Make room for Huck 

Make room for Huck

Bro. Huckabee is, as I have long suspected, beginning his warm-ups for 2016.

Years ago, when Bro's stock was a "buy," he was a guest on MSNBC's Joe/Willie/Nika show. The Bro. was in fine form and bid a strenuous laying on of hands on Nika. She was so obviously smitten and gushing that I raced to my computer (in those pre-enlightenment days) and tapped out an email warning that if Bro. worked on Nika for one more minute she would be speaking in tongues, handling snakes and reaching for her checkbook. MSNBC screeners blocked me from emails.

The New York Times and MSNBC reported this morning that Huckabee is leaving his options open, studying a possible race, strongly considering a race — or some such nonsense.

The clown car the Republicans filled in 2012 is going to have to be traded in for a school bus to accommodate new 2016 arrivals/passengers.

Looking up at the driver's rear-view mirror, they may see those soulful puppy eyes; Bro. Huck could be at the wheel.

Tom Forgey


Pryor not better than Cotton

Sen. Pryor is a member of The Fellowship, a.k.a. The Family, the secretive fundamentalist group that hosts the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. This group has been described as the most powerful and well-connected religious/political group in the country.

In his 2008 book, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," Jeff Sharlet criticized The Family's theology as a kind of "elite fundamentalism" that, according to Wikipedia, "fetishizes political power and wealth, consistently opposes labor movements in the U.S. and abroad, and teaches that laissez-faire economic policy is 'God's will.' " He criticized their theology of instant forgiveness for powerful men as providing a convenient excuse for elites who commit misdeeds or crimes, allowing them to avoid accepting responsibility or accountability for their actions.

In a videotaped lecture in 1989, Fellowship leader Doug Coe held up Adolph Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler as role models for dedicated Christian political leaders, claiming that Jesus demanded his followers put Him before themselves or anybody else, just as Hitler demanded the same of his followers.

The Fellowship is also connected to the creation of Uganda's so-called kill-the-gays bill, and most likely had a hand in Russia's current wave of anti-gay laws and violence.

Arkansas is being given the choice between the furtherance of fascist religious influence on our national policy and the further economic rape of our country by the corporate elite as embodied by Pryor's Republican rival, Tom Cotton. The sad truth of the matter is that neither candidate represents any positive change to the status quo.

The attempts by this newspaper and the Arkansas media in general to cast this campaign in terms of the ever-so religiously sincere incumbent versus his ever-so classy rival completely ignores the fact that both candidates are a brand, carefully crafted by their handlers and political strategists to sell to the public.

Since I'm being given the choice between political equivalent of Coke or Pepsi, I choose neither.

Brad Bailey


From the web

In response to the Arkansas Blog post "Duck Dynasty and its constitutionally ignorant fans" about a fundraising plea by Republican candidate for attorney general David Sterling, pledging to defend Arkansas's freedom of speech against the "politically correct" police, such as those currently attacking "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson:

Corporations are people too, at least that's what many defending Phil say. So why aren't they arguing for the right of A&E to do whatever they want free of government and liberal media influence? Wait a minute, it's the right wing media trying to influence A&E ... now I am really confused. Who has rights and who doesn't? Or does a person or corporation only have rights when we agree with their actions and words?


The freedom of speech is PART of the 1st Amendment.

Another part is the freedom to assemble. The court has ruled assembling includes the freedom of association. Which includes the freedom NOT TO ASSOCIATE.

Duck Man gets freedom to speak.

A&E gets freedom not to associate with Duck Man.

SEE, EVERYBODY's freedoms are protected.


The attorney general represents the people, and the people demand that A&E corporation immediately comply with the Republican party platform.

In Arkansas, we reward people who tell the truth about how happy black folk were back in the day, and how gays will be punished for choosing to be gay. Those are Arkansas values and David Sterling shares them.


So, I gather from all this hoorah that y'all are okay with Hobby Lobby's employment policy. Great to see liberals in a Catch-22; it's like a rubber-walled room of butthurt.

His 1st Amendment right was not violated indeed, but this says a lot about employer/employee relationships that liberals will either have to swallow their pride and admit they hold double standards or that they're just one-sided twits. I'll assume the latter.


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