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Jan 29 2012
09:19 pm

Rumor has it a downtown restaurant kicked Stacey X out tonight. His business was not wanted. Sorry to act all Drudge aboutt it, but waiting verification.

UPDATE: Confirmed.

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Hildegard's picture

If this is true and I find

If this is true and I find out which restaurant, I will make a point of going there three times in the next two weeks.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Heh.

They all have those signs on their doors asserting their right to refuse service to anyone, but they don't often exercise the right.

Maybe it's the start of a mooovement?

redmondkr's picture

This is almost too good to be

This is almost too good to be true. If it is, look for a new barrage of lunatic activity in Nashville.

Hildegard's picture

Bistro at Bijou admits it's

Bistro at Bijou admits it's them. I have lunch there twice a week as it is, and my husband and I had dinner there Friday night (he's French, and it's the only authentic bistro in town, so we eat there often).

This calls for a Bistro-a-thon.

metulj's picture

It's intolerant to be

It's intolerant to be intolerant of intolerance!

Pam Strickland's picture

I don't eat there often, but

I don't eat there often, but I'm going to make a point of getting there soon.

redmondkr's picture

Never been there but I've a

Never been there but I've a feeling I looooove their cuisine.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Well, Kenny and I have a lunchdate tomorrow, but seeing as how we don't get out much we're unsure how to accessorize...

jmcnair's picture

Let me advise *against*

Mary the prez's picture

Campfield's hate and ignorance have gone too far

First, KNS allowed this doofus to talk about how folks get infected with HIV/AIDS as if he were some kind of medical expert/of 50 years ago...then used his twisted logic to somehow defend his "Don't Say Gay" travesty...even though 3 young teens have killed themselves rather than live in a world where others judge them, bully, harrass, and assault them for being WHO they are.
And to make this bended logic worse, KNS did not provide any medical information with facts and truth to explain the disease of HIV/AIDS at all. And if you all missed it, he implies that very rarely does anyone 'catch' AIDS from hetrosexual sex. He has gone too far. The stupid who think he is some kind of 'moral god' will tend to believe his bull.
How does he explain all the females who contract the disease? All the babies born with HIV/AIDS. I insisted that KNS provide FACTS and medical truth. And he should be censured in Nashville. He has endangered young people by forbiding them receiving ADEQUATE, ACCURATE facts about sexuality.
Why does he continue to hate the LGBT community? And women and girls who need advice, protection from men who insist on having unprotected sex? He is NOT cute or funny. This time his juvenile sarcasm has gone too far.

Hildegard's picture

KNS allowed? I'm not

KNS allowed? I'm not defending Stacey X - I have applauded the Bistro's action here and elsewhere - but KNS *should* publish the stated philosophy or crazy rhetoric of any public official in the State (or nation, or anywhere, but esp in Tennessee). Even if, and especially if, it's offensive to anyone.

jmcnair's picture

I suspect MtP is suggesting

I suspect MtP is suggesting there should have been some facts presented along with the rant. Clearly they should print his crazy, but obsolete and incorrect information should be put in the context of, well, reality.

Andy Axel's picture

Looking at his blog to see if

Looking at his blog to see if he'd formulated a claim to his own victimhood, I see that he posted a "defense" of his earlier proclamations of stupidity today from an AIDS denialist website.

(And what's he doing at the Bistro anyway? I didn't figure he'd be hanging anywhere that had goat cheese on the menu.)

Hildegard's picture

Today's specials were fried

Today's specials were fried chicken, and fried chicken livers with three sides. It's a bistro - the menu is both unpretentious and sophisticated, mostly Southern fare, for the most part. But my salad had goat cheese in it:-)

Rachel's picture

I was going there for lunch

I was going there for lunch tomorrow anyway. Now it may be too crowded.

Alas, I fear that Stacey will only use this for his own purposes - poor me, the honest conservative that those mean old liberals are so intolerant of.

BTW, I realize that last sentence contains terrible grammar. There's a reason for that....

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Occupy GAY Street???

F-Stop's picture

High five Bistro...

High five Bistro...

R. Neal's picture

A shocking example of

A shocking example of discrimination against redheaded ignoramuses.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

KNS Poll:

"Does Stacey Campfield represent your views in the state Senate on the origins of AIDS and the low risk to heterosexuals of contracting AIDS?"

Not exactly how I would have phrased the poll question, but nevertheless 88% thus far answer "no."

R. Neal's picture

Tamara, can you fix the link?

Tamara, the link is broken.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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It's been a busy morning, Randy, so I just now caught your post.

The link to that KNS poll is here, but if that doesn't work, look for the poll in the body of the January 27 story now carrying 500-ish comments.

gonzone's picture

The Bistro - Good food and

The Bistro - Good food and good sense.

cwg's picture

Martha Boggs

Too busy making soup to care about all the publicity:

(link...)

R. Neal's picture

Going viral

rocketsquirrel's picture

Commenters at dailyKos are on

Commenters at dailyKos are on board with national help to unseat Campfield. Time to form a SuperPAC?

Bbeanster's picture

Getting DK involved would

Getting DK involved would make Stacey extremely happy.

The only way he's going to be beaten is in a republican primary.

rocketsquirrel's picture

you're probably right. red

you're probably right. red meat for the haters. But could be a flood of money.

Rachel's picture

The only way he's going to be

The only way he's going to be beaten is in a republican primary.

True dat.

fischbobber's picture

Padgett

The guy proved in the last election he could sling it. I had lengthy conversations with the last two Democrats to run against Campfield but both were not only naive, but somewhat out of touch and condescending towards a "this is what it's going to take to win" attitude. Campfield is a brutal campaigner who can charm your pants off one on one and make his opponents say uncle by instinctively saying what his audience wants to hear in a public forum. The dude has no soul.

Padgett proved he has no problem with this type of campaigning. It's what it will take to unseat Campfield. You can't wrestle a pig if you're afraid of rolling around in the mud.

R. Neal's picture

Think Progress

R. Neal's picture

Truth Winds Out (Note to

Truth Winds Out

(Note to editor: Knoxville, not Nashville.)

R. Neal's picture

Knoxville News Sentinel

R. Neal's picture

Huffington Post

redmondkr's picture

Tamara and I ran into a

Tamara and I ran into a videographer from WBIR. He says our remarks will will be aired today at five.

We were surprised to see so few there. The lunch was great, by the way.

Hildegard's picture

Really? When I went they had

Really? When I went they had to seat me upstairs. The place was packed. Loved the symbolism of seeing a Tennessee Supreme Court justice and several appellate judges lunching together.

Bbeanster's picture

LVG and I had lunch there

LVG and I had lunch there early. We sat next to a table full of Tennessee Supreme Court judges. The joint was packed.

redmondkr's picture

My expectations were probably

My expectations were probably just too high. I expected a line down the sidewalk and around the corner. We were seated upstairs too.

metulj's picture

Martha will be on Signorile's

Martha will be on Signorile's this afternoon (maybe even right now).

gonzone's picture

Reddit

From the ThinkProgress link on Reddit.

Here's an interesting tidbit someone posted there:

[–]ccameron 4 points 29 minutes ago

Btw Stacy Campfield answers text messages. I used to text him all the time. I've even had long text conversations with him. Haven't done it in a few months but assuming that he hasn't changed his number: **********. Enjoy.

(link...)

Somebody's picture

I'm no fan of Campfield, but

I'm no fan of Campfield, but I think handing out a person's cell number on a blog is uncool. Cretin or no, that just invites harassment, which is not constructive.

