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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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    • Bill Green

      Applause for all the people who cooked or served the homeless tonight at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. Thanks for being good people.

    • Terri Evans

      Here’s an even thought: thank you for this “Southern Thoughts” forum. It has given me glee. There will be times when it will be about goats.

    • Keith Graham

      Should we start a competition to pick the South’s worst elected official? Shelby, McConnell and Chambliss would all get votes today, based on the news. And your nominees are …

    • Lee Leslie

      I’d vote Chambliss off my island first, but Shelby and or Jim Demint should go in next week’s show.

    • Lee Leslie

      I recently received this in an email: “Bad poetry & mealy mouthed prose get ready! I come to take both your hills like I would tits that size if I could find them willing.”

    • Pete Woods

      I hate it when I go to sleep and I wake up and it’s a month later. According to the first five posts on “Your Southern Thoughts,” I’ve missed most of February.

    • Lee Leslie

      Thanks, Piney -- It is still February. Thanks for pointing out the problem. It should work from now on.

    • Rev Lewis Bowman

      Dear Brothers and Sisters:
      It breaks my heart to say the ULC Homeless Ministry Inc will be closing to the public and will no longer be active in this community due to a lack of intrest from the community, In january we placed over 30 people some of them teens, into warm places to stay gave away 70 coats and about 80 blankets and paid the rent or utilities for 5 people and 2 famlies, We also took several people into our home untill they could get a job and a place to live, But all things must come to an end and we can not afford to go on out of pocket, So as of april we will no longer have services for this area. Our services will still be available for rockdale and dekalb untill further notice.
      Rev Lewis Bowman
      Phone 404-433-8039
      E-mail rev.lewisbowman@ymail.com
      10921 hwy 36, # 33
      Covington Georgia, 30014

    • Meg Gerrish

      How did a Georgia-born (1890s) and raised woman manage to stay on good terms with family and neighbors, and enjoy lifelong friendships with southern ladies without an utterance of God? I’ve wracked my brain. Grandmother never “praised the lord,” never went to church, didn’t even own a bible, although to be fair, literate though she was, she didn’t own any books. Grandmother absolutely had no use for religion and whether she believed in God at all is an open question. Don’t think she would have labeled herself an atheist, exactly, but she had clear leanings. Were non-believers more common in the 1900s south than we thought or was she just good at keeping her head down? I ponder.

    • Greg Mitchell

      Here’s a thought for you. I applaud the concept of ‘Your Southern Thoughts’ but am afraid that most of what we’ll get are not anything remotely Southern (except maybe the goats). Remember the South we all grew up in ….. not the ugly part shown on the History channel each February during “Black History Month”, but the gentle and somewhat genteel South where neighbors got together and formed ‘quilting bees’, and had ‘corn shuckin’s’, where folks were considered neighborly if they inquired after your health and general welfare instead of just being considered nosey. Unfortunately, the South I remember and loved so well in childhood seems to be forever gone. But there are memories we who are indigenous to the region probably have that are unique and should perhaps be shared. These are my Southern thoughts on this bright and promising Sunday morning.

    • James

      I saw an interesting quote from a Scottish writer in the year 1770, and it well summed up what’s wrong with both political parties, and really the public as a whole, today. Our elected officials keep voting goodies for their side, instead of standing up to the task of correcting the serious imbalances in our economy and especially federal budget. No one can take a stance in favor of fiscal sanity, for fear of being voted out at the next election. So deficits grow and special interest lobbyists win, at the nation’s overall great expense.

      The quote follows in a few lines, but first, think about how each side advocates policies that are bad for the nation as a whole: (1) most Democrats never think any spending program can be cut in order to address the growing deficit, but want to keep accelerating spending to aid core constituencies and causes and (2) Republicans persist — even now --with the shameless cry of “Tax cuts!” at a time in which the budget is way out of balance and they wealthy have already rewarded themselves with 10 years of Bush tax cuts, which was what swung the nation’s finances from surplus to deficit long before 9-11, the two wars or the bail out (check your facts, right wing liars: Bush entered office with a surplus and immediately gave out tax cuts that swung us to deficits. It’s a fact). Sadly, there’s no place in either political party for a fiscal conservative and the few Republicans who act like they are fiscal conservatives tend to keep calling for unrealistic tax cuts… and make themselves utterly unacceptable as candidates (to me at least) by also advocating highly intrusive policies favored by the meddle-in-everyone’s-private-affairs Limbaugh-logic social conservatives. Yuck. I had rather have Democrats in my wallet than Republicans in my bedroom, bookcase and everywhere else these know-nothing know it alls want to be… But what a choice!

      I don’t know what to do. Both sides are hellbent on continuing to reward their “core constituents,” regardless of how bad that is for the economy as a whole. I guess we need a third party candidate to explain all this to voters, so voters will tell the Congress to knock it off or leave town… Nutty. OR AS IT TURNS OUT, NOT SO NUTTY Ross Perot did that years ago, and a broad consensus emerged that led to the balanced budgets under Clinton (and a Republican Congress) that Bush-Cheney squandered. Do we need a new, less nutty Ross? If so, where is she/he?

      Now the Scotsman:

      “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…”

      Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish lawyer and writer, 1770

    • Keith Graham

      I’m happy for the Who Dat Nation. Less happy for The Who. Maybe some lessons here for My Generation about learning how to age gracefully?

      • James

        The Who rocked! They sounded great and the all-ages crowd loved them. What’s your problem? Sorry you didn’t die before you got old?

      • Meg Gerrish

        My aging husband and my aging self agree with you, Keith. We would very much enjoy going to a Who concert, but they were out of place at the Super Bowl.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jrontaylor Ron Taylor

        I thought The Who were a little flat. And it’s not just an age thing. Oldsters Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty all sounded better in their Super Bowl appearances, in my opinion.

    • C Smith

      James is there a difference between democracy and republic?

      • James

        You obviously know there is, but our elected representatives behave as if they have no responsibility to the republic. They are shameless, and well-funded by the forces that have made a mockery of democracy. we live in a kleptocracy.

        • C Smith

          WELL SAID!!

    • austin

      “We’re all woman, darlin’.” -- Corey Parks, in reference to her rock band

      ” She’s built like Ursula Andress, dresses like Sonny Barger and curses like a merchant marine. More important, she plays the bass with more sweat and fury than an entire battalion of Bad Religion wannabes. ” -- Brad Jones, refering to Corey Parks @ Westworld.com

      Jeff Cochran.. calling Jeff Cochran…dyou know this band?

    • Keith Graham

      Just saw “Crazy Heart” and thought it was pretty good. My wife thought it was great. She really liked “The Blind Side,” too. My favorite movie I’ve seen in the past year is still “Invictus.” What movies have you liked?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jrontaylor Ron Taylor

        Haven’t seen “Invictus,” but, so far, my favorite is “Hurt Locker.”

        • Greg Mitchell

          Another vote for “The Hurt Locker”. It was a very good movie.

    • http://www.darbybritto.com Darby

      Speaking as someone who has recently returned to the south to live there is a lot right with the south and some…. not so much. One thing is for sure, people in the south really are much nicer. Let’s work to keep it that way.

    • Lee Leslie

      Today’s Keith Graham’s birthday. Please join me in wishing him a happy one.

    • Terri Evans

      Happy Birthday, Mr. DewHead

    • Keith Graham

      Happy Year of the Tiger to everyone.

    • Keith Graham

      And a happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. Isn’t love great?

      • Gita

        Oops — see what happens when I tune out for a few days? Happy belated birthday, Boss. My wish for you is well-heeled advertisers and salaries for everyone. Big fat salaries; Ann Cox Chambers salaries!

    • Keith Graham

      Happy President’s Day to all. Who’s your favorite president? I’m still picking FDR.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jrontaylor Ron Taylor

        Remember when we got TWO president’s days in February?

        • Erica

          I do remember celebrating Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th and Washington’s birthday on the 22nd. Two wonderful days out of school! Better yet was the annual broadcast of “The Wizard of Oz”, my favorite childhood movie, right around the same time each year. Those were the days!!

      • Greg Mitchell

        Happy Presidents day (used to be George Washingtons birthday, didn’t it?) . Favorite U.S. President would be Thomas Jefferson. He seemed to believe the governments position should always default to individual freedoms of the citizens.

      • Gita

        Nothing brings out my split personality like the “favorite president” question. I want to say LBJ for his domestic policies but I hated his Vietnam and other foreign policies.
        I have to go with Johnson for his supreme court picks, his creation of Medicare, his work to make civil rights a reality and much more that was humane. I have read the LBJ biography, “Flawed Giant,” and the title alone sums up pretty much of what I feel.

    • Jeff Cochran

      Gita is correct. “Flawed Giant” By Robert Dalleck is a very good book as is “An Unfinished Life,” his book on JFK.

    • CSmith

      There are those that believe the “Flawed Giant” caused “An Unfinished Life”.

    • Barry Hollander

      Here it is Mardi Gras and I’m not only in Georgia, but it’s cold and I’m sober. So very wrong.

    • Keith Graham

      I like this. Jim DeMint criticizes Barack Obama for reading from a teleprompter … while reading from a teleprompter. DeMint’s on my list of least trustworthy Southern politicians, but the competition is stiff. Any other nominees?

      • j. austin

        2 days since Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s
        affair became public.

        17 days since Sanford appointee Marcus Kitchens was accused
        of stealing drugs from the evidence room in Spartanburg County.

        25 days since candidate for Governor and Lt. Governor
        Andre Bauer compared the poor to stray animals.

        113 days since former State Representative and Assistant Attorney General

        Roland Corning was caught with a stripper, Viagra, and sex toys…in a cemetery.

        163 days since Congressman Joe Wilson’s

        childish outburst during a Presidential Address.

        242 days since Governor Mark Sanford hiked the Appalachian trail.

        250 days since former chair of the State Election Commission Rusty DePass
        compared Michelle Obama’s ancestors to the gorillas in the Columbia Zoo.

        988 days since since State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel
        was indicted on federal drug charges.

        1702 days since since then-Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Sharpe
        reported to prison on cockfighting charges.

    • Lee Leslie

      Watching snowboarding in winter Olympics made me wonder when NASCAR would come to the summer games

      • Meg Gerrish

        Watcing curling makes me wonder…

    • ReadAndWeepLefties

      Canadian premier unapologetic about getting heart treatment in the U.S. to flee socialist medicine: “I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics.”
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5h0QC7bditrEb3wYz_6_b-gsGGDxA

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

        Sounds like the perfect solution to our health care problems -- a public option, plus, the freedom to buy more care if you can afford it.

        • Brenden

          Agreed provided that there are strict limits upon how large the “public option” can become (read: make Medicare solvent). In Canada, the wealthy just come to the U.S. to have their problems solved. Their gov’t funds a substandard system at a loss and allows their elite to come here. But where will the Americans go when our substandard system grows too large?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

            Keep the faith, Brenden, the markets (read: wealth always buys better care) will always find a way. As you know, the single payer system in Canada is quite different than anything that has been discussed with any political seriousness here. While Canadians are very happy with their system and pay way less, those anywhere who have money often seek access to what they perceive to be the best (generally, defined by reputation, status, immediate access and bleeding edge treatment -- Gucci, Rolls, Duke, Mayo, Arthur Anderson, etc.). Were public option to come to America, there will always be private levels of service. For goodness sakes, we’re not communists.

    • CSmith

      Lee the new edit or delete option in the comment section is a great addition. Especially giving time to proof read after hitting the submit button.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

        Glad you like it and impressed you’ve already noticed it (operational less than an hour). You may have inspired it. Spell check is coming soon (about a month). This is paid enhancement of the site (cost: $15) and was underwritten by the generous contributions of LikeTheDewers.

        • C Smith

          Lee are you telling me you noriced all my misrakes. And here I thought no one noriced.

          • C Smith

            Have you set up a Paypal account for Like The Dew? I saw another reader had ask some time back.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

            Mistakes? Don’t know what you are talking about. I thought some the unusual spelling you use was a style issue -- vernacular of sorts. No, I was inspired because you asked it about spell check some months back.
            Regarding PayPal, yes. There is a donation link at the bottom of page. Thanks, for asking. -- Lee

            • C Smith

              Lee I think it was Farmer Dave that asked about spellcheck. I have asked about editing after submission.

          • http://likethedew.com/ Keith Graham

            What misrakes? Haven’t noticed any.

    • http://bigboomtheory.blogspot.com Will Cantrell

      With all due respect to our brothers to the North, Olympic curling is just wrong headed. It is! Seems to me that curling is a combination of sweeping the floor, bowling and sneaking up on a bomb. It seems like something that The Three Stooges —or maybe physics students —--might do. I will admit that I don’t know the rules of curling (and if you think that I’m scared to find out, you’re right.) I suspect that we’re won’t see amateur curling in the ACC or SEC anytime soon. Thank God.

    • Terri Evans

      Let’s talk prescription costs during this healthcare debate: A particular med: $23 in Canada (but unfortunately, takes 12 days to arrive, even expedited); $114 at CVS; $117 at Walmart; $137 at Walgreens; $140 at Publix but they said they’d match CVS. Plan in advance to be sick so you can get from Canada.

    • Mike Malsbary

      I’ve heard too many talking heads say “America doesn’t want this healthcare plan”. Who? The many millions of desperate uninsured Americans need to make some noise. Send comment cards to representatives, support Move-on, support the effort, support the President. Otherwise big Corp will shut it down again.

      • http://likethedew.com/ Keith Graham

        Good point, Mike. I’m even more surprised to hear elected officials claim they have heard from no one who favors healthcare reform.

    • Will Cantrell

      I gotta start watching myself. I may be “getting old”. I just saw that Buzz Aldrin was going to be in the new cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Jeez. What’s the world coming to? The guy’s a national hero for Chrissakes. You’d never see Neil Armstrong or say Colin Powell on DWTS! I hope he’s doing this because he needs the money… and not because he needs the attention. But then again, maybe the man does a mean moonwalk.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

        Kudos on the punchline.

    • Lee Leslie

      Anybody else notice that the incentives in the “jobs” bill designed to put tens of millions of unemployed Americans back to work is a billion dollars less than Goldman Sachs set aside for bonuses last year?

    • Melinda Ennis

      Great news. I just read that Sarah Palin, that gutsy “everymom” from up North is working with network execs to get her own TV show. Apparently it will have Palin as a tour guide showing audiences the wonders of her glorious state. Here’s a note to those execs on some moments you’ve got to include:
      -A View To Kill: Palin showing the audience the best views of Russia from her back deck
      -Wide World of Alaska Sports-Palin’s personal narrative of that courageous sport of shooting wolves from a helicopter and of course, Palin moosehunting in the wild
      -Cooking with Sarah: Chef Palin whips up some of that yummy moose into a delcious stew
      -Alaskan Family Feud: The Palins including, Trig, Trad, Trip (& whatever) versus the Levi Johnston family
      Oh the ideas are endless for great telly viewing!!!

    • Lee Leslie

      Just what do you think caused this? “According to AARP, from January 2000 through December 2009, the total number of unemployed individuals 55 and older rose from 490,000 to 2,114,000″ -- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/05/aarp-unemployment-for-old_n_487250.html
      Stock pressures? Health care costs? Pension costs? Lack of enforcement of age discrimination laws? The free markets? GW Bush? Off shoring jobs? Technology? The grey wall has been lowered. Seems cruel.

