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Updated on April 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Re: “Fire away

The truth has always been know, even in the Red State of Arkansas.

The gaggle of Republicans, better known as Repukes and their fellow travelers, the Tea Gaggers, owe allegiance to only one group == the corporations and their corporatist masters. Their philosophy is fascist in its purest sense, everything for the corporations and nothing for anyone else. What is good for the corporate goose is not necessarily good for the laboring gander.

Minnesota's government shutdown this weekend and the budget battle in Congress show the true philosophical colors of the Repukes and Tea Gaggers.

Posted by odysseus94 on 07/02/2011 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Fire away

To eLWood:

What in the world do Civil War battles in NW Arkansas have to do with news coverage of the entire state, or lack thereof, by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette?

But since you mentioned those NW Arkansas battles, let me say those battles were fought on land of no strategic value either to the Union or the Confederacy. Concerning the western theatre of operations, the only items of major importance to the TransMississippi Department of the Confederacy were the loss of Island No. 10, loss of Memphis, loss of control of the Arkansas-White Rivers to the Union and the Confederate loss at the Battle of Helena.

I don't think NW Arkansas is dismissed by Arkansas Delta residents. Many Delta residents vacation there or have summer homes in that part of Arkansas. But you miss the point which concerned the Little Rock media and not the feelings or attitudes of individuals.

Posted by odysseus94 on 07/02/2011 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Fire away


As one of the few, if not the only newspaper in Arkansas, not controlled by some media conglomerate, you would think it would be a leader in its community.

In one current instance the newspaper is not a leader: failing to list in its free obits the name of the surviving gay spouse of a gay man who died. On the flip side, it does list surviving spouses of straight couples in its free obits. The newspaper in this instance failed in its duties to be fair and impartial. The fact that the spouse's name could be printed in a paid obit for $85 is beside the point.

You know, for most of the 20th Century small town newspapers did not charge to run obits and mostly ran whatever was submitted by the funeral home on behalf of the family or submitted directly by the family. Of course, as we all know, financial fortunes of the print media have pretty much turned to sour cream and the paid obits are now common to booster the newspaper's bottom line. That does not excuse the way the Batesville Daily Guard handle this obituary.

As of today, 7-2-11, the Batesville Daily Guard has yet to change it policy regarding how it stands on printing the name of a surviving spouse of a gay man or woman. If you feel that current policy is wrong, let the newspaper know.

Posted by odysseus94 on 07/02/2011 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Fire away

The statewide media in Arkansas, and in particular the Democrat-Gazette, treat the Arkansas Delta almost like that part of the state does not exist. With few exceptions, the little Delta news that is reported is always bad.

Both the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette, back when the papers were not owned by the Hussman family, had already seceded the Delta to the Memphis Commercial Appeal and only counted on stringers for the little bit of Delta news. At the same time the Appeal, which I suspect the paper does not have now, had fulltime news bureaus connected via dedicated teletype to the Memphis office with bureaus in Helena, Forrest City and Blytheville. I know because I operated the Helena bureau and then the one in Blytheville.

The Little Rock media, which holds itself out as the voice of all Arkansas news and the chronicles of record, acts as if anything north of the Arkansas River and east of the Little Rock city limits is some foreign land in which not to venture. In fact, the Democrat-Gazette thinks most of the news worth printing only happens in the Little Rock metro area and NW Arkansas.

That is my sad commentary on the state of the media in my home state.

Posted by odysseus94 on 07/02/2011 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Arkansas's gift to Oklahoma — a bigot

What a sick, demented, douche bag is this woman.

Posted by odysseus94 on 04/28/2011 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Fox getting antsy about Huckabee decision

The simple fact is all the Repukes have to offer up for 2012 is a plate of wacko candidates. They range from the DO queen Donald Trump to whining weasel Ron Paul and on to give-me-the-money Huckabee.

Posted by odysseus94 on 04/27/2011 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Law firm won't defend Marriage Act

The only reason ppl consider homosexuals, transsexuals, etc., "abnormal" is because whatever bible they believe in, in so many words, tells them so. No unEarthly presence wrote any sentence of those various bibles, so the prejudice and bigotry is man made.

Posted by odysseus94 on 04/26/2011 at 4:41 PM

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