Sat
May 26 2007
09:08 am

We noticed kids and tour buses everywhere downtown last night, and once we drove by the Convention Center we remembered that the Destination ImagiNation finals were in town.

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May 26 2007
07:28 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Knox County has apparently developed an innovative policy to prevent future derelict schools like South High, Brownlow, Oakwood, or Old Knoxville High.

Tear them down when they are only 31 years old.

Your tax dollars hard at work developing new, poorly-planned infrastructure at the expense of actual learning.

Brilliant!

Super bonus: get the newspaper to a sweet story about a memory wall rather than thoroughly investigate the cost and benefit.

Super super bonus: Knox County Schools hasn't thought through what to do with the intermediate school. Perhaps storage, like all these other old schools?

It's unclear what will be done with the intermediate school when the students move to the new school, Dillingham said.

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Fri
May 25 2007
09:00 pm

While I'm thrilled that fundamentalist Christian fanatics now have a "museum" of their own - the new Creation Museum in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati - I was furious to discover that firearms are not allowed on the premises. Surely no Bible-believing Christian would harm another human with a gun, right? And surely an armed fundamentalist citizenry would be able to prevent some poor deluded soul from trying to bring in the rapture prematurely, right? It's so disappointing that Christian fundamentalists have bought into gun-grabbing liberalism lock, stock and barrel.

(link...)

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:36 pm

Tonight, Friday May 25th...

The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson 1915-1950

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

More details here.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

I'll be here Saturday night.

WhitesCreek's brother will be sitting in with the X MISS AMERICAS during the taping for a PBS music series. In case anyone else is there and wants to say hi, here is a picture of us together in our Dad's car so you can recognize me.

I'm the better looking one.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:12 pm

Nice twist to the gas price debate. To sum it up, refineries are not being invested in due to the new emphasis on biofuel?

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:10 pm

This "Dr. Falwell" stuff has been irritating me for years, although he's not the only preacher who has misappropriated a unearned and pretentious title -- we've got an abundance of them right here in Knox County.

I've been doing some reading, and his educational background is extremely sketchy. Wikipedia sums it up, and I've not found anything to debunk this account:

"Prior to the founding of his church, Falwell attended Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, but left during his sophomore year. He then transferred to and graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1956.[3][4]
Although he sometimes used the title "Doctor," Falwell held no earned doctorate. He held three honorary degrees: an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary [5], an honorary Doctor of Letters from California Graduate School of Theology (an unaccredited institution[6]), and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Central University in Seoul, South Korea (an unaccredited institution[7]).["

"Dr." Falwell, indeed.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:03 pm

Another shocking development (rolling eyes).

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:13 pm

I've finally made it to Maryville! My first observation now that I'm an East Tennessee resident is that this region worships a God other than that of the Bible. That God is called "T". He seems to love the color orange and graven images of his likeness appear on all sorts of mobile and immobile property throughout Blount and Knox County. In order to demonstrate my own reverence for "T", I even put semblance of "T's" likeness on the back of my new car. Sometimes "T" appears surrounded by other sacred letters, including "Vols" or "enessee." But usually that God of gods - the letter "T" - appears solo.

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:06 pm

Memorial Day weekend marks the launch of summer boating season, and we are blessed with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities on Tennessee's beautiful rivers and lakes. But each year we read about too many deaths and serious injuries on our waterways.

Here are some TWRA statistics (PDF format) from the 2006 boating season:

• The number of boating fatalities for 2006 was 16. This was an increase from 2005 which reported 10.

• The type of accident that resulted in the most fatalities was falls overboard with 3.

• The type of vessel that was most common in fatal accidents was the open motorboat with 11 vessels.

• The number of serious injury accidents in 2006 was 107 resulting in 129 injuries.

• The type of accident that resulted in the most injuries was Skier Mishap or Fall with 27 accidents.

• The body of water that produced the most injury accidents was the Ocoee River with 19 accidents. These resulted from whitewater sports activities.

• The number of Personal Water Craft accidents in 2006 was 46. This was no change from 2005 which reported 46. The number of injuries for PWC accidents was 38.

• The type of PWC accident that was most common was collision with another vessel with 25 accidents.

• The leading contributing factor for PWC accidents was operator inattention with 7 accidents. This was followed closely by careless/reckless with 6 accidents.

• The total number of registered vessels in 2006 was 271,687. That was an increase of over 4,000 from 2005.

• The total number of reported accidents in 2006 was 222. That was a increase from 2005 which had 169.

• The most common type of boat involved in an accident was an open motorboat.

• The leading type of accident was collision with another vessel.

• The most common operation during an accident was cruising.

• The leading contributing factor of accidents was careless or reckless behavior followed closely by operator inattention.

• Alcohol and/or drug use was a contributing factor in 6.3% of accidents. This was an increase from 2005 which was 5.3% of accidents.

And that's not counting other accidental drownings. Don't be a statistic. If you are going into open water for any reason, you really should be wearing a personal flotation device. Even if you're an Olympic-class swimmer, there are too many things that can go wrong. The same applies if you're in an inherently unstable craft such as a canoe or a kayak.

As a kid, the best thing I learned from Red Cross water safety/life saving classes was the "reach, throw, row, go" protocol for potential drowning rescue situations.

First try to reach the victim from the safety of land or the boat, by hand, with a paddle or oar, a fishing rod, a stick, a rope, a towel, anything. If that's not possible, find something to throw to the victim such as a life vest, seat cushion, boat fender, plastic jug, cooler, or anything that floats. If that's not possible, try to reach the victim by boat, canoe, inner tube, or whatever other floating vessel might be about (but do not approach the victim under power). Entering the water to attempt a swimming rescue is always the last resort. All too frequently the result is two victims, even if the rescuer is trained and in good physical condition.

