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Rich Hailey is a technical writer and industrial training professional who lives and works in East Tennessee. In addition to blogging for Babble, he covers high school sports for the local paper, and maintains a blog at www.shotsacrossthebow.com. When not writing, he can be found in his garage woodworking, or in the backyard stargazing.

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Incognito and Bullying in the NFL

For many years, I’ve been told that as a man, I can’t hold a valid opinion on abortion or birth control. Now not all women hold that opinion, but enough of them do, which makes it a familiar refrain to every male who dares to express a pro life position. So I’m going to turn MORE »

Are we still the land of the free when the police can confiscate our property, subject us to invasive searches, and deny our access to public property, all without proper cause?

Do We Live in a Police State?

Do me a favor. Before you read the rest of this post, get out a piece of paper and write down your answer to the question. Then read the rest of this article and, if you answer changes, let me know in the comments. STORY 1: In a small Tennessee town, a 12 year old MORE »

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It’s NOT a Mid-Life Crisis!

How often do you see a man of middle years, in his 40s or 50s, driving a sports car, or taking up a sport or activity, and think, “Aha! A midlife crisis! He’s just a silly man trying vainly to recapture his lost youth”? I’ve thought it myself from time to time. But now, I MORE »

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ACA Promises and Realities

I haven’t written about the ACA before and I most likely will not write about it again. I’m not going to analyze or proselytize. I’m just going to compare some ACA promises and realities and let you draw your own conclusions. First, President Obama promised many times that if we wanted to keep our plans, MORE »

My grandchildren. Where does my role end and their parents' begin? The line isn't always clear.

Where Does Papaw’s Role End?

These are seven of my grandchildren. Missing is little Ulises, who wasn’t born yet when this picture was made, and Baylee, who was off with her other grandparents. They are the sweetest, smartest, most wonderful grandchildren in the world, and if you doubt me, well, you just have to get used to being wrong. I MORE »

"Bless me! What do they teach them is school these days!"

Government Schools or Public Schools?

If you want to irritate a public school teacher or administrator, refer to public schools as government schools. Trust me, you will get a reaction. And I’m not really sure why they have such a sore point about it. After all, they are government schools. They are paid for by the government, and teach to MORE »

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As the Yarn Winds…

I knit. There, I said it. I’m out of the closet, and can breathe free and clear air for the first time in a long time. I knit, and I’m proud! I also crochet, I’m learning to spin, and I want to learn to weave on a loom. But I won’t do needlepoint, dammit! That MORE »

A pox on both their houses.

Sick of Politics

Is it just me? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much sick of politics. And more to the point, I’m sick of politicians. I’m a political junkie. I keep up with local races, state races, and national races. I follow the news through multiple outlets, keep up on current events, and generally spend MORE »

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Building a Home Theater on a Budget: Part 3, Phase 1 Complete!

So, phase 1 of Building a Home Theater on a Budget is complete. I have almost zero decorations, no wall or window treatments, no acoustic tiles or soundproofing, no fancy wall sconces with dimmable lighting, and no popcorn machine in the non existent lobby. What I do have is a 125″ screen filled with awesomeness MORE »

Amazon has ads for dozens of costumes like these. Is this just healthy fantasy, or is there a problem with sexualizing our children? Here are a few recent headlines that add some perspective to the quesiton.

Are Your Children at Risk from the Sexual Revolution?

33 High School Students Suspended Over ‘Awesome Twerk Video’ “Suspended, banned from prom, and prevented from walking at graduation all because of an awesome twerk video,” tweeted one student, according to NBC 7. “I don’t understand.”…Meanwhile, parents are saying that the school should not have suspended the students, The parents of the girls do not MORE »

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