Wed
Nov 29 2006
11:07 am

Rolling Rock has a new ad wherein a spokesperson at a desk gives a wooden apology for a previous ad in which a guy in an ape suit parachutes into a pool party. He holds up a chart showing apes winning out by a distinct margin over dogs, rats and otters as "animal most associated with a pool party." The previous ad is real; the reaction for which they are apologizing is invented.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
12:01 am

Newt Gingrich:

"We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade," said Gingrich.

Apparently he's not aware that we already lost one.

Terrorism ain't the only threat to our collective security, Mr. Salamander.

(Actually, he was talking about the danger of unexamined Constitutional rights going forward. Comforting.)

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
08:00 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Was that enough website drama for you? It was for me. It appears the machine our site was hosted on developed a hardware problem, so our site had to be moved to yet another server.

But with the recent version upgrade of the site software, everything is suspect. There may be other issues lurking. Hopefully we are stabilized for now. We will see over the next few days.

Sorry for the interruption. Carry on.

(And thanks to Hosting Matters for their proactive support and for their patience with KnoxViews -- it's a long story. They don't get paid enough for this stuff. Neither do I, but that's yet another story.)

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
12:47 pm

Mike Liddell at the DSCC e-mailed regarding a recent post here suggesting that the DSCC and Sen. Chuck Schumer had abandoned Harold Ford Jr.'s campaign down the stretch. Left Wing Cracker had noticed an article by Bob Novakula making this assertion.

The DSCC responds:

Just to let you know, the idea that the DSCC abandoned Harold Ford Jr. is simply not true. Novak got it wrong in his latest column. We were up on the air running ads right up to Election Day. In the last two weeks of the campaign we easily spent over a $1 million - about a fifth of the $5 million we spent throughout the race. I've included the money we spent through our Independent Expenditure for those last two weeks below.

Perhaps most telling though is what Ford himself said - in an interview on the Situation Room on Nov. 16th Ford said "Chuck Schumer did an extraordinary job for me." Those aren't the words of a candidate that feels abandoned.

At any rate, there's simply no evidence to back up Novak's BS claim that Schumer abandoned Ford.

Data Mike provided after the jump...

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
12:13 pm

In the past few weeks there have been two local events that should give anyone pause regardless of their feelings about firearms. Whether the concern is for the United States Constitution or just plain common sense, the idea that anyone should trust a criminal armed with a gun makes no sense.

The first event was this Metro Pulse Editorial. Boiled down to it’s essence it opines that Knox County Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert endangered his life by drawing his Kel-Tec .380 pistol to defend himself from 19 year old Kane Stackhouse. The Metro Pulse Editorial had several inflammatory statements such as, “In the process, he has shown himself to be a danger to himself and others” and “First he put himself at risk by drawing his weapon when he says he saw a gun come out of the young man’s pocket.”

So what is the message the Metro Pulse is sending? They are saying that Mr. Lambert should have trusted the criminal. Kane Stackhouse is not your typical 19 year old. Unknown to Mr. Lambert at the time he was looking down the barrel of Mr. Stackhouse’s .25 caliber Beretta, it has now been alleged that Stackhouse murdered David Lindsey in a Walgreens parking lot 10 hours earlier with the same gun he was pointing at Mr. Lambert. Stackhouse has been charged by the Knox County Grand Jury for the crime of murder.

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
11:58 am

Hellbender Press is holding its annual fundraising silent auction this Friday at Sapphire, 428 S. Gay St. Auction items will be displayed in the front windows with bidding sheets, bidding open from 6 to 9pm. Donated items include handmade quilts, earrings, photographs, drawings, gift certificates and more. All proceeds go to Hellbender Press, East Tennessee's environmental journal, entering its ninth year of publication.

It is a First Friday downtown, and the WIVK Christmas Parade will roll down Gay St at 7pm. The ice rink is open. Please include us in your plans! Do some competitive Christmas shopping and support environmental education and awareness at the same time. Gift subscriptions and tax-deductible donations will also be accepted.

Sapphire Modern Bar and Restuarant has just unveiled its new "Hot Chill Raw Sweet" menu to complement its fine selection of cocktails, wines and spirits. They are allowing us to hold this event free of charge, so please show your gratitude for their support of our community and environment.

If you have an auction item you would like to donate, please contact me at rikki@hellbenderpress.com

Tue
Nov 28 2006
11:49 am

Linky

Nashville's black community leaders are teaming up with city officials, Midstate leaders and cultural organizations to plan what they hope will be the biggest Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in the country — and to beat Atlanta.

Last January's parade received national news coverage from CBS in New York City, said Bishop George Price, the event's lead organizer.

"We are the second-largest behind Atlanta," he said the network told him. "It is my vision this year to surpass Atlanta."

I'm not sure what I think about this competition-with-Atlanta meme that's taken hold lately. I'm all for Nashville trying to up participation in MLK Day, which is truly incredible (I've marched in the parade for the past few years), but I'm not sure we need to be trying to one-up the man's birthplace.

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:42 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

A couple of weeks ago there was a private hearing on health care sponsored by the Mayo Clinic at the Baker Center at UT. There have been a couple of artices about it buried inside the Sentinel. In case you missed the one in the back yesterday, Howard Baker said universal health care is an idea whose time has come. Stacey

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:39 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

A few weeks ago Bill Mahr was supposed to out some gay Republicans on his show, I was wondering who they were. Also, what are the words to the nasty cheer Vol fans did at the Ala. game that has prompted so many complaint letters to the editor? Stacey

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:04 pm
By: Number9  shortURL

You may remember when Dwight Van de Vate, the Senior Communications Director for Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, spoke on behalf of the Knox County Mayor saying that the entire Tyler Harber series chronicled in the Halls Shopper News was just tabloid reporting and that concerning the potential for an investigation of the Mayor and his relationship with Tyler Harber that County Mayor Ragsdale said, "Bring it on".

Here is a clip from the "Ragsdale Players", a local theater troupe in Knoxville, showing what the Mayor meant when he said "Bring it on".

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
02:24 pm

One of our annual traditions has been to go to Pizza Palace for a pizza and a curbside Budweiser on the Friday after Thanksgiving as a sort of turkey antidote.

But we had so many leftovers, and they were so good, and we ate so much at two family Thanksgiving dinners that I guess we didn't have room left for pizza. Maybe next year.

Or maybe later this week. I think we had the final turkey dinner for a while last night, and the rest is in the freezer except for scraps that are going into turkey soup, turkey salad, turkey casserole, or turkey pot pie, not sure yet.

Anyway, what's your antidote for turkey overdose?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
02:15 pm

Left Wing Cracker has an interesting find re. DSCC support for Harold Ford Jr. down the final stretch.

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:28 pm

Sandra Clark has a front page update on the "one man, one vote" annexation dispute between Knox County and the City of Knoxville. Be sure to check out the photo. Priceless. Don't you just love "see, this is how things work around here, got it?" stories about small town politics and government?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:21 pm

One thing that the "powers that be" in Knoxville agree on is that Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert has become way to popular with the people. Yet today's Editorial in the Knoxville News Sentinel titled, "Serious issues shouldn't be taken lightly" doesn't go after Lumpy Lambert, it goes after other Commissioners who have an unusual sense of humor. This Editorial is diametrically opposed to an Editorial two weeks ago in the Metro Pulse that claims that Commissioner Lambert "has shown himself to be a danger to himself and others".

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:21 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In anticipation of the big Tennessee Supreme Court decision regarding the validity of Knox County's Charter, Mayor Ragsdale and County Commission are at odds over closed meetings to discuss legal implications of the ruling. I'd have to agree with Ragsdale on this. What do you think?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
01:18 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Here's an interesting KNS article about the Knoxville Zoo adding a pair of breeding chimpanzees.

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The NYT had an interesting series of articles and editorials yesterday regarding the options being discussed for Iraq.

Read more after the jump...

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
04:12 pm

I don't pay much attention to TV schedules and such and so I just noticed on http://atrios.blogspot.com/ that among the scheduled guests on CBS' Face The Nation today was Senator-elect Borg Corker. I was just wondering if anyone from the reality based community caught the show and had an assessment of how embarassed we need to be?

CAFKIA

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
09:48 am

A clear November day in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This slide show emphasizes the trees without the budding spring greenery or the beautiful fall colors. Absent the leaves, we can see the underlying structure of the tress, which is a beautiful thing.

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Sun
Nov 26 2006
08:30 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The software used to run this site was upgraded. It mostly works the same, but you will notice a few differences.

First, we have done away with the "TinyMCE" rich text editor. Text boxes for blog posts and comments now have a simple set of "quick tag" buttons to help you format HTML in your text for links, bold, quote, etc.

Second, when assigning the topic category you can now use "Freetagging", which means you can make up your own terms. As you type, it will show you matching terms already in the list. Please use those whenever you can to keep the clutter to a minimum.

Oh, I forgot. Searching is much improved, and there's a new "advanced search" option.

Let me know if you notice anything amiss.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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