Fri
Apr 6 2007
08:37 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

I tried to make something up that would top this, but...

Easter...Bloody Easter

AS I read the piece, I kept laughing at more and more irony. It is Irony, isn't it? I mean the Truth can't be Satire, right?

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Fri
Apr 6 2007
04:01 pm

As if it wasn't big enough contradiction for a big "C" Conservative to propose a tax initiative, Rep. Campfield wants to put the squeeze on erotic speech and press with his Adult Materials Tax. ;)

Rep. Campfield doesn't have any idea that his tax initiative infringes the Constitutional protections of speech & press. IMO the ARKANSAS WRITERS' PROJECT v. RAGLAND case reads that way, but please read it and decide for yourself. (481 U.S. 221 (1987)).

This week, Rep. Campfield made several posts about his tax initiative including the one that finally got me commenting at his blog. The last was one of those roundup entries. It was just too much ...

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Fri
Apr 6 2007
02:09 pm

Tamara Shepherd e-mails:

I learned just today [ed. note: yesterday on Thursday] what the full scope of this year's Knox County Schools rezoning effort will be: 11 of 12 county high schools, with corresponding changes in middle school and elementary school lines! I spoke by phone with Rick Grubb, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation for KCS, who says a 12,000 piece mailing is underway now. Staff will work tomorrow (although they're closed for Good Friday) and Saturday (also closed, of course), completing the mailing on Monday. All victims should be in-the-know by Tuesday, April 10. It's the biggest rezoning effort here in many years.

Apparently, it involves every Knox County school except South-Doyle. Tamara also notes that there is no public discussion planned for eight of the nine board meetings, and that the public will only have 48 hours to respond before the final vote on May 2nd.

Schedule and more info after the jump...

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The AT&T lobbyist sponsored bill HB1421/ SB1933 in the Tennessee General Assembly eliminates local control of cable franchises, regulates local franchise fees, restricts or eliminates customer service and quality standards, provides state regulation of local public right of way for the benefit of cable companies, restricts or eliminates local build-out requirements, and allows cable companies to create statewide franchises.

The House version has been deferred three times, and is currently on the House Commerce Committee calendar for April 10th. The Senate version has been deferred once, and is currently on the Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture committee calendar for April 10th.

Click "read more" for a comprehensive update...

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
06:54 pm

See what the I-Man has to say about the National Championship game

(link...)

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
06:10 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

I read today's Ear to the Ground in the Metro Pulse that said Betty Reddick asked Mildred Buffler to leave her namesake club day club because she did not support Betty for Democratic Party Chair. While I wasn't there, this seems out of character for Betty and Mildred. There are some old biddies in the Party, but Betty and Mildred are very nice and conduct themselves in a professional way. A couple of months ago the Ear said Jim Gray was running for Chair again. There was not even a rumor about that. A few weeks ago the Ear said Mike Padgett was recovering from heart surgey. I've asked Party people and people from Halls if they had heard that and none had and it has not been in the Sentinel or the Shopper. I've been wondering if that was true, and if not, why they printed it. Stacey

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Bush thumbs his nose at Congress with recess appointments. Egalia at Tennessee Guerilla Women has the story and a roundup of reaction.

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
12:09 pm

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 50% of advertising on television shows for children under 12 is for food.

According to the report:

The study found that tweens ages 8-12 see the most food ads on TV, an average of 21 ads a day, or more than 7,600 a year. Teenagers see slightly fewer ads, at 17 a day, for a total of more than 6,000 a year. For a variety of reasons -- because they watch less TV overall, and more of their viewing is on networks that have limited or no advertising, such as PBS and Disney -- children ages 2-7 see the least number of food ads, at 12 food ads a day, or 4,400 a year.

And as you might expect, the advertising is mostly for not-so-healthy foods -- 34% of TV ads aimed at children are for candy or snacks. Only 15% of the ads depict an active lifestyle. Not one of the nearly 9,000 ads reviewed was for fruits or vegetables.

In contrast, the report says that teens see only 47 public service ads per year promoting fitness or nutrition.

Read more after the jump...

