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    only in america

    TV For Dogs

    by | 14 hours ago
    TV For Dogs

    Around the clock, Channel 354 on Dish TV is devoted to hour long programs for dogs. I stumbled upon this when flicking channels, wondering why plastic balloons were drifting across the screen to no apparent end. It was emptier in content than the billiards my Mother with dementia liked to watch for hours. I read the notes: Dog TV provides “Active Camera Moments, Exciting Animations and Moving Objects to encourage your dogs’ playfulness when home alone.” Further, “It’s relaxing time! Research shows that soothing music and relaxing images help your dog feel calm and relax.”

    part two

    America by the Numbers

    by | 14 hours ago
    America by the Numbers

    “Government should prevent an immoderate accumulation of riches.” — James Madison

    In a previous post, we revisited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “Beyond Vietnam” speech of April 4, 1967. King, confronting head-on America’s “triple evils” of racism, economic injustice and militarism, challenged America to find its true values and “come home.” Polls and statistics suggest that, in the 47 intervening years, America has not “come home” and sadly is further from home than ever.

    indentured students

    Writing Off A Generation

    by | Apr 20, 2014
    Writing Off A Generation

    Politicians from both parties might perform public anguish about the student loan problem but it is painfully obvious that they just don’t get how serious it is. The most recent Congressional legislation tying interest rates on student loans to the several points beyond the interest rates on treasury notes might have looked like an important reform in Washington, where achieving anything bipartisan is hailed a great victory, but not to the 37 million young Americans who are on the hook for more than one trillion dollars in student loans that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. They owe an average of $29,000. In an economy that no longer produces enough decent jobs

    old profound being thing

    Blueridge Weekend

    by | Apr 17, 2014
    Blueridge Weekend
    A few of us borrowed a friend's cabin up near Blue Ridge and drove up for the weekend, took the scenic route through Dahlonega, Blairsville and up 19 to 76. Something uplifting about the mountains. We navigated those ... Read on →

    stupidity and crime of war

    Way Stations To Heaven

    by | Apr 14, 2014
    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 ... Read on →

    2014 and beyond

    Dems should run on campaign finance constitutional amendment

    by | Apr 11, 2014
    Dems should run on campaign finance constitutional amendment
    Do the 2014 elections look promising for the Democrats? Not so far as I can tell. Do the Democrats have a bold plan to inspire the American people to turn the House back over to them? Not so far ... Read on →

    the writer and the spy

    A Tale of Two Men

    by | Apr 7, 2014
    A Tale of Two Men
    The book review I just finished repeatedly asks, “What endures?” The author offers one possible answer: “Spaces in the heart that accommodate the absent.” When I read this, I had just learned of the deaths of Peter Matthiessen and ... Read on →

    part one

    America by the Numbers

    by | Apr 15, 2014
    America by the Numbers
    "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." -- Matthew 6:21. On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. made public his opposition to the Vietnam War, articulated ... Read on →

    april 25, 26 & 27

    Much To Do During Annual Bear Festival

    by | Apr 14, 2014
    Much To Do During Annual Bear Festival
    The large crowds attending Dahlonega's Bear on the Square Mountain Festival come each year to the Georgia Mountain foothills town expecting to be entertained by the better known activities, including the constant jamming by visiting and ... Read on →

    speculation

    ‘Not everyone named Michelle is a loser’

    by | Apr 11, 2014
    'Not everyone named Michelle is a loser'
    That’s what the spouse said when I wrote him how surprised and disappointed I was to discover that Michelle Nunn has gratuitously endorsed the XL pipeline from Canada, because buying oil from “neighbors” is better than ... Read on →

    a brief & sordid history

    Busted Brackets

    by | Apr 8, 2014
    Busted Brackets
    You knew in the beginning it was folly, no good -- like that girl who lived around the corner your Momma said was "fast." “She's gonna take your money and your stomp on your heart,” Momma ... Read on →

    toxic greed

    They Would Fix It If They Could

    by | Apr 2, 2014
    They Would Fix It If They Could
    The modern oil industry, vertically integrated exploration, extraction, refining and distribution of oil on a mass scale, began no later than 1825 in Tsarist Russia. In 1825 Russia produced 3500 tons of crude and ... Read on →

    food For thought

    The Rise and Fall of the Second Reconstruction Era in America

    by | Apr 1, 2014
    The Rise and Fall of the Second Reconstruction Era in America
    How many of you are aware that Albert Einstein taught a physics class at Lincoln University (an HBCU in Pennsylvania) in 1946? In doing so, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist once said, "The separation of ... Read on →