* I see it's been lined out above. Good.

michael kaplan's picture

it's campfield's behavior

it's campfield's behavior that's uncool. changing one's cell phone number can be done in an instant, but the kind of harassment campfield's policies invite can't be quickly or easily undone.

gonzone's picture

After Randy had overwritten

After Randy had overwritten the number and Somebody expressed concerns I felt a little guilty for posting that. I hadn't considered the possible ethical ramifications to be honest.

Then I found out that Stacey actually posts this information and more right on his own web site. So he really does want this type of interaction and I am vindicated. Whew! Now I don't feel so guilty.

michael kaplan's picture

all elected officials have

all elected officials have ways for the public to contact them. i assumed the phone number campfield posts for text-messaging is not his personal phone, but one by which his constituents can contact him, like an office phone number or email address. so i'm not sure why you felt guilty in the first place ...

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Public Censure and Call for Resignation

You know, this is truly pretty serious.

Here's the thing: Not only did he fail to apologize for his very public mistake on that radio show, he didn't direct listeners to the Knox County Health Department's "damage control" press release over the weekend, either.

And not only that but the written record of events clearly demonstrates that he continued, all weekend long, to produce outrageous posts at his blog, linking to authorities like "Cecil Adams, World's Smartest Human" to refute the Knox County Health Department!

This morning, he's smugly posted to his own blog the KNS story about being banned from a Knoxville restaurant (in his own district?).

Maybe civility requires us to forgive him yet again for his asinine remarks in that radio show, BUT it doesn't require us to forgive him for failing to issue a public apology, failing to direct onlookers to authoritative information once he was most certainly made aware of it, continuing all weekend to exacerbate an already tragic situation with his successive idiotic blog posts, and apparently taking great pleasure at being banned from local businesses.

AIDS KILLS PEOPLE, AIDS KILLS PEOPLE, AIDS KILLS PEOPLE.

So this time, it's crucial that Stacey Campfield's peers in the Tennessee Senate respond to this incident with their censure of him, their call for his resignation, or both.

By anybody's code, he's crossed a line a Tennessee Senator should not be allowed to cross without consequences.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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AIDS KILLS PEOPLE, AIDS KILLS PEOPLE, AIDS KILLS PEOPLE.

And, if they don't cut it out, that was essentially the "soundbite" I gave WBIR: "When ignorance kills, we have a responsibility to fight ignorance."

agrarianurbanite's picture

petition

MoveOn/SignOn has a petition circulating that states:

To be delivered to: The Tennessee State House, The Tennessee State Senate, and Governor Bill Haslam
Say no to Tennessee's "license to bully" bill.

The Tennessee GOP has continued their assault on gay rights with the "license to bully" bill. If passed, the Tennessee "license to bully" bill would allow students to justify bullying their gay peers by pointing to a political or religious conviction.

This comes on the heels of Republican efforts to pass the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill in Tennessee, which would prevent public elementary and middle schools from teaching or distributing material on human sexuality that deals with homosexuality.

Tennessee has seen the heartbreaking story of Jacob Rogers, a young man who took his own life due to being bullied for being gay. We need to provide more support for gay teens, not turn our backs on them.

Needs 30,000 signatures and has 26,223

Andy Axel's picture

He responded on his blog,

He responded on his blog, wherein he still maintains that the CDC (and an article from an AIDS-denialist website) supports his conclusion, i.e. that heterosexual contact does not transmit HIV, and the phenomenon of heterosexual AIDS is more conspiracy than fact.

And, of course, that it's intolerant not to be tolerant of intolerance.

Campfield: While the use of this line about the relative improbability of catching AIDS makes an excuse to legitimize riding bareback, this isn't a difference of opinion that people are calling you on. It's a set of gross distortions of fact on your part.

Even if it was but a passing inconvenience for you, you were refused service not because people merely disagree with you . It's because you're a liar and you abuse your office in perpetuating those lies.

R. Neal's picture

It's because you're a liar

It's because you're a liar and you abuse your office in perpetuating those lies.

