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January 17, 2008

Vol 6 • No 1

Hillary hatred

The annals of the "liberal media": Washington Post headline on the Michigan Democratic primary, where Hillary Clinton got 56 percent of the vote against a campaign for voters to vote "uncommitted."

'Radical cleric' Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee's proposal Monday night to rewrite the U.S. Constitution in the words of his God got virtually no mention in mainstream media today.

Who's in charge: Man or woman?

Sorry, but the Huckabits keep rolling in. Here, it would appear there's some doctrinal dispute among Baptists over the answer Mike Huckabee gave in trying to appease women who might find patronizing his support of the Southern Baptist Convention statement that wives should submit themselves "graciously" to the "servant leadership" of their husbands.

Brother against brother

The Club for Growth is continuing its advertising campaign against Mike Huckabee in South Carolina.

Woo Pig

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

Goob in slomo

It was a slow week here in Gooberville.

Eagle earned

Many issues were raised by your Dec. 27 Smart Talk item “Of dogs and eagles.” First you mention hanging of a dog. Is this a crime?

The vulture edition, vol. 3

There’s not much about the month of January that I care for. It’s usually — not this year, so far, but usually — cold and crappy and wet outside.

What's cookin, Jan. 17

The National Soul Food Cook-off is coming to the Clear Channel Metroplex Saturday, Feb. 2, for the second year in a row. Local cooks are encouraged to enter.

Editorial cartoon, Jan. 17

Calendar Jan. 17-23

Shimomura’s ‘Yellow Peril’ to open

A retrospective of work by Roger Shimomura, whose woodcut-styled images have been described as “pop art with a Japanese twist,” is one of four shows featuring Japanese American artists opening Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Baum Gallery of the University of Ce

What’s the Donaghey deal?

Downtown boosters are curious about the future of the Donaghey Building at Main and Seventh streets, which has leased to only a handful of businesses in the past seven years.

To-do list, Jan. 17

Opening day at Oaklawn, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ten Tenors, Will Hoge, "Urinetown", Arkansas Festival Ballet and Rumble in the Rock.

Smart Talk, Jan. 17

Fleeing the nation should Huckabee become president, a brief interview with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and no Secret Service protection for Huckabee are topics this week.

Campaign reading

Thanks to growing Internet resources, I’ve probably read more about the 2008 presidential race than I did in 2004, certainly than in 2000.

Halal yourself to Layla’s

Rodney Parham Road seems a strange place for Layla’s Halal, a new Mediterranean restaurant in West Little Rock.

Orval, Jan. 17

This modern world, Jan. 17

The week that was, Jan. 9-15

It was a good week for. ARKANSAS. Thanks to surprising presidential results in Iowa and New Hampshire, there’s a chance that the primary vote in Arkansas might be nationally interesting come Super Tuesday Feb. 5.

Hogs win despite their best efforts

Another tough, floor-stomping, gut-wrenching victory leaves the Hogs 2-0 in conference play, and I’m still not quite sure how we’re pulling it off.

Words, Jan. 17

From the Word Detective: “The massive herds of bison were gradually replaced by massive herds of political pundits."

Savagely funny

Almost everything to be gleaned about “The Savages” from its marketing — the precious cartoon poster, the spunky trailer, the extremely limited release — suggests yet another ho-hum, self-indulgent indie film. It's not.

The pig that roared.

Jan. 2, 2008 — the day after the Cotton Bowl. Somewhere, the Razorback football team is weeping into their jerseys and bemoaning the newly minted Curse of the Red Legs following a 38-7 drubbing by Missouri.

Drive-by trucking no more

After three albums with the Drive-By Truckers, promising singer/songwriter Jason Isbell struck out on his own a year ago. Full of literate, plainspoken lyrics, his debut album landed on dozens of year-end best-of lists last year.

Killing the death penalty

Hopes that the U. S. Supreme Court would strike another and near-fatal blow against the death penalty this year manifestly will not be realized unless a couple of the justices surprise us.

