Wed
Mar 14 2007
10:33 am

The facts are in and the debate is over, according to noted climatologist Ann Coulter:

Even right-wingers who know that "global warming" is a crock do not seem to grasp what the tree-huggers are demanding. Liberals want mass starvation and human devastation.

[..]

There are more reputable scientists defending astrology than defending "global warming," but liberals simply announce that the debate has been resolved in their favor and demand that we shut down all production.

It gets even better, especially the part where she explains how global warming is a liberal plot to destroy the human race (no, seriously) and compares Al Gore to Stalin and Hitler. At any rate, I'm convinced by her compelling scientific arguments. How about you?

(By way of Clark Stooksbury, who reads Town Hall so you don't have to.)

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
10:07 am

Steve at WhitesCreek sums up the latest administration scandal:

Now we find out that the Bush Administration has been using the Federal Prosecutors' offices to implement phony voter fraud investigations against Democrats and only Democrats. 80% of Federal Prosecutor investigations have been against Democrats. 20% against Republicans. How many Democrats have been charged as a result?

Zero!

The rest of it a powerful indictment of the media's complicity, so you ought to go read it.

More on the growing scandal...

C.E. Petro:

There is a difference of changing prosecutors at the beginning of your term and purging prosecutors that wont' play ball by your rules 2 years into your second term.

Egalia:

Bush had nothing to do with this! He was seen napping at the time.

Bill Scher:

This is an extension of the conservative project to cripple the civil service that I've talked about here before, so our government no longer adheres to facts, follows the law and serves the public.

The idea is to put more power in the hands of political appointees, hacks blindly loyal to the President, who can ram through an agenda regardless of the law and the facts.

Think Progress:

In emails released today, we learned that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ chief of staff Kyle Sampson wrote then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers in Sept. 2006 and identified McKay as one of five U.S. attorneys “we should now consider pushing out.” That same month, Miers interviewed McKay for a federal judgeship position and asked him to explain why he had “mishandled” the governor’s race. By December, McKay had been fired and denied the federal judgeship. Shortly afterwards, a Gonzales aide called McKay to offer him a deal: “you stay silent and the attorney general won’t say anything bad about you.”

It just never seems to end with these guys. Better hurry. though. America's big Going Out of Business Sale ends Jan. 20, 2009.

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
11:56 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Knoxville, Tenn. -- Knoxville peace and anti-war activists will participate in a national action on Saturday, March 17, marking the fourth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and protesting the continuing war and occupation. Events will begin locally with a rally at West Hills Park on N. Winston Road (behind the YMCA) at 12 noon and culminate in a public demonstration at Kingston Pike and Morrell Road near West Town Mall from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

Looking for thoughts on two local school districts and areas to live - Oak Ridge and Maryville. I've been in the Knoxville area less than three years and live in Halls. The WalMart-Home Depot behemoth going up (thanks for nothing, MPC & political enablers / hacks that ignored local residents) made me think about moving, and since I have three (soon to be four) young children, I thought I'd take the opportunity to move into the best local school district. Thankfully the cost of housing isn't a barrier to moving into Oak Ridge or Maryville. (Not interested in Farragut / West Knox)

So, what's your take? Looking for non-biased (and biased!) thoughts on education and the quality of life in those two districts. I'd especially love to hear from those who moved from one of those places to the other.

Thanks!

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
10:34 pm

Viacom is suing Google over the use of unauthorized Viacom content on YouTube, which Google recently purchased. Mark Cuban, among others, predicted massive lawsuits over YouTube's copyright violations once Google's bank accounts became involved.

In other recent Google legal news, Google lost a case in Belgium which claimed that Google News violated newspaper's copyrights. However, Google won a case in which the U.S. court found that Google's choice of ads to display constituted protected speech and that Google could therefore choose not to run certain ads.

Incidentally, some of the Slashdot comments on Google cases were like these:

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
07:49 pm

This is huge, actually.

Now if only we can bring Democracy to America! After centuries, the Brits have voted to elect their OTHER house. The Aristocracy losing ground over there, much like Republicans in the US.

Uh...You guys already saw this on network news, right?

Hmmm....

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
05:10 pm

Army Corp of Dunces!

New pumps were installed for the 2006 hurricane season. They are just now getting around to announcing the pumps are defective. In less than 3 months the hurricane season will be upon us again.

...the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

The pumps are now being pulled out and overhauled because of excessive vibration, Corps officials said. Other problems have included overheated engines, broken hoses and blown gaskets, according to the documents obtained by the AP.

