If the dollar has little value, then donate a few.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thought of the day.

How can you scream a photo ID to vote must be completely free or its not constitutional yet think a fee of hundreds of dollars for a carry permit is constitutional?


Friday, September 28, 2012

I need to get one of these.

Word for the day


Republifobe (ADV)-

When you support the free market, personal responsibility, the family and the constitution but still vote Democrat for fear your friends might think you are a Republican.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Funny like that

The Tennessee attorney general has opined that the state would be OK if they charged hundreds of dollars in fees and required testing  for a photo ID  to vote even though it is not a constitutionally protected right.

 Whoops! 

I was wrong on that.

In fact he said the opposite.

 He said over and over it would be an unlawful impediment to people exercising their voting privilege granted by the state and he would not defend us in court if the state charged a penny for that ID.

But he did reverse that thinking when he respond to my questions and  say it is OK for the state  if they charged hundreds of dollars in fees and required testing for someone to exercise their second amendment constitutionally protected right.  That sort of infringement he could get behind and defend .

Maryville Tennessee judge has already ruled and made statements that "There is no economic sliding scale for the right to engage in constitutionally protected activities.".  I wonder if there is any gun owner from that area who would like to put the AGs opinion to the test.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lets put those legal boys to work

I do this blog for fun but I have put in some legal things to protect my writings. This disclaimer is at the bottom of all pages on this blog.

"Please note. The statements listed above are the opinion of the noted writer of the above or listed document. The information should be construed as open opinion and information contained in this document represents opinion or facts to the best of the writers knowledge and should not be viewed as permanent certified facts but as the way the information is interpreted by the opinion of the author. Any and all information, statements, comments and opinions are the sole property of the author. Absolutely no duplication or distribution in any form outside of the exclusive on line media community is allowed without expressed written permission of the author. On line media distribution or duplication must credit and link to this website where possible. "

It seems some people not of the exclusive on line media community are now trying to profit from what I say on here without my permission. That is a fast way to end up in court.

Possibly I should charge for my writings....or do a book.



Skin in the game

John Jay Hooker posts the latest list of conflicts between the governors chosen judge and the governor, regarding the judicial selection process where the governor is the defendant.   

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I dont care who you are...

Thats funny!

Yea, I rock!

The Knoxville chapter of Tennessee Right to life had a bowling tournament on Sunday. I hit my all time high score  139!!

My big book deal

This isn't aimed at any one in particular because I   have seen it happen over and over in both state and local politics.  I never seem to be able to comprehend why so many former local politicos think they can wright books on their time in office that people would want to buy.

Why any one would pay to publish or read about them or somewhat recent history is beyond me. I mean come on. In most cases the politician went around door to door begging in the hopes that 10% of the population would go to the bother of pushing a button for their opinion. Many spent money running for office to give people their opinion. Most would probably do it for free. Who would want to pay to hear about it now that they aren't even in office?

 Close friends and family members may begrudgingly buy one book out of charity but thats about it. If the people really wanted to hear something from you they could probably just call you up and ask you. Its not like you are hidden away at some mysterious secret island bunker where no one can contact you.

If you had a thought or opinion on a key issue, you probably already shared it on your facebook or blog where people can read for free. If you were in office during a controversial issue or were part of a scandal we probably already read about it 50 times in the local papers to the point that it is no longer interesting.

If it wasn't even interesting enough to put on one of those places for free or low cost why do you think people would suddenly want to pay to hear about it from you again now?
  
Are people really still clamoring for interviews to find out about your inner most hidden thoughts on the issues of the day or your 15 minutes in office? I doubt it. 



........Hey, that give me an idea for a book..............

Like peas and carrots. Only better.

Some things just naturally go together. Peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, politicians and baloney.

Several local state politicians (Myself included) will be  hosting a free bologna cutting today from 11:30 till 1:00 at the Powell Auctions warehouse behind the Walmart  on Clinton Highway. The actual street address is 6729 Pleasant Ridge Road. Here is a map if you need one.

These are always great events for you if you like to talk politics and eat free bologna sandwiches, Moon pies and drink RC Cola.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Please tell us, because...

