Thursday, November 7, 2013

The open line: Nude jail photos, moonshine, football, cross-dressers, unisex restrooms

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

The line is open. You read that headline right. The first item is dedicated to DBI in Fort Baptist: 

* SMOKIN! 40/29 reports the arrest of a female Sebastian County jailer for smuggling cigarettes into the jail that she traded to a female inmate in return for snapping nude photos. The deputy was reportedly found in possession of a photo of the inmate's breasts. She also is accused of taking in other banned items, such as shampoo.

* WHITE LIGHTNIN!: Channel 11 reports the state ABC busted a North Little Rock man for operating a still in his rent house. Untaxed alcohol among the charges. And quick, call David Sanders. He's also a parolee. I can't get the song "Thunder Road" out of my head now. In this case with a slight change in lyrics — the devil swore he'd get him but the lawmen got him first.

* CHANGE AGENTS: Short notice, but there's an all-day program at the Bowen Law School tomorrow about being a catalyst for social change, both through grassroots efforts and the law. "Catalyst for Change" is sponsored by the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Policy and the Hispanic Law Students Association. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 323. The program includes a talk by Rev. Steve Copley on social change at 9 a.m.; Stephanie Harris at 10 on starting a non-profit and increasing the role of women in professional sectors; a panel on grassroots organizing at 11; a panel on the redevelopment of South Main Street at 1 p.m.; a panel on cause lawyering at 2 p.m., and a program at 3 p.m. on use of interpreters in court.

* BACON AND EGGS FOOTBALL: Razorback football coach Bret Bielema has done some complaining about how locations of SEC schools and early kickoffs can be hard on visiting teams, such as Arkansas's trip to Ole Miss. It requires busing in from Memphis with a pre-7 a.m. wakeup call. College football blogger reminds Bielema; TV dictates early kickoffs for losers. He's not talking in this case about Ole Miss, but the Hogs, winless in the SEC. "Bacon and eggs football," the writer called it. What time would an Arkansas-Kentucky game start? About 3 a.m.? Refrigerator raid football?

click to enlarge WHERE WILL IT ENDA? Drag queens in the Baptist Bookstore? The Family Council is alarmed by equal rights.
  • WHERE WILL IT ENDA? Drag queens in the Baptist Bookstore? The Family Council is alarmed by equal rights.
* ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ENDA: The haters are gonna hate. The Family Council, the extreme right-wing religionist lobby, has slammed Mark Pryor and praised John Boozman on the ENDA vote. The Family Council believes discrimination against gay people should be a protected legal right in these United States. It's even an abridgement of your religious freedom not to be able to discriminate against gay people, they claim. (Their kind don't hold with equal rights for women, either, so I presume employers should be free as a matter of religion to discriminate against uppity women, too.) Jerry Cox and Co. have even revived that hoary favorite of the equal rights wars — the old bathroom bloviation. Yes, really. See men who consider themselves women might use a women's restroom. (And nobody would be the wiser or bothered unless the Family Council proposes to begin mandating genital inspections and chromosome testing as a condition of restroom use in places of employment.) And, dang! What if Ru Paul wanted  to work in the Baptist Bookstore? Again. It would almost be funny if it wasn't so mean and sad. Tom Cotton should weigh in soon on the side of the Family Council and the sanctity of restrooms everywhere.

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