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Saturday, December 10, 2016
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  • who's your master?

    Animals Frightened at Prospect of being First Pet

    by The President-Elect petting his goldfish

    It’s long been said that if you want a friend in Washington, adopt a dog.

    President-elect Trump does not have a pet, other than his ex-wives, but reports by a Trump consultant indicated he may be changing his mind on having a national pet.

    While presidents in the past have had all manner of pets, ranging from dogs to goats, because of Trump’s noted short attention span and indifference to details and facts, there are worries that a White House pet could be neglected.

    life-threatening problems

    After the Dustup, a Little Review

    by To be frank, now the election's over... our intent? Increase cost for you, profits for us (I'm smart)

    To many, the following outline might seem self-evident but given U.S. presidential election results, a review is apparently in order:

    1) The elite (1%) rule for the benefit of themselves, their agenda consisting always of the task of maintaining and expanding their power, privilege and profits.

    just gone

    Unremembered Beast Of Burden

    by "mule" by Greg Westfall is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

    That’s right. I chose a five-dollar word for saying what 50-cent “forgotten” says, for I come to exalt that legendary offspring of a female horse and donkey. The left-behind mule helped build the South and did so quietly without polluting the air. Then the combustion engine came along, and abandonment became the mule’s fate. It had already been condemned to death in many a story for it’s been said no Southern story is complete without a dead mule…

    huuuge

    Trump to Build Canadian Wall to Keep Americans In

    by The Great Wall of Canada Trump Tower, USA – In what insiders call a “tweak” to his campaign pledge to build a border wall to keep Mexicans from sneaking into America, president elect Donald Trump plans to move the wall to the ...  Read on →

    and a good eraser

    My Kingdom for a Pencil

    by My Kingdom for a Pencil               “No one perhaps has ever felt passionately towards a lead pencil.” – Virginia Woolf           Liam, our four-year old Australian grandson, recently sent us his first handwritten thank-you note. He used a bright orange crayon on a green card. The ...  Read on →

    remembering segregation

    Mind-Changing Time In Georgia

    by Mind-Changing Time In Georgia When I started school outside Atlanta, I had some of the very same teachers who had taught my father years before, in the same oiled-floor buildings. Jonesboro was a small town with a big new highway, and ...  Read on →

    could it get worse?

    Bad? How Bad?

    by Bad? How Bad? For example, here’s what long-time friend and mentor Alabama Senator Hank Sanders had to say about the election in his “Senate Sketches” newspaper article: I desperately called on my dear mother. Across the chasm of her death nearly ...  Read on →

    grande dystopia

    The Starby Guy

    by Starbucks Flag Naw, you don’t have to waste your pamphlets on me. I’ll be voting the Green Lady, just like last time. I’m old enough to remember having my first Starbucks coffee, on a chill winter’s day back in 1991. So I guess you could say ...  Read on →

    banished to the forgotten

    Burned To The Ground

    by Grandma's house burned to the ground before Thanksgiving - Photo by Tom Poland All burned houses look alike, a jumble of ashes, blackened metal, and charred wood. If you know the house that burned, however, you see ghosts. Just before Thanksgiving, my sister called—Grandmother’s home had burned to the ground. A flood of memories washed over ...  Read on →

    first jobs

    The Telegram Boy

    by The Telegram Boy's Bicycle I have been away for a while, working on a secret project. You know one those “If I tell you I would have to kill you” kind of things. It was a good time to be away, not reading or listening to the “making ...  Read on →

    southern medicine

    A bone scan was music to my ears

    by A bone scan was music to my ears Who would have thought that a bone scan could be such a pleasant experience? I didn’t. I figured I’d show up at Tidelands Health Waccamaw Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C., at the appointed hour, go downstairs to Nuclear Medicine, get an injection, lie on ...  Read on →

    red and black publishing

    Remembering a friend who served a unique nonprofit board service

    by Elliott Brack It’s best to have all types of people making up a nonprofit board. A good board consists of people coming at problems from several different angles, creating a board of advisers who can successfully lead ... Read on →

    addiction of wealth

    Off-Shore Pirates

    by Off-Shore Pirates A Coca Cola executive once told me that he had to throw an underling out of his office. Why? The guy attempted to ingratiate himself by proposing that Coke pump up the bottom line ... Read on →

    southern labor

    Nissan Canton: The Hypocrisy Continues

    by Nissan donates $20,000, conducts volunteer day for Mississippi Food Network's BackPack Program There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and corporate charity. Last Tuesday, Nissan Canton continued efforts to whitewash its reputation by giving $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network's BackPack program and sending employees ... Read on →

    why?

    Hicks In The Sticks Shouldn’t Be The Pundit’s Quick Fix

    by Trump 2016 Yes we klan For some two generations now, way too many American liberals have been beguiled by the facile trope of  “the Southernization of America,” which blames the nation’s shift to the right since the 1960s on ... Read on →

    dr. ben carson did what?

    My Head Just Exploded

    by My Head Just Exploded Ok, first a quick update:
 I want to just say I’m very disappointed that it looks as though I did not win the Electoral College nor the popular vote. My campaign manager Mr. Mittens is ... Read on →

    recollections

    The King of Main Street

    by Walter B. Smith — The King of Main Street Every town has its characters. But these "individualists" are usually formed by the character of the town itself. Sinclair Lewis' great eponymous novel explored the hopeful adventures of would-be nonconformist George Babbitt, who fails to ... Read on →

    new neighbor from the west

    Coyote

    by headlands 070 by Matt Knoth First sighting, a hazy afternoon near the Georgia-South Carolina border. Driving east on Highway 221 toward Clarks Hill Dam, I spotted a gaunt, leggy, yellow dog loping along the left shoulder. As I approached ... Read on →

    do we still believe?

    Polling Errors

    by Fiesta Girls Ever since the polls got Brexit and Trumpocalypse so wrong, inquiring minds have been wondering how could the pollsters, and by extension all the media, lead us astray?  In the past week, many publications ... Read on →

    the February 23rd coup

    The Humanization of the Military

    by The February 23rd Coup by Chaitram Singh Chaitram Singh’s novel The February 23rd Coup explores the lives of the men behind the military interventions in Latin America in a way in which the textbooks and other military novels cannot. Depicting the overflow ... Read on →

    breaking through deadlocks

    Different is Not Bad

    by Different is Not Bad   A friend recently asked, “Has anyone ever done a study to determine what causes the type of thinking that claims the only people with value are pretty much like me? If we knew this, ... Read on →

    tinfoil hat crazy

    Trump: Let Them Eat Conspiracy Theory

    by Trump: Let Them Eat Conspiracy Theory That Donald John Trump will be the 45th President of the United States still seems unreal and that sensation is not helped by the realization that millions of the Americans who voted for him ... Read on →

    no news is good news

    Perspective Is a Pedal Turn Away

    by Perspective Is a Pedal Turn Away Riders POV peewee-ride Chimp Cyclist distractions Bike Trick Riding with Dino backyard-ride Dog Ride Road Hazzards riding-at-home Riding with your best friend Simpsonworld Gif Wednesday morning, my bicycle and I are leaving town, bound for Florida and a week-long ride across the Sunshine State. Far from ... Read on →

    not trump

    How Are We Even Having this Conversation?

    by epublican with head up an elephant’s ass by Mario Piperni And how many more times will I be asking myself this question over the next days? Tomorrow's presidential election presents a host of conundrums. Voting for a third-party candidate that represents one's moral principles, like ... Read on →

    boyhood loves

    The Mayor’s Club

    by His Honor, the Mayor, Albert.V. Edwards with the Hendersonville Police (circa 1950) I grew up like the Reverend Billy Graham, who would say, “I did not know I was poor back then until someone told me that I was poor.” The country was still in the ... Read on →

    parody on the stump

    Ivory soap vs. Drano

    by Ivory soap vs. Drano One says it can clean your face, your body, and prevent microbe borne disease. The other focuses on sewage and promises to clean up all clogged systems, sewage related or not. A contest was held to ... Read on →

    power of truth

    The Cure for Trump

    by The Cure for Trump How did we get here? How did we end up with a lunatic Republican presidential nominee, an eminently unlikeable Democratic nominee and a middle class apparently unwilling to impose its political will on this ... Read on →

    a monstrous force

    Ugliness Ahead, Either Way

    by Trump's Birdnest by Mark Rain If Donald Trump wins next Tuesday - God forbid! - then it goes without saying that American politics are in for a time of profound ugliness. But it is becoming increasingly clear that even if ... Read on →

