I've written before about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing corporate funded factory for state legislation intended to advance the interests of the people like the Kochs, energy companies, phone companies, big pharma, etc., who support it.
It's hard to put into words how much a band can mean to your life. I'm not just talking about just any band. I'm talking about that special band; the first band whose music really makes you think differently about the world and your place in it, whose songs serve as the soundtrack to a significant chunk of your life. For me, born in the mid-1970s so that I wound up situated squarely in the middle of Generation X, that band is Pearl Jam.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel stirred a little excitement at last weekend's Arkansas Democratic Party convention by promising that news would be coming soon about a candidate to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin for the 2nd District seat.
It's hard to reason with geese, and just about impossible to get them to take a hint. You try to make them feel unwelcome, and either they will or they won't, depending on the dim algorithms that animate geese.
I read a lot of news media prognostication. So I'm well versed in the doomsday scenarios that imagine print's imminent death; that predict an ever-escalating contraction of whatever you call newspapers once print is dead; that tell me, in so many words, that I've made a bad career choice. Nonetheless, I'm hopeful.
The opening shots of "Melancholia" depict a tableau of surreal moments captured on and around the grounds of a grand estate and golf course — a mother clutching a child, a horse falling to rest, weather amok — while a blue-and-white marbled ball several times the size of Earth creeps up on our planet. As the operatic score rises and soars, the planet wanders closer and initiates a collision that sends our beloved continental plates flaking away into space like the hide of a pulverized M&M.
ith the regular season now in the rear view for Arkansas, this week's Pearls is about living in the recent past. Grant me this one chance to do the canned "season in retrospect" routine, and I shall reward thee with sporadically amusing observations and possibly one more potshot at the deposed Ole Miss coach!
I will unreservedly state that "A Christmas Carol" is one of the most significant stories ever written in English. With it Charles Dickens forged our modern Christmas mythology, carving into the calendar a season that is important both economically and spiritually; he embedded into cultural consciousness what today we take for granted as the "reason for the season" and a month brimming with unmitigated good cheer.
You might think from all the hullabaloo that Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened Nov. 11 in Bentonville, is the only place to see fine art in Arkansas. Happily, that is not the case. You can soak up culture all over Arkansas; here's a selection of what you'll find in the collections of other art centers, both public and university.
I have received a letter from the Arkansas Ethics Commission that says it will hold a public hearing Dec. 16 on my complaint that the Little Rock sales tax campaign committee didn't adequately report expenditures on the successful campaign to pass the sales tax.
Sad news. The Obama administration, specifically Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is overruling the scientists and blocking rules to allow over-the-counter dispensation of Plan B, or the morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy, to women younger than 17.
Daris Long of Conway told Congress yesterday of his unhappiness about the Army and federal response to the killing of his son, Andy, outside a Little Rock military center by a man who claimed political motives.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Erickson Dimas-Martinez in Benton County because Judge David Clinger failed to call a mistrial or dismiss jurors who'd either slept during the trial or who'd disregarded the judge's instructions and used his cell phone to Twitter during the trial and jury deliberations.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today granted an emergency stay sought by the city of Little Rock to block Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's order that it release information about Police Lt. David Hudson's history of use of force.
Little Rock diners already know Red Door for great brunches on the weekends, amazing baby back ribs, the place to get your old Bene Vita kicks and some Blue Mesa cheese dip. But how does its "Really Good Burger" measure up?
This was brought to my attention by the sharp-eyed Times photographer Brian Chilson. It's a Dior ad that features Charlize Theron getting all dudded up for some kind of glamorous fashion thingy and then struttin' it on the runway.
First: No jokes about gas and the Irish. Sen. Jason Rapert of Bigelow, a prominent member of the Shale Caucus, has sent a letter to legislative colleagues — read it here — about the formation of an Arkansas Irish Caucus.
It's open. Final words:
* SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether the state was immune from lawsuit from ad man Ed Dozier's suit that the state is infringing on his trademark of "Arkansas lottery" some years ago.
Jason Tolbert reports that D.C. Morrison, the crackpot who was injected into the 2008 Democratic U.S. Senate primary to further damage Democratic efforts to hold the seat, now is traipsing down to the 4th District from his Little Rock home to enter the Democratic congressional primary there.
The National Labor Relations Board has dropped the case alleging unfair labor practice against the Boeing Corp. for locating a plant in South Carolina as retaliation against union workers in Washington.
Speaking of Occupiers:
Occupy Little Rock, which has made protection of the Lake Maumelle watershed one of its key issues, has announced on Facebook that it will attend a barbecue at 1 p.m. today at Joe T. Robinson Middle School as a fund-raiser for a group attempting to block land use rules in the watershed.
Interesting story today from John Lyon of Stephens Media on a Beebe administration proposal to rein in Medicaid costs by establishing service centers to handle developmentally disabled people supported by Medicaid-financed programs.
An op-ed in the New York Times by a Duke professor and education writer joins the growing chorus that the education reformers are giving too little attention to the root cause of a huge proportion of the problems in education — poverty and the difficult family life it brings.
A Texas school superintendent, writing in the Washington Post, says his eyes have been opened by No Child Left Behind and the disaggregation of data that forces educators to address gaps between rich and poor, black and white and so on.
The Sierra Club announced today it had struck an agreement with LS Power to cancel plans for two additional coal-fired electricity generating stations, one of them a second unit for the Plum Point plant near Osceola.
UPDATE ON AN ITEM FROM YESTERDAY: The Pulaski County clerk found no lobbying registration forms on file for several of the people who've been working to organize opposition to the land use ordinance for the Lake Maumelle watershed that is pending before the Quorum Court.
I'm still lacking a few details, but former President Bill Clinton will be in Little Rock Monday, Dec. 19, to sign copies of his new book, "Back to Work: Why we need smart government for a strong economy."
I didn't see the full discussion, but I caught the tail end of the North Little Rock City Council meeting tonight at which the Council agreed with Mayor Pat Hays to postpone next week's planned controlled goose hunt in Burns Park to reduce the flock of near-domesticated waterfowl.
It's true as I heard last night — the Greene County School Board in Paragould has caved to the religious tyrants and an insubordinate elementary counselor, Kay Williams, who's continued to put Nativity scene displays in her classroom despite repeat instructions not to do so.
The Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Care is outraged at both a long list of standard of care violations found at the state Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Fayetteville and also at the manager's assertion to a newspaper that the violations were minor.
North Little Rock officials report that thieves who broke into an electric transformer construction site on Highway 391 near Galloway to steal copper parts caused a released of 2,500 gallons of mineral oil, some of which ran into a nearby body of water.
I and others have already noted that it is incorrect and/or dishonest for the Arkansas Farm Bureau to suggest it has linked arms with the Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed in opposition to land use proposals up for committee consideration by the Quorum Court tonight.