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November 13, 2008

Vol 6 • No 44

Hard times start at top

Many of the people reading this article are reeling from the blow dealt their savings, thanks to October’s sudden and steep drop in the stock market, a plunge that followed a year’s decline.

Say the magic word

Gerard Matthews of the Times talked yesterday to various UCA officials about reports that administrative restructuring and cost-cutting measures were ahead in Conway as the school straightens its financial affairs.

Op-ed: Act 1 'anti-family'

Dan Savage, a Seattle alt weekly editor perhaps best known for a nationally syndicated sex column, called me this week about the state's passage of Act 1.

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.

Political hardball

Judging by my mail, Republicans didn't like and Democrats loved "Boogie Man," the special on PBS' Frontline last night about the late Republican political strategist Lee Atwater.

The Obama riot at ASU

Remember the story about the election night celebration of Obama's victory at apartments at Arkansas State University?

Open line UPDATE

Gotta go to the ACLU banquet. A debate on the limits of the Second Amendment is scheduled.

Words, Nov. 13

Only Blog readers old enough to recall the early days of MAD magazine will feel the pang in the announcement that Mexico’s famous axolotl is pushed to the brink of extinction.

Who are you calling racist?

This is one that will make you mad. This is the one that calls you racist.

Proctor’s gulag

The controversy over Circuit Judge Willard Proctor of Little Rock, reported in detail in these pages originally by Mara Leveritt, has grown.

Smart talk, Nov. 13

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, the new leader of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, is going to be a bold face for Catholicism in Arkansas, just as a Times cover story by Mara Leveritt had indicated.

Editorial cartoon, Nov. 13

A Korto Above

Korto Momolu, 33, alumna of reality TV show “Project Runway,” wants to design Michelle Obama's inauguration gown. A tall order — and one a million designers would love to fill. Momolu is not deterred. “I have a few connections,” she said.

‘If They Sing It, You Will Come’

Born out of The Rep’s hugely successful Young Artists program and the imagination of Nicole Capri, associate artist and director of education at the Rep, comes “If You Sing It, They Will Come,” a musical revue of songs from the cinema.

Orval, Nov. 13

‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’

Like many plays produced by Little Rock’s Weekend Theater, “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens” carries a heavy message.

Nov. 4-Nov. 11, 2008

It was a GOOD week for … AMERICA. Barack Obama was elected president. Another racial barrier fell. Better yet is the hope for change after eight years of damaging Republican rule.

A Korto Above

Korto Momolu, 33, alumna of reality TV show “Project Runway,” wants to design Michelle Obama's inauguration gown. A tall order — and one a million designers would love to fill. Momolu is not deterred. “I have a few connections,” she said.

We all need a breather

Another week in a frustrating season tempered by distant hope, and yet again Casey Dick’s play at quarterback gets the lede.

Drug reform in Arkansas

Fayetteville voters’ approval of an initiated ordinance saying that misdemeanor marijuana possession should be the lowest priority for police is significant, supporters say, even if it will have little practical effect, as city officials say.

This modern world, Nov. 13

Love song

Everything’s always about Kim (Anne Hathaway), even in a movie called “Rachel Getting Married.”

The observer, Nov. 13

The Observer took Junior with us to the poll when we went to vote last week.

Make haste

Both John McCain and George Bush sounded unusually presidential in acknowledging the election of Barack Obama, urging Americans not just to accept Obama but to rally behind him.

Underwater

Despite a poll by the University of Arkansas that indicated 55 percent opposition to Act 1, which prohibited adoption and foster parenting by unmarried couples, it was approved by 57 percent of Arkansas voters.

Election reactions

The (anti) Family Council is surely savoring their most recent political “victory” on election day with the passage of Arkansas Act 1.

Field guide

A primer for novice deer hunters.

Bread riot

At one point in “The Odyssey,” as Odysseus and his companions disembark on yet another mysterious island in search of provisions, Homer’s wandering hero turns to his men and says: “Let us go and see if there are men here who live by bread.”

What's cooking, Nov. 13

Vino’s recently earned a gold medal in the nation’s largest beer competition, the Great American Beer Festival.

In brief, Nov. 13

The Weekend Theater hosts a benefit for children who are HIV positive in conjunction with its run of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.”

The racial divide

Last February, conservative commentator Ann Coulter made headlines when she said of Barack Obama, “He really seems to have been coasting since his first big accomplishment of being born half-black.”

Letter from the bishop

The hard-eyed zealots on the religious right will say that the new Catholic bishop of Arkansas has gone to meddling and ought to heed Edmund Burke’s warning that politics and the pulpit should have nothing in common.

