• TV on trial

    George Zimmerman’s trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects. The jury had barely been seated when observers wondered why defense attorney Don West opened with a tasteless knock-knock joke. …

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  • Miscarriage in Texas

    To understand why Texas’ new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It’s a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman’s wellbeing, …

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  • Arkansas editorial roundup – Who was watching the lottery security director?

    There is something quite breathtaking in the extent of the crimes to which the former deputy director of security for the Arkansas Lottery Commission pleaded guilty Friday. Remmele Mazyck, who held his position from July 2009 until November 2012, came west with Ernie Passailaigue when …

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  • The wrongest side of history

    This week’s tale is a horror story about lessons learned by the GOP from the 2012 presidential election. And those teachable moments are … nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Empty voids. “Hear the hollow roar of the Pod People. See them lash out at the unknown. …

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  • Racist agenda and national narrative

    “The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him.”  —Proverbs 18:17   This proverb is true, but only for the honest person, the person who has not already made up his or her mind. People who make up their minds …

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  • ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’

    “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” became one of the most famous introductions in world history. It originated in 1871 when Sir Henry Morton Stanley located Dr. David Livingstone in the deepest jungles of the Congo River in Africa. Most people don’t know that just 10 years …

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  • Sex scandal consequences ain’t what they used to be

    New York City’s politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. …

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  • Hooray for Dubya!

    A novel I’m currently reading asks the question, “How do you weigh all the sides of someone?” I thought of that line yesterday, while weighing the upside of George W. Bush. The former president has been irrevocably tarred by his farce in Iraq, his fecklessness …

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  • What exactly are we paying for?

    The other day I read an article talking about the amount of money advertisers pay to have commercial spots on Oprah’s network. Trust me, the amounts would astound you. Commercials on Oprah’s last show ran in the million dollar range, almost as much as a …

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  • Population growth is unsustainable

    Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the “Day of Five Billion,” July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number. More than 25 years down the road, we continue growing unsustainably and are now …

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  • Paula Deen’s career indigestion

    During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon’s Chief of Staff and co-conspirator H.R. Haldeman reportedly said, “Once the toothpaste is out of the tube it’s hard to get it back in!” and “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” And so it goes with …

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  • ‘Jesus wept’: Meet the Flintstones, Part Deaux

    “Jesus wept,” came the dramatic response from the right reverend Mike Huckabee: swiftly, decisively … almost as if it had been rehearsed. Or pre-written. Or pre-ordained. Surely, something horrible had happened in the world. What was it? Another slaughtering of innocent schoolchildren? Genocide in Rwanda? …

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