Midtown References

Although Midtown is a rather vague term for an area in Memphis, it basically entails Central Gardens, Overton Park, Hein Park near Rhodes College, Cooper Young, Annesdale Snowden, Little Hanoi and the Parkway.

Our voting precincts are 11-0, 16-1, 16-3, 17-0, 20-1, 20-3, 21-0, 28-0, 32-0, 33-0, 36-1 and 36-3. If you do not know your precinct number and polling place, you can find it at www.shelbyvote.com. Simply plug in your house number and street and it will tell you where to vote.

All of Midtown is in the 9th Congressional District and we are represented by Steve Cohen (D). Memphis office: Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building, 167 N. Main Suite 369, 38103. Phone: 901-544-4131. In Washington: 202-225-3265. Email: cohen.house.gov.

Our Senators are (1) Lamar Alexander (R), 455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 202-224-4944. Email: alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email. His Memphis liaison is Lora Jobe, Lora_jobe@alexander.senate.gov and (2) Bob Corker (R), 185 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 202-224-3344. Email: corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe. His Memphis liaison is Nick Kistenmacher, email: nick_kistenmacher@corker.senate.gov.

In the state senate, Midtown is represented by districts 29 and 30. District 29: Ophelia Ford (D), 54 North Arcadian #120, 38103. Memphis number: 901-575-2321, Nashville: 615-71-1767. email: sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov. District 30: Beverly Marrero (D), 243 Hawthorne, 38112, 615-741-9128. email: sen.beverly.maarrero@capitol.tn.gov.

In the Tennessee House, we are represented by districts 89, 90 and 92. District 89: Jeanne Richardson (D), 797 N. Evergreen, 38107, 615-741-2010; email: rep.jeanne.richardson@capitol.tn.gov. District 90: John Deberry (D), 1207 Sledge, 38104, 901-725-0130; 615-741-2239; email rep.john.deberry@capitol.tn.gov. District 92: GA Hardaway (D), 1243 Worthington St., 615-741-5625; email rep.ga.hardaway@capitol.tn.gov.

Our City Council/School Board is mostly in 5, but some are in 4 and 7. The address is 125 N. Main Room 514, 38103, phone: 576-6786. District 4: Wanda Halbert, wanda.halbert@memphistn.gov; District 5, Jim Strickland, Jim.Strickland@memphistn.gov; District 7, Barbara Swearengen Ware, swearengen.ware@memphistn.gov.

County Commission is mostly district 2, but some 1. Commissioners in District 1 are Mike Ritz, Heidi Shafer, Mike Carpenter. District 2, Walter Bailey, Henri Brooks and Melvin Burgess. The phone number is 545-4301. All emails are first name.last name@shelbycountytn.gov.

Republicans Are Tuned In

TVRepublicans will enjoy watching “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC Sunday night. Democrats probably won’t. Conservatives like Glenn Beck. Democrats really don’t. They prefer to watch Keith Olbermann. That’s no surprise.

You might be surprised, however, as network honchos were, that Republican taste in television mirrors most of the top ten programs.

According to Experian Simmons, a firm that looked into preferences, liberal TV people are going to have to start paying attention to us if they want to make money.

James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter discusses this in “The Reign of Right Wing Primetime.”

For example, Republicans watch “The Amazing Race,” “Modern Family,” “American Idol,” “V,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Mentalist,” “Survivor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “NCIS,” “The Batchelor,” “Lie to Me,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men.” In short, we’re populist, mainstream and like shows that reflect confidence in our public institutions. We like winners, we like entertainment and feeling good.

Democrats, by contrast, like “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,” “90210,” “Private Practice,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “30 Rock,” “The Good Wife,” “Damages,” “Community,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Breaking Bad.”

The Left “seems to like shows about damaged people. Those are the kind of shows Republicans just stay away from,” says John Fetto, senior marketing manager at Experian Simmons.

John Nolte at BigGovernment.com says “we are key factors in mainstream ratings. We want to escape.” But, he notes, “I think it’s fair to say that the right wing popularity of programs like ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ pretty much puts to rest the lie that we’re a bunch of prudes only looking for reaffirmation of our own world order.”

Let’s hope Hollywood starts listening.

Time to See the Light

Ever since the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, many of us have been stockpiling incandescent lightbulbs. The act imposed a ban on them starting in 2012, in favor of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).
With Republicans gaining back the House, some pundits have asked that one of the first things they do is to repeal this law. Our own Tennessee representative, Marsha Blackburn, has been at the forefront of this fight.
Now it is coming to a head because John Boehner will decide the chairmanship of he Energy and Commerce committee soon. The choice is between Joe Barton of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan. Upton was actually a co-sponsor of the act passed in 2007; Barton has co-authored legislation to repeal it. Whoever is chosen will have a big influence on this issue.
It matters first, because conservatives don’t feel that the government’s reach should extend to the lamp on our bedside. That was not what Washington and the gang hoped for at Valley Forge.
Then there are the hazards issues. A man recounts his experiment with a CFL, a socket and a dimmer. He says fireworks ensued within five minutes. Try this at home if you doubt it, but keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Add to that the problem of mercury in the CFLs. We are told to be wary of mercury’s dangers to the body, yet no one seems to care what happens when one breaks and exposes you to it. Or, that they must be disposed of properly – something 99% of Americans won’t take the trouble to do.
As for energy savings, it takes 15 minutes for one to be on to achieve its maximum savings. So it’s useless in an area where you might need to turn on the lights for just a minute. CFLs are expensive, too; poor people will have to spend much more to buy one than they can probably afford.
What happens next depends on Boehner. If he chooses Upton it will indicate that he has a less conservaive bent than most of us want. It could be a bad omen for his future inclinations. If he chooses Barton, Boehner will show that he understands and will push for limited government.
Let’s see which way he flips.

Election 2010 in a Nutshell

Peter Wehner at Commentary has a pithy summation of the outcomes of November 2, 2010. Quite interesting facts, such as this tidbit – that Democrats hold a majority of the congressional delegations in only 3 states that don’t touch an ocean: Iowa, New Mexico and Vermont.

Check it out at www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/wehner/380851.

I think he means sifting rather than shifting in the first sentence, however.

How to Win Elections Without Really Trying

In an election, parties, candidates, good and bad campaigns, voter enthusiasm, advertising, messaging, media; put it all aside and learn this: He who draws the lines determines the winners.

In an excellent article at Pajamas Media, blogger Zombie makes this claim. Ever look at a political map and wonder how a district can reach from part of a city and then extend about a hundred miles south and even take an odd turn or two? Or how a country can be conservative and be dubbed center right while our politicians deliver liberal policies and laws?

It wasn’t by accident, but by the ruling party determining how they can pick voters in areas that will give them a majority, no matter how ridiculous it seems geographically.

It’s not a new phenomenon, but started early in our history, 1812 in fact. Zombie details the origin of the word “gerrymandering” and describes how it’s done. He also goes on to explain why the Republican victory November 2 can gives us advantages that last a decade and how 2010 and Democrat gerrymandering backfired on them in 2010. Here’s the link: http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/2010/11/10/gerrymandering-101/?singlepage=true.

More From the White House Insider

The leaker who calls himself Ulsterman is out with his latest report. In it he continues his discussion of brewing scandals around Obama as well as the Clintons and the birth certificate issue.

The interviewer noted that Ulsterman correctly predicted the departures of Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel. He says Robert Gibbs is next. Read it all at www.newsflavor.com.

But Wait! There’s More

A previous post, “Explosive Reports” talked about the war between the Democrats and President Obama. An insider, who calls himself Ulsterman, has given an interview at Newsflavor. He talks about the scandal(s) that are out there for the Democrats. A note of caution: It is always dubious to rely on anonymous sources. However, no one working in the Obama administration would want to come out and be quoted on what’s really happening there or risk the wrath of powerful, ruthless people. Take it in context. By that I mean that snippets or headlines you see have already given support to some of what he says.

After the November 2 election, Ulsterman was asked about the scandal. “Is it still out there?” the interviewer asked.

“Yeah, of course it’s still out there…There have been a few more media reports circling the situation. As is most often the case, one investigation will open up another and then the snowball takes off down the hill. That is starting to happen now. It’s big. It’s messy. And if it gets back to the White House, it sill be a very significant problem for the administration. It is my understanding that they are already working very hard to distance the president. That is what always happens, but once it’s happening, it also confirms that there really is an issue out there.”

Interviewer: “So the scandal might not actually reach the president?”

“I think it will and so do others aware of the situation.”

Interviewer: “Are Republicans aware of it?”

“Oh yeah. At least certain members are and likely some who have very specific details. It is no casual thing to have incoming members of a new House majority telling the media that the White House needs to make certain it doesn’t start shredding documents…well, that’s about as bold a declaration as one makes in this town. Those Republicans are making it clear to the Obama White House that they know something – and are willing to go after them over it. I just don’t think President Obama fully understands or appreciates what is coming at him in 2011…I’m not exaggerating when I say it might very well break his presidency.”

What is it?

Darrell Issa, the California congressman, will be in charge of the House Oversight Committee. He has already said he intends to pursue several issues. Stimulous, Health Care Reform, Fannie and Freddie, and Voter Intimidation are just a few he mentioned.

Could it have to do with deals made by Nancy Pelosi and certain Congressmen for them to get on board with the Health Care bill? Would it have to do with Blagoevich’s dealings on the vacated Senate seat? Is that why Rahm Emanuel left the administration to return to Chicago and make sure everything is covered for President Obama?

Consider, also, the number of people close to Obama who have exited his staff. Do they know something?

As I said yesterday, something’s afoot.