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You probably don't need us to tell you, but the Rams defeated the Bengals last night in Super Bowl LVI. Coinbase had an interesting commercial that was just a QR code bouncing around the screen except the website it linked to crashed by the time everyone had obediently whipped out their phones and performed the ritual actions. Larry David performed in another ad for the crypto-exchange FTX making everyone wonder who had dirt on David and reminding some of the 2000s commercials just before the Dot Com bubble burst.
Today, we look at a new bill floating through the state's chambers aimed at carpetbagging, investigate the role of the chicken on the regenerative farm, look at the latest from the trucker drama in Canada, and marvel at what satellites look like when they fall back to Earth.
Thanks for reading.
➫ Eleven Score and Fifteen Years Ago
Back in 1789, the United States Congress assembled for the first time. On February 2, 2022 Tennessee Rep Dave Wright (R - District 19) and Senator Frank Nicely (R - District 8) introduced HB2764 and SB2616 during Tennessee’s 112th General Assembly. As filed, the bill’s language “prohibits a person from being nominated as a candidate for United States Senator or member of the United States House of Representatives unless the person has voted in the three previous elections in this state.” Mind you, these senate and house bills rub up against Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution.
While the United States Constitution left residency requirements pertaining to local/state elected officials up to each state, the language in the Constitution regarding Federal officials has no conditions as to the duration of a congressman's residency in the state they represent. It only specifies that they must reside in their state - language that cannot be adjusted by state legislation.
WHY FILE THESE BILLS NOW?
Carpetbagger \ ˈkär-pət-ˌba-gər\ noun 1. a term that popped on the scene during the post-Civil War era 2. As Merriam-Webster puts it, a carpet-bagger is “a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics.”
Back in the 1800s, the term was referring to Northerners who took advantage of Reconstruction in the South by moving down and exploiting Southern states for political, personal, social, or financial gain.
As the Republican primary ticket in Tennessee's 5th Congressional district has filled up with candidates, the term has seen a revival. New Tennessee residents, such as Robby Starbuck and Morgan Ortagus, are experiencing scrutiny from local constituents. This scrutiny is mirrored by the implications of the House and Senate bills — you’re too new to Tennessee.
Though a piece of state legislation cannot circumvent the language of the United States Constitution, it is clear that Tennesseans expect their politicians to have an allegiance to the state and its residents — a hurdle that all newcomers will have to grapple with.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This mightn’t have been such a point of contention if District 5 didn’t have any strong, local candidates coming forward in this year’s race. The mass exodus of people from blue states to red across the country has platformed many Republican thought leaders without pushback, but the political roots in Tennessee run deep. The state was solid blue up until 1960. Many people who put their boots on the ground and helped turn Tennessee’s political landscape into the one we know today are still living. They have more than a stake in the game — they have blood, sweat, tears, and a legacy. What they’re really asking for? Show us the depth of your commitment and loyalty.
- Neighbors oppose plan to privatize management of a Percy Priest Lake recreation area (Channel 5) Whether it's hiking, boating or RV camping, people use Percy Priest Lake in all sorts of ways. That's why there's a fierce debate underway for what should be done with 280 acres of lakefront property.
- Amazon's headcount in Tennessee swells to 31,000 (NBJ) Amazon has more than 31,000 full- or part-time jobs in Tennessee at the end of 2021. 1 in 100 Tennessee residents work for the company which employs 1.1 million people around the country.
- Nashville businessman Quincy McKnight withdraws from 5th district race to run for mayor (Tennessean) McKnight, the CEO of privately held payment processing company Covenant Pay, said he decided he "can best serve the people of Nashville as the tenth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County."
- First mobile beer permits put the 'tavern' back in Nashville's pedal vehicles (Tennessean) Sprocket Tours, which operates Sprocket Rocket Party Bikes, obtained nine mobile bring-your-own-beer permits for its pedal taverns in addition to one beer sale permit for its office.
- Dallas firm pays $76.5M for Goodlettsville industrial properties (Post)
- Gulch home to café sells for $4.42M (Post)
- Dallas firm pays $76.5M for Goodlettsville industrial properties (Post)
- State nears sale of downtown tower, preps to lease other (Post)
✿ AN ODE TO FOWL
Chickens and their role on the regenerative farm by Edward Landstreet
In this second installation of the series on regenerative farming tectonics, we cover the chicken. If you missed it, you can catch the first in the series on pigs here.
There are two types of chickens on the regenerative farm: broilers (for meat) and layers (for eggs). The layers have a mobile coop and fence and are ferried about the farm and generally left to their egg laying ways. The broilers are out in the pasture tending to the land and reaping the rewards.
Every time the chickens are moved, they are introduced to a new foraging area that harbors a variety of food on top of the feed that the farmer provides. As the chicken digests its food, each nutritional input is multiplied into several and is stored in the meat. This meat will have deeper nutrition and flavor than factory chickens where inputs are minimized so that product uniformity is maximized. It’s also better than most USDA certified organic chicken, which is often nutritionally the same as its factory counterpart.
The organic designation has little meaning anymore. What started as a movement in the 1940s that anticipated the abuse of land by the leeching influence of industrial farms and advocated for local regenerative farming has reached industrial status itself with massive corporations controlling the majority of the market.
On the regenerative farm, the flock follows the herd in a procession designed to enrich pasture. The farmer has them track by three days to interrupt the life cycle of flies that use cow pies as incubators. The little raptors are losed upon the growing larvae and they hunt the brood to the last, which thins a swarm that would’ve spent it’s days on the necks of cattle. They disperse the cow patties and with a thorough raking by beak and claw they mix up the natural fertilizer with dirt in a shallow layer across the surface. The soil absorbs the newly available nutrients and a lush line of growth is left in the wake of the fowl. The procession is as follows: Cows, chickens, plant growth, then cows again. Like you would mow a lawn. Each wave adding more value to the soil - the wellspring from which it all flows.
