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Friday, July 31, 2009

One of these things is not like the other.

Another attack against me by the TNDP. This time about Lamar! and his Sotomayor vote. A person and a vote I haven't even bothered to mention on my blog (I stick mostly with state and Knoxville politics). All the other people listed are big name members of the Republican party. US senator, congresswoman, the Lt. Governor, State party leaders who have spoken out on the issue....... and me. Why was I thrown in to this press release? Is the TNDP so scared of little old me and this blog that they need to mention me when I don't even talk on an issue?. If I and this blog are so not credible why even bother to mention me? I am a non factor. A lowly state rep. Not in party leadership. Nothing.

What do they have to fear?

I guess it is just another desperate, confused, attack press release from a party with no ideas and no direction who is grasping at straws, personal attacks and race baiting because it can't talk about any issues that people actually support or offer any reason they should lead.

This is getting pitiful.

True in 1961. Happening today

Reagan spoke of the trend toward socialized medicine back in 1961. One of the things he warned against has already come to pass in Tennessee. Not allowing doctors to practice where ever they want. It goes by the name of certificate of need (CON). The rest sounds eerily similar to what Washington is trying to pass now.

2 days to quit and who supports Republicans

Some people have wondered how the special election of the formerly Paul Stanly senate seat could effect the shift in numbers/power structure should a sitting Republican rep. win.

Some friends and I were doing a little math. The rule is if there is less then a year to the next state general election then the local county commission makes the appointment. More then a year it goes to special election. Obviously, the Shelby County commission (Memphis area) is Democrat controlled. If it went to an appointment they would more then likely put a Democrat in the strongly held Republican seat. But it is looking like with the timing of the announcement and the mandates for special election that if a state rep were to win the senate seat they would still have two days to step down from office and have it go to a special election.

More then likely it would stay a republican seat as it is in a Republican stronghold.

Either way, the leadership would stay the same as leaders are voted on every two years. The shift in power would only be in the total vote numbers in committee and on the floor. Same holds true in the formerly Curt Cobb house seat. Even if Republicans pick up a seat it would not shift power to Republicans immediately for the house. The seat would probably stay the same in the next general election though because if a Republican win in the special election the republican turnout would only be greater at the next regular election due to decreasing Democrat support nationally and no top of the ticket candidate for Democrats to rally behind in 2010.

An interesting quandy is now being faced by Kent Williams.

A lot of people are already questioning Kents ability to raise money. He is sort of a lame duck. He is not part of any recognized party and not a lot of insiders put stock in his retention of power. Most doubt he will be able to raise funds like Naifeh did in the past for Democrats or like Mumps will for Republicans. A lot of the money Kent does raise he will probably need for a re election bid.

Traditionally, the leader supports his party not just in talk but with large donations of cash (the mother milk of politics as it is often called) and door to door work. Does Kent support a Republican in the race? If he does and a loyal Republican wins Kent dramatically hurts his chances for re election for speaker should Kent even win re election for office as an independent (a big if at this point). If he does nothing or supports a Democrat he helps his hope of a divided house and his re election as speaker but hurts his hope of election to his seat much less re admission back into the party.

An interesting question.

Do 30 net 2

I did a radio interview with the local NPR/ UT radio station (WUOT) a few months ago. We talked for about 30 minutes. We hit a ton of subjects. the budget, the economy ahead and higher ed reform Here is the cut down 2 minute version.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stealing from "Lumpy"

This guy does a great job defending gun owner rights on a national stage. He also steals a marketing idea from Knoxville County commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert who first did this marketing plan for his used car dealership about 10 years ago.

Nashville scene thinks we are perfect

As I have said in the past Conservatives, Republicans, Christians are not perfect people. We are fallen just like everyone else. That does not make the ideals and goals of those groups bad or wrong.

The Nashville Scene seems to want to argue the point. Fine. I guess the scene has already conceded conservative, christian Republicans are perfect in every way shape and form.

Good to know where they stand.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Running for the senate

All the rumors are true. Good friend and solid conservative Rep. Brian Kelsey is running for the senate. He just sent me a text. The senate could be pretty interesting place coming up in the next few years.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Joke of the week (A bad day at the office)

This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers' Compensation board.

