Wed
Feb 14 2007
09:16 pm
By: Socialist With ...  shortURL

I swear on a stack of pancakes that every word of this story is true:

Except when I'm running a fever, I almost never remember my dreams. I can count on one hand the non-fevered dreams I've remembered over the last six or seven years. For the last 24 hours or so, I've been battling a nasty stomach bug that included a low-grade fever as a lovely bonus. It started last night right after I went to bed.

During the night, I only slept about 30 minutes total; it was during one of these brief respites from gastric fury that I had the first dream I've remembered in the last couple of years.

It was about KnoxViews.

Yes, I dreamed about a blog. Read about my irredeemable dorkiness (and perhaps psychic ability) after the jump.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
08:17 pm

I found this post by Kevin Drum, in which he analyzes Insty's recent assertion that we should just go ahead and kill Iranian atomic scientists, pretty interesting.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
08:01 pm

From a library press release:

Nikki Giovanni To Launch National Book Tour from Knoxville on March 27
(Knoxville, TN) University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is very pleased to host Nikki Giovanni for a special appearance at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. The renowned writer/poet will be joined on stage by UT’s Love United Gospel Choir. The event is free and open to the public. Carpe Librum Booksellers will provide books for signing.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
06:16 pm

Here's a likely timeline of upcoming topics and activities, Knox County Commission:

Tuesday Feb. 20th, 8 a.m. Special Called Meeting: assign the newly appointed to committees, vote on proposed ethics committee, likely vote on proposed special election. This is followed at approximately 8:30 a.m. by the regular monthly Intergovernmental Committee meeting and 10 a.m. by regularly monthly Finance Committee meeting.

Monday, Feb. 26th, 2 p.m. Monthly County Commission Meeting. Likely big item: vote on funding the defined pension plan (sheriff and deputies) permitted by the recent referendum. Another likely big item: vote on stormwater ordinance. I'm still researching the details on this one. The initial reaction has been along the lines of "better than nothing, better than past plans, but not as good as the city ordinance."

Let me remind folks of two ways to express reactions to County Commission decisions. Our e-mail is commission@knoxcounty.org. Those get forwarded to all commissioners. There also is a Public Statements portion at the regular monthly meeting. Anyone can sign up and speak at the meeting. Further, if you indicate your interest the Wednesday before the meeting (215-2534), you name will appear on the agenda.

--Mark Harmon

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
04:48 pm

Interesting development considering the letter to Mayor Haslam and the statements by the man who waited 3 hours last night to speak at the City Council meeting during the public forum. I've got it taped so I'll update this post with his name when I get a chance.

You can read the N-S story here.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
02:54 pm

It's cold again but it's time to think about this year's garden. My brother tells me every winter of the fabulous plans he has for the spring, although he hasn't found the necessary round tuit for at least ten years now.

(more after the break)

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
02:49 pm

As a State Representative you are very uninformed!! Mark Saroff and his total failure to redevelop his property and allow historic buildings to be lost forever is the “tragedy”...not his loss of clothes and a vehicle which can be replaced. Saroff had many opportunities to develop the property with many substantial developers but Saroff was impossible to come to terms with. Here are a few facts Mr. Campfield:
1. It is obvious that you have not read the Supreme Court decision in the Kelo Case or the response by the City of New London’s Community Development Agency.
2. You do not understand the public process involved in eminent domain and seized the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon of other ignorant politicians and their “knee jerk” reaction to an issue that is sensitive to any property owner.
3. You stated that Saroff has been working toward a sale. If you know Saroff at all then you know that is not true.
4. Saroff’s property was first condemned in 1993, 14 years ago. Do you not think public officials have been more than patient with this property owner?
5. You said Saroff paid his property taxes. Part of that is true. He paid some of his taxes. However, my understanding is that Saroff did not pay the last tax bill to keep the buildings from being sold in a tax sale. In fact, those taxes were paid by one of the mortgage holders.
6. Two of Saroff’s buildings have collapsed roofs and should be demolished, the one on the far west and the one across the street from those that burned. Why did you not mention the status of those buildings? Or do you choose to state inaccurate facts about the situation? Also, only very minor work was performed on the rear of one of the buildings and the contractor filed a lien for non-payment. Why did you not mention that fact? Was it because it was negative? Saroff doesn’t pay his taxes or his contractors.
7. You said many people are “now” interested in his loft space. Mr. Campfield...developers have been interested for the past 5+ years to no avail.
8. When you were attempting to explain facts….why did you not say that Saroff was living in the building illegally!!
9. What is the difference between a tax sale by the City and eminent domain
action? The eminent domain action means the owner receives the “fair cash
market value” of their property based on an independent appraisal. The tax
sale means the owner gets “NOTHING” or at a minimum …..the excess above the taxes owed, which generally is nowhere near the true value.

