Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mitt's Magic Underwear

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Here's a question that probably won't make it onto the air during tomorrow night's second CNN/YouTube debate. I would like to see Mitt address the whole magic underwear issue at some point, though.

Here's another one you won't see.

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Migrant Workers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 9:57 AM

The Hartford Courant reports today that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will argue that Haven Healthcare, which is in bankruptcy proceedings, "improperly diverted funds from their troubled nursing home chain" to Nashville record company Category 5, the label that Haven CEO Raymond Termini started in 2005.

Haven reportedly also sent workers on its payroll to Nashville to work on renovating the label's offices. Additionally, the Courant reports that "at least three Haven managers spent much of the last 18 months working in top jobs at Category 5 Records."

"The co-mingling of staff and expenses [between Haven and the record company] raises red flags, particularly when Medicaid or Medicare funds are involved," Blumenthal said. "If assets of a health care corporation have been wasted or squandered, it certainly is of interest to my office and our investigation of potential fraud."

Read the complete story here.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

New School

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 10:21 AM

WPLN talks to Mayor Dean about Metro schools, that whole rezoning thing and his feelings toward a certain public official:

Actually, I have been gratified by the cooperation and receptiveness of both the board itself and the school administration, particularly Dr. Garcia, in working with me.... Our relationship, I would say, is a positive one now.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Not "The Best of Intentions"?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 2:13 PM

From the Boston Globe:

Allegations that a Connecticut nursing home operator let bills go unpaid while using company funds to launch a Nashville record label have drawn the attention of country music star Travis Tritt.

Tritt's manager, Duke Cooper, told The Associated Press...that Tritt is prepared to protect his interests by taking legal action, if needed, against Raymond Termini, the president and chief executive officer of Tritt's label, Category 5 Records.

Termini is also chief executive officer of Haven Healthcare, a Middletown-based company that runs 25 nursing homes in New England, including 15 in Connecticut. Haven has been fined more than 45 times in three years by state and federal health agencies for poor patient care.

Read the complete Boston Globe article here. Read the Hartford Courant article on Haven Healthcare here.

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Curiosity Killed the Universe

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 11:50 AM

The Telegraph reports that by observing dark energy, we may have nudged the universe closer to its death. A Vanderbilt faculty member is part of the team responsible for the cataclysmic calculus:

New Scientist reports a worrying new variant as the cosmologists claim that astronomers may have accidentally nudged the universe closer to its death by observing dark energy, a mysterious anti gravity force which is thought to be speeding up the expansion of the cosmos.

The damaging allegations are made by Profs Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and James Dent of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, who suggest that by making this observation in 1998 we may have caused the cosmos to revert to an earlier state when it was more likely to end. "Incredible as it seems, our detection of the dark energy may have reduced the life-expectancy of the universe," Prof Krauss tells New Scientist.

No wonder everything's marked down so drastically today.

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"Mit Ihrem Nashville-Sound"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 10:35 AM

Anybody know German? Because when I got to the part where the guy sings, "Mit ein paar Cowboy-Boots," I kind of thought it was going to have something to do with, you know, cowboy boots.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yesterday Once More

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Here's some cheery Thanksgiving viewing. In honor of Todd Haynes' experimental Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, which opens today at the Belcourt, check out the first nine minutes of Haynes' notorious 1987 film Superstar—a 43-minute biopic of the late Karen Carpenter staged with Barbie dolls. It's remarkably similar to the Dylan film in tone, approach and style: what are Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, etc., but action figures in Haynes' big doll house?

Superstar is one of the most heavily bootlegged cult items around. It will probably never get a commercial release because of the music rights, and most copies are so many generations old that they look like pirate transmissions. It starts as a curio, sure, but its effect goes beyond novelty: it is without question one of the most haunting and disturbing films I've ever seen. If you want to see the rest, other installments are up at YouTube.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Pith-o-Scene Age: Nov. 22, 2007

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 4:56 PM


Inside this week's Scene:

On the Cover: Hit Man
by Jack Silverman
Frank Dileo (pictured above) was at his home in eastern Ohio, just outside of Pittsburgh, when he got the phone call that would have him blowing Joe Pesci's Technicolor brains all over the big screen. It had been just two days earlier that he'd received another, far less heartening call.