Dear Sir,
I am writing in response to your request for additional information in block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighted later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure descent of the bricks.
You will note in block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed this explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience pain.
At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighted approximately 50lbs I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.
I am sorry to report, however as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

I hope this answers your inquiry.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

German high entertainment

David Hasselhoff. Over 3 million views. I don't get it. Who can figure this out?

How it all comes together

People who want a ten dollar an hour minimum wage need to read this article and see what they are doing to people, see how they are killing their jobs and destroying small business.

AG: 9th and 10th amendment don't mean a thing

The AG has responded to my questions regarding the 9th and 10th amendment and the federal governments rights over the states. According to the AG the long and short is the 9th and 10th amendment to the US Constitution don't mean a thing and the states have no power because of them whatsoever. The federal government has all the rights.

I know, real shocker. Like this A.G. gives out opinions favorable to conservative viewpoints. You can see the entire opinion over at Terry Franks blog. I tried to upload it onto mine but I couldn't get blogger to load it up as a PDF and I didn't feel like having a 9 page post.

Because if you can't trust Planned Barronhood.....

Some people are getting all excited because of a press release Planned Parenthood of Memphis did attacking Paul Stanley. Lord knows they wouldn't have any ulterior motive for wanting him gone!

There is the old legal saying, "Fruit of the poison tree"

Need I say more.

Hat Tip: Terry Frank

Friday, July 24, 2009

Refund the crackheads

The "Crack Tax" has been shot down by the supreme court as unconstitutional. How many times did the wonder kid Reagan Farr appeal this decision? three? four? I wonder what it cost the state just in court costs and legal fees.

I also wonder how much the state will now have to refund a bunch of crackheads for doing what most people saw as unconstitutional a while ago.

Least we forget

It seems some people have forgotten my rules for comments.

Early lessons

It seems the senate Democrats are looking to pick a fight with me over a quote I posted from another legislator.

They are so fired up they went to the trouble of sending out a state wide press release attributing me with the quote. I can only guess the reason for the senate Democrats sudden eagerness to attack me. Do they really want to go down that road? OK, if we must.

If they are so eager to do press releases possibly they could inform me on some others I have been waiting on.

Still no press release about a Republican senator being extorted. Must be because they have such close ties to people in the extortion/fraud business. Don't want to offend their big donors like Norman Shu or Barry Stokes. People who swindled millions from little old ladies pension funds to support Democrat campaigns. How bout The dirty money Democrats took from Senator John Ford to fund their campaigns? Still no press release or even return of the money there either. I thought they were going to return all that money when the court cases were settled? They are settled now. I guess the Dem's are holding out hope for another big donation from their latest swindler buddy.

Yes the Democrats are basking in the glow of Senator Stanleys foibles. "Taking advantage of that poor young innocent little intern" "Tsk, Tsk"

Funny, I have not seen the press release from the Democrats calling to end the intern program. Wouldn't bother me much. How bout them? Maybe the Democrats would like to do a press release on their goals to reform the system. Yea! there we go! That's their plan! Do a in depth study committee on how we can stop these evil old legislators from praying on these young innocent little interns!

I know just the man they could send to head it. Democrat majority leader Gary Odom.

Come on back when you are ready for more press release ideas.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why blackmail works

Multi part stories with the blackmailer defaming the blackmail victim.

Quote of the day

"Was he a "Family values" candidate? Can anyone give me a list of legislators who say they are against "family values" at election time?"

Quote by a unnamed political watcher.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Little miss innocent?

Little miss innocent corrupted by an big bad evil senator? Not so much. More like married to a criminal and dating a few more on the side with probable knowledge of and possible involvement in the shakedown.

Quote of the day

"Well, I guess this is just more proof, Republicans are clearly irresistible to females."
Name withheld to protect the legislator.

Getting a little ahead of ourselves?

All this, "He must resign!" Stuff is getting a little (Lot?) out of control. Word is coming out Sen. Paul Stanley helped bust someone for attempting to blackmail him. With out any information or proof of legal wrongdoing people are calling for Stanleys resignation.

OK, Just for the sake of argument lets say there are photos of a Stanley affair and it was all true. (I have no knowledge of that one way or the other) Is that illegal? No. While unseemly, he has not broken any legal law. To his credit he went above what many would do and called the cops when being shaken down. I am sure he knew when he did, that it would come out and it would not be pretty. He stood up to the blackmailer and did the right thing anyway. A lesser person would have caved, given the money and hoped it never came out.

