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Monday, May 30, 2016
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    Real Food, Done Real Good

    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    by | 1 hour ago
    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    I went down to the crossroads, got down on my knees, and prayed. Thanks for such great food, that is. Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers, went down to the crossroads, to deal with the devil who shot up from the ground to confront him. Me? I went down to the crossroads where wicked chickens lay deviled eggs.

    The crossroads? SC Highways 185 and 284, respectively known as the Due West Highway and Trail Road. Locals refer to it as Saylors Crossroads…

    angry bernie birds

    #tweet#haters#

    by | 1 hour ago
    Angry Tweet

    I didn’t think it would happen to me. I thought I was so open minded; basically a wild-eyed radical gently easing into being a nice liberal.

    Live and let live. Well, no more.

    I like to think that I am an informed, conscientious world citizen. On Twitter I follow 930 news feeds and supporters for all types of candidates and issues from places all over the earth. The feed has been my loyal companion when I want to find the truth, because recently the mainstream media #MSM has failed to cover almost everything, choosing 24/7 McTrumpNews instead…

    Hope y’all gits bit by a rabid ’coon

    A bit of a gripe from Down Under

    by | May 27, 2016
    Johnny Depp in immaculately styled rugged hat

    Johnny Depp has been generating a lot of free publicity back home in the US. Free for him that is – Australia is paying for it. You might remember that in April of this year Mr Depp and his wife, Amber Heard – or is it “then wife”, I don’t really follow what passes for the lives of film and TV stars – brought their two pampered mongs, Pistol and Boo, on a little jaunt to Australia where their daddy was filming yet another blockbuster aimed at children and adults under 15. Problem was…

    teaches us all

    An Appreciation of James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son

    by | May 25, 2016
    Image: James Baldwin in 1958. (Photo: Mottke Weissman)
    When I was a boy growing up in the 1950s our neighborhood swimming pool was segregated. When the first black girl was elected queen of my high school a few years after I graduated in 1962 there was a near ... Read on →

    our neighborhood

    Rev. Clementa Pinckney and ‘understanding each other’s history’

    by | May 20, 2016
    Rev. Clementa Pinckney Mural by artist Tripp Barnes
    Last week in Charleston a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, ... Read on →

    electronic blues

    Learning Curve

    by | May 20, 2016
    Eileen iPhone Hello World
    Until a month ago I was a mobile phone virgin. I’d fooled around a little but my inexperience showed. In constant fear of making mistakes, I was timid, not in control. When we lived in the same town my son ... Read on →

    hyperventilating over bathrooms

    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds

    by | May 17, 2016
    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds
    North Carolina’s HB 2, aka the “bathroom law,” has provoked outrage and ridicule in equal measure. The feeble defense the law’s supporters are putting up invites speculation about their real agenda. Unless safety concerns track religious belief for some hitherto ... Read on →

    persuade your supporters

    A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

    by | May 26, 2016
    Bernie Sanders - Caricature by DonkeyHotey
    Dear Bernie, There are some – such as you and some of your followers – who believe it is worthwhile for you to keep fighting Hillary for the nomination. There are others – just about everyone else on the Democratic side, including some of your ... Read on →

    on civil disobedience

    Comfort Zone or Sacrifice Zone?

    by | May 25, 2016
    Construction to begin never by Public Herald
    I’m old enough to remember a time when metro Atlanta had gotten big enough to be a serious obstacle in the way of getting myself and my young sons from where we lived in Alabama to the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia or ... Read on →

    keeping our kids safe

    Passing stopped school buses more of a problem than you think

    by | May 20, 2016
    Chlidren getting on a stopped school bus
    Vehicles passing stopped school buses is much more of a problem than most of us realize. At least where I live, Gwinnett’s school system is taking steps to address this situation, at no cost to your school tax bill. But only about 10 ... Read on →

    only once every four years

    What Should a Morally Responsible Republican Do Now?

