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    people need to know the truth

    Clinton Tried to Win Election

    by he Ties That Bind was created by © Trevor Irvin

    Breaking Newz: A quickly unfolding scandal has revealed that Hillary Clinton colluded with millions of democrats nationwide to vote against Donald Trump during the 2016 elections.

    In a statement today, Satan’s BedBug, Kellyanne Conway, said “We hope it is clear to America now how unfairly Donald Trump was treated. When Donald Trump ran for president, Hillary purposely tried to win. We see this as proof she colluded with American Democrats…

    it all comes down to this

    Goosing Adrenaline

    by Goosing Adrenaline

    I swear, I don’t know what gets into people.

    This latest head scratcher starts when the morning’s news feed flashes a headline about an American from Virginia Beach, Virginia who gets ‘run through’ – i.e.: seriously gored – by a bull last weekend as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

    shoe already dropped

    The Smoking Gun

    by The Smoking Gun

    For months, there has been smoke; thick, black smoke that cannot be seen through. It certainly seemed like the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, something seemed suspicious, but there was never any proof. But no smoking gun

    For weeks, there has been a very warm gun. Meetings between Flynn, Sessions, Page, Kushner, etc…with Russian officials that had conveniently been forgotten. But no smoking gun.

    and then i knew

    Dancing with Wolves

    by Dancing with Wolves I worshipped the man. Like a puppy, I waited expectantly his daily homecoming, ever eager to ask a child’s question: “What kind of day did you have?” “Oh, I had a good day,” he might say. Other times his face and his words ...  Read on →

    remembering

    The Boy Who Stoned Cats

    by The Boy Who Stoned Cats Late in the afternoon a strange noise came from the vegetable garden beside the house, it was the sound of a bird in distress. The bird was squeaking, flapping its injured wing and hopping frantically around to escape from two large black ...  Read on →

    like before fox news

    Make America Great Again

    by Celebrate Freedom Rally   Make America Great Again Words by Gary Moore, annotations by David Parker Make America great again[1] Make America great again[2] Lift the torch of freedom[3] all across the land[4] Step into the future joining hand in hand And make America great again[5] Yes make America great again[6] Americans from ev’ry ...  Read on →

    self-indulgent con man

    The Trump We Know

    by Trump Adolf by Viengchanh Any additional reassurance that Donald Trump is not an American Adolf Hitler was provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) last Tuesday. That is the same North Korean government entity that previously announced that North Korea had invented not only the ...  Read on →

    we must dissent

    Salute This Flag

    by John Beecher in 1976 by © Rob Amberg for the Asheville arts monthly, “The Arts Journal”. Salute This Flag The Fourth of July Was a holiday for everybody but people’s cooks Corinne was fixing us hot biscuit When I marched into the kitchen Waving the Stars and Stripes And ordered to “Salute this flag! It made your free!” I just couldn’t understand why Corinne Plumb wouldn’t. — John ...  Read on →

    100 million

    From Butter Churns To Baseball Bats

    by Louiville Slugger by Tom Poland She kept the old churn in the kitchen. I see it vividly, even now. I watched my Grandmother Poland churn butter, a memory that sure seems old-fashioned in this digital age. I have no idea who made that churn. It vanished with ...  Read on →

    throwback to another era

    The Old Hand Pump

    by 76 station hand water pump by Tom Poland A Scene From The Past “The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles,” wrote Bob Dylan as he closed out “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Vandals have yet to get the handle of the pump you see here, but I don’t know if ...  Read on →

    even uncle sam has bad days

    Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price

    by Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price On the Fourth of July, we naturally think of Uncle Sam, our nation's favorite icon. While I try to keep a positive attitude about Uncle Sam in July, I can't forget the day the old man hurt my feelings in October. Let me ...  Read on →

    bona fide bbq

    That Tantalizing Smoke

    by Seatman's BBQ A bona fide barbecue joint should be way out in the country. It’s best if it isn’t open seven days a week. People need to wait on it. They need to anticipate the approaching ... Read on →

    may we be enlightened

    The Burden of Being a Southerner

    by “United Stereotypes of America” by Haley Nahman This is going to be a long and rather convoluted essay. I will be long, because as a Southerner and a quasi-historian I can’t do with one word what twenty would do; it will ... Read on →

    nature’s magic

    The Season Of Wings

    by The Season Of Wings The songs of birds, cicadas, and katydids really make Southern summers special. Quickly, can you tell me the difference between a cicada and a katydid? Which sings by day, and which sings by night ... Read on →

