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Posted by carollovespigs on 10/17/2012 at 4:45 AM

Re: “The terrifying true story of The Thing, the Nashville apparition scarier than the Bell Witch

BRAVO, I am Nashville born & bred went to Warner & Bailey and graduated from East and never heard this story, that I remember. My GrandParents had a huge home @ 517 Russell Street, which the Nazarene Church turned into a parking lot, that I am almost certain, had alot of spirits. I wish it were there today, to confirm some of my childhood memories of the times and spirits. Thanks, that was a wonderful story.........L.D.Self

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Posted by lester self on 10/08/2012 at 1:08 PM

Re: “State lawmakers' obsession with Planned Parenthood is about to wreak havoc in Nashville

Concertina if your a low income women WHY are you making babies. Get your act together then get married with a working person and quit making lil bastards

Posted by 2bdefacto on 10/04/2012 at 8:19 AM

Re: “The Bar That Time Forgot

When my Mom moved us to Nashville in 1983, she and I sang at Dusty Roads often when it was on Woodland. I remember every Thanksgiving Norma would provide a "feast" for any homeless, down an out or lonely person who had no family for the holidays. She would put a ply board cover over the pool table and put out a TON of food. When people came in she would tell em to grab a plate and "help yourself". It helped so many on a very personal level not only to have something to eat, but to have a place to go. I miss Norma, I hope she is doing o.k.

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Posted by Damond Jiniya on 09/29/2012 at 3:38 PM

Re: “The Bar That Time Forgot

Noma's Dusty Road brings back fond memeries for me too. I first played there in 1981, following my first recording session at Globe Studio on Dickerson Road. Norma was strict but she had a heart of gold and really catered to the working musicians.
Mike Johnson, Roughshod Records

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Posted by Mike Johnson on 09/22/2012 at 11:33 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

Other, you provided this comment, "I went to the professors and was told no one was given special treatment and that I could switch with someone else and it was my responsibility."-------Yes you were given a 'choice' in the matter, other! Whereas Blizzard was given an 'order' to submit to a male-to-male swap. Blizzard was, therefore, subject to a discriminatory mandate. He didn't get a choice. Other, you were not told you had to switch with someone who shared an identical characteristic with you, were you? No. And you admit that fact. You go further to state you were given tremendous freedom in the clinical switch matter. If you were a lesbian and Aquinas College had stated to you that a lesbian-to-lesbian swap was being made and you had to submit to it, what would you have done. Lesbians would be lined up in protest, and huge law firms would be fighting each other to get your case. Or, if you were black, and Aquinas College stated to you that you were to submit to a black-to-black swap. The NAACP would be up in arms. The logical skills of those people who are obviously females from Aquinas attempting to justify, rationalize, and defend Aquinas College reeks of pure bias and stupidity.

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Posted by logician on 09/04/2012 at 12:58 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

Congress enacted Title IX in 1972, with two principled objectives in mind: 1. To avoid the use of federal resources to support discriminatory practices, and 2. To provide individual citizens effective protections against those practices. The statute was modeled after Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is parallel to Title IX except that Title IX expressly prohibits sex discrimination, and applies in all programs receiving federal funds, no only in education programs. The two statutes operate in the same manner, conditioning an offer of federal funding on a promise by the recipient not to discriminate, in what amounts essentially to a contract between the Government and the recipient of funds. That contractual framework distinguishes Title IX from Title VII, which is framed in terms not of a condition but of an outright prohibition. Title VII applies to all employers without regard to federal funding and aims broadly to eradicate discrimination throughout the economy. Thus whereas Title VII, aims centrally, to compensate victims of discrimination, Title IX focuses more on 'protecting' individuals from 'discriminatory practices' carried out by recipients of federal funds. Title IX's contractual nature has implications for remedies. Congress has attached conditions to the award of federal funds under its spending power, as it has in Title IX and Title VI, which hold the recipients liable, in private right of actions, for damages for noncompliance with the contractual condition. All recipients of federal funds receive 'notice' that it will be liable for receiving monetary award.

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Posted by sexton on 09/03/2012 at 2:53 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

The accusations leveled against Aquinas College presented in this article are so consistent with the clandestine Catholic diktat. Some things never change. It seems it’s always the Catholics against the secular-principles of reason and justice. And the Catholics, despite their self-described piety, deliberately employ tactics to try and evade and deny all accountability, ultimately hurting the victims that much more. For a body of so-called divine people they sure have set a bad example for our children. Just recently, the former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini stated that the Catholic Church was "200 years out of date" in his final interview before his passing." Blizzard is quoted in the above article as stating Aquinas is resistant to changing times. If it walks like a duck****

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Posted by dukster on 09/02/2012 at 1:43 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

abcde, as for your comment admitting to the following, "I remember the day the "letter" in his [Blizzard] mailbox appeared. If the truth is known about it he probably wrote the letter himself; that's just the type of person he is." Now, how would you know anything about this hate-mail/letter casting aspersions agaisnt this male nursing student? Maybe you are the author? Uh...Duh! Just so everyone gets a clearer picture of Blizzard, I hear this guy Blizzard is supper hot. Tall, buff [totally ripped and thick], and super smart. I guess you horny little Catholic girls decided if you couldn't have him you were going to destroy his reputation and carreer? So highschool. I wish Blizzard wellness, and success. Enjoy being smart and gorgeous Blizzard, cause baby you were born that way.

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Posted by bornthisway on 08/31/2012 at 11:32 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

RN-MSN, you make a great point when you state, " It's not about being tough, either, because I survived the Army with no problem, and survived worse than that. It's about the fact that a dominant group projects their attitudes of destruction when they feel intimidated. They'd rather scorch the earth than let someone who might be more capable succeed." Very nicely put. And so apparently the issue with Aquinas. Aquinas seems to be suffering from a psychological drive for consensus at any cost. Question is, will Aquinas fall on their own sword before admitting they are guilty?

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Posted by cinterfuse on 08/31/2012 at 10:41 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

It is not my intention to quell or incite speculation here, but if this section from a comment on this thread here is in fact true, "...when AC [assuming this is Aquinas College] retaliated, in writing, they specifically stated that if Blizzard had a problem with the sanctions imposed by Aquinas, and he chose to leave the nursing program, his official transcripts from Aquinas would show that he had been 'Officially dismissed' from the nursing program at Aquinas." This could be false-imprisonment. Assuming this is true and the college did retaliate at all based on Blizzard's claims of discrimination, and then the college proceeded to hold hostage Blizzard's degree through a threat of him being officially dismissed from the college this could add to the problem of retaliation through further illegal behavior of false imprisonment too. Case law that comes to mind is Coblyn v. kennedy's, Inc.

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Posted by amicuscuriae on 08/24/2012 at 12:10 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

This college is awful! I spent tens of thousands of dollars in their so-called education program and five years of hard work only to be told NINE WEEKS by my academic advisor that she didn't think teaching was "my gift," and they ended up failing me. I now have a 67K student loan to pay back. Luckily, I moved back home and now have a very good paying job. These instructors (especially the habit wearing variety) are indeed corrupt, liars, and only out to get your money. I asked if I could receive another type of degree in lieu of the license, and was told 'NO' we can't do that. They were out to fail me because like other student they have failed in the past, I didn't fit their little Catholic mold and do things to their liking. They can't be trusted. Stay far away from this school! Don't be stupid and waste your time and money for nothing, like I did. By the way, they may be looking at another lawsuit, placed by yours truly!!

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Posted by keyedup on 08/23/2012 at 1:55 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

gast...think about it. The article states that Blizzard named three females in his formal complaint. One was Suzette Telli (gast)..the st= Suzette Telli. That's most likely who this person is. Especially when you consider what gast says here, "Advocate: You signed up to learn, not to advise. Where did you ever get the idea your input was needed or appreciated in an environment where you are one of many transients. Aquinas has been there many years and you want to come in and tell them how to do things? Make adjustments so you will feel better? If you shut up and listen" My guess...it's Telli...and she's one hostile lady.

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Posted by incubi on 08/23/2012 at 1:40 AM

Re: “As Davidson County's family court works to ease out Judge Carol Soloman, the system feels the strain

No such thing in 8th Circuit Court ...

"I know that this is tough, that in family law these are people who are litigating at the lowest points in their life, but they still deserve to be treated with some measure of respect by the court."

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Posted by carolkilledmylife on 08/17/2012 at 3:01 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

One obvious component of this story strikes the nerve of a modern crusade, crucifying Blizzard for standing against what appears to be a corrupt status quo. Therefore, I feel this is appropriate. "Whoever loves and practices a lie shall not inherent the kingdom of Heaven." Rev 22:14-15 (NKJV). If you look at the various translations of the bible, this goes beyond the mere sin of “lying”. This part of verse 15 deals specifically with those who both lie, practice a lie and love to have it that way. As we consider what it means to both lie, live a lie, and love a lie, we should be gripped by the fear of God. How do we live? Are we transparent, or do we need to fool everyone? According to just about every interpretation of the bible, it is people like Blizzard who will receive the Honor of Kings.

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Posted by honorofkings on 08/04/2012 at 12:02 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

These are statistics pulled from a reliable data base comparing Belmont 'University' in Nashville, TN, nursing school (4 year program) with Aquinas 'College,' (2 year nursing school), in Nashville, TN.
Aquinas Belmont
State » TN TN
Size » 626 3,129
F:M » 82.0:12.0 60.0:40.0 (staggering difference between female/male ratio)
ACT » NA 28.3
SAT » NA 1445.7
Room » $ $5,852
Instate » $12,950 $14,450
Out-state $NA $14,450

Sources (actual Aquinas nursing students) informed this media interest that Blizzard's nursing class started with approximately 10 males, out of a total class size of approximately 85 nursing students. The rest of the nursing students were predominantly 'white' female nursing students. Out of the 10 males who enrolled only three (3) male nursing students actually graduated (3/10 = 3% and/or 3/85 =.0035%) with a nursing degree. Males in this group, whom we have talked to, whom did not graduate, have claimed that it was typically during the 2nd and 3rd semester of their nursing school experience at Aquinas that they were suddenly being accused of various violations of Aquinas' school policy, by many of the same key players involved in Blizzard's expulsion, and were then dismissed from the Aquinas College nursing program. However, out of the entire female pool of nursing students at Aquinas almost every student who was a 'white-female' actually graduated with a degree, our sources say. Our sources bring accusations against Aquinas regarding shady back-room deals, grade manipulation, collusion between the all-female staff and faculty and the mostly all-female nursing students, and more. Aquinas has been referred to as an 'oppressive' regime marked by a 'pack-mentality' that will do whatever it takes to profit, while avoiding accountability through 'Ad Hominen' (attacking an opponent's motives or character rather than the policy or position they maintain) type tactics, while continuing its cause to keep males out of the profession of nursing. Our sources further reveal that almost 100% of all black female nursing students who were admitted into the Aquinas nursing program did not graduate. We don't know why just yet. Out of all non-white (Black, Turkish, Hispanic etc) males, only 1 graduated with a nursing degree in Blizzard's graduating class (a black male). This demonstrates a potentially highly skewed attrition rate that could indicate a tremendous amount of contemptuous bias toward minorities among the white-female dominated Aquinas. We believe, thus far, as a result of our ongoing inquiry, that Aquinas may need a very thorough investigation by all relevant agencies governing federally funded colleges, and universities. Why, we wonder, has this not yet happened? We have also considered whether this type conduct is perhaps criminal in nature? We would like to know. It appears that through the relative ease at which potential students can attend Aquinas College, due to the fact that Aquinas College does not require an ACT, or SAT, every student, especially minorities, could be a mere sucker falling for an age-old bait and switch routine. The question then is: Is Aquinas meeting their enrollment quota to receive federal funding, and then kicking their male/minority students out in accordance with a predetermined amount of federal dollars received from each student? Our investigation continues.

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Posted by mediamonsters on 07/25/2012 at 2:49 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

What Aquinas did to Blizzard should be an insult to every ‘enlightened’ male. This ‘Lysistrata’ type behavior (You Whiney Gay, Faggot Ass) is deplorable and should attract the attention and resistance by more men and women in our community. Feminists continue their agenda to subjugate and emasculate our great males, and defeminize our wonderful and unadulterated females. Aquinas, in perfect feminist tradition, clearly sought power over love and projected their general hatred for males (male-to-male swap) onto Blizzard because he is physically powerful, intelligent and clearly not intimidated in the least. Let me just say this, there is no greater threat to a feminist than an intelligent man who could easily kick the crap out of her too, if he needed to . In the twisted lexicon of the feminist all men are just boys and should therefore cower into submission (fall in line boy, big, bad momma’s home from work). Thankfully we still have ‘real’ men like Mr. Blizzard out there willing to take on these creepy power hungry feminists whose pathetic lusting for a momentary sense of ‘role reversal’ forces everyone else to suffer when they succeed. Let me make an important point here, it is the unique and complimentary roles males and females were intended to play in our family and community that is now a perverse notion thanks, in large part, to feminists. In the New Testament human ‘love’ is the definitive manifestation of God’s love. Today, however, we are lost as feminism and the church are too often two sides of the same coin.

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Posted by masculist on 07/24/2012 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Albies

You forgot Harold L. Shiers Jewelery located at the corner of 7th Avenue and Church Street next to the best Krystal ever! That Krystal was host to such celebrities as the KINKS in 1970 when they were too poor to eat at Ciraco's Pizza (on 4th Avenue across from Shoney's, next door to Brass Rail and the NOEL Hotel), where Jerry Lee Lewis played piano with a large brandy snifter for requests/ tips and where Elvis and Priscilla once sneaked in unnoticed except by a few.

Posted by homesick on 07/22/2012 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Jesus RX

I was a resident in 2001. I remember this girl who was there, also a resident... She was young, probably 15 or 16 like I was at the time. She wasn't there long, but her and I had spoken on occasion. I remember her telling that she had thoughts of throwing herself off the balcony. It crossed her mind when she was walking in the hallway or in the lobby underneath it. She said she didn't think she was suicidal, and these thoughts were passive ideations, but it concerned her. She was concerned about mentioning them to her counselor. Young and naive myself, I remember saying that she should mention it to them, after all, that's why we are here- to get help. The next day, I'm assuming after she told them, she was dismissed from the program. 11 years later and hearing the story in the article it makes sense. They probably dismissed my friend out of fear of another girl throwing themselves of the balcony. They couldn't risk another incident... perhaps actually a good thing on Mercy's part. It was a silent admission that even though they claim to help girls with suicidal thoughts, in reality they have no idea how to help them.

I was also a resident at the time with the girl with the "I like boys' shirt. I knew her fairly well (we were actually roommates for a while). When you enter the program they take an inventory of all your items. I remember her telling me that they took her brass knuckles from her (understandably, lol). I believe one of the conditions of that shopping trip to get more 'feminine' clothes was that she had to agree to get rid of the more masculine clothing in her wardrobe. Last I heard from her she was in a very happy loving relationship with another woman. I remember in her first few weeks part of her counseling assignments were to listen to Sy Rodgers cassettes. I'm glad she chose instead to embrace how god made her and chose a life with loving meaningful relationships, opposed to living a life ashamed because someone told you the love you have give is a sin.

I know this article is four years old. There is so much more I could say about the stories above... some from first hand experiences, others from conversations I remember from girls I lived with about these stories.

I have my own strong opinions about the Mercy. However, at the time/age i was there Mercy did give me a structured environment, hope, and i did stop throwing up. Do I think the program borders on spiritual abuse? Yes. Fits many of the definitions of cult? Yes. Practices exorcisms? Yes. Are the personnel qualified psychologists and nutritionists capable of addressing many of the life controlling problems they claim to treat? Absolutely not. There are copious amounts of thing wrong with Mercy, trust me.

I will say this.... I addressed this topic with my therapist last year. I was dangerously underweight and would have died from my eating disorder had i not gone to Mercy. I had been in the hospital; I had been in therapy for years prior to my time there. A decade later my perspective is that sometimes a place exists just to keep you from dying. They didn't address and help me heal from the root causes of my problems, but they did help me stop throwing up my food. I would have died if I hadn't stopped. Even if I was shamed into it, thinking it was a sin opposed to the disease that it was. Even though they had me thinking my mental disorder was some kind of demon.... it might have been manipulation tactics but I did stop throwing up my food. I needed to get out of my home environment (it was an incredibly unhealthy time in my family's life) for treatment, but my family couldn't afford an extended stay elsewhere. Mercy was free, they took me in.

After my stay and after i moved away from home and went to college, I was able to get proper mental health care from a trained and capable psychologist. I've addressed many of the roots causes of my problems. I've healed.

As an adult, Mercy would not be a program I would voluntarily enter- especially knowing what I know now, especially because I am not a christian. It was, however, a significant experience in my teenage years. They are big believers in the idea of hope- and though I disagree on where they want you to seek hope (teaching that only god, prayer, and the bible can heal you), hope kept me going.

It's a difficult thing to describe my disdain for their counseling methods while simultaneously trying to relay appreciation. Those two things exist in me concurrently and it's confusing. However, I feel it's important to acknowledge both when talking about my time at Mercy.

Posted by shoshanna4077 on 07/21/2012 at 1:04 AM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

response to gasts comment, "However, an institution such as Aquinus is not a democracy and life is not fair unless you have special talent, abilities, or birthright. And that's the way it is and the students need to get used to it." Good luck with this mentality in a court of law gast. This isn't the catholics first dress-rehearsal for court, but you people are so bent on power it's rediculous. Couple that hunger an lust for power with a feminism, and who knows what else is going on in that little junior college, and you've got a recipe for corruption. And by the way gast, democracy is 'mob rule at best.' So, Aquinas is without a doubt a democracy, provided all adminitrative decisions are born from the Aquinas college feminist, female group-mind. Every been to court gast? The legal system has an adept ability to squash 'democracy.' (mob rule) I'm guessing your in for a rude awakening gast.

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Posted by spartacus on 07/20/2012 at 9:02 PM

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