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January 10, 2008

Vol 5 • No 52

The power of prayer

Populist Huckabee charges across the Iowa prairie.

The Spa's home companion

They say Garrison Keillor really loves Hot Springs. Seems so.

Has it occurred to you ...

... how stupid "Iowa" is? Never again, I hope.

'I'm not for Hillary, but ...'

Did the media dogpile on Hillary cause a backlash among women? A woman writing in Salon says so.

Books

What's happening in January.

What we're reading

Here are the top 10 bestsellers from three local bookstores. Data is most recent available.

Globetrotting

Even in this age of Lebrons and Kobes, the Harlem Globetrotters could never be called passe. Sure, they're still goofy; they've still got names like “Moo Moo” and “Sweet Pea,” and I'm sure they're still doing granny-shot tricks. But the 'Trotters still re

Fresh catch

Argenta Seafood finally opened last month after a long delay.

Words, Jan. 10

In the Dec. 20 issue, we discussed the meaning of “the skin of my teeth,” a phrase used by Job, but failed to reach a substantive conclusion.

The Observer, Jan. 10

Having recently overindulged on the leftovers of the traditional family Christmas Eve dinner and wanting to do a little research into the old camera he'd received as a present, a special deputy Observer was parked on Main Street in downtown North Little R

Zoos at a glance

Radio Daze

Talk to enough on-air radio talent, and you’ll soon find out that they’re largely a cursed lot, wandering the Earth from station to station, doomed to see their jobs evaporate with the latest format change or the slightest downtick in the ratings.

What's cookin', Jan. 10

Smart Talk, Jan. 10

A prize-winning photo and an Arkie angle on a liberal blogger are topics this week.

Year-end countdown, part two

OK, I'll admit it: I'm having trouble letting go of 2007. Before Christmas, we ran a countdown of the top 10 local albums of the year. Below, I've included all the musical and cultural tidbits that didn't fit that format, developments I couldn't leave alo

Editorial cartoon, Jan. 10

To-do list, Jan. 10

The Boondogs, Globetrotters, Dwele, Michael Feldman's 'Whad'ya Know," Trina, George Strait, Lee Brice, WWE Smackdown, Thick Syrup Mondays and the Ten Tenors.

Zoos at a glance

Books

What's happening in January.

‘Atonement' is amazing

Though British costume drama has never really been my bag — too staid, too dull, too much velvet — I’ll just go ahead and tell you that I was absolutely captivated by “Atonement.”

Resolutions, ’08

I think I might try my hand this year at being an aphorist. I don’t know though; I like the honey but I’m allergic to the stings.

In brief

Ted Ludwig, ghosts, Jackson Waters, MMA, short films and more.

Diluting democracy

“You’re required to have a photo ID to get a library card, a video from Blockbuster and get on an airplane, but you’re not [to vote] for president of the United States. How sad is that?” — State Rep. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, in support of legislation that

Q-and-A for a day

Here are the most compelling questions and one man’s answers for tonight’s New Hampshire primary.

The insider, Jan. 10

The three interconnected charter schools going into the former Arkansas Gazette building this fall will get a substantial financial boost from a privately funded, as-yet-unnamed “charter management organization.”

President Huckabee

It hit me Saturday night, watching the ABC debates in New Hampshire and again Sunday, when Fox talked with Republican candidates.

Candidate Huckabee

I worked for the state juvenile services agency when Mike Huckabee was Arkansas governor. He gave orders to privatize the state juvenile training school (the former Alexander Youth Services Center) because the occasional escapes and suicides were hurting

Orval, Jan. 10

This modern world, Jan. 10

Smarmy populism

In the season of extreme political makeovers, Mike Huckabee stands out only for the frequency and cleverness of his mutations.

The Week that Was, Dec. 27-Jan. 8

It was a good week for … MIKE HUCKABEE. He handily won the Iowa Republican caucus (in a week we didn't publish) and moved to the front of the pack for the nomination for president. Can he be more than the church vote candidate?

The new year begins in Dallas

Senior forward Charles Thomas stood up and testified to the value of experience, leadership and heart in the second half of the Baylor game last Saturday night.

Walk(-on) Hard

You may not have noticed him yet - after all, no points in only three games played is hardly an eye-catching performance - but the addition of sophomore guard Stephen Cox to this year's basketball team has our staff of walk-on historians abuzzing.

The morning Huck -- UPDATED

SISTERHOOD: John Brummett says that women, including at least one Republican, agreed with his take, during a talk in Fayetteville, that female empathy for sentiment expressed by Hillary Clinton (in video) powered her victory in New Hampshire.

