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May 6, 2010

Vol 8 • No 17

Air-conditioned football

How long does something have to hang around before it becomes a tradition? A little longer than the Arkansas Diamonds, perhaps.

Music, movies and more

Summer’s just around the corner. Sunburns and heat-inspired freak-outs are coming, but so are sno-cones, swimming pools and lots of great entertainment. Time to start marking up your calendar.

Make a cold one

Name any staple of old-fashioned American summer time-killing – baseball, barbecues, swimming holes – and one thing complements each perfectly: a nice, cold beer.

Keepin' her steady

The connotations that cling to the sport of sailing don’t quite jibe with the tones of the typical South. Do sailboats have a place here? In a word, hell yes.

Music, movies and more

Summer’s just around the corner. Sunburns and heat-inspired freak-outs are coming, but so are sno-cones, swimming pools and lots of great entertainment. Time to start marking up your calendar.

Cold comfort

Absolutes are dangerous in the newspaper business. That’s the reason why I’m not going to say that the Spring River in Northeast Arkansas is the coldest swimming hole in the state. However, it's surely one of the coldest.

When teabaggers love government

When THEY need it, of course. More from Dana Milbank on the Southern Republican politicians now screaming for federal government help, and lots of it, in the Gulf oil calamity.

Why is it OK to mock Indians? UPDATE

A writer in The New Republic explains why the corporate-backed attack ads on Bill Halter, the ones that make the baseless claim that Halter outsourced jobs to India, are racist.

More on the 'rentboy'

More reporting here on George Rekers (pictured), the Baptist preacher, Family Research Council founder and "expert witness" on homosexuality whom the Huckabee administration trotted out unsuccessfully in 2004 to support its rule banning adoptions by a gay person or any household that included a gay person.

Putting out some line

You have to pick up the slack. I have to go home to finish race-day prep for the Brantley family Rock Candy 500 entry.

The Televisionist, May 6

Though it pains me to admit it, I’m partial to shows like “Jackass,” wherein young folks who haven’t divorced themselves from the idea they’re indestructible fall, rack, burn, crash, drive and flail themselves unmercifully for my entertainment.

The Observer, May 6

The Observer was out having a drink with a buddy last week at Ciao Bacci and noticed that just on the other side of the porch sat Judge David Burnett, the now infamous gavel-slammer who presided at the West Memphis Three trial, hobnobbing at what appeared to be a fundraiser for his state Senate campaign.

The Rock Candy 500 returns!

On Thursday, we launch the second annual Rock Candy 500 pinewood derby, a race that features all of the craftsmanship and badassery of a soap-box derby, with none of the potential broken bones.

The To-Do List, May 5-11

'Spotlight on Hollywood', Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, ZZ Top, Edgefest VI, Lil Keke, Rwake, Quapaw Tour of Homes, Neil Hamburger, Cage the Elephant.

More endorsements

It will probably come as a surprise to many, including Circuit Judge John Fogleman, that the Arkansas Times is endorsing Fogleman for the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Brain-dead and made of money

The title of this article? That’s a lyric from “AC/DC Bag,” a goofy rollicker of a jam that opens “Phish 3D.” It’s also an apt string of words to start a discussion about why this concert movie defines what’s wrong with the onslaught of 3D.

This Modern World

The UA’s future

The Democrat-Gazette stirred up the higher education community last week with a report on private discussions by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees on a successor to UA System President Alan Sugg.

What's Cookin', May 6

Hunka Pie is back in business with new space in Galaxy Furniture in the Argenta district of North Little Rock. Owner Chris Monroe, who previously operated out of the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall, is back to the basics.

Fluke forever

Matthew Thompson hasn’t lived in Arkansas in 15 years, yet no one chronicles the state’s punk and DIY culture more ardently than he with Fluke zine, a thick pamphlet-sized book of interviews, essays, photos and artwork.

Parleyvoo

God and I chat not. I have friends and relatives who have regular or at least semi-regular two-way conversations with Him, and best I can tell these exchanges are warm and collegial.

