Who's your choice for Mayor in 2015?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

2006 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival


MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
THIS WEEKEND Y'ALL
FRIDAY. SATURDAY. SUNDAY

FESTIVAL WEEKEND EVENTS
September 1st: Millennium Maddness &
Memphis Music & Heritage Festival's
DRILL A RAMA 2006 DRUMLINE COMPETITION
(over 20 teams from across the U.S. !)
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Competition begins @ 6:00PM
Doors open @ 3:30, Pre Show @ 4:00
Tickets Available @ The Center
$7.00 Advance; $10.00 Day of Show.
Tickets available at Center for Southern Folklore
Millennium Maddness Drill Team
and the Center for Southern Folklore
welcome the following teams
who will participate in the
DRILL A RAMA.

Bay Area Steppers Richmond CA
New Generation Chicago,Illinois
Invincible Regulating Striders Drill Team Dayton,Ohio
Isiserettes Drill Team-Drum Squad Des Moines, Iowa
Sophisticated Sound & Steppers Hythorn,Ca
Johnny High Steppers Los Angeles,CA
Crump Elementary Majorettes Memphis,TN
Shining Stars Memphis, TN
Golden High Steppers Memphis,TN
Wolf Pack Drum Squad Memphis, TN
Mighty Marchers Majorettes Memphis, TN
UNL Drill Performing Arts Minneapolis,Mn
Mighty High Dreamers Oakland, CA
Goodlett Elementary Majorettes Memphis,TN
American Way Middle School Memphis,TN
M-Town Image Dancers Memphis, TN
Dynamic Diamonds Memphis,TN
Yo!Memphis Memphis, TN
M-Town Divas Memphis, Tn
***Friday Night,September 1st, Folklore Store.
Daddy Mack Blues Band will be playing in the Center's Folklore Store7:30 to 10:00. Put on your dancing shows and come on down!
Strut Your Stuff Festival Parade & Competition
Saturday Morning @ 10:30
Main & Peabody Place
FREE!
MEMPHIS MUSIC & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Main Street between Gayoso and Peabody Place
September 2-3rd 11:00 to 11:00 Daily
FREE!***
Saturday, September 2nd
Verizon Wireless Stage (Peabody Place @ Main Street)
2:00 p.m. Billy Gibson & David Bowen Blues
3:00 p.m. Mellow Tones Gospel
4:00 p.m. Brown Sugar Blues Band
5:00 p.m. Sons of Thunder, Rock
6:00 p.m. FreeWorld w/ Herman Green Jazz
7:00 p.m. River City Tanlines Rock
8:00 p.m. Golden Keys Gospel
9:00 p.m. Kattawar Brothers Boogie Woogie
10:00 p.m.Nathaniel Kent & Exodus Reggae

Trolley Stop Stage
1:30 p. m. Johnny Lowebow, One Man Band
2:30 p.m. Jimmy Crosthwait Puppeteer
3:30 p.m. Greg Hisky & His Dixie Whiskey Flyers Country
4:15 p.m. New Generation Drill Team
4:30 p.m. Memphis Area Square & Western Dancers
5:30 p.m. Choctaw Social Dancers
6:15 p.m. Salsa Memphis Dancing
6:30 p.m. Ekpe Abioto, African Drumming
7:15 p.m. Invincible Regulating Striders Drill Team
7:45 p.m. Rap Show -
Kavious
Willie Firecracker
Iron Mic Coalition
9:15 p.m. Domingo Montez & Los Cantadores
10:15 p.m. Sir Charles & The Memphis Soul Express

Folklore Store
1:15p.m. Nancy Apple, Folk
2:15 p.m. Brad Webb & Johnny Holiday Blues
3:15 p.m. Barbara Blue Blues
4:15 p.m. Big George Brock, Blues
5:15 p.m. Roy Harper/Gene Bush Country
6:15 p.m. Renardo Ward and The Promise Jazz
7:15 p.m. Jackie Johnson Soul/Gospel
8:15 p.m. Randal Morton & Grassfire Bluegrass
9:15 p.m. Charlie Wood Blues and Jazz
10:15 p.m. John Kilzer Rock

Folklore Hall
1:45 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Moments of Joy, Gospel
3:45 p.m. Eddie Bond Country Music Show
4:45 p.m. Gary Topper Quartet Jazz
5:45 p.m. Gospel Jubilees
6:45 p.m. JM Van Eaton and Billy Swan Rockabilly
7:45 p.m. Kate Campbell Folk
9::00 p.m. Joyce Cobb Blues and Jazz
10:00 p.m. Daddy Mack Blues Band

