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Friday, August 28, 2015
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    Reason

    by | Aug 27, 2015
    Reason

    I think of myself as a realist. A diehard realist. I believe I am truly a child of the Age of Reason. But can reason explain all things, unlock all mysteries?

    Don’t think so. My Uncle Lehman, for instance, my Aunt Mary Grace’s husband, could talk warts off.

    As I write this, I can see you shaking your skeptical head. Well, I didn’t believe it, either.

    that or the rat shed

    Grandpa’s Whip

    by | Aug 27, 2015
    Grandpa’s Whip

    Grandpa was a quiet and gentle man. Grandma did most of the talking. He was over six feet tall and she was a little over five feet, feisty and independent. They obviously had agreed that he would make the big decisions and she would make all the small ones. All of the decisions were small.

    I was four years old when my brother and I were sent to live with Grandma and Grandpa, whom I called Papa, during World War II.

    consume 

    Coca-Cola Thinks About Recalling 600 Billion Soft Drinks

    by | Aug 24, 2015
    Coca-Cola Thinks About Recalling 600 Billion Soft Drinks

    Responding to criticism that its soft drinks contribute to epidemic obesity in America, and that it hooks kids on the sugary sodas like Bill Cosby giving away Quaalude Jell-O shots to kindergarteners, and that it has funded research to confuse Americans about how horrible soft drinks are for human health, the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. said it is thinking doing something – but probably not.

    “Sure, we could recall all 600 billion soft drinks Americans drink on an average day, and you could make the case that these sugar-packed sodas contribute to the nation’s appalling weight gain, in the same way you could make the case that eating ANYTHING, including alfalfa sprouts, contributes to weight gain,” said a Coca-Cola spokesman…

    pioneer of trash tv

    Morton Downey Jr.’s kinder, gentler twin

    by | Aug 24, 2015
    Morton Downey Jr.'s kinder, gentler twin
    Contrary to his fragmentation-grenade TV persona, the Morton Downey Jr. I knew was a pussycat. A pussycat o’ nine tails sometimes, but a pussycat all the same. I got to know Mort – the subject of a new documentary called "Evocateur" -- when he was just beginning to ... Read on →

    southern (hemisphere) stories

    Stories Grandpa Didn’t Tell Me

    by | Aug 24, 2015
    by Ken Peacock
    Grandpa was not a storyteller. It was only later, when Grandma wasn’t around, that he told me a few stories about his life and parents. He never talked about the hard times during the Great Depression, but he said enough to encourage me in later life to ... Read on →

    great expectations

    Off to My Freshman Year in College, 1954 — One of Several Queer Epiphanies

    by | Aug 19, 2015
    Off to My Freshman Year in College, 1954 — One of Several Queer Epiphanies
    At age 5 I told anyone who asked, and lots who didn't, "I want to be a doctor in the daytime and a preacher at night." Likely that was connected to the two people outside my family whom I most admired, our doctor who lived in the big ... Read on →

    loved to death

    Kindred Sprits

    by | Aug 19, 2015
    Image: Sad Monkey by Kelly Deluded via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.
    An acquaintance of mine, whom I will call Jasper, returning from a Florida fishing trip, after not catching a single fish and suffering a severe sunburn, once bought a used monkey at one of those back-roads’ tourist traps. Jasper said the monkey was the most pitiful-looking critter he ... Read on →

    revenge of the grown ups

    Telling Tales Out of School

    by | Aug 23, 2015
    Telling Tales Out of School
    It is a fact that if you’re a kid growing up in America in the Fifties and Sixties, the last day of school is better than Christmas! You’re free, unfettered and unchained. Nothing but blue skies ahead …at least for three months, which is ‘till ... Read on →

    with heavy hearts

    The Three Steps Of Decency

    by | Aug 19, 2015
    Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On - Immortal Longings by Elizabeth E. Schuch
    “Well, then, ask me your questions. I won’t be around forever.” That’s what Floyd told me a few years ago when I said that just when we get old enough to ask the right questions of our parents and grandparents, they’re all gone. Floyd was ... Read on →

    easier than it looks

    Think about highway roundabouts for improved safety

    by | Aug 18, 2015
    roundabout
    Americans anticipating a British driving vacation face two problems: driving on the “wrong” (left) side of the road… and British roundabouts. Britain has more roundabouts as a proportion of roads than any other country. Many get confused at negotiating the roundabout, while driving in ... Read on →

    mostly white history

    Pervasive Patterns of Deception in Georgia’s Golden Isles

    by | Aug 16, 2015
    Port of Brunswick
    It is often said, "history is written by the victors."[1] I've found that not to be quite true in my research – at least not in the American South. Since the invention of the printing press, history has been based mostly on what the ... Read on →

