Friday, October 29, 2010

Separation of church and state in the Star Spangled Banner

"False and Misleading"



Anthony Welsch of WBIR covers the Democrats advertisements against me calling them "False" and "Misleading" the only thing I would add would be that if the fair tax did pass at the federal level (again, something I would have no vote on) it would not increase taxes on products at all. It would be revenue neutral. The sales tax you pay would be equal to the amount you save by not having to pay for the embedded cost of other taxes on the products that would be removed.

Motivational quote of the day

Loving what you do is one of the most important keys to maintaining a positive attitude. You can't fake passion. It is the fuel that drives any dream and makes you happy to be alive."

~Mac Anderson

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Campfield 1, ACLU/Deadbeat felons 0

Ya got to love it when an amendment I added to a bill making deadbeat felons pay off their child support before getting their voting rights restored gets held up as legal and constitutional in court.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One of the few times I will have to link Jeff Woods

I have to give credit where it is due. Jeff Woods calls the Dems out on their fabrication that I want to give child predators guns.

Examiner Interview

Here is a link to the Examiner interview I did Monday.
Lennis Waggoner must be a fast typist.

Welcome Neal Boortz fans!

Hello, If you are first reading this blog because of my reference on the nationally syndicated Neal Boortz radio show welcome!

If you missed it. Neal highlighted my race today and the Democrats attempt to miscaracterize me, my support of the national fair tax and the fair tax itself as a replacement for the income tax (and various other taxes).

This on the heals of their other mis characterization of my support for the second amendment.

It's official. Haslam supports guns on campus

The Comm. appeal asks the question directly and Haslam made clear that he supports guns in cars on school and university campuses.

From the article...

Haslam talked about whether businesses and schools should have the right to ban firearms on their property.

Haslam is now emphasizing he believes an employer or school should have the right to keep firearms out of buildings, but supports the right of citizens with permits to keep them locked in their personal vehicles, even if it is on company property.

"Quite frankly, particularly the news media here, I don't think has gotten it straight and I've been a little frustrated by it," Haslam said. "Real quick, point by point -- I strongly support the Second Amendment. I also strongly support the handgun-carry permit as it is now written. I am in favor of that and if it comes up for debate I will be arguing for leaving it the way it is now.

"The third is, I've distinguished between there is a difference between keeping your firearm locked in your car and a building
."

Democrats attack add covered

WATE TV covers the attack add Democrats are using that compares me to a child rapist. It is similar to the piece they are using against Haslam.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Haslam comes out for guns on campus!

Bill Haslam has clarified his position for employee gun ownership rights on private property of employers. I would think it quite clearly would include state employees such as teachers, faculty and staff to have the right to keep guns in their cars in places where they are employed by employers such as the University of Tennessee or for that matter even high schools or middle schools. In a round about way I guess that would also include employees of private businesses on UT campus such as Starbucks or the various other private restaurants or businesses on UT campus.

It is good to see the future governor taking a strong stance for the rights of the individual gun owner and I appreciate his support of my past legislation.

Monday, October 25, 2010

So much to say, so much to say, so much to say.

But I must be silent until after the election. Then.....

"Am I crazy or is the world crazy around me?"

Dan Andrews does an in depth piece about me in "The Focus" starting on page 3.

Sec. of State Tre' Harget is pictured as well from when he stopped in at the polling location I have been working.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Santorum race update

Dan Andrews Photo


I went to the Tennessee right to life dinner last night where Sen. Rick Santorum spoke. He did a great job of talking about the need to be a life centered society and how many times, countries who go to socialized medicine are the first to diminish the value of life to cut costs. He said how in the Netherlands about 10% of the elderly are euthanized in hospitals. He said how the latest studies said about 5% were killed through doctor assisted suicides and another 5% at the doctors discretion.

Yikes!

After the event Rick stuck around and spoke with people at the event. While talking with the former PA senator I mentioned how it appeared to me that the media was focusing on the Christine O'Donnell race. I said how I thought it was because most politically savvy people expect her to lose and then the media would hold her up as a loss for the TEA party in an attempt to diminish the movement.

