Sure wish there was a full line-up of the acts somewhere online. Levitt Shell doesn't even list the Festival as happening there, and the only place I've seen the what the acts are is on a flyer at The Dublin House. What gives here? No need to advertise, these days?
Could I just add one final thought? If you want a prime example of conspiracy theorist, fear mongering, hate speech, Tim's Rant this week is the place to find it. I mean, it's positively classic. There is innuendo, confabulation, and insinuation aplenty, but not one piece of corroborative evidence that I could find. Bigotry is alive and well in Tennessee. It shows. And Mr. Sampson is one of its fearless leaders. Or should I say, "fearful leaders"?
At least nothing has really changed in the South. Newsflash: bigotry is bigotry, no matter who it's directed toward (or rather, against.) It doesn't matter whether you think all God-fearing people are wrong, and will therefore refuse to listen to them, or whether you think all secular people are wrong, and will therefore refuse to listen to them. What matters is that you forget where you are, and what we are about in this country. Your ancestors went through a lot to get away from the "Us vs. Them" mentalities of the Old World, and believed enough in "WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" to give us this country. (We can quibble the details, but they are details once you get past that, if you know your history.) And while I'm at it, could I suggest that, if you want to change this country into a government managed Socialism, go live on one of the Indian Reservations for a while first. That's what they've been contending with for a century or so now, and if you still like the idea, and want to live that way, THEN come back and tell us all how wonderful it is.
One can only wonder if mad merc and merlin are men, or are they women? And then, the next question would necessarily be, how old are they?
Well said, bjc123. That was pretty much what I was going to say.
I mean, if your solid citizen of 80 hasn't cashed a check, bought cigarettes or alcohol, driven a car, or even gotten Federal Aid, it's fairly unlikely that he's voting, either. Besides, no one is saying that there can't be some way of making it possible for anyone who needs a photo ID to get one. Technology these days is quite advanced. And it's not like fake ID isn't easy enough to come by, should everything else fail.
Thing is, times have changed. Back in the day, you didn't 'need' a cell phone, either. People wrote letters if they wanted to communicate, and if news took six months to reach you, it took six months. Now we've got problems we didn't have in the 1930's, or the 1530's ... although thank goodness, we also don't have some of the problems we did have then.
Odd. I must have been listening to different commentators. The ones I heard were saying, simply, if something is going to outrage you, the political leanings of the person who said it shouldn't matter. Either be outraged whoever says it, or don't pretend to be when it's "Them" and not "Us." Incidentally, the only way this country works is if we do away with Old World "Us vs. Them" mentalities. It's the United States of America. It's "We The People." Not Us vs. Them here. Just US. You may disagree, but that's no excuse for lack of civility, much less, lack of respect.
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