To-do list, Nov. 13

'If They Sing It, You Will Come', Ben Nichols / Chuck Ragan / Tim Barry / Tom Gabel, Boondogs, Anne Pressly Benefit, Reba and Kelly Clarkson, 'Christmas On Mars', Celtic Thunder, Chuck Klosterman and Ted Ludwig Quintet are among entertainment options this

Assets

Top Arkansas foundations, ranked by assets, 2007 (unless indicated):

Big winners: U of A and art

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville raked in nearly $102 million in outright gifts and pledges in the 2008 fiscal year that ended in June, landing significant gifts to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (two grants totaling $15 million) and the Sch

Giving

Top 20 Arkansas grant-makers in 2007 (unless indicated):

Climbing the mountain

The top of Petit Jean Mountain was an improbable spot to start a cattle farm, given its locale and lack of water.

From the Blog mailbag UPDATE

A reader is disappointed at the Blog's lack of attention to the sudden closure of the Crystal Hill elementary school for fears of the soundness of the roof: He writes:

Suffer the children

Gov. Mike Beebe's administration is moving to beef up the state foster care system, woefully understaffed and inadequate to the enormous task. Two questions: 1) Gov. Beebe: Why did it take two years for you to act?

The hotel scrap

The LR Planning Commission takes up the proposal to build an Aloft Hotel in the River Market today.

McDaniel and animal cruelty

John Brummett assesses Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's effort to lead passage, at last, of felony animal cruelty legislation in Arkansas.

One more for the Dems

Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com now says Mark Begich, the Democrat, is the "overwhelming favorite" to win his election contest with felonious Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

LR fire chief to Texas

An alert reader caught this last night. But in case you missed it: Little Rock Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is heading to Austin, Texas.

Chicot election squeaker UPDATE

A report this morning from Jim Lendall, godfather of the Green Party in Arkansas: Here in Arkansas, we have close elections, too.

Out of Africa UPDATE

That McCain adviser who said Sarah Palin didn't know Africa was a continent? It was all a hoax.

Out of Africa UPDATE

That McCain adviser who said Sarah Palin didn't know Africa was a continent? It was all a hoax.

Obama possibly a nerd

On Tuesday, the Telegraph published "Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama," and the geeky corners of the web are atwitter about the first item in the list: "He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics."

Sports: hazardous to your health

Anybody whose watched the baseball beer garden crowd swill brews, puff smokes and curse the ump will readily understand where this new UALR research is coming from:

Weekend To-Do: 'If They Sing It, You Will Come'

‘IF THEY SING IT, YOU WILL COME'7:30 p.m., the Rep. $15.Don't make the mistake of dismissing the Rep's latest performance by its Young Artists program as just another kids show.

Thursday To-Do: Ben Nichols - Chuck Ragan - Tim Barry - Tom Gabel

BEN NICHOLS/CHUCK RAGAN/TIM BARRY/ TOM GABEL9 p.m., Juanita's. $15.Folk-punks have had this date circled for months.

National Adoption Day

November the 15th is National Adoption day, a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.

Beebe's budget UPDATE II

The Beebe administration budget proposal was presented to the legislature today. It did include another one-cent cut in the grocery tax, as predicted here yesterday.

Coming to the River Market

News of a German deli and a Thai food vendor. They'll be opening soon in the River Market a news release says.

What the Ark. Sup. Ct. says about shacking up

The Arkansas Supreme Court decided, 7-0, that there was no rational basis to prevent gay people from being foster parents or adopting through DHS.

Podcasted

To-Do List Podcast.mp3

Adoption Information Meeting: Nov 17

I'm on the C.A.L.L.'s mailing list, and they sent this out today: If you voted FOR Act 1 on Nov 4th, be sure to put some action behind that conviction.

Hard times

The state's forecast today of a drop in net state revenue for the current fiscal year continues to be supported by external events.

More schools need improvement

The list of Arkansas school district on the needs-improvement list under No Child Left Behind requirements has grown from 11 to 25 districts.

You ask about UCA? UPDATE

Many have inquired about the names of the many UCA students who received discretionary scholarships there in a program controlled by the university president.

You ask about UCA? UPDATE

Many have inquired about the names of the many UCA students who received discretionary scholarships there in a program controlled by the university president.

Annexation upheld

For our North Pulaski readers: The state Supreme Court today upheld the annexation of almost 2,000 acres to Sherwood.

Multi-media Mike

Will Mike Huckabee be the next Paul Harvey? (This is a serious question, by the way, with immense potential meaning for the former governor.)

