Tue
Aug 11 2020
08:11 pm
By: fischbobber

It was an interesting drive home. The bars that were open reminded me more of methadone clinics as opposed to a bustling hive of active social activity. That's probably how it should be. I don't think the ten o'clock rule has been in long enough to measure it's effectiveness, but if we don't see a bump in about ten days (down) this may not have been the right regulation. Police presence was up, but I didn't see any door to door enforcement activity. And that's probably how it should be too.

This was a good time to test a regulation like this.

Social media update (I know, I know) Substantive issues are generally met with scorn and personal attacks on any site Mayor Jacobs is associated with. I was curious about that and I went to a couple profiles, and, lo and behold, Kane's fans from around the world are defending him on Knox County facebook pages. Reality amazes me sometimes.

Sun
Jul 19 2020
01:00 am

It looks like this all is going to end badly..........

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Sat
Jul 4 2020
12:24 pm
By: fischbobber

Does anyone know of any Knox County business that are compliant with the new mask ordinance? I went to my usual Weigels last night and they will obviously be doing everything they can to undermine any chance of this ordinance there. That's their business. I will take mine else-where.

I'm wondering if there is a group source to determine ahead of time which businesses will operate under the mask ordinance and which will turn the other way and ignore it. I'll have to find someone selling gas. I'll need groceries. I'll need a hardware store, and frankly, I'd like access to rural king, tractor supply and a sporting goods store.

Isn't life ironic? I got the kids raised, the bills paid, and am approaching retirement with as much disposable income as I've ever had, and based on what I saw just looking around on my way home from work last night, no where to spend it.

It sucks to be old in a county where your state representative, county mayor and sheriff are actively engaged in a process to kill your demographic.

I will drive to Blount, Loudon and Monroe Counties to shop and trade at mask compliant businesses if we could somehow come up with a list.

Mon
Jun 22 2020
11:06 pm

You'd think if the Terminator thought it was a smart idea, then Kane would jump right on board.

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Sat
May 2 2020
11:38 am
By: fischbobber

I come home a different route every night from work just to break up the current monotony of life. I counted six bars open on the route I chose last night. This opening ain't gonna work. Cheers!

Sun
Apr 26 2020
12:58 pm

Well, I've officially been censored from Martin Daniels facebook page for calling him out on his lies. The specific lie I was censored over was his claim that there was no statistical difference between Norway's Covid-19 numbers and Sweden's Covid-19 numbers. It took me three minutes of research to establish his lying. They are on there now claiming Knox County never ran out of Covid-19 test and that everyone who requested one got one.

My question is this, is it legal for an elected official to censor someone from a public forum that is run on the taxpayer dime? I realize that it is difficult to deal with someone calling him out on his lies, but it seems to me that the solution would be for him to start telling the truth, rather than deny access to public forums for those of us that fact check his claims.

Does Martin Daniels right to lie supersede my right to demand accurate information on taxpayer funded forums?

Fri
Apr 24 2020
03:37 am
By: fischbobber

Or does it seem like a bizarre time to anyone else?

Sat
Apr 18 2020
05:55 am
By: fischbobber

You know, the far right has really taken a stand against paper ballots, and mail in voting. I mean, these fxxxxx are passionate about it. I'm still looking for my census. It's here somewhere. But, in Knox County, if I've heard right, our voting machines are no more.

Does anyone know what we're going to do?

Can we bring in observers from the U.N. to make sure the Republicans don't cheat?

Sat
Apr 18 2020
03:49 am
By: fischbobber

Does anyone know how to access the texts of the covid-19 funding bills that haven't yet been voted on? Google's not being friendly. You'd think they were a propaganda tool or something.

Thu
Apr 2 2020
01:13 am
By: fischbobber

We don't have a way of figuring out if this year's election system works. There is no dry run. Well, there's this. I think this is a good opportunity to test test mail-in voting. I say, let the primaries reinvent themselves.

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Mon
Mar 30 2020
03:06 am
By: fischbobber

Prayers. This should be here.

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Tue
Mar 24 2020
04:32 pm
By: fischbobber

I just got kicked off the SPEAK facebook page. I wasn't being sensitive enough. I think the schools are going to be closed for at least 18 months (a year from next Christmas) and probably for the next two years.

Continued...

Sat
Mar 21 2020
12:17 am
By: fischbobber

It was a bittersweet day. I have a two week planned vacation, I listened to Tim Burchett's town hall meeting, and at the end of these two weeks, I'll be coming back to a world vastly different from the one I'm leaving behind.

Our hospitals will be full and there will be no more room for the sick. We'll look at the Downtown Hilton, or Marriott or whatever the hell it is and ask,"Why didn't we put beds there?" We'll look at our rec centers and wonder why we didn't set up sewing machines and ask for volunteers. Once you make enough masks for the folks sewing, you're golden. Design something that can be washed in bleach, and reused. Take the temperature of every volunteer, every day. Keep spacing 10 x 10 or greater, keep hours per person down and allow conversation.

My garden should be in and my layout and gardening future much more clear. Our menus will come from the garden. It will be the first time since I've started raising kids that I'll get the garden in right. Honestly, it's meat, eggs and dairy. Gardening should be encouraged. It reduces panic food shortages, and it allows for an adjustment period for commodity based businesses. Weigels could retool, restock, drop their prices and compete with the big boys by teaming up with Travis and prepackaged meat.Grocery stores will have to rethink markets and demand, but people will want to get out.

For the life of me, I can't figure out why everyone with a sewing machine isn't sewing surgical masks.

Different isn't about better or worse, different is about different.

Sun
Mar 8 2020
01:27 pm

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Knox County Democratic convention was held at West High School. Neither Biden nor Sanders reached the cutoff of 145 representatives, so all who showed up and registered to be a selector are eligible to vote for delegates in the district convention.

The crowd was more or less evenly divided between Biden and Sanders supporters with a notable generational divide.

The highlight of the meeting was when the Biden caucus secretary misread his notes and mistook the time for a delegate count and a furor arose in the cheap seats of the Sanders caucus. The issue was quickly resolved and peace was restored.

The District Democratic Convention will be held at Bearden High School on March 21, 2020, with registration starting at 11:00am. Door will be closed at 1:00 pm and caucuses will begin shortly afterword. Two Sanders and two Biden delegates will be selected for the Democratic National convention. Anyone registered as a selector at any of the County Conventions within District 2 will be eligible to vote for the delegate of their choice within their selected caucus.

I understand that asking for consideration as a Sanders Delegate and your vote for such at the District Convention is a blatant self serving plug, but I'm doing it anyway. If you are, or know of a selector in the Sanders caucus, please ask them to vote for me, or vote for me yourself. I endorse Chris Foell as a Biden delegate.

Should you stumble across video of the event at West and wonder who I am, I'm the guy in the blue shirt sitting up high in the audience next to the guy in a UPS uniform and a fellow dressed in black that bears a striking resemblance to Walter White in Breaking Bad. I felt a bit like Bob Uecker in the old "Alone in the Cheap Seats" commercial. It was all I could do to resist jumping up in my chair and yelling, "He missed the tag! He missed the tag!"

Thu
Mar 5 2020
03:05 am
By: fischbobber

I have signed up to be a District 2 delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. For that to happen, I must recruit people to show up at West High School this Saturday(March 7) and register in my behalf and then show up again at Bearden High School on March 21 and vote for me. You must have voted in the Knox County Democratic Primary to be eligible to participate, as I understand things.

Should you be inclined to support Joe Biden, a friend of mine through the Democratic Party, Chris Foell, is signed up to be a Biden delegate. He is a competent and honorable man, and should you be looking for a Biden delegate, he is the one I would recommend.

I certainly hope everyone who voted in the Democratic primary will show up at West High school (register from 11:00-1:00) and vote for one of us to represent you at the Democratic National Convention.

Get involved. Be involved.

Thu
Jan 31 2013
01:20 am
By: fischbobber

I have an Apple computer and it has always run google in the search area in the upper right hand quarter. I started running searches on this Richard Briggs a little before midnight and was getting Knox county commission and background and a ray of hope that the incompetent bastard misrepresenting me in Nashville might be gone in my lifetime.

Now bing kicks in and all I'm getting is motorcycle mechanics in Pennsylvania. Who owns bing and why do they suck so bad so fast? How do I get rid of them?

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Wed
Jan 30 2013
05:39 pm

Anyone thinking the local and state party is not at a crossroad and in desperate need of talent isn't paying attention. The reasons for both hope and concern are pretty glaring. For better or worse, if we don't rebrand our positions we will not advance.

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Wed
Jan 30 2013
12:53 am

Here is the latest. Enjoy.

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Thu
Jan 10 2013
01:15 am
By: fischbobber

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I've posted the results link to the last election here, primarily as an illustration of my foolishness. Silly me, I started out with the premise that Anthony Hancock would need somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 votes to win his election. I was wrong. Anthony Hancock got over 9600 votes and still did not pull 40% of the vote. What happened?

For lack of a better phrase, machine politics. Tim Burchett is Stacy Campfield who is Steve Hall who is Santa Claus who is Bill Haslam who is Jimmy Duncan etc. etc. etc.....

Republicans have a brand and it brings folks to the polls.

Why don't Democrats have a brand?

I spoke with a pro-gun guy today. We talked of the general uselessness of the AR-15 and the .223 round in general. We spoke of the obligation of a citizen to secure his weapons at all times. We spoke of the relative inefficient nature of the handgun as a means of personal defense. In other words, we found reasonable common ground under the second amendment. Reasonable. There is a brand in absolute contrast with that of the Republicans.

Why aren't we using it?

Thu
Jan 10 2013
12:48 am
By: fischbobber

Year in and year out Karns Middle School has the best Chapter Team program in America. Chapter Team is a competition that has to do with Parliamentary procedure and the application of Roberts Rules of Order. The competition is fierce. Year in and year out Bearden Middle hangs out in the top 10, seemingly always behind Karns.

I asked my son why Bearden couldn't ever beat Karns.

"They have girls."

"Why does that matter?"

"Girls are better at it than boys."

I took our exchange as an opportunity to explain, as a progressive, that we are all children of the universe and our gender is irrelevant to our ability to perform intellectual tasks on a level playing field with other humans.

Then I studied the competition. "Point of order," "Point of order," you can do this , you can't do that, there is the rule of 43.b that covers that, etc. The chair recognizes member J. from the floor. That point is not recognized by this committee.

"Son, don't quit."

"Dad. Girls are just better at some things than boys are."

"I feel your pain, son."

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