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    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    by | 2 mins ago
    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    The ethical man keeps his hands to himself and does not destroy what he admires and loves. The ethical man does not subscribe to the excuse that “you always hurt the one you love. The ethical hurts no-one at all. Most of the electorate is probably too young to remember the perverse responses Jimmy Carter’s admission of having lusted in his heart occasioned among Republicans. In retrospect, it seems rather obvious that people, who live and die by the euphemism, were ready to believe that Carter had uttered a prevarication…

    good company

    Frankly But Faintly Malicious

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Frankly But Faintly Malicious

    Mary Alice told her joke by asking, “What is black and yellow and goes zub, zub, zub?” Of course, the answer is a bee going in reverse. Thus we rode this joke off into another round of high-energy talking, joking, and drinking some less than satin wine. If I were to compare her to some famous author, perhaps the Nobel-prize winning Doris Lessing would come to mind. She’s funny, yet serious at the same time.

    part 9

    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?

    Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known? For years, the polls show, a substantial majority of Americans have been unhappy about where our nation is headed. But we don’t all see the same dangers or agree on what to do about them. For example, the fear of millions that Obamacare is another step toward a socialist tyranny has little to do with reality. This distraction is indeed just one more symptom of what’s gone wrong.

    honest v. integrity

    What Is Art, Anyway?

    by | Oct 21, 2014
    What Is Art, Anyway?
    When you get interested in painting you naturally look around to see what others who got this bug have done. Finding out what painters are doing in the U.S. today is like listening to rock on ... Read on →

    part 8

    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

    by | Oct 19, 2014
    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions
    Summary: Why does that the line from Yeats apply to America in our times? "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity." One important reason is that the battle playing ... Read on →

    reading between the lines

    The Very Last Word

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    The Very Last Word
    I read the obituaries. But I no longer read a printed newspaper every day and the obits just are not the same in on line versions of newspapers. So I am forced to catch up on ... Read on →

    dreams

    A Hard Day’s Night

    by | Oct 12, 2014
    Dreams Don't Turn to Dust by Alex Timlinson aka: hootalex from Devianart.com.
    The tiny old man wheezed and warned me to leave him alone since he was just looking for a wall to lean against. He was an examination of human frailty, revealed in blurred and jagged fragments. ... Read on →

    shop elsewhere

    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    A Guns and Butter Gambit
    One wryly fascinating aspect of achieving "seniority" is that my senses have become more adept at finding free entertainment.  Locating alternative sources of amusement  has become almost a necessity these days.  Daytime ... Read on →

    insults to nature

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
    How does that happen? Mostly, it's the result of a mixture of hubris and inadvertence. Humans, stuck on themselves, think they know it all. Others are convinced "all it takes is the ... Read on →

    ritual

    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost

    by | Oct 15, 2014
    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost
    It is the morning of October 3rd. As I have for the past more than forty October 3rds, I take from the cupboard a special kind of candle and light it. As ... Read on →

    stretch

    One Human Instinct – Always in Our Service

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    One Human Instinct - Always in Our Service
    Some are born lucky. Others are born rich or marry into money. Still others create endless streams of opportunity. And perhaps when we can’t answer yes to the aforementioned, we can easily ... Read on →

    part 7

    Dispirited Liberal America

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    Dispirited Liberal America
    Summary: In Liberal America these days, one encounters a good deal of hopelessness about the future of our country. Why the hopelessness? The difficult circumstances certainly play a part. But they are not answer ... Read on →

    the natural world

    Georgia, the state of things left out

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    No BMPs by road to new subdivision with obvious souring of the bottom during rain event.
    My spouse of fifty years has a quirky brain. It looks for things that aren't there. Which is probably why one of his favorite poems is Antigonish or "The man who wasn't there," by ... Read on →

    part 6

    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes — Why Don’t We Emulate Them?

