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Vol. 8, Issue 11 November 2013
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GRANNY WHITES Face-rocking group of Murfreesboro gals are making their musical dreams come true. page 23
Area Artists Open Home Workshops for Art Studio Tour Weekend page 7
Festival of Magic, BoroDash, Veterans Day Parade, Clogging and more! page 4
FOOD: THANKSGIVING RECIPES
Remember the Meaning Behind the Meal This Thanksgiving page 23
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NOVEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS
Fall Festival of Magic; Veterans Day Parade; Clogging; Music with a Mission; Moustache Movember; BoroDash.
Area Artists in Action Studio Tour gives glimpse of artists in their natural habitats.
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Reviews Ender's Game, Machete Kills.
Video Game Review Saints Row IV.
Sports Talk with Z-Train At 4-4, Titans control their own playoff destiny.
MTSU Football Winning Some Close Ones Blue Raiders defeat Marshall, UAB with last-second scores.
Give Thanks, Let's Eat Remember, Thanksgiving is about sharing time with your loved ones and gratitude, not perfection.
The Recipes Make your own Thanksgiving feast.
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Album Reviews Ryan Crowley, Rob Parker, Mantra Mantra Mantra, Kent Goolsby. Granny Whites Local ladies blending genres, rocking faces.
The Legacy of Lincoln Heritage Center exhibit coincides with Gettysburg anniversary. Photography of Rachel Johnson Work by RJ on display at City Hall Rotunda.
Living Green Man Resposible for Climate Breakdown, 95 percent of scientists agree.
Recover Rutherford Change the Way You Think; Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield."
Frank Shepard It's Time to Grow Up, America.
Phil Valentine If You're Anti-Capitalist, You're Anti-American.
LaPalabra The Pilgrims Society: does it secretly control the U.S.?
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EVERY TIME THE PULSE comes out, I see all of the fun stuff in the edition and I want to go to it all! I want to hear every band playing their music, take in every art exhibit, see the theatrical productions, eat at the restaurants and make it to every event, fundraiser, gathering and rodeo that comes through. Well, I never made it to everything. But in October I saw MTSU beat Marshall out in the cold, went down a mega slide at Lucky Ladd Farm, did some trick-or-treating on the Square with Superman and got to judge a barbecue contest at Cannonsburgh. It was my civic duty! Go on, look through this edition, and pick you out a few things to jot on your calendar. Maybe it's the Granny Whites' Nov. 15 performance, or perhaps the production of A Year with Frog and Toad at MTSU interests your family. You may like to take in the Fall Festival of Magic at the Center for the Arts, or if sports is more your thing, Blue Raider football and basketball are in full swing this month. Take the Art Studio Tour, and observe some great artistic talent. This project includes such a wide variety of creators and media; check it out. So get out there, support the creative arts and cool organizations in the area. Make a friend, meet a neighbor, run in BoroDash, support Movember in Murfreesboro, take a clogging class or hear the musical stylings of Sugar Lime Blue, Wick-It, John Salaway, Flea Market Hustlers, or another fine artist. And support our advertisers! I can't stress it enough; they are the reason the Pulse continues to roll off the press. Use these fine enterprises, and keep the dollars in the community. Ms. Simmons has provided some wonderfullooking recipes for the month of thanks, if you need some suggestions for the big meal. I feel like I should give thanks every day! I'm thankful for my family, for music, for all of the plants and animals, for the sun and the rain. Life is good. Many Americans can probably relate, but it signifies a high quality of life when the problem of eating the food in the fridge before it goes bad is a much bigger problem in my life than actually finding food or worrying if I will eat tomorrow. It may be a bad approach, but whenever something goes wrong, I always think of lots of other, way more serious things that could have gone wrong, and things just don’t seem all that bad. Envision your entire family killed in a horrible accident, your country is a war-torn mess, and you've lost your arms, legs, sight and hearing, and that dead car battery, advertising deal gone south or spilled milk just doesn’t seem that bad. Just imagine those horrible, horrible things, and your problems will just melt away. Twisted psychological advice from the editor. You're welcome. Life is good—happy, happy, happy. Peace, Bracken Mayo Editor in Chief BOROPULSE.COM
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NOV. 8 & 9
BRAVO JOB FAIR The first BRAVO (Blue Raider American Veteran Organization) Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Nov. 7, in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom. Veterans and family members can meet with about 20 military-friendly businesses and organizations while sharing in Salute to Armed Services-related activities. For more information, contact (877) 8374635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL FESTIVAL OF MAGIC The Middle Tennessee Magic Club will present its “Fall Festival of Magic” at the Center for the Arts, Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:02 p.m. Club president Wayne Lovell will direct the cast of six magical entertainers. General admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (615) 904-2787 or visit boroarts.org.
NOV. 8 DOWNTOWN MURFREESBORO HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Downtown Murfreesboro will kick off the holiday season with the Holiday Open House at the Public Square Nov. 8. Stroll historic downtown Murfreesboro and find great Christmas treasures with stores open until 8 p.m. For more information, call (615) 895-1887 or visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.
NOV. 8 & 9 THE “KING” BASH PARTY Carl Pruitt presents Classic Soul with The Delfonics Revue live in concert at the Clarion Inn (2227 Old Fort Pwky.) on Fri., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. For information, call (615) 423-8594.
NOV. 9 VETERANS DAY PARADE Have fun honoring veterans at the first Veterans Day Parade Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Murfreesboro VA- York Campus (3400 Lebanon Pk.). For more information, contact Michael.McFarland2@va.gov.
NOV. 9 WILDERNESS WALK Relax with a Wilderness Walk Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Sharp Springs Natural Area (1000 Espey Dr., Smyrna). For more information, call (615) 459-9773.
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DOWNTOWN CARRIAGE RIDES This holiday season take joy in free horse-drawn carriage rides through Historic Downtown Murfreesboro each Friday leading up to Christmas in the Public Square from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (615) 895-1887 or visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.
VOLUNTEER RANCH HORSE SHOW Tennessee Miller Coliseum (304-B W. Thompson Ln.) hosts the Volunteer Ranch Horse Show Nov. 9–10 at 8 a.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call (615) 494-8961 or visit digitalcowgirls.com/volrha/.
NOV. 8 MSO: LET FREEDOM RING SALUTE TO VETERANS Indulge in the sounds of well-known patriotic works as artists Act of Congress join the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra at First United Methodist Church (265 W. Thompson Ln.) on Nov. 8 to create a riveting spin on our nationalistic music with bluegrass instruments in a salute to veterans. Admission charged. For more information, call (615) 898-1862 or visit murfreesborosymphony.com. 4 * NOVEMBER 2013 * BOROPULSE.COM
A star-studded array of entertainers, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony, will fill the program for the 2013 Music With a Mission on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville to benefit Nashville Rescue Mission. Scheduled performers include Restless Heart, the Nashville Symphony, Amy Grant , Peter Noone, Tracy Lawrence, Randy Houser, Big Daddy Weave and many others. Nashville Rescue Mission’s very own choir also will be sharing their musical talents. WSMVTV anchor Demetria Kalodimos and WSM morning-show host Bill Cody will serve as masters of ceremony. Prior to the show, attendees will have an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items, including guitars autographed by Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other entertainers; a fiddle from Charlie Daniels; Jason Aldean concert tickets; and much more. All performers are donating their time and talent to the event, and all proceeds will benefit Nashville Rescue Mission, which offers food, clothing and shelter to the homeless, as well as recovery programs to those enslaved in these life degrading problems. The Mission’s goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of their community. Nashville Rescue Mission is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville. For more information, visit mwmnashville.com or call (615) 312-1550.
NOV. 11 VETERANS DAY AT THE SAM DAVIS HOME United States veterans and their families are welcome to attend the Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Rd.) on Veterans Day to take a free tour of the historic house, property and museum from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, call (615) 459-2341 or visit samdavishome.org.
For more information, visit cripplecreekcloggers.org, or contact appdancer@aol. com or (615) 896-3559.
NOV. 12 AND 19 CRIPPLE CREEK CLOGGERS CLOGGING LESSONS Cripple Creek Cloggers will teach clogging lessons Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 for persons interested in learning this traditional dance style (220 E. Vine St.) at 7 p.m. There is no charge; both teens and adults are invited. This Appalachian-style folk troupe will soon celebrate the 47th anniversary of their founding as a 4-H Share the Fun group at Kittrell School.
NOV. 9 SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT Murfreesboro native Stephanie Sinkfield and husband host a book signing and book drive through their publishing company, inSink Press Publishing, Nov. 9 from 12–2:30 p.m. If you would like to donate, please bring new and popular adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, and/or new and popular music CDs and new feature film DVDs. Shoot the Lights Out, written to honor Sinkfield’s late father, is a book about the power of love, family dynamics, and relationships with friends and the opposite sex and the love of basketball. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit insinkpress.com.
NOV. 15 15TH ANNUAL FALL HARVEST HAYRIDE Listen to live music as you toast marshmallows and eat s’mores around the campfire at an old-fashioned hayride along the Greenway, General Bragg Trailhead (1450 W. College St.) sponsored in part by the Friends of the Greenway. Admission is $2 per person; ages 2 and under are free. For more information, contact email@example.com.
NOV. 15 MOUSTACHES IN MOVEMBER Mayday Brewery will host this year’s Movember celebration from 4–10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, with live music and moustache shenanigans to benefit prostate cancer awareness and research. Grow a ‘stache and dress as your favor-
ite be-moustached character. Then you can compete in the Famous Moustache Costume Contest. And because all ladies secretly adore moustaches, this year’s Movember fundraiser will feature a Date Auction with five moustache-donning single men. Local musical favorites Them Vibes, Thelma & the Sleaze and Planet Ink will set the fundraising mood for Movember. Movember, the month formerly known as November, aims at garnering prostate cancer awareness (movember.com). Rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to breast cancer rates in women, with a man being diagnosed with the disease every 2.7 minutes. Each Movember, men are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a moustache. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men’s health and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days. For more information about this year’s Movember in Murfreesboro, visit us.movember.com/team/975065 or check out Mayday Brewery on Facebook.