    in solidarity

    The Everett Massacre: 100 Years Later

    by The Everett Massacre: 100 Years Later NOVEMBER FIFTH, 1916 "Boys, who's your leader?" Sheriff McRae stood on the dock at Everett, Washington, at the head of a mob of over two hundred vigilantes. The steamboat Verona rocked quietly on the gentle ocean ... Read on →

    he's horrible

    Un-Seeing What You Have Seen

    by Big Orange Donald Zombie Eating Brains caricature DonkeyHotey A pattern in support for Donald Trump has repeated itself twice in recent months. In early August, Trump’s continued questioning of the ability of a judge to do his job because of his Mexican heritage, ... Read on →

    passion for preservation

    Big Sky Bill

    by Big Sky Bill An Unsung Historian Makes A Difference Big Sky Bill If “Big Sky Bill” leads you to believe Bill Fitzpatrick hails from Montana, you’re wrong. Bill was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but has spent most of ... Read on →

    southern politics

    It’s about to get a whole lot more interesting

    by 2016 Presidential Election Map - Average margin of presidential victory 1992-2008 The South is not completely red politically, just as it is not home to only rednecks. Come November 8, Southerners will cast about 33 million votes in this oddest and nastiest of presidential elections. Of ... Read on →

    jimmy carter - photographs

    The Creampuff

    by Carter and Mondale with members of the White House traveling press corps softball team, dubbed the News Twisters, at the Plains High School baseball field. Carter’s own team was made up mainly of off-duty US Secret Service agents. One observer likened the Secret Service versus press play to the “New York Yankees against a middle school softball team . . . if the middle schoolers had been drinking all night.” Left to right are Justin Friedland of ABC News, Charles Mohr of the New York Times, Carter, James Walker of ABC News, Mondale, Rick Kaplan of CBS News, Billy Carter, Curtis Wilkie of the Boston Globe, and Phil Smith of Newhouse News Service. Carter and Mondale with members of the White House traveling press corps softball team, dubbed the News Twisters, at the Plains High School baseball field. Carter’s own team was made up mainly of off-duty ... Read on →

    stranger than fiction

    “You’re Nobody ’til Everybody In This Town Thinks You’re A Bastard”

    by Elvis Costello as Satan presents Donald Trump in This Town is a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com Mr. Getgood moved up to Self-Made Man Row Although he swears he's the salt of the earth He's so proud of the "kick-me-hard" sign that they hung on his back at birth. He said "I appreciate beauty, if ... Read on →

    what a life

    Carl Sandburg: Insights and Echoes

    by Carl Sandburg: Insights and Echoes Carl and Lilian "Paula" Sandburg.   In 1945, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian, moved to the Hendersonville area from a small farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. A lot of people in the area ... Read on →
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    Vapors in the Koch Kitchen

    by Monica Smith

    Vapors in the Koch Kitchen

    Question: Should two of the richest men in the richest country on earth set up a separate company to handle public relations if they want to remain reclusive in Wichita, Kansas and Manhattan Island, New York? [caption id="attachment_35526" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Protest at a meet...

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    Complete Lunacy

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Complete Lunacy

    Have you ever have one of those nights where inexplicably everything turns out perfectly? No? Well, I’m feeling ya, but here’s how to solve it. My friend Vic called and said “Pick you two up at six; I’m taking you out for dinner.” He got no argument from me. A free meal is a free me...

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    3 cheers to Stone Mountain board for innovative proposal

    by Elliott Brack

    3 cheers to Stone Mountain board for innovative proposal

    Every now and then something comes down the pike that you know immediately it’s the proper thing to do, and that it just plains makes sense. You also wonder why no one has come up with this obvious idea before. [caption id="attachment_61799" align="alignright" width="350"] View of Atlanta from ...

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    Racism bad for tourism in Tennessee

    by Ron Taylor

    Racism bad for tourism in Tennessee

    Some potential visitors are telling Tennessee tourism officials they won't visit the state after the CEO of the Tennessee Tourism Association sent out an e-mail comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee.  "And I can't say I blame any of them," Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the the Tenne...

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    Light In October

    by David Evans

    Light In October

    The American marten’s body this morning had lost its lustrous sheen my wife Jody and I had marveled at yesterday when our dogs found it in the woods just off our drive. In the eighteen years I have lived here, this is only the second marten I’ve seen. I only got a glimpse of the first one years ...

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    Pocketing the Coin

    by Chris Wohlwend

    Pocketing the Coin

    In the early 1930s, a year or so after he dropped out of high school, Eddie Taylor caught the bus in Knoxville and headed to Morristown, about 40 miles north. He had an appointment with Herman Roddy Jr. and he had about $40 in his pocket, money he had won over several months in pool games. “Thi...

