This week in The 'Drome: Titans hit bedrock, Vandy loses to a tree, Predators rumors blow in the wind, the NBA for some reason and the polysyndetic construction you've grown to love ...
Mike Munchak vs. The Prevailing Winds of Obviousness: If one thing is clear after the Titans' embarrassing debacle at Indianapolis it's that Mike Munchak does not read the Nashville Scene.
If indeed, as the coach has said repeatedly, Matt Hasselbeck gives the team the best chance to win (a phrase sure to enter The Give 110 Percent Hall of Fame Of Overused Coaching Bromides), then why did the Two-Toners lose to an 0-13 Colts team led by a quarterback — and this is hard to overemphasize — who had never before won an NFL game?
The cacophony of voices calling for Jake Locker to start doesn't start and end with me and Jack Silverman. Over the last month, it's been apparent that Locker is ready — and if there's some turbulence along the way? Who cares?
Sure, despite their best efforts, the Titans can't seem to give away their playoff hopes.
There are a few scenarios that get the Titans in the post-season — some of which rely on the Bengals and Jets winning and losing their last two games in a specific order. The easy way to put it is that the Titans are OK if they're in a three-way tie.
Munchak, without a doubt, will stick with Hasselbeck, a move of Fisher-level intransigence, robotically insisting the vet gives the Titans the best chance to win. Between that and the sweet, familiar vanilla of recent offensive game plans (Hey! An off-tackle run! What boldness: a screen-pass! The imagination of the check-down!), the new coach is doing little to separate himself from his predecessor.
The good movies aren't the problem. Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me in St. Louis is just as heartwarming (and wrenching) in August as it is in December. Unfortunately, for every good Christmas movie there are five interchangeably lame ones. If it has wacky elves, live-action talking reindeer, a soap-opera star who learns the joy of giving, or Mickey Rooney, skip the eggnog and head straight for the bourbon.
Or opt for something a little more vinegary — a palate cleanser, if you will, to cut your Yuletide sugar intake. Below, you'll find a list of offbeat Christmas movies to suit every mood. We're not talking Bad Santa. That's too easy, and besides, a foul-mouthed, foul-smelling, alcoholic shopping-mall Santa just makes me nostalgic. Instead, here are some oddball seasonal favorites that either cast the holiday in a weird new light or offer an alternative to the 2,357th rerun of Jingle All the Way.
"Here's your stocking," these films say, in their own inimitable way. "Now stuff it."
People, the tens of thousands of dollars you give the club for the privilege of belonging? If y'all moved that money elsewhere, you'd see real change, almost instantly.
And lo and behold, three years after Matt Pulle wrote his article for the Scene in which one Allison Halsell read this —
In a press release sent out today, an alliance of environmental groups have taken to task the Tennessee Valley Authority for building coal ash ponds in a similar fashion to the infamous Kingston pond that breached in spectacularly disastrous fashion in 2008.
The group — comprised of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) — wrote a letter to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation warning the agency about using coal ash as a meta-building material in coal ash ponds, which they argue puts communities at the same risk for calamity as did the Kingston pond, which inundated 300 acres of Roane County with over a billion gallons of viscous progress.
In their crosshairs is the TVA's Johnsonville fossil plant, whose ash pond (used for storage of byproducts related to coal combustion) was partially constructed with coal ash.
“The dangerous conditions behind the Kingston disaster were not isolated. TVA has constructed other waste ponds using coal ash as a building material. Knowing this, TVA must move quickly to close these coal ash ponds and TDEC needs to make sure the closure is done safely,” said the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy's Josh Galperin in a press release. “On the third anniversary of the Kingston disaster we call on TVA and TDEC to ensure the disaster isn't repeated.”
You can read the rest here.
