Sunday, August 31, 2008

Joke of the week (Irish electon decisions)

"An email from me Irish to their brethren in the States...a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:

"We, in Ireland , can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States .

On one side, you have a pants wearing lawyer, married to a lawyer who can't keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer who goes to the wrong church who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.

Now...On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate Mc terminology, married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What in Lords name are you lads thinking over there in the colonies??"

ED limps into Knoxville

The ED problem that Nashville is having is now coming to Knoxville. No oversight by elected officials once it is passed to an outside group. In Knoxville's case it is KCDC that is given the power and does the dirty work of ED. More is now coming out that makes this smell worse then it already does.

From the WATE article.

Saroff's redevelopment plans for two buildings at 517 and 519 West Jackson Avenue were approved by the city's Building Inspections and Permits Office on Monday.

However, KCDC and the building inspections office are separate and KCDC has the final say....

...."I have provided architectural and engineering plans for the redevelopment of the McClung Warehouses to the city of Knoxville. They have been approved by the city as of today and are now available for permit, and my contractor is now working to pull the permit.

It should be even more obvious now to anyone but the casual observer that the city, through KCDC, has proven not only unwilling to work with me, but has worked against my redevelopment of the McClung Warehouses. And now that I have provided architecturally approved plans to complete the project, they are acting to steal my property through the use of eminent domain and give the property to another private developer.

"I'm saddened by the KCDC decision. Members of the city administration and my architecture and engineering team have been working arduously to certify the plans that will return the McClung Warehouses back to their original prominence.

KCDC's decision today spits in the face of all the hard work the city and I have spent to establish a solid, acceptable and certified plan. It is sad to know the taxpayers are paying for KCDC to do this.

Sadly, in America you can lose your property if a few people on a board decide they know best. I don't know what this city and county are coming to."


Word on the street is that the Nashville projects funding has fallen apart but they are going through with the ED anyway...

It is sounding like it could end up like the Kelo house where the developer went all the way to the supreme court to steal the land miss Kelo had her little pink house on and when they did they never ended up never building on it any way.

From the Institute for Justice

Like so many other projects that use eminent domain and rely on taxpayer subsidies, New London's Fort Trumbull project has been a failure. After spending $78 million in taxpayer dollars, the city of New London and the private developer have engaged in no new construction since the project was approved in 2000. Indeed, since the property owners disputing the takings owned less than two acres in a 90-acre project area, the city has always had a vast majority of the land available for development. Yet, no new development has occurred. The preferred developer for part of the site, Corcoran Jennison, recently missed its latest deadline for securing financing for building on the site and was terminated as the "designated developer."

It is all related

How do you pass school choice? Just pass a dress code. It seems after a dress code was implemented in one school (Fulton High, in Knoxville) to bring up discipline and test scores, some students didn't like the idea of having to follow the same rules as every one else, so they refused to follow along. The schools solution was to bus them to another school that does not have a dress code and is already getting better results in standardized testing (I am told Farragut).

Another school system in Anderson county has decided to go to federal court to decide if a belt buckle is being used to intimidate other students or to help hold up pants.

Back in Knoxville the governor want to talk to kids about violence in their school (Central, in Knoxville), after a school shooting left one child dead, in the hopes it will "promote healing".

Meanwhile across town two more illegal guns show up in the hands of students at Austin East. Could a transfer be in their future? If not, possibly a good talking to by the governor will help.

In Smyrna one school went into lock down after an armed and dangerous man was reported to be heading to the school for his kid. Possibly he was just coming to drop off his kids belt buckle.

I wonder if the other students will receive any of the 6.1 million dollars for victims of violence fund money. They will need it because we know they wouldn't be able to afford a ride to the hospital since the governor cut 11 million out of the EMS transportation fund.

In Texas one school system implemented a plan allowing teacher to carry guns to protect students from violence should a Columbine or Virginia Tech type incident break out. The governor is good with the plan and thinks kids need less rides to the hospital and "heal" better when they are still alive.

I wonder how he feels about belt buckles?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bring your P card

The men's room across from the capitol at the upscale Hermitage Restaurant has been named the best in the nation. The jokes just write themselves.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What happened to the 120?

