The Value of Door-to-Door Canvassing

So, yesterday I’m in the bedroom trying to figure out how to make our TV work better (“Stupid TV! Be more funny!“). Because when you cut out cable, it doesn’t cut out your craving for a steady stream of sweet, sweet televised media, even if it’s only Family Ties reruns and X-Games highlights, and you … Read more

Some Final Thoughts on the Great Alabama Republican Self-Wedgie of 2017

As a coda to the recent special election for senator in Alabama, I have some thoughts on watching the whole thing descend into the worst Benny Hill skit ever. This was the most issue-free election I have ever witnessed, or even heard about. There were more trenchant policy discussions when Betty ran against Veronica for … Read more

Ann Althouse May be the Only Commentator Who Understands the Alabama Senate Election (Update: The Federalist too)

Because this is it, in a nutshell:

Looking in the Wrong Direction

looking in the wrong direction

Everybody has been having a lot of fun lately ridiculing not only Roy Moore but also anyone who would vote for Roy Moore. In the process, many have taken advantage of a great chance to show off their exquisitely fine-tuned sense of morality as people who wouldn’t consider voting that degenerate hillbilly now, even though … Read more

I Demand an Apology for This Post!

What’s up with demanding that people apologize for things they say? I mean, why is that play #1 in the moral outrage playbook? Here in Alabama, we recently had a mini-scandal when, during debate over a bill restricting abortion, a black pro-abortion legislator said that the white legislators supporting the bill would make their daughters … Read more

This Just In: We are Not Monsters

In movies and TV shows, whenever civil society breaks down — because of zombies, meteor strike, irate Godzilla, or some such — people immediately devolve into utterly selfish, vicious animals. Glee clubs spontaneously transform into motorcycle gangs, and young professionals start bashing girl scouts in the head to steal the half-chewed do-si-dos out of their … Read more

“Alabama is Through to the Super Bowl!”

A British announcer unfamiliar with the sport of American football does play-by-play for the Alabama-Notre Dame championship game from last year. A nice addition to a game that was pretty hilarious to begin with. #RollPipPipCheerioTide

Tale of the Tape: A.J. McCarron’s Girlfriend vs. Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend

They’ve both been in the news a lot lately, so let’s do a compare/contrast between the two college football sweethearts: A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua Physical attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10 Eleventeen (using Musburger notation) [null set] Achieved fame when… Alabama scored third unanswered touchdown and announcers … Read more

What’s This Crystal Ball? I Thought We Were Here to See Katherine Webb!

EDSBS rates the pictures featuring Alabama fans standing with Alabama’s BCS championship trophy in Alabama’s championship Walmart (actually it’s the Walmart in Hoover, but they’re all champions, dangit!): Special recognition: In that family, you have the only four hairstyles that are socially acceptable in the state of Alabama. It’s true!

Shouldn’t This Be the Next Daniel Moore Print?

Seriously, get to work on this, Daniel. What Alabama fan wouldn’t love to have this over his fireplace?

In Birmingham They Love the Governor

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declares that Alabama will not play along with Obamacare and will not set up a state health insurance exchange.

And I Say, It’s About Time

From The Onion: Alabama State Constitution Changed to Just Read ‘Roll Tide’

Does Anybody Smell Something Burning?

Looks like somebody got a little nuts with the fireworks yesterday at my old dorm at the U. of Alabama: With Rose Towers gone, where will students go to randomly pull the fire alarm at 2 in the morning? I’m sure they’ll find somewhere.

And In Other Alabama News

From the Onion: TUSCUMBIA, AL—A new Tuscumbia transportation law requires that all infants be placed in child-safety seats and securely buckled in when transported in the bed of a pickup truck. It’s about time!

Rebuilding Alabama

Via Reason’s Hit & Run, here’s a post from the History News Network on how Alabama is pulling itself up by its own bootstraps: Although most of the relief effort starts with individuals who weigh in on their own, churches are playing a key role in coordinating it. I don’t know if a more secular … Read more

Thoughts in the Aftermath of the Alabama Tornadoes

It’s a bizarre experience, driving down a familiar road where everything looks like it does on every other day, then rounding the corner and seeing a town that looks like it was just attacked by an alien armada. That’s what we have here in central Alabama: the part of the Michael Bay movie you never … Read more

"Their eyes aren’t open like mine are open."

Former Alabama and current San Francisco 49er running back Glen Coffee is leaving football because God has something bigger for him. What, he doesn’t know. But I bet it will be bigger. “I feel like it’s His will,” Coffee said. “It’s something that I really felt like I shouldn’t have entered the NFL in the … Read more

"The Water’s As Clear As I’ve Ever Seen It"

That phrase was heard more than once during my family’s recent beach trip to the Gulf Coast.  And it’s true: It was so clear you could walk out into the Gulf neck-deep and still see your feet.  No tarballs on the beach; no sticky, staggering pelicans gasping for breath and smelling like the underside of … Read more