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Saturday, April 18, 2015
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    going back

    A Strange and Haunting Encounter

    by | 18 hours ago
    A Strange and Haunting Encounter

    A bronze statue stands in front of Jadwin Gymnasium at Princeton University. It’s a statue of All-American Dick “Kaz” Kazmaier, who won the Heisman trophy in 1951 – the last Ivy League player to do so – and who famously declined to pursue a career in professional football after being drafted by the Chicago Bears. Instead, he went on to Harvard Business School and proceeded to build an impressive professional resumé that included serving as “director of the American Red Cross; director of the Ladies Professional Golfers Association…

    southern writers

    Loganville retiree writes novels about the South

    by | Apr 17, 2015
    Loganville retiree writes novels about the South

    Who would have thought that years in corporate America would be the business background of a newly-published Gwinnett author?

    Michael Brown, a Loganville, Ga resident, has now had two books published. We read his Somewhere a River, a 268 page novel from Deeds Publishing of Atlanta, and found it most enthralling. It is set in Alabama, the story turning around growing up in the South, high school and college football, and the entanglements we can get ourselves in both when younger and afterward.

    costing lives

    Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

    by | Apr 14, 2015
    Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

    “None of my friends can afford Obamacare, either,” Meghan said indignantly, “it should be repealed.”

    We were in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Meghan is a mid-to-late-thirties single mother who is balancing raising her child, her relationship and job while still working on her degree. She was telling us about the hospital where she works. Like so many rural hospitals across the South…

    lives

    A Friend Named Gus

    by | Apr 14, 2015
    A Friend Named Gus
    I have a young friend named Gus. He is in second grade at school, just starting out in life, and doesn’t hold back in letting us know what he is thinking. I have another friend named Gus who is ninety-four and confined to bed in ... Read on →

    code-breaking

    “Protection” — It does not mean what you think it means.

    by | Apr 13, 2015
    "Protection" -- It does not mean what you think it means.
    At least not in Glynn County, Georgia. Nor, I suspect, many other places where duplicitous Republicans reign. In some instances, "protection" is a euphemism for extorting money that you shouldn't have to pay out, if our public servants were doing their job. The Mafia and ... Read on →

    making magic

    Birdland

    by | Apr 9, 2015
    Birdland
    The guitar symbolized the entire day. A four string Fender electric bass resembling those currently popular among rock star wannabees and Hipsters. You pay a few hundred extra and the manufacturers ‘distress’ it. Makes the instrument appear well-worn, as if the owner has played every ... Read on →

    religious intolerance act

    A new thought has come into being: “Thank God for Indiana”

    by | Apr 3, 2015
    Mike Pence of Indiana - Anti-Gay Crusader
    For years, you have heard people in the South say: “Thank God for Mississippi!” They meant that were it not for that state, their own state might rank 50th out of 50 states in some category. Mississippi has traditionally ranked 50th in educational attainment, family income, ... Read on →

    tuesday, april 21

    Mr. Peabody’s Invaluable History of the Civil War

    by | Apr 14, 2015
    Mr. Peabody's Invaluable History of the Civil War
    To begin with, we're not talking about that super-smart cartoon dog who had a pet boy, though someone named Sherman does figure prominently in the topic at hand. We’re talking about the other Mr. Peabody, George Foster, namesake of the media awards that the University ... Read on →

    window washing

    Through A Glass Darkly

    by | Apr 9, 2015
    Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
    The great satirist, song writer and pianist Tom Lehrer had me wondering about and laughing at his songs even as an adolescent just beginning to appreciate the sardonic view of life. Who could hear and ever forget his black humor in "Poisoning Pigeons ... Read on →

    walking among ghosts

    Remembering The Farm & Double Branches

    by | Apr 6, 2015
    Remembering The Farm & Double Branches
    Dad's old home place Saturday, March 28, the day before we laid Mom to rest, was busy. People bringing food, funeral service details, and other matters kept us on the go. Later, as things settled down, I felt the need to spend time alone ... Read on →

    true to oneself

    In Defense of Sorriness

    by | Apr 2, 2015
    In Defense of Sorriness
    The arrival of the Great American Backyard Bird Count a few weeks back prompted a once-a-decade bird-feeder cleaning. I have a couple of the dome-over-dish type, and since I look down from my loft-office window, I figured I could count better if I ... Read on →

