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Saturday, May 27, 2017
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    making stuff up

    “Don’t we need an oath?”: Something’s Wrong with Homeland Security

    by "Don't we need an oath?": Something's Wrong with Homeland Security

    On May 17, at the commencement exercises for the United States Coast Guard Academy, President Donald Trump gave his first commencement address. This was the speech in which he said,

    “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history—and I say this with great surety—has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

    ticklebox repair

    Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times

    by Responding to a Medical Crisis of These Times

    God made the funny bone, but it atrophies with disuse. Those of us who closely follow the evening news are highly susceptible to morphing into a sourpuss.

    An excellent remedy over the long haul is to give no more than 15 minutes a day to the headlines and redeem the rest of the day by reading good poetry aloud, fly-fishing alone in a huge state or federal park, changing diapers (of the very old or of the newborn), looking in a mirror while sticking out your tongue…  Use your imagination. That’s why we have one.

    spewing bile to the witless

    President Coward

    by President Coward

    Donald Trump spent years lambasting the administration of President Obama for refusing to say “radical Islamic terrorism” and other variants of that phrase. One of the pillars of his campaign was that he would ‘call it like it is,’ this included calling terrorism that happened to be committed by Muslims, “radical Islamic terrorism.” In fact, he went so far as to suggest that Obama might be involved with terrorists, “there’s something going on with [Obama] that we don’t know about.” …

    debunking conspiracism

    Cue Giorgio Tsoukalos

    by novelist and entertainer K.J. McElrath, lawyer and activist Glenn Greenwald is by David dos Dantos and television personality Giorgio A. Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath, Glenn Greenwald and Giorgio Tsoukalos K.J. McElrath and Glen Greenwald appear disoriented. This is not the post 2016 election political struggle that they had anticipated. Or know how to fight. They were prepared to wage a virtuous ...  Read on →

    times change

    Sacks of Mail

    by Varney Airlines: Now Known as United Airlines Recent incidents involving forced removal of passengers from commercial flights have highlighted how far we have moved from the golden age of airline travel. I started flying in the 1950s and have experienced the significant changes in the ...  Read on →

    scandal drama

    Optimally Slow and Painful: Let’s Hope Donald Trump Refuses a Dignified Exit

    by Donald Trump finger pointing caricature by DonkeyHotey Despite the "never, ever, ever give up" language in Donald Trump's recent disaster of a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy it takes little imagination to picture him suddenly resigning from office. Although a majority of Americans ...  Read on →

    where is the gop outrage?

    The Spineless Majority

    by Trump Whine No Fair they are pickin on me by Mike Licht Republicans, the GOP, and Donald Trump are all blatantly obvious hypocrites. They are spineless, they lack a backbone, they have no guiding moral principles. They are parasites to our society. Just imagine that Hillary Clinton had won the election ...  Read on →

    a fairy tale

    Do you believe in fairies?

    by Fairy fort Nothing prepared me for the shock discovery after months in a writers’ group where I now live in Ireland, that several of our members firmly believe in fairies. Nobody dismissed them as ...  Read on →

    deeply disturbing satire

    The Spirit of 2016 a Lesser Vintage

    by Washington Burning from the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” As smoke from the dumpster fire at the Trump White House blocks out the sun over Washington, flames are finally reaching the steps of Capitol Hill. Among at least some majority party ...  Read on →

    classified funny

    Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions

    by Honesty is the best policy and other grand misconceptions   Well, tie me to an ant hill and slap jelly in ma ears … Vladimir Putin, former KGB chief, thug and Dictator in Chief of Russia has offered to vouch for Donald’s ...  Read on →

    save cumberland

    Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure

    by Georgians must resolve to protect Cumberland Island as a rare natural treasure The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA Among my most cherished memories as a kid growing up in western Pennsylvania is a series of summer treks to the New Jersey shore. ...  Read on →

    the slow lane

    Wreckage Along The Back Roads

    by To I-77 old store falling down Beautiful wreckage along the back roads. It’s a chest of tarnished treasure. The key is that red, white, and blue shield you see in the photograph. Rather than speed from one destination to another, ... Read on →

    book review

    Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky

    by Culture of Terrorism, Noam Chomsky If you believe, and wish to continue to believe, that the U.S. is a force for democracy in the world, a nation with a free press and vigorous debate on critical issues, this book ... Read on →

