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Turn on the TV, and the local news stations are obsessed with high school girls who kick, punch, and beat other girls. Meanwhile, the local print media — including this publication — have featured a group of young women who regularly kick, punch, and beat other young women. The TV stations are reporting on girl gangs; the newspapers are reporting on the Memphis Roller Derby. Whatever happened to girls being made of "sugar, spice, and everything nice?"

The federal government is debating whether a toxic nerve gas simply called VX can be transported through Memphis on its way to a disposal site in Texas. News accounts say it is both odorless and colorless, and the slightest exposure can cause convulsions, paralysis, and death. What's especially alarming is that apparently the feds have already shipped VX through Memphis in the past. We don't know about you, but when that next shipment comes through, we plan to be out of town. Waaaay out of town.

Former state senator Kathryn Bowers, one of many nabbed in the Tennessee Waltz sting, pleads guilty to bribery to avoid a trial. With so many of our politicians heading to prison, perhaps we should take their mug shots when they are elected, just to save time.

Speaking of ... an unexplained power glitch shuts down computers and dims lights across the city on Sunday night. MLGW says they have no idea what is wrong. Uh-huh. People have been griping about a lot of things going on at our local utility lately. Were they sending us a warning?

A man arrested for trying to cash a pair of stolen money orders insists that he's not a thief. Instead, he tells police, he's a drug dealer. Oh yes, that makes it a lot better.

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