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October 16, 2008

Vol 6 • No 40

LR after hours

We stay up late clubbing to fill you in on the sights and sounds of the early morning hours.

LR after hours

We stay up late clubbing to fill you in on the sights and sounds of the early morning hours.

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.

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.

Putting Faulkner County first

Pretty good simple ad for Democratic Senate candidate Joe White -- Gov. Mike Beebe and a raft of local elected officials endorse him.

No quick fix

The market bombs again. There's a growing realization that, government support or no, we're a long way out of this mess.

Pryor dodges debate

I understand Rebekah Kennedy, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, attended the Political Animals Club lunch today at the Governor's Mansion featuring Sen. Mark Pryor.

Over the hump UPDATE

An open line for you. I may check back in re the debate and other matters some time this evening.

Editorial

In Brief, Oct. 16

He’s the front man in perhaps Little Rock’s most popular party band, and on the side, he’s the King. In an all-ages show at Revolution, Getty’s lead singer Matt Joyce tries to channel Elvis, 8 p.m., $6.

This Modern World

The Observer, Oct. 16

The older The Observer gets, the more of an insomniac we become. We rarely get more than a few hours sleep a night, and less on weekends, so we’ve become all too familiar with those few businesses that are open to the public at 1 a.m. — Waffle House, IHOP

Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival

The final day of the Arkansas Blues and heritage festival in Helena opened with Shawn Kellerman on fire on the main stage. I'm a born sucker for guitar theatrics in blues and Kellerman never disappoints.

Erin go ’Bama

Even in ordinary times, the average sophistication of the Irish on all things American may rival our own. On U.S. politics, Irishmen will be at least as keen as workaday American voters although not nearly as divided. As far as an inquisitive traveler can

Rocky start

Mark Leverett, a candidate for Little Rock district court, is off to a slightly rocky start on his campaign for the bench. He’s apparently already run afoul of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which prohibits judges or judicial candidates from making a contr

Oct. 9-14

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …GOV. MIKE BEEBE. He greenlighted the end of the Huckabee-era state rule that prohibits the placement of foster children in homes with unmarried couples, no matter how strongly the circumstances that might argue for it.

The Assmunch endorsements

For president: Both these guys are crazy, you know that. Given the mess we’re in, no one in his right mind would accept the job, much less campaign for it. That may explain the decline in the quality of presidential timber — which in turn may explain the

Documentary film schedule

Through Wednesday.

To-Do List, Oct. 16

The Warhol Exhibit, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, 'for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,' the Cheetah Girls, Violin Pyrotechnics, Junior Brown, Marsalis Brasilianos and Astral Project are all to-dos this week.

More endorsements

With a lot of territory to cover, I’m going to devote my column space this week to the Times’ opinion on a few more of the races and issues on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Race without reason, revisited

Some of my friends are trying to explain to me that the Democratic challenge to the re-election of state Sen. Gilbert Baker in Conway is important. They want me to quit writing that the outcome doesn’t matter, because that essentially condones Baker’s re-

Time for change

?Early voting in the Nov. 4 general election begins next week and no contest is more important than the race for president. It’s 1992 again. �ts content editor effective Monday."�ife easier. �guess at the results. I’m guessing that the near-universa

Smart Talk, Oct. 16

Stephens Media’s Aaron Sadler wrote a feature recently on the news that one of the two statues representing Arkansas in the nation’s Capitol is to be moved to a new Capitol Visitors Center. The statute of Uriah Rose, founder of the Rose Law Firm, will sta

The naked city

The first time I went to the Paper Moon, I was on assignment for a now dead local magazine. It was for a best jobs feature, and I’d volunteered for strip club DJ. So I went, on an off night, to talk to some guy named Johnny Florida or Ice Cold or somethin

Schools continue drug testing

Clarksville High School will spend $7,000 this year on random drug tests of students. The school is one of more than 100 in Arkansas that administers such tests.

