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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mid Tennessee legislative races

Here is a rundown from one debate on some of the Middle Tennessee legislative races. My "pass the trash bill" got some play. Got to love that.

I wonder if he got away with it.

The money to prosecute DUI cases is starting to flow into counties where some incumbent Democrats are in political races. How convenient at election time. Makes a great news story. The last line at the end says all you need to know about fair and balanced.

Now counties can try and put away tough cases like this one. The last minute and a half is just gold. It's as if he is channeling Dale Gribble from "King of the Hill"

Illegal Immigration is not just a federal issue

Although not a complete list by any means this article laid out some of the top legislative goals by Republicans to help curb illegal immigration into Tennessee. Amongst other things we also tried to limit higher ed access to illegals as well as non emergency services that currently go to illegals that cost the state big money.


John Ford is about to go to the other house. Some say the one he is going to is a lot like the one he left. Of course he will still be covered by the state insurance and retirement plan when/if he gets out.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cliff's notes

Ken Whitehouse does a good story on all the twists and turns this last few months of politics mostly at the state senate level. If you haven't been paying much attention this is a good crib sheet.

The Nashville two step

"The Nashville two step". That is a good way to put it. When legislators say one thing at home and vote another in Nashville. It is easy to say "Put it in another resolution or bill and I would have voted for it". It is easy because they know if that was done they never would have to vote on it. The committee system with the current leadership would never allow it to the floor for a vote. If they really do support an issue or feel that strongly about an issue that their constituents support that much then why didn't they bring the bill/resolution themselves? Resolutions can be brought at about any time. Would they bring the bill/resolution themselves next year? Don't hold your breath.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Is it Sunday already?

Yawn, Stretch, another top Democrat is exposed as not living in the district he represents. What will be done? Probably nothing. He controls the committee a bill to fix the problem would have to go through.

Leadership matters.

Facts are funny like that

Tom Humphrey lays out the facts on legislation in a "vote sheet". One was regarding a piece of my legislation. Democrats are saying bringing up the votes is a "Lie".

Lets go through one by one and you decide.

From the KNS article....

Republicans offered an amendment that stripped out any reference to price-gouging and instead urged Congress to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yokley and Vaughn were among Democrats who voted to kill the Republican amendment....

O.K. With that vote did they vote against urging congress to drill? If you think yes, then they voted against more drilling for more oil. Did they ever vote to urge congress to drill for oil at another time? No. Seems cut and dry to me. They voted against more drilling.

Other examples that Democrats say are misleading:

n The charge that Democrats oppose private property rights involves a non-controversial bill that revised procedures for the state Department of Transportation in selling surplus property. Rep. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, offered an amendment that would have required TDOT to give previous owners of land the right to buy back the property when the government no longer needed it. Democrats voted against the amendment.

O.K. Would the amendment have give rights to private property owners who have had their land taken by E.D.? If you think yes it would, then they voted against private property rights.

The term "jobs killer legislation" has been used by business lobbyists in opposing several bills. . (That they voted for)

To be more specific I think the term "Job killer legislation" was brought by the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) after studying sevral bills. As the largest supporter of small businesses that employ people I think they would have a clear idea of what would kill jobs for working people.

A $250 million tax increase cited in the list was a 42-cents-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes, which proponents say was needed to provide funds for education.

Unfortunately the money was not earmarked to go to education. I am pretty sure that amendment was also offered by Republicans and was also shot down by the Democrats. The money went into the general fund. So it was just a straight tax increase that may or may not have helped education.

The vote cited as support of the governor's "party room" came on an amendment offered to the state budget in May. Opponents of the amendment argued that, by then, the project to renovate the governor's residence and add an underground banquet facility was virtually complete, so that undoing the work would increase taxpayer costs.

