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Re: “Tom Cotton fights legal immigration. I see it at work.

It's a pity that Cotton didn't bother to finish his education. If he had, he would know that attempting to limit immigration only to those with Caucasian ethnotypes and advanced educational credentials, in a State where the average Arkansan is much less likely to have attained an advanced degree than the majority of other states, is, as Shakespeare described, "Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." This is just a show for the Reich-Wing Xtianist Xenophobe Trump supporters, which will be roundly ignored by all the C-suite executives at Wal-Mart, Tyson, George's, and Cargill. After all, they've had their own private team of coyotes smuggling undocumented Mexican and Central American workers into Springdale for the past 20 years. They are certainly not going to stop breaking the law now, just because someone as insignificant as Tom Cotton said so.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 07/13/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “10 Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol destroyed; suspect in custody for apparent repeat offense

I am not buying this story. Take a look at Reed's photo.…

Just look at the way Reed is smiling in his photograph. That's the smile of a man who has been well-paid.
I think that it is much more plausible that State Assembly Member Jason Rapert, who just suffered a crushing defeat in yesterday's Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that would allow same-sex, non-biological parents to put their names on birth certificates, found Mr. Reed after his infraction in Oklahoma, and colluded with Mr. Reed to destroy the Ten Commandments monument on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds, in order curry sympathy for the Evangelical Christian groups who funnel dark money to Mr. Rapert's campaigns, all tax free, since those churches are never audited by the IRS.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 06/28/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Legal action filed on marijuana voting

It's time for the Federal Court to come down and give the Arkansas Supreme Court Justices the Federal bitchslap. That restraining order can't come quickly enough, because this underhanded maneuvering by the types of sleazy characters behind these efforts, like paid whores Dr. Bledsoe, Patrick Benca, and Courtney Goodson, do not have our best interests in mind. Just look at the types of disgusting criminals they take money from. The Bible says you can tell the tree by its fruits, and we need look no further than the likes of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, shady tax lawyers from Pennsylvania, and actual robbers and rapists in Benca's case, to know that these people are vile, and should be shunned by law-abiding, God-fearing Arkansans.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 11/02/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Arkansas Supreme Court kills initiated act for medical marijuana for insufficient petition signatures

Throwing out this decision at the last moment, after early voting had ALREADY BEGUN is nothing more than a Church-paid machination to prevent ANY marijuana decriminalization effort from passing. Welcome to Arkansas, where the corruption begins in the Churches, and spreads to the Legislature and the Courts from there. These opponents will all burn in Hell when they die, but in four more years, guess what? We'll have another election, and these same questions will be brought up for vote, again and again, and again. Until they pass. It's a matter of WHEN - not IF. In the meantime, I will pray for the souls of these so-called pillars of our communities. Bigots and charlatans. Every last one of them.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 10/28/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “How nursing homes used staff and patients for amendment campaign

The ultimate problem, in Arkansas, is churches. Churches have tax avoidance imperatives to cause them to support every harebrained conservative proposal that these Republicons put forth, and turn a blind eye to every sleazy scheme the pols get involved with.
What I don't see in Arkansas that exist in other jurisdictions are Ethical Societies. Ethical societies are non-profit groups where progressive members of the community can gather to discuss social justice issues, and to analyze and debate the ethical implications of public policies and policy proposals.
Conservatives disseminate their ideas to church leaders, who then tell congregations how to vote from the pulpit, which should subject the church to tax liabilities, but the IRS never investigates.
Since, at least in the urban centers of the Little Rock and Fayetteville metro areas, there exist largely underground populations of progressives, I wonder why more ethical societies aren't operating in those urban centers.

Posted by Tonya Mertens on 10/08/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “'Forum' on medical marijuana set at UCA. Missing: Both sides.

No wonder I've been hearing about all sorts of nonsense and disruptions going on at UCA recently. This is evidently a top-down problem that begins with the President of the University, who obviously sees nothing unethical about renting out public, taxpayer-funded space to a private donor, whom no doubt pays a significant kickback to Courtway personally, for allowing the Center for Economic Research to use an office on the campus, and give their political action committee the veneer of academic rigor.
I anticipate replacing Courtway with another administrator - one who realizes that the word 'forum' means a debate, whereas what Courtway hosted would be a propaganda presentation - would resolve some of the troubling disturbances that have been reported at UCA recently.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 10/08/2016 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Reefer madness: The Chamber of Commerce ups the crazy

In response to Doigotta, that's a photo of actual products, likely taken inside a Colorado dispensary.
What that photo does NOT tell the viewer is that in order to get to that display of candies, the shopper would first have to enter a small video-monitored vestibule, where a clerk sits behind a bulletproof window with an armed security guard. The shopper would then hand over his Colorado ID and physicians recommendation (weed card), and the clerk would have to check the referring physician's website to ensure that the shopper is in fact a patient of that physician and that his recommendation is still valid.
Only AFTER jumping through security hoops would the shopper be allowed to get within arm's reach of that display, and even THEN, would not be able to touch the products. Only the dispensary employees can physically touch the products to dispense them to the shopper.
Also, the standard for Trademark infringement is whether or not the product would be likely to cause confusion in the marketplace for the average consumer. Since only patients with a doctor's rec can even get inside a dispensary to purchase medicated candies, there is no likelihood of confusion in the marketplace. Hence, there CANNOT be trademark infringement.

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Posted by Tonya Mertens on 09/23/2016 at 1:20 PM

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