Friday, December 29, 2006

Nepotism all stars

Tom Humphrey has a great article about the new ethics laws and reporting of family members of legislators who are, or get paid by, lobbyists. Some would call voting on legislation that the family member or firm brings forward a conflict of interest (I would be one of those people). I find it amusing to see the list of people who do this sort of thing get shorter than what would have been reported in the last few years.

Where is Jerry Coopers wife?, Ophilia Fords kin John? I thought that it was his job he had to get released on R and R for. Should he go back in the big house since he has no clients or legislation he is pushing? Where is Kim McMillans firm. Did she and her hubby both quit when she got her new job? Will more come forward and be added to the list? ect. ect.

Here is the list as it is.

Immediate Family Member & Public Position
Adams, Steve
Reta Adams, Deputy Chief of Staff, TN House of Representatives

Anderson, Betty
Jimmy Naifeh, Speaker of the House, TN House of Representatives

Armstrong, LeTonia
Joseph Armstrong, State Representative, TN House of Representatives

Brown, Josh
Alex Brown, Retirement Specialist, State Dept. of Treasury

Hall, Vickie
Alan D. Hall, Inspector General, State Dept. of Human Services

Jackson, Hope
Bradley Jackson, Assistant to the Governor

Johnson, Joyce H.
Jeffery D. Johnson III, Executive Admin. Assistant 3, State Dept. of Health

Hayes, Johnny
Mary Howard Hayes, Director, Sumner County Dept. of Health

Kisber, Paige
Matt Kisber, Commissioner, State Dept. of Economic & Community Development

Lodge, Richard
Virginia T. Lodge, Commissioner, State Dept. of Human Services

McNeely, Mark
Kelly Brockman, Public Information Officer, State Dept. of Commerce & Insurance

Murphy, Marie
James Murphy, Trustee, University of Tennessee

Pearre, Courtney N.
Carolyn Pearre, Board Member, State Board of Education

Swindell, Baylor Bone
Ryan Swindell, Legislative Liaison, State Dept. of Economic & Community Development

West, Jay
Ben West, State Representative (District 60), TN House of Representatives

Winningham, Darrell
Dena Winningham, Performance Audit Manager, State Comptroller of the Treasury


I look forward to the list coming out on the first where legislators will report income sources. I hope someone cross references them against the lobbying industry. It could be fun.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ford passes on

It was interesting to hear of President Fords passing today. I was watching a documentary last night on the Rockefeller family and Ford was mentioned. I thought to myself "Poor Gerald Ford never got any credit in his own right. I wonder how he is doing". All I ever heard any one ever say about him was how clumsy he was. He took it gracefully and even did a TV commercial for "Band Aid" brand band aids. I always had a soft place in my heart after seeing those. I appreciate those who can laugh at themselves.

When I woke this morning I heard the news on a sports radio show first. It talked about his being a two time all American on a two time national championship football team (Michigan). As far as athletic ability goes he was probably one of our most accomplished presidents since T.R. and that claim seems to have been taken away from him as well.

He lead in a difficult time about as well as can be expected. He worked to heal the nation after the Nixon scandal, Probably to the detriment of his own political carrier. He was never able to break away from the Nixon pardon and be recognized for his own accomplishments. We Got Jimmy Carter as a result . Ford lived longer then most and will be missed.

Monday, December 25, 2006

A King is born and a godfather dies

Celebrate this day because a king has been born, but also take a moment to remember the passing of the godfather.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lump of coal award (Knoxville edition) Part Two








The people involved in the blind funding of the five points project in East Knoxville.

These are two pictures of two projects(Sorry they are blury).The top one is a Super Wal Mart mega center in south Knoxville.

220,000 sq ft,

NO public money spent,

No land taken by eminent domaign,

Pleanty of jobs,

Open and producing tax revenue.


The other is the Five points shopping center in East Knoxville.

30,000 sq ft,

All, or almost all public tax dollars,

Land taken from its rightful owners by Eminent Domaign,

Closed about four months after opening,

Little if any jobs still in effect,

Little if any tax revenue produced.

In five years the property goes to the developer who put in little or no private money with no penalty for the quick close or payback to the investors (you and me).

The kicker...