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes -- Why Don't We Emulate Them?
    Summary: We all know how to respond to evil. Again and again, our popular stories and mythology take us vicariously and gratifyingly through the process -- e.g. in films like "Avatar," "Star Wars," ... Read on →

    part 5

    Liberal America, You Don’t See What We’re Up Against, and It Matters

    by | Oct 7, 2014
    Liberal America, You Don't See What We're Up Against, and It Matters
    Summary: Liberal America does not perceive well the nature of the force that's taken over the right. Not perceiving what we're up against has enormous consequences, because understanding one's foe - its nature, ... Read on →

    150 years later

    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags

    by | Oct 6, 2014
    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags
    The Confederate flags are now gone from around the incumbent marble Robert E. Lee, at eternal rest with his riding boots on in the innermost sanctuary of Lee Chapel in Lexington, Va. That is ... Read on →

    controlling the present

    History as Mystery, Michael Parenti, a review

    by | Oct 6, 2014
    History as Mystery, Michael Parenti, a review
    After stating in his introduction that “history is written and marketed... to enforce existing political orthodoxy” and that “Those who control the present take great pains to control our understanding of the past.” Michael ... Read on →

    Golden Isles

    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads

    by | Oct 4, 2014
    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads
    Let it not be said that our far Northwest state, Alaska, has a monopoly on Nowhere. While their "Bridge to Nowhere" garnered much national attention on the political and comedy circuit, here in Southeast ... Read on →

    chronic v. infectious

    Ebola & Health Inequities

    by | Oct 3, 2014
    Ebola reaching American soil, is this a wake call to look at our approach to health care?
    This is a very short opinion piece because I don’t think it need must explanation. I want you to think the recent events in Dallas regarding the transmission of Ebola on to American soil. ... Read on →

    damned facts

    Toward a Post-Materialistic Science

    by | Oct 2, 2014
    "Eye of God:" Hubble Telescope image of Helix Nebulaby NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
    "Eye of God:" Hubble Telescope image of Helix Nebula The latest issue of Explore -- the Journal of Science and Healing -- contains a bombshell of an essay. It's titled "Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science," ... Read on →

    get up

    Stretch, move, walk around … instead of sitting at work all day

    by | Oct 2, 2014
    Stretch, move, walk around ... instead of sitting at work all day
    The realities and consequences of our sitting all day become obvious… yet overlooked… except to our bodies. Actually, our bodies emerge as the brave soldiers here, now doing what they were never designed to do: ... Read on →

    the muse be with you

    The Schoolboy Presses On

    by | Oct 1, 2014
    The Art of Poetry with Robert Pinsky - edX
    Like the proverbial schoolboy with his nose pressed up against the glass of the candy display, I can’t seem to get enough of the various on-line and free classes offered over the edX educational ... Read on →

    part 4

    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?
    Summary: We in Liberal America are now embattled. America has been in kindred battles before, and on those occasions to which we look to see our finest American ideals expressed and embodied, great American leaders ... Read on →

    media fail

    Tipping Point: The People’s Climate March

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    People's Climate March New York
    "If the planet dies, all causes are lost causes." -- Anonymous Humanity's fate hangs on a tight race between two tipping points: a scientific one and a cognitive one. Scientists use the term "tipping point" to ... Read on →

    problems, not targets

    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters

    by | Sep 29, 2014
    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters
    Six years ago, President Obama was all for bringing our troops home from far-off wars. Much of that has happened. Now new threats to world peace are prompting some war hawks to push for ... Read on →

    from a to z

    Original Google

    by | Sep 27, 2014
    Original Google
    My go to source for most anything. As a boy I read the Weekly Reader, Outdoor Life, Superman comic books, and the Hardy Boys Adventures. Books were not overly abundant and I read whatever I ... Read on →

    Part 3.5

    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President

    by | Sep 26, 2014
    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President
    (This piece is a timely expansion on entry # 3 in this Press the Battle series: " Calling Out the Republicans: Obama Hasn't So We Must..") Summary: It is clear the Republicans, with their obstructionism, ... Read on →
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    • Five questions the Georgia state ethics investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign never answered - Atlanta Magazine

      Jim Walls reports:

      The state ethics commission is a mess, its organization and reputation in shambles. It’s forked over $3 million to four fired employees who blamed a cover-up in an investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign, then fired its most recent director last month after a judge said she’d been “dishonest and nontransparent.”

