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December 18, 2008

Vol 6 • No 49

No new coal

The Fayetteville City Council voted 7-1 for a resolution opposing new coal-fired power plants in Arkansas.

Lottery 'principles'

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has released a list of "principles" to guide creation of the state lottery.

The purpose driven inaugural

Rick Warren is going to say the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration. Urp.

A boy named Sooie’s Holiday Consumer Guide

God knows I’d rather not fill my space concocting some kind of consumer guide, especially in this dire economic climate, but the fact remains that some of us will spend the next week scrambling for last-minute gifts, and I happen to be a shame-faced consu

Sole man’s truth

No sane American journalist would ever chunk his shoes at the president of the United States because it would be disrespectful of the office and even worse flout the journalist’s code, which does not permit a reporter to betray evidence that he has an opi

Smart talk, Dec. 18

There’s always something new under the Internet sun.

Observer, Dec. 18

So first the cat gets hit by a car.

Dec. 10-16, 2008

It was a GOOD week for … REMEMBERING HISTORY. The Little Rock Nine were invited to be special guests at the inauguration of Barack Obama. Quite a pair of bookends for 1957 and 2009.

Egyptr, Velvet Kente, Eclipse Glasses

It was a busy Saturday night in Little Rock, what with Christmas parties and wolves of the All Night Drug variety (at White Water).

This modern world, Dec. 18

Words, Dec. 18

Jason Rouby asks, “Did you know that every time someone uses ‘disinterested’ to mean ‘uninterested’ an angel dies?”

Editorial cartoon, Dec. 18

‘Milk’ transcends cliches

I’m generally suspicious of issue films.

What's cooking, Dec. 18

West Little Rock ’cue lovers, rejoice. Whole Hog Cafe is expanding its porcine empire into Rock Creek Plaza, the shopping center at the corner of Bowman and West Markham that houses, among other things, Hobby Lobby and El Porton.

A&E news, Dec. 18

Counterpoint, the North Little Rock late-night club (3605 MacArthur Drive), remains open past 2 a.m. despite a recently enacted North Little Rock ordinance that requires it to close at 2.

Go, HOME!

Could Arkansas have a Tim Tebow at quarterback someday? Not unless the legislature passes a new law.

Not fade away

DMZ, the rock club that opened in what’s now Vino’s on the corner of Seventh and Chester, only lasted for two years.

Big Whiskey’s gives it a shot

The corner of Cumberland and President Clinton Ave., easily one of the busiest in Little Rock, has been a mixed bag for restaurants (it’s also long been across the parking lot from the Times HQ).

How high the roof?

I am offering you a few corrections to Max Brantley’s “Tale of Two Cities” column.

You really shouldn’t

I’d prefer no gifts. Honestly.

Drive now, talk later

The 2009 legislative session would begin grandly with swift approval of HB 1013, to prohibit drivers from using handheld cellular telephones.

Orval, Dec. 18

‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

While it’s not even close to being one of the best movies of all time, I must admit that I’ve got a soft spot for the 1951 sci-fi classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

To-do list, Dec. 18

The Radio City Music Spectacular, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Spectacular, PM Today / School Boy Humor, Cool Shoes, John Paul Keith and the One, Four, Fives, Kevin Kerby and Battery / The Reds, Machina, Isaac Alexander and Loch Ness Monster / Gr

The Televisionist, Dec. 18

Given that this writer just got through raking the new Keanu-fied version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” over the critical coals (Too much CGI! Too much Keanu! Too little “Klaatu Barada Nikto!”) I’d be remiss if I didn’t put my money where my mouth is

No more ‘new’ stuff

Although the madhouse that is the Target toy department argues otherwise, this Christmas seems determined to be known as The One Where Everybody Cut Back.

The law and North Little Rock

North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays is a can-do executive with laudable achievements.

In brief, Dec. 18

At On the Rocks, hirsute former “American Idol” contestant Sean Michel shares a bill with local rocker Johnny Rocket, 9 p.m., $5.

Bring back the dark

Wade Aday is having trouble getting sleep, and it’s his view of the Arkansas River from his Walton Heights home that’s the problem.

Blanche’s last opponent

Let us stipulate that Stanley Reed is looking around for some new opportunities and challenges.

The sixth sense

Though the arrest of a suspect in the slaying of Little Rock television anchor Anne Pressly had a lot to do with cutting edge forensic science, the break in the case apparently owes just as much to a hunch.

