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Monday, February 27, 2017
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    not a sport

    We are the Champions

    by Number one by Ron Bennetts via flickr

    As I made my way down I-26, a white van jerked into my lane. He not only failed to use a turn signal, his lights were off. Both are laws in South Carolina although many drivers treat them as tepid suggestions. The maneuver left so little room I almost scraped the Trump sticker off his bumper. At a younger age I might have opted for an extended horn blast or flashed my lights repeatedly.

    whatever it takes

    Road Trip

    by Road Trip

    There are many ways that young kids grow with their college experience. If you go away to school, when you’re a freshman, you can’t wait to get back home. Fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, summer vacation … They all mean the same thing. Home. If you don’t have a car, you try to arrange a ride or you check the bus and train schedules. Whatever it takes …

    hurts our hearts

    How to survive the Trump Era

    by How to survive the Trump Era

    I imagine what happens next to that march from protozoa to ape to man – just a poof of dust from the increasing implosion of facts-to-lies-to-violence based on nothing but a madman’s brain, and his cunning associate (perhaps with an “s” – just in case there’s somebody else in the room with Bannon?).  I wonder, daily, about how much of the planet will still be here …

    right to bear cars

    To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses

    by To Kill a Protester: Tennessee Republicans to Issue Hunting Licenses Running down pedestrians with your car is wrong. Whether the act is intentional or negligent, running down pedestrians is absolutely wrong. That ethical absolute extends to encouraging others to commit such an act. Unfortunately a couple of Republican lawmakers ...  Read on →

    profound danger

    Appeasement at Munich

    by Appeasement at Munich Remember how Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 election campaign touting his ability to negotiate better deals for the United States? For all the bombast about trade with China and nukes in Iran, and cheering from supporters who ...  Read on →

    moral blindness

    Defense, Defense

    by Dew family photo - Charles Burgess Dew is the infant on the left, shown here with his mother, Amy Meek Dew, and his brother, John Carlos. Southerners are said to be obsessed with their own history. It’s true, belying that old dictum that history is always written by the winners. Even now, well into the 21st century, I find myself wading into the murky waters ...  Read on →

    black shirts or brown?

    Is America Ready for Fascism?

    by Is America Ready for Fascism? “— mind you, the corridors of power are littered with Fascist leanings; anything to save the upper classes through disenfranchisement of the common man while allowing the common man to think you are on his side.” — Dr. Trevor ...  Read on →

    forever changed

    Searching for Animals and Stories

    by Searching for Animals and Stories In 1998 my husband Wilton and I decided to take a trip to Kenya, which fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of being able to see wild animals in their natural habitats. I had read so many books ...  Read on →

    awakening hearts & minds:

    Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria

    by Critical Perspectives on Israel/Palestine & Syria A conference on February 4th in Decatur, GA featured “rock star” panelists, knowledgeable, articulate, even entertaining on a subject that doesn't readily lend itself to such. This is not a thorough review of the conference but more a ...  Read on →

    commander in tweet

    Learning To Live in the Empire

    by Learning To Live in the Empire I admit to retreating often from the evening news, but the acts reported find me through their effects on my friends. The physician of a friend is also my physician: he has done grafts for lymphedema on both of ...  Read on →

    heaven help me

    Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays

    by Of formal dresses and BIG birthdays Two thousand seventeen has not gotten off to a good start for Yours Truly. First, there was the dress. No. make that The Dress. It was "The Dress" instead of simply "the dress" because it is for the upcoming ...  Read on →

    crackdown on continues

    Trump Targets Aliens at Area 51

    by Donald Trump at Area 51 In a series of tweets and Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to deport Area 51 aliens and answer scores of questions that have plagued the minds of millions who voted ... Read on →

    cherished ideals

    An Open Letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

    by Weloome Your Neighbors Yesterday I attended a wondrous event: democracy in full-throated action. Congressman Bob Goodlatte chairs the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives. It’s a position of considerable power, for good or ill. Congressman Goodlatte ... Read on →

