Thursday, October 30, 2008

In FLA

As I said in my last post I was in Florida last week. A few political impressions.

All the commercials are political. It was like back to back to back political adds on TV. About two to one Obama to McCain adds but there were a lot of house and local political races going on as well.

When you complain about "Dirty attack adds" Forget it. Down there (I was in the Orlando area for reference) they all are attack adds and not like the type they run here. Every add I saw I was expecting horns to pop up out of the heads of the people they were describing. It was all hard core stuff. "The other guy mangles puppies for fun and profit" type adds. I don't think I saw one positive add the entire week. I think I even saw one on Sunday where the baptist preacher was attacking the Protestant preacher.

One thing I thought was odd was the marriage amendment was on the ballot, it was expected to pass quite strongly and yet McCain was not using the issue in the state. I thought he would be all over the tape of Obama saying his goal was going to be to do away with all the DOMA laws. McCain has always run from the social issues. He is passing up a strong opportunity in Florida on that one. His adds were some of the weaker adds I saw. Joe the plumber over and over. Obama was repeating "He is like Bush" for the 8 millionth time.

It seemed like almost every day a big name was coming into the state. One day it would be McCain the next Obama, the next Biden, the next Palin.

The female reporter who asked Biden about their socialist ideas is thought of as a real softball in the area. Most people around there were shocked it was such an issue or that she was taken off the list of people allowed to do interviews. They though of her as the most easy reporter in the area.

If I had only looked in the one area I would say middle Florida is more Republican then East Tennessee. I hardly saw any Obama bumper stickers or yard signs. I saw several for McCain. North and South Florida must be quite the other way around for this race to be close.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good to be home

I just got back from Florida. Luckily my flight did not end like this.



More on Florida politics later.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Only the time has changed

When I read this story about Rep. Ben West I though of this old story about Noah.

NOAH TODAY


In the year 2008, the Lord came unto Noah,

who was now living in the United States, and said:
"Once again, the earth has become wicked and over
-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me."

"Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing
along with a few good humans."

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
"You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will
start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
weeping in his yard - but no Ark.

"Noah!," He roared, "I'm about to start the rain!
Where is the Ark?"

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed."

"I needed a building permit."

"I've been arguing with the inspector
about the need for a sprinkler system."

"My neighbors claim that I've violated the
neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my
yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to
go to the Development Appeal Board for a decision."

"Then the Department of Transportation demanded a
bond be posted for the future costs of moving power
lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the
passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them
that the sea would be coming to us, but they would
hear nothing of it."

"Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban
on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl."

"I tried to convince the environmentalists that I
needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!"

"When I started gathering the animals, an animal
rights group sued me. They insisted that I was
confining wild animals against their will. They
argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and
it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in
a confined space."

"Then the EPA ruled that I couldn't build the Ark
until they'd conducted an environmental impact study
on your proposed flood."

"I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the
Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I'm
supposed to hire for my building crew."

"Immigration and Naturalization are checking the
green-card status of most of the people who want to work."

"The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They
insist I have to hire only Union workers with
Ark-building experience."

"To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets,
claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally
with endangered species."

"So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10
years for me to finish this Ark."

"Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine,
and a rainbow stretched across the sky."

Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
"You mean you're not going to destroy the world?"

"No," said the Lord.
"The GOVERNMENT beat me to it."

Endorsements


As you may have noticed I think things will be better under Republican leadership and I hope we win all the seats we can but one race is extra special to me. That race is Dave Oatneys race for White Pine City council. I know how hard David works, how he is a rock solid conservative as well as a loyal and trusted friend. I encourage all the people, who can, to vote for, call friends in the area, blog about, work for or send money to David. I give David my strongest endorsement possible (for what ever it is worth) and will be watching for the results on election night.

Good luck David.

Halloween of liberal dreams

Monday, October 27, 2008

Joke of the week (Why did the chicken cross the road?)

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!
JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
JIMMY NAIFEH: I don't see any chickens. Move on.
HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One! that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
BILL DUNN: To go to church. He is a good Catholic chicken.
DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
GARY ODUM: The chicken is out of order on that side of the road. We will not be able to talk about chickens untill next year.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
BEVERLY MARRARO: Did the chicken have a hat?
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
JAYSON MUMPOWER: When we are in the majority he wont have any reason to cross the road. We will make this side of the road better!
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
GLENN CASADA: I hate chicken.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay, too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like the other side..That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.
FRANK NICLEY: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
MIKE TURNER: Chicken is delicious. I don't know why you hate chickens so much.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash or need to be rebooted.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

With a record like that, how could you be against him?

