Lazy Arguments: On Right-Wing Media Bashing

Many of the political disagreements I’ve had with staunch progressive friends end with their telling me I “shouldn’t watch so much Fox News.” Whatever the political topic, I can usually expect this precise dismissal. Apparently, no other explanation than, “You are wrong because… Fox News” is necessary. My other conservative friends and colleagues report similar…

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Planned Obsolescence

I was sitting in the Denver airport waiting to fly to Alabama to visit my mom in the nursing home when my “smart” phone turned dumb. More precisely, two years and one month after I bought it, my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 died of old age, leaving me scrambling to communicate with friends and family….

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Mr. Darcy: Our Service Dog School Flunkout

Last August, our beloved fourteen-year-old golden retriever Midas died after a long fight with cancer. Although his death was extremely hard for us, his leaving was a little more bearable because we knew the handsome fellow above would be coming to live with us. When my husband and I found out for certain that Midas…

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Monuments Kin

How cool is it that one of my relatives helped save some of Europe’s most valuable art pieces from Adolf Hitler? But this individual isn’t the only human treasure in my family… Major Robert Kelley Posey, my third cousin three times removed, was one of the famous Monuments Men who helped find priceless art objects…

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Redneck Royalty: Special Daytona 500 Edition

The Pettys, the Earnhardts, and the Future of NASCAR Many Americans eagerly anticipate spring when Punxsutawney Phil decides whether the country will endure six more weeks of winter. For many southerners, however, contemplation of spring begins in earnest a few weeks later in February, on the Sunday the Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR season….

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CPAC Needs a CPAP

The Folly of Disinviting Milo Yiannopoulos to Speak this Weekend (Special Breaking News Report from the Academic Redneck) Will conservatives ever learn? Cue the circular firing squad. By now, news that a secret tape has emerged in which Milo Yiannopoulos, gay conservative provocateur and writer at Breitbart News, appears to condone pedophilia. The Drudge Report…

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Cowards in the Shadows: The Media, “Deep State” Intelligence and Donald Trump

“I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.” President Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) Since the resignation of Michael Flynn as Donald Trump’s director of national security, gleeful media pundits cannot hide their optimism that the administration is in meltdown.  “Blood in the water,” an opening headline from Salon declared. Invoking Howard…

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The Oroville Dam Spillway: A Brief Statement

By now, news of problems at the Oroville Dam in California is being widely reported. The Academic Redneck has known about this potential catastrophe in the making since mid-week last week, when Mike was telling me about it. He knew because the bloggers  he reads were providing accurate updates. Few major news agencies nationally were…

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The Storm Pit

“Mom worries about dumb stuff,” Corey told the counselor. “During tornado season, she writes our names on our legs with magic marker.” (from Mary Hood’s short story, “After Moore”) Any southerner who cannot tell you a good weather story should not be trusted. This is not hyperbole. Well, ok, maybe it is hyperbole. But I’m…

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Divergent Roads

A few weeks ago after a faculty meeting, one of my departmental colleagues and I hopped into my brown Subaru (still sporting the “Make America Great Again” bumper sticker if you’re wondering) and headed off to meet some other colleagues at the local brew pub. As we drove along, my friend told me about a…

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