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November 6, 2008

Vol 6 • No 43

Fewer medical malpractice suits

In 2003, the lawyers fought fiercely with the doctors and their insurance companies over legislation that would keep the lawyers from suing the doctors and their insurance companies, or at least from suing them so often and for so much.

Election sifting: The morning after

It wasn't a dream. Wait.

Celebrate, celebrate

They danced to the music of Obama's victory all over America last night as spontaneous celebrations broke out across the land.

Do voters know what they're doing?

I've received anecdotal accounts that suggest confusion on the part of voters on Initiated Act 1.

The final votes

At least two races in Pulaski County are up in the air as a team of 20 Election Commission workers completes today the job of counting some 6,000 mail absentee ballots.

Why Act 1 was not defeated

One analysis of the victory for limiting adoption, from the sponsoring Family Council, is on the jump.

Hot enough for you?

It's gonna get hotter. After a lengthy period of dithering, the Arkansas Department of, ahem, Environmental Quality has approved the air permit for the greenhouse gas-belching coal-fired power plant that SWEPCO wants to build down in Hempstead County.

Palin, clothed and unclothed

Newsweek has posted quite a story on its website dishing up some dirt on S. Palin -- including a nice little tidbit about her chat with campaign aides in nothing but a towel during the GOP convention and news that she spent "tens of thousands" of dollars more on clothing than the $150,000 that's been reported, including $20,000 for her husband's duds -- and revealing an FBI investigation of hackers breaking into Obama's and McCain's computers.

A parting thought

This happy sign popped up on Lee Avenue today. It's a good way to sign off for the night.

Smart Talk, Nov. 6

John L. McClellan, who represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate from 1943 until his death in 1977, had a reputation in the media as a tough-talking crimebuster.

Cut ‘em off

The War on Drugs having proved pretty much unwinnable, maybe we should try a War on Greed.

Aloft: What’s up?

The staff of the Little Rock Planning Department will send the Planning Commission its recommendation Thursday, Nov. 6, on whether to grant the rezoning request to allow an Aloft Hotel in the River Market.

Home for the holidays

With rumors still flying around about a new Cupid’s opening in my neighborhood, I could not have been more relieved last week to see a rather understated, definitely non-neon sign go up in front of a previously vacant storefront at JFK Boulevard and B Str

Fewer medical malpractice suits

In 2003, the lawyers fought fiercely with the doctors and their insurance companies over legislation that would keep the lawyers from suing the doctors and their insurance companies, or at least from suing them so often and for so much.

Hogs treat homecomers to ensemble performance

Anyone who saw the homecoming game knows Casey Dick wasn’t throwing the ball all that well.

Am glad for Amruth

We love heat, we love curries and other spices, we love meat cooked until it’s falling off the bone.

Neither wind nor rain

For historians searching for original sources, the memoir and the family history are often irresistible temptations.

Orval, Nov. 6

In brief, Nov. 6

At Cajun’s party band extraordinaire the Gettys headline, 9 p.m., $5.

Street fight

Rachel Chaney and her husband lived in the Leawood subdivision in Little Rock.

‘Zack and Miri’ make a dull porno

Kevin Smith’s every success, however marginal, perplexes me.

A & E news, Nov. 6

Beloved by hipsters and pop-culture fiends the world over, writer Chuck Klosterman is coming to UCA Nov. 18-19 to lecture on his “published works” and teach two master classes.

Cataclysm 2008

The election of 2008 was the first truly cataclysmic American election since 1932, when voters thoroughly repudiated a political party that had pretty much run things for 70 years.

Contra dancing: not just for squares

When I first heard the term contra dancing I thought it was something illicit — a guerrilla movement whose members meet for a tango in dank basements and back alleys, or maybe something akin to the anti-dance brigade in “Footloose.”

Mountain jewel

I feel as if I discovered a hidden jewel atop Petit Jean Mountain.

Get in line

It is said that when Andrew Jackson was elected president in 1828 just about his entire trashy following descended on the nation’s capital looking for plum jobs or appointments in the new administration.

What's Cooking, Nov.6

The Hop on Cantrell is back.

