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October 9, 2008

Vol 6 • No 39

A slippery truth

Last spring, the parole board recommended clemency for Anthony Thrash, a man who was sentenced to life without parole in 1985. If Thrash had not escaped in 1996, and remained free long enough to begin uncovering some of the undisclosed dealings that influenced his conviction, he might never have been able to convince the board that he was wronged.

Now the Fed acts

The Federal Reserve has cut its lending rate by a half-point as an emergency response to a deteriorating financial condition.

Post-debate rehash

McCain's big lick, a federal mortgage buyout plan, is old news and was recommended by Obama weeks ago.

Rethuglicans at work

For the second time -- both on a debate night -- sign thieves swept through the Free State of Hillcrest (Beechwood and cross streets) last night stealing Obama signs.

A mighty wind

Two suppliers of goods for the booming wind energy business (booming thanks to significant government subsidies, it's worth noting) announce they will locate in the vacant Levi building on the Pine Bluff Freeway and eventually employ more than 800 at around $15 an hour.

Piling on McCain

Mike Huckabee, undoubtedly smelling the blood and preparing for 2012, joins other conservatives pounding John McCain for his proposal that the government bailout $300 million worth of soured mortgages.

The line is open

What say you?

3 questions for McCain, Obama

Someone should ask McCain and Obama three questions on the vital issue of executive powers.

What's Cookin', Oct. 9

Juanita’s Mexican Cafe and Bar, the venerable Tex-Mex fixture on South Main, has been sold. Johnny Weaver and his wife, Alicia, closed a deal to buy the place last Wednesday. The seller was the widow of long-time owner Frank McGehee.

Pizza palace

The Temple of Pizza is finished. It would’ve been completed last fall, but there was that mess with the sarcophagus under the parking lot and the rights of the dead and everything. Before that, it had taken three generations of scowling teen-agers, moldin

‘Appaloosa’

With “Appaloosa,” it looks like Ed Harris was trying to re-create something of the old Westerns of his youth, leaving aside the dark realism of contemporary cowboy movies like “Unforgiven” and the gloriously potty-mouthed “Deadwood.” The colors are lighte

Everybody loved Mike

Ah, the Good Old Days of last year.

The Observer, Oct. 9

What we thought would be a fairly dull conference on the impact of the Fayetteville shale actually turned out to be something more akin to a religious revival.

In brief, Oct. 9

Swedish emigre Theresa Andersson doesn’t easily fit into a genre. The vocalist, who’s called New Orleans home for nearly two decades, has alternately been described as folksy, a torch singer and an alt-rocker. She’s at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $7.

Orange yourself

So, it’s fall. The calendar says it, and for once, the weather appears to be — well, maybe not cooperating, but at least not actively resisting.

Week that Was, Oct. 1-7

It was a GOOD week for … RAIL BUFFS. U.S. Rep. Marion Berry won approval of a feasibility study for high-speed rail passenger service between Little Rock and Memphis.

Odd chorus sings against lottery

The church ladies and gentlemen have been joined in the choir by the left-wing pundits.

Vaccine law change

A change in state law to allow pet owners to vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies every three years instead of one may be part of the state Health Department’s legislative package next year.

To-do list, Oct. 9

Happening in the coming days: The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, Gringo Star, the Four Tops and the Temptations, Rodney Carrington, Race for the Cure, the Natural State Expo, Nikka Costa, the Tour of Gymnastic Superstars and 'Tales of the Crypt.'

Words, Oct. 9

Sports maven Jim Harris quotes from an article in the Arkansas Times about a police raid on a suspect’s home: “ … and shot him five times, including one bullet that pulverized his left femur.”

Fair Play

For 10 days, beginning Friday, lovers of dusty revelry, livestock, meats on sticks and rides that, if not dangerous, are dangerous looking will gather at the Arkansas State Fair. Organizers expect somewhere around 440,000 souls once it’s all said and done

A&E News, Oct. 9

More news from the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Oct. 17-26: Buzzy documentary “Nerdcore Rising” is screening, and genre hero MC Frontalot will be in the building and possibly performing somewhere around town. And banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck is comi

The Televisionist, Oct. 9

While the world seems to be full of shocking stuff these days — the price of gas, the collapsing stock market, that Sarah Palin is a vice-presidential candidate — nothing has saddened me more in recent months than the death of Paul Newman on Sept. 26.