Rick became extra passionate. He said that was exactly what it was. She was not expected to win and he did not think she (or Angle in Nevada) were our best candidates or had much of a chance of victory. He said the media isn't reporting on the four probable Republican pickup seats or the eight other possible Republican pick up seats. They are concentrating on the two less likely Republican pick up seats and lower quality candidates so that election night the left can still crow as Democrats win two "high profile" races.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Almost laughable

The latest "Attack mail piece" against me has come out. It is almost laughable. It says "Stacey Campfield would let convicted rapists and child sex predators carry concealed guns"

Stacey Campfield is so extreme on guns that he believes anybody should have access to one. No matter who they are. No matter what they have been convicted of. No matter where they want to carry it. That means convicted rapists, convicted child sex predators, you name it , any felon convicted of a violent crime."

It references this survey. where I say I support the second amendment and a Vermont style licensing system.

What they fail to realize is it is illegal for felons to carry in Vermont. With or without a permit, concealed or otherwise. That ban is supported by the second amendment. It is similar to the legislation that Bill Haslam said he would sign into law if the legislature passed it.

The piece goes on but the only other thing of note that sort of made me laugh was the fact it ends with

"Armed with extreme ideas. And dangerous."

Great sentence structure there boys. Need me to edit those for you?


UPDATE:

After contact with the creator and administrator of the questionnaire guarding this issue I was forwarded this response.

There was never a mention made about a sexual predator. It would be a far reach to try to infer that either candidate in his answers to the questionnaire is in favor of giving guns to sexual predators.

Liston

Haslam supports permit freedom

Bill Haslam has made a bold statement for gun owner rights by saying he would sign legislation similar to the Arizona legislation if brought to his desk. I had drafted this legislation last year but my Democrat senate sponsor decided he did not want to run it at the last second.

Here is some video of Haslam and some of the Knoxville legislators on the issue. Some were noncommittal. Joe Armstrong shows he never read the bill of rights.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Did they change the constitution without my knowledge?

Last I checked they have not added the words "separation of church and state" into the constitution or bill of rights.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the wire

By now many of you may have heard that the National Democrat party has pulled the plug on Roy Herron.

Sources close to the race say Herron may not be alone long as a Tennessee Democrat on the outs. Not a lot of people would have thought this was possible a few months ago but rumor is Lincoln Davis is next on the waiver wire and is begging to keep his federal funding from being pulled.

The national boys are really trying to circle the wagons around the conservative Democrats in winnable states and districts but now it is looking like Lincoln may be the next to slip out of the circle.

What did she know and when did she know it?

Who reports on reporters?

It has come out that the significant other of one of the KNS regular reporters (Georgiana Vines) has been giving money to my opponent while Miss Vines was supposedly reporting on my race in an unbiased way.

The question of media bias comes directly to my mind. While the KNS did the right thing in removing Miss Vines from writing anything further on my race, the question comes to my mind as to past coverage.

Miss Vines was pushing for another interview for another article even on the day this information came out in the financial disclosures of my opponent. While I always try to be open and honest with the media, even before this revelation came to light I had told miss Vines I no longer wanted to do interviews with her or her paper. The articles and editorials had gotten so biased, one sided, mean spirited and in some cases just plain false that I had had my fill.

The question remains will the facts of the conflict of interest be reported by the source so that people can make their own judgement of past bias or not.

Some simple questions I have asked of the editor of the KNS but have yet to get a reply on.

When was communication between Vines and the Walker campaign initiated? Was there any talk of campaign strategy mentioned between the two (the Walker campaign and her significant other) in Vines presence? Did she ever comment? Was there communication between the person she was dating and Miss Vines regarding the campaigns? What was said? What did she know and when did she know it? How much was the contribution? What was the gentleman's name who made the contribution? How many stories did she do after the contribution was made? Not when it was reported but when it was made? Did she know of the donation? Did she approve of the donation? How did it become public? Did she self report or was it found out and reported to you by others?

To provide proof that her reports were, or were not tainted the facts of this should be reported.

While I have no problem with reporters having points of view or even donating to campaigns, when it gets to the point of where their family is openly working to support one candidate over another it should at least be noted if they wish to portray themselves as neutral when reporting on that race.

