Friday, September 30, 2011

Impossible. I have much better legs.

As if on cue, the Democrats have come out saying they think Gloria Johnson can win over Becky Massy.

Laughable.

Meanwhile, the latest unknown Democrat operative talks about the things he dreams about late at night.

"On the other hand, he said Massey is...

..."She's Stacey Campfield in a dress," Puttbrese said, referring to the conservative Knoxville Republican who serves in neighboring 7th Senate District.


Democrats, While I know it is your fantasy, please, give it up. Better yet, put you wallet where your mouth is. Lets see how much financial support can be raised to run against conservative principals. Show us the "Obama road to success" that we all have just been missing.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quote of the night

"Twenty five years ago we had Ronald Reagan in the White House. Johnny Cash on the radio and Bob Hope on TV.

Twenty five years later we have Barack Obama in the White house. No cash and no hope."

Terry Frank Fundraiser

Bill and Leesa Arowood will be hosting a fundraiser tonight for the future mayor of Anderson county Mrs. Terry Frank from 5:30 -7:30 at 420 Mariner Point Drive in Clinton TN 37716 suggested donation is $50.00. The Franks wanted people to know if they cant afford the $50.00 in these tough times but would still like to be a part of the event, please come as their guest.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Headline of the day

Gibson raid: Much to fret about.

Hat tip: Taxing Tennessee

Massey Wins.

Becky Duncan Massey has won the Republican primary for the 8th senatorial district of Tennessee getting 49% (5343 votes). She will face Gloria Johnson who got 100% of the Democrat primary vote getting 2822 votes.

Now kook liberal pundits will want to say something stupid like "Over 59% of the people voted AGAINST Becky Duncan Massey so Gloria Johnson can win!" but in reality, the race is over.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vandy bans religious clubs for bible study

Guess why?

Thats right. Vanderbilt University is in the process of getting rid of religious clubs because they require their leader to lead a bible study course....

members and advisers of some of the groups said they were being unfairly singled out for expecting their officers to hold certain beliefs. The Vanderbilt chapter of the Christian Legal Society has rewritten its bylaws to include language that supports the university’s diversity policies. But when Vanderbilt asked the club to remove a requirement that the group president lead Bible studies, the club drew the line.

“Our group will no longer be able to exist,” said law student Justin Gunter, one of the chapter’s leaders.

“Vanderbilt has launched an assault on religious groups on campus,” ...

...National attention
The controversy, which has started to draw national attention, comes about a year after a gay Vanderbilt student complained about being dismissed from Beta Upsilon Chi, a Christian fraternity. Vanderbilt said it then worked to ensure that more than 300 student organizations were complying with the nondiscrimination policy.

“As a higher education institution, Vanderbilt encourages and supports diversity of thought and opinion among our students, faculty and staff — this is one of the cornerstones of an academic environment,” the statement said. “We also recognize that student organizations help enrich the out-of-classroom experience for our campus community and want to be certain that all of our students have an opportunity to participate in the student organizations that interest them.”

The Christian Legal Society’s bylaws require its officers to “lead Bible studies, prayer and worship at chapter meetings.” The university’s Office of Religious Life pointed out that the requirement means officers are expected to hold certain beliefs — contrary to Vanderbilt policy.

In a letter last week to Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said the university’s Office of Religious Life had objected to “the Biblical passage of Romans 1:21-32” in the Christian Legal Society’s constitution. That passage says, in part, that God punished men and women by “(giving) them over to shameful lusts” as punishment for worshiping false idols and failing to glorify God.

“Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones,” one part of the passage reads in the New International Version of the Bible. “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

The foundation, which supports the Christian Legal Society’s cause, wrote to Zeppos that the group had submitted a new constitution but was still running into resistance from the administration.

“The message here is clear: Vanderbilt believes that its institutional ideological beliefs should take precedence over students’ own beliefs or consciences, particularly when it comes to its students’ attitudes towards sexual activity,” wrote Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s senior vice president.

The legal society’s “community life statement” lists several behaviors that members promise not to engage in, including “sexual relations other than within a marriage between one man and one woman.”

CALLING ALL NON FELONS.

Its election day for Knoxville city elections and the primary election for the 6th senatorial candidates.

O.K. all you non felons, today is the day. if you have not voted TODAY IS THE DAY!!! GO VOTE!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Reuters talks judges

Reuters is talking about judicial elections. It seems Tennessee is not alone in the move to elect judges. While the constitutional concern is a large issue for Tennessee there are obviously reasons beyond that that other states also want a change.

