Rush Limbaugh Pounced on the Commercial Appeal Wednesday

Earlier today, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh read aloud from – and vented his criticism about – a story Jane Roberts wrote this week for the Commercial Appeal.

It was about a Memphis City Schools program to offer supper to students as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids federal legislation passed last year.

Limbaugh said he thought the move to offer kids another meal at school – for some, what amounted to a third meal – suggested that kids will eventually be living at school, with their needs taken care of there instead of at home.

At one point in his commentary, Limbaugh mentioned one of the students in the story, Will Adams, 11, by name and said with evident frustration, “whatever 11-year-old Will Adams wants, well, d–n it, Will Adams is going to get, because he’s an American kid and he can’t be expected to go home hungry!”

Wine for Wishes this Thursday

If you’ve got some time this Thursday night and are one of those people who enjoy refreshments, music and helping out a good cause, you might want to drop by the Center for Southern Folklore.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South Associate Board is presenting its second annual Wine for Wishes Event Nov. 10 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main St. #106.

There will be an array of wines from Argentina, Italy, Spain and South Africa, as well as a menu of traditional southern dishes with a gourmet flair.

2 Mule Plow will provide live music, and there will be a silent auction with signature items like wine racks painted by local artists, jewelry, signed sports paraphernalia and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

Downtown’s China Restaurant at 150 Jefferson has closed

China Restaurant at 150 Jefferson Ave. has closed its doors.

A sign posted on the front door of the restaurant – which was a frequent destination of some of the lawyers who worked in nearby court buildings and law offices – is titled “Outgoing of Business.”

“Dear customers,

We will be closed on October 31, 2011. Thank you for your patronage of 16 years with your kindly friendship.

China Restaurant.”

Morgan Keegan deal may be coming soon – but the price keeps dropping

The longer it takes for Regions Financial to reach a deal to sell its Memphis-based investment banking unit, Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., the more the price keeps dropping.

In a presentation Thursday, Nov. 3, at the BancAnalysts Association of Boston Conference, Regions CFO David Turner reiterated what’s been the standard line from the company for months about the status of the Morgan Keegan sale.

“We are not in a position to comment on this further today, but I can tell you we’re making good progress,” Turner said.

Hours later, though, ran a story about how firms bidding for Morgan Keegan have reportedly cut their offers by at least $200 million “after financing markets deteriorated and MF Global Holdings Ltd. filed for bankruptcy, according to people with direct knowledge of the process.”

Ford-Harris Race Intensifies


It looks like early voting in the last election of 2011 will top 1,000.

The race is the runoff contest for Memphis City Council District 7 between Lee Harris and Kemba Ford.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 2, 811 citizens in the district of approximately 59,000 had voted early. Wednesday had the largest single day turnout since the early voting period opened Oct. 21 with 156 early voters at the three locations.

Early voting continues through Saturday. Election day is Nov. 10.

Harris finished ahead of Ford in the 14 candidate field by four votes with each getting 24 percent of the vote to finish at the top.

The campaign is a contrast in methods. Ford, an actress and the daughter of former state Senator John Ford, is relying heavily on the Ford name – the city’s best known political family that has held the district 6 seat on the council since 1972 when her father claimed it in the first ever upset of a council incumbent – James Netters.

She is banking on continued support from some local municipal labor unions and a lot of yard signs driving home the name recognition.

Harris, a University of Memphis Law School professor who ran in the 2006 9th Congressional district Democratic primary, has to date avoided directly making the point that Ford’s election would mean two Fords on the 13 member council or mentioning Ford by name.

He’s used a lot of direct mail as well as robo-call endorsements to voters in the district. He has also rounded up the endorsements of most of the other contenders in the Oct. 6 race and already had the backing of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. going into Oct. 6 when Wharton decided to make endorsements in several council races.

In mailboxes across the district today will be a new direct mail piece that is a shift in the campaign for Harris.

The mailer is titled “Is Kemba Ford Ready?” It’s a comparison of Harris and Ford based on their scores from the not for profit group Coalition for a Better Memphis. The group also published the responses to its extensive questionnaire and Harris has included his response and hers to questions about qualifications, education and vision.