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April 23, 2009

Vol 7 • No 15

Locavoracious

Thousands of Little Rock residents have spoken: They want veggies, and bread, and honey this summer. And they want them local.

Rumor du jour

It is that Sen. Blanche Lincoln is feeling uncomfortable about the fuss raised by black lawyers over the all-white slate of nine names sent to President Obama for three vacancies on the federal bench in Arkansas.

You go girl

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a Republican more than he could handle in a congressional hearing today.

Over the hump

Comment accordingly.

Smart tallk, April 23

The former “Lady Razorbacks” are now just “Razorbacks,” and “Trojans” now fits both women’s and men’s teams at UALR.

What would Lincoln say?

President Obama made a fair imitation of channeling George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration, but when the moment arrived that he most needed their wisdom he banished the greatest presidents from his mind.

April 15-21, 2009

It was a GOOD week for … The ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL. Good authors. Good crowds. And, yes, another full house for our Pub or Perish reading. Way to go, David Koon.

Guns killed people

This afternoon, I thought of writing a letter pointing out that every gunman responsible for his share of the last month’s carnage, had the legal right to own a gun.

Eclectic maze named Kim

Kim Hendren, the newly announced Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, was a Democratic state senator from Benton County from 1979 to 1983. That makes him odd already.

Words, April 23

Awhile back, I mentioned hearing of a scientific theory about how some things change simply because they’re being observed.

Eye on Arkansas, April 23

The observer, April 23

The Observer’s lovely bride went in for some dental work recently — a cap for a tooth that was having some structural problems.

Wildwood Blooms

If there were doubts before, this weekend should put them to rest. Wildwood is back.

Crowe lifts ‘State’

“State of Play,” based on the British miniseries, falls short of the timely conspiracy thriller that it could have been, but that doesn’t keep Russell Crowe from turning it into one of the most watchable suspense films of the year.

Whitewater and ammo

Sen. Blanche Lincoln announced recently that she’ll introduce a bill to let people carry guns in national parks. She said the move would “restore a 2nd Amendment right.”

Boozy Sunday

Surprise. The Arkansas legislature just opened the door to on-premise Sunday alcohol sales in all 33 wet counties.

A&E news, April 23

The Little Rock Film Festival has announced its lineup.

Dinosaur Jr.

Last Thursday, before he dropped the between-songs banter and started making guttural animal noises, Lou Barlow told a joke.

In brief, April 29

As it did last year, a special edition of Ira Glass’ “This American Life” screens live at Breckenridge Village, 7 p.m., $20.

Historic Arkansas

Arkansas-history teachers and buffs are once again skirmishing with the state Education Department over the teaching of Arkansas history in the public schools.

What's cooking, April 23

The Hillcrest creperie and coffee house Lemon plans to close on May 3 after less than a year in business.

Sonny Rollins

Toward the end of his Walton Arts Center performance — his first concert of the year and his first ever in Arkansas — Sonny Rollins paused to ask if anyone had heard of Bob Burns.

Disgruntled

The protestors were out last week, although not a whole lot of them were.

What, me park?

A few weeks ago, officials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences were bubbling about the new parking area they’d decided to acquire.

This modern world, April 23

Orval, April 23

Mongol invasion

We’ve never really liked do-it-yourself restaurants. Back when we were a kid, our parents held a lot of their special occasions at a place where they let you cook your own steak.

The televisionist, April 23

I’m not big on opera.

To-do list, April 23

Man Man, Against Me!, Disney on Ice, the Lee Boys, Cool Shoes, Those Darlins / Glossary, 'Vincent', Rivertop Party, Livestock, Jason Mraz and David Cook offer a few entertainment options this week.

Looking out for kids

The state used a child awareness day yesterday to tout new laws said to provide more "transparency" in cases of child abuse and to prevent children at risk from falling through holes in the state safety net.

Money v. the environment

John Brummett credits the state's pollution control director for saying the right thing -- now -- about cracking down on pollution by handlers of waste from the gas drilling boom in the Fayetteville shale.

More from Dem. Party's Dem wing

Senior Democrats in Northwest Arkansas heard Tuesday from a candidate, Greg Leding, hoping to succeed term-limited Rep. Lindsley Smith in next year's election.

The value of torture

Its value is only to our enemies -- in devaluing the American brand worldwide. Even Bush's FBI director Robert Mueller said no attack had ever been foiled by information gained from torturing a criminal suspect.

