Buying CDs and shopping for them are distinctly different. At least, that's what we've thought, and we think Arkansas Times readers are seeing it our way.
If you know what you're looking for, Best Buy (up until this year the regular favorite CD-buying destination for readers) is the place to go with its vast selection over all music genres and overall the best pricing. But, shopping for CDs is best accomplished at Barnes & Noble, this year's winner for best place to buy recorded music.
Would you want to browse new books in a casino? That's how most CD stores tend to be, blaring hip-hop and other loud noise, but Best Buy with its cacophony of media sound takes the cake. The quieter browsing in Barnes & Noble and its computer catalog that allows listeners to hear clips of every song on nearly every CD on sale (we've only found one CD in our many visits that wasn't on the database) undisturbed - plus experienced, dependable informed help behind the counter - has made B&N on Financial Center/Chenal Parkway our first stop in CD shopping for some time.
The good news for Central Arkansas CD shoppers is that Barnes & Noble has opened a second store, on McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock, with all the same listener-friendly advantages.
Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
The Fayetteville City Clerk's office has certified that enough signatures were gathered to trigger a special election on Fayetteville's new civil rights ordinance, the Fayetteville Flyer reports. The effort to force a popular vote on the ordinance, led by a Repeal 119, a church-led group, gathered 5,714 signatures. Petitioners needed 4,905; the City Clerk's office began certifying the signatures last week and stopped at the end of the day Friday once enough signatures had been validated. The ordinance to discourage discrimination in housing and employment passed in the City Council 6-2 last month. The vote came after 10 hours of discussion, with many conservatives furious because the classes of people protected included gay and transgender people.
Rep. Tom Cotton continues to take a ribbing for his recent ad attempting cover on his vote against the Farm Bill (Cotton, you'll remember, claimed that Obama "hijacked" it and turned it into a food stamp bill; factcheckers pounced). Cotton is trying to have his row crops and eat them too, claiming he supports farm subsidies while voting against them.