The dirt is coming forward about a new list of 180 people that had criminal background checks done by trooper Shirley. As more people are being informed that they were checked out This story keeps raising more and more questions in my mind.

What happened to the other 120 people that were originally mentioned? Do people remember it started as 300 names had been investigated? Now it miraculously dropped to 180. Where did the original number of 300 come from? Where did the other 120 go? Why did it take so long to come out after it was originally reported?

Who was this information being gotten for? The classic line "What did you know and when did you know it?" or "Did you ever talk politics with Trooper Shirley?" could be asked of several people.

I think to most readers this was obviously politically motivated. That is why I find it hard to believe that no actual politicians were on the list. Really? None? No one? Not even one? What is the reason to do politically motivated research if no politicians were researched? I understand investigating other people affiliated with politics but I find it hard to swallow that they would be the only people investigated. It is as if you took a hungry man to Ruth's Chris for a free meal and all he ordered was appetizers. You have to wonder about that.

Why did the governor suddenly leave Tennessee to help a presidential candidate that he had shown little inclination to help in the past, even in his own state, run for office? Didn't he say along the lines of "If he isn't going to invest time in Tennessee I am not going to invest time in him. I have other candidates in Tennessee I need to help."

What changed?

Toll roads flopping

It looks like people in Tennessee don't like toll roads. This has got to be a smack to some of the out of touch in Nashville who said toll roads would do every thing short of cure baldness. To say people don't like it must mean people hate them because for the longest time TDOT turned a deaf ear as Knoxvillians came out in droves against them and kept on pushing the idea till the end.

Now they are down to 3 hopefulls from the 8 originally planned.

From the article....

TDOT will continue narrowing the rest of the toll project list and consider the feasibility of each. The three remaining are toll bridges near Chattanooga and Memphis and a toll road that would loop around the city of Clarksville.

The Hadley Bend Connector could still be built — but not in the near future, and probably not as a toll road. The connector is included in the Metropolitan Planning Organization's long-term plan, which looks ahead to about 2030.

State Rep. Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, said he was pleased that Hadley Bend was finally scuttled as a tollway. His constituents did not support the project because of construction headaches and lack of need to travel north.

"You never say never," Turner said. "Right now, in the next few years, we don't see the need for it. Obviously, we need to look at all transportation needs for the area."


It is good to see one more rep stand with his constituents against the toll roads. One has to wonder why it was ever even on the list when most people in the area think
there was never much of a need to travel north in the first place.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Love the bumper sticker



Order one here or post about it and get three free here.

Bill, I am sure you know my address.....

Gettin it Dunn

Bill Dunn has his web site up. You can go on over and check out the dish on one of the best, if not the best, legislators in the state capitol.

Before I got into politics, I would see Nashville from the outside and I would always look at Bill and think "Well, we at least have one rock solid conservative in Nashville." After seeing him in action up close I know he is even better.

Bill was conservative when conservative wasn't cool. Bill never changed his beliefs as some do with the breeze of the day. Even as they killed his ideas year after year Bill stood strong. Now the numbers of conservatives is slowly growing. His ideas that have never changed don't seem as radical. His detractors all listen as he speaks and they know he brings well researched facts.

If my role in the legislature were to go away tomorrow and I had to pick only one person to represent me it would be Bill. If Bill and I were ever put into the same district I don't think I would run again. Not just for fear of the race (even though Bill is a fierce campaigner) But because if by some chance I won I would question if the better man had.

One of the biggest scams in education

Why do some kids have a tough time affording college even when tuition is free? It is not the increased cost of Budweiser alone. The books can cost hundreds of dollars each. Teachers change the books every year or two (need it or not) and get a kickback from the book supplier. Old books become worthless and the kids have to buy the new $100.00 to $250.00 paperback book if they want to pass.

UPDATE: I think I need to adjust the title and add (Pre K not included)

Great speech

Terry Frank delivered a great speech at the Tennessee right to life dinner a few nights ago. It is well worth the read.

