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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Thu
Aug 16 2007
09:07 pm

On my recent yearly vacation, my wife and I visited South America.

One of the towns that we visited was Ica.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
06:38 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL
Yes
74% (42 votes)
No
11% (6 votes)
Not sure
16% (9 votes)
Total votes: 57
Thu
Aug 16 2007
03:25 pm

"I dont sound like nobody." Thats Elvis on Elvis around '53
Man,was that ever true,in '56 that cat hit & sounded like nuthing nobody had ever heard & on stage like nuthing nobody had ever seen.I dont remember the revolutionary Elvis.But watching clips of him on Steve Allen & Ed Sullivan..wow.
and when I was kid every movie I went to see..there was always a trailer for the new Elvis picture...when I graduated from high school Elvis had his last hit..a hunk of burning love.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
11:34 am

The DOW is having a rough day, week. Down 500 so far from last Friday. It's a good thing investing is for the longggggg term.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
08:54 am

My Monday morning schedule was all messed up from staying out 'till 4AM trying to photograph meteors, so I was just now getting caught up on this week's reading when I saw this. Thanks, Sandra! The check's in the mail.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
07:03 am

I've updated the blogroll to include a section with the blogs in the 50 State Blog project (of which KnoxViews is a member) run by BlogPAC.org and MyDD.

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
06:13 am

By way of ACK, the Commercial Appeal has an update on two Tennessee Democrats considering a run against Lamar Alexander for the U.S. Senate:

Mike McWherter, a Jackson, Tenn.-based beer distributor and son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, and Bob Tuke, the Nashville lawyer who was until recently the state Democratic Party chairman, both confirmed Tuesday that they're considering the race.

The article has some interesting quotes from the two potential candidates and the state GOP and Democratic chairs.

I'm curious why soon-to-be-former Mayor of Nashville Bill Purcell's name hasn't also come up.

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I took a trip up to Cumberland Gap today and then explored TN-63 east to Sneedville and TN-66 to Rogersville. One thing I kept noticing were these brightly colored squares on barns. Apparently the KNS ran an article a few weeks ago about them and they certainly caught my attention.

(link...)

Sneedville, by the way, really is stuck in time. There were dozens of barns in the surrounding area of Hancock County that were probably built in the 1920s and have been decaying ever since. Sneedville itself reminded me of the semi-abandoned coal towns in Kentucky, with a billiard hall and a few old gas stations (old pumps) in business. It was a beautiful drive along 63 and 66 as you switchback over Clinch and Short Mountains. Also, the rocks cropping out of the soil were really amazing; I don't know how anybody could have farmed there. No wonder it's so poor. There is apparently a place called "Elrod Falls" in Hancock County, which, for namesake purposes, I should really check out! My favorite place name was Frog Level Road. Second favorite: Rebel Hollow Road.

Read more...

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Thu
Aug 16 2007
12:22 am

Morristown's little league girls softball team wins the world series!!

YOU GO GIRLS!!!!

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
10:12 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Brian Hornback has been banned. Again. I know. He's quite entertaining. But enough is enough. Visit his blog if you're interested in his sort of online behavior. It's not welcome or appropriate here.

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
09:51 pm

I just heard Anderson Cooper say the rescuers had heard sounds coming from the mine. There is a possiblity that some of the miners have survived. Have to wait until ten o'clock to know if this is a teaser headline or not. I hope it isn't. I hope they have somehow survived this ordeal.

Update...
It might not be anything. It was just a sound. It does give them a target to drill into though. I have a feeling they are there and waiting...how horrible for them...

Pray hard...

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
09:31 pm
By: Carole Borges  shortURL

From the Associated Press: (link...)

Tennessee's Jarden Zinc is lobbying Congress to keep pennies made of zinc

"The nation's sole supplier of zinc "penny blanks," Tennessee-based Jarden Zinc Products, is lobbying the federal government to keep the penny.
Some in Congress would like to see the penny disappear.
With the price of zinc soaring amid a worldwide commodities boom, it costs the government almost 2 cents to make each 1-cent coin - a pretty penny considering roughly 8 billion new ones are placed into circulation annually."

2 cents for each penny? Huh?

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
09:16 pm

The Maryville Daily Times has the scoop on a long-standing rumor.

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