Trust in the media is at 8%. The lowest ever. Sadly, its actually big news when a foreign commentator asks a hard specific question of the president. People want to trust the media but with the 24 news push it has slipped from the tough questions to the gotcha of the day, identity politics or deep history digs and assumptions. Lets talk issues and results.

Its not in what state they were born......It's how they will vote  if they get in office.

Its not who their parents were ......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not where they went to school......It's how they will vote  if they get in office.

 Its not their grades in school......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what their friends think......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not where they vacation......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what sport they did, do or watch......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not if they like dogs or cats......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what they drive or where they park it......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what they spend their money on......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not how much money they have ......It's how they will vote if they get in office.  

Its not where they live ......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not their skin color......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not their church......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not their spouse......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what they think of the horticulture......It's how they will vote if you get in office.

Its not the tingle you feels when they speak......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not if you want to have a beer with them......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not their tax rate......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not the latest poll......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not their spelling (thank God)......It's how they will vote if they get in office.  

Its not if they know the exact price of milk......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what they think of the latest gaff of the day ......It's how they will vote if they get in office.

Its not what they want the end result to be......It's how they will vote if you get in office.


Please tell us. Please ask specific questions, Please tell us how they would differ from their opponent on those votes. It shouldn't be news when someone asks those type questions.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

John Jay on "The big lie"

John Jay Hooker gives the governor and the bar the business on what he calls "The big lie" of judicial selection.

"Unbelievably, the Tennessee Bar Association, many of the biggest law firms in Tennessee, and lobbying organizations such as Tennesseans for Fair and Impartial Courts, all claim the statute is constitutional, because they want judges to be appointed by the governor.




In furtherance of the “Big Lie,” Gov. Bill Haslam appointed as special judges former Chief Justice William Barker and former Supreme Court Justice George Brown, who were both on the board of Tennesseans for Fair and Impartial Courts, and thus obviously not impartial. Furthermore, these judges cannot preside without the consent of all the parties, which was never given.



Astonishingly, on Sept. 8, Gov. Haslam stated that the disqualification of these judges was unnecessary, even though these judges admitted their “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” Apparently, Haslam’s claim is simply a part of the cover-up that he and other high governmental officials in all three branches, with the cooperation of the office of the attorney general, are orchestrating on behalf of the special-interest groups who want Supreme Court and other appellate judges appointed by the governor as opposed to being elected by qualified voters as the constitution requires."



2A on campus

The push to allow second amendment rights on college campuses is now up to 5 states. The Wall Street Journal has more on the growing safety trend.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Drew Johnson supports Chip Forester

Drew Johnson give his reasons for supporting Chip Forester as a Democrat leader.

"More text books, less sex books"

As hoped, my bill about not teaching anything other then natural reproduction to young children in school classrooms  ("The classroom protection act") is starting to gain support nation wide.

In Missouri a similar bill has been filed by Steve Cookson and has over 20 co sponsors. Of course his goes farther then mine does as it seems to cover all grades and all activities. His reads

"This bill prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in

public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity

except in scientific instruction on human reproduction."


Interesting.

 I read a few of the media reports and they all seem like a retread of the same attacks used on my bill. They call it the same name "Don't say gay" they say "You are making our state a national laughing stock on late night television!!" and  "He must be a closet gay"  yada, yada, yada.

Its good to see I'm not the only one willing to stand up to the gaystapo.

Caught on video.

Dan "the man" Andrews  catches me at an early meeting at a local landmark. Watch out Dan, if you keep that up you might ruin my reputation.




Wrights Cafeteria, the local for the meeting is about to have its 50th anniversary celebration. Owner David Wright was able to sit down with us and talk the history of his landmark for a few minutes when he wasn't prepping his famous meatloaf.. It was quite interesting.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Big parties.

This time of year it gets hectic and fun if you are in or around the political scene. There have been a bunch of big events going on all around Knoxville in just the last few days. Last night was the POETS meeting (a gathering of a group of TEA party  type folks in Knoxville)  I was the guest speaker.

Then there were two big fundraisers,  John Reagan had one with the Governor, Beth Harwell and Barry Goldwater JR . While I didn't make it I hear there were well over 300 people at it and it was a huge success.

