LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's time once again, my fellow Arkansans, for another edition of Winners and Losers--not to be confused with Santa Claus' naughty and nice list.
Our first losers are the Mayans. Their calendar was wrong. We're still here. No apocalypse happened; however, they still contributed to civilization in a big way, and look at how much attention they got this week.
Another prediction is turning out to be bogus. The fiscal cliff is our first loser on the list. Foreign ownership of U.S. Treasury securities rose to record levels, proving that while we in this country think our economy is on the brink, the rest of the world regards the U.S. economy as a sound investment.
Our second winner is Amboy Elementary. This week the Thea Foundation joined our THV 11 parent company, Gannett, to present $2,200 in art supplies. When these kids get back to school next year, there'll be dozens of boxes of supplies to help nurture their creativity.
More losers? Ducks. They've been shot at continuously over the last four weeks, and the Peabody is being replaced by the Marriott Corporation within the next six weeks. The ducks will be leaving the lobby.
I bet you that Dustin McDaniel wished he could've ducked the news headlines this week. He winds up in the losers column after having to admit to an inappropriate relationship. How much this will impact his bid for governor remains to be seen, but it can't help.
Martrell Spaight is a winner. He's a junior college player who got what he wanted this week-a scholarship offer from Brett Bielema and the Razorbacks. He's from North Little Rock and changed his mind over going to Kansas State. He represents a good JUCO signing day for the Hogs.
Club de Madrid is also a winner. I know it sounds like a soccer team, but it's an organization that consists of over 40 former democratic heads of state. They met in Little Rock at the urging of former president Clinton. Next to the U.N., there is no other organization with more clout and better policy recommendations. They got to sample Central Arkansas and from what we have learned, they had the largest turnout they've ever had for a conference.
Elf on a Shelf is our final winner for Friday. I've seen the power of the elf first hand in his ability to help parents control kids during the holidays. He hasn't replaced Santa. He's more like the big guy's special prosecutor, and because of the Elf's advanced surveillance techniques, he keeps kids alert and wary of being on their best behavior.