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Re: “The ballad of Rapert

You folks attacking Max should lay off. Max is not "painting" Jason Rapert anything. He does not need to because Jason Rapert is painting a crystal-clear picture of himself and his agenda. Oh, yes, he is sincere all right---but sincerely wrong in so many ways---but also sincerely smug and hubrisic in having THE truth.

What is there about the small minds of small people? The smaller the mind, the loonier the idea they embrace, the more fervently they clutch it, the crazier they (and their ideas) become. It's better to nip these folks and their ideas in the bud. Don't give them a running start.

I'd probably like Jason Rapert as a person. I'd love his bluegrass music. I'd even like his country gospel and his Holy Ghost preachin' until he (inevitably) elevates himself and his beliefs, just as Lucifer did (a "Luciferic complex", I call it) above the Most High.

How does he do this, you ask? Very simply. By "hearing" from the Lord that which others do not hear. By (thinking he has) a "direct" hotline to the Lord's mind. By being especially "chosen" for a work in politics, usually (and I see it here) with grandiosity. By then arrogantly presuming to impose his special and most "righteous" religious views on the rest of us.

We've seen it before in others far more skillful than Jason Rapert: this toxic brew stewing at the intertwining of religion and politics. It is dangerous whether it is Islamic fundamentalist or well-meaning evangelical Christians with a political agenda that they, in the grandiose legends of themselves in their own minds, confuse with that of God Almighty.

Maybe even God cannot save us from His zealots who do not answer to Him anyway but to the master in the other direction.

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 02/05/2013 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Jason Rapert is not happy. He also lies

Rapert is precisely the kind of Republican who nullifies the benefits of having a successful two-party system in Arkansas. People like him, his ilk, are too great a price to pay for competitive government, methinks.

Why not just go back to one-party Democratic rule if we must have our state subjected to the embarrassment of people so asinine and clueless that they have not even the decency to feel embarrassed at their doofus statements/beliefs.

Posted by Cliff Jackson on 02/05/2013 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Halter announces campaign staff

@YossarianMinderbinder, I did not use the lottery as the sole evaluative tool for Halter. If you will re-read my post, you will see that I am, if anything, more disturbed with Halter's personality/attitude/person than with any issue of his, including the lottery. Having said that, however, I find it abhorrent that any liberal can, in the interest of elect-bility, get a free pass from anyone---liberal or conservative---who do not want the poor victimized by regressive taxes/policies. This, to me, is unacceptable.

As I said, I should be his natural constituency, but he offputs me bigtime---and I don't usually react so negatively to any politician. I just don't see him as principled except his one guiding principle: his ambitious, narcissistic, political viability. That is a deal-killer with me---I will even vote for a candidate whose ideology/policies I oppose, but whom I deem principled, than for an unprincipled person who has a political ideology/agenda similar to my own.

Clear enough?

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 01/27/2013 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Halter announces campaign staff

From another of Vintage Max's delightful threads this is, but may I weigh in on Bill Halter here with my perceptions and observations?

Halter beat a flyweight! If that. And he rode, did he not (OR am I getting my election years confused) the regressive lottery amendment into office?

Speaking of "liberal", his lottery support oughta insulate him from that charge. There is nothing more regressive than bread and circuses for the masses which they themselves, at least the "least of these" of whom Jesus the Christ spoke, can pay for in the vain hopes of hitting a one in 10 million shot---and, thereby (statistics show higher levels of lottery purchases in the poor counties, especially the black areas), voila, magically, we avoid raising taxes on the middle class and wealthy, impose a "voluntary" (tell that to the addicted and gullible poor who spend their children's food monies chasing this fools' gold) tax on the poor to benefit the middle class and even the wealthy by giving their kids "scholarships" not based on need but on what---that they deserve to lower their tuition more than the poor children need to eat?

