Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obama's a One-Term Wonder, the Wampster Predicts

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM

"I believe there's going to be a political tsunami next year and the House is going to flip back. ... And President Obama is going to serve one term. But between '10 and '12 political power is going to swing back completely the other way in two election cycles. I believe whoever runs for president in our party is going to be able to say, 'I will be elected president and we will go back to a private fee-for-service health care system.' ... Remember TennCare when it was implemented how difficult it was for five years? We're about to see that nationwide."

The Salvation Army Should Be Ashamed of Itself

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Hey, Salvation Army, remember Jesus? The kid who was born in a barn and then sneaked into
click to enlarge The three wise men gave Jesus gifts, in spite of the fact that his parents didn't have Social Security numbers.
  • The three wise men gave Jesus gifts, in spite of the fact that his parents didn't have Social Security numbers.
Egypt with his parents in order to hide him from the shitty political situation in his own country? Jesus, the kid with the shady immigration history whose birthday it is we celebrate next week? The guy who said it would be better to throw yourself into the ocean than to cause a child to lose faith? You remember what he said in Matthew 25:25-40?
"'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
Because I think you may need a little refresher course. Jesus pretty clearly doesn't like it when you dick over kids. When you dick over kids, it's the same as dicking over Jesus. Not my standard, that's His.

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Morning Roundup: Merry Christmas, Tom Grimaldi

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 8:37 AM

click to enlarge Here's to you, Tom Grimaldi
  • Here's to you, Tom Grimaldi
I got a little teary-eyed when I read that Tom Grimaldi arrived at The Tennessean yesterday morning with presents for the little girl who got turned away by the Salvation Army. ...Nashville's Priorities is advocating for a public vote on the taxpayer-funded convention center. They kicked off their petition drive in front of the downtown library, which, due to our severe budget crisis, is closed on Mondays. ... A Tennessee State Trooper was critically injured near Mt. Juliet. ...Raw sewage is leaking into the Cumberland, which we are drinking out of. ...Betty Russell is suing Metro Nashville Public Schools for giving a job she was more qualified for to the daughter-in-law of a school system bigwig. ... We're trying to execute a woman for essentially the same crime Mary Winkler served seven months for. ... And last but not least, some folks don't want a WIC clinic in the Hickory Hollow Mall because, apparently, women with big families who breast-feed ruin the mall for everyone.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust: Bart Gordon Not Seeking Reelection in 2010

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

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From the press release, via Kleinheider:
After more than a quarter-century of public service to his home state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced his plans to retire from Congress when his current term ends in 2010. "I feel honored that the people of Middle Tennessee have allowed me to serve them for the past 25 years," said Gordon. "Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind. I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me.
UPDATE: Woods on why Gordon's retiring.

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Morning Roundup: Is Music City Center a Done Deal?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 7:00 AM

In the story that pretty much everyone will be discussing this morning, The City Paper's Joey Garrison reports that the proposed Music City Center has all the votes it needs to pass through Metro Council, based on interviews with principals on both sides. Garrison doesn't say that's a good thing or a bad thing, just the way it is. Will this redouble the efforts of convention-center opponents leading up to the Jan. 19 vote, or shut them down? ... Is Republican hatchet man Andy Seré trying to convince Tennessee voters that state Sen. Roy Herron is gay? Seré acts offended at the thought, but Jeff Woods looks at the actual emails. ...Rex has an interesting reason why Mayor Karl Dean might encounter some resistance next year from the state legislature. It has to do with alliances in the coming gubernatorial election, like everything else. ...A Henderson police captain, Dennis Cagle, died Sunday morning after getting shot last Thursday in a robbery at a Chester County grocery store. The accused robber, shot several times, now faces multiple charges. ...Kleinheider: "[Rep. Stacey] Campfield is like an insect that refuses to die no matter how hard they grind it into the pavement." Here's why. ... The morning daily takes notice of the community-DJ cap at Vanderbilt radio station WRVU, something that's been lighting up the switchboard for weeks at Nashville Cream. ...Great to see the Titans shearing the Rams yesterday, but should we be worried about Vince Young's hamstring with the Dolphins looming? ...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

No Role for Old Men: Coen Brothers in Town Casting for True Grit

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Apparently Nashville has become the epicenter of the casting universe. On Saturday, Dec. 12, the same day that the makers of Love Don't Let Me Down will be auditioning extras at the Musicians Hall of Fame, those rascally Coen Brothers (or at the very least their casting director) will be in town looking for a girl to play the role of 14-year-old Mattie in their upcoming remake of the classic True Grit, scheduled to begin shooting in the spring. Mattie is the lead role, and the Coens have made it clear they'd love to find someone completely unknown, so it's conceivable that some unknown Middle Tennessee teen could wind up a huge star before long. The details are all in the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle story linked above, but here are the basics: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the downtown Nashville Sheraton. Open to 12- to 16-year old Caucasian girls, all looks considered. Bring a photo you can leave there, and bring only one parent/guardian.

