Monday, December 31, 2007

Always glad to help.

Always good to see the Democrat leadership follow some good advice on when legislation needs to change.

From the John Rogers article today.

Under Kyle’s legislation, the fine equaling the amount transferred to personal use would be in addition to the fine assessed for committing a Class 2 offense, which has a penalty of up to $10,000 or, if greater, 15 percent of the amount converted.

From my blog post "Bill ideas" two and a half weeks ago.

1. The maximum fine should be set at $10,000 or 15% plus the "amount in controversy" in cases where the problem is not insufficient or improper disclosure but failure to report donations or the failure to report the transference of funds into private use.

Hat tip: Hobbs

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tennessee has faster population growth then California

Tennessee is one of the fastest growing states for immigrants of other countries and has exploded in growth in the last year. Tennessee has the 12th fastest migration growth.

Overall between July 2006 and July 2007, Tennessee added nearly 82,000 residents. We are now at number 8 and have passed California.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the state has grown by more than 8 percent since the 2000 census. That makes Tennessee the 17th-fastest growing state in the nation.

The current population of the Volunteer State is estimated to be a little over 6 million people.

The king is dead. Long live the king.

As I have said in an older post I think the income tax will not come back up again as the political pain would be too great. Instead other taxes will be increased in its place. Now people who ran the push for an income tax (Tennesseans for fair/more taxation) have switched course and are now pushing for a new tax on employers of Tennesseans. Of course the group has the support of the democrat leadership. I guess they didn't hear the news. Where were they when they had the chance to remove the tax on food without a tax increase last year?

A claim is also being made that some of the employers are in support of this tax increase. I want to meet these people (both of them) to check and see how the healing process is coming along after they had their lobotomy.

The father of the pig

Congresmen Cohen seems a little confused on what he did and didn't vote for. In an article in the Knox news sentinal Cohen attacks the Republicans goal of giving excess lottery funds to rebuild school facilities. Cohen calls himself "the pig slayer".

"That's just political," he said. "It is just politicians handing out pork."

Cohen said it is ironic that the proposal is supported by the same Republicans who vehemently opposed the legislation that put the constitutional amendment creating the lottery on the ballot.

"I was the pig slayer," Cohen said. "Now they all want to be the butcher who hands out the pork."



But the facts speak a different tune.

Here is what Cohen himself voted for from the TN Constitution.

Section 5. The Legislature shall have no power to authorize lotteries for
any purpose, and shall pass laws to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets in this
state, except that the legislature may authorize a state lottery if the net proceeds
of the lottery's revenues are allocated to provide financial assistance to
citizens of this state to enable such citizens to attend post-secondary educational
institutions located within this state. The excess after such allocations
from such net proceeds from the lottery would be appropriated to:
(1) Capital outlay projects for K-12 educational facilities;
and
(2) Early learning programs and after school programs.
Such appropriation of funds to support improvements and enhancements for
educational programs and purposes and such net proceeds shall be used to
supplement, not supplant, non-lottery educational resources for education programs
and purposes.

As you can clearly see, it does allow for excess revenue to supplement funding for primary school construction. It is even listed as the place for money to go before it goes to programs like Pre K. Where was Cohen when the governor took money out of the lottery proceeds to start that program?

I think Cohen is confused as to what part he played in the "pigs life" I agree he may have slept with the pig and produced piglets but when you father a pig under the understanding that it may one day be cut up and eaten don't complain to the farmer as he sharpens the knife.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Free research

There is a great new research tool for people to look up Tennessee newspaper articles. The Tennessee state library and archives has a file of Tennessee newspapers that goes back over 15 years in some cases. Just type in your subjects topic or name and the stories come up. Unlike many newspaper archive it is free to get articles that may go back many years. The papers and articles covered are...


Chattanooga Times-Free Press (12/14/2006 - Current)
The Commercial Appeal (6/27/1990 - Current)
Knoxville News Sentinel (1991 - Current)
The Tennessean (1/1/1999 - Current).

