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Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

"If you really meant the US is a Christian nation, I don't know what that you mean by that."

Soooo Christian that we murdered the original inhabitants,nearly wiping them out, stole their land, raped and pillaged and generally acted like monsters.
Sooooo Christian that we have started several wars just to conquer other nations and steal from them: 1812, Mexican-American, Spanish-American, Mexico again 1916, Iraq, Panama, HAWAI'I, Dominican Republic and the list of DEVILISH deeds goes on.
If that's Christian, I'd rather be an ethical atheist.

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Posted by Kosh III on 02/26/2015 at 7:06 AM

Re: “$100 Million for a Flood Wall for Downtown

The answer's right on the map: the Wilson Springs Creek originates at "Deluge St"!

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Posted by Nicki P Wood on 02/26/2015 at 7:00 AM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: What's So Unique About Bill Freeman?

This liberal won't vote for Barry; she's a corporatist just like Dean. She never refuses a request for millions in corporate welfare; she strongly supported the stupid Gulch bridge.
She and all the others live in the same wealthy part of town and none of them except perhaps Gentry have ever spent ANY significant amount of time in the less-affluent parts of our city.

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Posted by Kosh III on 02/26/2015 at 6:57 AM

Re: “$100 Million for a Flood Wall for Downtown

Yes, we should move away from flood areas, not build stuff that will eventually get flooded. See Opryland over the years--no matter how high they build walls, they will eventually get flooded.

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Posted by Kosh III on 02/26/2015 at 6:47 AM

Re: “$100 Million for a Flood Wall for Downtown

The story also said that 127 million has already been spent on flood mitigation in other parts of the city.
Where?
Dozens of homes were flooded in my part of town; no attention was paid by the Media or Metro to this fact when the flood happened. The flash flooding of Aug 13 destroyed several buildings and homes.
NOT one thing has been done as far as I can see.
Where did that alleged money go?

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Posted by Kosh III on 02/26/2015 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Revolver Magazine's 'Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock' Tour Bound for Exit/In; Nashville Woman Sets World on Fire

The Cover page looks so dashing. Are they on any digital newsstand where i can read them online ??? I currently use Magzter for all my digital reading needs.

Posted by Elizabeth Yale on 02/26/2015 at 6:44 AM

Re: “The Other Woman comes to terms with Another Other Woman

I myself kinda like and enjoy reading your pieces on experiencing and, at times, even diving in local arts & cultural happenings around the Nashville-Davidson County metroplex, Ms. White.

Like being a chorus cast member on a Nashville Opera production or singin' it loud n' proud at a local country-western bar karoke night.

And separate kudos for the pieces on gender issues and controversies concerning legislative restrictions on abortion access and the recent Vanderbilt University football players' rape trials.

But the triangular 'Love Hangover' real personal stuff? Save that for a safe box access my-eyes-only diary/journal.

Please.

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Posted by Conslor on 02/26/2015 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Revolver Magazine's 'Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock' Tour Bound for Exit/In; Nashville Woman Sets World on Fire

Revolver's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock is nothing new, they have been doing it for years. Im sure bands like Halestorm dont mind it. Lizzy was highlighted on that list multiple times and im sure it helped their career. Plus woman like Maria Brink from In This Moment have been giving that title and she sings about anti sexism and womanizers. Some woman like being called "hot" or "sexy". Its not always taken as a negative

A man who appreciates woman

Posted by Austin on 02/26/2015 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Handle With Care

I was there. I actually met Linda Harris, but was lucky enough to be released directly before her death. I too was being abused physically, emotionally, and mentally by residents and staff. I experienced things there that have a tendency to still bother me from time to time. My parents fought and fought and was able to get me released somehow. Thank God. My heart goes out to these kids and their families. It's just so sad.

Posted by Lacey Stone on 02/26/2015 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

Meanwhile Rep. Butt's county has run out of rock salt. Not directly her jurisdiction, I suppose, but she could have some influence with TDOT etc. to help out her folks, including the "Western" ones. Instead she's been spending her time farting around blaming everyone else for something she did and thumbing through the dictionary looking for adjectives that start with "W" other than "white". Nice work, Sheila.

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Posted by Roger Abramson on 02/26/2015 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

Melissa, I have no doubt you don't intend to be hurtful and that you want to be a genuinely nice person.

But your explanation is revealing.

There is no way on earth "NAAWP" is not about race unless you've never heard of the NAACP. The NAACP represents the interests of an historically disadvantaged group -- much of this country's history involved legally denying them their basic civil rights. White people were the perpetrators, not the victims. White people have been in the majority and remain so. Congress and our legislature is overwhelmingly white. Corporations are run by a group of people who are overwhelmingly white. See the difference? *The people in power* protect the interests of white people.

Further, her remark was in response to a request that Muslims be treated as citizens and that anti-Muslim bigotry be addressed. She was objecting to that very reasonable request. That in itself would indicate some animus towards Muslims. Why on earth would she bring up "NAAWP" in that context unless to demean Muslims?

