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    twin facets - same struggle

    “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”

    by | Jun 24, 2016
    Nissan Autoworkers Workers Rally in Canton, MS on June 27, 2014 by Peoples World via flickr

    From their beginnings, the labor and civil rights movements have been deeply bound up in each other. Many of the watchwords of the 1960s, including “We Shall Overcome,” had been shouted in earlier struggles, on picket lines across the country. Tactics — from marches to sit-ins to boycotts — that had achieved shorter working hours, higher pay and human dignity for workers proved equally effective in the fight for racial equality. At the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., shared the platform with United Auto Workers (UAW) president Walter Reuther…

    delicious summer weather

    Two non-southern states of mind

    by | Jun 24, 2016
    Maine St, Kennebunkport, Maine by Kate Barnum

    I’m a South Carolina native who grew up in Georgia, and I have lived in one of these two states most of my life except for two years in the Navy (during which I never saw a ship — a story for another time) and a misguided six months in California, land of fruits and nuts.

    How bad was the golden state? Well, when I got back home I kissed the ground and vowed never again to leave the South except for visits, and only then with a copy of my birth certificate in hand to prove where I was from so I could be sure to get back in.

    But I might have been a bit hasty in making that pledge. Two reasons: Iowa and Maine.

    called personal responsibilty

    A Simple Answer

    by | Jun 21, 2016
    Wayne LaPierre holding gun laws hostage by DonkeyHotey

    OK, we’ve all been waiting breathlessly for Congress to change the gun-control laws in order to make America safer. My lungs are about to collapse, aren’t yours? I was sure they’d take some action after Orlando, but the votes are in, and guess what? NADA.

    So, how about looking at the problem from a whole different perspective? One that takes away the need for laws and court hearings and the involvement of governmental agencies.

    satire on the campaign trail

    America’s Savior is A. Tad Semple

    by | Jun 21, 2016
    America's Savior is A. Tad Semple
    My brother and sister Americans, let me introduce myself: my name is Arturo Tad Semple. Fearing someone might think I liked longhair classical music, or read books, or attended foreign movies, or watched PBS, or was born ... Read on →

    unequal opportunity

    People to Legislature: How long?

    by | Jun 20, 2016
    People to Legislature: How long?
    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture of the Year. A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, ... Read on →

    future reality

    Give Me a Congress Whose Priority is the Good of the Nation

    by | Jun 13, 2016
    People in Voting Booths by © stevecuk
    Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall’s campaign, that should be seen as one important means toward the ultimate goal, which is to move the nation forward. There is every reason to believe that ... Read on →

    echoes of wild raggedy sun-crazed children

    Where Was Mooney’s Lake?

    by | Jun 11, 2016
    Mooney's Lake in the 30s
    Wherever it was, it's not there anymore. . . .Then again, maybe it is.   Rising up out of the water were three enormous white towers. I'm sure of that. Three. They looked like very tall rectangular scaffolds ... Read on →

    it depends

    Jobs Produced by Investment?

    by | Jun 20, 2016
    Employment Applications Not Being Accepted
    That’s a question I asked in connection with our utility’s plan to make $41 million in capital improvements in the next five years. The consultant who put together the list and the necessary funding strategies for the JWSC claimed that was a question he’d never ... Read on →

    my superhero

    On Father’s Day

    by | Jun 19, 2016
    On Father’s Day
    Dear Daddy, I was coming back from a run the other day in Central Park. It was a beautiful day – the sun was high and my heart was wide. On the sidewalk a few blocks from my apartment there was this little orange chrysanthemum that ... Read on →

    not us v. them

    Trump and American Foreign Policy

    by | Jun 17, 2016
    Donald Trump - Riding the Wrecking Ball by DonkeyHotey
    The world is a complicated place (even more so than when I worked in American national security circles during the neo-cold war years of the 1980s). Making the right policy decisions is therefore a great challenge. And the stakes are high – war and peace, life ... Read on →

    his ordinary decency

    Authoritative book on Cobb is major service to his reputation

    by | Jun 13, 2016
    This iconic photo by Charles M. Conlon shows Cobb stealing third base during the 1909 baseball season
    This iconic photo by Charles M. Conlon shows Cobb stealing third base during the 1909 baseball season A sports author has done the state of Georgia and Ty Cobb, in particular, a major service.  Author Charles Leerhsen of Brooklyn, N. Y. has published an authoritative biography: ... Read on →

    paying your dues

    Democratic Party Super Delegates Are a Feature, Not a Flaw

    by | 3 | Jun 11, 2016
    "Super Delegates" by Randall Enos
    Blame Facebook for this post. Got into an online conversation with a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter who had a jaundiced opinion of the Democratic Party’s “super delegates.” The few basics I offered about how ... Read on →

    overcoming

    The remarkable story of forgiveness in Charleston

    by | 0 | Jun 11, 2016
    Dozens of bouquets lined a sidewalk last year outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
    Dozens of bouquets lined a sidewalk last year outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Almost a year later, the remarkable words of family members in pain still ring in our ears. “I forgive you,” one said ... Read on →

    celebrity bully

    I Was Wrong about Trump

    by | 0 | Jun 8, 2016
    The Celebrity Candidate Writers Room Whiteboard is by DonkeyHotey
    There’s been a change in how I see Donald Trump. A few months ago, I saw him as an accomplished actor, able to pick what role to play for the occasion-- such as to become ... Read on →

    exposing hypocrisy & corruption

    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman

    by | 0 | Jun 8, 2016
    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman
    Amy Goodman hosts a groundbreaking radio news show out of New York City, which is also videocast. She covers news from a non-corporate perspective, extolling what she calls Independent Media. She titled her latest ... Read on →

    a bit of nostalgia

    Falling Leaves

    by | 2 | Jun 6, 2016
    Empty wheelchair in nursing home hallway with hopeful child figure
    One usually arrives early and sits patiently. Others file in slowly, leaning on walkers. Some carry oxygen tanks. Many come in wheelchairs, a rolling procession that looks like a car race just as the ... Read on →

    southern views

    If You Think There’s Nothing New Under The Sun, You Haven’t Looked In The Right Place

    by | 0 | Jun 6, 2016
    Geordie Shore’s video on bum bleaching
    As if I needed any further proof that I spend too much time on the Internet, I ran across an alarming article that describes a new fad – anus bleaching – which is popular ... Read on →

    our collective mood is foul

    America’s Ghost Dance with Trump

    by | 2 | Jun 3, 2016
    America's Ghost Dance with Trump
    "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them." - Matthew 7:15 Trump, the presumed GOP candidate and Wovoka, ... Read on →

    Real Food, Done Real Good

    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    by | 3 | May 30, 2016
    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 ... Read on →

    angry bernie birds

    #tweet#haters#

    by | 1 | May 30, 2016
    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 ... Read on →

    Hope y’all gits bit by a rabid ’coon

    A bit of a gripe from Down Under

    by | 5 | May 27, 2016
    Johnny Depp in immaculately styled rugged hat
    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 ... Read on →

    persuade your supporters

    A Win-Win Way for Bernie to Lead Now

    by | 1 | 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 ... Read on →

    teaches us all

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

    by | 4 | 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 ... Read on →

    on civil disobedience

    Comfort Zone or Sacrifice Zone?

    by | 2 | 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 ... Read on →

    our neighborhood

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

    by | 1 | 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 ... Read on →

    electronic blues

    Learning Curve

    by | 4 | 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 ... Read on →

    keeping our kids safe

    Passing stopped school buses more of a problem than you think

    by | 1 | 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 ... Read on →























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    Dear Chocolate, it's not you, it's me.

    by Mandy Richburg Rivers

    I’ve recently become aware of a shift in my dessert preferences from those made with chocolate to those made with fruit.  Being the culinary anthropologist that I am, I’ve spent some time thinking about how and when my pendulum might have begun to swing. Like anyone with a uterus, I have alw...

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    A Little Place in Brooklyn

    by Ken Peacock

    A Little Place in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn was an independent city until 1898 when it was consolidated with New York City but it retained its distinct culture and architecture from the early settlers. Its motto was In Unity There is Strength and sixty-two years later the 2.6 million people in Brooklyn still thought of it as an indep...

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    To Fight, Kiss or Just Come To Our Senses

    by Alex Kearns

    To Fight, Kiss or Just Come To Our Senses

    Regarding a popular fast-food chain that's in the news these days (and other equally-divisive issues): The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (submitted to the states for ratification on September 25, 1789, and adopted on December 15, 1791): "Congress shall make no law respe...

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    Street Scenes No. 12

    by Keith Graham

    Street Scenes No. 12

    In a field near Parkview High School in Gwinnett County, Ga.: A scarecrow dressed in graduation cap and gown. Sign on a combination boiled peanuts, peaches, tomatoes, corn on the cob and pine straw stand on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, Ga.:  “The earth is a pot and every race has to put th...

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    I Bought Gas at a BP Station Today

    by Cathleen Hulbert

    I Bought Gas at a BP Station Today

    Does that mean I have oil on my hands? Initially my social advocate side decided to boycott when I watched the ocean being polluted as a result of a BP fiasco. I felt satisfaction when I drove by BP stations and few cars were at the pumps. I even found myself sizing up those few who were pumping ...

