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

Friday, August 31, 2007

As I am sure you know

As I am sure you know, the administration has tried to tell everyone there is no problem with illegal immigration and nothing we could do about it if there was. They don't cost money and they don't use our services.

From the huge amount of money taken out of regular education funding to teach English as a second language I doubt that is true.

Many of you may also know I was the guest speaker at a T FIRE educational forum a few weeks ago. While there I ran into a person who had received a letter from Tenncare. It was several pages long but only one short paragraph was in English. The person who told me this was kind enough to give me one of the pages.



You can double click to expand the picture.

Of course, to be a legal US citizen one of the qualifiers is being able to communicate in English. This begs the question who these letters are really intended for. To say the least I found this letter interesting. When Republicans in the past have brought up English only drivers licence tests one of the excuse used is "We only offer it in a few languages " I think Spanish, Japanese and Korean are the ones mentioned but I could be wrong on that. I know none of the languages in the above letter are ever mentioned.

I will open it up now. Of the hundreds of languages and dialects in the world, how many should we translate into? How should we decide what language gets put in and what gets left out? How many languages should our street signs be in? Should all state communications be in multiple languages? What do you think the cost of all this would be/is?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Its out

Well, I have been sort of setting up a myspace page on the down low and slow but it seems to have gotten out previous to completion. A.C, and some person who has a photo of a dog on a computer some how found my site and knew who I was so I figured it was just a matter of time.

If you are interested the site is http://www.myspace.com/staceycampfield I will be posting more on a personal and more rounded group of issues then just politics (of course I will post on politics also). Stop by if you are so inclined.

Other topics

As school kicks in and parents are getting their children vaccinated for school I would like to suggest that if your child has not been vaccinated yet that when you do have it done that you ask for thirmerosal free vaccine.

Thirmerosal is a preservative made of mercury that is used in many vaccines. Thirmerosal has shown a very strong link to autism in children. It is getting to the point that it is nearly considered a fact by people who have studied the issue of autism.

The cost difference is negligible if there is any difference at all but could be worth more to you then you will ever know. Many states have already banned it. Unfortunately Tennessee has not. We have tried in years past but the best we could get passed was to make thirmerosal free vaccines available when vaccines are given.

Gov breaks constitutional oath

The governor has broken his oath to uphold the constitution but his spokesperson says he is fine with it.

The AG (who most will admit does his best to cover for the gov and democrats) came out with an opinion that the latest actions by the Governor look unconstitutional. Bill Hobbs sent a note over to the govs office asking for what action they plan to take and Press secretary for the Governor Lydia Lenker sent Bill Hobbs a letter saying, "We feel comfortable with what we've done".

"Bill Hobbs has the full story on how Rep. Susan Lynn called him out for unconstitutionally not reporting on breaking the Copeland cap (The cap sets limits for government growth at the rate of growth of the avg Tennesseans income with population increases factored in.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Self deportation in AZ

Yes it works.

Ponzi scheme grows

By now many of you may have read about Ray Davis's illegal ponzi scheme that defrauded many people out of their savings and may have even defrauded a church. Now facts are starting to come out about other legislators who may have been a part of this scam and may have profited from it. The numbers I am hearing could range into the millions of dollars.

Those at the top seem to have made out OK but now don't want to return any of their ill gotten gains and are even fighting to keep the criminals out on the street.

I am hearing more about how the money may tie back into the state and be directly linked to another shady deal. I will tell more on that as it is confirmed.

Stay tuned.....

Porn getting a lot of legislative play

My "Porn not corn" tax swap proposal is getting a lot of legislative play. A national legislative trade magazine called "State Legislatures" that is put out by the national conference of state legislatures highlighted the "porn not corn" tax swap proposal in its "Trends and Transitions" section.

Ford gets 5 1/2

Former Democrat Senator John Ford was sentenced yesterday to 5 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes. Expect more time as he comes up on federal charges of accepting over $800,000.00 to get Tenncare contracts for a Tenncare provider.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Bonds up or budget B.S.?

