Tennessee

UT’s Miracle Between The Hedges (Hail Mary Answered in UT vs. UGA)

Why so serious?

With 10 seconds left in the 4th quarter, UGA received an unsportsmanlike penalty for celebrating a go ahead touchdown that stabs the Vol Nation in the heart. If only Dobbs and Co. had been able to get one first down before having to punt the ball with a little over a minute left and a four point lead. If only a corner hadn’t hesitated before getting burned on a go route down the sideline. If only the safety had pickup the coverage and tried to jump the route.

If only everything.

The cameras panned hoping to find somebody crying or dejected. Hands cupped over their mouths. Girlfriends looking to boyfriends. Boyfriends texting on their cellphones.

The stadium roared and the fans were jumping up and down. We did it again!!!

The announcers laughed and chortled. As if waiting 15 years for this moment, CBS starts playing the video and “legendary” Larry Munson’s commentary from UGA’s 26-24 last play victory, the Hobnail Boot, over UT from 2001.

Larry Munson: We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face.

Until, one of the greatest final plays and improbable final 10 seconds in college football history happened.

Ah yes, the hobnail boot. The boot appears to be crushing the other face this year. Stay classy, ya’ll.

Luck doesn’t last forever but you have to still be hanging around for luck to happen. Way to go guys.

UGA played with a lot of heart and left it all out on the field though. We’ll pour a little moonshine off the back porch for our friends to the south.

UTK Law School Begins Painful Rebuilding Process

Dean Melanie Wilson, of the formerly reputable University of Tennessee College of Law, finalized appropriations and capex outlays today to “rebuild” parts of the campus reduced to rubble following last week’s Unauthorized Use of Free Speech by a tenured professor at the school.

Following Professor Glenn Reynolds’s tweet and my public response last week, I began an investigation that included an examination of the facts, policies in the university’s Faculty Handbook, and the law. I discussed the situation with Professor Reynolds, university leadership, and General Counsel. I also sought feedback from College of Law students, staff, faculty, the Alumni Council and Dean’s Circle, and other UT Law alumni. As a lawyer and a law school dean, I know that gathering information and upholding the principles of due process are absolutely necessary in a situation like this.

For those unfamiliar, this rigorous investigation and application of “due process” was in response to a three word tweet affirming the right of self defense against a murderous, racist mob.

This is why they pay you the big bucks, Mel. So you can teach the chirrens how your emphasis on prosecutorial ethics can be corrupted by leftwing SJW politics.

But will the student body ever rise up and rebel against the tyranny of cliches?

We will now move forward to rebuild our law school community and refocus on our primary purpose: educating future lawyers and leaders.

Was the law school community torn asunder? Did someone not get affirmative consent before sticking the hard cock of free speech in your tight, little safe space?

Grow the fuck up. The campus clinic is open to 4:30 daily in case you need an ice pack for your aching butthurt. It seems your prophylactic administration has already wrapped your precious community in enough free rubbers to prevent their infection from any ideologically transmitted diseases.

True Life Conversations With McMurphy

At the Stein-Mart on White Bridge Road…

(Enters McMurphy)

Odd Booth Man:. Sir…oh, sir! Would you like to enter a contest to win a $500 gift certificate here?

McMurphy: Ugh, would do I have to give you?

Odd Booth Man:. Just a first name and a phone number on the back of this ticket.

McMurphy: Alright.

As I’m writing….

Odd Booth Man: How often do you read The Tennessean?

McMurphy:. Is that what this is? Never.

Tennessean Peddler: What would it take for you to start reading it?

McMurphy: Hrm…you really want to know?

Tennessean Peddler: Yes.

McMurphy: Unbiased local news reporting. Editorials that come closer to reflecting my opinions and the majority of people in this state. Is that too much to ask for?

Tennessean Flack: Probably.

McMurphy: Well, that’s why you’re laying off thousands of people.

Walks off.

