- The more things change — corporate welfare edition
- Lies, Damned Lies and Facebook Memes
- The Trump base: Wife beaters?
- Griffen speaks out against bias against LGBTQ in mission work
- Remington Arms seeking financing for potential bankruptcy filing
- Heny Wilkins won't run again for Jefferson County judge
- Another Saturday night
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 10:37 AM PST
A rueful blast from the past in today's "Other Days" column in the Democrat-Gazette. It was timely given what I wrote here yesterday about Little Rock's continued handout of $300,000 to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce to pay salaries of people who lobby against the wishes of many people whose sales tax pennies cosset them.
Feb. 11, 1968In the years since 1968, the chambers have worked to kill most unions and the state Constitution now protects
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 10:13 AM PST
Looking over my recent Internet history, I realized that most of my online searches have been journeys to counter the racism, sexism and outright lies found on so many Facebook memes.
The other night I was responding with some irritation under a typical Facebook meme trumpeting not only falsehoods, but racism, as well, when I found my anger replaced by pity. This was a person - one among so many - who post lie upon lie on an almost hourly basis, and never removes them, once the lie has been revealed.
I suspect for such people - and many of their Facebook "friends" - removal of such a post would constitute an act of surrender to the forces of evil they sense all about them.
I should tell you at this point that even though pity - or as much of that feeling as I could generate - filled me, I still posted my angry retort to their racist post. I am only human, after all.
It would be so nice if I could say it was just racist conservatives who post falsehoods online, but it just ain't so. Liberals post just as much nonsense, and all because they find something that conforms their worst suspicions of the Other Side, and in their excitement, all intellectual discernment leaves them.
Like their brothers and sisters on the Other Side, they neglect to go to the search engine of their choice to check if what they are posting is even true or not.
And so, hundreds of years of human progress goes down the toilet, as racist and ignorant memes are posted, and the peanut gallery gives in to their Internet Outrage, showing off their rage and contempt online.
I had a whole list of such memes in front of me when I began to write this, but I scrapped it. In the time it took to write the above paragraphs, a hundred new memes have no doubt been added to Facebook, some funny, but those are outnumbered by the memes that are vile beyond belief, racist or sexist.
I'm still naive enough to believe that folks will respond to passion, eloquence and facts, but in an age when folks proudly show off their ignorance, well, it's harder and harder to hold on to that belief.
Well, refuting their lies has taken up way too much of my time, especially when, after one of their posts has been proven to be a lie, they swiftly follow it up with three equally as ugly.
I guess that's what happens when folks spend too much time dog-paddling in their own genetic pool.
Dog-paddling down Moon River today, soaking up a little Andy Williams as I write.
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Quote of the Day
Civil War? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers? Victor Hugo
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 06:53 AM PST
Donald Trump is said to have gone "off script" yesterday by expressing sympathy for men accused of abusing women while showing no concern for the victims.
Not his own script, that's for sure. When you're a celebrity, he's said, you can do no wrong to women. You can grab them by the pussy, "anything."
But here's the thing: Trump has a knack for saying things that energize his core supporters, maybe 35 to 40 percent of the electorate. Immigration. Muslims. Guns.
You'd think, however, that the people most likely to respond to a defense of men accused of abusing women would primarily be — men who abuse women.
Is that a winning strategy? Are there that many of them out there?
Meanwhile, Trump is getting ripped for how he put his Tweet of sympathy for people like Rob Porter, accused by three women — one with a photo of a black eye to prove it.
"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," the president wrote on Twitter, adding: "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"Due process? From a man who continued to call for punishment of men exonerated by DNA evidence in a Central Park assault; who urged "lock her up"; who built the birther attack on Barack Obama out of whole cloth; who's famous for introducing his latest attack line with "people say." As several have noted, Trump is getting due process from Robert Mueller. Sounds like the kitchen is getting hot.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 06:31 AM PST
Wendell Griffen, the circuit judge and Baptist preacher whose penchant for free speech regularly gets in trouble with legislators, is taking on a church establishment now, though the topic likely would rile the same lawmakers who don't like him speaking out on capital punishment.
In his latest blog post, Griffen takes issue with the recent adoption of a policy by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, an organization in which his church participates, to bans LGBTQ married people from working as missionaries or in supervisory positions.
This policy is unjust. It reinforces bigotry towards LGBTQ people. It violates the Great Commandment of Jesus that we love our neighbors as ourselves. As pastor of New Millennium, I denounce the announced policy as unworthy of our support.He has much more to say here on his blog. He said he'd no longer support the organization financially.
There's a touch of irony here. For those who need a religion scorecard, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is theologically moderate. It withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention after a conservative takeover of SBC. Among its core beliefs is
The Arkansas legislature has passed and the governor signed a law that allows people to discriminate against LGBTQ people by asserting a religious pretext.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 06:12 AM PST
Reuters reports that Remington Arms, one of the country's largest gunmakers, has been seeking financing to allow it to file for bankruptcy. The company operates an ammunition plant in Lonoke County.
The gun business, which Arkansas has been ardently seeking to develop through efforts of the governor and its economic
Some potential financing sources, including credit funds and banks, have balked at coming to Remington's aid because of the reputation risk associated with such a move, according to the sources.When Barack Obama was president, the theory (false) that he was intent on seizing weapons encouraged frequent gun-buying sprees.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 06:01 AM PST
The Pine Bluff Commercial reports today that Henry Wilkins IV, a former state representative, has announced he won't seek another term as Jefferson County judge, the top county elected office.
He's completing his first term.
Wilkins, who served 16 years in the House, issued a lengthy statement touting his work in
Wilkins' time in office has been spotted with controversy, particularly surrounding the County Election Commission, now controlled by Republicans.
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 02:03 PM PST
Here's an open line.
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