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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Apparently Bob Corker didn't get the memo. What about Iraq, Mr. Corker? Maybe the answer is "blowing in the wind."

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Sat
Oct 21 2006
09:03 pm
By: redmondkr  shortURL

The inmates residents here at the Cheneworth Gap Home spent the day smoking half a dozen brined chickens and baking our first ever fresh pineapple upside-down cake á la cast iron.  The smokin' we know.  The cast iron business will come to us in time.

BH, the slide show was created using a generator in an old Photoshop 7.0 that was tweaked a bit (We teach that here at the Home).  Do you know if they offer campfire cooking classes at the correctional facility?

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Sat
Oct 21 2006
02:48 pm

By way of Ars today came an article that Visa will no longer allow consumers to use AllofMP3.  If you are not familiar with AllofMP3 they are a Russian website that sells MP3's DRM-free (no copy protection) for very, very cheap.  Full CD's go for $2-$5 dollars US.  They have been around for years and are a constant thorn to the RIAA which wants to control all sales of digital music by enforcing DRM on every song.  This leaves consumers with a song that works on an iPod or Windows Media Player, but not both.  The myth that DRM helps anyone (and I mean anyone) is for another post.

Continued...

Sat
Oct 21 2006
02:32 pm

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Sat
Oct 21 2006
02:21 pm

Just how desperate are they going to get?

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Sat
Oct 21 2006
10:02 am

Rebecca Ferrar And Matt Lakin of the News Sentinel have a column today in the KNS that corroborates charges made by Tyler Harber in the three part Betty Bean column in the Halls Shopper News.

While there is a deep well of both comedy and drama in the 33 pages of emails that explores the soap opera like atmosphere of the KNOX GOP these emails ask the larger question, how can there not be an investigation of Tyler Harber?

Monday at 2:00 PM Knox County Commission will vote on whether the Commission should investigate Tyler Harber's employment with Knox County. 13 votes are required and yesterday Knox County Commissioner Lumpy Lambert said on AM 1180 that 9 votes are available and the remaining 4 votes may come in over the weekend.

People years from now will ask how this whole thing blew up so badly. It appears that the desire for the KNOX GOP mailing list was a powerful lure and when this prize collided with Mayor Mike Ragsdale's temper there was an explosion. If Mayor Ragsdale had not called Chad Tindell and lost his temper, as Tyler Harber alleges, perhaps this whole affair would have not ignited.

Many people will be upset no matter has this is resolved. Now Knox County awaits the decision of County Commission. What will they decide?

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Sat
Oct 21 2006
09:12 am

by location

Downtown West 1190
Farragut 800 (Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog was one of these)
East Town Crossing 606
Halls 484
Chapman Center 316
Courthouse 250
Metro Five Points 96

Total early voters for Friday 3742
Total early voters for 3 days 9256

*This information taken from the Knox County Election Commission.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
11:35 pm

I stumbled upon this quite by accident.  It's not too lengthy.  I think it bears reading as the election approaches.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
11:29 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Just saw the TV spot Corker has allegedly renounced -- the one that ends with the hookerish looking woman stage-whispering "Harold, call me"

My question is how many of these trashy things will Corker indignantly renounce before people figure out that this is just a way of trying to appear above-it-all while sliming HFJ?

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
09:53 pm

On our way out to the mountains this afternoon we stopped to vote. The tally was +2 for Bredesen, +2 for Ford, +2 against amendment one, +2 for package stores in Alcoa, and a split vote on Jimmy Duncan. We will leave it to you, dear reader, to figure out who canceled out whose vote on Duncan.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
09:13 pm

My sweetie gave me Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" for my birthday. This is the Dylan album you can play for people who never dreamed they would like Dylan. Load "Spirit On The Water" on your iPod for a wedding reception and it will sound perfectly at hime.

The arrangements and song structures are listener friendly, the producer (Dylan, under the Jack Frost pseudonym) has a knowing hand, and Dylan makes the effort to sing like he's happy to get these good songs off his chest.

The band is a cosmopolitan bluesy-Western mix. Some of it sounds like "Highway 61" and half the time I expect the band to break into "Johnny B. Goode." The lyrics range from the apocalypse-light "The Levee's Gonna Break'":

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break / Everybody saying this is a day only the Lord could make
Put on your cat clothes, mama, put on your evening dress / Few more years of hard work, then there'll be a 1,000 years of happiness

to "Someday Baby", which shows Dylan's mastery of blues style and would make a foolproof cover:

You can take your clothes / put 'em in a sack
You goin' down the road / baby and you can't come back
Someday baby, you ain't gonna worry / po' me any more

You also get Newmanesque throwaways like "Well, the world of research has gone berserk / Too much paperwork." The only clinker is "Workingman's Blues #2." Burn a CD without that track and you've got the most satisfying Dylan disk in ages. There's also an interesting literary link, with Dyan borrowing some of his lines from a 19th century Southern poet named Henry Timrod.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
08:23 pm

(h/t Josh Marshall)

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
07:20 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL


Click photo for larger image...

We decided to play hooky this afternoon. We were going to go drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of fall color. I thought it might clear off some, but by the time we got to the 441 bypass in Gatlinburg it didn't look like the weather was going to cooperate.

Maybe tomorrow. Today we opted for the Roaring Fork Nature Motor Trail instead. Above is a photo of said Roaring Fork. It was a nice, relaxing afternoon drive-about, except for the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg traffic. Half of Alabama is up there, I think. We also saw cars from Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and even Ontario. And that was just on the Roaring Fork Nature Motor Trail.

A lot of the color is gone on the Gatlinburg side of the mountains. It looks like many of the leaves were blown down in the big 100 MPH freak wind storm this week. There were also lots of downed trees, and it appears the National Park Service has been busy the last few days clearing the roads. If you're going this weekend, Wears Valley is beautiful. I would have taken photos, but the weather wasn't cooperating. Cades Cove is probably peaking, too, but I'm guessing the line will start in Townsend.

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Saturday:More on this Story from WVLT. This was absolutely a smart idea. All weekend, media outlets across the state have been talking about this toe to toe with the short man; CNN even had the confrontation video on their front page for most of the day. There were all talking about THIS instead of what Corker's press conference was about.

WMCTV Complete Story on YouTube

WMCTV moved the video!

UPDATE: WMCTV moved the video here....


wmctv.com:
News reporters were surprised when Ford's tour bus pulled up at the event and, apparently staff at Wilson Air were surprised as well, as they tried to steer media inside the property for the Corker news conference.

Corker instead, opted to come out and talk with Ford directly while the cameras were rolling. What followed was a tense confrontation between the two, caught on tape!

VolunteerVoters has more with links to more press on the confrontation.

In closing...as Corker whines for his microphone, lets re-listen to an interview Ford gave G Reynolds earlier this year. Then rewatch the video. You have Bobby "This is my press conference" Corker whining about "family matters" which is a stark contrast to Ford sharing informed ideas and thought on Iraq, energy and politics.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
03:42 pm
Holy Bleep! Batman...
Republicans are now attacking poor old Dr. Dobson...and like...each other!
Newt Gingrich's former hitman and former House Majority leader, Dick Armey:
...Mr. Armey accused Congressional Republicans of “blatant pandering to James Dobson” and “his gang of thugs,” whom Mr. Armey called “real nasty bullies”...
Dr. Dobson threatened Armey back, probably while waving a bible at him:
...Dr. Dobson said Mr. Armey was “still ticked” over a long-ago House leadership race in which Dr. Dobson endorsed someone else, and he restated his warnings to Republicans that social conservative voters “would abandon them if they forgot the promises they had made.”
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