Fri
Jul 20 2007
06:02 am

Osprey with its catch, Maloney Rd. Park (Maxey's).
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Jul 20 2007
05:59 am

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Boobies? Jugs? Yeah sure. They're okay. Mr. Chertoff says you can transport mother's milk in those. But mother's milk brought in a container (like a bottle?) could represent a grave danger to homeland security. Soccer moms may not look like terrorists, but can anyone really be sure? And isn't there something suspect about a mother dragging her milk across the country if her baby isn't in her arms? I mean a woman business executive might be a nursing mother. She might have gone on an overnight junket and needed to pump a little milk out, and she might want to save it to bring it home the next day. Sure that's possible, but then again she could be planning a little bomb making session in the bathroom. Anyone who has ever breast fed knows you can't just ignore the fact that breasts can only hold so much. Once they become over-inflated those bladders can squirt--and they can squirt amazing distances. I doubt if mother's mik was really a threat to our national security, but if one of Ms. Exec's breasts should take aim and squirt the CEO across the table in the eye it could give nursing executives a bad name. It could cause nursing-mother discrimination in the workplace. Ah, dear, the stresses of war are innumerable.

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Jul 20 2007
05:32 am

The unusual testimony by Mr. Crocker to the Foreign Relations Committee was shown on four large flat-screen televisions pointed at senators and the gallery. But the session was plagued by repeated technical difficulties that disrupted both the image and the sound.

“Baghdad, can you hear the U.S. Senate?” Mr. Biden said into his microphone at one point when the communications with Mr. Crocker went silent.

An activist for the Code Pink antiwar movement shouted from the gallery, “Senate, can you hear the American people?”

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
04:01 pm

Cagle tells it like it is on the stormwater ordinance:

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You’re going On Vacation?

Where does the Senate and the House of Representatives think they are going? Vice President Cheney flew to Iraq and told the government they shouldn’t go on vacation.

I want to turn on C-Span and see the House of Representatives and the Senate sitting in their respective chairs making policy; discussing it, showing the American people that they just might have read the bills they are signing. Right now it looks like everybody left at half time. Never mind, “negotiations behind closed doors” that perpetuate the Iraqi War with no end in sight; sending the same men and women back into combat, because there is no draft and because that would certainly stop this sick fiasco.

Sit down, every last one of you, in front of the American people and do the JOB that you were elected TO DO. Stop shuffling the cards. If you are going to Impeach, Impeach. You voted to keep this war, explain why our children (and certainly not many of yours) need go back three and four times to die for it. Explain why it costs billions for 150,000 troops in Iraq ? Where is the rest of the money going? To whom? Explain NOW, or bring the troops home. If you want to clean up the air, clean it up NOW.. Don’t designate funds. Fix the Ninth Ward in New Orleans . We need jobs. Stop building America with Mickey Mouse ears. Don’t pitch McDonald’s hats for graduation gifts. Don’t tell Americans they can’t buy cheap drugs from Canada , because the drugs may have problems while we sell alcohol and cigarettes with a label that says watch out, but do it anyway. Say the word “homeless” out loud several times, so it exists. You might even do something about it. Get off non-issues that feed this consumptive culture.

Resolution to Vote For? Shall it be this leg, that one, a toe, half a head, an eyeball? A son, a daughter? Which part? Which whom are you willing to part with? This war is about privatizing oil and building bases in Iraq . Our soldiers are wounded and dying and this country is running out of gas. Stop it NOW!

NO waiting until September. No fishing. No golf. No freebies. No raises this year. No nothing! Cut the sad faces. Show up on time. Sit in the heat of it. You work for us and at this point, you are non- union.

David Plumb

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
01:17 pm

Bush: Maybe U.S. Military 'Just Not Very Good'

June 27, 2007 | Issue 43•26



Bush muses candidly about his new idea with the White House press corps.

WASHINGTON, DC—Departing from his usual hopeful rhetoric during a question-and-answer session with reporters in the White House Rose Garden, President Bush suggested Tuesday that the war in Iraq has not been successful because the nation's armed forces are "just not very good."

Bush muses candidly about his new idea with the White House press corps.

"When the decision was made to liberate Iraq, I was going on what my advisers were telling me and what everyone has said for nearly a century—that the U.S. military is the best in the world," Bush said. "But if that were the case, and we did have the most powerful army, navy, marines, and air force on the globe, we would be winning, right?"

Read all about it here

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
12:11 pm

This morning I spoke to Isa Infante, the minority mayoral candidate running against Bill Haslam. She sounded like a very interesting and intelligent woman with a great down-to-earth sense of humor.

“I decided to throw my hat in the race when I saw Haslam was unopposed,” she said. “Just on principle, I don't believe anyone should be running unopposed. It kind of grew from there."

After meeting with her campaign committee yesterday, Infante assured me her approach would be positive. “I will not be bashing Bill Haslam,” she said. “Everyone I meet seems to think he's a "nice guy". I hear that over and over. Actually I'm having lunch with him tomorrow. I want to get to know him better before our upcoming appearance at the Beardon Library. My campaign is about change, about women running for office. I wish I could go to every door in the city. I want to create more transparency in City Hall and accountability. I want everyone's voice in the city to be heard. I think more women and more minorities should run for public office."

When asked what she thought her chances were of winning the mayor's seat, Infante chuckled. "In many instances, you know, newcomers have unseated incumbents. I'm going to have a grass roots campaign. Once people hear about my qualifications and why I want to be mayor, I think I’ll get citywide support. Voter registration is an important part of my campaign. Not enough people come out and vote. I'm also going to be speaking to as many local groups and organizations as I can. Many people in Knoxville are tired of politics as usual. I think they’re ready for a change."