Immoral! Regressive! NOT liberal! Simply a cold and heartless Faustian bargain with the moneyed interests, especially out-of-state Big Gambling, to sucker the poor. A scam. A con. If our governmental officials were not doing it and if the electorate had not, even though brainwashed (which is not hard to do in our want-something-for-nothing and instant gratification valueless culture), approved this public scam, those who promoted it oughta be in Federal prison---and not aiming for some elective office.

Next time, I will tell you exactly how I feel about the lottery, its exploitation of the poor and disadvantaged, its transfer of wealth to the middle class and rich, and the slickster who promoted it for his own political viability.

I won't pussy-foot around next time, okay? :)

Come to think of it, I think MAYBE I have just solved the ASA! problem! Let's persuade Halter to join the GOP (his actions on exploiting the poor and benefiting the rich make him an eminently salable commodity there) and then take him out with a real Democrat (who? who? who? the uninformed and unwise owl asks?) in the general election.

As I seem to recall, he actually had a shotgun in his hands on some (fake) duck hunt in 2006, and even though he has not thought of hunting since that commercial was shot, he can dust off that old ad and use it to combat the darling of the NRA. Maybe challenge gunslinger ASA!---after some professional training in Dallas, perhaps--- to a clay shooting contest?

And speaking of makeovers in Dallas, only Old Max is old enough to remember, as I do, pore, old, boring Joe Purcell who went to Dallas for a personality make-over.

Think that would work with Halter? Can he be made more humble by professional Texas makeover gurus? If so, I'd advise it. Humility sells; arrogance does not. Warmth sells; coldness does not. Perception of not knowing anything much (or at least begin "open" to others' views) endears; knowing-it-all offputs---bigtime.

Hmmm. Should I sign up as his psychological adviser and save him that Dallas trip?

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 01/27/2013 at 7:33 AM

Re: “McDaniel describes decision; says he'll refund most money

Bill Halter beat a flyweight! If that. And he rode, did he not (OR am I getting my election years confused) the regressive lottery amendment into office?

Speaking of "liberal", his lottery support oughta insulate him from that charge. There is nothing more regressive than bread and circuses for the masses which they themselves, at least the "least of these" of whom Jesus the Christ spoke, can pay for in the vain hopes of hitting a one in 10 million shot---and, thereby (statistics show higher levels of lottery purchases in the poor counties, especially the black areas), voila, magically, we avoid raising taxes on the middle class and wealthy, impose a "voluntary" (tell that to the addicted and gullible poor who spend their children's food monies chasing this fools' gold) tax on the poor to benefit the middle class and even the wealthy by giving their kids "scholarships" not based on need but on what---that they deserve to lower their tuition more than the poor children need to eat?

Immoral! Regressive! NOT liberal! Simply a cold and heartless Faustian bargain with the moneyed interests, especially out-of-state Big Gambling, to sucker the poor. A scam. A con. If our governmental officials were not doing it and if the electorate had not, even though brainwashed (which is not hard to do in our want-something-for-nothing and instant gratification valueless culture), approved this public scam, those who promoted it oughta be in Federal prison---and not aiming for some elective office.

Next time, I will tell you exactly how I feel about the lottery, its exploitation of the poor and disadvantaged, its transfer of wealth to the middle class and rich, and the slickster who promoted it for his own political viability.

I won't pussy-foot around next time, okay? :)

Come to think of it, I think MAYBE I have just solved the ASA! problem! Let's persuade Halter to join the GOP (his actions on exploiting the poor and benefiting the rich make him an eminently salable commodity there) and then take him out with a real Democrat (who? who? who? the uninformed and unwise owl asks?) in the general election.

As I seem to recall, he actually had a shotgun in his hands on some (fake) duck hunt in 2006, and even though he has not thought of hunting since that commercial was shot, he can dust off that old ad and use it to combat the darling of the NRA. Maybe challenge gunslinger ASA!---after some professional training in Dallas, perhaps--- to a clay shooting contest?

