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Re: “Dustin McDaniel puts WM3 call on prosecutor

This guy wants to be Governor? Please. No better way for the Republican candidate to win than for the Dems to run Dustin.

Posted by BeThoughtful on 08/19/2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “PETA sideshow

See if you can stomach watching the video and checking out the pictures of pure human domination over these animals.

But we're asked to believe that these hidden cameras just happened to get lucky in catching these "few bad apples" performing these "exceedingly rare" acts of cruelty.

Even if you're willing to buy that bunk, it remains an undeniable fact that elephants don't naturally stand on tiny platforms, do headstands, walk in lines with their front legs on each others shoulders or travel in train cars 11 months of the year. Nor are they naturally bound, chained and tethered when they eat or taught to perform "natural acts."

Simple fact ist hat that these animals are dominated until they are broken and then forced to perform on cue and live on schedules not their own in environments that are anything but natural, all so the paying audience can see their "natural wonder" for about 8 minutes.

PETA may well do themselves a disservice by their occasional crazy ways. But it doesn't mean they don't often speak the truth.……

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Posted by BeThoughtful on 08/05/2011 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Donald R. Bobbitt chosen as University of Arkansas president

Credit where credit is due! Well done Board of Trustees. Well done indeed. A watershed decision for education in this state and they got it right. Bobbitt has an incredible opportunity to take the U of A System to the next level. Very impressed. Very proud.

Posted by BeThoughtful on 07/14/2011 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Final round of UA president search

On Race: Funny how poverty has a way of "discouraging black students from attending" isn't it? Solid justification there Stanley!

On Gay Rights: "Personal feeling is irrelevant." Let's hope he applies the same rationale to how he handles situations involving his friends in the System who miserably fail to do their jobs when he has to make decisions about going after them in order to do what is best for the actual institution instead of the individual (and we can all hope he does a better job than Max in that regard).

On Experience: The "Right Mix" for this job involves having at least some academic experience besides knowing how to call the hogs, Stanley. Examples of inept leaders with no academic experience who are squandering the potential of institutions are right in front of you. Actually, they're on your speed dial. We most certainly do not need more of you.

How on earth are we even having a discussion involving Stanley Reed?

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Posted by BeThoughtful on 07/14/2011 at 1:08 PM

Re: “UA Board hears 2 candidates for president UPDATE

I sure hope the Board sees Bobbit for the breath of fresh air he could be System wide. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain by hiring him. And heck, if it doesn't work out, it'll be easy enough for them to run him off. But put a guy like Reed or Oldham (and maybe Churchill) in and its like a US Supreme Court appointment. I know that some of the good old boys are nearly apoplectic at the thought of it. But maybe that's the best endorsement of all.

Posted by BeThoughtful on 07/14/2011 at 8:27 AM

Re: “UA Board hears 2 candidates for president UPDATE

"The selection of the next U of A president will say a lot about whether the state of Arkansas is moving forward or backward."
Sound Policy is spot on. This is a watershed moment for the UA Board of Trustees, the UA System and the State of Arkansas.

Posted by BeThoughtful on 07/13/2011 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Four candidates for University of Arkansas president

With Reed and Churchill being 50% of the applicants, this further enhances Skip's preferred self-portrait as Arkansas Kingmaker.

I hope the Board of Directors doesn't shy away from asking candidates how they would handle serious situations where there might be a personal conflict of interest. Or maybe they should start with whether the applicant will even have the professional fortitude to engage on such issues at all. If the answer is no, interview over. If the answer is yes, hold them to it if they get the job.

Its no secret among anyone with an objective view and more than passing knowledge of the glossy exterior PR offerings of the Clinton School that there are serious fundamental problems there. It’s also no secret that the problems are only half of the story, with the other half being the University’s wholesale disregard of its duty to provide oversight and address obvious issues, which has only allowed problems to fester, multiply and drive away exceptional talent for years. These are facts.

The next President will have to roll up his (because its all dudes) sleeves to help the Clinton School get on a path to achieving its true potential. It doesn't need more status quo enablers who work like dogs on behalf of the firmly entrenched. There have been too many of those already and the status quo has come at extreme opportunity costs, and likely actual financial costs, for the Clinton School.

I’m hoping against hope – and precedent – that the Board of Trustees does the right thing, asks the hard questions, picks the best leader and demands actual performance on real issues from everyone in the System.

Posted by BeThoughtful on 07/08/2011 at 1:29 PM

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