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Friday, November 21, 2014
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    ARTicle #5

    Abstract Expressionism

    by | 4 hours ago
    Abstract Expressionism

    Abstract Expression emerged in the late 1940s, growing out of the influx of European artists fleeing fascism, and the theories they brought with them. It was the second wave of European modernism, the first not having caught on here 30 years earlier. The idea of painting “automatically”, without thinking, without plan, drawing from that part of the brain where we dream – that Surrealist notion was used by the Abstract Expressionists but they left out the dream images, they just “automatically” put paint on canvas and moved it around until it seemed like time to stop.

    a sweeter side of appalachia:

    Growing Up and Growing Old with Surge

    by | Nov 20, 2014
    Growing Up and Growing Old with Surge

    This morning, my friend Lusy stopped by my office with a nasty cold and a warm, sixteen ounce can of Surge; I gladly hugged him. As he sat the Christmas-colored can of heavenly proportions on my office desk, I thought to myself, “There it is.  My childhood is sitting on my desk.” Waves of memories flooded my mind. I closed my eyes and remember frozen nights spent sipping Surge by the fireside even as the frost formed on our shivering backs.  I recalled the punch drunk pleasure of all-night binge gaming sessions, playing Diablo II with now-lost friends and my seemingly endless supply of Surge cans.

    or driving me crazy

    A Driving Primer (or, Please, Stop the Lunacy)

    by | Nov 19, 2014
    A Driving Primer (or, Please, Stop the Lunacy)

    I live in Macon, Georgia, a small city (population: around 100,000, 99,957 of whom don’t know how to drive) some sixty miles from the traffic hell of Atlanta. Don’t get me wrong: I love Atlanta. It’s the home of the Braves (insert The Star-Spangled Banner pun here), the Falcons, the Varsity, the High Museum of Art, Coca-by-God-Cola, and many other wonderful things. Its traffic, however, I can live without.

    sugar creek plantation

    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair

    by | Nov 18, 2014
    Former AJC editor restores Talmadge Mansion in Telfair
    Back in 1937 when Gene Talmadge was finishing his second two-year term as governor of Georgia, he took a big step. For Miss Mitt (his wife), he built a new home on U.S. Highway 341, between McRae and Lumber ... Read on →

    atlantic coast pipeline

    Save Our Wild Heritage

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    Save Our Wild Heritage
    It’s hard to talk in the same breath about the outstanding natural beauty of the Shenandoah Mountain and the plan to cut through it with an Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Yet the 550 mile Gas Pipeline proposed by Dominion ... Read on →

    mix it up

    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking

    by | Nov 11, 2014
    Enhancing the Benefits of Walking
    You spend a lifetime in your body, so why not enjoy it? Now, some consider their body simply as a vehicle to transport their head from point A to point B. Others are quite focused on and interested ... Read on →

    we are here to help

    Caveat Emptor

    by | Nov 5, 2014
    Caveat Emptor
    When my phone rang a couple of weeks ago I glanced at Caller ID to avoid predictable requests for my generosity. I’m too polite to turn people down without explanation, which wastes my time and theirs. Sometimes they ... Read on →

    modern day samaritans

    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    If You Passed an Angel on the Street Today, Would You know It?
    The light ahead was red, and no one was close behind, so I slowed to let the man who just darted across two lanes of traffic finish his dangerous dash to the wide concrete median strip on ... Read on →

    ARTicle #4

    Picasso, 1881 – 1973

    by | Nov 15, 2014
    Picasso, 1881 - 1973
    When Mozart was three, the story goes, he watched his father give his sister a piano lesson, after which he sat down and played it from memory. Sometimes genius shows itself early. There is a museum in Barcelona ... Read on →

    get money moving

    Have We Turned a Corner?

    by | Nov 12, 2014
    Have We Turned a Corner?
    Money, the life-blood of the nation Corrupts and stagnates in the veins Unless a proper circulation Its motion and its heat maintains. – Jonathan Swift For the first time since 2009, the rate at which the dollar moves through the economy on ... Read on →

    pain in the ass

    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Stupid Body Part Tricks
    Now, it wasn't hurting at all a few minutes ago... I've been getting older for awhile now.   The whole thing starts happening around the time I'm  six years old, though truthfully, it's entirely possible that my aging could ... Read on →

    why gop?

