Ranting

Memphasis > Grow Some Claws

November 17th, 2011

IF THIS IS YOUR JUNGLE, ACT LIKE A TIGER. Statistics show that the people who could help the University of Memphis compete, even win, aren’t even in the game. And I’m not talking football. One major university with around 25,000 students and a Memphis campus has more than 17,000 local alumni association members. It isn’t the University of Memphis. Another ...

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Memphasis > Law Isn’t Holy

November 10th, 2011

WE DON’T SPEAK FOR HIM, GOD KNOWS. When I write about politics and religion – lately, the same thing – questioning the judgment of some of our elected officials and self-anointed saviors, I’m apparently not only risking their self-righteous wrath, but the very wrath of heaven. Or, as we say around here, I am going straight to hell. So here goes. Who ...

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Memphasis > The Age Of Ize

November 3rd, 2011

THE IZING OF AMERICA He stood on a board above a pool in 1936 and on a hill above Paul Newman in 1967, and both times, he nailed it. Strother Martin’s dive won the National Springboard Diving Junior Championship and entered the record book, and his immortal line from Cool Hand Luke identified our problem then and now and entered the national lexicon. “What ...

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Memphasis > Welcome To The World

October 27th, 2011

7 LBS., 3 OZ., AND A TON OF PROMISE. She looks like me. She looks like her other grandfather. And both grandmothers. And her parents. And both aunts. And a little like Buddha, a lot like Winston Churchill, and a bit like Mike Tyson. And she’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen since her daddy was born and her aunt before him. She looks like promise. Last week, ...

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Memphasis > We're Better Than This

October 20th, 2011

IS THIS OUR BEST SHOT? Evidently, after one of our state legislators falls off a barstool, another will take the stool – then take the wheel of his car. Loaded with a loaded gun. Ophelia meet Curry. If you take your group for an evening river cruise off Memphis, you can expect spectacular views of the bridges, skyline, and, quite possibly, a pole dance by a ...

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