    smiling back at you

    The One Who Got Away

    by Young David Evans in front of his home with his beagle I built my first coffin as an eight-year-old, a time when dogs still trotted freely in the street. Sawdust and Timber, my two young beagles, had full reign of our neighborhood.  One day Sawdust ... Read on →

    misogynist in chief

    Happy Mother’s Day, I Guess

    by Trump PEEOTUS (unknown, Public Domain) It’s the second Sunday of May and we all know what that means: Mother’s Day. The one day a year when mother’s come close to receiving the respect, adoration, and thanks that they so ... Read on →

    tuesday morning massacre

    It’s History Calling on Line One

    by James Comey - Caricature by DonkeyHotey As an ever-bumbling White House struggled since Tuesday to explain just when, how, and why President Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, a central question has been the role of Deputy Attorney ... Read on →

    the truth shall keep us free

    The Press is All We Have

    by Donald Trump - Caricature Donald Trump is simply an authoritarian. This was made clear when he said that the press is the “enemy of the people.” The press, the fourth estate, the unofficial ‘branch of government’ that keeps ... Read on →

    southern life

    The Long Approach

    by Douglas DC-7C G-AOIC On lots of those days during school I would daydream about rambling the world; seeing and doing all the things I had learned about in books and movies. Trans-World Airways and Pan American went ... Read on →

    southern life

    A Fondness For Old Gas Pumps

    by A Fondness For Old Gas Pumps Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself. When I see a proud old pump, its dispensing ... Read on →

    still debating science

    Rick Santorium in The Age of Trump

    by former Senator Rick Santorum speaking at CPAC FL in Orlando, Florida was taken by Gage Skidmore On Monday, April 24th, Rick Santorum, the former Representative, Senator, and Presidential candidate, made an appearance at Unity Christian School in Rome, Georgia. He was there as a paid speaker for Young Americans for ... Read on →

    counterfactuals are free

    A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution

    by A Book Review of Tariq Ali’s The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism War Empire Love Revolution Did the world need another biography of V.I. Lenin? That we have no need of new biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler or Winston Churchill is obvious. Yet they will be published. ... Read on →

    southern places

    A Train Rolls Through It

    by A Train Rolls Through It The Branchville Depot A pecan orchard reaps center-pivot rewards You won't leave hungry Southern Serves The South A museum now Down south of here a ways The first time I heard of Branchville, South Carolina, I was a ticket agent ... Read on →

    sharing cultures

    Peeking Back Through the Schoolhouse Door

    by Peeking Back Through the Schoolhouse Door Standing in the Schoolhouse Door In the hot summer of 1963. Governor George Wallace, already campaigning hard for the 1964 presidential election, made his infamous “stand in the schoolhouse door” of Foster Auditorium, where registration ... Read on →

    eu could learn a lot

    It’s All Monkey Business

    by Barbary Macaques: Gibraltar Barbary Macaques – Gibraltar There has been some strong language from some European Union representatives about Great Britain’s planned exit from the EU. Great Britain’s politicians have responded with strong words as both sides position ... Read on →

    paying attention

    Lafitte’s and Ali

    by Cafe Lafitte in Exile on Bourbon Street in New Orleans "A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." – Muhammad Ali Cafe Lafitte in Exile's overstuffed Bloody Mary Sitting in Cafe Lafitte’s ... Read on →

    for a clear style

    Professors Often Cause Bad Writing

    by The world is a bad place and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering – Tom Waits Academic writing styles sometimes impress more than they enlighten. Professors assign much that is gratuitously opaque. Some students conclude that the way to be considered smart is to master the professional jargon. Yet, bright ... Read on →

    5 decades of public service

    New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

    by Statue of Senator Fritz Hollings by sculptor Rick Weaver unveiled in Charleston, SC. Photo by Andy Brack Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95. Three things stand out in the ... Read on →

    earth day message:

    Clean, Efficient Energy Is Most Promising Path To New Jobs & Profits

    by Earth Day over coastal Georgia is a composite image created by LikeTheDew.com On this Earth Day, it’s fitting for coastal Georgians to reconsider the importance of strong ties between our economy and environmental health. Too often, outmoded, poorly-informed viewpoints unfairly portray environmental quality as being contrary ... Read on →

    release your tax returns

    Protesting the President: Money (That’s What I Want)

    by Tax Protest March April 15, 2017 by Mike Licht Once again, President Tweety has claimed that Americans who march in protest of his policies or of him personally are doing so for pay. His latest accusation came in a tweet on Easter Sunday, ... Read on →

    injustice

    Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation

    by Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation Though it’s not stated in the U.S. Constitution, the quality of fairness is embodied in our government. After all, we are a nation of laws, and that alone speaks to reason and decorum in ... Read on →

    subverting the constitution

    Corporations as Persons

    by Corporations as Persons The United States' revolutionary war grew out of the monopolistic policies, supported by corrupt British crown and government, of the Earth's first major corporation, the East India Company. So claims Thom Hartmann in his ... Read on →

    locust and wild honey

    Shedding stereotypes, even those we Southern liberals use

    by Shedding stereotypes, even those we Southern liberals use I wish that I could find a way never to think in stereotypes, but I find that stereotypes often seem so matter-of-fact that I don't even notice them as stereotypes.  I have not found a way ... Read on →

    circuitous logic

    Standing out in the crowd

    by Standing out in the crowd Bidding for public attention among Republican state legislators appears astonishingly intense. Consider Colorado State Representative Dave (not David) Williams. On first encounter, Williams appears to be just another standard issue ‘guns, fetuses and homophobia’ ... Read on →

    bear on the square

    Festival adds new feature

    by Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega Ga Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., has added a new special event, the Moonlight Jam, for its 2017 festival lineup. The Moonlight Jam, sponsored by Jekyll Brewing Company of Alpharetta, Ga., will ... Read on →

    unfolding before our eyes

    Is Donald Trump Evil?

    by Is Donald Trump Evil? “For evil to happen, all that is necessary is for good [people] to do nothing.”—Edmund Burke It’s a question that must be asked. Aristotle defined evil simply as untruth. By this yardstick, Trump—who revels in fake ... Read on →
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    A Curmudgeons Christmas wishes and peppermint dreams

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    A Curmudgeons Christmas wishes and peppermint dreams

    Dear Holiday Occupant: It's been a tough year, but I am sending you a 25lb sack of "Happiness" for Christmas anyway... use it sparingly, I couldn't afford the 50Lb sack this year and you'll have to make it last. I know the label says "Manure" but to a dung beetle that is 25lbs of pure happy. I...

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    Censoring Doonesbury on Abortion: It's So Sad It's Not Even Funny

    by Jodi Jacobson

    Censoring Doonesbury on Abortion: It's So Sad It's Not Even Funny

    What does it say about the state of our society when so many state legislators seem to make the passage of laws de-humanizing women their main priority, but newspapers are afraid of running comic strips satirizing these laws? Garry Trudeau, the brilliant political cartoonist, has produced a serie...

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    Do South Carolinians Hate Government?

    by Phil Noble

    Do South Carolinians Hate Government?

    Do South Carolinians hate government? Is there something within our political DNA here in the Palmetto State that causes us to hate government – all governments? Some recent polling numbers would seem to say there is and we do. As with so many things in our state, we first need to look at ou...

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    Way Stations To Heaven

    by David Evans

    Way Stations To Heaven

    Before I fell asleep last night, my wife Jody read aloud to me from her copy of Barbara Kingsolver’s book The Lacuna. The passage she chose was a diary entry that opened: “Tonight’s news: the Allies broke open the dikes along the Netherlands coast, letting in the open sea and drowning tho...

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    Bingo, it's a labor issue

    by Ron Taylor

    Bingo, it's a labor issue

    Reverend Al Sharpton planned to join a march in Montgomery, Alabama, on Saturday in support of electronic bingo.  Reverend Jesse Jackson announced Wednesday that he also will be there. Civil rights pioneer and former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford said the march will be to show support for workers laid...

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    One of Us Is Sleeping

    by Robert Lamb

    One of Us Is Sleeping

    The biggest problem with Josefine Klougart’s One of Us Is Sleeping is that the one asleep is probably the reader. Even a stream of consciousness novel, which is what this is supposed to be, is supposed to go somewhere – and leave the reader with the impression that he has been there and that ...

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    Tea and sympathy

    by Noel Holston

    Tea and sympathy

    After months of ruminating on the thoughts of various pundits, partisans and political scientists about what motivates the Tea Party movement – Is it political or spiritual, racist or classist, inspirationally patriotic or childishly petulant, xenophobic or just Barack-naphobic? – I may have stu...

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    Phone it in

    by Austin McMurria

    Phone it in

    By the time kids announce their first runaway from home at age five or six, most already have backpacks. A generation or two ago we made "hobo poles" by wrapping up belongings in a towel or handkerchief and tying it onto the end of a stick to be slung over the shoulder. Most parents will delight ...

