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Monday, July 24, 2017
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    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 the truth

    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…

    it all comes down to this

    Goosing Adrenaline

    by Goosing Adrenaline

    I swear, I don’t know what gets into people.

    This latest head scratcher starts when the morning’s news feed flashes a headline about an American from Virginia Beach, Virginia who gets ‘run through’ – i.e.: seriously gored – by a bull last weekend as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

    shoe already dropped

    The Smoking Gun

    by The Smoking Gun For months, there has been smoke; thick, black smoke that cannot be seen through. It certainly seemed like the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, something seemed suspicious, but there was never any proof. But no smoking gun. For weeks, there has been a ...  Read on →

    and then i knew

    Dancing with Wolves

    by Dancing with Wolves I worshipped the man. Like a puppy, I waited expectantly his daily homecoming, ever eager to ask a child’s question: “What kind of day did you have?” “Oh, I had a good day,” he might say. Other times his face and his words ...  Read on →

    remembering

    The Boy Who Stoned Cats

    by The Boy Who Stoned Cats Late in the afternoon a strange noise came from the vegetable garden beside the house, it was the sound of a bird in distress. The bird was squeaking, flapping its injured wing and hopping frantically around to escape from two large black ...  Read on →

    like before fox news

    Make America Great Again

    by Celebrate Freedom Rally   Make America Great Again Words by Gary Moore, annotations by David Parker Make America great again[1] Make America great again[2] Lift the torch of freedom[3] all across the land[4] Step into the future joining hand in hand And make America great again[5] Yes make America great again[6] Americans from ev’ry ...  Read on →

    we must dissent

    Salute This Flag

    by John Beecher in 1976 by © Rob Amberg for the Asheville arts monthly, “The Arts Journal”. Salute This Flag The Fourth of July Was a holiday for everybody but people’s cooks Corinne was fixing us hot biscuit When I marched into the kitchen Waving the Stars and Stripes And ordered to “Salute this flag! It made your free!” I just couldn’t understand why Corinne Plumb wouldn’t. — John ...  Read on →

    100 million

    From Butter Churns To Baseball Bats

    by Louiville Slugger by Tom Poland She kept the old churn in the kitchen. I see it vividly, even now. I watched my Grandmother Poland churn butter, a memory that sure seems old-fashioned in this digital age. I have no idea who made that churn. It vanished with ...  Read on →

    throwback to another era

    The Old Hand Pump

    by 76 station hand water pump by Tom Poland A Scene From The Past “The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles,” wrote Bob Dylan as he closed out “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Vandals have yet to get the handle of the pump you see here, but I don’t know if ...  Read on →

    even uncle sam has bad days

    Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price

    by Barbecue and Patriotism Both Have a Price On the Fourth of July, we naturally think of Uncle Sam, our nation's favorite icon. While I try to keep a positive attitude about Uncle Sam in July, I can't forget the day the old man hurt my feelings in October. Let me ...  Read on →

    self-indulgent con man

    The Trump We Know

    by Trump Adolf by Viengchanh Any additional reassurance that Donald Trump is not an American Adolf Hitler was provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) last Tuesday. That is the same North Korean government entity that previously announced ... Read on →

    bona fide bbq

    That Tantalizing Smoke

    by Seatman's BBQ A bona fide barbecue joint should be way out in the country. It’s best if it isn’t open seven days a week. People need to wait on it. They need to anticipate the approaching ... Read on →

    may we be enlightened

    The Burden of Being a Southerner

    by “United Stereotypes of America” by Haley Nahman 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 ... Read on →

    nature’s magic

    The Season Of Wings

    by The Season Of Wings The songs of birds, cicadas, and katydids really make Southern summers special. Quickly, can you tell me the difference between a cicada and a katydid? Which sings by day, and which sings by night ... Read on →

    keeping care affordable

    Dickering with the Nation’s Health Care

    by Louie Clay's Medical Insurance Costs 1985-2017 While Congress dickers with health care, I am taking a close look at my own costs. I retired on December 31, 2001. In the 15½ years since, my health costs have averaged $4,842.02 per year ... Read on →