Courtroom Drama: Batts Bond Revoked

What Kind Of Shit Is This Update:

Per the defendant, the verdict is in. “This is bullshit!”, exclaimed a, once again, remorseless Timothy Batts following The Judge revoking his bond for using cocaine within three days of being released on bail.

This outburst was left out of the original broadcast of the live hearing and CBS News 5 refused to air it and referred viewers to their website.

If there is one thing the media finds uncouth to air, it’s profane courtroom outbursts, amirite?

Reading the Twitter feeds of his supporters by using my patent pending Ebonix translation technology, it appears Batts’ situation is the blame of the police, the judge, the DA, White Amerikkka, and, yes, God’s failure to come out of the lamp they’re rubbing to grant them three wishes.

It be aiight doe becuz ‘dem percocets be kickin’ in…

*****”

I honestly did not see this coming.

Courtroom testimony at Batts’ preliminary hearing this morning from the officer who administered the original surprise drug test and a review of the results by Aegis Labs has led to the bond being revoked for Timothy Batts:

10:57 a.m.: Caseworker at Timothy Batts’ probation office said it took Batts nearly an hour to submit a large enough urine sample suitable to conduct drug screen.

11:00 a.m.: Probation employee said once drug screen was positive for cocaine, he asked Batts about cocaine use, which he denied.

11:02 a.m.: Second Community Corrections probation employee said Batts called office at 8 a.m. and asked for protocol about drug screen. Batts asked for more time to submit urine sample in order to finalize Timea’s funeral arrangements.

11:22 a.m.: Lab director says level of cocaine in Batts’ system indicate he used drug within three days of testing.

That’s $50k down the drain.

Additionally, some potentially damning, heretofore unreported, details from the officer Batts quasi-confessed to should put some serious question marks the minds of his defenders:

1). He allegedly got the gun from his cousin who allegedly left it at his house because he didn’t want to drive drunk with it.

2). ADT security logs show someone tried to log into his cloud storage security twice but failed due to the password between the time of the shooting and the quasi-confession.

3). The recovered video shows Batts walking around and talking on his phone with the gun in his hand minutes before his daughter got home from school.

4). Video shows his daughter entering the home and later “jumping around” after she was shot.

5). Video shows Batts picking his wounded daughter up and taking her outside and then running back into the house to pick up his shoes and an unidentified item.

All of this very well may have been an accident. If so, it was a reckless and deadly one.

But Batts’ actions and repeated efforts to fabricate a tale and destroy evidence is not going to be taken lightly.

Given his prior history, it is not unreasonable to assume that the gun was more than likely borrowed than left since he couldn’t pass a background check and his cousin would know he was a felon.

Add to that the cocaine use and attempts to hide the weapon and destroy blood evidence at the scene and you have given a prosecutor an arsenal in a case that the BLM crowd has tried to make about everything except what happened to Timea Batts.

To be continued.

#FreeTimmont4Eva

In less than 24 hours, Timothy Batts will be in front of Cowardly Judge James Hunter at a bond revocation hearing for failing a drug test last week.

And sure as a #BLM mob doesn’t care about the facts of a case, there are already close to 1,000 accomplices who have signed a new petition demanding that the Judge prostrate himself again before the mob and ignore the results of the drug test:

We stood by his side and supported him to the end of his release from jail, now because of a drug test! Which in my eyes of the law you have 30days to have your system clean before you report.With this being a high profile case he didn’t get that opportunity. Sumner county released him on a Saturday and made him report on a Monday,all this man was trying to do was deal with getting his daughter funeral arrangements done.When he had to hide his face due to news and social media taking pictures at the funeral home , church, and the burial without his consent. Media going out they way to turn this man into a bad father who is a good loving FATHER who has custody of his kids.Our family hurts everyday.Not once I have I seen anyone say “WHAT IF THIS WAS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? “Only God can judge the way we live on earth not the media.

