Archive for May, 2008

Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Abolitionism”

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

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.

Sounds Like Another McClellan

Thursday, May 29th, 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 at the Border

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Drew Carey investigates the situation at our southern border and offers a reasonable and obvious solution. You should definitely watch the video.

Georgia Aquarium

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Earlier this month I visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. While there I took these pictures:

Beluga Whales

An octopus.

African penguins.

Barrier reef, complete with a shark.

Hammerhead shark.


Horseshoe crabs.

Click here for a video of jellyfish changing colors.

Great Minds Read Alike?

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Barack Obama and I are reading the same book.

Go East, Young Man

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

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!


Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Did I mention I’m moving to South Korea tomorrow?

Tough Times for the GOP

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

The Politico has a depressing article on the trouble the Republican party is in.

Aliens in Monroe County?

Friday, May 9th, 2008

For the second time in two years, crop circles have appeared in Monroe County.

Quote of the Day

Friday, May 9th, 2008

An anonymous Roane County citizen on the alleged gay nudist “resort”:

“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…”