• Poison people

    What is the Poison Person Costing You? Every organization has a poison person; some organizations have lots of poison people. They’re the people who suck the energy out of projects, complain about routine events and whine about the slightest inconvenience. For example, I once worked …

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  • 2013 Political Animal Awards

    Hey! You! Yes, you. Sorry. Just trying to get your attention to impart an important warning here. For the next couple weeks, it’s imperative all you good folks out there stay alert and keep your wits about you. Remove the earbuds, no texting while walking, …

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  • John Houston: Izard County’s first clerk

    John P. Houston (1793-1838) was born in Virginia, but started his adult life on a 400-acre farm in eastern Tennessee. As head of his siblings, Houston’s only problem was his brother, Sam, who refused to work on the farm or in the family-owned general store …

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  • Amnesty is not the answer

    “No amnesty!” Good luck with that. “Secure the border!” Yeah, that, too. Why not? Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas describes the problem with unenforced illegal immigration laws to Politico’s Ginger Gibson: “The crush of illegals have bankrupted local governments, shut down hospitals, overwhelmed schools and …

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  • Smoking penalties? What about other Obamacare surprises?

    According to The Associated Press, many smokers were caught off guard by an obscure provision in The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) allowing health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. Regardless of how you …

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  • This budget tale would make Stalin proud

    Whenever a Texas Republican makes the national news for saying that “ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns”, for alerting Anderson Cooper to the danger posed by “terror babies,” or for shooting a coyote while jogging, friends from the boring states ask me, “How can you …

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  • Moose and dogs

    We have a moose that has decided to make a free lunch out of our haystack. He wanders his way in and munches on the feed I bought for my horse. He makes me mad and I wish he could just wander his way right …

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  • Cousin Will uses the phone

    One of my readers wrote in and asked for a bit of humor, so I decided to share these comedy routines below. Remember all they asked for was a bit! Do you ever get those calls in the evening about the time you sit down …

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  • The truth is, you’re still a jerk, Lance

    I’m a marathon runner. A few years ago my coach was diagnosed with cancer. The first thing his ragged team of runners did was sign him up with Livestrong. Through the course of his treatment he showed up to track with his yellow and proudly …

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  • Old State House among oldest

    Almost every Arkansas resident has visited or driven by the Old State House on Markham Street in Little Rock. However, most do not know that it is the oldest surviving state Capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Design work on the structure started in …

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  • Say ‘Yabba Dabba Don’t’ to Neanderthal clones

    If you’re the average person, you say things like “I wish they’d bring back ‘ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ and full-service gas stations.” If you’re more like Harvard University geneticist George Church, you say things like “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if someone brought back …

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  • Be like pro golfers: Move to Florida, avoid state taxes

    Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt this week, but it wasn’t on a golf course. According to the AP’s golf writer, America’s most popular golfer “put his popularity on the line with polarizing comments about how much he has to pay in state and …

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