Stuff From Around Arkansas, April 16

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Gearing Up: Now Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is busy raising money for his 2010 re-election, though his ’06 campaign owes him several hundred thousand dollars. But will he be able to withstand the TYLER DENTON JUGGERNAUT? (AP)

Salaryman: Arkansas GOP chair Doyle Webb will get $60K per year for his troubles. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Carrying On: Interesting perspective piece on availability of concealed carry weapon permits, from a concealed carry instructor. (The City Wire)

FroshPit: CapSearch offers video interviews summing up the ’09 legislative session from freshman legislators. (CapSearch)

Kid Stuff: Blogger Jason Tolbert posts family photos of the new lil baby boy that arrived last week. (The Tolbert Report)

Do NOT Listen To This Man: Blogger Lance Turner lists his picks for “10 Arkansans Who Should Be Blogging,” which is a terrible idea, because at least seven of those listed almost certainly should NOT be blogging, under any circumstances whatsoever. C’mon people, we don’t want another Dustin McDaniel situation on our hands. (This Is My Blog By Lance Turner)

Parasitic: Blogger Blake Rutherford takes apart the latest sad sad reflection on the sad death of newspapers from sad columnist Gene Lyons, who is very very saddened by these latest sad developments in his sad industry, and oh yeah he laments the emergence of all these smug young “bloggers,” too. In other news, I’m taking up a collection to compensate Blake for the agony of having to read a Gene Lyons column, something I hope to never have to experience. Please give. (Blake’s Think Tank)

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8 thoughts on “Stuff From Around Arkansas, April 16

  • April 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm
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    You heartless bastard. I wonder how their baby goat is doing…? Can you say veal parmasan?

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  • April 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm
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    Is that all you repubs got left? Poking fun at an award winning journalist that has a heart for neglected animals? Doing a circle jerk with a bunch of other white dudes claiming the country is going to hell in a hand-basket because the rich are paying a bit more again? Really?

    Seriously guys- take this as a wake-up call.

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  • April 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm
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    Is this the direction liberalism is headed? Unleashing irrelevant emotional appeals to sanctimoniously defend complacent and ignorant old journalists whose tender feelings may be wounded by a little richly deserved ridicule from those below him on the social status scale? While at the same time taking gratuitous swipes at average people peaceably assembling to express their dissent with government fiscal policy?

    Seriously AFG- take this as a wake-up call.
    D.

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  • April 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm
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    Oh I’m awake-

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/15/AR2009041503371.html

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/irees/3446664194/

    But for the record- I’m no liberal, an open-minded person perhaps, but no liberal. I voted republican, democrat, green party, and independent this last election. No straight “R” like most here. I try to think for myself. And yes, maybe “try” is the operative word.

    And I’ll defend the right for these people to peacefully assemble and protest to my dying breath- in fact- I’m a veteran- but I can also use my noggin.

    All this BS having been said, methinks I have been taken too seriously. My point was- youse guys might want to rethink your strategeries. Or not. I really don’t care.

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  • April 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm
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    Who the hell says methinks? What are you a veteran of, the Medieval Times Glee club?

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  • April 18, 2009 at 7:29 am
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    AFG,
    The problem here is that you are assuming that, since I self-identify politically as a Republican, that is some all-encompassing category that explains everything I say. But if I criticize Gene Lyons for writing something patently foolish, I’m not necessarily writing that as a “Republican” — I’m writing that as a “blogger” or a “media observer” or a “media consumer” or whatever you wanna call it. His foolishness and complacency is independent of political categories.

    You bristle when I poked back at you with the same tired political labeling game, because you feel it doesn’t capture you in all your glorious subtlety and complexity, but you’re not willing to extend the same courtesy or generosity to others. You might ponder that for a while while you’re patting yourself on the back for being so “open minded.” Methinks.
    D.

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  • April 18, 2009 at 7:34 am
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    P.S. For that matter, AFG, I have no idea what Nemo’s politics might be, since you lumped him/her in there with me. He/she comments here frequently, but the comments don’t generally reflect a strong ideological bias. I suspect he/she may be just as difficult to categorize as you celebrate yourself for being.
    D.

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  • April 19, 2009 at 9:11 am
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    Oh noes!! Somebody is wrong on the internets!! I must respond!!

    Sorry If it seemed like I lumped you in with a group D- it wasn’t intentional. I enjoy your blog and your posts precisely because you’re not in a category. As far as Nemo or any other poster- I simply couldn’t care less.

    My point was, maybe Republicans should stop and take a look around. These Teabagger parties are a bunch of middle aged white guys who watch Fox news. How much diversity did you see at the Capitol the other day? Maybe, just maybe, they should consider reaching out to other groups. If that observation offends people, so be it- but I hope it makes them think about it.

    And Bob- I was in First Cav- which is pretty much the same thing as the Glee Club.

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