NOV. 15 CAMPFIRE COOKOUT Spend some quality time outside at Campfire Cookout at Sharp Springs Natural Area (1000 Espey Dr., Smyrna), Nov. 15. For more information, call (615) 459-9773.
NOV. 18 SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY Is the sense of wonder instilled by science a spiritual experience? Or can it lead to a spiritual experience? Are you interested in exploring the relationship between science and spirituality? A Science and Spirituality discussion group meets the third Monday of each month from 7–8:30 p.m. The next meeting is on Monday, Nov. 18 at Unity of Murfreesboro, 130 Cannon St. Murfreesboro, facilitated by Dr. Gary Wulfsberg, Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry,
MUSIC CITY ARABIAN HORSE SHOW Tennessee Miller Coliseum hosts Music City Arabian Horse Show Nov. 15-17. Admission is free. For more information, call (615) 4948961 or visit mtaha.com.
MTSU; and Dr. Horace “Hap” Crater, Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma. For more information call (615) 907-6033.
NOV. 20 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ANNUAL BAKE SALE The United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church (265 W. Thompson Ln.) will hold their annual Bake Sale Nov. 20 from 4-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Enjoy delicious cakes and pies, frozen pans of homemade dressing to bake with your Thanksgiving turkey and casseroles such as Poppyseed Chicken, Chicken Divan, Green Bean, Sweet Potato and Breakfast Casseroles. For more information, call (615) 653-8491, or visit fumcm.org or facebook. com/FUMCMurfreesboro.
grave of Sam Davis on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Admission is $20 per person for the bus tour, $25 per person for the seminar and banquet, $10 for the main event and $15 per person for the ball. For more information, call (615) 459-2341 or visit samdavis150.com.
NOV. 28 BORODASH Be a part of Borodash this fall, a 4-mile Thanksgiving Day run through historic Murfreesboro starting at MTSU Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium (1500 Greenland Dr.). For more information, visit borodash.org.
NOV. 23 TSSAA CHEERLEADING AND DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Tennessee Miller Coliseum (304-B W. Thompson Ln.) hosts state championships in high school cheerleading and dance Nov. 23. Admission charged. For more information, call TSSAA at (615) 889-6740 or visit tssaa.org.
NOV. 22–24 SAM DAVIS: A HERO REMEMBERED Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the capture, trial and execution of Sam Davis at The Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Rd.) Nov. 22 with a bus tour of the Coleman Scouts sites including a stop at the Sam Davis monument in Nashville, followed by a seminar and banquet from 6–9 p.m. Tours continue Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. of the historic house, outbuildings and museum, as well as live music, Civil War artifacts and Sam Davis artifacts, reenactments and the performance of a play written by Dan Watson. The evening will continue with a formal or period-wear Memorial Ball from 6–9 p.m. Lastly, a prayer and memorial service will be at the
SMYRNA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Take part in the beautiful Smyrna Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 26 at Smyrna
NOVEMBER ONSTAGE THIS MONTH A Year with Frog and Toad 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6–9; 2 p.m., Nov. 10 MTSU Tucker Theatre mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2 p.m., Nov. 10 and 17 The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy. artscenterofcc.com
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Town Centre (100 Sam Ridley Pwky, East, Smyrna). For more information, call (615) 459-9773.
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Artists in Action Network of area artists open studios for annual tour. story by BRACKEN MAYO
ach year, on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, local arts and crafts producers welcome the public to their home studios for a special Art Studio Tour. 2013 marks the 20th year of this project, and more artists than ever in Murfreesboro and the surrounding areas will show work. Organizers invite all to visit the studios, meet the artists and see how various items are made during this free community event, held Nov. 23–24. They also intend for the tour to serve as a financial boost to the artists, as its regular occurrence on the front end of holiday shopping season may encourage some to leave a studio with a gift for a loved one—creativity, commerce and community, all while taking a Tennessee tour among the fall colors. The tour features a wide variety of styles and media, including paintings, forged iron, pottery, stained glass, weaving, woodwork, jewelry and functional home accessories and furniture. Blacksmith Joe Brown has opened his workshop during tour weekend for 17 of its 20 years. New this year at the Brown Blacksmith facility, located on Cripple Creek Road, will be a gallery space. “Hopefully, by the Studio Tour, this space will be finished,” Brown said, looking at a new gallery space expansion to his workshop. “I’ve been wanting a gallery for a while.” It will give those visitors from Studio Tour weekend, and art enthusiasts and customers for the years to come, more room to view his metalwork. In the new space, showing alongside Brown at this year’s tour is his daughter, Erin. “She makes beautiful antebellum dresses; she does a lot of the costuming for Oaklands Mansion. She can sew anything,” the proud father brags; Erin also produces earrings and other items from fine thread through a process called tatting. Brown got his start in the blacksmithing
trade after inspiration and encouragement from the Rutherford County Blacksmiths Association (which hosts frequent demonstrations and classes at Cannonsburgh), and many local artists take a pay-it-forward attitude toward the tour and the local art scene in general. If a youngster sees a how painting, or a piece of furniture, pottery or jewelry, is made, that could spark an interest in the next round of artists and producers. While Brown’s gallery will be a nice, open, calm place for the finished products to reside, the adjacent workshop is where the action is. “This forge runs at about 10,000 degrees,” the craftsman says, as he hammers out a leaf from red-hot material. “I’ve made thousands upon thousands of leaves over the years,” Brown said. Leaves, with their pointed ends, veins, and natural S-curves and cupping, have become somewhat of a signature for Brown, and he can now take an iron rod to a beautifully ornate leaf in less than 10 minutes. Brown also produces the functional, in addition to the decorative.
Blacksmith Joe Brown has crafted thousands of leaves in his Readyville workshop, one of the many stops on the 2013 Art Studio Tour.
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“Most of my tooling is stuff I’ve built,” he said. He has actually created for his own arsenal hammers, tongs, even a complex-looking piece of machinery that bangs with force against hot metal as Brown creates his art. “I looked up the plans for this power hammer,” he said. “But I built it out of scrap.” Also on the Readyville end of the tour will be Alan Daigre and his wooden furniture work. Many of the studios involved will host guest artists, in addition to the resident craftsman or woman, so viewers and shoppers may be able to take in work from 3 or 4 different artists at a single stop. The Stones River Craft Association will kick off the celebration of its 20th anniversary at Mayday Brewery from 7–10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Stones River Pilots will
Art Studio Tour “Join the adventure ﬁnding the artists and studios that you never knew were there,” the tour website invites. For more information, or to view more of the work included in the tour, visit artstudiotour.org or check out Art Studio Tour on Facebook. POPCORN STUDIO POTTERY 2031 Nelson Lane Ray & Sue Allen – stoneware GUEST ARTISTS:
Daune Jordan – eggery Tom Fuhrman – glass Don Rounsavill – wood STUDIOS 1426 Avon Road Lewis & Eric Snyder – functional and decorative pottery GUEST ARTISTS: Top, clockwise: Painting by Harry Polny; Boat painting by Mary Brisbois; bottom by Marilyn Brisbois; Hank by Dawna Kinne Magliacano
Mary Miller Veazie – painting Dolores Weaver – jewelry CENTER FOR THE ARTS 110 W. College St. GUEST ARTISTS:
Norris Hall – clocks, illustration Ramsey Hall – jewelry Teresa Hays – fiber Vickie Vipperman – fiber Anne Rob – jewelry Marc Barr – clay Doug Pelren – wood Clay Bush – salvaged seatbelt bags Alf Sharp – wood ELIZABETH BRAY JEWELRY 521 E. Main St.
JOE BROWN BLACKSMITH 3538 Cripple Creek Road, Readyville Joe & Kerry Brown – Forged Iron Erin Elizabeth Brown – fiber GUEST ARTISTS:
Maggie Sunsera – fiber ALAN DAIGRE DESIGNS [FURNITURE] 5323 Ferrell Hollow Road, Readyville GUEST ARTISTS:
Cindy Daigre – herbs Mike and Louise Kelley – pottery Tracy Yarbrough – painting RED OAK POTTERY 2925 Spain Hill Road, Lascassas Bill & Judy Heim – ceramic stoneware GUEST ARTISTS:
Mike Zinser – wood Mark Jackson – paint Kathryn Faille – fiber HOLLER DESIGN Lascassas Matt Alexander GUEST ARTISTS:
Katie Vance – knitlaces Donald Alexander – painting EVERICH FARM 8695 Hwy 269 Bell Buckle Rd, Christiana Eva Berg – alpaca and pygora fiber wearables GUEST ARTISTS:
Becky Shelton – painting Heloise Shilstat – paper mosaics
Greg Pennington – wood
ART BARN 8190 Highway 99, Rockvale Dawna Magliacano – mixed media
MURFREESBORO ART LEAGUE 312 S. Front St. [Cannonsburgh]
Kevin Rains – wood Michelle Sweat – assemblage
Harry Polny – painting Carol Berning – painting Ted Stanley – painting Marilyn Brisbois – painting Phyllis Razo – painting Pete and Alice Semich – knives Merry Adams – jewelry Matt Estrada – birdhouses 8 * NOVEMBER 2013 * BOROPULSE.COM
perform, and that event is also free and open to the public at 521 Old Salem Hwy. Throughout November, the Center for the Arts gallery, just off of the Square, will display “Works from the Art Studio Tour,” a group exhibition featuring artists of the Stones River Craft Association’s annual tour. The exhibit will encompass ceramics, metals and jewelry, woodworking, textiles and fibers, glass, and mixed media, as well as paintings. The gallery is open, free to the public, Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. This exhibit represents just a sampling of the wide variety of artists, mediums, and techniques that can be seen at the Art Studio Tour, Nov. 23–24. Also new for this year’s tour, the Murfreesboro Art League building at Cannonsburgh will host another team of area artists the weekend of the tour.
