Monday, April 16, 2012

Anybody out there?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 9:19 PM

This was supposed to go up as the Monday night open line about 4:45 p.m. That's about the time our web and server provider crashed, taking us and many other customers around the country with them. Service restored about 9:15 p.m.

So a quick rundown of other stuff:

* RAZORBACK TRAGEDY: To fully understand the Petrino meltdown, writes George Schroeder in Sports Illustrated, you have to understand the full context of the Razorback saga. In other words, you must go back to The Big Shootout in 1969. To understand THAT, you have to know that Frank Broyles' dog caused the loss to Texas by biting Billy Graham's son. He is not making this up.

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* BIKINI MODEL ENGAGES LAWYER; DENIES PETRINO RELATIONSHIP: Alison Melder, the bikini model and Arkansas Republican Party staffer, has hired a big-time lawyer to clear the air following news reports that she had a busy text message friendship with Bobby Petrino. Deadspin reports on a note from her lawyer, Jeff Hagood of Knoxville, Tenn.

"Unfortunately, my client has been drawn into a firestorm that is simply sad. While she did meet Coach Petrino last fall and kept in touch; the truth is that Alison has never in her life been alone with Coach Petrino. She is not a public figure, and any suggestion that she was involved in an extramarital affair with Coach Petrino is false. And it is actionable."

* MONEY TALK: Clark Hall enjoys a big lead in money-raising among Democrats seeking the 1st District Congress nomination. No doubt. He got off the blocks first and has statehouse connections that serve him well. Scott Ellington, the Jonesboro prosecutor, reported roughly $20,000 in the first quarter of the year, against about five times that much by Hall. But it's worth noting that he'd only been in the race two weeks at the end of the filing period. Gary Latanich raised about $1,000 less than Ellington.

* HIGH SECURITY: Happened to notice a fleet of SUVs cruising through town, attended by some stern looking black men. The caravan was reminiscent of the days when Bill Clinton made a presidential visit. No, it's not a bunch of Secret Service guys looking for some action. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, was in town for a speech tonight at UAPB. He apparently travels with lots of security. He was to speak on empowering the next generation of leaders. Farrakhan is often provocative mildly. You can watch a replay of his UAPB speech here.

* CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME: Former head of Habitat for Humanity charged with stealing money from the humanitarian organization. Fox 16 has the story.

* FIGHTING ALZHEIMER'S: Guy Dallas of Bella Vista will be among the speakers at a national rally April 23 in Washington to advocate a higher priority for investigating and coping with Alzheimer's disease. Dallas is one of an estimated 167,000 Arkansans who help care for the estimated 60,000 people in the state with Alzheimer's. That care, and for those with other forms of dementia, is coming with an increasingly staggering cost and the rally is to push for congressional support to change the trajectory of the diseases. Dallas said in a releae from the Alzheimer's Association:

* A TITANIC #FAIL: Zow. Did you know that lots of lots and people wrote on Twitter that they did not know the sinking of the Titanic was a real event, not just a movie?

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