Got to love it. The KNS comes out and lets their real feelings be known. They hit every conservative issue at the state level and slight anyone who has conservative leanings.

Put up both side on an issue? Only if it is defending a Democrat who is getting hit. Otherwise, why start now?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Drew, Dont hold back next time.

Drew Johnson obliterates Gray Sasser. Like an old album from K tell, Hit after hit, it is all gold.

Bill Dunn puts dunce hat on opponent

Bill Dunn pulls out the ruler and smacks his opponents backside in this forum on education. Bill studies education and knows it better then most on the education committee.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bain Bain know your name

First he puts out the opponents husbands SSN and now the truth comes out on Mr. Bain.




If you can not read the mailer it talks about the time Bain was busted in Florida for possession and for later trying to obscure his identity with fake ID to the police when he was arrested. It also shows the facts that he never returned to court or paid any fines. Most of the time that leads to new warrants for arrest. I wonder if their will be another Mugshot photo to go with the one in the mailer.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

But I thought he said no tax increase?

Yet we still have them on the table? I wonder why?

Bring out your dead!

Yes, the voting rolls on. For some it rolls on long after death. I would be interesting to do a cross check on a computer of all the death files in
Tennessee against the state voter files and see how many people were so eager to cast a ballot that they did it from beyond the grave. I bet it could be done with crossing the SS numbers quite easily. I bet the numbers would surprise people.

Of course that would require Republicans taking control of the election commission away from Democrats. That can only be done by gaining control of the overall majority of both houses.

It matters who leads.


UPDATE: Speak of the devil and he will show up.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The need to fight

There is a good piece over at The American Thinker on if the troubles in the economy were for 8 years or 2 years.

From the article...

"In December 2006, after six years of Bush and the last month before the Democrats took over both houses of the national legislature, a snapshot of our economy looked like this.


Unemployment stood at 4.4%.
Real GDP growth over the previous four years (under a Republican President, House and Senate) averaged 3% per year.
A gallon of regular gasoline cost $2.30.
The S&P 500 stock index stood at 1418, or 84% above its post-911 low and more than 7% higher than when Bush took office.
Every year of Bush's Presidency, real (inflation-adjusted) disposable income per person went up. By the end of 2006, the average person was making 9% more in real terms than before Bush became President
."


It goes on with more Good points. If you just look at the numbers, this election shouldn't even be close, America is a middle right leaning country. Still, I have to wonder if the race has already been lost, why?

First off I think the left are masters of the old saying "Say a lie long enough and it becomes the truth". It seems to me like many people on the right caved and just stopped fighting hard about 4 years ago. Even the president went quiet. He seldom used his bully pulpit even to defend himself.

It is like we got sick of hearing all the people with BDS and just said "OK whatever" and just quit. The moderate right let the attacks go on everything because they didn't want to create a stir. They didn't want to fight or show differences. We didn't brag on victory as our opponents glorified in every defeat. We let it go and go, and go they did. Then the media really ran with it as well, to the point that most people feel they have lost all site of impartiality.

I see it happen over and over. It is a ratchet down effect. When we don't fight liberalism everyday we loose freedoms in the long run. The Dems put up a real liberal. Repubs put up a moderate. If we win, at best, we hit middle ground and only lose on half the issues. At worse we lose on all of them. Follow this pattern over and over and we loose everything in time. When we run on the principles we are based on we can win. Unfortunately, it seems lately Republicans have run on the "Me too, just not as much." campaign plan. We will always loose in a bidding war with libs.

Name the last issue where the left capitulated or moderated by choice with the right? I am waiting to hear it. But still moderates think the way to win is to be moderate and meet the left half way, Be quiet, Don't cause a stir or fight for core type issues.

It doesn't work.

Now it is the eleventh hour. The chickens have come home to roost. Colin Powell endorsed Obama. What can McCain say about Powell? Nothing. Powell just did to McCain what McCain has done to conservative Republicans for years. He crossed lines as a show of moderation to the left and stabbed Republicans in the back. Oh, the irony. Now as the worst case scenario is looking eminent, everyone is looking for the magic bullet. How can we pull out victory? Where can we go? Who can we get? What can we say? Sorry, It may be too late.

When this race is done, should Obama win, the Dems take 60 in the senate and rule the house what will the moderates say then? Our candidate wasn't moderate enough? We didn't go far enough to the middle? How much farther could we have gone? Heck, He almost put a Dem on the ticket as VP!

I am starting to hear the back biting now as the moderates try and blame it on the last administration or Palin joining the ticket. I predict should McCain loose they will take zero responsibility for a loss.

The only good I see in a loss is that this race may show the folly of trying to win by moderation and silence. Sometimes it takes a hard defeat to show the errors and weakness of the past. If Obama tanks and we are able to show a true difference again it could be good for America in the long run. After all, it took Jimmy Carter to get Ronald Reagan.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Joke of the week (Bear facts)

The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the US .

Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party... as they have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a Democrat black bear in Carthage Tennessee nicknamed 'Bearack Obama'!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Newspaper endorsements

The KNS is running a poll on if they should endorse a presidential candidate or not. That has to be a tough one for them. If you just read the headlines you already know where they stand and have for months possibly years. But if they endorse Obama like they want they infuriate the people who actually buy the paper. If they endorse McCain they infuriate all their tin foil hat wearing friends. Even if they endorse McCain, the one "We endorse McCain" headline will not sway people like the 900 "Obama sends a tingle up our leg"/ "every thing Republicans do is a disaster" headlines we always get.

What is a paper to do? I can imagine the conversation now.

"OK we do a poll and and say we will follow the will of the people in the poll, who by a wide margin, don't want us to endorse. But only for this one tough spirited race. It is a no win for us. Of course in all the other races we will do endorsements."

Save them all. Endorsements are for special interest groups with set agendas. News groups should report facts and let the people decide from those facts. If the people are not well enough informed on a candidate then it is a result of not enough quality reporting and asking hard questions. Something that could be done in the waisted space taken up by a meaningless endorsement.

I think even the top moderate Republican candidates are getting to the point where they see their is little to no hope in the MSM. They always go for the more liberal candidate. Why not burn the bridge. When you see soft moderates like John McCain going after the MSM you know, even they, realize their is little to no help from them. The only exception is when the conservative Republican is so far out front even Ray Charles can see they are going to win.

To their credit the KNS also has this article where they admit the right has a limited voice in the media. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. The next steps are a little more difficult and require giving conservatives a little more of a voice.

Tennis anyone?


I know the economy is in a slump and state unemployment is at a 20 year high but this is politics and tennis we are talking about! How could we not give them the money? You didn't expect the tennis courts to be part of the "Painful cuts" did you?

Are you mad?! Are you some sort of monster!?!?

Well I guess it is off to the golf course now where we will talk about cutting emergency ambulance services for the elderly.

Ta, ta everyone!

Please lead us oh wise one

Got to love libs. They do the same dumb things over and over and think no one will ever pick up on their hypocrisy. You would think after one got busted the others near by would take notice and change their ways before making policy decisions in contrast to their own lifestyle.

But no.

It has got to be embarrassing for the true greeny who has to keep trying to defend this stuff over and over.

For all you country music fans

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joke of the week (The Pope and Palin)

Sarah Palin is invited to meet with the Pope while he is
vacationing south of Rome n Venice .

The liberal press reluctantly watches the semi-private
audience, hoping they will be able to allot minimal coverage, if any.

The Pope asks Governor Palin to join him on a Gondola ride
through the canals of Venice .

They're admiring the sights and agreeing on moral issues
when, all of a sudden, the Pope's hat (zucchetto) blows off his
head and out into the water.
The gondolier starts to reach for the Pontiff's cap with
his pole, but this move threatens to overturn the floating craft.

Sarah waves the tour guide off, saying, 'Wait, wait. I'll
take care of this. Don't worry.'

She steps off the gondola onto the surface of the water and
walks out to the Pope's hat, bends over and picks it up. She walks
back across the water to the gondola and steps aboard.

She hands the hat to the Pope a mid stunned silence.

The next morning the topic of conversation among Democrats
in Congress, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, CNN, the New York Times,
Hollywood celebrities, and in France and Germany is:
'Palin Can't Swim.'

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sleeper race

One race that that you may not have head about that could be pretty close is the race between Rick Womick and Kent Coleman in the Murphreesboro area (Dist 49). I was in the area and must say it looked like Womack has been working hard. I saw his push card and thought it was one of the best I had ever seen. This could be the dark horse race of the election.

