Saturday, July 22, 2023

Shame on Freddie O'Connell for picking on bachelorettes.

by Rod Williams, June 22, 2023- You can't really say much in 30 seconds but unfortunately many voters will base their decision for whom to vote based on what they see in a 30 second video. Saturating the TV and laptop screens with ads does not always work, however. It did not pay off of Jim Gingrich who dominated the media for weeks and outspent everyone else then dropped out when his campaign did not gain traction. Nevertheless, we know that ads are important. I think it is safe to say that any candidate who does not have video advertising is a looser. The candidate without video ads is not a serious candidate and is not going to win.

The Pamphleteer, a relatively new, conservative-leaning, alternative on-line daily newsletter, has looked at the ads in this mayor's race and provided the ads and commentary on each ad. In an article THE MAYORAL AD RUNDOWN, they post and rank what they say are the ten most notable spots from this campaign season.  The Pamphleteer is pretty biting and has fun with it. Heidi Campbell ad is called "the very absolute worst political ad of this cycle and perhaps the 2020s." Freddie O'Connells is the next worst. 

Below is the Freddie O'Connell ad and The Pamphleteer's commentary. 

The key takeaway from Freddie’s first major spot is his utter contempt for the type of folks who like to live close enough to a metro area where they can catch a good game and a burger while in town. His obsession with young white bachelorettes during his bid warrants the state legislature switching up campaign finance laws so that he can use some of his contributions to keep a standing weekly session with an old-school Freudian after this whole thing is over.

It’s bizarre that a guy who touts his policy wonk status and obscure knowledge of Nashville’s every nook and cranny as his main selling point would associate himself with the spot’s ridiculous either/or premise. It’s even more baffling that the actor playing the billionaire could start a quite lucrative side hustle as a Joe Biden impersonator. 

Excluding Beto O’Rourke, there’s no better example of white liberal privilege than Freddie. Coming from any other candidate, the ad’s representation of women and black people would spark allegations of rampant misogyny and tokenism. The thing is, Beto has some semblance of cool. O’Connell just comes off as a GMO hybrid of Ned Flanders and Tom Hanks in Cast Away if he had a copy of A People’s History of the United States on the island instead of a volleyball.

I have looked at a lot of ads and I don't think one learns much from them. One cannot say much in 30 seconds. Mostly candidates gain name recognition and familiarity. Most of the ads say the same thing, like fully fund the police, spend more on schools, fix the roads, more affordable housing, and better mass transit. None say that if you put more money into anyone of these things, money comes from somewhere else or alternatively, we raise your taxes again.  And of course, the ads play on the prejudices of people in a growing city. They stroke resentment against newcomers, tourists, downtown, and big corporations. 

One thing I just don't get is why people hate bachelorette parties. Unless you go downtown you are not even going to see them. Well, they might go as far as 12th Ave South, but most people rarely encounter a bachelorette party. Nevertheless, I know people really don't like them. Why? They ride in open air entertainment vehicles and "woo-woo" and wave. That's about it. What is wrong with that? They don't commit crime. They spend money and they have fun but don't get in fights like guys would do. They spend a lot of money in our town and don't demand a lot of public resource. Long ago, from years of observation, I concluded that some people are not happy if other people are having fun.  I may be in the minority here, but I like bachelorette parties. Let me tell you a story:

A couple years ago or so, I was down on lower Broad.  Unlike a lot of people who hate lower Broadway, I still like it. I like crowds of happy people and I love music and I like cold beer.  I try to go in the afternoon on a weekday when it is not too crowded and not too crazy.  Before about 2PM, if they have any entertainment, it may be one low-key guy with a guitar. At about 2, a good band takes the stage. It really doesn't get too crowed until about 6PM.  The only two bars on lower Broad that play good country music is AJ's and Roberts, so that is where I usually go. Anyway, back to my story.  

I was on Broadway and a bevy of bachelorette beauties came out of a bar as I was going in. I was enjoying myself and I just acted spontaneously. There were maybe five or six of them and the bride had a sash or something distinctive that identified her as the bride. I said excitedly, "You're getting married!" She was happy; they were laughing. "Yes!" she said. "May I kiss the bride?' And, she let me. Now, it was just a chaste little kiss on the cheek, but it gave this old man a thrill. 

