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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bill Oreilly show tonight

My TANF for student performance bill will be featured on Bill O'reilly show tonight on the "Culture Warrior" segment. At 8 and 11.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Found it!


Hat tip: Bryan Slagle (Facebook)

Here is my FOX National debate. Its funny but since the story broke I have been inundated with calls and emails mostly from teachers. They tell me stories that would tear your heart out about parents that just drop their kids off and run away like the school is some baby sitter. I have been told many times from multiple different teachers that some times the kids are half asleep and some times are dropped off still in their pajamas. I had one teacher tell me about trying to chase one down as they 
pealed rubber out of the parking lot. They didn't stop. They tell of trying  to call families that never return calls, parents who hang up on teachers when they call, parents who say the child is their (the teachers) problem, parents who have actually had calls from school blocked by the phone company.

Puppies and ice cream

Tonight was the state of the state address by the governor. Hmmmmmmm. What can I say? It was long. I guess we have Lots to brag about as we are rocking in Tennessee.

Haslam is not the fluffy speaker like our past governor. We didn't get a "Gilligan's Island"  speech talking about the ship of Tennessee like Bredesen used to do but that's probably a good thing. If Haslam started talking about some of the voyages Bredesen sent us off on we would be lucky if we ended up on anything looking close to an island with Ginger and Mary Ann. It would look more like the mad house on "Shutter Island" if not "Titanic"

Just today as I strolled through the halls we had members talking about the hundreds of millions of dollars lost on the states solar boondoggle and  some other legislators  were saying a review of the incentives for the film commission went WAAAAAAAY beyond sloppy in giving out grants and bordered on criminal. I asked how and was told they were giving out grants like crazy. Even to the point of ignoring the absolute minimum standards set in place in law. They just wanted to give out money to pet projects so they did.

Any way, the governors speech gave something to everyone and not just little something's . A lot of big somethings. It was ice cream, and puppies for everyone.  The tax cuts are nice but not that big a part of the picture. About what was expected. Nothing too big to see there. It was the other side of the equation that raised some eyebrows.

The spending side was....shall we say,  "Healthy".  

FOX NATIONAL and MSNBC interviews.

I did an interview for FOX national today. They called me up at about noon and asked if I wanted to to do a phone debate at 12:30. Hey it's FOX National. Guess what I am going to say?

 You bet!

I think it went really well. By the time it was over I think the person that was supposed to be the con side of the argument was agreeing that my bill was a good idea. I have been searching for a video of the debate but haven't been able to find it.

Tomorrow its MSNBC. I am doing a pre record at 12:30  for a show I think that will run at about 3:30 or 4:00.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thought of the day.

Why is it in movies when ever a back window of a car gets shot out, the front window always gets away?

Quote of the day.

"Showing up for class and learning to read, write and count.
Gasp! Why must you be so harsh Senator?"

Observation of the day.

Parents of children who do not reach minimum standards in school should be jailed for up to a year, forced to pay a fine of $2,500.00 , be forced to do community service and face a loss of TANF benefits.

-Randy Nichols
Democrat Knox County District Attorney 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thought of the day.

In the end, I bet there are as many "starving, beaten children left shivering in the street" from my bill as there are "children arrested for holding hands"  that we were supposed to get from changing the sex education standards last year. 

My bill will be revenue neutral. Any money taken from one parent will only be given to another deserving parent who is not getting it now.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Well, well, well.

What do you know?  A similar plan to mine that would award government benefits only with child success in school  is already in place in over 40 countries and having spectacular results where ever it is been implemented.

"Most of our Fixes columns so far have been about successful-but-small ideas.  They face a common challenge:  how to make them work on a bigger scale.  This one is different.  Brazil is employing a version of an idea now in use in some 40 countries around the globe, one already successful on a staggeringly enormous scale. This is likely the most important government anti-poverty program the world has ever seen.  It is worth looking at how it works, and why it has been able to help so many people."

Quote of the day.

“Lamar Alexander is also a history maker for being the only white ‘Lamar’ anywhere, ever.” — Ebony magazine.

The third leg.

My latest idea on breaking the cycle of poverty is starting to get some play at TNReports.com

One of the top tickets to break the chain of poverty is education. To achieve a quality education is like a three legged stool. The state has put a lot of responsibility on schools and teachers to improve student performance. If the children don't produce, it could impact the pay of the teacher and the standing of the school with the state. We have pushed two of the three legs of the student performance (teachers and schools) to improve, and they are.

While those two legs are important, one other leg has proven to be more important. The third leg has shown to have a greater impact on the children performance than  the school, than the teacher, than race of the child, than the income of the parent, than the location of the student.

The third leg of the stool (probably the most important leg) is the parents. We have done little to hold them accountable for their child's performance. What my bill would do is put some responsibility on parents for their child's performance.

If your child is failing their classes, if your child is not showing up to school, if your child has quit school. That is unacceptable. It is highly unlikely that child will ever escape poverty. The state can not continue to support the generational cycle of poverty. Just because parents may have quit school does not mean it is acceptable if their child does. Parents are responsible to make sure their kids are ready for school and that they get an education. If parents are not holding up their leg of the job (and your kids are not special needs) then the state is going to start holding back a portion of that parents government benefits.

The goal is not to punish anyone. No one will necessarily or instantly lose benefits because of this bills passage. The goal is to encourage parents to do what they should already be doing. We have to start breaking the cycle of generational poverty. I, nor anyone can assure a perfect 100% solution where everyone gets everything and no one loses benefits. but if we can pull 99% out of the cycle of poverty I will take that step.

FLASH: TANF is NOT food stamps.

Update number 2: this is already working wonders in over 40 countries.

Thought of the day.

Irony is a canceled hockey game because of ice.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Why guns work and locks don't.