Before the storm

The Arkansas Times goes to press at midday Tuesday, so this week’s edition had to be completed before polls closed on the Nov. 4 general election.

Words, Nov. 6

“Though the workings of the Oregon proposal may seem a bit confusing, its results most certainly are not."

This modern world, Nov.6

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2008

It was a GOOD week for … VOTING. Early voters turned out in record numbers in Arkansas to cast a ballot in what was expected to be a historic presidential election. Arkansas, however, seemed unlikely to follow the national trend toward Barack Obama.

Obama for Benton County

News is something out of the ordinary.

The Observer, Nov. 6

The Observer doesn’t like to move much on Saturdays.

To-do list, Nov. 6

Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, Wolf Parade, Larry the Cable Guy, Ozark Folk Festival, Winnie the Pooh, Punkinhead, 'Elegies for Angels and Ragin Queens', Shannon Boshears and Plain White T's should make for a healthy set of entertainment options t

Loch Ness Monster

In my experience, the albums I end up loving the most usually are not albums I like on first listen.

Editorial cartoon, Nov. 6

Dr. David K. Sarver, Esq.

David K. Sarver practiced medicine for 29 years and now he sues people who practice medicine. One would imagine that former colleagues do not regard him fondly.

Neither wind nor rain

For historians searching for original sources, the memoir and the family history are often irresistible temptations.

What we’re reading

Here are the top 10 bestsellers from three local bookstores. Data is most recent available.

WINNAH BY A NOSE!

  “So this is where the economy went!”

WINNAH BY A NOSE!

  “So this is where the economy went!”

What’s Happening in November

Unless otherwise indicated, event is a reading and/or book signing.

Book notes

Southern music, Tarzan, Indian epics and more in this round-up of recently released books with Arkansas ties.

Let the devilment begin

It tells you all you need to know that rising legislative leaders Robbie Willis, the coming House speaker, and Death Star Bob Johnson, the coming Senate pro tem, voted FOR annual legislative sessions.

Let the devilment begin

It tells you all you need to know that rising legislative leaders Robbie Willis, the coming House speaker, and Death Star Bob Johnson, the coming Senate pro tem, voted FOR annual legislative sessions.

Lottery opponents to fight on UPDATE

Lottery opponents vow to work to delay and limit the state lottery in the next legislative session.

Free piece of history

Do I have a deal for you. I have a New York Times front page from Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Free piece of history

Do I have a deal for you. I have a New York Times front page from Wednesday, Nov. 5.

SEC Power Poll: Week 10

The Hogs rocketed to their highest ranking of the year in this week's Power Poll...church bells are ringing and spontaneous celebrations are breaking out across the state.

School closure

I told you a few days ago that LR School Superintendent Linda Watson has recommended closure of Woodruff Elementary because of its small enrollment.

More vote analysis

I've now received five separate first-hand accounts of people who thought a vote FOR Initiated Act 1 was a vote AGAINST discrimination against homosexuals.

Usury is usury

Thanks to repeated wrong-headed jurisprudence in Pulaski circuit court, it took a while to get to this obvious conclusion.

The gift that keeps on giving

That would be Sarah Palin, the female Mike Huckabee (and I'd take Janet in a waverunner match with the First Dude any day).

Weekend To-Dos: Ozark Folk Festival

Melanie Safka. OZARK FOLK FESTIVALCity Auditorium, Eureka Springs, $20-$65.The nation's longest continuously running folk festival returns to Eureka Springs for four days of as authentic a genre celebration as you're likely to find anywhere.

Rahm on the attack

Rahm Emanuel, the hard-charging Chicago politico, may be Barack Obama's White House chief of staff.

Thursday To-Do: Larry the Cable Guy

LARRY THE CABLE GUY7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $42.50.Not that you can't be a redneck without stretching your diphthongs, but have you heard Larry the Cable Guy's actual accent?

Thursday To-Do: Wolf Parade

WOLF PARADE9 p.m., Revolution. $15-$18.Indie rockers, stand up.

Thursday To-Do: Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm

Burnside and Malcolm. CEDRIC BURNSIDE AND LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM9 p.m., White Water Tavern.

Coming Soon...

Watch here for new posts, coming soon!

