Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The Girls Done Gone

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2006 at 5:05 PM

This was funny:

Girls Gone Wild Released Back Into Civilization.

Here's my problem with Girls Gone Wild. It's not the objectification of women. It's not the nature of the films. It's just that I can't understand what would possess someone to get naked for a video that might one day appear on her grandfather's TV screen. Picture it i߽ grandpa's health problems are acting up, and he finds himself awake at 2 am waiting for the medicine to kick in. He grabs some tapioca out of the fridge, sits down in his favorite recliner and turns on the TV to see his youngest granddaughter going at it with another girl in Cancun. Then he has a heart attack and it's all little Bindi's fault. What about your grandfathers, GGW participants? Grandfathers watch TV too. Maybe you should have thought of that before you licked beer foam off that tanned surfer boy in the hotel bathroom last March.

jack bauer in nashville?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2006 at 12:25 PM

An interesting tidbit buried in the Nashville Film Festival online listings: The festival is showing a movie called I Trust You to Kill Me, a documentary about the band Rocco DeLuca & the Burden as it makes its first international tour. The band will be in attendance at the screening April 22 at Green Hills. So will their label owner, who also happens to be the band's road manager in the movie. His name: Kiefer Sutherland.

Get those tickets now.

That Pesky Constitution

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2006 at 9:27 AM

I wrote here last month about potential constitutional problems with efforts in the state legislature to criminalize "picketing, protesting or demonstrating" near a funeral or memorial service. A version setting the no-protest buffer at 500 feet has since cleared the Senate a 30-0 vote, and awaits action in the House.

There were minor amendments before Senate passage, and the Senate did opt for a 500-foot buffer rather than a 1000-foot buffer contained in an alternative version, but these developments fail to dilute the bill's serious potential constitutional problems. Eugene Volokh, who teaches First Amendment law at UCLA, recently analyzed the constitutionality of funeral protest measures in a piece for National Review Online. House members ought to read it before they vote. Although it's possible to imagine crafting such a law in a way that will pass muster--perhaps Wisconsin's comes close--it seems apparent that the measure on offer here in Tennessee is excessively broad and vague.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Starve the Beast?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2006 at 9:56 AM

So what do you do when your state can brag about stellar numbers like these?:


50th in home and community based care
49th in total education spending per capita
48th in public high school graduation rates
42nd in state aid per pupil
50th in library holdings per capita
44th in high tech jobs
47th in business start-ups
42nd in environmental spending per capita
48th in state spending for the arts
46th in the "Most Livable State" index
43rd in the "Condition of Children" index
(See TFT for sources.)


You amend the state constitution to help defund rather than improve vital state services! A no brainer! Sen. Jim Bryson's (R-Franklin) measure before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, akin to Colorado's ill-fated "TABOR" approach, prevents state revenue collected in excess of a constitutional cap from being used to invest in public services without two-thirds support in the legislature for doing so.

It makes little sense to require a supermajority for the legislature to do the people's business, and it makes even less sense in a state with underfunded key services to erect obstacles to social progress.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Laugh Your Ass Off ... Cry Your Heart Out

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2006 at 8:23 PM

This Modern World which runs in the Scene each week is very funny. You know that. Now a compilation of the strip has been published by Penguin entitled Hell in a Handbasket: Dispatches from the Country Formerly known as America. It's just out. It's funny, but it's also sobering (and sickening) since it traces in real time the development of the fiasco in Iraq. So get it, and read it, and laugh-- and weep. Ann Coulter says there's "nothing remotely funny" about it, so you know it's got to be good.

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