Language Barrier
by P.J. Tobia
Legalese is tough for anyone to understand. But if you don't speak English and go to court in Nashville, some pretty significant facts get lost in translation. Not least of these is the right to plead not guilty.

Suburban Turmoil: How Soccer Parents Get Their Kicks
by Lindsay Ferrier
"I'm sick of watching this!" a man is yelling from the sidelines at my husband, who's coaching a game out on the field. "Win at any cost, eh? That girl shouldn't be playing!"

Suspect Behavior
by Sarah Kelley
[T]he passenger became irate and declared he was not white trash, had money, and that the officer could go fuck himself.

How Does It Feel?
by Jim Ridley
Make a movie to criticize a movie, Godard advised—but the only '60s artist to rival Bob Dylan as a random aphorism generator never said anything about making a movie as a Greil Marcus-style music thinkpiece.

Plus: Our Critics' Picks, The Fabricator, Helter Shelter, SceneCast and more at www.nashvillescene.com.


The One on the Right Is on the Left

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 9:49 AM

The Telegraph has this article today about Music Row Democrats and their attempt to "reclaim" country music. Nothing earth-shattering to report here: Contemporary country music tends to be "patriotic" and right-leaning—but not everyone feels that way. Uh-huh. I can't, however, decide which is funnier—this:

Slowly but surely, more country singers are performing songs critical of the Bush administration. Merle Haggard, who once sang the anti-hippie anthem "Okie from Muskogee" for President Richard Nixon at the White House has even penned a tribute to Hillary Clinton.

In his "Hillary", dedicated to the Democratic front runner, Haggard sings: "This country needs to be honest/ Changes need to be large/ Something like a big switch of gender/ Let's put a woman in charge."

Or this:

"We're all loyal to our country for sure and that's why we go Republican—although it's true that we had more money when the Democrats were in office."

I'll post this link to the Music Row Democrats site, but I couldn't get it to load this morning. (Perhaps traffic directed from the Telegraph mention has overwhelmed their bandwidth?)

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Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 9:34 AM


The conventional wisdom that the life cycle of Fred Thompson's campaign has moved quickly from infancy through adolescence and straight to moribund until now seemed a bit premature. His low-key campaign strategy and image of moderation positioned him to be the ready and willing alternative waiting for Republican loyalists to wake up and discover the folly of their front-running options. But the newest WMUR-CNN poll out of New Hampshire shows Fred not just lagging, but truly tanking.

The dispiriting headline for Fredheads is an overall mid-November Granite State number—a stunningly meager 4 percent of likely voters—that's nine points below were he was a month earlier and now drops him to sixth place, trailing both Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. But Thompson's numbers look even worse when you look behind the overall result at some of the internals.

One question asked poll respondents whether you "would consider supporting" or "would not support under any circumstances" each candidate. Thompson's not-under-any-circumstances number climbed to 50%, almost double the numbers for Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, and more than double Mitt Romney's number. And Thompson scores astonishingly low on items assessing which GOP candidate would do the best job handling terrorism (2 percent Thompson), the economy (2 percent), taxes (3 percent), immigration (2 percent), and Iraq (3 percent). Even on abortion, where Thompson is brandishing his shiny new pro-life endorsement, only 4 percent name him as the best option.

Thompson's strategy all along has been to ride out Iowa and New Hampshire, and then pick up steam in delegate-rich states that follow, which might seem like a plan until you glance at his inverted U trend in Florida and his falling numbers nationally. Well, at least the true believers aren't throwing in the towel. Oh wait, maybe they are.

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