I wonder if this footage will make it to the evening news today? Watch and find out.
Mayor Herenton dances like a cross between James Brown and a little girl. It's being called the "Willie Wiggle" and the "Recall Rhumba." Go and see for yourself.
For a man who stresses dignity and appearance all the time, this is more than a little embarrassing. On the other hand, he is the guy who sees himself as divinely inspired and selected, so there's that. Someone needs to remind him that he lives in an age of camera-enabled cell phones and wi-fi access.
Thanks to Thaddeus for providing this, and the material in the next two posts. Memphians should keep Thaddeus in the regular reading.
OPERATION FEDUP is now underway. Follow the link for more information on where to obtain petition signature sheets, when the next meeting will be, and what businesses are supporting the recall.
I have long been a critic of Mayor Herenton. He's arrogant, in the pocket of certain developers, following a vision of Memphis that benefits a small area (downtown) while ignoring the other 95% of the city. He's openly lied to the public and admitted he will lie when it suits his needs. Under his watch, Memphis has gone from financial prosperity to the poor house. Our rainy day fund is gone, there is no rescue plan nor any sign of fiscal responsibility, and our bond rating has been consistently downgraded for years as a result.
At the least, it's time for him to go. In the wider scheme of things we need to send a message to the kleptocracy that's running things in Memphis that the party is OVER!
The next step after the recall is the Charter Commission. I'll blog more on this later, but it seems to me a perfect chance to undo a lot of the damage Herenton (and the City Council) have done to this city. Were you aware that the Mayor, by City Charter, can only appoint about 100 people to paid positions in the City, and that Mayor Herenton has appointed well over 300? Many receive salaries far above six figures, too.
Since these actions are already done, we're told by City lawyers that they cannot be undone, nor can salaries be downward-adjusted. We can make one fundamental change, though, via the Charter Commission to undo this: Switch to a city manager style of government from the present mayoral system.
What this allows us to do is to void everything and start over!
More on that later. In the meantime, go to Operation FedUp and get involved today. The future of your city depends on you.
This is quite possibly the most addictive Internet Waste of Time I've run across yet. It's a game; it's art; it's a puzzle; it's a pet.
Basically, there are four streams of sand-like particles flowing down the screen: sand, water, salt and oil. You can draw wall and floors to contain, mix and redirect them. You can draw in other things like plants, wax or fire to make things happen. There's the ???, which is... well... a fractal virus explosion.
And then there's the little namekuji, a slug-like creature moving around the screen drinking water to grow, avoiding killing salt, and sometimes eating everything. It's kinda cute until you realise fire makes it burn and too much salt makes it explode!
You can adjust the flow, the size of the walls, and the speed of the game. It will fascinate you.
Before you start, make sure to clear a couple of hours out of your schedule.
My website is Hollihan.net. It's where all the pictures you see here, and many documents I save for linking, are stored. It also has a lot of half-completed projects and personal pages. I had intended at one point last year to move this blog over there but abandoned the project. Blogspot has been doing fine enough. Updating all these links would have been a monster.
Anyway, renewal of the hosting fees is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'd like to ask your assistance in paying them. Regular readers know I'm quite... uh... well, poor. The hosting plan is just around $100 for another year. So, if you can and would like to help, I'd appreciate any contributions you can make.
Just hit the PayPal donation button up on the left. And thank you very much. I've no plans to give up blogging. You'll notice that even though I'm supposedly on hiatus I'm still posting semi-occasionally. And with all the news lately -- Herenton's recall, the poltical races, Tenneessee Waltz happenings -- I fear I'll be back to regular outrage soon enough. So your money won't be wasted. So to speak.
While I'm asking y'all for help, I'd also like to ask if anyone has a digital camera they could donate. While I have a regular film camera and a scanner, the whole process from image to post is cumbersome and slow. If I had a digital camera, I could simply upload upon returning home.
I'm not looking for new or spiffy, just a camera that takes clear pictures in a variety of lighting conditions. Indoors, outdoors, rain and shine, etc. Something small enough to carry easily as well.
If anyone has an older camera or a spare and would like to donate it to Half-Bakered, I'd appreciate that too.
I'm still looking for a copy of the old Lite Brite game. It had a backlit board you plugged little colored pegs into to create "lighted art." It doesn't have to work, as I'm only interested in the colored pegs. It's for another project I want to do -- making army pieces and bits of terrain for the Epic: Armageddon game I play with Mark. Thanks to anyone who can help!