Vote ‘No’ on Act 1

Whatever else Mike Huckabee did during 10 years in office, he didn’t leave the state with a Child and Family Services Division worthy of the name.

Oh, me of little faith

My baby brother brought his two-year-old up to Fayetteville this weekend for her first Hog game. I’ve been to sporting events with toddlers before, and I operated on the basis of two assumptions: 1). She’d be squirming by the second quarter, have wet her

3 questions for McCain, Obama

Someone should ask McCain and Obama three questions on the vital issue of executive powers.

Bill's fault

If you’ve read this column regularly, or even occasionally, you’re surely sick and tired of all my bitching about what a sorry century this is turning out to be.

Crystal Bridges reveals 5 more

Chris Crosman, chief curator for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which will open in 2010 in Bentonville, revealed five acquisitions last week in a press conference in Bentonville. The works are modernist works from the early 20th century by Lionel

UA wants bottled water off campus

Breck Speed is displeased that the Sustainability Council at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is trying to make his business unsustainable.

Easy on the charters

It’s not just that charter schools drain white children from public schools, the LRSD says. They also create loss of other sorts of diversity.

What women want

Real women want to see Sarah Palin given equal treatment. Instead, she has become the poster child for affirmative action done badly.

A defining debate

Brummett feels the second presidential debate solidified Obama's role as front-runner. But:

Judging the judges

Coming later today, I believe: Some adverse findings by the Judicial Discipline Commission on complaints against Arkansas judges.

Baker v. White

I quit too early last night. On the jump, a note from Gerard Matthews, who sat in on a joint appearance by state Senate candidates in Conway Tuesday night.

How to steal elections?

Easy answer. Don't let people vote.

Pickens Plan Dead?

David Morris, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance thinks it is.  To look at it, you would think Pickens' plan is based almost solely on wind energy.  According to Morris, Pickens wants to stop using natural gas for house-hold energy, and use it power our vehicles instead.  Wind energy would bridge the gap.  Would switching to natural gas really be a long term solution?

Happy days are here again

Honey, go ahead and order that Tahoe Hummer. They're selling gas at Fair Park and 12th for $2.85 a gallon.

Payday lenders in retreat

Survey says the number of bloodsuckers (payday lenders) in Arkansas has dropped from more than 200 outlets to 33.

First dude speaks

Did Todd Palin work to get an Alaska cop fired? You betcha.

Who terrifies you most?

Judges cited

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has announced it has found probable cause of violation of ethical rules by two judges.

Looking for Rosey

Has it really been more than 24 years since an auto accident claimed the life of Roosevelt Thompson?

School Board topics

The Little Rock School Board will have an agenda meeting and work session tonight. If earlier Board correspondence is an indication, Board member Baker Kurrus may bring up his objection to a letter sent by Board President Diane Curry outlining objections to approval of further open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County.

Huck: Coulda, shoulda, woulda

A Newsweek writer ponders the question of whether the Republican Party would have been better off with Mike Huckabee as its nominee.

Prosecutors named

Gov. Mike Beebe named two men today to fill vacancies in prosecuting attorney slots -- Mike Walden of Jonesboro and Will Feland of Cabot.

John McCain: Erratic cowardice

I'm conflating two things: * Josh Marshall on McCain's "moral cowardice." * Barack Obama on McCain's "erratic and uncertain leadership."

Thursday To-Do: The Four Tops - The Temptations

THE FOUR TOPS/ THE TEMPTATIONS8 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $50.For those who're truly nostalgic to see a Motown double bill of this magnitude, there quickly comes a pang of doubt.

Thursday To-Do: Gringo Star

GRINGO STAR8 p.m., On the Rocks. $5.Atlanta's Gringo Star, who used to go by A Fir-Ju Well, has long made it a point to route its tours through Little Rock.

Thursday To-Do: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival

Valerie June. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Pulpit politics

Bishop Robert E. Smith  (pictured) of Little Rock's Word of Outreach Christian Church just returned a phone call we made awhile back to confirm that he is indeed one of the signers of The Pulpit Initiative.  Sponsored by the conservative Alliance Defense Fund and signed by 32 religious leaders across the country, The Pulpit Initiative seeks to challenge a 1954 IRS rule that keeps pastors and other religious leaders from officially endorsing political candidates.

