Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Senator Ford Meet & Greet Breakfast in Millington on October 7

The Committee to Re-Elect
Senator Ophelia Ford
District 29
invites you to a

Meet and Greet Breakfast
Old Timers Restaurant
7918 C Street
Millington, Tennessee
Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:30 A.M. -  10:30 A.M.
(Contributions are appreciated but not required to attend.)

Checks should be made payable to:
Committee to Re-Elect Senator Ophelia Ford
P. O. Box 462
Memphis, Tennessee  38101 
Headquarters (901) 692-0230
Contributions can also be made on-line @
Note:  Contributors should provide occupation/employer, as required by State Law  
Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Senator Ophelia Ford, Stanley Sawyer Treasurer

Mr. President, Mr. Vice-President, You Need To Listen To Cenk Uygur

Hat Tip to SoBeale.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Bears beat the Packers, so you know what that means!

Here's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Bear Down. Enjoy!

Some things are just simply indefensible.

Just go to Post Politics and HEAR what I am pissed about.  I tried to defend Mike McWherter on the Informed Sources segment that ran last night on WREG, and now I hear that McWherter is attacking Haslam for not being a conservative.

Seriously, does he not understand that at least FIFTY percent of his vote is supposed to come from the LEFT? And when he does idiotic ads like this, he runs the left into the arms of Haslam, who gives the appearance (even if we know otherwise) that he is the right-wing Bredesen (I know, redundant).  If it weren't for Mike Kernell and Steve Cohen (Beverly Marrero is NOT up this year), I would stay home this year.

If this is the best the TNDP can produce, it deserves the butt-whipping it is about to receive.  Only after it has been reduced to ashes can a new party rise up and be what it has to be in order to have any meaning.

As the officer in Vietnam said, "We had to destroy the village in order to save it".  Yup.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Business Leaders Announce Support For The New Charter

Note to readers: I am still undecided.  I am FOR consolidation, still unsure about the Charter, and I am reading it. LWC.

September 23, 2010
Contact:  Dan Conaway
Business Leaders Announce Support For The New Charter
Memphis, TN – Prominent members of the local business community are voicing their support for the new charter which will be on the ballot November 2nd.   
“Shelby County business leaders have for years been supporters of a metro form of government, and now that they have had a chance to read the new charter, conversations have reached a crescendo and they’re looking for ways to get behind it and support its adoption,” said Gary Shorb, CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
“I’m really pleased to see the level of enthusiasm for the new charter from such a diverse array of prominent business leaders.  This is a great community that can be made even better by streamlining government to make it more effective in growing jobs and advancing quality of life for citizens across the county,” added Bill Rhodes, Chairman & CEO, AutoZone.
Business leaders will host a news conference tomorrow to communicate their belief that a new government will improve Memphis and Shelby County.
Date:  Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital (new Women's and Children's Pavilion) 7691 Poplar Avenue
“This news conference came together really quickly, with a lot of momentum growing for getting the business voice out there. The number of supporters who just over the last two days have said they want to be a part of whatever this group is that’s forming is pretty inspiring,” said Luke Yancy, President of the Mid-South Minority Business Council, “and the number is continuing
to grow.”

Jon Stewart NAILS the GOP

If you had any doubts about voting and voting DEMOCRATIC, this should eliminate them

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Yeah, I Know, Where The Hell Have I Been? Well, Here's Where I Am GOING to BE!

Yes, Richard Ransom and the good folks at NewsChannel 3 invited me back to join with Richard, The ol' Watchdog, Mike Matthews, and Andrew Clarksenior of AM600 to tape Informed Sources today, it will be on Sunday night after NewsChannel 3 at 10.

We talked about the Governor's race (or lack thereof), the TN-08 race, and Afghanistan.  Watch it and they might have me back!

On to other subjects...

First, HOLY CRAP, GONERFEST started YESTERDAY?  I gotta get over there..

Back to Politics:

Well, the Gov's race was summed up perfectly today by El Jefe himself, Jeff Woods of the Nashville Scene:

Hacks and Whores Dominate Democrats for Haslam

Ok, James Harvey?  John Farris? REALLY, guys?  I know John Farris has backed away from politics to focus on the family law firm, but didya have to do this?  

James Harvey, you best believe if you EVER try to rub as a Democrat here for any race, this is going to be thrown in your face.  You don't like Mike McWherter? Fine? Endorse Mr. Pilot Oil? You best just shut the hell up, dude, or not plan to run as a Democrat for any office.

Now, no one is surprised if Will Pinkston is on that list but there are folks on this list that I am NOT happy with for being there.  James Kerley?? Ron Redwing? Felix Walker? (and NO ONE had better EVER suggest Felix for any Democratic Party business ever again, I don't care WHO he knows. Enough said.)

