Monday, June 30, 2008

Questions they should be able to respond to

I was lucky enough to be able to fill as host for Lee and Terry Frank on their Radio show today. I invited all the candidates in the 20th house district to come in for some grilling by Sen. Raymond Finney and myself. They all showed up except Mr. Ramsey.

Here is a synopsis of questions we asked. Although we did not hit every important issue they are questions I feel would be great for any Tennessee state candidate and wouldn't allow wishy washy "I am conservative, I am for the schools, mom and apple pie" type responses you hear in most forums.

Legislative philosophy

Will you support Republican or Democrat leadership and philosophy with your first vote?

Taxes and fees

Where do they stand on an income tax?, tax on food?, State wide property tax?, do you support gas tax as % of sale price or set amount per gallon?, toll roads?, Will you carry legislation or support tax increases in other areas such as a local tax increases? local income tax?, local fee increases for services?, state fee increases?

Education

Do you support: School choice for children in failing schools, allowing vouchers to private school?, State testing of home school students?, Ability for home school students to participate in state school functions such as sports?, elected school superintendent? Do you support ending teacher tenure.


With limited resources would you spend money on: more teachers in the class room or teacher raises?, Do you support Pre K?, With limited resources would you support: funding more Pre K or K-12?, pre K or school infrastructure? With lottery surplus would you support more Pre K or more scholarships? Would you lower scholarship standard allowing in more students or increase amount of money for each scholarship? Do you think lottery Scholarships should be based on merit or financial need? Should more money go for higher ed or would you let colleges raise fees/cut spending and instead spend the money on k-12?

Second amendment

Do you support allowing legally permitted handgun owners to carry in parks?, in restaurants that serve alcohol if they do not drink?, In schools or universities?.

Life issues

Will you vote to bring SJR127 directly to the floor as allowed by law. Do you think life begins at conseption? Do you support popularly elected judges?


On illegal immigration

Will you support allowing an employer the ability to mandate only English be spoken in the workplace? How do you feel about making the drivers tests be taken in English only. Should employers be mandated to verify that a name matches a social security number previous to employment? Do you think state services not mandated by federal law should only be given to people legally in the country?

Environment

How do you feel about bottle deposits, Mountain top mining.

What other issue is important to you?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sir goony golf

As many people know I have talked about doing a creative fund raiser for my campaign.

My supporters are more working class and have families they would rather spend time with then go to a finger food reception in a suit and tie or be separated from them all day at a high dollar golf tournament. My idea was to combine two events in to something fun for the entire family that most people can reasonably afford and enjoy.

Without further adieu I offer the Sir Goony golf challenge!

Wed July 16, 2008 6-8PM

Casual attire suggested and kids are welcome.

All controbutions are welcome but a contribution $25.00 per person or $75.00 for the entire family would be great.

Hole sponsorships $250.00

You can pre order tickets by clicking the pay pal button to the left, donate at the door or send a check to

Stacey Campfield for state rep.
2011 Flagler Rd.
Knoxville TN
37912

You can get directions to Sir Goony's here

Come on down, bring the family and have some fun while supporting a good cause. Prizes will be awarded and hot dogs will be on the grill. State reps and Republican leadership from across the state will be on hand and plan on getting in a round or two on the challenging, fun course.

Expected participants include Councilman Steve and Janet Hall, House Republican leader Jayson Mumpower, House Republican vice chairman Rep. Glen Casada, Rep. Susan Lynn, Rep. Debra Maggart, Rep. Bill and Stacey Dunn, Rep. Frank Nicley, Radio and TV personalities Lee and Terry Frank, and many others.

Joke of the week (The power of prayer)

In a small Texas town, Drummond's Bar began construction on a new
building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign
to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wilder vindictive

When Wilder was in power it was "Cant we all just get along?" "Why do we need to argue this issue?" "Why be partisan?" when ever any conservative issue came up. The sheep went with it. Now, he sure seems vindictive, partisan and argumentative when someone crosses over the other way against him. I guess that "go along, get along" attitude was only OK with him when he was the one telling people what to go along with.