How low can it go?

Don't those guys on Wall Street read the Democrat-Gazette editorial page? Don't they know times are good?

Counting blessings

On rough days, it's worth seeking some positives. For example, you might still be employed.

DHS to drop foster parent rule

The state Department of Human Services is dropping its rule to prohibit placement of foster children in homes with unmarried couples.

Better late ...

... than never for an open line. I've been with the Pulaski County Democratic Women.

“Religulous”

When Maher, a comedian who equates hearing the voice of God to insanity, finds in his tour of world religions that they’re all just dangerous, nonsensical lies, you’ve got to wonder — what’s new?

Fair play

For 10 days, beginning last Friday, lovers of dusty revelry, livestock, meats on sticks and rides that, if not dangerous, are dangerous looking will gather at the Arkansas State Fair. Organizers expect somewhere around 440,000 souls once it's all said and done.

Old-fashioned newspapering

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's heavy investment in reporting staff was evident this morning with a healthy list of news stories you won't find anywhere else.

The bloodbath continues

Global markets still plunging. UPDATE: Yep, here, too.

Republican riot

The angry McCain mob is becoming one of the central campaign stories. Also here.

Are You Freaking Kidding Me Guys?

Okay, so apparently the new cool thing for kids to do is called "Dusting".  Basically, and you can read more below from the email I got or from the Snopes.com entry here, basically people inhale this compressed gas and get dizzy for about 10 seconds and that's the high.  The dizziness stems from the propellant, which is heavier than air, keeping oxygen out of your lungs and depriving your brain and the rest of your body of oxygen...

Top teacher

Second-grade teacher Elizabeth Parker of Fort Smith is a winner of the Milken national educator award this year.

Chesapeake Growth Stunted by Sinking Prices

The WSJ reports that the credit crunch and falling gas prices are affecting the growth Chesapeake Energy.  Natural gas prices fell to $6.83 per million BTUs yesterday.  From my understanding, that needs to be somewhere around $8 for gas drilling to be profitable.

Who's the gun lover?

Click to enlarge We told you the other day that the NRA had been phone-banking for state Sen. Gilbert Baker, the Conway Republican who faces a well-financed challenge from Democrat Joe White.

UCA woes -- under water

Doug Smith provided the leading edge of this story for us earlier -- that UCA in the go-go Lu Hardin years was spending beyond its means and was forced into cuts in scholarships recently to begin righting the ship.

UCA woes -- under water

Doug Smith provided the leading edge of this story for us earlier -- that UCA in the go-go Lu Hardin years was spending beyond its means and was forced into cuts in scholarships recently to begin righting the ship.

More Nasty Pit Business - ADEQ Hearing Announcement

Reserve pit near Greenwood, AR As you may have read in the Times recently, one of the major concerns with natural gas wells is what you do with the waste once you're done.  We detailed some of the reckless practices at two such land-appication sites located in Greenwood, AR.  In testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Amy Mall of the Natural Resource Defense Council, presented the following information about these reserve pits. 

Voter registration fraud

Every two years, that old bogeyman ACORN and stories of voter registration fraud by its employees pop up to stir the Republican base.

Voter registration fraud

Every two years, that old bogeyman ACORN and stories of voter registration fraud by its employees pop up to stir the Republican base.

Friday To-Do: Rodney Carrington

RODNEY CARRINGTON7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $39.75.For years, country comedian Rodney Carrington toiled in comedy clubs and blue-ish morning radio.

The Weekend: Arkansas Chamber Singers, the Damn Bullets, Ray Price and more

The Damn Bullets. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Another judge in hot water?

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission met today. There may be news of yet another judge facing disciplinary proceedings.

Another judge in hot water?

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission met today. There may be news of yet another judge facing disciplinary proceedings.

Saturday To-Do: Race for the Cure

RACE FOR THE CURE8 a.m., Second and Broadway. $25.It's big and it's pink and it's coming this Saturday: The 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Little Rock.

Desperation tactics flop

Says here, citing Fox News polling, that McCain's all-Ayers-all-the-time gambit and other negative campaign tactics aren't helping him.