(h/t Tracy Moore)
More than anybody, we want to get this evaluation system right. It’s been in process for two years. It was started by the Bredesen administration and passed by the General Assembly. We think it’s really, really important if we’re going to see fruit from all of the reform that we do this in the right way. We don’t feel like legislative changes are the right approach this year. We think it’s important to get an independent third party to come in with experienced educators leading the effort who can evaluate it, listen to everybody involved and talk about what impacts it’s having.
The evaluation system has drawn so many complaints from teachers and principals that even the New York Times took notice in this scathing article.
His bill also bans financial institutions that took TARP bailout funds from contributing to candidates for the Tennessee House and Senate. That seems unconstitutional, but Stewart said: "Large banks should not be able to take bailout funds from the American taxpayer and then turn around and use those funds to prevent those same taxpayers from fully regulating them."
"I think you'll find, as we head into this legislative session, that the too-big-to-fail banks will take this legislation very, very seriously," Stewart said. "Actually, the people of Tennessee have a lot of power over institutions that choose to do business in this state. So while it is definitely true that the Tennessee legislature cannot entirely reform the national banking system, what we can do is tell too-big-to-fail banks, 'if you're going to be doing business in Tennessee and you're going to be subject to the jurisdiction of our courts, you are not going to be able to hide behind complex financial transactions and avoid responsibility for Tennessee citizens for those transactions.' "
One of the state's few politicians who stuck up for the plaza protesters while the governor was trying to evict them, Stewart represents the Socialist Republic of East Nashville, so he can flail away at fat cats without fear of political repercussions. That's the good news for Stewart. The bad news? The Republican-run legislature will shoot down his bill at the first opportunity.
This poor 10-year-old kid in Smyrna got in trouble for eating his pizza into the shape of a gun and threatening other students with it. Yes, a piece of pizza shaped like a gun.
I have a 10-year-old nephew. He's kind of at an idiotic stage. He wants very much to be grown up, so he runs around singing "I like big butts, and I cannot lie" straight through to "I get sprung," which he finds hilarious because it mortifies my mom. He, himself, has no idea what "get sprung" means, but adults say it (so it must be cool) and it bothers his Grandma (so it's funny). But he also still likes to hug on his Grandma. Just last month, he got grounded off of Facebook for dropping an f-bomb. Shoot, if I got grounded off of Pith for dropping f-bombs, I'd never get to write here.
What I mean is that it's kind of an awkward time where kids are experimenting with ideas and actions a little too big for them. And it is our job as adults to guide them through these times without overreacting to the times when they experiment and fail. A kid eating a piece of pizza into the shape of a gun and then being stupid? It's literally just that — stupid.
You bring him in. You have a little talk with him about being stupid. You explain that guns really freak some people out and, if people are freaked out, it makes it tough for them to learn. You tell him it's a waste of perfectly good cafeteria pizza, then you tell him not to do it again. But this poor kid? If he eats his pizza into the shape of a gun again, he's getting suspended.
Is that improving school safety? There was no gun. There was only pizza. So, no. It's just a little theater designed to show that the school is on top of things, which really isn't the same as the school doing right by the kids in it.
At once the most elating and depressing Christmas movie ever made, Frank Capra's 1946 classic isn't something to watch alone at home between commercials, where you might doze off into an eggnog-laced funk. Last year, the dud economy left us a bit, shall we say, less than sympathetic to the story of a bank owner who loses his customers’ money, only to have the poor saps bail him out with their life savings. In real life, it wasn’t George Bailey we bailed out but Mr. Potter, and instead of greeting us with wet-eyed gratitude he pretty much lit his cigar with $100 bills and blew smoke rings in our faces.
But this year, we're ready to rejoin Occupy Bedford Falls. Who could feel uncharitable at The Belcourt's festive annual screenings, where folks have been known to bust into "Auld Lang Syne" along with Zuzu, Uncle Billy and that woman who almost turned out to be ... a librarian! Talk about a cup of kindness. Speaking of which, did we mention The Belcourt serves alcohol? Have Nick the bartender set you up (or cut you off — we don’t need any characters givin’ the joint atmosphere).
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