Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tennessee Man Jealous of Mitt Romney

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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This reads like a "news" article from the Onion, but, sadly for Tennessee's image, it is a true story. Seems this handsome fellow, one Lowell Turpin of Claxton, Tennessee, looked at his girlfriend's Facebook page and saw that she had posted a picture of another man. In a jealous rage, Turpin threw his girlfriend's laptop against the wall and punched her in the face.

The other man? GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. One shudders to think what Turpin would have done had his girlfriend been a Democrat and posted Obama's mug on her Facebook. The good news, I suppose, is that he wasn't carrying an M-16. That, and the fact that he's in jail.

Knoxnews.com story.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Happiness is a Warm Gun, Mama

Posted By on Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Isn't it just slightly possible that we've got a bit of a gun problem in the United States? Or maybe all these people getting shot in the U.S. are just standing their ground in self-defense.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Another Shooting Massacre, Another Call for "Prayers"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

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The news of the horrific shootings at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, brought the usual pontificating and pious statements from our leaders. President Obama, members of Congress, GOP candidate Romney, and others all asked that we pray for the victims and their families. Flags were lowered to half-mast. The usual routine.

I suppose praying to your deity of choice may make those who pray feel better, but it won't bring much solace to someone whose wife or child or father was gunned down by a maniac with a high-powered assault weapon. At least 12 innocent people are dead; 59 others are wounded, some critically, including children. Alleged mass murderer James Holmes obviously had some mental issues and a few guns. A classically lethal combo.

The elephant in the room, as always in these periodic mass shootings, is gun control. The NRA and its allies say the problem can only be fixed by further loosening gun laws, or just getting rid of them altogether. The more guns there are, the safer we are. In fact, they argue, a lot of those Colorado victims might be alive today if someone in that theater had had a weapon to fire back.

That is possibly true. But do we really want to live in a society where everyone is armed? I don't.

The other side of the argument is that we simply have too many guns in this country in the first place, that guns are too easy to obtain, and that our lax gun control laws make it far more likely that deranged individuals will have them. If we got rid of all guns, massacres like this would be exceedingly rare.

That is undoubtedly true. But do we want to live in a society where no one can have a gun? I don't. But I do think we have moved far, far from the middle ground on this issue.

It's simple math. If, 500 out of 1000 people have guns, shootings are more likely than they are among a group of 1000 people where only 100 have guns. But Americans apparently don't like the latter math. At least, they've shown no real willingness to demand stricter gun laws. So we have lots of guns, fewer restrictions on ownership, lots of gun owners, and therefore higher odds that a whackjob will be among them.

But look, America isn't going to pass more stringent gun laws. You know it and I know it. Neither Obama nor Romney even broached the subject, because they know it's a political loser. The slightest hint from either of them that we need to reconsider our gun policies will bring the hammer of Thor down upon them. They'll be accused of "taking away our guns." (Hell, they say it about Obama anyway, even though he hasn't so much as mentioned gun control, as far as I know.) The NRA has its finger on the purse-strings of most of our politicians — at local, state, and federal levels. It's one of the country's strongest and fiercest lobbies.

So pray all you want for the victims of our latest but certainly not last mass shooting. And while you're at it, pray for our country, which no longer has leaders with the courage to demand — oh, not even demand — suggest that we consider making it tougher for the mentally unstable to obtain guns, that we do a thorough records search before selling anyone a gun, that we have a more stringent licensing procedure, that we lengthen the waiting period, that we limit gun purchases to those used for hunting and self-defense, not mass destruction.

The genie, of course, is out of the bottle and will never be forced back into it. We're stuck with the problem. In America, Guns 'r Us, for better and mostly worse. So we shouldn't be surprised that every now and then, the Dark Knight rises.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Marc Smirnoff Out at Oxford American

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Marc Smirnoff, editor and founder of the Southern literary and arts magazine Oxford American, has been dismissed from his position. Also fired was Smirnoff's partner and OA managing editor, Carol Ann Fitzgerald.
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Smirnoff founded the publication in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. OA has survived numerous financial crises, and was moved to Little Rock in the late 1990s, and then the publication was put under the control of The Oxford American Literary Project nonprofit and moved to the University of Central Arkansas in in Conway in 2004.

OA publisher Warwick Sabin said Smirnoff and Fitzgerald were fired in unanimous votes by the publication's board. According to reporting by the Arkansas Times, Smirnoff said he was asked whether drinks were served at a function where under-age interns were present, and that he admitted to the charge. It's unclear whether that incident provoked the firings.

Sabin, a former columnist at the Times, will serve as interim editor. Smirnoff says he is planning to meet with an attorney to determine his course of action.

Here is the latest reporting from the Arkansas Times.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Funny Memphis GIFs Blog

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Some clever Memphian (I'm guessing a downtowner or Midtowner) has created a funny blog called "WhatShouldWeCallMemphis?" It's filled with humorous Memphis-centric GIFs. You can check it out here.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ralph Lauren's U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Well, I suppose the good news is that the new Ralph Lauren American Olympics team uniforms don't have giant polo ponies on them. The bad news is that they look really, really goofy. Ankle socks with a knee-length white skirt? Ew. And that's just the guys.

No, it's not. Sorry. But ick.

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On second thought, after seeing Stella McCartney's British Olympic designs, Ralph didn't do so bad.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

TN Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey Trashes Memphis Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Memphis Planned Parenthood received an annual federal grant of $395,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services to continue its work in women's healthcare and reproductive counseling. The following is the official response from Tennesee's Governor, er, ooops, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey:

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Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to give an annual grant of $395,000 to Planned Parenthood Memphis:

"By funneling federal tax dollars to abortion providers in Tennessee, Barack Obama has proven once again why he needs to be defeated for a second term. Tennessee has taken a stand against Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion shell game and defunded these organizations for a reason.

This money is a clear attempt to subvert the actions of state government and prop up a culture of death on the decline. The need for pro-life leadership in the White House has never been stronger."

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I, for one, would like to see the voters of Tennessee defund this goober — who props up a culture of intelligence on the decline — from his cushy government job. I also wouldn't mind seeing what his second-in-command, Bill Haslam, has to say about the grant. But maybe I'm just a masochist.
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