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    Let’s wrap this one up

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Let’s wrap this one up

    It’s been a bad year. First there was the Mayan End of the World thing that didn’t really pan out as expected. I was so sure I wouldn’t be around writing this today. So in anticipation of the end I had emptied our bank account and 401K. I maxed out the credit card, sold the wife’s jewelry a...

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    Is you is or is you ain't going to sign that loyalty oath?

    by Piney Woods Pete

    Is you is or is you ain't going to sign that loyalty oath?

    David Poythress, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Georgia governor, is running a basic smash-mouth political play with his demand that Republican candidates sign a loyalty oath to the United States of America.   He might gain some yardage, but General Poythress is skir...

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    To the Georgia Senate and other secessionists: America, love it or leave it

    by John Sugg

    To the Georgia Senate and other secessionists: America, love it or leave it

    History lesson time. Do you remember a gent called “Old Gimlet Eye?” He’s worth some study. His real name was  Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, a Marine and a two-time recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Quite a guy, you might say, great creds. When Butler was a popular hero almost 80 ...

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    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

    by Terri Evans

    Enter The Dew’s Deviled Eggstravaganza

    And Win Eggland’s Best Prize Pack. All these Dew discussions about congress going to hell for their handling of healthcare reform, and about the devil being in the details of writing such legislation, has made me hungry for solutions and a damn good deviled egg recipe. Dew you have the best and mo...

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    Get rid of Comcast for $5

    by Lee Leslie

    Get rid of Comcast for $5

    Walk into any bar and begin telling a Comcast story. Within minutes it will escalate to violence. Each person topping the next with customer disservice and their loathing of one of our least favorite monopolies. Everyone has a story. Most have more than one. Mine began when I naively thought I...

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    Bear Festival Adds New, Expanded Activities

    by Jimmy Booth

    Bear Festival Adds New, Expanded Activities

    Since its beginning in 1996, Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has been faithful in offering events and activities consistent with its mission of celebrating the Southern Appalachian region's music, art and folkways. Granted, the crowds were smaller in the early years, and the even...

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    Colinus virginianus

    by John Yow

    Colinus virginianus

    Colinus virginianus Bob WHITE! Poor Bob WHITE! That popular rendering of the bobwhite’s whistle makes a lot of sense when you realize that it’s not, after all, the call of the cock to his nesting mate, but rather the blue note of the unmated male who has somehow missed out, and who contemplat...

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    Stimulus Hawk

    by Lee Leslie

    Stimulus Hawk

    In a dramatic achievement of bipartisan compromise, the Clinton-Obama administration has announced a compromise with Republicans for continued stimulus spending - deficit be damned – as long as the economy, as judged by the Chamber of Commerce, deems it appropriate. No, extending the Bush tax cuts...

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    Why is SC So Stupid About Education and Technology?

    by Phil Noble

    Why is SC So Stupid About Education and Technology?

    Some issues are a close call – it is hard to know what is the right thing to do. Technology and education is not one of these issues. It’s obvious that technology and education are the keys to success in the global economy of the 21st century, both for us as individuals and as a state. The on...

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    That King is dead. Long live our King.

    by Boyd Lewis

    That King is dead. Long live our King.

    The postponement of the Aug. 28 corporate gala that was to officially freeze Dr. King at dreaming is a actually a good thing. Now a serious deliberation begins about the very liberal/radical economic remedies Dr. King would suggest to Great Depression II if he were a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show ...

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    Pair trot out that old saw, nullification, to cost Georgians

    by Elliott Brack

    Pair trot out that old saw, nullification, to cost Georgians

    Perhaps Governor Nathan Deal and his insurance commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, have as their heroes the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun, George Wallace and Strom Thurmond. History recalls all of these prominent figures hell-bent on insisting that their individual states could "nullify" ac...

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    Who's Killing Who This Week, and Why?

    by Tom Ferguson

    Who's Killing Who This Week, and Why?

    What is happening in places like Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan, Israel, Ireland, the United States, where people kill each other with casual bravado? [caption id="attachment_22505" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Limited identification. "][/caption] Certainly some killers are acting out their...

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    Fishing at Frog Hollow

    by Jimmy Booth

    Fishing at Frog Hollow

    If fishing is like religion, then fly fishing is high church. — Tom Brokaw. A competitive gathering of serious fly fishermen is expected to draw fans of the sport to a well known fishing area in North Georgia one day this weekend. The first annual Gold Rush Cup Fly Fishing Challenge, schedu...

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    Frustration (Janet)

    by Mark Dohle

    Frustration (Janet)

    I have had a relationship with Janet (not her real name) that started in the early '90s. From the very beginning I knew that there was something different about her. Her problems, all of them, were expressed in descriptions that can only be said to be extreme. Her problems with her daughter and h...

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    It's Still Census Time ... sorta

    by Barry Hollander

    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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