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Tuesday night line — BREAKING shootout in California

Posted by Max Brantley on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

JEOPARDY WINNER: Leonard Cooper of eStem. He bet big on a movie question and got the answer, "12 Angry Men."
  • JEOPARDY WINNER: Leonard Cooper of eStem. He bet big on a movie question and got the answer, "12 Angry Men."

The line is open. Finishing up:

BREAKING NEWS: CNN is covering a reported shootout between law officers and ex-LA cop Christopher Dorner. Two deputies reportedly wounded in Big Bear, Calif., area. He's reportedly barricaded in a cabin.

JEOPARDY WINNER: Leonard Cooper of eStem. He bet big on a movie question and got the answer, 12 Angry Men.
  • JEOPARDY WINNER: Leonard Cooper of eStem. Trailing after the first day of the two-day event, he bet big on a Daily Double literature question and got the answer based on "12 Angry Men."

* ESTEM STUDENT WINS JEOPARDY TEEN TOURNAMENT: A: Won $75,000. Q: Leonard Cooper, a senior at the eStem Public Charter School High School, who won the Jeopardy Teen Tournament, filmed in November but aired today. Gavin Lesnick of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette joined Cooper and fellow students to watch a taped version of the show today. Jeopardy has posted an interview with him on-line. I'll break another small piece of news about the Jeopardy winner. He was chosen in judging last weekend as one of this year's Arkansas Times Academic All-Stars. The annual team will be revealed April 25, but letters went out to our winners yesterday. The school will re-air the show at a chili supper/student-faculty trivia match at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to raise money for the school activity fund.

* BEDTIME READING FOR POLITICAL JUNKIES: It's from The New Republic. "Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people."

The true problem, as yet unaddressed by any Republican standard-bearer, originates in the ideology of modern conservatism. When the intellectual authors of the modern right created its doctrines in the 1950s, they drew on nineteenth-century political thought, borrowing explicitly from the great apologists for slavery, above all, the intellectually fierce South Carolinian John C. Calhoun. This is not to say conservatives today share Calhoun's ideas about race. It is to say instead that the Calhoun revival, based on his complex theories of constitutional democracy, became the justification for conservative politicians to resist, ignore, or even overturn the will of the electoral majority.

This is the politics of nullification, the doctrine, nearly as old as the republic itself, which holds that the states, singly or in concert, can defy federal actions by declaring them invalid or simply ignoring them. We hear the echoes of nullification in the venting of anti-government passions and also in campaigns to "starve government," curtail voter registration, repeal legislation, delegitimize presidents. There is a strong sectionalist bias in these efforts.

Nullification? Why does that make me think of the Arkansas legislature, Republican Party and Medicaid?

* OUCH: I feel Little Rock writer Suzi Parker's pain, having picked up some stinkers from the web myself. But, no, Sarah Palin is not going to work for al-Jazeera. Romenesko expands on breitbart snark about the Washington Post blog item. It was based on the Daily Currant: Other headlines today — 'Obama to declare America a socialist state,' and 'Catholic Church considering Jerry Sandusky as next pope.'

* REPUBLICANS: LET'S NOT PROTECT ALL WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The U.S. Senate today voted 78-22 to extend the Violence Against Women Act. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman was among the 22, all Republicans, who voted no. Republicans have a problem with parts of the bill that bar federal funded agencies from discrimination against gays and lesbians and that allow undocumented immigrants who are violence victims to seek legal status. They also quibble with protection for Native Americans. The House Republican majority last year wouldn't pass the bill with those measures. They insist on preserving the legal ability to discriminate against gay people. It is that simple. Talking Points Memo has more.

* REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE STARTS TO STRANGLE GOVERNMENT: Legislation that the Beebe administration contends unconstitutionally passes budgetary decisions to the executive branch came out of a House committee today. It limits growth in state spending to 3 percent or a three-year rolling average on revenue, whichever is less. Special needs? Disasters? Tough. Government must shrink and needs must go unmet. In hard times, prisoners will be cut loose and patrol cars will be garaged. It's a Mickey Mouse way to run a government. But it looks like the banner will be waved high.

