Sun
Nov 19 2006
09:18 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Bush and friends should follow OJ's lead and write "IF We Lied about WMD's here's how." Stacey

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
09:06 pm

It seems the Democratic Congress is set to reinstate the draft now that they are back in power - (link...)

 Can we count on President Bush to veto this measure?

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
03:38 pm
By: fletch  shortURL

It's probably the second or third snow in the high mountains but "First Snow" sounds better. This image is the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap taken this morning. A steady stream of backpackers were making their way to the Icewater Springs shelter and points beyond. What you can't see here is the 30 degree temps and 30mph winds with blowing ice and snow. I'll be thinking of these backpackers tonight up there at that shelter while I'm relaxing in my La-Z-Boy by the fireplace with hot cider watching the Simpsons.

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
03:30 pm

Norman Lear on Bill Maher Friday Night declared his political leanings.

"I am a liberal. I am a progressive. But, what I really feel in my heart of hearts, I am a bleeding heart conservative. Yes."

"You will not mess with my First Amendment." "You will not mess with my guarantees under the Constitution, my civil liberties. I am a conservative. But, does my heart bleed?"

Mr. Lear goes on to describe how his heart bleeds in a liberal way.

Take a look at "People For The American Way" for a reminder of how long some people have been working toward the acceptance of "the American Way", i.e. "pluralism, individuality, freedom of thought, expression and religion, a sense of community, and tolerance and compassion for others."

Something to ponder on this wintry day.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
11:40 pm

So now R. Neal is Hitler?  Sorry,Brian, you lose.

http://brianhornback.blogspot.com/

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
11:16 pm

Take a look at Tennessee's new PG, Shannon Bobbitt -- the tiniest player Pat Summitt has ever signed -- and maybe the most electrifying (and please, guys, spare me the Lorena Bobbitt jokes -- they're already extremely old).

(link...)

Shannon, who is 5-2 with her shoes on, is quicker than a hiccup and tough as a nickel steak. This little kid doesn't back down from anybody, and is making a real difference to this team from the get-go.

And, yeah, they've got this Candace Parker kid that some people say is pretty good, too.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:33 pm

That word outgoing sounds so good.  It rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

James Inhofe (R-OK), outgoing Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, was interviewed on Faux and Friends.  He made the startling announcement that he knows the real cause of global warming.

It is "due to the sun", he revealed.  All these frivolous scientists blaming human activity is for naught because "God's still up there".

Of course he did give credit to the scientists for discovering that the sun does, indeed, warm the earth.  It's just that they're wrong about everything else.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:28 pm

Kay's Ice CreamKay's Ice Cream, an institution in Maryville since the 1940s, closed this week.

Why? Nobody knows.

The people who worked there were simply told to close up shop.

The closure took away something that was vivid in the memories of many people in this area. That little art deco building had been a favorite hangout for many -- including Maryville High School students -- for as long as anybody could remember.

Now it's gone, and people have only their memories. 

Watch the slideshow (:42).

And share the memories. Anybody got one?


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Sat
Nov 18 2006
04:47 pm
By: JustJohnny  shortURL

A final goodbye to BJ
Your two dear children and your husband will always be in our prayers.
Godspeed, Jake.









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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:05 am

Ya know, I was pondering the aborted Glenn Beck/Iraq intelligence thread and I think I've finally got this thing figured out. It's taken almost four years...I'm a bit slow on the uptake. And since my hangover won't let me sleep in, I might as well spit it out. So to speak.

I spent six months before the war began - and double that after it "ended" - obsessively trying to figure out how those f'ers gamed the system. I know way more than any sane person should about the minutiae of the con.

But I've come to the conclusion that deception wasn't the real heart of the hustle. It was a pure power play.

Continued...

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
10:39 pm

I propose we have a community "Come to Jesus" meeting. We've got some folks who are really great regulars who, despite some obvious differences of opinion, have made this blog very strong, very quickly. Unfortunately, we have some problem folks who insist on making a stink, most often anonymously. The first call came from our friend, R. Neal, announcing that if this weak-minded behavior doesn't cease, then tent poles  down and folding thereafter.

We do need to affirm some rules and maybe set some more for conduct here.
I'd like to put on the agenda two things:

  • No more anonymous posting
  • Moderators should have the ability to delete individual posts

I consider this to be my blog in the sense that I enjoy contributing even if this contribution leads to agreeing with # 9 or getting under SayUncle's skin. I know it is R. Neal's site, but the concept of the way this place works makes it so strong. I give # 9 as an example of someone who gets overheated at times and mystifies me with his logic, but has become more disciplined over time. Look back at the SKBlog dustup and how even old adversaries such as me can virtually shake hands and treat each other civilly (though I won't let him get away with too many shenanigans!). What do y'all say.