*sigh*

Where to begin?

1) The court does not have to give you 30 days to get clean before drug testing you. “Your eyes” notwithstanding, Ms. Reid.

Your contention is that Batts had been using cocaine prior to or during the time around when he shot his daughter.

If so, the onus lied with him to tell his defense attorney. But that would have looked bad and his bail likely would not have been reduced to begin if they thought he was high at the time of the shooting.

2) That Batts had to hide his face in public. This a non sequitur. You have no expectation of privacy in public. No consent is needed. It’s a high profile case with international interest. Sorry.

The media won’t ignore Batts like they did with President Obama playing 196 holes of golf during major flooding in Louisiana. Since you copied him in on the petition.

3) Media Trying To Make Good Dad Look Bad. You mean the failed drug test, shooting his daughter, lying to police about being asleep while home video showed him talking on the phone with the gun 5 minutes before, trying to hide the weapon from the “accident”, family organizing a fundraiser at a hoochie mama nightclub, and the courtroom antics of his supporters didn’t do that?

4) Only God can judge us on Earth. Bzzt. Wrong. So you are unfamiliar with what a judge and jury are, I presume?

People get judged everyday. God may judge your soul for eternity but the criminal courts can judge your ass in the interim.

As long as we’re bringing religion into this – The Truth Can Set You Free!

It can also lock you up for 20 years.

If Batts had just come out at first and said it was an accident, this would not be the case it is. But he has lied and obfuscated every step of the way. Not one tear. Remorseless. The media cameras could have shown that too.

If the #FreeTimmont4Eva crowd hadn’t been so efficient in bonding him out, he might have gotten clean but his bail likely would not have been reduced either if he confessed to using cocaine recently.

So this is your fault too.

The comments at the petition are as predictable as they are race based. He’s a Saint and you need to take their word on it.

Exit Questions: Ever fired a gun before?

It has to be loaded, picked up, aimed, lined up, and pull the trigger to hit what you’re aiming at – unless you are shooting through a door or an object and can’t see.

How can you confuse a 4 and a half foot tall 11 year old in school clothes for an intruder?

It defies credulity.

How is he not suicidal?

This defense stinks on ice and the Judge said “no second chances” at the bond reduction hearing.

Definitely must see tv in Sumner County tomorrow.

El No Sabe Como Manejar O Leer Senales De La Calle

It suddenly occurred to me this morning as I watched an illegal teenage alien driving on the wrong side of Church Street, attempting to turn the wrong way up a One Way street in a car with no tags on it, and while using no turn signals, that I should really confirm my uninsured motorist coverage.

Because my government has utterly fucking failed me.

Fail really isn’t the right word. Fail implies that you tried and did not succeed.

For what they are doing, this is what success looks like.

Batts Fails Drug Test And $50,000 Goes Up In Smoke

Earlier this week, I made the following suggestion regarding what the prosecutors in the Batts case should do following the funeral for his daughter that he killed:

An exit note for prosecutors: Drug test Batts tomorrow and find him in violation of the terms of his bond.

$50k down the toilet.

From my lips to God’s ears.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A father accused of shooting and killing his 11-year-old daughter has failed a drug test after bonding out of jail.

The District Attorney confirmed Friday Timothy Batts failed a drug test that he took on Monday. Batts tested positive for benzoylecgonie, the compound tested for to discover cocaine use.

There were numerous flower arrangements at the funeral talking about how Angel Timea was “flyin’ high”. Looks like she wasn’t the only one.

After the judge cut Batts’ $1 million bond in half to $500,000, he also instated multiple stipulations for when Batts bonded out. One of those was that Batts would be on supervised bond and would have to pass a drug test.

The judge had also said Batts could not pick up any new charges or he would be sent back to jail.

While this is encouraging and smart that the prosecutors sought the test, the same spineless Judge James Hunter that cut his bail in the first place is unlikely to have grown vertebrae in the week since he made himself a eunuch in front of racist mob waving a change.org petition.

