Sunday, December 30, 2012

Poor Al Gore.

Shock of shocks, green energy and the government subsidies that propped them up have been a terrible investment. Not just for the government but also the private  investor.

  from the Wall Street Journal......

This week brought further embarrassment for a Kleiner-backed and taxpayer-subsidized project called Fisker Automotive. In an interview with Delaware's News Journal, the head of the state's economic development office, Alan Levin, discussed the $21.5 million that was provided by the state in return for a Fisker promise to build green cars there. "All we want are the jobs or our money back," Mr. Levin told the newspaper......
........And what appeared to be a true success earlier this year is looking, well, less so. On Wednesday the Journal pronounced Enphase Energy,  a Kleiner-backed company that went public in March, the worst IPO of the year. Shareholders who bought at the opening lost about half their money in nine months. The shares of Kleiner-backed Amyris Inc., a biomass company, have lost more than 80% of their value since the firm's 2010 IPO.
VentureSource counts more than 60 companies engaged in "clean tech" that have received investments from Kleiner Perkins. Kleiner calls its environmental investments "greentech" and says that among the green firms receiving Kleiner equity investments, three have been acquired or merged into other companies. The assets of another company were sold. But since Mr. Gore joined up in 2007, Enphase and Amyris are the only two Kleiner green companies to go public, and their performance doesn't leave investors begging for more.
Their rough ride might be among the reasons that another green energy firm,SolarCitySCTY +2.48% offered shares at its recent public debut about 40% below the expected price. Yuliya Chernova of Dow Jones VentureWire reports that "solar investors lost massive amounts of money over the past two years by betting on manufacturers that overbuilt factories and saw prices for their products fall." She quotes a fund manager who notes that "there aren't a lot of people going to investment committees saying, 'This one is different.'"



The year in review.

To have a positive look forward to the next year first we must be willing to do an honest assessment of the past year.

Phrase of the year - "Super duper majority"

Word of the year- "Maggartized"

Good numbers of the year -"26 and 70" the size of the super duper majorities.

Bad numbers of the year - "0" as in the amount of change we got at the federal level.

Politician of the year- That's an easy one. Mark Clayton. Who else has sparked more controversy and turned their own party upside down more? In the end, he proved to be the bug his entire party could not crush much to their chagrin.

Tumble of the year- Scott Deejarleigh. OK. I may never get the spelling of his name down but one thing is for sure his political stock went down when his divorce proceedings came out.

News story of the year- Obamacare. The fact that no one was ever given any solid information left everyone guessing on what was the best thing to do and what would be the impact.

Non news story of the year- Wine in grocery stores. Seldom has so much been said and reported about something that had so little to no chance of actual movement.

Over reaction of the year- Guns in parking lots. Not that it was an impossible issue, it just needed more polishing. The reaction/over reaction by the TFA/NRA could send vibrations through the
legislature for years.

Personal political highlight- passing drug testing for government benefits.






Quote of the year?

"Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is, if you disagree with someone's lifestyle you  either fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."

Missing it.

I have been watching more TV then usual this last week being snowed in in upstate New York at my moms house. One thing I have noticed is a dirth of TV shows with a positive message. Yes, there were lots of shows with killing, sex, rape, perversion, etc. but  those almost all had a negative ending. Yes they would get the killer but there was not much in the way of a positive message other then don't get caught.

Two of the few exceptions I have found have been shows on some of the not as main stream networks and have been shows I have for some reason stumbled upon and have liked for the last few years.

 One is "Gold Rush Alaska" where real miner work long hours in extreme conditions with sketchy equipment in a quest for gold. It to me was a great show, not because it was exciting or glamorous or thrilling or I really am intrigued by gold mining in Alaska, but really more because it was a lot like real life. In the first season it was a lot of work and not a lot of reward. In reality, that was about  all the entire first season was. But you know what was my favorite part? They all kept faith. They all kept working hard at a non glamorous job. a job many would probably find a form of drudgery. They kept on praying and now good things are started to break their way.

The second show is "Duck Dynasty". No it's not a show about the latest Chinese restaurant. It's about a family that owns a hunting supply store. Yes, it is a sort of campy fun but it almost always ends  with a positive pro family message. I have seen a few videos on you tube where the leads talk about their family and their faith. Are they perfect? No. But they have a positive message that resonates with people and that many people are searching for.

The more I read about both these shows the more I think they are on to something. They are both the networks top rated shows. Their numbers keep going up and up and up.  Yes, there may be 50 murder investigation shows on the tube right now but the trend may be turning and I for one would love to see it. We are in need. If we can do shows with huge explosions and gun battles just think how much easier it would be to produce something about the battles we all face day after day.

