Thu
Aug 2 2007
01:24 pm

Maybe the Bush Administration and the Pentagon should use Google:

Rebuilding Iraq price comparison
Compare Rebuilding Iraq prices before you buy to make sure you get the best deal. Find a list of Rebuilding Iraq prices from multiple vendors at MSN ...

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Thu
Aug 2 2007
01:21 pm

Noted opera stars Andy and Karen Wentzel have opened a Cuppy's coffeee franchise on Chapman Highway close to downtown, across from the Wendy's. It's very convenienient for commuters heading into downtown.

To celebrate their first day of business they are offering free small drinks today (Thursday). They offer smoothies as well and the exit is located at a traffic light if you want to stop by on the way home. In the future they will offer pastries baked by Vera of the Smoky Mountain Greek Deli fame.

I hope a coffee afficianado will go by and offer up a report. I had a smoothie and it was pretty good. No, I didn't ask if they took P-cards.

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Thu
Aug 2 2007
12:33 pm

C.E. Petro names names of the Democrats who voted against it.

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Thu
Aug 2 2007
11:47 am

I read an announcement that the new full-length U2 movie will be in 3D for screening at the RealD equipped theaters. Was wondering whether the Regal DT is equipped with the latest 3D digital projection equipment, as is the Regal Pinnacle and three of the local Carmike cinemas. I understand that the entire Star Wars series is being digitally converted into 3D for re-release. I hope Regal and the city are on top of this one.

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The Mrs. picked up a copy of the latest Knoxville Voice yesterday, and I am impressed with how the only locally owned, independent alternative newspaper has grown and flourished since its humble launch.

The paper's layout keeps improving, and currently sports a hard, edgy, somewhat foreboding look that says "you should be paying attention to this and you probably haven't even heard about it!" and compels you to read and be outraged, amazed, informed, or at least entertained.

The current issue is an eclectic offering of great local writing and thought, with features, columns, reporting, and reviews that you won't find in the local mainstream media. Here's a sampler:

Catch up on county corruption (check out the graph)

Launch of the local Progressive Women's Coalition

Policing the police

Nothing recycled, nothing gained

The Sentinel's shadow: Wake up and smell the ink

Victorian theatrical current events cello rock

(And no, that last one is not "news of the weird", it's a feature profile of Rasputina, a group playing at Blue Cats this weekend.)

If you're looking for Don Williams, you'll find him at his new Knoxville Voice home. His latest column on tribal truths and false patriotism is poignant and thought-provoking, as usual. Check the "Commentary" section to see what Don has been up to and for more great writing from other contributors (including KnoxViews contributors Carole Borges and Michael Kaplan from time to time).

The Knoxville Voice website is a work in progress that keeps evolving. It's getting more in sync with the print edition, but also extending it with online features such as new blogs by Knoxville Voice writers (including Don Williams).

The other thing I noticed about the latest print issue is the growing number of advertisements. This bodes well for the future of the paper, and proves there are local merchants, artists, and other interests willing to support alternative points of view (and, of course, reach a diverse, desirable demographic in the process).

Publisher Dane Baker is doing fantastic work at the Knoxville Voice. He's clearly committed, and in it for the long haul to "give voice to issues, events and people in our community often underrepresented in mainstream media" as stated in the Knoxville Voice's mission statement.

If you're downtown for First Friday or one of the other events, the Knoxville Voice is hosting another open house (with free food and free beer!), Friday, Aug. 3, from 6PM to 10PM, 402 S. Gay St., Suite 202 (just above MAST Gen. Store). Stop by, say hi, and show your support for Knoxville's only independent newspaper.

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Thu
Aug 2 2007
07:09 am

(link...)

While this at first sounded pretty alarming, especially with an influx of Iraqi refugees about to come to America, the evidence that these gangs are a huge problem seems a bit thin. Only 3 examples. It doesn't say how many Kurdish youth there are that belong to the gang. These could be isolated incidences. I can see the logic behind them grouping together. Attacks and ethnic hatred against Middle Easterners is at an all time high. It could be a growing problem though. I guess we will just to wait and see...

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Thu
Aug 2 2007
06:01 am

The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy has released its report commissioned by the Seven Islands Foundation on behalf of the Knox County One Question process. Here is a link to download the document: (link...). The file is large - apologies in advance to anyone with a slow connection.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
09:06 pm
By: talidapali  shortURL

I do believe this boy is a few bricks shy of a full load. Either that or he's just dumber than a sack of hammers.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
08:45 pm

So we have lost 190k weapons in Iraq. What do you think are the chances of those weapons being used on our own troops?

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
08:38 pm

Maybe she's trying to get ahead of the strong rumor that Commissioner Tony Norman retired from teaching earlier this week.

(link...)

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
08:18 pm

I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River collapses during rush hour traffic. Cable news channels have ongoing live coverage.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
05:02 pm

You may recall our recent discussion of HR1506, the Markey-Platts bill that would increase average fuel efficiency standards to 35MPG in ten years.

Republicans are apparently too beholden to the energy cartels to even consider such a modest step (it ought to be 50MPG in five years).