The facts speak different. Republicans were ready for that claim when the amendment came up. Republicans had and showed photos of "the party room" taken just days before. The construction had not even started. It was just a half dug hole in the ground. No foundation poured. No bricks and mortar. No walls up. No roof on. No electrical run. No plumbing. No heating and air. Nothing. Just a hole in the ground that could be filled back in for virtually nothing except a savings to the taxpayer of tens of millions. The contracts all allowed the state to back out of construction at any time for no cost. Did they vote to stop the construction? If you think they voted no then they voted for the construction to continue and for the party bunker.

A charge of "raiding" the state's highway fund involves votes to transfer money from road-building efforts to the state general fund, which pays for such things as education and health care. The move was pushed by Gov. Phil Bredesen....

It also paid for golf courses and about every thing in the pork report. The move was voted on by the the legislature not just Phil. The gas tax money is supposed to be a dedicated tax for road and bridge construction and repair only. As you know Phil and the Democrats want to increase the gas tax already without having repaid what they took from the highway fund (Even in a surplus year). Any guesses where the new money would go?

Other measures on the list are fairly straightforward.

The Democrats, for example, voted against a Republican amendment that would have required voters to present identification, including a photograph. Opponents contended the amendment, offered on the House floor, was inappropriate to the bill in question, which made minor changes in state election laws

They say that about every amendment they don't like. The legal department drafted the legislation and it totally fit in the same caption of law. It was properly filed and totally appropriate.

The list distributed by Shipley also cites Vaughn's vote in the House Calendar Committee to scuttle legislation that would have stripped elected officials of state-paid health insurance when convicted of a felony That vote alone, says Shipley, would justify voter rejection of Vaughn..

AHHH. The John Ford and the Tennessee waltz amendment. That was a good one. Who were they protecting? Felons who had stolen probably millions from the taxpayers and those who might be still stealing millions from the taxpayers who are yet to be convicted.

Cut and dry.

Ford's list, in turn, cites Yokley's vote against a Republican-sponsored proposal to distribute surplus lottery money to local school systems - a move that Odom argued would have violated a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. .

Only no court ruling or attorney generals opinion was ever researched, sited or offered. The legislation was drafted and researched by the legal department and deemed as totally legal and allowable. They voted against the bill that would send more money to local schools.

Cut and dry.

I did not see any out and out lies in the fact sheet. But facts are funny like that.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

So what does Naifeh give?

When executive assistant for the state House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh speaks you can bet she "Knows how things work". At least in her office. I mean she must have seen it happen 100 times.

From the Leaf Chronicle letter.....

I have stayed quiet long enough, I have to express my opinion about the Tennessee Democratic Party's decision to void the election in the 22nd Senatorial District — they did exactly what should have been done.

Sen. Kurita put herself in the position for this to happen. When you run as a Democrat or Republican, it is your obligation to support the party you're affiliated with.

Sen. Kurita has not done that, she knew exactly what she was doing when she crossed over and voted for Speaker Ron Ramsey. I have worked for the Tennessee General Assembly since 1985 and have a good insight of what goes on here. (I believe) she was promised the speaker pro tempore position in exchange for her vote for Speaker Ramsey.

So my 2 big questions are, What has she seen Naifeh give the Republicans who vote for him? What does she think our state party should do to Republicans who cross over and vote for Democrat leadership?

For those that cross over and vote for Naifeh, this should let them know what Democrats really think of them when they are not in the room. They are not respected by either party.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

"I'm not partisan, I just vote that way"

I love when Democrats run as if they are the second coming of Reagan and they attack their competitors in a race as being partisan. Perfect case and point is the Rupe/ Yeager race. I admit I know neither candidate but they both talk a great game. Both claim to be conservative but Rupe calls her opponent "Extreme Partisan".

From the article...

Further, Ruppe faults Yager for being an "extreme partisan," while depicting herself as bipartisan....

.....She professes some annoyance of her own over "all this hoopla" over partisan control of the state Senate, which now has 16 Republicans, 16 Democrats and one Independent.

What proof does she offer of his "Extreme partisanship"? A history of voting against conservative principles or good legislation just because it is run by a Democrat? No.