That first time was spontaneous and just happened but after that I tried it again. And it worked.  I think I kissed about four or five different brides and only got rejected once. I liked it and I they seemed to like it. Now, I know some of you will think of me as a dirty old man. I am not. I think of myself as a goodwill ambassador.

Anyway, Be nice to bachelorette parties. Shame on Freddie O'Connell for picking on them. 

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Memphis overtook Detroit as the deadliest large city in America. Also leads the nation in aggravated assault and 2nd place for robbery.



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Friday, July 21, 2023

Elect Dan Jones… He's Here To Handle It!

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Jason Aldean - Try That In A Small Town (Official Music Video)

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Look what I got out of my garden!

by Rod Williams, June 12, 2023- This came out of my garden yesterday. It is a Trombone squash. This one weight four pounds and is 32 inches in lengths. That is a lot of squash. One will make a big squash casserole.

You can eat them fresh or let them mature and use them like a winter squash.  They taste like regular yellow squash when eaten fresh. 

This is the first time I have ever grown them. At first, I thought these are so easy to grow and good to eat, why don't you see them in the grocery store or why don't more people grow them. Then I realized, one is a lot of squash. Bigger is not always better. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Alice Rolli is the only candidate for mayor pledging not to raise taxes.

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What?? What?? "... the white man with a stiff penis .." What? More wisdom from Ginny Welsch

by Rod Williams, July 19, 2023- Wow! The more I learn about Ginny Welsch the more I am convinced she must have a screw loose.  I knew she was radical, but I think she is nuts. To see more of her words of wisdom, follow her on Twitter. 

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How Council Members voted on taking $ from police, parks, and health to grant $ to Planned Parenthood.

by Rod Williams, July 19, 2023- In October 2022 the Metro Council voted to take $90,000 from Police, $60,000 from Parks, and $60,000 from Health to put towards a half million-dollar grant to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Some opposed to the grant voiced their support for Planned Parenthood but felt the use of funds was better spent on Nashville resources, such as expanding services within our own health department and in addition, as some said in discussion, Planned Parenthood is not short on donations in light of current events. Others in favor said “the time is now” and it was “sending a message.”

CM Freddie O’Connell, who is running for Mayor, sponsored the appropriations for funding the grant which passed 19-13. 

As you consider for whom to vote in the upcoming Council elections, you may want to consider how council members voted. The picture above shows the results of the roll-call vote. The recorded vote is to the right of the CM's name

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Nashville CM Ginny Welsch racial comment

by Rod Williams, July 19, 2023- In the above video Council Member Ginny Welsch interrogates Jay Servais, Director of Metro Homeless Impact Division and references Reclaim Brookmeade Park, a community group which advocates for removing a homeless encampment from the park and reclaiming the Park for community use, as "loud white voices." 

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Council Member Ginny Welsch says the Tennessee General Assembly is "Fascist."

Ginny Welsch, Council
member, calls State
General Assembly
"Fascist." She also likes
 to drop the other "F-bomb
by Rod Williams, July 19, 2023 -
Calling the General Assembly "Fascist" is not conducive to an improved relationship with the State. We need calm voices and reasonable people and bridge builders in the Metro Council. Also, one needs to recognize that the city gets their authority to even exist from the State. The city is chartered by the State. Poking the bear does not bring about better results. 

Ginny Welsch likes to call those with whom she disagrees 'Fascist," and she also likes dropping the "F-bomb" on those with whom she disagrees. To read of her doing both read this article from The TennesseanMetro Council member to Trump-backing colleague: ‘(Expletive) off’.

In the occasion referenced above, she was reprimanded by the Vice Mayor who said the following at a Council meeting:
At the beginning of our last Council meeting (less than 48 hours ago) I started the meeting by requesting that all members of the Council show professional courtesy and respect towards each other and to the people that we serve. With this country divided, we need to step up and help lead the way towards bringing people together. Some of the emails on this chain do not reflect that request. I believe you can disagree with others without using inappropriate language and without being disrespectful. I expect the members of the Metropolitan Council to carry out their duties in a professional and appropriate way.
Ginny Welsch simply does not have the demeanor nor temperament to serve in the Metro Council. She does not play well with others.  In the upcoming Council election please retire Ginny Welsch and vote for Alexa Little

Alexa Little will never drop the F-bomb and have to be reprimanded by the Vice Mayor. She is unlikely to call the General Assembly "Fascist."  She will exhibit professionalism, courtesy and respect.  She will not embarrass you. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