Monday, August 25, 2008

New links

I am about to update the blogs I link to. If you or you know someone who has blogged on conservative side of the isle for about 6 months (or longer), talks about state issues part of the time and would like to be linked please let me know. If you are already linked and have not posted in months or have all but retired from blogging be prepared to come off the list.

Bass pro shop buys pyramid

I hope it does not turn out to be a "crappie" deal. I would hate to think they got hooked in by some shark. Hopefully Memphis can pull a few more deals of this kind into the boat.

Thank you folks, I'll be here all week. Please tip the wait staff.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Deals

As many of my friends have said on numerous occasions "You are cheap!" I prefer the term thrifty or economical. I am big on coupon books and looking for deals. I like to think I am as tight with my own money as I am with taxpayer money. In an effort to spread the savings on to people who read my blog I offer up a few web sites that I frequent for the best deals.

Freecycle a web site to give away stuff you don't need that someone else might and to get stuff you might want, for free, from someone who is happy to get rid of it. It is like an all free yard sale. Some junk but some jems as well. I think this site is in many cities although this one is for Knoxville.

Allegiant airlines Flights from Knoxville to Orlando Florida for as little as $29.00 each way. That is right $29.00. Many other cities available as well. Most prices are about $69.00 each way.

Craigslist Every thing you would want from a local paper classified add except it is free to read and advertise.

School coupon books Last year I bought about 25 of these books. This year I will probably buy 30 or more. Although you may not need or use that many they are only $10.00 each. The money goes to schools and kids get prizes for learning capitalism and salesmanship. I shop a lot at Home Depot, HH Greg and the Habitat for humanity thrift store (another great place for savings) as I rehab houses. I save way more then the coupon books cost with the use of the first 10% or 15% off coupons. Their are a lot of other good coupons in there as well.

Joke of the week (Tennessee internet edition)

High tech and wireless

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, in California an archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, headlines in the LA Times newspaper read: 'California archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'

One week later, The Knoxville News Sentinel, a local newspaper in Tennessee, reported the following: After digging as deep as 30 feet in his back yard in Knox County, Tennessee, Bubba Graham, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Tennessee had already gone wireless.

Tennessee has always been on the leading edge.....

Off to the races

For the undecided on the left Here is a combination of two lists. First from National review, if you are undecided, some reasons you may not be voting for Obama second, but still might still be voting Democrat.

It's unlikely you'll vote for Obama if you....

1. aren't a news anchor.

2. read the New York Times for pretty much the same reason the NSA monitors radio transmissions.

3. automatically conclude that the person laughing in the car next to you must be listening to Rush. Or maybe Obama off teleprompter.

4. dislocated your shoulder trying to explain Obama's position on Iraq to co-workers.

5. find autobiographies generally more interesting when the author has, you know, done something.

6. remember the Carter Administration.

7. would give a month's pay to play Jack Bauer's partner on 24.

8. increasingly agree with Mark Steyn that "almost everything [Obama] says is, well, nuts."

9. think it's relevant — despite what the sophisticates say — that several of Obama's mentors and associates have displayed a dislike for America or a disdain for Americans.

10. think it's relevant that several of McCain's mentors and associates are American heroes of historic magnitude.

11. think about 9/11 more than once a year.

12. have concluded that Larry the Cable Guy makes way more sense than Howard Dean.

13. feel a little safer during turbulence when your pilot is a calm "white haired dude."

14. thought about Hillary's 3:00 a.m. phone call ad when you first heard about Russian tanks in Georgia.

15. wonder why Obama felt it necessary to give a speech on patriotism.

16. get sorta creeped out by 200,000 Germans chanting "Obama! Obama!"

17. think the jury may still be out on Harvard Law School.

18. suspect "merci beaucoup" is French for "empty suit."

19. doubt that teleprompters are really magical dispensers of good ideas.

20. know in your gut that defiantly withstanding 4 1/2 years of torture trumps all of Obama's qualifications and accomplishments combined — regardless of what the elite pundits say.

21. repeatedly find yourself asking "Change to what?"

22. have ever used the term "pompous twit' in the same sentence with "Marx," "Marcuse," or "Sartre."

23. don't like being told what to do — especially by someone who hasn't done it.

