A little hint at life in the other Georgia

Christina Davidson, on the road writing for The Atlantic, has a somber piece on the effects of the recession on the people of Millen, Ga., a little town between Augusta and Savannah.

Jobs are disappearing, people are disappearing. The town is drying up. Vera Williams, owner of Vera’s Cafe, faces the prospect of having to close her business.

“Vera feels that God is not only testing her, but testing the whole world. “Love of money–that’s what got us in the state we’re in.” From her perspective, the world has earned the trials and tribulations unleashed by the global economy, but will learn valuable lessons through the experience. “Even though this is a bad time, this is a good time too. Now you learn what you really need.”

It’s worth a read.

240 comments Add your comment

Goober

June 29th, 2009
4:08 pm

I think most of us can truthfully say that we have more than we need.

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

June 29th, 2009
4:09 pm

Yeah, it’s just the creme del la creme to be unemployed, be serious.

You’re gonna miss capitalism when it’s gone.

Well, maybe not in the state run propaganda business.

Frederick Douglass

June 29th, 2009
4:14 pm

How did things get so bad since Jan.20,2009?

Normal

June 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

Yeah, small towns are doomed. Big business has killed the mon and pop businesses, which was not only the bread and butter of small towns, but their personality, or flavor, if you will…This is the result of capitalism run amok.

GOP is gone

June 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

Ted Haggard is on Oprah in rerun now. What a sham.

RealityKing

June 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

Get ready for Obama’s energy efficient government run healthcare units.., like the ones tens of thousands of elderly Europeans died in a few years back.

Normal

June 29th, 2009
4:20 pm

Frederick, The town I did alot of growing up in, the last time I was there, had two thirds of the towns homes empty, and nearly all of the business, too. That in 2005 when things were still concidered good.
Small towns have been dying for a long, long time…

GOP is gone

June 29th, 2009
4:21 pm

Ted Haggard on his lie about his Meth problem ” now you see how conflicted I was” , no Ted I just see a big fat liar.

Bosch

June 29th, 2009
4:21 pm

Oh RealityKing do tell.

Redneck Convert

June 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

Well, funny how this Obama run the economy into the ground in just six months or so. Things were pretty good under My President. Now I run into little kids trying to sell old used up golf balls on the course I play. Some even try to sell broke-off golf tees. The only thing doing good up my way is the boiled peanut business. No matter where you go in GA somebody’s got a sign up advertizing boiled peanuts. Or the We Bare All places that try to sucker truckers to stop for a few hours.

Anyhow, you libruls voted for this Obama and now you’re getting your comeuppance. Have a good night everybody.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

Scanned the article…likened those leaving to the Joads. Oy! Something tells me my rural Southern ire has been roused. We’re such a stolid lot, you know…

Pogo

June 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

Yea Normal, it’s all capitalism’s fault. You are about to see what a delight it is to live in a socialistic society unfettered by the “constraints” of the free market. Of course, you and DB and Amvet are the type that will fit in well because you appear to be people who will readily sell your liberty and your freedom for a government nanny state. Since you spend so much time on this blog you are made to order for socialism. Sit in your little room, the government gives you three squares and a roof over your head and you can tap away on your keyboard on this meaningless blog all day long and you are happy as little mindless liberal clams.

Ga. tech Dad

June 29th, 2009
4:30 pm

Jay, How about your thoughts on the attacks taking place around the Ga. Tech campus? My kids will be walking to and from class before dark and will be carrying protection. What do you think hard working middle class kids should do to protect themselves from street thugs who are basically terrorists?

RealityKing

June 29th, 2009
4:31 pm

More than 37,451 Europeans died in August, 2003. A month in which many people, including government ministers and physicians, are on holiday. Many bodies were not claimed for weeks because relatives were out of town. On 3 September 2003, fifty-seven bodies still left unclaimed in the Paris area were buried.

That shortcomings of the nation’s health system could allow such a death toll is stil a matter of controversy. Many of the editorials(Pepe le Jays) blamed the administration. Many blamed Health Minister for failing to return from vacation when the heat wave became serious, and for blocking emergency measures in public hospitals such as the recalling of physicians. Head of the union of emergency physicians blamed the administration for ignoring warnings from health and emergency professionals and trying to minimize the crisis. But America’s elderly will have no one but themselves to blame..

pat

June 29th, 2009
4:33 pm

Boy that stimulus did a lot of good, didn’t it. Let’s evaulte what it did for the economy. It…, well, then it…., crap, it did nothing. Wow! I could have spent 787 Billion dollars better than that!

