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    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    by | 11 hours ago
    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    One wryly fascinating aspect of achieving “seniority” is that my senses have become more adept at finding free entertainment.  Locating alternative sources of amusement  has become almost a necessity these days.  Daytime television remains abominable, cable TV is objectionally priced (probably by those same pirates who sell inkjet print cartridges) and the ransom one has to give up for seats to  professional sporting events is unconscionable. Also, our local news daily, though not unreasonably priced is but a shell of its former self. It is no longer a joy to read.

    insults to nature

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    by | 11 hours ago
    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

    How does that happen? Mostly, it’s the result of a mixture of hubris and inadvertence. Humans, stuck on themselves, think they know it all. Others are convinced “all it takes is the idea” (the ExxonMobil slogan) and, as it was in the beginning, man says the word and nature is obedient.

    Fortunately, the age of electronics has made it possible to virtually eliminate inadvertence. We can look ahead and simulate what will happen, if we repeat the mistakes of the past. That’s what James Holland is doing…

    honest v. integrity

    What Is Art, Anyway?

    by | Oct 21, 2014
    What Is Art, Anyway?

    When you get interested in painting you naturally look around to see what others who got this bug have done. Finding out what painters are doing in the U.S. today is like listening to rock on the radio. You have to wade through a lot of “forgettables” before you hear one that will be an “oldie” in ten years. Museums show oldies. Most of their collections have been filtered. The forgettables have been thrown out. On this painting journey you will run across an opinion that painting is dead, irrelevant, old paradigm…

    Part 7

    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions

    by | Oct 19, 2014
    Beliefs that Make Liberal America Weak: Barriers to the Source of Moral and Spiritual Passions
    Summary: Why does that the line from Yeats apply to America in our times? "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are filled with a passionate intensity." One important reason is that the ... Read on →

    reading between the lines

    The Very Last Word

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    The Very Last Word
    I read the obituaries. But I no longer read a printed newspaper every day and the obits just are not the same in on line versions of newspapers. So I am forced to catch ... Read on →

    the natural world

    Georgia, the state of things left out

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    No BMPs by road to new subdivision with obvious souring of the bottom during rain event.
    My spouse of fifty years has a quirky brain. It looks for things that aren't there. Which is probably why one of his favorite poems is Antigonish or "The man who wasn't there," by ... Read on →

    150 years later

    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags

    by | Oct 6, 2014
    Mr. R.E. Lee, Without the Flags
    The Confederate flags are now gone from around the incumbent marble Robert E. Lee, at eternal rest with his riding boots on in the innermost sanctuary of Lee Chapel in Lexington, Va. That is ... Read on →

    ritual

    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost

    by | Oct 15, 2014
    Yahrzeit—Remembering What We Have Lost
    It is the morning of October 3rd. As I have for the past more than forty October 3rds, I take from the cupboard a special kind of candle and light it. As I do so, ... Read on →

    stretch

    One Human Instinct – Always in Our Service

    by | Oct 13, 2014
    One Human Instinct - Always in Our Service
    Some are born lucky. Others are born rich or marry into money. Still others create endless streams of opportunity. And perhaps when we can’t answer yes to the aforementioned, we can easily feel entitled. But in ... Read on →

    dreams

    A Hard Day’s Night

    by | Oct 12, 2014
    Dreams Don't Turn to Dust by Alex Timlinson aka: hootalex from Devianart.com.
    The tiny old man wheezed and warned me to leave him alone since he was just looking for a wall to lean against. He was an examination of human frailty, revealed in blurred and jagged ... Read on →

    controlling the present

    History as Mystery, Michael Parenti, a review

    by | Oct 6, 2014
    History as Mystery, Michael Parenti, a review
    After stating in his introduction that “history is written and marketed... to enforce existing political orthodoxy” and that “Those who control the present take great pains to control our understanding of the past.” Michael Parenti ... Read on →

    Part 6

    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes — Why Don’t We Emulate Them?

    by | Oct 11, 2014
    The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes -- Why Don't We Emulate Them?
    Summary: We all know how to respond to evil. Again and again, our popular stories and mythology take us vicariously and gratifyingly through the process -- e.g. in films like "Avatar," "Star Wars," ... Read on →

    Part 5

    Liberal America, You Don’t See What We’re Up Against, and It Matters

    by | Oct 7, 2014
    Liberal America, You Don't See What We're Up Against, and It Matters
    Summary: Liberal America does not perceive well the nature of the force that's taken over the right. Not perceiving what we're up against has enormous consequences, because understanding one's foe - its nature, ... Read on →

    Golden Isles

    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads

    by | Oct 4, 2014
    Road to Nowhere and Nowhere Roads
    Let it not be said that our far Northwest state, Alaska, has a monopoly on Nowhere. While their "Bridge to Nowhere" garnered much national attention on the political and comedy circuit, here in Southeast ... Read on →

    chronic v. infectious

    Ebola & Health Inequities

    by | Oct 3, 2014
    Ebola reaching American soil, is this a wake call to look at our approach to health care?
    This is a very short opinion piece because I don’t think it need must explanation. I want you to think the recent events in Dallas regarding the transmission of Ebola on to American soil. ... Read on →

    damned facts

    Toward a Post-Materialistic Science

    by | Oct 2, 2014
    "Eye of God:" Hubble Telescope image of Helix Nebulaby NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
    "Eye of God:" Hubble Telescope image of Helix Nebula The latest issue of Explore -- the Journal of Science and Healing -- contains a bombshell of an essay. It's titled "Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science," ... Read on →

    get up

    Stretch, move, walk around … instead of sitting at work all day

    by | Oct 2, 2014
    Stretch, move, walk around ... instead of sitting at work all day
    The realities and consequences of our sitting all day become obvious… yet overlooked… except to our bodies. Actually, our bodies emerge as the brave soldiers here, now doing what they were never designed to do: ... Read on →

    the muse be with you

    The Schoolboy Presses On

    by | Oct 1, 2014
    The Art of Poetry with Robert Pinsky - edX
    Like the proverbial schoolboy with his nose pressed up against the glass of the candy display, I can’t seem to get enough of the various on-line and free classes offered over the edX educational ... Read on →

    part 4

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

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?
    Summary: We in Liberal America are now embattled. America has been in kindred battles before, and on those occasions to which we look to see our finest American ideals expressed and embodied, great American leaders ... Read on →

    media fail

    Tipping Point: The People’s Climate March

    by | Sep 30, 2014
    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... Read on →

    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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 →

    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 ... Read on →
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    • David Perdue Has Up To $1 Million Managed By Swiss Private Bank Fund

      Christina Wilkie reports:

      "Republican David Perdue, the Georgia businessman running for U.S. Senate, has as much as $1 million invested in an exclusive fund managed by a Swiss private bank — a rarefied investment strategy that has earned him between $100,000 and $1 million since 2012.

      "The fund, Vontobel Non-U.S. Equity LLC, is managed by a subsidiary of the Zurich-based private bank Vontobel to invest in companies that operate primarily outside the United States. Registered as a Delaware corporation, the fund includes shares of mortgage companies in India, global tobacco corporations, and European consumer goods manufacturers."

    • Why anyone in the South would continue to vote Republican after seeing this Map defies logic

    • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative - The Washington Post

      E.J. Dionne writes:

      "[Georgia Republican Senate candidate David] Perdue’s problems on outsourcing, like Mitt Romney’s 2012 troubles related to his own business background, reveal the major soft spot in the GOP’s white-working-class armor: Many blue-collar Americans combine a mistrust of Democrats with a deep skepticism about the corporate world.

      "Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, says this points the way toward arguments that progressives need to make in the future. ‘We have to expose the unholy alliance between money and politics,’ she says. ‘Concern about inequality is unifying, it’s cross-partisan and it’s not ideological.’

      "This will play some this year but may loom larger in 2016."

    • Once Again, a Carter Aims to Govern in Georgia - NYTimes.com

      Richard Fausset reports:

      The most famous name in the Georgia governor’s race belongs to the challenger, State Senator Jason Carter, grandson of Jimmy Carter, the former president who served as Georgia governor from 1971 to 1975. But rather than a referendum on the Carter legacy, the race remains focused to a large extent on the record of Nathan Deal, the former congressman and current occupant of the governor’s mansion.

      Mr. Deal, 72, a polished Republican who has spent more than three decades in public office, has been fighting for a second term amid sustained trouble at the state ethics commission stemming from his previous campaign for governor; chronic public school funding shortfalls; and an 8.1 percent statewide unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

      Not surprisingly, his Democratic rival, Mr. Carter, appears to have decided that he has better options than playing the famous grandfather card.

      Instead, Mr. Carter, 39, has incessantly pummeled Mr. Deal on ethics issues and criticized the governor for Georgia’s underfunded education system — which, Mr. Carter argues, helps explain the state’s poor jobs numbers.

      “Governor Deal has brought us to the bottom,” Mr. Carter said at an Atlanta candidates forum last month. “And we’re beginning to reap what we’ve sown.”

    • Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell Take On the White House - NYTimes.com

      Juliet Lapidos writes:

      Senator Mitch McConnell has represented Kentucky almost as long as his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has been alive, and his constituents seem tired of him. At 72, he’s not considered a statesman. He’s considered an operator, which helps explain why his approval numbers hover in the mid-30s.

