Too much initiative 

Give a man a fish, and you’ve fed him for a day. Make him director of a state gambling commission, and he can buy his own fish. With taxpayers’ money.

Arkansans won’t have to carry their surplus fish over to Charles Ormond’s house if Ormond gets his proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot and voters approve it. The amendment would legalize lottery and casino gambling in Arkansas and create a state gambling commission, of which Charles Ormond would be a member. Commissioner Ormond would help set the salary of the fulltime director of the gambling commission, a position also to be filled by Charles Ormond. A former state representative from Morrilton, Mr. Ormond clearly is not the sort of fellow who sits around waiting for opportunity to knock with a fish under its arm. He makes his own opportunities.

But for all his get-up-and-go, we’re unready to install Charles Ormond in the Constitution. A constitutional amendment creating a state job, presumably well-paying, specifically for Charles Ormond seems inappropriate. It would seem inappropriate even if he’d been an outstanding legislator, and to describe him as mediocre would be a stretch. As gambling director, he’d be a better choice than Paris Hilton or Sean Hannity, but denying the post to all three is the wiser course.

Chicken hawks soar

Nowhere is the Iraqi war fought more fiercely than in the Republican meeting halls of America. Right-wing orators show their mettle on these battlefields, just as determinedly as they avoid the real ones.

Karl Rove was loose in Northwest Arkansas the other night — Northwest Arkansas is one of a handful of places where Rove is still welcome — and his fighting spirit was undiminished by American and Iraqi casualties in the Middle East. Bring ‘em on, he said, more or less: “Victory in Iraq! Nothing short of victory!” Doubtless he was thinking that there are reserves of black and poor-white soldiers who’ve yet to shed blood in the streets of Baghdad — though the number is rapidly diminishing — and why should they be spared when Big Oil and Halliburton need them. War is a continuation of commerce by other means, somebody almost said.

The Bush administration’s conniver-in-chief received a standing ovation, we read. Republican audiences know Rove, and they know that even when he’s waging rhetorical war on terror, he never forgets the other enemy. He’d terminate the Democratic Party alongside Al-Qaida if he could, and the present scandal in the Justice Department (now becoming the Injustice Department) shows that he won’t be satisfied until every Democrat and moderate Republican is removed from the federal judiciary and the prosecutors’ offices, replaced by Republican zealots.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Working Families group buys ads hitting French Hill on vote for bank protection

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill of Little Rock seems likely to cruise to re-election against largely unfunded opponents, including Libertarian Chris Hayes and Democrat Dianne Curry, but an independent group has entered the fray against Hill with ads  attacking the former banker's votes helpful to big banks.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • Hester says state can afford $105 million income tax cut

    Sen. Bart Hester, a Republican from Cave Springs who's been endeavoring lately to end state support for the state-owned War Memorial Stadium among other attacks on government spending, distributed a news release today saying he was working on a proposed $105 million income tax cut.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • Vote suppression efforts continue in U.S.

    This is one to watch in Arkansas. The New York Times reports on incidents nationwide in which Republican-controlled states where voter ID laws have been invalidated in courts have found other ways to make it hard for new voters to get access to the polls.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • Welfare for the wealthy: More reasons to VOTE NO on ISSUE 3

    Voices on the left and right are lifted against Issue 3, the corporate welfare amendment to send tax money to private business and corporate lobbyists.
  • Little Rock police kill man downtown

    Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
  • From the mind of Sol LeWitt: Crystal Bridges 'Loopy Doopy': A correction

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.

Event Calendar

« »


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The big loser

    • Investigator, you are none of those things, but simply a serial ranter. At this you…

    • on October 26, 2016
  • Re: The big loser

    • If they really wanted to knockout the Clinton's, they would have done so with guilty…

    • on October 26, 2016
  • Re: Trumped in Arkansas

    • What a funny article, I hope sarcasm was your intent! First, since this was written…

    • on October 23, 2016

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation