Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Caffinated Conservatives meets Saturday, Oct. 28th, Noon to 2PM

Hi All,

Hope this email finds you all well and enjoying this amazing fall weather. 

It's obviously been too long since we got together, and we apologize for that.  A couple of speakers fell through and there were some conflicts with the dates. 

We are hoping that you all missed getting together as much as we have.  We still don't have a speaker, but with everything that has been going on, there is much to talk about including how everyone would like to see Caffeinated Conservatives going forward.  We've spoken to a few of you who were hoping for a revival.  And Chuck is ready, willing and pleased to host us.

Hope to see you there. Saturday, October 28 from 12 noon to 2.  Uncommon Grounds, 1053 Donelson Ave, Old Hickory 37138
Kevin and Laura Baigert

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Joe Biden advocates violence toward Donald Trump. " I wish I could take Trump behind the gym."

During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania for Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden said that he wishes he and Donald Trump were in high school and he could take Trump behind the gym. This got very little notice.  If Trump had said the same thing about Biden, it would have been bold headline and it would have been the lead story on the 6 0'clock news. I am not a Trump fan and am not voting for him, but the media bias is blatant and undeniable. Trumps demeaning comments toward women makes news for weeks, and Hillary gets a free ride for protecting her rapist husband and demeaning his accusers.  The media alleges that Trumps rallies promote violence and yet ignore the paid thugs sent to commit violence at Trump rallies. The media showcases a few nut jobs supporting Trump but ignores the many radicals supporting Hillary.  I can guarantee you it Trump had said the same thing about Biden, the headline would be, "Trump advocates violence toward Joe Biden."

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Hillary Clinton Ally donates $500k to Campaign of FBI Official's wife

A longtime Hillary Clinton ally donated approximately $500,000 to the wife of an FBI official who later helped oversee the investigation into Clinton's email use.
The FBI probe which cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing was conducted by Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe's wife ran for Congress and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a long-time Clinton insider and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, helped facilitate donations – two separate campaign contributions to, one for $467,500 and another for $207,788 to McCabe's wife's campaign. McCabe should have recused himself from conducting the investigation. His objectivity is obviously compromised.

While I am concerned about the corruptions of Hillary Clinton, I am more concerned about the corruption of government institutions. When the FBI can no longer be trusted, when powerful people are above the law and can destroy subpoenaed information with impunity, when pay-to-play is the standard operating procedure, when the IRS is used to go after the enemies of the administration, then that may not change with a change of who is in office.  I do not necessarily think Republicans are more virtuous than Democrats.  Once rule of law is thrown out the window and once Americans stop being concerned about government corruption,  then the instruments of government will be used to protect those in office and go after the administration's enemies, regardless of which party is in power. 

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Elect Stacy Ries Snyder for Congress

The incumbent is a career politician who has spend 26 years in Congress. It is time for a change. For more information on Stacy Ries Snyder, visit her website at this link.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Actually, illegal immigrants bring down the crime rate.

Anti-immigration rhetoric has been a staple of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. He has pledged to build a wall across the southern border with Mexico, has said he would ban all Muslim immigration, and has called Mexican immigrants rapist and drug dealers.

When he declared his presidency he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you." "They’re not sending you,” he said as he pointed toward members of the audience at his June 16th speech announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president from Trump Tower. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

First of all, of course, Mexico is not sending anyone.  Individual Mexicans are coming to America; not being sent. While there are Mexican immigrants who commit rape and murderer and various other crimes. the truth is that immigrants to the U.S., legal or illegal, are less likely than native born Americans  to commit violent crimes or be incarcerated. Actually illegal immigrants bring down the crime rate.

