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Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

My mother used to work conventions until her teeth fell out.

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Posted by this dude abideth on 02/04/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: The Challenger, Amtrak 188 and the Motherhood Trap

Can anyone give me a ride to the methadone clinic?

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Posted by this dude abideth on 02/04/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: The Challenger, Amtrak 188 and the Motherhood Trap

Maybe you were referring to NEXT Monday.

Or have you gone to the well too many times?

You are the boy who cried wolf, after all.

Next Monday then.

I've got my fingers crossed for you.

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Posted by you can do it! on 02/04/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Everyone Loves Monorail in Theory

At least no on has suggested bike lanes and greenways are real regional transit solutions and not recreational activities. Anyone wanting to spend finite and valuable transportation funds so they can wear lycra or powerwalk in the city limits should be sent to a gulag.

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Posted by Moost on 02/04/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: The Challenger, Amtrak 188 and the Motherhood Trap

So the word penis is vulgar but calling his mother a whore is not?

What an odd position to take.

But that's nothing for you, is it?

Have you ever been constrained by reason or logic or have you always lived in your own fantasy world?

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Posted by how curious on 02/04/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

"The founders were smart enough to have the foresight that the federal government might declare itself more and more powerful to the degree that something like this would be necessary."

Uh, no.

You don't even have Donna on your side on this one. That should let you know how truly stupid this would be.

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Posted by Right-Wing Fringe Needs A Better Hobby on 02/04/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Everyone Loves Monorail in Theory

We live in the county most guilty of offering economic incentives to businesses crossing the county line or threatening (LifePoint, Bridgestone, Lifeway, HCA ). We have a long line of mayors who feel the need to have some kind of "win" against primarily the Williamson communities that they throw everything in the boat to get these deals. The $3,500,000 deal with Lifeway announced this morning is just the latest.

On a side note, has anyone ever noticed that the surrounding counties are not lined up to compete with us on the deals we make most often and with the most money, tourism? It isn't because of fear, it is because only large city governments fall for the economic fallacy that tourism brings economic vitality for citizens. Check out the economic numbers on the jobs our neighbors bring in and compare them to the hospitality, food service, and tourist retail be salivate over. The pay and unemployment figures alone should be enough to make you doubt elected government.

There was zero chance of success with the Dell deal and there were a lot of people screaming when the numbers were announced, but Bredesen needed a win for a "tech" company and the Deaniacs repeated it with the Assurion deal. These were/are not tech companies, they are call centers, and call centers suck.

The big deals in Williamson and Rutherford the last couple of decades have been done with relatively little bribe money. No TIFs, little infrastructure, and no debate on whether the company will pay taxes to cover schools and public safety. Williamson cities have not cut deals on various impact and development fees.

Williamson cities and the county enacted road impact fees decades ago that have prevented developments from getting off cheap and forcing others to pay the costs. You will not be able to make an argument that development should be curtailed by government when it pays its way. Also, there is that whole court-validated right to property thing that prevents constructive condemnation through punitive land use laws. Government cannot, should not, and will not down zone property in southern Spring Hill just because Nashville wants more people to live in urban infill. Nashville would have to pay for the development rights and Nashville is too top of the food chain to ever pay the serfs who white-flighted without the proper permission. The Tennessee legislature would just kick politically minor Nashville in the nuts again for stomping on the majority outside our borders.

My advise, we should probably listen more to the ideas of our neighbors (the majority in numbers and power) and give up on this urbanista prestige and power grab many people envision mass transit can be. If not we will be more like Phoenix or Dallas than Atlanta. A core city big in name but minor in actual power, surrounded by suburbs with fully developed homescapes and economic power (and populations in the hundreds of thousands). Williamson and Rutherford are heading in that direction already.

If we continue to focus our future on just downtown, Franklin, Brentwood, and Murfreesboro will just become their own interest areas without needing our pretty culture monuments. Marietta Braves? Arlington Cowboys? Glendale Cardinals? Carson Rams/Chargers? Franklin, 2029 home of the Titans? The reality of urban development in the United States is that the old urban centers have never been as strong or important as we thought they were or as they were and are in Europe. None grew up with the feudal system, just transportation ones. And as you have no doubt noticed, transportation has changed. The river, Great Lake, and even train cities wither. They thrash about, calling for cooperation from their suburbs to save their "important" cores and history. The urbanista populations cheer them on, fighting against the vulgarities of typical American suburban life. The vulgar suburban populations yawn and find themselves travelling less and less often into "the City" because all the culture, economic, and family needs are now out in burbs with them. It is just easier for them because the transportation still works out there no matter how much the castle in the middle wanted it to happen another way.

The tourists eventually move to the next hip city. Blight happens. Detroit happens. St. Louis happens. Peak oil never really came.

The nightmare for Nashville and other cities is that the jobs locate in the burbs before transit gets fixed into place. Right now, we are well on our way. Our neighbors don't have to help us because eventually the traffic moves towards them. The economic numbers already show that the numbers of cars travelling on I-65 between here and Williamson County are approaching each other. A wise person would suggest we create a system which makes it easier to work in Nashville to preserve our economic stature. A Nashville urbanista instead wants to build a train to bring them downtown where few of them actually work. Oh, and make it run just in the morning and just at night.

If we build a transit network beginning first in Metro, we preserve, we thrive, Nashville stays important. If we insist on building a sytem which dictates to our neighbors where they can develop and their people should live, we march on behind the other American cities who though fixed rail was a great idea and would save downtown. Eventually Ketron or one of his successors will figure out their district can thrive without providing any transit help to Nashville and this opening will close. I am not saying to build a crazy ass monorail, but at least engage with the reps of our burbs and get something that works well for everyone. Asking them to not compete for companies wanting to relocate and only build houses in pre prescribed places places is not the place to start.