The Republican court

Interested in the photo ID law for voters, argued yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court?

The Republican court

Interested in the photo ID law for voters, argued yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court?

The daily Dumond

Victims Voice, the independent political committee set up by Arkansas Republican Keith Emis, is airing a new ad in South Carolina, the next important battleground state, about Mike Huckabee's advocacy of freedom for rapist and killer Wayne Dumond.

The daily Dumond

Victims Voice, the independent political committee set up by Arkansas Republican Keith Emis, is airing a new ad in South Carolina, the next important battleground state, about Mike Huckabee's advocacy of freedom for rapist and killer Wayne Dumond.

NLR's mothball fleet and more

The excitable folks at the Levy Project say this week's Times of North Little Rock is loaded with good stuff about Argenta doings.

Response to ethics penalty

I heard late last night that the state Ethics Commission had negotiated a settlement to a complaint about discrepancies in campaign finance reports filed in the last Little Rock School Board election by incumbent Michael Daugherty, who was re-elected after a runoff contest against Anna Swaim.

D-Mac in a rumble -- UPDATE III

Holy Heisman, Batman. In fact, a Hog named Batman comes to mind..

D-Mac in a rumble -- UPDATE III

Holy Heisman, Batman. In fact, a Hog named Batman comes to mind..

UA speculation

David Gearhart. What do you think?

UA speculation

David Gearhart. What do you think?

Thursday To-Do: Boondogs - Meryll

THE BOONDOGS9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.Just when we’ve finally got all the songs of “A Thousand Ships” memorized, the Boondogs are back with new material.

Free Candy: Rockst*r- Gettin' Cash feat. Sean West

Always up to something new, local rapper Rockst*r has a new single, produced by industry heavyweight David Banner.

Free Candy: Robé Flax "Cracks in the Stacks" mix

New long, awesome mix of bouncy, underground disco, boogie, old school house and electro from Robé Flax, the nom de disco of Marc Laney (White County, represent!), who's doing it big on Fayetteville on the DJ scene.

Fashion Saturday

A Korto Momolu design DELTA STYLE FASHION SHOW7 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. $10.In conjunction with the 50th Annual Delta Art exhibit, the Arts Center presents a showcase of local fashion designers.

Annals of police harassment

As I was walking through the River Market this afternoon about to eat lunch, I came across a couple of police officers dressing down a black guy.

Wally Watch: January 8, 2008

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to. Jan. 8, 2008: Arkansas would be a good fit for BCS festivities.

Sing Us a Song D-Mac, You're the Piano Man

Although it doesn't excite us very much, we suppose we should weigh in on D-Mac's most recent run-in with the law (Rule 325, Section IV, Sub-section G of the official Sports Blogger Code of Conduct states that all high-profile legal difficulties must be commented on).

The whitest rappers alive love Mike Huckabee

  Web detritus from Iowa: The fellas behind stuckonhuck.com, Des Moines-based brothers Dan and Dave Davidson, have crafted a campaign rap for Mike Huckabee that makes MC Rove look like Eminem.

Another departure

Another resignation has been announced in the Little Rock School District. John Bacon is leaving as principal of Hall High School Jan. 24.

Another departure

Another resignation has been announced in the Little Rock School District. John Bacon is leaving as principal of Hall High School Jan. 24.

Rebel without a car

The Little Rock parking patrol is on the job. Since the car booted here bore an Ole Miss plate, the photographer said some had speculated whether the car might be related to some of the Hog staff recently departed.

A populist charges across the Iowa prairie

On Jan. 3, the day of the Iowa caucuses, the front page of the local section of the Des Moines Register featured a story on Des Moines’s recent growth: downtown d.m. became cool long before fear of frostbite.

Q&A with UA's John White

The life of a University of Arkansas chancellor should be measured in dog years, says retiring Chancellor John A. White.

Soul'd out

Local promotional company Upscale Underground picks up in 2008 what it began late last year: urbane, soul-oriented line-ups of ahead-of-the-curve local and national artists. Dwele, a Grammy-nominated crooner who appears on Kanye West's latest single, “Fla

Taking a gamble

I still think most people in Arkansas will vote for a lottery whose profits are devoted to college scholarships.

'My baby is innocent'

So says Darren McFadden's mother in an interview with Stephens Media. Perhaps he should wait until his 21st birthday before patronizing another bar.

Hays' Navy

Sounds to me like North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays has some explaining to do about the sweetheart lease enjoyed on one of the riverfront scows and the significant sums the city has poured into the project for scant return.

