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No. 215: Bar Hours

⁂ Nashville's Alt-Daily ⁂ Bar Hours · May Primary · Barney Fife · Racial Misdirection · By the Numbers · Much More!

Good morning, everyone.

We're continuing to compile the Flat Curver Awards given to those who performed admirably and poorly over the course of the pandemic. We're looking for reader input on any businesses or leaders who either cowed to the tyrannical impulses brought forth by COVID or stood strong against them — the former for mockery, the latter for praise. You can respond to this email with any input you have.

Additionally, starting this Thursday, we're going to commence a new weekly event we're calling Bar Hours. Bar Hours is your chance to mix and mingle with other readers of The Pamphleteer — as well as the writers — while imbibing at Jackalope Brewery.

The first ten people that show up will get their drinks comped on The Pamphleteer's tab. We'll meet at 6 PM outside at one of the patio tables. Spring is nearly here. The weather will be nice, the conversation lively, and the jokes rolling.

Today, we introduce a new essay from John Arra, look at this May's upcoming primary elections, dissect the tactics of the New York Times, and look at some numbers from a recent poll on how Americans have been doing over the past year.

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Thanks for reading.


John Arra — a sagelike boomer who meditates on what past generations got right and wrong and what present generations would do good to remember — returns with his views from Way Out Charlotte Pike.

Support Your Local Barney Fife
The rapidly deteriorating state of America, and indeed civilization, makes an old man wish more than ever to be a younger man. A much younger man.


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☂ April Showers Bring May Primary Elections

All Eyes Are on the 5th District Race, But You Should Care More About the May Primary Elections in Nashville

Before we jump in, some basic terminology:

Primary Elections This election is held before the General Election and narrows the field. Democrats vote in the Democratic primaries and Republicans vote in the Republican primaries (usually… We'll come back to this).

General Elections The regular election to select candidates for office. Winner takes all, and you can vote for any party in any category.

Cheat sheet if you don't have time to read this whole thing:

  1. You can vote in any primary you want, regardless of the political party. Yup! Tennessee is an open primary state. No official party affiliation needed.
  2. If you're a Republican in Davidson County, you should consider voting in the Democratic primaries this May. The catch? It means forgoing your ability to vote in the Republican primary (just the May one, not the August one).
  3. No, it won't ruin anything for Republicans.
  4. Why not? Because, aside from School Board positions, there are no Republicans who are competing against each other in the Republican primaries, much less running at all. Check out the ballot for yourself… basically all Democrats.
  5. There is nothing legally or ethically dubious about this. If you don't vote in the Davidson County Democratic primary, you won't have a voice at all! There are basically no Republican choices and Davidson County has progressive activists on the ballot! Uncontested by any other party. Check out the DA race!

Okay, cheat sheet fin. If you want deep knowledge…

Continue reading...




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When large media outlets report on a crime, the race of the assailant tends to take center stage. It's after the race of the perpetrator is revealed that the relevant parties can then decide whether to amplify or suppress the story. Kyle Rittenhouse getting chased through the streets of Kenosha warranted a months long trial by fire, while Darrell Brooks, out on $1,000 bail, running through a Christmas Day parade killing women and children gets memory-holed soon after it happens. For those keeping track at home, Rittenhouse is white, and Brooks is black.

In a recent NYT article concerning a shooting in Arkansas, the racial information is buried deep in the article under a desolate photo showing what looks like a used car lot and a passage stating:

A community event and car show in a small Arkansas farming community became a scene of horror on Saturday night, as two people engaged in a gunfight and sprayed the crowd with bullets, killing one bystander and injuring 27 other people, including six children.

What do you think of when you hear "small Arkansas farming community"? If one were to simply skim the article and understand the slant of the NYT, you'd assume that this was some white Trump voter upset about something — the out and out persona non grata numero uno of the NYT and all in their camp. But alas, the truth slowly comes out.

Doing our typically rigorous journalistic due diligence on anything that comes across the desk — a lost art these days, by the way — we're probing for any indication of the shooter's race. It's not until paragraph 5 that you learn that the "community event" was called Hood-Nic. Then later, in paragraph 10, we learn that "rappers performed onstage, preachers issued prayers, and politicians sought votes" followed by a photo of the community mourning which leaves little doubt as to the racial makeup of the event and begs the question of why they used such an ambiguous opening paragraph paired with an even more ambiguous picture.

It's a tired point to make about the hypocrisy of media outlets like the New York Times. Critics will call this analysis "paranoid" — or worse, "racist" — but the point beyond saying that the NYT is engaging in real racism is to reveal the coded malice that mainstream media outlets express towards average Americans.


A poll reveals that Americans feel worse off now than they did one year ago. According to the poll, 20% of Americans are "generally better off" now than they were a year ago while 42% said they were worse off.

The only political cohort that feels better off financially are, unsurprisingly, Democrats, only 26% of whom are worse off financially today than they were a year ago. Conversely, 56% of Republicans are worse off financially.

Whether these polls accurately hold a mirror up to reality is a question for another time, but it seems reasonable enough to assume that the majority of Americans are worse off financially because of inflation and the disruption of small businesses following — the majority of whom are Republican — pandemic lockdowns. Wages have steadily risen 5% year-over-year, but those gains have been whithered by inflation which has steadily outpaced it at 7% year-over-year.

That Democrats are better off financially or merely feel that way can either be reflected by their bringing in more money on average which shields them more from inflation or the fact that Big Bad Orange Man has been ousted from office. It'd be expected that political sentiment would creep into these results where mainline Democrats would be loath to admit that "their" candidate is making them worse off — even against their better interests which is the entire basis of their political platform.

Source: Are You Better Off Today Than A Year Ago? By 4-To-1, Americans Say 'No'
Tipp Insights, 21 March 2022, Read Online


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  • 🛩 President Biden traveled to Europe for talks with some of America’s closest allies yesterday. His week of diplomacy began yesterday, in a call with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. He will then travel on Wednesday to Brussels, where NATO will hold an emergency meeting on a response to the war.
  • ♻️ The Securities and Exchange Commission has said for the first time that public companies must tell their shareholders and the federal government how they affect the climate, a sweeping proposal long demanded by environmental advocates.
  • 🇸🇦 The Biden administration has transferred a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia within the past month, fulfilling Riyadh’s urgent request for a resupply amid sharp tensions in the relationship, senior U.S. officials said.
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View the full calendar here.

🆕 Bar Hours 🆕 this Thursday at Jackalope Brewery starting at 6 PM. The first ten guests of The Pamphleteer will have their drinks comped. Come out to meet other readers of The Pamphleteer and mix and mingle with the writers.

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+ Honky Tonk Tuesday afterparty, down the street


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