RealityKing

June 29th, 2009
4:34 pm

Cap and Trade, 80% CO2 reduction, what a wonderful idea. It’ll only cost an extra $175 per person..

Tricky D

June 29th, 2009
4:35 pm

Yeah Pogo, like your ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ wasn’t sold off after 9/11. Trying using liberty to get through TSA, or freedom to drive through a roadblock this weekend. You don’t even have the freedom to make a phone call without it being recorded. Wake up.

godless heathen

June 29th, 2009
4:36 pm

Read the piece. Same story in a lot of small towns. Few or no opportunities unless a big foreign owned car company (non-union) locates nearby. We have always had victims of changing times and the global economy is nothing but changing times.

And all those billions of economic stimulus – won’t a single penny reach Millen, Gerogia.

Normal

June 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Ga. tech Dad

June 29th, 2009
4:30 pm
———
I recommend a nice 12GA shotgun in stainless steel. Don’t need to learn how to do anything but point and pull the trigger. Be sure to use double aught tho, ’cause it will take out any bystander in the way…

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Read the article folks. A waste of words.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:42 pm

godless heathen–yeah, same story, different verse. Outside the Carpetbagger/Scalawag enclaves Uncle Sam’s Oldest Colony is still mired in a pattern of economic exploitation of its natural resources (in this case human resources) to the benefit of the imperialist overlords and once that resource is used up, to hell with them. G-d send the jacquerie!

Normal

June 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

POGO: you and DB and Amvet are the type that will fit in well because you appear to be people who will readily sell your liberty and your freedom for a government nanny state.
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Tell me what freedoms am I losing?
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If the Free Market was really the answer, then where is the level playing field for the Mom’s And Pop’s versus the Walmarts, say?
It took away their right to own a viable business and make a decent living, did it not?
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Oh, and just so’s you know, I have a job and I do it so well, I can
come in and out of this blog whenever I want.

ByteMe

June 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

Why is it that every little town in the South has a restaurant named after the woman who runs it? Peggy’s, Vera’s, etc.

And the main course is always fried-whatever-couldn’t-move-fast-enough?

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:43 pm

Normal–a switchblade does nicely. :-)

Dusty

June 29th, 2009
4:45 pm

Don’t worry about Millen, GA, Jay. Southerners have learned long ago how to pull themselves out of hard times. It may take a daily diet of collards, cornbread and black eyed peas but they will make it.

Now all those folks sitting around Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago who are waiting on the government to rescue them might be in for a bit of trouble. They will end up with clean air, free medical care, no taxes, no income, no jobs and the opportunity to buy a car real cheap. Good thing about the car. They might have to live in it.

But dear Christina’s great story MUST take place in the South. Notice her list. Not one place above the Mason Dixon Line.

So, Jay, how’s the economy and life in the other Pennsylvania, say around Pittsburg? Everything peachy keen?

OH, everybody’s moving South? The big secret is OUT! That’s the smartest move anyone can make. U betcha!

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:45 pm

ByteMe: Why? “Tradition! Without our traditions out lives would be as shakey as…as a fiddler on the roof.” –Tevye

RealityKing

June 29th, 2009
4:45 pm

As of last Friday, add 12 more Altanta families to Obama’s victim list. I’m not even sure about my own job anymore. What a dismal weekend.., and lead up to America’s independence day. Personally, I blame Jay and his drunken band of clueless liberals..

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:46 pm

DUSTY–the last thing we need is more colonists!

@@

June 29th, 2009
4:50 pm

Location, location, location.

Millen sounds like a place where I’d like to pitch my tent — just millin’ around.

RealityKing

June 29th, 2009
4:53 pm

Good thing squirrels and alligators are plentiful these days..

getalife

June 29th, 2009
4:54 pm

There goes that empathy again Jay.

cons lack that DNA.

Just sayin.

ByteMe

June 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

josef: I spent a solid month years ago living with that tradition for lunch. Yuck! Three choices in the town: Peggy’s, Wendy’s (yes, the real one), and DQ. DQ had more flies inside than outside; Peggy’s was fried everything and oozing oil. And now you understand why I can’t even walk into a Wendy’s without getting nauseous. Ate it too many days in a row.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:56 pm

RealityKing–

Good thing squirrels and alligators are plentiful these days..