The morning Huck

SEXISM AT WORK: A fine column examining media treatment of Hillary Clinton. To recount the sexist double (and triple and quadruple) standards and misogynist insults to which Clinton has been subjected would take double (or triple or quadruple) the usual column space.

Monkeying around

Jason Wiles, an Arkansas native who heads the evolution education research center at McGill University, Canada's Harvard, has written a piece for Inside Higher Ed taking the hide off candidate Mike Huckabee for his uninformed comments about evolution and the sorry state of scientific education that evolved under Huckabee's leadership.

Dumond duel

I think Mike Huckabee has made another misjudgment. He's personally criticized the mother of the woman slain by Wayne Dumond -- set free from prison with the help of Mike Huckabee -- by saying she was being "exploited" for political purposes.

Final Four...Here We Come

OK - maybe not. That wasn't the most artful win, and at numerous points it was downright ugly.

Unlikeable

What is it about this election? Once again, I find myself agreeing with Charles Krauthammer, who thinks a more important moment for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire wasn't her cracked voice episode, but an Obama misstep during the debate.

Potty mouth is back

You knew it had to happen. Huckabee just can't resist a little toilet humor.

Friday To-Do: 2nd Friday Art Night

Rita Henry SECOND FRIDAY ART NIGHT5 p.m., All over downtown. Free.It's the first 2nd Friday Art Night of 2008 tonight.

National Soul Food Cookoff

Mark the calendar, y'all. The National Soul Food Cook-off is coming to the Clear Channel Metroplex Saturday, Feb. 2.

7 on its side

A 2,000 foot high KATV transmission tower fell today at 1 p.m. The station has more information at its website.

Robohuck

Here's an interesting rundown on the independent group spending a huge sum of money to make millions in "robocalls" in behalf of Mike Huckabee in such states as Michigan, Florida and South Carolina.

Those were the days

This is mostly for newspaper junkies. But the creator of an unsanctioned blog on the doings of the Gannett media company stepped out of the shadows today and identified himself.

Open line

Your turn.

Strait into Alltel

Nobody draws better in Central Arkansas than George Strait. On Saturday, the country legend will try to best the Alltel attendance record he set last year (18,004). For 25 years, Strait has been one of country music's sturdiest stars. (Read on.)

Saturday A.M. To-Do: Michael Feldman

MICHAEL FELDMAN'S ‘WHAD'YA KNOW'9:30 a.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $25-$45.

The morning Huck (and Hill)

THE CHURCH STRATEGY: Does Mike Huckabee have a problem with Catholic voters? This item in Politico touches on a big problem in becoming, as Rush Limbaugh has described Huckabee, an "identity" candidate.

Whad'ya know? UPDATE

Gov. Mike Beebe did swell on Michael Feldman's "Whad'ya Know" radio program, broadcasting this morning from Robinson Center Music Hall.

Why the Lord is looking over Huck

Today's must read: It's a fresh angle on an old story -- the support for Mike Huckabee from Jay Cole, the NWA religious righter who was a critical reason Huckabee supported freedom for Wayne Dumond.

Electability

New CNN poll: (This goes back and forth, but this one I like.) According to the survey, both of the Democratic front-runners, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, hold mostly double-digit -- and statistically identical -- advantages over Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee, drawing greater than 50 percent support in each hypothetical matchup.

Saturday To-Do: Trina - Plies

TRINA / PLIES8 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center, Governor's Hall. $22.

Mike Huckabee's Murderers Row

An anonymous filmmaker adds the names of a couple more freed murderers (with Huckabee connections) to that of Wayne Dumond on the list of dubious decisions Mike Huckabee made on clemency.

Maybe this is what they were celebrating

Darren McFadden, the Hog running back who was at least on the periphery of a bar fight early Thursday in Little Rock, has made the decision to enter the NFL draft, as has been generally expected, ESPN is reporting.

North Little Rock by morning

I don't know if George Strait broke Alltel Arena's attendance record last night, but I do know he was there, thanks to a photo from Nelson Chenault.

This spud's for you

Kat Robinson, on the road in Morrilton for her Tie Dye Travels website: When you are really hungry, do you ever get into an argument with your significant other, trying hard to determine the perfect restaurant to suit your appetite?  It happens almost more than my husband Paul and I like to admit.  Too bad we don't live closer to the Morrilton Drive-Inn Restaurant.  The local favorite (and frequent highway stop) features burgers, catfish, and a great savory/smokey barbeque -- but you can find just about any sort of American food on its menu.  I'm a particular fan of their well-appointed Stuffed Barbeque Potato.

At least it's nonviolent

With major King observances close at hand, the state's M.L. King Commission is in turmoil.

