Sept. 24-30, 2008
It was a GOOD week for …
ARKANSAS CONGRESSMEN. All four U.S. House members voted for the financial bailout. Too bad their rare unanimity was on the losing side.
BUD CUMMINS. An extensive special report reiterated that the Bush administration booted him as U.S. attorney in Little Rock for no other reason than to create a job for Karl Rove's protege, Tim Griffin. Rove had his fingerprints all over the move.
CHILDREN. The arrest of Tony Alamo for transporting minors for sexual purposes should reduce the risk of other children being caught up in the sick culture of his “church,” which has an outpost in Fouke. Alamo believes puberty equates to the age of consent.
COMMON SENSE. The General Accounting Office reported that mass animal feeding operations — such as chicken growing in Benton and Washington counties — can have a detrimental impact on the environment. Yep. Pile one billion pounds per year of chicken crap on the ground and some of it is likely to find its way into the water supply. And wouldn't you know it? Randy Young, director of the laughingly named state Natural Resources Commission, stepped up to alibi for chicken growers, saying the pollution estimate was overstated. His agency is nothing but a taxpayer-financed pimp for farmers.
The GLOBAL WARMING COMMISSION. The vote was a narrow 11-10 and it was only advisory in nature, but still. The group recommended that no new coal-fired power plants be built in Arkansas until new technology can reduce carbon emissions.
It was a BAD week for …
FOOTBALL. The Hogs got shellacked 52-10 in Austin, Texas, and the Red Wolves of Arkansas State lost 29-17 to the University of Memphis. Basketball, anyone?
DONALD WARREN SR. The Pine Bluff lawyer was arrested for abuse of office. Sitting as a special circuit judge, he ordered his own property released from a pawn broker without a hearing or other legal niceties.