Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 11:30:00

Give Arkansas a Raise Now battles the Chicken Littles who throw cliches at us all

Very little brings out the most pedantic among us, it seems, as the frightening possibility that the minimum wage might be raised, either on the state or the national level.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:44:00

Child molesters and cameras - what goes through their minds?

I have long been a proponent of preserving the important moments in your life; how many of us think back to our childhood and wish to high heaven that someone had had the good sense to bring a camera along.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 06:40:00

Sheriff Tim Helder gets support from Montana Oath Keeper

llowing yesterday’s blog about the Oath Keepers, and Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder, I received the following email from Elias Alias (whose real name seems to be Franklin Shook) of the Montana Oath Keepers, along with a comment he was unable to post to my blog.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 05:16:00

Perhaps it is time that someone asked Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder about his membership in Oath Keepers?

Among the groups who were scrambling to align themselves with the Nevada rancher who knew a thing or two about “Negroes” in recent days were the Oath Keepers, an organization of County Sheriffs across the United States who swear to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:27:00

Biopsy Day

There is something disquieting about the self-administered enema: you are never quite sure you’ve done it right until you are really, really sure you’ve done the damn thing right.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 13:02:00

This one’s for you, Al Feldstein

On the obituary page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today, I read of the death of Al Feldstein, publisher of Mad magazine during its finest years, a time when it may have been the best political magazine in America.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 11:45:00

John Oliver, KFSM and Donald Sterling

When Tracy and I watched HBO's John Oliver do his piece on Donald Sterling on Sunday night, I wondered aloud how local news might cover the same story.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:38:00

Channel 29, Cracker Barrel and the Race for the Cure: How not to cover a news story - Chapter 594

In between searching for stories that are “trending” - not that they will actually tell us much about them, seeking out cute YouTube videos and the eternal quest to include as much Walmart “news” on as possible, it is sometimes easy to miss actual news on Channel 29/KHOG.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 23:56:00

Biopsy: The Countdown begins

Over the past week it has become my firm belief that enemas are something which should only be administered while one is under anesthesia.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:01:00

Well, if works for TV and movies, maybe local government should get into the product placement game

More than a little disgusted today by the character popping up on a commercial break during The Black List, pushing the new model Mustang he had just attempted to make his getaway in during the program.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:58:00

God’s Candidate? A Tea Party candidate too soon?

I wrote about Timothy Hill in 1998, when he ran for mayor of Springdale, Arkansas.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:19:00

AERT: What price a man’s life?

$44,000, evidently, to the satisfaction to both OSHA and Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale, following the death of employee Matthew Chwirka, whose only real mistake that day may have been clocking in to come to work.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 16:01:00

“You need to have a biopsy . . .”

Nobody’s as tough as they think they are. It’s just a simple word, yet it is enough to take your breath away, and leave you standing in the corner of the room, arms folded, wishing the walls might close in and swallow you up.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:24:00

The Mystery of the Falling Horses: Are they just clumsy, or what?

C.F. Roberts and I have been reediting Santa Fe Trail, one of the most racist mainstream westerns ever made (and which also happens to be in the world of public domain) taking out Errol Flynn’s voice and replacing it with mine - much as we did for A William Shatner Christmas Carol - when an important question arose about all of those famous horse battles between the good guys and the bad guys: Why are so many horses falling down, bringing their riders tumbling down with them?

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 13:50:00

If newspapers and magazines require letter writers to use their real names, shouldn’t the same hold true when it comes to publishing comments from the Internet?

Back in the 1970s, when I first began to write letters to newspapers, many letter writers would choose names other than the ones their parents had given them at birth, hence tyhe appearance of so much wisdom from folks like “Loyal American,” “The Last American” (I guy I convinced to come on my show), and “American Patriot,” among others.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 16:53:00

Bitter Reality Department: What GM has done is pretty much par for the course in the business world

In the past few years the fetish for having folks in Congress who understand the world of business - and even the glamorization of business people in the media - has led many to look upon our Captains of Industry as mythic heroes, where in reality, they are often just cheapskates who use any excuse possible not to spend the money they should, to make a product or workinhg conditions safer.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 22:31:00

The Soldier and the child Bride

Many years ago, while a freshman at Penn State, in English class we had to deconstruct one of the more popular songs of the 1960s - “Honey,” by singer Bobby Goldsboro, and written by Bobby Russell.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:19:00

Is it possible to be a “conservative Democrat?” and the bizarre way one Northwest Arkansas TV station went about getting the answer

I had an Elvis Presley moment last night, watching a local newscast (we watch a different one every night) as two Low Information Anchors asked us, “Is it possible to be a ‘conservative Democrat?’” This didn’t come out of the blue, as they had markedly promoted the segment a few minutes before.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:34:00

North College and Fayetteville’s “42 percent”

The universe is made of stories, not atoms. - Muriel Rukeyser I have spent the last couple of hours thinking about one of Fayetteville’s aldermen, and his claim that 42 percent of our population live within a mile of North College, as if that justified putting most of the city’s emphasis on our main drag.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 17:04:31

A Walmart Convenience Store? Really? Good grief . . .

You know the really nice thing about watching local news programs when you go out of town?

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