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Re: “In praise of Tom Cotton and John Boozman for vote on Russian sanctions UPDATE

Tom Cotton is looking for something to set himself apart from, and superior to, the sitting President when he challenges him in the 2020 primary. He figures that opposition to Russia could be a winner in Republican politics.

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Posted by Rutrow on 01/16/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Inaugural day news headlines and the open line

Hey, Marvin. Correlation does not equal causation.…

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Posted by Rutrow on 01/15/2019 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Inaugural day news headlines and the open line

Tom and John, not Cruise and Travolta, but Cotton and Boozman, voted with nine other Republicans and every Democrat in the Senate to advance debate to overrule Donald's attempt to ease sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.…

I don't know why... I guess Tom Cotton hates Russians enough to buck the tyrant of his party. Perhaps this is a stance he is willing to take to set himself apart from Donald so he can challenge him in the Presidential Primary for 2020?

I'm baffled.

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Posted by Rutrow on 01/15/2019 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Free-range kids bill, take two

I was a free range kid in the '70's. My Mom would give us kids enough money to hop on the bus in Central LR, transfer to the McCain Mall bus in downtown, watch a movie at the McCain Mall Theatre, buy a sundae and massive jaw breaker at Farrell's. If we could retrieve enough change from the fountain pool without getting caught we could afford a pretzel at Dunderbak's. The only rule she placed on us is that we had to catch a return bus that left the Mall in the 4:00 hour. When I was in the 6-10 years old range, us little kids had to be chaperoned by the older sisters/brother, but when my sister turned 13, she was deemed old enough to supervise me and my little brother (10 & 8).

I remember when they changed schedules from a bottom of the hour bus, to one that left the Mall at, I think it was 4:57, we thought we were diabolical geniuses, devising a scheme to stay an extra half hour. We were giddy with excitement with the loophole we had found, but started getting really nervous when the bus was about a minute and a half late. The entire ride home, the three of us rehearsed the explanation we knew we'd have to give to Mom. My sister carried the schedule that held the printed proof. My brother and I were tasked with backing up her story that the bus did, IN FACT, leave the Mall before 5:00!!! That seemed like the most important thing. It must have been winter time because I remember that the street lights were already on before we got off the bus. Did the 4:00 bus mandate nullify the "Be in before the streetlights come on" rule?!? It didn't require any discussion for each of us to know that as soon as the bus door opened we'd need to run home at a dead sprint. This was the only time we allowed my little brother out of our eye-sight. This was an an every-man-for-himself situation. My sister, with her lanky legs left us in the dust. My little brother, still on a Farrell's jaw-breaker sugar high, was right on my heels. In our rush to hit the door we didn't even notice that the car wasn't in the carport...

We scrambled thru the house to find Mom, in order to stop the "Do you know how late your are!" clock, but she wasn't there. We were sure she was either at the Police Station or St. Vincent's ER looking for us. Sis called Dad at work, probably still huffing and puffing from the run home. He didn't know anything. There was a nerve-rackingly long time waiting for the car to pull into the driveway (probably about 10 minutes). We ran to the driver's door to launch into our well rehearsed defense argument, but Mom seemed puzzled. She had no idea we were late. She'd been gone well before we'd've gotten home even if we'd caught a 3:00 bus. No harm, no foul, no grounding. There was nothing like the exhilaration we felt, having flirted with subversion, yet going unpunished. What a rush!!!

All of us survived childhood and went on to lead mostly respectable lives. Let kids be kids.

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Posted by Rutrow on 01/10/2019 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Women's rights and criminalizing miscarriage in Arkansas

Well GFTR, not "no one"... but I get your point.

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Posted by Rutrow on 12/30/2018 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Rep. Johnny Rye files bill to prohibit relocating, removing, or renaming historical monuments

Bridge?!? We won't be able to remove historical bridges?!?

Oh sure... That won't have any unintended consequences! Bless his heart...

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Posted by Rutrow on 12/21/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Democracy and the Little Rock School District: The fix is in

Is it up to the last member of the public making a comment to also complete the adjournment? (...turn off the lights and lock the door??? Since they'll be the last person in the boardroom at that point?)

Posted by Rutrow on 12/20/2018 at 10:15 AM

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