I was not the only Republican to skip the Statesman's Dinner. Lee, Hagerty, Blackburn were no-shows.

by Rod Williams, July 18, 2023- I skipped the Statesman's Dinner this year. The Statesman's Dinner, held at the Music City Center, is the big annual Tennessee Republican Party gala fundraiser. It is usually a fun event. I like nice events where people get dressed up. It is a big event and close to 1900 people attended this year.  There is a cocktail party that last about an hour or so and then people move to the ball room for the main event. I have attended several of the Stateman's Dinners over the years. I have always enjoyed them. There is usually entertainment, and some minor speakers and one big political star gives a speech and the most notable or hardest working Republican in each county is recognized. 

With something like 76% of Republicans supporting Trump, and probably more than that in Tennessee, and it being a cold day in hell before I will ever vote for Trump again, I just can't work up the enthusiasm for hanging with Republicans like I used to.  You see, I believe in the peaceful transfer of power and I don't think many Republicans do any longer. I am still a Republican and hope someday the party returns to sanity and its conservative roots but right now I really am a "disgruntled" republican. 

Upon reflection, I am sure I would have enjoyed it had I gone. There are people I don't see that often, that I would have liked to have seen. But I am experiencing a serious Republican enthusiasm gap and with tickets being $300 and then overpriced drinks on top of that, I just didn't feel motivated. 

I certainly would not have gone if Donald Trump would have been the keynote speaker.  I could not have stomached being in the room with hundreds of cheering Trumpinistas. But, when I heard the speaker this year was going to be DeSantis, I was at first pleased and planned to go. I was pleased it was not Trump who was going to be the speaker and with DeSantis being the leading challenger to Trump, I initially looked forward to attending. Since then, however, my enthusiasm for DeSantis has waned. 

I think DeSantis was a good governor and I have liked him, but recently I have liked him less and less. For one thing, he seems soft on support for Ukraine. I don't want to hear Republicans criticize Biden for his administration's commitment to support for Ukraine; I want Republicans to criticize Biden for foot-dragging on weapons delivery.  Ever since DeSantis described the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a “territorial dispute” I have cooled toward him.  

Also, while I at first welcomed DeSantis for standing up against wokeism, it is getting tiresome. One can stand up for traditional values and call out the left's wokeness without being mean-spirited. I know it is fine nettle to thread but in my view DeSantis's has gone overboard. And some of it seems manufactured like he is trying to keep people riled. While we need to push back against the gay and transgender agenda, it does not need to be the primary focus of a campaign.  So due to these two factors, I could not work up much enthusiasm to attend the Stateman's Dinner. 

It turns out that I was not the only Republican who did not attend. None of Tennessee’s three statewide elected officials, Gov. Bill Lee, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, nor Sen Bill Hagerty attended the event. In previous years I seem to recall that they were all speakers at the event. And before Lee was the governor, I seem to recall previous Republican governors were always speakers at the event. I can only assume that out of fear of Trump or loyalty to Trump they did not want to be present where people stood and applauded Trump's leading opponent.  All three lawmakers sent in videos rather than appearing in person. That does not speak well for the state of the Party. The Republican Party is more and more seeming to be the Trump Party. 

For The Tennessean's coverage of the event, follow this link

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The Pamphleteer, July 18, 2023- The council has plenty on its agenda tonight, but most notable is a resolution to renew Gideon’s Army’s violence interruption program—again.  .... From our point of view, it’s interesting that Gideon’s Army is still being considered for this grant, especially given their reputation for instigating “potentially violent conflicts” rather than interrupting them. (link)

If we had the right people serving in the Metro Council, stuff like this could be stopped. For more on Gideon's Army, see the below. Rod

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Gideon's Army 'violence interrupter' pleads guilty, faces four years in federal prison for firearms charges

by Rod Williams, Dec. 30, 2021- Charles Brooks, convicted in 2006 on state charges for voluntary

manslaughter, employed by Gideon's Army as a "violence interrupter,"  is facing four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to firearms charges as a result of his role in a shootout in a North Nashville public housing project in April of this year.

The shoot-out occurred at the Cumberland View public housing project where Gideon's Army was supposedly working to end violence.  This housing project has long had a reputation as one of the worst and is sometimes referred to as "Dodge City," or at least it used to be referred to by that name back some years ago when I working as a social worker in the area. My understanding is that it has continued to be a violent neighborhood. Gideon's Army had claimed it had completely eliminated violence in the neighborhood before the shoot-out involving their 'violence interrupter' occurred. 

Gideon's Army is a favored political activist organization among Nashville's progressive elites. Despite exaggerating their success in ending violence and despite anti-White racism rhetoric and calling Meharry College president a "house nigger," the white-guilt-ridden progressive of our city love them.  They have received city funding and their views are taken seriously. As this incident was unfolding the organization was mounting a public-relations campaign to get over $1 million in Metro funding included in the city's 2021-2022 budget for violence interruption.  I will not be surprised if they still do not get funded.

The above story comes from Channel 5 reporting by Phil Williams. Thank you Phil Williams for bringing this to light.  To see a video and read more follow this and this link. 

Below is a previous blog post on Gideon's Army.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gideon's Army tells the public that it's all about justice, peace and harmony. But, buried among social media posts by some of the group's front-line leaders, NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered a controversial side of the politically connected group that most of the public has never seen. 
Those posts include descriptions of white people as being a "pestilence" accidentally unleashed on the world by an ancient scientist, suggestions that police should be made to fear going into Black neighborhoods, even descriptions of Meharry Medical College's highly respected president, Dr. James Hildreth, as a "house n****r." (Read more

Many may be mystified that white and middle or upper-class people kowtow, romanticize, and fund radical violent activists, racist thugs. This is nothing new.  The current era is much like the era of the mid 60's to mid 70's.  At that time Hollywood elites and other hip new leftists, what we would now call progressives, did the same thing.  The radical Black Panther Party was a favorite of that era's new leftist.  For an interesting and entertaining work addressing this phenomenon read Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe.

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Jim Garrett, former Chair of the Davidson County GOP, announces his endorsements and candidate research.

James Garrett
From James Garrett, July 18, 2023- The chart below is the voting record for the 17 candidates running for election which I feel hold the most promise for Nashville. 

To me there appears to be four candidates running for Council-At-Large worth considering: 
  • Tony Chapman, 4760 Bowfield Drive Antioch, TN 37013 615-878-8756 
  • Stephen Downs, 256 Madison Drive Madison, TN 37115 615-647-7586 
  • Gilbert Ramirez, 13153 Old Hickory Blvd. Antioch, TN 37013 615-853-3284 
  • Deloris Vandivort, 5515 Rome Avenue Nashville, TN 37209 615-306-5624 
I would recommend Republicans not vote for a fifth AT-LARGE candidate. Since this race is a top five voter getters election, a vote for any democrat candidate nullifies four votes for Republican candidates (one for each recommended candidate.) There is no penalty to the voters for not voting for all five positions on the ballot. Leave that one selection blank. 

There is one candidate I personally feel we should not even consider for one second and that is Chris Crofton. Someone who does not take the opportunity to vote (as is a citizen’s major responsibility) has some nerve trying to tell any of us how to run a city. In all fairness, his registered address is different from his filing address – 1116 Sharpe Avenue, Nashville 37206 vs. 216 Garner Avenue, Madison 37115 – but the phone number matches so I feel I have reported upon the correct Chris Crofton.

Jim Garrett is the immediate past Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party. He is a thoughtful person and someone whose opinion I value. Rod

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Nashville mayoral election: Gingrich suspends campaign after spending nearly $2M on race

Jim Gingrich
The Tennessean. July 17, 2023- Jim Gingrich announced Monday he is suspending his 2023 Nashville mayoral campaign.

"After deciding what was best for my family, how to honor my campaign team, respect every single supporter we have gained, and in consultation with the electoral data available we have decided to put the best interest of Nashvillians first and allow voters to rally behind another candidate," Gingrich said in a statement.

Gingrich, a former AllianceBernstein executive who played a key role in moving the company to Nashville in 2018, largely self-funded his campaign with a $2 million personal loan, most of which he spent on advertising through a series of television spots and several mailers. ...

Rod's Comment: Wow! This is big news.

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Vote for Dia Hart for Metro Council District 31

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Report from the Davidson County Republican Party Picnic

by Rod Williams, July 15, 2023- Davidson County Republicans held their annual picnic today in a grassy cove on the banks of the Little Harpeth River in Percy Warner Park at "Shelter 6." Actually, shelter 6 is two rustic shelters.  One served as the entertainment and speaker shelter and the other the dining shelter. 

