Thu
Mar 1 2007
07:59 pm

If Al Gore runs again for President, it ironically will be because of his position and views on the environment. (I saw Inconvenient Truth, and I'm proud of Al Gore. Of course there's global warming - humans have geometrically increased pollution each year since we started burning burning fossil fuels.)

What I find ironic is that in 1998, during the lead up to his 2000 campaign, Dick Morris (Bill Clinton's media guru) advised Al Gore to run as the environmental candidate. Morris showed Gore how people would respond to the message from Gore, not because people would agree with Gore, but because Gore would "own" the issue and be perceived as strong leader for taking a courageous stand.

Gore was an idiot (clearly in retrospect) for not following Dick Morris' advice, just as Gore was an even bigger idiot to refusing to even sit down with Ralph Nader (liberal icon and Florida spoiler). At least Gore listened to Morris. Gore blew off Nader which would be like John McCain refusing to talk to the Moral Majority or Pat Robertson.

The unifying reason for these two decisive and campaign losing decisions by Gore is that Gore instead chose to align himself with big business. Big business had Gore's ear. It was the safe decision at the time.

Instead of big business, it seems Hollywood is guiding Al Gore more than Al Gore is. I just feel like Gore is NOT the leader that our country needs. If he does jump into the race, he will be a formidable candidate however.

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
01:38 pm

According to Chairwoman Linda Sánchez, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will vote today on a proposal to subpoena four of the US Attorneys recently fired by BushCo. They are interested in knowing the reasons for these sackings.

The subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on March 6 to consider a bill by Congressman Howard Berman (D California) that would reverse a new provision in the Patriot Act that allows the Attorney General to appoint federal prosecutors to serve for the duration of the Bush administration without Senate confirmation.

Last November we* began the restoration of the rule of law in Washington.

*Some restrictions apply in TN

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Lots of money for terrorists
by Don Williams

One of the unimpeachable truths about our unimpeachable president is that he’s providing lots of money to terrorists, most recently to Sunnis linked to al-Qaeda.

This is the point at which readers of a certain stripe will shake their heads and start calling for mine. Maybe one in ten will double-check my source--famed journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest article in the New Yorker, or his interview with CNN’s Wolf Blizter last Sunday. If you watched, you heard Hersh say something that should’ve been banner headlines. But then, what’s the fate of the Middle East compared to Anna Nicole.

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
01:02 pm

If you want to set market forces to work on reducing emissions, you have to make air pollution costly. It is costly in terms of human health, acid rain, haze, destabilized weather patterns and more, but these costs are borne by someone other than the polluter. To bring costs to bear on polluters, you must use artificial means to internalize the costs. A tax on emissions would serve that purpose.

The bureaucratic infrastructure for taxing air pollution already exists. Polluters as large as Eastman Kodak and as small as an auto-body paint shop have to estimate their emissions and receive a permit. We need to start taxing polluters based on their permitted output. Only holders of air pollution permits would be directly impacted.

Here is the beauty of this approach...

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
10:26 am

Today the Tennessean has an article by Beverly Keel that shows the thought process of Al Gore. Mr. Gore was addressing a group of about 50 people at the U.S. Media Ethics Summit II.

So far so good. Mr. Gore speaking to a group about ethics and of course Global Warming.

Oh boy, how do you explain this?

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
09:35 am

Why let sanity get in the way of a rational opinion?

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
09:13 am

A recent AARP poll shows Bill Clinton is the most popular president among all adults surveyed. Those over 50 chose JFK. Ronald Reagan was second among all adults, and third behind Clinton and JFK among adults over 50.

But even more surprising is the fact that more people said America is ready for a Black president than said America is ready for a woman president. I wonder if that has anything to do with the particular woman running?

(It's also disappointing that 100% of those surveyed don't believe America is ready for a president of any color or gender.)

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
08:44 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Sitting out here on my digital dial up connection, I lust for a high speed conection. Even though we have 30 houses requesting service on 2 miles of road, nobody wants to get us connected. Frustrating, particularly knowing that the great state of Kentucky has roughly 80% of the state served by broadband while Tennessee is almost exactly the opposite.

What gives?

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
08:37 am

As a follow up to yesterday's post about Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham's proposal for a wheel tax, I contacted Blount County Highway Department Superintendent Bill Dunlap to ask for some specifics about projects Mayor Cunningham mentioned in the newspaper article. Mr. Dunlap promptly replied with the following info:

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Thu
Mar 1 2007
08:01 am

As a follow-up to the "Naked Men" post from yesterday, I received an e-mail from a Sequoya Hills resident who is also a KMS parent. The correspondent says that the house next to the school is in need of repairs and that the property owners have not acted responsibly in addressing problems with tenants, and that the school has been trying to find a solution for years. The e-mail goes on:

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
11:53 pm

Googling Victor Ashe, I came across this:

Ask the Ambassador a Question

What would folks like to ask him?

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
11:29 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Would the weekend meeting of Moore and Ragsdale not be a violation of the Sunshine Law? They seemed to emerge with a whole new plan not known about by the public until Monday and it satisfied Moore enough to drop Tyler stuff for now. BTW, new ethics committee member Rev. Sexton is Lumpy's minister. Stacey

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
06:19 pm

The topic on WBIR's Inside Tennessee this week (Sunday, WBIR, 9:30 am) will be the KNS lawsuit against Knox County Commission.

KNS Editor and Plaintiff Jack McElroy, Frank Gibson from the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, and County Commissioners Scott Moore and Lumpy Lambert will be the guests. Robin Wilhoit will be moderating.

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Last week it was reported by the News Sentinel that the University of Tennessee is ranked fourth in the nation for illegal downloads. The latest news, reported by yahoo.com, is that the RIAA is going to send out settlement offers to UT students before they are sued.

Cross posted from KTB.

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
04:01 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The downtown Blabbers are reporting a fire at the World Grotto.

UPDATE: They say it was started by microwave in an upstairs apartment, and the fire set off the sprinklers in the World Grotto causing massive water damage. Someone said it is a "total loss". No media reports yet on what's going on.

UPDATE: KNS files this report. It says the fire was in an apartment above Oodles, some apartments have "heavy water damage," but it "didn't extend to the restaurant downstairs."

UPDATE: A new eyewitness report at the Blab (see page 2) contradicts the KNS report. They say the Grotto has extensive water damage and will be closed for at least a week. (There's a crazy-ass rumor, too.)

MORE: Page 2 of the Blab report now has photos by Ian of the damage that didn't extend downstairs.

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
02:48 pm

CompUSA announced they are closing 126 stores across the U.S.

There is no official list of stores being closed, but a company spokesperson told KnoxViews.com that there are "no store closures in Tennessee."

A news search shows some scattered reports of closings in other states, including North Carolina.

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
09:48 am

Oh the Humanity

(but it's bad for the school next door)

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Wed
Feb 28 2007
09:20 am

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Candidates and supporters who believe we can win the presidency on a wave of apologies should learn the lessons of history.

Cross posted at the Francis L. Holland Blog.

John Edwards said Tuesday that honesty and openness were essential qualities for a president, and that he was proud to acknowledge his 2002 vote authorizing the invasion of Iraq was a mistake . . .

Yahoo.News

But, with John Edwards at 17% in the polls to Hillary Clinton's 43%, the public seems already to be punishing Edwards for his habit of apologizing.

In the September 30, 2004 debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry, the word "mistake" arose 13 times in the context of Iraq, offering Bush ample opportunity to admit that he had made at least one mistake.  Kerry admitted to having made significant mistakes while George Bush admitted to none.
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