Off the Main Trail

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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APRIL 28, 2010 12:34AM

My Life in Three Short Ones

1. Having grown up in an abusive family, I gradually came to see the days and nights of fear as a gift that allowed me to empathize in ways that might be impossible for "normal" people. 

 2. I'm proud to say it only took 13 years of grad school, eigh… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2010 12:28AM

Shelby Steele Wrong on Obama Again

For Shelby Steele, all of the problems that President Obama now has or will ever have are caused by the self-importance Obama derives from being black.

Well, suppose you were the first black president of the United States and, therefore, also the first black head-of-state in the entire history of Wes… Read full post »
MARCH 31, 2010 12:28AM

Shelby Steele Wrong on Obama Again

For Shelby Steele, all of the problems that President Obama now has or will ever have are caused by the self-importance Obama derives from being black.

Well, suppose you were the first black president of the United States and, therefore, also the first black head-of-state in the entire history of Wes… Read full post »

Yesterday, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods announced that he's going to play in this year's Masters Golf Tournament.  As a media event, "Tiger Woods at the Masters" will be bigger than big.  It will be bigger than Obama, bigger than Bush v Gore, bigger than Ali/Frazier, even bigger than Madonna.… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2010 10:13PM

Deep Thoughts on the Massa-tucky Debacle

Massachusetts and Kentucky usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence. 

And there are good reasons for that.

KY is a poor and poorly educated border state.  "Tradition" means backwards, ignorant, superstitious, and violent.  MA is a wealthy and highly educated place where… Read full post »

I'm a simple guy who had one New Year's Resolution for 2009--drink more.  And  I couldn't believe how easy it was to double my alcohol consumption from one beer a month to two.  Readers might think this was a cheap resolution, but I'm allergic to booze and my head can turn in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2009 12:12AM

Why Not Repeal Social Security Too?

Greg Sargent of The Plum Line reports that the Tea Party faction is calling on Republican candidates to campaign on a platform of repealing health reform in 2010. 

Sargent and other lefty commentators are chortling that the Tea Partiers are creating "instability" in the Republican Party and&nbs… Read full post »

Christmas in our house is more of a process than an event.  Because I work in the education biz, my wife and I generally don't think much about Christmas until the end of fall semester.   Then, Christmas begins to happen--first the tree, then the singing Santas, and finally the outdoor… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2009 2:08PM

The Santa/Jesus Smackdown

The article below was published as an op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2006.  Seeing some of the Santa posts in Open Salon, I thought a slightly revised version would be fun here.


Every year, we hear jeremiads about how the United States is forgetting the true meRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2009 1:32PM

A Proud Victory for Bladder Control

Yesterday was a very bad day, but it would have been much worse if I didn't have superb bladder control.  When I most needed my bladder to manage the gateway between my drippy waste and the external world, it came through with a dominating, Hall of Fame performance.  My bladder wasn't… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2009 12:58AM

Health Reform Has Crossed the Crossroads

There's so many stories coming out about health reform that the relentless spinning is making everybody's head spin. My own sense continues to be that the Obama administration and the Congressional Democrats are going to pass health reform legislation with a public option this year. I don't know whet… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2009 12:22AM

Open Call: How Love Made Me Almost Whole

I was glad to see Kind of Blue's call to discuss something positive some weeks ago.  I've been thinking of posting about the impact of love and this gives me a great reason to gather my thoughts together and do some writing.  It's a difficult story to tell because I doubt it'll… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2009 11:59PM

I Wrote Dreams of My Father

Conservative blogs have gone back to flogging the idea that Bill Ayers wrote Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father. Today's angle is that some right-wing blogger caught up with Ayers in an airport and he "confessed" to the dirty deed.

But they're wrong, wrong, wrong. Bill Ayers didn't write Obama's books/…

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OCTOBER 5, 2009 12:17AM

That "Jesus Left Christianity" Post

On TPM, there's a post on Jesus leaving Christianity that was written by William K. Wolfrum during the 2008 election campaign.

. . . [I]n an announcement that has left his followers shaken, the Christ himself has come forward to announce that he is leaving Christianity, effective immediately. The rea… Read full post »

I've been thinking about all the poor conservatives who think that Barack Obama is a Stalinist, that Obama's going to set up "re-education" camps, or that he's taking "away" American freedoms by talking about "doing the right-thing" on health care.

According to Mark Tapscott of the Washington ExaminerRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 4:38PM

The Painful Stupidity of Max Baucus

Max Baucus finally unveiled the "Baucus Bill" on health care today and I was prepared to give Baucus credit for all of the work he and his staff did on the legislation. I'm for the public option, but I thought Baucus get credit for a sincere effort to craft a bi-partisan… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 8:49AM

A Reflection on the Thinness of Secularism

What's someone to do who's been emotionally terrorized by evangelical Christianity? That's one of the questions posed by Max Blumenthal in a Nation article on Matthew Murray, a young man who was raised according to the strictest tenets of "movement Christianity," profoundly rejected the faith of his… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 11:38PM

A Case of Racist Weeny-ism

I've been blogging for three years and one of the themes of my first year of blogging was the weenie boy masculinity of the right. Things have gotten so bad with the right that it's more accurate to characterize them as a freak show and I've done so on several occasions.  But… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 7:47AM

WWE Set to Debut in Republican Politics

It looks like WWE CEO Linda McMahon is gearing up to run as a Republican for Christopher Dodd's Senate seat in Connecticut. That makes a lot of sense. The Republicans have been sounding more and more like professional wrestlers over the last ten years. All the Bush administration chest-beating about… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 12:35AM

Obama on Kanye West: Jackass!

Just saw something where Barack Obama called Kanye West a "jackass" over the Taylor Swift incident.  I bet President Obama's criticism of West is going to go over a lot better than his criticism of the Cambridge police for being stupid in the Henry Louis Gates case.  It's hard not… Read full post »

It was disappointing to see Richard Wolffe getting a bye-line from the Daily Beast for a pointless article on Obama administration's health care strategy for the fall. As bad a representative of mainstream media whoring as this country has to offer, Richard Wolffe has been able to keep his journalist… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 8:34AM

Comedian World Domination

The comedian plot to take over the world continues to gain steam. First the evil comics made Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert into America's two most trusted newsmen. After taking over the news business, the comedians gained more momentum when the leaders of Comedian Central (not to be confused with "… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 12:07AM

Screw the Progressive Media

I was going to title this post "Fuck the Progressive Media," but I'm still uncomfortable using the word "fuck" even though I've known what it's meant for more than forty years.  The reason "Fuck the Progressive media" is a better title is that progressives increasingly have their heads up their… Read full post »

8:07, My daughter Miss Teen and I are set up in a classroom at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky to watch Obama's health care speech.

Thanks for the room guys.  Morehead State also wants me to remind you  that the university does not necessarily endorse anything… Read full post »

In a way, conservatives are right about President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren being indoctrination. It's indoctrination into the dominant ideology of individualism. But why do conservatives object? They believe in individualism just as much as Obama.

What I found charming about Obama… Read full post »