Fri
Dec 22 2006
01:10 pm

Hard to argue with this one: Mayor Haslam hired Madeline Rogero to replace Kesler at the City of Knoxville Community Development Dept. KNS story here.

That's great news to a lot of us who thought highly of Rogero as a mayoral candidate.

Ms. Rogero starts Dec. 26. Hopefully, the quick action on the Mayor's part will keep important projects on track and ultimately increase the utility of the available monies.

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Fri
Dec 22 2006
01:12 am

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Photo: Christopher Morris.

Perfect. Dead. Solid. Perfect. Robert Caro couldn't sum this picture up in four volumes.

I think it should be titled Service Trois Pièces.

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Thu
Dec 21 2006
06:35 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

Ok, I'm lazy and I'm leaving to go watch an indoor soccer game and I have to remember to do the Druid dance for peace and harmony at 7:22 pm so I'm passing this along and rambling about it so it'll look like I actually wrote a blog entry.

Peace

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Thu
Dec 21 2006
04:39 pm

Spalding fails to deliver an acceptable "microfiber composite" basketball. A lot of to-do about nothing, but it's something to the players. There were "complaints from players about the way it gripped, performed and even hurt their skin". ... "Shaquille O'Neal compared it to one of those "cheap balls that you buy at the toy store, indoor-outdoor balls" ...

"Stern told The New York Times last week the league should have sought more input from players before introducing the new ball."
Well, duh!

The old leather ball returns Jan 1. Glad that is settled. I guess I can go shopping now.

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Thu
Dec 21 2006
04:32 pm

What is it with this guy and shopping?

His press conference covers the war on terror, increasing the "permanent" size of the Army and Marines, difficult choices, and shopping?!?!?

I will never understand how this "war on terror" has changed us forever, how our lives will never be the same, how we must win this war in Iraq and, as he said after 9/11, we as Americans must shop. I guess we shouldn't worry our pretty little heads about these issues. How many people in this country even know that 69 of our soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines have died this month, 2,958 since the war began, and 3 years and 9 months after the war began there have been 25,000 American military casualties.

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Thu
Dec 21 2006
03:06 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Just so you know I am NOT StaceyD's Cat. I think people should at least use their first names here. Hiding behind cutsey screen names is as bad as anonymous posting. Stacey

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Thu
Dec 21 2006
01:17 pm
Yes
74% (49 votes)
No
26% (17 votes)
Total votes: 66
Thu
Dec 21 2006
11:42 am

Call out what's left of the Military. CNN is reporting that The Dark One has been stuck at the Denver airport for hours because of the bad weather. Doesn't God realize who he's messin' with?

I'm sure everybody is doing their best to keep him comfortable, amused, and informed of the world situation.

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
11:50 pm

The problem all along with our recent vote enshrining a gay marriage ban into the state constitution, as I have always seen it, is that a few years from now, we're going to have to go through this same thing in order to get it right, and to bring our state constitution in line with where the rest of the country had gone. I wasn't sure how long it would take (I usually figured about 15-20 years), but eventually these marriages would be recognised, and Tennessee, if for no other reason than to ensure that business will still locate here, would have to undo the constitutional amendment recently approved. Well, I may move the schedule up a little. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey: already they've made the commitment. Could an even bigger state be not far behind?

(link...)

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
04:34 pm

Almost a week after the big storm, 180,000 homes and businesses are still without power. There is still hope power will be restored to all by Christmas.

WorkEasy, one of our service providers is in the Seattle area. They have struggled to provide services throughout the storm, and I have to say, as usual, they are doing a great job! WorkEasy moved from Boca Raton to Seattle 5 or 6 years ago. I guess this storm is better than some of the hurricanes that passed through Florida in the last couple of years.

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
04:18 pm

Funny how deep the wingers will dive to gin up controversy about that raucous Phil Bredesen. Not satisfied with their biggest Bredesen issue of the year -- his scandalous late-summer illness, which they figured would sweep Jim Whatshisname (honestly, I really couldn't think of it) to victory (or at least up to the 30% mark), they've now taken out after his Christmas card, a portrait of an Afghani girl.

Peace out--

(link...)

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
12:36 pm

So how do Ragsdale, Arms, Gries, Leutheld and company (as well as folks at the Metropulse) feel now?

Greg 'Lumpy' Lambert defended property, life (Scroll down...)

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
12:32 pm

Couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to a video of Lady Vols pointguard Shannon Bobbitt wowing the crowd at Rucker Park with her amazing ballhandling skills. This is the most legendary playground basketball site in the country, and not noted for being friendly to women. Bobbitt, whose Rucker nickname was "Somthin' Special," is barely 5-2, and is probably the tiniest player Pat Summitt's ever recruited.
But it turns out that Li'l Bit (her other nickname) is a trash-talking machine who'll challenge anybody, anywhere. Here are some clips that catch her laying down the smack. My favorite is when she urged Candace Parker to block a shot -- "Punch it! Get that outta here!!" Afterward, Candace reaches down and pats her on the head.
This fearless little Bronx warrior is an absolute blast to watch -- and to hear-- if you're close enough to the court.

(link...)

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
12:25 pm
By: SayUncle  shortURL

Since everyone is copying and pasting emails as blog entries today, does anyone want to be introduced to my Nigerian general friend? Apparently, if I send him a few thousand bucks, he'll send me a few million.

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
12:20 pm

This just washed up in the email...

The National Conference for Media Reform
Memphis, Tennessee
January 12-14, 2007

Dear Friends,

In four weeks, thousands of media reformers will come together in Memphis for the 2007 National Conference for Media Reform. If you haven't made your plans yet, now is the time.

Academy Award winner Geena Davis, famed White House correspondent Helen Thomas and many other fantastic speakers have recently been added to the schedule.

Some of the highlights include:

· "Inside Corporate Media: Can it Tell the Truth?" -- a panel moderated by Phil Donahue featuring Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News, MSNBC commentator Flavia Colgan, author and media critic Jeff Cohen and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington.

· A discussion on "Winning Alternatives" with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, filmmaker Robert Greenwald and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation.

· "Media Policy is a Civil Rights Issue" with former FCC Commissioner and NAACP Executive Director Ben Hooks, Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, Mark Lloyd of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and others.

· A panel on hip-hop activism with Davey D of KPFA-FM, Rosa Clemente of R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop, Detroit hip-hop artist Ilana "Invincible" Weaver, San Diego's Brotha Los, Adrienne Maree Brown of the Ruckus Society and Youth Media Council's Malkia Cyril.

· "The Press at War and the War on the Press" featuring famed White House correspondent Helen Thomas, media critic Eric Boehlert, Sonali Kolhatkar of the Afghan Women's Mission, and Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

· "Watchdogging the Media" with David Brock of Media Matters for America, Janine Jackson of FAIR, media critic Norman Solomon, and radio host and author Laura Flanders.

· A look at the new media landscape with Dan Gillmor from the Center for Citizen Media, Jay Rosen of New York University, Afro-Netizen's Chris Rabb, Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation and Chris Nolan of Spot-on.com.

The full schedule -- which also includes sessions on "Saving the Internet," Hurricane Katrina, public broadcasting, ethnic media and global media policy -- is available at (link...).

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
11:25 am

Want to be a Republican?

Here's what you need to know...

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's military record is none of our business.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host.Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

You support states' rights, but the Attorney General can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
10:46 am

For My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday,

Continued...

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Wed
Dec 20 2006
07:52 am

Do you buy extended warranties for you electronic and appliances? The main thing I want is a 3 year manufacturer's warranty on my computers. I do expect my computers to last that long. Otherwise, I don't buy extended warranties. Consumer Reports has apparently been recommending against extended warranties for a long time. Now, though, they have two exceptions, rear-projection TVs and Apple computers. No problem here, I don't expect to ever purchase either of these.

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Tue
Dec 19 2006
02:41 pm
By: StaceyDs Cat  shortURL

Wasn't that Bean who recently wrote something like "I'd trust Lumpy with a gun more than a Metropulse editor behind the wheel of a car"?

Metro Pulse publisher, wife free on bond

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Tue
Dec 19 2006
01:05 pm

Monday was a sad day in Knox County Commission. In one of the most confused meetings, that often resembled the Keystone Cops more than a Commission meeting, the Midway Industrial Park received 7.5 million dollars of funding from the Knox County Commission. This happened even though there is a lawsuit seeking an injunction against any breaking ground on this project. It was a tortured, confused, and often comical 45 minutes that made those who watched in person or on Cable Television wonder about the old joke of “Who is on first”?

The Midway Industrial Park is covered in great detail at the website KnoxAction.com. There have been many web posts on KnoxViews and at Say Uncle. It has received much coverage also at the News Sentinel blog No Silence. So with all of the known information that questions the risk and return on investment of taxpayer dollars the Knox County Commission chose to ignore the demands of those in the Thorn Grove community and the voice of taxpayers who see this as the biggest gamble since the Farmers Market.

The MPC hypocritically and perhaps illegally ignored their own sector plan to choose the Midway Industrial Park site. The Development Corporation chose to ignore its main requirement that the slope of the site no exceed six percent. Both of these entities and the Knox Area Chamber of Commerce ignored that this site had much greater financial return as a tourist area or subdivisions and that those ideas would not require over 57 million dollars of taxpayer investment.

More after the jump including YouTube coverage of the Knox County Commission meeting:

Continued...

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