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Humans taste terrible, but when you're hungry...

Updated on February 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

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Re: “Walton defender gets typing hand slapped in charter school debate

University of Arkansas-Walmart. Let's just do away with the "Fayetteville" part in favor of some truth in advertising.

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 03/16/2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “A child left unprotected

I don't understand, is it legal to "rehome" an adopted child? The word itself sounds like lipstick on a pig, a convenient euphemism for what seems to be going on here, which strikes me as child-dumping. Not much different from what so many rural Arkies do with unwanted puppies and kittens. At least Justin Harris didn't put the child in a burlap bag and toss her off the White River bridge. This story makes me sick to read but it is so instructive, and so emblematic of the "right to life" lunatics who rail against abortion and wail for the pre-born but who care less for the post-born--even those in their own care.

Justin Harris ought to be a poster boy for everything wrong with the pseudo-Christian far right today. Thanks to the Arkansas Times for helping expose this cretin for the guttersludge he is.

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 03/05/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “The unpolitic Erma Hendrix

Air of entitlement perfectly describes the attitude of people like Smedley, Erma and all the folks who think public spaces and rights of way belong to people driving infernal combustion engines. And of course they reflexively oppose ceding any space to any one who dares to ask for equal treatment for alternative transportation. Smedley at least supports a sidewalk for disabled clinic patients in wheelchairs but it would seem that he can't imagine that someone in a wheelchair trying to CROSS the street to get to the clinic would benefit greatly from a bicycle lane that can serve as a safe refuge space from speeding autos. Smedley may not want to live in the neighborhoods he drives through on his commute from --which distant suburb? I'd be willing to bet that if he lived on that street he would be less condescending and arrogant about people who are concerned about the dangerous conditions there. And if he thought about it only for a minute it might occur to him that every person commuting by bicycle is one less person driving their car to work, which means one less car competing for a parking space downtown.

There's a very important reason why traffic calming practices and bike lanes are increasingly popular: they improve the quality of life for people who have to share the public spaces in their neighborhoods with aggressive, speeding drivers who endanger the lives of their children and elderly residents on a daily basis. Erma may be suffering from early dementia (not to mention the people who re-elected her) if she's fighting efforts to make streets in her ward safer for people like her who take their lives in their hands every time they cross the street that she thinks should remain unsafe for bicyclists, too. She ought to resign for such irresponsible political malpractice.

The 1950s thinking that dominates so much of Darkansas society (such as it is) thrives even in some of the more progressive areas of the state.

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 11/09/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “What's the oldest restaurant in Arkansas?

Neal's cafe in Chickendale claims 75 years. It's run by St Rep Micah Neal, a friendly fascist.

The oldest in fayettenam is, I think, Hugo's, literally a dark hole in the ground where the food is equally unappealing as the environment. I think irrational sentimentality is the only reason anyone still goes there. Any physical limitations preclude entry via a steep, narrow concrete staircase. Why the owner doesn't relocate to an accessible location escapes me.

While it's still fairly new as a restaurant, Zapata's in Texarkana (AR side) is inside the oldest bank building in town, at least east of Statw Line Ave. The bank closed after a run on it back in the Depression. What was there between then and now I have no idea but they've turned it into something of a shrine to Zapata, which is rather odd for a white-owned restaurant in TXK, but quite appreciated by those of us who know some Mexican history. I feel certain that most of the white middle and upper class clientele are entirely unaware but would be horrified if they knew. It would be like opening a bar and calling it The Black Panther Party Headquarters. Hmm, maybe that might fly, somewhere...

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 11/09/2014 at 9:27 AM
Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 05/19/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Another pioneering opportunity for Arkansas — marijuana

Great idea. Of course, the Farm Bureau is not going to buy into this anytime soon.

But something that they MIGHT become interested in is the production of hemp fiber, from a non-psychoactive version of cannabis.

There's been a campaign for nearly twenty years in Kentucky to get Mitch to sponsor legislation in congress to legalize hemp. Naturellement, Mitch has had other priorities and has not had time to take up the cause of legal hemp.

But what about a newly re-elected Mark Pryor, assuming there is such a beast, next year?

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 05/18/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The equal rights open line…

... and of course, the Southwest Times Off-The-Record doesn't offer any information about WHY the idiot was "dismissed." Instead it simply reprints the hospital's press release. Fort Smith is truly a backwater, "company" town, as it has always been. If the newspaper folded today it would be fine with me. No one except the Chamber of Commerce types who depend on it to serve as their corporate mouthpiece would even miss it.

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Posted by GrizLee Blackbear on 05/11/2014 at 6:32 PM

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