A day shelter in the old VA?

Evangelist Bill Gothard, whose Institute for Basic Life Principles runs a faith-based prison program out of what’s known as the Little Rock Training Center, has been much in the news recently.

In brief, Jan. 17

As always, Ted Ludwig and his jazz trio hold it down at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Faulkner fans As I Lay Dying come from San Diego and play metal at the Village, with August Burns Red, Evergreen Terrace and Still Remains, 8 p.m., $14 adv./$16 d.o.s.

Poor, poor pitiful Republicans

This is a sympathetic rumination on the Arkansas Republican Party’s being pitiable, so much so that it doesn’t think it will bother putting up anybody against Mark Pryor when the state’s junior Democratic U.S. senator stands for election to a second six-y

The observer, Jan. 17

The Times is guilty of repeating a falsehood: that our town is called “Little Rock” because Benard de la Harpe exclaimed “Voila! Regardez la petite roche la! C’est presque la rue ‘LaHarpe!’ ” when he came up the Arkansas River in 1722.

Grand Serenade, ‘Lean Times’

Five years after debuting in Little Rock (performing then as the Benders), Grand Serenade has finally delivered its first full-length CD, “Lean Times.”

Another misguided invasion

As in the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration is evoking 9-11 to justify the punishment of people who weren’t responsible for 9-11.

Don't confuse him with the facts -- UPDATE

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has made it clear he's not open to reason in the case of the West Memphis Three convictions.

The low state of the GOP

John Brummett examines the weakened Arkansas GOP, which so far hasn't scared up an opponent against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

The morning Huck

FRIEND OF CRIMINALS: Victims Voice, the Republican-backed group that has bought TV ads featuring the mother of one of Wayne Dumond's many victims, is now publicizing another killer helped by Huckabee who's in trouble with the law again.

Acxiom leader

Acxiom has a s uccessor to company leader Charles Morgan. He's John Meyer, who comes from Alcatel-Lucent.

The real Mike Huckabee stands up

Theocrat: Read here. Nativist: Read here.

Nelson's severance tax

Sheffield Nelson, the former Arkla gas CEO and Republican gubernatorial candidate, will shortly unveil his proposal to increase the state's scandalously low severance tax on natural gas.

LRSD wrinkle

There's a new proposal to end litigation in the Little Rock School District desegregation case.

Ugh...

So much for a tiny bit of history. That one brings back unpleasant memories of the Heath era.

Pinocchio, aka Petrino

ESPN columnist has some fun with the new Hog coach.

Nelson's gas severance tax: details

Here's a summary of the ballot initiative Sheffield Nelson filed with the attorney general's office this morning.

A good home..

I received the following email today about a good home for a good dog.  If you know anyone looking, here's a great chance to get a sweet puppy and do some good for someone else. - mad luv, Mr. Rickey.  PS:  Promise to be back soon...

Golden Globe Reaction!

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA"American Gangster"  "Atonement" (Winner) - surprise surprise look who came up on the last turn to make a run for the wire, I think this is it's first major win...Oscar?"Eastern Promises" "The Great Debaters" "Michael Clayton" "No Country for Old Men"  - The only one I've seen, it was great. "There Will Be Blood" BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY"Across the Universe" "Charlie Wilson's War" "Hairspray" "Juno" "Sweeney Todd" (Winner) - I ASK YOU WHERE IS WALK HARD!

Lord of the Candy

Like Lord of the Rings? Like candy?

All or nothing

Wall Street Journal pumps a McCain-Lieberman ticket. What?

Friar Huck: There he goes again.

Talking Points Memo reports that Mike Huckabee, in trying to explain his views on how the Constitution should be guided by (his) God's words, he managed to equate homosexuality with beastiality.

Good question

It comes from Clinton supporter Lanny Davis. What is it about the 1990s that Obama doesn't want to go back to -- peace, prosperity, deficit reduction, job creation, a Democratic president, peace in historic world troublespots?

