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Is It Proper To Honor The Confederate Dead?

Another Memorial Day has come and gone and I suspect few people paused to honor or think about the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. No surprise. It wouldn’t be politically correct to do so, right? After all, Johnny Reb wasn’t doing battle on behalf of the United States of America. And […]

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UPDATED – Opportunities to Aid in Storm Recovery

As the recovery begins for the Southern states devastated by recent storms, we’ll post links here to ways you can help. Volunteer: Hands on Birmingham is a volunteer resource for Central Alabama. The city of Tuscaloosa’s official volunteer organization effort can be reached at 205.561.4169. Oak Mountain Church in Birmingham has set up a disaster […]

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Volunteer Opportunities in Storm-Stricken States

As the recovery begins for the Southern states devastated by recent storms, we’ll post links here to ways you can help.

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“We’re Praying for Y’all”

Typically on Thursday mornings, we would post a new Twanglish Lesson, giving you tongue-in-cheek instruction in learning to speak Southern. This Thursday morning, however, is no time for joking. Our beloved South was battered by storms over the last couple of days, resulting in unimaginable damage and loss of life. In the coming days and […]

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RSM Profile: Levi Miller

Let’s deal with this right up front: yes, this post is about an African-American man, a slave, who fought on behalf of the Confederacy. No, this is not one of those websites that trumps out every so-called “black Confederate” we can find to try to make some half-baked point about the fair treatment of black […]

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The April RSM Roundtable – Pt. 1

Recently a collection of RSM contributors gathered online for an introductory chat and to discuss a myriad of issues we plan to explore here on the blog. RSM founder Wayne Franklin acted as moderator. Here’s the first part of that discussion: Wayne Franklin: Welcome everyone! I want to thank all of you not only for […]

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Stupefied, Not Stupid

Picture a map of the United States. Now, in your mind pick out two places with the dumbest men you can think of. My guess is that most of you went straight to the South. That’s just too easy. I’m not quite as sure of your second choice, but I’m guessing if you could count […]

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Kelli and the Contras

(or “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Fact That My Wife was Almost the Mistress of a Counter-Revoluntionary”) “Fathers, do not exasperate your children.”  Of the hundreds of commands, laws and bits of helpful advice in the Bible, this one always strikes me as particularly modern…and patently unfair. Shouldn’t mothers be included […]

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Welcome to Real Southern Men

I was twelve years old when it happened the first time. It was at an academic conference at the old Hilton hotel (now a Marriott) in my hometown of Mobile.  Educators had come from around the country to talk to us bright and gifted kids – a politically correct euphemism for dorks, geeks, nerds and […]

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