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ruraljuror last won the day on September 15 2014

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  1. What do you mean "if"? We know exactly where it's going...which is right down the street from 505.
  2. While there is definitely at least some truth to your assessment, you need only return to the Amp debate pages to see see the wealthy WestEnders getting their share of insults thrown at them. But to be fair, some NIMBY quietly writing a big check to development opposition groups is usually just a lot less comedically ripe for ridicule than some incoherent, red-faced rant at a public hearing.
  3. Is that the one where Jesus gathered 5,000 people for the fishing and bread baking seminar? I've got no problem with the 'teach a man to fish' metaphor but you've got to take it to its logical conclusion, otherwise the realities of the situation are lost in the oversimplification. Teaching a man to fish doesn't do much good unless he also has access to a fishing pole, and bait, and some public waterway stocked with enough fish to go around. Of course, he'd also need tools to gut and cook the fish, as well as some method of storing excess fish so that it's not feast or famine day-by-day, and none of this takes into account the other basic necessities of survival beyond food. There are jobs programs to help teach the homeless 'to fish' - but it can be hard to get and keep a job if you don't have regular access to a shower, or laundry, or a bed (or much if any protection from the elements at all for that matter). There are programs to help people with that too and many of the other problems they may face, but they're always underfunded and it can be tough to continually get access to those services when you don't have a car and there aren't good cheap public transit options to get there- especially when those services run out of space quickly. All that to say, I'm all for teaching everyone to fish, but that's much more complex than the parable seems to indicate and by no means even then is it a perfect solution. Sometimes when somebody is hungry the best thing to do is just give them a fish, at least while we're actively trying to figure out a better way to make teaching them how to fish for themselves a realistically viable solution to their problem.
  4. Weird. I'm savoring the idea of a cheeseburger. Different strokes for different folks, I guess - though I do still think that of all the names you could choose to call the Democrats, you would be better served by one that's less confusing at least, given the fact that Trump was the mentee of the mentee of Joe McCarthy himself. On another note, my apologies to the Charlotteans - I had a bunch of tabs open and thought I was responding to Dale on one of the Nashville threads. It's a pattern.
  5. McCarthyism was a strategy spearheaded by Roy Cohn, who was Donald Trump's mentor. Not only that, but Trump has repeatedly asked 'Where is my Roy Cohn' implying that the missing piece in his administration is someone with Cohn's particular set of skills. Cohn is the one who taught Trump to literally never admit fault or apologize, and to frame his personal and political grievances as though they were some kind of anti-American conspiracy, which is why any news that reports unfavorably about Trump is quickly labeled 'the enemy of the American people' etc. These are tactics that came directly from McCarthyism and it's mastermind. Maybe I'm missing your point here...
  6. ruraljuror

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    1. You may have given a ballot away when you were 18, but I doubt you would have given your social security number and voter registration info with it. And if you can talk a bunch of people into handing their ballots over to you, you can probably just as easily convince them to go ahead and vote for your preferred candidate anyway, cutting you out of the process as a middleman and sparing you the fraud. 2/3. If a person with dementia or mental disabilities requires a legal caretaker, they usually have their voting rights stripped and no registration or ballot could be requested, so most of the time this isn't really an issue. That said, there is some gray area here, and I'm sure you're right that every year at least a handful of ballots get cast that we would all find at least questionably illegitimate, but I think you're underestimating the protections in place to prevent it and overestimating the prevalence.
  7. ruraljuror

    Soccer in Nashville

    Let's not rewrite history here. Democrats picked up seats in the House and Senate in 2016 and had over 3 million more votes for their party's presidential candidate. That said, you're of course correct that Republicans now control all three branches of government, though it's not quite clear yet if America has been made great again already or if it's still a work in progress.
  8. ruraljuror

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    3. What is the process for requesting the by-mail ballot? You must submit a written request containing the information below to your local county election commission office by the seventh day before Election Day. You can use the absentee ballot request form (https://sos-tn-gov-files.s3.amazonaws.com/5 Request for Absentee Ballot.pdf) to make sure all required information is provided. Davidson Administrator: Jeff Roberts Mailing Address: P O BOX 650 Nashville 37202-0650 Address: 1417 Murfreesboro Pike Metro Southeast Nashville 37217 Phone: 615.862.8800 Fax: 615.862.8810 Email: [email protected] Web Site: nashville.gov/vote You can submit your written request for an absentee ballot by mail, fax, or e-mail. If e-mailing your request, be sure the attached document contains the information below and your scanned signature. Name of the registered voter Address of the voter's residence Voter's social security number Voter's date of birth Address to mail the ballot The election in which the voter wishes to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the CDL containing the CDL number or the TWIC card must be included in the voter’s request. Voter's signature A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.
  9. ruraljuror