Al Sharpton in town

Reminder: Philander Smith College's always provocative and often entertaining Bless the Mic lecture series continues tonight with Rev. Al Sharpton, who needs no introduction.

Booking it

Word-lovers take note: Lorenzen and Co. Booksellers will begin to liquidate its holdings starting Tuesday, and will be closed probably by the end of March, owner Rod Lorenzen says.

Thursday To-Do: Al Sharpton

AL SHARPTON7 p.m., Philander Smith College. Free.

"Off" Target?

With one e-mail to one consumer, Target may have just stepped in a big pile of internet poo.  In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine any giant corporation who does not understand the neck-breaking speed with which our extreme connectivity allows stories to go "viral," and spread like wildfire.  Many companies even use this phenomenon in a savvy manner, to their advantage.  In any case, it's hard to imagine that they would be unaware of the danger of riling up the blogging world.But apparently, they (or at least the poor sap who wrote the offending e-mail) are just that clueless.  It all started with a poorly-thought-out billboard ad featuring a woman in a spread-eagle pose over the Target logo, with the "bullseye" squarely centered beneath her crotch.

Check cashers bloodied

This is a narrow decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court on a somewhat technical point, but there's a simple bottom line.

Shall we?

Have an open line?

Worst person in the world

It's Mike Huckabee tonight on Keith Olbermann for equating homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia.

Playin' the ponies

The ground, frozen overnight, will be crunchy. If the forecast holds up, by the first post time, at 1 p.m., the sun will be shining and the wind will be brisk. The horses are bound to be frisky. How can you not call in sick to work? It's opening day at Oa

The buzzworthiest

The Whigs come pedigreed. From the same fertile Athens, Ga. music scene that birthed bands like R.E.M. and the B-52s, the Whigs emerged in 2004 as a local favorite in a city that may have more bands per capita than anywhere in the country. They're at Stic

The morning Huck

FUDGE FACTOR: The Washington Post fact-checker discovers that The Huckster has been badly exaggerating his job creation record in Arkansas.

Splitting the black vote

The New York Times examines the division among Southern blacks in the Obama-Clinton contest. Some of it seems to track a generational divide, with younger voters for Obama.

Off key

The Washington Post has a nice round-up of the mixed, often hilarious messages campaign songs send.

Memphis!

I-40 between here and Memphis is terrible. Unless you spend the night, you get home ridiculously late after a show and you can't drink.

Happy anniversary: Progress report

It just happened to cross my mind this morning that the Arkansas Blog came to life three years ago, in January 2005.

Happy anniversary: Progress report

It just happened to cross my mind this morning that the Arkansas Blog came to life three years ago, in January 2005.

Jones "C.O.L.O.R.S"

Repping Little Rock from Atlanta, S.L. Jones just dropped his debut album. As we reported way back when, he was originally promoting it as "Bangin' in Little Rock," but he ended up going with one of those unwieldy acronyms "C.O.L.O.R.S.

A stimulus plan

A change in the White House would be stimulating, no doubt. In the meanwhile, Bush proposes tax cuts.

Friday To-Do: Ballet Arkansas

ARKANSAS FESTIVAL BALLET8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theatre. $20-$25.

Check your mailbox

Ever been on a Mike Huckabee mailing list? I've tried to get on them to keep up.

Last Night: Jason Isbell, Will Hoge and the 400 Unit

Will Hoge (left) and Jason Isbell (right) were billed as co-headliners at Sticky Fingerz last night, but there was no question that it was Isbell’s show.

State highway dollars at work

The Highway and Transportation Department announced today that the Highway Commission had awarded a $1.6 milion contract to widen Napa Valley Drive in western Little Rock to four lanes between St. Charles Boulevard and Hinson Road and add left-turn lanes at St. Charles.