People have a perception that illegal immigrants create more crime because when an illegal immigrant does commit an especially grievous crime it is highly publicized.  What data is available simply does not support that perception. The data is often incomplete and open to interpretation but the impact on crime of illegal immigrants is minimal. Of course, low income people in general commit more violent crime than middle income and upper income people, and young adults commit more crime than older adults, and men commit more crime than women.  Illegal immigrants tend to be made up of low income people, more younger adults than older adults, and somewhat more men than women.  Despite illegal immigrants being comprised of the demographics that are more crime prone, still the evidence does not show that immigrants commit crime at a higher rate.

There is an old saying that "figures don't lie, but liars can figure," and if one wants to find articles that substantiate the claim that immigrants commit crime at a greater rate than native citizens one can find it.  There are conflicting studies. Many of the studies that do reach a conclusion that illegal immigrants commit crime at a higher rate, compare apples to oranges and the data is cherry picked and the studies are seriously flawed. Some studies include statutory violations such as violating immigration laws, or driving under the influences, or driving without a license, or simple possession of marijuana. If these misdemeanor offense are included, then there may be a higher rate of crime.  Most people when thinking of crime rates are not thinking of minor misdemeanor offenses.

Studies that examine serious crime, felonies such as rape or murder, show illegal immigrants are less crime prone than citizens. Looking into this, I read a lot of news articles and studies trying to determine the truth. You can find conflicting studies, but one of the best studies that explained the methodologies of the studies and explained the data was that by The Cato Institute. Cato found, "with few exceptions, immigrants are less crime prone than natives or have no effect on crime rates." 

For more on the issue, in addition to the Cato study highlighted above, I suggest the following:
The Mythical Connection Between Immigrants and Crime WSJ  
Illegal Immigration Might Actually Reduce Crime Rates  Pacific Standard  
Debunking the Myth of Immigrant Criminality: Imprisonment Among First- and Second-Generation Young Men   Migration Policy Institute
Does Crime Drop When Immigrants Move In?  NPR 
 Criminal Immigrants? Reason

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Vote for Davette Blalock in District 53

Davette Blalock was born on 9/11/1971 in Elizabethtown, KY.
The only child of David and Wanda Dennison. Her father was involved in the first Apollo Space Program in Cape Canaveral, Florida in the U.S. Navy with NASA in the sixties before returning home and settling down to raise a family.
Her father started a worldwide educational book distributorship in 1964. Education was a priority in Davette’s life as a result of her upbringing and paternal influence.
Davette and family moved to a Farm in Indiana in 3rd grade through the 9th grade which gave Davette first-hand experience in Agri-Business and the lifestyle and farmer’s strife in America. Davette and family moved to Nashville because of the job opportunity of the Lead Construction Manager position it brought her family when the Airport was being converted into an International Airport.
Davette begin her 10th grade the first year Hunters Lane High School opened.
Davette and family settled down in South Nashville the next year and graduated John Overton High School in 1989.
Davette was raised by a Mother that had worked in a Salon in Hopkinsville, KY earlier in her life where she went to work with her and played with all the clients just about every day. She learned early to love and respect all kinds of people. She became a natural people person. She also learned the Cosmetology trade so when she graduated High School she achieved her Cosmetology License.
She worked at JC Penny’s and Regis Beauty Salon in Hickory Hollow Mall while she studied Law and Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.
She achieved her Real Estate license to begin her career in the professional world of investments as she continued at MTSU.
Davette has an entrepreneurial mind so in 1995 she started her own Real Estate Brokerage firm. She successfully managed other Real Estate agents and grew her referral base. Davette liked the way she made her clients feel as she earned each and everyone's trust. However, she felt as though she could offer still more to her clients. Therefore, Davette found her niche in full financial planning.
To expand her economic horizons she joined American Express Financial Advisors in 1999. Davette has achieved the Series 7 license (stock broker), the Series 24 License (Securities Management), Life & Health Insurance License, Property & Casualty Insurance License, and Surplus Insurance License, Real Estate Broker's License.
After breaking sales records at American Express she was recruited by Allstate Financial Services in 2000 to provide Financial Planning to Allstate’s clients in middle Tennessee. In this role she managed over 25 Allstate Offices and staff for their Financial Service's needs. In 2004 Davette took a leave of absence to get married to her husband Brian Blalock and give birth to her 1st child Victoria Blalock.
During the leave of absence Davette completed the (CFP) Certified Financial Planning school. Davette stayed home for two years to concentrate on early child development and nurturing as a new mother.
In 2006 Davette opened her own Farmers Insurance Agency enabling her to combine her efforts to offer her clients Real Estate, Financial Estate and Retirement Planning, and Insurance specialties. She has managed several assistants and agents over the years of her businesses.
In 2010 Davette gave birth to her 2nd child, Lance David Blalock. During her pregnancy, Davette was encouraged by many friends and family members to take her wisdom and experience to city government to give additional elements of excellence to the government that serves the greater Nashville community.
In 2010 Davette ran for the Metro City Council for District 27 and won a landslide victory of 61.6% of the vote against two opponents.
In 2015 she was re-elected, beating her opponent that spent three times more money by 64.3% of the vote. Although Davette’s accomplishments and contributions of expertise to the Metro City Council are unmatchable and has earned her worthy respect by council members and her district, as evidenced by her margin of approval in her election victories, she has been groomed by that experience and it has fine-tuned her parliamentary skills to easily qualify her for State Government where she will undoubtedly achieve positive results using acutely calibrated sagacity and persuasive ability to marshal a consensus from both parties of the House that will serve and empower the millions of people in Tennessee.
Davette is running for the Tennessee State House of Representatives for House district 53, for 2016 and graciously asks for your Vote.

