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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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Huck Express Rolls On

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Mike Huckabee is now in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney for the lead in Iowa:

Huckabee’s surge is equal parts size and intensity, having gained considerable ground among key parts of the GOP base in the Hawkeye state — evangelicals, conservatives, weekly churchgoers and abortion opponents — with 50 percent of his supporters “very enthusiastic” about him, compared with 28 percent of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s supporters.

Huckabee’s surge has been something of a surprise. He is a solid candidate who could play well in the general election. Still, I think he’s unlikely to win the nomination. Although he is obviously doing well, he has not raised enough money and I don’t think he has enough time to do so. Still, a solid showing in Iowa will bolster his chances at ending up on the GOP ticket as a VP candidate.

Another Casualty of Blog Wars

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

I’ve only been loosely following the blogosphere the past few days, so I haven’t closely followed the dustup in Nashville. Michael Silence has a good overview.

Based on my admittedly limited understanding, it seems pretty silly to me, but a symptom of the hateful times we live in. In modern American society, one who disagrees politically with another isn’t just wrong, misguided, or mistaken. No, they are EVIL and must be destroyed by any means necessary. Neither the Left nor the Right have a monopoly on the hate; it flows from all sides.

I’ll certainly miss Brittney – her blog was a good one stop shop for Tennessee blogs. Hopefully, she’ll return to blogging soon.

Early Numbers

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Michael Barone crunches some poll numbers. It’s good news for Rudy Giuliani.

Praying for Silence

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Michael Silence has checked into the hospital with heart problems, and may soon have bypass surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Praying for Silence

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Michael Silence has checked into the hospital with heart problems, and may soon have bypass surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

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Who Is the Kissing Soldier?

Friday, August 5th, 2005

The image to the right is one of the most famous images from the World War II era, a jubilant soldier celebrating Japan’s surrender by kissing an attractive nurse. It is also something of a mystery; for years no one knew the indentities of the soldier and nurse.

Now the mystery may finally be solved. The nurse, as reported by Life Magazine in 1980 and confirmed by the photographer, is Edith Shain. The identity of the soldier was a little more evasive; when Life asked him to step forward, nine men did, all claiming to be the famous soldier.

One of them was George Mendonsa, a Rhode Island fisherman, who now appears the most likely candidate thanks modern technology.

As a side note, a girl in one of my classes at UT was a neighbor of Mendonsa, and knew him as the man in the photo. It would be interesting to hear her take on this, but sadly I haven’t seen her since the last day of that class, over two years ago.

(via Michael Silence)

Ford Family Soap Opera Continues

Monday, May 23rd, 2005
Is a prominent member of the Ford family of Memphis abusing his position? Mike Hollihan shares this story, which is being ignored by news agencies outside Memphis:


Last week, Melvin Ford, a cousin of Representative Harold Ford Jr., went into a local chain restaurant. A disagreement ensued and he began to wave a boxcutter around and act “out of control.” The employees called the police, who responded. Police frisked Melvin, but were unable to find the boxcutter. Ford was mentioning his family name. A police report was filled out on the incident, but police refused to arrest Melvin Ford, saying that without a weapon it was a “he said, she said” situation. The most they could charge him with would have been “misdemeanour intimidation.” No charges were filed.


Mike Hollihan has more coverage on this at his blog:


A police report was filled out; [WREG reporter] Powell has a copy of it. But the police refused to arrest Ford, saying without the boxcutter it was “he said, she said.” All they could hold him for, according to Powell, as “misdemeanor intimidation.”

And there you have it. Another Ford waving a weapon and his family name around. Police involvement that leads nowhere. Had the restaurant employees not contacted WREG the whole thing would have disappeared.

Looks like the Ford family is out of control, and it appears the police have no intentions of bringing them back to Earth. This can’t bode well for Harold Ford, Jr.’s Senate aspirations.

As a sidenote, without the blogosphere, this story probably would never be heard except by the few in Memphis who saw it on the news. Kudus to Mike Hollihan for his efforts!

Black Confederates

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Civil War reenactor and Harriman native Edward Bardill takes a look at some soldiers forgotten by history.