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Fly on the Wall has been known to tease the Rev. Kenneth Whalum because of the politically active minister's love for provocative church signs. Whalum, who called recently to say that each mention in this column results in more people showing up to church on Sunday, is a good sport. Well, get ready for a full house, Reverend, because here we go again:

When Whalum's New Olivet Baptist Church posted its most infamous sign ever — "Jesus said, 'Bring me that ass'" — who could have guessed that the good, youth-oriented minister wanted to beat it?

The Memphis School Board overwhelmingly voted down Whalum's proposal to reinstate corporal punishment in the public school system. Paddling was deemed ineffective and banned in 2005. Records showed that the same asses were brought and beaten over and over again.

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"It isn't hard for us to get the big guests because everyone knows we have our finger on the pulse of what's important to Memphians." — Memphis Sports Live host Kevin Cerrito explaining how his radio show landed the "first major interview" with Prince Mongo since the 2009 Memphis mayoral election.

RIP

A moment of silence, please, for Robert Eugene Pate, best known to Memphians as "Homeless Elvis." Pate, who kept his thick pompadour and sideburns dyed black, died this week at the age of 62. His funeral service was July 12th at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.

By Chris Davis. E-mail him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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