And speaking of makeovers in Dallas, only Old Max is old enough to remember, as I do, pore, old, boring Joe Purcell who went to Dallas for a personality make-over.

Think that would work with Halter? Can he be made more humble by professional Texas makeover gurus? If so, I'd advise it. Humility sells; arrogance does not. Warmth sells; coldness does not. Perception of not knowing anything much (or at least begin "open" to others' views) endears; knowing-it-all offputs---bigtime.

Hmmm. Should I sign up as his psychological adviser and save him that Dallas trip?

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 01/26/2013 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Duggar family forms anti-abortion group

RYD--ya need to add "self" to your "righteous" post. :)

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 01/26/2013 at 12:31 PM

Re: “McDaniel describes decision; says he'll refund most money

And, @Drew Pritt, there are those of us who cannot stand a cold fish: someone who is totally eaten up with himself. Hell, I am a fellow Oxonian, and I SHOULD be his natural ally and supporter---have even thought about trying to meet with him to "read" (I am 100% intuitive) if there is anything but unbridled ambition behind his empty eyes---but I don't think I could endure a lunch with him.

And I am a fairly tolerant, accepting person---except for certain types who really get the hair on the back of my neck arisin'.

Halter has that effect on ordinary people and even natural allies like me. Too ambitious, too narcissistic in spades.

He is just not electable. No way---however much out-of-state monies (and it will HAVE to be out-of-state because Arkies know him) he raises and throws down the gopher hole of his naked self-centered, my-crap-don't-stink campaign to fool folks.

Problem is: I cannot, despite being (in 1969-70) a former Research Director of the Arkansas GOP (under liberal Republican Governor Winthrop Rockefeller) and the Chairman of the Arkansas GOP's Platform Committee in 1974 (writing a platform so liberal that even the Arkansas Gazette endorsed it) and despite believing in the need for a two-party system in Arkansas, bring myself to support a Bob Jones University clone like ASA! No way.

Quite frankly, Dustin McDaniels was my candidate of choice---despite my being quite blunt with him on here and on my Facebook pages, urging him to do what is best for HIM: withdraw from the race. He is, methinks, a good and decent, not perfect (who of us is?), man; he is young; and let me be the first to say that if he puts his life and house in order I will strongly support him, contribute to him, raise money for him in 2018 when ASA! needs to be taken out before he and his Republican troglodyte Neanderthals in the Legislature ruin the entire dad-blamed state!

Caveat: My support means nothing if and when "other shoes" (NO! not other women, but shoes of the same woman) drop, something that I am working to see that does not happen. However, as Max knows, her husband, Dr. Fred Day, a good man but an angry and bitter one---a man scorned, just like a woman, is nothing to laugh at) has been sending out (something he denies and blames on others) scurrilous emails, most breaching attorney-client privilege between Andi Davis and her attorney, Jeff Rosenzweig, each obtained illegally and in violation of Ms. Davis' privacy and in (possible) violation of Federal law, and each with a dollop of salacious or come-hither photos that no one wants to see.

Fred's a loose cannon right now--and I suspect he is really why Dustin got out of the race. Whether all this can, pardon the pun, be put to bed without further damage either to Andi Davis, one of my protegees, or Dustin (whose interests are identical, i.e. stop the media feeding frenzy and do it NOW) is problematical with Dr. Fred Day (or some unknown other, per him) being so off the reservation.

So who is left this year? Mike Ross, a Republican in drag? I like Mike, but, really, has he ever met a liberal idea that he liked? Seriously?

Another Republican? Nope. Same Christian Dominionist (Google the term if you really wanna know what the Arkansas, and Garland County, GOP and its elected officials and candidates are all about) ilk who want to impose "Biblical laws" on all reprobates and sinners like ME: and in their book, you agree with them totally, or you ARE a reprobate, a sinner, and much worse!

Another Democrat? Who? Don't know.

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Posted by Cliff Jackson on 01/26/2013 at 12:23 PM

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