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September 1, 2005

Vol 3 • No 33

Bruce James on the Hogs

This week, it's Bruce's straight talk on the Hogs versus Missouri State.

Schneider turns introspective

During many years of rocking in Austin in jam and funk party bands such as the Ugly Americans, Scabs and Joe Rockhead, guitarist Bob Schneider developed a reputation for being both raunchy and charismatic. As a solo artist with a backing band, he’s still

Broyles puts on a good front

Bill Vickery, a local political consultant and part-time radio host, and an avid football fan as well, had Frank Broyles cracking up with everyone else over a few jokes at Monday’s Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting at the Embassy Suites.

Get back to business

Let’s hope that the Senate Democrats in this futile Congress of ours won’t spend much time in arguments trying to keep John G. Roberts Jr. from becoming the new member of the Supreme Court. The president, the senators and the representatives have had mo

'Adult' comedy, for sure

It’s a measure of how bubblegum-flavored Hollywood movies have become that when I first heard the full blast of dirty language in “The 40 Year Old Virgin” — a character’s disturbingly funny description of a visit to a Tijuana “Donkey Show” if you must kno

No global warming?

August in Arkansas was hotter than the hinges in hell. There was no rain to speak of. Oak trees gave up on photosynthesizing and the hillsides turned brown. Social interaction required two baths a day. It’s the kind of weather when people — some peopl

Words Sept. 1

Kerri Case of Paschall Strategic Communications writes: “I know the phrase ‘barn burner’ came from the story of the man who burned his barn to kill the rats and was popularized during the slavery debate as a name to call Democrats who were fighting pro

Editorial cartoon Sept. 1

Rick and D’s place still Fisher’s

We all know how the passing of time makes the old days look so grand. Those shakes at the ol’ malt shop tasted better, burgers at the fast-food joint were bigger, the ol’ LaSalle ran better than any car we’ve bought in the past decade, that sort of thing.

More picks Sept. 1-7

There are blues bashes this weekend in both North Little Rock and Hot Springs. For ethnic music of a different sort, the Little Rock Folk Club has a klezmer band. Want more aggressive action? How about a fight card at Statehouse convention center?

This Modern World Sept. 1

Labor pains

Labor Day weekend is sewn tightly into the fabric of American tradition. It marks the end of summer — a chance for one more barbecue or family gathering before fall, football season and colder weather. Few of us ever think about why we have the holiday

The week that was Aug. 24-30

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … The LITTLE ROCK NINE. The black students who Gov. Orval E. Faubus tried to keep out of Central High School in 1957 assembled in Little Rock for double honors — a U.S. postage stamp and an instal

Old Dead Traitor Memorial Park

One of these days, friends, I’m going to pick up the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and my indignation buzzer is going to simply burn right the hell out. When that happens — given the enormous pressure stored up inside me over Elections 2000 and 2004, the evil

Orval Sept. 1

Below the Beltway

A new UALR law professor brings a bit of notoriety from his previous job.

Downtown: half-full

I was in my normal grumpy mood following North Little Rock voters’ approval of a sales tax to pay for a new ballpark.

The Observer Sept. 1

The Observer did not really know Dr. Raymond Miller. But we knew of him, from a variety of ways. First, we knew his wife, Clarice. She was Mrs. Miller to us, one of the favorite teachers at Pulaski Heights Junior High School many moons ago, offering schoo

Get back to business

Let’s hope that the Senate Democrats in this futile Congress of ours won’t spend much time in arguments trying to keep John G. Roberts Jr. from becoming the new member of the Supreme Court. The president, the senators and the representatives have had mo

First hint

The long hot summer (speaking of which, my nomination for the worst-ever casting in a Hollywood movie is Paul Newman as Flem Snopes in the movie so named) is about over. This too will pass: truly words to live by, and an epitaph for all things. Even bet

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Bosco's; Capital Hotel. Capsule reviews: Burge's; New China.

President Clark?

Here is a proposal for Democrats: They should place a special burden on those who supported Bush and voted for the war resolution in 2002 before considering them for leadership, including the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. They must somehow d

Letters Sept. 1

OK. It’s a done deal. We get it. The developers want War Memorial golf course. They’ve got the juice and we’ve got the government we deserve. Fine. But just a few thoughts before we destroy something that actually is irreplaceable.

