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Thursday, June 29, 2017
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    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 an evasion of judicial responsibility. Consider the Supreme Court’s June 26th decision on the Muslim Ban in Donald J. Trump v. International Refugee Assistance and Donald J. Trump v. Hawaii.

    guaranteed profit on boondoggle

    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 profits? Welcome to Georgia Power’s so-called “Nuclear Renaissance.” In 2009, Georgia’s General Assembly passed the Georgia Nuclear Energy Financing Act, allowing Georgia Power and its partners to charge ratepayers in advance for the construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle

    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 Capote, Carson McCullers, etc. and et al.

    But we Southerners know, don’t we, that you don’t have to crack one of these authors’ famous books to find such a fictional character’s prototype?

    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 because they must raise money for ...  Read on →

    taxing to create private schools

    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 scores.” She goes on to cite ...  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 the Fresh Market in Pawleys Island. The ...  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 work on my doctorate at the ...  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 ago, little Switzerland occupied some of the most dangerous territory on ...  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 Handel, but already I’ve grown tired of hearing “but it was ...  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 and cursed with a freakish memory. I still don't quite understand ...  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 Erma, a middle age childless couple, were our next door neighbors ...  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 →

    enjoy freedom

    Americans distinctively thrive under our Bill of Rights

    by Americans distinctively thrive under our Bill of Rights Most Americans probably don’t realize how unique are their individual rights, compared to people living under other governments. Our Founding Fathers, in all their inspired wisdom, gave early Americans more rights than previously had any ... Read on →

    life was simple

    The Other Side of the Tracks

    by The Railroad Worker’s Cottage Our house was only 10 yards from the railroad tracks and 50 yards from the end of the train station. It was a small rented cottage, one of five allocated to families of track ... Read on →

    making stuff up

    “Don’t we need an oath?”: Something’s Wrong with Homeland Security

    by "Don't we need an oath?": Something's Wrong with Homeland Security On May 17, at the commencement exercises for the United States Coast Guard Academy, President Donald Trump gave his first commencement address. This was the speech in which he said, “Look at the way I’ve ... Read on →

    ticklebox repair

    Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times

    by Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times God made the funny bone, but it atrophies with disuse. Those of us who closely follow the evening news are highly susceptible to morphing into a sourpuss. An excellent remedy over the long haul is ... Read on →

    spewing bile to the witless

    President Coward

    by President Coward Donald Trump spent years lambasting the administration of President Obama for refusing to say “radical Islamic terrorism” and other variants of that phrase. One of the pillars of his campaign was that he would ... Read on →

    a fairy tale

    Do you believe in fairies?

    by Fairy fort Nothing prepared me for the shock discovery after months in a writers’ group where I now live in Ireland, that several of our members firmly believe in fairies. Nobody dismissed them as figments of ... Read on →

    debunking conspiracism

    Cue Giorgio Tsoukalos

    by novelist and entertainer K.J. McElrath, lawyer and activist Glenn Greenwald is by David dos Dantos and television personality Giorgio A. Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath, Glenn Greenwald and Giorgio Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath and Glen Greenwald appear disoriented. This is not the post 2016 election political struggle that they had anticipated. Or know how to fight. They were prepared ... Read on →

    times change

    Sacks of Mail

    by Varney Airlines: Now Known as United Airlines Recent incidents involving forced removal of passengers from commercial flights have highlighted how far we have moved from the golden age of airline travel. I started flying in the 1950s and have experienced the ... Read on →

    scandal drama

    Optimally Slow and Painful: Let’s Hope Donald Trump Refuses a Dignified Exit

    by Donald Trump finger pointing caricature by DonkeyHotey Despite the "never, ever, ever give up" language in Donald Trump's recent disaster of a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy it takes little imagination to picture him suddenly resigning from office. Although ... Read on →

    deeply disturbing satire

    The Spirit of 2016 a Lesser Vintage

    by Washington Burning from the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” As smoke from the dumpster fire at the Trump White House blocks out the sun over Washington, flames are finally reaching the steps of Capitol Hill. Among at least some majority party Senators and ... Read on →

    where is the gop outrage?

    The Spineless Majority

    by Trump Whine No Fair they are pickin on me by Mike Licht Republicans, the GOP, and Donald Trump are all blatantly obvious hypocrites. They are spineless, they lack a backbone, they have no guiding moral principles. They are parasites to our society. Just imagine that Hillary Clinton ... Read on →

    classified funny

    Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions

    by Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions   Well, tie me to an ant hill and slap jelly in ma ears … Vladimir Putin, former KGB chief, thug and Dictator in Chief of Russia has offered to vouch for Donald’s Trumps innocence ... Read on →

    save cumberland

    Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure

    by Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA Among my most cherished memories as a kid growing up in western Pennsylvania is a series of summer treks to the New Jersey shore. Reflecting on ... Read on →

    the slow lane

    Wreckage Along The Back Roads

    by To I-77 old store falling down Beautiful wreckage along the back roads. It’s a chest of tarnished treasure. The key is that red, white, and blue shield you see in the photograph. Rather than speed from one destination to another, ... Read on →

    book review

    Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky

    by Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky If you believe, and wish to continue to believe, that the U.S. is a force for democracy in the world, a nation with a free press and vigorous debate on critical issues, this book ... Read on →

    smiling back at you

    The One Who Got Away

    by Young David Evans in front of his home with his beagle I built my first coffin as an eight-year-old, a time when dogs still trotted freely in the street. Sawdust and Timber, my two young beagles, had full reign of our neighborhood.  One day Sawdust ... Read on →
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    TRUMP RYAN and McCONNELL
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    Old Man Fibber - a parody of
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    Stacy Evans

    Donald Trump bus Commercial
    in Copenhagen

    The Cassidy Test

    The Terrifying Tale of
    Trumpcare: The Daily Show

    Coal: Last Week Tonight
    with John Oliver (HBO)

    Sean Spicer Is Irreplaceable
    (Because No One Wants His Job)

    The Price - DSCC.org

    Papering Over Poverty

    "DWB" by Roy Zimmerman

    Foo Fighters/John Lennon cover
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    A Practical Guide for Resisting
    the Trump Agenda
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    "The Elections Are Rigged"
    Arnold Schwarzenegger On
    Trump, Congress, Gerrymandering

    Hallelujah Cold Open - SNL

    Trump's Climate Change Rollback
    Reviewed By Woodsy The Owl

    Patti Smith & Fred "Sonic" Smith
    People Have the Power



  • random stories from our past

    Pigeons and poop

    by David Evans

    Pigeons and poop

    My Dad loved me as much as any man could love a son so he was constantly dreaming up schemes for me to make money so that I could be self-sufficient when I went to college. He was also determined to keep me out of trouble so while the other guys were “hanging out,” Daddy found ways to keep me bu...

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    Unremembered Beast Of Burden

    by David Evans

    Unremembered Beast Of Burden

    That’s right. I chose a five-dollar word for saying what 50-cent “forgotten” says, for I come to exalt that legendary offspring of a female horse and donkey. The left-behind mule helped build the South and did so quietly without polluting the air. Then the combustion engine came along, and...

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    Now, Shut up, open wide and say "Ah!"

    by David Evans

    Now, Shut up, open wide and say

    Have issues? Got problems? Have questions about life, love, homework or even “Is a Republican saying 'yes' to Obama a sure sign of the Apocalypse? Write Justplainwill@likethedew.com for advice. Dear Justplainwill: My husband is so hardheaded. I cannot get him to see a doctor, even when he migh...

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    Warren Zevon: Play It All Night Long

    by David Evans

    Warren Zevon: Play It All Night Long

    As "Play It All Night Long" begins, the music is all gloom and dread. An image of Robert Mitchum chasing down those kids in Night of the Hunter comes to mind. The scenes described in this song are not comforting either.  A surly grandfather who cannot control his bladder; a violent brother crazed b...

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    Please don't throw me into the briar patch

    by David Evans

    Please don't throw me into the briar patch

    Last night, Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid announced a compromise health care reform bill with just enough public option that looks like it will pass - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are on board. "I've got you this time, Brer Rabbit," said Brer Fox, jumping up and shaking off the dust. "You'v...

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    Taking Up Golf

    by David Evans

    Taking Up Golf

    My brother is being encouraged by his youngest son to "take up golf". He, at 83 a life-long  non-athlete, is considering the suggestion. While he ponders the idea, I'll tell you about my experiences with the sport. Or is it a game? I'm never sure. [caption id="attachment_27837" align="alignright...