Should the judge not extend another serving of black privilege to Mr. Batts, that $50,000 his bigoted, delusional supporters raised is burnt up like so much freebase.

I’ll make another prediction while I’m here. The lunatics at Mt. Zion Baptist and Batts’ pastors will demand that he be given yet another chance because how could he not be expected to get high before going to his daughter’s funeral and spending $50k to get out of jail. They are so personally invested at this point that he could kill all of his kids and they’d still be holding poetry slams and twerkfests at Limelight in his honor.

If he was already Cashville’s Greatest Dad after killing one kid, killing all of them should put him in the hall of fame.

There is nothing Christian about these people. Just racists hiding behind a bible and fleecing the desperate for their ducats.

He’s the untouchable St. Timothy after all. Executing God’s will one little girl at a time.

Hey Revvum Uncle Elder Starnes, is this “a tragedy or a transition” back to the penal colony? Scumbag.

Exit Thoughts: Have the police entertained the notion that Batts may have been on drugs at the time of the shooting? One simply does not start using cocaine out of nowhere much less have access like this at the ready.

What is certain is that all of his supporters either didn’t know about his drug use or did know and don’t care. For all the talk about how he started going to church and made a U-turn in his life, it seems it was more of a roundabout. And the only leaf he turned over was made out of cocoa.

All of this comes full circle on the motive of the shooting. Was it a paranoia induced accident or was there something that he didn’t want his daughter talking about.

And who was he on the phone talking to prior to the shooting?

The truth will come out. Unfortunately, Batts’ church folk will try to hinder the truth coming out as much as possible because they’ll look like fools, corrupt, or worse.

And one more parting shot for our local media. This is an international level story now. From my observations, only the Tennessean sent a reporter to cover the funeral. I’ve seen more coverage in the UK than at WKRN, WSMV, or the Nashville Scene.

You all are really giving Batts, his family, and his churches the kid gloves treatment here. Why? Is it the same reason why the judge cut his bail in half? Because that’s my guess. You don’t want to ask anyone any tough questions or make them answer anything about the facts that have refuted his flimsy alibi because he’s black and you’re scared.

The Curious Case of Timothy Batts

It’s not often that I am completely confounded when watching a court case unfold but, I must admit, the child murder of Timea Batts has me shaking my head with each passing day.

This is a supplement to the Dindu Nuffin post below. Timothy Batts, a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, shot and killed his 11 year old daughter moments after she walked into the front door of her home following her first day of school.

A controversy began when Batts lied to police about the circumstance of the murder and, while his daughter was dying, absconded to Nashville to hide the murder weapon which has since been recovered. He claimed he was startled out of sleep by what he thought was an intruder. However, home video taken from a security camera inside of the home showed him wide awake, talking on the phone, and walking around the house with the gun five minutes before the shooting.

Bail was set at $1,000,0000 for reckless homicide and a plethora of side charges given his prior history.

A mob of family members, acquaintances, and assorted bigots (or as they are usually referred to in a courtroom setting as “accomplices”) descended on a spineless and cowardly Sumner County judge who reduced the bail by half. The “victory” for the bigoted mob prompted an embarrassing courtrroom outburst like it was a sporting event – completely unmoored by the fact that an 11 year old black girl who should have been finishing her first week of school was having formaldehyde pumped through her body and needing to pick out a nice dress for her funeral.

It took less than a day for Batts’ accomplices, excuse making cultists from Long Hollow Baptist Church, and various internet racists to crowdsource the $50,000 and post bond.

What happened upon Batts’ release shocked me for the second time in a week. So high are the bigots in Batts’ circle of friends and acquaintances on the notion that they have somehow stuck it to Whitey, that they thought it was a good idea to livestream his release from jail on Facebook.

Cel-e-brate good times, come on!

In the link above, a jubilant Batts can be seen laughing and, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say, clowning around with his supporters.

