Here's the Thursday open line and video roundup: Also:
* CHILD DEATH: The State Police say they are investigating the death of a Hampton three-year-old. The girl was found inside a washing machine in a Hampton residence Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy is being conducted on the cause of the girl's death.
* GOVERNMENT SPONSORED RELIGION: The Patheos website notes the "nasty habit" of El Dorado City Government and the El Dorado Police Department using Facebook pages to post Bible verses. The Freedom from Religion Foundation objected. City officials told them to jump in the lake, they weren't promoting one religion. (It just that anybody with any sense knows in El Do if you don't want to say you're a Christian best to keep quiet about it.) Since El Dorado continues to use its official message board to promote Christianity, the Foundation has encourage atheists to make posts to the page. The city may reach out to some of the ill-informed legal allliances that work in the name of religion in public life, no matter the Constitution (see Kim Davis). Some comments are coming in, such as these on police department page under a picture with phrase "God Bless America."
A New York premiere is underway for “Vietgone,” El Dorado native Qui Nguyen’s play about his parents, Quang and Tong Nguyen, meeting at a Fort Chaffee refugee camp after fleeing (or, in Quang’s case, being evacuated) from Vietnam. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert sent me a Tweet early this morning claiming that Facebook had relented and reinstated some anti-Muslim Facebook posts that had been removed for violation of the private social media company's "community standards." True or not, he still doesn't get the U.S. Constitution. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert's anti-Muslim views have won him national attention again. His call to ban entry of Muslims to the U.S. apparently got him taken down on Facebook and the senator is NOT happy about it. /more/
I'm surprised at the lack of a torrent of media outcry over Republican members of Congress moving to demand information from Facebook about editing of news stories posted on the social media service. /more/
It’s been a while in coming, but one night, after reading posts from folks who not only fear half of their fellow citizens, but actually seem to consider them to be traitors - not only to America, but humanity as a whole - I have made the decision not to engage with the “Facebook intellectuals” who get a majority of their “news” from Facebook memes and websites which traffic in fear, paranoia and conspiracy. /more/
For a look at how your public agencies and official labor, I point you to the immensely detailed official attorney general's opinion on the question of whether it is permissible for a city government Facebook page to post Bible quotations. /more/
The Koch Industries PAC spread a lot of money around in September, including significant sums in state legislative races around the country. All politics is local when you have a big polluting industry to look after.
Mary Steenburgen, the Arkansas native actress, has added her voice to those opposing HB 1228, the bill aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people under the pretext of religious freedom. It would create untold other complications for all sorts of government activities to give people a religious excuse to avoid the law.
Glass artist Ed Pennebaker's 13-foot-tall sculpture of tall, multicolored glass panels was chosen for temporary installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain in front of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco says Secretary of State Mark Martin should fire Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood because he's been using state time and office resources to run for county judge in Washington County.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.