Just like judicial selection. Everyone was entitled to his opinion. When that changed he screamed "Partisan!""Partisan!". If the numbers had been the same but the other side had won it would have been "We have worked together and compromised for the good of the state."

I guess Heath Shular did learn something about politics while in Tennessee after all.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Heller yes!

The supreme court has ruled in the Heller case saying handgun ownership is an individual right. Uncle is doing flips about now. This should make things quite interesting when Rep. Frank Nicley and I bring up our bills to allow legal permitted hand gun owners to carry in parks and on campuses this coming year. I would imagine another refusal to pass our bills could spark a lawsuit against the state rather quickly.

A step too far

Although I think people should be allowed to vote on about any thing they want, almost every office and I even like some of the ideas on the petition itself. I think the Knox News Sentinel has gone a step too far in Printing petitions and advocating people sign them, have other people sign them and send them in.

They have never done this for any other petition drive and to my knowledge have no plan to do it for others.

I think it is quite clearly past informing or commenting on an issue and has turned into political organizing, designed to enhance a political interest organization. That is covered by their ethics clause.

"They must not participate in political fund-raising, political organizing, nor other activities designed to enhance a candidate, a political party or a political-interest organization."

If it had been "Here is what the petition looks like" that would be different. This is "sign it, have other people sign it, send it in." It as if they said "Want to get a Republican on the ballot? Lets draft so in so. Here is a petition. Sign it and send it in. We can all volunteer and donate to his campaign so get your friends to help out" Although Republicans might like it, even I think it is too far for what is supposed to be a neutral news source. Should they be censored?

No. Never.

But don't try to say you are unbiased, fair or impartial. To inform people is one thing, although I do not like it when papers advocate a position on an issue I understand editorializing.

This is a step too far.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Knock it down, then take it

More ED madness. Kelo was just the start. Now it is have the government take from one business to start another. Kay Brooks talks about an ongoing case in Nashville. The terrible bill we passed in Tennessee won't stop a thing.

Hat tip: Eric F.

Stateline heads up

I was just informed that Stateline did an article on legislators that blog. A condenced version of my "Nut letters" post was highlighted on the right hand side. A good list of legislators who blog was also included. Little did I know that Rep. Judd Matheny has also started a blog.

Hat tip: Craig

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More unnecessary employees get bought out

The Gov. is offering more non necessary employees buyout packages. 13% more. In one of his best quotes, the Gov. makes a great point conservatives have made for years.

" you'll be astonished at how much you can take out - and with how little disruption in the services - when you actually sit down and see what happens,"

Amen brother!

As my good friend Frank Nicley says "If I ran TVA I would start laying off people until the lights flickered. Then I would add back a person or two."

Kudos to Phil on this. We need less "Unnecessary employees".

Dem speak

Terry Frank has a lot of good posts this morning you should check out including this video of Rep Cotter on national Dem speak



He left out "create new energy resources" translation "increase gas prices".

Monday, June 23, 2008

" It is just that they know so much that isn't right"

Some people really hate the far left. Although they are wrong on so many issues I try never to hate. More, I feel sorry for their lack of knowledge. I guess their lack of a quality education, mixed with their unwillingness to learn, admit to facts, laws or history that may contradict what ever it is they want to do or say at that particular moment, has held them back.

This morning I posted about the 14th amendment and the reasons for it. I posted

The amendment to the constitution that is so confusing was put in place for descendants of slaves so they could become US citizens. Not to say the slave trade was good, but the slaves were brought in the country under legal (at the time) means. They were under our jurisdiction so they and their descendants could become citizens.

The left went nuts! How dare I admit slavery was ever legal! How dare I ever admit that steps were taken to give former slaves rights after the civil war! How could I think the 14th was drafted to give former slaves rights and not every person born in the US?

