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Vol 39 • No 19
Angry Birds, as everyone with an electronic device and time on his hands knows, despise those blinking pigs. They'll hurl themselves at those swine to keep them away from their eggs.
Although I am grateful to be included in the yoga community with being so new, I really did not appreciate this comment in the "Yoga yoga yoga" article (Jan. 2): "The only thing about yin, or at least Stacey's yin class, is that it practically ignores the upper body. After class, you're floating from the waist down, and from the waist up, you're still tight as a fiddle."
Nearly half of the state legislators who will convene at the State Capitol on Jan. 14 for the start of the 89th General Assembly maintain Twitter accounts. By our count, that includes 53 state representatives and 19 state senators.
"This question may be due to the difference in generations. My 31-year-old friend Cheree says she learned in college that 'she' is now the standard generic pronoun to use."
It was also a good week for a mea culpa, the case for Medicaid expansion and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson. It was a bad week for Rep. Tom Cotton.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel insisted Tuesday in a field-all-questions news conference that the potential release of personal text messages in a Garland County homicide case didn't prompt his decision to admit to a past affair with Hot Springs lawyer Andi Davis.
Two separate Arkansas legislators have spoken to me in recent days about their interest in pushing public ethics legislation.
One of my resolutions for the new year is to fill this space only with serious commentary. No more frivolity here. There's been entirely too much of that for 20 years now.
Damon's 'Promised Land' avoids polemic.
Also, "The Metal Children" at the Weekend Theater.
When gun-industry vassals like Jay Dickey and Mike Ross throw in the towel, you start to think that Congress may finally be ready to try to stop the carnage in schools, churches and public spaces by passing effective controls on mass-murder weaponry.
Misguided and obstinate, proponents of school vouchers have promised that voucher legislation will be offered in the 2013 session. And with the new Republican majority, the chance of passage is good. Friends of the public schools, and believers in the separation of church and state, should be building their defenses. With bricks.
The closure of another college football season came this week, and again an SEC team (more specifically, those ever-lovable, filthy rogues from Tuscaloosa) claimed the kingdom by way of a 28-point thrashing of Notre Dame that was in no way actually that close. You will read much about the conference's string of seven straight national championships, but this heretofore-unseen dominance is truly a buzzkill like no other. Who wants to sit down on a sleepy Monday night and watch these kinds of slaughters year after year?
Dustin McDaniel seeks forgiveness at news conference.
Inmate calls are profitable for the ADC, but FCC beginning to budge.
Also J.R. Martinez at Philander Smith, Justin Bieber at Verizon, "Tchoupitoulas," Opening Day at Oaklawn, Bushy Luv at Revolution and Butcher and Public Whole Hog Roast.
The Observer posed a puzzler in our pre-Christmas column, opening the floor to any old Central High alums who might know the purpose of the round, domed objects — which we called "bells," due to their resemblance to the old fire-bells in our own rinky-dink high school — which are under nearly every seat we saw during a recent visit to the big auditorium at Central. As we figured, some among our smart readers knew the answer.
In a neighborhood that's seen an explosion of sleek, modern restaurants and opulent housing, Cafe Prego is a welcome throwback to a simpler time.
Politically speaking, we live by caricature. Particularly in the age of satellite TV news and Internet fulmination, the temptation is to melodrama. So I wasn't terribly surprised to read a recent article in the online magazine Salon arguing that "even though it's a truism of American public discourse that the Civil War never ended, it's also literally true."
Asa Hutchinson's announcement that he'll run for governor again next year inevitably brought Harold Stassen to mind. Like Hutchinson, Stassen was a frequently unsuccessful political candidate, running for president nine times.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is sorry for his extramarital affair and hopeful voters will forgive him as he runs for governor in 2014.
The Daily Show rips the likes of Tom Cotton for voting against hurricane relief.
City Manager Bruce Moore reported to the Little Rock Board of Directors tonight on the city's response to the Christmas snow storm.
A communication this morning from Paul Spencer, the teacher volunteering as leader of the Regnat Populus movement to improve the state ethics law by curbing corporate contributions and ending freebies for pblic officials from lobbyists.
