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Dear Davidson County Election Commission: Tell me you’re kidding with this …

The following post is courtesy my friend, Sam.

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Pc01-IdSaturday afternoon my wife received a letter in the mail from the Davidson County Election Commission. As she had recently changed her name legally, along with the fact that there’s a primary looming on the horizon, we thought little of it. But rather than the expected updated voter registration card, we got the following (copied from Nashville.gov):

Pursuant to T.C.A. ยง 47-18-2107, the Davidson County Election Commission is notifying you that there was a breach of the security of the data in the Office of the Davidson County Election Commission and personal information about you is reasonably believed to have been acquired by an unauthorized person.

The letter goes on to say that a laptop containing sensitive personal data, including names, social security numbers, and addresses (or as I like to call them, the “Take a Credit Card Out in My Name Trifecta”) was stolen.

Conspicuously absent from this letter or, for that matter, any of the subsequent press releases, was any mention of data encryption.

I mean, seriously, how many laptops containing sensitive personal data have been stolen in the past year or so? And how many pundits and prognosticators have come out in favor of data encryption?

As Luke Froeb likes to say, perhaps the people at the election commission should be allowed to move their assets to higher value uses …

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Truckload of rodeo bulls recoverd; Circus clowns city-wide breathe sigh of relief.

Is it just me or does anyone else find this incredibly disturbing: Truckload of rodeo bulls stolen in downtown Nashville?

Apparently, while loading 12 bulls slated the Professional Champion Bullriding show, the truck carrying said bovines was hijaked. Let me repeat that…12 bulls, the kind I assume have their you-know-whats tied in order to make them angrier, were loaded into a truck, that was ALREADY RUNNING, when some idiot jumped in the truck’s cab and drove off.

The truck was recovered this morning, according to WKRN on the interstate with all of the bulls (apparently valued at over $100,000 each) intact.

The thing I can’t get over is the closing line to the original story: “I just hope he doesn’t go out somewhere and set them loose.”

Way to go, Tennessean! Responsible journalism, as always.

Though I seriously can’t stop thinking that running of the bulls on Broadway on a Saturday night might be worth the price of admission, I am glad the thief didn’t stick around long enough to pick up a newspaper.

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Warehouse Fire

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Building caught fire on 5th Ave S. and Peabody near the country music hall of fame.. I got there in time to take some pics.. Not sure which building it was, as I couldn’t get close enough to see.. WSMV has more…

Sommet Center’s “Antenna” Tower To Actually Be Used for Something

Hello, Metblog readers, you may remember me as Andrew, the guy who used to write for this blog like 5,000 years ago before he went on an extended vacation. Sorry about that. I’m back.

It seems that XM Satellite Radio, which has been a tenant in the Country Music Hall of Fame for several years now, will be moving their Nashville studios to the arena tower at the Sommet Center. This is the tower at the corner of 5th Ave. and Broadway, which houses the visitor center at its base and the rarely-used Wolfy’s Den on the upper floors. I haven’t set foot in Wolfy’s Den since college, when it seems like every other sorority function I attended was held in this oddly-arranged space.

Though I am sure that there will be some college students upset that they’ve lost another place to get drunk and dance to “Shout,” I’d say that all in all it’s a pretty cool place for XM to put their studios. They’ll look out over both the Ryman and Broadway’s legendary honky tonks, and we’ll have another uniquely Nashville thing for visitors to point at and comment on when they visit downtown. Construction is scheduled to be completed later this year. Now, if only XM’s country stations could get up to par with Sirius’…

Breaking: 2525 West End on Fire

A friend just called me from West End Avenue, reporting that there is a fire at the 2525 development (home of the Marriott, P.F. Changs, Borders, etc.) I have nothing except her brief phone call to go on, but she described the fire as “major” and said she saw several fire trucks on the scene. Can anyone confirm?

Update (4:25pm): Apparently, the fire is in P.F. Changs.

Enough!

I’ve touched on this subject before, but I think it deserves a post all to itself. The new Nashville City Paper website is terrible. I’m not even going to link to it here because I don’t want to dignify it. At first I thought the redesign was awful on purpose because they wanted to force me to create an account and log in. Well, I did that, and it’s still awful. When there are actual HTML articles the pictures overlap the words, but for the most part you’re forced into this “e-paper” nonsense.

Please, City Paper, admit your mistake and go back to the old format. Or at least fix this one enough to make it passable!

Mayor’s Housing Budget

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The NHPP gathered to rally on Friday morning before the Mayor announced a disappointing 50 housing units, for a total of $600,000 in his budget. The NHPP was hoping for and has been rallying for 200 units. Carmon Ryals says that 50 is not enough, but that they are “confident the mayor is going to find more in the capital budget”.

More info at the Tennessean, and at the NHPP’s website. The NHPP has more detail on the budget, as well.

I’ve got more pictures from the rally on Friday morning here.

Homeless Protestors Released

Charges were dropped against all 16 of the homeless advocates who were arrested on Tuesday night. From the Tennessean’s article:

Metro General Sessions Judge John Aaron Holt dismissed criminal trespassing cases against 16 people who were arrested before dawn Wednesday as they tried to spend the night at the downtown facility near James Robertson Parkway and Second Avenue North.

In dismissing the charges, Holt said only that there was no basis for the arrests, according to Nashville lawyer Patrick Frogge, who represented many of the homeless advocates.

“That is the most public arena in Nashville,” Frogge said of the courthouse. “If one wants to lodge a complaint against the government, there is no more public place in Nashville than that.”

The cops, however, apparently disagree:

“It is a park, and if you are there after 11 you are going to be arrested,” Metro police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said.

The NHPP will be regrouping tomorrow (Friday) morning in the public square at 6:30AM:

Public Expression of our First Amendment Rights in our fight for housing.
We will be gathering on Friday morning between 6:30am – 7:00am and continue to THANK THE MAYOR and let him know WE NEED 200 Units. Please bring your friends and family before you head to work. We are eager to hear his words about how he wants our city to spend our 1 Billion plus per year budget.

Without Housing — Arrests

Housing is a Human Right

I stopped by the the Nashville Homeless Power Project‘s “Urban Plunge” sleepout last night and stayed as long as I could. The event gives people the opportunity to experience homelessness by spending a night out in Nashville. They were gathered on the public square, and the mood was upbeat, calm and relatively peaceful. Dinner was served, and a few movies were shown.Many councilpeople stopped by, including mayoral candidates Bob Clement and David Briley.

At around 1:45, Vice Mayor Howard Gentry gave a brief speech announcing that anyone staying past the permit time would be arrested on criminal trespassing charges. At this point, they have relocated to Riverfront park, but I am surprised to learn that 16 people were arrested at around 2:20AM and are currently locked up for trespassing..

I’ll update as I learn more.

Hard Hitting News

I’m glad we live in such a great city where flurries make headlines.

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