Dirty, Dirty, Dirty

Another race that is being hotly contested is the Terri Lynn Weaver(R)/Cleveland Bain(D) race. Word is Bain somehow found out Weavers husbands social security number and put it in his attack adds in all of the local news papers. Only one paper read the add and blocked the number out. I think most people know what a serious issue credit fraud is and how it can wreck a persons life if their SSN gets out there.

That is just Dirty, dirty, dirty. Charges should be pressed.

Ricky Skaggs and the Whites are coming to the Smith co. agricultural center in Carthage tonight at 6:30 to preform a benefit concert for the Weaver campaign.

A tale of two races

It is a little odd When an east Tennessee paper adds a dig about a middle Tennessee state house race to a story about senate fund raising. I guess it is OK because the dig attacks a Republican running against an incumbent Democrat for an old DUI conviction.

OK. Fair enough. You can say its news.

But don't you think it would be a little more interesting if it was the news about a close open seat race? A race that is not only close in the polls but is also close to Knoxville. Where the story isn't just alcohol related but is also drug related? How could it be better? Where could we find such a race? Such an interesting dichotomy?

I guess we will see that story about as much as we see the story of the sexual harassment hush money given to keep the Democrat in office who replaced Mark Foley.

No news there, nothing to see, Move along.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fair and ballanced elections?

But how can they get the result they want if they cant steal it? Some people in Tennessee are getting mad that some form of actual proof is required to vote, such as Social security numbers and another Tennessee Democrat party is mad that Republicans will be actually allowed on premises to make sure a fair election is being held during early voting.

Oh the horror!!

The traditionally all Democrat controlled polling locations is a rule in place that the party in majority controls the election commission for the entire state. It is almost as bad as the rule that names on the ballot shall be listed in alphabetical order........By party affiliation.

It matters who leads.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Getting control

Sorry blogging has been a little sporadic lately. I have been doing a lot of door to door for other campaigns across the state in hopes we can pick up some seats. Some times I am on the road 3-4 days of the week.

On the weekends many Republicans Reps are meeting up to help some of our candidates.

Today we are knocking doors in Joe Carr's district (District 48) (Saturday, October 11th), in Murfreesboro to get the word out! Joe is a great candidate, and is running in John Hood's open seat. This is a great pick-up opportunity for us! If you are available on Saturday to help us out, please contact either Kara (615-812-5272) or Edward Phillips, Joe's campaign manager at 615-969-8318. The walk group will be meeting on the square in Murfreesboro at the Rutherford County Republican Headquarters (address below) at 9:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Rutherford County Republican Headquarters
106 S Maple St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-3560

Here are directions from Knoxville or you can get directions from anywhere here

*Take I-640W to I-40W *Merge onto TN-840 west via ext 235 toward MURFREESBORO *Take US70 south, exit 55 toward MURFREESBORO *Stay to the left toward MURFREESBORO, exit 55A *Stay on NW Broad Street *Take a left onto West Main Street (The light is not too far after the Dodge's Chicken gas station, on the left) *Turn right onto South Maple Street (Party HQ will be on your right on the square)

Friday, October 10, 2008

"When they are down, Kick them"

That seems like the motto with some candidates. Who is the person giving out good jobs to people? When taxes and government spending goes up, so does unemployment. Then revenues go down. It never ceases to amaze me how some "leaders" never make the connection. So they purpose tax increases on "the rich" thinking it will never effect the poor. It is always "Get the people with the power boats and fancy yachts, make it fair" .How well has that worked out?

We need to remember the rules of economy.

"You can not help the poor by destroying the rich."

"You can not lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down"

"You can not strengthen the weak by weakening the strong."

"You can not further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred."

The rules are timeless, you can go all the way back to the bible if you want. "Thou shall not covet what another man has." Of course some like to have the government covet for them by force in the name of "fairness" and "Christian values". They forget the church only asks for 10% and it is not a graduated income tax.

Sorry I am on a little bit of a rant but having reviewed some recent news stories and listening to some "Political leaders" try to sell themselves and their tax plans has me fired up.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I see your reason for alarm

When health insurance costs go up faster then the average Tennesseans income the media sounds the alarm! When government spending gos up faster then the avg Tennesseans income (as it has for the last few years). What do you hear from the media?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

What you don't know

As many of you know there was a shooting in a gun free zone in Knoxville. I know, impossible. No guns are allowed there.