    by | May 18, 2016
    Trump Lemmings jumping into a black hole
    This is not addressed not to those Republicans who think Donald Trump is an appropriate kind of person to be President of the United States. If you like what you see, go ahead and vote for him. It is addressed rather, to those Republicans ... Read on →

    take it to scotus

    How Obama Can Break the Impasse on the Supreme Court Vacancy

    by | 1 | May 15, 2016
    How Obama Can Break the Impasse on the Supreme Court Vacancy
    The Republicans are getting away with their disgraceful strategy of blocking the whole constitutional process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy. All signs show that although roughly two-thirds of voters do not think this ... Read on →

    Red and yellow, black and white

    My Diane

    by | 2 | May 13, 2016
    Cabbagetown District, Boulevard, Pearl Street, Memorial Drive Atlanta Fulton County
    The summer I was fifteen, my goal in life was to get a good tan. In those days, you were nobody if your skin wasn’t bronzed beyond belief. That was before we knew how ... Read on →

    something of a dilettante

    Learning from those who do not like us

    by | 0 | May 13, 2016
    Learning from those who do not like us
    Forty-five years ago today (1971), I was graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a Ph.D. in English (Dissertation: Dickens' Use of Language for Protest). I am grateful for the counsel which ... Read on →

    brought it on ourselves

    Questions arise now that presidential contest is almost settled

    by | 0 | May 13, 2016
    Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump - Caricatures by DonkeyHotey
    You must admit that social media has been a mighty contributor to this 2016 political season. In another way of saying this: look what we have done to ourselves. We couldn’t get enough of Trump, or ... Read on →

    wrong-headed idealism

    Nocturnal musings

    by | 3 | May 11, 2016
    Schoolhouse Rock’s “The Great American Melting Pot”
    Sometimes, in the still of the night, I think I hear the American culture coming apart at the seams. Sometimes it’s the popping of a stitch. Other times it’s an alarming rip. But the ... Read on →

    money is the enemy of peace

    Nukes Gone Away (we wish)

    by | 0 | May 11, 2016
    Trident sub: "Isis has nothing on us, Skipper. We hold the whold world hostage."
    The Beyond War movement in the 80s used to cite several “illusions” that perpetuate our drift toward what Einstein called, unparalleled catastrophe – a nuclear war. The illusion I have in mind is the ... Read on →

    bigotry still king

    Evading the hypocrisy

    by | 2 | May 10, 2016
    Southern hypocrisy meter
    I’m planning a road trip to see America with two of my sons. We are mapping out an itinerary circling the country and finding well-known, quirky, and interesting destinations. The hardest thing so far ... Read on →

    beast in the darkness

    We’re All in the Sacrifice Zone Now

    by | 2 | May 4, 2016
    A digger in one of the Rhineland open-pit coal mines
    Kayford, WVa Mountaintop Removal Site Sacrifice zone: a geographic zone that has been permanently impaired by environmental damage or economic disinvestment. These zones are commonly found in low-income and minority communities. (Wikipedia) I grew up in ... Read on →

    doing ignoble things

    The GOP and the Constitution: The Grotesque Mismatch Between Walk and Talk

    by | 0 | May 1, 2016
    We The Republicans - Constitution
      Which party do you think of when you hear the phrase, “defender of the Constitution”? I would wager that members of both parties would immediately think of the Republican Party, because they are the ... Read on →

    communion of saints

    Alabama Bone of My Bones and Flesh of My Flesh

    by | 0 | May 1, 2016
    Louie, Erman & Louie
    April 28th, 2016 was the 111th anniversary of Dad's birth, in Goodwater, Alabama. I've spent much time thinking about him — how close we were; how far apart; how we struggled; how we admired ... Read on →

    part three of lilian's wish

    Trying To Make Sense of It All

    by | 2 | May 1, 2016
    Trying To Make Sense of It All
      Emmett never let go of his dislike of dogs. He showed it with muffled and incomprehensible grumbles about Bobbie. He never forgave her for growling at him when they first met. He said he ... Read on →

    love and friendship

    Lest We Forget

    by | 0 | May 1, 2016
    Australian War Memorial Public Domain
    Fromelles A little voice broke the silence and asked: Papa, why are you so sad? I replied that I was not sad but happy. The voice said: Well, why do you have tears in your ... Read on →

