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

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Dont you know its all about me"

In what has to be one of the more callus lines I have read this week Phil Bredesen wants to cut the tax holidays because they don't help HIM.

It was good for you and your family, but it didn't do anything for the state which is facing hard times......

........I'm not going to be able to do much for anything as I want,"

Photo Voter upheld

The photo ID previous to voting has been upheld by the US supreme court. This has always seemed like a no brainer to me. It takes a photo ID to get a library card, to get on an airplane or to drive a car but none to vote.

In Tennessee, in an attempt to pass voter ID, Rep. Deborah Maggart offered free photo ID for those who could not afford one. Her bill even allowed people to vote on a provisional ballot if they did not have an ID (But they were required to provide proof before their vote was counted). She even provided proof that requiring a photo ID to vote does not disenfranchise legal voters. It was still killed in the house.

Session ending

Word is session should end some time next week. We will probably have to run into the weekend next week to finish.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Education shakeout

Here are some of the things rumored to be happening regarding state education funding for this year.

No BEP growth.

No Pre K expansion.

No teacher raises.

House bill 9 (money for school improvements based on the number of kids in the school)looks good for passage as does the energy efficiency loan/match program.

The governors plan to take lottery money and put it into an interest bearing account to pay for income based lottery scholarships is on the go list.

Lower GPA standards to 2.75 to keep a scholarship looks to pass.

Budget shakeout

Here are some of the rumors as to what is going to happen on the budget. From what I here most of this is close to in stone but not totally there yet.

No pre K expansion at all.

No new land purchase.

End to the bowl wevil eradication fund.

No pay raise for state employees.

BEP 2.0 stays funded where it is.

No new roads projects (but projects already underway would keep going).

End to 4H funding and related programs.

The party bunker STAYS funded.

Cuts to special needs remains. (That was mentioned as an area the governor was going to fight to make sure stayed cut).

Short list

Word From VERY reliable sources is, Phil is telling insiders he is now on the short list as a possible VP for Obama.

The free drinks roll on

I ran my amendment to ban free alcohol for legislators at receptions. It said they would have to pay fair market value for their alcoholic drinks. It failed 63 against, 23 for, 10 present or present not voting.

Democrats look to increase tax on food

Tom Humphreys digs out the dirt on the omnibus corrections bill and finds what may be up to $20,000,000.00 or more in new taxes. Included in the new taxes are increases in the tax on some food, increases in taxes on small farmers (Dave Oatney should love this one), increases in Taxes on small business and many others.

One of the quotes is priceless. From Reagan Farr...."It never ceases to amaze me the hoops people will go through to try to avoid taxes," said Farr.

Well Regan it never ceases to amaze me the hoops government will jump through to increase taxes on people (especially when times are tough). At least Farr is finally admitting it is a tax increase and not "Closing a loophole" as he has tried to pass it off as for years.

I guess it is a philosophy difference, Liberals believe increasing taxes and increasing government helps employ people in government jobs (or gives government employees raises). I guess when they look at government as the big employer that is what they see. Conservatives believe less taxes and less government help employers and the people. I guess when we look at private business as the best employer that is what we see.

Another thing that jumped out at me is the one tax incentive listed in the article.

"Making it easier for companies that invest in "economically distressed" counties to claim tax credits. Currently, the credit goes to those investing at least $500,000 and creating at least 25 jobs within one year. The provision would allow firms to qualify even if it takes up to five years to create the 25 new jobs"

While I generally support lowering taxes, this seems like it could be ripe for abuse. I wonder how "economically distressed" is defined. Why should some counties get an unfair advantage over other counties? This does not seem like a bill that benefits the entire state or has state wide applications. Shouldn't the county set up the tax break if that is what their constituents want? It is like if the federal government said "We are giving tax credits if you start a small business in Georgia." All well and good for Georgia but is that fair for Tennessee? Why is one employer more special than another? If they employ some one who needs a job no matter where they live don't they deserve credit?

Also what is done if they never reach 25 employees. What if they only employ 5 people? or 2? Will they have to give back some of the money? What if they only employ 25 people for one day in the fifth year or What if they hire and fire 25 people to do the same job in one year? Would they get the tax credit for all 5 years? What about the person whose company has been struggling to employ that many people for the previous five years? Don't they deserve some credit as well instead of giving a potential competitor a special break for 5 years?

