Wednesday, February 28, 2007
One has to notice that, while we knew this was coming, the news of the list that he authorized to prevent people either close to him or well-known in this city from having their utilities cut off was well-timed, eh?
Well, while Morris authorized the list, only his successor, Joseph Lee, USED the list to prevent the cutoff of Councilor Edmund Ford on a repeated basis. "Joseph does not want him cut off", said Alonzo Weaver, according to the CA.
Joseph Lee is a nice man, I served with him on the ExecCom and he is a quiet sort, from my experience. However, it is sadly obvious that this is not his forte, and I am forced to agree with the daily fishwrap that his resignation as MLGW chief is clearly called for at this time.
The Mayor may think that by leaking the news that Morris was responsible for creating the list will shift attention from the fact that it was Morris' SUCCESSOR who actually used it. NO.
Morris showed poor judgment in creating the list, and Lee showed worse judgment by using it for Ford. It is also painfully obvious by now that Mayor Herenton showed the worst judgment of all by appointing a man who was overmatched for this position and unable to handle the duties of that office.
Hopefully, by this time next year, they will ALL be out of public life.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Remember Steve and his partner Jen in your thoughts.
The meeting of the epoch on the Colbert Report this Thursday night, March 1st, on Comedy Central, which is Channel 38 on Comcast Digital Cable, at 10:30 P.M.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Registration begins at 9 AM and ENDS PROMPTLY at 10:45 A.M. Bring your Voter Registration card if you have it; if not, bring another form of ID.
After Registration, you will caucus, beginning at 11 AM, with other members of your State House District (83-93 and 95-99 are in Shelby County),. At that time, delegates and precinct chairs (not necessarily delegates) will be elected from EACH PRECINCT to attend the 2007 SCDP Convention, at the same location, on March 31.
If you are a Democrat registered to vote in Shelby County, please attend, as you need to take part in the process so you can help determine who represents you on the Executive Committee of the SCDP. In turn, they will elect the new Chair.
Then, you'll have the right to bitch at your reps if they elect the wrong person or screw things up!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
We have links to artists from all over the world including from Memphis and the surrounding area, enjoy!
Friday, February 23, 2007
You think maybe the fact that he wanted to index Social Security benefits based on prices instead of wages had something to do with it? What a maroon.
Oh well, at least he had a pretty website.
UPDATE: Freedonian has a great take on Vilsack The Campaign.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Yes, the man who is as Democratic as his father is Republican, the man who has introduced progressive legislation like Bernie Sanders in heat, the fellow who has dazzled us all while in Nashvegas keeping the seat warm for Beverly Marrero.
Why not? He OBVIOUSLY stands for what we do, he knows how to lead and could organize. Maybe he could even charm Del, so why not?
Oh. He can't help being melaninally challenged (not mentally), but he is a great Democrat, and if we can't reach a consensus with the other candidates, he should be considered.
If he wants to be, and I hope that he does. Let's see what happens!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Let's look at each of them and then I would like you to comment on each of them.
Strengths: in Democratic politics practically since birth, as the son of longtime County Commissioner Walter Bailey. He is probably the ONLY candidate considered to be friendly with both David Upton and Sidney Chism, no mean feat. He also represented four Party candidates for County office last year when they challenged the election.
Weaknesses: He has a history with the disciplinary committee of the bar Association; while he dismissed the infractions as small, others have charged it's worse than he says. Deemed by some to be too close to Upton; however, Chism has openly supported him for office, so, we'll see. I don't know how well he would fund-raise, a critical task for any Chair.
Commissioner Henri Brooks
Strengths: Commissioner Brooks spent over a decade representing House 92 after upsetting long-time legislator Alvin King. She was seen as a scrapper for her district. She had a life-changing experience over a year ago, surviving a fall in the dead od winter where she was not found for several hours; people who have worked with her say that she has become calmer and more easy to work with since that time. She is now making news investigating Juvenile Court, which she has likened to a "plantation".
Weaknesses: While this can also be a strength when dealing with Goopers, she is not afraid to offend anyone, as those who remember her refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance while in the General Assembly can attest. If she wants this office, is she the public face that a majority of the Party would want? I say sometimes yes, sometimes no. No clue as to how well she would fund-raise.