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Christ mass story

Terry Frank has a great post on the christmas story

You think you have pressure?

Merry Christmas!

To all my Democrat friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress,
non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice
holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious
persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with
respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of
others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions
at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally
accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the
calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily
greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western
Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed,
color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of
the wishee.


To all my Republican friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ask and you shall receive

As I said in one of my last posts regarding the governors underground party bunker "Take the project away from her and put any one else in charge, even a republican. I will continue to say it is an overinflated, unneeded project that shouldn't be done with public money as we enter tough financial times." Well my senator, Sen. Tim Burchett, a republican, has come forward to defend the project Good people can disagree on a topic so here we go.



What is in bold is what Senator Burchett wrote in the article. The rest is mine.


Gov. Phil Bredesen's wife, Ms. Conte, has been spearheading a campaign to raise private funds to go with state funds to refurbish the residence and add - with private funds only - an underground banquet facility called the Conservation Hall.

So far, she and the Residence Foundation have worked hard and raised more than $8 million toward the project that I feel is very needed. The years have taken their toll on the home's interior, and it is not accessible by the disabled.


The cost went from 350k to fix the house (that is only worth 900K) to now over 20 million. Mostly with taxpayer dollars. To say it will be a privately funded project now or later will not be correct. The money was raised to fix the house not build the underground party bunker.

The uses of the Tennessee Residence and functions to be held in Conservation Hall are completely consistent with the types of events that have been held there since it became the home of Tennessee's first families almost 60 years ago. This includes hosting corporate leaders who may be thinking of moving operations to Tennessee.

If so then why change what is working? How many corporations will need to seat over 200 people to discuss a move? and if that were ever to be the case isn't the banquet facility in the legislative plaza up to the job? There are no rules on how the facility is to be used that I know of so to say that the future uses will be in line with past uses means nothing.

The facility has hosted a wide variety of functions in the past, although traditionally using tents, port-a-potties and temporary staging and heating-cooling units to provide the facilities required for those functions, since the original structure can only seat 22 comfortably.

The uses contemplated in the future are no different, with the difference being that Conservation Hall provides an indoor room where those events can be held in comfort and without the necessity of constantly moving extra-cost temporary facilities in and out.


What was the cost for the events using temporary structures in the past? How often were they held? What are the short and long term costs of the permanent structure? what choice is more economical, short and long term.?


The Conservation Hall will be an environmentally sustainable building, and it will be one of the state's top five "green" projects.

The project is even more green if it is never built.


Ms. Conte, the foundation, and the state architect have completely opened the $19 million project up for public scrutiny, and they have received support each step of the way from the State Building Commission and the majority of the Tennessee General Assembly.

As far as I can remember there was no vote taken on this new structure in and of itself.

They submitted plans to the neighborhood Oak Hill Commission and sought comments and suggestions.

Yes, and the project was unanimously voted against.

it's good for the state. The first lady wants to restore the Tennessee Residence's architectural features and provide contemporary updates, while at the same time preserving the historic integrity of the house and property. The residence is a symbol of our state and its heritage.

While I can argue if it is good or not, not many were against the project as it was originally laid out. Private money mostly was to be used to fix up the mansion. That money for the mansion fix up has now been shifted to a new project (the underground party bunker). The old bait and switch you so commonly hear about is being used.


No. 2, a group of folks in Nashville laughingly calling themselves Tennesseans for Accountability in Government and led by a Nashville auto dealer have opposed the project because they think it is too expensive.


As Reagan said... "Government isn't the solution to the problem, government is the problem. The individual is the solution." We need more people asking for accountability in government, not less. We need to encourage people who are willing to stand up against a government drunk on tax and spend policy not insult them.


We should be mindful of the budget, but Tennesseans who are for accountability in government should support the project because it is the right thing to do,


The right thing to do for who? Is it the financially right thing to do as we enter tough financial times with other, more pressing, needs ahead?

plus the first lady's fundraising efforts have saved the state millions of dollars.