Ah well, that's just my rant and suggestion for the day if you are stuck inside and surfing.

Teachers line up for gun training

Teachers are lining up (in states that allow them the freedom to carry) to get the proper traing and background checks needed.


More than 200 teachers flocked to the training class in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City. Raye Ann Blauer, a kindergarten teacher, told FOX 13 she is considering using her permit to carry a firearm at school.
“[A]fter everything that happened in Connecticut, I want to be aware of how I can help in the classroom and protect my kids and whatnot. Be aware,” Blauer said. “I think it’s really smart. Especially with everything that’s happened lately.”
English teacher Kevin Leatherbarrow holds a license to carry a concealed weapon and doesn't see anything wrong with arming teachers in the aftermath of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.
"We're sitting ducks," said Leatherbarrow, who works at a Utah charter school. "You don't have a chance in hell. You're dead -- no ifs, ands or buts."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/28/teachers-in-utah-ohio-get-free-gun-training/#ixzz2GVWO0a2s

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joke of the week (Chicago gun control edition)


The Afghan Quarterback 

The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan . In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.

KABOOM!

He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.

KA-BLOOEY!

Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.

BULLS-EYE!

"I've got to get this guy!" Coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.

The young Afghan is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you, the old woman says."You are not my son!"

"I don't think you understand, Mother," the young man pleads. "I've won the greatest sporting event in the world. I'm here among thousands of my adoring fans."

"No! Let me tell you!" his mother retorts. "At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last 
week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!" The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says,

"I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago !!!!

Sexual discrimination in TN Democrat party.

When there is a question on if there is a problem in a body the person who may see it first  is a member of that body.

State  Rep. Sherry Jones is suspending her campaign to become the state party chair. The reason? According to her it is because the party is not accepting of women in positions of power.   From the Michael Cass / Tennessean article.

"State Rep. Sherry Jones, who considered running, told The Tennessean earlier Friday that she probably wouldn’t seek the position. Jones said she has “too much going on” and that she doesn’t think a woman can win the post right now."


Really? Why is that? Don't Democrats see woman as equals capable of doing good work?  I am sorry to see another example of this.  Democrats need to learn to look past race and sex if we are ever going to climb the Ladder of equality as a society.

New millions for mental health.

As we look at the most recent mass shootings, one issue is common thread among them.

No, it's not just a gun was used.

 It is the shooter had huge mental problems.

 I have tried to advocate for the needs of mental health where possible. When the knoxville Lakeshore facility was closing I tried to study the issue and the proposal. In the end I saw that the proposal was a good one. The facility was not cost efficient, the facility was too large, old and in need of repair to efficiently serve the few actual patients that it had in full time services, all the money that was going to keep the facility open was going to stay in East Tennessee in mental health  and the people who were in long term care were not going to be turned out onto the streets but were instead going to be transferred to other, more efficient facilities.

Now I see a new opportunity to help mental health in East Tennessee. The land that lakeshore was on is prime real estate. Large, mostly cleared property on the water in a populated, high end area of town.

Worth tens of millions of dollars if sold properly.

Those last three words are key.

The state owns the land but the city has the right of first refusal on any sale. There in lies the rub. The state can offer to  "sell" the land to the city and the city can decide to buy it for a dollar. If that were done, I suspect the city will build another public park monument to some sitting official looking for some personal legacy.

Or

The state can decide to subdivide up the property in a way that will fetch the highest and best value, offer it up for public bid. If a walking trail or dog park is so key, that can be put into a contract as part of a private sale. The highest bids will be taken and the property will be offered to the city at that price. The city may take it but with public dollars being at a premium I doubt that will happen. The public sale will bring in probably tens of millions of dollars to the state and the local will have property on the tax rolls that will bring in millions for years to come.

All money that can go into mental health in East Tennessee.

If helping the mentally ill is really a priority and not just a talking point (while really seeking personal glory)  the choice is clear.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thought of the day.

Trying to explain why we are at the fiscal cliff to someone who doesn't understand the parties have dramatically different ideologies  is almost impossible.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Death by Haslam

It seems a bunch of people.......scratch that. It seems democrats are starting to push Craig Fitshugh into running for governor. I keep thinking about that old skit where the general asks for one volunteer to step forward for a suicide mission. The entire line steps back one step except one newby who doesn't know the trick and is left looking like a volunteer.

I guess a "Death by Haslam"  is one way for him to go out. One other positive thing out of that will most likely be one more  Republican seat in the house in two years.