***
Sunday, September 3rd
Verizon Wireless Stage (Peabody Place & Main)
1:00 p.m. The Agitators, Blues Rock
2:00 p.m. Dan Montgomery, Rock
3:00 p.m. Don McMinn Trio Blues
4:00 p.m. Charles Johnson and Kwest Jazz
5:00 p.m. Sensational 6 Gospel
6:00 p.m. Sonny Burgess & The Pacers Rockabilly
7:00 p.m. Will Graves & Soul Featuring MeNefer Neo Soul, Pop
8:00 p.m. Darrell Petties & SIP, Gospel
9:00 p.m. The Bo-Keys Soul
10:00 p.m. Jason D. Williams Rockabilly/Boogie

Trolley Stop Stage
12:30 p.m. Greater Memphis United Chinese Association Presents Chinese Dances
1:30 p.m. Goin Home Bluegrass
2:30 p.m. Jimmy Crosthwait Puppeteer
3:15 p.m. Mighty High Dreamers Drill Team
3:30 p.m. Smoochie Smith & Hooch MorganRockabilly, Country
4:30 p.m. Desert Rose Dancers
5:15 p.m. Sophisticated Sound & Steppers
5:30 p.m. Choctaw Dancers
6:30 p.m. Millennium Maddness Drill Team
7:30 p.m. Chad White and Delta GroveRevolution Soul
8:30 p.m. Elmo & The Shades R&B
9:45 p.m. Felix Hernandez and Symbiosis Latin Jazz

Folklore Store
1:15 p.m. TBA
2:15 p.m. Roy Harper Gene Bush Country
3:15 p.m. Lalonie Hayes, Soul, Gospel
4:15 p.m. Valerie June Folk
5:15 p.m. Sandy Carroll Blues
6:15 p.m. David Evans & Robert Thomas Blues
7:15 p.m. Peter Hyrka & the Gyspy HombresJazz
8:15 p.m. William Lee Ellis Blues
9:15 p.m. Eden Brent, Blues
10:15 p.m. Blind Mississippi Morris & Brad Webb Blues

Folklore Hall
1:45 p.m. TBA
2:45 p.m. Michaelyn Oby Trio, Jazz
3:45 p.m. Jumpin Chi Chis Jazz
4:45 p.m. Anointed Cowans Singers Gospel
5:45 p.m. Jim Dickinson with Killers from Space Rock
6:45 p.m. Big Dan Taylor and the SouthernJubilees Gospel
7:45 p.m. Orange Mound Jazz Messengers
8:45 p.m. Susan Marshall Pop
9:45 p.m. Billy Lee Riley Rockabilly, Blues

Talker’s Corner
Baseball. Joe Scott
Riverlife . Lil Bukewicz, Annie McDaniel
Netmaking . Jim Young
Quilting.Hattie Childress
Choctaw Crafts.Minnie Bell, Jessie & Claudia Thompson
Trains and Music .Roy Harper
Music and words .Kate Campbell
Hair Art . Barbara Love
Nail Art. Akira Moore

Folk art. Great food. Awesome music!
The festival is a free family friendly event.
--------------------------------------------
NEW THIS YEAR
PURCHASE A SEAT AND
SUPPORT THE PREMIER
MEMPHIS FREE FESTIVAL
Got a favorite performer?
This year, you can reserve a front row seat
for their show in the Folklore Hall.
Call us to reserve a seat for the show
of your choice for just $20.00 per show.
Want a better deal?
Become a Friend of the Festival for $50.00
and enjoy our Friend’s Oasis filled with
cool AC, chairs, and camaraderie,
free soft drink and snacks for the run of the Festival.
Plus, you receive a 2006 Festival Poster,
one free reserved seat in the Folklore Hall
and options to purchase additional seats for $10.00 each.
A great deal for a Great Festival
Must reserve your seat by September 1st!
Call 525-3655 or email us Lauren@southernfolklore.org

Freedonian and Polar Donkey are on FIRE!

Heh. You think I'M pissed at Junior for his voting record and his campaign?

First, go chcck out the Freedonian regarding Junior and his refusal to support Democratic nominees. Then, PD is brutal on Junior and his addiction to corporate money.

