• Smoking penalties? What about other Obamacare surprises?

    According to The Associated Press, many smokers were caught off guard by an obscure provision in The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) allowing health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. Regardless of how you …

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  • This budget tale would make Stalin proud

    Whenever a Texas Republican makes the national news for saying that “ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns”, for alerting Anderson Cooper to the danger posed by “terror babies,” or for shooting a coyote while jogging, friends from the boring states ask me, “How can you …

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  • Moose and dogs

    We have a moose that has decided to make a free lunch out of our haystack. He wanders his way in and munches on the feed I bought for my horse. He makes me mad and I wish he could just wander his way right …

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  • Cousin Will uses the phone

    One of my readers wrote in and asked for a bit of humor, so I decided to share these comedy routines below. Remember all they asked for was a bit! Do you ever get those calls in the evening about the time you sit down …

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  • The truth is, you’re still a jerk, Lance

    I’m a marathon runner. A few years ago my coach was diagnosed with cancer. The first thing his ragged team of runners did was sign him up with Livestrong. Through the course of his treatment he showed up to track with his yellow and proudly …

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  • Old State House among oldest

    Almost every Arkansas resident has visited or driven by the Old State House on Markham Street in Little Rock. However, most do not know that it is the oldest surviving state Capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Design work on the structure started in …

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  • Say ‘Yabba Dabba Don’t’ to Neanderthal clones

    If you’re the average person, you say things like “I wish they’d bring back ‘ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ and full-service gas stations.” If you’re more like Harvard University geneticist George Church, you say things like “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if someone brought back …

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  • Be like pro golfers: Move to Florida, avoid state taxes

    Phil Mickelson choked on a gimme putt this week, but it wasn’t on a golf course. According to the AP’s golf writer, America’s most popular golfer “put his popularity on the line with polarizing comments about how much he has to pay in state and …

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  • The smog of Beijing couldn’t conceal this

    There’s nothing like trying to use a foreign toilet to make you realize just how spoiled you are. Dispatch from China: My oldest daughter and I have hiked the Great Wall, braved the smog of Beijing, walked the ice at the Summer Palace, and stood …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Schools should consider constables  Dear editor: On Jan. 16, 2013, President Obama signed 23 Executive Orders and outlined his proposals to help keep our school children safe. Executive Orders give a sitting president quite a bit of power, especially since the United States Supreme Court …

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  • A sea change in firearms debate

    In August 1925, The New York Times estimated 50,000-60,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in a parade in our nation’s capital. It was a huge public display of the once-secret group. H.L. Mencken called it “a full mile of Klansmen and their ladies.” …

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  • Knee-deep in a tattoo boom

    We may have witnessed a generational sea change the other night at the Golden Globe Awards. Talking about when creator, writer and breakthrough star of HBO’s “Girls,” Lena Dunham, teetered up to the stage on what appeared to be hockey skates sporting a minor array …

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