Go see some of the most jaw-droppingly spectacular rainbow pictures you'll ever see.
Be sure to go to the parent site for even more!
Thanks to Nashville Is Talking for the link.
Phung also sent a letter to businesses and churches in the Asian community, encouraging victims to come forward and providing advice on avoiding crime.Did you spot it?
Most of it was common sense -- don't stash large amounts of cash, keep a cell phone nearby, keep the garage door closed -- but he said some are choosing another alternative.
"Many people have started buying guns," he said, "to protect themselves and their families."
Most of it was common sense ... but ... some are ... buying guns.See the division? There are "sensible people" and then there are "gun owners."
Asked for a response from Bredesen, spokesman Lydia Lenker said she asked a number of people in the administration Thursday what they knew of the grant.But had he seen the grant request, or known the fund from which the money was drawn, it seems he'd have had more specific information to put into his request, leading to a more direct and responsive answer!
"They told me two things. They weren't aware of these grants. And these types of grants are administered through the Secretary of State's office. It appears it did not come from here."
Tennessee growth slows in 2000-04:So, it's going to tell us our population rate of growth is slowing?
State still has nation's ninth-fastest rate of growth, but fewer people are moving in than in the '90s
Fair officials are selling park rides and equipment, in part, to help fund a potential forced relocation of the fair. The fair's future at the fairgrounds, beyond this year's 150th anniversary event, is in doubt because the city and county plan to redevelop the 170-acre complex.I've said many times I'm just some guy in Midtown who asks questions about things he wants to know more about. The local print and television news media are self-appointed "voices of the people" so I hold them to a high standard of asking questions I want answers to. That's why I'm so tough on them.
A grass-roots organization attempting to save Libertyland has suggested that park rides may belong to local government.
City Atty. Sara Hall's office has been investigating the issue. But city Park Services Director Bob Fouche said, "Preliminarily, it appears that the Mid-South Fair does in fact own virtually all of the equipment over there."
As good as Harold Ford is on television, he is even better in person. Very confident, almost brash (which you don't get on TV), very comfortable in his own skin and well rehearsed. Of the four, he is clearly the best speaker. He talks about security. He links our security to our economy more so than border issues or foreign policy. A solid tactic, I think.Ford is an impressive speaker, though I think less so when called on extemporaneously.
Ford hits the GOP in the rebuttal period again focusing on the recent raising of the debt limit. Strikes an independent pose saying he not wedded to either party's dogma saying, "I believe in one thing -- arithmetic." Oooo, I do like a good soundbite.For those poor at arithmetic, especially of the personal financial variety, there was his support of the new, tighter, tougher Bankruptcy Bill.
Then just as Hilleary starts in on his closing statement Ford gets up and leaves. While Van Hilleary is talking he makes his way to the door shakes hands, talks to a few people, etc.But read the whole thing. To judge from A.C.'s reactions, it's still an Ed v. Harold race with Van and Bob still trying to hang in.
All of this while Van Hilleary is talking. This is a family website and all but I don't know how else to phrase it other than call it what it was: a dick move. The program was to last until 4:30pm. If it were 4:35 or something, maybe I could understand, if he had an engagement or something, but it was 4:20.
Harold, you signed up for a forum from 3:00-4:30pm. Sit your a rump down and listen to your opponents' closing statements, you insolent fiend. You can't wait 10 minutes? I would really like to know where he had to be that was worth interrupting the proceedings like that. I didn't even hear what Van Hilleary had to say. I would imagine I was not alone. Everyone was focused on watching Harold make his slow exit. Not classy at all.
Oh hell, man! I was hoping to meet you. My dirty secret is that, without my glasses on, I can't read the tiny writing on most name tags. The nice smile is something I still have, though. It goes with my sunny personality. Next time, come up and introduce yourself.Fair enough. My handwriting is thin, jerky and spidery. Hard for even me to read sometimes! And, without my glasses, I can't read anything either.
Sen. Cohen did most of the talking on Fords behalf. Some people say Cohen was grandstanding to get the Ford vote in his run for congress. Cohen came back to the point many times how Ophelia Ford had done nothing wrong. I think most Senators have said how no one had accused her of any wrong doing but the questions of how the election results were reached was the problem that lead to the nullification of the election.Speaking of grandstanding, I have to say that I'm remarkably tired of David Cocke's antics. He's endlessly repeated the line about Ford's Senate removal "disenfranchising" voters. Well, no. It was the sloppy and error-riddled operation of the election by the Shelby County Election Commission that is to blame. Blame the folks who allowed the errors in the first place, not the folks who pointed them out. I suspect that if the shoe was on the other foot, Cocke wouldn't even bother with the disenfranchisement line. He'd be saying the election was "stolen" from the voters and would be demanding every possible action be taken.
