A large crowd of Memphians, invited under the auspices of the Stratford Financial Group and U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., turned out Tuesday at The Majestic restaurant downtown for a book-reading and signing by former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes (right, here with former president Lyndon Johnson in the early '70s). Barnes, who was on the scene as all kinds of historical deals went down, related such circumstances as his involvement in getting one George W. Bush a bypass of Vietnam via a berth in the Texas National Guard. (To read more, go to "Political Beat".
A press release sent out today details Bryant's courageous trip to the Mexican border in Arizona, where he met with the Minutemen "civil defense unit," and "helped construct a fence."
Our favorite line in the flackery was this one, however: "Carmen Miranda, the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps Vice President accompanied Bryant around the ranch, introduced him to the Minutemen working on the fence ..." What, Speedy Gonzalez and Jose Jimenez weren't available?