      • http://hannah.smith-family.com Monica Smith

        One of the things that hasn’t gotten much coverage is that when the Fed lowered interest rates to near zero, conservative oldsters who’d put their life savings into CDs saw their income drop precipitously. Let’s say a person had $200,000 saved up. What returned a modest supplement of $6000 in addition to Social Security was suddenly reduced to $1000. People who were getting by on $1400 a month, were in straits at $1000.
        One suspects they started drawing down the principle and local banks started running out of money to lend while the Queens of Wall Street were siphoning up the cash for their gambling spree. And a lot of middle men got fat on fees.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

          It is cruel. The current Fed policy almost forces retirees to take on risk in the markets -- helps Wall Street, but puts us all on the edge of the cliff.

          And there’s that other problem with rates being effectively zero -- banks simply borrow from the fed then invest in treasury backed securities, make the spread and pay the bonuses. No incentive whatsoever to lend money. Makes the banks healthy, but starves small business.

          Yes, I know raising rates is counter-intuitive to getting our economy working for regular folks, but our system has been manipulated so long, intuition nor fact are working very well.

    • austin

      Most Planet Earth humans chortled with pride this week for the slam dunk sit down and shut up remark recently made by Larry’s “cousin” Robert.* His speech on the eve of the senate vote for giving war powers to a jingoistic fanatic on Wednesday, February 12 2003 is chillingly prophetic. It should be a mandatory read for all students of American history.
      http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/byrd.asp

      With all due respect, the Daily Mail’s hyperbole about “imposing government control,” acts of “disrespect to the American people” and “corruption” of Senate procedures resembles more the barkings from the nether regions of Glennbeckistan than the “sober and second thought” of one of West Virginia’s oldest and most respected daily newspapers. -- Senator Robert Byrd

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

        Thank you for posting the link to the Byrd speech. I remembered he gave it, but got chills reading it again -- we have learned so little from the decade long experience he damned so eloquently before it began. I hope everyone will read it.

    • Lee Leslie

      If you have a moment, go to this link: http://beck.cnnbcvideo.com/ login to facebook when it ask you and you’ll be amazed at what Glenn Beck has to say about you.

    • Frank Povah

      Concerned Americans should considering boycotting titles in all genres published by those companies who have bowed to the perverted reasoning of a few eejits in Texas. Make them see reason. If the Texas Board of Education wants to impose its 15th-century views on its kids, let it do so at it its own expense and publish its own textbooks.

    • Frank Povah

      It’d be nice if the US government could rescind Rupert Murdoch’s citizenship and deport him – but not to Australia, it has troubles of its own. Perhaps to England, he and the English are made for each other.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Leslie/766044783 Lee Leslie

        While I admit a little undercover journalism by Murdoch to discover what it is like to be confined indefinitely without rights, might make for a “fair and balanced” story on Fox, I am reassured that we have inalienable rights (which now means that they can only be taken away if our president determines it is politically expedient).

    • Frank Povah

      More on Tassie election sourced in part from themercury.com.au: The Labor Premier [leader of the State Govt] and the leader of the Opposition [Liberal] held the first-ever televised debate last night, Tassie time. The Greens leader was excluded at the request of the Premier, despite the fact that the Greens are polling as well as any of the contesting parties.

    • Michael J. Solender

      Carolina Blue has a whole new meaning at the NCAA this year..at least I can lay claim to Minnesota.

    • Monica Smith

      The New York Times op-ed on the supposed educational civil rights prompts yet another opportunity to point out that civil rights refer to a citizen’s participation in governing. Providing for the education of the next generation, regardless of citizenship or national origin, is an OBLIGATION of government as part of providing for the welfare of all persons within the jurisdiction of the U.S. That our agents of government have, in accepting a public office, undertaken to fulfill certain (definite) obligations is not appealing to individuals, who think of public office as an opportunity to rule and tell other people what to do, but the fact is they’re being paid to perform duties. The public has options; the agent of government doesn’t.
      Anyway, getting information is a human right because we’re all born stupid. That some people want to condition every aspect of survival on good behavior (“there is no free lunch”) doesn’t make it right. Giving life to another human comes with an obligation to provide support. Doing that on a wholesale level is more efficient. It’s why we organize societies and assign some obligations to our agents.
      Btw, I owe the phrase “agents of government” to Justice Anthony Kennedy and his dissection of the rule of law. However, it now seems that Kennedy’s focus is less on the obligation of agents than on the law as an obfuscation of individual responsibility (“it’s not me that’s depriving you of rights; it’s the law”). So, when he says, the “issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace,” he’s not denying that rights, such as speech and assembly, can be restricted. Just that the restriction can’t be arbitrary and isn’t, if it’s according to some law. Which is why he doesn’t see the Citizens United case as particularly onerous. To Kennedy’s way of thinking, all the Congress has to do is pass a law limiting the behavior of private corporations just as it limits private ones.

    • Frank Povah

      Plenty of news about Labor and Liberal’s views in the Mercury (Hobart Tasmania) but so far nothing of the Greens except anti-Green remarks made by leaders of both the other parties. One Labor MP has complained about his party using “robocalls” to 20,000 households purporting to be a “concerned mother” worried about the Greens “legalization of heroin”. A false claim, their policy is similar to Labor’s, i.e. harm minimization.

    • Lee Leslie

      After reading a Facebook post of a cousin of mine who marches to the drummer of AM radio fanaticism and who shares paranoid distortions about left wing conspiracies and our President, I was again struck with the similarities of our economy and national mood that enabled the rise of Hitler. Pick any lightweight right-winger who could pick up Cheney’s mantle and it would be easy to imagine their rise to power in today’s climate. 

      Admittedly, the right says the same about our President and perhaps it is now in our nature to worry about such things. But our President was elected speaking of hope, respect, compassion and common ground. Not the topics of hatred, fear, lies, baiting and division I hear from the right.

    • austin

      a light came on last night in the dark

      my name is austin and i am addicted to oil

    • Lee Leslie

      The featured video in today’s Dewsletter was the “NOW on PBS” show (http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/613/index.html) featuring the Sundance award-winning documentary, “Gasland.” If you haven’t seen it, I strongly encourage you to watch it. The film explores how more than a million natural gas drilling sites that are using “fracking” (exempted from the clean water act and EPA authority during the Bush years -- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing) are turning our drinking water toxic (watch this video of tap water being ignited: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/thanks.html); causing chronic illness; creating huge amounts of toxic waste; and disastrous explosions: Watch it here: http://likethedew.com/2009/03/12/dewtube-most-recent/

    • Frank Povah

      Goodbye Phoebe. Be at rest child, for the kind sun is now forever on your face and the cold wind always at your back.

      Your tormentors have chosen their path and now must forever walk upon it.

      Mynd yn awr mewn tangnefedd.

    • Monica Smith
    • Monica Smith

      Just can’t resist pointing out that only in the bi-polar world of conservatives and the press does it seem inevitable that things are either legal or illegal (“Broad Public Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana). If liberty is to mean anything, then what people ingest, inhale, inject or, for that matter, excrete, should be nobody’s business but their own, least of all the state’s.

    • Monica Smith

      One more point of interest on the Greece Krugman is writing about. It is estimated that perhaps 30% of its economic transactions aren’t in the GDP. In other words, their underground or shadow economy is one third the size of the one on which taxes are paid. Estimates of the same phenomenon in the U.S. are between 8% and 30%, as well.
      I suspect there are some people who think that if you reduce the money supply, more people will be forced to become part of the stream that can be tracked. I’d wager that cash transactions are so rapid that the quantity needed is less and, if there’s not enough money, people just revert to barter.

    • Lee Leslie

      After cutting $1.6 billion to state agencies ($510 million from education), stealing $80.8 million from the reserve, using $1.35 billion from the hated federal stimulus money, cutting Medicaid provider (doctors & hospitals) reimbursements and a shit-load of budgeting shenanigans while facing a $3 billion shortfall for 2011-2012 (http://www.gbpi.org/), a bill just got committee approval in the Georgia House to spend $10 million dollars to buy land for the proposed College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta (Jim Salzer/AJC: http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2010/04/13/college-football-hall-of-fame-money-in-budget-rural-money-horse-facility-out/). Glad they have their priorities straight.

    • Mike Cox

      Later today, thousands of armed Americans will gather within spitting distance of the capital and protest government intrusion. It is ironic first of all that they are not only allowed to do this, but will be protected by the very government they claim is exerting too much control.

      I also have to wonder what would happen if the same number of armed Americans were to gather together and happened to be of Muslim faith and background.

    • Monica Smith

      On Google complying with requests to provide information--
      I’d just make the point that accumulation is a basic instinct and, like other instincts, prone to becoming excessive, if not tightly controlled. Since bureaucrats are mainly into collecting and organizing information, they are probably particularly liable to going to excess. Moreover, accumulation doesn’t care about value. People can accumulate the most worthless stuff, so that has to be a consideration when they’re doing it on our dime.

    • Lee Leslie

      Depending upon whether you track stocks using float-adjusted numbers or not, Apple has either just passed or will soon pass Microsoft in total market cap -- Apple’s at about $266 billion (they have $42 billion in cash). A hell of note when what seems like just a few years ago Apple was trading for about $14 (now about $266) and tried to sell it to Sun Microsystems (now Oracle and worth less than half of Apple) for a billion dollars. Sun passed on buying Apple saying wasn’t worth it and that Apple wouldn’t survive (Apple, at the time, had about 6% share of the personal computer market). Microsoft, on the other hand, lent Apple a hundred million to stay in business worrying about anti-trust issues if their one competitor failed.
      Microsoft, the monopoly, has always been considered evil, selling buggy, boring software, concentrating on killing the competition and forgetting innovation. Now Bill Gates, who Ted Turner referred to as a “philanthropic tightwad,” have opened their checkbook through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and are doing great work helping people around the world. Apple on the other hand, was always cool, counter-culture and innovative. Now that they are on top, will that make them rotten?

    • Monica Smith

      Re: the Texas death penalty case.

      Immunity (sovereign, absolute, use or qualified) is one of the central issues in our judicial system. As the SCOTUS oral arguments in Pottawattamie County v. McGhee revealed, there’s an assumption that because a prosecutor has no personal involvement in collecting evidence for a trial and the judge takes direction from the jury, these actors in the judicial process enjoy absolute immunity--i.e. there’s no way to hold them accountable. When it became obvious that the SCOTUS might issue a precedential ruling challenging that presumption, the County settled the case and paid off the men whom the prosecutor had framed. The DoJ attorney argued that there is no right not to be framed.

    • Frank Povah

      Will Mississippi’s Governor ask for Federal aid, accept it if offered or decline it altogether?

    • Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D.

      It was amazing yesterday seeing the number of people who lined Pennsylvania Avenue to pay their respects to Dr. Dorothy Irene Height. From all walks of life they came to pay tribute to a woman who has meant so much to this country. Included in the program for the Farewell Tribute by the National Council of Negro Women to Dr. Height was the following in a soon to be published book “Living With Purpose” In the book, she left the following words of advice to meet the challenges of today:

      “To move forward, we have to look at the world as it is becoming rather than how it has been. We have to see how we have to stretch ourselves to become related to this ever-changing scenery. We have to gain a recognition not only that no one stands alone, but on a positive side, that we also need each other…in the long run, it is how we relate to each other and how well we work together that will make the deciding difference.”

    • Austin McMurria

      The thing I like about the Dew is…well it’s like taking a short cruise around the block with each of the authors. And almost always they open the car door for you revealing a clean and neat comfortable seat.

    • Lee Leslie

      While walking this morning, I passed a man who appeared to be street person sitting alone on a park bench. He was talking loudly and animatedly. I few years ago, I would have assumed he was having a psychotic episode and might need my help. Now I can pretend he was talking on cell phone. Perhaps, it was both.

    • Austin McMurria

      So many reports, such shallow reporting. FYI : a few specifics:
      1) Depth of the well under and below the ocean floor: The actual oil sand is at 18000 feet, and the total depth of the well is an incredible 35000 feet.
      2) There are two lines pumping mud (see diagram): If I understand this correctly, the “choke” line mud is intended to slow the siphon effect, giving the mud in the “kill” line a chance to force its way downhole. One way this can fail is if all the mud simply gets blown back up the line. Another way it can fail is if pressure causes a secondary blowout somewhere in the manifold/BOP system. They likely don’t have good ways to pressure-test any of these fittings in advance. To give you an idea of its size, I’m guessing the Blow Out Preventer  unit itself stands 40-60 feet above the ocean floor & weighs several hundred tons.
      Diagram of attempted kill of gulf oil spill
      Source: http://theforvm.org/diary/jordan/how-not-stop-oil-spill-rayne-fdl

    • Frank Povah

      This Saturday morning, an NBC spieler was burbling on about Sweden’s royal wedding, opining that it was causing such a fuss there because Sweden was a country “with few celebrities”. Are we supposed to reckon this as a good thing or a bad thing? If the USA had fewer ‘celebrities’ perhaps the networks would be forced to give us some real news.

    • Lee Leslie

      In case you missed it or were just feeling too good today, Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker reports a dramatic worsening of consumer financial difficulties last month – “Months of modest improvements have been swept away, the latest numbers show consumers have taken a step back facing increases in financial difficulties and a soured employment picture.”

      Here are some of the lowlights:

      Key financial difficulties faced by consumers this month included:
      • Unable to afford medical bills or medications (16.4%), up from 13.7% in May
      • Missed payment on a major bill -- not mortgage (9.4%), up from 8.7% in May
      • Lost or reduced healthcare coverage (9.3%), up from 7.9% in May

      Lower-income households, earning less than $50,000 a year, have been disproportionately affected. In the past 30 days:
      • 28.1% Have been unable to afford medical bills or medications
      • 15.9% Lost or have reduced healthcare coverage
      • 13.7% Missed payment on a major bill -- not mortgage

      Read the full story here: http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2010/06/consumer-reports-index-american-consumer-falters.html

      • Meg Gerrish

        I MIGHT have felt bad after absorbing this information, but I already felt quite low enough after attempting to order new checks for an account with bare assets, but was declined for a lack of credit on the charge card (sigh).

        • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

          Oh, I could bottom that, but competing at the bottom seems bad sport. I’ve got plenty of checks if you’d like some.

    • Mandy Richburg Rivers

      Is it just me or have we all been snippy the last few weeks?? Most of the comments I’m reading are leaving teeth marks! I got a nasty-gram for not getting my burger picture right and evidently those of us with kids and careers shouldn’t be allowed in grocery store. Chillax! It’s summer! Drink a beer and read a book!

      • Meg Gerrish

        LOL — As I opened the eMail announcing a fresh post on “Southern Thoughts,” the very same thought was going through my head, Mandy. “Gosh, we all seem to be filled with hostility these days.” It’s the heat, my god the heat!

        Keep doing however you’re dewing and we’ll all do just fine. I will join you in a cold one, except mine will be an unoaked Chardonnay instead of a beer. (Can we hold off until Happy Hour?) Wishing you and all a safe and happy holiday weekend. — Cheers!

