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May 17, 2007

Vol 5 • No 18

Huckster on video -- UPDATE

The Huckabee quip on John Edwards gets plenty of attention in debate coverage, though I've yet to see much that lifts him from second-tier status.

Huckabee discloses finances

As a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee has to make a personal financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission.

KENNY CHESNEY-PAT GREEN- SUGARLAND

The best in pop-country perform at Alltel on Saturday.

Sweet 16

MTV has been in Little Rock to prepare for a high-dollar Sweet 16 party.

TOWNCRAFT WEEK

Performances and screenings of a documentary film on the Little Rock underground music scene will be held Thursday through Saturday at various venues.

Borderline

One of the brainiest of our state legislators proposed recently to make hunting and fishing constitutional rights in Arkansas.

CD review: 'Arkansas Compilation'

Somebody give Travis McElroy a medal: He's compiled a cross-section of his favorite contemporary bands on his CD label, Thick Syrup.

This Modern World

Editorial cartoon

UA priorities

I am writing this letter concerning the imminent departure from the University of Arkansas Department of History of Dr. David Lincoln Chappell, the award-winning author of “A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow.”

JERMAIN TAYLOR VS. CORY SPINKS

The people’s champ defends his title in Memphis on Saturday.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Newness abounds this week: New stores opening their doors, old stores moving to new locations.

Film festival schedule

Here's the full schedule of events for the first Little Rock Film Festival.

Smart Talk

This week: A new acquisition for Crystal Bridges; searching for Kool-Aid pickles; a change in the judicial code.

‘28 Weeks’ is worth the wait.

Though Danny Boyle isn’t in the director’s chair this go-round, “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to his zombie masterpiece, is a fitting and well-done companion to the original.

Orval

The week that was May 9-15

It was a good week for … ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. A study committee there seems prepared to bow to the inevitable — ASU must drop Indians as a mascot because of the NCAA rule against use of Native American symbols.

Comments on courage

Appearing this week in place of Max Brantley is a prize-winning essay by Central High student Omar Berumen.

What's cooking/capsule review, May 17

What's cooking: Fat Boys Cafe.

Bush as Nixon

It is as simple as this. If Iraq is not another Vietnam, as the administration continues to insist, neither Richard Nixon nor George W. Bush ever lied to the American people. Who now would attest to that?

Hillary wins the room

I asked everyone to pretend large sums of their fortunes depended on their being correct and to write on a piece of scratch paper the name of the person they honestly thought would be the next president, and pass it forward.

The Observer

Last weekend, The Observer and family took advantage of some rare free time and went to visit the in-laws, who live down in Strong (population: a couple hunnert, not including the guys from Huttig who hang around outside the gas station), just shy of the

Loving Valentine’s

You may go to Valentine's for the food, but you’ll go back for the wine.

Words

A taxpayer, describing a tense meeting with an elected county official: “I said I wished I [had] taken the time to know more about my elected officials before I voted. He responded that this was his last term and my vote really didn’t matter. I could

Too much initiative

Give a man a fish, and you’ve fed him for a day. Make him director of a state gambling commission, and he can buy his own fish. With taxpayers’ money.

Fat Boys Cafe

Located in the space previously occupied by Argenta Coffee Co., Fat Boys Cafe will open on Monday, May 17, and will offer breakfast, wraps, paninis, hot dogs and a daily special.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Newness abounds this week: New stores opening their doors, old stores moving to new locations.

Don't miss these movies

Our reviewers Derek Jenkins and Lindsey Millar gave you the dope on movies you won't want to miss at the Little Rock Film Festival.

The end: Ark. film incentives

For a filmmaker looking for just the right setting, Arkansas might just have it all: small towns and skyscrapers, farms and freeways, mountains, foothills, swamps, delta and piney woods. After June 30, however, the state won’t have what the moneymen behin

Can Hillary win?

Brummett finds one group -- a pack of liberals, apparently -- that thinks so.

Big name entertainment

The Arkansas Cancer Research Center always has a big-name entertainer for its annual major fund-raising gala.

Big name entertainment

The Arkansas Cancer Research Center always has a big-name entertainer for its annual major fund-raising gala.

