Conservative pundits and their followers were shrieking in rage on Tax Day last week, so wrought up they forgot to mention that Americans are paying less in taxes under President Obama than they paid under his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush.
The Arkansas Times’ favorite little rabblerouser, elementary school student Will Phillips of West Fork, is getting another award for his ongoing stand for gay rights. He'll receive the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation’s “Champion of Liberty” award during a banquet in Little Rock.
ProPublica last week published an examination of how Republican Rep. David Vitter of Louisiana stalled an EPA assessment that would declare formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. Three Democrats — including Rep. Mike Ross — were also working to block the EPA move.
The Observer is not much on campaign rallies and all the attendant posturing and hoorahing and bunting. But we made an exception last Friday for Dwight David Honeycutt’s “Sweet Tea Party” at Juanita’s.
Hey, I totally get the hatred Arkansas has for Texas. We are a bigger, richer, snootier state with huge cities, huge universities, and huge egos to boot. However, Texas has completely dominated the football series throughout the last 100 years or so. DOMINATED.
Contrary to an announcement last summer, the state contract to provide online services will not be awarded by competitive bidding this year. Instead, the state will negotiate another contract with the same private company that has held the contract — without competitive bids — since the on-line services program began in 1997.
The national pundits seem to believe that Mike Huckabee’s move to Florida is more about presidential politics than tax avoidance. Arkansans can easily believe that hanging on to more of the big bucks Fox News pays him is sufficient to lure Huckabee to a state with much sunshine and no income tax.
In the movie “Lean on Me,” Principal Joe Clark has all the troublemakers and under-performing students gather on the stage and he then kicks them all out of the school. With only the most serious students remaining, he restores his high school to its once proud position. The movie, based on a real life situation, reflects pure fiction. Or does it?
Scoffing conservatives call this “making law, instead of interpreting law.” To be precise, they scoff when a ruling goes against them. Activist courts making law aren’t so bad if they’re making law you like.
William Lindsey is concerned about “the tendency to talk about sipping ‘some beers,’ or buying ‘some beers’. To my ears as a native Arkansan, that sounds as strange as addressing a group of folks as ‘you guys’ rather than ‘you all.’
It’s just about inarguable: The See are the kings of Little Rock’s current landscape of bands. In the town’s musical yearbook, in a time where local music is experiencing a renaissance, they’re holding down the Who’s Who “Most Likely to Succeed” in a sea of other wildly talented acts.
I will not give "Kick-Ass" the benefit of controversy. A film this lifeless hasn't earned it, no matter how gory and profane. It boasts not a single original idea, imaginative sequence, or unpredictable outcome.
While I usually hold back my pronouncements about a film until the end of my reviews, I'll go ahead and spoil it for you: If you're a mystery geek — or just enjoy a good story — take a couple hours to check out “Mother."
Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon" arrives at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre a good 36 years after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the pardon of Nixon by successor Gerald Ford and the subsequent high profile interview of Nixon by TV personality David Frost.
Nineties garage pop duo Local H comes to Sticky Fingerz as part of their “Six Angry Records” tour, in which a member of the audience chooses which of their albums will be played in its entirety, 8:30 p.m., $10.
"Frost/Nixon" arrives at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre a good 36 years after the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the pardon of Nixon by successor Gerald Ford and the subsequent high profile interview of Nixon by TV personality David Frost.
Joey Skripko, 36, says Birch Tree Communities took him in a year and a half ago when “the world was hard” on him and made him family. Now Skripko has a part-time job, an apartment and is the featured artist in Birch Tree’s “Expressions” annual show.
Several people sent links this morning to yet another odd performance by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, already distinguished by his opposition to replenishing to country's disaster aid money unless it can be taken out of some other recipient's hide.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going after expected Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton over his wacky idea to automatically punish relatives of people who violate sanctions on Iran.
Before last Friday night, the saddest, most "depressing" Depression-era story I had read was Horace McCoy's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" However, after watching The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's opening performance of William Inge's "A Loss of Roses," I can attest that this play is as rough and unflinching as that Depression-era tale, or any other.
Perhaps U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin might want to reconsider his earlier decision not to include Republican Rep. Loy Mauch on the list of Republican candidates he'd asked not to use his campaign contributions, having read some of what they'd written.