The latest episode of Podcast Appalachia is now available! It’s a little known fact that Appalachians, both in the North and the South, played a major role in the early movement to abolish slavery. In this episode I look at this history and examine the role Appalachians played in expanding human liberty. You can listen here or view a transcript here.
Archive for May, 2008
The big news of the past few days seems to be former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s new book in which he is harshly critical of the Bush administration, particularly over the Iraq war. I don’t have very much to add to what has already been said, other than to wonder why, if McClellan’s current account his accurate, he didn’t do more to stop the war while he was part of the administration. And if he failed to stop the war, why didn’t he resign? Certainly if he is telling the truth about the evils of the administration, his conscience should have demanded it.
Drew Carey investigates the situation at our southern border and offers a reasonable and obvious solution. You should definitely watch the video.
Earlier this month I visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. While there I took these pictures:
Barrier reef, complete with a shark.
Click here for a video of jellyfish changing colors.
Blogging has been MIA for the past week as I have moved halfway across the world–literally. I am now living in Mokpo, South Korea, where I teach English to Korean kids. My profession makes me either an agent of globalization or of cultural imperialism, depending on your point of view.
My decision to come here was motivated by a desire for some change in my life, the chance to travel, an excellent job offer, and the opportunity to teach. My first week in the country has been very nice and gone much more smoothly than I expected. Although most of the people do not speak much English, they are very friendly and helpful.
I will blog in greater detail about my adventures as well as get back to discussing politics over the next few days. But rest assured this blog (as well as Podcast Appalachia) will continue!
Did I mention I’m moving to South Korea tomorrow?
The Politico has a depressing article on the trouble the Republican party is in.
For the second time in two years, crop circles have appeared in Monroe County.
“We have between $40 and $60 Million dollars in school needs and a haywire $10 million jail project and you don’t hear much of a peep out of folks, but let gays and lesbians threaten to take their clothes off at a private resort…”