Fact of the day.

Every single mass shooting since 1950 (save one)  has happened in a "gun free zone".

Thought of the day.



Whenever I listen to Geraldo Rivera I quickly remember why he is known more for his mustache then his mind.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Perry for it, Haslam open to it

According to politico Governor Rick Perry is for allowing teachers to carry guns and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is now open  to the idea. Multiple other states already allow carry in schools.

In Michigan, it is legal to carry a pistol in schools — as long as the weapon isn’t concealed. Patterson pointed out several school districts in Texas have armed police forces. And Utah, Oregon and New Hampshire already allow concealed carry in schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Monday, December 24, 2012

My fav x-mas song.

Quote of the day


"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting         
the government take care of him--- better take a closer look at the
American Indian." 


                                             ~ Henry Ford ~

Joke of the week (lawyers kid and Santa.)


        Dear Santa,

            How are you? How is Mrs. Claus? I hope everyone, from the reindeer to the elves, is fine. I have been a very good boy this year. I would like an X-Box 360 with Call of Duty IV and an iPhone 4 for Christmas. I hope you remember that come Christmas Day.

            Merry Christmas,

            Timmy Jones



            Dear Timmy,

            Thank you for you letter. Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and the elves are all fine and thank you for asking about them. Santa is a little worried all the time you spend playing video games and texting. Santa wouldn't want you to get fat. Since you have indeed been a good boy, I think I'll bring you something you can go outside and play with.

            Merry Christmas,

            Santa Claus



            Mr. Claus,

            Seeing that I have fulfilled the "naughty vs. nice" contract, set by you I might add, I feel confident that you can see your way clear to granting me what I have asked for. I certainly wouldn't want to turn this joyous season into one of litigation. Also, don't you think that a jibe at my weight coming from an overweight man who goes out once a year is a bit trite?

            Respectfully,

            Tim Jones



            Mr. Jones,

            While I have acknowledged you have met the "nice" criteria, need I remind you that your Christmas list is a request and in no way is it a guarantee of services provided. Should you wish to pursue legal action, well that is your right. Please know, however, that my attorney's have been on retainer ever since the Burgermeister Meisterburger incident and will be more than happy to take you on in open court. Additionally, the exercise I alluded to will not only improve your health, but also improve you social skills and potentially help clear up a complexion that looks like the bottom of the Burger King fry bin most days.

            Very Truly Yours,


            S Claus




            Now look here Fat Man,

            I told you what I want and I expect you to bring it. I was attempting to be polite about this but you brought my looks and my friends into this. Now you just be disrespecting me. I'm about to tweet my boys and we're gonna be waiting for your fat ass and I'm taking my game console, my game, my phone, and whatever else I want. WHAT EVER I WANT, MAN!

            T-Bone




            Listen Pizza Face,

            Seriously??? You think a dude that breaks into every house in the world on one night and never gets caught sweats a skinny g-banger wannabe? "He sees you when you're sleeping; He knows when you're awake". Sound familiar, genius? You know what kind of resources I have at my disposal. I got your sh*t wired, Jack. I go all around the world and see ways to hurt people that if I described them right now, you'd throw up your Totino's pizza roll all over the carpet of your mom's basement. You're not getting what you asked for, but I'm still stopping by your crib to stomp a mud hole in your a** and then walk it dry. Chew on that, Petunia.



            S Clizzy



            Dear Santa,

            Bring me whatever you see fit. I'll appreciate anything.

            Timmy



            Timmy,

            That's what I thought you little son of a lawyer.

