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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Top Dem spin after a NASCAR race?

"It wasn't a boo of disrespect. Barack Obama is just to long a name to yell so they were yelling his initials instead. BO!"


Caution! Some strong language.

Its a redneck world, and we are missing the fun in it

Got to love the redneck engineering. Make sure you scroll down to see all the photos.

Calling Rep. Frank Nicley

The ban on horse slaughter has been lifted.

At the request of top members of the subcommittees that oversee spending for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the GAO looked into the effects of the ban — in place since 2006 — and released a report entitled “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.”

Though there are some shades of gray, the report clearly connects the ban to an increase in abandoned horses, a drop in prices for some horses and a dramatic increases in exports of horses for slaughter.

“Horse welfare in the United States has generally declined since 2007, as evidenced by a reported increase in horse abandonments and an increase in investigations for horse abuse and neglect,'' the report states.

“The extent of the decline is unknown due to a lack of comprehensive, national data, but state officials attributed the decline in horse welfare to many factors, but primarily to the cessation of domestic slaughter and the U.S. economic downturn.

“Abandoned, abused, and neglected horses present challenges for state and local governments, tribes and animal welfare organizations.”

Hat Tip: Say Uncle

Cutting red tape in 4 steps

TNreport reports on the GOPs top 4 steps to help employers

Employers wanted

-Reducing or eliminating business regulations. (somewhat nebulous)

-Enacting new tort reforms. (Let me suggest my loser pays bill.)

-Modifying workers compensation to make it more competitive with neighboring states. (Possibly one of the worst as well as worst run government programs out there.)and

-Focusing educational institutions on preparing students for in-demand jobs.

I have been hearing some interesting ideas from other countries on that issue. One country (I think it was China) has decided to stop subsidising college majors if the college cant get at least 60% of their graduates jobs in 2 years. Sounds more then reasonable to me. Why are we subsidising (and therefore encouraging kids to get degrees in) majors that will not help them get jobs? While there is no shame in honest work, Do we really need one more out of work deep sea basket weaver asking if we want paper or plastic for our groceries? Do we really need one more out of work interpretive dancer to ask us if we would like the large fry with our combo meal?

Are we really helping kids by telling them to go into debt for tens of thousands of dollars to get out and see there are no realistic job opportunities for them in their degreed field?

Why? I'll tell you why.

A letter in the Tennessean wants to know why I support constitutional carry.

Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, says, “If you are a legal, law-abiding citizen, you have a constitutional right to carry a gun.” Well, senator, if you are a legal, law-abiding citizen, why would you object to going through the legal process of obtaining a handgun permit?

You want to know why? I'll tell you.

Mostly it comes down to the second amendment.

"the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

The Supreme courts Heller decision made clear gun ownership is an individual right.

To me, having testing, having to pay, etc, for an individual freedom is an infringement. Just as if I were to say "Before you can speak your point of view you have to go through a background check, You have to be finger printed, you have to pay for, take and pass a course on speech, you have to pass a test to make sure what you say is not going to be misunderstood, then you have to pay the state money. then, possibly you can speak your thoughts."

Sound like your freedom to free speech would be infringed? Would you stand for those sorts of state regulations on free speech? I don't see why not since I am sure you would probably agree the pen is mightier then the sword.

Parking lot bill is right constitutionally

The Oklahoma parking lot bill won its case saying it is right to allow guns in locked cars in private parking lots.

the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that a statute passed by the state legislature allowing employees to keep firearms locked in vehicles on company property--therefore giving citizens the means to protect themselves while traveling to and from work--is not preempted by federal workplace regulations. Nor does it violate employer rights to regulate what can and cannot be brought onto property that companies have designated a parking area.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Newt rallies explode in size!

The Newt Gingrich campaign has seen explosive growth(Must have been my endorsement). The crowds are now getting too big to control in key states like Florida. Here is a link to a Newt story talking drug policy and Ron Paul.

Monday, November 28, 2011

And I want a puppy!

The governor wants a 20% jump in student test scores in 5 years. While I like high goals we probably have 3 years of clearing out old problems and sorting out bugs in the new systems. I would be happy with 10%.

News to me

Chas Sisk at The Tennessean did a run down on some of the gun legislation that is being considered for next year. Most of them were bills I am carrying in the senate (guns in cars, campuses and constitutional carry).

There was one other mentioned that I honestly have not ever heard of in the past and have no idea of anyone trying to run it. The bill was to allow Non violent felons to get their handgun rights restored.

Any idea of who is running that?

As expected

As expected, the Ron Paul supporters went bonkers when I said that while I like Ron Paul and many of his ideas, I did not think he could win the general election and gave my reasons. I had about 90 comments and only a few did not follow the protocol for publication. Keep it clean, respectful and on topic next time and your comments will go up.

