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    threat to our democracy

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    by | Jul 22, 2016
    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    For millions of Americans watching the 2016 Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, disbelief and dismay have given way to bemused contempt. They see a GOP in a state of extraordinary disarray and unable to prevent a likely electoral train wreck. Many of its heavy weights simply refused to attend, including two former presidents, six governors, and 21 U.S. Senators. David and Charles Koch are notably absent.

    Those who watched the third night of the convention might have missed Marco Rubio’s 90-second video endorsement but almost certainly caught Ted Cruz’s 21 minute long non-endorsement.

    minor celebrities matter

    Zoolander Defense

    by | Jul 19, 2016
    Martian Girl from Mars Attacks!

    The first night of Donald Trump’s 2016 (Republican Party) Presidential Nominating Convention in Cleveland, Ohio provided more entertainment value than any in living memory. One after another former celebrities, practiced victims and assorted public figures took the stage to throw rhetorical raw meat at a seething pale audience.

    Among the highlights were appearances by Marcus Luttrell and Scott Baio. Luttrell because he seemed to call for a civil war here in the United States when he asked, “Who among you are gonna step up and take the fight to the enemy? Because it’s here.”

    needs America full of frightened people

    Dropping the ‘F word’

    by | Jul 18, 2016
    Dropping the 'F word'

    In what might be the smartest appeal so far in this otherwise dismal presidential election, Hillary Clinton did NOT call Donald Trump a fascist during her July 13th speech on unity in Springfield, Illinois. Instead she warned about what he might do once in power. Declining to use the “F word” might seem pusillanimous, the sort of rhetorical restraint that conservatives pounce on, but using it could actually blur what is more important point.

    do your job

    Dear Congressman Goodlatte

    by | Jul 12, 2016
    U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
    If there’s one thing people can count on you for, it’s that you will put your party’s interests ahead of the good of the nation. Fortunately, there’s something you can do now to redeem yourself. It won’t be with your ... Read on →

    recipe for injustice

    The “Right-to-Work” Con

    by | Jul 11, 2016
    Gateway to the South
    When I was involved in electoral politics here in Virginia, I was advised by Democratic politicians to stay away from the issue of “right-to-work” laws. Most Virginians favor those laws, I was told. They think that “right-to-work” is a ... Read on →

    embrace equality ideal

    Yet another fiery trial, Father Abraham; weigh in

    by | Jul 5, 2016
    An iconic photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln, taken on November 8, 1863, eleven days before his famed Gettysburg Address
    Abraham Lincoln, were he alive today, would quibble with only one word in the trumpeted slogan, “Make America Great Again,” but it would be a vehement, demagoguery-shattering quibble. He would insist that the sentence be ended after Great. America ... Read on →

    the laws of nature

    What Economists Don’t Know About Physics — And Why It’s Killing Us

    by | Jul 2, 2016
    What Economists Don’t Know About Physics — And Why It’s Killing Us
    Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. -- Kenneth Boulding The mantra of classical economists is "growth." So fixated are they on growth that recessions are often referred ... Read on →

    rise above our fears

    Hey Y’all, E Pluribus Unum

    by | Jul 8, 2016
    Hey Y’all, E Pluribus Unum
    E Pluribus Unum or out of many, one. This 13 letter phrase became an official part of the Seal of the Unites States by an Act of Congress in 1782. It was the de facto motto of the United States until Congress ... Read on →

    risks being understood

    Matt Hamilton: Been there, done that

    by | Jul 8, 2016
    Cover photo of the book, "The Land of the Four Rivers" by Matthew A. Hamilton
    Matt Hamilton has packed more life into his 41 years than most of us could in twice that. Of the many roads he has traveled – soldier, congressional aide, Benedictine monk, Peace Corps – one he likes best is the road that ... Read on →

    lebensunwertes leben

    Worst Senior Discount Ever

    by | Jul 7, 2016
    People waiting in line to vote
    BREXIT has elicited expressions of wounded outrage from European intellectuals emotionally invested in the current European Project. Some have contented themselves with name-calling by denouncing British voters as shortsighted bigots manipulated by conservative populists. Disappointment in the outcome of the referendum ... Read on →