    • Carlos C. Canada

      For too long, organ and tissue donation has been misunderstood because of the myths surrounding donation. One donor has the potential to save or enhance the lives of 50 to 60 people.

      My life has been touched twice by donation. My wife Karen died in 1995. Through donation she was able to help more than 50 people. With her eyes she was able to give the gift of sight. Her heart valves helped someone live. Her skin helped burn patients, her bones helped cancer patients, while her tendons and ligaments helped sport injuries.

      In 2002 I was diagnosed with fatty liver (NASH), which eventually progressed into End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD). In 2009, I received a liver transplant, and am now able to make a positive difference every day.

      LifeLink of Georgia provides facts about organ and tissue donation, and encourages people to register to be a life-saving organ and tissue donor. You can help save lives by designating your decision on the Georgia donor registry at http://www.donatelifegeorgia.org,or when obtaining or renewing your driver license. Donation can, and does save lives.

      Carlos C. Canada
      Liver Transplant Recipient
      1035 Timberwale Ln.
      Kennesaw, GA 30152
      770 713-7354

    • Lee Leslie

      From MoveOn:
      You might have heard this: BP is so well connected in Washington that even after being cited for 760 different safety and environmental violations, the company still got environmental waivers for the Deepwater Horizon rig that’s now destroying the Gulf.1
       
      But BP’s not alone in using its DC influence. Check out the list below of other companies’ outrages—then pass it along.  And be sure to sign our new Fight Washington Corruption Pledge to support 3 key measures that will protect our democracy from corporate lobbyists!

      1. Exxon Mobil made billions in profits, and yet paid not one dime in federal income taxes in 2009.2

      2. The 2005 energy bill had a little known provision, commonly called the Halliburton Loophole, which exempted natural gas drilling from the Clean Water Act. The result? Water so contaminated that you can light it on fire.3

      3. Massey Energy was cited more than 2400 times for safety violations in its mines, but chose not to fix potentially lethal problems because low penalties meant it was cheaper to simply keep paying the fines. This spring, 29 miners were killed in an underground explosion at a Massey mine in West Virginia.4

      4. Michael Taylor was the FDA official who approved the use of Monsanto’s Bovine Growth Hormone in dairy cows (even though it’s banned in most countries and linked to cancer). After approving it, he left the FDA—to work for Monsanto. Until last year, when he moved back to the government—as President Obama’s “Food Safety Czar.” No joke.5

      5. Internal Toyota documents outline how the company was successful in limiting regulators actions in the recalls last year—saving hundreds of millions while the death toll continued to climb.6

      6. GE and its lobbyists—including 33 former government employees—have successfully lobbied Congress to override Defense Department requests to cancel a GE contract to work on a new engine for the Joint Strike Fighter jet. GE will need $2.9 billion to finish the project.7 

      7. Top executives at 9 top banks including Citibank, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley paid themselves over $20 billion dollars in bonuses just weeks after taxpayers bailed them out to the tune of 700 billion dollars.8

      8. During the waning days of the Bush administration, officials responded to a long-term lobbying campain by pre-empting product liability lawsuits for dozens of whole industries. They bypassed Congress entirely and rewrote rules ranging from seatbelt manufacturing regulations to prescription drug safety.9

      9. Sunscreen manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson and Schering-Plough, in the interest of profits, are opposing an FDA proposal requiring full reporting on sunscreen labels. The New York Times just confirmed that current SPF ratings don’t even measure sun rays that cause cancer.10
       
      10. BP—a company with a record of 760 drilling safety and environmental violations—was granted safety waivers in order to operate the deepwater drilling rig that ultimately created the worst environmental disaster in US history.1

      Mad yet? Sign the pledge here and we’ll pass your name on to your member of Congress, and ask them to Fight Washington Corruption too.

      http://www.fightwashingtoncorruption.org/

      Sources:
      1. “BP’s latest plan succeeding, but may make spill worse,” Newsweek, June 2, 2010. 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=88880&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=2
      2. “GE, Exxon Paid No U.S. Income Taxes in 2009,” ABC News, April 6, 2010 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89262&id=&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=3
      3. “Why is Dick Cheney Silent on the Oil Spill?,” Newsweek, June 10, 2010  
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89263&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=4
      4. “Other Massey Mines Showed A Pattern Of Violations,” NPR, April 13, 2010 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89264&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=5
      5. “Monsanto’s man Taylor returns to FDA in food-czar role,” Grist, July 8, 2009 
http://www.grist.org/article/2009-07-08-monsanto-FDA-taylor/
      6. “Toyota tried to cut costs on recalls,” Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2010  
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89265&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=6
      7. “GE vice chairman openly challenges Gates over F-35 fighter jet engine,” The Hill, June 17, 2010 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89266&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=7
      8. “Bankers Reaped Lavish Bonuses During Bailouts,” The New York Times, July 30, 2009  
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/business/31pay.html
      9. “Bush Rule Changes Curtail Rights of States, Consumers,” Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2008 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89267&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=8
      10. “UVA Reform: It’s Not PDQ,” The New York Times, June 23, 2010 
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=89268&id=21534-12720341-6tYy5Lx&t=9
       

    • Lee Leslie

      I never thought they’d be a day on the Dew where we ran a photo of a tick, a python and a weenie being grilled in the same day. We’ve come a long way.

    • Frank Povah

      Sarah Palin’s latest political catchphrase would go down well in Australia.
      Everyone – except perhaps Ms P – knows that “seeing pink elephants” is a metaphor for delirium tremens and I’m not the first to point it out, but it’s the Australian take I like. Down Under – where people love metaphors and similes – delirium tremens is often simply “the DTs” but is more commonly known as “the horrors”.
      Where, I find myself wondering, does she get them.
      Would Ms Palin hesitate to shoot a mama grizzly if one reared up on its hind legs to defend its cubs when she crossed its path while out gunning for moose? And pit bulls with lipstick. No matter how much makeup you pile on one of them things it’d still look like a punch-drunk pugilist – and one with a pathological hatred of its own kind at that.
      Half-baked Alaskan – it’d be funny if it wasn’t so scary.

    • Monica Smith

      News from a St. Simons Island, GA fishing guide. He reports that he and his “party” caught two “sport fish” (not being a fisherman, I’m not sure what those are) and eight shark. One was five feet long. What seems additionally significant, other than the number, was that they weren’t fishing out in the ocean in the Bight of Georgia, but in the brackish backwaters of the intracoastal region. Of course, we’ve seen dolphin hunting there, so the shark chasing bait is not surprising. What’s unusual is that they’re there at all.
      The fishing guide opines that the shark, whose usual habit is the Gulf of Mexico have followed their food supply up the Gulf Stream and got off into the next available suitable habitat.
      If so, the question is how long it will take for some of these shark to bite people wading in the surf. And, when they do, will we refer to them as BitingPeople Shark or simply BPs?

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        I don’t presume to fully understand the ways of Mother Nature, but she’s amazing. Wonderful share. Thank you.

    • Alex Kearns

      Sharks are entering the brackish waters of the St. Marys river now. It would seem that Mother Nature is, understandably, a bit irked. Go get ‘em sharks!

    • Frank Povah

      I’m sorry Dewbies, but I have to say it again – the news service offered by the teevee networks to the US public is appalling. A couple of months ago, after a political spill, Australia was presented with a female Prime Minister. Not a mention of it here. There has been a General Election called for later this month and there has been no word of that either. Australia has a small population, granted, but it has stood by the USA (for better or for worse) in every major overseas excursion since Vietnam and socialist or not, is crucial to the ANZUS treaty and one of this country’s staunchest allies. Just for the record, Australia is also the only developed country not in acute financial difficulty but it seems that the government that got it there may fall because of the stupid dogmatic ideology of its Mitch McConnell equivalents.

    • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

      How things have changed…
      [img]http://likethedew.com/img/Lesson705.jpg[/img]

      From: http://survivingtheworld.net/Lesson705.html

    • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

      In what I can imagine is just an all out effort by the AJC to get rid of all longtime subscribers and become part of their new hometown, the AJC is offering a “subscriber exclusive” to win tickets to meet Sean Hannity and Ollie North. Wow. Has one ex-AJC editor put it, “the Journal-Constitution has lost its collective mind.” Perhaps they believe the way to “survive” is to become the print version of AM talk radio. If they keep this up, we may have to change our masthead to “Not Like The Dew”. A photo of their email can be seen here: http://view.subscriptions.ajc.com/?j=fe6d15747567047a7715&m=feee137673610d&ls=fdf812787566047f7d177372&l=fe8315797c62017b7d&s=fe211c7270660674741c79&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2015767c640275731077&r=0

      [img]http://likethedew.com/img/SeanHannityfortheAJC.jpg[/img]

      • Mary Willis Cantrell

        Good gosh and crap! I just moved back into the subscriber area after three years gone, and rushed to subscribe again… good Lord, I hope I’m not somehow entered in that. I mean, I somehow win a lottery, and instead of 138 million dollars I get a chance to mingle with Sean Hannity. And I probably will, that’s just the kind of luck I’m having this year.

    • Monica Smith

      No, “the anti-tax rage” is not “fueled by racism.” It is being fueled by private corporations who see themselves in a contest to the death with public corporations and aim to “starve the beast.” In a sense, it’s a preemptive effort since, of course, public corporations having created private corporations (by granting charters) could “pull the plug” and take back what they gave.
      Getting third parties to do their dirty work is a characteristic of artificial bodies whose primary organizing principle, after all, is to vitiate the responsibility of the individual persons involved. So Koch Industries, an energy producer, is organizing teabaggers to carry its water.
      No doubt, the teabaggers are irate for all sorts of reasons. They just haven’t caught on that not all corporations are the same and it’s the private ones, not the public ones that are to blame for their misery.

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        They also haven’t caught on that “lower taxes” is a myth for the middle and lower middle class. Their taxes, which includes less-than-progressive social security, property and consumption taxes, can only go down if income and capital gains taxes are more fairly weighted to upper incomes. The tea party continues to march and vote against their self-interest.

    • Will Cantrell

      Dr.Laura announced last night on LKL, that her radio would end at the end of the calendar year. Mostly likely this is due to the N-word flap that she started a few days back.
      What is it with “the spin” that “Dr”. Laura puts on this though? She certainly seems to be saying that leaving the air was her idea and not initiated by the broadcast company/network that carries her show. Right, “Dr”. Laura. Says she wants to get her First Amendment Rights back. Hmmmnnnn. My feeling is “OK, “Dr”. Laura if that’s what you —a so called psychologist—-need to say in order to feel ‘psychologically good’ about yourself, I have no choice but to go with it. Seems awfully strange though that a “psychologist/psychiatrist” would “kid themselves”. Why not just say “I am leaving the air because I’m tired of this gig and my tirade with the N-word the other day was more than likely ‘prima facie’ evidence of the fact that I am weary. It happens to all of us from time to time and as a result, we say and/or do idiotic stuff”. Better said perhaps, “…the ‘jackass’ in us comes out when we’ve grown weary”.
      I guess that ‘spin’ is just human nature. We all do it… well, most of us. “Course the only problem is that now the network, in a dash for ratings, likely replace her with someone like ‘Dr. Sarah’.

      • http://none Lee Sechler

        I was kinda agreeing with you there and though you were looking pretty fair and even, then you must have gotten weary and uttered (so to speak) the backhanded slap at Sarah Palin.

        • http://bigboomtheory.blogspot.com Will Cantrell

          Lee:

          I must admit that I am no fan of Sarah Palin as I personally think that she regularly demonstrates a lack of substance. So I am ‘guilty as charged’. However, the intended subtext of the comment about Dr. Sarah was to poke a little fun at the “Dr.” tag of some media types. There are more than few media darlings who have the “Dr.” tag in front of their names and they have no more credentials than I do. (I have none, by the way although I used to subscribe to Psychology Today.) Call me jaded, but it seems as if one way to make a gazillion dollars is to get some radio time and then attach “Dr” to one’s first name.

          I’m mulling over the idea of adopting the new byline of “Dr.Will”. Will

          • http://none Lee Sechler

            Thank you Will. I can accept your answer if you can accept that after a year and a half, Palin, McCain and Bush offer no threat to the Obama, Reid, Pelosi ambitions for America. Their rherotic wears on me as I am sure it does on you and other thoughtful people. It does however continue to resonate with the lower IQ’s. And it seems to be working. Glory to the democratic stragety of a dummer America equals victory.

            Finally, I promise I will not continue to debate this for the sake of shooting back and forth. Not productive. I do find your thoughts cogent and introspective. I just could not figure out why you would get off your gallant horse and go into the gutter with the Palin swipe. Continue the good work. Lee.

    • Frank Povah

      Australia goes to the pols tomorrow our time. Not a word about it on the so-called international news here -- and the same silence reigned when its firts ever female Prime Minister was appointed.

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        Frank, I thought you had the Australia political desk. I just added a couple of stories to our Recommended Reading -- refresh our home page and you should see them. Thanks for bringing the omission to my attention.

    • Will Cantrell

      I read in USA Today where a small but growing in numbers group of law school graduates are really upset. It seems that their alma maters oversold the job market—i.e. the jobs at the big hoity-toity firms just aren’t there in the numbers that they were promised when they were recruited to law school. What’s more the jobs for lawyers are shrinking day by day. Couple all of that with the cost of going to law school: $50, 000 to $120,000. I can understand them being upset. ‘Course maybe they should have known better than to listen to the spiel of law school recruiters. The recruiters are LAWYERS for cryin’ out loud! Jeez, what else would you expect!? I wonder how the graduates of used car salesman school are feeling?

    • Monica Smith

      That Vitter in the video doesn’t say what the screed asserts. He says everyone in his audience would be considered wealthy by Washington standards. Which suggests that, like dubya, he was looking at his “base” — the fat cats.

    • Keith Graham

      Enjoyed the duck dishes at Thaicoon, Sage Hill/Atlanta, tonight. It continues to be my favorite Thai restaurant in the Atlanta area. Popular with Emory University folks.

    • http://likethedew.com/ Keith Graham

      Patricia Clarkson gives a stellar performance in “Cairo Time,” a movie we saw over the weekend. The movie includes some wonderful descriptive footage of Cairo. It also deals gently with the sorts of clashes of cultures that have such an impact on the news today.

    • Keith Graham

      “The Kids Are All Right” is all right, but not (to me) great. Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Paul Ruffalo all play their roles excellently, but the script is just too pat and predictable (again from my point of view).

    • Keith Graham

      Enjoyed the season finale of “The Closer” on TNT tonight. Interesting to see a recent review that called it the closest thing on American TV to Helen Mirren’s “Prime Suspect” series in Britain. Wouldn’t it be nice if Brenda Lee would return to Atlanta and solve crimes here, rather than in Los Angeles?

    • Keith Graham

      We started an early celebration of the Mexican bicentennial with a meal at the fairly new Luna Nueva in Atlanta’s Little 5 Points. Fish tacos were excellent. Chicken enchiladas were very good. And we liked the warm interior. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.

