Mon
Apr 23 2007
12:36 pm

The KNS profiles Stacey Campfield. Here's my favorite part:

While none of those ideas has been transformed into law so far, Campfield said he is optimistic about ultimate success. He compared his crusading to the 18th-century efforts of William Wilberforce to convince England's Parliament to abolish slavery.

"They tried to intimidate him, ridiculed him," Campfield said. "That shows that, if you just keep trying, sooner or later it'll happen."

That Stacey, he's so noble.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
09:27 am

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Vanity Fair:

Assaulting the environment across a broad front, the Bush administration has promoted and implemented more than 400 measures that eviscerate 30 years of environmental policy. [..]

Most insidiously, the president has put representatives of polluting industries or environmental skeptics in charge of virtually all the agencies responsible for protecting America from pollution.

According to the article, Bush has appointed more than 100 officials from the polluting industries they are now supposed to regulate. The article profiles the top twelve offenders.

On his radio show "Ring of Fire", RFK Jr. said this week that he and some other environmentalists are calling for the EPA to be shut down until Bush is out of office. They're serious. They say it is doing more harm than good at this point.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
12:31 am

Quite a few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit several acres of woodlands northeast of Washington DC considered to be the largest piece of undeveloped woodlands in the area and a nesting site for many migratory birds. An area that had remained in one family since before the Revolution and that had been left to a not-for-profit organization for protection, but which was then looking for a loophole in the will that would enable it to sell a portion of the land for development.

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Sun
Apr 22 2007
08:33 pm

A few more photos after the jump...

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Sun
Apr 22 2007
06:49 pm

Check out this site, www.knoxtransit.org, on the proposed Church Street location for the Transit Center.

From the site:

It is imperative that the proposed Knoxville transit center be intermodal. Passengers are more likely to use a system if it allows seamless movement from one type (mode) of transportation to another. Therefore, the only viable location of a new central bus station should be adjacent to the local rail network.

In 1998 TVA, at the request of the downtown Knoxville's Central Business District, studied the transportation needs from a local and regional perspective and concluded that West Jackson Avenue was the most desirable location for a intermodal transfer station.

The Nine Counties-One Vision Mass Transit Task Force and the Transportation Planning Organization studied the local and regional transportation needs, with an eye to both function and location. With the best information and minds available studying this subject, no better site has been proposed.

Bristol, Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Transportation all are studying, planning for and/or developing passenger rail systems. Knoxville, on the other hand, is planning a bus station.

Some will argue that it is too late in the process and we may lose the federal funding if we do not move forward with the Church Street site. It is irresponsible to suggest we spend tax derived funds rather then lose them.

Do not allow political leaders to marginalize public transit. Do not allow a bus station to be built that will inhibit the development of a fully functional public transportation system. Mother Earth, our children, parents, grandparents and our wallets deserve better.

Please review TVA's proposed concept and location and let your views be known. Contact Mayor Bill Haslam at (865) 215-2040 or e-mail at mayor@cityofknoxville.org and the Knoxville City Council.

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Sun
Apr 22 2007
11:58 am

Evidently Karl Rove is not a fan of Sheryl Crow --

(link...)

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Sun
Apr 22 2007
08:53 am

We had a most enjoyable evening downtown last night. Great to see Steve of Whitescreek and his lovely wife and their friends. And a special thanks to the Socialist with a Gold Card who whipped out his Gold Card to pick up the tab for the Mrs. and me. That was totally not necessary but sincerely appreciated. We also ran into Don Williams at the show and it was nice to see him again.

The show was great as expected. Opener Carrie Rodriguez was a pleasant surprise. Powerful voice, great singer songwriter, with some good pickers in her band. First time I think I've seen an electric mandolin. I thought she would be a tough act to follow, although her set might have been a little long for some folks.

Lucinda Williams has been down some rough roads since we saw her last, but she can still lift you up and smack you down and make you laugh while breaking your heart. She has some problems with lyrics apparently, referring frequently to a songbook (and a mighty fat song book it is, to her credit). She gave up on one song, a sort of country/Americana rap number, after two false starts. She brought it home at the end, though, with some loud electric rockers. It probably helped that we had moved down to some abandoned seats in the second row orchestra pit.

The big disappointment was the drunk and rowdy crowd. Drunks hollering out song demands and inappropriate "wooo-hooos" ruin the mood of a beautiful venue and beautiful singer/songwriter voices. I guess they think they're the main attraction that everyone including Lucinda came to see, the way they kept hollering over her any time she tried to talk to the crowd.

