Weekly Obsession: Fireworks post-Fourth of July

Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:05pm

Not to say the minutiae of Metro’s home-based business law doesn’t get people fired up, but heading into the July 5 meeting of the Metro Council, there was little reason to expect post-Independence Day fireworks.

But tucked into the list of memorializing resolutions, outgoing District 5 Councilman Jamie Hollin sought to honor the Nashville high school students who took a stand against the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

When Councilman Phil Claiborne and Councilman-Slash-State-Rep. Jim Gotto objected to a suspension of the rules to introduce the honor, Hollin, to put it mildly, became upset.

The drawling, tobacco-chewing Young Turk let loose a profanity-laced tirade, cannonading Claiborne and Gotto with obscenities.

Hollin, as anyone who has spoken with him in any semi-non-official format can attest, sometimes plays it a bit blue.

“If you know me, you know I have a horrible and awful habit of using cuss words. I regret that I do, but sometimes that’s the type of language necessary to convey a point,” he blogged the night of the incident.

The latter parts of the debate were caught on camera in the subterranean recesses of the courthouse parking lot by an enterprising Tennessean intern — who, in a credit to his vocation, refused a request by Councilman Michael Craddock to cut the tape. 

Hollin — chewing tobacco tucked into his lower lip and wearing blue jeans — shouts into the face of Slash Gotto, reminding him of the times he stood up for him and loudly questioning the double-office-holder’s motivation.

With Hollin not seeking re-election and with no chance to keep the honoring resolution on the agenda before his term is up, the objected-to suspension of the rules was Hollin’s only chance to recognize the students’ civic engagement.

Even in the light of morning, as the story spread far and wide, Hollin wouldn’t back down, making no apologies for standing up for his principles. And for the students.

Interestingly, these types of resolutions are usually lost to the mists of memory — perhaps those so honored frame the official copy, but many likely end up in desk drawers forgotten.

But there’s little chance this one — one unlikely to pass — will meet the same fate. 

9 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 7/11/11 at 4:37

So, a little man loses out on a little resolution and shows little class in doing so.
Where's the beef in continuing this story?

By: bruingeek on 7/11/11 at 5:47

Milk-toast journalism...a regugitated story with nothing substantive to add.

By: budlight on 7/11/11 at 5:59

If you know me, you know I have a horrible and awful habit of using cuss words. I regret that I do, but sometimes that’s the type of language necessary to convey a point,” he blogged the night of the incident.

And Hollin, if you know most people (and I doubt you do), then you know that profanity and yelling normally shut ears and minds. When I hear the first profane word, I stop listening to anything after that and I erase what came before it.

Swearing is a sign of ignorance. Intelligent people can always find a better way to get their point across. Swearing is also a sign of disrespect towards the listener whether it be one other person or an entire audience of people.

Hollin, haven't you heard that "chaw-bacca" is a cancer causing drug? It causes mouth, tongue, throat and other cancers? I am amazed that anyone takes you seriously when you have a wad in your mouth. I hope you don't get re-elected based on your life-style habits alone. Humana would not hire you and would drug test you and fire you if you worked for them.

By: Moonglow1 on 7/11/11 at 6:51

Moonglow1: Wow. How ignorant is Hollin? He obviously personifies the extreme right wing Tea interests in this state. A religious nut who swears. So uncouth. However representative of all others. The difference is Marsha Blackburn, Haslam, Harwell and others don't chew snuff but their extreme Tea agenda is all the same. Also so hypocritical: swear, cuss? How is that God Like.

By: SirKnight on 7/11/11 at 7:50

@Moonglow, very funny!!! Last week, he was characterized as a part of the majority of 'progressive' and 'intellectual' Nashvillians who sometimes have to fight for forward-thinking political actions. Today, you've pigeon-holed him as a right wing ultra-conservative, dumbass, chewing tobacco freak.

Does anyone really know?......much less, care??

By: govskeptic on 7/11/11 at 9:14

For Moonglow: :

You are so left wing in all your posting everyday, and to come in here and talk about
Hollins being a Tea Party right winger shows how little you care for the intelligence
of this audience to buy such a "stupid group of comments"! Then you attempt to
tie this nut to religion out of no where. The only glow shining thus far today is one
of stupidity and BS!

By: nash615 on 7/11/11 at 9:25

Some comforting facts about the City Paper online:

- you can tell by headline alone when the rednecks will come out to fill the comment threads with deluded self-congratulating right-wing circle-jerking

- and it doesn't take a bookie to get good odds on the 4 or 5 names attached to those dedicated commentors

- and by headline alone you can tell those stories refreshingly devoid of retard pontification: just sniff out the topics which require any intellectual, scientific, or cultural background or awareness to understand or appreciate

To cop a meme from another Nashville rag: "You're so Nashville if ... you have to spend 7 days a week convincing peopl on the Internet that what you say that the 'majority' believes is even remotely true."

Have a good morning guys!

By: SirKnight on 7/11/11 at 12:41

@nash615, can you elaborate? I don't even understand what you are saying.

Here's the headline: "Weekly Obsession: Fireworks post-Fourth of July".


By: Nitzche on 7/13/11 at 7:29

Let Hollin leave down that Hershey highway he loves soooooo much