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Friday, March 24, 2017
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    book review

    Blitzed

    by Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler

    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 Norman Ohler’s 2016 Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany. Likely to please readers interested in social history and drug policy, the book is certain to perturb serious political and military historians with what appear almost uni-causal explanations for phenomena such as Adolf Hitler’s erratic decision making and the success of the blitzkrieg as a strategy…

    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. The feeling reminded me of Christmas the year I got my first 26” bicycle.

    The plans had been made; tickets for game and plane confirmed; hotel rooms reserved. About to bust from anticipation, I looked up activities for that weekend just to occupy my time. The Chicago Blues Festival, long on my bucket list, was happening the same weekend we’d be there…

    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 of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted by Ian Millhiser.

    There is plenty of precedent for that body making law out of whole cloth. Basically two forces are at work in the court, as in our great land, sometimes in the same justice, one dissenting, one dominating…

    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 the poor on weed-lost tombstones. I write, and teach writing. ...  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 by a man from my hometown? Lincolnton, Georgia. True, ...  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 our last cat standing.  Our almost eighteen-year-old aging feline, ...  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 a sign that read: Lewis Grizzard Memorial Highway. It warmed ...  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 Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides funding that helps fuel the ...  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 my values of honest hard work, democracy, freedom of speech, ...  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. It"s an obsession. Sometimes I think the rest of them ...  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 a text. “We lost Sam last night.” Rains had come ...  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 →

    essentials of life

    A Climate of Denial

    by A Climate of Denial “Gee, Brain, what are we going to do tonight?" “The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.” With apologies to the creators of "Pinky and the Brain," the wickedly witty ... Read on →

    wouldn’t be and never was

    Gotta Get Out of This Place

    by The Awakening Land We gotta get out of this place If it's the last thing we ever do We gotta get out of this place Girl, there's a better life for me and you Somewhere baby, somehow I know it My Aunt ... Read on →

    stay vigilant but

    Stay Sane

    by Stay Sane We’re all exercised by recent events in America, even to the extent of disturbed sleep. I dreamed of America being violated, helpless to resist. This is not just America’s problem; it has the capacity ... Read on →

    strike one

    Atlantans Prepare For Daring Conquest of Cobb County Braves’ Game

    by Atlantans Prepare For Daring Conquest of Cobb County Braves’ Game Atlantans are preparing for what many believe is an impossibility: ascending I-75 during rush hour in time to make it to a Braves’ game in Cobb County. For weeks fans have been stockpiling food and ... Read on →

    slow death roll shot

    Go Find Lester

    by Go Find Lester "Go find Lester." We were typical college kids in the late 70's. Brief moments of intense studying, staying up way too late, eating the wrong foods, smoking and drinking too much, partying like there was ... Read on →

    will it stay airborne?

    The Primate and the Airliner: A Fable with No Moral

    by Orang-Utang and the airship “Allowing a monkey to drive a race car sounds like an amusing idea, but only to those who have never tried it.” - The Bard of Affliction The great Airship of State had been flying ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... 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 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 →
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    Drive-in theaters and popcorn

    by Jack deJarnette

    Drive-in theaters and popcorn

    When I was young, sometimes Daddy would come in from work and start popping popcorn. We immediately knew—we were going to the drive-in theater. That was a big deal for us because the drive-in always ran several cartoons before the movie started then they showed the first half of the movie, there w...

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    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    by Elliott Brack

    Georgia delegate count important to both parties next Tuesday

    Have you made up your mind which presidential candidate you’ll be voting for? If you haven’t, the presidential preference primary is just one week off, on March 1. So think speedily. You must decide soon! At least what seemed like innumerable Republican candidates has been thinned seri...

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    Stimulus Hawk

    by Lee Leslie

    Stimulus Hawk

    In a dramatic achievement of bipartisan compromise, the Clinton-Obama administration has announced a compromise with Republicans for continued stimulus spending - deficit be damned – as long as the economy, as judged by the Chamber of Commerce, deems it appropriate. No, extending the Bush tax cuts...

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    Lincoln & Obama: Same Basic Challenge, Very Different Responses

    by Andy Schmookler

    Lincoln & Obama: Same Basic Challenge, Very Different Responses

    Lincoln was elected president of the United States, but suddenly found himself effectively president of only a part of it. Obama was elected president of the United States, but suddenly found himself president of only a part of it. Lincoln had just recently become president when Fort Sumte...

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    Osoma the stranger Osama reports

    by Lee Leslie

    Osoma the stranger Osama reports

    TechCrunch.com has reported that Google maps has been updated to show Osama bin Laden's Compound in Abbottābad, Pakistan. The New York Daily News reported that Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler were both declared dead on May 1st. The Daily Beast reported Osama bin Laden’s death marked the...

