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Congratulations, Theresa Steward! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Responsible Nashville gun owner responsibly waves a gun during an argument with her fiance, responsibly accidentally fires it as she’s trying to holster it. Nearly kills child. Ta da!

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 26-year-old Theresa Steward and her fiancé were arguing Friday night in the driveway of their home on Blairfield Drive.

During the course of the fight, investigators said Steward pulled out her pistol.

After things cooled off, she was pulling the gun back into its holster when it went off. The bullet went flying out of her car and shattered the window of a nearby vehicle.

A child happened to be in that car. Officials said the child was not hit with the bullet, but glass from the shattered window got into the child’s eye.

Welcome to Nashville, NRA! Your good work here is done.

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I Don’t Think Human Rights Means What They Think It Means

I hate to tromp all over my last post but this just crossed my desk and I’m just … dumfounded:

A former Metro councilman known for spearheading Nashville’s failed English-only referendum is set to serve on the board of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission after receiving an appointment from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

Eric Crafton, long ridiculed by Democrats for his unsuccessful push in 2009 to make English the official language of Metro government, will begin his service on the nine-member volunteer board Friday after getting the nod from Ramsey last month.

I’m sure Sheila Butt was unavailable.

Here’s a medley of Eric Crafton’s hits.

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It City Blues

Last week I posted this video of Grammy-winning songwriter Gary Nicholson voicing opposition to a project before Nashville’s Planning Commission in song form; this week we take up that theme again with Nashville’s Shelby Bottom String Band performing the “Displacement Blues.” Enjoy:

Nashville has always been a development town; when I moved here in 1986 one of the first things I had to do was write a letter to my councilman about a subdivision under construction next door to me. That would set the tone for my next 28 years here.

The last few years have seen Nashville’s growth reach cancerous proportions. City “planners” (and I use the term loosely) and developers love to talk about the benefits of “gentrification,” but they refuse to acknowledge the downsides. The Nashville Scene has done some excellent coverage of this issue (see here, for an example).

But sometimes, as the saying goes, it all begins with a song. (I find it especially delicious irony that this video was funded by a grant from the Metro Arts Commission.)

Here’s the stuff they’re tearing down:

Before:

Before .....

Born in 1870 …..

And after:

.... and AFTER

…. Died in 2014. Fuck you, Richard Branson

Up the street from me:

Gone ... to be replaced with 28 new homes

Gone … to be replaced with 28 new homes

On the chopping block:

Standing in the way of progress

Standing in the way of progress

Fuck you, Charlotte, N.C.-based Llewellyn Development LLC:

History, schmisstory! Condos are where it's at!

History, schmisstory! Condos are where it’s at!

It’s not just the loss of history, it’s the displacement and change to neighborhood quality of life. The stone house in my neighborhood was rented to two kindergarten teachers; I doubt they could afford to live in this neighborhood any more.

Used to be, Nashville was a place people moved to because it was “easy” and “affordable.” Everything was close by, your morning commute didn’t involve sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. That’s all pretty much gone now, and good luck finding a house for under $700,000 in my neighborhood. People say $700,000 is a steal compared to cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. That may be true, but this is not those places. This is Nashville. People here don’t earn San Francisco or Los Angeles salaries. We don’t have New York or Chicago mass transit.

I’m not sure where this is all going but I do think we’re seeing the beginning of pushback. When the creative community starts speaking out — and some big names (Keith Urban, Ben Folds) are doing just that — it inspires the whole community.

It will be interesting to see where this goes.

And BTW: who’s buying these things? You tell me. But I see an awful lot of this:

Please buy me. No one else will!

Please buy me. No one else will!

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Faith-Healing And Snake Oil In Nashville

Nashville’s largest healthcare provider, St. Thomas Health, has been running this super-creepy “faith-healing” ad campaign for the past year or so now. I can’t even tell you how offensive and obnoxious I find it. It exploits is based on a quote from the Gospel of Luke, “nothing shall be impossible with God,” and while they leave out the “with God” part, the images that accompany the campaign are so overtly religious, it’s obvious what they’re selling here: faith-healing, snake-oil, and promises of miracles for those who believe.