State highway dollars at work

The Highway and Transportation Department announced today that the Highway Commission had awarded a $1.6 milion contract to widen Napa Valley Drive in western Little Rock to four lanes between St. Charles Boulevard and Hinson Road and add left-turn lanes at St. Charles.

Domination?

UPDATE: Sorry to give false hope to Hourglass and its fans, but despite the obvious passion of the band, we've decided to go in a different direction.

Friday To-Do: Doug McKean and the Stuntmen

DOUG McKEAN & THE STUNTMEN9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Best of both worlds

Mike Huckabee remains the Teflon man. People who've supported him with contributions are financing robocalling in his behalf that smears John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Thursday Hodge Podge

Razorback news from around the web to help distract you from certain underachieving basketball teams: * Looking for more behind-the-scenes info about the Hogs' coaching search drama last month?

Canstruction

Photo by Brian Chilson. Canstruction, the annual Arkansas Foodbank fund raiser kicked off yesterday.

Hillary gets personal

She talks with Tyra Banks about Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky. Huffington Post notes she had to "dig down hard" to get past the episode, but "never doubted Bill's love -- ever."

As my Aunt Luna might have said ...

... well, I swan. Courtesy of Times bird beat reporter Leslie Newell Peacock (really, that's her name): These young trumpeter swans are en route to Arkansas from Iowa, by trailer.

The mouth that roared

In response to a question on another thread: Yes the former high sheriff and congressman Tommy Robinson (pictured in better days) was back in federal bankruptcy court today for a hearing on whether he should be held in criminal contempt for continuing to press claims that the judge has said have already been litigated.

They've got dibs

If pro-choice activists ever want to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on the steps of the state Capitol, they'll have to elbow in front of Arkansas Right to Life after the 2010 election.

Convicted

Fox 16 says a jury in Hamburg has convicted Kenneth Osburn, a McGehee truck driver, of killing 17-year-old Casey Crowder, whose car ran out of gas near Dumas in 2006. The jury is deliberating penalty at the moment.

Rebel rouser

 The Nation looks further into Mike Huckabee's pandering to the Rebel flag wavers. It suggests he'll get in bed with anybody who'll support him, including white supremacists.

The race for president

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON: The subject has been discussed in threads here already. Yesterday, Marion Berry and Dustin McDaniel, who support Clinton, blasted Obama for his remarks invoking Ronald Reagan and referring to the Republican Party as the party of ideas.

Hunger pains

Kat Robinson at Tie Dye Travels injects a word about hunger among those who can't rush and get a loaded baked potato or a five-pound burger.

Wimping out

The Little Rock School Board "retreats" today. The West Little Rock school and selection process for a new superintendent are on the agenda.

Election day -- UPDATE II

Sort of. Weird caucuses in Nevada.

Bad Memories

It's January, the basketball team is driving everyone crazy, and Darren and Felix are gone.

Swap shop

There may be no free lunch, but there are free blackberry plants. If I can sell a car on the web, surely the publisher can move some blackberry plants.

Brother Huck's traveling salvation show

A light bulb moment. At least one national writer has beheld the Huck circus -- with weird musical accompaniment recruited by son David (above), joke-a-minute humor and say-anything-that-suits-the-moment style -- and found it wanting.

Technical difficulties

Difficulties with viewing the Blog itself and with opening comment threads have been reported to me. Is this still occurring?

Winter nights

What do you do on a cold winter night? Build a fire for the dog to enjoy.

Huckabee takes silver

Huck has just pulled up short in South Carolina, polling 30 percent to John McCain’s 33 with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

Rumble in the Rock

On Sunday, Central Arkansas will get its first official taste of an actual roller derby bout as the Rock-n-Renegades of the Central Arkansas Roller Derby League take on the River Valley Roller Girls of Ft. Smith. Punkabillies Josh the Devil and the Sinner

Junk the touch-screens UPDATE

State officials say they're confident about the touch-screen voting machines that will be the predominant machine in almost two-thirds of the state's counties on Super Tuesday.

