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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Fri
Feb 16 2007
11:10 am
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

My monthly newsletter from the Knoxville-Knox County League of Women Voters indicates that National Sunshine Week, "an initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information," is March 11 -17.

For more information, visit (link...). In particular, see "Toolkit" tab offering downloadable images for use in posters, fliers, and other communications aids.

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Don't forget, the great Backyard Bird Count starts today.

Northern Flicker in Lakemoor Hills this past Wednesday.

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
10:31 am

Taken from the porch of a restaurant in Muddy Pond, Tennessee.

Muddy-Pond-0003-small.jpg

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
09:40 am


entire santa anna army on the way
get the hell out of there
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Fri
Feb 16 2007
09:26 am

Gene Patterson says Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's temper flared when he was questioned again about the Tyler Harber affair during taping for Tennessee This Week, which airs Sunday at noon on WATE. Keep checking the Tennessee This Week link, sometimes the shows are posted earlier.

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Fri
Feb 16 2007
09:10 am

Shocking video has been revealed that could wreck Al Franken's political career before it even starts. This is sad. This is the politics of personal destruction at its worst.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
11:45 pm

I guess Rush and the White House have not read this story about the Exxon chairman finally admitting global warming is real.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
08:03 pm

Apparently there's a problem with contaminated peanut butter:

ATLANTA - Government scientists struggled Thursday to pinpoint the source of the first U.S. salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter, the kid favorite packed into millions of lunchboxes every day.

Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand — both manufactured by ConAgra Foods Inc.

Shoppers across the country were warned to throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning with "2111," which denotes the plant where it was made.[..]

The highest number of cases were reported in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri. About 20 percent of all the ill were hospitalized, and there were no deaths, the CDC said.[..]

To get a refund, consumers should send lids and their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 57078, Irvine, CA 92619-7078. For more information, call (866) 344-6970.

The jar from our pantry pictured above is apparently from a suspect batch.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
06:07 pm

From today's Knoxville News Sentinel, "Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale confirmed this morning the school board is discussing a buyout of schools Superintendent Charles Lindsey's contract. Ragsdale, who was hosting an orientation for new county commissioners, told them he knew they had heard about possible action on Lindsey's contract."

The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, "I'll keep you clued in as I know things, but I know the school board is looking at that."

I wonder who will be foolish enough to want the Knox County Schools Superintendent job? Considering the way Dr. Charles Lindsey has been treated you have to wonder why anyone would apply for the position.

The County Mayor has made quite the political comeback. This article in the Knoxville News Sentinel shows why. Why is it so few question the News Sentinel's extremely favorable treatment of the County Mayor?

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
05:03 pm

We have heard the rumors, someone finally wrote about it.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
03:45 pm

New at Facing South: AT&T v. rural broadband. Lots of other good stuff this week, start at the top and scroll down.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
01:49 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

From Scott Barker's KNS article referenced earlier in Disclosures VII regarding newly appointed County Commissioner Richard Cate: "Cate said they've paid their tax bills. "I have a clean bill of health with the IRS and the state tax people and the county tax people," Cate said.

It appears, however, that one of his companies involved in a bankruptcy mentioned in the article (Blaze Fence, listed as administratively dissolved by the Tennessee Secretary of State) owes more than $4200 in unpaid property taxes to Knox County and the City of Knoxville. (Details here, PDF format). There are also unpaid taxes on another piece of property owned by Cate.

Paul Pinkston said he wouldn't consider a nominee who owed back taxes. Did Pinkston vote for Cate? I don't recall. (UPDATE: He did not.)

In a totally unrelated disclosure, there's this from an October 1998 Knoxville News Sentinel article by Tom Humphrey:

The [Registry of Election Finance] is threatening to impose fines on two Knoxvillians for failure to file required reports on their 1998 lobbying activities.

Richard Cate, who registered as a lobbyist for the Downtown Organization of Knoxville, faces a civil penalty of $750. Bill Nolan, a veteran lobbyist who has represented several clients, faces a penalty of $400.

Cate still had not filed his required report, said Peggy Nance Williams, executive director of the registry. Nolan filed but did so past the deadline for doing so, she said.

The point of all this is not to pile on, but that County Commission did not perform due diligence on the nominees and that there were no public meetings to discuss possible issues with these unelected officials.

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Thu
Feb 15 2007
01:26 pm

By way of All Hat No Cattle, a limerick by Madeleine Begun Kane in honor of Scooter Libby, and this.

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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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