MARCH 16-22, 2005
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
The CENTRAL ARKANSAS WATER COMMISSION. It will not consider a resolution to work out a compromise watershed development agreement with Deltic Timber. But the danger isn’t over. Deltic still intends to try to win a special exemption from the law for its development around Lake Maumelle.
GAMBLERS. The legislature allowed a huge expansion of slot machines at Oaklawn and Southland. Inexplicably, Gov. Mike Huckabee said he opposed the bill but wouldn’t veto it.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. Its women’s basketball team beat the women of the University of Arkansas in a WNIT tournament game before an ecstatic Jonesboro crowd of more than 10,000. At least somebody at ASU got to play UA. But take a deep breath, Indians. It’s just women’s basketball, consolation variety.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
PRIORITIES. Many in the legislature seem intent on stealing money from the education fund to pay for highway construction. Others want to steal school money to build malls in Jonesboro, Rogers and North Little Rock. Still others want local pork projects rather than to build school buildings. Senators, led by Greedhead Bob Johnson, refused decent health coverage for teachers. Pathetic.
ARKANSAS CONGRESSMEN. Every one of them fell in behind cynical Republicans in asserting federal jurisdiction in the right-to-die case of Terry Schiavo.
WAL-MART. It agreed to an $11 million fine, a record, for using illegal aliens as janitors. It was the contractors’ fault, of course. Never mind that $11 million is equivalent to a 5-cent fine for an individual making $100,000 a year, based on the retailer’s quarter-of-a-billion in annual revenues.
HISTORY. The historic Mosaic Templars building, under construction as museum of black history in Arkansas, burned to the ground. The state hopes to proceed with the museum on the site in a new building.
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.