A flyer was also being circulated for a fundraiser at the hoodrat nightclub Limelight with a picture of stoic Batts and ghostly photoshopped Timea emblazoned with the title “Ca$hville’s Greatest Dad Appreciation” for this coming Thursday night (Aug. 18th).

You cannot make this shit up. The Runners Up to the Ca$hville’s Greatest Dad contest are literally everyone else who didn’t murder their kids last week.

Call me old fashioned. If I had just killed my daughter, I’d probably be borderline suicidal. I would have been on suicide watch in jail. If under threat of life in prison or the death penalty, at the very least I would be somber and likely in tears in the courtroom or in front if cameras.

Batts is cold-blooded and remorseless by all observations.

The Timea Batts funeral is today. Hopefully, the morticians and undertakers will specify that there is to be no video of the ceremonial pouring of Hennessy over her corpse or blowing of blunt smoke in her face as is often associated with tribal custom. Don’t judge.

That’s the jury’s job.

An exit note for prosecutors: Drug test Batts tomorrow and find him in violation of the terms of his bond.

$50k down the toilet.

In closing, Long Hollow Baptist Church is a den of vipers and the congregation fills the offering plates with tithings to Satan.

Naturally, the dipshits at the Nashville Scene think this is about lack of gun control and are taking a stance that this entire incident was an accident on blind faith alone without any investigation or consideration of the numerous and damning holes in Batts’ alibi or behavior immediately afterwards. Or, that he should have still been in jail following a 2012 attempted murder. Because Journalism ™.

Quiz: How Much Didn’t Can A Dindu Do If A Dindu, Dindu Nuffin?

Update in the Batts case, here, here, and here.

Why are these people cheering?

a) Their cousin was just selected inmate of the month at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison

b) The long awaited return of Popeye’s Beer Can Rip’N Chicken.

c) A man who shot and killed his 11 year old daughter after she returned from her first day of school and lied to police about it got his bond reduced from $1,000,000.00 to $500k after a spineless judge bowed to the whim of a mob armed with a change.org online petition.

The answer is, of course, “c”.

A man shot his 11 year old daughter as she walked in the door from her first day of school, lied about how it happened, tampered with evidence, and then thousands of people sign a petition and hundreds show up to court and cheer like they just won the Pick 3 because they don’t want him to face justice because he shares their skin color.

There is no other way to look at this one. And I’m sorry to say that I tried to find one that would pass the smell test. There aren’t any. He was wide awake and caught on home security video pacing around his house with a gun when he claimed he was startled from a sound sleep by an intruder.

The change.org petition was started by the appropriately named “Greedy Gettinoff”.

Even if it was an accident, how is this behavior in the courtroom even remotely appropriate given that an 11 year old girl is lying in the morgue but you’re happy you think babydaddy is escaping Whitey’s justice system?

The petition continues, “He loved his three daughters dearly and was a great father figure in her life. We ask that he is able to attend his daughter funeral service and have a lowered bond. His bond is 1 million dollars and that’s insane for a accident we need Timothy batts home for his grieving family.”

The petition writers insist that Batts “would never intentionally hurt his family” and ask for signatures to advocate “for the equality of punishments being handed out by our judicial system. Same crimes are being committed but blacks are handed 20% longer jail sentences then whites.”

“Equality of punishments”? He was just arrested two days ago. He won’t even go before a jury for probably at least 6 months to a year. They ought to be ashamed for throwing the race card in on this but they are incapable of shame.

So remember that li’l churrens. When Daddy, Uncle, or Mama’s Boyfriend is playing with illegal handgun even though he’s a convicted felon, if he shoots you with it then the lead pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church is going to stand in front of the cameras, God, and everybody to make sure he doesn’t get punished for it.

Disgusting behavior by all of these people. Disgusting and surprising for once.

