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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Watch Ron Ramsey's Head Bobble While America Burns

Posted By and on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 12:45 PM

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Report: Tennesseans Like Cartoon Porn

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 4:02 PM

In a world where Donald Trump could plausibly become president, our capacity for surprise is seriously diminished. And then there's this, from Gizmodo

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You know, looking at this map, it could be worse than NSFW animation. Anyway. Enjoy your weekend, freaks. 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rutherford County Sheriff: Someone Shot at My House Because Beyoncé

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Someone fired at least six shots at the home of Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold Monday night. Thankfully neither the sheriff nor anyone in his family were injured. 

But bafflingly, he had this to say today at a news conference about the incident. From the Daily News Journal:
“We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you’re a target,” he said at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

Someone apparently drove past the sheriff’s house around 8:18 p.m. Monday and fired at least six shots.

Arnold said when it happened he wondered if it was part of a recent wave of attacks on law enforcement officials that has seen several deputies killed across the nation.

“With everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl,” he said. When asked to clarify that comment, he added, “You know, Beyonce’s video.”
Well. Huh. 

If Arnold's name sounds familiar, you might have read about him last summer. That's when the FBI and the TBI searched the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Arnold's home as part of a public corruption investigation related to Arnold's alleged personal stake in a company that sells e-cigarettes to inmates. The investigation is still ongoing. 

Anyway, below is Beyoncé's video for "Formation," the surprise single she dropped before taking part in the Super Bowl halftime show with co-performers — co-conspirators? — Coldplay and Bruno Mars:

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Hey, It's Presidents Day!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

At Pith World Headquarters, we're taking the day off to think about our presidents, contemplate the pickles they've found themselves in, and worry about who will be the next one. Maybe we'll even hit up a few sales.

We'll be back tomorrow. Until then, here are the people who have lead our country, and the surprisingly few states they have come from. 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Early Voting for March 1 Primary Starts Today

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 8:15 AM

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If the thrill / horror of last night's results in New Hampshire got you in the votin' mood, you're in luck.

Early voting for Tennessee's March 1 presidential primary starts today and the polls are open now. Tennesseans vote along with voters in 14 other states on March 1, hence the name Super Tuesday. Six of those states are in the southeast, hence the name "the SEC Primary" taken from a more important contest — college football. And with chaos reigning in the primaries so far, the March 1 results look to be significant.  

The March 1 ballot will include presidential candidates, Assessor of Property candidates and Democratic Executive Committee candidates. Voters in Berry Hill will also get to vote for City Commissioner.

A little bit of recent history: Rick Santorum won Tennessee's 2012 presidential primary and, you might have noticed, he did not go on to win the nomination and is not the president. Similarly in 2008, Republican primary voters gave Mike Huckabee the nod — not nominated, not the president — while Democratic primary voters chose Hillary Clinton — say it with me, not nominated and not the president. 

The point of voting isn't to correctly guess the eventual winner, so we're not shaming you. We're just pointing it out. 

After the jump, everything you need to know about early voting for March 1, from the Davidson County Election Commission:

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fire Department: Two Nashville Fires Caused by 'Hoverboards'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Pith has admittedly had some fun with so-called "hoverboards" and the threat of them bursting into flames, but this is sadly no joke. 

At a press conference Tuesday, officials from the Nashville Fire Department and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office said two Nashville fires in the past three months have been caused by the popular wheeled devices that do not, in fact, hover at all. 

One of the blazes, the department notes in a media release, destroyed a $1 million home.

Incidents around the country prompted state officials to issue a warning to holiday shoppers in December about the popular gift idea. Hoverboards have started fires in homes from California to New Jersey. One hoverboard explosion caused an evacuation at a mall in Texas.

All the info from today's hoverboard presser, via a press release from the NFD, after the jump:

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Brentwood Bobcat Joins Bellevue Beaver and Stuck Ducks in Pith Animal Hall of Fame

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 7:35 AM

When a local animal transcends the world of wildlife and breaks into the realm of Human News in a particularly memorable way, we here at Pith like to document the event for posterity. 

Of course no such event looms larger in our memories than the Bellevue Beaver, who in 2010 got stuck off of Harpeth Springs Drive in Bellevue in such a position that its beaver arm looked like a human arm and prompted reports of a dead body. A year later, we celebrated the first anniversary of the BB and the fifth anniversary — time, why you punish me — just passed in December. 