Yeah, and I’m glad to know that I can go out in the woods and come back with supper.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
4:58 pm

ByteMe–didn’t nobody tell you that even WE don’t eat it all the time!

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:00 pm

DUSTY: OH, everybody’s moving South? The big secret is OUT! That’s the smartest move anyone can make. U betcha!
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I remember a bumper sticker that said: Welcome to the south. Now go home! Time again, I think…

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:01 pm

NORMAL–Flannery O’Connor–”Good Country People,” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” :-)

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:02 pm

Bumper stickers, one I saw in Louisiana’s oil patch, “Let the Bast*rds freeze to death in the dark!”

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:03 pm

Just another effect. People live good lives, work hard, treat others decently – then a bunch of immoral, self centered greedy crooks who tell themselves “I didn’t do anything against the law” hose down the economy and the effects are felt in some little town.

Well, one of those bums just got sentenced to 150 years. Shame is, a bunch of the Wall Street guys got bonuses and multimillion dollar severance packages. (and these are the guys who’re gonna run the market trading cap n trade credits? BOHICA).

And some poor woman in a little town’s about to lose her livelihood, with no real prospects in sight.

It’s a shame -

Dusty

June 29th, 2009
5:05 pm

joseph nix,

I like your lines. Did not see them until I had posted. “A little ire aroused” you say? STOLID! Southerners? Shut yo’ mouth, SIR!!

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
5:06 pm

Damn! That little lurking, drive by, never-served, never-will troglodyte says I’m selling my liberty and freedom?

To whom? And for how much? At least I’d like to know.

Harrumph…

At least he put me in good company…

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:09 pm

Vignette from the 1970s–the area around the Mobile River had recently been opened up for oil exploitation (previously G-d Allm-ghty had foreseen the geopolitical divisions of the USofA and the oil had stopped at the Louisiana-Mississippi line.) Well a Yankee journalist had come down to do a write up on “the sudden wealth” coming into the area. It was illustrated with a photo of a local country woman with five little piglets in her arms, telling the reporter how “glad they wuz they wouldn’t be et this winter.” My uncle had a hunting cabin in the area and knew the lady. She was a registered nurse, owned a good chunk of the land and its mineral rights and had a brother with his law degree from Duke working to see to it that locals didn’t get entirely screwed. Did any of that make it into the article? Ha!

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:10 pm

DUSTY–no, I had not seen your line. Me and you both come up with it? Tells you something, doesn’t it?

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:11 pm

AM VET: To the likes of POGO, we are the Axis of Evil…Just sayin’

booger

June 29th, 2009
5:12 pm

I agree with Dusty. People in these small southern towns will weather this just fine. I grew up in a small Ga. town a long time ago, but still have family there. I assure you the last thing these people want or need is govt. help, and God forbid a Govt. program.

And Normal, people in small towns love Wal-Mart. In the town where I grew up many years ago, there was one store to buy clothes, mens and womens. Needless to say, in my school a lot of people dressed alike.

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:13 pm

Hey Normal

thanks for the Ketchup history. Illuminating.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:15 pm

Paul–It’s a shame -

You’re too kind. It’s a crime, a sin and a disgrace. We say we support capitalism, well isn’t that what the Veras of the world are all about? We want corporatism, and since I’m under the fear of being considered hyperbolic if I call it by name…let’s just say this is precisely the line of thought, action and deed that brought the best fed, best educated, and possessor of the world’s largest gold reserves to its knees in the Cono del Sur in the 1950s.

Dusty

June 29th, 2009
5:16 pm

NORMAL,

I have not seen a bumper sticker that said “Welcome to the South, Now go home.”

Where can I get one?

and NORMAL, for goodness sakes, DO NOT READ Flannery O’Connor. If ever there was one with a lose connection in the upper wiring system, she’s it!

College professors love her! Other crazies crave her words. (Sorry , joseph.)

On second thought, you might like her tangled tales of the weird. There’s something for all kinds I suppose.

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:19 pm

josef

I’m too tired thinking about those bums to even swear at them. So I settled for “immoral, self centered greedy crooks .” Considering what they did and the lives they ruined, you are correct. I am being too nice.

