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    no atheists in hell

    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church

    by | Aug 27, 2016
    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church

    It was hard to resist the Morganton Baptist Church marquee headline I saw a couple of weeks ago during my Sunday bike ride: “There are no atheists in hell… they believe.” How could a pagan agnostic not walk into that one? Was it going to be feet first into a cauldron of fire? Dante’s Inferno, I wondered?

    So last Sunday, I ditched the bike ride because of rain, took a shower and put on my Sunday best to blend in better with the congregation.

    underground airlines

    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters

    by | Aug 27, 2016
    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters

    American novelists have been disturbing comforting denials about the evils of racism since the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852. Ben H. Winters’ carries on that proud tradition with his latest novel, Underground Airlines, a brilliant exploration of the relationship between political compromise and personal complicity. Winters graciously offered to answer my questions about his writing.

    illogical abuse of discourse

    Jingoism works. Incoherence works. Name-calling works.

    by | Aug 26, 2016
    Grampy’s Thinking cap is a gif created from the Betty Boop cartoon, “Betty Boop and Grampy,” produced by Max Fleischer in 1935

    With the general election less than two months away, I’m exhausted almost daily putting new batteries into my thinking cap so that I can be a responsible, critical listener to the appeals of all candidates.

    I was an English professor for 44 years before I retired in 2001, but I dare not place my brain on automatic pilot given the billions spent to persuade us. In 1958-59, my first year of teaching, without comment I gave to a class at Auburn University, then still under legally mandated segregation, a pamphlet circulated by the Ku Klux Klan …

    to live as peaceful neighbors

    May We Never Underestimate Our Reach

    by | Aug 24, 2016
    May We Never Underestimate Our Reach
    Human nature looks to pivotal moments in history imagining the role we might have played had we lived then. Born in 1959, I can only hope I would muster the courage to drop everything and risk all to fight Fascism in Europe and the Pacific. A boy in the 1960s, I can ... Read on →

    southern moments

    The Saw Shop Blues

    by | Aug 24, 2016
    The Saw Shop Blues
    Tin, grease, and concrete in my youth. When I was twelve, my first regular job was working in Dad’s saw shop on Saturdays. Back then the shop was a tin building with no insulation. Summers baked its roof. Winters chilled its concrete floor. Neither heat nor cold stopped pulpwooders from bringing their dead and ... Read on →

    all that

    To Be a Teacher

    by | Aug 22, 2016
    To Be a Teacher
    By the fourth or fifth grade I knew I wanted to be a school teacher. Before then I had known only women teachers and the thought hadn’t yet taken shape. But after having Mr. Phelps and Mr. Taylor as role models – although nobody was calling them that back then – I ... Read on →

    byob

    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 1: Toccoa Baptist Church

    by | Aug 17, 2016
    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 1: Toccoa Baptist Church
    Riding my bike up and down the hills of old highway 76 in Morganton, GA, in the North Georgia mountains, I come across six churches within a six mile stretch of the ride interspersed between pastures of grazing horses and bovine cows and hills and meadows decorated with farm houses and log ... Read on →

    can't go home again

    Duddy’s Permanent Record

    by | Aug 24, 2016
    Duddy’s Permanent Record
    Dudley Snodgrass, called "Duddy" was a very intelligent boy. He learned to talk and walk at a young age, and in school his grades were perfect. His mother adored him, his teachers were constantly bragging on him. The other kids called him "Einstein" and ... Read on →

    backstage person

    Hillary Clinton Is a Victim of Her Virtues

    by | Aug 22, 2016
    Hillary Clinton by Mike Mozart
    When a Facebook friend slammed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently as a “godawful (sic) human being,” that triggered images of god-awful human beings like – you know--Adolf Eichmann, Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden. Turns out that the Facebooker wasn’t thinking of crimes ... Read on →

