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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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    redefining progress

    Coastal Georgia threatened by poorly evaluated business activities

    by Coastal Georgia threatened by poorly evaluated business activities

    Consistent with the well-considered advice from Columbia University economist, Geoffrey Heal, Georgians need to get savvier about how state policies are being used to support business ventures and job creation. According to Professor Heal, “If we don’t make some changes in the way we organize our economic systems… we will see catastrophic environmental change in our lifetimes.” (Catalyst, Winter 2017.) He stresses that neglecting nature in economic decisions seriously threatens our prosperity.

    turning points

    The Journey of One Immigrant

    by The Journey of One Immigrant

    It was winter and Canada was in recession when I arrived as a new immigrant. Finding work when many Canadians were unemployed was a challenge because employers were looking for Canadians, not immigrants who may move on to someplace else. I was unemployed for five months, living in a boarding house, and had no money when I finally found work. There were no government unemployment benefits.

    because poverty is the same

    A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor

    by A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor

    Funny how one thing can lead to another. In a recent column about Lewis Grizzard, the famous Southern author and humorist, I mentioned that he was from Moreland, Ga., a town in Coweta County about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Moreland is a community of fewer than 500 souls, but this tiny town has produced two of Georgia’s most famous sons. The other was Erskine Caldwell, born in 1903, who became one of the world’s best-selling authors.

    down and outbound

    The Real Fiction of Public Transportation

    by The Real Fiction of Public Transportation Having written and published a book about public transportation that is a novel wrapped in political satire, I have been lately asking myself, “What possessed you to embark on this journey in the first place? Coincidentally, I need look no further than a ...  Read on →

    remembering the king

    Singing With Chuck

    by Singing With Chuck During the spring of 2001, a few months before America changed for the worse, Shane and I were working on a dream trip. We were going to Wrigley, and taking my grandson with us. The feeling reminded me of Christmas the year ...  Read on →

    making america worse

    The PBS Armed Services Telethon

    by The PBS Armed Services Telethon The White House's budget proposal includes a $54 billion increase in military spending that ostensibly will be offset by cuts to a variety of cabinet-level departments and lesser agencies, among the the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which provides funding that helps ...  Read on →

    on wealth

    Looking for New Friends

    by Looking for New Friends Newman’s Under 14 Years Baseball Team I am looking for new friends to replace those who have fallen off the perch already and to increase my personal wealth. The new friends will need to share my values of honest hard work, democracy, freedom ...  Read on →

    memories

    Fear

    by Fear Fear. Of all the four-letter words in the English language, "fear" might be the worst. It's certainly the most terrifying. Everyone knows fear and no one escapes it. There's a special kind of fear that youngsters confront though. Fear of yourself. Fear of ...  Read on →

    book review

    Blitzed

    by Blitzed Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler. Shaun Whiteside, translation. Hitler and drugs are such an obvious formula for successful popular history that it is a wunder someone hadn’t already published something similar to Norman Ohler’s 2016 Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany. ...  Read on →

    injustices – a book review

    Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted

    by Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted If you've ever wondered how the Supreme Court, in its great wisdom, came to the proposition that corporations are persons with all the rights thereof, I suggest you read Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted ...  Read on →

    harder than it has to be

    Love, Siri and the Jump Forward

    by Love, Siri and the Jump Forward It occurs to me that the other people who live at my house have an absolute unholy fascination with clocks. These people HAVE to know EXACTLY what time it is – at all times. It"s an obsession. Sometimes I think the rest ...  Read on →

    for our ultimate audience

    Lapidary Prose

    by Lapidary Prose Talk about writer’s block: What about having to write an epitaph for your mother’s gravestone? The idea of an epitaph, of course, is that it’s written for the ages, even those short simple annals of ... Read on →

    southern beauty

    Arcadia Plantation’s Surprising Connection

    by Arcadia Plantation’s Surprising Connection A fine Southern mansion complete with its own bowling alley? ’Tis true. A glimpse of the wealth and majesty that came with the era of Carolina Gold rice? True. Sumptuous grounds and landscaping directed ... Read on →

    author, friend, family man

    Remembering Sam

    by Remembering Sam Sam Morton Not quite a year ago thunderstorms shook the South Carolina Midlands. For those who mark calendars, they rumbled through April Fool’s Day around 4 a.m. Later that morning my friend, Dianne, sent me ... Read on →

    keep moving

    There Is a Season

    by There Is a Season There Is a Season To everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. We never thought Sophie would be ... Read on →

    on lewis grizzard

    Uh, could we talk about MY books for a while?

