Or: How lawyer-turned-Thai food evangelist Richard Glasgow learned to stop worrying and cook Thai food.
The magic of curry pasteJune 28, 2018
Vol 44 • No 43
By now, we have all seen take after take from journalists and politicians about the events last Friday night at the Red Hen in Lexington, Va., where White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the restaurant after the owner and the staff decided they did not want to serve her.
And much more.
Sociopaths live as permanent imposters. They function largely by imitating the behavior of others. Amoral and utterly lacking in normal emotional bonds, such individuals know right from wrong, but just don't give a damn. Their world divides into user and used; morality consists of fear of getting caught. And whatever happens, somebody else is always to blame.
The art of the scam
The Observer is ancient enough to remember when there was some semblance of civility in politics — when you could talk about a subject in mixed company without devolving into tribalism, each member eventually backing away slowly with their respective knives unsheathed and at the ready, each resolving to let the other stay mired in his or her stupidity.
Play at home, while figuring out what the hell we're going to do with 105 million bushels of unwanted soybeans.
It takes a village.
Also, The Whole Famn Damily and Jamie Lou at Stickyz.
After ex-employee's comment critical of agency posted.
It's a fine diner.
The Arkansas Supreme Court last week reversed Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's March ruling that declared the state's awarding of five marijuana-cultivation permits null and void, saying the circuit court had no subject-matter jurisdiction in the case.
Thousands of children, stripped from their families at the border, remain hostage to a U.S. government using them to coerce illegal-entry guilty pleas from their parents. The U.S. wants to make criminals of many seeking legal asylum.
The challenge of a weekly publication as it pertains to the sporting world is that with the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team locked in for a fight with Oregon State for the national championship over a three-day span, this column is going to be one of three things by the time it publishes: prescient, misguided or some combination of both.
Also, Huckabee struggling with bigotry, LR board declines to restructure and more.
Roaring that the Mongols are at the gates is an election strategy that may work in the home of the free as well as it has with desperate people in the long ugly history of nativism.
A series of arsons in Cotton Plant has ignited conspiracy theories that they have something to do with plans to put a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the small, poor Delta town. KTHV reports.
Meanest Trump-era story of the day comes from the Texas Tribune, about toddlers made to attend their own deportation hearings without family.
Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement could mean the death knell for both abortion rights and equal treatment of gay people and that's terrible. But don't let it obscure the fact that he was generally a terrible Supreme Court justice and a poor writer whose landmark rulings were deeply flawed.
Arkansas Razorback fans, frankly, have earned a right to unlimited psychotherapy. What happened in America’s heartland Wednesday night was heartbreaking, and it cannot be reduced to a popup in foul ground.
Sure, I'd serve the Huckabees. Doesn't mean I'd like it.
Republican State Rep. Mickey Gates surrendered today on charges that he'd failed to pay state income taxes for six years.
Fans of the late Southern Gourmasian food truck and its brick-and-mortar incarnation, and there are many, are able to fill bellies once again with food turned out by Justin Patterson and C.C. Key. They opened TAE (pronounced “tay” and standing for True Arkansas Eatery) this week in the Hotel Frederica at 625 Capitol Ave. (Yes, the hotel once named the Sam Peck and famous for its Bing Cherry Mold and jazz by the Art Porter Trio.)
The Meteor bike and coffee shop is hosting Food Truck Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This Friday’s food truck is Pinches Tacos.
State Democratic Party Chair Michael John Gray says Republican Rep. Mickey Gates should resign because of six felony charges of failing to pay state income taxes. Republican Party Chair Doyle Webb and Republican House Speaker Matthew Shepherd have not responded to my requests for comment on the charges.
Whoever said 99 percent of the legislature is honest needs remedial arithmetic. Another lawmaker charged with a felony today. Talk about it on the open line.
ZIN Urban Wine & Beer Bar owners Troy Deal and Michael Puckett announced Monday that the bar’s last day of business at its downtown location, at 300 River Market Ave., will be Saturday, June 29.
Rep. Mickey Gates, accused today of six felonies for not filing state income taxes (and accused of not paying state taxes since 2003), introduced legislation in 2017 to limit exposure to people caught with unpaid taxes.
House Speaker Matthew Shepherd has issued a statement saying felony charges against Republican Rep. Mickey Gates are "troubling" and he's suspended him from leadership positions. He did not suggest that he resign. The governor hasn't commented so far.
