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Friday, January 27, 2017

What Didn't the Police Find in His Anal Cavity?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Although your Pesky Fly has been a Memphis resident since Reagan was in the White House, I do occasionally like to check in on news from back home. Especially news like this story of a man falsely accused by the police of carrying a carton of Newport cigarettes, a broken glass pipe, and a tire gauge in his anal cavity. Turns out (surprise, surprise) the arrest warrant was a bit off base. According to a report from the Montgomery County Sheriff's office, those items were all found on Jason Dondi Littleton. He was just carrying them in his clothing, not in his butt.

To give the officers the benefit of the doubt, this is also the facial expression I make when I'm trying to be nonchalant with 20 packs of menthols in the trunk.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gannett Columnist/UT Professor to NC Motorists: Run Down Protesters

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Gannett columnist and University of Tennessee Law professor Glenn Reynolds (AKA Instapundit) tweeted a message to motorists inconvenienced by Black Lives Matter protesters in North Carolina: "Run them down."
That's correct, the esteemed professor, widely circulated opinion journalist, and foot soldier in the war on political correctness responded to protests about the low value placed on African-American lives by encouraging drivers to plow through crowds of humans in heavy, gas powered death machines. 

Twitter suspended Reynolds, who's been horrible since his right wing views drew enormous audiences in the early days of blogging. But in case you're wondering if this is just a misunderstanding — something said a bit too "pithily" as it were, here's what Reynolds told radio talker Hugh Hewitt.  

GR: Well, you know, I actually tried to figure it out. I woke up and just found out my account was suspended, and didn’t know why and couldn’t find an email from them. It’s apparently a tweet I put up last night. They had a thing about how protestors were stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles on the interstate, and I said, perhaps a little too pithily, but it is Twitter, run them down. And apparently, that’s why, I don’t actually know that’s why they did it. but I assume that’s why they did it, because that’s what everybody’s talking about. I’ve heard nothing from Twitter.

HH: Now let me do what I did with Donald Trump last week, ask you to expand. I think I know what you meant. If you are threatened, you can defend yourself. Is that what you meant, Glenn Reynolds?

GR: Yeah, I’ve blogged about that before where we’ve had other interstates blocked and people surrounded by mobs. I’ve always said I would just keep driving.

With Hewitt's help the Tweet's reframed as "stand your ground" and Reynolds is prepared to go all Mad Max if necessary. 

UT is currently investigating the tweet. Maybe Gannett, where, to nobody's surprise, Reynolds has been a cheerleader for Donald Trump, might also consider whether or not there's room in the national conversation for inciting mass homicide. 

Gannett owns USA Today and six newspapers in Tennessee including Memphis' Commercial Appeal. 

UPDATE: Dean of UT College of Law weighs in. 

UPDATE 2: Twitter's lifted its suspension and Prof's returned to the pool. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Racist East Tennessee Politician Thinks "Leave it to Beaver" was Real?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Do it for the Beaver.
  • Do it for the Beaver.

Remember that moment in November 2008, following the election of President Obama, when serious news 

Rick AKA Dick
  • Rick AKA Dick
commentators actually bandied around the idea that we might be living in a "post-racial America?" Apparently nobody bothered to tell yahoo/U.S. House candidate Rick Tyler, who's currently running as an independent in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District. 

Tyler has erected a campaign sign that says, "Make America White Again," and a second sign juxtaposing language from Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream," speech with a picture of the White House. A White House festooned with confederate flags, that is.

Classy, right?

Tyler also told WRCB news he was nostalgic for TV shows like Ozzie & Harriet, and the "Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration." And so on.

Because, you know, TV is real. 

According to the New York Daily News Tyler made a post on his website naming Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump as an inspiration. That post has been taken down. 

Ward explains gender roles to Wally. 

UPDATE: The signs have been removed.

Friday, May 29, 2015

EPA Asks State Rep. Andy Holt to Prove He's Not Full of You Know What

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:38 AM

Hey, does everybody remember Republican dudebro Rep. Andy Holt? 

Woo Pig, Sooie!
  • Woo Pig, Sooie!

He's the state legislator from District 76 whose concerns about animal cruelty were so great he sponsored Tennessee's version of the Ag-Gag bill, essentially criminalizing methodical investigation and whistleblowing in regard to animal cruelty. Holt positioned himself as the great defender of animals, describing groups like the Humane Society as being "fraudulent and reprehensibly disgusting,"  corporatists "intent on using animals the same way human-traffickers use 17 year old women." Well, as it turns out Holt, a former pig farmer, has been full of shit. Pig shit, to be precise. In fact, he's been so full of pig shit, when his pig shit lagoons threatened to overflow a few years back, Holt unburdened them, allegedly releasing up to 800,000 gallons of fetid, porcine feces into nearby fields and streams. 

That's right, nearly a million gallons of excrement dumped along the roadsides like it was a throwaway bottle or a pop top can... 

A little bit of pig shit goes a long, long way...

Following a lengthy investigation, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally presented Holt a “show cause” letter requesting that the Tennessee Rep., "show cause why the EPA should not take formal civil enforcement action." Of course Holt doesn't think too much of the EPA, which he has described as a political tool, "like the IRS." He thinks that investigations, like the one he's been facing should be conducted at the state level where no elected official would ever be given any kind of preferential treatment... Oh... oh, wait a minute...

  • Screen shot via WTVF, Nashville

Nashville's WTVF NewsChannel 5  asked Haslam-appointed TDEC Commissioner, Robert Martineau, if Holt was getting preferential treatment. Martineau said, "No," although, as we've already pointed out... 

  • Screen shot via WTVF, Nashville

 Martineau told WTVF he didn't know who discouraged further action against Holt, or why the memo was in the file, and there is no reason in the world not to believe him.

Because everybody knows that's the kind of memo you're supposed to shred, am I right? 

It's probably worth noting that Holt thinks Tennessee should opt out of the EPA's "Clean Power Plan." And we're pretty sure we know why

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pantless Man Cooks Meth in McDonald's Parking Lot

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Totally not wearing pants
  • Totally not wearing pants
MURFREESBORO — Police discovered Tracy M. Strawn, his drugs, and his junk while the pantless man snoozed in his car in the parking lot of a Murfreesboro McDonalds.

According to media reports police asked Strawn if there was anything they needed to be aware of and he answered, "There might be a meth lab in my car." And there was.


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