Welcome aboard

So the State Police is going to invite media to see its new $4 million aircraft tomorrow.

Welcome aboard

So the State Police is going to invite media to see its new $4 million aircraft tomorrow.

Main Street homicide -- UPDATE

A 24-year-old woman was fatally shot in the 1300 block of Main Street about 2 a.m. today.

A change at Community Foundation

Pat Lile, president and CEO of  Arkansas Community Foundation, tells me that she's announced her coming retirement as CE, effective next March.

England lands plant

Gov. Mike Beebe announced a new manufacturing venture in England that will employ 175 people at $18 an hour to make equipment for natural gas exploration.

Does LR have a U.S. attorney? -- UPDATE

Firedoglake makes the case that Tim Griffin is not legally serving as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, interim or otherwise.

You should’ve been there.

Sticky Fingerz was the place to be last night as it hosted the second night of "Towncraft" Week.

Justice is served

No slammer time for Rod Bryan, the 2006 independent candidate for governor, who was ticketed by Little Rock cops last week for shouting at a pair of speeding cruisers to turn their lights on after they rocketed past his bike on Seventh Street.

Justice is served

No slammer time for Rod Bryan, the 2006 independent candidate for governor, who was ticketed by Little Rock cops last week for shouting at a pair of speeding cruisers to turn their lights on after they rocketed past his bike on Seventh Street.

Arkansas, let's eat!

As promised, the Arkansas Times is adding a food blog to its community blogroll. I have a couple of enthusiastic volunteers who'll be joining the Times staff in posting news and reviews about restaurants, food finds and other ingestible (and sometimes indigestible) topics.

Burgers and boudin

Welcome to Hall and Sons Produce at 1900 Wright Avenue. I dare you to find a better cheeseburger in the city.

Burgers and boudin

Welcome to Hall and Sons Produce at 1900 Wright Avenue. I dare you to find a better cheeseburger in the city.

Soup's on -- UPDATE

Enthusiasm seemed high, so I've speeded up the startup of a new food blog, Eat Arkansas.

Soup's on -- UPDATE

Enthusiasm seemed high, so I've speeded up the startup of a new food blog, Eat Arkansas.

Sweet 16 update

An item on our blogs last Friday, repeated in this week's print edition of the Times, recounted the presence of an MTV crew in Little Rock to film a Sweet 16 party for Alyson Walker, daughter of Bill Walker, the state workforce education director and former state senator.

Open refrigerator

Welcome to our new food blog. Let's have an open line on the topic.

Open refrigerator

Welcome to our new food blog. Let's have an open line on the topic.

Get you some

All the big gourmet mags and the NY Times have written recently about the craze for red velvet cake in New York city.

Open line

Driving home, I noticed a pretty good crowd at the Rockefeller home for the Huckabee fund-raiser.

Open line

Driving home, I noticed a pretty good crowd at the Rockefeller home for the Huckabee fund-raiser.

Support the troops?

Bush White House nixes bigger pay raise for troops. You want more money, go to work for Halliburton.

Reel genius

Cinephiles, rejoice! The first Little Rock Film Festival kicks off tonight with a startlingly impressive roster. Some 65 films will screen throughout downtown over three days and four nights, including “The Situation,” a feature set in occupied Iraq, whic

The best of the week

'Towncraft' film events start tonight (May 17), Kenny Chesney plays Alltel Saturday and Jermain Taylor takes on Cory Spinks in Memphis.

Labor looks for help in Arkansas

Arkansas’s status as a one-party state helped several Arkansas politicians rise to national prominence but it has had a mixed impact on Arkansas unions. Business people have participated in the party to a far greater extent than in other states. Add to th

Our scene could be your life

A new documentary tells the story of Little Rock's underground music scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Little Rock Film Festival, Day 1

So Lindsey Millar's up in NYC for some godawful reason, and I'm filling in on da blog for the film festival.  Who am I, you wonder?

Speaking of red velvet cake...

There’s a great new recipe for the iconic confection at mattleeandtedlee.com, taken from their cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook.

Who's the richest?

Among Arkansas's congressional delegation, it is Rep. Marion Berry, according to Stephens Media's roundup of annual financial disclosure reports.

