Chuck Thompson

This Year's College Football Playoff Is a Sham. Blame ESPN.
No, this game won't finally determine a "true" champion
January 09, 2015

No, this game won't finally determine a "true" champion.

How I Fell Out of Love with Space Tourism
It's elitist, overpriced, and overhyped
September 16, 2014

Reinforced Biblical and Koranic beliefs are about the last thing we need from sending people into space...

I Used to Hang a Confederate Flag on My Wall
Here's why I took it down
October 30, 2013

Thanks to angry Republican protesters, the Confederate flag is back in the news. Someone who used to fly the flag now ponders its meaning.

What Paula Deen Could Teach John Roberts
One week, two visions of Southern progress
July 01, 2013

The Supreme Court says the South is different now. Paula Deen's meltdown tells a different story.

Is Racism Worse in the South?
John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.
March 05, 2013

At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.

Take This Microbrew and Shove It
Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?
February 20, 2013

Why do we keep anointing "it" cities?

Go Ahead and Secede, Texas. I Dare You.
November 14, 2012

Don't mess with Texas? Don't mess with us!