Just go read BOTH of them!

You MUST watch this.

Keith Olbermann is spectacular. Period. I'll put the Festival up top for the weekend, but right now, this is more important.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

We have to do WHAT?

Well, not me, but the SCDP Executive Committee is now tasked with the role of selecting a new Democratic Nominee for State Senate District 33 in the wake of Kathryn Bowers' resignation, effective Friday.

As this is a massively Democratic district, the nominee will probably wind up being the new Senator.

For those of you who have been around a while, this happened in 1982 when the ExecCom had to select a candidate to replace Jim White in District 30, when he stepped down to take a judgeship. That led to an epic meeting, where Steve Cohen was selected over Dan Norwood; the rest. as they say, is history.

This has to happen prior to September 28, per Sen. Jim Kyle. So, who gets picked?

There will no doubt be plenty of people jockeying for a position that was held by only three people from 1971-2005: Gabriel Talarico, Ed Davis, and Roscoe Dixon. Now, since Dixon's resignation to work for Mayor Wharton, Sidney Chism's interim term, and Bowers' brief term, the new Senator will be the fourth in two years.

I believe that not all of the ExecCom will vote on this; only those who represent House districts that overlap precincts with Senate 33 will have that opportunity. (If I am wrong, please email me and I will correct this!) Then, the lobbying begins in earnest for a job that barely pays a living wage, even with per diem.

Happy hand grenades, ExecCommers!

Monday, August 28, 2006

It is the right thing to do.

In the end, she said it was for "medical reasons", but State Senator Kathryn Bowers' resignation from the General Assembly was the right thing to do. It is a sad ending to a career in public service that was outstanding, except for her apparent involvement in the Tennessee Waltz scandal.

What hurts even more about this scandal is to see the clout we have lost in Nashville with the Waltz-related departures of John Ford, Roscoe Dixon and Bowers, all heavyweights at the Capitol for Big Shelby. (Yes, I remember that Roscoe was working for AC at the time of the indictments). It's bad enough that the rest of the state detests Big Shelby for the fact that it is everything the rest of the state is NOT, now they can come at us on the Hill and we have little protection.

Yet, as I pointed out earlier, just because the government tossed out the bait, not one of them had to take it. Now, we are all the poorer, because they DID.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Welcome to the Blogosphere

We have a new member of the liberal blogsophere in Big Shelby, from the Space Ninja at REMIXX WORLD, seen down and to the right on the blogroll. Also contributing is former 9th District congressional candidate Joe Ford, Jr.; I look forward to his thoughts on local politics!

Friday, August 25, 2006

polar donkey: The "C", Banks, and the African American Community

polar donkey: The "C", Banks, and the African American Community

Frank has a terrific post about how the lack of financial institutions hurts the ability of people in low-income areas to build wealth and resources; he even has a map showing the areas where there are and AREN'T banks.

Redlining is evil, and Frank has had a series of posts about this, please read this one to start!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What a weasel....

If you ever had any doubts that the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate was a weasel, I am about to eliminate them.

According to this Memphis Flyer article from Jackson Baker, Harold Ford Jr told Steve Cohen the following:

"I can support you, but I won't endorse you."

WTF? Look, I know that his little brother is in the race, BUT HE SHOULD NOT BE. What about the fact that this tightrope-walking act is pissing off Democrats all over the state, and making them uneasy about getting on the Junior bandwagon? If Junior hasn't grasped this yet, then maybe he should have stayed where he was and just pissed off Democrats in Memphis.

THIS WILL HURT HIM AMONG HIS BASE. PERIOD.

Is making sure Daddy has a base of operations for his lobbying firm worth losing a US Senate seat? I would think not.

As Jackson points out, this also allows him the ability to refuse to take a stand on the Lamont-Lieberman race (gee, three guesses who he's REALLY for there?), so he never has to take a stand about anything except God & apple pie (which, apparently, he's for both).

This is the type of cowardly politician that we are trying to RUN OUT of this party, the weasel who refuses to take stands then sells out to the highest bidder upon election. (See Lieberman, Joe).

I do not want to read ever again that "well, that's the best we can do in Tennessee. BULLSHIT. Ever hear of Estes Kefauver? Al Gore, pere et fils? Hell, Jim Sasser looks like FDR compared to Junior! There ARE progressives who can win in Tennessee,
like Steve Cohen; we just have to support them.

