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February 8, 2007

Vol 5 • No 4

ERA fails

The ERA failed to clear committee today on a 10-10 tie. Some expected votes went wobbly, as we feared, in the face of an all-out attack by Phyllis Schlafly and others on the Religious Right who don't want women to be treated equally.

DeLay endorses Huckabee

According to one of our readers, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, appearing on CNN's "Situation Room," just endorsed Mike Huckabee for president.

Your tax dollars at work

More bilge -- a mountain of it -- from the $160,000-a-year Walton shill in the Walton school of "education reform" and teacher bashing at Walton University in Fayetteville.

This Modern World

‘Venus’ shines

As seen in the new film “Venus,” starring the great Peter O’Toole, the masters still have things to teach us about acting, even when they’re at an age when the Julias, Toms, Brads and Angelinas will have probably long since hung up their cleats.

The week that was Jan. 31-Feb. 6

It was a good week for … TAX CUTS. House Speaker Benny Petrus and Gov. Mike Beebe struck a deal on taxes. Beebe will get his food tax cut. Petrus will get a bigger tax break for manufacturers. And working poor will also get a broader income tax exem

Love from ASO, Rep with ‘My Fair Lady’

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre combine forces to present “My Fair Lady” at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Wasabi heats up downtown

What with the phonebook-sized menus at some Asian restaurants we could name, one of the best things about Wasabi might be their restraint when it comes to possibilities on their lunch and dinner menus.

A fantasy for the rest of us

It’s 3 a.m. in Lower (make that Outer) Hillcrest: do you know where your honey is? Mine is hunched over a small black notebook, scribbling feverishly, like maybe he’s transcribing information coming into an antenna embedded in his brain. I peek over

Where is Rep. Snyder?

John Brummett’s Jan. 18 column in the Arkansas Times cites U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder as indicating that Congress “bears the delicate obligation…to pay for whatever the commander in chief demands of the troops while opposing him where feasible…” in the continua

Smart Talk

This week: Library book sales; Webb Hubbell reaches out to pot smokers; the earned income tax credit.

Editorial cartoon

Homecoming

The bad weather cut down on church attendance last week, so two of our Sunday school classes conjoined — the Woo Pig Sooey class, who call themselves Woops, and the There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood Drawn From Immanuel’s Veins class, usually shorted t

The Observer

We read in the newspaper that Jacksonville is trying to find ways to bring tourists to town.

Orval

Onto the Chase

Arkansas’s own Chase Pagan, acoustic folk singer/songwriter on the rise to national prominence, is holding his CD Release Show at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Feb. 9.

Opposites attract

The formal coalitions in the Arkansas Senate — the “Brotherhood” versus the “Otherhood” — are well-documented. More interesting, however, are some accidental alliances in the state House of Representatives that cut across partisan and ideological div

Where is Rep. Snyder?

John Brummett’s Jan. 18 column in the Arkansas Times cites U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder as indicating that Congress “bears the delicate obligation…to pay for whatever the commander in chief demands of the troops while opposing him where feasible…” in the continua

'Iwo Jima': another view

David Koon’s review of director Clint Eastwood’s film, “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Jan. 22), was nearly as misleading as it was gushy.

New quarters

When Gov. Mike and Ginger Beebe took occupancy of the Governor’s Mansion in January, it meant a change of Little Rock residence for the Searcy couple. To avoid the commute to the home they retain in Searcy during his previous years in public life, Be

TV highlights, Feb. 8

Taxi Driver, Masterpiece Theater: Dracula, American Experience: New Orleans

What's cooking-Capsule review, Feb. 8

Super Suppers franchise to open in Lakehill shopping center; update on Rick and D's Fisher's Cafe.

Words

An article of faith gets a shaking.