What proof does she offer that she will be a non partisan conservative?

Can she name one time she voted for a conservative Republican over a liberal Democrat in a local or national election?

How bout, crossed lines to vote for or given money a conservative over a moderate Republican in a Republican primary? Name some names. I don't give a lot of credit to voting in the other primary if your party does not put up any contested races or you do it to make sure the liberal wins the Republican primary.

Does she say she will vote for a Republican leader if he will push the issues she says she believes in more then the Democrat leader? No.

That would be a real question since leadership sets the agenda and there is a clear difference between Kyle and Ramsey. If she wont respond I am sure you can guess the response.

"I'm not partisan, I'll just vote that way"

It is easier to talk the conservative talk then it is to walk the conservative walk.

Like clockwork

There is a shortage of teachers. The only solution looked into? Search the world over, spend more to find the few we are producing and offer more to get them. The long term solution can be found here.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Joke of the week (Non believer edition)


"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
-- Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television."

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
- - Admiral William Leahy , US Atomic Bomb Project

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
-- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers ."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year ."
-- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what is it good for?"
-- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
-- Bill Gates, 1981

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,"
-- Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
-- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible,"
-- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper,"
-- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make,"
-- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,"
-- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible,"
-- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this,"
- - Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads .

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy,"
-- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
- - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value,"
-- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre , France .

"Everything that can be invented has been invented,"
-- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.

"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required."
-- Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University

"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself."
-- the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
-- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse , 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon,"
-- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

And last but not least...

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment

Saturday, September 20, 2008

UT tuition ideas

The KNS did a story on the possible tuition increases at UT Knoxville. I have said in the past that when you want something you need to reward it and make (or keep) it cheap to increase demand. When there is something that you don't want or need but demand is still high you increase fees or penalties for it.

Education is no different.

An education from UTK is in high demand. We have limited space. The state has needs. We need nurses, math and science teachers who will stay in Tennessee and teach. Instead of always looking at post education as the only way to sway people into a career path why not look at ways to sway them when they are making the education decision for that path?

Lower tuition, increases in lottery scholarship funding in needed majors, a little more flexibility with the grade requirements to keep the scholarships, tuition loan forgiveness if they enter a needed field after graduation in Tennessee. All could help steer undecided kids into fields we need. The private side is steping up but For some reason most people want to do only a blanket approach for education and expect a different result.

Now some kids think long term and follow what they truly love or what they want to do in the future but some kids just want a degree so they can get a job. They may be just as capable to become a potential teacher or nurse as they are to go for any other degree.

When one of those degree seeking undecided kids is looking at two possible degrees, what degree do you think they will take? The one in physics or nursing that looks more difficult, where most GPAs are in the lo to mid 2's so he has a higher potential to loose a lottery scholarship or the one in deep sea basket weaving?

The kids get the same amount of lottery money, They both will have the same amount of student loans to pay off when they graduate. Their odds of loosing their scholarship is low to non existent in basket weaving because everyone gets A's and B's, they can party all the time and still keep the same amount of lottery money and when it is all said and done they both have a degree from UT. Sound like a tough choice?

Hmmmmmm....... Lets think about that one for a moment.

I hear we are having a run on scuba masks as we speak.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

In defence of Kernell

I would like to take a break from the news on the Sarah Palin E mail scandal to say no matter whether his son did or didn't break into the potential V.P. candidates private E mail, State Rep. Mike Kernell shouldn't be held accountable for his adult sons possible actions. Although I do not agree on many issues with Mike, he is a free thinker and that sort of thing is not his style at all. I highly doubt he knew, or would approve if he knew of what his son was doing.


Word on the street is the Sarah Palin E mails were hacked by Memphis State Rep. Mike Kernells son. More later.........

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The most gruesome

Killing a baby/ leaving it in a closet to die post birth. Is it abortion still or is it then murder? Obama says its abortion and a woman's right.