    another beach tale

    Back in the day

    by | Mar 31, 2014
    Back in the day
    Tom Poland inspired me. He wrote about the old Ocean Forest Hotel, a magnificent behemoth of a hotel on a Grand Strand beach north of Myrtle Beach, my old vacation stomping ground. The Ocean ... Read on →

    can't teach character

    UGA athletics needs “due diligence” in recruiting players

    by | Mar 31, 2014
    UGA athletics needs "due diligence" in recruiting players
    Ever hear of "due diligence?" That's a term often seen in business stories, particularly when public accountants are working at checking the financial background of companies who might want to buy or sell to ... Read on →

    do so with caution

    Ravenous? Sick? Eat Some Good Georgia Dirt

    by | Mar 30, 2014
    Ravenous? Sick? Eat Some Good Georgia Dirt
    Once again a memory from my boyhood days working at Clifford Goolsby’s store digs its way to the surface. That store was a portal to a sometimes-strange world, and one of the stranger things ... Read on →

    winter without end

    A Place Of Greater Safety

    by | Mar 30, 2014
    A Place Of Greater Safety
    “Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can ... Read on →

    guns and domestic violence

    Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman

    by | Mar 29, 2014
    Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman
    I've argued for some time that, if we are serious about preventing serious crime, then we address behavior at an early stage -- i.e. when it's just abusive and not the cause of serious ... Read on →

    going to the groomers

    A Shaggy Dog Story

    by | Mar 28, 2014
    A Shaggy Dog Story
    My dear wife Jody got a good chuckle recently when I asked about her “beauty parlor” appointment. Seems as though I’m so behind the times that I didn’t know that expression went out of ... Read on →

    40 days in georgia

    Accomplishing little, so why does the legislature meet every year?

    by | Mar 28, 2014
    Accomplishing little, so why does the legislature meet every year?
    There's an exhilaration abounding throughout Georgia today. Hurrah, hurrah, the Georgia General Assembly is no longer in session. You can relax a little more this week. Almost as on cue, the Legislature again got little ... Read on →

    a book review

    McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Underworld

    by | Mar 27, 2014
    illustration by tom ferguson for likethedew.com
    Eastern Europe and Russia When the Soviet Union dissolved it left secret police and security personnel suddenly on the outs and without paycheck. Given their skill sets, for many, criminal behavior was the logical next ... Read on →

    man license

    Bare Minimums

    by | Mar 25, 2014
    Bare Minimums
    I think there should be minimum requirements to being a man. Don’t worry; men are a rather small minded-bunch so the requirements wouldn't be stringent. But there should be bare minimums. And f you ... Read on →

    the written magic

    The Writing Life: Et in Arcadia Ego

    by | Mar 25, 2014
    The Writing Life: Et in Arcadia Ego
    As I try to understand the need I have to write about what I see and what I think I believe, I find that I continue to narrow the themes that especially occupy me. ... Read on →

    look at me

    I’m Invisible

    by | Mar 24, 2014
    I'm Invisible
    The first time I realized I was invisible I was 44, arriving at the Spanish border from France. At the age of 20-21 I’d spent 18 months living in Spain. Then I was blonde ... Read on →

    from pompey’s head

    How I came to be living on an island by the sea

    by | Mar 23, 2014
    How I came to be living on an island by the sea
    From 1954 to 1956 we lived down the street from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Two years was about par for course for living anywhere, but I did get to spend my high school ... Read on →

    lap of luxury

    The Finest Hotel You Ever Saw

    by | Mar 18, 2014
    The Finest Hotel You Ever Saw
    One of the detriments to overnight travel, to me, is today’s breed of hotel. Most look alike, inside and out. Most have an antiseptic smell. Fresh pillowcases that clasp pillows that resemble Chiclets notwithstanding, ... Read on →

    finding peace

    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder

    by | Mar 17, 2014
    The Bolt of Rolling Thunder
    Years ago when I was a reluctant warrior on a battlefield far, far away and now almost forgotten, many people died for no real reason. That time was one of great discontent. As Sherlock ... Read on →
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    • Pierre Howard: Sea Island's owners must be stopped | GreenLaw

      Pierre Howard writes:

      It is pretty clear that the current, out-of-state owners of Sea Island are using the tactic of Admiral Farragut who famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” as they push their plan to cram eight mega-mansions on the fragile south end of the island, known as “The Spit.”

      It is a fragile wisp of land that should have never been zoned for development.

      On its beaches, loggerhead sea turtles nest and endangered birds feed and rest in migration. Thousands of Georgians have marveled at its beauty from a spot on the north end of St. Simons Island called Gould’s Inlet. Now, all that beauty is at risk.