Imagine seeing this image plastered all over town, on billboards, buses and full-page newspaper ads:Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 5.36.07 PM_0

How does this not trivialize religion?

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The TV ads are even worse. Seeing a team of doctors and nurses holding hands in prayer over an operating table does not make me want to go to this hospital. It makes me want to run in the opposite direction, as far and as fast as possible. It does not inspire confidence in the surgical team. It makes me think of this charlatan:

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On top of which, there are quite a few things that are impossible at St. Thomas Hospital. An abortion, for one thing.

I’ve been really uncomfortable with this ad campaign for a long, long time, and while I haven’t posted about it, others have (notably the Huffington Post, here, and this medical blog, here.) Interestingly, some of the campaign’s biggest detractors are religious people. From the latter link:

As I drive home from work (at an unashamedly for-profit hospital) everyday, I pass one of Nashville’s omnipresent “Nothing shall be impossible” billboards. While I am a Bible believing Christian with complete faith in God’s miraculous healing powers, the sight of the ad campaign makes me uneasy. I’m not one to be particularly politically correct or easily offended but the ad campaign gives off the illusion that if you become a patient at St. Thomas, God’s healing power is on your side.

To me, the scriptural slogan seems to imply an unintended opposite effect- it minimizes the power of God. My God cannot be contained within one hospital’s walls. He does not work in ways that we can direct with publicity stunts, let alone ways we can ever hope to understand. He may choose to heal you as a patient at St. Thomas…but he may not. That’s for him to decide, not for hospital admins looking for a raise to direct.

It’s just so tacky to exploit peoples’ religious feelings to sell something. It’s gross, and it’s disrespectful. And let’s take a look at exactly what kind of miracle we’re selling here, shall we?

Few of the people I spoke to had any idea about the actual context of Luke 1:37. It comes when Mary questions the angel Gabriel about how she will become pregnant since she is a virgin. Gabriel points to her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant after many years of having been barren, and announces, “nothing will be impossible with God” (NRSV). Indeed, Mary does become pregnant. The implication of draping this verse across a hospital entrance is that any kind of healing is possible: a barren woman becomes pregnant, and then even a virgin becomes pregnant.

St. Thomas Health does not offer fertility treatments.

So much fail.

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Only In Nashville

Songwriter Gary Nicholson has written more hits for more superstars than most of today’s young whippersnappers could ever hope to write (you can check out his songwriting resume here). He also lives in my neighborhood, and last week showed up at a Metro Planning Commission meeting to voice opposition to a truly ridiculous subdivision that had been proposed — a teensy tiny lot big enough for a magnolia tree and some idiot wants to put a dang house on it. That’s such a Nashville thing these days. I like to say I pick up my dog poop on our daily walks because if I don’t some idiot developer will plant a 3-story condo on it.

Anyhoo, Nicholson voiced his opposition in song form, and it’s truly an “only in Nashville” moment:

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Solar Panels + Ice + Puppy = Fabulousness

The sheets of ice that had covered our solar panels started to melt this afternoon. They slid off the roof in a loud rumbling whooosh. While I was concerned about getting decapitated by an ice guillotine, I survived and we had the added benefit of chew-safe playtime for the new “puppy.” Willie is now eight months old and is bigger than our full-grown dogs.

I thought this was hilarious:

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Black Ice

Chaka and Willie enjoy some playtime.

Chaka and Willie enjoy some playtime.

This morning a local news reporter brought us the sad news of a traffic fatality in which “an SUV hit some black guys.”

Swear to God. Kicking myself for not recording it. This old bit from Key & Peele will have to suffice. Nashville is encased in ice right now. I’m staying home, and if I venture out anywhere it will be on foot.

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