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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Sat
Jan 17 2015
11:14 am
By: Stick  shortURL

Here is a good summary of what's going on in Nashville. I am especially happy to see that the "No Excuses" charter school model is finally getting some attention.

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Fri
Jan 16 2015
09:03 pm

From The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder blog this week, you may enjoy this quick (2 page) read handicapping GOP prospects for repealing some or all of the PPACA in the 114th Congress just opened.

Summary: Author Jordan Ragusa, who has analyzed major policy repeals dating back to the late 1800's, offers that "it’s quite rare for a law to be repealed in its entirety." He does, however, expect Congress to repeal or modify some elements of the law, possibly this session and almost certainly over the next four years. Interestingly, he expects this because his historical analysis of repeals indicates that their likelihood increases for the first five Congresses (10 years) after a given policy's passage, but after that "become increasingly less likely for the remainder of a policy’s lifecycle."

Ragusa says he will expound further on his policy repeals research in a post coming up next week, on January 20.

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What: March with the Democratic Party in the Martin Luther King Parade
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 9:00am
Where: Meet at 2137 Martin Luther King Ave Knoxville 37915

Come march with the Democratic Party in the MLK Parade. Just meet at 900am at the address listed above. Parade starts at 100am

for more info: (link...)

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Fri
Jan 16 2015
12:59 pm

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I got the urge once again to upgrade my audio system to get away from DLNA and use a "home theater PC" (HTPC) setup...

Continued...

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from Yahoo …

Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.

Continued...

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Fri
Jan 16 2015
09:54 am

Message from DTV...

Democratic TV Moves to a new time on Friday night!

DTV has moved to a new time on Knox Community TV. DTV will air a live 30 minute call in show tonight @ 7:30 PM and will continue to air the live call-in show at that time on the second, third, and fourth Friday of each month in 2016.

Tonight’s show will feature photos of the President’s visit last Friday taken by those who attended the event or welcomed the motorcade! Panelists tonight are Gloria Johnson who witnessed the event from inside the auditorium at Pellissippi State Community College and Janice Spoone who organized the rally to welcome the motorcade and the President and Vice President to Pellissippi State. Both will provide observations for the event and share their experiences about the day. Call them during the show and ask the about what ‘really happened’ on the eventful day!

DTV can be viewed on line at ctvknox.org or on cable/satellite at:

  • Comcast Channel 12
  • Charter Channel 6
  • Wow! Channel 6
  • ATT U-verse Channel 99
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Fri
Jan 16 2015
09:51 am

Mark Harmon makes his debut in today's News Sentinel as the new Friday liberal columnist, replacing Pam Strickland. Congratulations to Mark and good luck!

Pam Strickland said in a Facebook message that she was told the News Sentinel was going in a "different direction," and that the change was "out of the blue and with very little explanation." She invites you to visit her at her new blog, pamstrickland.org, which will be launching shortly.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015
10:31 pm

Effective 9:30 p.m. Thursday, KNS reports that several surrounding school systems will be closed on Friday, January 16, as follows:

Anderson County Schools
Campbell County Schools
Claiborne County Schools
Clinton City Schools
Grainger County Schools
Hancock County Schools
Scott County Schools
Union County Schools

Knox County Schools has not yet announced any delay or closure, but we may want to keep watch.

Although the KNS weather forecast calls for a high of 44 and a low of 29 on Friday, with clear skies and no precipitation, spotty snow flurries are arriving across East Tennessee tonight.

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From Knoxnews (AP) …

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is praising a federal judge's decision to overturn Labor Department regulations that made home health-care workers eligible for overtime pay and the minimum wage.

Alexander cheers overturning of federal labor rule

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from NBC News ...

...installing offshore wind farms along the Atlantic coast would be more economically productive and energy efficient than the oil industry's drilling proposals. "Wind could create more than twice as many jobs, and in 20 years, it could produce more than twice the energy" as offshore drilling, the report states. The organization estimates that translates to around 218,000 jobs (91,000 more than drilling) and 11.4 billion BOE (barrels of oil equivalent, a unit for comparing energy) compared with drilling's 6.1 billion. In addition to never running out, wind power would also be much safer, Oceana claims, with zero risk of oil spills and far less impact on marine animals.

Oceana Report Claims Offshore Wind Farms Could Beat Drilling

Offshore Wind Report: Key Findings

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Wed
Jan 14 2015
11:10 am

The 2015 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, with Billy Joel headlining along with Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Slayer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, STS9, Ben Folds, Tears For Fears, Earth Wind and Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and many, many more...

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Jan. 17th at noon.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015
10:04 am

I read an article a couple of weeks ago by yet another venture capital guy advocating for expansion of the H-1B visa program to fill Silicon Valley technology jobs. If we don't, he says, "the US could be seriously f***ed."

Continued...

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Wed
Jan 14 2015
09:23 am

What: Books Sandwiched In welcomes Amy Broyles
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

Amy-Broyles.jpgThe future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers. In A Whole New Mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future, Daniel H. Pink makes a convincing argument for an ongoing shift to the dominance of right-brainers in the modern world. Join Amy Broyles, county commissioner, 2nd district, for the discussion at this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series of Knox County Public Library.

“This is a quick and entertaining read, but don't let that fool you - the concepts Daniel Pink outlines are complex, innovative, and sure to make you rethink your view of the future,” Broyles says. “Working from his premise that the world has moved beyond the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, Pink shows us not only what abilities are necessary for a fulfilling life and successful career, but also how to cultivate them and put them to use. “

Continued...

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Tue
Jan 13 2015
07:29 am

Florida cries in their beer.

Ohio State beats Oregon, 42-20.

Somewhere it was tweeted that Oregon forgot to wear their green. Orlando Sentinel columnist says "Urban Meyer surpasses Nick Saban as greatest coach in college football."

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