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    A Young Life Wasted

    by | Apr 1, 2015
    Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux
    Harvey was two years old when his mother died. He was the youngest of ten children and had little schooling because his father didn't believe it was important. Harvey's father had arrived from County ... Read on →

    1943-2015

    Jack

    by | Mar 31, 2015
    Jack deJarnette
    My friend, Jack deJarnette, was a frequent contributor to Like The Dew. He was a retired United Methodist minister who came to the cloth by way of respiratory therapy. Jack and I met the first ... Read on →

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    What’s in a Name?

    by | Mar 31, 2015
    What's in a Name?
    In England the bookies William Hill are giving odds of 4-1 (a tumble from earlier 14-1) on the new royal baby being named "Alice", unless it is "Arthur, Henry or James" (all at 20-1.) ... Read on →

    down on the farm

    Better tasting pork from happier pigs

    by | Mar 31, 2015
    Better tasting pork from happier pigs
    The premise is simple: pigs raised on the ground instead of concrete pens are happier pigs and produce better and tastier meat. That’s the theory at Thompson Farms here in Dixie, Ga., where Andrew ... Read on →

    tooting my alto

    Making The Honor Roll

    by | Mar 30, 2015
    Jazz players by Pedro Ribeiro Simões
    When I first heard the music of Bob Marley years ago, the Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, guitarist and philosopher, I found myself moving to the music. Somewhat to my surprise, I seemed to be responding ... Read on →

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    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Are there Vikings in your gene pool?
    My father, born in the northern English port of Liverpool (a likely landing place for seafarers) was tall, blonde, with piercing blue eyes, a Roman nose and flat back of the head. As a ... Read on →

    arboreal sartorial choices

    Urban Renewal

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Urban Renewal
    When I was young, Mamie Lattimer lived across the street from my grandmother in Jackson, Mississippi. Her yard could only be charitably described as a jungle. My grandmother loved it. In the summer, you ... Read on →

    banning mermaids

    More reasons for Georgia’s state legislature to meet less often

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    More reasons for Georgia's state legislature to meet less often
    Some of my readers at Gwinnett Forum have asked if I was serious about requiring that the Georgia General Assembly meet only once in every two years. In short, you betcha! Why? Because most Georgians ... Read on →

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    Another Last Look

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    Another Last Look
    In 1972 I had waited two years to receive an invitation to visit China and then four days to get a seat on the train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. The travel time to ... Read on →

    all the way

    Middle Georgians lament fire at hot dog stand spelled incorrectly

    by | Mar 23, 2015
    Middle Georgians lament fire at hot dog stand spelled incorrectly
    Pardon me for a personal reflection today. Those of us who grew up in Middle Georgia, and in particular in Macon, are saddened today. You see, an institution which succored us from our earliest memories ... Read on →

    compounding mendacity

    Settlement or Extortion?

    by | Mar 22, 2015
    Image: composite image created for LikeTheDew.com - aerial photo by James Holland Photography; Mr. Moneybags a Monopoly image (fair use).
    The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the ... Read on →

    efficient and painless

    The Great Transition

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    My home with our new solar array
    "The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil." -- Ahmed Zaki Yamani, former Saudi Arabian Minister ... Read on →

    meet april moore

    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker
    It is reasonable to believe that the state senator in our part of Virginia is being groomed to do for Virginia—or I should say do to Virginia—what Scott Walker has been doing to Wisconsin. ... Read on →

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    A Last Look at China

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    A Last Look at China
    In 1979, I traveled to Beijing for a quick visit and the following year to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin to visit potential sites for a joint venture manufacturing company with Chinese partners. Discussions ... Read on →

    trUSt

    Selling out the Public

    by | Mar 18, 2015
    Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver by Simon Bening (public domain via Wikimedia.org)
    Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver (Simon Bening) Once upon a time it took thirty pieces of silver to sell out a man. Now, in the electronic age, when all precious metals have been ... Read on →

    enlightening

    Beyond Reason

    by | Mar 17, 2015
    Beyond Reason
    Sometimes the universe surprises you. A few months ago, I received an email from independent filmmaker Frank Huguenard. Having read some of my posts on the science of consciousness, Frank wanted to know if I'd ... Read on →
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    • The Supreme Court should uphold current protections against housing discrimination - The Washington Post

      coastalconguero:

      The Washington Post writes in an editorial:

      HOW HARD should it be to fight discriminatory housing practices? A lot harder than it is now, the state of Texas argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Many of the justices didn’t appear to buy it — and they shouldn’t.

