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Re: “Griffen asks probe of Ark. Supreme Court and AG's office conduct

Had Judge Griffen instead held a sign at the rally proclaiming his pro death penalty views and denied the petitioner's claims the next day would there be the same outpouring of support for his free speech rights and his impartiality on this forum?
Doubt it.

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by dnkkona on 04/26/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Former prosecutor defends actions in Howard murder case

To say the Cooper is unethical and thus warranting sanctions from the Supreme Court because he "should" have known about some notes buried in a lab is preposterous. Agreed that under the strict Brady rules knowledge is imputed because of the safeguards afforded criminal defendants. But to take it several steps further and assign unethical conduct to an unknowing prosecutor is going way too far.

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by dnkkona on 04/28/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “The Fisherman's Wharf open line, and Friday's video

I like that Bread Company off of the Wharf, Max-good eating. I won't let those shots you took at me get in the way of dining recommendations.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by dnkkona on 02/06/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Record number of presidential scholar nominees at Central High

Cull might be imprecise. All of my white elite West Little rock buddies send their kids to Central to avoid the private tuition and snob private schools that have infected Little Rock and enjoy the bubble environment and sterling academic reputation that Central affords (I live in Conway but work in Little Rock). These students along with the astonishingly successful Asian students comprise the vast majority of Presidential Scholars/National Merit finalists that Central boasts over the years. Hardly supports an assertion that the district is thriving.
LRSD is a disaster and we hold this truth to be self evident.
BTW, how do you reconcile your opinion with the casting of the tiebreaking vote by one of the most liberal attorneys I know?

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Posted by dnkkona on 02/03/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Record number of presidential scholar nominees at Central High

I find this post to be intellectually dishonest. To point to one isolated school in a dysfunctional school district which culls out the finest students in the county thereby creating a bubble within the system which spits out academics and say that the school district is not failing is dishonest. It smacks of an inferiority complex. By analogy, when I moved to Arkansas thirty years ago and commented on how poor the state was many bristled at the suggestion by pointing out that Sam Walton was the richest person in the world. The logic in these statements escapes me.
Congratulations to the nominees to the Presidential Scholars Program. My daughter was a candidate last year which is tied directly to test scores, after which other criteria is taken account to select the one female and male scholar to represent the state.

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Posted by dnkkona on 02/03/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Blue Hog: school board member and LRSD official engaged in dirty tricks on behalf of Stacy Hurst

There is way, way, way too much innuendo in this story. To say there is some kind of conspiracy between School Board member Fisken and Stacy Hurst to get dirt on Clarke Tucker seems to me to be very reckless.
My take: This is some Little Rock Country Club squabble. Tucker is hacked that his 4 year old doesn't get into some special pre K program despite there being a lottery and his drawing a bad number. He tries to make a campaign issue on of it when there is nothing there-it smacks of a guy is used to getting his way, entitled. Then weirdly somebody at LRSD tries to appease the spoiled Tucker who is upset that he didn't win a coveted lottery spot for his charge, despite by all appearances that Tucker himself won the birth lottery. Ironic.
Then Stacy Hurst swoops in and attempts to take advantage by using how parents will do anything for their children as a campaign issue with a four year old at the center. Very bad form. Very.
But to drag others into this by leveling conspiracy accusations without proof I think is really distressing. A spat between two aristocratic families,. while entertaining, is unseemly. People are taking sides-the blog's editor e.g.-and hurling some spurious wholly unsubstantiated charges. Let them hash it out on the issues and not this bs.

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Posted by dnkkona on 10/08/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Sarah Palin endorses Leslie Rutledge for Arkansas Attorney General

I think that Ms. Rutledge is an extremely poor candidate for Attorney General but, given the prevailing political climate, will still win because she will have a "R" beside her name on the ballot.
Nate Steele, while clearly a better candidate than Ms. Rutledge which is not a great compliment, should by no means be considered a top-shelf candidate. The Attorney General has for some reason attracted a dearth of quality suitors in recent elections. Both of these candidates I find wanting, but Rutledge will win which is exasperating but it's not like Nate Steele is some legal giant who is being denied his rightful post. He just sucks less than Rutledge.
McDaniel needs to go btw.

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Posted by dnkkona on 10/07/2014 at 10:17 PM

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