Wed
Aug 15 2007
10:37 am

“The beer is still flowing and the taxes ain’t growing,” he (Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely) said.

Athens (AL) voters turned out in big numbers Tuesday to overwhelmingly support the continued sales of alcoholic beverages.
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Approximately 53 percent of Athens’ 11,881 registered voters went to the polls to cast ballots. Local political experts said this is one of the largest voter turnouts in the city’s history. In 2003, when Athens went wet, 59 percent of the city’s registered voters went to the polls.

Okay, who around here is going to make the proposal for Knoxville to be dry? And, when? Which election needs to be influenced?

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Checking out some of the Knoxviews archives, I came across this (link...)

Seeing if taxes had been paid, I did a little bit of looking here (link...) and here (link...)

Now I didn't do an indepth search like in the original entry (above) on business taxes, but I did find that Commissioner Cate still has about $3000.00 in back property taxes due, still on his business Blaze Fence at 3212 Dresser and personally at 4001 Lilac.

So much for the clean bill of tax health he claims in the News Sentinel article in the original entry.

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
08:30 am

Here's a blast from the past from the SKB June 2004 archives concerning the Democratic nominee and the process. I hate to say it, but I told you so. And for some reason, I'm getting the feeling that it's deja vu all over again.

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
08:10 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Karl Rove set out to create a permanent Republican majority. Instead, he has destroyed the party for a generation, making it the party of division, hate, greed, corruption, war, death, lying, torture, and spying on its own citizens.

Thanks, Karl! Democrats have a lot of work ahead to clean up after you. What a great legacy.

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
07:51 am

The disappearing American middle class is now too poor to even shop at Wal-Mart, as their CEO explained yesterday in discussing the company's disappointing earnings:

Lee Scott, Wal-Mart's chief executive, said the results were "not what we expected of ourselves".

"US consumers continue to be under difficult pressure economically," he said. "It is no secret that many customers are running out of money toward the end of the month."

President Bush, Aug. 9th: "The fundamentals of our economy are strong. Job creation is strong. Real after-tax wages are on the rise."

Meanwhile, the stock market is in freefall, with the DJIA losing nearly 1000 points (7%) since it's peak in late July, and nearly 500 points (3.5%) just in the last week.

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Wed
Aug 15 2007
12:13 am

We knew he had a questionable safety record for his coal mines. We knew that he blames an imaginary earthquake for his Utah mine disaster. We heard him use a tragic moment to rail against everything from global warming to Hillary Clinton. So I guess this shouldn't surprise. Excerpt:

"Mitch McConnell calls me one of the five finest men in America, and last time I checked he was sleeping with your boss," Murray told the [MSHA] inspectors...

Heckofa job, Bob! Heckofa job, Mitch and Elaine!

Oh, you can always find corrupt individuals in both parties. William Jefferson comes to mind. But this really continues the Authoritarian pattern of today's GOP as orchestrated perfectly by the Bush administration. The same Bush the whole GOP proudly hung its future (and that of the world) on not so very long ago. And the same Bush who was the GOP's hero up until about the past year.

"W" "THE PRESIDENT"! We hardly knew ya. But many of us knew better.

BONUS!: Is Ragsdale really any more guilty for things that have happened under his watch than W is for those under his? How is the evidence different?

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
09:56 pm
By: amybroyles  shortURL

If you have any kids' toys in your home, business, church or community center, please check this out:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/14/recall/index.html

Here is a complete list of recalled toys and how to get replacements:

http://service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
09:41 pm

I went to tonight's session at West High School presenting a summary of the Baker Center report, and seeking comments from attendees.

I thought it might be useful to seek comments from the web-savvy users of KnoxViews regarding county government websites. Knox County's site is here ((link...)).

The "cohort" counties frequently used for comparison in the Baker Center report are as follows:

Anne Arundel County, Maryland ((link...))

Baltimore County, Maryland ((link...))

Chesterfield County, Virginia ((link...))

Cobb County, Georgia ((link...))

East Baton Rouge Parish, La. ((link...))

Fayette/Lexington, Kentucky ((link...))

Polk County, Florida ((link...))

Richland County, South Carolina ((link...))

Sarasota County, Florida ((link...))

--Mark Harmon

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"The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, some 738 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Russia (611), St Kitts & Nevis (547), U.S. Virgin Is. (521), Turkmenistan (c.489), Belize (487), Cuba (c.487), Palau (478), British Virgin Is. (464), Bermuda (463), Bahamas (462), Cayman Is. (453), American Samoa (446), Belarus (426) and Dominica (419).
"However, more than three fifths of countries (61%) have rates below 150 per 100,000. (The rate in England and Wales - 148 per 100,000 of the national population - is above the mid-point in the World List.)"