            Santa


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas wish list

In no particular order,

1. For  Beth Harwell- Wonder Women's  lasso to Rangel the more conservative house into one that will do her bidding.

2. For Ron Ramsey- A new goal of 28 or better.

3. For Tom Humphrey- an ink ribbon for his new fangled typerwrighter.

4. Mike Turner- a mega phone to make sure his voice gets heard  all the way to his backup.

5. For  Tom  "the goose" Hensley- the ability to count.

6. For Kroger- the ability to count.

7. For the NRA- For gun control if Deb Maggart is in the room.

8.  For  Deb Maggart- that her death stare at the NRA never turn to daggers or bullets.

9. For the TEA- new leadership that is not on the suicide watch list.

10. For school children- not the TEA.

11. For  Jack Johnson- 5 minutes to roll his own.

12. For Bo Watson- no more "silly bow ties"

13. For  Brian. Kelsey- the opportunity to tell the governor why he should vouch for his school plan.

14. For the Governor- the ability to keep his campaign pledges  without having any of them actually brought before him.

15. For Sen. Ken Yeager- a snake free campus.

16. For Sen. Jim  Summerville- His continued ability to point out how the media  is "number one" in his heart.

17. For Fred Tompson- for the Internet to fail if he ever decides to lobby the judiciary committee
again.

18. For Rep. Joe Carr, Jim Tracy,  Bill Ketron- no local bills  that need passage.

19. For Tim Burchett- a cheap date.

20. For John Reagan- an endless TelePrompter.

21. For Rep. Ryan Haynes- a better watch for when we have the next elections of delegation chairman.

22. For Dan Andrews- a competition with Gene Simmons of Kiss

23. For Becky Massy-  an office with a closet, not an office that is a closet.

24. For Scott Dejarlay- The ability to save a baby or pregnant woman from a burning building previous to the next election.

25. For Craig Fitshugh a primary not with Mark Clayton.

26. For Mark Clayton- a primary with Craig Fitshugh.

27. For Ashley Judd, a clue and a phone number of the last "star" that ran for office in the Democrat primary (that or Mark Clayton)

28. For myself- for this year I wish to not be proven right near as much.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Thought of the day (bonus)

I keep hearing the media ask legislators what form of gun control they are willing to accept to stop the next slaughter. I would love to hear someone respond with the question of what form of media control are they willing to accept to stop the next slaughter.

Thought of the day



I think the only reason Jon Stewart is so popular is because he is about the only liberal with a sence of humor.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

More on bill limits.

The more I think about an absolute bill limit the more concerns I have. This is giving the governor a dramatic power shift. Nothing against our current governor but Tennessee has traditionally kept the governor in check and limited their power. With the ability of a governor to have unlimited legislation, the governor can push a much stronger agenda and will quickly out power the legislature instead of being an equal. People and minor groups will quickly learn to go to the governor instead of their local legislator to get issues taken care of because their local legislator may be covered up with other issues already.

In some cases this may be good. In others, not so much, but one thing is for sure, it will succeed a lot of power to the bureaucracies as well to make sure issues put into the governors agenda.

This would also increase the power of each senator. With limited numbers, a senator that shuts down or holds out to make sure their favorite topics get run could kill much of the house  members abilities to pass legislation important to them.

Also with  more wide open caption bills, as will surely become the norm, legislators will soon be  voting on compilation bills instead of one specific topic. So where as before a legislator might have to decide if one idea was good or bad they may now be facing a bill on 27 topics and have to decide if  13 or 14 of the ideas are good enough to make up for the other bad ideas that may be tacked on. This will surely increase the size of government  and bad legislation that gets through.

The more I think about it, the more problems I see bill limits creating instead of solving.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Why bill limits could backfire.

The house is considering a limit on bill to 10 bills per member. Per year. While there may be some Merritt to the goal of limiting the number of bills and duplicate legislation, I think a strict limit of 10 per house member could have some major drawbacks.

First, many members expecially new members, are reluctant to run any legislation at all. They often fear upsetting someone especially right off the bat in their first year. At best some will run small local bills. That leaves experienced members to run the more weighty legislation. If there is no limit on the governor, those members will be covered up by his agenda and they will be reluctant to carry anything else.

Next, those that do want to change things will try to put 10 pounds of potatoes into a 5 pound sack. Legislators will draft legislation with wide open captions to make it so one bill can hit on several issues that are important to them. Before too long, we will start looking like the federal government with bills that look like Christmas trees with all the different goodies tied onto one big bill.

That or legislators will try to attack a bill that may have something close to their heart (just not in their top 10)  with an amendment.  Floor fights especially on wide open captions like the budget could get gruesome and subvert the jobs of why we set up committees for in the first place.

While some may think they won't have to deal with a thorny topic in committee any longer, all they are really doing is setting themselves up for a bigger and longer  fight on the full floor. This was the same as it was under Jimmy Naifeh rule where republicans felt their issues were not given a reasonable chance. The only difference is with a 10 bill limit many important  issues will have NO chance, at least until the full floor.

Also,  minor issues probably would never make the cut. Ever.  Would topics dealing with one small minor issue for a select group of people ever get a fair shake? While it may not be important to everyone, the legislature deals with a ton of small issues that are important and valid to that one small group. Is some minor law change for say the pest control industry or on line telephone providers  going to be in any legislators top 10?  I wouldn't hold my breath. I hazard to think what those groups will start to do to try and make sure they get on to someone's top 10.

It is a situation ripe for corruption.