Luncheon at the Junction

It may sound mom and pop, but Apple Spice Junction is a modern box lunch catering place specializing in sandwiches, soups and salads and that has a sit-down luncheon trade in its storefront on 2000 University Ave.,

Talent rises to the top

If Oaklawn Park-style handicappers were giving odds on the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, Chris Henry’s band Cooper’s Orbit would likely have opened as the favorite in the Morning Line.

History over the fence

“Fences” is not simply a sad play; there’s nothing maudlin about it. It’s an incredible history lesson, a close reading of familial relationships, an almost painfully thorough examination of failure, and a good and great dose of hope.

Scratch Besser from picture

Sandy Besser, the art collector who signed on to help Art Across Arkansas get donations of art, is signed off.

All you need is love

Valentine’s Day, romance, true love, yadda yadda. It was just too cold last week to get into the proper frame of mind, so you’re on your own with the mood-setting. But a few ideas if you’re still hunting for just the right something to wrap up in red:

Grown-up Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls, big in 1990s alt-rock, are back with “Let Love In,” which features the popular song “Better Days,” an anthem for the post-Katrina rebuilding of the Gulf Coast.

Willett explains his resignation

Democratic Party Chairman Jason Willett says his decision to resign in April was influenced by the accelerated pace of the presidential nominating process, although he likely would have stepped down in June anyway.

Just desserts

The first thing I ever stole was chocolate. I was 2 or 3, my brother a couple of years older, and he didn’t yet know me well enough to know he needed to keep his eyes on his Easter basket when I was around. By the time they found me, all that was le

Dessert recipes

Here are recipes for three favorite desserts that you can try at home.

Arkansas chow goes global

We sample some world cuisine, hopping from Brazil to Germany with stops in between.

Brotherly love of good food

Brothers Eric and Brian Isaac went where no fine-dining restaurateurs had dared go: to Main Street Argenta, otherwise known as downtown North Little Rock. Oddsmakers might have given them little chance on that side of the river four years ago.

Down home and sweet in Prescott

Maxine Milner makes a mean chocolate turtle. Her turtles look like real turtles, too — she uses a turtle mold — atop logs of caramel and pecans. Maxine Milner also makes fried fresh corn, corn she’s cut from the cob, creamed and fried. She candies y

The cheese dip stays the same

In a state that loves its cheese dip, nobody has been making it longer than Mexico Chiquito.

The supreme court

While there’s something to be said for a slice of plain-as-paint pepperoni, or even a wedge of good old cheese pizza, our champagne taste means that we’ve always been a fan of going straight to the top of the list. “Supreme” is one of those big, sca

There he goes again

Mike Huckabee tells Stephens Media he'll be defending his record on tax increases in a campaign swing in New Hampshire.

Points for Petrus

Brummett respins the Beebe-House tax compromise, generally hailed so far as a triumph for Gov. Mike Beebe.

Amending the state Constitution

State Rep. Steve Harrelson provides a useful list on his blog of all of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution filed by legislators before midnight last night, which was the deadline to submit them.

Amending the state Constitution

State Rep. Steve Harrelson provides a useful list on his blog of all of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution filed by legislators before midnight last night, which was the deadline to submit them.

Blog report

Brummett's love affair with Speaker Petrus continues. He believes Sen. Robert Thompson's bill to require a one-year waiting period before a legislator may become a lobbyist (present legislative company excepted) was directed by Petrus to Rules Committee to insure passage.

Tim's Law -- UPDATED

A Senate committee today approved a proposal to repeal the Patriot Act provision that allows the attorney general to install interim U.S. attorneys for unlimited periods.

Tim's Law -- UPDATED

A Senate committee today approved a proposal to repeal the Patriot Act provision that allows the attorney general to install interim U.S. attorneys for unlimited periods.

Hunting hogs

I was cheered today by a call from former state Rep. Mike Wilson of Jacksonville.

Jennifer Hudson

sits down with The Guardian. 

David Mamet on the movies

"I got no ax to grind."David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and well-compensated Hollywood screenwriter and screenplay fixer, not to mention sometime director and TV honcho, was unpretentiously ensconced in his office, a small, airy apartment located in a pleasant cinderblock complex in Santa Monica.

