Tue
Feb 13 2007
06:25 am

Now, the first thing I am going to say is that I am a fool and a hypocrite. With that out of the way I can now focus on my ever so impulsive, irrational, rambling. The laws of the English Language. Or lack there of...for actually, few laws exist. What we have are guidelines, and poor guidelines at that. We have the most irrational, unorganized, rediculous language since man stoped throwing his own feces.

Continued...

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:46 am

How long is it going to take before the troops are sick of this support from Bush?

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
01:00 am

The bill failed to pass last year but unfortunately they are trying to sell our national forests again.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
12:54 am

Leno joked in his monologue that White Castle is offering a Valentine Special. Come on . . White Castle?

Sure enough, here it is.

Make your Valentine’s day STEAMY! Take your Valentine to White Castle on Wednesday, February 14 between 5 and 8 p.m. and enjoy hostess seating, candlelit dining and your own server. Reservations are required, so check the list below for participating Castles near you!

Hurry! Nashville is on the list (615-333-2028).

Since there are no White Castles here in the Knoxville area, I have reservations to take that special someone to the Krystal.

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
10:38 pm

P2P effect on legal music sales "not statistically distinguishable from zero."

A new study in the Journal of Political Economy by Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry.

Entitled "The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis," the study matched an extensive sample of music downloads to American music sales data in order to search for causality between illicit downloading and album sales. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe.

This is science-speak for "downloading is not killing the music industry."

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
05:56 pm

"...Radic pleaded guilty to betraying his flock and secretly selling the church and its rectory out from under them. He used the money to buy himself a brand-new black BMW and a laptop — exploits he later chronicled in a cheeky, almost gleeful blog about his double life as a sinner."
...
"The church was basically senior citizens, people in their 80s, 90s and close to 100," Prater said. "He was their favorite son."

Stealing from the devout elderly. And people ask why I don't trust.

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
03:35 pm

Continuing a fine tradition of outdoing itself year over year, Knoxville-based AC Entertainment scores yet another coup, signing The Police to headline at Bonnaroo during their forthcoming 30th anniversary / reunion tour.

I doff my cap to Ashley Capps.

I look forward to seeing the rest of the list on Feb. 14. However, thank you for the early Valentine.

And I'll admit, it made a liar of me. I said that it would take a Kinks reunion to have me attend. With this announcement, I think you may have exceeded whatever expectations I might have had.

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
01:01 pm

See, we invaded Iraq because they had active chemical and biological weapons programs and stockpiles, and an advanced nuclear weapons program.

But now, they don't even have a machinist skilled enough to make roadside pipe bombs, so they must be getting them from Iran. That's the only logical conclusion and all the proof you need. That and rock-solid evidence like this.

But never mind about this. And pay no attention to this.

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
12:25 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

With the collapse of the McClung Building, have the New Urbanists finally been able to muzzle the indomitable, inimitable screeching howl of The Digit?

Or is this mere coincidence, and this vanishing act seeks a more satisfactory explication?

...if I had a vision or you had a vision or he had
a vision to find out Eternity,
who journeyed to Knoxville, who died in Knoxville, who
came back to Knoxville & waited in vain, who
watched over Knoxville & brooded & loned in
Knoxville and finally went away to find out the
Time, & now Knoxville is lonesome for her heroes...

(deepest apologies to Allen Ginsberg)

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
11:49 am

South Knoxville Elementary target of proposal to close two elementary schools. As I recall, this has been talked about before. Will the last parents leaving South Knoxville please turn out the lights?

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
11:36 am

As you may recall, the City of Knoxville announced selection of a site on the east end of the Church Avenue Viaduct for the new transit center.

See a sneak peek of the proposed design after the jump. Massive! But where's the monorail?

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
07:05 am

Jonathan Wimmer tells all about the secret back room deal he was offered by Lumpy Lambert for a seat on County Commission. There was no gunplay involved.

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Mon
Feb 12 2007
06:26 am

According to a News-Sentinel article the county Pension Board will not release the amount Mark Cawood receives in pension from 20 years as County Commissioner. Because 'it's a privately controlled fund.'

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
10:57 pm

... at the Grammys.

Ludacris gave a shout-out to Bill O'Reilly as he accepted his trophy for Best Rap Album.

And Natalie Maines, accepting the award for the Dixie Chicks' Best Country Album, quotes Nelson Muntz:

"Ha ha!"

UPDATE: Most surreal moment: Ornette Coleman presenting Carrie Underwood with her award for Best New Artist. I think I'll find her agent and have her sent a copy of New York is Now. I think she probably needs one.

UPDATE II: "Not Ready to Make Nice" is also Record of the Year. (Sour grapes much, Chad?)

UPDATE III: Taking the Long Way is Album of the Year.

Fantastic. It's good to see the recording industry -- or at least a plurality of the 11,000 people who comprise the voting membership of "the Academy" -- being supportive of an artist who was the target of an irrational smear campaign. It is a testament to their toughness and resiliency.

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
10:00 pm

Bean reviews Scoobies's background & career:

(link...)

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
02:30 pm

Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert is offering his wedding officiation services free of charge for any couples that want to get hitched on Valentine's Day, which is this Wednesday the 14th. The "shotgun wedding" ceremonies will be held at the Coal Creek Armory gun store and shooting range in West Knoxville. linkity

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
11:59 am

The Rep has some interesting background on the situation with the owner of the McClung Warehouse properties that burned this week, and there's some interesting counterpoint in the comments.

No matter which side you come down on or where you point the finger of blame, it's a sad loss for downtown, the city and for the individuals involved.

UPDATE: Here's more interesting background from an article with a different point of view from last year.

(Ed. note: please, no speculation about "whodunit" until the investigation is complete and the facts are in, if ever, or never as in the case of the Crimson Building.)

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
09:25 am

A few weeks ago we told you about Alcoa's proposed new animal control ordinance and some concerns we had about it. We put our concerns in a letter to Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson and suggested some possible changes.

Last week Mr. Johnson sent a letter saying he had reviewed our concerns and would look in to it. Earlier this week, Capt. Phillip Dunn of the Alcoa PD called to discuss the specifics with the Mrs. He has put a lot of effort into the new ordinance and has reviewed similar laws from all over the state. He was very receptive and open to suggestions.

Yesterday we got another letter from City Manager Mark Johnson and there's good news: the City of Alcoa has agreed to most of the changes we suggested, with a few compromises negotiated between Capt. Dunn and the Mrs.

Specifically:

  • A warrant will be required for right of entry for inspection unless the owner consents or there is a violation in plain view.
  • A grandfather clause will be included in the new restriction of four animals per household.
  • The number of days for impoundment will be increased to five working days for unlicensed animals and seven working days for licensed animals.

Mr. Johnson noted that animals taken to the shelter are already scanned for microchips, but goes on to say: "I inquired to the benefits and costs of outfitting our officers so they would be available in the field. As a result, I am authorizing the purchase of two scanners for use by the city's officers. Hopefully, the officers can identify the owners of the animal and return it immediately preventing an animal from being taken to the shelter."

Details of the changes are covered in Mr. Johnson's letter, copy here (PDF format).

Alcoa City Commission's second reading of the ordinance has been postponed until March 13th to allow time for making the changes. Unless you have other concerns, it probably isn't necessary to attend the meeting unless you just want to thank the City of Alcoa for listening.

We would like to sincerely thank Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson and Alcoa PD Capt. Phillip Dunn for taking the time to review our concerns and adopt these changes. It's nice to live in a place where local government is responsive and listens to its citizens.

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Sun
Feb 11 2007
12:17 am

A pack of matches sit to my left, from Hard Rock Hotel in vegas. Funny cause thats all I left that casino with. If I would have been smarter I would have just played the penny slots and gotten drunk off the free alcohol and kept my money. But as it turned out, I lost my money quicker than I could get drunk. A previous thought was that they may still give you drinks after you lose $1,000. But no, they turn out not to be as nice when your broke. Seems like thats the motto in Vegas, Play all you want till your broke, then get the hell outa here. Sin City was rather dissapointing, not as big or impressive as I previously thought. But hell, after thinking..what do you expect in the suicide capital of the world? Friendly people, good weather, and free milkshakes?

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Sat
Feb 10 2007
11:52 pm

Jack Nelson reported today, "shit kicken speed taken drunk babies down stairs." which led me to believe that in fact, one beer is never enough. Dr. recommended

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