A rolling limit is much more reasonable where each member can have 10 bills going at one time. The only issue with that is some times between drafting and review those bills could take time to develop and get ready to put forward. But at least they would have a chance.

Thought of the day

I would like a list of the teachers a school would not trust with a gun because of mental reasons .........and then ask why they trust them with children's minds.

We wish you a very merry apocalypse!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My moms birthday is November 17

My moms birthday Is On November 17.

When  it's my moms birthday (November 17) we do whatever my mom wants. November 17 only comes once  a year. Leading up to it I think about all the wonderful things my mother has done for me over the last year I think how can I celebrate and repay her for all the support my mom has given me? on November 17 my mom's birthday. When I get up the morning  of the 17th I think what can I do for my mom on Her big day. November 17th, my moms birthday.

Leading up to November 17 my family starts to  make big plans for November 17, my moms birthday. We get special cards that say "happy birthday mom" for November 17. My moms birthday.  We Don't get generic decorations, we get special decorations that say "happy birthday mom" for November 17th, my moms birthday. We bake a cake that says happy birthday mom on November 17 because that's my moms special day. November 17th. Its Her birthday.

 When some people say November 17 is just another day I correct them say no, that's my mom's birthday, that's a very special day. When my friends say that's just a regular cake I correct them and say no that's a birthday cake for my mom on her special birthday, November 17 . When my friends talk about their decorations I let them know that ours are different. Ours celebrate my mom's special birthday, November 17th. If my friends may talk about their mothers birthday's I say those days are nice but my moms special day is November 17 that day is her very special day. Thats our big party day. Not someone else's day. Its hers. When I go to the store to buy a gift for that day I think "what can I get for my mom" not what can I get for myself because November 17 is my mom's special day not mine. It's her birthday. When you go to a birthday party you get gifts for the person who's birthday it is and gifts you think that that person would want not necessarily guess for yourself.

When the 17th comes, I don't invite my mother to my house, I go to my mothers house because it's my mother special day not mine, November 17. It's her birthday.  When We get there we sing songs for my mom, not just any songs,  birthday songs that celebrate her birthday not anything else. When we talk, we talk about things my mom wants to talk about not always the things that I like to talk about Because the 17th is my mom special day, November 17th is my mom's birthday. Before the big  meal we pray and thank God for giving us someone as great and as caring as my mom. Someone who  does so much for us every other day of the year, someone who is always thinking about us and wants us to be happy. That's my mom and the 17th is her day.

Do you know anyone else who has a special birthday coming up in about a week?

Thought of the day

When liberals talk about "community involvement" they mean government involvement.

When conservatives talk about "government involvement" they mean community involvement.

Protecting children

WATE covers Frank Nicleys and my bills that would allow someone to be In a school with some ability to protect children from someone who has snapped.



a nice little bonus, Coal Creek Armory in Knoxville has agreed to provide free HCP training to all teachers if my bill passes! I hear another gun shop in Nashville has agreed to do the same thing.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Don't ask, don't tell gets play

My legislation that would fix and end the question on the guns in cars in posted parking lots gets some play from Tom Humphreys in the KNS.

Is it time?

I wonder if after the massacre in Conneticut, a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, that legislators will be willing to look at changing some of the same restrictions we have here in Tennessee. I personally think we need to make sure a similar type preditor is not allowed to run wild in our schools.

Would this threat in Tennessee open some eyes that it could happen here?

I will be bringing back legislaton to allow licensed and checked faculty and staff, at schools, to be able have a gun on campus if a safety officer is not present on campus. 

Thought of the day.


Liberals love Darwin but want gun control for their own protection. Hmmmmmm.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I love this!

The "magic bullet"


I have already gotten several e mails from people who want to know what they can do right now to stop crazy shootings like the one that just happened.  
I too wish there were an easy solution to this complex issue. But like many issues  there may not be one simple "magic bullet" to solve the problem Just as it was not a bullet or a gun that started the problem.
 In my opinion, part of the issue has been a general shift away from a respect for innocent life at all levels in society. Be it in violent games, the media who will often empathize with the criminal more  then the victim, the push for "sexual freedom" that dehumanizes the most easy to victimize among us. violent movies where the criminal is often on equal ground with the hero. All these things I think allow people with Susceptible minds to somehow justify inhuman acts.
Another issue is there are some people who are just mentally unstable no matter what they are taught. I have always said one of the worst things the state ever did was close many of the mental health facilities. Now, those same mentally ill just fill our jails and prisons.
While there have been advances in medicine some people refuse to take them and some people just snap. When that happens there is very little a caring society can do to stop their immediate actions against themselves or others.
At best, we can minimize the damage they do. In this regard I support stronger safety measures at schools. Some sort of immediate response capabilities should be available to those who wish to protect children at the schools from imminent harm, not minutes away as our very dedicated local police unfortunately are.

