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    oakland spring

    “They came to bury us, not knowing we were seeds.”

    by | May 3, 2015
    "They came to bury us, not knowing we were seeds."

    Occupy lives from coast to coast. It’s just no longer news. In Oakland, the images of martyred young men are “planted” along with real flowers and trees to start a garden of hope. That’s the Oakland Spring.

    Three years ago.

     

     

    for every child

    Growing Big Dreams and Fixing Higher Ed

    by | Apr 27, 2015
    Photo of the occupation of the clock tower at New York City's historic Cooper Union college to protest the imposition of fees for the first time in the free school's 150-year history approached its second week with a rally on December 8. Students are demanding that the college, founded to provide quality education to working class and low income scholars, remain free and that the school president resign - by Michael Fleshman via Flickr

    Back many years ago when I graduated from high school, my father made me a promise that changed my life and we should make the same promise to all of our children in South Carolina.

    As a callow youth with my brand spanking new diploma in hand, I was simply excited about graduating and looking forward to celebrating with my friends. But before things got too far out of hand, my father pulled me aside, looked me straight in the eye and made me a serious and solemn promise. “As long as I’m financially able,” he said, “I will pay for all of the college and graduate education you need to help you fulfill your life’s dreams.”

     

     

    costing lives

    Subverting Democracy by Corrupting Truth

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    “None of my friends can afford Obamacare, either,” Meghan said indignantly, “it should be repealed.”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

     

     

    code-breaking

    “Protection” — It does not mean what you think it means.

    by | Apr 13, 2015
    "Protection" -- It does not mean what you think it means.

    At least not in Glynn County, Georgia. Nor, I suspect, many other places where duplicitous Republicans reign. In some instances, “protection” is a euphemism for extorting money that you shouldn’t have to pay out, if our public servants were doing their job. The Mafia and home insurance come to mind. Which is why, when the term is used by those whom we’ve hired to “serve and protect,” we are relieved to think that, at last, somebody’s doing their job. Think again.

     

     

    religious intolerance act

    A new thought has come into being: “Thank God for Indiana”

    by | Apr 3, 2015
    Mike Pence of Indiana - Anti-Gay Crusader

    For years, you have heard people in the South say: “Thank God for Mississippi!”

    They meant that were it not for that state, their own state might rank 50th out of 50 states in some category. Mississippi has traditionally ranked 50th in educational attainment, family income, education and other indices. These other states of the South were mighty pleased that their own state didn’t rank below Mississippi. Of course, their state might rank close to Mississippi, but not dead last.

     

     

    banning mermaids

    More reasons for Georgia’s state legislature to meet less often

    by | Mar 26, 2015
    More reasons for Georgia's state legislature to meet less often

    Some of my readers at Gwinnett Forum have asked if I was serious about requiring that the Georgia General Assembly meet only once in every two years.

    In short, you betcha! Why? Because most Georgians will tell you that nothing is safe when the Georgia Legislature meets, as members introduce all sorts of measures that negatively impacts its citizens, most bills only benefiting some local constituent.

     

     

    compounding mendacity

    Settlement or Extortion?

    by | Mar 22, 2015
    Image: composite image created for LikeTheDew.com - aerial photo by James Holland Photography; Mr. Moneybags a Monopoly image (fair use).

    The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been acquired by an artificial body that called itself “Sea Island Acquisitions,” as if acquisition were an honorable enterprise, but that Limited Liability (little responsibility) Corporation has now morphed into an alphabet string that’s not even a pronounceable acronym, SIA PROPCO II, LLC…

     

     

    efficient and painless

    The Great Transition

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    My home with our new solar array

    “The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil.” — Ahmed Zaki Yamani, former Saudi Arabian Minister of Oil, 2000.

    The Great Transition has begun. I know, because our household is part of it. I speak of humanity’s transition from the bondage of addiction to fossil fuels — addiction that has fouled our air and water, disrupted our climate and ravaged our earth — to the liberation of renewable energy.

     

     

    meet april moore

    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker

    by | Mar 20, 2015
    Taking on the Man Who Would Be Virginia’s Scott Walker

    It is reasonable to believe that the state senator in our part of Virginia is being groomed to do for Virginia—or I should say do to Virginia—what Scott Walker has been doing to Wisconsin. This state senator’s name is Mark Obenshain. In the election of 2013 he came within a hair of winning statewide office as Virginia’s Attorney General. Now there is much expectation that in 2017 he will try to become governor. Here is an important clue regarding what it would mean for him to succeed in fulfilling that ambition: in his Attorney General race, Mr. Obenshain was helped by a $60,000 donation from the Koch Brothers.

