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Finding a Progressive Path in Kentucky

Ric Caric

Ric Caric
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.

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AUGUST 29, 2009 6:33PM

The Undead at Ted's Funeral

I have to admit that I just hate the kind of "state funeral" that's been mounted for Ted Kennedy today. The monumentality of the wrongfulness and absurdity of this kind of event is beyond my literary ability to conceive and describe. But let's call it depressing, ugly, morally sick, bad democratic… Read full post »

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 »

AUGUST 10, 2009 11:29PM

Tasing and Four Cultural Illnesses

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

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For the last couple of weeks, there's been a lot of media publicity about the fortieth anniversary of the Manson killings.

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 »

Tiger Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational today by four strokes.    

It was his fifth victory in the twelve events that Woods has played this year while continuing his recovery from knee surgery. But the really important thing is that Tiger Woods has LOST seven whole t… Read full post »

I'm not sure why the Republicans are comparing health reform to Hitler, Stalin, and Joseph Mengele, or why they're talking about euthanasia and "death panels."

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 celebrate.

Back in March,… Read full post »
JULY 28, 2009 12:43AM

Bunning Quits; McConnell Slithers

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

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JULY 8, 2009 10:01AM

Top Ten Options for Sarah Palin

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 anonymous.  

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 »

JULY 7, 2009 12:17AM

A Way to Make Sense of Palin

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 »

JULY 5, 2009 3:33PM

Live from "The Broder Zone"

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 »
JULY 5, 2009 11:30AM

Return to the Estrogen Palace

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 (12).

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 Gettysburg.

I see where John McCain gave a really bad&n… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2009 11:26AM

The Four Paths for Sarah Palin

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 »

JUNE 30, 2009 12:48AM

God's Plan for Mark Sanford

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 »

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JUNE 29, 2009 12:53AM

The Sanford/Edward Mistress Throwdown Continues

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

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JUNE 28, 2009 10:13PM

The Depths of John Edwards' Dumbness

One of the unintended consequences of the Mark Sanford affair is that a fair amount of "after-crap" is hitting the fan for John Edwards as well.

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
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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 »

JUNE 27, 2009 1:21AM

Joe the Plumber Talks Lynching

Joe the Plumber  

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 »