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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 09:52:00

Young people vs the gun industry: how long till the inevitable backlash?

While I am happy that young people are making their voices heard after the latest shooting outrage, I’m pretty certain that the backlash against them will be coming like a tidal wave within a matter of days.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 18:37:00

Increased security for schools? And just who is gonna pay for it?

It is one of Life’s Great Ironies that the same folks who seem to routinely vote down school bond issues are clamoring to increase funding for security, which will no doubt mean even more teachers will have pull money out of their own pockets so that students can have basic supplies.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 18:19:00

Another Day, Another Shooting: A Politician’s Prayer

Hello, Lord, it’s me again, Senator Booker Blish, and I’m here to say a prayer for the families of the folks gunned down in ________, and, it goes without saying, everyone in that lovely community, which was violated by an evil man with mental health issues today.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 12:13:00

Lies, Damned Lies and Facebook Memes

Looking over my recent Internet history, I realized that most of my online searches have been journeys to counter the racism, sexism and outright lies found on so many Facebook memes.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 12:24:00

Arthur Jones puts the final nail in the myth that the GOP is the party of Lincoln

Those who have no working knowledge of history will tell us again and again that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and that in the past - the far, far past - Democrats were a party of racists.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:25:00

The Adventure of the Topless Club Gourmand

Once upon a time a young woman was writing an article about sexually oriented businesses in Fayetteville for the Ozark Gazette, and didn’t want to go by herself to interview the dancers.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:57:00

I see you. And in my contempt and rage, I see only you . . .

Years ago, when I was a regular listener of talk radio, there was a regular cadre of callers who would scan each morning’s paper and fixate upon any crimes that seemed, in their estimation, to be committed by minorities or illegal immigrants.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 23:18:00

Tom Cotton, from Senator to Minion?

There was once a United States senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton by name, and like Cassius, he had a lean and hungry look about him.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:50:00

Netflix’s Lost in Space: Oh, just kill off Doctor Smith in the first ten minutes!

I am delighted beyond words that the titular character on “Doctor Who” is now a woman, and thought that the female version of Starbuck on “Battlestar Galactica”was a vast improvement on the original.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:00:00

“Obviously a member of Black Lives Matter” - the battle cry of racists across America

On our way back to the New York City of the Ozarks we stopped at a chain motel in Mississippi - our hotel of choice on the road - only to discover that the usual high standards were not maintained at this particular site.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 13:29:00

Yes, you’re very beautiful . . . which is why we can never be Facebook “friends” - and wondering about the guys who DO accept such requests

Vacation winding down, and it was in my mind to write about the enlightening Christmas dinner Tracy and I had with two young members of the US military, but hey, I took an entertaining spill yesterday, and my head is in no shape to concentrate on serious subjects today.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 14:07:00

Signs of the times in Alabama

Offhand, I would think that the fellow who wants to volunteer to help build Trump’s wall for free should simply send a letter to the White House, and not waste his time and energy on a yard sign which will be seen by a relatively small number of people.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 15:57:00

Los Angeles: A.D. 2017 - Philip Wylie’s disturbing 1971 look at Trump World

If you mention Philip Wylie to an SF reader in the 21st Century, perhaps the only thing that might come to mind is “When Worlds Collide,” about the efforts to save a portion of humanity after an asteroid is detected coming our way.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 13:09:00

The Ley Lines which connect us

When I first moved to the New York City of the Ozarks in the 70s, I read a fascinating article in Fayetteville’s old alternative paper, Grapevine, about ley lines in the Ozarks.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:23:00

On the road again! How I love to write on the road again . . .

Oh, what a joy it is be finally be at the spot where one will spend the holidays - arriving despite getting road directions largely from the “We don’t cotton to strangers around here” crowd.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:48:00

Vacations: Then and Now

Swamped this week (translation: getting no writing done) as we get ready for a Christmas getaway.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 13:40:00

In the age of Trump, Fayetteville City Council makes foolish decision

Legislative bodies often make the tragic mistake of believing that everybody who follows them down the road will have the same world view as they do.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 12:30:00

Joan Hess lays down her pen

I’m pretty sure I annoyed Fayetteville mystery novelist Joan Hess, who has just died in Texas, when I referred to Agatha Christie mysteries as “Murder in the Chamberpot stories” when she appeared on my show back in 1992.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 11:11:00

Black Friday and GMC’s TV ads

Okay, it’s taken me years, but I have finally figured out what creeps me out about the GMC Black Friday ads.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 07:28:00

As we are what we eat, so we become who we vote for

I don’t look for moral perfection in those I vote for; I am far from a paragon of virtue myself, and I fully expect those I vote for to have feet of clay.

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