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Updated on March 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Re: “Tuesday: Open line, news roundup

Crooked Jared and Crooked Ivanka (the Crooked Kushners), who have nothing to hide, suddenly "moved their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organizationas public scrutiny intensified over their use of private emails to conduct White House business, internet registration records show."

Like any innocent GOP White House aides would do.…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/03/2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Fayetteville mulls corporate welfare for TV show. Worth it?

USC, with one of the nation's top film schools and which did the study reported in The Industry bible, Variety, is a "knee jerk uninformed liberal reaction" to "corporate welfare," says film "expert" Hattie Caraway -- of whom nobody in The Industry has ever heard.

That's exactly the uninformed, reality-denying pie-in-the-sky right-wing conservative mentality that repels creative types -- who are, by definition and by huge majorities in the creative arts, "liberals." So are majorities of scientists. And intellectuals generally.

Film makers might be willing to work short-term in your state, on a particular project. But develop a "film industry" there? Where your government's preoccupation is with punishing gays and women (anti-choicers that you are) and non-Christians? Not a chance.

Nobody serious about careers in the arts wants to move to Arkansas and raise families and build careers there. Not in your state's hateful, proudly and aggressively ignorant Christian theocratic climate. Tax incentives will never change that ugliness: only you can do that. But you haven't -- and never will. (Maybe, maybe . . . if and when enough Confederate flag waving slavery deniers ("It wasn't about slavery, it was about the economy!" -- your racist yahoos continue lying in 2017) finally die off.

Most creative types can't wait to LEAVE Arkansas. Georgia has Atlanta. Texas has Austin. Both are successfully liberal and creative bastions in Red states.

Little Rock? "Y'all" may like to think it's liberal like those cities: it isn't. It can't begin to compete with Atlanta or Austin for education, creativity or progressive industries. You can't fool us by pretending you can. Not with the constant news coming out of Arkansas. Tax incentives won't change that.

Outside Little Rock, there's nothing to attract or sustain a "thriving" film industry. Alice Walton's magnificent Crystal Bridges is a wealthy benefactor's donation of a museum -- nothing more. It also has zero to do with building a viable film industry.

"A number of state-by-state studies showing that incentive programs don't create benefits commensurate with their costs, [USC professor Michael] Thom wondered why more states have not done away with their programs."

That very real USC study of the facts about these tax incentives and long-term film production is lost on Hattie Caraway -- whose Big Point (after spinning fantasies about "a thousand" shows being produced in Georgia) -- is to slam "knee jerk uninformed liberals." Which tells us all we need to know about how far Arkansas has to go to join the 21st Century.

We've watched your bullshit Tech Park false flag crap for HOW many years, now? Never gonna happen.

Neither is a thriving film industry. Not as long as Arkansas' soul is stuck in denying and disguising its horribly racist past -- and present -- by blaming "Yankee aggression" and everybody else except itself -- for 173 years of fierce determination to remain at the bottom of the barrel.

Take two aspirin and don't call us: we'll call you.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/03/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Fayetteville mulls corporate welfare for TV show. Worth it?

Variety is right. (See above, and listen.)

It's the Star Fucker syndrome you've heard your Norma mention. Wannabe people and wannabe states will do anything (sadly) to be associated with what they perceive to be "stars" or part of "exciting, glamorous" Hollywood.

Gary Busey as Grand Marshall of that satire parade in Hot Springs? Great. It's not like anybody's pretending that's going to boost the resort's bottom line.

We laugh and look down on Star Fuckers. They're a dime a dozen, here. They haven't the talent, dedication, education, training, patience, persistence or discipline to actually make it in show business.

So they hang around the peripheries of The Industry, drop names, wangle invitations to parties, fuck people who are on their way down, etc. But they're fooling nobody.

States offering tax incentives to attract film companies? Same thing. If a state's locale is so essential to a project, there is no reason to offer incentives: they have to shoot there because the script / project requires it.

But in fact, it's NEVER essential to shoot in a particular state. It can either be done in a Hollywood studio or lot, or another state can double for the intended one.

The musical "Oklahoma" back in the day shot in Arizona.

"Giant" did shoot on location in Texas.

But Variety's right. Whoever is dangling the prospect of Stardom and prestige by association (to talk Arkansas into giving them tax incentives) - or jobs or increased local revenue from the production - is full of shit.

See Variety, above.

Speaking of Star Fuckers, whatever happened to Arkansas Judge Mary Ann Gunn's "Last Shot With Judge Gunn?" Did she become rich and famous? Was there a big influx of jobs and money wherever they shot it?

The last Star Fucker we know of who made significant greenage is the lovely Crystal Hefner, 31, who is of course heartbroken at her husband's sudden passing at 91.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/03/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Arkansan wrongly tied to Las Vegas shooting threatened on social media

Your Norma will name one Arkansan who absolutely IS tied to the Las Vegas shootings -- the worst gun massacre in modern U.S. history.

I will call him what GOP POTUS Donald Trump called NFL players protesting police killings of unarmed blacks: your own Son of a Bitch governor, ASA HUTCHINSON.

Your Son of a Bitch Republican governor's entire career has been spent as a shill for the NRA - whatever else he may have been peddling.

Your Norma can't name every Son of a Bitch NRAss-kissing GOP legislator, because the list is too long for this post: but they too are all complicit.

So is every Son of a Bitch NRAss-kissing Republican voter you know.

Those Sons of Bitches' "thoughts and prayers" are a useless, hypocritical pretense at caring about the human lives lost in mass shooting after mass shooting.

"On Congress' Inaction On Gun Violence, This New York Times Editorial Says It All. '477 Days. 521 Mass Shootings. Zero Action from Congress,' reads the headline on the succinct editorial."…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/03/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Monday: An open line and today's news and comment

"GOP's Rigid Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Tilted the 2016 Election Enough for Trump to Win. A new study finds 44,000 voters were kept away -- Trump won by 23,000 votes."…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/02/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Monday: An open line and today's news and comment

Dear DBI -

Just heard an NPR interview with a security (or former security) guy for the Wynn and Encore who - though he isn't allowed to speak for any hotel or site specifically, said that indeed those places have, in effect, security screening devices comparable to airport security (including metal detectors, say). He couldn't speak for other hotels, like Mandalay Bay.

When pressed by the interviewer, however, he admitted that once a guest had checked in -- he could self-park in the hotel's garage and bring things directly up to his room from his car, without having to go through check-in security devices.

"He could bring a small arsenal up to his room from several trips to the trunk of his car, is that correct?"

"That is correct."

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/02/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Arkansas officials react to mass shooting

Good luck, Americans.

"There's only one real solution to this problem: We need to repeal the Second Amendment.

"This, of course, is completely unacceptable to Republicans, but that's because they don't know the real the history of the Second Amendment, and the real history of the Second Amendment is as ugly as it gets.

"Thanks to corporate media's unquestioning regurgitation of right-wing talking points, most Americans think that Second Amendment is in the Constitution to protect the rights of individual gun owners from the government.

"But that's not even remotely true.

"The 'Second Amendment' as we know it today is a legal fiction invented by the gun industry and their buddies on the Supreme Court and sold to Americans by an expensive multi-decade-long PR campaign.

"Despite what you might hear on Fox So-Called news, there actually was no 'individual right to own a gun' until 2008, when the Supreme Court said there was in its decision in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller.

"That decision, which struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban, was the culmination of a decades-long push by the gun industry to twist the Second Amendment into something that would help it sell more weapons, and it had zero basis in real Constitutional history."…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 10/02/2017 at 1:10 PM

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