Tue
Jul 3 2007
05:18 pm

Despite everything that has transpired since 2000 there are still a large number of individuals who support the current administration's actions. To this day they still claim there is nothing worthy of any prosecution which could not be further from the truth. Fortunately, there is finally a well thought out hypothetical indictment here. Now we can only hope it becomes a reality.

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Tue
Jul 3 2007
10:47 am

UPDATE: Never mind. After a couple of days the only trackbacks we've gotten were spam and a wingnut creep trying to drive traffic to his pathetic site that no one would read otherwise. So trackbacks have been disabled.

We have enabled trackbacks again. Hopefully the spam won't get out of control like last time. If it does, we'll have to rethink.

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Tue
Jul 3 2007
09:44 am

Well, well. Apparently this isn't Scooter's first dalliance with the presidential pardon process:

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff testified Thursday he believes prosecutors of billionaire financier Marc Rich "misconstrued the facts and the law" when they went after Rich on tax evasion charges.

The testimony from Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who represented Rich dating back to 1985 but stopped working for him in the spring of 2000, came during a contentious, hours-long House committee hearing into former President Bill Clinton's eleventh-hour pardons.

(Libby was Rich's lawyer. Nice. One to keep in mind when the GOP faithful starts spooling up their "Clinton did it! Clinton did it!" loops yet again.)

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Tue
Jul 3 2007
07:57 am

A couple of months ago, following the contentious Knox County Schools rezoning issue, I kinda slinked away from here for a while to lick my wounds.

I was frustrated, and concerned, too, that my opinion in support of communities on that issue was likely being perceived here as a racist or classist response to the school board's goal of better diversifying our student population. I know that was the impression I left on three or four folks here, folks whom I'd known a long time and whose opinions matter to me. This handful I spoke with off-list or by phone, but even our one-on-one conversations still left me feeling that I hadn't succeeded in communicating my point.

On the heels of last week's alarming Supreme Court decision that "de facto" segregation essentially need not be addressed by school boards, I'd like to try making my point again, namely that the need to integrate schools exists only when we have not successfully integrated our cities and towns.

This is why I asked, on the earlier Brown v. Board of Education thread, who has the responsibility of integrating schools. I tend to think that our local planning commissions do.

Isn't pursuing mixed income residential development less destructive of communities and of schools than constantly rezoning and bussing students? Doesn't it produce more exact results? Doesn't it succeed in creating diversified communities that don't dissolve when the dismissal bell rings at 3 pm? Doesn't it improve quality of life for both the racial or economic minority *and* the comfortably-situated white woman who nevertheless gives 1 1/2 hours daily to transporting her child to and from school? And most importantly, why can't we pursue mixed income residential development here???

That Supreme Court decision has left a huge hole in our public policy, but has Sacramento plugged it with their own proactive local policy? I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
09:40 pm
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Mon
Jul 2 2007
08:35 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Just in time for the 4th of July *, Senator Rufus T. Firefly says, "To war! To war!"

Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman asserted Monday that the Iranian government has in effect declared war on the United States.

Lieberman commented after a U.S. military spokesman said Tehran's senior officials were aware of efforts to encourage violence against Americans in Iraq.

"The fact is that the Iranian government has by its actions declared war on us," said Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats. As a result, he continued, "The United States government has a responsibility to use all instruments at its disposal to stop these terrorist attacks against our soldiers and allies in Iraq, including keeping open the possibility of using military force against the terrorist infrastructure inside Iran."

*Just kidding. Lieberman's doing this to provide cover for the Libby pardon.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
07:44 pm

We were out walking pupster at the park this evening. A nice old gentleman in overalls came up and handed me a dog biscuit that was as big as pupster's head and said "here, this is for your dog."

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
05:14 pm
By: Rachel  shortURL

The Decider commuted the jail time part of the sentence. Poor Scooter will be on 2 years probation and have to pay the $250,000 fine (tough for a guy who has God knows how much $$ in his defense fund), but he serves nary a day.

This comes on the same day that an appeals court unanimously upheld the trial judge's decision that Libby could not stay out of jail pending appeal.

You know, I think I'd mind a pardon less. This is just plan micro-managing the judiciary. Not to mention that Bush has said before he wouldn't get involved as long as Libby still had appeals left.

Doesn't Bush get upset when Congress tries to "micro-manage" the executive branch?

Oh yeah, that's different. And it's a holiday week, so you're not supposed to notice.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
05:13 pm

Scooter Libby's sentence commuted.

White House comment line: 202-456-1111

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
12:17 pm

15-year-old Kenneth Bartley, Jr. is headed back to jail after Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood rejects the boy's bid to have his April plea deal withdrawn in connection with the Campbell County High School shooting case.

This kid was strong-armed into a plea deal he didn't fully understand by an attorney anxious to dump his case and instead of the "justice" the family of Ken Bruce said they wanted, a child is being sentenced to 45 years in prison for first-degree murder when it clearly was not a pre-meditated act. The gun he brought to school that day to trade was unloaded until he was foolishly cornered in a principal's office. Principal Gary Seale had testified that no shots were fired until he attempted to tackle the boy. When lunged at, Bartley loaded the gun and fired killing Bruce, an assistant principal. Seale and assistant principal Jim Pierce were injured.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
10:55 am

Glenn and Helen interview Hector Qirko about music and life. The podcast is available in several formats at the link.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
10:52 am

President Bush, July 2, 2003:

There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there [Iraq]. My answer is, bring them on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.

