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Re: “US Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can proceed in five states with prior bans

Where's Max? You can't appeal an Arkansas Supreme Court decision to the 8th Circuit. Federal review of such a decision would have to come via a petition for and grant of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Posted by Cogito on 10/06/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Fayetteville to resist Uber's unregulated operation in the city

Aqua blue, I'm guessing you have never had the pleasure of using Uber. There is a reason the cab industry is afraid of and against Uber. I have used and will continue to use Uber over cabs where available because Uber offers riders a more convenient, less expensive, and just plain superior experience.

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Posted by Cogito on 08/29/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Real people lose their vote thanks to Voter ID law

"c", none of the things you mentioned are a constitutional right. Also, merchants cannot require you to show ID to use your credit card as long as your card is signed and matches your signature. It is against the issuer's (Visa etc.) merchant agreement (some allow asking for ID, but none allow requiring it). Likewise, not signing your card but instead writing the ever popular "check ID" violates your cardmember agreement and is, therefore, unwise. If you do that, sign it also...

Bringing this back around to the subject at hand, the reason card issuers don't allow merchants to require ID is because they know it is not user friendly and makes it harder to use the card, which is exactly what they don't want. By the same token, making it harder for certain folks to vote is exactly what proponents of the voter ID law wanted (and achieved), hence, the ID requirement. The fraud this targets is so rare as to be non-existent. It is also easily detectable. If you go to vote and they tell you that you already did, then congratulations you are the one case per year in the entire nation. This law unconstitutionally adds to the short list of qualifications in the Arkansas Constitution. Period. Judge Fox correctly struck it down and will be affirmed.

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Posted by Cogito on 05/24/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Gobble, gobble: Today's animal photo

Mountaingirl, you said, "The paw print is almost as large as my hand (although I am a small person), and has clear paw pad and claw indentions in the dry, hard earth." Cats have retractable claws and, thus, would not leave claw indentations in a print.

Also, as noted in the comments on the photo eLwood linked, that photo was NOT taken in Arkansas. It has been circulating the Internet for years. I'm not saying there aren't big cats in Arkansas--there are, though how many is up for debate--but those particular 2 items aren't evidence of them in Arkansas.

Finally, if you look closely at the "two-headed turkey" photo, you can see 4 legs, which is indicative that it is 2 turkeys, one behind the other, with a 2D photo and angle that makes it appear as 1 turkey...

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Posted by Cogito on 11/02/2013 at 6:28 PM

Re: “The Arkansas Times introduces digital membership

For perspective, $10/month is more than the monthly fee for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Spotify, and Google Music. The content here is not worth that for the average person with stagnant or declining wages and a limited budget (the same people for which the Arkansas Blog laments political attempts to further screw over, ironically). This is a shame and a mistake. You'll be back.

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Posted by Cogito on 07/25/2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Health problems in Mayflower

No, I don't work for the oil industry or anything related to it. No one can say for sure what future health problems folks may have, but the fact remains that whatever there may be won't be from long-term exposure to high levels of benzene from this spill. Also, there is no credible evidence that the oil spread from the cove area into the rest of Lake Conway in any significant amount, if at all. That said, I wouldn't have let kids swim in Lake Conway even before the spill...

Posted by Cogito on 06/08/2013 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Health problems in Mayflower

radical centrist, I did not say the spill has not caused problems. I'm certain it did exacerbate or cause some health issues such as headaches, especially early on. My point was that the specific danger arkylikeyou posted to justify the claim that more than just the neighborhood should be evacuated is present only with BOTH long-term exposure (at least 1-yr) AND high levels of benzene. The detected levels of benzene in the air are not high and should not get higher in coming months (at least not from the spill) given that benzene does not last long in the air at high levels and the leak was stopped 60+ days ago.

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Posted by Cogito on 06/05/2013 at 10:52 PM

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