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Re: “Jon Woods: Poster boy for term limits

"Yes, I used to say what House Speaker Jeremy Gillam told the D-G. Term limits are an infringement on democracy by imposing an arbitrary limit on service. Voters should decide whether to keep or boot a legislator, I used to say. But that was when it was official Republican Party policy to push for term limits. Now that they have an unassailable majority, suddenly they LIKE democracy."

This is just saying, "Don't look at my hypocrisy" because someone else might be a hypocrite. And did Max essentially just say he puts partisanship before principles? Also, there is no such thing as an unassailable majority. Just ask the Democrats of Arkansas, circa. 1990s. It may take a couple of cycles, but the winds can change.

As for Woods, longer term limits do not necessarily guarantee longer terms in office. Note that Woods himself beat a sitting senator who was not termed out. If Woods is as bad as you say he is, the voters will show him the door. However, I suspect his conservative voting record is highly aligned with the values of his district, thus he is pretty safe.

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Posted by LucasRoebuck on 08/07/2015 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Will Republicans boycott Walmart now? Walton Foundation acknowledges climate change

Max. Love your stuff, fun to read, though I disagree with you, on you know, almost everything.

You have a lot straw men (misrepresenting the opposing argument) here; if you were a younger man, I would blame you of learning that skill from our President. "Climate change" is a broad term which we know happens regardless of man's activity -- see the Ice Age, for example. It is probably true that Republicans (and even some independents and Democrats) tend to be skeptical about man-caused global warming, particularly to the impact of CO2. What I find truly astonishing is the simpleton view of science that outliers in weather patterns can convince (alleged) empiricists like yourself of man-caused "global warming" or "climate change" -- as you do when you mention Christmas snow in Little Rock.

Now I may be ignorant (yes, set up line), but I cannot think of a single time that Republicans or global warming skeptics have organized a boycott of company for anything as minor as the foundation of the deceased founder's family mentioning climate change in a press release about a study that pushes "common-sense, cost effective water conservation approaches that make the most economic and ecological sense for the Basin and for the River." In fact, I am trying to remember anytime anyone has boycotted a retail establishment over its global warming or climate change views. Perhaps Max has an example, but my bet is that this is just the caricature of Republicans that Max has in his mind.

The implication, however thinly supported, peddled here is that Republicans are hypocritical because they are predisposed to like Walmart, and they WOULD boycott a more left leaning company (like Starbucks or Apple) if they embraced the global warming cause. Mostly conservative boycotts have been for social issues, and lead by non-partisan organizations, like AFA.

Of course, along with Max's straw men, he gives us a side of Red Herring by conflating the issue with "guns" and "fetuses" references.

Max may have a good point to make here (or not), but if he does, it is lost in his shoot-from-the-hip ideologically driven chain of logical fallacies. (Full disclosure: I recognize this writing technique because I too was guilty of it from time to time back when I was employed as a journalist.)

That being said, you still have the best political blog in Arkansas. Keep up the good work.

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Posted by LucasRoebuck on 02/13/2013 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Study: More Walmarts = more hate

Also, this science is biased by how SPLC determines what is a hate group. Does SPLC have knowledge of all hate groups? Are they more likely to know where these groups are in the South than other regions?

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Posted by LucasRoebuck on 04/12/2012 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Study: More Walmarts = more hate

And by Per capital, I meant per capita. Sigh.

Posted by LucasRoebuck on 04/12/2012 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Study: More Walmarts = more hate

This is pretty junk science. I don't think they adjusted per capital. So I could say, hey look, the states with the largest population have the most hate groups, and it would be true…

More population = More hate groups. More population = more wal-marts. I wonder if you put Best Buy or Target in, or McDonalds or Church's Chicken if you could come up with the same results.

I am trying to get the full text of the study, but it's behind a password wall.

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Posted by LucasRoebuck on 04/12/2012 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Scoffing at Jesus

You can judge the merits of Franklin's message as you may, but certainly the man is a good, decent person. His life of compassionate works at Samaritan's Purse speak for themselves. I have had the opportunity to observe him first had when he was here, and I saw nothing but humility and grace.

Posted by LucasRoebuck on 01/20/2011 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Shoot 'em up nation

This post is so full of straw men and other fallacies of logic, where to begin. Does the author of this post really believe that Palin means to shoot anyone. Really?

Also, no one is making bullets with Obama's name on them. I do remember, however, a (left-wing) fantasy faux-documentary about the assassination of Bush. I don't remember the Arkansas Times going on about that, but maybe my memory is bad.

Posted by LucasRoebuck on 01/12/2011 at 2:58 PM


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