by Max Brantley
The morning news and notes:
* RESTAURANT DENIES SERVICE TO GAY ORGANIZATION: Van Buren restaurant reserves the right to refuse service. 40/29 reports that the River Valley Equality Center, which works in behalf of gay and lesbian people, says the owner of Sisters Gourmet Bistro canceled their planned fund-raiser at the restaurant after he found out the cause they advocated. The owner confirms.
"I called them and told them that I — we're not going to have that at Sisters, we had no plans for that and there were no reservations to hold any kind of fundraiser or anything like that," said Richard Hodo, owner of Sisters Gourmet Bistro.
Hodo said he doesn't support what the River Valley Equality Center stands for.
"I told them that I do not support their cause, that if they want to do that that's their business. I do not care, but I don't support their lifestyle and their cause," said Hodo.
Erin Fowler of the Equality Center said Hodo compared her group with the KKK. He said he merely had told her he wouldn't allow fund-raisers at his restaurant for the KKK either.
Surely Jason Rapert can find a way to get a piece of this action for his legislative agenda — a Sisters Gourmet Restaurant Protection Act.
Here's a fun feature from Forbes, in which you can watch how daily market activity affects the public holdings of the wealthiest people. You'll see that the holdings of Jim Walton (and this wouldn't include his privately held bank holding company) went up $379 million yesterday. The amount he's spent to rent the Arkansas legislature to take over public schools in Arkansas is not even a drop in one day's bucket. Other Walton siblings, each with some $23 billion in inherited Walmart wealth, went up by similar amounts, of course.