LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION PANEL
6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can’t, curse a politician. That’s what we always heard, anyway. With that in mind, AETN puts together the latest totem to its long-standing love affair with the panel discussion — this time a chat with the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee. On hand will be Sen. Shane Broadway, D-Bryant; Rep. Mary Beth Green, R-Van Buren; Rep. Robert White, D-Camden; Sen. Gilbert Baker, R-Conway; Rep. Herschel Cleveland, D-Paris; Rep. Betty Pickett, D-Conway; Sen. Jimmy Jeffress, D-Crossett, and Rep. Lindbergh Thomas, D-Grady. Topics will include a school facilities report, education-geared taxes and why football-field turf should count toward school lunch requirements as a “vegetable.”
THE BIGGEST LOSER
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9
NBC (Comcast Ch. 4, Broadcast Ch. 5)
n This writer — a long-time member of the Clean Plate Club — saw NBC’s new reality show “The Biggest Loser” coming from a mile away. Here, two teams of Rotund Americans compete for a quarter of a million dollars. The winner is whoever loses the most weight while suffering through temptations such as working in a barbecue joint and a donut shop while on a crash diet, and then gutting out (pardon the pun) non-stop fitness training at the hands of a soulless string bean/personal trainer. The best moment: Rather than the faux dignity of an extinguished torch, when folks get voted off the “Biggest Loser” fat farm, a lighted refrigerator behind them goes ominously dark. Heat up some cheese dip, settle into the groove your butt has massaged into the couch over the years, and enjoy.
EARLY FILM MARATHON
9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
n TCM dips waaaaaay back into the vault for this three-hour marathon of the earliest motion pictures. Included in this historical treasure trove are the very early motion studies “Sioux Buffalo Dance” (1895), “Annie Oakley” (1894) and “Bucking Bronco” (1894). Representative of the shift toward actual storytelling are “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1910) and “The Invaders” (1912). Another curiosity shown here is the 1897 short “Admiral Cigarettes.” Filmed by Thomas Edison, it features actors extolling the virtues of real-life Admiral Cigs — making it the earliest surviving full-motion product advertisement.
A wayward Mercedes-Benz careened off Main Street in North Little Rock following a traffic accident Saturday night, with the car smashing through a window and destroying a door at Argenta Bead Co. The impact knocked over shelves and scattered what the owner of the business called "thousands and thousands and thousands" of beads and charms, including several expensive and rare antique glass beads — across the store.
The Governor's office today announced the creation of an "Office of Transformation" along with a new chief officer for the agency, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson saying the goal of the office would be to "drive efficiency" in government and streamline state operations.
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.
Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte.