Fri
Jul 27 2007
08:03 am

It's not exactly a news flash, but it is notable that the KNS finally reports something like this.

Although, they needn't wait for an environmental group to issue a report. All the info is right here.

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Fri
Jul 27 2007
06:38 am

CMT has a new blog. It's slick, polished and well written, with some dispatches from touring artists, reviews, videos, and more. Check it out.

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Fri
Jul 27 2007
05:57 am

Will the turmoil in the County Mayor's office boil over again today? Or is the worst over and things will start settling down?

The paper's big story on Finch and TennCorp seems to have fizzled out a little, judging from today's installment.

But now attention is being focused on the hospitality fund. There doesn't seem to be much "there" there, but in the current climate its days are probably numbered. Letting the Chamber handle that sort of thing seems like an appropriate solution.

Anyway, whatever happens today might be a clue as to whether things are going to blow up or blow over. Bad news always seems to come out on Friday afternoon.

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Fri
Jul 27 2007
05:20 am

Two teens from opposite coasts got together to walk the 3,000 miles from CA to DC to "promote peaceful solutions to some of the world's greatest problems."

The two teens, "Ashley Casale, 19, of Clinton Corners, N.Y., and Michael Israel, 18, of Jackson, Calif., had hoped that others who opposed the war in Iraq would join them on their 3,000-mile walk from San Francisco to Washington. But since starting off May 21, it's usually just been the two of them."

They are half way across the country. Let's hope as they enter the more populous states more people will join them. In August, their route will take them through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Kudos to Ashley and Michael! Before they are 20 years old they will have taken on such an important cause and experienced more of the US than most Americans.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
03:36 pm

I guess everybody's going to keep piling on Cynthia Finch and TennCorp. Here is some info you will likely be hearing more about soon.

A reader who followed awoodle's link below tells us TennCorp's tax returns show occupancy expenses of $9000 for 2005, $13,000 for 2004, and $14,000 for 2003.

In 2004 and 2005, TennCorp reported on Form 990 that they did not receive "donated services or the use of materials, equipment, or facilities at no charge or at substantially less than fair rental value."

TennCorp has offices in a building owned by Finch. Finch was quoted in the Knoxville News Sentinel yesterday as saying she does not charge rent to TennCorp for space in the building, that they pay their own utilities and phone, and that Finch pays for the property taxes and insurance herself.

The paper had previously reported the $9000 in occupancy expenses for 2005. TennCorp seems to be saying they pay somebody rent or some other type of occupancy expense*, and that they did not receive free or reduced charge rent in 2004 or 2005. There's probably a logical explanation for all this. The KNS will probably have answers tomorrow.

*Instructions for IRS form 990 define occupancy expense as "the use of office space or other facilities, heat, light, power and other utilities (other than telephone expenses), outside janitorial services, mortgage interest, property insurance, real estate taxes, and similar expenses." According to the instructions, it appears reporting of free or reduced charge facilities, etc., is optional.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
02:21 pm

In honor of the recovering-alcoholic President and the nation that wants to have a beer with him, in search of the punch line for the shaggy-dog war that is Victory in Iraq, I jest:

Q. What is the difference between the Bush administration and a bunch of maggots liquefying a dog turd?

Continued...

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
01:19 pm

Anyone can learn more about a nonprofit's financial structure by going to (link...). There you can register for free, then enter the name of a nonprofit and get basic public information, including the past three years' 990s. The 990 includes information about income and expenses, the Board of Directors, and other IRS-required financial information.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
01:14 pm

I keep trying not to say anything about our only Knoxville daily paper, but when I saw space in the Sentinel's YourHub on Monday where a couple just wrote in to say they had a nice honeymoon, I thought I was going to loose it. Or maybe its this girl they've put on the Sunday Perspective page who mostly just peppers her stories with old Al Gore jokes. Or maybe its what should be serious stories about murder and child molesting that are peppered with jokes about the perpetrators looking like Santa Clause. Katie Couric and CBS have their own trouble but I feel like we deserve more than this in Knoxville.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
01:05 pm

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""You love your pet fish, but constantly neglect them…. Instead integrate them into a mandatory part of your life…. Then you can unzip, enjoy and never forget to feed your fish again," wrote Thrillist Nation.

GadgetCool advised: "Please make sure you put the fish in the right compartment."

AquaOne is hoping it is just a few months away from ironing out the last technical issues with its new H2Orb. It is taking a bit of a risk in the meantime, surviving on only about $35,000 in monthly sales because it no longer actively sells its old toilet sensor.