The Tennessean has an opinion article out about how our state bond rating went up. Yes, it is good news and the lower interest rate will help but many factors went into that rating that may or may not be good for the state taxpayer in the long term.

Here is my outlook on the economy such that it is and what it means. Not just to the money lenders but to the people of Tennessee.

Tennessee's state spending has grown from $18 billion to $27 billion in about 5 years. Some has been due to the national economy, some has been due to tax increases. When the govt grows faster then the avg Tennesseans personal income, it is due to tax increases and or losses in economic growth of the people.

A large part of our growth as of late has been due to the national economy that has boomed for the last few years under the Bush tax cuts. Those cuts have now been killed by the new US house and US senate. Interest rates are starting to go up and I expect to see inflation follow.

More people will rent then buy when the cost of money to buy a house climbs.
The sub prime market is also in the tank so foreclosures are skyrocketing. The building market (a leading economic indicator) will take a bigger hit as more people buy foreclosed on homes instead of building new. I have been seeing this in Knoxville as several of my friends in the building business have said a lot of new houses are just sitting dead on the market.

If you have the money, or can get it at a cheap rate, now (or in the next few years)will be the time to buy used homes. But expect the state economy from new building projects to slump in the near future.

Services such as fixing old products will grow but it is a bad sign for our future economy as we move away from new production. This is a well known indicator of an economy in decline. The money that the increase in services bring in will not make up for the loss in new production.

Out sourcing I think will continue to grow. Trade agreements such as NAFTA and increased costs to do business in Tennessee (and America) will keep the ball rolling in the wrong direction. Issues such as as powerful unions, increases in the minimum wage and high insurance costs will continue to force businesses to look for cheaper production markets in other states and overseas. This will be a slow bleed on Tennessee for production jobs.


An educated workforce is one of the areas where we could hold onto some more high tech production and manufacturing jobs. We still hold an upper hand over some third world economies and some neighboring states but that hold is slipping. Higher ed and technology areas such as Oak Ridge help us hold strong but our feeder programs from lower level education (K-12) is in rough shape especially 8-12. Graduation rates stink and those who do graduate don't go on to higher ed as much as we need. Education and many other state programs have been put on a path of spending growth. Will the increased spending improve our education product? History says not a large noticeable or long term change should be expected. I have not seen any desire to make the hard decisions that it will take to change the failing system overall. Expect slight to minimal increases.

Health care costs have continued to grow. We spend more on health care now then we did under Sunquist. The growing economy has hidden the growing spending in this area. Expect many seniors and baby boomers to come in as they leave high tax states to retire to where their limited dollars will go farther. An income tax will not help as the majority of seniors no longer have income. Sales tax hits them equally but health care costs will also go up. Health care will probably play an even greater role in the future than it has in the past few years.


Oil prices are up, roads are made with oil products so expect Tennessee's infrastructure costs will go up as well. Sorry, solar panels and wind farms won't build roads. Until a cheap source of new oil is found or oil costs go down expect infrastructure costs to continue to rise. A new pledge by the governor not to increase the gas tax will hurt in road building but could help in other areas.

Tourism is one of Tennessee's biggest money makers. If people cut back on travel (also partly due to oil costs) as the economy gets worse it could hurt Tennessee. If it is a slow descent and people still travel but to closer destinations then Tennessee could benefit as our state parks have a strong local attraction. Over all it could be a loss, a wash or a win. It's too soon to tell.


Part of our bond rating increase was due to the fact that the governor has shown a willingness to increase taxes on his constituents. This is good news for a lender who wants his money back any way they can get it but not as good for the tax payer who has to come up with the money in a slumping economy. The long term effects could be harmful to the state if taxes continue to grow.

If state spending continues to grow faster then Tennesseans personal budget then Tax increases are the easy out. This short term fix will be used as politicians continue to shy away from hard choices that need to be made to move our state forward. A great bond rating in a failing economy will not help Tennessee long term.


My Current Rating of the state economy: B- to a C+

My Prediction: Short term stable but hard choices in the near future.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Joke of the week / Its dry

It's so dry in Knoxville, Tn that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling,
the Methodists are using wet-wipes, the
Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and the Catholics are praying
for the wine to turn back into water!


