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
10:28 am

What: Public meeting on five year community development plan
When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 5:30pm
Where: John T. O’Connor Center, 611 Winona St

City of Knoxville press release...

How should Knoxville allocate its federal grants in neighborhoods? For example, what are the best ways to fight blight, ensure decent housing and benefit lower-income families and communities? And what do communities see as their most pressing needs?

Continued...

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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.

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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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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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