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

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lottery changes

I think one of the big pushes this year is going to be who gets the lottery scholarship money. Here are some changes I would like to see.

The first is if we are going to lower the bar to keep the scholarship it should be to people who are taking difficult majors such as math, engineering, computer science, medicine, ect.. These fields are much more difficult to keep a 3.0 then say some of the other basket weaving majors that are out there.

Second. Figure out some way to encourage people who have left school but were doing good to come back and finish their degree or possibly offer scholarship to people who left but have already come back some help . These students have the highest success rate but for lack of money they could or may not not continue.

Third. Possibly offer more money to people who are willing to go into fields that we need graduates from. Theatre and philosophy degrees are nice but degrees for nurses and teachers are in high demand and translate into jobs that do not require you to know the difference between paper and plastic bags.

Fourth. Open it up to people who were possibly in school previous to the scholarship being offered but have still met the standards. Just because one student started 6 months before another should not stop them from what they should have an opportunity to apply for.

Fifth. I am going to have to check into this a little more to make sure both of these things are happening but since we have illegal aliens graduating from our high schools I can imagine that they are probably getting lottery scholarship as well. That should end. I will also be putting forward a bill this year that will say students that are going to state sponsored colleges and universities must prove they are in the country legally. I am sure many people don't think this happens but it does. Every seat taken by an illegal alien is a seat that could be filled by a legal Tennessean. I know many times students can not get in a class or in a college that they wanted because the number of spots available are already filled. Natural citizens and legal immigrants should come first.

"Of course it would never work in the legislature"

Phil comes out for open government at the local level. Of course the same idea would never pass his lips for the state legislature where secret meetings happen on a daily basis.

But will he pay?

Greg Johnson has an article summarising the Jerry Cooper saga as of the last few years highlighted by the $120,000.00 fine by the registry for his spending $94,000.00 of campaign money for his personal use. The question now has to turn to what motivating power does the state have to make Cooper pay?

To my knowledge the only power the registry has if Cooper does not pay is to not allow him to run for office again.

OOOOOOOh! Not that! Lets be real here folks. It is not like he is from Memphis. I am sure Cooper could read what was clearly on the wall. He was not likely to run again for office again any way, or even if he did it would be unlikely he would win. After a DUI conviction, questions still lingering over a shady land deal and this campaign money scandal I think he would face stiff competition and have few doaners to refill his campaign coffers for another run.

So why should Cooper pay the fine? With his advanced age I don't think he is worried about how this will effect him in his later dealings or his future plans so I can see why he would blow off the registry meeting. Why even bother to go and respond to those embarrassing questions that could lead to more problems. Just blow it off, don't pay the fine and ride into the sunset $94,000.00 richer. By the way, if he quits now he will still have control over his remaining campaign cash. If that money were to be misspent what would be the penalty again? Oh yea, another fine and he can't run for office again.

Oh, the horror he is facing! I am sure that fear wakes him up at night in a cold sweat!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Prez politics

The presidential debate last night was ok for the most part. A few shots here and there but not many slam dunks. Some people I expected more out of and some didn't climb as high as I thought they might.

One thing that I thought was interesting was how bad some of the commercials were. Some looked like they were actually put together by a campaign staff instead of by professionals that you would expect at that level of play.

Fred's attack commercial was a daring step. When it played I was a little shocked and it looked like he definitely caught his top two rivals for the conservative vote off guard. I am not sure if it will help or hurt but something needs to shake up his campaign. Fred needs to get back out front and have people talking about him again to keep his confidence up and his campaign rolling. Mission accomplished on the seccond part but people can be finicky on attack ads and some may not like it, only time will tell if it helps put him back up front. Fred looked a little script heavy at times and out of his element when pushed on his feet (he may be fighting a cold as I heard him clear his throat several times in the first segment) but still not a bad performance.

Mitt looked a little too slick but was good on the give and take with Rudy.

I think Rudy hurt himself the most by talking past his time to the point that people were booing him out. He dug out of his travel questions well but has some real issues with the issues.

Huckabee is probably the best speaker up on the stage but also looked a little soft on some key issues.

McCain just looked tired and beat, Like he was running out a game that he wants to win, but knows he can't. I felt a little sorry for him.

Ron Paul was Ron Paul. You either love him or think he is a crackpot. Not a lot of undecided people on him. He didn't bring much new to the debate but his message is not about the newest fad or idea so he was a winner to some.

Tancrado and Hunter came along for the ride. Tancrado is and was good on immigration but needed to show some new cards. He didn't, so he still looks one dimensional. One issue (illegal immigration) voters will love Tom.