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    US tax receipts increase every year in part as a result of inflation and population growth (except during recession), but I think you'll find that those receipts almost always increase at a slower rate than projected following tax cuts (not to mention the service cuts and debt incurred to offset those underperforming projections). Don't take my word for it though, there's more than 50 years of data to analyze since Kennedy's 'truth' was revealed. Of course, even that 'truth' is somewhat conditional, right? Kennedy lowered the top tax rate from 91% to 65%, but not all cuts are equally healthy and beneficial. While it's true that a 350 pound person person may achieve a 30% reduction in body weight through diet and exercise, a 90 pound person would probably have to amputate a limb or two to see that kind of weight loss result. That said, I certainly don't expect to change your mind, and I'm happy to get back on topic here - just didn't want to leave your rant unresponded to for fear that passers-by on the board might get the wrong idea and think we were all silently nodding along in agreement here.
  10. ruraljuror

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Enlightening. Where did you get idea that the issue with income inequality is about whether or not the poor 'care' whether or not some wealthy person makes 400 or 450k a year? That would seem to me to be a straw man argument, which is a concept your obviously familiar with but seem to fail to recognize in your own logic. I can't claim to be poor, but I certainly don't care whether a person earns 40k, 400k, or 4 million a year. But I do very much care when top tax rates are cut....and then the economic stimulus that the cuts were supposed to generate falls short and we have to cut government services and incur additional national debt in order to accommodate those tax breaks. The bigger issue with income inequality, however, is that it mostly represents improvements in efficiency and automation. CEO pay relative to the average worker at their company has gone from 30 to 1 in 1970 to about 270 to 1 today. Did CEO's become 9 times more valuable at the helms of their companies over that time, or did they absorb most of the savings that came from downsizing, offshoring, golden parachuting, deregulating, and merging/acquiring their way into a cornered market? To be clear, I'm not even saying that some given CEO's 4 million dollar salary is unjustified, only that the means through which that money was accumulated has much larger social implications than whether poor people 'care' about it, and I think our standard of analysis should be a little higher than 'people still come here from desperate places so we must be on the right track'. For those refugees, lowering their chance of getting murdered by a factor of 15 might be reason enough to make the trip, but you're certainly right that income inequality won't defer them.
  11. On one hand I agree with you, but if we had one Alliance Bernstein size relocation announcement each month over the next four years--I'd be celebrating every one of them, and the ultimate effect would be pretty similar to HQ2's potential impact. In some ways, I'd prefer the monolithic HQ2 because it would allow for more centralized planning of the growth.
  12. ruraljuror

    Soccer in Nashville

    I'd take Nashville SC and SC2 instead of opting for the riskier traditional name too, but if they do go the more traditional route... Nashville Muse Nashville Cats Nashville Histrionics Nashville Hits Nashville Slingers Nashville Bell(e)s Nashville Tone Nashville Gold Nashville Rocks Nashville Gold Sox
  13. ruraljuror

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Sure, that's fair enough. But the flip side of the coin is that Beaman is also in an acidic divorce case and has 10's of millions of dollars on the line, too. Does the same scrutiny not apply to him? If history is a guide, divorce cases are always messy, especially high-dollar ones, and I'd assume that husbands and wives have been caught telling lies at about an equal measure. More importantly, however, you'll note that Beaman isn't even denying the allegations: From The Scene: On Friday morning, Lee Beaman’s lawyers asked the court to strike Kelley Beaman’s brief, arguing it “contains immaterial, impertinent and scandalous matter only meant to harass Mr. Beaman and it has little to no relevance on the issues before the Court,” though the filing does not dispute the specific allegations. Also, several of Mrs. Beaman's claims involve acts that have witnesses, who could be called to testify if Mr. Beaman were he to deny them, which may be one reason he's not disputing those allegations. Of course, none of this proves who is telling the truth or what actually happened, but I think the balance of the current available evidence is clear.
  14. ruraljuror

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Pretty sure that's a hoax.
  15. ruraljuror

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    This is some strange pretzel logic. 1. I don't know if Lee Beaman is a supporter of 'traditional family values' or not. He certainly doesn't seem to be supporting them in his own home, but I've never heard him be an outspoken opponent of prostitution or porn--just mass transit and Spanish language govt. docs. 2. "Become victims"?!?!? How about a little personal accountability on Beaman's part? Sounds like less of a 'warning' than a projection of one's own faults and insecurities. 3. Who are these materialists, what are their views that have been vindicated? As I said, I don't even know if Beaman was an outspoken 'traditional family values supporter,' but even if he was he's no worse than a hypocrite on that charge, and not that different from a tax cheat who outspokenly promotes higher tax rates or a PETA vegan who sneaks bacon for breakfast.