As long as Junior tries to walk the tightrope, I have no reason to do anything for him. If you can't trust some one to do the right thing, why vote for them?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Kibitzer on Mr. Ford the Younger...

It seems that the Kibitzer is taking issue (albeit, good-humoredly) with the Cracker's agreement with Steve Gilliard's assertion that Mr. Ford has a "blackness" problem that will prevent his election to the US Senate. He had sent part of this in an email to me earlier.

You need to read it all, but I will provide an excerpt:

Cosmetically (and characteriologically, to many), John Ford is Count Dracula. Harold Jr. is Justin Timberlake spiked with Derek Jeter. Open your eyes and look! Nobody is going to confuse the two.

It only gets better from there.

Asking a question that we never wanted to ask

According to this article by Jackson Baker, it appears that State Senator Kathryn Bowers (D-33) may well be pleading guilty to bribery charges on the day after Labor Day, avoiding a trial.

With this, she will hae to resign her Senate seat, to be sure. It will also mean that she will have to resign as the Democratic nominee for re-election; as a convicted felon, this prevents her service in the Legislature.

If she waits until after the November election, there will have to be a special election called by the governor to fill her seat. However, would it not be true that if she resigned as the nominee at the same time she resigns her seat, that the ExecCom would choose the new nominee, effectively electing a new Senator?

If she is going to plead out and resign, she needs to do it all at one time so that they may choose her successor for the November elections.

I hate all of this, but you know, the government went fishing. Nothing said they had to bite.

Monday, August 21, 2006

On the subject of Mr. Larsha

Freedonian and WTL have terrific posts up about the Jake Ford saga and about the sad actions of someone I have worked with and respect, Mr. William Larsha.

Thaddeus Matthews has put up at his site an article by Mr. Larsha, who has written for the Tri-State Defender off and on for as long as I can remember. It essentially asks the SCDP Executive Committee to ignore the decision of the Democratic electorate with regards to the 9th District and endorse Fredo, er, Jake Ford for Congress.

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, a wise man co-wrote a bylaw that explicitly called for the removal of any member of the Executive Committee who worked against ANY Democratic nominee. He was forceful, and he was eloquent, and that convinced me to vote for this new bylaw. He was right on the money.

Sadly, that man was William Larsha, and he may well be expelled by that same body for doing what he argued against so many years ago, working against a Democratic nominee. Having worked with him for so long, it's almost enough to bring tears to my eyes.

He's doing this because he, like some others in the African-American community here, is petrified that the 9th District will be represented by someone who is NOT of color, despite the fact that the Democratic nominee, Steve Cohen, will represent that community better than Jake Ford could ever dream of doing.

What is even sadder about this than anything else is that Mr. Larsha is of an age when he remembers separate days for people of color at the Zoo, separate areas on the buses and trolleys, and I suspect he was called hideous and nasty things by white people in his life. He KNOWS, better than most, that the discrimination he calls for against Steve Cohen is wrong for the very reason it was wrong when he suffered discrimination lo those many years ago.

African-Americans hold the offices of City and County Mayor, make up a majority of the City Council and 6 of 13 County commission seats, as well they should. There is not a dearth of representation for people of color in this County, and it is not correct to suggest that there is.

Steve Cohen will provide a level of representation that the 9th District has not seen since Harold (Senior) left office. He will fight for everyone in the District; to suggest otherwise is as racist as separate drinking fountains, and I won't stand for it.

Mr. Larsha, you taught me a lot when we served together, and I have always respected you. Please do not do anything that could change this; I ask that you not place this resolution before the Committee. This is because it will only tear us apart as a party and force your expulsion, which is a horrible way to end your career in this party.

The future of the Democratic Party in this county depends upon it.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Alright already..

This Senate race seems out of Bizarro World. I was brought up in politics with the idea that the primary is where you solidified and won over your base, and that you chased independents (however many there were) and disaffected members of the other party in the General Election.

So far this year, we have watched the Goopers attack each other to the point where only now, AFTER the primary is over, that Gooper candidate Bob Corker is having to run around and shore up his base, and pray that they vote in November.

On the other side, after we were denied a primary by Chuck Schumer and his DSCC minions, Harold Ford continues to chase Republicans. It would appear that he acts as if his base was secured because he didn't have to go through one of those icky elections where he might have to campaign among his own people, FOR his own people's votes. After all, wasn't it bad enough that he had to represent Memphis, at least now he didn't have to reach out to them and MEET with them. Where did they have to go, anyway?