A fantasy you can believe in

It’s unusual and therefore refreshing to come across a kid’s story that doesn’t tell the usual lie that If You Believe Hard Enough, You Will Have Ninja Power. Lots of books and movies have succumbed to this — in recent memory, “Kung Fu Panda” and the Har

What's Cookin', Oct. 16

Big Whiskey’s American Bar and Grill, a Springfield, Mo.-based restaurant, will open its second location at the corner of Markham and Cumberland in the space that previously housed Velo Rouge.

Schools continue drug testing

Clarksville High School will spend $7,000 this year on random drug tests of students. The school is one of more than 100 in Arkansas that administers such tests.

Letters, Oct. 16

Little did I know we have our very own Joel McHale (Soup) at the Arkansas Times! Thank you David Koon for watching the crappy shows so we don’t have to. Your article about the Huckster’s new TV show pilot was absolutely laugh out loud hysterical!

Best. Delta. Ever.

I stopped dead in my tracks in front of Laura Laser’s 6-by-4-foot canvas “No Stopping Now.” Her painting of two African-American women — a Delta Award winner — pairs sketchy, flat, highly saturated color and Gaugin-like details with a deftly-painted backg

Duggarama!

Chances are you know the Duggars — those folks who live up in Northwest Arkansas and have 17 kids (and, as of this writing, another on the way).

Film feast

In the days leading up to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, volunteers have been busy rolling out the red carpet. Literally. Workers replaced the much-damaged carpet leading to and inside the historic Malco Theater, the home base of the documenta

Still tasty

We sometimes forget about Acadia, and we’re not sure why. It has so many things going for it — those that come on the plate and those that surround it.

Orval

Class B clubs

Current licenses in Pulaski County

Late night details

Candidate debates

The League of Women Voters has held a series of local candidate debates for broadcast on local cable channels, available On Demand even.

In re Baker v. Beebe

John Brummett today revisits the Senate race between Democrat Joe White and Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker.

In re Baker v. Beebe

John Brummett today revisits the Senate race between Democrat Joe White and Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker.

The morning after

Screengrab from theimpolitic.blogspot.com It was the best of the three debates most agree and all seem to agree it was John McCain's best effort.

The morning after

Screengrab from theimpolitic.blogspot.com It was the best of the three debates most agree and all seem to agree it was John McCain's best effort.

Huck lands Joe the Plumber

The Huckster got on the horn last night to line up the temporarily famous "Joe the Plumber" to appear on his Fox show this weekend.

Twice Poisoned: More From Prairie County

There's been a lot of discussion here about the ADEQ hearing that was held in Prairie County on Tuesday night.  Attendees have voiced their frustration with the event, which they believe gave an all-too-rosy picture of what happens at land-application sites for drilling fluids across the state.  Here's a couple of letters that I've received over the past day and a half or so.

Fayetteville's mayor

Will Dan Coody be re-elected Fayetteville mayor? Not if firefighters, police, the Sierra Club or The Iconoclast have anything to say about it.

BP Looks to Buy More Properties from Chesapeake

Oil giant BP is looking to possibly buy more natural gas properties from Chesapeake Energy.  The WSJ reports the deal would be an early sign "that cash-rich global oil companies are prepared to embark on a spending spree as smaller natural gas producers scramble to raise cash amid declining energy prices and tight capital markets."

How low can it go?

The market freefall continues. Calling Christian Noteboom of Russellville.

The Spirit of Arkansas?

KATV ran a short news item on the ADEQ hearing in Prairie County on Tuesday night.  However, if someone were watching the report I'm not sure they would really have any idea of what took place there or what the meeting was really about.  I asked for a copy of the story and was pretty appalled at the lack of substantial information contained therein.  Let's go through the report one graph at a time:

Alamo to appear in court

Tony Alamo, the Fouke, Arkansas-based “evangelist” who was arrested in Flagstaff Arizona in late September, has been scheduled to appear before United States Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant in Texarkana Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Wow

Al Jazeera attended a McCain rally in Ohio Monday.

Lottery stays on ballot

Word from a Bill Halter spokesman is that the state Supreme Court has voted 6-0 to reject a complaint to remove the lottery amendment from the Nov. 4 ballot.

Anti-incumbent sentiment

The Central Arkansas Building and Construction Trades Council, an AFL-CIO affiliate, has endorsed challenger Phil Wyrick, a Republican, in the race for county judge against incumbent Democrat Buddy Villines.

Hear this

Wear headphones. There's some cussing.

The fire next time

You know about the housing collapse. You know about the market collapse.

Blast from the past

Walker Lundy, who some might remember for his stint as executive editor of the old Arkansas Gazette, pops up with an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer about a local right-wing radio station and its listeners' tirades against Barack Obama.

In other words, McCain lost

The Huckster gives his opinion on the debate last night: My perspective is this.

Oh happy day

So I see the Dow is up over 200 400 points instead of down 400, as it was this morning, and oil has dropped below $70 a bbl. Volatility isn't good. But some big bond deals got sold today that apparently made Wall Streeters believe the credit situation may really be improving.

Mining for gold in Argenta

New Argenta Development will start knocking down the old Mountaire feed mill at Fifth and Poplar in North Little Rock tomorrow.

Vote 'No' on Referred Question No. 1

No, I'm not talking about the anti-adoption initiated act. But vote No on Initiated Act 1, too.

Thursday: Matt Joyce as Elvis, Chase Pagan and more

He's the front man in perhaps Little Rock's most popular party band, and on the side, he's the King.

Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Arkansas Families First announces production of a 9-minute video that it will be distributing to churches, community groups and others interested about objections to proposed Initiated Act 1, which would raise new roadblocks to private adoptions and foster parentiong.

Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Arkansas Families First announces production of a 9-minute video that it will be distributing to churches, community groups and others interested about objections to proposed Initiated Act 1, which would raise new roadblocks to private adoptions and foster parentiong.

Thursday thread

It's open.

Schools continue drug testing

Clarksville High School will spend $7,000 this year on random drug tests of students. The school is one of more than 100 in Arkansas that administers such tests.

THE ACORN SCAM

    Gather ye nuts for the coming winter, squirrels.   Here, Karl Rove, last year, lays out the Republican lies and Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo exposes them.

ACORN explained

A New York Times editorial lucidly explains the overblown ACORN voter registration straw man. The real scandal is in the barriers thrown up against easier voting.

ACORN explained

A New York Times editorial lucidly explains the overblown ACORN voter registration straw man. The real scandal is in the barriers thrown up against easier voting.

How low can they go?

There's no bottom to the McCain campaign, as evidenced by the torrent of robocalling on terrorism, abortion, etc. So much for the man of honor.

How'd Huck miss this trick?

When it came to records of his office, Gov. Mike Huckabee just said no. Given his yen for loot, I'm surprised he didn't come up with the Sarah Palin strategy -- ask for FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS to copy public records.

How'd Huck miss this trick?

When it came to records of his office, Gov. Mike Huckabee just said no. Given his yen for loot, I'm surprised he didn't come up with the Sarah Palin strategy -- ask for FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS to copy public records.

Friday To-Do: 'for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf'

‘FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater.

Friday To-Do: 'Andy Warhol: 15 Weeks of Fame'

‘ANDY WARHOL: 15 WEEKS OF FAME'10 a.m.-5 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. $8-$12.Only 44 years after Andy Warhol exhibited his first “Brillo” box, the Arkansas Arts Center opens on Friday the state's first comprehensive show of art by the pop genius.

Friday To-Do: Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEY BEARS9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.Contemporary blues and soul acts often fail similarly: they're watered-down or, even worse, cleaned-up imitations of their forbearers.

Vote by mail

It's a great idea. It's catching on in the west.

Mean streets of LR

The overnight LRPD report includes: Robbery of the Cupid's lingerie/etc. store at 3920 W. 65th St. about 3 a.m. today; robbery of the Shell Super Stop at 16900 Cantrell shortly after midnight today;  a midnight arrest of a man who'd beaten a woman at the State Fair, apparently because she'd refused to buy marijuana from him; and an attempted carjacking yesterday afternoon of a woman parked near the Statehouse Convention Center.