As the summer boating season approaches, boating safety cannot be stressed enough. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is primarily responsible for safety and enforcement on Tennessee waterways. They have safe boating courses and now require anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 to pass a boating safety exam and carry a certification card. There is more information here, including a free online boating safety course.

Here are some other useful Tennessee boating and water safety links:

  • Safety tips
  • Summary of boating regulations
  • Lighting requirements
  • Aids to navigation
  • Rules of right-of-way (PDF)
  • Required equipment checklist

    And to emphasize one of my pet peeves, you are responsible for your wake, so please keep an eye on it.

    Even if you are a safe and responsible boater, there are plenty of irresponsible yahoos out on the lakes (some who may have had a few too many) who are a danger to themselves and others. So please be prepared, and be careful out there!

    UPDATE: The Maryville Daily Times has this article.

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    11:30 am

    I'm not really surprised by the Iraq cave-in. But I'm genuinely baffled by this wait 'til September mantra echoed by both sides. One might think it was sparked by the anticipated "Petraeus Report," but I'm pretty sure the latter was a reaction to the mantra, not vice versa. Is it driven by the fiscal calendar?

    Where did this September idea originate, and is it an indication of some back-room, bipartisan consensus?

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    May 25 2007
    11:22 am

    CNN has this article about sunscreens. Many of us don't give them a second thought. Many of us are getting skin cancers, too.

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    10:48 am
    By: bill young  shortURL

    The deal with these folks is; they want a winner & they will leave ya in a new york second if they think you can't.

    Senator Clinton, up till now, has been the establishment candidate. That could change.

    One poll shows the Senator 3rd in Iowa; behind Edwards & Obama. In Florida, the latest poll has Edwards ahead.

    Richardson could be poised to fill the gap.

    The Governor has steadly moved up to 10% in Iowa & N.H. Running hard in Nevada. Plus he's got a clever add up in the early states.

    Then there's Gore.The establishment folks know he's steady. Can do the job. Plus the left wing, torn between Gore & Nader in '00, now think he's the coolest thing EVER.

    Could a write-in for Gore in N.H. get this party started? Can U say Gore-Obama?

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    10:43 am

    Great news! By way of Michael Silence, the controversial Road to Nowhere is officially dead.

    UPDATE: Well, maybe not offically dead, but definitely being given its last rites.

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    10:33 am

    Read all about it at Facing South...

    UPDATE: I hate to see this really, not only because of safety reasons but because I'm pretty sure the folks at TVA are doing their best. At some point you have to start wondering, though, if their best is good enough. I'm still on the fence regarding nuclear power. I used to be 100% for it. Now I'm not so sure. Safety and nuclear waste disposal are serious concerns that we don't seem able or willing to deal with.

    On a related note, see this excellent (and scary) report by Sue Sturgis at Facing South earlier this week regarding plans to make the South a nuclear waste dump. (And my follow up here.)

    And before that, here is a disturbing report about the pending shutdown (which may have already occurred) of the Savannah River Ecology Lab which studies the effects of radioactive contamination on the environment. Their research is "specifically related to impacts from nuclear weapons related production. Such information is essential to the operation and closure of all DOE sites. SREL is recognized as a world leader in radiation ecology and provides unprecedented training for future scientists and engineers in this field."

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    May 25 2007
    10:31 am
    By: redmondkr  shortURL

    My crazy neighbor has confessed - and bragged about it. He vows that he has perfected the transfer of his brain into the bodies of animals and that it was really he, in the body of that bird, who pooped on Mr. Bush yesterday in the Rose Garden. He came by here early this morning in a rental car and said he was removing himself to an undisclosed location until "the heat's off".

    I wonder why he didn't just fly away.

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    May 25 2007
    09:33 am

    Russ McBee (who, by the way, is a great recent addition to the Tennessee blogosphere whose blog you should be reading) has tagged me with another one of these blog chain letter/meme things. Read more...

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    May 25 2007
    08:49 am
    By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

    I never noticed before how much Fred looks like a mask...

    Tom Tomorrow explains Republican Presidential Campaign:


    Tom Tomorrow

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    08:28 am

    The Senate yesterday rejected two separate amendments to the immigration bill that would eliminate the Z Visa legalization program and limit the Y Visa guest worker program by phasing it out after five years.

    The vote against sunsetting the Y Visa guest worker program was close at 49-48. (Earlier in the week, the Senate rejected an amendment that would have eliminated the Y Visa immigration program altogether by a vote of 64-31.)

    The vote against eliminating the Z Visa legalization program was 66-29. 26 Republicans joined 38 Democrats and two independents to vote for the legalization program. Nine Democrats voted against it. They are: Pryor (D-AR), Landrieu (D-LA), McCaskill (D-MO), Baucus (D-MT), Tester (D-MT), Nelson (D-NE), Dorgan (D-ND), Byrd (D-WV), and Rockefeller (D-WV).

    Sens. Alexander and Corker both voted to eliminate the Z Visa legalization program. Sen. Corker, a co-sponsor of the Y Visa amendment, voted for sunsetting the guest worker program. Sen. Alexander voted against it*.

    The Senate has delayed a vote on the full immigration bill until June.

    See here for more info on the immigration bill including the Y Visa guest worker program and the Z Visa legalization program.

    *UPDATE: Looks like Sen. Alexander may have been the swing vote against the Y Visa sunset? ACK has more observations and speculation.

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