Now for the rest of the story you don't know. Knoxville County commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert was at the scene of the incident. Word is he had communication with the alleged shooter in between the time he shot the victim and the time the shooter was subsequently shot by the police.

You may remember Greg from the time he caught a killer who was attempting to rob him (and probably would have killed him had he not been armed), or his "buy a car get a gun" promotion.

Greg is not talking about what was said between the two as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Energy savings

As many people know Rep. Matthew Hill and I have been pushing sales tax free "Energy Star" products. If you want to really push energy conservation at the state level it is a good idea.

Well guess what? Virginia took the idea and ran with it.

Classic SNL

I have not been watching SNL for the last few years. Most of the good comedians left. With this now banned and blocked video as well as some of the others I have been seeing lately I may have to give them another shot. It looks a good as anything I have seen in the last few years anywhere.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Belmont

Who won? It depends on the issue.

Money
McCain did a little better on some economic issues and spending. The "That guy" shot was a good one. The tax increase thing put Obama on his heals. McCain looked good until he brought up buying mortgages. Where did that come from? In for a pound
In for a penny. He had me at hello but lost me at that point. Wash. Possible Obama if McCain kills more of his base.

Foreign policy

was a wash.

Energy

"Drill baby drill" or "Gas tank" that is all he had to say. He didn't. Wash.

Priorities
Obama brought up education. Good in the short term but not a real wise move long term. Not that education is unimportant but McCain can bring up what Obama did in Chicago with education money he got from Ayres and can talk about Obamas sex ed plans for 5 year old. That is if McCain is willing to talk social issues suddenly.

McCain brought up bipartisanship and willingness to cross over on issues. Nice, but a little late. That would have been good a month or so ago. Edge still McCain.

Health care
Obama empathised well. McCain made a good point by bringing up the Obama penalty and Obamas inability to say how much it would be, even when asked directly. The McCain tax credit plan did not present well. It is A little complex to do in a debate. Overall Push.

Presentation
McCain needs to learn to stand still. He moved around like Ali on crack. I saw more out of frame shots and pictures of the back of his head then I would if he was a marathon runner. I bet the camera guy felt like a lineman trying to grab Barry Sanders in the open field. One second he is there in front of you the next he spins an goes another direction. "Where did he go and where is he off to next?" Town hall forum was supposed to be McCains specialty. He needs to remember it is on TV also.

The hair plugs joke tanked. I mean crickets. If McCain was going to hit someone he missed some real opportunities to pounce on the Ayres connection and Obamas attacks on our military. I think that would have played better then some stuff he brought up. He should have brought up Palin or his support of women it would have shored up that area and pulled a little of the shine from her and put it on him. Overall Obama presented better.

Overall
Slight edge McCain but it was only slight. I could see some will say Obama won but I think it would be like the Nixon/Kennedy debate and radio vs. TV viewers. A tie helps Obama as he runs out the clock. McCain is down so he needed to move some seats, light some fires, take some hard shots and I don't think he did that. I don't know if it is really in him or his style. He doesn't fight like that. He wants everybody to be his friend. He likes to reach across and hug Democrats so much, that when it is time to enter the cage he doesn't know how to body slam them. Unfortunately at election time two men enter a cage and only one will leave with a belt.

Steve McBlackburn?


This is too good

Joke of the week (political health plan)

A Japanese doctor says, 'Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in 6 weeks.'


A German doctor says, 'That is nothing. We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks.'


A British doctor says, 'In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks.'


The American doctor, not to be outdone, interjected, 'You guys are way behind. We are about to take a Democrat with no brains, put him in the White House, and then half the country will be out looking for work in one week.'

We are at the top because we do the least

Tennessee is in the top 10 for number of immigration bills introduced but pretty low on the list as for how many we pass. Big number introduced in one area but a small number passed means some people see a problem and are introducing legislation to correct a problem and who ever is in power is making sure the laws don't pass. Year after year the number of bills introduced on several key issues continues to rise.

It matters who leads.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Live by the sword

The presidential campaign is going to be the death of me. I must say, I was not that excited about McCain in the beginning. He was my second to last choice in the primary (I could not vote for Rudy under any circumstances). McCain? He is definitely WAY better then Obama and I have no white guilt so, OK, if I must.

At first I thought it was going to be an uphill battle if not "up cliff".

Then McCain picked Palin.

