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Feel Good Friday: Ia Ia Fhtagn! Edition

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

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The Dark Horse of the 2012 GOP Primary

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The man who can end traffic stop slavery and heal a divided nation.

Somebody finally got around to polling (PDF) the all-important matchup between President Barack Obama and Tennessee’s very own son, Basil Marceaux, and by God, it looks like he’s actually got a shot at the White House.

As it turns out, despite low favorables and most people having never heard of him, Basil Marceaux is presently polling a larger share of the vote than Ross Perot was able to muster in 1992.

Down the line Obama is doing better in this month’s 2012 poll, leading every match up after trailing in most of them a month ago. Romney and Mike Huckabee come the closest, both down by three points. It’s a 47-44 contest against Huckabee. Obama leads Sarah Palin 49-43, Newt Gingrich 49-42, and Chris Christie 47-31.

Even though Obama has negative approval numbers with independents he leads every potential GOP foe with them.

Finally the gold fringed flag and traffic stops may live to die another day in American society. Voters nationwide aren’t any more inclined to let Basil Marceaux do his issues than the ones in Tennessee were last week- Obama leads the youtube sensation 46-21 in a hypothetical contest.

[Public Policy Polling blog]

This even though his favorability rating is in the single digits:

Q7 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Basil Marceaux?
Favorable……………………………………………….. 3%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 16%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 81%

The good news, however, is that if he can get all the undecideds to break his way, he wins!

Q14 If the candidates for President in 2012 were Basil Marceaux and Barack Obama, who would you vote for?
Basil Marceaux ……………………………………….. 21%
Barack Obama………………………………………… 46%
Undecided………………………………………………. 33%

If we assume that the 46% for Obama are all Democrats, then if this poll is to be believed, Basil Marceaux enjoys the support of two fifths of Republicans. That’s more than John McCain had going for him right before the Iowa Caucus.

And just in case you were wondering, no, these people aren’t high. The pollsters are already one step ahead of you.

Q23 Have you ever smoked Marijuana? If yes, press 1. If no, press 2. If you don’t care to say, press 3.
Yes ……………………………………………………….. 27%
No …………………………………………………………. 63%
N/A………………………………………………………… 11%

This poll shows that Basil Marceaux is a credible candidate for president, and has just as much right to seek the nomination as Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, or Rudy Giuliani did in 2008, none of whom could match these numbers.

Do it, Mr. Marceaux. Make Tennessee proud.

Republicans in Wonderland

July 14, 2010 1 comment

What a tax cut might look like

I have a serious question for the GOP.

In spite of Senate Republicans’ recent refusal to extend unemployment benefits for ordinary Americans struggling through a deep recession, Senator Jon Kyl recently told Fox News that deficits caused by tax cuts didn’t have to be paid for because they spur the economy.

WALLACE: We’re running out of time, so how are you going to pay $678 billion just on the tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year?

KYL: You should never raise taxes in order to cut taxes. Surely congress has the authority and it would be right, if we decide we want to cut taxes to spur the economy, not to have to raise taxes in order to offset those costs. You do need to offset the cost of increased spending. And that’s what Republicans object to. But you should never have to offset cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans.

[Think Progress]

When asked about this, Mitch McConnell backed up his colleague, going on to explain that he believes, in spite of CBO reports to the contrary, that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans actually increased federal revenue.

“That’s been the majority Republican view for some time,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told TPMDC this afternoon after the weekly GOP press conference. “That there’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy. So I think what Senator Kyl was expressing was the view of virtually every Republican on that subject.”

[TPMDC]

Here’s what I want to know. If “virtually every Republican” believes that tax cuts are the magic mushroom that makes federal revenue grow taller, then why don’t they support tax increases which would, by their reasoning, make government smaller?

Paging Vance Lauderdale

June 25, 2010 Leave a comment

… or any other history buff for that matter.

I just stumbled across this website, which purports to contain over 7 million photos and* 50,000 videos of royalty-free archival material. If you’re in to history or that sort of thing, this is basically porn.

I’ve collected a few of the Mempho-centric videos below. Since the site doesn’t allow embedding, you’re just going to have to follow the links if you want to look at some of this stuff.

Cotton Carnival Parade, 1957 – I went to the Cotton Carnival when I was a kid. It used to be a really, really big deal.

Cotton Carnival on the river, 1961 – This time with fireworks.

Miss America Pageant, 1947 – A Memphian won that year, and she sure is pretty. Bizarrely, there is also a man in drag in that video, and he is fabulous.

The Harahan Bridge, 1917 – One of my absolute favorite places on the planet, it looks essentially unchanged from almost a hundred years ago.

Memphis Tigers vs Tulane, 1960 – Go Tigers!

Kemmons Wilson, 1974 – One of Memphis’ most famous entrepreneurs talks about emerging information technology and his franchise operations.

Saving the best for last:

The Memphis Riverfront, 1917 – It’s amazing how many of those buildings are still standing.

* Apparently the photographs are merely stills taken from the videos. Bummer.

Categories: History, Memphis

Feel Good Friday: Jungle Fever Edition

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

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Visualizing the BP Oil Geyser

June 11, 2010 Leave a comment

If the oil was over Memphis, this is what it would look like.

Click the image to generate a new map

Categories: Memphis, Petroleum
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