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Saturday, August 19, 2017
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    context is not political-correctness

    The Burden of Being a Southern, Part II

    by Sigbee drive cemetary

    Henry Kidd, who identified himself as a former national officer of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, objected to adding context. “Every tourist who comes to Richmond wants to see Monument Avenue; they don’t want to see a politically correct Monument Avenue,” Kidd said. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

    I will give Levar Stoney’s credit for appointing the Monument Avenue Commission to determine the fate of Lost Cause monuments …

    who will it be?

    The Honorable Senator from Alabama

    by Jeff Sessions, Roy Moore, Luther Strong

    The good folks in my home state of Alabama aren’t too sophisticated when it comes to voting excellent people into office. Consider that Jeff Sessions has been our senator for a long time, mostly running unopposed, or infrequently against some poor Democrat with no idea what he’s about to get involved in.

    Sessions perfected the religious fervor that doesn’t quite slip over into craziness …

    #charlottesville

    Playing With Fire

    by Charlottesville Unite The Right Rally photo taken by Rodney Dunning

    “Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done
    Walk away from trouble if you can
    It won’t mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek
    I hope you’re old enough to understand
    Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man”

    As we read our Sunday newspapers or listen to the news, we hear the same story over and over again, the violence in Charlottesville Virginia.  I was afraid this was going to happen.

    southern places

    A Country Club Like No Other

    by Harold's Signage -photo by Tom Poland Down near Yemassee, South Carolina, is a country club like no other. Harold’s Country Club proclaims that it is “in the middle of nowhere but close to everywhere.” That’s true. You’ll find it off Highway 21 at 97 Highway, 17A. I did when I pulled up ...  Read on →

    more a direction

    Plumnelly: A Road Mark

    by Cheaha State Park by Andrea Wright On July 17, 1936, five months before I was born, an area of 393 acres of wilderness in Alabama's Talladega County was established as a U.S. National Forest. One of its many glories is Cheaha Mountain, Alabama highest point, visible from our front porch. Dad and ...  Read on →

    in the war on science

    Revenge of the Nerds

    by March for Science, Washington, DC by Becker1999 (Paul and Cathy) Earlier this month, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a damning report: Sidelining Science Since Day One—How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Public Health and Safety in Its First Six Months. The value of science to policy making has been recognized in the United States at least ...  Read on →

    southern addiction

    Football Sex and Old Time Religion

    by Football Sex and Old Time Religion The recent stunning downfall of the Ole Miss football coach has all the elements of a Southern Gothic tale. I’m surprised this wasn’t based on a Faulkner novel. Hugh Freeze resigned abruptly after being caught with incriminating evidence of sexual hanky-panky. The story had all the ...  Read on →

    fantastic meal #91

    Summertime Soup

    by Summertime Soup Number 91 of my list of the top 100 (mostly Southern) meals and side dishes of all time. When August drifts around every year, there is little to celebrate here in the Deep South. It's hot and humid one day, hotter and more humid the next. A day ...  Read on →

    so easy to steal here

    New Wave Mobsters

    by Mafiya by © Tom Ferguson Mobsters tend to evolve out of inner city poverty. The young look around and notice the people in the neighborhood with flashy lifestyles, who don't go hungry, who lord it over ordinary citizens. They resemble the intimidating bullies in their own circles who ham-fistedly appropriate their lunch ...  Read on →

    fight like hell for the living

    100 Years Ago, Frank Little Died for Our Rights. Today, the Struggle Continues.

    by Jaz Brisack I stepped in an anthill at 4:17 yesterday morning, as I pounded a yellow “Union Yes” sign into the dewy ground outside the mile-long Nissan factory in Canton, Mississippi. Later in the day, on my way to visit workers and discuss the upcoming vote, I saw someone removing ...  Read on →

    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 ...  Read on →

    people need to know

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 →
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    Cobb Retiree Carves a Legacy

    by JL Strickland

    Cobb Retiree Carves a Legacy

    Ask Jack Weller, a thickset, retired, East Cobb manufacturing manager with heavy jowls and massive hands, how he spends his leisure time, he might curtly respond self-deprecatingly that all he does is sit and “make chips every day.” Observe Weller operating in his sawdust-coated workshop and you...

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    'America' Briefly Explained to 'Soccer'

    by JL Strickland

    'America' Briefly Explained to 'Soccer'

      Dear Soccer: Congratulations! The 2014 World Cup has been truly great. You`ve really outdone yourself this time around. As it turns out, you really ARE a 'beautiful game.' You've had boffo TV ratings and you've inspired a resurgence of U.S. national pride. You've even raised our ...

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    Mass Effect

    by JL Strickland

    Mass Effect

    Finding anything named after the Deity ought to be easy... very easy... a lead pipe cinch, you say to yourself. After all, its namesake is rumored to be... well... EVERYWHERE. You figure globs of the stuff to be dripping from the branches of trees, oozing from swamplands, being swept from concrete c...

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    One word is worth a thousand pictures

    by JL Strickland

    One word is worth a thousand pictures

    The man had but one word - "Faith" - fixed on the church signboard as he perched near the top of his stepladder fumbling through a stack of plastic letters, looking for the remainder of the sentence....

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    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross

    by JL Strickland

    House of Outrageous Fortune, Michael Gross

    This is a book about the 1%, the billionaires, or some of them, who can pay $50 million for a condo they use a couple weeks a year while otherwise camped in one of their other lavish homes. Mitt Romney accused ordinary people of feelings of entitlement when they expect social security and medica...