It was interesting reading some of the comments and links here and on my Facebook. Most said why they think Ron Paul is great. Hey, that's cool. But again, I never said I disagree with his ideas. Just that he can not win the general. Few tried to disprove any of my points on that. While some brought up good points, others proved the points I made and probably even made them stronger.

Several said that they knew Democrats that planned on crossing over and voting for Ron Paul in the primary but as expected (and as I predicted) they said they will cross back over and probably vote Obama in the general.

One person said Ron Paul would win and the reason was because he was going to pardon all the drug dealers in prison. They even provided a link to the video where he said it. While we can argue the pros and cons of legalizing some drugs, the thought that America is going to rally around the plan to turn loose thousands of crack and heroin dealers to sell drugs to little children is delusional. Obama could beat Ron Paul on that video alone.

Others reinforced my predictions that they would not vote for anyone else even after the primary and yet somehow they absolutely sure and somehow expected everyone else who they had been ripping to shreds for months to fall in line and vote for Ron Paul if he were to win the primary. It was funny in that they were usually the most absolute ardent people who would not do the same were the shoe on the other foot. The disconnect from the reality of human politics was saddening.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Limits. Who wants them?

Could this be the year the state starts putting limits on local government growth?

Lets see....

We have the calls to limit tuition increases that seem to go up at double digit rate year after year.

Calls to limit the growth rate in local taxes without a vote of the people.

On the other side of the fence, we have a push to keep state limits stopping local and individual control from electing their school board superintendents and individuals from being able to decide on education scholarships.

Why Ron Paul can't win.

As I prepare for the hate screed that is about to befall me let me start of by saying, I like Ron Paul. I agree with almost all of his ideas. He is a true patriot and a good person. He is probably the most ideologically pure candidate in the field. If he were to win the primary I would support him in the general. No problem.

But sadly, in the general, he can not win.

Before you get into the "But Stacey he's winning here, he's winning there, He won this poll or that poll" lets remember he was winning ALL the polls 4 years ago. Then election day came and he got about 5%. But lets for a second go with the argument he can win the primary. This person stumbles, that person slips, the field stays divided and Ron Paul keeps his 20% or whatever and wins the first few states. It snow balls and he wins the primary. Not to say it can't happen. It did 4 years ago.

The question is, what happens then? I hate to say it, but it is Obama's dream come true. Why? because Paul is the easiest to beat in a general election. Right now Democrats have left Ron Paul alone. Why? They hope he is the nominee. He will be 77 on election day. They will show that fake eyebrow falling off video a mazillion times and make him out as that crazy, mean, old, neighbor who yells at the kids to get off his lawn. Try to remember what they did to squishy soft McCain and multiply that by 50.

Not to mention this video where he says he wants to pardon crack and heroin dealers. That issue alone will kill him.

Many mainstream Republicans (moderates and even some more conservative) will not support him. His foreign policy idea of immediate isolationism is just a bridge too far. The moderate "Rockefeller Republicans" will do what they did to Goldwater only about 10 times worse. Sorry but Ron Paul is a less dynamic Goldwater in a more liberal era.

You counter "Anti war Democrats will cross over and vote for him"

No. They won't. The myth of hard core liberal Democrats crossing over in mass is just that. A myth. Obama is their hero. They won't cross over in mass for that one issue. Remember how all the "anti war" protests ended after the election and Obama won? The foreign involvement did not end. They just got their guy in. Heck Obama got us into a third war and the protests still have not started back up. And even if a few would cross over on that issue alone, think what Obama would do if Ron Paul was the nominee and that issue started to get traction. He would speed up our troop withdrawal. Issue dead. If Ron went all "Pull them all out tomorrow" All our generals would come down against him and all the die hard Republican hawks would abandon him. 30% of the Republicans would say he is just too crazy. He would get 35-40% in the election and Obama would win.

Next I am sure you will argue "You are just in party/media lock step, Your a globalist, support the CFR, are Anti gold standard, love big government, love the UN, don't want to audit the fed, etc., etc., etc."

No, not at all.

I just know those issues matter to about 5% of the population. Get off the Internet and go out and ask Joe six pack what the CFR even stands for. I will bet dollars to doughnuts 9 out of 10 don't even know and if you told them "Council on Foreign Relations" their eyes would glass over and they would ask you about how it could effect the Vols on Saturday.

Are those issues important? Yes. Will those issues beat Obama? No.