Four years later we've got approximately the same-sized force dealing with the security situation . . . and the insurgents are still bringing it on.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
10:51 am

Here are some local SiCKO reviews from last Friday's showing:

Cathy McCaughan

Doug McCaughan

Tommy's blog (Cathy and Doug's son)

Sarah's blog (Cathy and Doug's daughter)

Whites Creek Steve

Russ McBee

Jonathan Hickman

Katie Allison Granju

Tennessee Jed

KnoxBlab discussion

Doug McCaughan's photos

Let me know if I missed anyone.

Here's my review: The next time some wingnut tells me to move to France, I just might.

P.S. The KNS reviewer says it tells us what we already knew and offers no solutions. She likes Bruce Willis, though.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
10:14 am

Over the next few weeks we can expect to hear from a lot of patriotic right-wing "fact checkers" who haven't and won't see the movie bashing that communist Michael Moore and his manufactured "liberal myths" about health care in the US.

Here's one that made me laugh:

Britons, Canadians and Frenchmen purchase their "free" coverage through their taxes. In America, 44.7 percent of health expenditures came from tax-funded government spending in 2004, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports. In Canada, that figure was 69.8 percent; while in France it was 78.4. Fully 86.3 percent of British health spending was taxpayer-funded.

So what? What kind of ridiculous non sequitur argument is that? Here are some facts that are more relevant:

Health care expenditures
US Canada UK France
Per capita $5711 $2669 $2428 $2981
% of GDP 15.2% 9.9% 8% 10.1%
% of gov. revenues 18.5% 16.7% 15.8% 14.2%


The Kaiser Family Foundation also has this. There appears to be serious waste and inefficiency somewhere in our system. I wonder where? Oh, and regarding all those taxes they pay for health insurance, see here.

UPDATE: See what I mean? More criticism from someone who hasn't even seen the movie. He should have taken us up on our offer of a free ticket. The most puzzling thing to me, though, is why can't 70% of the people drown out the noise of the 30% dead-enders with facts and logic? I guess we just need to make more noise.

UPDATE: Simply amazing. A plea to all wingnuts. Yes, don't see the movie. It is more entertainment than fact anyway. Except for a few heartbreaks and eyeopeners. But no, you don't need to see it to know that the American health care system is broken. But please do your homework and keep an open mind when the rest of us start pushing for reforms. And if you're going to fight it, you might want to bring your A game instead of this "Michael Moore is a communist liar" bullshit. And while your at it, please point us to the entertaining movie that portrays what a great health care system we have in America.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
09:38 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

You may notice that Google Ads no longer appear on this site. Here's why.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
07:40 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

We were eating out on the porch last night and witnessed some young men lighting fireworks in the back parking lot of WATE TV 6. from their entry in and out the back door, they were likely employees or friends of employees of WATE.

This was going on next to some very dry brush, adjacent of course to Brownlow School. We called the station, rather than KPD, and asked them to stop. They did.

Just a reminder folks: We are under extreme drought conditions, and fireworks are illegal in the city of Knoxville.

Use of fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months in jail.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July traditionally presents the biggest fire danger to citizens and is the cause of a great number of fires and burn injuries due to fireworks. Fireworks include devices which make a visible or audible effect when set off and the Knoxville ordinance specifically outlaws possession and use of sparklers, skyrockets and firecrackers. Paper caps such as those used in a toy cap pistol, which contain 25-hundredths of a grain of explosive content per cap, are the only items allowed under the ordinance unless the user has a permit from the Knoxville Fire Department. Snap caps have been declared in violation of State Law. The Knoxville Fire Department responds to more fires on this day than any other in the year. Most occur in dry brush and grass, but several homes are destroyed or damaged on this holiday. Fires are caused by careless handling of fireworks in areas exposed to sparks or live fireworks.

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
07:28 am

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

The "Second" verse and everything else.

(A pat on the back to all who can quote the last line from memory)

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Mon
Jul 2 2007
07:16 am

The Carlyle Group, Ex president George herbert Walker Bush's military industrial Saudi conglomerate, wants to take over the media, too.

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Sun
Jul 1 2007
09:23 am
By: Up Goose Creek  shortURL

It's a beautiful day today, low humidity, light breeze, abundant sunshine. I hope you'll consider putting a load or two of laundry out on the line to dry. If you need more motivation, rent the video Kilowatt Ours which demonstrates what goes into making the electricity used to dry your clothes.

A few handy hints: don't use clothespins, they are a hassle. Fold the clothes over the line and the first step in folding is already accomplished. Hang shirts on a plastic hanger, if you stretch them taut they might not need ironing. Go ahead and put the small stuff in the dryer if you don't want that hassle to discourage you from line drying.

You may not have a place set up for outside drying. I hope this post motivates you to create one. It is supposed to be dry on Wednesday as well. Wouldn't it be great to celebrate Independance Day by declaring a little bit of independance from the utility companies?

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