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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: “Helen Gurley Brown's legacy, emergency funds for prison and a Saturday line

Tell you what. Were I looking for a woman (and I'm not; gotta great 'un already, thank you), I wouldn't be searching for one on Ashley Madison.

Instead, I'd be looking at Craigslist-Little Rock where tonight there are about 75 gals lookin' for fellers in the "Women seeking men" section. Some have posted their pics. And some are quite loverly looking. All appear to be looking for fun in its many forms.

Here are two:

(1) "Well here I go again! I'm a 35 year old, married, white woman. I'm curvy. I'm country. I like hunting, fishing, boat riding, riding back roads, camping, four wheeling, mud riding, etc. I cuss sometimes. I like beer sometimes. If you don't like any of this, don't answer my ad. If you're here to judge don't answer my ad. If you're playing games, don't answer my ad. If you're a pussy, don't answer my ad. If you want to find out what else is out there, answer my ad. If you want to feel that passion, that fire, that romance, answer my ad. If you have a motorcycle and tattoos, I beg you to answer my ad!!!!! Your pic gets mine. Please put ready in subject line to weed out spam and people who don't really read the ads."

(2) "Where oh where are the real country boys??? Ok probably not on here, but I had to try. Let's go hunting or fishing or do a little back porch sittin'! How about taking the four wheelers through the mud? Me? I'm thirty... I have a professional job, my own vehicle, and my own place... So should you. I'm not interested in babysitting some man that doesn't have his shit together! I have a child, I smoke, I drink, I make perverted jokes, love some football, hockey, and MMA, I cuss a little... But I'm someone you could take home to momma. I know when to act like a lady and when it's time to cut loose! I am not looking for a boy who needs a momma, I want a real man between 29 and 39. One who can make decisions, be a gentleman, laugh with me, joke with me, and fight with me. A man who can rein me in when I go too far but knows not to kill dreams. Your picture gets mine... Tell me what a perfect day would be for you!"

Oh, heck, why not two more?

(3) "I'm a white 28 year old single mom. I'm wanting an older man preferably. Would like to talk and get to know each other then maybe meet sometime down the road. I'm into taboo sex and I know I'm not normal lol. Would like to find a man as sick as me who gets it. Please send current photo with contact info. Would rather text you then email. Hope to hear from you soon."

(4) "Im looking for a real man. It is so hard to find love. Maybe I can at least find a friend. a guy that is honest sweet caring and most important faithful. One that will give a relationship his all. I am fresh out of a abusive controlling relationship of 6 years and trying to leave oklahoma and get back to my home town in arkansas so relocating has to be a possiblIty. This is not a scam I have had one or two guys mention that but I understand that people do do that but I most defently am not one. If interested message me. I am new to this and am not able to get online much so you can leave your contact info if you want I'll call. Well good day and god bless. There is someone out there for us all so all keep faith and be thankful for what we do have"

Wonder how many of these women will hook up? Wonder how it will all turn out for them? Hope nobody gets hurt. Hope nobody gets killed. Hope I'm never driven to fishing in ponds like Ashley and Craigslist. Hope y'all aren't either.

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Posted by Durango on 08/23/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Helen Gurley Brown's legacy, emergency funds for prison and a Saturday line

I was surprised to read in this morning’s ArkD-G that more than 6,000 “unique” Arkansas names were found on the Ashley Madison website.

Among the Arkansas names were those of state representatives Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle; John Baine, D-El Dorado, and recently-retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice Donald Corbin, who joined the state's highest bench in 1991.

Baine, who did not respond to calls from the newspaper, announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election. Corbin did not return calls or emails from the paper.

Lowery expressed regret that he’d used the website and explained he’d done so during a time when he was separated from his wife, knew a divorce was imminent, and thought Ashley Madison was merely a dating service.

According to an ArkD-G staff analysis of the Ashley Madison website’s transactions, the most active Arkansas users of the website were from Little Rock, Fayetteville, Rogers, Conway and Bentonville.

I, like Polecat, am surprised that no mention of the legislators and retired justice has been made here on the blog.

After all, news is news, no matter the names of those who're making it.