Great move politically. She probably stole some of the female/Hillary vote. Nice. It excited the base who wins elections and they were dead in the water till then. Good. The inexperience in office highlighted Obamas inexperience in many areas. I doubt anyone thinks McCain will run twice so she would be a shoe in for the nomination in 4 years. A conservative, strong female who is not bad looking. She got the buzz going with conservatives. They buy in. We have hope.

McCain jumps up in the polls. The wheels were coming off the Obama train. Gaff after gaff we got stronger. Our base is still soft on McCain but is cranking it into gear with Palin passion. Looking good!

When we talked energy, we were winning. When we talked about the war and the progress made, we were winning. When we talked about the free market, we were winning. When we talked about ending earmarks and waste, we were winning. When we talked of ending corruption and the influence of big money in the political process, we were winning.

Then the financial crunch hit.

I have always felt the economy is cyclical. Although I think the economy will always be positive for America (in the long run) because of its resources, it will still have dips, slowdowns and adjustments (in the short run). The last eight years I have been waiting for the housing and credit bubble to pop or at least spring a leak. I knew there would be a problem due to some social engineering in the housing market. I thought it would happen at the beginning of Bush's first term but the fed made some moves to keep America up and rolling after 9/11 and oversight in the stock market was being pushed under the rug. America grew and grew. At some point I knew it would stall.

Now it has.

You can say what you want about the bail out. We didn't need it or we did. Either way the conservative base does not like it at all. The moderate/slightly conservatives don't care or some may even be for it but McCain already had all the moderate/slightly conservative voters he was going to get. That is what he built his career on.

What did McCain do? He did what he always does. He jumps head first to the media by taking bold steps against the beliefs of his party's base and he takes Palin with him. He champions the moderate position. He not only supports the bail out of private business but he leads the charge for it. He turns the bailout into his issue by taking time out of his campaign to work it. He makes it his own. It is his baby. $700 billion turns into $800 billion plus with earmarks and he is still with it. Politically McCain took the same position as his opponent on the issue but Obamas base is in favor of more government involvement and Obama did not make the bailout a big issue so he will lose nothing.

What does McCain gain? Nothing.

What happens to McCain's mo'? Gone.

Talking points on free market? Gone.

Talking points on earmarks? Gone.

Talking points on big business influence? Gone.

The base? Cut in half.

Polling lead? Gone.

Over time, people may soften and see his reasoning as well thought out but time is not an option in elections. The issue needs to change in a big way and soon. The base is ambivalent to him again. What he got when he picked Palin is gone. McCain hates talking social conservative issues but the economy is lost to him for a while anyway and "Change" is already taken. Is it over? Not yet but the fat lady is definitely warming up her voice.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

E verify

Here is a good article on why our current system to go after illegal aliens does not work and the simple solution from a state that has had it work and has reduced its illegal alien problem.

From the Tennessean article...

To date, the Arizona law also had not resulted in any penalties for business owners. There, businesses caught knowingly employing illegal immigrants twice in three years can permanently lose their business license.

Tennessee's law makes use of that same database optional and provides safe harbor to the employers who use it. The same safe harbor is granted to employers with a federally mandated I-9 — a form backed up by a combination of documents that attests to the worker's legal authorization to work in the U.S.

Advocates for tighter immigration policy, including the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, said the lack of successful cases show Tennessee's law isn't working.

"It just doesn't have any teeth," said Jessica Vaughan, a CIS senior policy analyst. "If the goal was to reduce illegal employment, then what's needed is something to compel every employer to participate in E-verify
."

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Eat 50 eggs in one hour?

I was helping my sister out at her store many years back when an employee and I started talking about classic movies. One thing lead to another and I said "I bet I could eat 50 eggs in an hour". Impossible he said. other friends, employees and family members in the area quickly jumped in on both sides. Yes!, No! wagers started to fly out (Not by me) It took on a life of its own. In less then a minute the entire store was in on it. It was on. 50 boiled jumbos in the morning. 1 hour. I thought about doing it raw (ah la Rocky) but my sister who is a nurse forbid it. Unlike the Cool Hand Luke version they did not have to stay down. Just go down.



Can it be done? Yes it can. I know. I did it. Did they stay down? No.

R.I.P. Paul

Friday, October 03, 2008

Where will I fill up now?

J's mega mart is closing. Word is the wig/convenience store may be moving to the sunsphere.