Cillian Murphy

sits down with Premiere Magazine. 

Overrated

Premiere Magazine has their 20 Most Overrated Films of All Time."Forrest Gump."  "Chicago."  Absolutely.  I'd throw "Dances with Wolves," "Braveheart," and all of the "Lord of the Rings" movies into that mix as well.

Vanity Fair

Annie Liebovitz on shooting Hollywood Noir

In the Vanity Fair issue. 

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

Featured Program: Academy Award Semifinalist for Best Documentary: Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

Nothing going on tonight?

Turner Classic Movies has a great line-up tonight.  All times CST.5:00  - The Philadelphia Story7:00 - The Goodbye Girl9:00 - Tender Mercies10:45 - Lillies of the Field12:30am - Network3:00am - Charly (for those of you that want to get fired up about Peter O'Toole not winning an Oscar.  He lost to Cliff Robertson in 1968.

Sports: JR and Henry on Arkansas Recruiting

Recruiting:  Trend Continues It’s a funny thing about athletes.  Normally, you can tell within a few months of a player’s arrival on campus whether he’s going to contribute.  Whether that player is going to be a star.  Obviously, athletes get better with coaching, and good coaches refine a player’s strengths and minimize his weaknesses.  But generally, you either got it or you don’t.  The same can be said for coaches.  And this time of year, the aspect of coaching that’s under the microscope is the ability to recruit.  So now that the 2007 recruiting season is in the books, the best way to sum up this year’s recruiting class is by saying simply that it’s the same as it ever was.  Maybe a little down, but generally in the same range as Houston Nutt has had the Hogs floundering in for the last 6 years, at least according to national recruiting service Rivals.com.  Take a look at where Arkansas ranked nationally in the Rivals’ recruiting rankings over that period: 2002:  26  2003:  29 2004:  22 2005:  24 2006:  26 2007:  30 Despite an SEC West Championship and a 10 win season, Nutt somehow manages to sign (what is nationally regarded as at least) his weakest class in the last six, but generally, on the same level as the others.

Huckabee in wrong race

The Red State blog analyzes why Mike Huckabee should not be running for president, but pointing to a race against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in 2008. Many of the things this conservative blog finds lacking in Huckabee are among his most endearing qualities.

Anna Nicole Smith dead?

That's what CNN says.

Shylocks lose

The House made quick work of the bill to criminalize usurious payday lending. 90 members voted for it.

Shylocks lose

The House made quick work of the bill to criminalize usurious payday lending. 90 members voted for it.

Who needs newspapers?

No need to wait for a paper when Rep. Steve Harrelson is live blogging from the House floor, as on the debate and 68-27 vote by which the House rolled back increased physical activity requirements for our out-of-shape school kids.

Changing LR government

After five years of inaction, the Little Rock Board of Directors has begun talk about making some changes in city governance.

Changing LR government

After five years of inaction, the Little Rock Board of Directors has begun talk about making some changes in city governance.

Round 3 of the Showcase tonight at Sticky's

The lineup: Jeff Coleman and the Feeders Latture Rigby Fawkes Sideshow. Just seeing one of these bands would be worth the $5 cover.

Oh, why not?

An open line. When the high is 35 or so, I can see where the northerners get tired of winter.

Oh, why not?

An open line. When the high is 35 or so, I can see where the northerners get tired of winter.

The upper chamber

There once was a day when the Senate was a circuit breaker. No more.

Saturday ‘Night Moves’

Bob Seger's first tour in a decade will bring him to Alltel Arena Saturday, Feb. 10, with his Silver Bullet Band.

All ahead, slow

The committee looking into questionable spending by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau is going forward with its investigation, in spite of commissioners’ concerns about discussing the job performance of city employees in an open forum.

