Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Horrible!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 11:05 AM

With Halloween upon us Hollywood has disappointed with the choice of horror movies. As laughably bad as the American output of the scary stuff has been in recent years, we may as well relent and revel in the worst the genre has to offer. Let's make a list! I'll start with Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (Goku, Blood Sucker from Hell!). This 1968 film is likely best known for the opening scene, a passenger jet streaking through a blood red sky that Tarantino borrowed for The Bride's flight into Tokyo in Kill Bill.

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Halloween = Free Advertising!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 10:57 AM

Simply handing out candy on Halloween is so 2004. Instead, think of this holiday as an opportunity for self-promotion. Struggling songwriters, head on over to Leiper's Fork and pass out those demo CDs! Bloggers, don't forget to scrawl your URL on your candy wrappers! Arbonne consultants, pass along those samples as a special treat for mom! Political candidates, well, I'm pretty sure you're already all over this one. I myself will be handing out copies of the Scene tonight, along with some "Hugs, not Drugs" cards I had made up for the occasion.

I'd like to say I came up with the self-promotion idea myself, but the fact is I got it after my stepdaughters brought this home in last year's Halloween bags:

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Pure genius! I mean, who's not thinking about college savings on Halloween night? Particularly when there's chocolate involved! So readers, I urge you to follow Marty's lead. For the love of Mars Bars, don't let tonight's promotional opportunities pass you by!

Pimp Your Gourd

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 10:21 AM

Candles are so last century anyway. Behold the Mac-o-lantern. Happy Halloween, everyone.

Monday, October 30, 2006

black and tan

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 2:43 PM



Finally, some insightful political commentary on the Harold Ford attack ad from the backwoods Borats at the Red State Update. Careful with that volume at work.

Slate on the Senate Race

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 12:36 PM

Josh Levin weighs in at Slate on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race. A teaser from the story that illuminates the complexities of this contest:


An unsurprising early voting discovery: If you identify yourself as a close, personal friend of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., you will most likely vote for Bob Corker. Also: If you claim that the soon-to-retire Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., suffers from "demonic possession," you will most likely vote for Harold Ford Jr. Now, for the possibly instructive anecdotal evidence. Nashville resident Lee Marsden, 56, says that, though he'd call himself a Frist supporter, he's voting for Ford. The infamous Playboy ad "was a low blow," he thinks, and he's "tired of the Republicans." On the other hand, Tim Morgan, a 30-year-old architect, says he wants the Democrats to take over the Senate. Even though "Ford is depending on me to vote for him," Morgan says, he can't pull the trigger—he thinks Ford's family history is shady, and he finds him a little too packaged. He voted for Corker.

Hey, neighbor

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 11:45 AM

A posse in the Whitland area is working to get the neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It sounds good, but I wanted to throw the question to the Wind—especially to residents of listed historic areas, including Belle Meade Links, Belmont-Hillsboro, Edgefield and Germantown. Does being listed confer any responsibility upon the homeowners, or do they just get a plaque? Thoughts? Thanks.

Safety in Numbers

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 11:22 AM

A new survey of the safest cities in the U.S. compiled by Morgan Quitno Press ranks Nashville 333rd out of 371 (between Macon, Ga. and Rochester, N.Y.). Bob Corker's Chattanooga doesn't fare much better, coming in at 315th. Interestingly, the two most dangerous cities in the country duked it out in this year's World Series, with St. Louis winning both baseball's championship and the survey's dubious distinction. Murfreesboro tops all Tennessee cities at 166th.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Palooka-ville to the Top

Posted By on Sun, Oct 29, 2006 at 11:41 AM

OK, so forget the elections for a minute. I remember Tony LaRussa when he was managing the AA Knox Sox, fresh out of law school at the University of Florida, taking long bus rides with a bunch of marginal players from one Palooka-ville to another. Made you wonder why he was doing it. There's something about the spell baseball casts, I guess. Well now Tony has made it all the way to the top again, out of the dark and dingy dugout at Bill Meyer Stadium (now demolished) and into crowds of 50,000 instead of 200. I backed the Tigers, but kudos to the Cards.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Speak Now, Think Later

Posted By on Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 12:42 PM

On the off chance that anyone is still using "thoughtful" and "Bob Corker" in the same sentence, consider this on same-sex marriage in the wake of the New Jersey ruling a few days ago:


"We cannot escape the reality that the shared societal meaning of marriage -- passed down through the common law into our statutory law -- has always been the union of a man and a woman. To alter that meaning would render a profound change in the public consciousness of a social institution of ancient origin. When such change is not compelled by a constitutional imperative, it must come about through civil dialogue and reasoned discourse, and the considered judgment of the people in whom we place ultimate trust in our republican form of government....A court must discern not only the limits of its authority, but also when to exercise forebearance, recognizing that the legitimacy of its decisions rest on reason, not power. We will not short-circuit the democratic process from running its course."

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Enough Already?

Posted By on Sat, Oct 28, 2006 at 11:28 AM

For those burned out on campaign ads and eager to put the election season behind us, this will cheer you up.

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