Tue
May 29 2007
12:54 pm

I have just discovered something that the rest of you have probably been using for months. Answers 2.2.27 extension for Firefox allows you to ALT-Click on a word in browser text and bring up a small window from answers.com with an instant definition. It's sometimes handy for keeping up with metulj's posts as they can often sail right over my head.

If you knew about the extension already, please disregard my enthusiasm, and why didn't you tell me about it? If you told me already, I'm sorry, I forgot, I'm old, gimme a break.

Carry on and here's wishing a nice day for all my friends on the other side of this monitor glass.

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CNN reports that Cindy Sheehan is exhausted, disgusted, and giving up the fight for peace...

Poor brave Sheehan, she certainly learned that the peace movement is sometimes a rough river full of alligators and pirhanas, and the pro-war movement is tireless, supported by the evil Fox News, and cruel. I'm sure she feels battered and abused. Her inital entry into this was sincere and innocent. No one can blame her if at times she was manipulated by powerful people on all sides. Now she will mourn her beloved son in private. Something she probably hasn't had a chance to do before.

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Tue
May 29 2007
09:27 am

Intrepid travelers Michael and Amy recount their journeys around Southeast Asia over at the blab.

The latest installment is Heart of Dimness about their trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, not exactly your everyday tourist destination.

Previous entry: Seoul Survivors

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Tue
May 29 2007
09:09 am

Steve at WhitesCreek (and others) predicted more bears in garbage cans all over the Southeast, but this is pretty extreme.

(By way of Michael Silence.)

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Tue
May 29 2007
06:49 am

From the NYT:

"When the battle was over, Delta Company learned that among the enemy dead were at least two Iraqi Army soldiers that American forces had helped train and arm.

Captain Rogers admits, “The 29th was a watershed moment in a negative sense, because the Iraqi Army would not fight with us,” adding, “Some actually picked up weapons and fought against us.”

This really ticks me off. I think that too many men in the Iraqi Army are torn between their loyalty to the idea of ridding their homeland of occupiers and the paycheck the occupiers hand them. They also appreciate the guns and training they get and the power.

The fact that we are arming and training men who are not loyal to us, seems like the worst kind of folly. Reports of this have been circulating ever since the war began, but they get little press.

Whenever anyone suggests being against the war is being against the troops, I suggest they take a look at exactly what is happening to the troops. The troops are becoming disenchanted. Wouldn't you if you were expecting guys to fight alongside you with passion and then you discover they're not? Instead, they are using the weapons and the training your country has given them to attack you.

It's a stupid war that grows more stupid with each passing day, but at least the troops are beginning to speak out about the problems.

The best way to support the troops is to applaud the ones that offer reasonable and honest portraits of life on the ground. They are brave men and women and they deserve to have their say. Maybe instead of hauling out generals chosen by Bush, the Congress ought to hold hearings that involve our troops. What is their vision? What are their problems? Do they still think they are fighting for a just and winnable cause?

Or do they feel like they are being used.

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Mon
May 28 2007
03:57 pm

Was I the only one who wondered why Varsity Victor changed his mind and decided to stay on in Poland until the end of the present regime? Confidential sources in Mr. Bush's President Birdpoop's administration are saying that important doings in that nation's capitol have necessitated the postponement of this most capable diplomat's retirement.

"We need someone we can trust to monitor the ongoing situation."

This just in to our news room.

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Sun
May 27 2007
07:17 pm

In today's episode, we learn that our host was born in...gasp...a hospital.

They had hospitals back then?

It's all in the comments in this shameless promotion for this.

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Sun
May 27 2007
04:14 pm

check out (link...) for info on the highest paid county officials and their supplementary pay, disguised as "travel expense." Remember, many of these employees also drive take-home vehicles. -- s.

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Sun
May 27 2007
04:12 pm
By: Bill Pittman  shortURL

I must say that the Market Square Garage has been a boon to downtown by providing affordable, safe & convenient parking. Recently, all of the Wall Ave. metered parking west of the west side of Market Square has been converted to commercial loading / unloading. I'm not certain that this is needed but then again, I don't own a Market Square business; however, there seems in mind to exist a need for convenient parking for "customer loading". When picking up small gift or a bite to eat, the no more than $1 parking in the aforementioned garage is ideal but folks attempting to load larger, heavier items have been ticketed for parking violations on Wall & Union which of course isn't very friendly when we're trying to attract retail customers to Market Square and Gay St.

