Thu
Jun 28 2007
02:23 pm

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gov. Bredesen said the bill "would result in the state paying private companies millions of dollars to engage in activities they are already undertaking..."

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
01:05 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

We have a cancellation, so two tickets have just become available. Leave a comment if you're interested. Tickets will go to the first commenter who claims them (so I don't have to monitor my e-mail). See here for details.

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
12:48 pm

This actually just happened...

The tape across the bottom of the screen blared the headline: Doctors who receive gifts from drug companies prescribe more of their drugs.

The talking head on the screen went on to say a recent study showed that doctors were getting billions in dollars in gifts from big PHARMA companies. She said some child psychiatrists were getting gifts from companies who sold anti-psycotic drugs that were not even meant for children.

After her brief overview she swiveled her chair to see a screen holding another talking head. "Welcome," she said. "Can you break this down for us in layman's terms please?"

Blink? hahahahaha!

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
09:42 am

Here's an interesting breakdown of what web platform each presidential candidate is running their campaign on.

Check out the pie charts. I think there's a message here, but I'm not quite sure what it is.

(By way of the Blab)

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
06:21 am

One odd thing about the news coming out of Iraq these days is how few insurgents seem to be among the deadly daily death toll.

Typically, as in this article,
(link...)
the amount of insurgents conquered or destroyed seems miniscule compared to the civilian or Iraqi military deaths, or even the coalition count. It seems pretty clear that the insurgents are only losing a few people at a time. At this rate, it will be the year 3007 before all the insurgents that exist now and all the new insurgents being drafted into this war will be killed or conquered.

I'm not aware of anyone keeping a daily toll of Sunni versus Shite deaths, but this would be an interesting count. Sometimes I suspect we have sort of chosen sides, so we don't care all that much if Shites kill Sunnis, as long as they are sneaky about it. The Iraqi police force seems to be about as two faced as they can get, and the Army not much better.

Is there a covert American strategy to let the civil war in Iraq settle enough scores, to eliminate enough of one side (mostly Shite maybe?) to create a new population of survivors friendly to and supported by us? This article hints at that. (link...)

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
06:18 am
By: djuggler  shortURL

Are you for or against a national id? And why? The Senate votes tomorrow!

BoingBoing has some details as well as a link to a site which will fax your senator (if you oppose).

Personally I do not feel strongly one way or another about this one but that is probably because I have not followed the news on it. 17 states oppose it so there must be something bad about the proposal. I look forward to seeing comments here.

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Thu
Jun 28 2007
06:00 am

Via Sharon Cobb, Romney shows no compassion for family pet.

According to Time Magazine, Romney on a family vacation in 1983:

"The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus's rather visceral protest."
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Romney, of course, has expressed support for the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques when it comes to terrorists; his campaign did not return repeated calls and emails about the treatment of his dog.

This guy wants to be President!
Has he even got a clue as to what this job entails?

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
07:28 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

In the Suffolk University NH Poll

Clinton leads the poll with those that are in.
But when Gore is put in the mix he leads with 32%

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
06:48 pm

Courtesy of Jack Lail, Managing Editor of MultiMedia for the Knoxville News Sentinel, I've just seen a preview of the new KNS website.

Read more...

Continued...

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
06:39 pm
By: Carole Borges  shortURL

(link...)

Could Thompson have diminished his lobbying efforts when he knew he might become a candidate? It seems his activity subsided quite a bit in the last year or so.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
05:09 pm
By: airrn  shortURL

Ahh this is priceless. Nothing like having to eat a little crow from your own side. I wonder how that conversation went? Umm, Mr. Cheney sir, you might need to come up with a different argument.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
11:33 am

Just got a press release from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. It's short notice, but this is pretty interesting.

SACE has created super efficient "zero energy" home plans in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Community and Economic Development, ORNL, and Elizabeth Eason Architecture. The designs feature photovoltaic systems, solar hot water heating, and more.

They are having a public workshop on the plans for builders, developers and the general public this Saturday, June 30, 2007 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the Lawson McGhee Library Meeting Room at 500 W. Church Avenue in downtown Knoxville.

If you can't make it to the workshop, here's their Energy Guide with details on the technologies used in the home designs (PDF format).

Read the full press release for more details after the jump...

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
11:22 am

Pretty tart .. but the ice cream (Breyer's French Vanilla) helps.

Wed
Jun 27 2007
09:39 am

Michael Silence reported earlier that the KNS will soon be dropping the free registration requirement at their website. It's about time.

Today he reports that GoVolsXtra is dropping paid registrations and becoming a free site. This will be pretty huge news for local sports fans and Volunteer fans around the planet.

He also says the KNS website is rolling out a new look tomorrow. I had heard something about the possibility of a Django project. Wonder if this is it?

Oh, and there's also this. Looks like the KNS is getting more serious about attracting web eyeballs.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
08:53 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Today is the first day to request an Absentee Ballot for the September 25th City of Knoxville Election.

Here's the application form (PDF format), courtesy of Greg Mackay, Knox County Administrator of Elections.

Greg also notes that any qualified voter over the age of 65 can vote by mail. The Election Commission can also make arrangements for anyone who is homebound to vote by mail.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
07:41 am

I'm sure everyone's heard the news that Mike McWherter is considering a run for the U.S. Senate against Lamar Alexander in 2008.

So, what do y'all think?

He's certainly got the pedigree and name recognition, but he's never held public office. That might be a plus, though, judging from how Harold Ford Jr. got beat up over his Congressional voting record v. a small time, relatively unknown former mayor with no Congressional voting record to defend.

Is McWherter a viable candidate? Is there someone else who might have a better chance? Can he ride the 2006 Democratic wave into office in 2008, or has that wave already crashed? Regardless, Lamar Alexander will be a tough candidate to beat no matter who runs against him.

I don't know anything about McWherter. Insiders say he's pretty serious about it and that he'd make a strong candidate.

Kleinheider (the second most "influential Tennessee political blogger" in my book, or at least the hardest-working) has a pretty good backgrounder. He asks a question I was wondering about, too, and has some interesting analysis.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
07:12 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The "tort reformers" will probably cite the $54 million lawsuit over a lost pair of pants as proof that the system needs fixing. On the contrary, the verdict proves that the system works just fine.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
06:49 am

As a follow up to yesterday's post about the Sentinel Towers TIF, sources close to the developer responded with some additional information about the project from their perspective. In the interest of equal time and fair play, here are some points they say should be considered:

• The developers did not ask for a penny from the taxpayers. They offered what the county says the property is worth. They ask for a TIF, but that abates only the increased value of the property created by the $50 million private dollars they are investing.

• Why a TIF? Economics. It cost about the same to build a 21 floor building here as in Nashville. Or Atlanta. But the rate you can get for rental or sale of space is far, far less. The numbers won’t work for a big building here without some incentive. The developers found a way to do that that (unlike many proposals) doesn’t ask for a penny. And we still pay the capital debt portion of the taxes in both the city and the county. The CBID levy is not abated at all. Every major building downtown (Riverview, FTPlaza, Bank of America etc.) has had public support, usually taxpayers paid for parking and/or land. Taxpayers don’t shell out a dime in this proposal.

• The County ran a very open, public process. The public wanted mixed used and that is what the developers proposed.

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF format) about the project.

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Wed
Jun 27 2007
06:08 am

There's usually more to these stories, but this does not sound good.

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