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Posted by Durango on 08/22/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Friday open line

In the greatest days of the British Empire, a new commanding officer was sent to a jungle outpost in Africa to relieve the retiring colonel.

After welcoming his replacement and showing the courtesies that protocol decrees (gin and tonic with cucumber sandwiches), the retiring colonel said, “You must meet Captain Smithers, my right-hand man. God, he’s really the strength of this office. His talent is simply boundless.”

So, Smithers was summoned and introduced to the new CO who was shocked to meet a toothless, hairless, scabbed man with a wart-filled ash-gray pockmarked, completely sub-human face. A terrible specimen of the species, Smithers was a particularly unattractive man and less than three feet tall.

“Smithers, old boy, tell your new CO about yourself,” said the retiring colonel.

“Well, sir, I graduated with honors from Sandhurst, joined the regiment and won the Military Cross and Bar after three expeditions behind enemy lines. I’ve represented Great Britain in equestrian events and won a Silver Medal in the middleweight boxing division in the Olympics. I have also researched the history of . . .”

At that point, the retiring colonel interrupted. “Yes, yes, Smithers, but never mind all that for the moment. The CO can find all that information in your file. I want you to tell him about the day you called the witch doctor a motherfucker.”

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Posted by Durango on 08/21/2015 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Gawker: Josh Duggar had account on cheat-on-your-spouse site

“Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar . . . paid a total of $986.76 . . .”

Gosh, Josh. You shelled out $987 in search of some strange?

Yer such a dummy, young feller. Y’nevah heard of Craigslist and its “Men seeking women” section?

It’s free. Or almost. Certainly wouldn’t cost $987.

Anyway, FYI Josh, here’s what a Little Rock guy posted two days ago. Which seems to be right down your alley:

“I am a 35 attractive, average, laid back, down to earth, normal, fit, tall married white guy. I am clean healthy and drug free. I have an un-matched sexual hunger that is being starved! I have [come] to the dry spot in my marriage where her passion, desire and even lust have gone into hibernation. I have a wildly passionate sex drive and it is not being taken advantaged of. I am a educated respectful person and wanting the same. I want a mature grown up friendship, NOT wanting to party, jump bed to bed with multiple women, striper's, escorts, prostitutes,'' etc. I hope there is an average attractive married white woman out there who is needing to find a lover with sexual passion flowing through his vain's, someone who has a strong hunger & desire. I want you to be down to earth, married, fun, happy, average woman. If you miss the excitement, passion, & carnal lust for a lover and need to feel wanted and desired for, then you have the same thoughts. Please tell me your favorite holiday . . .”

So get on with it, Joshy-boy. Get online and sign up for yer Craigslist account today!

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Posted by Durango on 08/19/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Monday open line and video

“More bad news . . .”

In yet even more bad news, Arkansas historian Steven Hanley, 62, of Little Rock died unexpectedly Friday.

He was perhaps best-known for his “Arkansas postcards past” that have been published almost every day in the ArkD-G for well over 20 years.

I suspect I’m far from alone when I say that much of what I know about landmarks large and small, and in practically every community throughout Arkansas, I’ve learned from Steven Hanley’s postcards and captions which have numbered well into the thousands.

For that, I say thank you, sir. You will be missed by many.

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Posted by Durango on 08/17/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The August heat reprieve open line

Great news about the arrival of that little girl, HHW, and congrats to all y'all. No doubt about it, even MORE good times are fixin' to roll for the HardHeads of northwest Arkansas!

On the opposite end of life's cycle, I’ve been thinking a lot about Jimmy Carter ever since NVR posted about his cancer last night.

Which is why, I guess, I pulled up and read again the transcript of a brief conversation the AARP Bulletin had with him a couple months ago.

For those who might be interested, here are some highlights:

AARP: Last October, you joined George H.W. Bush in a very exclusive club: former U.S. presidents age 90-plus. How is 90 treating you?

CARTER: Quite well. I've just gotten back from a long trip through the Arab countries. The Carter Center has programs in about 70 countries, and I try to stay up with those in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

AARP: Are there things you miss from when you were younger?

