Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Andy Holt Challenges Obama to "Come to Rocky Top"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 2:32 PM

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Rootin', tootin', hog-farmin', muslim hatin', militia lovin' State Rep. Andy Holt has done throwed down the gauntlet to President Obama about the president's executive orders on gun control. It's a long, tough-talkin' diatribe, but the gist is pretty simple: "Come to Tennessee and try to take our guns and see what happens, you big pussy."

Below is the full text of Holt's letter, complete with a lovely molon labe hashtag.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Rep. Andy Holt Offers Support for Bundy Takeover

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt caused quite a stir yesterday by tweeting his support for the armed takeover of a federal facility in Oregon by protesters led by the sons of Cliven Bundy.
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Holt has since deleted the tweet, but not before it started a firestorm of angry responses. Holt's Twitter feed is full of his repartee with "liberals" and others who don't understand the Constitution as well as he does.

Holt's subsequent tweets compare the armed occupation in Oregon to protests of police shootings in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Then, bizarrely, he insulted a gay Chattanooga city councilman named Chris Anderson, who tweeted criticism of Holt. Holt called him, "girlfriend," then even more bizarrely, invited him to lunch.

Holt has garnered a reputation as an outspoken Tea Party-type Republican, and is notably the sponsor of Tennessee's "Ag-Gag" bill, which would prohibit whistle-blowers from reporting on livestock abuse. Holt is also, notably, a hog farmer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Memphis is Number 1 ... in Sports Grammar

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

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USA Today has a website — or something — called Grammarly, which rates the online comments of the nation's professional sports franchises. Why this exists, I cannot tell you. How someone gets paid for doing this stuff, is an even bigger mystery.

But, Grammarly exists ... and, get this, Grammarly says Memphis Grizzlies fans are the most grammatically correct in America. Number one out of 42 sports cities. Fewer typos, better punctuation! We're Number One!

And to make it all the sweeter, guess who's dead frickin' last. Yep, Nashville. Those Titans fans are some uneducated hicks, I tell you. Read it all here.

UPDATE: Here's a note I received from Karen Hertzberg of Grammarly, explaining more about what the organization is all about. My apologies for the snark. bv

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for covering Grammarly's 2015 sports study in the Memphis Flyer. We were happy that you mentioned us!

The article includes some misleading information, so I wonder if you'd make a correction. You wrote:

USA Today has a website — or something — called Grammarly, which rates the online comments of the nation's professional sports franchises. Why this exists, I cannot tell you. How someone gets paid for doing this stuff, is an even bigger mystery. ​

Grammarly is not affiliated with USA Today. (They're among the many press outlets that regularly cover our studies.) We're the company behind the popular writing app of the same name. We exist to help people write better! Our studies are something we do to call attention to the importance of good grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a fun and entertaining way. ​Here's the press brief we distributed with the study results. It contains all the relevant data, plus some information on Grammarly.

Would you please update your article so your readers have accurate information? I'd also be grateful if you'd add a link to https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check so they can learn more about who we are and what we do.

All the best,

Karen

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

13 Logos That Are Better Than TN

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Chris Davis reported today on the state of Tennessee's expensive new logo, which looks like it fell off a TennDot truck.

Here it is, in case you forgot what it looks like, which is entirely understandable.

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Yes, it's stupidly simple and pointless. It says nothing, means nothing, except maybe, "Hey, thanks for the $46,000. We spent $20,000 on each letter and $6000 for cocaine and beer. Like, 'Mad Men, y'all.'" Which may or may not be a direct quote from the head of the Nashville ad agency that "created" this absurdity.

Of course, it's possible we're just dense over here in River City. We don't get the zen of this logo. After all, there plenty of examples of similar creative efforts. Like these:

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And finally, after much research, we think we've discovered the true inspiration for Tennessee's new logo:

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tony Allen Walking Through Things

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:28 PM

If you were a Griz fan watching the Grizzlies take on the Warriors in Game One of their playoff series, Sunday, you were no doubt amused by Tony Allen's spaced-out walk through the middle of a children's dance routine during a timeout.
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Suffice to say, Griz fans loved it. It was the most Tony Allen thing ever. (Warriors fans, on the other hand, hated it and booed Allen's every move thereafter.) In fact, Griz fans loved it so much that they created a hashtag on Twitter — #TonyAllenWalkingThroughThings — and let their creativity run wild. Here are a few of their better efforts:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tennessee Creates New Memphis Promotional Video

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:40 PM

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The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has produced a new video promoting Memphis as a music tourism destination. The video features Knoxville indie rockers, The Black Cadillacs, exploring Memphis music destinations — Stax, Sun Studios, St. Blues Guitars, Beale Street, and others.

The premise is that the band is search of inspiration for a new song, which they end up recording at Ardent Studios. The 10-minute film is well done and might even make you swell with pride a little.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hockey Hair Forever

Posted on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Though it doesn't much matter down here in the land of hoops and SEC football, around much of the country, people are excited that the National Hockey League playoffs are about to start.

As a former denizen of Yankeeland and a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, I post this photo, the ultimate example of what was known in the '80s and '90s as "hockey hair." This is Jaromir Jagr, circa 1993.

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And for comparison's sake, I'm also posting this picture of my friend Herman's dog. Mocha, circa 2015.

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Who wore it better?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DeBerry Pulls "Mini-Indy" Bill

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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Citing opposition from a "very vocal group of folks in America," state Representative John DeBerry of Memphis has tabled HBO566, which would have allowed student counselors at public institutions to refuse to offer mental health services to clients for reasons of religious belief. DeBerry added that he had "been here long enough to know when a piece of legislation is not going to move."

Dubbed the "Mini-Indy" bill by its opponents, the bill "prohibits public institutions of higher education from disciplining or discriminating against a student in a counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the student."

