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ND vs. Bama 2013 and 1973 and why SEC’s football championships count is a joke

Page 282 of BETTER OFF WITHOUT ’EM includes a brief explanation of the methodology I used in figuring college football consensus national champions dating from 1950. That page also includes a brief but important—to me, anyway—recollection of the 1973 Sugar Bowl between Notre Dame and Alabama. Because it’s relegated to… Read the Rest »

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Dennis Miller interviews Chuck Thompson

082012_MILLER_THOMPSON Where were you when you first heard Joe “Put Y’all Back in Chains” Biden’s latest gaffe? I was taping an interview with Dennis Miller when the story broke. The two-segment interview aired yesterday on the Dennis Miller Show. This is the second time I’ve appeared on the show and,… Read the Rest »

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Is it OK for U.S. troops to march beneath Confed flag?

Since last week’s publication of Better Off Without ’Em, reader correspondence has been running about 60-40 against me. But amid it all, some have been sending along a few interesting items. Like this link from the Center for a New American Security, which shows U.S. Marines marching through Beirut beneath… Read the Rest »

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Wild bear and wolf action in Glacier Bay

On the eve of the publication of Better Off Without ‘Em, how about a couple of crazy cool of wolves and bears? I shot both a couple weeks ago during a four-day kayak trip through Glacier Bay National Park with my longtime hiking/camping pal and pro photog and game tracker… Read the Rest »

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USA Today gift-wraps another SEC championship berth for 2013

The 2012-13 college football season will once again play out according to the BCS/ESPN business model with assurances that the organization’s largest investment—the Southeastern Conference—will once again be installed in the championship game. This season’s game will be played in Miami on January 7, 2013, between the SEC champion and… Read the Rest »

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Kirkus, PW, Washington Monthly praise/dissect Better Off Without ’Em

Early reviews for Better Off Without ’Em (available on August 14) have been positive. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “often thoughtful, always irreverent” and “a raucous road trip through the South with a funny, informed, sardonic and opinionated Yankee.” Kirkus full review here. Publishers Weekly calls the book “hilariously over-the-top”… Read the Rest »

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What Jackson church ban of black wedding really says about the South

The real news out of Jackson, Mississippi, last week wasn’t that a predominantly white church responded to the objections of white parishioners by turning away a black couple scheduled to be married there on the day before their wedding ceremony. We’ve seen this kind of southern ecumenical opprobrium before—most recently… Read the Rest »

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“Thousands of Muslim schools” haunt Louisiana idiots

The big news out of Livingston Parish, Louisiana—and how often you can say that?—is state Republican (of course) Representative Valarie Hodges renouncing her once-solid support of Governor Bobby Jindhal’s pet education project, a school voucher program that would use taxpayer money to allow students to attend “private” religious schools in… Read the Rest »

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Civil Rights 2012: More segregation, more Klan, more denial

In Better Off Without ’Em, I touch briefly on the 2001 case of Talmadge Branch, the African American politician who was refused service in the “whites only” section of a segregated bar in Florida. Those who might consider this decade-old story ancient history—or at least an anomaly in the pasteurized… Read the Rest »

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KKK wants to adopt Georgia highway. Few will bother to care

I’ve never been part of an organized effort to pick up trash along a highway, much less ever wanted to hang around a stretch of “adopted” roadside while 4,000-pounds of steel flash past at 70 mph a few feet away while I’m hunched over picking up a Taco Smell wrapper…. Read the Rest »