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Posted by Moost on 02/04/2016 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

Henry, that's stupid. By your rule, which you made up, all a source would ever have to do to stop a story is hide. Fletcher knows what's happening here. He doesn't want to talk. Fine.

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Posted by Jeff Woods on 02/04/2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Buy Me Once: Buying Kitchen Gear to Last for Generations

There is joke with my sister and I that after our mother passes she can have every other item & "fortune" in the will as long as I get the tupperware. So many memories from childhood wrapped up in those plastic containers! And my mom has the avocado version of your mother's cake carrier that I love!

And before anyone thinks I'm a terrible person for joking about my mother's eventual passing someday, mom knows about the joke and laughs along too :)

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Posted by Sara on 02/04/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

"Though not mentioned, these are Democrats involved here. Also, this is vastly more interesting than the Durham affair."

Yeah let's see Jim Colons rail on about this incessantly, assigning motives and assuming facts not in evidence. When a democrat is involved in criminality the only thing that fat bastard wants to get the bottom of is the ice cream carton.

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Posted by Jam Collins on 02/04/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

No one lowers the PITH more than it's right wing trolls with their misogyny and bigotry.

(That's you sgtdork.)

You have to speak slowly and spell things out for our Mr. Magoo in residence.

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Posted by sgtdork is a doofuss on 02/04/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

Something needs to be done about the abuse of presidential executive orders, but I don't know that this is the answer. I'm afraid it's a ploy by the theocrats, though others seem to be supporting it.

I have nothing else to say at the moment except I wish country radio would let Sweethearts of the Rodeo make a comeback. They deserve it, and they sound as good as ever.

I myself remain a midnight girl in a sunset town.

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Posted by Donna on 02/04/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Chain restaurants are now serving 'Nashville Hot Chicken' to the nation, but can their offerings stand up to the real thing?

The tenders aren't the same, you have to eat the on-the-bone chicken to get the good stuff IMO. Maybe the chains didn't offer any other version . . .

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Posted by RevJPFunk on 02/04/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Lawmakers Vow to Stop Joelton Gas Plant

A populated area is not the place for this monstrosity of a pollution machine. I realize these pollution machines have to go somewhere but here is not the place.

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Posted by Horace Temple Jr. on 02/04/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

The founders were smart enough to have the foresight that the federal government might declare itself more and more powerful to the degree that something like this would be necessary.

It's going to happen. Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments" is the playbook with an analysis of the process and his recommended amendments if you have any interest in the reasoning behind it.

I'm sure that all of his suggestions will not make it to ratified amendments but several are in the objective interest of ALL states in re-asserting their rightful place in our Constitutional Republic and they have a good shot at being ratified.

Here's a synopsis of his wish list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liberty_…

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Posted by JimmyNashville on 02/04/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

A runaway wide-open constitutional convention, run by big money, religious fanatics, and fascists. What could go wrong?

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Posted by accipiter on 02/04/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

Though not mentioned, these are Democrats involved here. Also, this is vastly more interesting than the Durham affair.

H Walker rightfully points out how low down the SCENE/PITW really is.

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Posted by sgtyork on 02/04/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

There is no one on the left of any import at all who is pushing a constitutional convention. How many Democratic-controlled state houses are passing these kinds of resolutions? Zip. And no, tnramber is absolutely correct, you could not limit this to any one specific "purpose." The whole enchilada is legally and theoretically up for grabs. You could install Protestant Christianity as the official and specifically respected religion of the United States, with all others subservient. You could ban abortion. You could ban Islam or the Roman Catholic Church. You could raise the voting age to 25. You could ban women from voting. You could enact wealth/net worth requirements to vote. You could ban gay marriage, you could let the state legislatures elect Senators again. You get the idea. Everything and anything would be on the table.

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Posted by Biblethumper on 02/04/2016 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Everyone Loves Monorail in Theory

I am BOOB Thruster may have been joking, but she is right on point that cost plays a role in whether folks take public transportation or not.

In most major cities, not only does the traffic gridlock lead to public transportation being a faster option, but it is also cheaper, when you factor in the cost of parking in those cities.

Relatively speaking, our downtown parking rates are among the lowest, when compared to most other places. I hope they stay that way too, but if they were jacked up to $25 or more a day, I guarantee that folks would start to car pool and look to public transportation as an option.

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Posted by Cheapskate on 02/04/2016 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

Funk took advantage of the rules, something not just a few of us would do in similar situations. While not so admirable to the public, perhaps the council should be held accountable for these loopholes

You report this spam as requested and hours later it still is up (per previous experience). WTF moderator. Take a break from the midget porn and every couple hours check the site. The spam is so obvious you really don't need it reported. Pitiful!.

Henry,justifying pre judicial actions by a benevolent government because of paranoid fears of some citizens, many of whom base their paranoia on ethnic or religious bigotry, simply is reprehensible. State government has an undisputed history oof obstruction regardless of results. Hence there is no reason to expect the state to behave better than the federsl, and considerable reason to expect them worse..

Well, Kwanzaa is actually a conjoining of several historical West African "fruits of harvest" celebrations that varied actually very little from tribe to tribe. So there is quite a bit of historical legitimacy in it's celebration, as are most European celebrations. We in this nation celebrate many ethnic based celebrations, though individually we may have absolutely little to no ethnic connection to the celebration. It is essentially a celebration of our diversity to some, and a much more significant connection for others. Thus is the makeup of our American culture, celebrated by some, denigrated by others feeling threatened by diversity. One can only speculate why..

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Posted by HamPlanet on 02/04/2016 at 3:13 PM

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