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Monday, April 24, 2017
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    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

    Sitting in Cafe Lafitte’s in Exile on a recent March morning, enjoying the best Bloody Mary in that foodie town, I wasn’t thinking about Ali. I was talking to Harvey, the guy on the next stool. But the words of The Greatest were appropriate.

    Two years prior, Suzy and I had stumbled into Lafitte’s asking for directions to a voodoo shop…

    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 the professional jargon. Yet, bright people with good ideas need to write clearly if they want discerning readers. For some graduates, a doctorate is the “terminal degree” indeed: few read or publish their manuscripts. When they enter a university, students often write more clearly and forcefully than do many professors.

    five 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 bronze figure – the warm, but determined, look on Hollings’ face; how his left hand is grasping a rolled-up document; and, most notably, an outstretched right hand, a familiar gesture to many of the senator’s former staffers and friends.

    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, one day ...  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 deliberations. Throw ...  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 book Unequal ...  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 news, alternative ...  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 ...  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 ...  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 ...  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., ...  Read on →

    start without me

    My Catcher in the Wry

    by My grandson Gus getting a hit My grandson Gus Apologies to Bob Uecker, author of Catcher in the Wry and former back-up catcher with the Braves and several other MLB teams, and J D Salinger, author of The Catcher in the ... Read on →

    robber barons on a trump scale

    A theory of the leisure class

    by A theory of the leisure class The release by the White House of the financial worth of President Trump’s top advisors, in a Friday night dump timed for underplaying bad news (an April Fool’s joke on us?), was a face ... Read on →

    north korea

    Trump’s War: Will Pyongyang Provide the Pretext?

    by Trump’s War: Will Pyongyang Provide the Pretext? Americans have reason to be impressed by the U.S. State Department’s formal denunciation of the Russian crackdown on the March 26th demonstrations. Although there was nothing inspiring in the wording of the official condemnation ... Read on →

    the knife of tax-greed

    Environmental activist blasts plan to rezone 1,000 acres of Cumberland Island

    by Environmental activist blasts plan to rezone 1,000 acres of Cumberland Island "Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed."-Wallace Stegner Cumberland Island National Seashore and United Nations Biosphere Reserve is the largest of the southern ... Read on →

    trumpian satire

    Trump Eases Testicle-Removal Regulations to Put Castratos Back To Work

    by Trump Eases Testicle-Removal Regulations to Put Castratos Back To Work President Donald Trump kept his campaign vow to put more Americans back to work by signing an executive order Wednesday that will ease government regulations against the surgical removal of testicles and revive the ... Read on →

    redefining progress

    Coastal Georgia threatened by poorly evaluated business activities

    by Coastal Georgia threatened by poorly evaluated business activities Aerial view of LCP Chemical superfund site and upland marsh along the Turtle River, Brunswick, GA Consistent with the well-considered advice from Columbia University economist, Geoffrey Heal, Georgians need to get savvier about how state ... Read on →

    turning points

    The Journey of One Immigrant

    by The Journey of One Immigrant It was winter and Canada was in recession when I arrived as a new immigrant. Finding work when many Canadians were unemployed was a challenge because employers were looking for Canadians, not immigrants who ... Read on →

    because poverty is the same

    A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor

    by A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor Funny how one thing can lead to another. In a recent column about Lewis Grizzard, the famous Southern author and humorist, I mentioned that he was from Moreland, Ga., a town in Coweta County about ... Read on →

    down and outbound

    The Real Fiction of Public Transportation

    by The Real Fiction of Public Transportation Having written and published a book about public transportation that is a novel wrapped in political satire, I have been lately asking myself, “What possessed you to embark on this journey in the first ... Read on →

    memories

    Fear

    by Fear Fear. Of all the four-letter words in the English language, "fear" might be the worst. It's certainly the most terrifying. Everyone knows fear and no one escapes it. There's a special kind of fear that ... Read on →

    book review

    Blitzed

    by Blitzed Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler. Shaun Whiteside, translation. Hitler and drugs are such an obvious formula for successful popular history that it is a wunder someone hadn’t already published something similar to ... Read on →

    remembering the king

    Singing With Chuck

    by Singing With Chuck During the spring of 2001, a few months before America changed for the worse, Shane and I were working on a dream trip. We were going to Wrigley, and taking my grandson with us. ... Read on →

    injustices – a book review

    Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

    by Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted If you've ever wondered how the Supreme Court, in its great wisdom, came to the proposition that corporations are persons with all the rights thereof, I suggest you read Injustices: The Supreme Court's History ... Read on →

