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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cool Springs Family Doctor Stops Offering Vaccines, Cites Debunked Autism Link

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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  • The Cool Springs Family Medicine Blog
In a blog post published earlier this week, Cool Springs Family Medicine says it will no longer offer vaccines and cites the long-debunked notion that they can cause autism as the reason. 

The blog is unsigned but presumably written by Dr. Daniel Kalb, who opened the practice in 2006. His record includes no disciplinary actions, no firings and no malpractice. According to state licensure information he was on the clinical faculty at Meharry Medical College, although he is not listed among their staff. 

The blog begins thusly:
We will no longer be administering Vaccines at Cool Springs Family Medicine (CSFM).

How come?

1. Because they can cause Autism – yes, I’ve had 15 years’ experience in taking care of ASD kids, that’s a lot of vaccine injury stories from moms. Don’t tell me that they are making it up or they are just reaching for an explanation, or that it was a coincidence or that they are just too stressed, or that they are uninformed. All of those arguments are stupid.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Carol Swain: Is God Killing Vandy Students? 'We Will Never Know'

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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Stay on your toes today, folks, because the filters are off around here.

In a new op-ed for The Tennessean, Vanderbilt University political science and law professor Carol Swain — known for her occasionally hot takes — invokes the tragic deaths of current and former students, a series of events "that secular-minded people will dismiss as coincidental."

Vandy student Taylor Force was killed in an attack during a school trip to Israel, and Justin and Stephanie Shults, both Vandy grads, were among those killed in the March terrorist attacks in Brussels.  

But that's not all. There are the ongoing rape cases involving football players as well as "problems at [Vanderbilt's] medical school and affiliated hospital, as well as an embezzlement case at the law school."

Swain concludes:
Is there a spiritual connection between Vanderbilt’s treatment of Christian groups and the tragedies? We will never know. Still, I would like to see Vanderbilt reconsider policies that deprive its campus of the vibrant Christian influence that once existed here. Darkness flourishes where there is no light.
[Carefully backs away from the blog]

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Report: Innocent Bear Euthanized After Smoky Mountains Attack

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge This is not the black bear who attacked a hiker earlier this month but what difference does that make.
  • This is not the black bear who attacked a hiker earlier this month but what difference does that make.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park says it has killed the wrong bear for an attack on a hiker sleeping in his tent earlier this month. 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the "determination was made after officials received DNA analyses comparing samples from bears found near the shelter where the attack occurred May 10." The samples were compared to two male bears — the one that was euthanized and another that had been captured and released — and neither was a match. 

The KNS had also reported on the attack earlier this month:
According to park spokeswoman Dana Soehn, a 49-year-old thru-hiker told Graham County, N.C., authorities he was sleeping in a tent near the Spence Field Shelter on Tuesday night when a bear bit him on the leg through the tent. The bear ran from the area before the hiker or other backpackers saw the animal.

Soehn said the bear later returned to the area, tearing through the same tent — which had been vacated by the injured hiker — and a second tent.
Pith wishes no harm on any hiker, camper or other sort of outdoor adventure-seeker — check out our Summer Guide for a bunch of ways to seek adventure outdoors! — but let's do the math here: A human was sleeping in the woods, where bears live; a bear, acting like a bear, bit the human who was ... sort of acting like a bear?; and now humans have killed the wrong bear for the crime. Bummer. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Read the Comments: Mrs. Buchanan Mixes it Up on WSMV Facebook

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

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Former Davidson County Election Commission chairman Ron Buchanan didn't seem to feel the need to defend himself yesterday, as he left his post amidst a brouhaha over the commission's use of public money and, more dramatically, a confrontation with WSMV's Alanna Autler that ended with Buchanan calling Autler a "bitch." 

In fact, Buchanan's resignation letter and comments to The Tennessean amounted to a "sorry I'm not sorry." 

His wife, on the other hand, is apparently not content to let the haters hate. 

Vicki Buchanan, who is identified as Ron Buchanan's wife on his Facebook page, has been fighting it out with commenters in a lengthy thread on the WSMV Faceook page. She alleges that the WSMV report is "a cut and paste job" and that Autler "lied to get him to do the interview." She also claims that "he even got thanked for taking the fall by a politician."

"She agreed to one question," Buchanan says in one comment. "He answered 2, and still she stuck her microphone in his face and asked more and more. Then she falsely accused him of assault which prompted his reply."

You can watch the unedited video from WSMV here. It actually begins with Autler, Buchanan and commission spokeswoman Nancy DeKalb discussing the terms of the on-camera interaction. 

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Jeremy Durham Stiffs Colleague Out of Cuban Cigars

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 12:50 PM

As the questions surrounding Rep. Jeremy Durham add up — what "behavior" did the state's human resources department counsel him about? Will he lose his position in House GOP leadership? — another one surfaced Friday: What happened to all the other cigars?

Durham — the Franklin Republican who has been flailing about ever since a series of revelations from his past drew public criticism — reportedly gave a box of Cuban cigars to a Republican colleague who has since returned the gift and outed Durham to The Tennessean:

The cigars were delivered to the lawmaker's office this week by a Durham assistant. The lawmaker, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, said the gift was a nice gesture but it would not be appropriate to accept it.

