By now, alert students of President Donald Trump are aware that his handshake style is aggressive, awkward, and jerky, much like his conversational and love-making skills.
Here he is with his SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.
And here he is performing an excruciating 18-second Sumo handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Today, Trump met with Canadian dreamboat PM Justin Trudeau, who'd obviously prepped for the encounter. Watch as he grabs Trump's shoulder to steady himself, then leans in, closing the gap between the two men and rendering Trump's signature move —the "jerk your arm out of its socket" power ploy — impossible.
Well played, Hoser. Well played, indeed.
And now, we breathlessly await the Putin/Trump matchup.
In the wake of yet another brutal massacre by an assailant using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, many people (and a precious few legislators) are calling for a renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban that was allowed to lapse in 2005.
One of the primary arguments against this that is being used by gun lovers and the NRA is that the AR-15 semi-automatic is not an assault weapon, since the shooter has to pull the trigger for each shot. The implication being that it's similar to your typical deer hunting rifle.
Here's a video of an AR-15 semi-automatic being fired, just so all you tree-hugging, anti-American libtards can see the error of your ways. The weapon is obviously quite useful in case of an attack by a herd of deer or, barring that, the zombie apocalypse.
Check out these shots from last Saturday posted by the Overton Park Conservancy. I think they put to rest the myth that the battle for the park is somehow an elitist struggle being conducted by "well-to-do Midtowners with too much time on their hands."
Oh, this is going to be interesting. The National Enquirer, which has a good track record for breaking sex scandal stories (John Edwards, Tiger Woods, Jesse Jackson), has dropped a bomb on GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz.
The Enquirer claims Cruz had affairs with five women, and included their pixilated pictures in the story. Though the Enquirer has not yet named names, the Internet has been doing that work for them. There are now published claims that one of the women is current Donald Trump spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, and another is a former Carly Fiorina staffer.
Twitter and other media outlets are jumping on the story. Conclusions are no doubt being jumped to, but this is a lot of smoke for there to be no fire. And the political ramifications are potentially huge. If this story is true, Cruz will have to drop out of the race and go home to "spend time with his family," leaving a nice bundle of delegates without a candidate. Does this bring Marco Rubio back into the race? Or the Mittster? Or does Kasich now become the great establishment Republican hope?
The Twitterverse has had a field day, retweeting Barnes' picture along with lots of snarky captions.
Barnes posted the picture an hour after the news of Fisher's firing broke Monday morning. You may remember that Barnes and Fisher, who were teammates and friends while members of the Lakers, got into an altercation in October over Barnes' estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Fisher had begun dating Govan, and Barnes wasn't pleased about it.
Barnes was later fined $35,000 for comments he made before a Grizzlies/Knicks: “Violence is never the answer," Barnes said, "but sometimes it is.”
Barnes was also cited for writing on Instagram on New Year's Day: “being stuck in the ‘triangle offense’ w my ex & snitch, I mean former teammate & friend. Who went behind my back, messed w my ex, got caught, got dealt w for being a snake, then ran & told the Police & NBA.. Instead of taken that ass whoopin like a man & kept it moving….!
Cold. But Barnes seems a little more at peace today, to say the least.
The library's radio station, WYPL, has a full slate of public service shows, covering the arts, books, Congressional activities, health, music, and more. For a full listing of the station's programs, go here.
WYPL also has lots of volunteer readers who narrate best-sellers and biographies, and other books of note. They also read local publications, including the Flyer. That schedule is here.
The Flyer gets read on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. Things usually are pretty straightforward, but once in a while, as in the case of my column last week, about taking over the restroom facilities at Big Hill Pond State Park, the readers get a little flummoxed at having to read "colorful" language on the air.
That said, I think you'll enjoy the efforts of this volunteer, and her skill at leaving out certain words, while still attempting to capture the spirit of the column.
You can listen to it here.
Below is the full text of Holt's letter, complete with a lovely molon labe hashtag.
Holt has since deleted the tweet, but not before it started a firestorm of angry responses. Holt's Twitter feed is full of his repartee with "liberals" and others who don't understand the Constitution as well as he does.
Holt's subsequent tweets compare the armed occupation in Oregon to protests of police shootings in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Then, bizarrely, he insulted a gay Chattanooga city councilman named Chris Anderson, who tweeted criticism of Holt. Holt called him, "girlfriend," then even more bizarrely, invited him to lunch.
Holt has garnered a reputation as an outspoken Tea Party-type Republican, and is notably the sponsor of Tennessee's "Ag-Gag" bill, which would prohibit whistle-blowers from reporting on livestock abuse. Holt is also, notably, a hog farmer.
But, Grammarly exists ... and, get this, Grammarly says Memphis Grizzlies fans are the most grammatically correct in America. Number one out of 42 sports cities. Fewer typos, better punctuation! We're Number One!
And to make it all the sweeter, guess who's dead frickin' last. Yep, Nashville. Those Titans fans are some uneducated hicks, I tell you. Read it all here.
UPDATE: Here's a note I received from Karen Hertzberg of Grammarly, explaining more about what the organization is all about. My apologies for the snark. bv
Thanks for covering Grammarly's 2015 sports study in the Memphis Flyer. We were happy that you mentioned us!
The article includes some misleading information, so I wonder if you'd make a correction. You wrote:
USA Today has a website — or something — called Grammarly, which rates the online comments of the nation's professional sports franchises. Why this exists, I cannot tell you. How someone gets paid for doing this stuff, is an even bigger mystery.
Grammarly is not affiliated with USA Today. (They're among the many press outlets that regularly cover our studies.) We're the company behind the popular writing app of the same name. We exist to help people write better! Our studies are something we do to call attention to the importance of good grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a fun and entertaining way. Here's the press brief we distributed with the study results. It contains all the relevant data, plus some information on Grammarly.
Would you please update your article so your readers have accurate information? I'd also be grateful if you'd add a link to https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check so they can learn more about who we are and what we do.
All the best,
Chris Davis reported today on the state of Tennessee's expensive new logo, which looks like it fell off a TennDot truck.
Here it is, in case you forgot what it looks like, which is entirely understandable.
Yes, it's stupidly simple and pointless. It says nothing, means nothing, except maybe, "Hey, thanks for the $46,000. We spent $20,000 on each letter and $6000 for cocaine and beer. Like, 'Mad Men, y'all.'" Which may or may not be a direct quote from the head of the Nashville ad agency that "created" this absurdity.
Of course, it's possible we're just dense over here in River City. We don't get the zen of this logo. After all, there plenty of examples of similar creative efforts. Like these:
And finally, after much research, we think we've discovered the true inspiration for Tennessee's new logo:
Suffice to say, Griz fans loved it. It was the most Tony Allen thing ever. (Warriors fans, on the other hand, hated it and booed Allen's every move thereafter.) In fact, Griz fans loved it so much that they created a hashtag on Twitter — #TonyAllenWalkingThroughThings — and let their creativity run wild. Here are a few of their better efforts:image-6]