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Sunday, December 17, 2017
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    The Good Olde Days

    by The Good Olde Days

    From as far back as I can remember, until I reached 12, every Thanksgiving and Christmas, after he’d delivered groceries to the people on his part of the Sunday School’s list, Dad took me with him to see his “unofficial friend.”

    We drove down an alley far behind the foundry, to Shorty’s, bearing four bulging bags from the local Jitney Jungle…

    mixing religion with politics

    Magnificent Job. Now Get Back to Work

    by Roy Jones election watch party by Jamelle Bouie

    While playing his first round of golf during the 1925 US Open, amateur golfer Bobby Jones, thought his ball moved after he addressed it and assessed himself a one stroke penalty. Jones ended up losing the tournament by one stroke.

    The great golfer was praised universally for his honesty. He was irritated by the uproar, stating that honesty was a bedrock of golf and every true golfer would have done the same thing. His quote is still recalled: “You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank.”

     

    may all your dreams come true

    Christmas in Tukuyu

    by Mount Lengai seen from Lake Natron Northern Tanzania

    Do you have one Christmas past that stands out from all the others? My son and daughter say the happiest Christmas they ever had was the one when they were seven and eleven years old — Christmas of 1977. At the time, we were living in Tukuyu, a sleepy little town located on top of a dormant volcano in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Obviously, our lifestyle was not that of a typical American family. The children grew up in Africa with only periodic visits back to the states. I was often amazed by the contrast in their behavior…

    a book review

    The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, Betty Medsger

    by FBI - a drawing by Tom Ferguson of an agent hidden underneath an agent

    The non-fiction on my reading list is important stuff but not exactly entertaining… and mostly depressing. It’s part of my dutiful good-citizen activism. The Burglary is also but such a page-turner that two days in a row it was 3:30a.m. before I could put it down.

    In 1971 eight activists decided to break into an FBI office to find proof that the agency was off the rails, blatantly violating the constitution. Their successful action confirmed this in spades. They divided the booty up into categories, setting aside criminal investigations and mailing the hot stuff to key congressional figures and media, the author of this book foremost.

    wagga wagga, wiradjuri

    The Return Journey

    by View of the old Court House

    It was about 6am when the passing trucks interrupted my sleep. I had turned off the air conditioning and opened the motel window to help me sleep after a long day driving the back roads and exploring the Monumental Cemetery. A hamburger washed down with a few cold beers in an Irish bar helped me go to sleep until the noise of the early morning traffic brought me back to reality. There was a lot to do and more roads to explore.

    portent of things to come

    Alabama Then and Now

    by Alabama Senate Race 1962 vs 2017

    Although I grew up in a family of Democrats in Louisiana when there were few Republicans and two kinds of Democrats (supporters of Huey Long’s machine and the other kind), I went to high school in Phoenix where I worked in Barry Goldwater’s first senate campaign in 1952 running against the incumbent Democrat in a blue state.

    Influenced or infected by the relatively enlightened views toward race then current in Phoenix, I joined the Young Republicans when I returned to my native state to enroll at Tulane University. I did so because the local Republicans, including several very liberal Tulane professors, were working hard to register African-Americans who had been disenfranchised since the end of Reconstruction.

    why is it so hard?

    Singing Second

    by The 118th Army vs. Navy Game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dec. 9, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Michelle Eberhart

    The first college football game I ever watched was the 1960 Army Navy contest. A running back named Joe Bellino caught my attention and I cheered enthusiastically for Navy during that contest. A few days later Bellino would also win the Heisman Trophy.

    My father watched the game with me and rooted for the opposing team. He served in World War II as a gunnery sergeant and was Army through and through. This was likely the first of many disagreements he and I would have over the years..

    symbols of hate

    Who’s in Charge of Georgia’s History?

    by Who's in Charge of Georgia's History?

    Last week, David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), Speaker of the Georgia House, was interviewed on WABE by Denis O’Hayer. “In just a month, Georgia lawmakers return to the state capitol,” O’Hayer said by way of introduction, “and they have a lot of issues in front of them.”

    He asked Ralston if allegations of sexual harassment might surface in the state government and how the legislature might address that issue. Then, O’Hayer moved to another topic – Confederate monuments. “The state already has a law … that bars local governments from removing or concealing Confederate monuments…

    hold nissan accountable

    Corruption Can Be Classic, In the Mississippi Way

    by Donald Trump riding the GOP elephant with a confederate flag by DonkeyHotey

    Progressive Mississippians have got their pantsuits in a wad.