Odds ad ends. * BEWARE SCHOOL REFORMERS: The Walton billionaires, having announced they are prepared to spend MORE than the billion or so they've already devoted to cramming their school agenda down the throats of American legislatures, are busy in Arkansas with front groups aplenty to push a coming roster of education bills.
Thanks to Norma for a link to a report on Walmart's refusal of an invitation to join Vice President Joe Biden's meeting on gun violence.
David Olney and Sergio Webb play White Water Tavern Wednesday.
Too bad John Brummett wrote his Wednesday Democrat-Gazette column behind the pay wall, where it will be read by only a few thousand on-line subscribers and the print subscribers who occasionally read further on-line.
Bryant is home to Strawn's Donuts, one of the rare individually owned donut shops in central Arkansas. Stop by for their fritters and cinnamon rolls.
News release reports that David Stewart retired Dec. 31 as executive director of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission after five years on the job.
J.R. Martinez speaks Thursday evening at Philander Smith College.
Justin Bieber plays at Verizon Arena Thursday.
Boy, howdy, is the 4th District's new U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who rents in Arkansas but dwells primarily in the Club for Growth clubhouse in Washington, making a name for himself.
A: Bad enough that Oklahoma Republican legislators are visiting Arkansas to get ideas.
How's that for service? (I'm sure the office would say it is only coincidental.)
Good news for the shale gas industry in a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey: A study that examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area of Arkansas found no groundwater contamination associated with gas production, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Masters of Motown play at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart Thursday.
State Rep. Darrin Williams, the Little Rock Democrat who was in line to be House speaker until the Republican majority came along, has been chosen to be the new CEO of Southern Bancorp., which focuses its activities on communities in need of development.
The line is open. Closing out: * DEATH PANEL MYTH WON'T DIE: Great article.
Charles Dilks, the consultant to the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board, has sent the board further evaluation of three locations the board is considering for construction of the park.
Bound by one of those stupid embargoes some national groups still persist in using that favor dead-tree publications, I couldn't release until this morning Education Week's annual ranking that again puts Arkansas No. 5 among the stats on a group of education measures.
Fantastic tortas await at Mercado San Jose. Cow's head tacos are also top-notch. Don't leave without grabbing some lovely sweets from the panaderia.
Walmart and Gov. Mike Beebe have an announcement coming today on the state's effort to move Medicaid and other insurance to move away from fee-for-service reimbursement for health care.
Some morning moments: * WHY DIDN'T SKIP RUTHERFORD THINK OF THIS? An item in D magazine reports that the director the George W. Bush Presidential Library being built in Dallas is using free chicken pot pie ($4.99 typically) from the Highland Park Cafeteria to lure people to a program on the coming facility.
The Jonesboro Sun, behind a solid pay wall sorry to say, reports that the East Poinsett School District in Lepanto has finally acknowledged, grudgingly, the concept of separation of church and state.
Opening day at Oaklawn Park is Friday.
The See plays White Water Tavern Friday.
Dang. Beaten to the punch again by Roby Brock.
River Market Cajun eatery will close this weekend.
Wakarusa released the second installment of its 2013 lineup today.
Work by current and former instructors in a show celebrating Arts Center's 50th anniversary.
Keller Williams comes to Revolution Friday.
A Washington Monthly reporter joins the ranks of people marveling at the extremist rhetoric that flows from the mouth of Tom Cotton, the Beltway consultant who rented a place in Arkansas to be elected with Club for Growth money to 4th District Congress.
Deputy Director of Operations Laine Harber says Arts Center has $600,000 in the bank.
A book purported to be the 1862 Jefferson County tax ledger, which the person seeking to sell it says includes “many names and their assests [sic] including slaves,” is for sale on Little Rock’s Craigslist for $100,000.
Noice! A new video from The Big Cats, directed by Bryan Stafford.
Arkansas gets disaster relief. Tom Cotton doesn't join the news release.
Live at Laman hosts standout singer Nicky Parrish and Kemistri, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free.
Closing out with Blanche Lincoln, death of a Little Rock Zoo lion, closure of an Arkansas Times used car advertising publication and more.