DISPITE THE 7 TO 1 SIZE DIFFERENCE THEY BOTH COST THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY.... 6 MILLION DOLLARS!!

Most developers I know, say the Five points project should have cost in the realm of two million MAX. The rest of the money went to....I am sure you can guess the rest.

Why Santa hates flying over Tennessee

Hee Hee

GIFT WRAPPING TIPS FOR MEN

Dave Berry classic

>>> > This is the time of year when we think back to the very first >
>>>Christmas when the Three Wise Men: Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb > went to
>>>see the baby Jesus; and according to the Book of > Matthew, "presented
>>>unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and > myrrh."
>>> >
>>> > These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we >
>>>discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact.
>>> > There is no mention of wrapping paper.
>>> >
>>> > If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so:
>>> > "And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper. And >
>>>the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman.
>>> > And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto >
>>>him, she saideth, 'Holdeth it! That is nice paper! Saveth it > for
>>>next year!' And Joseph did rolleth his eyeballs. And the > baby Jesus
>>>was more interested in the paper than the > frankincense."
>>> >
>>> > But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the >
>>>very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because > the
>>>people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:
>>> > 1. They were wise. 2. They were men.
>>> >
>>> > Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point > of
>>>putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it > off. This
>>>is not just my opinion; this is a scientific fact > based on a
>>>statistical survey of two guys I know.
>>> >
>>> > One is Rob, who said the only time he ever wraps a gift is > "if
>>>it's such a poor gift that I don't want to be there when the > person
>>>opens it."
>>> >
>>> > The other is Gene, who told me he does wrap gifts, but as a > matter
>>>of principle never takes more than 15 seconds per gift.
>>> > "No one ever had to wonder which presents daddy wrapped at >
>>>Christmas," Gene said. "They were the ones that looked like > enormous
>>>spitballs."
>>> >
>>> > I also wrap gifts, but because of some defect in my motor > skills,
>>>I can never completely wrap them. I can take a gift the > size of a
>>>deck of cards and put it the exact center of a piece > of wrapping
>>>paper the size of a regulation volleyball court, but > when I am done
>>>folding and taping, you can still see a sector of > the gift peeking
>>>out. (Sometimes I camouflage this sector with > a marking pen.) > >
>>>If I had been an ancient Egyptian in the field of mummies, the > lower
>>>half of the Pharaoh's body would be covered only by Scotch > tape.
>>> >
>>> > On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of >
>>>wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane. My wife, like > many
>>>women, actually likes wrapping things. If she gives you a > gift that
>>>requires batteries, she wraps the batteries > separately, which to me
>>>is very close to being a symptom of > mental illness. If it were
>>>possible, my wife would wrap each > individual volt.
>>> >
>>> > My point is that gift-wrapping is one of those skills like > having
>>>babies that come more naturally to women than to men.
>>> > That is why today I am presenting:
>>> >
>>> > GIFT-WRAPPING TIPS FOR MEN:
>>> > * Whenever possible, buy gifts that are already wrapped.
>>> > If, when the recipient opens the gift, neither one of you >
>>>recognizes it, you can claim that it's myrrh.
>>> >
>>> > * The editors of Woman's Day magazine recently ran an item on > how
>>>to make your own wrapping paper by printing a design on it > with an
>>>apple sliced in half horizontally and dipped in a > mixture of food
>>>coloring and liquid starch.
>>> > They must be smoking crack.
>>> >
>>> > * If you're giving a hard-to-wrap gift, skip the wrapping paper!
>>> > Just put it inside a bag and stick one of those little adhesive >
>>>bows on it. This creates a festive visual effect that is sure to >
>>>delight the lucky recipient on Christmas morning:
>>> >
>>> > YOUR WIFE: Why is there a Hefty trash bag under the tree?
>>> > YOU: It's a gift! See? It has a bow!
>>> > YOUR WIFE (peering into the trash bag): It's a leaf blower.
>>> > YOU: Gas-powered! Five horsepower!
>>> > YOUR WIFE: I want a divorce.
>>> > YOU: I also got you some myrrh.
>>> >
>>> > In conclusion, remember that the important thing is not what you >
>>>give or how you wrap it. The important thing, during this very >
>>>special time of year, is that you save the receipt.
>>> > Don't forget to laugh during this Christmas season, > and to my
>>>knowledge one of the wise men was not named Herb.

