The line is open. Final words:
* SAVING SOULS AND LOSING DAUGHTERS
: Eric Francis calls my attention to a fine piece of reporting and writing in Texas Monthly
on a cultish church in the small town of Wells, Texas, that has split the community. The story is built around a Huntsville, Ark.
, couple trying to be reunited with their adult daughter, who's joined the church. What in the name of God .....
* FUGITIVE 'NURSE' ARRESTED
: The U.S. attorney's office announced today that authorities had arrested a woman indicted for using fake identification to get a job as a school nurse in Searcy. She was arrested in Howell County, Mo., by local officers and Social Security agents. Here's the news on the original indictment.
* SUFFER THE CHILDREN
: Check this compendium of rankings
on child povert
y in the U.S. and children at risk of hunger. You'll find Arkansas in the bottom 10 in nearly every case. And then think of Tom Cotton
, who thinks the U.S. spends too much on food stamps.
* GUN NUTTERY ON PARADE:
The gun nuts who think some poorly drafted legislation opened the door to open carry of weapons in Arkansas (remember that a real open carry bill was killed in the House) are going to have another strap-on display Saturday, with an armed march in the River Market district of Little Rock. City says they haven't obtained a permit, though one might not be needed if they're just walking on a public sidewalk. I trust the rules will be applied as strictly to the gun nuts as the city applied rules to Occupy Little Rock
, arrested when they tried to stand still
in an anniversary observance at the Occupy campground. No stopping in a walk along the sidewalk to harangue people with gun diatribes or to allow weapon fondling.
* TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
: MSNBC has apologized to the Republican Party
for a Tweet the GOP found offensive. Am I the only one who finds it funny that a Tweet about racist right-wingers is taken by the Republican Party to mean THEM? Who said the Republican Party was nothing but right-wingers? Maybe the Republicans were objecting to limiting an allegation of racism to right-wingers. Maybe left-wingers also spewed hate on General Mills for those ads with the mixed-race family?