Please vote for Davette Blalock in District 53. For more on Davette Blalock, visit her webpage at this link

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Reelect Steve Dickerson to the State Senate District 20

Steve is a 20 year resident of Nashville. Born in Newton, Iowa and raised in South Carolina, Steve first grew to love Tennessee when he attended college at the University of the South in Sewanee. Later, he received his medical degree at Wake Forest University where he met his wife, Katrina.
In 1996, Steve and Katrina moved to Nashville, returning to Tennessee to raise a family and put down roots.

Steve spends most of his time off being humbled by his sons in various video games and athletic endeavors. He has found his experience to be no match for their youthful athleticism and has found himself finishing fourth in most games.

Steve’s favorite hobby is playing guitar and one of his great joys is sharing that love of music with his three sons as they each now pursue they’re own musical interest. Though he resembles James Taylor, Steve tries to meld the musical style of Eddie Van Halen and the coolness of Keith Richards when onstage. Steve won’t be quitting his day job anytime soon.

Steve has been a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain management doctor for over twenty years. During that time, he has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association, been chairman of the Board of the Middle Tennessee School of Medicine, been president of the Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists, and been elected chief of staff of two local hospitals.
In 2010, Steve ran for state senate and was defeated by the unparalleled Douglas Henry. In 2012, Steve ran, won and has represented the 20th district in the State Senate since.

Please vote for Steve Dickerson in State Senate District 20. For more on Steve Dickerson, visit his website.

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Vote for Diane Black in District 6.

From her first days in public office leading the fight against a Republican governor’s proposed state income tax, Diane Black has proven herself as a fearless leader, unafraid to stand up to members of her own party when they stray from our conservative principles. A small business owner and a nurse for more than 40 years, Diane is leading the fight to balance the federal budget, overhaul our broken tax code, REPEAL Obamacare, and protect our Tennessee values, which is why the American Conservative Union honored her with the prestigious “Defender of Liberty” award for her 100% conservative voting record.

In Congress, Diane Black fought back against President Obama’s out-of-control spending by cosponsoring a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and working with Chairman Paul Ryan to author the Path to Prosperity Budget which cuts spending by $4.6 trillion, saves Medicare for future generations, and balances within ten years. Diane Black was the first member of Congress to pass legislation repealing a health care provision in Obamacare which saved taxpayers $13 billion. She is continuing to fight tooth and nail to fully repeal this law.

Building off of her work in the Tennessee state legislature as a leader in the fight to stop illegal immigration, Diane Black wrote and passed through the House of Representatives legislation to defund President Obama’s politically motivated lawsuits against states like Arizona that enforce commonsense immigration laws, earning Black an A+ rating during the 112th Congress from the conservative anti-amnesty group Numbers USA.

A tireless advocate for the rights of the unborn, Diane Black’s first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress, H.R. 217 would withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other so-called “family planning” organizations that perform abortions. Black is also the author of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, legislation to protect the First Amendment rights of health care providers to refuse to perform abortions and offers full exemption from the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) employee healthcare mandate that requires coverage for abortion inducing drugs.

As a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Diane Black is a leading voice in the fight to stop the rampant abuses of power within President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Most recently, Black introduced H.R. 2022, Stopping Government Abuse of Taxpayer Information Act, legislation that calls for the immediate firing of all IRS agents who targeted Americans based on their beliefs and goes after all government agencies with access to Obamacare’s Federal Data Services Hub, the largest compilation of personal information the U.S. government has ever attempted, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Black and her husband of over 30 years, Dr. David Black have three grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Gallatin and attend Community Church in Hendersonville.

Please reelect Diane Black to Congress in the 6th District. For more on Diane Black, visit her website.

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The Objective Media comic book

ABC (All bout Clinton). CNN (Clinton News Network). NBC (Nothing but Clinton). CBS (Clinton BS) and the corrupt biassed mainstream print media.

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The Dead Baby award goes to Mayor Megan Barry for honoring Planned Parenthood

If you saw the Metro Courthouse or the Korean Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge washed in pink light on Monday night and wondered why, it was to honor the Planned Parenthood chain of abortion clinics.  Mayor Barry ordered the lighting in pink to honor the organization and she issued a proclamation in support of Planned Parenthood asking the public to support their local branch.
The proclamation was for the organization’s 100th anniversary. It states that Planned Parenthood is “key in the next century to assisting millions of people in accessing the healthcare they need and deserve.”  The proclamation was not posted on Metro's website and I asked for a copy but have received one as of yet.  Here is the news of the proclamation.

Planned Parenthood terminates about 320,000 pregnancies a year and has ended almost 7 million
unborn babies’ lives since its founding 100 years ago.  They and those who honor them are proud or that record.  Planned Parenthood’s human rights abuses go back to its roots. The group’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a well-known eugenicist and racist who promoted sterilization and birth control as ways to “weed out” human beings who she deemed “unfit.”  That thinking was acceptable at that time and was considered a progressive enlightened idea. Those she considered unfit included Blacks, Jews, the feeble-minded, slavs, Latins and "the pauper class."  She spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies and she advocated exterminating the Negro race.  Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood sterilized 60,000 "unfit" people. (link, link, link)

In addition to taking the lives of almost 7 million babies, several women also have died after having abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities. Two years Planned Parenthood paid a $ 2 million settlement to the family of an Illinois women who died from a botched abortion at one of its facilities. The Planned Parenthood facility reportedly waited five hours before sending the woman to the hospital and never called 911. Planned Parenthood has also engaged in selling baby parts, performing partial birth abortions in such away as to not damage the valuable baby parts (link).

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

GOP Poll Watchers are needed for the Early Voting Period, which is already underway.

Email from a Republican friend:

GOP Poll Watchers are needed for the Early Voting Period, which is already underway.
Even a few hours of your time will be meaningful.
If you can help, please contact:
James B.

Donald Trump has raised the specter of a stolen election and encouraged his supporters to watch the polls. He has no training program for them, nor is he making a nationwide effort to have this done in an orderly fashion. One cannot just show up and observe the election.  One has to be an official poll worker, or an approved poll watcher to have access to the polling place. If you just show up you will be turned away.  You cannot hang around outside either, within a certain marked boundary.

