Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Gadfly On The Wall

Black Eye: Tulsa continues to deal with the acrimony at City Hall. Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Council bicker and bite daily. The business community says the constant turmoil is taking its toll and some are banding together to seek Council candidates.

The Gadfly On The Wall
By Mike McCarville

Rolling In It: Retired legislators are living the good life thanks to their retirement pay. Patrick McGuigan at has a story that outlines the pay 16 former public officials receive; some of the sums they are paid may surprise you.

Where Do I Sign? Fortunate are those in the employ of Hobby Lobby. David Green, for the third year running, has voluntarily given his employees hourly pay raises. The per-average hour is now at about $12. So much for minimum wage. Green's immense business success is due, in no small part, to the quality and dedication of his employees. With a boss like this, a lot of folks likely are asking where they can sign up.

Remembering Yesterday: From The Log Cabin Democrat, Conway, Arkansas, September 25th,1947 ~ In a lovely ceremony at St. Joseph Church, Miss Helen Louise McCarville became the bride of Charles Raymond Dayer. Father Anthony Lachowsky read the service. The bride wore a Victorian gown of white moire taffeta with a gored skirt that swirled into a full-length train. Miss Kathryn McCarville was maid of honor, and Miss Donna McCarville was bridesmaid. Michael McCarville and George Dayer served as honorary escorts to the altar. Peter Dayer was the best man and Joe Dayer Jr. was groomsman. Ushers were James Daugherty and Ted Lesniak. After a short wedding trip the couple were at home in Conway.

Thunder Fever: Not surprising that TV ratings for Thunder broadcasts are up. The team has taken a large part of the population with them on their 2010-2011 season, now marked by a 2-0 playoff run against the Denver Nuggets. Update: Make that a 3-0 playoff run!

The King's Speech: Flawed, petulant, humble, arrogant and indecisive, England's King Edward VI and his speech defect (stuttering) is the focus of this tremendous film. It's all about his relationship with an un-degreed speech teacher who helps him face his demons. The film drags in places, sometimes typical of movies about intense personal relationships, but redeems itself with performances by a host of actors and actresses, British stage veterans for the most part. Comedic segments include the soon-to-be-king trying to break his stuttering by inserting vulgarities into his practice speeches. History buffs will find the portrayal of England in the late 1930s interesting.

Rain, Dammit: Enough said.


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