Thu
Dec 7 2006
09:24 am
By: Stan G  shortURL

If you haven't had a good laugh this morning, read Dilbert:

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Thu
Dec 7 2006
08:58 am

Florida ranchers, and others, are "re-enacting an 1800s-era cattle drive across Osceola County this week". A cattle drive is the antithesis of how most people relate to Florida. Disney is located in Kissimmee (pronounced ki'simi, with the accent on the second syllable, not kiss-a-me) in Osceola County, the location of the cattle drive. Most people don't get past the theme parks, hotels/motels, and tourist shopping. Many people I meet don't even go to the beach, except maybe in the Panhandle (Destin, etc.) which is still to be determined whether it is Florida, Georgia, or Alabama.

So far, this blog on the Florida cattle drive is a fun read. Not that I would necessarily want to get that authentic, I do love rural America.

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
09:07 pm
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Wed
Dec 6 2006
04:53 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

CNN is reporting that the body of James Kim has been recovered. He had been missing since Saturday after setting out on foot to get help for his family which had been snowbound on a remote mountain road in Oregon since Nov. 25th. Kim's wife and daughters were rescued on Monday.

The local sheriff broke down and was unable to continue as he delivered the news to reporters gathered near the scene. Kim was 35. He leaves his wife Kati, 30, and two young daughters ages 4 and seven months.

UPDATE: AP Report.

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
02:30 pm

WHAT: Official FCC Hearing on Media Ownership
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Massey Performing Arts Center, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville
WHO: FCC Commissioners, national and local leaders, media representatives and concerned citizens.

Related event (today):

Wednesday (today), Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
Film Screening: Before the Music Dies
The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville

"The cornerstone of our democracy is a free and independent media that is not controlled by corporate interests," said Nell Levin, host of the Tennessee Progress Report on Radio Free Nashville. "Without this, our society is becoming one where only those with the most money are heard. This is dangerous to democracy and to the values of freedom, justice and equality. We are calling on the FCC to support a move away from media consolidation and toward policies that allow many voices to be heard."

For more info:

Stop Big Media

Before the Music Dies

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
12:53 pm

Bush responds to the ISG report...

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
12:15 pm

Rikki has a good post on racism on KnoxViews. Gene Patterson just posted a different look at racism on his blog. Between reading the two different posts I found myself asking a question.

Is there an industry that uses racism as a product? Are there race merchants? I am not talking about anything as obvious as Jesse Jackson, is there a hidden industry of race merchants disguised under the cloak of academia or human resources management?

In Gene Patterson’s post he quotes a column in the Knoxville News Sentinel by Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, who points to a Harvard test as proof that we all have latent racist attitudes. Gene took one of the tests and he writes, “I took the test and it showed that I - on a scale of slight, moderate and strong - have a slight preference for European Americans. That, according to the test, makes me a racist.”

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
10:42 am

Sen. Barbara Boxer will be the new head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and says the days of Bush environmental rollbacks are over:

"Any kind of weakening of environmental laws or secrecy or changes in the dead of night — it's over," Boxer said. "We're going to for once, finally, make this committee an environment committee, not an anti-environment committee. ... This is a sea change that is coming to this committee."

She also said they are going to take global warming seriously. Outgoing committee chairman Sen. James Inhofe says it's a hoax, and in his last committee meeting today will air his view that "the news media have fanned alarmism about global warming."

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi said she would put minimum wage to a vote first thing in January. As we were frequently reminded during the first week of November, Democrats clearly do not have a plan.

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
10:26 am

Knox County has 337 (more or less) Shouptronic voting machines up for sale. The current high bid for the lot is $5 by MONGO1949. Better hurry, the auction ends tomorrow!

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
09:10 am

WhitesCreek was NOT in South Dakota shooting caged birds on Election Day 2006 and WhitesCreek is NOT the father of Mary Cheney's baby.

I don't know how this disgusting rumor got started but this should be the end of it.

Thank you

(I'm fairly sure this was a case of Parthenogenesis, since Mary Cheney, being a Rightwing Republican Christian, would never have sex out of wedlock due to her intense exposure to all that abstenance education and all)

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
07:00 am

Donald Rumsfeld, March 20 2002:

"What will follow will not be a repeat of any other conflict. It will be of a force and scope and scale that has been beyond what has been seen before."

Donald Rumsfeld, November 6 2006:

"Go minimalist."

OK, then.

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Wed
Dec 6 2006
01:43 am
By: Number9  shortURL

Water?