BREAKING NEWS

Good job to the Knox NEWS sentinel for breaking the x mass card story. I must admit, I doubted they would even mention it.

UPDATE:

Also in the news, WKRN News reporter Britnety Gilbert was found Dead today, the victim of an apparent head explosion. A copy of the front page Knoxville News sentinel story mentioned above was found at her feet. Film at 11.;-)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

One of these things is not like the other .....

Any one else notice a major omission in this article as compared to this article?

How bout....

McMillan with her husband founded McMillan & McMillan, a law firm in Clarksville. Last year McMillan joined the Nashville law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, which lobbies the Legislature. Her work at the firm became an issue when she signed a petition for Bristol Tennessee Essential Services that was presented to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. House Republicans called for her to step down as co-chairman of House-Senate ethics committee but she did not.



Well at least the KNS reported a change. The Muslim Christmas card story discussed here as well as going national has not seem to have cut the muster as news in the Knoxville papers.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Speak of the devil

Speak of the devil and she doth appear. I just knew a lobbyist would have to come back into the fold. Who else could take up the John Ford slack and let the governor know what contracts to push for and accept.

Odd steps

Most people in the know have some serious questions about why Tommy Kilby has been taking such odd steps regarding his stepping down from the senate. Just check these excerpts from the Knox News sentinel.


NASHVILLE - Democrats are promoting a Roane County man to succeed state Sen. Tommy Kilby, someone different than Kilby himself initially proposed....

Kilby, D-Wartburg, last week took the unusual step of announcing two years in advance that he would not seek re-election to the 12th Senate District seat after his term expires in 2008.....

State Republican Chairman Bob Davis said that Kilby's early announcement, which he characterized as "awfully odd," had also piqued GOP interest, because the district - including Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane and Scott counties - is considered competitive.

"When we heard about this, we got pretty excited. That's a seat we think we can win," said Davis.....


Most people who step down from office don't say the are stepping down two years in advance. Things change, people change their mind, new issues come up.

They also diminish their ability to do things for the next few years as they are known as a lame duck. Not much hope for a leadership spot. Most of those go to up and comers or people who are perceived as stable.

When someone steps down, If they have a person in mind who they want to secede them, most people will at least talk to their pick in advance to see if they even want the job. If they do, they still don't want to announce they are stepping down. It gives opposition a chance to mount a formidable challenge. Most may tell one person or a few people in their own party about a year out and let them raise funds, line up support, get positioned for a run. Then near the end of session they make an announcement. The person they want is lined up and ready to go. The competion is left to play catch up.

Not so with this case. This snap decision is odd....Very odd indeed.

If only he was a lawyer

Poor John Ford, all his "lobbying" was illegal because he wasn't a lawyer. He is making the same argument that lawyers like former Democrat party leader Kim Mcmillan made when she was in front of committees lobbying on behalf of companies for more money. Of course she was not doing it as a legislator wink, wink. But for pay as a lawyer for her firm. You may remember me talking of it here. Many lawyers fought ethics changes that would stop this loophole and make them get a "honest job" and not lobby the state legislature for pay. I heard the same arguments as Ford is making now. "We are a part time legislature. We have to be able to make a living!" If it is good for the goose...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My art




Just thought I would share a copy with you of a painting I did of a woman I met while on a trip to Europe. I think I might make it a post card. Who knows I might start a trend.

Merry Christmas

Stacey

Monday, December 18, 2006

In the senate and party

After having spoken with several Republican senators the general consensus is Williams will vote for Wilder. Some have said Williams flat refuses to even consider a vote for any Republican except himself to be Lt. Gov. It has to be him, or a Democrat.

If he stays locked in with this position and does vote for Wilder (FYI an abstention is the same as a vote for Wilder) I still do not think Wilder will give all the chairmanships to Democrats. The backlash would be too great. I suspect this is just an empty threat being used to make Wilder/Williams look reasonable and bi partisan when they give Republicans the same lesser committees as last time.

