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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.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gilbert Martin on 10/17/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Dino's Building Has Changed Hands, Is Up for Lease [Updated]

Dino's is the new RCA Studio! Who will be the Ben Folds of our generation?

21 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Seth Graves on 10/17/2014 at 11:57 AM

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?

8 likes, 1 dislike
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.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

1 like, 1 dislike
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: “Alice Cooper Opens for Motley Crue at Bridgestone Arena, Makes After-Show Appearance at Dan McGuinness

Was so thrilled to see this tour in St. Louis and yes Alice Cooper was as amazing as ever! It had that all around party like atmosphere while Alice Cooper was on stage. Motley Crue was LOUD, over the top pyrotechnics and I can sum up Vince Neil's performance with one word - tele-prompter. Yes, he was reading the lyrics of many songs we the audience still knew and loved from years gone by. Mick Mars brought his A game and, in all honestly, he would have been in better company performing with Alice Cooper.

Posted by AC Minion on 10/17/2014 at 11:35 AM

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

Where/flowers.....

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: “The Weekly Open Thread: The Office Desk Drawer Snack

Peanut butter pretzels. And the occasional Gold Bar. I still have some Kashi peanut butter granola bars, but it's self-torture to eat those very often so I save those for when there is absolutely nothing else around and no way to get downstairs to the cafe.

Posted by PMO on 10/17/2014 at 11:27 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: “Shock and Awe: Naked Girls Reading Friday at Delinquent Debutantes

For those who are irony challenged, I was using this example -- political speech of apparent literary value, to which nudity is incidental -- to illustrate how the licensing ordinance bears a very tenuous relation to the purposes that the Metro Council blathered about when it enacted the ordinance seventeen years ago. The courthouse mural -- literally within sight of the entrance to the Council chamber -- is another such example.

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

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: The Office Desk Drawer Snack

I always keep a bag of Aldi almonds with me when traveling or at the home office. You can stave off a lot of bad food ideas by eating a handful of those - especially at the hotel - and then have the time to make a more sensible choice.

Posted by S L on 10/17/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Sinema To Begin Brunch (With Bubbles) and Well-Mannered Kids Are Allowed

LOVE THIS. One teeny question: can the mimosa bar be scaled in price for 1 glass if you're the only in a group imbibing?

Good luck with the well-mannered caveat. I mean that - Love the idea, skeptical on the outcome. In my experience, the parents with the children who create the issues don't seem to think they're not following the rules, rather, the rest of the world is simply not understanding their situation. (Which is pretty ironic, given the situation is, their children are not YET well-mannered. And everyone knows it.)

And I have one piece of unsolicited advice for all parents in that boat, based on my experience with two very loving parents who felt it their responsibility to raise children to become adults: practice that good behavior with special meals at home! Eating out should be a fun reward, not a chore or a drag or a countdown to disaster. Reinforcement works! Children learn what they see and what they get to practice.

Posted by S L on 10/17/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Shock and Awe: Naked Girls Reading Friday at Delinquent Debutantes

Keep it classy, tittysprinkles.

I have been involved in contesting that silly licensing ordinance since it was first enacted in 1997, as well as representing accused persons in numerous administrative proceedings regarding licensure. There is no stronger supporter of the right to bare arms (or whatever other body parts one wishes to bare) than I.

Where does your vitriol come from? Are you Chris Ferrell, by any chance?

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by notguilty on 10/17/2014 at 11:14 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

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

Jim,

You say: "Given that MOST police usually do their job with some degree of integrity, it is NEVER "bigoted" nor "hate" filled to hold them to the highest of standards and condemn in the strongest of terms when they violate such."

Where do I disagree with any of that? Nowhere. In fact I stated: "I agree about the higher standard. But your initial comment was an attack on the whole department growing out of an incident where the Chief acted exactly as he should have."

To simplify:

1) Metro officers refuse an illegal request from Secret Service agents.

2) Chief Anderson informs Secret Service officials of the actions of these agents.

3) Secret Service senior officials refuse to take Chief Anderson's concerns seriously.

4) The issue becomes public.

5) AnglRdr comments: " Ugh. Are there any cops that aren't scumbags?"

6) I suggest AnglRdr owes MPD an apology.

7) AnglRdr doubles down with: "No, actually, I don't. Metro Police, while acting good in this specific situation, have a long, terrible track record of scumbaggy behavior."

"Long, terrible track record of scumbaggy behavior?"

If we replaced "Metro Police" with "Muslims" or "drug addicts" you would most certainly say that the writer {or speaker} is a bigot. No?

To be sure, I am reasonably certain that AnglRdr is a good and decent person. Her interactions with law enforcement and the interactions of her family and friends with law enforcement may well cause a good degree of skepticism. But "Are there any cops that aren't scumbags" is bigotry. Now it may be a low level of bigotry but it is a bigoted response.

Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/17/2014 at 10:54 AM

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

Jim Collins, you are far more "abhorrent," "hypocritical," and "arrogant" than anyone you have attacked. You show us daily why your "side" shouldn't be in charge of a lemonade stand, much less a state or a country.

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Posted by Where have all the flowers gone? on 10/17/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Shock and Awe: Naked Girls Reading Friday at Delinquent Debutantes

I'd hardly call reading ordinary.

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Posted by Janet Wallace on 10/17/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: The Office Desk Drawer Snack

i'm with moldy. if there is food in my desk, imma eat it. if i bring my lunch, it's a second breakfast at 9:30. however, i do enjoy picking up a pastry or muffin and picking at it throughout the morning. if anything, i keep a good bar of bittersweet chocolate for afternoon sweet tooth emergencies...but i have to hide it from myself.

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Posted by loveandnachos on 10/17/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The Weekly Open Thread: The Office Desk Drawer Snack

Nola granola, a variety tin of GypsyTeas, Crystal hot sauce since it makes everything better, Lara Bars and Welch's fruit snacks (because I'm really a 40 year old toddler)

Posted by traciwilbur on 10/17/2014 at 10:39 AM

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