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Thursday, September 29, 2016
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    debate world

    Geographically Challenged

    by | Sep 28, 2016
    Geographically Challenged

    That Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump in the first debate between the party presidential nominees on September 26, 2016 is obvious. She was clear while he was confusing. She was self-possessed while he was easily baited. The differences were so obvious that they tended to obscure what their responses revealed about their respective geopolitics. A bare bones content analysis of the number of references to locations reveals much about their perspectives on global politics.

    each a time capsule

    War Letters

    by | Sep 26, 2016
    War Letters – Photo by Tom Poland

    The Deceased Speak

    “Letters to and from the front lines were a lifeline for service men and women fighting in World War II. Few things mattered more to those serving abroad than getting letters from home, ‘mail was indispensable,’ one infantryman remembered. ‘It motivated us. We couldn’t have won the war without it.’ The mail, whenever it arrived, also helped reassure the worried families of servicemen back home.” – “The War, Letters & Diaries,” PBS

    beauty, peace and healing

    Boilie

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    Juvenile Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) by sheilapic76 - Dolphind

    Our entire family has always been drawn to the water and boats and dolphins. We went to Marineland years ago, when David was four years old and Kathi was only one. David immediately fell in love with Nellie – the main performing dolphin in the late sixties. (Nellie was born at Marineland in 1953 and lived there for 61 years. When she died in 2014, she set a longevity record for the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins – free and in captivity. She loved to perform and interact with people until the last few months of her life!) We bought David a leather dolphin, which he named Nellie and slept with for years.

    what kind of person?

    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle
    “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” – Winston Churchill No one who feels allegiance to a political party wants to have to choose between party and principle. But sometimes history compels ... Read on →

    why not

    Email Fisticuffs

    by | Sep 19, 2016
    Email Fisticuffs
    This is where we agree, I think: we both oppose people who harm others, who want to dominate, deny liberty, lie to make themselves look good and others bad, deny people their rights under the constitution and the bill of rights and also our ... Read on →

    making a difference

    Colin Kaepernick is Sitting Down, But Will He Stand Up?

    by | Sep 11, 2016
    Colin Kaepernick Sits During National Anthem
    Colin Kaepernick’s protest of injustice in America by not standing for the national anthem is absolutely his right, and we are now seeing a few more players following suit in support of his cause. All this is well and good, and while there are ... Read on →

    nipping at my curiosity

    Rambling Around in Georgia

    by | Sep 11, 2016
    Downtown Waycross Historic District by Daffydoc via Wikipedia.org
    Every town has its own history and attractions; some well-known and some not very. Haunted houses, churches and other buildings are always interesting. Court houses and old jails, too. Sometimes small towns are more appealing and accessible than the bigger ones. Fewer people with ... Read on →

    earth and its peoples

    Standing with Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camp

    by | Sep 21, 2016
    Standing Rock Indian Reservation
    "Resistance to high-risk extreme extraction is building a global, grassroots, and broad-based network the likes of which the environmental movement has never seen." Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything (2014) Something extraordinary and unprecedented is happening within the environmental movement. The epicenter of ... Read on →

    nature rules

    A Little Breathing Room

    by | Sep 12, 2016
    A Little Breathing Room
    A cormorant surveys his kingdom. Georgetown, SC, Sept. 7—We were on a mission and there we stood at the dead end of a long Lowcountry road in searing heat. Anonymous Mysterious Florida Woman, Robert Clark, and yours truly were waiting on a ... Read on →

    truth – google it

    I Read It On the Internet

    by | Sep 10, 2016
    “Sometimes, I go on the internet and just tell lies” – George Washington
    When President Obama said, at the Democratic National Convention, that Hillary Clinton is better prepared to occupy the Oval Office than any previous aspirant, he had no idea how right he was. This woman has powers that mere mortals don’t. She’s ... Read on →

    ms. misogyny

    Finally!