Now THAT's Dry.

Phil uses his own money to buy AC units for poor

Phil Bredesen is such a charitable person he has decided to use some of his immense fortune to buy air conditioning units for the poor. What a good heart.

Oops. I mean he used your money to buy the AC units. If you are a little short when it comes time to pay your electric bill this month send the bill to Phil. He can raise your taxes to pay for it as well.

NCLB questions

Fabian Story has some issues with the No child left behind program.

Friday, August 24, 2007

"Sorry I missed that I must have been drinking"

Weak DWI or DUI laws in Tennessee getting you down? Some people are oblivious to the fact that we have had several bills and amendments to help attack the problem but all were killed in committee or on the house floor.

Does any one remember

Does any one remember the name or info on the police officer who lost his job for having a friend bid on a confiscated john boat for him at a public auction a few months ago? As I recall he was fired because it was a conflict of interest for him to bid on the boat.

I only vaguely remember the story but I find it odd that a man can loose his job for bidding in an open auction on a used john boat that probably went for a few hundred dollars at most but legislators can get work worth millions on no bid contracts and it not be a conflict. At least in an open bid process other people have a shot. Not so in this case.

This puts me in mind of John Ford and his "lobbying work" for Doral Dental. He made the claim that he worked for the company that got a contract and it wasn't a conflict. He pushed legislation as well as voted to get more money into the area where it could be easily accessed by his company. He was convicted for his crimes and still faces more charges as many of you know. I see little difference here.

As I said in a post not long ago The corruption you see at the local level is not as bad as it is on the state level. You just have to add more zeros at the state level.

It's hard to write 'graft ' out of a comparison like this.

TWRA has long been a area many legislators have felt is ripe with corruption. This article could be the start of a mini series on corruption. I wonder if the state could find anyone to produce a TV show on that?

I guess if Bill Dance can't produce a quality show about outdoors it could be a long hard search. Who could they get? John Ford is busy, Rosco dixon? Busy, Cathrine Bowers? busy.

Boy, these no bid, 1.8 million dollar contracts are tough to give out. After all their are only so many senators. Heaven forbid it go to an outside contractor.

From the Jessica Fender article

Along with Channel 2's proposal from 2006, the TWRA also rejected a 2003 proposal by fishing guru Bill Dance's production company, according to Don King, chief of the TWRA unit that oversees the show.

In fact, the TWRA board in January decided to allow the Renaissance Center to proceed with its four-year, $1.8 million grant without annual approval.


Sen. Jackson, who gets an annual salary of $256,000 as executive director of the Renaissance Center, serves as secretary of the Senate legislative panel that considers bills involving the wildlife agency.

"It's hard to write 'quality' into a comparison on something like this," King said. "They help us present a really good image of the agency".

To who? The people who pay to watch and produce the show or the senators who vote to dole out the money? I guess It's hard to write the appearance 'graft' out of a comparison like this.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

How one good sheriff can stop illegal immigration

This is a good example of what one good sheriff can do to take a bight out of crime(to quote Mc Gruff the crime dog). This is also another example of how being in the country illegally is many times not the only negative impact committed by the illegal.

Just following Joe

It looks like Sheriff Joe Arpio has shown the way to go after illegal aliens and others are following suit.Some in Tennessee need to step it up. $155 million for a new jail? I wonder how much an Arpio tent city would cost? As the illegal market dries up I see no reason not to get the convicts to work. Possibly Raybell could get some new staff to replace all the people out on "sick leave". Paying a debt to society can start with earning money to help pay off that debt.

Joe also has some more ideas on the illegal immigration issue.

Just add one more

Just add one more to the list of people working for the little man.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

When loons attack!!

I can always tell when something I wrote goes national. The loons on the left go crazy! I get a flood of nasty e mails, phone messages and my comment box for my blog is filled up with comments that are so nasty and full of foul language they don't go up. Of course most are usually anonymous or from blocked addresses.