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:20 pm

PAUL, You’re welcome, but now you see why they have all that katsup at Mickey D’s…
Dusty: Too late! And She’s like a drug. I try to give it up, but I keep going back…

Bosch

June 29th, 2009
5:20 pm

RealityKing,

Got comparative stats on how many people died in the US in August 2003? Good lord, what’s wrong with you?

Bosch

June 29th, 2009
5:22 pm

Dusty,

Flannery O’Connor was brilliant. Good Lord, what’s wrong with you?

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:23 pm

I would’ve loved to have been a juror at Bernie’s trial. Would’ve gone in for deliberations, then had the jury come out and ask the judge, “Your honor, is the death penalty an option?”

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:23 pm

DUSTY–my jury has always been out on Flannery O’Connor. She capitalized on that Outlander belief that the Southern gothic is who we really are, and while I confess a certain morbid interest, I do resent it being used as a sterotype. As for college professors, I went to school Up North and disrupted several literature classes with my cry of “horse sh*t” over some of those per-fessers intepretations!

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:24 pm

DUSTY: The bumper sticker. I haven’t seen one in a few years, but if you can get some blank bumper sticker paper, print your own. I print my own decals for my model ships and planes, so it oughta work.

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:25 pm

JOSEF: As for college professors, I went to school Up North and disrupted several literature classes with my cry of “horse sh*t” over some of those per-fessers intepretations!
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I would have loved to see that…

Seek and ye shall Find

June 29th, 2009
5:25 pm

Just another effect. People live good lives, work hard, treat others decently – then a bunch of immoral, self centered greedy crooks who tell themselves “I didn’t do anything against the law” hose down the economy and the effects are felt in some little town.

Well, one of those bums just got sentenced to 150 years. Shame is, a bunch of the Wall Street guys got bonuses and multimillion dollar severance packages. (and these are the guys who’re gonna run the market trading cap n trade credits? BOHICA).

And some poor woman in a little town’s about to lose her livelihood, with no real prospects in sight.

It’s a shame -

It’s the Republican way. The strong will survive and the rest don’t deserve to live. At least, that about sums up what I recall Republicans posting here.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:25 pm

PAUL–yeah, attempt at civility keeps me from saying what I REALLY think and feel.

@@

June 29th, 2009
5:25 pm

Florala, AL, my Mom’s hometown died some thirty years ago. Only thing that’s kept it going is it’s on the way to Florida’s beaches — that an Eglin AFB, some 45 minutes away.

I’d live in that little town too.

My Aunt Ferrlyn who has a beautiful old homestead on the outskirts of town just got a new neighbor. It’s a cement plant.

“Jus lookee here Sweet @@, yore poor Aunt Ferrlyn can’t keep nuthin nice fer my new neighbor’s dust. Can’t be greedy tho….just glad folks got jobs.”

She makes this chipped up salad of dill pickles, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. I LOVE THAT STUFF!!!! A slice of homemade buttered pound cake toasted to perfection. Once the meal is finished, it’s off to one of two living rooms where she plays the piano for our enjoyment. “Mind you fluff the pillows on the sofa, Sweet @@…..what with all I’ve got to do, I’ll leave the fluffin’ up to you.”

She’s so funny.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:28 pm

Seek and ye shall Find

“It’s the Republican way…”

With all due respect, it’s the American way and is by no means limited by party affiliation…ever looked at just who some of those out to profit and fleeced by Madoff are…? Jus’ sayin’

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
5:29 pm

Normal, that kid has some nerve!

And like a lot of the neo-conned, no cogent arguments, but lotsa pretentious piffle and speaking for others…

Dusty I was forced to read O’Connor’s Wise Blood in college. Jesus freaks. Non-Jesus freaks. Insufferable…

thomas

June 29th, 2009
5:29 pm

i thought someone said that the unemployment would not go above 8%, or that this stimulus bill would be needed or unemployment would go above 8%.

Anyone know the idiot that spoke those words or those similar too?

Seek and ye shall Find

June 29th, 2009
5:30 pm

One of the stores in the small town that I live near still carries a diverse selection of clothing — men’s, women’s and children’s overalls in a range of sizes. What more does one need.

