• Assault weapons ban is a red herring

    The philosophy behind the quackery known as homeopathic medicine is that “like cures like.” As in: have a burn, apply a hot compress. This widely-panned pseudoscience (oh man, am I going to get letters) in its 300 years of existence has a history of being …

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  • Stop saying ‘I support the troops,’ out of respect for the troops

    I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I’m tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what? A lot of these soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines see right through the emptiness …

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  • Fouke Monster grabbed headlines in 1971

    Reports of a strange creature roaming the swamps of extreme southwest Arkansas date back to the 1940s. However, those sightings never gained national attention like the story reported by the Bobby Ford family of near Fouke in May 1971. The Fords were in the process …

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  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Waiting for the sequel

    The latest horror movie from Washington — “The Fiscal Cliff” — finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013. But after two years did its climax — more taxes, more spending and more chicken-livered can-kicking by our politicians — really shock …

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  • The view from the bottom of a fiscal abyss

    Forty-one dollars in tax increases for every one dollar in spending cuts. That’s the shrewd deal Speaker of the House John Boehner negotiated with President Barack Obama. Obama, Boehner and other congressional leaders have known for a year and a half that these automatic tax …

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  • Uncle Hickory’s New Year’s resolution

    Uncle Hickory made a New Year’s resolution. He swore he would quit drinking. He had been driving while he was drunk and had one of the biggest scares of his life. He claimed the angel of death had come for him. He was trembling as …

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  • New year, new beginning

    The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just …

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  • More immigration equals fewer American jobs

    The Los Angeles Times, California’s most widely read daily newspaper rarely publishes stories critical of immigration or the resultant population growth that drives the state’s overcrowding. The Times immigration-avoidance guidelines aren’t written in its manual. But evidence that the Times won’t deal with immigration’s negatives, …

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  • Ode 2 2012

    And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed “L for loser” sign above …

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  • Hurricane Sandy Pork

    Many news outlets are reporting that President Obama’s proposed $60.4 billion federal aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims is packed with pork. I contacted my White House insider, Deep Mole, to get some answers. Purcell: Isn’t this another example of reckless politicians exploiting an emergency …

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  • America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • First postmaster at Evening Shade

    As stated in this 1991 drawing, one of the legends surrounding the naming of Evening Shade involved Native Americans, who reportedly carried their corn from Norfork to Thompson’s Mill for grinding. While it may be true that Indians visited Capt. William Thompson’s mill, apparently they …

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