As I have said in the past when the left can't argue on facts they yell, scream, use foul language and attack the messenger not the message. To the Daily Kos crowd you are welcome to stop by any time read, argue, educate (if you have any ability to do that) but try to keep it civil ;-)

Just add a zero or two

If you have been reading the Knoxville News Sentinel lately you have probably seen a story or two about no bid contracts being used to pay off political cronies.

Well, Tom Humphries has the details on how the same thing happens at the state level you just have to add a zero or two and budget more for all other employees to get up to up the same level with compression.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Red State Update

As many of you may have seen on the Democrat Youtube debate, the hit of the night was Murfreesboro Tennessee own crew from Red State Update Travis and Jonthan A.K.A. Jackie and Dunlap.

Although their language and content many times may not be suitable for those easily offended I love to see their updates, they crack me up. I know many of my fellow legislators watch them also but I was shocked to find out that that one state senator is actually related to Jonathan. We had a brief conversation on him at a local fundraiser and was told he is quite funny in person. They are now in California looking to hit it big. Word is they have been under contract since the Youtube debate. Could a TV show or movie be in the works?

Running in hemp sandals proven not effective

I guess the future looks strong for the Davidson County Young Republicans. A 42 to 5 run beat down of the young Democrats after a mercy rule shortened softball game has got to tell the Dems it is time to cut back on the ho hos and herb. Congrats to the DCYRs.

The O looks at life, death and the church

Dave Oatney looks at the abortion/death penalty debate from the catholic point of view with good documentation to back up his claims. Worth the read expecially for my fellow catholics and christians out there.

Dr. Dobson says it well

Mark Rose has pointed me to a link talking about the point I have been making for the last few days.

From that story

"If we can judge the heart of a man or women by their treatment of animals, what can we say about the individual whose heart is cold toward human life?"

Go on over and check out the 90 second audio file. It is worth the click.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Joke of the week/ post turtle

Pelosi's A Post Turtle


While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old California rancher who's
hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a
conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Nancy
Pelosi and her elevation to speaker of the house.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Pelosi is a post turtle."

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post

turtle' was.

The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come
across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."

The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued.

"You know he didn't get there by himself, he doesn't belong there, he
doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just want to help the
dumb thing get down."

More facts

Once again I have been challenged on my numbers by he lazy left. The lesser minds who like to make up numbers out of thin air, Who like to yell scream and use foul language to try to prove their point. Once again with my good friend Google and a little work I have been able to dig out the facts to prove my point and show the hypocrisy of the left.

Work and facts, the enemy of the lazy left.


Once again I will state I am not in any way in favor of dog fighting. It is illegal in 48 states, a felony in Tennessee and should stay that way. I am doing this for comparison only.

Now, on to the facts.

ASPCA estimates 10,000 dogs a year are "involved" in dog fighting. I am not sure if they mean killed or "involved" as far as breading, training, dogs that fight and live or what but for the sake of argument we will say they mean killed. The ASPCA is a pro animal rights group and some people may say their numbers are inflated but just for comparison we will use them.

On average each day 25 Americans die at the hands of illegal aliens in the United States. Twelve Americans are murdered by illegal aliens. Another ten Americans are killed by drunk-driving illegal aliens. Finally, an additional three Americans will die because of negligent homicides by illegal aliens, such as running a red light, speeding, or the negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. That total works out to 9125 killed.

The number of abortions a year numbers are derived from pro-abortion sources courtesy of The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood's Family Planning Perspectives so they are probably a little low, Still we will use them.

WORLDWIDE

Number of abortions per year: Approximately 46 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 126,000

UNITED STATES

Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700

We will use the smaller U.S numbers.

So lets do some simple math shall we?

1,370,000 Abortions
+ 9,125 Killed by illegals
______________
= 1,379,125 Total killed

So now should we compare?

Yes, I think we should.

10,000 dogs killed a year in dog fighting.
1,379,125 people killed a year by illegals and abortions.

At that rate if dog fighting continued but abortion stopped and all illegals left the US immediately then the numbers killed would equal out in only 137 years!