The company may also need to develop a new sensor, lest its mantra of saving water for the planet get flushed down the toilet, so to speak, since that is exactly what people like to do with the Fish 'n Flush.
(link...)
"I've had the tank for about six months now. It's hilarious. If guests ask to use my bathroom, I don't tell them it's there. First I hear them laughing, then they are in there flushing and flushing and watching the water go down, but not the fish," said Megan Fernandez, 23, who works as a teller for a credit union in Tampa, Fla.

"My niece loves it. She is in the bathroom all day long when she visits. She loves that toilet."

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
10:12 am

I just did a lot of digging and you're absolutely right, Beanster. The health department in general has always loathed Cynthia Finch. She was also almost certainly paid for her trips to the AKA beause the director is always paid for travel expenses.

I smelled a rotten fish here, and still do, in the fact that these three black women were held up for public scrutiny before the whole p-card scandal was completely investigated.

I apologize for defending Finch's behaviors. When I'm wrong, I have no trouble admitting it. I was going on my observation of what was obviously a superficial postering of warm respect for Ms. Finch at the meetings I attended. You were right, no one likes her.

The black community members I have spoken to do not support her, though they wish the Chief Financial Offier and all other p-card holders had also been scrutized before this story broke.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
08:26 am

Net earnings were only $10.26 billion on revenues of $97.6 billion for the second quarter.

Earnings were down a whopping 1%, and ranked only the fourth highest quarterly earnings ever recorded for a publicly traded U.S. company. Clearly Exxon Mobile is slipping. Expect another gas price increase...

But seriously, these are mind boggling numbers. Revenues are on pace to exceed the gross domestic product of Saudi Arabia, or the combined GDP of Ireland and Portugal.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
05:54 am

The KNS has a somewhat biased article about the federal minimum wage increase that went into effect this week. They advance the tired right-wing conservative argument that it isn't necessary because nobody makes minimum wage anyway.

So if nobody makes minimum wage, what's the big deal with raising it?

The KNS fails to mention that Tennessee is one of only five states without a state minimum wage law, in the distinguished company of Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana -- some of the poorest states in the nation.

The KNS fails to mention that more than thirty other states have a state minimum wage higher than the federal, including our neighbors in North Carolina and Arkansas.

The KNS fails to mention that nearly 50,000 Tennessee workers are paid at or below the federal minimum wage. They also fail to mention that many of these workers are single mothers who cannot afford health insurance or day care, even with the increased federal minimum wage.

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Thu
Jul 26 2007
02:29 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Shoes made from Kangaroo hide.

California does not allow products made from kangaroos to be sold or imported into the state, but Adidas had claimed that the state law conflicted with the aims of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, which sought to support Australian efforts to control kangaroos. The expanding population of the jumping marsupials has become a problem for Australia.

Adidas must have invested a lot of money in their kangaroo shoes. Why else would they push so hard to sell shoes made from Kangaroos?

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Wed
Jul 25 2007
04:38 pm

Young County Commissioner, Democratic Party activist, and blogger Chris D. Jackson has details on this weekend's Democratic Leadership Conference meeting in Nashville.

Not one of the eight current Democratic candidates for President plans to attend, although the husband of one of them will be there.

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Wed
Jul 25 2007
04:27 pm

The House Judiciary Committee has issued Contempt of Congress citations against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush's former legal counselor, Harriet Miers. The measure will now move to the House for a full vote.

The White House responds:

"Now we have a situation where there is an attempt to do something that's never been done in American history, which is to assail the concept of executive privilege which hails back to the administration of George Washington and in particular to use criminal contempt charges against the White House chief of staff and the White House legal counsel," said White House Spokesman Tony Snow.

What's never been done in American history is for the executive branch to defy Congress and ignore the Constitution to the extent this administration has.

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Wed
Jul 25 2007
01:19 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Just so you don't go around thinking you're significant or anything.

Thanks to Xenisma for the reminder.

Peace

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Wed
Jul 25 2007
11:43 am

(link...)

This is interesting, and a whole lotta speculating can go on about this.

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Wed
Jul 25 2007
07:08 am

What do Renee Kesler, Requitta Bone, and Cynthia Finch all have in common? They are all successful black women, and at some time have all been under intense scrutiny with regard to local government shenanigans, resulting in two of them leaving their posts and a third most likely updating her resume.

How is it that the press brings out the torches and pitchforks for these women, but can't seem to get the goods on any Rich White Guys in the Good Old Boys Club (with the possible exception of Werner, who Ragsdale threw under the bus himself)?

Not that anyone should get a free pass because of their race, but might it have something to do with who has the power and who is feeding the media their info and where they would rather divert attention?

UPDATE: Margie Loyd, another successful black woman, has resigned.

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