Lee wins Cy Young

Jim Harris swears this is really big in Arkansas. He points to news on his website that Benton's Cliff Lee has won the American League's Cy Young Award.

Outlook brightens for Edwards

A couple of readers asked for updates on the status of the race for House District 38 between Democrat John Edwards and Republican Kelly Eichler.

Thursday: Weekend Theater benefit, the Reds, Smoke Up Johnny, Eli Young and lots more

The Weekend Theater hosts a benefit for children who are HIV positive in conjunction with its run of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.” The event includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a special showing of the musical and a guest appearance by lyricist Bill Russell, 6:45 p.m., $30.

Twilight of the Gods

Cue some Wagner for Bush's traveling music. The number of jobless hit a 25-year high.

Aloft grounded

No action at the LR Planning Commission today on the application for zoning approval for a seven-story Aloft Hotel in the River Market District.

Aloft grounded

No action at the LR Planning Commission today on the application for zoning approval for a seven-story Aloft Hotel in the River Market District.

Open line

I'm turning it over to you. If any Blog readers drop in on the Pulaski County School Board meeting this evening, I'd appreciate a report.

Hillary for secy. of state?

That's the buzz on MSNBC tonight. Andrea Mitchell quoting anonymous Obama camp sources that the appointment is being discussed.

What will Obama do on abortion?

Soon comes the hard part for the new president -- governing. Liberal E.J. Dionne urges him to move quickly to show that he is willing, as he campaigned he would do, to seek common ground with anti-abortion congressmen and supporters.

UCA's latest lick

I mentioned yesterday that installment debt of UCA students would be the next subject of interest in righting the fiscally wracked campus.

UCA's latest lick

I mentioned yesterday that installment debt of UCA students would be the next subject of interest in righting the fiscally wracked campus.

On second thought

Gov. Mike Beebe proposes to pay for ongoing expenses (notably health care for poor people) out of an accumulated surplus.

Smell that? It's clean air.

Sorry Louie. You're going to have to wait a bit longer before the delightful fumes of oven-roasted coal waft over Howard County.

Sight unseen

Thanks to KUAR, I heard Dewayne Graham, mouthpiece of the state M.L. King Commission, talking this morning about the commision's charter bus trip to the Obama inaugural.

Children in need

Since the item has moved on down the blog list and most people won't see it, I'd like to call attention to a reader comment added this morning to the report of the arrest of a woman whose infant children were found in her apartment without a sitter while she worked at a hotel.

Taxes are good for your health

A study in Alaska from 28 years of data shows that every increase in the tax on alcohol was followed by a drop in alcohol-related deaths.

Taxes are good for your health

A study in Alaska from 28 years of data shows that every increase in the tax on alcohol was followed by a drop in alcohol-related deaths.

Friday To-Do: Anne Pressly Benefit

ANNE PRESSLY BENEFIT7 p.m., the Grand Ballroom of the Peabody. $25.In memory of Anne Pressly, local promoter Butch Stone presents a night of entertainment of all stripes.

Friday To-Do: The Boondogs

BOONDOGS10 p.m., Juanita's. $10.The Boondogs abide.

Gaming the system

Blog reader Jake da Snake, a professional educator, checks in today with commentary on advertising in today's Democrat-Gazette from the eStem charter school.

Gaming the system

Blog reader Jake da Snake, a professional educator, checks in today with commentary on advertising in today's Democrat-Gazette from the eStem charter school.

A New-fashioned Revival

If you were expecting a quiet singers-in-the-round type of a show last night at Juanita’s you didn’t get it.

And the winner is ...

It seems pretty clear now that McCain will carry Missouri, if by a tiny margin.

And the winner is ...

It seems pretty clear now that McCain will carry Missouri, if by a tiny margin.

Museum of Discovery grant

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $9.2 million grant to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for expansion and renovation including three new interactive exhibits.

Another DHS death

A tip this morning proves sadly accurate. A female patient at the State Hospital has died as a result of injuries in what's been described as a suicide attempt in October.

Future cabinet member?

A Barack Obama adviser who's been mentioned as potential Education secretary under Obama will speak in Little Rock next week at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Human rights watch

From San Diego up to Maine, human rights activists will gather in 50 states Saturday to voice opposition to recent votes in California, Arkansas and elsewhere to diminish gay people.

Basketball Prediction Open Thread

The season starts tonight. As you probably know, pre-season expectations, at least among the media, are pretty low.