The value of torture

Its value is only to our enemies -- in devaluing the American brand worldwide. Even Bush's FBI director Robert Mueller said no attack had ever been foiled by information gained from torturing a criminal suspect.

Thursday To-Do: Against Me!

AGAINST ME!9 p.m., Juanita's. $10.A band that titles its debut release “Reinventing Axl Rose” has moxie.

Stray thought

Nobody tell that guy at D-G about Maud Crawford.

Stray thought

Nobody tell that guy at D-G about Maud Crawford.

Thursday To-Do: Man Man

MAN MAN9 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.Man Man has played Little Rock enough over the years that a lot of folks know the score.

Dueling legal opinions

Interesting stew brewing in Fayetteville, where a judge has halted an $8 million county construction project because the county didn't take bids.

Here comes The Huckster

I just hate the perpetual horse-race mentality of political coverage. So I guess it's hypocritical to mention this, but ...

Doonesbury takes on Twitter

Good interview with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau on Twitter. It has its worthwhile uses, he says.

Newspaper woes, contd. UPDATE II

Chris Spencer, county government reporter for the Morning News in Springdale, confirms to me his earlier Twitter that he'd been laid off today.

Thursday: 'This American Life,' Tony Furtado, Silver Swirly and more

Jim Hunnicutt As it did last year, a special edition of Ira Glass' “This American Life” screens live at Breckenridge Village, 7 p.m., $20.

Running scared

Remember when sound trucks playing Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" rolled into towns to alert voters of the campaign visit of Blanche Lambert when she was in her first race for Congress?

More McDaniel face time

I'd just been mulling the amount of TV time Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been piling up.

"Elephant Man" video

Just posted a preview from the much-anticipated Rep production, which premieres on Friday. On our player midway down our home page.Read my preview of the show here.

Death at Wal-Mart

A strange news story developing in Northwest Arkansas. A man is dead after reportedly cutting his own throat after being taken into custody by a Fayetteville Wal-Mart employee for alleged shoplifting.

LR park policy

Little Rock Parks Commission member Jordan Johnson reports that the group went line-by-line today through a document on park property and made several changes, but took no vote.

Lone Star Republicans

They like the sound of secession. Could we do it where only Texas Republicans seceded?

Lone Star Republicans

They like the sound of secession. Could we do it where only Texas Republicans seceded?

Arkansas Tent line-up in full

In it's second year, the Arkansas Tent remains one of the best and most diverse concentrated helpings of local music you'll find.

Tribute to Tolbert

Arkansas Sports 360's Jim Harris, who was in the pressbox the night that North Little Rock football star Kenyana Tolbert suffered the injury that left him a quadriplegic, pays tribute today to Tolbert, who died Wednesday night.

Pulling for pork

I heard a rumor this afternoon that $10 million had been squirreled away in the legislature's pork barrel legislation  to build a highway interchange for the new Hewlett-Packard operation in a Conway industrial park.

Over to you UPDATE

The line is open. REMINDER: I'll be at KUAR tomorrow morning from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. asking for contributions to Little Rock's public radio stations.

Here's the beef

The Meat Shoppe, the fine meat, barbecue and poultry institution from Gravel Ridge, is coming to Little Rock.

Heifer on Colbert tonight

UPDATE: Here's the clip. Colbert plays it pretty straight.Little Rock's Elizabeth Bintliff represents for Heifer International tonight on "The Colbert Report."

The Lake Maumelle bubble

Using Jay DeHaven as an agent, two insurance companies bought Winrock Grass Farm’s 814 acres in West Little Rock at a foreclosure sale in July 2005 for $4.5 million.

Locavoracious

Thousands of Little Rock residents have spoken: They want veggies, and bread, and honey this summer. And they want them local.

That Conway interchange

Seth Blomeley reported extensively in the Democrat-Gazette this morning on the $10 million apparently heading from the legislative pork barrel bill to construction of a Conway interchange that will benefit the new Hewelett-Packard facility.

The best video ever

The stuff of adolescent dreams and broken bones: This is the best stunt video I think I've ever seen.

No we can't

Have a meaningful investigation of U.S. torture. Do anything yet about providing equal treatment for gay people in the military.

Friday To-Do: The Rivertop Party with Mr. Happy

RIVERTOP PARTY8 p.m., Peabody Little Rock, free.I've heard a lot of slang for the male member, but it wasn't until 1993, when the band's drummer enlightened me, that I added Mr. Happy to the roster.