I heard Williams say something to the effect of "I am as Republican as any of them. I believe......." Great, leadership sets the agenda, If those are the things that the Republican party represents and they are things that are different, or in many cases opposite than what Democrats represent, then why would you vote for someone who will not push those ideals as hard as they can or who will put people in power who will work to hinder those ideals? Would you not want someone who mirrors those ideals as closely as possible?

Not that all Republicans will or should follow blindly. Yes, Many times Democrats and Republicans do agree on policy. Yes,I do know of a few very good conservative Democrats. If a candidate has issues of grave concern about a potential leader or suspects they are of bad character or do not follow those general beliefs or will not work to forward those beliefs I can see running against them in a caucus primary election or even crossing over in some cases. Such is not and has not been the case in the state legislature. No one is knowingly under investigation or of unstable mind or geometrically opposed in principle to the Republican party. Wilder and Naifeh on the other hand....

In elections, many people not being educated on the issues or a candidate go into a voting booth and vote for a candidate based on party. They trust that the person who runs in the election for that party believes in the basic ideals of that party.

To vote for a person is to support them and to support their agenda. The crossover vote is also a rejection of your parties candidate and the agenda of the party. Yes, many times a cross over vote gets the voter a small perk. A "personal achievement" instead of a "Team achievement". In the larger picture it demoralizes people who believe in the ideals of the party. It tells people that there is no difference in the two, that one is as good as the other. Or worse, that the other sides ideas and ideals are better then ours. It says that the person they put forward is better than the one we put forward and is more deserving of our states trust.

If they truly feel this is the case, I would see no reason a person who consistently crosses over and votes for the Democrat leadership and ideals would want to stay in the Republican party. They should be allowed to immediately switch parties and run where their true conscience leads them. To say they are a Republican and believe as a Republican and yet vote for the philosophy and leadership of Democrats over and over is not being honest with themselves or their constituents.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Catch a killer



I did the Steve Hall TV show (Politics Knoxville) last night, except instead of as a guest I was the host. The topic was the Johnia Berry murder investigation and the facts surrounding it. This brutal murder happened two years ago in my district at the Brendon park apartments in west Knoxville. My guest was the brother of Johnia Berry. He went over the known facts and was able to show a composite of the killer (see the composite above). If you have any information on this case, no matter how trivial, please call this number (865)215-2243 or go to the websight http://www.johniaberry.org/ . You can comment anonymously, find out more facts on the case and possibly help catch a killer. A reward of $70,000.00 is being offered for facts leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Friday, December 15, 2006

BOLO

I am on the prowl for a item (or group of items) that can be used to help conservative candidates in their quest for office. I am willing to pay but I do not want to go broke.

I am looking for screen print equipment. Specifically equipment that can be used to print yard signs and / or big signs 4x4 or 4x8 signs. Yes, I have looked on e bay so please don't tell me to go there.

The goal will be to print signs and campaign material for conservative candidates FOR COST. I am not going into the print business. My goal is not to make money on this or expand into other fields. This will be used to help conservative candidates for elections only.

If you know someone who was in this business and wants out or has some extra or old equipment sitting in a garage somewhere please let me know. You can post a comment and I will keep it private or I can be reached on my cell at (865)455-2627.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Mum is the word

Many people have asked me about the caucus elections and what happened, was a shady deals cut ect..

To Jasons credit he simply out worked Bill after the election. Bill was a great leader. He kept us solid and together, developed plans and strategy raised money and helped us all get re elected. After the elections I am sure Bill was exahusted and went back to his regular job of cutting down trees. Mumpower went out on the campaign trail. He simply went out and got the votes he needed to become leader. I suspect the votes mostly came from new people who knew neither person well and some of the more moderates who may think Bill is too hard core.

This is not to say Jason is soft on issues or a liberal, but he is not as outspoken as Bill is.

To win an election to be leader is one thing, to lead is another. For Jason to be a success and lead us into the majority I think he will have to do some things I have not seen him do yet.

Jason is for the most part a quiet person on the floor. I think he likes do deals in silence more. He is used to being more behind the scene and not out front. To be a leader he will have to speak up more and be visible. I do not mean argue with the Democrats for the sake of arguing but study issues and speak up when it is necessary. Bill commanded respect from the Democrats. When he spoke (even before he was leader) Democrats paid attention. They knew he was going to bring facts and a solid point so they better pay attention. If they didn't Bill could make them look foolish. If the Democrats don't respect you or think they can steam roll you they will. Jason will have to show them that will not be the case. A title and a nice suit will not cut it. His skin will have to thicken and if he or one of his people gets hit in public he will have to be ready to return fire. He can not go into a shell or wait for someone else to do it.