    keeping care affordable

    Dickering with the Nation’s Health Care

    by Louie Clay's Medical Insurance Costs 1985-2017 While Congress dickers with health care, I am taking a close look at my own costs. I retired on December 31, 2001. In the 15½ years since, my health costs have averaged $4,842.02 per year ... Read on →

    political partiality

    U.S. Supreme Court Appeases Donald Trump and His Islamophobic Base

    by U.S. Supreme Court Appeases Donald Trump and His Islamophobic Base Splitting the difference is sometimes the closest approximation to justice achievable when judges rule in contract and family disputes. When the liberty protections in the U.S. Constitution are involved, however, splitting the difference is ... Read on →

    guaranteed profit

    Welfare Queen: The State of Georgia Power

    by Welfare Queen: The State of Georgia Power Everyone knows how free-market capitalism works: corporations invest money to make and market a product, then keep the profits. But what if you could persuade someone else to invest that money, while still pocketing the ... Read on →

    name 12 people

    Leroy of Barnwell and other Southern gothic characters

    by Leroy of Barnwell and other Southern gothic characters Hand over my heart, this is a true story. The South is known for its unusual characters, right? They populate the stories of Southern writers like Erskine Caldwell, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, Truman ... Read on →

    foreign policy anarchy

    Qatar in 2017, Switzerland in 1938

    by Qatar in 2017, Switzerland in 1938 The geopolitical peril facing Qatar in 2017 resembles that of Switzerland in 1938: small, wealthy, tenaciously independent ... and caught between militarily powerful neighbors, one of which wants to end its neutrality. Eighty-one years ... Read on →

    threat by the sinister trio

    Aftershock, Robert Reich, a review

    by Concentrated Wealth - Ah you should be safe in here - cartoon of someone hiding money In his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Robert Reich reviews features in our society that undermine democracy – particularly concentrated wealth. And the off-shoot, lobbyists in effect bribing representatives and senators, vulnerable ... Read on →

    don't be complacent

    Make Democrats Win Again

    by Make Democrats Win Again Spare me these embarrassing, condescending excuses for why a Democrat cannot win a closely contested special election. It’s been only a matter of hours since most major news outlets called the election for Karen ... Read on →

    tit for tat

    Back to Basics on School Vouchers

    by the GOP School Voucher Crew According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution education writer Maureen Downey, “The early architects of school choice maintained that getting kids out of struggling public schools into private ones would raise academic performance as measured by test ... Read on →

    ump missed the call

    The Lie

    by nd You're Outta There by Chad Horwedel Once upon a time, schoolwork, religion and baseball collided in an emotional moral quandary with a messy but happy compromise ending. The year was 1973 and I was 15 years old. I am both blessed ... Read on →

    tit for tat

    Daddy and the Sweet Old Lady’s Apoplectic Fit

    by Bill Strickland and young JL I was never exactly sure whether my father, Bill Strickland, was an amateur adult or a professional adolescent. Here is just one of the many incidents that led to my confusion. The Pledgers, Bryant and ... Read on →

    mckenzie beach

    The tides giveth and the tides taketh away

    by McKenzie Beach If you’ve driven South Carolina’s Ocean Highway (Hwy. 17), perhaps in hurrying from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach, you’ve probably noticed the ruins of old buildings on the east side of the road catercorner to ... Read on →

    fight for justice and fairness

    Pure Suthun

    by Jeff Sessions - Keeper of the Flame by Donkey Hotey I have trouble listening to the news, especially when great nonsense is spoken in near perfect Suthun English. I taught in a secondary modern school in the London in 1965-66 after which I returned to ... Read on →

    thanks, dad

    Hey Nineteen

    by Little League Baseball by Andrew Ahearne I was nine years old in the spring of 1967 when my father asked me if I wanted to tryout for Little League. I had no idea what Little League was but when he ... Read on →

    betting with our money

    Vogtle Big Bet$ Lotto: Where has all the public’s money gone?

    by VOGTLE BIG BET$ LOTTO by Tom Ferguson It may be easier to understand the fast-moving drama of the slow-moving construction of Nuclear Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 if you look at the whole affair as a high-stakes betting game rather than ... Read on →

    i sent rescuers

    Why Does God Hate Pandas and Sea Turtles?