* FIREFIGHTER MONUMENT APPROVED FOR CAPITOL GROUNDS: The secretary of state's office says the commission that oversees Capitol grounds today had approved the long-gestating memorial to fallen firefighters, a project that reportedly has reached construction and maintenance financial goals after eight years. It will be on the west side of the Capitol on the mall and could be dedicated by October. The commission also heard a presentation from the Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame, but took no action on a request for installation of the Hall of Fame in the Capitol foyer.

* ASU WARNS OF TAX FRAUD SCHEME: Arkansas State University has circulated a news release that indicates somebody got hold of personal information of ASU employees and used it to attempt to claim tax refunds with fraudulent returns. Release follows:

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University today encouraged its employees to take preventative financial security measures after learning of possible fraudulent filing of federal tax returns.

The ASU Department of Finance and Administration on Monday received reports that employees who have not filed tax returns for 2012 had received letter 4464C, which relates to refunds, from the Internal Revenue Service. At least 16 employees are known to have received the letter.

"The information we have received appears to indicate that someone has fraudulently obtained personal information and used it to file tax returns," said Dr. Len Frey, ASU vice chancellor for finance. "We do not know who obtained their personally identifiable information or how."

Frey said ASU has notified the IRS and is investigating the situation. The university also sent employees information to contact the IRS directly.

"We will cooperate with authorities to determine who obtained and used the information," Frey said. "We are also reviewing all internal processes and communicating with our third-party vendors that have access to employee information."

Frey said the apparent fraudulent activity is a "very serious" matter and that the university will take whatever steps are necessary to determine what happened.

"I regret the inconvenience members of our staff are facing because of what appears is be illegal activity," Frey said. "We will continue to keep everyone informed as we get more information."

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Senators who voted against the bill included Republicans John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Jeff Thune (N.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.).

Not an auspicious beginning for Rubio if he hopes to woo the ladies into voting for him. Another part of the bill that Repubs did not like was the provision for prosecuting people who commit crimes on tribal lands. Many rapes of Native American women (the majority of which are committed by whites) are never prosecuted because of jurisdictional issues.

Thank you, Mark Pryor, and a big raspberry to Boozer. McCain was on the side of the angels on this one. There are big reservations in his state. There are more Native Americans in Oklahoma than any other state---apparently Inhofe and Coburn don't feel they are a constituency worth standing up for.

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Posted by the outlier on 02/12/2013 at 3:04 PM

Really, the majority of Native Americans are raped by Whites? Where did you come up with that nugget? Sergio Leone westerns?

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Posted by Bluefriction on 02/12/2013 at 3:17 PM

More than 86 percent of rapes against Native American women are carried out by non-native men, most of them white, according to the Justice Department.

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Posted by Hackett on 02/12/2013 at 3:34 PM

Copy & Paste from Rock Candy blog -

"Oxford American Editor Roger Hodge will be on The Colbert Report tonight"…

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Posted by radical centrist on 02/12/2013 at 3:47 PM

"Nearly 4 in 5 American Indian victims of rape/sexual assault described the offender as white."
American Indians and Crime, 1992-2002, page 9…

"Federal statistics show that AI/AN women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the U.S. in general and more than one in three will be raped during their lifetimes. In 86 percent of reported rapes or sexual assaults on Native women, the perpetrators are non-Native; this disparity is not typical of any other ethnicity since perpetrators are usually found
to be the same race as the victim."
Native American Statistical Abstract: Violence and Victimization, page 4…

There's your damn nugget.

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Posted by RazorbackArmyVet on 02/12/2013 at 3:48 PM

"Nullification? Why does that make me think of the Arkansas legislature, Republican Party and Medicaid?"

Because the only reason 99% of people will use the word nullification nowadays will be to call their opponents neoconfederate racists. No one calls the state level marijuana legalization movements drug law nullification advocates, but they are.