Strengths: As a relative newbie to Democratic politics here, she has nonetheless worked her ass off for our candidates while working with Women For Kerry, Mid-South Democrats in Action, and since 2005 on the SCDP ExecCom. She is NOT afraid to speak her mind (again, sometimes yes, sometimes no as a strength) and had legendary arguments with veteran Del Gill. She is a supporter of New Path, an association of African-American professionals whom she believes will strengthen the community and the Party. Fund-raising would be a strength; she helped Steve Mulroy's victorious Commission campaign.
Weaknesses: Because she works for Baker Donelson, she is perceived (unfairly, IMO) as a closet Gooper. Well, hell, Buck Lewis was there while he was STATE Democratic Chair, so what difference does it make? Not only that, you can find some HARDCORE Goopers in that legendary Democratic firm, Farris Hancock, so that SHOULD be a non-issue. Some say she is too easily swayed by Chism, only time will tell if that is accurate or not; I tend to think she is more savvy than that.
Jody Hurt Patterson
Strengths: Democratic operative who has been Rep. Mike Kernell's right-hand person for over a decade, and has worked hard in every major Democratic campaign in Shelby County since the mid 1990s. She is the only one of the candidates above to have held an officer position, IIRC, as she replaced Oran Quintrell as SCDP secretary during the term of Kathryn Bowers. She is well-known and well-liked by most in the party, as far as I know.
Weaknesses: Her health. When she is well, she is one of the hardest-working operatives in town, when she's not, she's down for a while. While she herself may not be a fund-raiser, she can call on those who can.
Let it rip and let's see what you think.
Monday, February 19, 2007
To steal a line from Terrell Owens' former publicist, there are 94 million reasons that the Grizz will be in our town until 2021 at the earliest. The CA hit the nail on the head for a change in their editorial this morning, noting that the Grizz are a part of the social fabric, and I have to agree.
Look, while I am a Grizz fan, I never thought that public funds should have been spent on the FedExForum, at least no higher of a percent than was spent on AutoZone Park. However, it was, the money was spent and there it is. It can't be UNBUILT and the money returned to our coffers, so, get over it.
I DO believe that we need to investigate the Garage scam to its fullest, and prosecute those whose failure to oversee the problems reaches a criminal level. There is a LOT more under the surface that needs to be dug up.
However, there seem to be people who WANT the Grizzlies to go, so they can wag their fingers and say I told you so. However, the Forum will still be there, and won't make money if that happens.
I'm not saying you have to root for the Grizz if you don't like the NBA, just realize that it's done, there's no sense bitching about it. All we can do is push for a full investigation so that we can send the people to jail who committed criminal malfeasance on the Garage situation.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Don't believe me? Check out Freedonian and FearlessVK!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
His bill would open up the liquor industry to something known as (gasp, shock) THE FREE MARKET, allowing package liquor sales on Sunday. All of this has upset the legendary Golden Goose, Tom Hensley, liquor lobbyist par excellance, who wants to keep the booze biz tightly controlled, keeping the prices artificially higher.
Not only that, he has also introduced legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the Volunteer State, which is a very serious subject. Near and dear to my heart, he has also introduced a bill to start the process for VOTE BY MAIL! All in all, terrific work in a short period of time for a man who used to be a, well, how do I say this.....
Then, we could stage it live:
THE LIBERAL BLOGGING ESTABLISHMENT PROUDLY PRESENTS....
LIVE FROM THE MID-SOUTH COLISEUM!
THE SCDP BATTLE ROYAL!
30 PARTICIPANTS! THREE RINGS! ONE WINNER, WHO WILL BE CROWNED CHAIR OF THE SHELBY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! NO TIME LIMIT! MASKED ENTRANTS MAY APPLY (as long as they sign the loyalty oath!)!
What do you think????
UPDATE: if we charged $10 a head to spectators, it would replace Kennedy Day as our fundraiser and get us on sound financial footing. Come on, it's a goer, eh?
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
If you had TimeWarner RoadRunner service, and stayed with the switch to Comcast Broadband, have you had service problems since the switch? Are you faster, as they claim, or have you had service interruptions.
As for me, I have Earthlink Broadband, which is cheaper and administered by Comcast, as Time Warner did before. I noticed some outages prior to the switchover, but since then, it's been solid, and a little faster.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Let's not forget, new Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person has been a referee at JC for more years than I can count, and was practically joined at the hip with former Judge Kenneth Turner. My sources familiar with JC operations indicated that in the last couple of years, Person practically ran the place as Judge Turner's health deteriorated.
