• ‘Forced’ annexation by Hitler, now Putin

    Vladimir Putin’s “forced” annexation of the Crimea invites memories of Adolph Hitler’s annexation of Austria. Both absorbed their weaker neighbor with over 96 percent of their vote. With unemployment and interest rates at 25 percent in 1938, Austria was in deep depression and “people were …

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  • Stupid is as stupid does

    Albert Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe, and human stupidity. He was 100 percent correct. Last week I read an article about an 18-year-old who drank 10 Jägerbombs and then collapsed on her bathroom floor. For those who don’t know …

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  • Targeting free school lunches is baloney

    Did you ever think you’d see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their …

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  • Beard transplants: Yeah, you heard me

    “Who knows what vanity lurks in the hearts of men?” The 5 o’clock shadow knows! According to CNN, beard transplants are on the rise. Plastic surgeons have long provided the procedure for men trying to cover facial scars, but now hipsters are seeking out the …

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  • School for Blind reaches statewide

    After His disciples had asked about the blind man, Christ answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” In this verse is the story of the Arkansas School for the Blind. …

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  • Hillybilly image flavors reality series

    H.L. Mencken would have loved the Discovery Channel’s newest reality show. The noted Baltimore newspaperman on more than one occasion ridiculed Arkansas in his columns, referring to our beloved home state as “the miasmatic jungles of Arkansas” and stating that “Arkansas is perhaps the most …

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  • ‘Divergent’ is education dystopia

    The next big teen franchise is about to explode over movie screens nationwide on March 21 — except this time the kids aren’t scared of werewolves, zombies, dark wizards or sparkly vampires. The villain in “Divergent” is something they can’t run away from and they …

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  • Some unintended consequences of ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign

    If you keep up with social justice issues, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Ban Bossy” campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females. The campaign seeks to strip “bossy” from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as …

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  • When Frank James was simply ‘the best man’

    As land west of the Mississippi opened up for settlement, huge numbers of people left their homes in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio for new opportunities offered in the new frontier. The threat of a war between the states and epidemics of cholera, smallpox …

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  • Col. Faulkner’s Arkansaw Traveler

    Sandford C. Faulkner never held elective office, never wrote a book and never traveled extensively. However, his folklore story of how a backwoods squatter outwitted an educated city slicker made Faulkner one of the leading characters in Arkansas history. The early history of Col. Faulkner …

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  • About Town

    A long time ago, the first movie I remember seeing as a youngster was a Chuck Norris flick called “Lone Wolf McQuade.” While I don’t remember much about the plot of that movie, I’m sure that Chuck Norris killed a bunch of bad guys and …

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  • Solon Borland was one of many Arkansans who opposed compromise

    He was a man of many passions and many ambitions. And in the early years of Arkansas statehood, a time that attracted many men with restless spirits and towering ambitions to the area, Solon Borland was one of the standouts. A politician, veteran, physician, and …

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