Susan Boyle is over

The tabs giveth. The tabs taketh away.

Friday To-Do: 'Vincent'

‘VINCENT'7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.The Weekend Theater takes on Vincent van Gogh in its penultimate production of the 2008-2009 season.

Death of a salesman

Slow day and all. So here's one straight from the ABC of selling: Always be closing.

Friday To-Do: The Lee Boys

THE LEE BOYS9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.It's easy to forget the particular roots of the Lee Boys.

Friday To-Do: Cool Shoes

New from Luminfire. Click to download.

What a catch

Crime news from the Jonesboro Sun: Jonesboro man walks from courtroom where he entered a not guilty plea on a first-degree murder charge to the county clerk's office to get a marriage license.

Friday To-Do: Those Darlins - Glossary

THOSE DARLINS/ GLOSSARY10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $6.Even on a busy night, here's a not-so-bold prediction.

Sympathy for the Huckster

Nate Silver, a number cruncher whose work I like, asks on his blog: "Why doesn't Mike Huckabee get more respect?"

Commission votes for judge's removal

The full state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted unanimously today to affirm a panel's recommendation that Circuit Judge L. T. Simes of Helena-West Helena be removed from the bench for ethical misconduct.

The Weekend: DJ Shortee, Earth Day, "Woo at the Zoo," the Cave Singers and more

FRIDAY 4/24At Revolution, “Girls Night Out Vol. II” features DJ Shortee, one of the most prominent turntablists in the DJ world; CB Shaw, a Canadian VJ on the forefront of live music and video blending, and g-force, arguably Little Rock's finest DJ, 8 p.m., $5 (ladies free until 10:30 p.m.).

The five states of Texas

Thanks to the invaluable Nate Silver, we now know which parts of Texas to keep and which parts to chuck.

Saturday To-Do: Livestock

Damn Bullets. LIVESTOCK9:30 p.m., Juanita's, $10.Reproductive reciprocity  — talk about a gift to keep on giving.

Dem wins in NY

The Republican has conceded to Democrat Scott Murphy in that tight New York special election for an open congressional seat.

Playing by the rules

Senate Democrats are preparing a budget plan that will allow a vote on a health care plan to prevail on a simple majority vote and avoid the higher vote requirement to end a filibuster.

Playing by the rules

Senate Democrats are preparing a budget plan that will allow a vote on a health care plan to prevail on a simple majority vote and avoid the higher vote requirement to end a filibuster.

Now Beth Ditto comes in doll form

To promote the line she's doing for Evans, the plus-sized retailer has created a limited-edition doll Judsonia's own.Sparkly.Here's a clip from what's supposedly the band's lead single off their forthcoming record due, in the UK at least, in June:

Localist tries to break the Oxford American's record for dying, reviving

Localist, the local underground-focused culture pub that began, first as a glossy in 2003, and shuttered, as a web-only production, last summer, will return in late May in magazine form.Despite the pub's history of dying — or at least falling into comas — and coming back to life, its death seemed pretty much settled last year, when founder, publisher and sometimes editor TJ Deeter announced the end.But not for Davis Clement, who edited the last web incarnation of the pub (in full disclosure, I edited a previous web version), and a group of like-minded folks.

Q&A: Greg Skulman, Part 4

It's time now for the fourth and final installment of our Q&A with former Arkansas basketball player Greg Skulman (here's part 1, part 2 and part 3).

Oops

Forgot to leave an open line. BREAKING NEWS: Big layoffs at Heifer International. Lots of jobs locally, though they aren't revealing specifics.

Last words

Federal Judge William R. Wilson, free now of the Pulaski desegregation case, has settled a small score with one of the appellate judges on the case, Raymond Gruender.

Lottery friction

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, Father of the Arkansas Lottery, responded to a question yesterday by saying the person hired to lead the lottery should have lottery experience.

Ups and downs

John Brummett says the political situation looks good for Blanche Lincoln; not so good for the Republican Party.

Whitewater revisited

The New York Times returns to the scene of a non-crime, the Whitewater land development and nearby attractions in the Arkansas Ozarks.

What incentive

Little Rock School Board member Baker Kurrus has distributed a note to other board members and media about the $15,000 early retirement incentive approved on a 5-2 vote last week.

The bloody gun culture

Does the U.S. need more guns? Bob Herbert issues an emphatic no, not with 30,000 killed and 70,000 wounded by guns in a year.

