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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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    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 renewable and clean energy policies. Fuel efficiency standards were rolled back, renewable energy research and development funding was slashed and the wind power investment tax credit was eliminated. Reagan even had the solar panels on the roof of the White House taken down.

    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 — the Big Daddy, the Jabba the Hut of right-wing radio talk — is not the inescapable presence he once was. He’s not quoted so much, and his name is not invoked as often. Though his audience is still the envy of the radio industry, he doesn’t have the influence he did at his peak in the 1990s….

    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 company decided to expand its exports of minerals to the Middle East. I had some business experience in Asia but knew nothing about the Middle East. I was soon to learn. The first challenge was managing the use of two passports and not presenting the wrong one when I entered or departed certain countries…

    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 all the more embarrassing because ...  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 that what’s happening is not ...  Read on →

    snake oil salesmen

    Of Banksters and HSAs

    by Of Banksters and HSAs HSA stands for Health Savings Account, which is what Congress wants to substitute for the ACA to get them off the hook doing what they don’t want to do anyway — provide for the general welfare. The “general welfare” ...  Read on →

    an education is earned

    My Favorite School Teacher

    by Apple on teacher's desk - old, sepia, scratches There is no higher calling than helping young people find their way because you care about them and their futures. There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the good of young people is the highest ...  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, for example, ...  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 being a ...  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 question came ...  Read on →

    make america ache again

    Calming Fears, Trump Vows To Keep Word and Destroy Health Care for Everybody Who Voted For Him

    by Calming Fears, Trump Vows To Keep Word and Destroy Health Care for Everybody Who Voted For Him Amid rising concerns among millions of jobless, destitute and desperately angry white males that he is about to cave to political pressure, President-elect Donald Trump reassured his supporters Monday that he still plans to destroy every ...  Read on →

    greetings from ireland

    What a difference a year makes

    by What a difference a year makes A year ago, spending Christmas with my son’s family in Ireland, I finally decided to make the move. I’d been living eleven years in Harrisonburg, Virginia, near my youngest son. I was happy in ... Read on →

    blind partisans

    Vladimir Putin’s Useful Idiots

    by Caricatures of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are by DonkeyHotey 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 ... Read on →

    no right to give up

    Friendly Fascism by Bertram Gross

    by Friendly Fascism by Bertram Gross One of the challenges Bertram Gross' book, Friendly Fascism, presents the reader with is this: if your views coincide with those that a major, long-term, well-funded propaganda campaign has aimed to instill, wouldn't it ... Read on →

    shoring up our godly cred

    “So Help Me God”: Not Unpresidented, but Unpresidential

    by Richard Nixon Taking The Oath Of Office - official White House At noon on January 20, Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as President of the United States: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of ... Read on →

    waiting

    Heart Attack

    by Heart Attack We were in the vehicle on the interstate traveling to see my dad for his birthday and to have a family dinner when my sister called to say she thought he was having a ... Read on →

    amazing grace

    Barack and the Beatitudes

    by President Obama’s mic drop at the White House Correspondence Dinner via WhiteHouse.gov Some years ago, when I was living and working in Central Florida, my family and I attended a Sunday service at a Congregational church in Winter Park. In his sermon that morning, the minister ... Read on →

    political negligence

    Climate Action a Moral Imperative

    by Climate Action a Moral Imperative According to a 2016 poll by Yale and George Mason University, 3 out of 4 registered voters think the climate is overheating and more than half believe it’s caused by human activities. Meanwhile, politicians who ... Read on →

    bang

    Hunting For Your Heart

    by Polite Squirrel by Syd Phillips He had always wanted to go hunting with his big brother, and this was going to be his first trip. It was also going to be his last. He got up early. Real early. They ... Read on →

    elections past

    A Peril of a Carol: Trump Sees Ghosts

    by A Peril of a Carol: Trump Sees Ghosts Hillary was dead, not dead dead, but dead as a hammer in the world of politics. The Electoral College was dedicated to its duty, and voted according to expectations, with its members then checking ... Read on →

    catastrophe unfolding

    Is America a Failed State?