CARTER: I used to be a long-distance runner. I don't run anymore since I got two new knees about three years ago. I still ride bicycles, still swim, I still walk a lot and I'm still an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. Basically my life is pretty much like it was 50 years ago.

AARP: The 2016 presidential campaign is gearing up. Given the role of money in politics, do you think you could have run for president today?

CARTER: No. I don't think anybody now can hope to be the nominee of the Democratic or Republican Party if they can't raise like a quarter of a billion dollars. This massive infusion of money automatically polarizes our country. When hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent tearing down the reputation of an opponent in order to get elected, animosity and negativism carries on into Washington. There was harmony among congressmen when I was there, and I got just as much support from Republicans as I did from Democrats. I can't imagine myself as a successful candidate today.

AARP: Race relations have always been important to you. How would you assess them now?

CARTER: The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.

AARP: You were technically proficient enough to serve as a naval officer on a submarine. Do you take technological advances in stride?

CARTER: I've got an iPhone, I've got an iPad, I've got a computer. I have a massive email correspondence. We decided, maybe erroneously, not to become involved in Twitter or in Facebook.

AARP: As president, you made a point of treating the two ex-presidents at the time, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, with respect.

CARTER: Yes, total respect.

AARP: Have any of your successors shown you that kind of level of respect?

CARTER: George H.W. Bush, along with his secretary of state, James Baker, did. But he's the only one, and I'm not derogating the others when I say that. Somebody who has been out of office for 35 years is much less helpful to an incumbent president than either Gerald Ford or Richard Nixon were to me, because they had only been out of office just a few months or years.

AARP: It’s got to hurt, though, when you're not even asked to speak in person at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

CARTER: I was a little upset at the time, but now I've gotten over it.

AARP: You and Roselyn have been married for 69 years. Early in your marriage, you made some pretty important decisions unilaterally.

CARTER: Yes, I did. That's the way my father did and that's the way most of the men did, at least that lived around us. They made the major decisions, and their wives were free to run the household and take care of the children and buy groceries and stuff like that.

AARP: You’re a little better about collaborating now than you used to be?

CARTER: We’re fully collaborative now.

AARP: You end your new book by saying you and Roselynn look forward to the future but that you are "prepared for inevitable adversity when it comes." Can you elaborate?

CARTER: I know that there's going to come a time in the near future when I can't be so vigorous and travel around the world and spend all night on airplanes and tromp into the deserts and jungles of Africa. But I have a lot stored up that I can do around Plains. So we're prepared for that — and we're obviously prepared, I'd say in a religious way and psychological way, for inevitable death.

AARP: Your great-great-grandfather killed a man in a gunfight. Your great-grandfather was stabbed to death in a fight, and your grandfather was shot to death in a fight. Are you keeping your nose clean?

CARTER: Well, I haven't been very belligerent in my life, maybe because of that ancestral background. I've been primarily devoted to peacekeeping. I've stayed in a peaceful mood.


Bless the late Miss Lillian's first-born, Jimmy Earl. He's not gone, but I miss him already.

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Posted by Durango on 08/13/2015 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Busy Wednesday open line

Sister, my darlin’ precious princess,

Here for your consideration are the first three graphs of a news article published back in 1995:

LITTLE ROCK — The night Timothy White was shot in a drive-by by the rival Blood gang, his fellow Crips--packing guns and itching for revenge--came to Dewitt (Paw Paw) Jackson looking for advice.

They gathered in Jackson's dingy room at the Ritz Motel, where he had been living since his boyhood home was condemned and bulldozed a few months earlier.

"I advised them it wouldn't be a good idea to retaliate, but it's hard to control them," said Jackson, at 40 one of the oldest active members to survive the teeming gang life of central Little Rock.


Even 20 years later, Sis, a brilliant, beautiful young lady like you would have no bidness hanging out at the Ritz. Not for a minute; not for an hour

Fergit your ex, my love. And eLwood, too. You need a new best pal, babe. Somebody who’ll watch out for ya. Somebody like ME!

Not somebody who’ll set ya up for a killin’.

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Posted by Durango on 08/12/2015 at 10:29 PM

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