Dismissed

I see this morning that Judge G. Thomas Eisele dismissed Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks' lawsuit against School Board members yesterday, over Brooks' objection.

Clean your plate

A top-of-the-blog note to folks who didn't check in yesterday that we rolled out our new food blog yesterday, Eat Arkansas.

Tis the season

The Times' Roland Gladden contributes this note and photo about a friendly neighbor: Shaved Ice is back at Pokey D's...yum!

It's that time of year again

Anybody going to the Greek Food Festival this weekend?   We'd love to have some pics and reviews!  http://www.greekfoodfest.com/ Hours are from 11am-9pm today and Saturday.  Noon till Six on Sunday.

It's that time of year again

Anybody going to the Greek Food Festival this weekend?   We'd love to have some pics and reviews!  http://www.greekfoodfest.com/ Hours are from 11am-9pm today and Saturday.  Noon till Six on Sunday.

They prefer to be called vertically challenged

I just don't think this is a good direction for civil rights.... Short, fat people may get rights MASSACHUSETTS | Would law stop bias -- or business?

U.S. attorneygate

Think Progress continues to stand watch on the failure of the Bush administration to nominate a U.S. attorney for Little Rock who will stand the confirmation process.

U.S. attorneygate

Think Progress continues to stand watch on the failure of the Bush administration to nominate a U.S. attorney for Little Rock who will stand the confirmation process.

Movie blogging

Lindsey Millar, our lifestyle editor, was forced to go to New York this weekend for a long-standing commitment, but Derek Jenkins is hard at work at our Rock Candy entertainment blog doing some living blogging on the Little Rock Film Festival, now underway.

Grandma's in the can

David Koon weighs in: Now I know what you're thinking: Canned food is for after George W. accidentally plugs his X-Box controller into the Nuclear Football and sparks a fiery holocaust.

Grandma's in the can

David Koon weighs in: Now I know what you're thinking: Canned food is for after George W. accidentally plugs his X-Box controller into the Nuclear Football and sparks a fiery holocaust.

Fish Friday

Dunno about you, but I'm partial to Adam's catfish on the corner of Cantrell and Cross in Little Rock.  Went there for lunch today.  Two piece lunch with fries, hush puppies, and slaw or beans is six bucks.  The long line speaks for itself.  The catfish fillets are cooked to perfection and always seem to be piping hot.  The baked beans are to die for- zesty and smoky at the same time.  Best hushpuppies in the state as far as I'm concerned.

Fish Friday

Dunno about you, but I'm partial to Adam's catfish on the corner of Cantrell and Cross in Little Rock.  Went there for lunch today.  Two piece lunch with fries, hush puppies, and slaw or beans is six bucks.  The long line speaks for itself.  The catfish fillets are cooked to perfection and always seem to be piping hot.  The baked beans are to die for- zesty and smoky at the same time.  Best hushpuppies in the state as far as I'm concerned.

Q & A

Questions in search of answers: Q: Reader asks for restaurants other than Iriana's and (yuk) Pizza Hut that will deliver to homes in the Quapaw Quarter.

The artful tax dodger

Good story in Arkansas Business. Charles Morgan of Acxiom is following some other Arkansas business executives who've set up legal residences in other states in advance of expected financial windfalls.

Desperately seeking arepas

With a little skepticism, we read one NYC food blogger’s obsessive attempts to locate the best arepas in the five boroughs (apparently Queens is ground zero for arepas sampling).

Favorite lawsuit of the week: Negligent tattooing

I'm not sure this is a true story, but supposedly, when Johnny Depp was dating Winonna Ryder, he had her name tattood -- it said "Winonna Forder."   After they broke up, he had it altered where it now just says "Wino Forever."    Even if its not true its funny.

Judicial Discipline

Little Rock District Judge David Stewart was chosen today by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to succeed the retiring commission director, Jim Badami.

No love letter

We're in receipt of a letter about the Times' recent review of Valentine's, the Italian restaurant in the new Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Air Force One

The State Police showed off its new $4.4 million King Air today and Brian Chilson was on hand with his camera.

Bucks for books

Care to raise your property tax by 1.5 mills to raise more capital and operating money for the Central Arkansas Library System in the city of Little Rock?

Let's talk

UALR's Bailey Alumni Center at 28th and Campus Drive (not the Donaghey student center as an original post might have suggested) will be the setting for a discussion at 6 p.m.

LRFF, Day 2: Unholy Hucksters, Larry the Cable Guy, & The New Hampshire National Guard

With one of my must-sees starting at one, I had planned to duck out during the last twenty minutes or so of Friday's opening film.  But Jonestown was such a chilling and incomprehensible experience that I had to stick around for the whole thing.  Lucky for me, the theater where The War Tapes was scheduled to play experienced technical difficulties, and I didn't miss a thing.  Festivals are prone to such mishaps, but rarely are the results so weirdly poetic.  Somehow, the trailer for Larry the Cable Guy's new film, Delta Farce, got stuck in a continuous loop, with the soundtrack fading in and out, going from extremely loud to not much more than a whisper.  Here was the probably predominately liberal and "S"erious doc crowd being subjected to a full thirty minutes of looped (and loopy) geopolitical hijinks.  The same goofball images over and over and over.  Eventually, a few kids up front graced us with some impromptu performance art, reciting the often muffled "Git 'er dones" in unison.  Aah, America.

Acxiom heats up

Says here that a large Acxiom shareholder is going to oppose the recently announced plan by investors to buy the company and take it private.

Acxiom heats up

Says here that a large Acxiom shareholder is going to oppose the recently announced plan by investors to buy the company and take it private.

About last night

After a late-in-the-day change of venue you had to follow the sound of music to find the Magic Cropdusters playing a riverside pavilion last night.

“Towncraft” premieres tonight.

Finally: “Towncraft”  premieres tonight at Riverdale 10. Director Richard Matson said only a dozen tickets remain and suggested showing up to the box office early – around 6:30 p.m. – if you want to snag a seat.

NAACP in Little Rock

I've just had the pleasure of a visit with NAACP leader Julian Bond, in town for a quarterly NAACP meeting and education summit.

Open line

An early opportunity to speak freely. The line is open.

Jeet yet?

Eating out tonight or tomorrow? File a review here.

LRFF, Day 2: Filming Iraq

Wine, cheese, and war at the Clinton School of Public Service....  Skip Rutherford introduced the panel approx.

Will Alltel sell?

Here's the latest from WSJ: The buyout train may be approaching Alltel station.

Berry, berry good

The River Market farmers market is up and running this morning. You won't find better lettuce and greens than are on display now.

Best and worst

Brummett today joins the Best/Worst legislator ranking game. Lots of good commentary.

Best and worst

Brummett today joins the Best/Worst legislator ranking game. Lots of good commentary.

The man from Hope

Mike Huckabee insists he's a serious candidate -- the polls and money just don't show it yet.

Easy money

A sobering story in the New York Times about the high cost of easy credit, people drowning in credit card, home equity and other debt.

Pants on fire

I note the Democrat-Gazette continues to repeat its dishonest account of legal action in the 1957 school crisis, today in a story related to, of all things, an NAACP conference in Litle Rock named for civil rights leader Daisy Bates.

Fresh Market -- wow

Encouraged by Eat Arkansas readers, I paid a quick visit to the new Fresh Market in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center on Highway 10.

Fresh Market report

The new Eat Arkansas blog has more photos and a report on the new Fresh Market gourmet grocery on Highway 10.

Think you know how to Que?

My Man Ralph disagrees.  Meet the best brisket man in Arknasas.  Sports and Beyond on 12th Street and Woodrow.  They set up around 1:00 pm.  You have no idea how awesome and tender this hickory smoked sammich is.  He smokes it overnight and then smokes it AGAIN the next day for the sammiches.  Five bucks and comes with a free soda. 

Think you know how to Que?

My Man Ralph disagrees.  Meet the best brisket man in Arknasas.  Sports and Beyond on 12th Street and Woodrow.  They set up around 1:00 pm.  You have no idea how awesome and tender this hickory smoked sammich is.  He smokes it overnight and then smokes it AGAIN the next day for the sammiches.  Five bucks and comes with a free soda. 

LRFF, Day 3: Coming Home

So last night the slumping Hogs clinched the SEC West by the skin of their teeth with Hrozek's line drive off the right field wall in the bottom of the tenth.  If the subject of Jafar Panahi's Offside weren't so kismetic, I'd be upset that I missed it (though I did manage to catch the last breathless minutes on the radio).   Set during a big soccer game in Iran that will decide whether the national team reaches the World Cup, the film follows five girls who disguise themselves as boys in order to sneak into the stadium.  In Iran, the penalty for consorting with a group of rowdy, profane men can be pretty dire, and the suspense got heavy at times for such a seemingly light concept.  Full of resonant humor and breathtaking performances, rarely is a film so convincingly and pleasingly celebratory while sneaking in such profound social commentary.

Republican news -- UPDATE

A generally reliable Republican sends me a two-word e-mail: "It's Milligan" That is, Dennis Milligan was elected new chair of the Arkansas Republican Party today.

Movie news -- UPDATE

Our Moviegoer blog has a Little Rock Film Festival report: "Where's My Close Up, Mr. Thornton" is the pick as Best of Arkansas, so it will get another screening tomorrow.

Cock fighting in Crawford County -- UPDATE

At least there was until the State Police busted the joint. Release on the jump.

My Big Fat Greek Gyro

The Greek Food Fest is in full swing.  My wife brings back these awesome pics; she describes them below.

Hillary and Wal-Mart

The NY Times writes about a subject Hillary Clinton doesn't talk about -- her six years as a Wal-Mart director, beginning as a diversity pick in 1986 when Wal-Mart had no women on the board.

LRFF, Day 3: BBQ, Butchers, Babies, & A Black Hitler

Even though the Whole Hog folks have been awarded best barbecue by the Arkansas Times every year for like the last decade or so, nobody told this out-of-towner that the place was in the same strip mall as the Riverdale 10.  Pleasant, messy surprise.

Central coins

The Central High  commemorative coin was unveiled yesterday at an event attended by six of the Little Rock Nine.

Central coins

The Central High  commemorative coin was unveiled yesterday at an event attended by six of the Little Rock Nine.

Corrupt politics

By Washington standards it's chump change, but it's no less corrupt. I refer to John Brummett's excellent column this morning detailing how Rep. Robbie Wills of Conway is shaking down lobbyist contributions to his a Conway-based PAC working in his behalf as a means of aiding his race to the House speaker, suddenly a position almost as powerful as the governor in the Arkansas scheme of things.

Corrupt politics

By Washington standards it's chump change, but it's no less corrupt. I refer to John Brummett's excellent column this morning detailing how Rep. Robbie Wills of Conway is shaking down lobbyist contributions to his a Conway-based PAC working in his behalf as a means of aiding his race to the House speaker, suddenly a position almost as powerful as the governor in the Arkansas scheme of things.

R.I.P. Sir Loin's

Its best days were long ago in my opinion, but Rev. Mojo Ryson offers a farewell to a favorite NLR restaurant:

LR Film Fest winners

The Moviegoer blog has them, plus a reminder that the prize-winning short film "Ein, Zwei Dinge" will be screened again at 5:30 p.m. at Riverdale and the event closes with "Casablanca" at the Riverfest Amphitheatre at 7.

The seven dwarfs

A writer for Politico analyzes the second-tier GOP candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: Of the lesser seven, The Huck has enjoyed the best reviews from the first two forums.

Lets' talk Southwest Little Rock

Say what you want about immigration- this ain't a political blog- but these authentic Mexican restaurants and taco stands in Southwest Little Rock are downright awesome.

Lets' talk Southwest Little Rock

Say what you want about immigration- this ain't a political blog- but these authentic Mexican restaurants and taco stands in Southwest Little Rock are downright awesome.

Take it away

We have a family crowd arriving shortly for dinner, so I'm going to have to leave the blogging to the world tonight.

Worst. President. Ever.

We'll go with Jimmy Carter's assessment of GWB. But the Bushies don't like it much.

Open line

Here's your chance to shine with an open line. I'm cooking.

Open line

Here's your chance to shine with an open line. I'm cooking.

LRFF, Day 4: Fade to Black

"I would like to tell you to enjoy this film, but you cannot enjoy this film."                                                -Takeharu Watai I should have been prepared.  However transparent the agenda, however one-sided the imagery, however unfair the tactics, Little Birds crushed me.  The film is a blunt instrument.It took some time to recover.  When I sat down for Mississippi Son immediately afterwards, I still felt smudged and washed-out.  Wrung dry.  That film's cornball hard rock soundtrack, ultra-fast tracking shots, jarring cuts, and cut-rate visual effects were too much for me, no matter the importance of the subject matter.  I fled.A couple hours later, after food and silence and about twenty minutes of Winged Migration on television, I came back for If You Succeed, Augusta Palmer and Chris Arnold's short feature on a doomed restauranteur.  Culled from hundreds of hours of footage, it viscerally evokes the desperate struggle of entrepeneurship, and the toll it takes on a young family.  Palmer and Arnold are hard at work on a doc about Palmer's father, legendary Little Rock music critic Robert Palmer, and the website for the film is just lovely, reminiscent of Jessica Yu and Agnes Varda.I hit the road after that, so no coverage of the awards ceremony.  I'm beat, but at the same time invigorated.  At home, crickets are still chirping in the Fayetteville film community, but there's cause for hope.

Alltel sold -- UPDATE

The news release isn't available at this second, but we're informed by a very reliable source that the purchase of Alltel Corp. by a private equity group has been done.

West Memphis Three

Mara Leveritt posts an item about a meeting between science experts working in behalf of the three men convicted in the slayings of West Memphis children and state medical examiners.

Defining moments

Could the only two memorable lines from last week's Republican presidential debate be the first step toward a Giuliani-Huckabee ticket?

McMansion buster

John Selva tells us that you can read the latest draft of the Hillcrest overlay district at his savehillcrest.org website.

Farmers Market relocates

Because of Riverfest, the River Market Farmers' Market will relocate for one day this weekend -- Saturday.

Produce alert

The River Market Farmers' Market will relocate this Saturday to its old location in the parking deck at Sixth and Scott to avoid conflict with Riverfest.

Impeach Gonzales

The scandal that Sen. Mark Pryor helped uncover keeps on giving. Robert Greenwald, the guerilla documentary maker, has boiled Al The Torturer's tale down to a two-minute video.

Huckabee: Nixes sex ed

A candidate with crossover appeal? Not with this kind of claptrap, courtesy of Christian Broadcasting: The results are in.

Wal-Mart discount brokerage

Wal-Mart has so far been stymied on entering the banking business. Who needs to be a bank when you can be a stock broker?

Gas prices -- a record

Here's an answer to a question I'd had: Average gas prices are a record even adjusted against inflation compared with the bad old days of 1981, when the average price nationally hit a whopping $1.35 a gallon (or $3.15 in today's money vs. $3.18 for the latest national average).

Let's go get some sammiches!

Uncle T's at MLK and Daisy Bates knows how to serve'em up.  Ham, pastrami, and cheese sammich for $3.50.

Worst. President. Ever. II

We're not backing off. Even if Jimmy Carter is.

Jeff Nichols is on a roll

  First off: big ups to Derek Jenkins for filling in on the blog so admirably.

Jermain Taylor: champ or chump

Jim Harris, formerly of the Times and now writing about sports at Arkansas Business, was at the Jermain Taylor title defense in Memphis and he doesn't have much good to say about the Arkansas boxer, winner in a split decision over Cory Spinks.

Gimme 27.5

Alltel CEO Scott Ford gives a medium-high five at a news conference today to discuss the Sunday night announcement that the company would be sold to private investors for $27.5 billion, but remain headquartered in Little Rock.

Faith in the workplace

The Tyson Family Foundation has given $2 million to the University of Arkansas to endow a professorship in faith and spirtuality in the workplace.

They love me. They really love me.

So says UA football coach Houston Nutt of Hog fans in a Tulsa interview. Except for that tiny minority of dark-siders, of course.