    • Ron Taylor

      Michael C. Carlos Museum will host Wondrous Transformations: Photographs by Michael A. Smith on view from September 18, 2010 through January 16, 2011. The artist will discuss his work in a Museum lecture titled A Visual Journey on October 5, 2010 at 7 p.m.

    • http://likethedew.com/ Keith Graham

      My expectations weren’t high but Chipotle Mexican Grill surprised me. It’s a chain. It’s pretty fast food. But the barbacoa burrito with guacamole was terrific. Here’s the Chipotle Web site: http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/

    • http://likethedew.com/ Keith Graham

      Might not be to everyone’s taste, but I liked “Love Over Scotland,” a novel from Alexander McCall Smith’s “44 Scotland Street Series.” (He’s best known for his “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” books but has several series going.) He’s smart, has a wide-ranging intellect, wry and a keen but mostly kind observer of life. A very conversational way of writing, too. I heard him speak a couple of weeks ago and he totally charmed his audience.

    • Alan Gordon

      The pulled chicken at Community Q BBQ in Decatur is something special — and tastes equally good with the St. Louis or vinegar sauce. The massive Kitchen Sink Salad scores with vegetarians.

    • Meg Gerrish

      “Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie,” by Alan Bradley, followed by “The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag.” Okay, I haven’t read that one yet, but I will, along with yet a third that is planned for the coming spring. How the writer manages the voice of an eleven year old, smart-aleck British girl from the 1950s, well, it’s a thing of beauty. A fun mystery without gore or nightmares, landing somewhere between Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew and Miss Marple. Great atmosphere, and charming, if such a thing can be said about a murder mystery. Enjoy!

    • Ron Taylor

      Horizon Theatre’s New South Play Festival opens September 24, 2010, with the world premiere of “Night Blooms.”

    • Frank Povah

      Saturday October 30 is judging day at the world-renowned, National Young Bird Show in Louisville KY. Take your kids and grandkids and introduce them to the wonderful world of the domestic pigeon, and it costs nothing to get in. Take your own food, though. The franchise last yearcharged exhorbitant prices.

    • Frank Povah

      Mr Povah is ever ready to criticize the literary failings of others, so his human side would like to direct his pedantic genie’s attention to the dropped word space and spelling of exorbitant in his recent announcement in this column.

    • Keith Graham

      “Winter’s Bone,” a Sundance prize winner about a girl trying to save the family farm, is a very well done. well acted film. It’s gritty and challenging, though. Is there really an Ozarks culture like this?

    • Keith Graham

      Colonnade, which is probably Atlanta’s oldest restaurant, still has the best fried shrimp in town as far as I can tell. Any other nominees?

    • Keith Graham

      Maybe not quite as good so far as the original (1968-1980) but the new “Hawaii Five-O” might turn out to be good fun to watch on Mondays. Aloha. Book ‘em, Danno!

    • Alan Gordon

      If you miss the late, great “Homicide” or “NYPD Blue,” give “Detroit 187″ a try on Tuesdays. It’s a similar no-nonsense cop drama.

    • Frank Povah

      Writing for The Huffington Post today, 9.22, Rep John Dingell says: Notice what has happened with Medicare Advantage plans because of health reform — a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report shows in 2011 the cost of those plans will drop while…services…will improve.

      Now I’m all for health reform but we have learned that our advantage plan is pulling out of our area at the end of this year.

    • Monica Smith

      Yes, Frank is correct about the Medicare Advantage. That’s an experiment that didn’t work and the $50 billion cut in Medicare that there was all that noise about it coming out of its hide. The idea was that, by providing preventive care and monitoring Advantage plans would reduce future necessary medical expenses. As it turned out, the insurers collected their supplements and premiums, provided a few low cost amenities like spa visits and diet counseling and then, when people got sick, dropped them. There was additional expense and NO added value. The opponents of reform, naturally, didn’t want to go into the details.
      The same scenario played out with banks managing student loans. But, reforming that was easy because the banks didn’t want the exposure.

    • Lee Leslie

      Ri Ra Irish Pub, 11th at Crescent, Midtown, ATL
      We soooo wanted to love this place. This was our scouting outing to preview the place before inviting our true Irish Pub loving friends.
      Great sounding menu, lousy (who knows? Our meals were so over-salted to render them inedible) expensive food (Fish & Chips: $13) in a beautifully decorated nightclub-sized pub. The main bar is Crescent Avenue crowded (loud, drunk 20-30 somethings) from 5 pm to late night; the dining room empty sans a few late middle-ager Loews’ guests attempting conversation on expense account – except during the live music in the dining area Fridays & Saturdays. Great waiter named, Sean, who teaches history to high schoolers during the day. Recommendation: eat first and come drunk with lots of money or just wait until they announce a new chef or open under new management.

    • Keith Graham

      They might not be great literature, but Ian Rankin’s mysteries are fun, atmospheric and full of surprises. I read “Exit Music” earlier this summer. It might have been the swan song for the “Inspector Rebus” series. (Emphasize “might” in that sentence.) But it definitely was not a swan song for Rankin, who is back in fine form with “Doors Open.” All new characters, still plenty of Edinburgh atmosphere in a tale about intrigue in the arts world. It’s a page turner. Take a day off from work and read it for a real treat.

    • Keith Graham

      I had high hopes for the new “Boardwalk Empire” series on HBO, but after seeing two episodes I’m not convinced. Has anyone else seen it? If so, what are your initial impressions?

    • Monica Smith

      On that GOP “Pledge” thingy — If people have to pledge, then doesn’t that mean normally they don’t tell the truth?
      Pledge is good name for a furniture wax since it is wax-free.

    • Ron Taylor

      The annual Candler Park Fall Fest in Atlanta will be held October 23-24, 2010. Musical guests will include internationally renowned jazz singer Francine Reed, who lives in Candler Park.

    • Ron Taylor

      Atlanta fixture George Mitchell, respected blues historian and author of the acclaimed photo-essay book “Ponce de Leon: An Intimate Portrait of Atlanta’s Most Famous Avenue,” is retiring to Florida, his native state. He and his wife, Cathy, depart October 3, 2010.

    • Monica Smith

      “Outlaw” is a new show on NBC, starring Jimmy Smits. Garza, a Supreme Court justice resigns to attend to where he perceives the law to have failed. Because each case is resolved in an hour, the perspective on the legal system, which thrives on delay is basically unrealistic. Also, the first show after the pilot categorized the prosecution of a cop as an “under color of law” case, which it wasn’t. But, even taking note of the issue strikes me as worth while. You can watch online at http://www.nbc.com/outlaw/video/pilot/1249310/

    • Monica Smith

      Golden Isles Fests
      October 2, 2010 — 16th Annual CoastFest under the bridge in Brunswick.

      October 9th and 10th, 2010
      Glynn Art in the Park and Visual Arts Center Grand Opening
      In the village of St. Simons Island

    • Mary Willis Cantrell

      Pandora.com – the best online music resource! Its intuitive database tracks your tastes based on your Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down on their suggestions. Thanks to Pandora, I am now a huge fan(atic) of John Michael Talbot and Steve Ivey; and fond of long-time singers I never appreciated. And Pandora, recognizing my love of Ave Maria, now plays several versions on a regular basis. Note: due to copyright laws, a specific song by a specific artist cannot be played, only similar songs/artists.

    • Keith Graham

      Kenneth Branagh gave a strong performance in the new Wallander episode on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery,” which aired tonight here. Two new self-contained episodes come in the next couple of weeks. They’re worth your time.

    • Alan Gordon

      The Baseball Project’s “Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails” CD reinterprets history from the players’ and fans points of view. Insightful, poignant and sometimes downright funny. A highlight is Scott McCaughey’s bittersweet “Sometimes I Dream of Willie Mays.” The band chronicles the current season — and playoffs — with free downloads: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/thelife/music/news/story?id=5633973

    • Keith Graham

      Convincing Like the Dew readers that we’ve got some good but eccentric storytellers in the South shouldn’t be hard. But if you want to hear people actually tell those stories in person, you really ought to take in one of the Moth story telling sessions. NPR listeners might be familiar with the Moth’s shows. As one person said they’re the biggest movement to come out of Southeast Georgia since the Girl Scouts. Sessions have been held around the U.S. and in Europe but a live tour is now underway in Georgia. With the cast traveling in a 1975 Blue Bird school bus, The Unchained Tour of Georgia debuted tonight at Palm Coast Coffee and Pub at St. Simons Island with a little music, a lot of bizarre tales and a fair amount of good wine and beer. If you’re lucky enough to be in one of the places where the show will be seen, you owe it to yourself to catch it: Statesboro on the 12h, then Thomasville, Newnan, Macon, Zebulon, Gainesville, Athens, Washington, Savannah, Augusta, Canton and finally two nights at Atlanta’s Manuel’s Tavern Oct. 28 and 29. In addition to its high entertainment value, the series promotes independent book stores around the state. And, as all of you know, we need those independent book stores.

    • Keith Graham

      For excellent thin crust pizza, it’s hard to beat CJ’s at St. Simons Island. Avoid the pastas, though, which are rather sad.

    • Keith Graham

      Italian subs at Larry’s at St. Simons Island are excellent. The only iffy item I’ve found on the menu: the Greek salad, which is topped with ham and rather strange.

    • Keith Graham

      Just might be the world’s best fried oyster po’ boy. It’s on the menu at Catch 228, St. Simons Island. Cajun tartar sauce makes it perfect.

    • Frank Povah

      I watched a “debate” between Kentucky Senate hopefuls Jack Conway and Rand Paul. Candidates aside, this was not a debate and for a university to dignify it as such says about as much for the university as the whole fiasco did for the attempts by the protagonists to outpathos each other in televisual appeal. It was not a debate. It was a press conference where each candidate was given the opportunity to respond to a set of mostly inconsequential questions by a group of intimidated journalists. And what could be a better more ludicrous finale than the “spontaneous” standing ovation for Paul by the Christian cheer squad whose leader had waved a bible throughout the proceedings, no doubt hoping an equally intellectually bereft camera person would zoom in on an appropriate underlined passage. Or am I giving them too much credit for intelligence here?

    • Alan Gordon

      So Christine O’Donnell is confused about America’s separation of church and state? To appreciate that freedom, the would-be senator should read “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam.” Author Eliza Griswold visits hot spots from Nigeria to the Philippines where lives are at risk over religion. We meet jihadists in their hideaways, missionaries in prison, and evangelists with no quit. Griswold, neither Muslim nor born-again Christian, comes away with no answers, but an admiration of faith.

    • Lee Leslie

      A must see video: http://cnnbc.moveon.org/index.html
      Be sure to allow facebook access.

    • Keith Graham

      “Gut Bucket Blues,” a musical by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company about the life of the blues singer Bessie Smith, is really worth seeing. Great cast, energetic performance, captures the highs and lows of her career. It continues through Nov. 7 at the Balzer Theatre at the old Herren’s restaurant location in Atlanta. (For those of you not from Atlanta, Herren’s was a top-notch restaurant that became the first in the city to be racially integrated. It’s now been transformed into a really wonderful venue for small theatre companies.)

    • http://bigboomtheory.blogspot.com Will Cantrell

      I fully understand that “it takes a carpenter to build a barn and that any jackass can kick it down”. I don’t like to criticize the work of others (i.e. ‘at the end of the day’, everyone of us is a carpenter of some kind.) That said, just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. British rocker, Phil Collins has just released ‘Going Back’ a series of covers of Motown oldies. Collins sings tunes originally recorded by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and others. (He is also backed up on the album by the remaining, living Funk Brothers, the legendary Motown studio band.)

      The problem is that there are no new arrangements or interpretations of the old songs. The only thing new is Collins singing instead of Stevie Wonder, Eddie Kendricks, Martha Reeves, et al. And while Collins isn’t terrible, he isn’t great. I’ve always thought that if you “cover” someone else’s song, that you should be able to do it arguably better than the original. ‘Going Back doesn’t. Save your money. Better yet, just listen to the original versions by the Tempts, Tops, Stevie and Martha. The originals, at least in this case are much better.

    • Frank Povah

      In the British Parliament a Labour MP has demanded that Rupert Murdoch be held accountable for the actions of his staff http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/02/3055227.htm

    • Alan Gordon

      Is art timeless? Don’t try digging through your record collection to prove the point. You can’t hear to some of that stuff from the ’80s and ’90s without wincing at the production. Now listen to Bob Dylan’s newly released “Witmark Demos.” The very simplicity of the raw recordings — singer and guitar, maybe a harmonica — and the strength of the songwriting give them an appeal that will never date. The demos were made in the early ’60s, but you can’t peg it from the sound. It could be the ’30s, or something downloaded from the Web. I was skeptical about getting the “Witmark Demos” at first, fearing an inferior collection of material I already own. But they rank near the top of the “Bootleg Series” and other Dylan repackagings.

    • Gita Smith

      If you happen to be in Montgomery on the second Sunday of any month, treat yourself to brunch at Nobles. I recommend the poached eggs on crabcakes with roasted potatoes. A jazz trio plays while you dine. Nobles is located downtown on 129 Montgomery Street where the once-glorious Elite restaurant used to be.
      (334) 262-3326. If you didn’t shout “Hallelujah” at church, you will when you taste the food.

    • Jack deJarnette

      My Son, Grandson and I went to see the movie, Jackass 3,having no idea of what we were walking into. I spent 1 hour and 33 minutes watching unadulterated pornography. I have never seen such vile, gross, sick content in my life. I could not believe that I sat through such filth, but I was too shocked to leave. What has happened in our society that such garbage can make the big screen in community movie houses?

      • Lee Leslie

        I feel the same way about prime time. What happened? Vicarious living, is my guess. Vicarious love, hate, violate and spectate. Of course, it could just be the popcorn.

      • Kathleen Lewis

        Agreed. It was revolting. We left. Even my son wanted to leave.

    • Frank Povah

      May all my Dewish friends enjoy their Thanksgiving and if driving, please come back safely to us.

    • Lee Leslie

      Isn’t a perfect political moment? Bipartisanship finally comes in the form of hypocrisy. The largest increase in deficit spending in history is spawned by the GOP and its Tea Party subsidiary in the process of subsidizing pseudo green initiatives, tax credits for the poor and extending unemployment. The party solidly in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, is poised to pass a hugely regressive tax bill that grotesquely benefits the rich and Wall Street, strategically set to expire in time to be a campaign issue in the next election. Justifying the incongruity as stimulus when all parties know that isn’t and won’t. Status quo for those that got and status woe for those that not. Breakout the champagne earlier.

    • http://www.littlewallaby.com Frank Povah

      As I watched the “news” coverage of the shennanigans in Washington this morning, a terrible and probably blasphemous thought crossed my mind: “This country fought a revolution and a terrible civil war…for this?”

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        “Democracy” is a slippery slope toward anarchy. Seems as if we are still arguing as to whether we are a republic, commonwealth, federation, confederacy, constitutional democracy, parliamentary democracy, theocracy or an oligarchy. I suggest we are now a hypocracy (spelling intentional).

    • Boyd H. Lewis

      I’m going to put on “It’s a Wonderful Life,”heat up the egg nog,spike it, then just stare at the lights on the tree in a darkened room at with Bach’s Christmas Cantata soaring in the background.Then I’ll be ready to dive back into the frenzy.

    • Frank Povah

      Happy/Better/Hangin’ In There New Year to all my Dewbious friends. I loves youse one and all.

    • Brett Martin

      Happy Monday and welcome back everyone ! flickedup.com and brettervideo.com are set for a great year, I hope you all have much success in any and all endeavors in the coming year !
      New on DVD this week…MACHETTE…its a bit over the top but worth watching in the comfort of your own home. Check out my review.

      http://blip.tv/file/4079044

    • Monica Smith

      Of course, President Obama is a socialist. If he weren’t, he’d be an anti-social. How do anti-socials come to be? I don’t know, but the conservative ideology has made them the norm by positing that the person is responsible for his/her own fate, either as an agent or as a prompt. It’s as if “blame the victim had been applied across the board. The subjective agent virtually disappears and human society seems composed of independent particles. If you have a hard time visualizing that, think of iron filings at the end of a magnet. They can be moved in concert, but have no awareness of each other. That’s the anti-social mob.

    • Monica Smith

      It has been brought to our attention the FOX TV is geographically challenged, having located Egypt on a map of the Middle East where Iraq has actually been located for many centuries. While that may help explain why our invasion of Iraq was so poorly documented, the FOX problem is more likely reflective of a widespread lack of sense of time and place, as this little video attests:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EQanxyZDsw

    • Monica Smith

      Like that RT report on the Times’ fissure with Assange. The gray lady is showing her monopolistic tendencies. But, it’s not the competition she needs to worry about; it’s her inability to innovate.

    • Sluggo Sheehan

      I would just like to say that I’m sorry for what happened to the 2 American couples that were hijacked off the Somali coast,but were they living underground. How could you be so foolish as to think that you could sail through that part of the ocean and not face that threat. If these fools will take on oil tankers 1000 times the size of their little boats,what in the sweet name of Jesus made them think that they would not be targeted if spotted by these pirates!!! I hate what happened,but if I went to the tribal regions of Pakistan and started preaching the gospel I wonder what would happen?

    • Glenn Overman

      I think Bernie Madoff could’ve been my hero, because he stole from the rich (which is why he is in prison and the rest of Wall Street isn’t), but, unfortunately, if he gave to the poor, he didn’t have a good enough PR person.

    • Jean Cleveland

      The annual induction ceremony for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is being planned at the UGA Libraries. Melissa Faye Greene and Natasha Tretheway are being honored, along with posthumous inductions for James Kilgo and Johnny Mercer.

      This year’s events are scheduled for March 22 at 10:30 in the Rotunda of the Miller Learning Center. Greene and Tretheway will participate in an author’s forum March 21 at 4 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Miller Learning Center.

      Contact me for additional info at jclevela@uga.edu.

      Jean Cleveland
      UGA Libraries
      706.542.8079

    • Ron Taylor

      Does anyone know if it’s true that Mike Huckabee was born Maikai Hukabar in Islamabad, Pakistan?

    • Monica Smith

      Love that “Socialist”

    • Monica Smith

      Well, that explains a lot.
      “The hardest thing to master in presidential politics is to know when to stifle the urge to make dismissive judgments about the chances of presidential contenders.”
      According to Walt Shapiro, journalism = prognostication.

    • Lee Leslie

      For Dallas Lee fans (aren’t we all?), here’s a link to a Q&A with him: http://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/755-dallas-lee-poetry

    • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

      On income equality from Glenn Overman: How American Wealth is Distributed

    • MaryCan

      This has got to be the greatest blog ever, and certainly the best one written by a cantankerous old woman who is my role model… Helen does not believe in political correctness. Nor, frankly, does she believe in the Republican Party, although she realizes they exist.
      http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/

    • Monica Smith

      1.9% major media coverage of Health Insurance reform? Must be a success! Good news is not news. Only bad news and scandal gets ink or bites.
      Republicans in Congress have made a career out of failure. It’s what they expect. So, to pronounce reform a failure before it’s out of the stable is a pretty sure bet. Then, if their prediction in wrong, that’s another failure to their credit. See, it all balances out.

    • Mark Johnson

      Go see “Rango.” Really. One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time, and animation that will make Pixar jealous.

    • Lee Leslie

      Watch for more problems in the Middle East next week as American Idol, Sarah Palin, goes to Israel (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51477.html) -- a sign of the end times?

    • Lee Leslie

      From MoveOn.org…
      What kind of country cuts food aid to hungry pregnant women and children in the middle of an economic crisis—while giving a giant tax break to billionaires?

      Seriously. WTF?!

      The Republicans are winning the battle over the budget, hands down, even though what they’re fighting for is, put simply, immoral. A cut of at least $400 million from a crucial program that puts food on the table for pregnant women and small children. Crippling the EPA. Completely eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AmeriCorps, and high-speed rail.

      Instead of creating jobs, the Republican budget would destroy 700,000 of them. Our only hope is a public outcry strong enough to stiffen Democrats’ spines and cause Republicans to back down.

      Sign our petition at: http://pol.moveon.org/brutalcuts/ to Congress and the president, asking them to say “no” to these brutal cuts.

      The petition says: “Cutting food aid to hungry women and children in the middle of an economic crisis is wrong. Please oppose the devastating cuts in the Republican budget.”

    • Glenn Overman

      Don’t worry, Lee, our new Governor Rick Scott is going to create 700,000 new jobs right here in Florida, as soon as he finishes getting rid of all the state workers and teachers. I expect we’ll have 175,000 new jobs by next March, based on his promise. Oh, and he’s going to save us money on Medical Care by privatizing medicaid (I imagine he’ll use his wife’s chain of clinics to save start up costs). You can trust Rick, too. He’s the guy who showed the government how to take zillions out of Medicare.--oh, wait, that was illegal, wasn’t it?

    • Monica Smith

      Glenn. What you’ve got to remember is that people who have no sense of time can promise anything, including 700,000 jobs, without ever having to say ‘when.’ “Someday my prince will come……”

    • http://www.peabody.uga.edu Noel Holston

      Take a few minutes to visit http://www.peabody.uga.edu on Thursday, March 31, at 10 a.m. for the announcement, via webcast, of the 70th annual Peabody Awards. Can’t give away any secrets, but trust me, the list is an emphatic reminder that, for all the dreck out there, there’s plenty of great, meaningful programming on TV, radio and the Internet.

    • Monica Smith

      Color me peculiar, but I love this video.

    • Lee Leslie

      The 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced Thursday by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Click here: http://www.peabody.uga.edu/ to read more and view the winner tribute.

      Of the 39 winners, 18 were programs aired by PBS, NPR or local public broadcasting outlets. A bitter irony at the time when a Republicans are demanding the end of all public funding for NPR, while holding our nation hostage in the negotiations with the Senate.

    • Frank Povah

      If I was looking for another reason other than expense and lousy service to cancel my DirecTV hookup, then CEO Michael White just gave me one. It has been announced that his 2010 “compensation package” was $32.9m. Does he, I wonder, have trouble sleeping at night?

    • Lee Leslie

      Ho hum. Yet anther born-again, pro-war; pro-military-tribunal; pro-tax-cuts-for-the-rich; pro-bailout; pro-business; pro-drill-baby-drill; pro-nuke; pro-wire-tapping; anti-single-payor; anti-gay-marriage; deficit-hawk candidate is running for President – Barack Obama. I wonder if a liberal will enter the race?

    • Glenn Overman

      “We’ve gone to 50th in education and number one in gonorrhea, and that’s the accomplishments of an all Republican government.”

      -- Dick Harpootlian, former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, explaining to The Fix why he’s running again for his old position.

    • Frank Povah

      Just after I posted my latest piece on the internet fiasco, I received and email from the ISP that had called and told me I was eligible for government assistance. I went to its website which has just been updated with the following screaming link: “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! You may be eligible for substantial savings on [name deleted, why should I give them free space?] with help from the Federal Recovery Act Program”. So I may have got the details of the plan wrong over the phone, but I don’t think so. I do note, though, that there are reports flying round claiming that federal assistance to rural communications may be cut. Is the Company-Whose-Name-I-Will-Not-Mention whose ‘sister companies’ constantly criticize government spending and the president’s socialist tendencies, seeking to cash in before that particular axe falls?

    • Lee Leslie

      Tepublicans have offered a deal and passed it in the House (H.R.1363)- they are willing to compromise on spending cuts for a week, all they want in return is for the Dems and Obama to agree to give up healthcare reform; enforcement of financial/Wall St reform, enforcement power of the EPA on greenhouse gas emissions, strip funding for International Child Nutrition Grants, renewable energy, virtually all remaining stimulus money; a bunch of things in DC for health, youth services, etc.; Employment and Training Administration, Community Development Fund, Economic Development Initiatives, etc., ad nauseum -- 218 pages of long term policy changes. Oh yeah, it does fund the pentagon and the CIA for the rest of the year -- and their private contractors. Read it here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1363ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr1363ih.pdf

    • Lee Leslie

      Government shutdown compromise update: The resolutions passed are a mishmash and will take days to decipher consisting of line item changes that then refer to dozens of bills, many of which, refer to many more bills.
      Decided: $38 billion in cuts for remainder of FY 2011; Funded the military, CIA and procurement for each; EPA still has enforcement power; Planned Parenthood and NPR not specifically excluded from funding; No Funding for abortions in DC; Private school vouchers in DC.
      Still to be voted in on in the Senate (requiring 2/3rds to pass): whether to defund the healthcare law.
      Here, is the full text of what passed in the Senate and was confirmed in the House: H.R. 1363 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1363

    • Monica Smith

      So, have you heard that your political orientation is/may be reflected in the size of parts of your brain?

      The Journal of Current Biology reports: “We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala.”
      Now, since the brain is a muscle, it seems reasonable to ask whether the increase in volume is a result of exercise. If you indulge in fear and anger, will your amygdala get big? In other words, does form follow function?

    • Lee Leslie

      Details (mostly AP and Bloomberg) were announced this AM on the cuts in the $38 billion keep-the-government-open survivor show: EPA -- $1.6B; National Institutes of Health -- $260M; health care to children in low income families- $3.5B; community health centers -- $600M; grants to police -- $414M; Homeland Security -- $756M; highway construction -- $650M; high-speed rail -- $1.5B; renewable energy programs -- $407M; the Army Corp’s flood control projects -- $578M; and Pell grants for summer school are gone.

      Of the $38B in total cuts, $10B had already been happened in previous bills, but were counted again; another $10B were from earmarks; $1.5B came from passing a $1B program last week, canceling it and counting it as $1.5B: $5B from using arcane bookkeeping that only moves numbers, but doesn’t change spending; and $6B were funds left over, unused and wouldn’t have been spent at all.

      Recapping, the cuts were for clean water and air; health; safety; energy; flood control and education. Oh yeah, the Pentagon didn’t get the extra $2B that Boehner wanted for an alternative F-35 engine they didn’t want.

    • Monica Smith

      The White House wants to hear from you and be your friend. If you want, you can be mine there, too.
      Presumably, your email will not be sold. On the other hand, it’s probably a public record.
      http://www.whitehousevoice.com/

    • Lee Leslie

      Anyone else feel as if Donald Trump is the political version of Charlie Sheen?

    • Monica Smith

      It’s my considered opinion that many a conservative politician hankers for the acclaim and adulation accorded to actors. But, a lack of empathy makes them poor actors, so they fall into politics or religion.
      Poor Donald, he seems obsessed.

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        Possessed seems as likely. I’d encourage rehab. The entertainment tonight version of the news seems to have caused voters fascination with odd behavior. Menken’s corollary: “No one in this world, …has ever lost money, or an election by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”

    • Will Cantrell

      I tend to agree with Monica regarding politicians period … most especially a number of conservative ones. Not all, but certainly most. (For that matter, you can lump televangelists into the group that craves attention.) I, for one cannot take Donald Trump seriously regarding his dalliance with the idea of being President. I am certainly NO FAN of Newt or Sarah or any of the GOP crowd. However, at least those guys have shown some sort of long term interest in the office … as well as some sort of service to country or at least their state. Trump serves only Trump. Of course, I must admit that I am kind of comically fascinated with the idea of Secretaries of State and Defense coming from the likes of Star Jones, Nee Leakes, Gary Busey and Meatloaf. Secretary of Defense “Loaf”. Hmmmnnnnnn.

    • Lee Leslie

      I hope Deal doesn’t sign the Arizona-style immigration bill. It is going to be awfully tough to boycott the state I live in. http://www.ajc.com/news/now-its-up-to-910983.html

    • Glenn Overman

      “When it’s all said and done, the South lost the Civil War and that was a good thing. All of us should be thankful for that. Forbid we should have continued with the unfettered arrogance of the Southern elite and its ruthless, greedy slaveholding society whose pathology seeped everywhere into the Southern culture and ultimately to the nation writ large. Unfortunately, we are not yet recovered from its legacy. In the nation as a whole the Tea Party seems a prime example of that southern elite arrogance and/or of white underlings who serve their interests.” I quite liked this perspective from an article by Atlanta writer Heather Gray at http://counterpunch.org/gray04152011.html

    • Monica Smith

      Poor Newton Gingrich. Having been abandoned by his biological creator, he’s no doubt convinced that the “Creator” reference in the Constitution is more worthy of study. One has to wonder if the conservative animus towards old people and young people isn’t just a matter of resentment at having been, or felt, abandoned in their own youth. Resentment + envy = wrath?

    • Monica Smith

      Just want to note that the public schools of Detroit cannot be corporatized. Public school districts are already corporations (artificial bodies created by charter). Handing them over to be run by private corporations is privatization, pure and simple. Why are public officials in favor? Because private corporations have fewer restrictions and obligations. The people who authorize their charters like it that way. Authority is nice; authority with no obligations is better.

    • Glenn Overman

      How Congress Should Look vs. How It Does Look: http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1104/congress/flat.html

    • Matthew Wright

      It’s been awhile Dew Family. Hope all is well.

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        You’ve been missed.

    • Jim Fitzgerald

      John Boehner said tonight that if gas prices stay at $4, Obama can not get re-elected. I thought conservatives believed in a free market and government should not intervene but here Boehner is saying conservatives believe Obama is responsible for gas prices. If you want big government out of your life, then stop blaming the government when the free market determines prices! You cannot have it both ways.

    • Jim Fitzgerald

      Can someone point to the difference between Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump? Their presentations are remarkably similar to me and if I wasn’t watching, I doubt if I would know who was talking.

    • Monica Smith

      Charlie has no sheen and Donald was trumped by Ivana?
      But, seriously, Charlie is really Carlos Irwin Estevez, while Trump has always been a Trump.

    • Ron Taylor

      The Donald’s recent trumpeting reminds me of a wonderful line from the movie “A Face in The Crowd” in which the Walter Matthau character declares after watching a right-wing politician in a TV ad, “I say one thing for him: He has the courage of his ignorance.”

    • Monica Smith

      Trump’s rude language is a sign of his disrespect for his audience, which includes himself, since he’s apparently not deaf. Not bothering to take a second look (re-spect) is likely a consequence of not being aware. OK for a showman; not someone who proposes to lead.

