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Re: “'Sacrifice, thy name is Ballinger': A local newsman's tribute to the senator

what i notice is the gaunt features of this poor man, obviously underfed, presumably secondary to his limited income. ok, that was a snarky comment, and i am fully aware that low incomes tend to be associated with unhealthy diets that result in obesity, but at the very least, his visage indicates that he is not capable of making intelligent choices. in addition to a demonstrated inability to shepherd the state's finances, he would appear to be poorly qualified to invest the state's resources for optimal health of our citizenry.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 01/05/2019 at 11:11 AM

Re: “William Trice to lead Arkansas Repertory Theatre

love the comment, 'less thumping and more reading.'

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 01/03/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The inaugural open line

MS, 40 hours per week, about 50 weeks a year, 15$/hr computes to about $30,000 per year. that may be more than many earn, but not so much as to allow ozzie and harriet to raise wally and the beave comfortably.

GFR, not many mds who are 30 years from retirement are earning $1million per year, but for those few who are, we should consider how they got there and what they do. not everyone in medicine, actually very few, make that kind of money. maybe more should be albert schweizer, helping the poor with minimal personal gain, but at the very least, high levels of pay help attract and keep the most capable people in critical jobs. further, high levels of pay enable people like surgeons to operate, rather than repair the home garbage disposal, mow the yard (unless they find that to be therapeutic), or similar allocations of their time. for partial easing of your concern, those retirement account funds are invested and hopefully serving some good toward economic stimulus. in something of a similar concern, money donated to churches is deducted from taxable income, and while i could accept such funds used for genuine charity work, i have a hard time accepting exemption from taxation money used by those churches for building megachurch buildings. exclusion from taxation the land on which those churches reside, and possibly other real estate purchased by the churches or their religions as investments of any money collected but not used directly for genuine charitable work, not to mention the preacher's gold rolex(es) [see ray stevens], well, those exclusions bother me a great deal more. now, before you jump on me about my attack on religion, please take a moment to explain the preacher who bought his wife a $200,000 lamborghini and claimed that he didn't see a problem with that. please do not waste our time criticizing my critique of religious tax breaks without telling us how you resolve the lambo purchase.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 01/02/2019 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Euphemism watch: 'Education savings accounts' law means school vouchers

wbc, one point of discussion is that the grab of money better used to educate our youth, all our youth, not just the children of the rich at the moment, should not be viewed as a long game plan. feudal societies, such as the one that would be created by that sort of design, have never prospered in a long game.

the 'plan,' if we permit it to be called such, is short-sighted and based upon ignorance and greed, not even benefiting their own children, grandchildren, and future heirs. reflect on those thoughts when you look into the eyes of your children and grandchildren, both yours biologically and those of the children your societal responsibilities dictate for you. as to how you resolve these actions with the teachings of the religions you claim to believe, well, i cannot imagine. people are entitled to their own beliefs and religions, but placing short term greed above children does not resolve with any religion to which i have been exposed, with any intelligent strategy for future well-being, or with what i would regard as simple human decency.

happy new year.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 01/01/2019 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Auld Lang Syne open line

and a happy new year to all contributors to the discussion. we are all entitled to our own tastes and opinions, and i am not sure when we lost her/him, but i miss norma.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 12/31/2018 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Partisan justice on the U.S. Supreme Court

partisan devotion aside, i would never have hired anyone who conducted themselves in a job interview as beer kavanaugh did in his. the decision to ignore the complaint filed about his partisan statements while as a circuit judge just means that the supremes involved have no respect for rule of law.

from another source…

My grandpa got Michelle Obamas book for Christmas, started crying, and then said, I can take myself off of the waitlist at the library, I was 353rd in line to read it.
7:44 PM - Dec 25, 2018

i feel even better about the five or ten copies i gave as christmas presents.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 12/31/2018 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Democrat-Gazette print circulation shrinkage draws closer to Little Rock

as to vinyl, i have about 5 linear feet of vinyl.

without looking, how many vienna sausages in a can?

as to black and white: dr. strangelove, casablanca, the man who shot liberty valence, for starters. high noon.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 12/30/2018 at 8:22 PM

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