Wed
Feb 7 2007
06:35 pm

A blogger who lost his job because of his alleged anti-religious bigotry is dog-piling on the criticism of another blogger apparently losing her job over alleged anti-religious bigotry.

The comedy writes itself.

UPDATE: The Edwards campaign refuses to allow Pajamas Media to determine who it retains on its staff.

Good on Edwards. He's going to be continually slimed throughout the next two years and he needs to know how to respond effectively. (Witness the manufactured gasp-and-swoon-how-dare-Edwards-own-an-expensive-house! "controversy" drummed throughout Right Blogistan as another example.)

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
05:21 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

I will miss hearing Poor Boy speak.

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
04:35 pm
By: One of Hooties ...  shortURL

Just when you thought the fire would be all the news, the Tyler Harber investigation is coming back to commission:

(link...)

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Wed
Feb 7 2007
02:04 pm

Some of the more common topics I cover are quotes, the word of the day, guns, and Star Wars. Consider this a 4-in-1.

Continued...

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
07:44 pm

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters)

"I think we have to start thinking about a war on terrorism tax," Lieberman said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Bush's defense budget. "I mean, people keep saying we're not asking a sacrifice of anybody but our military in this war and some civilians who are working on it."

Lieberman did not provide details of his tax idea.

I think the victims of Mr. Bush's domestic budget cuts know very well what it means to sacrifice.

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
07:36 pm

Read all about it here, with bonus gratuitous love crazed astronaut journalistic style critique blogging here. (Jamie Satterfield must dream about stories like this!)

This is a pretty weird case of someone going off the deep end for some reason or another. There's lots of material for dark humor, but you almost have to feel sorry for the perpetrator, and everyone else involved for that matter.

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
07:01 pm

Check out this way cool graphic at Michael Silence's place.

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
06:58 pm

I wanted to like Studio 60, and a couple of episodes I saw were pretty good. But lately I've been wondering why it is again that I'm supposed to care about these characters?

Friday Night Lights, on the other hand, is great TV. It's just like American Dreams, except it's present day instead of the sixties, small-town Texas instead of Philadelphia, and centers around football instead of American Bandstand. (But it's not really about football, and don't let the cheesy website fool you.) The writing, characters, and acting are all top-notch.

If you haven't seen it, check it out if you're interested in that sort of thing. It's on NBC Wednesdays, at 8PM. (At least for now. They keep moving it around.)

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
04:37 pm

Here again is yet another example of how democracy blooms in Iraq like the flowers thrown at the feet our liberating forces.

While on brief holiday from the office (took the day off, cough cough, wink), I ran across this little gem.

Convicted terrorist -- for his role in the 1983 US embassy bombings -- is now an Iraqi parlimentarian:

A man sentenced to death in Kuwait for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies now sits in Iraq's parliament as a member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ruling coalition, according to U.S. military intelligence.

Jamal Jafaar Mohammed's seat in parliament gives him immunity from prosecution. Washington says he supports Shiite insurgents and acts as an Iranian agent in Iraq.

Jamal Jafaar Mohammed was convicted in absentia & sentenced to death for his role as a member of the "Al Da'wa 17" in the December 1983 bombings of embassies in Kuwait.

(I've heard of state-sponsored terrorism before, but this is ridiculous.)

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
01:28 pm
Yes
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No
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Explore?? Lets do it!
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Total votes: 126
Tue
Feb 6 2007
11:54 am
By: Jump The Shark  shortURL

Short & sweet.

Drop by (link...) to discuss the Knoxville media. I appreciate your input and ask that you email topic ideas, suggestions or tips to jumptheshark07@gmail.com

Thanks...
JTS

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
10:43 am

Definition from Wikipedia and used under the GNU Free Documentation License:

A Pigovian tax (also spelled Pigouvian tax) is a tax levied to correct the negative externalities of a market activity. For instance, a Pigovian tax may be levied on producers who pollute the environment to encourage them to reduce pollution, and to provide revenue which may be used to counteract the negative effects of the pollution. Certain types of Pigovian taxes are sometimes referred to as sin taxes, for example taxes on alcohol and cigarettes.

Pigovian taxes are named after economist Arthur Pigou (1877-1959) who also developed the concept of economic externalities.

Previous WOTD - Front-strikers and Back-strikers

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
09:08 am

Bush's $2.9 trillion budget increases defense spending and cuts domestic programs.

The budget includes a record $481 billion for defense spending, a 12% increase, plus $245 billion for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here at home, Bush's budget cuts $101 billion in Medicare and Medicaid funding, and would increase premiums for many Medicare enrollees.

It also limits funding for state Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) says the $5 billion proposed for CHIP would fund only one-third of those already enrolled.

Bush's budget cuts education, training, employment and social services grants by 8%, or nearly $5 billion.

