Sun
May 27 2007
05:14 pm

check out (link...) for info on the highest paid county officials and their supplementary pay, disguised as "travel expense." Remember, many of these employees also drive take-home vehicles. -- s.

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Sun
May 27 2007
05:12 pm
By: Bill Pittman  shortURL

I must say that the Market Square Garage has been a boon to downtown by providing affordable, safe & convenient parking. Recently, all of the Wall Ave. metered parking west of the west side of Market Square has been converted to commercial loading / unloading. I'm not certain that this is needed but then again, I don't own a Market Square business; however, there seems in mind to exist a need for convenient parking for "customer loading". When picking up small gift or a bite to eat, the no more than $1 parking in the aforementioned garage is ideal but folks attempting to load larger, heavier items have been ticketed for parking violations on Wall & Union which of course isn't very friendly when we're trying to attract retail customers to Market Square and Gay St.

I would suggest that free, 15 minute meters such as those in front of the Post Office Bldg on Main be installed on Wall east of the east side of Market Square. Push the button and you have 15 minutes free to grab your item. This would provide a great convenience to those loading a chair or end table from Bliss Home, Abode or a case of wine from the wonderful new wine store on Gay.

Parking is very important to retail and this idea would seem to fill a current void. Any reason not to do this?

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Sun
May 27 2007
04:29 pm
By: Scott Emge  shortURL

Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president. How can he get away with this? Where is our spineless Congress?

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_107907.asp

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This new Citizen's Voice feature at the KNS is going great. One of their featured voices is Dr. Pete Stevens, a "retired international business and education consultant, researcher, writer, speaker, manager and professor," who today tells us that global warming is a "leftist" hoax.

(The headline on the KNS website says "Another look at the controversial issue of global warming." The print edition headline in bold print on the front page of the editorial section says "A leftist hoax?")

It's not clear what his PhD is in or what his field of research is, and I'm unable to find a reference to him in any published works or professional directories. (I was able to find a couple of irrational, radical rightwing rants on his website.)

Whatever his qualifications are, I'm sure his climatology credentials are stellar. Or that at least his status as an amateur climatologist is well established. And he cites one of the most respected climatologist of our time, whose credentials are beyond repute:

The global warming scare is, as John Stossel says, junk science and merely the latest anti-capitalism and anti-America leftist hoax.

Indeed.

Let's look at some of Dr. Stevens' studied assertions so that we might learn more about this hoax.

Read more...

Continued...

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Sun
May 27 2007
07:10 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling — and expected to rise in coming months.

Take a look at the picture to the left of the above article, ..."a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago's Grant Park,"...

Very sad.

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Sun
May 27 2007
02:07 am

Yesterday a couple dozen racists demonstrators a degree or two to the right of Michelle Malkin assembled downtown to complain about the media coverage regarding the murders of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian.

Their gathering was matched by counter-protesters on the other side of the street. Apparently, it was a good day for outrage on W. Main Street.

From the TV news footage, it looked like there were more law enforcement personnel present than protesters (on both sides).

I wonder how much taxpayer money was wasted spent providing security for this small circus.

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Sat
May 26 2007
09:08 am

We noticed kids and tour buses everywhere downtown last night, and once we drove by the Convention Center we remembered that the Destination ImagiNation finals were in town.

Read more...

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Sat
May 26 2007
07:28 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Knox County has apparently developed an innovative policy to prevent future derelict schools like South High, Brownlow, Oakwood, or Old Knoxville High.

Tear them down when they are only 31 years old.

Your tax dollars hard at work developing new, poorly-planned infrastructure at the expense of actual learning.

Brilliant!

Super bonus: get the newspaper to a sweet story about a memory wall rather than thoroughly investigate the cost and benefit.

Super super bonus: Knox County Schools hasn't thought through what to do with the intermediate school. Perhaps storage, like all these other old schools?

It's unclear what will be done with the intermediate school when the students move to the new school, Dillingham said.

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Fri
May 25 2007
09:00 pm

While I'm thrilled that fundamentalist Christian fanatics now have a "museum" of their own - the new Creation Museum in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati - I was furious to discover that firearms are not allowed on the premises. Surely no Bible-believing Christian would harm another human with a gun, right? And surely an armed fundamentalist citizenry would be able to prevent some poor deluded soul from trying to bring in the rapture prematurely, right? It's so disappointing that Christian fundamentalists have bought into gun-grabbing liberalism lock, stock and barrel.

(link...)

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:36 pm

Tonight, Friday May 25th...

The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson 1915-1950

The East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Time: 7 PM
Admission: Free

More details here.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

I'll be here Saturday night.

WhitesCreek's brother will be sitting in with the X MISS AMERICAS during the taping for a PBS music series. In case anyone else is there and wants to say hi, here is a picture of us together in our Dad's car so you can recognize me.

I'm the better looking one.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:12 pm

Nice twist to the gas price debate. To sum it up, refineries are not being invested in due to the new emphasis on biofuel?

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:10 pm

This "Dr. Falwell" stuff has been irritating me for years, although he's not the only preacher who has misappropriated a unearned and pretentious title -- we've got an abundance of them right here in Knox County.

I've been doing some reading, and his educational background is extremely sketchy. Wikipedia sums it up, and I've not found anything to debunk this account:

"Prior to the founding of his church, Falwell attended Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, but left during his sophomore year. He then transferred to and graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1956.[3][4]
Although he sometimes used the title "Doctor," Falwell held no earned doctorate. He held three honorary degrees: an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Tennessee Temple Theological Seminary [5], an honorary Doctor of Letters from California Graduate School of Theology (an unaccredited institution[6]), and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Central University in Seoul, South Korea (an unaccredited institution[7]).["

"Dr." Falwell, indeed.