Why the presidency is important

Bush has packed federal appellate courts across the land with Federalist Society grads intent on making the Republican agenda organic law.

Sign of the times II

The sign wars in LR area continue. Interestingly enough, the thuggishness inspired by Sarah Palin has a corollary.

Dobbins' suit nixed

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza today dismissed Dwayne Dobbins' lawsuit to get onto the ballot as a Democratic candidate for state representative from North Little Rock.

The Weekend: Smoke Up Johnny, Bleu Edmonson, Epiphany and loads more

Alan Disaster of Smoke Up Johnny. FRIDAY 10/17At Downtown music, bar-rock standouts Smoke Up Johnny headline with rappers North Rock and folk-y Peter Stubb playing in support, 10 p.m., $5.At Robinson, Beatlegras does bluegrass covers of Beatles songs, 8 p.m., $20-$25.

The quotable Korto

With Mychael Knight. So Korto lost.

Week To-Do: Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest

Albert Maysles In the days leading up to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, volunteers have been busy rolling out the red carpet.

Complaint filed against LR church

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint against Robert Smith and his World of Outreach Church in Little Rock for his recent sermon urging church members to vote for John McCain.

Complaint filed against LR church

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint against Robert Smith and his World of Outreach Church in Little Rock for his recent sermon urging church members to vote for John McCain.

Saturday To-Do: The Cheetah Girls

THE CHEETAH GIRLS4 p.m., Alltel Arena. $33.25-$43.25.Grown concertgoers will always have something to bitch about.

Obama fights back

His campaign has gone on the attack on the trumped-up ACORN vote fraud story. "With this voter fraud [investigation], we're seeing an unholy alliance of law enforcement and the ugliest form of partisan politics," Bob Bauer, an elections lawyer with the Obama camp, said on a conference call with reporters just now.

Saturday To-Do: Violin Pyrotechnics

VIOLIN PYROTECHNICS8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$52.The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra returns to its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks series with selections by Samuel Barber, Niccolo Paganini and Robert Schumann.

Sunday To-Do: Junior Brown

  "Highway Patrol" JUNIOR BROWN6 p.m., Revolution.

Finally, Some Hopeful News

An STW Water Reclamation Site Well, they say if it sounds too good to be true, it's probably just what it seems, but this looks promising.  GE Water & Process Technologies and STW Resources, Inc. have announced plans to reduce the amount of water that is wasted druing the fracking process.  According to a GE press release,

Hit the Road: The Frank Stanford Literary Fest

As I mentioned a week or two back, the Frank Stanford Literary Fest is going on in Fayetteville this weekend.

Say No to Coal

Don't forget about the No New Coal Rally on the capitol steps tomorrow.  From CheckOneTwo:

Getting ready for 2012

Blog mentions the name of Chip Saltsman, The Huckster's campaign chairman this year, as a candidate for Republican National Committee chairman.

Friday forum

It's on.

Too good not to share

Things I wouldn't know if I didn't watch cable TV. 1) There's an epidemic of Obama sign thievery, not just in LR.

LRSD exit report

The Little Rock School District has compiled a report on where students who left the district went to school.

LRSD exit report UPDATE

The Little Rock School District has compiled an "exit" report, which lists where students who transferred out of the district are attending school this year.

LRSD exit report UPDATE

The Little Rock School District has compiled an "exit" report, which lists where students who transferred out of the district are attending school this year.

No more coal

It ain't football, but there will be music. A coalition of environmental groups will rally on the steps of the Capitol from 1 to 3 p.m. today against a new coal-fired generating plant in Southwest Arkansas.

Tearing down that wall

The Bush administration forges ahead with its effort to give money to religious groups that discriminate in hiring.

Old times there ...

A Democrat is making a strong push to be elected to the U.S. Senate in -- Mississippi!