The Weekend: Eclipse Glasses, Mozart to the Max, Gina Gee, Jimmy Thackery and Earl Cate and more

Riverboat Crime. FRIDAY 11/7At White Water, local collective Eclipse Glasses blends a self-described mix of “funk, soul, electro, Afrobeat, reggae and weirdo disco.” Minnesota's Romantica open.

Saturday To-Do: Reba and Kelly Clarkson

REBA AND KELLY CLARKSON8 p.m., Alltel Arena. $49.50-$59.50.After three decades in country music and seven years as a TV star, Reba's famous enough she doesn't need McEntire anymore.

Saturday To-Do: 'Christmas on Mars'

‘CHRISTMAS ON MARS'8 p.m., Malco Theater, Hot Springs. $5.Wayne Coyne spent seven years making “Christmas on Mars” in his backyard in Oklahoma City.

Beebe defends budget

Gov. Mike Beebe's weekly column/radio talk explains and defends his budget proposal.

Watch your head UPDATE

Rumor watch on the Pulaski County School District: 1) At this moment, no special school board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, as some had heard.

Death in Iraq

The National Guard has announced the death of another Arkansas solider in Iraq -- Sgt. James M. Clay, 25, of Mountain Home.

A local barbecue giant closes, but...

Lindsey’s Bar-B-Que the famed North Little Rock pit barbecue restaurant, open since 1956, has closed.

District 38, again

The final votes have been counted in the House District 38 race. John Edwards, the Democrat, carried the late-arriving military ballots over Kelly Eichler, the Republican, 4 to 2 (one of those for Edwards was not a regular ballot, but a write-in provided for military when regular ballots don't arrive in time.)

District 38, again

The final votes have been counted in the House District 38 race. John Edwards, the Democrat, carried the late-arriving military ballots over Kelly Eichler, the Republican, 4 to 2 (one of those for Edwards was not a regular ballot, but a write-in provided for military when regular ballots don't arrive in time.)

Reach out and bash someone

A helpful Blog reader points me to the San Francisco Chronicle's lookup page for financial supporters and opponents of Prop.

The line is open

Friday night follies begin.

Whew!

Well, the basketball season-opener proved every bit as nerve-wracking as the football season-opener. Southeastern Louisiana isn't the biggest name, but I think, considering it was their first time playing together in a game that counts, that that was a pretty nice victory for the Hogs.

Art Imitates Life

      I don’t like to complain. Cuz life is good.

J. Hawg's Pick 10

It's a slow weekend with no Hogs football. We need the respite.

To-do Saturday

Several things to consider: 1) Free admission all day at the Clinton Library. It's the fourth anniversary of the library's opening.

State budget for dummies

John Brummett simplifies the Beebe budget proposal. It still amounts to spending surplus on ongoing operations.

State budget for dummies

John Brummett simplifies the Beebe budget proposal. It still amounts to spending surplus on ongoing operations.

Mormon power

An account in NY Times describes how Mormon money and volunteers -- urged to join the fight by a Catholic bishop -- powered the final days of the Prop.

The other red meat

I agree with Joel DiPippa. Lamb chops are just good.

The perpetual campaign

Obama hasn't yet been inaugurated, but national political pundits are already talking about 2012. Closer to home, Andrew DeMillo is talking about 2010, when state constitutional offices and a U.S. Senate seat will be on the ballot.

Going Dutch.

What's better than a cooking class?  How about a cooking class where you get to take home the dishes?  Lake Ouachita State Park will host a Dutch Oven Workshop on Saturday, November 29th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Reservations are required in advance.  Participants will have the chance to observe cooking demonstrations, enjoy tasting dishes, and take home a Dutch Oven of their own.  Cost is $25.  For more information, call Lake Ouachita State Park at (501) 767-9366.

Savoring Stoby's.

The venerable restaurant with locations in Conway and Russellville is likely known best for its cheese dip, sold in grocery stores all over Arkansas.  But there's a lot more to Stoby's than just dip and sandwiches.

Open line

Have at it.

THE HEARTBREAK OF SOIRÉEISIS

  The secret heart in every little girl yearns, someday, to be a princess.   When Becki Moore of Soirée phoned me in August my instant response was, “How did you get this number?”   I softened when she mentioned my very, very old very, very dear friend, Frances Buchanan.

Spiders

      A friend called me up the other night to come and “take care” of some spiders at their new house.

An abundance of money

That headline isn't one you'll see often these days. But it applies to college scholarship resources in Arkansas -- and not only at free-and-easy UCA.

An abundance of money

That headline isn't one you'll see often these days. But it applies to college scholarship resources in Arkansas -- and not only at free-and-easy UCA.

