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Monday, April 30, 2012

Democrats walk out

I just ran into some people who told me the Democrats walked out of a house committee on the drug testing for government benefits bill. It seems they were cut off as they started to lose their composure. Supposedly this only made them madder, they threw some papers and stormed out of the room. I get the feeling they reeeeaaaaaly don't like the idea of drug testing. I will try and get video.

Slipped that one by ya

Jack Johnson just passed the SAVE act. What that bill will do is require proof of legal immigration status to get government benefits. Higher ed completely missed this one. For years they have fought my bills requiring the exact same thing for people applying for in state tuition at our higher ed institutions. They always claimed it would cost millions for higher ed to implement. I guess they missed it in this bill as it has no cost expected by higher ed to impliment but it does the exact same thing I have wanted to do for years.

Vandy steped in it.

Mae Beavers has passed the religious freedom act out of the senate. The bill says if you are going to discriminate against groups based on non religious standards (Making all groups wide open to all students with no criteria) then you have to do the same for all religious groups. This would say groups like sororities and fraternities have to take all comers. Male, female, whatever regardless of the groups traditional admission standards. That should make for an interesting sorority rush. Seeing as how some of the wackos at Vandy want to make it so people are the gender they identify with they may go for it. Word is this last week Vandy leadership had a meeting on this issue and someone slipped up and was quoted as saying we were just pandering to the right wing base and the bill was not moving anywhere. I guess they were wrong on that one.

Monday aint lookin so good either

Well the senate may be done in a few hours but we could be waiting for days on the house. It seems they only worked for 11 minutes last night. That's right 11. As in one more then 10. They are stacked up on legislation yet to move and could be here all day....Possibly into tomorrow.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Joke of the week

Q: How many presidents does it take to change a light bulb? A: None. They will only promise change.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Who's your daddy?

Who's your daddy A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, 'I hope he doesn't come over here.' But sure enough, the man did come over to their table 'Where are you folks from?' he asked in a friendly voice. ' Oklahoma ,' they answered. 'Great to have you here in Tennessee . Then the stranger said, 'What do you do for a living?' 'I teach at a seminary,' he replied. 'Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you.' And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to himself, ‘Great ... Just what I need ....another preacher story!' The man started, 'See that mountain over there? (Pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, who’s your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?' He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so bad. 'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?' But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?' The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?' 'This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy.. 'Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family resemblance now; You are a child of God.' With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' 'With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'' The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, 'Isn't that a great story?' The pr ofessor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!' And he walked away. The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over & asked her, 'Do you know who that man was -- the one who just left that was sitting at our table?' The waitress grinned and said, 'Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's governor of Tennessee!'

Parking lots bill got TFA'd

The blue collar muse delves into why the parking lots bill died this year as well as how conservative ideas gain support.

Friday, April 27, 2012


It looks like we are going to quit soon and finish up Monday. The budget may have a compromise later this evening but the house is too far behind us in finishing up their legislation. Last I knew they were about 40 bills behind the Senate.

Line of the week

During debate on a bill regaurding “roll-your-own” tobacco, Sen. Bill Ketron explained in detail the different types of tobacco that go into different products. Sen. Jim Kyle asked Ketron, a former convenience market owner, a question about grades of tobacco and whether markets offer pipe tobacco. Yes, Ketron said. Asked Kyle, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can??”

Off to conference

The house rejected "the bunker buster" budget. We are off to a conference committee.

Good golly Miss Molly! It's Little Richard!!

Yep. The legend Little Richard was at the capitol early this morning previous to session. I guess he lives in the Murfreesboro area now.
He was sitting the entire time as I guess his hip is broken or worn out and cant get around much without a wheel chair but even thought he was probably in pain he had kind words and time for everyone. He said he had not played a piano in a while and the last time he did it was not good. He also lamented the passing of Dick Clark. He said he wouldn't have gone anywhere without him and how Mr Clark did a lot of things to help a lot of artists. Things that most people never knew of. He said he was invited to his funeral but probably wasn't in good enough shape to go and he really wanted to remember him the way he was when he was alive. I love this type of classic rock and roll. It was cool to see and chat with him.

"Bunker buster" passes senate

The deep cuts budget just passed the senate (32-1 with Heron voting against it) and is headed to the house.

Never bring a knife to a gun fight

The house started a cutting war by taking out 1.7 million from the senate budget calling it local pork added by the senate. The senate is about to send the budget back to the house cutting out 22 million dollars more from the budget in local projects (much of it in middle and West Tennessee). We are calling it "The bunker buster" budget. We will see who blinks first. The house leadership is afraid some of the more conservative members of the house may actually support it and pass the "bunker buster". If that happens the savings will be split between the rainy day fund and the Tenncare reserves. They can vote for our cuts, go back to the old budget or cry uncle and try for a conference committee. Any way but accept our cuts, there will be blood on the house floor.

My drug testing presentation.

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Unemployment reformed

In a group of 3 bills Sen. Jack Johnson and Rep. Jimmy Matlock passed three major reform of the unemployment laws. Most of the problems were issues noted by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey on his red tape tour. Issues like having to pay unemployment on known seasonal workers, making sure people who are out of work actually are applying for replacement jobs while out of work and incentivising people to accept jobs possibly at a slightly lower wage after an extended time of unemployment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

You want to go down that road? Fine.

