Sun
Aug 19 2007
01:27 pm

If you're looking for parts for your old VW, or maybe a project, or would just like to visit an old VW graveyard for nostalgia, check out Foothill Imports on 411S in Greenback. It looks like they have one of everything VW related.

We stopped to take a few photos, and Mr. Gerald Miller, the owner, pulled up and stopped to chat. He said they have another location at 5028 Milsaps Dr. in Greenback, with even more VWs. His wife Juanita runs the parts business out of their home at that location.

They acquired the property on 411S about three years ago, and Mr. Miller says they are in the process of getting everything moved over there. He's thinking about a "VW Circus" theme, with old VWs arranged in rings.

He says they spend a lot of time out driving around looking for old VWs in people's yards and at used car lots as far away as Kentucky. He has two running bugs, and the "floor pan's in pretty good shape" on one of them.

More photos after the jump...

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Sun
Aug 19 2007
12:53 pm

Somehow, two rusty nails fell out of the sky last night and landed right outside our garage door exactly in the middle of the tire tracks leading into the garage. What are the odds?

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Sun
Aug 19 2007
10:41 am

Travel weary, damaged, and trying to beat the storm, the Shuttle Endeavour is heading home. They are preparing to land Tuesday.

Godspeed!

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Well, our favorite know-nothing know-it-all is back on the front page of today's KNS editorial section with another incredibly stupid and misleading column.

I can't find a link to it from the KNS opinion page, nor did their online search turn it up. Maybe they were embarrassed by it. Which is almost just as well, because I am loathe to link to it. But you really have to read it to fully appreciate the profound ignorance. So, Google to the rescue.

In this week's installment of dangerously misinformed radical right-wing propaganda, this Pete Stevens character tells us that "The best way to fix the American health-care system is to make it just like the American grocery system. There isn’t an American grocery system. Free-market economics works — every single time."

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Sun
Aug 19 2007
08:41 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a newsitorial on the front page of the Local Section lavishing praise on Fred Thompson as the next Great Communicator.

There's much debate on just how much exactly like Ronald Reagan he is. Although Thompson's greatness is apparently beyond any heretofore known standard of measure, some think his greatness and leadership abilities are more like Reagan plus (or times?) Sheriff Andy Taylor, "the most wily man" in Mayberry.

OK, then.

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Friday's edition of the Knoxville News Sentinel had an insert called "Condo & Loft Living." The fine print at the top of the front page says "Advertising supplement to the Knoxville News Sentinel." Subsequent pages just say "Knoxville News Sentinel, Friday, August 17, 2007."

On page six, there's a feature article on "Lakeside Village", with the subhead "Look and feel of Norman Rockwell painting." It's accompanied by a photo of some elegant Charleston/Savannah style townhouses. The byline is by "Rhonda Robinson, Special publications correspondent."

The KNS does not have the "Condo & Loft Living" insert online, but you can see a fuzzy, cropped rendering of the photo that appeared in the KNS "special correspondent's" feature at Lakeside Village's website.

It looks pretty nice. Nice enough that the Mrs. wanted to drive down there and see them. But apparently "special correspondent" (fax transcriber?) Rhonda Robinson never went down there to actually see them for herself.

Here's what they really look like...

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Sat
Aug 18 2007
08:46 pm
By: Pam Strickland  shortURL

(link...)

He says it's money, not his health but it all seems kind of weird.

pgs

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Sat
Aug 18 2007
02:44 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

So we sent Ann Dingus to Las Vegas on the county taxpayers' dime.
To a conference on neighborhoods?

(link...)

Sweet.

Vote for Ann Dingus. Good government she'll bringus.

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Sat
Aug 18 2007
02:00 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

Thats a predication from some
for voter turn-out for the county primary.

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Sat
Aug 18 2007
01:26 pm

Cookie, a very sweet miniature Australian shepherd, is going from her foster carer in the west to a forever home in North Carolina. Volunteer transporters are driving her, and her trip ends tomorrow. The ONLY leg missing on her trip is from Cookeville to Knoxville. If you can drive to Cookeville to meet Cookie at 10:05 AM (Central) and then bring her back to Knoxville to meet up with someone driving her on to North Carolina, please email Stacey at slcromer@gmail.com.
I haven't seen Cookie myself, but as a mini, she probably weighs about 25 lbs. Her foster carers report that she rides very well in the car.

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Sat
Aug 18 2007
11:43 am

That clicking sound you hear? It's from empty magazines all around the country.