Another mass shooting with multiple fatalities — this one at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.
How does someone — a state legislator, say — get away without filing a state income tax return? For now, the state doesn't intend to explain.
The new Senate ethics committee met yesterday and the fatal flaw in the enterprise was already apparent, well illustrated by many objections from Jason Rapert who seems to believe stronger ethics rules will discourage public service.Given recent events in Corrupt Arkansas, he might have a point.
The Maryland newsroom slaughter illustrates the perils of doing journalism, but, more than that, it's about guns.
Joshua Cartwright, 36, who reportedly fired at bail bondsmen and police officers was killed in an exchange of gunfire early this morning in Russellville. The standoff had forced evacuations of homes nearby and shutdown power to part of the campus of Arkansas Tech
The Arkansas Republican Party wants to let the system work before saying whether long-time tax deadbeat Mickey Gates, the Republican representative from Hot Springs, should give up his seat in the Arkansas House or not seek re-election next year. The record is ample that Gates is unfit to serve, whether he's convicted of the six felonies with which he is charged or not.
Jon Comstock, a Democrat challenging Republican Sen. Cecile Bledsoe for the District 3 state Senate seat, wants more legislative accountability for voters. Among other ideas, he wants full and specific disclosure by each legislator of money they spent from the discredited General Improvement Fund pork barrel from 2013-17.
The item about a challenger to Sen. Cecile Bledsoe reminds me of a potential issue on the November ballot for which Bledsoe could be a poster child — term limits.
Robin Raveendran, a former Medicaid integrity director who later joined Preferred Family Healthcare, was charged Thursday with a felony fraud charge that grew out of the FBI public corruption investigation, the Batesville Guard reports. The charge details more than $2 million in fraudulent charges.It develops that the state suspected something was amiss in billing procedures, but the company fought to keep the system in place. The investigation was renewed only after the FBI tipped state officials.
Big River Steel has announced a $1.2 billion expansion of its scrap recycling and steel production mill in Mississippi County.
City Board candidate Russ Racop reports that Judge Wendell Griffen ruled in his favor today on his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit challenging Police Chief Kenton Buckner's decision to stop releasing photographs of Little Rock police officers.
The state Medical Marijuana Commission will meet Monday but it will NOT discuss the hotly controversial permit process for marijuana cultivation.
Felonious conduct and inadequate or non-existent ethical standards at the Capitol — just another day in Arkansas. Talk about it on the open line.
This week, Omaya and Stephanie talk with composer Yuni Wa about his prolific body of work, his new album "Dawn of the Black Wings" and problems with the genrification of electronic music.
A federal district court has struck down Kentucky's new work requirement to qualify for Medicaid. Arkansas is preparing to impose a similar requirement.
Big news: The state Human Services Department has suspended Preferred Family Healthcare from the Medicaid program.
The Arkansas School Safety Commission released its draft recommendations today to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and they include a recommendation for armed security at every campus.
The arrest of a former Medicaid integrity director, the suspension of a major health care provider from Medicaid, the arrest of a state representative for failure to pay taxes and more — all covered on this week's podcast.
We Razorback fans have such a jaded and fatalistic view of the world, that this column was both painfully rote and foretold.
A spokesperson for PFH said wrongdoing at the nonprofit was limited to certain former employees and PFH as a whole shouldn't be punished.
The federal criminal information released as part of former lobbyist Rusty Cranford's June 7 guilty plea on bribery charges describes a Person 9 who worked for the nonprofit healthcare provider Preferred Family Healthcare and was associated with Cranford. The description of Person 9 appears to match Robin Raveendran, the former PFH executive — and former longtime staffer at the state's Department of Human Services — who was arrested Thursday in a separate case, charged in Independence County with two felony counts of Medicaid fraud after an investigation by the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
A radio shock jock and blogger worked his way through White House phone operators by impersonating a U.S. senator and got hooked up with Donald Trump on Air Force One.
Fort Smith is preparing to repeal an ordinance that banned dance hall opertion on Sundays.
Thank the gods it was a living legend following up Sturgill Simpson's set last night at Verizon Arena; anybody but Willie might have broken the spell.
Here is Saturday’s open line. A hot day was marked by protest against Trump's immigration policies.
Overnight police reports include a fatal shooting in Hensley and a motorcyclist killed in a Mabelvale hit-and-run.
