America Today

November 17, 2019

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A few weeks ago we left off with some Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of modern America. He presented this view in a speech he delivered October 11 before the School of Law at Notre Dame University on the freedom of religion and its underpinning of American life. Christianity is on the decline in the […]

The Dog Park

November 16, 2019

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There is a marvelous experiment in social science that takes place every day in Tuscaloosa, except for Thursday mornings when the Will May Dog Park in Munny Sokol Park is closed for “maintenance.” The maintenance includes picking up a lot of dog poop, which is the downside of the social science experience I’m talking about. […]

Posted in: Humor, Life in America

The War for the Soul of America

November 16, 2019

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Last week we challenged higher education’s goal of diversity rather than excellence in mission and teaching. Today, let’s rachet up the stakes a bit. Our nation today is engaged in a war for its very soul. I don’t want to exaggerate for the sake of notoriety or getting your attention, but a speech by Attorney […]

Rat Poison at UA, and How to Get Rid of It

October 31, 2019

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By now every Crimson Tide football fan knows that Coach Nick Saban thinks bragging on winning as “rat poison” among the team. He cultivates a winning spirit, one acquired by immense disciple and devotion to hard training and preparation, but he is also afraid that pride and bragging and feeling good about being No. 1 […]

Alabama, LSU and Prophets, or General William Tecumseh Sherman as Prophet

October 31, 2019

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Alabama and LSU are surely looking forward to their meeting on the gridiron in November of this year. It is a great rivalry, fueled by the fact that Nick Saban also led the Tigers to a national championship a few year ago, and, of course, Nick is now here, having abandoned, from the LSU perspective, […]

Posted in: Civil War, War

Experiencing Capitalism

October 15, 2019

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Don’t worry, this is not a piece about capitalists and socialists. You are bombarded enough with those pieces by both politicians and journalists who all claim to have the final say on the truth. I have been an academic, a professor all my working life, except for a couple of years in the Navy which […]

Moses in Exile

October 15, 2019

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Not too long ago I read two pieces in the WSJ that struck some familiar chords with me. But it wasn’t so much what was in the columns, it was what was not. Stick with me. This is a puzzle of sorts and perhaps you can help me solve it. Both had to do with […]