It is only a savings if the money has to be spent. If I went to the mall and spent a million dollars on a toy train set because it was on sale does not make it a savings for the person who has to pay the bill.

I think it's important to note that Gov. Bredesen and the first lady do not live in the residence pending the restoration. They have saved the state bucketloads of tax dollars by that decision alone.

Great! lets save even more by not having them build an party bunker at all. It is an overinflated, unneeded project that shouldn't be done with public money as we enter tough financial times.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Putin A fellow Judoka

Russia's head man Vladimir Putin is a fellow Judo student and is making a video about judo with Yamashta, a well known (in the judo world) world champ. I know most of you say "Who cares and what is judo?" but it is one of my favorite hobbies that I also teach when I have time.

Texas starts pole tax

The Texas legislature has started a tax on strip club admissions that is expected to raise 40 million. Although this is slightly less inclusive then my porn tax it has some of the same points and will raise the money for abuse centers instead of to remove the tax on food. This follows in the footsteps of the California legislature

The tip of the iceberg

The KNS reports a story how a Florida newspaper has exposed a searchable partial list of teachers who have had their teaching license marked for unethical conduct. The complete database includes roughly 37,000 names but only 24,500 were released. Another study said that a quarter of complaints were for sexual misconduct. Unfortunately the only names on the list were added voluntarily. The teachers unions fight the idea of any list so many states, names and/or teachers who quit previous to final dispensation of an accusation are not included.

I am sure the pedophiles are thanking the teachers union for "Having the best interests of the child on their mind".

An interesting study for some paper who doesn't mind an open government law suit would be to find out how many sexual misconduct complaints against teacher were filed and how many of those reached final dispensation. I bet many teachers quit previous to any decision. A good second study would be to see how many of those same teachers are still teaching only at another school or are teaching in another state.

UPDATE: In the comments section of the original story someone has posted that they have made a connection with Samuel Anderson of Tennessee . Supposedly the birth date matches with Samuel Anderson who is a Knox county Democrat school board member. For some reason I can not get the link to work on my computer so I will update more when I find out more info.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Odom desperately recruits dirty old henchmen

Times must be tough in the State Democrat camp. Smart democrat candidates are running away from any contested incumbent races like they have the plague.

The Hillary train wreck could lead the Democrat ticket. Bredesen is lame duck, won't be on the ballot and is slipping in popularity fast so his support will not carry the weight it used to. Ford JR. won't be on the ballot either so many people feel the minority vote will be suppressed as well.

On the other side of the isle. Most, if not all, of the republican presidential candidates are shown in polling to beat Hillary heads up. Probably badly in Tennessee (and the polls usually under represent Republican votes). Lamar! most likely has a free ride and will lead a push of support and voters to the polls. The State senate is looking good and I am hearing more and more about good people that are starting to line up to run against liberal Democrats in the house.

I am not hearing about many contested incumbent Republican races on the horizon at all and the ones I am hearing about are, well..... Lets just say they are proud to tie their name on the ballot to Hillary Clinton. Not a long or distinguished list.

One of the only names I hear floating around in the bowl is Fred Phillips. You may remember Fred.

As commissioner of safety under Gov. Phil Bredesen, Phillips had to quit his job following the exposure of political favoritism that was rampant under him, also there was a revelation that several Tennessee Highway Patrol employees had past criminal charges that ranged from aggravated assault to reckless endangerment and the resignation of THP Commander Col. Lynn Pitts. What a leader.

I hear Odom is so desperate he is all but on his knees in a attempt to get someone like him to run against Matthew "Give them hell" Hill. Hill beat Phillips by 5 points in 06' in what many people considered a hugely "up" Democrat year and Hill has probably only gotten more popular with his work ethic and constituent service.

Things could be looking good for Republicans.

Hit and run turns into "Hit me, I'm walkin!"

Democrat Rep. Rob Briley has turned his hit and run on a small family with a little girl in the car, Drunk driving, high speed chase, resisting arrest, destruction of state property and two felony arrests into a walk out of jail free and cruise on down to the Tunica casinos. You can read about it in this article.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The more things change...