The best restaurants in Arkansas

Read on for our readers' picks of the best restaurants in Arkansas. With the winners are features on good food all over Arkansas, from pizza to dessert with a taste of ethnic food and history thrown in.

Journal touts student health program

A program teaming the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and schools across the state was recently featured in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as an effective method for reaching thousands of teachers and

Small stakes bingo

Legislation to implement the charity bingo amendment now apparently will actually implement charity bingo run by volunteers, not the big-time bingo that was the driving force behind much of the interest.

U.S. attorney doomed

Here's Stephens coverage of Sen. Harry Reid's news conference on the Bush administration's smelly use of interim appointments to replace a group of U.S. attorneys.

U.S. attorney doomed

Here's Stephens coverage of Sen. Harry Reid's news conference on the Bush administration's smelly use of interim appointments to replace a group of U.S. attorneys.

Hogology -- UPDATE

I have to agree with The Buzz's Tommy Smith. When Wally Hall throws down on the head football coach like he did this morning, it's a watershed event in the Arkansas version of Kremlin watching.

Hogology -- UPDATE

I have to agree with The Buzz's Tommy Smith. When Wally Hall throws down on the head football coach like he did this morning, it's a watershed event in the Arkansas version of Kremlin watching.

Nice, really nice

Way to step up this week Breckenridge, Rave and Riverdale.  Seriously?  You're bringing "Norbit" and "Hannibal Rising" and you think you're doing anyone a service?  Those movies suck (and the former sucks so bad it may torpedo Eddie Murphy's Oscar hopes).Kudos to Matt Smith of Market Street Cinema.  His line-up this weekend is simply outstanding.  There's not a bad movie on the bill and several that are up for multiple Oscar nominations.  He should have good crowds all weekend.Once again, here's the list of films released but still not in Little Rock: "Little Children," "The Lives of Others," "The History Boys," "Miss Potter," "My Country, My Country," "Deliver Us from Evil," "The Good German," "Inland Empire," "Sweet Land," "Old Joy."I see you're putting your box office receipts to good use.  Pitiful effort.

P. Martin on Eddie Murphy

He reaps high praise for his performance in "Dreamgirls."  I'll agree, Murphy was fantastic.  But look at his last 10 and tell me what the hell this guy was thinking?"Norbit," "Dreamgirls," "Shrek 2," "The Haunted Mansion," "Daddy Day Care," "I Spy," "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," "Showtime," "Dr. Doolittle 2," "Shrek."3/10 (and two of them voice performances in "Shrek," and "Shrek 2").   Check out this piece in the Los Angeles Times about how the release of "Norbit" may sink his Oscar hopes.  I called this some time ago.  This will be the second biggest drama of Oscar night.  The first is whether Peter O'Toole will snag the Best Actor Oscar over Forest Whitaker who may have torpedoed his own chances with two horrendous acceptance speeches at the GG and SAG awards.

'The Lives of Others'

Another smart review from A.O. Scott of the New York Times on this nominee for Best Foreign Film.No, it's not in Little Rock.  Alright, so it's only in 9 theatres across the country.  I'll back off this one.

Methodist melee

We've posted before about the split on the SMU faculty over the possibility that the Dallas campus will host the George W. Bush presidential library.

Beebe appoints

David Fletcher of Monette, an Air Force veteran, is Gov. Mike Beebe's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Beebe appoints

David Fletcher of Monette, an Air Force veteran, is Gov. Mike Beebe's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Who could be Alltel Arena's next concert announcement?

Let's see: We've  got Seger coming up Saturday night at Alltel Arena, country stars Dierks Bentley with Miranda Lambert on  March 10, Amy Lee and Evanescence with Chevelle and Finger Eleven on March 25, and Rod Stewart set for April 27.

Lake View lingers on

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will have reporters in today to discuss the joint filing by parties in the Lake View school finance case.