The fact people are calling for his head with absolutely no proof of any criminal activity shows how crazy people are getting with this "Everyone must step down" thing.
"The higher standard"

I always hear this statement from reporters who are going after someones personal life. "Politicians are held to a higher standard". I never seemed to get that. Since when does getting elected make someone more perfect then everyone else? Politicians are not super humans. I know I never got a cape. We are regular people with the same failings and shortcomings as everyone else.

I have never heard any conservative Republican say they were perfect. Never one. Not on any issue. We try to do what is right but we are not, by any stretch of the word, perfect. Not me, not anyone on capitol hill. Democrat or Republican. Forget it. We all fall short.

If someone shoots for a goal or an ideal but may be imperfect themselves does that mean they should never advocate for a change? Calling for someone to step down should be the higher standard. Criminal activity, dereliction of duty? OK, make the argument. If someone is completely hypocritical on an issue? Fine call them out, but calling for a resignation because someone has a personal shortcoming? If that is the standard the house and senate will be empty and stay that way for a long time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The compromise

This could be the model piece of compromise legislation on guns in parks. Others feel an amendment that bans guns where competitive sports are played could be the "split the baby" solution for cities and counties who still want criminal protection zones.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

No rose colored glasses here

Rep. Shipley and Lundburgh talk about why thy voted against the budget.

Lundberg and Shipley said that when the state anticipates replacing the stimulus money with tax revenues, it is relying on optimistic projections for the speed and scope of any economic recovery.

“When the federal stimulus dollars no longer exist, and the holes we have patched up now with the stimulus money are still there, we will have no choice but to make cuts, and potentially Draconian cuts in many ways,” Lundberg said.

Shipley called the use of federal stimulus money to fund ongoing expenditures “magic money,” and said he favors cutting the state’s spending to a level in line with its income, which has dropped by 9.2 percent, or $955 million, over the past 11 months.

“I didn’t come down here to cut deals on issues like fiscal responsibility and social responsibility,” Shipley said. “Those issues are black and white, and I think you’ve just got to balance your budget and be responsible.”.....

.....The problem, Lundberg said, is that if some rather optimistic projections for economic recovery don’t materialize, the long-term pain will exceed that which a more conservative budgeting approach might have wrought.

“A year from now, instead of taking a $5 million cut, they’re going to look at a $15 million cut. I think it would have been much easier to start laying that groundwork now, and not just with token cuts.”

Shipley said while “all of us are trying” to make legislative decisions that promote economic growth, he foresees a protracted pullback in consumer spending — the key to revenues in sales tax-dependent Tennessee — as American families recover from the credit crisis and overspending.

“Even if we see the rosy recovery that people are talking about we’re not going to see the kind of revenues they’re projecting, and when families are adjusting down you can’t allow government to adjust up — that’s just foolish.”

Lundberg said he would have preferred a compromise that cut around half the revenue deficit, or $600 million, out of the FY 2010 budget.

“It would cause some suffering, no question, but I think it would be far less suffering than we’re going to deal with a year from now. I hope I’m wrong and that a year from now, since we have this tax system based on sales, our jobless rate is cut in half and people are buying new cars and have huge amounts of disposable income. I just can’t wear those kind of glasses.”

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Joke of the week (The power of the badge edition)

*A Deputy stops at a dairy farm and talks with the old farmer
who's the owner.

He tells the farmer, 'I need to inspect your property for
illegally grown marijuana.'

The old Farmer says, 'Okay, but don't go in that field over there.'

The officer verbally explodes saying, "Mister, I have the
authority of the Federal Government with me!" Pointing to the
badge on his chest he proudly says,* *"See this badge? This
badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any land. No
questions asked or answers given.
Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?"

The old farmer nods politely, and goes about his chores.

Later, the old guy hears loud screams for help and spies the
deputy running for his life! Close behind is the farmer's huge
breeder bull.
With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer. The
officer is clearly terrified. The old farmer immediately throws
down his manure fork, runs to the fence and yells at the top of
his lungs.....

**"Your badge! Show him your badge!"

Go to Burger King, the planet needs you!

