Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 14:40:50

Advice for the New Year - don’t be looking for wisdom here, my friend

If you can’t say something nice, at least be entertaining. ****** The My God, You Sound Old Award: December, 2008 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for it’s old-fogyish remark about South Park: “If it’s a cartoon, children should be able to watch it.” I guess the whole world of anime must leave them cowering under their beds.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 09:36:38

1998: Fayetteville Honors Tibetans

Ten years ago, the Fayetteville City Council honored the brave and beleaguered citizens of Tibet For those who may agree with the recent editorial criticizing such “toothless” resolutions, consider Frank Parigi’s words from this article: “If we do not take the time to speak out now, who will?

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008 - 14:08:26

Northwest Arkansas Times and the Ministry of Silly Walks

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 00:01:32

Still think Hillary Clinton was the first woman to run for president?

I discovered this letter from Fayetteville writer DeLani Bartlette, while reading through the Summer issue of Ms. magazine this week.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 10:49:09

Things that go bump - well, kinda bump - in the night

Sometimes late at night we’ll watch this dreadful British show, Most Haunted. featuring the real-life adventures of a gang of ghost hunters.  It’s an absolutely hideous show, yet once you start watching, you almost can’t pull yourself away from this group of professional cowards as they stumble through the dark, cowering and screaming at the slightest creak in the floorboards.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 10:41:35

Will Google affect how city employees find new jobs?

I’ve been thinking about the exodus of Coody folk, seeking jobs elsewhere before Lioneld Jordan takes office in January.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 00:50:55

Is Rick Warren Obama’s Sarah Palin?

Is Rick Warren Back Obama’s Sarah Palin moment? If so, let’s hope it’s just a blip on the radar.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 00:51:13

Does anyone else remember that Fayetteville is a Nuclear-Free Zone?

I know that I fall into an uncomfortable pattern of using editorials in the Northwest Arkansas Times as the start of a rant - especially when I agree with about half of them - but today’s (“A waste of time: Should aldermen be making collective political statements?”) struck a chord in me. While the NWA Times makes some good points, especially about someone “filibustering” the council, the fact is that there are moments when an elected body can rise above the din of every day city business, and take moral stands, or “feel-good measures,” as the Times so cavalierly dismisses them.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 22:22:08

Last minute Christmas shopping? Let me just add my unasked for suggestions to the mix

By now, you’ve already bought most of your presents - hundreds of copies of “Freedom Run” and “Ozark Mosaic” for all your friends, relatives and strangers at bus terminals- right?

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 09:47:17

Isn’t it time we heard from some Union folks?

Reading yet another editorial (this one in the Northwest Arkansas  Times) about the Employee Free Choice Act, and how, hey, it’s really not that good an idea, Folks.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 09:47:43

Congressman Dan Coody?

Quite a number of folk lately have been whispering that Dan Coody would be the “ideal” candidate to run against Republican John Boozman, come next election.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 10:36:26

C.A.T. Contract: Leveling the playing field?

One of my last official acts as Telecomm Board chair will be to appear before the Fayetteville City Council, and explain the changes that the board has recommended to the C.A.T. contract for 2009.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 10:26:13

401k plans - myth versus reality?

I have been watching the financial gurus on CNN lately, advising folks on how to manage their 401K plans, including some wonderfully sage advice about consulting with your “personal financial adviser.” I don’t have a 401k plan now, but when I did, I call tell you who my financial adviser was - it was me. I’ve been doing a lot of asking around, and everyone who punches a time clock now  tells me the same thing; they are their own financial adviser.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 09:44:49

Clap ‘em in Irons!

There was once a joke about a Dickson Street bar - The Landing Strip - that applied equally as well to Fayetteville City Board or Washington County Quorum Court meetings.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 09:57:51

Fayetteville’s Annual Telecomm Report: A question I probably should have asked last year

Preparing to write the annual Telcomm Report to the Fayetteviulle City Council - probably my last official act as TB chair - and a question occurred to me: Why am I even writing the damn thing?

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 11:40:16

World shifts on its axis - workers refuse to accept role as collateral damage

Like the character says in the film, My Favorite Year, “This makes me happy.” It’s good to see the human face of all of this economic carnage.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 19:24:34

Employee Free Choice Act: Yeah, I should really put my faith in the Chamber of Commerce on this Issue, shouldn’t I?

The anti-labor forces are gathering steam on this issue, all the way from letters to the editor to business leaders.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 10:15:11

Nothing like cold steel, eh, Holmes?

There are certain movie roles that are said to be “actor-proof,” in that no matter who plays them - even badly - , the character will live on in the hearts of fans everywhere.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 12:38:35

March, 2009: Good news for all who still miss the old Women’s Conference and Festival

I got a notice from popular local singer Jori Costello last night, announcing a new festival coming in March of 2009 - Goddesses, Angels, and Amazons.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 00:35:36

Fayetteville makes international headlines - sorry, Lioneld, it ain’t you . . .

A friend in Liverpool (where I was born, thanks for asking) emailed this link to me tonight.

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