Fri
Nov 17 2006
10:20 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

On James Carville:

"Why should the Democratic Party take advice from a man who can't even convince his own wife to vote Democratic?" 

Continued...

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
09:53 am
By: Scott1202  shortURL

I read that the pentagon is going tio ask for another 127 billion or so from us taxpayers to pour down the rat hole in Iraq. Weren't they supposesed to pay for their own reconstruction from their oil revenues?

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By being master video gamers, I guess. From the Knoxville News Sentinel:

"My parents think I am the stupidest person alive," said Ervin Grove, a Bearden High School senior. He and seven of his Bearden classmates were the first in line outside of Best Buy in West Knoxville. Some of them skipped school, and they pitched a tent to be assured of getting the game [Sony Playstation 3], which they intend to keep and play.

It's bad enough parents let their kids spend so much time on these games, but letting their kids skip school to be first in line to buy one? How sad is it that a parent thinks their kid is "stupid" and doesn't do anything about it? Anyway, it must be a pretty sensational game.

Update: More madness.

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
01:14 am

Democratic Party of Knox County Presents

Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Appreciation Luncheon
12 PM, December 9, 2006
The Foundry (on World's Fair Park)
$25 per person
Special Guest Harold Ford Jr. and others.

Tickets can be purchased by mail. Send check, return address and contact information to:

KCDP
P.O. Box 1366
Knoxville, TN 37901

Ticket will be mailed out the week prior to the event. Order soon as seating is limited.

www.knoxdemocrats.org 

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Thu
Nov 16 2006
10:16 pm

First and foremost I'd like to encourage y'all to drop by for pumpkin pie at the Greek Chevron on Chapman Highway. When hot out of the oven it is out of this world. Unlike the traditional pumpkin pie it is made with filo dough for crust and the filling has a chunky texture and great flavor. A slice is $1.50 and you can order a whole pie for $14.95. Limited time only.

As for the South Waterfront project I don't know what to report. It seems to have gone from "let's save the quaint neighborhoods" to "well we'll keep the form of the neighborhoods but new buildings can be 3 1/2 stories high but don't worry they'll fit in just fine because of all the street trees we'll plant after we squeeze a 50' road section into a 35' wide r.o.w...."

One thing I do know is that the Greek Chevron is slated to become a park. I hope that they can find a replacement location in the neighborhood.

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Thu
Nov 16 2006
09:00 pm

Chris Matthews, quoting Bill Clinton: "The Democrats haven't been given a mandate. They've been given a chance."

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Thu
Nov 16 2006
06:05 pm

Lest there be any doubt the new Democrat controlled Congress will hit the ground running, check this out:

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), an outspoken opponent of the Military Commission Act of 2006, today introduced legislation which would amend existing law in order to have an effective process for bringing terrorists to justice. This is currently not the case under the Military Commission Act, which will be the subject of endless legal challenges. As important, the bill would also seek to ensure that U.S. servicemen and women are afforded the maximum protection of a strong international legal framework guaranteed by respect for such provisions as the Geneva Conventions and other international standards, and to restore America’s moral authority as the leader in the world in advancing the rule of law.

[..]

The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:

  • Restores Habeas Corpus protections to detainees
  • Narrows the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who directly participate in hostilities against the United States who are not lawful combatants
  • Bars information gained through coercion from being introduced as evidence in trials
  • Empowers military judges to exclude hearsay evidence they deem to be unreliable
  • Authorizes the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to review decisions by the Military commissions
  • Limits the authority of the President to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions and makes that authority subject to congressional and judicial oversight
  • Provides for expedited judicial review of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to determine the constitutionally of its provisions
  • If Harold Ford Jr. had proposed something like this instead of voting for the Military Commissions act and against gay marriage, maybe more of the 600,000 Tennessee Democrats who stayed home would have gotten to the polls. Maybe even 50,000 or so of them.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    05:21 pm

    Ok, this is weak tea in the broader scheme of things (although I think a case could be made that it's directly related to higher, deadlier forms of BS). It's not even the sexiest example - unless one counts Irritable Bowel Syndrome as sexy.  

    But since the occasional local media muckety-muck visits these parts, maybe they'd like to weigh in on the fake news controversy that has swept up the local Fox affiliate.

     

    As I will show you tonight, Provasic is remarkably
    effective and has no side effects whatsoever.
     
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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    04:15 pm

    How much money would you think it would cost to select a site for the new Transit Center in downtown Knoxville? Write that number down on a piece of paper. Got it? Good.

    According to WATE "news" that price is $3.1 million for the planning and selection process.