Silver Ridge Pottery 3712 Chicken Rd., Lebanon Lee Marshall GUEST ARTISTS:
John Sellberg – clay Maps will be available at all of the participating studios.
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being pushed by the domineering Col. Graff. (Harrison Ford, for whom the legacy lends the actor his gravitas.) South African writer/director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi) manages well the task of wrangling the book’s greater philosophical quandaries with the equally interesting insularity of Ender Wiggin’s Battle School experiences. Ender’s struggle between violence and compassion plays out in both
large and small scale. Though diehards may be upset by the omission of Ender’s siblings’ media take-over subplot, the heart of the novel remains intact, but be warned, its heart is darker and heavier than its contemporary young adult fare. The story is aided by some good production design as well, combining subtle futurisms and understated ’80s influence to create a believable future where windows double as TV screens and children’s military academies hang in Earth’s orbit. If there is one complaint to be made it’s the scarcity of the zerogravity war simulations in which Ender proves his mental superiority over both his peers and his superiors. A cross-breed of laser tag, freeze tag and football, the war game is easily the most exciting part of both the book and the movie, unfortunately given much less story time in the latter. — JAY SPIGHT
putting Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens and a slew of others in the same stew. This is also a side project from one of my favorite cinematic experiences—the Grindhouse doubleheader—directed by the mind who brought us From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Sin City, The Mexico Trilogy, and The Faculty. This is also the same person who
said ”Creativity, not money, is used to solve problems,” in their groundbreaking book on film production. So, why are we revisiting the retirement home for Rodriguez’s creativity with this one? We’re dealt the same elements of Mexican revolution, “beaner” jokes made by bigoted sheriffs, pistols with suppressors and underused sex jokes. I want the grindhouse experience that we were promised, which is more in line with the Wii videogame House of the Dead: Overkill than anything Rodriguez has directed in the last few years. Rodriguez has continued to disappoint since Planet Terror, a trend he’ll eventually have to change if he wishes to redeem himself and remain relevant as the indie-film champion he once was. This film gets two stars for its ridiculous cast and concept. I wish it were a higher rating, just as I wish it were a better movie. — JUSTIN STOKES
Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld Directed by Gavin Hood
Ender’s Game is a science fiction film based on the 1985 young adult novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) plays Ender Wiggin, a 12-year-old with a skill for strategy that puts him at the top of the list of candidates for Battle School, an academy for genius level tweens trained to be the military’s leaders of tomorrow. Ender’s every move is under surveillance in a distant future world, watched over by his recruitment officers Col. Graff and Maj. Anderson, believing Ender to be the brilliant military mind they’ve been waiting for ever since a bug-like alien race known as the Formics almost wiped out human civilization
nearly half a century ago. Butterfield carries the film. With a meek frame and piercing stare, he imbues Ender with the contradictory combination of youthful innocence and dangerous intelligence required for the role. Ender’s isolation is palpable; as he yearns for friendship and camaraderie his exceptionalism sets him apart, making him the target of bullies and placing him above wouldbe, perfectly-cast peers, all while
MACHETE KILLS Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Machete Kills, the sequel to the 2010 Grindhouse-style disappointment, puts Danny Trejo back in the driver’s seat for an action vehicle with just enough gas to “get us there.” After witnessing the death of his partner and being nearly killed a few times, Machete is summoned by the President (Sheen) to stop a Mexican madman who has a missile pointed at the White House. Ignoring the fact that this is a completely impossible scenario, Machete steps out to slice and dice every baddie that gets in the way. Jumping back into the world of danger, dames and doublecrosses, Machete uncovers a plot that may be much bigger than the White House anticipated. RATINGS:
The potential for this movie is like a ladder to a swimming pool, with each interesting cast member and creative choice being another rung. Getting to the top, you propel your belly-flop into what you hope will be a bloodbath, instead hitting the hard concrete of your disappointment and shattering the rib cage of your hope. Pardon the metaphor, but this movie had an all-star cast, A CLASSIC
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Greenaway for the Masses
y and large, these selections are the most accessible of Peter Greenaway’s work for most general audiences. Aside from being a trained painter and fantastic avant-garde filmmaker, Dr. Greenaway holds a PhD, and has a thorough knowledge of art history and music. The subjects of art, music, science, history and philosophy all share the stage in Greenaway’s theatrical approach. His films are intensely unique and meticulously executed.
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) is written and directed by Peter Greenaway. A cruel and glutinous crime boss conducts regular restaurant dinner parties where he gets to be the center of attention. His neglected wife soon finds herself in the arms of another, and so the offending lovers must hide their acts from his wrath. The music of Michael Nyman helps pace and propel the film, a shocking visual feast, as intended.
The Pillow Book (1996) is directed by Peter Greenaway, who adapted a Japanese classic from the 10th century for its screenplay. A woman fetishizes a family ritual wherein her face was painted in calligraphy by her father, while being read to from The Pillow Book, which concerns the art of love, by her aunt. Her quest is realized when she can paint poems on her lover’s body, played by Ewan McGregor. There is a clinical approach to the erotic tale from the scholar, Dr. Greenaway. AVOID AT ALL COSTS
VIDEO GAME REVIEW SAINTS ROW IV Saints Row IV is crazy! No, that is not hyperbole. Whatever silliness Saints Row: the Third had, and it had a lot, Saints Row IV goes to eleven with it! There are so many hilarious references, call-backs, and ingame designs that harken to various other video games, movies, music, and even classic English literature. Yet it all works. The game picks up where Saints Row: the Third left off. Now the Saints Row gang is officially in the White House, with the protagonist as the president. Things go south pretty quickly, though, as an alien invasion takes over, and our protagonist and his gang are captured and held prisoner in a virtual simulation of Steelport, their hometown. It is from there that they must break out and fight back against their alien oppressors. What is remarkable about Saints Row IV is how seamlessly it integrates those various references, call-backs, and in-game designs mentioned above into its gameplay. Mass Effect-style ship design and crew interaction, to Matrix-style plug-ins into the virtual world, to even having the legendary
voice actor Keith David as a homie, the game never exhausts in its clever references. Turning Steelport into a virtual simulation also allows for the Saints Row franchise’s zaniest experiences to date. You can now gain superpowers over time that you can upgrade further through collecting data packets scattered throughout the world. When combined with the usual, and unusual, assortment of weaponry such as guns, rockets, dubstep guns (yep, that exists), tanks, jets, or even just your fists, there is some wicked fun to be had here. From picking up and throwing cars to super-speed chases to leaping tall buildings and Hulk-stomping your enemies, there is no shortage of ways to dish out damage. The one true problem with Saints Row IV, though, is that for a long time it feels more like “Saints Reference IV.” The game does not have much of an identity; it spends so much time referencing that it can feel like an episode of Family Guy. Luckily, Saints Row IV does begin to shine toward the end and find its voice; I just wish it found it sooner. But it is definitely a game worth playing; you will experience all kinds of insane, laugh-out-loud moments, and the game is genuinely fun, which is all that matters in the end. (Available on PC, XBOX360, and PS3). BOROPULSE.COM
SPORTS BEATING FISHER IN ST. LOUIS WAS SWEET
lright everyone, the Train Daddy is back with some serious shiz-nit up in yo’ face, sports in a sexy, yet elegant manner. I am very happy, happy, happy right now as I type this masterpiece up. The Titans took a victory over Jeff Fisher’s Rams, and have brought their record to an even .500. There’s only one direction from here: up! For anyone who was looking forward to a World Series wrap-up, too bad, buddy. We will only be talking about America’s pastime here, football. OK, I will mention one thing about baseball: the Red Sox won the World Series. So I haven’t had a column out since the death of Bud Adams, former owner of the Titans. The man was old, the man was passionate, so was his bird-flicking finger, and the man wanted nothing more in life than a Super Bowl victory. Bud almost got one back in ’99, but the old days of McNair, George, Mason and Wycheck, well, they’re long behind us. Bud Adams was a owner who genuinely cared about football, the man was 100 percent willing prior to this season to make Peyton Manning the richest player in history, only for the benefit of the Titans and fans. Oh yeah, and his mad desire to win a ring. We will miss you Bud, and I hope your successor can finally get you that Super Bowl championship you dreamed of all those years. People die; that’s life. Some people fear it, some embrace it, some do it to themselves before their time is up. All I know is life is short and there is one truth: we all die. So enjoy this life with the 5 F’s—Faith, Fam-
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ily, Football, Food and Friends. So let’s talk some real Titans football. The squad currently stands at 4-4, and is looking to the future. Locker is back after an ugly injury, Johnson is rushing hard and the receivers are young and fast. The defense has some issues, but they’re passionate, young and primed to win some ball games. Locker looked solid enough in the win vs. the Rams, hopefully healing that hip injury rather than aggravating it. He took a few hard hits, but he always got up. I have the Titans winning 3 of the next 5, putting them at 7-6. Let’s break down these next 5 games; next Sunday the Titans have a home game vs. the winless Jaguars. No game is a gimmie, but come on man, gimmie that. Then they have a home game vs. the Colts in week 11, then again in Indy week 13. The Colts have a high-powered offense, but I have a split series predicted with each team winning on their home ground. The Titans head to the West Coast to play an awful Oakland team week 12. It’s tough to travel that far, but a victory indeed. Week 14 wraps up the next 5 games, where they face the Broncos in Denver, and I predict Peyton Manning will indeed add to his historic year and crush the Titans. If that all plays out, the Titans will stand at 7-6, and
I believe if they can get there, the last three games will be victories with a home game vs. the struggling Cardinals, an away game vs. the winless Jags, and a season ender in Nashville vs. the very inconsistent Texans. That would put the Titans at a very respectable record of 106. I believe the Colts will win the Division, but with a record of 10-6, that should indeed be enough for a playoff berth. Wild card, baby! Call me crazy, but with a healthy Jake Locker, a fast Chris Johnson and now healthy Shone Greene (classic smash and dash!) and a number of young receivers eager to get the ball (besides that punk Britt), the Titans have the offense to win; hopefully the defense will progress. Go Titans! I could talk about some of the other teams, but I bleed code blue, and fresh off a victory vs. the old ball coach, I feel good. Jeff Fisher is a legend in my heart and the hearts of passionate Titans fans. Sure, he never brought a Super Bowl victory to Nashville, as we all still wait for that. I will wait ’til I am an old man if I have to! The Me-Ma, a true fan of the game, with her oxygen tube dangling on her face, woke up Football Sunday, cooked up a spaghetti feast, with salad and garlic bread, some sweet tea, and treated us all to a meal as we watched the Titans on Sunday, true fans all around! And after that game—a victory, I might add—she smiled with satisfaction that the day was wonderful. I love football, she loves football, and Tennessee loves football. Choo—choo, Train Daddy out the station!
