Thu
Nov 30 2006
12:33 am

This is a big story that has been smoldering just beneath the surface for years now.

For newbies, Raynella Dossett Leath was once the wife of Ed Dossett, Randy Nichols' predecessor as attorney general. Ed, who was dying of cancer, met a very strange end when it was reported that he died after being stomped to death by milk cows. The story, IIRC, was that he'd asked to be wheeled out to the barn to see his cows and somehow ended up beneath their hooves. The whole thing always sounded more than a little strange to me, but it was accepted by tptb. The medical examiner -- Randy Pedigo -- ruled it an accidental death and word was that the widow collected triple indemnity.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
11:43 pm
Civil war
86% (65 votes)
Sectarian violence "fomented" by al Qaeda attacks
9% (7 votes)
Other (specify in comments)
5% (4 votes)
Total votes: 76
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Wed
Nov 29 2006
08:15 pm

What Katie said.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
05:14 pm

After a period where I hailed the renaissance of the Metro Pulse I am saddened to conclude that while some aspects of the paper have improved Barry Henderson continues to be an abject embarrassment. Henderson has had a distinguished newspaper career and is very well respected in East Tennessee. Even the best reporter and writer can get too involved in a story and allow their own personal prejudice to leak into the writing. One thing is clear, Barry Henderson cannot be objective when it comes to recently elected Knox County Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert.

Read more after the jump...

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
05:09 pm

Chris Kromm over at Facing South has come up with a great idea. He proposes allocating 1% of the emergency war spending budget to save the CHIPS program that provides insurance for uninsured children.

Also of note, Sue Sturgis is a new contributor at Facing South. There's been some great blogging there already this week. So start at the top and scroll on down.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
04:51 pm

David D. Perlmutter, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications is conducting research about political blogs and blog readers. He has selected KnoxViews to be a part of the study.

If you're interested in participating, here's the link for the reader survey:

(link...)

There is a dropdown list from which you can select "KnoxViews" as the blog you came from.

Dr. Perlmutter says "As part of our human subjects protocol, we keep your identity completely anonymous. At some point we will report on the general findings, but we would never associate any particular answer with you."

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
12:03 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

How very disappointing:

Sources close to outgoing Maj. Leader Bill Frist tell the Hotline that Frist has decided not to run for President.

He will make a formal announcement this afternoon, the sources said.

Frist made the decision in recent days after consulting family, friends and advisers.

The devastating announcement is reportedly scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
11:07 am

Rolling Rock has a new ad wherein a spokesperson at a desk gives a wooden apology for a previous ad in which a guy in an ape suit parachutes into a pool party. He holds up a chart showing apes winning out by a distinct margin over dogs, rats and otters as "animal most associated with a pool party." The previous ad is real; the reaction for which they are apologizing is invented.

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Wed
Nov 29 2006
12:01 am

Newt Gingrich:

"We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade," said Gingrich.

Apparently he's not aware that we already lost one.

Terrorism ain't the only threat to our collective security, Mr. Salamander.

(Actually, he was talking about the danger of unexamined Constitutional rights going forward. Comforting.)

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
08:00 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Was that enough website drama for you? It was for me. It appears the machine our site was hosted on developed a hardware problem, so our site had to be moved to yet another server.

But with the recent version upgrade of the site software, everything is suspect. There may be other issues lurking. Hopefully we are stabilized for now. We will see over the next few days.

Sorry for the interruption. Carry on.

(And thanks to Hosting Matters for their proactive support and for their patience with KnoxViews -- it's a long story. They don't get paid enough for this stuff. Neither do I, but that's yet another story.)

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
12:47 pm

Mike Liddell at the DSCC e-mailed regarding a recent post here suggesting that the DSCC and Sen. Chuck Schumer had abandoned Harold Ford Jr.'s campaign down the stretch. Left Wing Cracker had noticed an article by Bob Novakula making this assertion.

The DSCC responds:

Just to let you know, the idea that the DSCC abandoned Harold Ford Jr. is simply not true. Novak got it wrong in his latest column. We were up on the air running ads right up to Election Day. In the last two weeks of the campaign we easily spent over a $1 million - about a fifth of the $5 million we spent throughout the race. I've included the money we spent through our Independent Expenditure for those last two weeks below.

Perhaps most telling though is what Ford himself said - in an interview on the Situation Room on Nov. 16th Ford said "Chuck Schumer did an extraordinary job for me." Those aren't the words of a candidate that feels abandoned.

At any rate, there's simply no evidence to back up Novak's BS claim that Schumer abandoned Ford.

Data Mike provided after the jump...

