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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Six reasons Kacey Musgraves should hang out with me when she's in Boise
Posted Sunday, March 9, at 4:19 PM
Dear Kacey, Boise is an awesome city. Like a lot of country music fans, I am looking forward to your visit and show Wednesday night in Boise. But before the show, I was wondering if you'd like to hang out for a bit. Here are six reasons to say yes:...

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A month without Walmart continues, overcomes biggest challenge yet
Posted Monday, January 20, at 9:43 PM

My month without Walmart has extended into two-thirds of January and survived its toughest test yet: an iPhone charger. I'm on at least my fifth iPhone charger since I made the switch to the iPhone less than two years ago. I go through them pretty fast because I watch a lot of Netflix on my phone while it's charging and the cord gets bent up in the process...

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My blog year in review: 2013
Posted Sunday, December 29, at 9:58 PM

I've done a lot more writing this year than in year's past. In fact, I've written more the past two months than I have the past two years with the start of a new blog project on an additional site. I've also done some guest blogging the past few weeks, which is always fun...

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War on discrimination, not Christianity
Posted Saturday, December 21, at 8:06 PM

Since A&E suspended Phil Robertson people have claimed that there is a war against Christianity. There's no war on Christianity. Nobody wants to take your Jesus from you. There is a war on discrimination. People want to end it. Wrapping your discriminatory views in the cloak of religion does not make them okay...

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Giving tree brings hard realities, spreads joy
Posted Wednesday, December 11, at 11:49 PM

I decided two years ago that sending my two nieces and nephew Christmas gifts was pointless. My nephew was just a few weeks old and my youngest niece was only a few months older. Neither one was capable of understanding the concept of Christmas and getting gifts. And even if they could, like my then-two-year-old niece, they didn't actually need anything. All of my sisters' kids have everything they need and then some. They are very fortunate in this regard...

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A month without Walmart: Day 10: Challenges ahead as the holidays approach
Posted Tuesday, December 10, at 9:38 PM

It's day 10 of my self-imposed month without Walmart and I'm just about a third of the way through the month. I can't say I miss Walmart and I'm enjoying shopping at other stores in town. It also helps I spent the weekend out of town, it's a lot easier to not shop there if I'm in a town without a Walmart...

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So long, coach Pete
Posted Friday, December 6, at 2:00 PM

Dear coach Pete, I've always hated what you've built at Boise State, but I've always admired and respected how you went about building it. It's not your fault your school's fan base is made up largely of people who never went to your school or have any idea that outside of the success your teams have achieved on the field, Boise State offers very little to be proud about...

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A month without Walmart: Day 4: socks
Posted Wednesday, December 4, at 1:10 PM

Ever since I started wearing dress shoes every day to work three weeks ago, I quickly discovered what an inconvenience it is that there are more work days in a week than there are pairs of dress socks in my dresser. (It's typing sentences like that one that make me realize and appreciate just how much in my life I have to be grateful for.)...

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A month without Walmart: Day three: hair cuts and dog food
Posted Tuesday, December 3, at 9:13 PM

Today's challenge in my Walmart-free month consisted of getting a haircut and dog food. I'm required to get a haircut once a month, which is the exact number of times I get one a month. I used to just go to a random barber or hair shop to get it cut, but when I lived in Moscow I accidentally stumbled into a place where this awesome lady cut it and an awesome price and I liked talking to her, so I kept coming back...

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A month without Walmart: Day one: A visit there and the $ store
Posted Sunday, December 1, at 10:05 PM

My month without shopping at Walmart began with a trip to the store. However, unlike most trips there, I didn't buy anything and instead left the store with more money in my pocket then when I entered. Since I cancelled my services with Century Link last week, I had an extra telephone laying around my office I didn't need so I returned it to Walmart for a refund...

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A month without Walmart: T-1 day (part two)
Posted Saturday, November 30, at 11:20 PM

I've thought about giving up shopping at Walmart in the past but didn't think it was a viable option living in Mountain Home, where the store is the largest store in town, but I decided to give it a serious attempt after the events of the past week...

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A month without Walmart: T-1 day (part one)
Posted Saturday, November 30, at 11:20 PM

For a number of reasons I will describe here, I have decided to refrain from shopping at Walmart for the month of December. To some people, this doesn't seem like much of a decision because they haven't shopped there for years or started their boycott of the store when they opened...

