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Ranking Rankles

Ford in Your Future

Howdy-ho!

Musical Chairs

It’s a Mirage

Bug in Our Ear

Ranking Rankles

Well, the issue became moot when the Democrats took control of the House. The Republicans won’t be handing out any gavels. That will be up to new Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi .

The contributions might have helped Duncan secure a position as ranking member of the Transportation Committee, a still powerful post as the senior minority member. But Duncan didn’t make the final selection list for even that post. Observers said Duncan did not lobby his colleagues for the post and some of them were still upset by Duncan not being a team player for the leadership and President Bush ’s agenda.

Duncan has a reputation for going his own way, and the leadership never knew how he would vote on an issue.

Ford in Your Future

We understand the former congressman may re-locate to Nashville as his home base, convenient to a major university, a good airport and several large law firms, while he decides what to do next.

One of the things his friends agree on is that he doesn’t intend to start running for the Senate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander . Preparations for the 2008 race would have to begin immediately.

Howdy-ho!

The Community School of the Arts’ name is emblazoned on the banner and appears to be the responsible party. Kudos. We’ve always wanted to see a scatological reinterpretation of the Santa Claus myth hanging in our fair city.

Musical Chairs

 recognize them. When the party holds elections this spring for the coming year, Gray is expected to make a bid to return as chair.

Meanwhile, Republican Party chair Brian Hornback has announced he will not be a candidate for another term. Hornback, who spends a lot of time blogging, calling talk shows and arguing with Democrats on community forums, hasn’t been besieged with calls for him to reconsider.

It’s a Mirage

The menu is abundant, though vegetarians may not want to stray too far into the roster of entrées, which includes shish-kabobs, shish-tawood, kafta-kabob, chicken pene and grilled lamb chops. But the range of appetizers, salads and soups—our dream sequence: the three-appetizer sampler with hummus, baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves, followed by tabouli and, well, we wouldn’t turn down any of the soups—should more than satisfy both carnivores and herbivores alike. Oh, and for those looking for a more intimate happy-hour experience, they look to have a well-stocked bar.

For now, Mirage is open for dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m. until the last customer is served, though the owners hope to be open for lunch as well by February. The restaurant is non-smoking until 9 at night, at which point customers may opt to fire up the hookah and sample any one of Mirage’s 20 flavors of tobacco, or mix and match them, for $10. The atmosphere of the place—deep red walls and ornate décor lend it an air of warmth and relaxation—seems conducive to such activities. Sign us up.