I am sure this is how the computer staff feels when they come to my office.


Protecting his wife or protecting the people of Tennessee?

Phil is saying that all the opposition to his underground party bunker is just political. According to Phil it is all just a dirty political attack on his wife used to get at him.

Good job hiding behind your wife's skirt.

The wife shield is a old political tactic used to hide from criticism or questions that may be valid and needs responding to. This tactic is also often used by female candidates in races as well. It worked great for Hillary Clinton in her first senate race. When her opponent asked her if she would sign a no new tax pledge(as I recall) and took one over to her, her staff and followers called it an attack. Had it been two males nothing would have been said. From then on anything else he said or did was an attack on a poor defenseless woman.

I imagine now Phil will do the same thing and try to spin any questions or valid criticisms about the bunker as an attack on his wife. The goal is that it gets to the point that no matter how he dodges these questions people will say "He is so good protecting his wife from these dirty, evil, political attacks."

Fine, If Phil wants to protect his wife great. Here are a few ways.

Protect your wife. Take the project away from her and put any one else in charge, even a republican. I will continue to say is is an overinflated, unneeded project that shouldn't be done with public money as we enter tough financial times.

Protect your wife. Take the public funding of the project out of the equation. This project was supposed to be done with almost all private donations to start with. No one was attacking when that was the case. Protect your wife. Get back on the phone to those big donors. I am sure they will end up getting a kickback down the line any way.

Protect your wife. Donate your own money to finish it. What, that idea isn't reasonable? Your right, it isn't. So why are you asking people with less money (the tax payer)to pay for it? Is your defence of your wife at the expense of all the husbands, wives, sons and daughters of the state?

Protect your wife. Limit the spending to the resale value of the alterations. When you get close to upside down, stop.

Better yet, sell the darn house. We have only had it for about 50 years. Its need is negligible versus the cost in the immediate or long term. I can't remember any time in our state history or any state history for that matter where the publicly owned governors mansion was a critical factor in getting anything done that helped the taxpayer.

If those options aren't appealing then Phil can climb out from behind his wife's skirt and answer some simple questions such as....

Why no other facility in the Nashville area would be acceptable for a reception? How having the party bunker will bring in revenue to the state over and above the costs incurred in building or maintaining it? Are the costs in line with other private building projects of similar size? Is there any reason this project needs to be done now, more so then when we aren't facing a financial crunch?

If those questions cant be answered then maybe Phil should realize that the questions aren't a political attack on his wife but are valid criticisms.

I am happy to listen to the response.

From Phil or his wife.

A blog about blogs, blogs about my blog.

You can check out the interview here.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Like when chocolate blends with peanutbutter

Red State update with my favorite Democrat presidential candidate, Mike Gravel

Bill ideas

I sometimes get bill ideas from reading news stories as well as blog posts and comments by readers. I may tweak them and they will probably get changed more as the drafting process continues but here are a few you may recognize.

Some ideas for bills on campaign finance that I have submitted for drafting.

1. If the maximum fine is $10,000 or 15% of "the amount in controversy," then obviously any legislator can make a profit by stealing more than $10,000 from their campaign fund. The maximum fine should be set at $10,000 or 15% plus the "amount in controversy" in cases where the problem is not insufficient or improper disclosure but failure to report donations or the failure to report the transference of funds into private use.

2. This type of action should also be defined in law as embezzlement.

3. Require legislators to file a bank statement from the campaign account with their disclosure so the TREF can look to see if the two show the same balances.

And one for open government

The state legislature will follow all open government/sunshine laws that they have imposed on the local municipalities state wide.

"No one reads your blog"

That is the bumper sticker that I saw prominently displayed on one legislators desk this last week. The name of that legislator will be withheld to protect the guilty. I will try to get the photo I took of it up on the web one of these days but the ironic part was that I saw it the same day the Governor started his weekly wrap of what people are saying on blogs. Yes, I made the wrap.

Kudos to the Governor for starting it up and putting points of view that may not always agree with his own on it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tis the season

Some christmas fun

Registry may have to fight its own fine against Cooper.

A member of The Registry of election finance has said that they may have to go to court to fight reducing the fine of Senator Jerry Cooper to only $10,000.00.

From the Tom Humphries article.

Galligan said afterward that, if the attorney general declares that the $120,000 fine is valid and the Registry sticks by the action, he intends to challenge it in court.

This is the same registry that would not even look into the illegal action in the first place, even after it was exposed and presented to them on a silver platter, until someone from the outside came to Nashville and filed a formal complaint. Thank you again Drew Johnson and the TCPR.

Now Coopers lawyer is willing to go to court on the behalf of Cooper to make sure that he does not have to pay over $10,000.00 of his ill gotten $95,000.00. I am sure he would also fight to stop any investigation or fine if Cooper were to pocket another nearly quarter million dollars of campaign money (as he is capable of doing).

Of course for an investigation to happen, once again, someone from the outside would have to come up and file another formal complaint because the registry won't take any progressive action to go after criminal activity. They will only be proactive to protect the criminal from a fine when caught.

Why does it matter who leads? Because leadership makes the appointments on who sits on these boards.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jackie, Dunlap and me.

The AP has a story out about the crazy characters over at Red state update. I was quoted as a fan of their some times off color humor as I know many of my fellow legislators from both sides of the isle are. They are the best thing to watch on the net and are of the "Daily show" and "Colbert report" level of comedy. I would love to see them get picked up by one of those shows when the strike is over as I think they would fit in great.

I am sure that title is killing my mom. Yes mom, no need to call, I know it should be "I"

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Teaser

I was in Nashville yesterday and today and was tipped on some interesting new stuff that may come out in the next few weeks. I am not talking nice sunny stuff either. If it is as bad as hyped I would say it will be job ending in (well deserved) shame type news for a few people. Sorry I can't tell more but I was sworn to secrecy beyond the teaser. I would imagine you will read about it in the press when it comes out.

Comptroller’s Office new report

According to a new comptrollers report Hispanic drivers are arrested more for committing crime. Of course the comptrollers office feels that the crimes are committed because of racial profiling.

This is more like it

Man gets 30 years for rape of his daughter not a bad start. Why did Democrat party chairman and Bredesen campaign chairman/fund raiser (Bubba Scarbrough) only get 8 months after rape of a 12 year old boy in a health club?

The big wedge

I am sure this is going to be one of the big wedge issues in next years election. I can imagine the fists flying on the house floor over this.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Arrest #s climb but so do #s of illegals

Some facts the Tennessean has put out show arrests in the area around Memphis are up but the number of illegal aliens continues to grow. The fact that ICE may have arrested 400 of the worst of the worst in a 5 state region does not put a dent in the estimated 15-20 million illegals nation wide.

We need to go after the magnet makers, The employers of the illegals.

Shortage? What shortage?

Phil has his staff giving out permanent pay raises to their staff. Some get as much as a 55% raise. With the actual amount raised in the realm of $60,000.00 Tom Humphries has all the details.

As many people warned last year, growing large permanent programs will lead to shortages when the economy slows. Then unless cuts are made (a rare occurrence in the legislature) taxes go up. The numbers show that we have already overspent our children's future but the pay offs continue.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Interesting

The return of the I.T.?

Many people are speculating on the possible return of an Income Tax proposal. I for one do not think that form of tax increase will be in the mix again any time soon.

The last time an income tax was brought forward many of the income tax legislative supporters were run out of Nashville on a rail. The only legislators who supported an income tax and survived were from districts full of people who would not pay an income tax any way because many of them did not have jobs.

The thought of that form of taxation above many others made Tennesseans blood boil. Tennesseans hated the idea of punishing people for being hard working and industrious. By the time the vote was taken hard working people were ready to go after IT supporters.

When the dust settled, Republicans picked up several new seats from Democrat and moderates who supported IT. The Republican governor who supported it was replaced by a Democrat.


