Yes
34% (16 votes)
No
45% (21 votes)
Maybe
21% (10 votes)
Total votes: 47
Thu
Apr 26 2007
04:08 am

Dr Phil said several things on Larry King about Baldwin's tirade that I hadn't heard elsewhere. He said Baldwin while certainly in need of some parenting skills was clearly in pain. "He's frustrated." (I thought I could hear Baldwin's voice crack like he was about to cry.) We will never know the whole story, was another point made by Doc Phil.

One of the Baldwin brothers - when asked by Larry King - said that the Baldwin family hadn't seen much of the little girl, Ireland. Sad, as that's one family that seems decent.

Alec Baldwin absolutely loves his daughter and has a lot to say about the divorce industry. I look forward to his book coming in the fall.

I went through my own custody struggle in '02-'03 and spent $150,000 in attorney fees to prove I'm worthy of half my son's time. Daffy Duck would say, 'ridicerous.'

Anyway, I think we need some reform in Tennessee and that the place to start is the default co-parenting assumption of 50-50, absent some harmful circumstance. (A senate bill passed unanimously last year, and got about 40 votes in the General Assembly.).

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
10:28 pm

In keeping with my modest and retiring nature, I waited around for somebody else to post this link. But alas, nobody did, so I'm forced into the immodesty of linking up my own story. I'm doing it because this really is an important issue and a highly unusual, even extraordinary event, and the NS didn't cover it.

(link...)

Related video:

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
02:13 pm

Fluffy, but interesting piece about Steve Cohen from The Hill:

(link...)

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
01:24 pm

Regarding Iraq:

"No one suffers more than their President and I do."

--Laura Bush, The Today Show, 4/25/2007

Hm.

If someone can engage the First "Lady" in a wager to that effect, I'll take that bet.

(Edit to add: Imagine if Hillary Clinton had said this, apropos of her votes to continue supporting the Iraq adventure.)

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
12:54 pm

The Society of Professional Journalists is hosting an open town hall meeting on Knox County Government ethics, Tuesday, May 1st at 7 PM at the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium on Gay Street (across from the Tennessee Theater.

WBIR News Anchor John Becker will moderate. Participants include Rev. Ron Stewart and Commissioner Mike Hammond from the Knox Co. Ethics Commission, David Moon from the Public Trust PAC, and John Schmid and Tom Salter from Reforming Knox Co. Government.

The SPJ promises a lively discussion regarding the fallout from the term limits decision and where to go next, and invites the public and potential candidates to attend and participate in the forum.

More details after the jump...

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
12:43 pm

The second annual Knoxville Poetry Festival is Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week at Lawson-McGhee Library downtown.

Thursday: series of readings at 2:30, 5:30 and 7:30 by young poets from the University of Tennessee's Creative Writing Program

Friday, 6:00 PM: Knoxville legend RB Morris

Saturday, 1:00 PM to 5 PM: Poets, performance artists and musicians, outdoors on the plaza behind Lawson-McGhee

Lots more details (Greek food!) in the press release, read more...

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
12:13 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Beth Maples-Bays writes:

Located online at www.equalityherald.com, Equality Herald is East Tennessee's only source for LGBTQ originating in the East TN area.

The EH was launched on January 2, 2007. After serving for more than three years as the East Tennessee Bureau Chief for Out and About Newspaper, I decided the time had come for East TN to have our own news source.

Good luck to Beth and crew on the launch.

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
12:03 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL
“Buying the War”

Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00 pm Channels 2 and 15 in East Tennessee

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers returns to PBS with this examination of why the government’s claims about weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties to Saddam Hussein went mostly unchallenged by the media in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. The series will air in its regular timeslot beginning Friday, April 27 at 9:00 pm.

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
08:54 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

CNN is reporting a 8:53 AM that there is a video of a cat playing a piano on YouTube. Developing...

(Seriously, I'm not making this up.)

UPDATE: Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed. At least this confirms I wasn't seeing things.

