Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 02:49:00

The Dog Killer: Is our war in the Middle East having a ripple effect in Northwest Arkansas?

When she heard the news of his arrest, she was thunderstruck. As she told a reporter from KFSM, “They said ‘animal cruelty’ and I said ‘what, you've got to be crazy.’” She added that he had animals in his own home.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:31:00

The World of political ESP

I wrote this short piece for the Northwest arkansas Times a couple of years ago, inspired by much of what I read in letters to the editor columns and on Internet sites - in particular, Facebook, which brings out the inner schoolyard bully in so many.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00:32

Holding back the Dark: Confronting Depression after 30 years

Save for one week which seemed to last forever in the 1980s, I have never felt that death might be the answer to any depression I have ever felt.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:35:00

Fayetteville and Human Rights: Deja Vu all over again?

"Sometimes with progress, when you deal with any kind of discrimination, you are going to have a fight on your hands.” Fayetteville alderman Randy Zurcher, 1998It has been a long time coming - a shameful long time coming - but finally, Fayetteville may put the memory of 1998's Human Dignity Resolution to rest, when a simple ordinance protecting the rights of city (though for the politically illiterate, city meant anybody actually living in Fayetteville) employees was enough to bring out droves of people, many of whom did not even live within our boundaries, to city council meetings to condemn it.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 16:23:00

1968: The year we pulled Mr. Spear down

I wrote this story a few years ago about a teacher I greatly admired in junior high school - the only bright spot in the hell hole of Knob Noster, Missouri.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 12:15:00

The Scowling One's List of Things Not to Do

I have been sort of tuning out the email offerings of Congressman Steve Womack lately; others might see The Scowling One's efforts as as yet another excuse for "outrage" - something which should be parsed out sparingly - but all I see is just another Good Soldier of the GOP, a man who does what he is told, when he is told.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 15:38:00

The Day the Triffids came to Public Access

Just as Baltar made it easy for the Cylons to destroy the human worlds on Battlestar Galactica, so too did one Joseph Dutton open the doors for the Triffids to invade a small part of Fayetteville, Arkansas - and on live television, no less.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:49:00

Those with a heart need not apply? Feelings and the world of politics

One of the more inane canards one hears in the world today is that liberals are not guided by facts and rational t5hought, but by “feelings” - as if this were somehow a bad thing when it comes to looking at issues that deal with humanity and the future of our world.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 15:38:00

The movies which make make a monkey out of the prayer in school crowd

There is quite a cottage industry these days, what with folks making oodles and gobs of money talking and writing about the Olden Days when not only did corporal punishment reign supreme in our public schools, but we also recited our daily prayer each day, watched over by the Ten Commandments which adorned each classroom wall - or at least the hallways, if not both.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 20:34:00

Corporate crime and taking a page from China’s book

No one seems to have died from the scandal, though not from lack of trying, it seems.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:58:00

Well, just because somebody seems like a nice guy . . .

I’ll call him Mac (mainly because I have forgotten his name) and he was one of those guys that people just seemed to cotton to instantly.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 00:36:00

Channel 29: Lurching towards My Weekly Reader Land

suspect this might actually be sort of an insult to My Weekly Reader, the newspaper many of us got in grade school, and for that I sincerely apologize.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 16:34:00

On the Air with Richard S. Drake Day: 2014

There is no actual expiration date on these things. Getting a proclamation from the city (or even a key to the city, if you are really, really determined) isn’t all that difficult, all things considered.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 02:26:00

The Dog in the War Zone

Our dogs, who still haven’t quite figured out that each and every doorbell ringing or door knocking on television is not for them - imagining as they do that a troop of Girl Scouts has arrived with a truckload of cookies just for them - can still recognize the barking of TV dogs, and find it beneath their notice.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 13:11:00

Zero Dark 40/29: Asking TV viewers what they think of news stories

“Do you think the U.S. should have found the Benghazi attack suspect sooner?” - viewership poll, June 17, 2014, KHOG.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:14:00

Here there be Dragons: The Crosswalk of Doom

So there I was, just sort of toodling around downtown Fayetteville, no particular destination in mind, sipping from a cup of Joe, when I decided that one block of town wasn’t enough for my personal ambitions.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 12:01:00

Angry, incoherent men and a proposed Domestic Abuse Registry

“I think there needs to be a cheating spouse registry for sure. That would maybe even minimize the count on the domestic battery registry for those lowlifes who choose to beat up on females.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:31:00

“Marooned” and the Challenger disaster . . . unavoidable connections, fair or not

One of my all-time favorite SF movies was on Turner Classic Movies last night, “Marooned,” which is the harrowing story of three American astronauts trapped in their orbiting ship, after a mishap traps them in orbit.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 23:04:00

Armchair philosophers. prison and Edward Snowden

Oh, the woods are full of folks who vow that they would go to prison for their beliefs.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 14:18:00

Elliot Rodger, poster boy for the women-hating Alpha Males of the world

Elliot Rodger, the standard bearer for a generation of whiners. "On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB, and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck up blonde slut I see inside there.

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