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Monday, February 27, 2017
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    not a sport

    We are the Champions

    by Number one by Ron Bennetts via flickr

    As I made my way down I-26, a white van jerked into my lane. He not only failed to use a turn signal, his lights were off. Both are laws in South Carolina although many drivers treat them as tepid suggestions. The maneuver left so little room I almost scraped the Trump sticker off his bumper. At a younger age I might have opted for an extended horn blast or flashed my lights repeatedly.

    whatever it takes

    Road Trip

    by Road Trip

    There are many ways that young kids grow with their college experience. If you go away to school, when you’re a freshman, you can’t wait to get back home. Fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, summer vacation … They all mean the same thing. Home. If you don’t have a car, you try to arrange a ride or you check the bus and train schedules. Whatever it takes …

    hurts our hearts

    How to survive the Trump Era

    by How to survive the Trump Era

    I imagine what happens next to that march from protozoa to ape to man – just a poof of dust from the increasing implosion of facts-to-lies-to-violence based on nothing but a madman’s brain, and his cunning associate (perhaps with an “s” – just in case there’s somebody else in the room with Bannon?).  I wonder, daily, about how much of the planet will still be here …

    right to bear cars

    To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses

    by To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses Running down pedestrians with your car is wrong. Whether the act is intentional or negligent, running down pedestrians is absolutely wrong. That ethical absolute extends to encouraging others to commit such an act. Unfortunately a couple of Republican lawmakers ...  Read on →

    profound danger

    Appeasement at Munich

    by Appeasement at Munich Remember how Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 election campaign touting his ability to negotiate better deals for the United States? For all the bombast about trade with China and nukes in Iran, and cheering from supporters who ...  Read on →

    moral blindness

    Defense, Defense

    by Dew family photo - Charles Burgess Dew is the infant on the left, shown here with his mother, Amy Meek Dew, and his brother, John Carlos. Southerners are said to be obsessed with their own history. It’s true, belying that old dictum that history is always written by the winners. Even now, well into the 21st century, I find myself wading into the murky waters ...  Read on →

    black shirts or brown?

    Is America Ready for Fascism?

    by Is America Ready for Fascism? “— mind you, the corridors of power are littered with Fascist leanings; anything to save the upper classes through disenfranchisement of the common man while allowing the common man to think you are on his side.” — Dr. Trevor ...  Read on →

    forever changed

    Searching for Animals and Stories

    by Searching for Animals and Stories In 1998 my husband Wilton and I decided to take a trip to Kenya, which fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of being able to see wild animals in their natural habitats. I had read so many books ...  Read on →

    awakening hearts & minds:

    Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria

    by Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria A conference on February 4th in Decatur, GA featured “rock star” panelists, knowledgeable, articulate, even entertaining on a subject that doesn't readily lend itself to such. This is not a thorough review of the conference but more a ...  Read on →

    commander in tweet

    Learning To Live in the Empire

    by Learning To Live in the Empire I admit to retreating often from the evening news, but the acts reported find me through their effects on my friends. The physician of a friend is also my physician: he has done grafts for lymphedema on both of ...  Read on →

    heaven help me

    Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays

    by Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays Two thousand seventeen has not gotten off to a good start for Yours Truly. First, there was the dress. No. make that The Dress. It was "The Dress" instead of simply "the dress" because it is for the upcoming ...  Read on →

    crackdown on continues

    Trump Targets Aliens at Area 51

    by Donald Trump at Area 51 In a series of tweets and Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to deport Area 51 aliens and answer scores of questions that have plagued the minds of millions who voted ... Read on →

    cherished ideals

    An Open Letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

    by Weloome Your Neighbors Yesterday I attended a wondrous event: democracy in full-throated action. Congressman Bob Goodlatte chairs the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives. It’s a position of considerable power, for good or ill. Congressman Goodlatte ... Read on →