More of your tax dollars at work. UT has started a bio fuels plant to refine french fry grease to run in vehicles. Up to 380,000 gallons a year worth. Sounds like a good idea right? Guess what? The free market is way ahead of UT on the project.

There have been people who will install conversion kits into about any diesel car you have for a few hundred bucks. So many people have done it that restaurants are no longer paying to get rid of their old grease. Many now bid out who gets to buy it from them. The system is working. No waste. Low cost, helps the greenies. Everyone wins.

There is already a used grease shortage for people who want to use grease to run their vehicles. Now a new player is on the scene. UT thinks they should study refining it, that their may be a future in it. Now, all the people who were doing this on their own in the free market will have to compete with UT to buy the raw product. Refining is not the problem. If there is a problem it is the availability of the raw product.

Possibly UT should get into the french fry business if they really want to help.

But if we take Al Gore out of the equation....

Tennessee is number one in energy consumption per person according to Lamar!. But senator, you need to check the numbers when Al Gore is out of town. I hear we drop down to 28 or so.

Quote of the day

"The conspiracies of the 1990s are the headlines of today."

County clerks next job? Election administrator.

When ever in need of a story idea, all someone has to do is look to Shelby county (Memphis). It is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Today's "I can't believe they are doing that. It is so crazy it can't be true" story is of the Shelby county clerk allowing documentation bought at a supermarket to be considered valid proof of identification for getting licence plates. After the story came to light the clerk has decided not to stop the procedure (Too logical) but instead to ask the attorney general what to do. That's taking the bull by the horns!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

But they worked for you

Dems are fighting to rush into implementation new election machines that don't even exist. While a good goal, the reality is its not likely right now. One question I have is where were they for all the previous years? If those machines were so crooked why did they allow it to continue for as long as they did?

While I see the benefit of paper ballots I also have some concerns as to any system used in the Florida or Iran messes of late. I just keep hearkening back to the one cross eyed guy with coke bottle glasses trying to decide if a a dimple or a brush mark was actually a vote or not. The questions of political leanings come into mind when that happens. Paper ballots may be an improvement but some fears still rest in my heart.

Criminal protection acts pass in counties across TN

A lot of talk is going on about different towns or counties opting out of allowing legal gun owners the right to protect themselves in parks. While many legal gun owners see this as a huge blow they need to remember this actually helps them in the big picture.

What? impossible! how is this good?

It is good in several ways, the first is the barrier at the state level is gone. There is no hoop for the locals to jump through there to have their rights.

The next is, at least the legal gun owners know who the enemy of their rights are. In the past the strangle hold at the sub committee system stopped people from being informed of what their legislators even thought on the issue. Now we know.

At the local level, mayors, city councils and county commissions are going on record with their views. If your representatives views don't match your own you can let them know, vote against them, work against them, donate to their opponents or even become their opponent. One of the basic principles of Republican government is government closest to the people usually works best and is most responsive to the constituent needs. The state has allowed you to decide if your locals are responsive or not.

Now, it is up to you.

New abortion mill in west Knox

Sorry about the short confusing post yesterday. I have since edited it for clarity. I hope it helps.

I was in a rush to leave Nashville yesterday so I could be one of the guest speakers at the Knoxville Right To Life dinner. It was a great meeting with a large and growing crowd.

Ryan Haynes, Bill Dunn and I were each given a chance to speak. It was interesting to see the three different points of view of the last year in Nashville. Ryan as the newbie, me as the mid length termer and Bill Dunn with the looooooong term view.

Some bad news is brewing on the right to life front in Knoxville. A possible new abortion mill may be trying to open up in the heart of West Knoxville. Right now it is still in the planning phase so things are still in flux. I will keep you informed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More regulation and fees on private schools

In Nashville today new fees and regulations were put on private small schools by THEC. Some fees for administration went up 250% or more then previous bills to the schools. Obviously this was a difficult pill for some small private technical schools to swallow. Some e mails I received from schools feared it would nearly put them out of business or cause them to increase tuition to an unreasonable amount. Many small schools came from as far away as Knoxville and wanted to speak on the issue. It was a battle, but after an hour and a half of partisan bickering they were given all of 2 minutes.

We actually got to vote on no rules. The purpose of the meeting. The Dems fought against any efforts to hold up implementation or ammend the rules because if we were able to hold up implementation no fee increases would go into effect automaticly. They went into effect otherwise. A carry over from previous years.