I overlooked this photo in coverage yesterday of the demonstration at the Arkansas Capitol, one of many nationwide, to protest Donald Trump's mistreatment of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.
Social media is buzzing about an early end to the Summer Jam R&B show Saturday at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.
I'm thankful for the rain. I'm thankful, too, for Twitter, which brought me today a little belatedly some news about how more guns on campus make people safer.
I have six words to respond to blaring headlines that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said she wouldn't support a Trump Supreme Court nominee who'd demonstrated "hostility" to Roe vs. Wade.
Alabama immigration rally draws man who cheered ICE and pulled a gun on the crowd. In Arkansas, too, an ICE T-shirt drew attention.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed J.D. Neeley of Camden, a forestry broker, to a seven-year term on the state Game and Fish Commission, succeeding Steve Cook. The tradition of appointing white men to the commission continues..
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today in a 2-1 decision dismissed Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's lawsuit claiming a violation of his constitutional rights by the Arkansas Supreme Court's order that he not participate in death penalty cases.
Good idea. The state Medical Marijuana Commission, which meets in a room that has been too small to handle the crowd, will be live-streaming its meeting today at 4 p.m.
Following a positive report from the State Hospital, Circuit Judge Vann Smith last week approved the conditional release of Michael Reed from the State Hospital, where he'd been treated since his arrest for driving a car into the new 10 Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds.
Free speech, marijuana and abortion are in the news today. See the video. Talk about whatever on the open line.
Oh, God, yes, please. Please let Sen. Jason Rapert bully the Capitol Police into prosecuting someone for placing a temporary shroud over the Bigelow Bully's monument to religion on the Capitol grounds. No damage was done by this selective editing of the words below as a 1st Amendment demonstration.
As expected, Arkansas-based Acxiom has struck a deal to sell a major portion of its business, a marketing unit, to Interpublic Group for $2.3 billion. A name change and relocation of company headquarters to San Francisco will follow.
The state Medical Marijuana Commission voted to explore the possibility of grading dispensary permit applications by using an outside consultant but didn't make a final decision. It adjourned soon afterward.
Federal Judge Kristine Baker has again blocked enforcement of the Arkansas anti-abortion law that would end the availability in Arkansas of abortion by a safe two-pill protocol in the early weeks of pregnancy.
'Little Rock,' an off-Broadway production telling the story of the 1957 desegregation of Central High School, draws an extensive and positive review in today's New York Times.
Reports today say Donald Trump will order lowering of flags to mark the mass shootings at the Annapolis, Md., newspaper. Reports over the weekend said he'd declined such a request from the mayor of Annapolis. Whether he changed course or not, his animosity toward newspapers is real, as is that of his followers.
The state report on tax income shows income in June was less than the same month last year and below forecast, but the fiscal year ended June 30 with gross revenue up 2.7 percent over the previous year.
In anticipation of some people leaving work early today, here's an early open line. Also a roundup of news and comment.
A July 4 message from the city of Little Rock re fireworks.
As predicted last Friday in an account of a draft report, the Hutchinson-appointed School Safety Commission put an armed person at every school at the top of its recommendations.
In this Season 1 finale, Antwan Phillips and Rep. Charles Blake provide perspective and conversation on the controversial ending of the Hot Summer Jam Concert, Jacksonville’s policy decision to lower the priority of marijuana arrests, and Facebook’s social media training in Little Rock. They also discuss the importance of social media with national entertainment personality, Ally the Pub.
The news came in a letter entitled "An Update from the Executive Leadership of Preferred Family Healthcare to Our Arkansas Employees," which was forwarded to the Arkansas Times by two separate sources on Tuesday.
Amid all the Trump-related gloom comes word of the sort of resistance that could have an impact on him — from big business.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will make a joint appearance in Little Rock next week before the 59 members of the 2018 class of presidential leadership scholars.
Jon Comstock, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, is continuing his call for Arkansas legislators to provide voters with accountability for their spending in the unconstitutional and criminally marred General Improvement Fund pork barrel spending.
Late yesterday, the state Department of Human Services sent word to people who receive services from Preferred Family Healthcare, the nonprofit suspended from the state Medicaid and other taxpayer-financed programs because of the bribery scandal involving several of its employees and former legislators. The news wasn't good.
July 4 thought: freedom in the era of Trump.