Fri
Dec 15 2006
11:03 pm

Salon political columnist Joe Conason speculates that Bushco may offer Joe Lieberman the post as the next UN Ambassador. Should he be confirmed and leave the Senate, Connecticut's Republican governor would have no choice but to appoint a Republican as a replacement Senator.

I can't help believing that Joe would not be a party to such shenanigans.

This majority is so small it begs interference from criminal minds.

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
03:26 pm

Photoshop CS3 public beta launches today.

This includes a long-awaited build of the Macintosh Universal Binary (allowing both Intel-based and Motorola-based Macs to run it natively).

A license of Adobe CS2 or Photoshop CS2 is required to run the beta past a two-day trial.

Download available here for both Windows and Mac:

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
02:05 pm

A Tennessee writer took photos of every county courthouse in the state and posted them on his Tennessee history website. His website is designed for kids, but it's fun for all ages.

The AP wrote up a nice article about it. KNS has the article here. The courthouse website is here. Cool project!

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
01:20 pm

My Christmas card to you...well...sort of. (Make sure your speakers are on and turned up a little...)

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
12:57 pm

Wii has been showing up on TV advertisements the last few days. Having never owned, that I can remember, a home video game, I have always had trouble understanding the attraction. This Wii commercial just causes more confusion. There are people, not just teenagers or younger, standing in front of a television moving around oddly.

According to Gamasutra, the official Wii website explains; "the new name for the console "represents the answer", and "will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else." I couldn't find the claim on the official Wii website, but then I don't have the patience to peruse all their information.

Apparently some video game players find Wii so exciting, it is creating a problem with the wireless remote. "Legendary Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto also commented on the problem, saying: "We are encouraging people to understand that you really don't have to be so excited, but rather you need to understand the control and then you're going to be the best player. We are looking into the situation to see if there are additional methods to encourage people to kind of calm down so they would never throw away the controller itself."

Some gamers are so excited when they play Wii, there are "Reports of users breaking the straps during more excited bouts of play emerged immediately after the console’s launch, with stories of remotes slipping from hands and smashing into televisions, furniture and even fellow players’ faces."

I suppose Nintendo has not closed the gap completely. I still don't see the attraction.

Be careful out there.

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
12:39 pm

The Knox County Commission is set to vote Monday on $7.5 million in funding for the controversial Midway project. Which may be premature, because there is pending litigation (PDF format) to stop the project.

Read the press release from a community group opposing the project after the jump...

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Fri
Dec 15 2006
11:26 am

Wandering Hillbilly, buddy don, has another good poem.

...
We want a land that can do, unaided,
Things it could do before we invaded.

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Thu
Dec 14 2006
09:31 pm
By: Sven  shortURL

Oh, man this burns me up. I've had it with public relations gambits masquerading as government.

As Justin Rood points out, yesterday's immigration raids make about as much sense as the upcoming final push in Iraq. And the "identity theft" angle was nothing but red herring, thrown in to gin up even more scary brown people FUD.

I've seen this scam before, up close and personal.

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Thu
Dec 14 2006
02:54 pm

I've got some new posts up at Facing South (one that might surprise you, scroll down a bit) and there's lots of other good stuff there this week.

Also, the Institute for Southern Studies kicks off their year-end fundraising drive this week. Go help out if you can.

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Thu
Dec 14 2006
10:38 am

The Maryville Daily Times reported yesterday that the Blount County Planning Commission has voted to drop restrictions on subdivision development in districts with schools designated as having "intolerable" overcrowding.

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Thu
Dec 14 2006
09:32 am

The KNS reports today on a new plan to save the Worlds Fair Park Amphitheater. This will be great news if the city is able to save this landmark structure, which has deteriorated after more than twenty years of neglect.

The new plan was proposed by the original architect, who has offered to work on the project at no charge. It would restore the structure to code for an estimated cost of $850,000.

Previous estimates ranged from $3.4 million to completely refurb the structure to a cost of $650,000 to demolish it. The article notes that much of the $3.4 million refurb cost was related to new audio/visual systems and concession facilities. The new plan would not include these improvements.

The article also says that the City may be able to find money from the sale of other Worlds Fair Park assets to help with the restoration of the Amphitheater. It also says that the City is set to begin work on restoring the Sunsphere, which would then be leased to a third-party under an agreement negotiated separately from the sale of the WFP assets.

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Thu
Dec 14 2006
09:12 am

You may recall there was a little dustup over the World's Fair Park project a couple years ago. The idea was to save the Sunsphere, the Candy Factory, and the Tennessee Amphitheater.

In the News Sentinel today we learn it may cost $3.4 million for full renovation or $655,000 for complete demolition. Money that was supposed to come from the developer of the World’s Fair Project and not the city.