Oddly, The legislature still passed the largest tax increase in state history but the people who supported other forms of tax increases got a pass.The moderates and the Democrats learned. Pass any other form of tax increase, no matter how big, and the people will not notice. Many smaller bites instead of going after the entire sandwich all at once would get the same meal at the end of the day.

The governor and the legislature is hailed as a conservative. People know he hasn't pushed for an income tax and people think since they haven't heard of any other tax increases that he and their legislators must be conservative. Sadly this was not the case. In the end, Tennessee government spending went from $19 billion to over $27 billion in 5 short years. Something small government supporters seem to have over look in the past few years.

But a new wave is coming. With more news coming out from alternative sources as well as the MSM about taxes constantly increasing many people are starting to catch on. They see that some of the old moderates are just as bad as some of the IT supporting ones. Their is hope on the horizon. I am hearing of some conservatives looking to get involved in politics. I think we could see another strong resurgence of conservative legislators if some races go as hoped.

The next year could show some big changes in the state legislature. It could be fun.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

An oldy but a goody

You may have read this in the past but as the Governor and his staff look to find new things to tax it comes back into my mind.



Tax his land,
> Tax his bed,
> Tax the table
> At which he's fed.
>
> Tax his tractor,
> Tax his mule,
> Teach him taxes
> Are the rule.
>
> Tax his cow,
> Tax his goat,
> Tax his pants,
> Tax his coat.
>
> Tax his ties,
> Tax his shirt,
> Tax his work,
> Tax his dirt.
> Tax his tobacco,
> Tax his drink,
> Tax him if he
> Tries to think.
>
> Tax his cigars,
> Tax his beers,
> If he cries, then
> Tax his tears.
>
> Tax his car,
> Tax his gas,
> Find other ways
> To tax his .....
>
> Tax all he has
> Then let him know
> That you won't be done
> Till he has no dough.
>
> When he hollers,
> Tax hi m some more,
> Tax him till
> He's good and sore.
>
> Then tax his coffin,
> Tax his grave,
> Tax the sod in
> Which he's laid.
>
> Put these words
> upon his tomb,
> "Taxes drove me to my doom..."
>
> When he's gone,
> Do not relax,
> Its time to apply
> The inheritance tax.
>
> Accounts Receivable Tax
> Building Permit Tax
> CDL license Tax
> Cigarette Tax
> Corporate Income Tax
> Dog License Tax
> Excise Taxes
> Federal Income Tax
> Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
> Fishing License Tax
> Food License Tax
> Fuel Permit Tax
> Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
> Gross Receipts Tax
> Hunting License Tax
> Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax
> IRS Interest Charges
> IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
> Liquor Tax
> Luxury Taxes
> Marriage License Tax
> Medical r e Tax
> Personal Property Tax
> Property Tax
> Real Estate Tax
> Service Charge Tax
> Social Security Tax
> Road Usage Tax
> Sales Tax
> Recreational Vehicle Tax
> School Tax
> State Income Tax
> State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
> Telephone Federal Excise Tax
> Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
> Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge
> Taxes
> Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
> Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges
> Tax
> Telephone State and Local Tax
> Telephone Usage Charge Tax
> Utility Taxes
> Vehicle License Registration Tax
> Vehicle Sales Tax
> Water-craft Registration Tax
> Well Permit Tax
> Workers Co mpensation Tax
>
> STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
> Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our
> nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no
> national debt, had the largest middle class in the world,
> and Mom could stay home to raise the kids.
>
> What happened? Can you spell "politicians"?
>

Friday, December 07, 2007

Cooper quits!

Jerry Cooper waits until after the deadline to allow an election and then quits the senate. Greg Johnson asks some good questions regarding what the registry could do and will Coopers retirement go toward paying his debt to society. It also comes out that Cooper brought home one last piece of pork for his family and friends.

No word on who will pocket Coopers quarter million in campaign funds. Will it be the registry?, a charity?, the Democrat party? (they love to get dirty donations) or will Cooper just put it in his pocket when people stop paying attention? (as he has a history of doing).

