Monday, October 20, 2014

Davidson County Young Republicans

Wednesday, October 22nd
6:00 p.m. 

Jonathan's Grille
3805 Green Hills Village Dr.
Commissioner Susan Whitaker
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Please come out and support the DC Young Republicans

We file your incorporation or LLC – You focus on your business

Monday, October 13, 2014

Caffeinated Conservatives Breakfast Club

Bagelface Bakery (700 Main Street in East Nashville)

Saturday, October 18th
12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Guest Speaker(s):
TN Senate candidate Diana Cuellar (District 21) 
TN House candidate John Wang (District 53)

Q and A after the presentations.

Stephen Clements and Terry Torre

Election Forum: State House 60, State Senate 21

Election Forum: State House 60, State Senate 21

Stylin Trucks

Friday, October 10, 2014

Time to Throw Locker Under the Bus

Commentary by Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Let me start out by saying I don't throw sports people under the bus too quickly. I may have knee-jerk reactions to everything else in life, but I recognize that in team sports, half of the teams are losers every time out. In individual sports, everyone is a loser save one. 

For example, I'm not ready to throw Ken Whisenhunt or Vandy's Derek Mason under the bus (although Mason is getting closer).

I was a huge fan of Jake Locker from the day the Tennessee Titans drafted him. I thought he was an outstanding pick. I supported the Titans decision to not go after Peyton Manning because the future in Nashville was with Locker. I figured Manning had maybe a year or two left, if that, while Locker was the future of the franchise.

OK, there's a reason why I'm not an NFL general manager.

Locker served his time as understudy to Matt Hasselbeck. The Titans cut Hasselbeck loose a year too early, but that was just one of many, many personnel blunders the team has had in recent years.

Exit Hasselbeck stage left, enter Locker to prime time.

Watching him play, it's easy to see why the Titans were so high on Locker. He has the tools to be an upper-tier quarterback in the NFL. The key words here are "watching him play," because it is difficult to watch him play when he's not playing.

The Titans have seen too much of this.
Jake Locker has played in more than seven games in a season only once.

Locker managed to get through 2011 without injury, but he only played in relief roles in five games.

The former University of Washington standout played a career-to-date high of 11 games in 2012, missing five games due to twice injuring his non-throwing shoulder.

2013 saw Locker appearing in just seven games due to an injury to his right knee and a season-ending foot injury that required surgury.

Now 2014 brings more injuries. Through the first five games of this season, Locker has missed one start (wrist) and failed to finish one game (thumb). In addition, he finished another game in pain after suffering the wrist injury. It doesn't look like he'll be starting Sunday against Jacksonville.

Locker bristles at being called injury prone, but the NFL is a results-oriented business. Locker's injuries cannot be attributed to poor training or conditioning. He is just, well, injury prone.

His contract is up after this season, and it's starting to look like he's not coming back. It is entirely possible Locker could go to another team, shake off the injuries and have a fine career. But we just watched Bett Favre start 8 million consecutive games, playing through all sorts of injuries, including at least one concussion. When you compare Favre with Locker's record of missed time, what would you do?

Jake Locker has great ability and is paid good money to be a starting quarterback. He's not living up to that standard, so I say it's time to throw him under the bus.

(You can contact Paul Jensen at

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nashville's Top Radio Stations

Nashville's top radio stations according to Nielsen:
  1. WJXA-FM [92.9] (Adult Contemporary)
  2. WRVW-FM [107.5] (Pop/Contemporary Hits)
  3. WQQK-FM [92.1] (Urban Adult Contemporary)
  4. WUBT-FM [101.1) (Urban Contemporary)
  5. WSIX-FM [97.9) [Country)

Paul Jensen: Karl Dean's Misplaced Priorities

Commentary by Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Friday was walk to school day. Thousands of Metro students skipped the bus in order to walk to school. What a grand idea! I walked to school and I usually found it to be exhilarating. And I did it without a cell phone! 

Of course Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, always looking for an opportunity to get in front of a camera, also took part, walking to a Metro school with some kids. That's fine. I have no problem with that. After all, Karl is the fitness mayor. 

Or so he wants you to believe. The local news media has certainly fallen for Dean's fitness ruse. But Friday's Walk poked another hole in Karl's hypocritical rhetoric. 

I noticed Karl didn't walk to school with kids from my neighborhood. He walked with children in neighborhoods where there are sidewalks. Stoplights . Safe. 

He would have had a difficult time walking kids to school in my neighborhood, or dozens if not hundreds of other neighborhoods around the city. That is because there are no schools in my neighborhood. No elementary school. No middle school. No high school. 

That's fine. We don't need any schools within our neighborhood (although a closer high school would be nice). The problem is kids can't walk to school because once they get out of the neighborhood, there is no place for them to walk. 