The Isa Infante campaign is getting off to a late start, and the candidate admits she doesn’t have the kind of money Bill Haslam has, but regardless of the outcome, it is impossible not to admire her enthusiasm and confidence.

“Why not run for public office?” Infante laughed. “More people should. That’s what this country is all about.”

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
11:58 am

Updated information for this Saturday's Blount County Democratic Party's Hot dog Picnic.

In addition to the music and free food there is a live auction of donated goods and services. Some of the items include fine crafts from local artists, tools, housewares, gift certificates, leather tool belt, lamps, floral arrangement and many other great items!

There is a certificate for a great Halloween Candy Bouquet guaranteed to chill the bones of any adult who loves democracy!

And my favorite item is advertising space on the blogads --> from my favorite progressive website. Thanks so much R!

I hope to see many of you on Saturday!

Details here...

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
09:18 am
By: Carole Borges  shortURL

I just heard that the people or person who filed the civil rights law suit about the library won their case. I'm supposed to be getting more info this evening, but this is a reliable source.

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
08:39 am

The Blount Co. land deal involving a local who's who of politics and business may result in some sweet tax breaks for the investors, according to one source.

The deal to purchase 5000 acres of land near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (first reported here, with more details here), and put most of it into conservation could result in up to $50 million in tax breaks for the investors, according to another source.

That's OK, though. That five bucks you drop in the donation box at the entrance to Cades Cove is tax deductible, too. If you can itemize. And if you're not subject to the AMT.

Read more re. development, with a bonus quote from Blount Co. Mayor Jerry "The Developer's Friend" Cunningham...

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
07:58 am

While Lumpy and Scooby are yammering about getting buffooned by the Spanish Inquisition (nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!) and calling for the District Attorney General to get involved in the Knox County p-card scandal, Mayor Ragsdale was already way ahead of them on compliance.

The KNS said last week that Mayor Ragsdale had reported the credit card abuses to the State Comptroller. It probably had something to do with this.

The new state law, which went into effect in May of 2007, requires public officials "with knowledge based upon available information which reasonably causes him/her to believe that a theft, forgery, credit card fraud, or any other act of the unlawful taking of public money, property, or services has occurred shall report such information in a reasonable amount of time to the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury."

Which is exactly what Ragsdale did. Instead of grandstanding for the cameras, maybe Scooby and Lumpy and Pinkston could have simply filled out this form. The question now is, why didn't they? Seems like they are required by law to do so. Not to start a witch hunt or a McCartney hearing or anything.

(Thanks to alert reader M for bringing this to our attention.)

UPDATE: WBIR has this document dump re. the p-card scandal. Page 18 is a fax from the Knox County DA's office dated July 5th regarding the state law. Page 19 is the Fraud Reporting form. The only employee mentioned is Requitta Bone.

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Thu
Jul 19 2007
07:40 am

Here's compassionate conservatism for you: President Bush is threatening to veto legislation that would renew a program that assists with providing health coverage for poor children. His veto is based on "philosophical" grounds, in spite of bi-partisan support in the Congress. The Great Divider rationalizes that the continuation of the program is "really beginning to open up an avenue for people to switch from private insurance to the government." Earth to Bush: The program is for families who do not have private insurance and are too poor to afford one. Again, slowly: Poor. Children. If you're so "pro-life", Mr. President, how about helping kids who are already born to stay alive before worrying about the "unborn".

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:37 pm

I was going through the old SKB archives looking for posts about the run up to the Iraq invasion, trying to come up with a summary of what the mood was like in the Fall of 2002 and early 2003.

I found some funny stuff, some poorly written stuff, some confused stuff, even some hawkish stuff early on when we were all still furious and hurting over 9/11 (not that it's worn off much, but there have been many distractions and sideshows since). I may put together a compendium of some of those posts sometime.

But it appears my feelings evolved over time, and I finally arrived at this "Special Commentary" style rant which seems to sum it all up. Sadly, not much has changed four and a half years later...

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
01:00 pm

While Congress debated whether to end the senseless U.S. occupation of Iraq last night, four more American soldiers died.

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
12:36 pm

Looks like Laura Bush's war on gangs isn't going all that great, just like her husband's war on terror.

Blast from the past after the jump...

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:26 am
By: airrn  shortURL

Who needs "Bourne" or "James Bond" when you have stories like this?

I guess Colin was right again when Bush said to Powell, "I looked into Putin’s eyes and I saw his soul” to which Powell replied: “Mr. President, I looked into President Putin’s eyes and I saw the KGB”.

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
09:05 am

Most interesting topic at City Council last night:

Is "red tape with feds" a good enough excuse for not paying the man?

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Wed
Jul 18 2007
06:08 am

For all of those thousands and millions of people who go to Florida to visit Disney, did you buy your little darling(s) Sleeping Beauty Crown and/or Cinderella Star Earring Sets at Wal-Mart?

Look out, they have been recalled. "The recalled metal earring sets contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects." Not that your little darling(s) would intentionally eat their earrings.

H/T Orlando Sentinel

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
06:07 pm

This one won't apply to everybody, but we implemented another energy conservation measure about the same time we put in the CFLs.

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Tue
Jul 17 2007
04:22 pm

Is anybody watching this show that took over The Sopranos timeslot on HBO?

I'm still trying to figure out what it's about, but it's interesting because you never know what's going to happen next. (I thought this week's Sermon in the Parking Lot was going to be the end. But I'm also not sure if it really happened or what.)

The one thing I'm pretty sure it's not about is surfing. I think I've decided that it's about Redemption. And that's not something you got from The Sopranos on Sunday evening. (Not that John from Cincinnati can quite compare to The Sopranos, at least not yet anyway.)

So, are any of y'all watching it? What do you think?

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