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    Lee Leslie

    Lee Leslie
    I’m just a plateaued-out plain person with too much time on his hands fighting the never ending lingual battle with windmills for truth, justice and the American way or something like that. Here are some reader comments on my writing: “Enough with the cynicism. One doesn’t have to be Pollyanna to reject the sky is falling fatalism of Lee Leslie’s posts.” “You moron.” “Again, another example of your simple-minded, scare-mongering, label-baiting method of argumentation that supports the angry left’s position.” “Ah, Lee, you traffic in the most predictable, hackneyed leftist rhetoric that brought us to the current state of political leadership.” “You negative SOB! You destroyed all my hope, aspiration, desperation, even.” “Don’t you LIBERALS realize what this COMMIE is talking about is SOCIALISM?!?!?!” “Thank you for wonderful nasty artful toxic antidote to this stupidity in the name of individual rights.” “I trust you meant “bastard” in the truest father-less sense of the word.” “That’s the first time I ran out of breath just from reading!” “You helped me hold my head a little higher today.” “Makes me cry every time I read it.” “Thanks for the article. I needed something to make me laugh this mourning.” “If it weren’t so sad I would laugh.” "... the man who for fun and personal growth (not to mention rage assuagion) can skin a whale of bullshit and rack all the meat (and rot) in the larder replete with charts and graphs and a kindness..."“Amen, brother.”
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    By Lee Leslie:


      kill to kill trump's tax scam

      #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Nov 22, 2017
      #TrumpTax Scam – If you do nothing else, do this

      The Senate test vote (aka: motion to proceed or pre-vote vote) could be next Monday, November 27. They could bring it to the floor as early as Thursday, November 30th. We need to make some noise until we defeat this bill that even Forbes called “The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington.” Calling your senators is a good thing (capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121). Do it. But that isn’t enough.

      This fight will come down to just a couple of Senators and the time to take action is now.

      there is a bigger deal out there

      The Chase for Amazon

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Oct 27, 2017
      he rendering of the Amazon building in the Denny Regrade neighborhood of Seattle by NBBJ

      It has been hard to ignore the buzz created by the chase for Amazon’s second headquarters. Five billion dollars in construction costs and 50,000 “high-paying” jobs. 238 proposals have been submitted to Amazon from all across North America. Of course there were.

      While all the proposals were made in secret, it is safe to assume that no incentive was left out.

      end gun violence

      Where were you?

      by | 12, Add your Comment | Dec 13, 2015
      Where were you?

      It was a beautiful Saturday morning to be in Woodruff Park. About 70 degrees. Broken clouds to keep the sun from feeling too hot. It was so easy to be there.

      Any excuse to get outside in mid-December was welcomed. Our excuse was the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. The idea was pretty simple: we would meet in the park to remember the 20 children and six adults killed December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.

      meet me in dabiq

      The Apocalypse

      by | 14, Add your Comment | Nov 18, 2015
      the Apocalypse by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld

      Were I to tell you a story in which Jesus, the son of the virgin Mary, was sent by God to guide the children of Israel, perform miracles including curing blindness, raising the dead and casting out demons, was crucified and raised alive into heaven to be the God incarnate. Jesus, who is promised to come back as the Messiah on judgement day to lead God’s army against the armies of Rome led by the Antichrist to the final victory in Jerusalem. What holy book do you think that would be from?

      we got this one

      Don’t do it, Joe

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Oct 20, 2015
      President Obama cutting up with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State

      Joe, we love ya, but please don’t run for president.

      You are the man when it comes to defense and foreign affairs. You were there for the Bosniaks in 1994 when Clinton was timid, but you were wrong in 2006 when you voted for the Iraq war. Yet, we should have listened in 2006 when you wanted Iraq split into the three ethnic areas as it is today. Our troops might be home, the Islamic State probably wouldn’t exist and millions of refugees might be at home.

      You were the man on justice for victims of domestic violence, against Bork and Thomas, assault weapons, hate and sex crimes, and privacy, but…

      everyone has a story

      Get rid of Comcast for $5

      by | 11, Add your Comment | Oct 9, 2015
      Get rid of Comcast for $5

      Walk into any bar and begin telling a Comcast story. Within minutes it will escalate to violence. Each person topping the next with customer disservice and their loathing of one of our least favorite monopolies.

      Everyone has a story. Most have more than one.

      Mine began when I naively thought I could move my “service” with just a phone call…

      art directing the dew

      Some of my favs

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jul 2, 2015
      Some of my favs

      It has been almost seven years since our first story. Whether the photo duties fell to Keith, KC, Ron or me, most often we would seek creative commons (many images at flickr.com) or public domain (government photos and many found at Wikimedia.org) images. Other times, we licensed stock photos. Since the Dew has no money other than contributions or my pocket, we are miserly in our use stock photos, but have paid to licensed more than 500 images since 2007.

      Often there are no appropriate images to find or license. They just didn’t exist. That is my time. I can’t draw, so I build. That is what this gallery is – images that I have made by combining or altering other licensed images in Photoshop. There are many more than these, but these are my favs.

      costing lives

      Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Apr 14, 2015
      Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

      “None of my friends can afford Obamacare, either,” Meghan said indignantly, “it should be repealed.”

      We were in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Meghan is a mid-to-late-thirties single mother who is balancing raising her child, her relationship and job while still working on her degree. She was telling us about the hospital where she works. Like so many rural hospitals across the South…

      pandering to stupid

      I hate this time of year

      by | 13, Add your Comment | Feb 25, 2014
      I hate this time of year

      I live in Georgia. The General Assembly is in session. It is our annual celebration of stupidity, ignorance, pandering, baiting, and hate. It is open season on history, the Constitution, science, mutual respect, and common sense. It is a loathsome time. 40 days and $20 billion in public cash. One party, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for some. This is an election year and our elected cannot legally accept campaign contributions while in the legislature is in session. The pressure is on in the hurry to protect poor little Georgia from big meanie pants Washington. Blame Obama. Praise Jesus. All hail the NRA and Georgia Carry. Cut taxes, but give give give to bidness.

      health insurance marketplace

      October First

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Sep 27, 2013
      October First

      As we creep ever closer to the day that 48,600,000 uninsured Americans have been waiting so long for… October first. The day the national insurance exchanges will open. The day that Teapuglicans have fought so tirelessly to prevent. It is time we were reminded of just how ruthlessly stupid our state leaders are. Perhaps, that isn’t fair. Maybe they are not stupid, just uninformed. Or perhaps, they are betting we are.

      anyone notice?

      Issuing a Metaphor

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Sep 12, 2013
      Issuing a Metaphor

      Hard as it is to believe, we almost went to war because our president “issued” a metaphor. And how exactly do you “issue” a metaphor anyway? Our president knew it wasn’t an actual red line since he said it and didn’t draw it, but had it been real, couldn’t we have just gotten an eraser out, or just started with a clean slate? Oops, a clean slate is a metaphor – not something real. Fortunately for us and especially fortunate for those in Syria who would have been blown to paradise for being inside the metaphorical red line… damn, there I go again.

      Dewings

      What am I doing here?

      by | 18, Add your Comment | Apr 22, 2013
      What am I doing here?

      Four years ago, I was writing every day. Then we launched LikeTheDew.com. Seemed a good idea. My friend Keith was looking for a place to write. So were some of his newly former journalist pals.

      We didn’t need a business plan. The last thing we wanted was for the Dew to become a job. It was organic. It would just evolve. No real guidelines. We just wanted well written and relevant stories. No fiction or poetry. And it had to be progressive.

      Total Bullshit

      To my Republican friends:

      by | 13, Add your Comment | Nov 8, 2012
      To my Republican friends:

      I apologize. I had no idea.

      I didn’t know what you did. All these years when I said with complete and utter disdain, “I don’t watch Fox,” I didn’t know that if I had, I might well have known what you knew to be true. Things that I knew to be “facts” you knew to be “theory” or worse. What a world? Seems nuts. I’m sorry. I repent starting now.

      Learning that I’ve had my blinders on all this time has taught me a hard lesson. The fact that I didn’t read Drudge, couldn’t listen to Peggy Noonan* and wanted Karl Rove in jail, kept me from hearing the drone of truth that you knew. No balance at all. Certainly unfair.

      It's Over

      The American People Have Spoken: We Like Things The Way They Are

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Nov 7, 2012
      The American People Have Spoken: We Like Things The Way They Are

      In a historic election, President Barack Hussein Obama has been re-elected; the Republicans have been re-elected to a majority in the House of Representatives; and the Democrats have been re-elected to a majority in the Senate. Hurrah! We won! Nothing has changed. We are saved. Our leaders can get back to doing nothing.

      The American people have spoken clearly: we must like the House passing bills that are never taken up in the Senate; that a single Republican can hold any bill hostage in the Senate; that our president rules by fiat with no functioning representative branch to hold him in check or provide input; we must like it that the our elected leaders are looking forward to the next election two years from now for clarity…

      Insanity Is Contagious

      Now Couldn’t Be the Right Time

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jul 26, 2012
      Houston Gun Show

      It seems as if every time a dozen or so people are murdered and six or so dozen are shot up in a movie theater, high school or college campus, the wacko leftist peacenik liberal elites start spouting that anyone who believes automatic weapons should be legal is either stupid, crazy, a mass murderer wannabe or has length challenged privates, and that our right to bare arms and bear arms, which even that Obama-loving SCOTUS Judge Roberts, admits that we have, has limits

      SCROTUS v. POTUS

      The Big Day

      by | 11, Add your Comment | Jun 28, 2012
      The Big Day

      Breaking News: CJ Roberts tacks left to uphold mandate and Affordable Healthcare Law; then to the right to allow states not to expand Medicaid.

      America must have some of the stupidest, least informed and most gullible people on earth, but that is another story. Today the Supreme Court finally announced their ruling that there will be comprehensive reform of our badly broken healthcare system during our lifetimes.