What was I thinking? Possibly the facts.

The ensuing Reconstruction Acts placed the former CSA states under military rule, and prohibited their congressmen's readmittance to Congress until after several steps had been taken, including the approval of the 14th Amendment. The 14th was designed to ensure that all former slaves were granted automatic United States citizenship, and that they would have all the rights and privileges as any other citizen.

This is just another example of how the left is often wrong, or lack historical knowledge, yet once one of them makes a claim the echo chamber jumps in and repeats it over and over. I am not sure if the goal was to make me somehow look prejudice or uneducated but I think the facts clear up the issue and put those characteristics where they belong.

Anchor babies and state laws

Tom Humphrey reports on how the two bodies of the legislature pass different type of bills in each house but not in both chambers so the bills don't become law. I mentioned the Fincher bill in the post called "The big fake" because that's all it was, since his senate sponsor never even introduced it for consideration.

Mentioned in the Humphries article is an amendment I brought that would do away with the state issuing birth certificates to children who do not have one parent who is legally in the country. They are called anchor babies. Illegals cross the border and have children in the US because they (and others) think it makes them US citizens. The constitution says people born in the US who are under our jurisdiction are US citizens.

Two separate issues here. Are they under our jurisdiction? Some say yes, so they give them citizenship and for some reason they also think since they are US citizes that the state must give them the birth certificates as well. Some say no they are not automatically citizens, because they are not legal citizens or legal visitors in the country in the first place.

The amendment to the constitution that is so confusing was put in place for descendants of slaves so they could become US citizens. Not to say the slave trade was good, but the slaves were brought in the country under legal (at the time) means. They were under our jurisdiction so they and their descendants could become citizens. Not so for illegals, they are similar to an invading military and are not, and in my opinion should not, be given the same rights and privileges as citizens or visitors. In many cases their rights are already restricted. They do not have access to drivers licences and some other things that citizens and legal visitors get.

The other part is, it is a state issued birth certificate. Not federally issued. So lets just say for argument that the children are US citizens. The state still does not have to issue them birth certificates. The children may be US citizens but that does not mean the state has to issue them birth certificates. If the federal government wants to give them a certificate then they can do that. But nowhere in federal law is the state required to issue them a certificate if they don't want to. Just as one state does not have to give the same tuition rates to students from other states even if they are both legal US citizens. My goal was to pass legislation that would say that and stop the issuance of state issued birth certificates.

The reason this is an issue, is because once the child is born and the state gives them the certificate, the illegal parents say they too should be made citizens so they can stay in the US and care for their child. Then, since they are their, their parents, brothers, sisters, cousins and what not should be allowed in the country as well to visit the other family members. Thus the name anchor babies. Have one and you can pull the entire family in.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Joke of the week ( Al and a chicken)

John was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young

layers (hens), called 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the

eggs. He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the

soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so he bought some

tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a

different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was

performing. Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency

report by just listening to the bells.

John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but

this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!

When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy

chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the

roosters coming, could run for cover. To John's amazement, old Butch

had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a

pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of

old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an

overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell

Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a

politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted

awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace

and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.



Vote carefully this year...the bells are not always audible.

The dirt on Ford,............ and others?

More information is starting to leak out on some of Fords dirty deals I have always said the man was in office for over 20 years. Do people think he was only accepting bribes his last year or two in office? I wonder how many more deals were tainted and who else got a "Piece of the John Ford pie"? Who was carrying all this legislation in the house and helping him in the committees?

The article make mention of two other as yet uncharged co conspirators......

To help land the TennCare contract, the consulting deal required Ford to expand "existing relationships between Doral and Payor (TennCare)" and maintain "regular communications with Payor on behalf of Doral." Memos show Ford inquired about competitive bidding that led to Doral's TennCare contract and supported a policy shift that enabled the contract.