Poultry worker wins $1 million verdict

A lawyer's news release says a worker at a Tyson Foods processing plant in Pine Bluff won a jury verdict of more than $1.3 million Friday against the manufacturer of a chicken "neckbreaker" machine that mangled her hand in a 2004 accident.

Sat. nite's right

For an open line.

Ladies in Search of a Gimmick

My friend Sherry and I had a plan.  Some people hope to make it rich by winning the lottery, but Sherry and I decided to write a series of mysteries.  We both read them a lot, so we know the genre.  For the type we're planning to write, the kind we've seen in dozens of incarnations all over the library, we need to have a few key things: a spunky heroine, a sassy sidekick (preferably a woman of color or an old lady although in a pinch a slutty friend will do.  It helps if the friend in question is rich to finance the heroine's snooping.), at least one hunky love interest--although two is fairly common, and titles that are puns.  But mostly, you gotta have a gimmick.

Sign wars

The North Little Rock Council is scheduled to debate Monday whether to allow more intrusive signs.

Reaching the Latino market

If I can't plug my boss, who can I plug? That would be Alan Leveritt, who'll be speaking to the Sales and Marketing Executives at a dinner May 12 about reaching the growing Latino market.

Declaration of independence

John Brummett assesses the independence of the new state lottery commission and cautions against meddling by legislators.

Big game hunting

The Democrat-Gazette's Michael Wickline had a fine and thorough story today about the National Rifle Association's right-to-hunt amendment, which is likely to be whooped onto the Arkansas Constitution next year.

Big game hunting

The Democrat-Gazette's Michael Wickline had a fine and thorough story today about the National Rifle Association's right-to-hunt amendment, which is likely to be whooped onto the Arkansas Constitution next year.

Backward looking

Wendell Griffen decries the let-bygones-be-bygones approach to the U.S. use of torture. How is it somehow commendable that President Obama has signaled to the intelligence apparatus of the United States that acts of inhumanity and torture allegedly counseled and practiced during the Bush administration will go uninvestigated and unpunished?

Swine flu watch

The declaration of emergency suggests the begining of a long-running dominant news story.

Sunday thoughts

Put em here.

State sovereignty

Pause for a moment to congratulate the Arkansas legislature. It was a small, symbolic thing, but defeat of the state sovereignty resolution separated us from the secessionists, bigots and assorted nut jobs who've taken up this cause nationwide.

Words have meaning UPDATED

School Board member Jody Carreiro joins criticism of a Little Rock School District memo that announced the board's recently approved early retirement incentive.

Process vs. product

The Republicans and their journalistic enablers are raising heck about a Democratic plan to use a rule loophole to pass a health care plan in the Senate by a majority vote.

GM slashes

  More jobs, more dealerships, more plants are being cut at General Motors and, apparently, the whole Pontiac line.

Welcome to Expat Status, Jonathan Luigs

This year's NFL draft has come and gone. ESPN can put Mel Kiper back in the closet, or he can go back to the Pentecostal Church he pastors.

Swine flu ripples

Arkansas companies, particularly those with international business, are senstive to the swine flu outbreak in Mexico.

Swine flu ripples

Arkansas companies, particularly those with international business, are senstive to the swine flu outbreak in Mexico.

Marriage in Iowa

Dozens of same-sex couples will be married today in Iowa. The Des Moines Register blog is following events and readers are chipping in energetically.

'War Eagle, Arkansas' gets distribution

"War Eagle, Arkansas," which won the inaugural Charles B. Pierce award for Arkansas film last year at the Little Rock Film Festival, is coming to theaters throughout Arkansas in June before expanding to New York, L.A., Chicago and "other key cities nationwide."

Building the House

From a What's Cookin' a few weeks back: Hendrix alumni plan to revive the space on North Palm Street that formerly housed the Laughing Moon Cafe and Sufficient Grounds.

Landfill operator responds

Allied Waste Industries, which operates the BFI landfill on Mabelvale Pike, agrees that there have been odor problems at the landfill and it pinpoints waste from shale drilling.

Main Street moves

The Downtown Partnership announced today that it would be moving from its office at Capitol and Main to the Lafayette Building.

News Round-up

I've been a little overwhelmed recently - what with the big news about how all "landfarms" in the state were found to be out of compliance with state environmental regulations, complaints and concerns from citizens in Arkansas (mainly about noise), and reports about drilling mud being dumped into landfills - that I simply have not had the time to devote to this blog that I would like.  In the interest of killing a lot of birds with one stone, here's a round-up of some items that are worth mentioning: More Fallout: Fines handed down as a result of the ADEQ report on "landfarms."

