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August 17, 2017
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Buckminster Fuller's work of genius at Crystal Bridges blends 'nature's geometry' with economy and environmentalism. /more/


Max Brantley

Charter secret

These are hard times for those who believe in traditional public schools, run by democratically elected representatives, open to all on equal terms. /more/

Ernest Dumas

Klan's president

Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans. /more/

Gene Lyons

On Charlottesville

Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot. /more/

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Rom-com remix

August 3, 2017
Rom-com remix
'The Big Sick' subverts genre. /more/

Pearls About Swine

Arkansas Razorback 2017 football review, part 3

August 17, 2017
Halfway through the Hogs' 2017 football season, which now will undoubtedly be played out in the memory of J. Frank Broyles, Pearls has the team sitting at 4-2, 1-2 after back-to-back road defeats against South Carolina and Alabama. /more/

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 16:42:00

Former attorneys general, including two Arkansans, denounce hate, Alabama style

click to enlarge THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Bill Baxley and his letter to KKK. - GOSSIP ON THIS
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  • THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Bill Baxley and his letter to KKK.

The New York Times reports in depth
today on a letter signed by 67 former state attorneys general, including Steve Clark and Jim Guy Tucker, calling on political leaders to unequivocally condemn hate.

The letter referenced a famous 1976 episode in Alabama:

In February 1976, that attorney general, Bill Baxley, received a threatening letter. It was from Edward R. Fields, a grand dragon in the Ku Klux Klan, who was furious that the state had reopened an investigation into the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young girls in 1963.

He demanded a response, and Mr. Baxley obliged.

“Dear ‘Dr.’ Fields,” he wrote. “My response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is — kiss my ass.”

Mr. Baxley did not publicize his letter. (“For one thing,” he recalled in an interview on Tuesday, “I would have been worried about what my mother would say about me using that language.”) But the K.K.K. quickly released it, thinking it would hurt him politically.

It did not quite work out that way.
The letter this week is signed by people of both major parties and is not addressed to Donald Trump. It didn't quote Baxley directly, but said his action then served as an inspiration for “all who seek to equivocate in times of moral crisis.”

I note it appeared the same week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was boasting of a court filing aimed at protecting the ability of business people to discriminate against gay people.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 15:09:00

Over the hump: Open line, news roundup

The Wednesday open line and news roundup.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 14:39:00

Legislators after Arkansas Tech again

click to enlarge SUFFICENT RESOURCES: Legislators question devotion to Agriculture Department at Arkansas Tech. - ARKANSAS TECH
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  • SUFFICENT RESOURCES: Legislators question devotion to Agriculture Department at Arkansas Tech.
A Russellville-based website, The Local Rundown, reports that area legislators are on the attack again against Arkansas Tech University.

The legislators include some those who objected to a sex education event on campus earlier, but this time it's a criticism of university support — or alleged lack of — for the Agriculture Department, despite a growing enrollment.

Rep. Mary Bentley, whose district doesn't include Tech, nonetheless signed and released the letter. There's been an update on the website to its original post and now it doesn't specify all legislators who signed.

They complain of  "insufficient farmland," the lack of a laboratory facility, and insufficient effort to prevent loss of a  faculty member. You can read the full letter at the website.

Legislators want to meet with Board of Trustees to bully them. The Board has responded. The university released this:

We are appreciative of and share in the passion for Arkansas Tech University’s Department of Agriculture that was expressed at today’s meeting. Our passion is demonstrated by the fact that the Department of Agriculture ranks among the top five departments in funding per student at Arkansas Tech University while serving the 10th largest population among our 23 departments. The Board of Trustees has a responsibility to advocate for each Arkansas Tech University student so that we may maximize quality instruction and educational opportunity. The administration, faculty and staff of Arkansas Tech University continues to recruit, retain and graduate one of the three largest student bodies in the state despite inequitable funding as compared to peer institutions. Until that funding situation is addressed for the benefit of ATU students, we will continue to be flexible in the use of our facilities and resources to meet our mission of success for every student. We have full confidence in President Robin Bowen and her leadership team to address any further questions related to progress and planning in the ATU Department of Agriculture and the university in general.

ATU Board of Trustees

Leigh Whiteside, Chair
Charles Blanchard, Vice Chair
Fritz Kronberger, Secretary
Tom Kennedy
Eric Burnett
In other words, legislators, do YOUR job in supporting Tech sufficiently. Problem is that state support as a percentage of costs is on a long downward slide.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 15:00:00

Ferneau for the arts: Pop Up on Saturday

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Prepare for a Pop Up dining event at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Chef Donnie Ferneau is grilling up dinner, and Legacy Wine and Spirits is pairing Ferneau’s food with wine for a fundraiser for the music and arts venue at 20919 Denny Road.

The event, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, will also include cocktail demonstrations featuring ROXOR artisan gin out of Texas. Tickets are $50 before the event, $65 at the door.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 14:01:00

The Southern Table is set

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Southern Table, Margie Raimondo’s new “meant to be shared” eatery at 323 Cross St., the former home of Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, is open, with a limited menu of cheese and meat boards.

The restaurant, which had a soft opening Monday, will celebrate its grand opening Sept. 20, when the full menu will be available. Until then, Raimondo will test out portions of the menu. She’s tailoring her cheese and meat boards to party size and offering two choices: a board with three cheeses and various bites, and another with three cheeses, three meats and various bites. Raimondo’s bites include pickles and preserves of her own making, olive tapenade, nut mixtures she spices, and fresh fruit. “It’s just like coming to my house for a Sunday afternoon meal,” she said. Next week, Raimondo will introduce various bruschetta choices.

Southern Table serves local beer and Raimondo Winery wine, which she brought to Mountain Home from California, and other labels. Local beers on tap are from Lost Forty, Flyway and Diamond Bear. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Southern Table is also doing “quite a bit” of catering, Raimondo said.


Friday, August 18, 2017 - 16:22:00

Third Friday in Argenta: Artwalking to see Southern landscapes and more

click to enlarge Stephen Scott Young's "Wooden Boats," at Thompson Fine Art.
  • Stephen Scott Young's "Wooden Boats," at Thompson Fine Art.

Works by some of Arkansas's most distinguished artists, including the late Al Allen and Carroll Cloar, along with famed regionalist Thomas Hart Benton make up part of the offerings in "Southern Landscapes," a new exhibition at Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.) opening with the monthly Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk tonight.

Also in the show: contemporary Arkansas artists Mark Blaney, Dolores Justus, Darrell Berry, Stephen Schneider and Charles Harrington; Arkansas native Kendall Stallings; watercolorist Stephen Scott Young; and South Carolina painter Edward Rice.

Other venues open Friday night: Mugs Cafe (515 Main St.), which continues "Three Dollar Icon," paintings by Melissa Wilkinson; the Laman Library Argenta Branch (420 Main St.), which is showing "Paints, Pastels, Pencils and Pixels," work by Miller B. "Eddie" Smith and Ed Rhodes; Core Brewery, which is showing "Dance Your HeART Out," art inspired by dance; and the House of Art (108 E. Fourth), where Sulac, Everett Gee, Woozel, Loogie, x3mex and Derek Simon are showing. Claytime Pottery will have a 50-percent-off sale; Argenta Gallery continues its "Film, Flash, Focus, Record" show of work by Michael Shaeffer; and StudioMain will host POP-UP Argenta. LNP


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