Jason will have to reach out to the Pro life Christian evangelical and conservatives that Bill brought with him naturally. Many of them are quite let down that Bill is no longer leader. Bill is one of them through and through. These people are the backbone of most grass root campaigns. Without them we are looking at many up hill races. Just as Bob Corker had a tough fight after he won the primary (because most of the grass roots people went off with Van and Ed) we could face the same thing as a caucus. Bob still won, but it was not easy. He had to buy a lot of media to make up for the lost grass roots people. Jason needs to be able to keep these people on board with our message and develope a softer touch when confronted by people who are not happy he won.

Jason is going to have to continue on the state wide campaign trail. Being a real leader is difficult. I saw how much time Bill put in to it in just one year. Many times he did the work of the party as well as being caucus leader. Jason can not let up, but instead needs to push hard forward. This past election almost everything was against Republicans. We were lucky to hang on to the seats we had. Two years from now should be much different. Jason need to start recruiting quality candidates to run for office to beat some of these weak Democrats now. In one year it will be almost too late. New candidates and people with little name ID have to start early and lay ground work. As in sports recruiting, getting some one to put a name on a ballot is not too hard. Getting quality people to run who will run hard and can win is a longer more difficult process.

This next issue has been a real weakness for our party lately. Money. We are usually out spent two or three to one. This ratio needs to change if we are to take over. Bill was starting to bring the big money people on board with our message. Jason will have to keep those people and grow new ones. Money is the life blood of politics. Some non urban areas are spread to thin to do tons of door to door. In those races money is a huge factor. Jason will have to raise money for others as he has never done before. As I have said in the past we can not rely on the party if we are going to take over.

If you don't have some money, you can have the best message in the world and very few will ever hear it. Jason will need to start raising real money for the party and the caucus.Raising money for your self is difficult. Raising money for other people is extra difficult and requires a special kind of person. They have to be able to see the big picture and realize it is not all about themselves. After they do that they need to be able to take that message out and convince others they need to do the same thing. After they do that, they have to do it over and over and over and over, all across the state, face to face. Person by person. Dollar by dollar. It is a grueling task only the leader can do. When rejected, as happens often, he will have to swallow hard on his pride and start over and do it again.


Jason has proven he has what it takes to win a caucus election. Now the hard work of leading starts. I hope he can prove the nay sayers wrong and will do what it takes to win state elections and keep us moving forward. I encourage him and want him to succeed. When he succeeds we all succeed. If he fails.....

I smell more smoke.......

This story I suspect will lead to others. Two years out is forever in political terms. Most people wait untill the last year of a term to anounce when they plan to step down. Why do it so early?

As far as dirty races go, Tommy is far from a saint. I worked on the Goins race against him and Let's just say he gave more then he got. More to come????

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Ward factor

Some people (One person?) has been all over the blogs trying to say the results of the Republican caucus elections were all caused by one person, Ward Baker. I have known Ward for years, even before I was in office I worked with Ward on local elections. Since that time, Wards hard work and dedication to getting conservative Republicans elected has been noticed and Ward has gone from ground pounding door to door man into a National leader in Republican politics. I honestly think Ward will one day lead a candidate to the presidency. He is that good and works that hard.

Despite Wards great success he has always stayed loyal and stuck close to his Tennessee roots. Ward wants a Republican majority in the Tennessee legislature.

As has been the case for years the Tennessee Republican party was not very successful in raising money for legislative candidates (We are traditionally out spent two or three to one.) Part of that is not being in the majority, other legislators think part of that is due also to an almost total fixation on the top of the ticket races by the state party.

Cooperation and coordination between the state party and the legislature in presenting a state wide message for the legislature as well as consistently presenting it in a way to win legislative races has also been a weakness.

