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    part 4

    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

    by | 3 hours ago
    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

    The American electorate is probably about to give more power to a party of traitors. This statement, though shocking, can be verified by these steps (many of which are substantiated here):

    • The Republican Party (“the Party of No”) has chosen to prevent anything from being accomplished.
    • To choose across-the-board obstructionism is to knowingly hurt the nation.
    • The Republicans’ motivation for obstructionism is to regain power…

    media fail

    Tipping Point: The People’s Climate March

    by | 3 hours ago
    People's Climate March New York

    “If the planet dies, all causes are lost causes.”Anonymous

    Humanity’s fate hangs on a tight race between two tipping points: a scientific one and a cognitive one. Scientists use the term “tipping point” to refer to a runaway feedback loop that, when triggered, abruptly and irreversibly changes the behavior of a system, such as the climate. For example, when permafrost melts, it releases methane, 50 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Thus: global warming, melting permafrost, more atmospheric methane, more global warming…

    problems, not targets

    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters

    by | Sep 29, 2014
    Americans could help the world by combating peril and disasters

    Six years ago, President Obama was all for bringing our troops home from far-off wars. Much of that has happened. Now new threats to world peace are prompting some war hawks to push for “sending in the troops,” no matter where the trouble is brewing.

    Good thing our military is controlled by a civilian Secretary of Defense. The military men will always advise on sending in the troops. They are trained to recommend no other way.

    from a to z

    Original Google

    by | Sep 27, 2014
    Original Google
    My go to source for most anything. As a boy I read the Weekly Reader, Outdoor Life, Superman comic books, and the Hardy Boys Adventures. Books were not overly abundant and I read whatever I could. ... Read on →

    follow your bliss

    Trying To Do The Impossible

    by | Sep 25, 2014
    Trying To Do The Impossible
    “All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”-- William Faulkner It’s been quite a spate of birthdays for famous ... Read on →

    eavesdropping

    “You’d a thought they were pricing meat…”

    by | Sep 20, 2014
    Man looking at pill bottle in pharmacy
    Mankind has made remarkable progress in every arena of human endeavor--- except possibly getting Congress to do anything, getting women as hosts on late night tv and getting speedy service from the local pharmacy. Even ... Read on →

    secession

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

    by | Sep 20, 2014
    Scotland from the air
    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 ... Read on →

    Part 3.5

    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President

    by | Sep 26, 2014
    This Is What You Should Be Making This Election About, Mr. President
    (This piece is a timely expansion on entry # 3 in this Press the Battle series: " Calling Out the Republicans: Obama Hasn't So We Must..") Summary: It is clear the Republicans, with their obstructionism, have deliberately hurt ... Read on →

    smell test

    What’s that I smell?

    by | Sep 23, 2014
    What’s that I smell?
    I always knew politics smelled funny but I never know how much until now. Seems a couple of braniacs led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott have conducted a study showing that we can sniff out like ... Read on →

    jeff on mccartney

    Silly And Even Sillier Love Songs

    by | Sep 22, 2014
    Silly And Even Sillier Love Songs
    Author's Note: Fall is here as are a slew of remastered and reissued CDs, some in expanded editions. On September 23, "The Apple Years" by George Harrison, a box set containing 6 CDs and 1 DVD hit ... Read on →

    come the election

    It’s About the Climate, Stupid

    by | Sep 17, 2014
    The lobster boat “Henry David T” action at the Brayton Point Power Plant
      Readers of my articles on LikeTheDew will know that I’m not an advocate of defying the law, but I’m about to encourage this where necessary. Often focused on the joys of my grandchildren, this time I’m focused ... Read on →

    part 3

    Calling Out the Republicans – Obama Hasn’t So We Must

    by | Sep 22, 2014
    Calling Out the Republicans - Obama Hasn't So We Must
    Summary: President Obama should have made it a top priority to help the American people see what the Republican Party has become. That would lead the people to take away that Party's power. Unfortunately, ... Read on →

    letter to the editor

    LTE as Art Form

    by | Sep 20, 2014
    LTE as Art Form
    Over the years of my political seething I have cooled myself off some by exercising an art form, the letter to the editor (LTE). I even got one in the New York Times once. ... Read on →

    equal protection

    Angry White Men on the Right

    by | Sep 19, 2014
    Angry White Men on the Right
    A friend of mine, who is liberal, told me recently, "Having grown up in the South in the 1950s, I know something about how it feels to be part of a group you're told ... Read on →

    spill your guts

    The Nut Magnet

    by | Sep 16, 2014
    The Nut Magnet
    I have a built in magnet. It works to attract people that I otherwise might not meet. My magnet can be depended upon to pull near to me the craziest, neediest, saddest, and loneliest ... Read on →

    dreaming

    Holdin’ Your Mouth Right

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Holdin' Your Mouth Right
    If you ask me what makes the world spin around, I'll tell you it ain't love or money or even oil from the Middle East. I swear to God, it's irony -- sheer good ... Read on →

    part 2

    The Republicans’ Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    The Republicans' Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness
    The Republican Party, I have said here, has been taken over by a destructive force. Time now to flesh out more of the picture showing the relentlessly destructive nature of what now animates the ... Read on →

    the mighty chestnut

    Look Homeward, Angel

    by | Sep 15, 2014
    Look Homeward, Angel
    The mass killers came as stowaways aboard ships about the time the Wright brothers first took to flight along a North Carolina beach. Although these assassins were merciless, they probably did not even ... Read on →

    sea pines, ga

    Stasis in the Dynamic Dunes

    by | Sep 11, 2014
    Aerial photo of Sea Island dunes by James Holland, our Altamaha Riverkeeper
    What's a dynamic dune? It's a reference that was changed to just "dunes" in the law, perhaps because it left too many people confused. Or perhaps the idea that dunes change and move was ... Read on →

    perception v. reality 1

    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color

    by | Sep 9, 2014
    Explaining White Privilege to People, Especially Some People of Color
    I came across this blog written by Gina Crosley-Corcaran titled “Explaining White privilege to a Broke White People." Well, after hearing a few African Americans who have succeeded say that racism and “white privilege” ... Read on →

    part 1

    Many Liberals Don’t Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

    by | Sep 9, 2014
    Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse
    In America right now there’s a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It’s a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and ... Read on →

    locking in love

    The Crushing Weight Of Love

    by | Sep 4, 2014
    The Crushing Weight Of Love
    About five years ago a lovely phenomenon took hold in Europe. Couples wrote, etched, painted, and scratched their names onto padlocks and latched them to fences and railings on bridges. They hurled the keys ... Read on →

    the michael brown killing

    The Value of A Human Life Revisted

    by | Sep 4, 2014
    The Value of A Human Life Revisted
    Over the past few weeks since the shooting of Michael Brown the discussions on the various cable channels have been quite interesting. It truly illustrated that your perception of the shooting all comes from ... Read on →

    capitalism at work

    New suburban cities raiding county police for officers

    by | Sep 3, 2014
    New suburban cities raiding county police for officers
    The birthing of several new suburban towns around Atlanta has had an impact on Gwinnett, something you might call an "unintended consequence." One of these has been the hiring by these new towns of members ... Read on →

    reading

    Forever Young, Forever Scarred

    by | Sep 2, 2014
    Forever Young, Forever Scarred
    May you always do for others And let others do for you. Words of advice, if not instruction, for the years and decades ahead, from Bob Dylan in "Forever Young," a song he wrote in ... Read on →

    behaving like christians

    Grace Behind the Cotton Curtain

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Image of two young men with palms together licensed by LikeTheDew.com at Fotolia.com - © xixinxing
    When I met Ernest, we courted for five months, and after we married, on February 2, 1974, in Fort Valley, GA. That was 40 years ago.   I wrote my parents in Anniston, AL. ... Read on →

    happy birthday to me

    Never Look Back

    by | Aug 31, 2014
    Never Look Back
    "Old Age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young." --Fred Astaire It’s finally happened to me...I’m now the Biblical threescore and ten years old. I went to bed after ... Read on →
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    • Neil Bush slams Georgia’s David Perdue - The Washington Post

      David Perdue, the Republican running for Senate in Georgia, doesn’t seem too bothered that he’s upset a member of the Bush family. Neil Bush, son and brother of former Bush presidents, skewered Perdue on Tuesday after the Republican sealed a campaign endorsement from George H.W. Bush.
      The younger Bush was responding to attacks by Perdue on Points of Light, the organization founded by Bush’s father and run for several years by Perdue’s Democratic opponent, ­Michelle Nunn. Bush gave an angry interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution demanding that Perdue renounce a TV ad that accuses the group of funneling money to terrorists.
      “To attack an organization founded by my father, whose integrity is unimpeachable, to smear our organization for political gain, is in my opinion shameful,” Bush said.

    • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Claptrap - The Daily Beast

      In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman … .

    • If there was as much marching at high noon on Election Day, we would not have to march at midnight.
      James Clyburn (D-South Carolina): At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

    • You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.
      John Lewis (D-Georgia): At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

    • At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

      [John] Lewis is headlining efforts to mobilize black voters in several states with competitive Senate races, including Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. The drive is being organized by the Congressional Black Caucus, in coordination with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Other steps, such as recruiting N.B.A. players to help register more African-Americans, are also underway.

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    The Fox

    The Fox

    Hankie was hit at least three to four times and went down heavy. Heʼs old and tottery and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Milo was bitten multiple times, too, but heʼs young and strong and gave more than he took. Abbie joined in the fray and the chase, but was unhurt. The grey fox was...

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    Fiddling While Rome Burns

    Fiddling While Rome Burns

    As a life-long environmentalist (“environmentalism” was once known as “simple common-sense”), I’m accustomed to trying to convince others that plastic detritus is suffocating the planet, recycling is A Good Thing and those who live on the coast run the very real risk of drowning in rising ...

    Read on →

    A Very Cold Night Before Christmas

    A Very Cold Night Before Christmas

    “There it is,” I said, easing our big motor home across the dip at the edge of the pavement and onto the dirt road, “won’t be long now.” My wife, Arlette, who is French, pushed in a CD, and soon A Canadian Brass Christmas boomed through our cozy home on wheels. It was Christmas Eve, and af...

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    Berlin Wall: Lessons learned from the collapse seem lost today

    Berlin Wall: Lessons learned from the collapse seem lost today

    Twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall bring back memories of my visit there shortly after that momentous event. Collapse of the wall was not so much a testament to the power of America’s overwhelming military might, but the compelling attraction of life in a free soc...

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    You Talking to Me??

    You Talking to Me??

    As I grow older and more protective of my time and those I keep company with, I ran across a story that astronomers at the cash-strapped Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Institute in northern California are poised to resume the quest for life elsewhere in the universe, after raising more th...

    Read on →

    Looking Back

    Looking Back

    My hair was growing back. I had new breasts. My chemo port was out. I was cancer free and training for an upcoming triathlon. I was a survivor, but I couldn’t help thinking back to the time when cancer was not part of my identity. Author Note: A Stroll Down Mammary Lane is an illustrated ...

    Read on →

    God Save the Kentucky Derby

    God Save the Kentucky Derby

    Many institutions of Southern culture are vanishing. Moonshining, barn-raisings, hominy-poundings, quiltings, fox hunting, homecomings, and hog-killings are but memories. For 135 years, however, the Kentucky Derby has been a sustaining, if sometimes tawdry, vestige of Southern life. Its appeal, of c...

    Read on →

    One word is worth a thousand pictures

    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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    Neil Young: Feeling Nixon's Pain

    Neil Young: Feeling Nixon's Pain

    On The Human Highway . . . David Crosby handed Neil Young the May 15, 1970 issue of Life magazine. It featured photos of the tragedy at Kent State University. Four dead in Ohio. Enraged, despairing and caught up in the moment, Young quickly wrote "Ohio," a deliberate and disquieting rocker evoking...

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    Making lemonade out of lemons

    Making lemonade out of lemons

    Every person is unique. However, we do share common behavioral patterns, based on our characteristic functions, by which we can be categorized. We walk, talk, touch, imagine, invent, reproduce and recreate. Speech is a good example of how the patterns are then set, into distinct languages, in res...

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    Robin Hood? Not in Georgia

    Robin Hood? Not in Georgia

    Robin Hood used to steal from the rich to give to the poor. The Georgia General Assembly takes a different approach: Give to the rich and take from the middle class. That approach is clearly outlined in a report released this week by the non-profit, non-partisan Institute on Taxation and E...

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    Jabbour & Perlman: Old-Time Music at its Best

    Jabbour & Perlman: Old-Time Music at its Best

    Two legends of old-time Appalachian music—the clawhammer-banjo virtuoso Ken Perlman and the masterful fiddler Alan Jabbour—will play tunes from their highly acclaimed “Southern Summits” CD in Huntsville, AL, on Saturday night. Just about any diehard fan of old-time (pre-bluegrass) music w...

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    Two Views of the Great Depression

    Over the hills. Yesterday, I drove 150 miles over the hills and through the woods to my grandmother’s house. “GG.” She’s 103. Lives independent, because all the men she knows are “just too old” and she’s “not planning on any more children.” There’s always a sparkle in her eyes w...

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    Sharing and caring at the VA

    Sharing and caring at the VA

    The Veterans Administration is announcing the start of a new program. As of May 9th, they'll be accepting applications from family caregivers of post 9/11 veterans for stipends, training and other services. VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive thei...

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    A Scholarly View of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    A Scholarly View of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    I never wanted to be the Grinch who stole Christmas (though I have fantasized about it at times). So, it is with some trepidation that I bring up for discussion one of the most beloved icons of the holidays, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Actually, the focus of this discussion is not so much the...

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    Gregg Allman: Easing the Statesboro Blues

    Gregg Allman: Easing the Statesboro Blues

    Gregg Allman wanted to return the favor. By chance, a man in southeast Georgia had proven helpful to Allman. Believing the man had gone above and beyond the call of duty, Allman told his new friend that if there was ever anything he could do, just let him know. There was something Gregg Allma...

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