    • Just Plain Will

      Tremendous that we found and killed Bin Laden. Hurray for US and President Obama. In this budget crisis though, I hope the Navy had a big enough anchor when they buried him at sea. The last thing I need is BP Oil, dead dolphins AND Bin LAden washing up onshore.

    • Lee Leslie

      Wonderful irony that Obama’s announcement on Bin Laden interrupted Celebrity Apprentice.

    • Just Plain Will

      I though about that too, Lee. Of course, what’s incredible to me is that The Donald hasn’t taken the credit for either capturing bin Laden himself or having conceived, financed, and directed the whole operation from Trump Towers. Then again, its been less than 24 hours. There’s still time.

    • Monica Smith
    • Bill Hamm

      Simply as a strategic issue, we should hope that Donald Trump and even Sarah Palin last to 2012 as possibly extra party candidates on the ballot. Neither hold any kind of hope of election, but both would take votes from a Republican candidate. Sometimes it is prudent to try to insure or assist certain things to happen that might benefit our efforts.

    • Monica Smith

      On the 40th Anniversary of Kent State, I’m reminded that the concern to rein in students was doubtless an unintended consequence of the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the impending passage of the 26th Amendment which would swell voter rolls with young people. Since the reaction to using force to contain blacks, students and immigrants was widespread, though not universal, disfavor, it was obviously decided that perhaps cranking up the Public Relations machine would work better. And so we entered the era of the celebrity politician, even as the electoral process itself was denigrated. And the beat goes on, doubled down. The objective is still to eviscerate the electorate.

    • Lee Leslie

      A must see video for great mom’s out there: http://movies.cnnbcvideo.com/index2.php

    • Judith Dovers

      YOUR OPINION COUNTS: In the summer of 2012, residents will have the opportunity to vote on a penny sales tax to fund a set of priority transportation projects for metro Atlanta. The Transportation Investment Act of 2010 charged local leaders to work with residents to create a list of transportation priorities that could be funded through this referendum.

      Your input is critical to help guide local leaders on the Atlanta Regional Roundtable in developing the best list of projects possible. Please take a moment to answer this five-minute survey and share your thoughts on the region’s transportation future. http://www.atlantatrafficsurvey.com

    • Glenn Overman

      http://youtu.be/30QDd3ROTkA
      Huckabee’s new religion and education initiative.

    • Glenn Overman

      I know a lot of good folks on this ride:
      http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/

    • Glenn Overman

      Rick Scott, the man who bought Florida’s governorship, is reportedly poised to use his line item veto power to zero out funding for public broadcasting in the state. This word comes from several sources in the broadcast community. If you have a point of view, share it with him sooner than later: Email the Governor

    • Mary Willis Cantrell

      Not surprised that Gov. Rick Scott would want to defund NPR… living in deep South Georgia for the last several years, I was mightily impressed with the Tallahassee station, and recently told somebody I’d bet Scott would try to get rid of it, if he can. But at least Florida won’t have to watch Scott, make sure he doesn’t get corrupted… heck, he invented the concept.

    • Austin McMurria

      “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected..” -G K Chesterson

    • Frank Povah

      Headline of the day (7/19/11) from Kentucky.com

      Blind golfers hit the links in tournament

    • Monica Smith

      The Murdock cartoon in the AJC has prompted a nice discussion of human predators. I’d just like to point out that neigh predation, nor scavenging, are normal human modes for acquiring sustenance. That’s because our brains have evolved the capacity to not only talk and ask nicely for what we want, but to appreciate the mutual benefits of trade and exchange. The bees do it when they carry pollen from plant to plant. But, I don’t think they know what they are up to.
      Of course, Murdock may not know what he’s up to, either.

    • Frank Povah

      Screen banner on WLEX18′s morning crime-time news 7/25/11

      “FUNERAL ARRAIGNMENTS SET FOR SOLDIER”

      Their vocabulary is innovative and inspiring.

    • Lee Leslie

      Take a moment and read Tom Friedman’s Sunday column: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24friedman.html?_r=1
      Then take a look, register and answer the questions at http://www.americanselect.org/
      Politics has to evolve. This might be it…

    • Frank Povah

      So we’re worried about what the ratings agencies think of the USA’s credit score. Didn’t those same agencies give top marks to a few financial institutions in the middle of their creation of the mess we’re in now?

    • Monica Smith

      The headline “South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law” leads to the thought, “only a guy would think it takes a law to make abortion tough.”

    • Frank Povah

      Newsreader on WLEX18, (Lexington KY) Saturday evening 8/6: “Governor Beshear, who has just returned from Iraq, did not attend Fancy Farm”. This immediately following a clip of the Governor speaking at aforesaid political function that very afternoon.

    • Frank Povah

      Are the Pommies and perhaps a few in the US beginning to see why the Australian Government wouldn’t bend the media ownership rules any further for Murdoch?

      Could this be the end for Rupert and his accolytes. Couldn’t happen to a nicer pack of bastards.

    • Lee Leslie

      Yesterday, I likened great writing to beautiful music. Today, while reading an Atlanta daily newspaper, I was reminded that poor writing is like fingernail scratching on a chalkboard.

    • Frank Povah

      From the [Lexington Herald Leader's] kentucky.com, 08/21:

      “Man suspected in deaths of wife, 3 kids arrested”

      Me? Confused? Never!

    • Monica Smith

      Discovery in Austin: “Teens in Sexual Relationships Are Less Likely to Act Out”

      I’d suggest, “Teens who act out are unlikely to have any real relationships with anyone.”

    • Lee Leslie

      As if President Obama hasn’t had enough to deal with, now it looks as if Hurricane Irene may hit Martha’s Vineyard by Sunday. There must be some Republicans chuckling.

    • Frank Povah

      Credit where credit is due. Though viewed as a valuable resource by educators, the science museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky will have to close because its funding is to be withdrawn. However, those with a desire to see their children educated can take heart in the fact that the Noah’s Ark educational (they said it) project in this state will retain its tax-breaks and other privileges. While you’re there, you can take your little seekers of knowledge and budding scientists on a side trip to that other beacon of truth in the wilderness (or, if you prefer, embarrassing monument to government by Jesus-ridden yokels) the Creation Museum.

    • Lee Leslie

      Anybody watch the Republican debate?

      Have you ever witnessed such a bunch of distinguished looking liars. Almost made one think they were citing facts.

      Perry, the front runner, super successful 12-year governor of the state that ranks last in high school graduation, 42nd in people living in poverty, last in those working at or below minimum wage, 27th in unemployment, last in people without health care insurance, is asking to do the same to all of us?

      Romney, the super successful governor who took his state from 50th to 46th in job creation while in office, and as a businessman took Bain Capital when it had $11 million in debt and when he left it, Bain had over $400 million in debt, had to declare bankruptcy laying off 2,100 workers -- and all of the business he started have also gone bankrupt. He wants to do the same for all us?

      Bachmann, who seems to believe everything people tell her on the stump is truth, but everything checked for fact as myth (Health care reform doesn’t hurt small business, they get tax credits, only very large businesses will pay a bit more when they have to cover their hourly workers). She wants us to elect her the pretender and chief?

      Cain, with his 9-9-9 deal that sounds more like a pizza deal but will increase the tax on the poor by 18%? And raise sales taxes for everyone, now averaging 9.64% to 18.64% -- he wants us to believe that will boost consumption?
      Paul who believes there ought to be no regulations of any kind and wants the free market determine our fate -- he wants us to trust him to trust the same free markets that gave us the economic crisis, the gulf oil spill, toxic waste, dirty air, dirty water, bad drugs, unsafe food, etc.?

      And, Newt? Who cares? He’s running on the self-importance platform.

      Then there’s Huntsman, trying desperately to talk and walk the fine line of sanity while in the group therapy with a stage full of lunatics. Can you actually convince someone to be sane? What was he doing there anyway? He really needs to drop the pandering and change parties.

    • NoelHolston

      The 10th-year memorial service at Bob Hart’s 9/11 trail east of Athens is this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Read about it in the Dew article linked below. Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday.
      http://likethedew.com/2009/09/10/mr-harts-911-memorial/

    • Frank Povah

      Educational teevee: (9/9/11 at noon) WLEX18′s weatherman, Tom Ackerman, pointing to temperature figures on map “These are what we call record low highs”. I wonder what he would call a record low maximum?

      Re the Republican Debate: It’s good to be threatened government by people who know that evolution and global warming are just myths.

    • Ravenda Dallah

      Q&M Entertainment Group presents the Drag Race for Autism Festival, an event to raise money for Autistic families this holiday season. Held at the Macon National Dragway in Jeffersonville, GA. 12:00 noon til 7pm. Music, games,laser tag, inflatable rides for adults and kids, carnival games, kiddie rides, food, vendors and drag racing for lots of family fun. Tickets $20 which includes free parking and an autism bracelet with a $10 coupon to a local retail sponsor. Holiday baskets will be donated to selected families. Vendor space and sponsor opportunities available. For more information contact us at qandmentgroup@gmail.com. Follow this link to order tickets online https://event.attendstar.com/event/show/macon-drag-racing-for-autism-festival/ Save $5 with online tickets with special code mdra11

      Visit us at http://www.wix.com/minglezone/mrfa#!

    • Lee Leslie

      Heard on last night on PBS, “Up until now, it is unprecedented”

    • Frank Povah

      WLEX18 weatherman (again), a.m. 09/15/11: “Moderate rain has engulfed Winchester.” It makes me long for a University education with a command of the language to match.

    • Frank Povah

      Has anyone else been following the kerfuffle over backyard chickens that is currently occupying the minds of the elected officials of Cobb County, GA?

      What councillors can find to justify their office never ceases to amaze me. I was thinking of running for office in a Shire back in Australia once and I read a really good book of advice for people in my position. The author noted that a town council will argue all night over where to put a toolshed in a park because they all think they know best, but will approve a nuclear power plant in 20 minutes because the experts have told them it’s all right.

    • Glenn Overman

      Two things:
      Has anyone determined a linkage between dark blue suits and neckties with mean spirited stupidity?

      I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.” – Liberals Anonymous.

    • David Morris

      We would like to announce to the Atlanta community that world renowned artist Alex Grey, know for his visionary art paintings and Tool album covers, is coming to Atlanta Oct 14-15 2011. World class multidisciplinary visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey’s first appearance in Georgia

      Area 51 Presents, The first Annual Visionary Arts Fair of Atlanta, on Saturday, October 15th, 2011.

      The event is being held in Atlanta’s Midtown QUAD @ Spring4th Complex 714 Spring St. N.W. Atlanta, GA 30308. The 30,000 square feet state-of-art venue holds up to 3,000 people.

      Highlights include live paintings by Alex and Allyson Grey as well as two 30 minute lectures and an hour and a half of book signing by the Greys. Additionally, performances by 26 bands and D.J.’s, and Cirque Du Soleil style performances by 18 aerialists, fire spinners, and acrobats including Atlanta’s Hot Toddies and Imperial Opa. This multimedia event begins at noon and closes at 5am.

      Complete entertainment line up and detailed information about this extraordinary multimedia massive event can be found on The Official Area 51 Presents Website

      Purchase Discounted Online tickets online

      Friday, October 14th
      Lecture, Book Signing and Party
      8pm -- 2am

      Matilda’s
      377 South Main St.
      Alpharetta, GA 30004

    • David Evans

      Friday, 22 Sep, was the birthday of journalist Walter Lippmann (books by this author), born in New York City (1889). Lippmann was a great critic of journalism as a practice and concept, arguing that the average citizen had neither the ability nor inclination to be fully educated about anything beyond personal interest. He made these arguments, of course, in his newspaper column, and in a great many books.

      Lippmann coined the term “cold war,” and gave the word “stereotype,” originally a means of duplicating an image over and over again, its modern meaning, arguing that contemporary society had become so complicated and nuanced that mass media dumbed things down — creating for us stereotypes to more easily understand and navigate the world…courtesy The Writer’s Almanac.

    • David Evans

      I read recently that whenever a certain fellow sends a book by parcel post, the clerk at the post office asks him, “Is there anything dangerous in the package?” He says he’s always tempted to answer: “Yes — ideas.”

    • Monica Smith

      Quote of the day from da Mayor of New York:
      BLOOMBERG: The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the bottom line. Those are the people that work on Wall Street or on the finance sector. [...] People in this day and age need support for their employers. We need the banks, if the banks don’t go out and make loans we will not come out of our economy problems, we will not have jobs. And so anything we can do to responsibly help the banks do that, encourage them to do that is what we need. I think we spend much too much time worrying about how we got into problems as to how we go forward. [...] Also we always tend to blame the wrong people. We blame the banks. They were part of it, but so were Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae and Congress.

    • Monica Smith

      Slow light is a nuisance.

      “Now cable company Hibernia Atlantic is spending $300 million to build a new transatlantic cable to shave 6 milliseconds from the present 65-millisecond transit time between London and New York. It will be the first new cable to cross the Atlantic in a decade and trading firms are likely to pay premium rates to use it.

      “This is because even though a computer can execute millions of instructions in a microsecond, the furthest light can travel in that time -- even in a vacuum -- is just 330 metres. That is an age if algorithms are competing to execute the best trades.

      “‘The speed-of-light limitation is getting annoying,’ Andrew Bach, head of network services at NYSE Euronext, told the European Conference on Optical Communications in Geneva, Switzerland, last week.”

    • Monica Smith

      To members of the California State Senate:

      I am signing SB 769 which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed.

      This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats.

      If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws that send jobs out of state.

      Sincerely,

      Edmund G. Brown

    • David Evans

      Today’s the birthday of journalist, nonfiction author, and writing teacher William Zinsser (books by this author), born in New York City in 1922. He’s written several books, including a couple of memoirs and books about travel, jazz, and baseball. His best-known work is On Writing Well (1976). In it he advocates a clean, spare style: “Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon.”

      He has a bit of advice for would-be authors of memoir: “Be yourself and your readers will follow you anywhere. Try to commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard to get away.”--courtesy The Writer’s Almanac

    • Lee Leslie

      Roy Zimmerman’s 50 state tour looking for the most Progressive people in the least Progressive places is coming to Atlanta Saturday October 29th. Mark your calendar. Here’s a link to a schedules and dates for Atlanta and around the South. You can also hear some music: http://royzimmerman.com/schedule.html

    • Mark Johnson

      AJC: “Police shoot man with knife at NY newspaper office.” Sneaky.

    • Monica Smith

      This is the vineyard in which I labored for 16 years until I just burned out. However, the work has continued by other hands.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/occupy-gainsville-bo-diddley-son-arrested

      The issue, of course, is that free speech zones and restrictions on the use of public spaces are examples of prior restraint. Prior restraint has been ruled un-Constitutional by the SCOTUS on behalf of the press, but not on behalf of the public.

      Justice Anthony Kennedy has observed that, since the people govern, it is up to the people to enforce the laws. If our agents of government violate the law, then the citizens have to step in and make a citizens’ arrest to call a halt. That’s what happened in New York yesterday morning.

    • David Evans

      Today’s the birthday of writer George Mackay Brown , born in 1921 in Stromness, a fishing village on the Orkney Islands, which lie off the north coast of Scotland.

