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    The walls of an information ghetto

    by | 6 hours ago
    The walls of an information ghetto

    Listen to those defending Israeli violence against the Palestinians in Gaza and what you hear is denial. They cannot deny the facts and instead deny their emotional and moral significance. They agree that the Israeli military is bombarding Gaza and that thirteen hundred have been killed as a consequence. Rather than admit that the bombardment constitutes a humanitarian disaster and heinous war crime, however, they leap to the rhetorical devices of blaming the victim and condemning the condemner.

    10% decide

    Seeking to find ways to get better candidates elected to offices

    by | 9 hours ago
    Seeking to find ways to get better candidates elected to offices

    There’s a simple reason why small turnouts at elections bother me. Simply put: Low turnouts run the risk of having a small pinch of the electorate choosing our public officials. With a small number of people voting, splinter and fringe groups can dominate the election. This can produce elected officials representing these way-out views, often not in step with the main-line, middle-of-the-road process it takes to let our government function best. It doesn’t matter is the electorate if one third right, one-third left, and one-third in the middle or independent.

    an emotional landfill

    Emoters Beware

    by | Jul 31, 2014
    Emoters Beware

    Of my many faults, one of the most significant is a chronic inability to listen. Oh, I can and do listen in conversation long enough to respond, if not intelligently, at least in a way that demonstrates to both parties to the discussion that I am paying attention and offering argument or agreement that is, more or less, relevant. But, when it really isn’t a conversation, when someone is venting or lamenting or just delivering of herself a good old fashioned bitchin’, I am a terrible listener and always have been.

    I, invariably, try to solve the problem. I do this knowing it is the wrong thing, even the insulting thing, to do.

    oh, shit moments

    The Illusionists

    by | Jul 31, 2014
    The Illusionists
    This slideshow requires JavaScript. #gallery-57113-1-slideshow .slideshow-slide img { max-height: 410px; /* Emulate max-height in IE 6 */ _height: expression(this.scrollHeight >= 410 ? '410px' : 'auto'); } “I remember the City Park Prophet once said everything that isn’t darkness or death is ... Read on →

    blither v. dither

    Failure to Act is an Act

    by | Jul 29, 2014
    Failure to Act is an Act
    There is a gathering storm of American voter unrest from citizens tired of having to chose between the party of blither, Republicans, and the party of dither, Democrats. The former jabber endlessly, making no sense, ... Read on →

    t-party vs. country club republicans

    Populists vs. Bourbons in Miss. U.S. Senate race

    by | Jul 24, 2014
    Image: Don’t Feed On Me - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license.
    More than a century ago the “forgotten man” of Mississippi and across the South — the farmer, the common worker — decided he’d had enough of “Wall Street speculators who gambled on his crop futures; ... Read on →

    touched by better angels

    Sweetness and Steel: Lincoln, Obama and Angelou

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Image: Composite image created for LikeTheDew.com - background from The Comparison by Bryan Eaton from WallpapersInHq.com (free download) and the photo of Maya Angelou by Dwight Carter (dwightcarter.com).
    There were superficial reasons—when he thundered on the political scene at the Democratic Convention in 2004 and then rode on the wave of that thunder to his election in 2008—to compare Barack Obama with Abraham ... Read on →

    you'll think you're in africa

    Wilderness Dispatch 63: Alien Beauty

    by | Jul 28, 2014
    Wilderness Dispatch 63: Alien Beauty
    July 24, Thursday afternoon, 3:30. The July sun bears down with no mercy. The humidity’s high and the terrain rough and remote. To the northwest a cloudbank promises relief but relief never comes. We ... Read on →

    life in their shoes

    This Old Man

    by | Jul 28, 2014
    My mother Margaret Ellen Dailey on far right, circa 1917. My grandmother Julia on far left. Others are brothers and sisters.
    By now, most of us know that 28 July 1914 marks the formal beginning of WWI when the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. Within a few days, most of the other nations of ... Read on →

