Fri
Mar 16 2007
03:59 am
By: MartyD  shortURL

There is a very dangerous "swift boat" type email circulating about Barak Obama. I heard about it yesterday .... some folk were talking amd passed it for the truth. I checked it on Snopes.com and it's been proven to be false. I'm not trying to tell anyone how to vote but this is completely unfair and so reminscent of other campaigns.

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In case you didn't know this, the New York Times has opened up TimesSelect for all users with an "edu" email address. Just go to this link.

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
06:45 pm

Did you know that Tennessee is dead last with regard to women's participation in politics and government? Here's an opportunity to help fix that.

WHAT: Tennessee Democratic Women's Political Action Committee (TDWPAC) Third Annual Silent Auction

WHEN: March 28, 2007, 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.

WHERE: Grace's Plaza, 4077 Hillsboro Road, Green Hills (former location of Davis-Kidd Booksellers)

WHY: TDWPAC was formed in January 2005 after members of the Nashville community saw a need for more Democratic elected women in Tennessee statewide politics. TDWPac is currently the single Tennessee PAC giving money only to Democratic women candidates for office, and since its inception has contributed over $13,000 to campaigns across the state.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT (click "read more")...

Continued...

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Looks like the Milo Minderbender Mortgage Market wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
02:25 pm

County Commissioner Charles Bolus was in St. Mary’s Medical Center’s emergency room this afternoon...

No word on the cause.

More Here.

KTB

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
12:49 pm

They have the best home made pinto beans corn bread made by P.A. and coleslaw in town, on Thursdays! What a deal!

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:54 am

I"m tired of talking red light cameras, so here's something completely different:

For the past year or so, MPC and a Steering Committee have been working on design guidelines for downtown Knoxville. The development process included an inclusive public participation component.

This is something I've wanted to see for a very long time, and I'm excited that they passed Council on first reading this week 9-0 (after sailing through MPC last month on the consent agenda).

However, there is some opposition from a few local developers, who would like the guidelines to be voluntary rather than mandatory.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:17 am
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

This via Joe Hultquist:

The following is the official public notice for the next step in public input for TDOT's James White Parkway project. If you have any interest in this project, please make plans to attend on March 27th.

Notice of Public Workshop

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will conduct a public workshop on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at South Doyle Middle School, 3900 Decatur Road, Knoxville, Tennessee to discuss Knox County project number 47024-1230-04, proposed SR-71, South Knoxville Boulevard, from Governor Jon Sevier Highway (SR-168) to Moody Avenue.

The workshop will be held from 5-7 p.m. during which time there will be a short presentation that will provide the background and current status of the project. The public is invited to ask questions and make comments during the meeting and will be given the opportunity to make their opinions known concerning the purpose and need for the project. The public will also have an opportunity to participate by marking suggestions/ideas on the various maps that will be displayed at the workshop. Representatives of the department will be available to assist with this exchange of ideas and to provide information on any aspect of the project.

Persons with a disability, who require aids or services to participate at the meeting, may contact Me. Margaret Mahler at the following address no less than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.

Ms. Margaret Mahler or by e-mail:
Margaret.Z.Mahler@state.tn.us
ADA and Safety Coordinator Phone (615) 741-4984
Tennessee Department of Transportation Fax (615) 532-5988
Suite 400, James K. Polk Bldg. TTY Relay (615) 253-8311
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243

A court reporter will be available to receive oral statements to be included in the project transcript. In addition, comment sheets are made available for those who prefer to make written statements. Written statements and other exhibits to be included in the project transcript may be submitted within 21 days after the workshop date to the following address:

Project Comments
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Suite 700, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0332

Joe Hultquist
Knoxville City Councilman, 1st District
joseph49@bellsouth.net
(865) 579-1250

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
11:10 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

WebEx has been one of the most beneficial new tools for our business we have found in a while. Just about every vendor in our market uses WebEx, thus most every customer and prospect is already familiar with the tool (makes it easy, you don't have to explain anything). WebEx has cut way down on travel, whether for sales calls or support.

Shares of WebEx soared $10.53, or more than 22 percent, to $56.73 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. My theory has been to invest in companies I like, boy, I missed an opportunity here.

I hope Cisco doesn't mess it up

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
10:59 am

From WBIR:

An emergency event has occurred at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Continued...

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
10:54 am

Tea Time With Terrorists
By Don Williams

After serving him tea and crumpets, CIA interviewers delicately broached the subject of terror with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, asking whether he was responsible for all the bad stuff that’s been happening in the world the last quarter-century.

Click here to continue reading...

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Thu
Mar 15 2007
08:13 am

Cucoloris - A filter that casts patterned light. They're apparently often just pieces of cardboard or other materials with patterns removed. Also called a cookie by people in the movie biz. I couldn't find any pictures of a cucoloris, but here's a photographer's example of using a potted palm tree as an improvised cucoloris to make a scene more interesting.

Via Roger Ebert's glossary of movie terms. And note that he spells it differently.

Previous WOTD - Ceteris paribus

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
09:06 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

The Sentinel should just go ahead and endorse Big Fred Thompson and get it over with !! Maybe even start a Fredshub.com page. Perhaps Bob Corker has a piece of land to sell Thompson so that he can begin establishing a "Tn. Lifestyle" before next year. Stacey

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
07:41 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

You made me laugh, but I didn't always agree with you.

But I wish that for whatever demons had a hold of your tail that you could have held on a while longer.

I know that there are those who'd condemn your final choice (and I'd find myself among them), but...

May you find peace.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
06:44 pm

In his latest bid to alienate even the yellowest of yellow dogs in his Democratic base, Harold Ford Jr. joins Fox News as an analyst.

I have long been torn about my support for Harold Ford Jr., but he's demonstrating an all-too-familiar pattern of sucking up to Republicans, even when he doesn't have to. I will give him a pass on chairing the Democratic Leadership Council, but this is getting ridiculous.

And for a Democrat to take a paycheck from Fox News just as the Democratic Party took a high-profile pass on a Fox-sponsored Presidential debate... well, it sure doesn't help me make the argument that Ford isn't actually a Lieberman clone.

Thanks (once again) for making me regret my vote, Harold.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
06:39 pm

I thought for a moment there was a ray of hope for a moment of reason and sanity here:

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., one of the country's preeminent evangelical leaders, acknowledged that he irked many fellow conservatives with an article earlier this month saying scientific research "points to some level of biological causation" for homosexuality.

But he lost me right here:

However, Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., was assailed even more harshly by gay-rights supporters. They were upset by his assertion that homosexuality would remain a sin even if it were biologically based, and by his support for possible medical treatment that could switch an unborn gay baby's sexual orientation to heterosexual.

The article doesn't say where the Rev. Mohler got his medical degree or where he did his physiological psychology research.

But maybe he's on to something. Maybe there's a pre-natal medical treatment that could switch an unborn baby's political orientation to Republican. Or their complexion to white. Etc.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
05:53 pm

In other sports news (and one for the "well, DUH" file)...

Pete Rose admits to betting on the Reds. And not simply betting on the Reds, betting on the Reds every night that he managed the team. Every night.

A. Bartlett Giamatti is smiling somewhere.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
05:51 pm

Or so Florida fans say.

I'm not really much of a college sports fan, but sometimes the competition just draws me in.

From Mike Bianchi at the Orlando Sentinel:

The Big Blue Nation has been downsized to the Little Blue Trailer Park. Where once I definitively witnessed the fierce and ferocious Wildcats, now all I can say is, "I tot I taw an itty-bitty puddy tat."

Remember Rupp's Runts? We should now start calling this rendition of UK basketball "Tubby's Tadpoles" because Coach Tubby Smith's UK team truly is just a little meaningless minnow swimming in the same tank as the Big Bad Gator.
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The state of Florida owns the sport of basketball now. We are the undisputed honchos of the hardwood. We proved it last year when the Gators won the NCAA title and the Miami Heat won the NBA championship.

Bianchi is boasting big time. I hope the Gators can back him up, unless, of course, if the Vols have a chance.

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Wed
Mar 14 2007
04:51 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Johnson City Press is reporting that state Sen. Mike Williams (?-Maynardville) has dropped his Republican Party affiliation to become an independent. That makes the state senate split 16-16-1. -- s.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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