TV highlights

ALONG FOR THE RIDE: HANK WILLIAMS SR. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) With all the glitz, glamor, flag-waving, posing, preaching and plain ol’ junk on the country music charts these days it’s hard to believe that the bes

Still not dead

The fourth anniversary of 9-11 approaches, and Michael Tomasky has done the math. “By the time night falls on September 11, Osama bin Laden will have been at large for 1,461 days,” Tomasky writes in the American Prospect. “America vanquished world fasci

Seeking a culture war cease-fire

Let’s check back on that culture war in Fayetteville, the one about books that puts academic independence on one front line and parental responsibility on the other. A wise three-pronged solution seems possible, but is hardly assured.

Smart Talk Sept. 1

Frank Lambright, a retired Little Rock businessman, has made something of a crusade of inequities in property taxes — particularly the low rates charged owners of agricultural and timber land that is being held for commercial development. The fight over l

Anthology of Arkansas Folksongs

With its rich music and culture, the Ozarks area is probably the most-studied region of the state. A small selection of a large collection of mainly Ozark Arkansas folksongs has been put on a two-disc box set coming out of Fayetteville.

What we're reading

The bestsellers from three local bookstores.

Color Magic Springs Green

Pat Green, who has become something of a superstar in Texas and is building a following around the country, will finish out the Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme Park summer concert series with a show Saturday, Sept. 3, at Timberwood Amphitheater.

What's happening in September

A monthly look at events at local bookstores and other aspects of the literate life.

Thirty years after Rollerball

Thirty years ago I published a short story in Esquire magazine that subsequently became a movie. The movie was only fair at best and people remember “Rollerball” as a film about a violent futuristic game, but the real and deeper subject of both the story

ASU battles to save its Indian

Arkansas State University is not ready to flatly declare that it will attempt to do as Florida State University has done, appeal for approval of its Indian mascot despite the NCAA effort to limit American Indian nicknames and mascots.

ASU critic: Mascot is ‘patently racist’

The Center for Artistic Revolution began its campaign opposing the use of American Indians as mascots at Arkansas State University in the beginning of 2005.

Web special: Dumond case revisited

Wayne Dumond, convicted of rape in Arkansas and murder in Missouri, died of apparent natural causes in prison Tuesday. The occasion prompts us to republish Murray Waas' prize-winning article for the Arkansas Times in 2002 about the extraordinary steps

Wooooooo, the Hogs are turned loose

A Hog history; Ellen Gilchrist, and Louisiana cookery are books of interest this month.

Bluegrass heaven

Bluegrass fans will be well served in Mountain View this weekend with the Ozark Folk Center’s “Tribute to Grandpa Jones Concerts” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3.

Coulter, others to ‘Bless the Mic’ at Philander

Didn’t get enough of Ann Coulter’s singular brand of right-wing discourse during her appearance at the University of Central Arkansas last year? Then mark your calendar for Jan. 26, when she’ll be speaking at Philander Smith College as part of its new “Bl

Katrina relief in Little Rock

Both the state and local governmetns, along with a host of private agencies are mobilizing to assist refugees from Hurricane Katrina. We will attempt to list important information here and update it periodically.

Katrina relief in Little Rock

Both the state and local governmetns, along with a host of private agencies are mobilizing to assist refugees from Hurricane Katrina. We will attempt to list important information here and update it periodically.

Katrina relief in Little Rock

Both the state and local governmetns, along with a host of private agencies are mobilizing to assist refugees from Hurricane Katrina. We will attempt to list important information here and update it periodically.

Katrina relief in Little Rock

Both the state and local governmetns, along with a host of private agencies are mobilizing to assist refugees from Hurricane Katrina. We will attempt to list important information here and update it periodically.

A clear failure

The special masters in the school case documented as exhaustively as it could be done just how the legislature, by ineptness, confusion or some exercise of collective will, had skirted the state Constitution’s absolute requirement that children in Ark

From Metairie to Chaffee: Gloria's story

Gloria W. Steele, an 82-year-old retired second-grade teacher, didn't have cable television in the house at 4829 Ithaca Street in Metairie, La., where she'd lived for 35 years. She and Julie, her 4-year-old pug, never stayed up to watch the 10 p.m.

Applause, and a vague dreariness

FORT CHAFFEE – It’s late Saturday afternoon. Somehow fittingly, it rains steadily. The drizzle produces, or maybe enhances, a vague dreariness. It’s heart-warming that our fellow Americans are saved from drowning, sewage, violence and the scent o
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