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    not scientists

    A Party of Judases

    by | Feb 14, 2015
    The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, Padua, c. 1306

    “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists — that we don’t have enough information to act [on climate change]. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.” — Barack Obama

    You’ve got to give the GOP credit: its members sure know how to tow the party line.

     

     

    glynn county, ga

    What’s the Matter with BMPs?

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    What's the Matter with BMPs?

    BMPs, short for Best Management Practices, the playbook upon which environmentalists rely to guide developers and other soil disturbers to do the right thing, are failing. The question is why. I don’t think the spouse, who observes that, in his youth, BMPs referred to “bowel movements with pee,” is on the right track, even though the venue, the southland, is apt. I really don’t think the blatant disregard for best management practices, especially on the part of public agencies, ranging from the Georgia Department of Transportation to the Glynn County Department of Public Works can be blamed on linguistic disconnects.

     

     

    in a white racial frame

    American History is not Black History; Black History is not America’s

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    NAACP.org

    As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation as the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths as exemplified by the “Founding Fathers.” There are founding documents as revered as biblical texts for their promise of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    That is why the argument that ‘black history is American history’ is naïve to the point of insipidity. For most of this nation’s history, blacks were not ‘Americans.’ First, we were owned, and then we were barred from exercising the rights of citizenship…

     

     

    georgia

    Attacking school bus drivers may serve as legacy for Nathan Deal

    by | Feb 13, 2015
    Nathan Deal at his 2015 inaugural ceremony - via his Facebook page

    If you were Georgia’s governor, what would you want your legacy to be? Most would want a spotless legacy, we would think, with several key points paramount on ways they would have improved the lives of the governed.

    We think back to the way Carl Sanders is thought of as an “education governor,” in that he greatly improved public education for our state at all levels. (He might also be called the “airport governor, ” as he established many local airports, using this as a tool for economic development.)

     

     

    in sports metaphor

    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes

    by | Feb 11, 2015
    Clock Is Ticking for Leaders to Solve Georgia Transportation Woes

    Georgia’s transportation game clock was ticking its final minutes when a 2012 “Hail Mary” pass fell with a thud far from the intended receiver. Uncomfortable with the game on the line, leaders in the General Assembly and the Governor’s Mansion pitched a panicked audible to voters and local governments with the T-SPLOST referendum. Its rejection left leaderless chaos for two-a-half years, during which we’ve seen little reason for hope and backsliding across metropolitan Atlanta.

     

     

    government fail

    Bad Boys… Whatcha Gonna Do?

    by | Feb 1, 2015
    Newton County Courthouse Covington, Ga

    A situation vexing Newton County citizens for years erupted on metro Atlanta airwaves this week when television station 11 Alive aired stories of an ongoing investigation into payments made to county attorney Tommy Craig. Unanimously reappointed this month by the Board of Commissioners amid a public outcry of opposition, Craig was paid a reported $1.1 million by the county in 2014. He was also the center of much controversy last year when citizens questioned the reported $21.6 million spent to date on a reservoir project championed and managed by Craig…

     

     

    anything to win

    Say it isn’t so!

    by | Jan 24, 2015
    Say it isn't so!

    James Holland writes: Glynn County public works is at it again. I thought my eyes were lying to me when I observed the images in my photos. Tide coming in and you can see how high it is and it is still coming. Glynn County simply has to be the most unscrupulous county in the entire state. Why is it that they continue to do this when all the science is out there about what buffers do to protect our marshes and waters? If anyone knows the name of the single individual that gave the order to do this would you please enlighten me so I will know who is the dumbest person in this county….

     

     

    all hat

    On Cowboys and Cowards

    by | Jan 19, 2015
    On Cowboys and Cowards

    Not having grown up American, I find that I am often ignorant of American culture. On the other hand, when it is pointed out to me, I see it as an outsider and, I sometimes think, more clearly. That was the case with the car culture “discovered” by my spouse in the American cinema. We agreed that the ancillary side-effects of Americans’ love affair with their cars — urban sprawl, social disruption, environmental degradation, individual isolation — are all deplorable…

     

     

    stop going backwards

    Georgia needs leaders who will cut spending and raise taxes

    by | Jan 14, 2015
    Deal capitol georgia dome

    Georgia’s General Assembly began Monday. Watch out! Few of us are safe from its machinations!

