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The End of the World on Drive-In Saturday Night


The Apocalypse. Nuclear Holocaust. We cold-war babies grew up with the concept. In fourth grade it was “duck and cover” and survival skills that included wiping nuclear fallout off canned good before opening and consuming them. Right. Okay. Got it. Then there was the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, when teachers had us write our names in our clothes so that if we were nuked while walking home from school our bodies could be identified (we lived at the bottom of a hill, less than a mile from a strategic site). Yup. Got that too.


It all seems so silly now. But those times spawned a generation of classic films, some a lot better than others, but all eminently entertaining (and some still downright scary)!

At the top of my list is Testament. It didn’t get wide play, so I am continually surprised at how many people know this film.

Testament is understated. It doesn’t have the huge explosions, the mushroom clouds and the flattening of buildings. It’s much subtler. Ordinary people, ordinary families, going about their lives. It all changes in a flash. Literally. A quick burst of emergency warnings, a brilliant light, and the world changes forever.

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Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Resignation


Keith Olbermann’s Special CommentKeith Olbermann’s special comment on July 3rd covered George W. Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence. He enumerates precisely, and cuttingly, the crimes of the current Administration against the rule of law, the separation of powers, our Constitution, and our nation.

It’s not about Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, any longer, it’s about what’s right and wrong. «Read the rest of this article»


Happy 43rd Anniversary, 1964 Civil Rights Act! Title VI Compliance Still MIA In Clarksville


President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King observesWe are now in the 43rd anniversary year of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That’s quite a milestone for the nation. Sadly, it’s a dark anniversary for Clarksville and the state of Tennessee. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2nd of that year. (Pictured left.)

Tennessee State Archives records show our own state legislature didn’t adopt it into the state’s law code until 1993. That’s twenty-nine years after it had became the law of the land! The law of the land, that is, except for the State of Tennessee.

That lag in time may help explain why our own city council has refused, even now, to adopt Title VI of that law, as the city’s official non-discrimination policy. There is a policy statement on display in city offices and the city’s website, to be sure. However, since it is required that the legislative controlling body of local government formally adopt Title VI mandates as official policy to receive federal financial assistance, these displays are meaningless without the council’s follow-thru. A mayoral proclamation is inapplicable. As TDOT’s Commissioner Nicely noted in August 2005, the city is not in compliance with the federal law. «Read the rest of this article»

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Watch “Independence Day” this July 4th!


Film & Video

Independence Day PosterWhat better timing than this! The 1997 hit, “Independence Day” is the perfect video flick for the day. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Mary McDonnel, Margret Colin, Robert Loggia,Vivica A. Fox,  Randy Quaid and Harvey Fierstein, this is THE FLICK you should view today.

Look at what it’s got going for it:

An American President whom the public embraces and believes, alien terrorists invade earth, bent on our destruction, high level government deception and intrigue, world allies looking to the U.S. for leadership, romantic and personal devotion, commitment and sacrifice, family cohesion, romance, ethnic and religious diversity, ACTION, drama and humor. That’s a lot of wallop in a single punch! «Read the rest of this article»


Community Comes Together for “Stop the Violence Community Forum”


stop_the_violence.jpgOn Tuesday July 24, 2007 the Community of Clarksville TN. will come together for a “Stop the Violence Community Forum”

This will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, listen, learn and most important, heal from some of the emotions felt by recent gun violence and the lives we have lost in our community.

The forum will take place at: New Providence United Methodist Church, 1317 Fort Campbell Blvd Clarksville, TN from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. «Read the rest of this article»


Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?


We the PeopleWhen immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services (INS) officer. The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones.

NOTES: The INS plans to revise its list of questions in 2008 (a pilot program is using these new questions at selected INS sites). Also, the questions in the test below are as asked on the official United States Immigration and Naturalization Services Web site. Candidates are not given multiple choices in the naturalization interview, which is conducted orally.

Take the test:

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For the DVD Collection- Blood Diamond and The Departed


Film & Video

Blood Diamond Poster                 The Departed Poster

This is a new venture for me. Reviewing feature DVDs for home collections, that is. With the steady steam of DVD releases, titles can be become blurred. Two releases that are not to be missed are Blood Diamond and The Departed. If you have not seen either film in the theater, you’ve actually done yourself a favor as you’ll be engrossed with what flows onto your TV screen. Both offerings deliver the goods

Blood Diamond is a strong, captivating epic of a movie. Djimon Houson (Amistad) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic and The Basketball Diaries) give outstanding performances that compel your attention and your commitment to the story. Djimon is a father separated from his family by internal strife in Sierra Leone, Africa. He struggles to reunite his family and reclaim his son who has been abducted into the child soldier ranks of the rebels terrorizing the countryside. You feel his anguish and share his determination to succeed. «Read the rest of this article»


Hate Crime Survivor, Thought Recovering, Now Suicides


AP photo of David Ritcheson by Karen WarrenThere are a multitude of people who keep saying that racism in America is passe, a relic of the past. That all minorities have to do is simply apply themselves and success will be theirs. To a 18-year old David Ritcheson, those claims proved unbearably false. Having initially survived a horrendous four hour physical and psychological assault, the student was thought to be making a remarkable recovery from his ordeal. College was assured him thru a free scholarship by the Anti-Defamation League. He testified before Congress in support of anti-hate crime legislation.

He was going to dedicate his life’s work to preventing hate crimes such as he had endured. However, some demons apparently still lingered on. Some pain was too great to overcome. For complete details, see the following pages:

The Dallas Morning News

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying (or Party for the Planet)


Art X-Po presents “How I Learned to Stop Worrying”, a group art event at The Icehouse Cafe (118 University Ave, Clarksville). Opening reception will be held on Saturday 07/07/07 at 7PM. On display will be work from some of the finest visual artists in the region including Debbie Boen, Andy Casali, Brandt Hardin, Barbara Herrick, Miranda Herrick, Chad Spann, and others.

Saturday is also LIVE EARTH, a 24 hour, 7 continent concert benefiting our current planetary crisis of global warming. Art X-Po will be hosting a Party for the Planet sponsored by to coincide with our opening reception. Doors will open at 7PM and we will be tuning in for a special introduction by Al Gore and catch a few hours of one of the largest concerts in history.

This and ALL Art X-Po events are FREE, ALL AGES, and OPEN to the PUBLIC!

This event will have a politically charged atmosphere and we encourage anyone to bring your politics, your voice, your signs, your buttons, your flyers, your knowledge, your ribbons and your heart to share with us.

ARTISTS: I will be hanging this exhibit on Friday. I will fit art ceiling to floor if it arrives. There is no entry fee… just your willingness to share. Your work will display for the next two months. Please contact Brandt @ (931)220-4532 or  for more information.


Dunbar Cave July Programs


The Entrance to Dunbar CaveListed is information about the regular cave hike tours (go on a tour in order to go in the cave) and the mostly free programs offered at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Road, (931) 648-5526

Cave Hikes in July: Wednesdays through Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. each day. There are no hikes on Mondays or Tuesdays.  On July 4 we will have hikes at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00. We also have special evening cave hikes listed below. We reserve the right to cancel any hike due to lack of reservations. You must be at least three years old, have a flashlight and a reservation. Cost is $5.00. Call (931) 648-5526 for reservations.

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