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In today’s Farragut Press there is one sentence that may forever change the debate on Metro Government in Knox County. It is a quote from Town of Farragut town attorney Tom Hale. When asked about how Metro Government would affect Farragut Mr. Hale responded that Farragut would have a couple options. The first option would be a referendum to do away with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Does that mean also abolishing the Town of Farragut?

Here is where is gets interesting. The second option is for a referendum to decide NOT to join Knox County Government. Mr. Hale said, “The decision would really be in the hands of the citizens”.

Would this second option mean seceding from Knox County and taking those Farragut property tax dollars away from Knox County? Does a Metro Government charter allow the people of Farragut to go their own way?

Today Farragut is a municipality in Knox County with property tax dollars going to Knox County. If in fact the people of the Town of Farragut would have the option via referendum to withdraw from Knox County and keep their property tax dollars it would seem that they are the key decision makers concerning any future Metro Government.

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
11:04 am

WASHINGTON Two soldiers killed in Iraq in February may have died as a result of friendly fire, Army officials said Wednesday, not from enemy fire, as the press reported.

The military suspected friendly fire later in February but did not inform the dead soldiers' families of these new doubts.

One of the soldiers died just hours after arriving in Iraq -- and was one of those troops rushed to the country in the "surge" who did not receive full training.

There's quite a lot in this E&P piece.

And Pelosi's trip is playing very well all over the world except for a few red states, by the way.

peace

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
10:34 am

If you live in Blount County, TN or you visit the county often to enjoy the Great Out Doors aka GSM- your action is urgently needed.

Next Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 there a public hearing on proposed changes to zoning in Blount County (link...)

What it boils down to is this-

We don't have a plan.
Yes, we do have a plan.
But, we don't to follow any stinkin' plan.
We will let the public speak out on April 10th but we don't have to listen.

Cause we are Blount County and we can turn this place into Sevier County if we want and you can't stop us.

Why is it that to conserve the land it takes the actions of a liberal but to liberally give way the land to development is done by conservatives?

Well, a question ain’t really a question
If you know the answer too- John Prine

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Thu
Apr 5 2007
07:25 am
By: Johnny Ringo  shortURL
Wed
Apr 4 2007
09:58 pm

We bought an Easter Lily for my mom tonight. While I was checking out the cashier mentioned that he always planted his, and they kept coming back. I didn't know that you could plant Easter Lilies. Did you know that?

Here's info on how to plant Easter Lilies from Hortchat.com. (And is it just me, or does Hortchat sound vaguely dirty?) They're not hardy in all parts of the country, but Tennessee is apparently warm enough for them to overwinter.

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
07:23 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

Thirty-nine years ago today,The Rev.Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. was shot & killed in Memphis.

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
06:05 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

Knox County Cable Committee met April 4, 2007, 8:30-9:30 am in Room 640 of the City County Bldg. Chair Mike Hammond was present. I was there, I'm vice chair. Also present: Commissioners R. Larry Smith, Josh Jordan, and Lee Tramel. The group discussed and unanimously passed my resolution below:

Read more after the jump...

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
03:06 pm

Labeling food as irradiated is hurting business. You don't need to know what has been irradiated, it will just confuse you. They might just call it pasteurized, since both processes kill germs.

Survival of the fittest? While they are at it, why don't they just outsource the irradiation process to China?

FDA will accept public comments on the proposal for 90 days. A consumer group immediately urged the FDA to drop the idea.

Here's the FDA's proposed rule to reference when commenting on the FDA's web site.

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
02:11 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

So should the Tennessee men's basketball team be called the Gentleman Vols?

(link...)

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
01:08 pm

Item. A century of American home prices plotted as a roller coaster ride.

Item. An excellent discussion of the subprime mortgage crisis and what it means for the wider economy (3/27 hour one).

Item. New Century Financial pushes up daisies, faces probe.

Item. John Voight discusses chocolate-covered cotton with a naked Alan Arkin in a tree.

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Wed
Apr 4 2007
11:55 am

Obama gets twice the number of donors as Hillary has reported. Via TPM.

How will they keep characterizing us all as Hillary supporters now?

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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