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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: “Monday's open line and daily video; plus, legislative ethics watch

“I hope, though, that you [Max] never think of stepping down and keep on keeping on, poking the powers-that-be, looking out for those who can't look out for themselves." ~ plainjim

I do, too, Jimbo. We’d miss the hell out of Max.

Just like some of us will miss Bob Schieffer, age 78, whose final broadcast as moderator of Face the Nation was yesterday.

Of all the Sunday shows, Schieffer’s was the best, IMO. He was the one I trusted most to ask the hard questions and to pursue to the end anybody who tried to dish out evasive answers or sugarcoat or change the subject.

Like you, Schieiffer was old enough and had been in the news bidness long enough (58 years) that he didn’t feel the need to kiss ass or beat around the bush when talking with the politicos.

Lord knows, we need more of that, not less.

For those who missed it, here’s yesterday’s “farewell and thank-you” from Bob Schieffer:

“As I prepared for this last broadcast as moderator of "Face the Nation," I thought back to when I was in the ninth grade and saw my byline in the school newspaper and decided right then I wanted to be a reporter.

“I got a chance to do that. 

“When I was a young reporter, I wanted to work for CBS because Walter Cronkite was my hero. And I got a chance to do that.
 
“And after I was here a while, I wanted to be the moderator of "Face the Nation" ... and I got to do that, and did it for 24 years. 

“Maybe it's because I just loved the news, but at the time, I thought every job I ever had was the best job in the world -- going behind police lines, talking to cops and soldiers, and then senators, and even presidents. 

“I tried to remember that the news is not about the newscaster; it's about the people who make it and those who are affected by it.

“I'll be honest: I'm going to miss being in the middle of things. But the one thing I will never forget is the trust you placed in me, and how nice you were to have me as a guest in your home over so many years. 

“That meant the world to me, and it always will. Thank you.”

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Posted by Durango on 06/01/2015 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Caitlyn Jenner debuts on cover of Vanity Fair

With glass held high, I suggest a round of applause, Applause, APPLAUSE for Caitlyn! She and her former-self, Bruce, are as honest and courageous as they come in these oh-so-cynical and abusive times.

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Posted by Durango on 06/01/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “In the Name of the Lord — Sunday's open line

"Glad I didn't have kids . . ."

Glad I did.

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Posted by Durango on 06/01/2015 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Report: Witness differs with former state trooper on report of Duggar molestation

“The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not . . .”

The ArkD-G is no longer a statewide newspaper, or as it likes to claim, “Arkansas’ Newspaper.”

For whatever the reasons, Hussman & Co. have chosen to isolate northwest Arkansas by depriving readers up there of much downstate news.

And, as exemplified here, we downstaters are no longer aware of many of the things happening up that way. I know readers from Bella Vista to McGehee to Ashdown who are pretty much disgusted about it, not that Boo Hussman and his WEHCO Media brass care.

As I've noted here in the past, friends who moved from Clarksville to Alexandria, La., a few years ago say one of the most regrettable things about Looziana is that there’s no statewide newspaper down there.

Some of us are beginning to feel their pain.

I bet you are, too, aren’t you Rex Nelson. Rex wrote a column a couple years ago about how one of the best things Arkansas had going for it was a statewide newspaper.

Guess Boo missed the column.

Oh, well, enough of these wasted pixels. Back to the sorry saga of the Duggars.

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Posted by Durango on 06/01/2015 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The midweek open line: Plus, Duggars, Tom Cotton, death of white rhino

Now that I'm older here's what I’ve discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

5. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?

7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.

8. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant.

8. The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

9. I wish the buck really did stop here. I sure could use a few of them.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

13. The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.

16. It’s not hard to meet expenses. They’re everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut, and a grave is the depth.

18. I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm here after.

19. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

20. Have I posted this on the Blog before?

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Posted by Durango on 05/20/2015 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Walmart anti-union video gets leaked

“And, of course, I am still waiting for a smiling Walmart employee.”

cbb — Why are you waiting? Ever tried being the first to smile?

Ever thought about looking at the name-tag and then finding SOMETHING nice to say to or about the employee? With a big smile of yer own, of course.

Give it a try. See what y’git.

I never, NEVER fail, whether in Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Belk’s, Dillard’s, Penny’s, or Sears to say something like:

“Gee, Montine, you’ve got beautiful eyes!”

“Rob, you look like a smart guy; can you tell me where the Levi’s bootcut jeans are? Great, thanks, Bud.”

“Sasha, you’re the best! Thanks for telling me about the coupon.”

“Doreen, let’s find your manager. I want to tell him how helpful you’ve been.”

Try it, cbb. I guarantee you’ll get that smile you’ve been desperately seeking at Walmart lo these many years.

Or in any other low-paying retail outlets where employee smiles are too few to suit you.

PS: Works with low-paid, unappreciated, seldom-smiling teachers and nurses, too.

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Posted by Durango on 05/20/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Walmart anti-union video gets leaked

I know a well-heeled guy who often boasts that he’s a self-made man (there’s no such thing, of course). The other day, he forwarded one of those “Something to think about” emails damning fast-food workers and others who’ve been demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Here’s the text of the email to which he added a big “AMEN!”:

Low military pay was not mentioned in Obama’s State Of The Union speech. However, increasing the minimum wage for those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour was. Let's do some math:
 
At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually.
 
An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378.
 
An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.
 
So you're telling me, LaTisha McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?
 
Here's the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. If you don't want minimum wage, don't have minimum skills.

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Usually, I just delete mean-spirited shit like this and move on, but this time I replied with the following:

Bill Maher was talking about minimum wage workers the other night and noted that the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in New York City is $3,250 a month. The minimum wage there is $8.75 an hour.

In San Francisco, the average monthly rent is $3,925. The hourly minimum wage in San Francisco? $11.05.

In Los Angeles where the minimum wage is $9 an hour, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,890 a month.

Maher said that if his arithmetic is correct, a minimum-wage worker in San Francisco would have to put in a 350-hour work week to pay the monthly rent for her apartment.

In L.A., a worker would have to work 210 hours a week. And in Chicago, a minimum-wage employee would have to work a 176-hour week to pay the monthly rent.

“How the fuck are people working for minimum wages supposed to live?” Maher asked.

Maher didn’t mention Little Rock, so I will.

In Little Rock, the average monthly rent for an apartment is $728, according to a recent item in the ArkD-G. Arkansas’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

By working “only” a 97-hour week to pay for his monthly rent, a minimum wage worker in Little Rock might have it a bit better than those in NYC, L.A., S.F., and Chicago, but I’d ask the same question Maher posed: How the fuck are people working for minimum wages supposed to live?

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Five days and I’ve received no reply. And something tells me I ain’t gonna. But I'll fix another vodka tonic and keep waiting. Y'nevah know when these self-made guys might speak up again.

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Posted by Durango on 05/20/2015 at 6:16 PM

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