Tennessee is not alone in considering elected benches. Legislatures in seven of the 22 states with merit selections have investigated laws to alter or dismantle their systems this year, according to Justice at Stake, a Washington-based organization that tries to keep money out of judicial selection. While some of these efforts stalled, legislatures in Arizona and Florida approved a constitutional amendment that would require the Senate to confirm a governor's judicial nominees, essentially giving more legislative control to the process.

In Tennessee, concern has focused on the political orientation of its judges. The current members of the state's higher courts are vestiges of the days of Democratic control, when a Democratic governor, working with the liberal bar association, picked judges, said Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, who studies the judiciary.

The state, once solidly Democratic, now is dominated by the Republican party, which controls both houses of the legislature and the governor's mansion. The swing in party power at least partially explains the move to elected judges.

OUT OF STEP WITH THE STATE?

"The state's Supreme Court and appellate courts are chock-full of liberal Democrats, and there is no way to get rid of them," said Fitzpatrick. "There is a perception, and I think it is accurate, that the Supreme Court is out of step with the state."

Some decisions have particularly stoked the public's ire, he said. The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned legislative efforts to rein in access to abortions, and in 2008, penned a decision that made it harder for a defendant (typically a business) to get a case knocked out on summary judgment, angering the business community. The legislature re-wrote the law on the issue earlier this year in response.

The most powerful person in the capitol

Take a guess who is the most powerful person in the state capitol as far as getting legislation passed or killed.

The governor? Ha! No.

The lieutenant governor? Not even close.

The speaker of the house? Good try. Guess again.

Budget committee chairs? Some other chairman? lawyers? lobbyists?

No, no, no and no.

The most powerful person in the capitol as far as passing and killing legislators hopes and dreams go is the person who puts together the fiscal notes for their bills.


All bills have to be reviewed as to their fiscal impact to state government. If a bill comes with a cost to government, then if it passes, its cost is factored into the state budget. Once all the dollars the state has for a budget are reached then nothing else can be added without a tax increase or a removal of cost somewhere else.

Bills with big costs to the state don't move because everyone knows they will take up too much of the budget and no one wants to have to vote for a tax increase.

You may ask "How much can a simple bill cost?" You would be surprised. Lets just say for rough example you want all illegal aliens to be put in prison for 1 year then deported. Fiscal review would say "Well, we talked to the people over at the prisons. Lets just say we catch about 300 illegals a year. Each one costs $30,000.00 a year to house and guard in prison. That equals $9,000,000.00 then add in we will need to build a new prison to put them in, that is minimum $25,000,000.00 plus you have to add in interpreters for the courts, health care costs, the cost to support their families that will go on government service when their bread winner goes to jail, offices and employees to check and track their legal status, New computers, programing of the computer costs, as well as X & Y & Z cost. When its all said and done, total costs. $50 million dollars for the prison time.

Deportation costs will have to be factored in considering things like guards to make sure they go to wherever. Travel costs of 300 prisoners plus 300 guards at lets say $600.00 per person just for bus fare, gas, food. That totals $360,000.00. Then add in costs for two days in a hotel, for the prisoner, then 4 days for the guards (They have to come home) plus the guards pay with travel pay and overtime plus multiple guards for round the clock guarding. Thats a few million more and since we don't have enough guards as it is, we will have to hire 20 more guards just to do this great idea so factor in their employment and retirement, training, insurance, offices, uniforms. All in add in another $5 million. Total bill cost? $65,000,000.00

Now, what taxes do you want to increase to pay for it or do you plan on closing 10 schools for children?"

Bill dies.

We have been looking to get more accurate numbers from these studies as well as analysis for the impact on businesses for bill but the cost for that idea will cost....

School suspends boy for opposing homosexuality

A Texas school suspended a 14 year old honor student for telling his friend he thought homosexuality is wrong while the German class teacher was teaching about homosexuality in Germany. From the Fox news report....

Dakota was in a German class at the high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality in Germany. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”

“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

Dakota was sentenced to one day in-school suspension – and two days of full suspension. His mother was flabbergasted, noting that her son had a spotless record, was an honor student, volunteered at his church and played on the school football team.

Officials at the high school did not return calls for comment. However, the Fort Worth Independent School District issued a statement that read:

“As a matter of course, Fort Worth ISD does not comment on specific employee or student-related issues. Suffice it to say that we are following district policy in our review of the circumstances and any resolution will likewise be in accordance with district policy.”....

....Krause called the incident “mind blowing” and said the teacher had frequently brought homosexuality into ninth grade classroom discussions.

“There has been a history with this teacher in the class regarding homosexual topics,” Krause said. “The teacher had posted a picture of two men kissing on a wall that offended some of the students.”

Krause said the picture was posted on the teacher’s “world wall.”

“He told the students this is happening all over the world and you need to accept the fact that homosexuality is just part of our culture now,” Krause said.

The school district would not comment on why a teacher was discussing homosexuality in a ninth grade German class.

“In German class there should be no talk of being pro-Gay or homosexual topics,” Krause said.

Dakota’s mother said she believes the teacher should apologize.

“He should never have been punished,” Pope said. “He didn’t disrupt the class. He wasn’t threatening. He wasn’t hostile. He made a comment to his friend and the teacher overheard it.”

“My son knows people that are homosexual,” she said. “He’s not saying, ‘I don’t like you.’ He’s saying, ‘I’m a Christian and I believe that being that way is wrong.’”


A teacher forcing their social views on students???? Never!!! It never happens. It never happens. It never happens.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Didn't I see you in....


If you see this girl dressed up as a stewardess on the TV show "Pan Am" tonight at 10 feel free to hoist a coke to her National TV debut.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thats got to set your mind at ease.

The TN Journal on why Lamar no longer wants to be in Republican leadership.

As conference chairman, Alexander’s
role was to help formulate GOP positions and communicate
them. But that also carried an obligation to toe
the party line. Throughout his Senate career, Alexander
has enjoyed the roles of mediator, compromiser, and
aisle-crosser, which he’ll now have more freedom to
pursue....

.... “My job as a United States Senator from Tennessee is
a lot less partisan because I represent independents and
Democrats, as well as Republicans. And I represent a lot
of Republicans who would like to see us get results.” —
Alexander, indicating that he would like to work in a
more bipartisan fashion.


I have always been of the thought that if you have a good product and communicate your message well one of two things will happen. The other side will come to join you possibly bringing something positive to the table as well or they will not join you and the people will vote them out of office in time. Compromising with a bad alternative just to get a "result" often puts you in compromising positions down the line.

Haslam teams with Obama

Governor Bill Haslam will introduce President Obama today previous to the presidents speech on giving out accountability waivers for NCLB.

Former (R) state party chair hosts Democrats on job tour

SRW and associates (The product of former state Republican party chairwoman Susan Richardson Williams) is hosting the Democrats on their jobs/Obama apology tour. Today at 507 Gay street in Knoxville. As I am sure many people know, SRW has teamed up with long time liberal Democrat Courtney Piper and now often advocates for government policies like the federal cap and tax plan.

I'm sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Lamar! is hosting a fundraiser. For some reason I don't see myself breaking any fingers as I rapidly reach for my wallet.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some did better then others

Where do members of the Tennessee delegation rank as far as their conservative rating? Some did better then others.

Dem's still fighting for abortionists in Memphis

Planned Parenthood is arguing that even though they scored lower in an open bid process that they should still get government funding in Shelby county.

A six-person panel of officials from the Health Department and county government recommended approval of the bid from Christ Community on the basis of the Center’s higher cumulative score on a checklist of previously established service-related criteria. According to Yvonne Madlock, Health Department director, the aggregate scores were: Christ Community Center, 95.33; Planned Parenthood, 88.88; Memphis Health Center, 84.54....

Democrats are voting on a party line basis to block any one else from getting the money.

It also has come out that even though many have claimed Planned Parenthood did not get any government funds. They did.


....The Democrats responded that Planned Parenthood would no doubt continue to provide services during the intervening period — a fact confirmed later by Chase, who said that a temporary grant to his agency of some $100,000 in Title X funds to cover the months of July, August, and September

Wow.

Doctor John Lott (author of "More guns, less crime") did a presentation at Vanderbilt U regarding allowing guns in gun free zones (like college campuses).

It can be a little long and cerebral (especially at the beginning) but he goes down through about all the arguments against guns one by one and completely picks them apart with facts, statistics and history.

Hat tip: Nikki Goeser.

This protest is illegal

Sad but true
A protest where a person carries a banana in a holster for open carry rights in California is legal. That same type of protest on a Tennessee college campus is illegal. Students are forbidden from carrying or displaying anything that might resemble a gun on campus.

Judges appointing judges to judge judges.

The jury is still out on the committee meetings regarding the court of the judiciary.

The checks and balances being put in place for a runaway courthouse continue.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Did he say bacon?

The TCPR (Tennessee Center for Policy Research). The good government group that puts out the pork report every year, has changed it's name to The Beacon center of Tennessee. I wonder if they will be working in conjunction with the UTK campus paper "The Daily Beacon".