Showcase Round 3: Jeff Coleman and the Feeders win

Check out the song "Pterodactyl" on Jeff Coleman and the Feeders' MySpace page. That was the culmination of a solid set of rocking, beerhall-style original music that last night propelled JCATF onto the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase final.

Nutt and Wally go at it, and 'The Buzz' has it

Go here for the Houston Nutt call-in to The Show With No Name this morning, in which Nutt took exception to several points in Wally Hall's Democrat-Gazette sports column and where host Tommy Smith basically had to step in between the two (Hall is a co-host with Smith and David Bazzel) before it got too out of hand.

More on the Eddie Murphy mess

that is "Norbit."  Kim Masters, writing for Slate.com, thinks it's probably irrelevant.  Maybe so, but Murphy's not helping himself.Murphy hasn't run much of an Oscar campaign.

Cantrell closed

Rosso alerted us early to the both-way blockage of Cantrell Road at the railroad overpass just east of Dillard's HQ.

Look for Bruce James and Bazzel tonight on Channel 7

Bruce James, the former University of Arkansas football All-American and weekly prognosticator in the Arkansas Times during football season, and his KATV "Sportsweek" sidekick David Bazzel, former Hog from the 1980s, have both been interviewed about the lastest Houston Nutt saga,  his call-in to KABZ, 103.7 The Buzz this morning in which he took on Wally Hall for Hall's morning sports column criticizing the coach.

The revolving door

I count this as good news. Rep. Robbie Wills says he will make an effort in the House to strip an amendment from his Sen. Robert Thompson's bill requiring a one-year waiting period before legislators may become lobbyists.

The revolving door

I count this as good news. Rep. Robbie Wills says he will make an effort in the House to strip an amendment from his Sen. Robert Thompson's bill requiring a one-year waiting period before legislators may become lobbyists.

Shall we?

Have a Friday night line?

Shall we?

Have a Friday night line?

On the trail

Brummett today assesses the early stages of Mike Huckabee's campaign for president. He faces some tricky issues in the Republican primary on account of his blend of conservatism and occasional big-government populism, not to mention his sometimes sharp tongue.

Gambling machines

Instant Racing, the machine gambling pioneered by Oaklawn Park, is about to be approved in Virginia, helped through a generally anti-gambling legislature on the strength of the boost it's expected to provide to road construction.

'The First Ones'

The New York Times Magazine commissioned a short film by Jake Paltrow about the first films that made an impression on some of Hollywood's finest actors.  Watch the short fim here.  Very cool. 

Slate talks to Stephen Frears

director of the Academy Award nominated film "The Queen" starring Helen Mirren. 

More on 'The Lives of Others'

on NPR. There's an interview with director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck as well as a companion piece from Howie Movshovitz.  Both are worth a listen.

Peter Morgan

the next IT screenwriter?  He penned the scripts for "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland."  He also has the hit play "Nixon/Frost" currently on the London stage.  NPR has this interview. 

Amazon, TiVo join digital download game

But their deal would allow you to download films directly to your television. 

Catching up with 'The Treatment'

the best radio program on the airwaves.  Elvis Mitchell talks to Anthony Minghella, Academy Award winning director about his latest film "Breaking and Entering" with Jude Law and Juliette Binoche.  You can listen to the show tomorrow at 10:30 on KUAR FM 89 in Little Rock.

Saturday

Just caught "Flags of Our Fathers."  It's not the film "Letters from Iwo Jima" was, but when you take the films together it is quite an achievement.  I still think it would have been far more interesting to release the films together.  Sure, it's not a sensible Oscar strategy, but they ended up having to do it anyway.  I suppose I will watch the Razorbacks at 2:00.  I still have not seen "Venus," but I'll probably save that for tomorrow.  "Running with Scissors" arrived in the mail today.  Tonight?  I'm hanging at Saints and Sinners the annual benefit for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

MSNBC anticipates 2007

5 movies the MSNBC critics most want to see. 

Cold turkey

No gifts for no reason from any person or thing. That's the only way to keep the lobby sewer flowing into public.

