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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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    trump's split personality

    Donald Trump Is Worse than Rude and Crude

    by | 8 hours ago
    TRiUMPh The Insult Comic Candidate - Make America Poop Again! by DonkeyHotey via flickr

    The Washington Post Editorial Board thinks that former U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Robert Dole is a doddering old fool for saying that Donald Trump has “the right personality” for the presidency. “Say what?” was the Post’s reaction to Dole’s assessment.

    But the Post, like much of the media, is overlooking the fact that there are actually two Donald Trumps running for president in this cycle. One of them is the nativist bigot, who wants to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and ship them back to their home countries..

    fighting the real opponent

    A Much Better Way for Hillary and Bernie to Compete

    by | Feb 8, 2016
    New Hampshire Primary Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton - Caricatures Donkey Hotey

    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have a great opportunity to advance the Democratic cause, but to seize it they’ll have the think differently about their contest. This opportunity grows out of a shadow that hangs over the campaign for the Democratic nomination. It is widely recognized that any Democrat who is elected president will be unable to accomplish much of what he or she is calling for. On the big issues…

    they did what?

    Continued frustration when fighting the telephone monopoly

    by | Feb 4, 2016
    Continued frustration when fighting the telephone monopoly

    Oh, the frustration of fighting a bureaucracy, any bureaucracy!

    It started out with AT&T installing high-speed fiber optics in our office building. Eventually came a call from AT&T, suggesting that this faster Internet service would be the cat’s meow for me. After several calls, I relented in late November, hearing that I could keep my same business land line telephone numbers. Previously, I had my telephone and Internet service with Windstream Business, and had been happy with that service for about five years or more…

    revolution

    Bernie, Get the Job by Doing the Job – Now

    by | Feb 3, 2016
    Bernie Sanders - Caricature by Donkey Hotey
    Dear Senator Sanders, You say you want to lead a “political revolution.” You say that our urgent problems cannot be solved just by utilizing the system in place in Washington, where the powers that need to be overcome remain too strong. ... Read on →

    one less egg to fry

    Lifetime: It’s television for women

    by | Jan 27, 2016
    Fried egg with broken shell
    My mama loved the Lifetime Network. Back then it had the advertising slogan “It’s television for women.”   Mama would eagerly tell me about the latest movie she had watched always leaning in at the end and saying conspiratorially “you ... Read on →

    unhinged base

    How Today’s Ugly GOP Presidential Race Provides a Teachable Moment

    by | Jan 26, 2016
    Sarah Palin Anoints Donald Trump an illustration by DonkeyHotey
    For years, there’s something that we Americans have urgently needed to see. If now isn’t a teachable moment – what with the spectacle of the Republican presidential race before us – I don’t know what would be. We can begin ... Read on →

    healing what ails us

    Science and Mysticism

    by | Jan 25, 2016
    The Vitruvian Man – Endangered
    "We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are between stories." -- Father Thomas Berry Our species -- Homo sapiens -- is endangered. Never has humankind faced simultaneous crises on so many fronts: over-population; ... Read on →

    presidential selection

    Possible entry of Bloomberg for president and South’s March 1 primary

    by | Feb 1, 2016
    Michael Bloomberg
    With the Georgia (and Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) presidential primaries just about a month away, political antics have been far flung this presidential cycle! No telling what will happen next. This topsy-turvy political year, when matters were not ... Read on →

    novel writing

    Once upon a time…

    by | Jan 28, 2016
    Vintage typewriter with once upon a time...
    So you'd like to write a novel. Then here's Dr. Lamb's prescription: take two aspirin and lie down till the desire goes away. Just kidding. Truth is, if you're really a writer, you will write, no matter what. And if you're ... Read on →

    get out of my yard

    R U Ready 4 Nu Writing?

