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Thursday, September 18, 2014
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    come the election

    It’s About the Climate, Stupid

    by | 23 hours ago
    The lobster boat “Henry David T” action at the Brayton Point Power Plant

    Readers of my articles on LikeTheDew will know that I’m not an advocate of defying the law, but I’m about to encourage this where necessary. Often focused on the joys of my grandchildren, this time I’m focused on yours too. I’m talking about Climate Change and our need to DO something about it.

    I was heartened to read about two activists who set an example in May 2013, protesting about the burning of coal in an attention-seeking move…

    spill your guts

    The Nut Magnet

    by | Sep 16, 2014
    The Nut Magnet

    I have a built in magnet. It works to attract people that I otherwise might not meet. My magnet can be depended upon to pull near to me the craziest, neediest, saddest, and loneliest people in proximity. Tales of woe, distress, illness, sabotage, conspiracy, and government plots all have been the subject of unprovoked sharing. Likewise I hear about triumph over adversity, evil corporations, and politicians. They approach in grocery aisles, department stores, ladies rooms, parking lots, and today in a crosswalk. What is it about me that says “Spill your guts, I can take it?”

    dreaming

    Holdin’ Your Mouth Right

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Holdin' Your Mouth Right

    If you ask me what makes the world spin around, I’ll tell you it ain’t love or money or even oil from the Middle East. I swear to God, it’s irony — sheer good old-fashioned, unadulterated irony. Sometimes I get the impression the thing has jumped on my back, attached itself like a leech and hung on like the hot Georgia sun in the Dog Days of summer. Irony seems to stalk me wherever I go. Of course, I’m getting a little ahead of myself… Man, I wish I could take credit for that look on her face! I’d like to say it was because of something I’d said that was righteously clever. I can’t though. But, I swear, the look on her was all quirky and bizarre and priceless at the same time…

    part two

    The Republicans’ Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    The Republicans' Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness
    The Republican Party, I have said here, has been taken over by a destructive force. Time now to flesh out more of the picture showing the relentlessly destructive nature of what now animates ... Read on →

    sea pines, ga

    Stasis in the Dynamic Dunes

    by | Sep 11, 2014
    Aerial photo of Sea Island dunes by James Holland, our Altamaha Riverkeeper
    What's a dynamic dune? It's a reference that was changed to just "dunes" in the law, perhaps because it left too many people confused. Or perhaps the idea that dunes change and move ... Read on →

    perception v. reality 1

    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color

    by | Sep 9, 2014
    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color
    I came across this blog written by Gina Crosley-Corcaran titled “Explaining White privilege to a Broke White People." Well, after hearing a few African Americans who have succeeded say that racism and “white ... Read on →

    locking in love

    The Crushing Weight Of Love

    by | Sep 4, 2014
    The Crushing Weight Of Love
    About five years ago a lovely phenomenon took hold in Europe. Couples wrote, etched, painted, and scratched their names onto padlocks and latched them to fences and railings on bridges. They hurled the ... Read on →

    the mighty chestnut

    Look Homeward, Angel

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Look Homeward, Angel
    The mass killers came as stowaways aboard ships about the time the Wright brothers first took to flight along a North Carolina beach. Although these assassins were merciless, they probably did not even ... Read on →

    part one

    Many Liberals Don’t Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

    by | Sep 9, 2014
    Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse
    In America right now there’s a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It’s a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and ... Read on →

    the michael brown killing

    The Value of A Human Life Revisted

    by | Sep 4, 2014
    The Value of A Human Life Revisted
    Over the past few weeks since the shooting of Michael Brown the discussions on the various cable channels have been quite interesting. It truly illustrated that your perception of the shooting all comes from ... Read on →

    capitalism at work

    New suburban cities raiding county police for officers

    by | Sep 3, 2014
    New suburban cities raiding county police for officers
    The birthing of several new suburban towns around Atlanta has had an impact on Gwinnett, something you might call an "unintended consequence." One of these has been the hiring by these new towns of members ... Read on →

