Rex: Googling digs up interesting info on Riebeling, Summers, Garcia

Monday, April 20, 2009 at 1:19am

Google-dy eyes

Lately Rex has been a bit under the weather due to the fact that Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind whether she wants it to be Spring or Fall like conditions. Seriously, Rex hasn’t seen this level of indecision since Marsha Blackburn was asked to pick a presidential candidate.

So what has Rex been up too? Playing with Google, and guess what he found?

Type in “John Summers Nashville” and the first thing that comes up about the polarizing former Metro Councilman is a listing for “John Summers and Associates.” When you click on the link, you are taken to the Metro Council Web site of current Metro Councilman Jason Holleman. Some have claimed that the two are one and the same, could this be the proof?

Richard Riebeling, Metro’s director of finance, has a strong bio detailing his years of experience in public finance. But somehow since the flap unveiled by the New York Times over municipal bonds between investment group Morgan Keegan and a number of Tennessee cities, his Metro bio now omits that he was once a vice president at the firm.

It was there a couple of months ago, but no worries. Type in “Rich Riebeling Morgan Keegan” and you will find the press release from Metro when he was hired that has it in there.

Former Metro Schools honcho Pedro Garcia now calls the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California home. That listing is No. 2 on Google’s search right under an article called “Garcia: Stopping Sex…”

His USC bio features a photo where he appears to be channeling his inner Johnny Cash and touts his accomplishment of being the second longest serving schools superintendent in the history of the district. There is no mention of him getting run out of town on a rail for some reason.

Board of Education member Karen Johnson still refuses to acknowledge to the press that she is a candidate for Juvenile Court Clerk. No matter how the question is asked, the answer is ‘no comment.’ Well, no matter because on Johnson’s MySpace page, which says she is 100 years old by the way, she has a prominently displayed banner ad touting her as a candidate for the job in 2010.

Funny, she won’t tell the press that she is running but is not afraid to advertise on the Web site of choice for the likes of Louis J. Levine and Dateline: To Catch a Predator types.

Johnson’s opponent in that race is current Juvenile Court Clerk Vic Lineweaver, among others. The quickest way to read up on him is typing the words “Elected bathrobe” into Google and the famous WSMV story that caught him with his pants down comes up.

‘To the moon Alice…to the moon!’

Mayor Karl Dean will give his State of Metro address on Thursday at the new bus routing station Music City Central… or will he?

Dean’s administration missed the filing deadline for the formal legislation approving the State of Metro address. That means Metro Council will consider the legislation as a late-filed resolution at its meeting tomorrow.

So in order for the legislation to actually be read, there can be no objections among the 40 Metro Council members. A single objection defers the legislation to the next meeting and ruins the State of Metro plans by the administration.

Has Dean angered Metro Council members enough that one, or more, would object and defer State of Metro plans?

Two Council members occasionally at odds with Dean’s administration have said they won’t object, Rex hears, but two others admitted it is tempting. The Dean administration has developed the habit, they say, of not following procedure.

Some Council members have been chastised for not filing their legislation on time — will the same rule apply to the administration? Either way, somebody better make sure that Ralph Kramden gets the memo when it does happen so as not to drive a bus into the middle of hizzoner’s speech.

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2 Comments on this post:

By: HokeyPokey on 4/20/09 at 5:40

I'm sure Rex is very proud of his web-sleuthing skills, but one might be forgiven for thinking that the stuffiness in his Nose has extended well up and back.

With all due respect, “John Summers Nashville” is a specific, limited search when the quote marks are included. When so executed, the results are totally unlike those Rex found under his very Nose.

On the other hand, if the search was conducted with the string John Summers Nashville, the results are quite different, and quite likely conform to Rex' observations.

This humble reader would submit that Rex will find using the Google Machine for researching less troublesome if he would consult with a reference librarian at one of our fine local libraries. From the librarian, Rex can learn how to properly construct a search string. Then he can find other, more colorful ways to malign CM Holleman.

By: HokeyPokey on 4/21/09 at 6:28

Oh, and Rex, I know you don't understand computers but, Shirley, somebody there at the Wide Wide World of Newspapers does and can fix your email account.

You probably just think nobody's writing because they don't think you're worth the time and trouble.