11:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The wisdom of Jesus and Groucho

Groucho Marx

Something I’ve noticed about other people’s Facebook pages – almost no one has “favorite quotations.”  I have lots of them.

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10:39 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cowboys: Behold the Spurs, do likewise

Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs

As we watch the very excellent play of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs, here’s a question for Dallas Cowboys fans:  Who is Peter Holt?

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Mark Haslett's Blog
11:56 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Some weekend reading about domestic surveillance

President Obama and former president George W. Bush: Similar stances when it comes to what have been called "national security" issues.

As usual, the headlines are long on drama, short on context. ProPublica offers some help in understanding an issue that seems to have the country and its government on different pages.

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1:19 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The 'elephant in the room' in Commerce

Image from The Kilted Monkey's facebook page.

It's good news that the Kilted Monkey – Commerce’s oddly named but charming pub – is reopening, after a few weeks' absence.  Commerce needs more quirky, funky hangouts for townies and students alike that give the place the character of a true college town.

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5:33 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

“Luck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure …”

John Mark Dempsey

I saw something online that fueled my natural pessimistic tendencies.  It was a story about a University of Texas law student who, on a computer, has developed a plastic gun whose parts can apparently can be fabricated using a 3-D printer (did you know there were 3-D printers?) and assembled as a gun that actually fires bullets.

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11:33 am
Mon May 20, 2013

“How” and other “bad words:” A-OK

I bought a nice Mother’s Day card recently for the long-suffering Tricia.  It carried a sweet and sentimental message – “Screw the laundry.” 

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News and Culture Notebook
9:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Storm pics, videos collected by DFW media

A tornado near Watherford on May 15.
Twitter (@GrantJNBC5)

Northeast Texas was spared from the worst of last night's storms, but to the west, the North Texas communities of Granbury, Cleburne and Ennis suffered devastation and, in Granbury, deaths.

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9:33 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Zombies, Slowhand and the weight of the years

John Mark Dempsey
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Lovely wife Tricia and I have attended more than our share of music events lately.  So much that a friend of mine commented on Facebook, “You are really hitting the nightlife!”

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11:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Smile when you say that (call “Beaver” unrealistic), podna

The "Leave it to Beaver" house on the Universal lot.

The 1950s are a litmus test for our political views; love the ’50s, you’re likely conservative; hate the ’50s, you’re likely liberal.*

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11:15 am
Mon April 29, 2013

JMD on Washington and Mt. Vernon

Screen capture from a Mt. Vernon walkabout tour.

I went to Washington, D.C. recently for an academic conference – one of those conclaves where you present your brilliant scholarly insights to a room of 15 other Deep Thinkers.

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