    uncommon sense

    Power Systems, Noam Chomsky

    by | 2 | Apr 29, 2016
    Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
    Many of Chomsky's recent books are more or less transcriptions of interviews by David Barsamian. They explore questions such as, Why does the radical right oppose social security, both today and at its birth?, ... Read on →

    satire on the campaign trail

    Cruz Spurns Five Girlfriends to Pick Fiorina as his Running Mate

    by | 5 | Apr 28, 2016
    Ted Names Carly is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com from images by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz bucked all political convention Wednesday by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate instead of one of the five women he’s run around with on the extramarital sex circuit, according ... Read on →

    important first step

    Trump’s Rise: Not just a Threat but an Opportunity

    by | 1 | Apr 27, 2016
    Donald Trump's Big Tent Party by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license.
    The rise of Donald Trump means that the American political system, already sick, could be degraded still further. But – if Trump does become the Republican nominee for president, which looks probable – this ... Read on →

    part two of lilian's wish

    Trying To Make Sense of It All

    by | 3 | Apr 27, 2016
    Trying To Make Sense of It All
      Emmett had made his grand entrance into my house in January. By the time spring had arrived, he’d started showing up at my doorstep whenever he felt like it and would blow his horn ... Read on →
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    Threnody

    by David Evans

    Threnody

    “Please hold my hand now. I am dying.” As this soul pulled me close to her, she looked up but just smiled. I had just finished reading “Walking Home From Oak Head” by Mary Oliver to her and she seemed to be pleased to hear some of the refrains again, There is something about the snow-l...

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    When Everything Changed

    by Melinda Ennis

    When Everything Changed

    Women’s liberation. Feminism. Bra-burning. Few of today’s young women, or older women for that matter, would align themselves with the first two, and the third is a myth. But all of these terms churn up collective images from one of the greatest social movements in history. Gail Collins’...

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    The Grand Old Party Animal

    by Tom Ferguson

    The Grand Old Party Animal

    In my neighborhood rats are quite timid and though definitely there, are seldom seen. In my wanderings I've noticed that when these creatures become bold as squirrels and many in number, while the cats are correspondingly few. It is time to take prudent measures. In my wanderings I've also no...

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    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    by Door Guy

    My Buddy Al Has 'Obamacare'

    Al is a crusty New Yorker who moved to our very waspy Republican stronghold here in Central Florida about 10 years ago to open a small cabinetry and carpentry shop. My wife and I own a small cafe here that we opened one month after President Obama was elected. Our very risky venture – on openin...

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    Florida’s First Theme Park

    by Tom Poland

    Florida’s First Theme Park

    Back in the 1960s when I hung out at Georgia’s Elijah Clark State Park, the cool guys were into water skiing. I got into it too and learned to slalom. That was a big deal. Learning to take off from shore standing on one leg was an even bigger deal, and I did that despite my most ordinary ski’s l...

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    Back in the day

    by KC Wildmoon

    Back in the day

    Tom Poland inspired me. He wrote about the old Ocean Forest Hotel, a magnificent behemoth of a hotel on a Grand Strand beach north of Myrtle Beach, my old vacation stomping ground. The Ocean Forest is gone now, and that reminded me of another iconic Myrtle Beach spot that has also vanished from the ...

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    Plain as day...

    by Will Cantrell

    Plain as day...

    Almost five hundred years later, after everyone including Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and a plethora of Popes can’t quite figure it out, along comes an amateur who cracks the code. New York based, amateur artist Ron Piccirillo claims the enigmatic expression painted on the Mona Lisa’s face is...

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    ARTicle #2

    by Tom Ferguson

    ARTicle #2

    Western Artists at the turn of the 20th century were faced with an emerging modern era, which they enthusiastically embraced or scornfully dismissed. Young Picasso was an enthusiast, attracted particularly to Paul Cezanne's paintings, which were, in part, geometric simplifications of the subject, wh...

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    How Abortion Restrictions Always Assume That Women Are Bad People

    by Amanda Marcotte

    How Abortion Restrictions Always Assume That Women Are Bad People

    After the Arkansas legislature overrode Gov. Mike Beebe’s not only pro-woman but also pro-taxpayer veto of an unconstitutional abortion ban the state will spend millions to defend, I speculated at Slate’s XX Factor about why the legislature thought that around 12 weeks was a good cutoff point ...

