Mon
Oct 23 2006
06:00 pm
By: Sven  shortURL

As is his wont, Josh Marshall gets it exactly right:

A failed company can lose money for a very long time before it makes money and becomes a success. It only really fails when the investors decide that the problems aren't transient but terminal. They decide to stop throwing good money after bad. And then that's it.

If we look at the matter in those icy terms, that moment of reckoning came at least two years ago, certainly before the 2004 election. By then it was depressingly clear the whole matter was never going to come to a good end. But President Bush got the country to reinvest and the country has kept on doing so since then with some factor of lives, money and time.

More below, and as an added bonus, I've attached an audio excerpt from GWB's new  autobiography, Destined for Destiny that shows how this all could have been predicted in back in 1999.

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
02:53 pm
By: Sven  shortURL

Dow Jones Industrials Reach New High, for like the third time in the last week or something.

Proving that there's a chicken in every pot, and that George W. Bush is a friggin' genius.  

Meanwhile, water levels on Lake Michigan are up slightly, the Buffalo Sabres' Maxim Afinogenov has 4 assists and is averaging 2 points per game in October, and a pack of 25 tea bags will cost you USD$2.06 in Chengdu. 

Your life is good.  

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
01:56 pm

I know Ava Lowery from correspondence on another political forum site. After the recent story in the KNS about a party for a 15 year-old here in West Knoxville, I thought it would be nice for Knoxville to get a glimpse of a truly good kid and where her priorities are.

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
01:47 pm

I have heard about two instances in the last week where very large companies appear to be attempting to influence the votes of their employees. These two companies appear to be trying to influence their employees to vote Republican.

One company, during company meetings, hired pro-Republican speakers to indicate to employees that Democrats were not favorable to their industry. They led the employees to believe that if Democrats were elected it would hurt the company's business and probably lead to employee layoffs.

There was another company where senior management sent out a strong signal at employee meetings that they support Corker. Has anyone else personally encountered or heard first hand about these types of tactics?

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
01:34 pm

Looks like the Charlie Daniel, over at KnoxNews.com likes to have a little fun with the candidates!

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
01:05 pm

My college classmate wrote: "I continue at Parsons Brinckerhoff in DC - working principally on federal transportation policy - right now on the future of the Interstate Highway System over the next 50 years."

and I responded: "The Interstate Highway System, along with those who make decisions about it, need some serious help. One of the new Knoxville mayor's first decisions in office was to approve an I-40 widening to ten drive lanes as the highway slashes through Downtown Knoxville and some of its oldest neighborhoods.

to which my classmate responded: "Unbelievable. No one does this much more in the real world."

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
11:50 am

A shave and a haircut.

(Suggestion prompted by last week's cover page of the Knoxville Voice.)

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
11:25 am

If we ever meet in person, remind me to relate my personal George-Allen-using-the-n-word-4-times-in-two-minutes experience.

Until then (from my hometown paper The Martinsville Bulletin), caption this photo.

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
10:49 am

Could this be the reason for the unwavering Rove and White House confidence in winning the elections?

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
10:42 am

In today’s News Sentinel an article by Matt Lakin quotes Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison as saying that a law was broken in the theft of emails from former Knox GOP Chairman Chad Tindell.

Terry Frank informs readers of her blog that two local radio hosts who were subjected to Team Ragsdale dirty tricks have written a letter to Knox County Commission. Lloyd Daugherty and Kelvin Moxley tell of how Tyler Harber went to the Knox County Health Department and attempted to obtain their medical records.

Betty Bean spoke this morning on the Lloyd Daugherty radio program on AM 1180 that former GOP head Chad Tindell was threatened by Mike Arms, Chief of Staff to County Mayor Mike Ragsdale.

Did Mike Arms use the threat of publishing the Tindell emails to pressure Chad Tindell to allow the statue of limitations to lapse in regard to prosecution of Tyler Harber for hacking his computer and stealing his personal emails?

If so, would this be an indictable crime?

Team Ragsdale has repeatedly used some variation of the following pass the buck defense: "The district attorney general, who is the highest law enforcement authority in the county, has reviewed this matter repeatedly and found nothing wrong. This is nothing more than political shenanigans, and I look forward to speaking directly to the real motives behind this on Monday."

Will DA Randy Nichols review this new allegation?

Reportedly there will be a column in the News Sentinel Tuesday about the Mike Arms Chad Tindell blackmail story.

The County Commission meeting will begin at 2:00 PM today and will be televised on Knoxville Community Television. For Comcast Cable it is on Channel 12 and for Charter Cable it is on Channel 6.

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
10:30 am


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Mon
Oct 23 2006
10:21 am

No caption needed:

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
09:40 am

Mayor Ragsdale has said in interviews that as soon as he learned about CasWalker.com he ordered it shutdown. In his affidavit, Richard Moran said that "approximately around June of 2004" he investigated and found that "secure areas of the site" had been accessed from Harber's computer, and that the Mayor told Harber to shut it down.

The Wayback Machine archived copy of CasWalker.com has a link to a post with comments in August of 2004. There is also this post with comments on August 11th 2004 from site users, and spam comments posted on October 9th 2004.

So it appears that it took a while for the site to get shutdown. The October spam comment could have been made through a lingering Movable Type backdoor, but the databases and pages were still there.

Related Harbergate stories in today's KNS (sheriff says somebody broke the law) and that Halls Shopper tabloid with the vendetta.

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Oct 23 2006
09:16 am


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The annual Paws in the Park event was yesterday at Springbrook Park. The weather was beautiful and the turnout was great. This is pupster having fun on the agililty course. More photos after the jump.

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Mon
Oct 23 2006
07:38 am

He said on TV interviews at WBIR and WATE that he had nothing to do with these ads run by the RNC and that any such coordination is not permitted by law. Then there's this.

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Sun
Oct 22 2006
09:08 pm

I was talking to a WWII vet and former POW today. Their organization just had a national conference. I asked if the Military Commissions Act (a/k/a the torture bill) was a topic of discussion.

He said no, they were more worried about who would carry on their organization when they are all gone. Last year's convention had about 1200 attendees. This year's about 500. They are mostly WWII vets. There aren't many Korean or Vietnam POWs in their organization. Partly because there weren't as many, and also because some, particularly the Vietnam vets, feel betrayed by the public and their government so they aren't "joiners".

He did note, however, that their organization has trained a good number of service officers who have learned the VA system and have helped ex-POWs and other veterans get benefits they are entitled to but were being denied by their government. He was concerned about who would carry on that work when they are gone.

But back to the Military Commissions Act. He said that all of them, and all Americans, believe in humane treatment of prisoners and that every one of them to a man would oppose weakening the Geneva Conventions or torturing prisoners. (And just for context, from what I've been told he wasn't treated all that great by the Nazis but he was treated better than our prisoners at Abu Ghraib.)

It was an emotional subject, so I didn't press it. The Mrs. and I were talking later, though, and I wondered. I wondered, considering all that they had been through, why wouldn't they take a stand on this? Sending out a couple of press releases or writing letters to Congress and the President would be nothing compared to the courage these men showed in battle.

She made an excellent point. They did their duty. They endured horrors beyond the comprehension of any of us sitting here behind our keyboards. They have made their peace. And now they just want to go in peace.

The Greatest Generation already took their stand against despots and fascism. The question now is, who will stand up for the America they fought for? They are passing the torch. Who will take it up?

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Sun
Oct 22 2006
07:53 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Pat Tillman is an American hero. Resigning his million dollar NFL football player contract, he joined the military because we were at war...The President said so!

Then he was killed in action and politicians like John McCain and George W. Bush called him a hero who died fighting for our freedom...Only Pat Tillman had long since realized that he had been sent to fight for a lie. Tillman realized the same thing that Cindy Sheehan has come to grips with...This war is a lie. The President is a liar, and Republicans of all stripes are either deluded or accomplices!

 Then Pat Tillman was shot in the head three times by "Friendly fire" of all god forsaken ways to die. Tillman had publicly called for the rejection of George W. Bush. And now he is dead under circumstances that have yet to be understood. Pat Tillman's brother is a warrior also. He has finished his military service and has chosen to retake his right to speak out...

 Kevin Tillman:

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Kevin Tillman's  entire piece and The Nation's commentary must be read! 

 It is a powerful call to arms.

 Happt Birthday Pat Tillman...May we somehow be worthy of your sacrifice!

Steve

 

 

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Sun
Oct 22 2006
02:35 pm

Corker is still playing defense.

I watched and listened to Gene Patterson's interview of Republican US Senate Candidate Bob Corker today. I can't believe anyone believes he is qualified for the job. His primary experience is land developement. As he said in the interview, thousands of subcontractors, thousands of employees of subcontractors, working in 18 states.  Too bad his business experience did not lead this millionaire down the same path as Bredesen, i.e. to give up the Mayor's salary. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, Haslam as Mayor of Knoxville took Bredesen's high road. Corker said he didn't want to set a "precedent". Continued...

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