    reading

    Forever Young, Forever Scarred

    by | Sep 2, 2014
    Forever Young, Forever Scarred
    May you always do for others And let others do for you. Words of advice, if not instruction, for the years and decades ahead, from Bob Dylan in "Forever Young," a song he wrote in ... Read on →

    behaving like christians

    Grace Behind the Cotton Curtain

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Image of two young men with palms together licensed by LikeTheDew.com at Fotolia.com - © xixinxing
    When I met Ernest, we courted for five months, and after we married, on February 2, 1974, in Fort Valley, GA. That was 40 years ago.   I wrote my parents in Anniston, AL. ... Read on →

    happy birthday to me

    Never Look Back

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Never Look Back
    "Old Age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young." --Fred Astaire It’s finally happened to me...I’m now the Biblical threescore and ten years old. I went to bed after ... Read on →

    travel

    Fly Up, Drive Back: a New York City/Atlanta Driveby

    by | Aug 30, 2014
    Fly Up, Drive Back: a New York City/Atlanta Driveby
    Monday, Day One: newly merged Southwest Air/Air Tran offered the best price, $144 one way Atlanta/New York City. The sore butt that kicked in about halfway, and lingered, suggests one of the reasons - ... Read on →

    complete twaddle

    McCain and Graham’s Salami Strategy

    by | Aug 30, 2014
    Lindsay and John
    That hawkish Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have once again blasted President Barack Obama for an insufficiently bellicose foreign policy barely qualifies as news. Of course they did. That is what they ... Read on →

    shady spots

    So Long as I Am There, I Am Somewhere: Being Dead in the Appalachian Wilderness

    by | Aug 29, 2014
    So Long as I Am There, I Am Somewhere: Being Dead in the Appalachian Wilderness
    Above my family homestead in the East Tennessee foothills is an old, abandoned cemetery. I admit I've never seen it, but I think about it often. I imagine the worn stone markers neck deep ... Read on →

    fanciful thoughts

    Barefoot In Time

    by | Aug 28, 2014
    Barefoot In Time
    She somewhat resembled the retired but not really old men who can’t wait to don their big blue hats and disappear into the basement for long periods to “work on” their elaborate model train ... Read on →

    superfriend

    Hollywood’s Effect

    by | Aug 27, 2014
    'Charles Allen Lattimore, Sr.
    Hollywood died last week. No, not that Hollywood, not that Hollywood of a lesser kind--that Hollywood out in La La Land. Rather, it was the real Hollywood, the iconic cherub-cheeked, perpetually smiling man, who cut ... Read on →

    music memory

    The Hour Glass

    by | Aug 27, 2014
    The Hour Glass
    The project involved dropping a few yards of crush and run into the holes in our driveway and using rakes, shovels and old peoples’ sweat to spread it smooth. The final step was cranking ... Read on →

    de facto heresy

    When Faith and Facts Collide

    by | Aug 25, 2014
    When Faith and Facts Collide
    "... if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in man-made global warming ... You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe than man controls something he can't create." -- Rush ... Read on →

    handmaiden of segregation

    Ferguson and Sea Island, two sides of the same coin

    by | Aug 21, 2014
    Peace Officer - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/14924476621/in/photolist-
    Why do we care what happens in Ferguson, Missouri? Because on some level we recognize that if any one group or community can be officially deprived of their human and civil rights without restraint, ... Read on →

    increasingly cynical prism

    All The Light We Cannot See

    by | Aug 20, 2014
    All The Light We Cannot See
    At this time in my life I am beginning to view so much of what is happening around me through an increasingly cynical prism. As a friend is quick to point out, though, that ... Read on →

    winston churchill

    Learning about extent of World War II battlegrounds

    by | Aug 18, 2014
    Learning about extent of World War II battlegrounds
    For today, a different perspective, learning from history. Reading Winston Churchill's massive six-book history of World War II gives new insights into that war, at least for me. For instance, it appears that my main ... Read on →

    visitors

    Cucumbers And Calipers

    by | Aug 18, 2014
    The Ancient of Days by William Blake - from Whitworth Art Gallery The University of Manchester UK The Bridgeman Art Library via Wikimedia.org (public domain)
    In his poem The Cabbages of Chekhov, Robert Bly had me again when he wrote that, “William Blake knew that fierce old man, irritable, chained, and majestic, who bends over to measure with his calipers the ruins ... Read on →

    long in the tooth

    Do Unto Others, Before They…?