      In manner, he’s stiff and deeply uncharismatic. Although he’s careful to shake everyone’s hand at campaign events, his face seems frozen in a perpetual glare of disapproval. He’s been compared to a warmed-over vanilla milkshake and to an oyster.

      The incumbent’s unpopularity creates an opening for Ms. Grimes, 35, the Kentucky secretary of state, who’s as energetic as Mr. McConnell is staid. An even more unpopular politician, however, is making trouble for her: President Obama. Mr. McConnell’s campaign slogan — “Obama Needs Grimes, and Kentucky Needs Mitch McConnell” — summarizes his attempt to make his sixth Senate run a referendum on the president.

      Ms. Grimes is desperate not to let that happen. She reminds voters that Mr. Obama is not on the ballot and spends more time attacking his policies — on coal, for instance — than defending them. In fact, in the past few days here, I heard only one positive thing said about the president — and it was Mr. McConnell who said it. At a debate Monday night, he said that President Obama was right to want new trade agreements. Ms. Grimes is so intent on avoiding any mention of Mr. Obama that she has actually refused to say whether she voted for him.

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    Fun Facts about Sherman on the 150th Anniversary of his invasion of Georgia

    Fun Facts about Sherman on the 150th Anniversary of his invasion of Georgia

    Fact: Sherman's middle name came from the Shawnee war chief Tecumseh. Fun Fact: Initially, Sherman's mother named him after the Ottawa war chief Pontiac, but then realized it made her son sound too much like an automobile. Fact: Sherman was mentally ill shortly before the Civil War. Fun Fac...

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    Southern-fried Longstreet: Did the general's hotel invent our chicken?

    Southern-fried Longstreet:  Did the general's hotel invent our chicken?

    Joe Whitaker sits at a wooden desk in the library of the restored Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville, Georgia. Around him are portraits and books about famed Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, who made this city an hour northeast from Atlanta his home for the last three decades of his life. It was ...

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    Breaker, Breaker, Heartbreaker

    Breaker, Breaker, Heartbreaker

    What A Blessing A Simple Radio Was ... In the mid 1970s I made long lonely drives up to Charleston, West Virginia for several years. A town called St. Albans to be exact and more precisely a home at 55 B 10th Avenue. My daughters, mere toddlers, lived there and once a month I made the eight-hour dri...

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    The South's economic crisis

    The South's economic crisis

    In 1938, with the U.S. still doggedly fighting to escape the Great Depression, FDR's administration declared the Southern region to be "America's Economic Problem Number 1." Although the country as a whole was struggling, the pain was most acutely felt in the South, which lagged by almost every econ...

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    Lazarus Redux

    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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    The Christmas Boxes

    The Christmas Boxes

    My late mother-in-law Dorothy was a child of the Depression. She'd grown up in a Pennsylvania steel town, married young and never worked outside the home or even learned to drive. Dot was widowed young too, left to raise five children on her own — the oldest being my husband, who was 15 when his f...

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    The “Love Apples” Cobbler

    The “Love Apples” Cobbler

    Leave it to the French to make the object of my affection sound so much more romantic than its American name. Pommes d’ Amour. Love Apple. So, you say tomāto; I'll say love apple. Let’s call the whole thing fruit, and make it into a cobbler. As an exceptional food writer friend recently aske...

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    It Fell From The Sky

    It Fell From The Sky

    I must have been around eight when Uncle Carroll handed me a shard of metal. I couldn’t believe what was in my hands. That jagged piece of silver metal, the skin of an aircraft, was about the size of a postcard but in my mind it was big. Really big. A jet had crashed in northeast Georgia and Uncle...

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    A Psychotic Grammar Lesson

    A Psychotic Grammar Lesson

    Today, class, we turn our attention to a number of popular words and phrases. Now, these aren’t just ANY words and phrases: no, they are words and phrases which drive me CRAZY because they are so often misused. So, please pay attention, because you’ll be tested on this material, and your grade w...

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    Catfish Biscuits

    Catfish Biscuits

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    Art & Design: Was His Name Arthur? Or Was She Called Designay?

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    Neil Young: Feeling Nixon's Pain

    Neil Young: Feeling Nixon's Pain

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    We Are All Equal, Are We Not?

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    SEC Football & Steroids

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    A Simple Plan

    A Simple Plan

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    Meeting Terry Sanford

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    The Chasm

    The Chasm

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    Dead Dads Dinner Keeps Memories Lively

    Dead Dads Dinner Keeps Memories Lively

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    Who do you think you are?

    Who do you think you are?

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    No College Left Behind?

    No College Left Behind?

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