaks to reason and decorum in ... Read on →

    subverting the constitution

    Corporations as Persons

    by Corporations as Persons The United States' revolutionary war grew out of the monopolistic policies, supported by corrupt British crown and government, of the Earth's first major corporation, the East India Company. So claims Thom Hartmann in his ... Read on →

    locust and wild honey

    Shedding stereotypes, even those we Southern liberals use

    by Shedding stereotypes, even those we Southern liberals use I wish that I could find a way never to think in stereotypes, but I find that stereotypes often seem so matter-of-fact that I don't even notice them as stereotypes.  I have not found a way ... Read on →

    circuitous logic

    Standing out in the crowd

    by Standing out in the crowd Bidding for public attention among Republican state legislators appears astonishingly intense. Consider Colorado State Representative Dave (not David) Williams. On first encounter, Williams appears to be just another standard issue ‘guns, fetuses and homophobia’ ... Read on →

    bear on the square

    Festival adds new feature

    by Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega Ga Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., has added a new special event, the Moonlight Jam, for its 2017 festival lineup. The Moonlight Jam, sponsored by Jekyll Brewing Company of Alpharetta, Ga., will ... Read on →

    unfolding before our eyes

    Is Donald Trump Evil?

    by 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 ... Read on →
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    Patti Smith - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
    (ceremonia Nobel 2016)



  • random stories from our past

    A Constant Bullying

    by Dave Pruett

    A Constant Bullying

    "Forfeit your sense of awe and the world becomes a market place." -- Rabbi Abraham Heschel "A culture is a people enacting a story," wrote Daniel Quinn in Ishmael. So Americans, what's our collective story? Pose this question to virtually anyone and you're likely to get a blank stare in response. ...

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    Techy camping on Mt. Mitchell

    by Bill Phillips

    Techy camping on Mt. Mitchell

    I have walked about 100 yards into the deep woods along the ridge at the top of Mt. Mitchell, and the vegetation looks like I’m on Pandora (from Avatar.) The moss, ferns, and lush wildflowers, are thick beneath the shade of tall red spruce trees. The quiet and cool breezes are so embracing tha...

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    Ghost

    by Billy Howard

    Ghost

    Twenty-one years ago I photographed an anonymous person with HIV+ for a book I was working on, Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS. D. as he referred to himself, wished to remain anonymous, fearing that being identified would cause him to lose his job and his insurance, ...

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    Christmas Tree 1, Columnist 0

    by Robert Lamb

    Christmas Tree 1, Columnist 0

    File this under the heading of Best Laid Plans, the kind that “gang aft agley,” as Scottish poet Robert Burns warned in his philosophical poem “To A Mouse.” My wife usually shops for a Christmas tree with a scrutiny normally reserved for my shortcomings as a spouse. She also insists t...

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    An Ecosystem Report Card for the Georgia Coast

    by Monica Smith

    An Ecosystem Report Card for the Georgia Coast

    The Georgia Department of Natural Resources explanation for their most recent initiative to gin up support for their activities in the populace ("develop an environmental ethic," in Spud Woodward, the Director's words) reads as follows: [caption id="attachment_62349" align="alignright" width="271...

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    Take the night off; you deserve it

    by Ann Woolner & Leonard Ray Teel

    Take the night off; you deserve it

    Editor's note: Ron Taylor, a legendary journalist and a truly beloved member of the Like the Dew community, died the morning of May 31. Dew writers would know him best as their night editor. Most nights for the past three years, Ron would take the submitted stories, edit, find art and turn them in...

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    In Defense of Light and Magic

    by Dave Pruett

    In Defense of Light and Magic

    Following an engineering degree and a stint in the Air Force, I taught high-school mathematics for three years, before eventually becoming a university mathematics professor. Why the change of direction, and why math? Nearly four decades after that sudden tack, a young woman came to my office re...