Two uncharged co-conspirators are listed in the indictment simply as Individuals A and B.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Algoreafobia

Some people have a fear of anything that will expose the facts on Al Gores money making scheme. Bill Hobbs has the details on one city manager who used his power to revoke a permit to fly a balloon near Al's house. I guess the fact that the balloon said Al Gore was full of hot air was too much for the Algoreafobic.

Once again another liberal in power has used his influence to silence dissenting points of view. So much for free speech. I guess that is only allowed when the speech is for the liberal agenda.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Odd

Isn't it odd how when the TCPR first outed Al Gorge on his personal wild energy usage it was huge news. It was covered by every type of media, in every area, went nation wide, even global . Now the TCPR outed that his usage even went up from then (by 10%) and you hear mostly crickets. This blip from Fox news was the only MSM national story I saw even though it was on Drudge for two days. Some of the local media gave it short shift as well. Could it be because Al Gore just endorsed "The entitlement Messiah" Barack Obama, less then 24 hours before the TCPR report came out? Did they want to give Barry O the "Gore bump" with out any interference or news that could lessen the effect?

If Barry were to win in November, is this the sort of thing that will continue to get swept under the rug? how big of a story would the MSM decide not to report on? If the shoe were on the other foot what would happen?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o4Vm3Z_HD0

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I thought we outlawed that?

I know some people are in the "California spirit" but come on. List this one under bad headline production.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gore Increases personal energy use

Al Gore, Captain Planet, The Goricle. Just when you thought he couldn't get any more hypocritical. After the last fiasco where the TCPR outed Al on his wild energy consumption you would think Al would bring it in line, or at least reduce it from the consumption equivalent of twenty houses he used to use, to something more reasonable, say 15 homes. Dare I offer.....10 homes????

Oh no.

The new numbers just came out from the TCPR and ................Drum roll please........................ His consumption went UP by 10%.

From the TCPR report.....


In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month...........


“Actions speak louder than words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity,” Johnson said. “Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.”



The sad thing is this wild consumption is just in ONE of his houses. He has 4. If they are all equally as bad then Al uses as much energy as almost 925 regular families use for one month.

Got to love the liberals. Not for me just for thee.

Burchett tied the knot

Senator Tim Burchett tied the knot with Allison Beaver at a small impromptu ceremony this afternoon. The ceremony was performed by the governor at the John T. O'Connor center after a bill signing.

May the happy couple have a bliss filled life together.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Gas prices

Gas prices continue to go up. Republicans at the federal level my have finally stumbled across an issue they can get behind that could help pull them up out of the cellar.

At the state level candidate Alex Mosley is already going after Democrat Rep. Jim Hackworth for a bill Hackworth pushed that would increase the state gas tax 80%.

From his web page..
On February 7th, 2005, Rep. Hackworth (D) filed House Bill 1225, which would have changed the state gas tax from a fixed amount per gallon to a percentage of the retail price.

“If this bill had passed, the Tennessee gas tax would be 36 cents per gallon, and climbing, instead of the 20 cents we pay now,” said Alex Moseley.


Here is one artist rendition of the world with the Hackworth gas tax increase.

Just in time for Father's Day...

Rep. Matthew and Amanda Hill became parents on June 12, 2008 at 7:40 pm when their son, Caleb was born! Caleb arrived weighing in at 9 lb. 3 oz. Both mother and baby are doing great!

Seperated at birth?

Barack Obama

Jaleel "Urkel" White

ACLU takes a loss in Tennessee

The ACLU took a loss on several key issues they took to court in Wilson county. The ADF didn't hold back in their presser about the victory..........

"This is a win for religious freedom and, if not a total loss for the ACLU, certainly a hollow, shallow victory. The court acknowledged that Christians cannot be discriminated against for their beliefs and that personal prayer, mentions of God, and Christmas references are constitutionally appropriate in school,” said ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum. “The ACLU hoped to wipe out every reference to God but walked away with a take-nothing judgment. ADF and its clients were successful in repelling the ACLU’s attacks.”