    Anti-Obama in USA & Democratic ineptness here

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Congratulations Voters. Here is what you rejected by voting out the democrats: 65 straight months of economic growth (Forbes.com) A record 56 months of private sector job growth (WashingtonPost.com) Unemployment falling from 10.1% to 5.9% (PoliticsUSA.com) The budget deficit reduced by two-thirds (USGovernmentSpending.com) 7-10 million more Americans now have health insurance (NBCNews.com) Income taxes are lower now than any time in 50 years for 95% of American taxpayers (CPP.org) Fewer Americans in harm’s way in war zones (Wikipedia.org) Zero attacks by al Qaeda on US soil (Wikipedia.org) President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president (Politifact.com) Record stock market growth (MacroTrends.net) Here’s what Republicans gave us the last time they were in charge: Two economic recessions The worst financial collapse sine the Great Depression The worst terrorist attack in history The two longest wars in US history The worst record of job creation since Herber Hoover A complete collapse of the stock market A budget surplus turned into a trillion dollar deficit. We played America. Well played. (Click Here for Source links) http://jeff61b.hubpages.com/hub/14-Facts-About-The-Obama-Presidency-That-Most-People-Dont-Know
    Why the Republican sweep in Georgia? Mainly, the voting in our state, and seemingly all across the nation, was purely anti-Obama in nature, as the Republican political operatives clearly convinced the electorate that the leadership ... Read on →

    ARTicle #3

    Dada, Surrealism and War

    by | Nov 7, 2014
    Dada, Surrealism and War
    Dada was an art movement which reacted to the madness of World War I. The artists were saying, in essence, if this is what rational thinking brings us, let's try a little irrational. Scientific ... Read on →

    the midterms

    Shame on Us For Giving Still More Power to Such a Party

    by | Nov 5, 2014
    Shame on Us For Giving Still More Power to Such a Party
    Shame on us, the American People. Giving more power to a Republican Party that has has been blatantly indifferent to the good of the nation. Never in American history has there been a party so consistently ... Read on →

    vested interests

    Government by Developer

    by | Nov 3, 2014
    Government by Developer
    In Glynn County, Georgia, I recently discovered, the county planning staff has been passing off amendments to the master plan, drawn up by developers, as their own. At least, we still have an elected ... Read on →

    georgia

    Simply put, Vote “No!” on all questions on Tuesday’s ballot

    by | Nov 2, 2014
    Simply put, Vote "No!" on all questions on Tuesday's ballot
    Next Tuesday, when you go to vote, you'll be faced with two constitutional amendments on the ballot, plus one resolution. Today let's examine what they are, and comment on them. But first, realize that you ... Read on →

    on styles

    ARTicle #2

    by | Nov 2, 2014
    ARTicle #2
    Western Artists at the turn of the 20th century were faced with an emerging modern era, which they enthusiastically embraced or scornfully dismissed. Young Picasso was an enthusiast, attracted particularly to Paul Cezanne's paintings, ... Read on →

    part 10

    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity

    by | Oct 30, 2014
    Ideas that Can Make Liberal America Stronger: Value is at the Heart of Our Humanity
    Summary: From the perspective of the evolution of life, it can be seen how value is an emergent -- but none the less real -- dimension of the reality of creatures like us humans. ... Read on →

    another dark wood

    Promises To Keep

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    Promises To Keep
    In a class on Dante I'm currently enrolled in, Professor Frank Ambrosio of Georgetown University quoted the nineteenth century philosopher Friedric Nietzsche that human beings, as far as we know, are the only animals ... Read on →

    finley, dylan and the beatles

    The Beatles: Workin’ On Mr. Finley’s Farm

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    Charles Finley and Charlie O. Mule
    Well, He Hands You A Nickel, He Hands You A Dime . . . Such was the way Maggie's brother treated workers in Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm," but Charles Oscar Finley doled out considerably ... Read on →

    faith-based politics

    When Bad Politics Are Supported by Good People

    by | Oct 28, 2014
    When Bad Politics Are Supported by Good People
    Recently my wife and I attended a reunion of her first cousins (and their spouses). These cousins are the children of the children of a couple of Swedish immigrants who settled in Iowa to ... Read on →

    are we so gullible

    The GOP Simultaneously Cries ‘Wolf’ and ‘The Sky Is Falling’

    by | Oct 26, 2014
    Big Senate Race 2014 by DonkeyHotey
    Despicable. That's the only word for it. I refer to the recent official email "Responding to the Ebola Crisis" of October 17 from my congressional representative, Bob Goodlatte, of Virginia's 6th District. It begins by stating ... Read on →

    o’reilly/stewart brouhaha

    Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

    by | Oct 26, 2014
    Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind
    People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks. Conservatives like O'Reilly do have some kernels of truth on their side. They rightly think people ... Read on →

    down the drain

    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    by | Oct 25, 2014
    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart
    The ethical man keeps his hands to himself and does not destroy what he admires and loves. The ethical man does not subscribe to the excuse that “you always hurt the one you love. ... Read on →

    good company

    Frankly But Faintly Malicious

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Frankly But Faintly Malicious
    She told her joke by asking, “What is black and yellow and goes zub, zub, zub?” Of course, the answer is a bee going in reverse. Thus we rode this joke off into another round ... Read on →

    part 9

    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?

    by | Oct 23, 2014
    Concerned About Where Our Nation Is Heading?
    Summary: Americans think the nation is heading in the wrong direction. My biggest worries are 1) that our democracy is increasingly being transformed by the influence of big money into a plutocracy, and 2) ... Read on →

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    A Guns and Butter Gambit

    by | Oct 22, 2014
    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 ... Read on →
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    • Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use - The Washington Post

      The Washington Post reports:

      States in the Deep South have among the lowest rates in the country of households connected to broadband, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Just 57.4 percent of Mississippi residents live in households with broadband Internet use. Many other Southern states rounded out the top 10 least connected, with Arkansas at the second to last, and other states, including Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana, also reporting low levels of home broadband use.

