From Tim Skow of First Tuesday:
LABOR DAY historically kicks off campaign season.
Look forward to seeing you on the 23rd ..AND.. at 1ST TUESDAY on Sept 2nd.
A right-leaning disgruntled Republican comments on the news of the day and any other thing he damn-well pleases.
From Tim Skow of First Tuesday:
I just don't get Labor Day. Unlike other days that are rooted in our Christian faith, like Christmas or Easter, or rooted in patriotism like Independence Day or Presidents Day or Veterans Day, or celebrate the start of the new year, Labor Day seems like it really has no link to any theme or important event. To me, working is sort of like eating and sleeping, it is just something you do. We could just as easily celebrate Sleeping Day. Also, it is not clear what is being honored by Labor Day. With work force participation at a 36 year low, what about the 37% of people who are in the work force age group who are not working? Is Labor Day for them? Also, if you work in management, are you still part of what is celebrated on Labor Day? And what about informal labor, such as housewives and mothers, are they in the group honored on Labor Day?
Actually, Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor union movement and is dedicated to achievements of workers, so working or not, working informally or formally, in management or labor, I guess we can all celebrate the union movement. Since most workers are not part of a union, it seems kind of strange that we have a day set aside to celebrate the union movement. One reason we have Labor Day, is so we don't celebrate the international labor day of May 1, which was a big celebration in the Communist world and is still a day to rally the workers of the world.
I don't mind getting a paid holiday on September 1, it is a long time between July 4th and Veterans day of November 11th, so whatever the excuse for the holiday, I will take it. On October 13 is Columbus day and it used to be a big holiday, but most people do not get Columbus Day off anymore and political correctness has downplayed Columbus Day. If it was up to me, I would give up Labor Day and take Columbus day but since that is probably not going to happen, I will keep celebrating Labor Day.
One thing I find missing from Labor Day is ways to celebrate it. Thanksgiving has pilgrims and Indians and turkey, and the 4th of July has fireworks and flags, and Easter has eggs and Easter bunnies and Christmas is the big blowout in decorations and symbols and songs, but there are few Labor Day symbols or Labor Day songs.
Last week I went to see Merle Haggard at the Ryman and he put on a great show. I loved it! Merle Haggard has a great song for Labor Day. He performed it on his show. Here it is:
What a great opportunity for some young college student! I am passing this along because often times there are few people competing for things like this because few people learn about them. Please pass this on if you know of a college student who might be interested. Rod
The Tennessee World Affairs Council in association with the World Affairs Councils of America
is pleased to announce the 2014 National Conference College Student Scholarship Program in Washington, DC Wednesday, November 5 - Friday, November 7, 2014 at The Fairfax at Embassy Row (http://tnwac.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=320286ea4fbe8f353dd05f9a8&id=19caa5dcfe&e=6469ce1df5)
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE:
Held annually for over two decades, the National Conference engages our leading policy-makers and leaders in a discussion of the critical issues facing the nation. The conference will be held November 5-7, 2014 in Washington, DC at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel. To see a list of confirmed speakers so far, please visit www.worldaffairscouncils.org
The 2014 National Conference Agenda will examine: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change.
In addition to the daily keynotes and panels the conference attendees will be invited to a foreign embassy reception from among: the Embassy of Mexico, the Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore.
COLLEGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The scholarship, offered by the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America, includes the registration fee (worth about $500) and $1000 per student to be used towards travel, lodging and/or incidentals. To apply, applicants must be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in a college in Tennessee.
THE TENNESSEE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL CAN NOMINATE ONE STUDENT FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA WILL CHOSE THE WINNERS AND MAKE NOTIFICATIONS IN LATE SEPTEMBER. For application information, follow this link.
|Vice Mayor Neighbors|
From: Charlie TygardI hope Charlie Tygard sticks to his guns. It won't matter if meetings run a little longer. I can only assume that either the Mayor's office or maybe the Vice Mayor herself did not like someone asking tough questions. The tough questions need to be asked.
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:18 AM
To: 'Hayes, Roseanne (Council Office)'; 'Council Members'
Cc: 'Neighbors, Diane (Vice Mayor)'; 'Cooper, Jon (Council Office)'
Subject: RE: 2014-2015 Committee List
Vice Mayor Neighbors –Just so every Council Member understands that this letter is referring to me, I want to address your comments.I plan to attend every committee meeting of committees I am assigned to. Since you have chosen not to re-appoint me to the Budget & Finance Committee in my final year of Council, and after 12+ years of faithful attendance on this committee, I can only assume that my questions in committee about Metro’s finances were deemed unimportant to you.I do intend to ask any and all pertinent questions I feel are necessary before spending one dime of taxpayer money. Since I am no longer serving on that committee, I will ask these questions during the Council meeting, if necessary.And I would remind you that I have always indicated that my expertise to the Council was in two primary areas – financial and parks. Up until this point, you have always respected this request. I was frankly taken aback when receiving my assignments for this year.It is certainly your prerogative to appoint members of committees as you seem proper. It is my prerogative to ask any and all questions relating to items on the agenda.Charlie Tygard
|Sherrie Weiner to seek repeal|
|Jacobia Dowell was sponsor of no-|
“Ayes”: Maynard, Matthews, Harrison, Hunt, Banks, Scott Davis, Westerholm, Anthony Davis, Pridemore, Pardue, Stanley, Claiborne, Tenpenny, Moore, Allen, Gilmore, Baker, Langster, Holleman, Harmon, Blalock, Dowell, Duvall, Todd (24).
“Noes”: Garrett, Tygard, Glover, Weiner, Evans, Dominy, Mitchell (7)
“Abstaining”: Barry, Steine, Bennett, Johnson, Potts (5).
by Lance Williams, The Tennessean, Aug. 28, 2014 - Most of us would agree that Nashville is anything but an average city, but a new study shows that Nashville is the most "American" of U.S. metro areas.
By using that description, the study from WalletHub says that Nashville's demographics most closely mirror the U.S. average as a whole. (link)
Below is the Council committee assignments for the coming year. For what it is worth, I have highlighted those Council members whom I think of as the "good" councilmen. My list of "good" councilmen are council members who are socially or
There are other council members who may be great at constituent
service and who I personally like and who may be good council members if judged by different criteria. I mean, I like Karen Johnson, and Walter Hunt and Fabian Bedne and a lot of the others but they would not claim to be conservatives. Some I have listed, I am just assuming are more conservative than most of their colleagues simply because they are identified as Republican; they may not be. I think there is only one Councilman who has never disappointing me by the way he has voted, so by me listing a councilman as one of the "good" councilmen does not mean I always agree with that person. Also, it is worth noting that there are only a handful of issues where political ideology matters. Anyway, my listing as "good" is more of an impression than a data-based assessment, so take it with a grain of salt. If I missed someone or you disagree with some of my evaluation, feel free to voice your opinion. Rod
Budget And Finance (13)