Sunday update

There will be a benefit for Dr. Herman Green Saturday, November 10 at Rum Boogie Cafe and The Blues Hall. Dr. Green, saxophonist for FreeWorld and legendary Beale Street musician, is recovering from an illness and hospitalization earlier this year. Over 20 musicians and groups will perform and there will be a silent auction.

The Blind Bear has its annual poker tournament to fight breast cancer on the 18th.

The MBJ has The 20 top selling beer brands in the U.S. Give me number 18 all day long!

The Harahan Bridge goes purple Wednesday night in a show of support for survivors of domestic violence.

There will be a safety meeting this Thursday, October 11 from 6 to 9 PM at 409 S. Main. Representatives from the MPD’s North Main Precinct, DMC, and Blue Suede Brigade will be there. Obviously the main topic will be what can be done to keep Downtown safe in light of the recent murder of Phil Trenary.

Sad to hear of the passing of longtime Rendezvous server Jack Dyson.

Fall is on the way. A cold front moves through Wednesday, and following that, is predicting highs in the low 70s and lows in the 50s. WeatherBug is predicting even cooler than that, with mid-upper 60s highs Thursday to Saturday.

I’m disappointed by the Kavanaugh confirmation, of course, but I am equally disappointed in some of my fellow liberals’ reaction to Phil Bredesen supporting the confirmation. Seeing a lot of “F you, Phil, I was going to vote for you but now I am not so sure.” While I understand the anger, withholding your vote will only make things worse.

Phil has unique advantages in that he is well known and popular, and he has accomplished things like balanced budgets and sensible health care plans that no one in Washington seems to be able to get done. The problem, as Memphis Flyer staff pointed out recently, is that Philly-B (nice nickname by the way) cannot win by appealing only to his base. There are not enough Democrats in Tennessee for that strategy to work.

Bredesen has one more asset; an opponent, Marsha Blackburn, who is completely unlikable. A lot of Republicans don’t want to vote for her. If Bredesen can show that he will not be s rubber stamp for the Democratic position as Marsha will be for Trump, he has a chance to siphon votes away – the votes he needs to win.

So please, don’t let Phil’s comments deter you from getting out to vote. It’s too important. Tennessee could be the state that determines if the Senate is red or blue next year.

Tuesday’s the deadline to register. Check to see if you’re registered here.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more news.