    34-28

    Fair Warning to the Rest of the Country

    by Fair Warning to the Rest of the Country Atlanta, Georgia will be closed on Monday, February 6th. I would suggest any plans you may have for doing business with anyone in Atlanta on February 6 be postponed until later in the week ... Read on →

    covered in paint

    Remembering Animal Farm

    by Remembering Animal Farm Thirty three years ago, George Orwell became extra popular across the world. His Facebook page went viral and he multiplied his Twitter followers a hundredfold, or he would have if those things had been ... Read on →

    compromising rights

    He’ll Protect and Defend Us, But Who Will Preserve It

    by He'll Protect and Defend Us, But Who Will Preserve It Supporters of President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking admission of Syrian refugees and suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations don’t just argue his right to do so. They consider it his sworn duty. “We ... Read on →

    searched then hugged

    The Real America

    by Table of Trumps Muslim Countries Banned Yesterday I mentioned to a British friend my concern (in the light of Trump’s edict banning arrivals from certain countries), that all our political views are frankly on record on social media outlets. I said ... Read on →

    tehran, iran

    The Day the Shah Left Town

    by Ruins of the Gate of All Nations, Persepolis Ruins of the Gate of All Nations, Persepolis In the 1970s Tehran was one of the few cities in the Middle East where alcohol was available for the local population and tired travelers. The city ... Read on →

    to the abyss

    Alternate Realm

    by “Alternate Realm” is a painting by Tom Ferguson I found this in my muse-folder one recent morning: beneath the polarized & poisonous air lies the breath of life the state of being the realm of beauty, joy & creativity Seems like my meandering thoughts tend to channel ... Read on →

    twisting ideological knots

    Why Trump Lies

    by Why Trump Lies Donald Trumpinocchio Donald J. Trump’s lies, especially about numbers, and that presents a puzzle. His claims about fraudulent votes cast against him in the general election and the size of his inauguration crowd make him ... Read on →

    long history

    Gerrymandering rampant

    by Gerrymandering rampant “Late in 1788, just after Virginia voted to ratify the Constitution and join the union, former Governor Patrick Henry persuaded the state legislature to remake the Fifth Congressional District, forcing Henry’s political enemy James ... Read on →

    just the facts

    The Alternative

    by Caricature of Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer by Trevor Irvin of IrvinProductions.com This story is moving so quickly I’m not sure I can keep up with it. By the time you read this we could be in a war with Korea and Putin will be dancing ... Read on →

    destruction of american values

    Trump Says He’s Done More in 7 Days Than God Did

    by Trump Says He's Done More in 7 Days Than God Did President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he’s done more in his first seven days than God did. “He did a lot,” Trump tweeted. “I’d be the first to admit that. I’m a devout man. But ... Read on →

    fable of buyer’s remorse

    One Bite at a Time

    by One Bite at a Time Years later, if you had asked Robbie exactly when it was that he decided to eat the elephant, he would have had trouble coming up with the answer. Perhaps the seeds had been planted in ... Read on →

    reasonable or rational

    Nothing Gentle on My Mind

    by Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction It’s playing endlessly in my head, and I’ve resisted the urge to share. But, it’s not going away until I do. So… Why the reluctance? Perhaps it's just wishful thinking or not wanting to be ... Read on →

    fake opinion next?

    As Trump Lies Glut Market, Fake News Sites Lay Off Thousands

    by As Trump Lies Glut Market, Fake News Sites Lay Off Thousands Fake News sites are laying off thousands of workers in the wake of Donald Trump's first days in office when he rattled off so many lies publishers of the sites said there’s no more ... Read on →

    still the mind – enjoy being

    Mulling On Consciousness

    by Mulling On Consciousness What is happening? I'm watching a movie, a little disturbed by the violence, take a break to pee when suddenly I'm aware ... a pang of fear... the conceptual reality-bubble I create to walk ... Read on →

    we are a hostage audience

    Republicans Know Reducing Obama’s Legacy Will Be Expensive

    by Republicans Know Reducing Obama’s Legacy Will Be Expensive Revenge is one of the powerful unspoken temptations of public office. For incoming presidents, the urge to punish often involves diminishing the historical legacies of their predecessors. Ronald Reagan took revenge on Jimmy Carter by gutting ... Read on →