    by | Jan 27, 2016
    R U Ready 4 Nu Writing?
    In a couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will disembark from the good ship I’m in my Fifties and book passage on the SS Lord, I Can’t Believe I’m in my Sixties. I try really, really hard not to ... Read on →

    bubba still rules

    Some smaller city and county governments merge

    by | Jan 26, 2016
    Ludowici Billboard
    C. W. Herndon, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, stands before a billboard, erected at his suggestion, in 1970. During the mid-twentieth century, the town of Ludowici in east Georgia acquired the reputation of being a speed trap, in which ... Read on →

    satire on the trail

    Charles Manson Endorses Ted Cruz

    by | 3 | Jan 25, 2016
    Left to right: Rick Perry, Charles Manson and Ted Cruz - a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com
    Convicted psychotic mass murderer Charles Manson announced Monday he is throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz, which came as a shock to GOP analysts who had long expected Manson to back Trump. “I ... Read on →

    berniecare

    Three’s a Charm

    by | 0 | Jan 25, 2016
    St. Bernard Sanders wearing a berniecare barrel
    Seven is a lucky number, but three's a charm. I've been told that the brain can't keep track of more than seven things at a time. I've tried and it is really difficult to view ... Read on →

    satire on the campaign trail

    Scientists Say GOP Campaign Speeches are as Lethal as Flatulence in an Elevator

    by | 1 | Jan 23, 2016
    GOP Debate Lineup BS Flatulence Emissions
    Iowa City, Iowa – Climatologists swarmed into Iowa Saturday hoping to avert a cataclysmic rise in global temperatures if GOP candidates are allowed to continue traveling across the state discharging billions of cubic feet ... Read on →

    suggested reading

    A Subversive Activity – Reading

    by | 0 | Jan 19, 2016
    A Subversive Activity - Reading
    In an earlier post I mentioned that I had, via Christopher Hitchens' essays And Yet..., discovered Henrich Heine (whom I had never heard of) and Edmund Wilson (I had been aware of him thru ... Read on →

    on the campaign trail

    Cruz Says He Will Carpet Bomb Iowa

    by | 2 | Jan 18, 2016
    Ted "Inigo Montoya" Cruz
    Iowa City, Iowa -- Fresh off a bruising debate with Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he is left with no choice but to carpet bomb Iowa. "That state is as threatening as ISIS ... Read on →

    mortified

    I’m likely voting for Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse in 2016

    by | 3 | Jan 16, 2016
    I'm likely voting for Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse in 2016
    This presidential campaign has been special. It's the first one that has made me sick to my stomach. It's been embarrassing to say the very least. There's been minimal civility or coherent, consistent thought ... Read on →

    gun totin' stoopid

    Patridiot Standoff Continues

    by | 7 | Jan 15, 2016
    Patridiot Standoff Continues
    Day 15. Standoff continues. Patridiots not budging, holding firm on demands of more clean underwear and Febreze. Feds yet to show up or give a damn. No shots were fired again today to the deep disappointment ... Read on →

    southern family

    Relatively speaking, genealogy is full of surprises

    by | 2 | Jan 11, 2016
    Abraham Coggin
    When George W. Coggin of Greensboro, N.C., and Pawleys Island, S.C., set out to trace his relatives' military service in the Confederate Army, he little dreamed the trail would lead to finding black kinfolk. ... Read on →

    maude edmondson

    A Mother’s Diary

    by | 0 | Jan 11, 2016
    A collection compiled by Maude Edmondson after the death of her son, donated to the Australian War Memorial.
    She began to write down her thoughts each day as her son prepared to go to war. He had suggested they each keep a diary of their activities so he would know what his ... Read on →

    satire on the campaign trail

    Trump Demands Proof of Ted Cruz’s DNA

    by | 3 | Jan 7, 2016
    GOP candidates led by Trump vs Cruz's birth certificate
    Stepping up his birther attacks on Ted Cruz, Donald Trump is demanding proof of the Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate’s DNA and has hired Ancestry.com "to prove, once and for all, he is ... Read on →

    gun totin' stoopid

    News Update from the heartland of the US of A

    by | 7 | Jan 6, 2016
    White Terrorist Militia Men Occupy Federal Cabins In Oregon To Protest Getting Caught Breaking The Law
    KRAZYVILLE, Ore. Community leaders were sent in today to help the Yee-hawdists who have taken over bird watchin’ from the commie, big-gubment liberals at a Federal reserve in Oregon. The local sheriff David Ward stated ... Read on →

    questions

    It’s 2016 and time for some answers

    by | 2 | Jan 6, 2016
    It’s 2016 and time for some answers
    For this new year, I have decided to skip making resolutions and pose some nagging questions instead. These long-unanswered questions demonstrate more staying power than resolutions do anyhow, so here goes: What happened to the ... Read on →