On tie votes no temporary holds were allowed to investigate if the fee increases were even necessary. Got to love balanced committee system. Nothing gets done and the status Que continues.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Good point

Uncle brings up a good point. From a post I did a few days ago on off duty police being able to carry in "establishments that serve", also known as "Bars".

When it’s for police they refer to establishments that serve alcohol. When it’s for handgun carry permit holders, they’re all bars.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Like links in a chain

Getting quality bang for your buck in education is always a great battle. In the years ahead it will continue to grow and be brought forward because of the budget. With dollars tight and expectations high, the options and strong reasons to allow positive inexpensive change will get louder but legislators will have to be more willing to stand up to to the big unions.

The big unions will argue more kids are graduating high school then in years past but is the product better? Colleges are saying the product they are getting is actually worse. Is this what is causing a graduation rate that is third worst in the nation? Could be, but higher ed has its own issues with spending and need for reform. Unfortunately this last year The governor postponed real higher ed reform because federal stimulus money allowed a cover up for the waste found in a under performing higher ed system.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What? No veto?

Today the governor signed into law "guns in bars" legislation for off duty police officers. What, no veto? I thought he said guns and alcohol don't mix.

Are off duty police officers immune to the effects of alcohol more so then a regular carry permit holder? Unless wearing a badge changes a persons DNA I don't think so.

Are they immune to the temptations of drinking more so then any other carry permit holder? Judging by their alcoholism rate double the national average I would say no.

I guess guns and alcohol do mix for the governor. It just depends on who you are and your day job.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ya know what would be really great.....

I was thinking last night about all the good people who really care about the state of Tennessee and want to help be a part or get involved in conservative politics. I honestly feel the TEA parties were just the tip of the iceberg.

I get calls and e mails constantly from people looking for information on who is good/bad, conservative or liberal in the Tennessee state legislature. Many times especially around election time people get confused by all the competing adds that say their candidate is conservative or was for lower taxes or whatever. As it sits now, a candidate can vote for 10 smaller or unnoticed tax increases a week while in session. Say they are against an income tax and everyone thinks they are conservative on taxes. Kill 5 or 10 illegal immigration bills, Pass one limp one and everyone thinks they are against illegal immigration. No group is out there to call them on it.

What would really help the state and conservative politics more then about anything else (that could be done by people outside the legislature) is a non partisan rating group that would score legislators on conservative issues.

There are a ton of these type groups for the federal level. While there are a few big groups who rate Tennessee legislators for a few issues (Right to life, NRA) and there are people who study policy, point out bad legislation, waste fraud and abuse(TCPR) their are no tax groups that I can think of that rate or score legislators on tax issues (and we pass a lot of taxes). The same for property rights, or a entire host of other issues.

If there were a group of serious, concerned conservative citizens looking for a project or a way to help I think that would be a great avenue. No real money is required. Most of the lefty ratings groups are probably two or three people with a title and a fax list. They just pick the bills, issues or ideas they care about. Tell the legislators they will be scored on them, follow the legislation, score the votes and issue a press release at the end of the year. It is incredible the press and impact some of these little groups get.

Just throwing it out there.

Dems copy what works

Seems the dems are looking for the next Bill Hobbs. The Tennessee Republican party had the real thing and got the results wanted. No one can say the results at the polls were less then what was hoped for. Just the opposite. They were well over projections.

Bill and Robin had the ability to say the facts in creative ways. To create media and fire up the base. To make people think more clearly and remember key issues about candidates at the polls.

Hobbs and Robin are now gone doing their own things. The state Republican party is looking for the next........

Revenue down

As forecasted, state revenue is coming in under projections. Wow, what a shock. Republicans said they would. We said that we needed to start cutting back sooner to balance those projections. To create a glide down path to a more stable budget.

We were called "Stupid".

Now, with our projections correct, we have no reoccurring source of funds to pay for the irresponsible budget passed.

Who is the stupid one now?

Gettin all righteous suddenly

Tanner is all upset that Republicans could re draw his Congressional district for the first time. It seems some people only get righteous when it is their job that they got through a slanted political system is suddenly put in jeopardy because political winds change.