    Justifiably so. This weekend, which marks the bicentennial of Mississippi’s initial entry into the Union, also heralds the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

    At the last minute, the KKK-endorsed, white supremacist Donald Trump accepted Phil Bryant’s invitation to attend and speak at this event. In response, many groups — from the Hillary-honorific “Pantsuit Nation” to the Obama-inspired Organizing for Action — are planning kneel-ins and sign displays along the motorcade route.

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    Pray for Roy Moore but for God’s Sake Don’t Vote for Him

    by Predator, bigot, transphobe, homophobe, xenophobe & twice removed Judge Roy Moore U.S. Senate log

    Make no mistake, the Alabama U.S. Senate election is about hate.

    Republican Candidate Roy Moore, the twice-elected and twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice, says the race is about an attack on our Christian heritage and beliefs. An assault on the very foundations of our country. Moore says he is being persecuted by “forces of evil” and thus all of our beliefs are at risk.

    encourages the fantasy

    The 25th Amendment Isn’t Impeachment Lite

    by Donald Trump - Caricature by DonkeyHotey

    Ezra Klein is a very smart boy. Way smarter than me. That’s why I’m posting here and he’s presiding over Vox, a very influential national online news outlet.

    But in the course of a recent article calling for President Trump’s impeachment, Klein stumbles into a misreading of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. In fairness to Klein, he’s just repeating the mistake made by other media heavyweights who’ve written about this.

    exploring

    Driving the Back Roads

    by Driving the Back Roads

    Inspired by Tom Poland’s great stories about his travels on the back roads I decided to drive some country roads in search of a little piece of history. I didn’t want to go too far from the small inland cities and towns because I needed a little comfort at the end of the day. Camping out and cooking on an open fire no longer interested me, especially when alone.

    Unable to find someone to share the experience I left home early on Sunday morning to navigate the freeways and toll roads out of the city.

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    The Great Derangement & Insane Clown President

    by You thought I cared about the little guy... I do. This money is the little guy - Cartoon by Tom Fergueson

    In The Great Derangement Matt Taibbi looked at several contemporary phenomenon: The War in Iraq, Fundamentalism as exemplified by a Texas Mega-church and, in his words, the great sausage-making in Washington, D.C. The 911 conspiracy buffs come under scrutiny as well.

    He makes no bones about the deception in Iraq accomplished by the usual methods: jingoism, cowardly congress, compliant press…

    absolute paradox

    We Love You – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do About It

    by We Love You – Ain't Nothing You Can Do About It

    Like all good books, Paul Theroux’s Deep South got me thinking about things beyond the book’s covers. As the service wrapped up at an African American church Theroux visited (the congregants called him “Mr. Paul”), he picked up a Bible and turned to a passage in Proverbs he remembered. It read, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

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    #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

    by #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

    The Senate test vote (aka: motion to proceed or pre-vote vote) could be next Monday, November 27. They could bring it to the floor as early as Thursday, November 30th. We need to make some noise until we defeat this bill that even Forbes called “The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington.” Calling your senators is a good thing (capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121). Do it. But that isn’t enough.

    This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now.

    thankful

    My Father’s Canteen

    by My Father's Canteen

    The canteen hung from a nail in my parent’s attic for decades. My father brought it home from Hiroshima. He brought back, too, Earth Superior binoculars and a Japanese rifle and bayonet. The rifle is missing. Its bayonet remains. War relics.

    Look closely. You’ll see the designation U.S. A.G. M. Co. 1942 on this World War II canteen. A.G. M. stood for the Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Company. Check eBay. Folks are selling history, war relics.

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    Almost Mom’s Oyster Dressing

    by Thanksgiving Oyster Dressing by Earl Fisher

    I’ve often wondered if other countries have a national holiday like we do—Thanksgiving—an entire day dedicated to eating, followed by National Leftover Day, a holy day almost as big a hit as T-Day, itself. Is there a Sardine Day in Norway? A Fish & Chips Day in Great Britain? I really don’t know, although I’m sure I could Google it if I could figure out how to ask the right question.

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part III

    by Front of historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville

    A notice on the front door warns that you look at the church at your own risk. The church stands empty. Closed. Nothing new. Trinity Episcopal closed during the Great Depression. “When my mother and aunt came back here to live in retirement, they tried other churches and it just didn’t work,” said May. “So, they got some friends who had grown up in the church with them and reopened the church. The first service was on November 1, 1948.”

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    John Noel Is Running with the Sun

    by PSC candidate John Noel wants Georgia’s energy future to be solar-powered

    Republican victories in Georgia Public Service Commission races have been so predictable in recent years that Democrats haven’t bothered to field a candidate in three of the past five elections. Next year is shaping up to be quite different for the state’s asleep-at-the-wheel all GOP regulatory agency, however.

