I call jiggery-pokery on the latest column from Sen. John Boozman to constituents entitled "Combating Zika." This term was famously used by the late Justice Antonin Scalia to express his frustrations with the Affordable Care Act, and I believe that it more aptly describes the Republican's explanation for the failure of Congress to pass the Zika Spending Bill. Just what is jiggery-pokery? Jiggery-pokery is deceitful or dishonest behavior. In his latest bit of crafted propaganda aimed at the Arkansas voter, Sen. Boozman denies any culpability for the failure of this bill to pass. He excuses himself and his beloved Republican Party from any of the devastating effects that a lack of government action in the form of much need federal funding will have on potentially countless unborn American babies. According to the senator, "Senate Democrats played politics with this bill, putting Americans at risk." Who is really playing politics, though, and why was the Zika Spending Bill blocked by Senate Democrats? Could it be that Senate Republicans insisted on excluding funding for women's health providers such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America? If Republicans really wanted to stop the Zika threat in its tracks, wouldn't they want to provide access to Zika prevention to as many women in as many venues as possible? If politics weren't involved, that would surely be the case.
But, no, the Republican Party is so blinded by its hatred of Planned Parenthood that it decided to put this cut-throat animosity above the well-being of American women and babies. Senator Boozman also seems to miss the fact that he and his Republican colleagues are so blinded by right-wing dogma that they can no longer effectively work with their congressional counterparts to do something useful for the American people. They play an all-or-nothing game where no one but a select few seems to come out ahead. It is extremely clear to me that it is not Democrats but rather Republicans who are playing a dangerous political game.
Sen. Boozman, you need to grow up, get serious about doing your job and quit blaming others for your failure and your party's failure to make effective compromises and sponsor realistic and substantive legislation that will help Americans. Enough is enough. Senator, you are the one playing politics along with your Republican colleagues. It needs to stop. How about taking the lead?
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In response to the Aug. 25 article, 'This is not your grandfather's America': a Q&A with Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner:
Let's see: Two officers are working off-duty on private property. Something goes wrong, very wrong. The two officers, working off-duty, have no liability coverage, and therefore have no money for legal counsel in the subsequent federal lawsuit. So the city attorney represents both officers "on his own time," and negotiates a $900,000 payment from the city to clear these off-duty officers in the matter. The city is operating a private security company, taking all the legal liability risks, and collecting not one cent in fees. That's one hell of a business — for the off-duty officers.
Well Chief, let me attempt an intelligent answer for why you and your officers are wrongheaded about the LRSD.
You say, "The underlying issues that are driving the crime in our city are poverty, low academic achievement, single-parent homes, absentee fathers, substance abuse, mental illness, high unemployment. Now, you tell me, of those things that I just gave you, an officer living in Little Rock, how would it impact that?"
I would respond with only a slight paraphrase: "The underlying issues that are driving the education gap in our city are poverty, high crime home-life, single-parent homes, absentee fathers, substance abuse, mental illness, high unemployment. Now, you tell me, of those things that I just gave you, a different school, how would it impact that?"
He offers a few false-equivalences here. You can say we have a crime problem, but no one is blaming the police for the crime. We have an educational attainment problem, and no one will blame anything BUT the school.
Also, to say, "I support the Second Amendment" to a question about military-style weapons is laughable. That's actually the example one of our textbooks uses to describe the "straw-man" fallacy. I wish you had asked him about civilians having flame-throwers, hand-grenades, etc., and see if there were any lines he would cross on that issue. I don't mean to be unkind, but this is also from a man who couldn't secure his weapons — even with all of his professional training.
An AR-15 will cut through a bulletproof vest and slice a car like Swiss cheese? Forrest Gump your father? Ignorant Democrat. Typical.
Do we have a mass-incarceration problem in this state?
Well, there is a woman's family in Chicago and family of the two nuns in Mississippi who might want more violent criminals locked up, instead on the street.