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The Brian Mayes' nurse must to listen the Nasville group The Dead Weather ( Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and the two Jack).. They are Yes.Great. Blue Blood Blues singing a ballad to our favourite dreams of ilness: Doctors, Hospitals, Drugs and Graves. And the Chinese Plain Truth: Medicine is a Fraud for the Living Corpses.
-Daniel de Culla

Posted by Calixto on 10/03/2010 at 10:22 AM

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To clarify a bit, my $1100 eye exam happened at a hospital opthamology clinic, where I have been getting treatment for glaucoma and, now, cataracts, and it quite took me by surprise, because they have generally been much more reasonable with their charges--for a hospital, anyway!

I initially went to this hospital almost two years ago with a seriously irregular heartbeat. I had just come from a local public clinic, where the MD in charge did an EKG and told me to get my ass to the hospital, and charged me $90. At the emergency room, they gave me an EKG and some pharmaceuticals to calm my hard-beating heart down, and charged me...the magic number, $1100!

So yeah, I'm in debt up to my ears over this whole episode--$30K for a long weekend in the hospital, which, fortunately, they're letting us pay off at a rate we can afford--but, even though low income, we aren't eligible for Tenncare because we own our own home. It's paid for; if we had to rent, our expenses would be a whole lot higher, and we would really be in trouble. Go figure....

Posted by brothermartin on 10/01/2010 at 8:56 PM

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You seem to be so scared of the Islamic growth that you and many others like you feel it is their obligation to once again take the help of scare tactics like george Bush and other like minded people who killed innocent civilians in Iraq recently. How studpid do you think the world is Vijay. I am Indian living overseas and I have seen the racism and hatred that is widepsread in India not only against muslims but dont forget against your very own Hindus who have been so articulately divided into caste systems. Yeah I can see you red faced now that I have exposed the hypocrisy of your religion that believes that the Harijans are from the feet of the god brahma and hence are untouchables.

I dont think you need to worry about Muslim reformation or Muslims invading US or anything else of that effect but go home where you are from and fix the problems in your religion and culture rather than preaching about Islam a religion you know nothing about. You may be able to do something about the situation there. Muslims and Christians have lone lived in peace and will continue to do so. All the crusades could not destroy this relationship so 9/11 or the extreme jihadists will not be able to either. HAlf of the facts you have given are false and it shows that you are ill informed and ignorant. So you may have got some idiots' votes buthey again like minded people think alike and I dont blame them.

So my dear friend the enemy is not Islam but some people like you who are on a self destructive mission to nowhere. Remember no amount of Quran burning will bring this religion down...thats just a silly idea like weapons of mass destruction.

I Khan

Posted by I Khan on 09/06/2010 at 12:42 PM

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... and " the sillies will see God " as said Victor Hugo. What of nonsenses we have to listen when there's an one plain truth: "When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt" ( POEE )
"What not wanted worms, christians eat"

Posted by Calixto on 08/30/2010 at 12:26 AM

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The Enemy is Islamic Imperialism

An answer to Matt Pulle (the unedited piece)

To Matt Pulle in response to the article “The Enemy is Us”: Unless you were in prison, or under house arrest, or living outside of Nashville, you would have seen my billboards demanding that we defeat Universal Jihad. Somehow, those billboards—which were seen every day by nearly three hundred thousand people—seem to have escaped your notice. You did not bother to mention my candidacy for the United States Congress, even though I received 3,100 votes, because you are an elitist, and because you cannot dismiss me as just an uninformed Southern politician who has only hearsay experience with Islam. I lived in Islamic countries, visited many of them, and grew up in a city in India where nearly half the population is Muslim. I was in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

I have been concerned about Islamic imperialism since 1979, 22 years before the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

You mention three Nashvillians with extraordinary careers. I salute their professional achievements. When such persons visit Islamic nations, of course, they are well received because they represent the only real super power on Earth. When you visit an Islamic country in official capacity, or any foreign nation for that matter, you see through a set of colored glasses; "reality" is defined for you by your hosts.