    Here’s why…

    corporate criminals

    Testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission

    by Testimony to the Georgia Public Service Commission

    Nov. 6, 2017. My name is Stephen Wingeier. Wouldn’t it be great if all Georgia citizens had the day off to participate in their democracy today? Luckily for me, Monday is my day off. But by holding this so-called “public hearing” during the workday, you are excluding the vast majority of Georgians.

    Long after Monsanto Corporations’s own secret studies revealed the toxicity of DDT, they kept right on selling it. Long after the tobacco industry did secret studies proving that cigarettes are carcinogenic, it kept on pretending cigarettes were safe. And long after the plastics industry secretly knew it was poisoning its workers, it kept right on poisoning them. None of these corporate crimes was halted until government regulators stepped in.

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    Text Addict

    by Drawing/Cartoon of police spokesperson: “Ok, our new human rights policy - make sure there are no video cameras around when assaulting civilians” was created by © Tom Ferguson.

    So I ran across Dennis LeHane’s latest in the new book shelf at the Atlanta Ponce library. His Mystic River was first rate – so says James Lee Burke. But he wrote one where I felt so suckered I vowed not to read him again. But this one drew me in, thought I’d give it a chance. The first hundred pages read like a book club book: serious, smart writing, psychologically insightful, lot of research to make the world he’s portraying credible.

    we cannot forget

    KSU Cheerleaders Kneeling in the Stream of History

    by The public lynching of Samuel "Tom" Wilkes in 189

    A few weeks ago, just before a football game against the visiting Crusaders from North Greenville University, five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders knelt during the playing of the National Anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. KSU officials promptly banned the cheerleaders from the football field at future games until after the national anthem had been played.

    On Wednesday, in a letter to the KSU community, President Sam Olens announced that “I have decided that at Kennesaw State University’s next home game on November 11, the pre-game program will be restored to its original format, with the cheerleaders taking the field before the singing of the National Anthem.”

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part II

    by Trinity's interior in better times. Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick.

    Owing to the need to save money for their daughters’ college tuition, it took May and her husband fifteen years to move to Abbeville After her mother died. That was in 1977. “We came and never looked back,” she said. Her husband took early retirement and she quit teaching first grade. “No more,” she said, but more was in store. A school in the country urgently needed a teacher. “I pitched in and ended up teaching four more years, but that gave me four more years of retirement money.”

    finding self

    Why We Build

    by Why We Build

    I built my first coffin as an eight-year-old in 1952, a time when dogs still trotted freely in the street in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. They had full reign of the neighborhood. Sawdust and Timber, my two young beagles, slept in my bed with me. We had to jockey for space. At that age, I didn’t mind rolling over on a wet and slimy shard of chewed bone. One summer afternoon Sawdust ran under a speeding Buick Roadmaster. Trailing a few steps behind, Timber only heard the thump.

    think, remember, reflect

    Who do you hate?

    by Exhibit - Center for Civil and Human Rights - Atlanta by Albert Vecerka-Esto

    I grew up in the segregated South. In my seven years of elementary school, four years of high school, and four years of college, there was never a black student in my school.

    I was there on the Sunday morning in 1960 when the leaders of my Methodist church gathered nervously on the front steps fearful that a black family was going to come to worship. When I asked my Dad what everybody was afraid of, he said, “you don’t understand.”

     

    the decades astonish and steal

    Saving Trinity, Part I

    by Saving Trinity, Part I

    August 31. Rain from Harvey’s remnants made the driving tough along Highway 34. The wipers met out a metronome-like beat as log truck after log truck slung sheets of water across my windshield, a clattering collision of water against glass. My destination? Abbeville, South Carolina to meet photographer-writer-historian Bill “Big Sky” Fitzpatrick. A gusty, gray rain seemed fitting for a mission to see who and what might halt the crumbling of historic Trinity Episcopal Church.

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    Springtime for Turd Blossom Part III

    by Boyd Lewis

    Springtime for Turd Blossom Part III

    The Whiteman Chronicles continue. A synopsis of what has went so far.  The year is 2031. Whiteman is a southerner of a certain age and of the Caucasian persuasion. He plays by the rules, works hard and hopes life will be better for his children than it was for him. (Click to read Part I or Part...

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    Journalism school: For readers, viewers, listeners

    by Keith Graham

    Journalism school: For readers, viewers, listeners

    Jobs in journalism that pay a living wage are hard to come by these days. Meaningful and interesting jobs in journalism that allow you to make any difference in the world are even harder to land. Yet, students still enroll in journalism schools. In fact, the numbers of students might actu...

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    A few words about a beloved dog

    by Carson M. Lamb

    A few words about a beloved dog

    I'm familiar with the concept of death and loss – probably more familiar than many my age and perhaps even more so than those twice it. Every few years, it seems, I receive a phone call from someone bearing bad news: a friend has died. I've been the unfortunate recipient of more than my share of ...