Ya Ya Ya...

Another new West Little Rock food offering is coming in January.  Ya Ya's EuroBistro is slated to open January 22nd.  For now, the franchise is interviewing and hiring for its staff and working hard to decorate.  PB&J Restaurants (which also manages several Red Robin franchises out West) operates five other locations of this chain (alternately called "Yia Yia's" on the company website, though menus downloaded from the same show the Ya Ya's spelling), including outlets in Memphis and St. Louis.  The chain specializes in serving European style dishes like pasta, pizza, pizzettas, salads, and sandwiches in a beautiful setting.  Perusing the menu (which is already available at the restaurant), prices seem to be in the moderate range.  Some interesting partaking potentials include Ricotta Cakes with diced tomatoes and fresh mint; Beef Carpaccio with goat cheese, white truffle oil and baby arugula; and Black Tiger Shrimp Risotto with oven roasted tomatoes, sweet leeks, peas and herbs.  The average Joe will find plenty of different salad and sandwich choices on the lunch menu.  The new area eatery opens in the Promenade at Chenal -- to check out what you might get, take a peek at the PB&J chain website.

Beebe v. Halter on lottery

Gov. Mike Beebe is right. Starting a new lottery-backed scholarship program with existing surpluses in 2009, as Lt. Gov. Bill Halter proposes, isn't prudent.

Reporters are human, too

  John Brummett takes up the matter of TV reporters who shouted at the Anne Pressly murder suspect on his walk past TV cameras (shown in clip above).

The last acceptable bigotry

From an article in today's NY Times about Obama-era White House interior design (emphasis supplied):

The Third Reconstruction

Call it The South's revenge, the effort by Southern politicians to destroy the northern auto industry on behalf of foreign companies.

Big leaguer

An early riser points me to a curious turn of phrase from a 1958 newspaper article reprinted in the "Other Days" column in today's D-G.

Child welfare crisis

Merry Christmas. The news about Arkansas's care for endangered children isn't good.

Christian persecution

Mike Huckabee gets a lot of mileage with his base -- as Bill O'Reilly, etc. do -- with the false Christian persecution complex.

The Clinton list is out

As promised in the deal to clear Hillary Clinton as Barack Obama's secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation has released the list of all contributors since 1997.

More on Rick Warren

Good commentary, following Obama's defense of his inaugural preacher, wrapped around his own reiteration of his belief in equal treatment of gay people and abortion rights.

Big Conway footprint

Southwestern Energy, the big shale driller, is building a $25 million building at the Hendrix Village.

Thursday To-Do: The Rockettes

THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $25-$59.The Rockettes call what they do precision dance for a reason.

How To Address Your Concerns + PHOTOS of CAD

Some of you have been asking about the best way to let somebody know that pollution is happening in your neck of the woods.  I don't think I have addressed those questions directly before, so I'll do my best.  If you have a complaint regarding pollution you should contact the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).  This state agency is charged with protecting the environment, especially waters of the state that could be harmed by waste from natural gas drilling operations.  You can go to this website to find out where your complaints need to be addressed as ADEQ has many divisions (hazardous waste, air pollution, etc.).  Also, the public affairs office can be reached at (501) 682 - 0915.     ADEQ receives a lot of complaints from citizens and a lot of people send them photographs they've taken themselves of things like, say, frac water in a creek bed.  One problem with these complaints is that, unless there is some indication, ADEQ cannot be sure when these pictures were taken, or exactly where they were taken.  So if you come across something particularly egregious and take a photo, be sure to adjust your camera so the date appears in the corner.  If you can't figure that out, take a copy of the newspaper.  If the location isn't easily identifiable (say, by a roadsign, etc.) then take a GPS, if you've got one, and take a photo of the screen.  The point is, be as exact as you can.  Otherwise your complaints might end up in the trash can.    Here are some photos of Central Arkansas Disposal, the site that ADEQ recently told to stop accepting drilling fluids.  Here drilling fluids are pooled under a sprinkler irrigation system.  This is an unapproved application of waste.

