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Re: “Man, What a Great State for Rich People!

Seems like it'd be more cost-effective to pay the overtime for prison guards and eliminate unnecessary costs like the ineffective Teach For America instead OR god forbid- fix the ridiculous mass incarceration problem. Or both.
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1788298

Posted by tracyhotd on 07/27/2015 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

"That being said I am NOT comfortable with the interim director."

That's good to know Jim since of course this whole decision revolves around you and your opinion as oppose to say, actual taxpayers. So rest assured you will be consulted every step of the way Jim. I'm assuming we can reach at home anytime, we don't seem to have a work number on you.

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Posted by Sharon Gentry on 07/27/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

Thanks for the response, Will. Keep up the good work (and the invitation is a standing one).

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Posted by Henry Walker on 07/27/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

hand not hat

:(

Posted by GSMH on 07/27/2015 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Proper Bagel Under Construction on Belmont; Share Your Bagel Thoughts

I really miss Nashville Bagel Company mostly because of the shameless amount of cream cheese that came standard with any order. Those were the days.

I love Star Bagel, nicest folks you ever want to meet but they err on the lean side of a cream cheese serving.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 07/27/2015 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

Now you have tipped your hat - there are mayoral candidates that you don't think the board could work with. Let's hear it.

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Posted by Ghost of Steve McNair's Hunchback on 07/27/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

Must be. Want to read an amazing article?

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/GDContent/mass-killings/index.html#title

94% of mass killers are men, BTW.

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Posted by local guy on 07/27/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

Why, yes, more cowbell. Usually it's just Betsy Phillips who posts on Troll Monday, but Megan Selig has joined her, apparently.

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Posted by Ghost of Steve McNair's Hunchback on 07/27/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Proper Bagel Under Construction on Belmont; Share Your Bagel Thoughts

Star Bagel Turkey Fresco on Everything bagel. Great Summer sandwich- Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Cream Cheese, Smoked Turkey.

Posted by Tim on 07/27/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

Henry: This is now twice that I have broken my longstanding rule to stay out of the Pith comments section. Only you could persuade me to break the seal, so to speak. At this point, it would not be productive for me to cast aspersions on individual board colleagues. But what I will say is: We, as a group, delegated too much authority to the search firm. That needs to change, whenever the process re-starts. In 45 days, we will know who the next mayor is. If the polling I see is accurate, then I believe she or he will be a person the school board can work with to help take public education in Nashville to the next level. I think the board ought to be able to get around a table with the new mayor, in consultation with key Metro Council leaders, and design a process that the entire community owns - not just outsource the responsibility to a firm. The one positive thing this process revealed is that the board does have the ability to rally together for the benefit of the entire school system. During our marathon meetings and interviews with the job candidates, we had the most refreshing and insightful conversations as a group that we've had during my time on the board. I thanked my colleagues publicly - all of them - and I hope we will continue in the same collegial spirit when the search resumes.

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Posted by Will Pinkston on 07/27/2015 at 5:02 PM
Posted by more cowbell on 07/27/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

But Donna... I've illustrated that many of these high profile cases are based on claims that turn out to be false. God bless you for your work with the crisis centers and certainly I don't condone the horrible experiences you may have endured; but this whole thing is an issue with an intent to divide. A small fraction of the men in society do these horrendous things and the vast majority of men are on the side of women condemning this behavior as abhorrent.

The writer started by painting men with a broad brush and I tied that to a political movement that was orchestrated to stimulate outrage in women against men. It's the same tactic that's been used over the past 6 years to divide this country, not just on sex, but on race, sexual preference, wealth, age, religion, education level... you name it. And while everyone sits around being outraged the political ruling class takes advantage of that distraction and parties hard on our credit card (to the tune of $8.5 Trillion more dollars just over the last 6 years).

We need to view these things soberly or else we're just become wind-up toy soldiers in their little armies.

I have enjoyed the discussion guys. I hope you all have a nice evening.

jn

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Posted by JimmyNashville on 07/27/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

The "angst" is not "manufactured," Jimmy. What really goes on is far more prevalent than what you ever hear about. I answered a hotline for many years and listened to many accounts that were never reported to anyone but the rape crisis center. I had enough life experience to know that what I was hearing was no anomaly.

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Posted by Donna on 07/27/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Going Looney: The Takeaways

I agree. Ms. Hunter's comments have consistently implied that having an African-American school director was her main, if not only, consideration.

Some idle speculation:

The search firm, working behind the scenes with Gentry and a very few others, never looked beyond Looney. The other three finalists were just place- holders. Because the board wanted diversity, the firm made sure that two of the four finalists were African-Americans who interviewed well, but no one bothered to check them out in any detail. It wasn't going to matter.

After spending weeks persuading Looney to apply and all but promising him the job, the search firm (and Gentry) panicked over Jay Steele's selection as interim director. Despite not being a finalist (a sure sign the fix was in) , Steele was still a potential rival to Looney. That's why Gentry was willing to make the whole board look bad in order to get rid of Steele and why she kept pushing for a final decision despite calls for a pause in the process. She wanted Looney before he changed his mind. Had Looney taken the job, all would have been forgiven and forgotten. Now it's a shipwreck. No wonder Gentry says the board will have to start over. There was never more than one name on the short list.

Will, come by the house for a beer some evening and tell me if I'm close.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 07/27/2015 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

Hardly a takedown. Even the article to which you link says there need to be more studies like Lisak's.

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Posted by Concertina Terpsichore on 07/27/2015 at 4:27 PM
Posted by madison tn on 07/27/2015 at 4:20 PM
Posted by madison tn on 07/27/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Hey, Ladies, Here's the Growing List of Things to Avoid Should You Want to Stay Alive

"... why don't we work on making sure there are fewer jerks, bastards, assholes and rednecks, instead of blaming women?"

The fact that all the high profile cases keep falling apart might indicate that the angst is as much manufactured as justified.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-wa…

False Witness, too, is on the top 10 list... right up there with Murder, Adultery and Idol Worship.

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Posted by JimmyNashville on 07/27/2015 at 4:10 PM
Posted by JimmyNashville on 07/27/2015 at 4:03 PM

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