After feeding for years at the pork trough for West Tennessee (as they stuck it to East Tennessee) some of the Dems tried to play old games yesterday one last time. Not that there was a bunch, but the "Pork" that there was in the state budget, was spread around the state. A few Dems and some more conservative Republicans in house finance committee decided to go after some of the pork barrel projects for East Tennessee (brought up by the Democrats). Not much in the big picture, About a million dollars worth of a 31 billion dollar budget. Not that they had any plan on what to do with the million dollars after it was cut, but it was more of a symbolic statement. That's all well and good. When the dems started to make the moves a quick meeting was held. Notice was given that if deeper cuts were going to be made it was going to be across the state this year. Not just to East Tennessee. Staxx Records funding in Memphis? Not looking so good. That new mega site in Jimmy Naifehs old district? Do we really need that? PBS funding? The arts commission? Lets pull out the knives boys. We are ready to cut!! We will see how serious the Democrats are about trimming fat later today. I say lets go for it. If it doesn't have a real state wide application I say it need a hard look and a sharp blade.

2 parties slow session..

This could take forever. As the final days of session wind down the house Democrats are really foot dragging. First, they refused to to help pass the flow motion (a procedural move that allows bills to move quicker from committee to committee) unless the Republicans agreed to not work late into the eavenings. It seems some of the dems in their advancing years no longer wanted to put in the long hours that are sometimes required to finish up the budget. They also wanted to make sure we did not have to work into the weekend. They wanted to make sure they could go home over the weekend. The final thing that is driving me crazy is they all wanted to make sure they got out of work last night by 6:30 so they could make it to Jimmy Naifehs retirement party. Can't miss that. They had no energy to work late but sure had plenty of energy to go party. If we are here into next week it will be because of not one party but two. The Democrat party and their unwillingness to work late and Jimmy Naifehs retirement party.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Loser pays passes....Barely

Loser pays in some limited scenarios has passed the senate. Barely. It got 17 votes. Sponsor Jack Johnson said anything more was wasted effort. I guess that's true.

Drug testing passes Senate!!!!

My bill to drug test people applying for public benefits passed the senate 24-9 I am stoked!!! This has taken over a year and a half of work to get this one bill out. So glad it is happening at last!!!! After I got to the end of presentation I was actually full of nervous expectation. All I could think of was the Shakespeare quote "To be or not to be. That is the question". In my case it was a little different quote. It was "To pee or not to pee. Time to put the question" I am so glad to have it done.

Charlie Danials and I

Not such a good plan

As the final days of session wind down, the guns in trunks in parking lots bill looks destined to die. It will not die solely because of the bill itself but more so on the way it was handled. This entire year it has been one threat after another on what would happen if this bill was not passed. It really built some animosity among legislators who may have been on the fence against the supporters of gun rights. No one likes to be threatened. Yesterday we had another caucus meeting on the bill. The difference was, this time it was not on the merits of the bill. It was about this letter and some of the threats being made around this bill. It was very difficult to talk about the bill itself because so many people wanted to kill it because of the way it was being pushed. There was some real animosity built up. In the end, the senate decided to wait and see what the house did. They killed it late last night in the calendar committee. It seems many of them did not like the threats either.

2 pro life bills pass

2 big pro life bills passed the senate yesterday and the day before. One said an unborn child killed as part of a violent act would be counted as a victim of that crime. This would impose a penalty for people assaulting pregnant woman as often times happens when people don't want to pay child support. The other would say abortion doctors would have to have a tie to a local hospital for cases where there are complications from the abortion. They could no longer kill the baby and then leave the mother with no where to go if there were complications from the procedure.

I'm catching that ball. Now the fiddle....

Yesterday as session was winding down The Lt. Governor alerted us to the fact that one of the Dallas Cowboy all time great quarterbacks Roger Staubach was in the back of the chamber watching things go down. I called my assistant and had him go into my office desk where I have had a football waiting for over 2 years. When Jim Brown came to the capitol a few years back I thought it would be neat to have a football to get autographed should famous football players drop by. I picked 2 up. My assistant brought them up to the capitol and Roger happily signed them. I gave one to the Lt. Governor who said Roger was one of his all time heroes and I got the other one signed for a constituent who is a huge Cowboys fan. As Roger was signing them, he asked if we would like to catch a pass. The Lt Governor said sure and he tossed the ball about 10 feet to him. But for me he wanted to go out in the hall and pass it a little deeper. I was game so we went out in the hall. I went about 10 yards and figured that would be good but Roger said "Go deeper!" I went back about another 10 yards but Roger said "No, Go deeper" So I went back about another 10 yards. By this time everyone was out in the hall watching. I thought to myself. I don't care what happens. I am catching this ball. No way am I dropping it in front of all these people. The pressure was on. Roger threw a straight tight spiral right to my hands. It zipped in perfect and I caught it. That was cool. As I was walking down the hall after session the Lt. Governor informed me country music legend Charlie Daniels would be in the capitol today. Anybody got a fiddle?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Only 94% ?

WBIR did an on line poll on drug testing for govt. benefits. Only 94% of people were for it. What happened to the other 6%?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jimmy Kyle, Puppet for the NRA

That's right the words you never thought you would hear. Democrat leader Jimmy Kyle, puppet for the NRA. Tonight Kyle moved to suspend the rules to pull SB3002 (Guns in trunks in parking lots) directly to the floor for a vote. The vote required a 2/3 vote (22 members) The vote failed to get 50% (I think it got 16 of 33 votes). Kyle said he wanted to pull it directly to the floor so he could vote against it. Funny way to show your displeasure in an idea. Yes, I voted for it.

Time flies when you are having fun.

They say time flies when you are having fun. All I can say is I hope you were buckled up and held on tight because this session has really moved. To me it was more like a fitness boot camp. Between last year and this year we have done about half the things that should have been done about 40 years ago to make this state competitively fit in a lot of areas. We still have a ways to go but we are really getting there. Inside the fish tank you can really see it. We are really pulling together and picking up steam. Of course the Dems are wondering around lost. They just don't know what to do or how to handle it. Most just wonder around like their world has come to an end. Like high rollers at the casino that suddenly lost it all and they know it is not coming back. They just cant believe they are no longer the end all and be all of the legislature. That no one kisses their ring and bows down as they walk past. That they are virtually insignificant. They lived like such high rollers for so long they don't know what it is to be no longer be "the man". Some of them are sort of flailing about trying to strike out but don't know what to hit us on. Taxes?.....No. They cant argue they did more because they increased taxes when they were in power. We cut them. Social issues?....No, they realize Tennessee is socially a conservative state and the people agree with us there as well. Spending?....No, we have been way more prudent then they ever were. They showed they would spend every last nickle if you let them. Education?....We were 48th since about forever. What are they going to say? Let us back in power so we can take us back to the good old days? Efficiency?....No, they realize we cut a ton of needless government fat in the last few years. Whats left to campaign on? I'm a good old boy? People are over it. They want results and they see who is making good things happen now that it is our chance. Most people agree with the moves we are making and the promises we are backing up. Things are changing for the better. Quickly.

This time I mean it.

I think this is probably our last week of session. Go ahead and say I told you so. My prediction was about 10 days off. The budgets should be hitting the floor today or tomorrow. The rest is just mop up work. The house is a little behind the senate in finishing bills. Yes, the Democrats have an alternate budget but I doubt it is moving. I would say its more for political show then anything. They had decades and billions to cut some of the taxes they suddenly say they want to cut now with the reserve funds we are holding back for Obamacare. I don't see it happening. They are flailing.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm open if you are

I have been doing a little work on my blog lately and realized I had fallen into a little bit of a rut by going to the same old blogs. It's time to throw a little wider net. If you have a moderate to conservative leaning blog that has been active for at least 6 months and you talk about Tennessee state politics on a semi regular basis I want to hear from you.

I think I just threw up a little

Lamborghini is making a SUV.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dems unclear on concept of "Working"

Legislation by Rep. Jimmy Matlock that would lower unemployment benefits for incarcerated people and people who refuse to take jobs at a lower pay rate for an extended period of time is moving in the house. Democrat leaders see this as an "Attack on the working man". They must be unclear on the concept of "Working man" or unemployment. Last I checked, people on unemployment or in jail are not working. That is the problem. From the Tennessean article... Rep. Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, while commending the bill’s intent to weed abusers out of the system, said the legislation was still one-sided and could allow some business owners to avoid paying unemployment to former workers. “We’ve passed a lot of bills for the business people in the past two years, but we haven’t passed a lot of bills for the working man,” Turner said. Proponents defended the bill and its effects with equal vigor. “If anything, we are helping the working man, keeping him honest,” said Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster. “He needs to be looking for a job ... because while he’s getting mailbox money, the employers are paying the tax to have him stay on an E-Z Boy chair. (The bill) brings integrity and it’s moving us forward.”

Argh! New blogger!

Blogger has changed it's setup! A pox upon them!! I was just figuring out the old set up. I can't seem to space things properly so expect some bunched together paragraphs until it is all fleshed out.

Early senate race predictions

As many people know, the Republicans are expected to pick up seats in the state senate in this years elections. Some will be a result of population shifts causing redistricting, other factors such as anti Obama sentiment sweeping the country, huge fund raising shifts, Democrat retirements and some top flight candidate recruitment could be key factors. How many seats do republicans expect to pick up in the senate is a good question. Some light polling of people on the hill puts the average estimation number at at least 4 new Republican seats at an absolute minimum. Things could shift and go a little higher (6 was the high number I heard) but four are expected gimmes. Up high on most peoples list as expected wins are.... The seat formerly held by Andy Berkes in the Chattanooga area. The new district in lower mid west Tennessee is expected to be picked up by Rep. Joey Hensley. And Mark Green over Tim Barnes in the outer Nashville area. Green is WAYYYY out front in fundraising, is an excellent candidate (Military vet, Doctor, Published author, Was in on the capture of Saddam Hussein and even interviewed him after capture) and is working hard. I expect we will fill that front row of seats by next year with a shot at at least one more.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Drug testing passes

My bill starting drug testing for (TANF) government benefits passed the senate finance 8-3!!! Its headed to the floor!!!

It all came together this morning. Some last minute tweaking on the implementation timeline and treatment options made it happen.

The new bill will be fully fazed in by 2014 but testing could begin in some areas rather quickly. In the program now, someone failing a drug test will be given a chance to enter a 6 month treatment program without losing benefits but they are required to comply and complete the program or lose benefits for the full 6 months. After that another test will be given and if they fail it they will be out of benefits for another year minimum.

Of course children will still get the benefit if a parent tests positive, but the money will go to someone who will make sure the child actually gets the money. Not a drug habit.

A big shout out is owed to Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. He brought all the parties together and helped make sure a compromise was reached.

Almost there.

I have an idea for an agenda item....

As Vanderbilt is about to have their leadership meeting and oddly, one state bill has been put on hold. The freedom of religion bill that says state schools shall not limit the freedom of clubs to set their own standards for membership. Vandy in contrast to this, has set in place a rule that refuses the right for christian clubs to set standards for their clubs.

As a "private" school Vandy currently would not fall under this legislation but the bill has been put on hold for a reason.

An amendment for the bill may be added to say if you restrict religious freedom (Like Vandy has done for their clubs) you may not be counted as an eligible school for the lottery scholarship.

I think the sponsors might hold off on submitting that amendment pending the outcome of the Vanderbilt leadership meeting.

Lets see how it goes. And no. Having a conservative speaker come in to talk about religious freedom will not buy you a pass.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The student bill of rights passes for k-12 school

A bill by Senator Kerry Roberts to allow a student to be able to mention religion issues or depict religious art without fear of having their grade reduced passed the senate today.

An example might be if a teacher asked students to do a report on why George Washington was a great leader. One student might do a report on his political or military philosophy. Another might do a report on his religious philosophy. The religious report should not be downgraded because of its subject matter.

The bill is similar in intent to the students bill of rights I pushed a few years ago for colleges.

Making states follow foreign law

As many people know I had a sheriffs bill that would say states don't have to pay to implement federal law that the state sees as unconstitutional. That responsibility would be left up to the federal government.

That bill was killed.

One of those bills in serious question was the Lacey act. It has state and local governments not only implementing Federal law, but international and foreign law.

The law lead to the Gibson guitar raid in Nashville because Gibson bought wood that may or may not have been allowable to be sold under international/foreign law.

Now the fight is on to repeal the Lacey act but its results look questionable.

Classroom protection act passes

The classroom protection act (the bill that limits material and education to topics allowed under the new sex ed law for grades K-8) passed out of the house full education committee today.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fighting in the legislature

With the end of session coming up you might expect some raised tempers, who knows, possibly a fight may break out?

Well, in fact, this year I know for sure there will be fights.

Fight Night 2012
Wednesday, April 25 from 7:00-9:00 PM
War Memorial Auditorium above Legislative Plaza
Tickets: www.tpac.org
V.I.P. Reception begins at 5:30pm

Amateur boxers from the area will meet in Olympic-style boxing matches. All boxing for the event is organized by the Boxing Resource Center and is fully sanctioned by USA Boxing, the national governing body of amateur, Olympic-style boxing and the United States member of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).

Boxers are sponsored by Service Source; Southern Strategy Group; the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police; Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs; Jimmy Kelly's; and the headline bout for Fight Night 2012 will feature boxers sponsored by the Tennessee House Republican Caucus and the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus.

All proceeds raised from the event will go to benefit Not Alone, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating a community in which active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families can learn to build on the strengths learned in combat to deal with their new lives upon returning home from war. Fight Night 2012 is produced by the Boxing Resource Center and Advance Financial.

Weekend swings


I have had a wild swing of emotions this last weekend. As a few people know, I got a call from the police on Wednesday night while I was in committee telling me my house had been broken into and the front door was wide open. I asked them how bad it was and they said it looked pretty bad. Stuff was in piles all around the house but no one was present and the house was empty.

I had been gone for 2 weeks at the time with the legislature and having gone to see my mom over Easter weekend. I could really have been cleaned out if someone wanted to I figured.

Not knowing what to ask next, I figured I would ask to see how bad I was hit. I really don't think I have a lot of financially valuable stuff that someone would want to steal. That's just not my thing, so I asked about the one nice thing of value in my house. My mom gave me a bigger flat screen TV she had won in a contest at Christmas. Was that still there?


"Ah well. It cant be that bad." I figured. Most of the rest of the stuff could easily (and cheaply) be replaced. I thanked them and had them lock and secure the door. I would return and report in the morning if there were substantial loss of property.


The next day when I returned I realized nothing was missing. In fact it was the same shape as when I left it. Confused, I called an old friend who lives out of town and had a spare key to my house. He had said a few weeks previous that they had wanted to stop in to visit his family over Easter weekend but did not think he would be able to make it. I told him he was welcome to stay in my guest room if he wanted, but I would be gone. I guess things changed for him and he was able to make it in after all. He obviously didn't secure the door on his way out. The wind probably pushed it open.

I laughed to myself. I guess the police description of my house is a sign its time for a spring cleaning.


I went to my accountant to hopefully finish off preparation of my taxes. Last year, my taxes were about a wash. I got some money back but it about covered my bill to pay my accountant. This year I was expecting about the same. I had bought a few more houses and spent a bunch of money remodeling them. About the same thing I did the year previous.

My accountant sat down with me and said. "Well, we have you all tallied up. You will owe about $18,000.00." My jaw hit the floor. "What?!?!? That has to be a mistake!!" We did a cursory run down on the numbers on the computer. Everything seemed to be in the right place and about in the right amounts. She said unless I lost or forgot some receipts, and could find them, that would be my bill.

Crushed is the best I could describe how I felt. It would take me months to pay off that bill. I would have to stop all construction work and I saw Ramon noodles and baloney sandwiches in my future for quite some time.


The weekend was spent in a mad rush looking for any and all possibly missing receipts. The kid who mowed my yards? Yea, I need a receipt for that. Hitting all the Home depots to get copies of all my credit card receipts (possibly I lost some in the wash)? Got em. Combing over every check I cashed (who are these people again?) Did it. Hitting up that AC repair guy who didn't have his receipt book when I paid him? It's time. Thinking of every odds and ends shop or flea market I bought something at. Somebody had to have a receipt.

I came up with about 10 grand of receipts. "Not bad" I thought. It would suck, but with any luck it would all be deductible. Possibly I could could work out some payment structure.


