While the Fly-team tries to focus its gnat-like attention span on all things local, occasionally it's healthy to report on things that go on outside the I-240 loop. Too much scandal, murder, and general miscreation can have a negative impact on our collective self-esteem, and at such times it's helpful to realize that there are places in this world that are more screwed up than Memphis; places full of people who are screwed up beyond belief. Consider, if you will, the strange case of David Allen Pearson of Mooresburg, an East Tennessee hamlet in Hawkins County between Knoxville and Johnson City. Pearson was arrested twice last week, first for hitting his wife with a coffee table and later for smacking her with a ham. News reports fail to mention any injuries sustained in the coffee-table attack, though the ham left a "knot and a red mark." According to the police, the couple had been arguing about — what else? — beer money.
A few weeks back, the Flyer took note of the (then unlaunched) Web site Memphisliar.com, a spoof of everybody's favorite newsweekly. "Hilarity awaits," the site promised. Since that time, the Liar has launched a few arrows in our general direction, and, we are sorry to announce, hilarity still awaits. So far the Liar has taken swipes at a correction, a guest column about gun ownership, and an "Impeach the President" bumper sticker being sold on the Flyer's Web site. "While we're still not sure what kind of a 'marketing ploy' fails to reference the marketer," the Liar writes, presumably taking us to task for not slapping our brand on the anti-Bush bumper sticker, "we can certainly understand the logic behind advertising bumper stickers in your publication, rather than advertising your publication on bumper stickers." Aside from the fact that nobody from the Flyer ever actually called the sticker a "marketing ploy," who would take PR advice from someone who calls himself the Liar?