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    old profound being thing

    Blueridge Weekend

    by | Apr 17, 2014
    Blueridge Weekend

    A few of us borrowed a friend’s cabin up near Blue Ridge and drove up for the weekend, took the scenic route through Dalhonega, Blairsville and up 19 to 76. Something uplifting about the mountains. We navigated those winding roads slower than the traffic behind us would have preferred but it was a safe speed and very visually engaging, what with the roadside leaves gone for winter. The distant ridge lines were accessible to hungry eyes and the slopes themselves were similarly denuded, kind of raw, primeval maybe. Puts you in touch with the old profound being thing that Jung was so taken with, archetypes and all that.

    part one

    America by the Numbers

    by | Apr 15, 2014
    America by the Numbers

    “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” — Matthew 6:21.

    On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. made public his opposition to the Vietnam War, articulated in his iconic “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Presented at Riverside Church in New York City, “Beyond Vietnam” was the most controversial speech King ever delivered. In it, he confronted head-on America’s “triple evils” — racism, economic injustice, and militarism — and called for “a radical revolution of values” to restore our nation’s integrity. Afterwards, many supporters, black and white, abandoned him…

    stupidity and crime of war

    Way Stations To Heaven

    by | Apr 14, 2014
    Way Stations To Heaven

    Before I fell asleep last night, my wife Jody read aloud to me from her copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s book The Lacuna. The passage she chose was a diary entry that opened:

    “Tonight’s news: the Allies broke open the dikes along the Netherlands coast, letting in the open sea and drowning thousands of German soldiers in the flood. Like the Azteca opening dikes to drown Cortés and his men on the shores of Lake Tenochtitlan. But fiction is nonsense, the war is real. Tomorrow the farmers of Walcheren will wake to see a tide standing over their crops, the floating corpses of their cattle, every tree in the land scalded dead by the salt on its roots. The glory of war is so frequently disappointing.”

    april 25, 26 & 27

    Much To Do During Annual Bear Festival

    by | Apr 14, 2014
    Much To Do During Annual Bear Festival
    The large crowds attending Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival come each year to the Georgia Mountain foothills town expecting to be entertained by the better known activities, including the constant jamming by visiting and local musicians, ... Read on →

    2014 and beyond

    Dems should run on campaign finance constitutional amendment

    by | Apr 11, 2014
    Dems should run on campaign finance constitutional amendment
    Do the 2014 elections look promising for the Democrats? Not so far as I can tell. Do the Democrats have a bold plan to inspire the American people to turn the House back over to them? Not so far ... Read on →

    the writer and the spy

    A Tale of Two Men

    by | Apr 7, 2014
    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 ... Read on →

    another beach tale

    Back in the day

    by | Mar 31, 2014
    Back in the day
    Tom Poland inspired me. He wrote about the old Ocean Forest Hotel, a magnificent behemoth of a hotel on a Grand Strand beach north of Myrtle Beach, my old vacation stomping ground. The Ocean Forest is gone now, ... Read on →

    speculation

    ‘Not everyone named Michelle is a loser’

    by | Apr 11, 2014
    'Not everyone named Michelle is a loser'
    That’s what the spouse said when I wrote him how surprised and disappointed I was to discover that Michelle Nunn has gratuitously endorsed the XL pipeline from Canada, because buying oil from “neighbors” is better than ... Read on →

    a brief & sordid history

    Busted Brackets

    by | Apr 8, 2014
    Busted Brackets
    You knew in the beginning it was folly, no good -- like that girl who lived around the corner your Momma said was "fast." “She's gonna take your money and your stomp on your heart,” Momma ... Read on →

    toxic greed

    They Would Fix It If They Could

    by | Apr 2, 2014
    They Would Fix It If They Could
    The modern oil industry, vertically integrated exploration, extraction, refining and distribution of oil on a mass scale, began no later than 1825 in Tsarist Russia. In 1825 Russia produced 3500 tons of crude and refined it, ... Read on →

    food For thought

    The Rise and Fall of the Second Reconstruction Era in America

    by | Apr 1, 2014
    The Rise and Fall of the Second Reconstruction Era in America
    How many of you are aware that Albert Einstein taught a physics class at Lincoln University (an HBCU in Pennsylvania) in 1946? In doing so, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist once said, "The separation of the races ... Read on →

    can't teach character

    UGA athletics needs “due diligence” in recruiting players

    by | Mar 31, 2014
    UGA athletics needs "due diligence" in recruiting players
    Ever hear of "due diligence?" That's a term often seen in business stories, particularly when public accountants are working at checking the financial background of companies who might want to buy or sell to ... Read on →