Monday, September 15, 2008

In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

Kurita files for write in petition. Short of Kurita getting the appointment this will probably end up in court before it is all over any way.

Wouldn't that be interesting

I was talking to a fellow legislator from across the isle about presidential politics and the electoral map this weekend. Although we both agreed it was close now we both thought many states could swing one way or the other in the last few weeks.

One possible scenario came up would put a topper on all close elections. What if there was a tie? Yes, a true electoral college tie is well within the possible outcomes with the states that are still in play.

Could you imagine? We were not sure what would happen then. Would it go to congress? Popular vote? or would it be every state gets one vote? It could be very interesting.

At the game

I was at the UT football game Saturday when by chance I ran into Dr. James McIntyre, the new superintendent of schools for Knox county, during half time. We met before briefly after a TV show that I was the guest on and he was the guest for the following show.

This time we both had more time to talk.

We hit on a bunch of issues such as Pre K, teacher tenure, violence in schools and more. On pre K, I thought the money should be spent elsewhere where it would have a lasting effect. He thought it needed more time to show results. I ran my idea by him about mandating parental involvement for access to pre K. He seemed to be in favor of the possibility of it. He bounced a few detail ideas about it to me that he thought might flesh it out some more and thought we should sit down and talk some more about it as session got closer.

We touched also on the need to reform teacher tenure. He mentioned that in the last 6 years no teacher has been fired from a Knox county school. Some had been reprimanded and left of their own accord but NONE had gone through the entire process and been fired. NONE. 0.


All in all a good conversation. I think we both had a few more thoughts, ideas and issues we wanted to talk about but the game was starting back up so we exchanged cards and promised more later.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The missing 120

As I said in an old post It was odd that the number of people who had illegal background checks done on them shrunk from original reports of 300 down to 180.

Where did the other 120 go?

I think I have found out. My sources say the in house investigation has decided to only look into a limited period of time instead of looking at all the activity of officer Shirley. The 120 other investigations could have been done a matter of days before the investigation start date began. I guess we may never know.

I wonder if a freedom of information request can be made on all his inquiries since they are not part of the official investigation.

Let every vote NOT count!!!

Got to love the Democrats. What ever it takes to get their man in. Forget the will of the voter. We are not talking dead people or people who do not live in the district voting as was the case with Ofelia Ford. They changed primaries to vote for the candidate they wanted.

I can think of at least two if not three Republican primaries where that was the case and it probably changed the election.

If this is upheld I wonder if Kurita could sue to get on the ballot as a independent or if the Republicans could get the executive committee together to put in a candidate for Republicans and disenfranchised Democrats to vote for.

If closed primaries is what the Democrats want then they should work to change the law. This latest step will definitely not help them win back the female vote.

AC has more

OHH! Now I see!

I think it should be a little more clear the work and research Drew Johnson does and why the left hates him after reading this article. He lays out facts (not fluffy, fact free stories) and then explains the why behind the bad move when the facts were known up front. It makes it a little tougher to pull the wool over on the people when groups like Drew's continue to do that.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My favorite "Partisan Nitwit"

Got to love GQ Drew. Unless you are a liberal big spender. Then you say things in the media like.....

He's a partisan nitwit who basically spends all his time dreaming up ways to terrorize rank-and-file state employees," says Bredesen senior adviser Will Pinkston. "Sad way to feed an outsized ego."

Johnson's mocking retort: "Waaaah."

He remains brashly defiant, though prone to saying things he might regret. In an interview, he calls one state information officer "nuttier than squirrel shit," makes a sexist remark about another one (Johnson thinks she's hot), calls certain of Tennessee's larger media outlets "crappy, hack newspapers,"

If I only had a dollar for every time I heard some one say the same things about the same people behind closed doors.

Welcome to the 70s

The liberal dreams are coming true. A little more "luck" like this and we will all be on bicycles. If only our country could get more access to refined oil until other energy sources are developed. But where?

