Sun
May 20 2007
05:10 pm

Given the choice among a vote for Hillary Clinton, any Republican, and a trick monkey, I would say, "Good Day, President Mr. Pickles the Capuchin!" This article in the NYT does nothing to make the case for Clinton. It details a little known part of her career: WalMart director. Now, it was probably a matter of political expediency as the Big Dog was running Arkansas at the time, but I have little faith in anyone who deigned to be in executive management of a company with WalMart's labor history.

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Sun
May 20 2007
12:28 pm

What's a mother to do? You try to raise them right and they go embarrassing one of the most upright of mothers.

Dr. Laura has another addition to her long resumé as a respected advocate of proper child rearing so, if you need advice on family values, give her a listen at 570 KNRS, the brown spot on your dial.

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Sun
May 20 2007
08:08 am

What is the difference b/t a liberal and a progressive? are these not different labels for the same thing.

No...You're probably thinking about the labels, "conservative" and "liar".

Although I suppose you could be a liar without being a conservative. There are certainly other kinds.

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Sun
May 20 2007
12:59 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

USPS has come up with a long list of changes in its services and pricing. It has also trademarked the term Post Office (TM). Most curious is the change in cost of a Post Office (TM) Box -- the rentable metal mail cabinet that carries the POB number. Read this:

"Prices have been adjusted up or down to reflect the commercial real estate value of each location."

Next we'll likely have the cost of a First Class Mail (TM) stamp based on the zip codes of the sending and receiving Post Offices (TM).

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Sat
May 19 2007
10:29 pm

Ok, folks, now that we've agreed that either Dayton or some place along I-81 is the most conservative place in Tennessee, what is the most liberal/progressive place in the state? This does not necessarily mean the most Democratic place, but it very well could be. And it might be a neighborhood of a city.

My nomination would be Summertown, home of The Farm. What do all y'all (or you'uns) think?

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Sat
May 19 2007
06:51 pm

Well, they're coming. The Smart cars, that is:
(link...)

The tour hits Knoxville in September (14 to 19th), and it is my understanding that they are stopping in cities where they will have dealerships.

I've seen them all over Europe for years, but how will they fare again the Suburbans and Expeditions of the US?

They start at 12K, and get 40 mpg around town, about 60 mpg on the road.

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Sat
May 19 2007
07:06 am

"Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said yesterday that the product appeared to have originated in China."

What's up with China? They sure are lax in what they're sending out as exports. Notice that the USDA is looking into it. Will this be like the pet food where the onion keeps on peeling away? The fact that they obviously have the power to contaminate and disperse food that could kill worries me.

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Fri
May 18 2007
09:14 pm

In four days I will finally be a Tennessee resident. I've already arrived in spirit, I suppose, but I'm always curious about the odd nooks and crannies of the Volunteer State. One thing I've always wonderered is: what is the most conservative place in Tennessee?

Remember, this may or may not also be the most Republican place considering Tennessee's unique Civil War heritage where many moderate East Tennesseans vote Republican and conservative West Tennesseeans vote Democratic. And you can't judge it simply by virtue of a particular legislator from the district: West Knoxville, home of Stacy Campfield, is not nearly as conservative as the legislator who represents it (though it's still a fairly conservative place). Consider both economic and religious issues.

My pick would be Cleveland, TN. Not only did Bradley County give the highest percentage vote of any county to Jim Bryson, but the city is the worldwide home to its own Pentecostal Church. What do you all think?

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Rick Hasen, curator of the excellent Election Law blog, examines the mysterious disappearance of the "American Center for Voting Rights." The slight of hand is dazzling.

In support of [ACVR counsel Thor Hearne's] position that voter-ID laws did not unconstitutionally suppress the votes of poor and minority voters, Hearne cited the decision of the DoJ to approve the pre-clearance of Georgia's voter-ID law, and a law review article supporting such laws, written under the pseudonym Publius.

Hearne didn't reveal that the decision on Georgia was made by political appointees of the DoJ over the strong objections of career attorneys there who believed the law was indeed discriminatory. Nor did he explain that (as I discovered and blogged about a few years earlier) Publius was none other than Hans von Spakovsky, then serving as one of the political DoJ officials who approved the Georgia voter-ID law. (President Bush later gave von Spakovsky a recess appointment to the Federal Election Commission.)

Digby has more on von Spakovsky.

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Fri
May 18 2007
02:17 pm

Advice to graduates:

If you choose to wear baggies, a line of work that requires minimum manual dexterity and no need to escape the long arm of the law is recommended.

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Fri
May 18 2007
08:15 am

State Sen. Jimmy Kyle (D-Memphis) got an amendment to the "guns in parks and public places" bill to also allow guns in the State Capitol building, including the House and Senate chambers and the Legislative Plaza, where guns are currently prohibited.

Sounds reasonable to me. After all, CCW promoters keep telling us they are the safest, most law-abiding people in the whole state of Tennessee. If families in state parks would be safer with CCW guns around, so would our elected officials, right? What's the big deal?

Apparently it's a big deal to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville). He withdrew his bill rather than allow it to pass with the amendment.

Money quote:

"I do not fear the permit holder. I trust that permit holder enough to have them up in that gallery," Kyle told colleagues, referring to a balcony area that overlooks the Senate floor.

"If we're going to be telling families visiting state parks that it's OK to carry a gun around them, it should be OK to carry a gun around us," said Kyle. "We set one standard for citizens, another for us. I'm tired of that."

Heh. Indeed.

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Fri
May 18 2007
05:23 am

They also cited Mr. Wolfowitz’s work in combating corruption, his signature issue.