She also listed $3,000 in contributions received after the regular session of the Legislature resumed - donations Registry Director Drew Rawlins said appear "on their face" to violate a state law banning contributions during the regular legislative session.Negligence seems to follow her around too. "I'm so busy, I just plain forgot!"
Rawlins said he plans to seek an explanation of the apparent violations and then consider whether to pursue a civil penalty against Ford....
Her attorney, David Cocke, said he understood Ford had accepted contributions during the ethics special session and may have had a fund-raising event during the period. He did not know the date of the fund-raiser, but most donations are dated Jan. 30 on her disclosure form.
Cocke said Ford did not accept money once the regular session had begun and, after conferring with the senator and an accountant, he said, "It is my understanding they were delivered prior to the (regular) session, but negligently did not get deposited until after the session had begun.
"The Republicans have always had a fund-raising advantage in Tennessee," said Charles Robert Bone, Ford's finance chairman. "Not only are we keeping pace with them, but we're able to raise more than all of them combined."Not a word about the fact that 60% of Ford's money isn't from Tennessee at all!
If you don't believe you can,
If you always wonder if you should,
You will never know if you could.
if you never ever try,
you will forever wonder why?
What could have been
but never was
is because you didn't try.
I think we should all just let it go and move on. I'm going to be fine. I already had plenty of consulting work, and more is coming in. This incident hasn't hurt me.So there you go.
Belmont was a great place to work, I did some amazing work there that will make the resume look great, and the university was gracious at the end.
The bottom line is I stupidly put an offensive cartoon online and left it there where Kopp found it, and then he - not me - shared it with the world on behalf of the happy Muslim kids in his neighborhood, and then his ally at the Scene did the story and the rest is history.
If I had been a PR advisor telling Belmont what to do in this situation, rather than the employee involved, I would have told them to part ways with the employee.
I also would have told them that doing so would likely spark severe blowback in the blogosphere.
The proverbial red hot poker was plunged into a man's backside and many seek an answer to the question of whose name is on the handle. Is it Mike Kopp, the Democratic partisan who unearthed the months old cartoon setting off this unsavory chain of events? Is it John Spragens and/or the Nashville Scene who published the article that led to the Hobbs resignation? Belmont University? Bill Hobbs himself? Who is to blame?But there are problems with his otherwise probing piece.
What did Kopp do that was so wrong?Only to say, late in his post:
He saw something interesting on the internet. He posted about it. He provided commentary. He drew conclusions, asked questions, and started a discussion. Pretty much the definition of a blog post. It's something posters do everyday....
Partisan hit job? Please. If you removed posts like Kopp's from the blogosphere, there would be no blogosphere. At least no political one. Kopp did nothing wrong. His hands are clean.
I chuckled because this whole fiasco is being universalized, painted in such broad stokes, when in reality, it is a very specific case.Which is it?
The case of Bill Hobbs is abberation, a fluke. There is no great lesson, he is no great martyr, there was no great conspiracy.
... [W]e received a call from two members of the Midtown Vietnamese community. Their question: how do they get Attorney General Bill Gibbons to return telephone calls to his office?This community is just down the street from me. And SMC aren't kidding when they talk about how rough the neighborhood is. Most of the folks reading this blog would be afraid just to drive through it, never mind try to live there.
So, we pass it on to you in the event that you see General Gibbons on the campaign trail in the coming days. Ask him to please return the phone calls from some constituents asking for help.
Here’s the problem: in recent weeks, more than 40 Vietnamese people have been robbed ....
The Rev. LaSimba Gray, a principal organizer of a multi-candidate forum held on Sunday night at First Baptist Church on Broad Street, made no bones about it in his introduction of the aspirants:Yeah, the Rev's got that whole Christian thing down pat, I'd say.
The forum was "to make some sense of the confusion that is taking place," Rev. Gray said. "All that we have fought for all of these years ... we could end up losing it this year." He went on: "Tonight's forum is to see if we can come to some sense of for whom we should vote. It may well be that, for the first time in 32 years, African Americans will be without representation in the U.S. Congress from West Tennessee."
"I've always represented African Americans," Cohen said in a passionate opening statement, which concluded thusly: "I ask you to vote for the content of my character and not the color of my skin, and you'll never ever regret it!" In answer to several questions and in his closing remarks, Cohen made similar statements, to general applause.
After the event, several of the other candidates expressed regrets, both to Cohen and to this reporter, that the racial issue had been brought up. In defending his approach, Gray acknowledged that Cohen had fairly represented blacks in the state Senate but insisted that his preference for an African-American candidate would be paralleled by Cohen in an election featuring a Jewish candidate: "If Steve Cohen voted, he'd vote for the Jew."