I went to my accountant. After she plugged it all in I still owed over $12,000.00. That was going to be a bummer. How was this possible? I did not live 12,000 dollars better then I had the year previous. She said it had a lot to do with depreciation of my houses. That goes down every year. That and the "Golden Parachute" tax hit me for $15,000.00.

"What "Golden parachute" tax?" I asked.

She explained that is tax I pay on the gains from the hostile takeover.

"What hostile takeover? I said. I have never been part of any hostile takeover out side of the legislature" I explained.

"The one marked in the little box on the screen" she explained. Suddenly a light went on in her head. "You know what?" She said "I bet we just hit the wrong box. Yep. Sure enough we did."

A few clicks later and I am getting about two thousand bucks back.

Can you say mood swing!!

I went from cleaned out and broke to cleaning up and, well, cleaning up.

"I Like the bill. No, really!"

Dan "the man" shares a video on how to be a human lie detector.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Didn't we ban that?

Tom Humphrey's thinks our governor is evolving.


Not so sure we can have that. I think Sen. Bo Watson had a bill to ban evolution or so I keep hearing. What are we to do?

Science! Science! Help us!!! Tell us who or what this is!!!

Well failing a scientist doing any real DNA testing on Bill I guess we will have to go with the thoughts and conjecture of "political scientists".

Lets take a look.

Old school "scientists" may think this is just the way Bill is.
In fact they will say he was always that way. This is just an adaptation of the same old Bill Haslam we have always had. It is nothing new, what you are seeing is just more public view of what he always would have done. This isn't really a change. possibly a slightly newer version of the same thing. He was never confrontational and a non signature is not a slap or a high 5 to either side. This is just a nuance version of a previous model of the governor, but he is still the same old governor. Still the same old Bill.

The new school of thought is this is a brand new governor. This is not the same old Bill we knew and loved. Not the old governor at all. A different model. Something completely different. An evolution. Heck, A REVOLUTION!!
Who is he? What is he? Where did he come from? He is no longer Bill. He needs a new name. Possibly Governor 2.0? or Post erectus governorus? Who knows? And what ever happened to the old governor? Is he dead and gone forever? Can he live for a time as co governor with the new governor? Was it an Alien intervention or alien abduction perhaps?

The world may never know for sure.

All I know is it is somehow different. It may be an evolution or an adaption, either way the world will never be the same and in school we can hear both points of view on the topic. Good and bad. Now that's the revolution.

22 or bust?

There are a few different plans trying to "Fix" our constitution regarding the way we elect/appoint/select judges. Some like the federal type selection, some like direct elections, others like the judicial selection process.

The Kelsey plan (the federal model) to give the governor appointment with legislative approval.

The Norris plan is what ever the legislature decides.

The Ford plan is regional elections of judges.

The thing is, none of the plans at this time have the support to pass. They need 50% legislative vote this year and 2/3 in the next general assembly and passage by the people.

I don't see it happening for any of them. So the question is, What happens then?

Some people think we just go back to what we have been doing. Oh contrair mon frare.

The man with an interesting hand is Sen. Mike Bell. He has the ability to re start the (questionably constitutional) judicial selection process (Also called the Missouri plan) that is currently in place. The Missouri plan is now in "wind down" meaning it will be dead next year. After that, well, who knows. Some say we will go back to direct elections as was the system previous to the Missouri plan being set up. Others think the supreme court will not allow that to happen. That they will somehow twist things around to make it so the status Que remains. They will make the constitution be as they will it. Not as it reads. Something many feel they have a strong history of doing.

Short of one of the plans passing or Bell being over run, we will find out in short order how activist our state supreme court really is.

Fish in a barrel

The crime problem in the UT area is way greater then reported. Partly I expect because criminals know students are unarmed and easy victoms. The reporter sites another issue.

The trend away from "protect and serve" to "hunt and capture" can be seen any usual weekend night when swarms of police can be seen invading bars and slamming possibly intoxicated students to the pavement. However, in Fort Sanders, known as a dangerous place late at night, the occasional police cruiser may pass only if you are extremely lucky, while hundreds of potential victims, especially lone female students, walk home. During this time the majority of the police force is trying to crack down on smokers of marijuana.

The police force in Knoxville needs to stop kidding itself and prioritize. Instead of saying that "the increase (in crime) might be due to better reporting and police work" or "vehicle theft is down this year," how about focusing on the fact that gun homicide increased by 100 percent last year and students are regularly at risk of death by violent criminals? With the price increase for real estate in Fort Sanders and the development of student housing off campus, the area has been left in ruins and is frequented more often by undesirables. The police should focus on keeping the dangerous areas patrolled and safe, and the media should focus on the true problems at hand and not be misled by inaccurate comments from police leadership.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Shutting down charter schools

Legislation to say local schools can limit charter schools number of legal foreign born employees to 3.5% is a cleaver way to shut charter schools down.

First there is a real question as to if we are not breaking title VI anti discrimination laws (Shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nation of origin, etc.). To limit legal employment because an applicant who is legally employable, but foreign born and legally in the country on a legal work visa, seems a clear violation to me.

The 3.5% allowable limit is a ruse in that most charter schools don't employ enough people for 3.5% to equal even one person. Most charter schools are small. Employing 20 to 22 people or less. So you are effectively shutting all foreign born legal employees out of application.

This could quickly cost the charters schools title VI money if the charters are required to give several years of federal education dollars back to the government because they are found to have been discriminating while this measure was in effect.