Water fight

I doubt this is reaching many average voters, but I still think it's great that the county judge's race has featured fierce discussions about protecting the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Saturday To-Do: Natural State Expo and Green Home Show

NATURAL STATE EXPO AND GREEN HOME SHOW9 a.m., Statehouse Convention Center, Governor's Hall IV. Free.Now in its third year, the Natural State Expo this year tacks on an extra descriptor.

Sunday To-Do: Gymnastics Superstars

Shawn Johnson. 2008 TOUR OF GYMNASTIC SUPERSTARS3 p.m., Alltel Arena.

Sunday To-Do: Nikka Costa

NIKKA COSTA7 p.m., the Village. $20 adv., $23 d.o.s.Some people are born into the music business, and then there's Nikka Costa.

It's about the kids

It's all on the table now. Occasional protests to the contrary, the ultra-right fundamentalists at the "Family" Council now make it clear that their initiated act to limit adoption and foster parenting is about punishing gay people, no more or less.

It's about the kids

It's all on the table now. Occasional protests to the contrary, the ultra-right fundamentalists at the "Family" Council now make it clear that their initiated act to limit adoption and foster parenting is about punishing gay people, no more or less.

Repubs get equal time

I thought the Republicans didn't think much of the old fairness doctrine and all that.

Merry Christmas

Jennings Osborne, the Christmas lights maestro and medical research magnate, filed a lawsuit today complaining that the buyers of his medical research facility hadn't paid him the amount expected in the deal.

The grapes of wrath

There's a report just in that McCain was attacked (verbally but viciously) when he told one of his mobs this evening that Barack Obama is an honorable man who is perfectly suitable to be president.

Obama mama

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton exhorted a jolly crowd at the Capitol this evening to send Barack Obama to Washington to "clean up the mess" Republicans have made.

Helping the needy in Benton County

Benton County is Republicanland, which means good government, careful husbanding of pennies and no special favors.

And here

Friday's open line. BREAKING: The Alaska legislative (bipartisan) report is out.

MEET YOUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS!

  Think your Republican friends are okay?   The face of Republican America.

This ain't your grandfather's Oldslebaron

The New York Times is reporting that GM and Chrysler are talking merger: Breaking News AlertThe New York TimesFriday, October 10, 2008 -- 10:06 PM ET-----G.M. and Chrysler Explore MergerGeneral Motors is in preliminary talks about a possiblemerger with Chrysler, a deal that could drastically remakethe landscape of the auto industry by reducing the Big Threeof Detroit automakers to the Big Two.The talks between G.M. and Cerberus Capital Management, theprivate equity firm that owns Chrysler, began more than amonth ago, and the negotiations are not certain to produce adeal.

What's it all about?

Searching for an answer to that question in the Baker v. White Senate race in Conway, Brummett comes up short.

Hee, hee

Ain't Arkinsaw quaint? I know the first thing I'd do to show off our state is to run them up to Yellville so they could see the yokels drop panicked turkeys out of airplanes.

Ode to Sarah

And one comment re Troopergate: The intricacies of Alaskan law, the political undercurrents, etc., are all irrelevant.

Fair fare

Kat Robinson at Tie Dye Travels has now made an on-the-scene visit to this year's Arkansas State Fair.

Good enough support?

A new Newsweek poll, (link fixed) favorable for Barack Obama in every respect, shows former backers of Hillary Clinton favor Obama 88 to 7.

Quote of the day

No, it's not George W. Bush, trying to channel Roosevelt but falling way short when he said: "We'll get through this deal."

ACORN responds

It's hard to imagine John McCain will get much traction from ads trying to blame the financial meltdown on ACORN.

The 'gay agenda'

Andrew DeMillo's weekly analysis turns to the Family Council's going all-gay-bashing-all-the-time in its campaign to throw up additional roadblocks to adoption and foster parenting.

Echoes of George Wallace

Civil rights legend John Lewis raises George Wallace's ghost in decrying McCain campaign rhetoric and crowd reactions.

Open line

Your turn. But don't miss eyewitness coverage of the turkey drop at Yellville.

JESUS FOR McCAIN?