Quote of the day (John Jay edition)

"The Court of the Judiciary is in the whitewash business," said John Jay Hooker, a former two-time Democratic governor nominee and critic of the Court of the Judiciary and state Supreme Court. "They ought to get a pair of overalls and a brush."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Wait. You mean you don't want more regulation?!?!?"

The Democrats continue stumbling around doing their Obama apology tour...er. I mean "Jobs tour". Guess what they are hearing?

"most of the give-and-take between lawmakers and business people dealt with regulations.

A couple of businessmen, while saying Tennessee is nothing like California as far as environmental regulations go, did express complaints about environmental roadblocks.

“We are having more and more problems with the U.S. EPA,” said Jeff Fedorchak, vice president of corporate governmental affairs for ServiceMaster, a home services company. “To the extent you all can help be a conduit and a voice for business to your federal colleagues, that would be extremely helpful to us, and I’m sure to many other businesses across the state.

“It doesn’t seem as if EPA cares much about jobs. They seem to have an agenda, bordering on a religion, that they’re going to go about no matter what. There doesn’t seem to be a jobs emphasis or acknowledgement on their part that they could pursue something that could impact jobs.”

Steve Bares, president and executive director of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, said regulatory issues discourage farmers from trying crops that are critical for bioscience industries.

There were also complaints that Memphis, well known to be on the New Madrid Fault, is held to some earthquake codes that are the same as those in San Francisco, which some felt to be unfair.

Kyle told the group that the Shelby County delegation has regular lunches in Nashville when in session and that people in business in Memphis were welcome to attend to voice their opinions on issues."


News flash. Most business people don't have time to take the day off to drive to Nashville to tell their legislator to back off on all the regulation. That is what they are telling you NOW. To your face.

All those extra regulators you hired as part of your last "jobs project" are having a real net result on unemployment. They are adding to it.

Fav new band

While they seem to only do covers I dig this new band.

Hat tip: P.J.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clarksville #7

On CNN/money list of top places to retire.

Population: 132,900
% over 50: 22%
Median home price: $136,000
Top state income tax: None (*Salaries, wages, Social Security, IRAs and pension income are not taxed. However, a 6% tax is levied on stock dividends and interest from bonds and other obligations.)
Cost of living index (as % of national median): 88

This charming city near the Kentucky border boasts many grand 19th-century homes and historic buildings, but it isn't stuck in the past. Clarksville's three-year-old, 270-bed Gateway Medical Center offers cutting-edge specialty care in dozens of practice areas, from cardiology to oncology.

Home to Austin Peay State University, the city has a thriving arts scene, both on and off campus. Outdoor enthusiasts can cruise the Cumberland River or explore more than a dozen walking trails and state parks.

Small cities with so much to offer usually come at a premium. Yet retirees looking to downsize will be pleasantly surprised by the region's low cost of living. Spacious new brick homes here sell for less than $150,000. Plus, there are no state taxes levied on Social Security, salaries, wages, IRAs, or pension income.

TN Democrats look for the next Solendra

Well, Democrats are about to start their tour to find the next Solyndra. Out to spend other peoples money picking "Winners and losers" in the marketplace of ideas. An area that people are starting to find out government does not have a good record of doing. In this Chad Sisk article for the Tennessean, the results of the states $328,000,000.00 solar panel industry investment looks cloudy at best.

Phil Bredesen described it as a project with “the potential to catapult Tennessee to the front of the emerging solar technology industry.” It and Wacker will make the raw material used in most solar cells, and the hope was that other companies would follow.

But the past three years have been one of the most tumultuous periods in the solar industry’s history. Prices have plummeted for the material that Hemlock and Wacker make, polycrystalline silicon, and its customer base has started to shift from American solar firms to those located overseas, particularly in China....

....Tennessee already has one major panel producer, the Sharp plant near Memphis. State officials have hoped that by attracting companies like Hemlock and Wacker, they can eventually fill in the rest of the supply chain to create a cluster of solar companies that will employ thousands.

But since their plans were put into motion, the industry has changed dramatically. Three years ago, the silicon that Hemlock and Wacker will make sold for about $400 a kilogram. Today, it sells for about $50 a kilogram....

....Exactly how much Tennessee has committed to solar is difficult to quantify. Earlier this month, the State Building Commission approved $36.1 million in bonds and cash for construction of Wacker’s Cleveland facility, but that represents only a sliver of the state’s total commitment.



While another article in the Commercial appealby Daniel Connolly and Amos Maki did a little background research in the Bredesen Electrolux deal cost $188,000,000.00 and found each "Job created" cost an average of $152,000.00 per job and was given little advance research....