And in a dangerous and irresponsible way. Maybe legislators should include in their oath of office: "First, do no harm."

rikki's picture

I heard Campfield on Hubert

I heard Campfield on Hubert Smith's show this weekend, and one the things he is doing is subtle. He has changed his tune from "It's virtually impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex" to "It's virtually impossible for a man to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex." The likely sexual transmission pathway, of course, is from an infected man to his sex partner.

So what Campfield is doing here is placing his personal reputation ahead of the public good. It is dangerous to spread false medical information, particularly regarding lethal diseases, and a public servant would seize this opportunity to clarify the real risks -- the risk to women, the non-sexual risks, etc. -- and to apologize for his inaccurate statement. Instead, it is more important to Campfield to pretend he was right all along.

Really, the way he has chosen to handle this is more reprehensible than his initial remarks. As Martha Boggs said, he has gone from stupid to dangerous. It's his reaction that should be censured by his colleagues and his party even more so than the initial bigoted, misinformed statements.

Andy Axel's picture

He's still digging this hole

He's still digging this hole deeper.

“A lot of people trying to gloss over and say it’s an every person disease but really it’s just those high risk people that are most likely to contract or spread that disease. The odds of a regular man getting it from a regular woman are very low,” he said.

We asked, “What do you mean by ‘regular?’”

He said, “someone who is not from Africa, someone who is not a homosexual, someone who is not an IV drug user, someone who is not sleeping with someone who is one of those things.”

Because, as we all know, Africans, gays, and addicts just aren't "regular."

rikki's picture

Having listened to Phil

Having listened to Phil Williams dismantle Campfield this afternoon, I can now say I was giving Stacey far too much credit thinking he had made a subtle attempt to steer his misinformation closer to the truth. He is not differentiating between men and women. He doesn't understand that he is putting people at risk.

Listening to him makes me wonder whether he has the maturity to empathize with others. He seems incapable of recognizing how his statements might sound to gays, blacks, women, etc. That could explain his legislative priorities and why he is always coming to the defense of deadbeat dads.

Rachel's picture

He seems incapable of

He seems incapable of recognizing how his statements might sound to gays, blacks, women, etc.

Nah, he understands. He just doesn't care.

reform4's picture

Phil just went up three notches in my book today.

It's worth a listen. Especially the wrestling intro.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Really, the way he has chosen to handle this is more reprehensible than his initial remarks. As Martha Boggs said, he has gone from stupid to dangerous. It's his reaction that should be censured by his colleagues and his party even more so than the initial bigoted, misinformed statements.

Absolutely, Rikki, and that's just what I was saying here:

Maybe civility requires us to forgive him yet again for his asinine remarks in that radio show, BUT it doesn't require us to forgive him for failing to issue a public apology, failing to direct onlookers to authoritative information once he was most certainly made aware of it, continuing all weekend to exacerbate an already tragic situation with his successive idiotic blog posts, and apparently taking great pleasure at being banned from local businesses.

AIDS is a "lethal disease," so his continuing campaign of disinformation these last couple of days is one I really do think deserves the senate's censure.

If we want to accomplish that, though, we need to welcome indignant Republicans into the fold. My own husband is one of them--he threw down the newspaper and announced disgustedly that he was going to run against "the idiot" himself (he's not).

Any real efforts toward this goal of censure should be sensitive to the need many Republicans feel, I think, to distance themselves from this carnival freak.

I'll bet Ron Ledbetter would lead such a charge? Good for him, good for his party?

Min's picture

It's the stray cat principle.

If she starts feeding him, he'll never go away.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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You complimenting my cookin' Min?

Why, thanks!

:-)

metulj's picture

I've been enjoying the

I've been enjoying the incredibly poor reasoning skills out and about on the intarwebs concerning this matter. False equivalencies have been tripping over false parallels down slippery slopes* after being pushed by non sequiturs and special pleadings.