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    Dark Money, Jane Mayer

    by David Evans

    Dark Money, Jane Mayer

    The Billionaire's Club is a 28-page political cartoon that is my take on how power works in the U.S. The book portrays billionaires getting together at the club and initiating a new member into the fold. It was a device I used to talk about how the 1% have disproportionate influence on our democra...

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    Killer

    by David Evans

    Killer

    The tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, killed by an orca at SeaWorld Orlando February 24, has focused attention on the strange amalgam of science and showbiz offered up by the famous aquatic parks. Brancheau, 40, was dragged underwater to her death by Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale. “...

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    Why are Floridians so gullible?

    by David Evans

    Why are Floridians so gullible?

    Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me. -- Common idiom mangled by G.W. Bush You'd think that, twice burned by Bushes, Floridians would wise up. But no. Now they're considering electing to the Governor's office a fellow who made his bones with a corporation dedicated to wiping ...

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    An advance with a comma

    by David Evans

    An advance with a comma

    As the story goes, the author fainted when the publisher’s five-digit advance arrived in the mail. Of course, for most of us scribblers this never happens. But it is a sweet thought to think anyone could put such a value on our “work.” I read an article in The New York Times this mornin...

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    Under the Little Big Top

    by David Evans

    Under the Little Big Top

    I love a circus, don’t you? When Dan had an office in Montreal, we used to spend a certain amount of time there. One of the things we loved to do was to see Cirque du Soleil. The things they did were astonishing, magical. I remember once there was a man who flew. Really flew. He began by walking a...

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    A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution

    by David Evans

    A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s <em>The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution</em>

    Did the world need another biography of V.I. Lenin? That we have no need of new biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler or Winston Churchill is obvious. Yet they will be published. In contrast the world might be rather richer for new biographies of Ranavalona I, Jósef P...

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    Street Scenes No. 16

    by David Evans

    Street Scenes No. 16

    From Alan Gordon: A Lincoln Continental cruising up I-95 near West Palm Beach, Fla., with three surfboards strapped to the top. From Diane Loupe: Spotted while riding on this year's Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, on the road nearing Clarks Hill Lake, a sign for "Christian Gutter Cleaning." (Diane a...

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    A Model of Compromise Detested by the Uncompromising

    by David Evans

    A Model of Compromise Detested by the Uncompromising

    As the government shutdown drags on and America creeps ever closer to yet another economic catastrophe, it is important to clarify a few things about the sole focus of House Republicans’ full-scale obstruction. Most realize that the government shutdown is a direct result of a desperate effort to s...

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    Greed Posing as Capitalism

    by David Evans

    Greed Posing as Capitalism

    The discussion as to “who shot John” with regard to the demise of the American economy may very well be futile. Then again there’s an adage which says those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it. I’ve heard both liberal and conservative talking heads point the finger of b...

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    Carrying on the Southern literary tradition

    by David Evans

    Carrying on the Southern literary tradition

    Southern literature: the very term defies restrictive definitions and yet it is a compelling and legendary presence on the world's literary stage. Is it the collected works of authors born and raised in the Deep South -- or is it sensibility, topic, pattern of speech and presentation? Mark Twain,...

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    Mr. Dylan’s Perspective & the Twits Who Tweet

    by David Evans

    Mr. Dylan’s Perspective & the Twits Who Tweet

    Bob Dylan has noticed the plugged-in, turned-on but oblivious nature possessing many of today's young people. In an interview with historian Douglas Brinkley, he made some observations. It's peculiar and unnerving in a way to see so many young people walking around with mobile phones and iPods in...

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    Conventional wisdom

    by David Evans

    Conventional wisdom

    Well, I’ve now seen my second US political convention, live on HD teevee, and I’m still a little shell-shocked. Before I go any further, let me say that in Australia I have always voted on the so-called left side of the political fence. From voting age till the 1990s I was a supporter of the ...

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    One in Eight

    by David Evans

    One in Eight

    After the realization that I was going to loose my breasts, I continued to cry for another month and was mad and confused that it happened in spite of my mostly organic diet, diligent exercise routine, minimal amount of vices and no family history. I felt like my body turned on me. I had been so...

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    The Ritual of Life

    by David Evans

    The vernal equinox has passed in the Northern Hemisphere. There is a full moon. It is the weekend. It must be Easter. The end of Lent and March Madness. Passover. The season of Nowruz. The festival of Holi. And Major League Baseball. The time of the new year for many (Coptic, Asia, Baha’i). ...

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    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

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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

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

    Listen to FDR

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