Privacy?

There's no such a thing if you want to work for the Bush administration. (Or live under its yoke, we might add.)

Slacking

I've been out of commission most of today and likely to remain so. I'll start an open line here.

The sports report

A regular Blog reader had the pleasure of attending an elementary school girls' basketball game today in Little Rock.

And speaking of sports

When elementary girls start brawling, when the pristine Hog track program is under investigation, when half the state is transfixed by the Broyles-Nutt-Mustain saga, it might be a good time to hear from a leading figure in the sports world who's tried to exert some restraining influence on out-of-control athletics.

Amen, Bro. Mike

Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, campaigning in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Speaking to reporters before the event, he said the Republicans deserved to lose control of Congress and that the country needs a leader who can efficiently run the government.

Old time R&R

Brian Chilson caught Bob Seger in action at Alltel Saturday night.

Who's up? Who's down?

Brummett assesses today. Among those up: Mike, Speaker Petrus and Hillary, if you can believe it.

What a Paine

I"d missed this earlier. Led by Sid Rosenbaum, the Arkansas House last week defeated a resolution honoring Thomas Paine.  Reason?

Missing link -- UPDATED

Here's the ABC transcript of George Stephanopoulos and Mike Huckabee. His logic-straining rhetoric was in evidence early:

Missing link -- UPDATED

Here's the ABC transcript of George Stephanopoulos and Mike Huckabee. His logic-straining rhetoric was in evidence early:

It's all yours

I'm bogged down with Academic All-Star sorting and the first run-through on Turbotax. Y'all have at it.

UAMS venture licenses bacterial strain

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher, working through UAMS BioVentures, has licensed the rights to a bacterial strain that may lead to a vaccine for certain antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.

Goo Goo Dolls rock Robinson

You can have a major rock show in Robinson Center Music Hall. The Goo Goo Dolls proved it Sunday night before a sizeable crowd (the bottom level was nearly full; we couldn't tell about the balcony, but it was occupied) with a powerful hour-and-45 minute set full of all their big hits and several cuts off their new "Let Love In" record.

Seeger sells out Alltel on Saturday

The reports we've gotten (we're still waiting to hear from our reviewing on the scene) was that the Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band show at Alltel Arena was outstanding, with the 61-year-old Seger performing like he was 40 (or less), hitting all the high points of his career.

Helmets and health

Mandatory motorcycle helmets and a bill to reverse the merger of Health and Human Services are on tap in the legislature today.

War mongering

The Bush administration is building the case for war against Iran. Paul Krugman says it would be a "catastrophic mistake."

Musicians Showcase video of Cooper's Orbit

Cooper's Orbit, fronted by guitarist and vocalist Chris Henry, won round 2 of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase on Feb. 1 (to be known forever in these circles as the Snow Night) at Sticky Fingerz.

Calling all pinball wizards

Confidential to a companion old fogey who inquired: Yes, The Who will be playing Alltel in March.

That next Alltel Arena announcement: The Who

Word's getting out from Signal Media stations KKPT, The Point 94.1, and its sister station KABZ 103.7 The Buzz that The Who will be coming to Alltel Arena in late March.

At least somebody likes Houston Nutt

Easter Seals of Arkansas has named University of Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt as 2007 Arkansan of the Year.

More details on The Who's show at Alltel Arena

Tickets for the Who's March 22 appearance at Alltel Arena go on sale Friday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.

Taxansas

Mike Huckabee defended his tax-cutting record on ABC yesterday with, as we noted, his now practiced misleading defense.

Who needs helmets ...

... when you have rocks in your head? Of course the mandatory motorcycle helmet bill failed in Senate committee this morning.

Who needs helmets ...

... when you have rocks in your head? Of course the mandatory motorcycle helmet bill failed in Senate committee this morning.

