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    Voice of the Challenger: An Interview with Jeremy Salter

    by | 0 | Sep 29, 2016
    Voice of the Challenger: An Interview with Jeremy Salter

    Are political courage and smart ideas enough to unseat an entrenched incumbent? Jeremy Salter is counting on a thoughtful electorate ready for overdue criminal justice reform as the challenger in the contest for Floyd County District Attorney against incumbent Leigh Patterson. That Patterson is the most prominent of the four local public officials in the county who recently changed their affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party adds an element of drama to the race…

     

     

    debate world

    Geographically Challenged

    by | 1 | Sep 28, 2016
    The US Presidential debate world 2.0

    That Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump in the first debate between the party presidential nominees on September 26, 2016 is obvious. She was clear while he was confusing. She was self-possessed while he was easily baited. The differences were so obvious that they tended to obscure what their responses revealed about their respective geopolitics. A bare bones content analysis of the number of references to locations reveals much about their perspectives on global politics.

     

     

    the deceased speak

    War Letters

    by | 4 | Sep 26, 2016
    War Letters – Photo by Tom Poland

    “Letters to and from the front lines were a lifeline for service men and women fighting in World War II. Few things mattered more to those serving abroad than getting letters from home, ‘mail was indispensable,’ one infantryman remembered. ‘It motivated us. We couldn’t have won the war without it.’ The mail, whenever it arrived, also helped reassure the worried families of servicemen back home.” – “The War, Letters & Diaries,” PBS

     

     

    earth and its peoples

    Standing with Standing Rock and Sacred Stone Camp

    by | 1 | Sep 21, 2016
    Standing Rock Indian Reservation

    “Resistance to high-risk extreme extraction is building a global, grassroots, and broad-based network the likes of which the environmental movement has never seen.” Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything (2014)

    Something extraordinary and unprecedented is happening within the environmental movement. The epicenter of this “Earth”-quake is Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. For some time, a small group of Standing Rock Lakota (“Sioux”) has gathered on the banks of the Cannon Ball River to protest the continued development of the “black serpent“…

     

     

    what kind of person?

    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    by | 0 | Sep 21, 2016
    All Republican Patriots Must Choose Party or Principle

    “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” – Winston Churchill

    No one who feels allegiance to a political party wants to have to choose between party and principle. But sometimes history compels people to make that choice.

    That is how a large group of prominent people, who describe themselves as “members of the Republican national security community,” see their situation in this year’s presidential election.

     

     

    vp candidate, green party

    An Interview with Ajamu Baraka

    by | 1 | Sep 8, 2016
    Vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka and presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein at the 2016 Green Party convention

    Disappointment and boredom have left many Americans with the suspicion that something essential to democracy is missing from the 2016 presidential contest as it is covered by corporate news media… and they are correct. The presidential and vice-presidential nominees of the two major parties are painfully uninspiring and their ideas promise nothing but different versions of ‘more of the same.’ Americans are hungrier than ever for leaders willing to confront entrenched power. Which is why I was delighted to interview Ajamu Baraka, the Vice Presidential for the Green Party

     

     

    home grown

    An Act of Terrorism

    by | 1 | Aug 19, 2016
    1996 olympic bombing atlanta cnn

    Twenty years ago this summer, America was rocked by a terrorist attack. A religious fanatic radicalized by fundamentalist ideas planted a bomb at a crowded location during a major sporting event. The device he built killed one person and injured 120 more. The death toll could easily have been in the hundreds.

    That same terrorist planted three more bombs that injured and killed over the next two years; bombs targeting places he arrogantly linked to the causes he felt were worth murdering innocents for…

     

     

    social equality and justice

    The Thoughts of a White Undergrad

    by | 1 | Aug 16, 2016
    Black Lives Matter by Ella via flickr

    In the wake of the gruesome events of the past few weeks between police officers and black civilians, it’s worth noting that the black community is not alone in their anger and sorrow. In fact, I stand by you and though I don’t and can never understand what you’re going through, I do sympathize with you. My heart and soul hurts when I see the news of yet another young black man being fatally shot by police. The continuous murder of young black men by police officers MUST CEASE. For this to be happening in this day and age in the US is deplorable.

    That being said, when we look at the history of America, these events are not isolated ones.

     

     

    ile de ré

    Guantanamo a la France

    by | 1 | Aug 1, 2016
    Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    Remember when we associated France with popular rebellion against tyranny and individual liberty? The French Revolution, the Paris Commune, the French Resistance and May 1968 provided ideas and imagery for innumerable liberation movements around the world.

