Category: Culture

Adventures in Idiocy: The Worst Letter to the Editor, Dec. 23, 2010

It’s been a little while since I did this, but that is only due to lack of time, not lack of material.  Today on page 7B of the Democrat-Gazette, we see this gem from Charles Vermont of Prescott.

Folk wisdom lacking

It seems that the sociologically reasoned members of Congress in the lame-duck, many of whom will soon be departed, decided to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Many of the same have no relatives serving in the military and they also share the belief that the military is overstretched and stressed in its current commitments.…

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1011

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO REQUIRE A PARTY’S SIGNATURE ON A DECREE OF DIVORCE BEFORE THE COURT MAY ENTER THE DECREE OF DIVORCE WHEN THAT PARTY IS REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL

Sponsors: Jon Woods (R-93), 479-200-3100, [email protected]

Purpose: Creates Ark. Code Ann. 9-12-326, which would require that a divorce decree be signed by a person in a divorce action, even where s/he is represented by an attorney, before the court may enter the decree. …

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1010

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO REQUIRE PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROVIDE FOR CIVIL LIABILITY FOR PARENTS IF THEIR CHILDREN DEFACE PROPERTY WITH GRAFFITI

Sponsors: Justin Harris (R-87), 479-871-8542, [email protected]; Jon Woods (R-93), 479-200-3100, [email protected]

Purpose: To amend Ark. Code Ann. 9-25-102 and hold parents civilly liable up to $5000 if the parents’ minor child who resides with the parents “maliciously or willfully … damage[s or] deface[s]” just about any property. …

A Reply To Josh Mesker of The Family Council

It seems that Josh Mesker of the Family Council has authored a “rebuttal” to my reply to David Cox’s original article.  It’s a fantastic opus of misunderstood law, logical fallacies, misunderstandings of social science and the applicability of studies, and agenda-driven sleight of hand.  However, because Josh — Sterling College class of 2007, degree in Communications — wants to pretend like he has a nuanced and thorough understanding of the law, let’s start, like every good first-year law school class does, with a hypothetical:

Say we have a couple. …

2011 Legislative Preview: HB 1009

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Bill Name: AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF SEX OFFENDERS REGISTERED IN ANOTHER STATE.

Sponsors: Justin Harris (R-87), 479-871-8542, [email protected]; Jon Woods (R-93), 479-200-3100, [email protected]

Purpose: If a registered sex offender from another state moves to Arkansas, and if that offender would be classified as a level-3 offender or higher under Arkansas law, this bill would allow a “local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction” to notify the public by posting within a three-mile radius of the offender’s Arkansas address a one-page flyer that includes the offender’s picture, his or her residential address, the state where s/he is registered, and “any other pertinent information that would contribute to the safety of the public.”  These postings are limited to a specific set of public locations, including schools and churches.…