Of all the concessions made in the December contract, the one that may prove the most beneficial to the firm is an agreement by the governments not to try to recover taxpayer money if the company fails to create the required number of jobs or leaves Memphis quickly. At most, Electrolux could lose local tax breaks that have a present value of about $33.9 million, and represent about 18 percent of the $188.3 million in confirmed subsidies....

....The only due diligence report Tennessee completed for the Electrolux project was a six-page document that celebrated the benefits and didn't consider the costs of subsidies. Reports paid for by the Greater Memphis Chamber didn't consider all the costs, either. None of the reports addressed the possibility that the company would leave early or fail to meet job creation goals.

Where do they want to go?

The Democrats are crying about about Republican redistricting down in Chattanooga.

Upset Democrats, however, are threatening to march into court, saying if the plan holds it would force Brown and Favors to run against each other if they both seek re-election.

"If they put Tommie Brown and JoAnne Favors together, we're going to sue," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner warned. "They're trying to disenfranchise minorities down there."....

...."This is pretty definite," Favors said of GOP plans. "I was told it was going to be four Republican seats and one Democratic seat."...

..."That's what we understand -- the 28th and 29th will be merged," Brown said. "They not only take out a Democratic seat. It's a double blow. You also eliminate one African-American from the Legislature."


Jerold McCormick counters.

"This idea that we're looking to disenfranchise minorities is pulling the race card out of the bottom of the deck," he said. "It's unfair and it's untrue. Now having said that, if Mike Turner would like Tommie Brown and JoAnne Favors to be in different districts, I will be glad to work on that. I can put one of them in my district and they can run against me."

He noted his district will remain a GOP-leaning area.


Expect to see more of this sort of issue. The options are limited. I know in Knoxville the same thing could happen. With shifting populations and the need to put more people in to Democrat districts, Do you combine Harry Tindell with Joe Armstrong or do you put one of them in with a Republican? Bill Dunn v. Harry Tindell looks like the more reasonable possibility with the majority minority rules keeping Joe Armstrong where he is. That, and or dramatically shift populations to where Harry's districts is largely Republican. So much so that there is nearly no chance for him to win again (55-58% Republican leaning).

Those are the choices in many cases. Democrats can cry, yell and scream pull the race card all they want but with the laws and the population shifts out of Democrat districts there are really only 3 cards on the table for many Democrats. Merge with a Republican. Merge with another Democrat or have so many republicans put in their districts they can not win.

Waiting to hear that question

Why is it when ever a Republican conservative candidate does an interview, no matter the makeup of the position they are running for. The questions always seems to get asked. "Can you work with the other side? Are you willing to compromise your principals?"

I might buy into the question if it was asked of Democrats and liberals as well but it never seems to make the interview.

Why do you think that is?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

They have nothing on Tennessee

Biggest government funded vacation boondoggles?

Wait until they see the huge number of visitors waiting with baited breath to get into Tennessee's latest government subsidised vacation hot spot, the solar panel farm. Lord knows when I was a kid, all I would bug my parents for was for that special trip to see the field with panels in it. Why it was all I could think about! The thought of spending hours in a hot car with arguing family members just to visit this vacation Mecca is every child's dream come true.
Yes, with all the people spending hour after hour, day after day looking at these panels in the sun, I am wondering why more private hotel owners aren't lining up to build places for all the visitors to stay? Possibly they need a government subsidy as well.

Now if only we can find a parking place.

Hat tip: Taxing Tennessee

Quick, When was the constitution signed?

Today is a great day for that fun little gotcha question for your smarty pants friends. If they answered "Why it was the 4th of July silly!" they are wrong.

Today is the anaversery of the signing of the constitution. While not all the signing was done today, the majority (42 of the 55) were.

Happy constitution day.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitutional Sheriff bill gets some national love

The publication "The New American" give some big love for my constitutional sheriffs bill (SB1108). The bill seems to be getting some more traction. After the Gibson guitar raid, many legislators are seeing the way the federal government seem to think they are the supreme law of the land, not the local sheriff as the supreme court verified.

From the article...

So plain and powerful is the bill that it empowers the county sheriff (or his agent) to refuse permission to the federal officer to “make an arrest or conduct a search or seizure for any reason that the sheriff or designee considers sufficient.” The final arbiter of sufficient cause is the sheriff himself. This is a commendable expression of the sovereignty of the states as intended and protected by our Constitution and the men who framed it.


Gratefully, the state of Tennessee is not shrinking from its sovereign position. Strict constitutionalists will praise Senator Campfield and his co-sponsors for their rigid adherence to the principles of federalism and states’ rights that undergird our federal charter.

