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February 15, 2007

Vol 5 • No 5

Today's grandstanding --- UPDATE

ABC is supposedly going to be on hand for testimony in committee today on Rep. Dan Greenberg's bill to bar the naming (link fixed) of public buildings and facilities after people living at the time of completion of the facilities.

Huckabee opens LR campaign HQ

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee invited the media to his presidential exploratory committee's new offices, located on the 12th floor of the old Union National Bank building at 124 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock.

Must have been a full moon

A correspondent alerts us to this choice item in The Courier in Russellville, written by former Times' staffer Janie Ginocchio.

Orval

Park and ride

I found myself in an unusual place around 5 p.m. on a recent weekday: On Cantrell Road, west of Mississippi Street, driving toward downtown. Normally I would be headed in the opposite direction, sitting in the slow-moving traffic and unaware of how f

Dual success

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and actors from the Arkansas Repertory Theatre put a post-modern twist on "My Fair Lady."

Editorial cartoon

From the Assmunch mailbag ...

Q. We’ve heard from just about everybody else on the matter, so ’fess up, Assmunch, you devil: You’re the real father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, aren’t you?

Injustice department

There’s a theory that the appointment of Tim Griffin as U.S. attorney at Little Rock was the result of a comic misunderstanding: A joker in the Justice Department, noting Griffin’s work digging up dirt on Democrats for Karl Rove and the Republican Nationa

Mud slinging

So ... mud wrestling. Downtown, at Gusano’s Pizzeria. Every Friday night during Gusano’s “slow” months. Hot young girls, taking off their clothes and rolling around in the mud. How did I not know about this sooner?

As the web turns …

Bravo to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on the makeover of their website, www.arkansasonline.com, which went hot on Feb. 1.

The Observer

School science fairs are, to those of us whose children aren’t headed to Cal Tech, a super pain in the neck. Some years back, when it was announced at open house that our sixth- graders would no longer be required to do a science project, The Observer’s f

Smart Talk

This week: The death of an all-star; Grammy winner has an Arkansas connection; Arkansas Methodists debate the Bush library.

Cleaner government

I have written often about the need for a law to protect legislators from themselves. We should adopt a “cup of coffee” rule for ethical conduct. Then, public officials could not accept anything more valuable than a cup of coffee from anyone, except

The week that was Feb. 7-13

It was a good week for … GROCERY SHOPPERS. The legislature completed action on a bill to knock three cents off the 6-cent tax on food.

TV highlights, Feb. 15

Cathouse; American Experience: New York Underground; Hip-Hop: Beyond the Beats

Scipio Jones

In regards to Doug Smith’s article “Blacks in the Law,” I think it is a little odd that biographies of Scipio Jones keep suggesting that he was denied entrance to the University of Arkansas Law School in the 1880s.

It’s a family affair

The classically trained 5 Browns — siblings Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody and Ryan Brown — will perform twice at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Words

The wordsmith puts his own paper under the microscope again.

Filling Sticky’s to the walls

As expected, last week’s lineup was packed with outstanding talent in every act, the kind we’ve come to expect in past finals but that’s rare in most clubs on a single night.

What's cooking-Capsule review, Feb. 15

What's cooking: Lunch buffet at Seasons in the Heights; Flemings rumors unfounded. Capsule review: Update on Igibon.

Stranger pops in

With Valentine’s Day behind us and Mardi Gras ahead on Tuesday, Feb. 20, get ready to put on the high heels and head out for one last pre-Lent run around town.

Piano love

Pianist Paul Bisaccia returns to Little Rock for a concert Friday, Feb. 16, featuring songs from his new CD release “I Love a Piano.” The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. and is free.

This Modern World

‘Hannibal’ bites

Long before author Thomas Harris published “Hannibal Rising,” I knew it was going to be a dud.

LR puts lid on open containers

The city of Little Rock has withdrawn its support of the open container bill contained in its package of legislation carried by the Arkansas Municipal League.

