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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:56:00

Which is the bigger threat to a nation: fake news, or the millions of people who believe it and spread it around?

Fake news, much like corrupt elected officials, don’t exist in a vacuum; each relies upon the support of hundreds, thousands or millions of people who lack the intellectual discernment to figure out when something is true or not.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 12:00:00

QUI BONO? Having fewer poor students at the University of Arkansas can change Fayetteville forever, and not for the better

For the past few weeks I have been considering the news that fewer poor students are attending the University of Arkansas, and reading about the trend on a national scale which favors wealthy students over those from more modest backgrounds.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:07:00

My Great Colonoscopy Adventure

“Mister Drake, you’re back again!” the doctor said. “Well,” I said, “once you get addicted to this stuff . . .” Gesturing to the monitor on the wall, I added, “Besides, you should never give up a chance to be on TV.”

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:57:00

Congressman Steve Womack: Getting into Grinch mode

In case you missed it, Congressman Steve Womack (or The Scowling One, as he is known to his many fans) was let loose again on the floor of the House last week in order to vote.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 07:15:00

Like a House of Cards: On suing fellow actors for lost revenue

With Netflix pulling the plug on Kevin Spacey’s popular series House of Cards after Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing a teenaged boy in 1986, one is forced to contemplate the question: how long till actors face lawsuits from fellow actors over lost revenue?

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:47:00

GOP: Nearing their Robespierre/“Wild in the Streets” moment?

In the intriguing 1968 film “Wild in the Streets,” which depicts a world gone mad after the voting age has been lowered, and the the old political dinosaurs have been moved out - well, along with lots of other folks - the man who began it all taunts some children after he kills their pet crawdad.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:37:00

A dollar at a time: wasting money at the University of Arkansas

It might not add up to a fortune, but I’m sure it may well aggravate those who feel that tuition is high enough as it is without the UA essentially offering a bribe of a dollar to all the folks willing to fill out a survey.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:21:00

Shroud of Chagrin - October 2017

Yes, I spelt "companion"  wrong in the first paragraph of this morning's blog.  Neither my eyes NOR Spellcheck 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:55:00

The dangers of wanting a president “who talks like us”

Personally, I think things started going to Hell when folks were seriously asked, “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?” Because, to be honest, there just aren’t all that many of my former drinking codkpaniopns I’d like to see in any positions of authority.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:12:00

Patriotism as performance art

Generally my feeling about standing for the National Anthem is the same as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or taking part in school prayer (yes, I’m that old) - if you aren’t enthusiastic about what you are doing, well, it just becomes something you do to please others.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 12:09:00

History beckons: What if Trump was president when . . .

In the past few days I have been wondering what stance the Trump White House might have taken in the days when interracial couples were discriminated against on religious grounds.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 19:31:00

Biopsy Blues

“The Doctor needs you to come in to talk about the results of your thyroid ultrasound.” I paused and said, “Well, that never sounds good.” She answered simply, “No.”

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 14:23:00

Have you no mothers? No sisters? The morally grotesque banner at Fayetteville’s Atmosphere Apartments

Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t give the folks who posted the ugly banner at Atmosphere Apartments a second chance.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 16:06:00

Did we know (and understand) more when we knew less?

When I was a young sprout in Missouri, we subscribed to two newspapers, a morning edition and one that came out in the afternoon.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:15:00

Gold Key’s Star Trek: half a century later

This piece is written pretty much just for Trekkies (or Trekkers, I suppose, if you are one of those who enjoys a snifter of brandy while enjoying the shows, movies or novels), so if you don’t care for Star Trek, well, I’m sure your bathroom needs cleaning out or something.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:08:00

The Donald Trump/Martin Sheen comparison

Yes, I know, the average reader may be rising from their chair, crying aloud, “Donald Trump is NOTHING like President Jed Bartlett!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:33:00

Why it is both a triumph and a tragedy that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is such a success this year

While I am happy to see that the TV series based on the powerful Margaret Atwood novel won top honor at the Emmy’s, I am uncomfortable with the fact that even after 30 years, the story is both still relevant and frighteningly close to reality.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 16:32:00

Maybe we should teach classes in journalism for consumers?

On occasion I have noted people canceling their newspaper subscriptions because they are angry about the contents of the editorial pages - angry that something, be it a column, political cartoonist or even a letter to the editor, has expressed a view different from their own.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:58:00

Fayetteville’s Confederate Cemetery: Ruminations on the futility of war

Fayetteville’s Confederate Cemetery, Bob Losure

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:51:00

Labor Day: What you won’t see on the news today

Come Memorial Day TV news treats us to file footage of veteran’s cemeteries. On Thanksgiving and Christmas?

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