According to the NY Times, "An investigation into sexual abuse and mismanagement at the Texas Youth Commission has led to the dismissal of 66 employees with records of felony charges or arrests, including one convicted of homicide and another who had pleaded guilty to attempted murder, the state official leading the inquiry reported Wednesday."

They say they aren't sure if any kids were harmed. Yet someone sure was trying to get the ear of the commission.

"From early March through April 27, Mr. Kimbrough reported, 2,972 calls and complaints came into a command post hot line, with 1,463 of the cases closed. Eleven employees have been arrested, and 12 senior executives and three facility superintendents have been fired or have resigned, the report said."

Under the care of people like this, it is most likely these kids were emotionally if not physically tortured. How disgusting!

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Robert Booker will be the guest speaker tonight at the KWG monthly meeting. The former director of the Beck Center and author of three books, including the highly praised Two Hundred Years of Black Culture in Knoxville , will read from his books and discuss his writing process. The event will be at the Laurel Theater, 16th and Laurel, at 7:00 p.m.

A $1 donation is appreciated to cover food and drinks.

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Wed
May 2 2007
08:04 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

It's crazy over there at the college this time of year.

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Wed
May 2 2007
07:51 pm

I noticed over at Andrew Sullivan's site that he links to a column by arch-right winger Terry Jeffrey of Human Events Online entitled, "What is Iraq Giving Back?" I have to say that I found Jeffrey's analysis to be spot on: the ultimate problem in Iraq is that we are relying on Iraqis with their own complex, internal agendas to do the bidding of the United States.

Here on the leftward side of the spectrum we'd call that the logical consequence of imperialism. After all, empires of the past met their demise precisely when they deluded themselves into believing their own propaganda about cultural uplift and liberation. Most of us viewed the case for war in Iraq has shaky at best, and the post-invasion justifications even more dubious. Where the Administration saw itself as the savior of freedom and order we saw them as projectors of insanity and arrogance.

Some on the right opposed the Iraq adventure all along because they believed America should stay out of world affairs as much as possible. Our own Congressman Jimmy Duncan made this case quite clear when he opposed wars of choice like those in Iraq.

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Wed
May 2 2007
06:48 pm

Scott Barker from The KNS is live blogging it here.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Zoning passes 5-4. (By way of Betty in comments at 9:16.)

UPDATE from Scott Barker: Voting for the proposal were Sam Anderson, Indya Kincannon, Dan Murphy, Karen Carson and Jim Williams. Cindy Buttry, Thomas Deakins, Rex Stooksbury and Robert Bratton voted no.

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Wed
May 2 2007
06:14 pm

Rice to meet with Syrian officials at conference.

On the sidelines of the conference at this Red Sea resort, attended by representatives of about 60 governments from the region and around the world, Rice also plans to hold first-time talks with her Syrian counterpart, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem.

All. She. Is. Doing. Is. Emboldening. The. Enemy.

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The Justice Dept. IG is now investigating whether Monica Goodling considered political affiliation in hiring entry-level assistant USAs.

I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.

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Wed
May 2 2007
04:47 pm

Heartbreaking news from Chattanooga about a father who dropped off three of his four kids at school but for some reason continued on to work and left his 15 month old son in his BMW M5 sedan.

Temperatures inside the car reached 142 degrees. He found his son dead seven hours later. The father has been charged with negligent homicide and aggravated child abuse and neglect.

I've been blogging off and on for about five years now, and it seems like every year I blog about this same thing at about this same time of year.

Folks really should be more aware of how hot it can get inside a car and how fast, not to mention remembering who is in the car when they park it.

And don't forget pets. They are even more susceptible to extreme heat than humans. Pets can only tolerate a few minutes of it. We can at least sweat -- they can't.

Sigh. Come Memorial Day, I'm sure I'll be posting yet another annual blog post about boating safety in light of yet another preventable tragedy.

People, be careful out there!

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Wed
May 2 2007
01:26 pm

The ACORN indictments appear to have been timed for political effect. If those activists were committing voter fraud, no matter for whom, then they deserve the full force of the law. But what is really interesting is that a central claim by the Gonzales apologists gets tossed in the dustbin: There was no political use of the DoJ in reference to voter fraud cases.

Wow.

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Wed
May 2 2007
11:19 am
By: talidapali  shortURL

Tweety

Goodbye my sweet little girl
I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge
We'll run and play and laugh again
And steal cookies from the fridge.

Tweety
1992 - 2007
My friend and companion and protector.
I love you forever.

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Wed
May 2 2007
10:13 am

The Roomba by iRobot is a way cool vacuuming robot that actually works. See a full review after the jump.

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Tue
May 1 2007
10:22 pm

This via a TVUUC mailing:

There are already more than 200 emergency anti-war rallies planned (around the US) and it's really important to turn out in big numbers to get our message across. There is one right near you in Knoxville. Can you make it tomorrow?