I would suggest that free, 15 minute meters such as those in front of the Post Office Bldg on Main be installed on Wall east of the east side of Market Square. Push the button and you have 15 minutes free to grab your item. This would provide a great convenience to those loading a chair or end table from Bliss Home, Abode or a case of wine from the wonderful new wine store on Gay.

Parking is very important to retail and this idea would seem to fill a current void. Any reason not to do this?

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Sun
May 27 2007
03:29 pm
By: Scott Emge  shortURL

Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president. How can he get away with this? Where is our spineless Congress?

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_107907.asp

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This new Citizen's Voice feature at the KNS is going great. One of their featured voices is Dr. Pete Stevens, a "retired international business and education consultant, researcher, writer, speaker, manager and professor," who today tells us that global warming is a "leftist" hoax.

(The headline on the KNS website says "Another look at the controversial issue of global warming." The print edition headline in bold print on the front page of the editorial section says "A leftist hoax?")

It's not clear what his PhD is in or what his field of research is, and I'm unable to find a reference to him in any published works or professional directories. (I was able to find a couple of irrational, radical rightwing rants on his website.)

Whatever his qualifications are, I'm sure his climatology credentials are stellar. Or that at least his status as an amateur climatologist is well established. And he cites one of the most respected climatologist of our time, whose credentials are beyond repute:

The global warming scare is, as John Stossel says, junk science and merely the latest anti-capitalism and anti-America leftist hoax.

Indeed.

Let's look at some of Dr. Stevens' studied assertions so that we might learn more about this hoax.

Read more...

Continued...

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Sun
May 27 2007
06:10 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling — and expected to rise in coming months.

Take a look at the picture to the left of the above article, ..."a memorial of over 3400 pairs of boots representing the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq, in Chicago's Grant Park,"...

Very sad.

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Sun
May 27 2007
01:07 am

Yesterday a couple dozen racists demonstrators a degree or two to the right of Michelle Malkin assembled downtown to complain about the media coverage regarding the murders of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian.

Their gathering was matched by counter-protesters on the other side of the street. Apparently, it was a good day for outrage on W. Main Street.

From the TV news footage, it looked like there were more law enforcement personnel present than protesters (on both sides).

I wonder how much taxpayer money was wasted spent providing security for this small circus.

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Sat
May 26 2007
08:08 am

We noticed kids and tour buses everywhere downtown last night, and once we drove by the Convention Center we remembered that the Destination ImagiNation finals were in town.

Read more...

Continued...

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Sat
May 26 2007
06:28 am
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

Knox County has apparently developed an innovative policy to prevent future derelict schools like South High, Brownlow, Oakwood, or Old Knoxville High.

Tear them down when they are only 31 years old.

Your tax dollars hard at work developing new, poorly-planned infrastructure at the expense of actual learning.

Brilliant!

Super bonus: get the newspaper to a sweet story about a memory wall rather than thoroughly investigate the cost and benefit.

Super super bonus: Knox County Schools hasn't thought through what to do with the intermediate school. Perhaps storage, like all these other old schools?

It's unclear what will be done with the intermediate school when the students move to the new school, Dillingham said.

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Fri
May 25 2007
08:00 pm

While I'm thrilled that fundamentalist Christian fanatics now have a "museum" of their own - the new Creation Museum in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati - I was furious to discover that firearms are not allowed on the premises. Surely no Bible-believing Christian would harm another human with a gun, right? And surely an armed fundamentalist citizenry would be able to prevent some poor deluded soul from trying to bring in the rapture prematurely, right? It's so disappointing that Christian fundamentalists have bought into gun-grabbing liberalism lock, stock and barrel.

(link...)

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:36 pm

Tonight, Friday May 25th...

The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson 1915-1950

The East Tennessee History Center
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Time: 7 PM
Admission: Free

More details here.

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

I'll be here Saturday night.

WhitesCreek's brother will be sitting in with the X MISS AMERICAS during the taping for a PBS music series. In case anyone else is there and wants to say hi, here is a picture of us together in our Dad's car so you can recognize me.

I'm the better looking one.

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Fri
May 25 2007
12:12 pm

Nice twist to the gas price debate. To sum it up, refineries are not being invested in due to the new emphasis on biofuel?

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