THE PUBLIC INTEREST: Thanks to Blue Hog Report for digging up some past Tweets by Mark Darr, who thinks multiple ethical violations and misuse of taxpayer money aren't grounds for his resignation.
Take a cork out of it. The year is ending.
* DARR GETS AN EASY PAYMENT PLAN
: Matt Campbell of Blue Hog Report notes that the Ethics Commission is giving Lt. Gov. Mark Darr a monthly payment plan — $1,000 a month beginning in January — to pay off his $11,000 fine for 11 ethical violations.
Here's the letter setting out terms and formalizing his agreement to settlement of the case.
It also sent him this formal letter of reprimand.
That's the strongest sanction available to the commission.
* JUSTICE ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION:
Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker
announced formally today that she'd be seeking re-election. That was expected. No opponent has announced.
* GOOD YEAR FOR THE MARKET:
The Dow and S&P 500 ended the year at record highs. I guess we have George W. Bush to thank for that, right? Or, it would have been higher but for that blankety-blank Kenyan Muslim in the White House.
* OUCH — NO MERCY ON COURT FOR ARKANSAS B'BALL TEAM: ESPN reports on a basketball game
involving a small Arkansas college from Hot Springs.
Southern University coach Roman Banks said he did not realize his team jumped to an NCAA-record 44-0 lead Monday and told ESPN.com that he did not try to run up the score in a 116-12 victory over Champion Baptist College.
"We were preparing for league play and already had planned to change defenses throughout the game," Banks said. "It's not as if we pressed the entire game. We weren't trying to embarrass anyone."
Champion got paid a few thousand dollars to be a sacrificial lamb. You might have heard of the church-related schoo
l back when the Arkansas Blog reported it was the only college in Arkansas missing from the otherwise unanimous list of public and private colleges that had announced they wouldn't avail themselves of a new state law that would allow them to permit staff members to carry weapons.
And for fun, faithful reader put together a 2013 news quiz for his high school class website. It follows. I'll let him post answers in the comment thread after a while.
2013 End of Year News Quiz
1. Which sporting event in April was targeted by terrorists?
2. Which country granted political asylum to CIA whistle blower Edward Snowden?.
3. According to Forbes magazine who is the most powerful woman in the world in 2013?
4. What new playing piece was introduced to Monopoly sets in February and which piece did it replace?
5. In October 2013 customers buying Dell laptops complained that they smelt of what?
6. What event suspended play for 34 minutes at Super Bowl XLVII in February?
7. Actor James Gandolfini passed away earlier this year; with which TV series was he particularly associated with?
8. The FDA in November said that trans fats are no longer recognized safe. Which product below still contains trans fats?
A. Sara Lee cheesecakes
B. McDonald's french fries
C. Oreo cookies
D. Kellogg's Pop-Tarts
9. The Boston Marathon bombing, Cleveland kidnappings and George Zimmerman trial all took second place in 2013 on Bing, a search engine most popular in America, to which far-more crucial overseas event?
10. Which singer closed down Disneyland, California, commandeered the area in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and bedecked the place with 15,000 flowers and 10,000 crystals to renew her wedding vows for the fifth time?
11. In January 2013 what sports icon admitted to doping in seven of his Tour de France victories?
12. In May 2013 the U.S. Senate passes a bill enabling the taxing of what for the first time?
13. In July 2013, what U.S. city files for the largest municipal bankruptcy ever ($18.5 billion)?