After talking at the POETS meeting, I slid into the Steve Hall fundraiser at former councilman Joe Baileys house. The Governor and Beth showed up while I was there but  when I showed up it was already rocking. Some people I talked to told me that it was even busier before I got there but I don't know how that was possible or  where they could have put more people.  While Joe has a beautiful large home it was packed . I should have known  it was full when there were police directing traffic just to park.

Good event.

Today, there is an event for Gary Loe at Club LeConte starting at 11 (I think). Big Jim Haslam is putting it on. That should be another good one.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

By the numbers.

As many people know The Tennessee legislature passed my bill for drug testing of govt benefits this last year. I just received from a reader some of the latest info on drug abuse in the workplace and thought I would share it here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My hero.

My mom talks on the local news about some of her volunteer work in NYC after 9-11.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sorry Memphis

I was right.  The city of Memphis/ Memphis PD is wrong (I know, a real shocker). As I recalled, you cant destroy the guns purchased in a gun buy program as the city wants to do. They have to be re sold to a licensed gun dealer.

Someone should alert them. I would hate to see our law enforcement in violation of the law.

Figures lie.

Ah, CNN. I always know I can count on you to misrepresent polling numbers. I have said all along the presidential race is not going to be close. It is going to be Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter II type of beat down. I knew the polling numbers we keep hearing had to be off big time.

Now one report shows how they do it and says what I have been saying all along. With a proper representation of likely voters in the polling, It wont be close.

I dont think they can do that any more.

OK gunnies, The city of Memphis is doing a gun buy program (Its not really a gun buy back program as they like to call it, as to buy something back, they had to own it in the first place)

But the point of this post is that the city is saying they intend on destroying the guns they buy.

From the Commercial appeal article.

"We're doing everything we can to get guns off the streets," said Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong.
The guns will be taken on a "no questions asked" basis and will be destroyed. The weapons will not be tested or inspected to determine if they were used in a crime, according to police department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph"

 I may be wrong but didn't we change the law to say they have to resell the guns now?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Oh yea, that too.

One more, we also lowered the unemployment tax.

Yep, were number one.

Andy Sher gives us the good news from Justin Wilson that Tennessee's debt went DOWN in this slow economy.

So lets see, since Republicans have taken over in a bad economy Tennessee has:

Cut spending.

Cut the sales tax on food.

Killed  the death tax.

Increased our bond rating.

Cut the Hall income tax.

Fully funded the BEP education formula.

Balanced the budget.

Had students test scores go up

And now decreased debt.

Reagan used to talk about the "shining city on the hill" I think Tennessee is turning into  "The shining state on the hill."

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Voter suppression

It is funny to me how we hear so much about "voter suppression" when we passed voter photo ID. We have had 2 state wide elections now. I stand ready to get the list of people who were not allowed to vote because of the law we passed.

So far, the number turned over has added up to 0.

On the other hand, when legislation comes up to keep from voting for judges (as the constitution requires)  the same people go silent.

When legislation comes up to limit who can run for office (putting standards higher then are required for president)  the same people go silent.

When legislation comes up to take away the peoples right to vote on their county constitutional officers (sheriff, property assessor, county trustee, etc.) the same people go silent.

How many voters have been disenfranchised from those changes?

Millions.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Why not look north?

As the Gov flies to the Far East to look to cement ties with foreign companies he might want to think about a stop off on the way home in the North East to try and pull a few bigger employers out of there. It seems Colt is not too happy with some new gun laws in NY and may be looking to move.

Tennessee already has a rich gun history with Ronnie Barrett of Barrett manufacturing and John Browning (Of Browning Rifle fame) who also has strong Tennessee ties.

Those are good jobs too.

Face time

Gun guy (and hubby of former State Rep. Donna Barrett) Ronnie barrett is featured in this months Murfreesboro Magazine http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=471298786236755&set=a.381179841915317.97873.377173808982587&type=1

Because voter fraud never happens.

Except when its done by wonder woman, or those other people.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Clayton's hidden distruction of Democrats

As many people know US Senate candidate Mark Clayton will be on the top of the state ticket for Democrats in the November elections. The Dems made a big stink about him being a member of a "Hate group" but chickened out of removing him from the top of the ticket and it could come back to bite them. BAD!

