Sunday, March 3, 2013

KKK in the Attic?

Posted by on Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

This Jeff Danziger cartoon hits a little too close to home, wouldn't you say?
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Woman Sues FedEx for Pot Delivery

Posted by on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

A Massachusetts woman is suing Memphis-based FedEx for erroneously delivering seven pounds of pot to her house. The woman said she was expecting the box to contain a birthday gift for her daughter, but surprise, surprise — it was reefer. The woman claims FedEx gave the intended recipients her address and they came to her door and demanded the package. She refused and called police but says she fears retribution from the potheads.

I say, no worries. They'll never remember how they got to her house. AP story here.

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And in other news: The FedEx pot delivery scheme is apparently not the best way to go.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Ultimate Act of Sportsmanship

Posted by on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

If this video doesn't make you tear up a little at the end, you're not human.

"Wine in Grocery Stores" Bill Moves Out of Committee

Posted by on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

A controversial bill that would potentially allow wine sales in grocery stores in Tennessee was passed 5-4 by a state Senate committee, which will enable the legislation to move to floor for a vote by the full Senate.

In previous years, the bill has died in committee as a result of opposition lobbying by an unlikely coalition of liquor store owners and the religious right. What made the difference this time around was an option added to the bill that will enable cities that allow liquor by the drink to hold referendums to decide the issue locally.

The bill hasn't passed the Senate or House yet, but it's further down the road than it's ever been before. If it passes, there's little doubt Memphis will hold a referendum on the issue. Some polls have shown that up to 70 percent of Tennesseans favor the measure.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Got the Blues? I Can Help

Posted by on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You say you're stuck at work, staring at a computer screen, can't get motivated? Your boss just stuck you with another load of stupid crap to do? Your dog just ate your new sneakers? Wife threw you out of the house? The mean adminstrator on that website where you like to make snarky comments all day long poofed your best work?

Yeah, that happens. It's called the blues. And I'm here to help.

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Turn on that little radio and play it, boys.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Which State Legislature is Stupider? Oklahoma or Tennessee?

Posted by on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

In an ironic sort of reverse Darwinism, the Oklahoma state legislature is challenging Tennessee's in the race for the title of the world's stupidest imaginable governing body.
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Mother Jones reports that the Okie state House has sent forward a bill that would allow students in science classes to insist that, say, humans existed with dinosaurs, if that is their religious belief. And the kicker — teachers would not be allowed to penalize them with a bad grade.

From the MJ story: In biology class, public school students can't generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that could soon change for kids in Oklahoma: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.

Where was this theory of education when I was growing up? I could have come up with some pretty awesome religious-based science test answers if I'd only had that option. I believe that rain, for instance, is caused by Jesus weeping — at this kind of crap.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Video of Steven Askew Shooting Scene Released

Posted by on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The video of what is apparently police officers on the scene at the officer-related shooting of Steven Askew has been released. As the Flyer has reported, Askew was shot in his car by two Memphis police officers, Ned Aufdenkamp and Matthew Dyess. Aufdenkamp has a troubled personnel file.

The official police reports states Askew was asleep and picked up his gun upon being awakened by the officers, who then shot him multiple times. Sources have told the Flyer the shots entered the car through the vehicle's rear and passenger side windows, and that Askew's seat was reclined.

After an investigation, the MPD cleared the officers of any wrong-doing. The Askew family is expected to issue a response to the investigation's finding later this week.

The video is below. Aufdenkamp is the officer in the brown jacket, nearest the camera.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tennessee Troopers Confuse Buckeye Leaves With Pot

Posted by on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I don't know what to say about this, except these cops may be the only people in Tennessee who rival our state legislature for stupidity.

Here's a version of the story from the Columbus Dispatch.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Marco Rubio: Stay Thirsty, My Friends.

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

In case you missed it, here is Marco Rubio's "slurp heard 'round the world" moment from his GOP rebuttal to State of the Union message from President Obama.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Poll Shows Tennesseans Want Wine Sales in Grocery Stores

Posted by on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

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A state-wide poll taken by Middle Tennessee State University shows nearly 70 percent of Tennesseans favor allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores. I'd be curious to hear Flyer readers' thoughts on this issue. Here is the press release:

Trend shows widespread support for wine in grocery stores endures in Tenn. Political ideology, religious beliefs important predictors of opinion

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — With the familiar debate over whether grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine under Tennessee law, previous results from the Middle Tennessee State University Poll indicate widespread support for the proposal.