    34-28

    Fair Warning to the Rest of the Country

    by Fair Warning to the Rest of the Country Atlanta, Georgia will be closed on Monday, February 6th. I would suggest any plans you may have for doing business with anyone in Atlanta on February 6 be postponed until later in the week ... Read on →

    covered in paint

    Remembering Animal Farm

    by Remembering Animal Farm Thirty three years ago, George Orwell became extra popular across the world. His Facebook page went viral and he multiplied his Twitter followers a hundredfold, or he would have if those things had been ... Read on →

    compromising rights

    He’ll Protect and Defend Us, But Who Will Preserve It

    by He'll Protect and Defend Us, But Who Will Preserve It Supporters of President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking admission of Syrian refugees and suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations don’t just argue his right to do so. They consider it his sworn duty. “We ... Read on →

    searched then hugged

    The Real America

    by Table of Trumps Muslim Countries Banned Yesterday I mentioned to a British friend my concern (in the light of Trump’s edict banning arrivals from certain countries), that all our political views are frankly on record on social media outlets. I said ... Read on →

    tehran, iran

    The Day the Shah Left Town

    by Ruins of the Gate of All Nations, Persepolis Ruins of the Gate of All Nations, Persepolis In the 1970s Tehran was one of the few cities in the Middle East where alcohol was available for the local population and tired travelers. The city ... Read on →

    to the abyss

    Alternate Realm

    by “Alternate Realm” is a painting by Tom Ferguson I found this in my muse-folder one recent morning: beneath the polarized & poisonous air lies the breath of life the state of being the realm of beauty, joy & creativity Seems like my meandering thoughts tend to channel ... Read on →

    twisting ideological knots

    Why Trump Lies

    by Why Trump Lies Donald Trumpinocchio Donald J. Trump’s lies, especially about numbers, and that presents a puzzle. His claims about fraudulent votes cast against him in the general election and the size of his inauguration crowd make him ... Read on →

    long history

    Gerrymandering rampant

    by Gerrymandering rampant “Late in 1788, just after Virginia voted to ratify the Constitution and join the union, former Governor Patrick Henry persuaded the state legislature to remake the Fifth Congressional District, forcing Henry’s political enemy James ... Read on →

    just the facts

    The Alternative

    by Caricature of Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer by Trevor Irvin of IrvinProductions.com This story is moving so quickly I’m not sure I can keep up with it. By the time you read this we could be in a war with Korea and Putin will be dancing ... Read on →

    destruction of american values

    Trump Says He’s Done More in 7 Days Than God Did

    by Trump Says He's Done More in 7 Days Than God Did President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he’s done more in his first seven days than God did. “He did a lot,” Trump tweeted. “I’d be the first to admit that. I’m a devout man. But ... Read on →

    fable of buyer’s remorse

    One Bite at a Time

    by One Bite at a Time Years later, if you had asked Robbie exactly when it was that he decided to eat the elephant, he would have had trouble coming up with the answer. Perhaps the seeds had been planted in ... Read on →

    reasonable or rational

    Nothing Gentle on My Mind

    by Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction It’s playing endlessly in my head, and I’ve resisted the urge to share. But, it’s not going away until I do. So… Why the reluctance? Perhaps it's just wishful thinking or not wanting to be ... Read on →

    fake opinion next?

    As Trump Lies Glut Market, Fake News Sites Lay Off Thousands

    by As Trump Lies Glut Market, Fake News Sites Lay Off Thousands Fake News sites are laying off thousands of workers in the wake of Donald Trump's first days in office when he rattled off so many lies publishers of the sites said there’s no more ... Read on →

    still the mind – enjoy being

    Mulling On Consciousness

    by Mulling On Consciousness What is happening? I'm watching a movie, a little disturbed by the violence, take a break to pee when suddenly I'm aware ... a pang of fear... the conceptual reality-bubble I create to walk ... Read on →

    we are a hostage audience

    Republicans Know Reducing Obama’s Legacy Will Be Expensive

    by Republicans Know Reducing Obama’s Legacy Will Be Expensive Revenge is one of the powerful unspoken temptations of public office. For incoming presidents, the urge to punish often involves diminishing the historical legacies of their predecessors. Ronald Reagan took revenge on Jimmy Carter by gutting ... Read on →

    they deserve each other

    The Limbaugh Presidency

    by Rush Limbaugh - Caricature On Friday, we Americans will witness the inauguration of our 45th President, Rush Limbaugh. OK, not really Rush. Instead, what Hollywood casting agents would refer to as “a Rush Limbaugh type,” one Donald J. Trump. Limbaugh ... Read on →

    middle east

    A Year of Learning

    by A Year of Learning It was an interesting year. OPEC was beginning to exert its influence over world oil prices for the first time and generate considerable wealth for its member countries to invest in new industries. My ... Read on →

    appealing to baser instincts

    Wrong Man, Wrong Time

    by Wrong Man, Wrong Time Franklin Roosevelt, Donald Trump, and Nelson Mandela I’m no historian, but from the perspective of advancing age, I find fascinating that certain societies produce just the right leaders at just the right time. Think Abraham Lincoln, ... Read on →

    who makes such evil profitable?