    It’s impossible to know how much sway Pastor Conrad of Davenport, Iowa’s Evangelical Free Church has over Jesus.

SARAH, REALLY. TOO MUCH, TOO SOON!

  This is for us women only. You guys, pop another Milwaukee’s Light, clip your toenails, scratch yourselves, belch, fart, rerun the Oklahoma / Texas game and play like you don’t know who wins.

B. S. alert

Give Mike Huckabee a chance and his mouth will overload his you-know-what. Rachel Sklar of The Huffington Post watched the latest installment of his show, complete with Chuck Norris, so you didn't have to.

Woodpecker in the mist

KUAR's Ron Breeding reports that the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas's big woods is winding down.

Who could have predicted?

Brummett notes a couple of columnists -- particularly the DOG editorialists' favorite whipping boy Paul Krugman -- who foresaw our current difficult economic times.

The howling mob

Frank Rich: The McCain campaign imagery and words are intentional and the responses unsurprising. And if you want to play guilt by association, consider Westbrook Pegler, who wrote words Sarah Palin has drawn on.

The howling mob

Frank Rich: The McCain campaign imagery and words are intentional and the responses unsurprising. And if you want to play guilt by association, consider Westbrook Pegler, who wrote words Sarah Palin has drawn on.

Bush to the rescue

That bailout plan? Oh, never mind.

Clip and save

Many in Arkanas are anxious to adopt a corporate welfare program for movie makers. They want to match generous incentives offered in Louisiana (New Orleans, above, is obviously a popular setting) and elsewhere to lure movie productions.

Open line

It's Sunday. I'm taking it easy.

Gas Well Emissions Raise Concern

The Fort Worth Star Telegram had a great piece this weekend on natural gas drilling's impact on our air. 

McClendon Sells Out

In a press release sent out on Friday, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon said that he "involuntarily sold substantially all of his shares of Chesapeake common stock over the past three days in order to meet margin loan call."  This is just more bad news for Chesapeake stock-holders.  As we've discussed on this blog, Chesapeake's stock has not fared well lately, and natural gas prices have fallen significantly.  McClendon continued,

A slippery truth

What happens when a juror believes he’s been deceived?

A night in Little Rock

Glenn Greenwald of Salon takes note of a harmonic convergence -- an appearance in Little Rock last week by writers for Politico; the writers' connections with Tim Griffin, the former Karl Rovian White House aide now calling Little Rock home, and some like-minded commentary on both Politico and Griffin's own blog, where Griffin detailed his day out with the boys from Politico, including racks of ribs at Whole Hog and big slabs of beef at Doe's.  More important, Politico seems to have adopted Griffin's suggestion that John McCain urge appointment of a special prosecutor to study the financial turmoil.

Who scares you most?

Is it Barack Obama, caricatured by associative guilt, or is it the thought of Sarah Palin an uncertain heartbeat away?

Parking patrol

The Argenta News is on the case of another private business favored with city-provided special parking for its riverfront customers, while recreational users of the river trail are shunted off to the boondocks.

Somebody get Greenberg an aspirin

Paul Krugman has won the Nobel Prize for economics.

Did sanity prevail?

The hoot of the morning was the wire story in D-G that John McCain would be proposing, ta da, a tax cut to stimulate the economy.

Did sanity prevail?

The hoot of the morning was the wire story in D-G that John McCain would be proposing, ta da, a tax cut to stimulate the economy.

Counterfeits amid the cow pies

LRPD reports on a vice detail inspection at the State Fair: Vice detectives inspected a booth at the State Fair that was selling various name brand items, which were suspected to be counterfeit.  Vice detectives contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and ICE Agents responded to the Arkansas State Fair and made contact with Boukare Ouiya, 52, of Aurora, Colorado.  ICE Agents determined Mr. Ouiya to be an illegal alien and took custody of him.  Mr. Ouiya stated he was not the owner of the booth and could not provide the name of the owner of the booth.  Mr. Ouiya attempted to call the owner of the booth with negative results.  Vice Detectives took custody of the items in the booth to store at the Little Rock Police Department Property Room for safekeeping, including but not limited to 179 pairs of Nike shoes, 20 Louis Vuitton purses, 102 Coach purses, 48 Chanel purses, 24 Dolce & Gabbana purses, 1 Fendi purse, 2 Kate Spade purses, 1 Christian Dior purse, and 12 Gucci purses.