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    Why do you ask?

    by Piney Woods Pete

    Nobody gives a straight answer anymore. I was at the local chain drugstore shopping for allergy nostrums and having trouble finding the prices. I'd pieced together enough information to know that the store brand was cheaper than the national brand. But did I want 10, 15, 30, 33-percent more-for-th...

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    The AUMF reconsidered

    by Monica Smith

    The AUMF reconsidered

    Let me suggest again that while we know that the PATRIOT Act was sitting on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity to be enrolled and passed into law, that the AUMF was waiting in the wings has received less consideration. But, if the interest in a "unitary executive" whose authority is above the...

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    On Sally Miller and the Rule of Law

    by Monica Smith

    On Sally Miller and the Rule of Law

    The Australian journalist, John Bailey, came upon the story of Sally Miller while he was researching the laws of slavery in the United States. He found the story of Sally Miller, supposedly a German child who had been sold into slavery so compelling, that he decided to use her as an exemplar of what...

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    It's Here

    by David Evans

    It's Here

    It’s the broken slat on the chair that will keep our recent visit to Floyd focused in my mind. The soon-to-be ninety-nine year old husband of my late cousin Mildred lost his balance a few weeks back and misjudged the placement of the chair when he thought he was about to sit on it at the dinin...

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    An Unapologetic SXSW Sycophant

    by Suz Korbel

    An Unapologetic SXSW Sycophant

    It's been a month since SXSW in Austin, and my friends are tired of hearing me rant about it. I have no professional connection with SXSW. It just changed my life. Before last year, I did the SXSW pub crawl as a recruiter for music venues. I always thought the Interactive festival was just for ...

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    A Diet of Seed Corn

    by Mike Copeland

    A Diet of Seed Corn

    Earlier, this week I wrote about the economic costs, other than direct medical costs, of our nation’s failure to provide health care to its citizens. While there are probably more of these than can be enumerated, I mentioned three: the embedded expense in all domestic manufactured goods, the burde...

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    So long, Clyde

    by Mark Johnson

    So long, Clyde

    I got the news yesterday from my friend Ralph McGill that Clyde Hogg had died. Clyde, Ralph and I plied our trade in the advertising wars for many years. Ralph is a world-class writer, I, too, am a writer, and Clyde was an art director. But to call Clyde an art director is like calling The Bea...

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    Bankrupt Ala. county full of prolific GOP campaign donors

    by Brianna Peterson

    Bankrupt Ala. county full of prolific GOP campaign donors

    Despite the move last week by Jefferson County, Ala., to file for bankruptcy, the residents of the region have continually been among the most generous Alabamians in terms of their campaign contributions. [caption id="attachment_32647" align="alignright" width="300" caption="(Stenciled piece of t...

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    The politics of 1860: Why Christie won't be the Republican nominee

    by Andy Schmookler

    The politics of 1860: Why Christie won't be the Republican nominee

    Will the Republicans nominate Chris Christie for president in 2016?  Not if my reading of historical forces is correct. Christie’s landslide re-election victory in New Jersey should tell Republicans that they have a better chance of winning power with candidates who can reach out beyond the Re...

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    Waking Up From the American Dream

    by Jason Palmer

    Waking Up From the American Dream

    Corruption aside, one of the most fundamental problems with governing is a tendency for legislators to base their policies on the theoretical rather than the practical. It is an age-old struggle between noble ideals and achievable ideas. Of course, the greatest ideas should be based on the noblest o...

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    Jabbour & Perlman: Old-Time Music at its Best

    by Joel Groover

    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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    Ottessa, Eileen, Fyodor

    by Austin McMurria

    Ottessa, Eileen, Fyodor

    Rather than tell you a story leading up to and offering rationale, let me just say Ottessa Moshfegh is the new Dostoyevsky. Ottessa Moshfegh's second novel Eileen is the darkest coming of age tale I have ever read. Excuse me, it's hardly that, but you try to tie a ribbon around a burp, or wrap ...

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    The Climate Reality Project

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    Everytown For Gun Safety

    Tom Price

    UltraViolet

    Occupy Democrats

    http://occupydemocrats.com

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We have work to do

    https://www.barackobama.com/push-forward-with-ofa/

    We Can't Trust Big Oil Insiders

    ClimateRealityProject.org

    Canaries in the Coal Mine

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