Normal

June 29th, 2009
5:33 pm

AM VET: What ticks me off is he uses the handle of one of the best political cartoons ever. “We has met the enemy and they is us”…Loved that.
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Well, it is time for me to lock the doors, turn on the alarm and get.
Gotta go home and try to finish my deck. Vegas is giving odds on who will win…Just sayin’
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Good night, all

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:34 pm

@@ been to Florala! Used to spend part of the summer with my Mobile family. Mullet toss?

Dusty

June 29th, 2009
5:34 pm

Dear booger,

I think we know small Southern towns pretty well. That’s why we are so well “brought up” and sensible!! I can’t think of a better place to get a good start.

Now I am getting homesick. Maybe I better reread Thomas Wolf’s “You Can’t Go Home Again’. Maybe we can’t really go home again but it surely is nice to think about it.

Seek and ye shall Find

June 29th, 2009
5:36 pm

josef nix,

with all due respect, I disagree.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:36 pm

AmVet–that’s it! Pretentious piffle! Can I use it?

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:38 pm

josef nix 5:25

Had a job once where I had a couple younger guys I was responsible for. Was out on a job. One of’em screwed up. With a local police force. I had to go get him. Heard the next day that the nex morning another guy asked him how it went he said “I guess I’m off the hook, Paul didn’t say much, was real quiet.” His friend said “Oh S@#T! If he got real quiet that means he’s really, really pi$$ed! You are so dead.”

I let him sweat for a couple days. Then I told him to think and not be stupid again.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:39 pm

DUSTY–my “urbane” friends thought we were insane when the boys came to live with us that we went to Coosa (and commuted the 75 miles for five years) to raise them in a community which reflected out home values.

Tar Heel Bred bleeds Tar Heel Blue

June 29th, 2009
5:39 pm

It wasn’t “love of money” that us here, it was LOVE OF MONEY THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE (and that good old standby, greed, of course) that got us here. Living on excess credit and encouraging people to borrow way, way, WAY MORE than they could ever afford, that’s what got us here.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:41 pm

Paul–my own kids used to would say, “say something, say anything, just say something.”

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
5:43 pm

josef, as long as you clear it with @@. /sarc/

(I’ve always love alliteration.)

Mullet toss indeed!

I married a girl from Theodore. Loved going to Bayou La Batre and getting that first rate seafood right off the docks…

clyde

June 29th, 2009
5:43 pm

The town I grew up in died a long time ago.There were about 600 residents,3 stores and a restaurant.Today there is nothing.There are maybe 300 people left.The surrounding small towns are all going the same way.When they die they do not recover.It’s simply Millen’s turn to go.America is not a better place for these small town deaths.

Matlida

June 29th, 2009
5:45 pm

“Small towns have been dying for a long, long time…’

Funny how the righties always claim to champion the “small businessman” in their speeches, but do everything to ensure that small businesses never have a level playing field with corporate giants getting corporate welfare in return for big fat campaign donations at every level of our government. OSHA didn’t kill the Mom & Pop shops on Main Street. WalMart and Target, with their cheap, third-world, toxic-paint goods did. Well, with a little help from the people who are stupid enough to think cheap cr@p they don’t need is somehow a “bargain.” Meanwhile, their hourly grunts scraping out a living bleed the taxpayers in PeachCare and food stamps because WallyMaster won’t offer full-time schedules or benefits. Their profits are reinvested, allright… destroying another community somewhere else. THIS is the “Capitalism” some of you champion? Mom & Pop are ashamed of you, but if you can save $1.50 on a family-sized package of corn syrup and hydrogenated fat-laced face fuel, and some cheap plastic lawn toys that won’t make it through August, you think you’re living the American dream. Yuk!

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:49 pm

DUSTY–when he heard we’d be leaving to come back South after graduation, on of the aforementioned per-fessers says, “why would you want to do that?” I told him, “just to prove Wolf wrong!”

Have you read Robert Penn Warren’s “A Place to Come to?” or Willie Morris’ “North toward Home?”

@@

June 29th, 2009
5:51 pm

Mullet toss?

Nope! Annual Rattlesnake Rodeo, josef?

For the food connoisseurs here. Last time I was in Florala, I walked across the road to my cousin, Sue Angela’s place to check out her vegetable garden. Newly discovered rutabaga greens — better than any mix or stand alone of collards, turnips or mustard you ever et.