You might say "The lesser of two evils is still evil" OK, fine I agree some other candidates may not be perfect on all the issues but to effect change you have to win. Sure, some other candidates may only be with our ideals 80 or 85% of the time but Obama is with us 5% of the time, if that. 85% of the time for us may not be perfect, but it is not evil and sure beats fighting a president who is against us 95% of the time.

If Ron Paul does not win the primary, Democrats hope he or his supporters go third party so they can split the vote (see Ross Perot) or if he does not go third party, they will fan the "I will take my ball and go home" sort of pouting, selfish, childishness that gets us nowhere and puts Obama back in power for 4 more years. They know A lot of good (or bad) can be done in 4 years with the wrong president. We have seen that the last few years.

America can't stand 4 more years of fighting against 95% of the issues that come up because we could only accept 100% or nothing every time.

Ron Paul is a great patriot, solid on many issues, but the country is ready for one or two steps to the right. Not five. Lets take the two and work toward the five instead of going backwards for four.

Quote of the day

"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."

-Thomas Sowell

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thought of the day.

Camping out in the plaza for Occupy Nashville = Crazy.

Camping out at Walmart for half priced towels......OK that's crazy as well.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Are we blessed?

I have PLEANTY to be thankful for as do we all.

We are lucky to have a roof over our head and 4 walls to keep out the wind, We are lucky to live where one room per family is not considered the norm. That we live where "clean water" does not mean a trip to the nearest river, where a job is a real possibility not just a dream of earning a dollar a day, where shoes on your feet are not considered a luxury, Where we throw away cloths when they fall out of fashion or get holes in them, where you are not considered rich just because you can achieve a daily meal and where even the poor people are fat, where access to education can be achieved by all, where we are not imprisoned for our support of our political leaders, where we have so much stuff we need extra buildings to store it all in, where we have so much food we throw it away when it goes bad from sitting too long, where we can travel or move to another city or state without approval from government. That we have freedom, access and ability to use computers, to seek information, to talk politics, to spread religious material to communicate with family and friends that love and care for us with out fear for our lives or freedom.

Yes, I count my blessings every day and am thankful every step of the way.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The next president of the United States....

While others have jumped on one or the other presidential bandwagons I have often held out. Four years ago I held out and did not jump on the Tennessee Fred Thompson bandwagon because I held out hope that one person would get in the presidential race.

He never did.

That man was Newt Gingrich.

Now its four years later and things are different. Newt is not only in but in and moving up fast. As many of you know I have always liked Newt Gingrich. I have always thought of Newt as an idea man in a field that is often devoid of creative idea people. A man who could sell our vision and message where others could not. A man who can unify where others could not.

Candidates have risen and fallen based on their performances at debates. Some go up for a short time then stumble back down. Newt has only gone up. He started off all but dead in the polls, he has climbed the polls after every debate. Debates have been the key and will be what wins the day in the presidential election when it is head to head with Obama.

Newt is a person who knows how and when to fight, but doesn't have to. His arguments are so tight he is near bullet proof. He is a person who always has had a way of presenting facts and issues in a historical light that connected with modern events. An ability to not just yell and scream to make a point but relate complex issues in ways that average people could look at and say "Yes, That makes sense to me."

A way of showing why our ideas are better and will work and not just ripping people down.

Yes, there were and are other quality candidates out there and any would be an improvement over our current president but one man, to me, rises above the others. While he may not be the perfect person, candidate or absolutely right on every single issue with absolutely no shortcomings, the perfect person with a realistic chance of beating Obama is not out there.

Newt is the man who can best pull the factions together and get it done.

I have been in talks with the Newt Gingrich campaign for some time (Even back before he was considered second tier much less first tier). Myself and Rep. Tony Shiply have agreed to be the statewide co chairs for the Gingrich presidency.

Those interested in getting involved can contact me through the comments section on this blog or through my e mail (stacey@votestacey.com) or on my cell (865)455-2627.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Will we have a Tennessee version of this?

Quote of the day (Not from a cookie)

"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. "


In line with supremes

I said a while ago that I did not agree with much of the occupy crowd. While I didn't agree, I thought they should be able to protest. I suggested they should be allowed to protest but not camp overnight. I suggested they should be able to protest as long as they could stand up.

Sure enough, the supreme court and the Wall street Journal agree. They agree and say it was and is the solution for their Wall Street crowd problem.

Occupy Wall Street is suing to bring their tents and sleeping bags back to the park, but in Clark v. Community for Creative Non-Violence (1984), the Supreme Court held that the National Park Service could enforce its rules against sleeping in tents at Washington's Lafayette park and National Mall, even for a symbolic protest about homelessness. The tents in Zuccotti Park were shelter, not symbolic speech. As First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told Reuters, it's a "real stretch to maintain that sleeping in a designated area itself is anything more than what it appears to be."....

