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Re: “Little Rock native gets rough ride at judicial confirmation hearing UPDATE

BTW, other sources say Bush was born in Hot Springs. Do we have confirmation that Little Rock has to claim him?

Posted by Neuroglider on 06/20/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Little Rock native gets rough ride at judicial confirmation hearing UPDATE

Speaking of grammar, I wonder where people got the idea that they should put a hyphen after an adverb modifying an adjective, as in "Bush first pled ignorance, then gave an historically-inaccurate answer." I was taught that the primary reason one puts a hyphen after an adjective or noun that modifies an adjective (e.g., "Little Rock-born Louisville lawyer") is because standard English does not provide for nouns and adjectives to modify an adjective, so one makes the would-be phrase a single (compound) word with the hyphen. Adverbs, on the other hand, are professional modifiers of adjectives (and verbs and other adverbs) and therefore require no hyphen.


Posted by Neuroglider on 06/20/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Mary Robin Casteel made permanent Alcoholic Beverage Control director

I wonder if Ms. Casteel will shepherd in any changes in the obsession the ABC has with abusive enforcement of IDs for alcohol purchases. I am 52 years old and have been told I look 65. But I still get carded almost weekly by servers who say, "The ABC sends old guys in here all the time with expired IDs to try and trap us." I wrote the commission a couple of years ago to ask if this is a tactic in which they engage, and I got a reply in the negative. But why would the servers lie about that? Maybe it's just rogue agents that the leadership doesn't know about. But how long could that be kept up without recognition and encouragement from above?

As most people know, there is NOTHING in the Arkansas Code that requires an ID check for alcohol purchases; it just says that sales to those under 21 is illegal. If a guy has a long white beard and more wrinkles than a December persimmon, why the hell should a server have to get proof?!

I know it doesn't seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it creates a sense of anxiety in the waitstaff and bartenders that I'm sure they'd really rather live without. And it smacks of a contrived way to raise revenue through fines. The saloon version of a speedtrap.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 06/09/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Legislation repudiates Supreme Court ruling on marriage

Indeed, Ollie! I'm shocked and disappointed that my senator was too cowardly to join this brave fight agin the Adam&Steve gang. And I'm gonna post a castigating criticism about it on his facebook page!

Oh, wait-- no, I can't. Rapert blocked me. Of course.

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Posted by Neuroglider on 03/06/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “A town hall for the rest of us

"Doctor David" [Lipschitz] was in the house-- first person to comment after the invited speakers. I find it compelling to hear so many foreign-born pillars of our community say, "This isn't the America for which I left everything behind."

Posted by Neuroglider on 02/26/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

"Nearly a year of searching led to 2017's third-largest diamond find"

2017?! Time warp? Is my recollection of what I thought was a miserable 2016 actually just a bad dream?!

"He ran to the window, opened it, and put out his head.
" 'Whats today?' cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes...."

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Posted by Neuroglider on 12/23/2016 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Arkansas Democrats' rocky road forward

Being pro-gun isn't going to be enough in this state. Nearly everyone who's ever run as a Democrat here was pro-gun. Connor Eldridge's position:

"As a senator and a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, I would work to encourage what I did as a prosecutor: enforcing the gun laws already on the books. I would also work to find long-term legislative solutions that improve the background check system, strengthen mental health treatment in this country and keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists -- and all while defending the constitutional rights of law-abiding American citizens."

Abortion is a MUCH bigger elephant in the stateroom. The Democratic Party will not yield on that one, I'm sure. And most Arkansans will vote for a rabid, philandering Cheetoh so long as it says it will overturn Roe v. Wade.

I wish just one of them could show me the passage in the Bible where abortion is verboten. To the contrary, I can find 4 or 5 where it appears to be sanctioned by the Big Guy (especially when used as an act of war).

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Posted by Neuroglider on 12/11/2016 at 9:00 PM

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