If the Dem state party were smart (They aren't) they would not have said a thing. Clayton would have gone up against Corker and it would all be over. No fuss, No muss. Instead, they made a big stink. They drove the conservative pro life, pro family Democrats out of the party and made it so the liberal, pro abortion, pro homosexual marriage Democrats won't vote for their parties nominee either.


This is good news for Republicans and could end up hurting Democrats for 8 years or more.

"What?, Eight years? No way he is one and done!" you say.

Wrong.

Win or lose Mark Clayton could have an effect on Democrat elections across the state for at least 8 years!

You see, something special is going on in this election. Something that has never happened before. Third party candidates will be allowed on the ballot as state wide candidates for the first time. If one of them  hits the 5% vote threshold, their party candidates will be named and allowed on the ballot in ALL elections for the next 8 YEARS!

So lets just for fun say liberal Democrats refuse to vote for a candidate they say was a member of a "hate group". Where are they going to go? Republican Bob Corker? I doubt it.

They will probably vote for the green party candidate Martin Pleasant . If my fellow Knox county gets over 5% (a very real possibility) then the green party will be on all future ballots at all levels sucking votes off every Democrat candidate for 8 years.

Lets just say the greens get at least 2-3% in all those future elections for 8 years. Many elections are won and lost by slimmer margins. (Can you say Ralph Nader in Florida?) This one race could end up costing Democrats close elections for years!

Tennessee Democrats are about to go into a super minority hole that most people think will take at least a decade to climb out of. If the Green Party gets a foot hold it could be deeper and longer.

Now, Who still thinks it was a bad idea to stick up for Mark Clayton and say he is a pro life, pro family Democrat?

Missed it.

As I said in a previous post, I cant watch the Democrat nomination speeches if I want to get a good nights sleep. I awoke early and read a few reviews. I have a few questions.

When Clinton spoke, he supposedly attacked Republicans on about every issue under the sun. Did he give a good definition of "Legitimate rape" to for Todd Akin and Juanita Broaddrick?

There was supposedly a floor fight late in the night about putting how Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and putting God back in the party platform.



The chairman looks clearly flummoxed on what to do. It sounds to me like the "No's" clearly won it much less the "Aye's" getting 2/3.  Will this floor fight be reported for days like the much smaller Ron Paul delegate floor fight was reported ad nauseum for the Republican convention?




Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Did you ever notice...

I keep hearing in the media about how Republicans have a huge gender gap with woman yet the polls show the presidential race almost dead even.

For this to be true, wouldn't the Democrats have to have an equally huge gender gap on the other side of the coin?

I never seem to hear about how Democrats have a huge gender gap among men.

Of course after the way the MSM shut out showing how so much of the Republican convention was lead by Latinos (A group that is more elected by Republicans then Democrats) and females I guess nothing they do/say report or cover up surprises me any more.

I have gotten so I find it hard to listen to the Democrat talking points any longer. Last night (After repeated haranguing) I agreed to watch the Democrat convention until the first out and out lie. Not an opinion, not a point of view but a lie. It took all of about 30 seconds. About 10 seconds in I was yelling at the TV and then the person talking started saying how Romney said he wanted to fire teachers and police officers or fire fighters (I honestly cant recall witch one he said)  I got so mad I had to shut it off.

After the over blown reaction by the hair splitting police because Paul Ryan said a factory had closed (when in reality there was just no one working there any more) I figure this would be all over the news. So far, not much coverage.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Democrat Convention Update

In a late move to try and excite his base, President Barack Obama has changed the traditional closing ceremony finally. Instead of dropping confetti and balloons to cap the event, the DNC has decided to drop food stamps and condoms.

More updates as they become public.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Democrat convention lineup.

2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule -- Charlotte , N.C.

4:00 PM – Opening Flag Burning Ceremony – sponsored by CNN

4:05 PM – Singing of "God D... America " led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright

4:10 PM – Pledge of Allegiance to Obama



4:15 PM – Ceremonial 'I hate America' led by Michelle Obama

4:30 PM – Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you travel the world” – Hillary Clinton

4:45 PM –Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar “How to have a successful career without having a job.”



