David Franks 
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Re: “Cotton office cancels meeting with citizen group, sparking protest

If Cotton is not allowing any constituents in to his offices because of "recent threats", then why didn't his representative offer to move the meeting to a different location? Given Cotton's craven and dishonest behavior, Neal's Cafe would have been a good choice.

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Posted by David Franks on 02/01/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Voter ID bill passes out of House committee

Impossible to gather empirical evidence? Not if you're interested in facts instead of fearmongering and discrimination. See:
http://votingrights.news21.com/article/ele…
Per the database (see http://votingrights.news21.com/interactive… ), Arkansas had six alleged incidents of election fraud between 2000 and 2012:
Name; Year; Type of accused; Type of accusation; Case status
Hudson Hallum; 2011; Campaign Official; Absentee Ballot Fraud; Pending
Louise Fields; 2010; Campaign Official; Absentee Ballot Fraud; Pending
S. Montgomery; 2009; Campaign Official; Intimidation; Dismissed
Jack Crumbly; 2006; Campaign Official; Campaign Fraud; Dismissed
Larry Gray; 2002; Voter; Absentee Ballot Fraud; Pleaded
S. Tate-Smith; 2002; Campaign Official; Campaign Fraud; Not Charged

Note that in five of the six incidents, the accused was a campaign official. Voter ID doesn't address fraud by campaign officials. Also note that the single incident of voter fraud involved an absentee ballot, as did two of the incidents involving campaign officials. Voter ID doesn't address absentee voting.

In other words, there has been no in-person voter fraud in Arkansas since 2000.

This article links to a study that found 31 fraudulent votes in 1,000,000,000 votes cast:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/w…

If the legislature were interested in empirical evidence regarding their pet projects, then they could find it with little effort. That's what I did.

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Posted by David Franks on 01/25/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “#Repaint hate: Fayetteville sign painter uses art to fight back

There may be legal recourse. Sign and share this petition to the Electoral College:
https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college…

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Posted by David Franks on 11/11/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Leslie Rutledge gets torched in national spotlight

Leslie Rutledge has her own "Clinton Rule" regarding how the court system should work.

Leslie Rutledge (at 3:30): "Where is the evidence that [Secretary Clinton] did not violate the law when it comes to her e-mails, and to her-- her public service?"
Not that the defendant is required up-front to prove that he did not commit a crime-- rather, the prosecutor must ultimately prove that the defendant did commit a crime-- but the evidence that she did not break the law regarding her e-mails is the findings of the FBI and the opinion of the State Department. As for her public service, Mrs. Clinton has been subjected to, and has availed herself of, the testimony and opinions of innumerable expert witnesses-- just the kind of evidence that Ms. Rutledge stood up for at 2:56. Mrs. Clinton has been on trial multiple times and been found "Not guilty" every time.

Leslie Rutledge is dangerously incompetent, partisan, and boy-hungry.

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Posted by David Franks on 09/27/2016 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Resignation urged over Fayetteville Alderman John La Tour's gender challenge

Mr. La Tour exemplifies the problem with electing people who hate government to government positions. He personifies the burden on society of people who have no respect for the social contract.

Mr. La Tour's first effort in his term on the City Council was to try to get the sidewalk plan altered to include a sidewalk leading to his house-- necessary to ensure pedestrian safety in part because of traffic his game-day parking/tailgating home business generates, and from which he would likely derive additional profit. It has been the only issue about which he has shown any interest, understanding or competency. He has admitted to knowing nothing about issues up for votes-- and has voted on them anyway.

Because he hates government, he votes against grant proposals that would procure funding for desirable city projects, yet whines because the city raises taxes to pay for things like the public library. Because he doesn't value the social contract, he opposes laws that protect tangible civil rights in order to protect imaginary religious freedom.

Never mind Mr. La Tour's selectivity regarding whom he dances with-- which belies the tendency among conservatives to assure themselves and others that they're "normal", however abnormal the assurance-- Mr. La Tour has shown himself to have antipathy toward the purpose of and colleagues on the government body he spent an inane amount of money to join. He is ignorant on the generalities and particulars of his position and the issues that come before it. He is incompetent in an aggressive way, and should not be on the City Council.

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Posted by David Franks on 03/21/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “The eLwood memorial line and video

Well, damn.

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Posted by David Franks on 03/02/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Exploring the premier fringe organizations of Arkansas

Judging by his jackets, Tony Alamo was all about the fringe.

I somehow managed to get on the Alamo Foundation mailing list in 1981 or so. Their mailroom sweatshop used to send out big manila envelopes stuffed full of copies of testimonials ostensibly from grateful current and former inmates and their parents, glowingly praising the Alamos and their laudable efforts at turning lives around. Of course if one read more than a couple of these letters, he would find that they were all nearly identical in content, and appeared to have been scrawled by only four or five people. The enclosed requests for donations were more straightforward in their origin, if not in their description of the ministry.

One of the specialties of the Alamo Restaurant was their "world-renowned" peanut butter pie. As I could easily imagine a dungeon full of poor shoeless cult members stomping the peanuts, I never tried it. As I can still imagine them, I don't eat peanut butter pie anywhere.

If any of you happens to run across a Tony Alamo jacket with the Last Supper across the back, then please let me know.

Posted by David Franks on 02/06/2016 at 12:12 AM

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New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.


 

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