    • EPD celebrates Earth Day – by easing restrictions on development on Georgia coast | Political Insider blog

      Jim Galloway reports:

      The state Environmental Protection Division has a unique way of celebrating Earth Day.

      The department announced a revision of regulations that environmentalists say will greatly increase development along the Georgia coastline.

      This explanatory note comes from Neil Herring of the Sierra Club:

      Under the [old] policy, which was promulgated by the biologist EPD Director Dr. Carol Couch, a line was drawn where the salt marsh reaches the “hill,” the more or less dry ground, determined by the presence of plants that will grow at that point but not in the marsh.

      From that line, to another line, 25 feet inland from the first appearance of plants from that list, was the salt marsh buffer, in which it was unlawful to remove, by uprooting, any vegetation, or building anything that would cover the ground in that 25 foot wide buffer.

      Now, presumably a property owner can bulldoze right up to the salt grass (spartina) and build lovely structures that loom over it.

    • I am at a loss to figure out why a person would need to carry a firearm into the courthouse or any other government building, for that matter, that alone is a recipe for disaster. This is a disaster looking for a place to happen, not if, but where and when.
      Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum in a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who ignored the wisdom of sheriffs and signed an expansive “gun rights” bill: Georgia’s new gun measure opens a rift in law enforcement | www.myajc.com

    • There’s something rotten in Georgia politics, and we intend to root it out. We will not stop until these laws are overturned.
      Piyali Cole with the Georgia Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, commenting on Georgia’s abominable Guns Everywhere legislation: Georgia’s new gun measure opens a rift in law enforcement | www.myajc.com

    • Georgia’s new gun measure opens a rift in law enforcement | www.myajc.com

      Greg Bluestein and Kristina Torres report:

      A broad expansion of gun rights that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Wednesday has divided the state’s law enforcement community, leading some sheriffs to warn that the changes endanger police officers and will lead to more bloodshed. …

      The legislation expands where Georgians may legally carry firearms, including into public schools, bars, churches and government buildings. A recent analysis from the nonpartisan state Senate Research Office noted that felons could use the state’s “stand your ground” rules to claim self-defense in a shooting if they feel threatened.

      The new law also repeals state law requiring firearms dealers to obtain state licenses and maintain records of firearm sales and purchases, and it revokes the governor’s authority to suspend or limit the carrying or sale of guns even in case of emergencies.

      It’s prompted a behind-the-scenes lobbying effort by some prominent sheriffs who urged Deal to veto the bill. In records obtained through Georgia’s sunshine laws, they express fears that the new rules will herald a flood of lawsuits and hinder police work. At worst, they say, it could lead to more injuries and deaths of peace officers.

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    Pop Quiz

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Pop Quiz

    Does this chart express your energy preferences? Or would you see it as an index of shit 'n corruption? ...

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    Do Unto Others

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Do Unto Others

    Did you know that $200,000 will buy enough toiletries and other basic necessities to fill 10,000 shoeboxes? You can buy 4,000 sets of school clothes for 200 grand, or roughly 2,500 room nights at an inexpensive motel. For the people who were washed out of their homes by the recent flooding, (the Re...

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    Norman Rockwell: Life as we wish it were - and as it is

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Norman Rockwell: Life as we wish it were - and as it is

    Last night, I was sitting alone in front of a small fire in my backyard, as I’m prone to do on cold nights, cooking a hot dog, when I finally got it about Norman Rockwell.  Actually, I was on to roasting marshmallows when it became clear to me what Rockwell meant when he said, “I paint life...

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    Compensation for “stop loss”

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Compensation for “stop loss”

    'No Drama Obama' may not be a good thing in a country addicted to superlatives. Anyway... from Stripes-Central Obama: Apply now for retroactive stop-loss pay By Jeff Schogol Published: September 15, 2010 Fewer than half of the people eligible for retroactive stop-loss compensation have been pai...

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    The insurance racket

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    The insurance racket

    Insurance is a racket. Perhaps the most telling indicator is the fact that of the $54 billion collected by the State of Georgia from the federal government in 2007, 66% was for some variant of insurance. And, while it’s questionable whether Social Security pension payments ought to be ...

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    Daryl's House

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Daryl's House

    The text message was simple and in code; I was visiting Daryl’s house the other day and Billy Gibbons dropped by. We had fun. Billy has a killer guacamole recipe. My son’s one word reply: Nice. Shane and I are suckers for Live From Daryl’s House, a television music show hosted by legendary ...