Where was the urgency when he was in the state legislature? Did Tanner send in articles to the paper then? Did Tanner vote against his district being drawn for him? Did he vote against Republicans being lumped together in one district? Did he think districts should be drawn by a non biased system or that the system was not fair then?

Seems not.

Currently their are computer systems available that will re draw district lines based on a mathematical formulas. Not partisanship. If he were to push that he would have some small sliver of newly found credibility. Though mentioned in his article, he does not want or advocate going to a non biased computer system at all. He just wants to get it to DC where he can have his friends redraw it for him.

Funny how that works.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Voter fraud.....Guess where?

37 people were found to have been allowed to vote fraudulently in Memphis after a first cursory sweep of the 2008 election. About half were felons and the other half were not even registered to vote. I wish I could say I was surprised but it is Memphis we are talking about. With no real proof of identification required to vote in Tennessee I wonder how many voted fraudulently using someone else's name or identity.

Wall street Journal covers my guns on campus bill

Actually my bills were for current and former military and police to be able to carry on campus, but close enough. The issue continues to move forward in this Wall Street Journal article.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Unemployment tax hits

I just started getting calls from business owners about how their unemployment tax just took a huge jump. One said how even though he had never laid anyone off his tax went from $49.00 per person to over $100.00 per person. He had employed 11 people but now may have to cut back to 10. I am sure some legislators will think the one person should thank them now because they have a good unemployment plan instead of a job.

Travel time

With tough economic times travel on the states dime is limited for non legislators. It is another story for legislators. Why? I will let this WSMV quote of Rep. Joe Towns tell you all you need to know.

The biggest traveler in the state House is Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis. In one month alone, he traveled to Florida, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe....

"I will travel more this year," said Towns. "You know why? Because the policy allows it to happen."

I had a bill this last year to limit the travel of legislators to one trip a year unless in the executive branch. It died in the split committee system.

Working with both sides

Does anyone remember the old George Carlin comedy routine where he said anyone who drove faster then you was a "maniac" and anyone who drove slower then you was an "idiot"? When some people talk about "working together in a bipartisan way" I think back to that old routine.

Seems like if you don't agree with someone on an issue you are stubborn and unwilling to work with the other side. If you explain your point of view and say why you believe what you do then you are "Arrogant" and "Trying to push people around".

Of course if a person does not agree with your point of view on the budget, it is they who should be willing to move their point of view to yours, never the other way around. If they don't? Well then threatening a districts road projects is totally acceptable, no pushing around going on there. Matter of fact that doesn't even ever happen. Never did.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty
would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.
He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the
Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and
his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead
and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and give your thanks to these patriots.
It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Gov. still unwilling to help non profits become stable

The bill to help non profits be able to fund their own actions once again becomes law without the governors signature. The licence plate bill brings in money to non profits on a voluntary basis and costs the state nothing. How is anyone hurt unless they just want control over the group in question?

Cobb replacement?

Pat Marsh, a Bedford County small business owner of a trucking company, is considering entering the race for former state Representative Curt Cobb's seat. He may be the man to beat in the race as he has a great track record in creating jobs and growing a small business.

Why wait for the opposition to start

Barely out of the door and Robin Smith already has the liberal press screaming.

There was a time when a candidate would at least get to make an announcement that they were running for office. They might get a piece or two to highlight their achievements or why they were running for office. Then as the campaign wore on and the attacks got nastier the press would report what was said. Now they are cutting out the middle man (The opposition) and starting the hits off while at the campaign announcement.

Of course Robin is an energetic young Conservative female with a good family so the press will pull out all the stops to destroy her as soon as possible.

Enforce the laws and guess what?

People stop breaking them in your area. This Tennessean article points out what can happen when immigration laws are in place and acted upon.

Rep. Curt Cobb Quits.

The election to fill his seat could be huge in so many ways. I am pretty sure this is a Republican controlled county. Otherwise Cobb probably would have held out until the one year limit was past and it would have gone to an appointment of the county commission. I am sure he knows a Republican controlled county commission would probably have given Republicans control of the seat automatically.

In an off year odd election Democrats have a terrible history of not showing up at the polls on election day. Memories of the Ofelia Ford special election come to mind where Dems spent a ton of money and still almost lost to a Republican candidate with no money and little support in a heavily Democrat district.