Monday, February 19, 2018

Rick Williams featured on Channel 5 news calling for Megan Barry's resignation

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‘Resign Now! Megan Barry’ Rally Set for Tomorrow at Metro Nashville Courthouse


A rally calling on Mayor Megan Barry to resign “effective immediately” will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20, at 5 p.m., on the south side steps of the Metro Nashville Davidson Courthouse.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The best defense of the second amendment and agruement agaisnt gun control I have ever heard.




Rod Williams's Comment: I agree with the statement of Richard Upchurch above. This is one of the clearest arguments I have ever heard explaining why we must protect the right to bear arms. I also think he frames the argument well in replying to those who want to impose gun control. Why do they never propose repealing the Second Amendment? Why? Why do those who want to impose gun control  not come out and clearly say it is time to repeal the Second Amendment?

What they want to do is ignore it; not repeal it. If that can happen then none of our liberties are secure. If we can take away the right to bear arms by ignoring the Second Amendment, we can take away freedom of the press little by little, not by repealing the First Amendment but by ignoring it and rationalizing that it is antiquated and that "hate speech" must be prohibited. After all, when the First Amendment was written there were no blogs or Facebook or TV or radio.  If the Second Amendment can be ignored due to public opinion and public opinion turns against the right to bear arms, then all of our liberties can depend on the public opinion of the moment.

For those who might be wondering, this speech is not really delivered before Congress but is a segment of Bill Whittle's Virtual State of the Union address.

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What's on the Council agenda for 2/20/18: Not much, nothing likely to generate controversy and nothing of much importance.

By Rod Williams - The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse.  If you are going to watch the Council meeting, you need a copy of the Council agenda and the staff analysis  or you really will not know what is going on. You can get the agenda and analysis at the highlighted links. If you normally watch the Council meeting but want to skip a meeting, this is a meeting to skip.  I see nothing on the agenda likely to generate controversy and nothing of very much importance. 

 There are 15 resolution on the agenda and all are on the consent agenda at this time. A resolution stays on the consent agenda if it passes  unanimously the committees to which it was assigned. Resolutions which receive negative votes in committee are pulled off of consent. Also any councilman may have a resolution pulled off of consent. Those remaining on consent are lumped together and passed by a single vote. Resolutions on the consent agenda are usually not controversial and tend to be routine matters, such as accepting grants from the Federal or State Government, entering into inter agency agreements over mundane things, appropriating money from the 4% fund, settling lawsuits, or approving signs overhanging the sidewalk. Unlike a bill which requires three votes of the Council to pass, a resolution only requires one vote of the Council. None of the resolutions on this agenda are of significant interest.

I do not read bills on First Reading. First reading is a formality that gets bills on the agenda. Except on very rare occasions, all bills on First Reading are lumped together and pass by a single vote.

There are 21 bills on second reading most of which are "acquisition of certain right-of-way easements, drainage easements, temporary construction easements and property rights by negotiation or condemnation for use in public projects of the Metropolitan Government." This is for sidewalk construction.

Below are other items of interest:

Bill BL2018-1063  on second reading is a bill to "require the Procurement Division to collect comprehensive data regarding the participation of subcontractors in the procurement process."  Currently, the Minority and Women Business Assistance Office (BAO) is authorized to collect information to monitor the Procurement Nondiscrimination Program. The information “may” include information regarding business ownership, supplier information, and subcontractor information. This changes the "may" to "shall."  In the past and probably still, I know this program is often abused. Sometimes a White contractor and a Black subcontractor may switch rolls to get an advantage as a minority-owned firm. The White guy may agree to be the subcontractor to the Black guy. Also, I have known of instances years ago, where a man would make his wife the owner of their family-owned construction company in order to gain and advantage as a women-owned business. I don't know if this would reveal those manipulations are not, but it may.

Bill BL2018-1055 on third reading would protect General Hospital from being downgraded to an out patient facility only and would provide that  until June 30, 2019 the mayor may not terminate any agreement between Metro and the Metro Hospital Authority without prior approval of the Metro Council by resolution.This is very disappointing. I am very disappointing to see that Councilman Steve Glover is one of the sponsors of this bill.  Metro General is a money pit that cannot fill its beds and serves no purpose that could not be served at a much lower cost and is only kept open because it is source of pride in the Black community. Earlier this year, Mayor Barry had a proposal to close General and convert it into an outpatient clinic but got push back and buckled to pressure and dropped the proposal.

Bill BL2017-1026  on third reading is a zoning bill sponsored by Scott Davis, disapproved by the Planning Commission. I know nothing about the merits of this rezoning and am only calling attention to this bill because it is a disapproved bill and will require 27 votes to pass.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Dave Chappelle understands trade better than Donald Trump



In a recent comedy routine, Dave Chappelle summarized President Trump’s position on trade relations with China by saying, “I’m gonna go to China, and I’m gonna get these jobs from China and bring ‘em back to America.” Chappelle then replied, “For what, so iPhones can be $9,000? Leave that job in China where it belongs … I wanna wear Nikes, I don’t wanna make those things. Stop trying to give us Chinese jobs.” Dave Chappelle gets it.

While initially being a "never Trumper," I have warmed to Trump. His appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his appointees of other conservatives to the judiciary, the passage of pro-growth tax cuts, the defeat of ISIS, and his slashing of Obama era regulations are the accomplishments which are at the forefront of my reason for warming to Trump. I still have reservations about Trump, however. His demeanor and his lack of ideological commitment to conservative orthodoxy concerns me. While I am beginning to think that Trump's anti-trade rhetoric may be more posturing than real and while I am pleased that he has not started an international trade war, it is dangerous however to spread ignorance about the benefits of trade.

While I am supportive of combating currency manipulators and theft of intellectual property, the benefits of trade should not be ignored and trade should not be demonized. I do not want to grow my own food, and make my own shoes, and build my own house, and make my own car. Trade increases one's standard of living. The same principle that applies to trade in general, also, applies to international trade. If we are better at marketing a product, financing a product, delivering a product and retailing a product than making the product, let people in some other country make it and we will do the rest. To require than products be American-made may cost more jobs than it saves. As an example, if we say all steel used in construction of an American oil pipeline must be made in America, we may be able to build fewer pipelines due to the higher cost of American steel than we could if we imported steel. The few jobs saved by insisted on "American-made" may be fewer than the jobs lost due to the higher construction cost.

A bad thing that has resulted from Trump's anti-trade rhetoric is that many people who think of themselves as conservatives now process an anti-trade mentality.  On the other hand, a good thing resulting from Trump's anti-trade rhetoric is that Democrats, who were the party captured by unionist who always take a  knee-jerk anti-trade position, are so anti-Trump that they now are pro-free trade. Maybe, on balance, the cause of free-trade comes out ahead. In any event it is reassuring to hear a popular figure like Dave Chappelle explain the benefits of free-trade. 

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Fincher drops out of Senate race

The Tennessean: Stephen Fincher halts U.S. Senate bid, encourages Corker to seek re-election.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor Barry's lover earned $173,843.13 in overtime

The Tennessean: Mayor Megan Barry's ex-bodyguard received thousands more in overtime pay than other security.

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"Megan, a mistake is having a one-night sexual encounter for which you then feel guilty the next day. A two-year affair is not a mistake."

"Megan, a mistake is having a one-night sexual encounter for which you then feel guilty the next day. A two-year affair is not a mistake."

Patricia Dillon, Nashville Tn, The Tennessean, Letters to the Editor

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

1st Tuesday featuring former TN Congressman Stephen Fincher, Candidate for US Senate

Tuesday, March 6th at Waller Law, 511 Union Street, Nashville

Stephen Fincher, former TN Congressman from the 8th District who hails from Frog Jump, TN and has ''hopped in'' to the primary the Senate primary to replace the retiring Senator Bob Corker will be our Guest ! Since entering the race, Stephen has been proven he can marshal the significant funds needed to compete in a statewide primary.

Doors open at 11am, Lunch begins at 11:30. Program starts at Noon sharp with Q&A session ending promptly at 1pm. Chairman Golden will give behind the scenes insights into the upcoming elections.

$20 for 2017 Members and $25 for Guests. More info and register here. [Remember: parking under building at 511 Union St is only $7 for 2 hours if you tell them you've been to 1ST TUESDAY!]

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Nashville Young Republicans meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 27th.


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