24. really like ticking off the media, Hollywood, academics, and PC busybodies everywhere.

25. weren't born yesterday.

Score (# of descriptions that apply to you):
0— Go ahead, write in Dennis Kucinich
1—3 Obama may be your choice after all
4—5 You think Hillary got a raw deal and won't vote Obama
6—24 McCain's your man
25 It's OK to write in Reagan


I'm voting Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good
people.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

I'm voting Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four pointy headed elitist liberals need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe that when the terrorists don't have to hide from us over there, when they come over here I don't want to have any guns in the house to fight them off with.

I'm voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my horse.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.


Makes ya wonder why anyone would EVER vote Republican , now doesn't it?

Movie production canceled

I guess this movie will not be making it to a theatre near you.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Governor good with guns in schools

The governor is good with teachers and faculty being able to carry guns in schools to protect children. Of course the Governor is Rick Perry and the state is Texas.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cut costs = More green

It is now coming out that if you cut the costs of green products more people will be willing to purchase them.

OK. Lets just say we want that to happen. How can it be made so?

How bout they lower or remove the tax on energy star products as Rep. Mathew Hill and I purposed last year?

I know. The same people who think pre K is working and needs more money will say we need to increase costs to consumers, increase government regulation and give no result subsidies to manufacturers if we want to cut energy consumption.

Why is it when we want something to get done we think that increasing taxes and regulating it will help solve the problem when the opposite always seems to work better in the real world?

What about bipartisanship?

I always get confused when people on the left yell and scream about people being bipartisan but as soon as one of their side does anything even close to bi partisan they get all but thrown under the bus.

What ever happened to "Cant we all just get along?"

Heck, going to a party is nothing close to some of the things the left expects conservatives to do if they want to be considered agreeable.

It is almost laughable

No sooner do the results of the pre K program come out saying it has no noticeable effect after the first grade and some people are saying we need to expand the program and make it permanent. It is as if they read my post from a few days ago and decided to follow the path of crazy.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Senate 2010

Yes, I did hear about Burchett. We had talked about the possibility of him running for mayor briefly over a year ago. Tim was kind enough to give me a heads up at the end of session this last year that he was planning on making a run for mayor and if I wanted to run for the senate that I should get a map of the district and start looking it over. So it is not a total surprise.

Now for the 84,000 dollar question. Will I run for his senate seat in 2010?

I will say what I have said all along. All things are on the table. I never try to limit myself or my options. I have been receiving a lot of calls today as this story broke (My phone went through two batteries in about 6 hours). My top goal right now is to work as hard as I can to get more Republicans elected to the legislature. We will see how things progress after the November elections.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

None are as blind.....

.....As those who will not see.

On the heals of another report on the failures of pre K. In a media availability today, Bredesen was asked about it. He said for every report like this, there are hundreds that say it work.

Unbelievable!!! I don't think there's even one current report from a credible group that says that. He must be asking the teachers union how it is working out for them.

Response...

"Great. Full employment. We now have teacher shortages in many classrooms instead of just a few. I guess you had better pay more and recruit more teachers from other states. Actually since the grades look bad you better double the number of teachers in pre K classrooms as well. Wouldn't want results to be unnoticeable after first grade next year. Need to keep up the good results!"

The Tennessee Watergate

Some people are saying this could turn into the Watergate incident for Governor Phil. A website has even come out.

People are out for this. Supposedly, Channel 4 is having more tonight about AJ McCall's expunged records being obtained and leaked.

UPDATE:Here is the WSMV video



Hat tip: SG

Speech and audiology at UT

Word is that UT has made significant progress toward a solution that will allow the UT Knoxville audiology and speech pathology department to continue operations through UT and remain in Knoxville.

More to come Septemberish.

Guns in national parks

Is starting to get more traction at the national level.

From the article....

Under the proposed new rule, the ban would be lifted only in national parks and wildlife refuges located in states that permit concealed weapons in their own state parks.

Although 48 states have enacted concealed gun permit procedures, only 24 of them currently allow concealed guns in state parks.

Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming


Add to that list Tennessee if Rep. Frank Nicley passes his bill next year.

Pre K report

Guess what?