    widening my american horizons

    Kansas Holiday

    by | 2 | Aug 16, 2015
    Granny and the boys at the baseball game
    For ten years I’ve lived in the Shenandoah Valley, enjoying it so much that when my son whom I came from England to live near, moved to Kansas, I chose to stay here. I’m ... Read on →

    let the free market decide

    GOP to Auction Off “Bottom-Feeding Seven” on eBay

    by | 1 | Aug 14, 2015
    Fox GOP Kids Table Debate” by DonkeyHotey via his flickr photo stream and used under a Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/20319204396/in/dateposted/
    The Republican Party plans to auction off the bottom seven GOP presidential candidates on eBay. The party said the move will channel money to the low-polling stragglers and simplify the debate format. “Look, we’ve got ... Read on →

    checking out

    Do you really want it that badly?

    by | 2 | Aug 11, 2015
    Debit Card Swipe
    Used your debit card lately to buy something in a store? I tried yesterday, but the store began closing before I could answer all the questions that pop up after you swipe your card. I ... Read on →

    cancer

    The Doctor Was Smiling But The News Wasn’t Good

    by | 6 | Aug 11, 2015
    The Doctor Was Smiling But The News Wasn't Good
    Paul Simon wrote that line. It fits the paralyzing disequilibrium that took me over as I was handed a game-changing diagnosis of tonsil cancer. I wrote the following note on the subway home for ... Read on →

    separate but separate

    The Clean Restroom Gospel of Salvation

    by | 3 | Aug 9, 2015
    The Clean Restroom Gospel of Salvation
    Author’s Note: Everything herein is true. Well, more or less true. ‘More’ because the writing is inspired by true incidents, because truth is stranger than fiction and because frankly, my imagination just ain’t good ... Read on →

    politics republican style

    Wisconsin Teachers’ Union Sends Condolences to Scott Walker

    by | 4 | Aug 8, 2015
    FOX Debate Republican Idol
    Trying to mend fences with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, public employees’ unions sent condolences to Walker Friday afternoon after his performance in Thursday night’s GOP debate on Fox News. The union’s ranks were decimated after ... Read on →

    ghost wines

    The Cockfighter’s Ghost

    by | 1 | Aug 8, 2015
    Barrel of Cockfighter's Ghost Wine
    A long time ago in a place far away early explorers were sent to find a safe route through the mountains to a beautiful valley on the other side. As the explorers attempted to ... Read on →

    my write to reply

    Patriotism and Flags

    by | 6 | Aug 8, 2015
    Stars and stripes & union jack
    We’ve heard a lot about flags lately and I’d like to comment on the contrasting styles of American sentiment and British cynicism. This difference in style might also account for our nations’ different perceptions ... Read on →

    high satire

    The Dope on Dope

    by | 0 | Aug 8, 2015
    God made wee, man made beer, in god we trust
    Should marijuana be legalized? No, of course not. Why? Because of the drug’s downside. And because of its upside. First the upside. Let’s face it: the weed is huge fun. But people, what are you ... Read on →

    satire from the darkside

    Walmart Introduces Discount Funerals

    by | 5 | Aug 6, 2015
    Walmart Introduces Discount Funerals
    Walmart, swashbuckling privateer of American commerce, is casting its grappling hooks at the lucrative, always in demand, funeral industry. Is anybody surprised? According to Wily Ebeneezer, Walmart Director of Roughshod Practices, the mercantile behemoth's version ... Read on →

    berlin 1959

    A Symbol of Another Time

    by | 1 | Aug 6, 2015
    Leaving Berlin 1959
    We left the Tempelhof Airport in the American Sector late in the morning for a last look at West Berlin. The old Kombi van rattled along towards Potsdamer Platz and the British Sector. There ... Read on →

    honor

    Why I Fly the American Flag

    by | 4 | Aug 5, 2015
    Flags in the neighborhood by tom16602 via flickr
    “Everywhere I go I see an American flag. I don’t understand that. You hardly ever see a British flag flying anyplace in the UK.” That from a member of my writers group, a transplanted ... Read on →

    a clark & poland special

    Black From Tula & The Mortgage Lifter

    by | 1 | Aug 4, 2015
    Black From Tula & The Mortgage Lifter
    Derrick Gunter & Radiator Charlie Knew A Good Thing When They Saw It. Derrick Gunter Robert Clark and I were on the road running down a story, a story about land, a farmhouse, and tomatoes, a ... Read on →

    promise keeping

    Which Wine Goes With A Pork Pie Hat?

