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November 24, 2005

Vol 3 • No 45

Bruce James calls the Hogs

It's LSU to finish.

Yule blog

In addition to the year-old politics-and-culture weblog fielded by the Arkansas Times at, the Internet has pretty much exploded in the last year with Arkansas-themed blogs.

The Observer Nov. 24

The Observer recently signed up on Friendster, the Internet networking site. It’s not the kind of thing The Observer would normally do, but a few of our friends asked us to, so we begrudgingly went along.

Words Nov. 24

This case will set a precedent for the trial of Karl “Turdblossom” Rove: “WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney asked a judge to bar any references to his client’s nickname in his upcoming murder trial, saying jurors might think someone called S

Bad sign: Judge asks if you’re kidding

There are a couple of things you don’t want to hear from a robed justice seated behind the elevated bar in the fancy room when you’re arguing before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Thanksgiving 2005

Thanks for the 36 percent from another planet who think he’s doing a good job. Thanks for Tom Cruise’s depth. Thanks for all the Social Security reform.

Profit and loss

General Motors this week announced it is cutting around 30,000 jobs and closing almost a dozen manufacturing and distribution facilities in response to a continued financial downslide. The corporate leadership blamed GM’s poor performance on health car

The week that was Nov. 16-22

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … BEER DRINKERS. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission approved a permit for UALR to sell alcoholic beverages at the new Stephens Center basketball arena.

Running out of excuses

The administration keeps changing its story about why and how the U.S. invaded Iraq, a country that has been punished terribly for having done nothing to us. Vice President Dick Cheney now says it’s irrelevant that the weapons of mass destruction the ad

The 2008 forecast

Little Rock’s Political Animals Club had its biggest turnout of the year last week. At 7 a.m. more than 100 came to hear Charlie Cook, who is one of the political experts who tells politicians whether they will win or lose and why. He’s the publisher of “

Picks Nov. 24-30

Stuttgart's duck cookoff leads the party agenda this weekend, but there's also the Moscow Ballet for more refined audiences, a Lawrence Hamilton Christmas show and a gospel play starring Phyllis Yvonne Stickney at Robinson.

On the Sabbath day, feast

It’s a delicious irony that the week’s most decadent meal is served on the holiest part of its holiest day. Coat-and-tie church-goer or hung-over layabed, saint or sinner, brunch is all about indulgence. Gluttony, in pulpit-speak. Eggs Benedict, the grand

Editorial cartoon Nov. 24

Ground breakers

A book in which one is invited to write comments sits in the entry to the Arkansas Arts Center’s Wolfe Gallery, where the 10th Drawing Invitational is on exhibit. Great praise is recorded there, including one note that says “greatest stuff seen in a long

Broyles to wed

Frank Broyles is getting married again. The athletic director of the University of Arkansas confirmed that he and Guendaline “Gen” Whitehead of Little Rock will be getting hitched soon.

What's cooking-capsule reviews

What's cooking: Vermillion Water Grille; chef awards Capsule review: Serendipities

A promising newcomer in NLR

The Fire Fall Grill and Bar has the potential to become a very popular restaurant in North Little Rock. A person can get a lot of food, most of it pretty good, at a not outrageous price. It manages to be kind of down-home and kind of upscale at the same t

The Bush economy

You trust the Bush administration’s figures, don’t you? Here is what the Bureau of Labor Statistics in George W. Bush’s Labor Department says has happened to the economy and specifically to American workers from the time he took office in January 20

Watermelon Slim has ‘blues’ experience

You can’t get a more genuine feel of the trials and tribulations of the blues than the real deal: the highly literate Watermelon Slim and the Workers, playing Saturday, Nov. 26, at Cajun’s Wharf.

Reading globally

Regarding Robert McCord’s lament about dying newspapers (Nov. 10): The demise of the newspaper isn’t that “young people aren’t reading daily newspapers like they used to,” but rather that people of all ages are skipping over the local rags for global pres

Heavy metal

With two toddler-age sons, a house in a quiet neighborhood and only 34 years on his odometer, Robert Roling might be the last person you’d suspect to be the owner of the 1950 Chevrolet coupe in the parking lot outside his shop, Kustoms Royale. It’s someth

TV highlights

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 AMC (Comcast Ch. 31) Hordes of moaning zombies, lurching through darkness, looking for a release from the earthly plane.

Who you gonna call?

Can fat-busting send The Huckster to the White House? The rising number of fat people in America isn’t necessarily a big plus for him. Fat people know why we are fat. We eat and drink too much and exercise too little.

This Modern World Nov. 24

A Sticky showcase

Perhaps there is another Jason White out in Arkansas like the Central High grad who landed a regular gig with one of the greatest bands of the past decade (see Joy Ritchey’s story on this page). There may even be another Evanescence lurking in some home s

Smart Talk

Of nimrods, jobs and turkey feasts.

Cash in

While I usually find much to hate about bio-pics — too stiff, too worshipful, too narrow or too broad — I’ve got one to add to the handful that I adore: the new Johnny Cash film biography “Walk the Line.”

Orval Nov. 24

For the love of Green Day

I admit it. I love Green Day. That admission must be followed by the admission that I loved Jason White, the North Little Rock native who for years has played guitar and toured with Green Day and who, with his increasing visibility in their videos, li

Presumption of wimpiness

I don’t want any part of any debate among the three announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.