It has no noticeable result after the second grade. Wow! who would have thought that would be the result? Only every legislator who cared to look at the results it got everywhere else it has been tried. Most reports said long ago "no noticeable result after the fourth grade". In Tennessee the kids without pre K caught up to the Pre k kids by grade two. I guess the positive way to look at it is Tennessee kids are so smart they adapt and learn faster then kids in other states.

I must say I am pleasantly surprised the KNS did a story on the report.

Some of the libs will now say we need to put more money or at least more time into this failing program to make it work. Sound crazy? It is. But that is government logic at work. If it fails, it is only because the government has not put enough money into it. Not because it is a bad program with limited results almost everywhere it has been implemented.

Want to keep the money in education? Fine. The money is needed and would be more beneficial if used in other programs, grades or departments but this one has proven time and again it does not work.

Al Gore's car of tomorrow


The Goreacle must be must be loving this as he drives his fleet of SUVs and flies his private jets all over the world. Even the title is perfect for him "The Green gospel" I guess that would make him the "Messiah". The only thing Al would change would be 6 people would be in the car and for the photo shoot Al would be driving. Of course after the shoot it would be back to the AC and the SUV's.

From the article...

In addition to renovating buildings to meet U.S. Green Building Council certification, the school has developed a bachelor's degree and an MBA concentrated in sustainability.

"Our program is going to focus on creating leaders — not just practitioners, but people who can go out and basically be a green missionary who can help transform the world," Galbreath said.......

......"We're really proud of her and we're really happy that she thinks in that direction rather than 'I want to go to school, get a job and make a ton of money,' " Alyce Flowers said. "Instead, it's 'I want to go and change the world.' "


Wow, all I can say to that is "Please put down the glass and step away from the cool aid!" This is turning into a radical cult mentality.

I wonder what the job placement rate outside of government is for these kids when they graduate with tons of student loan debt. Do these private schools offer tuition breaks and loan forgiveness for people with these degrees because they care about the environment so much or are they feeding a fad?

As they say "Where your wallet is, so is your heart."

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tennessee tower of babble

Phil Valentine does a good article for the Tennessean on how having English be the language of Tennessee helps all people. English speaker and non English speaker alike. He takes particular issue with ESL classes(English as a Second Language). It is called ELL (English Language Learner) in Tennessee.

From the article....

Nashville is behind the curve when it comes to assimilating immigrants. California, Arizona and Massachusetts have chucked their English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in their schools and have replaced them with English immersion.

Metro schools brag that immigrants can become English-proficient in two to three years. With English immersion, students can become English-proficient in two to three months.

The University of Cincinnati has been using this technique for years in something called The Valentine House (no relation). Students live an entire school year in the house, speaking nothing but French or Spanish. The results have been nothing less than fantastic. Students begin to pick up on their chosen foreign language quickly because they have to. No crutches. No French as a Second Language classes


Of course when the legislature was working on the funding of the BEP (Basic Education Plan), ELL was 100% fully funded first. The rest of the BEP plan was partially funded. I tried to amend the bill so ELL funding would not increase until the rest of the BEP was fully funded. That did not go over so well.

Now the full funding of the BEP is on permanent hold but ELL continues to be 100% fully funded.

Memphis

In the legislature and across the state it is getting to be a running joke. The corruption just seems to be embedded over there. Of course there are a few good people but most of the time this quote from the KNS article seems to fit as the norm rather then the exception.

"I truly thought I could help them," Birkholz said. "But I don't think that's what they really wanted. ... It's fixable. The question is, do they want it done? And I really question whether they want it done. They're more concerned with staying out of the newspaper than doing the right thing."

I am sure this poor man is going to be attacked in Memphis but let me just point out that saying the emperor has no cloths is not hate speech.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Education initiatives

A rare home school/parents rights victory in California over the kooky courts.

From the article....

Hold on to your hats. Common sense and constitutionalism have prevailed in the California judiciary. Last week, the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles declared that parents who home school don't need teaching credentials in order to educate their own children.