    making america worse

    The PBS Armed Services Telethon

    by The PBS Armed Services Telethon The White House's budget proposal includes a $54 billion increase in military spending that ostensibly will be offset by cuts to a variety of cabinet-level departments and lesser agencies, among the the Corporation for ... Read on →

    for our ultimate audience

    Lapidary Prose

    by Lapidary Prose Talk about writer’s block: What about having to write an epitaph for your mother’s gravestone? The idea of an epitaph, of course, is that it’s written for the ages, even those short simple annals of ... Read on →

    on wealth

    Looking for New Friends

    by Looking for New Friends Newman’s Under 14 Years Baseball Team I am looking for new friends to replace those who have fallen off the perch already and to increase my personal wealth. The new friends will need to share ... Read on →

    southern beauty

    Arcadia Plantation’s Surprising Connection

    by Arcadia Plantation’s Surprising Connection A fine Southern mansion complete with its own bowling alley? ’Tis true. A glimpse of the wealth and majesty that came with the era of Carolina Gold rice? True. Sumptuous grounds and landscaping directed ... Read on →

    harder than it has to be

    Love, Siri and the Jump Forward

    by Love, Siri and the Jump Forward It occurs to me that the other people who live at my house have an absolute unholy fascination with clocks. These people HAVE to know EXACTLY what time it is – at all times. ... Read on →

    author, friend, family man

    Remembering Sam

    by Remembering Sam Sam Morton Not quite a year ago thunderstorms shook the South Carolina Midlands. For those who mark calendars, they rumbled through April Fool’s Day around 4 a.m. Later that morning my friend, Dianne, sent me ... Read on →

    keep moving

    There Is a Season

    by There Is a Season There Is a Season To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. We never thought Sophie would be ... Read on →

    on lewis grizzard

    Uh, could we talk about MY books for a while?

    by Uh, could we talk about MY books for a while? My wife and I drove last week to Marietta, Ga., for a wedding party. Imagine my surprise when on a stretch of I-85 in Coweta County, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, I saw ... Read on →

    caines family, genuine folk artists

    Celebrated Decoy Carvers

    by Celebrated Decoy Carvers As I turned off Highway 17 onto West Virginia Road, snowy mountains and the blue-green Kanawha River came to mind, but neither snow nor mountains waited in Carolina Rice Country. Legendary folk artists waited—The ... Read on →

    no ice, no skates, no puck

    A Moment Of Perfection

    by A Moment Of Perfection "I'm open," I realized as I sped down the cold gray parking lot surface. "But does he see it?" Growing up a boy on the Jersey Shore in the early 1970's, baseball was our summer ... Read on →

    how to ban muslims: ask mississippi

    Donald Trump and the Mississippi Plan

    by Donald Trump and the Mississippi Plan In The Promise of the New South, Edward Ayers tells of James Z. George, a U.S. senator from Mississippi who predicted that, in 1890 (just a year away), the number of African Americans in ... Read on →
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    From Stephen Colbert
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    The Trump Administration's Reefer
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    Stephen High Kicks His Way
    Into North Korea's Army

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    We Told You So: Russian Hacking
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    Trump's Climate Change Rollback
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    Beach Daze

    by Robert Lamb

    Beach Daze

    In case you’re emerging from a coma over the last couple of months and somehow missed the change, it’s the tourist season again. The signs are everywhere – but, alas, mostly here at the beach. Gone are the days, for a while at least, when I could walk on the beach with my dog ’Dro (sh...

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    Not your ordinary museums

    by Joe Earle

    Not your ordinary museums

    One person’s trash may become another’s obsession. That’s where collectors come from. And serious collectors -- the ones carrying at least double doses of the pack rat gene -- face a serious problem: Once you own a roomful or two of something, what do you do with all that stuff? One answer:...

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    The Barber of Jekyll Island

    by Monica Smith

    The Barber of Jekyll Island

    Imagine going into the barbershop for a trim and coming out with a shaved head and a couple of missing ears. That's about what happened to the storied Marshes of Glynn along the Jekyll Island Causeway. The barber of Jekyll Island, with an assist from the Georgia Department of Do Not Respect, has tak...

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    'Don't It Make You Want To Go Home'

    by Jeff Cochran

    'Don't It Make You Want To Go Home'

    This is an updated and expanded version of the story that first appeared 8/3/09. The first sounds heard in Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" are subtle but striking guitar notes. The guitar in the song may have as much presence as Aretha's voice; no small feat. The guitar player? Joe South. Bro...

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    'Birther Bill' Latest Embarrassment from GA Legislature

    by Paul Rutledge

    'Birther Bill' Latest Embarrassment from GA Legislature

    As I read and write about the “birther bill” that is apparently scheduled to appear before the Georgia Legislature’s Government Affairs subcommittee, I am struck with a few responses. First, I agree with columnist Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a conservative ironically, t...

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    To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses

    by John Hickman

    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 in Tennessee want their state cour...

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    Does CSI undermine common sense in the jury box?

    by Jessica Luton

    Does CSI undermine common sense in the jury box?

    Science says no, but court officers not reassured. If real-life technology solved crimes as easily as the methods seen on "CSI" and similar TV shows, there’d be a lot more convictions for criminal offenses in the U.S. "CSI," which Nielson says consistently draws more than 10 million viewers ...

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    Georgia doesn’t need “protection” offered by Speaker Ralston

    by Elliott Brack

    Georgia doesn’t need “protection” offered by Speaker Ralston

    Why do legislators think we need so much protection? It seems that they are always modifying current law to protect us from that Boogerbear or that Devil? And the fact is that we often don’t need their help at being protected, for we already have more protection in our Bill of Rights and Consti...

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    Back to Work to the People’s Business

    by Lee Leslie

    Back to Work to the People’s Business

    Lawmakers are back to work this week after the long Labor Day recess. With elections just six weeks away and so many millions of Americans suffering poverty, unemployment, facing eviction, bankruptcy, hunger or without medical care, let’s take a look at how are representatives are going to prove t...

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    Vladimir Putin’s Useful Idiots

    by John Hickman

    Vladimir Putin’s Useful Idiots

    Which seems more astonishing? That Donald Trump’s supporters have forgotten the Cold War and fallen in love with a Russian dictator? Or that the only major historical event diehard supporters of Bernie Sanders remember is that the George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? ...

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    Learning from those who do not like us

    by Louie Crew Clay

    Learning from those who do not like us

    Forty-five years ago today (1971), I was graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a Ph.D. in English (Dissertation: Dickens' Use of Language for Protest). I am grateful for the counsel which Professor James McMillan, then chair of the department, gave me in the hall after I had de...

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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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    Front Yard Barbecue in the Mississippi Delta

    by Rafael Alvarez

    Front Yard Barbecue in the Mississippi Delta

    “Catch a cannonball, to take me down the line …” — The Band Clarksdale, Miss. – First, a moment of silence for the soul of a great American, the Arkansas drummer and singer Levon Helm, dead of cancer on April 19, 2012. Here in the upper Delta – home to the country’s finest blues ...

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    The Smartest Thieves in the Room

    by Tom Ferguson

    The Smartest Thieves in the Room

    The Enron debacle is may be old news but still elucidates a corporate mentality that ever seeks dominion over our every thought and breath, that it may more effectively pick our bones. In their 2003 book, The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind remind the gullible that so-call...

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    An Act of Terrorism

    by Mike Cox

    An Act of Terrorism

    Twenty years ago this summer, America was rocked by a terrorist attack. A religious fanatic radicalized by fundamentalist ideas planted a bomb at a crowded location during a major sporting event. The device he built killed one person and injured 120 more. The death toll could easily have been in the...

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    Tracking President Rick Santorum's first 100 days

    by Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro

    Tracking President Rick Santorum's first 100 days

    Apparently Rick Santorum is going to be countering Mitt Romney's rip-roaring bout of nothingness with a speech of his own. The topic will ostensibly be what a President Santorum would do during his first 100 days in office, which sounds like the plot of any number of bad movies, all of which end wit...

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    Addiction?

    by Tom Ferguson

    Addiction?

    What’s on offer from the powers that be? Reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the U.S., one encounters a chronicle of class warfare - extremely wealthy individuals and, now, corporations, using their cash flow to distort democracy, targeting “liberals” and supporting “conservati...

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    Adventures We Shared

    by Hyde Post

    Adventures We Shared

    Ben Smith said it best, so I'll just borrow his line. "Ron was probably the worst hiker I ever knew, but I would never want to go on a camping trip without him." I knew Ron forever as a colleague at the AJC, and was privileged to work with him, learn from him and to be his editor for some of the ...

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    Georgia Will Close Its State Archives

    by Bob Bohanan

    Georgia Will Close Its State Archives

    On September 13, 2012 the Georgia Secretary of State issued the following press release: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has instructed the Office of the Secretary of State to further reduce its budget for FY13 and FY14 by 3% ($732,626). As it has been for the past two years, these c...

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    Who's Who in the Zoo?

    by Ken Peacock

    Who's Who in the Zoo?

    With agreement from the Dong Fang Hotel staff, I arranged for a taxi to take me to the Guangzhou Zoo. The PLA driver responsible for my well-being was unsmiling and silent all the way. The hotel staff had told me, and the driver, that I was allowed one hour in the zoo and the driver would wait at th...

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