State Rep. Joe Carr, according to the TNReport, is very excited about the recent Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration laws:
Since it is clear now that the Supreme Court believes state and local police can make inquiries into a person’s immigration status as a matter of routine, then Tennessee ought to consider “expanding the authority of law enforcement” to enable that here, said Carr.
“What we want is a coherent, cohesive strategy for the problem Tennessee has that the federal government refused to address,” said Carr. “We really have done a good job… We want to make sure that there isn’t something left for us to do.”
Well ... not exactly. What the Supreme Court said was that it wasn't clear on its face that it violated federal laws. In other words, the law is going to have to go into effect and some arrests are going to have to play out and lawsuits will have to be filed before the Court is going to rule whether the law is constitutional. That's different than saying that the Court believes state and local police can routinely check immigration statuses when they arrest people.
You know, there are people who watch A Few Good Men and understand that Col. Jessup is the bad guy, and then there are people like LZ Granderson who write a whole big long opinion piece over at CNN.com about how sometimes we have to do illegal things to keep America America and we just shouldn't worry our pretty little heads over the Fast and Furious scandal, because we probably can't handle the truth.
You think I'm being snarky to make Granderson look bad, but no, that is a pretty accurate paraphrase. Seriously, he compares a desire for an open and accountable government to a prurient desire for celebrity gossip:
I know that's hard to digest in a society where pregnancies and marriages of D-list celebrities make the cover of People magazine, but there comes a point where the public's right to know needs to take a back seat to matters like national security and diplomacy.
Lord almighty, this is what passes for political analysis at CNN these days? You don't even have to write like you've passed a basic civics class?
MSNBC has reprinted Joan Garrett's piece from The Chattanooga Times Free Press about a Baptist minister who finally comes back to church after his son dies of AIDS. I bawled at my desk reading it, especially when Rev. Matt Nevels' dying son climbs into his lap like a small child.
And not just because I'm a sucker for conflicted ministers, but because this is what kinds of stories there are to tell about Tennesseans. This is how you can write about religion and the role in people's lives in a way that really gets at some difficult and fundamental questions about being a spiritual person. I don't know what it's like to have a church home like Rev. Nevels had at Red Bank Baptist Church, because the Methodists pick you up and move you every few years. I spent some part of almost every day of my life for the first 18 years at a church, but, eh, who cares which one? This story really made me understand what it could be about a certain church that is so important to a person.
I guess this is all a long way of saying that not only is this an incredible story, this is an amazing piece of writing. It's easy to mock — and I'm as guilty as the next person — the ever-descending quality of the newspapers in our state. But every once in a while a story like Garrett's piece here comes along and reminds you of the talent and story-telling skills we're losing, and hence the knowledge about ourselves we're losing as our newspapers flounder.
At least that's what I thought was going on until the rolling fib machine that is Mitt Romney's campaign blossomed in all its delusive splendor.
John Arriola has resigned. And yes, he charged a non-negotiable, required "gratuity" which seemed like it might actually be an illegal "fee" to perform weddings, and made a lot of cash from it. And yes, trying to discern whether it was an illegal "fee" or a legal "gratuity" would have been tied up in court for ages. And sure, he kept other money his department collected just a little longer than Rich Riebeling liked.
He had his faults. It's probably for the best that he's not our county clerk any more.
But man, every time I had any interaction with the county clerk's office, it was an improvement over the time before. You rarely say, "Oh, god, that giant bureaucracy is really easy to deal with, getting better all the time, and I get what I need from them with no problem." But you did about Arriola's office.
Hell, I remember when I first moved here and just getting new tags for your car took all morning. The last time I renewed my tags, I just did it right there at the emissions place, and it took no time at all.
Arriola might be corrupt, or almost corrupt, or seemingly corrupt, but there's no doubt that he made his department work better.
It seems a shame to lose him. Isn't there some $60,000-a-year part-time city consulting job the mayor can hook him up with? I mean, sure, $60,000 isn't that much for certain folks, but Arriola's pretty good at finding creative ways to supplement his income.
