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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: “Bubba's Brews docks at Lake Hamilton

You can also get to the Back Porch Grill (SunBay Resort) by boat. And don't forget the new docks at Gilligan's.

Posted by Durango on 08/13/2018 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Give it up for Aretha

God, how I love Aretha Franklin! Miss her already. Thanks for the great video clip.

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Posted by Durango on 08/13/2018 at 11:48 AM

Re: “U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman goes on attack against advocates for the disabled UPDATE

Who's surprised by Westerman's antagonistic view of the disabled? Not me. The man is as sorry as they come, dating back to his days as Republican House Majority Leader in the Arkansas Legislature.

So I was pleased as punch to see ArkD-G columnist Richard Mason rip the pathetic excuse for a congressman a new one on the environment in Sunday's paper.

A few excerpts:


"What would I give the environmental score for our congressmen, governor, and president? I'm generous when I give the whole sorry bunch an F without using profanity."

"The governor is not alone in failing to come to the river's rescue. Congressman Bruce Westerman, at a Hot Springs Coffee with Your Congressman event, was asked: 'Congressman, do you believe C & H Hog Farms will pollute the Buffalo River?' His answer was recorded by several individuals. 'I think the folks who canoe on the river and urinate in it will pollute the river more than the hog farm.'

"The hog farm dumps the waste equivalent of a city of 20,000 onto the Buffalo watershed and the congressman can dismiss it?"

"Congressman Westerman doesn't have the backbone to have a town hall meeting to explain his position."

"[Westerman is] also a back-to-the-70s congressman who has proposed the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, a thinly designed bill to make our national forests into timber farms. His bill restricts public comments and allows up to 10,000 acres to be clear-cut without public input."

"Next time you see [Westerman] ask how much money forest products companies have contributed to his campaign. It's north of $100,000. He's in the corporate timber companies hip pocket right next to their wallets."

Bravo Richard Mason. Keep tellin' it like it is, fella. Because what you're writing is anything but "fake news."

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Posted by Durango on 08/07/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The Russian open line

At any given moment in Arkansas . . .

697,429 people are watching porn.

362,678 are having sexual intercourse.

177,210 are relaxing with wine and cigarettes after having sex.

And 2 are reading the Arkansas Times Blog.

Those two pathetic souls would be Olphart and me!

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Posted by Durango on 07/29/2018 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Another mapping project: On the 2016 presidential election

Fascinating map.

So proud of Little Rock-North Little Rock. The suburbs, not so much.

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Posted by Durango on 07/27/2018 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Republican Party backs accused tax cheat's run for office

John Brummett nailed it yesterday in his column about the "values" of Arkansas's current crop of policymakers. Here are a few excerpts:

"The newly dominant right-wing policymakers in Arkansas seem to resent poverty and to blame victims for it. They see it as a personal failing of character that one wasn't born into money, or reared with an education ethic, or blessed with residence in a prosperous region, or favored with personal associations by which one might marry into money."

"It leads to a juxtaposition of values-based positions such as those to which I referred last week. State Republicans found themselves calling for the indulgence of due process for a Republican state legislator who hadn't filed income-tax returns while, at the same time, standing firm on a Web-proficiency deadline imposed against poor people."

"Three months of failure to do a mouse click and you're out of health care without a hearing. Fifteen years of failure to file a state income-tax return and you may stay in the Legislature until you receive due process."

"These legislators who think poor people on Medicaid are ripping them off ... they ought to give up their per diems and move to the Delta to try living with Medicaid, food stamps and a box fan for the hour or two they could stand it."

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Posted by Durango on 07/09/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Little Rock, Fort Smith land on list of 50 worst cities

"USA Today has published a ranking of the 50 worst cities . . . and Little Rock . . . made the list . . ."

Interesting, since a couple or three years ago the readers of USA Today voted Little Rock the nation's No. 3 "Most Travel-worthy Capital City."

In 2014, Forbes Travel Guide named LR as one of its top 5 "Secret Foodie Cities."

The Daily Beast has said Little Rock is the No. 10 "Best City for Recent College Graduates."

Moody's Investors Service claims the town has the No. 2 "Most Diverse Economy."

And Gallop has listed LR as No. 6 on its list of "America's Happiest Cities."

So who ya gonna believe?

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Posted by Durango on 07/09/2018 at 10:59 AM

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