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December 20, 2014

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HOT BLAST: The end of 'The Colbert Report'

Unless you've been cut off from the outside world recently, you've surely heard that Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report with Thursday night's episode.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
HOT BLAST: What ticked you off in 2014?
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

The year 2014 is nearly over, and thank goodness. Political division and calamities -- some real, others imagined -- have dominated the news.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
HOT BLAST: Former Tide star's moving battle with ALS
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Most Alabama football fans remember Kevin Turner, the Prattville fullback who played for the Crimson Tide from 1988-91 and went on to play for nearly a decade in the NFL.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
HOT BLAST: Jeb Bush and his politics. Are they too liberal?
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 4:18 pm

It's never too early to talk presidential politics, right?

HOT BLAST: Visuals from the Selma march of the civil rights movement
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 1:53 pm

This paragraph concludes a short piece in The New Yorker this week:

Monday 12/15/2014
HOT BLAST: A state legislature and high school football playoffs
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 12:14 pm

There's nothing that says legislators can't be football fans. But should they legislate the rules under which the game is played?

Friday 12/12/2014
HOT BLAST: Two examples of America's struggling economy
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Let's just go right ahead and say it: years of rough economy and high joblessness have hurt America.

Thursday 12/11/2014
HOT BLAST: Bush, Cheney and the Senate Intelligence Report
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 10:30 am

In recent days, there's been lots to say about the Bush administration's knowledge and use of "enhanced interrogation" programs at the CIA, and for good reason. Torture is beneath us. America is better than that. What has been revealed in the Senate Intelligence Committee report is damning.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
HOT BLAST: The Klan and American politics
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 4:09 pm

It's 2014, well past the days when the Ku Klux Klan was relevant. But when I read this headline at the data-research site -- Study: The KKK helped Republicans win the South -- I had to click to see if it was nothing more than partisan blather.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
HOT BLAST: A high school football game winds up in court
Posted: December 09, 2014

Alabama is one of the places in the United States where high school football is a big deal. It's also that way in Oklahoma, where a disputed referee's call in a state playoff game has landed the game's outcome in the courts.

HOT BLAST: It may not be the end of the world for Southern Democrats
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Hey, national Democrats, it looks bleak right now, but don't give up on the South.

Monday 12/08/2014
HOT BLAST: Reversal -- UAB can afford football, journalists say
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 12:46 pm

In case you haven't had your fill yet about the closure of UAB football, here's another -- and different -- take: the numbers say the school can afford it.

Friday 12/05/2014
HOT BLAST: Another obit for Democrats in the South
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 12:38 pm

The "Demise of the Southern Democrat Is Now Nearly Complete" is how The New York Times headlined its story this week on the state of President Obama's party in the South.

Thursday 12/04/2014
HOT BLAST: The red and blue in American politics, all told in one map
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 12:48 pm

This being an election year, we've all seen the innumerable U.S. maps that show which counties and states are controlled by Republicans and which are controlled by Democrats.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
HOT BLAST: UAB's done with football. Who's next?
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 4:35 pm

The death of UAB's football program is creating all sorts of tremors in Birmingham, as can be expected. But for Alabamians who follow Alabama and Auburn, the state's largest universities, the UAB demise will have little, if any, effect.

HOT BLAST: More publicity for Southern Democrats' plight
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:04 pm

"For many of us who were running statewide and have been plowing the soil of the South, we feel like the national party didn't do much to help us at all," Sellers said. "We oftentimes try to push and promote the policies of the White House and the national Democrats, but there is no reciprocation. There is a still great deal of hope that's associated with the president of the United States. But people aren't sure what Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC stand for. That was apparent on Nov. 4."

Tuesday 12/02/2014
HOT BLAST: Do you drink 18 Budweiser beers a year?
Posted: December 02, 2014

If you drink beer, and if you're an American, then statisticians say you may drink as many as 18 Budweiser beers a year.

Monday 12/01/2014
HOT BLAST: UAB and the profitability of college football
Updated: December 01, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Over in Birmingham, students and supporters of UAB's embattled football program are protesting today outside the university's administrative offices. Decision time has seemingly arrived at UAB, which this week is expected to learn if the University of Alabama System's trustee board is going to end the program.

Thursday 11/27/2014
HOT BLAST: A look at the Southern press in the days of MLK
Posted: November 27, 2014

If you're a student of Southern history and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there's lots to chew on in a recent Poynter piece on Southern newspapers.

HOT BLAST: Abraham Lincoln and the Thanksgiving holiday
Posted: November 27, 2014

Gotta admit, I never thought about Thanksgiving having any legitimate connection with the Civil War. Turns out, that's not the case. Consider me informed.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
HOT BLAST: How newspapers played the Michael Brown-Darren Wilson decision
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 7:07 am

Monday night's grand-jury announcement in Missouri became the main front-page story in newspapers across the country. Here's a look at how a few of them played the decision.

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