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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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    Posts by Lee Leslie:


      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

      Losing Faith

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Oct 17, 2010
      Losing Faith

      Most of us have grown use to the Bush era security lapses. A trillion or so squandered on a faux war on terror. Hundreds of billions more flushed down the toilet of Homeland Security. Then a story breaks by ProPublica, Washington Post and the New York Times – our government knew of the Mumbai plot two years in advance and did nothing. Despite the the all tough-on-terror spin, trashing of the Bill of Rights and the Geneva Convention, and enriching their defense contractor cronies, the Republicans again proved that they were inept at security as they were at waging war, managing the economy, mitigating disasters, educating our young, caring for wounded veterans,  or telling the truth. But that isn’t the part of the story that has me losing faith. I have this naïve belief that what makes our society civilized is voluntarily compliance with our common values.

      Pledge to America: the cliff notes

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Sep 24, 2010
      Pledge to America: the cliff notes

      The long awaited sequel to Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract On America,” is out. Here are cliff notes. A summary of sorts inspired by Cliff Hillegrass’ original, but written for the lemmings expected to be led and fall from the cliff.

      Overall: Republicans pledge to reconnect with their version of the “permanent truth” of long-buried, rich, slave-owning white men – none of whom were Baptist – who lived in a time before indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, telephones, television, internets, rights for women or people of color, automatic weapons, predator drones, polling, political action committees, Republicans, Democrats, citizenship, elections, Wall Street, public libraries, credit cards, corporations, health insurance, retirement plans, banks, dollars, and the life expectancy was about 30.

      Back to Work to the People’s Business

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Sep 16, 2010
      Back to Work to the People’s Business

      Lawmakers are back to work this week after the long Labor Day recess. With elections just six weeks away and so many millions of Americans suffering poverty, unemployment, facing eviction, bankruptcy, hunger or without medical care, let’s take a look at how are representatives are going to prove to the voters that they take their jobs seriously.

      In addition to prayers, committee meetings, general housekeeping and endless requests for things to be read into the record that didn’t actually occur, here’s what is on this week’s schedule in both chambers, I kid you not…

      Fool me thrice

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Sep 7, 2010
      Chart of those in power for the last century or so.

      I have a friend who remarried his first wife. It worked out about the way one would expect. As he was sitting in the court room in what was the second divorce from the same woman, he was called to rise before the judge to  hear the order, “Mr. McKelvey,” the judge began, “I see here that you have already been granted a divorce from this woman once before.”

      “Yes, your honor,” my friend humbly submitted.

      “Mr. McKelvey, in South Carolina, we only allow one divorce per woman. Surely you can understand anyone who’d need two deserves what he gets.”

      Park stories

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Sep 6, 2010
      Park stories

      “There’s something about white people,” Bull said as he sat down beside me on the stone wall overlooking the shopping gauntlet of the Saturday Green Market in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, “they want everything.”

      Bull’s given name is Tony and I’ve know him for three years. As one might suspect, Bull didn’t get his nickname for awkward moments in a china shop. In his mid-fifties, he’s affable, homeless and pretty much knows how to stay out of trouble with the homeless police*. Bull went on to tell me, while punctuating each phrase with a pause and a laugh, “You know, money’s no good for holding on to. It’s got to keep moving. That’s why they do it – always buying stuff.”

      Our forests are too overgrown to fail

      by | 5, Add your Comment | Aug 29, 2010
      Our forests are too overgrown to fail

      An economic analogy.

      We have been preventing and fighting forest fires for a couple of hundred years believing it was the best way to preserve our forests and our way of life. We were wrong.

      Left to themselves, naturally occurring forest fires were frequent, slow moving and limited. These fires cleared the weak, dead or dying trees. These fires burned the brush and vegetation from the forest floor, which supports destructive insects and has become the fuel of the major fires we know today. These fires diversified the environment, made the soil richer and forced the trees to develop thicker bark, which protected them from the heat…

      Dog Days News

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Aug 18, 2010
      Dog Days News

      So Blago’s guilty of lying, but after six and half years of Justice Department investigations, many millions spent, federal prosecutors couldn’t convince 12 of his peers that he was guilty of any of the other 23 charges. Blago will likely be re-tried.

      Our hemisphere is having the hottest summer ever recorded – wildfires in Russia, an iceberg four times the size of Manhattan has broken off Greenland, and Pakistan has more than 20 million affected by flooding with 8+ million in desperate need of food and clean water – yet, the Climate and Energy Bill is being held hostage by Senate Republicans who continue to deny global climate change has been caused by their hot air.

      The verdict’s in

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Aug 13, 2010
      The verdict’s in

      I was called for jury duty this week. Having polled the 300 jurors-in-waiting for Fulton County Court, our judgement was unanimous: if the price of voting is jury duty, we need to demand better candidates.

      It is a tradition to bitch and moan about being called to jury duty, but with almost no exception, those of us summoned, recognized that jury duty is a humbling honor. Plus, it is a once a year chance to be in a room for a day filled with your peers.

      Sermon on the stump

      by | 7, Add your Comment | Aug 6, 2010
      Sermon on the stump

      The Damnitudes:
      Now when he saw the ratings, he went up on each of the networks and sat down. His disciples tuned in to him, and he began to teach them saying:

      Damned are the poor and unemployed, for theirs is the kingdom of the street.
      Damned are those who mourn, for they will be mocked.
      Damned are the meek, for they will inherit the nothing, though it will be tax free.
      Damned are those who hunger and thirst for leftedness, for they will suffer and starve.
      Damned are the merciful, for they will be shown no mercy.
      Damned are the pure in heart, for they will be blind to my truth.

      Mission Accomplished

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Aug 2, 2010
      Mission-Accomplished-Obama_in-Atlanta

      ATLANTA — Today, President Obama announced to the National Convention of Disabled Veterans of America that he is keeping one of his campaign promises – America’s longest war will be unofficially* over on August 31, 2010. Twenty years and eight months since our Middle East invasion. More than 4,000 American lives have been lost and 30,000+ wounded or disabled. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians lost or maimed and millions more have been displaced or are refugees. An estimated five million orphaned children.

      ASSume the position

      by | 10, Add your Comment | Aug 1, 2010
      ASSume the position

      WADR for those in romantic relationships with a banker and actually want it in the ass, the banking industry, aka: we caused the greatest depression since the last and are too big to fail this election cycle so we get money for the Fed for as close to nothing as is measurable and may or may not lend it to you for 33.3% plus fees, are, surprise, taking advantage of real, or will be real loopholes in the passed, but not litigated, totally ruled or commented, but well-monikered Credit Card Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. Duh? Just what do you think more than a million dollars a day will buy in DC? Dinners? Jets? Sex? Condos in Puerto Rico? Elections? Sure, but the money is really for the details and the details are for loopholes.

      Keep your friends close & family closer

      by | 15, Add your Comment | Jul 18, 2010
      Defriend on Facebook

      I defriended my cousin on Facebook. My father’s mother’s brother’s son. I feel bad about it, but he had stepped over the virtual line we had drawn by posting another pseudo-political diatribe/comment on my wall. My cousin’s belief system has little room for fact and he has found that Facebook is the perfect pulpit for his sputem-stained dogma. Please don’t misunderstand, I have tremendous respect and admiration for people of faith – especially, religious faith, faith in aliens, faith in spouses, children, the dollar – that sort of thing.

      Another long weekend

      by | 4, Add your Comment | Jul 17, 2010
      Your Sunday Dews on Saturday

      Alert Dewsletter readers may have noticed their “Sunday Dews” arriving Saturday. Oops, my bad. Our automated email system failed overnight and a manual replacement version had to be created. As I hit the send button, I yelled out to my sleeping wife, “Your Sunday Dewsletter was just sent.” With her eyes still closed, she yelled back, “it’s Saturday.”

      We have a bug in our email system that has caused subscribers to receive multiple Dewsletters the last two weekends. We thought we had it fixed. We’ll work it on it some more. No telling what’s going to happen on the real Sunday. Please bear with us.

      Earning Impunity

      by | 32, Add your Comment | Jul 16, 2010
      Earning Impunity

      Goldman Sachs had revenues of $13.4 billion last year not including the $10 billion in bailout money. Without admitting wrong for helping former Treasury Secretary now hedge-fund billionaire Hank Paulson bilk investors by packaging and selling toxic mortgages designed to fail, Goldman has agreed to settle civil fraud charges for an amount equal to about two week’s revenue, $550 million, plus $1.3 million for lobbying and politicians. Were Goldman Sachs the first and last name of a person, they would be in jail and pennyless. As a corporation, their stock went up over $3 billion after the announcement.