     

     

    trUSt

    Selling out the Public

    by | Mar 18, 2015
    Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver by Simon Bening (public domain via Wikimedia.org)

    Once upon a time it took thirty pieces of silver to sell out a man. Now, in the electronic age, when all precious metals have been replaced by paper or electric currencies, millions of people, some not yet born, can be sold out for next to nothing. That’s progress. Some people work to conserve the environment and to prevent further pollution and degradation of the organisms that make up the basic web of life. Others are content to simply exclude their fellow man. Still others promote financial interests by making some lands inaccessible…

     

     

    only sane course

    The Greater Danger: Precipice or Slippery Slope?

    by | Mar 10, 2015
    Lower Crabtree Falls, Virginia, National Forest Service image

    I’m a boomer, so I missed the greatest existential crisis of the 20th Century: The Second World War. My Dad, however, was in the thick of it, helping mop up after the Battle of the Bulge.

    In my lifetime, though, the human family has stared down the barrel of two additional crises of existential proportions: the Cuban Missile Crisis and climate destabilization, the latter of which is ongoing. Which crisis has posed the greater threat?

     

     

    Oblogservations: Life in the Key of Stupid

    by | Mar 9, 2015
    Oblogservations: Life in the Key of Stupid

    Okay, what’s in the headlines today?  Well, let’s see.

    Jumpin’ Jehosaphats: There is the idiot woman who was asked to leave a McDonalds because she claimed that the kangaroo, (yes, a fuckin’ kangaroo) she had with her, wrapped in a blanket and riding in an infant car seat, was her “service animal.” Like the rest of you I assumed it must be a “Seeing Eye Kangaroo” but that would be incorrect. She explained to the officer that the kangaroo helps her cope with “emotional distress” and showed him a doctor’s note stating she needed a kangaroo…

     

     

    poisoning our wetlands

    An open letter to Georgia Representative Alex Atwood

    by | Mar 7, 2015
    State. Rep Alex Atwood

    Dear Alex Atwood,

    The problem with the Cons (conservative, contrary, confused, conflicted, concerned, convoluted; take your pick) is that they are negative — against not just change, but most everything else. So, since the world is in a state of constant change, they are “out of step,” so to speak and that makes them both ineffective and angry. It is a mistake to think the Cons we install in public office will accomplish anything positive…

     

     

    climate destabilization

    Global Warming or Climate Chaos: What’s in a Name?

    by | Mar 6, 2015
    Ice Floes, Kamchatka Coast, Russia (NASA, International Space Station)

    This winter has set record lows in many states, a fact the editor of our conservative local newspaper, and others of his ilk, must be relishing. “There’s no global warming,” I can imagine him crowing. “It’s all a liberal hoax.” Such distorted logic reveals either an appalling ignorance of the meaning of “average,” or a cynical attempt to intentionally mislead.

    Truth is, the names bestowed on various scientific phenomena are often whimsical in origin. Nobel laureate (1969) Murray Gell-Mann, for example, appropriated the term quark — one of three elementary particles and fundamental constituents of matter — from a nonsensical line in Finnegan’s Wake: “Three quarks for Muster Mark!”

     

     

    georgia sb 139

    Left Holding the Bag

    by | Mar 6, 2015
    Left Holding the Bag

    A healthy by-product of opening my mouth to criticize others is being forced to assess the risk of having to eat my own words. I’ve learned the hard way to find my weaknesses before others do it for me. It saves glass walls if I can just hit myself with the rocks inside the house.

    Last week, I tweeted disappointment with the Georgia Senate for passing SB 129 which blocks local governments from banning plastic bags.

     

     

    yin v. yang

    Burn Out or Check Out? Let’s Dance

    by | Mar 2, 2015
    Rights free image from WallpaperCraft.com.

    It’s a dance I know by heart, this shifting and swaying from the outward world of human entanglements to an inner place of calm reflection. I’m not sure I could stop this movement if I tried, caught between voices calling cause to action and others from far hillsides beckoning me to run away — to fly away and be freed.

    All around are people caught in conflict, their caring inching closer daily to anger, with words unheard, meanings misunderstood, and passions unrequited. On issues local, global, and universal, we have shouting like never before.

     

     

    why it matters

    The Mission for March is the Marsh

    by | Feb 25, 2015
    Image: The Willet by Evangelio Gonzalez via flickr and used a Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dgonzal111139/5982804651/in/photolist-a7Frok-a7JjUY-am1BqY-3ywU83-dsqcWy-3ysvoT-3ywTSW-dsqb9E-dsqaem-dsfppi-S3qTk-b256Tr-bXB549-auTonb-dDUGWA-4LDLpD-4LDHzX-mGmeX

    Community Forum on Marsh Buffers & Clean Waters, March 4 at 7:00 pm, Ballard Community Center, Brunswick, GA.

