Monday, August 25, 2014

Middle Tennessee Republican Women Luncheon with Dr. Arthur Laffer, Social Media 101


Thursday, August 28th

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maggiano's
3106 West End Avenue
Senator Mark Green would like to invite you Lunch and to meet one our our neighbors in Nashville, Dr. Arthur Laffer, a famous economist for President Ronald Reagan. You see him often on Fox and will be able to get to know him by asking him questions that will make you laugh. Dr. Laffer is very animated and entertaining. Please make reservations to: jeff@markgreenfortennessee.com.
$250/person, $500/Co-Host or $1000/Host

Social Media 101 
 
The Middle TN Republican Women will be having a Training Class on Social Media Saturday, August 30th @ The Hampton Inn in Green Hills. One of our own members, Melissa Smithson will educate us why this is so important these days. Business, Campaigns or just family messages, it is important to  know what is happening in the field of technology that seems to change every 15 minutes. The Charge will be $10 and includes lunch.. 10:30 to Noon.. if you are interested, email:  stachiagop@gmail.com.

We encourage all candidates to come (FREE). Space is tight so first come first serve...  
 
We will be teaching the following:
The Basics of Social Media:  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

We will be reviewing the basics of three social media platforms. This will be a live training and we encourage you to bring your smartphone, laptop or tablet.  This will be a fun session and we will have you addicted by the time you leave!

Conservative Groups of Middle Tennessee August Meeting


Where:
City Club Downtown
201 4th Ave. North 
Nashville, Tennessee

When:
Wednesday, August 27th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Guest Speaker(s):
Dr. Mark Green 
State Senator
&
Daron Hall
Davidson County Sheriff

Hosts:
Tony Roberts, Dan Davis, Juan Borges and all conservative groups.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TSU College Colors Day

TSU College Colors Day

Hands on Nashville Day

Hands on Nashville Day

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Flippant Stray Thoughts for Thursday, 8/14/2014...

Commentary by Paul Jensen
Props to Channel 17 for their new 5:30 pm newscast. Well done... 

The 4th District House race brings back nightmare images of hanging chads and that guy with the huge magnifying glass... 


A Cambria Suites could be headed to Eighth Avenue South... 

Their website describes Cambria Suites as an upscale brand of luxury hotels. It is clearly aimed to the business traveler. In other words, people traveling on somebody else's money... 

So expect a $10 bottle of water (one) sitting on the desk in your room... 

If you ever need to find a Jensen MediaNet traveler, he/she will be at the Super 8... 

Or in a sleeping bag on the side of the road. Probably near a speedway... 

Bob Corker for President??? That's just what we need: another marginal Republican candidate in what should be a quality field headed to victory in 2016... 

If you are a member of a band and there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest for allegedly stealing over $4,000 worth of cords and adapters from a Franklin Walmart, you might want to make sure your band doesn't have any gigs in the Nashville area... 

Or at least change the name of the band...

Such was the case for Joel Thompson of Rochester NY, who was cuffed and stuffed before an engagement at The End on Elliston Place... 

Five years from now, when somebody googles his name, instead of finding any of the numerous newspaper and broadcast articles about this story, they will find this column and I will be blamed for ruining this man's life because he can't find a job... 

It's happened before... 

Never mind I wasn't accused of stealing from Walmart any more than I was guilty of driving my car up a utility pole at 2nd & Broadway and leaving it leaning upright against the pole... 

Yeah, that actually happened too... 

I'll never mention that person's name again... 

Massive explosions and exploding sewers. The west side is soooo boring... 

Karl Dean is coming to my part of town for his next health walk, which means he technically met my challenge because he will be walking south of Old Hickory. Never thought that would happen. But he won't be walking in my neighborhood (imagine that), nor will he be walking on Edmondson Pike, Holt Road or Nolensville Pike... 

Instead he'll be walking in Lenox Village, where everything is perfect and most of the residents are renters and not property tax-paying homeowners who are footing the bill for Dean's lavish spending... 

OK Karl, let me spell it out so even you can understand it: come take a walk on Edmondson Pike between Old Hickory and Holt Road. I'll even join you and maybe we can raise some money for the Nashville Rescue Mission... 

You might want to bring some police cars to block traffic so we don't get killed... 

Like there's a chance in hell of that ever happening... 