Maybe I like food more than I admit. Naahhhh, just like it when someone else cooks for me.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:53 pm

AmVet–know Theodore, the boy’s mom is buried there and Bayou La Batre–talk about the seafood at the docks…Granddaddy loved oysters and made two trips a year down there and would sit and eat them fresh off the boat with his oyster man…said G-d didn’t mean for you not to eat them straight from the water!

Paul

June 29th, 2009
5:57 pm

@@

Rutabagas. Otherwise known as “Swedes.” I actually had a woman in a grocery store admonish me for using a racial term when I asked the produce guy if they had any…..

Who here is it who mumbles from the peanut gallery about Stratfor? If he pops up, maybe you could invite him to share his thoughts on Stratfor’s latest: The Real Struggle in Iran and Implications for U.S. Dialogue and what he specifically thinks about

“we would make three points. First, there was no democratic uprising of any significance in Iran. Second, there is a major political crisis within the Iranian political elite, the outcome of which probably tilts toward Ahmadinejad but remains uncertain. Third, there will be no change in the substance of Iran’s foreign policy, regardless of the outcome of this fight. The fantasy of a democratic revolution overthrowing the Islamic Republic — and thus solving everyone’s foreign policy problems a la the 1991 Soviet collapse — has passed.

That means that Obama, as the primary player in Iranian foreign affairs, must now define an Iran policy — particularly given Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s meeting in Washington with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell this Monday. Obama has said that nothing that has happened in Iran makes dialogue impossible, but opening dialogue is easier said than done. The Republicans consistently have opposed an opening to Iran; now they are joined by Democrats, who oppose dialogue with nations they regard as human rights violators. Obama still has room for maneuver, but it is not clear where he thinks he is maneuvering. The Iranians have consistently rejected dialogue if it involves any preconditions. But given the events of the past weeks, and the perceptions about them that have now been locked into the public mind, Obama isn’t going to be able to make many concessions.

It would appear to us that in this, as in many other things, Obama will be following the Bush strategy — namely, criticizing Iran without actually doing anything about it. And so he goes to Moscow more aware than ever that Russia could cause the United States a great deal of pain if it proceeded with weapons transfers to Iran, a country locked in a political crisis and unlikely to emerge from it in a pleasant state of mind.”

Once he reads “continue following the Bush policy” there will likely be no ability for rational discussion.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
5:58 pm

@@ never tried the rutabaga greens, ‘ll have to give it a try, rutabagas are one of two vegetables I won’t eat the other is hominy…I lie, I don’t eat cooked rutabagas, I’ll sit down with a paring knife and a whole big ole rutabaga raw with salt…

been to the rattlesnake rodeo in Texas, and had it served…really DOES taste like chicken!

Dusty

June 29th, 2009
5:59 pm

Hi boschi.

You been bouncing lotsa soccer balls off your head? U Like Flannery? Those two go together.

The BRAVES WON LAST YESTERDAY! Tra la la la

joseph nix,

You commuted 75 miles for five years for the benefit of your children???

Love makes us do wild and wonderful things, doesn’t it?

I better go feed some hungry “chaps”.. Bye now.

@@

June 29th, 2009
6:00 pm

AmVet:

So what’s it called when you mislead others into thinking it was you who dropped some long diatribe, when in fact, it was someone else’s thoughts you were projecting onto the screen.

SHOWTIME?

Obozo's Teleprompter

June 29th, 2009
6:02 pm

Since my little tard has no idea how to run the economy of the United States, we have decided that you, unemployed shmucks and other assorted hopeless losers, are now the new American success story!

Toiling away in the hardscrabble trying to grow your next meal is very rewarding and fulfilling, isn’t it?

So huddle close together with your loved ones so that the young uns don’t freeze to death, cause we’re shutting your heat off.

We have a planet to save!

Be brave, pioneers!

Allah Akbar!

Frederick Douglass

June 29th, 2009
6:03 pm

The small town I grew up in suffered the same fate as many are facing across Georgia, Wal-Mart moved in, the downtown stores died. However;
today the town is more vibrant than ever before, because the focus
was shifted to tourism. Every store that was vacated because of the
big boxes on the edge of town are filled with a business catering to
the tourist. As a result, the town is probably twice the size it was
when I was a kid there, Millen and some of these other little places
should seek to diversify.

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
6:05 pm

No @@, showtime is telling everyone you’re leaving TWICE and then never leave.

