Lamar! is a serious loon and yet Jackson Baker continues to refer to him as a significant force in GOP circles. The Tea Party would sooner see Corker as President than Lamar! as VP. Lamar! is so out of it that within the last three years , when asked his thoughts on whether waterboarding was torture, he responded that he didn't know what waterboarding was. This was at a time when any 12 year old could have demonstrated it for him.
Instead of propping him up Jackson, how about doing some real reporting and find out whether Lamar! even knows what day it is.
But why is it "on"? Normally, one doesn't run against an incumbent from your own party unless that person is seen as not adequately representing your interests. I would hazard a guess that it would be difficult for Ms Hart to name one objectionable vote Cohen has cast against her interests. A staunch supporter of Obama's administration, Cohen is likely to receive the president's endorsement once again.
So where does that put Ms. Hart? Running against President Obama's record? She should call Marsha Blackburn for some talking points.
This was a get rich quick scheme by the two promoters who were masquerading as educators pure and simple. The fact that they had a business plan that called for multiple charter schools throughout the city but didn't have a curriculum in place and students sufficient to justify thefirst school's existence suggests hokum from the git go. Speaking of go, go back and read Booker's comments in the article. While doing so, hum the music to "Ooh, I Love the Sidestep!" from the musical, "Best Little Whorehouse in Memphis (I mean Texas)". Booker's lyrics fit the music perfectly.
More to the point, this is just a poorly written article. The guide provides about as much insight as the article itself. For instance, the guide suggests that the tip jar next to a register should receive anywhere from 0 to 10%. What? Wasn't the point of the article to give some insight on how to tip and when? A range of 0-10 gives me no guidance at all on the issue, just leaves me where I started. Here's a tip, who ever wrote this article should consider another line of work.
While the Flyer attempts to position itself as "playing no favorites", Lazy Bill Gibbons has been favored by this paper on any number of occasions. The question has to be asked, "Has the Flyer ever looked into the correlation between his inept administration as Shelby County District Attorney and the increase in crime in the area during his term in office?" This long time reader can't thing of a single instance.
Of course the Flyer "played no favorites" when it allowed Jackson Baker to write a lengthy mash note to Lazy Bill. While Baker's cover story alludes to the fact that Gibbons has benefitted from having "mentors", it never asks what these rich, older , more powerful men who Gibbons consistently sought out wanted from Lazy Bill in exchange. Nor does it question why they have abandoned him now that he is seeking a statewide office (e.g.,Why is Lamar Alexander's fixer running the Knoxville Mayor's campaign for governor?)
Nor did Baker and the Flyer ever ask, "How does a guy who positions himself as a small government conservative reconcile his fevered attempts to stay in a political office for the better part of his adult life -while consistently seeking to increase his support staff and budget?" Not to mention the fact that Gibbons' wife has fed at the public trough all her professional career as well.
Yes, the Flyer is "pleased to have ...(this)... worthy local specimen" running for office. But why?
I followed your mother's recipe and the ice cream is delicious. Tell her that.
At a time when the consequences of Bill Gibbons' long reign of ineptitude are being felt through out this community,the Flyer decides to roll out a love letter to Lazy Bill. Ranging from the ridiculous, to the absurd, to the tragic, the cover article lopes along the "What a Great Guy Trail" never once stopping to seriously consider any of the legitimate complaints that surround Gibbons' tenure as District Attorney.
Let's start with the ridiculous. Gibbons is held out as a competitive runner. Anybody who has seen him starting his regular lengthy runs of four to five miles by lumbering along Central Avenue at 8.30 a.m. on a work day knows what a crock that is. By the way, when does the guy get into work if he is running that distance, that late in the morning?
Once Lazy Bill does finally deign to show up at the office he was elected to, the real fun begins. His approach to public service is clearly colored by the back story Gibbons tells while stumping around the state in his run for Governor. As the Flyer reports,after being deserted by his father, Little Lazy Bill grew up poor. When one rich man after another took a shine to him, he soon learned that he could move up in the world by allowing these mentors to pave the way. The Flyer never raises the question, "At what price?" Clearly, Gibbons has concluded the price for continued patronage was to never question or interfere with the powerful or the politically connected. With the culture of corruption in Shelby County, Bill learned to look the other way. (This is a guy who once hired John Ford as a political consultant.) While the Feds pursued local politicians in the Tennessee Waltz and Main Street Sweeper investigations, Lazy Bill was no where to be found. Perhaps, that is unfair. You could find him squeezing on to the stage when those arrests were announced and whenever crack houses were being raided, or wherever a television camera was pointing. Gibbons and the Flyer absurdly insist he has a "tough job". Only, if you actually do it, Bill.
There is a reason that the dramatic rise in crime within Shelby County coincides with Bill Gibbons' time in office. When the district attorney turns his back to the corruption of the powerful and connected, it sends a signal out to the community at large. When the D.A. insists on making empty promises (e.g., No Deals ;Gun Time is Jail Time), there is a corrosive effect on respect for the law. Gibbons sees himself as "resolute", as do, according to Gibbons, the "people who really know me". The Flyer doesn't bother to talk to or identify those people. Perhaps, Lazy Bill was referring to Dale Mardis, the man who killed long -time civil servant Mickey Wright, then mutilated and burned Mr. Wright's body. "No Deals" for Mardis meant getting a plea bargain when he should have received the death penalty. But Mickey Wright wasn't powerful or connected, so he couldn't help Lazy Bill's career. Mr. Wright was a guy doing a "tough job" , got killed for it, and Bill Gibbons turned his back on him, his family, and us.
Justice Felix Frankfurter once wrote, "A politically minded D.A. is one of the great curses of America." Bill Gibbons is living proof of that.
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