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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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  • 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 and did so quietly without polluting the air. Then the combustion engine came along, and abandonment became the mule’s fate. It had already been condemned to death in many a story for it’s been said no Southern story is complete without a dead mule…

    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 back in 1991. So I guess you could say I was a Party man from way back… a whole lifetime ago, seems like.

    It was the Citizens United decision that changed everything. Once corporations were considered to be people …

    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 wall to the Canadian border – to keep terrified Americans from getting out.

    “It’s a testament to the power of his presidency,” said a Trump source. “He believes so strongly in …

    and a good eraser

    My Kingdom for a Pencil

    by My Kingdom for a Pencil               “No one perhaps has ever felt passionately towards a lead pencil.” – Virginia Woolf           Liam, our four-year old Australian grandson, recently sent us his first handwritten thank-you note. He used a bright orange crayon on a green card. The ...  Read on →

    remembering segregation

    Mind-Changing Time In Georgia

    by Mind-Changing Time In Georgia When I started school outside Atlanta, I had some of the very same teachers who had taught my father years before, in the same oiled-floor buildings. Jonesboro was a small town with a big new highway, and ...  Read on →

    addiction of wealth

    Off-Shore Pirates

    by Off-Shore Pirates A Coca Cola executive once told me that he had to throw an underling out of his office. Why? The guy attempted to ingratiate himself by proposing that Coke pump up the bottom line big-time with accounting ...  Read on →

    southern labor

    Nissan Canton: The Hypocrisy Continues

    by Nissan donates $20,000, conducts volunteer day for Mississippi Food Network's BackPack Program There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and corporate charity. Last Tuesday, Nissan Canton continued efforts to whitewash its reputation by giving $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network's BackPack program and sending employees to pose for ...  Read on →

    banished to the forgotten

    Burned To The Ground

    by Grandma's house burned to the ground before Thanksgiving - Photo by Tom Poland All burned houses look alike, a jumble of ashes, blackened metal, and charred wood. If you know the house that burned, however, you see ghosts. Just before Thanksgiving, my sister called—Grandmother’s home had burned to the ground. A flood of memories washed over ...  Read on →

    first jobs

    The Telegram Boy

    by The Telegram Boy's Bicycle I have been away for a while, working on a secret project. You know one those “If I tell you I would have to kill you” kind of things. It was a good time to be away, not reading or listening to the “making ...  Read on →

    southern medicine

    A bone scan was music to my ears

    by A bone scan was music to my ears Who would have thought that a bone scan could be such a pleasant experience? I didn’t. I figured I’d show up at Tidelands Health Waccamaw Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C., at the appointed hour, go downstairs to Nuclear Medicine, get an injection, lie on ...  Read on →

    could it get worse?

    Bad? How Bad?

    by Bad? How Bad? For example, here’s what long-time friend and mentor Alabama Senator Hank Sanders had to say about the election in his “Senate Sketches” newspaper article: I desperately called on my dear mother. Across the chasm of her death nearly 20 years ago, she reminded me ...  Read on →

    red and black publishing

    Remembering a friend who served a unique nonprofit board service

    by Elliott Brack It’s best to have all types of people making up a nonprofit board. A good board consists of people coming at problems from several different angles, creating a board of advisers who can successfully lead ... Read on →

    why?

    Hicks In The Sticks Shouldn’t Be The Pundit’s Quick Fix

    by Trump 2016 Yes we klan For some two generations now, way too many American liberals have been beguiled by the facile trope of  “the Southernization of America,” which blames the nation’s shift to the right since the 1960s on ... Read on →

    dr. ben carson did what?

    My Head Just Exploded

    by My Head Just Exploded Ok, first a quick update:
 I want to just say I’m very disappointed that it looks as though I did not win the Electoral College nor the popular vote. My campaign manager Mr. Mittens is ... Read on →

    recollections

    The King of Main Street

    by Walter B. Smith — The King of Main Street Every town has its characters. But these "individualists" are usually formed by the character of the town itself. Sinclair Lewis' great eponymous novel explored the hopeful adventures of would-be nonconformist George Babbitt, who fails to ... Read on →

    new neighbor from the west

    Coyote

    by headlands 070 by Matt Knoth First sighting, a hazy afternoon near the Georgia-South Carolina border. Driving east on Highway 221 toward Clarks Hill Dam, I spotted a gaunt, leggy, yellow dog loping along the left shoulder. As I approached ... Read on →

    do we still believe?

