Fly on the Wall 

Paranoid in Memphis

This week, Memphis' own syndicated talk-radio host Ben Ferguson, the puffy conservative wunderkind dubbed "Baby Hooey" by Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott, proved how difficult it can be to parody right-wing talk. Ferguson opened his show with a rant about how President Barack Obama had finally out-Nixoned Nixon to become America's most dangerously paranoid leader.

Ferguson then, with no hint of irony, began to worry aloud that he and other outspoken critics of the administration would be audited by the IRS this year as punishment for their bold opposition. Stephen Colbert, eat your heart out.

Reason to Tweet

If you're one of those people who've sworn that you absolutely, positively will not sign up for a Twitter account should reconsider. Because if you don't have a Twitter account, you can't follow fakemongo who, as hard as this may be to believe, is actually funnier that Memphis' perennial mayoral candidate from outer space. You don't want to miss messages such as:

• "Fakemongo is trying to decide whether to mount the heads of his vanquished enemies on pikes or plaques."

• "Lawler was offended by my smell? That's the stench of good government!"

And the Fly-Team's favorite ...

• "It'll take more than talk to fix this city. We need common sense. And a time machine. And one of those chimps who paint with their feet."

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High Education

A reader "leaked" this photo of this sign posted on the campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College.

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