Tax relief should be broad and equal to be fair for all.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A few more

I have been getting some links from a few right leaning bloggers. You might want to check them out. Here is one and here is another.

I have a new rule about getting on my blogroll (not really that new since I have had it for a few months) I only add blogs to the blogroll after they have been up and running a 6 months, They have to post somewhat regularly on state legislature issues and it helps (but is not mandatory) if they are conservative leaning. Suggestions that meet that criteria are welcome at any time.

Joke of the week (tickets)

I have a friend that has 4 extra tickets for the Robbie Knievel event at Braves Stadium the weekend after next if anybody wants them. He's going to try to jump 1500 Democrats with a bull dozer.

Phil Valentine on the baby daddy bill

Phil Valentine did an article on the death of the baby daddy bill.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Don't forget

This weekend is the sales tax holiday. Pay no sales tax on clothes, shoes, school and art supplies up to $100.00 per item and up to $1,500.00 per computer.

Quick! Rearrange the deck chairs!

Their are new plans on how judges should be "Elected" to the supreme court. Now, we can argue the merits of one system over another and while the Ron Ramsey plan (supported by the Governor) is better then the old way (supported by Naifeh and the trial lawyers) I still wonder how people can support any thing but sending it back to the people to pick who they want from an open field of candidates.

In my mind, the yes/no retention vote is an abomination.

It may have been judged "legal" but I doubt that that system is any thing close to what out states founding fathers had in mind when they said “The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state,”

I saw nothing in there about how candidates must get approval first from the trial lawyers union, then the speakers of the house and senate, then the governor picks one of three offered to him on the first approved ballot or one of three from another slate, then the people can say yes or no.

The constitution was written by normal people for normal people. That part looks pretty cut and dry. I think most normal people could pretty easily figure it out if they chose to read it. Why do people constantly try to read thing into the constitution that are not there.

Friday, April 25, 2008

SC to close up gun records

South Carolina last week became the latest in a growing number of states to make the names of people who have a license to carry a concealed weapon a private record.

Last week we voted to keep state employees private addresses and information a secret. It sailed through. It is a safety issue for police, prison guards ect.. Many gun owners feel that their information should be kept secret also. Some feel they could become victims of people who rob houses and look to steal guns. A safety issue for them as well.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Why not Tennessee?

Mark Rose has an article about an interesting idea that has sort of bounced around in my head for a while. Is their any reason we can't do this or this in Tennessee?



Tennessee is full of religious people who are proud of their faith just as many people are proud of sports teams. Some plates could support religious schools such as Notre Dame or Belmont. Other plates could be religion specific, say a baptist plate or a catholic plate or a Jewish plate or a Muslim plate. Possibly a generic "In God we trust" plate with a little more religious theme to it then the one with the eagle.

How bout a Republican or Democrat plate?
If that is too overtly political how bout plates with elephants or donkeys on them? (wink, wink). The money raised could go to elephant and donkey sanctuaries or zoos.

If any of the groups could reach the requirement of pre sale orders and the other hoops were jumped through then half the money could go to a good charity (as they have for other plates). It is a winner all the way around. Why not in Tennessee?

400 million in non growth

Budget projections are projected short in the 400 million to 500 million dollar range. The talk in the legislature is that the number will be closer to the 440 million dollar number.

These are not cuts from last years numbers but more of a cut of projected growth in spending.

Meanwhile Drew Johnson at the TCPR has released the pork report categorizing over 260 million in waste. I was at the press release of the pork report and it was noted that if the budget was on line in detail the numbers could be higher.

Banning partial birth abortion

SJR127 the resolution that would allow the state to ban partial birth abortion is gaining new steam. Some have said it is a political stunt but many people value life in election years and non election years. We are giving all people Republican and Democrat the chance to support it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tim to tie knot

My state senator Tim Burchett has announced he is going to tie the knot. I wish him, and his lovely bride to be, all the best in their new life together.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

UT in a spin over one empty holster

The KNS reports on one 30 year old aerospace engineer who has an empty holster on campus. Oh the humanity!! Just think if he had a gun in the holster! Hundreds would be automatically killed!

