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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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    Y’all Get Fat Now, Hear?

    by Michael J. Solender

    Y’all Get Fat Now, Hear?

    Southerners, perhaps more than any other Americans, have a love affair with their food. Of late however, the relationship between Americans south of the Mason/Dixon line and their food has become more complicated and by many measures, downright dangerous. According to the Trust For American’s H...

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    How Racial Profiling Gets It Wrong All Of The Time

    by Matthew Wright

    How Racial Profiling Gets It Wrong All Of The Time

    I’m, for one — I know it’s not politically correct to say it — I believe in racial and ethnic profiling. I think if you’re looking at people getting on an airplane and you have X amount of resources to get into it, you get at the targets, and not my wife. And I just think it’s so...

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    Basking in excellence, and obscurity

    by Matthew Wright

    Basking in excellence, and obscurity

    This is the story of Stephen Stafford.  Ever heard of him?  I'm willing to bet the farm (if I had a farm to bet) that you have not.  Stephen Stafford is a remarkable young man, and his is a tale that should be lauded and aired on nightly news shows ad nauseam.  Sadly, for reasons that are painfu...

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    Dew Drops: Mayors under fire

    by Ron Taylor

    Dew Drops:  Mayors under fire

    Two Alabama mayors are in bigtime legal trouble, but their political adversity pales in comparison to that of Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter, who supported Barack Obama for president back before he won the Nobel Peace Prize and when many of her fellow Florida Democrats were still backing Hillary ...

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    Your Weekly Newz Wrap Up - Life in the key of Stupid

    by Trevor Stone Irvin

    Your Weekly Newz Wrap Up - Life in the key of Stupid

    In Medical News - Man speaks out of ass: Though long suspected, Hank Williams Jr. (aka Bocephus) has proved he is not only unusually slow-witted but can actually talk out of his hindquarters. Hank proudly disseminated his very own personal brand of stupid via Fox News and the internet this week a...

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    Ohio’s New Drug Law Takes Effect January 1, 2011

    by Wanda Argersinger

    Ohio’s New Drug Law Takes Effect January 1, 2011

    Oh my God! I am in shock. With the rampant drug problems we have in this country, the state government of Ohio has finally done something to resolve a perceived drug problem. The problem is, the new law passed by the State of Ohio, has nothing to do will the selling of illegal drugs, the us...

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    Falling Leaves

    by Tom Poland

    Falling Leaves

    One usually arrives early and sits patiently. Others file in slowly, leaning on walkers. Some carry oxygen tanks. Many come in wheelchairs, a rolling procession that looks like a car race just as the caution flag comes out. Some amble in using canes and the newer style walking sticks, the kind y...

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    Huey P. Long is Re-Assassinated!

    by John Hickman

    Huey P. Long is Re-Assassinated!

    Huey P. Long is surely the most assassinated figure in American political history. Although he was murdered only once – bullet holes still visible in the marble around the ground floor elevators in his state capital building in Baton Rouge mark the scene of the crime – his memory continues to be...

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    Georgia wine: Frogtown will be jumping

    by Jimmy Booth

    Georgia wine: Frogtown will be jumping

    There will be something for nearly everyone on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, as wine aficionados, gourmet food lovers and folk art and music enthusiasts will gather at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in the northeast Georgia Mountains for two days of wine, food, folk art and music. The 9th ...

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    Pick up B-Ball and Torture

    by Mike Williams

    Pick up B-Ball and Torture

    When George W. Bush was at Yale, he played intra-mural basketball. Decades later, a competitor from those glorified pick-up games could still remember what the man who became our president stood out for most: he played dirty. While most of the other intra-mural players were more interested in a frie...

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    What'll ya have? Some Atlanta bests

    by Keith Graham

    What'll ya have? Some Atlanta bests

    Much to my surprise, I've noticed every once in a while that not everyone agrees with everything I write. Stunning and hard to believe for the rest of you, too, but sometimes true. For once, however, I'll just throw out a few opinions that are really beyond argument on a few of Atlanta's best cul...

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    Senate votes $18 billion in breaks for tax cheats

    by Lee Leslie

    Senate votes $18 billion in breaks for tax cheats

    In an alarming show of bipartisan corruption, the Senate voted 81 to 19 to cancel the 1099 requirement from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – better known as the fascist-socialist-unconstitutional-budget-busting-obamacare law. Obama, who signaled his support of the repeal during the...

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    Old Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'

    by Alex Kearns

    Old Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'

    I recently published an article on this site about the latest threat to the St. Marys River (entitled “Can We Count The Loss?”). It resulted in several heartfelt comments from Like The Dew readers and, once I shared it with others via email and blog, quite a response from the people of Camden Co...

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    On the Road with Honey: Oh, the places we’ve parked

    by Kevin Austin

    On the Road with Honey:  Oh, the places we’ve parked

    Parking lots, mostly. [caption id="attachment_12391" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Honey next to the field and track at Fauver Stadium, University of Rochester."][/caption] Actually, parking lots exclusively. (There's three adverbs for you, David K.) Honey and I have parked in Jer...

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    Hawthorne and 'The Donald'

    by Will Cantrell

    Hawthorne and 'The Donald'

    Some things boggle the mind...and then they don't. Been watching how Trump keeps rising in the polls no matter how outlandish his behavior is, no matter what he says or how boorish, childish and mean-spirited he behaves. *** [caption id="attachment_61562" align="alignright" width="391"] Pro...

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    Two Juniors & a Hog

    by Jack deJarnette

    Two Juniors & a Hog

    It was about 1:30 on a September afternoon when the phone rang. I answered to find Junior, Jr. on the line. We were in our first parish where we had served the previous two years. Junior said, “Pracher, kan you come over and help me and Deddy (Junior, Sr.) mark my hog?” Let me clarify, Junior, S...

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    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    by Tom Poland

    Comfort Food In A Small Town Southern Dive

    I went down to the crossroads, got down on my knees, and prayed. Thanks for such great food, that is. Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers, went down to the crossroads, to deal with the devil who shot up from the ground to confront him. Me? I went down to the crossroads where wicked chick...

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    Blue-Collar Blues

    by Leon Galis

    Blue-Collar Blues

    This election cycle is looking like a slow motion tragedy for millions of mostly white, middle age blue-collar workers with only a high school education who’ve been marginalized by deindustrialization. This is roughly the population whose rising death rate was uncovered by Princeton University eco...

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    Manifest GOP Insincerity about Abortion

    by Andy Schmookler

    Manifest GOP Insincerity about Abortion

    What should one make of the fact that some of the same Republican politicians who make a major issue out of "protecting the unborn" also are eager to cut the food stamp program (SNAP) that keeps millions of American children from going hungry? If a person had it in his heart to care about unborn ...

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    Time to Dream Again

    by Maurice Carter

    Time to Dream Again

    One thousand and fifty eight words and not a single one was "dream." That's how far Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was into his famous 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before he gave voice to the phrase that would crystallize a movement, personify his too-short time on earth, and cast hi...

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    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

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    Spirit of Justice

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

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