That sort of where-were-you-when event doesn't come around often. It wasn't until January 2014 that the Stuck Ducks came into our lives. A bit more than two years ago now these two quacks were stranded in the partially frozen pond in Centennial Park. Bystanders began to gather and tweet about their situation — technology! —  and eventually a Metro Parks employee slid out on the pond in a kayak and freed the ducks. In a memorable twist, the ducks turned out to be geese, but in one of those quirks of history, they will forever be known as the Stuck Ducks. 

We recall these fond memories because yesterday brought another creature into our lives, another envoy from the natural world venturing out into the open to remind us that even for all our cranes and condos and convention centers, the world is not ours alone. 

Meet the Brentwood Bobcat, a somewhat lesser entrant into Pith's local Animal Hall of Fame, but a strong, even subversive one, in its own right. Brentwood Bob's Sunday morning appearance on a Brentwood family's front porch was widely covered Monday, but for our purposes, NewsChannel 5's headline summed it up best: "Bobcat Takes A Tour Through Brentwood."

Like Brentwood, the bobcat looks gentle and familiar enough but, if provoked, may kill you. NC5 has this from wildlife officials:
The Tennessee Wildlife and Resources Agency said the cat may have been attracted to the porch due to food being left out, or it may have just been a curious cat wandering around.
As our colleague J.R. Lind noted on Twitter, our friends in Brentwood are pretty strict about who can go traipsing around on their sidewalks — a city ordinance against loitering felines is imminent, no doubt. 

Pith salutes the Brentwood Bobcat — full name: Robert B. Cat — and thanks him not only for another fun news item, but a reminder that not all who wander are lost. 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Nashville Fire Department to Address Hoverboard Threat

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 2:15 PM

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As Pith readers know, we've taken an interest in the threat posed by "hoverboards" which are essentially decapitated segways but have been all the rage for months. 

Features of the hoverboard include self-balancing technology, speeds of over five miles-per-hour and spontaneous combustion. 

The last of those prompted the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the National Association of State Fire Marshals to issue a warning about the deceitful little death traps in December. Now the Nashville Fire Department and state officials will be addressing the threat at a press conference Tuesday. 

From the inbox: 
The Nashville Fire Department, along with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, will hold a press conference 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 to discuss recent incidents in Nashville and across the state underscoring the dangers of so-called hoverboard.

EVENT DETAILS:

WHO: Nashville Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office

WHAT: Press conference on hoverboard dangers

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
11 a.m.

WHERE: Nashville Fire Department Headquarters
63 Hermitage Ave., Nashville, TN 37210

Good on the NFD for referring to "so-called hoverboard[s]" instead of giving into the propaganda from Big Scooter. On a more serious note, these things are very popular and apparently do catch on fire, so we'll pass along the information. Be careful out there. 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Today Is Your Last Chance to Register to Vote Against Donald Trump in March

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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According to a recent poll from Middle Tennessee State University, monstrous muppet Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner to win Tennessee's Republican primary next month. When all the registered voters polled, regardless of party, were asked which candidate they would most like to see win the presidential election, Trump was second only to "Don't know." 

Today is your last chance to register for the March 1 primary election, so that you can vote for someone else. Please. 

We try to call things how we see them here at Pith, whether said things involve a Democrat or a Republican. That said, we're not under the illusion that Republican primary voters will be looking here for cues on how to vote next month. Even still, this plea is not a partisan one, but a human one: Register to vote, go to the polls, and vote for literally anyone else.

A voter registration application is here and more information from Secretary of State Tre Hargett can be found here

As he notes, early voting begins Wednesday, February 10 and runs Mondays through Saturdays until Tuesday, February 23. Election Day is Tuesday, March 1. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sick! Rad! It's the Sickweather Illness Radar

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Calling all hypochondriacs! There's a new, modern way you can freak out about the mass amounts of germs and coughs and phlegm all around you. Now you can confirm the sickness you've identified on WebMD via a live sickness radar! 

Sickweather, based in Baltimore, collects real-time data from social media and other third party partners to relay outbreak warnings. Here's the Sickweather sell:
Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when they (or someone close to them) get sick. Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.

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