*Easily the most pernicious form of faulty reasoning in the world because the illogical proposition sounds oh so good.

Hildegard's picture

All you have to say is,

All you have to say is, "Would she have been wrong to deny Fred Phelps service in her restaurant?" for some tongue tripping. You'll get, well, yeah, if they were willing to leave their, "Fags burn in hell" posters outside.

reform4's picture

His Twitter Account

Just got suspended. He was adding as follower to anyone tweeting about him.

cwg's picture

Nope

Stacey's (very unused) Twitter account is @votestacey. A fake account, @staceycampfield, started last week and was suspended quite quickly.

Bbeanster's picture

Padgett's a non-starter

Sometimes a candidate can lose a race and leave people talking about how well they did (e.g. Madeline Rogero 2003). They are then considered up-and-comers and courted every time there's a vacancy, or when somebody needs beating.
This didn't happen with Padgett. Democrats, for the most part, weren't buying what he was selling, and (from what I hear) Republicans who spent a lot of money financing a campaign that had no chance to win aren't too happy either.
Besides, the job pays about $40G max when per diem, home office allowance, mileage, etc. are figured in. Padgett's probably not willing to start that low on the food chain.
And driving back and forth, to and from Nashville on a weekly basis is a drag, too, especially for a father of two very small children.

fischbobber's picture

Up and Comers

I don't think we'll get one to go up against Campfield. It's suicide. I've crossed in the primary to vote for Ledbetter before, it didn't work then and I don't see him winning in the future.

I went door to door for Randy Walker and was amazed at the loyalty of Campfield supporters. The story usually went, "Yeah, I know he did that but he did this or that for me or my friends. He's not really like what they say he is." It was creepy.

Forty grand a year is not bad for a part time job though. If Padgett doesn't step up, maybe I'll do it.

Rachel's picture

Sometimes a candidate can

Sometimes a candidate can lose a race and leave people talking about how well they did (e.g. Madeline Rogero 2003). They are then considered up-and-comers and courted every time there's a vacancy, or when somebody needs beating.
This didn't happen with Padgett.

It could have, tho. It was the way he ran his campaign between the primary and the general, only to lose by 19 pts., that did him in.

R. Neal's picture

By way of the Blab

Phil Williams (!) tears Stacey a new one, and Stacey takes the crazy up a notch.

(link...)

Andy Axel's picture

"You like 'rasslin, don't

"You like 'rasslin, don't you?"

[stunned][a beat before] "Where are you going with this..."

Dude is even an in-joke amongst his supporters.

Somebody's picture

Campfield being rejected by a

Campfield being rejected by a right-wing bubba like Williams might suggest a softening of the Senator's typical base of support, which is an encouraging development.

Nonetheless, I don't think Williams really 'tore Stacey a new one.' For instance, when Campfield was trying to make some sort of point about not creating a new "protected class," Williams wasn't listening and kept insisting that he was talking about a classroom of students being taught about gayness. You can't successfully win an argument with someone when you obviously don't pay enough attention to understand what that person is saying.

While it's apparent that immediately prior to this clip, Williams had been provided with some authoritative information by the Health Department director (which is good), he didn't otherwise do any homework to prep for the interview. He simply took a position and ridiculed a bufoon. A true point-by-point take-down would have been a more convincing 'tearing of a new one.' I think everyone is cheering this on more out of surprise at the position Williams took than any evidence that it was a cogent rebuttal of Campfield's position. The information is easily accessible to make that rebuttal, but I didn't hear Phil Williams make it.

In fact, this interview was sloppy enough that Campfield and whatever supporters he still has can listen to the identical clip and point at it as Williams being part of the "Mainstream Media," who come at this with an agenda but few facts.

This was just more "us versus them" with added shock factor for who's on the "us" side this time.

Rachel's picture

Meantime, I wonder if Stacey

Meantime, I wonder if Stacey knows about this great opportunity....

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