Smart Talk, May 6

Donor eggs as a door prize? That was the idea of a fertilization clinic in Fairfax County, Va., which last month gave away a free cycle of in-vitro fertilization to a woman attending a British seminar organized to educate infertile women.

Remembering WR

This was the third of the annual legacy weekends at the Rockefeller Institute where scholars, aides and disciples of the 37th governor and a few docile bystanders like me who merely chronicled the struggles of the doers gather at Rockefeller’s retreat.

The Week That Was, April 28-May 4

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …DIRTY POLITICS. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and allies in secretive special interest groups unloaded dishonest and ugly advertising on opponent Bill Halter, reflecting desperation over his rising poll numbers.

Follow the Money

Sen. Blanche Lincoln has proudly announced editorial endorsements from newspapers in Fort Smith, Springdale, Bentonville and Fayetteville, which lauded her for, among others, not always getting on board with the Democratic Party agenda.

Travel important

A recent editorial criticized Rep. John Boozman for his 2009 travel to 14 different countries. It compared him unfavorably to me because in 2009 I had taken no international trips. Rep. Boozman should be commended for his willingness to participate in and learn from congressionally-related international travel.

In Brief, May 6-8

Late-night Union gets DJ sets by Michael Inscoe and Cameron Holifield, who promise R. Kelly, chillwave and “physically attractive people” on their watch, 10 p.m., free.

Words, May 6

“Yankees prank old teammate.” As if we didn’t have reason to hate them already, now they’re misusing the language. Prank is a noun, not a verb. It means “a trick of an amusing, playful or sometimes malicious nature.”

The Rock Candy 500 returns!

On Thursday, we launch the second annual Rock Candy 500 pinewood derby, a race that features all of the craftsmanship and badassery of a soap-box derby, with none of the potential broken bones.

It’s not sex, but it’s pornographic

A couple of newspaper editors thanked me for writing a column for Sunday that was about sex instead of Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter.

What's to defend?

The state of Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe, prop., doggedly insists that it has labored over the years in the best interest of its disabled citizens by housing them in big institutions, rather than following the national move to community-based care.

What's to defend?

The state of Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe, prop., doggedly insists that it has labored over the years in the best interest of its disabled citizens by housing them in big institutions, rather than following the national move to community-based care.

Judge the judicial candidates

It's been a strangely quiet election season in some ways. Coverage of races beyond the U.S. Senate battle has been limited, particularly in the judicial races, where candidates are somewhat limited in what they can say in the first place.

Short order

Shorty Small's has been around forever, or at least it seems that way.  The beer is cold and the fries are salty.  But sometimes... well, on my most recent visit, the American Burger was... okay.  I suppose maybe I was expecting sparklers and streamers or at least a nice brown burger crust.  It was all right, though.

Massanelli confirmed as marshal

Chip Massanelli, who has been chief deputy U.S. marshal in Little Rock since 2006, was confirmed by the Senate last night as U.S. marshal for the eastern district of Arkansas.

Must Do: Rock Candy 500

My wife's "Pig in Elf Shoe Euroracer." ROCK CANDY 5007 p.m., River Market Pavilion.

Bistro burger bravo

  I put out a call yesterday for lunch suggestions on my Facebook page -- I mean, after all, I give a lunch suggestion every weekday, it’s about time I listened to someone else, right?

Boy's conviction reversed

The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed the juvenile court second-degree murder conviction of a Camden boy, then 12, in the 2006 death of his 11-year-old sister by smothering.

Kim Hanke pleads, resigns as JP

Siding/window magnate Kim Hanke, familiar from his TV commercials, has pleaded to a misdemeanor count of tampering with the key witness in a criminal case against his son in Saline County and has resigned as a justice of the peace as part of a plea deal.

Soiree honors Blanche Lincoln

Sen. Blanche Lincoln won't be in Arkansas tonight, sounds like. Or maybe she'll send a stand-in to collect her Member of Congress Award from the Women in Government Relations (aka lobbyists) at their Spring Soiree tonight at the Columbus Club in Washington's Union Station.