The slogan says it all

Central Arkansas has almost an overabundance of good, independent pizza joints, and the newest member of the ranks, Pierre’s Gourmet Pizza in North Little Rock, holds its own.

Robinson can be rocked

The Goo Goo Dolls proved you can have a major rock show in Robinson Center Music Hall, where the people stand up the whole show, moving and screaming while enjoying a hit-making band.

Executive decision

The state Senate has approved and sent to the House of Representatives a bill (SB 16) to bar former legislators from turning lobbyist for one year after they leave office. This is what’s known as “revolving door” legislation, and several states have it. B

Bottoms up, fee down

The Governor’s Mansion is wet again, and that’s not all that’s going down. The usage fee for the Grand Hall banquet facility, $1,500 per event under the Huckabee administration, will be reduced. Mansion Administrator Ron Maxwell said Gov. Mike Beebe

Window dressing

When Chris Thyer describes a bill as a blow for better ethics, you have to know it's virtually meaningless.

Window dressing

When Chris Thyer describes a bill as a blow for better ethics, you have to know it's virtually meaningless.

Good pork

Brummett notes there's a legal and defensible way for the legislature to send surplus state money to local governments for worthwhile public projects.

Take that beer inside

Our Insider column this week reports that a legislative effort to allow Bourbon Street style entertainment districts -- that is, open drinking in the River Market -- has foundered because of growing opposition from merchants and other neighbors.

General Hogspittle

As we hinted last night, the Democrat-Gazette today had more reporting on the infamous ugly e-mail sent by a Houston Nutt family friend to Hog quarterback Mitch Mustain.

Sports: J.R. and Henry on the final days of Houston Nutt

Houston Nutt: End of Days? Is the end near?  In our time here in the Natural State, we’ve witnessed only one exchange in Hogland that generated as much attention as last week’s print/radio exchange between Arkansas Democrat Gazette Sports Editor Wally Hall and Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt.  It was the now infamous “pay me my money and I’ll leave” statement former basketball coach Nolan Richardson proclaimed at a press conference at the end of a tumultuous season.

Teacher pay

Thanks to Jake for a link to a blogger who has taken up the task to systematically debunk Jay Greene's contention that teachers are overpaid.

A Hogstoric moment

Friday is the day. If not Friday, Saturday.

A Hogstoric moment

Friday is the day. If not Friday, Saturday.

Bonnaroo announce The Police as headliner

Hey, I love the Police as much as anyone, but is this a good thing?

Legislative tidbits

Denny Altes' bill to join Arkansas in a national database of people's prescription drugs was pulled down on account of opposition.

Legislative tidbits

Denny Altes' bill to join Arkansas in a national database of people's prescription drugs was pulled down on account of opposition.

Help wanted

How about this? All kinds of people would like to get the work as legal counsel for Little Rock National Airport, now that Mayor Mark Stodola's firm has given up the work to avoid even the appearance of conflict.

Off the Top of My Dome !

Well, I'm just throwing some stuff up for an update, I'm trying to get back in the swing of things after my hiatus...

Could be worse

Thanks to Rosso for a link to CNN on home prices. Lots of cities reported a quarterly slump in prices for the fourth quarter.

We're overdue

For an open line.

Broyles' departure

Grant Hall has a good follow to our exclusive earlier today. It sounds like it could happen as it should -- a fond farewell with an easy transition for a towering figure in Arkansas modern history.

Color the night BLUE

Blue Man Group, the off-Broadway comedy, music and multimedia show that grew into an international phenomenon, returns to Alltel Arena to further the education of Central Arkansans with their “How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0” on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Welcome, says Ginger Beebe

For more than a decade, a red velvet rope at the base of the staircase leading from the foyer of the Governor’s Mansion to the second floor has discouraged ascent by the public. Ginger Beebe is changing that. The new lady of the house is embracing he

Seger wins out

The crowd absolutely adored Bob Seger; only last year's Rolling Stones concert could rival the response the "We've Got Tonight" singer got at Alltel.

New ideas for scholarships

Though it recently announced a big new step in the awarding of academic scholarships, Henderson State University at Arkadelphia isn’t through pondering the scholarship process, HSU President Charles Dunn says. He suggests that other institutions might wan

Welcome the Dean Agus Band in the Showcase final

Dean Agus, who fronted Crash Meadows a few years back when it played around the region and performed in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, had been out of pocket for a while.

Paris Hilton law

Freshman legislator Donna Hutchinson brings a weighty agenda to the table -- people using cell phones to snap photos under women's skirts.

Bible study

A push is on to teach the Bible in Arkansas high schools, with a proposal in Gentry the latest on the table.

Griffin's godfather

Or make it the godmother. NY Times reports that it was Harriet Miers, Bush's Texas pal and dumped Supreme Court nominee, who intervened to get Bud Cummins dumped as U.S. attorney in Little Rock so that a Karl Rove political hatchet man, Tim Griffin, could get the job as a setup for an Arkansas political career.

If you can't say something nice ... UPDATE

There was a very interesting passage in the Democrat-Gazette's coverage of the ceremony at which Gov. Mike Beebe signed the food tax reduction What do you think?

The last refuge

Yes, if you criticize Rogers Mayor Steve Womack's fixation on immigrants, you are unpatriotic. He sounds a little tetched in the head, to tell the truth.

Think It Couldn't Happen To You?

Think again!  After the news last night, we went and checked our pantry, and THERE IT WAS.  One of the dreaded salmonella-tainted jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter.  The tell-tale "2111" lot number stamped right on top, bold as brass.  Thankfully still sealed, unopened.Sadly, it was the most exciting thing that happened to us all day long.Our deadly jar of PB was purchased in Cabot about a week ago.  Check your peanut butter, peoples.  Back to buying the spackle-flavored "natural" stuff and doctoring it up in my mixer, then storing it in the 'fridge for me.  *sigh*

Moving on up

A Forbes ranking moves LR from 23rd to 17th among 100 cities as a place to get a job.

The Colbert Report

Here's a clip of U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder's appearance last night.

Frankie's out...

 Frank Broyles to Retire (Forcibly!) Oh, dear baby Jesus, sweet 8lb 6oz.

The Broyles deal

It's done. The athletic director's retirement will be announced tomorrow morning.

The Broyles deal

It's done. The athletic director's retirement will be announced tomorrow morning.

They're planning a party in Fayetteville

This is circulating out of the Fayetteville business community today: Good Morning! The UA Board of Trustees invites you to come out and show your support for Coach Broyles as he announces his retirement.   This announcement will be made tomorrow Saturday, February 17th at 9:30 a.m. at the UA Student Union.   Have a great weekend!Michelle Michelle DeversExecutive Assistant/Event CoordinatorFayetteville Chamber of Commerce123 West MountainP.O. Box 4216Fayetteville, AR  72701479.521.1710479.521.1791mdevers@fayettevillear.comwww.fayettevillear.com

Slate 60 returns to LR

The Slate 60 philanthropy conference, which was held at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock last November and included celebrity donors like Ted Turner and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will return to the same venue on Oct. 21 and 22.

Legislative notes -- UPDATE II

ETHICS: Rep. Will Bond added a good amendment today to the bill to require a one-year wait before a legislator could become a lobbyist.

The surge

The House voted 246-182 today in favor of a resolution opposing Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Wow, some good, fair comments from Nolan on the UA mess

KNWA in Fayetteville caught up with Nolan Richardson yesterday. We just caught these comments by the former Razorback basketball coach on his feelings about what's happening in Fayetteville now just a few minutes ago from their late Thursday news.

Thrills on the Hill

Scott Faldon in Fort Smith at the Southwest Times-Record is reporting  on Hogville that Houston Nutt got a contract extension and a raise today for his 10-4 season.

Thrills on the Hill

Scott Faldon in Fort Smith at the Southwest Times-Record is reporting  on Hogville that Houston Nutt got a contract extension and a raise today for his 10-4 season.

To do Saturday: Celebrate Celtic style

It always gets us that this annual Celtic Fair in Southwest Little Rock is actually a month before St. Patrick's Day (or at least seems that way, as we remember it happening the third weekend in February last year), but what a great way to get into the gaelic green spirit.

Dismissed

The state Ethics Commission has dismissed Jim Parsons' complaint about former Gov. Mike Huckabee's destruction of computer hard drives.

Dismissed

The state Ethics Commission has dismissed Jim Parsons' complaint about former Gov. Mike Huckabee's destruction of computer hard drives.

Shall we?

Have an open line?

Cleaner government

Hey, legislators. Check out Brummett.

Unfit for Justice

Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove political torch who the White House put into the U.S. attorney's seat in Little Rock without the constitutional confirmation procedure (and abused Bud Cummins in the doing), is richly illustrating why he's unfit for a job where we look for tempered judgment and fairness.

Frank of the Ozarks retires

Given a couple of days, the D-G didn't advance the ball many yards today on the Broyles story.

Frank of the Ozarks retires

Given a couple of days, the D-G didn't advance the ball many yards today on the Broyles story.

Sounds about right

A new Pew survey updates the one where respondents are asked to supply one word that best describes George W. Bush.

Best Foreign Film

Caryn James of the New York Times discusses the fine nominees for Best Foreign Film.

Screenwriters roundtable

Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Peter Morgan ("The Queen") and Iris Yamashita ("Letters from Iwo Jima") discuss their craft and all the attention that comes with being an Oscar nominee. 

The D.C. office

 Gov. Mike Beebe is showing no pressing desire to restaff the Washington, D.C. office headed under Mike Huckabee by a top political aide, Jason Brady.

Coffee with David Lynch

the director of "Mulholland Dr." among many other films including the recently released "Inland Empire." 

Catching up with Alan Arkin

the Oscar nominated actor who appears in this year's "Little Miss Sunshine." 

Chris Cooper

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Cate Blanchett

In an intriguing move, Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton are taking over as the co-creative directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.  They will begin a three year committment in 2008 after a year spent shadowing the current creative director.  The New Yorker has a profile of Blanchett in the February 12th issue, which is still available.  Unfortunately, they did not make the story available online.

Saturday

"Infamous" arrived yesterday and I think I'll take a look at here in a few minutes.  I'm off to see "Venus" this afternoon and "Factory Girl" tomorrow.   "Breach" received relatively positive reviews, which may mean I won't wait until it's released on DVD to see it.

Bravo, Mr. Martin

From his Friday column about old movie theatres and watching movies . . .But it’s important to remember that the movies were once something powerful, something that demanded these temples, not just in Los Angeles but in every town of any size in the country.

Card him

Have you been a collector of the Bill Clinton trading cards, a hit promotion by Hot Springs' own P.T. Barnum,  Steve Arrison of  the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau?

Open line

It was one of those days. Great joy in reading with judges the applications of brainy kids to be selected for our Academic All-Star Team.

The Hog opera

Stephens Media is go-to site for Hogoholics today. The big spread is a four-part transcription of a lengthy Q&A with Houston Dale Nutt (done pre-Frank news.)

Speaking up

The so-called Justice Department's massacre of U.S. attorneys, including the competent loyal Republican Bud Cummins, continues to have repercussions.

The good Sheffield

My favorite item in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today? A guest column by Sheffield Nelson, the former head of Arkla Gas and former Republican gubernatorial candidate, who writes persuasively that Gov. Mike Beebe should get to work on raising Arkansas's scandalously low severance tax on natural gas.

Quotable

From Clay Henry's coverage of Frank Broyles' retirement announcement yesterday: UA head coaches were taken to a private meeting room after Broyles concluded and made available to the media.

The Sunday reader

If Toyota is indeed favoring Arkansas for a new assembly plant, we'll want to get to know the company better.

