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    Rewarding Poor Planning

    by | 9 hours ago
    Rewarding Poor Planning

    It has been hard to get timely, accurate information. In the early years of the 21st century, some group was tracking the transfer of dollars from the federal treasury to the states, which generally showed that the majority payments were in the form of various types of insurance subsidies: mortgage insurance, housing insurance, health insurance, flood insurance, crop insurance and higher education loans.

    The data collection stopped, perhaps because of objections from the insurance industries at having their transfer function exposed. Or maybe all of my computer crashes and software switches are the reason I no longer can find the information.

    nra gun myths reevaluated

    The Deconstruction of a discredited Gundermenatist Rock Star

    by | May 20, 2015
    The Deconstruction of a discredited Gundermenatist Rock Star

    Ironically – let us begin with a Joke.

    Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, “I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock.” The shepherd thinks it over; it’s a big flock so he takes the bet. “973,” says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says “OK, I’m a man of my word, take an animal.” Man picks one up and begins to walk away…

    the here and now

    The Past Is Never Past

    by | May 19, 2015
    The Past Is Never Past

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner had a big-time influence on me as an adolescent as did my father who never met a funeral he didn’t like, especially if it took him back to the hill country of Appalachian Ohio where he had been raised. Even now I remember as a boy following a group of men carrying the casket of a man my father had known when he was a boy. The memory is still clear of them slipping and sliding along the dry creek bed en route to a spot in the woods…

    the 1960s

    Reflections on The Age of Youth

    by | May 18, 2015
    Reflections on The Age of Youth
    Times Square, New York: 1959 New York City was cold and uninviting when the Greyhound bus arrived late in the afternoon. It was two days before Easter and light snow had fallen leaving the streets wet and slippery. On ... Read on →

    judicious liberality

    “Indulging Generosity”

    by | May 15, 2015
    "Indulging Generosity"
    It's a phrase that just popped into my head out of the ether the other day. And, sure enough, Google has a handy reference in a book by a Scottish minister, David Gilkison Watt, who died in London ... Read on →

    it's smarta

    Gwinnett must act now to have traffic relief … by 2025

    by | May 12, 2015
    Gwinnett County Traffic photo by Valerie via Flickr
    There’s always a big time gap between conception of an idea and its completion. That’s true in social interactions in getting people to agree, in marketing of a new product, and certainly in construction projects. An old idea is ... Read on →

    great sucking sound

    A Multinational Trojan Horse: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

    by | May 7, 2015
    The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy about 1760 by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo via Wikipedia.org (public domain) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Horse
    "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." – James Madison in The Federalist Papers. You don't have to know much about the "trade" ... Read on →

    tending the garden

    The Fallacy in the Culture Wars: The Individual vs. the Collective

    by | May 18, 2015
    The Fallacy in the Culture Wars: The Individual vs. the Collective
    "Nothing is precious except that part of you which is in other people, and that part of others which is in you. Up there, on high, everything is one." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin At the root of the culture wars lies a fundamental ... Read on →

    bb king

    The Thrill is Gone

    by | May 15, 2015
    BB King
    When my cellphone rings, the opening notes of The Thrill is Gone signal me. I will have to consider changing that now. The author and singer of that song has moved on to Rock and Roll Heaven. B. B. King died in his ... Read on →

    the other deep south

    All for a Jar of Tobacco

    by | May 12, 2015
    All for a Jar of Tobacco
    The European settlement of Australia began as a penal colony and about 162,000 convicts were shipped there between 1788 and 1870, most of them in the first 60 years. From 1831 to 1840, the free settler arrivals outnumbered convict arrivals and by 1850 ... Read on →

    home remedies

    The Last Cold Warrior

    by | May 10, 2015
    Sick man lying in bed suffering cold by Marcos Calvo Mesa and licensed by LikeTheDew.com at 123rf.com
    My current inconvenient and woeful truth is I've got the mother of all colds. This misery has all my senses confused and discombobulated …and there’s no relief in sight—at least none that’s not days away. It is times like this that my 'inner-small ... Read on →

    college safety

    Tragic Accident Near Savannah Raises Questions of Student Travel

    by | May 10, 2015
    Accident on the Highway photo by Judy Baxter via Flickr and used a creative commons license
    The tragic vehicular pile-up on Interstate 16 near Savannah where five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed has shocked our state, and has caused concern on the national stage. It may even lead ... Read on →

