Poll position

I attended a training session for election workers last week at commission headquarters. For too long, many of us, myself included, have sat back and let others do this tedious work. However, in the meantime, we have let control of the election process go to others eager for the chance to manipulate it for their own purposes.

After last year’s election, Republicans have control of the election commission. That means the chairman is a Republican, Bill Giannini. During the session one of the instructors shocked me. She said, to paraphrase, that there is a different group in charge now and people would have to be careful to not do some of the things they did in the past, but strictly adhere to the rules. And that inspectors may come by and check on them. You can, as I did, read between the lines. Elections, as they say, matter.

Right vs. Wrong

Shelby County Republican Chairman Lang Wiseman will square off against a Democrat on the subject of health care. He will be debating at the East High Auditorium Tuesday, October 13th at 7 at the event sponsored by the Memphis Urban League. Tickets to attend the benefit are $10. Any Midtowners interested in supporting the chairman and learning how to answer Democrat proposals for overhauling our medical system?

Grade this idea

On September 8, Obama is going to address students in public schools throughout the nation. He’s going to ask them to write a letter to themselves detailing what they will do to help President Obama. Do you find this outrageous, as I do? If you have children in public school, will you keep them out on that day as many are suggesting? I would be interested in how the schools are presenting this. Memphisteaparty.com has some very good info on the subject. I give this idea an F.

Help the party

I was flabberghasted to find out that in a city our size, the Shelby County Republican Club has fewer than 200 paying members. At $25 for a basic membership, this is appalling. I promptly ponyed up. As the membership chairman explained to me, that small number means our political clout is greatly hamstrung. You don’t have to be active in the party to make a difference; just boosting the roster will be helpful. You can make a check out to Republican Party of Shelby County and send it to 2400 Poplar Ave. Suite 418, Memphis 38112.


American Thinker blog posted a commentary on the picture of Obama, Gates and Crowley on the way to their beer summit. Gates was being helped by Officer Crowley as Obama sprinted ahead. The writer suggested it showed an unhelpful, narcissistic side of Obama. He got a negative comment on it by a Memphian, Ray Bauthiaum. Curious, I googled him to find he is involved with Grace St. Luke’s and the Mid South Peace and Justice Center. But when I googled him one of the listings said “Are you sure you want to flag Ray Bauthiaum?” and “Why are you flagging this item?” The latter linked to commondreams.org. a “progressive” group. Seems like the astroturfers are all over anyone critical of The Won.