While it is true that I was initially skeptical about a second judicial position for JC, things like the Braxton Moore story have led me to a change of heart. Add to that the charges that juveniles from the suburbs get diversion and treatment while juveniles from the inner city get confinement and worse and I think the Commissioner is on to something here.
I couldn't help Michael Erskine's snarky note in the first sentence of the CA story that this flight and trip was at taxpayer expense. Hello, isn't this about PUBLIC business??? What is she supposed to do here, this is her JOB.
If this leads to a federal investigation, fine, not that much will happen under a Republican Administration. Commissioner Brooks has the right idea, though, and we need to get behind her, and keep the pressure up on JC, rather than sabotage her.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Bill Morris, the erstwhile County Mayor, and before that, Sheriff of Shelby County, is apparently planning, 40 years after his initial run, to run again for Mayor of the City of Memphis.
Why? He has not held public office since September 1994, a month after he was trounced by Phil Bredesen in the 1994 Democratic primary for Governor. While he is no doubt held in a high regard by many Memphians, and he has very high name recognition, what purpose does his candidacy serve?
His entry would further split opposition to Mayor Herenton and make it more difficult to remove the four-term incumbent.
Have I just answered my own question?
It appears that the good ole boys decided that maybe Herman Morris can't win after all, and have called to the bullpen for someone they trust, knowing that either A) Morris will win and they'll be taken care of, or B) at least it will keep Chumney from winning and cutting off the developers' gravy train.
For whatever reason, it is not in the best interests of the City of Memphis that Bill Morris runs. The best case scenario of a Morris candidacy, and it's not good at all, would be for Morris to install the same people who started the sprawl in Shelby County 30 years ago and turn the city over to the developer class.
The worst scenario, of course, is that it would enable Herenton to be re-elected so that he could continue his mismanagement of this city, turning it into Detroit South. Crime continues to spiral, and the only answer is to elect someone who's been out of the loop for over a decade?
It's time to tell the other Old Hacks From Way Back that he needs to stay home, and let the one person who could make a difference for the better for this city run with his support.
And you know who that is.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Just so you know.
UPDATE: No. I'm STILL not the father, but our friend Steve at Vibinc has kicked it up a notch with a re-working of a legendary song that is, in my humble opinion, in deliciously bad taste.
Go on, you know you want to, it's about 2/3 of the way down the post!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Progressive Talk 680? That's great for Cardinal fans, who couldn't hear night games in Memphis east of Clark Tower for the last few years on WMC 79 and last year on ESPN 730.
As 680 BOOMS over the countryside, they will be easy to pick up for Cardinal fans while in their car or wherever they may be. I also presume that, unlike ESPN 730, they won't pre-empt games in the middle of the September pennant race for a WRESTLING show. (Verno, you're going to have to answer for that!)
OK, but why put the Cardinals on a leftie talk station? Is the leftie talk station going to remain that way for the foreseeable future? Inquiring minds want to know.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Right now, the candidates expected to run in addtion to Carol are the Mayor himself (he needs to retire), former MLGW President Herman Morris, former County Commissioner John Willingham, and Memphis dentist Dr. Mark Roudebush.
While the the downtown area is more prosperous than ever before, the rest of the city outside the Poplar Corridor has gone to shit over the last few years, as the middle-class has been fleeing in record numbers in a multi-ethnic, multi-racial wave. Former Memphians have escaped to Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee, as well as the fastest growing county in Mississippi, DeSoto.
The major reason for the exodus is simple: crime. It has exploded over the last several years to the point where if you don't live downtown or the Poplar Corridor, you are not living in a safe environment. Mayor Herenton has gone through Police Directors like Spinal Tap went through drummers, and we are the worse for it.
I believe that Carol has the guts and the vision to do something about this situation. She will also be working with a City Council that will have several new members, if not a majority, so that we can have a fresh start and chance to turn the city around.
It will be hard to make a dent in the poverty in the city, at least until we have a Democrat in the White House, and that is a major cause for many of the problems that we have here. Carol will reach out, because whoever the mayor will be will have no choice. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, we must all hang together or we will surely hang separately.
So, there it is; I hope to see you there on Thursday night; then we can all go crash Drinking Liberally and bid adieu to Liz Rincon, the backbone of both the Mulroy and Cohen campaigns in 2006.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Well, after Devin Hester (pictured above) ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, it was pretty much downhill for the NFC Champion Chicago Bears, as the Super Bowl was won convincingly by the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17.