If Little Timea had yelled “hands up, don’t shoot” would you all be torn between looting the Dollar General Store or demanding that the police arrest the father because Black Lives Matter?

Your cheers have told us that they don’t matter. Not even to you.

WTW Weekend: Great Moments In White Trash Advertising

Picasso famously said that lesser artists borrow and that great artists steal. As I pulled up behind a company van in morning traffic, I was reminded of that. So what to make of this local company’s logo?

There’s something so familiar about that. I can’t quite put my fing..oh, wait:

It’s a blued up version of the Enron symbol:

Nothing says “trust us” with your electrical needs like shamelessly stealing the logo of a disgraced energy concern that was once the largest bankruptcy in the history of the country and led to one of the most destructive pieces of accounting legislation (Sarbanes-Oxley) in history.

But fret not. This isn’t the second coming of Enron, it’s Enron squared!

Next up, Manson Family Brand Pork Sausages. Every morning that starts off with “Death to the Pigs” is going to be a great day. #BLM approved.

Lady Vols Not Ladyboys

I saw this riding on a car’s bumper the other day and had to do a double-take.

From the Department of Unfortunate Cross-branding:


I knew UT had a recent brouhaha over wanting to fine, expel, and genitally mutilate students before sending them to re-education camps for not calling he/she/its by some new pronouns they invented five minutes ago but this?

It’s too insidious. They’re the Lady Vols not the Ladyboys. Cameltoes not camel’s nose.

We don’t want to know that your Ford F-150 secretly wants to be a convertible Mazda Miata or that your automatic Audi TT would rather be a stick. Maybe you get off on teasing those cisgenders at Pep Boys with your shocks and struts. But the only one who should know if you’ve blown a tranny should be your mechanic.

Come on, people. Pick a side.

Trumptards Face The Puppy Blender

It’s been kind of entertaining watching Insty veer to the right during the Obama years.

He’s sat out a lot of the feuding following his addition of a comments section especially during the Rise Of Trump. But this morning’s troll of Trump’s statement criticizing the US on civil rights as an excuse to not condemn Erdogan’s violent purge of the remaining secularists in Turkey is sure to produce 300 comments:

Well, it’s a standard lefty talking point — those tend to come, ultimately, from Soviet propagandists whether the talkers know it or not, and usually they don’t — and it’s one that’s been echoed by President Obama with his reminders to Americans not to get on our high horse (the Crusades, you know) and his disparaging of American exceptionalism.

The big news here is that a Republican candidate is saying it, but then, Trump spent most of his life as a Democrat.

He’s not just been a lifelong Democrat. He’s repeating Soviet propagandist talking points Democrats have been using for years. Perhaps some salt on that wound will help?

It’s ok though because Wall ™ and America’s going to be great again or something.

Reynolds isn’t wrong. It’s just odd that he’s deciding to take this tack so soon after the RNC convention given how many of his readers and commenters are still rolling around in the post-coital Cleveland cuddle puddle.

It’s Called Mempiss For A Reason

So I guess Kellogg’s can change their Frosted Flakes mascot to Tony The Tinkler:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A video has surfaced on the Internet of a man urinating on a Kellogg assembly line.

It happened in 2014 at a facility in Memphis, Kellogg spokesperson Kris Charles said.

The video was uploaded by worldstarhiphop.com. Its content is highly graphic.

Kellogg is looking into the incident, and the FDA has started a criminal investigation.

The video was shot during the same time the company and the workers union fell into a nasty labor dispute and those employees were locked out.

At least it wasn’t the pipelayers union.

But if you’ve eaten Rice Krispies in the last year and a half, chances are they were impacted by the pouty union’s tinkle tirade. Not that they’re going to have jobs anyway when that plant closes and they’re put out on a permanent bathroom break.

Thanks again, Mempiss for living down to your reputation and up to your name.

Six Meat Facebook Sirloin Tip Of The Day

Maybe it’s the holiday weekend, I just don’t know, but I feel the need to offer this bit of unsolicited social media advice to no one in particular:

When you post on Facebook or wherever how happy you are with your husband, wife, family, blah, blah, blah – we all know that means that you just had a fight and are teetering on the edge of breaking up or getting a divorce. That this public professing of your undying, altruistic love and spiritual fulfillment somehow masks that you know your significant other monitors your Facebook postings and friends like a jealous hawk.

But that this highly public declaration will soothe and balm the nerves of whatever just happened. I assure you – it does not and now we all know. The more over-the-top the declaration, the sooner the separation. It would have to be with such ham-fisted attempts to manipulate.

Please stop. Both volunteering to lie to others and yourself. Keep your shit tight and work it out in private. Nothing ever gets better by inviting the world into your own personal problems.

You’re welcome.

Tennessee Escapes The Tyranny of Good Intentions

Insure Tennessee dies a natural death in the Tennessee state legislature.

Tennessee will not expand health benefits to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents, with state senators rebuking Gov. Bill Haslam’s controversial health care proposal.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted against passing Haslam’s Insure Tennessee. Only four of the 11 committee members voted in favor of the plan.

The vote comes minutes after House Speaker Beth Harwell said she doesn’t think there are enough votes in the House to pass the plan.

“I don’t think I have the support,” Harwell told reporters as she walked away from the House chamber Wednesday.

Sweet freedom. Now Governor Haslam can go back to working with Mayor Bloomberg on taking our guns away.

The End of America Sale – Everything Must Go, Go, Go!

A bit of a break from my usual type of post.  Today, I attended both a gun show and the Gun Appreciation Day rally in Nashville.  Both were depressingly optimistic and for different reasons.  The latter for a sparse crowd due from poor planning and lack of advertising to being scheduled during 3 other large events downtown.  The former for the exact opposite.

Hendersonville Line UPSorry, Detroit:  They aren’t here for food stamps and Section 8 vouchers.

The gun show was fully prepared for a large crowd.  I arrived a half hour prior to opening and there were already lines of people down the block at all of their fairgrounds entrances.  I’d estimate today’s crowd to be 10,000 – 15,000.  A gentleman in front of me said that he had attended a show in Franklin, TN the prior week and that while Saturday was jampacked that Sunday was much lighter.  To be certain, Saturday is for bitterly clinging to your gun and Sunday is for bitterly clinging to your religion.  Also, the shelves were cleaned out by Sunday anyway so playoff football for the agnostics.  By the time I left two hours later, I could barely get out of my parking spot and the lot itself was clogged all the way to the main road out where a line of cars were waiting in traffic all the way down the street just to get into the parking lot.

If the Gun Appreciation Day rally at the War Memorial Plaza had a crowd the size of the Hendersonville Gun Show it would have been an unequivocal and unignorable success.  As such, I would put a number between 500-600.  Despite the fact that there did not appear to be any charismatic leader or structure aside from the few speakers taking their turn to say “don’t tread on me” and one enthusiastic attendee encouraged to participate in the government’s efforts at confiscation one bullet at a time.  No PA system.  Only a shared megaphone.

Gun Appreciation Day Nashville

These events should ostensibly be catering to the same crowd and while one is talking about doing the other IS actually doing.  I support the 2nd Amendment versus I-am-going-to-buy-a-bunch-of-guns-and-ammo-this-instant.  That’s a lot more Do-ey and a lot less Talk-y going on.  Actions speak louder.

Why couldn’t they be at the same place or same general area?   A pooling of interests to the benefit of all.  I’ll digress on that point.

However, I am disgusted by the behavior of the dealers at these gun shows.  Utterly and completely.  365 days a year they peddle the Land of the Free and you’ll take my guns from my cold dead hands bullshit but then, when the government actually starts to threaten both their livelihoods, their customers, their future and their purported value system, it’s like trying to buy a gallon of clean water at the Super Dome on Katrina Day 3.  Price gouging is not capitalism no matter how many amber waves of panic-buying suckers you extort.

