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The Insider Nov. 11

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He’ll be back E-mail boxes are popping statewide with Republican Sen. Jim Holt’s valedictory on his losing race against U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln. He says his 44 percent vote goes to show the liberal print media “that we are no longer going to sit idly by and let the liberals come in and take our freedoms without a fight.” Furthermore, he adds, “The majority of the print media journalists and commentators are just socialists, some communists, and quite a few atheists. We need to pray for them; pray for me too since I must deal with them on a (sometimes) daily basis!” Holt has two years to serve in the Senate, where, we must note, he was a pariah in his own party. But he’s enthused. He’s considering races for governor or lieutenant governor in 2006 or a U.S. Senate race in 2008. Since he doesn’t have to work for a living — relying often on gifts from fellow church members — he’ll have plenty of time to campaign. Heck, why not president, Jim? The buzz The Democrat-Gazette’s Paper Trails column this week dismisses the notion that Tommy Smith, formerly Magic 105’s “Outlaw,” will be going to The Buzz soon. We stand by the prediction in our Arkansas Blog (link from our website www.arktimes.com) that Smith will be talking on 103.7 come early December and that his sidekicks will include some famous names from the world of sports. Smith is currently incommunicado, apparently a requirement of a workout of his contract with Magic 105. Take a dip The Downtown Partnership wants to make Little Rock famous for a food item, as Boston is famous for cream pie and Buffalo for wings. So this week it’s announcing a promotion by a number of downtown restaurants to feature Little Rock Cheese Dip during Clinton library opening festivities. Restaurants will be using your basic Velveeta and Ro-tel formula, kicked up a notch with spices and such. We substitute Kraft American for Velveeta, in case anyone cares. And use lots of cumin. Getcher dip at Sticky Fingerz, the Courtyard by Marriott, the Flying Saucer, Juanita’s, Comfort Inn, Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, the Doubletree, the Time Out Corner Café (newly opened in the Arkansas Times’ very own building), Vermillion Water Grille and the Mallard Bar in the Peabody.

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