    by panda and sea turtle looking at the sunset President Donald Trump’s announcement last week regarding US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord thrust climate science back to the forefront of the American conversation. And, for those of us inclined to heed overwhelming ... Read on →

    sucker for bugle calls

    Everybody Has a Story

    by Everyone Has A Story Have you noticed that if you listen to people, everybody has a story? Even people who don't realize they have one. I’m sure you have. Recently, an older acquaintance and I were talking about my early ... Read on →

    the lessons I learned

    A Tribute to Grady Lee Randolph

    by A Tribute to Grady Lee Randolph While reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom years ago, I immediately thought of Mr. Randolph. He was my Morrie Schwartz—the most memorable teacher I ever had. Grady Randolph frequently spoke about his rural, humble ... Read on →

    not a strategy

    Our President is “Very, Very Not Smart”

    by Trump as Twitter Bird For months, I’ve struggled to decide whether Trump is a master manipulator, a Machiavellian puppet master of the electorate, or just a blundering idiot. Recently, I had been leaning towards the latter, and at ... Read on →

    seeking answers

    Joey Can’t Tell Us

    by Joey Can’t Tell Us Hardly anybody talks about Joey Miller anymore. His car was found three days after he had gone – in a vacant lot on some rural property he had planned to develop. The trunk was ... Read on →

    garden bug

    The World’s Most Expensive Vegetables

    by Raised bed for lettuce and beans I have a perennial burning urge to grow beans and lettuces, tomatoes and zucchini. I missed the season last year, moving house and garden, but I’m back on track. Although I garden on a ... Read on →

    enjoy freedom

    Americans distinctively thrive under our Bill of Rights

    by Americans distinctively thrive under our Bill of Rights Most Americans probably don’t realize how unique are their individual rights, compared to people living under other governments. Our Founding Fathers, in all their inspired wisdom, gave early Americans more rights than previously had any ... Read on →
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  • random stories from our past

    Nothing But the Truf

    by Elliott Brack

    Nothing But the Truf

    We all have one, it seems, a sister or brother-in-law who isn't quite on the same political track. I found myself in a shouting match with mine in my Mom's kitchen, to her consternation. It was in the Reagan 80s and we were discussing U.S. Central American policy. The term “gun-boat diplomacy” c...

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    My favorite places to visit in Savannah

    by Elliott Brack

    My favorite places to visit in Savannah

    Here are some of my favorite places for those who are contemplating visiting in Savannah. The restaurant generally regarded as Tybee Island's best is Sundae Café. It's unfortunately not on the water, but the food is exceptional. If the visitors do want to dine on Tybee, I recommend it highly. ...

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    Slip Sliding Away

    by Elliott Brack

    Slip Sliding Away

    I am traversing the present, rocky economic shoals, picking my way gingerly with my toes along what I hope is the bottom. If so, it is a bottom that, at the moment, is veiled from sight, covered by a raging torrent. It occurs to me, as I trip along, that this particular flood may be less about debt ...

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    Is it the little me, the huge I, the tiny i or a collective sigh?

    by Elliott Brack

    Is it the little me, the huge I, the tiny i or a collective sigh?

    The checker in the grocery store starts sneezing, I notice she doesn’t use a tissue but rather wipes her nose on her sleeve and continues bagging my groceries. I can’t help but wonder since she is an hourly employee, possibly even part time, she probably doesn’t have health care. So that me...

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    Remembering The Farm & Double Branches

    by Elliott Brack

    Remembering The Farm & Double Branches

    [caption id="attachment_59926" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Dad's old home place[/caption] Saturday, March 28, the day before we laid Mom to rest, was busy. People bringing food, funeral service details, and other matters kept us on the go. Later, as things settled down, I felt the need to sp...

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    Rambling Around in Georgia

    by Elliott Brack

    Every town has its own history and attractions; some well-known and some not very. Haunted houses, churches and other buildings are always interesting. Court houses and old jails, too. Sometimes small towns are more appealing and accessible than the bigger ones. Fewer people with less interest in wh...

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    One Hot Summer

    by Elliott Brack

    One Hot Summer

    Eighty-five years ago this month, during another long, hot summer, Clarence Darrow and Dudley Field Malone, two of America’s foremost civil-libertarian lawyers, defended John Scopes, the high school football coach tried in Dayton, Tennessee, for teaching evolution, in violation of the Butler Act. ...

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    Can Gays Disrupt Military Readiness?

    by Elliott Brack

    Can Gays Disrupt Military Readiness?

    What do Israel, Germany, Australia, Ireland, France, England, Spain, and 18 other countries have in common? They allow openly gay and lesbian individuals to serve in the military. Unlike the US, they do not have a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy but, instead, treat it as a non-issue. A...

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    Quiet memory

    by Elliott Brack

    Quiet memory

    Memories of the past are usually nostalgic. Ordinary moments made perfect with out traces of pain, suffering, or regret.  When I allow myself to make one of these reflective journeys to my youthful past, most will fall under this category.  Not all however.  I have to go quite a ways back to reme...