    the monster – its alive

    Nation faces scary times with November election

    by | Aug 22, 2016
    Nation faces scary times with November election
    The seeds of a new revolution are in the ground. If they get enough water in the November election, there’s no telling what will happen. Pundits, who often only seem to talk to each other and read pointy-headed reports and memos written by peers, appear ... Read on →

    home grown

    An Act of Terrorism

    by | Aug 19, 2016
    1996 olympic bombing atlanta cnn
    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 ... Read on →

    justice for all people

    Advocating Human Rights Is Not Anti-Semitic

    by | 0 | Aug 22, 2016
    Advocating Human Rights Is Not Anti-Semitic
    The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement (BDS) calls for the international community to put economic pressure on Israel to end its flagrant violations of human rights. It demands an end to the occupation ... Read on →

    for delivery

    The Pizza Proposal with a diamond topping

    by | 0 | Aug 19, 2016
    The Pizza Proposal with a diamond topping
    I know you’ve heard that love will find a way. Me, too, but who knew that a pepperoni pizza could be part of Cupid’s plan? You listening? He was a boy, 26, from Columbia, South Carolina. She was ... Read on →

    dismantling memories

    The Inevitable Sad Task

    by | 3 | Aug 17, 2016
    The Inevitable Sad Task
    My house is starting to look like Mom’s. Here’s the painting the late Jim Harrison signed for her. Here’s my portrait as a young man that long hung in what we called the “Christmas ... Read on →

    social equality and justice

    The Thoughts of a White Undergrad

    by | 1 | Aug 16, 2016
    Black Lives Matter by Ella via flickr
    In the wake of the gruesome events of the past few weeks between police officers and black civilians, it’s worth noting that the black community is not alone in their anger and sorrow. In ... Read on →

    a cry from the heart

    How to Think about “Black Lives Matter”

    by | 0 | Aug 16, 2016
    Black Lives Matter by Joe Brusky via flickr
    We’d likely have less controversy over the slogan, “Black Live Matter,” if we had more of a shared understanding of the relevant American reality. Sometimes a single clue reveals something big about that reality. There’s ... Read on →

    profits, privilege and power

    Dark Money, Jane Mayer

    by | 0 | Aug 15, 2016
    The Spoils of War by the author © Tom Ferguson
    The Billionaire's Club is a 28-page political cartoon that is my take on how power works in the U.S. The book portrays billionaires getting together at the club and initiating a new member into ... Read on →

    life illuminated

    The Power of Photography: An Interview with Katie Archibald-Woodward

    by | 0 | Aug 14, 2016
    Love Wins, Bethlehm by Katie Archibald-Woodward
    Katie Archibald-Woodward is a photojournalist and minister who produces arresting images of resistance to oppression in Palestine/Israel and here in the United States. Katie seems constantly on the move but she can be claimed ... Read on →

    southern leaders

    We need more inspirational leaders like William Winter

    by | 1 | Aug 14, 2016
    Winter, in center, at a Mississippi church. Photos courtesy The Winter Institute.
    Winter, in center, at a Mississippi church. Photos courtesy The Winter Institute. Whenever there’s a letter or card in the mail from Mississippi, it’s bound to be inspirational. And it’s bound to be from a ... Read on →

    confronting obstructionism

    Here’s the Question Hillary Should Be Asked

    by | 0 | Aug 9, 2016
    Hillary Clinton - Caricature by DonkeyHotey
    Madame Secretary, you have said that as president, you'll "break the gridlock in Washington." You have also said that you are good at reaching "across the aisle" to get things done. But although President Obama ... Read on →

    true confessions

    How to speak Southern

    by | 6 | Aug 4, 2016
    Y'all Ain't From Around Here
    Okay, get the handcuffs ready. I’m about to confess: By day, I am Robert Lamb, famous author of great novels. No, wait! Make that “relatively unknown author whose books were best-sellers in certain quarters,” namely ... Read on →

    feckless and reckless

    Was I Wrong About Conservatives Caring About Character?

