Quote of the Week
"If these people are radicalized and they don't support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It's their right and it's our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict."
— Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, during a July 17 appearance on MSNBC to discuss the deadly shootings at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn. He did not explain how "radicalized" people who have not committed crimes would be identified so they could be put in camps, such as the two Japanese-American internment camps in his home state during World War II, at Rohwer and Jerome.
Unqualified to judge
Last August, as he was quietly working on a race for the Arkansas Supreme Court, Circuit Judge Shawn Womack was asked to hear a criminal case in Boone County. It seems the defendant, Phillip Engles, accused of shooting the proprietor of Unique Treasures in Bellafonte (Boone County) during a 2012 robbery, didn't want Circuit Judge John Putman to hear the case, since Engles' lawyer was also representing another defendant accused of threatening Putman. Womack recused, however. In a letter to Judge Putman, Womack's assistant wrote, "He believes that this case would require a more experienced judge with a greater criminal background."
Perhaps unknowing that he'll have to rule on criminal cases as a member of the Supreme Court, Womack, a former Republican senator, announced this year he was running for Justice Paul Danielson's seat. He has no opposition. Let's hope he's boning up on the law. Womack, the author of a bill that would have made it illegal for gay people to adopt, knows one thing that should be criminal: homosexual acts.
Hillary looks forward
At the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, in Little Rock on Saturday, headliner Hillary Clinton proclaimed the Democratic Party as the party of the future and Republicans the party of the past. She took Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to task for his astoundingly stupid remark that Sen. John McCain was not a war hero and got some laughs at his expense, saying, "Finally, a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine."
The event at Verizon Arena, attended by 2,000, raised about $450,000 for the party. An after-party at South on Main was spoiled, however, by a gun-toting robber who stuck up several people as they left the restaurant.
Armed and calling the Hogs
Prior to his campaign-killing attack on McCain in Iowa, The Donald posed with a rifle at last Friday's Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner in Hot Springs to raise funds for the state Republican Party, called the Hogs and declared, "I love the Mexican people," though he characterized some of them as rapists in a speech in June. He added at the Hot Springs event that he will win the Mexican vote because he'll be so successful at bringing back jobs to the United States — including those going to Mexico. "Who would you rather have negotiating against Mexico, [Jeb] Bush, Hillary or Trump?" he asked the crowd. He also called for an end to "gun-free zones" and called Arianna Huffington, whose Huffington Post has announced it will only cover Trump in its entertainment section, "a terrible woman."
Duggars can stop counting
TLC network has officially canceled "19 Kids and Counting," the reality show featuring the Duggar family, pulling the reruns it was showing after the revelation about Josh Duggar's molesting of his little sisters and other young girls when he was a teenager. In response, the Duggar family issued a statement: "Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life's problems."
By the numbers
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its Kids Count report for 2015. Casey, using data from 2013, now ranks Arkansas as 44th in child well-being. Some other numbers:
202,000 - The number of children living in poverty, or 29 percent — a worsening from 25 percent in 2008. The national percentage is 22.
245,000 - The number of children whose parents lack secure employment, or 34 percent — a worsening from 32 percent in 2008. The national percentage is 31.
55 - The percentage of children not attending preschool, a worsening from 52 percent in 2007-09. The national percentage is 54.
10 - The percent of teenagers who are not in school and not working, an improvement over 12 percent in 2008. The national percentage is 8.
68 - The percent of fourth-graders who are not proficient in reading, an improvement over 2007, when it was 71 percent. The national percentage is 66.
72 - The percentage of eighth-graders not proficient in mathematics, an improvement over 2007, when it was 76 percent. The national percentage is 66.