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    Time to Resign

    by John Hickman

    Time to Resign

    An Interview with Ian Almond on Attorney General Sam Olens When the most senior law enforcement officer and legal advisor for the state of Georgia accuses a group of Georgia State University students of being pawns for international terrorists, every liberty loving Georgian should pay close atten...

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    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    by Tom Poland

    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    I went down to the crossroads, got down on my knees, and prayed. Thanks for such great food, that is. Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers, went down to the crossroads, to deal with the devil who shot up from the ground to confront him. Me? I went down to the crossroads where wicked chick...

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    Georgia Underground

    by Monica Smith

    Georgia Underground

    First, let me assert that money, like any other tool (a hammer, for example) is worthless, unless and until it is taken in hand and put to use. To be more precise, money is a measuring tool, at the same time that it is symbolic of energy expended and value accumulated. In that sense, money somewhat ...

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    Listening to the Refrigerator Magnet

    by Terri Evans

    Listening to the Refrigerator Magnet

    Sarah Palin should have actually listened to her parents' refrigerator magnet rather than quoting it: The wisdom of the magnet was: "don't explain: your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe you anyway." Instead she explained --  dribbling and mixing basketball metaphors with dead...

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    To the Pillory, Episcopal Church

    by Louie Crew Clay

    To the Pillory, Episcopal Church

    The primates’ effort to suspend the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion is a major comeuppance in the history of colonialism. At one level, my heart rejoices. For generations missionaries sought to reform what they deemed the licentiousness of primitives. How delicious it must be to ex...

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    The walls of an information ghetto

    by John Hickman

    The walls of an information ghetto

    Listen to those defending Israeli violence against the Palestinians in Gaza and what you hear is denial. They cannot deny the facts and instead deny their emotional and moral significance. They agree that the Israeli military is bombarding Gaza and that thirteen hundred have been killed as a con...

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    NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill

    by Sue Sturgis

    NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill

    This week the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate voted to legalize fracking for natural gas in the state, following the lead of the Republican House, which approved the measure last week. Senate Bill 820 now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D), who has been inundated with calls, emails and l...

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    The day the music died

    by Lee Leslie

    The day the music died

    Something sinister must have occurred to start the cycle we are in now. A cycle in which our political center has moved. When being "pro-business" became more politically popular than being "pro-worker." When being for "free markets" could rally crowds and "consumer protection" would bring on "bo...

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    The King and I

    by Josh Sewell

    The King and I

    Stephen King is arguably the most famous writer in the world, so calling him my favorite author isn’t exactly a revolutionary statement. I could say I prefer some obscure novelist who is beloved by the literary elite, but I’d be lying. He went right to the top of my list when I read It at 12, an...

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    Straight, Cheap and Digital: What to Expect in Next Year's Campaign Ads

    by Tom Baxter

    Straight, Cheap and Digital: What to Expect in Next Year's Campaign Ads

    Meet Katherine Jenerette, a former aide to US Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.) who hopes to unseat him in next year's Republican primary. This ad – direct and somewhat unconventional in approach, low budget and lodged on the Internet – is a harbinger of more to come in 2010. We have some idea of wha...

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    Passing the Baton

    by Anoni Muss

    Passing the Baton

    My Mother always maintained that she was not afraid of death. When I was young I wondered if she said this to reassure me but later I knew she meant it. Perhaps that’s why I’m not afraid of death either. That’s not to say I don’t fear the absence of my nearest and dearest, or fail to real...

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    2012? Looks Like 1996, at least in Turnout

    by Barry Hollander

    2012?  Looks Like 1996, at least in Turnout

    When it comes to voter turnout, 2012 is starting to look an awful lot like 1996. In 1996, a wounded Democratic incumbent faced an uninspiring Republican challenger. Sound familiar? That year, only 49 percent of the electorate voted – the lowest in the modern era. Back then, President Bill Cl...

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    Look Homeward, Angel

    by David Evans

    Look Homeward, Angel

    The mass killers came as stowaways aboard ships about the time the Wright brothers first took to flight along a North Carolina beach. Although these assassins were merciless, they probably did not even know themselves the great destruction they were to bring. Thus began the near complete kil...

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    The Saddest Place Just Got Sadder

    by Mike Williams

    The Saddest Place Just Got Sadder

    Haiti is the most heart-rending place I have ever seen. Tuesday’s major earthquake, centered just 10 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, means the misery, indignity, hunger and suffering that the vast majority of Haiti’s 9 million residents were already enduring will become even more ...

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    The Right To Bear Arms

    by Mike Copeland

    The Right To Bear Arms

    There is an old story told about Orson Welles. It seems Welles encountered a beautiful woman in a bar. He approached her and introduced himself. The woman was flattered, for he was famous, rich, handsome and charming. After a brief conversation, Welles asked, "Would you go back to my rooms and spe...

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