    stupid, stupid, stupid

    The Mathematics of Guns and Violence in the US Compared to the World

    by | May 7, 2015
    The Mathematics of Guns and Violence in the US Compared to the World
    It is projected that sometime in 2015, Gun Deaths will become more ubiquitous in the USA than Auto fatalities — at over 30,000 lives per year. By way of comparison in the UK Automobiles ... Read on →

    the case for god

    Turning The Pages

    by | May 4, 2015
    Turning The Pages
    Religious “faith” is not an idea I subscribe to. I was asked recently if I would describe myself as an atheist. My response was no, but not in the sense that we usually think ... Read on →

    hard life

    The ship was no Lady

    by | May 3, 2015
    Lady Juliana under tow, 1782
    The Lady Juliana was built in the Thames River, London. She was a fine looking three-masted barque of about 400 tons, 110 feet long, 30 feet beam and two decks. It is believed she ... Read on →

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    “They came to bury us, not knowing we were seeds.”

    by | May 3, 2015
    "They came to bury us, not knowing we were seeds."
    Occupy lives from coast to coast. It's just no longer news. In Oakland, the images of martyred young men are "planted" along with real flowers and trees to start a garden of hope. That's ... Read on →

    lake city’s gift

    From Farm Fields To ArtFields

    by | Apr 30, 2015
    From Farm Fields To ArtFields
    Writer’s Journal, Tuesday, April 28 — The mission? Check out a town transforming itself. The destination? Lake City, a town first known as Graham’s Crossroads. To get there, I take a back road as ... Read on →

    for every child

    Growing Big Dreams and Fixing Higher Ed

    by | Apr 27, 2015
    Photo of the occupation of the clock tower at New York City's historic Cooper Union college to protest the imposition of fees for the first time in the free school's 150-year history approached its second week with a rally on December 8. Students are demanding that the college, founded to provide quality education to working class and low income scholars, remain free and that the school president resign - by Michael Fleshman via Flickr
    Back many years ago when I graduated from high school, my father made me a promise that changed my life and we should make the same promise to all of our children in South ... Read on →

    100 years ago

    Shoebox of Memories

    by | Apr 24, 2015
    Ashley Royden Peacock: 1973
    Ashley Royden Peacock: 1973 April 25 was the one-day of the year Ashley met up with his old army buddies. He left early in the morning to march down the main street of the town ... Read on →

    a lot of stuff

    Now You Know

    by | Apr 22, 2015
    mosquito exploads
    Write what you know. Has anyone ever given you that advice? I have spent some time thinking this over and wondering, just what did Madeleine L’Engle know about time travel? And what in the ... Read on →

    pursuit of ambiguity

    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED

    by | Apr 21, 2015
    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED
    No, no, not that kind of ED, which always seems to feature one of those slightly discomforting situations where you see the happy afterglow of couples strolling hand in hand and smiling lovingly, presumably ... Read on →

    upstairs closet box

    Unexpected find turns out to be great book

    by | Apr 21, 2015
    Unexpected find turns out to be great book
    There may be treasures in your attic or in some seldom-visited closet. You can never tell. We stumbled upon quite a treasure the other day, something we did not know was there. It was a large-format ... Read on →

    racing for cause

    Horses Jumping Over Bushes

    by | Apr 20, 2015
    Horses Jumping Over Bushes
    My friend Hugh Wilson once described the Atlanta Steeplechase as an event where a large crowd of well-dressed people stand in a pasture and get drunk while horses jump over bushes. The Atlanta Steeplechase celebrated ... Read on →

    going back

    A Strange and Haunting Encounter

    by | Apr 17, 2015
    A Strange and Haunting Encounter
    The late Dick “Kaz” Kazmaier on the cover of the November 19, 1951 issue of Time magazine... probably the last great example of a true student-athlete. A bronze statue stands in front of Jadwin Gymnasium ... Read on →

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    Loganville retiree writes novels about the South

    by | Apr 17, 2015
    Loganville retiree writes novels about the South
    Who would have thought that years in corporate America would be the business background of a newly-published Gwinnett author? Michael Brown Michael Brown, a Loganville, Ga resident, has now had two books published. We read his ... Read on →

    costing lives

    Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

    by | Apr 14, 2015
    Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth
    Source: WhiteHouse.gov “None of my friends can afford Obamacare, either,” Meghan said indignantly, “it should be repealed.” We were in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Meghan is a mid-to-late-thirties single mother who is balancing raising her child, ... Read on →

    lives

    A Friend Named Gus

    by | Apr 14, 2015
    A Friend Named Gus
    I have a young friend named Gus. He is in second grade at school, just starting out in life, and doesn’t hold back in letting us know what he is thinking. I have another ... Read on →
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      Sounds great. Thomas Oliver now lives at Tybee Island, Georgia, and also is a fine singer-songwriter.

