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‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Coen Brothers film of very particular taste

2.5 out of 4 Tubbs For stretches of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, “Hail, Caesar!,” I felt like I wasn’t quite aware of where it was headed. By the end, though, it was clear the Coen Brothers had crafted another quality product, even if it’s not their best work. “Hail, Caesar!” is a satire […]

Wacky world of social media

In the U.S. alone, 65 percent of adults use social networking sites, according to Pew Research Center. Among millennials age 18-29, that figure hits 90 percent. Social media can be exhilarating, informative, entertaining and a great aid in communicating in real time. Time between sending or receiving is similar to the fastest recorded amount of […]

Will the game be super?

I’m pretty sure I have the game pegged in this year’s Super Bowl, and I’m going to share that with you – later. The question is whether the game is going to wind up like many of the earlier big games, when it was a blowout, or whether it it going to be more like […]

Battle lines today are multiple, digital

President Obama’s reluctance to place troops on the ground in the Middle East, particularly Syria, has drawn the ire of many in Congress. But when it comes to the elimination or at least the cornering of ISIS, boots on the ground isn’t going to be the end-all. In conventional warfare, a common tactic was to […]

Chips, Chicken Wings, and the Big Game

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes Chips, Chicken Wings, and the Big Game If I were to ask you what you thought the most-well attended religious event is in the United States, many of you would say Easter Sunday morning. This may be true, but if it is, the Super Bowl is a close second. This weekend, […]


  When pastors gaze out from their pulpits, they may want to imagine what would happen if they asked their flocks to respond to this statement: “As long as it’s between consenting adults, any kind of sex is fine.” If this were a conservative or nondenominational Protestant church, the active, “practicing” members would be sharply […]

Sports betting leads to concerns

  Recent revelations that there may have been some level of match fixing in professional tennis has once again raised concerns regarding sports betting. This comes on the heels of attorneys general in some states claiming that oneline fantasy sports games, run by organizations such as Draft Kings., are illegal gambling. People have been casting […]


  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s supporters showed up at the Sheraton Monday night fully expecting their man to win the Iowa caucuses. And why shouldn’t they? Trump had held a lead of varying sizes in 13 of the last 13 polls listed in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls. How could that […]


  I used to have this poster in my office reflecting the timeless wisdom of a relief pitcher named Larry Andersen. Today he does radio broadcasts for the Philadelphia Phillies. A friend who’s a calligrapher made it for me. “Hey, you’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.” The poster got lost after […]

Flint’s problems belong to many cities

The lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, has raised awareness about the potential for health risks in drinking water supplies. In Flint, the water became contaminated through some changes in original supply being exposed to very old lead pipes throughout that community – either in homes or in neighborhoods. It raises the […]

Is annual water testing enough?

  What happened in Flint, Mich., with regard to the discovery of high concentrations of lead in the city’s water, should make every water superintendent, city manager, and city council member in America take notice and ask the question: What’s in our water? It’s not that difficult to discover. For the last several years, the […]

What to do when the zombies come

They’re coming! Yes, they are! No, not the British. Not the aliens either. They supposedly built the pyramids and everything else we need an answer for. Nope, not even the coming water shortage. Did you hear about T. Boone Pickens and the other hoarders. What are they gonna do, purchase the clouds and own the […]

Establishment crashing down

The talking heads spent most of Monday night reviewing the results of the first-in-the-nation caucuses up in Iowa and most of them came up with the same conclusion. People are mad. As in angry. This epiphany for the mainstreamers was almost shocking in that it really didn’t take much investigation to discover that’s the case […]

What is that caucus deal?

The campaigns for president have been in full swing for more than a year. The folks in Iowa have been fielded robotic telephone calls for months – from candidates, and their family, and friends in Congress. Pollsters have dialed them up to get opinions. The airwaves have been inundated with television and radio commercials, and […]

Fifty Shades of Black’ shows why spoof films have hit limit

.5 Tubbs out of 4 It should have been a slam-dunk. The jokes are ripe for the picking, and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film that “Fifty Shades of Black” unsuccessfully parodies, is pretty much a joke in itself. However, raunchy sexual jokes, as were to be expected, fall on an audience that finds itself […]

Migrating crows; swarmus fast-foodicus

What’s with all of these migrating blackbirds? Drive along East Ennis Avenue near I-45 and you’ll swear you’re reliving Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film, “The Birds.” And, no, it’s not limited to our town. Waxahachie has an enormous invasion going on along Main Street near Hwy 287. Go west and the exit at Walnut Creek […]

From Outside My Window

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes As I walked through the hall on the lower floor of my office complex, the ceramic tiles that I was walking on caught my attention. I noticed the way that they had been laid. They were not in a straight line, but staggered. I also noticed that the tiles were not […]

Biden perfect pick for cancer research task force

President Barack Obama announced the creation of another federal task force on Thursday – and it’s a good thing. Dubbed the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, the group is charged with accelerating cancer research. There are lots of political and social issues that create a tenuous tenor in our nation, but one thing that […]

Trump needs to get on the stage

  Donald Trump has been accused of being many things. Now you can add debate dodger to the list. That the GOP front-runner has decided to skip tonight’s Republican presidential candidate debate on FOX News truly falls in line with his maverick approach to politics. He doesn’t like the moderator – Megyn Kelly – who […]

Are you watching enough TV?

Studies say the average American spends five and a half hours a day watching some kind of video — TV, movies or online videos. But mostly TV. What a bunch of amateurs. I watch five and a half hours of television before breakfast. But then, it’s kind of my job to watch TV. I watch […]

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