I hope the KNS want to be as open and forthcoming as they ask others they report on to be.

Give light and let the people decide.

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100 and If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.)

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." so drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way
we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected...They would still drink for free...But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair
share?'...They realized that $20 divided by six is
$3.33...But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer..So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing
(100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before...And
the first four continued to drink for free...But once
outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the
sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!" "That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Quote of the day

“If you plan to be a Christian, act like one.”

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Jamestown

Hat tip: Terry Frank

Friday, October 15, 2010

Congrats to the O'

Congratulations goes out the O', David Oatney for his election to the Jefferson county Republican party leadership. "The White Pine warrior" will be, and from what I am hearing already is, a great asset to them in dealing with the MSM. From his history I am sure he will also be moving the local party forward into new media as well. The long time Republican will also help bring out and raise up the party's sometimes silent conservative voice.

Nice move.

Debate last night

Last night I did my third debate to fill the state senate dist 7 seat currently being held by Senator Steve Hill. It was fun. We hit on a lot of issues. The CRs and the CDs who put on the show both did a great job of coming up with questions. I have to hand it to them, it was what a debate should be. Asking candidates where they stand on actual issues.

Some of the highlights were covered in the media. Here is the channel 6 coverage.

One of the issues I talked about was what I call the Tennessee air force. An issue well known by my blog readers. My opponent said I have never talked about it in the past. Just because it is not reported in the MSM does not make it so. Here is a story I did back in May 2009.

One strong area of difference was on implimenting the e verify system to check a persons name versus their social security number previous to their employment. This will cut down on illegal immigrants getting jobs as well as people trying to dodge things like child support payments. I support it, my opponent does not.

From the WATE story...

"I believe in the E-Verify system, and what that does is it says, before you hire someone, check the name versus the Social Security to make sure that person is actually who they say they are," Campfield said.

"If you're going to E-Verify, and I assume that's some kind of computer program that Rep. Campfield and his friends in Nashville are going to buy from a contractor, I can tell you from working at ORNL, there are no systems that do that," Walker replied.

"Mr. Walker is obviously uneducated on the issue, unfortunately. E-Verify is already in place. It's already being done by the federal government. There is absolutely no cost to the employer or to the state," Campfield said.


More from WBIR



Pre-K
Campfield: The state's own study has shown the impacts of Pre-K diminish well before a student reaches high school. By spending the money on Pre-K we are taking away from money that could go toward K-12 resources like teacher pay and textbooks.

Walker: Believe in it, "education is the great equalizer". In order to compete with other nations we need to have a strong Pre-K, K-12, secondary education.

Lottery Money Uses?
Campfield: Other educational infrastructure uses are ok and were included in the lottery legislation Tennesee voters approved.

Walker: Voters believe the lottery money should go only toward college scholarships and that's why they voted to pass the lottery in the first place.

Fire Department Fees:

Campfield: "If people didn't buy the insurance they wouldn't have the trucks and hoses to fight the fire in the first place"

Walker: Accuses Campfield of being in the pockets of national insurance companies for his stance, a charge Campfield denies by saying he has not accepted PAC money up until this election. Walker worries Tennesseans do not want to see their neighbors houses burn down and the pay-for-service system is a slippery slope.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Spending what we dont have

My opponent comes out for government pay hikes with a budget in a billion dollar deficit in need of cuts.

From the article...

In the current economic environment, state employees who don’t get laid off ought to count themselves lucky to have a steady job, said Stacey Campfield, a House Republican from Knoxville running for state Senate. Government employees insisting on raises now is a little impractical, he said.

“They can look for a 7 percent raise next year, but I’m looking for a unicorn and a rainbow that drops golden bars from heaven,” he said. They may deserve a raise, he added, but “I just don’t see that as happening,” even at a lower level.

Randy Walker, Campfield’s Democratic opponent, called it “cowardly” to deny state workers annual cost-of-living adjustments. Lawmakers could dig deeper in the budget to find the money, he maintained.


What my opponent failed to mention is whose pocket he plans to dig into to find the money to pay for it.

We need to stop spending what we don't have. I guess that kind of radical talk is why he got the TSEA endorsement and I did not.

