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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:31:00

My life long love affair with West Side Story - and no, I really don’t care if Natalie Wood didn’t do her own singing

Just imagine, if you dare, a roomful of seventh-grade boys, singing “Maria” from mimeographed sheets of paper.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 12:26:00

Not quite the worst book in the world, but still . . .

Sitting next to my keyboard is a book which just annoys the hell out of me, but I can’t give it away, and good conscience forbids me from throwing it in the trash.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 12:21:00

Running for My Life . . .

“We’ll see if we can get you an extra couple of years,” the doctor said, and my mind unaccountably went to Ben Gazzara.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:15:00

Fayetteville: Is Alderman John La Tour capable of learning?

One day, like Saul on the road to Damascus, John La Tour may well have an epiphany - namely, that the folks he rails against online are also his constituents, and deserve more respect than the felgercarb he likes to post online.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:33:00

When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower? When they are trying to set you up for a lawsuit . . .

Once upon a time there was a columnist (in a publication I will not name) whose writing bordered on such outright racism that I felt compelled to write about him on several occasions.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:22:00

Dear President Trump: I look good on TV - can I have a job?

First off, sir, I realize that if If I really want to be considered for a job, I should post my plea on television, but I suspect that you are far more literate than many suspect.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 12:13:00

Candidates and elected officials: your Facebook/Twitter pages should be open to everyone - no private accounts

Maine GOP candidate Leslie Gibson, whose sole claim on history may be that he Tweeted that a young Parkland survivor was a “lesbian skinhead” in response to her joining in on protests (and called another a “moron” and a “baldfaced liar”) tried to salvage his campaign for the state legislature by making his Twitter page private, meaning that only the folks in his intellectual treehouse could read what passed for his wisdom.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 13:29:00

Isn’t a “No Soliciting” sign supposed to be like a crucifix against a vampire?

“Young man,” I said, pointing to the sign on the door, “is English your second language?” I might not have been so testy, but he was the second one to come pounding on the door that day.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 13:15:00

“Well, you have cancer.”

I was sitting in the doctor’s office a few days ago, reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet,” when he came in and asked, “How are you today, Mr. Drake?” The thought flitted through my mind that, all things considered, he knew more about that than I did.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:55:00

Congressman Steve Womack: The Scowling One was on a roll last week

Going out of his way yet again to demonstrate that he isn’t quite sure who he represents, Congressman Steve (The Scowling One) Womack spread the love around last week, proving once again that he will not stand against the tide where it comes to the GOP agenda.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:32:00

Biopsy Redux

“Those two Valium you gave me haven’t kicked in yet,” I told the nurse. “Maybe you had better give me about 12 more.” She laughed and said, “They will.” And damned if she wasn’t right.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 11:41:00

And now, a moment of silence for those lawmakers in thrall to the NRA

Adding insult (contempt?) to injury, the Florida legislature not only rejected a bill to ban assault weapons, but immediately moved to the go to position for such lawmakers: a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland shooting.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 12:31:00

University of Arkansas: An act akin to rape?

In a perfect world, not only would the frat house where this vile act took place be shuttered (preferably forever) but all of the young men who took part would have to register as sex offenders.

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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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