He said it

Mike Huckabee has redesigned his exploratory campaign website. It includes a You Tube clip from his gubernatorial days in which he says blogs have become a significant part of the communications infrastructure of the country.

Your thoughts?

It's all yours. I have other plans.

"Unembedded" reopens

“Unembedded,” the exhibit of photographs taken in Iraq by independent photojournalists that was recently shown at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has moved to the Donald W. Reynolds Library at Philander Smith.

Today is ...

Daisy Gatson Bates Day in Arkansas. There'll be a groundbreaking this morning at the late civil rights leader's former home on W. 28th for the beginning of a project to turn the house into a museum.

The Republican race

Brummett assesses the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Still looks like McCain and Giuliani at the top of the heap.

First things second

Better than a month into the session, the legislature will get serious about education this week.

The Clinton Chronicles, Part II

What's this? Some of the people who worked hardest against Bill Clinton's run for president in 1992 are at peace with Hillary Clinton's candidacy?

Calling Laurie Taylor

I meant to post this yesterday. Surely to goodness this controversial children's book -- in which there's a mention of a dog's scrotum -- has already been banned from school libraries in Arkansas.

'Venus' and 'Factory Girl'

Venus, what a wonderful little film.  The entire cast, from Mr. O'Toole on down is marvelous.  It worked for me from beginning to end.  As for Mr. O'Toole's elusive Oscar, I'd give it to him.  Is he deserving?  Sure he is. Factory Girl, on the other hand, is a horrible mess.  I'm not sure what George Hickenlooper was thinking when he decided to make this movie.  Guy Pearce plays a fine Warhol and Sienna Miller creates an interesting Edie Sedgwick, but boy does this film bomb.  Hayden Christensen as a young Bob Dylan?  No, it doesn't work.

NY Times follows David Fincher

and talks about his latest film "Zodiac," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey, Jr.

'Children of Men' tops Cinematographers Guild

"Emmanuel Lubezki was honored for "Children of Men" in the feature film competition at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

'Babel,' 'The Departed," tie for Best Cinema Editing

"Babel" and "The Departed" were both named best edited feature film, drama, at the 57th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, held Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Costume Designers Guild

"The Queen," "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Pan's Labyrinth" took home the film awards at the 9th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which were held Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Consolata Boyle, who outfitted the British royal family, in Miramax Films' "The Queen" was honored for excellence in contemporary film.The lush costumes of China's Tang dynasty on display in Sony Pictures Classics' "Curse of the Golden Flower" earned Chung Man Yee the award for excellence in period film.And a child's fantasy taking place in the middle of war-torn Spain caught the eye of the designers, who awarded Lala Huete the award for excellence in fantasy film for Picturehouse's "Pan's Labyrinth."

Art Directors Guild

"Casino Royale," "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Pan's Labyrinth" were the winners in the three feature film categories at the 11th annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday night."Casino Royale" production designer Peter Lamont won for best production design among the year's contemporary films, while "Curse of the Golden Flower's" Huo Tingxiao won in the period-film category and "Pan's Labyrinth's" Eugenio Caballero took the prize for the top design among fantasy films.

Oscar-nominated Score

NPR has a listen with Andy Trudeau and Liane Hansen.  

The national view on Broyles' exit

ESPN's Pat Forde, who's based in Louisville, writes of the events surrounding Frank Broyles' announced resignation as Arkansas athletic director, effective in December 2007, when he'll become a UA fund-raiser.

President's Day

For those of you with the day off, indulge in one of these films: a list of ten good movies involving Presidents.

What's right in Iowa

The Des Moines Register, the go-to paper for coverage of the Iowa caucuses in the 2008 presidential race, suggests that 2008 could be the year for a dark horse to emerge in the Republican contest.

Coming to Waltonville

We notice that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Waltonsas) is speaking Thursday at Walton University in a program sponsored by the Walton School of Education Reform.

Coming to Waltonville

We notice that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Waltonsas) is speaking Thursday at Walton University in a program sponsored by the Walton School of Education Reform.

