Friday, August 31, 2007

Madison Time

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 5:31 PM



At noon tomorrow, the Belcourt kicks off its month-long matinee tribute to Jean-Luc Godard with his whirling 1964 riff on American pulp fiction, Band of Outsiders. (This piece came out after the film was re-released in 2001.) Here's the scene that hit me like the birth of the cool the first time I ever saw it: the oft-copied "Madison" line dance with Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey.

Hammer Time

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM

In the "local boy makes good" department, we thought we'd share this illuminating clip of former Scene reporter John Spragens handling one of his chief duties as U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper's communications chief—namely, defending his boss from claymation attack journalism.

Here's Spragens getting grilled on PRI's satirical talk show Fair Game by congressional watchdog The Hammer. All you election-year spinmeisters out there, watch the master skillfully deflect what could have been an embarrassing controversy. Especially in Rotterdam.

Bacon Goes Ballistic

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 12:37 PM

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In today's episode of Not Screened at Press Time Theater: the Kevin Bacon revenge shocker Death Sentence. More after the jump.

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Hee Haw Bob

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 9:20 AM



Is this supposed to make us want to vote for Clement?

Dean Tries to Change Subject

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 8:52 AM

After letting Bob Clement define the debate all during the runoff—taxes and crime are all we've been talking about—Karl Dean is finally trying to switch the issues to ones more favorable to his candidacy. By calling for a debate on education yesterday, Dean moved to escape Clement's trap. At least it's a beginning. But his little announcement was eclipsed by Bob Clement's snub of the police chief. That's the problem with relying on the free media to carry your message. Sometimes, they don't cooperate.

Some of Dean's advisers are becoming increasingly frustrated by his campaign's failure (a) to focus on what they see as Dean's main advantage in this race—he's new and Clement's old; he's a progressive leader for the future and Clement's a political hack from the past and (b) to unleash enough money from his wife's pocketbook to pay for TV ads to dominate the airwaves with this message.

The Dean campaign is outspending Clement, but not by that much. Dean's latest ad buy was enough to ensure the average viewer sees his spot 12 times in the week. That's four more times than Clement's ads will be seen. But Dean's buy still isn't that large by today's standards.

At last report, this race was a dead heat. The campaigns will probably take more polls next week after the Labor Day holiday. If the news is bad for Dean, it might shake up his campaign strategy. But it also might be too late by then. We imagine the Clement campaign is getting ready to drop a new bomb on Dean, probably an ad starring the murderer Paul Dennis Reid. That's sure to grab the headlines and make it even harder for Dean to change the subject.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dean Lets Clement Off Hook

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 9:44 AM



Karl Dean is sticking to the high road in his TV ad to respond to Bob Clement's tax attack. Dean does swipe at Clement as an old-style politician but otherwise he's content merely to defend himself. Guess Dean feels it's more important to maintain his squeaky clean image. But he missed an opportunity to hammer home the points he made at his news conference this week—that Clement voted in Congress to raise taxes dozens of times and that, while insisting he won't raise property taxes as mayor, Clement is promising the moon. He wants to bid on the 2020 Olympics, create five new Metro programs and build a park for homeless people, just to name three of his proposals.

"The purpose of the ad was to correct the record," Dean flack Janel Lacy says. "It's not an attack ad. Karl's running a positive campaign."

That might make Dean sleep better at night, but it could also cost him the election. Sometimes, going negative is a positive.

The Lineweaver-Gate Question No One is Asking

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 9:36 AM

Vic Lineweaver's arrest for contempt of court yesterday only confirmed what anyone with the intelligence of pool cue chalk has long suspected: the man is an incompetent boob who has no business managing (and I use that term loosely) an office upon which a major city's juvenile court system depends.

Yet the voters of Davidson County elected this man to be the Juvenile Court clerk, largely because Vic Lineweaver—for all of his failings in other areas—is a natural when it comes to campaigning. He's everywhere all of the time. Whereever three or more Nashvillians are gathered, he's right there with them (sort of like Jesus, although Jesus would have had a better idea where he kept all of his files). This is a guy who seems to advertise on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s on a fairly regular basis, for crying out loud. It's all he does. And that's why he won. Hell, he may win again. Most voters don't really give a crap; they're only dimly aware (if even that) of what a Juvenile Court clerk does.

Which begs this question: should this office even be an elected office in the first place? Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green seems to be the one forced to play Mr. Tudball to Lineweaver's Mrs. Wiggins* day in and day out. Why can't she be the one in charge of hiring and firing the court clerk? Why should she be at the mercy of clueless voters with regard to this decision? Anyone?

*If you're over the age of, say, 35 or so, you probably get the reference. If you're not, you probably won't. Google Tudball and Wiggins and see what comes up. I would dearly love to link to a sample video, because the parallel is perfect, but I can't find one anywhere. They all seem to have been taken down. Curse your black heart Carol Burnett (or possibly your legal representatives and/or assigns).

The Lineweaver-Gate Question No One is Asking

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Vic Lineweaver's arrest for contempt of court yesterday only confirmed what anyone with the intelligence of pool cue chalk has long suspected: the man is an incompetent boob who has no business managing (and I use that term loosely) an office upon which a major city's juvenile court system depends.

Yet the voters of Davidson County elected this man to be the Juvenile Court Clerk, largely because Vic Lineweaver--for all of his failings in other areas--is a natural when it comes to campaigning. He's everywhere all of the time. Whereever three or more Nashvillians are gathered, he's right there with them (sort of like Jesus, although I'm fairly certain Jesus would have had a better idea where he kept all of his files.) This is a guy who seems to advertise on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s on a fairly regular basis, for crying out loud. It's all he does. And that's why he won. Hell, he may win again. Most voters don't really give a crap; they're only dimly aware (if even that) of what a Juvenile Court Clerk does.

Which begs this question: should this office even be an elected office in the first place? Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green seems to the one that has to play Mr. Tudball to Lineweaver's Mrs. Wiggins* day in and day out. Why can't she be the one in charge of hiring and firing the court clerk? Why should she be at the mercy of clueless voters with regard to this decision? Anyone?

*If you're over the age of, say, 35 or so, you probably get the reference. If you're not, you probably won't. Put Tudball and Wiggins into Google and see what comes up. I would dearly love to link to a sample video, because the parallel is perfect, but I can't find one anywhere. They all seem to have been taken down. Curse your black heart Carol Burnett (or possibly your legal representatives and/or assigns)!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

StoryCorps Comes to Nashville

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:04 PM

The oral history project StoryCorps is coming to Nashville this fall, beginning Oct. 6. More info after the jump. Listen to an audio sampler here. A good friend of mine interviewed his father, a Palestinian immigrant, for this project, and the result was, like so many of the StoryCorps interviews, a small revelation.

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A Scene Exclusive

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 10:38 AM



Some men pick noses; others pick mayors. Jackie Broyles and Dunlap of Red State Update were kind enough to weigh in, exclusively for the Scene, on the mayoral runoff election. When you're done with that, head over to senior scribe Jeff Woods' piece on contender Bob Clement this week and mine on his opponent Karl Dean.

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