The tin-ear man

John Brummett comments on the coming departure of UA Chancellor John White.

Action figures

Searching as hard as ever for trends, the NY Times style section finds Chuck Norris -- enabled by Mike Huckabee -- is not the only brawling, stomping hero of 1980s culture enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

The morning Hillabee

ENDORSEMENTS: A spate of major Dems, including several more senators, endorse Obama. Josh Marshall thinks it's meaningful.

Silent Sunday

Nothing here but a grocery list. An open thread.

Monkey business

Take a trip to a zoo in any of the larger cities a half-day’s drive or less from Little Rock — Memphis, Dallas or St. Louis — and you’re bound to come down with a case of zoo envy.

The morning Huck UPDATE

BEHIND THE CANDIDATE: Interested to know more about Chip Saltsman, Mike Huckabee's campaign manager? Here's a feature in the alumni magazine of his alma mater, Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

Psst. Hey. Stupid.

It's the economy. There are signs of a slowdown in consumer spending.

Information advertising

Mother Jones thinks a panel of federal judges with a record of Clinton animus may be ready to give Hillary Clinton a victory by ruling that a right-wing attack group may not run anti-Hillary ads if it doesn't report the sources of its money.

Information advertising

Mother Jones thinks a panel of federal judges with a record of Clinton animus may be ready to give Hillary Clinton a victory by ruling that a right-wing attack group may not run anti-Hillary ads if it doesn't report the sources of its money.

Plagiarist?

What kind of man of the cloth would crib somebody else's immigration plan -- word for word in some parts -- and call it his own?

Are you ready for some real work?

Gov. Beebe today announced a workforce readiness program in which potential workers could qualify for a certificate that attests to their readiness based on a test battery.

Hey, Michigan, vote Romney!

Today's YouTube yuck, thanks to Atrios.

Monday To-Do: Thick Syrup

THICK SYRUP PRESENTS9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $4.

McFadden and Jones gone

Apparently Darren McFadden made his departure for the pros official. And, ESPN reports, Felix Jones was right behind him.

An Imperfect Perfect Start to SEC Play

Well, it was another wobbly win, but as was the case on Thursday, we'll take it.

Now all he has to do is get re-elected ...

... and Robbie Wills will be House speaker in 2009. No answer to the burning question posed by Cassandra: Which committee chairs have already been promised to whom?

Moon over Washington

This is interesting inside journalism baseball. Arkansas native Wesley Pruden, who grew up in Arkansas, is retiring as executive editor of the Moonie-controlled Washington Times.

Beebe pardons

The governor announced a batch of potential pardons today. Check them here.

Beebe pardons

The governor announced a batch of potential pardons today. Check them here.

Thanks for the Memories

NFL defenses: watch out. This certainly comes as no surprise, but Darren McFadden and Felix Jones both declared for the NFL Draft today (supportive teammates to the end, they held a joint press conference).

Polysigh

That headline is not my pun. It's the name of a busy blog of political scientists, including Hendrix College's Jay Barth, who blogged for us in Iowa.

AETN update

AETN says it likely will be a couple of weeks before it can restore the analog signal lost when KATV's tower at Redfield collapsed last week.

Charter express

Blake Rutherford's blog has an item about the recruiting pitch for the new Walton-Hussman Memorial Charter School that will open next year at Third and Louisiana.

Charter express

Blake Rutherford's blog has an item about the recruiting pitch for the new Walton-Hussman Memorial Charter School that will open next year at Third and Louisiana.

Race war?

Is it? Hillary tries to put the fire out.

Morning Huck

THE RACIAL DIVIDE: Sometimes, Brummett says, the same words can be heard different ways by different audiences.

Midlife crisis

It's a slow day. So, while this has little to do specifically with Arkansas,  I'm sure it has thousands of individual applications.

Freedom's just another word ...

Interesting tidbit from Morning News coverage of a debate on the effort to vote Benton County wet.

Huckabee's free lunch

There'd be no pain under Mike Huckabee's economic stimulus plan. It would rain riches on us all.

Asked and answered

A question was raised yesterday about whether rising House Speaker Robbie Wills had made any promises about committee chairmanships during the course of his campaign.

Charter express II

The state Board of Education voted 4-1 today to put another charter school in Little Rock. Thanks to legislation pushed by the Walton billions, the state can cram Little Rock full of charter schools -- with track record or no; need demonstrated or not. Today's was the Covenant Keepers application.

The Yin & Yang of Petrino

Although we're only a few weeks into the Bobby Petrino era, it's obvious already that it's going to supply plenty of blogworthy material.