      Even now, on the eve of Deal’s re-election bid, questions about the ethics allegations from four years ago have only grown stronger. His opponent, Jason Carter, returns to them almost daily. “Imagine,” he said in the first debate between the candidates, “a world where the governor comes on the radio and he’s not talking about an ethics scandal.” Common Cause Georgia says a jury’s $1.1 million award to former ethics commission director Stacey Kalberman underscores the need to reopen the investigation; Sam Olens, the state attorney general, dismissed Democrats’ earlier call to revive the probe as politically motivated.

      Technically speaking, all the complaints against Deal were resolved in 2012, when he paid $3,350 in administrative fees for filing defective campaign and personal finance disclosures.

      But a review of the commission’s files shows the investigation leading to that settlement was never really completed. Ethics commission staffers abandoned inquiries into tens of thousands of dollars spent on air travel and credit card charges, and questioned no one but lawyers for the campaign accused of wrongdoing.

    • David Perdue Has Up To $1 Million Managed By Swiss Private Bank Fund

      Christina Wilkie reports:

      "Republican David Perdue, the Georgia businessman running for U.S. Senate, has as much as $1 million invested in an exclusive fund managed by a Swiss private bank — a rarefied investment strategy that has earned him between $100,000 and $1 million since 2012.

      "The fund, Vontobel Non-U.S. Equity LLC, is managed by a subsidiary of the Zurich-based private bank Vontobel to invest in companies that operate primarily outside the United States. Registered as a Delaware corporation, the fund includes shares of mortgage companies in India, global tobacco corporations, and European consumer goods manufacturers."

    • Why anyone in the South would continue to vote Republican after seeing this Map defies logic

    • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative - The Washington Post

      E.J. Dionne writes:

      "[Georgia Republican Senate candidate David] Perdue’s problems on outsourcing, like Mitt Romney’s 2012 troubles related to his own business background, reveal the major soft spot in the GOP’s white-working-class armor: Many blue-collar Americans combine a mistrust of Democrats with a deep skepticism about the corporate world.

      "Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, says this points the way toward arguments that progressives need to make in the future. ‘We have to expose the unholy alliance between money and politics,’ she says. ‘Concern about inequality is unifying, it’s cross-partisan and it’s not ideological.’

      "This will play some this year but may loom larger in 2016."

    • Once Again, a Carter Aims to Govern in Georgia - NYTimes.com

      Richard Fausset reports:

      The most famous name in the Georgia governor’s race belongs to the challenger, State Senator Jason Carter, grandson of Jimmy Carter, the former president who served as Georgia governor from 1971 to 1975. But rather than a referendum on the Carter legacy, the race remains focused to a large extent on the record of Nathan Deal, the former congressman and current occupant of the governor’s mansion.

      Mr. Deal, 72, a polished Republican who has spent more than three decades in public office, has been fighting for a second term amid sustained trouble at the state ethics commission stemming from his previous campaign for governor; chronic public school funding shortfalls; and an 8.1 percent statewide unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

      Not surprisingly, his Democratic rival, Mr. Carter, appears to have decided that he has better options than playing the famous grandfather card.

      Instead, Mr. Carter, 39, has incessantly pummeled Mr. Deal on ethics issues and criticized the governor for Georgia’s underfunded education system — which, Mr. Carter argues, helps explain the state’s poor jobs numbers.

      “Governor Deal has brought us to the bottom,” Mr. Carter said at an Atlanta candidates forum last month. “And we’re beginning to reap what we’ve sown.”

  • random dew stories from the past

    Meeting Louis Armstrong

    Meeting Louis Armstrong

    I  remember his disfigured lip. I was just twenty years old when I met Louis Armstrong. He performed at Ole Miss, where my stepfather, Arthur Kreutz, was an artist-in-residence. My mother usually accompanied her new husband to concerts, but this time she sent me instead, possibly hoping we would...