More from ADF.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Russert

I will miss Tim Russert in the morning. He was part of my Sunday morning media ritual. He was probably the best TV interviewer I ever saw. He knew the response before it was said and had the counter point. He was ready and willing to call people out when they would do political speak/ double talk. He had the old quote ready when they flip flopped.

This is something I wish I would see more reporters do no matter who the candidate was. Make politicos pick one position and stick to it. I understand if you have changed your opinion over times but some candidates change positions more then they change their underwear. They dance around a question like Fred and Ginger on a hot floor. What ever the crowd in front of them wants to hear. It makes me sick. Some politicos all they believe is what will win them the next election. Russert was great at exposing the frauds and getting the answers.

At times I wondered why some people would even go on the show. They had to know it was going to be a grilling and they could have gotten the soft ball questions on other shows but they went to Russert any way. That says a lot.

When I watch other shows I would think to myself a lot of the time "This guy is just a shill" or "Why is he avoiding the elephant in the living room question?" or "A little one sided are we?" or "End this filibuster and make them answer the question. This is going no where."

I never thought that with Russert. Even when he was grilling people from our side I always thought it was fairly done and a good questioning.

He was a pro who also had a human side. He was not afraid to publicly Cheer on his favorite sports teams when they were in a big game.

May he rest in peace. I am sure a few politicos will now as well.

"She aint no dog"

A new report says security at the state capitol is lax. Lax to the point that some people got in showing identity with a picture of animals on them. From the channel 4 report.....


The testers often used fake identification badges, sometimes with the pictures of animals to review the safeguards.

There is an informal agreement to allow some people, such as Legislative employees and lawmakers, to pass through the metal detectors if they have proper identification. However, the audit reveals in 49 separate instances that troopers allowed "unchallenged access" into key government buildings.

The report notes, "At most, it was observed, the troopers only glanced at the people who were passing three to four feet away from them. Sometimes, the trooper never looked at all. No attempts were made to view identification badges closely enough to verify ownership and legitimacy."



Nice.

Not a real shock. When I first was elected and knew I was going to Nashville, I asked a fellow legislator what kind of proof I would need to get into the building. I was told to "extend my left arm toward my car window and move it back and forth in a slight waving motion. That should do".

I did not really believe it but the other legislator assured me I could "Roll in, in a van, wearing a turban with dynamite taped to my chest and if I waved I would probably get in." I have since seen this rule in action. It does work.

I can understand as a guard gets familiar with a legislator or staffer in their car a slight let up I guess is reasonable but they could not stop someone if they wanted to otherwise (short of shooting at the car). There is a giant mechanical door but it seldom to never closes and their is no arm to stop people otherwise. Just a guard in a box that waves back as cars zip on by.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bring the Hurtt!

Matthew Hurtt brings the info on how Rhea county had 136% percent voter participation. Wow! I have read of giving 100% but 136?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Toll roads still a top priority

It seems they just don't get it. People say over and over they do not want toll roads. What does the administration say? From the Jon Rogers article......

The answers the Bredesen administration and the state Legislature are looking to are alternative road financing methods, which squarely focus on toll roads.

“I personally think toll roads have a future in the Tennessee transportation system,” Bredesen said.


Although people may want a road project here or there, every time the people are given the choice of "If we are to do this project now it will have to be a toll road" They overwhelmingly say they don't want it.

Ask any over the road trucker, Tennessee has the best roads in the nation. Bar none. It isn't even close. We are on a pay as you go system based on the dedicated gas tax. No debt and good roads. Although their is an increased cost of new road production due to increased oil costs. Most people are willing to forgo new projects instead of going to a toll road.

People know, toll roads lead to bad roads. They don't give quality roads, They never pay off, they slow traffic and cause congestion, pollution and they are expensive.