They really didn't have any choice, right? RIGHT?

Ford appears to have bought the DLC/DSCC bullshit that, despite polls that show 64% of Americans want us out of Iraq, well, YESTERDAY, that he has to show respect for the White House's horribly bungled position.

As Mr. R. Neal of Knoxville would have once said, OK then.

In an offyear election where, in every OTHER state in the union, you will have to win by turning out your base statewide, we have one candidate who is desperate to get his base to the polls, knowing that if they do, they will hold their nose and vote for him (Corker).

On the other side, we have a candidate who has run AWAY from his base as if they were the untouchables of India, praying that white people in East and Middle Tennessee who are publicly nice and civil to his face might actually vote for him if he makes them forget he's a Ford and he's from Memphis.

Kind of from Memphis, anyway.

He has to know, in his heart of hearts, if there is ANY South Memphis in him at all, that his only hope lies in the idea that the hard-core Bryant and Hilleary voters will continue their contempt for Corker and stay home. He's essentially trying to draw to an inside straight, and even HE knows it's not bloody likely.

So, what happens to Mr. Obama-before-Obama-arrived going to do if he is beaten in November? That may explain why he has refused to endorse anyone for his old 9th District Congressional seat.

Unless I have missed something major, Ford, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate, has refused to endorse Steve Cohen, the Democratic nominee for his vacated seat. As we know, his ne-er-do-well brother Jake, who had to get a GED after leaving St. Albans, is running as an "independent Democrat" for that seat, as well.

Right, Jake, you and Joe Lieberman.

If Jake wins (not likely) and Harold loses (far more likely), what are the odds that Jake will have a mysterious reason for resigning a month or so into his term? Poppycock, you say, balderdash, you yell! Jake is his own man and would NEVER do that.

Is that why he still works for his father and lives in a house his father owns? I suggest that if enough race-baiting takes place and he pulls the upset, he gets told to step aside for big brother, and Harold returns to his old House seat without a whimper after a Bredesen appointment.

It's called a fail-safe for a reason, people.

Personally, I think that Cohen will win and win big, but I take Jake seriously, even though Jake's continued presence in the 9th District race is starting to hurt Harold around the Tennessee Democratic community already.

There are those in the African-American community, albeit a small minority, who are petrified that this seat could belong to a Caucasian, despite the fact that Cohen would be likely to fight for their interests much harder than the current Congressman has done in his decade-long career. While these folks are loud, I do not believe there are enough of them to make a difference.

If Harold Ford wants everyone to get behind his Senate campaign in the interest of unity and be a team player, he needs to set the example by endorsing the ENTIRE Democratic ticket, and do it soon.

Because, if he keeps running as if he is ABOVE the Democratic Party, he will find out that Republicans aren't the ONLY voters who can stay home Election Day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Yeah, I'm still here...

While I am preparing a large piece for later, you should read Autoegocrat's comments on the 9th District race, which he nails, as usual.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Freedonian: Meet The New Ford, Same As the Old Ford...

Freedonian: Meet The New Ford, Same As the Old Ford...

Just read it, ok? You'll be glad you did...

Choice cut:

The other night, we held a retirement party for Joe Lieberman. Genuine progressives all around the country celebrated the victory of genuine progressive principles over the right wing, accomodationist wing of the party. Joe Lieberman was the symbol of all of that. Whether it was the war, or any range of social issues, he earned the coveted Zell Miller Award for Excellence in "What the Hell Party Am I In?"

Here's the problem. He's not the worst offender. In fact, one of the worst is stinking up our own back yard.

The Drum Major Institute's most recent study of our Congressmen and whether or not they voted in the interests of middle class Americans was quite telling. Harold Ford got 38%. In case you need that score in perspective, let's put it this way: Joe Lieberman, the very symbol of treasonous Democrats, outscored him by 25%. When it came to voting for progressive values, Harold Ford finished in a dead heat with Mike DeWine, one of the most conservative people on Capitol Hill.

He doesn't represent black people any better. Harold Ford is consistently ranked dead last on the Congressional Black Caucus Report Card. His average score from them has been even lower than the Drum Major score--- He votes with the CBC a staggering 32.5% of the time. There are whites that vote the CBC position more often than he does.