Once again I will say both are important but I will ask what do you think is the bigger problem? what do you value more, Children or dogs? Does the left respect the life of a dog more then they respect the life of a human? where are your energies, outrage and interest focused?

Friday, August 17, 2007

How is that again?

Arkansas finds that illegal immigrants costs the state $170 million/year (compare to the TN state comptroller's report: http://www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/repository/RE/Immigration07.pdf):

http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2007/08/14/News/343037.html
http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2007/08/15/News/343045.html

Missouri governor asks housing commission to get tough on illegal immigration:
http://www.gov.mo.gov/cgi-bin/coranto/viewnews.cgi?id=EElZklAEkVlaOvhXUi&style=Default+News+Style&tmpl=newsitem

Love dogs, Hate people.

First let me get this out of the way. No, dog fighting is not a good thing. It is already a felony in Tennessee and should remain so.


But does anyone besides me see the hypocrisy of some on the left who go nuts about Michael Vick and the whole dog fighting thing and yet are the same people who don't care about the loss of human life caused by illegal aliens or are the same people who fight for the right to kill unborn babies?


I hear the battle cry of: "It is my body, it is my property, I can do with it what I want"

from the pro aborts, but the opposite cry from the same person against a person who's property is a dog. Do they respect the life of a dog more then they respect the life of a human?

My friend Lee Frank made a comment to me after the radio show "Lets talk Frank" I was on this afternoon. He said.....

"If Terry Schiavo was a dolphin or a dog (or a whale)she would still be alive today"

I found it hard to disagree.I started to think.
How many dogs have been killed in dog fights versus how many babies have been killed in abortion clinics or by illegal immigrants. I bet dog deaths pale by comparison. But what do we see on TV every day on about every news channel?

Dog fighting is cruel and inhumane. But if Vick could have figured out a way to pit two unborn babies against each other in a fight to the death, maybe we'd outlaw killing children as quickly as we rushed to enhance penalties for crimes involving our pets.

Lets talk frank

I will be a guest today at about 5 PM on "Lets talk frank" radio show on AM 850 In east Tennessee. The show starts at 3 and goes till 6.

The Hill blog

State Rep. Matthew Hill has started a blog and is jumping back into talk radio.

What a one two punch for upper East Tennessee!

"Ask not what your country ......" OK ask

Rep. Susan Lynn with the help of Milton Friedman explain why the famous Kennedy quote is killing America and what it stands for.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Question

Does any one else out there think Carl Rove may be headed out of the oval office to go help Fred in his run?

NRA Banquet

The East Tennessee NRA banquet is tonight at Rothchilds in Knoxville on Kingston Pike. Doors open at 6:30. Feel free to come packing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Some facts

I was called out on an earlier post I did about times of legislative service for Democrats and Republicans. More or less I said Dems serve much longer then Republicans. I pulled out an old Tennessee blue book from the 102 and 103 general assembly. Although they are not the most up to date numbers (sorry it was the only book I had handy) and it covered two Assemblies I think the numbers should give a clue as to my point. Most of the numbers are put into ball parks but many of the Democrat names are the same as they were then and many were at the top end of their ballparks a few years ago so they have probably jumped up since then.

Long and short the avg time of service is much higher for Democrats.

Serving less then 10 years

37 Democrats , 46 Republicans

Serving more then 10 but less then 20 years

22 Democrats, 6 Republicans

Serving more then 20 years but less then 30 years

5 Democrats, 2 Republicans

Serving 30 years or more

3 Democrats, 0 Republicans.

Some ideas from Texas

Texas has a few ideas on how states can go after the illegal immigration issue. It is a little long but I thought I would put it up for the political wonks out there.

"Stop enforcing the law!"

I wonder if a rally similar to this one for other criminal acts would have so much support.

What is next? the

"Stop catching drunk drivers rally"

or the

"Stop catching the people committing fraud rally"

or the

"Stop catching the pedophiles rally"

I also noted how the word "Illegal" was left out of the headline.

Democrats drying up?

I had a good time at the Tennessee Right to life dinner last night. It was a full house and we did some good Q and A.

