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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Why don't we just lock all felons up forever, then?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Convicted felons have hurt people, convicted felons corrupt our children, convicted felons rob stores, convicted felons are bad people. Paid his debt to society? He's still a bad person or he wouldn't have committed the felony in the first place. A law abiding citizen should not have his vote negated by a convicted felon.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/29/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Once again, davidlongfellow takes the opportunity to prove he is a right-wing idiot. Do you really want to take the time to list the prominent Republican felons in Tennessee? It will take a while.

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Posted by Fox Sucks on 10/29/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

I would contend that virtually none of these felons actually voted before they were convicted.

And unless you're convicted of voter- or elections-related fraud, there should be no automatic disenfranchisement upon a felony conviction.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Even though virtually all of these felons are Democrats, they should be able to vote once they've served their time.

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Posted by davidlongfellow on 10/29/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

so are they admitting that... God makes mistakes? sounds like it.

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Posted by Doyle on 10/29/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Tennessee Ranks Near the Top in Felony Disenfranchisement

Those who believe that a convicted rapist and wife-beater should not be able to do business with the city of Nashville, should be supportive of the Tennessee's restrictive felony disenfranshisement laws. I await their rejoinders to Steven Hale's post.

For the record, I think that after you do your time, you should be able to vote.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/29/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

Jesus never said "don't be gay", but he did say, "Judge not, that ye be not judged, For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 10/29/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Here's Another Reason I Don't Really Believe Nashville Really Intends to Do Anything About Violence Against Women

Jim, it's not that I disagree with you; it is that very often, your posts read like word salad. I could not understand what point it was you were trying to make. If you're that sensitive, perhaps taking more care with what you write would be a good idea.


As far as my following his rehabilitation, I haven't, really; he is a cultural icon of sorts, so being aware of him in that way doesn't really require a whole lot of time. I do remember when he and Robin Givens were interviewed about his abuse of her, and I remember when he was arrested and convicted of rape, and I remember when he was in the Hangover movies. I know he hasn't been in trouble since he was released from prison. So you and your friends labeling of him as "violent" isn't a particularly informed perspective.

That's not because I disagree with you, but because you've stated as such.

Now, as to your threat--well, grow up, champ.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Here's Another Reason I Don't Really Believe Nashville Really Intends to Do Anything About Violence Against Women

AnglRdr: Sorry I failed your expectations, and sorrier still you chose to lump me in with john. That I take as an insult.
My perception is that Tyson represented via his boxing career and criminal record, violence. I am not alone in this opinion among most of my associates, of diverse political, social, religious, and racial profiles. Granted I doubt most of us have followed his rehabilitation with great expectations, as obviously you have, so we well may speak from relative ignorance. My last experience with his was in one of the "Hangover" movies, so there is a point of relation. Am I wrong, perhaps, I have certainly NOT taken a scientific study, and I suppose I never will on this issue.

On a personal note, please do not lump me in with john in any way, shape, or form. I consider that a shot beneath the3 belt, and as a Tyson fan, you can grasp the significance of that. Your doing so simply because we disagree, IMHO, it presents you in a very unflattering light, one that john himself has been known to reside in.
I usually value your opinion, please do not make me regret that.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/29/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Heresy, UNC, and Marvelnado

No; it should be I thanking you for validating mine.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/29/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

"I'm telling you, guys- if you'd have called it the Big Boy Express, those predicted new rider stats would have firmed up nicely."

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Posted by txc212 on 10/29/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Heresy, UNC, and Marvelnado

@AnglrRder: Thank you for validating my research.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/29/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “The Southern Baptists Build Themselves a Giant Loophole, Decline to Step Through It Yet

What Southern Baptists won't say is that their problem is with gay sex. This is why for years gays in the church were counseled to remain celibate in order to remain "pure." So the water is muddied even more . . . being gay is not a choice, but gay sex is . . .

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Posted by Luckyforward on 10/29/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

Megan Barry is in the Shoney Bear costume . . . just waiting for her moment to take over! That is, when the Chamber of Commerce says, "IT'S TIME!"

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Posted by Luckyforward on 10/29/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

If this drink is anything like what I got at Shoney's last week, I'll be on the shitter for the next 1/2-hour.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/29/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

"Yes. Drink. Drink up and sleep the sleep of the wicked. Drink up and pay for your crimes, you capitalist swi-- oh what's that, what's in it? Nothing, just strawberries. Definitely no hemlock or anything."

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Posted by d. patrick on 10/29/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

The look on Karl's face in this photo is the same expression you get after taking your first bite of the Breakfast Bar.

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Posted by WILLda8east on 10/29/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Caption Contest: Shoney Bear for Mayor!

Shoney Bear enlists Nashville pols to promote his new "strawberry pie jello shots", as Shoney's reinvents itself once again: now a hip young place to party!!

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Posted by Vegan Paula Dean on 10/29/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Register Flips, Hasn’t Ruled Out Giving Inglewood Elementary to KIPP

""The study found that poor children, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, made the greatest gains in charters while children who are not poor — no matter their race — gained nothing or even performed worse than their counterparts in traditional public schools. Hispanic students who are English language learners also made gains in reading and math in charter schools."

This is true in almost any setting. Keep in mind that "gains" is a normative measure, at least here in a TVAAS state- meaning "gains" are defined by moving students up *as compared to their peers* in percentile ranking. Think of it as a line of 100 kids. So any time a student makes a gain (moves up in line), another has to fall from their place in line regardless of whether or not they learned more. Kids near the top, or front of the line (who tend to be middle class), are more likely to correct towards the mean. And also true for those near the bottom (who tend to have disadvantaged, lesser educated parents) more likely to trend up towards the mean.

The way this state defines student gains (and any who use Value Added) is jacked. It's a statistics shell game, and only indirectly related to actual student learning.

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Posted by txc212 on 10/29/2014 at 11:10 AM

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