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Editorial: Anger's effect on voters

posted: 02/08/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

"We are the angry mob We read the papers every day We like who we like, we hate who we hate But we're also easily swayed" -- Kaiser Chiefs, "The Angry Mob"

The 'establishment' nonsense

posted: 02/08/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of "establishment," an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent of the vote is anti-establishment!

Editorial: The system still works

posted: 02/08/2016 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Predictions of things to come, aka wild guesses: The (dis)Honorable Dennis Milligan, our less than esteemed state treasurer, will continue to do everything but what's right, which would be to resign in the disgrace he has earned on just about a daily basis. Wednesday, he agreed to a $400 fine payable to the Arkansas Ethics Commission and to accept a letter of warning--light treatment indeed for so notorious a repeat offender.

African leaders do the sidestep

posted: 02/08/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

The 26th African Union summit, which ended last Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ducked questions of bloody conflict on the continent and focused instead on withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.

Columnists: A helping hand

posted: 02/08/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Occasionally, something happens to put real life into perspective, even when I am living inside the noise that is a presidential campaign.

Guest writer: A pathetic failure

posted: 02/08/2016 2:43 a.m. Discuss

America's "Powerball fever" finally broke earlier last month, but the Arkansas Lottery is still sick as a dog.

The motley crew

posted: 02/08/2016 2:43 a.m. Comments 13

Perhaps the most striking thing about last week's Iowa caucuses was that the top two vote-getters on each side are probably unacceptable to the majority of voters in November. Regardless of which permutation resulted, it would be one of the more dismal electoral match-ups in American history.


posted: 02/08/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Cause of our decline It seems the most effective way to buy an election is to use tax money to buy votes. This is done at both ends of the economic spectrum.


posted: 02/07/2016 2:27 a.m. Discuss

The resilient popularity of Bernie Sanders' unreconstructed socialism and Donald Trump's unfiltered populism make it clear that the electorate this year is craving "authenticity." Though miles apart ideologically, both insurgents promise to tell it like it is, while their rivals strike many voters as calculating, crafted and too reliant on spin doctors.

COLUMN ONE: The art of doing nothing

posted: 02/07/2016 2:27 a.m. Comment 1

For those of us who prefer a stable economy, one that's running slow but steady, instead of going regularly from boom to the inevitable bust, everything's just fine, thank you. The process of Creative Destruction--or is it Destructive Creation?--goes merrily on. Some investors prosper, others fail. All on their own as the free market continues to determine their fate. All the while inflation remains low, the dollar stable, and prospects fair-to-middlin'. We've survived a lot worse.

Nicest cities aren't always the happiest

posted: 02/07/2016 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Londoners tend to be pretty happy with their city. But there are few who haven't on occasion flirted with the idea of a life in an Italian city, a notion that conjures up sun-drenched piazzas, shaded arcades, gelato on tap and leaning towers. Judging from a newly released survey, many Italian city-dwellers would think them mad.

Zika: Between panic and complacency

posted: 02/07/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

No matter how things play out with the fast-spreading Zika virus, people are likely to end up angry at public health authorities.

What we learned from Iowa

posted: 02/07/2016 2:23 a.m. Comment 1

Well, Monday night was certainly exciting, wasn't it? Expectations were defied. insurgencies surged or receded. Marginal candidates quietly slipped away into the gathering darkness. And Iowans enjoyed their brief quadrennial turn in the limelight.

Be grateful for flat-earthers

posted: 02/07/2016 2:21 a.m. Comments 2

When I was a freshman at Stanford, a physics instructor introduced the topic of relativity by exploding our brains with the following problem: Take a railroad car straight up 50 miles and then drop it. Given that the earth is curved, shouldn't the ends of the car fall faster than the middle? Shouldn't the stress this places on the railroad car cause it to break into pieces? And if we think all parts of the railroad car fall at a constant speed, why isn't that evidence that the earth is flat?

Why humans continue to wage war

posted: 02/07/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Is there a fundamental difference between war fought for reasons of belief and war fought out of self-interest? Is one more primitive, or morally superior, than the other?




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