Why did it go so long before someone stepped up and put in reasonable regulations?

....New York politicians and the liberal community board representing Lower Manhattan issued statements suggesting that First Amendment rights were absolute, emboldening protesters into thinking they could take over the park indefinitely.

Now that it is clear that the banning of tents, sleeping bags, etc. is allowed and reasonable, it seems clear that it is the path that should be followed to allow protesters to protest but clear up many of the problems of vagrancy. Just as it has cleared up the problems in NY.

Protesters are free to demonstrate peacefully in Zuccotti Park, provided they follow its regulations. If they have to rely on unlawful campouts and disrupting neighborhoods instead of using speech, their message must not be very persuasive. They might occupy that sobering thought as they consider their future

UT head comes out for "Occupy"

The head man at the University of Tennessee sociology department has come out for the "Occupy whatever" crowd.

Shefner said he found Occupy Wall Street intriguing because he sees it as a movement against austerity, a topic he's spent his career researching.

"Austerity is the closing down of a variety of governmental programs that have made people's survival much more viable while opening the opportunity for a variety of corporations to function either without government regulations or with less government regulation," Shefner said.

He said he's seen economic policies decrease government spending on public services, which has led to economic changes that have left a variety of working people disadvantaged.

Did the first lady get her shots?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Unemployment fixes

Some states are looking to way bigger changes in their unemployment benefits then Tennessee is.

For example, the state broadened the definition of “misconduct” — a common reason to deny benefits — to include chronic tardiness and behavior outside the workplace that is found to be “a conscious disregard of an employer’s interests.”

Supporters of the Florida law argue the changes are necessary to get the state unemployment system solvent: Florida expects to erase its debt to the federal government by 2013. Nancy Detert, the sponsor of the bill in the state Senate, also argues that the changes will allow the state to focus help on those who need it most. The “reforms provide relief to employers,” Detert said in a statement, “by weeding out individuals taking undue advantage of the system.”

Holder, the House sponsor, stresses that a big priority was to remake “the unemployment system into a reemployment system.” Those receiving benefits must take an online skills assessment that plugs them into the state’s job-matching system. They also must submit information online that shows they contacted at least five employers a week or have met with a representative at a local One-Stop Career Center.

As the leftists go bonkers about the thought of fixing some abuses in our unemployment insurance program I just thought I would mention, when I was watching the house of commons question the prime minister in London the talk of unemployment insurance came up there as well.

In jolly old "socialist" England you are not even eligible for unemployment insurance until after you have worked consistently for a company for over TWO YEARS!!!! And the talk was of making it tougher to get.

In Tennessee we have a problem because school crossing guards and school bus drivers are signing up for unemployment after a few months of temporary work.

Tennessee also offers 99 weeks of unemployment. Some states are looking to cut it to as low as 20 week.

Florida is looking at a sliding scale that extends benefits when the unemployment rate is higher and cuts it when the rate is lower.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Quote of the week (John Jay editions)

“A lot of people will say I can tell you more than I know in four minutes.”

John Jay Hooker

on a four-minute time limit given speakers in a joint Government Operations Subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Hooker, 81, twice the Democratic gubernatorial nominee and in recent years a crusader against the judicial selection system, outfoxed the timekeepers. Consecutive sunset hearings were held on the Court of the Judiciary, the Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, and he signed up to speak in all three, using each as a platform for his general message and each time picking up where he’d left off. By the tally of Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson (R-Hixson), who presided, Hooker somehow ended up speaking a total of 16 minutes.

“Well, I haven’t gotten to my subject yet.” — Hooker, in his first talk, when Watson informed him he had 30 seconds left.

Lifted from the Tn Journal

Share the I Pad !

Dingle Dangle?

SHATNER!!!! and possibly one of the best PSAs ever.

Occupy the convention center

Ahhhh, The slippery slope. When is the first amendment "limited"? When and where can you occupy some place or not occupy it for a protest? To ask a political figure a question?

Reporter/Blogger Dan "The man" Andrews
finds out first hand that the publicly funded hallway at the convention center is not a "free speech zone".

Joke of the week. (If only we could do it more)

A politician who'd just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an
expensive, expertly tailored black suit.
The mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like
the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the
black suit he is already wearing. The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs,
but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds
her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk
stripe; the suit fits him perfectly...
She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied..
You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you
To her astonishment, the mortician presents her with the blank
check back.
'There's no charge,' she says.
'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue
suit!' she says.
'Honestly, ma'am,' the mortician says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a
deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly
after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit.
I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black
suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked

'So I just switched the heads.'