Or not.

Death of the non baby daddy bill fallout

The Tennessean did a story on the death of the bill that would allow non biological parents out of future child support payments after a DNA proof.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The video

AC Kleinheider got the video of the death of the baby daddy bill.

Not the baby daddy, bill dies

My bill to allow non biological parents (proven by DNA) to stop future child support payments was killed in full judiciary this last week. The bill did not cover people who had adopted or used artificial insemination or such cases. It was drafted for people who had been defrauded into believing they were the fathers and were not.

Rob Briley (of video and questionable lobbyist interaction infamy) went after the legislation and protected all the deadbeats and home wreckers from rightly having to pay for what they created.

I hope to have the video of the exchange up soon.

Holsters on UT campus

Empty holsters on UT campus will be used as a sign of quiet protest this week. The goal is to show support of allowing honest permitted citizens to be able to carry a gun for self defence on campus. You can see the entire story here.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Joke of the week, Dear IRS

Dear Internal Revenue Service:



Enclosed you will find my 2007 tax return showing that I owe $3,407.00

in taxes.

Please note the attached article from the USA Today newspaper; dated 12
November, wherein you will see the Pentagon (Department of Defense) is
paying $171.50 per hammer and NASA has paid $600.00 per toilet seat.

I am enclosing four (4) toilet seats (valued @ $2,400) and six (6)
hammers valued @ $1,029), which I secured at Home Depot, bringing my
total remittance to $3,429.00.

Plea se apply the overpayment of $22.00 to the 'Presidential Election
&n.b. sp.; Fund,' as noted on my return.

You can do this inexpensively by sending them one (1) 1.5 Phillips Head screw (see aforementioned article from USA Todays newspaper detailing how
H.U.D. pays $22.00 each for 1.5' Phillips Head Screws).

One screw is enclosed for your convenience.

It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward
to paying it again next year.

Sincerely,

A Satisfied Taxpayer

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The safety dance

The left is in full on mad mode this weekend. Many articles and blog comments have been made about Rep. Matthew Hill and his worker safety amendment, regaurding English in the workplace, that he tried to pass on Thursday.

I think he was right in his attempt to do this. The bill dealt with worker safety (although the left is now calling it a sewer bill). Matthew Hill's amendment dealt with worker safety (It is a safety issue if you can not understand the language people are speaking in some work situations). It was covered in the same caption of law dealing with worker safety (not sewers). It was a legal amendment. Done in the legal fashion. If they did not like the amendment or the system they can vote against the amendment or change the system. But the rules are the rules and have been for years.

As Zack Wamp said to Democrats on the US house floor "I know why you’re so mad and why you say things you don’t really mean. It’s because you have seen us really outfox you on this issue tonight."

In Tennessee they are mad because they are down on record being against worker safety on the English only topic. They felt it was safely killed in the subcommittee system and they would not have to go on record with their opinion on the issue.

They are mad because they just got bit by the fox.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Cuts planned, but not for the party room

The Department of Children's Services is looking to have to cut 160 positions. If you dont know DCS is the group that is charged with investigating child abuse and neglect cases as well as helping handicapped children.

The cuts are a result of budget shortfalls.

Meanwhile, multi million dollar, no bid, construction of the party room expansion project at the governors mansion rolls on.

Briley wants to keep secrecy

Rep. Rob Briley wants the history of judicial nominees to be discussed in secret for fear some candidates may not want to expose their questionable history. (Insert joke here).

This is an example of why judges should be truly elected instead of selected and put on the ballot for a yes/no vote. The yes/no vote system is called "the Tennessee plan". The Tennessee plan was put in place a few years ago to supposedly fulfills the constitutional requirement that all judges be elected.

Can legislators get that same deal? It would make running for office a lot easier.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I guess we don't know our own strength

It is incredible how a minority of Republicans, with no leadership positions, on a committee that can not stop or kill a bill, even if the entire committee voted unanimously to do so can somehow "stop a bill" in Government Operations. Please report on how we did it so we can do it again in other committees.

