Monday, July 30, 2012

Second Installment

Welcome to the second installment of Smart Answers to Dumb Statements,‭ ‬wherein I find Dumb Statements in my statewide newspaper and answer them with Smart Answers.‭  ‬

Let's dive right into them,‭ ‬shall we‭?

This first one is from Jim Walker of Conway.

Spiteful and divisive

OMG‭! ‬The Republican’ts are getting ready to hunt with that dead dog again.

They are more than desperate to discredit Barack Obama and sidetrack his re-election efforts.‭ ‬Finding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is building their platform to resurrect the Nazi-esque Ken Starr figure.‭ ‬They won’t have to look very far within their ranks to find another eager‭ “‬special prosecutor‭” ‬to begin another witch hunt as they did with Bill Clinton and the Whitewater episode.‭ ‬Ken Starr was a man with no moral or legal boundaries,‭ ‬in my opinion.

I appeal to my Republican brothers and sisters to look deep into your radical religious hearts and stop your spiteful,‭ ‬hateful and divisive behaviors that are destroying our country.‭ ‬Shame on you.

My prayer for you all is‭ “‬Father,‭ ‬forgive them,‭ ‬they know not what they do.‭”

Hilarious‭!  ‬After calling Republicans‭ (‬actually,‭ ‬its‭ '‬Republican'ts‭'‬.‭  ‬Oh,‭ ‬how witty he is,‭ ‬eh‭?)   "‬radical‭"‬,‭ "‬spiteful‭"‬,‭ "‬hateful‭"‬,‭ ‬and‭ "‬divisive‭"‬,‭  ‬who had a‭ "‬Nazi-esque‭" ‬figure who pursued a‭ "‬witch hunt‭"‬,‭ ‬Jim prays and uses the words of Jesus.‭  ‬That's a bit pretentious,‭ ‬don't you think‭?  ‬I'm thinking that might go against Jesus‭' ‬teachings.‭

And some people might find it blasphemous to use the abbreviation OMG for anything not an actual oath.

Next,‭ ‬we have Vickie Fewell from Sherwood.‭  ‬She writes:

Mind-boggling views

After reading a recent Voices page,‭ ‬I had to respond.

First,‭ ‬on Rose Mimms‭’ ‬piece about the Equal Rights Amendment-the proposed amendment reads:‭ “‬Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.‭”

It boggles my mind how anyone could object to that being the law of the land,‭ ‬especially any woman.‭ ‬Oh,‭ ‬yeah,‭ ‬that’s right,‭ ‬Mimms is against it because it might somehow lead indirectly to more abortions.‭ ‬She is so focused on a single issue that apparently she would deny women,‭ ‬including herself,‭ ‬protection from discrimination.

Then Bill Wavering unloads on us poor,‭ ‬addle-pated females who want equal pay for equal work.‭ ‬I don’t believe that all men‭ “‬work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.‭” ‬I know women who are trial lawyers,‭ ‬nurses,‭ ‬doctors and engineers.‭ ‬I don’t think he’ll find many men who work longer hours at more difficult jobs.

Then Don Hamilton goes off on the Arkansas Arts Center for hosting an exhibition about tattoos.‭ ‬I hate tattoos as much as the next senior citizen,‭ ‬but I can see that they are art in the eyes of some beholders.‭ ‬Besides,‭ ‬that exhibit may bring an entirely different demographic to the Arts Center,‭ ‬helping increase its income and support.‭ ‬Fortunately,‭ ‬no one allows Hamilton or me to decide what is‭ “‬art‭” ‬or to exclude pieces that are not to our taste.

Whooo,‭ ‬I feel better now.

Since I don't have Rose Mimms original letter,‭ ‬I can't comment on Fewell's refutation of it.‭ ‬I think it is funny how Mrs.‭ ‬Fewell attacks Mrs.‭ ‬Mimms for being single-mindedly focused on abortion and not supportive of the ERA,‭ ‬but is completely focused on women's rights.

Then she states that she doesn't believe that all men‭ "‬work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.‭"  ‬Well,‭ ‬I don't believe that the New York Yankees have any business being in the World Series seemingly every year,‭ ‬but that doesn't change the reality of the situation.‭ 

But hey,‭ ‬Bill Wavering makes a much better case than I do.‭  ‬Here is what he wrote:‭

Women are not victims of the‭ “‬patriarchy‭” ‬as some recent letters here have implied,‭ ‬as far as I’m concerned.

Yes,‭ ‬left-wing feminists love to note that women make‭ ‬77‭ ‬cents on the dollar compared to men.‭ ‬They’re not so fond of mentioning that it’s because men work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.

If that wasn’t true,‭ ‬all you’d need to do to make a mint is start an all female business where the women would work at‭ ‬77‭ ‬cents on the dollar compared to men‭; ‬then you’d undercut the labor costs of your competitors and make a killing.‭ ‬Of course,‭ ‬nobody does that because the‭ “‬income gap‭” ‬doesn’t exist in any meaningful sense in the real world-‭ ‬the one that the rest of us live in.


Well said,‭ ‬and well reasoned.

Next we have Victor Jacuzzi from Little Rock.

Work together‭? ‬Ha‭!