Quote of the day

"If Lincoln Davis was my US rep. I would probably have a gun in my mouth as well!"

"Is that the best you can do?"


I guess I know how Bob Schrieffer felt as Democrats made unfounded claim after unfounded claim. Woooooo. I paid back my campaign debt. Am I somehow not allowed to do that? Are the Democrats going to make a claim that Bob Corker must be having financial trouble because he paid back his debt to himself as well?

If I wanted to really milk my campaign expense account I would claim an expense every time I filled up my gas tank or ate a meal out like some people.

Monday, October 11, 2010

I am calling B.S.

This is sick. As many people know Jerome Cochran is running against Kent Williams for the state house. In a recent campaign piece Jerome Cochran used the well known "30 pieces of silver" photo.





















You may remember how I spoke of the photo here a few months ago.

At the time there was no conflict on what the photo was from, what was being said and who was being prayed for. We were praying for Jason to become a great speaker. As you can see Jasons head is up as he is the one being prayed for. (I believe it was Deb Maggart who was offering the prayer but I could be wrong on that.) Now, with the election drawing near the same photo and issue is coming back up in a mail piece.

Fair game.

The only difference this time is Kent's people are now claiming it was a prayer for Kent's father who was dieing of cancer.

I was there. The Cochran piece and what I said is 100% accurate as to what was going on in the photo. The room was full of people from both sides of the political spectrum. No one has ever come forward and disputed what I said about what was being done in that photo. Until now.

This latest claim is just trashy gutter politics. Lying about a dead parent, and reciting his and his dead child's war record in an attempt to get a sympathy vote is just despicable. I don't care who you are. The lowest thing I have seen in local or state politics. Ever.

Whoever originated this lie is despicable and should be ashamed of themselves.

COMMENTS SECTION FIXED!!!!!!

I finally got the comment moderation section fixed on my blog!!!!! A lot of old comments are now up. The only bad part is now it is costing me $10.00 a month! 8-( Is there a free comment moderation site out there?

Next up, Adding to the blogroll.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A little wishful thinking

From the Tennessean on their endorsement of Bill Haslam....

Best of all, he exhibits the temperament of a politician who, as Bredesen before him, is able to work with Democrats, Republicans and independents to build a consensus on solutions. This will be critical for the next governor, because the General Assembly has become increasingly fractious. A firm, fair-minded chief executive is needed to help keep the legislative branch focused on solving the state’s economic, educational and safety problems and not on pet projects or bills that advance a partisan agenda.

Ummmm, it is awfully convenient how the Tennessean has forgotten about how Bredesen ALWAYS stacked the deck full with Democrats where ever possible. Did the exposure of the TBR appointments (All Democrats, without republican senate approval, against the law) slip their mind already?

As a matter of fact, I missed where Bredesen made any Republican endorsements, appointments to his cabinet or any real positions of legislative power during his administration at all.

Bredesen worked with Republicans because he HAD TO. Not because he wanted to. He pushed as much of the Democrat agenda as he could get through. If he could have passed more, he would have.

Did the Tennessean complain as Republicans objected to Democrats ramrodded their agenda through? Then don't complain about Democrat objections while we try to pass a Republican one.
If Democrats do not want the legislature to be so "increasingly fractious" then there is a solution to that, surrender your lefty beliefs and let Republicans pass their agenda unmolested. Oh, that isn't acceptable to you? Why so partisan?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Just wondering

What is up with all the Democrats running for office now saying they are not really a part of all that "Democrat party" stuff? If they said they were an active member of the Nazi party, but not really a part of what they did, would anyone buy that?

Friday, October 08, 2010

Can you see Buford Pusser getting out of this?


While I am sure the sheriff appreciates the gifts I am not sure this sends the message they would like.

Now, if we could recruit a Lamborghini factory and they gave the police a few cars like they did in Italy, I might have to change my profession.

Best response

Yesterday I asked a question in response to a Frank Cagles article prediction that Kent Williams had up to 3 possible Republican defections to keep him as speaker and the Democrats in power next year.

While I have my own thoughts as to who he thought the three may be I threw it out there as to who you thought the three might be.

The best response I received was "Moe, Larry and Curly. The three stooges!"