I guess if anyone looked at the video, or was actually there, they would see it was Democrat Lois Deberry who moved to adjourn the committee (previous to the scheduled time) when people started to ask questions about the constitutionality of the bill.

How does asking questions make a committee end early? How is an unconstitutional bill, presented by Democrats, Republicans fault?

Its a matter of time

As I said in my last post rep. Matthew Hill brought an amendment allowing employers to mandate English be spoken in their workplace. The Democrats hated it and voted against it on an all but party line vote. (All republicans and Democratic Reps. John Mark Windle, Eddie Yokley were for the amendment. All Democrats were against it.)

Rep Odum got up and ranted against the amendment system and how it was a dirty trick to bring an amendment less then a half hour before the bill was to be presented on the house floor. Most people realised he was more upset that the Democrats were made to vote on a tough issue. An issue their voters will not like.

Isn't it ironic the next bill up was by Republican Chris Crider. An amendment was put on by Democrat Ulysses Jones. Leader Mumpower got up and asked Chris...

"When did you hear about this amendment?"

Chris replied

"I don't want to get involved in the fight, I just want to pass my bill but I was just told about this amendment about five minutes ago."

Mumpower replied.

"Five minutes ago......."

English in the workplace

Matthew Hill brought an amendment that said an employer may require their employees to speak English. In some situations it could be a safety factor. It was killed on an almost all party line vote. All republicans and Democratic Reps. John Mark Windle, Eddie Yokley were for the amendment. All Democrats were against it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Line of the day

I was in commerce committee today when G.A. Hardaway brought up a bill regarding burial plots. A funny exchange ensued when Rep. Curry Todd asked if he thought the people were past helping (Being dead).

G.A. Chuckled and said no he represents all sorts of people.

Joe McCord jumped in with "We all know dead people in Memphis have been voting for years. It is good to see they finally have a voice in Nashville."

G.A. Came back and said "I want to be clear, This bill in no way will stop the dead people from their right to vote."

The Tennessee plan

I received this note from judge Dale Workman on the judicial selection process. It is reprinted with his permission.

After 18 years on the trial bench I have seen the Commissioners under
the Tennessee Plan make the selection of judges the most partisan
politics in the history of the state. This has never been "merit
selection". There is less politics in almost any other method. The
commission on one occasion submitted three names, one of which had never
tried a lawsuit but had the "right" politics and left off an applicant
nationally recognized for her qualifications. If a republican governor
is ever elected again then no "qualified" republicans will be found. The
best result for the citizens of Tennessee is to let it "sunset" or be
repealed. Start will a clean slate and maybe a "fair" system to all can
be developed. I do understand that statewide elections for appeals
courts has significant problems.
Dale Workman
Suite M-40
City-County Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Monday, April 14, 2008

But what about.............

Could this Tennessean article be quietly advocating removal of the tax exempt status of newspapers? I guess that would be considered broadening the tax base and removing exemptions. How "progressive" of them.

Legislatively that would be much simpler then implementation of an unconstitutional income tax as some groups want.

"Boy the way Glen Miller played"

"Songs that made the hit parade". Top issues in the legislature? Fixing the Wikipedia screw-ups. From the "All in the family" theme song.

Judge not....

The system we use to select our judges is a controversy in the capitol. I, along with many others on the gov operations committee feel the constitution is clear on this. The people should elect the judges. A yes/no retention vote is not a election as the framers intended.

Some people feel an appointment process with a retention vote will work best and is non partisan or political. I feel, and have seen, it is just the opposite. Appointments are more political. Instead of many people you have to convince of your qualifications, you need only convince a few. Most of the people who select the people now have a vested interest in the outcome more then the average Tennessean.

Changing who these people are on the committee and how they are selected would help but would not cure the problem. I see this similarly to the school superintendent issue. The people should decide. The candidate field can be narrowed with reasonable qualifications for the office sought but that should be the limit.

I wonder how much the TCPR lawsuit will effect this issue. Drew Johnson and John Jay Hooker are suing the state on this very issue.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Joke of the week (evolution or creation)

Genealogy

A little girl asked her father, "How did the human race appear?"

The father answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had

children and so was all mankind made.

"Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question.

The mother answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys

from which the human race evolved.