Another day to remember

Our friend Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, history professor at UALR, reminds us that this is another significant day in history:

Fresh opinion at D-G

Arkansas Business reports that Democrat-Gazette reporter Jake Bleed will be moving to the editorial department to replace Kane Webb, off to UCA.

To hell with Congress

To those who refuse to see a pattern in the Bush administration's attempt to bypass the Senate confirmation process for U.S. attorneys (and thus slip in political stinkers who couldn't pass muster, like Tim Griffin Little Rock) get a load of this: The Bushies apparently are going to use the recess appointment process to put  the manufacturers' lobbyist in charge of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In the 'pecker woods

Reuters reports on use of robotic video cameras to search in Arkansas for the ivory-billed woodpecker.

At the Capitol -- UPDATE

They're working. Haven't heard much.

Surprise: Money talks

I gave up sports writing for politics during my senior year in college, but you can’t beat Razorback athletics for good political stories. And there are few better politicians than University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles. He’s smart, person

President, coach, pesky Internets

You should worry about your Razorbacks. But you probably should worry more about your country. The similarity between the president and the football coach — it’s uncanny.

Sad hatband

I quoted an oldtimer in this space recently describing the situation in Iraq these days as sadder than Dick’s hatband. Alert Reader in North Little Rock has written to accuse both the oldtimer and me of gross ignorance in the proper use of cliches.

The lowly severance tax

The Christmas mail brought unexpected manna, an oversized greeting card from Justice Jim Johnson stuffed with a serviceable old necktie and a plea that I renew an old campaign to get the state to collect a severance tax on natural gas, one of the great de

UAMS breast cancer program gets Avon grant

The Witness Project, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to increase awareness of breast cancer, has been awarded a $30,000 one-year grant from the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund. It is the sixth year that the program has

Impact fees targeted

Sen. Dave Bisbee, joined by Rep. Keven Anderson, have cooked up legislation to end assessment of impact fees by the water utility serving Rogers.

Hapless leaders

Brummett muses on the similarities between George W. Bush and Houston Nutt.

Bring on the Bible

The Gentry School Board hears from the man who wants a Bible curriculum in public schools there and in many more school districts.

Ryan Gosling

Academy Award-nominated actor of "Half Nelson" talks with The Guardian. 

Talking 'Babel'

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on his Ocsar-nominated film. 

The 80's sequel

The LA Times has a piece on 80's films that should make a comback.

Just cuz . . .

What's in your queue?

I sent back "Running with Scissors" and "Infamous" this morning, which means I'm a few days away from my next Netflix shipment.  I have "Marie Antoinette," "The Prestige" and "The Science of Sleep," three 2006 films I missed in theatres.  I also have all of Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect" series 1-6 in my queue.  "Double Indemnity" is on the bill tonight. 

Musicians Showcase video: Dean Agus Band wins Round 4

Music video producer Roland Gladden comes through again with this video from last Thursday's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Round 4 at Sticky Fingerz, with winner Dean Agus.

Fat Tuesday

so it is, as one of our sharp creatives just reminded me.  To pay tribute, here's a list of some of the best film featuring New Orleans.  I'll pick up some Abita on the way home."A Streetcar Named Desire""Easy Rider""Interview with a Vampire""The Big Easy""Tightrope""The Cincinnati Kid""Angel Heart""Pretty Baby""A Love Song for Bobby Long""The Pelican Brief"/"Runaway Jury"

Alltel in motion

Roby Brock's Talk Business covers an Alltel meeting. He suggests the company is moving toward, well, something.

Beebe stands tough -- UPDATE II

Though sponsors plan changes to try to make Hogzilla constitutional, Gov. Mike Beebe rightly continues to have strong reservations to any process by which the legislature sets up a honey pot for local projects, no matter how narrow in scope the project might be.

UA football news: No, not another personnel move

Hogwired, the University of Arkansas's sports Internet site for news and such, has a story that the football games between North Texas and Kentucky have been switched next fall, with Kentucky-UA now falling on Sept. 22 and North Texas coming the week after.

