Alternately, prophylactics that deploy to obstruct streams of stupid emitting from the mouths of sexist creatures like, say, Rrr! Larry Smith.
Yeah, thinking about that one a lot.
Do fans still line up to get tickets to see "live" shows?
Just saw a news segment on fans lining up this morning to purchase whatever new virtual game interaction console is coming available this evening.
Really. Lining up to buy enhanced virtuality.
Of waiting to enhance his virtualosity, one fan said, "This is the only chance I get to do this."
Bold Moves: Knoxville's Mayor Hasn't Let Politics Make Her Afraid to Follow Her Beliefs
The Blab's own Michael, meanwhile, take a desultory assay of the enforcement of Gay Street parking regulations.
Ticket Masters: What the Heck—the City is Finally Taking its Gay Street Parking Signs Seriously
The Porch Screamer
Almost 40 folks picked up petitions to run in county races next year
On Friday, incumbents in most of the bigger seats, including Mayor Tim Burchett, interim Trustee Craig Leuthold, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, Register of Deeds Sherry Witt, Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey, Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Shanks (formerly Cathy Quist), Public Defender Mark Stephens, and Clerk Foster Arnett Jr., picked up petitions.
Yep, McCroskey intends to run, although picking up a petition doesn't make it definitive. Still, chutzpah. Interestingly, Another chutzpahtic individual, term-limited Commissioner Rrr! Larry Smith, didn't pick up a petition for another office. Can't believe he won't eventually, though.
Pilot watch, closing in on the settlement ruling edition:
Judge seals Pilot filings before likely settlement
All the more reason for a birthday celebration!
Pilot Flying J Celebrates 55 Years
Snark Bites: Four Knox officials vie for Gimme! award, the contest without any real winners
Theater has the Tony. Music has the Grammy. Cinema has the Oscar and TV the Emmy. Knox County politics has the Gimme! award, and competition for the 2013 trophy is intensifying.
The Knox County Gimme! is presented annually to the Knox County official who most personifies all the qualities private citizens love to loathe in politicians. Performances are scored based on character flaws like arrogance, incompetence, indifference, hypocrisy, self-entitlement and outright criminality.
In 2012, former Knox County Trustee Jimmy Duncan XXXIII&I/III won the Gimme! for granting unearned bonuses to himself and several staffers. This is why, in 2013, Duncan is serving a term of judicial diversion instead of the rest of his term as trustee.
In Duncan’s absence, other county officials have stepped up to see who can shove feet further down throats, step deeper into something smellier or otherwise overachieve in a “showing yourself to best disadvantage” exhibition.
Nominations for this year’s Gimme! award will not be announced until December, but buzz is swirling around four likely contenders:
n Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey. Most observers consider McCroskey the frontrunner to land the coveted dishonor, because of mounting troubles in her office, as she and her staff for months have failed to file or correct judicial system records. Such incompetence wrongly forced citizens to be jailed, to have their driving privileges suspended or to be blocked from voting.
McCroskey really caught fire two weeks ago, though, when she celebrated these significant achievements in failure by ignoring the problems in her office and going on a previously scheduled vacation cruise. Such behavior epitomizes exactly the arrogance, incompetence, indifference and self-entitlement voters love to hate.
n Knox County Commissioner Rrr! Larry Smith. Although viewed as a distant second to current favorite McCroskey, Smith presented a breathtaking mix of arrogance and indifference with his tone-deaf insult to half the citizens of Knox County through his recent misogynistic dismissal of “women’s issues” while attacking fellow Commissioner Amy Broyles’ use of commission travel funds...