• 2013 ‘Precap’

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot? How ‘bout the presidential campaign, the 112th Congress and Newsweek magazine? Journalists usually favor year-end recaps of news but as a public service I’m going to focus instead on the glorious months ahead, in this handy precap of 2013: JAN. …

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  • Why I don’t much like liberals

    Although people like Bill O’Reilly habitually refer to establishment liberals as the “far Left,” they are two very different things. What we identify as mid-20th century, New Deal liberalism is rooted in the Progressivism of the turn of the 20th century. The Progressives came largely …

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  • Names from Christmas Past

    This unusual editorial cartoon appeared in the Guard and several other Arkansas newspapers during the Christmas season in about 1971. I had been cartooning for the Guard for eight years, and had recently re-joined the staff after getting married and working two years as editor …

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  • If we ever needed Christ in Christmas, it is now

    This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so …

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  • Gun control won’t prevent tragedy

    It’s not tougher gun control, stupid. No matter how much tougher we make our gun laws we’ll never prevent future tragedies like last week’s murder of those innocents in Newtown, Conn. We won’t stop future Newtowns if we outlaw every military-style assault weapon in America. …

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  • Sacrifices to the gun worshippers

    Journalists often exaggerate by using the phrase “shattered lives.” But when it comes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it isn’t an exaggeration. What parent in their worst dreams could EVER think that when they kissed their little child goodbye in the morning, two …

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  • Abortion doesn’t unrape you

    After two GOP Senate candidates saw their campaigns implode following their controversial comments about abortion and rape, some Republicans have encouraged their party to de-emphasize abortion. But anti-abortion leaders disagree. Faced with polls saying eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a …

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  • Giving away Christmas

    I was working on a humorous Christmas story when the news came about the massacre of 20 children in Connecticut, along with the deaths of many adults that gave their lives to protect the children in their care. My two youngest daughters are about the …

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  • Secular Humanists bid all a ‘Merry un-Christmas’

    That “most wonderful time of the year” has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the creche. Yes, these are the same people who think …

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  • The holidays have changed

    It was “Christmas in July” for me when I was about 14 years old and accompanied my mother to the local Thrift Shop. Amongst the other antiques and second-hand treasures, I discovered a stack of yellowing Depression-era 12-page Sunday comics sections from the now-defunct Nashville …

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  • Arkansas lottery reaches $300M milestone

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas lottery scholarship program reached a milestone last week. It was announced that $300 million in college scholarships had been awarded since the lottery began three years ago. More than 90,000 Arkansas students have received an Academic Challenge scholarship in those …

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  • Holiday has changed since pioneer days

    By the mid-1800s, Christmas traditions in frontier Arkansas were modest and mostly religious celebrations. Only the wealthy decorated their homes and gift-giving consisted of small items that would be placed inside children’s stockings. Many changes occurred by the late 1800s, when the holidays took on …

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