    they deserve each other

    The Limbaugh Presidency

    by Rush Limbaugh - Caricature On Friday, we Americans will witness the inauguration of our 45th President, Rush Limbaugh. OK, not really Rush. Instead, what Hollywood casting agents would refer to as “a Rush Limbaugh type,” one Donald J. Trump. Limbaugh ... Read on →

    middle east

    A Year of Learning

    by A Year of Learning It was an interesting year. OPEC was beginning to exert its influence over world oil prices for the first time and generate considerable wealth for its member countries to invest in new industries. My ... Read on →

    appealing to baser instincts

    Wrong Man, Wrong Time

    by Wrong Man, Wrong Time Franklin Roosevelt, Donald Trump, and Nelson Mandela I’m no historian, but from the perspective of advancing age, I find fascinating that certain societies produce just the right leaders at just the right time. Think Abraham Lincoln, ... Read on →

    who makes such evil profitable?

    An MLK Day Rumination

    by An MLK Day Rumination Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. I think the psyche of the South for a man my age carries with it a fading memory of the shame and bitterness of ... Read on →

    pervy traitor?

    Trump is Damaged Goods – Smart Republicans are Planning Their Exits

    by Trump is Damaged Goods – Smart Republicans are Planning Their Exits The kompromat story becomes more plausible with each passing day. The important information for much of the news audience is that Donald Trump allowed himself to be caught in a classic honey trap, one made ... Read on →

    wholesale change

    Trump administration may be turning point for our government

    by Trump administration may be turning point for our government Thinking back politically into the middle of 2016, I must admit that I began to wonder if the GOP challenger Donald Trump might be moving the United States toward a seminal and decisive change. The ... Read on →

    rule of the thug

    A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism

    by A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism Mural on a Lithuanian restaurant shows Vladmir Putin and Donald Trumplocking lips in the style of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker's famous kiss. As America enters the Age of Trump, it is important to recognize ... Read on →
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  • random stories from our past

    The moment when my foreign wife connected the dots with American 'slavery'

    by Doc

    The moment when my foreign wife connected the dots with American 'slavery'

    I was on vacation with my wife this past week, one of the benefits of having a 'real' job. One that pays on time, correctly. One that has vacation time to earn. We took a 4-day trip down to the Gulf last year for our 5th Anniversary and went back down there again this year for the 6th Anniversary...

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    My Assassinations

    by Boyd Lewis

    My Assassinations

    My first assassination was in 1963. I had just entered Memphis State University as a freshman journalism major. I graduated from Whitehaven High School in the South Memphis suburb of Whitehaven that summer. I was in the very last of the all-white student bodies of Whitehaven. Integration came to Whi...

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    Catching up with Vince Dooley

    by Phil Gast

    Catching up with Vince Dooley

    Southern icons don’t always fade away into the magnolia trees. At 77, former University of Georgia football Coach Vince Dooley, whose teams won the National Championship in 1980 and six Southeastern Conference titles, is as busy as ever. The sports legend talked this week in Atlanta about so...

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    The New South Carolina: The Politics

    by Phil Noble

    The New South Carolina: The Politics

    In sports, the Gamecocks wear garnet and black. Clemson wears orange and purple. In politics, South Carolina is red and deep red. These are what are known as “self-evident truths.” Things that just are. While the garnet and orange will probably last until the Second Coming, the red in Sout...

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    10 reasons Southerners should vote Democratic

    by Melinda Ennis

    1 ) Moving from a region known for racism to a region known for Republicans isn’t moving on. 2 ) “Red” is too close to “redneck.” 3 ) George Wallace and JB Stoner could be our only legacy. 4 ) To prove that Dixiecrats aren’t the same as Democrats (who live in the South). 5 ) Our wom...

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    The Dong Fang Club

    by Ken Peacock

    The Dong Fang Club

    The Dong Fang (East Wind) Hotel was on Liuhua Road, between Liuhua Lake and Yuehsiu Park with its Chenhai Tower. Even though it was not close to the Chinese Export Commodities Fair, it was favored by the British and European traders. In 1972, the Dong Fang was a multistory non-air conditioned buildi...

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    Who Will Claim Twain?

    by Alex Kearns

    Who Will Claim Twain?