    familiarity breeds content

    My Irish Christmas

    by | 1 | Jan 4, 2016
    Family group at Luke and Noras Christmas Day
    On the flight from Dulles to Dublin I sat by a woman returning from Las Vegas, where she had attended the World Freestyle fight between Conor McGregor, Irish Featherweight Freestyle Champion, and Brazil’s Jose ... Read on →

    bernie with gutman

    An Outsider in the (White) House

    by | 9 | Jan 4, 2016
    ernie Sanders at a rally in New Orleans, Louisiana by www.nicksolari.net
    Outsider in the White House reviews the various campaigns Bernie Sanders has been involved in, those he overwhelmingly, sometimes unexpectedly, won and those he dismally lost. Interestingly he uses his 1997 reelection campaign as ... Read on →

    better’n pissed on?

    Poll Shows 100 Percent of Republicans are Pissed Off at Everything

    by | 2 | Dec 29, 2015
    Poll Shows 100 Percent of Republicans are Pissed Off at Everything
    A new University of Wisconsin poll found that 100 percent of Republicans are pissed off at everything. That includes puppies and sunshine, said researchers. “There’s just so much anger out there, so much disillusionment – I ... Read on →

    peddling fantasy

    Land Where My Fathers Died

    by | 6 | Dec 28, 2015
    Marines of Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines inch their way toward the summit of Hill 881N during the Hill fights (USMC Photo A189161) via Wikimedia.org (public domain).
    Marines of Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines inch their way toward the summit of Hill 881N during the Hill fights (USMC Photo A189161) ... on the continuum I received the million dollar wound ... ... Read on →




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    Chrysler Rejects Bailout

    by Lee Leslie

    Chrysler Rejects Bailout

    Chrysler CEO “Test Dummy Bob” Nardelli (formerly known as Home Depot CEO “Builder Bob”) has signaled bold new initiatives to save the deeply troubled company. With sales even lower than forecast, Chrysler announced it would reject additional Federal TARP money as they don’t need to make ...

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    The Futility of War

    by Jack deJarnette

    The Futility of War

    This morning I was sitting in my easy chair reading the paper, my CLWD (cute little white dog) cuddled in beside me when suddenly I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and outside the patio door; I saw a real life battle as it began. It was a battle over territory. The valiant w...

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    Dreams, themes and schemes

    by Boyd Lewis

    Dreams, themes and schemes

    The struggle over the true legacy of Martin King The spirit of those days of courage and danger, community and cause known as the Civil Rights Movement are upon us again. A whole series of reenactments, anniversary events and memorials all kicked off in 2005, the 50th anniversary of the arrest an...

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    For My Many Moms

    by Jim Warren

    For My Many Moms

    My mother would have been 95 this year, and this month will be my 50th chance to tell her on Mother's Day just how much she means to me. Even though I have never sent a card or flowers, I have always stated out loud: "Happy Mother's Day, mom." I have to think she is happy with that. You see, my mom ...

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    My Favorite Republican

    by Lee Leslie

    Not for what his career (can’t really forgive him for that), but for what he did last week. Cancer survivor Arlen Specter (rhymes with Lector) of Pennsylvania traded his stimulus vote to the Dems for $10 billion in increased funding to the NIH (which had been starved of funding during recent ye...

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    Mr. Hart's 9/11 Memorial

    by Noel Holston

    Mr. Hart's 9/11 Memorial

    On Aug. 26, nearly eight years after fanatical Islamists crashed hijacked passenger jets into the towers of the World Trade Center, the official  9/11 Memorial Preview Site opened in New York City. Visitors can purchase souvenirs, listen to recorded stories of the horror and the heroism of that day...

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    Gov. Scott Walker--a case study in abuse and deception

    by Monica Smith

    Gov. Scott Walker--a case study in abuse and deception

    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker announced a plan Wednesday to lift the enrollment cap on a state long-term care program - a move he made two weeks after federal authorities told his administration it had to take that step. Walker touted the $80 million plan with advocates for the elderly and disabled...

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    Under the Little Big Top

    by Kate McNally

    Under the Little Big Top

    I love a circus, don’t you? When Dan had an office in Montreal, we used to spend a certain amount of time there. One of the things we loved to do was to see Cirque du Soleil. The things they did were astonishing, magical. I remember once there was a man who flew. Really flew. He began by walking a...