Boozy Bentonville

Municipal races in Waltonville feature sharp divisions on whether the city should support "private clubs" -- that is booze sales at restaurants and clubs -- in the reviving downtown.

Fair Play

My best friend, Christi, is in town for a few weeks, and she was really excited to go to the state fair.  I figured now was as good a time as any for my annual funnel cake, plus we knew some people in the Celebrity Cow Chip Throwing Contest.  Since they were going to stand in a ring and throw poo, we felt it was only right that we show up and support them while being thrilled that we didn’t have to participate.  In the end, the ladies were well represented as Shannon took home two plaques appropriately decorated with straw and plastic poop.  Nice!

Meet me in St. Louis

Wall Street Journal blog had this photo of Barack Obama and 100,000 friends at the Gateway Arch today.

Saturday thread

This one's for you.

The debate we didn't see

John Brummett imagines a debate where McCain calmed down a bit and Obama strayed from his disciplined talking points.

Brokeback Republicans

Frank Rich writes why John McCain can't quit his deserved linkage to George W. Bush.

Live, it's Sarah Palin on SNL

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Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Meet a Fayetteville couple that provides an adoptive home for a Vietnamese orphan with serious medical needs.

I AM NORMA BATES AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE

    This Presidential election is all about ME, of course.   America (hence the World) is at a crossroads that either threatens my fabulous life or enhances it.

Yield the right of way

Call it a midday update: 1) I see Colin Powell indeed endorsed Barack Obama today.

Yield the right of way

Call it a midday update: 1) I see Colin Powell indeed endorsed Barack Obama today.

Injudicious politicking

The Argenta News blog thinks it's found another judge, in addition to judicial candidate Mark Leverett, getting into politics despite a prohibition against it in the judicial ethics code, both for sitting judges and candidates for judgeships.

Injudicious politicking

The Argenta News blog thinks it's found another judge, in addition to judicial candidate Mark Leverett, getting into politics despite a prohibition against it in the judicial ethics code, both for sitting judges and candidates for judgeships.

Bragging rights

"whitewaterbadboy" writes: Humbly offering up something to use in EatArkansas, if it is "worthy.". We're still getting an abundant supply of Beefsteak, Celebrity, and Grape varieties.  Didn't start until after everybody else's had been producing for a month or they had totally stopped giving fruit.

Sunday thread

Here's one for you. Evening mail and random observations: 1) Faulker County Young Democrats are camping out tonight to be first in line when early voting begins in Arkansas tomorrow.

KATV reporter attacked

Anne Pressly, 26, a news reporter for KATV, was assaulted in her home on Club Road in the Country Club neighborhood Sunday night and suffered serious wounds. The Arkansas Blog has a

Obama outreach

John Brummett reports this morning on a Barack Obama phone call to U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, a Democratic Blue Dog, whose support will be useful in an Obama administration's spending plans.

LRSD enrollment: official count

Little Rock School Board members have received the Oct. 1 enrollment figures, considered the "official" count.

LRSD enrollment: official count

Little Rock School Board members have received the Oct. 1 enrollment figures, considered the "official" count.

Can't help myself

No, the headline isn't a tribute to the passing of Levi Stubbs. It's to my inability to resist a link, thanks to a tip from David Kinkade at The Arkansas Project, to a full report on the first wedding in the Duggar clan, complete with a couple of exhortations to the 20-year-old groom and his bride to be fruitful and multiply.

GOP feminist UPDATE

Sen. Gilbert Baker, Republican, Conway, comes out for equal pay for equal work. Bully for him.

Cast your ballot!

Early voting began a few minutes ago. Been yet?

Halters have second daughter

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's wife Shanti gave birth today to the couple's second daughter, Julia Nancy.

Calling the ACLU

The Searcy police arrested Brian Barnett, a Green Party candidate for legislature, last week because he stood on a street corner with a sign saying his Democratic and Republican opponents were "chicken shit" for refusing to debate him.

Monday To-Do: Astral Project

ASTRAL PROJECT8 p.m., Afterthought. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.Almost exactly a year after the famed contemporary jazz act played the Windsong Performing Arts Center, Astral Project returns for an even more intimate set.