Readers fire back

Brummett reports pushback to the suggestion that racism might explain at least some of the McCain vote in Arkansas. Also: some uninformed people, putting it politely, helped shape the outcome on a couple of ballot initiatives.

Part of the story

A crowd of about 200 at the Arkansas State Capitol was part of the NY Times' coverage of yesterday's national demonstrations for civil rights for gay people.

The future of the GOP

Frank Rich joins the roster of columnists who are considering whether the Republican Party is defining itself into irrelevance with the narrowness of its views.

The future of the GOP

Frank Rich joins the roster of columnists who are considering whether the Republican Party is defining itself into irrelevance with the narrowness of its views.

Sunday recovery

Sometimes a guy just has to eat out. Particularly the morning after.

Death in 'copter crash

-- Game and Fish photo The state Game and Fish Commission has announced the death of a wildlife officer, Sgt. Monty Carmikle, in a helicopter crash during a flight over Cleburne County looking for night hunters.

A fresh start

File comments here on a new open line  Be grateful you don't live in Orange County, Calif. The TV images of the wildfires are scary enough.

Huck on the hustings

The Huckster has been in Georgia Huckstering for Saxby Chambliss and the "fair tax." I can't believe they've gotten a legtimate newspaper to refer to this scam, without explanation, as a "fair tax."

Huck on the hustings

The Huckster has been in Georgia Huckstering for Saxby Chambliss and the "fair tax." I can't believe they've gotten a legtimate newspaper to refer to this scam, without explanation, as a "fair tax."

Thunderstruck

Here's something you don't hear much in this day and age: Celtic Thunder, the five-man Irish vocal group, is a bona fide PBS-fueled phenomenon. Tonight, the group comes to Alltel Arena.

The new paradigm

Brummett, too, is writing about the potential for lasting political realignment. Such predictions have failed to solidify in the past.

The new paradigm

Brummett, too, is writing about the potential for lasting political realignment. Such predictions have failed to solidify in the past.

Mike Huckabee book: vintage whine

Mike Huckabee truly was a different person during his presidential campaign. He curbed his proven ability to lacerate with a sharp tongue.

Mike Huckabee book: vintage whine

Mike Huckabee truly was a different person during his presidential campaign. He curbed his proven ability to lacerate with a sharp tongue.

Affirmative action and UALR Law

Now that the lawsuit by UALR Law School faculty member Richard Peltz has been settled, Inside Higher Ed takes a look at the specifics at the root of complaints about Peltz from black students and his lawsuit arising from suggestions he was racist.

The great mentioner re Sen. Lincoln

Now comes the Southern Political Report with three names being mentioned to run against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 2010.

The news from NWA: woebegone

It's also more interesting than the news today in civilized Central Arkansas. For example: the Fayetteville Trucker tells me that Steve Clark, whose hopes of political rehabilitation as mayor of Fayetteville ended in defeat, may yet have good news on the horizon.

The news from NWA: woebegone

It's also more interesting than the news today in civilized Central Arkansas. For example: the Fayetteville Trucker tells me that Steve Clark, whose hopes of political rehabilitation as mayor of Fayetteville ended in defeat, may yet have good news on the horizon.

The Odd Couple

Going back through the 30-odd year history of Razorback basketball's modern era, the Hogs have always been known for tenacious guard play.

The weekend crime report

The LRPD weekend summary has it all -- a murder/suicide; apartment complex robberies; restaurant robberies, drive-by shooting, home intrusions.

Pressly crime scene

ABC has video this morning of Anne Pressly's parents visiting the crime scene. The parents hope Good Morning America's coverage might keep up interest in finding a solution to the case.

Monday To-Do: Celtic Thunder

CELTIC THUNDER8 p.m., Alltel Arena. $37.50-$57.50.Here's something you don't hear much in this day and age: Celtic Thunder, the five-man Irish vocal group, is a bona fide PBS-fueled phenomenon.

You only live twice

Joel DiPippa did enough partying for 10 men this weekend. Another feast report:

Twittering the news

I'm reminded by a column-in-progress by a fellow journalism dinosaur that I'm Twittering now. My messages on these short-text Twitter alerts -- deliverable by email or phone -- are almost exclusively about items of interest on the Arkansas Blog, not what I had for lunch, etc. But if you're interested, the Twitter name for signup is twitter.com/arkansasblog Feedback, news tips, etc. are welcome.

Senate in session UPDATE

The state Senate is organizing today. Committee assignments will come later.

Ad-PR flash

Big news in the ad/PR world, news release says. Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods has become an affiliate of the worldwide Burson-Marsteller communications company.