Sick call

Betsey Wright has forwarded me some information on HB 1444 by Rep. Fred Allen, up in committee tomorrow, that will require testing and treatment of prison inmates for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted disease before they may be released on parole.

Snyder on Colbert

That appearance by Rep. Vic Snyder on the Colbert Report has been rescheduled for Thursday evening on Comedy Central, air time 10:30 here in LR.

Vanity plates

A news release from the state might be of interest. Personalized license plates can now be ordered on line and you can do a quick search to see if a custom plate is available.

Just when you think you've heard it all

Along comes this: A bill introduced last week by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is beginning to raise eyebrows.

Premium travel

NY Times blog notes that new Senate rules might do away with an advantage senators once enjoyed -- receiving donated private jet travel but paying only the equivalent of much cheaper commercial first-class travel.

Let's you and him fight

I was wrong. Arkansas is not a tailgate party masquerading as a state. We’re a Jerry Springer episode masquerading as a state. There goes the football coach trying to pull out some of the sports editor’s several remaining hairs. Quick, somebody get

Hillary's timidity

Except for Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, the Republican frontrunners who solidly back President Bush, the candidates for president enjoy the luxury of knowing that whatever they propose to do about the war will not be proved wrong before the primari

Something for everyone -- UPDATE

Gov. Beebe had good tidings, if unspecific ones, for everybody at a speech before county judges yesterday.

The Wally and Houston show

Brummett has a good one on both the entertainment value and deeper implications of last week's episode of General Hogspittle -- sports editor Wally Hall's uncommongly critical column and UA football coach Houston Nutt's complaining call to a LR radio talk show.

Huckabee's splash

The Washington Post's blogger gave Mike Huckabee's announcement of support from old-line Republicans in South Carolina a good ride.

Karl Rove

Butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of Bush's brain, the sleazy and corrupt Karl Rove, now that Democrats control Congress and the Libby trial has laid bare the mosaic of lies the Cheney administration peddled about Valerie Plame and the war.

Postponed

Weather has postponed today's planned appearance by NCAA president Myles Brand at the Clinton School.

Sniff, sniff

Otis Kirk, who built a career out of chronicling adults' pursuit of 17-year-old males, is apparently leaving the Democrat-Gazette to devote full time to his Internet reports on the 40-yard-dash times of high schoolers who might sweat for the University of Arkansas.

Poor but friendly

Spinning off a recent Detroit newspaper article, Roby Brock's Talk Business poses a debate worth engaging.

The women of Pedro Almodovar

In the New York Review of Books.  When they publish writing about film, it's some of the best around. 

Irony. Ain't it delicious?

A chortling Beebe-ite called me early today. No wonder.

Irony. Ain't it delicious?

A chortling Beebe-ite called me early today. No wonder.

What's in your queue?

"The Departed," "Half Nelson," "Marie Antionette" and "Infamous" are all out today.I've got "Running with Scissors" and "Convicts" at the house.  "Infernal Affairs" the Hong Kong film from which "The Departed" was adapted is on the way.

Writers Guild: 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'The Departed'

"Little Miss Sunshine," the dark comedy about a dysfunctional family, and "The Departed," a visceral gangster epic, won the top feature prizes at the 59th annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday, reports the LA Times.

BAFTA winners

Apoplogies for the delay.  This is a few days old.Best Film: The Queen Best British Film: The Last King of Scotland Best Director: Paul Greengrass Best Actor: Forest Whitaker Best Actress: Helen Mirren Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson Best Adapted Screenplay: The Last King of Scotland Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine (beating The Queen!)

Chatting with Richard Eyre

director of "Notes on a Scandal" at Total Film. 

I see that

Market Street Cinema welcomes "Factory Girl" on Friday and carries over "Venus," "The Last King of Scotland," "Babel," "Volver" and "Pan's Labyrinth."Kudos, Mr. Smith.

Lee County slayings -- UPDATE

Authorities are looking for this man, Gordon Randall Gwathney, in multiple slayings today near Palestine in Lee County.

