Nov 16 2019
06:55 am

Why do Republicans in Congress continue to protect the madman in the White House? He is not their party leader. He is a party of one. There is no conservative Republican party any more. There is only Trump.

The only plausible explanation for this lock-step support is that they are afraid of Trump. Or more specifically, his voters. They're afraid those voters will punish them at the polls if they do anything to oppose him.

Instead, they should consider this a "teachable moment" for their constituents. They should go back to their states and districts and explain that this is not normative or acceptable governance. They should educate their voters on why extraordinary measures are needed to correct it, and act accordingly. As the old saying goes, when you find yourself in a hole stop digging.

On the other hand, they are certainly entitled, indeed welcome, to continue down the path of their own party's destruction. They will not, however, like the outcome in November 2020.

Nov 15 2019
11:39 pm

Holmes said Sondland had responded that Trump cares only about "big stuff." When Holmes said that the Ukraine war was big, Sondland responded, " 'Big stuff' that benefits the President, like the Biden investigation that Mr. Giuliani was pushing," Holmes said.

Witness overheard US ambassador tell Trump that Ukraine would investigate Biden

Jean Knight - Mr big stuff

Nov 15 2019
05:01 pm

REPORT: “TN officials failed to distribute $214 million+ in federal CHILD CARE FUNDS to low & middle-income TN parents since 2015.”

With $730M in TANF funds, that’s ~$1 BILLION this TN GOP supermajority has kept from our most vulnerable. @GovBillLee

— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 15, 2019


Raise your hand if you still think Medicaid block grants are a good idea.

Nov 15 2019
02:59 pm
By: bizgrrl


Nov 13 2019
11:03 am

It begins.

Live on C-SPAN

The officers spoke to Michael Pelletier, who is the Chief Operating Officer for TrueCore, which operates the facility. The officer noted that Pelletier was filling in for the facility's director, who had walked off and quit a few days earlier.

It took 24 officers to contain inmates at Mountain View facility in incident 1st reported as medical call

TrueCore Behavioral

Nov 12 2019
07:34 am
By: bizgrrl

Our first snow is 3 weeks earlier than last year. Looks like about an inch. Will it be gone by noon?

Nov 12 2019
06:43 am

Voice prompted phone systems are driving me crazy. It's bad enough when you call a company that you have to go through the automated systems to get the help you need. But, now, instead of pressing a number for what services you need, the phone systems want you to speak your response. Not a number but a word or sentence. I'm pretty sure they don't have the nuances of different dialects. Thus you have to repeat yourself often to get the desired result.

Also, I love it when they start out saying the options have changed. Then they go into options for their address, directions, or website information. This takes up my time to actually get to the service person I need.

My call is very important to them? Really?

Nov 11 2019
08:53 am
By: R. Neal
Nov 8 2019
08:09 pm
By: michael kaplan
Nov 8 2019
06:41 am

Ghost is developing a kit that will allow privately owned passenger vehicles to drive autonomously on highways. And the company says it will deliver in 2020. A price has not been set, but the company says it will be less than what Tesla charges for its Autopilot package that includes “full self-driving” or FSD. FSD currently costs $7,000.
The kit will let human drivers hand control of their vehicle over to a computer, allowing them to do other activities such as look at their phone or even doze off.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could potentially step in, Ghost’s approach, like Tesla, hits a sweet spot of non-regulation. It’s a space, that Hayes notes, where the government has not yet chosen to regulate.

What could possibly go wrong? Heh.

Nov 8 2019
06:29 am


Marsha, Marsha, Marsha... Do you hate us so much you have to lie and take away needed services?

What: ETSPJ: Evening with Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute
When: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
Where: East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay St.

The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Front Page Foundation are hosting a talk with Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty Member at The Poynter Institute, who will discuss journalism and social media, how to identify fake news, who is spreading it, how, and why.

Tompkins has conducted workshops in newsrooms across the United Stated and in numerous other countries drawing from his experiences as a former reporter, producer, anchor, and photojournalist for broadcast and online news. He has won numerous awards for his journalistic work including the National Emmy, the Peabody Award (group award), and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

The event is free and open to the public.

What: All the President's Men screening and Compass/ETSPJ panel discussion
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 11:45am
Where: Central Cinema, 1205 N. Central

Compass and the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are hosting a special screening of the 1976 film All the President's Men, Saturday, Nov. 9, at Central Cinema, 1205 N. Central St.

The 7 p.m. screening Saturday will be preceded by a 6 p.m. panel discussion on the significance of the film and the state of journalism then and now. The panel will include Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute; Catherine Luther, director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at UT Knoxville; John North, senior investigative journalist at WBIR; and Scott Barker and Jesse Mayshark of Compass.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Tickets for the film screening will be available at the Central Cinema box office. You can find ticket information at Central Cinema's website.

Nov 7 2019
09:20 am

... the Social Security Administration also announced that the amount of income subject to SSA taxes will be increased to $137,700. This is a 3.6% increase from the $132,900 of income... in 2019."

The cost of living adjustment for Social Security will be 1.6% in 2020. This is 43% percent less than the cost-of-living increase of 2.8% that was received this year, 2019.

However, the cost of living adjustment has been even less in the near past.

Historical cost of living adjustments: 2.0 in 2017, 0.3 in 2016, 0.0 in 2015.

"The average retiree will receive a bump of $24 to their average monthly Social Security benefits."

... the trustees for Medicare projected the standard monthly premium in 2020 for Medicare Part B, which would increase by $8.80 per month from $135.50 to $144.30 per person. This alone would eat more than a third of the 2020 Social Security cost of living increase."

Nov 5 2019
08:28 pm
By: R. Neal

Follow here...

Absentee/Early vote:

Kincannon: 48.76%
Mannis: 51.24%

Update: with 14 precincts reporting, Kincannon has taken a five point lead and Mannis has conceded.

It found the states’ decision over Medicaid expansion has had a cumulative impact on mortality among older adults, leading to 19,200 fewer deaths in Medicaid expansion states from 2014 to 2017, while states that decided against expansion “likely resulted in 15,600 additional deaths” that could have been avoided.


Nov 5 2019
07:19 am
By: R. Neal

Polls are open from 8AM to 8PM. Info here...

Nov 4 2019
01:05 pm

Mann Packing Co., Inc. (Salinas, CA) announced today the voluntary recall of a series of vegetable products sold to select retailers in the United States and Canada. The voluntary recall is a response to a notification by the Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, public health officials have not reported any illness associated with these products.

The fresh vegetables are packed under various brands, e.g. Del Monte, Kroger, HEB, Mann's, Marketside, O Organics, Signature Farms, Sysco, Trader Joes.


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