Tue
Mar 22 2016
08:15 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Andrew S. Grove 1936 – 2016

A pioneer in the industry that has changed just about everything.

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Tue
Mar 22 2016
08:04 am

National Weather Service:

A DRY AIR MASS OVER THE REGION WILL BRING AN ENHANCED FIRE DANGER SITUATION TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA... EAST TENNESSEE... AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON. MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL FALL TO BETWEEN 20 AND 30 PERCENT... AND SOUTHWEST WINDS IN MANY LOCATIONS WILL INCREASE TO BETWEEN 10 AND 15 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS POSSIBLE.

RESIDENTS OF THE AREA ARE DISCOURAGED FROM BURNING THIS AFTERNOON... DUE TO THE INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR FIRE GROWTH AND SPREAD.

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Mon
Mar 21 2016
05:27 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Despite snow and ice in the higher elevations yesterday for the first day of Spring (and another possible freeze warning for tonight) it appears the worst is behind us.

I suppose we still have Dogwood Winter, Blackberry Winter and some other "winters" (?) to endure, but overall it's looking nice. The Redbuds are as pretty as I can remember seeing them in a while. (My Dad always said when the Redbuds are blooming the crappie are biting.) Everything else is busting out all over our yard, too. Hope the Dogwoods do as well this year.

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A reader alerts us to a lawsuit filed last week in a Chattanooga federal court...

Palmer Carson v. Donald J. Trump

Trademark. Defendant infringes on the Arizona Cardinals' trademark by wearing red shirts on the campaign trail. Plaintiff also says he saw defendant sleeping with Sarah Palin on a Russian flag near Alaska's Russian border, among other complaints.

Not to be confused with Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer? Here's what appears to be the full $75 million complaint.

P.S. Notwithstanding the veracity of its claims, the filing of the lawsuit is apparently not a hoax...

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Sun
Mar 20 2016
09:11 am

A round of applause for the Fulton boys/mens basketball team. They beat Chattanooga Brainerd 59-50 for the championship.

Yeah Fulton!

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Sat
Mar 19 2016
05:05 pm

Corey Robin offers 20 theses on the current state of American politics. Long but worth the time...

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What: Rikki Hall book release party to benefit Little River Watershed Association
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where: Scruffy City Hall 32 Market Sq, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Please join Rikki Hall's friends and family for the release of his book "Six Legs and a Buzz," a compilation of his nature writings. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Little River Watershed Association. The benefit will feature live readings from the book, music by Tim and Susan Lee, Todd Steed, David Phillips, and Smiley and the Love Dawg. Books will be on sale at the event for $10 each. Event hosted by Kim Pilarski-Hall, Beto Cumming and Scott West. Poster design by Reenie Mooney.

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What: Gloria Johnson fundraiser with special guest Johnny Majors
When: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Where: Wild Love Bake Shop, 1625 N. Central Street

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Gloria Johnson, candidate for State Representative in the 13th District, is holding a fundraiser with special guest former U.T. Football Coach Johnny Majors. The event will be held Monday March 21st at the Wild Love Bake Shop, 1625 N. Central.

Johnson's campaign says they are "excited that so many people have signed up to support the event" and would like to extend a special thanks to their early sponsors:

Coach's Club: Bill Freeman, Olan Mills

Quarterback Club: Amy Arnold, Chip Forrester, Sid Gilreath, Richard Henighan, John & Nancy Stewart

Special Teams: Mark Harmon, Debbie Helsley, Finbarr Saunders, Lisa Sorenson & Scott Schimmel, Jennifer & Billy Wallace, Bob & Bev Wilson

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets or become a sponsor...

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Thu
Mar 17 2016
06:55 pm

Clinton's Bold Vision, Hidden in Plain Sight? This article (link...) articulates much better than I can why I support Hillary Clinton.

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Thu
Mar 17 2016
04:22 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

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Springbrook Park in Alcoa, click image for bigger...

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Thu
Mar 17 2016
01:13 pm

The FDA has announced a voluntary recall of Bumble Bee canned tuna involving 31,579 cases produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally. More info on affected products, UPC codes, etc:

Bumble Bee Foods, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall on 3 Production Codes of Canned Chunk Light Tuna Due to Possible Health Risk

Consumers are advised to throw away the recalled product.

UPDATE: Chicken of the Sea also involved...

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Thu
Mar 17 2016
12:06 pm

TN General Assembly makes national news, again.

Republican State Rep. Martin Daniel, Knoxville, supports First Amendment rights for people whether he agrees with them or not.

