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    Of all the outrages to decency and common sense during National Rifle Association president Wayne LaPierre's bizarre press conference following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the most offensive may have been his depiction of America as a dark hell haunted by homicidal maniacs.
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Re: “Nate Bell's wife now full-time lobbyist for governor UPDATE

You ain't afeard'a callin'em, are ye?

The best operatives of the Republican Party take notes on how to engage opponents from the worst online trolls, by all appearances of Bell's demeanor.

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Posted by munkle on 03/05/2015 at 5:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Gov. Hutchinson firm on allowing gay discrimination bill to become law

After living here for 13 years, as a straight, white, married man with children, I cannot wait to get out of this backwoods shitheap of a state. How embarrassing it is to be considered an Arkansan, no offense to all of the very fine people I've met. It's just that you're outnumbered to the degree that you're irrelevant to the perception people hold of this state.

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Posted by munkle on 02/23/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Duggar clan: Their exception proves rule of growing acceptance of gay people

If the show should be canceled, I would think it not too much of an inconvenience; Branson is right up the road, and I think that they could be quite the draw. Branson is an area hyper-saturated with those who likely share their viewpoints, with money to spend, and time to spend it.

And all it takes is a metal shed, a marquis, and some minimum wage elderly folks with flashlights.

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Posted by munkle on 01/01/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “The Big Gray Apple open line. Plus, could a gay couple get a manger in Fayetteville?

Geez, Max, could you please quit politicizing Christmas? Christmas is all about Jesus, and the tone of the season is to represent his tone towards mankind. As far as I know, Jesus never said anything about being nice to sinners. /s

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Posted by munkle on 12/22/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Voices from Little Rock fast food workers at today's protest for higher wages

"Well, why don't they better themselves?" is the question I always hear. To which I respond, "How many MBAs do you want to see working the drive-through at McD's?"

It's really such an ignorant, short-sighted proposition that tens-of-millions of people could all better themselves collectively through education or "hard work".

It's a numbers game; there are only so many decent-paying job openings out there. Just because Clarence times 20 million gets a degree does not mean that 20 million higher-paying jobs appear. That line of thought underlies a complete misunderstanding of the commoditizing forces at work in the labor market today. If eduction = higher pay, then Americans today would be more broadly sharing the wealth of the nation, since they are both more educated and work longer hours, collectively, than at any other time in American history.

And, all of the above is disregarding the fact that, in order to (almost) financially survive, we require people to give up their dignity and an hour's worth of time for seven. dollars. and. twenty. five. cents. Wake the f7c3 up, people.

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Posted by munkle on 12/04/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “About that Battle Line Rivalry: Why not a Bootheel trophy?

Anyway, I vote for "The Branson Beat Down" or something along those lines. Loser gets Branson.

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Posted by munkle on 11/30/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “About that Battle Line Rivalry: Why not a Bootheel trophy?

Vanessa, I'm not too sure that you're correct that the northern part of Missouri fully aligns with Yankee-dom. I am from northeastern MO, and if you divide MO into equal quadrants of NW, NE, SW, and SE, then the southern portion of NE Missouri was the area known as "Little Dixie", which was settled by migrants from KY and TN in the early 1800's. They were almost entirely Confederate. Samuel Clemens was from Little Dixie - born in Florida, MO, and raised in Hannibal, MO - and his father was a migrant from either TN or KY (can't remember, don't care to look up right now). Anyway, a youngish Samuel joined the Confederate Army for a stint, although he was never really sure why he did so.

Then, while southern Missouri may have fallen to the Confederate traitors, I don't recall there being a strong history of slavery in that region due to geography and poverty (I may be over-generalizing my case here).

The other large ethnic group in much of northeastern and north-central Missouri would be German/Dutch/Scandinavian, so that likely counter-balances some of the Southern allegiance of Little Dixie. Little Dixie WAS Democratic throughout much of the previous century, gradually turning red as the Dixiecrats died off.

Anyway, I had to root for Mizzou, since they're the new entrants into the SEC, and I get really tired of all of this talk of SEC dominance, etc. I now am even more certain, that, though the SEC is likely the best conference for football, that SEC membership earns teams better rankings than they deserve. Mizzou was middling to good in the Big 12, and now they're a near-powerhouse in the SEC just three years later?

Show me how that works.

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Posted by munkle on 11/30/2014 at 10:24 AM

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