Nashville Mayor
Karl Dean
There are several hundred homes in my neighborhood. The only way in or out is via very busy, very narrow two-lane roads with no sidewalks or bike lanes. The only way to get to any school is riding a taxpayer-provided bus or in a private vehicle, both of which adds more traffic to roads already over capacity. 

Out here on the edge, well away from any view of the city skyline, we must rely on roads that were designed to be country lanes with very little traffic. But now these secondary collector roads are serving several thousand homes each. And my part of town is not unique. 

Just a week ago there was an article about Donelson, and the urban renewal and growth taking place there. That's the airport, Grand Ole Opry and the largest hotel in the city folks. They can't get any money for improvements in their neighborhoods either. Same in Madison and many other places around town. 

If it's outside the inner loop, Karl Dean does not see it. While he sees no need for safety in neighborhoods full of taxpayers throughout the city, he not only sees a need for an $18 million sidewalk connecting the Gulch with SoBro, but he sees an immediate need for that sidewalk.

Gulch residents are singing that they need that sidewalk. Poor babies, they have to walk over some railroad tracks to get to SoBro, or (gasp!) use the existing Demonbreun Street overpass. Condos in the Gulch range up to $1.6 million and beyond, and these people need an $18 million sidewalk to get to hockey games? Ever hear of taxi cabs?

After the Metro Council shot down this silly idea, Karl came back with a tax-increment financing plan to pay for the gold-plated sidewalk. Future increases in Gulch property taxes would pay for the walkway.

Typical government - kicking the can down the road so it gets paid for on somebody else's watch. But pay it now or pay it later, it's still $18 million not going to the general fund. $18 million that could be used for widening roads beyond the skyline, adding guard rails, bike lanes and yes, sidewalks.

Dean's true agenda is to appease wealthy campaign donors, and they are found downtown in places like the Gulch and not in my neighborhood, because Dean certainly has political aspirations beyond the mayor's office. Whether he runs for governor, U.S. Senate or whatever, he's going to need money. A lot of it. So why not start now while he still can spend taxpayer money to suck up to donors?

How else do you explain an $18 million sidewalk or a $175 million bus that runs for 7 miles?

When I first became active in politics, I stood before the city council in Destin FL to speak on the subject of a shady beachfront development deal. In a calm, inquisitive manner, I asked,"Who profits from this?" I thought one council member was going to crawl over the dais and grab me by the neck! It turned out he was armpit-deep in the project and stood to make a great deal of money.

"Who profits from this?" That's a question we need to be asking in Music City.

(Paul Jensen is a blogger, pundit and skeptic. He has no hope of a Metro street sweeper ever cleaning the street in front of his house. You can reach him at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tennessee Bipartisan Prayer Dinner

Tennessee Bipartisan Prayer Dinner

Jacob Bromwell: Vintage Popcorn Poppers

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Nashville Republican Women

October Meeting
Wednesday, October 8th
Richland Country Club,
10:30 am social - 11:00 Program                             
Frank Gaffney - 'Radical Islam and   Sharia Law'"

MC for the evening will be Phil Valentine, host of a Nashville Conservative Radio Show on WWTN (1180 FM) 3:00-7:00 pm central time.  Phil has authored 3 books and produced, directed and acted in a documentary, "An Inconsistent Truth"

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The Center is a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.

Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. On Secure Freedom Radio, Mr. Gaffney addresses current and emerging threats to national security, sovereignty and our ways of life. Featured guests have included Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld and many current and former policymakers and elected officials.

Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Gaffney's leadership has been recognized by numerous organizations including: the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (1987), the U.S. Business and Industry Council's Defender of the National Interest Award (1994), the Navy League of the United States' "Alfred Thayer Mahan Literary Achievement Award" (1999), and the Zionist Organization of America's "Louis Brandeis Award" (2003).

Mr. Gaffney is the publisher and associate author of Shariah: The Threat to America (Center for Security Policy Press, 2010).  With an introduction by former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, New York Times bestseller Andrew C. McCarthy and Lt. General Harry Soyster as well as contributions from the 19-member Team B II, this highly acclaimed report provides a comprehensive and articulate "second opinion" on the official characterizations and assessments of the threat of political Islam as put forward by the US Government. Shariah: The Threat draws upon the work of the Center for Security Policy and offers practical steps for mobilizing the our law enforcement, our elected officials and the American public to defend out country from those who would do us harm.

Program w\Lunch - $24.00
RSVP is requested by Friday October 3rd.
Make checks payable to NRW ($24). 

Mail to:
Ruthie Liner, Treasurer, NRW
P.O. Box 58882, Nashville, TN 37205

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Country Music Cruise to Support Nashville Rescue Mission

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