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Either Trump is Toast or We Are

The flipping of Michael Flynn from Trump insider to FBI informant is the John Dean moment for Donald Trump. It is a seminal event that I believe signals the beginning of the end of the Trump administration. I am not alone in this belief or in comparing the current administration to the Nixon White House. But while Watergate was a tragedy for the nation, the coming constitutional crisis is better

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Alabama Senate Race: The Academic Redneck Endorses Roy Moore

Dear Fellow Alabamians (or “Alabamans,” as media types who know nothing about you and don’t really care to learn, call you): Despite our home state’s unfortunate notoriety in history and literature for falsely accusing men of rape, your betters have decided that this time it’s your moral obligation to join a righteous mob. You no longer need be troubled by cases like the Scottsboro Boys and the theme of To

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The Academic Redneck Fitness Challenge: Update 5

Previous Weight Loss (November 28, 2016-November 6, 2017): 34.4 pounds Weight Gain (November 6-December 4): 5 pounds Total Weight Loss (November 28, 2016-December 4, 2017): 29.4 Pounds Remaining to End of 2017 Goal: 20.6 pounds Well, I seriously considered pulling a CNN or a Brian Ross and throwing out some fake news today to avoid admitting I actually gained weight in November, but for what purpose? I know the truth,

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Alabama’s “Son of a Bitch”

By the time most of you read this column, the 2017 senate race in Alabama will be over. If I were a betting man, I’d try and cover my losses from the 2016 presidential election by putting money on Roy Moore. Moore’s supporters say his decades-old pedophilia accusations and widely reported creepy behavior from the eighties should be ignored. To paraphrase FDR, Moore may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he is

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Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Last week, the tiny community of Ellicott, Colorado, suffered a shocking tragedy when Ellicott Middle School Principal Diane Garduno died in a head-on auto collision just two days before Thanksgiving. News accounts indicate that Principal Garduno was the victim of an aggressive driver who earlier had manifested signs of road rage. Garduno’s five children now face the most festive time of the year in sorrow and grief. A gofundme page

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Classroom Critters

One of the books that I drew inspiration from during my teacher preparation days was How 2 Gerbils, 20 Goldfish, 200 Games, 2000 Books, and I Taught Them How to Read by Steven Daniels. His first year of teaching in an inner city school was a disaster. But he learned from it and became a successful teacher. (Best teaching tip was that home visits are the most effective way to

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