Completed in 1948 to deliver light, conventional crude oil from Nederland, Texas, to the Patoka Oil Terminal Hub in Patoka, Ill., ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline is an 858-mile, 20-inch steel pipeline with a capacity of up to 95,000 barrels per day.
The Observer spent a good part of last week in Mayflower, that sleepy little burg to our north that we knew mostly as the place where we turn to get to our favorite Halloweentime pumpkin patch until an ExxonMobil pipeline burst there and made a hell of a mess on the Friday before Easter.
During a time of great hardship for our nation, the Depression, a wise president, born to wealth and privilege, but reviled by the elite as traitor to his class, once said, "Government can err, presidents do make mistakes. But the immortal Dante tells us that the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted are weighted on different scales by divine justice. Better the occasional fault of a government living in the spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference."
Put yourself in the shoes of Rev. Pat Robertson or one of the other clerics who insist that disasters, whether natural or manmade, are God's way of showing His wrath over the stupid things people are doing.
"Obama's budget was due in February, but administration officials said it was delayed by the year-end fiscal negotiations and resulting tax changes. It is to arrive on Capitol Hill hours before the president dines Wednesday evening with a dozen Senate Republicans — his second such parlay in recent weeks."
Look at it this way: if Rutgers coach Mike Rice hadn't gotten fired last week after ESPN broadcast video of him shoving players, hurling basketballs at them, and screaming that they were "faggots" and worse, he was a good bet to get dumped next year after another losing season.
The old building at the corner of Ninth and Rock streets is more construction site than brewery right now, and the men behind Stone's Throw Brewing are more concerned with paint and drywall than they are with the fermenting tanks and kegs that sit ignored, still in their shipping crates.
Also, George Strait at Verizon; 'Bloody Mama' at the River Market Tower; Frightened Rabbit at Revolution, 'The Odds Are Against Us' at Argenta Community Theater; Jim Dandy, Rwake and Pallbearer at White Water Tavern, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Auditorium.
Nobody is likely to accuse Bret Bielema of being a renaissance man, and maybe that sounds like derision, but it's far from it. Pearls can and does appreciate the modern bravado that he employs, though Jeff Long may ultimately have to yank the reins on his ebullient coach.
Former Bro. Gov. Mike Huckabee returns to Little Rock on Friday to serve as the keynote speaker at an extremist evangelical conference at the Statehouse Convention Center. Pastors from Iowa and South Carolina plan to meet with Huckabee to talk about him running for president in 2016
Ernie Dumas provides next week's column early this week and it's a good accompaniment to news that Sen. Harry Reid says the Senate won't bail out the runaway radical U.S. House with a stopgap farm spending bill.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.