      We learned that the 6 percent among us who don’t have insurance and don’t want it are required to have it or face a penalty*; and if the other 10 or so percent who don’t have health insurance, but want it can buy it.

       

      Billion Dollar Questions

      A Draperesque Vision of America

      by | 15, Add your Comment | May 14, 2012
      MittRomney as Don Draper

      Can an anti-woman, anti-black, anti-senior, anti-sick, anti-worker, anti-unemployed, anti-poor, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-education, anti-union, anti-peace, anti-environment, anti-science, anti-Wall-Street-reform, anti-Geneva-Convention, anti-world presidential candidate win?*

      That seems unfair. Let me re-phrase it. Can a candidate wishing to robo-sign teapublican legislation to return us to some mythological Don Draperesque vision of America win against this incumbent president?**

      Another Undeclared Republican War

      I must have missed the meeting

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Feb 15, 2012
      downton abbey-Repug version

      The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expired last year and has not been reauthorized. The law has been held hostage by the Republican men on the Judiciary Committee over some asinine pretexts that the law might could be used to expand protection of undocumented or LGBT victims and allow tribal governments to arrest paleface abusers.

      VAWA is not your everyday-no-big-deal-who-cares-we-can-live-without-it kind of law. This law changed everything for victims of domestic battering. If this isn’t about Republican men versus women, then they need to prove it…

      Suggested Reading

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jan 20, 2012

      Political Miscreants

      2011: Did Nothing Congress

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Dec 19, 2011
      America held hostage

      ‘tis the season for retrospectives. That is not intended to be anti-Christmas, but so many of us aren’t participating this year, I’d just like to move on.

      In some ways, 2011 felt like 1979 – just a preamble to 1980. An election year. A first term, Nobel Prize winning Democrat in the White House. Lousy economy. Bailouts in the news. Religious fanatics, conspiring with the Republicans to hold the country hostage. All we need now is an aging, former liberal Democrat, union member, once divorced, actor turned racist, anti-abortion, anti-welfare, anti-protest, NRA member, governor and serial presidential candidate, to step forward and take credit for turning the economy around, while increasing the size of government and national debt. Enough of looking back to the past, let’s get to looking back to present.

      Starting with the hostage situation…

      Cry for Help

      Help Wanted

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Dec 8, 2011
      Help Wanted

      LikeTheDew.com is looking for a few smart and resourceful people to work in a convivial virtual environment helping to deliver enlightened perspectives on progressive Southern culture and content. Positions part time, for no pay, but include the benefit of knowing you are trying to make a difference.

      • Community Engagement Manager: moderate comments, engage readers and poke around the site making sure everything is as it should be. Email: CEM@LikeTheDew.com.
      • Author Relationship Director: reach out to new writers, contact writers who aren’t, set up and update author profiles, communicate with guest writers and manage creative commons relationships. Email: ARD@LikeTheDew.com.
      • Social Marketing Guru: plan, manage, post and engage the Dew’s followers all over the web. Email: SMG@LikeTheDew.com.
      • Dew Business Manager: plan and run our non-commercial, almost no revenue except from the donation of our readers, business. Email: DBM@LikeTheDew.com.
      • Editorial Comrades: read, prep, art direct and post stories. We really need some help. Email: EC@LikeTheDew.com.

      Right now, the Dew is just three volunteers who work 24/7/365. We have reached the limit of what we can dew and really need help. We have to get better organized and none of us are any good at that. If you have some time, we would really love to hear from you.

      Middle Class Near-Poor

      What’s the tipping point?

      by | 10, Add your Comment | Nov 28, 2011
      What's the tipping point?

      Last week I canceled a trip to be with our grandchildren for Thanksgiving. The tipping point that forced the decision was a combination of unexpected medical co-pays on top of some un-budgeted car repair. While heartbreaking, it was not particularly serious and we expect to visit in a couple of weeks, but it made me wonder. I have made a living as a marketing version of the canary in a coal mine – a preeminent consumer of sorts. For whatever reason, I seem to experience things months or more before others. If something so insignificant could force my decision, could we, the formerly solid middle class, be on the edge of a more dramatic shift?

      Hard working families all over our great country are facing tough economic decisions every day.

      People's Art

      Occupy Op Art

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Nov 26, 2011
      Occupy Op Art

      Occupy posters from all around the web. Credits, where known, are indicated in the description of each image. Here’s where they came from: BreakingCopy.com, ThinkProgress.org, Guardian.co.uk, WebUrbanist.com, IBTimes.com, CarrieSosbe.blogspot.com, HuffingtonPost.com, DailyKos.com, JustSeeds.org, and PropagandaRemix.com

      Saturday Television

      Debate Du Jour

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Nov 13, 2011
      cbs-debate-screenshot

      After a long day of college football and poignant play-by-play announcer comments on the rape of children and the effect on Joe Paterno, an estimated 612 channel changes between games – each accompanied by a “where are my glasses moment,” an unrehearsed comedy segment using picture-in-picture mode on our not-wide-enough-screen-TV, and a frustrating trip to NetFlix “New Arrivals” which all pre-date the birth of the parents of our grand-children, we decided on a survivor show: the “CBS News/National Journal South Carolina Republican Debate.”

      I Can't Hear You

      We are only represented by pollsters

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Nov 10, 2011
      John Boehner with fingers in his ears

      You share your Congressperson with 705,761 neighbors. How could they possibly represent you?

      Article I, Section 2 of the US Constitution states that “The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand” Clearly, the founding fathers, felt that 30,000 was a pretty good number. Power, true to its nature, was something our Congresses seldom wished to share. Once the House got to 435 members, they kept it that way. Had they stayed with the intent of our fore parents, the next House session would convene with 10,233 members. Wouldn’t that be cool?

      Southern Hubris

      Hart to Cain: Don’t you dare

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Nov 4, 2011
      Hart to Cain: Don't you dare

      “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored.”

      That was presidential candidate Senator Gary Hart’s famous dare to the press corp in response to rumors of an affair. Funny thing about a dare to journalists, they’ll take it. They still do.

      When reporters for the Miami Herald, who were already staking out Hart’s DC townhouse, broke a story about seeing a woman leaving the same evening of the dare, Hart claimed they couldn’t have seen both entrances and didn’t have the facts. Which, of course, led to the publishing of the famous photo of Senator Hart on a Miami dock wearing a tee-shirt from the boat “Monkey Business” and with 29-year old actress Donna Rice* in his lap. A week later he was out of the race.

      Southern Funnies

      Survivor: Occupy Wall Street

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Oct 23, 2011
      Survivor Occupy Wall Street

      Close your eyes and imagine for a moment. No, stop. That won’t work, you need to know more. Here’s the idea. A new prime time reality series based on another prime time series based on a successful European series and based on real reality: Survivor Occupy Wall Street. A different show each night of each week.

      Monday: Survivor Occupy Wall Street – Red State
      Tuesday: Survivor Occupy Wall Street – Blue State
      Wednesday: Survivor Occupy Wall Street – Toss Up State
      Thursday: Survivor Occupy Wall Street – Los Angeles
      Friday: Survivor Occupy Wall Street – Miami
      Saturday: Survivor Wall Street – Las Vegas
      Sunday: Survivor Wall Street – New York

      Borrowed from CBS, the rules of Survivor Occupy Wall Street are simple: average Americans are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth – public parks near financial districts.

      Southern Refugees

      Mic Check

      by | 9, Add your Comment | Oct 17, 2011
      Occupy Atlanta at the State Capital

      Saturday was a day of occupation and solidarity in cites around the world. In Atlanta, there was a march from “Troy Davis Park,” the name used by the occupying residents of Woodruff Park, to the state capital.

      Economic Refugee Camps
      Occupy Atlanta is a populist movement. It is not affiliated with any political party and vows not to be hijacked either. It is, at least by intent, neither liberal or conservative. Those in the camps are, generally, young or homeless. They are symbolic refugees in the richest country in the world. They are our surrogates.

      Southern Justice

      Meet the real Georgia killers

      by | 19, Add your Comment | Sep 20, 2011
      georgia board of pardons

      Meet the five people responsible for the death of Troy Davis – the Georgia Board of Pardons. We don’t know how they voted. It is possible that one or two of these people is innocent. As a group, however, they conspired and announced their death sentence. Troy Davis will be killed on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7:00PM.

      (Update: Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia and pronounced dead at 11:08PM. Witnesses reported that his last words from gurney with the needle already in were addressed to the victim’s family and his prison guards, “I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent. The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight. For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls.”)

      Southern Truth

      Leadership, Carville & Truth

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Sep 18, 2011
      Leadership, Carville & Truth

      Leave it to James Carville to get people thinking. His advice this week to President Obama was to panic, fire a bunch of people and indict some of the people responsible for the financial crisis. I, respectfully, differ.

      This President has done his darndest to play the traditional role of cheerleader President. No matter the reality, reassure the masses and do the “right thing.” Find compromise. Reassure his base through incrementalism. Reassure his opponents by putting everything on the table. I don’t think that I am the first to say that this ain’t working.

      Southern Paranoia

      Learning from the Past

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Sep 10, 2011
      911

      For those history buffs out there, here’s a test. What country could be described by these conditions, which occurred over decade or so:• Injured national pride;

      • A new national leader who had not been elected by majority vote;
      • An economic calamity that almost overnight destroyed the middle class standard of living;
      • Long term unemployment/underemployment over 25%;
      • A terrorist event, forewarned to the leaders, that set ablaze a symbol of the nation and resulted in…

      Southern Futility

      Live Thursday Night: Futility, the Series

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Sep 6, 2011
      Obama before joint session of Congress

      Thursday night, our President will address a joint session of Congress to again ask Congress take up emergency measures to deal with unemployment and the greatest economic crisis facing our nation in three generations. He asked to give the speech on Wednesday. Republicans said, “No.”

      President Obama is expected to ask that Congress extend unemployment benefits for those fortunate enough to have a job to lose when Bush’s economic crisis struck. Republicans are expected to say, “No, the unemployed need to get a job.”

      President Obama is expected to ask that Congress extend a payroll tax cut for those fortunate enough to still have a job. Republicans are expected to say, “No, they just need to get a second job.”

      Southern Streets

      Lessons from the Street

      by | 15, Add your Comment | Aug 12, 2011
      Donnie painting Tee Shirts

      When the guy approached in the strip center parking lot early one Saturday morning and told me his story, I fell for it. He said he had driven all night from Ohio with his family, had no money and ran out of gas. We walked to his car, saw his family and the cynic in me, checked his license tag. He just needed $20 and he’d be able to buy gas and get home. I gave it to him. So did my wife later that day when she came to return what I’d bought. When we shared the stories, we felt like chumps.

      We all have stories. When someone needs help, and we can, most of us do. But are we really helping?

      Southern Dicks

      An open letter to Jim Demint

      by | 22, Add your Comment | Aug 12, 2011
      An open letter to Jim Demint

      Dear Jim:

      I know that you and I haven’t been exactly close since you had your personal, life-changing experience – discovering your one true god of campaign money and power. I know that even before that you seldom sought my advice, nor have I offered it,  but you crossed another line today by stating…

      Southern Economics

      Fixing the Ecomony #1

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Aug 6, 2011
      Fixing the Ecomony #1

      Open the Federal Reserve discount window to states and local government.This initiative uses no taxpayer money, requires no action from Congress, could be implemented immediately and should save state and local governments, as much as $80-$100 billion, each year while providing badly needed economic stimulus or tax relief. In DC, this would be spun, “a trillion dollar stimulus over ten years.”

      We already give access to the Fed’s discount window to banks – even non-member foreign banks …  Why not allow access for our sovereign state governments that are bound by balanced budget amendments –  many of whom now have higher credit ratings than the US government?

      Southern Melodrama

      US to Shed 1.5 Million Jobs to Create New Recession

      by | 12, Add your Comment | Aug 1, 2011
      Right Wing Raising the Debt

      Update: 08.09.2011, 4:00 PM. President Obama has now signed the legislation to raise the debt ceiling and avert default. The bill immediately raises the debt ceiling by $400 billion. The additional steps that our country will have to endure to raise the debt ceiling for the balance of next year are described below. “Enough talk about the debt. We have to talk about jobs,” said Democratic Minority Leader, Nancy Peloisi.

      Only two days remain in this season’s final episode of the made-for-cable-news mega-series drama, “The Right Wing – Raising the Debt Ceiling”…

      Southern Cliffhangers

      Rebels Without a Clue

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Jul 23, 2011
      Rebels Without A Clue

      The political equivalent of testosterone has the potential of doing something that bullets, bombs, ordinary corruption, conspiracies and daylight failed to do for over 300 years.

      Maybe that’s over the top – we’ll see. But the dumbed down, “grass roots” electorate who voted and gave a path to power to weak minded new politicians and reelected old politicians who saw the light of promised, simple solutions to complicated problems, have us – all of us – in a game of chicken over the debt limit that should never have been played.

      Southern Politics

      Bring Back the Bad Old Days

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jul 12, 2011
      Bipartisan Congressional leadership meeting

      Oh, how I long for the time when politicians lied to get elected. When a Democrat could run as a hawk and govern as a dove. When a Republican would run as a conservative and it meant they were cautious to change and represented traditional values, not the values of a mob. Oh, for the days when we knew the contract with America was not worth the paper it was printed on.

      When getting things done was the goal of both parties and compromise was seen as a victory for each…

      Southern Taxes

      A Progressive Argument for a Flat Tax

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jul 4, 2011
      "The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor", lithograph depicting the Boston Tea Party

      Democrats and Republicans will only agree to changes in the tax codes if forced to by their caucus or in exchange for tax contributions. The debt default is looming, so let’s strike a deal.

      • A deal that requires no passage of a debt extension – now, or ever again.
      • A deal that protects social programs while creating incentives to make them more efficient.
      • A deal that allows a Democrat in the White House and a Democrat majority in the Senate to pass a series of core Republican initiatives – how’s that for reaching across the aisle?
      • A deal that will make the business lobby happy and create millions of new jobs for unemployed and under-employed Americans.

      Southern Strategy

      Winning No Matter What

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Jun 29, 2011
      Winning No Matter What

      The public strategy seems straightforward – the minority party holds the national debt hostage in an attempt to force the majority party to voluntarily undo three generations of their own progressive policy. On face value, it seems brilliant.

      The Republicans, after all, are largely responsible for deficit and the worst depression since Prozac. When they took power under Bush, there was a $235 billion surplus. When Bush left office, the national debt stood at $10.6 trillion and deficits, based on Bush/Republican approved spending, were projected to increase by $9 trillion in the next 10 years. Of course, those estimates didn’t include 9% unemployment continuing to depress tax collections and increasing unemployment benefits…

      Southerners For Peace

      The Timidity of Hope

      by | 13, Add your Comment | Jun 23, 2011
      Obama - Hope With Blood on His Hands

      I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16, New International Version.

      It should be no surprise* that our President decided to continue the 10-years war. The choice to order more thousands of our brave men and women in uniform to give their lives, and many more maimed and permanently scarred, is consistent with his presidency, his campaign promises and his life’s story. The choice to accept tens of thousands more innocent civilian lives to be lost or ruined as collateral damage is one that weighed the risk of peace against the advice for war against the political climate in Washington at odds with the history of Afghanistan.

      Southern Bastards

      Trojan Terrorism

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jun 15, 2011
      trojan horse

      Recently, the Dew has come under an attack from presumed terrorists. The Patriot Act was useless to help keep us safe. These people are smart, motivated, well-financed and uncaring.

      This was a malicious attack. We don’t have any private information or accounts to steal, so none was at risk. It was just a mean spirited bastardly thing to do. We join a long, and some distinguished, list of sites that have been attacked and hacked.

      For weeks, these criminals have been bombarding the dew with site registrations – often as many as 20,000 in a single day hoping to find a weakness to exploit. We have continued to ratchet up security settings, adding layers of security and tests – sometimes hourly – hoping they would just give up. Apparently, it just made them mad. (I apologize, will you stop now? Please?)

      Southern Politics

      Winning the Unpopular Vote

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Jun 11, 2011
      We the Republicans © Dana S. Rothstein #133535

      On face value, it might seem stupid to run for office on issues sure to piss off the majority of people. Take, for instance, the Republican party (please). They are, of course, against Democrats who make up 34-45% of the US population, depending on the day and who’s counting. The percentage of each party varies by state or district, but generally, about 15% of the voters decide who will win and who will lose.

      Some might argue, a campaign of inclusion (suggested search term: democracy) would be the best way to reach that 15% swing vote. So how do the Republicans expect to win elections when they are also in lockstep against…

      Southern Weeks

      What a Week

      by | 8, Add your Comment | May 3, 2011
      President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner

      During Friday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, President Obama paused during his remarks, smiled thoughtfully and said, “What a week.” We had no idea.

      In addition to his everyday duties, briefings, meetings with the National Security Team, the Attorney General, Defense Secretary,  Secretary of State, Congresspeople, Governors, etc., doing press interviews, hosting Crown Princes and Presidents, working to fix our immigration problems, manage a few a wars, and commemorating the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike, our President took time to do a few more things that made last week seemed pretty amazing. It started out ordinary enough as he and the first family hosted the Easter Egg Roll…

      Dew Drops

      Osoma the stranger Osama reports

      by | 2, Add your Comment | May 2, 2011
      Map of Osama bin Laden's compound via Google maps

      TechCrunch.com has reported that Google maps has been updated to show Osama bin Laden’s Compound in Abbottābad, Pakistan.

      The New York Daily News reported that Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler were both declared dead on May 1st.

      The Daily Beast reported Osama bin Laden’s death marked the 8th anniversary of Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” aircraft carrier speech.

      The Daily Mail reports that Obama’s announcement knocked Celebrity Apprentice off the air.

      The AJC reported a tweeter from @binladen that tweeted at 1am, “I’m not dead, just a little busy at the moment.”

      Election Cycles

      Managing for Peace

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Apr 29, 2011
      52nd Infantry Regiment Teaches the Peace Sign

      Yesterday, President Obama announced planned changes to his security team. There is nothing unusual in changes. The President is running for reelection and it is smart politics to announce changes prior to the campaign. The President continues to manage government well. None of the changes will be abrupt. Gates will step down June 30 and Panetta, assuming confirmation, will take over July 1st. All are non-controversial defense insiders and should get an easy confirmation and even a few Republican votes.

      Nothing unusual, except for why Obama’s really doing it — Obama’s planning to end the war in Afghanistan…

      Southern Cynicism

      Preserving Social Security to Pay for Medicare

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Apr 17, 2011
      Preserving Social Security to Pay for Medicare

      The Paul Ryan 2012 budget bill and “Path to Prosperity” sailed through House Friday on Republican votes. The GOP plans to spend $3.5 trillion next year, down a whopping $30 billion from 2011 (about eight days of current war spending), by cutting food stamps and Medicaid for the poor, children and the disabled. The Republican bill will still require the Government to borrow more than 40 cents of every dollar spent.

      The bill passed is part of the Republican “roadmap” to reduce the deficit by $4.4 trillion over the next ten years, while…

      Southern Debt

      The Elephant in the Room

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Apr 11, 2011
      Elephant in the room

      We’ve all heard the mind-numbing numbers:  $14 trillion of national debt that will grow to $20 trillion by 2010, but is it real? Technically, and by the political definition, yes. It is the cumulative difference between actual revenues and spending. But by any reasonable accounting standard, our definition of national debt is hoax. More precisely, it is a political hoax within a hoax.

      Almost two-thirds of the national debt is owed to us – mostly to our own government and its agencies. So when the pundits of doom talk about the impending explosion of interest on the national debt, one should smirk, a bit. We have systematically plundered Social Security, Civil Service and Military retirement funds – like corporate America, we are never going to pay our pensions back, we’re going to change the rules…

      Southern Hospitality

      Georgia House Bill 277

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Apr 2, 2011
      Feral Hog

      I’m no fan of feral hogs, even when they aren’t in the Georgia House. A few years back, I was taking a long walk toward the sunrise on a desolate stretch of beach along the edge of the Hobcaw Barony, just north of Georgetown, SC, when one of these evolutionary misfits, the real ones, not the elected kind, bounded over the dunes …

      My only hunting experience is shooting children and their parents. I have never shot a feral hog or a deer, so maybe I’m not qualified to weigh in on Georgia House Bill 277. In fact, I’ve never hunted at all. My grandson’s 10th birthday party was held at Charleston Paintball. I had some trepidation about it. My people, as they say in Charleston, weren’t gun people.

      Southern Priorities

      New and Improved

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Mar 23, 2011
      New and Improved

      Our nation was founded on a couple of overriding principles:  we don’t want to be taxed unless the rich white boys say so (democracy for property owners); and we don’t trust anyone, or any institution (especially someone not like me). Over the last couple of hundred years, these founding principles have become distorted and gotten complicated by silly little things, such as: human rights; education; and people realizing that there are serious amounts of easy money to be made on selling stuff to the government, or getting the government to tax anyone, but you.

      Unlike popular sentiment, I do not advocate going back to our founding principles. I suggest, we need a new, narrow, and less complicated purpose for government – so we can screw it all up again during the next couple of hundred years.

      Southern Cuisine

      Boiled Frogs

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Mar 21, 2011
      Boiled Frogs

      A recipe for a very rich stew. Serves fewer than 1%.

      Cooking Directions:
      In a very large melting pot, add 200+or- million domestic and imported frogs, toads, tadpoles, pollywogs and porwigles. Do not preheat. Slowly, ever so slowly, raise the heat over 50 or 60 years. While constantly stirring, gradually add

      • 4.5+or- % average annual inflation – make sure as much of the increase as possible comes from food, health care, prescriptions, insurance and energy costs, and as little as possible comes from wages;
      • 1+or- % average annual reduction in top marginal tax rates while flattening all tax rates…

      Southern Hubris

      Mother Nature Rules Reality

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Mar 14, 2011
      Mother Nature Rules Reality

      This has been a tough week for politicians and the faith-based stupid. The most admired leaders of both parties in a long-running suicide pact with our most trusted sources of news and their corporate masters had convinced most of the electorate that nuclear energy is safe and clean. Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Kyshtym and a dozen or so other accidents long ignored, Mother Nature weighed in on that this week, and in a few seconds of shaking, not counting the aftershocks, did in NE Japan what it typically takes an entire Godzilla movie to achieve – this time, it was real. This time, we were all shaken. This time, even Republicans can’t spin the reality of the danger back into a lie. Nuclear energy is not safe and it never was clean.

      Southern Politics

      Senate votes $18 billion in breaks for tax cheats

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Feb 3, 2011
      Senate votes $18 billion in breaks for tax cheats

      In an alarming show of bipartisan corruption, the Senate voted 81 to 19 to cancel the 1099 requirement from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – better known as the fascist-socialist-unconstitutional-budget-busting-obamacare law. Obama, who signaled his support of the repeal during the State of the Union, is expected to sign the bill during a press conference to announce his plans to run for reelection as a both a small “d” democrat and a Teapublican.

      Corporate television “news” channels were quick to announce the story with breaking spin saying campaign contributers have been heard and announcing this great Republican victory as the first step toward total repeal* of the fascist-socialist-unconstitutional-budget-busting-obamacare law while allowing small businesses to focus on the critical work of growing their businesses and creating jobs instead of IRS paperwork.

      The 1099 requirement mandated all businesses, beginning in 2012, report to the Internal Revenue Service purchases of $600 another business or individual.  You might be asking, “Just, what in the hell did that have to do with healthcare?” Taxes.

      Southern Jobs

      Ignorance is bliss

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jan 8, 2011
      Ignorance is bliss

      In the mid-1970’s when the US inflation rate was double-digits, a prominent pundit1 for the post-Nixon Ford administration explained it simply, “The reason we have inflation is that we measure it. If we didn’t track it, there would be no inflation.” I’ve always admired that idea. Ignorance, as they say, is bliss.

      Take, for instance, the big news that 103,000 jobs were created last month and our unemployment rate has dropped four tenths of one percent (.004) to the lowest level since spring of 2009. Wow. Those Republicans sure do work fast. Sounds like happy times are here again.

      Hen house outsourced to wolves

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Jan 4, 2011
      Hen house outsourced to wolves

      As they say, “if you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.” Bloomberg, Boston.com, LA Times and others are reporting that your President is about to name JPMorgan executive, William Daley,  as the new White House Chief of Staff. No comment, yet, from the White House on how they plan to cover the odor from this stink bomb.