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    A New Book—Favorite Places

    by Tom Poland

    A New Book—Favorite Places

    Your favorite place ... For many it would be home, that safe harbor we have shaped to our own needs and likes, that refuge from the world’s ills, stresses, and bothers. Home makes for an easy choice. Suppose, however, an editor asked you what your favorite place is other than your home, and what i...

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    Life and Death in Berlin

    by Ken Peacock

    Life and Death in Berlin

    My first visit to Berlin was encouraged and arranged by a former RAF Bomber Command pilot, Pathfinder and Master Bomber who flew more than 100 operational missions over Germany in World War II. Group Captain Peter Cribb, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar was Commanding Officer of RAF Gutersloh in th...

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    A Pet's Legacy

    by Tom Poland

    A Pet's Legacy

    I had a dog once, Brit. I came out of a bad marriage with nothing but that dog and she was the best thing that happened to me back then. I left with a fortune you could say. She was a Pekingese, grayish-tan, fiercely loyal, and she’d fight a mountain lion for me. In her ninth year, something fa...

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    Walmart Introduces Discount Funerals

    by JL Strickland

    Walmart Introduces Discount Funerals

    Walmart, swashbuckling privateer of American commerce, is casting its grappling hooks at the lucrative, always in demand, funeral industry. Is anybody surprised? According to Wily Ebeneezer, Walmart Director of Roughshod Practices, the mercantile behemoth's version of Area 51 in Rigor Mortis Spri...

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    Faith Based Security

    by Lee Leslie

    Faith Based Security

    There’s a reason Sadam Hussein was good at security. He had everyone killed that he suspected. He also carried out pre-emptive murder. Ditto Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Milosevic, Idi Amin, Jean-Paul Akayesu, Abdul Hamid II and more than you would tolerate listing here. It still works today in way to...

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    Carbon & Nuclear-Free Roadmap for Energy Policy

    by Tom Ferguson

    Carbon & Nuclear-Free Roadmap for Energy Policy

    The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) offers the book as a free download on its website (www.ieer.org). It is a product of IEER and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. Its author, Dr. Arjun Makhijani, had to be talked into doing the book by S. David Freeman and Dr. Helen ...

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    Old Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'

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    Old Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'

    I recently published an article on this site about the latest threat to the St. Marys River (entitled “Can We Count The Loss?”). It resulted in several heartfelt comments from Like The Dew readers and, once I shared it with others via email and blog, quite a response from the people of Camden Co...

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    Hinson & Haze, episode 19

    by Tom Ferguson

    Hinson & Haze, episode 19

    This is the last panel of 36 that I submitted back in the late 80s, attempting to get syndicated... no luck. But it was fun. I had envisioned the duo traveling to Alaska next, then across to and down the coast of Asia, maybe transporting them sometimes to current hot spots enabling me to comment on ...

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    Were the Auto Bailouts Worth $66?

    by Jason Palmer

    Were the Auto Bailouts Worth $66?

    I am a sucker for a philosophical debate on the role and scope of government. That is why when I came across a blog post describing the Obama administration as “hell-bent on outsourcing jobs to China,” I couldn’t resist digging a little to see what fundamental support might exist for such an i...

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    Digging Deeper: The Anthracite Syndrome

    by Walter Rhett

    Digging Deeper: The Anthracite Syndrome

    If you work in cultural studies, there’s a place where myth takes over from fact. The meanings of things often overpower words and lie deep in silence, tangled and forgotten. This week’s brouhaha brings up a case in point: Mayor Cory Booker may be nauseated by the criticisms of equity capital, ...

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

    by Georgia Logothetis

    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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    Require new 30-day 'cooling off' period for Georgia legislature

    by Elliott Brack

    Require new 30-day 'cooling off' period for Georgia legislature

    It is not a good feeling that we have. Dreading the Georgia Legislature to be in session is not very positive, nor a good sign for democracy. But it is the real world. Far better would it be for us to look upon the 40 days of the Georgia Legislature time as an opportunity. But the results (and no...

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    We have work to do

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    We Can't Trust Big Oil Insiders

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