How To Address Your Concerns + PHOTOS of CAD

Some of you have been asking about the best way to let somebody know that pollution is happening in your neck of the woods.  I don't think I have addressed those questions directly before, so I'll do my best.  If you have a complaint regarding pollution you should contact the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).  This state agency is charged with protecting the environment, especially waters of the state that could be harmed by waste from natural gas drilling operations.  You can go to this website to find out where your complaints need to be addressed as ADEQ has many divisions (hazardous waste, air pollution, etc.).  Also, the public affairs office can be reached at (501) 682 - 0915.     ADEQ receives a lot of complaints from citizens and a lot of people send them photographs they've taken themselves of things like, say, frac water in a creek bed.  One problem with these complaints is that, unless there is some indication, ADEQ cannot be sure when these pictures were taken, or exactly where they were taken.  So if you come across something particularly egregious and take a photo, be sure to adjust your camera so the date appears in the corner.  If you can't figure that out, take a copy of the newspaper.  If the location isn't easily identifiable (say, by a roadsign, etc.) then take a GPS, if you've got one, and take a photo of the screen.  The point is, be as exact as you can.  Otherwise your complaints might end up in the trash can.    Here are some photos of Central Arkansas Disposal, the site that ADEQ recently told to stop accepting drilling fluids.  Here drilling fluids are pooled under a sprinkler irrigation system.  This is an unapproved application of waste.

DHS response on child care criticism

Earlier today, we linked to a critical report on the state's declining performance in dealing with child abuse and neglect reports.

Who'da thunk of it?

Breaking journalism news: The New York Times plans to begin next month using its website to publish "instant op-eds" -- immediate opinions on breaking news.

Venus vs. Mars

The following is not based on scientific research or accredited study, but rather, it is based on mere observation.

Eat Dessert First.

After taking in an excellent production of "It's A Wonderful Life" at the Rep, the hubster and I found ourselves looking for a relaxing non-alcoholic (read:  sweet) nightcap to share before heading back home.  We found ourselves wandering Kavanaugh and fell into Cafe Bossa Nova, where we dined on creamy hot chocolate and rich desserts, including this fine hot-and-cold Gateau Moka, a crisp chocolate brownie with a cinnamon undertaste topped with ice cream.

Thurman Remembers, Part 4

Today, we present the penultimate installment of our Q&A with Razorback great Scotty Thurman, conducted in late September (here's part 1, part 2 and part 3).

ADEQ to Get Money for More Inspectors

Andrew DeMillo of AP has this story.  Apparently the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will receive $3.5 million to hire new inspectors to keep an eye on the Fayetteville Shale gas drilling operations and after-effects.  That number was originally somewhere around $300,000 to hire four new inspectors.  There's no word yet on how many inspectors the agency will now be able to afford. 

Robbery-slaying on Reservoir

UAMS instructor Joseph Bittengle was killed and another man was wounded in an apparent robbery at a Reservoir Road apartment complex this morning.

Mayor Hays' TIF

   Scott Miller at the NLR Daily News has the map of Mayor Hays' amazing TIF district.

Mayor Hays' TIF

   Scott Miller at the NLR Daily News has the map of Mayor Hays' amazing TIF district.

Aloft to be built; different location

NEW LOOK: This, maybe, instead of a seven-story hotel at Clinton and Commerce. All will proclaim this a win-win.

You're on your own

Arkansas Times Christmas party tonight. I may be up as late as 9:30

Target Lincoln

People used to speak of “the political season.” These days, every season is the political season.

AP should appeal

Interesting FOI case in AP's effort to find out which state computers -- actually who -- was, among state employees working on state time as editors of Wikipedia entries.

NLR school board targets TIF

The North Little Rock School Board has been roused by Mayor Pat Hays' machinations to create an unprecedented sham of a Tax Increment Finance District to steal school property tax dollars for his downtown development designs.

NLR school board targets TIF

The North Little Rock School Board has been roused by Mayor Pat Hays' machinations to create an unprecedented sham of a Tax Increment Finance District to steal school property tax dollars for his downtown development designs.

LR schools weigh charters

The Little Rock School District continues to examine the harm done to the district by the Walton- and Hussman-financed charter school assault on district enrollment.

Bush gets off his duff

Feds will provide $17.4 billion in short-term financing to U.S. automakers. Deal includes wage cuts for workers.

How to spend lottery money

The head of the Higher Ed Dept. joins Gov. Mike Beebe in saying money from the new state lottery should go into existing college scholarship programs.

Real estate combine

Rector Phillips Morse has a news conference this morning to announce a major acquisition. Arkansas Business is reporting they've acquired Coldwell Banker Advantage Realty.