    by | Sep 7, 2016
    Fear and Loathing with Phyllis Schlafly by the author, Trevor Irvin
    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 ... Read on →

    perception v. reality

    The Duty to Hate Hillary

    by | 0 | Sep 19, 2016
    The Duty to Hate Hillary
    A letter in the most recent AARP Magazine got me thinking. The previous issue of the magazine had a piece titled "Leading Ladies," featuring several older actresses - Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, and Alfre Woodard ... Read on →

    oneness of reality

    Atheist Believers: A Religious/Existentialist Wedding

    by | 0 | Sep 12, 2016
    Face of God by Tom Ferguson
    "Who We Are" – oil painting on mirror by Tom Ferguson The meaning of the word God, in my congregation during my formative years, was conventional, literal biblical, bearded guy in the sky taking notes, ... Read on →

    unforgetable

    Good Night, Lois Kelly, Wherever You Are

    by | 4 | Sep 8, 2016
    Good Night, Lois Kelly, Wherever You Are
    I’m not prone to posting video of myself talking. But, in this case, what I need to say isn’t something I could type now even if I wanted to. Still the words are ones ... Read on →

    except greed

    Reasons for Denying Climate Change

    by | 0 | Sep 8, 2016
    Reasons for Denying Climate Change
    Everybody has reasons not to want to believe what scientists are saying about climate change. For starters, who wants to believe that we humans are facing our greatest challenge ever? Life is hard enough, just ... Read on →

    summer 1943

    Remembering Atlanta

    by | 1 | Sep 7, 2016
    Piedmont and Tenth Street in the 1940’s(Georgia State University Library)
    The original Varsity (GSU Library) My “Old Maid Aunt” Naomi, prided herself on being “the only woman used car dealer in Atlanta.” Her car lot was on Lucky Street on the way to downtown Atlanta ... Read on →

    what if

    Almost

    by | 2 | Sep 7, 2016
    President Jimmy Carter relaxed at his desk in the Oval Office in April 1978
    The country was at peace; internally and around the world. We had issues; Russia was being aggressive, Central America was volatile, Israel and Egypt, of course. But America didn’t have a standing army fighting ... Read on →

    snobby pronunciation

    Do Peking Ducks Know Their Name Has Been Changed?

    by | 1 | Sep 7, 2016
    Do Peking Ducks Know Their Name Has Been Changed?
    When I was growing up, the Chinese capital was pronounced “PEE-king.” There was no latitude in the pronunciation of this word. It was not POO-king nor PIE-king. It was PEE-king. To deliberately say the word ... Read on →

    loved by all who knew her

    Friends Called Her Kitty

    by | 4 | Sep 6, 2016
    Friends Called Her Kitty
    My daughters’ last grandparent died last week. The call came in at 7:45 in the morning August 24. My daughter, Becky, delivered the sad news. “Daddy, grandmom died.” Katherine Crane, “Kitty,” Ross had passed away ... Read on →

    forbidden fruit

    Unh, hunh

    by | 1 | Sep 5, 2016
    Unh, hunh
    Dylan mocked, ". . . with God on our side." The Boy Scouts award a "God and Country" merit badge. Nick Searcy sloganed,  "God bless America - annd no place else !" And those longing for the ... Read on →

    heavenly bodies

    I’ll see you in my dreams

    by | 2 | Sep 5, 2016
    I’ll see you in my dreams
    Disaster I dreamed that my husband and I had bought a caravan and were towing it up a steep incline behind his rather old banger. (In reality we bought a caravan twenty years ago and ... Read on →

    something more

    When We Can No Longer Agree to Disagree

    by | 4 | Sep 1, 2016
    When We Can No Longer Agree to Disagree
    In “We Take Care of Our Own,” New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote last month about conflicting world views of nationalism and globalism. To these, he added the notion of moral particularists and ... Read on →

    i will

    Bob Dylan, take note: The times they have done changed

    by | 6 | Sep 1, 2016
    Vintage wedding cake by pompixs and licensed at DepositPhotos.com
    Whatever happened to simple weddings? My wife Margaret and I got married 34 years ago in her parents’ living room, in Columbia, with maybe 10 people, tops, in attendance. This past Thursday, Aug. 25, we drove ... Read on →

    just political applesauce

    Enjoying Fritz Hollings’ colorful language again

    by | 1 | Aug 30, 2016
    Sen. Hollings at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on product liability, Feb. 19, 1986. (CitizensForACompetitiveAmerica.com)
    Clintonsm President Bill Clinton with Senator Fritz Hollings. (University of SC Library) Sen. Fritz Hollings Senate Farewell Address Sen. Fritz Hollings Senate Farewell Address Hollings-Biden web Fritz Hollings with Vice President Joe Biden. (University of SC Giving) Hollings posed with ... Read on →