    You can be sure with the super majority that the Republican Party now has in the Legislature, we will see many proposals aimed at reducing taxes, that will give the rich more power, and forget the underprivileged. In other words, more of the same.

     

     

    doing your part

    How to Deny My Denier Status?

    by | Jan 14, 2015
    k-cups

    These climate deniers are making me crazy! Every day, it’s some new story about some Republican lawmaker making up the most inane justifications for why he or she doesn’t believe the Earth’s climate is changing or why, if it is, then it’s not caused by humans. And these people are in charge!? Lord, help us!

    Just this week, something hit my Facebook news feed linking to a Mother Jones story proclaiming 72 Percent of Republican Senators Are Climate Deniers. Now, I’m no scientist… But, that’s just nuts! Someone please stop these people!?

     

     

    culture of obedience

    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    by | Jan 12, 2015
    The Senseless Saga of Don Siegelman

    The saga of Don Siegelman, the former popular democratic Governor of Alabama, who was convicted and imprisoned on largely trumped up bribery charges and whose prosecution has been, so far unsuccessfully, appealed continues to befuddle his supporters. That’s because, I would argue, Siegelman having supporters, who believe in his innocence, does not carry the weight with the judicial system they might think. Rather, it’s because he has supporters, who are likely to be impressed and depressed by the effort to break him and grind him down, that his persecution seems worth while. It’s not senseless at all.

     

     

    a stain on values

    Outrage! Anger! Disgust! Horror! Shame! on our nation

    by | Dec 20, 2014
    The Torture Team: Yoo, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld by DonkeyHotey

    Those are some of the emotions I feel after hearing of the way the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States has treated people in detention in the War on Terror. For this to be happening in a nation that says that all individuals have certain human rights, no matter what their station, the CIA actions are the highest of hypocrisy, which also goes against the basic principles that the American people hold high.

     

     

    demand an end to excuses

    What Have We Become?

    by | Dec 15, 2014
    CIA floor via HumanRightsFirst.org

    “A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it.” — William Penn

    The iconic images of recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri — after the police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen — have left Americans of all ilks wondering: Is this America? Military Humvees, still in camouflage and mounted with machine guns, in the hands of municipal police. SWAT teams of police in full riot gear, bristling with automatic weapons, pointed at a lone protestor with hands up. Have we become a police state?

     

     

    rational, regulated, justifiable

    A Brief Treatise on Hating

    by | Dec 15, 2014
    A Brief Treatise on Hating

    Sure, it can be fun. Dede, for instance, is a terrific hater. Her favorite verb is “hate.” I hate winter. I hate the Falcons (not just this year). I hate this sink. I hate all the fiction in The New Yorker. But none of this hating amounts to anything. It’s just her vivacious way of expressing herself. My guess is that most of us take our hating a little more seriously, a little more warily. We’ve seen the power and the glory, you might say. I hated a guy I was in graduate school with. No reason. I just did.

     

     

    bias in our justice system

    Perception is Reality Whether Real or Not

    by | Dec 9, 2014
    Perception is Reality Whether Real or Not

    Over two decades ago I first wrote an Op Ed piece on the value of a human life. The focus was that in this society we continue to value a human life on a sliding scale with white males at the top and black males at the bottom. Yes, our societal norms have changed over the centuries since the first Africans were brought to the shores of the Americas, but have our values, especially in terms of valuing human life, changed. If you look at what is taking place today, the answer is probably NO.

     

     

    living the dream

    All Kneel!

    by | Dec 9, 2014
    All Kneel!

    Early Sunday I walked outside to dump the compost and ran smack dab into one of those perfect December mornings—the world awash in new yellow light, deep blue sky through leafless branches. My anxious mind was reassured: It’s still here. I can still touch it.

    I poured myself a cup of coffee and settled down with my e-paper, only to read that America’s nuttiest nutbar, Wayne LaPierre, is still on the loose. Talk about transcendencekill.

     

     

    you are the enemy

    What Ferguson Says About America

    by | Dec 8, 2014
    Michael Brown Sr. with Rev. Al Sharpton as Attorney Benjamin Crump leads a call and response of "Hands up, don't shoot," at the St. Louis Peace Fest.