Mr. Legislator!!!!! Please get your facts straight!!!!

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
01:42 pm

Over at a slightly less progressive place I examine the issue of freedom of speech and thought.

Are Global Warming Skeptics criminals?

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
12:50 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Bob Novak is apparently hurting to fill a room with 70 people if he has to send this out to the entire country. See more after the flip.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
12:01 pm

The Race Relations Center of East Tennessee welcomes renowned activist and lecturer Molly Secours to Knoxville to discuss the myth of race and how those classified as white shy away from honest racial discussions.

The event is Tuesday, February 20, at 5:30pm at Pellissippi State, 1610 Magnolia Avenue, and is free to the public.

Contact the Race Relations Center at (865) 522-3004 for more information.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
11:50 am

Facing South has news about the fall of a powerful North Carolina political machine:

Corruption cuts at the heart of our fundamental system of self-government, which relies on open debate and honest representation of the people for the public good. Corruption is a crime against the people, against democracy itself. It should be rooted out and defeated.

Follow the link to see what they're talking about.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
10:57 am

Eastern Meadowlark spotted in our back yard during last year's GBBCThe Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, Feb. 16th and goes through Monday, Feb. 19th.

What it is:

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Why do it:

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

What to do:

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 16–19, 2007. Count birds at as many places and on as many days as you like—just keep a separate list of counts for each day and/or location.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time, and write it down.

3. Enter your results on the Great Backyard Bird Count web site!

Follow the above links for more info. It's a great educational outdoors/nature activity for the kids and fun for the entire family.

Here are the statistics from last year's GBBC:

Total Checklists Submitted: 60,503
Total Species Observed: 622
Total Individual Birds Counted: 7,594,742

Among Tennessee reporting localities for 2006, the Knoxville area topped the list with 81 species and 161 reports, which was more than double the nearest location (Nashville) with 78 reports.

You can view all the results from last year's count here. When the count gets underway, post yours in comments here!

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C.E. Petro has this analysis of Stacy X's controversial bill and what's really behind it.

UPDATE: Joe Powell has more.

UPDATE: Michael Silence weighs in: "The party is hellbent on going down in flames."

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
02:32 am

Glenn Reynolds wants to unilaterally kill Iranian scientists. Heh.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
11:00 pm

City Council approved the form-based code tonight 9-0. That was after aproving an amendment 9-0 to go back to the 70' river buffer, the 60' max building height in the SW7, and the 70' building height in the SW4 recommended by the Oversight Committee.

This was first reading. Second and final reading is Feb. 27, and they will probably have a workshop at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

So it's not a done deal, but it was a damn good start.

I'm going to go have some wine now.....

P.S. And Mamaw got an amendment specifically allowing gardens.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
06:06 pm

By way of NiT, here's the "leaked" Bonnaroo lineup.

Read the explanation of how the info was discovered. This seems to happen a lot. A while back someone was "poking around" a Nikon website in a similar manner and "found" the specs for a new Nikon camera that "accidentally" got published before they were supposed to.

I always wonder how "accidental" these "leaks" are and how is it that random internet surfers are able to just "stumble across" such info v. how much help they might "accidentally" be getting from marketing/PR types.

But I guess it can happen. Either way, it creates a lot of buzz. See, I'm typing about Bonnaroo right now!

UPDATE: The offical initial lineup is here. More artists to be announced.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:55 pm

"By the way, a lot of us are also very concerned about the possibility of a, quote, 'Tet Offensive.' You know, some large-scale tact that could then switch American public opinion the way that the Tet Offensive did," the Arizona senator said.

Last month, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that 62 percent said the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq.

Gee, where has he been? What kool-aid has he been drinking? Switch American public opinion how? Are you afraid yet?

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:27 pm

Security cameras captured the dog on its first — and last — visit to the Capitol, leaving a sizable deposit in front of the fourth-floor elevators.

In reaction, a legislative committee this month banned dogs from the building, making the political atmosphere in Juneau a little less warm and fuzzy and a little more dog-eat-dog.

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There are often political messes in the Capitol, Lee said, "but people would like to keep it off the floors."

It's apparently no longer a dog's world in the Alaska Capitol Building.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:24 pm

Lucinda Williams will be performing at the beautiful Tennessee Theater Saturday, April 21st. Click here for tickets and info.

There are lots of other cool shows coming up at the Tennessee Theater and the Bijou. (Sorry, Taylor Hicks is sold out!) Check the AC Entertainment Concertwire for updates and info.

UPDATE: Better hurry and get tickets for Lucinda Williams. The good seats are already selling out. The best I could do was center secton row S.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
12:55 pm

Former moonshiner and local pop culture icon Eddie of Eddie's Auto Parts is selling out. But it still ain't nothin' for him to whup a man's ass. Read all about the call that made him famous.

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