Wed
Mar 7 2007
03:12 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

So KAT is running buses with biodiesel, right? "Clean" fuels, right?

We were behind KAT bus 903 (orange bus) with a faded "clean fuel-biodiesel" sticker on it.

That bus was belching black smoke something awful.

How clean is that biodiesel? Sounds like buying a hybrid car that only gets 35 mpg.

My granddad would refer to that as a "pig in a poke."

Just saying.

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
02:11 pm

The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have named the all-time 200 Definitive Albums. The top 10 are:

1. BEATLES – SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
2. PINK FLOYD – DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
3. MICHAEL JACKSON – THRILLER
4. LED ZEPPELIN – LED ZEPPELIN IV
5. U2 – JOSHUA TREE
6. ROLLING STONES – EXILE ON MAIN STREET
7. CAROLE KING – TAPESTRY
8. BOB DYLAN – HIGHWAY ‘61 REVISITED
9. BEACH BOYS – PET SOUNDS
10. NIRVANA – NEVERMIND

The Hall of Fame list is here. Here's the interactive Definitive 200 website.

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
11:05 am

As Republican operatives furiously try to create an alternate reality in their friendly media, let me take you back to Patrick Fitzgerald's news conference in October of 2005. This may be one of the greatest statements from a Federal Prosecutor ever. In and of itself, this statement blows away nearly everything defenders of Cheney, Rove, and Libby will say.

And he proved every bit of it in court, just like he said he would.


Patrick Fitzgerald

(Yeah, you have to join up but it's free)

A excerpt after the break.

Continued...

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
09:33 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

"Air America Radio has a new owner. Why?...

Because if progressive values were a stock, now is the time to buy. "

Air America offers to host the first Republican Primary debate in New Hampshire...Hey, if Fox News can host a Democratic Primary, why not AAR turning about?

(link...)

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
09:20 am

Mitt Romney made a whistle stop at the Airport Hilton yesterday. The local newspaper was not allowed to attend the event. They filed this report anyway, presumably from a First Amendment Zone setup for them in the lobby. Romney promised area Republicans he would destroy the federal government if elected.

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
08:49 am

It makes no apparent sense that the Vols are not one of the top 30 teams...

Continued...

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Wed
Mar 7 2007
06:44 am

Celebrity Juror #9's random thoughts and notes on the testimony and the jury deliberations. I believe this is the first half. Fascinating stuff. My guess is the guy has already signed a book deal.

Everyone's favorite liberal blogging lawyer Jeralyn Merritt, who covered the trial, has Scooter Libby's sentencing guidelines and her predictions. Her complete beginning to end coverage is indexed here.

Digby: Where's Rove? Bonus: Russert testimony pivotal.

Think Progress: Fox News calls for pardon. Joe Wilson reacts to verdict.

Bill Scher: Blogs kept story from being swept under the rug.

Media Matters: Watch for the spin.

New York Times: Libby guilty

New York Times: Cheney questions remain

Washington Post: Moment of accountability

Washington Post: Libby was the fall guy

Investor's Business Daily: Travesty of justice

In the Fair and Balanced equal time department, Free Republic weighs in after the jump...

Continued...

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
11:14 pm

An informal get-together to celebrate the passage of the South Waterfront form-based code is scheduled for tomorrow, Wed. March 7, from 5:30 p.m until we're ready to go home at Calhoun's on the River. Stop by, have a drink, buy Dave Hill a drink, eat a bite if you want, and say howdy. We'll be in the Banquet Room.

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
10:31 pm

The Knox County Democrats published a new newsletter today. You can see the newsletter here:

You can subscribe/unsubscribe to the newsletter from our website, (link...)

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
08:50 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Why could UT not rent the coliseum (?) for graduation? Thousands gather there for concerts. As a grad I would have been upset to not have been able to have graduation. Stacey

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
08:23 pm

On another thread, I noted Stacey Diamond's comment on the much-higher rents recently charged in the Fort Sanders area, presumably to UT-Knoxville students. It wasn't the first time I'd heard this observation over the last few months.

In November, 2006, Frank Cagle noted the same trend. His cover story for Knoxville magazine, entitled "The Best and the Brightest: Lottery scholarships have changed the culture at UT" cited this phenomenon of quarter-million dollar condos usurping "scruffy Fort Sanders apartments" and the News-Sentinel has documented average family income of today's incoming UT-Knoxville freshmen at over $100,000 annually.

Of course, the most obvious consequence of lottery scholarships to UT-Knoxville's freshman demographic is that the newer crops are academically superior to classes in years past. Admissions staff reports carried in the News-Sentinel indicate that the average ACT score of incoming freshmen is approaching a 27, and that fully 1/3 of all applicants--about the volume that may expect to be accepted among 12,000 applicants each year--offer a 4.0 grade point average. Cagle even reported "horrified whispers about some 18 graduates of a prestigious Knoxville private school not being admitted to UT - a first" and repeated the story of "a big donor outraged that his son didn't get admitted."

That lottery scholarships are enabling highly-qualified students to attend college in Tennesse is great, of course. I wonder, though, at the fate of Knoxville's very good students who had planned to attend college locally, but can't quite meet UT-Knoxville's skyrocketing admissions standard. Is it appropriate that the state's land grant university might shut out the local teen who offers only, say, a 24 on his ACT and a 3.7 GPA? In particular, is it appropriate that such a student might be shut out not because he is incapable of performing college-level work, but only because Tennessee made no preparation to erect the buildings and hire the staff necessary to accomodate his arrival? The influx of students standing ready to pay thier tuition with lottery scholarships has been a large one.

I'm told that before Georgia launched their state lottery, their legislature had the foresight to boost higher education spending by ten percent for two years running, solely to plan for such an influx of students. You'll recall that Tennessee, in contrast, failed to offer *any* increase in funding to higher education in 2000 and 2001, even as tuition rates increased by nearly 15%.

So, do you suppose these Knoxville-area students who don't quite qualify to attend UT-Knoxville will attend another local college, or might they, if they lack the means to pay board, just not attend? Cagle boasted that lottery scholarships are "keeping the best and brightest in Tennessee," but do you suppose that's just the case until they graduate? If these best and brightest should leave us on graduating, what might be the future educational demographic among those of us Knoxvillians they leave behind?

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
05:33 pm

Phil Kunselman,legendary Fort Sanders landlord,has passed away.Phil was a "when in Rome"kinda fellow.He looked the part of a Fort rat but was smart as a whip,Phi Beta Kappa in physics @ U.T.& had more money than most folks in Brooks Brothers suits.I ate with him many times @Ramseys & when Phil spoke those old guys listened because his stock tips were gold.His work crew were the down & out & he gave folks a break if they couldn't pay rent.Phil Kunselman was one of the good guys.

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
05:32 pm

Just thought I'd interrupt the usual discussion to congratulate Chris Lofton for being named the AP's SEC Player of the Year. At least the sportswriters have some sense (how can the Vols not be ranked in the top 25 coaches poll this week? Morons.)

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
04:48 pm

Since moving to our new house near Downtown Knoxville last September, my children have not had the chance to meet very many other kids/parents in our neighborhood. My kids attend schools in West Knoxville, so they also haven't met friends through the neighborhood schools.

I would really like for my kids to have some similar-age friends within walking distance. I'd also like to get to know other parents in the neighborhoods in and near Downtown Knoxville.

For this reason, I am starting an informal group for parents and kids in Old North Knoxville, 4th and Gill, Parkridge, and the other neighborhoods in and near Downtown Knoxville. I am envisioning get-togethers every month or so, as well as networking on the best neighborhood parks, babysitters, pediatricians, activities, etc.

If you would like to join the group, you can subscribe to our e-mail list here:

(link...)

No one can subscribe without my approval, and I hope this will keep the e-mail discussion list spam-free and family-focused. When you subscribe, please share your name (first name only if you are more comfortable that way) and the first names and ages of your children.

Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to forward this message to other parents whom you think might be interested in our group.

Thanks-

Katie

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
01:34 pm

Jack McElroy has an update on the KNS lawsuit. He says he hears through informal channels that County Commission might like to settle. McElroy says the KNS is pressing on and discovery will commence any day now.

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
01:31 pm

Jenna Bush has written a book that she is touting as a call to action regarding HIV/AIDS.

She hopes it will have some of the impact of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
12:30 pm

From KnoxNews.com:

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam today announced his candidacy for a second term.

Haslam who was elected in 2003 cited among his accomplishments a revitalized downtown and the recent focus on redeveloping the South Waterfront.

Mayor Haslam does a great job, especially if you put him along side Scott Moore.

Update: N-S has an article in Wednesday's paper, read it here.

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Tue
Mar 6 2007
11:42 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

expected any minute now...

UPDATE: Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI.

Will there be a pardon?

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