Here comes the lottery

Legislators began filing bills for the coming session today and there at No. 2 in the House -- from rising Speaker Wills, Reep and Maloch -- is the lottery enabling legislation.

Open line Monday

A thread for you. Home for me.

Almost InFamous

Several years ago, an ex-boyfriend, Justin #1, would regularly get together with my best friend, Wes and his friend, Micah to play music.

Talkin' Turkey - Your Turn.

It's time to talk about the centerpiece of the average American Thanksgiving menu -- the turkey.  We were wondering how you plan to bring your bird to the table.  Are you a traditionalist?  Do you bake your bird?  Brine it?  Deep fry it?  Do you hunt for your prize in the woods, in the freezer section, at your local deli or through a local restaurant?  Have a favorite baste or stuffing?  And is it stuffing or dressing that will accompany your culinary prize?  Here's a chance to share your secrets, fair or fowl, with other Eat Arkansas readers.

Not all the news is bad

Focus on the Family, the James Dobson-led "ministry" that focuses particularly on marginalizing gay people -- recently in ballot measures in both California and Arkansas, here through its affiliate Family Council -- is laying off hundreds of employees.

Not all the news is bad

Focus on the Family, the James Dobson-led "ministry" that focuses particularly on marginalizing gay people -- recently in ballot measures in both California and Arkansas, here through its affiliate Family Council -- is laying off hundreds of employees.

Beebe: Gentleman's C

The Cato Institute has issued its ranking of the governors. Good grades for tax and spending cuts, naturally.

Vodka Snobbery

     I was at Popatop the other day purchasing my weekly $5 fifth of Heaven Hill.

Hard times start at top

Many of the people reading this article are reeling from the blow dealt their savings, thanks to October's sudden and steep drop in the stock market, a plunge that followed a year's decline.

Capitol customer service

Coming: A few more parking places at the Capitol.

Lincoln and the unions

Brummett says the union card check legislation presents a problem for U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, though he credits her with looking at broader issues for management and labor.

British scoop?

The Guardian, a totally respectable British newspaper, says Hillary Clinton will take the secretary of state position in the Obama administration.

Hammerin' Hank

Henry Williams, former LR school superintendent, could be heading to jail in St. Louis for defrauding a Missouri school district.

Mike Huckabee pours more whine

The hot new Daily Beast news website excerpts Mike Huckabee's new book "Do the Right Thing" under the headline, "Mike Huckabee's Sour Grapes." In it, The Huckster moans about press treatment for shooting his hand up as a disbeliever in evolution.

Mike Huckabee pours more whine

The hot new Daily Beast news website excerpts Mike Huckabee's new book "Do the Right Thing" under the headline, "Mike Huckabee's Sour Grapes." In it, The Huckster moans about press treatment for shooting his hand up as a disbeliever in evolution.

Traveling music?

The notice of a special Pulaski County School Board meeting tonight carries this ominous sentence: "The purpose of the meeting is to give the attorney the contracts of top level administrators for him to review and give direction to the Board."

Foxes and henhouses

Will Sen. Terry Smith of Hot Springs have a leading role in lottery legislation, a possibility raised by a mention in the Democrat-Gazette this morning?

Money matters

The Arkansas Project floats the rumor that one of the candidates for Arkansas GOP chair wants a salary as a condition of leading the faithful to the political promised land.

Money matters

The Arkansas Project floats the rumor that one of the candidates for Arkansas GOP chair wants a salary as a condition of leading the faithful to the political promised land.

Eyes It, Skies It...Buys It?

To hear some old-timers talk, there was a time when teenagers obeyed their parents, political candidates didn't sling mud at each other - and college basketball players made all of their free throws.

Obama numbers crunching

Nate Silver continues to crunch presidential election numbers. Here, he's looking at the correlation between the percentage of black voters in Southern states and the percentage of white voters who voted for Obama.

Obama numbers crunching

Nate Silver continues to crunch presidential election numbers. Here, he's looking at the correlation between the percentage of black voters in Southern states and the percentage of white voters who voted for Obama.

'The world only spins forward' UPDATE

Using history as a guide, Anna Quindlen writes on the inevitability of same-sex marriage (and tosses in a lament on Arkansas's Act 1 vote.)

Food, Drink, & More Food & Drink

600 wines, beers and spirits.  20 participating fine dining establishments.  Cool jazz and hot auctions.  It's time for the 1st Annual Ultimate Night Out Food and Wine Event.  Tickets are still available for your chance to enjoy great food from local eateries like Loca Luna, Cheers in the Heights, Rumba Revolution, and Bonefish Grill.  Proceeds from the $45 a head event go to Youth Home.  The big event is Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex.  For more information, call Youth Home at (501) 821-5500 or check out the event website.

