The citizens of Eureka Springs voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of keeping the city's anti-discrimination ordinance that protects the rights of LGBTs.
Final but unofficial results in Tuesday's special election were 579 votes (71.5 percent) for Ordinance 2223 and 231 votes (28.5 percent) against keeping the law.
"It sends a message about who Eureka is and what we stand for," said Sandy Martin, a former member of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors. "We are proud of the way we ran the campaign and for all the support we got from the people who stood up and said 'we aren't going to take it anymore.' Eureka is on the right side of history and humanity."
This may come as a shock to some- considering this is Arkansas, but Eureka Springs is a progressive oasis in the state that sent Tom Cotton to Washington. Check out this promotional video...
The measure was aimed at a pre-empting a bill in the state Legislature that prohibits local governments from adopting anti-discrimination laws. That bill was sponsored by state Rep. Bob Ballinger (R-Hindsville), whose district includes Eureka Springs. It was approved by both houses of the state Legislature and will take effect July 22.
Although the state law will effectively nullify Eureka Springs' anti-discrimination ordinance, supporters of 2223 say it could be the basis for a legal challenge to the state law.
Passage of this ordinance came as a great relief to me, as just prior to the Republican takeover of the state, we purchased some property in the community. We were truly amazed on our first visit to Eureka Springs. The narrow streets winding up and down the mountainside lined with small, colorful shops selling unique pieces of art, historic buildings, and cafes reminded me of the vibe of Gatlinburg in the 1970's, before the mini-golf and go cart track invasion.
And, if you are interested, property is 'dirt cheap' there. We bought our lakeview lot for $4,000. Power, water, sewer, and cable are at the curb. In this photo, Mrs Woof stacking firewood (there's a lot of it).
...more photos and videos from various sources below the fold.
Sure, he's an egomaniacal, Kocksucker who stands zero chance of becoming President of the United States, but if we keep pointing out his shortcomings (too numerous to list here), he might drop out of the race.
This would be disastrous to not only snark-masters around here, but the Democratic Party as a whole.
Walker has pretty much already shot most of his foot off, but his early exit would prevent him from shooting not only his other foot, but the feet of other passengers in the Republican Clown Car.
Look, the others know they have to out-crazy Walker to get traction with the teabaggers, fascists, and the 72 year-old average aged viewers of Fox News... so let them have at each other. Invest in popcorn futures and sit back and watch the Sunday Serious Talking Shows.
Leave the man alone, and bless his little heart. You'll be glad you did, and Jon Stewart will appreciate it.
When I get a letter or call for William
It's the government
A cruel trick by my parents
Calling me my middle name
But I like it
This early warning system
Is William there?
No, fuck off.
When will he be back?
He was never here, goodbye
Now, William is alright
For a name
I don't hate it
It was perfect for my uncle
But not for me
The bank form didn't even have a blank line
For a middle name
IRS and VA,
Didn't even have a blank line for an initial
So I knew when they came calling for William
And I knew they were both the same after awhile
The bank and the government
And I knew they didn't care
The syllables were just easier to say
Than my number.
The auditor said the report shows that the numbers the state relies on to fund the schools "are not terribly accurate."
State Rep. Teresa Fedor, a Toledo Democrat, said in a release that she will reintroduce a bill to establish a legislative committee to study the effectiveness of community schools and community school regulations. When she introduced the legislation last year, it stalled in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives.
For the most part, I would hazard to guess that the "haves" are healthier than the "have nots". Sue me if I'm wrong.
Recently, my daughter passed out while getting ready for school. She bonked her head on the bathroom sink and bruised her back and ribcage as well.
We carried her to the Zwoof Family Sports Truckster and headed for the emergency room with our yet unused Obamacare card in hand. We were charged $100 immediately, which is what my Silver Plan calls for.
Lots of tests and stuff as you can see (not quite clear on what "self administered drugs" are, but whatevs). I was worried about my share in the costs, particularly the battery of tests and lab work.
Yesterday, I got this bill from the hospital.
It turned out to be a bladder infection and dehydration, and she is fine now.
So, I'd like to thank the rich (those clearing $200,000 annually) for helping my family by redistributing their health.
Teen Bonnie and Clyde: Love-struck runaways wanted for crime spree
By ABC News January 15, 2015 - 10:19 pm
Other news sources...
Teen Bonnie and Clyde: Stolen Pickup Truck Uncovered Deserted in Georgia
Teen Bonnie and Clyde: Adore-Struck Runaways Desired for Crime Spree
These two are not Bonnie and Clyde and their crimes hardly rise to the level of a multistate crime spree.
This was Bonnie and Clyde...
Clyde Champion Barrow and his companion, Bonnie Parker, were shot to death by officers in an ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 23, 1934, after one of the most colorful and spectacular manhunts the nation had seen up to that time.
Barrow was suspected of numerous killings and was wanted for murder, robbery, and state charges of kidnapping.
Why is this important?
For one thing, it has been reported that they are in Florida, and if one was to believe the headlines generated by lazy-assed editors, are armed to the teeth.
Hopefully, Florida cops are not influenced by poor journalism, but there could be some George Zimmerman wannabes that are just hankering for a Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway ending.
Yes, they stole some vehicles that had weapons, which I would guess was not known by these two. In fact, police have recovered one of the weapons, which would indicate that the pair have no interest in weapons.
And, they haven't robbed banks, kidnapped, or killed anyone. So, stop it with the Bonnie and Clyde shit, already
I vaguely recall this being taught in my U.S. History class in high school, but not until college, many years later, did I learn the shocking details of indentured servitude. Oddly, I learned more about the subject in a popular culture class than in a history class.
The growth of tobacco, rice, and indigo and the plantation economy created a tremendous need for labor in Southern English America. Without the aid of modern machinery, human sweat and blood was necessary for the planting, cultivation, and harvesting of these cash crops. While slaves existed in the English colonies throughout the 1600s, indentured servitude was the method of choice employed by many planters before the 1680s. U.S. History website
I thought when signing up for pop culture, I would be studying the Beatles or American TV and film, but the main focus of the course was American hegemony. My text, "Media Messages" by Linda Holtzman and M.E. Sharpe is described as a text that "reveals how the popular media contribute to widespread myths and misunderstanding about cultural diversity."
"While focused on the impact of television, feature film, and popular music, the authors reach far beyond media to explore how our understanding, values, and beliefs about race, class, gender and sexual orientation are constructed."
Little did I know that over half of English immigrants were indentured to pay for their passage to America. The contracts were from 5- 10 years. Many died before they were freed.