    until the struggle is won

    The Fight Against Fear Continues in Mississippi

    by | Jul 4, 2016
    The Fight Against Fear Continues in Mississippi
    Fear is a powerful weapon. For centuries, threatening people's lives and livelihoods has proved an effective means of suppressing protest and maintaining injustice. Fifty years ago this month, James Meredith's March Against Fear sent a ringing message to oppressors everywhere: their ... Read on →

    wrong side of freedom

    Pipe Dream: CIA as 1980s Crack Dealer

    by | 0 | Jul 2, 2016
    Pipe Dream: CIA as 1980s Crack Dealer
    Gary Webb's book, Dark Alliance, casts dark aspersions on the United States. In its historical and hysterical opposition to “leftist” thought it has routinely allied itself with criminals. Obvious examples are the regimes it ... Read on →

    confession is the first step

    My Guilty Pleasures: NFL Football and World War II

    by | 0 | Jul 2, 2016
    NFL and WW2 Helmets
    NFL football and World War II share certain characteristics that make them, for me, guilty pleasures. The pleasures come from my lifelong love of good games of strategy and of heroic action. For these pleasures, no ... Read on →

    mexico might take them

    As Obama Orders Texit Vote, Millions of Americans Celebrate in the Streets

    by | 3 | Jun 29, 2016
    Texit
    In cities across America – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Orleans – in stunning, giddy numbers, millions of Americans streamed into the streets to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive order Wednesday ... Read on →

    zika excuse

    Who Needs the Pros? Time for the Olympics to take a Mulligan

    by | 0 | Jun 29, 2016
    Who Needs the Pros? Time for the Olympics to take a Mulligan
    With the 2016 Olympic Games on the horizon, a group of prospective participants are giving the whole business a snub. Golf is returning as an Olympic game after being away since the word sticks was ... Read on →

    a civilization-wide challenge

    Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects

    by | 0 | Jun 29, 2016
    Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects
    Some commentators have reminded us lately of what originally inspired the nations of Western Europe to move toward unification. The impetus came after two horrific wars, originating in Europe, within the space of thirty ... Read on →

    adopting a two-round system

    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016

    by | 0 | Jun 28, 2016
    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016
    Perhaps the only good thing that may be said for the Electoral College is that every four years it relieves most of us of the burden of choosing the lesser of two evils from ... Read on →

    whole woman’s health v. hellerstedt

    Texas abortion law attacked women’s rights and the authority of the Supreme Court

    by | 0 | Jun 28, 2016
    Texas abortion law attacked women's rights and the authority of the Supreme Court
    At year’s end last December, on a radio show in the Shenandoah Valley, I was asked at year’s end for my predictions for the coming year. One prediction I made was that the Court ... Read on →

    getting through it

    Laughing all the Way

    by | 0 | Jun 27, 2016
    Woman holding a pink paper smiley face - fotolia
    Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way. You probably recognize that verse from Jingle Bells — But it’s those last two lines, O’er the fields we ... Read on →

    choreographed hysteria

    Everything Broadcast News Gets Wrong About BREXIT

    by | 2 | Jun 25, 2016
    Brexit ballot by PRO(Mick Baker)rooster
    Broadcast news coverage of the BREXIT Referendum has been nothing short of catastrophic. So bad is the quality of the journalism that, in keeping with the portmanteau usage, it should from here on be ... Read on →

    twin facets - same struggle

    “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”

    by | 2 | Jun 24, 2016
    Nissan Autoworkers Workers Rally in Canton, MS on June 27, 2014 by Peoples World via flickr
    From their beginnings, the labor and civil rights movements have been deeply bound up in each other. Many of the watchwords of the 1960s, including “We Shall Overcome,” had been shouted in earlier struggles, ... Read on →

    delicious summer weather

    Two non-southern states of mind

    by | 1 | Jun 24, 2016
    Maine St, Kennebunkport, Maine by Kate Barnum
    I’m a South Carolina native who grew up in Georgia, and I have lived in one of these two states most of my life except for two years in the Navy (during which I ... Read on →

    called personal responsibilty

    A Simple Answer

    by | 1 | Jun 21, 2016
    Wayne LaPierre holding gun laws hostage by DonkeyHotey
    OK, we’ve all been waiting breathlessly for Congress to change the gun-control laws in order to make America safer. My lungs are about to collapse, aren’t yours? I was sure they’d take some action ... Read on →

    satire on the campaign trail

    America’s Savior is A. Tad Semple

    by | 6 | Jun 21, 2016
    America's Savior is A. Tad Semple
    My brother and sister Americans, let me introduce myself: my name is Arturo Tad Semple. Fearing someone might think I liked longhair classical music, or read books, or attended foreign movies, or watched PBS, ... Read on →

    it depends

    Jobs Produced by Investment?

