Mon
Jan 26 2015
05:58 am

From Philadelphia to New York City to Maine, they are bracing for a potentially historic blizzard that forecasters say could dump up to 3 feet of snow on the region and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people

"My message to New Yorkers is to prepare for something worse than we have seen before," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Alternate side of the street parking was canceled.:)

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Sun
Jan 25 2015
04:10 pm

The crowd was small at Saturday's annual legislative luncheon put on by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.

The News Sentinel had a small story that focused on the FOI, which is their want, but missed, in my opinion, what were the two biggest news pieces to come out of the event.

Their reporter, a fellow by the name of Jay Miller, who I'm not familiar with, did mention Richard Briggs statement that he doesn't believe the state should direct what doctors say to patients in any circumstances, including abortions. But the reporter failed to put it into context. I did that in a blog post here.

There was also absolutely no mention about Insure Tennessee about which the General Assembly is going into special session to debate on Feb. 2. Only one of the 10 lawmakers in attendance was unabashedly in support of it. But even those who weren't standing up waving flags for it, were still praising Gov. Bill Haslam for doing something. Some interesting things were said, as I relayed here.

KNS is likely to have more on the luncheon as the week unfolds. They had two columnists in attendance. And there were other matters that were interesting. My guess is that I can already tell you want Mark Harmon and Georgiana Vines will be writing about this week. But I won't spoil your reading. Although if I have some time tomorrow, I might throw out another blog post myself.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015
04:55 pm

Knox County Tennessee
v.
Charles Michael Lowe; Delbert E. Morgan; Ray M. Mubarak; Tennessee Residential Services a partnership; Tennessee Real Estate Services a partnership

Employment and fraudulent salary and benefits. Defendants are awaiting trial in criminal court for collecting salaries and benefits they had not earned. Not less than $2,500 and not more than $10,000, trebled, for each false claim.

1/21/2015 188908-3

Related:

Criminal charges...

Motion for change of venue, inflammatory media coverage...

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Fri
Jan 23 2015
11:51 am
By: Pam Strickland  shortURL

Josh Flory has announced on his twitter feed that his last day with the Sentinel will be Feb. 6. He'll be joining commercial real estate firm NAI on Feb. 9.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015
09:28 pm
By: Doug Veum  shortURL

What: Democratic TV
When: Friday, Jan 23 @ 7:30PM
Where: Knoxville Community TV Channel
Guest: Representative Joe Armstrong
Topic: Insure Tennessee, local political news
Host: Bill Owen

Democratic TV can be seen live streaming on (link...) or on cable channels:

Charter: channel 6
Comcast: channel 12
Wow: channel 6
ATT U-verse: channel 99

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Thu
Jan 22 2015
09:09 pm

I put together some information about where things stand regarding abortion in Tennessee on the 42 anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A bit of a round up before the session gets rolling.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015
08:51 pm

One way to grow your business is to come up with a new product.

The other (and easier) is to execute better than your competitors. For 12+ years I've selected Dell systems for my projects and my personal PCs/laptops. Name brand, brand recognition and all that.

Dell used to have a reputation for quality and good support. Apparently, over the years, selling out to Wall Street has totally messed that up. We recently purchased a laptop for a new employee, and the "mouse button" in the lower right is sticking and inoperative.

So, after calling up support and going through the require 75-minute diagnostic (that Dell admits doesn't even test the mouse or trackpad), and determining it's not a software problem, their solution was to ship it back to them, they would have it about three weeks, and they would probably wipe the hard drive in the process. Because a button is sticking.

Let that sink in for a second.

Continued...

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Thu
Jan 22 2015
12:43 pm

If you haven't been following coverage of the first of two rape trials of former Vanderbilt football players by The Tennesseans, you need to. Especially interesting is the twitter feed by reporter Tony Gonzalez from the courtroom. It's gruesome and horrible, and you'll want to scream at the audacity of the defense attorneys, but it's important.

The trial is in it's second week. The victim was on the stand today. It's a good thing I don't live in Nashville because I would have been at that courthouse giving that defense attorney a piece of my mind before it was over. It read like a bad parody. No indication yet as to when the prosecution will rest or if the young men will testify. Only two are being tried this time around. The trials have been separated. The others will be tried later.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015
08:33 pm

This is the largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, the High-Definition (69,536 x 22,230 pixel) Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Gigapixels of Andromeda (You Tube video)

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Tue
Jan 20 2015
05:41 pm

Does Neyland stadium use LED lighting?

Looks like Mariners do a lot a lot of sustainability like things.

from Channel 5 in Seattle ...

The Seattle Mariners will announce tomorrow that Safeco Field will become Major League Baseball's (MLB) first LED lit field.

Hwang said going LED will cut the Mariners' lighting costs by 60 percent and says, under the team's current level of light usage, the LED bulbs can last 50 years or longer.

Mariners make MLB history as first LED lit field

Seattle Mariners sustainability

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Tue
Jan 20 2015
01:08 pm

Come on down to Big Fatty's Restaurant, 5005 Kingston Pike TONITE, at 800pm, to watch #POTUS give 'em Hell! Good people, good food and great PBR drafts!

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Tue
Jan 20 2015
09:54 am

The IRS now requires reporting of ACA Premium Tax Credits and Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) for health insurance on the IRS 1040.

Page 2 of the 1040 form includes three new line items for ACA.

The Tax and Credits section now includes a line item (46) for Excess advance premium tax credit repayment. In addition, the Payments section now includes a line item (69) for Net premium tax credit.

The Excess advance premium tax credit repayment and the Net premium tax credit lines requires Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC). This is for people enrolled in a health plan offered through the ACA Marketplace.

Form 8962 (PTC) requires a 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The 1095-A should be received by Marketplace participants by January 31, 2015.

If a participant/filer Advanced Payments of the Premium Tax Credits (APTC) is more than the calculated PTC, the participant/filer has excess APTC and must repay the excess, subject to certain limitations. If a participants PTC is more than the APTC, the participant/filer can reduce the tax payment or increase the refund by the difference.

Continued...

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Tue
Jan 20 2015
08:23 am

The TNGOP will make another run at school vouchers this session.

This time, the bill to track is SB0122 by Kelsey: School Vouchers - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act."

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SB0072 by Kelsey: As introduced, prohibits the state from operating a health insurance exchange, pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the prohibition is contingent on a certain disposition of King v. Burwell by the U.S. supreme court.

Basically, this law says that if the U.S. Supreme Court says the federal government cannot pay health insurance premium subsidies in states opting to not operate an exchange, then Tennessee will not be allowed to operate an exchange.

The bill says that individuals may then ignore the individual insurance mandates and employers would be excused from paying penalties for not offering insurance.

It further states that these "benefits" would "accrue to the citizens of this State if Tennessee does not operate a state insurance exchange."

Apparently, the ability to no longer receive a federal subsidy to help pay your insurance premiums is a "benefit" the TNGOP wishes to generously bestow upon the citizens of Tennessee.

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Mon
Jan 19 2015
06:30 pm

Just Wow!
(link...)

Although, I have to say that my absolute favorite sermon by MLK is The Drum Major Instinct.

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Mon
Jan 19 2015
05:21 pm

I've put together a rather lengthy piece that outlines the history of Tanco v. Haslam to date along with a bit of commentary. The idea was to put it in context for the state and the nation.

This isn't what I'd planned for my first blog post at pamstrickland.org, but I didn't want the historic nature of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to grant cert to go without notice. Having done it over the weekend, there aren't comments from the players, but there's time for that. And I have to remember that my job isn't necessarily to repeat what others are doing, but to add to the conversation. Sometimes that may be adding quotes. Sometimes that may be looking at something from a different point of view.

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Mon
Jan 19 2015
09:32 am
"The reason I can't follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. "

"Loving Your Enemies Speech", Nov. 7, 1957

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Looks like Tennessee is at 58%

from MSNBC ...

More than half of children attending U.S. public schools come from low-income families, qualifying them for a free or reduced-price school lunch, a new report reveals.

The number of low-income schoolchildren has been steadily rising, going from 42% in 2006 to 49.6% in 2012. But 2013 marked the first year in recent history that a majority of schoolchildren – 51% – were low-income, according to the report from the Southern Education Foundation, drawing on state-level data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Majority of children in US public schools are low-income

A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation's Public Schools

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From Yahoo ...

Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world's most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

The richest one percent's share of global wealth increased from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014, the British charity said in a report, adding that it will be more that 50 percent in 2016.

Of the remaining 52 percent, almost all -- 46 percent -- is owned by the rest of the richest fifth of the world's population, leaving the other 80 percent to share just 5.5 percent with an average wealth of $3,851 (3,330 euros) per adult, the report says.

Richest 1% to own half of world’s wealth by 2016, says Oxfam

Oxfam Report - Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016

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Sun
Jan 18 2015
11:20 am

The City Council Sign Task Force has wrapped up and after 3 years there's not a lot to show for the time. Pro-sign commercial interests held the majority of seats on the Task Force and the wishes of the community and the best interests of the city weren't a priority. Scenic Knoxville hopes that City Council, where the proposal goes next, will take a more balanced view. We'll be asking for your support in the next few weeks as we shepherd this through City Council and advocate for a new sign ordinance that truly benefits our city. If you have contact with anyone on City Council tell them you're tired of ugly sign clutter and you want to see real change.

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