• Cloning mammoths: Shades of ‘Jurassic Park’

    An Associated Press story, confirmed by other news sources, that broke last week states that a well-preserved woolly mammoth carcass containing liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island. Russian scientists said the discovery fuels their hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal. …

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  • Denmark can keep its philosophy

    Recently I read an article by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in which he praised the social and economic system in Denmark and talked about how the United States could learn a huge lesson from them. You’re all familiar with Denmark, right? That little country southwest …

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  • Sometimes, answers to life can come from a tool bag

    With my nose pressed against the window, I anxiously watched for the arrival of my father from work. With him he would often carry a large, black leather tool bag which, for a little boy like me, held a world of adventure. After dinner, Dad …

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  • Hey, big spenders, how about sending your own money to Treasury?

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   I don’t know who they are, but I’ve got to hand it to them. I’m too cynical to do …

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  • ‘Daddy, would you pour?’ Toddler mistakes identity

    I love working in the nursery at the church I attend. The children, all between 1 and 4 years old, are always so much fun. They are filled with love and excitement about life. But I noticed that they are also quick to pick up …

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  • Savoring each moment

    My big girl is now a year old, and on Saturday naturally we had a big blowout to celebrate that event. As my niece Abby put it: You only turn 1 once. Of course I realize you only turn every age once, but the first …

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  • Bachmann is dead; long live Ted Cruz

    Rep. Michele Bachmann’s retirement is a blow to the late-night comedians who laughed at her confusing actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy or her insisting that HPV vaccine caused mental retardation. Her absence also leaves a leadership void among the radical Tea …

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  • Quick trip leads to new friends, performance

    Trips to Memphis are rare for this gal these days but Wednesday Luke and I threw out any good judgment we might have had for not going and headed for the “home of the blues.” Wednesday, B.B. Cunningham Jr., the late singer, songwriter, producer and …

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  • State provided wagons; Mill provided cornmeal

    State provided wagons When the nation celebrated its 200th birthday back in 1976, every state appointed Bicentennial Commissions to plan special events throughout the year. The idea for a wagon train came from the Pennsylvania commission. They wanted to purchase exact replicas of wagons that …

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  • Beware the infrastructure (clichés), my son

    A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can lead a horse to water, but if an outdated bridge collapses on it, the meat will wind up marketed by IKEA. These are truisms I hope to …

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  • Go ahead, steal this video

    Back in 1971 when the hippie revolution’s Pied Piper, Abbie Hoffman, authored “Steal This Book” he got the very outrage he sought. Thirty publishing houses rejected it and, when the book finally came out, more than a dozen newspapers refused to print ads to promote …

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  • 3-D printing to change the world

    For old geezers like me, it was kind of a surprise to learn just how much difference 3-D printing will soon make in our world. I had been keeping up somewhat on work to make an operable plastic firearm on a 3-D printer, without even …

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