Agency head to depart

John C. Wyvill, a Huckabee appointee who heads the Department of Workforce Education, announced today that he'd be leaving state government March 15.

Where does it stop?

It had to happen. When the legislature gave one of the richest women in the world a tax break on art purchases -- in secret -- in 2005, you knew it wouldn't stop there.

Great performers

Ryan Gosling, Helen Mirren, Penelope Cruz, Ivana Baquero and more.

Washington Post 'Critical Talk'

The film critics discuss the Best Director race.

Hurler stilled

Richard, a male chimpanzee known for flinging objects at zoo visitors, has died, possibly of a heart ailment.

Meanwhile, schools

All the glorious talk of tax cuts, highway programs, legal porkfests, tax credits for farmers, tax credits for manufacturers, increased turnback for cities and counties -- is there really something for everyone?

Slow day

I've been working on the print edition and distracted from blog stuff. A couple of notes have passed over the desk that might find their way into future news stories.

Slow day

I've been working on the print edition and distracted from blog stuff. A couple of notes have passed over the desk that might find their way into future news stories.

Care to stay up late?

TCM's showing "Murder on the Orient Express," the fine Sidney Lumet film at 8:00 p.m., followed by Warren Beatty's "Reds" at 10:15.  John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor" begins at 2:30a.m.This is all part of the 31 Days of Oscar program.

Good luck, Clint

Clint Reed, the Arkansas Republican Party's executive director, is apparently departing to take a southern regional job with the Republican National Committee.

Please, have your way with us

Stephens Media followed up on the Detroit newspaper report mentioned here yesterday about Toyota looking for ever cheaper labor to boost profit margins.

Maltese Falcon stolen!

"John Konstin, the owner of San Francisco's John's Grill on Ellis Street, said someone broke into a locked cabinet on the second floor of his establishment and took a signed reproduction of the Maltese Falcon -- one used for publicity stills for the movie -- along with several vintage and signed books by and about Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett," according to SFGate.com.

Valentine's Day

The New York Daily News publishes the 100 great film romances set in New York.

Digital meetings?

A reader notes a story in the Batesville Guard yesterday that reported the Batesville Airport Commission had voted by e-mail to increase its offer on some land the airport had been seeking to buy.

The president's pastor

I should have mentioned earlier the news release received from Ouachita Baptist University about ceremonies attending the inauguration of Dr. Rex Horne as OBU's 15th president.

Trolley extension

Friday is the official opening date for the extension of the River Rail trolley to the Clinton Library and Heifer Project.

New deal for Otis

Otis Kirk, the recruiting beat writer for the Democrat-Gazette, won't be leaving the paper after all to devote full-time to his work for an Internet recruiting site.

Otis Kirk staying with D-G

Razorback recruiting writer Otis Kirk met with Democrat-Gazette executive editor Griffin Smith today, and the two worked out a deal where Kirk will continue to write his column for the D-G once a week.Kirk turned in his resignation Friday to the D-G’s Northwest Arkansas office.

Otis Kirk staying with D-G

Razorback recruiting writer Otis Kirk met with Democrat-Gazette executive editor Griffin Smith today, and the two worked out a deal where Kirk will continue to write his column for the D-G once a week.Kirk turned in his resignation Friday to the D-G’s Northwest Arkansas office.

Legislative business

Well, they've cut taxes by more than $300 million and still nobody's talking about funding education.

Legislative business

Well, they've cut taxes by more than $300 million and still nobody's talking about funding education.

Want the job as Shelley, the mascot for the Travs?

Auditions for the next "Shelley," the "Traveler" mascot for the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team, will be held Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center's Fisher Court on the UALR campus.

VIDEO: Huckabee takes questions

Go to the Arkansas Video Blog to see footage from this afternoon's press conference at Mike Huckabee's new presidential campaign headquarters in Little Rock.

Woo Pig

Phew. I can sleep tonight.
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