Vote No on Act 1

Lowell Grisham, an Episcopalian priest who writes a column for the Northwest Arkansas Times, has a good column opposing Initiated Act 1, which would raise bars to adoption and foster parenting.

Your Thoughts....

Some of you have emailed about the comments portion of this site.  Of course, we haven't been up that long and we're still working out some of the kinks, but please feel free to leave your two cents.  I've gone through and retro-actively published the comments that have already been made, and will try to respond in due time.  Hopefully, all the kinks will be worked out soon.  Thanks for your patience...   

Charter school expansion

The KIPP charter school in Helena-West Helena has received a $2.6 million grant that it intends to use to expand from two to 12 KIPP charter schools in a cluster of Arkansas Delta communities over the next 12 years.

War room revisited

A political junkie? Have the Sundance Channel on your TV?

Couldn't have said it better myself...

...so I won't even try.  Here's a post from Glen Hooks, of Sierra Club and CheckOneTwo fame.  I'll just be the messenger.  I've heard from some of you, and Glen is one, that we should talk more about these proposed coal plants here on Shale Watch.  I'm open for some discussion.  So, without further ado, here's Glen: 

Lottery arguments

Oral arguments on the challenge of the lottery amendment were held before the Supreme Court today.

If you hit it rich...

I've listed a pubilcation or two here on Shale Watch to help landowners deal with certain issues they may face.  Well, Penn State has just released a new report.  It's called "A Landowner's Guide to Leasing in Pennsylvania."  To my knowledge there has been no state agency or university in Arkansas that has released such a report.  While some things may not translate, at least this might give you or someone you know some kind of an idea about what types of questions to ask, and what rights you might have as a property owner.   

Shale watch

Just a reminder that Gerard Matthews of the Times is hard at work stocking our new Shale Watch blog with info related to gas exploration in Arkansas and other energy topics.

FAIL: Shale TV

There's been a lot of talk on this blog about the massive PR campaigns natural gas companies, like Chesapeake, use to make local citizens think that gas drilling is akin to planting a tree.  Well, now we hear that some of those PR efforts will be casualties of the recent economic woes.  Chesapeake has announced the cancellation of "Shale TV," which was slated to debut in September, then pushed back to October and now cancelled.  (Some called it Shill TV). 

And speaking of shale

Chesapeake Energy has cancelled its planned faux news/propaganda show in Texas on account of its budget problems.

UPDATE: McClendon Flame-Out

This weekend, I posted an item about how Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon had to sell most of his stock in the natural gas company due to a margin call.  He's not the only one.  This WSJ article goes into more depth,

Sign of the times

The ACORN myth

 McClatchy reporting -- should facts matter to you -- knocks down the Republican myth that government loan programs pushed by radical groups like ACORN to help poor and minority borrowers were responsible for the mortgage melt-down.

If it jumps 50 percent more, I'm even

Nonetheless, the Dow jumped a record 936 points today. Market seems to like propping up banks.

If it jumps 50 percent more, I'm even

Nonetheless, the Dow jumped a record 936 points today. Market seems to like propping up banks.

The civilizing influences

Jim Powell and his thoughts on the Fort Smith area came to mind today as I was overcome by comments and e-mail suggesting a look at the hot race for House in Sebastian/Franklin counties.

The civilizing influences

Jim Powell and his thoughts on the Fort Smith area came to mind today as I was overcome by comments and e-mail suggesting a look at the hot race for House in Sebastian/Franklin counties.

AOGC Response to Your Comments

This post is response to one of our readers who commented on an earlier post about New Yorkers not buying gas industry PR.  The reader also referenced an editorial penned by the head of the NY Department of Environmental Conservation that appeared in some NY papers back in August. 

Deal Breakers.

I have previously defined what I consider to be “fundamentals” or “essentials” when dating someone.

Open line

Monday talk?

Stalking Sarah

Palintology is a defensible obsession because she could be president. (Shiver.)

LIVE-BLOGGING DEBATE - DIRECT FROM HOFSTRA!

    David and Sondra Mack of Long Island are very, very dear . . .

