If the dollar has little value, then donate a few.

Friday, September 30, 2005

I hope this is more clear

The comments I have made in recent days have unfortunately been misunderstood and for that misunderstanding, I apologize. In no way did I ever intend to draw a direct comparison between the Black Caucus of the Tennessee Legislature and an organization which has committed acts of hate. My statements were meant only to address the bylaws of each group. I do not endorse discrimination or any group that intends to move forward such an agenda.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Are you a hate site?

I love irony . I have been labeled a hate site . Why you may ask ?

Was it my attempt to break down racial walls ? No.

Was it my quoting of Dr. King? No.

It was because I had a link to a sight that had a link to a site that quoted a black man who wrote for a black owned paper in a black run country about a thought he had that some call racist.

I use to play a game in the 7th or 8th grade called the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon .The object of this game was to link by association any one in the world to movie star Kevin Bacon in 7 steps or less .It was fun and simple to do.

Now I have become Kevin Bacon and some people are doing all they can to link me to what ever they can (many times fabricating it on computer as they go along.We used to call this cheating when I played the game).

Oh well, on with the game. I might as well play along now that I have a label who can I pass the title "racist hate site" on to ????????

How about every person who called me a racist and a hate site. By golly they almost all link directly to my site. They are now and forever will be an official racist hate site. Some of them link to me several ways such as them to Bill Hobbs to me or me to rocky top brigade to them. Some of them link to democrat web / liberal web sites. All listed or linked are now and will always be a racist hate site. All in 7 steps or less.Enjoy the new title haters.

Game over.

Monday, September 26, 2005

It is sad

It is sad that for now I have to stop allowing comments on my posts.

My few simple rules can not be understood by a few bloggers who have no argument and insist on using foul language, personal attacks and threats of violence.I tried to allow wide birth on peoples opinion. I enjoy hearing all sides and even put up with a lot of jabs but some go too far and need to remember their blog manners .

For now I guess these people get to read me and my posts 100% and their view 0% I hope that was the goal. These few people can now go back to their own site and do or say what ever their hearts desire. I will continue to post.



Enjoy.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

I too dream...

I thought this might be appropriate ....

"......We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment....."

".....But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back........"

".......And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.



And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of
Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


M. L. King 1963

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The black caucus and me

Fox News has called me for a possible national feature interview on a story that ran
today.

I woke up this morning to front-page news of how I had asked for the
bylaws of a state funded organization and was denied them. Actually,
it's an old story.

Back in the spring, I had asked the leader of the black caucus, Johnny
Shaw, for a copy of the bylaws. Johnny said he wanted to see a copy of
the Republican Caucus bylaws first. I agreed and had a copy sent to
him in less than 10 minutes.

When my assistant returned from dropping them off, she notified me that
Shaw did not want to give me a copy of the bylaws. I called Johnny
Shaw back and he said unless I had a court order or attorney general's
opinion, he was not going to give me anything.

I later asked him again for a copy and was again rebuffed. I asked why
I couldn't have a copy and asked what he didn't want me to see. Johnny
said he didn't have to give me anything and asked why I wanted the
copy. “Do you want to be a member?” he said.

I said “I don't know. Are you asking me to join?” Johnny said “No!
You can't be a member.”

I asked “why?” He answered “because you are white.”

I work hard to represent all people of all races fairly and equally in
Nashville. My district is comprised of a diverse population, with a
large percentage of minority citizens. Many of my friends and neighbors
are considered minority. So although Johnny Shaw's question of asking
if I wanted to be a member was not out of the question, and actually
might be beneficial to many of my constituents, I stepped back and
dropped the issue because of his hostility and obstruction.

Until today of course, when I open the Knoxville News Sentinel many
months later to read the account from many months ago.

The timing is quite interesting since about a week ago on this site I
posted a story about how Johnny Shaw (who is serving on the ethics
committee) was pushing a bill through the legislature that would personally
and directly benefit him financially in his radio business.

I guess Shaw didn't like the message, so he tried to shoot the
messenger. In other words, he didn't like that I pointed out his questionable
ethics regarding the radio bill.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Voter fraud in Memphis? I am shocked!!

The election commission is made up of 5 people to look into problem races such as the MASS voter fraud in the Terry Roland /Ofelia Ford race .Of course, as usual the make up of this group is fair and balanced so there is no partiality (3 democrats and 2 republicans).


The first meeting was yesterday to look into these problems so we can see if we do or do not have a problem with fraud in this race. Guess who didn't show up to the meeting? The 3 democrats . No quorum meeting canceled.