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    Dear Justplainwill: Mea Culpas from La La Land

    by Just Plain Will

    Dear Justplainwill: Mea Culpas from La La Land

    Justplainwill will now take your questions. Need answers about life? Love? Happiness? Homework? Or even where to catch the No. 37 MARTA bus? Write Justplainwill. Dear Justplainwill: I am a pro quarterback, who has had an awful season. I've had 17 passes intercepted during games. I have also thro...

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    Where GOP presidential contenders should really visit.

    by Andy Brack

    Where GOP presidential contenders should really visit.

    Over the next two weeks as Republican presidential candidates flirt with primary voters in South Carolina, it might benefit the state and nation if they’d show up in places different than usual political stops. Anybody operating under the standard play book is going to opt for more populated ar...

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    Hinson & Haze, episode 12

    by Tom Ferguson

    Hinson & Haze, episode 12

    [caption id="attachment_32123" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Long Term Prospects"][/caption] Wherein the wobbly wanderers consider the afterlife....

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    Up Close and Personal: Ash spills, mountaintop removal & sandhill cranes

    by Nancy Robinson

    Up Close and Personal: Ash spills, mountaintop removal & sandhill cranes

    It’s a Thursday afternoon in mid-winter, and Dr. Mark Littmann is driving a University of Tennessee van packed with 10 of his students down a gravel road in the backwoods near Kingston, Tenn. In his khaki trench coat and glasses, Littmann looks more like a detective than a science journalism profe...

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    You won

    by Terri Evans

    You won

    It’s official. Vancouver, WA-based internet hosting provider, Dotster, has announced the winners of their “Next Big Small Business” Contest and LikeTheDew.com swept third place. Dotster’s contest sought to find businesses “using the Internet to turn their personal passion into successfu...

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    The Burden of Being a Southerner

    by Henry Foresman

    The Burden of Being a Southerner

    This is going to be a long and rather convoluted essay. I will be long, because as a Southerner and a quasi-historian I can’t do with one word what twenty would do; it will be convoluted as my feelings on the issue I am writing about are convoluted. While not a huge fan of William Faulkner,...

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    Southerner's Guide to Lovin' the London Olympics

    by Just Plain Will

    Southerner's Guide to Lovin' the London Olympics

    God bless your heart, you are really going to try this year. You're really going to try. Not to watch at least a little of the telecasts would be downright unpatriotic you tell yourself. [caption id="attachment_41149" align="alignright" width="300"] Olympic mascots Wenlock & Mandeville (Lo...

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    Silent nights, traditions and goats

    by Mark Johnson

    Silent nights, traditions and goats

    It’s Christmas. It’s the time of year when retailers try to convince you that every visible structure and open patch of ground must have lights, inflatable snow globes or gaudy trees that pulse to electronic renditions of “Blue Christmas.” Sure, Christmas is too commercial. We all know...

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    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    by Tom Ferguson

    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    The General Assembly passed out their draft of demands and read their preamble: We hold this truth to be self-evident that the 99% deserve equal rights, equal protections, equal access and equal opportunity as the 1% who benefit disproportionately from the current system.  We therefore freely assem...

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    The Audacity of Soap*

    by Will Cantrell

    The Audacity of Soap*

    “Not bad,” I say to myself, taking inventory of this year's Christmas spoils. It's the "night after" and I'm standing next to the nine-foot loblolly pine felled from the woods out back. I'd had my eye on the thing since the dog days of summer and finally gave it the axe the day after Thanksgivin...

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    Once upon a time...

    by Robert Lamb

    Once upon a time...

    So you'd like to write a novel. Then here's Dr. Lamb's prescription: take two aspirin and lie down till the desire goes away. Just kidding. Truth is, if you're really a writer, you will write, no matter what. And if you're not, well, I hope you're at least a reader. Writers need readers and r...

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    Hidden gems flourish across Palmetto State

    by Andy Brack

    Hidden gems flourish across Palmetto State

    South Carolina, known for its “smiling faces, beautiful places,” has countless hidden gems – restaurants, parks, communities that shine for their uniqueness and special offerings. We all have a special place that we value, whether it's a waterfall, a mountain walk, a blackwater river, a cou...

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    The Clean Restroom Gospel of Salvation

    by Will Cantrell

    The Clean Restroom Gospel of Salvation

    Author’s Note: Everything herein is true. Well, more or less true. ‘More’ because the writing is inspired by true incidents, because truth is stranger than fiction and because frankly, my imagination just ain’t good enough to make it all up. ‘Less’ because I have changed the names of th...