    And, because such events need to be sponsored and the environment can never have too many friends, we’re organizing a new group, the Sidney Lanier Environmental Advocacy Team or S.L.E.A.T.– sporting the unofficial slogan “Making sure our environment is good to eat.”

     

     

    just keep voting republican

    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Code Red in the War on Decent Folk

    We couldn’t put it off any longer. Last night Dede and I told Ruthie we were getting a divorce. Since we’ve enjoyed what can only be termed a highly successful marriage for 37 years, the news was unexpected.

    “You’re what?”

    “We’re getting out,” I offered, not very helpfully. “It’s time. We really don’t have any choice.”

    “What are you talking about? You all are perfect together.”

    “That’s not the point,” Dede tried to explain.

    “What is the point?” Ruthie cried.

    I put it as succinctly as I could. “Gay marriage.”

     

     

    georgia hb 17

    Shining a Light on Hidden Predators

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    the Hidden Predator Act

    During the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly, our Georgia elected-officials are expected to vote on HB 17 – “the Hidden Predator Act.”

    “A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 3 of Title 9 and Article 2 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to limitations of actions and child abuse and deprivation records, respectively, so as to extend the statute of limitations for actions for childhood sexual abuse…

     

     

    part two

    For years, acrimony blossomed between UGA and GSU

    by | Feb 21, 2015
    Georgia State University with Chase Williams, Kevin Espinoza, Eli Epstein, Joshua Carter and Jordan Daley.

    Back when states were planting institutions of higher learning, these universities were not always located in what became the state’s major city. As a result, problems have arisen between forces in the major city wanting a state university and the major university located in a smaller town wanting to enhance their school’s prestige.

    It’s that same old story of jealously, while seeking to keep the state’s university as the major campus of the state.

     

     

    part one

    Georgia State University was once a stepchild of University system

    by | Feb 20, 2015
    Georgia State University’s Panther from GSU.edu

    Now that the Board of Regents have decided to merge Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, GSU will soon total more than 50,000 students, and will be the largest unit of the University System of Georgia.

    Not only that, but it is an urban university, as well as a research university, bringing in $58 million in 2011 in grants for study. It has conferred 192,785 degrees since its founding.

     

     

    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…

     

     

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    By: Louie Crew Clay

    Thomas Wolfe was wrong: We can go home again! As two Suthunahs living in exile in New Joisey -- one from Georgia, the other from Alabama -- we share a photo essay of our 41-year marriage  which today the Supreme Court made legal in every state of the union. Samuel A. Ward  was organist and choirmaster of our parish in Newark, NJ, when he wrote "America the Beautiful." "Thy fruited plane" indeed. "Thy liberty in law," Amen. https://youtu.be/TXz-uATMehE  Read on →

    Takin’ My Medicine

    Takin' My Medicine

    By: John Yow

    There’s a pill for everything, you know. Not that that puts pharmaceuticals in any special category. There’s an anything for everything—just a click away. Still, all those meds you see advertised on TV, targeted particularly to people who look to be about my age, people who are “having trouble” breathing or peeing or digesting or remembering. It’s become a cliché: all old people do is take pills.Well, that ain’t me. I have no prescriptions and take no medications. At least that’s what I say every time I fill out medical history forms. In fact, I’m just about a perfect human specimen, accordin  Read on →

    The Charleston Massacre

    The Charleston Massacre

    By: Robert Lamb

    My wife and I attended An Evening of Prayer Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pawleys Island. The special event was an ecumenical vigil for the victims of the Charleston massacre on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church at the hands of a moral idiot. For some reason, the vigil brought to mind the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, one of the most famous openings in all of literature: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” -- worst in this case because we who gathered there knew we were about to re  Read on →

    Quirks And Quiddities

    Quirks And Quiddities

    By: David Evans

    “In this intimate body of work, she uses mixed media, collage and painting to explore the demands of motherhood, preservation of memory, and repetitious patterns of thought and behavior.” Huh? I recently received this invitation and quickly decided it was probably something I don’t want to even be seen near, let alone attend. Perhaps my reluctance to go has something to do with the description. I just have no idea what the promoters are talking about. Besides, when you use “intimate body of work” to put a fence around “thought and behavior,” I get a bit light headed. Perhaps my reaction was just a quirk   Read on →