Q&A: Matthew "Fluke" Thompson

Matthew "Fluke" Thompson and his daughter Emma. Photo by Chrissy Piper.

Halter takes money lead

Federal reports for April show Bill Halter outraised Sen. Blanche Lincoln in April, about $579,000 to $300,000.

Rentboy, Part Trois

George Rekers, the Mike Huckabee administration hired-gun expert on curing homosexuality who testified during its 2004 defense of its anti-gay adoption rule, hasn't exited the news scene just yet.

Market greased by Greece

Dow plunged 1,000 points at one point today thanks to the Greece financial crisis. It regained some of the fall, ending the day down 347.80.

Wackjobs fight law, law wins

Anti-Obama vigilantes, one armed with AK-47, lose a round. There are apparently more of these "Oath Keepers."

Wednesday: Dirtfoot, Bone, Inscoe-Holifield

Two bluegrass bands with backwoods pedigrees to complement screechingly fast licks, Dirtfoot and Mountain Sprout, hit the stage at Sticky's for a night of pickin' and grinnin', 9:30 p.m.

Who are they?

Who put $1.5 million into the slimy advertising to beat Bill Halter? Today's the day for Sen. Lincoln to introduce her own legislation to keep "Americans for Job Security" and their ilk from stealth politicking.

Early vote remains light

This one's for you, Vaughn. The 4 p.m. daily report from the secretary of state on early voting so far.

Feds sue state

As expected, the federal government today sued the state over its system of housing the developmentally disabled in institutions rather than community-based settings in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The line is open

And by 7 p.m., Rock Candy 500 racers will be starting their engines at the River Market Pavilion.

Whoops

CBS Evening News reported that the 1,000-point swoon on the New York Stock Exchange may have had less to do with Greek money troubles and more to do with some dumbo at an unnamed brokerage who punched the wrong button and sold a billion dollars worth of a stock instead or a million bucks worth.

Thai time

Situated in a mini-strip mall in Sherwood off Highway 107, Chang Thai and Asian Cuisine hedges its bets with a mostly standard issue buffet that includes a few Thai items. Skip that and head straight for the menu.

Editorial

ZZ Top!

The long-tenured trio brings its crunchy, libidinous, smirkingly trashy act to the Riverfest Amphitheatre tonight.

Rock Candy 500

Brian Chilson photos Big fun last night at the Arkansas Times Rock Candy 500, our second edition of an all-ages Pinewood Derby race for model car lovers. That's William Purifoy, clutching his speedy "Viper," which won the first-place trophy.

Poll: Lincoln, Boozman lead

New Mason-Dixon polling for Stephens Media finds the primary races for U.S. Senate functionally the same as in other recent polls: Democrats -- Sen. Blanche Lincoln leads Bill Halter 44-32.

Facebook fallout

A cruel comment about a special education student on a Van Buren junior high student's Facebook page got a quick school response, a story in the Fort Smith newspaper reports.

Annals of gun nuttery

Many have been outraged that a suspected terrorist boarded an airplane to leave the country despite being on a no-fly list.

An eerie feeling

You get an eerie feeling when reading "Hellhound on His Trail," Hampton Sides' great new book that traces James Earl Ray's stalking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.There's an overwhelming feeling of the horrific similarity between the national mood in 1968 (George Wallace was making a serious run at the White House) and today.

Weekend To-Do: 'Spotlight on Hollywood'

‘SPOTLIGHT ON HOLLYWOOD'8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $32-$72.

Weekend To-Do: Quapaw Tour of Homes

QUAPAW TOUR OF HOMES 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.

Hunka Pie is everywhere

Hunka Pie is back in business with new space in Galaxy Furniture in the Argenta district of North Little Rock.

Friday To-Do: Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth

BROTHER ANDY & HIS BIG DAMN MOUTH9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.A year after seeing one of their first shows, I'm still asking myself, “Where in the hell did these guys come from?” Sure, the three guys who make up Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth are familiar, hairy dudes about town, but in the course of weeks — and not many, at that — the outfit proved that Little Rock has the energy to turn a crew of dudes with a batch of wickedly catchy, deceptively smart songs into an overnight sensation.