I have the best commentors

I love the comments I get on my blog. This comment on the bad situation our schools are in because of teacher tenure (from Evan) deserves its own post.

This photo, of what must be an early era government administrator, fit perfectly.

Conventional wisdom, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in government, academic and corporate bureaucracies, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse's performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course bureaucrat’s favorite... ......... .....

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cuts or tax increase

No new money for the state this year and cutbacks look imminent. I bet some people will wish they took the buyout. Could mandatory retirement for the 80 year old prison guard be far off or will it be a tax increase?

Have you forgotten?

End teacher tenure

Tennessee is a right to work state. That means a person can be fired at about any time for about any reason that does not violate their civil rights. That is unless you are a bad teacher who has tenure. Then it takes near dynamite to get them out and keep them out.

As I have said in the past, teacher tenure has done more to hurt a child's education by protecting bad teachers then it ever did protecting good ones.

It is looking like the state comptroller is starting to find the same thing.

It currently can be a 7+ step process to fire a bad teacher. A hurdle so high many principles don't want to go through the entire process. They just pass the trash at best.

Some good ideas as half steps were to lengthen the time before a teacher gets tenure, do more reviews and to shorten the process to fire.

Not a bad start.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Kermit sutra

What was it they said when I talked about complex sexual issues being taught to very young children?

"It can't be happening."

"No one would approve of that"

Then it shifted to....

"What we teach is age appropriate"

Sound familiar?

It is over

I thought when McCain was running alone it was going to be tough for Republicans to win the presidency. Anti incumbent year, the base, who does all the work in campaigns, was sort of down on McCain, Obama looked charismatic and all that.

Dems were measuring history in terms of BO/AO instead of BC/AD.

Then Palin got in the race.

The base LOVES her. She is rock solid on things conservatives and most
Americans believe, pro life, pro gun, supports drilling, she comes across great pulls a lot of voters who would like to see a woman in power and are mad Hillary lost.

The race is on.

I figured if the poll numbers of actual likely voters got close in key states then Republicans would win. What people say in polls and what they actually do behind the curtain on election day are quite different. They tend to vote more conservatively when it all shakes down.

Republican numbers are growing. We are getting votes we never got before. I figured it was looking better. Not quite live boy/dead girl time, but a close race.

Now Obama has really stepped in it. Actually I think it is more he jumped on in it. He then picked up a couple of hand fulls and covered himself in it.

Who proofed that speech?

This could stick a fork in Obama. It will be tough to spin away as a mistake since every one knows that was a key part of the Palin speech. A lot of moms saw themselves as a lot like Sarah Palin although possibly not a pretty. Now Obama takes a lightly veiled shot at her looks. What does that say about them. He thought he was loosing votes before because the attacks on her family? Just wait and see how this goes over.

Monday, September 08, 2008

An idea

After finishing up my last post on pre k and thinking about the problems that we really have many times in a childs early education (the parents). A thought came to me that it is the parents that need more education on how to help teach their children and be involved in their child's education then the kids need the education.

I know this idea is not perfect and I would like to end pre k all together, but what do you all think about a half step where we have mandatory classes and school interaction for parents who enroll their kids in pre K? The parents get what they really want (free day care/pre k) and the state gets what they need (a more involved parent in their child's education).

An example could be something like, a parent must go to three classes on a childs education at home previous to enrollment and then must attend at least three pre k classes a semester for the child to get enrolled in the next semester of pre k. No parents, no daycare/pre k.

More spin then a top

This must be the way to misrepresent bad results of testing. From the The KNS article on pre K

The result

"But it found that by the second grade, there was no statistically significant difference between students who went to prekindergarten and those who did not."

The spin

The fact that prekindergarten participants showed no major difference by second grade means the program has done its job and the children have caught up with their peers, said Carol Idol, prekindergarten specialist for Knox County Schools.

"How can you say that's bad?" she asked.

Low-income children who enter the program are typically a year or two behind more advantaged peers.