"Therefore, the context would support her claim that she meant western people because the western civilization is known as a Christian nation." The United States is not "western civilization," and "western civilization" is not a nation. If you really meant the US is a Christian nation, I don't know what that you mean by that. But I do know that phrase has been used to deny Muslims and non-Christians -- many of whom have been in this country for generations -- the sense that they actually belong here. It's been used to deny gay people their right to live their lives without discrimination. "Christian nation" is what's called a "dog whistle" -- it's not an outright statement about whose rights should be respected, but a veiled reference to establish who the speaker believes the United States *really* belongs to. Look at some of the other comments on this page defending Rep Butts for an example, especially the one demanding all Muslims be expelled.

Muslims have been in this country since its inception.

Christians do not *own* the United States.

There's nothing wrong with Obama being known as the first black president.

White people are not persecuted. For some white people, equality feels a lot like oppression when they have to start sharing this country with people who aren't like them.

Instead of apologizing for saying something stupid -- which would have been the honorable thing to do -- Rep Butts has doubled down and tried to make herself the victim.

Your defense of her comments helps me understand how people like Rep Butts keep getting elected.

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Posted by madison tn on 02/26/2015 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

Well, given that White People (who are we kidding with "western people") have the majority of the advantage, be it political or business/wealth, just exactly where does a need, real or perceived, for advancement (which is the purpose) exist? Is it in the fact that "White People" have been believed to be in decline in numbers, majority wise? Or is it an unnecessary fear that "White People" will lose what they perceive as their rightful place at the head of the social/economic/political table, lessening their traditional dominance. Essentially one would much more than expect that, considering an organization that she should be aware of (unless she lives under a rock) because of her representation of her constituents (black, white, whatever) exists (or existed) as a racist group using that same acronym.
When asked about what she meant, she REFUSED to elaborate for quite a while, that is until the ridiculous "Western People" was offered her as a thin excuse. Not many really believe that was the interpretation of NAAWP, and I would suspect neither do you, Melissa. IF you do, why use such a dog whistle similar acronym to the oft criticized NAACP, especially by those with race flavored issues. THAT in the least is a lack of judgement issue, lack of sensitivity for an organization that wields political capital in her area pf representation. She was in the least foolish to go down that road and deserves all the grief she will rightly receive.
She is a Tea Party Republican, a group that is rightly criticized for racial insensitivity and has a national reputation for saying stupid, hurtful, and less than sensitive things, designed specifically to appeal to racist elements in their demographics. Later they all but inevitably walk back such statements, but the damage is done. Constituents are offended, racism is embolden, damage is done, and you are left to defend the indefensible.
Good luck with that, but YOU are wearing losers shoes on this issue!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 02/26/2015 at 4:59 AM

Re: “American Sniper

Can a review be written without having seen the movie itself? Oh yeah. Because it's based on "real life." And we all know about "real" life. Why are conservatives getting such a hard-on (or, as in the case of Sarah Palin, wetting themselves) over this movie? Simple. It's about guns. The sniper rifle is the real star and how fitting the sniper himself is killed by a rifle. Apparently there are good rifles and bad rifles. Guns don't kill people, nor do they save people. Amateur psycho-babble therapists need to stop using guns as therapeutic tools: re Sandy Hook.

George Zimmerman killed Trevon Martin because he feared for his life. So how safe does Zimmerman feel now? Chris Kyle killed enemy combatants to save lives but in the end the lives most close to him were ruined. Hollywood calls that, "irony."

Maybe we need a movie about big cry babies who crap themselves whenever faced with combat and wet the bed. Call it, "American Diaper."

Posted by AngryDad on 02/26/2015 at 4:31 AM

Re: “One World Government, the Illuminati and Other Weird Conspiracies at the Tea Party

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Re: “Where Are the Women? This Summer’s Music Festivals Continue to Act as Though Female Musicians Don't Exist

Hey Megan,

I'm genuinely curious about this conversation and about finding some kind of solution or at least a path to improve upon the disproportionate amount of women in music let alone major music festivals. I do have a few questions for you based on what I've read from you here and in the past:

Who do you feel is missing from these music festivals?

Do you know how many women there are in music in general versus men? (I don't know, genuinely asking if you have this figure or if anyone has calculated this)

Of those women how many of them are successful? I guess you'd also have to define success. Being a successful band is a large component to playing these large music festivals.

What would be an agreeable number of bands with women on these festivals for you to feel like this problem was solved at these music festivals? 50/50?

The ratios of women to men you've calculated at these music festivals are indeed disproportionate to the total number of bands playing the festivals but are they disproportionate to the total number of women in music all together? You could even ask the same question of each smaller genre of music like punk rock. I think that would be interesting to find out.

Say for instance there are 13% women in bands on a music festival but only 15% of ALL musicians are women, then that percentage really isn't far off compared to how many women play music. If 60% of people that play music are women, again for example, and 13% of women are in bands on a major music festival than yes I could agree that is a very disproportionate ratio but it's hard to figure out if you don't have those numbers to work with. Not trying to find the fault in your math, just trying to wrap my head around this issue.