    To the dismay of many Francophiles, of late liberal democracy in L’Hexagone has gone pear shaped in response to Islamist terrorism. Surveillance was ramped up and the number of prosecutions for hate speech multiplied after the January 7, 2015 Charlie Hebdo mass killing…

     

     

    our collective narcissism

    I Wish “We’re the Greatest!” Weren’t Such Good Politics

    by | 3 | Jul 31, 2016
    screen shot - 2016 DNC - Hillary Clinton - Tim Kaine - red white blue

    Let me first try to make sure I’m not misunderstood. I am not saying that I wish the Democrats had done anything different at the convention. As many observed, the Democrats were smart to occupy the upbeat, patriotic, American-exceptionalist, morning-in-America space that Trump’s GOP abandoned with its fear-mongering dark picture of the state of the nation. Those chants of “U.S.A! U.S.A.!” may help some Republicans and Independents, unhappy with Trump…

     

     

    not so great

    It’s Always Sunny in America

    by | 6 | Jul 27, 2016
    Donald Trump caricature by DonkeyHotey

    Today, in his third act as President, (the first two are too embarrassing to mention) Donald Trump ended the treaty with the SunGod. He felt that others were not contributing their fair share of sacrifices to the SunGod. At today’s press conference, which was held in the complete dark due to the lack of a sun, Donald stated “America is for chumps if we are going to pay too much for sunlight! I’m not going to sacrifice one more smoking hot virgin that I could use in the Miss America pageant to some SunGod who isn’t an American…

     

     

    threat to our democracy

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    by | 3 | Jul 22, 2016
    Something Wicked This Way Comes

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

     

     

    requires frightened people

    Dropping the ‘F word’

    by | 1 | Jul 18, 2016
    Dropping the 'F word'

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

     

     

    lebensunwertes leben

    Worst Senior Discount Ever

    by | 0 | Jul 7, 2016
    People waiting in line to vote

    BREXIT has elicited expressions of wounded outrage from European intellectuals emotionally invested in the current European Project. Some have contented themselves with name-calling by denouncing British voters as shortsighted bigots manipulated by conservative populists. Disappointment in the outcome of the referendum was so great for others that they have begun asking whether democracy itself might be the problem. If people, the British to be precise, are unable to see what is in their own best interests then perhaps …

     

     

    mexico might take them

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

    by | 3 | Jun 29, 2016
    Texit

    In cities across America – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Orleans – in stunning, giddy numbers, millions of Americans streamed into the streets to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive order Wednesday calling for a “Texit” vote to expel Texas from the union.

    The executive order came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law to limit the legal rights of women to abortions, and a week after the shocking “Brexit” vote in Great Britain to sever ties to the European Union.

     

     

    zika excuse

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

    by | 0 | Jun 29, 2016
    Who Needs the Pros? Time for the Olympics to take a Mulligan

    With the 2016 Olympic Games on the horizon, a group of prospective participants are giving the whole business a snub. Golf is returning as an Olympic game after being away since the word sticks was an accurate description for the equipment being used. And many of the top professional players in the world have announced they will not attend. Most are citing the fear of the Zika virus and family concerns, and some are probably happy they have this as a built in excuse.

     

     

    a civilization-wide challenge

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

    by | 0 | Jun 29, 2016
    Brexit: A Setback in One of Humankind’s Most Important Projects

    Some commentators have reminded us lately of what originally inspired the nations of Western Europe to move toward unification. The impetus came after two horrific wars, originating in Europe, within the space of thirty years.

    In the immediate aftermath of World War II, after tens of millions had been killed and with much of Europe in ruins, some visionary European leaders understood the necessity of weaving the nations of Europe into a more whole order enabling its nations able to live together in peace, and to work together for their common good.

     

     

    adopting a two-round system

    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016

    by | 1 | Jun 28, 2016
    A Guide to Guilt Free Third Party Voting in 2016

    Perhaps the only good thing that may be said for the Electoral College is that every four years it relieves most of us of the burden of choosing the lesser of two evils from among major party presidential nominees. Once we know that a clear majority of the other voters in our state will be plumping for the Democrat or the Republican, we are free to vote sincerely rather than a strategically for any candidate that we like. And that includes the nominees of third parties. Blame the ‘winner take all’ rule …

     

     

    whole woman’s health v. hellerstedt

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

    by | 0 | Jun 28, 2016
    Texas abortion law attacked women's rights and the authority of the Supreme Court

    At year’s end last December, on a radio show in the Shenandoah Valley, I was asked at year’s end for my predictions for the coming year. One prediction I made was that the Court would strike down the Texas abortion law. I thought that the decision might be as much as 6-3 (this was before the death of Scalia), with Chief Justice Roberts joining the majority. My reason was this: whatever a justice might think about abortion, if s/he cares about the authority of the Supreme Court s/he will refuse to accept this Texas law which is clearly an attack on that authority.