    Read on →

    The Feisty Senator from Vermont comes South

    The Feisty Senator from Vermont comes South

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Vermont spoke this morning (10/18/13) at a union hall in Atlanta to an enthusiastic full house. The points he made in his talk and the town hall-like Q & A, though pretty wide-ranging, highlighted a couple items: extremist republican ideologues look around and real...

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    Still relevant to times that are a'changing

    Still relevant to times that are a'changing

    Peter, Paul and Mary's performance at a massive 1971 peace march in Washington was more ragged than their generally smooth concert work, but it still resonated with the emotional power their listeners always expected. I just re-watched the video of  that performance, thanks to the link in R.P. S...

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    An Economic Guantánamo

    An Economic Guantánamo

    When the history of the 2008 election is written by someone with whom I agree, I predict it will become commonly accepted that, had John McCain picked Mitt Romney instead of former Governor Sarah Palin, McCain would have won. I am not writing this because I know it will aggravate both the left and t...

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    Why New Discoveries Won't Lead to A Reduction in Health Disparities

    Why New Discoveries Won't Lead to A Reduction in Health Disparities

    Multiple studies have shown that racial and ethnic minorities frequently receive lower quality health care, are less likely to get routine care and have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than non-minorities. Even as medical discoveries improve health care over all, these disparities are cited...

    Read on →

    Save The Last Dance For Me

    Save The Last Dance For Me

    My old girlfriend, Linda, emailed me recently. She had heard I’d written a book about the shag. “I am totally shocked that you of all people wrote about the shag and beach music. I just cannot believe it!” She had reason to be astounded. In the early 1980s when she and I hung out, the shag ...

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    Le Pot de Départ

    Le Pot de Départ

    With my teaching assistant contract drawing to its close, and my life in Vannes, France also nearing its conclusion, there remained one final French tradition for me to experience. Friday night, the day after my last day teaching classes at the high school, I found myself sitting in the living room ...

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    Jesse

    Jesse

    I know and have known lots of veterans. Whether a veteran saw combat or not makes him no less a hero in my mind. If you put on the uniform, you had your posterior on the line for my freedom.  On this Fourth of July I'm remembering one of these veterans in particular. I worked with Jesse for a co...

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    Does health make wealth?

    Does health make wealth?

    A recent report on NPRs “Morning Edition” about efforts by cities to get a piece of the stimulus pie carried an interview with the mayor of Eufaula, Alabama. After duly noting Eufaula’s reputation as one of the best bass-fishing spots in the world, the mayor said what might do his town the mos...

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    The Beginning of Wisdom

    The Beginning of Wisdom

    "Awe is the beginning of wisdom." -- Rabbi Abraham Heschel Years ago, a friend confessed that she was not at all religious. Then, in the next moment, she described her reaction upon first beholding Monument Valley, whose stark, unearthly beauty provoked her spontaneous tears. My friend, although no...

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    Paula Deen Hit in the Face with a Butt

    Paula Deen Hit in the Face with a Butt

    Keep a straight face now. This is tragic. Poor Paula Deen, while unloading Smithfield Hams for Hosea Feed the Hungry, was hit in the snout by the arse of a pig. It was captured on camera in a small slice. She quickly saved face and calmly muttered, “oooh, I didn’t know it was being thrown.” Th...

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    Camp Bondsteel revisited

    Camp Bondsteel revisited

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    Last Minute Gifting

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    Ria: Classic comfort food evoking 'slowness of the South'

    Ria: Classic comfort food evoking 'slowness of the South'

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    Betting on a ride home from the racetrack

    Betting on a ride home from the racetrack

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    Delusion despite logic and evidence

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    Obama’s Afghan Choice: Handcuffed by Bush’s Blunders

    Obama’s Afghan Choice: Handcuffed by Bush’s Blunders

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