    by American flag upside down Immediately following the 2016 presidential election, I emailed four German friends: “After 240 years, the great American experiment has ended, badly.” It’s a grim assessment. I arrived at this discomforting conclusion while raking leaves and ... Read on →

    time-honored laughter

    Jingle Hell

    by decorating our tree by Trevor Irvin It starts by driving 500 miles to seven different tree farms, farmers markets and retail establishments to argue with seven fingered cretins about how “there is no way in hell I’m going to pay ... Read on →

    virtually undemocratic

    Elias Aboujaoude on the 2016 Election

    by From the cover of Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality by Elias Aboujaoude http://amzn.to/2hZWnaO Dismayed by the extraordinary vitriol and vituperation expressed in online discussions of politics that we continue to read reminded me of the insights into behavior in Elias Aboujaoude’s fascinating 2011 book Virtually You: The ... Read on →

    modern bank robbery

    Compromised

    by Pixelated unrecognizable faceless hooded cyber criminal man using digital tablet in cyberspace by Igor Stevanovic and licensed at 123RF.com by LikeTheDew.com After reading some of the articles on wide ranging topics at the Dew – and realizing their small budget – I decided to make a modest contribution. I told their “staff” as much and ... Read on →

    puppet-elect

    Is Trump Kompromised?

    by Is Trump Kompromised? Perpetrators must first envisage crimes before they commit them. Often that entails a fantasy that their intended victims deserve what’s coming for having committed the same crime. Psychological projection helps dodge acceptance of moral ... Read on →

    eternal choices

    Fahrenheit 1100

    by Light matter, Burning Man by Aaron Logan I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’ for you —Blue Oyster Cult Against a backdrop of clinking glasses and Motown’s “Baby Love,” TVs around the bar flashed breaking news—an airliner had crashed. The conversation shifted from ... Read on →

    family stories

    You Shouldn’t Rewrite History

    by Castle Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland by Gilbert Scott Castle Forbes, Aberdeenshire, Scotland It was a family story passed down to each generation and could have been made into a movie. In the days when the world needed more heroes my great grandfather quietly ... Read on →

    win what?

    The Republicans’ Tangled Web

    by The Republicans’ Tangled Web The day after the election a man wearing a gun in a pizza joint during lunch was crowing to me, "We elected ‘im!" Alabamians – gun-toting and otherwise – did vote overwhelmingly for Trump. ... Read on →

    time running out

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

    by Image: Flooding on Highway 80 from Savannah to Tybee Island by Craig Davidenko of DroneMedia.com 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 ... Read on →

    who's your master?

    Animals Frightened at Prospect of being First Pet

    by The President-Elect petting his goldfish It’s long been said that if you want a friend in Washington, adopt a dog. President-elect Trump does not have a pet, other than his ex-wives, but reports by a Trump consultant indicated he may ... Read on →

    life-threatening problems

    After the Dustup, a Little Review

    by To be frank, now the election's over... our intent? Increase cost for you, profits for us (I'm smart) To many, the following outline might seem self-evident but given U.S. presidential election results, a review is apparently in order: The elite (1%) rule for the benefit of themselves, their agenda consisting always of ... Read on →

    just gone

    Unremembered Beast Of Burden

    by "mule" by Greg Westfall is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. That’s right. I chose a five-dollar word for saying what 50-cent “forgotten” says, for I come to exalt that legendary offspring of a female horse and donkey. The left-behind mule helped build the South ... Read on →

    grande dystopia

    The Starby Guy

    by Starbucks Flag Naw, you don’t have to waste your pamphlets on me. I’ll be voting the Green Lady, just like last time. I’m old enough to remember having my first Starbucks coffee, on a chill winter’s day ... Read on →

    huuuge

    Trump to Build Canadian Wall to Keep Americans In

    by The Great Wall of Canada Trump Tower, USA – In what insiders call a “tweak” to his campaign pledge to build a border wall to keep Mexicans from sneaking into America, president elect Donald Trump plans to move the ... Read on →

    and a good eraser

    My Kingdom for a Pencil

    by My Kingdom for a Pencil “No one perhaps has ever felt passionately towards a lead pencil.” – Virginia Woolf Liam, our four-year old Australian grandson, recently sent us his first handwritten thank-you note. He used a bright orange crayon on a ... Read on →
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    Comfort Zone or Sacrifice Zone?

    by Jim Allen

    Comfort Zone or Sacrifice Zone?

    I’m old enough to remember a time when metro Atlanta had gotten big enough to be a serious obstacle in the way of getting myself and my young sons from where we lived in Alabama to the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia or North Carolina. Also big enough to have what had to be if not the bigge...

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    On Hold

    by Andy Brack

    On Hold

    High court needs to rule on 1993 school funding case. It takes four years for most high school students to graduate from high school. Most college students traditionally also graduate in four years. But four years apparently isn’t enough time for the state Supreme Court to come to a conclusion a...

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    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    by Andy Schmookler

    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” – Winston Churchill No one who feels allegiance to a political party wants to have to choose between party and principle. But sometimes history compels people to make that ch...