Johnny Trash

  The Man in Black serenades Oscar the Grouch with a song about nastiness.

Seasons greetings

North Carolina editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell, an ex-pat Arkie, circulated a Christmas card today. Surely he won't mind if I share.

Weekend To-Do: The ASO's Yuletide Spectacular

David Itkin's swan song ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YULETIDE SPECTACULAR8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$72.In his final Yuletide Spectacular — we're up to number five for those keeping score at home — Maestro David Itkin mines old favorites from his past 15 years at the helm of the ASO.

Friday To-Do: PM Today - Schoolboy Humor

School Boy Humor just hangin' in a barn. PM TODAY / SCHOOL BOY HUMOR8:30 p.m., Vino's.

Al Franken is in the lead

This will be important politically when the arena moves to the improperly rejected absentee ballots.

Friday To-Do: Cool Shoes

Maxx: One of the cool kids. COOL SHOES9 p.m., Downtown Music.

D-G turned down by Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court ruled today on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's unusual direct appeal of District Judge Lee Munson's orders sealing county jail records pertaining to Curtis Vance, accused of Anne Pressly's murder.

Friday To-Do: John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives

John Paul Keith at WWT. Photo by Lizzie Burnham.

Linkage: RIAA to stop suing 13-year-olds and 'Seven Pounds' of sh...

*Download at will, music pirates. The RIAA, the trade group that represents the music industry, is set to abandon mass lawsuits targeted at file-sharers.

Dog's life in Helena

Comes word of an agreed fine of Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley for setting city pound dogs loose in the nearby national forest.

Obama inaugural party in LR

The state Martin Luther King Commission, which has filled four buses with people to go to Washington for the Obama inaugural, announces a local inaugural ball for those who can't make the trip.

Palinography

OK. By popular demand. You know Levi Johnston, the baby daddy of Sarah Palin's daughter?

An Arkie to watch

That would be Hope native Chad Griffin, 35, featured in The Advocate as one of its people of the year for his work in gay rights.

The Weekend: Big Smith, Chris Denny, Four on the Floor, 'Seasons Beatings' and more

BIG SMITH: Big in these part FRIDAY 12/19Springfield, Mo.-based family band Big Smith always packs 'em in when they come to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 (open to all ages).

Saturday To-Do: Machina

MACHINA9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.Rumors of Machina's demise have been greatly exaggerated, despite a lack of presence on the road and a relatively silent 2008.

Saturday To-Do: Kevin Kerby and Battery

KEVIN KERBY AND BATTERY / THE REDS9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.It's the holidays.

Blessed event 18

OK, OK. Readers have been discussing this since last night but ..... In the dog-bites-man category, the Duggars have another.

Thurman Remembers, Part 5

Well, we've come to the end of our Q&A with former Razorback forward Scotty Thurman, one of the heroes of the 1994 national championship squad.

Lincoln: 'Independent voice'

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's news release today sounds like a rollout of her 2010 campaign theme.

The Rep's bluelight special

The Kresge Foundation, a product of the retailing fortune that built K-Mart, has made a $600,000 challenge grant to the Arkasas Repertory Theatre's capital campaign.

Open line

Here's a blank slate.

Open line

Here's a blank slate.

Christmas Baking.

Christmastime around here is marked by the scent of goodies baking in the oven.  Though this year has, by necessity, been light on the baking (due to a certain bun delivered from the family oven recently) there is of course some baking going on in the house.  And what better time than Christmas to share?  On the jump -- my own banana nut bread recipe... crispy on the outside, moist inside, and with an extra bit of gooey sweetness in the form of carmelized brown sugar.

We're all autworkers

The layoff of 268 workers at Superior Industries in Fayetteville reminds us of those who saw no urgency in providing help to U.S. autoworkers.

Eye on Arkansas

Bill Moyers Journal last night focused on a corrupt military housing contractor, the one at the root of the problem-plagued $500 million project at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Leading the way

Speaking of The Leader: Looking to link its page in the earlier item on LRAFB, I was were reminded of its consistently strong voice on local issues. For example, the editorials this week: 1) Fault Gov. Mike Beebe -- and regulatory agencies under his control -- for failing to stop the construction of another polluting coal-fired generating plant in Arkansas.

Now he's gone to meddling

John Brummett's continuing new media examination (the original link didn't work because Stephens Media apparently is testing its new website today.