J's will be fondly remembered as the only convenience store that regularly sold gas for under $2.00 a gallon the last few years.

Thats a new one

Lowering the tax on food is "unconstitutional". I can't say I have ever heard that excuse before. If that is the case then I guess anyone who believes that and voted for the budget that lowered of the tax on food 1/2 a percent last year was breaking their oath of office since the oath says you swear to uphold the constitution.

VP debate

Biden early, Palin late.

"But we arnt giving it back"

Dirty money defrauded from widows and orphans retirement funds. What is a Democrat to do? I guess give it back is not one of the options. I guess hire a slick lawyer and fight it in court will work best.

This is the New Democrat party mindset. The ends justifies the means.

Wrong person wins an election? Void it. Put in the person you want.

Norman Shue give you dirty money defrauded from poor people? Keep it, deny you have it.

More dirty money comes in from people defrauded out of their pension plans? Hire a lawyer, fight giving it back in court.

Politicians get convicted of taking bribes, cheating the state out of millions? Make sure they get to keep their pension and health care. Give them a standing ovation when they walk into the chamber.

Politicians drunk drive, hit and run, assault police officers? Keep them in office as long as possible.

What ever it takes to win.

Lets think about this

Banks tanking, homes in foreclosure, gas prices through the roof, revenues down across the board. terrible year economically. What is a state government to do?

Expand programs!

Bless his heart.

Knox county charter petition

Word on the street is that the first of the two Knox county charter petitions has enough signatures to go on the ballot. The second one is not far from having the signatures as well and is expected to make it soon.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Is it a state issue now?

It is sad how some people refuse to act to protect the citizens they swore an oath to until it is too late. Possibly now we can implement the system where employers must check that a name matches a social security number previous to employment. It can be done in a matter of minutes for up to 5 employees over the phone or thousands can be checked over night on line. It is free and all names and numbers are secure. The gov just sends back verification saying yes, the numbers match go ahead and hire the person or no the numbers do not match, do not hire. Republicans have been pushing the bill at the state level for years. Some reps say illegal aliens in Tennessee isn't a state issue so why should we bother. If we had passed this one bill at least one life could have been saved.

Is it a state issue now?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

One of these things is not like the other

OK class, today we will talk about spin and how we can use it to push socialized medicine at the expense of the truly needy.

Here We have two stories. One story is talking about lost jobs, cuts in services and coverage in Tennessee's health care system. The other raves about expanding services and more people getting coverage in Tennessee's health care system. How can we do that?

Spin!

What we are really doing is reducing coverage for the most desperate and needy people (Because they are expensive), while at the same time trying to increase the number of people on an absolute minimal coverage policy, A policy that people don't even want, need or use (but the cost to the state is negligible). It makes it look like we care, like more people have coverage and state health care is great. In time everyone will have coverage. Socialized medicine! Of course service will be terrible and the most needy will get little to nothing.

From the articles. First the cuts...

More than 10,000 patients were informed last week by the state that home health care cuts were being imposed following the signing of the Long Term Care Community Choices Act by Gov. Phil Bredesen three months ago.

Fluhrer said 46 of the company’s TennCare patients will be affected by the layoffs, including 31 patients in the Kingsport service area.

“We have been making a thorough evaluation of those patients, and we have had to determine that the sharply reduced hours don’t meet our clinical standards, and they don’t ensure patient safety or well-being,” Fluhrer said.

“What that means is if you take a patient who is getting 24 hours of home care and you take it down to five hours, not only — in our view — is it a patient safety issue, but it is also an employment issue because we will not be able to get a caregiver to go out to a patient’s home for five hours.



Now the spin...

Bredesen said he hopes that the improved benefits will help attract more enrollees to the program, but that's not the primary motivation for the changes.

"We kind of agreed to spend $50 a month on the program, and if you're not spending that much per person, you kind of have an obligation to come back and find some other ways to do it," he said.

Bredesen said the state can afford to boost benefits because program costs have been lower than anticipated.

"Individual costs of this insurance - the medical loss ratios - are turning out to be better than we originally programmed," he said at a news conference. "So we're able to feed that money back into some additional new benefits."

The state has additional unspent CoverTN money because enrollment has come in below projections. But that money is not being used to improve benefits, Bredesen said.

Tuesday's announcement comes just weeks after the state announced it will offer the CoverTN plan to unemployed and underemployed workers. The new category is called Tennesseans Between Jobs
.