Thu
Aug 9 2007
11:53 am

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(Photo from the City of Knoxville website)

It looks kind of cheesy if you ask me. The red neon letters seemed to clash with the color of the building. It might look better at night.

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
09:10 am

On the heels of President Karzi's visit to Washington, where he openly stated he was coming to talk to Bush about his concern over civilian casualties, the British have now become more emboldened to speak out. From their perspective American troops are causing problems that are hampering the Brits efforts to "kick-start" reconstruction efforts..

Accodring to a NY Times article today....

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
08:18 am

More news today re. Fred Thompson's "campaign" staff, even though he is not officially running (wink wink nudge nudge).

Fred Thompson needs to declare whether or not he's running and start filing federal campaign finance reports like everybody else.

As it is, I guess his campaign so far tells you a lot about what kind of president he would be -- secretive, manipulative, special interest financing off the books through a shadow fundraising group, working around the margins to protect his own self-interests...

Sounds familiar. Haven't we had enough of that? At least there's the JeriYoko™ Drama to keep us entertained.

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
08:03 am

"It was really more like some sort of Sea Monkey holocaust than a drunken shrimp party."

(From this review at MetroBlogging Nashville.)

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
06:29 am

To combat the growing animal overpopulation problem, Knox County is launching a $250,000 mobile spay/neuter clinic. The mobile lab has surgical facilities and space to handle 30 animals.

The article notes that the Young-Williams Animal Center took in nearly 17,000 animals last year. That's a staggering number, and sadly you know what happens to most of them.

Spay and neuter, people, and don't buy puppy mill pets from pet stores!

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
05:43 am

Knox County Schools Superintendent Roy Mullins responds to yesterday's KNS editorial that demeaned Knox County Teachers and criticized a plan to enhance their retirement benefits.

Mullins says "I take exception to the opinion expressed in the editorial" that is "clearly written from a position of ignorance concerning the Knox County school system’s budget, and it misrepresents an initiative that is designed to help keep certified teachers in our classrooms every day and in our school system for a career."

It also sounds like a page from the GOP playbook -- constant attacks on teacher's unions and public education to promote private school vouchers for rich kids instead of making public schools better for everyone.

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Thu
Aug 9 2007
05:25 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel has launched a new website focused on local school issues. It's called School Matters, and has blogs, forums, and social networking features. You'll notice some familiar names from around the Knoxville blogosphere among participants.

According to the site info, it is built on Ning, a hosted social networking service with free or business/private label branding options. Ning looks like a pretty slick package.

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Wed
Aug 8 2007
03:47 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

Just read a great story in The New Yorker by Jeffery Goldberg;Party Unfaithful...the Republican implosion.In the story Newt blastes Roves '04 election strategy as "maniacally dumb".I disagree.The key,in politics,is GET YOUR CANDIDATE ELECTED.Rove did that.

In 2000 the Bush campaign got 2 shocks 1.The drubbing they took in the NH primary 2.The virtual tie with Gore in Fla.They recovered from NH but Fla was near fatal.W did not want to follow in Bush the elders footsteps & began almost at once running for re election.

In '02 Rove went electorial..nailed down the base with candidates,for US Senate,in Ga,NC,SC,Texas & Tn.& went after '00 near misses with candidates in Minn,Mo & a candidate to hold NH,which Bush won by a razor thin plurality.All won & in Fla brother Jeb got a big win. Do well in those states hold Ohio & its over.Bush won all but NH & Minn.

The next step was to target 4 million evangelicals that did not vote in '00 & turn em out in '04.Just look at Bush's vote in Knox County if you dont think Roves turn out tactic worked...110,000 votes is off the charts.

Was Rove "maniacally dumb"..no..he got his candidate re-elected.
But for the Republican Party was it a Faustian bargain?

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Wed
Aug 8 2007
02:59 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Rough week in the subprime/Alt-A mortgage industry...

American Home Mortgage

Aegis Mortgage

National City Corp

HomeBanc

Impac Mortgage

And it's hardly Wednesday.

This atop a rough year so far.

UPDATE:

U.S. home sales will tumble to a five-year low this year as the widening credit crunch reduces the number of buyers who can get mortgages, the National Association of Realtors said today.

The group lowered its outlook for the eighth time this year and said sales of previously owned homes probably will fall 6.8 percent to 6.04 million in 2007, the lowest since 2002. New-home sales, which account for about 15 percent of the housing market, probably will fall 19 percent to 852,000, a 10-year low.