5:00 PM – “Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime Travel Log” - Michelle Obama

5:30 PM – Eliot Spitzer Speaks on "Family Values" via Satellite

5:45 PM – Tribute to All 57 States – Nancy Pelosi



6:00 PM – Sen. Harry Reid - 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat’s appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify the country, improve employment and to boost the economy.



8:30 PM – Airing of Grievances by the Clintons

9:00 PM – “Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you” Tutorial – sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times



9:15 PM – Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO – Michael Moore

9:45 PM – Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangle

10:00 PM – Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers

10:15 PM - Bill Clinton explains "Legitimate rape" for Todd Akin and Juanita Broaddrick.

10:30 PM – Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ & Afghanistan

11:00 PM – Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies

11:15 PM – Free Gov. Blagovich rally

11:30 PM – Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards

11:45 PM – Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish – Obama Presiding

12:00 AM – Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris “He sends a thrill up my leg” Matthews



12:01 AM – Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior

12:04.58 AM - Obama recites accomplishments from 4 years in office.

12:05 AM – Celestial Choirs Sing

3:00 AM – Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech

...

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Diversity starts at home.

Democrats are saying legislators need to go to diversity training after Jim Summerville said he "Didn't give a rats @ss what the black caucus thinks" and I said we should not listen to racial segregationists.

I agree. All those legislators who are in a caucus that openly segregate themselves based on race and refuse full membership to their caucus solely based on a persons skin color should learn that diversity is good. It is needed.

Classes for those members might help.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Convention notes Part III

The final day...

Everyone was signing the sign that said Tennessee. The floor was packed from almost the get go.

Speeches...

Seeing Newt a few days earlier I was hoping he might get a talking spot. I was told he was being shut out, but he was given a spot on the closing night. He split his time talking with his wife Calista on stage. I have no idea why she was up there in the first place but Newt looked like he would be flat, with or without her.

CLINT EASTWOOD!!!!!!

The crowd was jacked that he was going to be the special guest! I love his old (and newer) movies.

Most of the convention seemed scripted to the final words and with all the great movie lines Clint has had a blind monkey could have typed out a great speech.

Clearly the monkeys were busy, because Clint was a mess.

I'm sorry to say. Clint was a disaster. I am sure you could pull a sound bite or two out of what he said and try to spin it as great (As many a radio host or fan have already done) but when listened to it in the full context with out editing it was sad. Sort of like listening to Grandpa Simpson on "The Simpson's".

Disjointed, wondering, he got lost at points, he jumped topics, who knows what that chair was all about and he looked like he didn't even comb his hair (It was sticking up all over in a BAD way). His family or friends should not have let him do that. I don't think he ever said "I am voting for Mitt" or even "Vote for Mitt". More just that someone who wasn't getting the job done had to go. I feared someone might have to come up and pull him off stage at the end but luckily he ended it.

  That was painful.

My pre season pick for VP (Marco Rubio) did a great job pulling the train back up on the tracks with his story about his father and bringing it back around to the economy as a lead up to the highlight (Mitt). I would say Rubio was the top speaker of the evening.

Mitt did a good job last night. Probably one of the best times I have heard him speak since his concession speech 4 years ago. (I am sure it was his finally getting to shake my hand as he walked to the podium that amped him up). Previous to his coming up he had 2 families speak about the human side of the things he has done as well as others who talked about how Bain saved and created jobs. I think that really helped soften his image and clear up the Bain questions (Areas they wanted to polish). While he did good and was the headliner I don't think he was or is the best speaker.

Not even for the night.

Rubio was better that night  and Mitt would fall in about 4th or 5th for the convention if I were ranking them. Still a good showing and he did what he needed to do.

After it was all over the balloons came down and everyone headed for the doors.

Overall, I would say it was a good pep rally/convention. A lot of the questions about Mitt were answered and or smoothed over as I am sure was one of their top goals.

It was clear by the speaker line up the party was reaching out to Latinos and females. Almost every speaker also hit on "You didn't build that". Expect that to be a reoccurring theme in the weeks and months to come.