     

     

    choreographed hysteria

    Everything Broadcast News Gets Wrong About BREXIT

    by | 2 | Jun 25, 2016
    Brexit ballot by PRO(Mick Baker)rooster

    Broadcast news coverage of the BREXIT Referendum has been nothing short of catastrophic. So bad is the quality of the journalism that, in keeping with the portmanteau usage, it should from here on be known as JOURNOCAT. Or perhaps INFOSTORT for ‘information distortion.’ Maybe NEWSCHLOCK or FUBARPROP would be more appropriate. You get the idea.

     

     

    called personal responsibilty

    A Simple Answer

    by | 2 | Jun 21, 2016
    Wayne LaPierre holding gun laws hostage by DonkeyHotey

    OK, we’ve all been waiting breathlessly for Congress to change the gun-control laws in order to make America safer. My lungs are about to collapse, aren’t yours? I was sure they’d take some action after Orlando, but the votes are in, and guess what? NADA.

    So, how about looking at the problem from a whole different perspective? One that takes away the need for laws and court hearings and the involvement of governmental agencies.

     

     

    overcoming

    The remarkable story of forgiveness in Charleston

    by | 0 | Jun 11, 2016
    Dozens of bouquets lined a sidewalk last year outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

    Almost a year later, the remarkable words of family members in pain still ring in our ears.

    “I forgive you,” one said in a crowded courtroom. “May God have mercy on you,” another added. “Hate won’t win,” said a third.

    One after another, five people squeezed by turmoil forgave an accused killer, who stood pancake-faced in shackles in a separate room and watched his bond hearing on a television screen.

     

     

    exposing hypocrisy & corruption

    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman

    by | 0 | Jun 8, 2016
    Democracy Now, Amy Goodman

    Amy Goodman hosts a groundbreaking radio news show out of New York City, which is also videocast. She covers news from a non-corporate perspective, extolling what she calls Independent Media. She titled her latest book, Democracy Now, because she says it is the only way she can get her show’s name in the New York Times. If it becomes a best seller (which it has) they sort of have to list it. Otherwise, cover non-corporate news and you’re excluded from the corporate media. You’re not quite respectable…

     

     

    hyperventilating over bathrooms

    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds

    by | 8 | May 17, 2016
    Into the North Carolina Transgender Weeds

    North Carolina’s HB 2, aka the “bathroom law,” has provoked outrage and ridicule in equal measure. The feeble defense the law’s supporters are putting up invites speculation about their real agenda. Unless safety concerns track religious belief for some hitherto unnoticed reason, it’s worth wondering why faith-based organizations in particular have been so vocal in raising alarms about the depredations this law is supposed to spare everybody.

     

     

    satire on the campaign trail

    Cruz Spurns Five Girlfriends to Pick Fiorina as his Running Mate

    by | 5 | Apr 28, 2016
    Ted Names Carly is a composite image created for LikeTheDew.com from images by DonkeyHotey via flickr and used under a Creative Commons license

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz bucked all political convention Wednesday by naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate instead of one of the five women he’s run around with on the extramarital sex circuit, according to rumors reported in The National Enquirer.

    “You figure they had leg up on Fiorina,” quipped one Cruz source. “Turns out maybe Ted isn’t as big a leg man as everybody thought.”
    Indeed, according to another source close to Cruz, the conservative evangelical Christian senator chose Fiorina to quash rumors of his extramarital sexual escapades by “picking a woman nobody in America could imagine even Ted Cruz would have sex with.

     

     

    rome rejects hate:

    An Interview With Jessie Reed

    by | 0 | Apr 14, 2016
    Neo-Nazi via ourtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    What should a citizen do when neo-Nazis announce that they intend to invade your town? That is the question now facing the people of Rome, Georgia. For some the initial response to the impending occupation of their quiet North Georgia community by a hate group from Michigan was to plan to hide and pray that the threat just goes away. Every schoolyard bully knows that denial and pusillanimity are powerful temptations. Fascists and white supremacists count on the paralysis that it produces. Fortunately some Romans didn’t give into the temptations of moral cowardice and instead decided to organize…

     

     

    breaking news

    Whew! Thank Goodness

    by | 6 | Apr 1, 2016
    Breaking News Screen shot

    Several shootings lately. Today it’s in Virginia at a Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal.

    Fortunately, no need to panic. As quick as you can scream “Active shooter, shelter in place!” the news stations pounced, emphatically stating “this is not terrorism!”

    Whew, for a minute I thought this was something serious.

    The local news and CBS categorically stated “There is no link to terrorism that we know of….