I guess they were afraid of what they might hear.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Going where Jr.fails to go

I will be on am 850 Horne radio on Sunday at 4 pm talking with my good friend Hubert Smith on his radio show . His show has got some pub lately because Ford Jr. pulled a no show last week and left Hubert out to hang. A big no no.Who knows he may call in to apologize this week ,wont that be fun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

CH CH CH CHANGES

A friend and I have finally changed /updated my links on the sidebar.

I also added a section to donate to my campaign since I have at least two announced people running against me. It seems I have some how upset the establishment left...I am not sure how... Oh well.

Any private donation, not in nickels, and within the law will be accepted and appreciated ,but remember what mama always said "It is more blessed to give then to receive!"

May you all be very, very blessed ;-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tennessee Trust

Just got back from a republican caucus retreat (I think it should be renamed the republican caucus attack!).Most of my fellow members feel the time is near for our party to lead the state forward and are ready to come together to do it .

We did a lot of strategery for the new year .Expect a true plan for the next session put forward by our party called "Tennessee Trust" .This plan, when put in place, will help put trust back into state government. More later...

Monday, September 12, 2005

GIT R DUNN

Bill Dunn is the new leader of the republicans in the house.

Glen casada pulled his name from consideration at the last minute leaving Brooks and Dunn in the race . Dunn won .

I expect good things.

Sandra Clark ,Betty Bean and most of the metro pulse staff were last spotted in search of a hemlock tree.

US senate

People have asked me to tell who I am supporting in the senate race and why.

Ford Jr is not a issue. I think he is a lightweight lo experience liberal with a liberal voting record to match. He has never really distanced himself from his family, unless it helped him at the time .His name is actual the only reason he has the seat he has now. He also has some ethics questions about his travel to answer of his own.

On the issue of the conspiracy theorists who say the FBI nabbed his uncle to hurt Jr..They need to remember If they did it a little sooner republicans would have picked up a state senate seat in the special election of Kathryn Bowers and Jr is no more hurt then if he announced two weeks later, actually it may help him separate himself and get some sympathy.

I think Rosalind Kurita would be a tougher race in the general. She is more moderate ,a national skeet shooting champ and will do better then people think. Still second place in a primary unless Ford drops out (I think this is a real strong possibility.)

I think the democrat primary is the race for second place .Tennessee is too red and Phil was an anomaly with a lot of cash(some illegal) who played just moderate enough to fool some republicans into voting for him .Ford will not be able to get away with the "I am moderate" trick ,too much bad voting history.Who ever wins the republican primary is in.

On to the real race ,the republican primary.

Bob Corker .Bob and Bobs wife have a bad history of helping out the wrong side in many races. They don't help the party or its candidates much and have supported many democrats. They have low name recognition and Bob is weak on the issues that are important to republican primary voters (Right to life and taxes)

These facts may help in a general election but they hurt in a primary .His team seem intent on making this as obvious as possible for what reason I don't Know But the negative press cant be worth the money he is bringing in.What is he doing in this race you may ask, how can he win? Bob has the great equalizer ...Money, and a lot of it. His friends who may not care about those issues as much are lining up to jump on the Bob wagon.Bob is also very aggressive ,can be nice and is willing to work hard but Bobs biggest asset is 2 died in the wool conservatives (Van and Ed) hopefully for Bob splitting up the conservative vote.this may be enough to let Bob slip by for the win.The questionable history is to much for me to get past in a primary.

My support (For what ever it may be worth )is not on one issue or a personal thing . I want a conservative to go to DCfor me and that leaves either or these two good people.Van and Ed are both great guys either would make GREAT senators both have great records on the issues and are truly good people. No mater how this race goes I will not speak ill of either canidate and will be happy if either gets in .I consider them both great people and friends with great teams and support around them.


I feel like the kid who has to choose his favorite parent.The two main factors for me were ability to win and loyalty .

I feel Van has more state wide name recognition by the factor of having won his statewide primary and having made it to a general election . I also think Van will have more access to money .That will be an important factor and more evident as time moves closer to the election.

The next factor is loyalty ,not that Ed was ever disloyal to me, but Van went the extra mile for me. People at that level don't usually endorse down, especially in a primary but Van did for me. Not only did Van give me advice and let me use his name but he also helped me raise money and donated to my campaign personally .I did not try to raise much, I didn't care about the money ,but those who did support me I do appreciate .To turn my back on Van now after he helped me when he did not have to is something I am not willing to do.

I support Van 100%.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I Remember

Can we talk?

The dems are calling on former leader Tre' Hargett to talk about when he talked to the people at Pfizer and what he talked about. They are also asking Sen.Miller for his bank records even though there is no law saying political accounts have to be kept in a bank or that bank reccords should verify campaign reports.

I encourage these people to do this .But first I also ask Kim McMillen to talk about when she first talked about taking her job with a lobby firm.

