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An erudite member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas (he's one of the worthless ones, teaches liberal arts as opposed to something productive and Walton-approved) is compiling a calendar of Arkansas history. In an e-mail today, he reports "Today in Arkansas history and why I love it":

1886 Isaac McCracken of Ozone elected National President of The Agricultural Wheel.

1919 Arkansas becomes 12th state to ratify federal Woman Suffrage Amendment, Senate vote 20-2, House vote 76-19.

1988 Governor Bill Clinton is guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he is given a chance to respond to Carson's jokes about Clinton's gawdawful nominating speech at Democratic National Convention.

1989 Congressman Tommy Robinson of Jacksonville announced this afternoon at the White House that he will switch to the Republican Party, and Arkansas Democrats sigh a collective good riddance.

17 years later, Robinson is headed to jail for assault, after whining that he was provoked to assault a creditor because the creditor made Robinson's  wife cry by buying their liquor store to satisfy a part of the Robinsons' mountain of debt. Poor baby. Remember when Robinson cuffed and jailed a tearful county government bookkeeper because she refused to disobey a court order by cutting Robinson an expense check?


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