Wed
Feb 14 2007
11:50 am

Facing South has news about the fall of a powerful North Carolina political machine:

Corruption cuts at the heart of our fundamental system of self-government, which relies on open debate and honest representation of the people for the public good. Corruption is a crime against the people, against democracy itself. It should be rooted out and defeated.

Follow the link to see what they're talking about.

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
10:57 am

Eastern Meadowlark spotted in our back yard during last year's GBBCThe Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, Feb. 16th and goes through Monday, Feb. 19th.

What it is:

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Why do it:

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

What to do:

1. Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes during February 16–19, 2007. Count birds at as many places and on as many days as you like—just keep a separate list of counts for each day and/or location.

2. Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time, and write it down.

3. Enter your results on the Great Backyard Bird Count web site!

Follow the above links for more info. It's a great educational outdoors/nature activity for the kids and fun for the entire family.

Here are the statistics from last year's GBBC:

Total Checklists Submitted: 60,503
Total Species Observed: 622
Total Individual Birds Counted: 7,594,742

Among Tennessee reporting localities for 2006, the Knoxville area topped the list with 81 species and 161 reports, which was more than double the nearest location (Nashville) with 78 reports.

You can view all the results from last year's count here. When the count gets underway, post yours in comments here!

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C.E. Petro has this analysis of Stacy X's controversial bill and what's really behind it.

UPDATE: Joe Powell has more.

UPDATE: Michael Silence weighs in: "The party is hellbent on going down in flames."

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Wed
Feb 14 2007
02:32 am

Glenn Reynolds wants to unilaterally kill Iranian scientists. Heh.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
11:00 pm

City Council approved the form-based code tonight 9-0. That was after aproving an amendment 9-0 to go back to the 70' river buffer, the 60' max building height in the SW7, and the 70' building height in the SW4 recommended by the Oversight Committee.

This was first reading. Second and final reading is Feb. 27, and they will probably have a workshop at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

So it's not a done deal, but it was a damn good start.

I'm going to go have some wine now.....

P.S. And Mamaw got an amendment specifically allowing gardens.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
06:06 pm

By way of NiT, here's the "leaked" Bonnaroo lineup.

Read the explanation of how the info was discovered. This seems to happen a lot. A while back someone was "poking around" a Nikon website in a similar manner and "found" the specs for a new Nikon camera that "accidentally" got published before they were supposed to.

I always wonder how "accidental" these "leaks" are and how is it that random internet surfers are able to just "stumble across" such info v. how much help they might "accidentally" be getting from marketing/PR types.

But I guess it can happen. Either way, it creates a lot of buzz. See, I'm typing about Bonnaroo right now!

UPDATE: The offical initial lineup is here. More artists to be announced.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:55 pm

"By the way, a lot of us are also very concerned about the possibility of a, quote, 'Tet Offensive.' You know, some large-scale tact that could then switch American public opinion the way that the Tet Offensive did," the Arizona senator said.

Last month, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that 62 percent said the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq.

Gee, where has he been? What kool-aid has he been drinking? Switch American public opinion how? Are you afraid yet?

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:27 pm

Security cameras captured the dog on its first — and last — visit to the Capitol, leaving a sizable deposit in front of the fourth-floor elevators.

In reaction, a legislative committee this month banned dogs from the building, making the political atmosphere in Juneau a little less warm and fuzzy and a little more dog-eat-dog.

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There are often political messes in the Capitol, Lee said, "but people would like to keep it off the floors."

It's apparently no longer a dog's world in the Alaska Capitol Building.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
05:24 pm

Lucinda Williams will be performing at the beautiful Tennessee Theater Saturday, April 21st. Click here for tickets and info.

There are lots of other cool shows coming up at the Tennessee Theater and the Bijou. (Sorry, Taylor Hicks is sold out!) Check the AC Entertainment Concertwire for updates and info.

UPDATE: Better hurry and get tickets for Lucinda Williams. The good seats are already selling out. The best I could do was center secton row S.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
12:55 pm

Former moonshiner and local pop culture icon Eddie of Eddie's Auto Parts is selling out. But it still ain't nothin' for him to whup a man's ass. Read all about the call that made him famous.