      “Housing segregation,” commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote last year, “is the weapon that mortally injures but does not bruise.”

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      nprfreshair:

      New Orleans music didn’t do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done in the ’50s. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest and Motown in Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Rock historian Ed Ward has his story.

      Listen: Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

      Photo: Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio

    • Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

      Defense attorneys for the former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault have placed blame on the elite Southern university, saying their clients’ judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common.

      The graphic evidence and testimony presented in court is all the more shocking because it shows that several others were at least partly aware that an unconscious woman was being taken advantage of or had enough evidence to show that something had happened to her, and did nothing to help her or report it.

    • In Stately Old Charleston, the New Buildings on the Block Are Struggling to Fit In - NYTimes.com

      “[T]hese are days of bum notes and dissonance in historic Charleston, [S.C.] which is enjoying a robust economy and one of the most transformative regional population booms since the Civil War. Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones.”

    • Georgia, Back in the Death-Penalty Spotlight - NYTimes.com

      The modern American death penalty is beset with endless complications and contradictions, and over the years no state has embodied the full range of these as consistently as Georgia.

      Death sentences handed down by Georgia provided the basis for both the Supreme Court’s 1972 moratorium on capital punishment and its lifting of that moratorium four years later. In 1987, the court upheld another Georgia death sentence — of a black man convicted of murdering a white police officer — despite statistical evidence showing that the death penalty there was applied far more often when the victim was white rather than black.

      Now Georgia is in the spotlight again, as it prepares to execute Warren Lee Hill Jr.



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    A Voice from the 1%

    by Gaius

    A Voice from the 1%

    The impetus behind the Occupy Wall Street movement - a vague sense that the rich are getting ever richer while everyone else suffers - was confirmed by a recent report from the Social Security Administration showing that while total employment and average wages remained stagnant, the number of peopl... Read on →

    Folk theology rendered here

    by Piney Woods Pete

    Folk theology rendered here

    An upcoming religious retreat at St. Simons Island proclaims that the main presenter is a three-fold threat, being a singer, a humorist and a folk theologian.  That was a new one on me. Singers and humorists, of course, are a dime a dozen. But a folk theologian? There's a new gig. Or perh... Read on →

    Alabamification of America, Take 2

    by Pamela Sumners

    Alabamification of America, Take 2

    You ought to know you’re in a bad spot when you begin an opinion piece with: “You really can’t make this stuff up.” This is not the first time I have written that sentence opening an opinion piece in Missouri. Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass what NARAL has calle... Read on →

    The Bacon Bowl

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    The Bacon Bowl

    I know what you’re thinking, that the Bacon Bowl is an SEC College Bowl Game that takes place on a hog farm in Arkansas … Nope, it’s the newest advance in American gastronomy. The Bacon Bowl is a small, plastoid, hat shaped device that you wrap a wad of bacon around. Then you zap the cr... Read on →

    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... Read on →

    William Bell, The Byrds: The Well Runs Dry

    by Jeff Cochran

    William Bell, The Byrds: The Well Runs Dry

    William Bell longed for home. It was the summer of 1960 and his career as a rhythm and blues singer was proceeding slowly.  It had been five years since he received $500 for winning a talent contest at the annual Mid-South Fair in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This was quite an accom... Read on →

    Evolutionary Transport

    by Mike Copeland

    Evolutionary Transport

    Now seems as good a time as any to address the issue of biomechanical evolution. This could be, I will admit, because there is no good time to address biomechanical evolution. So, now will do as well as any other moment you could pick. [caption id="attachment_22511" align="alignright" width="300"... Read on →

    Dionne and Charlotte

    by Mike Cox

    Dionne and Charlotte

    Dionne Warwick, the legendary singer and classy lady, was on the future president’s TV show last week. Wouldn’t Donald Trump be great as our Chief Executive? The current disparity between the very rich and the poor mirrors that of most third world countries. All we need is an insane, power crazy... Read on →

    Saturday Night Wrasslin'

    by Cody Maxwell

    Saturday Night Wrasslin'

    Reed Road is the first street on the left past the high school. It winds out of Dalton through a few miles of those tall, old Georgia pine trees and past empty fields with old gray barns falling down. At night, some wild animal might run through your headlights. It’s one of those roads you drive o... Read on →

    Progressive Media Marches On

    by Jon Sinton

    Progressive Media Marches On

    Almost nine years ago, my once and future business partner, the effervescent (that is certainly the nicest thing anyone, his dear departed mother included, has ever called him) talk show host, Mike Malloy, called to inform me of two things. One, in spite of his surprisingly high ratings, he had just... Read on →

    NN12: Happy and Sad; Good and Bad

    by Jon Sinton

    NN12: Happy and Sad; Good and Bad

    The mood was sour last week at Netroots Nation 2012, the seven year-old gathering of progressive political activists who have come together, and come of age, online. Two days before they arrived for the four-day conference in Providence, Rhode Island, Wisconsin voters opted to keep Scott Walker, ... Read on →

    Celebrating shrimp ... and other little fellows

    by Keith Graham

    Celebrating shrimp ... and other little fellows

    As I walked around Lake Claire, the little village of fisherpeople, artists and activists where I live, early on Tuesday morning, I noticed something: No shrimpers were out in their yards mending their nets. As those of you who have visited Lake Claire know, there could be many reasons for that. ... Read on →

    The Cost of Doing Business

    by Michael J. Solender

    The Cost of Doing Business

    Those hosting last year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte filed a report with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for items missing or stolen during the week long convention totaling nearly half a million dollars, according to Steve Harrison in today’s Charlotte Observer: "The D... Read on →

    In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?

    by Sue Sturgis

    In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?

    North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new research from Duke University suggests the charter school boom will result in greater racial imbalance in the state's p... Read on →

    Haywood Patterson is Dead and Gone

    by Cody Maxwell

    Haywood Patterson is Dead and Gone

    It was raining and fog rolled up from the river. Under awnings and concrete eaves on 11th Street people hid away in pairs, alone sometimes, and watched the rain fall down on the empty downtown streets. They talked quietly and smoked cigarettes. Some of them drank from brown paper bags and looked up ... Read on →

    Finally, finally, GA Hwy 20-316 intersection to get relief

    by Elliott Brack

    Finally, finally, GA Hwy 20-316 intersection to get relief

    It was about 1975 when Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Moreland was at the Georgia Highway 120 Bridge in Lawrenceville. The Georgia DOT was opening the new four-lane portion of Georgia Highway 316 from Highway 120 on the west side of Lawrenceville to Highway 29 on the east side of town... Read on →

    Change You Can Believe: Music & Its Technology

    by Tom Poland

    Change You Can Believe: Music & Its Technology

    A piece of junk mail from Belk came my way last week promoting a Father’s Day sale. On the cover was a tabletop version of the classic Wurlitzer. For $169.99 you can buy one, plug it in, dock your iPod in it, and behold, you have the iJuke. Rock on. This marriage of the latest music technology ... Read on →

    So powerful on her death bed: A story of forgiveness

    by Cathleen Hulbert

    So powerful on her death bed: A story of forgiveness

    She was close to death after a long life and she was on a mission. With one foot in heaven, the elderly Josephine’s mighty spirit stayed with her frail body and would not cross over until a deep wound in her family was healed. On the day of her death, she was taken off of life-support and not expe... Read on →

    I Hope This Makes You Angry

    by Nancy Melton

    I Hope This Makes You Angry

    Today is the 49th anniversary of the televised signing of the Civil Rights Act at the White House. Leading up to the signing was the case of Brown v. Board of Education which was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court found that racial segregation of schools was unconstitutional in 1954. In t... Read on →

    When Warriors Meet

    by Tom Ferguson

    When Warriors Meet

    The war between the states, as some prefer to call the U.S. Civil War, is what first comes to mind when I encounter George Santayana's quip, “Those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.” This applies to war in general. When each new one comes along we seem to be unaware of the carnage i... Read on →



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