Good morning, everyone.
The markets are closed today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day. In recent years, King has been volleyed back and forth between political coalitions as sides try to claim that they are on the "right side of history" and thus, that of Martin Luther King Jr. The work of Dr. King had an enormous impact on Civil Rights in the Black community, and his legacy continues to reverberate long after his untimely death. That Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr. are the only names to grace the federal calendar says it all.
Below, we take the temperature of the areas school boards, wonder why TikTokers make so much money, and explore the contours of the weekend's news.
Jerod Hollyfield penned a new essay about America's cultural obsession with nostalgia and how, contrary to popular belief, it is those of a progressive bend who seem to have the greatest obsession with forgotten pasts, real or not.
Thanks for reading.
✎ SCHOOL BOARD FEVER ✐
As redistricting continues to flip political and school district maps topsy-turvy, last week the Cannon County School Board voted to completely restructure their school district and close 3 elementary schools. According to the board, the decision that passed with a 5-0 vote consolidates funding that will better support school renovations and facility updates as well as provides students with a more competitive class size. Many parents and community members expressed anger when the news broke and found themselves questioning how their board could so easily pass such an abrupt measure.
These kinds of jarring decisions continue to add fuel to an ever-growing fire of concerned parents who are left skeptical of their elected school board officials. In the past, school board elections have had a reputation for being uneventful. Unenergetic campaign trails tended to foreshadow sparse School Board meeting attendance. The only eventful races seemed to occur in the larger cities of Tennessee. Among other things, those board positions are attractive to candidates who are attempting to use the position as a soft launch for a career in politics.
Over the last year, Covid protocols and growing concern regarding curriculum prompted scores of parents to flood School Board meetings. Tennessee Republicans also proudly passed a bill legalizing partisan School Board Elections in October during Covid special session. Is this heightened state of citizen participation going to last?
Regardless, there is a clear reaction by both Republicans and Democrats about this new sense of civic duty. Republicans have actively taken the opportunity to amplify the moment and better equip the voting public with knowledge. By passing legislation, they have created the means to identify school board candidates' ideological perspective in our state. Access to the decision making process in schools regarding curriculum and spending is also in the works. On the other hand, Democrats have done a great job of shaming parents for their involvement. The most ridiculous example of this was the left’s support of parents being flagged by the FBI as Domestic Terrorists.
In the end, the mechanism for change always seems to be discomfort. Unfortunately, it is always the weak and vulnerable entities of society that get the brunt of it. In this case, it’s our nation’s children.
- Hagerty passes first bill in U.S. Senate (TNJ) The bipartisan bill, which Hagerty introduced with Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Rob Portman (R-OH), would add key technologies impacting national security to the sectors that can utilize the FAST-41 improved federal permitting program, which will encourage development of these technologies in the United States.
- Vehicle emissions testing ends in 5 counties (Main Street) Motorists in Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties will no longer be required to have their vehicles inspected beginning today. Davidson County will take the same steps as early as Feb. 4.
- Does Tennessee’s education funding blueprint deliver on governor’s promises? (Chalkbeat) Lee wants a student-centered funding approach that would set a base amount of funding per pupil, then distribute additional money per pupil to support students in certain groups, especially those from economically disadvantaged families.
- Tennessee ranks 4th in United States for increase in unemployment claims, new study finds (Homepage) The study found that when compared to the first week of 2020, unemployment claims during the first week of this year were up by 204.12 percent, the third largest such increase in the country.
- 12South-area church property sells for $3.5M (Post)
- Images released for mixed-use project set for north side (Post)
- Berry Hill studio building sells for $2.1M (Post)
- FBI building sells for $8.68M (Post)
- Townhome project eyed for North Nashville (Post)
- Developer pays $14.52M for downtown fringe properties (Post)
⚄ INCREDIBLE STAT OF THE DAY
Charli D’Amelio, who started posting videos of herself dancing on TikTok in 2019, brought in $17.5 million last year which recently ranked the highest-earning TikTok stars of 2021. By comparison, median pay for chief executives of S&P 500 companies was $13.4 million in 2020.
Ms. D’Amelio’s compensation was higher than several CEOs of big publicly traded companies:
- Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Darren Woods
- Starbucks Corp.’s Kevin Johnson
- Delta Air Lines Inc.’s Ed Bastian
- McDonald’s Corp.’s Chris Kempczinski
Seven of TikTok’s top earners collectively made $55.5 million last year, a 200% increase from the prior year
These TikTok Stars Made More Money Than Many of America’s Top CEOs
WSJ, Jan. 13, 2022, Read Online
⚔︎ MISSIVES ⚔︎
- 🤡 Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country. Judges rejected a challenge by the unvaccinated tennis star after the government cancelled his visa on "health and good order" grounds.
- 💉 The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies, but allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
- Starting next week, Americans can begin ordering free rapid COVID-19 tests through a new government-sponsored website, though with a limit of four tests per residential address, the Biden administration announced on Friday.
- The Senate voted Thursday to defeat a bill sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) that would have imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the company behind a pipeline built to deliver Russian natural gas to Germany.
All of the venues and events we will present going forward not have Covid requirements. It's disturbing that many small Nashville venues have banded together to shill for Big Pharma and have become, whether intentional or not, Sackler fangirls. We will no longer suggest shows at these venues.
Speaking of pathetic, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique will be playing at the Schermerhorn this weekend, hooray! Burns Night at The Lost Paddy is the traditional celebration of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns held annually in Scotland. Yes, of course we’ll be there.
THINGS TO DO
View the full calendar here.
🎩 History Class @ Bold Patriot Brewing, 5p, Info
🎸 Harry Fontana @ American Legion Post 82, 7p, Free, Info
💃 Swing Dancing Lessons @ The Bold Patriot, 8p, Free, Info
⏚ TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE GROUND
The Pamphleteer spent the weekend slaughtering and processing a cow at Fairfax Farms in Dickson. Fueled by assorted meats, tinctures, cocktails, and other elixirs, we worked many hours with knife and saw until our cow was packaged, quite beautifully, into vacuum sealed plastic bags. We came away with ground beef, rump roasts, ribeyes, tenderloins, tongue, liver, heart, fat (for tallow), hide (for shorts?), and bones (for broth) — an arduous, but fulfilling experience that we suggest to all.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
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Political Theater Highlight Reel
- Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei releases video depicting the assassination of Donald Trump
- University of Arizona sent out an email notice and changed MLK’s quote to say “person” instead of “man”
- Doctors demand Spotify puts an end to Covid lies on ‘Joe Rogan Experience’
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Woe unto you, for you build the sepulchers of the prophets your fathers killed.