The questions were good and well placed and spaced. The "Gays in the military" question will haunt CNN a little as come to find out the person asking it was a Hillary plant. Some areas were left uncovered and many of the questions went to Rudy first but there is only so much time in the show and he is the front runner. Overall it looked quite fair.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"I know better"

This sort of thing always makes me upset. Fisk U is in some hard times. It has an asset that it is trying to parlay into some big money ($30 million) by sharing an art collection with a private investor. It may be a little confused and not the best answer but it is a way to help dig Fisk out from under their debt with little to no permanent loss. Now Phil says "Not good enough!"

Well Phil, If it isn't good enough then pony up some of your own millions and make it better or find a better private offer.

My fear is that many times when bureaucrats get in power they decide to help causes they like with the peoples tax money. Many times this leads to a reliance on government to solve problems that could be handled privately. The next thing you know you have problems like we just had here in Knox county. How much do you want to bet that next year their will be a push to spend a bunch of extra state money to protect this collection.

Monday, November 26, 2007

John Jay, John Jay, John Jay.

John J. Hooker. Part man, part myth, part legend.

It has been said that the only interesting people are either very good or very bad. John Jay is just very interesting. When I first came up to Nashville their were few people in my mind that were of interest to me. Fewer still on the left side of the isle. John Jay Hooker was one of the exceptions.

The man is a walking history book. I sort of think of him as Tennessee's version of Forrest Gump except smarter. I have had a few occasions to sit down to lunch with John Jay and let me tell you it is a treat. I would suggest it to anyone (from either sides of the isle) who loves history or politics . The first time I did it I was with a common friend. After a while I was about to pull my friend aside and call B.S.. Yes, his stories were interesting, funny and historical but come on!! they couldn't all be true. I was later informed by multiple people that yes, his stories were all true.

Wow.

Now they are out to take the law licence of John J. Hooker away. I could think of a few better things (Or better people) the court could be looking into taking the law licence from then John Jay but the courts hate John Jay. Why? because he commonly points out (and sues) the state and the court about things he feels passionately about.

Some people like to make fun of John Jay to minimize him. I guess that this latest step is just another way to try and silence him. But let me say this about John Jay. John Jay loves Tennessee and loves the law. He loves the constitution that it is based on and probably knows it better then most judges. He is a true old time Democrat. The kind that a conservative could find common ground with. Although I do not agree with all that John Jay may say or do, I do respect him much more then I do some of the people that he fights against. To take his law licence from him would be a real crime against Tennessee.

Bella

I went and saw the movie Bella last night. Although I love to go to the movies and see about everything that comes out I seldom mention them or do reviews. Many of the movies lately are so down on America, Christianity, ect. (in subtle and not so subtle ways)that it just ruins the movie going experience for me. I just roll my eyes and hope the next one is better.

Here is one movie I will talk about. If you have a chance, Bella is a good movie to go see and possibly take a friend to. This might even be more fun if you take a friend with a different political bent then your own. I think it will spark good discussion on some hot issues. The movie is well worth the time and money. I don't think you can be let down.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

HOLIDAY EATING TIPS

EATING TIPS FOR THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S… OR ANY OTHER OCASSION...




1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving cookies.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. Non alcoholic of course. And quickly. It's rare. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great holiday season!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Back In the USA!

Yes! They let me back in! I will not be in Tennessee for a few more days but it is good to be back in the USA. I love to travel but it is always good to come back to the states. The more I see of other places the more I appreciate what we have here.

Some final thoughts on Italy.

Taxes: They hit non residents hard on about everything from bus passes to museum entry tickets. Prices were 200%, or more, higher for non residents. Just to exchange money for a non resident was 17% fee off the top PLUS another fee of about 4 bucks and you had to show your passport to get the regular price or even gain entry to some places. I wonder how they feel if you are illegally in the country?

The people of Italy love America. I am not sure if it is just the tourism dollars or what but the people were very kind and went out of their way to help us find our way when lost. Even to the point of getting in a car and leading us where ever unasked.

Scooters and bicycles are ridden by young and old. It is odd seeing women and people over 60 riding around on a moped. Gas and parking are both brutal so it seemed a reasonable option to walking (the form of transportation taken mostly).

There are no big billboards or signs along the highway or anywhere else for that matter.

The people are for the most part in better shape. I don't think I saw a person over 225 pounds the entire time in Europe.

The food is good, even at the gas stations. Actually, My mom and I almost preferred some of the gas station food to the food we found at street venders. No eggs for breakfast but chocolate and cookies were on every breakfast bar. Not a bad trade.

