Off the Main Trail
- College Town, U. S.
- May 14
- Regional University
- I'm married with two daughters and have been teaching at a state university in a red state for 21 years. My blogging covers a lot of issues but I'm a progressive kind of guy who tends to focus on political process, conservatism, and religiosity. Living in the Bible Belt gives me a little different though not necessarily more friendly perspective on conservatism. I also get in the occasional sports post.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Will Lady Gaga Perform at Rick
Perry's "The Response?"
August 03, 2011 11:53PM
- Jon Huntsman and the Prom
August 02, 2011 07:58AM
- Eleven Theses on the Debt
July 29, 2011 09:34AM
- Rick Perry's Gay Marriage
July 28, 2011 07:21PM
- Overtime Decided By
Gallup--The End Game on Debt
July 28, 2011 11:17AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Shouldn't you have been
more honored to be sitting
November 27, 2011 09:24AM
- “I pulled the Allman
Brothers first album out of a
at the local
November 26, 2011 07:28PM
- “Making dumb comments is
the only way Huntsman can get
now that he's
August 02, 2011 07:24PM
- “I agree with that, but
it's not much of a surprise.
July 28, 2011 06:00PM
- “A wonderful little
piece--brimming with light.
I'm not really
a person of
July 25, 2011 04:44PM
Ric Caric's Links
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani is thinking about running for governor of New York and is planning on running a classic whistle-stop railroad campaign on Amtrak. Of course, Giuliani will need the full train to carry all the closets with all the skeletons that accompany him wherever he goes. He'll also… Read full post »
Digby is one of the few white bloggers who closely follows the
police abuse of tasers. Here's an extended quote from her article
on Glenn Greenwald's blog today.
Tasers were sold to the public as a tool for law enforcement to be used in lieu of deadly force. Presumably, this… Read full post »
For the last couple of weeks, there's been a lot of media
publicity about the fortieth anniversary of the Manson
But it all seems forced to me.
America doesn't live in a "post-sixties" world any more. Whether we like it or not, things have changed. Not that we've forgotten the… Read full post »
I'm not sure why the Republicans are comparing health reform to
Joseph Mengele, or why they're talking about
euthanasia and "death
What they should be talking about is themselves.
By far the strongest argument against Obama's health reform plan is that the Republicans might… Read full post »
Today's Lexington Herald-Leader has a good article by sportswriter John Clay about Cedric Benson of the Cincinnati Bengals. Originally a high draft pick out of Texas, Benson was still with the Chicago Bears when he was arrested ostensibly for public drunkenness on a Texas lake. Here's the football pa… Read full post »
It looks like New York City will have to put off its parade.
Four months ago, the right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh announced
that he was
leaving the city over the imposition of a millionaire's tax and
the City was planning a huge ticker tape parade to
Back in March,… Read full post »
Tonight, I have to apologize to one of my U. S. Senators and
take my hat off to the other. Hats off to Republican Senate leader
Mitch McConnell for achieving his goal of squeezing the last sparks
of life out of Jim Bunning's career as a Senator.
McConnell didn't want Bunning to… Read full post »
Only in America?
Cambridge, Massachusetts police arrested celebrity Harvard professor Henry Louis (Skip) Gates for breaking into his own house.
Police responding to a call about "two black males" breaking into a home near Harvard University ended up arresting the man who lives there –
Henry Lo… Read full post »
Sarah Palin says "all options are on the table." But what
does that mean? Here's her top ten options according to
a "leading Republican consultant" who wants to remain
1. Bomb Iran from the family's Piper plane.
2. Sit on her front porch so she can keep an eye on… Read full post »
It looks like Alberto Gonzales landed an adjunct gig at Texas Tech University.
Gonzales, who was Gov. George W. Bush’s lawyer, Texas secretary of state and then a Texas Supreme Court justice before joining Bush in Washington, will be working as an visiting professor in the political science de… Read full post »
My wife M and I used to joke a lot about writing a book
entitled The Unethical Parent about the necessarily shady
business of raising human children.
When our two daughters were little, we used to answer their absurd questions by telling unbelievable whoppers. What do you say to a 3 year… Read full post »
I'm getting a head-ache from watching the bouncing Palin ball. What's Palin trying to do? Is she getting out of politics altogether? Setting up her run for the presidency in 2012? 2016? Is Palin trying to get rich on the right-wing lecture circuit? Is she going to have a show on… Read full post »
Red State Impressions would like to congratulate David Broder on the publication of his 5,000th column on the "Need for Bi-Partisan Compromise." According to Broder:
"Scholars will also make the point that when such complex legislation is being shaped, the substance is likely to be improved when both… Read full post »
I'm back from a five-week research trip to Philadelphia, back to
the home I share with my wife Mrs. Red State Impressions
(RSI) and our daughters Miss Teen (almost 15) and Miss Tween
A little world that has now become an estrogen palace.
Of course, the estrogen foundation was already in… Read full post »
As a result of the rain, the Fourth of July fireworks were
cancelled in Morehead, KY. However "the Apple of My
Eye" and I spent a satisfying 90 minutes of so re-watching the
Army of the Potomac repulse Pickett's Charge in the movie
I see where John McCain gave a really bad&n… Read full post »
So what is the big deal about Sarah Palin's resignation as
Governor of Alaska?
That's actually pretty difficult to define.
But I'm going to take a shot at defining Palin first, then defining the significance of her resignation.
Sarah Palin is the first major political personality to emerge from the reli… Read full post »
The News: Al Franken won the court case, Norm Coleman conceded,
and now Al
Franken is going to be Senator.
The Question: Should we react like Clarence Thomas did when his nomination to the Supreme Court was finally approved--
The Answer: HELL NO!
Why spend our whole lives… Read full post »
Being an atheist, I don't normally discuss God's plans. Given
that there is no God, there can't be a God's plan.
It's something about the laws of physics.
But Mark Sanford is so enthusiastic about God's plans that it's hard to talk about Mark Sanford without talking about God.
So, I'm going to pretend… Read full post »
Buried in the South Carolina's The State's
lengthy report on the l'affaire Mark Sanford is a little nugget on
the potential for Sanford to have multiple mistresses.
In their morning meeting, State editors decided to immediately inform the governor and his inner circle about the e-mails.
A reporter c… Read full post »
Former staffer Andrew Young is divulging that Edwards definitely fathered Rielle Hunter's baby.
Young says that his belief in Edwards ran so deep that he agre
Did you ever hope the American right would just give up and go back to their caves? Did you ever believe that Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter would decide that conservativism has lost and that they would just move to the Keys, stoke up their blenders, and lose themselves in their p… Read full post »
People might be asking "what is gay chicken" and
how Ahmadinejad could have a "gay chicken foreign policy."
But I'm not going to go there quite yet.
First, it needs to be stressed that the "gay chicken" model is enormously important in politics and is the best way to understand the forei… Read full post »
Contrary to the Warholian predictions that Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher would be gone in 15 minutes, he appears to be developing a career as a conservative celebrity. Joe's not as famous as Limbaugh or Coulter but he's still very much an attraction for right-wing audience… Read full post »
Being away from home, I talked on the phone about Michael Jackson's death for an hour plus tonight with my teen-age daughter KC.
It's KC's first BIG celebrity death and she was eager to talk about Michael Jackson's early career, Thriller, The Wiz, and his seeming decline over t… Read full post »