MEDIA ADVISORY: M06-186

NASA Schedules Briefing to Announce Significant Find on Mars

WASHINGTON - NASA hosts a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Dec. 6, to present new science results from the Mars Global Surveyor. The briefing will take place in the NASA Headquarters auditorium located at 300 E Street, S.W. in Washington and carried live on NASA Television and (link...).

The agency last week announced the spacecraft's mission may be at its end. Mars Global Surveyor has served the longest and been the most productive of any spacecraft ever sent to the red planet. Data gathered from the mission will continue to be analyzed by scientists.

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Tue
Dec 5 2006
10:45 pm

Is down right 5000+ words nuts

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Tue
Dec 5 2006
03:26 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Michael Silence wonders if it's worth keeping his blog going. Sounds like a temporary case of blogger burnout. He'll get over it. Go show some support.

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Tue
Dec 5 2006
12:23 pm

Knoxville's new discount airline will get an immediate kick start now that the UT Vols will be playing in the Tampa Outback Bowl. Michael Silence notes:

The Volunteers' rare miss to a bowl last season is fueling brisk sales of tickets to the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., next month - and that's good news for travel agents and Allegiant Air.

[..]

UT plays Penn State on Jan. 1 in Tampa, and Allegiant will have direct flights to St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport four days a week.

They probably would have done OK even if UT had been invited to the Capital One Citrus Bowl in Orlando. It's only an 85 mile drive from Tampa/St. Pete. And Allegiant has $49 (yes, you read that right) one-way direct fares v. Delta's $400 to $600 round trip to Tampa or $300 to $500 round trip to Orlando.

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There is a column in the News Sentinel today that explains that Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale will present an ethics policy to Knox County Commission. The policy was created by County Technical Assistance Service, the University of Tennessee agency that provides professional services to county officials.

Alert readers will take notice of this part, "Ragsdale said he will present the model CTAS policy to the County Commission, but it may draft standards of its own to be filed with the State Ethics Commission."

Snort, heh, that is a given. This will be a grand exercise of determining what the meaning of the word "is" is.

I feel safer already.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
08:47 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Just caught the end of the school board workshop. The board will NOT vote on Wednesday on rezoning for HVHS. They're going to rethink it, although as one parent pointed out -- they've already had multiple workshops, etc.

Several speakers said the school should be built for 1500, not 2100. Meanwhile, the builders are pouring concrete. -- s.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
08:34 pm

David Kuo succeeds where his employers have failed. He gets it.

This former assistant to Bill Bennett / former policy adviser to John Ashcroft / former speechwriter for Pat Robertson / former special assistant to President Bush II says:

America doesn't have a holy book. It does have two holy documents, however. One is called the Constitution. The other is known as the Declaration of Independence. That's it. Book study finished.

OK, then.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
08:27 pm

I know it isn't important but this is just illogical enough to really irritate the shit out of me. The Lady Vols were ranked #4 and were playing the #2 ranked team. Which team would you expect to win? Well, if the rankings mean anything, you would expect the more highly ranked team to win. So why does losing to a more highly ranked team always, ALWAYS mean a reduction in ranking? I mean, I get that you don't want to punish teams that don't lose but somehow, this just seems screwed up to me.

CAFKIA

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
07:08 pm

For some reason it has always bugged me to have to give my name to get a $3 cup of coffee. So I frequently give a fake name. But I'm not clever enough or quick enough on my feet to always come up with a good one on the spot.

(My favorite fake name is Randall P. McMurphy, but it's a little too obvious for some people, and Randall is too close to my real name to be much fun. And yeah, I've used Bubba but that's not very original, especially without the South Knox part.)

Anyway, a few days ago "Spanky" popped into my head for some reason. So I went with that. The Mrs. wondered who she should be, so naturally I suggested "Darla".

So those are our new Starbucks names - "Darla" and "Spanky".

(I thought about changing to "Alfalfa" to complement "Darla", but "Alfalfa" is not as believable and it's harder to write on the side of a coffee cup. Besides, there's that whole playing-hard-to-get/unrequited love thing and we are way beyond that.)

So, do you have a Starbucks name? If not, why not? Is it because you like hearing the sound of your name announced over the Starbucks PA? Or is it because using a fake name is silly and juvenile? (Or is it because you are enlightened enough to know that only a crazy person pays $3 for a cup of coffee?)

At any rate, feel free to use Spanky and Darla. In fact, it might be fun if everybody used Spanky and Darla. We could get Starbucks people all over town wondering where all these Spanky and Darla people came from. Not to mention the hilarity and mass confusion that would ensue if lots of Spanky and Darlas ordered at the same time.

OK, then.

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