"The confused girl returned to her father and said, "Dad, how

is it possible that you told me the human race was created by

God, and Mama said they developed from monkeys?"

The father answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you

about my side of the family and your Mama told you about hers."

Friday, April 11, 2008

The problem with toll roads

This graphic scene shows another problem with toll roads. Tough penalties if you don't have exact change.



Hat tip: Terry Frank

Money Quote

Say uncle has the "Money quote" on the Jimmy Naifeh editorial. From the Uncle post

He ends with:

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again and will continue to say it: As long as I am speaker, we will never have to worry about our Second Amendment right being infringed upon.

And by infringed upon he means protected.

Are you extreme?

Jimmy Naifeh does an editorial defending his killing of second amendment legislation. Legislation that would have protected carry permit holders identity and personal information. Legislation that would allowed some people the freedom to carry and defend themselves if necessary in parks, colleges and restaurants.

In the process he insults people who support these constitutional rights calling them extremists.

. From the article.....The aim of these bills was not to protect or defend the Second Amendment of this country, but rather an attempt by an extreme few to pervert our right to bear arms into a law that only recognizes a select few.

I am not so sure about the select few part. I think it is the other side that is limiting the numbers. Jimmy, started his diatribe with a quote so he must like them. Here is another quote for him that has been attributed by some to another Tennessean, Davy Crockett (as well as Barry Goldwater)....

Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue; extremism in the defense of freedom is no vice.

Good video

While my musical tastes only occasionally swing in a country mode. I have always liked this song.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Elections when it suits us

The constitutional change to allow people to vote on Lt. Governor and the Secretary of state has been changed to only allow popular election of the Lt Governor.

Odd how some people feel the will of the people should be listened to only now that the Lt. Governor is a Republican and the Democrat secretary of state is edited out.

Toll roads die!

The toll roads legislation is dead for the year after the sponsor killed it in the senate transportation committee. I had been speaking with some of the senators on that committee and they said they were going to kill it if he ran it. I was told they were getting lots of calls and E mails and the people did not want them.

Good job!

Governor to cut peoples pay to finish party room

The governor is looking at cuts in pay for state employees so he has money to finish the party room at the mansion.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Pinion quits

State Rep. Phillip Pinion (Father of the toll road tax) has decided to call it quits. Word is he was not having fun any more. I had spoken with him last year and he said he was probably not going to run again. I was sort of surprised when he picked up his petition and turned it in. Two Democrats had already filed in the primary before he dropped out so he was facing a race. Because of his late pull out the deadline for new candidates to file will be extended( I think another 10 days) so new candidates can get in.

More energy bills

Tennessee Senate Democrats voted unanimously in committee to increase energy costs. I am not sure how they can think that the older people on a fixed income (Or anybody for that matter) are going to be glad to hear their home heating and cooling bills will be going up.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

8 is great!!

Tennessee, Where the men are men and the women are champions!

Tonight the Tennessee Lady Vols won in a walk over Stanford (64 to 48) for their eighth national title. Congrats to Pat Summit and the Lady Vols. Last year after Tennessee won the title I called it that the Lady Vols would be back to back national champions. Not a huge feat with Pat Summit at the helm.

Revenue projections off, Again

We are short another $65 mill for the month.

The report.....

MARCH REVENUES

NASHVILLE - Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz reported today that overall March revenues were $866.7 million or $65.0 million less than the state budgeted.

"The current year budget was based on sales tax growth of just over four percent, but the actual growth rate has been below two percent," Goetz said. "Given that, and a corporate tax shortfall of $86 million so far this fiscal year, we anticipate having to make some difficult decisions to keep state spending within the limits for the remainder of the current year and into next year.".........


.........Gasoline and motor fuel collections for March decreased by 5.49%. For eight months revenues are over collected by $10.2 million.

Tobacco taxes collections were $5.5 million under the budgeted estimate of $30.1 million. For eight months revenues are under collected in the amount of $52.0 million.

Year-to-date collections for eight months were $268.1 million less than the budgeted estimate. ......

..... The General Fund under collection is projected to be $180.0 million.


The governor and his staff have said repeatedly we need to be willing to be "flexible" on spending requests. I am good with that but I wonder if that same "flexibility" comes in to play with spending on the party bunker.