      A Declaration of Dependence

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jul 3, 2010
      Draft of the Declaration of Independence

      A recently discovered, candid, but politically incorrect draft with last minute changes.

      IN CONGRESS, JULY 2^4, 1776

      The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

      When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for rich^one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and more than equal station to which the Laws of Capitalism^Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

      Joining the 50 million

      by | 43, Add your Comment | Jun 9, 2010
      Joining the 50 million

      Our health insurance was canceled last month. We have joined the ranks of the uninsured. Collateral damage in health care reform and the race to parse the regulations, drive trucks of cash through the loopholes and squeeze every dollar out of every soul still breathing.

      Payments were current. We had not made a claim that exceeded our deductible in couple of years. Nothing had changed. And we weren’t even told until three weeks after it had happened. There’s no appeal. No reason required. No COBRA. It is just gone. And it was done on purpose.

      Research shows what it doesn’t show

      by | 5, Add your Comment | May 21, 2010
      Research shows what it doesn't show

      If you don’t have a phone, you can’t hang up on them.

      Land lines have become quaint. It is almost funny to think that, here we are in 2010, and yet, some people still use those old style telephones that require wires to plug into the wall in order to work. Way back in 2004, more than 90% of households had a landline. In 2009, 25% of households are cell phone only.

      Why is this a political story,” you might ask? It is against federal law* to use the automated dialers, which most pollsters use, to call cell phones. Add to that the number of households who primarily use their cell phones (cell dependent) and screen their landlines, and you begin to see a larger problem accurately projecting poll numbers.

      The day the music died

      by | 29, Add your Comment | May 18, 2010
      The day the music died

      Something sinister must have occurred to start the cycle we are in now.

      A cycle in which our political center has moved. When being “pro-business” became more politically popular than being “pro-worker.” When being for “free markets” could rally crowds and “consumer protection” would bring on “boos.” When prosecuting a “war on terrorism” stokes jingoism instead of fears of “nation building,” while “presumption of innocence,” “due process” and the “right to counsel” was the treasonous coddling of our enemies. When “gun rights” became more important than “insuring domestic tranquility.” When “faith” could claim a higher standing than “fact,” or “truth,” or “science.”

      Themmigration Reform

      by | 15, Add your Comment | May 2, 2010
      Themmigration Reform

      The only thing to fear is them themselves.
      It is going around. There are at least ten other states, Utah, Georgia, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska among them, considering anti-immigration laws in the same spirit as the one passed by Arizona (ThinkProgress.org). Arizona’s new law requires law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws “where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.” So, what would make you reasonably suspect someone? Language? Accent? Skin color? Hair type? Height? Weight? Surname? Intelligence? Car type? Living conditions? No driver’s license? Proximity to the border with Mexico? All of the above? Yes, that would be profiling. Constitutional? No telling from this court.

      What would Pat Robertson say?

      by | 6, Add your Comment | Apr 30, 2010
      Goldman Sucks

      Let’s take a quick look at recent legislative initiatives and the relationship of opposition-killing news events:

      • Health care reform – dead in the house and frozen in the senate until Anthem/Blue Cross announces billions in earnings along with huge policy price increases and the tea party takes the Kennedy senate seat.
      • Wall Street reform – seemingly dead in the Senate, then record-breaking Wall Street profits, revelations of sinister-sounding, but all too routine conflicts and manipulation, then Goldman Sachs was indicted.

      Incredibly high fictitious cost of health care

      by | 8, Add your Comment | Apr 22, 2010
      snake oil

      Health care reform doesn’t go into effect for 3 more years, so why is it costing really really big businesses so much right now? In the last month, company after company has announced quarterly earnings and included huge accounting charges for health care costs.

      “Why? For what? And should we be scared shitless?” Glad you asked. First off, except for exercising their Supreme Court given right to paid free speech, which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on lobbyists to fight the health care reform bill, it hasn’t cost big business a nickel. Nothing. Nada.

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