On the agenda at today’s Little Rock School Board meeting is the imminent transfer of McClellan Magnet High School's interim principal, Clausey Myton, to Hamilton Learning Academy.
Dang * BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A KILOWATT: my power went out about 11 last night and still out.
Friends and family will celebrate the life of Jeff "Bushy" Hudnall Saturday at Revolution.
Food Feedback Friday brings you the latest and greatest discussions in all things food. Sound off and let us know what you are eating and what's going on in Arkansas.
Saturday night, White Water Tavern screens a documentary about the Valley of the Vapors music festival.
Justin Bieber performed at Verizon Arena Thursday.
I get lots of opportunities to make cracks about right-wing Republican legislator Nate Bell of Mena.
Of course there's an Arkansas angle to the developing story of the lasting brain damage done in football thanks to inadequate equipment, poor technique and, even with all precautions, the happenstance of punishing blows attendant to high-speed collisions of powerful athletes.
Rumors started floating in yesterday in the comment thread of our post on the imminent closure of Redbone's Downtown, but we can now confirm: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, a restaurant GQ once called one of the top five in the country, is opening an outlet in Little Rock.
Surely you've heard all about the upcoming Root Cafe/Arkansas Times Beard-Growing Contest.
Arkansas Business reports that the University of Arkansas, for now, will not take a percentage from its charitable donations to pay for its fund-raising and marketing operations.
Those are just some of the artists who'll have work at venues participating in tonight's 2nd Friday Art Night after-hours art event.
Here's a new song (and a new logo) from Little Rock's War Chief.
Work by followers of spiritual leader.
We’ve written a number of times about the ugly situation that would occur if Medicaid expansion doesn’t happen: folks that make between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level will be getting government subsidies to buy health insurance, but folks below 100 percent of FPL that don’t qualify for Arkansas’s stingy Medicaid program will be left out in the cold.
The Little Rock Horror Picture Show announced its opening film today.
Incoming House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service today.
Four men initially charged with second degree battery in an Arkansas Tech hazing case that we reported on in September have pled guilty to a lesser charge of violation of hazing and were sentenced to 90 days probation.
You're on and I'm off. Closing out: * ALABAMA MAY BE NO. 1 BUT THEY'RE STILL LIARS: Sam Eifling has a post up on Deadspin about how Alabama inflates its national title count.
Well, today was supposed to be the day for the announcement of the 2013 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, but because of some unforeseen circumstances regarding scheduling, we're going to have to push that back to Monday.
Dustin McDaniel's big apology, ethics reform, the coming legislative session, Tom Cotton WLFITU and the latest on the tech park—all covered on this week's edition of the podcast.
Head over to Cantrell Gallery tonight to see “ELEMENTAL Copper. Zinc. Clay. Wood. Bone. Stone. Oil. Watercolor.”
KATV reports that Little Rock police are on the scene of a reported shooting by a police officer at 14th and Brown about 10 a.m. today.
Happy news from Tennessee, via Talking Points Memo, a state that doesn't offer much good political news: The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would "start killing people" should President Obama take executive action on gun control.
If it's good enough for teachers, why not for doctors? Arkansas is moving toward a different scheme of reimbursing health care providers related to a continuum of care and positive results rather than a strict fee-for-service model.
I don't think I have anything to add. At this time.
Brisk breezes and not much to report, except: * ABOUT LAST NIGHT: An auto complete function (I think) explained a strange headline on last night's open line, which I've now corrected to remove the mystifying words that prompted several comments from readers.
* NO JEWS, ATHEISTS, UNITARIANS, BUDDHISTS, HINDU, MUSLIMS, ETC. NEED APPLY: Robert Johnston, the former state legislator whose civic endeavors include work with homeless people, continues to keep me informed on the glacial progress (six years in the mill) of the city of Little Rock in opening a day center for homeless out on Confederate Boulevard in a shelter in such rough shape the Union Rescue Mission abandoned it for a new facility across the street.
The New York Times reports today on the Obama administration's work toward comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, immigration legislation.
Sherwood recently signed a new 20-year agreement with the North Little Rock Electric Department to continue to buy power wholesale from NLR.
The line is open.
A slow morning except ... * ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE CONVENES: AP has compiled a useful pre-session legislative guide, with a link to some of the top issues on the agenda.