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Morning Roundup: Another Tangle in Steve McNair's Estate and More

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Yet another creditor has lined up for a piece of Steve McNair's $19.6 million estate. This time it's Greenbrier, Tenn., artist Patricia Thompson, whom McNair allegedly commissioned to do three portraits: one of McNair, one of his family, and one of his manager, Bus Cook. ...Michael David Barrett, the man accused of secretly filming ESPN reporter Erin Andrews in hotels in Nashville and elsewhere, is expected to plead guilty in Los Angeles next week. With a likely jail sentence of at least a couple of years, he should get ample opportunity to learn what it's like to have no privacy. ... Councilman Mike Jameson writes an email to his fellow Metro Council members warning them not to be fooled by what he considers to be manipulative tactics used by Cooley Public Strategies, the PR firm hired by the Music City Center Coalition to sway public support in favor of the project. "Tactics which seek to manipulate polling data or to create artificial appearances of public support have no place in this discussion," Jameson says. ...The Metro Parks and Recreation Department has named an interim director. On Jan. 1, longtime department employee Tommy Lynch will take over the position from embattled director Roy Wilson. ... Titans quarterback Vince Young can't finish practice after aggravating a knee injury sustained in Sunday's game against the Colts. Coach Jeff Fisher is downplaying the severity of the injury, and seems to think Nashville's football messiah will be ready to go on Sunday. ...Where in Nashville would you expect the 23-year-old bassist of one of the biggest rock bands in the world to buy a home? An ornate East Nashville manse? Germantown? A trendy downtown penthouse? A rustic Leipers Fork getaway? Nope, Kings of Leon's Jared Followill has settled in Green Hills. (Hey, cut the guy a break--Jack White's Oak Hill address ain't much hipper.) ... Dickerson Road adult bookstore Pleasure Palace has its license pulled after one of its patrons is caught pulling something else. ...And finally, a feel-good story of a more wholesome variety: An anonymous donor throws a gold coin worth $1,100 into a Salvation Army kettle outside a Clarksville Kroger.

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Myths and Legends of Tennessee--The Explosive Interview

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a new exhibit in the lobby. (Their last one was, if
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I'm remembering right, "Abraham Lincoln: How Many Home States Can One Man Have?," which was likely a scathing expose into the untoward overreaching of Indiana.)

Unlike the Lincoln Exhibit, about which I just made up a bunch of stuff in order to round out my opening sentence, the current exhibit is not about a man who never lived in Tennessee, but about the many Myths and Legends of our fine state.

I posed some hard-hitting questions to the people responsible for putting up the exhibit, and after the jump I bring you their answers. (I've decided to keep them anonymous, in order to prevent any preemptive retaliation from the Tennessee State Museum.)

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Morning Roundup: Smash and Dash Edition

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 8:02 AM

Several Metro Council members ask the $14 million question: Does the Music City Center financing plan propose robbing Peter to pay Paul? ... Meanwhile, with no convention center hotel currently in the cards, Tower Investments moves ahead with its own development plans on the MCC team's preferred hotel site. ... The "Wooded Rapist" is now the incarcerated rapist, after receiving a 10-year sentence. ... The parents of a kidnapped infant are suing to find out why police thought they were trying to sell their baby, then took their other children into custody. ... Yet another bank is robbed, this time a SunTrust on Dickerson Pike. ... It's not bad enough LenDale "Smash" White, once a huge part of the Titans offense, has to spend most of his time on the bench while teammate Chris "Dash" Johnson makes a run for the record books--now Carolina Panthers fans have gone and stolen his "Smash and Dash" brand. ... Is the University of Tennessee football team, currently under investigation for alleged recruitment violations, in for a host(ess) of headaches? ... State workers to the city: Turn that &%$*ing Christmas music down, for Christ's sake! ... So you want to be in the movies? Head down to the Musician's Hall of Fame this Saturday. ...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Open Extras Casting -- Again -- This Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Calling everyone capable of sitting and/or milling for long periods of time: there's another extras open casting call going on this Saturday at the Musician's Hall of Fame. This time it's for a "Major Motion Picture starring Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow and country superstar Tim McGraw." Five seconds of research leads me to Love Don't Let Me Down, which also stars Leighton Meester, and a fellow by the name of Garrett Hedlund. You may know Garrett from his role in Friday Night Lights (where he played McGraw's son) or perhaps Georgia Rule: in that film, he was the young man Lindsay Lohan's character performed mouth acts upon while they were hanging out in a rowboat. Ha. Fun fact! Cary "Men in Tights" Elwes was also in Georgia Rule, and he's also starring in the upcoming Nashville-based Tough Trade. Which also stars a dude from the show Friday Night Lights! If it's cold outside, that's because it's all of SIX DEGREES!!!

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