The Fight for the Watershed...

Concerned citizens sign petitions at a rally earlier this year calling on Pulaski County officials to add 5 acre minimum lot sizees to the county's subdivision rules.  Minimum lot requirements would provide enough open spaces to limit pollution in the watershed.

Proctor employees take stand UPDATE

The judicial discipline hearing for Circuit Judge Willard Proctor of Little Rock (center) began this morning.

Swine flu not in Ark. -- yet

Arkansas is still swine-flu free, a spokesman for the state Health Department said this afternoon, but the rate of spread worldwide makes its arrival here likely.

Obama's runway haircut

No, the president didn't get a high-dollar haircut on Air Force One. Worse. Heard about the photo op flyover of NYC today?

Oh by the way

Want a clean slate?

Then and now

Brummett gets a round of bemused I-told-you-so out of Sens. Gilbert Baker and Bob Johnson.

Love thy neighbor?

A Massachusetts gay rights group, KnowThyNeighbor.org, has replicated in Arkansas what it has done in several other states.

The not-so-free press

Argenta News, the website devoted to NLR happenings, gigs the hometown weekly newspaper, the Times of North Little Rock, for its latest price increase, to $27 per year.

For the record

The University of Arkansas today announced the Ernie Deane Award presented annually to an Arkansas journalist. I believe the quotes in the news release stand.

For the record

The University of Arkansas today announced the Ernie Deane Award presented annually to an Arkansas journalist. I believe the quotes in the news release stand.

The state's maritime disaster

Arkansas History Commission U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder spoke in the House yesterday in support of a resolution marking the sinking of the Sultana, a riverboat overloaded with Union soldiers, that sank near Memphis in April 1865.

Tuesday To-Do: Jason Mraz

 JASON MRAZ7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $39.50-$31.75.Jason Mraz, gently strumming balladeer, frequent employer of vocal gibberish and wearer of pork pie hats, comes to Alltel following a familiar trajectory.

Coming from Hogland

Intriguing announcement tomorrow, perhaps. An athletic contribution to academics at UA, maybe?

Those warranty calls

I'm not exactly clear why Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is using Facebook for news announcements.

Changing coats

CNN reports that Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, facing likely defeat in a Republican primary, will switch to the Democratic Party.

Judge Proctor hearing continues

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission's hearing on alleged ethical misconduct by Circuit Judge Willard Proctor continues for a second day today.

Everything you need to know about tonight's "American Idol"

First, if you're in Conway and relish the idea of communing with hundreds, possibly thousands, of "Idol" fans in front of MTV cameras, the Farris Center at UCA is hosting a watch and vote party, from 6-10 p.m.

Tuesday Hodge Podge

Razorback news and notes from around the web (warning: some of these links aren't exactly timely, but then again you probably already knew not to count on us for hot-off-the-presses info): * Nate Allen rips Jeff Long a new one (he even busts out the Y-word).

Levon Helm headlining ACL Fest

The line-up for the Austin City Limits Festival, October 2-4, came out today, and it's 90s-heavy at the top.

Industrial Scars

A great blog, and a great source of information about gas drilling is the Pennsylvania-based Splashdown.  Visit the site to see the above images in high resolution.  The same thing is happening all over this state.  See below for some examples: Near Greenwood, AR This site is also near Greenwood, just owned by a separate, albeit just-as-careless owner

The Shareholders are Restless

In what continues to be just a God-awful year for Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon, the gas company's shareholders are now up in arms over the chief exec's pay.  Here's the best part, from the WSJ.

Protect Lake Maumelle

Local bloggers GreenAR by the Day have more info on tonight's Pulaski County Quorum Court meeting. 

Petition fallout

The Family Council, which promoted the anti-gay Act 1, has objected to the Massachusetts' group's compilation and posting of the names of people who signed to put the adoption restriction measure on the ballot.

Enough is enough

Here's an open line for the overnight watch.

Another school gone UPDATE

A blog reader reports: The Dewitt School board, in a special called meeting, voted to close the Humphrey Elementary school and the Gillett 6-12 grade middle school and high school effective this next school year.

Hot Springs heats up

Hot Springs, the 10th-largest city in Arkansas, bills itself as a friendly resort community. Yet meetings of the Hot Springs Board of Directors are among the most closely guarded in Arkansas.

Who knew?

An academic heading to the University of Arkansas is an expert on street vending. The subject is currently a hot topic in New York.

