Tue
Jan 23 2007
10:49 pm

"Madam Speaker"

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If yes, will it be Mike Padgett?
7% (9 votes)
If yes, will it be Mike Lowe?
10% (14 votes)
If yes, will it be Steve Hall?
35% (48 votes)
If yes, will it be Tim Hutchison?
18% (24 votes)
If yes, will it be one of the outgoing commissioners?
14% (19 votes)
No, they will all go quitely
16% (22 votes)
Total votes: 136
Tue
Jan 23 2007
10:19 pm

Bruce Pearl absolutely rocks!!!!!!!!!
(link...)

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
09:13 pm
By: Rich Hailey  shortURL

OK, here are the details for the next BlogFest
Where: Calhoun's on Kingston Pike at I-140
When: Saturday, February 10 starting at 5:00PM
Who: Everybody
Why: Because.

See you there!

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
06:03 pm

Here's the full list of nominees. As usual, I have not seen any of the movies nominated for best film. In fact, I've only seen three of the movies nominated from any category*, and two of those were on pay-per-view. Guess I need to get out more.

(*In the major categories for best film, best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, and best director, I have only seen one two. And you would probably never guess one of them.)

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
05:47 pm

Rich white Republicans want to secede from Fulton County.

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
05:40 pm

Mayor Bill Haslam talking with Gene Patterson about his first term on "Tennessee This Week". Some interesting comments about the Knoxville Convention Center, World's Fair Park, and the proposed Knoxville Bus Transit Center.

Mayor Haslam talks about re-election for City Mayor and the potential thoughts about running for Governor. Interesting metaphors about ice skating and football.

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
04:19 pm

Knox County Commission Meeting from Monday January 22nd. The first four parts are the Resolution by John Griess for a Special Election to select replacements for the eight term limited Knox County Commissioners.

Part II

Part III

Part IV

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
04:16 pm

From the South Knox Seymour Times:

"Ninth District County Commissioners Paul Pinkston and Larry Clark have formed a special committee to seek individuals interested in replacing Clark for his seat on the Commission.

The seven-member body will examine the qualifications and interest of those who wish to replace Clark, who will be forced to resign his seat under a term-limits referendum passed by voters in 1994."

More on the story here: (link...)

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
02:33 pm

I have arranged a candidate forum for those who seek appointments to vacant positions in Knox County, especially the commission seat in District Two. Commissioner Billy Tindell is cooperating in this and plans to attend. The event is set for Monday, January 29th, starting at 6pm in the Fulton High School Auditorium. Public, candidates, commissioners, and all interested parties are invited.

The schedule will work as follows:
6 pm Brief Welcome and Introduction
6:05 to approximately 6:50pm, Brief statements by those seeking appointment to the District Two Commission seat (3-4 minutes each) followed by questions from the audience.

6:50 to approx. 7:30, Brief statements by those seeking appointment to any of the countywide offices (sheriff, register of deeds, trustee, county clerk) followed by questions from the audience.

7:30 to close, Brief statements by those seeking other commission seats followed by questions from the audience.

I hope to wrap up by about 8pm; it could go longer or shorter based on the number of candidates who show up, and the number of questions.

--Mark Harmon

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
11:13 am

WEll, sure, that one for Best Documentary Film...But Best Song Written for a Movie?

By Melissa Etheridge, no less. I'm sure that will get some FundXtians rattling this morning.

An Inconvenient Truth

I'll have to plug in the DVD for another listen.

Steve

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
10:27 am

I am guessing that Cohen did not get the memo about the Stacey Campfield fracas.

Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed

Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.

"I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen, who succeeded Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., in a majority-black Memphis district. "It's their caucus and they do things their way. You don't force your way in. You need to be invited."

Cohen said he became convinced that joining the caucus would be "a social faux pas" after seeing news reports that former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., a co-founder of the caucus, had circulated a memo telling members it was "critical" that the group remain "exclusively African- American."

Other members, including the new chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., and Clay's son, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., agreed.

"Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. ... It's time to move on," the younger Clay said. "It's an unwritten rule. It's understood. It's clear."

The bylaws of the caucus do not make race a prerequisite for membership, a House aide said, but no non-black member has ever joined.

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
08:48 am

They warned you in November.

They are warning you again.

THE DAM MIGHT BREAK! Are you listening? I think they are out of disaster assistance funds.

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Tue
Jan 23 2007
12:41 am
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Scott Moore and R. Larry Smith are holding a "commissioners' night out" Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Halls Senior Center on Crippen Road. Going north on Hwy. 33, turn right at Wendy's.

This is a great chance to talk one-on-one with these two commissioners. -- s.

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Mon
Jan 22 2007
11:17 pm
By: Brian A.  shortURL

I think R. Neal was onto something here. Tuesday night, for the Democratic response to the State of the Union speech, Senator Webb should do the following:

(1) Step up to the podium.
(2) Say: "Everything that guy just said is bullshit... Thank you."
(3) Turn and walk out the door.

It would be an instant classic in American speech-making history.

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Mon
Jan 22 2007
10:22 pm
By: Rich Hailey  shortURL

OK folks, time for another blog fest. I'm thinking of holding it February 10th to avoid Super Bowl conflicts.

I've been requested to move the bash out to the west for a change, and someplace a little more family friendly.

Any suggestions?

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Mon
Jan 22 2007
05:33 pm

Tennessee Guerilla Women has a post by Paul Krugman on the health insurance proposal Bush has been discussing lately.

While proposing this high-end tax break, Mr. Bush is also proposing a tax increase - not on the wealthy, but on workers who, he thinks, have too much health insurance. The tax code, he said, "unwisely encourages workers to choose overly expensive, gold-plated plans. The result is that insurance premiums rise, and many Americans cannot afford the coverage they need."

I'm always afraid when people with no clue try to come up with solutions to important issues. I heard part of this proposal discussed on the radio today, i.e. tax people paying more for health insurance. I wonder if they realize some people have to pay more just to get some basic coverage because they are identified as uninsurable by health insurance companies. Who will determine the definition of a "gold-plated plan"?

Oh, Thoughts of an Average Woman has the scoop on "gold-plated plans".

Bush wants to cap how much a family or individual can pay for a health insurance policy.

It would work like this: The administration would cap the amount of benefits that can remain tax free at $15,000 for a family and $7,500 for an individual. Anyone whose health insurance cost more than that would pay taxes on the difference. For example, a family with coverage costing $16,000 a year would pay taxes on $1,000.

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Mon
Jan 22 2007
05:23 pm
By: Rachel  shortURL

So tomorrow we have the State of the Union. How I long for the days of old when I could play a drinking game, chugging one down every time Bush said "terra" or "WMD" or "9/11." Or the last couple of years, when I simply stopped watching.

This year I feel compelled to watch. But no drinking games - there's not one single damn amusing things left about the state of our union.

Instead, I'll be trying not to cry, and holding my breath in the hopes that our President doesn't once again do something to make things even worse.

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Mon
Jan 22 2007
04:02 pm

Last night I read this article from the BBC about the benefits of owning a dog. Great! Owning two has to be that much better, right?

I went to bed last night after forgetting to secure the dog door.

(more after the break)

Continued...

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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