Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tuesday's Hot Type

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Please don't feed the animals. Or give them beer.

In this political atmosphere, these guys should have known better—and courted the (white) underaged drinker market.

Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded and...no, you shut up!

Next week: how Miss Piggy turned Nashville on to confit.

"Something awesome will come from this much persecution." Sounds like someone's got a complex.

Guess who's between levels, with ghosts in hot pursuit?

Mission of Mercy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 2:04 AM

Gloria White-Hammond, a Boston-based pastor, pediatrician and medical missionary, will make a Nashville appearance 7 p.m. tonight at West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue. She will share what she has witnessed on six recent trips to the Darfur region of western Sudan, where hundreds of thousands have been butchered and millions more displaced. She will also tell what individuals can do to make a difference in one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.

From the West End UMC website:

This event is being co-sponsored by West End's new Love and Justice Team and Tennesseans Against Genocide (TAG) and is open to the public. At this event, you may make a donation for humanitarian aid for the people of Darfur. The entire donation will go The Darfur Peace and Development Organization, specifically their solar cooker project. This project will distribute solar cookers in Darfur so that women and girls do not have to risk their lives and bodies by leaving their camps to gather firewood.

Call 594-8098 for more information.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday's Hot Type

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Stick a fork in the full-length album--it's dead. (Gawker: "Articles about the death of the album, however, seem to have a healthy future.")

You fight overseas for your country, and this is the thanks you get.

Flames engulf Tennessee's oldest drive-in.

Once again, life imitates Saw.

This week in bureaucratic school meddling: evidence that school uniforms make no difference, and the progress of a parental involvement bill that could stamp out gay-straight student alliances.

The dopiest news story of 2007 refuses to go away.

Holy crap! The Lady Chablis is coming!

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Hills Are Alive...

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 4:50 PM


This week's opening-day installment of Not Screened For Review Theater, The Hills Have Eyes II, after the jump.

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Host with the Most

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Dork Nation has a cool review up of The Host, the blockbuster South Korean monster movie that starts tonight at the Belcourt. He rejects the Jaws/Little Miss Sunshine comparisons and finds it much closer to Dr. Strangelove, although he's mostly taken with director Bong Joon-ho's deft comic character sketches.

If you haven't bought tickets to tonight's 7 p.m. show, a word of caution: it's already sold out. To whet your appetite, here's the film's U.S. trailer.


Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Wow, where in Nashville could I find brawny legions and a friendly waitstaff? Why, here.

Friday's Hot Type

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Smoke 'em if you got 'em, just don't get busted puffing away on Capitol Hill. There's a sleuth on the loose and he's keeping tabs on who's lighting up where. He's even collecting butts he finds in the parking garage. For shame.

Tell me again how Harold Ford Jr. is qualified for any of these jobs?

Now even no-talent hacks can pretend to be good singers thanks to the karaoke video game version of American Idol. Sounds just like the real thing, minus the crying pre-teens planted in the audience. Oh, and without Paula, who apparently refused to be involved. She's been replaced on the game by "Laura, a pushover judge with a bit of a resemblance."

The state senate has postponed voting on a resolution honoring Memphis-born pop star Justin Timberlake. Apparently, a few lawmakers just weren't comfortable bringing sexy back. Sorry Timbo.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Public School Uniforms: Imagining Public Opinion

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Metro public schools today released "findings" from a telephone "survey" to gauge public opinion among MNPS households regarding the possibility of requiring uniforms (standard school attire, to use Metro's preferred euphemism) in schools throughout the system. Although it might be helpful to know how people feel before the school board decides on an idea whose benefits defy detection in published education research, their views remain elusive. The methodological quality of the MNPS survey was dubious, and its findings are suspect.

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Street Level

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 4:19 PM

A weekly look at those who live and work on the streets of Music City

Today's Street Citizen: Walter

Age: 44

Weight: 420 lbs.

Spotted: Bench in the Edgehill Projects, smoking a Newport

Lives: "I'm from these projects. Edgehill Projects is where I was born and raised."

Work: "Right now I'm waiting on my SSI, I can't work much because of my health."

Biggest challenge: Congestive heart failure. "I'm very obese." Also, "I'm about to be homeless...I owe the Metro projects $850 and I don't have too much income coming in right now."

How the projects have changed: "It done changed a lot. A lot of killin', a lot of drug dealin'. Projects ain't like it used to be. When I was coming up everybody was nice. Now it seems like everybody against each other."

If he had 10 minutes with Mayor Bill Purcell, he would...: "I would say help the homeless, help the starving, help the needy."

Family: Two sisters. "Everybody else I know is dead."


Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Wow—higher rates and shitty service? Sign me up! In all the talk about how cable competition will benefit Tennessee consumers—the topic currently dividing Capitol Hill into warring (and well-funded) factions—somehow this article from the Washington Post went unnoticed.

According to the Post, when Comcast competitor Verizon arrived last November to offer fiber-optic TV service to suburban Maryland, company officials touted the "benefits of choice" to consumers—including less expensive service. Sound familiar? Guess what. Instead, Comcast announced a 4-percent rate hike, Verizon upped its rate for new customers by 7.6 percent, and another competitor, RCN, raised its base price by 15 percent.

But hey, at least they can expect the same fine service, right? From the Post:

Overall, complaints collected...last year about Comcast's multiple services were down to 1,438, compared with 2,125 in 2005. But in the third quarter of last year, Comcast did not meet any of the four cable TV-related customer service standards for answering customer calls, making repairs or installing new services. As a result, the company was fined a total of $13,500 in the past six months.


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