Mon
Nov 20 2006
07:11 pm

The East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has invited some local bloggers to attend a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 21st, 7:00 PM at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

From the ETSPJ website calendar:

"Clearing the Blog Fog"

Hear and see the work of several area bloggers discuss their work and relationship with "traditional" news outlets. Refreshments! November 21, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the News Sentinel Knox Room

Hmmm. Refreshments? Will there be cheap single-malt Scotch? Or is this strictly a BYOB sort of deal?

At any rate, yours truly will be there, along with Johnny Dobbins, The Beanster, KNS editor Jack McElroy, and others including the mysterious and elusive Bob Stepno, who describes the event thusly.

So put your turkey in the oven, set the timer, and come on down. It should be an interesting discussion.

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
05:33 pm

The KNS reports that the local NAACP is launching its own probe into the resignation of Renee Kessler from the Knoxville Community Development Division.

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
05:08 pm

The Cincinnati Museum at Union Terminal is hosting the Titanic exhibition until May 6, 2007.  I saw the first showing when the artifacts were displayed at the Pyramid in Memphis.  Many have mixed feelings about the ethics of displaying these artifacts but I thought RMS Titanic, Inc. produced a display that was a moving memorial to the victims.

A replica of the boat deck as it appeared immediately after the last boat had left is especially thought-provoking with a recovered life jacket and an aluminum megaphone displayed.

At the first exhibit it was possible to actually reach out and touch one of her steam whistle manifolds.  I'm sure that has been changed.

If you find yourself in the Cincinnati area, this is a Must See. 

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
03:55 pm

Linky

TOLEDO, Ohio -- A former GOP fundraiser at the center of a scandal-plagued state investment in rare coins that helped Democrats seize power in the midterm elections was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.

Tom Noe, a prominent coin dealer accused of taking at least $2 million, was convicted last week of theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records.

But, you know, this is just The Man keeping a good man down, according to an acquaintance of mine...Unreal.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich snottily announces plans to run in '08...

"I'm going to tell you something, and whether or not it's plausible given the world you come out of is your problem," he tells Fortune. "I am not 'running' for president. I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen." So he's running, only without yet formally saying so.

If I were John McCain, I think I'd be hiring bodyguards about now...this'll be interesting.

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Sheriff just announced this at County Commission (blogging live)

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
02:53 pm
By: Number9  shortURL

At 2:00 PM today on Community Television of Knoxville this months installment of "The Ragsdale Players" will perform on Channel 12 for Comcast Cable and Channel 6 for Charter Cable.

Today's play is an interpretation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. TiVo's at the ready, you have seven minutes.

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
02:23 pm

It's snowing in Blount Co. right now as I type this. It's just light flurries and it's about 40 degrees, so I'm not expecting to get out the sled or anything.

Trivia: According to the Maryville Daily Times, tomorrow marks the 54th anniversary (that would be 1952 if my arithmetic is correct) of a record 18 and 1/2 inch snowfall in Blount Co.

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The Knoxville Asperger Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of every month at the West Branch of the Knoxville Public library (100 Golfclub Road, Knoxville, TN 37919 map) from 6pm to 7:30pm. The support group is an open format consisting primarily of caregivers to person's Asperger Syndrome although the group is occasionally visited by adults with Aspergers.

Tonight's meeting (Nov 20th) will have three guests from Disability Law and Advocacy Center (Sherry Wilds, Staff Attorney; Anna Bass, Education Advocate; and Ron Emrich, Community Liaison). They are interested in hearing concerns from parents and students who are experiencing problems with school systems and other organizations.

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
11:20 am

Was this the real reason Brian Hornback took his ball and went home after trying to bash the Shopper for the umpteenth time?

 

[Warning to the satire impaired, it is humor.]

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Mon
Nov 20 2006
07:34 am

Our liberal media failed to report President Bush's real response to the midterm election results.

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
09:18 pm
By: StaceyDiamond  shortURL

Bush and friends should follow OJ's lead and write "IF We Lied about WMD's here's how." Stacey

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
09:06 pm

It seems the Democratic Congress is set to reinstate the draft now that they are back in power - (link...)

 Can we count on President Bush to veto this measure?

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
03:38 pm
By: fletch  shortURL

It's probably the second or third snow in the high mountains but "First Snow" sounds better. This image is the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap taken this morning. A steady stream of backpackers were making their way to the Icewater Springs shelter and points beyond. What you can't see here is the 30 degree temps and 30mph winds with blowing ice and snow. I'll be thinking of these backpackers tonight up there at that shelter while I'm relaxing in my La-Z-Boy by the fireplace with hot cider watching the Simpsons.

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Sun
Nov 19 2006
03:30 pm

Norman Lear on Bill Maher Friday Night declared his political leanings.

"I am a liberal. I am a progressive. But, what I really feel in my heart of hearts, I am a bleeding heart conservative. Yes."

"You will not mess with my First Amendment." "You will not mess with my guarantees under the Constitution, my civil liberties. I am a conservative. But, does my heart bleed?"

Mr. Lear goes on to describe how his heart bleeds in a liberal way.

Take a look at "People For The American Way" for a reminder of how long some people have been working toward the acceptance of "the American Way", i.e. "pluralism, individuality, freedom of thought, expression and religion, a sense of community, and tolerance and compassion for others."

Something to ponder on this wintry day.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
11:40 pm

So now R. Neal is Hitler?  Sorry,Brian, you lose.

http://brianhornback.blogspot.com/

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
11:16 pm

Take a look at Tennessee's new PG, Shannon Bobbitt -- the tiniest player Pat Summitt has ever signed -- and maybe the most electrifying (and please, guys, spare me the Lorena Bobbitt jokes -- they're already extremely old).

(link...)

Shannon, who is 5-2 with her shoes on, is quicker than a hiccup and tough as a nickel steak. This little kid doesn't back down from anybody, and is making a real difference to this team from the get-go.

And, yeah, they've got this Candace Parker kid that some people say is pretty good, too.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:33 pm

That word outgoing sounds so good.  It rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

James Inhofe (R-OK), outgoing Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, was interviewed on Faux and Friends.  He made the startling announcement that he knows the real cause of global warming.

It is "due to the sun", he revealed.  All these frivolous scientists blaming human activity is for naught because "God's still up there".

Of course he did give credit to the scientists for discovering that the sun does, indeed, warm the earth.  It's just that they're wrong about everything else.

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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:28 pm

Kay's Ice CreamKay's Ice Cream, an institution in Maryville since the 1940s, closed this week.

Why? Nobody knows.

The people who worked there were simply told to close up shop.

The closure took away something that was vivid in the memories of many people in this area. That little art deco building had been a favorite hangout for many -- including Maryville High School students -- for as long as anybody could remember.

Now it's gone, and people have only their memories. 

Watch the slideshow (:42).

And share the memories. Anybody got one?


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Sat
Nov 18 2006
04:47 pm
By: JustJohnny  shortURL

A final goodbye to BJ
Your two dear children and your husband will always be in our prayers.
Godspeed, Jake.









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Sat
Nov 18 2006
09:05 am

Ya know, I was pondering the aborted Glenn Beck/Iraq intelligence thread and I think I've finally got this thing figured out. It's taken almost four years...I'm a bit slow on the uptake. And since my hangover won't let me sleep in, I might as well spit it out. So to speak.

I spent six months before the war began - and double that after it "ended" - obsessively trying to figure out how those f'ers gamed the system. I know way more than any sane person should about the minutiae of the con.

But I've come to the conclusion that deception wasn't the real heart of the hustle. It was a pure power play.

Continued...

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