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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tonight's the night

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The line is open. I'm sure Jay Barth will be along before long with some words from the Democratic National Convention and President Obama's big speech. (UPDATE: Sorry, Jay must have gotten swept up in the euphoria that folllowed a raucous conclusion of a very successful convention with Barack Obama's acceptance speech. That speech was fine, but safe, the pundits seem to say) Some other closing words:

* BIGGER TENT: Another night of strong political contrast after last night's parade of women testifying in support of women's essential health services, contraception and abortion rights. Tonight: You have the Republicans, whose homophobia ranges from quiet to, in Arkansas, full-throated. And you have the Democrats, which will hear in prime time tonight from Tammy Baldwin, running hard to be the first openly gay (gee, I hate that phrase) U.S. senator. Republicans still believe as a matter of party policy that it should be legal to fire Baldwin on account of her sexual orientation, no matter how meritorious her work. Speak on, Ms. Baldwin.

* OOPS: A contractor working for the city of Little Rock to tear down condemned structures tore down the wrong house, a vacant residence at 2800 Harrison Street. See jump for city statement.

* THE LYING LIARS: Republicans rolled out a TV ad today purporting to depict a former Obama supporter who'd given up on the president. She's a long-time Republican staffer, who intones in the ad: "You're just not the person I thought you were." No s***.

* LESS IS LESS: Another explanation for Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman, who threw up a bunch of nonsense in a legislative committee yesterday that suggested a federal block grant approach could somehow save current state Medicaid programs at existing levels. This is so obviously wrong that you really have to believe Westerman was lying about the impact of the Romney-Ryan plan, which claims savings from dismantling Obamacare. From the link:

The savings don’t come from any known interventions. They come from drastically reducing the amount of money the federal government plans to give to the states in the future. That’s how they say they will save money. How much less money will the states be given? Tons:

* NEWSPAPERS GET NO RESPECT: This is funny. The University of Texas built a spiffy new building to house the College of Communication (newspapering and stuff). But they wouldn't allow newspaper boxes on the premises. Too ugly for the edifice. Romenesko got on it. Architects have now been directed to come up with design-suitable newsboxes. Has anybody checked to see if college students actually still read paper newspapers?

* HAVE YOU READ GENE LYONS YET THIS WEEK? If not, do so. It's a magnificent takedown of the lying Marathon Man, Paul Ryan.

* AND DON'T MISS: An extended version of Tom Tomorrow's excellent cartoon coverage of the Republican National Convention. We carried the original strip this week, but he's added even more here.

* OLYMPIC MEDALIST IN TOWN: Just learned that Michael Tinsley, the Joe T. Robinson grad who finished second in the 400 meter hurdles at the recent Olympics, will toss the coin Friday night at Joe T.'s football game with J.A. Fair.

* RAZORBACK FOOTBALL COACH FILES CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY: John Smith, the Razorback football coach, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in federal court today. The form lists $10 to $50 million in debts and $1 to $10 million in assets. He'd indicated earlier that bankruptcy was a possibility from his soured previous investments in real estate. Here's today's filing. A meeting of creditors has been scheduled Oct. 12 in Fayetteville.

* CLUELESS AND CRIMINAL IN MARION: AP's Andrew DeMillo talks to freshly admitted felon Hudson Hallum, the Democratic representative from Crittenden County who pleaded guilty to an absentee vote buying scheme. corrupted, shameful, evil. All words he used. Accurately.


Recently the City of Little Rock condemned the property located at 2804 Harrison Street, and Youngblood Demolition and Excavating was the low bidder to demolish the structure. Each contractor is instructed not to begin any demolition work until Code Enforcement Staff is on-site to verify the correct address and structure to be demolished. On or about August 16, 2012, Youngblood Demolition and Excavating began the demolition of 2800 Harrison Street without notifying staff. Staff reports that the property located at 2800 Harrison Street was declared “unsafe vacant” in April 2012; however, it had not been condemned.

Staff was notified when the contractor tried to dispose of the structure at the Little Rock Landfill and they did not have prior authorization or notification from Code Enforcement Staff. Staff instructed Youngblood Demolition and Excavating that they would need to contact their insurance company since they demolished the wrong structure and the City would not be liable for their failure to follow procedure. Youngblood Demolition and Excavating has an active business license with the City of North Little Rock that staff verified in January 2012. In addition, Youngblood has an active State Contractor’s License under the name of Youngblood Land and Cattle Company which expires February 28, 2013
If additional information is needed, please contact the Director of Housing and Neighborhood Programs, Andre Bernard at 371-4855.

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