    diabolical cleverness

    Glenn Beck as “The Music Man,” Playing on the Fears of Parents

    by | Jul 28, 2014
    Glenn Beck as "The Music Man," Playing on the Fears of Parents
    On Tuesday, July 22, Glenn Beck spoke from some 700 movie screens to Americans who paid admission to hear him attack the "Common Core." The "Common Core" consists of standards, offered to the states, ... Read on →

    grass is always greener

    When conservation engineers speak of brush and noxious weeds

    by | Jul 25, 2014
    Bedford Lake
    You get a hint of the problem. Of course, the article I'm referencing was published way back in 2001. But, the mindset is telling. The author, who was employed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... Read on →

    waging peace. fighting disease. building hope

    Delighting In The Culture Of The Earth

    by | Jul 23, 2014
    Panoramic Pool view from main entrance of Carter Presidential Center by Robert Neff
    I recently had the pleasure of roaming about the grounds of the Carter Center in Atlanta. It was an early Sunday morning before any of the buildings were open and I had the place ... Read on →

    and politically correct bullies didn’t rule

    When Hot Cars Were Cool

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    When Hot Cars Were Cool
    My high school years unfolded in a time when hanging out at drive-ins and burger joints was all we had. We played 45 RPMs by the Beach Boys and William Jan Berry and Dean ... Read on →

    words of love

    Words To Woo Her By

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Words To Woo Her By
    This past weekend, my wife Jody and I attended a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac performed at the Blackfriar’s Theater in Staunton, Va. Just to hear the language was well worth the one-hundred forty ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 4

    Is Nothing Sacred?

    by | Jul 21, 2014
    Is Nothing Sacred?
    Every human culture, it seems, has had some notion of the sacred, and has placed that notion at the center of its worldview. From this, we can conclude several things: 1) that a sense of ... Read on →

    sweet dreams

    Chicken Licken Learns to Ski

    by | Jul 19, 2014
    Chicken Licken Learns to Ski
    One night about three years ago when Jake was five, I was settling him to sleep with a book about Chicken Licken. I hadn’t met her before but Jake knew her well. When we ... Read on →

    out of ego

    Impressionist, Expressionist and Conceptual Art

    by | Jul 17, 2014
    Impressionist, Expressionist and Conceptual Art
    The French Impressionists attempted a rendering of what they saw, an "impression" yes, but the interesting aspect is best illustrated by Seurat's Pointillism. Interesting because in the late 1800s there was a shift in ... Read on →

    chance meetings

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

    by | Jul 16, 2014
    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
    I knew I liked him early on by the way he told a joke. He had timing and delivery and the punch line was not telegraphed. Whenever I get off my mountain, I’m alert ... Read on →

    all in this together

    The Politics of Hostility

    by | Jul 16, 2014
    The Politics of Hostility
    How did it come to this? How did our political life in America get to be so drenched in hostility? While reading an article about how “anti-environmentalists” are spending thousands of dollars to alter their ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 3

    Battles Forfeited

    by | Jul 15, 2014
    Barack Obama - Knight-errant - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license.
    But the sacred is something that Liberal America, by and large, has not been tapping into. That was not always true. One can sense the sacred in the words of FDR, for example, engraved in ... Read on →

    world cup futbol

    ‘America’ Briefly Explained to ‘Soccer’

    by | Jul 14, 2014
    'America' Briefly Explained to 'Soccer'
      Dear Soccer: Congratulations! The 2014 World Cup has been truly great. You`ve really outdone yourself this time around. As it turns out, you really ARE a 'beautiful game.' You've had boffo TV ratings and you've inspired ... Read on →

    a childhood tradition

    Picking Blackberries

    by | Jul 13, 2014
    Picking Blackberries
    Last month I was on assignment in a remote place, the kind of place where you see trucks and tractors but few cars. Farm territory. I parked along a weedy, poorly maintained road and ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 2

    Evil Spirit vs. No Spirit = Triumph of Destructiveness

    by | Jul 9, 2014
    Tea Party Gap - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey via his Flickr photo stream and used under Creative Commons license.
    Liberal America's disconnection from the power of the spiritual dimension is not only manifested in this hopelessness I've heard from people. The costs of this condition go a lot deeper. Indeed, it is through ... Read on →

    lifting the veil

    Who Let the Priests Out?

    by | Jul 9, 2014
    Pope John Roberts - Caricature by by DonkeyHotey
    Prologue I am not an attorney. It is important to keep this fact in mind while reading this article since it deals with complex legal matters and notions about which I know only what I've ... Read on →

    on books

    Cop Town by Karin Slaughter: Crime Fiction set in Atlanta

    by | Jul 8, 2014
    Cop Town by Karin Slaughter: Crime Fiction set in Atlanta
    Many a late night, with my waning energy, I've eased into day's end with crime fiction under my lamp. Once a friend challenged, “You read so much of the genre, why don't you write ... Read on →

    dispirited liberals – part 1

    Hopelessness and the Spirit

    by | Jul 7, 2014
    Hopelessness and the Spirit
    Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy (and a great many others act as if they had). They see that the Money Power is wresting power from the ... Read on →

    futbol season

    World Cup Fever

    by | Jul 5, 2014
    World Cup Fever
    As the US futbol team moved from regulation into that mysterious realm known as extra time during the elimination World Cup match against Belgium, I was attending the Richland (SC) County Council meeting. Minutes before ... Read on →
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    • Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban - The Washington Post

      A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of “segregation” that the Constitution cannot abide.

    • In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand - The Washington Post

    • I grew up in the South, where sexism can be so aggressive it smacks you upside the head (or in other places), so naturalized it’s like the sun coming up in the morning. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I was coming into adulthood, open expressions of feminist ideas could earn you hostility that was often downright scary.

      But reading feminist authors like Marilyn French and Betty Friedan when I was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia gave me a sense that the resistance I felt to the discrimination I saw around me was something to be nurtured rather than overcome. I learned that being a feminist in the South was tough — it meant you had to be quick, Protean, subversive, and you damn well better have a sense of humor, or you would not survive. It also gave me strength and pride to identify with a movement that could correct wrongs and rewrite a social script that didn’t fit me.

      Lynn Stuart Parramore in What I Learned Growing Up in the South as a Feminist, and the Problems With Today’s Feminist Movement

    • Grandson Proudly Squirms in Carter’s Footsteps - NYTimes.com

      Political families — from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys, Bushes and Clintons — have long been a part of American politics. And they are not new in Georgia, where Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee for Senate, is running for a seat her father, Sam, once held against a Republican, David Perdue, whose cousin was governor. Mr. Carter’s bid to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent, is testing the strength and durability of the Carter name in Georgia, a red state that Democrats hope to turn blue.

      But it is also a test of something more: a deep bond between a 38-year-old grandson and an 89-year-old grandfather who, in the words of Roy E. Barnes, Georgia’s last Democratic governor, “would walk on fire to help get Jason elected.”

    • Move to Center Divides G.O.P. in North Carolina - NYTimes.com

      RALEIGH, N.C. — The objective of the Republican Party here last year was clear: Unleash the pent-up conservative revolution in a state where the party had not controlled the state legislature and governor’s office for more than a century.

      The newly empowered lawmakers cut taxes, pared unemployment benefits and eliminated business regulations. They allowed concealed guns in bars and restaurants, curtailed access to the voting booth and enacted new rules for abortion clinics. It was the most activist session in memory.

      But this summer is a different story. One of the leaders of the revolution, Speaker Thom Tillis of the House, is trying to win a United States Senate seat. Another, Gov. Pat McCrory, is eyeing a tough challenge in 2016, and the legislature is unpopular.

      That dynamic helps explain why the Republicans this week found themselves stuck in the sweltering capital, locked in an intraparty budget battle over teacher salaries, at loggerheads over how best to manage the state Medicaid system and riven by emerging personal, political and ideological agendas.