Bipartisan nominee?

David Sanders of Stephens Media, after a lengthy list of issues on which U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is more in tune with Republicans than Democrats, suggests that the Arkansas Republican Party nominate Pryor for Senate, too, as a show of bipartisanship.

The morning Huck

HIS WORD IS DIRT: John Brummett suggests taking everything Mike Huckabee says with a grain of salt.

Tree rustlers

Timber thefts are a rising problem nationwide, the NY Times reports in a survey that mentions hundreds of cases in Arkansas.

One year and counting

Super Tuesday Sweepstakes

I've been communicating with a student at Washington and Lee University, my alma mater, which has a famous Mock Convention every presidential election year in which students try to replicate the out-party's presidential nominating convention to predict, in advance, the party's nominee.

Super Tuesday Sweepstakes

I've been communicating with a student at Washington and Lee University, my alma mater, which has a famous Mock Convention every presidential election year in which students try to replicate the out-party's presidential nominating convention to predict, in advance, the party's nominee.

Hold that line

You might have noticed in the paper this morning that John Walker, attorney for former Sen. Bill Walker's daughter in a lawsuit over her failure to make the Central High cheerleading squad, has proposed a "settlement" of the case.

Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread

All my monkey bread experiences in the past have been with sweet monkey bread, so when I saw the recipe for this savory monkey bread, I had to try it.

Race, lies and videotape

A columnist calls on Mike Huckabee to release a copy of the videotape he sent the white supremacist hate group (we posted a Nation article on this Huck-bigot connection Friday night) to which he had once planned to speak in person until a state government matter intervened.

Race, lies and videotape

A columnist calls on Mike Huckabee to release a copy of the videotape he sent the white supremacist hate group (we posted a Nation article on this Huck-bigot connection Friday night) to which he had once planned to speak in person until a state government matter intervened.

Marching on

The anti-abortion contingent had its annual march to the Capitol Sunday, not led this year by a governor, as they were during the Huckabee years.

So much for the AARP vote

Chuck Norris, who'll turn 68 in March and is the grizzled former star of B-grade chop-socky movies, suggested today at a fund-raising BBQ for Mike Huckabee that John McCain was too old to be president. 

Prognosticating

The Arkansas Blog is running a contest. Fifty dollars goes to whomever comes closest to predicting the percentage votes in the Arkansas primary Feb. 5 for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Get more details and make your guess

Electability

That's the central issue facing Democrats, Brummett writes. And maybe an intriguing question of whether both Clinton and Obama could be on the national ticket, in either order.

Old times here are not forgotten

Arkansas gets national press for honoring Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King on the same day.

Shades of 1990

It is an article of Arkansas Republican faith that liberal Democrats, crossing over to the Republican primary in 1990, particularly in Pulaski County, cost Tommy Robinson the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

607 "Cheat Wit" video

  Yes!

'Spiritual rape'

That's The Huckster's turn of phrase for "involuntary Christianity." See,  he would not force his beliefs on anyone.

Bill Clinton: Plus or minus?

Obama has taken up a theme helpfully advanced on nearly every Sunday talk show -- Bill Clinton is butting into his wife's campaign far too much and hurting her.

The Weekend: Moving Front, Whigs, etc.

Photo by Matthew Martin. One day my digital camera won't be broken, and I'll take actual from-the-show pics.

El Dorado Promise

We've written this before, but I'm happy to repeat, that the Murphy Oil-funded college scholarship program for El Dorado High School graduates is a huge success.

Sell Central High School

Thanks to Cassandra for tipping me to The Iconoclast and his modest proposal to shut down and sell Central High (lofts, maybe?)

Monday To-Do: Thick Syrup presents

A few weeks before they compete in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, last year's runner's up the Damn Bullets headline what you should just go ahead and block off your calendar weekly for, Thick Syrup Mondays at Sticky Fingerz.

That smoke?