Monday To-Do: Marsalis Brasilianos

MARSALIS BRASILIANOS7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $23-$35.Jazz fans know him as the eldest son in the country's pre-eminent jazz families, as a saxophonist who's collaborated with the likes of Art Blakely, Miles Davis and Sting.

KATV anchor attacked UPDATE

CRIME SCENE: Police look for evidence. Photo by Gerard Matthews Anne Pressly, 26, a news reporter for KATV who anchored Channel 7's Daybreak show, was assaulted in her home on Club Road in the Country Club neighborhood overnight and suffered serious wounds.

He's baaaack

I refer to Bill Halter's football coach, now pushing the lottery for Bill, who gets some TV face time himself in a pro-lottery media campaign. I've asked about the size of the buy and the source of the money.

Barack and Mark

This is rich. The Obama campaign is sending out e-mails in support of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a no-show at the recent Obama rally in Little Rock.

Joe the Plumber? Busted flush

Looks like that trumped-up story is not resonating with voters either. Next McCain stop: Rev. Wright.

News you can use UPDATE

NO TICKETS: Long lines at Broadway and Markham vote center won't mean tickets. Photo by Leslie Newell Peacock The city of Little Rock has announced it won't enforce parking meter violations in a two-block radius around the county early voting location at in the Jeffrey Hawkins Center at Broadway and Markham.

Meet the New Hogs, Same as the Old Hogs

When the ESPN GameCast told me that the Hogs had taken over possession with about five minutes left and a 20-7 lead I thought to myself, "it's our game to lose now".

For the kids: Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Arkansas Families First announces it will begin a TV campaign tomorrow agaisnt Proposed Initiated Act 1, which would make adoption and foster parenting more difficult in Arkansas.

Monday: Nathan Brown's going away show

One-man band/blue-eyed soul crooner/eight-track fetishist Nathan Brown's moving to Fort Worth. Tonight, Eclipse Glasses, the Evelyns and Meager Bop (in which Brown plays drums) come together for a farewell gig at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $4.

Upward bound?

The Dow jumped up 400 points today amid a variety of signs that government intervention may finally be improving the outlook for financial markets.

Open line

For a Monday.

Guest Writer

Going after 'alcopop'

A task force on substance abuse heard a recommendation yesterday that the tax on "alcopop," sweet alcoholic beverages with alcohol contents low enough for sale in grocery and convenience stores, be increased.

What's that sound?

John Brummett sees the presidential race through the cultural filter. It's Hank Williams Jr. versus Bruce Springsteen.

The Roe v. Wade of gun law

A couple of blue-ribbon conservative judges  have sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the D.C. gun possession case.

If likability counts ...

Obama is a shoo-in. His favorable numbers are rising along with Joe Biden's.

A higher law in Benton County

How about this? Up in Benton County, the assessor just decided to exempt churches from paying volunteer fire department dues required of all businesses.

Caution: boodlers at work

Ha. Trustees of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System think director Paul Doane's phenomenal travel habits -- just coincidentally he flew for dozens of days last year to places handy to his "other" homes and another little job -- are just ducky.

In Arkansas, don't miss ...

The Fayetteville Trucker provides the following: Garden & Gun, the slick magazine from Charlotte, N.C. has a November cover story (with a doomsday black skillet of golden cornbread for its cover art) "The Best Southern Foods: 100 Things You Simply Must Eat Before You Die."

Verizon-Alltel: Good to go

Roby Brock's Talk Business picks up a Wall Street Journal piece in which Verizon's CEO says it's full speed ahead on the company's acquistion of Alltel.

The naked city

I got a note yesterday morning about the focus of crime news coverage -- more on white people and better-off neighborhoods, less on the converse.

The naked city

I got a note yesterday morning about the focus of crime news coverage -- more on white people and better-off neighborhoods, less on the converse.

Doubletree redone

The press was invited in for a look at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock today, where a $12 million renovation has been completed.

Doubletree redone

The press was invited in for a look at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock today, where a $12 million renovation has been completed.

Pressly's family: Thank you

There have been no developments so far today in the beating Sunday night of KATV morning anchor Anne Pressly, who was found Monday morning unconscious, suffering from severe blunt trauma injuries, in her Country Club neighborhood home.

McDaniel to LRSD: Stuff it

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel knows some political red meat when he sees it. Click the link for the state's response to the Little Rock School District proposal to end the state's obligations in the Pulaski County desegregation case.

McDaniel to LRSD: Stuff it

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel knows some political red meat when he sees it. Click the link for the state's response to the Little Rock School District proposal to end the state's obligations in the Pulaski County desegregation case.

Huckagoguery

The Huckster is doing the dirty work for the Republican Party. If it's not about Obama's terrorist ties, it's about his youthful drug use.

Clergy: Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

Today, an interfaith group of clergy -- Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Jewish, Disciples of Christ, Unitarian-Universalist, Community Church -- led by Rev. Lowell Grisham of Fayetteville issued a statement announcing opposition to proposed Initiated Act 1, which would make adoption and foster parenting more difficult in Arkansas.

Annual sessions? Fuhgeddaboudit

Proposed Amendment 2 is Sen. Shawn Womack's baby. Since Womack, an injudicious and intemperate Republican, is, believe it or not, busy running for a judgeship, nobody has stepped forward to push his amendment to have annual legislative sessions.

Q&A: Matt Besser, Part 1

Hogs fans could use a laugh or two following the debacle in Lexington. As part of our ongoing effort to speed the healing process, we thought it would be a good time to publish part one of our recent interview with the world's funniest Hog fan, Matt Besser.

MADD about DWI case

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has scheduled a news conference in Saline County tomorrow to protest the release from prison of Sheila Blair.

MADD about DWI case

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has scheduled a news conference in Saline County tomorrow to protest the release from prison of Sheila Blair.

Early voting: The rush continues

The "unprecedented" rush to early vote in Pulaski County continues. The pace is about 600 people per hour on the 60 machines in operation at branch libraries and the county offices at Markham and Broadway.

David Gordon Green pulls ahead in the "semi-famous person with marginal ties to Arkansas" race on Rock Candy

"Good Vibes," the animated show written by David Gordon Green and commissioned by Fox that I told you about a few weeks back, now has a cast of voices: Josh Gad ("Back to You"), Adam Brody ("The O.C."), Debi Mazar ("Entourage"), Olivia Thirlby ("Juno"), Alan Tudyk ("3:10 to Yuma") and Jake Busey ("Broken").

More layoffs in Fort Smith UPDATE

Rheem will cut 180 jobs, or about 12 percent of its workforce, in Fort Smith because of a drop in orders.

Tuesday talk

The line is open.

The One Kick Wonders.

If you live in the Central Arkansas vicinity and are between the age of 18 and 60, odds are you play or watch kickball on Sunday afternoons.

Remind you of anyone? UPDATE

From Politico: The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

Who I Voted For

I voted on the 20th at the downtown early voting location across from the courthouse.

Oaklawn says whoa

Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs is one of the few major horseracing venues in the country that has yet to sign a new equine health, safety and anti-doping pledge recently issued by one of the largest horseracing associations in the U.S.

Lecture circuit: twin-bill

A two-fer tonight on the enriching lecture circuit offered by the Clinton School of Public Service.

What's at stake

Norma Bates recommends a look at the New York Review of Books for a series of essays by prominent writers on the importance of this election.

Thanks for asking

Yes, I'll be begging for KUAR as usual this fund-raising cycle. Rosi Smith and I will be on from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Thanks for asking

Yes, I'll be begging for KUAR as usual this fund-raising cycle. Rosi Smith and I will be on from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Trolling the 'net

The Fayetteville Trucker refers me to the Fayetteville Flyer and its item about Hog quarterback Casey Dick's wedding website.