One of the questions was, who do I think will run for governor and can a republican win it. I had thought for a second and came up with several top tier type candidates on the Republican side. Bill Frist, Marsha Blackburn, Zack Wamp, Van Hillary, Ron Ramsey and many others jumped right to my mind. People in the audience started chiming in names as well Ed Bryant, Beth Harwell, Bill Dunn, David Fowler, Jim Bryson and more. But when we looked at the other side of the ticket it was like trying to pull hens teeth to come up with names. All any one could come up with was Ford jr., Lincon Davis beyond that I had to go to a person who has never served in office in his life, little Mcwerter.

It set me to thinking. Why so many Republicans and so few Democrats?

I think part of it is that to many on the left, a government job or position is the pinnacle of success. When a Democrat takes office they will stay in that seat until they are beat, convicted or dead. look at the terms of office in the legislature. Most democrats have been in their seats for decades. Primary races are close to non existent. New people and ideas don't get much of a chance to grow. Thus new candidates seldom have much chance to climb the ladder. Re running the same old names becomes par for the course.

To many people on the right, private enterprise holds the position of highest pinnacle of success and public office is done for public service. Terms of office are shorter thus more candidates get a chance to come up and shine. Primary races are also more prevalent so seats open up quicker as conservatives move up or out.

Could term limits actually save the Democrat party from itself in Tennessee? Because primary challenges on the left are slim to none It would be more healthy for all concerned and may actually infuse some new life, vibrancy into a dieing democrat state party.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Is the left sexist?

Bloggers on the left seem to have a Dirth of females. This article seems to say the left blogesphere is filled with angry, rich white males who don't play well with others.

Really!?!?!

Right to life dinner

Rep. Jimmy Matlock and I will be the guest speakers at tonight's meeting of the Knoxville chapter of Tennessee right to life.

Jimmy will be speaking about his impressions of his first term in office as a pro life legislator. I will be speaking about The death certificates for aborted babies bill and possibly some new ideas I have for next year.

The meeting will be at the Mandarin house on the corner of Downtown West Blvd and Gleason road in West Knoxville. Dinner starts at 6:30 the meeting starts at 7:00. All are welcome.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Joke of the week / Dear Abby letter

Dear Abby,

My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning,
and, when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, everyone knows
that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating.

Also, since he lost his job six years ago, he hasn't even looked for a new one.
All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and bulls**t with his buddies
while I have to work to pay the bills.

Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like me
and hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do?

Signed: Clueless



Dear Clueless,

Grow up and dump him. Good grief, woman. You don't need him anymore! You're
a United States Senator from New York running for President of the United
States. Act like one!!!!

T-FIRE event

I was the guest speaker today at the T-FIRE (Tennesseans For Immigration Reform and Education) information forum. T-FIRE is an anti illegal immigration group. Their was a really good crowd who was quite passionate about the issue.Dave Oatney was there and blogger Linda Noe who is a leader on the issue as well as in the group was also there.

I spoke on the legislation that some in the state are hoping to get passed and how people can get involved and help. I think the biggest laugh of the day had to come when I told people of the article that said illegals are not much of a bad thing in Tennessee.



I about had to laugh myself. The idea of a partial study based on a comparison with a border state like Texas. When the number of illegal aliens in our state are admittedly miss reported, with results that separate local and state impact (as if they aren't linked) that no one asked for in the first place seemed a little funny.

Another thing about the study you have to wonder about is what will be the effect of us continuing to fail to take action as our neighbors do. Do they really think the problem will stay stagnant or go away on its own? Another cost that was not factored in was the human cost. What value was put on the lives of people killed by illegal aliens? What were those lives worth?

I guess the gov., his staff and the house Democrats are getting sick and tired of hearing about how they have done little to nothing on the issue (in many cases worked to stop reform) and how they should step up to the plate. As many of you regular readers of this blog know their have been several opportunities to slow or reverse the problem. If they want to check another nearby state to see what can be done at the state level Georgia has done a great job and is considered a leader in that area.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Get your very own hydrocarbon powered eco car!

