Sun
Jul 15 2007
01:42 am
By: MartyD  shortURL

My husband and I have long been concerned about the issue of campaign finance (aka, bribery). He is 75 and I am 70. We have seen a lot of changes in our time but nothing to compare with the last 7 years. Even with all the crookedness of this administration we still are shocked by the blatant arrogance and total disregard for law! The thing that really hurts me the most is the fact that people from both parties are snugly nestled in the lobbyists pockets. I think that we need to make some demands on the people who are elected to represent us. If they continue to pander too the likes of Murdock, et al, then start another party. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be a penny's worth of difference in the two parties.

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Sat
Jul 14 2007
07:25 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Beyond all the hype, I'd like to know when the purchase card use started, with Ragsdale or before, and if there has ever been any monitoring at all. Another thing I found curious was the Ragsdale assistant who took folks out for the lobster lunch had special duties to cultivate relationships with Mary Lou Horner and Diane Jordan. This stuff is interesting but the more important stuff , I think, is the nepotism and especially giving building projects to campaign donors.

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Sat
Jul 14 2007
06:59 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

I hope Knoxviews readers and many others heard the fascinating discussion of impeachment last night on Bill Moyers' Journal. The discussion was preceded by the results of a public opinion poll from the American Research Group; 45 percent of Americans favor impeachment hearings for President Bush and more than half -54 percent — favor putting Vice President Cheney in the dock.

The interviewees were Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein and associate editor of Capitol Times John Nichols.

Fein certainly will avoid the labels and personal attacks often heaped on liberals by the radical right. He served in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration and as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. Bruce Fein has been affiliated with conservative think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation and now writes a weekly column for THE WASHINGTON TIMES and Politico.com.

John Nichols is Washington correspondent for THE NATION. His latest book is THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: THE FOUNDERS' CURE FOR ROYALISM.

Transcript here

I'll put a couple quotes after the break.

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Sat
Jul 14 2007
10:45 am

Got a pleasant surprise in the mailbox yesterday. It's the Rolling Stone Fortieth Anniversary special double edition, with a cool metallic cover and everything.

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Sat
Jul 14 2007
09:59 am

Gov. Bredesen is apparently required by state law to proclaim an annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the State of Tennessee.

According to AC Kleinheider, the Governor issued a proclamation designating "Sunday, July 13, 2007" as the day.

Klenheider, who apparently has a hobby of asking for a copy of the proclamation each year, said Bredesen did the same thing last year. Pretty funny. Seems like a law the state legislature needs to remove from the books. Maybe Stacey X can sponsor a bill?

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As China prepares for the Olympic Games, a flurry of concern over snack food being tainted with cardboard initiates beefed up (no pun intended) food security.

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In the report aired Wednesday night, China Central Television showed a shirtless, shorts-clad bun maker in Beijing using cardboard picked up off the street to stuff his steamed buns.

A hidden camera followed the man into a ramshackle building where steamers were filled with the fluffy white buns, called baozi, traditionally stuffed with minced pork.

It showed how cardboard was first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda — a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap — then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning were stirred in as flavoring and the concoction was stuffed into the buns.

"It fools the average person," says the bun maker, whose face was not shown. "I don't eat them myself."

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
05:48 pm
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Fri
Jul 13 2007
03:59 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Alert reader MP was curious about the jail consultant who was paid a flat fee of $50K by Knox County to recommmend a new downtown intake center, and wondered if this was the same guy.

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
03:15 pm

In this day of government's increasingly imposing limits to free speech, this KNS story (prominent on the "hardcopy" page B-1, but difficult to find on-line) was very affirming. It also caused me to think even *more* highly of Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz.

From the text:

The judge lamented the fact that real terrorists have fostered a culture of fear in America, a culture that demonizes dissidence that once was honored and puts protesters like Johnson on Homeland Security lists.

“That doesn’t make you evil,” she told Johnson. “It doesn’t make you terrible. It makes you a dissident.”

Johnson told the judge he was offended at Walker’s labeling of his involvement in environmental protests as akin to street gangs and hate groups.

“The fact the state needs to classify legitimate political dissidence as gang activity I think is pathetic and ridiculous,” he said.

It appears that Jamie Satterfield had to leave the courtroom before Liebowitz rendered her verdict/sentence, as we aren't told how the defendent fared. Well, I hope. See (link...).