It's a blow to the Tennessee Legislature, which is obviously trying hard to keep up with the homophobes in Indiana, Arkansas, and elsewhere. DeBerry's bill also demonstrates that stupidity and mindless bigotry is not limited to one party or race.

I hope his constituents in Memphis are monitoring this foolishness. I know I am. Here's his office email link if you'd like to let DeBerry know how you feel.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

More Balls, Please

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 3:09 PM

This is ripe for a punchline. Give it your best, er, shot in the comments.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Only 3.1 Percent of Memphians are Gay?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

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A new Gallup analysis of the gay populations of the nation's 50 largest cities ranks Memphis 48th.

San Francisco, perhaps not surprisingly, ranked first, with a gay population of 6.2 percent. Memphis came in at 3.1 percent gay, ranking ahead of only Pittsburgh and Birmingham.

The survey is outllned and explained thoroughly in a terrific piece from the New York Times' blog The Upshot.

Nationwide, Gallup says, 3.6 percent of adults consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Gallup’s numbers are based on surveys of 374,325 adults across the 50 largest metropolitan areas, conducted between June 2012 and December 2014. Biggest surprise in the survey? Salt Lake City, which ranks as the seventh-most gay city.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Brooklyn, Portland, Nashville, and Memphis!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

The Wall Street Journal just dropped a story online about investment firm Cushman & Wakefield's annual report. The primary focus of the piece was the fact that the U.S. has regained its spot as the world's biggest real estate market. Yay, us.

But more interesting, at least to Memphians, was C&W's assessment "that the top markets offering 'the right live/work/play environment' for millennials were Nashville, Brooklyn, Portland, and Memphis." That's pretty heady company. All that craft beer and music cred and affordable downtown housing is starting to pay off, apparently.

I say, buy now, while prices are still low. I read it in the Wall Street Journal.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Zekepolooza: A Farewell to Zeke Logan

Posted By on Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:14 PM

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Hundreds of friends, colleagues, family, and fans of the recently departed David Millar, better known in these parts as Zeke Logan, gathered at the Germantown Performing Arts Center Sunday afternoon for a three-hour celebration of his life.

Ron Childers served as the emcee, introducing a number of speakers, including the Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Mayor AC Wharton, Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzola, novelist Ace Atkins, Councilman Shea Flinn, Zeke's long-time radio partner, Drake Hall, and his close friend J.T. Novarese. Musician and friend John Kilzer played several songs, including a slow and poignant rendering of the Beatles tune, "Help."

There was lots of humor, lots of heartfelt praise, and lots of words honoring Zeke's unique sense of humor and his zest for living a full life. He was a well-traveled "bon vivant," as he once labeled himself to Novarese. "That means 'fancy,'" Novarese joked. Millar leaves behind two children — Zach and Piper — and his wife, Lori.

Cited by many at the gathering as "larger than life," his passing leaves a big hole in the Memphis community. He will be missed.

To help with the family's medical expenses, go to gofundme.com/zekelogan.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowboarding on Beale!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM

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Well, this weather's not all bad. It does offer some opportunities for fun. Like this: Chris Eure and Miguel Sulbaran went urban snowboarding on Beale Street, Monday.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bill Dance Gives a Preview Tour of Bass Pro Pyramid

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 2:23 PM

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It's well known that Memphis' premier bass fisherman and outdoor TV personality, Bill Dance, is good friends with Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris. Dance was around in November to tag along with Morris when the media were given a tour of the progress being made inside the big, pointy bait-shop.

Now, in what appears to be a video made more recently, Dance takes us on a tour from the soon-to-be swampy bottom to the spectacular view from the top. If all goes according to schedule, you'll be able to take your own tour — and shop to your heart's delight — beginning May 1. Click here for the video.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Memphis: How We Googled in 2014

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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The good folks at the Google sent us an interesting summary of the things that Memphis, well, googled in the past year. Here's what they told us ...

This morning, Google released its 14th annual Year in Search–an in-depth look at the stories, people, and topics that captured the world's attention this year. Our 2014 Year in Search Website provides hundreds of top-10 lists from 72 countries.

Google also looked at the most popular local terms searched in various cities and states. Below please find the Top Trending Searches and News/Events for your State’s city and the Top Trending Questions that Memphis, TN needed to know (they were chosen as the Tennessee city because it’s the largest sample size).

Top-10 trending Searches in Memphis:

1. Ebola

2. Robin Williams

3. World Cup

4. Black Friday 2014

5. Joan Rivers

6. Philip Seymour Hoffman

7. Flappy Bird

8. Tracy Morgan

9. Donald Sterling

10. Ray Rice

Top-10 trending news events for Memphis:

1. Ebola

2. Black Friday 2014

3. World Cup 2014

4. Ferguson

5. Thanksgiving 2014

6. Super Bowl 2014

7. Oscars 2014

8. Labor Day 2014

9. Isis

10. Malaysia Airlines

Top-10 trending people searches for Memphis:

1. Robin Williams

2. Joan Rivers

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman

4. Tracy Morgan

5. Maya Angelou

6. Donald Sterling

7. James Avery

8. Solange Knowles

9. August Alsina

10. Paul George

Top-10 Trending "What is…" questions for Memphis:

1. What is euthanasia?

2. What is corian?

3. What is temperament?

4. What is tryptophan?

5. What is love?

6. What is pico?

7. What is DSL?

8. What is versitis?

9. What is Easter?

10. What is diverticulutis?

Top-10 trending "How To…" questions for Memphis:

1. How to twerk

2. How to whistle

3. How to swim

4. How to weld

5. How to sing

6. How to twerk

7. How to sandbox

8. How to knit

9. How to pronounce

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