• Corporate copyright cartels

    Over the past couple of days, I’ve seen a lot of alarmism over Disney’s buyout of Lucasfilm. That’s to be expected, of course. As someone who hates large corporations, copyright and copyright-enabled corporate control of information, I sympathize — believe me. The fears of Star …

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  • Who will win the 2012 presidential election — and why

    Looking for the dead-solid skinny on the upcoming presidential election? You’ve come to the right place. As a public service, we’re going to tell you right here and now who wins this thing, and why. Mitt Romney will win because of Hurricane Sandy. Barack Obama …

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  • Town-ball was once popular at rural schools

    It was a little like baseball, but with all the rules changed. Town-ball had many variations, but the one thing that all versions had in common — the team at bat furnished their own pitcher! Also, the method of keeping score made it possible for …

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  • Some kids getting left behind in Texas

    No one really expected public schools in border towns such as El Paso to do well on under No Child Left Behind. Their tax base is too small to educate so many poor kids, many of whom don’t speak English when they begin school. Despite …

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  • Will Sandy wreak havoc on election?

    As I write this, residents of the Mid-Atlantic states are being warned to prepare themselves for a long-lasting power outage because of Hurricane Sandy, billed as “the perfect storm” and the storm of the century. When Hurricane Irene roared through New England last year, many …

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  • Message in a bottle: Romney’s presidency, two years in

    I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress. Now that we are half …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a 4-percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer …

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  • ‘Gospel’ transported future governor

    James Philip Eagle, born in Tennessee in 1837, was brought to Arkansas by his parents in 1839. He grew up near Lonoke and became a deputy sheriff in Prairie County just prior to the Civil War. He served in the Confederate Army, rising to the …

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  • Snooze alarm for female biological clock?

    A recent story carried by The Associated Press is causing goose pimples among couples plagued by infertility. Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have genetically reprogrammed skin cells from mice and changed them into eggs, leading to the successful production of baby mice. If the …

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  • What about the homeless?

    As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six times as high — and debt-to-GDP …

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  • Union general could smell battle brewing

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal Army was not sitting idly by while the Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi were in the midst of reorganizing. While Helena hosted the majority of the Federal army in Arkansas, one cannot forget the scattered Yankee forces across …

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  • Why I’m against exceptions for rape and incest

    Politicians hone the art of the non-answer. The stock-often flippant-thing they say when asked a direct question; their go-to platitudes. For example: “What would you do about the war in Afghanistan?” Answer: “Listen to the commanders on the ground.” Translation: I wouldn’t DO anything. Another …

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