Here are the details:
Corner of Kingston Pike and Morrell Rd.
Wednesday, May 2 2007, 5:00 PM

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Tue
May 1 2007
09:54 pm

What software do you guys use to download and massage pix in raw format? I have been trying to make it smoother after soccer games but my set up is a bit of a pain.

Steve

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Tue
May 1 2007
06:58 pm

President "Support the Troops" Bush has today cut off funding for U.S. defense and homeland security, betraying the trust of U.S. troops fighting his war of choice in Iraq and the American people he swore an oath to defend.

Today, Bush denied:

• $20,594,672,000 in funding for the U.S. Army and reserves

• $7,891,201,000 in funding for the U.S. Air Force and reserves

• $5,974,169,000 in funding for the U.S. Navy and reserves

• $2,648,081,000 in funding for the U.S. Marine Corps and reserves

• $82,462,000 in funding for the U.S. Air National Guard

• $628,855,000 in funding for the U.S. Army National Guard

• $2,714,487,000 in other defense operational and maintenance funding

• $5,906,400,000 in funding for the Afghanistan Security Forces

• $2,432,800,000 in funding for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund

• $2,000,000,000 in funding for repair and replacement of homeland National Guard equipment

• $71,726,000 in intelligence funding

• $115,000,000 in funding for container and supply chain security

• $970,000,000 in funding for air travel security, including checked baggage explosive detection systems

• $8,000,000 in funding for Federal Air Marshals

• $190,000,000 in funding for port security

• $325,000,000 for passenger rail security

• $3,251,853,000 in funding for veteran's health care, including treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

• $466,778,000 in funding for VA trauma centers, prosthetics, rehabilitation for the blind, and mental health treatment

• $595,000,000 in funding for upgrading VA hospitals and medical centers

• $32,500,000 in funding for prosthetic research for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

Those are the facts. President Bush does not support the troops, and wishes to leave them in Iraq indefinitely -- extension of tour after extension of tour, stop loss order after stop loss order -- without adequate protection, equipment, supplies, or medical care.

Rejecting demands for accountability, Bush also said today that the bill "substitutes opinions of politicians for the judgment of military commanders."

Actually, the bill finally imposes the judgment and will of the American people by way of Congress on the Bush administration and the fatally flawed opinions of his military commanders, who have been wrong time after time after time (or who have simply been telling Bush what he wanted to hear instead of the truth which everyone else has figured out by now).

And in case Bush, Dick Cheney, and Fox News have not read the Constitution, here's a news flash: Only Congress can declare war, not Bush or his military commanders. Bush's job is to prosecute the war to advance the mission objectives set out by Congress and the American people. Mission accomplished. Time to bring our troops home.

We are long past the military phase of the Iraq invasion, just as Bush told us four years ago today. Military commanders cannot effect a political solution in Iraq. That's the job of Bush and Condi Rice. They need to quit complaining, get busy and do their job, and stop blaming their failures on the military and Democrats.

This is a good day for America. Congressional Democrats have exposed Bush and his neocon corporate crony pals for what they are -- losers who put their own selfish interests before the interests of America and our soldiers.

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Tue
May 1 2007
05:26 pm

In addition to cranking out some truly exceptional journalism, the former Knight Ridder D.C. shop has been letting its hair down and copping quite a serious D.F. Hippie attitude of late.

If rigidity is the problem, you'd think they could use more massages, not fewer.

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Tue
May 1 2007
05:08 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

A belated Happy Loyalty Day to all KnoxViewers.

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Tue
May 1 2007
04:27 pm

Our previous rumor and hearsay regarding the Riverside Tavern/Ruth's Chris deal, including the price, is confirmed in today's Maryville Daily Times.

The new information is that the property isn't expect to reopen as Ruth's Chris until the fall, and that it will be a company-owned store, not a franchise.

The article notes that you should use any gift certificates or coupons before May 15th, and they aren't taking any reservations for banquets and the like past May 13th. Oh, and Texas Roadhouse in Alcoa isn't worried about the competition.

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Tue
May 1 2007
02:15 pm

From the Washington Post:

As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms -- a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, experts and bloggers said.

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Tue
May 1 2007
01:54 pm

The New York Times ran a good review of a recent slew of books on the civil rights movement in the South. The gist of these new books is that we need to look beyond simple black and white in order to understand both the civil rigths movement and, more importantly, the resistance to it within the South. These books examine the development of Southern conservative Republicanism within the context of the expanding Sunbelt, the suburbanizatin of Southern cities like Atlanta, Dallas and Birmingham, and the cultural alienation of evangelicals following the sexual revolution. The end result is that what shaped suburban Atlanta also heavily influenced suburban New York and Detroit. The conservative movement that first emerged in Orange County, CA and Dupage County, IL and Oakland County, MI reflected similar sorts of fears and aspirations of white suburbanites in Gwinnett County, GA and Williamson County, TN. In other words, the South just wasn't all that much different from the rest of the country.

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