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
08:34 am

EDUCATION, NOT A PLANTATION
A Teach-In on Race, Racism, and the University of Tennessee
7PM MONDAY APRIL 30th
HODGES LIBRARY AUD
DRS. GEORGE WHITE JR and CYNTHIA FLEMING to speak

Here's a press release that's making the rounds (see below the break). But first, let me note that in 1998 I attended a press conference of the UT Black Faculty and Staff Association held to publicize a position paper documenting the systemic racism faced by African American faculty who tried to make a way at this institution. The saddest part was the recounting of the list of colleagues who had been forced to leave UT because of an unsupportive or actively hostile work environment. In the 9 years since, that list of exiles has grown longer, UT administrators continue to talk out of both sides of their mouths, and, honestly, not a damn thing has changed.

As an employee of UT; as a graduate of UT; as the son, grandson, and nephew of numerous UT graduates; and as someone who cares deeply about this place, I hope readers of this post will attend Monday's teach-in and help us find a way to fix this broken institution.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
10:55 pm

Dennis Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney today:

"Vice President Richard B. Cheney has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as Vice President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
08:48 pm

via WBIR. While I respect my friend and neighbor Indya Kincannon, who is quoted in the article as saying, "The last thing we need is for public schools to become a bastion for low income people who have no other options public schools thrive best when everybody's involved," I disagree with where this is going.

The article, in the preceding paragraph, infers that is the parents who are hurting public schools:

But school board members ask parents to wait before making any hasty decisions that could hurt public schools in Knox County.

One must admit that the between marginal magnet schools (hint: key finding is that "Achievement patterns as defined through NCEs, within the five magnet schools have not changed much over the past five years") and this ridiculously ham-handed rezoning plan, you cannot and should not blame parents for the state of affairs in Knox County Schools.

more after the flip.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
07:40 pm

I have said this time and again, and I will say it one more time.

Sen. Reid and other Congressional Democrats are hitting the wrong note on Iraq and getting it all wrong with talk of "failure" of U.S. policy and an "unwinnable" war. We won already. Yet they are letting the GOP minority and that idiot in the White House frame it as "surrender" and "defeat".

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
07:02 pm

"We, of course, already know that when Cheney endorses a war, he exempts himself from participation. On second thought, maybe it's wise to keep Cheney off the battlefield — he might end up shooting his comrades rather than the enemy."

That is from 85 year old former Presidential candidate, George McGovern. A McGovern sticker was the first political bumper sticker I ever put on my car, a Fiat 124 coupe at the time.

I wish every other Democrat had the same fortitude as this old man.

There's more:

At Kos.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
06:38 pm

If you'd like to know how it was in 1968, in the Vietnam era, prior to a different "surge" and the carpet-bombing of Cambodia and plans for "pacification" of villages and the "Vietnamization" of American occupying forces (should any of that sound familiar to you or not), check out the movie Bobby.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
06:12 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

You have to play "guess who" before you click the link.

"In the war of my youth, World War II, I volunteered for military service at the age of 19 and flew 35 combat missions, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross as the pilot of a B-24 bomber. By contrast, in the war of his youth, the Vietnam War, Cheney got five deferments and has never seen a day of combat — a record matched by President Bush..."

"(Cheney) also said that (my) way is to surrender in Iraq and leave the U.S. exposed to new dangers. The truth is that I oppose the Iraq war, just as I opposed the Vietnam War, because these two conflicts have weakened the U.S. and diminished our standing in the world and our national security."

Just imagine if this guy had been president. Read the whole thing. It is spot on.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
02:39 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Iraq Coalition Casualties 8th highest since the beginning of the war.

Why not flags at half-staff for our soldiers?

..."If the flags on our (operating bases) were lowered for just one day after the death of a service member, it would show the people who knew the person that society cared, the American people care."...

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
02:00 pm

Read this, which believe it or not was written before this, which is being linked all over the twilight zone.

I still don't know why they fascinate me so.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
01:03 pm

Remember voting for the military "surge" in Iraq? Of course you do, it's only been five months since you did so:

Via TPM Election Central.

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