When arranging a foot-licking tryst via Craigslist, police caution, choose an open, brightly lit, well-populated public place to meet. Pierce Greenberg explains why in the CP:
A man who arranged for a massage and foot-licking via Craigslist was left bloodied and robbed at the Hilton hotel in downtown Nashville over the weekend.
Four teenagers arranged the robbery after the victim, from New York, reached out to an 18-year-old girl on Craigslist and agreed to pay her $100 an hour “to massage and lick her feet,” according to a Metro Nashville Police Department affidavit.
Vivian Ferello, 18, of White House, allegedly contacted 46-year-old Edward Bruno over Craigslist, then arranged the robbery with three other people. When Bruno, of New York, opened the door to his hotel room, 18-year-old Dakota Davis and another person named “Bryce” tackled him to the ground, according to police.
Davis allegedly drew a silver knife and cut Bruno on the arm. “Bryce” apparently cut Bruno, as well. The men stole a laptop, iPad, money and chargers from Bruno’s hotel room.
MNPD arrested Ferello, Davis and Brittany Huff, 18, of White House, on Saturday morning shortly after the incident. Police are still looking for “Bryce.”
If you haven't turned in your YASNI entry (or entries) yet, the time to do so is becoming scarcer than ink in Bill Haslam's veto pen. The deadline is tomorrow for you to complete this sentence: "You are so Nashville if ... " Enter here or, heck, tweet at us with the hashtag #YASNI if you prefer. If chosen, your entry could appear in the July 19 issue. Maybe even on the cover. Some topics to jostle your memory-cage:
James Franklin's assistant coaches' wives
gateway sexual activity
Third Man Records
Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
Richard "Stomp a Mudhole" Floyd
foot-sucking via Craigslist
Belle Meade Country Club
food tax cut
Mayor Dean's budget
"License to Bully"
state laws about teaching science
all the "hipsters" in East Nashville
Topics to avoid: traffic, the fact that Latinos live here and redneckedness generally. Now, get on it!
By now we're running the risk of wearing you out, but since we posted a rundown last week of state Rep. Julia Hurley's greatest hits, it only seems fair to pass this along. Over at Shock and Awe, blogger Brian Hornback has posted an email, which, he says, Hurley sent out to supporters in order to "set the record straight on several issues regarding the liberal news media."
The blog also includes what Hornback says is a response from Roane County Commissioner Rand Ellis to the incident involving Hurley and her dog Pepper at the Roane County Courthouse.
Whether the email was written by someone on Hurley's behalf or if she is simply referring to herself in the third person for effect, we don't know. Read the blog for the full text, but here's a teaser, after the jump:
The City Paper's Joey Garrison reports this morning that embattled Davidson County Clerk John Arriola has resigned. He cites Jonathan Saad of the county clerk's office saying Arriola notified his staff of his resignation this morning.
Arriola's troubles began nearly a year ago when Channel 5's Phil Williams reported that the clerk had been pocketing thousands of dollars by collecting what he called "gratuities" for officiating weddings.
"I think he's just tired," Garrison reports Saad told him. "They've been beating him up, and beating him up, and beating him up."
For more follow Garrison on Twitter at @joeygarrison and look for what we assume is a forthcoming story over at The City Paper.
Update: Read the full story at the CP.
At this point, if you're Julia Hurley, you have to be hoping that all publicity is good publicity, because her name has been in the news lately for a lot of strange stuff. This time, it's that someone bought her domain name — hurleyforhouse.com — and redirected it to the website of her Republican opponent, Kent Calfee.
That's not the strange part. The strange part is that Hurley seems angry and confused that this could happen. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel,
"I think that this is dirty politics at its best," Hurley said. "I think Mr. Calfee should be ashamed of himself and if he did not do it, he should reprimand whoever in his camp did."
"And if he doesn't know who did it, he should find out."
This about takes my breath away and I wish that Bob Fowler had asked her how, exactly, she proposed Calfee do that. This isn't a matter of Calfee (or somebody associated with him) hiring hackers to break into a domain legally owned by Hurley and redirecting it to Calfee's site. Hurley no longer owned the domain.
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