Soon to be filed under "What was he thinking?"

Democrat state senator Eric Stewart has decided to run for congress against "mustard magnet" Scott Desjarlais.

I have to say, this has me about baffled. Stewart will be linked to helping the Obama agenda like there is no tomorrow in an election where Obama is an anchors anchor.

He is up for election to the state senate so if he does not win he is out.

As far as I know he (nor anyone else) even know the borders of the district he will be running in. For that matter, after the lines are drawn he may not even be running against Scott D.

Does he somehow think his announcement to run will not have an impact on how the district is drawn up?

Not a well thought out plan but he might have decided to go on a suicide mission after seeing the writing on the wall for his state senate seat. It now looks to be another solid Republican pick up.

Somewhere in the distance I could swear I heard a bugle playing taps, softly.

The court of the judiciary may about to be put to sleep.

Critics of the Court have said the system is one of judges protecting judges, and that reform is needed.

“I’m very much considering starting from scratch because there’s so much resistance from the Court of the Judiciary, the Supreme Court, to make even minor changes,” Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, said after a meeting of a House and Senate joint subcommittee.

Beavers has been a vocal critic of the COJ and as Senate Judiciary chairwoman led an examination of the court’s practices in September. She walked away saying the Court should be more transparent, require judges to disclose conflicts of interest, make disciplinary actions against judges public and add more laypeople to the panel.

Democrats generally agree that steps need to be taken by the judiciary to show the public and the Legislature they’re taking complaints about judges seriously, said the House minority party’s caucus chairman, Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory.

“Ninety-five percent of the judges out there are great public servants, but they’ve got a few bad apples that for some reason the judiciary seem to be protecting,” Turner told TNReport. “I think (if) they don’t do something the next couple months to demonstrate they want to get rid of real bad judges, then I think (the Court of the Judiciary is) gone.”....

....In a sign of displeasure, the subcommittee issued a “neutral” recommendation on whether the the Court of the Judiciary should be funded next year. The subcommittee decided not to weigh in on the Judicial Nominating Commission and a separate panel called the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, forwarding those issues back to the full Government Operations Committee by default. The full committee will now decide.

The decisions send a clear message, said one lawmaker.

“That’s as close as being shot in the head by the Legislature as you can be shot in the head by the Legislature. So they’re not out of the hot seat yet,” said Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport.

I thought it was all about safty?

Redflex (a red light camera company) sues the city of Knoxville and Farragut because......Wait for it......

Any restriction or limitation on the authority of Farragut to use photo-enforcement systems has a direct and immediate financial impact on Redflex and the town," according to the lawsuit.....

.....For Knoxville, the restriction on red-light violations for right turns on red has resulted in a nearly 90 percent drop in citations at the 14 intersections recording violations....

..... "The big loser is the city of Knoxville, which loses its 50 percent margin."

Said city of Knoxville police chief Gordon Catlet.

What happened to the "It's all about safety" talk? Where are the quotes saying how all accidents have dramatically dropped in those areas since the cameras went in, and now have shot back up since the new law took effect.


No one could be robbed at gunpoint on a Tennessee college campus. Guns are illegal there.

Someone clearly did not read the sign.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Travel log.

Like I said, I have been traveling the last few weeks (London and Paris) a few thoughts, London is MUCH cleaner then Paris. Paris has a real problem with graffiti. It is worse then in NYC, that and they have a big vagrancy problem. The sidewalks in Paris are an open sewer of human and pet feces and excrement. It was bad. You really had to watch your every step. It reminded me of what people say mardi gras in New Orleans is like.

I probably passed 3 or 4 big protests in one week. Sorry I don't speak French so I am not sure what they were about but the French police were ready in full riot gear at every one.

Oddly the thing that Paris has a bad rep for I did not find to be the case. The people were very kind and went out of their way to help when I got lost, was ordering food or needed about anything. They were all quite friendly. The food was what you would hope for in Paris. Awesome. I usually like my meat cooked medium well (or as my family calls it "Ruined shoe leather") For them I offer up my favorite meal in Paris
A little steak tartar. My dinner for 3 nights.

London was cool. The people were great and helpful. The food was a little more common but still tasty. The people of London (and some also in Paris) like to drink and they start early. Most people were drinking at lunch but I saw some drinking as early as 10:30 AM. Still, I did not see a real problem of public drunkenness. They like their pubs and by the way, they have the best names for pubs (the bag of nails, the boot, etc)

London had their protesters as well. They had about a dozen tents set up on the sidewalk across from parliament but I only ever saw 2 actual protesters with signs, They seemed as disorganized as he ones here. They were protesting some of the of the same issues but threw in some extra crazy ones as well ("The masons are committing mass murder", was one sign I saw).