Friday To-Do: ZZ Top

ZZ TOP 8 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $29.50-$49.50.

Saturday To-Do: Rwake

Photo by Fred Pessaro / BrooklynVegan. RWAKE 9 p.m., White Water Tavern.

Saturday To-Do: Lil Keke

LIL KEKE 10 p.m., The Village. $15 adv., $25 d.o.s. Houston rappers in general are prolific.

Saturday To-Do: Edgefest VI

EDGEFEST VI 1 p.m., State Fairgrounds. $35.

Edgefestgate: the best of

Never say The Edge 100.3 doesn't have a hugely dedicated fanbase. In fact, the most dedicated have let loose some seriously misguided anger after I called the music they like "misguided" and "angry" in this write-up.Apart from morning jocks Corey and Jay using their wet noodle wit on my name the next day, hours after this week's issue hit the stands, my inbox 'sploded with hate mail.

Senator Lincoln regrets

Sen. Blanche Lincoln was a no-show at last night's Spring Soiree of an association of powerful women lobbyists.

Halter complains about stealth group

Bill Halter, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has filed a Federal Election Commission complaint over the attack ads by the Americans for Job Security.

ASU tuition rises UPDATE

Arkanas State University trustees raised tuition almost 5 percent today. CORRECTION: ASU spokesman says the original reporting was mistaken -- tuition rose 4 percent and housing charges roses 4.9 percent.

This Weekend: Dangerous Idiots-Brother Andy & HBDM, Unknown Hinson, Rural War Room

Dangerous Idiots in action at WWT FRIDAY, MAY 7 Hillbilly/vampire/lover/rockabilly hero Unknown Hinson comes to Juanita's with some of Arkansas's best purveyors of hill music, The Crumbs, 10 p.m., $15 adv., $18 d.o.s. Little Rock's 4x4 Crew headlines a Hip-Hop Showcase at Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $7.

Voluntary compliance

Re the Gulf of Mexico disaster: WASHINGTON — Federal regulators warned offshore rig operators more than a decade ago that they needed to install backup systems to control the giant undersea valves known as blowout preventers, used to cut off the flow of oil from a well in an emergency.

Baker's silk purse

Sen. Gilbert Baker, shown a distant third in recent Mason-Dixon polling, has distributed to supporters his own polling which claims incremental movement in his direction and away from front-runner Rep. John Boozman.

Counting GOP chickens

Be advised they haven't hatched yet. Polls moving in Dem direction in several states.

Rock Candy 500 recap

Photo by Brian Chilson. Big fun at the Rock Candy 500 last night.

UCA ups tuition

The University of Central Arkansas joined ASU with a board-approved tuition increase today. It's equivalent to a 3.1 percent rise, said a campus statement, which emphasized that the increase was smaller than that at many other campuses and necessary because of state budget cuts.

Rev scores a sweet 4th b-day present

Revolution just announced, via Twitter, they'll celebrate their fourth birthday as a venue with Drive-By Truckers, one of the best Southern bands around, hands down.

Let the weekend begin

With an open line.

Cold comfort

Fed primarily by nine-million gallon-per-hour Mammoth Spring in Fulton County, the Spring River surely one of the coldest swimming holes in the state, hovering at the take-your-breath-away temperature of 56 to 58 degrees year round.

The pill

Gail Collins writes on the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill and hopes that regulations for the new health bill will provide that insurance will cover birth control pills along with other prescription drugs.

It's a beautiful morning

I think I'll go enjoy it. News is slow this morning.

Vote me aye

The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas says the board of the Little Rock Zoo will vote again Monday on a proposal defeated previously to make the zoo smoke-free.

First Lady in Pine Bluff

Channel 4 Here's the text of Michelle Obama's speech at UAPB graduation today.

Back to you

The ACLU dinner calls. Honorees include young Will Phillips.

