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Bad health care bill, again

Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators. /more/

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Sex on campus

Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated. /more/

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 06:42:00

Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

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Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (though not in the Democrat-Gazette news section account) is giving great attention to his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.

From The Guardian coverage:
Donald Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama on Friday night, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center in support of Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special GOP primary election next week to remain in the Senate seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Trump went on to attribute the NFL’s dip in television ratings to the rule changes implemented over the last few years to make the game less violent and limit head injuries, an issue abruptly thrust back into the spotlight on Thursday with the revelation that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who killed himself in April while serving a life sentence for murder, suffered from a ‘severe’ case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the progressive degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head.

“The NFL ratings are down massively,” he said. “Now the number one reason happens to be they like watching what’s happening ... with yours truly. They like what’s happening. Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards! Throw him out of the game!”

He added: “They’re ruining the game! That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. They want to hit! It is hurting the game.”

The president then encouraged American people attending NFL games to leave the stadium in a show of counter-protest if they see a player kneeling during the anthem, which is traditionally performed before kickoff.

“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that?” he said. “When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium.

“I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”
A number of NFL players took to Twitter to respond, including Minnesota Viking Bishop Sankey.

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Where Donald Trump saw torch-carrying people displaying Nazi trappings in Charlottesville as "classy," he sees NFL players who silently express thoughts about police brutality or who have concerns about their health as cowardly sons of bitches.

This was, as one observer said on Twitter, effectively a white supremacist rally.

There's never been a more classless president. Sad to say, the voting majority (at least as represented by the electoral college) approves. I suspect Trump would have drawn an ovation in Arkansas for the same remarks.

Trump likely will ignite the issue further, much as his taunts of foreign leaders have done.

PS: Trump drew a response from Kaepernick's mother.


 

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 06:22:00

Driver killed in crash with Maumelle officer

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Maumelle police report the death early this morning of a reported wrongway motorist who crashed head-on with a Maumelle police officer. The officer and two passengers in the other vehicle were injured.

The city release:

On 9/23/17 at 12:53 a.m. while responding to a call for service, Maumelle Police Officer Christopher Austin Cruse was involved in a head-on collision which resulted in the death of the driver of the other involved vehicle (22-year-old male). Officer Cruse sustained injuries to both legs. There were two passengers in the Jeep who also sustained injuries. All injured parties were transported via ambulance to area hospitals for medical care. The preliminary investigation of the accident site indicate that Officer Cruse was traveling northbound on State Highway 100 approaching State Highway 365, and the Jeep was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes at the time of the collision.

The Arkansas State Police was requested by Maumelle Police to work this accident and they responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Any questions regarding this accident should be directed to the Arkansas State Police Public Information Office.


 

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 17:11:00

The 60 Years Later Edition


The 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School, the Republicans’ last-gasp attempt to replace Obamacare, and a few odds and ends — all covered on this week's podcast.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 17:07:00

Frank Frazier at Hearne Fine Art: Tribute to the Nine

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Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., is featuring on social media every week an artist from its 29th anniversary exhibition, "XXIX Prime." This week's focus is Frank Frazier, a Texas sculptor, painter and collage artist who working on a series of paintings on the civil rights movement. His work above, painted with shoe polish and ink, is part of that series, an appropriate choice as we ponder the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central and today's roadblocks to education.

 

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 09:43:00

Review: The Secret Sisters at South on Main

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In an 1988 essay published by The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America titled "Intonation precision of choir singers," results from "two experimental investigations on the acoustics of choirs" are revealed. "The second investigation," the essay reads, "concerns the effect of spectral variations in the reference sound." Put super simply, the study investigated the way a choir's agreement on things like vowel formation impacted how often that choir sang at a desirable, unified frequency. Changes in vowel quality, it said, "and absence/presence of certain partials and of vibrato, were all found to affect somewhat the degree of fundamental frequency agreement between singers." Deviation between singers in the studied live rehearsals ranged from "0.10 and 0.15 semitones, or 0.6% and 0.9%."

The science and mystery of aligned vowels and semitones was on full display at the Secret Sisters concert last night. And the thing is, with the way those shared-DNA harmonies washed over the room last night, you'd bet the two were nearly vocally identical. As listeners will attest, though, the two voices are quite different. Lydia Rogers' is warm and smoky with a thrilling upper register. Laura Rogers' is pure, crystalline, theatrical.

The night was all wide fifths and aching minor thirds the likes of which would have made the Everly Brothers proud, paired with softshoe melodies that wielded dark bits and daggers. Laura's and Lydia's are two acoustically sympathetic voices, voices that vibrate on the same frequency, filling in the gaps between resonances over the course of big, arching phrases, their breaths occurring in startlingly precise unison. They wove through murder ballads, a scant few covers ("Make the World Go Away") and odes to an unnamed but specific ex-lover. With their sharp rhythm section (a pair of siblings as well, Cheyenne and Will Medders), the Rogers sisters seemed on a mission to prove that a recent lawsuit and dip into bankruptcy are not only in the rearview mirror (See their 2017 release's title track "You Don't Own Me Anymore"), but that the downturn emboldened them to self-realize through their music — to cement their own identities as well as their stage personas. Or are those one and the same?



 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 13:51:00

Matt Damon to portray LR charlatan famed for goat testicle implants

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John Romulus Brinkley is one of Arkansas's greatest frauds, famed for his claim, fatal for some, that surgery to implant goat glands into testicles would restore virility. An early 20th century resident of  Vilonia (briefly, with one of his two wives), Brinkley amassed a fortune at his clinic in Texas. He moved to Little Rock after he met with competition from a cheaper quack.

Thanks to the upcoming movie "Charlatan," we might get to see Matt Damon handling goat gonads, birthmoviesdeath.com reports. The movie is based on Pope Brock's "Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the 
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Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam," which sounds like it  could be a contemporary account of American politics. The adaptation for is being written from "Ocean's Thirteen" writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien. avclub.com says there's no director on board.

 

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