More Alamo raids UPDATE

TV 40/29 reporting State Police raids at Tony Alamo compounds at Fouke and Fort Smith, apparently to take children into protective custody.

Loserman is forgiven

The Senate Democratic caucus today allowed Sen. Joe Lieberman to keep his committee chairmanship. Vote was 42-13, TPM said.

Tuesday To-Do: Chuck Klosterman

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN7:30 p.m., McCastlain Hall, UCA. Free.There's a Facebook group called “If Chuck Klosterman spit in my face, I'd stop taking showers.” At press time, it had 950 members.

Squeaky wheels

The noisy wheels don't always get greased, but they sometimes force a driver to slow down and take a look at what's causing the noise.

Why GM must be saved

U.S. automakers took their plea for help to Congress today. Given the timing, I think it's worth an early look at Ernie Dumas' column this week.

Obama's attorney general

Newsweek says it will be Eric Holder, a top Justice Department hand during the Clinton administration.

Teaching and Tasting.

Watch and learn from one of Little Rock's top chefs this weekend.  Mike Selig from Vermillion is the guest chef at the Saturday installment of the River Market Cooking Club.  The class will be held 9-11 a.m. in the Bill and Margaret Clark room on the third floor of the River Market.  For $10 you'll get to spend two hours learning how to make dishes with Chef Selig and have a chance to try some of his remarkable creations.  Call (501) 375-2552 for more information, or check out the River Market website.

Scorecards here! Senate scorecards!

Here's the full list of Senate assignments.

Make mine a Stella

Budweiser is now a Belgian beer.

Tuesday: Finn Riggins, Moving Front, Throbbing Testicles, ASO's Sturgis Quartet

Potentially awesome Idaho rockers Finn Riggins (they're big in the Northwest) play White Water with the guaranteed to be awesome Moving Front and big Philip Roth fans, Fayetteville hard rockers the Counterlife, 10 p.m., donations.Piss off your mom: Tell her your going to hear the Flameing Death Fearies, the Throbbing Testicles and Go Fast at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $5.Or the ASO's Sturgis Quartet plays the River Rhapsodies series with the Quapaw Quartet at Forty Two in the Clinton Library, 7 p.m., $28.

UPDATE: What the Frack?

I've got numerous links from our readers over the past couple of days.  It looks like some major outlets are starting to catch on, or in the case of some, continue their fine work on hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) and the processes's potentially damaging effects on water.  Read more at Business Week, Pro Publica and the Scientific American.  And thanks to all of you for the heads up.  UPDATE: Add these to yesterday's list.  We've got ourselves a frackin' bandwagon.

Edwards wins recount

The Pulaski County Election Commission recounted ballots in the state representative race, District 38, between Democrat John Edwards and Republican Kelly Eichler.

In other recount news

It's becoming clearer still that Democrat Mark Begich will upend Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska.

Deadly manhunt

NLR cops report that a dog had to be shot in the Chicago capture of an NLR murder suspect, Turdell "Turk" Watkins.

Dick Cheney indicted

Other accounts suggest the prosecutor in this South Texas county isn't exactly solid, still ...

Open line

Whatever. Maybe Wes will go to church or something.

A&E News, Nov. 20

Norman Jones, the owner of Backstreet and Discovery, is taking over Easy St. Piano Bar, 307 W. Seventh St., pending approval of beer and wine permits by the ABC.

On air, on edge

Since Anne Pressly’s death, news stations are taking a closer look at the line between harmless admirer and obsessed fan. Will it change the way they do business?

Remedial arithmetic

If the state is offloading school costs on the local property tax. If drug courts can't be funded.

The morning Huck

I reinstitute the Morning Huck feature briefly for Mike Huckabee's book tour in support of "Do the Right Thing."

The morning Huck

I reinstitute the Morning Huck feature briefly for Mike Huckabee's book tour in support of "Do the Right Thing."

The morning Huck

I reinstitute the Morning Huck feature briefly for Mike Huckabee's book tour in support of "Do the Right Thing."

Tweet, tweet

Reminder: the Arkansas Times is Twittering. Arkansas Blog at twitter.com/arkansasblog Rock Candy at twitter.com/rockcandies

Keck opposes Deltic

City Director Michael Keck has, by my lights, long been the unofficial mayor of WLR in terms of advocacy of that part of the city's interests in our crazily bifurcated governance scheme.

Holiday Cheer.