      He told Contemporary Authors: “I believe in dedicated work rather than in ‘inspiration’ [...] I believe writing to be a craft like carpentry, plumbing, or baking [...] In ‘culture circles,’ there is a tendency to look upon artists as the new priesthood of some esoteric religion. Nonsense — and dangerous nonsense moreover — we are all hewers of wood and drawers of water; only let us do it as thoroughly and joyously as we can.”--courtesy The Writer’s Almanac.

    • David Evans

      I might be getting hung up on birthdays, but couldn’t resist sharing this one. Enjoy.

      It’s the birthday of one of the great American journalists of the 20th century, A.J. [Abbott Joseph] Liebling , born in New York City (1904), a staff writer for The New Yorker who first made his name covering World War II. He ignored politics and combat strategy and just wrote about day-to-day life among the soldiers and the civilians.

      Liebling’s three favorite subjects were food, journalism, and boxing. His co-workers said that they heard him laughing every day as he read over drafts of his own articles. He was known to stay up all night at the office, pounding away at the typewriter, and in the morning he’d give himself a half-shower in the office bathroom sink. He became a hero to the journalists who followed him; Tom Wolfe credited him for kicking off the “New Journalism” movement of the 1960s and ’70s, as it came to be called. New Journalists valued Liebling for his ability to write factual reporting that read like fiction.

      He said, “Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.”…courtesy The Writer’s Almanac.

    • David Evans

      “Don’t write about what you know — write about what you’re interested in. Don’t write about yourself — you aren’t as interesting as you think.”--Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With the Pearl Earring

    • Sent in my an alert Dew Reader

      From Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance: “Historically, a story about people inside impressive buildings ignoring or even taunting people standing outside shouting at them turns out to be a story with an unhappy ending.”

    • Sent in my an alert Dew Reader

      Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

    • Sent in my an alert Dew Reader

      A Majority of One, by Robert Lamb is “Deceptively simple in its quiet and reasonable voice, this novel tells a powerful story. Reasonable dissent on the part of a high school English teacher results in a brooding unease in a small southern town. Spare,elegant writing peels back the layers of disturbance in a righteous community, providing us with a cautionary tale about the importance of protecting freedom of inquiry in our schools. The author has a keen ear for southern regionalism and tells a heck of a good story. The story begins with a teacher being punished for assigning a book to her sophomore English class,despite its merits and particular relevance for high school students. One ends the book wishing that Majority of One could be assigned to high school students everywhere, as it would surely encourage lively debate while shining a little light on why literature matters. A great read!” ~Patricia Willer, director, International Programs for Foreign Students, USC

    • 4th grade at Aviston Elementary

      The 4th grade at Aviston Elementary is learning about the US and different environments, climates, resources and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards from LikeTheDew readers so they can learn about the south. Send them to: 4th Grade @ Aviston Elementary: 350 South Hull St.; Aviston, IL 62216

    • Tim McLeer

      It is time to Shop for America. We are tired of not seeing American made products on the shelves on any of the major retailers.

      Please visit the below link—we are starting something brand new and our vision is to buy in America and keep the money in America.

      http://mcleersfa.shoppingforamerica.net/

    • David Evans

      “If you copy something out by hand, before you move onto the typewriter, you’ve already gone on making minor changes. This is an intuitive part of the creative process, and one that’s eliminated by the use of word processors. People get such a completed-looking copy that they think the poem is done. The word processor doesn’t take as much time as actually forming the letters with your hand at the end of your arm which is attached to your body. It’s a different kind of thing. They don’t realize that this laborious process is part of the creative process.”--Denise Levertov, English-born American poet (1923-97)

    • Monica Smith

      After petitioning for injunctive relief, OccupyCleveland reached an agreement with the City for permits to use a public square 24 hours a day. How this will affect the 11 persons previously arrested is not known.
      http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/10/occupy_cleveland_can_demonstra.html

    • Monica Smith

      Dateline Oakland, CA
      As the questioning grew more intense and dozens of people crowded around him, Siegel finally said plaintively: “Give me a break at least of acknowledging that I am not the mayor.(Jean Quan)”

      A woman handed Siegel a penny.

      “This is you,” she said. “You are the 1 percent.”

    • Lee Leslie

      With only 30-40% nationwide of girls receiving the HPV vaccine (yes, a vaccine -- something they take and your daughter won’t get cervical cancer or other terrible diseases), the CDC is now recommending it for boys. Not just because it will help prevent women from getting cervical cancer, but it will help prevent testicular cancer and anal cancer in boys. Perhaps, now fathers will get their children immunized. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/health/policy/26vaccine.html

    • Lee Leslie

      Anyone else notice how eerily similar the words and actions by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in appealing to business groups and Republican suburbanites, like those used by other Southern mayors in the 60’s when arresting civil rights protesters?
      Occupy Atlanta Arrests
      In justifying his sending 300 police in riot gear, some on horseback, and arresting 55 campers, the mayor said, “For more than two weeks, the City of Atlanta, downtown residents and business owners have shown tolerance and patience for the members of Occupy Atlanta. The protesters, however, moved from conducting an initially peaceful demonstration to increasingly aggressive actions.” What aggressive actions?

      “It drains important police resources from people who pay taxes in the city of Atlanta,” Reed said.

      According to Politifact.com, “Reed issued an executive order the next day, a Wednesday. It said “there is a compelling public safety need” to suspend enforcement of city rules that shut down Woodruff Park between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Enforcing them would take too many police resources away from other neighborhoods.”

      Police could make arrests to “maintain public peace and good order for a reason other than enforcing park closing hours,” it said.

    • samsteele

      I just got done with the Book of Shadows. Very good book to read. I am going to have to see what else briefcaseit.com has.

    • Monica Smith

      In Nashville,TN--The 28 protesters arrested were released by the magistrate who found there was no probably cause to arrest them in the first place. Cities cannot afford to be sued for false arrest. Given all the publicity, they won’t be able to use ignorance of the law as an excuse.

    • jw

      The Occupy Wall St group needs to get more theater in their protest . I remember when Jerry Rubin threw $100. bills off the visitors gallery in the New York Stock Exchange and caused a shutdown of the market. The suits were scrambling to pick up the bills. They ran a pig for president and went to the political conventions. The world changed that year. This group just sits and talks. Bloomberg is just waiting for cold weather and they will be gone.

    • Monica Smith

      The “seven deadly sins” are getting into the main stream media. About time!
      http://powerwall.msnbc.msn.com/politics/which-bank-is-the-worst-1705508.story

    • Eric Nelson

      How/where do you register for Like the Dew in order to log-in for the purpose of receiving the feed?
      It’s a mystery I would hope to have help solving Thx :)

    • Lee Leslie

      To subscribe to our newsletter the link is at the very top right or just go to: http://likethedew.com/contact/subscribe/
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      To get privileges to submit a story, just send me an email: lee@likethedew.com
      Sorry you had a problem, but happy you asked and are reading the Dew.

    • Monica Smith

      Herman Cain verbatim: ‘I hope the settlement wasn’t for much, because I didn’t do anything’

      And that’s the truth. ‘Cause Herman never does anything but flap his lips. He’s an “up and out” guy--a “beneficiary” of social promotion at its worst.

    • Frank Povah

      Does anyone else think that OWS and the establishment reaction to it are becoming ever more eerily 1960?

    • Lee Leslie

      Yes, we had a Dewsletter malfunction overnight causing some to receive multiple copies. Please bear with us, while we attempt to fix it.

    • Will

      I remain convinced that Ol’ Herman was running for POTUS as a way to promote himself, his books and to be able to garner top shelf speaker fees when his run was over. I figure he was using the same self promotional tactics as Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. None of these folks REALLY want to be President and on the surface, I guess that the only thing that’s really wrong with Herman’s marketing ploy is that he’s wasted the time (and money) of those people foolish enough to think that his political ambitions were sincere.

      Wasting people’s time and money by feigning sincerity is as American as apple pie, telemarketing scams, used car sales, and banks who reverse themselves on charging monthly fees for debit card use. (If you don’t believe this, just ask Kim Kardashian.) Of course, now that sex has entered the picture, I figure that that Herman’s run may be over in a few days anyway despite his claims that he’s raking in the dough hand over fist as a result of the left wing plot to conduct “…another high tech lynching” a la Clarence Thomas. His run is definitely over if it turns out that either or both of the women at the National Restaurant Association turns out to be natural blonde.

    • Lee Leslie

      And now, Herman says that China is trying to develop nukes (I thought they did that back in the sixties?). Watch his remarks to Judy Woodruff on PBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20128920-503544/herman-cain-incorrectly-suggests-china-doesnt-have-nuclear-capability/?tag=contentMain;contentBody

    • Noel

      This is very loosely about “Southern culture,” but TBS is in Atlanta. So here’s something I wrote to mark this weekend’s annual “Wizard of Oz” showings on the SuperStation.
      http://www.tvworthwatching.com/contributors/2011/11/an-artistic-chain-reaction-mus.shtml

    • Jason

      Not sure about you, but this is the funniest thing I’ve seen today…: SNL – Rick Perry visits Weekend Update after a couple bong hits and a drink. Watch it on SelfDepricate.com

    • Lee

      AP reports that 49.1 million Americans -- that’s 16% (one in six for the math challenged) are living in poverty. Read more in USA Today

    • Lee Leslie

      In Nancy Folbre’s Monday NY Times op-ed, “Who Rules the Global Economy?“, she cites a study from the Monthly Review,

      “In 1992, the top four companies accounted for about 47 percent of all general merchandise sales. By 2007, their share had reached 73.2 percent.”

      “… in 1995, the six largest bank-holding companies (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) had assets equal to 17 percent of gross domestic product in the United States. By the third quarter of 2010, this had risen to 64 percent.”

      Scary stuff. Where’s Eric Holder and the antitrust police in this time of corporate self regulation?

    • Lee Leslie
    • Keith

      The lede on a blog post I just read:

      “As most of you are no doubt aware, in 2012, I am about as likely to vote for a GOP candidate for president as I am likely to vomit a Volkwagen Beetle straight out of my esophagus. ”

      A link to that blog if any of you are interested in checking it out:
      http://whatever.scalzi.com/

    • David

      Missoula voters say corporations are not people, ask for constitutional amendment -- Missoulian.com

    • David Evans

      It’s the birthday of St. Augustine, born in Thagaste, in what is now Algeria (354). He said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” (courtesy The Writer’s Almanac)

    • Lee Leslie

      Here’s the data behind the 99% -- it is even worse than advertised. We are the 99.99% -- best explanation that I’ve seen: Watch it on the Guardian.uk

    • Lee Leslie

      S&P Healthcare Economic Index reports that Medicare costs only rose at 1.97% while private insurance premiums went up 8% -- Sounds to a layman that government run health care is way more efficient than the free market -- read the story at thinkprogress.org

    • Gita Smith

      In the news today I found two stories about severe child neglect/harm and one about a child murder. Oh, and one about new molestation charges against a basketball coach at Syracuse. That brings the week’s total (that I could find) to 17 stories nationwide that I categorize as crimes against children. Does this reflect a real increase, or does it just reflect a willingness to report the stories? The worst of the lot can be read here: http://home.knology.net/news/read.php?ps=931&rip_id=%3CD9R2JS4O2%40news.ap.org%3E&news_id=18855553&src=most_popular_viewed

    • Frank Povah

      The penchant for “original” forenames -- or different spellings of traditional ones reaches ever more spectacular heights. What is it that compels parents to strive for ever more ludicrous monikers for their offspring. I’ve seen LaRod, Shaun, Tayla, Deevon and worse. I know you can’t help your parents -- or what they choose to name you -- but the latest discovery beats the band on all counts. Someone has named their daughter Latrina.

    • Lee Leslie

      Frequent Dew writer, Andy Brack contributed to a “new 220-page report highlights how far the American South has come over the last 25 years, but how far it still has to go.” Go to BetterSouth.org for links and details.

    • Keith Graham

      I just want to suggest a round of applause for all the writers who keep offering interesting insights on Like the Dew. And I especially want to suggest big applause for Lee Leslie and Ron Taylor, who are doing so much heroic work to keep the site going. Please join me, OK?

    • Lee Leslie

      Frequent Dew writer, Andy Brack contributed to a “new 220-page report highlights how far the American South has come over the last 25 years, but how far it still has to go.” Go to BetterSouth.org for links and details.

    • Keith

      Many folks know about Like the Dew’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, but does everyone know about the Tumblr blog? You can find it here: http://likethedew.tumblr.com/ More than 1,300 links, photos and quotes have already been posted. You can also see more Tumblr blogs in Like the Dew’s News & Opinion feeds at this link (put together by Lee Leslie, of course): http://dewstreams.com/tumblr/

    • Michael

      Kudos to Lee, Ron and all the contributors of the Dew. I’m joining Keith in saying a big, “Thank You!”

    • Keith

      Just curious: Have any Like the Dew readers watched “Hart of Dixie,” which airs on Monday nights on the CW network? Any thoughts, one way or the other, about its depiction of the contemporary South?

    • Glenn Overman

      Watched the 60 Minutes segment on Grover Norquist last night. I had some unusual ideas when I was 12, but made the mistake of growing up and learning how to think. But for the life of me, I can’t remember ever voting for him. So how come he’s running the country. Democracy isn’t about rigidity, it’s about negotiation and compromise. Tyranny is about rigidity.

    • Suz Korbel

      Thank you Lee & Keith for making us all feel welcome to howl in our own little homes across the south/west. As I was watching my daughter’s Occupy Princeton assembly feed yesterday on livestream (my new favorite video provider), and reading the chat between the Phoenix, Florida, Toronto, Spain viewers & other OWS supporters, I thought about how important it is to support forums such as Likethedew in our regional community. You’re better than going to the corner pub (which in some San Antonio neighborhoods, I do not advise).

      • http://leslieevanscreative.com Lee Leslie

        “better than going to the corner pub” may be the highest praise ever given the Dew. While a pub’s decor, beer selections, price, bartenders and so on, may help influence its popularity, it is the people in the bar that really make the difference. The same is true at the Dew.

    • Lee

      Missed opportunity du jour: Rick Perry at last night’s debate. Should have said, “were I President, I wouldn’t have pardoned that turkey.”

    • Lee Leslie

      The reason the 1% is having such a happy Thankstaking:

    • glenn overman

      Can’t help noticing it’s okay to camp out in tents in large groups if you’re lining up to buy something. Haven’t seen a Black Friday shopper pepper sprayed or beat with a baton yet.

    • Frank Povah

      WHEN is someone going to take Mitt Romney to task for his campaign ad in which he blatantly uses a cut and spliced sound clip fro a speech by President Obama. It is at best deserving of approbation from all sides, at worst slander, no matter what spin you put on it.

      And Glen -- the same thought occurred to me – especially since here in Kentucky they camped on sidewalks, not in parks.

    • Lee Leslie

      Help me understand this: Republicans in Congress consider the Bush tax cuts expiring for the wealthy expiring a tax increase, but the Payroll Tax cut expiring for all working American next month is not a tax increase.

      The Payroll tax cut benefits 110 million people who will have their take home pay REDUCED by 2 percent instead of increased by 1.5 percent (plus, another 3.5% for businesses or the self-employed). The proposed tax on the wealthy to pay for it only affects 370 thousand people who would have their taxes increased by 3.25% -- if they are the “job creators, isn’t that paid for by their reduction of payroll taxes?