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Posted by Gylippus on 02/12/2013 at 3:52 PM

Thanks for spoiling the Leonard Cooper appearance on Jeopardy which is on Ch5, fort baptist at 4:30 THIS AFTERNOON.

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Posted by ozarkrazo on 02/12/2013 at 4:08 PM

Always festive, watching the hidebound, frightened, bewildered Old World resisting / trying participating in the New.

The Natural State is not alone.

Associated Press just bungled the whole same-sex marriage thing. Then tried walking it back and bungled some more.…

Ed Koch is still dead.

Certain Arkansas politicians are still in closets.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, except; mothballs.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 02/12/2013 at 4:15 PM

Making the rounds:

The Pope is resigning! I guess he took that Notre Dame loss to Alabama a lot harder than people thought.

The Pope said he was stepping down at age 85 because he could no longer handle the job physically. To which Lance Armstrong said, "I've got some stuff that can help you with that."

The Pope said that at age 85 he cannot physically go on. Meanwhile, Hugh Hefner is going to be 87 and he just married a 26-year-old. So much for that celibate lifestyle!

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Posted by Cato on 02/12/2013 at 4:39 PM

ES will especially like this- "Jim Cramer's Still Bitter About His 2009 Spat with Jon Stewart". Two great videos:

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Posted by Sound Policy on 02/12/2013 at 4:42 PM

Also, the denouement of the Jeopardy Teen tournament was ruined for many in South Arkansas where we get it on Channel 8 out of Monroe, LA at 4:30 PM.

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Posted by Salieri on 02/12/2013 at 5:00 PM

Oh damn.
Bluefriction shut down by facts.

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Posted by the real any*mouse but login hates me on 02/12/2013 at 5:37 PM

I watched Jeopardy, and the Little Rock lad is one smart boy. Also gutsy. He risked all on a Daily Double, and then drew a ridiculously easy question: What were the "12 Angry Men" in the movie up to. Going into final jeopardy he could not lose, so he bet nothing.

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Posted by plainjim on 02/12/2013 at 5:48 PM

Thanks Hackett and RazorbackArmyvet,

BF, you're an idiot.

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Posted by the outlier on 02/12/2013 at 5:58 PM

My pleasure to serve humble pie to RWNJ trolls.

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Posted by RazorbackArmyVet on 02/12/2013 at 6:25 PM

Condolences to Suzi.

Drink a Niagara and think of me. That will cheer you up.

Posted by radical centrist on 02/12/2013 at 6:33 PM

I'm with the outlier on BF.

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Posted by ozarkrazo on 02/12/2013 at 6:49 PM

Still a maroon, BF?

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Posted by MarcKyle1964 on 02/12/2013 at 7:43 PM…

Here's an amendment to the "Pregnant Woman Protection Act:" Arm fetuses! Fetii? the fetus gets to buy guns from the moment its little fetal finger can pull a trigger!

Posted by GrizLee Bear on 02/12/2013 at 7:44 PM

Yeah, somebody really fell for that obvious joke line about Benedict making Jerry Sandusky the next pope.

No, the significance of the background of the abdication news story was that Benedict's announcement was made at the time he was announcing the upcoming sanctification of Joe Paterno and other candidates for sainthood.

Posted by GrizLee Bear on 02/12/2013 at 8:07 PM

The stupid that is forming now in the Arkansas legislature is like that proverbial snowball that starts at the top of the hill/mountain and grows as it rolls. Until something rises up to stop it.

Wake up, Arkansas.

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Posted by wannabee conservative on 02/12/2013 at 8:10 PM

One more note, BF and SR? Feed them no more.

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Posted by wannabee conservative on 02/12/2013 at 8:12 PM

Here's a good way to get to Republicans--put this bumper sticker on your car!…

Posted by NeverVoteRepublican on 02/12/2013 at 8:35 PM

"The stupid that is forming now in the Arkansas legislature is like that proverbial snowball..."

More like a shitball. That's Rapert on top.…

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Posted by Olphart on 02/12/2013 at 8:41 PM


Q: How many Arkansas Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Guns and Abortion.

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