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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Wed
Jul 25 2007
06:47 am

AG Alberto Gonzales has a new tact when testifying before Congress. He has recused himself from the investigation into the politically motivated firings of U.S. Attorneys because he is the target of some of the inquiries.

So basically he's saying he doesn't have to answer their questions because they are asking him questions. If they weren't asking him questions he could answer them.

Joseph Heller would be proud...

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Tue
Jul 24 2007
02:58 pm

The minimum wage went up today for the first time in 10 years, though I did not find one word in the Sentinel. I think part of this not having as much fanfare as it did 10 years ago is the Democrats aren't talking about it either, I don't think they mentioned one word about it on the Sunday shows.

Ten years ago I was working at a telemarketing place that had to compete with alot of similar businesses nearby for good workers. We made 5$ plus commission and when the minimum wage went up to $5.15 they raised us on up to $6 an hour + without any trouble, so they would not be seen as a minimum wage employer. At that time one could work full-time for 5-6$ an hour and do OK because rent, food and gas was so much cheaper. It is not possible to do that in Knoxville at this time and on $7 you are barely getting by.

Wages have definetly not followed the prices going up and I speak from experience, not on theory. Obama made a great comment last week about how he would like to eliminate the concept of "working poor." At one time we even had a city councilman who said stuff like that.

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Tue
Jul 24 2007
02:58 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Last week NPR's Morning Edition ran an article about physicist Carl Haber and IRENE, a system to photographically digitize sounds recorded on discs. Even a broken record can be played if all the pieces can be found.

No stylus ever touches the groove and the disc does not turn.

Listen here.

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Tue
Jul 24 2007
02:32 pm

Are you saving for retirement? If not, maybe it's okay. As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, "Research by Harvard University economist David Laibson suggests that, for many people, their brains won't let them save." Hah, it's your brains fault. What can you do about it? Don't know. Exercise your brain?

Or is your discretionary income going to pay off overdraft fees instead of to savings?

Did you know many banks will let you make a Debit card transaction even when your balance is too low? I did not, unless the transaction is off-line. How do you know it is on or off-line? Don't ask me.

The Sun-Sentinel reports, "Consumers in 2006 paid $17.5 billion a year in overdraft fees, according to the Center for Responsible Lending's study of a database of transactions at the nation's 15 largest banks. That's up from $10.3 billion in 2004."

Do you balance your check book? I do and I can't remember when was the last time I paid an overdraft fee, probably twenty years.

Accorindg to an article in the News Sentinel, "We all need to have a personal spending plan, at some level, to simply be good stewards." Sound good? Maybe. The article continues.. "A spreadsheet or software resource is essential."

Now, if you ask me that is just another excuse for procrastination. You'll have to select the right software, install it, learn it, configure it, then sit at your computer even more hours a day to track the data. I bet it would be possible to gather a writing instrument (pen or pencil) and a notepad. Then you could exercise your brain to work up a quick budget based on recent expenses. You might need a calculator. It's in that brown box in the closet.

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PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH SPOILERS HERE IN THIS THREAD.

Just finished reading HP and the Deathly Hallows last night after receiving it in the mail yesterday morning.

I thought it was an excellent book and enjoyed it throughly. If you have not read it yet, DO! If you have not bought it yet, it is worth the money.

I am asking you all to not put any spoilers on this thread, just tell folks if you liked the book or not. We can always start a different thread to discuss the book if you like, but this is mainly for those who were trying to decide if it was worth the time or money to pick up a copy and read it.

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Tue
Jul 24 2007
12:01 pm

...or your TV critic.

Speaking of which, is TV Critic the worst job in journalism?

(And which is sadder, blogging about someone who writes about TV, or blogging about someone who blogs about someone who writes about TV?)

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Mon
Jul 23 2007
08:14 pm

Hillary kicked ass in the debate.

And you guys thought?

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Mon
Jul 23 2007
11:47 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Sen. Russ Feingold said Sunday he wants Congress to censure President Bush for his management of the Iraq war and his "assault" against the Constitution.
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"We have a lot of work to do," Reid said. "The president already has the mark of the American people — he's the worst president we ever had. I don't think we need a censure resolution in the Senate to prove that."

I think we do need a censure resolution to record his assault on the Constitution. It needs to be on record he is the worst president ever, not just poll results.

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Mon
Jul 23 2007
09:02 am

When I was following some links the other day, I came across the name of Marvin Bush (GWB's brother), and I found it kind of amazing that I was unaware of him and what he has done and does for a living. I came across these two sites where someone mentioned his name. One is pretty much comsidered a whacky 9-11 comsdpiracy hub.

(link...)

The other less so.
(link...)

Have I been sleeping? Why isn't Marvin spoken about more in public?

Irregardless of the 9-11 factor. These articles made me more aware again of the strong ties between higher ups elsewhere and those in power here.

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Mon
Jul 23 2007
08:56 am

Rich has moved the location of this weekend's Blogfest (July 28th) to Bailey's out west for the free wifi so that Blogathoner's like Cathy, Rich, Barry, and Doug can post every 30 minutes from Blogfest. Yeah live blogging! See you Saturday! Let's go for a better turnout than last weekend.

