No doubt Chris Herrington will tackle this in depth at some point soon, but allow me to be the first to let Flyer readers know: The NBA lockout is over. The season will start Christmas day. Here's a story from the New York Times.
You will read on the Memphis Flyer site and elsewhere many opinions on the Penn State/Paterno/Sandusky scandal. I would suggest anyone who hasn't read the actual indictment needs to do so before offering an opinion.
If after reading this, you don't feel that all involved should be summarily fired or you still think that Joe Paterno was somehow "railroaded," I will be astounded.
Mississippi voters soundly rejected the "Personhood" initiative Tuesday, sending a clear message that the measure was a step too far, even for a conservative, anti-abortion state. With 60 percent of precincts reporting late last night, the margin was 57 percent against, 43 percent in favor.
The measure would have defined a fertilized egg as a "person," which would have essentially banned abortion and some forms of birth control. Most doctors in Mississippi were opposed to the law, saying it would interfere with their ability to treat pregnant patients.
The initiative was pushed by a Colorado-based group, Personhood USA. Keith Mason, the group's founder, told the AP that he would keep up the fight in Mississippi, either through legislation or another ballot initiative.
The group is also trying to put referendums on 2012 ballots in Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada and California. Mason also said that the group plans to pursue "life-at-fertilization" legislation in 2012 in Alabama, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Let me say that if Mississippi voters rejected this amendment, it's pretty unlikely to pass anywhere else, with the exception of maybe Alabama. Mississippi was selected because it's conservative and the Personhood movement figured it was their best shot.
Way to go, Mississippi. I'm proud of y'all.
It shouldn't warrant a headline on a blogpost when a Republican senator votes in a way that isn't, well, nuts. Too often, the GOP is hidebound to a Tea Party ideology that puts big business interests and social conservatism above the welfare of the people. That's why it's sort of news when Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander said today he would vote against Kentucky senator Rand Paul's bill to gut EPA clean air regulations. Paul's bill would eliminate the EPA's cross-state air pollution regulation, claiming that it "turns everyday life into a crime."
Alexander's response: “Air pollution blowing in from other states makes our citizens sick, especially children and older Tennesseans. It is also a jobs issue — pollution makes our mountains smoggy, driving away tourists. And it makes it harder for communities to secure the air-quality permits that allow auto suppliers and other manufacturers to locate in, and bring jobs to, our state.”
Way to go, Lamar. Congrats on finding your nads.
Jackson Baker has previously reported on Alexander's purposeful change of direction.
While being interviewed by Mike Huckabee recently, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney went on record as being "absolutely" in favor of declaring "personhood" from "the moment of conception." Of course, that's this week's position. My prediction is if Romney wins the nomination, the Obama campaign will be playing this clip on repeat next November. Here's a video: