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Memphasis > The No Voting Machine

January 20th, 2011

THANKS, GUYS, BUT WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.For the first half of the 20th century, one political machine with one man firmly at the controls ran Memphis. Not only did Boss Crump decide who got elected, appointed, fired and indicted around here, he pretty much did that for the whole state, and wielded considerable influence in the national Democratic Party. Memphis Mayor for six years and ...

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Memphasis > Testing The Possible

January 13th, 2011

SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS. THIS IS A TEST.My first day each year in elementary school. Another year older, another grade, another teacher. The lined paper was blank, waiting. The big pencils and the bright, colorful books were new, waiting to be introduced, like that little girl over there and that skinny kid behind you. The school was the same but everything was different, even new, and everything ...

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Memphasis > A Stand-Up Vote

January 6th, 2011

THIS SCHOOL FIGHT IS OURS TO WINSomebody else started it.The school bully tried to take our lunch money one too many times, and this time, he got his clock wound.David Pickler's plan – pursued for years – to divorce 70% of Shelby County's school children and run off with the 30% with the most money has backfired. I call it Pickler's plan because he's gone to great ...

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Memphasis > Year Cheer

December 30th, 2010

PERK UP, MEMPHISThink of 2010 as a splash of cold water on your face, a big cup of black coffee, a ray of sunshine from the dawn of 2011 in your eyes. Now you're awake. You can bitch about your aches and pains, call in sick, roll over and pull the covers over your head. Or you can get the hell up, kiss somebody you love, and get out there and positively change your city.The people who landed ...

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Memphasis > Ghost of Christmas Past

December 23rd, 2010

CHRISTMAS TIMEIt was my first time to England, first time overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion.It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz. instead of our 16, and that ...

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