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Re: “The Daily Links: Chemical Weapons, Cheap Beer, and Dudes With Drones

About the chemicals weapons in iraq: So the Bush White House was not lying after all but they were not forthcoming with the findings and in the process took a pounding about the "Lie.". A reason for secrecy, one that trumped disclosure to the public of the stockpiles of chemical weapons, was aired today: they didn't want the Sunnis to know. If the Sunnis knew, and were successful in their own search, surely there would be many deaths by WMDs. Bush took a pounding to save lives. The man had class. But now ISIL, sweeping across Iraq, has control of chemical weapons....

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/17/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Cooper Denounces Voter ID in Wake of GAO Report

Welcome back, Gilbert. You have been missed.

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Posted by I'm on a roll. Please pass the butter. on 10/17/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Not my decision. Her parents and her can think on their own.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/17/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

So, JC, a little choice in practice?

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Posted by john on 10/17/2014 at 3:22 PM

Re: “I Voted For Tre Hargett Stickers Soon To Be Available

Apparently he's just full of little goodies like this (on the taxpayer dime)...

Honor Vote Program
Friday October 17, 2014

As we approach Election Day, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to show their support for our active and retired military personnel by participating in the Honor Vote program.

To participate, just go to www.GoVoteTN/honor and fill out a short electronic form to dedicate your vote to an active, retired or deceased member of our armed forces. There is no charge, and people who sign up will receive an Honor Vote button in the mail.

...what a guy...wonder if the button will sport his name too "in case you have any problems voting"

Posted by Williamson Willie on 10/17/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Mark, these "onduct policies" went (IMHO) far beyond those of MNPS and reason, to the point of making her miserable. While conduct is an issue in schools, going too far often effects the learning process in the wrong direction by consuming the students attention, rather than allowing them to deal with the subject matter at hand. She made good grades, same as in her current magnet, so that was NOT an issue, her happiness was!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/17/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

In THIS incident, zoombah might be right (oh, the humanity). But AnglRdr's comment was not just aimed at MNPD, it was generic, and in all too many cases, she is right. What totally evaded MR's comprehension is the travesty of betrayed confidence that these all but innumerable instances of such has wrought on an already suspicious and put upon public by so called protectors of the citizens. her comment: "Ugh. Are there any cops that aren't scumbags?' was an understandable colloquialism (NOT necessarily bigoted) often uttered in frustration. MR then seized upon, it as a starving dog seizes upon a bone, to start a brouhaha.

Getting to be a habit, Mark, or is this an anomaly?

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/17/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

Damn, rough day on here for Moost.

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Posted by Jerry_W_Hern on 10/17/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “The Front of the Book: Why Metro Schools Are Failing, Ad Wars, and Two Pee Wees

It IS politics. But far less sanctimonious than desJarlais' constant "I have asked forgiveness, now let's move on"!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/17/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

It appears I hit all the pressure points of the tiny neourbanista population of Knoxville. The only thing left to do is to call Market Square overrated and call for the burning down of the Preservation Pub and the lifetime jailing of its owners.

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Posted by Moost on 10/17/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

@moost. You are such a @#$ idiot. Just stop posting, because your ignorance knows no bounds. MP did not "obsessively chase Campfield"; they wrote stories about him at times, which was only appropriate, since he was a source of national attention/embarrassment. To not have written about him would have been journalistically bankrupt, ignoring the elephant in the room.
Jack Neely's history pieces were in no way "ironic." You and Alanis Morissette have no idea what that word means. They were thoughtful, unusual, well-researched, and had a quiet underlying sense of humor. But they were in no way "ironic."
MP wrote about Americana because it's really popular in Knoxville. But it wrote about many other types of music, very regularly. I know because I myself wrote cover stories on numerous jazz musicians, both the symphony and the opera, and I did innumerable profiles on metal, punk and indie rock acts.
Finally, you never "meant" a reporter who knew anything about business? That's really @#$ funny. But I guess you never "meant" Joe Sullivan, a former Wall Street Journal scribe and Chicago markets wizard (that's where he made his fortune) who owned the paper for more than a decade, served as publisher, associate editor, and writer/columnist, and whose interest in and knowledge of those topics dwarf your own. Which, of course, isn't really saying much. Because you are a rank moron.
Cas Walker hasn't 'won' anything. Cas Walker is dead. STFU

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Posted by Michael Gibson on 10/17/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Elementary and middle schools don't group classes by ability, do they?. The dullards are mixed in with the Einsteins. When a teacher has to take time away from teaching to discipline students or go over basic work again, it reduces time available to high achievers and puts a cap on their rate of growth.

Regarding your soccer game discussions - I see a good deal of enthusiasm from parents for keeping groups of kids together through elementary and middle school. That is, eschewing magnets, lotteries and private schools. It may be that that is what I want to see (because that is what I want) and those are the people I talk school with, but it exists.

I'd suggest that the group of students and parents who elect to attend a school with more strict discipline practices are likely to *not* include the students that will create safety problems. In short, the trouble-makers self-select out by not going to charter schools that wield a heavy disciplinary hand.

Are you arguing that safety concerns at charter schools are just as prevalent as at the worst MNPS schools? (There's no point in comparing a charter school to Percy Priest ES or Meigs MS w/r/t safety because those are not the people who would change schools based on safety concerns).

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/17/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Cooper Denounces Voter ID in Wake of GAO Report

"Based on the data, The Washington Post estimated that 88,000 Tennesseans likely would have voted, if not for the new law."

Based on the data?

Ha! It is based on nothing but them pulling a number out of their butt.

Neither the GAO or the Washington Post is capable of actually empircally proving that the voter ID law had any effect on voter turnout at all.

Correlation doesn't prove causation.

Never has and never will.

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Posted by Gilbert Martin on 10/17/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “The Front of the Book: Why Metro Schools Are Failing, Ad Wars, and Two Pee Wees

Frankly, the forgiveness part of it sounds just a bit sactimonious and self-serving. But what else is new in Tennessee politics?

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Posted by Min on 10/17/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Seems JC's g-daughter had "choice" and took it. Well, probably had to get away from such "draconian" rules as sitting up straight (no slouching down in the chair), keeping quiet, and tucking your shirt tail in; pull up your pants. Sounds like a bunch of Nazis running that place.

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Posted by john on 10/17/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Looks to me like this might be anecdotal evidence that SS agents are scumbags, not Metro PD.

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Posted by Zoombah on 10/17/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

You oppose the language of "achievement gap" but not the goal of reducing it? Dunno what to say, it is what it is.

I don't know that "Education is for all" is much of a point, more of a slogan. I personally have not seen, nor heard tale of, advanced students getting the short shrift in any MNPS. I dunno, maybe those I'm in contact with most often have had the system work out in our favor so we have no complaints.

I do hear a lot of hand-wringing from parents at the soccer game about their kids and their school. To me it sounds as if they've decided a priori that their 1st grader is a future genius and they better find their way to a "good" school post haste. They've barely given their neighborhood school a shot before they're rushing over to Great Reputation Academy desperate to get a leg up and over. I mean, especially in my hood, I wonder what they are so concerned about . . . no shrimp cocktail at lunch?

If you are lucky enough to have a kid who is performing at a high level in a public school, consider that it isn't luck. It's something you did, which was most likely finish college yourself, make a decent living, monitor your kid's progress, assist with the school work, cut down on boob tube time and make sure they stay active.

Posted by Mark Mays on 10/17/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “The Front of the Book: Why Metro Schools Are Failing, Ad Wars, and Two Pee Wees


You just must understand, it's JC's raison d'etre. It's just what he does all day.

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Posted by john on 10/17/2014 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Jim and Diatribean!! That's not fundamentally different from the way some public schools conduct their policies. I've observed many times the teachers waiting for the kids to be *completely silent* before letting them take one step in the hallway. I've been informed that there's supposed to be no talking on the bus at all (but I think the issue is one of enforcement there). A fellow parent accused my youngest kid's school of being too strict. I shrug.

But those things have to do with discipline and little to do with safety, not in the way some parents are thinking. There's a difference of degree between instituting a no-talking policy on the school bus and considering whether or not to introduce metal detectors at the door. A charter in Belle Meade may not be considering metal detectors, whereas a charter in do or die Bed Sty may have to.

Posted by Mark Mays on 10/17/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Cooper Denounces Voter ID in Wake of GAO Report

Republicans change the rules when they don't like the outcome at the polls. But their attempts to ward off Democrats often result in self-inflicted wounds. Look at how they said "FDR: Never again" and limited the Presidency to two consecutive terms - and Lo, they later wished they hadn't, because REAGAN/BUSH 1988 DOOOH !!!

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 10/17/2014 at 11:05 AM

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