• Now is not the time for amnesty

    Nearly all of us agree it’s time for Washington to fix the country’s immigration crisis and put an end to illegal immigration once and for all. The president and the newly coined “gang of eight,” a bi-partisan group of senators propose a pathway to citizenship …

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  • Why hating rich people is making you broke

    Quick, if you saw a Rolls Royce on the side of the road and a guy in a suit standing next to it staring at his flat tire, what pops into your head? If you find yourself laughing at a rich guy having to suffer, …

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  • 2013 State of the Union drinking game

    WHAT YOU NEED TO PLAY: Four taxpayers of any sex: One rich white banker-type wearing a Suit. Cuff links would be nice. One person in a Blue work Shirt, another in a White shirt and one wearing Rags that in a former life might have …

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  • New ship prompted state flag

    When the battleship USS Arkansas was commissioned at Philadelphia in 1912, it needed an Arkansas flag to complete its colors. However, the state had never adopted an official flag. A contest was quickly arranged and the winning entry was submitted by Ms. Willie K. Hocker. …

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  • Pedophilia is the problem

    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay Scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA’s long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice …

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  • Seeing is deceiving

    President Obama has a long history as a smoker, yet he’s spoken aggressively against the habit on numerous occasions. Presumably, the White House would never seek to appease the powerful tobacco lobby by releasing a photo of the president sneaking a smoke during a break …

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  • Say it ain’t Joe

    Maybe he’s just what America needs. Then again, maybe not. I speak of Vice President Joe Biden — who, according to Politico, is “intoxicated” by thoughts of being inaugurated as president in 2017. He’d be delighted to “finish what Barack Obama started.” Well, who better …

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  • Yes, Progressives, God made farmers

    What was it about the Dodge commercial, “God Made a Farmer,” that stirred the souls of so many Americans during the Super Bowl? Maybe it was the imagery of the dirt and grit of real America, not the white-washed concrete meccas many of us call …

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  • 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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