Paul Greenberg

Posted February 25, 2015

Last week our president and commander- in-chief responded to the latest wave of terrorist attacks around the world by -- calling a seminar.

Posted February 19, 2015

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Posted February 18, 2015

The first domino -- Greece -- in the long row comprising the European Union is wobbling and about to fall, and could take the whole EU and its common currency, the euro, down with it someday. Maybe someday soon.

Posted February 17, 2015

These days I scarcely know where to turn next in the public prints, there's such an abundance of cheery news from the upper regions. Clearly you have things well in hand up there.

Posted February 12, 2015

The message on the phone was there waiting for me after a long day and longer week at work. The news was sad but not unexpected. Like the death of a dear aunt who had been putting up a good fight for years. The time to let her go in peace had finally arrived.

Posted February 10, 2015

Tom Cotton, the still new U.S. senator from Arkansas, combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, native of Yell County (just like "True Grit's" Mattie Ross), graduate of Dardanelle High and Harvard University (both undergraduate and law school), he's always told it with the bark off.

Posted February 06, 2015

It may have been Goethe who said there is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action, and it certainly has been active of late, especially when it comes to vaccinating kids against diseases that once killed and crippled and scarred and generally ravaged millions. Like smallpox, diphtheria, mumps, measles ... the whole catalogue of curses.

Posted February 05, 2015

LITTLE ROCK -- Hide the women and children, as the old-timers used to say in these parts, for the Arkansas legislature is back in session.

Posted February 03, 2015

Report from the waiting room: Down the hall in this great maze of a modern medical center there is another clinic, one advertised with a big sign pointing the direction there and saying something about beauty. It apparently specializes in cosmetic surgery.

Posted February 02, 2015

The headliner of this year's Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock come April is John Waters, the filmmaker who delights in upending the stuffy stereotypes of the art world, a culturally confined universe that may be roughly defined as whatever crowd-pleasers the museums are showing this year.

Posted January 30, 2015

It's a slim little book that had a powerful impact as this country and the rest of the world hovered on the edge of war in 1939: "Mrs. Miniver" by Jan Struther, which began as a collection of short newspaper columns in the Times about the daily life of an English household in suburban London. Then it became a popular novel, and eventually a classic movie (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon).

Posted January 27, 2015

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. That observation has been attributed to Mark Twain but, much like Dorothy Parker in our time, old Sam Clemens tended to get credit for any saying that is wise, witty and compact. Talk about history rhyming: The unending news dispatches out of Ukraine might as well have been written in rhyming couplets.

Posted January 26, 2015

Michael Dale Huckabee is just Mike to those of us who have followed and admired him through his finest hours. As when he welcomed the Little Rock Nine to Central High at long last, swinging its doors wide open on the 50th anniversary of the historic Little Rock Crisis -- much too late, but in time to finally correct an historic injustice.

Posted January 21, 2015

The state of the Union may vary from time to time -- good, bad, fair to middlin', even perilous -- but on this, his sixth State of the Union address, the chief executive's view of it remains remarkably the same as it was on his first: detached.

Posted January 20, 2015

Take care, we say as casually as we do Bye or See Ya Later -- and then we're off. We've got things to do, places to go, work to do -- and today some new waxen wings to test. There's always something on the to-do list, you know how it is. And then, in the middle of the busy day's routine ... the explosion.

Posted January 19, 2015

LITTLE ROCK -- It was all on display here at the state Capitol -- the blare of bugles, the inaugural address, the pomp-and-circumstance in general.

Posted January 16, 2015

Not even history can be told to stay the same in this ever-changing world. It changes, and our memory of all those figures who made it, heroes and villains alike, changes with it. Sometimes the heroes and villains even change roles, for all history turns out to be revision. Revisionist history is something of a redundant term; in a way all history is revisionist.

Posted January 15, 2015

Fasten your seat belts, or rather Orion's belt. That's the name used for the three stars that may be the most prominent feature of the constellation Orion in the night sky. Orion also appeared in headlines across the country and around the world the other day when an American spacecraft by that name ventured farther from Mother Earth than any other made for human flight since the golden age of space exploration decades ago. It was a reminder that America -- and man -- isn't finished exploring yet.

Posted January 13, 2015

The headlines all over on Sunday's front page gave hope that France, which has practiced just about every form of appeasement over its checkered history, glorious and inglorious, was coming fully awake to the danger that now threatened it -- and all the West.

Posted January 12, 2015

The trick, Professor Gruber proudly told the kind of captive audience some professors love to prance and dance before, was to take advantage of the act's "lack of transparency" and the "stupidity of the American voter." There you have the whole ethos not just of statist rule in the Age of Obama but in every other.

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