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Sandra Clark reports in this week's Shopper News that Knox County Mayor Chief of Staff Mike Arms released the personal financial information (social security number and bank account information) of former Sheriff Tim Hutchison to lawyer Herb Moncier. (link...)

Releasing personal financial information is serious stuff. Hutchison was rightly outraged. He had to close his accounts and notify credit reporting services. Who knows how this information could be misused.

The Mayor's office says it won't happen again. Now, where have we heard that before?

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Sun
Jul 22 2007
05:36 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Click image for larger view

Barn mural in Washburn TN, Grainger County.

The fiddler and the guitar are most likely references to Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins was from Luttrell, just down the road a ways. Roy Acuff was from nearby Maynardville. Both grew up in the shadow of Clinch Mountain. There's an Acuff Cemetery just up the road from this barn. Also note the depiction of tomatoes, for which Grainger Co. is famous.

Continued...

Sun
Jul 22 2007
06:44 am

Not China all the time...

A Georgia meat processor on Saturday expanded its recall of canned meat products that may be connected to a botulism outbreak.
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Brand names of the recalled products include Austex, Best Yet, Big Y, Black Rock, Bloom, Bryan, Bunker Hill, Castleberry's, Cattle Drive, Firefighters, Food Club, Food Lion, Goldstar, Great Value, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Morton House, Paramount, Piggly Wiggly, Prudence, Southern Home, Steak N Shake, Thrifty Maid, Triple Bar and Value Time. The recall also includes four varieties of Natural Balance dog food.

We eat hotdogs about twice a year and just happened to have purchased some Castleberry's hotdog chili two weeks ago. No symptoms yet.

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Sun
Jul 22 2007
06:35 am

For years I would no go up into the Arch in St. Louis for this very reason.

About 200 people were trapped inside the 630-foot Gateway Arch for about two hours after an apparent power outage, authorities said.

I finally went up about 10 years ago. It was great!

The power went out around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night, stalling two trams filled with about 40 people each,...

Now this I don't understand. The "car" we went up in held only 4-6 people, depending on the size of the person. A very little car, quite claustrophic.

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Sat
Jul 21 2007
11:24 pm

As a graduate of CAC's Community Leadership Class of 2004, I'm pleased to pass on this notice that the Community Action Committee is seeking nominations and/or applications for this year's class.

Persons accepted will attend a FREE all-day training session one full day per month for the months September, 2007 through June, 2008.

Class members will enjoy learning about local government, business, education, media, social issues, and neighborhood issues from a great many guest speakers and lots of opportunities will exist for interaction with speakers. CAC hosts are a wealth of information, themselves.

Most class sessions take place at the CAC's facility in the L. T. Ross Center on Western Avenue, but class members may also tour offices in the City/County Building, the Mobile Meals center, and possibly other locations.

The icing on the cake is that you'll really like your classmates--they're folks a lot like us!

Details below...

Continued...

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Sat
Jul 21 2007
10:23 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

It's over -- Tammy Faye checked out today.

(link...)

I met her on five or six occasions back in the 80s when she and Jim were hiding out in Gatlinburg, after it all started unraveling for them. A very rich, ultra-religious Gatlinburg lady , Alma Reagan, invited them to stay there, and gave them a very nice house to stay in for as long as they wanted it (I later met Al Gore there).

Oddly, unexpectedIy, I found myself liking her. She was genuinely sweet and had a kind heart. Jim was a creepy phony.

One day, I was leaving the Sevier County Courthouse and there were Tammy Faye and her son, Jamie, siitting on a bench next to the Dolly Parton staute. I stopped and said hi to them, and we talked for a few minutes. She told me how much she loved Dolly, and how she'd hoped to meet her while she (Tammy Faye) was there. But, she said, she guessed that wouldn't ever happen, now that the Bakkers were so radioactive. I watched from a distance while her marriage ended, Jim went to prison, she remarried, became a gay icon, her son became a preacher and TV personality.

It was painful to watch her wasting away.

She was a good old girl, and the world will be a little duller for her leaving.

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Sat
Jul 21 2007
09:31 pm

Attention all Blount County liberal/Democrat/progressive types: A new hyper-local community website, BlountViews.com, has been launched with you in mind. KnoxViews readers might notice some similarities.

Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, add it to your favorites and your blogroll, then come on over to BlountViews.com and help advance the East Tennessee progressive agenda and make Blount County a better place for Democrats!

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Sat
Jul 21 2007
09:25 pm

We had a great time at the Blount Co. Democratic Party picnic this afternoon. Full report and photos here, including notes on Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser's remarks.

Knox County Dem Chair Don Daugherty was there. Former Knox County GOP Chair Brian Hornback was a no show. And I was so looking forward to his report.

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Sat
Jul 21 2007
12:45 pm

It's Saturday, I stumbled upon this...it's very kewl. Besides, every Saturday deserves a good shred. R. Neal feel free to move off the front page if you like but give it a listen first.

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