     

     

    nothing stuck

    Trump reminds us of Italy’s Berlusconi, when he was prime minister

    by | 0 | Mar 27, 2016
    Berlusconi drinking and laughing with Trump (composite image)

    While Americans are somewhat thunderstruck by an independently wealthy person, like Donald Trump jumping headlong into the presidential race, and gaining traction, it’s happened in other places in the world.

    One recent ego-centered and financially independent figure on the world scene to seek political power was mightily successful. We refer to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who led Italy for nine years through four cabinets, often embarrassing that country with his escapades and outright peccadilloes, and was eventually forced to resign.

     

     

    make america great again

    Machen America Wieder Groß

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    not actually a photo of Donald Trump receiving an ovation at the Reichstag after announcing a successful Anschluss march

    Exasperated that its latest stratagem to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump – getting Jeb Bush to endorse Ted Cruz – has failed, mainly because Cruz is even more repugnant to most Republicans than the bellicose billionaire, the GOP is shifting its battle plan to subtle understatement.

    It’s going to distribute Trump campaign caps, “Make America Great Again,” translated into German (“Machen America Wieder Groß”) free to supporters to wear to campaign rallies in remaining primary states, hoping they get the hint.

    A GOP source admitted subtle is risky with Republicans.

     

     

    dog-whistle racism

    From the Party of Abe to the Party of Donald

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    Trump in the lap of Lincoln

    There’s poetic justice in Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential field. The GOP is reaping precisely what it has sown.

    One might indulge in Schadenfreude if the stakes weren’t so high. America teeters on the brink of fascism, and no one can confidently predict which way the chips will fall.

    Trump has essentially effected a “hostile takeover” of the Grand Old Party. How the GOP enabled Trump is the subject of Time‘s March 21 feature story “The Party’s Over.” The article – by Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center – is surprisingly candid…

     

     

    the ncaa sham

    So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You

    by | 0 | Mar 24, 2016
    So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You

    Just in case you missed this, Ben Simmons has decided to forego the balance of his college experience and declare himself for the NBA draft.

    This is a shock on par with hearing Donald Trump insult someone.

    Simmons is another of the famous one and done, athletes who accept a college basketball scholarship with no intention of staying more than a year before leaving for the pros.

     

     

    credit where credit is due

    Oh, now I get it

    by | 1 | Mar 20, 2016
    Oh, now I get it

    Of course. Why didn’t I see this before? It’s as plain as the nose on your face and becoming clearer every day.

    Didn’t we all smirk when ‘the Donald’ stated that he’d get Mexico to pay for the wall to keep their people from crossing into our country illegally?

    When the President of Mexico replied with a firm, “Huh-uh, not on your life,” we agreed, declaring, “And you shouldn’t”!

     

     

    guns on campus

    Georgia’s “Campus Carry” Scam

    by | 20 | Mar 20, 2016
    Georgia's "Campus Carry" Scam

    According to recent reports, members of the Georgia General Assembly are scrambling to respond to Governor Deal’s reservations about HB 859, the “campus carry” bill, now on his desk. The bill permits students at least 21 years old with concealed weapons permits to possess firearms anywhere on the state’s public college campuses except residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and athletic events.

    It’s no wonder legislators are confused. A couple of weeks ago, Governor Deal airily dismissed arguments against the legislation as “lacking validity.” In recent days, however, he’s become persuaded that the bill has to be substantially revised…

     

     

    jury of peers to decide

    Soon Hogan vs. Gawker Will be the Jury’s Problem – Not Ours

    by | 0 | Mar 18, 2016
    Hulk Hogan v. Gawker

    St. Petersburg – The $100 million Hulk Hogan sex video case, upon which all freedom of speech in the Internet Age is said to hang, appeared to take a sudden turn Thursday morning in the direction of making all celebrity sex videos fair game for the worldwide web.

    An appeals court ruled that FBI files had to be unsealed and made public and these files were rumored to be so devastating they would destroy Hogan’s case against the gossip site he is suing, Gawker, for posting a video in 2012 of him having sex with the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge.

     

     

    trump theater

    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    by | 1 | Mar 14, 2016
    Violence Against Protesters at the Heart of Trump Theater

    Donald Trump has been called a “buffoon.” That’s a mistake. “Buffoon” implies foolish, stupid. But Donald Trump possesses a kind of genius: He’s a genius at getting attention for himself.

    One might say that the quest for attention – more than “making deals” — has been the driving force in Trump’s life. And for decades, he has succeeded in getting considerable public attention. But it is only in recent months that he’s demonstrated how extraordinary is his ability to seize – and hold – the spotlight.

     

     

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