London is big on fraud. They seem to really go after people taking advantage of the system. One of their big shows on TV I saw was all about exposing people who were getting state benefits who were able bodied, had assets, or people who were parking in handicapped parking areas and were not handicapped. The police would do 24 hour surveillance trying to catch someone riding a bike or dodging the system. They also went after illegal aliens pretty heavy. Things like that.
They even had undercover cops on the buses and subway to catch people trying to skip paying and they had cameras all over the place.

When I was there they were about to knock down their big public housing neighborhoods. Like many other dense use public housing cities they found it was not working and in many cases was actually making things worse.

You can't make this stuff up

As many of you know I have been doing a little traveling the last few weeks.
I was walking down the road in London when I saw a sign for the "NUT Headquarters" After laughing at the name I got a better look at the sign.

I thought "Man, if I put that sign up people would think I was making it up."

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Newt on the Gibson raid

This could get cleaned up and pass

A move to grant "Personhood" to the unborn narrowly failed in Mississippi. Some last minute questions and comments that it was vague by Haley Barbor killed the bill that looked on its way to passage.

With a little work I think the questions and wording could be cleaned up and cleared up leading to passage possibly in Tennessee.

Top 4 Republican issues?

Some issues that many feel could become the top issues for the next election cycle can be found here.

One is being championed by our own Marsha Blackburn.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Does public higher ed need a tuition "Copeland cap"?

I was reading a recent editorial on higher education wanting the state to take out more bonds so they can get money (They say they want over a billion) for more projects.

While the local paper was for spending more. The interesting idea to me came from one of the comments.

sct37917#628171 writes:

OH YES!, lets turn loose one of the worst spendthrift institutions in the State of Tennessee.Sure give UT Carte Blanche to spend virtually unlimited amounts of money and then come back to the legislation for money to maintain these buildings.Surely this must be some sort of warped joke!The board of "[non]trustees" has never turned down a fee increase and has never asked UT to control costs.This is because if you are a political [hack]appointee you know where your allegiance lies and its not with fiscal responsibility.Instead of turning UT loose in the treasury it is time for the state legislators to limit by law fee increase to post secondary eduction to no more than the rate of inflation annually.Unfortunately that would require more backbone than any legislator has exhibited in a long time. Profligate spending is going to have long term consequences for the university I hope someone just has enough sense to just say no on the state level.

Well sct37917#628171, I must say I am intrigued by the idea. We all know tuition costs have risen faster then any other cost out there, even faster then health insurance. Is it time for the legislature who funds higher education to reel in the costs to our constituents?

The idea of a land grant university was always to allow the states students with lower income a chance at a higher education. Many times now it seems it is turning into a spending race to see how higher ed can make the most money irregaurdless the cost to those students.

Just throwing it out there. How would people like to see legislation along the lines of....

Any state university that accepts public (non lottery) funds shall limit the cost increases to students to the rate of inflation without a 2/3 vote of the legislature to go beyond that rate.

Cost increases shall include tuition, books and yearly fees required by the university for student attendance. This shall not apply to out of state students.

Perry should read my blog

As we probably have all seen Rick Perry's brain freeze moment I have to chuckle as I think back to a "quote of the day" I posted just a few days ago.

There are three kinds of people in the legislature. Those who can count and those who can't."

I guess we now know what camp he falls into.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

You absolutely can not do it.....But we wont bet against you.

Well after I laid down the gauntlet saying I was more then willing to take up the Metro Pulse unemployment challenge to live on $300 or less per week for a month. The Pulse chickened out. I was willing to do about everything I could short of shutting my business down (putting contractors out of work) to prove them wrong on every leftist cry. I was even willing to put up over $3,400.00 of my own money to prove it but they didn't want to take me up on it.

The fact is it would have been easy.

I did not even get into all the other social programs that would have made it even easier to live happily without working (welfare, food stamps, food banks, churches, tenncare, housing vouchers etc.) that I was not going to even bother to take.

I just pointed out how if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice things like a little privacy, not having a new car, no pets, not partying away your life and money with drugs, sex, alcohol and tobacco until you can at least afford to pay for the possible consequences from them, about any able bodied person can find a job and pull themselves up from unemployment and poverty.

While sticking to their guns that those things are all but absolutely impossible to do......They did not want to bet against me doing it.


Joke of the week (Democrat theory)

(The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that; “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, best strategy is to dismount " .)

However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

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

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

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

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

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

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

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course....

13 Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Got to keep them separated.

Isn't it quite ironic that the person doing an editorial against allowing low income kids in failing schools the chance to go to private schools went to private school himself and never actually went to a public school?