When it comes to being progressive, Harold Ford could improve and still suck.

OK, go read the rest!

WTL lays the smackdown

about last night's re-election of Matt Kuhn, in which he spares no one, even Kuhn.

Go read it here, after you've read Jackson Baker's sterling coverage of the event.

Choice cut:

Last night Matt Kuhn won the chairmanship over Jay Bailey. The rest of the officers and steering committee were reelected as well. This committee has had its problems, but I for one am getting sick and tired of the whole "the new people are Republicans who don't do anything" narrative. I'll speak for myself for a moment. For the last 2 months, I've been working 5-6 days a week for several Democratic candidates. I've also voted in every single Democratic primary since I turned 18. I've given money to the party on a monthly basis, plus at every fundraiser we've had since I got elected. That's more than the party has gotten from Jay Bailey in the past year in donations. Many other committee members worked equally tirelessly in this past election. Others did not. The work ethic is both impressive and depressing across the factions.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Make A Decision

Thanks to Wintermute, I have this link to AC Kleinheider at VolunteerVoters.com who asks The Man Who Would Be Senator to make a decision on who he will support in the 9th District race.

Choice Cut:

Harry, you can't have it both ways there, chief. Either you support the Democratic nominee in the races or you don't. Especially in the case of the 9th District.

He
can avoid and play politician with the Connecticut Race but in the 9th District, he has to vote. Are you voting for your brother or are you voting for Steve Cohen?

It is a simple question.

Harry? Oh well, it's the thought that counts.


UPDATE: Bob weighs in as well at 55-40!

Say hello to Bob at 55-40!

We have a new blogger in our midst at 55-40, and he has some interesting thing to say, so check him out already, willya?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Well, I guess it's on now...


Who am I to criticize intraparty battles after the sweet victory of Ned Lamont last night? Tomorrow night, live from the IBEW Hall, the annual SCDP officer elections will take place. As one need NOT be a member of the ExecCom to be chair, newly-elected TDP Committeeman of District 28 Javier M. "Jay" Bailey is offering himself to the Committee as a new Chair in place of Matt Kuhn.

I present, in its entirety, the email he sent to ExecCom members tonight:

Subject: I'M ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE FOR CHAIRMAN

Dear Executive Committee Member: On tomorrow you will have an opportunity to change the direction of our party. Your vote will determine if we will continue to lose county wide races, suffer from empty campaign funds, and fall prey to cross party endorsements by party leaders. I am offering my service to this party. I pledge my support for all Democratic nominees and I will be a strong Chairman, with the experience to properly take the helm of this party. The elections of last week prove that weak leadership will continue to result in our inability to take and hold various countywide offices. Lets change directions and put a new face on our party.

There are party leaders that seem to believe that smearing my character will be a deterence to my candidacy. This is the type of tactic is part and parcel of why our party stands divided and ineffective. It is also why we lost many of the judicial races. You and I will not allow any more division and mudslinging. *Join with me and lets create a party for which we can be proud. I am calling on you to put aside our fractional differences and look ahead toward the future of our party.

TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT. * *TOGETHER WE WILL PUT THIS SHIP BACK ON COURSE.*
PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHMENT!!!!!
-- JM Bailey


Well, he's obviously accusing Kuhn of malfeasance or nonfeasance here, but my question is this:

Mr. Bailey, what can you do differently? How can you fill the void that has been in the local party since Harold Senior moved to Miami? What would you have done differently had you been in Matt Kuhn's shoes, and I want specifics.

You know, all you have to do to know that I have had differences with Matt Kuhn is to go type his name in the blog search and read what I have written. All that aside, what has Mr. Bailey done to distinguish himself as a superior candidate?

I have one other question: why isn't David Upton, who is supporting Jay Bailey, running himself? I have worked with David in campaigns for years now, and he surely has as much or more experience in campaigns and fundraising as Jay Bailey, and surely he could articulate his own vision for where the party needs to go instead of asking someone else to run in his stead.

Well, I don't have a vote, and I've had problems with Matt Kuhn, but I am really going to have to be sold why we should change horses in mid-stream without sufficient reason, other than "He's NOT Matt Kuhn".

That smacks of "He's NOT George Bush", and we all know how well that worked for John Kerry.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Joe Lieberman is a gutless punk.


Despite the fact that the Democrats of Connecticut REJECTED him tonight, his concern for his own well-being outweighs that of the Party that he has claimed to represent for 18 years.

