• Bias against bias — media under attack

    Mainstream media, or “lame stream” as Sarah Palin prefers it, came under increased attack during the presidential campaign, mostly among conservatives who railed against a perceived liberal tilt. “It goes without saying that there is definitely media bias,” said Paul Ryan on the stump, claiming …

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  • The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012

    First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar’s Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl …

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  • ‘Shane’ star born at Hot Springs

    Alan Ladd was born to an American father and a British mother, who had settled in Hot Springs after their wedding there in 1912. After his father suffered a heart attack and died in 1917, Alan and his mother lived in poverty, without friends or …

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  • Women in combat: Leave courts out of it

    Editorial from The Texarkana Gazette, Nov. 29, 2012 Women have served with distinction in the U.S. armed forces for years, but are mostly restricted to non-combat roles. And some say that’s just not right. Four women — three serving in the Reserves and an active …

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  • Money mistakes

    Consumer confidence is up. Black Friday sales hit a high. The housing market is rebounding. You’re finally seeing dollar signs. This is going to be your year. You’re going to get a raise, recoup your savings, build up your business. But those dollar signs in …

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  • Tree shopping with Dad

    It was one of my favorite rituals every year. One evening after dinner  —  a few weeks after Thanksgiving — my father and I would shop for a Christmas tree. My father wore his rattiest coat as he prepared to do battle with strangers who …

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  • Republican women: Seen but not chairmen

    I blame feminism for why I feel entitled to equal rights. I have no qualms seeing the toil and struggle of my foremothers allowing me opportunities not available to them. For example, my generation doesn’t have to be married. This is the product of our …

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  • AP News Analysis: School funding issue re-emerges

    The Lake View school funding case is like the ultimate horror movie monster. Try as you might, you just can’t kill it. Twenty years after the first filing in the lawsuit that ultimately transformed the way Arkansas funds its schools — and five years after …

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  • Lum, Abner ruled radio for 2 decades

    The Lum and Abner radio show was an important part of America’s entertainment scene between 1931 and 1955. During World War II, the Arkansas comedians were heard around the world on the Armed Forces Network. Chet Lauck and Norris Goff were young Mena businessmen who …

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  • Angus T. Jones, filth and boundless opportunities

    In case you missed hearing it from CNN, the Washington Post or umpteen other outlets, another “Two And A Half Men” star is making headlines. Angus T. Jones, age 19, who plays the “Half Man” of the title, savages the CBS sitcom in a video …

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  • Black Friday and other misnomers

    My wife, Donna, and I decided to venture out for what everyone calls Black Friday. That is the sadistic shopping day right after Thanksgiving. This was my first exposure to this masochist bargain hunting ritual and I learned firsthand that its name is a bit …

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  • Union vultures on the prowl

    So what do you get when you cross a community organizer-turned-president with union thugs? No one is really sure — yet, but one thing is for sure, Congressional Democrats have every reason to be afraid. President Obama’s BFFs have them in their sights and promise …

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