In the Spring 2011 statewide poll, 69 percent of Tennesseans said they were in favor of groceries being allowed to sell wine, while only 17 percent were opposed and 13 percent were undecided.

This was an increase in support over spring of 2009, when the poll found 62 percent of Tennesseans in favor, 26 percent opposed and 12 percent undecided. However, only the decline in opposition was statistically significant — the other changes were within the polls’ margins of error.

In terms of public opinion in the state, opposition to wine in grocery stores seems to be driven primarily by political ideology and religious beliefs.

The highest level of support was exhibited by self-identified political liberals and moderates who said they attended worship services seldom or never. On the other hand, the highest levels of opposition were exhibited by Tennesseans who strongly identified with conservative evangelical Christian beliefs.

“Though business interests and law enforcement are also important parts of the conversation, in terms of public opinion Tennesseans have clearly been in favor of grocery stores being allowed to sell wine for some time,” said Jason Reineke, associate director of the MTSU Poll.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

KKK to Rally in Memphis?

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

WMC Channel 5 is reporting that the Ku Klux Klan is planning "the largest [Klan] rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen."

The story only cites one source, an anonymous fellow who wanted to be called "Edward," though his Klan name/title is "Exalted Cyclops." (And everyone knew him as Nancy?)

"Edward" claims that the rally will feature "thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States ..."

Maybe this rally will happen and maybe it's just one anonymous racist blowing pointy white smoke. I suspect it's the latter, but time will tell.

The last time the Klan rallied in Memphis was in January, 1998, on the observance of the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. A few Klansmen showed up downtown and the police had to use tear-gas to disperse the anti-Klan protesters. It was, in short, a mess.

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I can't imagine the scenario would be much different this time around. And getting national media attention and putting a black eye on Memphis would nicely accomplish the KKK's goals. I recommend reading Flyer reporter Phil Campbell's detailed story on the 1998 incident.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Around the World in Three Minutes

Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

If this video doesn't make you long to set off on a journey to distant places, I don't know what will. How many of these are on your bucket list?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hey, More On Stacey Campfield

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Pro Tip: It's fun to read that headline fast.

State senator Stacey Campfield (Doofus-Knoxville) is really making the headlines this week. Every website from Wonkette to TMZ is having barrels of fun over his rudeness to a constituent to his latest version of the "Don't Say Gay" bill to his "starve dumb kids bill to his wacky blog.

Now Metro Pulse reports that Campfield has become persona non grata at a grocery in his district.

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That seems about right.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Marsha Blackburn: Skeet-Shooting Truther

Posted by on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Seventh District Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is leading the charge, as conservatives rush to debunk President Obama's remark that he shoots skeet at Camp David.
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Speaking on CNN Monday night, Blackburn said: “If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why has he not referenced it at any point in time as we have had this gun debate that is ongoing? You would have thought it would have been a point of reference.”

Blackburn went on to challenge Obama to a skeet-shooting contest.

Personally, I think Blackburn should first be required to accompany Dick Cheney on a hunting trip, before she's allowed to stand next to the president with a gun.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Can Marijuana Cure Cancer?

Posted by on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Researchers are finding new evidence that the cannabinoids found in marijuana can help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and fight side effects of the disease.
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A report just published on thedailybeast.com sheds light on several new developments in recent months, including the discovery that THC (the psychoactive ingredient in pot) kills brain cancer cells. Such news can only add more fuel to the push to legalize medical marijuana, a measure which narrowly failed in Arkansas in November.

From the Daily Beast story: A team of Spanish scientists led by Manuel Guzman conducted the first clinical trial assessing the antitumoral action of THC on human beings. Guzman administered pure THC via a catheter into the tumors of nine hospitalized patients with glioblastoma, who had failed to respond to standard brain-cancer therapies. The results were published in 2006 in the British Journal of Pharmacology: THC treatment was associated with significantly reduced tumor cell proliferation in every test subject.

Around the same time, Harvard University scientists reported that THC slows tumor growth in common lung cancer and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” What’s more, like a heat-seeking missile, THC selectively targets and destroys tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unscathed. Conventional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, are highly toxic; they indiscriminately damage the brain and body.

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