• Boston bombs prompt Twitter toxicity

    Shortly after Boston’s annual idyll devolved into mayhem, I tweeted: “Worst thing: People died … Second worst thing: The upcoming blame game.” Sure enough, it was game on. I get that we’re all upset. The urge to lash out is strong, and we’re only human. …

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  • Fido in bed, groom in doghouse

    I think I may have fallen behind the times and all it took was a local radio station to bring me to this knowledge. On my drive to work the other morning I was listening to one of my favorite morning shows when the deejays …

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  • Where was God during the Boston Marathon?

    As the FBI and Department of Homeland Security sift through the collateral damage in Boston, one thing is abundantly clear: it was an act of terrorism. Questions, like who is responsible and their motivation, remain to be determined. Along with those questions, one cannot help …

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  • The higher our tech, the ruder we get

    Get this: Social media are making us ruder. According to Reuters, social media users face “an increase in rudeness online with people having no qualms about being less polite virtually than in person.” I think our rudeness began with the introduction of another technological innovation: …

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  • Happy Hollow drew tourists

    McLeod’s Amusement Park in Hot Springs was better known as Happy Hollow for about 50 years. It was started as a photographer’s stand by Norman McLeod in 1888, but soon grew into a fun park for tourists. Located just off busy Central Avenue, near the …

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  • The absurdity of ‘universal’ background checks

    Those who favor “universal” background checks on gun buyers make some ridiculous arguments. For example, opponents correctly point out that gun buyers with criminal intent will always find channels that require no background check. Gunrunning is among the oldest professions, and the black market will …

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  • Why Mike Rice had to go

    Retired professional basketball coach and former basketball player Phil Jackson once said: “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.” Someone should have told that to Mike Rice, Rutgers’s retired-by-being-fired former basketball coach. Rice was fired …

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  • Play ball — 2013

    Forget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter. Ditch the …

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  • Well done, Lady Thatcher – The passing of the Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87. I’ve referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech …

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  • Homeschool segregation

    Some think marriage equality is the civil rights fight of our time. Patrick Stewart made news when he called domestic violence against women the “single greatest human rights violation of our generation.” But here in Texas, we’ve got a much bigger fight on our hands: …

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  • I’m already against the next war and you should be, too

    This week, the boogeyman is North Korea. Is anyone surprised? The Stalinist “Hermit Kingdom” is right out of central casting. Isolated, always bellicose, unpredictable, and on a war footing for decades: If the Korean War was an American citizen, it would be deciding about now …

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  • Thoughts about the new Star Wars movie

    Fans of the popular sci-fi franchise take their fictional universe very seriously. Any Stars Wars fan worth his weight in action figures knows that Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi never utters the phrase “May the force be with you” in the original 1977 film, “Star Wars.” …

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