    by Uh, could we talk about MY books for a while? My wife and I drove last week to Marietta, Ga., for a wedding party. Imagine my surprise when on a stretch of I-85 in Coweta County, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, I saw ... Read on →

    caines family, genuine folk artists

    Celebrated Decoy Carvers

    by Celebrated Decoy Carvers As I turned off Highway 17 onto West Virginia Road, snowy mountains and the blue-green Kanawha River came to mind, but neither snow nor mountains waited in Carolina Rice Country. Legendary folk artists waited—The ... Read on →

    no ice, no skates, no puck

    A Moment Of Perfection

    by A Moment Of Perfection "I'm open," I realized as I sped down the cold gray parking lot surface. "But does he see it?" Growing up a boy on the Jersey Shore in the early 1970's, baseball was our summer ... Read on →

    how to ban muslims: ask mississippi

    Donald Trump and the Mississippi Plan

    by Donald Trump and the Mississippi Plan In The Promise of the New South, Edward Ayers tells of James Z. George, a U.S. senator from Mississippi who predicted that, in 1890 (just a year away), the number of African Americans in ... Read on →

    essentials of life

    A Climate of Denial

    by A Climate of Denial “Gee, Brain, what are we going to do tonight?" “The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.” With apologies to the creators of "Pinky and the Brain," the wickedly witty ... Read on →

    wouldn’t be and never was

    Gotta Get Out of This Place

    by The Awakening Land We gotta get out of this place If it's the last thing we ever do We gotta get out of this place Girl, there's a better life for me and you Somewhere baby, somehow I know it My Aunt ... Read on →

    stay vigilant but

    Stay Sane

    by Stay Sane We’re all exercised by recent events in America, even to the extent of disturbed sleep. I dreamed of America being violated, helpless to resist. This is not just America’s problem; it has the capacity ... Read on →

    strike one

    Atlantans Prepare For Daring Conquest of Cobb County Braves’ Game

    by Atlantans Prepare For Daring Conquest of Cobb County Braves’ Game Atlantans are preparing for what many believe is an impossibility: ascending I-75 during rush hour in time to make it to a Braves’ game in Cobb County. For weeks fans have been stockpiling food and ... Read on →

    slow death roll shot

    Go Find Lester

    by Go Find Lester "Go find Lester." We were typical college kids in the late 70's. Brief moments of intense studying, staying up way too late, eating the wrong foods, smoking and drinking too much, partying like there was ... Read on →

    will it stay airborne?

    The Primate and the Airliner: A Fable with No Moral

    by Orang-Utang and the airship “Allowing a monkey to drive a race car sounds like an amusing idea, but only to those who have never tried it.” - The Bard of Affliction The great Airship of State had been flying ... Read on →

    not a sport

    We are the Champions

    by Number one by Ron Bennetts via flickr As I made my way down I-26, a white van jerked into my lane. He not only failed to use a turn signal, his lights were off. Both are laws in South Carolina although ... Read on →

    whatever it takes

    Road Trip

    by Road Trip There are many ways that young kids grow with their college experience. If you go away to school, when you're a freshman, you can't wait to get back home. Fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring ... Read on →

    hurts our hearts

    How to survive the Trump Era

    by How to survive the Trump Era I imagine what happens next to that march from protozoa to ape to man - just a poof of dust from the increasing implosion of facts-to-lies-to-violence based on nothing but a madman's brain, and ... Read on →

    right to bear cars

    To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses

    by To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses Running down pedestrians with your car is wrong. Whether the act is intentional or negligent, running down pedestrians is absolutely wrong. That ethical absolute extends to encouraging others to commit such an act. Unfortunately ... Read on →

    forever changed

    Searching for Animals and Stories

    by Searching for Animals and Stories In 1998 my husband Wilton and I decided to take a trip to Kenya, which fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of being able to see wild animals in their natural habitats. I had ... Read on →

    profound danger

    Appeasement at Munich

    by Appeasement at Munich Remember how Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 election campaign touting his ability to negotiate better deals for the United States? For all the bombast about trade with China and nukes in Iran, ... Read on →

    moral blindness

    Defense, Defense

    by Dew family photo - Charles Burgess Dew is the infant on the left, shown here with his mother, Amy Meek Dew, and his brother, John Carlos. Southerners are said to be obsessed with their own history. It’s true, belying that old dictum that history is always written by the winners. Even now, well into the 21st century, I find myself ... Read on →

    awakening hearts & minds:

    Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria

    by Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria A conference on February 4th in Decatur, GA featured “rock star” panelists, knowledgeable, articulate, even entertaining on a subject that doesn't readily lend itself to such. This is not a thorough review of the ... Read on →

    commander in tweet

    Learning To Live in the Empire

    by Learning To Live in the Empire I admit to retreating often from the evening news, but the acts reported find me through their effects on my friends. The physician of a friend is also my physician: he has done grafts for ... Read on →

    heaven help me

    Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays

    by Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays Two thousand seventeen has not gotten off to a good start for Yours Truly. First, there was the dress. No. make that The Dress. It was "The Dress" instead of simply "the dress" because it ... Read on →
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    Hold your nose and swallow

    by Lee Leslie

    Hold your nose and swallow

    Close your eyes. Hold your nose. Open your mouth. Now swallow. That’s how my mom tried to keep me from gagging when taking medicine. That’s what our Democrat leaders are telling us now about health care "reform." Another gigantic example of big event legislation. A massive bill way too big t...

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    Justplainwill's Guide to the Future (or at least 2014)

    by Just Plain Will

    Justplainwill's Guide to the Future (or at least 2014)

    Justplainwill will now take your questions. Dear Justplainwill: I have been looking at those year-end 2013 TV news shows that review everything that happened over the past twelve months. Sure does look like a lot of stuff went down in 2013. A lot of stuff happened that I didn't even know about whe...

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    The Deviled Egg Blues

    by Nancy Melton

    The Deviled Egg Blues

    First you boil the eggs. I like to avoid the outside of the yolk turning green which I vaguely recall comes from an over long cooking time. Then you stand at the sink and peel the eggs, simultaneously trying to keep the egg in one piece and not get one of those painful slivers of shell under a finge...

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    Post-Election Verse

    by Hamp Skelton

    Post-Election Verse

    This first poem is what I received from an arch-Republican (who probably pays less than 13.9% tax) who loved to dish it out for the last 4 years, sending me dire warnings about fake birth certificates, Muslim prayer rugs in the white house, socialism, and runaway spending -- but now wants to stifle ...

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    A Very Cold Night Before Christmas

    by Rob Coppock

    A Very Cold Night Before Christmas

    “There it is,” I said, easing our big motor home across the dip at the edge of the pavement and onto the dirt road, “won’t be long now.” My wife, Arlette, who is French, pushed in a CD, and soon A Canadian Brass Christmas boomed through our cozy home on wheels. It was Christmas Eve, and af...

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    How Libya Figures in Republican Presidential Ambitions

    by John Hickman

    How Libya Figures in Republican Presidential Ambitions

    President Barack Obama’s decision to impose a ‘no fly zone plus’ on Libya obviously worries the gathering swarm of declared, undeclared and/or ‘just in it for the publicity’ Republican presidential candidates, though their reasons probably have less to do with furthering American national ...

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    Just a few lines: Here's to the Raven and Kamikaze Butterflies

    by Janet Ward

    Just a few lines: Here's to the Raven and Kamikaze Butterflies

    What has happened to poetry? Learned men and women used to quote it like we quote the last funny line from "The Daily Show." But poetry seems to have lost its cache. A Facebook exchange made me remember. A friend posted a line that went: "Jerry Grillo is filled with fantastic terrors never fel...

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    Boiled Frogs

    by Lee Leslie

    Boiled Frogs

    A recipe for a very rich stew. Serves fewer than 1%. Cooking Directions: In a very large melting pot, add 200+or- million domestic and imported frogs, toads, tadpoles, pollywogs and porwigles. Do not preheat. Slowly, ever so slowly, raise the heat over 50 or 60 years. While constantly stirrin...