'Til next time, see ya'...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Caffeinated Conservatives


Where:

Uncommon Grounds
1053 Donelson Avenue
Old Hickory, Tennessee 37138

When:
Saturday, August 16th
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hot Topics for Discussion:
For Amendment 1, Lorene Steffes will be presenting the case for why you should vote Yes on 1!
For Amendment 2, a presenter will tell us why having our judges selected by the governor is a good idea!
For Amendment 3, State Senator Brian Kelsey will tell us why we need this to stop a future state income tax!

Come with your questions and appetite for good food, great coffee, and excellent conversation. See you then!

Thanks for your support !
Steven Clements & Terry Torre

Southeast Nashville Conservatives Breakfast


Where:
Shoney's (Antioch)
Bell Road @ Cane Ridge Road
I-24E Bell Road Exit

 
When:
Saturday, August 16th
Breakfast/Social (8:30 am - 9:00 am)
Meeting (9:00 am - 10:00 am)

 
Guest Speaker(s):
Lorene Steffes
'Yes on 1'

Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 for the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot regarding Abortion - Tennessee has the fewest abortion restrictions of any state in the southeast 

Ms. Steffes has a video/slide presentation you don't want to miss.

 
Hosts:
Robert Duvall & Pat Carl
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Nashville's TV Weather War

Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen
Commentary by Paul Jensen
Awhile back, Channel 4 purchased a new weather radar, no doubt at considerable expense. It sits atop a free-standing tower in Williamson County. I don't know if the tower was constructed for the radar or already existed, although I don't recall seeing it there before. The tower and radar looks like a pretty hefty investment. 

It is somewhat amusing, and annoying, to watch Channels 4 and 5 try to out-gimmick each other. Weather is one of their favorite places to add mostly meaningless gadgets. One has to wonder how much is spent on this stuff.

The richest person in Nashville TV is probably the person who sells broadcast equipment.

Channel 17 seems to do well without the gimmicks. Channel 2, which probably has the lowest budget (yes, it shows), may have as many weather viewers as the big spenders. Why? Because Nashvillians like Lisa Patton. She's knowledgeable, real and doesn't rely on silly gadgets to tell us what the weather will do. She uses something called Predictor to show us visually what the weather is going to do. Predictor may be a little old, but it gets the job done. Isn't that the point?

There is no doubt television stations like 4 and 5 are taking major cues from consultants. Evidently these major market television stations cannot hire trained broadcast professionals who know what they are doing and can think for themselves. 

It was hired gun consultants that destroyed local radio in this country, and now local television is next. 

How about spending less money on the stupid toys and instead work on more accurate forecasts, because accuracy is certainly not improving. 

I-24 during the early stages of the Great Flood
of 2010. 10 people died in Nashville, including
several at this spot. Nobody saw this coming.
The author drove thru this stretch of highway
less than 30 minutes before this happened.
Case in point: The Great Flood of 2010. There was a chance for rain that day, but flooding was not predicted. Once it started raining, we were not told that the rain would not stop anytime soon. Not until buildings were floating down I-24 and people started dying did anybody start taking the storm seriously. 

I drove thru that section of I-24 in Antioch less than 30 minutes before several people died there. It was raining very heavily, but I assumed it was a microburst. I had the radio on, but that's useless in situations such as that day. 

Let's face it. I have several weather apps on my Kindle that is as good or better than what's on TV. Chances are you do as well on your phone and/or tablet. 

Most people judge TV weathercasts based on who is delivering the information, not the toys. 

The forecast called for a chance of rain with
no flooding expected. Over 13 inches of
rain fell on Nashville on May 1-2, 2010.
Channel 4 has now taken the radar war to a new logic-defying level. When they first got their new radar, the "only live radar in Middle Tennessee," they relied solely on their new gadget. Each time they showed the radar, the weather person would exhaustively try to explain why their radar was better than everybody else's. 

I heard that explanation so many times I started throwing stuff at the TV. Channel 5 quickly responded with "Power of 5" to explain the five weather bureau radars they were using. 

I should note that whenever you see a radar on TV or the Internet, there may be a slight delay. Who cares? The delay was to entice users to pay for the live images. This practice is winding down as live radar becomes the norm. 

So what makes Channel 4's radar better than everyone else's? When they call their radar "Middle Tennessee's only live radar," they're clearly imply the other station's radars are delayed. 

Now here is where it gets interesting. 