The Boondogs give away new album twice

Everyone's favorite local pop-rockers the Boondogs have a release party coming up next Friday at Juanita's.

NWA liberal haven

I challenged The Iconoclast to better Hillcrest's voting record Tuesday. He/she has trumped me. Returns from Fayetteville Precinct 5.

If you go out in the woods ...

... delectable treats may be sprouting for the taking. But you would be well-advised not to munch just any mushroom you see.

Today's perp walk

Regular as clockwork, the news releases roll in from U.S. Attorney Jane Duke, announcing another miscreant before the bar of justice.

More Larry's.

Another new restaurant for Little Rock-based Larry's Pizza.  The plain but decent chain has opened a new restaurant at 5933 JFK in North Little Rock (in front of Overbrook Apartments).  This one has a drive-up window.  Open Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  (501) 812-5353.

WWLD?

Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor said at a press conference today that he hopes to head off bad bills in the legislature that would harm "undocumented immigrants" with the pastoral letter the blog mentioned yesterday.

Proctor targeted on ethics complaint

The long-simmering state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission investigation of Circuit Judge Willard Proctor's problematic Cycle Breakers probation program finally has broken into public light.

Thursday: Arkansas Film Series, Gettys, Kingsdown and more

The Arkansas Film Series kicks off tonight at Market Street Cinema with a screening of "The Mask of Zorro," and a Q&A with new-to-LR actor Stuart Wilson, 7 p.m., free.

Hear your weekend

Podcast11.6.mp3

Open line Thursday

Hey, if you can burn a flag as symbolic speech, you can certainly hang one upside down.

A Face Made for Radio

Shameless plug: I'm going to be reading an essay at the Starving Artist Cafe in North Little Rock next Monday.  It's for Tales from the South, and the reading with be recorded and played on KUAR later this month.  I'm very excited and a little nervous, but I think it will be a lot of fun.  The recording starts at 5:30, so if you're in the area feel free to stop by and say hello.

A Passing Fancy

As the Hogs gear up to take on a team coached by a guy who's said to know a thing or two about the passing game, I figured now would be a good time to comment on an item I saw over at the always-excellent Hog Database.

Gorgeous George and his lovely ladies

George Hamilton’s acting career doesn’t quite cry out for a memoir.

Delicacy on the police beat

I noted an article in the Democrat-Gazette this morning about the arrest of a belligerent drunk who was covered in his own "regurgitation."

Prize updates

I haven't forgotten my $50 prize for closest electoral vote predictor. I think it's all but settled, though one elector remained up in the air in Nebraska last I heard and Missouri remains too close to officially call, though it seems likely to go for McCain.

'Cultural incompetence'

Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen, who leaves the bench at the end of the year, is blogging on political topics and today (sorry, I forgot the link originally) asks for attention and comment on his view of the presidential election.

Thanks, but no thanks

Perhaps this will still drive traffic in Chickendale, where eLwood took this photo last night.

Developers rule in Fayetteville

Help me Iconoclast. Does the threat of a lawsuit really require Fayetteville to annex a pie-in-the-sky developers' wet dream south of town?

The Proctor case

The investigation against Circuit Judge Willard Proctor got broad coverage from TV and newspapers, deservedly.

Friday To-Do: 'Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens'

‘ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.Inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt and Edgar Lee Master's “Spoon River Anthology,” “Elegies” includes monologues from the perspectives of those felled by AIDS and songs by those they left behind.

Friday To-Do: Winnie the Pooh

WINNIE THE POOH3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $42-$50.It's Pooh and his menagerie of friends come to life — as giant muppets.

Friday To-Do: Punkinhead

Back in the day. PUNKINHEAD9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

Last night: Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm

I saw R.L. Burnside a couple of times before he died. He was old then and played seated.

The dream team

Get ready for the perpetual campaign. The Repub chorus is already talking 2012.

Senate 2010? VOTE NOW

If Mike Huckabee does run for president in 2012, it would help if he had a platform from which to make the race.

Charter school questions

On the jump: LR School Board member Robert M. Daugherty circulates to other district officials some questions about various school matters and particularly the push for more charter schools in Little Rock.