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy, 1962

    One might think that, by turning Martin Luther King, Jr., into a cultural icon and electing a black president, America has bid farewell to its racist past. Recent events in Ferguson, MO, New York, and Phoenix, however, blow holes in that fantasy. Only by neutering King could America iconify him. Virtually anyone can resonate with the “I Have a Dream” King of 1963. But the “Beyond Vietnam” King of 1967 makes us squirm in profound discomfort.

     

     

    book review

    Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

    by | Dec 8, 2014
    Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

    Jeremy Scahill begins his book, Dirty Wars, by confirming that Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield cherry-picked intelligence to justify their disastrous invasion of Iraq, an intention formed well before 9/11. The infamous attack served only as an excuse for their “imperial” ambitions. Interesting that these three chicken hawks, an almost compulsory resume item for the whole administration, took up an especially macho obsession with war and black ops, secret, usually violent and ethically challenged operations. Their projects involved lawless behavior completely at odds with the smug rhetoric these same actors routinely used for public relations purposes.

     

     

    rising from the muck

    Watching the Rocket

    by | Dec 7, 2014
    Watching the Rocket

    I’m reasonably sure that I was sitting in front of a television set in Mrs. Reed’s fifth grade class on Friday May 5, 1961, watching Alan Shepard blast into outer space to defend America’s honor and innovative ability, and show the Ruskies who was boss. I can’t be 100% sure; we watched several of those early space flights in the classroom during the early Sixties but also missed a couple. One of the reasons I have a hard time distinguishing the flights is because the telecasts were remarkably similar. All three TV networks pre-empted regular programming for the events and flew the lead network newsman to Cape Canaveral.

     

     

    racial injustice

    Long Way To Go

    by | Dec 7, 2014
    Eric Garner Protest - Rockefeller Center by Tina Leggio (TinaLeggioPhotography.com) via flickr and used a Creative Commons license

    One of my black friends confided in me this week that he was really demoralized by all of the events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He was so devastated that it affected his mood, work and outlook for the future. This is a man who had a successful career, is buoyant by nature, sociable, outgoing and a humorist. He continued: “Specifically, the events in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY plus the widespread disrespect shown to my President has made me — a normally optimistic person–very pessimistic about the future of race relationships in the U.S.”

     

     

    symbolic value

    Abstract Finance

    by | Nov 30, 2014
    Abstract Finance

    Your dollar or your word? Which would you rather give or receive to satisfy an obligation? A dollar isn’t just tangible and guaranteed, it’s definite and final in the sense that there’s no reconsidering, waffling or fudging down the line. When you hand over a dollar, the deed is as good as done. The national currency introduces an element of certainty into relationships that might otherwise be fraught with ambiguity. Dollars let people, who don’t know each other very well, get along.

    So, what happens when dollars are scarce?

     

     

    climate change is real

    A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

    by | Nov 26, 2014
    A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

    I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People’s Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. So wowed am I by Klein’s singular accomplishment that I dedicate this post to an unsolicited review. For those who may be unfamiliar with Naomi Klein, she’s a brilliant, 44-year-old Canadian journalist and activist. Two of her previous books — No Logo (1999), a critique of globalization, and Shock Doctrine (2007), an exposé of “disaster capitalism,” neoliberalism’s dark underbelly — were international bestsellers.

     

     

    a progressive

    Remembering Carl Sanders, who brought Georgia out of Dark Ages

    by | Nov 25, 2014
    Remembering Carl Sanders, who brought Georgia out of Dark Ages

    It was a relatively young (37 year old) senator from Augusta with modern ideas who brought Georgia out from under the influences of the Talmadge machine, when he became governor in 1963. Carl Sanders brought modern politics to the state, moved the state to new heights and set the tone for forwardness and moderation that, indeed, made Georgia the capitol of the New South.

    He ran against a key Talmadge protégé, and former governor, Marvin Griffin, a staunch segregationist. We remember it well.

     

     

    yikes

    The 25 Percent

    by | Nov 21, 2014
    Top row: Bruce Braley, Terri Lynn Land, Greg Orman, Mark Udall, Pat Roberts, Kay Hagan, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Bottom row: Gary Peters, Dan Sullivan, Michelle Nunn, Mark Begich, Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu, Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan, Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen, David Perdue, Thom Tillis.

    I’m not going anywhere. I got a lot of family in Georgia, and besides, there’s plenty to love here—mountains, sea coasts, the change of seasons, not to mention all those wonderful things about the South as a whole, like collard greens. But dang—sometimes you just have to yearn for bluer pastures. The election returns have been officially dissected, and it turns out that our two bright young Democratic standard-bearers, Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, received “25 percent or less of the white vote.”