    • Guy Carawan, who promoted ‘We Shall Overcome’ as civil rights anthem, dies

      The tempo marking for “We Shall Overcome” reads “moderately slow with determination.” Slowly but with determination — and with help from folk musician Guy Carawan — is how that song was transformed from age-old spiritual to labor protest music to the anthem of the civil rights movement. Mr. Carawan, who died May 2 at 87, served for decades as a leader of what is now the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., a gathering place for social-justice activists whose visitors over the years included Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    • Stephen Colbert to fund every S. Carolina teacher’s crowdsourced grant request

      coastalconguero:

      For nearly a decade, Stephen Colbert sat at a desk to dish out his own brand of “truthiness.” Now, he’s using the money raised from auctioning that desk to help fulfill every grant request made by South Carolina public school teachers on the crowd-funding site DonorsChoose.org. The donation of $800,000 will fund nearly 1,000 projects in more than 375 schools. More than 800 teachers from the state have projects on the site. …

      Colbert noted that he was a product of South Carolina public schools. “I’m sure there’s a monument,” he joked.

    • The Supreme Court should uphold current protections against housing discrimination - The Washington Post

      coastalconguero:

      The Washington Post writes in an editorial:

      HOW HARD should it be to fight discriminatory housing practices? A lot harder than it is now, the state of Texas argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Many of the justices didn’t appear to buy it — and they shouldn’t.

      “Housing segregation,” commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote last year, “is the weapon that mortally injures but does not bruise.”

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      nprfreshair:

      New Orleans music didn’t do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done in the ’50s. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest and Motown in Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Rock historian Ed Ward has his story.

      Listen: Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

      Photo: Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio



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    Let's play the game

    by Jack Wilkinson

    The name of the game was “Nickname.” It was the name game within the game, born 30 years ago during the most magical, maddening, heartbreaking and exhilarating month of the year: March. Specifically, March of 1979, during the grandest of all our American sporting events. The NCAA men’s bas... Read on →

    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED

    by David Evans

    Henry And A Slight Case Of ED

    No, no, not that kind of ED, which always seems to feature one of those slightly discomforting situations where you see the happy afterglow of couples strolling hand in hand and smiling lovingly, presumably after the little blue pill has worked its magic. The kind of ED I’m talking about is en... Read on →

    (All Around the Water Tank) Waiting for a Train

    by Tom Baxter

    Riding the first real hot streak of his short life, Jimmie Rodgers hit town in October, 1928, recruited a backup band in an Atlanta speakeasy, and in two sessions the following week recorded four of the songs that would send his name around the world and into our century: “Blue Yodel No... Read on →

    This I Don’t Believe

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    This I Don’t Believe

    I’ve just had it with all these sissy liberals and their annoying fact based politics. I want to believe what I want to believe. I like my nation Fact-Free. If I want to believe that sneaky bitch Hillary Clinton shot and murdered White House Council, Vincent Foster … well, it’s my constitut... Read on →

    'Princess Cut' puts Knoxville's sex trafficking on stage

    by Doug Cumming

    'Princess Cut' puts Knoxville's sex trafficking on stage

    The theater long ago was laid waste by the gods of big entertainment. Now, when we think of acting, we think Hollywood, celebrities, an HBO series. When we think of the stage, it’s Broadway musicals, or if “serious” theater, it’s usually the work of famous dead playwrights being produced for... Read on →

    Remembering the JFK assassination

    by Bill Montgomery

    Remembering the JFK assassination

    If historic events can fix a day you witnessed forever in the mind, November 22 will always be "The Day" for this burned out, retired hack. A lot more so, even, than 9/11. I recall exactly what I was doing, and what I said. It was unprintable in a family newspaper. It was right in the middle o... Read on →

    At the edges of floods

    by Ted Kooser

    At the edges of floods

    When we hear news of a flood, that news is mostly about the living, about the survivors. But at the edges of floods are the dead, too. Here Michael Chitwood, of North Carolina, looks at what’s floating out there on the margins. The Coffins Two days into the flood they appear, moored against... Read on →