I left without buying so much as a single shell and all of the dealers can eat the peanuts as they say.  I heard of some guy buying 100 rounds of .38 special for $80.  Unless they are coated with mercury and Super AIDS, a sucker and his money were lucky to get together in the first place.

Bullet prices doubled in less than two weeks.  I bought a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun six weeks ago for $630.  This week?  From the same exact dealer, the same exact shotgun – $1189.  Used SKS’s – $550.00.  Brand new AK-47’s – $900-$1100.  200% markup is currently the rule and while the commies may cheer that the gun nuts pockets are getting lighter, this is where my optimism comes in:  If your money is worthless, these commodities have a value beyond rubies.  This country is armed to the fucking teeth.  A gun for every hand and foot.  The worst that can happen to the gun nuts is that a ban doesn’t go into effect.  The value of their investments would plummet immediately.  But we know that is not going to happen.  Obama Organizing for UnAmerica is trying to manufacture consent through legislator intimidation what Coward In Chief doesn’t have the guts to say himself despite his media apparatchiks laying down suppressing fire through their high capacity news magazines and video clips.

We seem to be one event away from a flashpoint and people are more prepared now than they were six months ago.  A sadly good thing.  Sad that that’s where we are and good that they are more prepared for it.   All it takes is some enterprising yahoo to apply the Bush Doctrine to some gungrabbers or for the gungrabbers to Lead From Behind on some unsuspecting citizen.  They are coming for you.  Why wait for them to fire the first shot?  If they truly thought the Right was a bunch of crazies they would seek to placate them as much as they do the real terrorists in Libya, Egypt and everywhere else.  Hell, they’d give you the gun!

Times Is Up Fool

You’ve got to earn their capitulance.  This is just behaviorism.  Our government is spending your tax money to arm Mexican drug cartels and al Qaeda in Libya and Syria without a second thought.  American citizens spending their own money to exercise their rights is cause for alarm though.  Who’s the real enemy again?

Can Peyton Manning Lower The Employment Rate?

Only if he drops out of the work force permanently:

It is so sad and so hard to write it again, but it’s true: Peyton Manning is done in Indianapolis.

After listening to Manning Monday night, after listening to owner Jim Irsay characterize Manning Thursday as “a politician” who should keep his concerns “in house,” there’s no other conclusion to be reached by a sane, sober human being: Manning’s days in Indianapolis are over, and they have been over for quite some time. On a day when the introduction of Chuck Pagano as the Colts new head coach should have been the story, Irsay stole the headlines.

The NFL is a cut-throat industry where the all-American, clean living, do-everything-right poster boy for your organization and the League is tossed out in the street so a mediocre team like the Colts can hope to get Luck-y by throwing the dick of their future on the craps table of the next Draft?  Say it ain’t so!

My heart aches for the state of Indiana.  For about two seconds.  Any way.

If anyone in earshot can communicate this to Manning:  Come home to Tennessee.

Quit designing video games and do it for real.  The University of Tennessee is in such a state of disrepair that they’re having to layoff police officers because the team isn’t even worth arresting anymore.  That burglary is going unsolved.

Take this game to another level.  Use UT to be a flagship student-athlete program where you recruit the talent and bring them up through the ranks to create a next NFL generation with a little more humility and a little less pitbull fighting.

Be the anti-Spurrier.

 

When Hope Came To Town

And left about November 4th.

You tell me. Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

Obama Headquarters on Rosa Parks Boulevard – October 7, 2008

 

I think about this every day when I drive by this prime piece of real estate a stone’s throw from the state capitol and across the street from the Farmer’s Market.  Three and a half years later.

Elections have consequences

Lots of consequences

 

He’s like King Midas.  Except that everything he touches turns to shit.

Who does this strip mall think it is doing impersonations of a White House event for CEOs?