    Polling Errors

    by Fiesta Girls Ever since the polls got Brexit and Trumpocalypse so wrong, inquiring minds have been wondering how could the pollsters, and by extension all the media, lead us astray?  In the past week, many publications ... Read on →

    the February 23rd coup

    The Humanization of the Military

    by The February 23rd Coup by Chaitram Singh Chaitram Singh’s novel The February 23rd Coup explores the lives of the men behind the military interventions in Latin America in a way in which the textbooks and other military novels cannot. Depicting the overflow ... Read on →

    breaking through deadlocks

    Different is Not Bad

    by Different is Not Bad   A friend recently asked, “Has anyone ever done a study to determine what causes the type of thinking that claims the only people with value are pretty much like me? If we knew this, ... Read on →

    tinfoil hat crazy

    Trump: Let Them Eat Conspiracy Theory

    by Trump: Let Them Eat Conspiracy Theory That Donald John Trump will be the 45th President of the United States still seems unreal and that sensation is not helped by the realization that millions of the Americans who voted for him ... Read on →

    no news is good news

    Perspective Is a Pedal Turn Away

    by Perspective Is a Pedal Turn Away Riders POV peewee-ride Chimp Cyclist distractions Bike Trick Riding with Dino backyard-ride Dog Ride Road Hazzards riding-at-home Riding with your best friend Simpsonworld Gif Wednesday morning, my bicycle and I are leaving town, bound for Florida and a week-long ride across the Sunshine State. Far from ... Read on →

    not trump

    How Are We Even Having this Conversation?

    by epublican with head up an elephant’s ass by Mario Piperni And how many more times will I be asking myself this question over the next days? Tomorrow's presidential election presents a host of conundrums. Voting for a third-party candidate that represents one's moral principles, like ... Read on →

    boyhood loves

    The Mayor’s Club

    by His Honor, the Mayor, Albert.V. Edwards with the Hendersonville Police (circa 1950) I grew up like the Reverend Billy Graham, who would say, “I did not know I was poor back then until someone told me that I was poor.” The country was still in the ... Read on →

    parody on the stump

    Ivory soap vs. Drano

    by Ivory soap vs. Drano One says it can clean your face, your body, and prevent microbe borne disease. The other focuses on sewage and promises to clean up all clogged systems, sewage related or not. A contest was held to ... Read on →

    power of truth

    The Cure for Trump

    by The Cure for Trump How did we get here? How did we end up with a lunatic Republican presidential nominee, an eminently unlikeable Democratic nominee and a middle class apparently unwilling to impose its political will on this ... Read on →

    a monstrous force

    Ugliness Ahead, Either Way

    by Trump's Birdnest by Mark Rain If Donald Trump wins next Tuesday - God forbid! - then it goes without saying that American politics are in for a time of profound ugliness. But it is becoming increasingly clear that even if ... Read on →

    in solidarity

    The Everett Massacre: 100 Years Later

    by The Everett Massacre: 100 Years Later NOVEMBER FIFTH, 1916 "Boys, who's your leader?" Sheriff McRae stood on the dock at Everett, Washington, at the head of a mob of over two hundred vigilantes. The steamboat Verona rocked quietly on the gentle ocean ... Read on →

    he's horrible

    Un-Seeing What You Have Seen

    by Big Orange Donald Zombie Eating Brains caricature DonkeyHotey A pattern in support for Donald Trump has repeated itself twice in recent months. In early August, Trump’s continued questioning of the ability of a judge to do his job because of his Mexican heritage, ... Read on →

    passion for preservation

    Big Sky Bill

    by Big Sky Bill An Unsung Historian Makes A Difference Big Sky Bill If “Big Sky Bill” leads you to believe Bill Fitzpatrick hails from Montana, you’re wrong. Bill was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but has spent most of ... Read on →

    southern politics

    It’s about to get a whole lot more interesting

    by 2016 Presidential Election Map - Average margin of presidential victory 1992-2008 The South is not completely red politically, just as it is not home to only rednecks. Come November 8, Southerners will cast about 33 million votes in this oddest and nastiest of presidential elections. Of ... Read on →