RAIDERS WIN THRILLER IN BLACKOUT GAME VS. MARSHALL THE MTSU BLUE RAIDERS won a thriller under the lights in a televised contest in
Murfreesboro on Thursday, Oct. 24, against the Thundering Herd of Marshall. The cold-weather offensive showcase included 100 total points scored, highlighted by a walk-off touchdown strike from Logan Kilgore to Tavarres Jefferson; that game-winning play gave Middle Tennessee a 51-49 win, and put them at 4-4 for the season. MTSU had two 100-yard rushers for the game, with both Jordan Parker and Reggie Whatley passing the century mark on the evening. The Blue Raiders netted a total of 585 yards of offense in the contest. Contributing to the winning effort, freshman Chris Brown came up with a big play in the first half, blocking a punt and recovering it for a score, the first blocked kick and touchdown of his collegiate career. The following week, MTSU traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to take on UAB. Again, the Blue Raiders came out victorious in an exciting, back-and-forth contest, this time capped by a last-second Cody Clark field goal. Kilgore threw two more touchdowns in that game, and once again MTSU found a way to come out on the winning end, topping Birmingham 24-21. The Blue Raiders wrap up the regular season this month with home contests again Florida International on Nov. 9 (3 p.m. kickoff) and UTEP on Nov. 30 (kickoff time TBA), with a road game at Southern Mississippi on Nov. 23. Additionally, the Blue Raiders open basketball season this month; the menâ€™s team takes on Southern University on Sunday, Nov. 10, while the Lady Raiders open their regular season against the University of Tennessee on Friday, Nov. 8. The Lady Raiders soccer team finished the season with a loss on Halloween at East Carolina, narrowly missing the Conference USA tourney, with a 6-8-4 record. For scores, stats, photos, tickets, player information, and more on MTSU athletics, visit goblueraiders.com.
FOOD Fall Beers column by JUSTIN STOKES FALL, THE SEASON OF THE PUMPKIN, is one of the more interesting times for brewed beverages. As the leaves drop and the harvests brown, our tastes anticipate the gourds that we’ll soon be tasting. And there’s nothing like enjoying a fall chill with your favorite beer. UFO Pumpkin (2.5 Pulses) Not sweet, a bit bitter. Not a bad beer, but with the option of pumpkin beers available, there are better choices available. Red Hook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter: (3 Pulses) I’m not really a fan of Red Hook. I’ve been
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continuously disappointed in their selection. But, looking at the Starr Hill Boxcar pumpkin porter, and then trying Red Hook’s answer to Starr Hill’s interesting question, I have to say that this beer surprised me. No, it’s not a beer that I like. But I can certainly see the appeal, with the pumpkin and porter tastes this time around working together instead of feeling like separate elements that should be homogenized. This is really a porter with pumpkin hint/aftertaste, which I think works much better as a beer.
Angry Orchard’s Cinnful Apple (Hard Cider): (4.5 Pulses) Beats Woodchuck, hands down. It’s cinnamon and apple, two flavors that complement each
other greatly without overlapping or being too distant. It wins points for being a cider instead of a beer, as it’s a light, sweet, soda-esque body that offers invigoration in lieu of an aftertaste.
Shipyard Pumpkinhead: (4 Pulses) This used to be one of my favorite beers in falls past. I actually felt that it tasted more like pumpkin pie in the years before. This is a good beer, and certainly one of the better pumpkin beers out there. But it seems to have changed its recipe over the last few years, and seems to not taste as sweet as it once did in, say, 2011. It’s a beer that I like, though, because once again it doesn’t add too much to the concoction.
Blackstone Pumpkin Ale: (4.5 Pulses) The first time I had this beer I had a few reservations. But the taste actually grew on me. You hear a lot of people talking about how this beer tastes like pumpkin pie, which I noticed the second third time around. I feel that Shipyard Pumpkinhead tastes more like pumpkin pie, but between the lack of intrusive aftertaste, the true sweetness of the beer, and it being both tasty and not too heavy. I respect this beer more and more. Abita Pecan Harvest Ale: (4.5 Pulses) I think this may be the best pecan beer I’ve ever had. Abita has yet to disappoint me. Good show, Abita.
Give Thanks, Let’s Eat recipes and photos by CHRISTY SIMMONS
hen I had the idea to put together a grandiose, formal Thanksgiving dinner to share with Pulse readers, I was disappointed at every turn. First, there was the meal; I wanted to show you this bountiful feast of turkey and ham, eleventy-billion side dishes, compotes and salads and several desserts. Well, it so happens that at the beginning of October, grocery stores just aren’t prepared for an early Thanksgiving feast—not even a little bit. There were no turkeys, there were no cranberries, there was a definite lack of ingredients. I wanted to show you an amazingly decorated table, with formal china and flowers spilling everywhere. There were going to be fine linens, place cards with fancy calligraphy, done by yours truly, and heirloom silverware. Then I woke up and realized that I own none of this. I don’t even have a proper dining room, since I live in a townhouse. The view from my dining room table is either of the refrigerator or my washer and dryer, neither of which I consider photoworthy. Luckily, the woman who comes in and oversees our accounts at work heard of my plight (I might have been having a meltdown mere days before this shoot was slated to take place) and graciously offered to let me use
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her dining room, complete with her mother’s wedding china and antique silverware. This was all wonderful, until I arrive on the day of the shoot and realize that it is so dark in her dining room that the only way I am going to be able to do a shoot in there is to bring in studio lights, which of course I didn’t bring with me. Despite my altered and pared-down menu, and the lighting situation, I went forward with my plans. I measured and chopped, roasted and basted, mashed and sautéed my little heart out, all the while mentally freaking out about the lighting, trying to come up with alternatives. All day, it had been chilly and overcast, so as I got overheated in the kitchen, I would step outside to get a breath of air and try to think of what I could do to remedy this complete disaster. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and a ray of sunshine beamed down on this wrought iron table in my friend's back garden. No, I didn’t hear singing, and yes, I know that it sounds cliché, but that’s honestly what happened. Looking at that table, I got an idea. We could decorate a table for two outside, something simple but elegant, and take advantage of the weak sunlight that we were
Burbon Glazed Turkey or Chicken Cranberry Fig Chutney Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Granny's Cornbread Dressing
Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Biscuits Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots Lemon Haricot a.k.a. Yummy Green Beans Real Pumpkin Pie
RECIPES ON PAGE 18 getting right before sundown. I ran inside and told my friend of my new plan, and we snatched up a tablecloth, plates, fruit and some white roses her husband had picked up. We moved some of the pumpkins she was using for outdoor decorations and set up this gorgeous little table. We piled the food on, constructed a finished plate and I finished shooting right as the sun went down. As I was sitting out at that table, talking with
my friend about the events of the day and laughing with her about it all, a thought occurred to me. Things did not go according to my plans— this is true. But Thanksgiving isn’t about turkeys or cranberries or formal dining rooms. It’s about sharing a meal with people you care about and being grateful for all that you have been given in life. The chickens that I resorted to in lieu of a turkey were delicious and beautiful, I had such a good time cooking and spending the day with my friend and the recipes I have shared are ones that I love and that bring back fond memories of time spent with my family. I hope that you all take time to slow down and remember the real reason behind Thanksgiving when you sit down with your loved ones and I also hope that these recipes might become something special to your family as well. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Give Thanks, Let’s Eat Continued . . .
Bourbon Glazed Turkey or Chickens! INGREDIENTS: One 15-pound turkey, or two 4-5 lb. roaster chickens 2 cups apple cider 1 ½ cups kosher salt 2 cups dark brown sugar 3 rosemary sprigs 1 bunch thyme 1 bunch sage 3 pounds ice cubes 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 celery ribs, finely chopped 1 large carrot, thinly sliced 10 garlic cloves 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup bourbon (Local Source: Belle Meade Bourbon from Greenbriar Distilleries)
DIRECTIONS: Put the turkey in a brining bag set in a
tub or very large pot. In a large saucepan, combine the cider with the salt, 1 cup of the brown sugar and the rosemary, thyme and sage and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Add 6 quarts of cold water to the brine and pour over the turkey. Add the ice to the brine and refrigerate the turkey overnight. Preheat the oven to 450° and set a rack on the lowest shelf of the oven. Drain the turkey and pat dry. Discard the brine. Fill the turkey cavity with half of the onion, celery, carrot and garlic cloves; scatter the remaining vegetables in a large roasting pan. Set a V-shaped rack in the pan. Tie the turkey legs with butcher’s twine and transfer the bird to the rack, breast side up. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and roast the turkey for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1 cup of brown sugar with the 1 stick of butter and the bourbon and heat just until the sugar and butter melt. Reduce the oven temperature to 350° and brush the turkey with some of the glaze. Continue roasting the turkey, brushing it every 15 minutes, for about 3 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°; add another 2 cups of water and tent the turkey with foil halfway through roasting. Transfer the turkey to a carving board and let rest for 30 minutes before carving.