This neocon corporate whore announced to a crowd of Lieberkinds tonight that "this is just the first half" and "Team Connecticut" would roll to victory in November.

Cohen is my first priority, Ned Lamont is now my second.


Joe Lieberman CAN NOT and MUST NOT be rewarded for selling Connecticut, The Democratic Party and the USA down the river to George W. Bush.

As soon as I can get a Lamont button for the blogroll, I will get one and I hope that you can contribute to Ned, if possible. If you have friends in Connecticut, call them and ask them to join Ned on his quest to represent the Nutmeggers in the Senate.

Lieberman must be stopped for the good of the party and the country.

Monday, August 07, 2006

How Green is my Party?



Kos points out that not just the Pennsylvania Green Party, but the NATIONAL Green Party, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican National Committee, who provided not only money, but FOOT SOLDIERS for these people of virtue.

Here's a choice cut, which Kos
took from philly.com:

Six staffers on Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign - including an intern who tailed Democratic candidate Bob Casey Jr. in a duck costume - collected voter signatures to help place the Green Party on the fall ballot.

OOPS.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Auto says it better than I did....

Autoegocrat says why some of us are taking the pledge on Ford-Bashing for three months; if I had been this eloquent, we might not have had flame wars earlier today.

Here's a taste, but you should read the whole thing:

History shows that Democratic party values can win in Tennessee when the candidates actually embrace them, and Harold Ford Jr. will lose in November because he does not stand up for those same values. In spite of the racist, "Can a black man win?" media narrative surrounding his campaign, his November failure will serve as a monumental warning to all future would-be self-serving Tennessee Democratic candidates, and all the more so if "angry left" netroots fingerprints are nowhere nearby when it happens. He doesn't need our help to lose.

I am somewhat surprised...

at the response to my post below, where I announced in the name of unity I would stop attacking Harold, because I didn't want backlash on Steve Cohen.

One might have thought by the responses that I had pledged loyalty, fealty and my first-born male child to the Ford campaign, all because I promised to stop calling him a bastard every other day.

What part of
"
I am not going to endorse him, neither will I oppose him at this time" is misunderstood here?


Letterman, Clinton, and Coulter....

Sharon Cobb had this up at her site, so I stole it!

A truce, of sorts..

I have just spent an enjoyable evening with several of my blogger brethren, and we have spent much time talking about the fall races.

It has led me to a conclusion: I have to respect the wishes of the Democratic electorate with regard to the United States Senate race.

Against my advice, they have selected Harold Ford Jr. (not, mind you, that they were given real choices) to be our nominee. I am not about to pull a Joe Lieberman and go off the reservation.

So, while I am not going to endorse him, neither will I oppose him at this time; I am declaring a moratorium on Junior attacks. If I expect people to vote for Steve Cohen for Congress and Mike Kernell for re-election to the state House, I have to accept that they are going to vote for Phil Bredesen and Harold Ford Jr as well.

This comes in light of some serious soul-searching about whether to just say, WTF, I'm going for Chris Lugo, the Green party candidate, or lay low on the subject.

I recently read that the Pennsylvania Green party sought and received almost 100% funding from the PA Republican Party, in order to derail Bob Casey's candidacy to defeat Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. As you can imagine, though it's no fault of Chris Lugo's, that soured me on the Greens.

I will decide later what to do about the Senate, but I will not make it public. This is a time for Democratic unity, and I've been at this too long to throw a monkey-wrench into the works now.

If I have to take Junior in order to get Steve Cohen, then that is what I have to accept, whether I necessarily like it or not.

Mazel tov, Harold, go in peace. Just remember, if you win and you screw up, I'll be on your ass like a rabid badger every day of your Senate career.

Friday, August 04, 2006

We welcome to our blogroll...

the wonderful Sharon Cobb of Nashville, former MSNBC reporter and astute observer of politics and life in the Volunteer State.

She attended the big TDP Victory Party wingding at LP Field (that's what they're calling Adelphia Coliseum these days) that featured that guy running for Senate and the one, the only Big Dog his ownself, William Jefferson Clinton.

Sharon has graciously offered to share her pictures from the event, which include this shot of her with R&B crooner John Legend, who sang for the crowd.



As promised, here is the Big Dog listening to Son of Senior rev up the crowd...



Here's another shot of the dignitaries on stage..




