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    Even when blockbuster decisions are not being handed down almost daily by the U.S. Supreme Court, rules of procedure passed down by Arkansas's top court typically gain little attention.
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Re: “Satan vs. the supremacists

By far, the award for the best comment on this thread goes to (suspense) GOING FOR THE RECORD, in his 2:55 post. He treated the entire subject with the irreverence it deserves.

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Posted by plainjim on 08/16/2018 at 11:03 PM

Re: “Hutchinson says most gun safety ideas are 'non-starters'

When I was a teenager, high school students drove to school with guns in a gun rack behind their seat in a pickup truck. No-one was afraid then. So, there is something else involved here. What has happened to create the current gun culture of self-protection, rather than hunting. Why are people so afraid that they think they have to carry? I support all of the reasonable gun control proposals that have been advanced, but i do not think that we will ever solve the problem until we solve the issue of why people are so afraid. What could we do as a society to alleviate their fears? It seems to me that much of the fear is irrational; what is behind it? I am 84 years old, and I have never been afraid in my life. What is the difference between me and all of those people who think they have to possess guns for self-protection?

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Wage campaign reports financial backer

Thank god there are still groups who will spend money to attempt to attain economic justice.

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Governor responds to Medicaid work rule lawsuit

Get ready for more attorney fees assessed against the state, folks. The Kentucky court was spot on its ruling, and the same theory will apply in Arkansas.

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 7:36 PM

Re: “George McGill wins Fort Smith mayor's race

I hope, DBI, that your new mayor will try to end the practice of the Board of Directors of conducting business in secrecy and violating the Freedom of Information Act. This has cost your city a lot of money. I would hope also that the Board would decide to make the city attorney an elected official, rather than contracting your city legal services out to a private law firm, which, in my opinion, has ripped off your city for thousands of dollars over the years. It is, I guess, relevant that the law firm is one of the oldest in Fort Smith. It is my opinion that the reason the firm always advises the Board of Directors to fight in court Joey McCutcheon's FOIA lawsuits, is because it will make more money by doing so. If I remember correctly, McCutcheon offered in one of the lawsuits to forego any damages and any attorney fees, if the Board would simply end this illegal practice. The law firm advised the Board to fight it, and the city is going to pay dearly. Fort Smith has never won a freedom of information suit, yet its attorneys always recommend fighting them. Why, except for the prospect of big attorney fees?

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Sarah Sanders' bad day on the race beat

How could anyone in their right mind ever hire Sarah for anything, knowing her complete lack of credibility, after her performance thus far?

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Wednesday's headlines and the open line

Vanessa, your history lesson illustrates that the world has always had to contend with lies, and lieing politicians, and as you pointed out, we are still carrying on 208 years after Jonathan Swift. We will carry on after Trump and his lieing minion, Sarah Sanders, are confined to the annals of history to be judged. In 1956, Adlai Stephenson was approached during a campaign appearance by a female supporter who gushed, "Mr. Stephenson, you have the support of every thinking American." He politely responded, "That's not enough ma'am. I need a majority." This is here we are today. Thinking Americans are in the majority but the second-place president rules. I don't think that will last. I think Trump will be forced to resign before he completes his first term, because even those non-thinking Americans will turn against him when his actions begin to hurt him. Remember, that not all of the non-thinking Americans are Trumpista radicals. Some of them actually have a conscience.

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Posted by plainjim on 08/15/2018 at 7:00 PM

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