Chateau du Cookie

Donald Roller Wilson, the Fayetteville artist, has licensed one of his famous paintings of Cookie, everybody's favorite primate, for the front label of a fine New Mexican wine, a 2006 cabernet from Willmon Vineyards.

Distress sale?

Roby Brock at Talk Business digs up a regulatory filing that indicates the coming credit crunch -- which limited growth potential of the heavily leveraged Alltel after investors bought it -- prompted the sale to Verizon.

Jobs held hostage UPDATE

I mentioned the potential loss of the Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana as the company decides which of four plants it will close on account of declining demand.

Jobs held hostage UPDATE

I mentioned the potential loss of the Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana as the company decides which of four plants it will close on account of declining demand.

Coming soon

The Station, a grocery and deli, will open, likely in mid-November, in the space that previously housed Little Rock Paint and Wallpaper, in the wedge where Kavanaugh and Markham meet in Stifft Station.

Jackassery

A Kos diarist who found this photo wonders about this wardrobe decision. Democratically inclined?

The Glory and Travail of Houston Dale Nutt: One Fan's Perspective

The following post was written by a long time Hog fan who earned his MA in English from the University of Arkansas where he wrote his thesis on William Faulkner.

Sluggo has a home

A Conway family has adopted Sluggo, the rescue bulldog that blog readers have helped. Here, he's meeting Memphis, another foster family member.

NLR politics: Too hot for church

Ah, it's reminiscent of the glory days of cussin' mayors, fist-throwing aldermen and other hijinks.

NLR politics: Too hot for church

Ah, it's reminiscent of the glory days of cussin' mayors, fist-throwing aldermen and other hijinks.

Own Dillard's stock?

You don't own much. The Little Rock-based department store chain is being dropped from the S&P 500 tomorrow and trading today reflects its low status -- as low as $5 per share ($23 was its top over the last 52 weeks) and the day isn't done.

Cash, covered

Punknews.org is streaming "All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash," which was released yesterday. Ben Nichols offers up an understated cover "Delia's Gone," which might be incentive for the Lucero faithful to grab the comp.

Assessing charter schools

The Southern Regional Education Board has completed a study aimed at assessing charter schools. It's worth a read for all interested in the topic.

Wednesday Hodge Podge

J. Hawg 3 here, picking up a few items from out there on the blogs.

Hunters hit paying gas

The state Game and Fish Commission voted today to spend $2.1 million from its  gas leasing windfall to buy 1,825 acres in Desha County for a new wildlife management area.

Q&A: Matt Besser, Part 2

Yesterday, we posted part one of our interview with Matt Besser, comedian, actor and lifelong Razorback fan.

Wednesday: Sideshow bands, Jerry Springer and more

Sideshow Tramps. Photo by Aaron Sarlo.

Blogging news

A Salon editor calls my attention to their new blogging effort and, particularly, the Hillbilly Aunt,  a Little Rock-based blogger who's generating a lot of comments with her perspective on life 'round here, herself and other stuff.

When life begins

For your reading, philosophical and other consideration is this Court of Appeals decision today. A frozen embryo was successfully used for pregnancy of a woman whose husband had died in an on-the-job accident.

This takes the cake

The new Insider is on the web. Stuff's happening on that new aloft Hotel proposed for the River Market district.

Pressly update UPDATE

LRPD says nothing to report today on the beating of Anne Pressly, the KATV morning anchor who remains in critical condition at St. Vincent following the assault in her home Sunday night.

Crystal Bridges addition

Another of the American paintings acquired for the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville was revealed at a meeting in New York last night where Arkansas officials were pitching for business here.

Spitting crickets

Harry in Elvis mode. Harry's Big Adventure, coming Nov. 7-8 at the Museum of Discovery, is aimed at kids, but I'm totally going.

School tax dollars at work

The Watson Chapel School District decided to spit on the U.S. Constitution by punishing students for wearing armbands to protest school policy.

He rapped, tapped

Comedian and actor Rudy Ray Moore, better known as his most famous character, Dolemite, died on Sunday of complications related to diabetes.
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