The recent U.S.‭ ‬Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act created the perfect view of the Republican Party in Congress and why very little gets done,‭ ‬in my opinion.

We all know that the law is not perfect,‭ ‬but it builds a solid foundation for advancing the provisions and mechanisms for the delivery of health care in this country.

From my perspective,‭ ‬the Democrats voiced their pride that the work done in Congress resulted in a bill that was defined as constitutional.‭ ‬There was no denigration of the efforts to distort the positive benefits of the bill.‭ ‬They seemed to express the hope that now there could be a bipartisan approach to implementation,‭ ‬and as necessary,‭ ‬working to refine the law for the betterment of the American people.

On the other hand,‭ ‬the Republican leaders‭ (‬each and every one of them,‭ ‬as far as I could see‭) ‬were so upset that they had no conciliatory message,‭ ‬but instead threatened‭ (‬again and again‭) ‬to take action to repeal the entire law.‭ ‬This is the proverbial‭ “‬my way or the highway‭” ‬attitude,‭ ‬and you can see where that has led us.

I believe the Republicans will predictably spend the rest of the year arguing about how to eradicate the health-care law instead of working together to make it work‭ (‬not to mention the forsaken promises to create jobs‭)‬.

This posturing may energize the base,‭ ‬but will only cause more dysfunction in Congress.‭ ‬They’ve gotten real good at this.

This letter is illustrative of the arrogance that pervades liberalism.‭  ‬Victor wants Republicans to‭ "‬work together‭" ‬with Democrats to make the Obamacare bill work.‭  ‬He seems to miss the fact that Democrats didn't‭ "‬work together‭" ‬with Republicans to make the bill more palatable.‭  ‬Where was their need to‭ "‬work together‭"? 
And, thinking about it, I can't even remember the last time that the national Democratic Party worked together with the national Republican Party on any national issue.

Next,‭ ‬we have a real doozy from Theo Rodgers of North Little Rock.‭  ‬It's such a doozy,‭ ‬I'm going to have to fisk it:

A fork-tongued GOP

I am more than certain that this letter is not going to make it onto the hate-filled,‭ ‬garbage-minded,‭ ‬Republican/Tea Bag-spouting Voices page.

Actually, Theo, the term is Tea Partier.  To continue to spout “Tea Bagger" shows an unhealthy attachment to the double meaning.  Perhaps you were (willingly or unwillingly) exposed to the second meaning of tea bagging.  That’s the only thing I can think of that would explain such an attachment to the term.

This state is in dire need of a sensible,‭ ‬centrist,‭ ‬fair and neutral newspaper.‭ ‬I have been a subscriber to this paper for years,‭ ‬but it’s hard for me to continue to read the racist diatribes and bald-faced lies spoken by fork-tongued Republican/Tea Baggers.

How can a person say that Rush Limbaugh’s views are spot on and everything this country needs and still call himself a Christian‭? ‬I am a‭ ‬68-year-old African-American.‭

What those two sentences have to do with each other, I really don’t know.  Rush Limbaugh is in his 60's.  That's the only connection that I can make between them. 

I served this country for‭ ‬23  1/2‭ ‬years in the U.S.‭ ‬Army.‭

Twenty-three and a half years.  Not twenty-three.  Not twenty-four.  I wasn’t aware that the military did half-year terms.  Something doesn’t quite add up in that statement.

I was a teenager during the Central High incident.‭ ‬It seems that the Republicans want those days back again,‭ ‬but what really eats at their craw is the fact that a man with black skin is in charge.‭ ‬That just eats them alive.‭ ‬It’s the usual gutter tripe about calling Republicans racist,‭ ‬or Republicans not attacking the president because he’s black but rather because of his policies.

Yes, Theo, that what it is.  If only Obama were white, we’d be completely on board with his programs.  They are things that we’ve really been working for for all these years, and now we have to stop our support for them until Obama is out of office.  Oh, drat the luck, that the first President to implement these programs is black.

Hey, since he’s half-black and half-white, is it all right if we just half-oppose his programs?

Oh,‭ ‬really‭? ‬George W.‭ ‬Bush—remember him‭? ‬So you are telling me that Barack Obama has done a worse job than Bush‭?

Uh, yeah?  In the year 2000, I voted unenthusiastically for Bush, and my enthusiasm hasn't increased much since then.  In retrospect, I appreciate what he did to keep this country safe.  I think that in the future, whenever somebody messes something up, they will have obamaed it all up.

Give me a break‭!

I’m really trying, Theo, I really am.  But when you put your name to something so soul-breakingly stupid, you’re going to get mocked, no matter who or what you are.

I can’t speak for other conservatives, but I consider Obama to be even worse than the worst President ever, Jimmuh Carter.  And that’s quite a feat, considering that Obama isn’t even all the way through with his (hopefully) only term.

Just as I had a uniform,‭ ‬I believe Republicans have a uniform,‭ ‬too,‭ ‬but they never wear theirs in public—you know,‭ ‬the white sheets with the emblem on the chest and those pointy hats with veils so no one can see their faces.

Theo, Theo, Theo.  Why on Earth would Republicans take the official uniform of the Democratic Party?

Oh, how I wish this was the last installment of this feature, but I've already got more stupidity picked out.
See you then.
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