The budget would increase Pell Grants, but pay for it by "reshuffling funds from several other grant programs for low-income students" and cutting subsidies to banks making student loans.

Bush would also cut funding for Head Start and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The budget proposes an $81 billion increase in federal fees, most notably an increase of fees paid by generic drug manufacturers seeking FDA approval (wonder what that's all about?). In the "good idea" fee increase catagory, the budget would increase Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premiums paid by corporations to insure against pension plan defaults.

In the energy category, Bush's budget includes $385 million for clean coal research and $148 million for research to make "solar photovoltaic technology competitive with conventional electricity by 2015." There is also $179 million in biofuels research, which is a waste of taxpayer money in my opinion.

These meager proposals are dwarfed by the massive spending for securing nuclear stockpiles ($9.4 billion) and cleaning up hazardous nuclear waste ($5.6 billion). There is, however, a request for $4.4 billion for the American Competitiveness Initiative energy research program.

This article, while rather poorly written, is an otherwise good summary of Bush's environmental (and anti-environmental) budget proposals.

There was some good news for the National Park Service. Bush proposes a $230 million increase in funding, for a total of $2.4 billion. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get more than 10% in additional funding with a $1.89 million increase, the largest ever.

Bush also proposes a $100 million per year increase in National Park System funding over the next ten years, which, coupled with "private funding", could provide up to $3 billion for sprucing up national parks in preparation for the system's 100 year anniversary. This could help with the Great Smoky Mountain's $180 million maintenance backlog.

Other winners and losers here.

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
07:59 am

Governor Bredesen gave his State of the State address yesterday. To me, it seems like the same State of the State address he gave last year. I guess not much has changed, except he got reelected and we get to hear the same State of the State four more times.

Continuing last year's education theme with renewed calls for expanding the Pre-K program, there were a couple of new twists. One is a proposed 40 cent increase in the state's cigarette tax to fund education programs.

The other is a "bond pool" that would partially guarantee bonds using surplus lottery funds to help local governments with poor credit ratings get financing for school construction. This is an interesting approach because it could leverage $100 million in surplus lottery funds into more than a billion dollars of funding.

Another interesting proposal is to provide full community college scholarships for students who score 19 or better on the ACT. This too would be funded by the lottery at a cost of $10 million.

Bredesen also said he does not support a "radical overhaul" of the BEP funding forumlas, saying instead "it is a better strategy to build on and improve what we have—to continuously identify specific needs and shortcomings, both urban and rural, and address them."

You can read a summary of Bredesen's proposals and the full text of his speech here.

Best quote: "Our state is already one of the very lowest taxed in America—among the states it is number 48 in combined state and local taxes. Our future is vastly more tied to good schools than in trying to become number 49."

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
06:49 am

Scott Barker reports five possible violations of state mandated ethics rules adopted by County Commission.

Those contacted for the article have some great excuses. Scooby says: "I think a reasonable person that comes to commission every month would realize my wife works for the sheriff because y'all have printed it so much." Leuthold said he disclosed his job with the trustee's office in his campaign materials.

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Tue
Feb 6 2007
12:32 am

Tell us again, Mr. Bush, about how this new government will be the salvation of Iraq. Or is this more faulty intelligence?

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - - A man sentenced to death in Kuwait for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies now sits in Iraq's parliament as a member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ruling coalition, according to U.S. military intelligence.

Jamal Jafaar Mohammed's seat in parliament gives him immunity from prosecution. Washington says he supports Shiite insurgents and acts as an Iranian agent in Iraq.

I guess Knox County is lucky in a way; our new "parliament" doesn't have quite so checkered a past.

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Mon
Feb 5 2007
07:24 pm

As mentioned in comments and elsewhere, Knox Co. Mayor Ragsdale has called for a special election to coincide with the citywide elections slated for September and November of this year.

At the same press conference, he announced nominations for the new ethics committee. He also made this interesting remark:

"it has become evident to me that more needs to be done to examine these issues throughout Knox County Government, including in my own office. I will be asking the Ethics Committee to evaluate the hiring practices of the executive branch first, and I will fully support their efforts."

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Mon
Feb 5 2007
05:25 pm

Not computer literate enough to post link directly, so go to (link...)

ED. NOTE: Story here.

ED. UPDATES:

From the article: "The News Sentinel is seeking to void all the appointments made by commissioners, have a permanent injunction laid down by the court requiring that all future deliberations be made in public, and that the case be expedited."

The lawsuit posted at the KNS website (PDF format).

Jack McElroy has more at his blog.

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Mon
Feb 5 2007
04:10 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

A meeting will be held next week to plan a local action that will mark the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war and occupation.

When: Tuesday, February 13 at 6 pm

Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Kingston Pike

Contact: Bob Grimac (link...)

All groups interested in planning and participating in this action are urged to send a representative to this meeting.

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