Who knew?

An academic heading to the University of Arkansas is an expert on street vending. The subject is currently a hot topic in New York.

Shoveling the UCA stable

Do they still give Pulitzer Prizes for beat reporting? I nominate the Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton.

North of the Border Food Finds.

On hearing the words "Branson" and "food" together, one might conjure up imades of gravy soaked breakfast platters, heavy carb buffets and rich and nutty fudge.  But on my most recent visit I discovered more refined delights at Chateau on the Lake, large meaty eats at Montana Mike's, and velvety and sumptuous soups at the new Silver Dollar City Culinary & Craft School (Potato Leek Soup pictured above).  Gluttonous grub and more over at Tie Dye Travels.

Wednesday To-Do: David Cook

DAVID COOK8:30 p.m., Revolution. $20.Maybe you only recognize him, in passing, as the dude with the three-day stubble who beat the cherubic kid in “American Idol” last year.

The jocks kick in

Looks like I made a pretty good guess yesterday about today's University of Arkansas news conference by Chancellor David Gearhart and Athletic Director Jeff Long.

WEHCO woes

Says here that another of Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter E. Hussman's newspapers, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, is undergoing a 20 percent reduction in news staff.

Affirmative action

The Little Rock City Board is preparing to consider a measure intended to promote a stronger effort to have appointments to city boards and commission better reflect the racial makeup of the city.

How to text 1,800 times for Kris Allen

So, as you'll see above, Kris Allen did not own Rat Pack week on "American Idol."

Turning blue

I exaggerate the color. Make it purple.

Proctor: Day Three UPDATE

A three-member panel of the Arkansas Judicicial Discipline and Disability Commission is halfway through its third day of hearing 11 ethical misconduct charges against Circuit Judge Willard Proctor of Little Rock.

Shooting threat reported UPDATE

Fox 16 is on a report of a threatened shooting at a Hot Springs community college, though it appears a suspect was being questioned before harm was done.

Come On Feel the Noise

Check the Arkansas Reporter from this week's edition of the Times for a story about one little-known aspect of the drilling process.  Someone has to fill up the trucks with the water and sand and other chemicals before they're sent out to frac the wells.  A Conway couple, Mark and Renell Cothren, lives near one such facility in Conway called Frac Tech.  They are subject to sporadic, intrusive noise coming from the facility that is very disruptive to their lives.  The best way I know to describe it is it sounds as if someone parked a lawnmower on your front lawn and left it running.  That's what they have to deal with constantly.  Congressional research reports have shown that noise at this level is considered by most people to be disruptive and can impair one's quality of life.  Frac Tech representatives say that the level of noise documented in the videos is inconsistent with noise produced at Frac Tech.  Dr. Arline Bronzaft, an expert on noise who has served as a noise consultant for the last four mayors of New York City, says it doesn't matter how loud the noise is.  If it's disrupting someone's life, it's unhealthy.

Affiliated Foods news

Weird. I was on the phone with a reliable tipster suggesting more bad financial news could lie ahead for Affiliated Foods Southwest when a brief news release arrived from the executive offices of the grocery wholesaler based in Southwest Little Rock.

The line is open

You're on. UPDATE: Obama press conf.

The shape of things to come

I could do an entry like this every day, but I thought I'd pass along just FYI today's National Republican Senatorial Committee news release attempting to chum up unhappiness about U.S.Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Just Ask

At work today, a patron asked me how to spell a couple of words.  I always think it’s funny when someone asks me to do that because for someone with a master’s degree in English, I’m a pretty terrible speller.  I managed both of today’s words without having to look anything up, which is a nice ego boost, but I’m still surprised when I’m called upon to do it.  A few months back, there was a man who used to fairly regularly approach me and ask how to spell different things.  One afternoon, he asked how to spell ‘lettuce’ and later ‘cabbage,’ but then things took a darker turn as he asked how to spell ‘alcohol,’ ‘marijuana,’ ‘intoxicated,’ ‘assault,’ and ‘angrify.’  We spelled that last one E-N-R-A-G-E-D.  On the one hand, I found this fascinating, like a reverse sort of Mad Lib.  I spent most of the afternoon trying to come up with a story that contained all of those words.  On the other hand, it would never occur to me to ask a librarian how to spell something.  I would ask how to get online so I could look it up, or I would ask where I could find a dictionary, but I wouldn’t take the direct route and just ask the thing I really wanted to know.
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