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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: “Woo. An open line

I just noticed that I misspelled sobriquet in my post above. My spell-check did not catch it either.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/23/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Woo. An open line

We should all hail the athletes who have stood up for social justice and against racism. They are really risking a lot. My thoughts go back to when Jackie Robinson was playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first black player in major league baseball, and was reviled and cursed and mistreated by racist members of other teams. I remember it was Pee Wee Reece, a Kentuckian all the way (who in later years was given the sobriet "The Colonel"), who went over to Robinson at second base from his position at shortstop, and put his arm around Robinson's shoulder at a game in, I believe, Pittsburgh, where the insults and the obscenities were particularly harsh, because the Pittsburg manager was a virulent racist. That was a defining moment in major league sports. These players now are making the same kind of symbiotic gestures to try to heal the racial divide.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/23/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

DBI, there is no doubt that Razor/Stu dislikes and fears blacks. Do you remember the episode where he pulled a derringer out of his pocket when he got into an argument with a black Pine Bluff politician at a meeting of he Jefferson County Election Commission. The Arkansas Times had video of the incident. He thought when he married a girl from the South that if he moved to this area of the country, he would, at least, be better than the people who inhabited the lowest rung of the social ladder. Of course, he found out he wasn't, and he's been mad ever since.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/23/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “McCain says no on Graham-Cassidy

Senator McCain wants to return to the days of civilized discourse in the Senate, where due process was followed, debates were held, and a vote was taken after all deliberate speed. I don't know if that were to occurr with the Republican bill whether he would vote for it or not, but I do know that a return to the usual procedures of the Senate would make the outcome a lot more palatable than Mitch McConnell's practice to trying to ram everything thorough without hearings and without input from the minority party. I fear, though, that we will lose him before the battle has ended. I did not support him for president, but he earned my respect during that campaign when some elderly woman on the campaign trail was disparaging Barack Obama as a Muslim non-citizen and someone who wanted to destroy the country, and he corrected her gently but firmly and stated that his opponent was an honorable American and not an Islamic enemy of the country.
McCain's kind of senator is rapidly disappearing in the days of Tea Party anger and invective, and that is to be regretted. He is a real American hero, and that was made clear in the last episode of Ken Burns' The Vietnam War. I hope he recovers from his current illness and continues to serve in the Senate. He represents what in the past has been the best about our Senate.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/22/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Walmart lawyer picked for U.S. attorney in western Arkansas

The career interim United States Attorney, Kenneth Elser, has done an excellent job. He is responsible for the indictments of Micah Neal, Jon Woods, and the Eccelsia College president, as well as many others since he took over. Unfortunately, career prosecutors are never appointed to these positions because they are political plums. In the Western District of Arkansas, we have never really had real bad results from this practice, and actually have had some good ones--Asa Hutchinson and Bob Balfe come to mind.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/22/2017 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Thank Goodness. The Friday open line

Norma, I don't feel sorry for the White House staffers who are attempting to flee. Why would anyone with good sense, after seeing Trump in the campaign, want to work for him? His base may be realizing just what he is. I hope they all bail out.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/22/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Martha Shoffner, nearing completion of term, back in Arkansas

I agree, Cato. That's why it was good to see the Ecclesia College president charged along with Micah Neal and Jon Woods.

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Posted by plainjim on 09/22/2017 at 12:15 PM

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