Read All Menu Recipes at BoroPulse.com DIRECTIONS: Take the head of garlic, cut off the very top, so that some of the cloves are visible. Put the garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the head up in the foil and bake in a 350-degree oven until soft, or about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the head of garlic. Set aside to cool.
Cranberry Fig Chutney INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, chopped (¾ cup) 1 garlic clove, minced ¾ pound fresh Black Mission figs, stemmed and quartered One 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries 6 tablespoons turbinado sugar ¼ cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest ½ cup fresh orange juice ½ star anise pod One 4-inch cinnamon stick Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS: In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add all of the remaining ingredients and ½ cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring, until thick and jammy, 25 minutes. Let the chutney cool, then discard the star anise and cinnamon stick. The chutney can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
I choose thin skinned potatoes because I like to include the skins. (i.e. I hate peeling!)
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes INGREDIENTS: 1 five-lb. bag of thin skinned, waxy potatoes (I use Yukon Gold or Red potatoes) 1 head of white garlic 1 stick of salted butter 1 cup of half and half, plus more if needed Kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste Chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish. (optional)
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Chop the potatoes into chunks roughly the same size and put in a pot of boiling, salted water. While the potatoes are boiling, in a small saucepan, heat the butter and half & half until the butter is completely melted. Potatoes are done when fork tender. Drain potatoes and return to pot. Add some of the butter mixture and mash away with a potato masher, adding more of the butter mixture as you go, until the potatoes are the consistency that your family enjoys (I like mine a little chunky). Alternatively, you can put the potatoes in your stand mixer on low speed with the paddle attachment, adding the butter mixture in a slow stream. Take the roasted garlic, now cooled, and transfer the cloves to a small bowl. The easiest way to do this is to turn the head of garlic upside down over the bowl and squeeze. The cloves should squirt right out. Take a fork and mash the cloves up into a paste. Add the garlic paste to the potatoes and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon ½ teaspoon of lemon zest 1 good pie crust Preheat oven to 425°F.
Real Pumpkin Pie INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of pumpkin purée 1 ½ cup heavy cream ½ cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3
cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
Mix sugars, salt, and spices, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well incorporated. Pour into pie shell and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes reduce the temperature to 350°F. Bake 40–50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Note that the pumpkin pie will come out of the oven all puffed up and will deflate as it cools.
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Serve with whipped cream.
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
ALBUM REVIEWS by JESSICA PACE
Released in August of this year, Trophies of Youth by Kent Goolsby, who also has a good recording made live at Nashville's 12th and Porter, has the pluck of The Band and also a simultaneous weight on his shoulders that comes out in his voice, a la Jakob Dylan. With a label befittingly titled This Is American Music, Goolsby’s debut full-length album manifests the American music of 40 years ago while drawing from today in a lyrical sense with motifs of superficiality, growing up and getting stuck while trying to do so. Goolsby’s voice is like a full ashtray—heavy, dusky and varying shades of gray. You better tame your expectations, he warns in the opening track, “Pleased (You Can’t Be),” which delves into the superficiality of a girl who doesn’t watch too many movies or read too many books/You ain’t gonna turn a single page if you don’t like how the cover looks. On “Natural Disaster,” a deep and resonant bass pops like the earth humming a tune as Goolsby paints an understatedly comic picture that includes a “redneck hotline,” while “Crazier With Every Tune” is led by an organic, vintage-sounding acoustic melody and “Boomerang Kid” hits home in a sleepy, country-western style with acoustic guitar picking out what sounds like dusk and the promise of a sunset. “Rags to Rags” puts a voice to youth with the held-fast feeling and the want for instant gratification: The spirit is willing but the ﬂesh is lazy/I’d love to say yes but I’ll just say maybe/That’s the trouble with us modern men/We want the whole damn world in the palm of our hands. Wry, dejected humor comes into “Loser’s Sweepstakes” (some are bound for glory while others are just bound), setting a haunting backdrop to that scary thought. Cue Levon Helm for the throwback piano of the last track, “Carrot Blues.” The Folks are Goolsby’s backing band, including Steve Daly, guitar; Zach Broyles, guitar; Dan Eubanks, bass; Ben Clark, bass; Daniel Marcum, drums and one of the best, who also shares the drummer’s seat, Shakey Fowlkes. Look for Kent Goolsby shows and music at kentgoolsbymusic.com.
Ryan Crowley is a pop singer/songwriter in the sense that he writes listenable, accessible songs with catchy melodies and lyrics that embrace universal topics. What stands out about his debut solo album, Find My Way—released independently earlier this year—is its writer’s versatility when it comes to adding instrumentation like strings or horns; his voice pairs well with whatever direction the music goes. Secondly, Find My Way is impeccably produced for a first album, which Crowley did himself along with manager Chris McGuire of Valience Music. Granted, it’s not hard to find a decent producer around Murfreesboro, but still, most first records are typically rougher around the edges than this. Ryan Crowley took up guitar when he was 8, played in jazz band in high school and played and toured with other musicians for years while studying the recording industry at MTSU. He learned to love music from his father, who he says taught him that there was no point to playing music if you don’t put your soul into it. That applies in more ways than one to Find My Way, whose 13 tracks are sung in earnest and peppered with the soul genre throughout, primarily through emotive backing vocals, like on “Hold Your Head Higher.” Find My Way consistently sticks with an easy tempo, an uplifting and empowering timbre and Crowley’s lyrics, which always veer toward the hopeful and the idealistic (on “Sunday Morning,” a polished, blues-tinged number, Crowley still manages to paint his woes in a sunny color). A string section is tastefully employed on tracks like “Lay Me Down Easy” and “The Best of Me”; Crowley’s mixture of pretty pop tunes with hints of soul and strings is reminiscent of John Mayer, although Crowley’s best work is probably his most down-and-out. “City Apartments” begins with a line about ladybugs dead in the window of an apartment, and Crowley sings I’m not in love/But I shouldn’t complain, bringing to mind the sort of one-bedroom-apartment-inthe-middle-of-winter blues of Ryan Adams’ “Hotel Chelsea Nights” from Love Is Hell. Ryan Crowley will perform at 3 Brothers on Saturday, Nov. 16; find him on Facebook and Reverbnation.
Trophies of Youth
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Find My Way
MANTRA MANTRA MANTRA Before You Came/After You're Gone
ROB PARKER Fathomer
One or two unfortunate while times growing up, Fathomer is the first release of “trip-hop” artist Rob I played racquetball, ducking to avoid the holParker. The Murfreesboro producer, engineer and low, blue rubber ball that may as well have been a owner of Triton Recording Studios released his first loose cannon sounding its cold, echoing call each solo album last month, and its synthesized, beattime it ricocheted off the wall. I hate racquetball; driven nature is easy to understand given Parker’s but the same intense, reverberating vibes of the past résumé. He’s worked previously for an indegame could describe, in a positive sense, the aural pendent video game design group, and since he’s feel of Mantra Mantra Mantra’s Before You Came/ also a producer and engineer, it’s easy to see where After You’re Gone EP, released in August of this year. the interest in playing with buttons and noises Feedback clouds the mind and thin, spiraling guitar came from; Fathomer is almost entirely instrumenriffs disorient throughout the five tracks, produced tal, save for an odd hidden track of whisperings by the band—Asher Johnson on bass, synth, tape and from UVB-76. Also known as The Buzzer, UVB-76 vocals; Greg Dorris on guitar, is a radio station broadcast synth and vocals; and Brian Klasfrom Russia, though its precise We’re working hard sen on drums and vocals—and location and purpose are to promote good music recorded at Spaceship Studios in unknown, a concept that only in Middle Tennessee. Murfreesboro. adds to the unsettling feel of “No Sunlight” is a blissful, the 14-track record. Bands: Send your albums and promotional materials to resonant start to the album, Fathomer’s songs are cold, The Murfreesboro Pulse, 116-E North awash in needling guitar and dark, sometimes rhythmically Walnut St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. percussion that’s saying ‘ssshhhh’ jazzy, sleek, tense and intense; as the title is repeated like a leviriffs and noises sound off in tating mantra. “Hate On You” has a needling riff that sharp jabs, and the bulk of the album could easily becomes tiresome, but the unearthly deadpan echo of soundtrack the part of an action movie when Tom “Everything” is better as well as the downcast keys of Cruise has sex with his attractive colleague in a “We Were Singing This Song.” For the closing track, posh urban apartment. That aside, a constant feela spastic mish-mash of synth resounds in distorted ing of apprehension carries throughout as if the splendor before Mantra Mantra Mantra wash the alrecord purports a pending disaster. bum out to sea with a sound effect of waves lapping Parker’s first album is a calculated, slightly at the shore. nerve-wracking buzzkill built for a weird nightAt certain random points as the guitar whines, the time drive down a vacant highway; the route from hi-hat splashes and earnest vocals push emphatically Murfreesboro to Woodbury at 2 a.m. would be an through the static, Sunny Day Real Estate comes to appropriate drive for this record. mind. But the selling point: Mantra Mantra Mantra The artist is already at work on his second altells you how to become “the coolest guy” in the bum, which he hopes to fund with the return on his world (it’s actually quite simple). Overall, Before You first release, and from what he says, his sophomore Came/After You’re Gone is five solid, fun tracks on the record sounds as if it will be the natural second fringe of trippy that would put Murfreesboro’s house step up from his debut. show-goers into a comfortable trance. Fathomer is available on iTunes, and like and Check out the record at mantrax3.bandcamp. watch for more Rob Parker music at com and like Mantra Mantra Mantra on Facebook. facebook.com/rparkermusic.
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KARAOKE AND TRIVIA
NIGHTS IN MURFREESBORO TUESDAYS
3 BROTHERS Live Trivia 7 p.m. OLD CHICAGO Live Trivia 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS SAM'S Live Trivia 7 p.m. CAMPUS PUB Karaoke 10 p.m.
