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Re: “Rapert files bill to rename Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

The legislature should really consider sending Rapert home. He has already cost the state over $100,000 in legal fees and promises to cost us much more from his petty, small-minded bills. At the very least they should put a proviso on all of them that he pays the legal fees.

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 02/23/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Arkansas Supreme Court kills initiated act for medical marijuana for insufficient petition signatures

Someone not only bought an amendment but is buying the Supreme Court. Way to make us proud, Arkansas!

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 10/27/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Arkansas legislature continues its anti-gay agenda

So this mean a Jewish Psychiatrist can refuse to treat a Christian patient? Or that a Baptist can refuse to treat a Methodist? Or a Southern Baptist can refuse to treat a Regular Baptist?

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 06/16/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Open galleries, open studios

The ALA Spring Show will open Friday the 8th at 6pm at the Cox Building and run until April 30th

Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 04/07/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “There's art. And then there's art.

That's a great question, since he did a lot of social issues beautifully. I see a young woman sitting on an exam table and a gynecologist (probably title on door or diploma) looking at a checklist issued by the government listing the things she couldn't have: abortion, birth control, tampons, etc.
Cool idea - maybe I'll approach the next one in that manner :)

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 04/04/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “There's art. And then there's art.

Greg, those other 48 artists weren't awakened with a phone call yesterday, telling them that they needed to remove their work from the show because it was offensive. You know, as well as anyone, that I've painted other, non social issues subjects, concentrating on beauty, and interestingly enough with similar results. Nobody's hating on the other artists in the show - I've spent time up there each of the last three days and I know and appreciate many of the showing artists and their pieces. But this is about censorship, not about whatever shock value my painting might have. The shock value is a side issue, but one that generated the attempted censorship. Yes, I intended the piece to be evocative. I wanted people to think and talk about a subject that I'm very concerned and troubled by. I'm disappointed that you equate my painting to jars of urine and sprays of colorful enemas, but around here, it seems to be an either-or, black and white situation. Kassan's work, BTW, is also meant to be provocative and evocative as well. His most recent work is a series of portraits of Holocaust survivors. Bouguereau did his social issues pieces as well. Beautifully.

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 04/03/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “There's art. And then there's art.

I posted this on Leslie's story, but I think it needs to be here as well. I appreciate the support I've received from the community over this episode (which has been resolved positively) but I do want to clarify the motivation behind the painting and the Legacy series. You can see the series and statement at

Here's the statement: This is what keeps me awake at night, reflecting on the world we're leaving our children. As of January 27th, 2016, when the Gun Control piece was finished we'd had 847 gun deaths since the first of the year ( The endless persecution of Planned Parenthood and local efforts to further legislate abortion and women's health inspired the second. I have several more concepts for paintings - fossil fuels/pollution, income inequality, and species extinction for a start. A far cry from what I usually paint, but something I feel strongly about. I'm sure that, as time goes on, I'll have come up with others - substance abuse, etc.

Thank you all for your support.

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Posted by Byron MonsterPuppy Taylor on 04/03/2016 at 1:59 PM

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