A tire fire at an industrial plant south of the airport.

Merit pay -- UPDATE

The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, which is financed by proponents of merit pay and which advocates merit pay, has studied the first couple of years of merit pay experimenting in the Little Rock School District and has concluded it is a success.

Merit pay -- UPDATE

The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, which is financed by proponents of merit pay and which advocates merit pay, has studied the first couple of years of merit pay experimenting in the Little Rock School District and has concluded it is a success.

Traveling light

Balitmore newspaper reports that Mike Huckabee is shedding traveling national press as part of his retinue in favor of a strategy of concentrating on local press.

Get your fill

Make sure you keep drifting down the page past the news and substance of the Arkansas Blog to our entertainment blog Rock Candy. What's life without a little frivolity? Music, culture, elaborate sculpt

The morning Huck

HUCKABEE'S WATERLOO: It was South Carolina, Brummett argues, and seems to get at least partial agreement to this thesis about the state's importance from Huckabee supporters Lu Hardin and Gilbert Baker.

The real estate bust

Here's a new angle on the universally grim economic picture. The housing bubble having burst in some hot markets such as California (this is one of those times that it's good not to be a sizzler), home buyers are suing real estate agents for putting them into houses that are now worth far less than their sale prices.

Mike Huckabee and The Pill UPDATE

UPDATE: This thread started with an interesting article about the increasing use of a French abortion pill.

Don't mess with Texas

A Texas administrative law judge says SWEPCO hasn't proved a need for a huge polluting coal-fired generating plant in Arkansas and so Texans shouldn't be saddled with the cost.

Just like Lilly's

Sarah Frith writes: Since the Eat Arkansas blog is comprised of recipe experimentation and reviews of local restaurants, I thought you’d enjoy a picture combining these two elements.  A friend made the Hong Kong chicken from Lilly’s this weekend, and it was amazing!  It’s nice to recreate this favorite at home, although my friend recommends knocking the recipe down to a third the amount given, or else you’ll be eating Hong Kong chicken for a week. The recipe has even managed to make it onto the Kikkoman website.

Huck getting the shaft

For some reason, the embed doesn't work on Firefox browsers. So here's a link to Salon's Red State Update for those deprived of the image.

Draft Speculatin'

After hiring away Bobby Petrino before the NFL season was over, the Razorbacks aren't among Atlanta Falcons fans' favorite teams.

Souljah Boy: so famous people should intuit his performances

So: Souljah Boy Tell Em, quite possibly the biggest name on the national rap scene, is performing at the Clear Channel Metroplex and no one knows about it.

Willett running for Jonesboro mayor

Former head of the Arkansas Democratic Party Jason Willett tells us that he's planning a run for Jonesboro mayor.

Tuesday To-Do: Goodman County and Bluesboy Jag

It's been a while since I went to White Water on a Tuesday night, still affectionately known as Arkansas Rockers' night.

Heath Ledger is dead...

UPDATE: The New York Times reports that he was found in Mary-Kate Olsen's apartment. Signs point to suicide.

School board watch

Since a couple of people have asked: Interim Little Rock School Superintendent Linda Watson says the proposal for the district to pay $15,000 and change cheerleader selection procedures at Central High will not be considered at the next school board meeting because the district's attorney has recommended against the settlement.

Robot sex

  The writer's strike sure isn't helping "The Colbert Report" or "The Daily Show," but this segment on "TCR" with David Levy, president of the International Computer Games Association, PhD holder "from a Dutch university" and author of "Love and Sex with Robots," was pretty brilliant.

Electability, again

Whatever else you think about the Obama-Clinton squabbling -- and it turns me off, too -- don't try to tell me it's a one-way street.

Where in the World is Eugene Nash?

As Stephen so eloquently explained in a recent post, the Razorback Expats organization has always had a particular fascination with basketball walk-ons...those unsung heroes who would dominate mere mortals in a pickup game, yet ride the pine while the big names do battle on the court.
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