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    The “Love Apples” Cobbler

    by Terri Evans

    The “Love Apples” Cobbler

    Leave it to the French to make the object of my affection sound so much more romantic than its American name. Pommes d’ Amour. Love Apple. So, you say tomāto; I'll say love apple. Let’s call the whole thing fruit, and make it into a cobbler. As an exceptional food writer friend recently aske...

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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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    Killing the Queen at the Seed and Feed

    by Gita M. Smith

    Killing the Queen at the Seed and Feed

    The salesman behind the counter glowered. It was a gale-force scowl that started at his hairline and rolled downward till it ran out of face. “Are you back, AGAIN?” It was a Saturday morning at the seed and feed store. The hometown seed store is the last honest bulwark against the encroach...

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    Sha-Zam! Gomer Pyle and MARTA

    by Jeff Cochran

    Sha-Zam! Gomer Pyle and MARTA

    Author's Note: MARTA has finally made a stop at the corner of Sensitive and Rational. Today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution (www.ajc.com) reports the transit system will change the name of the train line which serves a large Asian-American community from "yellow" to gold." In the AJC's story, Hele...

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    Memorial Day

    by Henry Dreyer

    Memorial Day

    I arrived at Pearl Harbor Naval Station in autumn of 1980 with orders to join a spanking new fast-attack submarine. The U.S.S. New York City was built in Connecticut and she traversed the Panama Canal to Hawaii where she would be home-ported in Pearl Harbor for many years to come. As is the case ...

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    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?

    by Eileen Dight

    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?

    My father, born in the northern English port of Liverpool (a likely landing place for seafarers) was tall, blonde, with piercing blue eyes, a Roman nose and flat back of the head. As a girl I fantasized that he was of Viking descent, and I a northern princess with a fine thermostat: I was never ...

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    I've been thrown out of better places

    by Piney Woods Pete

    I've been thrown out of better places

    Signs are endlessly fascinating, thanks in part to our long tradition of protecting free speech, no matter how silly. There's a little enterprise stuffed into one end of a convenience store I pass about once a week. The primary sign — lighted and professionally produced — announces the busine...

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    Coyote

    by Tom Poland

    Coyote

    First sighting, a hazy afternoon near the Georgia-South Carolina border. Driving east on Highway 221 toward Clarks Hill Dam, I spotted a gaunt, leggy, yellow dog loping along the left shoulder. As I approached this wild canine, it darted across the road right in front of me, looking back as if t...

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    The Ballet

    by Raymond L. Atkins

    The Ballet

    I have a confession to make, and I won’t be able to sleep until I get it off of my chest. So here it is. I went to the ballet the other night. There, I feel better already. A weight has been lifted. It’s good to get these things out into the open. Otherwise, they’ll just eat away at you. A ...

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    The Audacity of Nope

    by Lee Leslie

    It’s going to be hard to give up my idealism. Oh, pragmatism, neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mind (apologies to John and Revelation 3:16). It has been so long. Was it JFK? LBJ? Or RMN who was the last Dem to hold the office? Matters little. They have taught us for so long to ...

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    New Dylan Intrigue: What Vandals? Whose Handles?

    by Jeff Cochran

    New Dylan Intrigue: What Vandals? Whose Handles?

    Talking with the President and Talkin' Trash . . . It's been tough going for Barack Obama, tougher than he likely anticipated. The learning curve in Washington, D.C. is steep. There's a lot to absorb and understand. Obama, however, displays clear understanding of Bob Dylan, something self-st...

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    Put the oxygen mask on yourself, first

    by Lee Leslie

    Put the oxygen mask on yourself, first

    An open letter to people who will show about $150,000 gross or less on their tax form this year. The present poverty line for a family of four is $21,834, but that doesn't tell the story anymore. You make a lot more than that. You also have credit card debt and/or equity lines or ARM's or contrac...

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    The Record Business In '78: A Lou Reed Memory

    by Jeff Cochran

    The Record Business In '78: A Lou Reed Memory

    Reading The Soundtrack of My Life, the second memoir by record label executive Clive Davis, brings to life a period when Davis was in at least his second chapter as music mogul. It was the mid-70s, when Davis emerged from the messiness of being canned as President of Columbia Records. There were all...

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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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