Monday, January 29, 2007

"Easiest Money I've Ever Raised"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Former Metro Law Director Karl Dean is reporting today that he has raised $156,000 for his mayoral campaign, which has only been under way now for less than a month. He wrote a $50,000 check himself and raised another $106,000 at a single $1,000-ticket event. "It's the easiest money I've ever raised," one Dean helper tells the Scene about the one-grand ask.

It's no "Heather Has Two Mommies" but it will have to do

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 3:05 PM

Sometimes you come across a website that's so ridiculous that you can't stop looking at it. It's the Internet-equivalent of rubber-necking and it explains why that creepy Peter Pan dude's website is so popular. So imagine my misguided and slightly grotesque glee when a friend sent me a link to the children's book Why Mommy Is a Democrat. I recommend this book to parents who want to brainwash their children into thinking exactly the way they do. I'd also like to see a follow up book called Why Daddy is a Republican in which white-collar squirrel Daddy complains that the government is stealing all his acorns.

Check out the sample book pages, including the picture of a school with a plaque advertising its $160,000 tuition right on the front door.

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Also of note: Author Jeremy Zilber writes that he lives in Madison, Wisconsin with "my partner, Julia, her daughter Isabella (age seven) and our cat Zachary - all lifelong Democrats." Really? That's so interesting, because my dog voted for Nader.

The Streak: American Recordings

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 10:15 AM



After his success turning Johnny Cash into an emo icon, producer Rick Rubin has selected another overlooked country great for a Hidden Darkness Makeover. This candid documentary gives some insight into the process.

Hey, Ridley

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2007 at 7:33 AM

Hey, Ridley, tell me about San Francisco's Noir City film festival that's written up in the NYT today (sorry, no link available, subscription only). Wouldn't it be nice to have one here.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Educational Insight of the Week

Posted By on Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 9:36 PM

It comes from the parent of a kid victimized by the "unschooling" movement — a somewhat unconventional approach to primary and secondary education described in Sunday's Tennessean feature ("somewhat unconventional" being code for "downright loopy"):


"Honestly, what do children really need to know when they graduate from high school — to balance their checkbook, change the oil in the car and check the tire pressure, real-life things. I think those things are just as important as history, math and reading."


Radical educational theory or parental malpractice? You make the call.

Friday, January 26, 2007

On These Dark Sets

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 5:09 PM

The article in the January 22 issue of The New Yorker by Raffi Khatchadourian entitled "Azzam the American" discusses Adam Gadahn, the 28-year-old American who now serves as a member of Al Qaeda's "media committee" and has threatened attacks on the United States.

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Building Collapses on Franklin Pike

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

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A to Z Shop, an antique store on Franklin Pike just south of Bradford, collapsed late this morning and has been reduced to rubble. The site is just one block south of the construction site for Lofts on Eighth, where crews have been blasting periodically in recent weeks. According to The Tennessean, one person was killed and another critically injured, and it appears that some kind of construction or renovation was under way at the antique store at the time of the collapse.

Gold Diggers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 12:56 PM

Tomorrow night, Nashville's own stable of celebrity helmetheads will gather at the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the 21st Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. It's a chance for the city's best and brightest television journalists—or at least those who've forked over the most dough—to take home a golden Emmy of their very own.

There's a reason the famed golden statuettes hold so much prestige in television news... They cost someone a shitload of money. See for yourself:

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sunstrokes

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 3:34 PM

So you just can't get enough of reading about the Dakota Fanning rape movie at Sundance, eh? You've come to the wrong place. Our Sundance coverage begins online today: Rob Nelson reports on this year's crop of docs at the Park City festival, and Scott Foundas weighs in on the features. Among the highlights: Zoo and The Great World of Sound (with a lead role for Pat Healy, who was so good in David Gordon Green's Undertow).

Elsewhere, Mike D'Angelo and Bryan Whitefield cover the fest for ScreenGrab, and D'Angelo gets all snuffly (as is his wont, the big cuddlebug) over the late Adrienne Shelly's Waitress. Son of Rambow sounds great, as does the doc My Kid Could Paint That.

Oops, we spoke too soon: here's a mention of Hounddog in passing by S.T. VanAirsdale at The Reeler, on his way to The Great World of Sound and Padre Nuestro. But it's the last one, we swear. Until next week.

Dozier's $$$$

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 3:26 PM

No time just now for commentary, but mayoral candidate Buck Dozier continues a strong showing:


DOZIER CAMPAIGN REPORTS CONTINUED FUNDRAISING SUCCESS

Against the backdrop of a competitive political fundraising cycle in Tennessee because of costly U.S. Senate and Governor's races, Buck Dozier's campaign for Mayor is reporting that it has received additional contributions over the past few weeks of $102,734, increasing the total raised to date of more than $319,300.

"I am pleased to report that the momentum for our campaign remains strong and the support on both the fundraising and volunteer grass root fronts continues to be broad-based and countywide," said Dozier.

Dozier earlier announced the formation of a bipartisan campaign team of seasoned political veterans, underscoring the support he's receiving from across the political spectrum.

"More fundraising events are being scheduled in the weeks to come and our day to day push for contributions will continue in earnest up until Election Day," Dozier said. "As I've said since I entered the race, I intend to have whatever resources I need to run a successful countywide race."

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