Stuff from Around Arkansas, February 10

The Content of His Character: Arkansas legislator is denied membership in the Black Caucus for the unforgiveable offense of being white, ha ha what a loser. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Jindal Watch: Northwest Arkansas blogger Valerie Biendara offers on-the-scene report from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s visit to Springdale last weekend. (Val’s Bien blog)

Lottery Update: Look, I already said I wasn’t going to follow this. Just let it go. (Arkansas Times)

Inflamed: Angry Arkansas smokers are pretty lit up over coming tobacco tax hike. They’re absolutely fuming. Just burning with anger. And they’re tired of being the butt of your jokes. Any of these smoking related puns doing it for you? No? OK, I’ll stop. (AP)

Arkansas Life: A Clark County outhouse catches fire, but the owner isn’t too upset about it because he was gonna burn it down anyway. I always like to include these clips so that my friends reading this blog in other states will assume that that’s just another average day in Arkansas. (Morning News of NWA)

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8 thoughts on “Stuff from Around Arkansas, February 10

  • February 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm
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    “Arkansas legislator is denied membership in the Black Caucus for the unforgiveable offense of being white.

    Disgusting. What a bunch of racists, seriously.

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  • February 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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    It’s ok when we do it, but not ok when you do it to us.

    This pisses me off.

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm
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    Another caucus member, Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, said Carroll’s interest in the caucus is “commendable” but “since it’s called the ‘black caucus’ he can’t be a member. It is a caucus defined as being black. All discrimination is not bad. You can discriminate about whether you are going to drink four beers or 10 beers. I would say that’s good discrimination. ”

    Elliott said excluding whites is a legitimate form of discrimination because black legislators need to join with others of “common cause.”

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm
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    PS- I’ve already had 4 beers today, Joyce. Two Pacificos at lunch, and 2 at home this afternoon.

    Since you’ve said I can discriminate, I think I will. It makes me feel good that you say I can discriminate, as I have been doing so for years. On an unrelated note, I think I’ll go for 10 beers today.

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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    Joyce, is it still acceptable discrimination if the beer comes out of a “white’s only” tap? Now that’d be a mighty fine bar, yes indeedy!

    What other kind of beer we got?….. Milluh!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEFDVc6XCcc

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm
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    I wonder how many of these legislators that are denying a white man membership in their club remember actual segregation. The Black Caucus can set it own rules, but they’d be wise to remember that their parents and grandparents didn’t fight for this kind of behavior.

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm
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    How about if it read like this:

    Another caucus member, Sen. John Doe, D-Anytown, said Elliot’s interest in the caucus is “commendable” but “since it’s called the ‘not-black caucus’ she can’t be a member. It is a caucus defined as being all not-black. All discrimination is not bad. You can discriminate about whether you are going to drink four beers or 10 beers. I would say that’s good discrimination. ”
    Sen Doe said excluding blacks is a legitimate form of discrimination because non-black legislators need to join with others of “common cause.”

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  • February 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm
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    Is it safe to say that there is a very serious divide between what most Black folks think racial equality means and what most white people believe racial equality means?

    It seems to me that the Black Caucus thinks racial equality means they can do whatever they want. If someone takes a view contrary to theirs then that person must be a racist.

    There is a very serious divide between white and black folks on this issue and I don’t see it going away any time soon.

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