No. 331: Beyond Reproach
⁂ Nashville's Alt-Daily ⁂ Queen · Dolly · Council · Rooftop Bars · Movies · Much More!
- Intro Davis briefly mulls the death of the Queen.
- Nashville Megan traces how Nashville's Metro Council went from denouncing Dobbs to using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
- Elsewhere Valerie Malfy tours some of Nashville's best rooftop bars.
- And More We present our weekly film rundown in 'Local Noise' and reflect on the legacy of Christopher McCandless.
Good morning, everyone.
Queen Elizabeth died yesterday as you all likely know. I don't have anything to contribute to the outpouring of emotion around that event because, frankly, I don't feel that emotional about it. My ancestors left all that behind when they came to America on the boats a couple of hundred years ago.
That said, coming from the "old world" — ancient history to many of us — peopled by C.S. Lewis, Winston Churchill, and many other almost mythical characters, the Queen was beyond reproach for many. I certainly wouldn't lob a pejorative at her personally. It would feel uncouth. I might joke about not "kissing the ring" or some other such thing, but never would I direct that animosity at the Queen herself who, by fate alone, was born into and occupied rarified air.
Is there anyone else with us today who is beyond reproach in such a way? I asked this on Twitter yesterday (follow me, you coward), and the only solid response I got was Dolly Parton which is close to true and also says something about the priorities of our nation which was founded on spurning the throne.
Let me know if anyone comes to mind.
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✰ FROM DENOUNCEMENTS TO DUES
Both the Metro Nashville City Council and Mayor Cooper’s office have taken swift action regarding abortion legislation since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs kicked the issue back to the states.
Trigger laws made abortion illegal in the state of Tennessee, now starting at conception. Contrary to popular belief, the recently-activated “Human Life Protection Act” does not prosecute women who seek or receive an abortion; it does, however, prevent doctors from performing them, except in cases where pregnancy could result in death or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. While these laws apply exclusively to doctors and have yet to be clarified by the courts, legislation coming out of the council will directly affect Davidson County businesses and taxpayers. Let’s take a look:
ABORTION TIMELINE AND METRO CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS
- May 2, 2022: Politico ”published a leaked draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which showed the Supreme Court's intent to overturn the right to abortion as decided in Roe v. Wade.”
- April 26, 2022 - May 14, 2022: A Vanderbilt Poll taken during this time revealed that 80 percent of Tennesseans believe abortion should be legal in cases of rape and incest or when a pregnancy threatens a woman’s life. This percentage is an accurate reflection of Tennesseans’ views on abortion availability. The alternative option of making all abortions legal was also present in the poll.
- June 24, 2022: The Supreme Court released the official decision, showing a vote of 6–3 that reversed the lower court ruling on Dobbs. The decision implies that abortion is not a constitutional right and left the issue up to the states.
- June 28, 2022: Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced that Tennessee’s “Heartbeat Bill” would take effect, preventing abortions performed after six weeks gestation.
- June 28, 2022: Planned Parenthood stopped offering abortions in Tennessee. Prior to the decision, Nashville Planned Parenthood had already ceased booking abortion appointments past the date of July 1st due to staffing shortages. The chapter would ultimately close its doors on that day instead. As reported in an interview conducted by the Nashville Scene on June 28th, CEO of Planned Parenthood Ashley Coffield stated that the organization hired navigators to help people connect to abortion providers out-of-state by means of implementing things like gas cards and providing overnight accommodations.
- June 28, 2022: Council Member Porterfield and others filed a resolution opposing the Supreme Court decision. The resolution passed July 5, 2022.
- June 30, 2022: The Mayor’s office, in tandem with the Metro City Council, released a statement, announcing their intentions to put forth legislation to aid Davidson County residents seeking an abortion.
- July 5, 2022: Council member Allen and others proposed a resolution allowing the Metropolitan Employee Benefit Board the ability to audit Davidson County businesses and assess their current availability of benefits that would cover transportation, accommodation, and other related costs for employees seeking medical treatment unavailable in Tennessee. The resolution passed July 19, 2022.
- July 11, 2022: Council member Bob Mendes and others filed a bill making changes to Metro’s “Do Better Bill”, requiring companies seeking economic and community development incentive grants or payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) incentives to provide out-of-state abortion accommodations for their employees. Bill passed on August 16, 2022.
- July 22, 2022: Council member Mendes and others proposed a bill preventing the use of LPR data to enforce abortion-related laws. Bill passed on September 6, 2022.
- August 25, 2022: The “Human Life Protection Act” was enacted in Tennessee. As stated previously, the bill prohibits abortion starting at conception. Tennesseans who seek or receive an abortion cannot be prosecuted. Doctors can defend their performance of an abortion if “in the physician's good faith medical judgment, based upon the facts known to the physician at the time, provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive, unless in the physician's good faith medical judgment, termination of the pregnancy in that manner would pose a greater risk of the death of the pregnant woman or substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”
- August 30, 2022: Council member Porterfield and others filed a resolution to reallocate and designate half a million dollars in Metro’s budget as grant money available to Planned Parenthood - $150k of which can be used to help fund transportation and accommodations for out-of-state abortions. Set to be voted on during the October 4, 2022 meeting.