They grow a lot of grapes. I mean a LOT. Vineyards are everywhere.

I see a lot of orange trees in peoples yards. More then I expected. I did not realize oranges were such a big crop in Italy.

Italian people love their soccer and protests. They had one riot after they killed a soccer fan in a fight and strike signs and protests seemed a regular thing on the news. Oh yea, They love the news. News or talk shows were on about every channel all day and when I say talk shows I don't mean like Oprah or Jenny Jones. It looked more like two political figures talking about issues. The only english channels were CNN and FOX and some MTV europe. CNN was a loop of the same four international stories over and over but FOX was just like FOX at home. MTV europe had a mix of American artists mixed in with European artists. If you think MTV artists have no talent don't look to europe for relief. It only gets worse.

The weather reports are done by what looks like the Italian military. It was always a person in uniform with a bunch of ribbons and such doing the report. Maybe we should do that here. Get the weather report right seven days in a row and you get a ribbon!

There were very few police officers anywhere. I saw a few but not like over-here in the states, and traffic issues must not be on their list of priorities at all.

They burn everything. Open fires are not an uncommon site on the outsides of town and you can smell plastic in the smoke sometimes. I don't think the global warming scare has hit them.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pompeii

We went to Pompeii today. It was everything Rome was not. The entire city was in very good shape and for the most part, all there. Much of it looked as if it was just covered and then uncovered in the last decade. Many of the paintings were still quite visible and out in the open. I was a little surprised that some of it was not more covered up for its own protection. You could walk up to much of it and touch it if you really wanted to. Some of the righting was shielded by a piece of plexiglass about two inches off the wall but you could still make out what was printed quite clearly.

The bodies lying in their final pose of life that you hear so much about was a little spooky.
Some of the fossilized remains that were covered and preserved by the ash when the mountain exploded were so clear that you could make out the expression on their faces.

As we left Pompeii we took the Malfai coast road. The road is a series of switchbacks going up and down roads bordering the Med. The cliffs bordering the roads are straight down drop offs. I am not kidding when I say it is hundreds of feet drop off between switchbacks. It was an awesome view thousand of feet up but I was driving so my peaks over the edge was limited to me peaking and then my mom yelling at me not to take my eyes off the road. I understand her point of view as a few times buses passing me on the tight roads put me into full on pucker mode. I can’t believe they let buses full of people go up and down that road or that people get into the buses in the first place. I guess there is faith in numbers.

The more incredible thing is the large number of people who have built homes on the cliffs. When I say cliffs I mean cliffs. This is not like Gatlinburg or California. It is way, way steeper then that. In places it looked as if they dug out part of the mountain to build the houses. Everything was taresed to the max. Even the roads were out on a platform braced up from underneath like a giant shelf on the side of the mountain. I am not kidding when I say I saw people fishing off the side of the road and the water was 300 to 400 feet below. They must have had binoculars to see if the bobber moved. If they ever hooked anything they probably got carpel tunnel from all the reeling they had to do to get the fish up to them.

We tried to think of why anyone would build on such cliffs hundreds of years ago. There was no real land to farm on. There was no port to make it a trade stop. I guess it would be easy to defend, but who or why would anyone want to attack it in the first place? You couldn't steal the view.

We finally decided that it had to have been the location of an ainchent ship wreck. The survivors of the wreck just thought it was too steep a mountain to climb over so they settled where they were. When the survivors had children, they clawed higher up the mountain and built new homes to get away from their children. The rest is history.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

venice

Ahhhh Venice!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I took the obligatory gondola ride. The gondolier was a seventh generation gondolier. It was quite nice. He took great pride in his work and his family’s history in his craft. He started coming on the boats with his father as a small child. I asked him if he had any children of his own and he responded he had had a son. I asked him what he thought his son might do when he grew up. He smiled a big toothy grin and said he would probably be the eight generation gondolier.


Venice is cool but it is not for those with thin pockets. I think I figured out why Europeans all drink a lot of coffee. It is because everything is so expensive they can’t afford to buy food so they drink lots of strong coffee to keep them going.


Venice is a maze of paths, allies and narrow roads that all look about the same and go and on forever in no particular direction or have any rime or reason to them. No cars are allowed on the streets. I think this is all part of a plot so tourists get lost quickly and can’t hail a cab to take them back to the hotel. Walking the streets is like going to the mall of America. It just goes on and on forever with store, after store, after store. The only difference is, in Venice every once in a while they throw in a church and about all the stores sell the same six items. Carnival masks, fake name brand purses, belts, gloves, scarves and post cards. I think this is all a plot by the store owners to make getting lost easier. After a while I felt like Bruce Lee in the scene at the end of Enter the Dragon where Bruce is caught in the room of a thousand mirrors and everywhere he turns it all looks the same. But instead of a killer with a knife for a hand poking at me it was a shop owner with twenty different scarves chasing me down the street trying to make a sale.

After a while I found the logic to some of it. The Masks are for the shop owners to wear so the tourists can’t see them laugh as they charge you $6.00 for a small cup of hot chocolate (Yes, It was the best hot chocolate I ever drank. I decided it better be after I saw the bill). The belt is to keep your pants up after you drop 15 pounds in two days from wondering aimlessly lost without food. The scarf is used to dry your tears as you realize you may never see your loved ones again and the post card is used to right letters for help. The church, I haven’t decided if it was more for the tourists to pray for escape or for the shop owners to go to for a daily confession after a day of hard selling .

I’ll be back on the road again tomorrow. I finally found my way back to my hotel. Now, how do I get to the car again?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My international trade mission

My trip got a little bumped off time and I ended up spending an extra day in Philadelphia It was all good as my mom and I took advantage of it to go see the liberty bell and have a Philly cheese steak. Hey, Mark Rose it isnt as bad as all that;-)

We made it into Greece the next day and saw the Acropolis. It is bigger then I imagined but they had less on display and to see then I had hoped. My understanding is they are building a new museum to house it all.

I spoke with one of the shop owners for quite a while (he actually had family that had relocated to Nashville, small world) and he said tourism has completely changed the area. 25 to 30 years ago the area was completely depressed and an apartment could be bought for about $5,000.00. Now the average apartment is $250,000.00. His feeling on the Olympics was mixed. He said it helped add to the tourism boom but if it was enough to cover the costs for all the changes they made he was not so sure. Sale of your regular tourist fair was going gangbusters all around the Acropolis and my mom was happy to help the local economy. Yes, My mom is the great international trade queen. Phil in China has nothing on my mom. She took American dollars, traded them for euros and then traded the euros for coffee mugs, Tee shirts and all sorts of other “treasures”. By the time we were done talking I think my mom had paid off about half the new soccer stadium and was working to help the museum next.

The average size shop is maybe about 100 sq. Ft. so displays run out into the sidewalk. This makes the original purpose for the sidewalk all but useless. That original purpose, of course, is driving. Greece has a new subway transportation system built for the Olympics. For that you can thank the lord! Because the drivers in Athens make New York City cab drivers look like a country preacher off on a Sunday drive. There are few to no lights or signs and police are around only to help lost tourists and laugh. I think traffic laws in Europe must be looked at the same way as sailor in America look at the “no cussing” laws left over from the old west. In some deep dark place in their mind they may know it is wrong but…….

Cars going both ways on a one way street, bumper to bumper, of course. Scooters and mopeds (about half the vehicles on the road) were doing their best Daytona bike week impression. People don’t park their vehicles its more like they abandon them. No empty corner or curb space is unfilled. If no space is available the sidewalk and double parking is just looked at as a necessary way of life. The little smart brand cars are all over the place. If you have not seen one, they make a mini cooper look like a stretch limo but they are not the smallest cars in Europe. I have seen a few cars that look even smaller floating around. My mom and I swear they must be powered by Chip and Dale (the chipmunks) or have petals because there was no room for a real motor in these tiny cars. We didn’t get to see much else as we were cut short on time in Greece.

Next we flew into Rome to start the second part of our trip. Even though it is off season the area I still quite full of tourists. Day one we hit the Vatican, Sistine chapel and the trevy fountain. The art work was more then the eye could take in. By the end of the day my neck was sore from looking up at all the art that covered about every inch of ceiling. That was OK because the floors were just as beautiful. The mosaics on the floor may not get the credit but are just as impressive in their own way.

That night I got some great news. My brother Mike and his wife
Amanda had their first baby. Miriam Elizabeth Campfield welcome to the family. We thought she was not due until our return but the day before we left she got bumped up. He said that her first words were “I want my government check”

The next day we hit the Coliseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum. The coliseum was larger then expected. Little did I realize that much of it was built of brick and mortar just like many houses today and only covered in marble that was later mostly stripped away. I bet in their time they called it recycling as well.
I also learned that for a while the leaders of Rome wanted to knock the “dilapidated” old stadium down and build something new (Wal Mart?). Darn Eminent Domain, even over here! Luckily the pope stopped them. I find it quite interesting that the place where they used to feed the Christians to the lions is now only about 2 miles from the capitol of Christianity and is called a holy site.

