Thu
May 3 2007
02:01 pm
By: Terry Troll  shortURL

OMG, I am so surprised.… This just ran on the AP wire about an hour ago:
Mid-East Graded Poorly on Press Freedom.
Seems some of the problem is that, in Iraq, Saddam era laws are still in force and in at least a couple of cases may have been enforced. Some 30 reporters were detained last year and two TV stations closed for showing footage of protests of Saddam’s execution.
Since the latest purpose we have for invading this country is to establish democracy I have been wondering if this is a Utopian Dream Democracy of our Exalted Leaders. Everything Bush always wanted in a democracy.
The press must go along or be shut down, the army and the police run things and you shoot the people who don't agree with you.
Oh well, just a thought.

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Thu
May 3 2007
08:38 am

Carlson Tucker (gag, gag) who replaced Don Imus (gag, gag) on MSNBC, just played a tape of an archived call-in show this morning.

On the tape, Giuliani was totally bashing a ferret owner who had called in to ask why pet ferrets weren’t allowed in NY City. Giuliani got all weird about the question. He obviously has some kind of problem with ferrets or men who want to own ferrets because he told the man he should seek help because of his “obsession” with little weasels. The guy kept trying to defend himself, but the Mayor just wouldn’t let up. Over and over he told the man he was in denial. He beseeched the poor would-be ferret owner to face up to the fact that he was sick.

Hopefully, this moment will end up on UTube. It was so odd and probably indicative of the way Giuliani simply doesn’t listen to anybody. His manner was condescending, utterly rude, and emotionally weird. Why did it bother Giuliani so much that this man was fond of ferrets? He acted like the guy was some kind of dangerous pervert. After verbally roughing this guy up, the Mayor aborted the conversation by ending the call. Then he ranted on and on about how sick the guy was. It was almost unbelievable.

Maybe weasels bother Giuliani so much because he is one?

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Thu
May 3 2007
08:24 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL
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Thu
May 3 2007
07:54 am

Bratton said officers fired 240 "nonlethal" rounds to clear MacArthur Park late Tuesday. News images showed police hitting a television cameraman to the ground, shoving people who were walking away from officers and injuries from the rubber bullets, including a Hispanic man with welts on his abdomen and back. Lines of officers moved through the park firing the rubber rounds.
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Seven officers suffered minor injuries, and another was pushed off his motorcycle, he said. About 10 people were treated for minor injuries, though authorities expected the number to rise.

The 600 officers at the scene included 100 from the elite Metropolitan Division, considered among the department's most highly trained, who cleared the park.
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"They were pushing children, elderly, mothers with their babies and beating up on the media," Sanbrano said.

Check out the video! Jack-booted police yielding weapons. Quite disturbing.

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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
09:04 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

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

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Wed
May 2 2007
08:51 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.

Read more...

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Wed
May 2 2007
07:48 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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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
05:47 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
12:19 pm
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
11:13 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
11:22 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
10:54 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
07:58 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
06:26 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
06:08 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

A belated Happy Loyalty Day to all KnoxViewers.

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Tue
May 1 2007
05:27 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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