    do so with caution

    Ravenous? Sick? Eat Some Good Georgia Dirt

    by | Mar 30, 2014
    Ravenous? Sick? Eat Some Good Georgia Dirt
    Once again a memory from my boyhood days working at Clifford Goolsby’s store digs its way to the surface. That store was a portal to a sometimes-strange world, and one of the stranger things ... Read on →

    winter without end

    A Place Of Greater Safety

    by | Mar 30, 2014
    A Place Of Greater Safety
    “Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can ... Read on →

    guns and domestic violence

    Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman

    by | Mar 29, 2014
    Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman
    I've argued for some time that, if we are serious about preventing serious crime, then we address behavior at an early stage -- i.e. when it's just abusive and not the cause of serious ... Read on →

    going to the groomers

    A Shaggy Dog Story

    by | Mar 28, 2014
    A Shaggy Dog Story
    My dear wife Jody got a good chuckle recently when I asked about her “beauty parlor” appointment. Seems as though I’m so behind the times that I didn’t know that expression went out of ... Read on →

    40 days in georgia

    Accomplishing little, so why does the legislature meet every year?

    by | Mar 28, 2014
    Accomplishing little, so why does the legislature meet every year?
    There's an exhilaration abounding throughout Georgia today. Hurrah, hurrah, the Georgia General Assembly is no longer in session. You can relax a little more this week. Almost as on cue, the Legislature again got little ... Read on →

    a book review

    McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Underworld

    by | Mar 27, 2014
    illustration by tom ferguson for likethedew.com
    Eastern Europe and Russia When the Soviet Union dissolved it left secret police and security personnel suddenly on the outs and without paycheck. Given their skill sets, for many, criminal behavior was the logical next ... Read on →

    man license

    Bare Minimums

    by | Mar 25, 2014
    Bare Minimums
    I think there should be minimum requirements to being a man. Don’t worry; men are a rather small minded-bunch so the requirements wouldn't be stringent. But there should be bare minimums. And f you ... Read on →

    the written magic

    The Writing Life: Et in Arcadia Ego

    by | Mar 25, 2014
    The Writing Life: Et in Arcadia Ego
    As I try to understand the need I have to write about what I see and what I think I believe, I find that I continue to narrow the themes that especially occupy me. ... Read on →

    look at me

    I’m Invisible

    by | Mar 24, 2014
    I'm Invisible
    The first time I realized I was invisible I was 44, arriving at the Spanish border from France. At the age of 20-21 I’d spent 18 months living in Spain. Then I was blonde ... Read on →

    from pompey’s head

    How I came to be living on an island by the sea

    by | Mar 23, 2014
    How I came to be living on an island by the sea
    From 1954 to 1956 we lived down the street from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Two years was about par for course for living anywhere, but I did get to spend my high school ... Read on →

    lap of luxury

    The Finest Hotel You Ever Saw

    by | Mar 18, 2014
    The Finest Hotel You Ever Saw
    One of the detriments to overnight travel, to me, is today’s breed of hotel. Most look alike, inside and out. Most have an antiseptic smell. Fresh pillowcases that clasp pillows that resemble Chiclets notwithstanding, ... Read on →

    finding peace

    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder

    by | Mar 17, 2014
    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder
    Years ago when I was a reluctant warrior on a battlefield far, far away and now almost forgotten, many people died for no real reason. That time was one of great discontent. As Sherlock ... Read on →

    challenged separate but equal

    Statue honoring Waties Waring is long overdue

    by | Mar 17, 2014
    Statue honoring Waties Waring is long overdue
    Almost 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education school integration decision, a statue will be erected to honor the Charleston judge who steered the nation toward the landmark ruling. It’s long overdue. Quite ... Read on →

    so patently dishonest

    Why the New Guantanamo Hunger Strike Euphemisms?

    by | Mar 16, 2014
    Why the New Guantanamo Hunger Strike Euphemisms?
    Clever public relations officers working somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon have decided that henceforth the Guantanamo hunger strike will be termed a “long term non-religious fasting.”  What’s more, rather than being subjected ... Read on →

    atomic paradise sequel

    How To Break A Town’s Heart

    by | Mar 14, 2014
    How To Break A Town's Heart
    During a recent trip to Savannah River Site I toured the ghost town of Ellenton. Since I wrote “Atomic Paradise” Ellenton, an apparition, haunts me. An entire town ... moved. In researching “Atomic Paradise” ... Read on →
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    • Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case | NationofChange

      A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors in a controversial case that has been closely followed both by women’s rights groups and those interested in establishing rights for the unborn. Rennie Gibbs, who was 16 when she gave birth to her stillborn daughter Samiya, had been indicted for “depraved heart murder” after traces of a cocaine byproduct were found in the baby’s blood. The charge — defined under Mississippi law as an act “eminently dangerous to others…regardless of human life” — carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    • Ted Turner: ‘I wouldn’t have moved the Braves to Cobb County’ | SaportaReport

      Maria Saporta reports:

      Ted Turner, the former owner of the Atlanta Braves, finally let the world know Wednesday that he would not have moved the baseball team to Cobb County. …

      Asked why he was against the move, Turner said: “It’s tradition. I never would have done it. They tried to get me to move the Hawks and I didn’t do it.”

    • Amid Wave of Pro-Gun Legislation, Georgia Proposes Sweeping Law - NYTimes.com

      The bill was opposed not only by gun-control groups, but also by the state’s police chiefs association and restaurant association, Episcopal and Catholic churches, and the federal Transportation Security Administration. A majority of Georgians also opposed it, according to several polls.

      [Gov. Nathan] Deal, a Republican, who is expected to sign the bill, is up for re-election this year, but there is no sign of a political backlash against him or anyone who voted for the legislation. The governor’s Democratic opponent, State Senator Jason Carter, President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, also voted for the bill.

    • Georgia Legislators Think Felons Should Be Able To Shoot You - The Daily Beast

      Y:ou just have to read this article to believe it. Even then, you might not believe it, but it’s true: Georgia is ruled by absolutely total, utter idiots.

    • If the Braves move to Cobb County as planned, then Major League Baseball should put an American League team in Turner Field. At least that’s the vision and the crusade — some might say the wild pitch — of Mike McDonald, a long-time Atlanta advertising executive and baseball fan.
      Tim Tucker, reporting in The Journal-Constitution: Ad man pitches AL team for Turner Field | www.myajc.com

  • random dew stories from the past

    Another Reconstruction Surgery

    by Rosemary Griggs

    Another Reconstruction Surgery

    The eighteen month long treatment phase had finally started to wind down after 16 rounds of chemo and 30 rounds of Herceptin. This was the final surgery that included constructing and grafting nipples, getting my chemo port removed and liposuctioning the excess fat that had migrated from my ches... Read on →

    Misconceptions: People from the South

    by Gina Williams

    Misconceptions: People from the South

    Growing up in a small Texas town while having family from Northern states made me realize something at a very young age: People do not get us. By “us” I mean people from the South. Granted some of the more ridiculous questions I’ve been asked were from children in Pennsylvania when I was young... Read on →

    Chants of 'Whadda we want? Bingo!'

    by Ron Taylor

    Chants of 'Whadda we want?  Bingo!'

    The Alabama Senate postponed a vote on electronic bingo gambling, but supporters won a shouting match in front of the capitol, rolling out country music stars Tracy Lawrence, John Anderson and Darryl Worley and drowning out speeches by Governor Bob Riley and First Lady Patsy Riley, who tried to rall... Read on →

    Money-Driven Medicine

    by Lee Leslie

    Money-Driven Medicine

    Next week on Bill Moyers Journal, the film Money-Driven Medicine reveals how a profit-hungry medical-industrial complex has turned health care into a system that squanders millions of dollars on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs. Based on... Read on →

    It’s Almost Crying Time Again

    by Terri Evans

    It’s Almost Crying Time Again

    Ode to the Onion, May We Weep with Joy Vidalia, I a-peel to thee, oh Georgia’s springtime fruit, Thou art our southern soil’s most sublime root. Rescue my hors d’oeuvre from meager acclaim Then save my salad from wilting shame. Please deliver my soup from an ordinary fate And eman... Read on →

    We Are All Equal, Are We Not?

    by Anoni Muss

    We Are All Equal, Are We Not?

    A comment on my article in Like the Dew, "Here’s What I Wish I’d Said", read: ‘We are all equal, are we not?’ When it comes to equality between the sexes and between rich and poor, here’s how I see it. As a backlash to the aspiration of equality, some see an opportunity to express their... Read on →

    Without Millions of Dollars in Wealth, Chronic Illness Can Destroy a Family. Does Mitt Romney Understand This? And Does He Care?

    by Erin Kotecki Vest

    Without Millions of Dollars in Wealth, Chronic Illness Can Destroy a Family. Does Mitt Romney Understand This? And Does He Care?

