• 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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  • 19th century laissez-faire: Who benefits today?

    Last week Michael Lind asked a silly question: If libertarianism is so great, why hasn’t any country tried it? The question is silly because the libertarian answer is obvious: Libertarianism is great for ordinary people, but not for the power elites that control countries and …

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  • Mexico can benefit by tapping into shale formations

    Mexico has a tremendous opportunity available to grow the average income, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and accelerate the building of a middle class — and all that is required is removing the current barrier to capital investment. Let us explain. The Eagle …

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  • Institutional ‘solutions’ to school violence are beaucratic failures

    Liberals believe in creating institutions to solve problems. Conservatives believe the individual is better at solving problems. A 3-year-old deaf boy in Lincoln, Neb., is being bullied by public school officials to change his name because the hand sign for Hunter Spanjer looks like a …

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  • The power of Superman

    It is no accident that “Man of Steel,” the latest Superman movie, is opening on Father’s Day weekend. TV shows and movies based on Superman have always reflected America’s zeitgeist, but “Man of Steel” goes deeper into questioning America’s identify by examining the values that …

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  • 47th canoe race scheduled

    When explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft paddled down the river to Batesville in 1819, he unknowingly set the course for the National Explorer White River Canoe Race. The 47th annual contest will be held July 24-27 this year. Long touted as the “foremost water sports event …

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