     

     

    atlantic coast pipeline

    Save Our Wild Heritage

    by | Nov 17, 2014
    Save Our Wild Heritage

    It’s hard to talk in the same breath about the outstanding natural beauty of the Shenandoah Mountain and the plan to cut through it with an Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Yet the 550 mile Gas Pipeline proposed by Dominion Resources is a real threat to the natural, recreational and water resources in the area. It would drive through the southeastern portion of the Shenandoah Mountain in the Braley Pond – Hankey Mountain area. If the pipeline is approved, this could make a portion of the Shenandoah Mountain Proposal ineligible for designation as a National Scenic Area.

     

     

    get money moving

    Have We Turned a Corner?

    by | Nov 12, 2014
    Have We Turned a Corner?

    Money, the life-blood of the nation
    Corrupts and stagnates in the veins
    Unless a proper circulation
    Its motion and its heat maintains.
    Jonathan Swift

    For the first time since 2009, the rate at which the dollar moves through the economy on its way to becoming part of the Gross National Product has increased. The Federal Reserve data collectors had to extend the number out three digits to get there. But, from a low of 1.381, we’re now up to 1.386.

     

     

    pain in the ass

    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    by | Nov 8, 2014
    Stupid Body Part Tricks

    I’ve been getting older for awhile now.   The whole thing starts happening around the time I’m  six years old, though truthfully, it’s entirely possible that my aging could have started earlier.  (But since this is my account of the story, we’ll agree it started on my sixth birthday, the one where I was all dressed up in new Roy Rogers regalla as I blew out candles and wished for a birthday pony that never showed up.) For years, ‘my aging’ rolled along in more or less an orderly fashion and at fairly comfortable pace. I paid scant attention to it — except for birthdays, of course. Truth be told, even at an early age, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the concept of relentlessly getting older.

     

     

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    All for a Jar of Tobacco

    By: Ken Peacock

    The European settlement of Australia began as a penal colony and about 162,000 convicts were shipped there between 1788 and 1870, most of them in the first 60 years. From 1831 to 1840, the free settler arrivals outnumbered convict arrivals and by 1850 there were 156,000 convicts in Australia and 187,000 free settlers. The largest number of free settlers (587,000) arrived in the 1851-1860 period, attracted by the Victorian gold rush. The convicts and free settlers were mainly from poor backgrounds in the London area or subsistence farmers from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Transportation to the penal colony was harsh  Read on →

    Reflections on The Age of Youth

    Reflections on The Age of Youth

    By: Ken Peacock

    New York City was cold and uninviting when the Greyhound bus arrived late in the afternoon. It was two days before Easter and light snow had fallen leaving the streets wet and slippery. On Sunday, the Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue attracted a huge crowd and at night Times Square was alive with flashing neon signs and people celebrating. It was my first visit to the “Island of Many Hills” (Manhattan) and I had a lot to see. I rode the Circle Island cruise boat, took the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, climbed the stairs into the  Read on →

    Tragic Accident Near Savannah Raises Questions of Student Travel

    Tragic Accident Near Savannah Raises Questions of Student Travel

    By: Elliott Brack

    The tragic vehicular pile-up on Interstate 16 near Savannah where five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed has shocked our state, and has caused concern on the national stage. It may even lead to new legislation regulating heavy transport rigs to push safer highways. The nursing students were driving from college in Statesboro to Savannah (roughly 55 miles) to continue their clinical “rotational” training in order to become nurses. Georgia Southern in the last few years has developed an accredited nursing program, which now counts 185 students, 76 in the RN-BSN program, and 78 graduate students. Each semester, another 50 stu  Read on →

    The Thrill is Gone

    The Thrill is Gone

    By: Mike Cox

    When my cellphone rings, the opening notes of The Thrill is Gone signal me. I will have to consider changing that now. The author and singer of that song has moved on to Rock and Roll Heaven. B. B. King died in his sleep Thursday after nearly a year in hospice. I can’t imagine anyone was surprised; death happens to us all and this one has been imminent for quite some time. But hearing him tell me the thrill is indeed gone might be more than I want to hear every time my phone rings. The first time I saw B. B  Read on →