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Sunday, January 22, 2017
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    still the mind – enjoy being

    Mulling On Consciousness

    by Mulling On Consciousness

    What is happening? I’m watching a movie, a little disturbed by the violence, take a break to pee when suddenly I’m aware … a pang of fear… the conceptual reality-bubble I create to walk around in is burst… I feel vulnerable. I’m standing at the toilet, but the greater world just beyond these walls with its terrible indifference, its marauding criminals, Doppler sirens, terrorists, and accidents roaming the streets … major hostility … and cancer …  and it’s true “I” am vulnerable.

    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 ...  Read on →

    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 →

    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 →

    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 ... 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 →
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    Hope and Struggle in South Carolina

    by Phil Noble

    Hope and Struggle in South Carolina

    I doubt that jazz musician Wynton Marsalis knows our state motto. But recently he provided great insight into how we can make that motto real and meaningful for us as South Carolinians today. Dum Spiro Spero — While I Breathe I Hope. I have always loved that motto because it is probably the sing...

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    Hats Off: The Kentucky Derby Highlights a Southern Tradition

    by Shane Gilreath

    Hats Off:  The Kentucky Derby Highlights a Southern Tradition

    Headdress has gotten a lot of attention since Saturday, when Princess Beatrice of York’s arrival at the royal wedding made millinery a staple of personal conversations. “British women are brave,“ wrote one pseudo-social critic for yahoo.com. But as sure as it should be no surprise that hats...

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    Greening of the South

    by Ron Taylor

    Greening of the South

    One of the ironies of Barack Obama's presidency is that the South, the red island that rejected his election so vigorously in 2008, may wind up being the place that makes a cornerstone of his agenda work.  The South is becoming a major player in the shift to the Green energy economy that Obama advo...

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    Down In Camellia Land

    by Tom Poland

    Down In Camellia Land

    [caption id="attachment_63688" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Miss Clarice's Camellia[/caption] DATELINE I-20 WEST, FEB. 11: I’m making my way to Edgefield to attend Edgefield Camellia Club’s annual Camellia Tea. As soon as I take Exit 18 onto Highway 19, everything changes. I-20’s bland ...

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    Abstract Expressionism

    by Tom Ferguson

    Abstract Expressionism

    Abstract Expression emerged in the late 1940s, growing out of the influx of European artists fleeing fascism, and the theories they brought with them. It was the second wave of European modernism, the first not having caught on here 30 years earlier. The idea of painting “automatically”, with...

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    The poet's house

    by David Rotenstein

    The poet's house

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey isn’t the first nationally acclaimed wordsmith to make her home in Decatur, Ga. Between 1892 and 1916, Charles W. Hubner (1835-1929), the “Poet Laureate of the South,” lived  at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Gordon Street in the city’s southwest quadran...

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    Being magic is good

    by Myra Blackmon

    Being magic is good

    I am magic.  A little girl said so. You see, I’ve just finished my second day as a volunteer at my neighborhood school, Timothy Road Elementary in Athens, Georgia. Because of my Master of Education in Instructional Technology degree, they have put me in the school’s media center, which is a ...

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    Self-editing

    by Alex Kearns

    Self-editing

    It's so much easier to edit other people's work than my own. In that I (usually) know exactly what I meant to say/write, my brain plows ahead and overrides my capacity for reading analytically. Perhaps this same phenomenon is at work in our attitudes and beliefs as well: we lose the ability ...

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    The Myth of the Mint Julep

    by Melinda Ennis

    The Myth of the Mint Julep

    If you were to ask a bunch of Yankees what the official food of the South is, they would no doubt say fried chicken.  I would have to agree that despite regional preferences for dry or wet barbeque, country ham or chicken fried steak, on the whole, the meat mascot of Dixie is surely a succulent pie...

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    Thank a teacher

    by Andy Brack

    Thank a teacher

    Forty years ago this month, Frances Scott’s fourth grade class in Jesup, Ga., started a little differently than in previous years. I’m there on the first row kneeling and hands folded in lap between 9-year-olds named Herbert and Virgil, one black, another white. On the back row at the side s...

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    The Sheep Fight Back

    by Alex Kearns

    The Sheep Fight Back

    “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” – James Bovard. Citizens are putting democracy to the test in a small town in southern Georgia. Having realized that their City Council has completely run amok, some people began to plan their ...

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    “Red” movie review

    by Brett Martin

    “Red” movie review

    This action-comedy evolves around retired CIA agents who find themselves in a little trouble. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks ...

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    Devil's Bargain

    by Mike Copeland

    Devil's Bargain

    The various, original thirteen colonies had differing reasons for rebelling against the British. Within each colony, there were those — many historians say as many as there were rebels — who did not want to rebel. Indeed, at least in the beginning of the revolution, there were as many colonists ...

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    Singing You To Sleep

    by David Evans

    Singing You To Sleep

    The only thing she took that cold morning were my fingernail clippers. She was a woman who told me when we first met that she left nothing to ambiguity. I never really knew her exact age, except that she was a little older than I and had been born in Czechoslovakia during the war. She was tall...

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    Pickpockets and con artists

    by Tom Ferguson

    Pickpockets and con artists

    This is my citizen comment to the Georgia Public Service Commission, 11/8/2010, in opposition to a Georgia Power rate increase request of one Billion dollars, on top of recent increases they've already been granted. Part of the reason for the request is that Georgia Power's Moody's credit rating has...

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    How to seduce a conservative?

    by Monica Smith

    How to seduce a conservative?

    Flattery. Why does it work? Because conservatives want to be seduced and they want to believe good things about themselves. Besides, their lack of awareness keeps them from recognizing that the flattery is fake. To the self-directed, fake flattery may seem abhorrent. In accordance with the gol...

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    Bugs in the Water

    by Monica Smith

    Bugs in the Water

    About twenty-five years ago, the environmental engineers working for Gainesville Regional Utilities’ Kanapaha Wastewater Treatment Plant in Alachua County, Florida, made a serendipitous discovery while monitoring the plant effluent being injected into the drinking water aquifer. Some fifteen hund...

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    The Nurturing of Fundamentalist Ideology

    by Tom Ferguson

    The Nurturing of Fundamentalist Ideology

    The term "fundamentalist ideology" probably evokes the idea of Islamic fanaticism to many, Christian or Jewish extremists to others, but rarely are the promoters of capitalism associated with the term. Yet, there is clearly a similar level of intellectual dishonesty. Rush Limbo (my brother calls him...

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    Dispensing Justice

    by Bill Montgomery

    Dispensing Justice

    There is a social ladder behind prison bars as rigid as any on Palm Beach or Martha's Vineyard , and on the very bottom rung is the child killer and molester. The most despised too, as I was reminded by Sunday's AJC in a fine piece by Bill Rankin about the grisly murder of child molest...

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    Racism: Time For A Change

    by Jim Fitzgerald

    Racism: Time For A Change

    During the 2008 Presidential campaign, one fear that surfaced was whether Obama would implement restitution for racial minorities if he were elected. Part of that fear was based on restitution we provided to the Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. On the other hand, that fear was mitiga...

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