I think people have to question how many times this sort of thing has happened in the past and is it still happening today. TREF has no way to check on if the numbers match what actually is in the bank or if money spent actually goes to who the candidate says it goes to. The only reason his pocketing money came out was because it was exposed by the state in another criminal investigation on Cooper.

It seems the only time big violations get exposed is through outside investigations such as the Tennessee waltz, The Cooper/Wilder dirty land deal, The black caucus dust up. Even in those cases, many times private citizens and fellow legislators had to come forward just to start investigations that were later swept under the rug by the Democrat run ethics board. We should be better able to handle our problems and investigations in house instead of having to wait for the next big federal sting or investigation.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Problem with illegals grows in south

The numbers could tell several things. That illegal immigrant arrests in South have quadrupled,That the number of illegals is growing in the south and that some southern states are actually doing something about it.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tennessees house of horror.

The TCPR digs up the REAL numbers on the cost of the governors wife's pet project. The real shame is that, as feared all along by many, Tennesseans are the ones left holding the bag (and the bill).

One thing I have failed to mention the entire time this story has been going around is that the legislative plaza has a great reception hall already in it. It is the place currently used for the governors ball and other events and receptions (public and private) throughout the year. It is not like the governor doesn't already have a nice place to receive large groups of important guests.

Does anyone hearken back to the time when the governors spouse did charity work for the state?

Monday, December 03, 2007

TV time

I did the "Lets talk Frank" TV show tonight. We talked some state stuff an some national races but the odd moment of the night came from one caller who wanted to talk about the war. OK fire away. About the first words out of his mouth were how he was mad that the surge was working and how he hoped that we would fail. It wasn't some joke caller it was real.

Although I may not always agree, I can see how people get to most points of view on the war issue. "Wrong war, wrong time", "Shouldn't be there", "Get out now", "Stay fight and win" but this point of view was impossible for me to see. How can any American hope our troops fail? Failure helps no one long or short term and costs many lives no matter what. All I could see was a person who was so partisan that the loss of life was acceptable to them as long as it pushed the political agenda of the left.

Sad.

Branding .......Me

With pub like this.

Next up, I have plans to launch a clothing and fragrance line......

As expected


As expected, Democrat Sen. Jerry cooper will not run again and will ride off into the sunset $95,000.00 richer and be able to spend all of his campaign money how ever he wants. No new penalty (that he has any reason to pay) can be levied against him no matter how he decides to spend it. Any wonder how much money we are talking about? About a quarter million more dollars. That is right $246,000.00 on top of the $95,000.00. Hate to say I told you so but.....

UPDATE: I was just reading Bill Hobbs take of this event and realized something. If Cooper took all his campaign money and put it in his private account (in one check) the registry could only fine him $10,000.00 more for his crime so he would still pocket $236 ,000.00 even if he did pay the fine. If he really wanted to he could also pay the previous $120,000.00 fine and still make $116,000.00 plus the previous $95,000.00 for a total of over $210,000.00 profit. The kicker is he could then legally run for office again, free and clear!

Media blitz

Well it looks as if a media blitz will be used to pass more toll roads this year. Expect more of these "dire needs" to come up with the threat of a non pay as you go system or a gas tax increase to go with them. At a later point "calmer heads" will offer more toll roads instead.

How bout we pay back the money we took from the gas tax to start with and then look at the issues again. The gas tax was supposed to be a dedicated tax just for road construction. The money for road construction also got a match from the federal government. How bout we also finish the other projects that were promised to be done with the money raised by the tax back when Lamar! was governor first. That is another way the gas tax increase was sold to the people to get it passed in the first place.

Does any one else think there will be a rush of job applications at the toll road companies when this administration leaves office?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Shout "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

My mom sends me all sorts of plitical stories, jokes and such. Here is one from her for the season.


*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a "Holiday".*

*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
*At Lowe's the word Christmas - was nowhere to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*

*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
*Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*

*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"*
*Sipping your Star-bucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say, or you may help make our Christmas just go away*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday!*