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Mayberry Redux: A Reality That Never Was

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams

We assume you're all psyched for this week's Mayberry Days, the annual festival celebrating the wildly popular, tepidly reviewed, deeply disingenuous Eisenhower-era TV show about small-town life during America's "simpler times," when "neighbors were neighbors" as long as they were white and nobody locked their doors.

For those of you less ancient than the rest of us, Mayberry was the mythical home of The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960 to1968 but evidently still lingers in the wistful minds of those who best enjoy "being around their own people," who tend not to include black, poor, gay, trans, Jewish, Muslim or any other garden-variety "others."

The genial Griffith played the genial sheriff Andy Taylor, a widower who lived with his genial Aunt Bee and was raising his genial son Opie in a genial small town in North Carolina modeled on Griffith's real hometown of Mt. Airy.

With no crime in those halcyon days, the sheriff refused to wear a gun, so he and the other townspeople - goofy deputy Barney Fife, goofier mechanic Gomer Pyle, etc. - spent most of their time dealing with issues like bullies, speeders, pickles and inept barbers while basking in "the general good, old-fashioned welcoming spirit," even as the Vietnam War, civil rights violence and nuclear tensions swirled around them in the real but pointedly distant world.

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Posted on September 21, 2021

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Stop Sign

The owner of a Washington-state computer shop asserts that computer viruses are the biggest threat to business computers, when clearly the real danger comes from shitty coffee.
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Posted on July 17, 2007
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Joel Osteen

He's everything Kevin Trudeau would be if Trudeau actually believed in anything.
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Posted on August 15, 2007
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What I Watched Last Night: Columbo, Sort Of

By Tim Willette and Steve Rhodes
20 tweets in - nothing about Columbo.
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Posted on July 11, 2017

Mayberry Redux: A Reality That Never Was

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams
Today's Mt. Airy, whose monument "In Memory of the Confederate Soldiers of Surry County" was erected next to the courthouse in 2000, still faithfully reflects the white supremacy of "forever Confederate counties" in a state with a violently racist past.

Posted on September 21, 2021

After 25 Years, There's A Reason MSNBC Can't Look Back

By Spencer Snyder/FAIR
A large portion of MSNBC's existence is characterized by a lust for ratings, endless coverage of trivialities and a craven echoing of officialdom - and platforming right-wing hosts like Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Michael Savage while ditching the likes of Phil Donahue, Keith Olberman, Cenk Uygur and Ed Schultz.

Posted on September 2, 2021

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