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Saturday, February 25, 2017
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    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 in Tennessee want their state courts to take a much more permissive approach to vehicular murder and assault. Tennessee State Representative Matthew Hill and State Senator Bill Ketron have introduced…

    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 about life in the jungle and loved Isak Dinesen’s book and the movie Out of Africa. I enjoyed trips to the zoo to see elephants, lions, and giraffes, but always longed to see them in Africa as they were in Born Free.

    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 →

    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 also represents Virginia’s Sixth Congressional ...  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 collection ...  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 us. ...  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 wedding ...  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 for him. “The people have a ...  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 →

    make america ache again

    Calming Fears, Trump Vows To Keep Word and Destroy Health Care for Everybody Who Voted For Him

    by Calming Fears, Trump Vows To Keep Word and Destroy Health Care for Everybody Who Voted For Him Amid rising concerns among millions of jobless, destitute and desperately angry white males that he is about to cave to political pressure, President-elect Donald Trump reassured his supporters Monday that he still plans to ... Read on →

    snake oil salesmen

    Of Banksters and HSAs

    by Of Banksters and HSAs HSA stands for Health Savings Account, which is what Congress wants to substitute for the ACA to get them off the hook doing what they don’t want to do anyway — provide for the ... Read on →
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    Ways/Means

    by Tom Ferguson

    Ways/Means

    What is the best way to arrest our skid toward extinction? How to live an ethical life? How do we advance “spiritually”? How do we create the shift necessary to avoid nuclear war, war in general, alleviate poverty, injustice, eliminate pollution and unsustainable practices? I have always been su...

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    Do me a favor, please

    by Randy Conway

    Do me a favor, please

    A few months ago I got an email from an old friend I had hardly seen for 40 years. We knew each other slightly in college, became friends in the Army and have seen each other maybe five times since 1966. Attached to his email was a forward explaining that our Muslim President was carrying out a care...

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    Nacho Nirvana

    by Steve Krodman

    Nacho Nirvana

    We were dining at Ted’s Montana Grill this evening, celebrating our friend Gary’s birthday. Not to give anything away as regards his age, but he now can feel an especial kinship with a famous American highway, one that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. (Oopsie.) As we waited for our orders ...

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    Failure to Act is an Act

    by Mike Copeland

    Failure to Act is an Act

    There is a gathering storm of American voter unrest from citizens tired of having to chose between the party of blither, Republicans, and the party of dither, Democrats. The former jabber endlessly, making no sense, spouting nonsense and being outraged when sensible people point out these failin...

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    Draft Day

    by Daniel Palmer

    Draft Day

    Let’s get something straight: NFL Draft Day is my Christmas. It takes up my entire day, I get immersed in all things football, and I am ruined for the next whole day. The NBA Draft is a different animal, because while the warm up to the NFL draft is a slow build of combines and private workouts, t...

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    "They know not what they do."

    by Monica Smith

    "[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know." —United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rum...

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    Where English-only is not an option

    by Kate McNally

    Where English-only is not an option

    One of the interesting things about living in Belgium is that we are exposed to different languages every day. Everything we buy has two or three languages on it: French, Dutch, and often German as well. Our daily language is French. When we leave our house we're in a world where very few peo...

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    Sunday Supper with Honest Abe (Part 2): Where's Jimmy?

    by Rafael Alvarez

    Sunday Supper with Honest Abe (Part 2): Where's Jimmy?

    Just beyond the Florida town of Jasper off Interstate 75, I crossed into Georgia, where the great slide blues guitarist J.B. Hutto (1926-1983) lived in Augusta from about the age of 3 until seeking his squealing fortunes on the south side of Chicago. The home state of novelist Flannery O...

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    KFC and cricket: the game's the thing

    by Frank Povah

    KFC and cricket: the game's the thing

    I know I’d probably be better off keeping my nose out of this one, but sorry Dewbies, I just can’t let it go. I’m referring of course to the KFC Australia commercial that has so upset the delicate psyches at NBC’s Today and their colleagues at The Grio – NBC even trotted out a shocked ...

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    Whatever Happened to Informed Debate?

    by Jim Fitzgerald

    Whatever Happened to Informed Debate?

    The easiest way to write an article is to castigate your opponents and avoid their arguments. The easiest method to deal with political differences is to deride opposition arguments as ill-informed, stupid, unsubstantiated opinions, and illogical. The easiest path to frame your opponents in a bad li...

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    Single in America

    by Kate Greer

    Single in America

    With my extra hour of sleep this Sunday, I got up at 9 a.m. to watch CBS Sunday Morning. Nestled among the stories about Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and Florence & The Machines' music was a story about "Sleepless In America." Statistically, happ...

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    Dew Drops: New Year’s casualties

    by Ron Taylor

    Dew Drops:  New Year’s casualties

    Despite police warnings against celebrating the New Year with guns, stray bullets across the South wounded at least two people and killed one boy.  In tourist-conscious Florida, the wounding of a 6-year-old Italian visitor who was dining at a swank Miami restaurant stirred international worries, as...

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    When Dylan Was A-Changin'

    by Jeff Cochran

    When Dylan Was A-Changin'

    A Wicked Messenger? No, Kevin Mattson is a fine political reporter. His 2009 book, "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?" is an observant and thorough account of the strange days of July '79. America was reeling from inflation, oil shortages, and a sense, as Mattson phrased it, that the Ame...

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    The Empathy Deficit

    by Georgia Logothetis

    The Empathy Deficit

    Most people in Congress are very, very wealthy. It's the natural by-product of a campaign system engineered by and for the benefit of the richest Americans. Campaigning after all is a 24/7 job, and few members of the 99% can afford to balance the time constraints of fundraising and campaigning w...

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    Low-wage MS firm, fined by OSHA, raided by ICE, enjoys subsidies

    by Joseph B. Atkins

    Low-wage MS firm, fined by OSHA, raided by ICE, enjoys subsidies

    OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their blessings on Jones County’s largest employer and castigate any naysayer who might want to offer an alternative viewpoint. Politicians shower t...

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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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    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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    Hand-clapping, toe-tapping music returns

    by Jimmy Booth

    Hand-clapping, toe-tapping music returns

    If you’re a fan of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music from the Southern Appalachian region, the 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., will be the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. Glenda Pender, president of Bear on the Square and chairperson for the...

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    The People v. Leo Frank

    by Noel Holston

    The People v. Leo Frank

    I was a graveside mourner at Mary Phagan’s funeral. I was on the jury that convicted Leo Frank of her murder. I was one of the good citizens of Marietta who gawked at Frank’s lifeless body dangling from a tree. I was all these people and a couple more – in different coats and hats. I ...

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    Top 12 House Votes Against Middle Class

    by Center for American Progress

    Top 12 House Votes Against Middle Class

    A detailed examination of the votes cast in the House of Representatives during the first session of the 112th Congress reveals that the conservative leadership of the chamber and their backbench Tea Party firebrands voted 279 times against the interests of American middle-class families. We can’t...

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