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    In Bloom

    by Alice Murray

    In Bloom

    Every July, the crepe myrtles make me, well, if not melancholy, at least pensive. Their blossoms, in pink, purple, and stark, clean white, brave the Georgia heat and provide a clear contrast to the deep green of high summer in the South. Even the hardy day lilies, in their myriad of colors that o...

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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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    SEC Football & Steroids

    by Terri Evans

    SEC Football & Steroids

    And the savory result: chili. The first Saturday of college football invariably brings out the chili cook in me. I know. Temperatures in the South were steamier than the chili pot and there was (initially) just my husband, our beagle and me to tackle - and down - the gallons of peppers-infused, beef...

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    Polling the choir

    by Lee Leslie

    Polling the choir

    Two new polls out find that people who still answer land-line phones and are willing to talk to pollsters are more likely to be confused by “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice” labels than in previous surveys - or is it the other way around? Hard to tell. The news, of course, is that Gallup ha...

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    The Pig Hill of Fame

    by Joe Earle

    The Pig Hill of Fame

    #5 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. Back in 1989, O...

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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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    The Illuminati are gonna git ya. Would I lie?

    by Gita M. Smith

    The Illuminati are gonna git ya. Would I lie?

    In the late 70s, when Eddie Lee and Larry Larson performed outrageous satires on Atlanta’s stages, they poked fun at people who believed in a secret brotherhood called The Illuminati. In some circles today this is no laughing matter. Rather, it’s a consistent and growing conspiracy theory concer...

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    The Starby Guy

    by Steve Krodman

    The Starby Guy

    Naw, you don’t have to waste your pamphlets on me. I’ll be voting the Green Lady, just like last time. I’m old enough to remember having my first Starbucks coffee, on a chill winter’s day back in 1991. So I guess you could say I was a Party man from way back... a whole lifetime ago, s...

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    The Melting Of Tolerance, The Tolerance Of Bigotry

    by Matthew Wright

    Meet Keith Bardwell, an elected justice of the peace from the state of Louisiana: "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bath...

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    Hinson & Haze, episode 2

    by Tom Ferguson

    Hinson & Haze, episode 2

    Hinson & Haze ride with Rhinestone...

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    Augusta

    by Robert Lamb

    Augusta

    Though I am a native of South Carolina (Aiken), I grew up in Augusta, Ga., and I think of it as my hometown. I haven’t lived there in years, and even if I wanted to move back there, I know that you can’t go home again. That is particularly true in my case, but, no, it’s not because the Stat...

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    Moral Flexibility: A Pox On Both Our Houses

    by Matthew Wright

    Moral Flexibility: A Pox On Both Our Houses

    [caption id="attachment_7760" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Do we all have split personalities?"][/caption] Religion and politics are a toxic blend.  Who holds the moral high ground?  Political policy is shaped by ideas and innovative minds.  Policy is not formed by religious proselyt...

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    Scientists Seek Answers to What Happened to Dr. Ben Carson’s Brain

    by Jeffry Scott

    Scientists Seek Answers to What Happened to Dr. Ben Carson’s Brain

    Scientists around the world are grappling with one of the great mysteries of the age: What happened to Dr. Ben Carson’s brain? Did he perform brain surgery on himself and botch the procedure? Or did he actually perform brain surgery on himself and it was a success -- sort of like how he ...

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    The Last Word

    by Tom Poland

    The Last Word

    [caption id="attachment_59105" align="alignright" width="480"] Time will wear down these stones[/caption] WARNING: This feature has nothing to do with politics, terrorism, or race relations. It does, however, touch upon your unavoidable visit from the Grim Reaper. Time is the coin of your life. ...

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    Were the Auto Bailouts Worth $66?

    by Jason Palmer

    Were the Auto Bailouts Worth $66?

    I am a sucker for a philosophical debate on the role and scope of government. That is why when I came across a blog post describing the Obama administration as “hell-bent on outsourcing jobs to China,” I couldn’t resist digging a little to see what fundamental support might exist for such an i...

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    The mayor has good taste and so can you

    by Keith Graham

    The mayor has good taste and so can you

    Item from the newspaper: Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was seen dining with Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at the Peasant Bistro in downtown Atlanta. One thing you can say for sure about our mayor: She has good taste. The Peasant Bistro is a ...

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    An Exhibit of Favorite Photographs

    by Billy Howard

    An Exhibit of Favorite Photographs

    Louie Favorite captures a moment out of chaos in a flicker of a second, distilling human emotion on the street. The faces that randomly pass us by unnoticed are revealed to us, telling a more complete story of complexity in a world where we insulate ourselves from a cacophony of humanity. Quiet a...

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