The ‘Outside Agitator’ Trope

It’s been around for a very long time.

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Heavier Vehicles Need Stronger Guardrails

Our infrastructure was not designed for what most Americans drive today.

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“Soft and Sharp”

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“Up from the Mine”

The Town Without Elections Redux

Updating the political saga of Newbern, Alabama.

More on Alabama Districts

Diving into the structure of Alabama’s districts and highlighting deep problems.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Alabama Districts

A surprising ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

The Education Senator Redux

Tuberville claims he was taken “out of context.”

Biden Reversing Trump on Space Command HQ

It’s taken more than two years to undo a silly, petty decision.

Dilbert Canceled

Newspapers across the country are dropping the popular strip over a racist rant.

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“White Trash” Continued

Because I actually think its important.

Debbie Stabenow Retiring

The Michigan Senator’s stepping down at a reasonable age shocked everyone.

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“Down the Line”

Alabama Hyundai Plant Used Child Labor

Shocking but perhaps unsurprising news.

Racial Equity and America’s Roads

A new initiative aims to right decades-old wrongs.

Herschel Walker and the Perils of Celebrity Candidates

More ugly revelations about the football hero turned politician.

Trump Judge Tosses Airline Mask Mandate

The Biden administration’s mandate has been lifted immediately.

Coronavirus Relief Funds Diverted to Pet Projects

Because of course it was.

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“Vulcan”

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Skeleton.

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“Inside Sloss”

The Abuse of Power in a Small Town Police Force

Not Mayberry. Not even close.

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Oath Keepers Charged with Seditious Conspiracy

A year after the Capitol riot, DOJ is coming after the most violent perpetrators.

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“People in the Stars”

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“Urban Gallery”

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“The Old Roundhouse”

Infrastructure Politics

Politicians gonna politician, but still…

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

Line of the Day

Get vaccinated edition

Today in Awful Covid Headlines

Part of the ongoing, slow-motion tragedy.

A Little Monday Tab Clearing

Several stories, not enough time for full write-ups.

SBC Picks a New Leader

And linkages to broader US politics.

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“Bent”

The Consolidation of Journalism

The Internet killed the newspaper without really replacing it.

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Harvey Updyke Dead at 71

Roll Damn Tide.

Supreme Court Blocks Judge-Imposed Drive-up Voting in Alabama Runoff

Those who wish to vote for Tommy Tuberville or Jeff Sessions will have to walk to the mailbox.

‘COVID Parties’ are Bullshit

Some incredibly thin reporting about a story that is almost certainly made up.

Cancel Cancel Culture

The state of American debate is not strong.

Trump and the F-word

Not that one. The other one.

Do Violent Protests Get Results?

If the goal is to change politics, not just vent frustration, messaging is important.

The TV Doctors and the Problem of Cable “News”

Cable news “experts” frequently aren’t.

Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Worrisome news for an American icon.

Warren’s Same-Sex Marriage Joke Raises Concerns

Elizabeth Warren’s comments at an LGBT rights forum late last week were cheered by the audience, but some Democrats are raising concerns about their impact on the General Election.

Not a Punchline. It is Corruption.

Hurricanes and corrupting truth.

Alabama Man Who Spent 36 Years In Jail For Stealing $50.75 Finally Released

From the State of Alabama we get a perfect example of the reason why, at times, the law is an ass.

Alabama Governor Apologizes For College Blackface Incident

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is the latest politician to apologize for donning blackface while she was in college.