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Re: “Born of struggle and a Dickensian childhood, Lonnie Holley's work is not Nashville's typical public art

Great article. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Holley for my upcoming film documentary on William Edmondson, called "Chipping Away: The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson." www.williamedmondsonmovie.com

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark S on 08/15/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

Prag, I agree, we do not know what happened. I have not at any time said he deserved to be shot. Most on this board believe he was simply gunned down with his hands up. Really?

And, I guess it follows the officer should go to jail?

Now, CA, as is often the case, is calling me a racist. Hateful talk, CA.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by john on 08/15/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

We need this to keep Jim Balsillie from stealing the Predators.

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Posted by crosscountry13pt1 on 08/15/2014 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

Gov. Perry just got indicted.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/15/politics/ric…

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/15/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

The reporters were not the ones looting or setting fires. They were reporting on the situation that the police didn't want to be reported. The police tried to stop them from doing their job.

"Reporters need to avoid these events and watch respectfully from the the sidelines"

As long as they are not actively interfering with the police, they have the right to go where they need to go to photograph and report the news without harassment, intimidation, or arrest.

"...some light might be shed if we knew more about Michael Brown"

Nope. Even if he is the one who took the cigars from the convenience store, the officer who shot him knew nothing about it. Brown was stopped for walking down the middle of the street. Whatever he may or may not have done before, the investigation needs to figure out what happened at the time he was stopped for jaywalking.

Brown may be guilty as sin. He may have fought the officer. On the other hand, he may have been standing still with his hands in the air. We don't know yet what happened. It's time to stop jumping to conclusions.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/15/2014 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

John, stop digging yourself a hole. You're defending the indefensible and quite frankly just making yourself look racist.

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Posted by Chris Allen on 08/15/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

"If'n ya don't wanna get shot by the po-po, don't be breakin' the law."

That's not a moral. That's a dumb saying. I'm sure if a cop shot a protesting tea-partier, you and your ilk would be up in arms. Fox News would be camped out for weeks.

People like Zoombah (and their entirely predictable compadres like Yoyo Moi) express views like the one he just espoused (i.e. police have the right to be judge, jury and executioner and kill an unarmed teen for shoplifting) and then on other posts decry the "moral decay" of our society. And then don't understand why hardly anyone takes them seriously anymore.

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Posted by Chris Allen on 08/15/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

Tear gas isn't even allowed by the Geneva convention. We can't even use it in a war, but they used it on protesters and media.

These amateurs got caught. The whole department needs to be fired.

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Posted by mattintn on 08/15/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

Zoombah, try to pay attention.

The police officer who shot him knew nothing about the convenience store. He stopped him for walking down the middle of the street.

What you should have said is, "If'n ya don't wanna get shot by the po-po, don't be jaywalking."

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/15/2014 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

They have video of Brown robbing the convenience store.

Moral: If'n ya don't wanna get shot by the po-po, don't be breakin' the law.

12 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Zoombah on 08/15/2014 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Jennifer Buck Wallace's Base? Say What?

Forrester is a joke and the worst thing to have happened to the Democratic Party in the past 100 years. Totally self-serving, as his memo clearly reveals. his hand picked candidate did not win party chair, his hand picked candidate did not win a state house seat (in the area where he thinks he is most influential), and he apparently feels compelled to rationalize his failures. His only defender here seems to be an unrepentant racist and Desjarlais supporter. Little surprise; Forrester has been the best friend the GOP ever had in Tennessee.

Pragmatist, you are wrong to blame Herron (at least Herron alone) for Charlie Brown. Blame instead the worthless Executive Committee, which I understand took up the question of Brown earlier this year and decided against kicking him off the ballot (at the same time they did kick off Mark Clayton--good, I suppose, but a couple of years late).

Maybe Herron has not been a great success as chairman, but he had little chance with two big problems: Forrester's four years of unparalleled failure, and a hard core of Forrester supporters (egged on nonstop by Forrester) to undermine, sabotage and harass him every step of the way. The House teabagger Republicans did more to help Obama than Chip and his stooges did to support Herron.

But, Herron seems to have little chance of reelection, and maybe that's best. One thing's for sure -- whoever the next chair at TNDP is, he or she should have nothing, nothing, nothing whatsoever to do with Chip Forrester or even with Roy Herron. A fresh start, from scratch. We are at rock bottom anyway.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/15/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

Those grenade launchers are for smoke & gas, not explosives.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/15/2014 at 6:23 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

"If he follows form he's going to fit events to his own prejudices"

,,,just like Fox "News"

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/15/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

Well, Prag, it appears the reporters were harassed because of the looting and fire setting.

Reporters need to avoid these events and watch respectfully from the the sidelines. Surely you do not think these reporters should have some special pass guaranteeing safety to get in the middle of the action?

Also, it seems to me some light might be shed if we knew more about Michael Brown. Is he a young criminal? Or, was stealing cigars once his only crime. I'll bet that information is out there and you are not being allowed to see it. What you are told is he was off to jr college next week,,,,, well? Just a regular kid etc. Why should I not be privy to his background?

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by john on 08/15/2014 at 6:09 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

"I don’t know what made me buy a plane ticket to St. Louis at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday
Maybe it was remembering that feeling of helplessness and guilt after learning of the Trayvon Martin verdict while embarking on a carefree cross-country road trip. Maybe it was Eric Garner, who died only weeks ago in New York, after a police officer wrestled him to the ground and choked him."
The preceding words are the opening lines of "The Frontlines Of Ferguson." The author is feeling terrible about the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and lying about the cause of death of Eric Garner. Garner died of something other than a choke hold. The cops took him down with a headlock, not a choke hold. Headlocks don't choke. At any rate I quit reading at that point because, what's the use? If he follows form he's going to fit events to his own prejudices; truth be damned when there's a pot of racial animosity to be stirred.

4 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by yoyo moi on 08/15/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “After Bad Day At Ballot Box, Tea Party to Start Bashing Muslims Again

"All white Europeans are to be considered hostile occupiers of America, a land settled by native Asian people who crossed the Bering Land Bridge."

Fixed that for ya.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Min on 08/15/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “School Board Mints New Charter Transparency Policies

Teachers have no objection to being evaluated. They object to being evaluated based on someone else's performance. I would hope that every reasonable person would have a similar objection.

Posted by Min on 08/15/2014 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

Regardless of whether the officer knew about it it not, the police should not be executing people for shoplifting.

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Min on 08/15/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

The question is, "Why would police chiefs think they would need weaponry proven in urban combat overseas?"

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/15/2014 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Al v. Jazeera

Al Jazeera is headquartered in Qatar. ISIS receives funding from Qatar. Hmmm.....

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by yoyo moi on 08/15/2014 at 5:32 PM

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