I think it is healthy to have trained observers watching the election. I know some voter fraud does occur and suspect much more would occur if not for poll watchers.  I have worked as a Republican Poll watcher in the past but before doing so, I underwent several hours of training to know what I was permitted to do as a poll watcher and what I was not permitted to do and I learned the rules and regulations for conducting an election. I have also worked as a poll official, so that helped me being a poll watcher.

Even if the Trump organization, assigns poll watchers, if they don't know what they are watching for, they will unnecessarily create confusion and be counterproductive.  If poll watchers challenge people simply because they speak in broken English or have a heavy accent, that is intimidation.  That is not a legitimate challenge. If you want to watch the polls contact the people above or call the Republican Party headquarters and offer to be a poll watcher. Also, if you are a Democrat,I encourage you to contact your party headquarters to be a poll watcher.  Both parties need poll watchers and the watchers also need to be watched.

If you have never watched polls before, and there are no more training sessions available at this late date, then educate yourself and ask someone who is experienced to train you. Untrained observers serve no purpose.  I believe every person who is authorized to vote and wants to vote, should vote; and no one who is not authorized to vote should be allowed to vote.  Trained poll watchers, of both parties, can ensure honest elections.

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The Tennessean makes no endorsement in presidential race

 The Tennessean today announced they were making no endorsement for president. I am pleased. I find both candidate so despicable, I will not be voting for the lesser of two evils, if I could figure out which one that might be. It looks like The Tennessean also finds them both despicable. The paper criticized Trump for his charge the election was rigged and says, "Trump's escalation of his already ugly, misogynistic, dishonest, racist, bigoted and self-aggrandizing rhetoric threatens the very ideas this country was founded upon." They go on to say, "Trump will prove to be the least worthy major political party candidate ever to have run for the highest office in the land."

Of HIllary, The Tennessean says, "Democrat Hillary Clinton has a distinguished public service record as a First Lady, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State. However, the personal email server scandal, her penchant for secrecy and her trustworthiness should give Americans pause."

The Tennessean  has almost always endorsed Democrats for president but in 2012 they endorsed Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.  This is the first time the paper has made no endorsement. The paper had several opinion pieces from staff writers and community figures making endorsements. Here are the link:

Across the country several newspapers that normally endorse Republicans made of point of making no endorsement this year.  I have heard no news of other papers that normally endorse Democrats failing to make an endorsement.

The Tennessean's non endorsement will probably not impact election results.  Davidson County will still vote for Hillary Clinton and Tennessee will still vote for Donald Trump.  Newspapers simply do not have the same political clout they had once upon a time.  For myself, I am writing in Evan McMullin. I know it is a long shot but I am not going to vote for the lesser of two evils. I have a clear conscience with my choice.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Metro's Airbnb law unconstitutional!

Metro's unconstitutional law regulating Short Term Rental Properties was struck down today. Circuit Judge Kelvin Jones ruled that because of the laws vagueness there is no way an ordinary person could understand the statute. The challenge to the law was filed by The Beacon Center of Tennessee, representing P.J. and Rachel Anderson who argued the law infringed on their rights as homeowners. The Anderson's own a home in Salemtown. 

Mr. Anderson is a traveling musician and Ms Anderson is a graphic artist. Both are often out of town at the same time so they started renting their home on AirBnB about ten nights a month. That was not problem.  Then, opportunities presented itself for the Anderson's to relocate to Chicago where they would live most of the time but be in Nashville about ten days a month.  They planned to simply expand the number of nights they rented their Nashville home on AirBnB to about twenty.  That was not permitted under the Metro AirBnB ordinance. Represented by The Beacon Center they filed a lawsuit and won.  The city is appealing. To read more about the issue, see this story in the Tennessean: Judge: Metro's Airbnb law unconstitutional.

The Beacon Center is one of the organizations I support with my charitable giving. I am very pleased with this victory. Here is The Beacon Center press release: 

 BREAKING: Beacon Wins Airbnb Lawsuit Against City of Nashville!

Just hours ago, the Beacon Center scored a huge victory when we won the very first lawsuit filed by our Legal Foundation. The judge ruled that the city of Nashville's Airbnb law is unconstitutional. This lawsuit, challenging Airbnb regulations, was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation.
We filed the suit last year on behalf of Nashville homeowners P.J. and Rachel Anderson
We are ecstatic about today's ruling by Judge Kelvin Jones. It was a huge victory for homeowners in Nashville and across the state. Not only does the ruling prove that the Nashville City Council completely disregarded the state Constitution when it passed this law, it also sends a loud and clear message to cities across the state when it comes to restricting homeowners' rights in the new economy.
This is an enormous first victory for the Beacon Legal Foundation. Today's ruling shows that we will be a force to be reckoned with as we continue to protect the rights of all Tennesseans against overreaching state and local governments.
Today was a great day for the Anderson family, the Beacon Legal Foundation, homeowners, and most importantly the Constitution.
You can read an article about the victory featured in the Tennessean here.

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What happened at the 10-18-16 Council meeting: standards of conduct for tenants of Barnes Fund Housing, the Gulch Bridge and bribing Bridgestone.

At just an hour and half long, including announcements, this is a relatively short council meeting. If you are going to watch it, you really need the agenda and  the Council staff analysis or you won't have a clue about what is going on. Follow the highlighted link above to view the agenda.  Below is my commentary and summary of the meeting.

The opening prayer is a beautiful appellate rendition of Amazing Grace. Following the prayer and pledge there is a presentation recognizing Domestic Violence Month. Five people up for confirmation to Boards and Commissions are all approved as is always the case. There is one insignificant bill on Public Hearing, which is deferred for a minor reason.

There are 14 resolutions on the agenda. Most are on "consent."  Resolutions on "consent" are passed by a single vote of the council instead of being voted on individually. A couple unimportant resolutions are not on consent and are deferred due to procedural issues, not because they are controversial.  These are the resolutions of interest.

RESOLUTION NO. RS2016-399 amends the economic and community development incentive grant made to the Industrial Development Board  for the benefit of Bridgestone.  It rewards Bridestone for moving some of its operations from other places to Nashville. It pays Bridgestone $500 each year for seven years for each new position created in Nashville. Based on the new estimate of 1,015 new positions, this would result in annual payments to Bridgestone of $507,500 for this seven year period. While I do not like this form of corporate welfare, I would not vote against this if I had a vote.  Unfortunately, this is the way business is done, and if we don't reward Bridgestone for locating to Nashville, someone else will entice them to move to their city. It passes on the consent agenda.
RESOLUTION NO. RS2016-406 expands from one year old to three years old the vehicles that are exempt from being required to be tested for auto emissions. This makes sense. Vehicles not over three years old almost never fail the emissions test. It is deferred one meeting.
RESOLUTION NO. RS2016-408  request the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department to track misdemeanor citations and civil citations for marijuana possession by race, gender and age. When the Council passed a measure significantly decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. the law was amended to say the police "may" issue the less severe civil citation instead of charging the offender with the State crime of possession, leaving it up to the discretion of the arresting officer. I did not like that amendment. I fear that well-behaved respectful white kids will get the citation and Black kids hanging out on the street corner are most likely to get the criminal charge. Too much discretion is not "rule of law." While this does not do away with that discretion, how that discretion is applied will be monitored. This is a good bill. It passes on consent.
Bills on First Reading. There are 7 bills on First Reading and they all pass without discussion as is customary.

Bills on Second Reading.
These are 12 bills on Second reading and these are the one's of interest.
BILL NO. BL2016-375 is one of the bills to curtail Short Term Rentals such as those rented on AirBnB.   Currently the maximum number of occupants permitted on a STRP property at any one time shall not exceed  twice the number of sleeping rooms plus four. This would restrict the number of occupants to no more than twice the number of sleeping rooms with a maximum of eight occupants. Those who already have permits would be grandfathered in under the current rule.The city has hired a consultant to review Metro's STRP policies and this bill is deferred indefinitely to await the report from the consultant.
SUBSTITUTE BILL NO. BL2016-381 is another anti Short Term Rental Property bill. It would make it more cumbersome to get a STRP permit and further restrict the number of permits allowed in any census track. This is deferred one meeting.
SUBSTITUTE BILL NO. BL2016-382  is still yet another anti Short Term Rental Property bill. This one would addresses some of what is addressed in the bill above restricting the number of permits that may be issued in any one census tract. This is deferred indefinitely.
BILL NO. BL2016-417  would prohibit one from putting a "for sale" on their vehicle parked on residential property. This was also on second reading last council meeting and deferred to this meeting.  It is substituted and passes. I do not know what is in the substitute. I wonder how often this occurs and if this is really a problem. It passes.
BILL NO. BL2016-433 is a telecommunications franchise requests from a company wanting to provide fiber optic cable. This is not Google.  Metro is getting a lot of request for these type franchises.  This is deferred one meeting.
Bills on Third Reading.  There are 30 bills on Third Reading. Most of them are zoning bills. These are the bills of interest.

BILL NO. BL2016-308  requires tenants of housing funded by the Barnes Trust Fund to comply with certain maintenance and standards of conduct and to refrain from any illegal activity on the premises of the dwelling being rented. This was on Second Reading last Council meeting. Surprising me, it proved controversial at that meeting. At last Council meeting several council members spoke against it, mostly the African-American members of the Council.  It was amended to say landlords "may" instead of "shall" enforce standards of conduct. This still did not satisfy some members of the Council. It passes on a voice vote with some audible "no's." To see the second reading discussion follow this link and view the video and see timestamp 2:27:02- 2:43:11.

Councilman Hastings, an African-American member of the Council makes a spirited defense of the bill and moves to defer it one meeting. He explains this is not an attempt to deny low income people a place to live but an attempt to make sure landlords are managing their property correctly. From his comments, Hastings has apparently been called a racist for his sponsorship of this bill and some have questioned his authenticity as a member of the Black community. He defends the bill and says he grew up in public housing. He says we cannot sit around and pretend there are no issues. Apparently there has been a lot of lobbying against this bill. The Reverent Bill Barns, for whom the Barnes Fund is named, has written a letter opposing this bill. Councilman Sharon Hunt speaks against it saying it stigmatizes and marginalized people. To read The Tenenssean's coverage of this issue see, Should affordable housing have 'conduct' rules for tenants?  To views the discussion see timestamp 39:51-49:10.