"That's our goal, to get them caught up with everybody else," Idol said. "We're not looking to make them rocket scientists."

The Facts

The result does not mean they caught up better with pre K. It shows there is no difference if they went or not. It is an apples to apples comparison. Not apples to oranges. At risk kid who went to pre K compared to an at risk kid who did not go to pre K. Non at risk who went to pre K vs. non at risk who did not go to pre K. No difference if they went or did not by grade 2. Not at risk vs non at risk.

The goal

Bredesen since 2003 has expanded the prekindergarten program from about 3,000 students a year to more than 17,000.

His goal is universal prekindergarten.

More spin

Gov. Phil Bredesen said last week that he would not be dissuaded by the study.

"What that said to me is we're on the right track with pre-K," he said, because the students were better prepared for the next grade.

The Facts

No, the results said they were no better prepared then their peers who did not go to pre K at all.

Partial credit for Phil

Officials simply need to increase work with pupils in the second, third and fourth grades to keep the kind of gains made in earlier grades.

More facts

Increase work with pupils in other grades, Good idea. We already have good results when compared internationally in grades k-4. We drop off in 4-8 and really tank in 8-12.

What the goal should be

Help kids get ready to where they can graduate high school.

Now, what program has proven not to work, that we could cut, so we have teachers available to help students where they really need help?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

5 Planes?

Why can't we afford to cut the tax on food in Tennessee?

"Not enough money"

Would 5 planes owned by the state (Yes, you read that right. Five) on E bay help the cause?

It seemed to have helped make one Governor a political hero for her cutting needless waste in Alaska when she sold one plane. Just think if we decided to sell even 4 of ours. Of course, some people think when you have a new 20 million dollar mansion and party room you need 5 planes to cart your friends to and from exotic locations to go with it.

Joke of the week (Fishing edition)

Barak Obama was out jogging one morning along the parkway when he tripped, fell
over the bridge railing and landed in the creek below. Before the Secret Service
guys could get to him, 3 kids who were fishing pulled him out of the water. He
was so grateful he offered the kids whatever they wanted.

The first kid said, 'I want to go to Disneyland!"
Barak said, 'No problem, I'll take you there on my special Senator's airplane."

The second kid said, 'I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes.'
Barak said, 'I'll get them for you and even have Michael Jordan sign them!'

The third kid said, " I want a motorized wheelchair with a built in TV and
stereo headset!'
Barak, a little perplexed by this and said, 'But you don't look like you're

The kid said, "I will be after my dad finds out I saved your a** from drowning."

Saturday, September 06, 2008

D.J. on drawing lines

Some comments deserve their own post. This is one of them. D.J. Jones on why Democrats have power still in the state house. From this post.

"It's gerrymandering. The Democrats in this state are masters of the art. After Baker v. Carr forced the White Democrat establishment in the state to reapportion the lines, the Republicans made huge gains within a few cycles. By the 1968 elections, the Republicans elected 49 House members (tied with the Democrats 49) with 1 Independent member. At the organization of the 1969 session, Republican leader Bill Jenkins (the future Congressman) persuaded a Black Democrat member to vote for him, and he won the 50 votes needed to become the first GOP House Speaker in TN since Reconstruction and the first GOP leader of ANY legislative body in the South since the 1890s.

After the Dems won a narrow majority in 1970, from that point on, they used ruthless gerrymandering tactics to prevent the emerging GOP majority from taking root. They have NOT received a majority of the vote for House seats, despite having a several seat majority, since 1992.

But how can the Democrat party hold a majority of seats when they get only a MINORITY of the vote ? Simple. By corralling Republicans into districts where they vote in huge numbers for the GOP candidate while more marginal districts and Dem districts vote in much smaller numbers for Democrats.

Nashville/Davidson County is a stark example. Of 10 legislative seats, only 1 is Republican-held (and is heavily so, the result of two Republican districts mashed together in the early '90s to eliminate the seat of the then-GOP House Leader).
That means the Democrats hold 90% of the House seats in Nashville, but only get (in contested elections) about a 60-40% (or less) margin of the vote. Meaning that there should be 4 Republicans out of 10 in Nashville.