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    Etta sang the blues... and damn well, too.

    by Will Cantrell

    Etta sang the blues... and damn well, too.

    I confess, I took Etta James for granted. I mean it seems like she’d always been around. Like the Moon. Like the Ocean. Or maybe like that monument out on Easter Island. Then comes the sad news: she’d passed away. The news of her death wasn’t a complete shock. She'd been  ill and had been ...

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    I'm Frederick J. and I Approve This Message

    by Frederick Palmer

    I'm Frederick J. and I Approve This Message

    Regardless of the outcome of this 2012 national election, first and foremost I am so glad it has finally ended. On voting day, long before the polls had closed and the returns started to come in I felt once more like a ten year old boy on the last day of school at the beginning of summer vacation. I...

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    From Afghanistan to Georgia: The story of Anees

    by Jing Luo

    From Afghanistan to Georgia: The story of Anees

    Mohammed H. Anees, a teaching assistant at the University of Georgia, would seem to have an auspicious name: in his mother tongue Persian, the name Anees means “friend.” But in Afghanistan, the Muslim-dominated country where he grew up, being a friend was not always easy, especially across re...

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    A Love Song and a Prayer

    by Alex Kearns

    A Love Song and a Prayer

    Sea turtles travel the oceans in an ancient cycle of birth, life and death. Loggerheads, for example, have survived, in their present-day form, for well over 120 million years, traversing the waters of the planet in a primordial ballet of infinite grace. All of the five sea turtle species that li...

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    Finally!

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Finally!

    Phyllis Schlafly has finally made millions of people very happy … she died. It was a simple, but gratifying act. Many hoped it would have happened much sooner, but as they say, better late than never. It occurs to me that there are a few others it would be nice to see follow suit. Are you listeni...

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    Simplicity and distinctiveness at Pentagon Memorial will stir you

    by Elliott Brack

    Simplicity and distinctiveness at Pentagon Memorial will stir you

    It is striking in its unique and haunting simplicity. The concept is most distinctive, and in its own way, reassuring. Just looking at it calms you. The setting is a busy place with traffic rushing nearby, and often, airplanes overhead. It's difficult to get to during business days, but...

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    New Arkansas Study Says Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $350 Million

    by Jeff Spross

    New Arkansas Study Says Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $350 Million

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities today pointed out a new study from Arkansas’ Department of Human Services, which found the expansion of Medicaid in health reform would save the state $350 million between 2014 and 2025. This stands in stark contrast to an earlier estimate from the state ...

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    A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor

    by Robert Lamb

    A few words about Erskine Caldwell, lyric poet of the poor

    Funny how one thing can lead to another. In a recent column about Lewis Grizzard, the famous Southern author and humorist, I mentioned that he was from Moreland, Ga., a town in Coweta County about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Moreland is a community of fewer than 500 souls, but this tiny tow...

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    Folly part 2. Obama's War

    by Tom Ferguson

    Folly part 2. Obama's War

    Parts four and five of Barbara Tuchman’s March of Folly deal with British folly leading up to and through the U.S. Revolution and U.S. folly leading up to and through the Vietnam War. The cases are, folly-wise, very similar. In both instances there were those pointing out that costs would far outw...

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    Yew Nawk City, a quick trip

    by Tom Ferguson

    Yew Nawk City, a quick trip

    [caption id="attachment_63812" align="alignright" width="480"] Thither They Go, oil painting by Tom Ferguson[/caption] Gotta set aside climate change guilt sometimes, do some rationalization. I figure the airplane's going there anyway, with or without me... and my credit card points make it almos...

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    The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

    by Dave Pruett

    The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

    On this Americans agree: There's too much money in politics, and it's eroding our democracy. A recent poll (New York Times, June 2, 2015) reveals 85 percent of Americans believe we must either make "fundamental changes" or "completely rebuild" how campaigns are financed. The United States can ...

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    Black From Tula & The Mortgage Lifter

    by Tom Poland

    Black From Tula & The Mortgage Lifter

    Derrick Gunter & Radiator Charlie Knew A Good Thing When They Saw It. [caption id="attachment_61019" align="alignleft" width="200"] Derrick Gunter[/caption] Robert Clark and I were on the road running down a story, a story about land, a farmhouse, and tomatoes, a story of war, old ways, an...

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