Friday, May 19, 2006

Attention, Kroger Shoppers

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2006 at 10:18 AM

Kroger just sent me a survey asking for suggestions of how to better serve their customers. Since surveys are expensive to administer and tedious to tabulate, while too often illiciting responses that support the status quo, and since I know how valuable the input of Kroger Plus Card Member 426206002509 is to the company, I want to make sure I provide some useful guidance that could actually improve my shopping experience.

I would like to see more ethnic food options (just a few bottles of fish sauce, guys) and some healthier, fresher prepared meals, but what else should I recommend while I have the chance?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

"Cover (part of) Tennessee"

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2006 at 4:56 PM

When Governor Bredesen summarily kicked 190,000 uninsured and uninsurable people off TennCare last year, he knew that he would need political cover against charges that he had betrayed many of the most needy TennCare recipients. "Cover Tennessee," just passed by the legislature, is the result. It is being ballyhooed as a great step forward for the working poor, but the actual result may be much different. It's not smoke and mirrors exactly, but there are lots of devils in the details. One thing is certain, though: it is not going to take care of the people just slashed from TennCare.

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The Kay Brooks Brouhaha

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2006 at 10:47 AM

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Clearly a lot of people (including half-minus-one members of the Metro Council who voted Tuesday) see the appointment of Kay Brooks to fill the open Metro school board seat until an election later this summer as a bad idea. Although questions have been raised about the openness of the selection process, much of the stir has to do with the fact that Brooks home-schools her own kids and has had little personal contact with the public school system. Others apparently see in this a refreshing choice that will bring new ideas to the board.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2006 at 8:01 AM

Theo van Gogh wasn't even remembered among the dearly departed at the last Oscar awards. It is our responsibility to remember the living.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Black, White, Horses

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2006 at 4:50 PM

This is a belated observation but one worth noting anyway: The Sunday Tennessean included at least two photos of people enjoying themselves at the annual Steeplechase event. Both photos featured black people. Of the many thousands who attended this social occasion, probably less than 1 percent were black. But no matter. If the Gannett daily must misrepresent the truth in order to represent minorities, it will do so. And so it was Sunday. Can you imagine what would ensue if the paper were to cover the TSU graduation and publish photos only of white students?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Same as it ever was

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2006 at 5:55 PM

David Byrne has a blog.

I'm just sayin'. . .

Alley Gets to Live for Two More Weeks

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2006 at 5:03 PM

Sources tell us that Gov. Bredesen is mere moments away from granting death row inmate Sedley Alley a 15-day reprieve to allow time for the defense to request DNA testing to conclusively finger or clear the convicted killer whose guilt is hardly in doubt.

UPDATE: And indeed, we just heard from the governor's office. From Bredesen's statement about his decision:

Based on the overwhelming weight of the evidence against him, I believe Mr. Alley to be guilty of this heinous crime. However, I am acutely aware that in capital cases mistakes cannot be corrected, and so out of respect for the [Board of Probation and Parole]'s recommendation, I am reluctantly issuing a reprieve for fifteen days.

During that time, I expect Mr. Alley's attorneys to return to state court and to seek permission to test those additional items that were not included in his 2004 petition. In light of his statements yesterday to the Board, I would also expect the Shelby County District Attorney to oppose this request.

If Mr. Alley cannot convince the courts to allow such additional testing, or if such additional testing is performed without clearly exonerating Mr. Alley, then the vast weight of other evidence of his guilt will continue to prevail, and I expect that a new execution date will be scheduled promptly.

The efficacy and appropriateness of DNA tests is not an issue that the Governor's office can or should resolve. These matters are properly the province of the court system, and we have in this state a judicial process by which such requests can be made and claims tested. This brief reprieve will allow this process to run to completion.

Sex Sells

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2006 at 8:55 AM

Does anyone know why the alleged acts of three Duke varsity athletes is national news? It's even on the front page of the New York Times today. Is it the ambitious prosecutor and the racial/electoral overtones of the story, or is it just prurient excitement? I know I'm not interested anymore.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Clemency II

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 11:57 AM

Please e-mail the Governor and ask that the death sentence for Sedley Alley be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole:

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Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2006 at 10:43 AM

Please e-mail the Governor asking that the death sentence for Sedley Alley be commuted to life in prison without possibility of parole:

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