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    Get Me Off The Road, Please

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Driving on the interstates is inherently irrational. To think that the drivers of all those other cars would voluntarily and routinely entrust theirs and their family’s lives to me is nuts. Based solely on a ten minute driving test in high school, with no knowledge of my driving skills, my car ...

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    Dew Drops: Hearts, Rappers & Tea-Shirts

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Dew Drops: Hearts, Rappers & Tea-Shirts

    What's making news around the South. Health care? You wanna see health care? ... While town hallers continued to snarl at their congresspersons over health care, citizens in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Memphis, Tenn., took defibrillators into their own hands. Jennifer Trombly fetched the defibr...

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    Dewings

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Dewings

    The Dew is Back in the South. During this past month, we migrated LikeTheDew.com from free shared web servers in Vancouver to our own high speed server in Houston. We now have a virtual distribution network that mirrors LikeTheDew.com on web servers closest to you no matter where you are in the wor...

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    Suggested Reading

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    The U.S. withdrawal from Iraq marks the end America’s great expectations. Perry claimed retirement to collect extra state benefits on top of salary. - The rich get richer and the poor have babies. Why a Gingrich vs. Obama Matchup Would Be Good For the Country. The Ghosts of Boyfriends Pas...

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    Into the Woods Enchants Audience

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    <em>Into the Woods</em> Enchants Audience

    Atlanta’s regional Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre is in its final week performing Into the Woods, a magical hodgepodge of your favorite childhood fairy tales … with a twist.  Situated next to the gleaming white study of geometry which is the High Museum sits the Alliance Theatre. Unlike th...

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    Look Homeward Angel

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Look Homeward Angel

    I appreciate the education I got in Lincoln County, Georgia. I had good teachers, but being interested in Journalism, I especially remember four teachers: Helen Turner, Lib Estes who taught me as a substitute teacher, Alice Albea, and June Kelly. I look homeward a lot these days, and I find myself r...

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    The Story of a Marine

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    The Story of a Marine

    I’ve never written much about Walt, yet he was the center of my life for more than 20 years. We met in college where the GI Bill made him the gift of an education following WWII. He seemed a happy-go-lucky guy. A cute red-head; attractive and funny, he was the son of an insurance salesman and a st...

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    I'm a Slut; But as a Military Veteran, I've Known This for Decades

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    I'm a Slut; But as a Military Veteran, I've Known This for Decades

    It's been difficult for me to express how I've been feeling this past week, until I read this diary which began: I am a slut. Before this week, I didn't know I was a slut. But Rush Limbaugh set me straight: I'm a slut, too. But I've known this for decades. I knew it since I first enlisted in th...

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    Loft Living = Flat Tree

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Loft Living = Flat Tree

    I always liked a fat and jolly, real Christmas tree. Height was important but not nearly so much as girth; I wanted a full tree that ever so gradually narrowed toward the angel at the top. Loft living changed my idea of the perfect tree. It inspired us to create a two-inch thick, FLAT tree. I'm in l...

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    Street Scenes No. 16

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Street Scenes No. 16

    From Alan Gordon: A Lincoln Continental cruising up I-95 near West Palm Beach, Fla., with three surfboards strapped to the top. From Diane Loupe: Spotted while riding on this year's Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, on the road nearing Clarks Hill Lake, a sign for "Christian Gutter Cleaning." (Diane a...

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    Short order cooks tap dance as they work

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Short order cooks tap dance as they work

    I was returning from the airport not too long ago. I drove a friend of mine there and after dropping him off, on the way back home I stopped off at Subway and got me a turkey sandwich. There was a young woman working behind the counter and as I watched her work and deal with those customers who were...

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    Wine, Music & Food

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    Wine, Music & Food

    Fine Georgia wine, great food and live music are the expected attributes of the Georgia Wine Country Festival, and this year's celebration will once again live up to that reputation. Doug and Sharon Paul, owners of Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Lumpkin County, said their venue's signatu...

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    New Normal: Heartland is Not in Kansas Anymore

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    New Normal: Heartland is Not in Kansas Anymore

    The Brookings Institution has just published The State of Metropolitan America report which evaluates census and other data for the nation’s top one hundred metropolitan areas. Their conclusions? As a nation we are reaching critical milestones that if continued to be ignored will dramatically ...

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    The Slippery Slope of Surveillance

    Mar 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

    The Slippery Slope of Surveillance

    A discussion on NPR's Talk of the Nation (TOTN) opinion page this afternoon focused on the use of surveillance cameras for security in the wake of last week's Boston Marathon bombing and aftermath.  The show's summary read, "Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombings were able to identify the su...

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