Mon
Dec 4 2006
01:42 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

That hilariously funny lady over at Juanita's has always shown the rest of us how to blog, I mean "Talk Beauty Shop", about local politics. For years that girl has set the bar way too high for these old knees to jump over.

Now she's gone and redecorated the place.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
12:55 pm

There are over 280 videos on YouTube that show how to pick locks. Any locks. A Google search for "bump key" will yield over 1,750,000 results.

The worst part of the bump key phenomena is that insurance companies will not pay a claim because this technique leaves no trace of forced entry.

Let me recommend some items and ideas for your home safety:

1.) A real door lock from Mastercraft.

2.) Anti-intruder device from Glock.

3.) A good professionally monitored alarm system.

4.) Sleep with a cell phone next to your bed.

5.) A dog, any dog that will bark.

6.) A keyless deadbolt.

7.) Neighborhood watch program.

8.) Insured by Smith and Wesson door sticker.

Any other good ideas on how to protect your home?

Les Jones has more on this and a video demonstration you should look at.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
11:29 am
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has just won the Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning from the National Press Foundation. An archive of his excellent work is available here. Be sure to enjoy this one.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
10:45 am

CNN is telling us that the pResident was "surprised and disappointed" Friday when he received John Bolton's resignation. He will certainly be missed.

Now, let's see which other bozo we can appoint during a congressional recess.

As an added note. Here is a link to a little pick-me-up.

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Mon
Dec 4 2006
05:34 am
By: airrn  shortURL

After reading this it is hard to imagine they are actually describing the treatment of a US citizen.

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Sun
Dec 3 2006
08:32 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Does anyone else see the irony that in 2003 Mayor Haslam and most others running for city offices were tripping over themselves to be in the "Guest Bartender" program at Preservation Pub, serving legal alcohol. As recent as late June Phil Bredesen held a fundraiser at World Grotto. But now the Sentinel says Scott West does not deserve leniency because the pot dealing may have "harmed young lives." Wow, and alcohol has never harmed young lives??Its a travesty for Scott West or any others to sit in jail over pot, not meth, not heroin, but pot. I know that legal pot probably would not have made them as much money,but I hope I see the day when we can buy 4$ generic pot at Wal-Mart, that gays can marry, false reasons for war is an impeachable offense etc. Peace, Stacey

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Sun
Dec 3 2006
05:00 pm
By: Number9  shortURL

It's GOOD.

Game over.

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Sun
Dec 3 2006
01:13 pm

Just in time for the Christmas season, bad news for the Katrina reconstruction effort.

St. Paul Travelers Cos. Inc., Louisiana's largest commercial insurance provider, plans to cancel all its commercial property policies in the New Orleans area next year, sparking fears that other insurers will follow and slow the region's economic recovery.

While the St. Paul, Minn., company refused to say how many commercial policies will be affected or specify where the cuts will be in South Louisiana, two insurance brokers who were briefed by the company this week say Travelers will not renew any property insurance for businesses in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and eastern St. Tammany parishes. Cuts will also affect individual businesses in other parts of South Louisiana, including St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes.

"I said, 'May I tell anybody who asks that Travelers is withdrawing from the commercial property insurance market in southeast Louisiana?' " said Anderson Baker, president of the New Orleans agency Gillis, Ellis & Baker, who met with the company Wednesday. "The answer was, 'Yes.' "

Travelers spokeswoman Jennifer Wislocki said the company has "a high concentration of commercial policies in the hurricane-prone areas of Louisiana" and will not renew many commercial policies when they expire.

"To keep future losses to a more acceptable level for continued financial stability, we are reducing our exposure in some of these areas by non-renewing a number of small to mid-sized commercial properties," Wislocki said.

It's too soon to tell if other insurers will follow suit, but considering that they're the leader in the Louisiana market, this does not portend good things for New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

Any Traveler's policy holders out there in KnoxViews land?

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Sun
Dec 3 2006
11:40 am

I've been following this for a while.

The gazebo at Maloney Park is in the works! The quality looks good.

Thank you, Knox County.

Because Knox County officials didn't get a written agreement from the developer concerning the public land swap, county employees will complete the work, said Doug Bataille, senior director of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department.

Too bad Knox County and KUB jumped on the opportunity to put a sewage pumping station in this small County park. Wouldn't it be nice if once the developer starts becoming profitable again, he will pony up the money to pay back the County?

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Sun
Dec 3 2006
10:58 am

Congratulations to...

Maryville High School, the new 4A State Champions, on their third consecutive state championship which marks their record-tying tenth.

Fulton High School, the new 3A State Champions, for their third championship in four years.

Alcoa High School, the new 2A State Champions, for their third consecutive state championship.

...and to Webb High School, for their recent Division II-AA State Champion win.

East Tennessee sure knows how to play them some high school football. The Mrs. notes that Blount Co. will be busy changing lots of "welcome to the home of" street signs around town.

Oh, and congratulations to the Florida Gators on their SEC Championship. Wonder how it might have turned out if Tennessee had beaten them? Will we see an SEC team in the Fiesta Tostitos/BCS National Championship Bowl?

Meanwhile, UT is expecting an invite to the Citrus CompUSA Phil Fulmer Volunteer Capital One Bowl.

UPDATE: Capital One passes on UT, Vols going to the Hall of Fame Outback.

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Sat
Dec 2 2006
02:49 pm
By: cafkia  shortURL

"The defendant has no prior criminal history and has performed many charitable works," U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips said of the Market Square businessman turned convicted drug and money laundering conspirator. "However, the court cannot ignore that many of the defendant's good works were funded by drug money.

I saw the quote above on the front page of the local paper of record and it struck me as assinine.

Continued...

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Sat
Dec 2 2006
10:47 am

A visit to Downtown Knoxville last night for First Friday and the Christmas Parade to get you in the holiday spirit...

(Photos after the jump...)

Continued...

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
05:57 pm

Don't forget the Hellbender Fundraiser Auction, 6PM, Sapphires. Christmas parade at 7PM. We're headed down that way to donate some swag and have a martini.

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
05:27 pm

One of the few things I've posted that y'all will probably agree with...

Apparently there's a tremendous shortage of brains in our State Legislature. Via Michael and Uncle, I see that our best minds (god help us all) are proposing to monitor by GPS our every move and then tax us per mile traveled because:

"Gas tax revenues are static, and they don't necessarily increase with the transportation needs that have to be met," said Sen. Mark Norris

What a tool.

What he doesn't realize is that not only is this a non-problem, his solution is functionally identical to the existing system!

Except of course for the tremendous violation of our privacy.

Allow me to explain, and I'll use short, simple words for the legislators in the room.

Continued...

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
04:10 pm
By: metulj  shortURL

Sentenced.

75 months total.

UPDATE: Seems West can possibly shave 12 months off if he completes an addiction rehab while in the hoosegow.

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
02:37 pm

You may recall when I wrote that YouTube would be a new quantum shift in the body politic and that the danger would be that anything said in public would be available almost instantaneously and would have a shelf life of forever. If you thought politicians were cryptic before you ain’t seen nothing yet. There will be no more John F. Kerry bungled jokes. The affect on comedians may be catastrophic.

But wait, there is something that makes YouTube pale in comparison. New Federal rules that go into effect today and that were approved by the United States Supreme Court in April will require, U.S. companies to keep track of all the e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees.

Reasonable people will ask why. The answer is legal discovery which is used by both sides in court cases. This single ruling will tragically and dramatically change both the way America does business but will also create liability in the computer technology industry where no liability existed before.

Read more after the jump:

Continued...

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
01:59 pm

More Lady Vols basketball:
This time it's Alexis Hornbuckle busting a move:

(link...)

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
01:20 pm

That's right. Reynolds has gone nuts. He's also well respected and what not.

Look, everyone knows it can't be a REAL civil war, in Iraq or America, unless lots of guys suffering from dyspepsia and wearing beards that look like they are eating groundhogs run around yelling "Wheel right!" and write cloying letters to their brothers on the other side.

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
11:32 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL


Photo by R. Neal

Here's an interesting article from The Mountain Press about the Cataloochee Elk. It also explains why you might have noticed more bears in Cades Cove this year.

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Fri
Dec 1 2006
11:13 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL
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