Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best wishes for a meaningful Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is about more than the start of summer. Teach your children well. Pause to remember.

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DCDP's Mayoral Forum at the Historic Belcourt Theater

From Davidson County Democratic Party:

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Davidson County Democratic Party Mayoral Forum, 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 13th at the historic Belcourt Theatre!  
We have invited the Democrats running for mayor and look forward to hearing their visions for Nashville as well as their plans to address the pressing issues facing our city.

Door will open at 6:45 and the forum will begin at 7. Admission is free.

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U.S. News ranks Tennessee as the top state for fiscal stability.

by Rod Williams - U. S. News and World reports that Tennessee is the number one state in the nation for fiscal responsibility. States were ranked for both short-term and long-term fiscal responsibility and then given an overall rating. Tennessee was ranked tops for long-term fiscal responsibility and seventh for short-term fiscal stability and given an overall rating of number one. Ranking below Tennessee for overall fiscal stability was Florida at number two, South Dakota at number three, North Carolina number four and Utah number five.

The worst states in overall ranking begins with Illinois, followed by New Jersey, Alaska, New Mexico, and Connecticut.  California was the ninth worst.

The ranking of long-term fiscal stability included a state's ability to cover long-term pension obligations and issue bonds at a reasonable cost which is largely dependent on its credit rating. Moody's Investors Service was used for the credit rating component. The pension score was based on research by The Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Tennessee got a perfect score of "1" on both the credit rating and the pension liability factors.

The short-term score looked at how well a state meets its immediate financial obligations and if it had sufficient access to capital to cover short-term liabilities.

It matters who governs.

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Central Labor Council endorses Rep. John Ray Clemmons for Nashville mayor and seven candidates for Council at large

One good reason not to vote for Rep. John Ray Clemmons for mayor is that the Central Labor Council endorses Rep. John Ray Clemmons for Nashville mayor..

In a strategically stupid move, the Central Labor Council endorsed seven candidates for the five Council at-large positions.  The Council endorsed Burkley Allen, Fabian Bedne, Sharon Hurt, Gicola Lane, Bob Mendes, Gary Moore and Zulfat Suara. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Unemployment drops in 94 of 95 counties in Tennessee; several to record lows

Unemployment drops in 94 of 95 counties in Tennessee; several to record lows

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SEIU local union calls for a property tax increase.

The local SEIU union says, Nashville’s budget is broken because taxes are too low and they are calling for a tax increase.  To read their pro tax increase appeal follow this link.

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John Cooper for Mayor events

Location: 2501 McGavock Pk #300, Nashville, TN 37214
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 2730 Lebanon Pike Nashville TN 37214
Date and Time: Thursday, June 6
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 am

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Freddie O'Connell Likely to Challenge Residency of Surprise District 19 Opponent

Joshua Parant
The Nashville Scene - ... O'Connell says Parant has essentially dropped into his district at the urging of "aggrieved honky-tonk owner" Steve Smith, who owns Tootsie's and Honky Tonk Central. Now he says he'll likely challenge Parant's legitimacy on the ballot. ...... Smith calls with a comment. ... "I think Councilman O'Connell, I think he's just a paranoid nut. Please quote me on that."(read more)

Rod's Comment: I do not see how living on a month-to-month lease makes one not a legitimate resident of a district. I am supporting Joshua Parant in this race.

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Pastor Howard Jones has announced his candidacy for Metro Council-At-Large.

Howard Jones
The Tennessee Tribune — Pastor Howard Jones, senior pastor of Fairfield M. B. Church in Goodlettsville and an assistant principal at Stratford High School, has announced his candidacy for Metro Council-At-Large.

Jones has been active in the Metropolitan Nashville Community all of his adult life.  He has served as the senior pastor of Fairfield for 30 years and has worked in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System for approximately 30 years as well.  Jones also served as a Metropolitan Nashville Juvenile Court Probation Officer prior to joining MNPS. (continue reading)

Rod's Comment:  I will be posting press releases and links to news stories about various candidates for mayor and  Metro Council.  This is to assist the public in being informed.  Posting of a press release or news link does not indicate an endorsement of the candidate.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Liberal Speak translation guide update.

by Rod Williams, 5-21-2019 - It has only been five months since I updated. Can you believe that five months ago "woke," to most people, meant to wake from literal slumber? The current liberal definition but not in wide use; now it is everywhere. New liberal-speak enters the vocabulary quicker than I can keep up.

  Intended for use when listening to NPR, mainstream media, academics and liberal politicians. These terms may also be encountered when talking to any liberal.

Liberal Speak
To become aware that America is a racist, fascist, evil country, as if awakening from slumber. To become aware of the evils of America and capitalism and see the light of the glory of socialism.
The explanation of something by a man to a women. This term is used to dismiss  what is being explained as condescending. This is a device used by liberal women to avoid logic.
cultural appropriation
To appreciate the influence of a culture other than your own and to adopt elements of that culture.  A white young women wearing a dress cut in the Oriental fashion is an example. Celebrating Cinco de mayo and not being of Hispanic origin is  cultural appropriation. It is hard to know what is and what is not. I don't think eating pizza is cultural appropriation.
A recognition that bad outcomes may not have occurred if one had exercised prudence, caution, responsibility or wisdom.
As in "slut-shaming." an expression of disapproval, verbal or by body language or facial expression that you disapprove of someone else's morals, values, grooming, or looks. It is failure to hide your judgement of another.
Referring to a male who decides he is a female by his real legal birth name he used before he adopted his new made up feminine name.

Illegal alien
tax expenditures
Any of your money you get to keep.  The mortgage interest deduction on your home is a "tax expenditure."
kinetic military operations
Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Economically challenged
Delicate Wetlands
The Underclass
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Heavily Armed
Knows right and wrong
Your Fair Share
More Coerced Theft or your income
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal
Product of conception
Unborn Baby
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Equal Access to Opportunity
Preferential treatment
Equal Access to Opportunity
Reverse Discrimination
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Progress
Upper Class or "The Rich"
Successful People
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
Religious Zealot
Church-going, God fearing
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich"
Employers or Land Owners
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Revenue enhancement
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Investment for the future
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs
Green Energy
Overpriced electricity produced from unreliable solar panels or wind mills
Diverse or Lifestyle Choice
Sinful and Perverted

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Monday, May 20, 2019

What To Expect In Nashville’s Election

There are 111 candidates who have qualified for Nashville’s citywide election in August, which includes the races for mayor, vice mayor and the 40-member Metro Council.

But that’s actually fewer people running for local office than in recent years — and the ballot could still shrink a bit more, as candidates have until noon Thursday to withdraw their names.

Here are a few observations following the candidate qualifying deadline: (continue reading)

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