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    Boom Along Baby Boomers

    by Tom Poland

    Boom Along Baby Boomers

    Who We Come From ... What We Truthfully Remember A Note To Baby Boomers: My daughter, Beth, is building a family tree using Ancestry.com in part. The other part involves questions to family members and independent research. She seeks to better know family members from the past. Her work will be of ...

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    Eileen's Theory of Relativity

    by Eileen Dight

    Eileen's Theory of Relativity

    In my first experience of euphoria, prelude to a bipolar life, I experienced an inspiration. It was exhilarating, profound, an insight that would not be possible in a normal frame of mind. I attempted without success to share this amazing revelation with others. Even my loved ones dismissed it as an...

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    Guantanamo a la France

    by John Hickman

    Guantanamo a la France

    Remember when we associated France with popular rebellion against tyranny and individual liberty? The French Revolution, the Paris Commune, the French Resistance and May 1968 provided ideas and imagery for innumerable liberation movements around the world. To the dismay of many Francophiles, ...

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    The Most Dangerous Moment in History

    by Tom Ferguson

    The Most Dangerous Moment in History

    During the Cuban Missile Crisis U.S. destroyers attacked a Russian submarine. The submarine was given orders to launch its nuclear warheads against the U.S. This would have certainly precipitated a full retaliatory exchange and we would most likely not be here to discuss it. The submarine commander ...

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

    Go to https://www.ofa.us/

    Organizing for Action

    Go to Organizing for Action

    A sign by Kristin Joiner, on a neighbor's lawn (Photo by Mike Licht)

    A sign by Kristin Joiner

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/32066779640/in/dateposted/

    Scott Pruitt Is Not Up For The Job

    The Climate Reality Project

    Gideons Promise

    Gideon’s Promise

    PenceWatchdotUS

    PenceWatch.us

    Women_March_Report_opt22

    Everytown For Gun Safety

    Tom Price

    UltraViolet

    Occupy Democrats

    http://occupydemocrats.com

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We have work to do

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We Can't Trust Big Oil Insiders

    ClimateRealityProject.org

    Canaries in the Coal Mine

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

    Listen to FDR

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    Grant - Quote

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  • hiking the at

    Song of Hiawatha

    by Appalachian Trail Rock Tunnel

    Since my early teens, I have loved the out-of-doors and spent many a good moment there, sometimes in the company of others, often in blissful solitude.

    At the age of forty, beset by an unexpected urge to solo trek, I strapped on a JanSport backpack large enough for a bathtub, filled it with fifty-four pounds of gear and sustenance, and hiked north on the Appalachian Trail (AT) out of Damascus, Virginia, bound for the high country of Mt. Rogers and Grayson Highlands. After a schlep of nine miles on day one, mostly uphill, I collapsed and camped right beside the trail, too exhausted to search for a better spot. Each day thereafter, however, I grew stronger…

    there is a bigger deal out there

    The Chase for Amazon

    by he rendering of the Amazon building in the Denny Regrade neighborhood of Seattle by NBBJ

    It has been hard to ignore the buzz created by the chase for Amazon’s second headquarters. Five billion dollars in construction costs and 50,000 “high-paying” jobs. 238 proposals have been submitted to Amazon from all across North America. Of course there were.

    While all the proposals were made in secret, it is safe to assume that no incentive was left out.

    southern blood

    Valhalla

    by Valhalla

    Without fanfare the bass player, Bob Keller, stepped to a microphone and introduced the first song.

    Here’s something by Bob Dylan.”

    The wall of sound unleashed from those speakers was unlike anything we’d ever heard. Maybe like a two by four upside the head. I swear the wind from their opening notes blew my hair.

    reading list

    Meandering Mind Stream

    by Meandering Mind Stream

    Caught without my emergency notebooks, not even a book, I found myself with 45 minutes to kill before the East Atlanta library opened. Fortunately Joe’s Coffee Shop is nearby.

    Browsing their little book shelf I found a John le Carré novel. With coffee I read ten or fifteen pages, marveling at his superb writing. Coincidentally the hold books I was there to pick up included a le Carré memoir, a collection of magazine articles he published over the years, a unique form of memoir…

    that the best he's got

    Donny O’Trump and the Liddle People

    by Donny O'Trump and the Liddle People

    Randy Newman caused an uproar years ago when he released a catchy pop ditty in which he declared that “short people got no reason to live.” The singer-songwriter insisted “Short People”was a metaphorical, anti-bigotry joke, as was his bent, but that didn’t stop a lot of short people and their families and friends from wanting to cut him off at the knees. I wonder why we haven’t heard a similar outcry over Donald Trump’s fondness for belittling “liddle” people. He’s not joking, much less engaging in metaphor.

    aging

    Nothing’s Gonna Touch You in These Golden Years

    by lifecyle of a dandelion blossom

    My right eye is doing the heavy lifting; my left, just along for the ride for now.

