• 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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  • Surrendering privacy, from cradle to grave

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be …

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  • Independence Co.: Little Arkansas

    Of all the 75 counties in Arkansas, Independence may come closest to having natural features similar to the entire state! First, the outline of the county includes notches in the northeast and southwest regions, but both are greater than the state’s. Black River forms much …

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  • Eugenics tweak

    Recently I read a news story about North Carolina lawmakers trying to figure out a way to compensate people who were involuntarily sterilized in the state from 1929 to 1974. It includes about 7,600 people. Apparently, North Carolina is one of 31 states that had …

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  • Declare independence from government

    In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to reaffirm some of the thoughts and principles we have lost sight of. And so it is that we need to renew our independence. More than 55 percent of Americans now receive some …

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