“I don’t accept any gifts as it relates to the legislature,” the lawmaker said.

The lawmaker was adamant the gift was not an attempt by Durham, R-Franklin, to sway how the lawmakers would vote next week: House Republicans are set to meet Tuesday to discuss whether Durham should remain in his leadership position.

But the lead of this (wonderful) story is buried in the next paragraph.

"Stamped "Cohiba" on the front, the box contained four of the roughly two-dozen cigars it was designed to carry, the lawmaker said. 
What the hell is up with that? Anyone who has ever experienced the unique, communist delight that is a Cuban cigar can imagine the sinking feeling that would come after finding a box of them on your desk and opening it to find that as many as 20 are missing. This raises all sorts of questions: Did Durham keep the rest of the cigars for himself? Poor form. Did he distribute them to other legislators who simply made the (correct) decision to keep and smoke the gift, whatever the motivation behind it? Does Jeremy Durham support the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States?

The Tennessean reports that Durham has not responded to its request for comment and he has blocked Pith and all its writers on Twitter so I guess we'll just never know. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

State Rep. Andy Holt Backs Militia Occupation, Sparks Twitterstorm

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

The New Year has only just begun and already one of our wacky state lawmakers has embarrassed Tennessee. This time, it was Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, who went on Twitter last night to support the anti-government militia encamped at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

When the predictable twitterstorm ensued, Holt deleted the initial tweet but doubled down by comparing the Bundy boys' occupation favorably to 2015's protests of police shootings of blacks. Then just in case anyone was left who still felt unoffended, he tossed an aspersion or two toward gay people when openly gay Chattanooga city councilman Chris Anderson popped up as a critic. Later in a strange tweet, Holt invited Anderson to lunch. We're guessing that won't happen. A sampling of the tweets is below or you can scroll through Holt's timeline here.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

MTSU Frat Members Use App to Talk Shitty About Women

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Ah, fraternities: where young men go to find friends, commit charitable acts and build a brotherly camaraderie based on a mutual disrespect for women.

Earlier this week, Middle Tennessee State University's student newspaper Sidelines reported the troubling content of an apparent group message between fraternity members using the app GroupMe. This, of course, was the same fraternity — Theta Omega Sigma Pi — suspended for hanging a banner from its frat house reading “Freshman girls info center” at the beginning of the this semester.

Here's your chance to stop reading before you get a rage headache. OK, still here? Fine. Your choice.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bag of Dog Poop Causes Big Stir on Vandy Campus

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM

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It was an alarming moment at Vanderbilt: A day after black students protested what they see as racism on campus, a bag of feces was discovered on the porch of the university’s Black Cultural Center.

A black student organization, Hidden Dores, quickly went on Facebook to denounce it as a “deplorable” hate crime and vowed “we will not allow for the desecration of the place we call home.” Word spread on campus through social media. But then a police investigation learned it was all a big misunderstanding.

Video from security cameras showed the bag actually contained dog poop and it was left there inadvertently by a blind student cleaning up after her guide dog. The Vanderbilt Hustler has the whole story here.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Knoxville Mayor: 'Don't Be Ridiculous,' I'm Not in the KKK

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:13 PM

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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she is not now and has never been a member of the Ku Klux Klan or any affiliated groups. 

That's not a sentence we've ever really imagined writing — and those are tweets Rogero presumably never imagined she'd be tweeting — but thanks to what amounts to an anonymous comment on the Internet, the mayor has been spending the day addressing a (totally unsubstantiated) claim to the contrary.

As the hacktivist collective Anonymous kicks off Operation KKK, an effort they say is aimed at taking down the infamous white supremacist hate group, it seems an individual hacker decided to do a little freelance work, attacking KKK websites and claiming to have exposed public officials who are members of the Klan.

Rogero's name is included in a list of several mayors and U.S. senators that the hacker — Amped Attacks — claims have ties to the KKK. There is literally no evidence of this, save for the hacker's claims that he "cross-referenced KKK databases with public email addresses." 

Pith hadn't heard about any of this until Rogero's statement addressing her presence on the list started going around Twitter. The lengthy (and charming!) statement is after the jump, in full:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

La Vergne Mayor: Calls To Numbers On City Phone May, May Not Have Been Made By Him

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Well, it looks as though calls were made on La Vergne Mayor Dennis Waldron's city cell phone to numbers listed on escort website

The mayor had an explanation for the Daily News Journal

“It’s like the paparazzi,” Waldron told the Murfreesboro daily. “For over 10 months, people loyal to the previous administration have been stalking me. They’re accusing me of being places I haven’t been and being with people I have not been with."

Waldron is not saying he didn't make the calls. He's not saying he did. He's not saying much of anything, other than someone's been saying he's been places he hasn't been.

But one thing's for sure: If he makes those calls again, it won't be on a city cell-phone number. From the Daily News Journal:

“I’m not going to say I didn’t,” said Waldron. “I’m not going to say I did.”

If he did, Waldron said, it was by error, or he was making a return call to an incoming one that he missed, not realizing what the number was.

Whether he did or didn’t make the calls — or someone else made the calls — on a city-issued phone, Waldron said he knows it will never happen again.

“I have decided for safety and the best interest of all to turn my city phone into the city and purchase my private phone. No one will have access to it,” he said.

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