    Six months ago, I had a detached and torn retina in my left eye. Thanks to micro- and laser-surgery techniques, they can fix that. Not that long ago, I would’ve lost the sight in the eye. The cause? Old age, my friend, old age. While detached and/or torn retinas can happen as the result of an injury, in folks my age, they’re caused by 1) a misshapen eye (mine are extremely myopic; I had worn glasses for distance since third grade until I had LASIK a decade ago) …

    painting barns

    See Rock City

    by See Rock City

    In my mom’s back yard stands a red and black birdhouse on a white pole. Its roof holds iconic words. “See Rock City.” If it had not been for Garnet Carter and Clark Byers, that birdhouse wouldn’t exist. Times were, you could drive along a back road and sooner or later you’d see a barn with its roof turned into an advertisement.

    You’ll be hard pressed today to find a barn’s roof declaring “See 7 States from Rock City.” In case you’ve never heard of it, Rock City is a roadside attraction in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Gigantic rock formations, a Lovers Leap, and caverns with black lights I recall. I remember, too, Ruby Falls but that’s an attraction inside Lookout Mountain.

    education by tv

    Irish Famine

    by Queen Victoria transforms to TV Queen Victoria

    Popular on British and American TV screens, the series ”Victoria” about the reign of Queen Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, is a great way to become familiar with the history of England without reading books. Only a small percentage of the population reads history books, and even there, some issues are not fully covered. For many British viewers it was the first they had learned about the horrors of the 1840s Irish Famine… 

    protecting class privilege

    Vietnam in the Air

    by Vietnam in the Air

    Timely to have happened on the book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, at the library just as the Ken Burns’ Vietnam: A Television History began on PBS. I was curious to see what perspective was brought to both the book and documentary. The factoid that especially interested me: Vietnam was one country, temporarily divided by the Geneva Accords …

    a deeper observation

    Taking A Knee for the National Anthem

    by Taking A Knee for the National Anthem

    It is obvious there is anger throughout the league from world renown athletes to the general managers of those professional teams. Professional athletes such as LeBron James, professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, have spoken out about racial injustices throughout our nation and have exemplified their frustration for our current president, Donald Trump. LeBron does not stand alone …

    faux patriotism

    Respecting the Constitution

    by Respecting the Constitution

    So let me get this straight; the primary way for Americans to properly respect our country, flag and all those soldiers who died for our right to say what we want, act the way we want, and worship in the manner we see fit is to attend a sporting event and reverently stand while an ode to a night of bombardment during a war we didn’t win, set to the tune of a British drinking song, is sung by some diva trying to sing it completely apart from what it was intended.

    southern queer vs. yankee cop

    A time to be silent or a time to speak?

    by Rainbow colored golden retriever

    I enjoy the diversity of the waiting room when I go for a routine checkup to my miracle worker, Dr. Lobiondo, Director of the Wound Center at Clara Maass Hospital in Newark, NJ. More than five years ago his rigorous routines completely cured a large open wound on my left leg, a result of lymphedema. For 2 years I had been sleeping in a chair with my legs elevated, but no noticeable improvement. Then I discovered Dr. Lobiondo…

    in the past

    A Sunday Drive

    by Noble SC Governors Grave

    Used to be customary for folks to take Sunday drives. I don’t think people today tend to do that as much as the older folks did but they should. It’s enjoyable and revealing. Of course we still use “Sunday driver” to describe a driver who dawdles, and dawdling is in order when the drive itself is the destination.

    Sunday, September 17 my sister, Deb and family friend Teresa took me to an old cemetery I’d never seen. Across the Savannah …

     

    just won't die

    The “Heritage, Not Hate” Dodge

    by zombie confederates

    Yet again, over 150 years after Appomattox, we’re still at one another’s throats about the meaning of the horrendous bloodletting that ended with a half-page of surrender terms and a handshake. The proximate trigger for the recent mayhem in Charlottesville was the city’s plan to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee. Now the air is thick with denunciations of similar monuments for valorizing traitors …

    getting to the whole truth

    The CIA’s Tortured Amnesia

    by CIA TORTURE REPORT by Paresh Nath

    It’s too bad the trial of two CIA contract psychologists who created the “torture” interrogation program in the wake of 9/11 was canceled and the case settled out of court. The trial, scheduled for September 5th, might have provided publicity that could help prevent future abuses in the name of national security. Such publicity could also call attention to the need for creating a stronger institutional memory …

    fantastic meal #90

    Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    by Blue-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    We were not big potato eaters when I was growing up. My mom was a stay-at-home housewife and did most of the cooking, and baked or mashed potatoes weren’t high on her list of dinnertime sides. Rice and black-eyed peas, however, were. And as much as my dad loved black-eyed peas and rice, he did not fail to let us all know that he sure missed an occasional side of mashed potatoes, rolls, and gravy. I think the sore point here was the gravy, but it could have been the rolls.

    kegger stories

    Ground Ball Back To You, I Got The Throw

    by Pi Lambda Phi House at the University of Virginia

    “Jimmy Joe, ground ball back to you, I got the throw at second.”

