Feb 27 2017

And few there be that find it

 

Important!

 

Hot Springs history is rich with characters profane and sanctimonious.  These days, our quirky burg seems inundated with the latter, a roused rabble of “evangelical bloc” letter writers who darken these pages almost daily with religious rants more emetic than evangelistic.

One of the most prolific and pious of these scribes usually just stitches together random quotes from Billy’s boy, the oh-so very reverend Franklin Graham.  But then last month he went much further, beyond mere repetitions … [more]

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Feb 25 2017

An obituary

Leola Lee Ragland, of Allen, Texas died February 28, 2017 at the age of 91.  She was born near Gatlin, Oklahoma in 1926 to James Odus Kelley and Mattie Alabama Kelley.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Truman, Alvin, Guardie, and Thurman Kelley, and sister Ruby Siever.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. Jim Ragland, son James Ragland of Pearland, Texas, daughter Rebecca Cherry of Springfield, Missouri, son John Ragland of Hot … [more]

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Feb 10 2017

Underlying essence of the United States

How Trump Finally Made This Israeli Arab Feel at Home in America

By Sayed Kashua, Feb 04, 2017 4:23 PM

 

At long last, after two-and-a-half years, I’m finally starting to feel at home here. Of course, it’s not the real deal yet, far from it, but it’s definitely a good start, and gradually, with God’s help, amateur racism will morph into professional racism and our acclimatization process here will be complete.

I was really afraid of losing the … [more]

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Feb 08 2017

Banned Muslims are Welcomed in Hot Springs

 

Well, I’ve gotten myself into some weird situations, but today’s was the first time I ever felt the implied threat of physical intimidation.  There was the time Cliff Jackson and I infiltrated a Christianist Glenn Beck telecast from Jerusalem, sponsored mostly by our local Tea Party types.  There was the time Sherry (my beloved) and I went to the Glory Barn (yes, that’s really its name) to see the wannabe televangelist and most assuredly reverend Dwain Miller of [more]

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Feb 02 2017

Blessed are those

This was CB’s sermon last Sunday, January 29, 2016…

 

http://levantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Jan-29-CB.mp3 [more]

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Jan 25 2017

When Debate is Futile

In January of 1962, the great English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) received a series of letters from an unlikely correspondent — Sir Oswald Mosley, who had founded the British Union of Fascists thirty years earlier. Mosley was inviting — or, rather, provoking — Russell to engage in a debate, in which he could persuade the moral philosopher of the merits of fascism.

Shortly before his 90th birthday, Russell wrote back:

 

Dear Sir Oswald,

Thank you for your … [more]

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Jan 15 2017

Some special kind of stupid

 

Warning!

I read this letter to the editor in today’s paper, amazed and angry at its profound ignorance, its bigotry, and its proud paranoia.  And then I started thinking about that moment in June 2015, when our President, my President, paused for a full thirteen seconds, during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney at “Mother Emanuel” in Charleston, South Carolina.  Thirteen seconds of silence as Obama looked out over the congregation, then down at his notes, shook his head [more]

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