Fly on the Wall 

Boogie Nights

Larry Godwin v. Dirk Diggler? Stop the presses! Start the porno music! Somebody call Burt Reynolds!

The anonymous proprietor of one of Memphis' most revealing blogs is lawyering up in the face of a potential legal battle with the Memphis Police Department. Police director Larry Godwin subpoenaed AOL's Virginia headquarters for information about a blog called MPD Enforcer 2.0, a salty forum where frustrated Memphis police officers bitch about their jobs and the powers-that-be (http://mpdenforcer20.blogspot.com).

Director Godwin is asking for billing information and the IP address of the Enforcer's moderator, an ex-cop who uses the handle Dirk Diggler, a pseudonym for the well-endowed, incredibly stupid porn-star hero played by Mark Wahlberg in the film Boogie Nights. The resulting legal document is actually titled City of Memphis, Tennessee and Larry A. Godwin v. John and/or Jane Doe a/k/a "Dirk Diggler."

Throwing Stones

Last week Fly on the Wall tried unsuccessfully to interview Rev. George Brooks, a minister from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who is engaged in a campaign to inform voters in Memphis' 9th Congressional District that Congressman Steve Cohen is a white, Jewish, "anti-Jesus," and therefore an unacceptable candidate for Memphis' black majority. Brooks, whose most recent tract juxtaposes Cohen's photo next to a drawing of black Jesus, did call back to say he'll be delivering more campaign literature to Memphis this week.

"I won't be available for any interviews," Brooks said. "Maybe if you ask Cohen about his views on Jesus and Christianity, I'll talk to you," Brooks concluded. Yes, unironically.

Li'l CA

To combat rising newsprint costs, The Commercial Appeal has announced that they will shrink the paper's size by one inch. The resulting embarrassment may prevent the CA from covering Larry Godwin v. Dirk Diggler.

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