I also ask the governor to talk about his dealings with John Ford and his "Lobby firm"

I also ask Jerry Cooper to talk about his deal for a rail line and his dealings with his lobbyist wife and any bills she had.

I also ask to see bank records on the loan to Jerry Cooper From LT.Gov Wilder as will as any other bank deals between the two or the state.

I also want to know about this "attempted bribe" from a coal company the Lt. governor illegaly never reported.

I also want to see Lois Deberry's bank reccords where did her money come from and was it deposited in nickles?

I also want to see All the bank records of the Speaker Neifeh and his lobbyist wife and when deposits coincided with bills either carried or the same for Joe Armstrong and any his lobbyist wife.

I also have many people keep talking about some gas company bill Joe pushed a short time back. I hear it made the gas company tons .By the way what business is Joe in? ...Oh yeah, he works for the gas company .I wonder if he voted on the bill, my money says yes.

I am pretty sure David Sheppard did on his drug bill (The same one they are after Tre for) oh... and Davids Job you ask ? Pharmacist.

How about a bill for radio stations to get more government business? I guess I could ask Rep Shaw the sponsor of the bill, he is in that business. The list of legislators pushing bills they will directly make money on goes on and on.

Of course all the dems seem to talk about is Tre' Who was never officially in the drug business or earned a dollar from one or voted on final passage of the bill. Tre did not even sponcer the bill for the drug company. What about these other people who are in the business they carry laws for (This is illegal in the US house) can we talk about them as well?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

NO! YOU CANT HAVE YOUR MONEY!!

With the state running a surplus of 175 million+ above projections, with the 200 million+ in TDOT reserves, with the 300 million+ in the rainy day fund, the Governor flatly refuses to even CONSIDER giving Tennesseans a break on their gas tax for 30 days.

This is beyond giving taxpayers money back , this is a moratorium on taxes not yet collected.This is not a hand out, this is just a temporary hold money we put in. When I put money in a bank, I do not expect to get scolded out by the bank manager if I can not afford to put money in the bank so I can keep my business running in a tight month. Actually A good bank would offer a loan or do all they can to help.

The speed lightening response of a flat “no" is disappointing if not concerning. Governor Bredesen should have least met with some legislators, received some input, weighed the options, given we legislators who called for the tax moratorium and the citizens we represent due “consideration.”But simmilar to his handling of TennCare it is his way or no way.

When the state's revenue drops because of less tourism (our state's number 2 industry) on what will he blame the drop? It can't be the gas price-he apparently doesn't believe there is much difference between $3.50 a gallon and $3.30 a gallon, between $2.79 a gallon and $2.99 a gallon. When was the last time he had to put gas in his own tank?

I hazard to guess what new bureaucracy he has planned with the surplus monies, but I can that bet most Tennesseans won't see a dime of it. The governors statement of "it seems some people have a reflex awencer to every thing, cut taxes" "I like what president Bush did" well governor News flash ....The first thing the president did when he got into office was cut taxes.One of the first things he did when dealing with this dissaster was work to lower gas prices I see no simmilarities to any thing you have done.I dont see the paarralell. The free mrket starts and the economy grows with the PEOPLE getting their money back not Government keeping it.

If Hurricane Katrina and the interruption of oil flow does not qualify as a “rainy day,” then nothing will. If now is not a good time to help fellow Tennesseans out by even CONSIDERING a tax break, it will never be a good time.

The Governor asks others to give in this time of crisis, to help out others in times of need, but he refuses to help this state in this particular trying time.The taxpayer must feel like Oliver Twist.

Oliver: "Please sir... can I have some more?"

Work house boss:"MORE!!! MORE!!! YOU WANT MORE??? I will give you MORE!!


We need to remind The work house boss that it is your money- you, the taxpayer. You earned it. Tennessee government didn't create money, Tennesseans did.Many people get confused by JFK s clasic speach "Ask not what your country can do for you ask instead what you can do for your country" the words"country " and "government" are not interchangeable. Many times they are opposites.We are not here to serve the government. the government is here to serve us ,the people, we are the country.More government controll does not make for a better country less government does. That is why many of us continue to ask for tax cuts WE WANT CONTROLL OF OUR MONEY...... and the governor keeps refuseing, only he is smart enough to spend your money.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Gas tax needs to go

Several legislators and myself have called on the governor to (either by executive order or in a 1 day special session) eliminate the state gas tax for 30 days .This will help the working man get to work, to keep the economy going and to allow the people to have more money to be able to help flood victims. In these tough times the state should be the one to tighten the budget not the working man.

The governor has called on the people of this state to help the people of La. We are calling on the governor to return to the people of our state some money so they CAN give. This would be temporary (so our refineries can get back on line)and would save about 20 cents a gallon.

More on this later, just want you to be the first to know.