SUNDAYS O'POSSUM'S Live Trivia 8 p.m. Full listing available at BoroPulse.com/Karaoke
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The Granny Whites: rocking faces off and reattaching them with Super Glue. story by CHRIS WELLS
Your Facebook page lists James Brown, Johnny Cash and Aerosmith as influences. What other bands do you like, not necessarily who influenced you? JACKI MACRI: I like Fiona Apple a lot. I also really enjoy Neko Case, she’s a great singer/songwriter [who’s] into folky style with such a killer voice, a really strong, majestic and haunting voice. And also Aerosmith. DAPHNE CULVER: I’m a big fan of the Milk Carton Kids and old-school songwriters like John Prine. Did you always want to be a musician? DC: I knew there was something that I was going to do with music ever since I was introduced to it. I knew that it would be a big part of my life, I just didn’t know that I could make a living with it JM: Had I known that I could make money with it, I would have probably gone to school for it. What is your favorite song on your first EP? JM: There’s a five-way tie: “Resurrection,” “Always Waiting,” “Can’t Sleep,” “New Door Locks” and “Easier.” DC: “Always Waiting.” MP: What was it like getting signed? JM: It was a hard decision, a three-year-long commitment, and we hadn’t even been together for three years. We had to really understand the commitment involved, some of our personal relationships even hadn’t been three years long. When we were talking about it we used the terminology of dating a lot to put the commitment and what we were doing into perspective. We said: “We are going to be married for three years now, and we are going to do this!” But yeah, it was a hard decision and it took about a month to make. To meet with the label and negotiate, to meet with lawyers, there is a lot involved. Does the band have any particular goals? JM: We’re hoping to pump out a new album
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he Granny Whites are an up and coming musical act from Middle Tennessee, and they offer an overall great way to spend your evening. The band plays a mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz and nearly everything in between. “The Grannies” have been gaining a lot of momentum lately by rocking out a ton of shows, releasing their first EP and being in the rotation on Lightning 100 with their catchy tune “Easier.” The band originally came together in 2011 when JK Camardella and Daphne Culver met through a friend. Daphne was inspired by JK’s musical passion and they instantly hit it off and began jamming all the time. It was not long after that the duo became an entire band as more talent came together. They added Daphne’s former manager, drummer Jacki Macri, a previous member of fairly successful punk band “Trampskirts.” Murfreesboro’s own Rometrius North was chosen to be their illustrious bass guitarist. This all came together at the weekly Writer’s Night at Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor in Franklin where they played their first of many shows. The band has added two new members since those early days. Anna Bethany Hogue was working as a bartender at Kimbro’s, and the band saw what an amazing singer she was when she came onstage and sang a few songs with them. Adam Taylor was recently added as a lead guitarist and has been working with Daphne on her side project. Both Adam and Anna will have a much greater role in the band’s forthcoming album, due out early 2014. I have been acquainted with the band since their early days playing out in Franklin and it has been exciting to witness how they have developed over the last couple of years. The Grannies have really branched out since Kimbro’s, playing at such venues as Exit/In, The Mercy Lounge, 12th & Porter, Lipstick Lounge, Mad Donna’s, Murfreesboro’s own 3 Brothers Deli as well as in Kentucky and Alabama. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the amazingly talented Daphne Culver and Jacki Macri and talk to them about their music, success and what’s coming next.
every year over the course of the next few years. We would also like to travel more than we have. DC: I really want to hit the festival market and play things like Coachella, South by Southwest or even Bonnaroo.
about figuring out why you’re going and where you’re going to, then finding a reason to carry on. Sometimes you get halfway through something but are so overwhelmed that you can’t see the end.
Is your music available anywhere online so that fans, or anyone could check it out? DC: We are on Pandora, Spotify, CD Baby, iTunes and if they want to check out our Reverb Nation site, there are five songs that you can listen to for free to see if it’s something that you’re into (also available at thegrannywhites.com).
Daphne, you also have your own side project? Anything you could tell me about that? DC: I’ve been using the name Daphnemaemusic; the project includes Jenn Palmer, who is one of the two singers in the Sugar Dames, and Adam Taylor, who was added to the Granny Whites about a week ago as lead guitarist. It’s a lot lighter sound than The Granny Whites and deals with more emotional stuff. The music has more harmonics, is jazzier and contains more Spanish flair than my other music. We even used some flamenco guitar in a couple of the songs. (Check out facebook.com/DaphneandthesometimesbeardedAdam for more info.)
What can you tell me about the new album? JM: We decided about a month ago on what songs that we wanted to record. Since then, a lot of writing has been going on and we’ve been growing, with more time to practice. It will include: “Anything But This,” which was the first song that we ever played live, but it didn’t make the first album. DC: [There is also] “The Desert Song,” it’s
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Hip-hop and electronic music converge tonight at Main Street Live as Wick-it the Instigator takes the stage. Unexpected, often humorous mixes, contemporary samples and danceable beats are worth the trip, and there might be some material off the full-length he’s been working on.
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A variety of artists will team up on Sunday, Nov. 10, for a great evening of music at Social, on the Square. MC FaithJ, R&B vocalist Caleb Minter, Mak Ray, Black Umbrella, BA Shawty, Atlanta vocal group Mocha Latte, and rapper, MTSU student and Murfreesboro newcomer Illuminate will all be on the bill for “The UnderRated” showcase. Find tickets at MakRayMusic.com, CalebsSoul.com or FaithJMusic.com.
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LIVING Exhibit on Lincoln and Gettysburg Address Opens at Heritage Center THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will occur on Nov. 19, 2013. With some of the most famous words ever spoken, Lincoln dedicated the new national cemetery on the Gettysburg battlefield. To commemorate that moment in American history, and to celebrate the legacies of Murfreesboro’s own Stones River National Cemetery, The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has partnered with the Associated Press Corporate Archives to present the traveling exhibit, Long Remembered: The Associated Press With Lincoln at the First Inaugural and Gettysburg. Long Remembered consists of 14 panels that discuss press coverage of Abraham Lincoln at two important events in his presidency—the first inauguration and the Gettysburg Address. Included in the exhibit are photographs of some of the reporters of the events described as well as a rare image of Lincoln at Gettysburg. This display also explores how people reacted to the Gettysburg Address and the different ways the speech was covered in the newspapers. In support of the exhibit, there is a display case of historic postcards of Stones River National Cemetery, from the Heritage Center’s Ridley Wills II Postcard Collection. Also, on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Heritage Center is hosting a mid-day special event with “Mr. Lincoln,” portrayed by Dennis Boggs, who will read the Gettysburg Address and entertain a question and answer period. “Mr. Lincoln on the Square” takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. The exhibit is on view until Thursday, Dec. 12. The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is located at 225 W. College St. and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (615) 217-8013 or visit hcmrc.org.
Rachel Johnson’s Photography on Display at City Hall THE MURFREESBORO CITY HALL ROTUNDA will host an exhibition from photographer Rachel Johnson from Nov. 19–Jan. 3. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30–7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, complete with punch and cookies and the opportunity to meet the artist, who has contributed a great deal of work to the Murfreesboro Pulse in years past. City Hall is located at 111 W. Vine St. For more on Johnson and her photography, visit photographybyrj.com. BOROPULSE.COM
OPINIONS IPCC Reports Man Responsible For Climate Change LIVING GREEN
IT IS OFTEN THE CASE reviewed, which guarantees that what is absent in the a level of certainty beyond nightly news sheds more light any single source, cannot be on media priorities than what understated. As has been the is actually covered. The lack of case since the group’s founding column by RYAN EGLY any serious coverage, for examin 1988, the recent report email@example.com ple, of a topic front and center tinues to confirm the dire prein most other countries is one dictions for life on this planet indication of very low media quality. I have had under the business-as-usual model. A key update to read about the release of the latest report from in the report is the change from a 90 percent conthe International Panel on Climate Change from fidence level to 95 percent concerning man’s role foreign sources such as the Guardian in the UK. in the changing climate. Better understanding and The efforts of the IPCC represent one of the accounting of aerosols, as well as better instrulargest consensus-building undertakings in humentation contributes to the increased certainty. man history, and deal with an issue that affects not Converging to a 95 percent level of confidence only the present, but all future generations. Over from such a diverse body of scientists is no trivial 800 authors and 50 editors from 39 countries matter, and impossible to write off even for the contributed to the latest report, AR5. The exhausmost relentless of conspiracy theorists. tive work, both pro bono and peer-reviewed, In an article covering the recent report, colproduces policy guidelines for world leaders. The umnist George Monbiot rightly suggests that the importance of being pro bono, and therefore free benign wording of “Climate Change” be more of financial or governmental influence; and peeraccurately expressed as “Climate Breakdown.”
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Just a slight increase in the oceans' temperature could mean disaster for many coastal cities.
Every decade since the 1970s has been hotter than the previous decade. The oceans absorb around 90 percent of the planet’s excess heat in the form of acidification and increased temperature. The following is from recent Citizens Climate Lobby speaker Dr. John Abraham, about common, non-scientific arguments against climate change: The authors of the report address some the most common claims of those who misunderstand climate change, claims which, even after having been long debunked, continue to be cited for reasons of ideology. One such claim is that the sun is getting hotter. If this were the case, we would expect the entire atmosphere
to change. This isn’t happening; nights are warming faster than days. Another persistent claim is that there has been no warming for 15 years. This is simply not true. To come to this conclusion, a hot year of 1998 is compared with a La Niña year, which is always cooler. Short-term ﬂuctuations are confused with long-term trends, which never occur for the world as a whole. Every decade since 1970 has been hotter than the previous. Another issue concerns sensitivity, particularly regarding the rate of temperature increase. Whether we are looking at the 2 to 4.5-degree C range or the 1.5 to 4 range is relatively unimportant, as the discrepancy amounts to the difference between a fast boil and a slow simmer. As a last point, ﬁghting climate change makes sound economic sense. Any $1 spent will return more than $1 in the future in the form of avoided damages (think Sandy). So what is a solution? I like the position of Art Laffer, former economic adviser to President Reagan and outspoken proponent of a carbon tax. Laffer supports the market-based solution of “tax the polluters, not the people.” A thoroughly researched form of the idea is Fee and Dividend, as proposed by the non-partisan group Citizens Climate Lobby. It is perhaps only way to break the grip of oil companies on the political process.