In your article, you mention nothing about the Quran, the Sira, and Hadith: the trilogy of Islam. You did not interview apostates who have left Islam and so are living under Fatwahs. There are born-Muslims, some of whom have memorized the entire Quran—call hafiz—born to people who are deeply religious or Ayatollahs or Imams, and who yet have left Islam and become vocal critics.

You did not interview a single person who is holding an opposing view. Your understanding is totally ahistorical. Perhaps you don't even know that there are Muslims (not in Islamic nations, mind you) in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark demanding Sharia.

You seem to have forgotten about the London, Madrid, and Mumbai bombings.

You may not know what is happening in Kashmir. You are not aware, or you deliberately ignore, that Kashmir, and what is now Pakistan, were once Hindu nations. Afghanistan was Buddhist, Iran was Zoroastrian, Turkey was Christian, Egypt was Christian, Lebanon was Christian.

Out of 22 or so active conflicts in the world, 20 involve Muslims. Islam has bloody borders. The Muslim mosques are centers of political power, not just places of worship.

Let us address that problematic word "religion." What is religion? How do you define it? Who is the authority that defines what is religion? According to Islam and Muslims, two billion Hindus and Buddhists do not have a religion. They may have a culture. But Hinduism and Buddhism are not religions according Muslims. So, whose definition do you accept?

Professor Alfred North Whitehead, Harvard philosopher, said that "Religion is what the individual does in his solitariness." You do not have to accept professor Whitehead's definition. But unless you define the world "religion," it would be prudent not to use it so recklessly.

So what is religion? I think it is safe to say, each religion must have an exit policy, or it is not a religion but a trap. If you leave Hinduism (as I did) or Buddhism or Christianity, you will not be murdered. In Islam, apostates are murdered.

Religion tolerates criticism. Islam does not. Religions should be primarily interested in transforming the individuals to be better human beings, not in imperial conquest.

That which has no exit policy for its followers except death, that which is not open any form of criticism or self-criticism, that which is in violent and perennial conflict with every other metaphysical system, that which seeks imperial conquest of every other nation is not a religion. It is an imperialist ideology.

Do you know that according to Islam, the value of the life of a Hindu woman is 6.25 cents on a dollar when compared with the value of the life of a male Arab Muslim? Is that what you defend as "religion"?

In infidel countries such as United States, where Islam has no political power yet--Barack Hussein Obama might be a crypto-Muslim, not yet an open adherent--all mosques are started as "moderates" in the beginning. In a later stage they always are taken over by the young and more extreme elements. That is a historical fact. If you have any doubts, please go visit mosques in England or Germany or France or Netherlands.

Muslims never assimilate into the host society. After a thousand years of co-existence in India, in 1947, Muslims wanted their own country—Pakistan. Now the major exports of Pakistan are terrorism, illegal immigration, and Sharia law. Such experience is not limited to India. It is true in Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan.

In Iran, the Zoroastrian faith, in Afghanistan, Buddhism, and in Pakistan, Hinduism have been completely annihilated. Let us ask ourselves a question: would you rather have a Buddhist Afghanistan or Talibanized Afghanistan? Would you prefer to have the Dalai Lama or Bin Laden as your next door neighbor, if you had to choose between the two?

Islam does not assimilate.

The Quran is not only a religious treatise. It is also a political document. As a political document it is incompatible with the United States Constitution.

For all six billion infidels (non-Muslims), the Quran is nothing but a political document that demands the suppression and destruction all forms of ideological, philosophical, theological, and political pluralism.

The U.S. Constitution defends pluralism. The Quran orders to annihilate it.

There is no doctrine of separation of church and state in Islam. Americans will have to address the issue of incompatibility of the Quran and the U.S. Constitution--if not today, ten or a hundred years from now. But it will come.

You interview three eminent individuals. Eminent they may be, but they certainly are not scholars of Islam. They have not been subjected under Islamic rule. Their privileged position itself is a handicap to anything approaching real understanding of the issues. They cannot see the subject from the eyes of the victim.

As I write these words, sixty thousand Sikhs in Indian Kashmir are being told to convert to Islam or leave the Kashmir Valley, the land of their ancestors for thousands of years.

Do not accuse me of being another "Southern conservative politician" who has no knowledge of Islam. I was liberal most of my life. I supported, worked for, and contributed to the campaigns of Gore, Bredesen, Clement, and, yes, even Cooper. I consider myself a rationalist and embrace empiricist epistemologies. I left the Left (and liberalism) because of liberals' intellectual dishonesty in addressing the question of Islamic imperialism and hegemony. I left the Left because I reject their elitist arrogance: that the Leftist elites, know everything (what is good for everyone), and everyone else is illiberal and anti-intellectual.

You cherry-picked those people who you thought would fit and support your pre-conceived ideas of Islam. If you bothered to call me or several other individuals who have been actively resisting the growth of Islamic hegemony in Tennessee, I would have been happy to have informed you of the fallacies you filled your article with.

The enemy is not us. The enemy is Islamic imperialism. It is time for a great Muslim reformation. Surely it can begin in the great state of Tennessee. And Middle Tennessee Muslims can surely be in the vanguards of such a movement

Posted by kfcnashille on 08/26/2010 at 9:26 AM

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I have to agree with Mr. Wishnow. I have been in Nashville for three years and have been amazed at some of my experiences. While there are lovely people here that I care deeply about, I am absolutely shocked by most of the political rhetoric i see. I think Nashville is very fortunate to have Karl Dean as their mayor but the people running for governor come straight out of a 1950's stereotype of the ignorant southerner. When I first arrived and was looking for a house to rent I was quizzed in depth by one local couple about my religious beliefs, only to be told they would not rent to me because I'm not christian. When I share these experiences with friends around the country they cannot imagine why I am here.


Lynn Wilson, M.Ed.

Posted by Lillyw on 08/21/2010 at 5:49 PM

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Way to go Young Buck
Way to rep Cashville (Nashville) rocking the alt colored Portland Trailblazers cap on the cover of the Nashville Scene, really lets us know how you feel about your hometown????

Posted by lifelongnashvillian on 07/31/2010 at 7:04 AM

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Way to "REP" Cashville (Nashville) Young Buck, rocking the alt colored Portland Trailblazers cap on the cover of the Scene, really lets us know how you feel about your hometown????

Posted by lifelongnashvillian on 07/31/2010 at 6:56 AM

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I am the husband of Teresa Deion Harris. I have no doubt of Deion's innocence and this after ten years of investigation. More interesting than the crime is the conviction and cover-up of Deion's courtroom lynching. Deion's detractors are notable in that none will meet with her, write to her or meet me. The legal and law enforcement community in Carroll County will not talk and those who attack Deion remain cowardly and anonymous.
My wife voiced the greatest words ever spoken by a Tennessee woman; "Admit who you are and forgive yourself so you can grow to be the person you need to be." She admits to a terribly dysfunctional lifestyle but she killed no one and did only what she needed to do to avoid being killed her self. The people who lynched her need to confess their own sins and grow to be better people.
Tim McDonald
201 John Williams Rd
Jackson, TN 38301

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Posted by Tim McDonald on 07/16/2010 at 9:49 AM

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First of all let me congratulate Gaile Owens and thank Governor Breseden for his courage.. The fact that Governor Breseden pardoned Gaile Owens does not prove that the judicial system in Tennessee--in America-- works. It proves the opposite--had he not pardoned her the State would soon be executing Ms Owens, a woman who did not get a fair trial and who had been double-crossed by the attorney for the State
My anonymous respondent(why don't you have the courage to sign your name?) has a strange way of arguing that Ms Deion Harris was guilty.( Deion is her name--yet Anonymous repeatedly puts Deion in quotes as if she is hiding behind a pseudonym) He presents the details of other cases as if they constitute evidence against Ms Harris. Deion did not present a "battered wife" defense. No one testified that Deion participated in the murder-- as my respondent implies.
She was convicted of "felony-murder" which means only that Deion allegedly willingly participated in the felony that led to the murder. What was the evidence? The murderer's testimony was the ONLY evidence-- and his testimony changed to implicate Deion only AFTER he got a deal sparing him from the death penalty. As I have repeatedly said Deion did not receive due process but a witch trial--in every sense.
Anonymous does not realize that what the murderer said at the trial he HAD to say as part of the bargain. It has no credibility--particularly as it contradicted his original confession. He did not reverse his testimony on TV anyway. He claimed at the trial that he did not threaten to kill her. No one thought to ask him at the trial if he had CONSIDERED killing Deion. She claimed she feared he would have killed her. Now we know she was correct.
I did not have the space to discuss the gruesome ritual with the body after the murder. I did mention it on my website. An adequate discussion would require another two pages--space I have never been given. I agree with the defense--it should not have been entered as evidence as it was legally prejudicial and had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MURDER. It is a revelation only of the twisted mind of Walter Smothers. Smothers admitted when questioned that it was HIS idea, and Deion participated minimally-- only because she was terrified Smothers would kill her if she didn't go along with it. The only evidence to the contrary came from the murderer--after the deal. He and the DA argued that Smothers was a poor schnook who was under the spell of Deion who wanted to drink the blood of the victim, i.e. that Deion was a witch.
Yes the battered women defense has been highly successful. But that has nothing to do with this case.
Seth Farber, Ph.D.

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Posted by SethF1968 on 07/16/2010 at 3:58 AM

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I've known Mr. Ridley for 27 years and I would like to testify that he fully appreciates movies for gosh-wow value, even as he brings thoughtful scholarship to analyzing what makes them good or what makes them stink. I don't see what the conflict is between the two, either. I would as happily read a long critical analysis of "One Crazy Summer" as I would one of "The Indiscreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."

Mr. Hackney's statement "I have found that the ones who criticize the most are the ones who don't have the cojones to create themselves" is obnoxious. I would not be at all surprised if Jim someday directed an excellent movie, but I think he figures he is better at film criticism than filmmaking. This is not a failure. Jim's served the world as a film critic better than a lot of people have as directors. There are movies that constitute a net loss to the world, after all. All creation is not commendable. In his more buoyant moments, the rock critic Lester Bangs was likely to say that his record reviews were better art than most of the records were. Certainly Lester's inspired me more than Kraftwerk is ever going to, for example.

It sounds like Mr. Hackney misses the capsule movie reviews, which used to be more plentiful in the paper than they are now. I do too. Jim is good in both short and long form.

Posted by Pete Wilson on 06/25/2010 at 5:16 PM

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Anyone swayed by Seth Farber's comments needs to consider some facts and do a simultaneous reality check.

First of all, the totally unmotivated, incredibly vicious murder, mutilation, and dismemberment of 19 year old Walter Brooks needs to be kept in mind. Farber conveniently fails to mention that Brooks was an innocent Good Samaritan that "Deion" flagged down into an ambush. The young man was on his way home from work when "Deion" flagged him down. The killing involved cannibalism and sexual mutilation.
"Deion" participated.

Second, we need to remember that in virtually *every* case of this kind, the defense evolves a story of the innocent woman victim-of-abuse going along as an unwilling participant. Such stories are often a total fabrication, and the female actually a stoned and happy participant.

For example, in Canada a few decades back, a young couple Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, committed a series of horrific murders. When the police closed in, Homolka turned on Bernardo, presented herself as the standard terrified pathetic abused girl, and got a nice plea-bargain. Later on, it was discovered that the incompetent police had missed a trove of videos showing that Homolka was actually a creative, enthusiastic participant in the murders. In fact, she drugged her own sister so that Bernardo could rape and murder her! A week after the murder, Homolka wrote a letter revealing that he main concern was that her parents were too bummed out by the death of her sister to concentrate on her wedding plans!

Farber's cheap-shot sideswipe at Tennessee's justice system also deserves a rejoinder. Any criminologist will tell you that, crime-for-crime, the justice system is incredibly lenient toward female offenders. They are charged less often, convicted less often, and serve lighter sentences. Consider the case of the Tennessee minister shotgunned to death by his wife. After she shot him in the back and calmly watched him die, she evolved the creative defense that he was, well, slightly sexually kinky!! The fact that she was a psychopath running a check-kiting scheme he had discovered (and was angry about) didn't sway the jury much. She was free a few months after the trial.

Farber's evaluation and presentation of evidence is highly selective. On his website, he fails to mention the cannibalism and sexual mutilation.

The fact that the murderous Mr. Smothers now has changed his testimony is interesting, but hardly persuasive. It is the last way he can exercise power over or in behalf of Ms. Harris, and probably figures in some bizarre prison-house fantasy of his.

Farber may be right. Harris may indeed be a victim. But I'm not convinced.

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Posted by Stubbornly Rational on 06/18/2010 at 1:39 PM

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First let me point out that I do not address you as Mr. or Sir because you are not deserving of either of those titles. I am writing this letter at this time because my “severance package” is now safe and sound in the bank. I truly believe that if I had expressed my feelings before then, I would have not received my mere pittance of a package because that is the kind of entity that Wal-mart has become. However, I digress. Please let me bore you for a while by telling you the story of a once dedicated associate.
I began my career at Wal-mart in October of 1990. I had just turned 30 years old and had approximately 3 years of Loss Prevention experience with other companies when I applied at Wal-mart. I was hired because of my experience and immediately began to excel at my job. I surpassed my apprehension expectations and soon became a trainer for the district I worked in, helping new LP associates learn the job at hand. My job as an in-store LP was not an easy one. I worked in the metro Nashville district and faced dangers and situations I had never seen before. I was punched, kicked, bitten, had knives and guns pulled on me, had items such as bottles and rocks thrown at me, at one point I had someone attempt to run over me with a vehicle in the parking lot, actually running over the heel of my shoe they were so close. Throughout that all, I loved my job and I loved Wal-mart. The fact that I had found a thriving company that on top of all its success still remained a “family” oriented business thrilled me to no end. I defended the company in all its endeavors and celebrated its growth. I grew also and many times in my first ten years with the company was approached by three different direct supervisors who tried to persuade me to step up another level and become more of a leader. My personal and family needs at this time did not suit this situation and I was tied to Nashville, so without any openings in that area, I did not want to go forward. Finally, after ten years at my original position, the district LP position at Sam’s in the Nashville market came open, so I applied for the job. After a series of interviews I was selected for the job. Something I was very proud of and I was basically living the American dream where hard work and dedication pays off. Soon after taking this position, my job went from managing a 6 club metro market to a realignment of 11 clubs in a 5 state district. I found myself on the road and living out of motels quite often. However, I held fast and did my job. Ten months after this job, the district LP position for the Wal-mart side in Nashville did open up and again, I applied and was chosen for the job. Although I was grateful for my job at Sam’s, I was also glad to be back on the side of the company I considered “home”.
There I thrived in my position, learning as I went on what it took to be a leader. I learned to lead with compassion. That all associates were not alike, that they had individual needs, individual problems, but also individual strengths and contributions. I led my teams of in store LP’s and also safety teams by example. Showing them that I cared and that I was willing to help them grow on and up in their work environment. I formed a bond with my direct reports and also store associates that to this day, is as strong as the one I share with many of my family members. In my 19 plus years with the company, I missed two days of work, one because of suffering from the flu, the other due to a severely sprained ankle which landed my in the emergency room. I was more than a dedicated associate.
I was sitting in a parking lot of a Wal-mart in New Orleans in 2005, guarding one of our stores in the post Katrina aftermath when I learned that I would have to re-apply for my job, and go through an interview process in order to remain an associate of the company. It was at this time that I began to feel like Wal-mart was changing, and not for the better. Suddenly hard work and results no longer ruled the day but instead, how I was able to answer what seemed like a psychological test determined my future. Again, I passed the test and moved on to my new position of Market Asset Protection Manager. (MAPM) Once again my area of responsibility expanded as I now covered 10 stores and several direct reports. At one point I covered an additional four stores outside my market for an entire year, driving two and one half hours from home to do so, and never received any