You're required to scream hysterically while paging throw the slideshow (on the jump).
B-side doesn't quite live up to the hype.
President Obama talked tough this morning. The debt ceiling must be raised.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports on-line that former UCA President Allen Meadors has pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of an FOI violation and received a $250 fine in a case that began as a record tampering misdemeanor charge.
All politics don't happen under the Capitol dome, though outside events sometimes affect matters within.
Change in menu, looks, prices coming Feb. 6.
Imagine standing a baby carrot up next to the 25-story Stephens building. That gives you a picture of the impact on the national debt that federal spending in Arkansas on Medicaid expansion would have.
Anybody who's rented a dwelling Arkansas has reason to know the law is badly slanted in favor of landlords.
Legislative news begins to simmer .... Republican Rep. Duncan Baird will chair Joint Budget ...
A group formed to oppose Sherwood's approval of a new wholesale power supply contract with North Little Rock reports that it has gathered enough signatures to refer the ordinance to a vote.
"Fire Engine Red," one of the short films created in two days for the Little Rock leg of the 2012 48-Hour Film Project, is currently running second in an international film competition, and needs your votes.
Public Policy Polling, known as a Democratic organization but generally pretty reliable, has released a poll on a potential race for governor in 2014 between Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Dustin McDaniel, the only announced candidates so far.
The Little Rock police say Detective Todd Hurd, a member of the force since 1992, fired the two shots that killed a burglary suspect, Michael Daniel, 25, Friday morning.
Here are the semifinalists for the 2013 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
The line is open. Finishing up: * LEGAL SYSTEM DOWN THE TOILET: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the constitutional rights of a Faulkner County jail inmate were not violated by the jail policy of giving inmates one roll of toilet paper per week.
I see the Democrat-Gazette weighed in today at last on an issue long simmering here — the city of Little Rock's decision to funnel additional money to the Union Rescue Mission to operate the six-years-in-the-making homeless center on Confederate Boulevard.
New York Tines reports that Walmart will announce today a plan to hire every veteran who wants a job.
The New York Times reports here on some of the executive actions President Obama could take — more research on guns and health by the CDC, for example — as a response to national concern about gun violence following the Connecticut school slaughter.
Gov. Mike Beebe addresses the House and Senate at 10 a.m. this morning. We can all get along, he'll likely say.
The Capitol is thronged with back-slapping Arkansas Republicans celebrating their ascension to the legislative majority.
Diners anxious to get a sample of the culinary offerings from various parts of the globe will find a thrilling opportunity awaits them at Forty Two during their "Around the World Thursdays." This year's dinners include a myriad of diverse international cuisine, showcasing the regional fare of areas such as Limerick, Ireland; Sapporo, Japan; Lillehammer, Norway; and Budapest, Hungary.
Michael Schwartz, currently associate dean of the Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kan., will became dean of the UALR Bowen School of Law July 1.
Yes, that would appear to be snow. Federal building has closed on account of weather, KTHV says.
Small town Arkansas loves their local joints, and one we're eager to get to is The Tamale Factory in the tiny hamlet of Gregory, a few miles east of Searcy.
I mentioned earlier that even Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer had decided the economic argument in favor of accepting Medicaid expansion was too powerful to ignore.
One interesting note from Gov. Mike Beebe in his state of the state today: Beebe said that the state Medicaid program was showing its slowest growth in 25 years, which meant that the Medicaid shortfall was likely to be less than originally thought.
The Arkansas affiliate has announced its opposition to a proposed $300,000 contract between the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock and the Union Rescue Mission to operate the city's day center for the homeless, soon to open in a building acquired from Union Rescue on Confederate Boulevard.
From the collection of Darrell Walker.
The Tuesday night line commences. Finishing up: * NO WAY TO SLICE IT/BAD NUMBERS FOR DUSTIN: Public Policy Polling released today the cross-tabs on its 600-person sample of an Asa Hutchinson/Dustin McDaniel gubernatorial matchup.
Keller Williams played at Revolution Jan. 11.
Tis an ill wind that will blow Arkansas storm victims no good when their day inevitably arrives for extra government help in the face of disaster.