Information and photos provided by Fairfax Farms, TN.
✰ PERSPECTIVES AND NEWS FROM THE FREEDOM CONVOY
The battle over who the real supporters of Democracy are continues North of the border as Trudeau and his house cats refuse to meet with representatives of the trucker convoy for fear of "justifying their complaints." Presumably, they don't negotiate with terrorists.
The donation site GiveSendGo, after being slapped with arbitrary sanctions from the Canadian government, was hacked over the weekend. The site redirected to an infantile video from an animated movie — that the Pamphleteer has no knowledge of (proudly) — playing behind a diatribe condemning the truckers as the "real fascists" and drawing some hasty connections between them and the January 6th protestors.
It's all theater of course. Seems that Democracy just means two sides accusing each other of being the "real fascists" with the media playing referee. Your enemies never have justified grievances. They're just "threatening Democracy" by expressing their anger. Kind of like the Bush administration's attitude going into Iraq, "They hate us anyway, so why bother trying to understand why they're mad." What Big Pharma and Big Government shills don't realize is that their opponents understand them far better than they understand their opponents. If history is any indication, not understanding what you're up against virtually ensures you will fall to your enemy.
- Police cleared Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters from the Ambassador Bridge, but truckers in Ottawa won’t budge (Fortune) On Sunday police moved the last remaining 'Freedom Convoy' protesters from the Ambassador Bridge, the primary economic land-link between the U.S. and Canada
- Council reaches another mask bylaw crossroads as Alberta lifts COVID measures (Calgary Herald) The end of Alberta’s indoor mask mandate is just two weeks away, leaving Calgary facing yet another decision about local mask rules.
- GiveSendGo Hacked as Names of Freedom Convoy Donors Apparently Leaked (Newsweek) The fundraiser page of the Canadian Trucker protesters or "Freedom Convoy," which has been protesting over COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other pandemic restrictions, has been frozen and appears to have been hacked. Watch the weird video they put up on the site here.
- What the Truckers Want (Common Sense) I’ve spoken to 100 of the protestors gathered in the Canadian capital. What's happening is far bigger than the vaccine mandates.
- Dispatch from the Ottawa Front: Sloly is telling you all he's in trouble. Who's listening? (The Line) The scale of Ottawa's defeat is a jarring and continuing indictment of the capacity of the Canadian state, and the state must reverse this situation, decisively.
- Justin Trudeau's Ceauşescu Moment (TK News) Denouncing truckers for "unacceptable views," Canada's Prime Minister skipped town rather than face evidence of his own unpopularity. Is neoliberalism finally cracking?
- The Battle of Wills North of the Border (NRO) The Canadian trucker protests starts to have serious consequences on this side of the border; the fights over vaccine mandates are looking less like a public-health exercise and more like a battle of wills over who can force the other side to blink
⚔︎ MISSIVES ⚔︎
- 🇷🇺 The White House said there has been no material progress in deescalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine after President Joe Biden held an hour-long call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- 👀 Special Counsel John Durham reportedly said in a new court filing that a technology executive working with a Clinton-tied lawyer accessed White House servers as well as Internet data for Trump Tower and elsewhere in connection with an effort to dig up dirt on Donald Trump and establish a “narrative” linking him to Russia.
- 🗺 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed their motto from "administer[ing] the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values." to the dystopian "upholds America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, and respect for all we serve".
- 🛰 On February 4, a geomagnetic storm caused by the sun knocked up to 40 new SpaceX Starlink satellites out of orbit. Now experts are worried about whether mega-constellations planned by Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and others will be resilient to such events in the future.
THINGS TO DO
View the full calendar here.
Hip hop is woke agenda approved, and for that reason, it’s doomed. It’s been at the forefront of American pop culture for several decades now, but seeing the five washed up rappers perform their biggest hits with a self-congratulatory look at the Super Bowl halftime show made me realize that it’s seen its day. Something else must take root in the underground and steal the spotlight. Onward.
🖌 At the Cheekwood, Spanning the Atlantic, The Arts and Crafts Movement, an international trend in the decorative arts that originated in the British Isles during the 19th century.
🎩 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
🎹 Jazz Jam @ The Villager, 11p, Free, Info
Get ‘em while you can
🔆 Jordan Peterson (03/22) @ The Ryman, 7:30p, $40+, Info
🎸 Buddy Guy (03/26) @ The Ryman, 7:30p, $80, Info
🐷 Primus a Farewell to Kings tour (05/09) @ The Ryman, 7:30p, $55+, Info
🌕 Full Moon Cemetery Lantern Tour @ Montgomery Bell State Park, 7:30, $10, Info
FROM THE ARCHIVE
Around the Web
📸 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice winner revealed Cristiano Vendramin has won Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award 2021 with his image of an ethereal frozen Italian lake, submitted in dedication to a lost friend.
♂ Men and the Future of America Senator Josh Hawley has struck a powerful rhetorical blow against woke communism.
𝙓 Lawnmowers: the real pandemic Statistically they’re more dangerous to children than Covid. We must close schools and lock down all of society
Political Theater Highlight Reel
- Crazy Person: "The assumption that the best protein comes from corpses is a racist belief."
- CNN: Why shrugging off Joe Rogan's use of the n-word is so dangerous
- Jim Jordan: “There was spying going on, and it was worse than we thought because they were spying on the sitting president of the United States, and it goes right to the Clinton campaign.”
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"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe