Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:35 pm

Just got off the phone with the Mrs. She has been downtown at a marathon MPC meeting and she has some interesting news to report. Stay tuned...

(In other MPC related news, Mamaw reported earlier that the decision on the South Waterfront form-based zoning has been postponed for 30 days.)

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
07:14 pm

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that the Tennessee Supreme Court decision on the validity of Knox County's charter will be issued tomorrow at 3:00 PM. Should be an interesting afternoon...

My prediction: The charter will be upheld (possibly with an order for a referendum to incorporate the changes and clarifications from the recent charter review committee ed. note: duh, see comments) and hilarity will ensue.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
07:08 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Rumor has it that the board of Knoxville's Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement has fired the entire PNI staff. If so, who will take over administering HUD Empowerment Zone loans? More background here.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
05:22 pm
By: Dixie Belle  shortURL

I hate to interrupt the political nature of this blog, but I have some friends who are desperate for help.

They live on one of the few remaining farms inside the city limits of Knoxville and out of compassion began offering food for an obviously pregnant feral dog. "Ghost Dog" is what she has come to be called. She is a yellow-lab mix who is almost white with blue eyes, very striking to look at. She is a good guard dog in that she barks at strangers, yet if you a known friend (feeder)approaches she wags her tail when spoken to, but won't come too close to any human.

She has had 3 litters of puppies over the past two years. My friends have tried on several occasions to tranquilize her in order to spay her and find a farmer to take her in, but her intrinsic survival instict keeps her moving away from any attempt to catch her or she hides and sleeps it off.

My friends don't want her put to sleep but due to the complaints of neighbors they called Animal Control to pick her up. Despite several episodes of Animal Control being unable to catch her they are now threatening my friends with some kind of legal action.

Does anybody out there know someone that could 1. Help catch Ghost Dog and 2. Provide a home for Ghost Dog (preferably on a farm)

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
03:07 pm

"We certainly expected that since they had gone ahead and announced a product without receiving permission to use the brand, that meant that the negotiation was concluded."

Heh.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
02:45 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

Why isn't this being done already?

Gov. Phil Bredesen said the state may use lottery reserves to help spur school building projects around Tennessee.

Finding the money to build schools is as much of a problem for fast-growing counties near urban areas as it is in poor, rural areas, Bredesen said in an interview with The Associated Press this week.

The state lottery has "built up probably $200 million in what I'd consider excess reserves, and maybe there's some way to use some of that to help with (school construction)," Bredesen said.

Yes, scholarships are nice, but isn't using the surplus for capital projects more beneficial to more students than lowering academic standards?

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
02:29 pm

Rep. Jimmy Duncan, along with seven other Republican members of Congress, sent Bush a letter opposing escalation of the war in Iraq. I guess that makes him a "surrenderist" or "retreatist" or whatever the Fox News Approved term of the day is.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
11:32 am

Breaking news today from the Metro Pulse. There is now a new Knox County Commissioner. His name is Mike Hamilton. Congratulations to the newly elected Commissioner. He is the new chair of the cable television committee.

All kidding aside, how difficult is it to get the simple things right? Is Theresa Smith from WATE working for the Metro Pulse now?

The name is Mike Hammond.

But Is It on Cable?
Knox County Commissioner Mike Hamilton, the new chair of the cable television committee, has called a meeting with interested parties for Wednesday (Jan. 17) at 8:30 a.m. at the City County Building.

Cable companies in Knox County have been operating on a month-to-month basis without long term contracts. Hamilton drew the assignment to chair the committee after the November election. Cable operators have argued a major bill may pass this legislative session affecting the regulation and operation of cable systems and have stalled contract talks.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
11:24 am

In a conference call with investors, Scripps' CFO dropped a bomb when he hinted that Scripps is aware of "newspaper valuation" issues and that all options are on the table. Needless to say, the KNS would be in the cross-hairs.