$26 million down the drain?

... MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. And Eller has donated about $128,000 to politicians, the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

MWI has run into trouble before. The U.S. Justice Department sued the company in 2002, accusing it of fraudulently helping Nigeria obtain $74 million in taxpayer-backed loans for overpriced and unnecessary water-pump equipment. The case has yet to be resolved.

Can it get any worse? Yes, I'm sure.

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
01:21 pm

Who is IAP Worldwide Services and what are they doing for to our government?

Also, Sue Sturgis writes on how new Medicaid rules aimed at preventing enrollment by illegal immigrants are shutting out eligible U.S. citizens. Do you know where your birth certificate is?

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
11:56 am

A payday lender trade group launches a $10 million PR campaign to rehabilitate their image. In their TV commercials, they say “Please borrow only what you feel comfortable paying back when it’s due.”

Consumer advocates, however, note that they still charge up to 400% interest and aren't impressed with this newfound sense of responsibility...

Continued...

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
11:03 am

Subversive elements have hijacked Michael Silence's blog and turned it in to All Al Gore, All the Time!

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Tue
Mar 13 2007
09:06 am
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Interested in the relative "state of the party" when Chad Tindell left as Knox County GOP chair in March 2005 versus when Brian Hornback left last Saturday?

Check out (link...)

Short version: Chad left almost $18,000 in the treasury; Brian left $309. -- s.

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
08:04 pm

I missed the original airing, but the recent Van Morrison appearance on Austin City Limits is set to replay on PBS at 10 PM, at least on the Charter HD PBS channel.

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
03:40 pm

I would like to call your attention to an upcoming conference, "Plain Talk on Quality Growth". The Honorary Chairman for the conference is Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. The keynote address will be given by Daniel Williams, Fellow of the AIA. Attending as a special guest will be Governor Phil Bredesen. Other national and state leaders in the area of community planning and growth will also take part as speakers and panelists.

There will be a free public lecture and planning discussion on Thursday evening, March 29, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Center. The conference will be all day on March 30, 2007 at the Knoxville Convention Center. For more information on registration, please go to (link...).

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
12:11 pm

Is it just me, or does it look like Michael Silence is trying out for a spot in Fred Thompson's administration as press secretary?

I count sixteen consecutive posts about Fred Thompson. (One is ostensibly about Ann Coulter, but it mentions Fred Thompson, too!)

Anyway, Michael wonders why the lefty blogs aren't talking about Fred Thompson! Fred Thompson! Fred Thompson!

Well, there you go. Happy now?

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
11:55 am

Speaking of dump days, this Saturday March 17th is Household Hazardous Waste Collection day in Blount County. Collection is from 8AM to 2PM at the Foothills Plaza (next to the movie theater and Fowler's Furniture).

Here is a list of accepted materials. Here's more info on the state-wide program.

(Knoxville and Knox County residents can use one of the permanent collection sites.)

According to Keep Blount Beautiful, "This program is funded by Tennessee Department of Transportation and provided in partnership between Blount County Solid Waste, Keep Blount Beautiful, and Foothills Mall."

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
11:10 am

For those not familiar with that early 90's show "Dinosaurs" we can call this day- Dump Run Day.

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
11:03 am

Here's a funny from an article in the Maryville Daily Times about the curious circumstances surrounding Blount Co. Mayor Cunningham's order to rewrite the county's zoning rules:

"We're looking at both the zoning regulations and the subdivision regulations and trying to make them easier for everyone to understand," [Finance Director Dave Bennett] said. "We don't need our regulations looking like a bunch of pointy-headed intellectuals from Washington, D.C., wrote them. We need them so we can understand them."

Hey, I can help them out, no charge. "Developers good. Developers smart. Developers always do right thing. Trust developers. Development good for developer, supplier, road builder friends. Good for tax base, too. We develop now. You shut up. Go watch TV."

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
10:25 am
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

So what do you think of this column about John Wilder's accident? Is this guy wishing him a speedy recovery, or is he wishing for something else??

(link...)

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Mon
Mar 12 2007
01:14 am

A recently proposed bill would increase the wait for an irreconciable divorce from 90 days to one year. I'm sure the proposing legislator can point to Tennessee being a high divorce rate state.

Divorce is too easy in Tennessee,' came from the TV.

My wife's immediate comment was: "but our murder rate will go up."

(I glanced over just to make sure she wasn't holding a knife...)

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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.

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