Charter school questions

On the jump: LR School Board member Robert M. Daugherty circulates to other district officials some questions about various school matters and particularly the push for more charter schools in Little Rock.

Rockst*r

  MC Escher?

Speaking of voting

If you haven't clipped and mailed a paper ballot, you can vote on-line in our annual Readers Choice contest for the Best Restaurants in Arkansas.

Hard times

The jobless rate hit its highest level in more than 14 years today. Can't wait for GWB to join the jobless rolls, too.

The Weekend: "If You Sing It," Big John Miller, Magic Hassle and more

Big John Miller. FRIDAY 11/7The Rep's hugely impressive Young Artists' program continues with "If You SING It, They Will Come," a musical revue of songs from the cinema, 7:30 p.m., $15.Local soul shouter Big John Miller belts songs you know at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.

What's with Alaska?

You knew U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens was corrupt. You knew U.S. Rep. Don Young (pal of Huck and Dickey) was corrupt.

Saturday To-Do: Shannon Boshears

SHANNON BOSHEARS9 p.m., Cajun's. $5.Local stalwart Shannon Boshears and her band celebrate the release of her sophomore CD, “Black Mascara,” the follow-up to her 2001 release, “Chicksinger,” at what's certain to be a memorable show at Cajun's Wharf.

Q&A: Getting Gamecocky

With another matchup against the Ol' Ball Coach on the horizon, we were pleased to do another Q&A with the folks at the excellent South Carolina blog, Garnet & Black Attack (here's our interview with them from last year).

What is next for Obama's aunt ?

Days before the election, a small story broke that Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was in the U.S. illegally.

Ark. voter turnout

I printed some misinformation on Arkanas voter turnout a while back. The secretary of state today says the turnout of Arkansas's appears likely to be about 65 percent of the state's 1.68 million registered voters.

Ark. voter turnout

I printed some misinformation on Arkanas voter turnout a while back. The secretary of state today says the turnout of Arkansas's appears likely to be about 65 percent of the state's 1.68 million registered voters.

Snyder v. Greenberg

Thanks to David Kinkade at The Arkansas Project, again, for a link to an article in a "libertarianish" magazine about Republican state Rep. Dan Greenberg's fight against $11,000 in funding for the state board that registers interior designers.

Mystery solved re Act 1

I've been reporting, based on AP vote totals, that Initited Act 1 was defeated in Searcy County as well as Washington and Pulaski Counties.

In memoriam

A friend sends along a snap from Crestwood in North Little Rock. Apparently lots of photographers have stopped by for this one.

In memoriam

A friend sends along a snap from Crestwood in North Little Rock. Apparently lots of photographers have stopped by for this one.

Holiday Thoughts Already

It may be the early part of November, but the folks at Kelt's Pub in Altus are already planning up their traditional Boar's Head Feasts.  The traditional Irish pub in the middle of Arkansas Wine Country will be transformed into a classic Medieval hall for the events.  The events, held on every Sunday in December, feature a five course 14th/15th Century meal, entertainment, and music over four hours each night.  The $48 price tag may seem a little high, but for the quality and quantity of food provided, it beats a lot of holiday-time soirees.  The dinner on the 7th is already sold out.  Check out the Kelt's Pub website or call (479) 468-2413 for more information, and don't forget your tankard and dagger.  Dressing up is up to you.

Over Served.

Last July, my friends and I gathered at a local restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

Open line

Have at it. Election note: Nothing to report on the Dist. 38 House recount.

It's race, stupid

John Brummett delves into reasons why Arkansas's support for the Republican presidential candidate grew more than that demonstrated in any other state.

The real enemies of gay people

People for the American Way has sent around a media message responding to the burst of reporting about the high degree of black voter approval of the gay marriage ban in California and anti-gay measures elsewhere.

Case file: Anne Pressly

"America's Most Wanted" will feature tonight the beating death of KATV anchor Anne Pressly. It airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Colleges in crisis

The collapse of financial markets has battered college endowments. Hard times have trimmed state support.

Killed a deer yet?

The morning newspaper had its annual effusive coverage of the opening of regular deer season.

Killed a deer yet?

The morning newspaper had its annual effusive coverage of the opening of regular deer season.