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    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    by JL Strickland

    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    The General Assembly passed out their draft of demands and read their preamble: We hold this truth to be self-evident that the 99% deserve equal rights, equal protections, equal access and equal opportunity as the 1% who benefit disproportionately from the current system.  We therefore freely assem...

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    Science's Sacred Cows: Locality

    by JL Strickland

    Science's Sacred Cows: Locality

    In three previous posts we've discussed assumptions that science once embraced, later to discard as invalid or unnecessary. Thus far we've dispatched with absolute time and space (Part 2), determinism (Part 3), and dualism (Part 4). Today we examine the principle of local causes. *****Einstein, w...

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    Reconsideration of Northern Arc route will help in snow times

    by JL Strickland

    Reconsideration of Northern Arc route will help in snow times

    Sometimes the answer to a problem is staring you in the face. And sometimes it can solve more than one problem, if you implement it. We're thinking about the traffic problem that Metro Atlanta had two weeks ago with snow and ice and people stuck for hours in traffic. Out of all this, are you n...

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    A New Book—Favorite Places

    by JL Strickland

    A New Book—Favorite Places

    Your favorite place ... For many it would be home, that safe harbor we have shaped to our own needs and likes, that refuge from the world’s ills, stresses, and bothers. Home makes for an easy choice. Suppose, however, an editor asked you what your favorite place is other than your home, and what i...

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    New on DVD: ‘Takers’

    by JL Strickland

    New on DVD: ‘Takers’

    A gang of bank robbers who just happen to be members of the pretty boy club get an offer they can't refuse. Do we have any 'Takers'? Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Michael Ealy and singer Chris Brown play high rolling bank robbers who get a very lucrtive offer from (Tip 'T.I.' Harri...

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    Folly part 2. Obama's War

    by JL Strickland

    Folly part 2. Obama's War

    Parts four and five of Barbara Tuchman’s March of Folly deal with British folly leading up to and through the U.S. Revolution and U.S. folly leading up to and through the Vietnam War. The cases are, folly-wise, very similar. In both instances there were those pointing out that costs would far outw...

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    Discarding the Elderly

    by JL Strickland

    Discarding the Elderly

    Elder abuse is defined as "harmful acts toward an elderly adult, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect." Financial exploitation comes from the banking industry; neglect emanates from the halls of Congress; and emotions...

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    The Rich Are Revolting

    by JL Strickland

    The Rich Are Revolting

    Funny how that sentence can have two opposite meanings. Anyway, Mike Lofgren, writing in The American Conservative, charges the rich with revolting and seceding from the nation state. While many of his observations are on point, I'd argue that he's got the causality backwards. The rich are always th...

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    T-Bone Burnett’s Proposal & The Bishop’s Life

    by JL Strickland

    T-Bone Burnett’s Proposal & The Bishop’s Life

    T-Bone Burnett wasn't on firm constitutional ground, but his proposal had appeal. Noted for his shrewd observations, Burnett made several on his '92 album, The Criminal Under My Own Hat.  Some of his best points are in the song, "I Can Explain Everything." I have a suggestion in answer to ...

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    A Loss of Innocence, Redux

    by JL Strickland

    A Loss of Innocence, Redux

    I lost my innocence in the early afternoon of 22 November 1963 in the shower of my high school boys’ locker room.  We’d finished a strenuous gym class, the kind which broke an honest sweat, and were showering, naked, guys I’d known since kindergarten and I. The speaker box in the locker ar...

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    Wrapping It Up

    by JL Strickland

    Wrapping It Up

    What does wrapping paper go for these days? Not the flimsy stuff from the discount shop, but the good stuff that doesn’t rip when you look at it. Five, nine, twelve bucks for a roll of paper that maybe covers a board game and a book*? And that doesn’t include the matchy-matchy ribbon or tags. Or...

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    The late, great Bill Emerson on the late, great Celestine Sibley

    by JL Strickland

    The late, great Bill Emerson on the late, great Celestine Sibley

    Bill Emerson, whose life is portrayed brilliantly by Doug Cumming in a tribute that also appears on likethedew.com, delivered a remarkable eulogy for his fellow journalist, Celestine Sibley, 10 years ago this month. A long-time reporter and columnist for The Atlanta Constitution, Ms. Sibley died ...

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    It was more than a football game

    by JL Strickland

    It was more than a football game

    New Orleans — Not seconds after Garrett Hartley kicked the winning field goal Sunday night to take the New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl for the first time, people were literally dancing in the streets of the French Quarter. Fire trucks were sounding their horns; honking cars were filled wit...

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    While Texas is Burning and Rick Perry Covers His Bets

    by JL Strickland

    While Texas is Burning and Rick Perry Covers His Bets

    You freethinking Yankees go ahead and laugh. When Texas Governor Rick Perry called upon Texans to pray for rain he did nothing more than petty rulers have doing since our species began farming and herding. We need only consult Sir James Frazer’s The Golden Bough to be reminded that, “Of all the ...

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    A Treatise on Grillin’ – Real men don’t have gas

    by JL Strickland

    A Treatise on Grillin’ – Real men don’t have gas

    A good friend of mine, Jack (last name withheld to protect the guilty) informed me he has recently bought a gas grill -- so I’m writing him to straighten him out. Dear Jack(ass) The art of grilling, for better or worse, is a man's identity. It's more important than money, fame or even family...

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    https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

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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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