    political partiality

    U.S. Supreme Court Appeases Donald Trump and His Islamophobic Base

    by U.S. Supreme Court Appeases Donald Trump and His Islamophobic Base Splitting the difference is sometimes the closest approximation to justice achievable when judges rule in contract and family disputes. When the liberty protections in the U.S. Constitution are involved, however, splitting the difference is ... Read on →

    guaranteed profit

    Welfare Queen: The State of Georgia Power

    by Welfare Queen: The State of Georgia Power Everyone knows how free-market capitalism works: corporations invest money to make and market a product, then keep the profits. But what if you could persuade someone else to invest that money, while still pocketing the ... Read on →

    name 12 people

    Leroy of Barnwell and other Southern gothic characters

    by Leroy of Barnwell and other Southern gothic characters Hand over my heart, this is a true story. The South is known for its unusual characters, right? They populate the stories of Southern writers like Erskine Caldwell, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, Truman ... Read on →

    foreign policy anarchy

    Qatar in 2017, Switzerland in 1938

    by Qatar in 2017, Switzerland in 1938 The geopolitical peril facing Qatar in 2017 resembles that of Switzerland in 1938: small, wealthy, tenaciously independent ... and caught between militarily powerful neighbors, one of which wants to end its neutrality. Eighty-one years ... Read on →

    threat by the sinister trio

    Aftershock, Robert Reich, a review

    by Concentrated Wealth - Ah you should be safe in here - cartoon of someone hiding money In his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Robert Reich reviews features in our society that undermine democracy – particularly concentrated wealth. And the off-shoot, lobbyists in effect bribing representatives and senators, vulnerable ... Read on →

    don't be complacent

    Make Democrats Win Again

    by Make Democrats Win Again Spare me these embarrassing, condescending excuses for why a Democrat cannot win a closely contested special election. It’s been only a matter of hours since most major news outlets called the election for Karen ... Read on →

    tit for tat

    Back to Basics on School Vouchers

    by the GOP School Voucher Crew According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution education writer Maureen Downey, “The early architects of school choice maintained that getting kids out of struggling public schools into private ones would raise academic performance as measured by test ... Read on →

    ump missed the call

    The Lie

    by nd You're Outta There by Chad Horwedel Once upon a time, schoolwork, religion and baseball collided in an emotional moral quandary with a messy but happy compromise ending. The year was 1973 and I was 15 years old. I am both blessed ... Read on →

    tit for tat

    Daddy and the Sweet Old Lady’s Apoplectic Fit

    by Bill Strickland and young JL I was never exactly sure whether my father, Bill Strickland, was an amateur adult or a professional adolescent. Here is just one of the many incidents that led to my confusion. The Pledgers, Bryant and ... Read on →

    mckenzie beach

    The tides giveth and the tides taketh away

    by McKenzie Beach If you’ve driven South Carolina’s Ocean Highway (Hwy. 17), perhaps in hurrying from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach, you’ve probably noticed the ruins of old buildings on the east side of the road catercorner to ... Read on →

    fight for justice and fairness

    Pure Suthun

    by Jeff Sessions - Keeper of the Flame by Donkey Hotey I have trouble listening to the news, especially when great nonsense is spoken in near perfect Suthun English. I taught in a secondary modern school in the London in 1965-66 after which I returned to ... Read on →

    thanks, dad

    Hey Nineteen

    by Little League Baseball by Andrew Ahearne I was nine years old in the spring of 1967 when my father asked me if I wanted to tryout for Little League. I had no idea what Little League was but when he ... Read on →

    betting with our money

    Vogtle Big Bet$ Lotto: Where has all the public’s money gone?

    by VOGTLE BIG BET$ LOTTO by Tom Ferguson It may be easier to understand the fast-moving drama of the slow-moving construction of Nuclear Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 if you look at the whole affair as a high-stakes betting game rather than ... Read on →

    i sent rescuers

    Why Does God Hate Pandas and Sea Turtles?

