In the bag
Most daily newspapers in Arkansas did an ad sale to the National Rifle Association’s political arm to bag papers in a plastic sack bearing a Vote Bush message.
In Jonesboro, some readers were hot. They thought the bag was a newspaper endorsement and complained. In Little Rock, many carriers for the Democrat-Gazette weren’t happy, though bags bearing advertising are required from time to time. (And they complained even though ad bags are free. Carriers must buy their own yellow plastic rain bags.)
Anyway, some carriers rebelled. Many refused to use the NRA bags and managers didn’t press the issue, our sources tell us. There’s no way to know how many subscribers didn’t get the NRA bag and whether the gun lobby is due a small refund. D-G officials said they wouldn’t be monitoring carriers at 3 a.m. General manager Paul Smith added, too, that the newspaper would have happily sold the deal to John Kerry had he called first.
Little Rock native Clay Reed, who worked for the Clinton administration in several capacities and later was personal assistant to Rob Lowe, will be back in town this month to scout locations and find extras for a movie he will begin filming here in January.
Reed lives in Los Angeles, and he co-wrote and is co-producing the film, called "The Prince," with Annie Anderson. The story, set in LA and Arkansas, is about some college students who get kicked out of school for a business idea that subsequently makes them very rich.
Four characters will be played by Arkansans: Nicholas Doss, Richmond Ross, Reed and 12-year-old Grayson Cauley. On the production side, North Little Rock native Patrick Stegall will be the cinematographer, and sisters Ginny and Rebekah King, also from North Little Rock, will handle styling and wardrobe.
Not that it makes much difference now, but just to set the record straight, the Farm Bureau did not endorse Blanche Lincoln, though Lincoln’s web site claimed the group did, and, relying on the web site, both the Arkansas Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported a Farm Bureau endorsement of the senator. In a list of alleged endorsements of Lincoln, her web site included “the American Farm Bureau Federation.” But, as a spokesman for the Arkansas Farm Bureau, an affiliate of the national organization, has explained, the Farm Bureau does not endorse candidates, only issues. Lincoln is one of a number of members of Congress, including three others from Arkansas, who will receive commendations from the Bureau for their voting records. That apparently was the basis of the Lincoln organization’s mistake, if mistake it was.
The opening of the Clinton library occasions a return to Little Rock by a writer for the travel section of the New York Times. One of the section’s familiar “What’s doing in … ” articles will feature Little Rock, perhaps this Sunday.
Best we can tell, the city last was featured there Aug. 9, 1981, in an article free-lanced by David R. Palmer, then writing for the Arkansas Gazette. He detailed the glories of such places as Slick Willie’s entertainment emporium in the Train Station, $3 tickets to the Arkansas Symphony and the $5 lunches at Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne atop the First Commercial Bank building, among other defunct stuff.
Wrote Palmer, “ … new steel and glass buildings have blossomed in the downtown financial district near the banks of the Arkansas River, and the completion of a series of locks and dams on the river has opened up Little Rock to international trade . . . .”
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
This week, the Arkansas Times falls back on that oldest of old chestnuts: a recipe issue. Being who we are, of course, we had to put a twist on that; namely, the fact that most of the recipes you'll find in these pages are courtesy of people who have shuffled off to that great kitchen in the sky, where the Good Lord is always whipping up new things in his toque and apron, running the great mixers of genetics and time, maybe presenting the batter-dipped beaters and bowls to Jesus for a lick down.
The Arkansas Dems can lead by doing the opposite of what the national Dems did when they reelected the same leadership in charge since the equally embarrassing losses as seen in Arkansas. Electing 75-plus-year-olds is no way to embrace the youth.