Thought of the day.

Liberals like to argue whenever someone shoots up a gun free zone it's the guns fault or whenever someone does a terrorist act  it's America's fault. In both cases they are wrong.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Don't ask, don't tell in TN

LT. Governor Ron Ramsey  has come out with a concept of what he wants to do about the guns in cars legislation.

Not bad, but  I still see pitfalls on the track forward for that  concept. First, it's  no business of the employer if I may own a gun or not. Second,  businesses will still see it as a loss of their right to post their property.

A lose/lose deal.

I have been working on a concept of my own trying to find a win/win solution on the issue. So far, everyone I have run it by likes it.

I call it the "Don't  ask, don't tell for guns" What it would do is really pretty simple.

First, the state would say a private business could still post their property but not make search of a vehicle for a gun in a car a condition  of employment.

Second, if an employer did search a vehicle for another reason (such as suspected employee theft)  and by chance they did find a gun then they could fire someone  but it would count against their unemployment.

Third,  it would remove the state from the equation. It would no longer be a state crime if you were found to have a gun in your car parked on private property that posted.

I have a few more wrinkles I have thought about adding regarding liability but those could be added
or subtracted.

As I said, so far I see it as a win/win. Employers can post but can't go on search missions. Gun owners  are no longer under threat of having their car searched or being marked a criminal should one be found in their car.

More or less its "Don't ask, don't tell for guns".

Input welcome.

UPDATE: No intent was made to tie this post to the latest act of violence. I did not check the news
previous to posting. My thoughts and prayers go out to those slain and their families in their time of pain..

Where your ink is, so is your heart.

We keep hearing the same thing year after year. A poll comes out and the media gets all in a twitter. "It says Don't talk about social issues. Only talk about the budget. That's all people care about!!"

Really??

If that is so, then I am sure you wont be doing any more stories on wine in grocery stores. I mean who would want to read 37 more stories about how that is the biggest issue the legislature could possibly bring forward (even though it could barely muster  a motion and a second in the first committee). It's  a non issue. Not worthy of your reporting on. Stick to the budget.

And since the only issue people are concerned about is the budget, the press and media have decided that the one budget issue people are concerned about, more then any other, just happens to be the issue that is dividing conservatives amongst their base.  I of course am talking about the key budget issue of guns in trunks. It has such a huge impact on our budget.

As we get into the year I suspect we shall hear more about the key budget issue of  mountain top mining. Because we all know, no one wants to read about those silly non budget issues.

I am sure no questions will be asked by the press on where a politico might stand on homosexual marriage or legalizing marijuana for recreational use.. Lord knows those issues have nothing to do with the budget and therefore no reader of theirs could ever want to read about that.

Yes,  I can't wait to begin reading the long in depth articles about the great work Justin Wilson and David Lillard  have been doing in raising our bond rating, lowering debt, restructuring of our
spending. because as we all know, those are the only issues people care about.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

The caucus is split and "In hell"

Yesterday I was walking down the hall by the committee rooms and saw a few people gathered inside . Being we are not in session these rooms are mostly empty so I decided to pop my head in and look t see what was going on.  It was the democrat leadership meeting.

Oh, this could be fun!

As I stood in the back of the room, Just for grins, I thought about what would happen if a group of Republicans came in and decided to nominate a Republican for house minority leader? I mean we have open primaries, the democrats have begun to open their caucus meetings to any and all. I dont see anything stopping people from coming  over and voting for whatever party caucus leader the body wanted.

I hear I had 4 "pocket votes" if I ran and needed them.

This is something  I may keep in mind for in two years ..... or is that something I could have some of my rambunctious house friends push on the house floor? After the  elections Rep. G.A. Hardaway got up and complained about leadership undermining their own members bills and he was not happy about it and may start speaking out about the direction the leadership had taken.

Rep. Johnny Shaw complained about the partisanship of the current democrat leadership.

Could Kent Williams make a run in another coup de ta? ?  Hmmmmmmm.

That could be interesting.

To close it out, minority leader (for the time being)  Craig Fitshugh, played an audio tape that proclaimed they were "in hell"

 Awwwww.