    My, oh my…can open, worms emerging. Dear Samuel Langhorne Clemens is creating quite a stir: the man who was born a curmudgeon and raised cynicism and tongue-in-cheek wit to a mighty and enduring American art-form. Now his autobiography is to be released -- the first version to enter the public for...

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    Grand romance and caustic cynicism in 'Cheri'

    by Melinda Ennis

    Grand romance and caustic cynicism in 'Cheri'

    Take the timeless, transcendent beauty of Michelle Pfeiffer, add a biting, bawdy Kathy Bates, place them in the sublime setting of Paris’s Belle Epoque, and slowly and sensuously stir it all together with the direction of Stephen Frears ("Dangerous Liasons") in a batter composed of two short stori...

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    Burgers, beer and babes - oh my!

    by Ron Feinberg

    Burgers, beer and babes - oh my!

    The idea was to get together with some old chums, colleagues from that place with the printing press where we all once worked. My friend Bolly took care of the logistics and the plan was to meet at a Macaroni Grill – boring, bland, but certainly predictable – out here in the northern ’burb...

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    Dance a Little Sidestep

    by Lee Leslie

    Today’s New York Times reports that, “President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal...”. A critically important issue, but an issue sure to be so contentious that the hold-times for ta...

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    Santa dead, too; Fla. demands 'family' films

    by Ron Taylor

    Santa dead, too; Fla. demands 'family' films

    Southern oddities and entities: Bank robberies won't be as much fun without David Christopher Cotton, the leprechaun shot dead by police on St. Patrick's Day in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Authorities say he was also Santa Claus during a Dec. 22 bank robbery in suburban Nashville.  But costumed robb...

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    Muskets and Dueling Pistols for All

    by Jason Palmer

    Muskets and Dueling Pistols for All

    In America, the right to bear arms is constantly being scrutinized and defended, especially following mass murders committed by American citizens like in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. Fundamentally, debates between gun rights advocates and gun control advocates revolve around the second...

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    Our Gentle, Rolling Land

    by Tom Poland

    Our Gentle, Rolling Land

    For five months I’ve been the first person to see the magnificent photographs Robert Clark is taking for our fourth book on South Carolina. Each day is long but good. For about nine hours a day, with breaks of course, I sort and evaluate images and place the ones with most potential in the appropr...

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    All in the Family Name

    by Noel Holston

    All in the Family Name

    Up the hill from my house in Athens, looking out on Atlanta Highway, there’s a brick building that houses the Foy Horne law office. Foy and Horne are not partners. They’re one in the same. Foy is the attorney’s first name, Horne is his last. He’s a fine example of one of my favorite Southern...

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    Movin' On Up By Movin' On Down

    by Jim Cobb

    Movin' On Up By Movin' On Down

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

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    The Grim Joker

    by Overman & Senn

    The Grim Joker

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    A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

    by Andy Schmookler

    A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

    Dear Bernie, There are some – such as you and some of your followers – who believe it is worthwhile for you to keep fighting Hillary for the nomination. There are others – just about everyone else on the Democratic side, including some of your supporters like me – who believe the b...

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    No public lands in Texas?

    by Monica Smith

    No public lands in Texas?

    I don't know if that's true, but it may account for why Dr. James Kroll has moved on up to Wisconsin to become the Deer Czar and convert Wisconsin's public lands into private enclaves so the deer herds can be more properly managed and controlled. As if there weren't enough reasons already for Govern...

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    If It Walks Like an Elephant

    by Piney Woods Pete

    If It Walks Like an Elephant

    You’d think Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and his Alabama counterpart, Bob Riley, would be opposed to judicial activism. But, casting aside traditional Republican thought, the two governors have joined a case before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ...

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    Climate-change damage growing in Georgia, predicted to get much worse

    by David Kyler

    Climate-change damage growing in Georgia, predicted to get much worse

    Recurring floods on Route 80  from Savannah to Tybee Island provides evidence that sea-level rise is already taking its toll. As the climate continues to overheat, primarily due to the emission of greenhouse gases [GHGs] in burning and producing fossil fuels, sea-level rise and other impacts of...

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