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Re: “Gawker: Josh Duggar had account on cheat-on-your-spouse site

Leslie, as no one is touching upon your moral dilemma, allow me:

Yes, the data hacking is problematic. It's easy to dismiss all of those affected as "cheaters," but the reality is that we don't know their personal situations. For some people, marriage is not the perfect correlation of love and sex within the same person, and a significant percentage of couples might have some sort of consensual arrangement that permits extramarital sexual activity. Perhaps some people have partners who have health issues that might preclude sex and have permission to seek sex with others, provided discretion, while others might be into full-blown cuckold fetishism. Too, some of those affected by this data breach might be seeking affection and attention that they cannot get within the bounds of marriage. Some people might be in marriages that they cannot or dare not leave for personal, financial, or professional reasons. (Side note, I knew an employee of Harding University trapped in an absolutely loveless--nigh abusive--marriage who was told that she would be fired if she dared divorced her husband, so there are many pressures upon people to remain in terrible situations.) Such people, so easily labeled "cheaters," may have websites like Ashley Madison as their only recourse for fulfilling certain needs. And yes, some people are just cheating bastard pieces of shit. But this raw data does not tell us anything about the personal situations of those people who hold accounts.

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Posted by G. on 08/19/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Supreme Court already expanding Hobby Lobby ruling

Fortunately, the website of the Arkansas Catholic newspaper also contains a business directory listing those companies which are owned or managed by Roman Catholics: http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/businesse…. Normally, I would not advocate boycotting a business on the basis of the religious beliefs of those involved, but now that corporations have state-sanctioned religions, and especially since corporations can give untold amounts of money to the political candidates of their choice, we have to consider every dollar spent at a religious business to be a campaign contribution, a subsidy of the ongoing attack upon our rights and liberties as Americans.

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Posted by G. on 07/04/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “The World Cup open line

I hate to stop drinking the products of our very own Stone's Throw Brewery, but in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, I'm afraid I can no longer buy their stuff in good conscience: http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/arti…

Most of the companies challenging the contraception mandate are Catholic companies: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014…

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Posted by G. on 07/01/2014 at 6:51 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court affirms Hobby Lobby's wish to deny contraceptives to women

First, folks saying that this ruling makes sense because "Why should I have to pay for you to have birth control?" should remember that their churches operate tax free. This means that they are, in effect, indirectly subsidized by taxpayers. Therefore, when one of your priests rapes some little boy, or your preacher goes on a coke-fueled tour of the city's male prostitutes, I am having to pay for that activity--as well as the eventual cover-up. Strip churches of their tax-exempt status, and I will stop complaining about this Supreme Court decision.

Second, "canon law" is just how Roman Catholics pronounce the term "Sharia law."

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Posted by G. on 06/30/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Speaking of religion: Pagans stir a fuss in Beebe

Rather calls to mind the affair of Terry Riley and the Southern Delta Church of Wicca which held its "March on Fort God" in Jonesboro in 1993 after his landlord backtracked on letting his rental property being used for a pagan store.

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Posted by G. on 06/15/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Argenta Market announces closure

This can't be a surprise. My wife and I used to eat there before shopping the Argenta Farmers Market across the street, and we once liked doing a bit of grocery shopping there, too. However, the shelves there became more and more bare, while the prices on some things started skyrocketing--we even saw a bag of flour for $11, and this wasn't artisan, odd-grain stuff ground here in Arkansas, but rather a bag of King Arthur. High turnover among the staff. It started out a great institution but went into steep decline.

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Posted by G. on 01/22/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The Arkansas Times introduces digital membership

Is it possible to purchase an institutional subscription, as for libraries?

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Posted by G. on 07/25/2013 at 8:34 AM

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