Friday, September 29, 2006

Thanks

Thank you to Dave Oatney and his kind words toward me and my campaign. I will keep working hard to not let you down.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

This is laughable

Well I guess it is campaign season because the lies are starting to fly.

First an auto dialer went out to my district saying I had taken money from Don Sunquist and inferred that I have changed my position on the income tax (to pro income tax) .

You can believe that after the pope turns into a Muslim.

Next Democrat leader Jimmy Neifeh (the father of the income tax) Was on Halerin Hill's radio show this morning saying I was a major road block on the passage of the Eminent Domain reform. I would love to see a copy of that vote.

What is next? That I am pro choice and for illegal immigration?

Do they think they can just straight up lie about a person and if they say it enough that people will fall for it? Man they must be desperate.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The wrong team

Once again I am "on the wrong team" I guess the "Team" is also the one who took the money away from our teachers retirement. I don't miss being on the wrong team.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Corruption in this administration?....I am shocked!!

Just another example of legislators voting on legislation to serve themselves.

Will Phil smack his hand?

I doubt it. If he smacked one he would have to smack others who are doing the same thing. In a matter of minutes it would start to sound like a Van Halen drum solo.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Who ......ME?

I guess with this report (the 7th story down) I can claim that people of all party affiliations want into the 18th district (The district that I represent)and when they get here they get good high paying jobs thanks to me!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Feels like the first time.

What do you think of this?

Tennessean steps up

The Tennessean has something that I think more papers should go to. Comments section and /or polls on all stories, I love it. If papers had comments on all stories and opinion pieces a few more papers might realize that the left is a smaller section of their readership than they think. If the left steps up and jumps on a issue, making them comment and tell why they think the way they do and point to fact and figures instead of emotional pleas the weakness of their argument will show.

I think papers going down this road will be one of the only things that will help them compete with blogs at a time when blogs are starting to eat the MSMs lunch.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Super troopers

Mean Gene over at WATE has a report on some of the people who were deeply involved with troopergate and their recent trip to Knoxville to talk with the court.

I wonder if any of them will say anything about the governors involvement? I also wonder if the governor will be traveling up to Johnson City to help Fred Phillips (one of the ring leaders in this story who was forced to step down when this story came out) run for office against conservative Republican Matthew Hill. If he does I can only imagine the speech.

Will it be.....

"Fred is the kind of man I know you can trust, I mean he has yet to give me up on how we gave out promotions based on who donated to me. Folks let me remind you, this is even after I threw him under the bus when the heat came on. People we need to reward this loyalty to me and my cronies and send Fred back to Nashville where he can continue in his valuable work."

Or will it be....

"Folks I am not going to lie to you. I forced Fred to step down. I said "Quit or your fired" so Fred quit. Now even though I thought he should be fired for what some call corruption, I think you should hire him with your vote. With what we have up in Nashville now I think he has proven he is ready for leadership."

Or will it be....

"OK Fred has me over a barrel. It is endorse him or he outs me that I knew what was going on with the promotions thing all along. So here it is "Vote for Fred" Thank you I am now going back to the bus".



I know one person who I am sure will be watching this case very closely.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Heavy

Got this from my mom who was at ground zero herself for weeks volunteering with the Red Cross.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Word on the street

Word on the street is the IRS may have some big questions for Rep. Randy Rinks and his campaign paying for his American Express bill. Uh oh...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Jr. 60% Godless

Ford Jr. has a commercial up now filmed in a church and talking about religious values and how they shaped his life. But when pushed on a local radio show he can't recall the name of the church he goes to. Odd for such a religious man.

Next with a little checking of key votes on religous issues put out by a self described group of atheist and humanists I found that his "Godless rating" was 60%.

Good to see all that church time hasn't ruined him.

In fun , from a friend

A cowboy was herding his cows in a remote pasture when a brand-new BMW drove
up. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL tie, asks the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many
cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"


"Sure, why not?"


The yuppie whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular
RAZR V3 cell phone, surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, calls up a GPS
satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he
then feeds to the Dell. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm
Pilot. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel
spreadsheet with email and on his Blackberry receives a response. He says
"You have 1,586 cows and calves."

"That's right. You can take one of my calves." The young man selects an
animal and stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

The cowboy says, "If I tell you exactly what your business is, will you give
me back my calf?"

"Okay, why not?"

"You're a Democratic Congressman ", says the cowboy.

"Correct! But how did you guess?"

"You showed up uninvited; you want to be paid for an answer I already knew,
to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter you are
than I am and you don't know a thing about cows... Now give me back my
dog."

Big Jim

Big Jim Bryson will be on politics Knoxville comcast ch.12 at 8:30 tonight.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

American Express, Take me away!!!

