• 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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  • Rupert Murdock, the ‘Jewish press’ and a revelation

    News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch has given proof that big turkeys aren’t only found on Thanksgiving tables. But he raised an issue that compels me to make a major revelation. Murdoch swiped at those supposed media “Jews” not providing the kind of coverage he would have …

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  • Why spy on France?

    The French have accused the American government of using U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office. I read about it in The Hill. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn more about the incident. “What could America possibly have …

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  • Lindsey, Stoned and pilloried

    During a trip to Washington, D.C., last month, Lindsey Stone posed for a snapshot while making crude gestures. She posted it on Facebook, and soon her life turned upside down. The incident serves to underscore the power of social media. Moreover, it exposes the extent …

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  • Blasted union Twinkie killers!

    Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.   I’m bummed by the news that Hostess, home of the Twinkie and other venerable sugary snacks, is shutting down. I’ll bet I haven’t eaten more than three or four Twinkies in the last …

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  • Fear not the fiscal cliff!

    The so-called “fiscal cliff” is the confluence of three events on Jan. 1: • expiration of a temporary payroll tax cut; • expiration of the so-called “Bush” income and estate tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003; • mandatory spending cuts also known as “sequestration.” Many commentators are …

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  • The Cherokees in Arkansas

    Almost 20 years before the infamous “Trail of Tears” removal of Eastern American Indians to Oklahoma reservations, northern Arkansas was selected as a Cherokee Reservation. The eastern boundary of their lands extended from near Morrilton on the Arkansas River to just upstream from Batesville on …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Arkansas has a citizen legislature and the membership of the Senate reflects a variety of occupations. Five senators are farmers or cattlemen, and five work in real estate development, property management or real estate development. One is an executive at a concrete company and one …

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  • The holidays without Andy Williams

    It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM dial to something cheerful for a …

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