On the heals of my last post I was alerted to the easy and cheap availability of getting my very own hydrocarbon powered eco car. You too can have one for next to nothing and look cool! Click here for more details

Save the earth! Ban water!

Some people are so eager to be a part of a movement they will join anything. Penn and Teller give a great example

Can you say "sheeple"

TCPR will make it official

The TCPR will swear out the complaint against Jerry Cooper in a few short hours according to this press release.

Does anyone else find it odd that no MSM covered the exposure of the illegal drug dealing going on in the state capitol, on state computers, on state time or the speakers conflict of interest or his lack of action on this matter? Or did I just miss the story?

Thursday, August 09, 2007

ARGHHH!!!

My computer is still giving me issues. The on/off button and volume control button seem to be jacked up and only work when they want to. We will see how it goes but don't be surprised if my computer dies again.

Illegal population booms

This article is just the tip of the ICEberg. Expect the population of illegal aliens to continue to grow until Tennessee steps up to the plate. Georgia passed some tough laws and saw their numbers of illegals drop dramatically. Where did they go? I would guess to a near by border state who has done little to combat the problem (Tennessee).

On the good news front.

I spoke with Knox county Sheriff J.J. Jones a short while ago about starting a program to track and crack down on illegals in Knox county similar to the one started in Nashville. He said he was in favor of the idea and was looking into it.

I will be doing a a presentation on the illegal immigration problem at the VFW in Morristown on Saturday. More info to come or at Linda Noe blog.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

TCPR to go after Jerry Cooper

Trent Seibert of the TCPR has announced that on Friday Drew Johnson will file a complaint with the Tennessee registry of election finance on Jerry Cooper's "alleged" use of $90,000.00 of campaign money for personal use. The money was first brought to light as exhibit 31 in his trial on a land fraud deal previous to his DUI conviction.

Drug dealing in the capitol! I told you so.

The TCPR has put out a report Showing how some Representatives staff were selling illegal narcotics by listing their illegal drugs on state websites and were using state computers and state time to do it.

As I said in the past complaints no longer will go to the ethics committee since the Ulysses Jones law was passed this last year. Could this be one of the first cases where the new law comes into effect where only the person who hired them can fire them? It puts the speaker in a tough spot where he looks conflicted no matter what action is taken. I hate to say it but........

I'm Back!

I got my computer back today so expect regular blogging to resume.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Its cooked

Well it looks like my computer will be out of commission for a few more days (Till Friday or Saturday at best). Posting may be light to non existent until I get it back as I have to return this computer when I leave Nashville.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I wonder who did the polling

I don't want to use the term "Flip Flop Phil" but when the sandals fit I have to wonder what brought on the sudden change of heart.

Could it be because it is coming up on an election year and Phil is angling for a VP spot? Suddenly its has become easy to say he is not really all that against cutting the food tax after he worked so hard to stop any cut for so many months. I think people will remember the words "It is a lay down in the tracks issue for me. It is foolish to cut the tax on food" longer then this latest press release.

I don't think the words "Pushed for gas tax increase when prices on gas were at all time highs" would look good on a presidential/vice presidential mail piece either.

If he is serious I support the change and will work with him or about any one to continue to remove the taxes on food and keep gas prices low. Unfortunately you can put about as much stock into that possibly coming to pass as someone saying "After I win the power ball a second time I will buy all my friends a new car!"

I fear a great window of opportunity has passed and things may not look as promising next year as it did in this last year. Much of the surplus money was spent on things that will continue to cost the state money for many years to come.

Tennessean Article

Here is an article I did for the Tennessean on Saturday. Yes I know its old news but this is the first chance I have had to see it since my computer went down. Of all the articles on this issue, I think some of the comments after the article are the real story.

The count down to "I told you so"

Expect two potential big stories from Drew Johnson over at the TCPR in the next week or so. One of them will closely relate to situations outlined in this post.

Computer Issues

Sorry I have not posted in a while but my computer is fried. I am typing this from another computer I borrowed from another state rep. The computer people have told me it could be Friday or Saturday before my computer gets back up and running.