Rep. Duncan's office responds to our communication re. the bill with a form letter position paper (PDF copy attached):

I agree we need to protect our environment, however, there have also been some unintended consequences resulting from these standards. In fact, according to data published in 1991 by the Office of Technology Assessment, "A 40 percent increase in fuel economy standards would reduce greenhouse emissions by only about 0.5 percent, even under the most optimistic assumptions."

This is due in part to the fact that cars and light trucks subject to fuel economy standards make up only 1.5 per-cent of all global man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Support for increasing CAFE standards for environmental reasons seems to be based more on rhetoric and a desire to increase federal regulation than sound scientific efforts to reduce pollution.

So many distortions, so little time.

Start with "cars and light trucks subject to fuel economy standards." There's a giant loophole you can drive a Hummer through for Big Manly Pickups and SUVs built on "light truck" frames which are subject to lower CAFE standards (which is why there are so many SUVs and Minivans on the road). HR1506 would apply to all vehicles up to 10,000 pounds.

Further, 1.5 percent of global emissions is a pretty huge number, if you think about it in relative terms of encompassing only US cars and light trucks mostly used for personal transportation. But at least Rep. Duncan admits there is such a thing as greenhouse gas emissions, and concedes that some are man-made.

But what about all the other economic and environmental and foreign policy benefits of reducing consumption, reducing pollution, and reducing dependence on foreign oil? Are these the "unintended consequences" Rep. Duncan wishes to avoid?

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
02:18 pm

Today was great at lunch at WDVX. RB Morris and Hector Quirko were at their best. The crowd was into it. And RB's new CD was there. Madeline Rogero and Bill Lyons were sitting together in the front row acting like big buddies and this led RB to joke with them read a great poem on Knoxville in not so good days. Maybe it is just me but I think we are at a better place as a community than we have ever been.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
10:03 am

The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. and goes through Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. Details here.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
08:53 am

At least according to the KNS. This editorial notes that the U.S. debt was $5.6 trillion and declining when Bush and the GOP took over, but after raising it four times in five years while spending like crazy and cutting taxes it's now at $9 trillion and growing.

And now, according to the editorial, it belongs to the Democrats in Congress, who will have to raise it again soon to pay the bills, and they also have to take the heat from the GOP for doing so.

This reminds me of the 2004 editorial endorsing Bush, which laid out all the reasons why he was a failure and a bad president, but went on to say you should vote for him anyway.

I guess I'm just not smart enough to understand all the subtle nuance behind this kind of reasoning.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
07:41 am

Fox News guy Rupert Murdoch has sealed the deal to acquire Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal.

There's apparently lots of angst about the Wall Street Journal becoming too conservative on Murdoch's watch. The Wall Street Journal? Too conservative? Could it be any more conservative?

At least now we can now expect a more "fair and balanced" Dow Jones Industrial Average. I predict 20,000 by November.

The very best quote on the deal so far, though, is from our good friend Brian Hornback, who says:

This is a good news, while mass paranoia exist amongst the liberal global whiners about news being biased or unbiased. Fox and Rupert Murdock are fair and balanced, not biased.

After all on a global scene, you have "Hanoi Jane" running the other National Cable News. Now, that my friends is biased news coverage.

Unless I'm missing something, that's probably news to CNN and Jane Fonda.

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Wed
Aug 1 2007
06:58 am

Gov. Phil Bredesen: "It comes back to personal responsibility - we don't have it in our power to promise everyone free health insurance without limits. But we do have it in our power to offer them access to affordable and portable health insurance, and then the choice is theirs."

Sound familiar? If so, maybe it's because we've heard it before:

Rudy Giuliani: "Americans believe in free-market solutions to the challenges we face, and I believe we can reduce costs, expand access to, and improve the quality of health care by increasing competition. [..] To reform, we must empower all Americans by increasing health care choices and affordability, while bringing accountability to the system."

Mitt Romney: "We get people that were uninsured with private health insurance. We have to stand up and say the market works. Personal responsibility works."

Go read Egalia on why Bredesen is the last Democrat who should be talking about health care (along with some other thoughts on the DLC).

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Tue
Jul 31 2007
09:16 pm

A member of the Edgewood Neighborhood Association (in North Knoxville)has been trying to remove a mini-tent city being set up by homeless people in the back yard of a condemned house next to her property. The building code people say it's a police issue. The police came out talked to the "campers" and then left. They never reported what they found to the woman who complained. Apparently several small items have gone missing during the time the "campers" have been there. Is this business as usual for the KPD?

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Tue
Jul 31 2007
08:45 pm

Kay Watson has done some good reporting about the present situation.

Tonight's story: Angry taxpayer questions Knox County Mayor about spending (and that angry taxpayer is a CPA who's looked at records)

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Second tonight's story by "Jake Jost, Investigative Producer"
Knox mayor will eliminate hospitality account ("A review by 10 News showed that account had actually dipped into the red."):

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Yesterday's story: Knox mayor's administration to straighten out hospitality fund (He said he's going to clean it up.)

(link...)

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Tue
Jul 31 2007
08:07 pm
By: airrn  shortURL

Cheney finally admits he was wrong about his "last throes comment" but then immediately turns around and states this.

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