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Updated on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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Re: “Brave New Restaurant

Ever try to tell somebody from out of town (or here in town, for that matter) how to get to Brave’s? It’s almost impossible, so usually we just take them. Getting there is well worth the effort, though, since we’ve never met a Brave entree we didn’t like, be it veal, tenderloin, or sole. Splendid sauces and great salads, too, and a wide variety of wines. Wait service? Excellent. We especially enjoy dining out on the balcony which overlooks the river. It’s fun to watch the birds (even saw an eagle once), rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other riverbank wildlife while dining, and there’s a nice view of the downtown skyline, too, which is quite spectacular after dark. Bottom line: This is one of our all-time favorite LR restaurants. We’re what Peter Brave would call “frequent repeats.”

Posted by Durango on 07/12/2010 at 12:34 PM

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Re: “Today's video and an early open line

Speaking of the past . . .

Letter from the Editor:

In the spring of 1818, the English journal Literary Panorama warned that a new technology was stupefying the nation’s youth.

Youngsters were spending hours each day peering into kaleidoscopes, it wrote, mesmerized by the colorful patterns produced by these tin and glass tubes. “Surely this is too bad!” proclaimed the journal. “Every boy in the street studies his kaleidoscope, though he bumps his head against a wall.”

The kaleidoscope fad eventually passed, and society found new dangers to panic over.

In the 1890s, newspapers denounced “penny dreadfuls”—lurid pulp tales of monsters and murder—for indoctrinating young people into a life of crime and “rascaldom.”

In the 20th century, we fretted about the corrupting effects of comics, rock ’n’ roll, and video games. British politician George Foulkes proposed a bill for the “Control of Space Invaders” in 1981 after visiting a video arcade, where he observed teenagers “crazed, with eyes glazed, oblivious to everything around them.”

We’re now in the midst of another youth panic. The Washington Post reported last week that Millennials were more than twice as likely to be sexually inactive in their early 20s as Gen Xers and Baby Boomers had been. Noah Patterson, an 18-year-old virgin, told the Post that he’d rather watch YouTube videos than go on a date.

Columnists blamed the quick thrills of social media and internet porn for making these youngsters uninterested in real-world partners. Could it be that a whole generation has been desexed by technology, effectively putting the future of humanity at risk?

Probably not. The young people who were supposedly addicted to Space Invaders have gone on to lead productive lives—some even write for this magazine—and I’m confident Millennials will, like every generation before them, discover the joys of love.

So take a deep breath and repeat after me: “The kids are all right.”

Theunis Bates
Managing editor
The Week
August 19, 2016

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Posted by Durango on 08/23/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “NOT GUILTY: Jury acquits Naramore in son's death

The ArkD-G is running an online poll on whether or not readers agree with the jury's finding that Naramore is not guilty. As of a few minutes ago, 771 votes had been cast with 53% saying that the jury got it right.

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Posted by Durango on 08/19/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Baylor and Kenneth Starr part company

Always figured Starr would "get HIS in the end." And sho' nuff, he did.

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Posted by Durango on 08/19/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Clinton Foundation will no longer accept foreign, corporate money if Clinton elected

" . . . a needle-dick who could copulate with a Cherrio and not break it."

😂 LMAO! Thanks, Silver, for the best description, ever, of a blog troll. Gonna share it on every list-serve I have.

Great post at 5:59, cbb.

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Posted by Durango on 08/19/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Tuesday's open line, plus the video roundup

". . . Roger yelled 'Y'all shut the fuck up! Elvis is dead!'".

Took two friends to Graceland last week, Ozarkrazo. One from California, the other from North Carolina. Neither had ever been to Graceland. Both were mightily impressed. Not only with the house, but also with the airplanes and cars.

But as always (and for inexplicable reasons), Graceland and all its trappings made me sadder than hell.

On a happier note, ribs at the Rendezvous are still to die for!

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Posted by Durango on 08/16/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Legislators hear of 'no-loan' proposal for college students

"[Leding had] earlier gotten analysis that showed a poor student could expect to attend Harvard for less than UAF."

Perhaps. But given its resources, Harvard could still do better. And for more students.

Malcolm Gladwell noted on Colbert's show the other night that the seven Ivy League schools plus Stanford enjoy endowments totaling $140 billion.

And how many "low-income" students are those eight schools helping educate?

11,000.

$140 BILLION on this side of the table. And only 11,000 low-income students getting financial assistance on the other side. Very lacking on the part of heavily-endowed Harvard, Stanford, and the other six if you ask me.

But back to The Natural State, good on Greg Leding.

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Posted by Durango on 08/16/2016 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Friday's open line

"Durango . . . you absolutely MUST see this obituary!"

Good 'un, HHW, and thanks for the laughs!

Everybody has a story (funny and otherwise) and I guess most folks have a secret or three.

More and more these days (or so it seems) some of those secrets come out in an obit.

To wit: A longtime friend of ours (let's call him Alex) died unexpectedly several months ago. After his wife passed away circa 2009, he'd married her best friend (we'll call her Sarah) who'd also been widowed after a marriage of 40 years.

Way down near the bottom of the obit Sarah penned for Alex, she disclosed for all the world to see that she'd secretly been in love with Alex for 35 years, that he was the only man she'd ever truly loved, and that her marriage to him had given her the best years of her life.

True, perhaps, but a revelation that stunned and stung offspring and other family members on both sides, and one they would have preferred not to have read.

But there it was, and there it forever shall be.

You don't gotta watch teevee comedies and soap operas for laughs and drama and sometimes even a shock these days; just read the obits!

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Posted by Durango on 08/13/2016 at 10:24 AM

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