    no atheists in hell

    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church

    by | 2 | Aug 27, 2016
    Six Churches, Six Miles, Six Weeks # 2: Morganton Baptist Church
    It was hard to resist the Morganton Baptist Church marquee headline I saw a couple of weeks ago during my Sunday bike ride: “There are no atheists in hell… they believe.” How could a ... Read on →

    underground airlines

    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters

    by | 0 | Aug 27, 2016
    Moral Universes: An Interview with Ben H. Winters
    American novelists have been disturbing comforting denials about the evils of racism since the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852. Ben H. Winters’ carries on that proud tradition with his ... Read on →

    illogical abuse of discourse

    Jingoism works. Incoherence works. Name-calling works.

    by | 0 | Aug 26, 2016
    Grampy’s Thinking cap is a gif created from the Betty Boop cartoon, “Betty Boop and Grampy,” produced by Max Fleischer in 1935
    With the general election less than two months away, I’m exhausted almost daily putting new batteries into my thinking cap so that I can be a responsible, critical listener to the appeals of all ... Read on →
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    Do you really want it that badly?

    by Robert Lamb

    Do you really want it that badly?

    Used your debit card lately to buy something in a store? I tried yesterday, but the store began closing before I could answer all the questions that pop up after you swipe your card. I had started at noon The first dozen or so were child’s play, questions like: “Do you want cash back?...

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    Abstract Expressionism

    by Tom Ferguson

    Abstract Expressionism

    Abstract Expression emerged in the late 1940s, growing out of the influx of European artists fleeing fascism, and the theories they brought with them. It was the second wave of European modernism, the first not having caught on here 30 years earlier. The idea of painting “automatically”, with...

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    The Men of St. Simons

    by Monica Smith

    The Men of St. Simons

    Ever since I arrived on Saint Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, I've been under the impression that the place is particularly hospitable towards women. Perhaps the number of women writers and artists who congregated here in the shadow of the popular Eugenia Price had something to do with it....

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    The Georgia Guidestones

    by Joe Earle

    The Georgia Guidestones

    #1 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out. The Guidestones...

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    New report highlights South’s Civil War hangover

    by Andy Brack

    New report highlights South’s Civil War hangover

    The American South has changed a lot in the 40 years since integration came to much of the region. Not only are educational systems better throughout the South, but the economy is more diverse. Millions of more people live here, bringing with them their talents, resources and drive. In fact, many of...

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    Georgia falling behind funding higher education

    by Elliott Brack

    Georgia falling behind funding higher education

    Put the blame where you may: the major downturn in the economy, a former governor (Sonny Perdue) who did not take up the education mantle, or a changing and inept legislature which does not cherish education. You may have a choice where you place the blame, but for sure, one group has been hit th...

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    A power shift is needed

    by Frank Povah

    A power shift is needed

    Once again a not-uncommon natural phenomenon has demonstrated that the only sensible place for electricity transmission lines is underground. Perhaps not the giant feeder lines rated in thousands of kiloVolts (why not Megavolts I wonder), but certainly those ubiquitous pole hangers that for a hundre...

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    The Not-So-Wily Whitetail Deer

    by Tom Poland

    The Not-So-Wily Whitetail Deer

    The August 5 edition of my hometown newspaper, the Lincoln Journal, mentioned that primitive weapon deer hunts are to be held this fall at Bussey Pointe in Lincoln County. The report brought back the days when my Granddad Poland often referred to the Bussey Place down in Double Branches, and it resu...

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    The Middle Class Wins in Congress

    by Meghan Miller

    The Middle Class Wins in Congress

    New Law on Payroll Tax Extension Is Great News Congress today passed an extension to the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the “doc fix” for the rest of 2012, avoiding the March 1 expiration and a potential hit to middle-class families across the country. The final vote ensures hard...

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    Home-less in America: Straight Talk from a Poet

    by Dallas Lee

    Home-less in America: Straight Talk from a Poet

    Emily Dickinson’s dictum “Tell all the truth but tell it slant” is wise counsel for writers sidling into the thickets of politics and religion. “The Truth must dazzle gradually/Or every man be blind.” Well, Kentucky farmer and poet Wendell Berry would sooner strike us sightless – knoc...