    by | Aug 17, 2014
    Do Unto Others, Before They...?
    "Blah, blah, blah..., sir." All I really hear is the "sir." It's the cashier at the sparkling new CVS who first catches my ear. "'Course, she's wearing glasses.  Maybe the lenses are fogged over and ... Read on →

    not a spectator sport

    True Blue Georgia

    by | Aug 17, 2014
    True Blue Georgia
    That's how the attendees at the Glynn County Democrats' Annual Dinner want everyone to think about our state. Georgia is a democratic state. Republican rule is just a blip, the result of Democrats being ... Read on →
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    • Neil Bush slams Georgia’s David Perdue - The Washington Post

      David Perdue, the Republican running for Senate in Georgia, doesn’t seem too bothered that he’s upset a member of the Bush family. Neil Bush, son and brother of former Bush presidents, skewered Perdue on Tuesday after the Republican sealed a campaign endorsement from George H.W. Bush.
      The younger Bush was responding to attacks by Perdue on Points of Light, the organization founded by Bush’s father and run for several years by Perdue’s Democratic opponent, ­Michelle Nunn. Bush gave an angry interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution demanding that Perdue renounce a TV ad that accuses the group of funneling money to terrorists.
      “To attack an organization founded by my father, whose integrity is unimpeachable, to smear our organization for political gain, is in my opinion shameful,” Bush said.

    • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Claptrap - The Daily Beast

      In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman … .

    • If there was as much marching at high noon on Election Day, we would not have to march at midnight.
      James Clyburn (D-South Carolina): At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

    • You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.
      John Lewis (D-Georgia): At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

    • At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

      [John] Lewis is headlining efforts to mobilize black voters in several states with competitive Senate races, including Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. The drive is being organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, in coordination with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Other steps, such as recruiting N.B.A. players to help register more African-Americans, are also underway.

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    The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

    The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

    All he could say was “I doubt it.” The message was somewhat unexpected, since we still held on to the faint hope that Charlie and his wife Mary Kay, my childhood friends, might be able to make the seven-hour trip over to visit us this fall. With her illness no closer to remedy or even accurate d...

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    A Good Resolution To Make

    A Good Resolution To Make

    So here we are at the leading edge of another year, another year where many make promises to change their life in a meaningful way. How about you? Make any New Year’s resolutions? I’m not big on making New Year resolutions. Why wait until the first of the year to make a needed change. Still, ...

    Read on →

    My First E-Book

    My First E-Book

    Okay, I caved. After all the years of putting my stories into envelopes, going to the north rim of the Grand Canyon and throwing them in, of listening to the crickets in the silence that follows any petition to any theater, I decided to go electronic. I didn’t do it cold. I was helped and encou...

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    ‘Of the people, by the people’

    ‘Of the people, by the people’

    “Looks like you’re headed for Washington.” “You betcha. Another victory for freedom.” “How was your freshman orientation?” “Gonna cut some spending.” “Good idea.” “Sure is. I know John thinks so.” “John?” “The Speaker of the House. We’re tight....

    Read on →

    Two Faces of Andy Griffith

    Two Faces of Andy Griffith

    Andy Griffith played good-hearted, even-tempered men so well and so often that his occasional visits to the dark side were all the more electrifying. He  actually started his movie career on the nastiest of notes, starring in Elia Kazan’s 1957 masterpiece A Face in the Crowd as Larry “Lonesome...

    Read on →

    Ms. Helvetica misread

    Ms. Helvetica misread

    Confession. I'm a junkie. There, I've said it. I've bared my soul. But it's the truth, I'm addicted to print. I'll read anything that happens to be in my line of sight no matter who put it there: bestsellers, bathroom walls, drug store rags, Proust, skywriting and self-help books (though it...

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    Pet Peeves

    Pet Peeves

    A friend and I were walking towards an Atlanta mall recently. The parking lot was full, and we had been forced to leave the car so far from the stores that it had taken several hours to cross the asphalt. There had actually been five in our group to begin with, but the weak and infirm had fallen by ...

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    Earning Impunity

    Earning Impunity

    Goldman Sachs had revenues of $13.4 billion last year not including the $10 billion in bailout money. Without admitting wrong doing for helping former Treasury Secretary now hedge-fund billionaire Hank Paulson bilk investors by packaging and selling toxic mortgages designed to fail, Goldman has agre...

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    Losing Faith

    Losing Faith

    Most of us have grown accustomed to the Bush era security lapses. A trillion or so squandered on a faux war on terror. Hundreds of billions more flushed down the toilet of Homeland Security. Then a story breaks by ProPublica, Washington Post and the New York Times – our government knew of the Mumb...

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    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder

    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder

    Years ago when I was a reluctant warrior on a battlefield far, far away and now almost forgotten, many people died for no real reason. That time was one of great discontent. As Sherlock would say, “It’s the East Wind that takes us all in the end, the terrifying force of ‘rolling thunder...

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    Our forests are too overgrown to fail

    Our forests are too overgrown to fail

    An economic analogy. We have been preventing and fighting forest fires for a couple of hundred years believing it was the best way to preserve our forests and our way of life. We were wrong. Left to themselves, naturally occurring forest fires were frequent, slow moving and limited. These fire...

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    Encroachment of Religion on our Secular Government

    Encroachment of Religion on our Secular Government

    "Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious beliefs and opinions, they may with practices. . . . Can a man excuse his practices to the contrary because of his religious belief? To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious ...

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    The Trojan Horse, the Straw Dog & the Snake in the Grass

    The Trojan Horse, the Straw Dog & the Snake in the Grass

    I come from the land down under. But it ain't Austraya. It's South Carolina. And that song with the lyrics, "I come from the land down under," sticks in my mind over and over. And over. If stuck songs in the past are any example, I know it will go away. I did have one stick for more than a week, ...

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    Suggested Reading

    Revolver Maps. How Austerity Is Killing Europe. DailyGrail.com. In praise of a second (or third) passport. DarkRoastedBlend.com. Find your philosophy quiz. Media Myth Alert. I Love Charts. Where Minarchists Fear to Tread, Part 2. Visual History of Financial Crises. Joseph's Bl...

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    Old Home Places

    Old Home Places

    Where Laughter & Love Once Lived Now and then some mission takes me off the beaten path into a land known as The Past. I’ll see cotton fields, old country stores, and here and there a lonely sight, an old home place that’s fallen apart board by board, brick by brick. Last fall while on...

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    A Time To Heal

    A Time To Heal

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    If you can't say something nice...

    If you can't say something nice...

    [caption id="attachment_41550" align="aligncenter" width="480"] If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.[/caption] Does this bit of folk wisdom account for notoriously gabby conservatives resorting to euphemisms as a matter of course? Not being able to keep their opinions to th...

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    I don't know about you, but I really love this time of year. Sure, you say, who doesn't love the parties, the drinking, being with family, the drinking, watching bowl games, the drinking, and so on? But wait. There's more. This is the time, a season really, when we get to appreciate all the import...

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    Levon Helm: A Different Drummer

    Levon Helm: A Different Drummer

    They came screaming out of a dorm window somewhere in 1968 and on the way to some place you had to stop and wonder why someone was playing a fugue. Much less a fugue on a campus. And playing it so frickin'-frackin' loud. Then "Chest Fever" began in earnest, Garth Hudson's church organ lunacy -- I th...

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    Delicate Matters

    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 ...

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