Source: Walmsley, Roy, "World Prison Population List (Seventh Edition)" (London, England: International Centre for Prison Studies, 2007), p. 1.

(link...)

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(link...)

Things could really get interesting (with a wink to R. Neal)

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
11:40 am

In case you missed it, the federal government used the "sneak and peek" warrant provisions of the Patriot Act to bust up the Cock County cockfighting scene.

It seems we have forgotten that the "Patriot" in "Patriot Act" stands for "Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," (you can thank John Ashcroft for the tortured acronym, which along with color coded terrorist threat charts are keeping America safe from terrorist attacks since 2001).

Not that I'm trying to defend it, but can someone explain when cockfighting became "terrorism"? First they came for the cockfighters...

Michael Silence has more here and here, and Joe Powell comments re. the ever expanding threat to civil liberties.

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
11:22 am
By: FtnCity HAPPY  shortURL

Rumor has it their have been conversations within County Commission… Also rumor is they are planning to send a letter requesting the Mayors resignation… There is no way Ragsdale would resign and give Scooby that satisfaction.

What is the process, if the mayor were to resign or be removed from office? Would the commission vote on a replacement him or would the Chairman of the Commission be appointed Mayor?

If it were to come to a Commission vote, the way Commission is lined up I would be willing to bet a lot of votes would go to one man…”can you say Mayor Tim Hutchison”.

If you know more, please share what you are hearing.

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
11:06 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

UPDATE: Sam Seder comments.

I find the Ford v. Kos feud quite amusing. It's like 50 Cent v. Kayne West, and about as relevant.

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(link...)

This could now get interesting.

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Tue
Aug 14 2007
07:52 am

The "surge" may be just the beginning of what could be a tsunami.

"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." (link...)

"And I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table. But ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation's security by one means or another," said Lute, who is sometimes referred to as the "Iraq war czar." It was his first interview since he was confirmed by the Senate in June.
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Mon
Aug 13 2007
08:35 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Tommy Schumpert and Ben Atchley spoke tonight at the West Knox Republican Club. It was a hostile crowd. Going out the door, Schump said, "Wow, I got out alive!"

Atchley is a revered Republican, but he was totally right when he said, "Good government is not a partisan issue. ... It's the people's government, not the party's government."

Tommy and Ben have formed a PAC to raise funds and endorse local candidates -- what they call "good people." -- s.

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Mon
Aug 13 2007
07:11 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

On a side note to the discussion on the West's, I've been following NORML news for a while. States much bluer than Tn. have actually made some progress on medical marijuana and there was a NORML fundraiser in Austin last week with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel and others. You occassionally see bills about medical marijuana that come from Steve Cohen and a couple of others in Tn., but that's it and they don't get anyhwhere. UT had a NORML chapter a couple of years ago until the president moved.
Anyway, what I'm geeting at is that enough is enough of seeing anyone going to jail over anything to do with pot unless you throw the Pfizer and execs in with them. I don't have a dog in the fight any more over pot than I do gay marriage, but I think laws against both exemplify American hypocrisy. I would like to see the medical benefits of marijuana fully explored.
The ironic thing is Democrats with all their freedom loving values and the GOP with all their small gov. values let this go on and a Libertarian can't get elected, so we're stuck. I imagine you heard more about this in the 60's but the laws have only gotten stricter over time and I assume people gave up the fight.

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Mon
Aug 13 2007
04:53 pm

The Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, or GO Zone, "contains a variety of tax breaks designed to stimulate construction in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. It offers tax-free bonds to developers to finance big commercial projects like shopping centers or hotels. It also allows real estate investors who buy condos or other properties in the GO Zone to take accelerated depreciation on their purchases when they file their taxes.

The GO Zone was drawn to include the Tuscaloosa area even though it is about 200 miles from the coast and got only heavy rain and scattered wind damage from Katrina."

Million dollar upscale condos with "king-size bathtubs and 'Bama decor, including crimson couches and Bear Bryant wall art."
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On the storm-raked shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, Chad Mayo, a pawn shop operator whose business was flooded by Katrina, asked: "The GO Zone? What's that? We're in the dead zone."

It's all perfectly legal. Is it right? Well, as they say in Big Orange Country, whatever is right for football is right for the community.

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Mon
Aug 13 2007
02:49 pm
By: Socialist With ...  shortURL
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