I have jumped into the Frey a little in the comment section of this letter advocating more locks on school doors. while more locks would be nice, they aren't realistic for Tennessee.

One on compromise

From the letters to the editor on compromise.

Why is it that only the conservatives in Congress are expected to compromise? There are intractable liberals in Congress as well. In fact, we have a president who refuses to compromise with conservatives on spending.

Why do the media characterize as right-wing radicals those who believe that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land but do not characterize as left-wing radicals those whose purpose is to promote anarchy, socialism and fascism?

Some great letters.

Lately I have been reading some great letters to the editor and really some great comments from both sides in the comments. There was this one on "the big question"

Doctors on guns.

While Obama pushes gun control the question of doctors asking about guns in the home has come up. Here is an excellent article on why doctors are pushing for it and why it is bad policy.

From Forbes....

First, the American Academy of Pediatrics is not politically neutral in the gun debate. The AAP supports standard Left positions, including “federal firearms legislation that bans assault weapon sales and the sales of high capacity magazines” and “the strongest possible regulations of handguns for civilian use.” The AAP also recommends that parents “NEVER have a gun in the home” (“NEVER” capitalized in their statement). Their website also cites the now-discredited 1986 claim that, “A gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill someone in self-defense.”

numerous scholars have noted that most of those unfortunate deaths were suicides that would have likely still occurred even if no gun had been available. David Kopel of the Independence Institute observed that after excluding such suicides, the ratio was closer to 2-to-1. Furthermore, comparing numbers of accidental or unlawful deaths to justified deaths of criminals is misleading, because it fails to include many nonlethal self-defense uses of firearms. Depending on the source, there are 800,000 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses each year where law-abiding gun owners deter criminals without firing a shot (let alone killing the bad guy).

As Kopel noted, we don’t measure the efficacy of the police by the number of criminals killed, but by how well they stop crime. Similarly, the value of civilian-owned guns should not be measured by the number of dead intruders, but rather by crimes prevented and lives saved. The flawed 43-to-1 statistic vastly underestimates the lifesaving value of guns for law-abiding homeowners.

University of Chicago economics professor Steven Levitt has also warned about excessive fear mongering about gun ownership. In their best seller Freakonomics, he and co-author Stephen Dubner note that a child is 100 times more likely to die in a swimming accident than a gun accident.

Yet the AAP does not tell parents to “NEVER bring your child to a swimming pool,” nor does it advocate “the strongest possible regulations of swimming pool ownership.” Rather, it recommends that parents supervise children around swimming pools and follow basic rules of water safety. The AAP correctly recognizes that a home swimming pool can be a genuine value to a family, provided that parents and children follow proper precautions. Similarly, a gun can be a genuine value to responsible homeowners, provided that parents and children follow proper precautions. With both swimming pools and firearms, homeowners should determine for themselves whether the benefits outweigh the risks for their particular circumstances.

The AAP also supports teaching children how to swim, whether or not they have a pool at home. This is just common sense. Children might encounter swimming pools when visiting friends or neighbors. Similarly, doctors should recommend that children learn basic principles of firearms safety appropriate for their age, whether or not their parents own a gun, because children may still encounter firearms at neighbors’ or relatives’ houses. Parents interested in learning more on this should visit websites like GunProof.org.

Furthermore, law-abiding gun owners will likely view being asked about guns as an unwarranted intrusion on their privacy. No Congressman is proposing anti-swimming pool legislation, whereas powerful political forces are seeking to curtail Americans’ gun rights. Although the law does not yet allow the government to harvest gun ownership information from medical records, many gun owners are concerned such information may not remain private. The Washington Post reported that gun control groups are already lobbying to allow compilation of gun ownership data from medical records for research purposes. Plus, electronic medical records are already valuable targets for malicious hackers. Many gun owners fear becoming targets if their information falls into the wrong hands, just as some legal gun owners were apparently targeted for burglary after a suburban New York City newspaper recently published their names and addresses seeking to “out” them.

Doctors already have a professional and legal responsibility to notify the authorities if they believe patients pose an imminent threat to others or themselves. But routine inquiry about gun ownership goes far beyond this obligation. Such inquiries will instead only offend and alienate many responsible gun owners, compromising the trust essential to the doctor-patient relationship. Doctors should not put themselves in a position where patients view them as willing (or unwitting) agents of the government working against their interests.

Financial Triggers anyone?

One thing I have learned over time is that the reason most business legal disputes happen is because most contracts are not well formed as to what happens if someone fails to live up to their end of the agreement. I see the same thing when I look at government deal making. I agree, a lot of it is a true difference in philosophy but there is a way to get to a middle ground and for some reason it (until this last deal) seldom to never has been brought up.

What I am talking about is financial triggers.

For once, Republicans set a trigger and it worked. No budget? No more increases in the spending limit and automatic cuts. A simple trigger. The ball is in democrat leaderships court. The people see it as reasonable compromise. When a budget does come forward they should put in more triggers.

First, You set the goals, be it unemployment levels, debt levels, spending when compared to GDP, tax levels, the GDP. What ever.

Then you set the triggers. Say unemployment doesn't go down then you set a trigger of say lowering interest rate levels, cutting taxes on employers etc.

Say spending when compared to GDP does not go down, then you set a trigger of automatic spending cuts. If GDP goes up then no cuts or lesser cuts get made.

If the debt does not decrease then you set triggers for that as well. If Obama pushes for more taxes on employers it will probably impact one of those factors and set off a trigger.

The goal would change from "Punish those who we do not like" to "What is going to help the economy so we dont get hit by a trigger". If the proper triggers are put in place then it would be even difficult for Obama to screw our economy up. If it works, he gets the credit but the republicans could claim credit also. If the economy flopped it would all be because of his financial and spending policy. