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Re: “Love/Hate Mail, March 15, 2012

Fabulous letter re: William Gay...told me much about the man. And the letter writer. One wishes on-line forums contained many more in its spirit.

Posted by C923 on 03/18/2012 at 4:50 PM

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Thanks Les Woodmont! Sky was a dear friend and I must admit I was pretty tired of hearing how "if he only had a helmet he'd still be alive!" He wasn't going fast and just happened to hit the curb after his chain broke. Sky had told me that he knew something special was going to happen to him shortly and it would be life changing. We often talked about how the year 33 is very important in a man's life. He was a kind man and wanted to make a difference. He did when his physical remains helped save 7 people that needed what he had to offer, given through no fault of his own. Fate is a strange thing. I miss him dearly and it does me no good to play the "what if" game.

Posted by Jake Lamb on 02/29/2012 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Feb. 9, 2012

Mumbles is self-conscious? Hmmm.... How many critics are blowing in the wind?

Posted by gast on 02/11/2012 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Feb. 9, 2012

To Rhio Hirsch: "Self-conscious pop mythologizing" is not a very opaque phrase. Let's break it down:

1. "Self-conscious." The author states that Dylan is conscious of this thing that he's doing.
2. "Pop." The thing Dylan's doing relates to a mass audience.
3. "Mythologizing." Dylan is making a myth of himself. What he tells about himself and the way he relates to the public combine with his music to make him a bigger-than-life figure who fascinates people. He deliberately cultivates a little mystery about himself, and contradicts himself frequently, to help make this happen. He means a lot to a lot of people, but what he means to each person is different.

Was that so hard? I'm guessing you haven't read a lot of criticism by Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus. Some of THEIR writing amounts to self-conscious not-so-pop mystification. Which is not the same thing.

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Posted by Pete Wilson on 02/10/2012 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Dec. 1, 2011

YESSS!! T.Clark, very seasoned but delicious.

Posted by billyjoepucker on 12/01/2011 at 10:25 AM

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This ambitious mega-convention center project is prone to be
a mega-disaster for the local economy and tax payers of Davidson county
that will mega-affect many surrounding small business as well
as other not-so-small ones, will mega-drive them out of business!
What is going to happen with the old convention center?
What is the city's mega-idea?
the Renaisance hotel folks may start mega-worry
about their upcoming mega-losses, maybe up to 60%...
And at the very end the mega-property will go under into a mega-foreclosure, as many have gone lately, and the mega-minds behind our mega-local's government mega-easy-solution
will be to mega-increase MEGA-TAXES for residents of Mega-Davidson County
Seems as its mega-creators have made for themselves some mega-profits
mega-fleecing the tax payer not-so-mega-funds...
Is no wonder why hardly ever no one hits the mega-millions lotto game.
I'm not mega-negative but mega-realistic, that this mega-project was mega-made on the mega-basis of mega-personal interest, wouldn't be surprised to to find out anomalies like mega-conflict of interets!
The truth always comes up... mega-sooner than later
Happy Hooligans!

Posted by 30,000 Secrets... on 11/25/2011 at 5:30 AM

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I have to say that I DO NOT like the new "Mob Flashes" section of the Scene. I have nothing against Heather but the section looks exactly like what she did in Metromix. It had no substance and this is a regurgitation of it! I have no interest in her local celebrity sightings!

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Posted by Michelle on 11/17/2011 at 9:08 PM

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For as long as our local Governments keep on "pretending" finding solutions to the economy issues by intentionally making them worse, there will be more protest, after all if one does not talk, no body can hear!
The solution to plenty of new jobs for americans is simpler than one may think, take for instance our present electrical grid, which is well over 100 yrs old! Currently we have all the technological tools and knowledge to bring it down to a system of 12-24 volts, anyways most everything nowadays functions on low voltage electricity, civilization has invented lasers that can work very well on water as well as home heating and cooking. I have been to europe and north africa, places in which their electrical grids still are 220 volts...! as I got back home wondering as to why in the world someone needs 220 volts on each residential home? The electrical and economic electrical energy & job crisis can be solved by simply using our present new technology to design an economical and efficient electrical grid system for america, therefore reducing costs to users and opening a wide variety of new jobs for the construction and redisigning of the electrical grid, manufacturing and sales of "new" low votage appliances the will work efficiently and conveniently in our homes, industrial and commercial industries... come on, open your eyes and you'll see that the only door that is always open is the doorway that leads to the future.

Posted by Exavier Rivas on 11/09/2011 at 12:02 AM

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Are we just done with letters? Is this the last letters column ever to appear?

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 11/07/2011 at 12:42 PM

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Wonderful pearls apply to our times!

Posted by Chandra Bose on 11/01/2011 at 12:16 AM

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Hi! I am from Missouri, but I recently got arrested when I went to Tennessee, even with a clean record, (not even a speeding ticket), being an honor role student at a University in Springfield, and being 47 years old... it didn't prevent me from getting arrested in your state. Are your For-Profit Prisons raking in so much money that it's profitable to arrest innocent people, now? Does anyone else see a conflict of interest in this process? My crime? Oh, I had ONE prescription pill out of the prescription bottle, car search, cops found it in the back of the car, in an old first aid kit....Looks like "INTENT" to me!!! We have the same law in Missouri, I found out...but our police see it for what it is...CIRCUMSTANTIAL BS.... and must see AMPLE proof of "ILLEGALITY" before arresting a person for such a trivial thing. I WONDER why we have 1:100 people in prison in AMERICA... and how many ARE IN TENNESSEE? I PUBLICLY SHAME your 'justice' system. Yes, thank you, after hiring an attorney, my case was dismissed and expunged. SORRY YOUR PRISONS COULDN'T MAKE MORE OFF MY ARREST. CHANGE YOUR LAWS. (Unless you like 'entrapping' innocent people and trying to make us "FELONS", which is my personal belief about your 'justice' system....

Posted by 4mothernature2 on 10/31/2011 at 4:36 PM

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Mr. Yahya Merchant says that Islam is tolerant towards Christians and Jews. My question to him is why then have Christians and Jews been persecuted in Islamic countries to the point that Egypt which was a Christian country now has only 10% Christians and why have Coptic churches been fire bombed and burned? (,-part-of-a-plan-to-expel-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Christians-22828.html )

Why have the Christian populations which used to be a majority in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and other middle eastern countries dropped to a miniscule of their former numbers? Why have Copts and Eastern Orthodox fled to western countries?

Sharia law which is based on the Islamic trilogy of the Quran, Sira and Hadith (the sayings and deeds of Mohammed) and its ancillary the Pact of Umar are the reason.

Mr. Merchant engages in the deceit of taqiyya when he says sharia law protects kafirs (non-Muslims) from being subject to its laws. In fact, in sharia law, a kafir is certainly protected from being a full citizen in the ummah or nation of Islam. In sharia law, a kafir is not permitted to hold governmental office, is subject to discrimination in courts of law, cannot criticize Mohammed or proselytize Muslims and is subject to the jizya 'protection' tax.

The non-Muslim is called a dhimmi and has a place in sharia law as a second class citizens. Not to mention the kafir is fair game for violent jihad. This is political Islam, for Islam is an ideology that has a culture, a religion and a political system. Many Islamic countries do not implement full sharia law but the ones closest to full implementation are Pakistan and Saudi Arabia where there are stonings for adultery, honor killings, discrimination toward women in the court of law, where it is legal for a husband to beat his wife and have up to four wives.

And did I mention that in sharia courts, kafirs aren't allowed to testify against Muslims? Yes, as Mr. Merchant writes, the Christians and Jews (who are left in Islamic countries) can have their own courts only for domestic disputes.

And last but not least, Mr. Merchant fails to mention that sharia law (considered perfect as it comes from Allah and is not a man-made) is un-Constitutional since it is religious as well as political. Islam is a theocracy. And if you think those right-winger Evangelical Christians are trying to rule over you and take your freedoms away, take a closer look at the history of Islam and their success of conquering and colonizing other civilizations.

Joan Copeland, Nashville

Posted by Joan Warner on 10/06/2011 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Love/Hate Mail

The voter photo ID is not a proposed law like some seem to think.
It has already passed and takes affect for the next election. Forget
about rescinding it, but think about taking your elderly parent,
grandparent, or transportation needing neighbor to the Dept of
Safety to get what will be required! Enough gripping about this already.

Posted by NeverFear on 10/04/2011 at 12:24 PM

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"We need a photo ID to drive a car (and we are required to purchase car insurance as well), purchase alcohol, enter a nightclub, open a bank account, cash a check, pay with a check in person, open a post office box, apply for a job, get on an airplane, and many other things I have neglected to name...."

And if the same forms of ID acceptable to do those things were also acceptable forms of ID to vote under Tennessee's new law (like, for instance, student IDs), then you might have a point. But they're not. So you don't.

Furthermore, next time Rebecca Bynum tries to buy a six pack of beer at Kroger why doesn't she ask the cashier to check the store's rolls of all Davidson County residents who are of legal age to buy alcohol. Oh wait, there isn't such a thing. But you know what, you DO have to register to vote and such lists DO exist when you show up to vote. Amazing. Rebecca must not vote much.

Rebecca is making the typical conservative straw man argument. Voting is nothing at all like boarding an airplane, buying a car, opening a post office box, etc. The reasons ID is required in some of the instances Rebecca mentions is to check one's age; in others, it's to check one's residency. Not all of these things are the same. One already has to register to vote, provide a valid social security number, and show you reside in the precinct in which you're voting. The only reason a photo ID is now required to vote is because Republicans in the Tennessee legislature know that when people vote, Democrats win. This is purely political, we all know it.

Posted by Southern Beale on 09/30/2011 at 9:36 AM

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Ross, I made fun of Hilary's conspiracy statement at the time. Turns out she was right.

Posted by packrat on 09/29/2011 at 12:00 PM

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"Who the hell cares what happened over 40yrs. ago?"

For starters:

Some number of parasitic asbestos lawyers.

The Hollywood film industry which doesn't believe that the South has changed since 1963 which is why the vast majority of movies about the South are set before then.

People buying Chinese bonds from the days of Pu Yi and Sun Yat Sen.

Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Daughters of the American Revolution.

Older Germans who speak with a Spanish accent.

Just saying.

Posted by Mark Rogers on 08/27/2011 at 5:37 PM

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To: Duane...and your point is? Bill Clinton was a known draft dodger and was POTUS. A whole lot bigger than Nugent! Who the hell cares what happened over 40yrs. ago?

Posted by Roc on 08/26/2011 at 12:04 PM

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Re: Embrace Jefferson not Marx:

I just wanted to point out that concept of seperation of church and state by Thomas Jefferson was more to keep the church out of government than the other way around.

Posted by giantstrider on 08/19/2011 at 1:25 PM

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Concerning a past article blasting Christians over the Islamic Mosque debate, and
concerning the Islamic comedian coming to middle Tennessee with hopes of breaking the ice over the Mosque debate in Murfreesboro, TN I will have to say that I feel that the camp opposing the building of the Mosque will only meet his attempts at humor with feelings of being mocked and further ostracized from main stream society’s current trends of political viewpoints.
The attempts to warm Americans up to the idea of having a Mosque located in their locality after their awakened awareness to world wide terrorist attacks from Jihadists, will be futile. Americans are in fear of their legal rights to debate religious issues, and other religions and their writings, will be censored by hate speech laws that have been instilled in Europe and across the globe, and have been written into United Nations hate crimes legislation and “anti blaspheming” laws. These laws have entitled the European nations to feel the legal right to arrest anyone that publicly, or privately, speak freely on their opinions concerning Islam, and other religions such as Christianity’s Romans Chapter One (which identifies homosexuality as sin), for hate speech law violations in that free speech of religious viewpoints have been censored in their countries. The legal right to debate the issues, and debate religious beliefs, are censored in Europe in that they have no law such as the separation of church and state in which keeps the state out of their churches. In the United States we have had attempts to censor the church’s free speech in such laws as Obama and Pelosi’s hate crimes legislation attempting to make Romans Chapter One, and other scriptures pointing out that homosexuality is sin, now to be a hate crime under the hate speech laws. This of course will be overturned in the Supreme Court, and arguable was already overturned during the Phelp’s hearings. The state has to stay out of the church’s teachings, and can not censor debate over religious or political issues. This being the case, Islam is protected under that same law, in that they can not have their beliefs censored out by the state either. The state has to stay out of their religious teachings, and not impede their freedom of religious worship either.
In order to cast out the fear of Islam in the American hearts, they need to remind America that we are not a nation given over to Marxism which would throw out the separation of church and state that keeps the state out of the church and the church’s teachings, and we are not so liberal that we want Marxist censorship of those that we oppose, as if we take away their legal rights today they will take away our legal rights tomorrow..
Americans need to keep freedom straight across the board, and we can do this by seeing the example of Karl Marx style censorship of the Europeans as the pitfall that it is. Our founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson supported the right of the individual, as opposed to Karl Marx’s collective good. Marxist collectivism wants censorship in order to keep from offending someone, and we Americans want our constitutional civil rights to speak and believe openly and freely what we will without fear of censorship as individual personal freedoms. Americans want to keep the legal rights to debate all issues, political or religious, left in our constitution.
Our Supreme Court has upheld this right, showing the Phelp’s case that just because some group or person may find the statements made offensive, they are expected to practice tolerance of those that they oppose as the freedom to debate the issues still stands! This case has a “dog in this fight” in that just as liberals can not censor religious groups speaking out that they disagree with, the Islamic community can not be censored out, and the Christians can not be censored out by taking away their legal rights to debate other religions they feel come into conflict with concerning the Bible’s viewpoints and writings from other religions. Christians need to be reminded that they can feel safe that the state can not enforce Islam here in America as, nor Sharia law, religious beliefs have to stay out of government in our separation of church and state, and that no censorship can never come into the church in attempts end their legal rights to speak out about their beliefs, and their legal rights to debate other religions, as the hate speech laws can not hold water in the light of our constitution making sure that the state has to stay out of our church’s teachings and rights to debate the issues.
This belief in what Thomas Jefferson referred to as the rights of the individual, which opposed Karl Marx’s collective good collectivism that gave rights to the state to take personal choices in beliefs away from the citizens, needs to be a teaching that we pass on to our children, and to their children, in ensure that we do not fall into the traps of censorship Europe has now fallen into.
Carrie Scoggins
head of the Libertarian party

Posted by CarrieScoggins on 08/13/2011 at 3:47 PM

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QUESTION to all advertisers in the Scene: Why are there always so many left-over copies of Scene editions which do not contain the New York Times crossword puzzle? Hmm? 'Caveat Vendere'!!!

Posted by Frank Stiles on 08/06/2011 at 8:41 PM

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