Springdale ends Featherfest

The Iconoclast waxes poetic over the news of the end of a traditional Springdale fest:

Museum maven

Roby Brock reports that Alice Walton has been added to the board of the New York Historical Society, which operates the oldest museum in New York.

'Bedrock competence'

Betsey Wright calls this Susan Faludi op-ed in the LA Times to my attention. It's another look at why more women might have responded to Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

Rosemary White Bean Soup HELP SOUGHT

What do you do when your aunt gives you an immersion blender for Christmas and your mom gives you half of her rosemary plant?

The Founding Father

And be sure you spell Father with that capital F. The Huck leaves some commentators speechless with this today.

Comfort food

Joel DiPippa is back in the kitchen: Over the weekend, I had a few friends over for dinner and drinks.  I decided to try my hand at an old comfort food my father would make and a cocktail I have been perfecting.

Feeling old yet?

The youngsters among the Arkansas Blog readership (and there are some) won't get this, unless they've been watching TV Land carefully.

Feeling old yet?

The youngsters among the Arkansas Blog readership (and there are some) won't get this, unless they've been watching TV Land carefully.

Run, Bloomberg, run

Poll shows he loses to everyone and hurts Republicans. That kind of Unity I can stand.

Jumping the fence

I can't keep up with all the legislative races -- Steve Harrelson's Under the Dome is the go-to spot for comprehensive looks at that -- but I thought I'd mention that I'd heard from Ann Clemmer, a UALR faculty member and occasional sparring partner on Arkansas Week, about her race for the House this year.

Riverfest tidbit

Whoa. Riverfest, today, announced the first confirmed bit of its line-up.

Free Candy: Al Green!

  So, as we reported way back last fall, ?uestlove, who drums in the Roots, is producing Al Green's forthcoming yet-to-be-titled album.

Tuesday-Thursday To-Do: The Ten Tenors

THE TEN TENORS7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $10-$40.

Huckabee-style Justice

Talking Points Memo -- which has led the country in reporting on U.S. attorneygate (Bud Cummins, Tim Griffin, White House finagling, etc.) -- has been stricken from the Justice Department's e-mail list. Justice just can't put everybody on their e-mail list, even though TPM HAD been on the list and it took an affirmative action to get them off.

Michigan primary -- and Dem debate

MICHIGAN PRIMARY Mitt Romney won. The race was called as soon as polls closed.

'Opera without the boring bits'

The Ten Tenors take a populist approach to opera. Formed in Australia in 1995, the 10-man act rose to prominence with a performance at the 2002 Eurovision. Since then, the tenors have wowed audiences across the world with operatic renditions of music by Q

The morning Huck

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: More smelly Huckabusiness. Remember when Mike Huckabee turned up involved with a New York penny-stock play, Flagship Global, that supposedly had big plans in health care?

It's Been a Long, Long, Long Time

On Sunday, the Razorbacks did something they hadn't done in six years: get off to a 2-0 start in conference play.

Bzzz

As I'll be from every Wednesday until they get tired of me or I slip up and violate some FCC rule, I'm on the Buzz (103.7 FM) from noon to near 1 p.m. talking about what's doing this weekend.

Smoke em if you got em

Another Mike Huckabee flip-flop, this one on smoking. (See, J.J., he really still is with your tobacco bosses, just not when you needed him out at the legislature.)

The church vote

Michigan analysis: Catholics shunned Mike Huckabee and Protestants favored Romney. Romney even led among evangelicals. The Huck counts on his kind of church voters in South Carolina.

Pimp my ride

From The New Republic: Checking out a rental car at the Enterprise counter at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, I mentioned I was heading to South Carolina to do some work on the primaries.

The end of the Republican Party

This isn't me saying this, but David Brooks quoting Rush Limbaugh. Meanwhile, the Republican prospects in the fall just got even dimmer.

Bulldogs and Browning's

Enough politics. I'm going to indulge myself.

Bulldogs and Browning's

Enough politics. I'm going to indulge myself.

Showcase semi-finalists

The time is drawing nigh, friends. The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase is just two weeks away.

Free Candy: The Whigs

Based largely on the awesomeness of their new single below, I'm significantly pumped to see the Whigs this Saturday at Sticky Fingerz.

Snake-eyes

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel made a bad bet taking a $1,000  contribution from a Mississippi casino operator.

M.L. King wins

The Iconoclast has a good post about the vote by the Fayetteville City Council last night to rename a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. There was a ton of opposition, from Wal-Mart and others.

Woo Pig

They've finally fixed the fall football schedule. Bobby Petrino has eight bowl teams to face, including Texas and national champion LSU.
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