To their credit, these state lawmakers specifically cite the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in its concluding paragraph wherein is declared:

Pursuant to the tenth amendment to the United States constitution and this state’s compacts with other states, the general assembly declares that any federal law purporting to give federal employees the authority of a county sheriff in this state is not recognized by and is specifically rejected by this state and is declared to be invalid in this state....


...Thankfully, there seem to be a growing number of citizens willing and ready to set sail on the “tempestuous sea of liberty” and repair the formerly impregnable walls of sovereignty once erected around all the states in the union.


Tip of the hat goes to Fred Standbrook Who did the legal wording of the bill the article writers loved so much.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What would they say?

What would Democrats say if Republicans openly hoped and disparaged the nations economy to the bond rating agency in the hopes that the nations bond rating went down?

Well it seems like that is just what Democrat parties top dog is doing. It is one thing to attack each other or the other parties plan, but to disparage our economy trying to make our state look bad to the people who set our bond rating is about as low as you can go.

Chip Forrester said to the people who set our interest rates...

"This bond rating dog and pony show for Wall Street executives looks obnoxious to the 300,000 Tennesseans who are struggling to find work and provide for their families," Forrester said. "They'd like to see a day when the numbers we brag about are Tennessee's low unemployment rate and high economic output.

"There's no doubt Wall Street was impressed with Governor Haslam's contingency plan to fire 5,000 workers...

....However, Tennesseans who've seen this extreme plan are not so enthusiastic," Chip Forrester said. "Haslam's slash-and-burn budget would send our state into an even more severe economic tailspin"



I have often said there are many good Democrats who truly want what is best for our state and country. I just think they are going about it in the wrong way. This is not a difference of political opinion. This is not a political attack. This is trying to destroy our state in the eyes of our creditors in the hopes of political gain.

Despicable.

Is Cooper toast either way?

Back during the last election I was pleasantly surprised when Republicans pulled off a big upset victory beating "conservative" Democrat Lincoln Davis in what was traditionally a Democrat district.

I say surprised but not really shocked.

I knew Lincoln was in trouble when he started to freak out about his race and was campaigning early. Attacks on his opponent, big names coming in trying to prop him up, tons of media stories saying what a good "conservative Democrat" he was and how Republicans need to leave him alone because he was a moderate "reasonable" Democrat.

I could smell blood.

I have been seeing some of the same motions and actions from Jim Cooper and the press as of late. Having big names come into the state to try and prop Cooper up, Attacks on the "Evil Republicans" for trying to keep illegal voters from voting (a tactic that ended up making Cooper look worse, not better) and the media saying Republicans should leave Cooper alone and not make his district any more Republican. To me, those are major flags.

Cooper is in trouble.

After last nights elections in Nevada and even crazy liberal New York where Registered Democrats have a 3 to 1 advantage over registered Republicans (and the openly conservative Republican still won) Anything is possible. It appears moderate and even some more traditionally liberal democrats are over Obama. In Tennessee, a place where liberalism is on the decline and Democrats are traditionally conservative, even the casual Democrat observer have to be deeply concerned about Coopers prospects.

I can now say without a lot of doubt, A quality Republican candidate could spell the end for Cooper with or without redistricting. Redistricting would just make the job easier.

On WBIR/ talking with kids

I will be on channel 10 WBIR TV today at 5:30 talking about red light cameras. Funny how that works, I was talking to 5 different political science classes full of seniors today at CAK in Knoxville. It was sort of wide open class as to what the issues we discussed. The top issue with them? Red light cameras.

Some of the other sorts of issues of notice to the kids were child support/shared parenting concerns, Why we give such long term benefits for people on unemployment and oddly enough recognition of Indian tribes in Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

But isn't selection the same as election?

Someone needs to tell the local Democrat party that according to the judicial selection process, selection IS election.

The poor lost souls in Rutherford County just don't understand...

Rutherford County Democratic Party leaders will hold a primary to select candidates in 2012 and criticized the use of caucuses to pick political candidates.

The primary will determine whose names will go on the county election ballot next fall for county road superintendent and assessor of property.

“It does not surprise me that our Democrats prefer a primary. Our candidates will be selected in the light of day at the polls, not behind closed doors,’’ said Justin St. Clair, party chairman.



If only we could get them to agree to do the same standard and philosophy for the constitutionally required "Election" of judges.

Blogger enters game

Blogger/ radio/ TV personality Terry Frank has decided to enter the game. She announced today she will run for mayor of Anderson County.


She and her husband Lee live in Clinton (Near Oak Ridge). They have three children, Atticus, 19, Davis, 18, and Avery, 11. Lee and Terry own and operate Nature's Marketplace in Oak Ridge and attend church at Clinton First Wesleyan.

