Ranting

Memphasis > Only Two

January 25th, 2018

IT JUST TAKES TWO “Dan,” Senator Howard Baker chuckled, “see that person at the end of the dais? She’s run my office for years, been with me everywhere, heard and seen everything. That’s the first time I’ve seen her blush.” He had just been introduced to a gathering of The Phoenix Club, a young men’s service organization, ...

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Memphasis > Using Kids As Chips

January 18th, 2018

THIS ISN’T A GAME, KIDS AREN’T CHIPS As I write this, nine million low-income kids in America are at risk of losing their insurance, primarily because they aren’t the kids of Congress. As I write this, 73,000 of those kids are in Tennessee and funding for their insurance was allowed to lapse last September and will only last as long as the reserve ...

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Memphasis > Soul Is Required

January 11th, 2018

TIME TO SEE SOMETHING NEW Years ago, friend Billy bought the Edge office supplies business on Union just west of other things that aren’t there anymore like Happy Day Laundry and Wiles-Smith Drug Store. I was in there one day when he asked if I wanted to see something cool. He lowered a pull-down ladder to an attic and sent me up. As soon as my head cleared the ...

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Memphasis > Memphis Is Changing

January 4th, 2018

SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was invited back to Memphis in 1964 when black folks were getting all uppity during the civil rights movement. He has finally left the podium. Slave trader and Ku Klux Klan founder, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, was dug up, stuck on a horse and given a park in 1904 to put black folks ...

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Memphasis > Outrageous 2017

December 28th, 2017

EVERY DAY, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF CHOICES This year is, thankfully, coming to a close. Early in the year, a group of us from here and there set about documenting the actions of an administration already out of control. We thought we would produce a calendar with an example for each day of something outrageous reported in mainstream media. Our research didn’t produce ...

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