Road builders love toll roads. They get to build more projects and think they get to keep the gas tax as well.

If they get unlimited toll roads the next thing that happens is legislators and administration will say is "Lets raid the dedicated road fund. If they want a road it can be a toll road!" Raiding the fund has already happened in the past. Those funds have yet to be repaid. Legislators and administration have gotten a taste of the sweet gas tax money. Rest assured they will want to go back to it like a junkie looking for the next fix.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Joke of the week (new element in the periodic table)

There is a new addition to Chemistry's Periodic Table

Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium(Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every action with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe thatGovernmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Who would have thought that?

Memphis does not like paper ballot conformation on voting machines.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Gov. want to be efficient

The Governor want the capitol to be efficient. Well welcome to the club. Where to start? When you spend $129 million on heat, cooling and lights for one building (a rate almost double that of a building of equal size) it will not be hard.

How bout this little ditty from way back in 2005 (My first blog post) on the year round heated (75 Degrees in January?) parking garage where the doors seldom to never close.

You would think Al Gore lived at the capitol.

How bout we get away from incandescent light bulbs in the offices. Short term cost. long term solution. They could also look into replacing the single pane windows with double pane high efficiency glass in the offices. Although this may be cost prohibitive there are places where I bet you could easily pass a quarter through some of the gaps. Caulk would be a cheap start.

How bout we turn off or at least down the lights in the halls at night instead of leaving them on 24/7. They could also be put on a motion sensor. I see Wal Mart doing this in some of their freezers so their must be some savings in it if they are willing to take the steps.

The same could be said for the heat and air. Programmable thermostats seem to work in houses to save money. Why not the state house? I know their is a loss point but a few degrees up or down depending on the season could make a big difference in the long run especially when few to no people are in the building at night any way.

Another area of improvement could be if they shut off the heat and cooling in parts of the building that are seldom used at all like the concert hall.

Want to save more? Stop buying bottled water for the legislature. I see the empty jugs fill up the halls some days. That can't be free and tap water will make the plants grow just as well.

Want to save more in energy costs? Don't build a party bunker that will require lighting, heat and cooling and up keep when it will only be used a few times a year at most. (Sorry, I had to sneak that one in)

These are just some starters on how to save money at the state level. I bet this study will come back and say a lot of the same things.

But if you want Tennessee to be really efficient then why not make it for all Tennesseans. Rep. Matthew Hill had a great bill lat year that would have lowered the sales tax on energy/water efficient appliances or products that had the energy star designation. You could also expand the tax break to new windows or insulation for houses. Products that offer a savings and are close in price to regular products get a longer look from buyers.

I think many Republicans get a bad rap. People think we are anti saving energy. That is not the case. Especially in the state legislature. I think if you took a poll of the gas use of the cars legislators drive I bet Republicans would be the ones who drive the more efficient cars over all. Conservatives want to conserve our resources be it money, energy or what ever. We just don't want to go broke, put people out of work, destroy the economy or spend money that will not have a return on itself to do it.

Friday, June 06, 2008

MMA to come to Tennessee

This story does a pretty good review of how the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) bill got passed and the potential economic benefit.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Homeschooler fights for credit

In a year when we lower the standard for all, one home school student went above and beyond and got nothing.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Time to pass the hat

As you may have read elsewhere I am in the middle of a primary battle. My last campaign disclosure had 20 cents in the bank and a debt to myself of I think $16,000.00. Although I do enjoy what I do it would be nice to be able to buy some cards to hand out and yard signs without going deeper in debt (Cards and signs alone will be 4-5 grand). As I am not accepting PAC or corporate donations at this time so private donations mean a lot. If you would like to help the cause I have added a pay pal button to the left or my address is 2011 flagler rd. Knoxville Tn 37912.