Like the weird aunt at the family reunion, it makes for good conversation though.

I gotta hand it to ya, y’all southern folk will eat damned near anything! But I’ve never been clear if that is a good or very bad thing…

Paul

June 29th, 2009
6:05 pm

Dusty – josef

126 miles a day. Round trip.

Now I’m gonna spoil it for you and tell you I listened to a lot of NPR!

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
6:07 pm

The small town, rural South in literature? None better than the gentle and genteel Miss Eudora Welty! Nothing captures it so well as “Why I Live at the PO” She got her that there Legion d’honneur from them French…

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
6:08 pm

AmVet–as we say in Louisiana, “if it moves, eat it!”

Frederick Douglass

June 29th, 2009
6:10 pm

Hominy is just corn that was soaked in lye, if you eat grits you’ve eaten hominy, just saying.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
6:11 pm

PAUL–NPR? But of course! So did we…

@@

June 29th, 2009
6:12 pm

josef & Paul:

Rutabagas are among my favorites. I’ve encountered many who refused to taste until they tasted mine. Big, BIG demand for my rutabagas. They’re loaded with everything that’s good for you — vitamins, minerals….yum Yum YUM!!!!!

Paul, it’s Kamchak, the croaker.

It looks like Rafsanjani and Larijani have gotten their slice of the clerical pie. Mousavi appears to be holding out for his sliver.

Facing realities is sucking the wind from Obama’s sails.

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
6:13 pm

Frederick Douglass–don’t eat grits, don’t drink sweetened tea and don’t eat fried chicken. I tell people that’s why I keep and cultivate my Southern dialect! Don’t want waitresses sayin’ “you ain’t from aroun chere ‘er ye?” :-)

Paul

June 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

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[[It looks like Rafsanjani and Larijani have gotten their slice of the clerical pie. Mousavi appears to be holding out for his sliver.]]

Even with the conservative, pious Islamic clerics doing Allah’s will, it still comes down to money and power.

Who’da’ thunk?

@@

June 29th, 2009
6:16 pm

NO! AmVet, SHOWTIME is the “original” performance…mine is what you call a walk-on or cameo if you will.

Back to the yardwork.

Paul

June 29th, 2009
6:20 pm

@@

Do you get the Dick Morris newsletters via email? Does it strike you he’s become a bit strident?

josef nix

June 29th, 2009
6:21 pm

@@ and you eat ‘em raw! Same with purple top turnips. When we lived Up North we could find the turnips, but never the greens. They just threw them away! Well, I was in the grocery one day and there was this big bin of turnips with the greens. Just as I was about to dig in, a liver=spotted hand stopped mine and this Alabama drawl you could cut with a butter knife says, “you just hold on there, dahlin, I’m a war bride and this is the first time in 40 years I’ve seen them!”

Another time I was at the store and there was a display of tomatoes. The locals were picking over them talking about how green some of them were. I was loading up as many as I could when behind me I heard, Barbra Anne, come here quick, they got green tomatoes.” This was before “Fried Green Tomatoes” and once the three of us had grabbed them all we noticed the locals standing back staring. “What are you going to do with them?” “Why fry them, what do you think.” They didn’t know what to think, but the Southern accents told them it was probably better not to answer!

Bud Wiser

June 29th, 2009
6:24 pm

Don’t worry little lady, I’m sure that Obowo will rush in and bail you and your little town out of failure.

I wonder wen Obowo will get involved in the Michael Jackson circus?

Do you suppose that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton want to stuff the carcass, and put it on a glass bubble top train car, and parade it around the country, like James Brown?

getalife

June 29th, 2009
6:27 pm

I said enough with the partisan bs.

So all I can say is:

Good for ya”ll.

I’m hungry :)

Seek and ye shall Find

June 29th, 2009
6:33 pm

Republicans (at least, the ones that blog here) sure do moan a lot for a group that claims to be so independent and self-sufficient and free of the burden of debt and all. I think they was just pullin’ someone’s fanger with all their talk.

Paul

June 29th, 2009
6:34 pm

getalife

Me, too. Wife just came in, my cucumber plants have exploded (she had one of those ‘how come you plant’em but I gotta pick’em’ looks). Got a pick’em up truck? Take what you want!

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
6:38 pm

josef, and as they said in the military. If it doesn’t move, paint it.

Good old BW, always cheerful, that one…