As legislation regarding abortion has been proposed and passed by the Metro City Council, the implications have evolved from purely symbolic resolutions signaling the members’ stance on the issue of abortion to the concrete, unprecedented proposal of using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Again, the changes to the “Do Better Bill” passed on August 16th restrict the access to money set aside for economic and community development and Payment In Lieu of Tax (PILOT) incentives, denying applications from small businesses who do not provide travel and accommodations for out-of-state medical procedures. Including abortions.
It’s also worth noting that the recent resolution concerning the allocation of $500K to Planned Parenthood will use taxpayer dollars to help fund services that, at last glance, were already provided to Tennesseans by the organization. As the state of Tennessee sets the stage to enforce laws on the books passed by representatives regarding abortion, Nashville– in line with other “blue” cities across America– has proposed and passed legislation in an attempt to create a state abortion haven at the expense of both Davidson County businesses and taxpayers.
- Nashville rents dropping faster than in any other major market (Post) Apartment rents in Nashville dropped 1.1 percent, or $18, from July to August, ranking Nashville first among top 40 markets in terms of rent decreases. CoStar found that the Sunbelt region markets that had the fastest-growing rents in 2021 “are now witnessing the most dramatic pullback.”
- Federal government pushes diverse hiring at TSU, other HBCUs (Post) The U.S. Department of Labor continued a tour of historically Black universities in the South with a visit to Tennessee State University in Nashville on Wednesday.
- How Queen Elizabeth II helped launch Dolly Parton's pop-crossover success (Tennessean)
- Governor declares he didn’t violate the Little Hatch Act (Lookout) In his push to embed Tennessee’s right to work law into the state Constitution, Gov. Bill Lee denies he and former Gov. Bill Haslam violated the Little Hatch Act with a video shot at the State Capitol.
- McNally, Sexton name task force to study crime, punishment (TNJ) After a spate of high profile slayings in Memphis, Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and his House counterpart, Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), are assembling a special committee to review the adequacy of criminal sentencing in Tennessee.
- Lt. Gov. McNally Criticizes Metro Council’s Pro-Abortion Travel Plan (TCN) Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally is speaking out against a proposed half-million dollar grant that would use Tennessee taxpayer money to compensate women who go outside of the state to have an abortion.
- Nashville Developer Closes On Amazon-Backed Affordable Mixed-Use Development (Now Next)
- Boat manufacturer plans to double employee count (Post)
⬆ BEST ROOFTOP BARS
We’re goin' up to the top floor today, folks and I mean alllll the way up. But before you roll your eyes, you can rest assured this won’t be a list of honky tonk hang-outs or bachelorette hot spots. (Speaking of which, I attempted White Limozeen on the top of The Graduate Hotel in a bout of sheer optimism over a certain drink on the menu and I swear to God it was like stepping into the 7th circle of hell. Never ever again will I go there. Sorry, Graduate.)
Anyway, the criterion for this list is having a drink/drinks actually worth climbing to the roof and/or braving the photo ops for AND THEN a delightful open air atmosphere and/or view. Simple tables and chairs won’t cut it, nor will just a glimpse down Broadway (a-woohoo).
LA JACKSON (THOMPSON HOTEL)
lajacksonbar.com • @lajacksonbar
This spot on top of the Thompson Hotel in the Gulch has been around longer than just about any other on this list and continues to be a great one to visit. The indoor bar is swanky without being overwhelmingly so, and the outdoor area complete with a tree planted right in the center draws locals, service industry folks, and tourists alike. It’s a good place to get a stiff martini or give in to a frozen concoction (their current offering is called the “Friesling” and consists of Riesling, pear, lemon, and orgeat). It’s also known for having large format drinks for a group. The body count cocktail for 6-12 people has Campesino rum, Batavia-arrack*, mint, lemon, and cava. It sounds great but I did not have 5 to 11 friends to split $180 with, so I can only guess.
* Batavia-arrack is a spirit made from sugar cane and fermented red rice and its smoky fruitiness and vegetal funk adds a fabulous depth to cocktails. It’s popping up more and more in bars across the country, so look out for it.
DENIM (THE JOSEPH)
thejosephnashville.com • @denimnashville
Admittedly, the indoors section of this rooftop bar, though well done, is a little “cookie cutter” hotel, but the real winner is the outdoor pool area. The cabanas provide an upscale experience where you’re sure to order app after app (like one of their yummy flatbreads) to spend as much time as possible lounging.
For something light and refreshing, try the By Any Other Name - rose-infused Conniption American gin, Yellow Chartreuse, lemon, and rosé. Otherwise, this is a situation where the wine list, courtesy of the great Cathy Mantuano, would be a great go-to instead, as many of their other drinks read very sweet.
janeshideaway.com • @janeshideaway
Tucked away in Printer’s Ally just far enough away from Broadway is this aptly titled gem. You might remember the name of this place from my best old fashioneds list, so grabbing one of those bad boys and trotting off to the roof is a good move indeed. Other options to try include Blue album track #9 with delicious St. George spiced pear brandy, blanco tequila, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit, oregano, salt, and soda and First Name Ginny, Last Name Spritz with Ford’s gin, Cappelletti, Yellow Chartreuse, pineapple, sparkling wine, and rosemary.
