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Re: “The bathroom bill: How big a 'problem'?

We're talking "public" bathrooms here. 90-plus percent of my bathroom time is spent at home and in the unisex bathroom in our office. What percentage of the population identifies as transgender? And if 90 percent of their bathroom time is also spent at home and at work, how many bathroom trips are we even talking about? And who would know? Go into the stall, do your business, wash your hands, dry your hands and leave. It's as simple as that.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/15/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “The Sunday open line. And a plug for The Rep.

We absolutely adored Sister Act. The voices! The fun! Go!

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/12/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Bill to allow sale of wine in grocery stores in House committee

I am a partner in a liquor store that is not one of the privileged county line stores. Those guys sold out to Walmart, Kroger, EZ Mart, et al, because there is no threat to their business as retailers in dry counties are still in dry counties. Wine will continue to make up a tiny percentage of Walmart's business, so that they don't have to worry about making a decent profit margin on it. They'll make it up on steaks, produce, shrimp, etc. In my business wine is our highest-profit item. We sell three things in any volume -- liquor, wine and beer. And beer, because it's sold everywhere, is by far the lowest-margin item we have. This will be a killer. Liquor stores will try to adjust and hold on. But stores will close and local people will lose their jobs. And all liquor stores are locally owned. There are no chains here. Any money we make stays right here. Think Walmart's, Kroger's and EZ Mart's corporate profits all stay right here?

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/09/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Hester bill would allow sale of wine in grocery stores

Doubleblind, you indeed have an apropos moniker. Liquor stores in Virginia are ALL OWNED BY THE STATE! Not exactly a fair comparison to Arkansas, where each is owned by a different individual.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/07/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Hester bill would allow sale of wine in grocery stores

This bill would deal a devastating blow to the vast majority of stores that aren't adjacent to dry counties. Walmart, Kroger and Kum 'n' Go can buy in quantities locally owned liquor stores can't, and because wine is just one small part of their overall product mix they can offer these wines atmuch lower prices than independent liquor stores can. And the next step clearly will be trying to make it legal to sell liquor in grocery and convenience stores. Other states that allow grocery and c-stores to sell the full range of alcoholic beverages don't have laws limiting a person/entity to one retail liquor license. There are liquor stores chains in Missouri, for example, better equipped financially to compete with Walmart, Kroger, etc. That's not the case here. But Walmart generally gets what Walmart wants, so pass along your condolences to any liquor store owners you know who aren't on county lines. And count on Walmart's support when Bart Hester runs for the U.S. House of Representatives one day.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/06/2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Campus carry bill set for House this afternoon

The party of smaller government continues to want to expand government's reach -- telling universities that ALL chose not to allow concealed carry that they have to anyway; telling poor people which foods they can and can't use government assistance to purchase; forcing anyone on unemployment who isn't a high school graduate or have a GED certificate to enroll in that course. Nothing sounds "small" about government overreach in these situations ... and others.

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Posted by Big Fun on 02/02/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Top chef

Agree completely -- excellent food in a weird location.

Posted by Big Fun on 01/27/2017 at 7:25 AM

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