Amazingly, the three judges were overturning their own February decision. We quote from their recent revelation: "It is important to recognize that it is not for us to consider, as a matter of policy, whether homeschooling should be permitted in California. That job is for the Legislature. It is not the duty of the courts to make the law; we endeavor to interpret it."


Wow! where did that come from! If they had not been the same people who made the bad decision originally I might be even more impressed. I guess when the people speak loud enough even the courts listen.


And a good editorial on why a "director of schools" should be elected.

From the KNS article....

Whether the superintendent is appointed by the county mayor or elected by the people is not nearly as important as that he is not appointed by an elected school board whose primary purpose should be to serve as a check or balance to the school superintendent's power.

A school board that has no investment in a superintendent, a school board that did not appoint the superintendent is much more inclined to scrutinize the superintendent rather than serve as a rubber stamp.

Even the media are more likely to scrutinize a superintendent who is running for office - not to mention the scrutiny of other candidates running for the same position.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Guns on campus? Not so crazy after all

Teachers faculty and staff being able to carry guns? Not such a far out extreme after all. The article is about an entire k-12 school district. Could the wave be starting?

From the article...

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said in Friday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Thweatt said officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change. He said the district also has various other security measures in place to prevent a school shooting.

"The naysayers think (a shooting) won't happen here. If something were to happen here, I'd much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them," Thweatt said.


When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

Shatner!

Phil and conservation

The gov is now announcing his energy policies......Where to start? I may have some more info coming soon on this issue. I am waiting for approval from someone who wrote me an e mail concerning this to see if they are OK with its reproduction. More to come? Possibly as a comment?

To Heller in a hand basket

The landmark supreme court gun rights case Heller v. DC is now starting up round two. As feared, new regulations are being put in place that are almost as onerous as the old ones. It looks like more court cases are about to follow. The good news is court cases are also being filed to remove other easy victim zones.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Warm up the shredder

The big mack is back! As we look to cut jobs and salary one new job and an old name is added back into the fold.

Mack Cooper.

I wonder how that job reference looked?

Guns on campus?

Georgia is more wide open in their aproach.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ford holding on

The Joy Ford property is getting the ED pinch from the developers and the city. Instead of letting the fair market decide, as it has for centuries in America, the city and the developers are trying to force this woman into a deal she may or may not want.

This is one of the problems with cities having the power of ED over a persons private property. Once ED is threatened the fair market value diminishes because of the threat. The property owner is dealing with the potential buyer from a point of weakness instead of strength because the city is on the side of the developer not the property owner. Many times, as it is in Knoxville, the people with the power of ED (KCDC) are not elected and there for not accountable to the people.

A bad system across the state.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joke (Sad fact) of the week (Bear edition)

The TWRA is advising campers to take extra precautions and be on the alert for wild black bears while playing in state parks. They advise people to wear noise producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not to startle the bears unexpectedly. They also advise you to carry pepper spray in the case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity.

Campers and park visitors should be able to recognize the difference between Deer and black bear droppings at the parks. Deer droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly grass clippings. Bear droppings have bells, shoes and sunglasses in them and smell like pepper spray.

Why should people be allowed to carry in a parks again?

Oh yea. Now I remember. Some real kooks out there are saying it was the boys fault for playing in the stream. I mean how dare a little boy play in a stream at a nature park.

Parks were designed so people could experience nature in a positive way. Not be eaten by it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

More photos

Brendan Loy has some more photos from election day. I was able to talk with the USC/ND grad between talking with constituents and he was very nice and has a beautiful baby on his hip. I asked who he cheered for when Southern Cal plays the Irish. He goes with USC.

Too bad.

Stating my case

I will be on the George Korda radio show "State your case" today at 1. You can listen live here.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Blazing Tennessee

TDOT Commissioner Jerold Nicley continues to push more Tennessee toll roads for Governor Phil.

Every time I think of Tennessee toll roads I think of this classic scene from the movie Blazing Saddles.

Caution: This is not the edited version. Strong language.



Caution: This is not the edited version. Strong language.

The future

Tom Humphrey breaks down some of the interesting state races coming up this fall.