⁕ CHART OF THE DAY: NEW YORKER TOTE BAGS BTFO'D
⚔ MISSIVES ⚔
- 👑 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain died Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace announced. The longest reigning British monarch “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, her large estate in Scotland.
- 🇺🇦 The US has approved nearly $2.7bn in new aid for Ukraine and allies, including $675m in weapons for Ukraine as it battles Russia.
- 📊 Premiums for many Affordable Care Act health-insurance plans are set to rise sharply next year, a sign of how rising labor costs and other expenses are starting to ripple through the healthcare economy.
- 🤡 Several prominent Democratic campaign groups accessed Republican voter data as a result of what Snap, the owner of Snapchat, called an unintentional data leak, allowing those groups to optimize midterm ads.
- 🎞 Hollywood movies earned $3.43 billion at theaters in North America this summer, defined as the period between the first Friday in May and Labor Day Monday. That haul was 21% lower than the summer season in 2019, the last year untainted by the coronavirus pandemic and 19% lower than the average summer gross between 2005 and 2019.
- 📈 The European Central Bank made its largest-ever interest rate increase Thursday, following the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks in a global stampede of rapid rate hikes meant to snuff out the inflation that is squeezing consumers and pushing Europe toward recession.
THINGS TO DO
View our full calendar here.
🍺 The Pamphleteer hosts Bar Hours on the third Thursday of every month (the next meeting is September 15th) at Lucky's 3 Star Bar from 6-8 PM. The first ten guests get drinks on the company tab.
🎪 Check out our favorite driving distance festivals this summer.
👨🏻🌾 The Pamphleteer farmer's market guide.
⚔️ Knights in Armor at the Frist starting July 1st: European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy.
🎭 Shakespeare in the park is every Thursday through Sunday from August 18th till September 11th.
🎡 The Nashville Fair is running ever day from the 9th to the 18th at the fairgrounds.
🎧 Listen to the Pamphleteer's Picks on Spotify, our playlist of the best bands playing in town this week.
🎻 The Cowpokes @ Acme Feed & Seed, 12p, Free, Info
💥 Apocalypse Now @ Belcourt, 5:30p, $12.50, Info
🍀 Live Irish Music @ McNamara’s Irish Pub, 6p, Free, Info
🎸 Kelly’s Heroes @ Robert’s Western World, 6:30p, Free, Info
🥃 Whisky X Experience @ Marathon Music Works, 7:00p, $75+, Info
+ Taste whiskies and see the Drive By Truckers live
🍺 Nashville Brew Festival @ First Horizon Park, 8p, $50, Info
💥 Apocalypse Now @ Belcourt, 9:10p, $12.50, Info
✶ WEEKLY FILM RUNDOWN: SEPT. 9-15, 2022
The latest releases and special screenings hitting Music City this weekend.
SLEEPER HORROR MUST-SEE
Barbarian A woman moving to Detroit for a job double-books a room with a stranger, and a mashup of horror genres ensues. Georgina Campbell, Justin Long, and Bill Skarsgård co-star in what could be the biggest horror breakout since Hereditary.
Now playing in theatres.
MID-BUDGET HISTORICAL EPIC
Medieval Reviews are tepid, which means this biopic of Jan Zizka, the Czech warlord who bested the Holy Roman Empire in the 15th century is probably better than Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings. With Ben Foster and Michael Caine.
Now playing in theatres.
Funny Pages The millennial son of Kevin Kline debuts as a director with this acerbic and brutal Künstlerroman that finds an aspiring cartoonist leaving his lefty upper-middle-class bubble for the Big City to find an unwilling mentor in a failed comics artist.
Playing through Sunday at The Belcourt
BUDGET FRIENDLY LIFE CHANGER
Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut Seeing Francis Ford Coppola and John Milius’s iconic Vietnam movie on the big screen in the cut its creators intended changes the way one thinks about movies. Not bad for $12.50.
Now playing at The Belcourt.
Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva Bollywood swings for its own global blockbuster franchise with this fantasy romp about a DJ who discovers an ancient super weapon. Nothing like a Hindi epic on an off fall weekend.
Now playing in theatres.
Lifemark Kirk Cameron reunites with the folks from Fireproof for a Christian melodrama about an estranged mother wanting to meet her grandson. There’s preaching to the choir, secondhand embarrassment in store for discerning Christians, and more evidence conservative media successfully competing with Hollywood is less likely than accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention.
- Right to Work, Sandbox Laws, Etc. (w/ Ron Shultis of the Beacon Center) (Listen)
- Wild Markets, Church of the Fed, and Government Subsidies (w/ Tom Landstreet) (Listen)
- Blood Money in U.S. Schools (w/ A.J. DePriest) (Listen)
- The Problem with American Agriculture (w/ William Wheelwright) (Listen)
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Words of Wisdom
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