Walmart is helping to promote a new ideological film, "Won't Back Down," aimed at supporting "trigger laws" that give parents of schoolchildren a vote to convert a conventional public school (preferably one with a union workforce) into a non-union charter school.
The Observer — whose knowledge of birds declines sharply once you get past "crispy" or "original" — was recently informed by our avid birdwatching deputy that a mysterious and never-before-seen visitor to these parts has birdwatchers flocking to Lake Norrell, way out near the end of Col. Glenn Road, a few miles over the line in Saline County.
Widely suspected of believing in nothing, Mitt Romney's choice of a True Believer as his running mate plays well as public theater. As a TV performer, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is as winsome as Sarah Palin, and far better at faking sincerity.
I didn't like it when the scientists demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet, but the Higgs boson is OK by me. I'm studying ways to work it into a sentence. "Mitt Romney wasn't president when the Higgs boson was discovered," is one I'm looking at.
I was talking with Cold Dead Hand down at the House of Dominoes the other morning about climate change, Paul Ryan, and some of the other ponderable contemporary threats to human existence, and he mentioned fracking.
In less than four weeks — in an election city officials hope is noticed only by those identified as reliable supporters of city government — Little Rock voters will be asked to vote for a 3-mill property tax to finance street and drainage work.
Secretary of State Mark Martin is the same sort of slobbery partisan as Paul Ryan. One of Martin's deputies was in El Dorado the other day proclaiming that only Republicans should be elected county clerks, because Democratic clerks allowed "illegal immigrants" (i.e., Latinos) to vote. Pressed for proof that Democrats permit illegal voting, and Republicans don't, Martin and his staff fell back into their Capitol office.
Also Iron Tongue, Pallbearer and Windhand at White Water; Keep the Garden Growing at White Water; Otis at Cajun's Wharf; Shonen Knife at Stickyz; the Uproar Festival at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
The ongoing month-by-month season preview for the 2012 Hogs reaches Stage Two, AKA October. It is a light month, on volume (three games and one bye that, for a change, is well-timed) and strength of opposition (one preseason Top 50 opponent).
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.