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Re: “In case you were worried about a shortage of GOP candidates, here comes Bobby Jindal

"Much like a space traveler approaching a black hole, presidential candidacy announcements seem to suffer from a curious time dilation effect, wherein what would normally be a single event is stretched apart into multiple points. It's all that concentrated gravitas, I guess."

I lol'd :)

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Posted by Jameszenr on 06/24/2015 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Northeast Arkansas poised to have outsized impact on election


Andrea's talking about voters' beliefs and sentiments rather than actual statistics, and (perhaps unfortunately) beliefs and sentiments are often more influential when it comes to making decisions at the voting booth.

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Posted by Jameszenr on 11/03/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Exile in Guyville at Twin Peaks

Easy target, decent writing, great picture that perfectly captures the essence of why too-cold beer is no-good. Should have included some kyle maclachlan references, though, and there was no need to hate on Van Halen. Sure 'Hot for Teacher' is kinda tedious but 'Runnin with the Devil' is pure gold.


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Posted by Jameszenr on 07/28/2013 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Damgoode Pies is really just dammediocre

I've always thought The Underdog kinda sucks and I don't get why it's repped so hard. For haters like this reviewer, I'd recommend trying various combinations of grilled chicken, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, red peppers, artichokes, basil, roasted garlic, pink sauce, or spicy alfredo on hand tossed. I don't think I've found one that wasn't great.

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Posted by Jameszenr on 11/16/2012 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Did race cause rape case mistrial?

If we're going to open this box of secrets, then by all means, let's open it all the way. Brummett keenly acknowledges that we're talking about this "only because the matter is related to the brutal death in a prominent Little Rock neighborhood of a young blonde white woman who worked on the air in local television." But, if we're going to open this box all the way, let's get past that for a minute and pretend that we're actually invested in dealing with racial issues in Arkansas.

First, Brummett presents the facts around two cases and the opinions of one prosecuting attorney in such a way that one could easily construe that black juries all across the Delta are acquitting rapists and murderers willy nilly, and then provides absolutely no research or data to support this. The net effect of this kind of journalism does NOT effectively help the discussion about race in the state. Worried whites will find all their worst racial fears confirmed, and many black readers will be outraged by the implicit suggestion that blacks in the Delta are incapable of being jurors. Meanwhile, everyone else is caught in the middle, hopelessly trying to get people to talk sensibly to one another.

Brummett definitely opened the box, but only just enough to get one glimpse of one specific problem related to race. When we do that, we make it far too easy for people, black or white, to look at that specific problem and confirm all their prejudices. Then, they feel like they don't need to look inside the rest of the box. They know what's going on and they know who's to blame, and it's definitely not them.

Until we are willing to open the box all the way, we are never going to be able to effectively mediate racial issues and all the problems affected by them in Arkansas or anywhere else. If there is a widespread systemic problem with black juries in the Delta acquitting blacks with strong DNA evidence against them, then that is a problem we should talk about, but not before we do extensive research and we know what the facts are. But let's not stop there. Let's look at the idea that blacks in the Delta are so mistrusting of white authority figures. I have a feeling we might find that their reaction is not based on some abstract notion of revenge for slavery and other crimes past, but on real tangible discrimination against blacks that continues to this day. Lets look in other parts of the state too, like Southwest Arkansas, which has much of the same black-white tensions as the Delta. Let's look at Northwest Arkansas, where tensions between Whites and Latinos are growing, let's look at Little Rock, with its stark divides along major streets and highways. And let's do it in a comprehensive and integrated way that connects these problems together.

Well, I guess it's time to stop pretending. Of course we don't want to do all that investigating. Of course we don't want to know what's really going on with racial relations, because then we might have to let go of the idea that what's going on is not our fault. We might have to acknowledge that we all share the blame for neglecting to fully examine and address these issues. We might have to change the way we think.

I can only hope that Brummett and other journalists will prove me wrong and take this opportunity to take a comprehensive look into what's going on racially all over the state instead of cherry-picking issues and stirring up more tensions that take us backward instead of forward.

Posted by Jameszenr on 02/08/2011 at 4:33 PM

Re: “2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Round One: Tyrannosaurus Chicken

For those fans who didn't catch this set, it was kind of like having watched this beautiful vibrant dangerous caterpillar, a caterpillar that was content being the greatest caterpillar around, and then having looked away for a second and finding out that while you weren't looking, this caterpillar snuck away and went into a cocoon and then emerged as this enormous monster moth of flame and dirt that burned and sullied the souls of everyone within a mile radius.

Posted by Jameszenr on 01/28/2011 at 2:05 AM

Re: “A Night at the Opera

Y'all I think this is a great opportunity to bring back this great song that never had a chance to chart:


Posted by Jameszenr on 11/22/2010 at 1:19 PM

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