That's right. It seems from his own bio page that Sen. Andy Berke actually went to private school for his education. In fact he went to Baylor High School. A private school with a tuition of up to $40,000.00 a year.

For some reason the man who went to private school his entire life doesn't want poor kids to have the same opportunities in life that his wealthy family gave him.

Seems he wants to force the poor "undesirables" to stay at a lower performing school where they won't be able to interact with the "special people", they won't be able to get the best education and move up like he did. For some reason he wants to make sure he can keep the special people separated from the common folk.

How magnanimous of him.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I'm game.

The metro pulse has attacked Ron Ramsey and myself for trying to fix unemployment abuse. They challenge Ron...

Hell, this reporter will even pony up her own money if Ramsey takes us up on her challenge. PLEASE, Ron Ramsey, try living on $300 for just ONE week. But I bet a month's worth of unemployment wouldn't even cover your mortgage.

Tell you what. While Ron may be busy, I am up to it and not for just one week. I will do it for four weeks. I will take the $1,200.00 challenge (four weeks at $300.00 per week). While I can not get out of my mortgage, I will deduct $225.00 (the cost of rent for multiple rooms available for rent on craigslist in the Knoxville area) from the $1200.00. I will stay at my house and bet I can personally live on the rest ($975.00 or less) for a month. What I make from my life's work and investments will not go to any personal expenses, only to pay my business expenses. If I choose to work for extra money it will be in a completely new job.

If the Metro Pulse will put up the $1,200.00 I will donate $225.00 to Habitat for humanity and live on the rest for 30 days. No problem. If I am right and I am successful the Metro Pulse will eat the $1,200.00 and throw another $500.00 to the charity of my choice. If I am wrong I will repay the $1,200.00 and throw another $500.00 to the non profit charity of their choice.

I will also double down on them if they want. If I can apply for and be accepted to work full time (40 hours a week) in the 30 days they will double the $1,200.00 and $500.00 to a donation of my choice. If I fail I will pay an additional $1,200.00 and $500.00 to a non profit charity of their choice.

Metro Pulse, Time to put your money where your mouth is. Put up or shut up.

Joke of the week (Conclusive evidence)

There is finally conclusive evidence that Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi are dead. Yesterday, they both called in and de registered to vote in Memphis.

Who is getting the bail out now?

Democrats are calling a bill to allow parents to pick what schools their children go to a "bail out for private schools" The question is with who's money are they "bailing out" the private school? You see if you look at the money as something earned by the state you could make that argument but in reality it is the money of the constituents who paid the taxes. They paid it in the thoughts of getting back a product they wanted (a quality child education system). What they got was a system they are stuck in no matter what they want.

"Scholarships", "vouchers" whatever It is called puts the choice back in the hands of the consumer. Back in the hands of the person paying for the product. Back in the hands of the person wanting the best for their children.

Is it a bail out? To me, the worst kind of bail out is propping something up with money from an investor who does not want to invest the business. It is giving no choice to someone who does not like the end result of the business and wants to invest elsewhere. It is a business who has never made money saying "We know better then you how to spend your money" to someone who made the money.

You see a bail out is when there are unwilling investors in a product. Why don't we give the choice on where to invest back to the investor?

Bill Dunn had some great comments when he compared public school systems opposing the idea to the McDonald's chain board of directors telling legislators, "We don't think Burger King should be able to build anywhere near our restaurants."

He challenged opponents of the bill to let him pick which schools their children should attend. None accepted his offer to "put them in the shoes of the parents they're trying to deny."

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Is it the cost? or the value?

Some people are complaining about the high cost of public higher education. In truth the cost of higher education has risen quicker then the cost of healthcare. While some people may want to blame that on the state for possibly not paying in as much as they have in years past (the state pay about 40% of the cost not including what higher ed gets from lottery scholarships) but if you look at the picture from a distance you will see that the overall cost should not rise that fast no matter what the state does even if we put in 0% there is no state caused reason the cost should increase over the rate of inflation.

We are looking at the wrong side of the equation.

I think the big question is value. People are leaving college with huge debt. They are entering a job market that is not valuing that degree to the point that they can pay off their debt at a rate that the workers find reasonable.

It is pretty clear they knew the cost going in. They signed the loan papers. No one held a gun to their head. What they wanted was a payoff for their investment. Like the stock market, if you buy a stock that does not pay off in the end who do you blame? The bank who lent you the money to buy the stock? The market or the company that under performs?

Drug testing.......

As many of you know I have been working on a drug testing bill for people receiving some government benefits. Along that same line of thinking is an idea I have been considering.

