• Keeping Witches at Bay

    Keeping Witches at Bay

    We buried Mama's ashes atop a bed of wild honeysuckle vines. I had stopped alongside the road in Greeneville, Tennessee, and picked them myself. You might think it's the dollar-sized magnolias in bloom that most remind me of my Southern childhood. Or the wild dogwoods[..]
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  • Set Yourself On Fire

    Set Yourself On Fire

      There was a lecture I gave every term while teaching First Amendment Rights. I titled that lecture: Setting Yourself on Fire.  In that lecture, I would talk about what led up to the Arab Spring (Lord, doesn't that whole thing seem ancient history now?).[..]
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  • Beloved Barbara Bush

    Beloved Barbara Bush

    Perhaps the one thing we can all agree on in today's current political climate is that Barbara Bush is beloved by people from all walks of life and all political persuasions. I guess I always thought George would die before Barbara.  So when the news[..]
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  • Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    I was just walking the dogs through the neighborhood. No agenda, really, other than to let the dogs sniff things out. Over on the street just north of us, I saw a fellow poking around one of the houses currently under construction. I thought perhaps[..]
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  • Patrick Reed’s Bitter Family Feud

    Patrick Reed’s Bitter Family Feud

    When Patrick Reed slipped into that green jacket in Augusta on Sunday, his parents, Bill and Jeannette Reed, were not in attendance. Neither was his sister Hannah, when Reed, 27, won his first major title at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. This was the biggest[..]
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  • The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

    The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

      When I was in college, I focused some of my studies of the Moonie cult. I was a Com major and studying a cult was a given for me, having grown up in the Bible Belt, having spent so much of my early years[..]
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  • Welcome to Wallering Season

    Welcome to Wallering Season

    I am really absolutely the last person anyone would expect to speak out on behalf of Donald Trump, so don't let my words here be misconstrued in anyway to be in support of this man, his policies, his position, or his very bad behavior. My[..]
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  • When the VA Comes Calling..

    When the VA Comes Calling..

    Just to give you a bit of insight into how messed up our current Veterans Administration system is, listen up. A couple of weeks ago, I received an official letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. That might not seem like an unusual thing to the[..]
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  • Kids These Days

    Kids These Days

    [caption id="attachment_3926" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Students marching in Bend, Oregonphoto credit Bill Dahl[/caption] When I hear people bemoan the youth of today, how lazy and insolent they are, how disrespectful and disruptive they are, how they don't do anything but stare at their phones all day[..]
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