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Re: “#MayoralChatter: Will Howard Gentry Enter The Race?

Thanks for those comments, former mayor Boner. ;)

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Posted by localboy on 08/20/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

Is there any organizing going on here in Nashville, either in solidarity with Ferguson and/or focusing on related issues within our own community? If so, please share the information!

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Posted by retransplant on 08/20/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: Will Howard Gentry Enter The Race?

From my residency in Nashville, I believe that there are two essential components for any successful mayoral candidate; one, money, and two, a crackerjack political team closely entwined with a compellingly voluble public personality. Phil Bredesen had both the finances and techno-entrepreneur fix-it background to overshadow his would-be challengers and Bill Purcell had both the Team Purcell personnel AND charismatic personal to do likewise when he ran for the office as the former's successor.

My impressions of Mr. Gentry while living there was that, frankly, he lacked both components, and that the man is quite aware of still lacking such deep, deep inside, even now, as per the article piece. I'm certain that his ego is sufficiently sated enough to enjoy the would-you-ever? attention spurred on by the Scene online piece, while his body remains safe and sound fixated in a cushy, no-sweat county position as long as he wants it.

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Posted by Conslor on 08/20/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

"Our unemployment rate is rising"

And Tennessee's unemployment rate has been nearly a point above the national average for a couple of years now. I thought all that pro-business legislation, like tort reform, was supposed to create jobs.

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Posted by Min on 08/20/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

I guess your teacher instincts failed to instruct you to read the whole sentence. Go back and read it again

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Posted by FormerTennesseanReader on 08/20/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

"...they have did nothing to change that dynamic." Attention copy editor: verb tense construction - minus 5. [Sorry, I just cannot control my teacher instincts.]

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 08/20/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

"... even to a good liberal..." Now there's an oxymoron.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/20/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

"an unacceptable belief that Tennessee government and other state governments are somehow subordinate to the federal government"

Somebody please give a copy of the constitution to Harris.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/20/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

Mr. Harris also thinks that the 13,000+ Republicans who voted Stacey "Luchadore" Campfield out in his primary this month are "Haslam's minions."

Brilliant insight.

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Posted by Zombie Ronald Reagan on 08/20/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

Our unemployment rate is rising; so much for being "focused like a laser on jobs."

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Posted by Kosh III on 08/20/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Mayor of Nashville Called Out in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Everyone else seems to be doing this ridiculous thing, so I must do it, too! I must be part of the crowd!

Posted by sheep on 08/20/2014 at 10:19 AM
Posted by oh brother on 08/20/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

I think Tennessee needs to worry more about jobs than guns. The General Assembly has given a lot to gun advocates, lately.

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Posted by mattintn on 08/20/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

Is our memory so short that we have forgotten the killing of Leon Fisher by MNPD at Settle Court (Sam Levy Homes) in late 1997, and the ensuing protests and riot?

From Policing the Poor, by Neil Websdale (http://books.google.com/books?id=v9sp_U861…)

"The social postmortem of the shooting of Leon Fisher and the looting of the Dollar General Store in Settle Court revealed tremendous divisions between police and local residents and differences among local residents themselves."

Fisher had a long and ugly rap sheet, but from witness accounts, Fisher had stopped violently resisting arrest before he was shot. Some witnesses claim he was handcuffed when he was killed. In any case, the perception of many in Settle Court was that his death at the hands of police was unjust.

The Scene, embarrassingly, ran an article by Liz Garrigan in the wake of the shooting detailing the criminal history of Fisher (http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/a-…). It's hard not to compare Garrigan's article to the shameful character attack on Michael Brown by the Ferguson PD, as though it's permissible for police to perform extra-judicial executions of accused criminals in the streets.

Garrigan also led another article on the Fisher killing and ensuing riot with this: "Will Smith, the actor, recently asked a Newsweek interviewer, 'Did you ever notice that they always find the most inarticulate black person to talk on the news?'" (http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/fa…). The idea that Garrigan would cite a black person to criticize the frustrated black residents of Settle Court demonstrated shocking tone-deafness. In retrospect, Garrigan's reporting on the events is an ugly stain on the Scene's legacy of local journalism, matching the old "sweep it under the rug" approach that Nashville historically has taken to news that presents the city negatively. Henry Walker noted the aversion to calling the torching of the Sam Levy Homes' Dollar General store a "riot": http://weeklywire.com/ww/08-25-97/nash_cl-…. Unfortunately, Walker neglected to look at the Scene's own shameful coverage of the shooting of Leon Fisher.

Seventeen years ago wasn't so long ago. We don't have to go back to the Looby bombing, the near-riots led by John Kasper during public school desegregation, or even Casey Jenkins' racist campaign for mayor in 1971 to find instances of racial antagonism in Nashville.

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Posted by Ben P on 08/20/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

The minute, immediately, when the shooting hit the news, JC, said the cop murdered the gentle giant, his quickly acquired media moniker. He was cautioned repeatedly by Prag (liberal to the bone) to at least wait a bit. JC has gotten even more strident. It is almost as if he wished for an incident like this; surely not JC. that would be pretty despicable.

JC, you need to answer another question. Do you think it even remotely possible for the cop to be acting in justifiable self defence? You seem obsessed with this event.

Read the WSJ this AM, op-ed page. Good story on Ferguson. In it, and I'll paraphrase- Jesse Jackson said if he was being followed and saw it was a white man he would feel relieved. Did J Jackson really say that?

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Posted by john on 08/20/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

I suspect that somebody (whose initials are John Harris) is feeling neglected and wants some attention.

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Posted by Min on 08/20/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

Prag,

Right you are.

Talk of race, oppression, self-reliance, or "thuggery" drives cable new ratings but is actually a distraction from the very real issue at hand: accountability. Want accountability? Put CAMERAS ON COPS, and the problem is solved immediately, or at the very least, there is pretty concrete evidence favoring one party or another instead of speculation.

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Posted by 44allin on 08/20/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “If the Tennessee Firearms Association Would Hold a Consistent Position for a Second, We'd all Appreciate It.

I support the right of armed defense of self, home and family, but I wonder how many of those who are most vocal about firearm rights are clinically paranoid.

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Posted by notguilty on 08/20/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

On a separate but related topic: Has anyone seen the latest issue of 12th & Broad, the Tennessean's younger demographic quarterly publication aimed at young hip creative types? No?

Let me describe it for you: Imagine you just saw your grandmother up in the club, sporting sunglasses inside at 11 o'clock at night and decked out in the most shameless whore shoes and halter top this side of Roller Girl -- but still your grandma and totally out of place among the folks in the crowd.

12th & Broad is the print version of your whored-out grandma.

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Posted by NormCore on 08/20/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

Jim, this is what happens when speculation goes on unabated. You and yoyo have posted several times in this and other threads about the shooting. The scenarios posted by yoyo (primarily) keep growing in detail and severity, each time becoming more favorable to the officer. The scenarios posted by you also keep growing, each time becoming more favorable to Brown. Your description has now reached the point that you are calling the shooting "murder".

Speculation is unavoidable. I also speculate on what actually happened, but I don't post my speculations since they are not proven facts (yet).

The final autopsy has been completed, but the results have not been published. Conclusions from the crime scene reconstruction have not been published. Until the official investigation is complete, this duel you are having with yoyo doesn't accomplish anything.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/20/2014 at 8:11 AM

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