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Re: “Mike Krause and Bill Haslam Need to Get on the Same Page

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Posted by MD Jahid Hasan on 10/30/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Candidate nominated poll watchers are assigned their stations by the campaign director or the candidate. All registered voters names, addresses, and voting record(when they voted, not how) is available in digital form.

That list contains numerous non residential locations listed as addresses. And I understand some of that. After all, the homeless need to be able to vote.

An artifact of HAVA and Motor Voter means pretty much anyone with an ID can vote. Does it make them legal? Well, news out of Maryland today exposes hundreds of ADMITTED illegal voters in one county.

Ulysses was one of the 2 or 3 provisional ballots in the Hollin/Murray race. It was fairly widely publicized. The news wouldn't touch the details because it read like some sort of racist joke. And really it didn't matter. One vote didn't have much effect on an election decided by just TWO votes, right?

That isn't the real issue. The issue I was discussing is similar to DUI laws not being enforced. If they weren't enforced then there would be no DUI's. So there wouldn't need to be any laws against DUI's.

That was my point: allow felons to vote or don't allow them. It is the same result either way. Really though, should we let them out if we don't trust them to vote?

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Posted by Randal on 10/30/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Petitioners Seek to 'Save Lonnie's Western Room' [Updated]

I first came upon Printer's Alley in the mid 70's. I seem to remember a steak house called the Brass Rail, which was dark and good, a topless club and Boots Randolf's, but the image that I will never forget was the broken Elvis sign in the parking garage at the end where if you crossed the street to another alley you could go downstairs to a club called the Captain's Table, or something like that, where the best of Nashville's session players and sometimes stars who were in town would come to jam for free on a very nice drum, backline and sound system equipped stage. The Elvis sign was still there the last time I was in town, in about 1985, when the Ryman was standing wide open and a huge hole was dug across the street for some kind of developement. I walked in the original Grand Old Opry and stood for a while alone seeing the years of neglect and I hoped for the soul of the town that it would not be destroyed. Printer's alley was not as seedily colorful as the recent photos then, and I imagine it has always been in decline as are most truley significant landmarks in our cities. I can only hope some of it can be preserved.

Posted by Michael Sundeen on 10/30/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Your guide to the four propositions on Tuesday's ballot

Like the politicians, you go out of your way to avoid saying that Amendment 2 actually deletes this: "The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state."

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 10/30/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy’

Vomited up puddle of candy corn! Ohhhhh Ashley. You never fail to impress. I am only glad Scarlett still exists so you may describe her insufferable antics.

I remember Coleman.

Juliette was EVERYTHING this episode, and you're right, Rayna is THE WORST. She actually deserves smarmalicious, waxed chested Luke. Her hair reached new levels of wavy chestnut perfection, however. God this show. THIS SHOW. What could even save it at this point?

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Posted by Lisa Stran White on 10/30/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Your guide to the four propositions on Tuesday's ballot

A hyperliteral interpretation of the oath of office would mean nothing could ever get passed. Because I'm sure there are people who would find (or have found) Amendment 1, guns in trunks/parks/etc., the lottery, the gay marriage ban, the death penalty . . . hell, just about anything the legislature has passed since the state entered the Union, "injurious to the people."

The convention call option referenced in Article XI, sec. 3 appears to be a "right" of the legislature, not an obligation.

Posted by Jeebus Saves on 10/30/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

There was no possibility of a competent public relations operation for the AMP, unless you mean "putting lipstick on a pig," or "turning shit into gold." It was impossible because the bus will not work on that stretch of road, partially for the reason you note, but for other reasons, too.

I think I was pretty enthusiastic about response w/r/t any BRT I'd be in favor of.

There will be plenty of users around Charlotte Ave. by the go-live date of the Amp. Perhaps not enough to get federal funding today, but I've already mentioned that.

If there were a gleaming new BRT running from Charlotte WalMart to Capitol Hill and then over the river, how do you think that road would look in 10 years?

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/30/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

I don't agree at all that an even better design would've gotten people onboard, as it were, absent a competent public relations operation. People hate it not because of the design (look around you--does it look like Nashvillians really care about design?), but because it would inconvenience the single passenger car driver who uses West End.

But I wasn't just talking about design when asking you about whether there is any BRT you would've been in favor of. I am talking about the concept in general applied in Nashville. And, contrary to the Charlotte Ave alternative proponents, it would've been too far from where the people who use it would need to be, which is adjacent to Broadway downtown, and West End--that is where the workers are concentrated. Charlotte wasn't really a very good alternative for the vast majority of likely users.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/30/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy’

As soon as "hire a nanny" was mentioned, I immediately thought "Teddy will skeez out on her and have sexy/scandal times". JB's firing of Zoe was classic JB! Scarlett needs some lessons on what you do and do not do while hanging out alone in the city. #blessherheart If I created a drinking game whereby I took a shot every time I heard "Highway 65" on this show, I would be stone cold passed out before the first commercial. This was a fun one to watch. Great recap!

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Posted by BradNash on 10/30/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

Sure. Evidence of such would include, prima facie, less blowback from interested parties. That is, if the design were great, there would not be a large portion of people saying it sucks. It would also adhere to federal regulations that should be front-and-center on any designer's mind (aren't we having sidewalks ripped up and replaced to get cutouts at the corners?).

It could have been designed down the parallel route of Charlotte. I'd suggest that *design* would have met with near-universal acceptance.

I assume we are talking *design* in the sense that it include the bus route itself, including its interaction with the nearby environment and its ability to accomplish the goal of moving people.

A bad design for the AMP was superceded by a good possibility of federal funding and the desire to erect a political monument. Two or three years ago, Charlotte Avenue (and there may be other routes, but I a most familiar with those coming in from the West) had the possibility of excellent design trumped by a 0% possibility of federal funding and a political monument not on the signature road in Nashville, but on one of empty lots.

Given the change in Charlotte Ave. over the last 3 years, I think the administration really missed an opportunity.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/30/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Your guide to the four propositions on Tuesday's ballot

Jeebus Saves:

That's a coherent argument.

Here is another: If, "The People," is the group unto which all Constitutional power is vested, Article I Section 1 and the "citizens" are a subset of "The People", then "citizens voting for governor" as in Article XI §3 is further subset (constraint of Citizens possessing the right to vote on the Constitutional amendment.

If the (unelected) AG who is appointed by the very people about whom we are concerned here are aggregating their power and their economic benefit through this misinterpretation of the provision, then his (AG) "opinion" (which is by no means the "law") is rendered incompetent by virtue of their (and hence his) self interest.

Moreover if you read on through Article XI §3 Paragraph 2 you will notice that the Legislature had, under their oath in Article X, "will not propose or assent to any bill, vote or resolution, which shall appear to be injurious to the people, or consent to any act or thing, whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this state;" an obligation, to call for a constitutional convention in order to have The People GIVE UP their Right to Vote under Article VI Section 3.

Why not ask the AG about that too?

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Posted by tonygottlieb on 10/30/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

"Actually feeling pretty good."

Apparently tearing down others helps you do that, eh, Moost?

Posted by CrankyPants on 10/30/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Waste Managment: The Skinny on Promo CDs

We can only hope that we will get rid of CDs altogether as technology advances and all methods of delivery are finally digital !! CDs are already deemed useless by studies for any practical long term storage.

http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rt/studyofCDlongevity.pdf

It is hoped that this research will ultimately enable us to 1) provide the best long-term protection for our collections,
2) establish relevant parameters for monitoring CDs that would signal the need for creating backup copies or migration of data, and 3)
identify the failure mechanisms that arise form deficiencies in the manufacture of CD’s.

Posted by Guest706 on 10/30/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Waste Managment: The Skinny on Promo CDs

Tom, I mentioned that in the post several times. I used the word "unsolicited" four times, in fact.

Posted by d. patrick on 10/30/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Ah, anecdotes...

Your first scenario is erroneous: poll watchers in Davidson County are assigned polling stations at random. The only way they know who is registered to vote is by using the poll book. When one registers to vote, one has to prove one's identity, citizenship, and residency. One must use a residential address to register to vote. A non-residence address cannot be used.

And provisional ballots are legally required to anybody who shows up and demands one under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) (read more about it here: http://www.law.cornell.edu/background/HAVA…). They are not counted until the legitimacy of the voter is established. Casting a provisional ballot is not, in itself, illegal. Your "Ullysses" story sounds apocryphal but I am willing to be proven wrong if you have some actual evidence.

And if you see the law being broken and you do not call the police, you are complicit in the crime.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/30/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Jake Gyllenhaal's a skincrawling wonder in the enjoyably nasty neo-noir Nightcrawler

I found it to be much more of a commentary on modern corporate america than the modern broadcast journalism bit it carries on the surface. Watching Lou bootstrap his business and get ahead with loose ethics and morals, multiple references to business books/fountainhead, spouting off CEO nonsense to his partner.

Posted by moviesssss on 10/30/2014 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Your guide to the four propositions on Tuesday's ballot

Look who's writing for the Scene! Haha! Welcome aboard!

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Posted by Nicki P Wood on 10/30/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Anglrdr,

Many times, poll watchers are from the neighborhood where the polling station is located. When there are folks you don't know registered to vote at your sisters house then that is a sign of possible fraud. What do you do when you see the guy that robbed your neighbor, went to prison, and is now standing in line to vote? Challenge? How about all the folks that are registered to vote on Cowan St or the Titans stadium? Might be legal voters but there aren't ANY residences at those locations.

There was a voter a few years back named Ulysses. She admitted to being a felon in the polling station. She admitted to being a resident of New Orleans. And the Nashville poll workers allowed her to vote a provisional ballot after explaining to her that she could be breaking the law. The only reason she voted provisional is that she was challenged. The Scene had a reporter at the Election Commission when her vote was disallowed. But Ulysses was never prosecuted. Nor are most of the illegal voters. Thus, no law really prohibits felons from voting in TN.

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Posted by Randal on 10/30/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

Even great designs can be improved upon.

Would there be a BRT (which includes dedicated lanes by definition) that would meet your standards?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/30/2014 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

I'll pipe up and say the design was not great. Evidence of this is that the design has been changed multiple times since it was first introduced, including the ah-ha moment about not meeting ADA standards at the signature stop on the route downtown.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/30/2014 at 8:28 AM

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