Any way, when the numbers started to come in and look bad for Republicans in the legislature, Ward stepped up to the plate. He got the state legislature its own advisor by the name of Layne Provine. The legislative caucus had been working on its own to create and coordinate its own message called the Tennessee Trust. Ward then went out and helped raise money for the caucus and its members so we could get the message out. I am not talking nickel and dime, but big money. Six figures plus. Polling was also done to focus the money to where it was most needed.

We were able to stem the tide and keep the seats we had in what most will admit was the perfect storm for Democrats. With out Ward we would have lost seats. No questions asked. Did Ward do it for a big payday? No. He did it because he wants to see Republicans take over in Tennessee.

Ward is friends with Glen Casada. He worked with him on the phone almost daily on our races. Not to mention they had been friends for years previous to this election cycle. Was Ward pulling for Glen? Probably yes, as a friend, but he didn't go around twisting arms on anyone to vote any way in the caucus elections. Unless you know Ward or Glen personally you may not even know they were friends. Ward works for a republican majority and stays out of the inside fights.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

God said no

I asked God to take away my habit.

God said, No.

It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.

God said, No.

His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.

God said, No.

Patience is a by-product of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.

God said, No.

I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.

God said, No.

Suffering draws you apart from world and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.

God said, No.

You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.

God said, No.

I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.


I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

The new Republican leadership team

Jason Mumpower is the new Republican leader winning over Bill Dunn. Thank you Bill for your service.

Glen Casada is the Caucus chairman winning over Charles Seargent. Thank you Charles for your service.

Harry Brooks is the Assistant leader winning over Debra Maggert, Susan Lynn, Frank Nicley and Donna Rowland.

Beth Harwell won Republican Whip over David Hawk.

Brian Kelsey Won Republican caucus floor leader over Phillip Johnson and William Baird.

Jimmy Eldridge ran uncontested for Republican Vice caucus chairman.

Chris Crider ran uncontested for Republican caucus secretary.

Joey Hensley ran uncontested for Republican caucus treasurer.

To the winners I say congratulations and I expect big things.


Thank you to all who ran. Win or lose you all would have served well.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Senate news

Ron Ramsey is the caucus leader still but the big shake up is Mark Norris has replaced Randy Mc Nally at the number two spot. Williams abstained on the vote to nominate Ramsey for speaker.

Off to Nashville

I am on my way to Nashville to take care of some office business. I will post the house results for caucus leadership as soon as they are known (we vote tomorrow morning).

1960 Knoxville

If you double click these photos they expand to full size. I thought you might find them interesting if you live in or pass through Knoxville on a regular basis.










Funny letter

This was in the letters to the editor section in the Knox News sentinel. I had to laugh!

Santa doesn't drive an SUV


We celebrate the holidays and recognize the meaning of Christmas. But as I sat thinking about the world, I asked myself, "Is Santa a Republican? If he were a U.S. citizen, how would he vote?"


Conservative values. As a saint, he believes in Jesus. He believes in the concepts of naughty and nice, right and wrong. This places Santa in the modernist, moralist category.

Large-scale employer. He employs hundreds of displaced elves. Other than movies and circuses, who would hire them and give them the dignity of productive labor? Santa believes in job creation. No doubt he is a Reaganite.

Global perspective. He maintains eyes and ears throughout the world. He works for the betterment of all people. Santa believes in freedom of choice and respect for individual desires - his representatives ask millions of boys and girls about their Christmas dreams every year.

Red suit. He is sending us a nonverbal indication that he is a "red state" thinker. I'm sure that Santa doesn't want to hurt the feelings of liberals' children. So, he communicates subtley about his stance.

Faithful to female wife. Santa supports marriage and has been with his wife for hundreds of years. No report on children of his own. Perhaps career before offspring or just waiting for the right time.

Loves animals. According to all the cartoons and shows, he is very kind to reindeer, polar bears, penguins, etc. He is a compassionate conservative.

Green friendly. He is a neo-conservative in his pro-green lifestyle. Santa does not drive an SUV. Lord knows he would have an easier time storing all those toys with a larger vehicle, but he sticks to his values.
I offer this for everyone's consideration. What do you think?

RICHARD BARBEE

Knoxville

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The scene every educator should see

I was having a conversation about one of my all time favorite shows with Dave Oatney and thought I would put up the one scene that I think all teachers should refresh their teaching skills with.

