Dee Blakley 
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Re: “NOT GUILTY: Jury acquits Naramore in son's death

This makes me so very sad.

Arkansas is tied with Nevada for the highest per capita deaths of children under the age of 18 from heatstroke in vehicles for the period from 1998 through 2015.

Can't every parent in every one of these cases say, "Oh wow, I was just so distracted... And I was sleep deprived. And I was out of my routine because blah, blah, blah..."

Isn't that everyday life for parents of kids under the age of 18? I know it was for me. And yet somehow - since 1978 - I've managed to always remember when I had precious cargo in the car with me, and no one got left behind. My child, a neighbor's child, nieces, nephews and grandkids - they all get out of the car.

So the Arkansas standard now is oh well gee, if the parent is sleep deprived, distracted and there's a break in routine, let's just line up tiny little coffins?

That doesn't work for me.

Source for the statistic cited above is

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 08/20/2016 at 6:43 AM

Re: “UPDATE: On rumors of a plan to make it a sex crime to use wrong restroom.

Missy and her ilk apparently haven't thought about the number of gender-neutral and family bathrooms in the state that are increasing in number. Including the one on the same floor as a State agency I visited yesterday. It is for men, women, and provides architectural access required under the ADA.

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 05/19/2016 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Black Lives DO Matter: T-shirts return to Little Rock museum

Steven E, the Klan might not be just over the hill from Little Rock, but its museum is just down the way at Sheridan.

Don't believe me? Go check it out.

I'm guessing black folks don't get a say in what goes into the Klan museum...

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 03/12/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Forest Heights STEM Academy goes 'scent considerate'

She'll be taken a whole lot more seriously if she can prove that the school has been repainted, there are no vinyl blinds or synthetic rugs, and the cleaning supplies contain nothing but vinegar, water, and baking soda.

It's the stuff in the school environment that is going to have a serious effect on people who truly have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity).

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 03/02/2016 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Attorney general OKs open carry with 'caveats,' suggestion for clarification

It's been a while since I've been to Schlotzsky's - apparently a couple of years. Because the last time I went there, I did not see the sign that says," Firearms welcome. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such a case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated."

I went to the drive through window to order my sandwich, and saw the sign posted there. I assume there is also a sign close to the front door for those who choose to dine inside.

I realize I'm going out on a limb here when I say I think anyone who straps on their weapon to go get lunch believes they are capable of judicious marksmanship. But I also believe anyone who thinks they need to be armed in order to eat a sandwich in public is spoiling for a fight.

In any case, I will not be eating inside any Schlotzsky's location. I briefly considered leaving the drive through window today, but figured if shots starting ringing out, at least I was mobile. I doubt I will go back there again. It's a shame, because it's a good sandwich.

Open carry in the manner our new Atty G opines is fraught with peril. At least there is a pro forma attempt with concealed carry to register the weapon and train the shooter. Never in all my life did I expect to see Arkansas become a little clone of Texas...

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 09/01/2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Might the Civil War be ending in Fort Smith and Little Rock?

Or, if you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

Posted by Dee Blakley on 07/29/2015 at 8:03 AM

Re: “ACLU thanks Jason Rapert for state contribution of almost $100,000 to lawsuit fund

Aw, there are Rapert supporter-type folks not reading your blog any more.

Please do try not to weep bitter tears into your pillow tonight.

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Posted by Dee Blakley on 07/25/2015 at 5:45 PM

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