Mon
Feb 19 2007
04:13 pm

In a strange irony the end of the world now has better odds than you winning the PowerBall Lottery this Wednesday. An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036.

Astronomers are monitoring an asteroid named Apophis, which has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036.

It will only be the end of the world for a City or small region but it is interesting that this is a fraction of the odds of winning this weeks PowerBall which has odds of 1 in 146,107,962.

Rest easy, the United Nations is on the case.

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Mon
Feb 19 2007
07:51 am
By: clarkstooksbury  shortURL

Since he has been so consistently right about the Iraq war, I'm starting a draft (Glenn) Reynolds for Congress movement.

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
07:26 pm

Stacey X apparently missed a huge opportunity for more free publicity at the expense of East Tennessee's image.

A Georgia state representative got associated with an anti-evolution memo put out by an outfit that says evolution and the Big Bang are all bunk and part of a vast Jewish conspiracy going back thousands of years.

Bonus, the outfit's website, FixedEarth.com, says the Earth does not rotate and does not revolve around the Sun:

The Earth is not rotating...nor is it going around the sun.

The universe is not one ten trillionth the size we are told.

Today’s cosmology fulfills an anti-Bible religious plan disguised as "science".

The whole scheme from Copernicanism to Big Bangism is a factless lie.

Those lies have planted the Truth-killing virus of evolutionism in every aspect of man’s "knowledge" about the Universe, the Earth, and Himself.

OK, then.

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Bean talks about the firefighters who've been hurt recently and talks to people who know Scoobie.

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
06:59 pm

The Knox County Mayor's office is hosting a public meeting on uses for downtown sites on March 1, 2007, from 5:30 to 8:30, Knox Area Chamber Partnership offices at 17 Market Square, #201.

The county web site says this about the meeting: "The Knox County Mayor's Office will seek public input on possible uses for two sites in Downtown Knoxville. The nearly one-acre site at the corner of Church Avenue and State Street is the former location of the Knoxville News Sentinel. The four-acre State Streeet site bounded by S. Central, State, Union and Commerce Streets, has remained unused for almost a decade since Knox County assembled several parcels at this site for a proposed Justice Center."

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
02:33 pm

On January 25th, I posted the following...

My wife and I were watching tv last night (1/24/07) and there was a bright green flash outside followed by our DTV going out for a couple of minutes. I heard on WBIR News later that there was possibly a meteor. Did anyone else see this and did whatever it was make impact anywhere?

Severeal people responded to my post saying they too had seen this object and WBIR carried a story the next morning about the incident, mentioning the multitude of calls made to them and 911 about sightings of this object. They even included a photo taken of it. The next day, this photo was removed from their website. If this was a meteor would it not have crashed somewhere? Has anyone heard any more news about this because I sure haven't.

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
02:10 pm

From Urban Dictionary:

Gong Xi Fa Chai

Happy New Year (Chinese)

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
12:49 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is being interviewed on CNN at noon. Just caught a tour of his home town in Nevada and a bit of background on his early life. His life experiences probably could not be more different from those of the last Majority Leader. The interview should be good.

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Sun
Feb 18 2007
11:03 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel explores the Knox County Commission family tree. Plus there's a handy chart. This was in the "local news" section. Maybe it should have been in the "lifestyles" section.

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
11:28 pm

Wow, just saw this guy Robert Randolph on Austin City Limits. If you missed it, check for a rerun. I was vaguely familiar with him, but this show was awesome.

He sings and plays high-energy blues/rock/jam steel guitar, and he's the real deal. And so is his band, the Family Band. At one point on this show he had three other lap/pedal steel players on stage with him (his mentors from church) and it rocked.

AC should get this guy to Knox Vegas. (Edit: He already did.) I checked the interwebs, and I see he's playing at a music fest in Live Oak FL in April (13th and 14th) with the Allman Bros. as headliners. Might be worth a trip to the Sunshine State.

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
08:58 pm

I just received word that Campbell County Mayor Jeff Hall has died after a tough battle with cancer. Ann Smith will take over his position on a temporary basis.

My sympathies go out to the Hall family.

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
04:50 pm

This week's MotorWeek on PBS presented an article about a gadget that you can install in your vehicle to monitor your teen's driving habits. Just remove the little memory module after a drive and plug it into a USB port to get a detailed account of speeds, acceleration, location, and distances driven. It seems sort of underhanded but it has the possibility of saving lives. Who knows, maybe someday a printout from this thing showing good driving habits could get you a lower insurance premium.

They say the cost is about $300 but they don't go into the possibility of a geeky teen thwarting the system.

The company's site also offers discounts for fleet installations should you wish to monitor your employees' driving habits.

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
12:24 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

Republicans seized on the opportunity to gouge Nancy Pelosi's new blog with the accusation that she was infringing on copyrights by including C-SPAN videos. The only problem is, it ain't so. C-SPAN video is in the public domain and the painful task of retracting the attack was necessary.

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
09:12 am

Are 1000 jobs in Canton North Carolina worth the continued dumping of pollutants which make their way down to us? Even North Carolina doesn't think so.

Steve

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Sat
Feb 17 2007
03:43 am

The gutless resolution passed this week and the embarassing excuse for an ethics reform bill passed by the new Congress are just the Democrats testing to be sure the training wheels are off, right? Now that they realize they have enough votes to pass legislation, the House will endeavor to explain to America how pallets of hundred-dollar bills were lost in Iraq and why soldiers were performing sexual humiliation, stress tests, physical torture, degradation and injury on prisoners in Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Instead of pursuing answers and solutions, Democrats again are fumbling about trying to do no wrong because they can't decide what is right. The resolution passed this week had to be non-binding to keep it from being unconstitutional...

Continued...

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
07:29 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

The Feb. 26th meeting of Knox County Commission just got even more interesting. Chair Scott Moore has just requested (by hand-delivered letter, copies faxed to the commissioners, mayor and law director) a request for representatives of the sheriff's office to be there to present the evidence in the Tyler Harber investigation and to be prepared to answer questions about said items. --Mark Harmon

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
07:27 pm
By: Justin  shortURL

Congressman John "Jimmy" Duncan of Knoxville broke from his party today in the vote opposing President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq.
Duncan, a Republican, voted for the measure. The rest of the Tennessee delegation voted along party lines --- Democrats for it and Republicans against.

Duncan said he considers the war a waste of American lives and resources.

He was one of a handful of Republicans that voted against going to war in Iraq the first time around...

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
05:48 pm

NASHVILLE - House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh said Thursday that he won't stand in the way of proposals for a statewide workplace smoking ban - as long as there are certain exceptions.

Naifeh, D-Covington, as recently as last month said he thought a "pro-business attitude" in the Legislature would prevent an expansive smoking ban from becoming law. But Gov. Phil Bredesen last week announced his support for banning most indoor smoking in the state, and Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has agreed that some form of smoking ban is likely to pass this year.

You can read the full article from KnoxNews.com here.

BB will be happy about this right?

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
04:58 pm

Hillary Clinton so far is dominating the early polls for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Looking across the political landscape it seems this race resembles the Bill Clinton Bob Dole match up of 1996. If the theory that the South still has crucial sway over the Presidential election, pundit Dick Morris may be right that no one can stop Senator Clinton in her quest for the White House in 2008.

Unless of course she stops herself. Howard Dean’s quest for the Presidency was cut short by a noise canceling microphone. Unknown to Dean at the time the microphone filtered out the crowd noise so his speech sounded manic to Television viewers. Some question whether he was setup by CNN or others.

One of the great movies of the late 1950’s was “A Face in the Crowd”, the story of the fictional Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes, played by Andy Griffith. Rhodes by luck and talent is propelled from radio to Television and becomes a star. Along the way he betrays the people who believe in him and helped him to the top.

In a Howard Dean moment Rhodes is betrayed by Marcia Jeffries, played by Knoxville’s own Patricia Neal. At the end of a "Lonesome" Rhodes Television broadcast while the announcer does a voice over, Rhodes is bragging to the control room how he controls the viewers and mocks them as "idiots," "morons," "guinea pigs." Rhodes does not know that Marcia Jeffries has turned on his microphone and the viewing audience can hear his mockery of them. His career is finished.

Is it possible that the only person in America that can keep Hillary Clinton from the White House is either herself or her most trusted friends?

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

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