“I am announcing my candidacy out of loyalty and love for my county," Frank stated in a news release. "I was born and raised here, left for college and upon graduation, returned here to start my own family and make a living. I want to make sure generations of families can continue to call Anderson County home by ensuring that they have local economic opportunities, whether finding a job, or starting their own businesses.

The election for mayor will be in August 2012.

Quote of the day (From the Hill)

"Good!"

Rep. Mathew Hill on the 50% reduction in Revenue from red light cameras in the Johnson City area.

"Constitutional Sheriff" was pro Gibson before Gibson

A lot federal incursion is now being noticed in Tennessee with the latest federal raid on the Gibson guitar factory in Nashville. One bill many members of the TEA party and I have been working on would have nullified the problem before it was a problem. SB1108 would require federal agents to receive local permission previous to making a federal raid in Tennessee.

It is a states rights bill based on the "constitutional Sheriff" supreme court decision that was brought by Sheriff Mack. What we are working on is putting some teeth in the bill so there is a punishment factor on federal agents who think they are above states rights and its federal ruling.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I hear you.

Just got done watching the Republican presidential primary debate. The one nice thing I heard multiple times was the push to pass loser pays tort reform and how well it worked at the state level to spur job growth.

I could not agree more.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Should Democrats sit out the next partisan election?

One letter writer seems to think so.

There should be some way to punish those who selected Barack Obama to be CEO of America. After all, they selected a man who had no resume, who had no experience and who had repeatedly expressed disdain for America, its institutions and its heritage.

Since he has been CEO of America, Obama has looted the Treasury of trillions of dollars, devalued the currency, ravaged the private sector, bankrupted the economy, ruined America's credit rating and positioned the country such that, without massive reversals of his policies, economic and societal collapse is all but inevitable.

Perhaps those responsible for selecting Obama could simply sit out the next election.


There is a lot of that feeling going around. What was a huge Republican wave almost two years ago will soon look like a ripple compared to the tsunami Democrats are facing in 2012. People have not calmed down and even past supporters of the president are throwing in the towel. People used to swoon at the presidents every uttering, who would get a "Tingle up their leg" have lost it. The presidents last speech is being viewed as too little too late and most people have shut the president off. He could come out for free ice cream after church and people would not listen.

What this translates into is people mad at the top of the ticket taking out their vengeance all the way down the ticket. Democrat recruiters will say "We are going to localize your race and that top of ticket stuff wont have coat tails" but it will.

Add in that districts have no choice but to shift in Republican favor with redistricting and I see little hope of anything good going in a Democrat direction. Districts that used to be 48-49% Republican leaning are shifting to 58% Republican leaning and that is with old polling statistics (Not post Obama numbers).

Add in Obama and we could see districts that were 50/50 Republican/Democrat leaning turn into 62/38 Republican/Democrat districts. I don't care how good a candidate is. A person can do a lot and still never make up 25 percentage points.

Sitting an election cycle out could be the smart thing for Democrats to do. People who are mad will have no one to vent to but Republicans. If dramatic positive change doesn't happen right away Democrats could try to bounce back.... If they could come up with positive ideas.

Of course that could take a few years.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

How to argue with Democrats.... If you must.

This is a great article about a problem I see all the time. The article keys on why Republicans lose. From principals to arguments to elections, these tactics are commonly used by our opposition. Only in times like these where conservatives are so mad they don't care any more do these traditional Democrat tactics fail....

Or when someone knows the tactics and how to counter them.

The TFA does not approve

The song soon to be a bigger hit then "Stairway to heaven". Or possibly a Chick fil a commercial.



Reward for work? Why?

Rep. Jimmy Matlock suggests we cut unemployment benefits after employers complain they cant find people willing to work.

Some people really do work unemployment insurance. Part time and seasonal help are some of the worst abusers. We also have a real problem with people who are fired getting unemployment benefits. I have had several employers complain they fired someone with plenty of documented cause just to end up having to pay for them to get unemployment benefits.

One thing we can do is make it so there is a set criteria for when someone does and does not get benefits. Right now there is supposed to be a standard but it is clearly not being followed.


Unemployment "insurance" is also one of the most backward systems I know of. Where else does the beneficiary of the policy not have to pay for the premium? It is crazy. Just like socialized medicine. When there is no incentive or penalty for not taking care of yourself people will abuse the system at the cost to the policy payer.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Going to the whorehouse looking for a virgin

The Democrats are doing a "Jobs" tour across the state trying to think of ways to create private sector jobs. While I like the name "The Obama apology tour" I am not sure the title is accurate. You see, an apology goes to someone you have wronged. Where and to whom are the Democrats looking to for the answers on private sector jobs? To Government entities, to groups who are some of the biggest "corporate" welfare recipients in the state, to counties with high unemployment rates and to Democrat political hacks who lobby for more corporate welfare. I am surprised they don't stop at the union hall as the highlight of the tour.