Attendees heard live musical performances provided by Baste Records artists and speeches by elected officials and candidates. We enjoyed generous portions of a delicious barbeque and the sides and iced tea and a shaved ice desert, sort of like a snow cone, but better.

I called this the "annual" picnic but sometimes it doesn't happen. It is almost an annual picnic. The party skipped a couple years due to Covid and some years it just doesn't happen, but it is mostly annual. 

Council Member at-large candidate
Gilbert Ramirez, Tony Roberts and (me)
Rod Williams
The event took place from 10AM till 2PM and it looked like it might be marred by rain, but the rain tapered off and then ended about 11:30 and it turned out to be a nice cool cloudy day. With this hot weather we have been having, the cooler temperatures were welcome. 

Congressman Mark Green

It is hard to say how many people were in attendance because the crowd was moving around and there was some turnover of the crowd. Some people arrived early and left early and other arrived late. I would say at the midpoint of the event about 130 people were there but all together maybe 200 attended. 

The event included a straw poll. No surprise, the winner of the presidential straw poll was Donald Trump who got more votes than all of the other candidates combined and more than twice as many votes as his closest rival Ron DeSantis. 

Elected officials addressing the crowd included U. S. Congressmen Mark Green, Andy Ogles, and John Rose who all represent portions of Davidson County.  

Gene Wisdom and Rod Williams
I always enjoy hearing from Mark Green. While all politicians can get rhetorical, when you listen to Mark Green, you actually learn something. He explained why the bill raising the debt ceiling was the best that could be had and why he voted for it. He also explained the objectives and the strategy involved in House's hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the investigation of crisis at the border. Mark Green lays things out in a 1-2-3 rational fashion.

Alice Rolli and Natisha Brooks candidates for mayor addressed the group as did several candidates for Council Member at-large.

Former DCRP Chair Jim Garrett and Council Member at-large
candidate Stephen Downs

I really enjoyed getting to see people I had not seen in a while, and I met a lot of new people. It was an fun event. Despite Davidson County being a Democrat strong-hold in Tennessee, Davidson County Republicans are alive and well and kicking and eternally optimistic. 

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Pamphleteer's endorsements.

 by Rod Williams, July 16, 2023- The Pamphleteer, an on-line, conservative-leaning, alt-daily website
has issued its voter guide. The Pamphleteer provides considerable information on each candidate. You can see the full guide at this link. Below are the recommendations of The Pamphleteer:

  • MAYORAL RACE: ✰✰✰ Alice Rolli
  • Vice Mayor: ✰✰✰ Jim Shulman
  • COUNCIL AT-LARGE RACE: ✰✰✰ Russ Pulley, ✰✰✰ Burkley Allen
Unfortunately, The Pamphleteer does not make recommendations in individual Council District races. 

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Mailer critical of incumbent Council Member Ginny Welch hits District 16 mailboxes

By Rod Williams, July 16, 2023- Below is a copy of a flyer mailed to residents of the 16th district critical of the incumbent councilmember Ginny Welch. The below was posted to the Facebook group 16th District Nashville. I had no knowledge of and no role in the mailing of these flyers. 

I do not know if Ginny Welch did in fact tweet the image above to a member of Congress, but it reflects her style. See below:

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"F**k Off" Council member Ginny Welsch tells Council member Robert Swope in mass email posting.

Ginny Welsch
by Rod Williams -   Council member Ginny Welsch, the most radical member of the Metro Council, dropped the F-bomb on Councilman Robert Swope, a conservative member of the body.  She was chastised for doing so by Vice Mayor Jim Shulman who said: 
Robert Swope
"At the beginning of our last Council meeting (less than 48 hours ago) I started the meeting by requesting that all members of the Council show professional courtesy and respect towards each other and to the people that we serve. With this country divided, we need to step up and help lead the way towards bringing people together. Some of the emails on this chain do not reflect that request. I believe you can disagree with others without using inappropriate language and without being disrespectful. I expect the members of the Metropolitan Council to carry out their duties in a professional and appropriate way."

Welch defending herself and refused to back down.  She dropped another F-word commonly used by liberals to describe viewpoints with which they do not agree: "Fascism."  She said those who don't see things the way she does do not deserve respect or civility.

For more on this story see, Metro Council member to Trump-backing colleague: ‘(Expletive) off’ by Nate Rau, published in Nashville Lookout.

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