Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:39:00

1968: A young boy discovers Martin Luther King Jr.

My first exposure to racism came on an English railway platform in 1966, when I witnessed an angry old man screaming at a young woman - who may have come from India or Pakistan - “We don’t want your kind here!” She stood there meekly, head down.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 02:00:00

Alfred Hitchcock and the art of Enhanced Interrogation

While watching the brilliant Hitchcock film Foreign Correspondent tonight on Turner Classic Movies, this scene came up when the Nazi villains have a man captive, and they are trying to get information out of him.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 00:39:00

The Adventure of the Plumber who lacked his tools

One is never happier that one has two bathrooms in one’s house than when a toilet goes on the fritz.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 02:11:00

Food from the Dark Side: Fried Bologna and Velveeta Cheese Biscuits

We were in the Dark Heart of America when I saw the first sign promoting friend bologna and Velveeta cheese biscuits.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 23:01:00

Congressman Steve Womack declares war on flag desecrators

Personally, I think that grotesquely overweight people wearing American flag-T-shorts is a form of flag desecration, not to mention car lots using gargantuan flags, waving - or not waving, depending upon the wind - to sell cars is flag desecration, but I’m not sure that Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack would be inclined to agree with me. Actually, I’m not really sure what he does personally consider to be desecration, since he doesn’t actually go into detail in the latest issue of his farcically named “From the Front” emails which goes out to constituents.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 00:44:00

Grocery Scanner Hell

The bulletin board outside the office at the grocery store in our neighborhood is probably the sort of thing that should be kept out of the sight of customers - in an employee break-room, perhaps, or even in the office itself.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 23:23:00

One Christmas, brought to you by abject poverty

We have so many issues which bring us together - and split us apart, yes - in Fayetteville, that a simple issue like working class poverty often slips through the cracks.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 23:47:00

The Christmas Bullies

Now that our business in the Dark Heart of America is concluded - pretty much, at at any rate - and the house is finally on the market, I can tell the heart-warming Tale of the Small-Town Christmas Bullies.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:31:00

Congratulations, North Korea: You have become honorary Americans

We can talk all day about Freedom of Speech, Internet hacking, enemy action and threats to American lives, but my one thought this evening after seeing a preview for the already yanked Sony film The Interview was: Yes, we really are a Global Village now, and the North Koreans . . .

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 23:19:00

Nocturnal Odyssey: “Reconnecting” with old friends in my dreams

In the past few months I have been traveling across the years, and across the miles, and reconnecting with old friends, acquaintances and co-workers - in particular, people with whom I have have serious disagreements with in the past, or fallings out with.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 23:37:00

Lest we forget: Fayetteville has been a community where violence has been committed against the gay community

While no doubt those who were trembling at the thought of sending their sons and daughters into public restrooms alone can now sleep the sleep of the just (and the paranoid), and those who also relish the idea of turning away business from those they find yucky can run up and down the streets in victory, it might be a good time to quietly reflect on the fact that, though some might vociferously deny it, in the not-so-recent past, Fayetteville hasn’t been such a healthy place for those who have been gay, or even the children of those who have been gay.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 00:37:00

ohn La Tour: Nothing says I trust the people of Fayetteville like being a poll watcher

Newly elected Fayetteville alderman John La Tour is certainly getting off on the right foot with the people of Fayetteville - he is serving as a poll watcher with the group Repeal 119, which is on the lookout for Fayetteville voters who aren’t actually Fayetteville voters.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:02:00

Fayetteville: Obviously, the only solution is to ban all public restrooms

When the young man came to the house yesterday delivering something which we had ordered, he expressed appreciation for the “Vote Against Repeal” sign in our front yard.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 17:08:00

The adventure of Paul Phaneuf and the County Clerk’s office

Making an excursion to the Washington County Courthouse to cast our votes on 119, Tracy and I saw that quite a crowd had tuned out to vote.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 13:15:00

Books as “decoration?” When did this unholy fad catch on?

Roaming through an antique mall yesterday, where once again I bought a couple of books it will take me forever to get through - because they will have to wait in line behind other books I have bought -I came upon a sign on a bookcase next to some books which were for sale: Great for decoration.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 01:03:00

The perils of satire

We all like to think that we have a sense of humor, and that an appreciation of satire - the sport of kings - runs through our veins.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 21:36:00

Of Michelle Duggar, petitions and freak show TV

Sometime back, when I was talking to various folk who handled estate sales in Oklahoma, one laughed uproariously once he learned that we lived in Fayetteville.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 00:13:00

The woman who loved her sheepskin belt because it hurt more when she beat her children - and of others who share their Dark Stories

As I was paying a bill a few weeks ago, the woman across the counter asked me if my wallet was sheepskin.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 23:49:00

Why is it that every time folks win an election - even when there is low voter turn out - they claim to have a “mandate from the people?”

Using the logic of Republicans who swept into office this month, I have rewritten my romantic history: all of the women who broke up with me did so because they were madly in love with me, and the fact that they are not with me now is just proof of their undying passion.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 01:34:00

I have seen John La Tour’s Fayetteville

It isn’t even that John La Tour would return Fayetteville to the past; he’d take us all to a place we have never been before, a community filled with almost perpetual anger.

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