Well, this showed up in today’s paper, essentially intact (only the “Sincerely” at the very end was redacted). Interesting that someone went to such lengths to add a few commas here and there, and change the capitalization of this or that word, while at the same time other letter-writers were allowed to perpetuate patently false red-meat rumors about President Obama and a certain female candidate likely to become our next president. Rumors that have been consistently debunked ever … [more]
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September 21, 2016
Just a little over 15 years ago, one day after September 11, 2001, Ward Churchill, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote the following essay. He was roundly condemned for his troubles by media pundits, who called for his resignation and deemed him unfit to teach. The university’s Board of Regents publicly apologized for Churchill’s writings about the 9-11 attacks, investigated him for academic misconduct, and then fired him. Churchill filed a lawsuit against … [more]
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Well, it only took five days for some wingnut to respond to Dianne Kelly’s delicious brevity that appeared in the Sentinel Record on September 5, 2015:
Why pray for Trump?
Concerning the large “Pray For Trump” sign located on the bypass between Airport and McLeod Street, before I pray for Mr. Trump, I really need to know why he needs our prayers. To win the election? Or, that he might seek help from the medical profession … [more]
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This gem of intolerance showed up in the paper today, titled “Americans push back.” It’s a flying-spittle response to my letter two days ago, more or less confirming my suggestion that immigrants are the scapegoat du jour for scared white Americans. Can you imagine?! Uppity Mexicans and indigenous people wanting their country back?! Immigrants wanting to speak their own languages and practice their own traditions?!
We really were better than this.
— Jacques d’Nalgar, Wednesday, August 17 2016 CE… [more]
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Judaism is not a major player in the history of humankind
By Yuval Noah Harari, Jul 31, 2016
Though many Israelis are convinced that the history of the human race revolves around Judaism and the Jewish people, in truth, Judaism has played a relatively minor role in the annals of our species. Unlike such universal religions as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, Judaism is a tribal creed. It focuses on the fate of one small nation and one tiny … [more]
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A necessary response to Lloyd Hoffman’s 7/23/2016 letter to the editor in the Hot Springs Sentinel Record…
Antonio Sabato Jr. may be a “strong” Christian, whatever a strong Christian is according to Brother Lloyd, but let’s not forget that Junior is mostly semi-famous for modeling underwear. He and his frothy rants at Donald Trump’s recent coronation will soon be forgotten. And he’s hardly a “popular” Hollywood personality either, unless being an occasional man-meat pinup in soap operas … [more]
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Documenting Hot Springs’ rampant wackadoodlery in too-frequent letters to the editor in The Sentinel Record is becoming a never ending, thankless task. This manifest asininity showed up on July 7, 2016 CE, under the title “Alinsky-style politics”.
If Lou Holtz’s assessment is correct that America’s division is between the workers and the nonworkers, our leaders’ first order of business should be to address why government dependency is escalating. Trump was not my first choice either, but … [more]
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