Thursday, October 07, 2010

domino's fall

Frank Cagle talks about the fights that will lead to the fights that will lead to the fights that will lead to the fights that will lead to the crying.

In other words, the gubernatorial turnout state wide, that will lead to the congressional vote turnout in West Tennessee, that will lead to the legislative turn out in those areas, that will influence the speakers election in the state house that could finally remove the Democrats from power.

In the end it could stop the gridlock that has kept the state from being able to move forward.

But Cagle also predicts 3 Republican votes for Williams to help keep the Democrats in power.

Any guesses on their names?

TCAP itation

A good article on the raising of education standards and what it means for Tennessee in this weeks Metro pulse

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Now if only I can keep her away from apples until after the election

I was talking to a constituent who lives in the Knoxville area and he mentioned how he is close friends with the voice of Princess Aurora (Mary Costa) from the classic movie "Sleeping Beauty". She lives here in Knoxville now. Anyway, they were talking about politics, I came up in conversation and she mentioned how she is a supporter! How cool is that?!?!

Now if only I can keep her away from apples until after the election.

Selling out quick


Reservations are going fast for the 2010 Celebrate Life Banquet on Thursday, October 21, with featured guest, Rick Santorum. His events in surrounding states in the previous few weeks are already sold out. To make your reservation, contact:

Tennessee Right to Life, Knox County Chapter

865.689.1339

trlknox@knology.net

www.trlknox.org

Coming to town


Well, at least Anderson county. The probable South Carolina governor and TEA party hero Nikki Haley will be at an event with Barry Goldwater Jr. the son of Barry Goldwater (the man who started the modern conservative movement) Monday, October 11th from 6-7:30 PM.

The event is a fundraiser for Nikki's gubernatorial race so a donation of $250 would be appreciated for those who would like to attend.

For more information you can contact Terry Frank (Yes, that Terry Frank) at (865) 310-4097 or e mail her at leeandterryfrank@mac.com or you can contact Pam Walker at (865)425-7318 or e mail her at pamrwalker@yahoo.com for more details and directions.

I can't wait to go!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

No kidding

The state verification system to check illegal immigrants on state contracts does absolutely nothing but cost the state money. Good to see at election time people are finally noticing. The question is what will they do to fix the problem. If the state does not go to an e verify type system with on site enforcement then just checking signatures on forms will remain useless.

If its good for the students, what about the teachers?

The Tennessean comes out in favor of drug testing all students.

If it is good for the students who "pay" the bills (They are the customer) then why not the teachers who teach the students and are paid by them?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Not so Tiny bubbles

I went to see "Wall street II Money never sleeps" last night. It has gotten mixed reviews but being a big movie buff I must say, although a little more sappy at the end, I liked it. On par with the original. There were a lot of great quotes that will come out of this movie and it talked a lot about how I see the economy and what happened to it and is happening to it.

The one point I see that could be a little different than what is predicted is the order of "bubbles" in our economy.

It talked about the balloon and burst of the tech bubble, followed by the balloon and ongoing burst of the real estate bubble and mentioned the next growing balloon of the green energy bubble.

While I do not doubt that order, I think we are seeing and will see another balloon grow and burst before the green energy bubble pops. That will be the government bubble. Many states are already upside down (More debt then income) and still continue to spend thanks to stimulus money. The feds propping up some states is leading to "moral hazard" (continuation on the same path with new good money). But sooner rather then later that money spigot is going to be shut off. I question if it will it be the Chinese cutting off our loans or the taxpayer will finally grab the government by the throat and reign it in at home. Either way, it will stop sooner than many think.

When it does, states (and the fed) will have to dramatically re focus and narrow scope. All the state and federal money going to green energy research will dry up probably causing the green bubble to burst.

November could be the time to short green tech. If naked shorts aren't cut off Al Gore and the left could see the end of green dreams rather quickly.

I NEED one of these.

Why? Because a personal jetpack is just too cool. Now coming up with that pesky $100K.

Lynn on the stump, ready to jump.

Stat Rep. Susan Lynn is on the stump for mayor Haslam rallying the TEA party people. She is one of a list of quality people who could jump right in to a new governors administration and really help.

