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Re: “The ironic Jason Rapert open line

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:15-16)

This is what Dr. King understood and what Rep. John Lewis continues to proclaim. Hate, fear, and bigotry do not characterize the love defined by the life, ministry, and gospel of Jesus.

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Posted by Thinking on 05/22/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “The end of an era

Thank you, Doug, for showing what journalism should be, can be, and must be if our society is to be truly informed and thoughtful. Enjoy your well earned release from deadlines and the other duties you've performed over the years.

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Posted by Thinking on 05/08/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The working man's open line

So sorry for the death of your family member, EL.

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Posted by Thinking on 01/17/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “One road win a year for Hogs

The team needs the kind of psychological toughness that comes from viewing road games as combat in enemy territory where you realize from the time you get on the plane leaving Fayetteville that you are headed for warfare and can expect nothing good to happen unless you force it. That is what Coach Richardson honed into his players. That is why when they played Duke in the championship game the team didn't collapse when the going got tough. They were psychologically tough.

The UA has the greatest road basketball coach in its history as an ex-coach who can't help his protege because the administration isn't smart enough to put him on the payroll in any capacity. Coach Anderson is a fine coach. He needs help from the finest we've had. If he gets it, this team can really do some special things, even in the time left in the current season.

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Posted by Thinking on 02/15/2013 at 5:22 AM

Re: “The vote suppression forecast — clearly a chance of disenfranchisement

The Republican Party of Arkansas hates women, senior citizens, racial minorities, immigrants, workers, poor people, people who are homosexual, and sick people. It apparently believes that places where people worship and attend public colleges and universities are pose the highest risk of danger in Arkansas and need protection by pistol-packing civilians with their instruments of death.

The policies they advocate are unlikely to attract business and tourism investments. In case they haven't noticed, cultural competence and inclusion attracts business and tourism investments.

Cultural incompetence, fear-mongering, and neo-White Citizen Council thinking will do for Arkansas in this decade the same thing that Orval Faubus, the KKK, and the White Citizens Council did for Arkansas after 1957. Smart and innovative business leaders don't want to move their business or encourage people to a hateful place. They don't want to raise their children in a hateful state. There are too many better alternatives to make money and build uplifting futures.

This backward and hateful thinking will keep Arkansas where white male supremacists and their fawning admirers have held it far too long--lagging backward, hateful, and bragging about it.

'And the band plays on.

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Posted by Thinking on 02/14/2013 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Do Republicans really want more people to vote?

Others have responded to Razorblade's inane assertion that photo id requirements are needed to reduce voter fraud. I now add my perspective.

I'm a black voter who grew up watching my parents and other elders struggle to earn enough money to pay the poll tax. To this day, I keep a framed copy of one of my mother's poll tax receipts in my office, and I show it to visitors to remind them that injustice and oppression often is couched in so-called efforts to prevent fraud and abuse of voting privileges.

I remember efforts in recent elections aimed at discouraging voting by minority groups, poor people, and senior citizens. The photo id requirement is such effort. A senior citizen who stopped driving years ago and has not renewed her driver's license won't have one to show the poll worker who has known her as a voter for decades. She'll have to purchase a photo id for only one purpose--to exercise her constitutional right to vote.

A poor person who doesn't drive or have a driver's license will be required to purchase a photo id for only one purpose--to exercise his right to vote.

A driver whose wallet was stolen or lost will have to purchase a photo id for one purpose--to exercise the right to vote.

A person who suffers from a seizure disorder and no longer drives will have to purchase a photo id for one purpose--to exercise the right to vote.

A licensed driver who, like myself, has voted in every election I could since I came of voting age (because I remember firsthand the terrible price paid by so many people to dismantle the schemes aimed at suppressing, intimidating, and otherwise cheating black people from voting) will be forced to present a photo id to vote no matter how well known I may be at my polling place.

All of this, mind you, would be required absent any plausible proof of voter identity fraud in Arkansas. As General Colin Powell told someone recently, the time to require an id is when people register, not when registered people vote.

Senator King's ill-conceived and perversely motivated bill isn't about making elections more transparent or legitimate. It's about preserving white male supremacy at the risk of the voting rights of people who are not white, not male, and unlikely to vote according to the mindset of right-wing interests.

There's a word in the English language for what Senator King and his cronies are up to: hypocrisy. I denounce that hypocrisy and the racist, sexist, homophobic, plutocratic, and vicious efforts being made by Senator King and others aimed at preventing our society from becoming "a more perfect Union."

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Posted by Thinking on 02/05/2013 at 12:30 PM

Re: “School groups fight back against the billionaires

Joyce Elliott for Governor!

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Posted by Thinking on 01/30/2013 at 3:21 PM

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