We are also hurting students. Tennessee is at a huge loss for graduating teachers that specialize in math and physics. Last I heard the number was in the low single digits a year. Many (If not most) foreign born teachers working on a visa are math and science/physics teachers.

By allowing the local schools to put this limit on the charter schools it is a crushing blow to the charter schools. First, you may note that it is a limit that the local schools don't have to put on themselves first.

Next, the locals will hire up the few local qualified math and science teachers leaving little to no qualified teachers for charter schools to compete for. They may even snap up the foreign born visaed math and physics teachers.

Next, the local schools will limit the charter schools ability at being able to employ those same foreign born legal teachers who may specialize in math and science. Who is left for the charters to employ to teach math and science?

Next, they will argue the results of charter schools is not what was expected in Math and science.

Do ya need to wonder why?

I wonder if the KNS is part of the drug free workplace?

The Knoxville News Sentinel has come out against the state drug testing for applicants to get public benefits.

I wonder if the KNS drug tests their job applicants as part of the drug free workplace?

"Let me explain it to you behind this truck son"

The teamsters get their license plate despite some reservations.

Proceeds from sales of the plate would benefit an aid fund for Teamsters members, but the Teamsters’ checkered history fast became the focus of a few GOP legislators. State Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, brought up the past investigations into the union and its leaders, quoting a 1989 DOJ investigation as saying the Teamsters were “a wholly owned subsidiary of organized crime.”

“There have been no other specialty plates granted to organizations with such a questionable past,” Holt asserted.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vote means vote dies in the house

The bill Glenn Casada and I are running saying election means election (as everyone except the supreme court understands) for judges failed in a tie vote in the house. 7 to 7 with a few non votes.

Team bill passes

The bill to modernize the way the state hires, fires and promote employees passed the senate today. Now it will now be more performance based and less seniority based.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bet you weren't expecting that.

The vets are in town to lobby on behalf of a range of animal issues today. One interesting point came out that I bet will throw a lot of people off. They are for the "Horse slaughter" bill.

They say in many cases it is the most humane thing to do for the animal.

Way too funny

On the its so funny its sad department of why we need voter photo ID, A person claimed to be Eric Holder and was offered his ballot.

Parents are important but....

The Jackson Sun come out for, but against a policy that will grade parents on how they are doing in helping their children in education.

Issues such as do the parents show up for parent teacher conferences, do they sign their kids report card, homework, etc.

They seem to think letting parents know that it is important to be a part of their child's education is some way a step too far.

I wonder what they think of my bill tying a parents government benefits to their child's performance and the child staying in school.

I also am running a bill (hopefully this week) that will penalize parents who's kids don't show up for school or skip an inordinate number of days of school. It's tough for teachers to teach kids who don't show up.

We put a lot on teachers, it is time to put some of the responsibility for education where it belongs. On the parents.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Edith Burns

Happy Easter!

Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San Antonio , Texas . She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite
patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way: "Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?" Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw the head nurse, Beverly . Beverly had first met Edith when she was taking her blood pressure.

Edith began by saying, “My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"

Beverly said, "Why yes I do."

Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"

Beverly said, "Well, it's all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up." Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, " Beverly , don't call Edith into the office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.

After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she said, "Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?"

Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're the patient." With a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you're not going to live very long."

Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told me I'm going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You have just
told me that I am going to celebrate Easter forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my ticket!"

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!"

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed through January 3rd. On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be moving her story to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm very near home, so would you make sure that they put women in here next to me in my room who need to know about Easter."

Well, they did just that and women began to come in and share that room with Edith. Many women were saved. Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so excited about Edith, that they started calling her Edith Easter; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.

Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was a "religious nut". She had been a nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times, she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were sick. Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had to go in and give her a shot.

When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her face and said, "Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you."

Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for me, it won't work.. I'm not interested."

Edith said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the family."

Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that will never happen," and curtly walked out of the room.

Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith would say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm praying for you."

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed and Edith said, "I'm so glad you have come, because God told me that today is your special day"

Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody here the question, "Do you believe in Easter but you have never asked me."

Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told me to wait until you asked, and now that you have asked." Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, "Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your heart?"

Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life "Right there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital room, she was carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, "Do you know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why Edith, it's Good Friday."

Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!"

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work, did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop and got some Easter lilies because she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed. That big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14: "In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."

Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down her cheeks, said, "Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"

Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She said, "My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?"

Friday, April 06, 2012

Great read

George Korda Hits a home run in this article saying how atheists have used court costs and intimidation to bully people out of their first amendment rights.

From the article...

What Loudon County is dealing with is:

A. People with too much time on their hands and with nothing much important to do other than attack religion and the religious.

B. The time-honored tactic of raising concerns or reportedly threatening a lawsuit to force acceptable behavior.

If you are an elected official in Tennessee or anywhere else faced with these challenges there are only two reasons to cave in to such demands:

A. You personally don’t want to have invocations at public events or references to religion in your public square, so the complaints are convenient.

B. You’re willing to surrender without a fight First Amendment freedoms actually practiced at the Supreme Court and in the Congress of the United States for more than two centuries.

Just so there’s no confusion, here is the text of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. “

On July 5, 1983, the Supreme Court decided a case titled Marsh vs. Chambers. According to Duke Law, a website of Duke University, “When Dr. Robert Palmer, a Presbyterian minister, was named Chaplain of the Nebraska Legislature, he continued a long tradition of opening legislative sessions with a prayer. State Senator (Ernest Chambers) objected to the prayers, and he filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the prayers violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.”