Talking point reaches NWA

I posted an item yesterday about how a Tim Griffin blog suggestion had circulated hours later to Politico's website.

No union labels in Ft. Smith

Venturing into Fort Smith, Brummett finds himself in the middle on the legislation to allow unionizing with a signup process, rather than under the current management-favoring system.

Hillary voters come home

And Caribou Barbie helped drive them there.

Arkansas album

Lana McCormick suggests the caption "Best of Both Worlds" for the photo she snapped of a camper at Petit Jean State Park.

Wal-Mart on the attack

Thanks to a reader for finding this diary entry on Daily Kos, about a Democrat in NW Arkansas whose daughter was raked over the coals at a party by Wal-Mart execs because her father supported a local Democratic candidate.

Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

A national organization of former foster children has announced its opposition to Initiated Act 1, which raises new obstacles to foster parenting.

Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

A national organization of former foster children has announced its opposition to Initiated Act 1, which raises new obstacles to foster parenting.

The church vote

Here's a most interesting poll on religion and national politics. Obama is leading among Catholics, white mainline Protestants, black Protestants and unaffiliated.

McCain-Bailin' '08

Thanks, Betsey.

Reposting: NRDC Reports on Health Impact

Amy Mall, of the Natural Resourece Defense Council, posted a comment on the last blog item about some recent reports, issued by the agency, detailing the health impact of oil and gas drilling.  A couple of you have brought this to my attention, but, in my defense, I did run a post on this a while ago.    I wanted to thank Amy for the comment, and also re-post the item here for all to see: A new report issued by the Natural Resource Defense Council looks at the health impact of natural gas drilling operations.

Natural Gas Stocks Up, Chesapeake too

Chesapeake and XTO Energy had their biggest gains since 2000 yesterday.  This comes after a bit of a rocky road for Chesapeake and others.  The FWST reports, 

REMINDER: ADEQ Hearing Tonight in Des Arc

From an ADEQ press release PUBLIC HEARING ON LAND APPLICATION DRAFT PERMIT SET The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will hold a public meeting and public hearing October 14, 2008, at Des Arc to discuss a proposed draft permit for construction and operation of a commercial natural gas well drilling fluids storage and land application facility in Prairie County.

Tyson theft guilty plea

A 19-year-old Fayetteville man has entered a guilty plea to a federal theft charge stemming from pilfering cash during a party Dec. 27 at a home in Johnson, Ark., and then carrying it across state lines.

No damages in electrocution case

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court today and said SWEPCO had no liability when a tent setup crew came in contract with a power line preparing for the Chile Pepper Festival on the UA campus in Fayetteville in 2004.

Tuesday To-Do: 'Tales of the Crypt'

‘TALES OF THE CRYPT'5:30 p.m., Mount Holly Cemetery. Free.The dead will walk again as Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School students portray Mount Holly's famous denizens in “Tales of the Crypt.” The 13th annual event at the city's oldest cemetery, at 10th and Broadway, features 45-minute candlelight tours starting every five min-utes at the front gate from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Reviewed: Arkansas Blues and Heritage Fest

Shawn Kellerman. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Catching on

I remember my first focaccia, hot from a supermarket oven in a small town in Tuscany.

Who's best for the market?

I'm the son of a stockbroker. It was an article of faith in my house -- a product of my dad's experience and not his garden variety southern Democrat politics -- that Democratic presidents were better for business.

The shape of the legislature

I just noticed that The Arkansas Project Today carried some forecasting on the Arkansas legislature following Nov. 4.

Still alive and coming to Alltel...

Really churching up the old brick wall standby. Even though they really couldn't look sadder than the picture above, particularly Angus, who despite his penchant for shorts, obviously hasn't shown his legs the light of day in decades, the Aussies all look to be ruddy fellows.

UCA cleared on credit

The Higher Education Coordinating Board today cleared the University of Central Arkansas's $6 million line of credit with local banks. UCA obtained the credit line long ago, after a vote of the Board of Trustees, but officials said they had not been aware until recently that state approval was required first for such arrangements.

New voters alert

Pulaski County Clerk Pat O'Brien urges new voters to check his website to be sure their applications have cleared.

