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Re: “The open line and video update

This link:…

Is still up at the Arkansas Secretary of State's website. When I informed him via FB he told me it was correct. I was under the impression that the Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously struck down the photo ID voter law. Anybody reporting this?

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 10/21/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The 3 Best: Burgers

I've seen you rail against things southern in prior posts, Michael. Have you ever paused to think that maybe it's not The South. Maybe it's you.

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 07/03/2013 at 11:42 AM

Re: “3 Memphis restaurants every Arkansan should know about

Fair enough. You already had carte blanche to do just that -- but it doesn't make you right. That you judge the merits of BBQ joints by their chicken (!) tells us all we need to know about your expertise in this area.

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 06/13/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “3 Memphis restaurants every Arkansan should know about

Alright, I can't hold it anymore. I feel qualified to comment here given my creds as a KCBS Master Certified BBQ judge. And here it goes.

Put simply -- BBQ is subjective. What works for some doesn't work for others. That accounts for the diversity of opinion here on this thread. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. What I will say is that going by the criteria used in judging 'cue contests -- Whole Hog, at the original on Cantrell, consistently has the best pulled pork I've ever tasted. Ever. That's right -- EVER. I know others who agree.

Michael -- those sauces at Whole Hog are good! And I never use them because the pork doesn't need any. Actually I take back what I wrote above. You are wrong. There, I said it.

Kevin -- if Whole Hog's pork doesn't do it for you then I would have to wonder what you want. Does moist, perfectly cooked shoulder with excellent bark and good smoky flavor not do it for you? Perhaps you should try the above-mentioned Chip's or even Terri-Lynn's. If nothing else it will provide a little perspective.

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 06/12/2013 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Gravel Ridge church revokes Boy Scout charter

Much ado about two outdated institutions. Glorious will be the day when we are able to say "good riddance" to both.

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 05/30/2013 at 1:16 PM

Re: “UPDATE: University of Arkansas Board votes to keep guns off campuses

This is an absolute outrage! That these "academic types" -- actually mere bureaucrats -- think they know more than elected lawmakers just makes me want to vomit. Year after year I my heart rends as I hear of all these shootings on college campuses across the state. I weep for Arkansas' best and brightest who are being slaughtered wholesale on the quads and commons of Arkansas. When will the madness end???

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 05/23/2013 at 1:59 PM

Re: “UCA unveils 2013-2014 Public Appearances lineup

Or, to put it another way, anyone else see the irony in one of our nation's best-known scientists lecturing in a legislative district represented by a man who rejects, wholesale, the notion of science? Perhaps someone should FORCE Raper to attend.

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Posted by the Arkansawyer on 05/13/2013 at 2:21 PM

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