    I joined a Greek fraternity at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1976. Like most large schools with dozens of different houses, an incoming freshman had a lot to choose from. There were old Southern houses that dated back to the Civil War. There were heavy drinking houses. Other houses preferred…

    hidden beauty

    The Long Way Home

    by A vintage rural scene come summer. A farmer’s crops and a dirt road just off Highway 34 between Silverstreet and Chappells. Blue, green, white and beige, the colors of the Earth.

    Labor Day I labored. I wrote the photo captions for my new book due out next spring about lesser-traveled road, a familiar refrain. By now you readers surely can tell what I’m working on by the columns I write. I’ve often written about my expeditions into the countryside. I drove over 10,000 miles deliberately avoiding interstates. I chose to take the long way home as Supertramp famously sang.

    values in caricature

    The Big Board Game, Capitalism

    by The Big Board Game, Capitalism

    In terms of articulating what’s going on, who runs things for whose benefit in the country, hell, the world, we are gifted with two stand-out analysts; Noam Chomsky and Michael Parenti. I’ve been reading Chomsky’s first book on the subject, American Power and the New Mandarins and an early book of Parenti’s, The Sword and the Dollar… 

    a sooty middle finger

    What the truck! Should monster pickups be outlawed?

    by Big red monster truck

    I was stopped for a red light while on my way to the grocery store when it pulled up in the lane next to me. I heard its rumble and felt its shadow fall like a partial eclipse before I actually saw it. When I glanced left from the window of my medium-sized sedan, I was eye level with its underbelly – the pristine wheel wells, the giant tires, the gleaming chassis, a concentration of chrome like a buck-toothed teenager’s orthodontics. The reflections of my car and the car just ahead of me in its side panels didn’t even reach as high as its door handles…

    climate change is real

    And now for the hard work

    by And now for the hard work

    Hurricane Harvey has brought death, unfathomable destruction, loss of homes and a deeply distraught community of caring people throughout the world.  How can we help? What do we do now?

    We will reach out, and offer whatever we can.  I particularly love the #cajunnavy and all the out-of-state volunteers from California and New York rushing to our side.

    fight them at every turn

    Understanding Racism

    by Trump Rally Asheville by Will Thomas

    I can’t really help myself. It just happens. Whenever I see images of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, or reasonable facsimiles, I think of Groucho Marx. The comedian from my dad’s generation famously stated that he would never want to join an exclusive club that was willing to accept him as a member.

    While viewing photos from KKK members, Confederate sympathizers’ mug shots, or watching the footage from places like Charlottesville, I can’t help but think: This is supposed to be an example of a superior race? Really?

    staring at the sun

    Today we were animals

    by Preparing for the eclipse

    For one brief, shining moment, we gathered near strangers, didn’t fear for our lives, and watched the moon blot out the sun.  The moon & sun were gliding all over fly-by land, giving us a quick peek at our natural selves; amazed, amused and/or otherwise distracted from the chaos of our own creation. We thought about our place in the universe, among the other animals making noises and clustering together.

    doing stupid stuff

    I Peed On That

    by St Louis night by Daniel Schwen

    I started my career in information technology in September 1983 at the Wilmington, DE office of Digital Equipment Corporation [DEC]. The Wilmington office serviced the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co account. Better known as DuPont, they were the largest chemical company in the United States and No. 6 on the Fortune 500. They were huge and impossible to please…

    context is not pc

    The Burden of Being a Southern, Part II

    by Sigbee drive cemetary

    Henry Kidd, who identified himself as a former national officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, objected to adding context. “Every tourist who comes to Richmond wants to see Monument Avenue; they don’t want to see a politically correct Monument Avenue,” Kidd said. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

    I will give Levar Stoney’s credit for appointing the Monument Avenue Commission to determine the fate of Lost Cause monuments …

    who will it be?

    The Honorable Senator from Alabama

    by Jeff Sessions, Roy Moore, Luther Strong

    The good folks in my home state of Alabama aren’t too sophisticated when it comes to voting excellent people into office. Consider that Jeff Sessions has been our senator for a long time, mostly running unopposed, or infrequently against some poor Democrat with no idea what he’s about to get involved in.