    by | 1 | Jun 20, 2016
    Employment Applications Not Being Accepted
    That’s a question I asked in connection with our utility’s plan to make $41 million in capital improvements in the next five years. The consultant who put together the list and the necessary funding ... Read on →

    unequal opportunity

    People to Legislature: How long?

    by | 1 | Jun 20, 2016
    People to Legislature: How long?
    In 1993, Bill Clinton became president of the United States for the first time. The movie “Unforgiven” won the Oscar for the Best Picture of the Year. A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian ... Read on →

    my superhero

    On Father’s Day

    by | 1 | Jun 19, 2016
    On Father’s Day
    Dear Daddy, I was coming back from a run the other day in Central Park. It was a beautiful day – the sun was high and my heart was wide. On the sidewalk a few ... Read on →
























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    The Chicken of Blessèd Memory

    by Steve Krodman

    The Chicken of Blessèd Memory

    The mind is a strange thing, and memory perhaps the strangest of its abilities. It can discard useful data, such as what one may have had for breakfast that same day, while retaining in poignant detail the savor of meals taken years ago. Back in my Snot-Nose Days, our family had evolved a Vacatio...

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    The Romance Of Bugs

    by Tom Poland

    The Romance Of Bugs

    You’ve heard the bit of wisdom that goes a cold winter is good because it kills a lot of insect pests. I don’t believe that for a moment. We had a cold winter but it’s summertime and insects buzz around grills, pools, ball fields, patios, and decks. On the highway they turn my windshield into ...

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    The Edge of the World

    by Mike Copeland

    The Edge of the World

    Right now there is a big tempest taking place in South Carolina related to whether or not our governor, Nicki Haley, allowed herself to be improperly influenced in favor of Georgia's efforts to dredge thirty-eight miles of river bottom in Savannah to take the controlling depth of the Savannah River ...

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    The Darling Buds Of May

    by David Evans

    The Darling Buds Of May

    This morning as I read Linda Pastan’s poem The Months in The Writer’s Almanac, I was once again reminded to live in the moment, not to think too much about upcoming calendars or events planned days, weeks, or months from now. She begins her thoughts with an allusion to the German Romantic...

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    The Ethical Man Lusts in His Heart

    by Monica Smith

    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. The ethical hurts no-one at all. Most of the electorate is probably too young to remember the perverse responses Ji...

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    Short order cooks tap dance as they work

    by Mark Dohle

    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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    A Beautifully Harsh Winter

    by Tom Poland

    A Beautifully Harsh Winter

    Winter officially arrives December 22, a Thursday. I’ve looked at some predictions for what this winter might be like. From all accounts, we’re in for a more typical winter. Not one with several snows like we had last year, a rarity in the South which I enjoyed. Something about being at home ...

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    A Darwinian Dialogue

    by David Evans

    A Darwinian Dialogue

    Discussions with an instructor over a class I recently took on Darwin have led me to wonder again about “religious” matters and the role they continue to play out in our lives. Amongst other places, my wanderings took me back to the writings of Robert Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Mot...

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    Berlin Wall: Lessons learned from the collapse seem lost today

    by Robert M. Williams, Jr.

    Berlin Wall: Lessons learned from the collapse seem lost today

    Twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall bring back memories of my visit there shortly after that momentous event. Collapse of the wall was not so much a testament to the power of America’s overwhelming military might, but the compelling attraction of life in a free soc...

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    Some Thoughts on Adolescence

    by John M. Williams

    Some Thoughts on Adolescence

    Another synchronicity. I came across a recent National Geographic piece on the “teenage brain” just as I was reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant. The convergence of article and novel—catalyzed by the fact that I have a seventeen and thirteen year old in the house—got me to thinking about adoles...