For Junior, now comes reality in the form of Bob Corker, who carried the eastern two-thirds of the state in the Gooper primary. They will wait all of five minutes to attack Junior for being the second coming of George McGovern, despite his record that makes the DLC look leftist by comparison.

Thank you, Sharon, for these pictures and for linking to this "humble" blog!

From ecstasy to agony

I left home around 10:30 after monitoring the Election Commission site for victorious judicial candidate Lee Coffee and victorious County Commissioner-elect Steve Mulroy, delirious that not only had they won, so had Steve Cohen, and, even better, so it appeared that several Democratic candidates were on their way to victory.

Arriving at the Palm Court, we were all too busy celebrating with the other bloggers to notice what was happening on the screen showing the returns. Around midnight, we repaired to the deck of Bosco's in continued celebration until around 1, when I received a call from my godfather Mike Kernell, who was telling me that Shep Wilbun, Otis Jackson, Vernon Johnson and Sondra Becton were all about to lose.

I asked him to repeat it, thinking he was watching a rerun of the 10 PM news; but it was true, as I learned to my horror when I got home. All had led by around 2000 votes with 25 precincts to go, there's no way they could have lost.

But they did.

I am absolutely devastated for Sondra Becton in particular, who deserved a FAR better fate. She has worked tirelessly for this seat, and this was her third shot at it and maybe her last, best chance to win this seat.

I am also sad for Shep Wilbun, whose chance for redemption was maddeningly snatched away from him at the end. He is a good and decent man and deserves another opportunity to show what leadership skills he has.

In a nonpartisan race, I want to extend my condolences to Regina Morrison Newman; I am as shocked as anyone else that she did not win. She would have been a terrific judge, and I hope will be in the future.

Now, back to victory for a moment.

Despite the fact that Nikki Tinker spent half a million dollars, and EMILY's LIST spent a quarter-million, Steve Cohen's impeccable record of service to his community carried the day on Thursday, and I humbly ask all Democrats and independents to rally behind him for the November elections.

Now is a time to reflect on the just ended campaign, take a week off, and prepare for November. For Memphis and the 9th District, there is no more important act we can take than to ensure Steve Cohen's election to Congress.

Let us also reflect on the importance of Steve Mulroy's victory in County Commission District 5. For the first time in the modern, partisan era, The Democrats are in charge of the County. His unceasing efforts on the campaign trail turned this race around; even my godfather says Mulroy is now the king of door-to-door! That's saying something.

More later, it's time for rest and reflection now.

What a night.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Paul Eells, 1935-2006

If you're not a Razorback fan, you may well want to skip this post.

31 years ago, at the top of his game, the Voice of the Razorbacks, the man who had called the infamous Arkansas-Texas Game of the Century (sorry, Husker and Sooner fans, this is the best one) in 1969, Bud Campbell, was killed in a car accident in west Little Rock. It sent Razorback Nation into a panic.

First, Dave Woodman was lured from KARK to call the Hogs, but that lasted all of one year. Then, someone named Sam Smith came and went in about the same length of time, and Hog fans grew impatient. Just because we weren't in the SEC then didn't mean that it was any less important to a devoted state.

Finally, it was announced in the summer of 1978, I believe, that Vanderbilt play-by-play anchor Paul Eells was hired to become the new Voice of the Razorbacks.

To everyone's delight, he fit like an old shoe, and Arkansans near and far fell in love with his smooth tones and his professionalism, even as he yelled "TOUCHDOWN ARKANSAS!" Through thick and thin, he was the soothing voice that made Hog radio broadcasts fun to listen to each game.

Over time, he became an institution throughout the state, as many had forgotten about Bud Campbell. Paul Eells was as much a part of Arkansas as Crowley's Ridge and the Boston Mountains.

Then, around 8 last night, on his way home from a Houston Nutt-sponsored golf tournament for charity, Paul Eells' vehicle inexplicably veered across Interstate 40 and smashed head-on into a car driven by Billie J. Burton of Dover, Arkansas. Neither survived.

Razorback Nation, which, despite my best efforts, I'm still a member in good standing, is in mourning today. Governor Huckabee has requested that all state flags be lowered to half-staff on the day of Paul's funeral, and I agree with that.

I never met Paul Eells; like most Hog fans, I knew of him what I heard, that smooth voice calling yet another Razorback touchdown.

Now, that will never be the same again, and neither will we.