    jimmy carter - photographs

    The Creampuff

    by Carter and Mondale with members of the White House traveling press corps softball team, dubbed the News Twisters, at the Plains High School baseball field. Carter’s own team was made up mainly of off-duty US Secret Service agents. One observer likened the Secret Service versus press play to the “New York Yankees against a middle school softball team . . . if the middle schoolers had been drinking all night.” Left to right are Justin Friedland of ABC News, Charles Mohr of the New York Times, Carter, James Walker of ABC News, Mondale, Rick Kaplan of CBS News, Billy Carter, Curtis Wilkie of the Boston Globe, and Phil Smith of Newhouse News Service. Carter and Mondale with members of the White House traveling press corps softball team, dubbed the News Twisters, at the Plains High School baseball field. Carter’s own team was made up mainly of off-duty ... Read on →

    stranger than fiction

    “You’re Nobody ’til Everybody In This Town Thinks You’re A Bastard”

    by Elvis Costello as Satan presents Donald Trump in This Town is a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com Mr. Getgood moved up to Self-Made Man Row Although he swears he's the salt of the earth He's so proud of the "kick-me-hard" sign that they hung on his back at birth. He said "I appreciate beauty, if ... Read on →

    what a life

    Carl Sandburg: Insights and Echoes

    by Carl Sandburg: Insights and Echoes Carl and Lilian "Paula" Sandburg.   In 1945, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian, moved to the Hendersonville area from a small farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. A lot of people in the area ... Read on →

    an inventory

    The Working Years

    by Jobs Graffiti Every Job You’ve Had, What Did It Teach You? A Friday evening. In a restaurant where soft music and hard drinks make good neighbors, the regular crowd shuffled in as Billy Joel famously wrote. People ... Read on →

    compensations

    Old is Bold

    by Old Wonder Women by Alex Solis Wonder Women – one of the old superheroes created by Alex Solis Hey, Anoni here. Some time since I posted as Gusto and I been busy: busy getting old. Gus limps more than he did ... Read on →
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  • random stories from our past

    Authoritative book on Cobb is major service to his reputation

    by Elliott Brack

    Authoritative book on Cobb is major service to his reputation

    [caption id="attachment_64255" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This iconic photo by Charles M. Conlon shows Cobb stealing third base during the 1909 baseball season[/caption] A sports author has done the state of Georgia and Ty Cobb, in particular, a major service.  Author Charles Leerhsen of B...

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    Confessions of a Carpetbagger

    by Richard Eisel

    Confessions of a Carpetbagger

    I admit it: I’m a carpetbagger. For the unenlightened, according to Merriam-Webster, a carpetbagger is “a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments.” Colloquially, a carpetbagger is an...

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    South shines in 'most corrupt' survey

    by Ron Taylor

    South shines in 'most corrupt' survey

    Alabama and Louisiana -- and, oh yeah, South Carolina -- may feel slighted, but Tennessee is the most corrupt state in the nation, according to a survey by The Daily Beast.  And it wasn't the Tea Party Convention or the birthers or the guns-in-bars law or even the notoriously corrupt politics in Me...

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    apple-pie

    by Billy Howard

    apple-pie

    The face could have been a cheerleader, queen of the prom, a girlfriend, your first crush, your daughter or sister, All-American, apple-pie with a shy smile, a Georgia peach of a girl ready for the next dance but for the incongruity of a cotton sheet symbolizing everything opposite of...

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    Georgia State Rep: ‘I’m Afraid’ Of Romney’s Mormon Faith, But ‘It’s Better Than A Muslim’

    by Zaid Jilani

    Georgia State Rep: ‘I’m Afraid’ Of Romney’s Mormon Faith, But ‘It’s Better Than A Muslim’

    One obstacle that Mitt Romney may face as he asks for the support of Republican primary voters is bigotry against the Mormon faith. [caption id="attachment_35131" align="alignright" width="150" caption="State Rep. Judy Manning (R-GA)"][/caption] A Marietta Daily Journal story published yesterd...

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    In Search of New Friends

    by Ken Peacock

    In Search of New Friends

    It is important to make new friends, especially as you get older and many of your friends have fallen off the perch. You have a choice, make new older friends who want to talk about their medical problems, downsizing the house, a favorite doctor or some new supplement to combat fatigue and old age. ...