Open line

Tuesday talk here. Also, in the spirit of the election season and hopeful signs about young voters, I pass along this note from my e-mailbag:

And still more mail

My helpful readers supply more items of note. CBS poll shows Obama with -- 14 POINT LEAD.

Owner's privilege

UNFAIR: Head of Stephens Inc. says taxes discourage capital formation. Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens, owner of Stephens Media, contributes an op-ed today (new link to reflect a change in original post) in his newspapers on the dangers of an Obama presidency -- what with Obama's plan to put a bit more of a tax burden on the wealthy.

Bad move

I see in the paper that Pulaski Quorum Court committees favor a 5 percent pay bonus for county employees.

Bad move

I see in the paper that Pulaski Quorum Court committees favor a 5 percent pay bonus for county employees.

Vote NO on Initiated Act 1

It's been sad to read in recent days of contested legislative races around Arkansas in which you'd think the sole issue of importance in our troubled world was which candidate could demonstrate the greatest degree of animus toward gay people.

"They get the gold mine, we get the shaft!"

ADEQ held a public hearing last night to answer questions and receive comments on a proposed land-application site for drilling fluids in Prairie County.

Early voting: Yes, we can, can

Have you added fivethirtyeight.com to your must-check list, political junkies? They crunch numbers like crazy.

Early voting: Yes, we can, can

Have you added fivethirtyeight.com to your must-check list, political junkies? They crunch numbers like crazy.

Shale fire

Motor over to our Shale Watch blog for Gerard Matthews' report on a public hearing on a waste disposal plan proposed to handle the byproduct of shale exploration in Prairie County.

Get lost, Dwayne

The attorney general's office says convicted molester Dwayne Dobbins waited too long to file his lawsuit to get on the ballot to regain his state legislative seat in North Little Rock.

For a progressive tax system

Warren Stephens' complaint about his taxes -- which have really hampered his capital formation -- prompted a speedy response from Mac Campbell, the former candidate for state treasurer, congressional staffer and tax lawyer in Little Rock and Washington.

Seem hot to you?

An environmental group notes that 2007 was the second hottest on record globally and the local experience in Little Rock and Fort Smith mirrors the warming trend with average temps up 2.3 and 1.7 degrees, respectively.

Free Candy: Esau Mwamawaya is the Very Best, Lucinda Williams and Johnny Cash remixed

The Very Best mixtapeYes! The the long-anticipated mixtape collab between Radioclit and Malawian  vocalist Esau Mwamawaya (AKA the African Phil Collins) is here.

Chesapeake Investor Meeting Online Now

This from Deep Pockets (another great shale blog).  Chesapeake is running a web caset of their stock holder meeting right now.  You can listen in here.

ADEQ Idealistic Photos

    Guess which one of these pictures (showing a land-application site for drilling fluids) was shown to an audience of concerned citizens in Prairie County at an ADEQ hearing last night.  The picture was used to quell fears that fluids would be applied improperly, and if done correctly would look like the picture on the left.  Most of the pictures I have seen from ADEQ inspection reports of these facilities look like the picture on the right.  In fact, the picture on the left is from a land-application site in Greenwood, AR.  I wonder why these don't show up at ADEQ meetings more often... 

Insert movie title here

The Republican Party of Arkansas invites one and all to a debate watching party tonight at the Riverdale 10 Cinema on Cantrell Road.

Wednesday: Korto and Dirtfoot

Arkansas' finest. On last week alone, you could make an argument that Korto didn't deserve to make it to the final three, but even if its presented otherwise, this is a cumulative contest, and  no one has a better winning percentage (six top three finishes, two wins and only two bottom three finishes; Leanne, who's the only other designer even close only has four top three finishes and two wins and thee bottom three finishes).

Tune In: Dale Hawkins on AETN

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., Dale Hawkins is featured on "AETN Presents: Front Row." Should be worth checking out.

Drink up

Big Whiskey’s American Bar and Grill, a Springfield, Mo.-based concept, will open its first Little Rock location at the corner of Markham and Cumberland in the space that previously housed Velo Rouge as early as mid-November, according to Paul Sundy, who leads the ownership group in Springfield.

Up all night

For all y'all who miss our front page, some shameless self-promotion.In this week's cover story, I survey the limited, incredibly weird, but fairly vibrant late-night club scene in Little Rock.
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