Michael Silence has a full roundup with background and a message from the Scripps' VP of Newspapers to all employees assuring them there are "no plans" at this time, although he does mention "soul searching" in relation to determining their future. As a veteran of the corporate trenches, I can tell you that the mention of "soul searching" in a memo from the suits in the corner offices is never a good sign.

Jack McElroy says that the Scripps companies are still controlled by a family trust that requires them to be in the newspaper business. Hopefully the trust can stand up to an onslaught of greedy investors with torches and pitchforks and slick lawyers. I'll take a family run newspaper, biases and secret personal agendas and all, over corporate run PR/propaganda outlets any day.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
10:50 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Head of the DLC

I'm no fan of the DLC, but if I were Emperor of the Universe, I would vaporize the current Republican party and split the Dems into the DLC Republican party and the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

The DLC is simply moderate Republicans without the stomach for outright destruction of government for the People on the way to government by the corporations.

But...Harold nees a job and this one suits him rather well, actually. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing...well...

Steve

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
09:29 am

Lost among all the yammering about idiot man-child's latest recipe for disaster was the news that the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 within two years. It passed 315 to 116, with 82 Republicans voting for it.

To their credit, the House passed a "no strings attached" bill. Senate Majority Leader Reid says it will have to be amended to include tax breaks for small business to get past the Senate and for Bush to sign it. He suggested Republicans would filibuster otherwise. Interesting.

Anyway, America may finally be on the road to recovery.

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Thu
Jan 11 2007
08:33 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Bush's plan will bring "...a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people."

Is he talking about Iraq or America*? This guy makes Nixon look like a saint.

(*Would this plan work in New Orleans?)

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
11:08 pm

We're in a hole. Let's keep on digging.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
10:32 pm

Everything that guy just said was bullshit.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
09:55 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

The exciting sequel to be released shortly. . . .

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
08:37 pm

This headline grabbed my eye...

800,000 Privileged Youths Enlist to Fight In Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC—Citing a desire to finally make a difference in Iraq, in the past two weeks, more than 800,000 young people from upper-middle- and upper-class families have put aside their education, careers, and physical well-being to enlist in the military, new data from the Department Of Defense shows.

"I don't know if it was the safety and comfort of the holidays or what, but I realized that my affluence and ease of living comes at a cost," said Private Jonathan Grace, 18, who was to commence studies at Dartmouth College next fall, but will instead attend 12 weeks of basic training before being deployed to Fallujah with the 1st Army Battalion. "I just looked at my parents in their cashmere sweaters and thought, 'Who am I to go to an elite liberal arts college and spend all my time reading while, in the real world, thousands of kids my age are sacrificing their lives for our country?' It's not right."

Added Grace: "Whether I agree with the war or not, our president needs us, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let our least advantaged citizens bear the brunt of this awesome burden."

More at the link...

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
02:27 pm
By: SayUncle  shortURL

I told you guys I liked Paul Hackett:

An Iraq war veteran who drew national attention when he ran for Congress criticizing the president chased three men who had crashed into a fence outside his home, then guarded them with an assault rifle until police arrived, according to police reports.

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According to a police report, officers were called to Hackett's home on Nov. 19 after a car crashed into a fence and sped away. The officers arrived to find three men lying face down near their car and Hackett with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder.

"He said he had done this about 200 times in Iraq, but this time there was not a translation problem," the police report said.

Hackett told police later that he was carrying a civilian model of an AR-15 and that one round was in the chamber but the safety was on. He said he never aimed the weapon at the men or put his finger on the trigger.

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Wed
Jan 10 2007
11:40 am

Think the Knox County School System has problems? You don't know what real problems are. Take for example this story from St. Paul, Minnesota.

more after the jump...

Continued...

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This piece is titled, "Undisclosed Location"

I think I've finally figured out what's driving this surge business. As a military strategy/tactic it's completely incoherent, even by Bushian standards. Nor does it make much sense politically; even Ollie North won't drink this weak Kool Aid. They have to know the disgruntlement will increase when it doesn't work or, more likely, makes things worse.

So what's the point?

Continued...

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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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