Until we get control of redistricting, Democrats will continue their 40-year (actually, you could say ONE HUNDRED and forty year) tactic of disenfranchising what is now a Republican voting majority. That isn't "democratic" by any stretch of the imagination.

The liberal media will never report on this injustice in TN because only Democrats can be victims of Republicans. When we get control of redistricting, watch the Dem/media howl at how "unfair" we are to the poor Democrats. I'd say what's fair is to reduce them to less than a 70R-29D seat margin in the House until 2153. 140 years for us for a change is about right."

The one one bad example is where a prison population is used to count the number of constituents. They can not vote but their numbers in the thousands go into re appropriation of the district numbers. Lets just, for example sake, say Lois Deberry has a prison in her district that has 20 thousand prisoners in it. Her district will only have about 38 thousand people that could vote for her instead of 58 thousand. Of the 38K, some are not legal voters or registered so her election totals could only be a few hundred votes in a solid Democrat district. Where republican districts could be 4 to 8 thousand or more.

Friday, September 05, 2008

THP, open records

Even though one officer is supposedly about to be canned (For now). In Nashville, bad pennies always have a way of turning back up when the wind blows over. The question of who he was doing it for still remain. The Emails need to be seen to possibly find out who he was sending this info to. How bout some open records? We seem to be having problems getting those. Of course it is an open investigation and those records can't be seen. The THP probe should continue but not forever. My money is on it will continue for another two years and three months.

Good to know they are non partisan

A letter from Jason Mumpower should let Republicans see how "Non partisan" Comptroller John Morgan and Treasurer Dale Sims really are. And people ask why Republicans don't trust their state officers.

Once again, Comptroller John Morgan and Treasurer Dale Sims are out campaigning against us. As you will see in the posting below, they joined Gov. Phil Bredesen today at a campaign event to try to take the Senate away from the Republicans. While this was a Senate event, the principle remains the same. They are against Republicans - Senate or House - and they do not mind showing it. In a statement to Post Politics, Governor Phil Bredesen has endorsed Senator Mike Williams of Maynardsville:

"Senator Williams has represented his district with pride and distinction. He's been supportive of my agenda, especially when it comes to rural economic development, education reform, expanding access to health care and road projects. I'm happy to endorse him in his re-election efforts."

The Governor hosted a fundraiser in Knoxville yesterday for the state senate's only independent at the offices of architecture firm Ross/Fowler, P.C. State Treasurer Dale Sims and State Comptroller John Morgan were also listed as hosts at the $500 per person event.
Williams retains the services of Thomas Lindsey Group, a Democratic fund-raising and consulting firm headed by Cathy Thomas. In July, it was reported that three prominent members of the Senate Democratic Caucus had shifted excess mailing funds into Senator Williams account.

Long a thorn in the side of the Republican Party, Senator Mike Williams was one of two Republicans who voted for Speaker John Wilder in 2005. He left the party in 2007. He is opposed in re-election by Republican attorney Mike Faulk.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Frank Cagle has a pretty good wrap up on how the Palin addition and the Obama flop in Tennessee could help Republicans pick up the state house.

From the article...

If Palin energizes conservatives and rural Democrats stay home or vote for McCain, it has to be good for Republican legislative candidates. There are also some conservative areas losing longtime Democratic representatives due to retirement. Randy Rinks and Frank Buck, two stalwarts of the House Democrats, aren’t seeking re-election. Could the Republicans pick up the two seats? They certainly hope so.

The Republicans need to pick up four seats to get control of the House. They got effective control of the state Senate last year. The state has trended Republican for years, but the Democrats have been able to maintain control of the House because they have control of the House. Re-apportionment often saves them. Control also allows them to solicit campaign funds from lobbyists and special interests to overwhelm challengers.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cat fight

It looks from this E mail that Ophelia Ford sent out that she is going after Rosalind Kurita. I have redacted the senators phone number.