Now he's gone to meddling

John Brummett's continuing new media examination (the original link didn't work because Stephens Media apparently is testing its new website today.

Franken leads?

What an election in Minnesota. Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com is the only news source obsessing on the topic as much as the candidates.

Caroline speaks UPDATE

The latest Kennedy seeking political office -- the U.S. Senate from New York -- takes written questions from Politico.

Caroline speaks UPDATE

The latest Kennedy seeking political office -- the U.S. Senate from New York -- takes written questions from Politico.

Looking for the union label

I know that some obnoxious business owners (the most obnoxious invariably are Lucky Sperm Club members, not self-made execs) and Karl Rove court jester Tim Griffin have excited the media about whether insufficient union hatred could get U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln beaten in 2010.

Looking for the union label

I know that some obnoxious business owners (the most obnoxious invariably are Lucky Sperm Club members, not self-made execs) and Karl Rove court jester Tim Griffin have excited the media about whether insufficient union hatred could get U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln beaten in 2010.

Ho, ho, hopen line

Over to you. I'm not much of a shopper, but it sure didn't seem as busy around town today as I would have expected on the Saturday before Christmas.

Bush's legacy

The cratered housing market. An in-depth report in tomorrow's NY Times.

Bar snacks

Best in town: The spiced pecans at the Capital Hotel Bar. A heaping bowl ($6?

The Mayor of Castro Street

Somewhere around my senior year of college, I used to joke that I was "the last stop on the way to gay."  There'd been a brief rash of guys who asked me out or flirted with me quite a bit, and then several months later, they were all happily dating men.  One of them was dating a guy from my biology lab that I'd had a crush on, so that street went both ways, I guess.  It never really bothered me.  I choose to find it flattering that if they were going to take one last shot at dating girls, they'd consider me.  Truth be told, I think there are ways in which my gay friends appreciate me more than most straight guys do.  I finished reading The Mayor of Castro Street before going to see Milk on Friday, and I found both of them really powerful.  The book, much like Randy Shilts' other book And the Band Played On, was smart and funny, impeccably researched and incredibly sad.  Shilts has a way of not just focusing on one story, but bringing in a lot of different people's experiences to give a sense of how seemingly small things fit into a bigger picture of what was happening in the country at that time.  They are amazing works of journalism.  I found myself outraged over and over and by the end I was exhausted.

Wes Clark sez ...

Democrats and the military can get along this administration. He explains in a Washington Post op-ed.

Crime watch

Circulating today on the Heights neighborhood e-mail list: At 3:40 this morning, my husband caught 2 white males in their early 20's standing in the middle of our 16 year old son's bedroom.

Gloomy Old Party

John Brummett looks in on the state of the Republican Party of Arkansas. He takes off from a meeting of Repubs with an out-of-state consultant.

An adult in charge

Best read in the morning newspaper was Seth Blomeley's extensive interview with Gov. Mike Beebe.

Slacker Sunday

One of those days. Stuff to do.

Cheap eats

Taken a gander yet at Red Velvet Lounge, one of our community bloggers? Funny -- and practical -- item on loading up take-out cartons with chow at Jason's Deli.

Another Take On Barbecue.

The Arkansas standard for barbecue, traditionally challenged by people on all sides of the argument, is for a beef or pork sandwich on white bread or bun with coleslaw and a peppery sauce.  Variations therewith are sometimes challenged on the tiniest variations, such as Sim's vinegar-soaked meat, Old Post's slug of sweetness in the sauce, and McClard's use of chopped cabbage and mayo instead of a pre-mixed coleslaw.

Coming to a Book Shelf Near You

I was reading a few weeks ago about book trailers, which are basically the same as movie trailers except for books.  I thought it was an intriguing concept, so I decided to check out a few.  This one--made by the author himself, I believe--is easily my favorite one: Soon I Will Be Invincible trailer The term "Dirigible of Doom" alone is truly enough to get my attention because I don't think dirigibles get used enough as words or as military vehicles.  Is that because they seem a bit cumbersome and slow and lack a certain amount of stealth?  Because those could be valid points, but I think they fail to consider the dramatic potential inherent in battling from a giant balloon.

Not fade away

DMZ, the rock club that opened in what's now Vino's, only lasted for two years. Then it became Mandrake's. Then the Zone. Then, for the last 18 years, Vino's. But among the first wave of Little Rock punk rockers, it was a revelation. Trusty and comedian Matt Besser help celebrate its legacy tonight at Vino's.

