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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “With Huffman Hanging Up His Gloves, McQueen Next In The Ring To Defend Common Core

Let me get this straight: she's a Common Core advocate, but she's been administering schools that don't follow Common Core or even the old Tennessee state SPI's? She is supposed to "sell" standards to a state legislature when she couldn't convince her own school's parents?

I will say this: she has more experience than Kevin Huffman had when he took the job, but there's something about a private school principal "making the leap" to run a vast public school system.

Lipscomb's school of education is top-notch, even if their church schools probably aren't.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JD in Sumner on 12/17/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Council Approves Bridgestone Incentives, Uber/Lyft Regulations

What created urban regulatory boards was either the blatant need for one to control excesses and abuses, or significant contributions to political candidates, usually established ones.

Posted by Jim Collins on 12/17/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Calls, Checks and Chatter: Freeman Looks to Be in Mayor's Race

Every vote for Bill Freeman is a vote for MORE CONDOS.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by AndyAxel on 12/17/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Calls, Checks and Chatter: Freeman Looks to Be in Mayor's Race

Still. Not. Running.

Posted by ButWishHeWould on 12/17/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Metro Police: Officer Shot, Teenage Gunman Killed After Sunday Night Shootout

And lying about people is still okay, too. Moderate that.

"fedup is donna"

Wrong. Maybe for Xmas JohntheRevelator will get some psychiatric help and merge all those personalities/pseudonyms.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by For Xmas I'd like a real alternative newspaper on 12/17/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Council Approves Bridgestone Incentives, Uber/Lyft Regulations

The old method of making money in urban life (establish a business then talking/railing/lobbying government into creating a regulating board to prevent someone else from competing with you on service and technology) is slowly going away. It takes the brute forces of youthful energy and technology to get over the artificial barriers.

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Posted by Moost on 12/17/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Want to Support Journalism in Tennessee? Here's a Kickstarter For You

I have given $25 to make a Knoxville Mercury happen.

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Posted by scavendish on 12/17/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Civil War Mystery Photo's Mystery Solved in a Day

Thanks, Betsy. Fort Gillem makes sense. I imagine every fireplace in those buildings was going strong. It was very cold that week in Nashville. There had been an ice storm the week before that delayed the Union forces from moving out of the city and dispensing of what was left of Hood's army after Franklin.

Ironically, Franklin had been fought just two weeks earlier on what had been a warm, Indian summer day.

Typical Tennessee weather.

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Posted by bubbadog on 12/17/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Want to Support Journalism in Tennessee? Here's a Kickstarter For You

Give up $10 for the cause!

Posted by Eric Gubelman on 12/17/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Haslam Needs Jedi Mind Trickery to Pass Medicaid Expansion

Jedi mind tricks work best on the weak minded so Haslam's plan should roll through the legislature

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Posted by Sky walker on 12/17/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Council Approves Bridgestone Incentives, Uber/Lyft Regulations

If taxis want to level the playing field, then their cars would be nicer, their drivers nicer, and their rates lower. The taxis in Nashville are disgusting, that is why Uber and Lyft have done so well. They filled a gap in the customer experience, now the government wants to make them the same as the taxis everyone tries to avoid.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by jdavidson on 12/17/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Haslam Needs Jedi Mind Trickery to Pass Medicaid Expansion

HAHAHA, LOL! Haslam doesn't possess Jedi Mind Trickery and it doesn't matter how much he wants it or how rich he is! You are either born with it or you don't have it! Period! Sorry libtards, your little Trojan horse has been exposed!

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Angry White Patriot! on 12/17/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Civil War Mystery Photo's Mystery Solved in a Day

Pretty cool.

Posted by Min on 12/17/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Haslam Needs Jedi Mind Trickery to Pass Medicaid Expansion

"The Tennessee General Assembly. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Min on 12/17/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Civil War Mystery Photo's Mystery Solved in a Day

You can really appreciate how defoliated the city was in the two pictures. Nashville was a bleak place.

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Posted by twh on 12/17/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “This WSMV Story on The Amp is Wrong

Well, hey, at least we didn't sign on for a streetcar.

Administrators for Portland's renowned streetcar system publicly overstated last year's estimated ridership by 19 percent and falsely claimed that nearly every vehicle arrived on time, according to a city audit released Thursday.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/12/portland_streetcar_annual_ride.html
Arlington Cancels Streetcar Program
http://news.arlingtonva.us/releases/arlington-cancels-streetcar-program/


http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/12/11/cranley-streetcar-budget-cooked/20276171/
After spending more than an hour with the city's streetcar team Thursday discussing why the project's contingency fund is already running out, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said he was left with one presiding feeling: "The budget was cooked from the beginning."

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Posted by Ghost of Steve McNair's Umbrella on 12/17/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Haslam Needs Jedi Mind Trickery to Pass Medicaid Expansion

The TEnnCare Bureau can't get it's act together. They plunked down millions for a new computer system; it's late by 1 1/2 year and now TC may drop it. They can't give people who call accurate imformation; newborns are not being covered because they can't process applications. TCB is a total mess but is still somehow to governor's "pet" department.

We need Medicare for All and cancel everytihing else: Medicaid, VA Healthcare, and any other program other than Medicare.

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Posted by Kosh III on 12/17/2014 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Civil War Mystery Photo's Mystery Solved in a Day

Bubbadog, I think most likely that the plumes of smoke are from the buildings at Fort Gillem (there was already a hospital there) and the contraband camp around it.

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Posted by Betsy Phillips on 12/17/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Council Approves Bridgestone Incentives, Uber/Lyft Regulations

"Bridgestone really might have left without the deal. "

So this "finest corporate citizen" threatened blackmail: give us 56 million or else.
If I threaten extortion I go to jail. If this "finest corporate citizen" threatenes blackmail it gets a whopping welfare check and a pat on the back.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kosh III on 12/17/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Civil War Mystery Photo's Mystery Solved in a Day

So what were the plumes of smoke?

I know one part of the Union force on the first day of the battle went west from downtown along the Charlotte corridor, and then performed a giant wheel maneuver to the south and southwest, which took them near the present site of St. Thomas and to the Belle Meade Plantation. Then they moved southeast toward the Confederate redoubts across Hillsboro Road. But from what I read there wasn't any real Confederate resistance to the initial part of the wheel maneuver until the Union troops got to Richland Creek (where Las Palmas is), and even then the Confederates pulled out without much of a fight. So did the Union troops set some fires on their way west from downtown?

It does make a lot of sense that the photo was from Capitol Hill. I kept thinking yesterday about the hill where the Centennial Park dog park is. There was a Union presence there, and the railroad track runs just north of Charlotte there, so that would be about right. But the hill isn't as tall as the one in the photo.

I thought about Betsy's 33rd Avenue theory. That hill is tall enough. But the railroad line runs south of that, not north, and the photo doesn't contain what you'd expect to see in a south-facing view from that hill.

Posted by bubbadog on 12/17/2014 at 8:50 AM

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