    by panda and sea turtle looking at the sunset President Donald Trump’s announcement last week regarding US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord thrust climate science back to the forefront of the American conversation. And, for those of us inclined to heed overwhelming ... Read on →

    sucker for bugle calls

    Everybody Has a Story

    by Everyone Has A Story Have you noticed that if you listen to people, everybody has a story? Even people who don't realize they have one. I’m sure you have. Recently, an older acquaintance and I were talking about my early ... Read on →

    the lessons I learned

    A Tribute to Grady Lee Randolph

    by A Tribute to Grady Lee Randolph While reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom years ago, I immediately thought of Mr. Randolph. He was my Morrie Schwartz—the most memorable teacher I ever had. Grady Randolph frequently spoke about his rural, humble ... Read on →

    not a strategy

    Our President is “Very, Very Not Smart”

    by Trump as Twitter Bird For months, I’ve struggled to decide whether Trump is a master manipulator, a Machiavellian puppet master of the electorate, or just a blundering idiot. Recently, I had been leaning towards the latter, and at ... Read on →

    seeking answers

    Joey Can’t Tell Us

    by Joey Can’t Tell Us Hardly anybody talks about Joey Miller anymore. His car was found three days after he had gone – in a vacant lot on some rural property he had planned to develop. The trunk was ... Read on →

    garden bug

    The World’s Most Expensive Vegetables

    by Raised bed for lettuce and beans I have a perennial burning urge to grow beans and lettuces, tomatoes and zucchini. I missed the season last year, moving house and garden, but I’m back on track. Although I garden on a ... Read on →
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    The Truth About Republicans
    by George Carlin

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    Pursue His Dreams – from the Georgia
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    People Have the Power



  • random stories from our past

    It's Still Census Time ... sorta

    by Eileen Dight

    It's Still Census Time ... sorta

    So how’s the Census doing?  I'm glad you asked. Nationwide, last I checked, the participation rate stands at about 50 percent. Not too shabby, if you want to count half the people. And I've met a lot of folks I'd rather not count. For those of you who feel lucky because you didn’t get the...

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    For Bisher & The Beatles, Not One but Many 'Hard Day's Nights'

    by Eileen Dight

    For Bisher & The Beatles, Not One but Many 'Hard Day's Nights'

    The Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night, brings Furman Bisher to mind. Furman Bisher?  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist? The one on the scene at the first modern Olympics in Athens, Greece? In 1896? How can that be? Furman Bisher and The Beatles commingle in my dexterous (some wou...

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    Speaking in Code

    by Eileen Dight

    Speaking in Code

    I came near to having an argument with my son last night. I made a comment about one of our family members who is less than empathetic with others, especially me, and he snapped at me, accusing me of being self-centered. We were both right and we were both wrong. I went home feeling sad and irrit...

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    We Are All Equal, Are We Not?

    by Eileen Dight

    We Are All Equal, Are We Not?

    A comment on my article in Like the Dew, "Here’s What I Wish I’d Said", read: ‘We are all equal, are we not?’ When it comes to equality between the sexes and between rich and poor, here’s how I see it. As a backlash to the aspiration of equality, some see an opportunity to express their...

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    Clearing the Air Over Jekyll Island

    by Eileen Dight

    Clearing the Air Over Jekyll Island

    The Myth Of all the traditions associated with Georgia’s tradition-rich Jekyll Island, none is more durable than its being at the eye of controversy, the latest stoked by the Jekyll Island Authority’s ongoing redevelopment program. The complaints, simmering in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, ...

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    Jesse

    by Eileen Dight

    Jesse

    I know and have known lots of veterans. Whether a veteran saw combat or not makes him no less a hero in my mind. If you put on the uniform, you had your posterior on the line for my freedom.  On this Fourth of July I'm remembering one of these veterans in particular. I worked with Jesse for a co...

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    Rock & Roll Video Church

    by Eileen Dight

    Rock & Roll Video Church

    I was at a minor league hockey game in Chicago once when a friend noted that the only guys to play hockey at that level or in college were Canadian boys who weren't good enough to go pro right out of high school. I think about that every now and then when my wife drags me to the new religious craze:...

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    Atlanta Protesters Disrupt Foreclosure Auctions In 3 Counties

    by Eileen Dight

    Atlanta Protesters Disrupt Foreclosure Auctions In 3 Counties

    Wednesday Occupy Atlanta and Occupy Gwinnett successfully disrupted foreclosure auctions in three metro counties, Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett, by shouting, blowing whistles, and drumming until the auctions were forced to move. In DeKalb and Gwinnett police asked the protesters to disperse; in Fulto...

