In Case You Forgot About Game Day Tomorrow

Screen Capture Lamb PastaI couldn’t exactly blame you if you did. The great and mighty Catamounts of West Carolina may not be our most challenging opponents, but they were willing to be ritually slaughtered for a big check and that commends them to me greatly. Head on over to for analysis and whatnot. You may even find my latest tailgating post over there. Did I forget to mention that? Braised lamb over Rigatoni. Enjoy and Roll Tide.

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There is Nothing Wrong With Our Republic.

The chief executive merely decided to usurp powers he, and a notable other, once ascribed to the the legislative branch whilst in the shadow of a place called Caesars Palace. Said some idiot in 2011:

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case. Because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. And I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, to ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

But enough of complicated legal nonsense. Let’s get to tonight’s realpolitik:

“All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”

It’s tempting to say that this is just another day in the adhocracy, but this is new. Sparklingly new.

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Mississippi State is Coming!

Grill Cheese ScreenshotThey are very, very, good. Number 1 in fact. That makes it all the more awkward that we are 8 1/2 point favorites as of this writing. Who does that inspire? Who is the underdog? I have no idea what happens tomorrow but you can bet I’ll be watching. 2:30 CBS with Gary and Verne. If you’re hungry, here’s a link to my weekly tailgating piece over at I was a poor poster last week and neglected to share my LSU hot wings post, but it can be found here.

20141108_183933As long as we are talking about last week, I was on the fifty, twenty rows up, and happy as all hell as long as we are talking about the first half, the last minute of the second half, and overtime. But since we won, that’s all I need to talk about.

My real concern about this weeks game is that last week’s slugfest with the corndogs left us too beaten and bruised. That aside, we play the top ranked team in the nation and are favored. Not a bad time to be a fan.

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I’m Watching You, Douglas.

College Football Playoff CommitteeDid Archie Manning run afoul of the football Illuminati? Weeks ago he was ensconced amongst the college football Pharisees, set to pump out the white smoke of mixed metaphors every Tuesday and announce the anointed or anoint the announced, depending on how you read the situation. His alma mater was the undefeated defensive behemoth with a “streaky is a good thing” quarterback, solid wins over ranked Alabama and Texas A&M, and a coach with a realistic possibility of mainstreaming two third sleeves fall/winter wear.

As it stands now Archie Manning faces multiple medical procedures, his team has dropped two straight games (both to teams whose mascot is a tiger which may or may not hold meaning) and surrendered any hope of non-Independence Bowl post season glory. I am not a statistical pool, but I have received several Christmas oriented catalogues and all have been quite firm on the full sleeve winter wear front. What went wrong?

If you are a reasonable person, you blame natural wear and tear associated with aging, running up the middle, goal line broken left legs, and natural reduction in temperature as the Earth stretches the limits of its Newtonian relationship with the sun and human forearm reaction to the same. A non-reasonable person might ask why all this hit poor Archie all at once and suspect foul play.

Is there a conspiracy against him? Continue reading

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Some Bye Week Pizza

RBR Pizza ScreengrabThis week is bye week, but we are still fans and fans have needs, like the need for sustenance. I’ve posted this weeks tailgating piece over at Check it out, make a mess of your kitchen and enjoy. There’s plenty of football on this weekend even if my beloved Crimson Tide has an off week. If we are to get to the SEC Championship we need Ole Miss to drop a game. I’m currently sitting on the couch with a stiff adult beverage girding myself for this evening’s unpleasant business. I have to root for the barners tonight in Oxford. I’ll be needing a few more stiff adult beverages.

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This Is Late, But RBR Tailgating From Last Week!

Screen Capture OAMSSI wrote about the Once a Month Steak Sandwich last week over at for the Tennessee game. I know it’s post facto, but I was going to predict that we jump out ahead early, get complacent and let the Vols back in the game before rallying with a long drive full of improbable third down conversions to win 34-20.

I was pretty much right. I just thought that our Offensive Coordinator was going to fall in a hail of thrown batteries. I guess you never can tell what’ll really happen.

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Let’s Ban Some Books

Huck FinnI read A. Barton Hinkle’s latest, Why Sermons, Tweets, and Campus Speech Are Targets of Liberal Censorship Attempts, at this morning. I’ve got some basic problems with the article, among them that until recently “censorship was a largely conservative project.” As evidence he mentions the Hayes Office, self imposed by Hollywood, and the Smith Act, passed by a Democrat controlled House and Senate and signed into law by the arch-conservative FDR. In fact, when it comes to political speech I’m at ends trying to come up with a single conservative measure banning freedom of expression. Flag burning maybe?

Wilson signed the Sedition Act of 1918 and held that the government’s “authority to exercise censorship over the Press… is absolutely necessary to the public safety.” Under Truman we got the Fairness Doctrine that JFK and LBJ used pretty effectively to stifle criticism. On the Republican side, I bet Nixon wished he had a say in a certain newspaper’s editorial decisions, but he didn’t. Continue reading

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Got Tomatoes and Sausages Up at RBR

Sausage Screen GrabMy weekly post at is up. It might look familiar to those who frequent these electronic pages, maybe even to those who just read the previous post here. We just kicked off against Texas A&M and are driving as I write.  Roll Tide.

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How in the Hell Did I Miss National Pasta Day?

SAMSUNGSeriously? October 17th and I missed it? Pasta is practically my raison d’etre, but in Italian so it’s more like my penso che tu sia abbastanza caldo di mamma. I’d never heard of National Pasta Day until this morning, but a little Google research brought me up to speed. It turns out that its origins are murky so it’s considered an unofficial national holiday. That means that unlike official national holidays like Christmas that were voted on by congress and forced down our throats by those big government bureaucrats in Washington, NPD is one of the people’s holidays.

Thankfully, the people also had the good sense to make October National Pasta Month just to drive the point home, so I’m not entirely too late. Thusly, in honor of National-Pasta-Day-one-day-after-National-Pasta-Day-but-still-during-National-Pasta-Month-so-it’s-still-okay, I’m linking to a few of my favorite pasta sauces. Continue reading

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A Question of Plagiarism.

What is to be done with an ostensibly original phrase or sentence that sounds oddly familiar. Unease at the possibility that the bit came from an article or book read years ago and over time crept into your argumentative arsenal without remembered attribution is immensely frustrating. On the one side, you can’t just publish it as yours without knowing if that bit of wit started life beyond your reckoning. On the other, if you really do think it’s clever, you can’t just let it languish, sad and unread.

An example: Continue reading

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