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    Elvis Presley: I'm Leavin'

    by Jeff Cochran

    Elvis Presley: I'm Leavin'

    This is an expanded version of the article, first posted January 11, 2010. Elvis Presley wasn't kidding. He was back and wanted our undivided attention. Excelling in a medium not easy for rock and rollers, his performance on the '68 Singer TV special declared, in fact pretty much shouted, tha...

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    Am I Too Young or Old for Miami?

    by Suz Korbel

    Am I Too Young or Old for Miami?

    I'm reluctantly going to watch my daughter play in the volleyball Junior Olympics next month in Miami Beach.  When I try to find a place to stay or things to do, I'm confronted with ads of happy drinkers in bikinis or hugging happy grey hairs.  Do I want a hotel with free afternoon cocktails at th...

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    2012? Looks Like 1996, at least in Turnout

    by Barry Hollander

    2012?  Looks Like 1996, at least in Turnout

    When it comes to voter turnout, 2012 is starting to look an awful lot like 1996. In 1996, a wounded Democratic incumbent faced an uninspiring Republican challenger. Sound familiar? That year, only 49 percent of the electorate voted – the lowest in the modern era. Back then, President Bill Cl...

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    The Top 100 Books of All Time

    by Earl Fisher

    The Top 100 Books of All Time

    I doubt there is anything particularly Southern about a list of Top 100, Best 100, or My Favorite 100 books. Then again, proving that one is better read, or that one’s list of perused books is more academic, or the simple act of trying to be snootier than one’s neighbor, does have a certain ring...

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    Self-editing

    by Alex Kearns

    Self-editing

    It's so much easier to edit other people's work than my own. In that I (usually) know exactly what I meant to say/write, my brain plows ahead and overrides my capacity for reading analytically. Perhaps this same phenomenon is at work in our attitudes and beliefs as well: we lose the ability ...

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

    by Andy Schmookler

    Glenn Beck as

    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, defining the knowledge and skills that American school-children should learn at each stage of th...

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    Bring Back The Little Black Bag

    by Tom Poland

    Bring Back The Little Black Bag

    When I was in college, the hippie kingdom railed against the hated Military-Industrial Complex. The MIC, they felt sure, was more than happy to wage war in Vietnam and rake in beaucoups of money. Making bombs to make a buck. Oh the outrage. Well where are hippies when you need them? Today we have...

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    Whew! Thank Goodness

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Whew! Thank Goodness

    Several shootings lately. Today it’s in Virginia at a Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal. Fortunately, no need to panic. As quick as you can scream “Active shooter, shelter in place!” the news stations pounced, emphatically stating “this is not terrorism!” Whew, for a minute I thoug...

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    "Joyful, Joyful" and Beethoven’s Ninth, plus Bernstein in Berlin

    by Elliott Brack

    During the holiday season, we hope you (and I) get to hear and sing one of our favorite hymns, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." Somehow it reminds me of Christmas. The stirring hymn was written in 1907 by Henry Van Dyke, a Princeton University professor of English, who was also a Presbyterian min...

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    Sunday Supper with Honest Abe

    by Rafael Alvarez

    Sunday Supper with Honest Abe

    I drove from Baltimore to Plains, GA, to meet Jimmy Carter and wound up eating fried chicken with Abraham Lincoln. Such are the adventures of a wandering writer who only wanted to escape the February cold. I left Crabtown on the evening of Feb. 8, what would have been my namesake grandfather...

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    Quotes & Stuff


    Canaries in the Coal Mine

    Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter/

    Henry Wallace on fascim

    “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” ― Henry A. Wallace

    Upton Sinclair on fascism

    “Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair

    Isaac Asimov - cult of ignoranc

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov

    Thomas Jefferson end of democracy -

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." Thomas Jefferson

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    “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” ― Jon Stewart

    MLKjr - thirst for freedom

    “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    Listen to FDR

    Listen to FDR, "Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise." - Frankin Roosevelt (DonkeyHotey/flickr/CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    Grant - Quote

    (DonkeyHotey/flickr/CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    Spirit of Justice

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