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Tue
Feb 13 2007
09:37 am

From an e-mail announcement...

Farragut High School Zoning

COMMUNITY MEETING
TUESDAY FEB 13th at 7PM

First Farragut
United Methodist Church
12733 Kingston Pike
across from the Renaissance Center

The decision for the new high school zones has not been made. Get Involved.

We as a community group -- not the school board or the county government -- plan to hold a community workshop for families, students and community members who reside in the current FHS zone.

  • The purpose of the meeting will be to develop ideas to solve the problem.
  • Small group discussion on alternate ideas
  • We want people who are SOLUTION BASED -- people who love the Greater Farragut Community and want to preserve it.

    This is our community so we should not wait for others to come up with a plan. We need to help create the plan.

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    Tue
    Feb 13 2007
    07:51 am

    It was reported today that five people were killed in a mall shooting(no specifics). An act of terror? What will they define it as? If the man was from Tennessee would bush have declared war against the state? The man who refuses to tolerate terror, sure seems to put up with alot.

    Continued...

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    Tue
    Feb 13 2007
    06:25 am

    Now, the first thing I am going to say is that I am a fool and a hypocrite. With that out of the way I can now focus on my ever so impulsive, irrational, rambling. The laws of the English Language. Or lack there of...for actually, few laws exist. What we have are guidelines, and poor guidelines at that. We have the most irrational, unorganized, rediculous language since man stoped throwing his own feces.

    Continued...

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    Tue
    Feb 13 2007
    05:46 am

    How long is it going to take before the troops are sick of this support from Bush?

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    Tue
    Feb 13 2007
    01:00 am

    The bill failed to pass last year but unfortunately they are trying to sell our national forests again.

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    Tue
    Feb 13 2007
    12:54 am

    Leno joked in his monologue that White Castle is offering a Valentine Special. Come on . . White Castle?

    Sure enough, here it is.

    Make your Valentine’s day STEAMY! Take your Valentine to White Castle on Wednesday, February 14 between 5 and 8 p.m. and enjoy hostess seating, candlelit dining and your own server. Reservations are required, so check the list below for participating Castles near you!

    Hurry! Nashville is on the list (615-333-2028).

    Since there are no White Castles here in the Knoxville area, I have reservations to take that special someone to the Krystal.

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    Mon
    Feb 12 2007
    10:38 pm

    P2P effect on legal music sales "not statistically distinguishable from zero."

    A new study in the Journal of Political Economy by Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry.

    Entitled "The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis," the study matched an extensive sample of music downloads to American music sales data in order to search for causality between illicit downloading and album sales. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe.

    This is science-speak for "downloading is not killing the music industry."

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    Mon
    Feb 12 2007
    05:56 pm

    "...Radic pleaded guilty to betraying his flock and secretly selling the church and its rectory out from under them. He used the money to buy himself a brand-new black BMW and a laptop — exploits he later chronicled in a cheeky, almost gleeful blog about his double life as a sinner."
    ...
    "The church was basically senior citizens, people in their 80s, 90s and close to 100," Prater said. "He was their favorite son."

    Stealing from the devout elderly. And people ask why I don't trust.

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    Mon
    Feb 12 2007
    03:35 pm

    Continuing a fine tradition of outdoing itself year over year, Knoxville-based AC Entertainment scores yet another coup, signing The Police to headline at Bonnaroo during their forthcoming 30th anniversary / reunion tour.

    I doff my cap to Ashley Capps.

    I look forward to seeing the rest of the list on Feb. 14. However, thank you for the early Valentine.

    And I'll admit, it made a liar of me. I said that it would take a Kinks reunion to have me attend. With this announcement, I think you may have exceeded whatever expectations I might have had.

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    Mon
    Feb 12 2007
    01:01 pm

    See, we invaded Iraq because they had active chemical and biological weapons programs and stockpiles, and an advanced nuclear weapons program.

    But now, they don't even have a machinist skilled enough to make roadside pipe bombs, so they must be getting them from Iran. That's the only logical conclusion and all the proof you need. That and rock-solid evidence like this.

    But never mind about this. And pay no attention to this.

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