Morning Coffee – Old Habits Edition

I'm still not entirely sure why I did this to myself, but I did. Oy

This morning I found myself watching Morning Joe for the first time in over a year.

Why on God’s green earth would I do that to myself? I don’t really know to be honest. Old habits, even the ones you’ve been away from for a very long time, die hard.

Thankfully, the main topic of discussion this morning is the looming retirement of Larry King. The media is losing their suspenders. Their pants will be around their knees in mere moments, no doubt.

I’m sure they went on about something else later, but I start writing this thing at about 5am, even though it typically publishes at 9ish, so I tuned it out after a while.

Anyway, the funny thing about old habits is just how quickly you can slip back into them. Seriously, when I was a kid, my dad smoked. He quit for some 3 or 4 years, then one day there was that old familiar pack of Vantage gracing his shirt pocket. What happened? Heck if I know, I was a kid, but I know I’ve done the same type thing time and time again.

When things get uncertain, I think we all gravitate to stuff that comforts us, which is the main reason these old habits rear their ugly heads, sometimes after years of being absent. So this morning I guess I sought out the comfort of vapid conversation masquerading as balanced coverage. The shame I feel is real folks, and I have no idea why I’m even confessing this.

Maybe some coffee will wash away this dirty feeling…

Smart City Memphis is talking about getting real. Check out this paragraph:

There are fine-looking green poles on Main Street, but at intersections, there are often poles – we count about three dozen of them – that are either not painted or have different colors for different parts of them. That’s because three city agencies have responsibilities for various parts of the poles, and as a result, no one has responsibility as the agencies debate who’ll pay the paltry sums for painting them.

Honestly, for some reason this reminds me of the bureaucratic hell-state that is represented in the movie Brazil.

Bill Haslam is all over the news this morning. Yesterday he was down with Tea, this morning he announced his leadership team, and Republican Primary opponent Zach Wamp has charged that he’s just a bored rich dude. I don’t know but as the campaign continues I’m realizing that moderate Republicans running for office are extinct in this state.

Ramsey’s latest announcement merely solidifies that realization.

Y’all, the caliber of this candidate is plumb crazy. Wow.

Small government think tanks rail against Tennessee’s 1% of pork.

Ok, that’s enough for now. Have a good day and stay away from those old habits.

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