It's never too early to get into the holiday spirit.  One way to see what's hot in holiday decor is the Junior League of North Little Rock's Home for the Holidays Tour of Homes.  What does that have to do with food?  Friday night, you can enjoy the Home for the Holidays Wine and Cheese Party 7-10 p.m. at the home of Ron and Mary Lensing.  Nibbles will be provided by the Junior League from "Natural Temptations," which also happens to be the official cookbook of Arkansas.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door -- if they don't sell out. Call JLNLR at (501) 372-1436 or check out the event website.

Speaking of WLR ...

... and zoning issues. On the jump, a WLR neighborhood association leader is unhappy about a zoning variance sought for a drive-through McDonald's on Highway 10.

Last night: Chuck Klosterman

College kids love Chuck Klosterman. Last night, several hundred filled a lecture hall on the campus of UCA to near capacity.

Random Question of the Day

Regular readers of this blog will probably recall that Will "Boom MF" Muschamp, who was Auburn's defensive coordinator at the time, came *this* close to hired as Arkansas head coach last December.

Helping A Good Cause -- For Free.

The Arkansas Foodbank Network helps feed thousands of hungry Arkansas families each and every day.  And right now, you can help them out in two separate ways - that won't cost you a dime.

Remember Tom Daschle?

Says here he's coming back as Obama's head of Health and Human Services.

Palin envy

Do I detect a little here in Mike Huckabee's remarks? “What John McCain did for her was to give her the capacity to sort of leapfrog over the process and get right to the center stage,” he said at a breakfast with reporters this morning.

Eat. Drink. Repeat.

Joel DiPippa has some fun links for the foodies and drinkies among us. First, the Omnivore 100, British blogger Andrew Wheeler's subjective list of 100 things every omnivore should try at least once.

Wednesday To-Do: The Ted Ludwig Jazz Quintet

Ted Ludwig. TED LUDWIG QUINTET5 p.m., Capital Bar and Grill.

Wednesday: g-force VJs

Local DJ supreme g-force has lately been broadening his horizons at Deep. On Wednesdays, he's been using the Serato Video-SL plug-in to mix music videos that show on two projection screens and two LCDs, 10 p.m., $5 or free if you're a lady.

Red beans and ricely yours

A point of personal indulgence. My hometown Louisiana newspaper has full coverage of a big sporting event in Arkansas this weekend -- the inaugural Red Beans and Rice Bowl.

Red beans and ricely yours

A point of personal indulgence. My hometown Louisiana newspaper has full coverage of a big sporting event in Arkansas this weekend -- the inaugural Red Beans and Rice Bowl.

No More Bronx Bombers?

It appears that New York, NY Deli on Shackleford Road has gone out of business.  The latest entry in the sandwich market featured large sub sandwiches and a variety of specialty salads.  A sign on the door thanks customers for their patronage.  The phone number listed for the restaurant has been disconnected, as has the phone for the Conway location.  A quick call to the franchise folks produced no answers.

Last train to Hooverville

Dow below 8,000. And Republicans (like Mitt Romney) tell hundreds of thousands of auto workers and related industries to go to hell.

607, poet

Photo by Dero Sanford. I am the ignoramus coroner, target-market cornererHippie baby parent's mentality — no formulaGiving you a dose of reality 'cause I'm more than aRace, color, creed, other, citizen or foreigner I, too, was happy when Barack's time cameNot just because he's black — he represents changeWhile others text each other and celebrate; I'll be workin'To help his presidency serve a more meaningful purpose 

Lars Ulrich on Bald Knob, signing dinner rolls and the bassists of Metallica

The Times Paul Peterson, who's played drums around town for years, caught Metallica's loquacious drummer Lars Ulrich on the phone in St. Louis in advance of Saturday's show at Alltel.Do you happen to recall a brief stop in a little Arkansas town called Bald Knob about 27 years ago?Oh yeah.

Campus gunshot

A gunshot was fired today somewhere near the point where Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State campuses meet in Arkadelphia, but an OBU spokesman said no one was harmed and the persons responsible were taken into custody.

Medical records compromised

I hinited broadly at this several days ago, but St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center refused comment.

A GLBT KINDA DAY!

So much happening today, so much to choose from, where to start!Oh, let's begin with former Baptist Minister, former Arkansas Governor, former Big & Tall Shops fashion plate Mike Huckabee's astonishing rant on "The View" that basically implied that the GLBT minority in America hasn't been beaten, fire-hosed and killed enough -- yet -- to qualify for full citizenship's equal rights.Then let's move on to California's Supreme Court today accepting to hear the legal challenges to Prop 8.
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