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    Harry Stamps Says a Final Good-bye to Daylight Savings Time

    by Susan Soper

    Harry Stamps Says a Final Good-bye to Daylight Savings Time

    [caption id="attachment_49933" align="alignright" width="350"] Harry Stamps rests at a campsite. 'This is a picture from my childhood with daddy at Indian Creek the campground in North Carolina,' daughter Amanda Lewis says. 'Note his elastic waist shorts and T-shirt in full swing in the 1970s. In th...

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    Romney vs. Obama: Tale of two capitalists

    by Dante Atkins

    Romney vs. Obama: Tale of two capitalists

    In the general election, I'll be pointing out that the president took the reins of General Motors and Chrysler, closed factories, closed dealerships, laid off thousands and thousands of workers. He did it to try to save the business. Thus begins likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney's defense of hi...

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    Cotton Ain't Been King For A Long Time, And, Now Neither Is Oil

    by Jim Cobb

    Cotton Ain't Been King For A Long Time, And, Now Neither Is Oil

    It’s fair to say that the South and Scotland go back a ways. For example, the cult of the “Lost Cause” that sprang up in the aftermath of the South’s failed fight for independence had something of an antecedent in the fabled “lost cause” of the Scottish Jacobites whose four-decade st...

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    Dancingly yours, Mr. C

    by John M. Williams

    Dancingly yours, Mr. C

    My father died in 1993. It was an event which created not a, but the, chasm in my life—the one separating Parts I and II. Part I seems somehow more real to me—as I stand here in Part II where the ego is losing its muscle tone, dissolving into my past selves and the people I love. Daddy, a mil...

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    Beach Daze

    by Robert Lamb

    Beach Daze

    In case you’re emerging from a coma over the last couple of months and somehow missed the change, it’s the tourist season again. The signs are everywhere – but, alas, mostly here at the beach. Gone are the days, for a while at least, when I could walk on the beach with my dog ’Dro (sh...

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    Raggin' on Jax

    by Monica Smith

    Raggin' on Jax

    Any number of people are pointing fingers and beating chests in response to only 30% of Jacksonville, Florida's registered voters taking part in the latest round of the Mayoral selection process. As a strong believer in citizenship as a bundle of obligations (to vote, to hold office, to serve on ju...

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    Visiting the Dead in the Dog Days

    by Susan Soper

    Visiting the Dead in the Dog Days

    Each morning, we wake up to Morning Edition on NPR and usually hear a jarring barrage of campaign orations, weather reports or obituaries (recently: Helen Gurley Brown). At this rainy August dawn, I picked up on something that’s apparently been going on all summer but escaped my drowsy attentio...

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    Wall Dogs & Ghost Signs

    by Tom Poland

    Wall Dogs & Ghost Signs

    Like dogs with a penchant for roaming, they chained themselves to a wall. Tethered to brick walls above the ground with a brush and bucket of paint in their hands, these daring artists had a mission. Paint an advertisement onto the side of a building. They called themselves wall dogs and some claime...

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    Why Diversity Still Matters

    by Julie Ajinkya

    Why Diversity Still Matters

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  • National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 2nd. Imagine rallies, marches, barbeques, picnics, and hundreds of other creative get-togethers happening in the places we care about in our communities -- parks, schools, churches -- and at every iconic location in America, from the base of the Empire State Building to the end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Imagine pictures flooding social media feeds and newscasts showing America turning orange. That's what this day is all about. Please RSVP, show up, speak up,  get loud, and be seen supporting strengthening common-sense gun laws. And wear orange.

    National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 2nd. Imagine rallies, marches, barbeques, picnics, and hundreds of other creative get-togethers happening in the places we care about in our communities -- parks, schools, churches -- and at every iconic location in America, from the base of the Empire State Building to the end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Imagine pictures flooding social media feeds and newscasts showing America turning orange. That's what this day is all about. Please RSVP, show up, speak up, get loud, and be seen supporting strengthening common-sense gun laws. And wear orange.







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