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Black Friday specials can wait until Friday, not Thanksgiving
Posted Thursday, November 28, at 1:01 PM

I remember when Walmart first opened up here in Mountain Home. It was my final year of high school. The day after Thanksgiving my mom went to Walmart super early and purchased microwaves, toasters, plates, cups and other things my sisters and I would need once we started college the following year...

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Lack of police accountability cost taxpayers a lot of money
Posted Wednesday, November 20, at 9:58 PM

Since I originally wrote about Hawthorn police officers shooting a man's dog as they arrested him and later claimed they acted to defend him from his own dog in July, I've been attempting to follow up with the story every couple of weeks. My google searches haven't resulted in much luck, other than to learn Leon Rosby, the dog's owner, was charged with six counts of criminal action for his role leading up to his arrest and for subsequently threatening witnesses who recorded and released additional video footage of his actions that day.. ...

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We have to do more because our veterans deserve more
Posted Tuesday, November 12, at 1:39 AM

Monday was a great day. I spent the day with my family, took advantage of two businesses offering free meals to veterans and did some shopping. But for the friends and families of approximately 22 veterans, Monday was a dark day. If Monday was an average day on the veterans suicide front, then 22 vets took their own lives, and that number could be even higher...

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Local service done right
Posted Monday, October 21, at 9:18 PM

The following story is a couple of weeks old but I haven't had a chance to share it until now. I can't remember exactly when it occurred, just that it occurred on a Thursday. I was working in my office on my new computer that I had bought that previous Sunday at the Office Max on Broadway. I walked into the store and told the lady behind the counter that I was opening up my own office and that I needed an entire office worth of office equipment...

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Apparently it takes more than sharing a name to make a marriage work
Posted Friday, September 20, at 11:42 AM

Kelly Hildebrandt is divorcing Kelly Hildebrandt. The pair met on Facebook in 2008 when she decided to run her name though the site's search function while bored one night and discovered he was the only other person that shared her name. She sent him a message that said hi. ...

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Woman allegedly stabs man who wouldn't stop listening to the Eagles
Posted Tuesday, September 17, at 9:53 PM

While demonstrating why continuing to room up with an ex is a bad idea, South Carolinian Vernett Bader stabbed her roommate multiple times with a 14-inch serrated bread knife because he wouldn't stop listening to the Eagles on repeat. The incident occurred Monday night in North Charleston. ...

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School adds alleged rapist to roster, claims "error of judgment."
Posted Friday, September 13, at 3:33 PM

Yesterday Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie was removed from the Alcorn State University football team. You may not know who he is, or why that's notable, but you're not alone. Apparently, no one at Alcorn State was aware of whom McKenzie was when he joined the team a short time ago, or at least that's the only conclusion that the university's president wants us to draw from his prepared statement accompanying news of the player's release...

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Dog saves child from abusive babysitter
Posted Thursday, September 12, at 11:06 PM

Today's hero of the day is Killian, a lab and German shepherd mix from Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks to Killian, a lady was convicted of child abuse earlier this week. Killian's family, Benjamin and Hope Jordan and baby Finn, hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan to baby sit Finn about a year ago. Despite passing a background check the Jordans conducted, Khan didn't pass Killian's sniff test...

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The idea behind Robert's Random is for me to write about whatever I'm thinking about whenever I'm thinking it. I try to write 3-5 times a week, but sometimes real work gets in the way of that. Sometimes I'll share whatever random thought I might have that day but most of the time, I like to write about things going on in the news. I'm a total news junkie, I spend a lot of time online at various news sites. If I find a story where someone does something totally stupid or I wonder "what were they thinking?" I don't mind pointing it out incase others missed it or taking my best guess at what they were thinking. I like to laugh, I like to make others laugh. There's so much serious and wrong stuff going on in the news that when I find an unusual or light story, I like to use it. And while real life news events might be the focus of many of my blogs, I'm just trying to entertain you, make you laugh and maybe even think about something you didn't know before reading. I'm not trying to break any serious news or deliver any hard-hitting coverage. You'll have to read a paper or watch one of the network shows for that.