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    There is no such thing as an unloaded gun

    by Elliott Brack

    There is no such thing as an unloaded gun

    You’ve heard the story so many times, you already know what the bereaved parents or aunts or neighbors are going to say. You don’t, you can’t, know the horror and dread that’s ahead for the loved ones after a child dies from an accidental gunshot. A brother, a playmate, someone innocent, ...

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    The Last Great Snake Man Found Salvation

    by Elliott Brack

    The Last Great Snake Man Found Salvation

    Few animals arouse primal fear like snakes and yet as citified as we are we seldom see ’em. Other than a green snake scooting through the lawn few people encounter snakes, and even fewer cross paths with industrial-strength venomous snakes. The kind that can send you to the next world. Cold wea...

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    Murdoch scandal may have wider implications

    by Elliott Brack

    Murdoch scandal may have wider implications

    Being a lifetime newspaperman, and being in England recently, I was enthralled by the continuing saga of the Murdoch hacking scandal. The story just won't quit, and could end up with far larger repercussions than you might think. Mainly, it's a case of misplaced ethics. The story unfolded differe...

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    A Tale of Two Men

    by Elliott Brack

    A Tale of Two Men

    The book review I just finished repeatedly asks, “What endures?” The author offers one possible answer: “Spaces in the heart that accommodate the absent.” When I read this, I had just learned of the deaths of Peter Matthiessen and Thomas Polgar. Matthiessen was the prolific writer and aut...

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    GunFAIL

    by Elliott Brack

    GunFAIL

    I'm stealing this title and part of the post from David Waldman at DailyKos because it is just too perfect. Guns fail -- never the people in whose hands they end up. Can we say "false attribution of agency"? This week's summary: Among this weeks GunFAILers, we have three who shot themselves remo...

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    A Hand for the Hog

    by Elliott Brack

    A Hand for the Hog

    Well, I always heard, I ain't too sure That a man's best friend is a mangy cur, I kinda favor the hog myself, How 'bout a hand for the hog? Roger Miller, “How ‘Bout a Hand for the Hog?" In what has already become a classic, if not a damn near iconic piece of writing that at once makes me bo...

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    Exorcising Demons -- A Return to Vietnam and 1968

    by Elliott Brack

    Exorcising Demons -- A Return to Vietnam and 1968

    "...how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"--John Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 23, 1971 When will these godawful wars end and what’s with this current pack of politicians and wannabe ...

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    Median income low in the South

    by Elliott Brack

    Median income low in the South

    The South is home to the nation’s six states with the lowest annual household median income, according to 2010 Census results released recently. All totaled, 10 of the region’s 11 states are in the bottom 13 states in terms of household median income. Virginia, which has the nation’s seventh h...

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    The Working Years

    by Elliott Brack

    The Working Years

    Every Job You’ve Had, What Did It Teach You? A Friday evening. In a restaurant where soft music and hard drinks make good neighbors, the regular crowd shuffled in as Billy Joel famously wrote. People took their seats at the bar and each person’s week took center stage. A woman lamented th...

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    Here's To Love

    by Elliott Brack

    Here's To Love

    Each year I get giddy just thinking about February Fourteenth, my favorite perverse holiday: A celebration of love invented by card companies to increase revenue between Christmas and Mother’s Day. Love itself was invented by humans to justify the unspeakable things we do to each other while under...

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    She Took Up The Banjo & Never Looked Back

    by Elliott Brack

    She Took Up The Banjo & Never Looked Back

    In 1981, at the age of five, Kristin Scott played mandolin for family and friends at home, even as she learned about circles and squares in kindergarten at Foster Park Elementary School in Union, South Carolina. Nothing unusual about that in her family, or in the region. Her father, Fred, played man...

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

    Go to https://www.ofa.us/

    Organizing for Action

    Go to Organizing for Action

    A sign by Kristin Joiner, on a neighbor's lawn (Photo by Mike Licht)

    A sign by Kristin Joiner

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/32066779640/in/dateposted/

    Scott Pruitt Is Not Up For The Job

    The Climate Reality Project

    Gideons Promise

    Gideon’s Promise

    PenceWatchdotUS

    PenceWatch.us

    Women_March_Report_opt22

    Everytown For Gun Safety

    Tom Price

    UltraViolet

    Occupy Democrats

    http://occupydemocrats.com

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We have work to do

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We Can't Trust Big Oil Insiders

    ClimateRealityProject.org

    Canaries in the Coal Mine

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

    Listen to FDR

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    Grant - Quote

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