The ‘Outside Agitator’ Trope

It’s been around for a very long time.

Trump Fatigue

Fighting a cult of personality is exhausting.

Toby Keith, 1961-2024

The country music singer was 62.

The Border Standoff is Escalating Quickly

Gregg Abbott is now defying the U.S. Supreme Court, forcing a showdown.

Where The Gays Are

A breakdown of new survey data.

College Football Playoff Chaos

The four-team Playoff will go out making a lot of folks mad.

McCarthy Won’t Run For Speaker. Now What?

We won’t have Kevin to kick around anymore.

Widely-Sold Decongestant Doesn’t Work

A tale of slow-moving bureaucracy.

Flagship University Arms Race

The oldest state institutions of higher education are spending money to make money.

Tulsa Historical Note

A quick follow-up to a previous post.

19th Century Transportation in a 21st Century World

Train I ride, sixteen coaches long.

Digital Blackface!

Inventing outrage in an already outrageous world.

Trump and Waco

Some disturbing symbolism.

LeBron James Becomes NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leader

What was once impossible, then inevitable, has now happened.

The Chaos is the Point

The anti-McCarthy holdouts have no end game.

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Farm Veterinarian Shortage

We can’t find enough people to treat cows, pigs, and horses.

Mastriano Under Fire From Colleagues and Mentors

A former dissertation advisor and two Army War College professors are speaking out against the gubernatorial candidate.

The Confederacy and Today’s Military

It goes deeper than base names.

Democrats Punt on Primary Order

They’re going to wait until after the midterms to decide whether Iowa and New Hampshire stay at the front of the line.

SCOTUS Strikes Down NY Gun Law

The 6-3 ruling broke down on predictable lines.

Americans Having More Abortions

A decades-long decline has ended.

Queer Couples, Divorce, and Custody Rights

An ugly divorce exposes a gap in our legal structure.

Tucker Carlson’s Testicles

The craziest damn thing you’ve ever heard of or a secret message to the crazies?

Republican-led States Testing Abortion Limits

Oklahoma’s near-total ban is part of a larger trend.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

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Army to Separate National Guard Vaccine Refusniks

The next boot has dropped.

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Oklahoma National Guard Vaccine Standoff

The politicization of the virus continues.

Police, Money, and Perverse Incentives

Officers are under enormous pressure–including from the Federal government–to write tickets.

Women Likely to be Included in Draft

A long-overdue change appears to be happening.

COVID Schadenfreude Journalism

A new story archetype is all too common.

Today in Awful Covid Headlines

Part of the ongoing, slow-motion tragedy.

College Conference Chaos

Texas and Oklahoma have reopened Pandora’s Box.

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Supreme Court Ends ‘Amateur’ Collegiate Sports

Most NCAA restrictions violate anti-trust law.

College Football Playoff Expansion

The inevitable is now very much in progress.

Vaccine Eligibility Floodgates Open Before Supply

Many states are moving to a first come, first served basis for COVID shots.

Larry McMurtry, 1936-2021

The author of “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment,” and so many more great novels is gone at 84.

On Coups, Insurrections, and Security Theater

Reflections on the events of 6 January two months later.

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Merrick Garland Ready to Take on Domestic Extremists

The man most famous for getting screwed out of a Supreme Court seat has a more interesting backstory.

The Terrorist In The Mirror

There’s a word for people who use outrageous violence to terrorize.

Another Alabama Coordinator Hired During Playoffs

Steve Sarkisian joins a frustrating trend.

(Many?)(Most?) Republicans Acknowledge Biden WIn

Too little, too late.

The Republican Party’s Shame

The Party of Lincoln went over the cliff like lemmings in support. It’s tough to see how they recover.

Alabama Reaches #1 for 13th Year in a Row

A mind-boggling statistic.

Susan Collins Wins Re-Election

Her Democratic opponent has conceded.

The Slow Rollout of Pinks and Greens

The Army is finally getting its World War II uniforms, one base at a time.

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

Big Ten Cancels Football

A nation that failed to control the pandemic is going to be without college sports this fall.