Nashville has a problem. A DA problem.

On January 15, 2014, Torry Johnson announced he would retire as Nashville’s District Attorney. Johnson served as the DA for Davidson County for nearly 28 years. During a recorded retirement statement, he formally endorsed then Assistant DA Rob McGuire as the person he wanted to see elected to fill the position of DA. In the video embedded in the link above, Johnson says he “(didn’t) know if anyone else would get in the race” and then reiterates his support for Rob McGuire.

Well, someone else did get into that race for DA, and that other person ended up winning. Glenn Funk.

Mr. Funk has been under some scrutiny in the news over the past month. You may have seen or heard something about it, but if you haven’t, don’t be surprised. The coverage hasn’t been non-stop, and the cause for his newsworthiness is not a simple matter. Even so, it should be regarded a matter of great consequence to the citizens of Davidson County.

It is at this point in the story the people of Davidson County should thank God for Phil Williams. The reason Mr. Funk finds himself in this position is that upon being elected to succeed DA Johnson, he was given a “favor” in order to earn additional pension funds. This deal was discovered by News Channel 5 reporter Phil Williams and brought to light in a series of articles beginning with this one on February 9, 2015. I’ll attempt to link all of them here.

Despite the statements made in the past few days by Mr. Funk, this is not something we should brush aside. The role of District Attorney General is very simple; The DAG and his or her staff prosecute all criminal cases on behalf of the citizens of the State of Tennessee. This is a big deal. This person represents the city/county in all criminal matters in one way or another. The DAG is elected and holds the position for an eight-year term. This is a serious job.

You can see Mr. Funk here, given the title of “Honorable.” We’ll see about that.  Read More…

An open letter to Joe Wiley, round II

President Wiley, (and others) –

The 2014 FHU Benefit Dinner is rapidly approaching. As FHU nears this critical fundraising event, I am writing to ask that you make a change to the planned keynote speaker for the event.

Like many children born in the 1980’s, I am no stranger to Bill Cosby or his family-friendly comedy. However, as of late, the allegations surfacing (once again) against him make it imperative that FHU move away from this complete disaster.

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Infrastructure & Unemployment – two problems, one solution?

America needs a face lift. This is based on news that 65% of our roads are “less than good” and 25% of bridges need “significant repair.”

President Obama is expected to spend the week discussing our need for infrastructure improvements across the nation to the tune of $302B in spending.  We know our roads and bridges aren’t exactly in the best of shape (see this and this and this), and we are a nation of drivers that need roads and bridges to go about our daily lives.

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Adoption is hard. It shouldn’t be.

When I was just a little guy, there would often be an additional child hanging around our home. We weren’t a wealthy family by financial measures, but that didn’t stop my parents from fostering children in need of a home, often for indeterminate periods of time. You could say the “pro-life” thing for my family wasn’t just a political position, but a belief in action.

These little ones might stay with our family for a few weeks, others stayed for many months. Babies, teenagers, teen mothers, etc. To this day, when my mother decorates the house for Christmas, visitors find photos of babies in ceramic ornaments on our Christmas Tree. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I feel like at least five or six of these ornaments show up every year. These ornaments are somewhat sacred in our home. “Oh, who’s that? That is one of our sweet foster children from years ago.”

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Internet Gambling: is it really a moral dilemma?

Sheldon Adelson is a wealthy individual. Forbes currently has him listed at #8 on their top 100 wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth of ~39.5B. Mr. Adelson has done exceedingly well for himself, having built a casino empire after dropping out of college.

While Adelson is extremely wealthy, he is likely more well-known for his involvement in national politics, more specifically conservative politics. He’s given literally tens of millions of dollars to conservative causes. He and his wife spent $92M on the 2012 GOP primary and general election. For what its worth, he has also given tens of millions to traditional charitable causes.

Recently, Adelson was quoted as saying the following in relation to ending the morally suspect problem of internet gambling:

I am willing to spend whatever it takes

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A True Detective recap, or why the internet nearly ruined this show

I am a fan of the programming on HBO.

It probably started by watching Sex and The City with girls in college (a terrible choice on multiple levels) and then moved onto Entourage (arguably a terrible choice) which is still a very guilty pleasure of mine. I love Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, and many more of the mini-series made possible by HBO. Factor in shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Real Sports, Boardwalk Empire, Treme, even Real Time with Bill Maher, and you’ve got some of the best story-telling available on one channel.

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The Gender Wage Gap and the problem for Feminism

Recently, President Obama referenced the so-called “Wage Gap” during his State of the Union speech. And whether or not you like it, there’s good reason. It’s a popular topic for those pursuing total fairness in America (and globally).

The challenge the White House currently faces with this issue is that it’s incredibly difficult to pin down exactly why it appears that women consistently make less money than men. Despite continuing to play a larger role as a percentage of the workforce and leading men in attending college, graduating with an associates or bachelors degree, MA, Professional or Doctorate degrees, the belief within the Obama Administration is that women continue to make considerably less money than men.

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