So sorry to hear that. Now where is that temperature knob? I feel like turning up the heat!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Guns on campus" is legal now

The last few weeks you may have been hearing some loud wailing and   gnashing of teeth about the guns in trunks in parking lots bill. Democrats and The campuses are all up in arms "It will be a gunfight when ever a kid gets a bad grade or if the university ever has to  discipline/ fire someone."  Or "If Tennessee doesn't score in a game someone will go to their car, get a gun and shoot  a referee".


The facts that the guns in trunks legislation has set the standard traditionally at hand gun carry permit holders and possibly those with a hunting license for the right to keep guns in trunks of their cars  does not dissuade them. Still they keep shouting  "Allowing guns in trunks on campus would be a disaster!!"   

I hate to let them down but guns are already allowed by law in cars on campus. Not only that but there is no standard as to who is allowed to keep their guns in their car. That's right, currently you don't even have to be a carry permit holder or have a hunting license.  

Those who have been fighting to "keep guns off campus" are really fighting to create a new ban on where guns are already allowed. 

Here is the current code. 39-17-1309

(c) (1) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any firearm, not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or


university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private 
educational institution. It is not an offense under this subsection (c) for a nonstudent adult to possess a firearm, if the firearm is contained within a private vehicle operated by the adult and is not handled by the adult, or by any other person acting with the expressed or implied consent of the adult, while the vehicle is on school property.



I have checked with the legal team in the legislature and they agree that "School property"  does cover universities. Legal also said any current campus ban would have no impact on the above law.

Part two.

After the governor has told the federal government the state does not want to take part in Obamacare, The expansion of Medicaid  is next up in Tennessee. The Obama administration has said they will pay for the expansion for three years at 100% rate then a decreasing amount there after.

My question is, where is the money to do this expansion going to come from? The federal government has no money to give the states. They are broke! No, worse then that, they are in debt and with this legislation they are digging deeper.

At some point they are going to have to realize China is going to call in their notes and we can't even pay the interest.

When will we learn?

Well what do you know, two gay genetic researchers from the university of Tennessee can not find a genetic link to homosexuality and doubt there is one. They further researched into sub traits  (epi marks) of genes and again find it was inconclusive as to any connection to homosexuality  but they do see a history of it running in some families.  The researchers go on to theorize it may be a  learned  trait. 

Thought of the day

Be stirred in a shaken land  not shaken in a stirred land.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thought of the day.

I am pro choice in allowing people to choose to pay for other people's bills or not.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bill says no.

Governor Bill Haslam has said no to a state run Obamacare

Thought of the day.

Why does the left always bring up race? Because they think of people of different colors as people of different class. Not as equals on the same playing field.

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!

I can't say I am a big fan of all people having to show a drivers license to get to see their state legislator. The state Capitol is not like the voting booth. There are not limits on who should be allowed to enter. Little kids, immigrants, visitors  from other countries etc don't have drivers licenses and they should still have access to the legislature. Many people who have problems with the legislature may not want.to show ID either as they may feel it is an invasion of their privacy.

I am not sure if this is a finalized rule set in stone or not but I hope it isn't.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Or as I refer to him "my core voter"

OK let's see the numbers.

I keep hearing about how the universities are freaking out at the thoughts of guns in trunks on campuses so I have decided to ask them why. Below are three simple things that I think cut to the chase and should be of good reference to everyone when discussing this issue in committee.

I am asking that the university of  Tennessee, THEC, and the TBR  provide me with the proven statistical information that shows that LICENSED Tennessee  hand gun carry permit holders are a safety hazard on Tennessee campuses. Please also provide me with any information used that shows LICENSED Tennessee hand gun carry permit holders were a threat on campus previous to your current gun ban being put in place.

Please, I am only interested in your information on licensed carry permit holders in Tennessee on Tennessee campuses. If you have any proof  whatsoever of this groups being a proven greater (per capita) safety hazard on Tennessee campuses then in the general population previous to your ban I ask to see it.

I ask that all of this information be provided to me previous to the beginning of session.

Thank you.

Yours in service,

Sen. Stacey Campfield

Thought of the day.



 I decided to smile and say  a big "Merry Christmas!" to every single person I passed at the store no matter how mean, rough, grouchy, rich or poor they looked. Well over 95% smiled and said "Merry Christmas!" back.   

  Fact.

Friday, December 07, 2012

We will not seek, nor will we accept.

After extended negotiations with the University of Tennessee, I (as the Lt. Govs sports agent) have found it impossible to reach an amicable agreement with the university that will allow Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsy to take over as head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers for the upcoming football season. Therefore, I think it is in the universities best interest to begin its search again elsewhere. Might I suggest  looking north to say Cincinnati. Possibly you can find a replacement there who will accept your paltry offers.