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Fri
May 25 2007
01:03 pm

Another shocking development (rolling eyes).

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:13 pm

I've finally made it to Maryville! My first observation now that I'm an East Tennessee resident is that this region worships a God other than that of the Bible. That God is called "T". He seems to love the color orange and graven images of his likeness appear on all sorts of mobile and immobile property throughout Blount and Knox County. In order to demonstrate my own reverence for "T", I even put semblance of "T's" likeness on the back of my new car. Sometimes "T" appears surrounded by other sacred letters, including "Vols" or "enessee." But usually that God of gods - the letter "T" - appears solo.

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:06 pm

Memorial Day weekend marks the launch of summer boating season, and we are blessed with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities on Tennessee's beautiful rivers and lakes. But each year we read about too many deaths and serious injuries on our waterways.

Here are some TWRA statistics (PDF format) from the 2006 boating season:

• The number of boating fatalities for 2006 was 16. This was an increase from 2005 which reported 10.

• The type of accident that resulted in the most fatalities was falls overboard with 3.

• The type of vessel that was most common in fatal accidents was the open motorboat with 11 vessels.

• The number of serious injury accidents in 2006 was 107 resulting in 129 injuries.

• The type of accident that resulted in the most injuries was Skier Mishap or Fall with 27 accidents.

• The body of water that produced the most injury accidents was the Ocoee River with 19 accidents. These resulted from whitewater sports activities.

• The number of Personal Water Craft accidents in 2006 was 46. This was no change from 2005 which reported 46. The number of injuries for PWC accidents was 38.

• The type of PWC accident that was most common was collision with another vessel with 25 accidents.

• The leading contributing factor for PWC accidents was operator inattention with 7 accidents. This was followed closely by careless/reckless with 6 accidents.

• The total number of registered vessels in 2006 was 271,687. That was an increase of over 4,000 from 2005.

• The total number of reported accidents in 2006 was 222. That was a increase from 2005 which had 169.

• The most common type of boat involved in an accident was an open motorboat.

• The leading type of accident was collision with another vessel.

• The most common operation during an accident was cruising.

• The leading contributing factor of accidents was careless or reckless behavior followed closely by operator inattention.

• Alcohol and/or drug use was a contributing factor in 6.3% of accidents. This was an increase from 2005 which was 5.3% of accidents.

And that's not counting other accidental drownings. Don't be a statistic. If you are going into open water for any reason, you really should be wearing a personal flotation device. Even if you're an Olympic-class swimmer, there are too many things that can go wrong. The same applies if you're in an inherently unstable craft such as a canoe or a kayak.

As a kid, the best thing I learned from Red Cross water safety/life saving classes was the "reach, throw, row, go" protocol for potential drowning rescue situations.

First try to reach the victim from the safety of land or the boat, by hand, with a paddle or oar, a fishing rod, a stick, a rope, a towel, anything. If that's not possible, find something to throw to the victim such as a life vest, seat cushion, boat fender, plastic jug, cooler, or anything that floats. If that's not possible, try to reach the victim by boat, canoe, inner tube, or whatever other floating vessel might be about (but do not approach the victim under power). Entering the water to attempt a swimming rescue is always the last resort. All too frequently the result is two victims, even if the rescuer is trained and in good physical condition.

As the summer boating season approaches, boating safety cannot be stressed enough. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is primarily responsible for safety and enforcement on Tennessee waterways. They have safe boating courses and now require anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 to pass a boating safety exam and carry a certification card. There is more information here, including a free online boating safety course.

Here are some other useful Tennessee boating and water safety links:

  • Safety tips
  • Summary of boating regulations
  • Lighting requirements
  • Aids to navigation
  • Rules of right-of-way (PDF)
  • Required equipment checklist

    And to emphasize one of my pet peeves, you are responsible for your wake, so please keep an eye on it.

    Even if you are a safe and responsible boater, there are plenty of irresponsible yahoos out on the lakes (some who may have had a few too many) who are a danger to themselves and others. So please be prepared, and be careful out there!

    UPDATE: The Maryville Daily Times has this article.

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    11:30 am

    I'm not really surprised by the Iraq cave-in. But I'm genuinely baffled by this wait 'til September mantra echoed by both sides. One might think it was sparked by the anticipated "Petraeus Report," but I'm pretty sure the latter was a reaction to the mantra, not vice versa. Is it driven by the fiscal calendar?

    Where did this September idea originate, and is it an indication of some back-room, bipartisan consensus?

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    11:22 am

    CNN has this article about sunscreens. Many of us don't give them a second thought. Many of us are getting skin cancers, too.

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    10:48 am
    By: bill young  shortURL

    The deal with these folks is; they want a winner & they will leave ya in a new york second if they think you can't.

    Senator Clinton, up till now, has been the establishment candidate. That could change.

    One poll shows the Senator 3rd in Iowa; behind Edwards & Obama. In Florida, the latest poll has Edwards ahead.

    Richardson could be poised to fill the gap.

    The Governor has steadly moved up to 10% in Iowa & N.H. Running hard in Nevada. Plus he's got a clever add up in the early states.

    Then there's Gore.The establishment folks know he's steady. Can do the job. Plus the left wing, torn between Gore & Nader in '00, now think he's the coolest thing EVER.

    Could a write-in for Gore in N.H. get this party started? Can U say Gore-Obama?

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    Fri
    May 25 2007
    10:43 am

    Great news! By way of Michael Silence, the controversial Road to Nowhere is officially dead.

    UPDATE: Well, maybe not offically dead, but definitely being given its last rites.

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