    by | 0 | Aug 4, 2016
    rump-Pence Clown Car 2016 by DonkeyHotey
    I’ve always been politically liberal, because – like my parents, who came of age during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt – I believe that government has a vital role to play in making our ... Read on →

    no free pass allowed

    Challenging the Republicans, Part 1: Repudiating Trump

    by | 0 | Aug 3, 2016
    President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House
    Yesterday, President Obama said this: "I think what's been interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans," he said in a press conference. "The question I think they have to ask themselves ... Read on →

    josefine klougart

    One of Us Is Sleeping

    by | 0 | Aug 2, 2016
    One of Us Is Sleeping by Josefine Klougart
    The biggest problem with Josefine Klougart’s One of Us Is Sleeping is that the one asleep is probably the reader. Even a stream of consciousness novel, which is what this is supposed to be, is ... Read on →

    honor

    Sac-ri-fice (verb)

    by | 0 | Aug 2, 2016
    U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan (US Army Photo courtesy Khizr Khan)
    U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan Khizr Kahn, Muslim father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan who died fighting in Iraq, saw his son’s sacrifice, as well as his family’s, in the ... Read on →

    ile de ré

    Guantanamo a la France

    by | 1 | Aug 1, 2016
    Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    Remember when we associated France with popular rebellion against tyranny and individual liberty? The French Revolution, the Paris Commune, the French Resistance and May 1968 provided ideas and imagery for innumerable liberation movements around ... Read on →

    our collective narcissism

    I Wish “We’re the Greatest!” Weren’t Such Good Politics

    by | 3 | Jul 31, 2016
    screen shot - 2016 DNC - Hillary Clinton - Tim Kaine - red white blue
    Let me first try to make sure I'm not misunderstood. I am not saying that I wish the Democrats had done anything different at the convention. As many observed, the Democrats were smart to occupy ... Read on →















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    Whole Grain: Grape-Nuts and beer

    by Steve Krodman

    Whole Grain: Grape-Nuts and beer

    Nutritionists will tell you that whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Me, I’ve been a fan of the whole grain for years. Coarse rye bread? Westphalian pumpernickel - the kind that is as dense as white dwarf star matter, the slices of which must be pried apart with a knife due ...

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    What a Week

    by Lee Leslie

    What a Week

    During Friday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, President Obama paused during his remarks, smiled thoughtfully and said, “What a week.” We had no idea. In addition to his everyday duties, briefings, meetings with the National Security Team, the Attorney General, Defense Secretary,...

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    We Can All Join In: How Rock Festivals Helped Change America

    by Bill Mankin

    We Can All Join In: How Rock Festivals Helped Change America

    The dawning age of America’s great rock festivals was legendary both for its music and its massive crowds. But a different kind of legacy could be its greatest. Crowd huddled against the cold at the Palm Beach Pop Festival, November 1969. Photo © Bob Davidoff / oldrockphoto.com. When...

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    Witness to an execution

    by Ron Feinberg

    Witness to an execution

    I was witness to an execution in Georgia last week. It was an ugly, painful sight. I was returning from an errand, turning off of Riverside Drive onto Johnson Ferry Road, just south of the Chattahoochee River where Fulton and Cobb Counties bump up against one another. Traffic came to a sudden hal...

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    Matt Hamilton: Been there, done that

    by Robert Lamb

    Matt Hamilton: Been there, done that

    Matt Hamilton has packed more life into his 41 years than most of us could in twice that. Of the many roads he has traveled – soldier, congressional aide, Benedictine monk, Peace Corps – one he likes best is the road that brought him to North Litchfield, S.C., where he vacationed last wee...

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    Irish Holiday 2012

    by Eileen Dight

    Irish Holiday 2012

    I was spurred to visit Ireland by the confluence of three important occasions: My grandson Luke’s 13th birthday and Confirmation by the Bishop, and his brother Sam’s First Communion. There was a strike by Immigration Officers in London Heathrow where I changed planes at 7 a.m. after an eight ...