Vegan, schmegan

David Koon reports: Not that anyone reading the Eat Arkansas blog is in danger of  converting to a vegan diet (that is: no meat, but also no eggs or dairy  products), but in this interesting article from the New York Times  — and in light of yet another recent case in which strict-Vegan parents  literally starved their infant to death on a soymilk- and  apple-juice-only diet — dietitian and author (and former vegan) Nina  Planck explains why babies need meat for good physical and mental  development.

LR's finest

All the news in the Little Rock School District isn’t of the contentious variety. Today, 68 of the district’s top students were invited to the Clinton Library for the district’s third “Signing Day” sponsored by the Little Rock Public Education Foundation, Twin City Bank and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

LR's finest

All the news in the Little Rock School District isn’t of the contentious variety. Today, 68 of the district’s top students were invited to the Clinton Library for the district’s third “Signing Day” sponsored by the Little Rock Public Education Foundation, Twin City Bank and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The King's cake

As demanded -- and as promised -- recipes follow for a couple of Brantley household favorites.

The King's cake

As demanded -- and as promised -- recipes follow for a couple of Brantley household favorites.

Recipe exchange

Blog readers have demanded recipes for a couple of dishes we cooked for Sunday supper.

Recipe exchange

Blog readers have demanded recipes for a couple of dishes we cooked for Sunday supper.

Pandering to the base

It's the age-old dilemma. Republican politicians, to win the Republican primary, generally think they have to bow and scrape to the right-wing base.

Towncraft in review

  Friday night marked the crowning moment of "Towncraft" Week: the film’s premiere. The packed house was loud with chatter until director Richard Matson came forward.

Huckabee's wrong on the right

Dale Bumpers, who always had a dependable nose for the prevailing winds even if he did not obey it, said the other day that if Mike Huckabee was counting on the Religious Right to deliver the Republican presidential nomination his campaign was dead in the

Time to pay the speaker

We’ve created a monster in the office of speaker of the state House of Representatives. The front-runner to succeed Benny Petrus, young lawyer Robbie Wills of Conway, now takes it to a new level. Lobbyists are starting to grumble.

On the north side

The Arkansas Blog now and again mentions Argenta News, a community-oriented blog covering North Little Rock.

Slick Mitt

Mitt Romney's breakout in polling in New Hampshire and Iowa is an occasion for John Brummett to review the slick talking ways of the former Massachusetts governor.

Woo, pigs

The University of Arkansas, and other colleges, made out like bandits in the recent legislative session.

Internet hotspot

Bentonville has made its town square an Internet hotspot, with free wireless service.

Short memories

No, Jimmy Carter's spicy commentary on George W. Bush in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was not the first time a president has spoken ill of another president.

NWA blogging

An interesting and entertaining blog in NW Ark. offers a good take on the high scores of Little Rock Central and several other Arkansas high schools on a national high school ranking by Newsweek based on participation in Advanced Placement and other rigorous academic courses.

NWA blogging

An interesting and entertaining blog in NW Ark. offers a good take on the high scores of Little Rock Central and several other Arkansas high schools on a national high school ranking by Newsweek based on participation in Advanced Placement and other rigorous academic courses.

Taste of the Rock

Calendar note: Taste of the Rock, an event sponsored by the LR Regional Chamber of Commerce to showcase restaurant members will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Political theater

The nominal president said this week that U.S. attorneygate is just political theater and his injustice enabler, Al The Torturer, has done no wrong.

The early vote

It's not just earlier primaries that could doom underfunded presidential candidates hoping for a push from a breakout performance in Iowa or New Hampshire.

School daze

The Arkansas Blog mentioned this weeks ago, but word on the street is that the official announcement is coming soon, perhaps tomorrow, that Episcopal Collegiate School plans an expansion to include elementary grades.

Samantha 2 Burritos!

Inspired by the Eat Arkansas Blog, I felt it was time to get an authenic Mexican burrito.  Four bucks for a pollo, rice, and beans burrito in SW Little Rock on South Geyer Springs next to Sims BBQ.  Talk about a meal and a half, this is lunch and dinner all rolled into one.

Such a deal

The Fayetteville shale gas play may be a bonanza for gas producers and some royalty owners may like it, but the state will reap virtually no tax benefit, unlike other states with realistic severance taxes.

Such a deal

The Fayetteville shale gas play may be a bonanza for gas producers and some royalty owners may like it, but the state will reap virtually no tax benefit, unlike other states with realistic severance taxes.

In review: Capitol Bistro

Reader David Quinn has responded to the call for restaurant reviews and photos. Thanks David.

Shareholders revolt

Talk Business reports that a shareholder has already filed suit over the Alltel buyout deal.

Shareholders revolt

Talk Business reports that a shareholder has already filed suit over the Alltel buyout deal.

School update

I hear that a hearing officer from out of state has been chosen to preside over the Little Rock School Board hearing on whether Superintendent Roy Brooks has been hired.

Gallup says

Mike Huckabee has dropped from 2 percent to 1 percent among Republican voters in the last month.

The crusader

Monica Goodling, the crusader who was given wide authority to install Christian God-fearing Republican ideologues throughout the Justice Department (an all-white slate of appointments to the Civil Rights Division is among the achievements), gets her day before Congress today and the LA Times has a profile.

This makes you top tier?

Good commentary on Huffington Post: If you thought Mike Huckabee's 24 e-mail on the eve of the first quarter fundraising deadline was lame, you are in for quite a treat with today's ask.

Riverfest 2007- Whatcha eatin this year?

We have to go buy our riverfest tickets today and it got us thinking about the food.  Below is a list of this year's vendors.  Care to point us in the right direction?

Riverfest 2007- Whatcha eatin this year?

We have to go buy our riverfest tickets today and it got us thinking about the food.  Below is a list of this year's vendors.  Care to point us in the right direction?

Pharmacy sold

The Hope Star reports that U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and his wife Holly have sold the family pharmacy in Prescott to USA Drug.

Bypass complications

A UAMS study project reports linkage between gastric bypass surgery and neurological conditions. News release on jump.

R.I.P.

This'll run in tomorrow's paper:Victor Wiley, 1969-2007.Central Arkansas lost one of its most prolific and important artists and musicians over the weekend.

Monica Goodling live

Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo operation is live blogging Goodling. She's taken the 5th, been immunized and has already admitted, effectively, breaking the civil service law by disapproving U.S. attorney hires on political grounds.

This ought to fix it

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announces that he'll be in Fayetteville at 2 p.m. Thursday (courthouse) to discuss high gas prices.

60 minutes

A desperate plea from David Koon: Around my place we sort of get in a rut when it comes to dinner.

Sad news at the River Market

1) Today is the last day for the Stock Pot in the River Market. And only soup and sandwiches today.

FOI ruling expected on Public Ed Foundation --UPDATE

After a hearing this morning, Judge Jay Moody said he'll rule late today or early tomorrow on a Little Rock woman's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Little Rock Public Education Foundation.

Pryor pressure

Michael Baroody, the manufacturers' lobbyist who Bush had nominated to head, of all things, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Caging isn't just for chickens

Caging is also a tactic used to winnow out minority voters from the democratic process.

Future To-Do: 607

The last time 607 released an album at the Village he wore a bondage hood and bondage wristlets, did several tracks with a live band (including a violinist), made a costume change and took requests for about an hour and a half.

The food stamp challenge

On one of the threads, Quapaw links to the Congressional Food Stamp challenge, in which four congressmen tried to live on the average $21 weekly food stamp allotment.

Bangin' in Little Rock

"I used to worry about Russia, but now it's the people here, like the gangs and drug dealers."—tank-topped, white-dude holding a rifle at a gun-showAnd so it goes in "Bangin' in Little Rock," the 1994 documentary that, aside from President Clinton, might be the most widely recognizable cultural touchstone for our state for people outside of Arkansas.

Truth squad

Mike Huckabee's campaign is touting his "fair tax" idea. The release is on the jump. It's a variant of the old flat-tax pipe dream, here a national sales tax around 24 percent. Not going to happen. But it's also a good occasion to link to Ernie Dumas' column this week providing more accurate information than Huckabee provides on his tax record as governor.

Two mommies

Dick "Go F*** Yourself" Cheney's newest grandchild has a pair of them.

Download Towncraft for free

Link and explicit instructions on burning it to DVD or saving it to your iPod here.Plus, the website has new videos and photos from Towncraft week.

Why not?

A Wednesday open line.
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