Cheers!

August 9, 2010 Waiting for a gallon of cold sweet tea to steep is tough when you’re young, especially when you’re dying of thirst.Of course, when you’re young, everything seems to take forever and you just think you’re dying of thirst.For a Yankee, my mama has always known her way around a few tea bags, sugar, a gallon jug and a large wooden spoon when it comes to fixing some Southern sweet tea, but for it to taste real good and sweet, it takes some time, something I first learned many years ago, glass in hand — salivating.

Gov looks at weak spots

August 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Flush with cash and leading in the polls, Gov. Mike Beebe is trying to shore up two potential weak spots in his re-election bid. In other words, he doesn’t want to go down as a governor who let park fees rise and couldn’t keep track of the state’s cars.Beebe’s recent decisions to ask parks officials to halt a planned increase in lodging and camp fees and to order a review of the state’s vehicles show he’s leaving nothing to chance in his re-election bid.

Arizona law, politics

August 6, 2010 I formerly thought that the primary qualification necessary for serving in President Obama’s Cabinet was a refusal to pay taxes. Treasury Secretary Geithner — the most notorious of a string of tax scoundrels — cheated on his income taxes for four consecutive years.It now appears that there is an equally important criterion for Cabinet positions — an inability or refusal to read the law, especially if that law concerns the relevant Department, and especially if the Cabinet member criticizes the law.

Raising Louie

August 6, 2010 My son, Louie, who is 22 years old, has learned how to cook. The DNA scramble for knowing your way around the kitchen has to be a throwback by a few generations. The Carr women are very talented at a lot of things but cooking is not generally one of them. The Carr men didn’t tend to ever enter the kitchen.

Enough with the cards

August 5, 2010 Dear President Obama:I’m writing to wish you many happy returns on your 49th birthday and also to explain why I declined to add my name to the card that Mrs. Obama asked me and several million of your closest admirers to sign.Michelle’s request came in an e-mail from the Organizing for America campaign unit, and it mentioned the health care and Wall Street reform measures as two reasons why this has been a “hectic” year for you. I’ll say.

Name game

August 5, 2010 When Ronald Reagan and his then-wife Jane Wyman adopted me they gave me the name Michael Reagan. That’s what parents — adopted or natural — do. They name their offspring, natural or adopted.Recently I launched the first-ever conservative Internet service, Reagan.com, and I offered to make all of its services available to whoever wished to take advantage of them for a modest fee.Somehow, this modest enterprise enraged the loonies on the far left. I was accused of using my father’s name — and mine, you know, the name my parents gave me.

Issue with roads

August 4, 2010 Dear editor:I read the article in your paper Wednesday, July 7, 2010 (agreement), where Jones said, I quote, “Hicks threw tickets showing work that needs to be done on county roads into the trash can that same day and said he wasn’t fixing any more roads or potholes for the rest of the year. He said if Robert Griffin thinks we have potholes now, wait till he takes office,” unquote.

Who you gonna call?

August 4, 2010 We got up every Sunday morning of our lives and graced the doors of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, sang our little hearts out from the Heavenly Highway Hymns and stayed until the last Amen was given.“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”My parents put a lot of stock in that verse.It goes without saying that they questioned it over the years when both their children traveled the wrong paths but they always hung onto their faith and I’d like to think it finally paid off.

Spending cuts?

August 4, 2010 “I’m sick of wasteful government spending. It’s time we throw the bums out!”“You raise a fair point. A Congressional Budget Office brief says our growing debt could lead to a real fiscal crisis if investors lose confidence in the federal government’s ability to manage its budget.”“There was a time investors had confidence in our government’s ability to manage the budget? I say we slash spending across the board!”

Is the tea-party Islamophobic?

August 3, 2010 The current wave of anti-mosque protests around the country represents a new threat to the religious freedom of Muslims in America — a threat directed not at terrorists who act in the name of Islam, but at all Muslims and Islam itself.Incidents of discrimination and bias aimed at Muslim Americans have been rising since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But anti-Muslim rhetoric has taken an ominous turn in recent months as a growing number of political and community leaders — some with tea-party affiliations — have begun warning of a “Muslim takeover” of America.