Not much was left of the roman forums. A pillar here or a piece of marble there but most of it just looked like foundations and a few walls. They are still excavating.

Bad news?

My mom lost her wallet. We arn’t sure where she lost it , but as you can imagine on a two week trip with no wallet and no way to replace it is frustrateing. I heard the Italian economy took a dip when my mother had to cancel her credit cards. It was probably for the best in the short term.

On the road


The next day we went back to the Vatican and saw the pope. He gave a brief talk and blessed the audience. It was not a long message but he did it in six or eight languages.( I hear he is fluent in six or eight, not bad considering I struggle sometimes with english)

We hit the road and went north to a small little village in the Tuscan region known for its towers and I think for being the setting of the Pinochio story. It was cute.

The next day we went to Piza to see if we could fix the tilting tower. I think it is almost a lost cause, but hope springs eternal. I keep seeing in my mind that show on the history channel about moving houses and how they always brag that they can jack anything up and move it. I wonder……………



Hey mom, the pope called……….

The next day we were in Frenzia and decided to check my voice mail on my cell phone and return important calls. One of the people I called was My good friends Lee and Terry Frank. The first words out of Lee’s mouth were “So, did your mom get her wallet back?”


I am not sure how Lee knew since I had not told anyone so this really thew me.

“No? How did you know she lost it?” I asked

“Your secretary, Ruthy called me and asked if I had heard from you. She got a call from your aunt the nun at the convent in Nashville who got a call from the Vatican in Rome to tell her to tell you they found your moms wallet (with your aunts name and number in it). The money was gone but the credit cards and such were still in it and they wanted to know what you wanted them to do with it.”

Talk about your incredible stories……..

Monday, November 05, 2007

And the response will be......

I wonder what the response will be for the visit and speech by leader of the minutemen. Simcox helped start the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. The organization that sent volunteers to the U.S.-Mexico border to "assist" the U.S. Border Patrol in reporting and identifying people illegally crossing into the US. Many times when people speak on these issues they are shouted down and not allowed to talk at all. Pro illegal alien groups have been known to organize and protest around these events. It could be interesting.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Joke of the week / travel

I am about to go on a trip with my mom so blogging may be a little more sparse for the next few weeks. Last year my mom and I went all over the western US and had a great time on a vacation. This year my mom and I are about to go on a vacation trip to Greece and Italy and Vatican city (Yes, the Vatican is a sovereign nation within Italy). We have been kidding my great aunt who is a Dominican catholic nun that she has set us up to visit the pope.

She in good spirits plays along and says how we will be riding along side the pope in the pope Mobile.
She kids that people will be asking who the short guy with the big hat and purple shoes is that is riding with Stacey Campfield and how did he get an audience with me. With our trip just around the corner It put me in mind of this little joke.....




Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.

There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the pope offered a deal.

He would have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy. If the Pope won, they would have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise Rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the Rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a "silent" debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and Rabbi sat opposite each other.

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The Rabbi looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.

The Rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.

The Rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that the Pope stood up and declared that he was beaten, and that the Rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the Cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened?

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs.

Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us.

I pulled out the wine and water, to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

He had beaten me at every move and I could not continue.

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the Rabbi, how he had won?

"I haven't a clue" said the Rabbi. First he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger.

Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I said to him that we were staying right here.

"And then what?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said the Rabbi. "He took out his lunch so I took out mine."

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Odd

Did any one notice the "Hit and run" charge was left out of this article? I would think that was one of the most damming parts. Is the press trying to make this look like some victimless crime? I also noticed there was room to mention the abuse and the prescription issue but no room to mention how he ran back to his car to finish his drink in front of the police.

With the facts coming out that they turned off the court microphone when his case came up and then one of the felony charges was dropped before the case even started you have to wonder about where this case is heading.

What would happen if they had an election and nobody came?

The neat thing about Tennessee is that if you are in to politics there is always an election going on. The bad thing about Tennessee is there is always an election going on so many times voters become apathetic.

City Councilman Joe Baily is in such a predicament.

Joe has worked hard on council, worked hard on the re election campaign. But Knoxville election laws can be screwy. Knoxville city council general election takes the top two people and runs them in a general election city wide no matter the vote disparity of the primary. The mayors race is 50% plus one vote. The mayors race (The only other race on the ballot) was over in the primary so there is little excitement or coverage to draw people to the poles.

Just two people, one seat. About a thousand votes have been cast so far in the entire city after about two weeks of early voting. This is a scary time for people in a race because you could be loved in your community but if your voters don't show up and your competition can motivate their people, you could be in trouble.

If you live in the city of Knoxville, this is just a heads up. It is time to go vote.