    by | 4 | Aug 4, 2015
    Which Wine Goes With A Pork Pie Hat?
    Long before the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments concerning The Affordable Health Care Act, many esteemed legal scholars were skeptical that such a hearing would ever come to pass. Indeed, Harvard law professor, ... Read on →

    election farce

    Fox May Use Body Cavity Searches to Keep Trump Out of GOP Debate

    by | 2 | Aug 3, 2015
    FOX News Debate Cast
    The presidential campaign of billionaire businessman Donald Trump is wreaking havoc with Fox News' plans to host the first GOP presidential debate August 6. Looking for a way to eliminate Trump, who tops the polls ... Read on →

    long slide into fascism

    The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

    by | 3 | Jul 30, 2015
    Citizens-United-Money-Globe by DonkeyHotey via his flickr photo stream and used under a Creative Commons license
    On this Americans agree: There's too much money in politics, and it's eroding our democracy. A recent poll (New York Times, June 2, 2015) reveals 85 percent of Americans believe we must either make "fundamental ... Read on →
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    • Puerto Ricans Seeking New Lives Put Stamp on Central Florida

      “Florida is now poised to elbow out New York as the state with the most Puerto Ricans — close to one million, according to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the City University of New York. Nearly 400,000 Puerto Ricans have settled in the Orlando area, and by some estimates, thousands continue to arrive monthly, a marked increase from a decade ago.”

    • Taking Another Look at the Reconstruction Era

      “Growing up in Kingstree, S.C., in the 1960s, Michael Allen never knew the town had elected a black mayor in the years after the Civil War. There was no monument dedicated to the man’s memory. He was never mentioned in school.

      “ ‘I had to become an adult to learn that history,’ said Mr. Allen, a community partnership specialist with the National Park Service. ‘It was never presented to me.’ ”

      “In more than three decades with the park service, Mr. Allen, 54, has helped revise historical interpretations at sites like Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and arrange new historical markers noting neglected African-American figures, like that mayor, throughout South Carolina.”

    • Jimmy Carter’s Unheralded Legacy

      Stuart Eizenstat writes:

      “AS Jimmy Carter moves into the twilight of his life, it is enormously frustrating for those of us who worked closely with him in the White House to witness his presidency caricatured as a failure, and to see how he has been marginalized, even by his fellow Democrats, since he left office in 1981. His defining characteristic was confronting intractable problems regardless of their political cost.”

    • I believe real healing would be writing and passing a bipartisan omnibus bill in the name of the nine Emanuel Martyrs that implements Medicaid expansion, raises public education funding, passes living-wage requirements and new gun-control laws, removes the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse, and restores the Voting Rights Act.

      Rev. Dr. William J. Barber of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement:

      http://m.thenation.com/article/210681-justice-after-charleston

    • Strom Thurmond's Son: I am not proud of this heritage. These practices were inhumane and wrong.

      Paul Thurmond says: “It is time to acknowledge our past, atone for our sins, and work for a better future. That future cannot be built on symbols of war, hate, and divisiveness.”





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    What does a scanner see?

    by John Hickman

    What does a scanner see?

    The June 8, 2012 decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in National Federation of Federal Employees v. Thomas J. Vilsack deserved more news coverage than it received. At issue in the case was whether subjecting all employees at Job Corps Civilian Conservation Cent...

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    Tea and sympathy

    by Noel Holston

    Tea and sympathy

    After months of ruminating on the thoughts of various pundits, partisans and political scientists about what motivates the Tea Party movement – Is it political or spiritual, racist or classist, inspirationally patriotic or childishly petulant, xenophobic or just Barack-naphobic? – I may have stu...

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    The thing about the Peabodys

    by Noel Holston

    The thing about the Peabodys

    And then there was that time George Foster Peabody made Jon Stewart cry. Well, sort of.  It was in 2006. Mr. Peabody by then had been gone from this world for about 68 years. Stewart, irreverent host of The Daily Show, was hosting the presentation of the awards that bear the Georgia-born phila...

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    Who Needs a Flag When We've Got the Fuzz?

    by JL Strickland

    Who Needs a Flag When We've Got the Fuzz?

    The outcome of Christie's recent auction of General Robert E. Lee's precious navel lint left even the most jaded “Lost Cause” memorabilia mavens gobsmacked and whistling Dixie. Not to mention afflicting many frustrated, heart-broken losing bidders with a temporary paralysis that baffled emer...