August 22, 2008

Dear Colleague:

Greetings from Memphis, TN...

I am concerned about the Clarksville, TN Primary Election between incumbent Senator Rosalind Kurita and Attorney Tim Barnes. For those of you who are not aware, it was an outrageously heated race (please reference articles on the internet to confirm). On Election Day, August 7, 2008, it was reported that Senator Karita had won by 19 votes.

I am writing because I would like to see the above referenced race, and any other similar race, carried through the same process and handled in the same manner, as my 2005 Special Election race was; which ultimately resulted in the State Senate voiding my Election.

To refresh you memory, prior to the voiding of my 2005 Election, I file a lawsuit in Federal Court in Memphis, TN, Ophelia Ford v. Tennessee State Senate. It was a pretty lenghty trial. The Memphis Federal Judge ruled that the TN State Senate could not void my Election unless the Senate adhered to all of the many stipulations she ordered to be done, and with all 95 Counties in the State of Tennessee, and after such was done to report the finding back to her. The State Senate appealed the Decision to the Federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, still to no avail, as the Higher Court ruled likewise with the Memphis Federal Judge agreeing that she ruled correctly, i.e., my Election could not be voided without the State Senate following the Memphis Federal Judge's orders.

Just before voiding my Special Election, the members of the AdHoc Committee of the State Senate, that was appointed by our Lt. Governor, told me, and my Attorney David Cocke, that they did not have to do what the Memphis Federal Judge had ordered them to do and, consequently, did VOID my 2005 Special Election in April, 2006.

The reasons used by the Ad Hoc Committee to void my Election is for the same reasons I write you now. I don't know how anyone would or could know WHO a voter votes for but they looked into my District to challenge legally registered voters as illegal voters, finding 12, and took all of them from my 13 votes win.One (1) vote was never challenged, leaving me with a one (!) vote win. Consequently, it is my desire to know now in particular, as it was with my State Senate colleagues in 2005 the following:

How many Dead people voted?
How many convicted felons voted?
How many people voted from Mom and Dad's home, or any other address that they do not live at anymore but have not had their current address changed?

Oftentimes, in a Special Election the margin of votes may be close and is expected, but it certainly does not mean that anything illegal has taken place. However, in a Regular Election, as was in the August 7, Election when so many more people are aware of an Election Day and come out to vote, winning by such a small count is not usually expected to happen, especially with incumbents.

I have spoken to Attorney Barnes and he insist that, if he is allowed a short period of time to develop his findings and conclusions regarding the August 7 Election, that he will be able to prove that the Clarksville Election involved several illegal issues. I personally feel that we should work together and honor his request- for-time wishes, and have an Ad Hoc Committee appointed to investigate this Regular Election, just as was done in my 2005 Special Election.

I invite any of your comments and/or questions as my case is pending a Court date in the Memphis Federal Court where the Higher Federal Court in Cincinnati sent it back to, after their ruling.. I anxiously await my court date.

We need your help... I can be reached through my Nashville Office at (xxx) xxx-xxxx or in Memphis at (xxx) xxx-xxxx.



Thank you for your consideration.

Funny how that works

The KNS did a nice editorial on how the numbers of non immunized student in school is on the increase and how we could be heading for a disaster.

OK, they make some good points. But while they mention a small segment of people who oppose vaccines for religious reasons or personal reasons (such as the fear of a possible link to autism) they fail to mention the largest segment of un immunized children.

The children of illegal aliens.

The children of illegals are the only group not required to provide proof of immunization or get an exemption based on religious or personal grounds. They just walk on in and get to go to class.

The KNS has used the mantra of "What ever is best for the children or the schools" like a club to justify about any position. Now they seem to be going after people with religious or personal objections to immunization. Too bad they forgot to add in their other pet group that is a bigger problem.