Stop saying we ought to let Texas secede

OK, so Scottish voters have spoken, and they’re going to stay part of the UK, hassles and all. And I think they made the right decision. But I notice the whole episode brought out a trope that really annoys me: my liberal friends from the Northeast saying things like, “we should let Texas secede, then we can run the country the way we want.” There are many variations — one facebook friend posted that we should allow Texas and Alabama to form Texabama (I don’t see how you could leave out Louisiana and Mississippi in that case, but whatever). Sometimes it’s expressed as, “we should have just let the South go in 1860” (and let slavery continue there too, presumably).

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Fat Tuesday

It’s a cold, rainy, raw Mardi Gras and I’m watching the Zulu parade come down Jackson Ave. I’m by myself on my bike, the rest of the family is still warm in bed, already paraded out from this weekend, and not up for this kind of weather. Happy Mardi Gras everyone!Zulu 2014

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Back in form, Oct 2011

Gee, eight months since my last post here. In this period I’ve gotten a journal article accepted, written encyclopedia entries, completed three-plus dissertation chapters, presented two conference papers, and am now teaching, doing job and postdoc applications, and getting ready to finish my last two chapters. In addition to actual writing I’ve developed the analytical side of my project considerably since February, reading a lot of secondary literature and sharpening my thinking and my arguments quite a bit. All that is not yet reflected in the actual prose top the degree it ought to be; and making that happen is one of the main goals for this final phase of the writing process that is coming up.

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