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    Strike While the Iron Is Hot

    by Andy Schmookler

    Strike While the Iron Is Hot

    Everybody knows: the polls show a huge drop in the poll numbers for Republicans. What that means is that millions of people are in the process of changing their image of the Republican Party. For the worse. Maybe much worse. But people have short memories. The image of the Republicans recklessly ...

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    ‘Secretariat’ movie review

    by Brett Martin

    ‘Secretariat’ movie review

    This "against all odds" movie is like no other you have seen... Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane)... along wityh veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)... battle through the male-dominated horseracing business. In the end they take Secretariat on a spectacular journey to become...

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    Glenn Beck as "The Music Man," Playing on the Fears of Parents

    by Andy Schmookler

    Glenn Beck as

    On Tuesday, July 22, Glenn Beck spoke from some 700 movie screens to Americans who paid admission to hear him attack the "Common Core." The "Common Core" consists of standards, offered to the states, defining the knowledge and skills that American school-children should learn at each stage of th...

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    Hemlocks in the Smokies: An Update

    by Mike Williams

    Hemlocks in the Smokies: An Update

    In a previous post I wrote about the devastation that tiny insects called hemlock woody adelgids are bringing to one of the signature trees of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. On a recent trail-maintenance work trip in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I saw just how bad things are. This pho...

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    My, how things have changed

    by Andy Brack

    My, how things have changed

    Sixty years ago, segregation was the common practice of the South as blacks and whites had different water fountains, sections of restaurants and school systems. Fifty years ago, black families traveling in the South more than likely packed food to take on long car trips so they didn't have to en...

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    Mr. Peabody's Invaluable History of the Civil War

    by Noel Holston

    Mr. Peabody's Invaluable History of the Civil War

    To begin with, we're not talking about that super-smart cartoon dog who had a pet boy, though someone named Sherman does figure prominently in the topic at hand. We’re talking about the other Mr. Peabody, George Foster, namesake of the media awards that the University of Georgia has been handing...

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    Junk and other treasures

    by Mark Johnson

    Junk and other treasures

    I’m cleaning up my office I am a writer by trade, and many writers are able to concentrate on their craft if they don’t have to worry about filing, having office supplies in the same place, or having a place on your desk to put things like a pencil. You could say, charitably, that my offic...

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    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

    by Michael J. Solender

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

    With spring upon us, many high school teens across our land turn their thoughts to that annual rite of passage, the senior prom. If you are gay and attend Agriculture High-school in Itawamba County, Mississippi, however, you won’t be welcome. This follows a recent decision by the local school boar...

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    Settlement or Extortion?

    by Monica Smith

    Settlement or Extortion?

    The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been acquired by an artificial body that called itself “Sea Island Acqu...

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    Who’s taking care of the chickens?

    by Mark Johnson

    Who’s taking care of the chickens?

    I like chickens. In fact, my very first story for Like The Dew was about a proposed ordinance in Roswell that would outlaw keeping chickens within the city limits. I never heard how that turned out, but it was a quite heated dispute. I have no problem with eating chicken. Southern fried chic...

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    Well, I'm Not Betty Freaking Crocker

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    I’m not too big on most prepackaged, prepared, shortcut foods (i.e. gravy mixes, canned soup, dehydrated potato side dishes, etc.) but there is one major exception: cake mixes. I’ve tried dozens upon dozens of cake recipes in my day and have yet to find one that was better than what can be ma...

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    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...

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    Since Football Isn't Here Yet, Are You Ready for Some Politics?

    by Jim Cobb

    Since Football Isn't Here Yet, Are You Ready for Some Politics?

    Since football season steadfastly refuses to start, the only real diversion left to me right now is politics, my second favorite sport. I thought I might take a shot at sizing things up one last time before toe finally meets leather and the trivial matter of who will be our next president will forfe...

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    Striving for the Best Lowest Common Denominator

    by Lee Leslie

    The true genius of our so-called founding fathers was more luck than wisdom and more about fear than courage. Rich white male industrialist entrepreneur New Englanders in the same room with rich white male planter slave owner Southerners designed a government to protect the best of themselves from...

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    Save Detroit and while you’re at it, save us all

    by Lee Leslie

    This is a no brainer. The $24 billion in loans sought by the US auto industry needs to happen. Our government simply cannot afford the industry to fail. According to Pete Davis' blog at Capital Gains and Games... "The Big Three financed Center for Automotive Research has estimated that the demise...

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    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    by Door Guy

    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    Al is a crusty New Yorker who moved to our very waspy Republican stronghold here in Central Florida about 10 years ago to open a small cabinetry and carpentry shop. My wife and I own a small cafe here that we opened one month after President Obama was elected. Our very risky venture – on openin...

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