Apologies to Mickey Spillane

But the First Dude is now farting through silk. On top of the $150,000 first outlined in Federal Election Commission filings, Palin spent "tens of thousands of dollars" on additional clothing, makeup and jewelry for herself and her family, including $40,000 in luxury goods for her husband, Todd, our colleague Michael Shear reports.

Catholics to bishops: Eh.

Blog readers commented during the campaign that Arkansas Catholic clergy had joined many others nationally in being just about as direct as possible in urging votes for the presidential candidate who was "right" on abortion, above all else.

Thank God for Oklahoma

Oklahoma's No-K when it comes to politics. Though Arkansas's percentage swing toward Republicans was the worst in the country, you should get a touch of comfort from reading how much worse things are in Oklahoma, where not a single county voted for Obama.

UCA faces challenges

 FINANCIAL WOES:  UCA VP Robert "Bunny" Adcock discusses them. The UCA Board of Trustees discussed a list of challenges at its meeting Friday.  The majority of discussion centered around finding a new president after Lu Hardin's unceremonious departure.  In an effort to reach out to the faculty (get on their good side), board member, and now board chairman, Rush Harding said he wanted the faculty Senate to have a say in who is named as a third co-chair for the presidential search committee.  The motion failed.  The co-chairs of the search committee will be Drs.

A Good Afternoon Spoiled

Question: How do you waste perhaps the most beautiful fall day you've ever experienced? Answer: Sit inside and listen to the Arkansas-South Carolina football game.

Political doings

I"ve been out. The e-mail has been pouring in.

Open line Saturday

You may commence. (Lots of vibrant chat today, I notice.

The permanent legislature

Much moaning and groaning in this Stephens Media article about the onset of annual legislative sessions -- even among dopes who voted for it.

Best and worst of 2008

I guess the campaign really started in 2007, didn't it? Anyway, John Brummett compiles his best and worsts of campaign 2008.

NWA hopes for handouts

Interesting article in NW edition of the D-G on Benton County Republicans with hands out for federally financed infrastructure projects should the new Democratic Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama pass a spending bill for economic stimulus.

McCain's legacy in Ark.

It will be increased difficulties in finding adoptive and foster homes for children. Thus suggests the New York Times in an article looking at the passage of Initiated Act 1.

It's not over til it's over

Believe it or not, Dems may yet pick up Senate seats in Alaska and Minnesota.

THE MINORITY YOU LOVE TO HATE!

  Thank God for gays and lesbians.  

Huckapade

Jonathan Martin at Politico notes that it's not too soon for 2012 Republican candidates to be getting face time in important 2012 early caucus/primary states.

The Pumpkin King is Deposed in Tennessee, A Prince is Ousted in Kansas, and Talk of Revolution in Alabama

While things aren't looking good for the Hogs right now on the field (a pox on those Casey Dick interceptions) I thought I would take this opportunity to take an eye off our own sufferings and look at the larger context of the annual firing ritual that is taking place at other programs who are at the point we were last year at about this time.

Sunday thread

It's open. PS -- A reader who's lobbying legisators to ban chaining of dogs gets this lovely response from Sen. Jerry Taylor of Pine Bluff to a detailed e-mail on the issue.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR . . .

  Your dreams come true! (Yes, there is a punch line.)

Obama's 'bad cop'

Brummett looks, favorably, on the implications of Barack Obama's appointment of former Clinton hand Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff.

Lieberman's lever

Somebody has explained to me about Sen. Joe Lieberman's leverage in retaining his Senate chairmanship.

After King Bush

The NY Times had optimistic news today in indications that President Obama will use his executive power to turn back some of the excesses of the imperial Bush presidency -- stem cell research, family planning and mineral exploration are among the potential issues to be addressed.

Coping with annual legislative sessions

Under the Dome floats an interesting idea on coping with the new constitutional mandate of annual legislative sesions, the one in even years limited to budget matters.

Coping with annual legislative sessions

Under the Dome floats an interesting idea on coping with the new constitutional mandate of annual legislative sesions, the one in even years limited to budget matters.