Some times I think the Democrat party is just a lost cause.

Good point !!

I received a great comment about a post I did yesterday regarding an article I read regarding the possibility of dividing up Nashville into multiple congressional districts. While the writer said their should only be one congressperson for the entire city (Like Memphis) I thought their should be multiple.

The commenter wrote...

Saw your blog post and wanted to point out that Memphis is not represented by just 1 Congressman. Technically Stephen Fincher has parts of North Memphis in his district and Marsha reaches well into the surrounding suburbs, if not into the actual city limits.

Allllll righty then

Surprisingly, the red light camera bill we passed did not have a provision exempting current contracts. Awwwww! What a shame! It seems when the current cameras have to abide by the same laws and rules as new cameras the revenue has dropped by 75%.

But it was never about revenue.

KPD Capt. Gordon Catlett, who oversees the photo enforcement program, said violations decreased from 4,826 in June to 1,308 in July.

Catlett said KPD officers continue issuing violations for drivers captured on camera running straight through a red light or improperly turning left.

Only right turns on red are exempted from the cameras' $50 gaze.

"The real story is going to be in about four months when people realize they don't have to stop before making a right turn and we see an increase in rear-end collisions," Catlett said.

In Farragut, Traffic Enforcement Manager Ben Harkins deemed the new statute "a bad law." Farragut also ceased July 1 issuing $50 right-turn-on-red violations based on camera evidence.

Records show Farragut issued 2,504 red light camera violations in April, May and June, an average of more than 800 violations a month. Farragut has a contract with RedFlex Traffic Systems to provide eight cameras at four intersections.

"We're still sending out more than 300 violations a month on the left turn and straight-through violations," Harkins said Tuesday.

"We have reduced the number of people running red lights," Harkins said. "Now that the public knows we have to have an officer out there to enforce (stopping for righthand turns), we're going to be less safe.


Now that the revenue argument is decreased we will see how long the cameras last....For safety.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Is that the best you got????

If this is the best reason to not split up Nashville then the argument is pretty weak.

As Mayor Karl Dean has rightly pointed out, Davidson County has long been well-served by being mostly within a single congressional district. Splitting it would weaken the city politically.

If you’re a Nashville Republican, that might not sway you. This might: Splitting Nashville would weaken the city compared to Memphis, which stays intact.


Yes, Two, three or four representatives fighting for a city would be much worse then just one fighting for it......Ummm, can someone please explain that logic to me?

And to hold the wonderful results of Memphis up as a standard and goal to shoot for....Wow! talk about the high bar!! You probably only get one or two bubble gum wrappers under that low standard.

New blogs

A few new blogs for your reading. This one from Liston Mathews (the TFA guy). And this one from the moderate, middle of the road compromiser in Blunt county, Tonna Monroe Ball, called BC (Blunt county) public record

Friday, September 02, 2011

And she gets the hook.

A day after it was learned that Planned Parenthood was getting a $75,000.00 grant from Shelby county (via money it got from the state) Governor Bill Haslam has replaced the commissioner of health. Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Of course the person who replaced her was not a bunch better and may even be worse!!

Dreyzehner was a featured presenter earlier this year at a conference of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), a group which, according to its website, exists to promote "reproductive freedom" and to lobby for unlimited abortion and the expansion of tax payer funding for agencies such as Planned Parenthood. That nationwide group calls itself 'the voice for family planning' and stresses the importance of "strengthening the Title X program," an effort by the federal government which directs millions of tax dollars annually to Planned Parenthood affiliates around the nation. Earlier this year during a 2011 NFPRHA conference, Dreyzehner joined a leading pro-abortion lobbyist, Rachel Benson Gold, to present a session entitled "Family Planning Workforce Challenges." The seminar focused on assisting "reproductive health" agencies to position themselves to take full benefit of the coming federal health care programs. Benson Gold serves as public policy analyst for the Washington-based Guttmacher Institute, a group which strongly opposes pro-life legislation and which was originally organized as a research arm of Planned Parenthood. Tennessee Right to Life has expressed deep disappointment in the Governor's pick. "After a legislative session in which pro-life majorities made clear their desire to bar the use of tax dollars for agencies such as Planned Parenthood, it appears that the Governor has invited a fox into the henhouse," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.