The case was heard in April 1983. Released three months later, the decision, supported by six court justices, was that the Nebraska legislature’s actions were not unconstitutional.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote, “On September 25, 1789, three days after Congress authorized the appointment of paid chaplains, final agreement was reached on the language of the Bill of Rights. Clearly the men who wrote the First Amendment Religion Clauses did not view paid legislative chaplains and opening prayers as a violation of that Amendment, for the practice of opening sessions with prayer has continued without interruption ever since that early session of Congress (emphasis added).

For more than 200 years – again, from the founding days of the United States - when U.S. Supreme Court members have entered their Washington D.C. courtroom, the marshal announces, “God save the United States and this honorable court.”

George Washington - the father of his country, the first President of the United States and president of the Constitutional Convention which wrote the U.S. Constitution - was unambiguous on the subject of faith and government. Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of Oct. 3, 1798 (as it appears on the Library of Congress’s website) said, in part:

““Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Benjamin Franklin was a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. In a June 28, 1787 speech to the Constitutional Convention, Franklin said this (as found at americanrhetoric.com): “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men… We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel.”

Franklin then asked that prayers be given “imploring the assistance of Heaven” to be held by the convention every morning.

Do these appear to be men who would demand that the word “religion” be stripped from a law officer’s patch? Do the actions of our national institutions since the founding of the country indicate that the wall separating church and state is absolute? Is it possible, given this evidence, that the founders would demand that school boards and county commissions knuckle under to groups like the FFRA and the ACLU?

Abraham Lincoln would have thought otherwise. Eighty-seven years after the birth of the United States, Lincoln, considered by many America’s greatest president, issued a mid-Civil War proclamation on March 30, 1863 calling America to a day of “National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.” Its wording included this:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

The claim that there can be no mixing of government and religion is familiar in the U.S. today. Interestingly, it is the same concept that existed in the former Soviet Union, the late, unlamented communist worker’s paradise.

A website called “In Defence of Marxism” is operated by an organization called the “International Marxist Tendency.” The organization describes itself as follows: “The ideas of the International Marxist Tendency are very clear. We stand for the genuine ideas of Marxism and base ourselves on the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky.”

On its website is an essay called “Religion in the Soviet Union – Part One,” which it says was first published in 1945 by the Workers International News. Within the essay a key sentence describes the effort employed by the Communist Party to excise religion from the life of Soviet Citizens.

“With this objective in view the Soviet State decreed the separation of the Church from the State and freed the educational system from all Church influence.”

This isn’t to say that those in the FFRA and other atheist groups who oppose prayer at public events are all communists. It suggests their world view is in concert with the thinking about religion and government that existed in the Soviet state.

The founders wanted no national church similar to that of Great Britain, the country against which Americans rebelled. If the Constitution reflects the intent of the framers for the operations of government, it is obvious that they meant to have no absolute “wall” existing between faith and government. Otherwise, they would have erected it themselves. They did not.

If you’re an elected official who wants to cower before the FFRA and the ACLU, don’t hide behind your lawyers and use them as an excuse. It’s your decision.

Clearing up some confusion

There seems to be some misunderstanding as to another bill passed last night regarding sex education classes and my classroom protection act (misnamed "Don't say gay") bill.

While the sex ed bill was good in that it better set parameters for the actual sex education classes, it does not replace my classroom protection act bill in that my bill covers all other classroom communication and materials not covered in the sex education class.

The classroom protection act is different in that it would allow for filters to go back on school computers so that very young children would not have wide open access to all sorts of not age appropriate websites or other materials that may be handed out or made available to them. It also would keep teachers from requiring reading or delving into topics not laid out in the sex education classes just because they wanted to.

While what passed last night was good. It is not the end all be all.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

a little bit of a shocker

Rep G.A. Hardaway is staying in the house of reps. Most legislators thought he was a shoe in for the senate and would run in the three way primary with Jimmy Kyle and Beverly Morrerro down in Shelby County.

Moore no more

Democrat Rep. Gary Moore is stepping down at the end of this term.

This could be interesting

Former Rep. Susan Lynn is attempting a comeback against Rep. Lynda Elam.

Susan stepped down from the house to run for the senate when Senator Mae Beavers announced a retirement from the senate two years ago to run for county mayor (only to change her mind and decide to come back to the senate).

Here are some other interesting match ups.

Guns in cars in Reverse

The bill to allow guns to be stored in cars in parking lots looks to be on life support.... At best. Some legislators had concerns about private property rights.

I think it could pass if the bill was backed down to allow private secure lots to retain limiting rights but I am not sure if the will is there to make it happen.

Who's in.

Here is a list of all filed candidates.

The making of a man

Johhny Shaws comments put me in mind of this old story.

God is sitting in heaven when a scientist says to him, "Lord, we don't need
you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of
nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning."

"Oh, is that so? Tell me," replies God.

"Well," says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into your likeness
and breathe life into it, thus creating man."

"Well, that's interesting. Show me."

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.

"Oh no, no, no," interrupts God. "Get your own dirt."

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Quote of the day

"You ever hear the song "All the girls get prettier at closing time"?

Well after hearing about the competition to replace Mike Faulk, Frank Nicley looks gorgeous!"

Lt Governor Ron Ramsey

Putting God in second place.

"We need to stop wearing the righteousness of God on this floor," he said. "This is not the church. I wish we'd stop putting the church where it doesn't belong."