additional compensation for the tasks. But I did it because I still believed and loved the company I worked for. Also the job of safety now fell under our belt and we were held responsible for impacting accidents, even though we had no authority to hold any operations management responsible to correct less than ideal situations. And again, I grew in my role and always achieved the goals set forth before me. All along during this time period, I watched you progress up the corporate ladder and I must say at this point, I was never impressed with any of your leadership abilities or direction, and I often wondered why you were selected for the role. Something to this day, I still ponder. Although I achieved all of my goals, never once turning in a total market shrink percent higher than a .77, I watched the company struggle under you leadership. Not only with it’s sales objectives and stock performance, but also its reputation. More and more I found myself having to defend Wal-mart to the general public, my friends, and my family. But I did defend, and I did it diligently. Which brings us to current times.
I received an email in late January, 2010, on a Tuesday afternoon, telling me that I had been invited to a confidential meeting the next morning in a city, three hours away. It did not tell me what the meeting was about, but the “re-structure” rumors had been flying for a few months. Still, I had turned in a banner year with numbers so good that I actually had a maximum bonus, so I refused to believe that I was going to be one of the associates who would be losing their jobs. However, that indeed was the case, when I sat through a scripted meeting the next day and was told that the company was changing the way they drove the business and it no longer included me in the position I currently held. Even though I heard the words, I could not comprehend what was happening. I now compare it to a divorce. Two parties involved in a long term relationship, one of them giving everything they had to make the other happy, only to be struck down by the other that had somehow become disenchanted with the bond. But actually I now believe that there is an underlying motive which would only become evident to an insider. Perhaps an over compensation for past misdeeds and a dog and pony show for the judicial system to appease the critics of the company over the Susan Dukes case. I believe this because I was replaced by a female who had no experience at my job, as were several others who lost their job to the restructure.
Since then I have learned several other things about the choices that were made during the restructure such as a third party company was used in the selection of who stayed and who went. To me, this basically tells me that you had neither the guts or the intelligence to make these decisions on your own, and once again, was all done to prevent legal action. The waiver I had to sign in order to get the severance package that I indeed had earned summed it up well, telling me about all of the legal action I would have to forgo in order to get the money. I applied for several jobs within the company through Challenger and Gray but never got so much as an interview which again, told me that I had basically been black balled within the company. After receiving my first unemployment check, something I had never received in my life, I also received a letter from the unemployment board which stated that Wal-mart had not responded to their second request for details on why I was terminated from my job. Yet another thing that tells me there was not only something underhanded about the process, but also undefendable on your part. Trust me, if it wasn’t for the fact that I know the company ties up litigation for years in the court system, I would have sued in an instant, and I still believe I would win, however, I signed under duress of having no job and no financial security. So I now find myself at 50 years old, unemployed, and looking for work in the worst economy this country has seen in years.
And even though I am sure you will state that you are not directly responsible for the decisions and direction of the company, it happened on your watch, and I place the entire burden of blame on you. You have become the type leader that Sam Walton would despise, one who does not care about the associates but only cares about profits. I actually compare you to the coal mine owner in West Virginia who recently caused several of his workers to perish because the only thing he responds to is the almighty dollar. I know the company still does the high profile things that it is expected to do, Children’s Miracle Network, Second Harvest Food Bank, relief funds in disasters. But I also know this is to counteract the negative images. What you are missing is the one thing Sam was proudest of, his respect and love for the associates in the stores. That is something I have never seen from you. When I spread the news to my direct reports that I had lost my position, many of them shed tears because of their sadness. I wonder how many will do the same for you? My only peace of mind about this whole ordeal lies in the fact that there is a special place in Hell reserved just for you. I only hope that you arrive there before you drive a once, great American institution into the ground. I suppose that maybe under your rule, the associates of Wal-mart can hope to place their children in the streets selling Chiclets and begging for money.
Good day to you, and may you suffer throughout the remainder of your days.
Keith Litteral

Posted by rdy4chng on 06/03/2010 at 8:44 AM

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I commend the Scene for timely coverage of the flooding in Nashville, and for some definitive photos.

We've all become aware of some looting around the Nashville area, and most of us find that sad, as it reflects the awful-ness of human behavior. My comments here are to point out how government behaves similarly and gets away with it. I believe that all reasonable people understand that government is not some faceless entity, but is comprised of organizations that have human beings in key decision making positions. It is in the times of such shared adversity as a flood that these human being should be at their best. Government officials have the power to forego those things that stand in the way of common sense. Sadly, that is often not the case.

Please allow me to point to those who were stranded on I-24 and had to leave their automobiles, through no other circumstances than the sometimes frightening advances of nature. In what would be considered a safety issue, with lives in the balance, some motorists had to make the decision to leave their cars where they were on the Interstate in the interest of their lives and those of others, and, presumably, in the interest of public safety. There are times when some things are just no one's fault.

I was made aware this week that metro government towed many of these cars, and then had the audacity to charge owners of these cars a $150 towing fee plus $20 a day storage in order for these motorists unlucky enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time to get their cars back! I understand that some could not afford this fee and have had to leave their cars on the metro impound lot to continue to be assessed that $20 a day - infinitely perhaps?

The mayor commented that he would have to "look into that", but I wonder if anyone has. I find it to be a societal statement that those in positions of power in local government would express disgust over looting, then do nothing for the powerless being put "over a barrel" financially by regulations that clearly do not apply when public safety is in the balance. To me, government should be controlled by human beings, rather than human beings being put in positions of such extortion by government. Does anyone besides me see there is simply something wrong with this?

Harold Hill
Hendersonville, TN

Posted by Concerned on 05/08/2010 at 9:59 AM

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I saw the documentary about Larry Norman, "Fallen Angel", the other night - and what a disappointment. It was clearly an amateur work, which may have been fine if I had realized that ahead of time so I could have adjusted my expectations. Bad camera work, terrible audio, a confusing timeline that was all over the place, conflicting information within the story. Even the narration was terribly done.

It was all really disappointing. I hope that someone with better filmmaking skills takes this on as a project. I would like to see the results of a better effort.

Posted by Film Critic on 04/28/2010 at 8:59 PM

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In the Estate of James H. (Jimmy) (bluegrass) the hearing today on Grant Smith's Motion for Fees, the judge not only gave him additional fees (he is now getting close to $100,000) BUT Judge Kennedy made him the attorney for the Estate and he gets to work closely with the Executor (appointed by the Court), Cliff Sobel. The family of Jimmy Martin has no say so.

In Grant Smith's motion for fees, he acknowledged that he had a meeting with George Duzane over disinheriting Ray Martin. However, he withdrew that in court and, of course, the judge allowed it. This is the same man that Judge Kennedy said was a witness in the beginning hearings and who lied on deposition, lied throughout the trial, acknowledged he never told Jimmy Martin (who had a 3rd grade education) that his money was in trust, who preyed on a dying, sick old man for 19 days before he died (Grant Smith was at the hospital every day with his cronies), and is now TEFLON GRANT. No one can touch him. How long does this have to go on? Don't the people of Nashville deserve more than one probate judge for a county thaqt has over a million people. This needs to be changed. Judge Kennedy is as crooked as his cronies, Cliff Sobel, Grant Smith, and George Duzane.

Someone needs to read the trial transcripts. Well-respected attorneys testified that these people were preying on Jimmy for his money. Now, the court that is supposed to be protecting people is doing the same thing. Did you read the Nashville Scene? This is not only happening to the Martin family, it is happening to other people as well. What has to be done to get this Court on the right track? Is everyone in Nashville afraid of Judge Kennedy and his cronies? Do we need to get National attention? It is disgusting what is happening in your court system!

Barbara Stephens

(954) 445-6371

Posted by bsteph on 04/09/2010 at 6:33 PM

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I served as garde du corps to the Reverend Doctor Keith A. Gordon not infrequently during his early ministry to those in custody (with him). I recall many a pleasant evening watching wrestling and blunt trauma in the harsh glow of peep-show lighting at the once and foregone Fairgrounds (and the then “swanky” Municipal Auditorium).

I nibbled finger foods and (then Doctor) Gordon pondered a residency in pharmacology while the likes of AWA demigod Jerry Lawler tossed his inferiors to the front-row folding chairs, often using the chairs themselves as alternate career-counseling for guileless comers.

Perhaps Dr. Gordon will remember peerless - besides George (Gulas) - wrestling promoter Nick Gulas, and that we often as not bought our wrestling tickets at “Shah” (Char’s?) Jewelry Store at “Thicks-Twenty-Sebbum” Church Street, because that is where and how Mr. Gulas told us to get tickets.

Coping with early-onset scalp exposure at the time I recall with great fondness how I marveled at Gulas’ hair. It was not so much a combover or part-up-the-middle as a strategic carpet-bombing of a lustrous black substance upon the odd terrain that was Gulas’ head.

Posted by Crash on 04/07/2010 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail

Mr. Oakwood has a valid point. The primary reason that the market value of horses has decreased to abysmal levels is the banning of horse slaughter in the U.S. While there were cases of stolen horses being fed into the slaughter market, the majority were those that had lost their value to their owners. With no one else to buy them as working animals for show, trail, logging, etc. these horses then became dog food and other products, including meat for human consumption in other countries - a perfectly legitimate food choice. I own horses and enjoy them as trail companions and pets. Those that become a part of the family are kept, even in retirement, until they are called to greener pastures. Those that, for one reason or another, do not work out are sold. Most have gone to owners that care for them. A couple have probably gone to slaughter. Other people are not so fortunate as to be able to keep their horses in these hard economic times. Without a vigorous marketplace these owners often find that they cannot sell their animals, but then cannot afford to care for them either. Rescue groups are overwhelmed. I've even heard of horses being abandoned in national and state parks. The only rational way to bring the horse market back into balance and reduce the incidences of abuse will be to reinstate the horse slaughter option.

Posted by HorseSense on 04/01/2010 at 2:42 PM

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While I agree with Ms Hobson that persons who grossly abuse domestic animals - whether pets or livestock - should be drawn and quartered (figuratively) I also understand the Farm Bureau's reluctance to support stronger legislation. I think the biggest fear is that special interest groups such as PETA and the Humane Society coupled with well meaning but ignorant non-farmers will have undue influence on such legislation. That influence could result in laws that are beyond what would be considered rational and fair. Remember the adage about the camel's nose under the tent. On the other hand, if the Farm Bureau doesn't try to be proactive and help shape such legislation instead of being only obstructionist they may find themselves howling in the wind against laws that will indeed be onerous to farmers and other animal owners.

Posted by HorseSense on 04/01/2010 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail

Lindsay Ferrier's Nashville Scene piece, "Bike-Curious" is, at best, unfunny, irresponsible, and utterly vacuous. It is truly regrettable that the Scene chose to address this important issue by allowing an ill-informed blogger to pen an inane column based on 1) A distinct lack of facts and 2). Shock-value quotes from a controversial and notorious member of the Nashville cycling community. Many who know the cycling scene in Nashville know exactly who "Milo" is, but every reader of that article should know that he is not the appointed spokesman for the broad collective of cyclists in our area. Please relay to Ms. Ferrier that she should stick to blogging and leave journalism to those who can present an objective and factual overview of an issue without degrading into amateurish, Jerry Springer-style sensationalism; please relay to "Milo" that I respectfully request that he not speak on behalf of cyclists until he proves that he can exercise better judgment and restraint.

Posted by MTBer on 03/25/2010 at 8:16 PM

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