The Beltway Boys -- UPDATE

They really do look down their noses at the rest of us. I couldn't believe my ears last night listening to Chris Matthews interview a supporter of Barack Obama last night on "Hardball."

The Beltway Boys -- UPDATE

They really do look down their noses at the rest of us. I couldn't believe my ears last night listening to Chris Matthews interview a supporter of Barack Obama last night on "Hardball."

Priorities: Waltons or Medicaid?

Thanks to Daily Kos for this link that reports on some research into the Bush budget by Sen. Bernie Sanders' staff:

Back to school -- UPDATE

With the grocery tax cut, an increase in the homestead tax exemption due for signing tomorrow and progress being made on an income tax cut for the poor (and how could I forget the tax break for manufacturers, who otherwise might jerk up their paper mills and move them to Iowa), it is at last time for education.

Back to school -- UPDATE

With the grocery tax cut, an increase in the homestead tax exemption due for signing tomorrow and progress being made on an income tax cut for the poor (and how could I forget the tax break for manufacturers, who otherwise might jerk up their paper mills and move them to Iowa), it is at last time for education.

Buckle up

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will have the press in tomorrow to speak warmly of the bill to make failure to use a seat belt a primary offense.

Anybody want to share some party stories?

How was Mardi Gras? We stayed home with the kid.

Meet the people -- CORRECTION

Gov. Mike Beebe will be on AETN tonight SORRY, IT'S ACTUALLY NEXT WEDNESDAY at 8 to take questions from Steve Barnes and from callers.

The morning line

Stephens columnists are speculating this morning on job candidates. Harry King writes about the search for a new Arkansas athletic director.

Oprah-ized candidacy

Peter Funt writes a NY Times op-ed on Hillary Clinton's calculatedname strategy in her  Hillary for President campaign.

Paying tribute

To Robert Altman last night at the Majestic Theatre in Manhattan were Lily Tomlin, Tim Robbins, Kevin Kline, Julianne Moore, E.L. Doctorow, Harry Belafonte and others. 

Oscar predictions

Mine will appear here on Friday, but for now, I give you the Bagger's analysis. 

More movie issues

Check it out. 

Film Highs and Lows

From the LA Times.  Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole doing publicity, Sienna Miller's really bad film, and the non-campaigners. 

Winners and Losers

Patrick Goldstein gives a thumbs up to Scorsese and Al Gore, thumbs down to Harvey Weinstein and Oscar bloggers,

Newspaper war II

Since Arkansas Business caught wind of this, too, we've posted early our story this week on the news that Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman is getting into the free weekly business in Little Rock.

Beebe appoints

Here's a slew of gubernatorial appointees. No, they don't include a nominee for the open seat on the UA Board of Trustees, the slot that Hogoholics think might go to an important person from Chickendale and thus spell more problems for Houston Nutt.

Meanwhile, back at the Capitol

Hogzilla came out of Joint Budget ... the fat test bill cleared committee in a form exempting juniors and seniors in high school and going from annual tests to every other year and providing an opt-out.

Wholey Moley

Whole Foods, the gold standard in the organic/upscale/trendy grocery market sector, is buying the Wild Oats chain for about a half-billion dollars.

Capital ideas

Oh,  wait, Matt DeCample says. We didn't ask the question quite right.

Pete Townshend's star-studded shows

Rolling Stone has a story today on a club show Pete Townshend thre in New York, with guests galore.

The line is open -- UPDATE

Don't know about you, but I think I'm going to finish off the leftover corned beef (even if some deck grilling is more in tune with the balmy weather) and watch "Friday Night Lights" and hope I don't start tomorrow with a double correction on the first item posted in the morning.

Corned beef break

OK, I had to scan the web. And I saw this AP post on something Hogoholic Jim Harris was nattering about this afternoon at the office -- Houston Nutt's weird decision to call in the broadcast press to say he really, really loves being at Arkansas.
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