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Re: “Tom Cotton pats himself on the back for defeating Clarke Tucker

Barring natural causes of death, such as an aneurysm or myocardial infarction, Senator Cotton is destined to do two things:

1) Embarrass every Arkansan who voted for him (not to mention those who didn't), and

2) Contribute to the arrival of the End Times and WWIII.

These things are not mutually exclusive.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 11/17/2018 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Judicial Discipline Commission dismisses ethics charge against Arkansas Supreme Court

"In other words, Griffin's complaint against the court should have been raised in lawsuits, not ethics proceedings."

Well how do you do.

As a half century+ resident of Arkansas, and an attorney with just under three decades of experience, allow me to question what difference it makes to raise a valid complaint against judges in courts controlled by the judges who make the decisions!

We live in a state where judges are ELECTED, and God knows best that this system has failed us. My colleagues are too chicken sh-t to admit it, but the truth is that the scholarship, experience, intelligence, and moral disposition of a majority of judges in this state reflect a shocking absence of judicial temperance and knowledge.

I mean, look at all those white mother-------. You get it, right?

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Posted by redeemed626 on 11/17/2018 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Sen. Joyce Elliott questions changes for Arkansas Governor's School

I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I fell asleep with leaders like Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton, all of whom made great strides to elevate Arkansas from its standard spot at #50 in terms of education.

I woke up to an Arkansas Legislature with a Judiciary Committee full of homers without law degrees.

I would love to think that the input of experienced people could somehow influence the BOE in its decision about AGS, but I've come come to accept that our current crop of Arkansas leaders feel the need to give equal time to voices that hover near the border of being designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty law Center.

Sadly, I expect the rubber stamp treatment for the AGS decision, and I predict that a higher percentage of AGS attendees at A-Tech will flee rapidly beyond the state's borders after high school graduation.

Wake me up again if I'm wrong.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/11/2018 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Sen. Joyce Elliott questions changes for Arkansas Governor's School

I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I fell asleep with leaders like Bumpers, Pryor, and Clinton helping Arkansas leave its 50th place in matters of education and progressive policies, only to wake up to an Arkansas Legislature with a Judiciary Committee full of homers without law degrees.

I'd love to think that rational input from experienced folks might influence the BOE decision on the AGS issue. Unfortunately, lunacy reins in the Natural State. Groups that hover near the borderline of being declared a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center are somehow considered worthy of time on the agenda.

Wake me up if I'm wrong, but Governor's School at A-Tech is bound to assure that most attendees run like hell for the state borders just after graduation.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/11/2018 at 2:22 AM

Re: “Former Governor's School leader objects to change in nature, location of program

I've commented about this extensively in response to another article, but I'll add these practical considerations:

1) If it ain't broke, don't fix it. These suggestions of intellectual bias, favoritism to a certain college, or prejudice against certain viewpoints reflect culture war nonsense and jealousy.

2) Do not underestimate the value of holding the program on a campus that has no summer school for college students. Placing 300 high school minors in a 5 week residential program is challenging enough socially. (I can think of no couple who lasted more than 5 minutes hiding behind a hedgerow or slipping into an opposite sex dorm without being rounded up and scattered by the campus staff at Hendrix).

Now add a significant population of college students to that mix, and consider the impact upon enforcement of very important rules. :)

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/09/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Arkansas flouts the Supreme Court on mental exams in capital cases

As an attorney who has practiced law in Arkansas for twenty five years, I sometimes wonder what the hell happened to the state that once elected leaders I admired.

But nothing pains me more than the unfortunate confluence of events that has turned the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals into an institution that rates among the highest nationally for Republican appointees. Even the honest and dedicated Federal District Judges in Arkansas must bow to a Court that is a shadow of its once great self.

As for the Arkansas Supreme Court, I shouldn't say what I really think.

A ninth grader can be made to understand that capital cases are handled more effectively and more justly if a defendant has adequate counsel at trial, adequate counsel for his or her appeals, and adequate resources to pursue both at all stages.

That won't happen if Justices sworn to protect the Constitution, and who were elected by the people of Arkansas (because as candidates, they were good boys and girls with families and church memberships), wind up expressing judicial decisions that would make a stone cold killer/political operative proud.

I might feel better about it if the Justices had the same attitude about punishing the members of the Legislature who commit cold blooded murder by removing poor people from the Medicaid rolls. Those policies will easily kill more Arkansans than Ronald Gene Simmons.

I'm a blast at parties. Bar meetings, not so much.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/08/2018 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Ivory Bill sighting in Siloam Springs

While this is a clever metaphor for what I'm sure is a fine establishment, there are likely older members of the Audubon society who had to call 9-1-1 after reading the article's title.

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Posted by redeemed626 on 09/08/2018 at 2:08 AM

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