Just one out.

The obamacare bill has in it one part in it that looks to make it easy to get out of. Sec 1555 


16 SEC. 1555. FREEDOM NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN FEDERAL 
17 HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS. 
18 No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or 
19 health insurance issuer offering group or individual health 
20 insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any 
21 Federal health insurance program created under this Act 
22 (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal 
23 health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any 
24 such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine 
Even if the state did not offer insurance to anyone it would be easy to create a policy for one person, say the governor, and call it a day. Saying we have to pick between a state or federally run program are not our only options.

I'm mixed on the issue

We keep hearing about the wine in grocery stores issue year after year. While I am mixed  on the issue myself (pun  intended)  I really must say I am not so sure why the media gets so worked up over this one issue year after year.

Short of a dramatic change of heart of current committee members or some radical committee  restructuring I don't see a bill that has a chance of making it out of even the first committee in either the house or the senate. While the bill does have some supporters did the bills run last year even get a motion and a second to be heard in both bodies in even the first sub committee or committee?

Even if  it did get out of the first committees in both bodies is there some hidden wide spread support awaiting these bills in the full committees or on the floor of the house or senate that I am missing? 

Thought of the day.

A positive self image is like jet fuel for an aircraft, without it, no one is going up. With it you can get pretty darn high.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Thought of the day

God keeps his Christmas lights up year round .

We have a plan for that.

Yesterday I was up at the  capitol doing some work and went to the TEA party rally against Obamacare. 

There were a lot of people who took a big chunk of their time to express their feelings on the issue and I wanted to let them know I  think its working. I am with them and know very few (if any) Republicans who were showing any public support for implementation at this time. I was also able to talk to a few reps who were planning on offering different pieces of legislation that could throw implementation into the courts for years even it it was forced upon the state. Many people i talked to still question if it will ever make it to implementation.

 The supreme Court declared part of the legislation constitutional ,yes but not that it was passed constitutionally. The bill originated in the senate. The Supreme Court ruled it a tax and thus throws into question its constitutionality as all tax bills have to originate in the house. That part of the legislation is still under constitutional question and working its way through the courts now.

New toy

I guess it was getting too simple. Just as I was starting to figure out my old computer the legislature has decided to trade us out for new MacBooks. Not that I am not great full but I am still figuring out how it works. Expect some adjustment time.

Not so fast my friend

The Guns in trunks bill seems to be one the media is dead set on highlighting this year. One thing I can assure you is that if it comes up, government owned parking lots (like the ones on college campuses) will be a part of the package if I can help it. It would be hypocritical for the legislature to insist on  what private property owners have to allow on their property but then exempt themselves to the same standards.

I have often said one of the main tenants of conservatism is a limiting of government restrictions on the private individual and allowing more freedom to the individual when having to deal  with government. To say we are going to hold the private property owner to a higher standard then we hold ourselves is hypocritical and contrary to conservative philosophy. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Thought of the day.


Politics is a lot like Christmas. Lots of people who like to play Santa Clause. Not too many like to think about the elves.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Here comes Santa Clause, Here comes Santa Clause

I will be....err Santa will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, Tomorrow from 12 till 2 at the Belk (West entrance) at West Town Mall.


I love it when a plan comes together

Lets see, saves tons of money, gets people back looking for work. Whats not to love ? So glad I helped pass that last year.

Thought of the day

I keep hearing about these "gun buy back" programs that offer $100.00 for any gun, working or not. I wonder what they would say if I brought in a water gun?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

70%

I was saying a few weeks ago that tenure for school teachers and professors was dropping off. Now this new report reported on by Rachel Bunn in the Times Free Press sets that number at 70% for some Tennessee colleges. That is the new percent of faculty that is teaching at most colleges that is part-time adjunct faculty or non-tenure track faculty.

It can go up another 5% before accreditation becomes an issue. I give it 5 years or less before most college hit that mark.

WFO

Tom Humphrey's reports on how this year may be the end of campaign contribution limits.

I have said in the past that the supreme court decisions (past and present) have made donation limits really a hindrance more to the little guy then the big or rich.

I may take another run at passing voluntary spending limits on candidates with increased contribution limits if they decide to live under the limits. The legislation I had last year also limited the amount a person could loan to their own campaign (versus donate) and be  reimbursed for later.

Short of some version of that passing I think we may be on our way to wide open, no limits with full disclosure.

Thought of the day.

As long as the other side wants result equality more then jobs the result will be more people equally without jobs.