Most people can learn if you put things in language they understand and reference something they care about.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Blog rollin'

I have added a bunch of new blogs to my blogroll. I have a few more I want to add and will in time. Suggestions are welcomed . One that many of you may feel is useful is the one marked Legislative Database. This one, I have been assured by the company owner, will list all the bills in Tennessee, by subject or legislator, as soon as bills begin to be submitted in January.

Another is the one marked Tennessee Legislature .You will be able to see video streams of session when we crank up on Jan 9 as well as get other legislative info for Tennessee.

Christmas

Rep. Susan Lynn has a good post on the legal Christmas at her blog. The Young conservatives of Texas have the ACLU holiday .Some people read books and sing songs for the holiday. Some people put lights on the homestead. Tis the season.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pearl Harbor

I got these from my mom with this interesting note.

Never seen these before----must be somebody?s private pictures they saved all this time.

These pic's are so clear....very sad....but, good that we can see them..........

ORIGINAL PEARL HARBOR PHOTOS

THE FELLOW WHO SENT THESE TO ME RECEIVED THEM FROM AN OLD SHIPMATE ON THE USS QUAPAW
ATF-11O. INTERESTING AS HE'S NEVER SEEN THEM ANYWHERE ELSE.
I THINK THEY'RE SPECTACULAR.

PEARL HARBOR December 7th, 1941













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Pearl Harbor



Pearl Harbor
>On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a
>surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor,
> Hawaii . By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander
>Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck
>would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships
>were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake
> ZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Island , where it had just deliv ered some aircraft. The USS
>Lexingtonwas ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and
>USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States).
>In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing
>aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo
>decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and
>423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched
>the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his
>first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which
>struck at the fleet in Pearl HarborLY: Arial"> and the airfields in Hickam,
>Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours,
>consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.
>At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2
>"Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high
>altit ude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor
>Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the
>attack.
>When it was over, the U.S.losses were:
>Casualties
> USA : 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
>USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
>USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
>Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.
>TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.
>Battleships
>USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
>USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in
>the harbor.
>USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and
>repaired.
>USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and
>repaired.
>USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
>USS Penns ylvania (BB-38) - Light damage.
>USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage.
>USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
>USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.
>Cruisers
>USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage..
>USS San Francisco (CA-38) - Light Damage.
>USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage.
>USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired.
>USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage.
>USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage..
>Destroyers
>U SS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
>USS Cassin - (DD-372) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
>USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage.
>USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.
>Minelayer
>USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
>Seaplane Tender
>USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
>Repair Ship
>USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.
>Harbor Tug
>USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.
>Aircraft
>188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Another Ford questioned for....... you know the rest

This could turn out to be quite interesting. Team GOP giving money to democrats? Jeff Ward, head man at Team GOP, says "NO!" but Ford financials use the name in their latest disclosure.

I would think if someone were going to use a bogus name on a disclosure (as can be done without anyone checking) they would pick one that is not as obviously fake. I suspect some Democrat joker set up an account as a jab at the real Team GOP. Time will tell.

Good to see the team GOP blog back up and running as well.

Huge new finding

After reading this interesting article. I now know the answer to the age old question "How many Vandy grad students does it take to change a light bulb?"

Answer: Two with the help of a associate professor.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New blog

Bill Hobbs, who has been doing a lot of great posting lately is now working with a new blog called elephantbiz.com. It deals mostly with the business side of conservative politics and elections I imagine mostly inside baseball sort of stuff that most people who read conservative political blogs should love.

Bad gas brings down jet

Although yes, what she did was technically wrong. I actually feel sorry for this woman. To forever after be known as the woman who brought down a jet and was banned from an airline because of bad gas is not the way I would want to be remembered. How could you come back from that? Do a Beano commercial?

She could be the next mother Theresa but when she passes on people will say "Yea she fed the starving her whole life but didn't she have gas so bad she brought down a jet once?"

Thank the lord for small blessings.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Not the Drew I knew

As you may have read, A new gas tax plan was detailed in the Tennessean. Hated by most who read about it (myself included) I shot an e mail to Drew Johnson who was mentioned in the article. To be kind, he was not pleased with the article and referred me to Bill Hobbs post.