Thank you.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Nut letters

To save some of my (stalker/ liberal/ nutty) readers some time I will post a synopsis of all your comments in one big pack so you can stop sending me (Email/ comments) They are all about the same and I see (you/ your friends) on other web pages all saying the same thing as well. You must get your comments from a form letter. Does it look something like this?................


Dear (Hillbilly/ Redneck/ Loser/ A** hole)

As a life long (Republican/conservative/voter of yours) I have to say how (embarrassed/ ashamed) I am that you mentioned you (don't worship Al Gore/ Like guns/ have and speak openly about faith/ Don't love abortion) I should have known a (clown/ cowboy/ loser/ joke) like you would feel this way. I guess you never took into account the (end of the world/ children/ polar bears) I am so glad I voted for (Al Gore/ your opponent/ Jimmy Carter) As a pacifists I must say how I dream of (Killing you/ kicking you in the $%#@/ lighting your face on fire) You and your (bible thumping/ toothless/ uneducated) friends should go back to your (Cave/ clan meeting/ beating your wife/ snake handling) and forget about making laws. Don't you know (abortion/ separation of church and state/ gun control/ global warming) was settled in the (constitution/bill of rights/supreme court/by Al Gore)? At least never (talk about another point of view/ quote facts/ history/ statistics) You sound so uneducated it is embarrassing. It is final. You cant change it! So stop before you do!. I am sure you and your hero George Bush are a closet perverts so it wont be long before you pull a (Larry Craig/Mark Foley/David Vitter). You make me want to leave (Tennessee/ your district).

Sincerely,

Bill in San Francisco, California

P.S. I read your blog every day. Will you link to me?

Hobbs creates firestorm for being Hobbs

Bill Hobbs gets a big article in the Tennessean for being Bill Hobbs. Good job Bill. I love it when liberal Democrats come on to blogs or comment section in articles saying what a terrible job someone is doing. I know that person must be doing something right. I think "Wow the left is in an uproar wanting a conservative to stop doing something.....He must be doing something right! It has obviously hit a nerve on the liberals"

The only ones better are when they try to cover their tracks by saying "I am a liberal democrat and I say keep it up. You are just destroying your own party." Yes, and you are somehow a trusted source for us to follow on what to do for the good of the party? Get real. When someone takes their marching orders from the left I doubt their intentions are pure.

Or better yet when they get creative and say "I am a life long Republican (or conservative) and I am against Hobbs because....." As soon as I hear the words "I am a life long Republican" I know the next thing to come out of their mouth is probably going to be some liberal talking point. Next time you hear talk radio check this formula for yourself it is correct about 90% of the time.


Some people on the right or in the middle fall for this and think we need to capitulate and be quiet. They think somehow we will just win by our charismatic policy. That people will take the time to read our facts and figures and we will win because we are nice people.

I wish it were true.

We on the right fight an uphill battle getting our facts and talking points out many times (especially in the national MSM) because most of the national media leans left and they report on what they want to talk about. Can anyone tell me the last McCain story they heard that in some way didn't say "He's old"?. I hear a lot of how the left is attacking him on this issue or that issue or how he will be terrible on that issue or hammering him on how he said this or that. But when one of our candidates says something negative or brings up the true history on one of their candidates we are suddenly being mean and we need to be quiet, we need to quit being so partisan, we need to unify like the left does not divide. They seldom notice when the left is unifying. It is unifying against us and our ideas and ideals.

This is how we lose.

We let them talk like us or about us at election time and don't want to prove otherwise or we decide to act like them and think it will win them over. It never works.

Some people will try to point to a republican candidate who follows this pattern and is seldom beaten. The funny thing is these people are either very rich or in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican in the first place. There is little to no way they could get beat if the left tried. But still the person decide to act like them. They may get a crumb or two but they never advance the conservative agenda.

What a waste.

Hobbs keep up the great work. Keep telling our side for once. As an old WWII bomber pilot once said "You take the most flack when you are right on target"