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Another Blue Serge Suit

Daniel Krotz | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
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I am sure you have heard the expression "offering an opinion is like peeing on yourself in a blue serge suit. It feels warm and no one knows you've do...

Keep Your Pants On

Daniel Krotz | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

A recurring theme in the novels of Charles Dickens is referred to by economists as "The Victorian Compromise." Summarily, it promotes the idea that i...

Separating The Sheep From The Goats

Daniel Krotz | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Daniel Krotz

Which one among the 39,000 different Christian denominations in the world today is the genuine Christian article? In our pursuit of becoming a Christian nation "again" how will we separate the sheep from the goats?

Guns and Butter

Daniel Krotz | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
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Ever since the Reagan administration both liberal and conservative members of Congress have shared the belief, if for different reasons, that military...

Small Farms and the Farm Subsidies Scandal

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

From 1995 to 2009, taxpayers shelled out nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in farm subsidies. But while ten percent of farmers received 74% of this money, 62% of American farmers got no subsidy at all.

One Big Store

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

Michelle Obama and Bill Simon, Wal-Mart's president and CEO, met last week. Does the first lady not realize that One Big Store is as sure a destroyer of culture as is One Big Government?

Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
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The point is not that Televangelists are scoundrels, or that many Christian pastors are hypocrites, but that these grand ministry failures represent examples of what many mainstream churches have, in desperation, come to believe is relevant.

How to Term Limit Lunatics

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

One of the lunatics Arkansans routinely sends to the State Legislature wrote an opinion piece on the new Health Care Reform legislation that has pushe...

Pray for Andy Harris

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

The first thing newly elected Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) did when he got to Washington last week was complain about the Cadillac health care provi...

Our Endless Political Circus

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

In more than forty years of following politics, I am unable to remember a less satisfactory electoral contest than this one. So if you're a winner this election season, please take note that it's because you stink less. How's that feel?

How to Write a Grant

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
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I've been reviewing a lot of grants applications over the past year. So what does a deserving application look like? Here are five characteristics of a worthwhile project:

Yves Klein: With the Void, at the Hirschhorn

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
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I recently visited the Hirschhorn Library in Washington last week and saw an exhibit of the French artist Yves Klein's work titled "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers".

Heroic Haiti

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Bleck Eliassaint hopes to raise the $600 that he needs to be fitted with a quality prosthetic limb for his left leg. Then he'll finally be able to put down his shovel for good and pick up his guitar.

Leatherstone by David Pabian: A Review

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

The survival strategy of self-publishing was adopted by the screenwriter David Patrick Pabian, author of Leatherstone, an arresting, modern day riff on Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Ogalalla Blue

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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In 1978 the Corp of Engineers built a 48 million dollar reservoir in Oklahoma called Optima Dam. Due to declines in groundwater, it has never held so much as a teacup of water.

Drill Another Hole in My Head, Baby, Drill Me Now

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

There has been a raft of books and articles out recently that try to explain why low and moderate income people are voting against their own economic and social interests.

In Praise of Doing Things Badly

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

It is every bookseller's pleasure -- and our obligation -- to support the self-published writer who will not be stilled by market forces, publishing companies, critics or inhibition.

All Literature Is Gossip

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Rain fell hard all day during the Arkansas Bookseller's Show and the wind daunted even the most serious of book buyers and readers. The convention center was exactly empty.

Jarndyce Vs. Jarndyce

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House contains myriad plots and subplots, the foremost of these being the absurdity of a legal case that seems to have no purpose but to line the pockets of lawyers.

The Best Lack All Conviction

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

President Obama seems to be having a rocky time steering the Ship of State lately. He tacks right, he tacks left; he sails in an ever widening circle. We've been given many explanations for this reality.

The Dick Gibson Show by Stanley Elkin

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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What Elkin is saying in The Dick Gibson Show is that Americans want to hear what they want to hear -- and will seek out radio personalities who agree to whisper sweet nothings into their ears.

Shooting Fish in a Barrel: Stephen King and Under the Dome

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Under the Dome is about what happens when a place and the people who live there are locked inside a glass dome: no one can get in and no one can get out.

On Deafness And The Middle Distance

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Deaf and near-deaf people such as myself operate in a world I think was best captured by classical Chinese painters. Their pictures have no middle distance: we see figures in the foreground, and we see mountains in the far ground, but what we see in the middle is left to the imagination and must be perceived.

Going Rogue by Sarah Palin: A Review (Sort-of)

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Is Going Rogue a good book? Who knows? Who cares? Generally speaking, books by politicians of any ideological persuasion have the shelf life of a grape.

10 Books to Read in 2010

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

While we wait for the final verdict on the future of print, take a look at the following ten books that I read and enjoyed in 2009. They'll still be around for you to enjoy in 2010.