    An idyll of Butler's Swap

    by Frank Povah

    An idyll of Butler's Swap

    Butler's Swamp has gone. Confined, sanitized and renamed Lake Claremont, it has been incorporated into a ritzy housing subdivision with its own golf course. [caption id="attachment_39343" align="alignright" width="270"] A prizewinning Old-Style Saddleback Muffed Tumbler shown by Mr George Fontain... Read on →

    Two trees

    by Mark Dohle

    Two trees

    We have a sidewalk here going East and West and laid in different colors of stone… black, and tan and white, ending in a little cul-de-sac. Very tiny actually, connected to another sidewalk going North and South.  I often like to walk there in the early morning, long before the sun shows it rays.... Read on →

    John Lennon: Rockin’ The White House? Say What?

    by Jeff Cochran

    John Lennon: Rockin’ The White House? Say What?

    On his classic '71 Imagine album, John Lennon sang, "Gimme Some Truth." In his presidential campaign of 1976, Jimmy Carter said, "I'll never lie to you." There's truth. There's lying. And when offering the benefit of the doubt, there are errors in editing. In Jimmy Carter's recently p... Read on →

    Gov. Haley Could be a Great Global Ambassador for SC, but…

    by Phil Noble

    Gov. Haley Could be a Great Global Ambassador for SC, but…

    South Carolina must compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century and we need a governor that knows how the world works – and can work the world for South Carolina. If she can rise above petty politics – hers and her critics – Gov. Haley could be a great global ambassador for our st... Read on →

    Fox News attacks Jesus

    by Jeff Cochran

    Fox News attacks Jesus

    In the Gospel of Mark*, we read of how Jesus, angered by people selling their wares in the temple, lashed out at the merchants, saying they had turned His Father's house into a den of robbers.  Let's fast forward 2000 plus years and see how the incident would be received today, especially as repor... Read on →

    Dew Drops: Feel the philanderers’ pain

    by Ron Taylor

    Dew Drops:  Feel the philanderers’ pain

    Two new books throw salt on the political wounds of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.  Game Change depicts Edwards as a jerk who belittled his staff and fought publicly with his ailing wife while romancing his videographer.  Coming in February, Jenny San... Read on →

    The Cause of Freedom

    by John Hickman

    The Cause of Freedom

    Scarcely two years have passed since excited crowds of Tea Party activists thundered fervent evocations of individual liberty and yet today there is only a faint echo of their temper tantrum. Although they could be faulted for puerile conceptions of the American Revolution, for treating the U.S. Con... Read on →

    Pakistan cricket and a bicycle built for three

    by Robert Mashburn

    Pakistan cricket and a bicycle built for three

    Abu Dhabi — Three of us were crammed into the back seat of a Toyota Yaris, grumbling good-naturedly about our discomfort as we navigated the confusing highways and dusty roads that lead to the cricket ground on the outskirts of town. Then we saw the bicycle. A middle-aged Pakistani man stood... Read on →

    Sixteen days? Really, Gov. Haley, really?

    by Andy Brack

    Sixteen days? Really, Gov. Haley, really?

    Gov. Nikki Haley could learn a thing or two about leadership from Batman. "When the average citizen on the street is in peril, something must be done, and quickly," Batman said in 1967 in episode 109 of the classic television show. But when the private information of South Carolinians was in p... Read on →

    KFC and cricket: the game's the thing

    by Frank Povah

    KFC and cricket: the game's the thing

    I know I’d probably be better off keeping my nose out of this one, but sorry Dewbies, I just can’t let it go. I’m referring of course to the KFC Australia commercial that has so upset the delicate psyches at NBC’s Today and their colleagues at The Grio – NBC even trotted out a shocked ... Read on →

    “Gulliver’s Travels” is a film for the kids and nothing more

    by Brett Martin

    “Gulliver’s Travels” is a film for the kids and nothing more

    Jack Black is back ! This time as a "rock-n-roll" giant. I call his latest film "toilet humor" on a large scale. He takes on the 18th century adventure classic "Gullivers Travels" in 3D. In a modern twist Black plays the role of Gulliver who works in the mail room in a Manhattan newspaper. He finall... Read on →

    Letter From A Birmingham Jail

    by David Evans

    Letter From A Birmingham Jail

    “Never before have I written so long a letter. I'm afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long lett... Read on →

    Delicate Matters

    by Eileen Dight

    Delicate Matters

    When my boys were growing up they learned rude words from their classmates (school is an education) and naturally I tried to filter out the most offensive. When a four letter word slipped out of their mouths I would always say “Please don’t say that.” After I explained that their meaning was ... Read on →