BILL NO. BL2016-379  changes the definition of a financial institution.  Currently a metro ordinance defines a financial institution and part of that definition is that it is open to the public within hours that do not exceed 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  This bill changes that definition by removing the restriction on operating hours and replaces it with a definition that says they must be “a state or federally chartered bank, savings and loan association, or credit union, a mortgage company, or other financial institution whose services are insured by an agency of the United States government.” That is an improvement.  Under the current law a bank could not stay open till 3PM on Saturday or till 7PM on a Friday. The reason the city thinks it has a need to define them is to differentiate between respectable establishments like banks and places such as pay day lenders and check cashing services, so the city may restrict the deplorables and not the respectables.   In my view the city should not try to distinguish and instead let the market decide the mix and what and how many are needed. Last meeting, this was on Public Hearing and no one on the bill and it passed. It passes this meeting without discussion. 
BILL NO. BL2016-416  by Councilmen Mendes and Cooper requires that any Metro department or agency that must submit regular reports to the Metro Council should post those reports on their website and keep them posted for up to six months. There are 14 reports that must regularly be submitted to Council.  This should be easy and cost nothing to accomplish.  I support this move to make government more transparent and accessible to the public. It passes on a voice vote without discussion.
BILL NO. BL2016-419  requires Council members to receive diversity training.  This is more useless unnecessary political correctness. it passes without discussion on a voice vote.
BILL NO. BL2016-421  is a part of the effort to build the pedestrian bridge across the
gulch. This bill  acquires the parcel of land known as the Clement Land Port and
sells it to Cummings Station and it  permits metro to acquire a piece of land owned by Cummings Station. This parcel would be the eastern end of the bridge.  The gulch pedestrian bridge is already approved and funded.  A couple of years ago this project was stopped by Council when council refused to approve a land acquisition ordinance necessary to facilitate the construction of the bridge. At that time the Council rebelled against the deal in frustration that so much money was being spend downtown and neighborhoods were being ignored. The project was funded then and is still funded.
I support the pedestrian bridge.  Certainly we could build a more utilitarian bridge for less or not build the bridge at all, but I believe this will be an important connection to tie the gulch to downtown.  Also, I support the bridge as a beautification and an arts project.  It will be one more thing to make Nashville a place tourist want to visit and a city where people want to live. Cities should not be just utilitarian but pleasant places to live and visit.  
The argument against if is that neighborhood streets need sidewalks and $18 million dollars would build a lot of sidewalks. This development is being funded from General Obligation Bonds. Councilman Cooper and Glover argue against it. The arguments against it are not without merit, but I am not persuaded. This passes on a machine vote with 34 to 3, the three "no" votes being Cooper, Hager and Glover.  To see the discussion see timestamp 1:03:14-1:18:46.

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On Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton not shaking hands

I don’t know whether it was Donald that refused to shake hand with Hillary at the start of the second debate, or Hillary that refused to shake hands with Donald or if it was mutual, but I think it is wrong.

 Don’t get me wrong, I think Hillary is a totally despicable person and unfit to be president and I am embarrassed that she is even a candidate and, I don’t think much better of Donald, but if I were introduced to either one of them or if I was on a public stage at a forum with either of them, I would smile and shake their hand.

I have had to shake hands with people I do not like in the past.  In my last council race many years ago, my opponent ran a very dirty campaign and engaged in a campaign of smears and lies.  Nevertheless, when I encountered him at a later date, we shook hands.  I went through a very bitter divorce once upon a time, but when I met my wife's lawyer, I shook his hand. I don't understand not shaking hands.  I don't understand not being polite. It is just what civilized people do.

I have not fully developed it, but I have this thesis in mind called, The virtue of Hypocrisy. Good manners and civility toward someone you do not like is hypocritical, but I think it a virtue. Good manners keep us from hitting people we don’t like. Good manners mean less violence. It is not that I am always opposed to violence; violence often solves problems and violence has its place but good manners keeps us from engaging in unnecessary nonproductive violence. In addition to reducing violence, good manners just maked life more pleasant, if not for you then for those around you. In Congress people of opposing views often address each other as, “the distinguished gentleman from …” That is much better than saying, the SOB from ….”

Below are pictures of some famous people who probably don;t like each other, shaking hands.  Donald and Hillary need to grow up. 

Reagan and MIKHAIL GORBACHEV President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev

Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat

President Nixon and Chairman Mao
President Richard M Nixon shakes hand with Chairman Mao Zedong

 Neville Chamberlain shakes hands with Adolf Hitler

Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. GrantGeneral Robert E. Lee shakes hands with General Ulysses S. Grant

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Conservatives Slam Trump Refusal To Say He'll Accept Election Results

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, talk show host Laura Ingram,  Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro and National Review's Jonah Goldberg are among those criticizing Trump for refusing to say he will accept the election results. I agree with them. Here are tweets from Bill Kristol:

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