Dem. Rep. Johnny Shaw
Licensed Minister
Pastor, Saint John Missionary Baptist Church

Legal weed draws its last puff

The bill to legalize weed has died for the year. Senate Government Operations committee sent it to the closed health committee.

Now pass the Cheetos.

Sheriff's bill dies

My bill to say the state may limit funds for implementation of federal laws that a committee (made up of by the speaker of by the house and the Lt. Governor) felt were not constitutional died today in the Senate judiciary committee. The bill was aimed at possibly being able to not fund certain laws such as arrest and holding of citizens without trial as is laid out in NDAA.

Those voting for the bill were myself, Senator Mike Bell and Senator Mae Beavers.

Curry has the C

Rep Curry Todd revealed he has a form of slow growth cancer as he tries to force through a mandate on alternative forms of treatment for cancer.

Hutch picks up

Former Knox county sheriff Tim Hutchison has picked up a petition to run for the state house of representatives. Will he turn it in?

Time will tell. Tomorrow at noon is the deadline.

Next up on dancing with the stars...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Indian bill passes!!!

My bill to recognize the tribes that were recognized by the Indian affairs commission passed out of the senate state and local committee today.

It was awesome!!

The vote came down to a 4-4 tie and the Lt. governor walked in to the back of the room and broke the tie allowing the native Americans to be recognized.

The Lt governor came into my office later and commented how he has only broken a tie twice. Both times were for my bills. The first was the changing the definition of judicial election bill (back to election means election not a retention vote) and now this bill.

I love it!

Monday, April 02, 2012

On being a delegate. From cutesy to oopsie.

As you may have heard, the day before the SEC seated the delegates for the convention, the Gingrich campaign sent a blast to the media and the SEC requesting I not be seated as a delegate for Newt. This is really sort of a dumb move on their part. As I said long ago, I like Newt. I still do. I think he is the smartest person in the race. I thought the same thing when I said conservatives need to back Rick Santorum so someone could stop the Romney express on super Tuesday.

Turns out I was right.

Election results show Newt was too far down in Tennessee and he would only have been a spoiler possibly ending the race weeks ago. Since Santorum won, it broke Super Tuesday up and allowed the race to continue. Possibly even to a convention where Newt could be in back in play.

After the election someone from the Gingrich campaign called me and asked if I would be willing to step aside as a delegate for Newt. At the time it would not have been that big a deal for me to do it. Santorum had already asked me to be a delegate for him so either way I would have gone to the convention. I was open to the idea.

The only issue was media reports had said if I did step down Newt would have lost the delegate all together. No replacement was allowed. No good would have come of that. I had already said I was committed to Newt for the first two rounds and if he was in play I would happily still supported him after that.

I relayed my concerns to the person from the Newt campaign and they said they would check into it and get back to me.

They never did.

Instead of playing it straight up and doing the work of a few phone calls a few weeks ago, The night before the SEC set the delegates for the campaigns, the Gingrich campaign decided to play cutesy and sent out a media blast asking the SEC not to seat me. By that time all the Santorum delegates were set.

The Gingrich campaign waited so long to do anything it would have left me nowhere to go (I guess this was the plan). They then made it worse by going public instead of talking to me about it one on one. They attacked me and mislead people about what I had said. It would have been a pretty good political "gotcha" except for one thing. The SEC came out and said while it might be possible to replace me without losing the delegate (in contrast to previous understanding) it was completely up to me. Not them.

Oopsie. Not a good way to ingratiate yourself to the one person who can help you.

Even though they decided to go down that road I still tried to accommodate them. Even though I figured it was too late, I put forward the effort. I was on the phone until 1:30 in the morning talking with the Santorum people trying to make things so we could do it. I was right. It was too late.

As the saying goes, "If you are going to swing at the king, You better kill him. Because if you don't...."

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Breaking! Bredesen to run against Corker!

Last night was the Knox county Lincoln Day dinner at Rothschild's. Guest host was US Senator Bob Corker. He gave the usual rah rah speech but the real fire works happened after the dinner. As Corker was leaving the grand ballroom who happened to be coming out of an adjoining ballroom? Former Democrat Governor Phil Bredesen. The former governor was in town to kick of a local prom being held in the same reception facility.

As the two passed, pleasantries were exchanged. Corker thanked the former governor for his service and asked him what he had been up to. The former governor talked briefly about some quasi governmental solar project but then mentioned something about wanting to get back into elected government service to help the president fix government run health care.

Corker looked dismayed and quickly excused himself and walked away.

Could this mean a run for federal office? There is only one election coming up for federal office and the filing deadline is a few days away. That office?

US Senator. The office currently being held by Bob Corker.

Is this the big surprise Democrats have been talking about the last month or so for Republicans?


The few reporters at the event chased after Corker who did not look eager to respond to questions raised by this bomb shell. They caught up to him at the door of his car as he was trying to get away. Corker said he did not want to respond to any questions and pulled the door closed. As the car started to pull away one reporter pulled the car door back open but was knocked down by the car as it pivoted out of the parking space.

With the door open and the reporter on the ground the reporter reached up and pulled on Corkers leg (Just like I am pulling on yours) but he got away.

Were gonna cry, cry, cry.

The Democrats are crying. Not because their bills and amendments are not getting heard or voted on as was the norm when they were in control. But because their bills and amendments are not passing. Sorry, your left agenda is not going to just sail through as it has in the past.

Were number 1! Were number 1!

Knoxville is number one city in the nation for allergies scoring a perfect 100%. Lets not blame that all on the dogwoods OK?