      The most pressing of those may be that of Mr. Tillis, who is caught between the hard-right face of the last session and his likely need to appeal to more moderate voters as he tries to unseat Senator Kay Hagan in one of the races that could decide control of the Senate.

  • random dew stories from the past

    Why Georgia doesn’t need Karen Handel

    [caption id="attachment_10544" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Republican gubernatorial candidates: former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (left), and, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (right). Photo: John Carrington, Savannah Morning News"][/caption] The highest public office in Geor...

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    “True Grit” is truly a great film, sorry Duke

    “True Grit” is truly a great film, sorry Duke

    The Dude takes on a roll made famouse by the "Duke" in an updated film of a classic western tale that may be better than the original. Academy award winner Jeff Bridges takes on the role of Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit." I was unsure as to whether or not Bridges could pull off playing Cogburn, a ro...

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    The Seat Of Power

    The Seat Of Power

    I can't speak for crooks, drifters, and others standing before a judge, but law-abiding Georgians love their courthouses and well they should. Georgia has one of America’s great collections of courthouses. The buildings range from Greek Revival to International Style. In fact, just about every arc...

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    Hair Trigger

    Hair Trigger

    I responded to a Sierra Club call once, back during Zell Miller's governorship, to gather at the capital to raise awareness about some environmental issue, I forget what. I've often gone to demonstrations to put my body there, to be counted and this was one of those, a general support without specif...

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    A Psychotic Grammar Lesson

    A Psychotic Grammar Lesson

    Today, class, we turn our attention to a number of popular words and phrases. Now, these aren’t just ANY words and phrases: no, they are words and phrases which drive me CRAZY because they are so often misused. So, please pay attention, because you’ll be tested on this material, and your grade w...

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    Shell of my former self

    Shell of my former self

    I felt like everything that made me recognizable to myself was being stripped away. I couldn’t work, exercise, garden, laugh much or make love (much). My thick curly hair was gone. My breasts – gone. I spent hours sitting in the big red chair we moved to the kitchen. And then I just lay on t...

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    Race to Eliminate Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

    Race to Eliminate Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

    "In the last two decades, we have made very little progress in addressing health disparities” - Lovell Jones, PhD A few weeks ago, as I sat in LAX waiting for my red eye to wing my way back to Houston for a morning meeting, I wondered if our nation truly wants to eliminate health disparities...

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    Unrepentant Delusionaries

    Unrepentant Delusionaries

    The hidden victims of the Reagan revolution have long been aspirants to the upper middle class, not the actual top few percentile in terms of earnings. This pitiable/laughable farce was self-perpetrated as those who aspired to elitism socially were long stripped of much of their not yet prime time w...

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    Doc and the Cowboy

    Doc and the Cowboy

    As a college student in the mid-1960s, I supplemented my income, and my education, by working as a reporter for a local newspaper. The combination led to my initial first-hand encounter with abortion, then a shadowy, illegal practice. The place was the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where I l...

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    The finest kind of community journalist

    The finest kind of community journalist

    Some people are born knowing what they should do in life. Others have to be grabbed by the shoulders, aimed and pushed to see it. That was the case with me. From the second grade, I wanted to be a pediatrician. In those days, the response to that ambition was usually “Don’t you mean you want to ...

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    Pivot does Peabodys a good turn

    Pivot does Peabodys a good turn

    A cable and online network called Pivot will be televising a condensed version of the May 19 Peabody Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at 9 p.m. Less almost certainly will be more. The Peabodys, based at UGA's Grady journalism school, have been on TV before, broadcast by PBS and A&E respecti...

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    Daydream Believin'

    Daydream Believin'

    The air is crisp and cool; Christmas music blares throughout the entire free world  and even France. These are the signals that a favorite time of the year is upon us, once again: PBS Pledge Week. Every year, I can hardly wait to see what new scheme the PBS people will try to guilt us into cough...

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    When men were free

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