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Re: “Yet another lame ad attacking Mark Pryor

Must be a Yankee running the NRSC. They, along with a multitude of highly paid radio consultants, don't get Tommy Smith and I'd say if all Pryor ever talked about was football, meat and movies in that order during October and November of 2014 he will continue to be Senator Pryor.

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Posted by stump on 06/11/2013 at 8:23 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Andi Davis: No longer attorney on Malvern school case

I am hoping she posts a Julez Mcgee type of a tirade on the blog. I wonder what type of superhero Dustin likes to dress up and play.

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Posted by stump on 01/21/2013 at 6:27 PM

Re: “The night is young, the line is open

By MAGGIE HABERMAN |
12/16/11 3:47 PM EST

The Texas Tribune looks at Rick Perry's federal personal disclosure forms and discovered he "retired" back in January, sort of:

Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas govenor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000.

Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said the governor's early collection of his pension benefits is "consistent with Texas state law and Employee Retirement System rules."

But the disclosure is sure to spark criticism of Perry, who has called for sweeping changes to Social Security for average workers and has railed against special "perks" that members of Congress get.

There's nothing legally dubious about it. But double-dipping is legal - which is why it's heavily criticized in the first place.

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Posted by stump on 12/16/2011 at 10:08 PM

Re: “LR police chief says Occupy LR group must move

Of course, the suggestion to occupy the Old State House lawn would be a fitting homage to another constitutional crisis in Arkansas. And, I'd love to see some people's faces when a few protestors surround Lady Baxter again. I'm sure she would love to be warmed and the state has left ordinance laying about.

Posted by stump on 10/24/2011 at 9:23 PM

Re: “LR police chief says Occupy LR group must move

Max, is that a new city policy? Did they have to get a permit? If so, how long is the permit good? Is the same opportunity to camp going to be afforded to various homeless who live in the city? If so, great solution. If not, well, it is ironic that those who seek equity do it with special privileges afforded them but not john q homeless. Can people bring them food or will they have to jump through the same hoops that the homeless advocates have to jump through to feed the homeless on a city parking lot?

Posted by stump on 10/24/2011 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Occupy Little Rock occupies Clinton Library grounds

Spunkrat,

You mostly miss my point. My point is that a homeless camp shouldn't be treated any different than this camp. If that is the new policy of the Clinton folks or the City of Little Rock, then great. I doubt that is the case. It is an indictment of the city and the Clinton folks, not the Occupy folks. But the fact that it is "political" shouldn't provide it some special right to create an encampment unless that right is afforded to all who live in the city. And the fact is, the camp is exercising a special right that isn't afforded to others. The city should get the same black eye for removing a homeless camp on public property that they would get from removing the Occupy campers. But, the reality is that they don't.

I would be more impressed with the Occupy movement if I thought they actually used their time to do something productive. March from the camp each day and adopt a project that raises awareness of issues in society. March from the camp to a habitat home and help build it. March from the camp and help serve meals at the union rescue mission. March from the camp and pick up litter or work in a CSA plot near the city (or in the city). The camp will still exist, but at least the participants will be viewed as doing something good and making a political statement.

Setting up this new society with creative voting and forms of communication reminds me of summer camp more than it reminds me of the great movements that changed society in America. Carter spent most of his presidency sitting around and not inspiring hope. Clinton and Kennedy did the exact opposite. If the Occupy movement wants to be trusted by the other 98%, then it has to do more. I, like the other 98%, have been downsized, rightsized, and underemployed more times than I care to count from corporate America and I fully expect that trend to continue until we have leaders in the country who inspire us all to do better.

If the Occupy movement can figure out how to inspire hope, I'll be impressed. In the meantime, they remind me more of the students in Les Miserables than the vanguard of some great movement in America.

Michael, you are right. I won't be joining you anytime soon. I watch and at this point, I still contend this is less of a movement than a social endeavor. Why would I want to become involved in something that I don't think will make a genuine difference and is just a bunch of people talking without clear direction or purpose.

Posted by stump on 10/23/2011 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Occupy Little Rock occupies Clinton Library grounds

Spunkrat,

I stand by my point. The glare of the public spotlight shouldn't be the reason we do or we don't provide equitable treatment under the law. It is a similar inequity that exists when a white child is abducted and a black child is abducted.

It is a statement on the protestors that they seek an exemption and special treatment from the rules that prohibit for the less fortunate the same activities in which they engage. Many of the same people who support these protestors, or are protesting, fail to see the irony of their situation.

If one of their goals was to allow all people to engage in the same activity they engage, then I'd shut up. If they invited the homeless downtown in to share their fire and food, then I'd shut up. But, they make a political stand and ignore the plight of those who stand in the shadows around the edges of their privileged camp. For them it is a vacation and exciting; for many it is the reality of life. They are served pizza and other hot foods while those less fortunate hope for the crumbs or left over crusts in the boxes they discard. They are served hot foods and are allowed to accept money and other resources while the homeless who live that life everyday are not allowed to a)build fires in city parks b)are only sometimes allowed to receive food handouts c) are restricted to little green donation boxes as their only source of donated revenue.

The Occupiers will head home at some point to their heated domiciles, smug in the knowledge that they "roughed" it for a few days and in their arrogance will miss the irony that they protest for rights and the plight of humanity while those in their communities who are truly need the very rights for which they protest are simply ignored and relegated to the shadows.


Posted by stump on 10/23/2011 at 9:04 AM

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