You have a right to bear arms - you just may have trouble loading 'em.

Maybe SayUncle should take up a collection...

Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.

An Associated Press review of dozens of police and sheriff's departments found that many are struggling with delays of as long as a year for both handgun and rifle ammunition. And the shortages are resulting in prices as much as double what departments were paying just a year ago.

"There were warehouses full of it. Now, that isn't the case," said Al Aden, police chief in Pierre, S.D.

Departments in all parts of the country reported delays or reductions in training and, in at least one case, a proposal to use paint-ball guns in firing drills as a way to conserve real ammo.

Remember, we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here. Good thing, too. Paintballs wouldn't deter the terrorists for long...

(Wasn't it Zell Miller who said that Kerry would reduce our armed forces to using spitballs? How ironic.)

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I received this as a forward a few minutes ago...

Who is Barack Obama?

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It's interesting to note that this one quote has been left out of almost every report on Fred Thompson's visit to the Iowa Fair. I read it here, (link...) then tried to find it elsewhere, but couldn't.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
09:04 pm

Via Crooks & Liars:

GAH!!!

Maybe it's just me...

Compare with an earlier photo:

Anyone else see thinning, whiter hair? Sunken eyes? Callow complexion? Gauntness around the jowl line and neck?

Irrespective of how I feel about the guy as a presidential candidate, I hope his lymphoma hasn't rebounded.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
07:03 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

A 72 year old minister from Kansas goes to Orlando for a gospel conference. After landing in Orlando he isn't feeling well and asks for assistance. They bring him a wheelchair, roll him out to the taxi area and leave him.

He sits there, UNNOTICED, unattended, for three days! At a major airport!

Outrageous!

What's wrong? How many travelers walked by this man, not seeing, in a hurry to get to Disney, Sea World, whatever? Was it because he was an elderly black man in a wheelchair?

And how many employees ignored this man, not my job, wanting to clock out? Where was Homeland Security? Apparently, there is no security paying attention at OIA.

Please, people, care about those around you! Take a moment, look around, does someone need help? Have patience with the elderly. You may be in their shoes some day.

(H/T to the Philips Phile, one of the best shows on radio despite their cheesy website, by way of XM 152.)

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
03:56 pm

Sen. Bob Corker will be on WBIR's Inside Tennessee at 9:30 AM this Sunday. He will discuss the war in Iraq, his meetings with General Petraeus, healthcare for veterans, and the environment.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
01:14 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

A friend (who has previously run for office in city and county races and narrowly lost) has a modest proposal:

Change the campaign laws so that within a city council or county commission district, all campaign contributions must come from within that district. Same for statewide offices and Congressional Districts.

Such an approach would bring government closer to the people served, providing:

1) lower cost campaigns
2) an equal playing field for wealthy and lower income candidates
3) more attention to issues within the candidates district, rather than special interests.

Are there other pros/cons?

In City Council for example, district seats are really supposed to represent those districts' interests. At-large seats were historically more powerful, representing the city as a whole. Today, based on campaign contributions, every City Council seat is really an At-Large seat.

The same is true on County Commission. For example, why is a second district candidate like Chuck Bolus having fundraisers out in west Knoxville? Shouldn't candidates be talking to constituents in their districts?

PS: Do we need 19 County Commissioners?

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
12:12 pm

Just received this spam:

From: Toni Lee
Date: Fri, 17, Aug 2007 09:07:16 -0700
To: admin(at)knoxviews.com
Subject: Lobster - information please

Good Morning,

I was just looking at your web site, and I have a number of clients within the Internet who are searching online for lobster. I'm looking for a reputable company that I can direct these clients to.

I do not work as a referral agency or lead broker. I am looking to send real clients to one appropriate company by showing them a relevant web site visually when they are searching for fresh lobster and seafood. Your site defiantly looks like strong fit for what we do.

I'll be working on finding a source for my clients today. So, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thanks,

Toni Lee

Maybe I should refer her to Diane Jordan?

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
11:04 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports today that Knox County Commission passed a resolution three years ago requiring non-profits receiving county grant money to file an annual report. No reports have ever been filed.

What this tells you is that such resolutions a) have no teeth, and b) are for purely political grandstanding purposes.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
10:15 am

WhitesCreek Steve lays it out.

(Bonus quote: "Coal IS sequestered carbon.")

In related news:

On August 18, the fourth annual Relay for Clean Air will begin at 6:15 am as the first bicyclist leaves Newfound Gap at the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park...

Read the details at Facing South.

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