    The Romney campaign is out with a new ad talking about Ann Romney’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis and her ‘soul mate’ Mitt’s reaction and subsequent handling of her chronic illness. Their children weigh in. There is a link to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and for those ... Read on →

    A Strategy for Democrats in Very Red Districts

    by Andy Schmookler

    A Strategy for Democrats in Very Red Districts

    There are many congressional districts where Democrats have nearly zero chance of winning anytime soon. The recent victory of the disgraced Mark Sanford in a South Carolina congressional race shows how safe a Republican seat can be. The difficulty of winning these seats, paradoxically, presents a... Read on →

    A family deals with health care terror

    by Ron Taylor

    A family deals with health care terror

    [caption id="attachment_8673" align="alignright" width="230" caption="Betsy Snyder with her husband, oldest child and President Bush."][/caption] Betsy Snyder normally writes about kids and mothers in her "Little Rock Mamas" blog carried by ArkansasOnline.  This week, she wrote about being afrai... Read on →

    International EATAPETA Day, 2010

    by Steve Krodman

    International EATAPETA Day, 2010

    No better way the Dinner Hour to greet, Than with a Plate piled high with tasty Meat. No matter be it Fowl or Beef or Lamb, I eat, and to the PETA folks say “Damn!” I’d rather eat a Chicken or a Duck Than be a stupid Tofu-Nourished Schmuck. Yes, give me Beef: a thick and juicy Steak, Th... Read on →

    In The Trenches With Voter ID

    by Suz Korbel

    In The Trenches With Voter ID

    The green envelope in the photo is only one of 12 new forms necessary to qualify Texas voters (or make their vote "provisional" if they don't have identical photo ID). Yesterday I was an elections judge on the Northside suburbs of San Antonio (read: big houses). This was not a heavy voting day, s... Read on →

    Father, Christmas

    by Noel Holston

    Father, Christmas

    At least once during the Christmas season, I pull out a pair of pleated wool pants, a old tweed sports jacket, a starched dress shirt and Rooster  knit tie. I take an old fedora out of its hat box, and I shine up the only pair of dress shoes that reside in my closet cluttered with sneakers in vary... Read on →

    Things Left Undone

    by Tom Poland

    Things Left Undone

    It’s 50 days until Christmas, and my mind goes back seven years ago to a June day in Valdosta, Georgia, a hazy Wednesday. I was driving through the slash pines across South Georgia flatlands to Valdosta to interview Bob Clyatt. A defense lawyer, Bob represented employers and insurers. He was on th... Read on →

    Moments of Doubt

    by David Evans

    Moments of Doubt

    But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horri... Read on →

    Burn Out

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    Burn Out

    I have a confession to make.  I burn stuff all the time.  It’s a problem I’ve been dealing with since the onions were born.  I love cooking – obviously – but it’s more than just a pastime.  When I say I love it, I mean I want to marry it and have its babies.  Then cut my palm and take... Read on →

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    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    The Great Steak Experience

    I just recently did a stint in Marshalltown, IA – home of my employer’s “mother ship” operations offices.  There isn’t really anything much to do in Marshalltown and more importantly, there isn’t anything much to eat either.  Except, that is, for Rube’s.  Rube’s Steakhouse turned ... Read on →

    Kingston chokes on peanuts

    by Monica Smith

    Kingston chokes on peanuts

    Not really, but it's an appropriate metaphor for Congressman Jack Kingston, erstwhile leader of the Republican Theme Team from Georgia, who's hoping to chair a subcommittee on Agriculture which will supervise the FDA and thinks that $1.5 billion  over five years for food inspectors and industry reg... Read on →

    God bless the South and Southerners

    by Robert Lamb

    God bless the South and Southerners

    The South is known for its unusual characters, right? They populate the novels of Southern writers like Erskine Caldwell, Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers. But we Southerners know, don't we, that you don't have to crack one of their books to find such a character's prototype? Often th... Read on →

    4 Georgians 'No' on Patriot

    by Monica Smith

    4 Georgians 'No' on Patriot

    As many will recall, the original USA Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001) was sort of a rush job, passed by the Congress a little more after three planes crashed into the Pentagon and the World Trade ... Read on →

    Revolutionary Wave Grows

    by Occupy Wall Street

    Revolutionary Wave Grows

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="391" caption="A look back at Occupy Oakland before it was razed."][/caption] In a world devastated by poverty, austerity cuts, and bank foreclosures, community action like Occupy Oakland’s recent attempt to turn a derelict building into a vibrant social ... Read on →



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