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    Remembering Bubba

    by Mike Cox

    Remembering Bubba

    [caption id="attachment_59748" align="alignright" width="306"] Roger C. "Bubba" Banks, 1950-2015[/caption] An email from my brother with only a name in the subject box means one thing; someone died. I knew who it was without opening the link. For those of us growing up together, there was only on...

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    The Boat Ride

    by Mimi Skelton

    The Boat Ride

    For years, we have been amazed by the steady stream of huge cargo ships coming in and out of the Port of Brunswick, passing close by the St. Simons Island pier through the deep water channel between St. Simons and Jekyll Island.  These giant transport boats, flying the flags of far-flung places and...

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    Father, Christmas

    by Noel Holston

    Father, Christmas

    At least once during the Christmas season, I pull out a pair of pleated wool pants, a old tweed sports jacket, a starched dress shirt and Rooster  knit tie. I take an old fedora out of its hat box, and I shine up the only pair of dress shoes that reside in my closet cluttered with sneakers in vary...

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    Don’t Spanx Me!

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Don’t Spanx Me!

    There is only one really good thing about being a man, and that is we don’t give a damn what we look like or that our IQs generally hover about the 30 mark (just high enough to invent, and repeatedly pry open beer bottlecaps). For a few brief years in high school we look OK, but then we begin to l...

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    All That Scandal: SC keeps political columnists at work

    by Andy Brack

    All That Scandal: SC keeps political columnists at work

    Pound for pound, South Carolina weighs in more than any other state for the amount of political intrigue and rascally scandal it serves up for free to the national press. By now, the Palmetto State has passed old stalwarts for disgrace like Louisiana and New York. “Thank you, South Carolina,”...

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    Cruz Says He Will Carpet Bomb Iowa

    by Jeffry Scott

    Cruz Says He Will Carpet Bomb Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa -- Fresh off a bruising debate with Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he is left with no choice but to carpet bomb Iowa. "That state is as threatening as ISIS because it could destroy America by not allowing me to be elected president," said Cruz during a campaign stop...

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    The Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry

    by Andy Brack

    The Seven Wonders of the Lowcountry

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Our outstanding May weather has a lot of people talking about how great it is to live in the Lowcountry.  That got us to thinking about all of the wonderful places along the coast from Georgetown to Beaufort counties. Being an aficionado of lists of all sorts, we decided to t...

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    Muffin Bribe

    by Monica Smith

    Muffin Bribe

    Is it possible for citizens to be bribed for their votes by a muffin and/or a couple of slices of pizza? I sure hope not. In my case, I was really put off by Comcast and “Ready for Hillary” getting access to New Hampshire Democrats at their state convention via an infusion of callories for break...

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    My Navy Days

    by Robert Lamb

    My Navy Days

    When I tell people that I served in the Navy, their eyebrows go up when they hear that I was stationed in Oklahoma.  For the geography-challenged, Oklahoma is landlocked. For the vocabulary challenged, “landlocked” means “cut off from the sea.” For the connections challenged, think “sailo...

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    The Writing Life: Et in Arcadia Ego

    by David Evans

    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. I’ve got the main ones down to under a dozen I believe--from love and commitment, to friendship and loyalty, to success and disapp...

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    Quotes & Stuff


    Canaries in the Coal Mine

    Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.facebook.com/SPLCenter/

    Henry Wallace on fascim

    “A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” ― Henry A. Wallace

    Upton Sinclair on fascism

    “Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair

    Isaac Asimov - cult of ignoranc

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov

    Thomas Jefferson end of democracy -

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." Thomas Jefferson

    quote-you-have-to-remember-one-thing-about-the-will-of-the-people-it-wasn-t-that-long-ago-jon-stewart-36-8-0818

    “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” ― Jon Stewart

    MLKjr - thirst for freedom

    “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

    Listen to FDR

    Listen to FDR, "Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise." - Frankin Roosevelt (DonkeyHotey/flickr/CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    Grant - Quote

    (DonkeyHotey/flickr/CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

    Spirit of Justice

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  • Secret Money in the States by The Brennan Center for Justice

  • Musicians in Kentucky responded in song to their governor's attacks on women’s reproductive rights, affordable health care, the LGBTQIA+ community, education, and progress in general in our beloved state.












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