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
A federal judge overturned the gay marriage ban adapted by California as a result of Proposition 8. Judge Vaughn Walker was both comprehensive and direct.
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence show… Read full post »
In "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin
Luther King criticizes white Southern ministers for responding
to the civil rights movement in Birmingham with "pious
irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities."
Unfortunately for Kagan, that's pretty much what she got from Randall Kennedy's effort in HufPos… 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 »
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 »
The "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher interview in Christianity
Today reminded me of Dick Cheney on Fox--all right-wing id all the
time. In case anyone wondered about the right being homophobic,
here's Joe on gay people:
In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do… Read full post »
It sounds like the Republicans are starting to try to pull
themselves off the bottom.
Generally, people in government call for a commission when things go really bad and they don't know what to do about it. One way to tell that things are going horribly for the Republicans is that they're… Read full post »
I have to admit that I wasn't as put out as a lot of left-wing people by all the anti-Obama tea parties. My spouse among others was very cranky about the whole tea party idea. Of course, street theater is not exactly the most effective politics in the world, but I've… Read full post »
One of the things I found as a Hillary supporter during the Democratic primaries was that it is very difficult to get a handle on Barack Obama. Obama initially had cache on the left because of his early opposition to the war, but he also had a magic with moderate Democrats… Read full post »
From the hills around Pikeville to the river towns on the
Mississippi, all of Kentucky is thinking about one thing--is
University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie going to be
The universal assumption is that Gillispie is going to get the ax and the air is thick with the… Read full post »
I wouldn't pretend to have opened any windows into the soul of
Glenn Beck. Still, it appears that he's experimenting with
justifying violent, terrorist-type acts in the Age of Obama.
A few weeks ago, I put up a couple of brief posts on Becks enthusiastic references to militias, depression, and revolut… Read full post »