(Edit: Ah, I see it now, early in the text: Six months probation.)

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
01:47 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

The endangered flower made famous in the nonfiction book "The Orchid Thief" and the fictional movie spinoff "Adaptation" is about 45 feet off the ground in a tree at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples.

"It's got a big, old root mass on it," he said. "We've just never seen it before. I'm sure it's been blooming, but they bloom in June and July, and that's when cypress are leafed out.

Bird watching can be very rewarding!

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
01:28 pm

Rich has announced the next Blogfest! And hopes that everyone will show up as does Cathy Cathy Cathy.

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
08:16 am

The following information was posted by Rumormonger on Knox Blab.

Public Hearing Regarding Environmental Assessment of New Transit Center:

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
07:34 am

A post on Yahoo's answer site had these little tidbits to share.

A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English-speaking cultures around the globe. Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. In Greece and Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th takes the same role. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen.

Strangely, there is evidence to suggest that Friday the 13th is actually unlucky. Psychologists have found that some people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday the 13th [citation needed]. This has been attributed to such people feeling a heightened state of anxiety on that day. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates that in the United States alone, $800 or $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because some people will not travel or go to work.

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
06:23 am

When are we going to get it? The rest of the world is outpacing us on way too many fronts. America's decline has gone pretty much unoticed by the "entertained" masses, and lack of exposure to other cultures has made us almost as ignorant as last generation's poor family living alone on a mountaintop in rural America.

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Fri
Jul 13 2007
05:29 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Knox County Finance Director John Werner has resigned in the wake of the county credit card controversy.

Mayor Ragsdale also transferred his executive assistant, who, along with then Commissioner Diane Jordan, dined on lobster at Regas and ordered two lobster tails to go on a county credit card, to another department.

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Thu
Jul 12 2007
10:15 pm

July 12,1967:We got by with a little help from our friends.Flower power.It was the summer of love.

In Newark,NJ it was anything but.July 12,1967,was the begining of "five nights of gunfire,looting & flames."When it ended 23 people were dead,700 injured.It was not the first or the last nor the worst of the urban eruptions that summer.In August Detroit became a war zone.

What happened in Newark,July 12-17,'67?
"There is not one truth,and your view depends on your race,your age and where you lived.To the frightened white residents..it was a riot;for the Black Power veterans...it was a rebellion.Those seeking neutrality..embrace disturbance."

When comes to race the truth is where your standing.
quotes NYT Sunday July 8

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Thu
Jul 12 2007
09:55 pm
By: amybroyles  shortURL

The Progressive Women's Coalition
Cordially invites you to our
Launch Party
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tennessee Valley UU Church
2931 Kingston Pike
5:00pm-9:30pm

The goal of the PWC is to increase the participation of women in every facet of civic and political life. We recriut, train, and support women candidates for public office, encourage women to seek appointments to boards and commissions, empower women to advocate on matters of policy, and work to increase the number of women who vote regularly.

In Knox County, women make up 51.2% of the population, but hold only 16% of elected offices.

July 19th is the 159th Anniversary of the First Women's Rights Convention (Seneca Falls, NY, 1848).

Please join us on this special evening as we launch our new coalition!

Childcare Provided
TVUUC is accessible to people with disabilities

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Thu
Jul 12 2007
03:19 pm

Sen. Bob Corker responds regarding HR676:

Dear Mr. Neal,

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about H.R. 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

Healthcare is one of the most important issues facing our nation today, and I agree with you that something needs to be done to address rising healthcare and prescription drug costs as well as the rising number of uninsured Americans. Since arriving in Washington, I have been working closely with my Senate colleagues to create comprehensive healthcare reform aimed at providing affordable, portable health insurance for all Americans, even the most costly and difficult to insure. H.R. 676 has not yet been introduced in the Senate, but I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind should I be given the opportunity to vote on this legislation.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me over the next six years.

Sincerely,

Bob Corker
United States Senator

To Sen. Corker's credit, "comprehensive healthcare reform aimed at providing affordable, portable health insurance for all Americans, even the most costly and difficult to insure" is a worthy goal. HR676 does this, so I hope it will get a fair hearing in the House and then the Senate.

There's no mention of the pledge to refuse campaign contributions from insurance and pharmaceutical interests, though.

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