Arkansas Families First, the group formed to oppose a conservative Christian's group push to ban adoption and foster parenting by unmarried couples, has produced a nine-minute video that offers compelling testimony by real people against the act. A former foster child, a social worker, a pediatrician, a psychologist and a civil libertarian all provide easy to understand testimony about why the proposal would be bad for children. A spokesman for the ACLU predicts a successful lawsuit should the law pass. Defeating the proposal will not only help kids, it will save the state money. The link to the video follows. Check it out and send the link to friends.
Have you hugged a biker today?
Whether encouraged by fitness or finance (high gas prices), more people are pedaling two-wheelers these days. And bikers appreciate those who appreciate them. Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas has a program to recognize people who contribute to a bike-friendly environment. Previous awards have gone to Central Arkansas Transit for the bike racks on the buses, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for its bicycle friendly facility, Kitty Lane for the carrot bike racks at the River Market, the city of Maumelle for its bike paths, North Little Rock Main Street Argenta for bike racks on Main Street, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit to stop the building of the vehicular road over Jimerson Creek, and the Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse for its bike racks.
Care to nominate a bike supporter for an award? Write firstname.lastname@example.org.
No T-shirts allowed
Barack Obama T-shirts, coming in a multitude of designs, are big with his supporters. McCain not so much, but they exist. So here's a warning to voters who like to shirt up in support for their candidates: You can't vote in the T's.
Arkansas's electioneering law applies not just to those who are campaigning near a polling place but to entering voters: No candidate T-shirts, buttons, hats, literature — nothing with a candidate's name on it is allowed within 100 feet of the entrance to the polls. That's why all those folks waving signs at you at the polling places are standing (or should be) so far away. It's the law.
So what happens if you show up in your T-shirt? The poll worker will ask you to step outside and turn your shirt inside out. Then you can come back in to vote. Buttons, hats and literature must be left behind.