Durango 
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Updated on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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Re: “Brave New Restaurant

Ever try to tell somebody from out of town (or here in town, for that matter) how to get to Brave’s? It’s almost impossible, so usually we just take them. Getting there is well worth the effort, though, since we’ve never met a Brave entree we didn’t like, be it veal, tenderloin, or sole. Splendid sauces and great salads, too, and a wide variety of wines. Wait service? Excellent. We especially enjoy dining out on the balcony which overlooks the river. It’s fun to watch the birds (even saw an eagle once), rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other riverbank wildlife while dining, and there’s a nice view of the downtown skyline, too, which is quite spectacular after dark. Bottom line: This is one of our all-time favorite LR restaurants. We’re what Peter Brave would call “frequent repeats.”

Posted by Durango on 07/12/2010 at 12:34 PM

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Re: “The Jason Rapert open line

"Arkansas State Democratic Party, get some good candidates and win some elections." ~ Perplexed

Sad to say that recruiting by the Arkansas Democratic Party has not been the same since its chairman, Bill Gwatney, was shot to death at party headquarters August 13, 2008. Hopefully, better days are to come.

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Posted by Durango on 06/04/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Friday's open line and some news and comment

Even those who don't pray oughta pray that Jim Comey has employed an alert security detail and intelligence team.

And that he's already video-taped and placed with trusted others everything he plans to say at the hearings next week. Y'know. Just in case he doesn't show up for some reason.

Can you say Boris Nemtsov? Stanislav Markelov? Anna Politkovskaya? And Alexander Litvinenko, among so many others?

Oh, wait: All of that was FAKE NEWS!

Even so, I'm becoming more cynical and paranoid every day. And expecting the unexpected. Sad!

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Posted by Durango on 06/02/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Wednesday's open line

"I'd love to hear the rest of [the William Montgomery Brown] story:"

Here's some of it, Perplexed:

"Brown published Communism and Christianismin in 1920. The book caused an uproar in the Diocese of Arkansas and then nationally in the Episcopal Church. Brown insisted his views were logical and that he should remain in the church, but most fellow bishops thought him deranged. Under the influence of church conservatives, they tried him for heresy. This event presaged the more famous 'Scopes Monkey Trial' in 1925. Found guilty, Brown was deposed."

You can read much more about old boy raht cheer:

http://m.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entrie…

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Posted by Durango on 05/31/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The Boys State report

"Are the kids more thoughtful? Could that explain less razzing of the token liberal speaker?"

I'd say, yes. Seems to me that many young Arkies of my acquaintance are becoming better at "critical thinking." Lots of older folks, too, for that matter. The token liberal speaker (MaxB) at Boys State is a factor, imo. Bright, hardworking writers at the Arkansas Times is another.

I'm not alone in believing this. To wit: This May 27, 2014, blog post by "Rush," a Little Rock bidnessman:

"Max, I always enjoy your Boy's State report each year. I cringe at how conservative I was in 1971 when I was Governor and I cringe in 2014 at how liberal I have become. I give most of that credit (it is a good thing) to my wife and daughter, but a good portion of that credit goes to you and others at the AR Times. You have helped me 'get it' on many of those issues. Thank you."

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Posted by Durango on 05/30/2017 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Fire destroys Cotham's in Scott

Damn! Loved that old place, it's burgers, and its "Mississippi Mud" pies. No other joint quite like it. City version of it didn't come close.

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Posted by Durango on 05/30/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Thursday open line and the news roundup

Thanks for the Stover link, SP. The photo is proof that the old doc could actually smile. I say that because if he ever cracked one back in the days our paths often crossed, I missed it.

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And now, a few words about the absent RadCen:

A couple of obits that have been published during the months since RadCen ceased posting have caught my eye.

The first one was for a man who was enamored to the 10th power of technology and computers, particularly Apple products. The fellow greatly enjoyed teaching people about Apple computers and other Apple devices, tinkering and experimenting with them, and repairing them. He talked, talked, and talked about Apple, according to the obit writer.

This was RadCen? Sounds a lot like him. But, I'm pretty sure it was not, based on a number of significant life-details that were missing in the obit.

The second obit was about a gentlemen who spent more than 30 years with a well-known Arkansas data-gathering firm. He had many responsibilities, including that of leading the company's government services division, a job that would have exposed him to politics and politicians and events similar to those RadCen sometimes described on these pages.

So, THIS man was RadCen? Again, I'm pretty sure it was not. And, again, I'm basing that opinion on some missing details.

My guess is that RadCen is still among the living. But he or a family member is Ill? Or suffering injury from an accident? Or has simply dropped out due to blog fatigue? Who's to say.

Wherever the boy might be tonight, I wish him the best.

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Posted by Durango on 05/26/2017 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Thursday open line and the news roundup

25-May 1958 Little Rock Central senior Curtis E. Stover jumps from a ledge and spits in the face of a black girl after a baccalaureate service honoring Central High's graduating seniors.

"[Wonder whatever happened to former Central senior Curtis E. Stover.]" ~ Cato1

Cato, if this is the Curt Stover I knew, he died 15-20 years ago. Think he was in his early 60s at the time of death. Earned his medical degree at UAMS. Can't say for sure, but I believe he founded and operated a family planning agency here in LR. My guess is that if he had a searing regret in life, it was the incident of May 25, 1958.

The stupid things males at age 16-18 can do. I should know.

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Posted by Durango on 05/25/2017 at 10:04 PM

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