Fri
Oct 20 2006
11:33 am

The Bear - drawing by Jim StovallThe day was gray and the field muddy when the Vols and the Tide met in Neyland Stadium in 1966. Despite the conditions, the players on both sides played like champions and produced one of the greatest meetings of the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
11:13 am

Every year the KNS has the "East Tennessee's Best" survey, and every year it's the same old big yawn. It's not even East Tennessee's best. It's Knoxville's best. Well, it's not even that. It's West Knoxville's "best".

Olive Garden is the best Italian restaurant. Red Lobster is the best seafood restaurant. Litton's has the best hamburger. Best ice cream is at Marble Slab. The best bakery is Panera Bread. Border's is the best book store. OK, then.

As usual, this isn't a "best of" survey. It's a "most popular franchise in Farragut" survey (with the exception of the loyal Litton's fans out in Fountain City). But what it really is is a huge ad sale for the paper. Everybody who gets mentioned buys an ad thanking the readers. Some who weren't even mentioned bought ads.

(The front page has a big thank you from Regal Cinema, but there is no "best cinema" category in the print version. Same with WATE's thank you ad, but they aren't mentioned in any category in the print version. Apparently it was for Jim Wogan as best sportscaster, which is listed in the online version.)

Oh, and Big Ed's is the best pizza. Pizza Hut and Papa John's are the runners up. I finally made it up to Big Ed's a while back. It was OK, but there are at least three or four better pizzas closer to home. (Pizza Hut and Papa John's are not one of those three or four.)

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
09:45 am

Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military records.

The number of troops held back has climbed dramatically in the past few years. And while they appear to represent a very small percentage of all U.S. military personnel, the increase is occurring at a time when the armed forces are stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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The economy is great, for the already wealthy.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
08:47 am


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These geese seem to be going the wrong way. They eventually circled around and joined a big gaggle on a nearby point.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
07:07 am


Left to right: Mike Gallagher, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, Bush,
Sean Hannity and Michael Medved.

This New York Times article describes a White House meeting last month between Bush and the heads of the right-wing talk radio families. They also invited Rush Limbaugh to provide megadittos, but he did not attend.

According to the article:

The meeting, which was not announced on the president’s public schedule, was part of an intensive Republican Party campaign to reclaim and re-energize a crucial army of supporters that is not as likely to walk in lockstep with the White House as it has in the past.

Conservative radio hosts are breaking with the Republican leadership in ways not seen in at least a decade, and certainly not since Rush Limbaugh’s forceful advocacy of the party in 1994 spawned a new generation of stars, said Michael Harrison, publisher of the industry’s lead trade publication, Talkers.

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Such questions, coming from such quarters, have created yet another challenge for the White House and the central party leadership as they work to steer Republicans to victory next month in the face of low approval ratings and dissatisfaction among the party faithful.

Strategists on both sides agree that the party’s greatest hope for holding control of Congress now rests with its ability to get core Republicans to vote, and that talk radio, which reaches millions of them, is crucial to the task.

You would think that the millions of people who listen to this stuff would be insulted by the Republican Party's overt attempts to manipulate them. Instead, they will probably be impressed, and feel like they have personal access to the president. At least some conservative Christians are starting to wise up to how they have been used by the GOP.

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Fri
Oct 20 2006
07:06 am

Watercolor and pen and ink by Jim StovallThe St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant last night, beating the New York Mets 3-1.

Now, two old time teams, the Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers, face each other in what we hope will be a scrappy World Series full of exciting baseball.

In celebration of all this First Inning Artworks has posted the third of its four watercolor-pen-and-ink studies of old time baseball players.

Enjoy it all! 

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
06:41 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

The Republican National Committee is set to run a new ad:

The Republican Party will begin airing a hard-hitting ad this weekend that warns of more cataclysmic terror attacks against the U.S. homeland.

The ad portrays Osama bin Laden and quotes his threats against America dating to February 1998. "These are the stakes," the ad concludes. "Vote November 7."

You can see the ad here.

I know I'm out of touch and everything, but does this stuff still work in 2006? Wouldn't it just remind voters that Osama is still at large, and that the Republican agenda has only made the threat worse? Why would they want to advertise that? Oh, that's right. Because if you vote for a Democrat terrorists are going to kill you. I forgot.

What's really at stake is two more years of despicable insults to America and our intelligence. The president who was supposed to unite America has divided us to the point where the GOP has no qualms at all about calling half of Americans traitors. Nice.

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
02:53 pm

This one is way too weird! It's cropping up in way too many places to be ignored. And is Little Drunken Jenna now an operative like Condi? Why are 500 American Troops in Paraguay? Why did Reverend Moon buy even more land next to Bushes new ranch?

WTF???

Mr. Bush, could you please tell us what your intentions are and whether these intentions are hostile toward the people of the United States, or do you just intend on retiring to Paraguay?

The story is popping up in the loveliest places:

Wonkette mentions Nazis and Bush...But in the nicest possible way

I mean they retired to South America, too, didn't they?

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
02:21 pm
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

   I walked into the Roane County Courthouse at 1:30 today and voted. It took a total of five minutes, not counting parking the car.

   I went through the ballot so fast I figured I had better go over it to be sure. The last page on the E-Slate machine is a summary of your vote so it was easy to check. Just for fun I went back and changed a vote, went to the summary to see it, and went back and changed it to my actual preference.

 Easy as could be...So why am I still nervous? Whatever happens, I voted.

 

Make sure you do too!

 

Steve

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
01:26 pm

Harold Ford Jr. has run a brilliant campaign, is doing better than anyone expected, and is stronger in East Tennessee than anyone could have hoped for.

But Bob Corker is opening up his checkbook and inviting in outside hit squads riding swift boats. His negative attack ads appear to be working. They have moved some poll numbers, and not in a good way. When the swift boat attacks start, it will be all hands on deck manning the battle stations.

The latest Zogby/WSJ interactive poll has Corker up by 7 points. This is simply unacceptable. Ford supporters will have to work harder and give more. The stakes are too high.

The good news from the RCP list of polls is that Ford is the only candidate so far to have broken 50% on any respectable national poll. But that was during the last week of September. We are now 19 days from the election. This is not the time to let up. And if you've already voted for Ford, that doesn't mean your work is finished.

It's go time!

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
11:42 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL
The rest of the Country is worried about Tennessee having an honest election:
Steve -- Is Shelby County a notably dirty county with respect to voting procedures?  It keeps cropping up.
  To wit a discussion in "On Point" the other day about upcoming elections in which a caller from Nashville, a computer guy, says:
"My biggest concern right now is getting through the elections in November with the unverifiable electronic voting machines.  I work with a group here in Nashville.  We've already found unauthorized software on a Diebold central tabulator in Shelby County -- which is Memphis.  That's a real problem because that's where the votes are tabulated. We have a lawsuit pending on that right now.  Once we get through this November election, I have no idea what's going to happen.  Regardless of the polls, the voting machines control everything."
That's the question I got from my friend Prairie Weather. Anybody know more?
Other familiar problems are cropping up in Memphis. If the Republians can screw up the vote tabulation in Memphis they can hold the state. I don't trust this election count.
Ideas, anyone?
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Thu
Oct 19 2006
10:45 am

Reported in the Orlando Sentinel, a spotted eagle ray leaped out of the water and onto their 18-foot boat. When Bertakis tried to lift the stingray out of the boat, it hit him in the chest with its poisonous barbed tail.

We used to encounter "flying" mullets on the St. Johns River quite frequently, jumping over our small boat.

Be careful out there!

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
10:00 am

Congressman Ford attended a prayer breakfast in Knoxville yesterday morning, then went over to the old Knox County Courthouse for an early voting kickoff rally, then went down to Chattanooga for a get out the vote rally (where he led supporters on a quarter-mile march to the polls at the Hamilton County Election Commission office), and then headed over to Franklin for another early voting rally at 5:00 PM (6:00 PM Eastern Time).

Harold Ford Jr.: Hardest working man in politics.

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Thu
Oct 19 2006
09:48 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel endorses Schree Pettirgrew for State Representative from the 18th District.

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Wed
Oct 18 2006
11:39 pm

by location for the first day of Early Voting.

Downtown West 798
Farragut 518
East Town Crossing 360
Halls 339
Courthouse 280
Chapman Center 227
Five Points 93

2615 - Total Early Vote numbers for October 18, 2006

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Wed
Oct 18 2006
09:28 pm

Here is Betty Bean's Dad talking to Harold Ford Jr. at today's early voting kickoff rally in Knoxville.

Betty was so excited to bring her Dad to the rally so he could meet Congressman Ford. Despite the dozens of people vying for his attention, Harold Ford Jr. took the time to talk with Mr. Bean and he was attentive. I don't know what they were talking about, but I'm guessing that Mr. Bean shared some advice from a long lifetime of experience, and that Harold Ford Jr. listened.

We talked with Mr. Bean for a moment after the rally. He told us how he joined the Army in WWII and got assigned to the Signal Corps, and how he wanted to go to Europe to fight the Nazis but regretted that he didn't get the chance. He was admiring my camera, and mentioned that he had a Nikon F100 but that his favorite was his Rolleiflex. He is a sweet man, who reminds me of my Dad. It's obvious where Betty Bean gets some of her character.

And here are Madeline Rogero and her granddaughter with Congressman Ford.

Madeline's granddaughter is as cute as she can be. Perhaps today's rally, which she took part in on the main stage, will help inspire her to follow in her grandmothe's public service footsteps. Future Mayor of Knoxville perhaps? Or better yet the Governor's office or the United States Senate?

East Tennessee is blessed with wonderful people. It's nice to see folks from our Greatest Generation and our Next Generation all in one place, coming together to help make Tennessee and America a better place.

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Oct 18 2006
09:20 pm
By: Socialist With ...  shortURL

Today was the first day of early voting in Knox County. I voted a little after 5:00 PM at Farragut Town Hall. There were only about three or four other voters there, and with a dozen or so voting machines, there was no waiting. I overheard one of the election workers say they'd had over 500 people so far (if I heard him right).

The ballot is blissfully shorter than the War-And-Peace sized ballot we had to endure during the primary, when we had to vote on all those county officers and every judge east of the Mississippi. However, the current ballot is a little confusing, especially with the new electronic voting machines. We had two state constitutional amendments (please vote NO on Amendment 1) and four county charter amendments. Using the little scroll wheel to move forward to the next ballot item, the cursor would first land on the text of the amendment, but the Yes/No boxes for that amendment sometimes appeared on the next screen. It would be easy for a voter to highlight the amendment text, press the Enter button, and scroll forward without realizing they'd skipped that question. The ballot scores pretty low in the user interface design department.

The software ought to be modified to keep the ballot question and its Yes/No boxes on the same screen.

Just be careful as you vote, and review your choices very carefully. The last screen gives you a chance to review your choices and make changes. Scan that final screen diligently. It's easy to skip something on this ballot, even though it's a lot shorter than the last one.

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