Chris Johnson

I get a kick out of the Chiefs and culture wars

I get a kick out of the Chiefs and culture wars

A long time ago on a gridiron far, far away, the Kansas City Chiefs were just some pro football team whose biggest controversy was quarterback Len Dawson smoking a cigarette at halftime of Super Bowl I.  Of course, back then, in 1967, Super Bowl tickets were just $12 and the stadium was only two-thirds full — probably because a third of the folks were lined up at the cigarette machines in the corridors while chugging their ice-cold Tab. Yes, folks smoked everywhere back then — on airplanes, in motel rooms, on television. Even Sheriff Andy Taylor smoked right there in […]

My simple solution for America’s roads

My simple solution for America’s roads

The No. 1 song on the day I was born was “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles. I think that was supposed to be symbolic, but while my road has been quite winding, it’s actually been rather short and generally leads me around in circles through potholes and into occasional animals such as deer, stray dogs or David Allan Coe, whose mama also once got runned over by a damned ol’ train once. Or so I’ve heard. Fortunately, he was so drunk he barely noticed that he totaled my truck. The insurance company agreed to fix the front […]

Protesters should ditch their tents for hammocks

Protesters should ditch their tents for hammocks

On college campuses across America, little tent cities of kids addicted to protest culture are popping up and getting in the way of normal students who are engaging in far more common collegiate endeavors like racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt on their way to achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Taylor Swift studies or stealing rival Northwest Junior Central State University’s bulldog mascot so that North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem can shoot it in the head. You know, normal college stuff that we’ll all laugh about someday.  If you watch Fox News, you might think […]

VIDEO & GALLERY: Why we love Saint Simons Island

VIDEO & GALLERY: Why we love Saint Simons Island

Short of having my own private Caribbean island, there’s really no place I’d rather relax by the ocean than on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles — specifically among them, Saint Simons Island. The place has maintained its notable history dating back to colonial times and pirate days while also providing modern comforts in the forms of restaurants, shops, roads, recreation and everything you would expect of a town with 16,000 residents. Its beaches are mostly compacted sand as a result of the wildly changing tides, but they allow for many more activities than most beaches. And because they get very […]

Marking one year since I (officially) became a “Fruitcake”

Marking one year since I (officially) became a “Fruitcake”

I haven’t done a lot of radio through the years, but I’ve had a few stints in the booth providing genius analysis for high school and college sports, hyping my books, and one show dedicated exclusively to the artistry of mime that I guarantee you’ve never heard. Yet, the pinnacle of my radio life happened last year at this time when I did an episode of Radio Margaritaville’s “Fruitcakes on the Radio” in which Jimmy Buffett fans get to play and talk about a few of their favorite tunes. While I picked the song titles, they actually chose the versions […]

Break out of your bubble and attempt to regain the ability to reason

Break out of your bubble and attempt to regain the ability to reason

Too many Americans live inside of partisan bubbles. In a country that is pretty much split 50/50 into two camps, that’s not a recipe for progress or getting much of anything done.  Worse, many Americans prefer to get their news from biased sources that present just one side of an issue as legitimate. As a former journalist, I know that there is always another side to the story. It may not be the right side. It may be an evil side. But there always is another side, and if you ignore it, you are sabotaging your own ability to reason. […]

Why I voted in Georgia’s stupid primary

Why I voted in Georgia’s stupid primary

The process by which we select major parties’ presidential candidates in America is horribly flawed and unfair to most of us who don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire — places that receive snow in mid-March and therefore should not be eligible.  We’ve known since 2023 that Trump and Biden would be nominees in 2024, and about 37 people in the U.S. are pretty excited about it — and at least one, Melania Trump, is downright disgusted about it.  In this photo from my office, though, are a few reasons why I took a minute during lunch today to vote […]

In this age of dumb conspiracy theories, I have a few little ones of my own

In this age of dumb conspiracy theories, I have a few little ones of my own

We are now living in the age of conspiracy theories. It’s probably no coincidence that we’re also living in the age of dwindling journalism staffs, attacks on books, surging artificial intelligence capabilities and addiction to social media, where people believe headlines they see fly by on their phones whether they are from a conspiracy nut like Alex Jones or a serious source of investigative journalism like The Onion.  The latest fellow to come out as ignorant — though I do commend him for his bravery — is Tyler Owens, a defensive back from Texas Tech who recently made comments at […]