Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 14:01:00

Scorn for the young: just as foolish now as in the past

In yet another example of the lack of originality we so often see on Facebook, there are various memes purporting the show the difference between the rugged young men who enlist in the armed services, and the sorts of young men who, well, may become “community organizers” at some point in their future.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 13:47:00

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: voters experiencing buyer’s remorse?

In a move that can only be called extraordinary, Jim Estes, Chairman of the Washington County Republican Party, had a letter published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week, extolling the virtues of  County Judge, Joseph Wood.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 13:35:00

One for Randy Weddington

Randy Weddington

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:06:00

The Obama/Trump/Putin Game . . . only it ain’t so much of a game, is it?

Many have been playing a game the last few weeks (has it really only been a few weeks?)

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 13:55:00

So, just when did Facebook replace the diary?

There are times when I look over my Facebook feed and I read the most amazing - and actually, sort of horrifying - posts.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 14:33:00

Black History Month: Like other “History” months, a chance to know more about our fellow Americans

This is the time of year when crusty old farts on the Internet will post their dark mutterings about Black History Month.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 14:31:00

The turmoil in Trump’s inner circle: well, folks wanted a White House run like business, and now they’ve got it

I know it’s really not funny, what with the fate of the world depending on it and all, but I had to laugh when I read of the turmoil and jockeying for power among Donald Trump’s inner circle.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 14:20:00

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: Drawing inspiration from Donald Trump . . . or F Troop?

At first glance, it might seem as though Washington County Judge Joseph Wood has been taking a page from Donald Trump’s book, what with his seeming inability to respond to media inquiries, but after looking over his new hires, it seems more obvious that a far more revered American institution - Fort Courage, home of the stalwarts who made up F Troop - has been the source of his inspiration.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 12:00:00

Dana D. Kelley: A Profile in Stereotyping?

It is more than a little intriguing that the only black leader Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Dana D. Kelley could even think to quote in last Friday’s column (“Profiles in Cowardice”) was accused sexual offender Bill Cosby.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 15:43:00

C.F. Roberts: A Decade in the Margins

It is with great pleasure that I am able to pass along the following information about my friend C.F. Roberts’s upcoming art show.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:31:00

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood: The Runner Stumbles

Getting of experienced county personnel and replacing them with what seem to be party hacks may be a sign that Washington County, which has not been running smoothly for some time, is in for an even rougher 2017.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:11:00

Our war against “hoarders”

I was going to write something absolutely brilliant this morning, full of Sturm and Drang, but decided I’d tackle yet another culture war taking place in America - a real war this time, and not the mythical, paranoia inspiring “War on Christmas.”

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 12:22:00

New Year’s Eve, 2016: When even the fireworks were somber

We don’t go out much on New Year’s Eve, as we have dogs who get freaked out by the fireworks.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 19:04:00

Living in the 1950s: Folks who ignore a woman’s chosen last name

Odd as it may seem, there are folks who think the 1950s was actually a good idea, which is the only possible reason I can think of when, knowing that a woman does not use her husband’s last name, they persist in referring to her as “Mrs. ______.”

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 12:19:00

Washington County: the Purge begins?

Newly elected Washington County Judge Joseph Wood - whose name will forever be linked with that of employer Mark Martin, the most cringe-inducing Secretary of State Arkansas has had for many a year, has already begun a purge of long-time county employees.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 12:06:00

Translating Donald Trump

Donald Trump lives in a sort of perfect world. Every time he says or Tweets something which might make millions of Americans uneasy, not only do members of his political team rush to the airwaves attempting to say, “Well, this is what he really meant,” but so do Trump devotees on social media, telling us that he was being sarcastic or that he was only joking, for crying out loud.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:57:00

The neutering of Mitt Romney

All those who believe “America should be run like a business” just got a glimpse into the brutality of life at the top in that world.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:34:00

Motel Hell: My year of living amongst the down and out

Looking over real estate offered for sale in Fayetteville, I noted that Motel 6 on North College is or sale.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:47:00

When we quote politicians, we are ACTUALLY quoting their speech writers?

Long before the virtual reality world of Facebook ever existed, folks around the world have been fond of quoting their favorite political figures, alongside writers, poets, cowboy philosophers and such.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 11:40:00

The dying man who “loaned” me some books

Back in the 1990s, when AIDS was taking away so many of our friends and family members, a friend of mine, Robert - who though deathly ill had also spent much of his time going to public schools and the like, talking about his illness - had one final gathering at his home, surrounded by people he had grown close to over the years.

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