Obama: Growth for wingers

NY Times today reports that the Barack Obama presidency produces an economic growth opportunity for right-wingers -- new talk radio shows.

The third way

Brummett lauds Obama's education secretary as a middle path on school change -- a leader who has attempted elements of performance pay for teachers and charter schools but who also draws encouraging words from teacher unions.

Light to the darkness

Arkansas, I would have said, will be the last to do anything about light pollution -- not only how the growth of cities encroaches on the night sky but how new forms of lighting are creating distractions far more vexing than we've seen before.

Tough times for Toyota

It will lose money on car-making for the first time in 70 years. It is, however, sitting on billions in cash reserves.

A Dick speaks

Cheney. Jesus. "... historians would ultimately look favorably on the Bush administration’s efforts to keep the nation safe."

The lesson of lynchings

-- Encyclopedia of Arkansas LR LYNCHING: Of John Carter, in 1927. Interesting op-ed in the NY Times today on the reluctance in Southern states to display images of lynchings, though an important collection is now set for use in center in Atlanta.

Card check = Blanche

Nate Silver, looking at the potential for passage of card check legislation, concludes as others have that it just might come down to Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Going green? Go childless

I'd passed this link earlier, but another recommendation prompted me to read it and, well, it's food for thought.

All I wanted for Christmas

It arrived today. My official $50 Team Huck shirt.

All I wanted for Christmas

It arrived today. My official $50 Team Huck shirt.

Lottery scholarships

Rep. Steve Harrelson's Under the Dome blog provides a copy of the memo House Speaker Robbie Wills had distributed to members about how lottery scholarships work in other states.

Arkansas: Still growing

New Census Bureau population estimates, for the year through July 1, show Arkansas ranked 22nd among the states in growth with a .9 percent increase in population to 2.855 million.

Say cheese

Know this guy, who presented a full face to a surveillance camera? Police say he robbed the Metropolitan Bank branch in the Kroger at 8415 W. Markham (just west of Rodney Parham Road) about 11:20 a.m. today.

TIF tiff

The word is that the NLR Council vote is wired tonight for Mayor Pat Hays' ex post facto Tax Increment Finance scheme.

Monday To-Do: Trusty and Matt Besser celebrate DMZ

TRUSTY AND MATT BESSER9 p.m., Vino's. $10.DMZ, the rock club that opened in what's now Vino's on the corner of Seventh and Chester, only lasted for two years.

The Brummett blog is back

I think he's been back a day or so, in fact, but the new Stephens Media website didn't seem to fully get the kinks out until today.

Huck: No Senate run in 2010

He pretty well sounded categorical at his talk at Clinton School today. Gerard Matthews reports that The Huckster had a full house of 200 or so for the talk and a long-line of bookbuyers seeking his signature.

Come On Feel the Noise

A reader calls me with a noise complaint, we'll call him John.   John says the natural gas-related business beside their house is making their life a living hell.  The noise and bright lights keep them up at night, ruin their days and make their home a place they dread being.  John lives in a town with no noise ordinance and has been told that, basically, nothing can be done.  Anybody else have a similar problem?  

Food for Time Travelers.

The big buzz about the old haunts at 7th and Chester is in recalling the hallowed days of the old DMZ.  But for 18 years out of those past two decades since the locale shook with the sounds of punk and early alternative rock, the smell of dough and suds has permeated the music-soaked air.

Parting shot

A traveler sends this shot, taken near the gubernatorial birthplace of Amagon. Take this as an open line.

Pulaski school news

The Pulaski County School District announced this afternoon that repairs had been completed to roofs at Clinton and Crystal Hill Magnet schools and classes would resume their after the holidays Jan. 5.

Still more crookedness

A bottomless barrel in the Bush administration.

Credit where due

Asa Huchinson is attorney for a federal employee who blew the whistle on the Bush administration's illegal surveillance program.

Halter v. Beebe

Brummett assesses the differing viewpoints -- and disagrees with those who'd characterize this in war-like terms -- held by Gov. Beebe and Lt. Gov. Halter on implementation of a state lottery.

Boss Hays at work

I couldn't outlast last night's five-hour NLR Council meeting for the bottom line -- that Mayor Pat Hays put off a vote on his school property tax grab to seek further legal advice on the flim-flam.