Also in the article there are talks of the legislature being more bi partisan. I am all for it and willing to jump in with both feet. I look forward to the leader appointing chairmanships of full committees on an equitable basis, to appointing membership of committees between the parties on an equitable basis. For each party leadership to be able to decide what members should be on what committees.

If any two of those 3 simple and fair steps were taken I feel 80% of the partisanship and criticism of the current leadership would go away.

As it is now Republicans feel they are playing cards against a dealer who gets 6 cards and they get 3. Of the 3 cards they get the dealer has pre picked them as well.

Not much of a fair hand.

Thanks

I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the people who supported my run for office this year. All the people who voted, volunteered, called radio shows, put up signs, donated funds, wrote letters, called or wrote friends and colleagues, posted or commented on blogs and on news stories, called and offered support. Without you I would not have been able to win my race.

I know it is killing many on the left that I won. Some of the comments from them and from even some people in the media it is obvious they are just bitter, bitter, bitter. Even on election night they didn't want to cut me or my people any slack. You could tell they are eager to but a dagger in the heart of the conservative movement.

It was a lot of attacks and spin in an attempt to minimize what we did but we still got the double digit win despite being outspent two to one. As a friend of mine said on election night "Haters….go cry yourself to sleep!" Nuff said.

Thank you all.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

It is time

To go vote. It is election day.Polls are open in Knox co 8 to 8. The after prty is at the Crown Plaza on Summit Hill.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

More on, More on Williams

Since I wrote in my last post More on Kent Williams where Kent attacked House Republican floor leader Brian Kelsey, I have been called by other legislators saying Brian was not the only Republican attacked by Kent. Supposedly house Republican leader Jayson Mumpower, Republican Lieutenant Governor Sen. Ron Ramsey, Senator Rusty Crowe, U.S. congressman David Davis were also attacked by Kent.

Smart.

Official grill of Say Uncle

I wonder if this is what say uncle fires up on game day.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

More on Williams

Commenter "Carter Countian" Talks about the attack on Republican floor leader Brian Kelsey by Kent williams in the comments of this post.

"The Kelsey deal was the rudest thing I've ever seen. He was just standing there with a Cochran sticker and Kent calls him out and says Carter County doesn't need Memphis coming to East TN telling them how to vote and that maybe he should just go back to where someone actually cares what he thinks. It was incredible. The man has zero class.

List of Reps Kent has openly pissed off:

Bell
Campfield
Crider
Kelsey
Swafford"


Trust me when I say the list is much much longer then that.

Williams, The rest of the story.

The KNS gives some more info on voting and the Cochran/Williams race. I am quoted when talking about Williams.

From the article....

On Monday, Williams' opponent - former state Rep. Jerome Cochran - sent out copies of an attack mailer he has issued against Williams. In it, Campfield is quoted as declaring that Williams "has sided with the Democrats on every major issue" and "would leave our Republican Caucus meetings and immediately take our Republican Caucus agenda to the Democratic leadership."

Campfield and Williams have been feuding for months now, dating back at least to an exchange of critical comments on the House floor during the last legislative session.


Here is the exchange where Williams attacks pro life legislators who stand for life in an attempt to pass SJR127 as an amendment. Just one of many examples where Williams worked against us.



Hat tip: ACK

Can I get an AMEN!

Toll roads in Knox county appear to be dead for the time being. I am glad and thankful to my fellow Knoxvillians who were able to show up to the meeting and stand up against toll roads. I hope this sentiment carries on past this election cycle.

Monday, August 04, 2008

New adds

Terry Frank drops the dots on the latest Jerome Cochran add.

And again

I know it has been a while and some people seem to think I will let it all go at election time but here are the rules for comments again.

The kindest words

The kindest words you can hear come from good true friends in tough times. Dave Oatney is that type of friend. He is a rock ribbed conservative and a true and honest friend. He knows the political system, the ins, the outs and has a strong philosophy built on his bedrocks of faith and conviction. His kind words mean a lot to me. Not just in a political sense, but as a friend who values loyalty and honesty.

Finney gets support over Naifeh voter

Senator Raymond Finney looks to be getting at least the moral support of his fellow legislators. Finney is in a tough primary battle with another Naifeh voter Doug Overby. From the article....