Monday, April 07, 2008

The people have spoken

The people have spoken. With comments and star rating system, the star rating is deemed a flop.

It is gone!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Star score. Up or down?

I have mixed feelings on the five star scoring system you see above all posts. It is sort of neat and it allows people to sort of post a comment without posting a comment. The bad side is it takes a long time for the page to come up with this feature.

I have decided to give it one post all its own. The more stars you give it the more you like the star system. The less stars the less you like it. If it does not score well it is gone.

What say you?

Joke of the week (The best and the brightest)

A Washington DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of why our country is in trouble!
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1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
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2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts " Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in
Massachusetts , Capetown is in Africa ." Her response - click.
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3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!"
(OMG)
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4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada ?" I said, "No." She said, "But they look so close on the map." (OMG, again!)
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5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas . When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time." (Aghhhh)
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6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 am got to Chicago at 8:33 am. I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
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7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude!
After putting her on hold for a minute while I looked into it (I was laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno , CA is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.
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8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California , and then take the train to Hawaii ?"
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9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them."
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10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?" I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola , Fl. on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"
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11. A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him that he needed a visa.
"Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my
American Express!"
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12. A New Mexico Congress woman called to make reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York ." I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady. After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry , ma'am, I've looked up every
airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere." The lady retorted,
"Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!" So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" The reply? "Whatever! I knew it was a big animal."

Spot on

Tom Humphrey hits the nail on the head about Governor Phil Bredesen. People always ask me about Phil. What is he like? What does he think of this issue or that issue? What is he like to work with? I try to tell them how he doesn't think to much about hardly any state issue. He is up in the clouds some where trying to position himself for a VP slot.

In my four years in the legislature I can honestly say I have seen him less then half a dozen times even walking down a hall. I saw him for the first time this year about a week ago. I think it was for college day or teachers day on the hill or something like that. He was walking down the hall, shaking hands and doing the photo op thing but he never stopped moving. You could tell by the body language that, that is not his thing. Still, I sort of felt like the kid who just found Waldo. I wanted to call all my friends and fellow legislators out of the committee rooms and say "Hey everybody! Come look! The governor is out here!"

I am not alone in this assessment. I have spoken with several Democrats who feel the same way. They think he is "too pretty" to get down in the dirty legislature and do the work that needs to get done. Many say when history is written he will be lightly regarded.

His big issue of mandatory universal pre K is flopping in the polls, as well as in his own study, the future looks bleak for expansion because of budget crunches. People are starting to see it could become the next Tenncare.

The results from his "Managing his way out of the Tenncare problem with out cuts" will be viewed as a wash, at best, as spending continues to grow and services drop. No real innovation there.

Toll roads are not popular.

Government spending grew by a third under his administration with little to show for it except a new party room at the governors mansion.

When it is all over I think many people will look back and say "Phil? He seemed nice, but what happened?"

Friday, April 04, 2008

Dinner anyone?

Tonight is the Knox County Republican dinner.


Time: Dinner: 6:00 P.M. - Program: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Rothchild’s Catering (8807 Kingston Pike)
Tickets: $30.00

GUEST SPEAKER
Congressman Roy Blunt of Missouri


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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Headlines from yesterdays state newspapers.

Legislature bans murder and death. Rep.Janis Sontany moves on to banning frowning faces.

Legislature mandates schools should be against violence. Pro violence schools "Up in arms!" Rep. Tommy Brown is ready for the fight.

Repeal of Laws of gravity fail in sub committee, Rep Mike Turner plans to get the anti gravity union to strike.

Rep. Gary Moore is caught lighting garbage cans on fire but is let off the hook after he does his impression of the mountain man in "Blazing Saddles".

Rep. Mike Bell throws away his crutches and dances a jig shouting "It worked, It worked! I fooled them all!!!!"after no one signs up to run against him in this falls election.

Rep. Frank Buck introduces "Casual Friday/leather Speedo day" in his office..............Legislature is evacuated.

Rep. Bill Dunn goes home and after a quick recount realizes he has six kids, not five.

Henry Fincher thinks a pro gun Democrat is not a thing of the past.

Rep. David Hawk kills Rep. Jayson Mumpower, Puts lifts in his shoes and takes his office over. No one notices for three weeks.

DNA testing proves Sherry Jones and Ulysses Jones are actually cousins. Larry Turner refuses to take DNA test after finding Michael Turner has already taken one.

Debra Maggart starts her WNBA career. Is quoted as having said "My entire life is about the hardwood"

Rep. Frank Nicley talks about killing a pig and having a pig roast for his daughters wedding. Drew Johnson is contacted for who he should get.

Phillip Pinion misses the first day of session after a toll road is "tested" on the road leading to the legislative parking garage.

John Mark Windle shows up in uniform. Slips into Republican caucus meetings disguised as a fern.

Sen. Beverly Marrero moves out of state. Tennessee UFO sightings drop 50%.

Rep. Charles Sargent quits smoking. Governors Pre K budget crumbles.

Rep. Richard Floyd drinks a Pepsi goes into convulsions.

Rep. Brenda Gilmore runs out of constituents to honor on the house floor, starts on neighborhood pets. Rep. Tom Dubois is jealous he did not think of it first.

The Legislature cafeteria starts a red plate special of "Glen Casadias"

Me..........I bought a dictionary.

Why it matters who leads

Yes, a fast one was pulled today but it wasn't because a bill was taken out of order. That happens all the time. It wasn't because a person did not show up to vote on time, that happens all the time as well. When the vote is taken it is usually considered final. What happened after that should not happen all the time, but did and does.

The leader can make the rules up as they go along. They can bring back bills that have already passed, vote on any committee, even committees they do not sit on, have leadership members from the full committees(All Democrat) sit in on lower committees, stack committees with new members (filling slots for people who were never on that committee) and kill bills. This is why leadership matters.

It beats ballroom dancing

More Shelby count residents are realizing that the police can not be every where in the city at one time. They are taking to arming themselves in greater numbers as protection against criminals that are taking over.

From the article..

It's the most violent metropolitan area in the United States. We have a high percentage of handgun permit owners and we have a high percent of armed criminals here,” said Tom Givens.


Givens owns Rangemaster in Southeast Memphis where he trains handguns owners. He says Shelby County’s high crime statistics are why so many residents seek handgun permits. Givens said, “They come in when somethings happened to them, to their neighbor, to a co-worker, to a relative. In general, it's in response to something that's happened close to home.” He added,” “The news is our best salesman.”



Collierville couple Dr. Deborah and Jack Gentry are two of Rangemaster’s newest customers. They recently decided it was time for them to file for handgun permits. Jack Gentry said, “ We felt like we need to be a little proactive in protecting ourselves and our family.” Deborah Gentry added, “We decided we would take ballroom dancing and then we decided this (handgun training) would more fun than ballroom dancing.”

The Gentrys say learning how to correctly shoot a handgun has made them feel more confident about their abilities to keep themselves and their family safe. Deborah said, “ Now, there's no doubt in my mind that I'm comfortable handling it and that I'm not going to hurt myself or anyone else.”

Porn tax in SC

The porn tax is being tossed around in South Carolina as a way to pay for child predators.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

MTSU teacher threatened. Refused right of self defence

This report should be a warning.

From the report

A suspicious, early-morning email message to police at Middle Tennessee State University stated that the sender overheard that someone was going to bring a gun to campus and “do something to the teacher in PH,” which may allude to Peck Hall on the Murfreesboro campus.
MTSU police immediately went to the site to investigate.
At this time, no campus buildings have officially been evacuated, although some individuals and classes chose to leave Peck Hall and other buildings.
No official report of a gun sighting on campus or of a person carrying a gun on campus has been reported to the police.
Professors and students have been asked to return to their normal schedule and to remain watchful and vigilant throughout the day
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Good to know. Now what are they going to do? Keep the building evacuated forever? Nope. They are already back to regular schedule. Who knows when the person may come to the school and start shooting. How safe would you feel if you were a teacher next week when the scare and the police coverage dies down?

I am sure if someone comes in next week and starts shooting the teacher can stand up and inform the shooter that they he better stop shooting because this is a gun free zone.

To wit the shooter can respond...