Mike McWherter is trailing, but he is NOT John Jay Hooker, people.  Yes, he pissed me off, and yes, I wrote in Mabel in the primary, but THAT'S WHAT A FREAKING PRIMARY IS FOR!  It's time to come together, and I see Democrats lining up at the trough whoring themselves out, all about the Benjamins.

I vote with the donkeys, but I have an elephant-like memory, and this will not be forgotten.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A new Video from the Lowe Finney campaign

While Lowe Finney's district is Madison, Carroll and Gibson counties and much of the readership cannot vote in the 27th District, if you know someone who can and will vote there, tell them about him.  It is critical that he be re-elected to his State Senate seat.  We need every Democratic vote we can get in the State Senate to stop Ron Ramsey, the Lt. Governor who would auction off the state if he could get the chance to do so.  Here's the video:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

An Open Letter to CVS

Now, one might surmise from the prior post that I don't like you or want you in my neighborhood at Park & Highland.  That is not necessarily so; you have the right to compete with Walgreen's wherever you can.  It's not without reason that my friend Mike Brester has joked that "Walgreen's wants to make sure you never have to walk more than 500 feet to find one of their stores".

I have no problem with your decision to locate a store on the northeast corner of park & Highland; Yums will move up Highland and we will lose a pawn shop, so that's a net positive in my book. 

However, we need to get something straight here: you are not doing my neighborhood a favor by coming here; we are doing YOU a favor by allowing it.  Therefore, you need to pay attention to the University District Overlay and build the damn thing to the front of Park!

We are NOT Arlington or Lakeland or unincorporated Shelby County.  We are an URBAN neighborhood and believe that is a GOOD thing.  We don't want another store with an endless parking lot out front.  Put it in the back of the store; you can create access lanes off Park and/or Highland, with a well-lighted parking lot.  You don't want to look like the Walgreen's across the street, right?

Always remember that this is OUR neighborhood, and whether we decide to shop at CVS will be determined by how we are treated by you.  You serve at OUR pleasure, not vice versa.  I actually want to see this work, there's nothing wrong with giving Walgreen's competition and forcing them to step up their game.

However, CVS, you need to do the right thing and follow the neighborhood plan for the University District.

We'll be watching.

You're Not Likely To Hear me Say This About A Baptist Church Again, But

BRAVO for Berclair Baptist Church.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The SCDP is Opening TWO HQs this Saturday

However, if you live east of Airways or north of Park, you're apparently SOL!

Here's the announcement:

We are proud to announce the opening of two headquarters here in Shelby County for the November 2nd elections.

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Van D. Turner, Jr., Chair
Shelby County Democratic Party
4118 South Plaza Drive-Campaign Headquarters
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
Phone: 901-283-5017

How the rich conduct class warfare on YOU.

Go read Cenk Uygur's piece at HuffPo that accompanies this video!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Da Mare's NOT running for re-election!

No, I'm not talking about Wharton, fool!  I'm talking about DA MARE of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, who has decided that 22 years will be quite enough, thank you.  Considering that A) his numbers were dropping like a rock, B) his wife has been battling cancer and C) he just looks mighty damn tired, I am not surprised.

So, will Rahmbo head back to the city to run for MARE?  Anything to get him out of DC is fine by me, as long as he doesn't screw up one of my favorite places on Earth!

More from the Trib

I don't know how it could be any simpler

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Here is your FINAL MMHF Schedule for this weekend!


Heads up, Crackerphiles, unless something dramatic happens, your Cracker is now in FESTIVAL mode. There won't be any posts until Monday at the earliest. Come down this weekend, the weather is going to be exquisite, nothing short of it. You will want to be outside, come down and hang with us. I will be at the ArtsMemphis stage, and I will be live-tweeting from my stage and twit-picing as well. Look for hashtag #MMHF for all festival tweets. Go also to the Center's Facebook page at

Saturday, Sept. 4  Sunday, Sept. 5
 ArtsMemphis Stage @ Peabody Place & Main St.
ArtsMemphis Stage @ Peabody Place & Main St.
 2:00pm MouseRocket Indie, Cello Pop  1:30pm Hickory Withe
 3:00pm Devil Train  Blue grass Jam Band   2:30pm Voice of Golden Eagle  Cherokee Flute
 4:00pm Stevenson Clark  Gospel Choir Ensemble  3:30pm Promise  Gospel Jazz
 5:00pm Los Cantadores  Latin
  4:30pm Daddy Mack
 Blues Band
 5:45pm Watoto Memphis  Latin Dance  5:15pm Watoto Memphis  Blues Dance
 6:00pm  Elmo &
 the Shades
  5:30pm John Paul Keith &
 the 145s
 Rock, Country
 7:00pm Bluff City
 Jug Band
  6:30pm Sonny Burgess &
 the Pacers
 7:45pm Watoto Memphis  Ragtime Dance
  7:30pm The Brown Singers  Gospel
 8:00pm Joyce Cobb  Jazz, Rock, Blues  8:30pm Reba Russell Blues Band  Blues
 9:00pm  Darrell Petties
 & SIP
 Gospel  9:30pm Funzo Crush aka Young AJ
 ft. Al Kapone
10:15pm  Bobby Rush  Soul, R&B 10:15pm Hill Country Revue  Indie Blues
 Folklore Store Stage @ 123 S. Main St.  Folklore Store Stage @ 123 S. Main St.
 1:15pm Roy Harper  Old-time Country  1:15pm Roy Harper  Old-time Country
 2:15pm  Nancy Apple  Alternative Country
  2:15pm  Lauren Strange  Pop
 3:15pm William L. Ellis &
 Jimmy Crosthwait
 Songwriting Workshop  3:00pm Bill Shipper  Funny Folk
 4:15pm Tonya Dyson &
 Green Onions
 Neo-Soul  4:00pm Deborah Swiney  Jazz
 5:15pm The Josh Shoe Band  Bluegrass  4:55pm The Paperboyz  Hip-Hop, Rap
 6:15pm Don McMinn  Blues, Boogi Woogie   5:15pm Last Chance Jug Band  Jug Band
 7:15pm Sidney, Cidney,
 Jazz  6:15pm Cody Dickinson Project  Experimental
 8:15pm The Sultana  Gothic Americana  7:15pm Sons of Mudboy
 Small Band
 9:15pm  William Lee Ellis  Blues  8:15pm Valerie June  Folk
  9:15pm Eden Brent  Blues
 Comcast Folklore Hall Stage @ 119 S. Main St. Comcast Folklore Hall Stage @ 119 S. Main St.
 2:45pm Barbara Blue  Blues  2:45pm The Agitators Blues
 3:45pm  The Jumpin' ChiChis  Jazz  3:45pm Memphis Klezmer Orchestra  Klezmer
 4:45pm The Kattawar
 Boogie Woogie  4:45pm Moments of Joy Gospel
 5:45pm The Golden Keys  Gospel  5:45pm Eddie Bond Country, Rockabilly
 6:45pm Lisa Lambert
 & the PRB
 Bluegrass  6:45pm  Papa Top's
 Westcoast Turnaround
 7:45pm Jack Oblivian &
 the TN Tearjerkers
 Garage Rock  7:45pm Orange Mound
 Jazz Messengers
 8:45pm Blind Mississippi
 Blues  9:00pm Kate Campbell Folk
 Tennessee Arts Stage @ Main St. and Gayoso Tennessee Arts Stage @ Main St. and Gayoso
 12:30pm Randal Morton Banjo Workshop12:00pm Valerie & Jason Children's Songs
 1:00pm Watoto Memphis African Dance Clinic12:30pm  Watoto Memphis African Dance Clinic
 1:30pm David Evans Jug Band Workshop  1:00pm Pyramid Dancers Belly Dance
 2:00pm  Desert Rose Belly Dance  1:30pm Michael Graber & Jason Freeman Kazoo & Jug Workshop
 2:30pm David Bowen Guitar & Memphis Music Workshop  2:00pm Chang Shu Chinese Dance & Martial Arts
 3:00pm Danza Azteca
 Aztec Dance  3:15pm The Jazz Collective Big Band
 3:30pm  Johnny Yancey &
 the SJO
 Big Band  4:15pm Smoochy Smith Trio Rockabilly
 4:30pm Sweet Angel R&B  5:00pm Millennium Madness Drill & Drum Show Team
 5:15pm Millennium Madness Drill & Drum Show Team  5:15pm Memphis Harmonizers Gospel
 5:30pm The True Sons
 of Thunder
 Rock, Metal
  6:15pm Star & Micey Folk Pop
 6:30pm The Bell Singers Gospel  7:00pm Watoto Memphis Folk Dance
 7:15pm Watoto Memphis Gospel Dance  7:15pm The Mellow Tones Gospel
 7:30pm The Bo-Keys Soul  8:15pm  FreeWorld Jam, Rock, Funk
 8:30pm Symbiosis Latin  9:30pm Homemade Jamz Blues Band Blues
 9:30pm Exodus Reggae