Caucus rules prohibit giving money to a candidate during a primary, Black said. That meant no caucus money going to Finney, though the situation caused "some consternation" among committee members.

Black praised Finney and said she would like to see the senator triumph in his race with Overbey.

Asked if that meant she endorses Finney, Black replied, "As Caucus chairman, I can't officially do that."

But she said that, while serving with Overbey in the House, "we didn't always see eye to eye, and I want to see somebody (elected) who I know I can work with."

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Photos

I was hanging at the polls yesterday when someone started clicking photos. Here they are. Yes, that is my 65 Mustang. I paid $500.00 for it 6 or 7 years ago and finally have it fixed up the way I want.....Almost.

The RINOs are restless

The KNS profiles my race as well as the Jerome Cochran/Kent Williams race. Kent is a well known Naifeh sellout. Who is now all but endorsed by the Democrat party and its leadership.

Williams' latest campaign disclosure, covering the period July 1 through July 28, shows two more donations from Democrats - $500 from Rep. Harry Tindell, D-Knoxville, and $250 from Rep. Philip Pinion, D-Union City as well as the $250 contribution from Rep. John Litz, D-Morristown last period.

From the KNS article...

In a recent posting on his blog, Campfield referred to Williams as a member of the "Naifeh shoe shine club" and a "RINO," the acronym for "Republican in name only." Williams was among seven Republicans who last year voted to re-elect Democrat Jimmy Naifeh as state House speaker.

Williams, who is facing his own primary challenge from former state Rep. Jerome Cochran...

........ but that he is not especially offended by some of the attacks.

"I grew up shining shoes, so that's not a big issue with me," he said.....

....Campfield said Williams' support for Leadbetter should be an asset to his re-election campaign.

"It just shows you who the conservative is in this race and who is going to support conservative ideals," said Campfield in an interview.

"A Republican voting for Jimmy Naifeh is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders," he said.



In another article from the JC Press Kent Williams is telling people to shut up when they ask questions and point out facts.

Cochran contrasted how he would handle a vote for speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives with the way his opponent did in 2007.

“If you give the honor of serving as your state representative once again, for my very first vote, I will not be voting for a pro-abortion, pro-income tax, anti-Second Amendment speaker of the House from West Tennessee named Jimmy Naifeh,” he said......


.....“I voted for the liberal speaker, Jimmy Naifeh,” Williams said, to which one person in the audience said that meant the representative was a Democrat.

“And you’re a liar, sir,” Williams immediately shot back. When the man started to talk again, Williams offered him a chance to speak, but the man told the representative to continue.

“I’m not being rude to you,” Williams said. “Do you think maybe you can give me my time and just shut your mouth?”


Sound like a reasonable person willing to work together with people of differing points of view? More like he wants to keep pushing the liberal point of view.
Word is Williams also attacked Republican house floor leader Rep. Brian Kelsey who was sitting quietly in the audience at the event.


Also in the article I caught Williams in a bold face lie.

“I’ve stood up for our values in Nashville,” Williams said at the county GOP’s pig roast Saturday adjacent to the Franklin Club pool. “I’m a co-sponsor on every piece of legislation in the House dealing with our 2nd Amendment rights.

“I’m going to take some legislation this year from some of my colleagues that can’t pass anything in the House that I’m going to get them passed because I know how to work with the people in the House of Representatives.”


I know for a fact that Williams was not a co sponsor on my bill to allow teachers and faculty who have carry permits to be able to carry on campus. It was one of the 4 key pieces of legislation backed and pushed by the NRA. Kent never even talked on gun rights that I know of except to vote for Naifeh to be able to stop all gun bills in committee.

As far as him passing something I think we need to look at what he pushed in the past.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Last day

Today is the last day to early vote. I will be at the Downtown West early voting location from 10AM until 8PM tonight. If you want to vote after today election day is Thursday Aug 7.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sales tax free weekend

This weekend is the sales tax free weekend. Clothing, shoes, art and school supplies under $100.00 or computer up to $1,500.00, are also sales tax free. In these tough time every penny you can save helps. I encourage you all to take advantage of these savings if you need any of these type items.