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    Suggested Reading

    by Glenn Overman

    The Andy Advantage. The State of the World in 2012. Jonathan Turley's Latest Column. Tracking TV ads in the presidential campaign. The Evolved Self-Management System. On Race, Dog Whistles, and the Old Confederacy. Think Before Acting on Iran. Wikipedia to go dark for 24 hours to pr...

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    Winter storm wish list

    by Phyllis Gilbert

    Winter storm wish list

    It’s been a week and a half around here. That is, the past four days have felt like ten. Among other things, I’ve been wishing my cross-country ski boots weren’t lost in the attic and that I’d thought to buy bacon and dishwasher detergent. There was also the constant worry that the electrici...

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    Winning No Matter What

    by Lee Leslie

    Winning No Matter What

    The public strategy seems straightforward – the minority party holds the national debt hostage in an attempt to force the majority party to voluntarily undo three generations of their own progressive policy. On face value, it seems brilliant. The Republicans, after all, are largely responsible ...

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    Absolute Space and Time

    by Dave Pruett

    Absolute Space and Time

    "We are to admit to no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances." -- Isaac Newton In January 8th's post, I asserted: Science remains most true to itself and of greatest value to humanity when it assiduously avoids unnecessary assumption...

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    Waiting for the Glue Pot

    by Ken Peacock

    Waiting for the Glue Pot

    [caption id="attachment_58798" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Hong Kong: 1972[/caption] My first visit to China was in April 1972 but the journey started much earlier. China, then referred to as The People’s Republic of China (PRC), always had been a country of great interest due to its size,...

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    Keep your prayers, Nikki...

    by Will Cantrell

    Keep your prayers, Nikki...

    [caption id="attachment_60545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Charleston Mother Emanuel AME Church Shooting[/caption] These past few days I have been frantically trying to wrap my brain around the slaughter of nine African-American men and women at the Emmanuel ...

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    Lawmakers must reform ethics system now

    by Andy Brack

    Lawmakers must reform ethics system now

    If anything has become crystal clear in politics over the last few months, it’s that legislators aren’t very good police officers of their own behavior. Recall that earlier this year, Republican activist John Rainey complained to the House Ethics Committee that GOP Gov. Nikki Haley wrongly ac...

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    One Lotto Loser's Open Letter to Fate

    by Will Cantrell

    One Lotto Loser's Open Letter to Fate

    Dear Fate (aka Pure Dumb Luck): A few days back, out of what must have been millions upon millions of contest entrants, you choose to smile broadly on a lady living in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Statisticians tell us that 'Ms. Stone Mountain Big Winner Lady' (not her real name) has a better chance of...

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    Will Health Care Politics Prevail Over Policy In Georgia?

    by Matthew Wright

    Will Health Care Politics Prevail Over Policy In Georgia?

    Sonny Perdue is the Republican governor of the state of Georgia.  Perdue is at the tail end of his second and final term in the statehouse.  His administration is presiding over a fiscal crisis -- one with steep prolonged budget cuts -- that are destined to cripple the state's services and econ...

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    Health Care or Health Scam?

    by Tom Ferguson

    Health Care or Health Scam?

    In a 4/27 meeting at Atlanta Friends Meeting House, organized by Healthcare Now, Philadelphian Katie Robbins spoke and led a spirited discussion on the state of organizing for Single-Payer healthcare. Vermont is in the lead nation-wide, a bill there being very close to passage but without a fund...

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    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

    by Terri Evans

    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

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    Canaries in the Coal Mine

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

    Henry Wallace on fascim

    “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” ― Henry A. Wallace

    Upton Sinclair on fascism

    “Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair

    Isaac Asimov - cult of ignoranc

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov

    Thomas Jefferson end of democracy -

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." Thomas Jefferson

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    “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” ― Jon Stewart

    MLKjr - thirst for freedom

    “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    Listen to FDR

    Listen to FDR, "Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise." - Frankin Roosevelt (DonkeyHotey/flickr/CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    Grant - Quote

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    Spirit of Justice

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