    An MLK Day Rumination

    by An MLK Day Rumination Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. I think the psyche of the South for a man my age carries with it a fading memory of the shame and bitterness of ... Read on →

    pervy traitor?

    Trump is Damaged Goods – Smart Republicans are Planning Their Exits

    by Trump is Damaged Goods – Smart Republicans are Planning Their Exits The kompromat story becomes more plausible with each passing day. The important information for much of the news audience is that Donald Trump allowed himself to be caught in a classic honey trap, one made ... Read on →

    wholesale change

    Trump administration may be turning point for our government

    by Trump administration may be turning point for our government Thinking back politically into the middle of 2016, I must admit that I began to wonder if the GOP challenger Donald Trump might be moving the United States toward a seminal and decisive change. The ... Read on →

    rule of the thug

    A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism

    by A Global Counter to the Global Rise of Fascism Mural on a Lithuanian restaurant shows Vladmir Putin and Donald Trumplocking lips in the style of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker's famous kiss. As America enters the Age of Trump, it is important to recognize ... Read on →
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    Sandy Hook Promise

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    “Money For Nothing”

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    We can't hide from gun violence

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  • random stories from our past

    Complex portrait of Hank Aaron: 'Last Hero'

    by Louis Mayeux

    Complex portrait of Hank Aaron: 'Last Hero'

    While the reputations of many baseball heroes lie shattered, Henry Aaron's stature keeps rising. Now his truly remarkable American story is told in Howard Bryant's "The Last Hero, A Life of Henry Aaron." Aaron rose from poverty in Jim Crow Mobile, Ala., to break Babe Ruth's all-time home run reco...

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    And the Beat goes on?

    by Keith Graham

    The Atlanta Beat made the playoffs in the now defunct Women’s United Soccer Association all three years the league existed. They were the only team who could make that claim. Twice, the Beat went on to play in the league’s championship match. Sunday, a new effort to bring professional women’...

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    How A Mule Kick Killed Eight People

    by Tom Poland

    How A Mule Kick Killed Eight People

    You can drive by a place 1,000 times and be unaware of its history. Such was the case for a small country store on Highway 378 in Edgefield County. Over the years I’ve passed the little store you see with this column 1,000 times and not once did I stop. That changed Sunday, October 13. I did pass ...

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    Hopelessness and the Spirit

    by Andy Schmookler

    Hopelessness and the Spirit

    Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy (and a great many others act as if they had). They see that the Money Power is wresting power from the American people and, with the help of the Supreme Court, making it ever harder for the people to retrieve what...

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    The ‘Goes Around, Comes Around’ Theory of the Universe

    by Will Cantrell

    The ‘Goes Around, Comes Around’ Theory of the Universe

    “What goes around comes around...” USA Today recently reports that Hawaii Five-0 is the No.1 rated show on the Fall TV schedule. TV ratings information is provided to the national daily by Nielsen. For decades now, we're  told that the Nielsens are a perfect demographic cross section of ...

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    NYC -- Entrapment

    by Monica Smith

    NYC -- Entrapment

    As I've written many times, the line between the cop and the crook is really thin. Deprivation of rights under cover of law is where they merge. How very clever of the City of New York to herd citizens onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then arrest them! Human husbandry on parade. From the Huffington P...

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    May You Live in Interesting Times

    by David Evans

    May You Live in Interesting Times

    From Hull House to Yonder: An Essay on the Rhetorical Link Between Jim W. Corder and Jane Addams A few years back I was introduced to the work of Jim W. Corder, the late TCU professor of English and Rhetoric, who was raised dirt poor during the Great Depression in West Texas. His ideas – especial...

