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Re: “Walmart to remove Cosmopolitan from checkout lines

This movement has been out of hand, and it just keeps getting more so (and by out of hand, I mean the extremes to which people are taking it...I was told by one supporter that, as a man, I don't get to disagree with a single thing women say, so I'd better sit down and shut up, or she would accuse me of sexual assault next, even though we had never met, and I'm gay). There will ultimately be huge backlash to the backlash. But, eventually, everything will settle down to a tolerable if not happy middle ground (that's how these things tend to go). However, to attack free speech and expression, except in the case of said speech or expression being used to directly incite hatred and/or violence, is never tolerable.

If people don't want to read Cosmo, they can simply refuse to buy it. They have no right to stop others who do want to read it from doing so. The market kills things no one likes by its very nature. It's not for a few who don't like something to kill it for everyone else unless it's a discriminatory law that adversely affects a minority group. Cosmopolitan magazine is no such thing. If there are enough people who like it for its publisher to keep producing it, then leave it be.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 03/27/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “If Avoca can have Sunday alcohol sales, why not Little Rock?

There is absolutely no valid secular reason to ban alcohol sales on Sunday, only religious ones, and banning them for religious reasons is itself illegal.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 07/31/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Warwick Sabin considering run for Little Rock mayor UPDATED

I might could stomach him as mayor. I'd really like to see someone in that office who isn't so deeply in the pockets of the LR Chamber of Commerce. Getting in bed with them is the quickest way to catch that dreaded STD, Republicanism.

21 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 07/07/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Arkansas Supreme Court kills amendments on new casinos, tort reform and approves medical marijuana amendment

Good. The casino issue would codify a monopoly, and I'm simply never going to vote for such an illegal bill. If it left the playing field open for all casino companies, I'd support it. As for the caps on medical malpractice, it's a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, if nothing else, because it only protects medical professionals and no one else.

As for medical marijuana, I'm fine even legalizing recreational marijuana use, but I don't like the idea of my taxes paying for it, simply because people are going to abuse the system to get prescriptions for everything from ingrown whiskers to paper cuts so that they can use it recreationally, and I'd no sooner allow my taxes to fund someone's cigarette habit, so I'm opposed to the Issue 7 version (though I'm also not exactly fond of Issue 6, because it swings too far the other way and doesn't do enough for those who might actually need the stuff).

15 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 10/13/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Criticism mounts of Tom Cotton's vindictiveness; will it get local news coverage?

He hasn't lost sight of what public service is all about. He never knew what it's about in the first place. He only understands and engages in self-service, as evidenced by every single thing he's done since being elected to Congress, first as a representative and now as a senator.

36 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 06/08/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Hutchinson administration orders expansion of drug testing of welfare recipients

Let's test our state legislators and governor. And, since his family gets to live in our governor's mansion on our tax dime, let's test all of them, too. I'm absolutely serious. Let's require them to be tested.

Testing welfare recipients has, in every single state in which it's been done, found very few drug users and ended up costing far more for testing than the states saved by kicking the users off the dole.

There's something to be said, in fact, for the fact that such fiscal irresponsibility and lack of overall judgment is indicative of illegal drug use, and our governor and legislature demonstrate these indicators all over the place.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 03/23/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Woman insulted by Fayetteville alderman responds — eloquently — on Facebook

John La Tour clearly has no business being any sort of public servant, especially one who can make decisions that affect an entire city.

But in the mean time, huge thanks to Greta for mopping the floor with him and remaining a total diplomat while doing it. I wouldn't've been so gracious.

60 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by LJ Rhodes on 03/22/2016 at 11:00 AM

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