Who's who at Statehouse

Roby Brock's Talk Business has links to membership of Arkansas House committees. Leadership not named yet.

About ethics reform

State Rep. Dan Greenberg pats himself on the back for a tepid stab at ethics reform.

Proctor on the bench

Circuit Judge Willard Proctor was back on the bench this morning as if nothing happened last week.

Pedestrian right of way

I'm an ardent supporter of the law that says vehicles should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Pedestrian right of way

I'm an ardent supporter of the law that says vehicles should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The KIPP success story

We talk a bit about charter schools here. I resist the sentiment that if something is a charter school it must, by definition, be better than regular public schools, particularly since no study yet indicates as much.

The KIPP success story

We talk a bit about charter schools here. I resist the sentiment that if something is a charter school it must, by definition, be better than regular public schools, particularly since no study yet indicates as much.

Tea for Tuesday

Looking for a soothing, relaxing activity to fill your afternoon tomorrow?  Check out Tuesday Tea:  Honoring Our Veterans at Garvan Woodland Gardens.  The facility regularly hosts teas the second Tuesday of each month.  This month, Susan Harper will take on the role of Verna Garvan and speak on Mrs. Garvan's life story and on the service of our nation's veterans.  Scrumptious desserts, tea, scones, and finger sandwiches will be served.  Cost is $15 for garden members and $18 for others.  Call (800) 366-4664 or check out the Garvan Woodland Gardens website for more information.

Monday To-Do: Plain White T's

PLAIN WHITE T'S7 p.m., the Village. $16-$20.Oh, the kids will flock.

Family values

This isn't exactly news, but 40/29, in reporting on a group in NWA working on improving marriages notes:

Soup Weather

Ah, fall, time to put away the light salads and such of summer and tuck in for winter's chilly wrath.  The leaves are turning, and with lower gas prices many are hitting the roads to view the laconic leaves and festive foliage.  After a ride up Highway 65 or Highway 7, it's the perfect time to knosh on a sandwich and a hearty bowl of soup.

This will shock you

The Huckster is working to get his former campaign manage, Chip Saltsman, chosen Republican national chairman.

Monday night special

All comments free.

Street fight

Rachel Chaney and her husband lived in the Leawood subdivision in Little Rock. They didn't know when they bought their house that their street was a popular detour for drivers looking for a fast cut-through to Mississippi Street. During the short time they lived there, three cars crashed in their yard.

Remember Our Vets

While you're heading to work or play today, consider making a visit to Ed's Custom Bakery in Conway.

Where there's a will there's a Webb

A couple of candidates have emerged to chair the state Republican Party now that Dennis "What We Need is Another 9/11" Milligan has announced plans not to seek another term.

Lambs to the slaughter

Brummett concludes that uninformed voters (that's a nice way to put it) approved annual legislative sessions.

Bought your guns yet?

I never met a gun dealer who didn't say sales were great. But even so, the D-G reports, not surprisingly, that the irrational fear of Obama-led gun grabs has prompted a surge in sales of "tactical" weapons -- semi-automatic street-sweepers -- in Arkansas as well as nationally.

Bought your guns yet?

I never met a gun dealer who didn't say sales were great. But even so, the D-G reports, not surprisingly, that the irrational fear of Obama-led gun grabs has prompted a surge in sales of "tactical" weapons -- semi-automatic street-sweepers -- in Arkansas as well as nationally.

RIP: Southern strategy

Given the underlying message, I'd be thrilled if the New York Times is right about the diminishment of the old Southern bloc vote.

Speaking of ignorant

The Southern political culture. Guns.

From Our Prolific Correspondent

Rod Bryan over at the Arkansas Conservation Alliance has been a busy man lately.  He sends one video, a guerrilla-inspection if you will, called "A Day in the Fayetteville Shale."    Also, here's a brief discussion on water issues raised by shale exploration, complete with Hulk hands. 

Special for Mayor Hays

I clicked the Kansas City Star website today looking for more news about the devastating layoffs -- more than 200 now -- that have hit the ranks of that storied newspaper.

Send in the clowns

Just joking with that headline. But Mike Huckabee and John McCain are reported to be headed to Georgia to campaign for Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, in a runoff for his seat with Democrat Jim Martin.