Looking back on the Candy Factory deal Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam pushed through it is difficult to see how any money was saved. The only assets, the Candy Factory and Victorian Homes, were purchased at rock bottom prices and the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater were pulled from the project. Looking back at the downtown Cinema project it is now three times over budget. Looking at the Five Points shopping center deal another expensive failure. Don't even ask about Renee Kesler.

So how is this Mayoral administration doing? This is an administration of futures. Future promises that don’t come true. Not on budget, not on time, and not what was promised. This is what happens when you are more interested in the next political office instead of running the office you currently hold.

There is an election for the office of Knoxville Mayor next November. What kind of report card would you give Mayor Haslam today?

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Wed
Dec 13 2006
07:11 pm

One of the joys of retirement is the fact that one reads what one enjoys. Thus I came to read John Mortimer's adventures of the Old Bailey hack, Horace Rumpole and his wife, Hilda (She who must be obeyed). A thread that runs through the entire series is the plonk at Pommeroy's Wine Bar. I have found what well may be the American equivalent of Jack Pommeroy's "Château Thames Embankment". Franzia of California is boxing a sangria to rival the "cooking claret" served at the annual Inns of Court Ball. I love this stuff!

There now - back to the serious topics of the day.

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Wed
Dec 13 2006
06:03 pm

Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota has been hospitalized with "stroke-like" symptoms. Should his illness necessitate the appointment of a replacement, the Republican governor of the state could very well send a Republican to the Senate to serve until the 2008 elections.

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Wed
Dec 13 2006
02:59 pm
By: Johnny Ringo  shortURL

Does the recent media furor over Barack Obama remind anyone else of this?

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Wed
Dec 13 2006
12:59 pm

Sometimes when someone tries to do something good they get confused and screw up something else. This is often referred to as the law of unintended consequences. Case in point would be Senator John McCain's new bill to crack down on child pornography on the Internet. No one wants child pornography on the Internet but the problem is that this bill is so broadly written it could be used to shut down a website with an innocent picture like this.

It is an important cause and something must be done but this bill is so poorly written it could be used to harm people that have nothing to do with child pornography. If this sounds a little like the War on Drugs or the War on Terror there may be a reason. Could it be Congress Critters? Senator McCain is not alone in not understanding the Internet.

From CNET News:

Millions of commercial Web sites and personal blogs would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000, if a new proposal in the U.S. Senate came into law.

The legislation, drafted by Sen. John McCain and obtained by CNET News.com, would also require Web sites that offer user profiles to delete pages posted by sex offenders.

After child pornography or some forms of "obscenity" are found and reported, the Web site must retain any "information relating to the facts or circumstances" of the incident for at least six months. Webmasters would be immune from civil and criminal liability if they followed the specified procedures exactly.

McCain's proposal, called the "Stop the Online Exploitation of Our Children Act" (click for PDF), requires that reports be submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which in turn will forward them to the relevant police agency. (The organization received $32.6 million in tax dollars in 2005, according to its financial disclosure documents.)

Internet service providers already must follow those reporting requirements. But McCain's proposal is liable to be controversial because it levies the same regulatory scheme--and even stiffer penalties--on even individual bloggers who offer discussion areas on their Web sites.

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Important UPDATE see comments

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Andie Ray, owner of Market Square's Vagabondia, made it on NPR's All Things Considered yesterday with comments about Bush's approach to the Iraq situation. I like these "voice of the people" reports (though they can be a "balance" cop out). What's interesting about this report is how the measured and calm everyone put on the air sound and how close all of the opinions on The Mess are to each other. Too bad The Decider has decided to not decide. Good job, Andie!

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Wed
Dec 13 2006
09:38 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

I recently posted about visiting rural America, for fear it will be gone before you do. It is fascinating to also visit urban America. Brooklyn in New York City might be the perfect destination.

I have never visited Brooklyn. After viewing Dope on the Slope's "A Brooklyn Yule Tune", I think it might be quite interesting to wander outside of Manhattan the next time I go to New York City.

For those of us who live in the South, it is almost hard to comprehend 2.5 million people living in such a small area.

You must drill-down to Dope's links, and sometimes further, to get the full experience. Take a view of his blog regularly to see the beautiful and historical sites in Brooklyn, e.g. Prospect Park.

Heating laws, rent-stabilized apartments, ...
Gypsy cabs vs Yellow cabs vs car service? Will they even take you from Manhattan to Brooklyn? Apparently you get in the cab first, then tell them Brooklyn.
The Stroller Manifesto Movement.

I've always recommended Washington, D.C., as a vacation must. It is the capital of our country, ya know. I now highly recommend New York City, and more than one borough. It is the capital of the world.

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Tue
Dec 12 2006
10:43 pm

I've always found Mallard Fillmore more frantic than funny.

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