Lucinda Williams must be used to it, but she reacted at one point after introducing a song and getting more song demands from the drunks, saying "I guess y'all are getting anxious. Maybe we'll just skip this one." A song or two later, she delivered a rather enthusiastic rendition of "Come On", which seemed appropriate:

Dude, I'm so over you
You don't even have a clue
All you did was make me blue
You didn't even make me, come on!

You're so self involved
You're in some kind of fog
You're hung on on your hog
You didn't even make me, come on!

[..]

You weren't even worth it
I'm sorry I ever flirted
The effort wasn't even concerted
You didn't even make me, come on!

UPDATE: Another review.

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Sat
Apr 21 2007
08:49 pm

Does anyone know of a bird rescue group in Knoxville? One you can call even on Sunday? A poor little bird fell out of its nest this afternoon. I have no idea what to do with it, and I'm not at all good at the feed-it-every-twenty-minutes-with-an-eyedropper routine. I put it in a big flower pot with some wet bread dough and water, then I covered it up with a screen. I feel like I should release it, but there are cats all around here. I have no idea if it could even survive alone. It'll probably die by morning, but I wish I could give it to someone who might know how to save its life.

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Sat
Apr 21 2007
10:53 am

A friend was showing me Google Earth the other day. I had heard of it but thought it was just a desktop version of Google's online maps. Not so. It's a way cool way to explore the Earth on your PC, with lots more capabilities than Google's web based maps.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
11:08 pm
By: bill young  shortURL

They went toe to toe on the DTV
Nick,Marty & Beth got with it.
The good Doctor was the referee.

It wuz Democrat big tent politics.
It shook & it leaked.
But it didn't fall down.

The did agree
TYREE!!!!

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
05:58 pm

"Officials said there was no eminent danger to citizens or businesses in the area."

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
05:10 pm

CNN is reporting a gunman holed up on the second floor of the Johnson Space Center Building 44.

You know what would be nice? I wish we could spend some of the Bushwar money on a green zone here at home.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
02:36 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Some of the comments related to school rezoning are getting out of hand on this forum.

Before you place fingers to keyboard, you might want to make sure that what you write about someone else's neighborhood or school is not so broad and all-encompassing in its pain and distortion that you wouldn't want it said about your own neighborhood.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
02:21 pm

Some of us are meeting up at the Downtown Grill and Brewery tomorrow around 5:30 PM or 6 PM for conversation and adult beverages before the Lucinda Williams concert at the Tennessee Theatre.

Steve of Whitescreek is coming with the Mrs., and we'll be there too. The concert starts around 8 PM, so we'll be leaving sometime before then.

If you're going downtown for the show, or even if you're not, stop on by and have a cold one and help us plot the takeover of right-wing government and what not while solving the energy crisis and fixing the global climate and school zones along the way. Or something.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
11:54 am

Check out this guy's recipe that got him in the Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
10:54 am

The big question is are they walling them in or walling them out?

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
08:51 am

EarthFest 2007, tomorrow, Sat. Apr. 21, 11 AM to 7 PM, at the Worlds Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.

Celebrate Earth Day with great entertainment, food, and fun events for kids and the whole family. Admission is free. Al Gore approves.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
08:11 am

I am working on a rezoning roundup. If you see posts or links that have been excluded (and there are many missing right now), please drop a comment with a link and I'll move it from the comment section to the list of links.

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Fri
Apr 20 2007
06:46 am

The recent School Discipline study arose out of the finding that black students in Knox County were 10 times mre likely to be suspended than white students. I actually analyzed discipline data, school by school, by race, gender, free lunch status and offense. The task force did, indeed, find that free lunch status was a significant common factor.

However, if you read the report, you will note that, in spite of the finding about socioeconomic status, its recommendations included several about undoing racism, as well as establishing more consistent guidelines system-wide and helping parents better understand their rights to appeal.

The report was not a finding that racism does not exist. In fact, given our political climate and the makeup of the task force, the recommendations point to a recognition that significant problems related to race do exist.

It's very difficult for members of the dominant culture, and especially those who have a vested interest in maintaining positions of power and/or influence, to recognize - much less acknowledge - that the system in which they're successful might be discriminatory.

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Thu
Apr 19 2007
07:17 pm

As a follow up to the previous news about Ruth's Chris buying the Riverside Tavern...

We hear it's a done deal, and Riverside will be closing May 13th for renovations. We heard a figure of $6 million, not sure if that includes renovations, but it apparently doesn't include the lease for the land with apparently belongs to the U.S. federal government.

Employees aren't sure of their fate. From what we've heard they aren't being told much except that Ruth's Chris will start with a "clean slate" with the possible exception of some managers who would undergo retraining in Orlando.

All of this is rumor and hearsay, for what it's worth.

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