Send in the clowns

Just joking with that headline. But Mike Huckabee and John McCain are reported to be headed to Georgia to campaign for Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, in a runoff for his seat with Democrat Jim Martin.

School meeting tonight UPDATE

No holiday today for the LR School Board. They'll be joining district officials tonight at Woodruff Elementary for a hearing on the proposal to close the school and convert it to a pre-K center.

It's Only Two Games

And exhibition games against non-Division I opponents at that. But we here at RazorbackExpats have been pretty impressed with the basketball Hogs so far and can't wait for the real season to start this Friday.

Scapegoating blacks

Don't do it when it comes to gay rights ballot issues, this gay-oriented website suggests.

Tuesday: Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany. Representing the Buckeye State, Patrick Sweany's on the verge of becoming a White Water regular (I've written glowingly about him in the past and posted audio and video samples, here and here).

The vote on Loserman

It appears the Senate Democratic Caucus will vote on whether to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman of his plum chairmanship for his Republican campaigning.

Talk to me

Girl Talk, AKA pop collagist Greg Gillis, is coming to Revolution on Feb. 12 for $15.

Protection for mass killer

Andrew Golden, one of two sentenced as juveniles for the 1998 Westside School slaughter, will receive a degree of protection until the trial of a lawsuit filed by victims families.

Crawford County crime

Thanks to Rep. Rick Green for a tip on a news report on some pretty serious vandalism of the Crawford County Courthouse.

Dog-and-cat open line

It's a holiday. It's slow.

Dog-and-cat open line

It's a holiday. It's slow.

Now You're Cooking With Herbs

Culinary Herbalist Susan Belsinger comes to Eureka Springs this Sunday to share "Cooking with the Robust Herbs to Create Warming Winter Dishes", just in time for the holidays, at the Writers' Colony dining room, 515 Spring Street.

Chiminea

       So anyhoo, the weather’s getting cooler, the trees are changing colors and I’m in the market for a chiminea.

Obama's Arkansas connection

Bill Lawson of Stephens Media interviews a Maumelle resident planning a D.C. trip for Barack Obama's coming inauguration.

The morning police report

The e-mail from LRPD's Terry Hastings shivered me this morning, though I suspect it's an all-too-common story.

Legislative forecasting

I heard some statehouse related predictions this morning related to key players in the coming legislative session.

Alltel job cuts

Roby Brock at Talk Business (link fixed) predicts the first wave should be announced soon.

List toppers

As every blog and music magazine and retail outlet starts to unveil year-end lists, two Arkansas-tied artists look primed to be pretty ubiquitous.

Market misery

Another 400-point drop in the Dow. The percentage drop of the S&P 500 was even worse.

Market misery

Another 400-point drop in the Dow. The percentage drop of the S&P 500 was even worse.

City director on Proctor case

Kudos to City Director Doris Wright. She's raised an important question arising from the ethics investigation of Circuit Judge Willard Proctor.

Bus to the inaugural

What does the state M.L. King Commission do, someone asked. One answer: Organizes a bus trip to the Obama inaugural is what.

Bus to the inaugural

What does the state M.L. King Commission do, someone asked. One answer: Organizes a bus trip to the Obama inaugural is what.

Sensible or Senseless Snacking?

100 calorie packs are available in all sorts of food items now -- from cookies to crackers to chips to colas.  But are these easy and convenient packs a good idea, or just another way for retailers to suck dollars out of your pockets?  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has examined the topic.  What do you think?

Rice is Nice.

A big conference coming to Little Rock this December is a chance to experience some culinary excellence in the Rock City.  The 2008 USA Rice Outlook Conference will be held December 7-9 at the Peabody Hotel.  In addition to a trade show and educational sessions focusing on key issues for rice farmers and the U.S. rice industry, several guest events are being held -- including a Rice "VIP" Event at the Capital Hotel with Chef Lee Richardson.  The Sunday afternoon gathering includes a Champagne welcome followed by a four course tasting menu.  Guests will receive a DVD of the tour and a collection of recipes sampled.  Cost is $85.  For more information, call (800) 888-RICE (7423) or check out the USA Rice Federation website.
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