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Re: “UPDATE: Gun bill exemptions approved by Senate; NRA will fight them

Reports like this are why I'm glad I keep the shotgun that lay aside my deer-slaying father (as he drew his last breath at 59 from a heart attack), and peruse the online markets for the weapons that my second amendment friends find so compelling

What is this slack-eyed, slobbering, infantile suggestion that if EVERYBODY CARRIES GUNS, NOBODY WILL GET SHOT?!?!

How long does FRESH HELL reign before it just gets old?

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Posted by redeemed626 on 03/24/2017 at 3:12 AM

Re: “Prosecutor calls for State Police probe of voter registrations in Shady Grove

Sometimes I ask myself why prosecutors like Scott Ellington (a person whom I knew incidentally in law school to be bright and fair minded), don't populate ballots for higher office in this state.

Then I am reminded that hard work, hard decisions, and sacrifice of personal and family happiness, don't seem to be considered virtues in the pursuit of public service these days. A state that once represented the height of moderate and conservative politics, regardless of political party, now requires basic training in the FoxNews and Breitbart School of Public Service.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 11/03/2016 at 3:13 AM

Re: “Ballot typo in Lonoke County makes Clinton 'Hilliary'

So if the ballot read "mysogynist narcissist," that would sufficiently identify Trump, right?

I am a middle aged, white, Christian male (as if that matters), who grew up on a tomato farm in South Arkansas, and my great grandfather was one of the original settlers and title holders of patented land from the U.S. government. He was also a member of the volunteer infantry for the Confederacy, and first hand reports of his daughter-in-law (my grandmother), who was born in 1887, suggest that he treated African Americans, (who had once been slaves but who continued to live along side the family of a very small landowner, as they had no place to go after the Emancipation Proclamation), very compassionately and humanely.

Without getting bogged down in the details that my grandmother explained to me, let me just say that I have absolutely no explanation for the current state of political division and race relations in this state, other than those which can be described by references like those portrayed in "Gone With the Wind," involving the white trash, with whom no decent white person would associate.

Those poor, uneducated, white folks were both agitated and pacified by defeated southern elitists, who convinced them that the existence and subjugation of African-Americans represented the greatest achievement a poor white person could ever obtain. There is little to explain the influence of the Tea Party Taliban in our state legislature, or the utter absence of political talent in our Congressional delegation or the state's major constitutional offices (that once included nationally regarded statesmen and an eventual President) than the sad recognition that the acorn does not fall far from the tree.

If there is such a thing as white nationalism or racial purity in a nation of mongrels, I am sad to be considered a representative.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 11/03/2016 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Democrats' last stand in NE Arkansas

I was tickled to death to get this much valuable information about a senate race outside my own district, until I started reading Brandt Smith's positions. There's just something wholeheartedly discouraging about the demise of the political talent and common sense in this state, and the voters are to blame.

Don't get me wrong, I share Mr. Looney's admiration and recollection for common sense and sometimes even fairly conservative Democrats. Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton were names that garnered national respect. Why do we never hear anything about Arkansas politicians on the national stage any more, unless it is the embarrassing craziness of Leslie Rutledge or Mike Huckabee twanging it up for Trump, or Tom Cotton trying to start WWIII?

Here are a few reasons....

1) Looney cites a study about the value of pre-k funding from one of the foremost institutions of higher learning in the country, and somehow Smith associates the findings with the urban problems of the city where the University is located? What is maddening is that so many voters probably see his (lack of) reasoning.

2) In one of the poorest and most disadvantaged states demographically in the entire nation, Smith is citing the availability of air conditioners and cell phones as some measure of economic comfort and security for pre-k children? What? And as for the value of full time parenting of the young, that may be fine for many, but does he not realize that the best thing to do for immense numbers of children is to get them into a safe, learning environment at as young an age as possible? I guess it would be to much to hope he had read Plato's Republic.

3) And enough with this need to establish Christianity as the official state religion. Honestly, is the threat of shariah law really a common problem in Jonesboro? This is just another examples of local Republicans listening to conservative radio or watching FoxNews to get guidance for solutions to problems that don't exist.

4) And yes, by all means, let's fund efforts to stop immigration or the flow of people into our state. That shouldn't cost much since it is doubtful anybody would want to come to Arkansas with policy makers like Smith setting the standards.

Godspeed, Mr. Looney.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 10/12/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The open line and a letter from Satanists to Jason Rapert

Leave it to the Devil to expose hypocrisy in all its forms. Old Scratch is the foremost expert in the field.

As a Christian, however, who values the teachings of Jesus Christ and respects our country's founding principles of religious pluralism, I am both embarrassed and enraged at the the likes of Senator Rapert and his band of like-minded, tyrannical Pharisees.

The moment I stop turning over tables and throwing things, I am comforted by the admonition to forgive these misguided advocates of theocracy, but I must say it would do a great deal for team morale if Senator Rapert finally realized that his picture appears along side the Biblical definition of stumbling block.

How sad it must be for a 21st century elected official, whose own pronouncements conclusively demonstrate that his beliefs lack support in either the United States Constitution or the Holy Bible. Perhaps Rapert (and the voters who elected him) should ask whom is most responsible for doing Baphomet's most effective work.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 07/10/2015 at 6:51 AM

Re: “ACLU asks Justice Department to review Little Rock police use of force

"We shouldn't be concerned about diabetes, because heart disease is the leading cause of death among all these diabetic zealots."

The inability or unwillingness to classify and identify the origin of crimes perpetrated among citizens of any ethnic background, in circumstances associated with poverty, drugs, broken families, INADEQUATE POLICE PROTECTION, and every other sociological predictor of crime and violence, cannot be sanctioned as excuses to divert attention from the highly questionable and possibly illegal use of deadly force by armed agents of city government against unarmed citizens.

While a successful police chief of a metropolitan city may not need a humanities degree form Harvard University to comprehend the basics of human affairs, he or she should should be able to distinguish (regardless of his or her race, education, or training) the differences in facts and circumstances, in a manner that we first learn about on "Sesame Street:"

One of these things just doesn't belong here....
One of these these things is just not the same....
One of these things is not like the other....
Oh how I wish this was only a game....

The inability to recognize racial, social, or economic bias or oppression, or even to identify basic acts of injustice, is not limited to police chiefs. Even the the United States Supreme Court contains a member or two who can only apply reason when circumstances justify the desired outcome, and the evidence suggests that the affliction of impaired reasoning crosses racial lines.

Perhaps the next time a judicial nominee or a candidate for police chief is questioned about his or her commitment to community justice, somebody should ask about comparing things that are (or aren't) the same.

Posted by redeemed626 on 07/10/2015 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Arkansas’s overloaded foster care system

Thank you for the update. After 30+ years of reading the Demazette (cover to cover since the 9th grade), I cancelled my subscription after the election, because I just could not stomach what passed for "objective" journalism in the state of my birth. Besides, the name "Arkansas Democrat" seemed like an oxymoron for that particular publication.

I typically try to keep up with the Legislature on a daily basis, but I sometimes shut down when I see absurd things like the national embarrassment over "religious freedom restoration" and mysterious confusion over whether to separate the birthday celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and General Robert E. Lee. While withdrawal sometimes leaves me uninformed, it helps me retain my sanity.

I sought the update after seeing the episode, unaware of the positive developments you described. I look forward to contributing financially to the cause, and I applaud the hard work. News like this makes me feel like it's safe to go outside again.

In addition to becoming a paying member of the Times, perhaps I should re-subscribe to the AD, based upon Sun Tzu's admonition to "know thine enemy."

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Posted by redeemed626 on 07/10/2015 at 2:32 AM

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Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism


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