Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Guess Tomeka Hart Believes Her Own Press Clippings

Because she has decided to take on the fool's errand of challenging Steve Cohen in the 9th District primary in 2012.

Really?  While I fully expect that North Memphis, Raleigh and Frayser will be added to the 9th District for the next decade, I have seen nothing to indicate anywhere that there is a groundswell to replace our current Congressman.

Does she have enough money to challenge Steve, who will have a serious warchest ready to go for any primary run?  Does she understand that the very same people who stood by her as she pushed for the MCS-SCS merger are very likely to also be some of Steve's biggest supporters?  On what issues does she feel Steve Cohen is deficient?

I want to believe that she is not going to run the same idiotic race-based campaign that sunk Nikki Tinker and Dr. Herenton; I want to believe she is above that, because, until this point, I have had no reason to believe otherwise.

Tomeka, you DO have a future in politics in this city and county; why hurt it by challenging Cohen?  Think about this before you go through with it, because it's YOUR career and no one else's career that will be hurt if you do this.

Andy Griffith vs. The PATRIOT ACT

With a hat tip to Jordan Huffman -

Friday, May 27, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

He was 62.

Watch Bill Clinton Talk to Paul Ryan About SELLING US OUT on Medicare

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks has the story;

The CA takes a Great Leap; is it into the abyss?

While Chris Peck had alluded to the prospect of some CA online content going behind a paywall back in January, the cat was let out of the bag by Mark Richens on Twitter Thursday afternoon:

Mark Richens
This is big.  is going to a 100% paid model. only 10 free clicks a month. $9.99/mo. for full digital access.
Well, my response was quick and to the point , saying that I would miss them, or Calkins, at  least. Ok, my typical smart-ass response, although, to be truthful, I DO have problems with this idea,  Then I got this response from Jen Simmons, the stellar tweeter for the CA and a terrific writer in her own right, which made me feel terribly guilty. 
Look, I like a lot of people over there, from Calkins and the best sports section in the country, Wendi Thomas, and the reporters like Zack McMillin and Amos Maki.  The problem that I have with the CA is that the management (Hi Chris Peck) seems too worried about offended suburbanites to put enough resources into covering the CITY.  They also don't run enough stories by Richard Locker, their one-person Nashville bureau who would be as celebrated as the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Tom Humphrey if he were given the inches to do so. (Note: I have never met Mr. Locker, just read him for years.)
However, on a daily basis, there are four people who, on a day-to-day basis, beat the crap out of the CA reporters: John Branston and Jackson Baker of the Flyer, and Bill Dries and Andy Meek of the Daily News.  (Full disclosure: Jackson is the reason I am linked at the Flyer, and I do receive a lot of hits from their site.)
I have been reading newspapers since I was 4 years old.  No, really.  I grew up reading the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily News, and I know what a paper ought to be.  I nearly went into journalism.  To me, there are few things more important for a major metro area than a strong daily newspaper, and we really haven't had one for years.  Scripps, the parent company of the Commercial Appeal, has used the paper as a cash cow over the years, virtually eviscerating the Newspaper Guild.
If they still need revenue, where is it going?  It's not the paper I grew up with, and I am not sure that I am at all comfortable with paying for online content, or even a subscription to the dead-tree edition so I can get free online access.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's About That Time Again - Sidney Chism Picnic on June 18

I hope it's not so hot and humid this year, I seriously came close to falling out last year.  I will be there, hope to see you there!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Would you help out by taking a survey?

Blogger apparently ATE this post, so here we go again:

Dr. Barb Kaye of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's School of Journalism & Electronic Media has asked that if our readers would be willing to take part in a survey regarding your usage of media, figuring that if you're a reader here, you're probably pretty savvy about politics and current events.

If you would, please go here and take the survey; I have already done so.

Thanks for being the savvy readers that you are!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pasta and Politics this Saturday!

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Saturday May 14, 2011

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

So far, a fun trip to Nashville

Well, other than locking my keys in my car, that is (thank you, AAA!).
Afterwards, I went to the Gold Rush to meet with some of the folks I knew from Twitter but had yet to meet, such as JR Lind of the Nashville Post and his wife, among others.  After a beer and a good dinner, we were delighted and surprised when Mike McWherter came by with some folks, and we got to talk for a while.

I really wish Tennesseans had gotten to see the Mike McWherter I got to know tonight, personable, fun, well-spoken and relaxed.  He would certainly have been a dramatic improvement over Dana Carvey's stunt double.  I really enjoyed our conversation, and hope to have more. If you want to read more from Mike, come to Out of the Blue.

In the morning, I am hitting the Legislative Plaza to see our folks up there, then home to the Bluff City.
See you tomorrow.