      At a time when American business desperately needs customers, who is more likely to spend the extra 3.25-3.5%? The rich? No way, a rounding error. The working families? A much better bet to stimulate our economy.

    • Keith

      As Wikipedia will tell you the late Maggie Kuhn “was an American activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement in 1971 after being forced into retirement by the Presbyterian Church. The Gray Panthers became known for advocating nursing home reform and fighting ageism, claiming that ‘old people and women constitute America’s biggest untapped and undervalued human energy source.’ She also dedicated her life to fighting for human rights, social and economic justice, global peace, integration, and an understanding of mental health issues.”

      The Gray Panthers, whose slogan is “Age and Youth in Action,” are still around today, and they are a very progressive organization.

      A man named Jack Snyder is trying to start a Georgia chapter. If you’re interested, I’ll pass along contact info. Just email keith@likethedew.com

    • Lee Leslie

      Thought for the day: If Republicans do not extend unemployment benefits this month, five million people will lose their benefits next year. Assuming they stop reporting to the unemployment office as those who lost benefits in November did, the official unemployment rate in the US could decline by 2.5 percentage points or more. So Republicans have one of those Sophie’s choice moments: either extend unemployment benefits or watch the unemployment rate in the US drop below 6% in an election year. 

    • Webfairy

      Thought for the day: If Republicans do not extend unemployment benefits this month, five million people will lose their benefits next year. Assuming they stop reporting to the unemployment office as those who lost benefits in November did, the official unemployment rate in the US could decline by 2.5 percentage points or more. So Republicans have one of those Sophie’s choice moments: either extend unemployment benefits or watch the unemployment rate in the US drop below 6% in an election year.

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    • Will Cantrell

      Good grief! Would someone please explain why the GOP candidates are kow-towing to Donald Trump? Seems as if Donald will have his own debate of the GOP candidates in Iowa on December 27th. To date only Newt, Michelle Bachmann, and Rick Santorum have signed up to plead their case before The Donald himself. When I first got wind of this, nobody but Newt was taking Trump seriously. Everyone else had refused to go before His Highness. Suddenly things have changed, people are taking Trump seriously. I must admit that while I’d never vote for any of these turkeys, I HAD a smidgen of respect for the GOP candidates who’d at first refused the call. Wha happened and why does ANYONE take Donald Trump and Newt seriously?

    • Frank Povah

      Webfairy: How did Disqus get its nose in here? It has me Dewbiously logged in with a nom de webbe that I use elsewhere and I’m pretty cranky about it.

    • Lee Leslie

      Rick “Google him” Santorum told the group he would cut the food stamp program, describing it as one of the fastest growing programs in Washington, D.C. 48 million people are on food stamps in a country with 300-million people, said Santorum. “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?” Santorum asked. I’m not sure where he’s saying here, do you think he wants us to eat each other?

    • Lee Leslie

      Frank, the Disqus (pronounced “discuss” not, as some do, “discust”) system was chosen because it should make commenting easier and safer. There is a pull down in the Discus box above the comments, which allow you to logout of the Discus system. If we, as a community, hate this, we’ll take it down and use something else.

    • David Evans

      Today is the birthday of Thomas McGuane. He said, “As you get older, you should get impatient with showing off in literature. It is easier to settle for blazing light than to find a language for the real. Whether you are a writer or a bird-dog trainer, life should winnow the superfluous language. The real thing should become plain. You should go straight to what you know best.”…courtesy The Writer’s Almanac

    • Lee Leslie

      My favorite, so far, quote on Newt, “He’s a little bit like a sober Charlie Sheen,” says Rep. Steven LaTourette (that’s his real name) of Ohio, who came to Congress in Gingrich’s 1994 Republican surge. “He just kind of shouts stuff out.”

    • David Evans

      Today (15 Dec 1775) is the birthday of Jane Austin. Although widely admired, Mark Twain had the opposite reaction, however: “I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

    • David Evans

      Another good quote I heard recently to describe the newt: He carries his own china shop with him.

    • Monica Smith

      Americans are increasingly fat and hungry because the “food” being sold to them contains empty calories that accumulate as fat cells, in addition to chemicals that make them sick.
      High fructose corn syrup is addictive.

    • Lee Leslie

      What an odd way for Boehner and Company to end the year? By default, the no tax-pledged Teapublicans are doing just that: raising taxes on working Americans. Unless they flip (or flop) this may be go down as the dumbest political move ever.

    • David Evans

      More on the writing craft:
      “My stories run up and bite me in the leg — I respond by writing them down — everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.”--Ray Bradbury, science-fiction writer (b. 1920)

    • Lee Leslie

      Authors: If you get captcha requests while posting or uploading images and it drives you crazy, send an email with your IP address (google it) to Lee@LikeTheDew.com and I’ll add you to our trusted list.

    • Monica Smith

      That RT video on the drone downed in Iran is a bit disingenuous. The drones are a cheap weapons system, first developed by a couple of guys in a garage somewhere out West. If Lockheed Martin is building them now, it’s because they have mass-production facilities. Originally developed as flying cameras to survey the terrain, the addition of weapons made it possible to engage in assassination by remote control. Initially, the controllers sitting at consoles in Denver or Kuwait had to get clearance from a legal person, who ruled that the target represented a clear menace to some “friend” on the ground. Likely, such legal hair-splitting has since been abandoned since the legal review implicitly admitted a moral dilemma.
      What needs to be rescinded is the AUMF, as well as the long-standing assassination authorization given to the President by Congress.

    • Monica Smith

      That “signing statement” cited as un-constitutional has some validity, IMHO, because the Constitution outlines a “permissive” system in which the various branches are permitted and/or mandated to carry out specific functions--nothing more or less. So, the Congressional habit in recent decades of trying to prohibit behaviors, either on the part of the executive or the judicial branches (or individuals) is un-constitutional. If the Congress doesn’t want the President engaging our military in conflicts, it should rescind the AUMF.

    • David Evans

      Once again on the writing craft. This time from E.L.Doctorow, about his writing routine: “Here’s how it goes: I’m up at the stroke of 10 or 10:30. I have breakfast and read the papers, and then it’s lunchtime. Then maybe a little nap after lunch and out to the gym, and before I know it, it’s time to have a drink.”--courtesy The Writer’s Almanac

    • Will Cantrell

      Would somebody please tell Mitt to stop wearing blue jeans? Just stop it. Now! Presidential candidates must think that by wearing denim, they will either (1) identify with the general populous or (2) gin up their populist appeal. Maybe that works for some candidates, though for the life of me I can’t remember who it might have been. The look doesn’t work for Mitt, however. I believe that Mitt is a populist or identifies with the middle class (and the formerly so) as much as I believe that J-Lo is “…still Jenny from the block.” Stop it!

    • Ron Taylor

      Wonder which Republican presidential candidate is looking forward to an endorsement from former GOP chairman Haley Barbour.

    • David Evans

      On Writing: When Susan Sontag was 26, she met William Phillips, one of the founding editors of Partisan Review, at a cocktail party. She asked him how she might write for the journal, and he said, “All you have to do is ask.” She replied, “I’m asking.”…courtesy The Writer’s Almanac

    • Doug Couch

      A Texas woman made it past TSA agents at DFW Wednesday with a small hand gun packed in her bag. Just another example of how our airport security system is just a big show to make the flying cattle feel safe. The rest of the world protects their airlines by looking for terrorists and we are looking for bombs.

    • Doug Couch

      Ryan Brunn,the confessed killer of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, apparently committed suicide while being held at Jackson State Diagnostic Center. Brunn had been sentenced to life in prison without parole and was awaiting assignment to a prison facility.

      While nothing will bring back that innocent little child or mitigate the horrors she endured at the hands of Brunn, he has, at least, saved the taxpayers a considerable amount of money.

    • Lee Leslie
    • Doug Couch

      R.I.P. Etta James. A great musical voice has been silenced.

    • Doug Couch

      I have to admit that I agree with Gingrich on this one. These debates (and I’m about sick of the sheer number of them) should focus on the issues, not candidates’ sexual peccadillos. The media has already driven one candidate out of the race by harping on his alleged indiscretions simply because they couldn’t wrap their minds around the concept of a conservative Black. It seems so easy to ignore the antics of JFK (and his brothers) and Bill Clinton but make a huge issue over Republicans’ personal lives. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    • Jim Smith

      And I have to admit that I think you’re wrong, Doug. For anybody else in the world who didn’t happen to be on the impeachment committee, maybe you are correct, but in Newt’s case, he made this OUR business by pressing the issue so noisily against Clinton. The thing about the goose, yeah, bingo.

      Oh, by the way, there are lots of other reasons to reject Newt, among them the fact that his flipper is as well lubricated as Mitt Romney’s.

    • Lee Leslie

      Favorite quote from SC: “I miss seeing car ads,” said Graham, R-S.C.

    • Mark Johnson

      Two pictures of Newt on the home page? Must we?

    • David Evans

      “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.”--Christopher Hampton, playwright and screen writer

    • David Evans

      More on writing: “Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”--Collette

    • Monica Smith

      The Man from Bain

      The dog’s in his kennel,
      The poor in their nets.
      For the man from Bain,
      That’s as good as it gets.

    • beatspro

      Vancouver purple beats can also be known as red beats pro “city of neighbourhoods”, each dr dre beats spiderman having a different character and cultural blend.

    • Lee Leslie

      My favorite provision in law extending payroll cuts, the doc fix and extending unemployment: The measure also would prevent welfare recipients from using their electronic benefits cards to withdraw money at ATMs in strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. -- What a strange and complicated world we live in.

    • Monica Smith

      I hear hourly workers at GM are getting a $7000 bonus. That’s not chicken feed.

    • Glenn Overman

      Imagine, Lee, if we could just keep our legislators out of those places with our money….

    • Lee Leslie

      You won’t want to miss: “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America” which will be broadcast on PBS stations on Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. President Obama performs with Mick Jagger, B.B. Kings, Buddy Guy, Jeff Guy, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Taraji P. Henson.

    • Lee Leslie

      From CNN News Blogs:
      “As members of Georgia’s House of Representatives debate whether to prohibit abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, House Democrats  introduced their own reproductive rights plan: No more vasectomies that leave “thousands of children … deprived of birth.”
      Rep. Yasmin Neal, a Democrat from the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro, planned on Wednesday to introduce HB 1116, which would prevent men from vasectomies unless needed to avert serious injury or death…”

    • Melissa Hansen

      Atlanta band Kick the Robot has been invited to join the Hard Rock Cafe 2012 global battle of the bands. You’ve seen them perform most recently to rave reviews at the legendary Athens venue The Melting Point. Jaime Gottleib of the Red and Black wrote “In its Athens debut, Kick the Robot seized the attention of its crowd with powerful beats, fast tempo and resonating melodic vocals. The sound of the electric guitars buzzed and blazed throughout the larger-than-expected crowd, while the drums manifested in such a rhythmic beat that you couldn’t help but tap your feet along. The concoction: rock ‘n’roll meets pop-funk. As I made my exit from the venue, the electrified phrase “They’re gonna get really big” roamed through out the crowd. I have a kicking feeling that the crowd will be right.”
      Kick the Robot is proud to announce that they have been invited to perform at the Atlanta Hard Rock Café—Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands on March 15th at 8pm. Fans will be treated to a line up of 4 local bands judged by industry professionals, fans and band supporters. Each semi-finalist winner will compete on March 29th at the Hard Rock Café for the Atlanta title. The winner will then compete with other cities with the ultimate goal of performing at the Hard Rock London, UK.
      Come out and see what all the buzz is about. You won’t be disappointed! Photos, music, videos and other links are available at the band‟s website, http://www.kicktherobot.com

    • Monica Smith

      Romney to Michigan:
      “I was born and raised here. I love this state. It seems right here. Trees are the right height. I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. There’s something very special here. The Great Lakes, but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan. I love cars. I grew up totally in love with cars. It used to be, in the fifties and sixties, if you showed me one square foot of almost any part of a car, I could tell you what brand it was, the model, and so forth. Now, with all the Japanese cars, I’m not quite so good at it. But I still know the American cars pretty well and drive a Mustang. I love cars. I love American cars. And long may they rule the world, let me tell ya.”

    • David Evans

      I think to be inarticulate is a great suffering--Richard Wilbur

    • Frank Povah

      I actually heard it this morning on radio WUKY, Lexington KY. An announcer told his listeners that “we had a lot of stormage yesterday”.

    • Lee Leslie

      Have any of you been following Georgia Senate Bill 469? Written by the chamber of commerce and now out of committee, it is an all out attack on unions, but it also appears to makes mass picketing illegal if organized and creates injunctive relief in all -- in effect, outlawing occupy or union picketing, etc. in Georgia. This gives me the creeps. Please read this and tell your representatives to kill it.

    • David Evans

      “It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?”--Vita Sackville-West

    • Lee Leslie

      Per Reuters -- “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, branding Russia the “number one geopolitical foe”, smacked of Hollywood.”
      He went on to say, “I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.
      “Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”

    • Lee Leslie

      Check out the new website dedicated to SC judge who helped end legal Southern segregation: http://WatiesWaring.org/

    • Lee Leslie

      The House passed Paul Ryan’s budget today (228-191). From Daily Kos:
      Just a few reminders about the Ryan budget, and what the House Republicans put down as their political marker for 2012, their vision for a Republican-ruled America: It would give the wealthy a humongous tax break, the lowest tax rate since the Hoover administration; it would gut nutritional assistance, cutting it by 17 percent over the next decade; it would cut Medicare benefits and begin the process of killing the program; it would kill millions of jobs; it turns Medicaid into a block grant and deeply cuts federal spending for it, and for SCHIP, the children’s health program; and it breaks the already agreed upon Budget Control Act of 2011, threatening, once again, a government shutdown. This is also the budget endorsed by Mitt Romney.

    • David Evans

      “If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.” --Kingsley Amis, born in London, 16 April, 1922.

    • Monica Smith

      Not to be missed--”Mitt Romney, American Parasite”
      His years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism
      James Sanderson had encountered a rare moment of industrial harmony.
      It was the early 1990s, and the 750 men and women at Georgetown Steel were pumping out wire rods at peak performance. They had an abiding trust in management’s ability to run a smart company. That allegiance was rewarded with fat profit-sharing checks. In the basement-wage economy of Georgetown, South Carolina, Sanderson and his co-workers were blue-collar aristocracy.
      “We were doing very good,” says Sanderson, president of Steelworkers Local 7898. “The plant was making money, and we had good profit-sharing checks, and everything was going well.”
      What he didn’t know was that it was about to end. Hundreds of miles to the north, in Boston, a future presidential candidate was sizing up Georgetown’s books.
      http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-04-18/news/Mitt-Romney-american-parasite/

    • Lee Leslie

      CCGA Event Series: The Georgia Transparency Project
      How Transparent is our state legislature? Join us at the People TV studios for an in-depth discussion of the Georgia Transparency Project – which increases transparency above and beyond what legislators self-report.

      Photo of Jim Walls

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