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Thu
May 17 2007
02:48 pm

I received an email that I just had to share with folks. It's an Excerpt from Lee Iacocca's book, "Where Have All The Leaders Gone?"...and if anyone KNOWS what he's talking about when it comes to leadership, Lee Iacocca does.

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Thu
May 17 2007
12:26 pm

A city council leader, alarmed by Baltimore's rising homicide rate, wants to give the mayor the power to put troubled neighborhoods under virtual lockdown.

"Desperate measures are needed when we're in desperate situations," ...

...modeled his plan after an approach advocated by Philadelphia mayoral candidate Michael Nutter, who won the Democratic nomination Tuesday. Nutter has called for declarations of a "state of emergency" in high-crime neighborhoods, where police would conduct aggressive stop-and-frisk searches and impose curfews.

Guess we'll have to win the war over there before we can win the war over here. Are there green zones in these cities?

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Thu
May 17 2007
11:39 am

Gore's new book, The Assault on Reason, excerpted in Time magazine:

"American democracy is now in danger—not from any one set of ideas, but from unprecedented changes in the environment within which ideas either live and spread, or wither and die. I do not mean the physical environment; I mean what is called the public sphere, or the marketplace of ideas."

he uses his Senate race against Victor Ashe as an example of how the "marketplace of ideas" can be predicted, controlled, and purchased.

When I first ran for Congress in 1976, I never took a poll during the entire campaign. Eight years later, however, when I ran statewide for the U.S. Senate, I did take polls and like most statewide candidates relied more heavily on electronic advertising to deliver my message. I vividly remember a turning point in that Senate campaign when my opponent, a fine public servant named Victor Ashe who has since become a close friend, was narrowing the lead I had in the polls. After a detailed review of all the polling information and careful testing of potential TV commercials, the anticipated response from my opponent's campaign and the planned response to the response, my advisers made a recommendation and prediction that surprised me with its specificity: "If you run this ad at this many 'points' [a measure of the size of the advertising buy], and if Ashe responds as we anticipate, and then we purchase this many points to air our response to his response, the net result after three weeks will be an increase of 8.5% in your lead in the polls."

I authorized the plan and was astonished when three weeks later my lead had increased by exactly 8.5%. Though pleased, of course, for my own campaign, I had a sense of foreboding for what this revealed about our democracy. Clearly, at least to some degree, the "consent of the governed" was becoming a commodity to be purchased by the highest bidder. To the extent that money and the clever use of electronic mass media could be used to manipulate the outcome of elections, the role of reason began to diminish.

fascinating.

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Thu
May 17 2007
09:45 am

Remember those 5 million missing GOP/RNC/White House e-mails Karl Rove said were gone when Congress asked for them in relation to Gonzo-gate?

I can sympathize. It seems MS Exchange has backups that are designed more for tape tensioning than for actual recovery.

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Thu
May 17 2007
09:43 am

A young man made homeless at 16 overcomes learning disabilities, missing mother, and crack cocaine father to graduate high school with a 3.7 GPA. He had a little help from a neighbor who allowed him to stay in her shed (she offered a place on the floor in her home) and a mentor at the Edgewater High School he attended.

From the Orlando Sentinel, ...By his junior year, he was still aiming for a special diploma for teens who can't quite meet the demands of high school. Teachers told him, however, that with two years of night- and summer-school classes, he still could get a regular diploma.
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But quitting was just too easy, he said.

"Knowledge is power," he likes to say. "It will give me an easier life."

This month, he won a full scholarship to Mid Florida Tech to study computer-support services, as well as Edgewater's outstanding academic-achievement award. He passed on a career with the U.S. Marines out of deference to his father, who said he didn't want to see his son die in Iraq.

Best wishes for the future to this young man in the Sunshine State in the land of a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.

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Thu
May 17 2007
07:53 am

I noticed this post suggesting things progressive bloggers could do to have a greater effect on politics and got to wondering.

(In my own posting most folks would read "got to wondering" and immediately head off somewhere else or at least enable the parental controls so the children won't see it.)

But the question remains as to having a greater effect on our community conscience, and by that I mean, "Do we?...Do we change people's minds?"

I learned a long time ago that the money is in bad information. We have marketing departments and public relations firms, not to put out the facts and nothing but the facts, but basically to put lipstick on pigs.

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What can you say about this one? As a collective we are much weirder than any of us even want to know. Poor Napoleaon! To have his private parts made so unprivate seems somehow wrong. Especially considering the thumbs down reaction to those who viewed them.

"When Rosenbach put the penis on display at the Museum of French Art in New York, visitors peered into a vitrine to see something that looked like a maltreated shoelace, or a shriveled eel."

My goodness, mon cheri, how embarassing!

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In case the Bob Dylan Birthday Party on May 24th isn't enough fun, on the following evening, May 25th, the East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting the first in a film series featuring historical footage from East Tennessee. First up:

May 25, 2007

The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson 1915-1950

By request, we bring back one of last year’s popular programs for those who missed it or have asked to see it again! Renowned and revered as one of Knoxville’s most famous commercial photographers, few are aware that Jim Thompson also made motion pictures.

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Generously made available from the Thompson family, these films feature the earliest known moving images of Knoxville, dating from 1915 and capture every facet of Knoxville life.

Location:

The East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Time: 7 PM
Admission: Free

Our friend JB at Lynnpoint Records recently introduced us to Bradley Reeves, whose work along with Louisa Trott at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound makes this film series possible.

Bradley is also working with WBIR on their 50th Anniversary "Our Stories" series, and also worked on this amazing archive of Knoxville musical history, the "St. James Sessions". Bradley is an interesting and super nice guy who is clearly committed to his work as an archivist dedicated to preserving history for future generations.

Click read more for contact info and more details about the East Tennessee Historical Society film series, the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, and the upcoming films...

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