      Yes, he’s the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley who is stepping down to allow former investment banker and most recent White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, to take over the city of Chicago. For those of you who might be jumping to the conclusion that there’s some connection between the two events, it seems reasonable, but surely just a “coincidence.” Technically, this does not violate Obama’s stated goal of tougher a “revolving door” policy. Nor is it likely that after months and months of future politically-motivated Republican Congressional hearings into the matter and articles of impeachment…

      Stimulus Hawk

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Dec 16, 2010
      Stimulus Hawk

      In a dramatic achievement of bipartisan compromise, the Clinton-Obama administration has announced a compromise with Republicans for continued stimulus spending – deficit be damned – as long as the economy, as judged by the Chamber of Commerce, deems it appropriate. No, extending the Bush tax cuts for the superwealthy was so last week. Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Stuck in the malaise of the post-prozac depression, we simply cannot afford to have hundreds of thousands of Americans return home off combat pay. The effect on Visa and Mastercard write-offs would be massive.

      Dewings

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Dec 12, 2010
      Cover the South Like the Dew

      The Dew is Back in the South.
      During this past month, we migrated LikeTheDew.com from free shared web servers in Vancouver to our own high speed server in Houston. We now have a virtual distribution network that mirrors LikeTheDew.com on web servers closest to you no matter where you are in the world. It has been painful. We have had site issues and problems. We believe most are behind us. Please continue to let us know if you experience problems on the site so we can get them fixed quickly.

      Your Morning Dews is Back.
      For the last couple of months, we’ve had awful email newsletter issues. Anyone reading this has had days without the Dew and days with three copies of it. We have given up on the old program and trashed it. A new Dewsletter launched Sunday, which immediately went out twice (sorry).

      All I wanted for Christmas

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Dec 9, 2010
      All I wanted for Christmas

      I stopped all my pouting. I haven’t cried all year.* I have been good only for goodness sake. Sure, I had a long wish list. It had been eight long years since I’d even gotten a lousy lump of coal. I wrote my letters. Waited to see him hoping to sit in his lap. Told him what I wanted and listened, oh, so closely, to his answers. I hung my stocking with care. I had such anticipation, I could barely sleep. I hoped. I let myself dream. And, I really, really believed.

      Here’s some of what he promised that hasn’t been delivered, and, least, not yet…

      Lame Canard Session

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Dec 7, 2010
      Lame Canard Session

      The stakes are enormous: millions of Americans have lost their meager unemployment benefits; job creation is abysmal; unemployment is increasing; municipal and state governments are in dire need of revenue; the Bush-era tax cuts will expire on December 31st; and obstructionism in Congress is sure to be even worse in the next session.

      Our formerly hopeful, now pragmatic President, knowing just how close our economy is to falling off the cliff, has embraced compromise to get help from Senate Republicans to stimulate the economy. The Republicans in the Senate, knowing that a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts is precisely the issue they will need for the 2012 election, are willing to compromise all principles to throw some scraps at the poor…

      105 ways we love you

      A happy ending to a storybook life

      by | 23, Add your Comment | Nov 28, 2010
      A happy ending to a storybook life

      On November 2nd, Harriet Adams, age 105, asked her caretaker to drive around downtown so she could see how things had changed. It wasn’t an unusual request. They frequently went for short drives to the store and walks to get out of the house. They took a long drive that day. Spent an hour and a half driving down Main Street Greenville. Past Springwood Cemetery, which she’d been to countless times to bid farewell to family and lifelong friends. They drove past the old mills that surround the redevelopment of South Main, which now reveal the Reedy River Falls she remembered as a child. They rode slowly through the re-gentrified neighborhoods and surely stopped for a moment in front of the home where she grew up and worked her only job for wages: 25¢ a week for making her brother’s bed.

      Forgiveness is way overrated

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Oct 26, 2010
      Forgiveness is way overrated

      I’m really in to brotherly love, peaceful coexistence and all that stuff. I got little room for hate and vengeance – antipathy is about as far as I go. Someone slights me, I forgive or forget and move on. Apply the golden rule – forgive as I want to be forgiven.

      It’s just that I’m not looking for forgiveness for murder, kidnapping, maiming, torture, assault (except verbal), robbery, abuse, incest, poisoning, grand theft, bribery, the general ruining of lives or conspiring to commit any of the above. Not saying that I couldn’t find a way to forgive some variations of these crimes, just that they don’t come freely. Likely they require some combination of stopping the behavior, confession, remorse, making amends – all of which just might lead to reconciliation. It is true in our relationships, courts and religion.

      Site problems

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Oct 21, 2010

      If you have been to the Dew the last couple of days, you’ve probably noticed that we have had some technical issues – pages loading slowly, problems with sign in and comments and, at times, no site at all. It seems we have out grown our $7 a month server. Over the next week, we will be migrating the site to new, larger, more reliable, and, hopefully, much faster servers. Servers that come with technical support who actually answer the phone and speak Southern. We have also set up a CDN (Content Delivery Network) which mirrors the Dew on servers all over the world to feed the site scripts and images from a source closer – and faster – to where a visitor is. Finally, we are converting our cache system to a more sophisticated approach to take advantage of all this new technology. All to say, hang in there with us. It will get better soon.

      In the meantime, if you have specific problems, let me know. Email: Lee@LikeTheDew.com

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