Wednesday, July 29, 2015

07/28/15 Special Metro Council Meeting



Today's Weather - Wednesday 7/29/2015



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Grand Ole Opry Lineup: Tuesday 7/28/2015 (Opry House)

  • Terri Clark
  • Riders In The Sky
  • Mandy Barnett
  • David Nail
  • The Whites
  • Chris Janson
  • Love and Theft
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

Monday, July 27, 2015

07/22/15 Metro Sports Authority Meeting



Just an observation...

If you are persuaded by all those trashy signs stuck in the ground outside of polling places, you are not informed enough to vote. Turn around, go back to your car and go home so you don't miss Dr. Phil and Ellen.

(Channel 2 photo)


07/23/15 Metro Transportation Licensing Commission Meeting

A four-minute joke of a meeting. Did you know Mama Metro decides who can and cannot drive a tow truck? In a city of over 600,000 people? Now right here is a place where we can save some money...



Today's Weather - Monday 7/27/2015



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Grand Ole Opry Lineup: Saturday 7/25/2015 (Opry House)

Early Show
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Ashley Clark
  • Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
  • The Whites
  • Logan Brill
  • Exile
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Charlie Worsham
  • Opry Square Dancers
  • Connie Smith
  • Carrie Underwood
Late Show
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Ashley Clark
  • Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
  • Connie Smith
  • Carrie Underwood
  • The Whites
  • Charlie Worsham
  • Opry Square Dancers
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Logan Brill
  • Exile

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dissecting a Bill Freeman Campaign Mailer

Commentary by Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Every few days or so, I get a campaign mailer from Nashville Mayoral candidate Bill Freeman. Normally these go straight into the shredder, but I decided to take a closer look at one I received the other day.

Metro politics is non-partisan, but if I had to put a label on this guy, it would be Socialist. He proudly announced at one of the candidate debates that he would use the power of government to forcefully take private property because he doesn't like how it's being used. None of the other candidates were willing to go that far.

Freeman uses the common left-wing strategy of identity politics. Everyone is placed in a box, and you'll get goodies if you're in the right box. This is known as income redistribution. I am in the White Male Property Owner box, so all I get is screwed. I get to pay for the people Freeman places in a worthy box.

The featured box for this mailer is women. One side shows an image of a woman, with the following:
"My family counts on my income to help make ends meet. I'm for Bill Freeman because I need to know I'm getting paid what I deserve."
I agree. My guess is everyone agrees. Does Freeman have proof this is happening at Metro? Or anywhere else in Nashville? I don't mean some survey or hair-brained consultant's report. Can he give solid examples of where this happens? Names? Does he have any names?

Having been a municipal payroll accountant for over ten years as well as a CPP, payroll is something I know a lot about. Can Freeman show the separate pay scales Metro or anyone else uses, one for males and one for females? No he can't, because they don't exist.

Does Freeman know if Metro Human Resources or certain department heads are using pay to discriminate against female employees? Names Billy. We need names! Tell us who they are and vow to fire them on day one.

It is rare two employees are exactly alike. If they are, they are most likely new entry-level employees. Based on experience, education, etc., new hires may start at different steps in the pay grade. Responsibilities may not even be in the same grade. What about performance raises? People who do exemplary work should get merit raises. Slackers should be fired. But we all know that rarely happens in government.

Does Bill Freeman even know what the hell I'm talking about? I seriously doubt it. What he does know, is that when he promises equal pay, low-information female employees expect Freeman will give them a raise if he's elected, so of course they'll vote for him.

Even though Freeman can't provide ONE solid example of this happening, he threatens to make EVERY EMPLOYER IN THE CITY provide equal pay. What does this mean? How will he know which employers are not paying women fairly? How would they be punished? Just one more Freeman idea to drive jobs out of the city and into the suburbs.

Bill Freeman would be a helluva mayor for Nashville if you live in Franklin. Or Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, or anyplace else in Middle Tennessee that's not Nashville.

So let's talk about private employers, Freeman wants to raise the minimum wage even though he knows that is backfiring everywhere else the minimum wage has already been raised. Businesses are closing and people are losing their jobs. Freeman knows this but he doesn't care. What he does know is that low-information voters want a raise for doing nothing, so of course they'll vote for Freeman. They don't understand that Bill Freeman will be playing Russian Roulette with their jobs.

Freeman claims increasing the minimum wage will "lift tens of thousands of Nashville families out of poverty." That is so stupid I don't know if I can even stoop low enough to explain why that is a lie. I'm not sure I am capable of communicating with people ignorant enough to believe that.

Liberals like to claim that raising the minimum wage would take people off of public assistance. Really? There's a story this week out of Loontown Seattle that dispels this left-wing myth. What is happening in Seattle now is that low-wage workers are asking their bosses to have their hours cut in half. Why? Because with the increase in minimum wage, they're making too much money and they'll lose their welfare benefits. They want to make the same money they were earning before, but now with just half of the hours.

It is absurd to think it is "fair" for some lazy-ass to drop out of high school and step into a $15/hour job that requires no skills when there are COLLEGE GRADUATES not making $15/hour.

Liberals want everyone to have equal outcomes. That doesn't work because everyone does not put in the same effort. Equal opportunity does not mean equal outcomes.

Then there's affordable housing. Metro is currently moving forward with legislation that would require developers to dedicate a minimum percentage of homes in their projects to "affordable housing." They're looking at 14%. So with more than 1 in 10 new homes required to be "affordable," developers of middle class and high-end projects will move to Williamson or other suburban counties, where they appreciate the benefits of having more taxpayers.

In the mailer, Freeman says he wants to build 10,000 "affordable" homes in Nashville. He does not say how in the hell he plans to pay for these homes. Maybe he'll pay for them from out of his stash, I don't know.

Freeman proudly announced at one debate that he would bring in his contractor buddies from around the country to build these homes. He doesn't even plan to use local contractors and local labor! Unions - are you paying attention? Freeman will screw you just like Karl Dean screwed you with the convention center.

I had a great time looking over Freeman's campaign mailer. I only had to call my cardiologist twice while reading it. Now, if you replaced all the "Freeman's" in this article with "Megan Barry," it would still be pretty much accurate.








(Paul Jensen can be reached at PJensen@middletnracingscene.com)

Today's Weather - Friday 7/24/2015



Grand Ole Opry Lineup: Friday 7/24/2015

Early Show
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Carly Pearce
  • Mike Snider
  • The Whites
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Kristian Bush
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Jackie Lee
  • Point of Grace
  • Connie Smith
  • Carrie Underwood
Late Show
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Carly Pearce
  • Mike Snider
  • Connie Smith
  • Carrie Underwood
  • The Whites
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Kristian Bush
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Jackie Lee
  • Point of Grace

Thursday, July 23, 2015

07/21/15 Metro Council Meeting



Today's Weather - Thursday 7/23/2015


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Today's Weather - Wednesday 7/22/2015



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