Susan Lynn could be plugged into many different areas. She is a solid policy wonk and would work hard where ever. Some legislators have commented on how she could be the person making fiscal notes for bills.

Rep. Eric Swafford has also been mentioned as possibly the number 2 man for Agriculture. With potential to move to the top slot in time. He has the history, knows the players and the issues.

Former Rep. Chris Clem has been mentioned as one of the top legal minds with potential to become a supreme court justice. Many would like to see him worked into a position where his skills could be utilised sooner rather then later.

Do you still want to go there?

It is funny the strategy some politicians make. The funniest one going right now is the tried and true "He/She cant get it done" attack. This was used to some effect by Democrats running against Republicans for years.

It was a well known ploy that Democrat leadership would stop many projects in Republican districts in the hopes it would sway voters to vote for the Democrat who could "Work with the administration" to get the project done.

The funny thing is, they are still running the same attack. I guess they are the only ones who don't see Republicans about to sweep the governors mansion and both legislative branches.

They sound sort of goofy now as they still proclaim how they are going to "get it done" by working better with the administration. I want to say....

"You are going to work better with the Republican administration then a Republican is?" "You are going to get more from Republican leadership then a Republican is?"

What flavor cool aid is that you are handing out?

Random thoughts on.......

Meth labs:

My first real public speaking came on this issue before the Knoxville city council 7 or so years ago. I was not in office yet but I was urging the mayor and city council to put limits on the sale of some ingredients of meth as other cities had done.

They didn't.

A few years later the same limits I had asked for were put in place by the state.

Good to see the papers are finally taking notice of a huge problem.....7 years later.

Church free speech limitation:

A good synopsis in this Tennessean article. As I said in an older forum (To the chagrin of some lefty bloggers) it was a limit put in place by Democrats, The ones who cry out for more free speech......except when that speech is done by the church, against their point of view.

Political questions

A good commentary on political questions can be found here.

While the writer of the article (or at least the headline) puts the oweness on the candidate, I think bad responses come from badly worded questions or questioners failure to follow up and ask for specifics.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Perfection does beg the question.

The local lefty paper does an in depth interview on me. I guess by the title they were having a hard time finding flaws in me so they they had to throw the question out to the entire community.

Just kidding. I give them credit. They reported what I said accurately. The only flaws I saw came when they tried to make assumptions about what I meant or what I was thinking instead of asking me or doing research as many a good reporter does.

An example from the article where I was talking about the Tennessee black caucus.....

"....Then the whole thing came out, what they were doing with their money, they were funneling it into their own kids’ scholarship funds, they were getting it illegally ‘cause they weren’t a registered nonprofit, they were shaking down lobbyists, it just turned out to a big nasty mess". [In the kind of leap he often makes on his blog, Campfield is referring here to investigations of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., not the Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus that he tried to join.]

No, I was referring to the Tennessee Legislative black caucus. I guess the reporter who "Isn't from around here" was not present when all the dirt came out about them and was making the kind of leap he often makes in his paper.

Some other assumptions, that I hate Gay Straight Alliances. Honestly I don't care about them. I just don't think they should be funded by taxpayer dollars.

About the same for the governors failing pre K program.

I also was speaking of "Safe schools Czar" Kevin Jennings when I was speaking about my "Don't teach gay" bill.

Overall I thought the article was very fair. I knew walking in what I was in for. The only thing I was not too pleased with was I had agreed to do the interview as long as the didn't doctor up some photo's of me. I said early on "You aren't going to do to me like they did to O.J. are you? You aren't going to use some crazy or doctored up photo are you?"

I was assured that would not be the case. That the photos would be standard fair and portray me in a positive light. You can see what I got. Such is life. I guess that will teach me for trusting lefty's too much.

Quote of the day (Frank Niceley edition)

"I don't see why churches shouldn't be able to talk about politics or candidates without losing their tax exempt status. Hell, all the papers talk about us like we are dogs and they stay tax exempt."

Rep. Frank Nicley

Mike, Mike, Mike.

Mike turner should watch what he says about Rep. Richard Floyd. After what I am hearing about election polling, if Turner comes back at all, Floyd could be currently warming Turner's office seat for the next session.