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I found this hot little number on the Guerilla Woman blog dated 7/06.
(link...)

The rule is: "Arousing undergarments such as thong underwear and bust-enhancing "water brassieres" won't be allowed into state prisons after Aug. 1, when a newly revised set of visitation rules takes effect."

How does anyone know what kind of underwear you're wearing? And what the heck is a "water" brassiere? Boy, am I out of date.

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Wed
Aug 8 2007
08:39 am

Today's Knoxville News Sentinel editorial questions the professionalism of Knox County teachers, accuses them of "goldbricking", and suggests they have to be bribed to come to work instead of "faking illness."

In related news (as CBT pointed out below), the School Board is finally asking the tough questions about the Great Schools "shadow school board" program.

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Wed
Aug 8 2007
08:31 am

Newsweek has an in-depth look at who's behind the global warming denial movement. Basically, Republicans and others not capable of critical thought are being manipulated by a massive industry funded propaganda campaign.

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Wed
Aug 8 2007
08:26 am

The question was what would your vice-presidental candidate be like.

When Richardson replied: Well, he won''t be Dick Cheney, loud applause and a few guffaws broke out. Then he added somewhat shyly: "He'll also be part of the executive branch."

Richardson appears to be one heck of nice guy with a lot of wit and political experience. He might be the sleeper in this race.

Barack Obama did better this time around. More relaxed. Less formal. The more I hear him speak to small groups, the more I see why so many people really like him. But is he too naive to handle Washington?

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In recent news stories, we've seen scandals in the County Mayor's office call into question certain expenditures by the City of Knoxville, notably the payments to former county employee and Ragsdale political operative Tyler Harber and (yesterday) money spent on the Hardy Clinic. There's nothing to suggest the City knew anything about these conflicts. It just shows that folks doing business with the County Mayor's office better watch out. There could be more to come.

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
11:28 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

Somebody wrote: "Seems to be the sort of guy who will not only point out that the glass is half empty, but also will complain that he really doesn't like the glass, either."

It's politicians and poseurs who ask the question, "Is the glass half full or half empty?" It's half full for their friends, and half-empty for their critics. Rationalists might counter, "It's a 12-ounce glass, and it contains 6 ounces of water."

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
10:50 pm

According to this Forbes report, there are more people looking for love than there are perverts looking for lust, and this is making the virtual cash registers on Internet dating sites jingle loudly.

(link...)

I've met several people who have met their mates on the Internet and are happy. I've also heard horror stories about people who misrepresented themselves or their martial status.

I think the fact that love is finally outselling porn is a very upbeat trend.

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
10:35 pm

President Bush declared a national emergency last Wednesday so that he could deal with "an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States." This threat is so unusual and extraordinary that, based on a Google News search, it received almost no mention in the U.S. press. An article appeared in the New York Times, and it was excerpted in a Christian Science Monitor story about Syria's role in upcoming Middle East peace talks.

The executive order declaring this emergency allows the Secretary of the Treasury to freeze the assets of anyone thought to be acting to "undermine Lebanon's legitimate and democratically elected government or democratic institutions, to contribute to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through politically motivated violence and intimidation, to reassert Syrian control or contribute to Syrian interference in Lebanon, or to infringe upon or undermine Lebanese sovereignty contribute to political and economic instability in that country and the region."

Run for the hills!!!

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
09:11 pm

In my opinion this piece only reiterates why the Democratic rollover this weekend was such a travesty.

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
02:28 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

No! I will not stand for it. They cannot change the standard for chocolate!

"Tucked between requests to allow antifungals on bulk cheese and powdered milk in yogurt is what has people riled up the most: a proposal that would let manufacturers "use a vegetable fat in place of another vegetable fat named in the standard (e.g. cacao fat)."
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For centuries, if not millennia, chocolate has been made from the cacao bean, with cocoa butter an essential ingredient.
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This incremental degradation of foods over the years - it's a degradation that comes from wanting to make it for less money. We're always trying to make a little more money, and that I think is the problem," said Guittard.

Blasphemy!

Update: Joe Powell has a chocolate earth!

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Tue
Aug 7 2007
02:20 pm

The question was asked back in March. I don't think we have an answer.

There were 89 coalition deaths in the Iraq war in July, 2007, 80 US soldiers, 8 UK soldiers, and 1 soldier from Poland. There have been nearly 3,700 US fatalities and over 26,500 US soldiers wounded fighting in Iraq since 2003. Twenty-six US soldiers died in battle in Iraq in the last week.

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