Lyons' logic 

Lyons' logic

The column by Gene Lyons "Global Warming Is Real" ranks right in there with Saudi Arabia claiming that if women are allowed to drive there will be no more virgins. Global warming is exacerbated by things people do, but scientists have proven beyond a doubt that it started long before the Industrial Revolution even began. The logic he uses is like the old man who walks down my street at sunrise every day so he must be causing the sun to come up!

Bill Cochran

Ash Flat

White men's rights

In 1828 President Andrew Jackson formed the Democratic Party to extend the right to vote to the common white man with little or no property. In the era of Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama, the Democrats approved policies and appointed federal judges with the intention of suspending the rights of the common white man in employment and education through Affirmative Action programs, although none of the Democrat leaders or families will ever lose a job, promotion or school assignment to an AA quota.

When Justice Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court, primarily for the purpose of preserving reverse discrimination, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rushed off to Washington, D.C., to support her confirmation.  As far as I can tell there aren't any rights Sotomayor wouldn't suspend for white men if given the opportunity.  Just recently, President Obama exempted whites from equal protection of the civil rights laws under the guise of promoting racially diverse schools.

The Democrats elevate all of their constituents above the rest of society and want to set-up a permanent system of legal discrimination against white men, regardless of the very diverse reasons for black or Hispanic under-employment.

Justice Sotomayor, President Obama and Attorney General McDaniel have no respect for the 14th Amendment's "Equal Protection of the Laws" provisions.  They are enabled by millions of other white people who no longer care about the rights of their own race.  They can get away with it for now, however, there is a growing far right wing movement online that if it spills into the streets will shock the soul of this nation.

Thomas Pope

Little Rock

From the web

In response to an Arkansas Blog item on the high number of gun permit holders who are also felons or have been convicted of misdemeanors:

I grew up with a loaded shotgun and rifle leaning against the corner at the bottom of the stairs where the door opened outward to the dining room. I knew they were loaded and stayed as far away as possible when going up or down. But those guns were never fired in town, were strictly for hunting, and I wonder still why they were never unloaded except for a rare cleaning. In Grandma's house there was a long barreled pistol in her dresser drawer. She lived near the railroad tracks, a block or so from a grain elevator, and used the pistol to shoot rats between her privy and henhouse. I never touched it. But I never felt safer because it was there. I do not understand why anyone would want a handgun in their purse, on their hip, or in their home. And I usually question the sanity of those who do.

Verla Sweere

In response to an Arkansas blog item noting the New York Times' rave review of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art:

My friends have raved about Crystal Bridges and I'm already proud of it, like I'm already proud of my first grandchild still in human egg form out there somewhere. It's exciting to know that Crystal Bridges is still an infant and will grow and grow in the coming years. Thanks in advance, Mother Alice!

Crystal Bridges will help us not be so 48-ish, but only if we allow the museum to expand our minds. We have to keep pounding the idea into our children's heads that they CAN do anything, even in Arkansas ... even from Arkansas. After all, without Arkansas they'd be no Walmart. Why didn't Mr. Sam decide he'd have to move to Chicago or New York to launch his enterprise? Who would have thought one dinky store in backwoods Arkansas could rise up to conquer the retail markets of the planet? 

Arkansas will be a different place 20 years from now, thanks to Crystal Bridges and the Arkansas Lottery Scholarships, the Murphy Scholarships and some more good things going on that you have to dig to find. 

And lest we forget, before there was Alice Walton there was Bernice Jones who did for the people in and around Springdale what Alice is doing for Bentonville today. How about a Fort Baptist billionaire stepping up to the plate? We got a U.S. Marshals Museum that could use a little love ... .


In response to an Eat Arkansas review of Hibernia Irish Tavern:

Has bangers and mash somehow transmogrified from an English dish to an Irish one now?

And if bangers and mash is now an Irish dish, then it stands to reason that "burgers" must be, too. Right?

And is crème brûlée now spelled crème Brule?

And has the past participle of "shrink" really become "shrank"?

The world and the rules that govern accurate and educated journalism seem to be changing far more rapidly than I'd ever realized these days.

William D. Lindsey

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