Wed
Nov 15 2006
01:45 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

This is rich.

Lamar, who'd been boasting that he was in, lost to Trent "Strom for president" Lott for the #2 Senate minority leadership slot. Big Dog is Mitch "I hate ethics reform" McConnell. This is going to be a fun session.

(link...)

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
12:56 pm

Chris Kromm's excellent response to those who would abandon Southern Democrats:

There are many other reasons for the Democratic Party not to write off the South. For any major party to pull up stakes in the fastest-growing region in the country is clearly a bid for political suicide.

Chris has lots of analysis and numbers to back up his assertion, so read the whole thing.

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
11:11 am
By: metulj  shortURL

So, I have been looking at a lot of data concerning Katrina and the aftermath. One bit of data has been focused on the legislation post-Katrina and the 109th Congress. This work has done nothing but reaffirm that as far as do-nothing, nasty, vindictive, earmarking, self-serving Congresses go, the 109th edition was a champion among champions. A finding has been that of 375 bills in either house more business and charitable contribution tax decreases were proposed than anything else. Yup. More than reconstruction. More that emergency welfare relief. A hard second in these numbers was student aid relief. That being said: Only 28 bills out of 375 Katrina related bills proposed were passed by both houses of Congress. Less than 10 percent.

A wild thought that I had, after looking at other data of the 'who' was effected by Katrina had to do with women and work and the nature of work. Work is a male gendered institution. If you are not male, exceptions are made for you in the workplace and therefore you are unalike 'male' and burdening males. See conservative rancor over the Family Leave Act. If you were a single mother with any number of kids, you are the most screwed person in the hurricane zone. You probably work a 'real job' but are also saddled with the next generation and its care. Here's the thought and I think this applies generally, not just wrt Katrina victims: Why not pay mothers to be mothers? Mothering is work. Why not compensate women for their time spent performing this culturally and economically important work. From what I can see, if we were to compensate this traditionally unpaid work you would kick poverty in women and children in America to the realm of historical period rather than contemporary problem.

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
10:51 am

What he said...

Senator Elect Jim Webb

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
08:31 am

Please no! I am pretty sure US Air is still flying Piedmont prop planes around the East. US Air is barely able to float itself. Delta, please just say no! Or give me a chance to transfer my frequent flier miles to Continental or United or American or even Northwest.

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
08:21 am

No, not liquor stores or adult-entertainment facilities. Yes, Wal-Mart. Well, not specifically Wal-Mart, just stores bigger than 75,000 square feet. Zoning restrictions can be good, especially in high-growth areas (Orange County, Florida). This is less than a half-mile, a Wal-Mart parking lot is bigger than that.

Could Central Floridians lose this one? In 2004, a Wal-Mart-owned discount store opened less than a mile from the ancient temples of Teotihuacan, just north of Mexico City, despite months of protests by some residents who claimed the sprawling complex was an insult to Mexican culture.

Schools, neighborhoods, ancient temples, and Wal-Mart.

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
02:16 am
By: Rich Hailey  shortURL

What: Post Election BlogFest
Where: Barley's in the Old City, Knoxville
When: Friday, Nov 17 6:30PM
Why: To celebrate the end of political ads for another 12 months or so.

Come one, come all, bring friends, kids, babies, spouses, even that strange guy that stares at you over the water cooler at work.

RSVP me here, or by email

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Wed
Nov 15 2006
01:18 am

Rudy Giuliani recently praised George Bush and compared the treatment he has received in the press with that once given to Winston Churchill.

He said, "It doesn't matter what the media does to ridicule him or misinterpret him or defeat him. They ridiculed Winston Churchill. They belittled Ronald Reagan."

But remember the words of another famous New Yorker, Carl Sagan, "But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
01:57 pm

Yet another employee v. customer incident at McDonald's. Bonus: law enforcement jurisdiction controversy. But again, no gunplay, so there's that.

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
01:41 pm

Will Congress raise the minimum wage? Magic 8 ball says: Outlook is Good!

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
12:04 pm
Tue
Nov 14 2006
10:28 am

Volunteer Voters has the county by county breakdown on the Corker vs. Ford Senate race. The source is the Nigh Seen Creeder blog.

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
08:34 am

TVA has proposed a new land policy. Citizens were asked for input and they responded.

Via the Maryville Daily Times, "TVA has received nearly 4,000 responses from residents about its use of public lands in East Tennessee.

According to TVA spokesman Gil Francis, residents are overwhelmingly opposed to the sale of public lands to developers."

Read more after the jump

Continued...

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
12:40 am

More than 12,000 people in North Carolina's Union County voted for Sam Duncan last Tuesday and he narrowly won the race for Chairman of the Soil and Water Conservation Board against the incumbent, Warren Case, who had held the seat for about 12 years.  Mr. Duncan didn't make a victory speech, however; you see he died about a month before the election.  Flyers for his campaign were even bought three weeks after his death.

According to The Charlotte Observer (registration sometimes required), "Even people well-versed in county politics were unaware of Duncan's death. Former Sheriff Frank McGuirt voted for him. He only learned of his funeral while watching the returns."

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
12:14 am

I defended Kerry in the "stuck in Iraq" thing, but no matter which side you were on in that debate can we all agree Cracked's other botched John Kerry jokes are hilarious?

Q: How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 10, but 15 if the blondes are some of our nation's farmers.

Q: What do you get when you cross a teacher with a vampire?
A: A teacher who gives blood tests, but remains employed due to the strength of corrupt unions.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To head into the army recruiting office so he could fight in Iraq. Oh, wait. I told that wrong. I forgot to say the chicken was retarded.

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Tue
Nov 14 2006
12:01 am

NPR Radio has tickled me good...

 click "listen" - (link...)

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
10:51 pm

Someone told me Pilot Light had no cover on election night if you voted, but charged $20 if not. I suspect they used the honor system, but I was wondering how you could prove you voted. We don't purple our fingers in America.

It occured to me that I had tossed my voting receipt in a trash can on my way out of the polling place. Those tiny slips with the 4-digit code and a timestamp work as a receipt.

So here is my question: is it possible for the eSlate system to spit out a list of all the timestamped access codes for which it stored a ballot? If so, the list could be posted on the walls of the polling place or on the Internet or at the courthouse or all three. Voters could verify that their receipt is on the list and know their vote was counted.

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
08:28 pm

It must be weird customer interaction day in East Tennessee today. With apologies to the Beatles, "she came out through the drive-thru window." At least there wasn't any gunplay. Surprisingly, there were no arrests either. It's not clear whether the patrons ever got their order, or if it was right if they did.

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
05:09 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Wat's wrong with this picture on the front page of WATE's website?

(Full story here, in case there's anyone who hasn't heard it yet.)

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