Drug testing for people on unemployment benefits. Kick it around a little and let me know what you think.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Aren't we already waiting 3 years?

An argument is brewing already about postponing the implementation of the teacher performance evaluation for one extra year to see how it works. It is really being pushed by teachers put into panic again by our Democrat friends misrepresenting the facts of the legislation we passed.

You see, no matter what the quality of the evaluation process is. It does not truly have an effect for 3 years and possibly not even then. The fact is the evaluation will have no lasting impact on a teacher for 3 years and then NO TEACHER WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOSE THEIR JOB!!

After 3 years even if a teacher gets all zeros it will still be up to a principal to make the final decision. They could still stay a teacher really indefinitely if the principal decided they were doing a good job.

Can someone give me a valid reason why we should wait an additional fourth year to see the apples to apples results for the people in charge of children's education?

Much ado about nothing

The Democrats are all up in arms about photo ID to vote. Honestly I cant see why they are making such a big deal about it. Politically it is dead. Most people actually like the idea of a secure ballot where dead people can no longer vote. It is not really an election issue they can win on because when it goes into actual effect everyone who votes will have had an ID to actually vote or took the appropriate steps to make their vote count in the election so clearly they would not have had a problem getting to vote. The only people who will have a problem will be the illegal voters who will no longer be able to mess up an election.....

Possibly that is what has Democrats so frustrated.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Well Arkansas is playing the vols in 10 days.

How to stop the wild hogs from rampaging in Tennessee. A big legislative question.

Democrats, the new gun clingers.

So who are these people desperately clinging to their guns and religion? While I can't speak for the religion part, the latest gallup poll says for the guns part, the fastest growing segment of "clingers" are Democrats and women.

From the Washington times

Overall, just under half of Americans said they have a gun at home, which is 6 percent more than had them in 2010. Not surprisingly, the highest ownership percentages are found in the South and the Midwest, and Republicans are the group most likely to be packing heat - up 3 percent. By comparison, Gallup found the number of Democrats willing to come out and admit to having a sidearm jumped 8 points from 32 percent to 40 percent. Since Mr. Obama’s inauguration, the ranks of gun-toting women swelled by 10 points to 43 percent.

This change has significant impact on policy. Nearly three out of four respondents opposed handgun bans - an all-time high. There are now more Democrats with guns than there are liberals who want to take them away. A half-century ago, the gun grabbers held sway over public opinion. Today, even misleading terms like “assault weapon” aren’t enough to scare up majority support for gun control.

Why don't they ask that?

I have been talking to some of my friends lately about the mayors race. Most of them do not believe the mystery mail piece that no one seems to be able to produce was put out by the Padget campaign. In fact, most believe it was actually put out by a Rogero supporter looking to get sympathy votes by being way over the top (even though no one has really seen one to see if it is over the top). In fact most of the people I have talked to wonder if there is any falsehood in it at all. I mean I think even misses Rogero would admit she is the more liberal candidate and is supported by the more liberal supporters. I don't think its a reach to say she has the liberal "hippy" vote locked down.

Anyway, the more people I talk to the more the same questions come up. Questions that don't seem to get any play. Just a day or so ago a question on where the candidates stand on red light cameras finally came out. I mean that is a pretty big issue right now for cities and the future mayor and its only getting asked about them now?

(FYI Rogero fine with them, Padget is against them)

Some other questions I keep wondering if they will ever get asked are....

Were the states (CANDO) policy on sexual orientation overturned would the new mayor support a policy that barred private businesses from applying for government jobs if they did not support homosexuality? (as Nashville passed)

Were the city council to bring it forward, would they support or veto a policy that made Knoxville a sanctuary city for illegal aliens? (as other cities have passed)

On the flip side, if the city council wanted to implement a policy to check the immigration status of people arrested (as Nashville has done) would they as mayor support it or veto it?

If the city council passed a law implementing vehicle inspections (as Memphis has)
would you support or veto it?

If city employees came to you asking for a cost of living pay increase, a "living wage" or a defined benefit package as the county has, would you stand against it or support it? If you support it, what tax increase would you push to pay for it?

While the candidates may stand at the same place on the issues, these questions should at least be asked and reported. They are very valid, possible scenarios the future mayor my face in Knoxville as other mayors in Tennessee have already faced.

While the inside baseball lovers seem to think that storm water runoff, homeless shelters or slope development are the big issues we are all burning to know, for Joe six pack, I don't think those issues really resonate at all. Most people don't understand them or don't care enough about them to swing their vote one way or the other.

Not being able to get a job or contract because of their religious beliefs, more illegal immigrants coming or not coming to Knoxville, more taxation and regulation that they may have to deal with or pay?

That, they can understand.