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TomSlick's Journal
TomSlick's Journal
August 12, 2021

A very small bit of surprising good news on Covid.

Last week, a state court trial court judge in Pulaski County (Little Rock), Arkansas, entered a temporary restraining order (not a final decision) stopping enforcement of the Arkansas law prohibiting mask mandates in public schools pending a final hearing in a lawsuit challenging the law. The case will certainly ultimately be decided by the Arkansas Supreme Court where I would not hazard a prediction about the outcome.

That decision was surprising enough but my home town school district in south Arkansas has decided to institute a mask mandate on the strength of the TRO. Granted my home town is slightly pinker than most of the blood red state but I still find the decision surprisingly brave.

Maybe - just maybe - people are finally becoming concerned about the lives of our children.

August 5, 2021

I've got to tell someone and no one here really knows who I am, so "tag" DU is it.

I am the proud grandfather of the cutest, smartest two and a half year old in the history of humankind. I've just learned he is to be the big brother - of twins!

As of yet, I am forbidden to tell anyone, so keep it on the down-low.

May 16, 2021

I was caught off guard by the change in the CDC mask guidance. I was confused and skeptical.

Then I remembered what I have been saying for months: "I'll wear a mask until Dr. Fauci tells me I don't have to."

Well, Dr. Fauci has told me I don't have to keep wearing the damned mask. I will accept the good news. Well, maybe except at Walmart - people there scare me.

May 7, 2021

I attended a commissioning this morning.

The last time I was at a commissioning ceremony was my own in 1979.

For a couple of years, I have been mentoring a young ROTC cadet as she planned her pre-law program, worked her way through the process of applying for law school, and obtaining an educational delay from the Army. She invited me to attend the commissioning. I am confident she will do well in law school and be a fine JAG officer.

I was surprised how moving I found it all to be.

February 10, 2021

My elderly parents got their first Covid-19 shots today!

My college professor wife is to get her second shot in a couple of weeks.

Now, if my in-laws could get theirs, I'd feel much better.

I'm not quite old enough to get my shot anytime soon - maybe in the summer.

February 9, 2021

Legislation Alert!

A Bill introduced in the Arkansas House (House Joint Resolution 1005) proposes an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to require a super majority (60%) vote for any law to be adopted by initiative or referendum.


If adopted by the General Assembly and approved by the vote of the people (interestingly by a simple majority), it will be very difficult for the people to pass laws by initiative or referendum. For the sake of consistency, the Bill should include changing the State Motto from "Regnat Populus" - The People Rule. I propose ""Pecunia Loquitur" - Money Talks.

If any of you have a state legislator who will talk to you (mine hates me), let them know this is a really bad idea.

February 6, 2021

To give the Devil his due.

Governor Asa Hutchinson was interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

To give the Devil his due, Asa sounds remarkably reasonable for a Republiqan in this day and time. He allows that he would have voted to strip MTG of her committee assignments.

Skip ahead to 7:45 unless you want to hear him lie about how well vaccinations are going in Arkansas.


January 26, 2021

I am concerned about CJ Roberts not presiding over the impeachment trial.

I have read several stories about CJ Roberts not presiding over the upcoming impeachment trial. I have seen references to CJ Roberts not wanting the job. What I cannot find is whether CJ Roberts affirmatively declined to preside. According to CNN, both CJ Roberts and Senate pro temp Leahy are declining to answer the question.

I understand the argument that since Trump is not the current president, the constitutional requirement that the CJ preside over impeachment trials does not apply. I am uncertain of that argument. Moreover, it undermines the argument in response to the Trumpster's argument that an impeachment of a former President is somehow improper that the Senate trial is a continuation of an impeachment process that began in the House while Trump was still President

I think that CJ Roberts should recuse from the impeachment trial because it seems likely that, at some point or other, Trump will challenge the constitutionality of the impeachment trial. However, I hope CJ Roberts was invited to preside and affirmatively declined.

January 22, 2021

I was finally able to watch Wednesday night's inaugural concert.


Amazing performances. Fireworks like I've never seen.

Most moving of all - Brayden Harrington recited part of JFK's inaugural speech.

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Arkansas
Home country: USA
Current location: Arkansas, USA
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About TomSlick

I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.
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