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    The Culture of Obedience

    by Monica Smith

    The Culture of Obedience

    I think the culture of obedience is to blame for America's descent into mediocrity and stultification. The culture of obedience, flying under a banner of virtue, aims at subjugation and domination. Not a virtue at all, obedience is the handmaiden of abuse, whether on an individual, familial, nationa...

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    Dear Justplainwill: Man(ning) Up!

    by Just Plain Will

    Dear Justplainwill: Man(ning) Up!

    Dear Justplainwill: I'm frustrated! I have spent the last fourteen years serving humankind – as well as humankind's Indianapolis branch - by being, many people say, the greatest quarterback the world has ever seen. Sadly, after giving the Colts the best years of my life, I have suddenly been c...

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    Photo Journeys

    by Tom Poland

    Photo Journeys

    [caption id="attachment_59571" align="alignright" width="320"] Sunshine in a jar[/caption] Traffic Jams HIGHWAY 501 SC: April. Somewhere near Aynor. Having wrapped up a photo shoot in old Ocean Drive, we drive homeward through wind-driven coastal plain silt. Though dust devils obscure 501, a s...

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    Amazing Cancer Girl & The Positive Spin Monkey

    by Rosemary Griggs

    Amazing Cancer Girl & The Positive Spin Monkey

    We named David Ray the positive spin monkey because he could put the spin on just about anything and make it sound bearable. In the beginning, he said that I surely wasn’t a candidate for breast cancer, and then I was. After the first biopsy he said, “Okay so it’s only a centimeter. A lump...

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    Pauper Ergo Sum

    by David Evans

    Pauper Ergo Sum

    Since it's the time of year we celebrate the birthday of Thomas Hobbes, the old gloomster born in 1588, I thought the moment ready to investigate whether we are indeed living in a world with "no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; an...

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    'The Rite' is mostly wrong

    by Brett Martin

    'The Rite' is mostly wrong

    The actor best known as Hannibal Lecter embodies yet another creepy role, this time as an exorcist. Is it Sir Anthony Hopkins or is it, Satan? Anthony Hopkins plays a veteran exorcist specialist who takes in a young priest apprentice in "The Rite." The film charts the education of Michael Kovak, ...

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    Growing Up in the Day of the Legend

    by Austen Risolvato

    Growing Up in the Day of the Legend

    [caption id="attachment_7876" align="alignright" width="300" caption="My friend Kristin and I on the steps of Graceland in March 2006."][/caption] August 17, 1977, 6 years, 1 month, 12 days, 13 hours, and 16 minutes before I came into this world, on a quiet Memphis afternoon, Jerr...

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    Food Fight Against Cancer

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    Food Fight Against Cancer

    There’s a lot to be said for a community cookbook.  You know, the ones that the Rotary Club or the First Baptist Church sell?  You’ll be sure to find way too many recipes laden with cream-of-whatever soup in there but it’s also a way to grab a hold of some Southern classics that everyone oug...

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    Am I Too Young or Old for Miami?

    by Suz Korbel

    Am I Too Young or Old for Miami?

    I'm reluctantly going to watch my daughter play in the volleyball Junior Olympics next month in Miami Beach.  When I try to find a place to stay or things to do, I'm confronted with ads of happy drinkers in bikinis or hugging happy grey hairs.  Do I want a hotel with free afternoon cocktails at th...

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    Amazin' Grace at the Grand Ol' Oprah

    by Will Cantrell

    Amazin' Grace at the Grand Ol' Oprah

    "Gawd, am I glad to be home." "You look stressed. Was the drive back that bad?” “I'm not really tired. It just looks that way. Booger drove like a maniac. Smells good in here. We havin’ pork chops?" “I thought that you said that Booger drives like an old lady.  By the way, the peop...

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    NPR: Most Recent Casualty of the New Journalism

    by Jon Sinton

    NPR: Most Recent Casualty of the New Journalism

    It’s highly fashionable right now to appear in the opinion pages of  newspapers and on cable TV with outraged cries for an end to government funding of NPR in light of what critics call the unfair firing of Juan Williams. Mr. Williams (now) famously expressed what some are gleefully calling a pol...

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    Land Where My Fathers Died

    by David Evans

    Land Where My Fathers Died

    [caption id="attachment_62739" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marines of Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines inch their way toward the summit of Hill 881N during the Hill fights (USMC Photo A189161)[/caption] ... on the continuum I received the million dollar wound ... both eardrums blown out...I...

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