Peyton Manning won the MVP in the same manner some Hollywood actors win an Oscar, as a lifetime achievement award. Oh, Peyton outplayed Rex Grossman, but the game was truly won by the Colts DEFENSE, which was the joke of the AFC in the regular season but the TOAST of the AFC in the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Tony Dungy, a fine and classy individual, Bill Polian (4 SB losses with the Bills) and Manning all have the giant Ls removed from their foreheads, and they deserve this championship. They and their Colts were the last team standing, and that's what counts.
Congratulations to the Champions of Super Bowl XLI, the Indianapolis Colts.
SIDE NOTE: This makes my final record 9-2 for the playoffs, not too shabby. My two losses were when the Colts beat the Ravens and the Bears.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
WHY?????????????? Supposedly, Governor Bredesen is backing Chattanooga's bid for the same plant, so they want our local Mayors and the Chamber to keep quiet.
FUCK PHIL BREDESEN AND FUCK CHATTANOOGA. THIS IS MEMPHIS AND WE NEED THAT PLANT HERE.
Governor, which area of your state needs more help right now? Memphis, or Chattanooga? Are you so sure that if it it's built back East, that they won't hire as many Georgians or Alabamians or hell, even people from the southwestern corner of
North Carolina as Tennesseans?
I am willing to bet that 30-40%, if not MORE of the workforce will be from West Tennessee, Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, Fayette, maybe even Haywood. Sure, Eastern Arkansas will see a boom, as will DeSoto, Tate, Tunica and Marshall counties in Mississippi will see their folks hired, too.
The largest pool, though, is Shelby County, and we NEED those jobs.
Governor, we know you and the rest of the state HATE Memphis because we're not hill people, not country people, and not white people.
I have just one question, though.
Do you have to be so damned OBVIOUS about it?
However, dear friends and gentle readers, there MAY yet be a happy ending, because there IS an elected official with the guts to help out our neighbors across the river. Who, pray tell, could that be?
Who the hell do you think? It's our Congressman, Steve Cohen, who has pledged to assist Marion Mayor Frank Fogleman and Arkansas' 1st District Congressman, Marion Berry (BERRY, not BARRY!), Democrat of Gillett.
As Cohen points out, "If you have 7,500 people over in Marion, a whole bunch of them would be living in Memphis," he said. "They'd be coming to ball games here in Memphis. They'd certainly be eating food in Memphis. They'd contribute sales taxes to Memphis. It's going to be real good for Memphis."
Readers from the Memphis area, do us all a favor. On Monday, call Herenton's office and call Wharton's office, and then call the Regional Chamber (what a misnomer) and ask what the hell they have against bringing 7,500 jobs to the Memphis area. Let's do this until they get off their collective asses and help Marion get that plant.
Put it this way: I care more about Memphis than Chattanooga. more about Southaven than Lookout Mountain or Dalton, more about Munford or Atoka than South Pittsburg or Cleveland.
Let's bring the jobs to GREATER MEMPHIS where they are more desperately needed.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Super Bowl XLI, Miami, Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears, 5:21 PM, CBS (WREG -3)
Let me tell you a story that I think is a parallel to this year's game. When the Colts first played in this game, in January 1969, they came to Miami as prohibitive favorites. Just as this year, they were the champions of the conference or league that was perceived to be clearly superior to the other one.
Just as this year, the Colts had a legendary QB who was thought to be one of the best all-time, with a great head coach who was also thought to be among the elite.
Just as this year, the other team had a quarterback from the North who went to a SEC school to play under a legendary coach, who helped prepare him for the road ahead..
Just as this year, that QB, who had struggled in the pros prior to that season, enraged the mighty Colts by guaranteeing victory for the upstarts.
Before that earlier game, the Al DeRogatis of NBC stunned the world by predicting that if the New York Jets got over 100 yards on the ground, they would win the game.
Behind Matt Snell and Emerson Boozer, Joe Namath led the upstart Jets to the Super Bowl title by not making any mistakes.
So, if Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson can run for a combined 100 yards, I believe that Rex Grossman will manage this game efficiently, keeping the legendary Peyton Manning off the field and winning the game for the Bears.
I am confident in the Bears' defense, and I think they will shut down Harrison and Wayne, and that will be enough.
PICK: Bears 23, Colts 10