Boss Hays at work

I couldn't outlast last night's five-hour NLR Council meeting for the bottom line -- that Mayor Pat Hays put off a vote on his school property tax grab to seek further legal advice on the flim-flam.

Stealth government

Can Caroline Kennedy get a seat in the U.S. Senate without ever answering a question in public or making any financial disclosure?

Stealth government

Can Caroline Kennedy get a seat in the U.S. Senate without ever answering a question in public or making any financial disclosure?

Suckers at the track

Roby Brock says the total wagering on the gambling machines at Oaklawn and Southland Parks has reached almost $1 billion in two years.

Monday mealtime

Another report from the kitchen of Joel DiPippa: Dinner called.  Brownie points to whoever can figure out what wacky theme was running through my head.

Speaking of city government

Call me nuts, but if the city of Little Rock has to tap the garbage pickup fund for $2 million annually to balance the budget, one of two things must be true: 1) The overall city budget is too high; 2) garbage collection fees are too high.

Speaking of city government

Call me nuts, but if the city of Little Rock has to tap the garbage pickup fund for $2 million annually to balance the budget, one of two things must be true: 1) The overall city budget is too high; 2) garbage collection fees are too high.

Attn: school wonks

I've written before that I'm an admirer of the Daily Howler, a blog by comedian, reporter, Al Gore college friend Bob Somerby.

Obama's big tent

I notice the Brummett blog compliments E.J. Dionne for sharing his view on the wisdom of Barack Obama's inclusion of Rick Warren (gay= incest=child molestation) as an inaugural prayer giver.

Merry solstice

A reader mentioned this billboard yesterday and today arrives an e-mail with the background. It's part of a national campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is a reaction to the state's display of a creche on the Capitol grounds each year.

Tuesday To-Do: Isaac Alexander - Loch Ness Monster - Grand Serenade

Such a good flyer. ISAAC ALEXANDER / LOCH NESS MONSTER / GRAND SERENADE9 p.m., Vino's.

Matt Besser is "The Hunchback of Vino's"

Swiped from a Twitpic taken by the homie Charles Wyrick.I only caught the first half.

Real estate continues to crater

Sales and prices plummet.

A Christmas Gift from Coach Pel

In the aftermath of last Saturday's spirited win over Stephen F. Austin, a pleased John Pelphrey told the media that he doesn't need any Christmas gifts under his tree on Thursday morning.

2008 Rewind: A for "Attraction"

Riverboat Crime. “Attraction.” If any local song was deserving of mass radio play, it was this one by North Little Rock’s Riverboat Crime.

2008 Rewind: B for Boondogs

  Boondogs.

2008 Rewind: C for Cool Shoes

Cool Shoes. Dance music brought people together in 2008.

2008 Rewind: D for Dan Penn

Dan Penn. The legendary songwriter (“Dark End of the Street,” “Do Right Woman,” “It Tears Me Up”) served as a fitting coda to Danny Grace’s tenure steering Hendrix College’s Special Events program.

2008 Rewinds: E for Expats

Expats. As usual, Arkies abroad represented.

New hands at City Hall

Attached is a list of appointments to Little Rock city boards approved by the Board of Directors Tuesday.

2008 Rewind: F for Fabulists

Fabulists. Two of the best books of the year came from Arkansans who weren’t afraid to make animals talk or delve into fantasy.

2008 Rewind: G for Good Fear

  "Tools of Trade" Good Fear.

2008 Rewind: H for Hayes Carll

  "Crystal Beach Memories" Hayes Carll.

2008 Rewind: I for Isaac

Isaac Alexander. The prolific local musician, who leads three bands (Big Silver, the Easys and Molten Lava) and plays in two more (Boondogs and the Libras) went at it alone with “See Thru Me,” a dark meditation on faith and relationships.

2008 Rewind: J for 'Jump'

“Jump.” For the 100-year anniversary of the birth of native son Louis Jordan, “Arkansongs” host and longtime Jordan champion Stephen Koch teamed with Cliff Baker and Wildwood to produce a musical revue of Jordan’s life for the stage.

2008 Rewind: K for Korto

Korto. Arkansas felt a little more fashionable with Mabelvale’s Korto Momolu representing on “Project Runway.” On her way to an impressive second place finish and fan favorite win, the designer made kale chic, couture from seatbelts and brought bleached jeans back from the ’80s.

