Durango 
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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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Recent Comments

Re: “The waiting for Bernie and Elizabeth Warren open line and video

Woo hoo, Vanessa! A glass held high to ya!🍷

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Durango on 07/25/2016 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Open Line

"I'm in a remote location in Tennessee . . ."

Got it, Dave. But where is Max?

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Durango on 07/22/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Blytheville attorney files civil rights lawsuit over police taser incident

I've watched the entire video of this incident and, frankly, find it hard to fault a calm cop who, from the start, tried repeatedly to get a stubborn, unyielding Chardrick Mitchell to be reasonable and to cooperate.

Was it too much to ask Mitchell (seven times in less than two minutes) to give the officer his name? Or to let the girlfriend retrieve her clothes? Or not to suddenly turn and walk away from the officer without a word of explanation? Really? Was that asking too much?

A cop's job is a dangerous job everywhere. And that includes Blytheville which was named the most dangerous city in Arkansas a few months ago. And where recently, there were 10 shootings in a 7-day period.

That, in addition to the usual stabbings, robberies, assaults, drug trafficking and, well, you name it in a town with 7.5% unemployment and much poverty.

I'm familiar enough with budget-starved, declining Blytheville to know that officers there are paid pocket-change and that the uniformed force is down in numbers from nearly 60 a decade ago to about 35 today.

From what I hear, there are spouses and other family members of BPD officers who are begging their loved-ones to retire. Or just plain quit. And at a time when BPD recruiters are having a very tough time signing up replacements.

Given the times, it's a safe bet that Blytheville is not unique in this regard. Anybody who reads the newspapers should know that police departments in Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Little Rock and elsewhere throughout the state are finding officer recruitment to be a very difficult task.

Think about what severely-understaffed police departments could soon portend for the safety of us all. Here and far beyond our tiny borders.

Not a word above is to suggest that police reform and enhanced training is not needed. Or that there are no bad cops. Because it is, and there are.

But as President Obama, AG Loretta Lynch, and others we look to for leadership have said over and over, we need to keep things in proper perspective and remember that the overwhelming majority of cops are good cops.

And doing the best they can, often with meager resources.

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Posted by Durango on 07/22/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Being a U.S. senator while black: Tim Scott speaks up

“Another time, Scott said, he was entering one of the Senate’s offices wearing the pin that identified him [as] a member of Congress. An officer stopped him, demanding his identification.”

Kudos to the officer who said to Scott, “I recognize the pin but I don’t recognize you.” I’d be hesitate to criticize an officer who might have been new to his job and didn’t recognize Scott.

And not that it’s important, but might the officer have been black? There are over 700 uniformed Capitol Hill Police Department officers who are African American.

CHPD officers can’t be too vigilant during these troubled times, IMO. Especially given the number of disturbing incidents that have occurred on the Hill since the 1998 shooting that took the lives of two.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Durango on 07/14/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “War Memorial Stadium gets thrown under the Razorback bus

Most everybody I know in Little Rock is long past past Razorback football at WMS. Way past.

The evidence is in the numbers: The Toledo game last year (Toledo beat the Hogs 16-12) drew only 49,000 fans to the stadium after people were practically begged to show up.

Two weeks before, the annual high school Salt Bowl (Benton vs. Bryant) drew 34,000. Yes, 34,000 fans for a high school game at WMS.

If that doesn’t paint an ugly LR-Hog picture for ya, I don’t know what would.

Wouldn’t be surprised if more fans show up for the 2016 Salt Bowl at WMS than to watch the Hogs duke it out with Alcorn State. Somebody’ll have to tell me about that game, because I sho' nuff won’t be there.

It's definitely time (past time, really) to play all the games at Fedvul.

And take Alcorn State and Toledo with you, Jeff!)

(Do hate to see the lovely Mrs. Sister and WIES lose their parking revenue, tho. Those girls made a killin’.)

PS: Vanessa, good luck with the hip surgery. Just now got around to last night's announcement.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Durango on 07/13/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter protest in Memphis provokes Gosnell school teacher

From this morning's ArkD-G:

"Jimmy Morris, a Fire Department captain in Columbia, S. C., was fired over his social media post that said he would run over Black Lives Matter protesters if they were still blocking interstate traffic near the Statehouse when his shift ended."

Very costly post, captain. Stupid, too.

Which is not to say that protesters shutting down interstate highways and bridges is a brilliant move.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Durango on 07/13/2016 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Deaths across Arkansas

I just added the 5th "like" to the post by Eutychus.

As for the "dislike," it's possible that the disliker dislikes the fact that a child died. Or that children may have been left alone in the house with a gun.

Who knows?

This I do know: If Warren Stephens announced today on this blog that he was going to write a personal check payable to each child, woman, and man in Arkansas, at least one person here would "dislike" it.

For whatever the reason.

I think it falls under the broad category of, "The Human Condition."

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Durango on 07/11/2016 at 11:52 AM

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