--toby 

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
08:16 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Who are the folks at atomic tumor and who is ill and dying? Seriously, there are only cyptic messages here and the Metro Pulse only using initials. Stacey

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Sources tell us there will be an announcement from City Hall at noon regarding the demotion of Renee Kessler from head of Knoxville's Community Development Division. More details as they become available...

BUMP AND UPDATE: Our sources were only partially correct.

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
06:31 pm

...6:30ish. May not be able to stay too late, but we'll see.

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
05:11 pm

ADMINISTRATOR UPDATE ON HALLS SHOPPER RUMOR POSTED HERE

Some idiot with nothing better to do setup a user ID with a fake name and a fake throwaway e-mail addresses and posted anonymously from an public wi-fi hotspot regarding subjects he or she apparently knows nothing about. The user ID has been blocked and the throwaway e-mail address has been banned, for whatever good it will do. At any rate, the subject publication's attorney responds...

INQUIRY:

From: "R. Neal"
To: "Rob Frost" <[redacted]>
Subject: Anonymous blog post at KnoxViews.com
Date: Friday, November 17, 2006 3:00 PM

Dear Mr. Frost:

Someone posted anonymously at KnoxViews.com regarding rumors that the Halls Shopper was for sale, among other unsubstantiated allegations. The post is here:

(link...)

In a comment on the post, Sandra Clark said that you represented the Halls Shopper in the transaction with Scripps and if that if anyone wants information they should contact you.

So, do you or your client wish to go on the record in response to this anonymous blog post?

We try to run a responsible blog at KnoxViews.com and are not trying to be another caswalker.com. We would like the opportunity to report the facts.

Best regards,
R. Neal
KnoxViews.com

RESPONSE:

From: "Rob Frost" <[redacted]>
To: "R. Neal"
Subject: RE: Anonymous blog post at KnoxViews.com
Date: Friday, November 17, 2006 3:48 PM

R. Neal,

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. My client has authorized me to respond.

The shareholders were paid exponentially more that what has been put on this "blog." The circulation is expanding with new areas being announced shortly.

I might add that in the history of the Shopper, it has never been sued for libel.

The anonymous poster is mistaken.

Robert B. Frost, Jr.
Attorney for Shopper Publications, Inc.
Arnett, Draper and Hagood

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[The anonymous post was removed for violation of site rules]

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
01:58 pm

This is some seriously bad news for our neck of the woods. Looks like the increasingly heated atmosphere is going to produce stronger storms and extend the season in which they occur.

I think I'm going to go call my insurance agent. And look into buying that hybrid Prius.

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. - Victims of the tornado in North Carolina were trying to reassemble their lives Friday after the twister flipped cars, shredded trees and ripped mobile homes to pieces, killing at least eight people, authorities said.

Damage assessment teams are expected in this little riverside community on Friday. North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley plans to survey the damage from the air before meeting with local officials.

The disaster brought the two-day death toll from a devastating line of thunderstorms that swept across the South to 12.

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
12:52 pm
By: JustJohnny  shortURL

I asked if we could postpone this thing (her death) until after G’s birthday, he didn’t think so. Five days would be a long time. --AtomicTumor

Catch up on things over at AT's blog

a sad update...She is brain dead. November 17, 2006. --AT

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
12:50 pm

...to the wrong person. Beck told newly elected Congressman Keith Ellison he wanted him to "prove to me that you are not working with our enemies" because Ellison is a Muslim. Beck felt really bad about being so suspicious.

Maybe the reason Beck couldn't discard the question is because it's an important question. If only Republicans had the sense to ask it of people who actually do things that help our enemies. For example, it would be a great demand to make of the people who punched a hole in our intelligence firewall for Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress buddies. That hole would be the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, created from whole cloth during the lead-up to the invasion, inserted into the intelligence hierarchy above any vetting or oversight, then quietly disbanded after Chalabi's coziness with Iran was discovered.

When will the person responsible for sharing critical state secrets with Chalabi be asked to prove he is not working with our enemies? 

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
12:18 pm

Egalia (the real one): "Apparently, there are no women in charge of women's health or reproductive services." Go read about the latest idiocy she's referring to.

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Fri
Nov 17 2006
11:40 am
By: Brian A.  shortURL

From the people who brought us "clear skies" and "healthy forests," there's this:

A key government report on hunger in America has eliminated that word from its findings but not because there are no longer people in need of nutrition.

. . .

Last year, families without enough money to buy food or families in which parents skip meals so their children can eat were labeled as having "food insecurity with hunger" and now they simply have "very low food security."

Hmmm . . . "security."  That sounds like it should be part of the War on Terror, doesn't it?  Perhaps we should move this issue over to the Department of Homeland Security and let KBR take care of it in one fell swoop with a $50 billion no-bid contract.  It's largely a liberal media myth, anyway.

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