• A game you’d want to throw

    I turned on the History Channel last night just in time to catch the last little bit of a show on Chichen Itza. I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a show on television about a place you’ve actually seen in person. …

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  • Ban on gruesome images threatens free speech

    For those of us who worry about the vitality of free speech in the “land of the free,” the news this week isn’t good. On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome …

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  • ‘A little lemonade goes a long way’

    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb … and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)   The above scripture verse came to mind when we read the latest Westboro Baptist Church-related story out of Topeka, Kan. The story came about when 5-year-old …

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  • Freedom of too much information

    We are all celebrities now. Ever since we won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, the same year we first found out about the National Security Administration spying on us, we’ve all become essentially public figures. It’s the new equality: We are all …

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  • Toy gun buyback? Just shoot me

    According to Townhall.com and other sources, Stobridge Elementary School in Hayward, Calif., may be shooting itself in the foot, publicity-wise. As part of a safety day, the school sponsored a touchy-feely toy gun buyback program, rewarding students with books and bike raffle tickets if they …

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  • World record stood 17 years

    Howard “Rip” Collins needed to check out his outboard motor and fishing gear, because his son was driving over from Memphis and wanted to fish on the Little Red River. It was May 5, 1992, so Rip and his friend, Van Cooper, had nice spring …

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  • America is in need of all the good dads it can get these days

    It’s no news to anyone that I disagree strongly with President Obama on just about any issue or policy position you can name. But I’m not the least bit uncomfortable saying I admire something about the president that transcends politics and makes him a role …

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  • The apple core, a cheap toilet and Dad

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”   I don’t know what I was thinking: In 1973, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet, an action …

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  • Most adults are not smarter than a fifth-grader

    Have you seen Jeff Foxworthy’s show “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” Well, I’ve watched it. Trust me: Most of us are not smarter. Now I’m not talking about common sense stuff or the things you learn through life experiences. I’m not even talking …

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  • Will America regret Snowden’s intelligence leaks?

    A popular graphic making the rounds on the Internet shows Boston Marathon bombing terrorist brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the caption: “Apparently Not Verizon Customers.” It refers to news reports that under a secret court order in April, the National Security Agency was collecting …

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  • Mister, Mister

    Here’s a little game I invented the other day after phoning the water company to complain about my bill and hearing an overly-chipper woman say, “Hi, Peter. How may I help you?” Increasingly I find that strangers who address me by my first name are …

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  • Intelligence omissions

    One hundred fifty years ago, following excursions and raids into Missouri, the Confederate forces in Jacksonport reported in good condition and ready for another confrontation with the enemy of blue coats, now settled in eastern Arkansas. On June 9, 1863, Gen. Sterling Price sent Gen. …

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