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CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK STEP 10: WE CONTINUED TO TAKE PERSONAL INVENTORY AND WHEN WE WERE WRONG, PROMPTLY ADMITTED IT. It all seemed so futile. What’s the use? The decision had been made—divorce. It had been made long before the doors slammed, the departure from Memphis and the move back to Murfreesboro. After a four-week separation, my green station wagon, a symbol of the American dream and normalcy, was crossing the Mississippi heading toward Memphis. The scream of an electric guitar blasted over the radio. Every screeching note intensified my determination. Was this how it was to end? From my hopeful teen years, 10 years of marriage, to a young family in shambles with my core value system being compromised, I found myself in a nightmare of shattered dreams with an emotionally abusive, full-blown alcoholic with a drug addiction. We are young, heartache to heartache we stand / No promises, no demands Love is a battleﬁeld Woah, we are strong, no one can tell us we’re wrong / Searching our hearts for so long, both of us knowing Love is a battleﬁeld [From “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar] As I slipped onto the ramp driving toward my destination on Stage Road, I resolved do whatever it would take to get my husband to leave the other woman and come home. Within six weeks, an impregnable net of evil had covered the family, sowing seeds of discord and destruction. His lifestyle had been reckless, yet up until now it was hidden from plain view. For so long, my dreams and future had been linked to him. A crisp, cool autumn wind had transformed the summer scene. Within only four weeks, suddenly and without warning, the scorching Memphis summer had ended. With a bite and a chill, autumn had transformed the park on Stage Road into brilliant color— yellow, crimson and russet. November in Memphis had become wildly fragrant, thrilling the senses! I could not resist the beauty even though my heart was broken! He got out of his car and with one maneuver he opened the door and plopped down into the seat. After a four-hour drive and a long
rehearsal of what to say, I could not speak. A minute or so passed in silence as we sat speechless and almost motionless. An unexplainable glaze appeared in his eyes and tears began to well up and fall from his eyes. In that moment, the realization was more than just a husband leaving his wife for another woman. The love we had shared had become a battlefield, with brokenhearted casualties along with the obvious mental and emotional agony. Apparently, the power separating us was beyond the physical and into the metaphysical, invisible forces of evil beyond my ability to control. As I looked into his tearful eyes, I realized the magnitude of the situation and the unseen energy facilitating every thought and action. I was losing the battle to save the marriage. No longer could I uphold the dream and pretend that things were normal. Speechless and numb from all the emotion, helplessly, I watched him sob and sob. My determined mind thought, “I will love him more and my love for him will conquer this evil that surrounds us and our family. I will do whatever it takes to win the battle to save our little family! Long before Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, or even Madonna, there was Pat Benatar. In the 1980s, with her alluring mezzo-soprano voice, she took female rockers to a new level. In 1983, “Love Is a Battlefield” was released from her live album, Live from Earth. Along with its appearance in the first video to feature spoken dialogue, the song would net Benatar her fourth consecutive Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance. After topping Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks for four weeks, the song peaked at No. 5. Benatar was a classically trained opera singer who broke ranks and genres to become one of the most influential female artists of her day. In the day, young women wanted to be like her and young men wanted to be with her. In the 1980s, in some way, I identified with Benatar’s tough-girl persona and “Love Is a Battlefield” became my marching orders. Ignorant and naïve of the spiritual battle ahead, my determination to fight and become a warrior for my family was an obsession that nearly destroyed me. It would take years for me to understand that the battlefield was not love at all but was in my mind.
“Regularly, you need to take a time-out from the world’s “rat race” long enough to quiet the mind and ask the question, what am I thinking about?”
The human mind is the pinnacle of God’s creation, but so few use it for its primary purpose—knowing God. The mind can be a continual place of spiritual communication between God and us. Only the human creation is capable of receiving and responding spiritually to God, learning to know God as friend and simultaneously as Lord. God is all around us encircling us with His Golden Light of Love. Our minds must yield and turn toward that Light. As we turn, we are able to learn the meaning of infinite and eternal. Problems, inadequacies and frailties become insignificant as we are touched and transformed for a higher purpose. Out of the ashes of adversity, we can allow our minds to be renewed as we take quantum leaps to change them. We no longer have to live our lives from a “rear-view mirror” perspective with a stream of “woulda, shoulda, coulda”s. We can relax as all the energy it takes for our minds to worry about past regrets or tomorrow’s concerns diminish into God’s peace, a peace that is beyond our circumstances or problems or even human understanding. Step 10 is the “maintenance step.” The daily practice maintains your honesty and humility with yourself. You may want to ask yourself, “How am I doing?” Regularly, you
need to take a time-out from the world’s “rat race” long enough to quiet the mind and ask the question, “What am I thinking about?” The daily inventory about your thought life helps evaluate the good and the bad. When there is a need to admit wrongs, promptly admit them. This keeps your mind and actions clean and clear. It has been over 30 years since these life circumstances occurred. The battle began in my mind and thought processes. My thoughts were the primary source for my problems that made my life miserable. Today, I have learned to consistently and regularly to review what I am thinking about. In my mind, I locate the source of the negativity to avoid confusion. There is great freedom in the daily inventory endeavor. Nevertheless, the only mind you can change is your own. Let me say it once more, the battle starts in your mind so, “Think about what you’re thinking about!” This will change your life! Celebrate Recovery is that safe-place where people can remove the mask of denial and be open and honest. If you are interested in dealing with the pain of your past, there are people who will stand with you. For more information about the ministry call (615) 896-6288.
It’s Time to Grow Up, America column by FRANK SHEPARD | firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE’S OUR PROBLEM, AMERICA. We’re immature, uncultured, unevolved and unintelligent. We’re childish. We’re gullible, fearful, cowardly, selfish, and averse to suffering. And it’s killing our country. That’s Obama’s problem. He’s too mature, cultured, evolved and intelligent. We’re not ready for him. I blame most of our arrested development on religion. It has kept us babies for centuries. We’re credulous; we believe the silliest things and have no discernment for truth. Religious notions of the afterlife have fostered an “us and them” mentality where “we” get paradise and “they” suffer and we’re okay with it. We’ve lost our soul. We believe in a kind of economic Wild West where individual self-interest is the bomb and will ensure the survival of the fittest. In our fantasy cult of economic anarchy, fellow Americans justify turning on each other in a kind of bloodsport. It allows otherwise good people to run roughshod over our neighbors. We’re horrified by the phrase “redistribution of wealth” as if our fellow Americans in need would have to pry the filthy lucre from our greedy clutch. What are we afraid of? Reality. Nietzsche wrote, “To live is to suffer,” and Orwell wrote, “Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.” We can take more suffering than we think, especially when we stick together—which is probably the point of our existence if there is one. There are great benefits in suffering. Suffering produces perseverance, character and hope. Life is just hard . . . for everyone. No one comes through unscathed. The universality of suffering, as evil as it seems, has a bonding effect. When we realize we’re not special, our suffering is not unique, and we both need help and can give help, we’re empowered to empathize with each other. Thich Nhat Hanh said in a recent interview, “I would not like to send my children to a place where there is no suffering, because in such a place they have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.” It is possible to gain the world and lose one’s soul. Mandela said, “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Our current economic trajectory driven by fear is unsustainable. If we don’t grow up, realize that the perfect life is a delusion, join the human race, be thoughtful of our neighbors, and live within our collective means, then our lack of self-restraint, proven by our inability to self-govern our extravagant spending and thus our extravagant incomes, will no doubt ensure the expansion of governmental regulations. It’s true of parenting: when the child’s self-government lapses, intervention
becomes necessary. Freedoms are for grown-ups. So if you like big government and the loss of freedoms, keep expanding the wealth gap; intervention is coming. More than any time in American history, company executives and stockholders are victims of this childishness. In order to support their delusions and fears, they must make more money in one week than the workers make in a year. This chasm is ten times broader than it was in the ’70s. This demand puts a strain on the economy and forces companies to lay off employees, to seek cheaper labor outside of America, and to deplete the benefits for those lucky enough to keep their jobs. It has crippled the economy for America’s working middle class. Only deluded addicts could look at the evidence and continue to justify stuffing their insatiable appetites and deny the adverse effects on the economy. Enough is never enough. Like spoiled children, we hinge our happiness on that next upgrade or that new thing, we cannot restrain ourselves. We’re in hot pursuit of the perfect life—a chasing of the wind—and only maturation or intervention will save us. The reality check is we live in a finite world with limited resources. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Travel options are limited for most Americans. We’re stuck with what we’ve got. Adam Smith taught that capitalism relied upon the moral consideration of the entire community. When we lose our sense of connectedness, we’re out of touch with reality. The gap between the haves and have-nots has been growing for 30 years. Even during the recession, which could’ve served as a wakeup call, the gap only widened. Since 2008, the earnings of the top 1 percent of Americans have risen by 11.2 percent, while the income of the other 99 percent has declined. In 2012, the top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income—the highest in American history. It’s not sustainable. This delusion is actually something from which we all suffer. None of us wait until everyone has enough to eat or a roof over their heads before we buy that superfluous item. We all are tempted to spend money as fast as it comes in. Perhaps the best we can hope for is a small tweak on the collective conscious of the general population; a slight return to the neighborly America I grew up in. Maybe America could get its soul back if we simply heeded Albert Schweitzer’s advice: “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” Don’t look away, Rocketman. We need everyone to do their part, from the office to the factory, to sustain a healthy economy that will prosper our nation. We need everyone to rein it in, to live within our national means, not just the government.