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    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    by Monica Smith

    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    The saga of Don Siegelman, the former popular democratic Governor of Alabama, who was convicted and imprisoned on largely trumped up bribery charges and whose prosecution has been, so far unsuccessfully, appealed continues to befuddle his supporters. That's because, I would argue, Siegelman having s...

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    The vision thing

    by Keith Graham

    Georgia's House of Representatives, in all its wisdom, voted yesterday against a resolution honoring President Obama and making him an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus. House Republicans apparently didn't want to associate themselves with Obama's vision, even though the state Senat...

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    Appetite For Life

    by David Evans

    Appetite For Life

    A dessert class at a time when people are obsessed with losing weight and staying fit and trim? You mean such a class will be waddling in soon like Daisy Duck and her little ones just prior to swim suit season and at a time when I’m already under pressure to lose a few pounds and give some slack b...

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    Georgia Refuses To Reunite Children With Family Because Parents Are Undocumented

    by Marie Diamond

    Georgia Refuses To Reunite Children With Family Because Parents Are Undocumented

    A custody fight in Georgia is illustrating the biases of a foster care system that some say routinely subverts the parental rights of undocumented and non-English speaking mothers and fathers: Ovidio and Domitina Mendez’s lost their five children to foster care when the Georgia Department of Fami...

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    Levon Helm: A Different Drummer

    by Tom Millsop

    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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    Government of, by and for the people?

    by Bill Semple

    Government of, by and for the people?

    Massachusetts has the most expensive model of paying for health care that the world has to offer. It’s a model that preys on our genuine need for health care insurance to insure the short term profits of large corporations. If the current House or Senate bills were to pass they would move from ...

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    The prolific Lyn Lifshin

    by Ted Kooser

    The prolific Lyn Lifshin

    The poet Lyn Lifshin, who divides her time between New York and Virginia, is one of the most prolific poets among my contemporaries, and has thousands of poems in print, by my loose reckoning. I have been reading her work in literary magazines for at least thirty years. Here’s a good example of th...

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    Laughing all the Way

    by Diane Rooks

    Laughing all the Way

    Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way. You probably recognize that verse from Jingle Bells — But it’s those last two lines, O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way, that have always been for me a powerful image for having fun...

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    Where Did I Squirrel That NRA Application?

    by Piney Woods Pete

    I’m all about the Second Amendment these days. Especially my right to keep and bear a pellet gun. High velocity. Single shot. With a scope. It’s really more about being anti-squirrel than pro-gun. I was all right with the hordes of squirrels that besiege my neighborhood, dropping batches of b...

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    Shoebox of Memories

    by Ken Peacock

    Shoebox of Memories

    [caption id="attachment_60026" align="alignright" width="350"] Ashley Royden Peacock: 1973[/caption] 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 and then visit the Returned Servicemen’s Club...

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    Computer Brain: It's Better than Cats

    by Mike Copeland

    Computer Brain: It's Better than Cats

    The reason for the brain gap between humans and machines is the architecture of the machine hardware, operations system and application software is too limited. Unless, and until, machines can be designed to "think" like a human brain, they will never catch up. Right now, no computer, ounce for ounc...

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    The Occasional Gold Tooth Award

    by Frank Povah

    The Occasional Gold Tooth Award

    I’m in awe of Rand Paul; the man must have the hide of a rhinoceros. He was sent to Washington after convincing the voters of Kentucky that he believed in the same god that they did – though he seems less fearful of divine retribution – and was going to spend his time there to force the Career...

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    Dew Drops: Birthin’ Birthers

    by Ron Taylor

    Dew Drops:  Birthin’ Birthers

    Thirty-four percent of Tennesseeans -- and 47 percent of Tennessee Republicans -- still believe President Barack Obama was born in a foreign country and 30 percent believe he's a Muslim, according to a telephone poll of 716 residents by Middle Tennessee State University on a variety of political sub...

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    The Captain’s Widow

    by Donnie Register

    The Captain’s Widow

    The Captain would do it. He’d leave two notes — to his parents and to his wife. He had even thought about the wording but dismissed it. When the time came so would the words. He had tried before but backed out. But this time felt different. Unless something happened he would really do it. ...

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