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    First Light Upstate: Land of Mountains and Water

    by Tom Poland

    First Light Upstate: Land of Mountains and Water

    Early daylight is our god. We are disciples all. We go where the light leads us, and it leads to a crumpled, carved land where the earth flexes rock-hard muscles. Here, in this uplifted land of tangled greenery, early light uplifts the spirit. No place slakes a thirst for wanderlust like these co...

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    The Slippery Slope of Surveillance

    by Dr. Nick De Bonis

    The Slippery Slope of Surveillance

    A discussion on NPR's Talk of the Nation (TOTN) opinion page this afternoon focused on the use of surveillance cameras for security in the wake of last week's Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath.  The show's summary read, "Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombings were able to identify the su...

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    Bear Redux 20

    by Jimmy Booth

    Bear Redux 20

    [caption id="attachment_63661" align="alignright" width="344"] One of bear cubs that started it all back in 1986 hiding in tree on Dahlonega's town square[/caption] There are many reasons for people to decide to have a party, and such a reason occurred back in 1996 when a mama bear and her two cu...

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    Queer Southerner's Reflections on Race: A Starter

    by Louie Crew Clay

    Queer Southerner's Reflections on Race: A Starter

    I don’t understand race. An anthropologist colleague says, “Louie, race doesn’t exist as a scientific category. At best a race is just ‘a breeding community with unstable boundaries’; and you and Ernest knock the hell out of that one, don’t you!” I see what she means. [caption id...

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    Feuds, Fathers, & Forgiveness

    by Tom Poland

    Feuds, Fathers, & Forgiveness

    There’s something about being a writer that leads people to confide in me. Think about that. Why tell a writer, a person who uses life itself as raw material, your deepest secrets. But tell me they do, and sometimes their secrets break my heart. Through my writing and books, I meet a lot of peo...

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    Lazarus Redux

    by Billy Howard

    Lazarus Redux

    The poetically inclined amongst the Tea Party have suggested a slight updating to Emma Lazarus moving poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty. We here at the Dew are pleased to be the first to bring you this stirring, patriotic tome with notes from the original, outdated verse. The New Colossus (wh...

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    Trust Him, He's a Doctor

    by Anoni Muss

    Trust Him, He's a Doctor

    I finally plucked up courage to consult my G.P. about the pain in my butt. For months I put up with it (it’s a fissure) but I’d reached the stage of taking pain killers three days out of five (an indulgence I would not grant to my arthritis). I promise that’s the limit of too much information....

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    Incredibly high fictitious cost of health care

    by Lee Leslie

    Incredibly high fictitious cost of health care

    Health care reform doesn’t go into effect for 3 more years, so why is it costing really really big businesses so much right now? In the last month, company after company has announced quarterly earnings and included huge accounting charges for health care costs. “Why? For what? And should we ...

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    A survival recipe for Valentine’s Day

    by Lee Leslie

    A survival recipe for Valentine’s Day

    Mostly for the guys... Like the other major holidays, pretending is critical to the success of Valentine’s. On Christmas, we must believe in Santa and that they’ve been good. On Easter, that the Bunny delivers eggs. On her birthday, that she looks younger. And like anniversaries, on Valentine's,...

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    Drill, baby, Drill?

    by Alex Kearns

    Drill, baby, Drill?

    [caption id="attachment_9062" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photograph by Gerald Herbert, AP"][/caption] "What appeared to be a manageable spill a couple of days ago after an oil rig exploded and sank off the Louisiana coast Tuesday, has now turned into a more serious environmental ...

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    Ranking the region

    by Keith Graham

    President Obama has made his picks for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and three of his Final Four choices are from the South. The University of North Carolina, Louisville and Memphis are joined by Pittsburgh. The president picks North Carolina to win the championship in a final with Louisv...

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    Evil In A Demon Haunted World

    by David Evans

    Evil In A Demon Haunted World

    I still remember attending a logic class when the university reopened a week following the assassination of President Kennedy. The angry graduate student instructor that I had been assigned to was part of a team that tried to clarify to a bunch of undergrads what the wild eyed and mostly incomprehen...

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    Physician, heal thyself

    by Monica Smith

    Physician, heal thyself

    That's obviously a dismissive injunction; another way of saying "mind your own business." However, directed at Congressman Paul Broun, M.D., it might well be a recipe for disaster, since, if his prescription for the economy is consistent with his medical perspective, Broun seems stuck in a medieval ...

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