Glutton for punishment

July 29, 2011 My boyfriend loves to scare me. I can’t imagine why because most of the time I accidently hurt him. I am the type of person who when scared, I’m like a caged and frightened animal who starts kicking and swinging wildly.Despite getting hit many times, he still continues to scare me and does so at every opportunity. I have learned to be aware as I turn every corner of the house — he might there waiting to scare me. If he is waiting in the car for me, as I walk out, he always honks the horn just as I approach the vehicle causing me to nearly  jump out of my skin.

It’s always personal: Even men cry at work

July 28, 2011 She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone, the almost 70-year-old Chairman of Viacom Inc., let loose with his tirade.Anne Kreamer, then a 37-year-old senior VP at Nickelodeon, has just completed a huge deal with Sony. Her team was celebrating and she thought Redstone, as Chairman of the parent company, was calling to congratulate her.She was wrong.

Legal guns would make Norway safer

July 28, 2011 How long would the Norway gunman have lasted in Texas or any state where concealed-carry laws are on the books? I ran a survey while on a cruise: in Texas, 3 minutes; in Montana, 7 to 8 minutes; in Arizona, 2 minutes; and in Nevada, 3 to 5 minutes.Had Norway not surrendered to the anti-self-defense nuts, and allowed Norwegians to protect themselves by legally carrying guns, the massacre might well have been prevented. There’s a lot of truth in the old adage that if guns are outlawed only outlaws will carry guns.

Humiliation at its best

July 27, 2011 Foot in mouth, nose in someone else’s business, mouth overloading my ... well, you get the idea.I guess there was no escaping it since it started as a toddler and has plagued me my entire life.While I don’t recall my earliest faux pas, my mom remembers clearly how awkward it was when her friend Mary suggested I get off her lap and play in the floor.“Oh I can’t play in your floors. My mamma says they are dirty.”

Editor has 50 years in print

July 27, 2011 When the past presidents attending the Arkansas Press Association convention in Hot Springs gathered for a group photo behind the Convention Center on Friday, we could see my old high school building towering over other structures. I pointed out that’s where my career started.Ron Kemp, publisher of the Clay County Democrat of Rector, knowing I was to be honored for 50 years in journalism that night, cracked, “You’ve come a long way, haven’t you?”Indeed, I was only a few blocks away from where I started — at then Hot Springs Junior High, next door to the high school.

War reaching epidemic levels

July 26, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, while the Southern States were reeling in their victory at Bull Run at Manassas Junction, Arkansas was steadily busying herself with supplying brave new recruits for the Confederate Army while debates continued in the North over the cause of the War in which they found themselves already loosing.

GOP bluff

July 26, 2011 GOP leaders in Congress don’t want a balanced-budget amendment. The party, which rails against government bureaucracy, is counting on government bureaucracy to prevent them from successfully changing our founding documents. It’s perfect because they don’t actually want to amend the Constitution — well, not in a serious way. Maybe in a drunken, overly-clever, 1:30 a.m. in a Hill-adjacent dive bar kind of way: “The 28th Amendment should outlaw blue food on Wednesdays...that’d be hilarious!!”

Dog days for PETA

July 26, 2011 Ah, heck. I wasn’t in Washington, D.C., a week ago and missed the Lettuce Ladies.You see, July, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, is National Hot Dog Month. It’s when we pay homage to the 7 billion delicious dogs we’ll eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year.But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is none too happy about that. Every July, PETA sends babes clad in bikinis made from lettuce leaves to Capitol Hill, where they promote vegetarian dogs.

Ledge update

July 25, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Tourism’s contribution to the Arkansas economy increased about 1.4 percent last year, from $5.38 billion to $5.45 billion.The number of visitors to the state actually went down slightly, but their spending was up.Industries that cater to travelers employed more than 58,000 Arkansans and paid $1 billion in salaries.Based on surveys and information collected at welcome centers on the state’s borders, Texas ranked highest as a state of origin for visitors.