Wednesday’s not so bad. Why not overturn Monday instead?
“In a 4-2 ruling, the Arkansas Court of Appeals overturned Wednesday a man’s drug conviction because the trial judge allowed two witnesses to testify before the jury that the defendant had been involved in two previous, unrelated crimes.”
To suggest that the day of the week is the object of a transitive verb is clumsy writing. It distracts the reader. Word police arrested Thursday a reporter and a copy editor who misplaced the time element of a sentence. One way to avoid such awkwardness is to use on, as in The Arkansas Court of Appeals overturned on Wednesday …
Some journalists seem to think that on is impermissible in this situation. They are misguided.
Republicans are more skillful than Democrats at jiggering the language for political purposes. They created the terms partial-birth abortion and death tax, for example. Of the latter, Chuck Collins writes in the American Prospect:
“In their new book about estate-tax politics, ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts,’ Yale professors Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro describe how opponents of repeal [of the estate tax] were caught flat-footed as repeal forces got a 10-year head start framing the issue as an immoral ‘death tax.’ They describe how repeal advocates successfully characterized the estate tax as a tax on the ‘working rich,’ hosting family farmers and business owners to testify before Congress, even though many weren’t rich enough to ever owe any tax at all.
“Graetz and Shapiro’s advice to opponents of repeal: Refocus the fight as a question about the immorality of unlimited and undeserved inheritances. ‘Call it the “Paris Hilton Benefit Act,” ’ suggested Graetz.”
Not a bad idea. But compared to Tom DeLay and others who want to soak the poor to give to the rich, Paris Hilton seems almost wholesome.
Ms. Interlocutor is indisposed:
Phil Proctor writes in “Funny Times” that “according to a student paper, Stephen Foster wrote songs in two popular genres — ‘sentimental and menstrual.’ ”
Little Rock police said Charles Livingston, 21, who was found unconscious with a gunshot wound in the street at 21st and Pulaski Streets about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, died later as a result of the wound, reportedly in his leg.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.