Quapaw tour

The Quapaw Quarter/Governor's Mansion district contains, brick for brick, the most interesting, gorgeous houses in the state. It's a magnificent neighborhood with eye candy for blocks. Tour the neighborhood for $15 today.

Author at Clinton School

Dean Skip Rutherford calls attention to a speaker at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Conway: Center of universe

Republican senatorial candidate Gilbert Baker turned up at a John Brummett civic club speech the other day. In addition to defending his shouting-in-the-field commercial (above), Baker said he was spending a lot of time in Faulkner County because it was the center of his universe.

The war on Bill Halter

A New York Times blog looks further at the massive spending by corporate interests, much of it from secret sources, against Bill Halter.

M is for the memories

So, you know what day it is. What do you plan to do about it?

It's open, already

Today, that is.  I don't believe I've ever been pestered so much as I have by readers wanting to know when Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 10 would be open.  Well, folks, it is.  Today's the official opening.  I happened to be able to go out yesterday for the training session, and sampled some of the wings offered.  The hubster and I both liked the Asian BBQ wings, which were sauced somewhere between General Tso's and the sweet sauce at Rivertowne BBQ.  The Parmesan Garlic wings were a little odd -- we're used to a dry rub application, but these were served up very wet.  The mildest among the wings, the Sweet BBQ sauced ones, is sweet indeed without a lot of spice -- almost like bean sauce.

It's open, already

Today, that is.  I don't believe I've ever been pestered so much as I have by readers wanting to know when Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 10 would be open.  Well, folks, it is.  Today's the official opening.  I happened to be able to go out yesterday for the training session, and sampled some of the wings offered.  The hubster and I both liked the Asian BBQ wings, which were sauced somewhere between General Tso's and the sweet sauce at Rivertowne BBQ.  The Parmesan Garlic wings were a little odd -- we're used to a dry rub application, but these were served up very wet.  The mildest among the wings, the Sweet BBQ sauced ones, is sweet indeed without a lot of spice -- almost like bean sauce.

A line for your thoughts

Quiet here.

To-Do

Armed with nothing but a microphone, a laser-honed wit, an armful of cocktails and buckets of charm, comedian Neil Hamburger takes aim at Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paris Hilton and, God help us, Heath Ledger at Sticky Fingerz tonight.

Off the grid

Storm knocked the power out at my house this morning. I'll be catching up before long.

Obama's Supreme Court pick

All agree it's Solicitor General Elena Kagan. A quick summary of potential issues.

2nd District debate

Mark your calendar: The Arkansas Times will bring together the five Democratic candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder for a debate at 7 p.m.

Annals of gun nuttery

John Brummett weighs in on the tendency of gun nuts to put the 2nd Amendment uber alles.

Smoking at the Zoo UPDATE

I mentioned over the weekend that an anti-smoking group had said the Little Rock Zoo Board might vote again today on banning smoking at the zoo.

Monday To-Do: Neil Hamburger

NEIL HAMBURGER 9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. It's true and it's awesome: America's Funnyman himself, Neil Hamburger, is going to bring the yuks, laffs, and guffaws to dear Little Rock.

Positive sales data for Ark.

When Gov. Beebe announced a drop in state tax revenue and the need for use of reserve money to meet budget, some contrary signals were noted, including a rise in state sales tax revenue.

All in the Scott Wallace family

The Republican primary for 2nd District Congress is interesting. Tim Griffin is running a well-funded, disciplined, straight-from-the-GOP's-D.C.-war-rooms campaign that reflects his experience at same for Karl Rove/G.W. Bush.

Monday To-Do: Cage the Elephant

CAGE THE ELEPHANT 8 p.m., Revolution. $15.

Mrs. Don Shula v. Stephens

Mark Friedman of Arkansas Business has a story this week about a continuing court dispute between Mary Anne Shula, the ex-wife of financier Jack Stephens, and Stephens' son, Warren, over the trust fund from which she is paid $1 million a year in alimony.

State board splits school district

Busy day at the state Board of Education, as its useful blog reports: * The Board split the Twin Rivers School District up among six other districts, but also increased the enrollment limit of a charter school in Imboden to allow that as an option for more current students.

Huck v. Palin

It's items like these that make me wish Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin would put aside loot-gathering to run for president against each other.

Tennessee money for Causey UPDATE

With help from U.S. Rep. Marion Berry, 1st District Democratic congressional candidate Chad Causey is looking to raise some Volunteer State bucks at a reception tonight at trendy Memphis restaurant Felicia Suzanne's.

The war on Bill Halter

You know about the Americans for Job Security, a secretive front group (Republican and business interests are its usual dirty work), that is spending maybe $1.4 million (source unknown) to beat Bill Halter in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

The war on Bill Halter

You know about the Americans for Job Security, a secretive front group (Republican and business interests are its usual dirty work), that is spending maybe $1.4 million (source unknown) to beat Bill Halter in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Amen, Sen. Lincoln

Sen. Blanche Lincoln has called for an end to the practice of senators putting secret holds on bills and nominations.

Turn out the lights

The North Little Rock City Council has been going back and forth for months, trying to get an electronic changeable copy sign ordinance that every one can live with.

Market rallies

Dow up over 400. But who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Monty Davenport owns the songwriting voter's bloc

With Robert Earl Keen. Monty Davenport isn't likely to become the Gov. Jimmie Davis of elected officials in Arkansas if he wins the state land commissioner race, but he's our best shot at injecting music into state government since Jim Guy Tucker's daughter was throwing punk concerts on the Governor's Mansion lawn.

Fie on Obama court pick

Charles Pierce says the choice of Elena Kagin, well, sucks. She is undeniably brilliant and apparently a gifted administrator.

Matt Besser stars in a newly released old parody of 'Girls Gone Wild'

  Probably NSFW.

Progress?

I have been meaning to get back to Stuttgart for a while now.  I was a bit surprised to discover the other day that it's been two years since I got down that way.  I decided when other plans fell through this morning that I'd head down that way and stop in at Little Chef for lunch.

Robocalls: Are they legal? UPDATE

Robocalls have begun, I understand, including some lowdown stuff in one judicial race. Such calls have defied tracing in the past, though they're clearly paid political communication intended to affect election outcomes.

Doe's Eat Place to reopen

The long burger nightmare is over. Doe's Eat Place, closed by a kitchen fire March 19, will open for business at 5:30 p.m.

Agreement struck on Entergy rates

The PSC staff, Entergy, the attorney general's office and other parties announced today a settlement of a pending Entergy rate increase request.

Over to you

That's enough fun for one day.

To-Do

Muddling up blues, grunge, folk and punk, Cracker remains one of the mainstays of '90s alternative rock, traversing past its fallen, flannelled comrades and still recording and releasing albums with surprising regularity. Tonight, the band plays Revolution.

Exes and Oh's

Mary Chapin Carpender, an under-rated songwriter, said it best, "Is it too much to demand, I want a full house and a rock and roll band, pens that won't run out of ink, cool quiet, and time to think.

Cold case suspect found dead

Jeremy Peppas of the NLR Times reports that a North Little Rock man arrested last fall in a 20-year-old Texas rape case was found dead in his jail cell from apparent suicide.

The race to the bottom

It is the dilemma facing many Democratic primary voters -- a changing opinion each day on which U.S. Senate candidate to vote against.

See the 2nd District candidates

TONIGHT! Join us at 7 p.m. at Sticky Fingerz to hear the five Democratic candidates for 2nd District Congress -- John Adams, David Boling, Joyce Elliott, Patrick Kennedy, Robbie Wills -- take questions from Times associate editor Gerard Matthews and the audience.

Stuttgart sandwiches

As I mentioned yesterday, I went looking for Little Chef in Stuttgart, only to find that progress had taken it out.

Don't confuse us with facts

I know how this will be received in the places where people dangle little teabags from their hats, but here's an interesting piece in USA Today (Ernest Dumas has pointed this out a time or two recently as well):

Tuesday To-Do: Cracker

CRACKER 8:30 p.m., Revolution. $15.

Whither Fayetteville?

Will Fayetteville still provide a progressive voice in the state legislature, as has been the custom for many years?

Lingerie goes viral

What would I do without Twitter? I would miss news alerts such as this one from Channel 4, which took me to its Facebook page, which further alerted me to the fact that the Miss USA Pageant had posted pictures of its contestants in racy lingerie.

Debate update

Re the 2nd District Congressional debate tonight: Despite what I wrote previously, no one under 21 will be admitted.

That fine political line

There's no doubt Sen. Blanche Lincoln cast a -- maybe THE -- critical vote to end a filibuster and pass the Senate health reform bill.

The Tories are in

Big political fun in Great Britain. But it sure doesn't seem likely times will be easy for a conservative leader without a majority in Parliament.

A third way for Senate

Blake Rutherford reports that an independent, Trevor Drown, has qualified for the November general election race for U.S. Senate.

Little Rock Film Festival 2010: Ten to anticipate

We probably missed a few gems, but we'll dig em out before the festival begins on June 2.

The line is open

Your comments here. I'll be back before too long to set up a line on the 2nd District Democratic debate, due to start at Sticky Fingerz at 7 p.m.

2nd District debate time

We're just about ready. People are rolling into Sticky Fingerz for the 7 p.m. debate between the five Democratic candidates for 2nd District Congress -- John Adams, David Boling, Joyce Elliott, Patrick Kennedy and Robbie Wills.

A square meal

It makes sense that 4 Square, the storefront in the Arkansas Studies Institute, directly across from the River Market, is a bit of an Arkie-centric take on Cracker Barrel.

The morning after

The Times-sponsored debate by Democratic candidates for 2nd District Congress last night at Sticky Fingerz looks as good to me the morning after as it did last night.

RoboHuck UPDATE

A Blog reader complains about receiving a robocall from Mike Huckabee (or at least somebody who identified himself as Gov. Mike Huckabee) in support of Rhonda Wood, who's challenging the re-election of incumbent Court of Appeals Judge Jo Hart. In it, he injects partisan politics in what's, in theory, a non-partisan office.

Gambling take rises

Has the state lottery diminished gambling on blackjack, slot-type machines and other games at Southland and Oaklawn Parks?

Top tier in corruption

The Daily Beast, using public corruption, embezzlement, fraud and other criminal case stats, has ranked the states on corruption (link fixed). Arkansas comes in at No. 14, helped by particularly high individual rankings in fraud, forgery and counterfeiting.

Walmart fights hunger

Walmart is announcing today a $2 billion donation in cash and in-kind contributions to "help end hunger in America."

The fight to pass Act 1

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, has issued a detailed report on Act 1, the successful 2008 intiative aimed at keeping gay people from being foster and adoptive parents.

Hunting down a gyro

The Greek Food Festival is coming up… maybe that’s part of the reason I’m getting hungry for gyros again.

River Market mugger nabbed

LRPD reports a mugging early this morning in the River Market neighborhood, but a two-city chase (shots fired) produced a collar of two suspects.

Wednesday: Porch party, Lucious Spiller, Filmmakers forum

Lucious Spiller (above), Sticky Fingerz' resident Wednesday night entertainment and Prince disciple provides music for their 50-cent beer night, 9:30 p.m., $5.

Boss Webb

Is Doyle Webb chairman of the state Republican Party? Or is he chairman of the state Boozman Party?

Televisionist: 'Treme' needs some drama

I'm posting this rant, which appears in tomorrow's paper, today mainly because we don't yet have the ability to schedule posts and I won't remember to post it on SundayLike seemingly every other writer/blogger and no one else, I live for David Simon TV shows.

Maybe it's time to start covering Kris Allen again

Because wackiness abounds again. Or so I learned from this Entertainment Weekly interview, where Kris Allen's number one fan, Michael Slezak, asks the tough questions about Allen's latest single, "The Truth," which features guest vocals from  Train's Pat Monahan, who co-wrote the song.
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