Pith Me... 

...for the latest political shenanigans

For you web troglodytes who don’t generally troll online or visit our 3-year-old blog Pith in the Wind, I want to catch you up.
For you web troglodytes who don’t generally troll online or visit our 3-year-old blog Pith in the Wind, I want to catch you up. I won’t go into the history of Pith, where I once posted an absurd bit about how lobsters suffer. (Maybe I’m digging a hole here, but I would argue that it’s not absurd to note their studied sentience, though I do concede that the venue for this random rambling was thoroughly wrong.) The point is, we’ve refocused the site (pithinthewind.com)—reinvented it really—and have now created a place for all politics and media all the time. Consider it Nashville’s half-assed version of Politico.In fact, you can go to Pith now and vote on who uttered the Whopper of the Month, which will be a recurring feature. A taste: “Heaven forbid that I should put out something that is incorrect. Thank you for pointing it out.” That was state Rep. Dolores Gresham, a Somerville Republican, after Commercial Appeal reporter Rick Locker informed her that her first state Senate campaign press release incorrectly said she sponsored and passed the largest tax cut in Tennessee history. Gresham, who was referring to last year’s half-cent sales tax cut in grocery food, was neither a sponsor nor co-sponsor of the bill. Pith’s authors are the Scene’s most senior political and news scribes—senior writer Jeff Woods, managing editor Matt Pulle, yours truly, plus Scene contributor Bruce Barry, whose irreverence and endless fascination with the most nuanced and intricate details of public policy we’re lucky to tap. On infrequent occasions, other bylines will appear—special guest Roger Abramson, for example—but Pulligan Woodbarry is what you can generally expect.

The long and the short of it is that you’ll be getting a lot more content, which generally will be written with the voice, humor and point of view readers have come to expect from their city’s alt-weekly.We’re also working on some design elements that will be joining the blog mix soon, two of which are reprinted here as teasers. Yes, Jeff Woods really does look like a transsexual Asian ex-con, and Matt Pulle bears a likeness to a very happy Sri Lankan terrorist. The sketch of me doesn’t come close to capturing my innate sex appeal, so it is still in production being retouched.

We hope you’ll visit us at Pith.

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