Ranting

Memphasis > It Wasn’t Like This

May 17th, 2012

AROUND HERE, 24 HOURS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. A day in Memphis wasn’t like this. When Andy Jackson stood on the Chickasaw Bluffs and said to Winchester and Overton, “Boys, we can sell some lots here,” it wasn’t like this. When Memphis made its name as a boisterous, bawdy river town serving a thick, brown, steaming stew of muddy ...

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Memphasis > Learning From Wrecks

May 10th, 2012

SPEAKING OF EDUCATION, WE DON’T LEARN. The weight of his robes bearing down, the certain confusion and probable chaos resulting from his next words, the U.S. District Judge in Memphis adjusted his glasses, took a deep breath, and changed public education in his hometown forever. Forty years ago. And right now. In 1972, the judge was Robert McRae. If you ...

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Memphasis > Attaboy, Jimmy.

May 3rd, 2012

AND STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING. Last week, Peter Pan was laid to rest. They came from allover Memphis, his Never Never Land and reality for everybody else, to overflow Midtown’s majestic Idlewild Presbyterian Church. They came by the hundreds, each with a hundred stories, a thousand memories, a million laughs. They came from having lived different lives than his, ...

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Memphasis > Monkey Business

April 26th, 2012

EVOLVING RESPONSE. The anachronistic Tennessee Legislature has awarded creationism equal scientific weight to evolution and declared that the prevailing religious belief of that body be offered as viable explanation to our school children for the order, formation and timing of the universe. Scientific method, empirical data, the conflicting doctrines of other world ...

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Memphasis > Devolution

April 19th, 2012

LEGISLATURE VOTES TO DEVOLVE. Dateline: Nashville, 2012, 1925 or 1869, your choice. The Tennessee legislature has officially gone bananas and passed the Monkey Bill, allowing any student who disagrees with the findings of modern science to reject those findings and howl about it from the treetops with impunity. The debate lasted six days, and on the seventh they ...

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