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
12:13 pm

In the past few weeks there have been two local events that should give anyone pause regardless of their feelings about firearms. Whether the concern is for the United States Constitution or just plain common sense, the idea that anyone should trust a criminal armed with a gun makes no sense.

The first event was this Metro Pulse Editorial. Boiled down to it’s essence it opines that Knox County Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert endangered his life by drawing his Kel-Tec .380 pistol to defend himself from 19 year old Kane Stackhouse. The Metro Pulse Editorial had several inflammatory statements such as, “In the process, he has shown himself to be a danger to himself and others” and “First he put himself at risk by drawing his weapon when he says he saw a gun come out of the young man’s pocket.”

So what is the message the Metro Pulse is sending? They are saying that Mr. Lambert should have trusted the criminal. Kane Stackhouse is not your typical 19 year old. Unknown to Mr. Lambert at the time he was looking down the barrel of Mr. Stackhouse’s .25 caliber Beretta, it has now been alleged that Stackhouse murdered David Lindsey in a Walgreens parking lot 10 hours earlier with the same gun he was pointing at Mr. Lambert. Stackhouse has been charged by the Knox County Grand Jury for the crime of murder.

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Tue
Nov 28 2006
11:58 am

Hellbender Press is holding its annual fundraising silent auction this Friday at Sapphire, 428 S. Gay St. Auction items will be displayed in the front windows with bidding sheets, bidding open from 6 to 9pm. Donated items include handmade quilts, earrings, photographs, drawings, gift certificates and more. All proceeds go to Hellbender Press, East Tennessee's environmental journal, entering its ninth year of publication.

It is a First Friday downtown, and the WIVK Christmas Parade will roll down Gay St at 7pm. The ice rink is open. Please include us in your plans! Do some competitive Christmas shopping and support environmental education and awareness at the same time. Gift subscriptions and tax-deductible donations will also be accepted.

Sapphire Modern Bar and Restuarant has just unveiled its new "Hot Chill Raw Sweet" menu to complement its fine selection of cocktails, wines and spirits. They are allowing us to hold this event free of charge, so please show your gratitude for their support of our community and environment.

If you have an auction item you would like to donate, please contact me at rikki@hellbenderpress.com

Tue
Nov 28 2006
11:49 am

Linky

Nashville's black community leaders are teaming up with city officials, Midstate leaders and cultural organizations to plan what they hope will be the biggest Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in the country — and to beat Atlanta.

Last January's parade received national news coverage from CBS in New York City, said Bishop George Price, the event's lead organizer.

"We are the second-largest behind Atlanta," he said the network told him. "It is my vision this year to surpass Atlanta."

I'm not sure what I think about this competition-with-Atlanta meme that's taken hold lately. I'm all for Nashville trying to up participation in MLK Day, which is truly incredible (I've marched in the parade for the past few years), but I'm not sure we need to be trying to one-up the man's birthplace.

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:42 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

A couple of weeks ago there was a private hearing on health care sponsored by the Mayo Clinic at the Baker Center at UT. There have been a couple of artices about it buried inside the Sentinel. In case you missed the one in the back yesterday, Howard Baker said universal health care is an idea whose time has come. Stacey

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:39 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

A few weeks ago Bill Mahr was supposed to out some gay Republicans on his show, I was wondering who they were. Also, what are the words to the nasty cheer Vol fans did at the Ala. game that has prompted so many complaint letters to the editor? Stacey

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
03:04 pm
By: Number9  shortURL

You may remember when Dwight Van de Vate, the Senior Communications Director for Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, spoke on behalf of the Knox County Mayor saying that the entire Tyler Harber series chronicled in the Halls Shopper News was just tabloid reporting and that concerning the potential for an investigation of the Mayor and his relationship with Tyler Harber that County Mayor Ragsdale said, "Bring it on".

Here is a clip from the "Ragsdale Players", a local theater troupe in Knoxville, showing what the Mayor meant when he said "Bring it on".

Read more (and see video!) after the jump...

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
02:24 pm

One of our annual traditions has been to go to Pizza Palace for a pizza and a curbside Budweiser on the Friday after Thanksgiving as a sort of turkey antidote.

But we had so many leftovers, and they were so good, and we ate so much at two family Thanksgiving dinners that I guess we didn't have room left for pizza. Maybe next year.

Or maybe later this week. I think we had the final turkey dinner for a while last night, and the rest is in the freezer except for scraps that are going into turkey soup, turkey salad, turkey casserole, or turkey pot pie, not sure yet.

Anyway, what's your antidote for turkey overdose?

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Mon
Nov 27 2006
02:15 pm

Left Wing Cracker has an interesting find re. DSCC support for Harold Ford Jr. down the final stretch.

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