    Sessions perfected the religious fervor that doesn’t quite slip over into craziness …

    #charlottesville

    Playing With Fire

    by Charlottesville Unite The Right Rally photo taken by Rodney Dunning

    “Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done
    Walk away from trouble if you can
    It won’t mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek
    I hope you’re old enough to understand
    Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man”

    As we read our Sunday newspapers or listen to the news, we hear the same story over and over again, the violence in Charlottesville Virginia.  I was afraid this was going to happen.

    fantastic meal #91

    Summertime Soup

    by Summertime Soup

    When August drifts around every year, there is little to celebrate here in the Deep South. It’s hot and humid one day, hotter and more humid the next. A day or so ago he humidity was at 99%. I thought we had to be under water to get a 99% reading. There is one good thing about August in the South, however, and that’s the proliferation of summer vegetables. Tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, and cucumbers will grow like weeds if there’s enough rain…

    so easy to steal here

    New Wave Mobsters

    by Mafiya by © Tom Ferguson

    Mobsters tend to evolve out of inner city poverty. The young look around and notice the people in the neighborhood with flashy lifestyles, who don’t go hungry, who lord it over ordinary citizens. They resemble the intimidating bullies in their own circles who ham-fistedly appropriate their lunch money and humiliate them in other ways. The limited options visible on their horizon tempt the young and some inevitably are drawn into criminal apprenticeship.

    southern places

    A Country Club Like No Other

    by Harold's Signage -photo by Tom Poland

    Down near Yemassee, South Carolina, is a country club like no other. Harold’s Country Club proclaims that it is “in the middle of nowhere but close to everywhere.” That’s true. You’ll find it off Highway 21 at 97 Highway, 17A. I did when I pulled up in front of a faded sign that’s seen its share of Lowcountry sunlight. Nonetheless it’s colorful. A grill full of ribs, chicken, and a huge steak fill one side, a frosty mug of beer …

    fight like hell for the living

    100 Years Ago, Frank Little Died for Our Rights. Today, the Struggle Continues.

    by Jaz Brisack

    I stepped in an anthill at 4:17 yesterday morning, as I pounded a yellow “Union Yes” sign into the dewy ground outside the mile-long Nissan factory in Canton, Mississippi.

    Later in the day, on my way to visit workers and discuss the upcoming vote, I saw someone removing the signs along the highway exit ramp, as a MDOT truck blinked idly nearby. Looking closer, I noticed that the man yanking up our morning’s work was wearing striped trousers beneath his neon vest.

    more a direction

    Plumnelly: A Road Mark

    by Cheaha State Park by Andrea Wright

    On July 17, 1936, five months before I was born, an area of 393 acres of wilderness in Alabama’s Talladega County was established as a U.S. National Forest. One of its many glories is Cheaha Mountain, Alabama highest point, visible from our front porch. Dad and I camped out at many different spots in the park throughout most summers while I was growing up, and often we encountered no other human being.

    in the war on science

    Revenge of the Nerds

    by March for Science, Washington, DC by Becker1999 (Paul and Cathy)

    Earlier this month, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a damning report: Sidelining Science Since Day One—How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Public Health and Safety in Its First Six Months.

    The value of science to policy making has been recognized in the United States at least since 1863, when President Lincoln, at the height of the Civil War, signed into law a bill establishing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), charging it with the task of “providing independent, objective advice…

    southern addiction

    Football Sex and Old Time Religion

    by Football Sex and Old Time Religion

    The recent stunning downfall of the Ole Miss football coach has all the elements of a Southern Gothic tale. I’m surprised this wasn’t based on a Faulkner novel. Hugh Freeze resigned abruptly after being caught with incriminating evidence of sexual hanky-panky. The story had all the true elements of a southern tragedy; sex, religion, and football. What better way to spend an Autumn Saturday afternoon.

    abstraction distraction

    In a Word, Authentic

    by Scar-Moochi (aka: Anthony Scaramucci) by © Trevor Irvin

    The word “authentic” is being tossed around a lot these days … another empty-calorie, tasteless ingredient in today’s word salad. The kale of the word world.

    The other day, a leaking pustule of a man, Anthony Scaramucci, took over the job of White House Communications Director from the former dripping abscess, Sean Spicer. During one of his attempts at deceiving the press and the public, Scaramucci, started rambling on about just how great Sarah Huckabee was, saying,

    people need to know

    Clinton Tried to Win Election

    by he Ties That Bind was created by © Trevor Irvin

    Breaking Newz: A quickly unfolding scandal has revealed that Hillary Clinton colluded with millions of democrats nationwide to vote against Donald Trump during the 2016 elections.

    In a statement today, Satan’s BedBug, Kellyanne Conway, said “We hope it is clear to America now how unfairly Donald Trump was treated. When Donald Trump ran for president, Hillary purposely tried to win. We see this as proof she colluded with American Democrats…