I drown myself in sorrow, looking at what you done….



Zappa, Bozzio, Belew…..give me your lips, right here…..


We just have to channel our inner Vaclav Havel.

I am the Slime….


Tupac gets to more specifics….


Mothers on Sunday


Ted Jelen, 1952-2017


UNLV Political Science professor Ted Jelen on December 13, 2010. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

My old friend UNLV Political Scientist Ted Jelen died a few weeks ago. Ted was a founding father of the modern study of religion and politics, helped found the section on Religion and Politics in the APSA, and was founding editor of the section journal Politics and Religion. Ted also served as editor of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion for a term or two in the 1990s. Ted was a prolific writer, and was one of the most influential figures in the field. I always resented how many conservative Christian social scientists root the founding of religion and politics in the (mostly) “Evangelical” gang of four. I’ve had more than a half dozen young political scientists and sociologist wax about their influence, and I usually respond that I thought it was Jelen and Wilcox who made the most important contributions. Ted’s book, The Political Mobilization of Religious Beliefs was the most important work on the prospects and problems for conservative Christian religious mobilization.

I met Ted in the early 1990s, when he was still at Benedictine. My friend and colleague Tobin Grant tells me that Ted was once the lowest paid full professor in all of Political Science according to an APSA study. He moved on to UNLV, where he finally received some degree of recognition for his scholarship. Tobin and I tried to hire him here at SIU three or four years ago. Ted and I  had several conversations about the pros and cons of SIU v. UNLV. In the end, UNLV made him “an offer I can’t refuse.”  I’m sorry I didn’t have the opportunity to have him here.

Ted was always smiling, always friendly, and eager to help with anything. He was a conscientious and fair editor, and was a person who always helped lift others, rather than simply promoting himself. He helped me several times in my career, and I’ll never forget it.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


Dweezil following in his father’s footsteps and engaging in a little sexual harassment in the workplace.

Zappadan 2017, now more than ever…..


In our time of crisis, we can only turn away from the gods and toward Frank Zappa.

Family Planning


I’ve got you now, Bunny…..

I’ve been too distraught to contribute much lately, what with the fascist takeover and all. Nobody wants to hear anything legitimate sociologists say, anyway, they’re too worked up about cheap sex and shit. Which brings me to the issue of the contraceptive mandate and “President” Trump’s and KKK Sessions’ new edict saying religious motherfuckers can shitcan people’s health coverage because of their supposedly deeply held religious commitments. It should be beyond discussion that  people who want to take away contraception benefits are loathsome pieces of shit, who want to force their religion on other Americans. It should also be beyond tolerance that insurance companies—who benefit immensely from not having to cover unwanted pregnancies—are painfully silent.

But, what sociology should be talking about, as should any movement seeking to reframe this issue, is the fact that a very large plurality of women who get coverage under insurance plans for their birth control are MARRIED. Religious fuckwits can pull their hair out about single women having sex all they want (because they are assholes?), but the fact is that 40% of women at risk for pregnancy are married. 90% of them use contraception.

This is a FAMILY issue not a women’s issue. Sure, women bear the brunt, but it is really about the costs of maintaining families. Though especially single parent families. Contraceptive costs impact families. It’s $50 a month that these assholes are taking from the mouths of children. Fucking pro-life, eh.


Happy Christian Terrorist Day!!!


As we continue our descent into fascism, it’s good to remember what the Trump crowd really wants. White Christian America, by any means necessary….

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Yes, there we were. Alfred Darnell and I had agreed to meet at the Boundry, one of our favorite watering holes in Nashville. I was there a little early and pulled up a seat at the bar. They had a full bank of televisions, all of them turned on to the same thing.  Alfred walked up just a minute later and I think all he said was “oh, shit.”  I was in the Murrah building when I was at the University of Oklahoma and had to get a duplicate of my Social Security Card.  I raced a criterium around the Memorial Park several years after the bombing. It’s an important reminder of what Christian America wants. They want us non-Christians to be killed, tortured, kicked out of the country, or at best disenfranchised. We are illegitimate rulers, political actors, educators, parents, community members, and whatever. If you’re not a white…

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