2008 Rewind: L for Little Rock Film Fest

From 'War Eagle, Arkansas' Little Rock Film Fest. In its second year, the festival didn’t score the preview screenings or breadth of international fare it did in its inaugural run, but it still hosted an impressive line-up, particularly in terms of filmmakers in attendance.

2008 Rewind: M for Musicophilia

Musicophilia. The best new mix blog on the web comes courtesy of Soundslike, the Little Rock native behind the 10-disc “1981” compilation of post-punk that a handful of locals were lucky enough to get a hold of several years back.

2008 Rewind: N for New Technology

Cameron Holifield and the Western Meds. New technology.

2008 Rewind: O for Oxford American

Oxford American. The venerable “Southern Magazine of Good Writing” very nearly gave up the ghost earlier this year after a staffer embezzled a crippling amount.

2008 Rewind: P for Princes

Photo by Rett Peek. Princes.

2008 Rewind: Q for Quintets

Ludwig. Quintets.

2008 Rewind: R for Riverfest

Riverfest. The annual summer festival drew a record 253,000, and it even rained a little.

2008 Rewind: S for Showcase

  Kyoto Boom in the finals.

2008 Rewind: T for Thank God for Mississippi. Memphis, too.

Thank God for Mississippi. Memphis, too.

2008 Rewind: U for Unlikely shows

Billie Joe at the Foxboro Hot Tubs show. Unlikely concerts.

2008 Rewind: V for Valley of the Vapors

Valley of the Vapors. The strongest indie festival around celebrated its 4th year by bringing nearly 30 bands from seven different countries to Hot Springs for a week.

2008 Rewind: W for Warhol

Warhol. The Arts Center scored a coup with “Warhol: 15 Weeks of Fame,” an impressive showcase of the pop artist that includes the “Silver Clouds” installation.

2008 Rewind: X for XXzotic

Xxzotic (AKA Nina James). The North Little Rock rap diva returned, from Houston, for her first local showcase in some two years.

2008 Rewind: Y for Young MCs

Young MCs. What happened to local hip-hop?

2008 Rewind: Z for Zii

Zii. Going in, I figured “Z” is for skipping in these round-ups, but then I remembered Zii, the rapper who used to go by just plain “Z” or sometimes “Zbra” and ran with the Dat Heat crew.

Princes update

Just got word that American Princes bassist Luke Hunsicker successfully had a benign brain tumor removed.

Wal-Mart settles suits

The retail giant settled 63 wage-and-hour lawsuits today at a cost of up to $640 million.

Over to you

My guess is that the holiday slowdown has begun. Could be light activity here the next few days.

LRSD legal fees

This request seems perfectly straightforward. Somehow, I'm guessing it will be viewed differently in some quarters.

Quids and quos

Yes, Obama's people talked to Blago about the Senate opening. No, there was no talk of quid pro quos.

Big Mac -- hold everything

In New Orleans, a po-boy sandwich is said to be dressed -- with lettuce, tomato, mayo -- or undressed.

Play it again, Buddy

It is with a heavy heart and soul that I pass along the news that my dear friend and one of the most talented individuals I will ever have the pleasure of knowing has left us.  Chadwig "Buddy" Habig passed away last night and the world will be a little dimmer, a little sadder and a lot less musical.  I will miss him.  You're the tops, Buddy, play it again, and this time with a bumpy C!

Maybe Scrooge was Just Misunderstood

I'm not sure what happened.  Maybe I miscalculated or maybe I forgot to pace myself, but I ran out of Christmas cheer a few days early.  I think the main problem is that for the last five years, I've had a minimum of two weeks off for Christmas, and this year I got two days.  So, for the better part of December, I've been preparing for my two week vacation without fully getting that that wasn't happening this year.  I began stockpiling books and movies.  I thought about what I would buy when I had a few days off to go shopping.  I've been spoiled, gone soft; I'm a bit of a candy ass around the holidays, and this year, that created a bit of a problem.

What Santa Will Leave Under the Tree for the SEC

It is a well known fact that Santa Claus is a big fan of the SEC and will certainly not forget the conference as he begins to make his rounds tonight.

Lucky in love

I heard yesterday about a rare murder arrest in Perry County. Channel 11 has details of the slaying.

Cleared for landing

American Eagle is en route from Chicago. finally.
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