Bill Hobbs has a great post over at his blog about Randy Rinks paying tens of thousands of dollars worth of his American Express bills, private club dues and multiple cell phone bills with campaign money. Randy was one of the head dogs on the small committee that killed all the open records/ethics bills that came down the pipe (previous to the waltz).

One of the Nashville TV stations did a story about it back when the ethics wars were going on .When asked to disclose what he was paying for on the card he refused to tell. I know the with the City Club you pay for the food you eat at the club (No, I am not a member). If the food was eaten while in session or when the legislator collected per diem that should not be double billed.

As far as getting an investigation out of the Democrat controlled election commission don't hold your breath. They only investigate and/or fine Republicans. Just another reason we need to take the majority of both houses (The majority party of both houses appoints the election commission).

Sunday, September 10, 2006

SEN. RAYMOND FINNEY STARTS A BLOG

Another legislator has started a blog

Republican Senator Doctor Raymond Finney is the latest legislator who sees the benefit in ability to reach out and inform as well communicate with his constituents on the internet. Doctor Finney is one of the good guys who is willing to do what ever he can to help people.He is also definitely for more open government. As you may remember Doctor Finney was the first legislator to post all his bills on the net for all to see as they roll through committee.

On the issue of posting bills I have been in negotiations with a company that will put ALL the bills from Tennessee on the net. Not in the mess that the state puts them out but in a form that people will be able to use.

Ask for the bills that your legislator put out and you will get them. Ask what bills they put out on a special issue and you will get it. Ask what bills are going around in the state on a special issue and you will get them. Ask what bills other states have on a special issue and you will get them. Ask about where a bill is or how it was voted on in committee and you will get it. I should have this up soon.

More later........

Friday, September 08, 2006

Two more good blogs

Mike Faulk a Republican insider from Church Hill Tennessee has started a blog over at http://www.therightmke.blogspot.com/

Ben Cunningham ,the income tax war hero has also started a blog.

Both are good sources of info and talk you may want to check out.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's for the children?

This is what the NEA thinks is important for a child's education. When you read this list of facts and goals that were put in this year it makes you wonder what was in the list of goals that did not pass. When I look at this, many of the issues make me wonder what they have to do with education at all. The weapons in outer space and the UN stuff comes first to mind but do not stand alone.

According to one section.

"C-15. The National Education Association condemns the philosophy and practices of extremist groups and urges active opposition to all such movements that are inimical to the ideals of the Association" .

I wonder if all but a small group of churches that disagree with many of these issues are now considered "Extremist Groups" and should be actively opposed.

The rest of the speech

I wonder if these quotes were in the rest of the speech about the squeaky wheel.



June 27, 2006
Bredesen was against the bill during the legislative session and remained opposed Monday, saying he doesn't think the THP ought to be doing the federal government work.
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=9&screen=news&news_id=50650

May 1, 2006
"The governor doesn't think it makes sense to deputize the police force to deal with federal laws, [Bredesen campaign spokesman Will] Pinkston said.
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section=9&screen=news&news_id=49511

April 4, 2006
"I don't think it's appropriate for the state or we ought to be spending a lot of our money having the Highway Patrol expanded to go out and look for illegal immigrants or something,"Bredeson said last week, adding that he thinks immigration is a national issue.
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section=9&screen=news&news_id=48916

August 28, 2006

[Democratic Party Chairman Bob] Tuke cited the party's collaboration with Hispanic leaders to defeat anti-immigrant legislation at the state level.

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060828/NEWS01/608280327/1001/NEWS

A picture is worth....

Check these smiling faces on some good immigration reform.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Flip flop Phil and friends

The immigration issue is now unavoidable Phil is talking tough but ask a legislator who knows, when we were in session last year, the administration was not only neutral on this issue but worked against reforms. Of course the troops stepped in line.

This is starting to sound a lot like the ethics issue where all we would hear was "This is not a problem, Nothing needs to change. This is already illegal and not our issue. All these ethics bills are a hindrance, clogging up the committee system."

Then the Tennessee Waltz hit.

Now it is election time and the same people who had a chance to do something about immigration and fought against it are trying to sound tough.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

My mom on football

My mom (a true orange blooded Tennessee girl who now lives up north) sent me this.

Southern Football vs. Northern Football

Women's Accessories:
NORTH: ChapStick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and
a fifth of Captain Morgan/Crown. Money is not necessary-that's what
dates are for.

Stadium Size:
NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH: High-school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.

Campus Decor:
NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.

Homecoming Queen:
NORTH: Also physics major.
SOUTH: Also Miss America.

Cheerleaders:
NORTH: If you are slightly coordinated, you make the varsity squad.
SOUTH: You begin cheer camp at age two, complete with ballet,
dance, and gymnastic training.

Getting Tickets:
NORTH: 5-days before the game you walk into the ticket office
on campus and purchase tickets.
SOUTH: 5-months before the game you walk into the ticket
office on campus and put name on the waiting list.

Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game,
because they have classes on Friday.
SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don't want to
see the few hung-over students that might actually make it to class.

Parking:
NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the
campus for game parking.
SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on
Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful
arrive on Tuesday.

Game Day:
NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and
rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live"
to get on camera and wave to the idiots up north.

Tailgating:
NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to
local radio station with truck tailgate down.
SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn.
Cooking accompanied by live performance by
"Dave Matthews' Band," who comes over during breaks and
asks for a hit off bottle of bourbon.

Getting to the Stadium:
NORTH: You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it,
you walk right in.
SOUTH: When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it
becomes the state's third largest city.

Concessions:
NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup with the home team's
mascot on it, filled less than halfway with soda, to ensure
enough room for Captain Morgan/Crown.

When National Anthem is played:
NORTH: Stands are less than half full,
and less than half of them stand up.
SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing,
sing along in perfect four-part harmony.

The Smell in the Air after the First Score:
NORTH: Nothing changes.
SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of Captain Morgan/Crown.

Commentary (Male):
NORTH: "Nice play."
SOUTH: D@mmit, you slow sumbi$$h-tackle him and break his legs!

Commentary (Female):
NORTH: "My, this certainly is a violent sport."
SOUTH: D@mmit, you slow sumbi$$h-tackle him and break his legs!

Announcers:
NORTH: Neutral and paid.
SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song,
with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team.

After the Game:
NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker. While somebody
goes to the nearest package store for more bourbon; planning
begins for next week's game.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Iraqi lowdown

A good friend of mine just got back from his second tour of duty in Iraq. When he called, he told me a lot of interesting stuff about how it was going and what it was like (Not the MSM report but the real deal). He gave me the straight skinny on what people thought of us (or at least his perception of them) the life and life style of the people as well as the formation of the Iraqi Army.

I found it quite interesting and asked if he would mind putting some of it down for my blog. He agreed but does not want his name mentioned and would not talk about the plans for the future or any military strategery.

Here is the post....


As you know I just got back from my second trip to Iraq. Fortunately, this last one was short. Despite all the negative media reports from Iraq, I'm very happy to report the amount of progress going on. I spent the duration of my time in Baghdad, most of which I was working with the IA (Iraqi Army).

When I first arrived in theater I was told I would be doing joint patrols with the IA. My thought drifted back to my observations from my first tour and the competency level of the IA. Needless to say my first though was OH SH#$. After the first mission my reservations were gone. I can honestly say that the IA (or at least the ones I was working with) are 100 times better than what I recalled from my first Iraq deployment. At the troop level they were/are doing good things. In the area, although their still is the occasional violence, it isn't quite as bad as people are led to believe.

More notable was that I got to sit and talk with one of the Iraqi commanders. He was a very intelligent man with a vast knowledge of world history. He was very proud of his country and I could tell it is has been hard for him watching his country go through difficult times. He was very proud of his family/tribal history, he told me about his family's history back several hundred years and how they came to settle in Iraq. One of the more interesting topics we discussed was his less than favorable opinion of Iran, which I should note that he is a Shia. One of the things we talked about for which I didn't know how to respond was that many people of his family have been killed. (by Iran,STC) It is difficult, what do you say to someone who has had many family members who wcasualtiesties of war?

Another interesting observation I made this time was about secularism. It seems that all we hear about is secular violence, but having spent time with the IA I have to wonder if that is really a driving factor. I say that because I saw Shias, Sunni and Kurds all living, training, playing and conducting operations together. I asked about that and was told that that hasn't been a problem in a long time. I gives me confidence that Iraq is going to be all right.

I'm always surprised about some of the common trends among Iraqis. One is that they all seem to smoke. When you enter an Iraqi Operations Center it seems that almost everyone is smoking. That is defiantly different from us, in 11 years I have never seen anyone smoking in a U.S. Operations center. They are a very close proximity culture. I can't even count how many times I was hugged by Iraqi leaders, at the very least we always shook hands. They were all very respectful and seemed genuinely glad that I was their observing their operations, they always offered us beverages and/or cigarettes and ensured we had a chair to sit in. Status seems to be very important in their culture, The senior ranking officers were always introduced first and I also noticed that the senior ranking officer had assistance putting on their body armor prior to missions as well as having doors opened for them. We practice similar courtesies in our Army, but not with the, for lack of a better work, public display.

All and all the IA are headed in the right direction, largely due to many of our unsung heroes of the MiTT (Military Transition Teams). They are the guys who have lived, trained and advised the IA for a number of years. I could go on and on about the extraordinary amount of success these soldiers (and marines) have had, but to keep this short I will say all the teams I had the pleasure of working with were exceptional and probably don't get the credit they deserve; they truly are making the difference.

So bottom line the Iraqi Army has made significant advances and things are getting better their all the time. Progress is being made.