I commend you for trying to tackle this issue regarding music festivals and it's worth conversing about. I'm most curious to find out what we all can do to get more women playing music, playing in bands, going to music school, having music careers, and playing music festivals on top of all of that.

Why aren't there more women in music in general let alone at these music festivals?

What can we do to encourage more women to play music and be in bands?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and findings on this topic, I look forward to hearing your input on how to tackle this problem.

-B

Posted by B on 02/26/2015 at 2:16 AM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

Madison TN, let me take another approach. Do I believe Mrs. Butt made a racist statement? No. Let me explain. First, as my points to having rights, I don't think it makes a difference if she meant white people, Whig party, women politicians, wild parties, wrongfully persecuted, working people, wise peacocks, or whatever. Why? Two reasons immediately come to mind. Even if she meant wild parties, other people have the right to establish an anti-wild parties organization. Just because an organization exists does not mean another person's rights have been taken away, and it certainly doesn't mean it has to be racist. Is the NAACP a racist organization? Even if she meant white people, the fact that a NAACP exists means people have a right to establish a NAAWP if they so desire. Now, if you consider NAACP to be a racist organization, then I would understand why you would consider NAAWP a racist organization. However, from my understanding, the organization is not intended to take away the rights of others nor does it exist to promote hate of anyone who is not a colored person.

Why does this breed racism? Because we are making it about race when no evidence exists for that. Let me make a very simple comparison. Suppose we were to overhear some students in the hallway of their school. An Asian girl is complaining about how hard math is. Then she exclaims, "There should be a math club for people like me!" Should we assume that she meant there should be a math club for Asians because she is Asian? That would be a false assumption. Based on the context, she was talking about a math club for people who found math to be difficult.

Now considering the context of the Facebook remark, her statements were not about the color of anyone's skin. Her statement does seem to be a pro-Christianity one though. I only see what is provided in the above article, but it seems to be referencing radical Muslims, maybe even specifically referencing ISIS? In the sentence preceding the one containing the NAAWP reference, a Christian organization is specifically mentioned. Therefore, the context would support her claim that she meant western people because the western civilization is known as a Christian nation. To make this an issue of race is taking liberties with the context and making it something it just might not be, which is why I believe it is fueling racism. If you give her the slightest benefit of the doubt, then you might understand a little better what I mean if I didn't explain myself clearly.

As far as President Obama. Sure, students will have to read more about him, and students of history will know more, but in general, people remember only a few things about some presidents. George Washington - first President, army general, wooden teeth. Abraham Lincoln - 16th President, Civil War, assassinated. What else do we know about the work of these men? Very little unless we are students of history. What do we know about James Madison or Woodrow Wilson? Most of us couldn't identify even the names of all the Presidents. What stands out about Clinton? Monica Lewinsky will always be associated with him. Sure, Obama can wear the title of first black president with honor. . Or first biracial . Just as Kennedy carries the first Catholic president title. Well, this discussion is probably getting too long, and my words don't mean a lot really. So I will leave off here. I will try to check back in case there is a legitimate question though. I definitely wouldn't want to leave the discussion with anyone confused about the intentions of my heart at least. Not one word I wrote was written with any thought of hatred, anger, racism, superiority, etc. I wrote out of respect to the topic and to the people I responded to - not from a heart that wants to generate strife. I hope the comments will be received with that in mind, even if you consider me ignorant or misguided :-). Peaceful thoughts to all..

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Posted by Melissa Webster on 02/26/2015 at 1:41 AM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: What's So Unique About Bill Freeman?

Reckless....I find it ironic that you post anonymously and make some pretty reckless claims yourself. His health(looks pretty decent for his age, his marriage (he's been married to the same woman for about 40 years) his business (very successful and honest business owner)
Where in the world were you going with your post?

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Posted by David on 02/26/2015 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

No one gets to call this woman a racist unless they can articulate *specifically* why they feel there should not be a group for "white people" when there is already in existence one for virtually every other ethnic group. (Calling her a fool, well... that's sort of stating the obvious at this point.)

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Posted by Nunya Bidness on 02/25/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Rep. Sheila Butt Says We Need an NAAWP

Ms. Butt is a hatemonger that peddles in fear and dividing citizens. These comments are shameful, in my opinion, and I really hope that citizens of good and rational conscientious will contact Ms. Butt's office and express their disapproval for this racist statement.

http://sheilabuttstaterep.com/contact

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheila-Butt…

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Posted by De'Marcus Ibdul Jackson on 02/25/2015 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Metro Schools Are Closed Again Tuesday. Here's Why:

And once again, john feels the need to criticize someone's appearance. For someone with such a thin skin, he is awfully quick to dump on other people.

john, as you have said about others, you are an ass and should never post again.

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Posted by Well? on 02/25/2015 at 11:36 PM

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