    • Five questions the Georgia state ethics investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign never answered - Atlanta Magazine

      Jim Walls reports:

      The state ethics commission is a mess, its organization and reputation in shambles. It’s forked over $3 million to four fired employees who blamed a cover-up in an investigation of Governor Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign, then fired its most recent director last month after a judge said she’d been “dishonest and nontransparent.”

      Even now, on the eve of Deal’s re-election bid, questions about the ethics allegations from four years ago have only grown stronger. His opponent, Jason Carter, returns to them almost daily. “Imagine,” he said in the first debate between the candidates, “a world where the governor comes on the radio and he’s not talking about an ethics scandal.” Common Cause Georgia says a jury’s $1.1 million award to former ethics commission director Stacey Kalberman underscores the need to reopen the investigation; Sam Olens, the state attorney general, dismissed Democrats’ earlier call to revive the probe as politically motivated.

      Technically speaking, all the complaints against Deal were resolved in 2012, when he paid $3,350 in administrative fees for filing defective campaign and personal finance disclosures.

      But a review of the commission’s files shows the investigation leading to that settlement was never really completed. Ethics commission staffers abandoned inquiries into tens of thousands of dollars spent on air travel and credit card charges, and questioned no one but lawyers for the campaign accused of wrongdoing.

    • 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."

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    It Always Involves Poultry

    Hold on to your seat... the Senate Banking Committee has passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. Oh boy. We’re saved. No more "Any Time, Any Reason" never ending penalty interest rate hikes and line cuts. Of course, it will still have to pass the Senate. And th...

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    The Southern Lights

    The Southern Lights

    In the pantheon of great night-sky spectacles, you’re sure to find meteor showers, lunar eclipses, the Aurora Borealis, mysterious fireballs, and the uncommon comet. Lattices of lightning make my list too, but there’s one conspicuous absence, absent possibly because this show clings to the horiz...

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    A Southern Tradition—Joggling

    A Southern Tradition—Joggling

    One summer day traveling a back road with friends I made a prediction. “When we hit the town up ahead I bet we’ll see a trampoline for sale.” Sure enough as soon as we entered the town limits there it was leaning against the wall of a Western Auto. My friends broke into laughter and accused me...

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    Stephen Colbert vs. the Internet

    Stephen Colbert vs. the Internet

    It is so strange that Amazon would institute a policy that fixes something no one thinks is a problem in order to placate 400 established authors trying to limit the market opportunities of other authors. In this case, Amazon is unilaterally deleting reviews people post regarding books being sold by...

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    A Model of Compromise Detested by the Uncompromising

    A Model of Compromise Detested by the Uncompromising

    As the government shutdown drags on and America creeps ever closer to yet another economic catastrophe, it is important to clarify a few things about the sole focus of House Republicans’ full-scale obstruction. Most realize that the government shutdown is a direct result of a desperate effort to s...

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    Mission Accomplished

    Mission Accomplished

    ATLANTA -- Today, President Obama announced to the National Convention of Disabled Veterans of America that he is keeping one of his campaign promises – America’s longest war will be unofficially* over on August 31, 2010. Twenty years and eight months since our Middle East invasion. More than 4,...

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    Dear Justplainwill: More Advice to the Star-crossed

    Dear Justplainwill: More Advice to the Star-crossed

    Got problems? Have issues? Questions about life, love and happiness? Quit banging your head against the wall. Write Justplainwill. Dear Justplainwill: Billboards all over the country are advertising that Jesus is Coming on May 21, 2011. Should I repent? Do I still have to keep paying my bills? Ed...

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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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    Nukes and nostalgia

    Nukes and nostalgia

    We had nightmares about mushroom clouds, freaked over fallout. We worried about a Red Menace and the Domino Theory. Sputnik spooked us big time. We had plenty more to fear than fear itself. These and other unsettling aspects of the 1950s will be illuminated by the second edition of  The Peabody ...

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    Dog Days News

    Dog Days News

    So Blago’s guilty of lying, but after six and half years of Justice Department investigations, many millions spent, federal prosecutors couldn’t convince 12 of his peers that he was guilty of any of the other 23 charges. Blago will likely be re-tried. Our hemisphere is having the hottest summ...

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    Advice from a Fiscal Cliff Dweller

    Advice from a Fiscal Cliff Dweller

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    Grinchy Gingrich Gossips in Georgia

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    Daydream Believin'

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    South Carolina primary a test of Tea Party strength

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    Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

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    Please, can you just give us a straightforward weather forecast?

    Please, can you just give us a straightforward weather forecast?

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