Democratic State Rep. John Deberry of Memphis had asked whether it would go so far as to allow people to stand in the middle of campus and "recruit for ISIS."
Daniel responded that it would, "so long as it doesn't disrupt the proceedings on that campus."

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Thu
Mar 17 2016
11:09 am

House Democrats yesterday attempted to advance a bill that would have put Insure TN, Gov. Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal, on the November ballot for voters to decide. Another measure would have given Gov. Haslam discretion to implement the plan independent of the state legislature.

Both measures were killed by Republicans on the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

One reason given was that we should wait until there is a new president before deciding. This is apparently the new universal excuse for doing nothing.

We note the irony that Ohio Governor John Kasich, the last remaining Republican "establishment" presidential candidate, expanded Medicaid in his state. And if I'm not mistaken, it was a straight up Medicaid eligibility expansion, not a complicated program of vouchers and incentives like Insure TN.

To date, Tennessee has left as much as $5 billion in 100% federal funding on the table, as rural community hospitals and health care providers struggle and hundreds of thousands of working poor people go without health insurance.

Statement from the Tennessee House Democrats after the break...

Continued...

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Wed
Mar 16 2016
06:42 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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Wed
Mar 16 2016
04:43 pm

Per Time magazine yesterday:

The hacker group Anonymous has declared “total war” on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling his campaign “deeply disturbing.”

The group will revive its anti-Trump operation on a larger scale on April 1, aiming to dismantle his campaign after previously targeting him for his comments about Muslims, the Telegraph reported.

View Anonymous' video at the above link.

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UPDATE: Tom Humphrey with the formal announcement

Says he has had enough government and wants to spend more time with his family. Until the next governor’s election?

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Wed
Mar 16 2016
09:27 am

What: Books Sandwiched In Welcomes Dr. Suzie Allard
When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street

large_bigdata.jpgKnox County Public Library invites you to join Dr. Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research in the University of Tennessee College for Communication and Information, for a discussion of Big Data: a Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Wednesday, March 23, noon to 1:00 pm in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, in this month’s Books Sandwiched In, a program series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

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Wed
Mar 16 2016
08:28 am

Votes are still being counted in Missouri, but with 99% in Clinton (49.6%) and Sanders (49.4%) are in a virtual tie. Clinton won all the other states. Trump won every state except Ohio, where Kasich won. Rubio dropped out after losing badly to Trump in Rubio's home state of Florida. Perhaps the only surprise of the evening was Clinton's big win in Ohio.

Clinton picked up an estimated 312 pledged delegates, and Sanders won 215. Clinton now has an estimated 1024 pledged delegates v. 701 for Sanders. Sanders will have to rack up some big wins going forward to make up the deficit. Factoring in superdelegates and early polls for the remaining large states, this does not appear likely. Either way, Sanders will soldier on and keep Clinton honest.

Trump won an estimated 201 delegates v. 83 for Kasich and 41 for Cruz. Trump now leads with 674 pledged delegates v. 413 for Cruz, 172 for Rubio (who dropped out last night) and 146 for Kasich. Looks like this will be decided at the convention unless Trump wins it outright before then. To do so, he would have to win more than half of the remaining delegates, which is within the realm of possibility.

Preliminary results as reported by the media and estimated delegate allocations...

Democrats:

Florida:        Clinton 65% 88 Sanders 33% 44
Illinois:       Clinton 51% 53 Sanders 49% 34
Missouri:       Clinton 50% 36 Sanders 49% 35
North Carolina: Clinton 55% 61 Sanders 41% 46
Ohio:           Clinton 57% 74 Sanders 43% 56

Delegates: Clinton 312, Sanders 215

Republicans:

Florida:        Trump  46% 99 Rubio 27%  0 Cruz   17% 0
Illinois:       Trump  39% 52 Cruz  30%  9 Kasich 20% 8
Missouri:       Trump  41% 20 Cruz  41%  5 Kasich 10% 0
North Carolina: Trump  40% 30 Cruz  37% 27 Kasich 13% 9
Ohio:           Kasich 47% 66 Trump 36%  0 Cruz   13% 0

Delegates: Trump 201, Kasich 83, Cruz 41
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Wed
Mar 16 2016
08:13 am

"Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court," he said in the email. " As president, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a justice and one of the most important decisions that I -- or any president -- will make."
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The president said his nominee will meet his "three principles" for selecting a justice. Any justice "should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law"; should "recognize the limits of the judiciary’s role and "a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook."

Candidates include Sri Srinivasan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Merrick Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; and Paul Watford, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco.

Senate Republicans still say no way. They will not consider his nominee. Will they hold up the process? They've done it before with the budget, shutting down the government.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding. (Source)