Fly on the Wall 

Headline of the Week

From the online music news site CMJ: "River City Tanlines Play Horrible Festival." As it happens, this annual Cleveland event is actually called "The Horrible Festival" and Memphis' finest garage-punk trio is playing it.

Pimp Juice

Crunk, the hip-hop energy drink associated with Atlanta rapper/producer Lil' John, is now available in Memphis. The vitamin-enriched drink includes ingredients such as ginko, ginseng, and something called horny goat weed.

Headlines, Part 2

After state representative Ulysses Jones and state senator Reginald Tate filed bills to increase the rights of citizens to bear arms and use those arms to blow gaping holes in would-be car thieves, The Brussels Journal, a Web site self-identified as "The essential European Blog," wrote, "Carjackers Better Migrate to Europe."

The Fly-Team's legal experts have some doubts about empowering anybody to determine when deadly force is appropriate, but if the mere proposal of the bill results in a mass migration of carjackers, we're all for it.

Certifiably Dead

The national blogosphere exploded with laughter after Tennessee representative/blogger Stacey Campfield offered a bill requiring death certificates for aborted fetuses. Campfield's bill prompted the incomparable Jesus General to ask, "Don't miscarried embryo-Americans deserve death certificates too?" The Freedonian, one of Memphis' finer online scribes, suggested that we create crime-scene tape small enough to fit around condoms and kleenex. Eventually, a testy Campfield fired back at his critics by asking some telling, if bizarrely unrelated, questions such as, "If you think I am wasting my time on this [bill], do you also think all of congress is wasting its time on a NON BINDING RESOLUTION that will have no effect on the direction of the war from a political point of view?"

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