Sat
Apr 28 2007
04:11 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Mrs. noticed ads in the paper for some neighborhood garage sales. We decided at 8 AM to take advantage. By 9 AM we had our sale going, with no planning and no ads, just a couple of signs that we already had and one that we printed.

Which is a lot more efficient and a lot less stressful than the last time, when we obsessed for about two days sorting and pricing and planning etc.

Net result: $226.85, moved about a roomful of old furniture and a few boxes of other miscellaneous stuff. We had approx. 40 to 50 visitors, despite intermittent light sprinkles and cold, dreary weather.

Had three different offers on a DVD player, but held firm on the low, low price of $15. Finally raised it to $17.50 to sell it for the $15 I wanted. Most everything else we had allowed room for haggling, but thought the DVD player would go fast at that price. I guess it wouldn't have mattered if we had priced it at $5, somebody would have wanted it for $3. We probably should have raised it to $30 to sell it for $25.

We stopped by Habitat for Humanity to see if they wanted the stuff that didn't sell, but they weren't taking any more today. Goodwill wasn't taking any more either, but said to come back tomorrow. Apparently everybody and their brother had a garage sale today.

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Sat
Apr 28 2007
10:38 am

Deadly Silence - Proof Of Innocent Man On Death Row 11:13

Workman is scheduled to be executed on May 9. Please watch this video so you can see he is most likely innocent of the crime for which he is going to be executed on May 9.

The "eye witness" was not at the crime scene. Is that not enough to call this into question?

Help! Contact Governor Bredesen

Governor's Office
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-0001

Phone: 615.741.2001
Fax: 615.532.9711
Email: phil.bredesen@state.tn.us

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
11:42 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Roy Mullins has posted a letter to school board members on the KCS Web site. The letter makes 4 concessions, designed to secure 5 votes for the rezoning plan.

Leaving the Holston Hills kids at Carter should secure support from Jim Williams (worried about a diminished enrollment at Carter) and Sam Anderson (who raised the objection at the April 18 workshop).

Concessions on grandfathering siblings and on the Bearden zone should help solidify support from Karen Carson and Dan Murphy.

There is a strong desire on the board to get this rezoning finished. Sadly, there was no concession for Powell -- the community hardest hit by the plan. -- s.

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
04:39 pm

In today's LA Times, there is an interesting article entitled Teachers dropping out too: A study blames working conditions. Higher pay isn't the answer, it says. It poses the interesting question about whether teacher pay is as important as the environment in which a teacher is allowed to teach.

Sound like any schools around here? I wish teachers could more often understand that when parents criticize the school system, they are rarely blaming the teachers. Kind of like Congress, actually. Most folks like their own congressman, and most folks usually like their kid's teacher. The system is the problem.

more after the flip.

Continued...

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
04:03 pm

We recently purchased the HP Color LaserJet 2605dn for a print job. So far, I'm pretty happy with it.

For $499 list ($374 on sale right now at HP), you get a four-color laser printer rated for 12ppm black and 10ppm color that includes USB and Ethernet connections, Postscript and PCL support, plus duplex (two-sided) printing. The print quality is pretty good, making this printer a great value.

Read more for a full review...

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
01:47 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Because of the charter and term limits turmoil, there is increased interest among grassroots candidates in running for Knox County elected offices.

Courtesy of Greg Mackay, Knox County Administrator of Elections, here's a candidate's guide with everything you need to know about running for office in Knox County. It covers filing forms and procedures, deadlines, campaign finance, and more, with links to state and local resources for candidates.

Knox County Candidate's Guide (PDF format)

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
10:27 am

Time magazine: Last year two top journals, the Archives of General Psychiatry and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, published papers showing clear benefits from the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness.
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Psychedelics chemically alter the way your brain takes in information and may cause you to lose control of typical thought patterns. The theory motivating the recent research is that if your thoughts are depressed or obsessive, the drugs may reveal a path through them.

Timothy Leary was a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. IMHO, I think he would disapprove of either of these efforts or of the comparison to his works.

Leary's approach to taking LSD was the opposite of Ken Kesey's, Leary believed in "set and setting," a practice of taking the drug in a controlled environment, as a safeguard against bad trips. He coined the phrase "Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out," and formed the "League of Spiritual Discovery," an LSD advocacy group.

H/T Instapundit

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Fri
Apr 27 2007
10:21 am

Mom Teed Off by Urinating Drunk Golfers

(04-26) 14:51 PDT Oak Ridge, Tenn. (AP) --

A mother teed off by drunken golfers urinating near her house by the 18th hole resorted to videotaping the men after no action was taken on her complaints. Video of some men relieving themselves behind trees at the city-owned course was played on local and national television news.

"Many times I would say, 'You're on camera,' and they'd keep right on going. They'd yell and scream obscenities at me," Delisa Schubert said.

Schubert, her husband and daughters ages 11 and 15 live next to the Tennessee Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge, 20 miles west of Knoxville. She said they family moved there so the girls could improve their golf game.

What kind of golfers do you have in Tennessee?

Update: From R. Neal, "The quality and maturity of blog posts and discussion has been increasingly outstanding of late,..."

I would like to think I contributed to this increase in the quality of posts by posting a story on urination. You can thank me later.

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6% (5 votes)
Clinton
12% (10 votes)
Dodd
4% (3 votes)
Edwards
24% (20 votes)
Gravel
11% (9 votes)
Kucinich
6% (5 votes)
Obama
7% (6 votes)
Richardson
8% (7 votes)
No one in particular
24% (20 votes)
Total votes: 85
Thu
Apr 26 2007
08:25 pm

An extraordinary analysis of America's Iraq dilemma (if the Friedmans and Krauthammers were forced to read it, they'd put away their crayons in shame). Bottom line: the US is now the trellis for every offshoot of the Mideast vine, and those who hate us most desire us to stay longest.

Also: Halberstam's eerily prescient message.

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When planning your landscaping, please consult your husband, significant other, or whoever it is that mows your lawn before laying out a maze inside an obstacle course wrapped up in a labyrinth. That is all. Thank you, and carry on.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
06:50 pm

A special note of thanks to all KnoxViews readers, contributors, and commenters for your participation and support. The quality and maturity of blog posts and discussion has been increasingly outstanding of late, and hopefully a benefit to the community. Thanks to all of you.

P.S. For anyone following the "Stalinist Purge" drama playing out at other blogs and blabs, you might be interested to know that not only has the quality improved, site traffic has increased noticeably since the so-called "purge", even with the departure of Don Williams who brought lots of new visitors (and who was not purged but just got a better deal). I think we set a new one-day record on April 16th with 7800 visits and over 28,000 page views (unfiltered, may include spiders and bots although the IP of a voluminous trackback/referral spammer was blocked during that period). Either way, we'd rather have quality than quantity. So thanks again to everyone.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
02:09 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

I've heard that the police have been less than friendly to persons trying to make deliveries to the businesses on Market Square, using the alleys and (too) few commercial loading spots available. Just yesterday, it was reported that a FedEx driver received a ticket attempting to make a delivery. Now c'mon, those gals and guys at FedEx and UPS do this for a living and they deserve better, especially from a city administration that, when it is not promoting big-box development, acts like it is downtown-friendly.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
02:07 pm
By: Carole Borges  shortURL

In a White House news conference today Dana Perino assured reporters that President Bush is talking to Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki almost every day, pressuring him to bring an end to the sectarian violence and helping him understand how to do that. Wow! That sure makes me feel better. With Bush teaching the Prime Minister how to lead his coutry forward how can we go wrong? I'm not sure that the fact that the American people think Bush is doing a lousy job of leading his own country will strike the Prime Minister over there. Then again, he has always seemed as much a loyal Bushite (one who ignores the facts and the will of people) as say Dick Cheney. One those types who don't mind being used for propaganda purposes because in the end they will profit by sticking with George.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
01:20 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

File this one under "Bush protects America from the Terrorists"...Not!

Domestic Terrorism

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
12:47 pm

Thomas Friedman had a moment of clarity and wrote this long, rambling essay about "The Power of Green" that first appeared in the Sunday NYT Magazine a couple of weeks ago.

Despite a possible hidden agenda and dubious assertion of some "facts" (see this scorching rebuttal), Friedman makes a good point: Global climate change and the energy crisis are the uniting, bi-partisan central issues of the 2008 elections where America's national security, economic, and environmental interests converge.

He calls for the next president to rally us with "green patriotism" and says "Green is the new Red White and Blue."

So contrary to the Knoxville News Sentinel's admonition that Al Gore should sit out the 2008 presidential election because he would be too focused on the environment, this is exactly why he should run. Solving our environmental problems will require solving the energy crisis, and in the process will make us more secure and stimulate our economy.

Even those who believe "global warming" is a "hoax" would have to agree that solving these problems would have numerous beneficial side effects. If it saves the planet, that's just a bonus.

No other candidate is looking at the bigger picture and offering a vision that extends past the next election into future generations. And no other candidate is more qualified or experienced.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
11:40 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

In case you were away on vacation to Mars and didn't hear, there's a sales tax holiday this weekend. Lots of ads in the paper for sales on exempt items. Should be some good savings, plus up to 9.75% savings on sales tax.

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Thu
Apr 26 2007
11:31 am

Speaking of stormwater, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has slapped Rarity Pointe developers with record fines totaling more than $3 million for water pollution caused by runoff. Mike Ross of Rarity Communities was hit with a $346,000 fine, which he is appealing.

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Yes
34% (16 votes)
No
45% (21 votes)
Maybe
21% (10 votes)
Total votes: 47
Thu
Apr 26 2007
04:08 am

Dr Phil said several things on Larry King about Baldwin's tirade that I hadn't heard elsewhere. He said Baldwin while certainly in need of some parenting skills was clearly in pain. "He's frustrated." (I thought I could hear Baldwin's voice crack like he was about to cry.) We will never know the whole story, was another point made by Doc Phil.

One of the Baldwin brothers - when asked by Larry King - said that the Baldwin family hadn't seen much of the little girl, Ireland. Sad, as that's one family that seems decent.

Alec Baldwin absolutely loves his daughter and has a lot to say about the divorce industry. I look forward to his book coming in the fall.

I went through my own custody struggle in '02-'03 and spent $150,000 in attorney fees to prove I'm worthy of half my son's time. Daffy Duck would say, 'ridicerous.'

Anyway, I think we need some reform in Tennessee and that the place to start is the default co-parenting assumption of 50-50, absent some harmful circumstance. (A senate bill passed unanimously last year, and got about 40 votes in the General Assembly.).

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