Channel 5 must have struck a nerve with their "Power of 5" motto, because now Channel 4 shows their radar AND the five weather bureau radars. 

But if the five other radars are delayed, then when Channel 4 shows all six radars at once, the blobs should be jumping back and fourth. When the Channel 4 live radar hits a blob, the blob would be in one place. But when the first of the five other radars hits the blob, the blob should jump back. Then when the live radar sweeps the blob next time, the blob should jump ahead. 

That does not happen. The five weather bureau radars and Channel 4's toy show the exact same thing! So all of Lisa Spencer's caterwauling about their fancy radar, implying it was better than what everyone else is using, is just a bunch of bogus hype. And annoying. 

If you need me, I'll be watching Channel 17.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flippant Stray Thoughts for Monday 7/28/2014...

By Paul Jensen


90 percent of downtown residents have college degrees, so says TV... 

If the talking flicker box says it's so, it must be true... 

Who would even want to stay in a hotel on Printers Alley?... 

If every other ad on TV is going to involve genitalia, let's just bring back cigarette advertising. The tobacco companies would push those other ads off the screen... 

Everyone under 40 should have the 'Winston tastes good like a cigarette should' jingle drilled into their brains so much they will never forget it, even if they live to be 1,000... 

Admit it quinquagenarians, you have the Winston jingle playing in your head right now... 

Quinquagenarians - That would be an excellent Word of the Day for O'Reilly... 

Loon/Mensa Award: Zachary Smith of Antioch was arrested for allegedly calling 911 and threatening to blow up a runway at BNA. Smith also supposedly tried to call the Russian Embassy in Washington... 

He deleted the calls from his cellphone, but this 25-year-old genius did not understand that records of those calls are in the phone forever. Police were able to extract the information from his phone... 

Maybe he was trying to call the Embassy Suites and got the wrong number...

Could have happened... 

What I learned in journalism class: so long as you put the word 'allegedly' in front of it, you can pretty much say anything about anybody... 

AT&T will give Google some good ol' American competition in providing super-fast Internet for Music City...

Let's hear it for capitalism!... 

'Till next time, see ya'...


Classic...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Flippant Stray Thoughts for Monday 7/21/2014...

By Paul Jensen
My last column sucked. Sorry about that. I'll try to do better... 

Just remember how much you pay to read this... 

For those of you from Kentucky, that would be free... 

I have friends in Kentucky and it's only a matter of time before I piss somebody off. Why should they be treated any differently... 

This column would have been out sooner, but I made myself write 'My columns will not suck' 500 times on a piece of paper... 

OK, I actually hired a communications major at Belmont to write it for me... 

Summer is back... 

The Cadillac CTS is so much of a crapcan General Motors has told dealers to stop selling them. That includes models dating back to 2003! Apparently GM cannot figure out how to un-crap them... 

BNA has set a record with 10.6 million passengers passing thru over the past 12 months... 

Amazon is planning a new sorting facility near the airport. 100 jobs... 

Laura Ingraham will be in town Tuesday pimping for Joe Carr. Millennium Maxwell House Hotel... 

Heard they have good coffee there... 

Sommet The Big Tire dropped three spots to 12th in U.S. concert attendance for the first half of 2014. Total tickets sold: 168,830... 

Karl '$25 million per mile for a bus route is a bargain' Dean is gearing up for another of his fitness walks this weekend. I would like to invite the mayor to come down to the far south side for one of his walks. Specifically, south of Old Hickory Blvd... 

Yeah, we're in the city and we pay taxes too... 

When Dean rebutted my front page comments in the Tennessean about not spending any money to help the folks, he claimed to have built some sidewalks. I challenge him to come down here and show us exactly where he did that... 

Because if Karl Dean came down here for one of his walks, he'd have a tough time, because there are no sidewalks or bike lanes connecting one neighborhood to the next one. The only way to do that is on narrow two-lane roads with heavy traffic... 

He also might want to bring some guardrails with him, because there are some damn deep ditches on curves on some of those roads... 

I constantly see brave (stupid?) cyclists rolling down Holt Road or Edmondson Pike, risking life and limb for a workout or some 'green' transportation. The roads aren't wide enough for two cars and a bicycle. And don't forget those ditches... 

And Karl, if you do take me up on my invitation, I strongly suggest you do a lot of praying... 

'Till next time, see ya'...

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