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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So Mitt Romney comes out for a sensible approach to minimum wage, i.e. tying it to the consumer price index.

But then he blows it by saying "I like the idea of not having the huge jumps as we do now." Huge jumps? It hasn't been raised in over ten years!

And it's not exaclty clear what he means by also tying it to unemployment rates. Sounds like some kind of poison pill to keep the minimum wage from actually being raised during periods of "full employment" as the Bush administration claims we have now.

In the same article, he goes on to say that he pledges to "make West Virginia coal key to his national energy plan," along with some other incoherent jabbering about energy policy.

Clueless.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
09:15 am

Knox Co. seems to be setting a bad example for neighboring communities.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
08:42 am
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

A male Magnificent Frigatebird (gular sac engorged) in courtship display. Taken on the Galápagos Is., 7/21/2007.

(clicking goes to full-res version at my photoblog in a separate window)

(P.S. Sweet merciful crap, it's raining in middle TN right now...)

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
07:42 am

The blogrolls have been moved over to the left column to make them easier to get to. We'll try that for a while and see how it works.

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Fri
Aug 17 2007
02:58 am

I'm not exactly sure why I find this so funny, but I've been getting updated emails from the Corker flack about this here brief talk the Senator's fixing to give to the football team. I reckon it's too much to hope for that they'd use him for a tackling dummy, eh?

MEDIA ADVISORY: Location Change
Corker to Deliver Brief Remarks to UT Football Team on Friday, August 17

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
10:48 pm

Two may be critical and perhaps 5 are injured. The hope for the ones down there since last week seems to be fading. This means it will take longer to get to them. A "bump" is a seismic explosion.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
10:18 pm

I've never heard of this before

The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down one of three units at the Browns Ferry nuclear plant on Thursday because water drawn from a river to cool the reactor was too hot, a spokesman said.

According to the article, the river is at least 90F.

Did anyone notice that it's hot outside?

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