    That's right, you read it correctly. Did either WATE or any or the other usual suspects in journalism give a break out of that 3.1 million dollars?

    So did this selection site allow for future development of light rail? Of course not.

    Great job everybody. It's just OPM. Other peoples money.

    Carry on.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    03:02 pm

    According to WATE, TVA has extended the public comment period on land use policy. The report has a summary of the policy and instructions for submitting comments.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    01:53 pm

    Volunteer Voters says Bob Tuke will not serve another term as Tennessee State Democratic Party Chairman. He says he wants the next chair to have a year at the helm going in to the '08 election.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    11:37 am

    Roger continues his Conservative Persons and Accomplishments Appreciation Week with The War On Terror. Funny, biting stuff. Past issues:

    Federal spending

    Schiavo

    The Internet Gambling Law.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    10:44 am

    The KNS reports that City Council has concerns about renewing a contract with the organization managing the Empowerment Zone because of recent revelations.

    If you are just catching up, the sidebar of this article has the full rundown. Based on the various investigations and complaints, it appears this has been brewing for a long time. We suspect there is yet more to come.

    As for the Mayor's response, he says in this KNS video interview that "there will be no retaliation" (it's not clear what this is in response to, perhaps he's referring to the people filing complaints?) and that "in terms of the racial preferences there, right now they [the city's law department] don't see sufficient evidence to think that that's a valid claim" but that they are "still finishing all the research on this." He says that there are "lots of documents in this and lots of people's lives involved" and that the city's interest is in getting the "right answer, and they expect to have that very soon."

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    10:13 am

    The mayor of Coopertown who was charged with running a speed trap, racial profiling, and a variety of offenses related to political retaliations and intimidation was reinstated by a county judge who said that the state prosecutor had not made his case. The original complaint is quite entertaining.

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    Thu
    Nov 16 2006
    02:43 am

    Some of the media in Knoxville has lost it. While people in Knox and surrounding counties have become accustomed to the biased, slanted, and sensational reporting that can occur around here, this week a local Television station and an alt weekly newspaper out did themselves. This is wrong on so many levels it takes a little time to lay out. Some of the more idiotic parts, some second amendment issues and common sense, will warrant another post.

    A sensational story from WATE Television news and a rush to judgment with a completely erroneous and slanted editorial in this weeks Metro Pulse has brought a new level of shame to Knoxville media, if that is possible.

    Here is what happened. WATE asked Knox County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert to demonstrate what happened when 19 year old Kane Stackhouse tried to rob him at gunpoint last Saturday afternoon. What WATE showed on Television shocked many people as it appeared that Commissioner Lambert drew a loaded handgun and pointed it at a WATE cameraman. WATE had nothing in the news report that suggested otherwise.

    But that is not what happened.

    Even though that is exactly what a scathing editorial from the Metro Pulse conveyed. The unsigned editorial starts off plainly enough stating that Lambert “has shown himself to be a danger to himself and others.”

    Why would the editorial staff of the Metro Pulse write that?

    Because the news report from WATE completely faked them out that’s why.

    Even though Lumpy Lambert had a post on KnoxViews that explained that he had cleared the chamber and removed the magazine from the handgun, a Kel-Tec .380, and that he had carefully explained how to make sure a handgun was unloaded; WATE never showed that on air.

    Continued...

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    Wed
    Nov 15 2006
    06:41 pm

    Following up on their Sunday package about issues surrounding management of Empowerment Zone funds, the KNS today alleges there are racial problems in the City of Knoxville department that oversees it. The KNS has documents relating to the complaints here, here, and here.

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    Wed
    Nov 15 2006
    03:27 pm

    So it wasn't just a one time slip. What is James Carville thinking? He is still after Dean so it wasn't only directed at Harold Ford.

    Who can connect the dots here? I am sticking with the Clinton theory. Carville doesn't make mistakes. This is deliberate.

    Democratic strategist James Carville says his party should dump Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic Party because of incompetence.

    Carville, during coffee and rolls with political reporters today, said Democrats could have picked up as many as 50 House seats, instead of the nearly 30 they have so far.

    The reason they didn’t, he said, is the Democratic National Committee did not spend some $6 million it could have put into so-called “third tier” House races against vulnerable Republicans.

    Carville said the other Democratic campaign committees had borrowed to the hilt.

    He said he tried to meet with Dean to argue for additional spending for Democrats in the final days of the campaign, but Dean declined and gave no reason why.

    Asked by a reporter whether Dean should be dumped, Carville replied, “In a word, do I think? Yes.”

    He added, “I think he should be held accountable.” He added, “I would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its competence.”

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