“Religious notions of the afterlife have fostered an “us and them” mentality where “we” get paradise and “they” suffer and we’re okay with it.”
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If You Are Anti-Capitalist, You are Anti-American
here’s one piece of advice I’ve given my kids that I hope sticks with them throughout their lives. Don’t let anyone else define you. That may sound like odd advice given all the other pearls of wisdom a father can give his children but if people are allowed to define you then they’re allowed to control you.
the original tea partiers but somehow that’s too radical for today’s political landscape. That’s because the political landscape has been warped into something our founding fathers would scarcely recognize. The amount of debt we’ve accumulated as a country would, no doubt, frighten our founders. The bounds to which our constitutionally limited government have been stretched would probably infuriate the founders to the point they would insist we dissolve this republic experiment. In fact, they fought a war over far less intrusive and restrictive government. And the free market is now anything but. Wall Street, like a heroin addict, is now deThat’s basically what’s happened to the pendent on the slow drip of smack coming tea party movement. The mainstream media from the federal reserve in the way of quanhas defined the tea party as some extremtitative easing. People assume that what’s ist movement along the lines of the KKK. In best for Wall Street is best for the country fact, the hopelessly leftist Southern Poverty forgetting that Wall Street is a whore and Law Center has designated Tea Party Nation doesn’t really care if the infusion of cash is as a hate group. You see, anyone or anything coming from a Twitter IPO, the fed chairthat opposes the socialist/leftist agenda is man or the federal government. That doesn’t considered a hate group. Yours truly was, at mean that capitalism has failed. It simply one point, designated a “hate speaker” by means the free market is no longer free. The the Southern Poverty Law “free” part means free from Center for my opposition to outside manipulation. VIEWS OF A amnesty for illegal aliens. So, when the governI, of course, don’t allow ment is controlling the column by anyone to define me, least market it’s no longer PHIL VALENTINE of all a bunch of pathetic capitalism but socialism or philvalentine.com liberals like the SPLC. worse. Many folks, includSo, what is so hateful about the tea party ing our current president, don’t like our counmovement? Understand that the tea party is try as currently constituted. They feel if they not a party, it’s a movement. It’s a movement can just change it—i.e.: do something about like civil rights was a movement. The civil this pesky capitalism—it’ll be a great place. rights movement had some obvious goals; These people need to understand one among them equal public access for blacks thing. Capitalism and the United States are and elimination of discrimination in hiring joined at the hip. If you are anti-capitalist you and admissions to universities, not to menare, by definition, anti-American. To say that tion desegregation of public schools. America would be a great place if we could The tea party movement has goals, too. only do away with the free market system is Among them are fiscal responsibility, a to miss what this country is all about. constitutionally limited government and free When someone says they despise the tea market economics unencumbered by governparty that should tell you all you need to ment over-regulation. In fact, if you’ll read the know about them. founding documents you’ll understand exactly what the tea party movement is all about. Phil Valentine is an author and nationThomas Jefferson, George Washington and ally syndicated radio talk show host with Ben Franklin, were they alive today, would be Westwood One. For more of his commenpart of the tea party movement. They were tary and articles, visit philvalentine.com.
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OPINIONS La PALABRA Una columna del idioma español por CAMERON PARRISH
The Pilgrims Society: Does It Secretly Control the United States? IN ENGLISH: THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES was recognized by Great Britain through the Treaty of Paris of 1783. However, some students of deep politics believe the United States never achieved true independence from the U.K. and that the British ruling elite still hold an extraordinary amount of clandestine influence over the United States. The Pilgrims Society is one alleged vehicle for said influence. In honor of Thanksgiving we will take a brief look at this prestigious gathering that has remained largely in the shadows until now. Founded in 1902, this club was established to foster good relations between the United States and Great Britain. Its official patron is the British Crown and its ranks include a host of British aristocracy and industry leadership. It has also counted as members some of the most prestigious people in United States history including John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and others from the highest echelons of society, and absolutely no Indians. What history forgets is that a faction of the Pilgrims Society was allegedly behind one of the most widely ignored conspiracies in American history, known as The Business Plot. In 1933 U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler testified before a congressional committee that he was approached by members and asked to participate in a coup d’état to overthrow the government and install a fascist regime. While it sounds far-fetched, its membership list included several leading bankers and industrialists who were financial beneficiaries of the fascist governments in Italy and Germany prior to World War II. But at the end of the day nobody was prosecuted and some even called it a hoax despite evidence to the contrary. The Anglo-American establishment isn’t new. I contend that with the exception of that time when they burned the White House, relations have been good. Our “founding fathers” even allowed the Crown to dictate the terms of the treaty heavily in its own favor a full two years after cessation of hostilities in 1791. In it the King retained rights to continue receiving gold, silver and copper from business ventures and the right to collect on all debt. It would seem to me that America didn’t actually negotiate this treaty from a position of victory but instead, England simply changed strategy from a military approach to an economic one and the new Anglo-American aristocracy was born. Today the list of Pilgrims continues to include some of the most influential people in mass media, heads of financial institutions, global corporations, ambassadors, high-ranking members of the intelligence community along with a long list 30 * NOVEMBER 2013 * BOROPULSE.COM
La Sociedad de Peregrinos: ¿Controlan En Secreto los Estados Unidos?
of British nobility, and still no Indians. Could it be that this group functions as a vehicle through which the British Empire still exerts its influence? An article published by the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Covert Politics makes a strong case for the reality of the group’s ongoing, non-democratic influence on American policy. My investigation of this organization shows it to be like the other back-door think-tanks (e.g. Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, etc.). Since their inception such organizations have sought to control the United States and ultimately bring about a one-world system of government through the manipulation of media and global financial institutions. To demonstrate the historical reality of this fact I’ll end this peek into hidden history with a statement made by President Woodrow Wilson who wrote the following in 1913: Since I entered politics, I have mainly had men’s opinions conﬁded to me in private. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the ﬁeld of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.
EN ESPANOL: LA SOBERANÍA DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS fue reconocida por Gran Bretaña a través del Tratado de París de 1783. Sin embargo, algunos estudiantes de ciencias políticas creen que Estados Unidos nunca alcanzó la verdadera independencia del Reino Unido y que el gobierno británico todavía mantiene una cantidad extraordinaria de influencia clandestina en Estados Unidos. La sociedad de peregrinos es un presunto vehículo para dicha influencia. Echaremos un breve vistazo a este prestigioso grupo que se ha mantenido en gran parte en las sombras hasta ahora. Fundado en 1902, este club fue creado para fomentar las buenas relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña. Su mecenas oficial es la Corona Británica, y sus filas incluyen una serie de aristocracia británica y de liderazgo en la industria. También se ha contado como los miembros algunas de las personas más prestigiosas en la historia de los Estados Unidos incluyendo a John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie y otras personas de los niveles más altos de la sociedad. Lo que la historia olvida es que una facción de la sociedad de peregrinos fue supuestamente detrás de una de las conspiraciones más ampliamente ignoradas en la historia estadounidense
conocida como “Business Plot”. En 1933 El General Smedley Butler testificó ante un comité del Congreso que él fue abordado por los miembros y les pidió participar en un golpe de estado para derrocar al gobierno e instalar un régimen fascista. Aunque suene exagerado, en su lista de miembros se incluyeron varios de los principales banqueros e industriales que eran beneficiarios financieros de los gobiernos fascistas en Italia y Alemania antes de la II guerra mundial. Pero al final del día nadie fue procesado y algunos incluso lo llamaban un engaño o chiste a pesar de evidencias de lo contrario. El “establecimiento angloamericano” no es algo nuevo. A excepción de aquel tiempo en el que quemaron la Casa Blanca, las relaciones han estado bien. Nuestros “padres fundadores”, hasta permitieron que la Corona dictara los términos del tratado, en contra de su propio beneficio, unos dos años después del cese de hostilidades en 1791. En este mismo, el Rey retuvo derechos de seguir recibiendo el oro, la plata y el cobre de compañías y el derecho de reunirse en toda la deuda. Me parece que América realmente no negoció este tratado desde una posición de victoria, pero en cambio, Inglaterra simplemente cambió la estrategia: de un enfoque militar a uno económico, y así nació la nueva aristocracia angloamericana. Hoy la lista de Peregrinos sigue incluyendo a algunas de las personas más influyentes en los medios de comunicación, jefes de instituciones financieras, corporaciones globales, embajadores, miembros superiores de la comunidad de inteligencia, … junto con una lista larga de la nobleza británica. ¿Podría ser que este grupo funciona como un vehículo a través del cual el Imperio británico todavía ejerce su influencia? Un artículo publicado por el Instituto del Estudio de Globalización y Política Encubierta hace un argumento de peso a favor de la realidad de la influencia no democrática que sigue ejerciendo el grupo en la política americana. Mi investigación de esta organización muestra que es igual los otros grupos clandestinos (ej Grupo Bilderberg, el Consejo en relaciones extranjeras, etc.) Desde sus inicios este tipo de organizaciones ha intentado controlar a los Estados Unidos y en última instancia, lograr un sistema mundial de gobierno a través de la manipulación de los medios de comunicación y las instituciones financieras globales. Para demostrar la realidad histórica de este hecho termino este repaso a la historia oculta con una declaración hecha por el Presidente Woodrow Wilson quien escribió lo siguiente en 1913: Desde que entré en la política principalmente he tenido opiniones de hombres conﬁados conmigo en privado.Algunos de los hombres más importantes en Estados Unidos, en el campo del comercio y de fabricación, tienen miedo de algo. Ellos saben que hay un poder tan organizado, tan sutil, tan atenta, tan entrelazados, tan completo, tan generalizada, que mejor no hablan sobre su aliento (en voz alto) cuando hablan en condena de lo otro.
Published on Nov 6, 2013