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Re: “Taco Mama

We have eaten Mexican food from Baja Mexico through California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas and this is as good as it gets. The food is fresh and cooked just right. The place is kinda funky, no white tablecloths here. The bar is good the beer is cold the food is great, what more can you ask for? We discovered Taco Mama's a few years ago and it went right to the top of our list of favorite Mexican restaurants and has remained there ever since.

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Posted by Tom B on 02/27/2014 at 11:50 AM

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Re: “Walmart ups its college recruiting game, but it carries homestate baggage

As my Dad used to say, "In Arkansas you don't make a living, you live on what you make." This is a great place to retire. I left when I was 19 and went to California. Came back when I was 62 with my wife. We both have pensions, an IRA and social security (Thank you UBC and SEIU). I would only have social security if I had stayed in Arkansas

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Posted by Tom B on 10/12/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Annals of the uppity: Satchmo, Faubus, Kaepernick and 60 years of 'progress'

When is it OK for a black person to comment? Trevor Noah has the answer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2kqHuOniv…

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Posted by Tom B on 09/27/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Did Jerry Jones find an exit strategy for player protests?

Yesterday my wife and I attended the 60th anniversary celebration of the Little Rock Nine at Little Rock's Central High School. We watched and listened as the eight surviving members of the Little Rock Nine spoke about their lives in the United States of America from 1957 through 2017. They spoke of how things were and how thing are. They were nine teenagers that wanted the same quality education that the white students were getting. An education that their parents taxes had paid for. It was an awe inspiring program that ended with comments by President Bill Clinton. He started out with this; "I wanted to stand up and say a lot of simple bromides ... and make everybody feel good and tell them I love them and sit down," Clinton said. "I wanted to say:'You did 60 years. Take a victory lap. Put on your dancing shoes.Have a good time.' But instead, I have to say, 'You've gotta put on your marching boots.'"

We must all put on our marching boots and stand side by side together as we move forward fighting for Equality for All. We must refuse to go back to separate but equal. Separate but equal was a lie and is still a lie. I will stand with the Little Rock Nine, Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Bill Russell and the others who have the courage to speak out for Equality and Justice for all.

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Posted by Tom B on 09/26/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Who you gonna trust? Not GOP politicans on health care

I wanted to ask my senators how they would vote on "Graham-Cassidy so I made my call to Senator John Boozman at (202) 224-4843 and Senator Tom Cotton at (202) 224-2353. Boozman's office rolled directly to voice mail so I left a message asking Senator Boozman to please call me back. (I'm sitting by my phone waiting for the call.) At least Cotton's staff answered the phone and I spoke to a real human being. The person could not divulge how Senator Cotton would vote because he had not released an official statement yet. I told them both, one by machine and the other by messenger, that I would hope that they would both vote against the bill. (Talk about pissing into the wind; I get wetter every time I call one of "my" senators or representative.)

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Posted by Tom B on 09/21/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Arlington owners protest threat of closure

Here is a link to more background on the dispute. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/ju…

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Posted by Tom B on 09/01/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Arlington owners protest threat of closure

DBI, if the old owners had started when the Building Department first cited the Arlington, and the new owners had continued the repairs and renovation, the job would be moving along toward completion right now. In Jan. 2017, I helped some young friends obtain a building permit to remodel the old fire station on Grand Ave. that was built in 1904. I did the drawings and worked with the Hot Springs Building Department and Fire Department in obtaining the permit and the certificate of completion 6 months later. Both departments worked with our friends to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Hot Springs is lucky to have the life/safety professionals they have working for them. I have worked in construction my entire life. I have built all over this country. I only met one building official that I couldn't work with. 99.9% of the building officials want you to succeed and will help in any way they can. If you treat them like the professionals that they are, they will help you complete your project. If you play games with them, you will lose.

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Posted by Tom B on 09/01/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Snake-on-snake action from Ferndale

YEAH king snakes.

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Posted by Tom B on 08/31/2017 at 2:57 PM

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