Monday, March 21, 2011

Bruce Pearl Out at Tennessee

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Don't bring me down, Bruce. That's apparently the message the University of Tennessee is about to send to basketball coach Bruce Pearl. The details are in this article by Gary Parrish.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Crisis Averted!! Click and Clack Taken Down

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I have no words for how much I admire this Daily Show-esque take on the floor of Congress by Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mayor Wharton's "10 Songs You Shouldn't Live Without"

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton was spinning tunes on WEVL this morning. He picked 10 songs you shouldn't live without. Naomi Van Tol chronicled it all on her Facebook page, which is where I lifted this from. Thanks, Naomi!

Here's Wharton's List:

1. "Little Man" - Alan Jackson

2. "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home" - David Frizzell

3. "Peace in the Valley" - Elvis Presley

4. "That's the Way Love Is" - Bobby Blue Bland

5. "I've Got Dreams" - Otis Redding

6. "Driving Wheel" - Junior Parker

7. "Coming Up on the Rough Side" - Gerry Thompson

8. "A Love Like Yours" - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

9. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones

10. "At Last" - Etta James

Alan Jackson
  • Alan Jackson

Naomi Van Tol: He told a little story with each song. Little Man evokes his daddy's grocery store, selling baloney by the slice and refusing to sell beer because he was a good Church of God man.

His family requested Peace in the Valley (by letter) from a local radio station when his grandmother Frances Moxley died, and they all listened to it together at his aunt's house.

I've Got Dreams: "When times are rough, sometimes the only thing people have in their fuel tank are the fumes that are their dreams." He had a nice little metaphor about coasting on fumes until you get to the next safe exit.

It's hard not to like a mayor with cool musical tastes. Way to represent, AC!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Deep Thoughts ...

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Some days, we here in Blog-Land just got nothin', zilch, nada. This is one of those days. So enjoy the wit and wisdom of the immortal Jack Handey. Brought to you by ... I dunno. Jack Handey, I guess. Like I said, I got nothin'.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Proposed TN Bill Will Gut Teaching of Evolution

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I just received the following:

Dear Bruce,

As you probably know, House Bill 368—which allows teachers to critique such "controversial" theories as the theory of evolution—is coming up for a vote on March 16 in the general subcommittee of the House Education committee.

Although the bill also attacks global warming and human cloning, the primary aim of the bill's sponsor (Bill Dunn) is to gut the teaching of evolution in public schools.

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is the leading organization that promotes and defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools. (You might have seen us covered in the Nova documentary "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial".) We've been involved in the issue for 25 years, and we're a ready resource should you need background information, access to independent science and policy experts (local and national), and more, on evolution, creationism/intelligent design, science education, science denial, or related topics—including the latest creationist attacks on global warming science. Well...don't hesitate to contact us!


Robert Luhn
Director of Communications
National Center for Science Education, Inc.

Well, actually, I didn't know that such a bill was being proposed. Am I surprised? No. Am I embarrassed for my state? Yes. Did Bill Dunn evolve from a monkey? Not so's you'd notice.


Where's Clarence Darrow when you need him?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CVS' Demolition Begins

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The picture below is from Memphis Heritage's Facebook page. Demolition began today on the buildings next to the Union Avenue Methodist Church, providing a lovely view of the south side of the massive structure in its entirety. If you'd like a last look at the historic Midtown landmark, you'd better hurry, I suspect. By the way, if you look very closely, you can spot Tommy V and his sledgehammer. I kid. More photos at the above link.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Another Bald Eagle Shot in Tennessee

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle east of Crossville, Tennessee in the Crab Orchard Community in Cumberland County.

It's the second bald eagle killed in Tennessee in less than a month. Another eagle was recently found shot and killed in adjacent Bledsoe County, approximately 30 miles away.

TWRA says the first person who provides information resulting in the successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible in these investigations will be eligible to receive an $8,500 reward.

The eagle killed in Cumberland County was examined by a veterinarian and determined to have been shot. The eagle killed in Bledsoe County was also examined by veterinarians at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and determined to have been shot. Both bald eagles were mature with a white head and white tail.

Anyone with information concerning the eagle found in Cumberland County is asked to call Special Agent John Rayfield at 615-736-5532, or Cumberland County Wildlife Officer Casey Mullen with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 800-262-6704.

Casey Mullen, Wildlife Officer, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency holds a dead bald eagle found shot in Cumberland County Tennessee on Feb 18, 2011
  • Casey Mullen, Wildlife Officer, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency holds a dead bald eagle found shot in Cumberland County Tennessee on Feb 18, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tennessee's Number One! In Meth Labs.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

It took a number of years to get there, but Tennessee has finally knocked reigning national champion Missouri out of the top spot for the annual number of meth lab busts. The 2010 numbers aren't final yet, but Tennessee blew past its longtime rival to the north, setting a new national record in the process.

Missouri, the defending national champion since 2003, just couldn't hang with the Volunteer State in 2010. Experts say they think Tennessee's growing population of moronic rednecks, as evidenced in the newly elected legislators now running Nashville, will make the state a top contender for years to come. It's well known that meth addicts don't adhere to Shariah law, like to carry guns, and don't like immigrants, so they've got lots of friends in the state capital, which bodes well for a title defense in 2011.

"Sure, these meth labs can be dangerous," said Luther "Corndog" Williams (R-Buggtussle), "but we're not gonna make any laws restricting free enterprise on this American's watch. Besides, we've got to get this Obamacare thing overturned right away, before the gay, abortion-lovin', Kenya muslins take our guns."

Read the glorious details of our rise to the top of the national rankings here.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Canada to Fox News: Sorry, No Liars Allowed!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

This is really rich — and sad and funny at the same time. It seems, due to the fact that Canada legally restricts media organizations from presenting falsehoods on the air, Fox News will not be able to set up shop north of the border. Canada's conservative PM, Stephen Harper, tried to get the pesky "truth in journalism" law repealed, but was unsuccessful. Here's one account of the story. More to come, no doubt, after rival networks take their shots at the story.


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