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    Dew Drops: One Tweet over the line

    by Eileen Dight

    Dew Drops:  One Tweet over the line

    Adding a live Twitter news feed to a digital billboard proved not such a good idea for WPMI-TV  in Mobile, Alabama.   When the headline "3 Accused of Gang Rape in Monroeville" flashed on the board on I-10, there beside it were the smiling faces of the station's two anchors and the weather guy. ...

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    Lauren Lucas is The Carolina Kind

    by Eileen Dight

    Lauren Lucas is The Carolina Kind

    It’s so exhilarating to find a performer like Lauren Lucas.  She’s powerful and curvy and sexy and talented and from South-by-God-Carolina!  I've known Lauren since we were little girls and though I don't get to see her much now that she's in Nashville, I'm always a taken aback when I hear...

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    Peabody Awards: Eclectic excellence

    by Eileen Dight

    Peabody Awards: Eclectic excellence

    What do Lorne Michaels, Lena Dunham, Sarah Palin and Vladimir Putin have in common? No,  not megalomania. Interesting guess, but wrong. Dead wrong. Each was in fact involved with a winner of the  University of Georgia's 72nd annual George Foster Peabody Awards, either as subject or creative for...

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    Change You Can Believe: Music & Its Technology

    by Eileen Dight

    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 ...

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    Loudon Wainwright and Charlie Poole

    by Eileen Dight

    Loudon Wainwright and Charlie Poole

    Recently I saw Loudon Wainwright sing a tribute to Charlie Poole in the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke. For every folk music enthusiast who picked or plucked a string in the '60s or '70s, Charlie Poole, who lived in the 1920s north of Greensboro, North Carolina, was known as the first comme...

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    How many ways to deceive?

    by Eileen Dight

    How many ways to deceive?

    Today I'd like to point out two in connection with the Affordable Care Act, which has recently been in the news because some study by the Kaiser Foundation determined that most Americans don't know what the health insurance reform effort was/is actually all about. And there's a good reason for that....

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    All That Scandal: SC keeps political columnists at work

    by Eileen Dight

    All That Scandal: SC keeps political columnists at work

    Pound for pound, South Carolina weighs in more than any other state for the amount of political intrigue and rascally scandal it serves up for free to the national press. By now, the Palmetto State has passed old stalwarts for disgrace like Louisiana and New York. “Thank you, South Carolina,”...

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    Charlottesville City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War on Iran

    by Eileen Dight

    Charlottesville City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War on Iran

    The City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the University of Virginia, passed on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012, a resolution believed to be a first in the country, opposing the launching of a war on Iran, as well as calling for an end to current gr...

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    PR and the Southern Strategy

    by Eileen Dight

    PR and the Southern Strategy

    The “Southern strategy,” supposedly put in place by Richard Nixon and his minions in response to the civil rights revolution of the 1960s, is generally evaluated on the basis of results — a disenchanted previously Democratic regional population electing Republicans to national office on the ba...

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    Who Will Really Wield Power In Congress?

    by Eileen Dight

    Who Will Really Wield Power In Congress?

    Talk about season of the witch... Let me first state the obvious truth:  You must govern now.  It's one thing to be the engine of virulent, persistent agitation.  Now, you must make laws.  I hope you can actually achieve this, considering you've had a grand time standing on the sidelines for ...

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    Georgia doesn’t need “protection” offered by Speaker Ralston

    by Eileen Dight

    Georgia doesn’t need “protection” offered by Speaker Ralston

    Why do legislators think we need so much protection? It seems that they are always modifying current law to protect us from that Boogerbear or that Devil? And the fact is that we often don’t need their help at being protected, for we already have more protection in our Bill of Rights and Consti...

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    We-the-People-as-vendors

    by Eileen Dight

    We-the-People-as-vendors

    In our Northern American society citizens are vendors, business persons. You have to sell something to make a living. The only product most of us have to market is our time/energy, our labor, which we sell to the highest bidder. Education and skill improve our competitive position as employees. Empl...

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    The Climate Reality Project

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    Gideon’s Promise

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    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

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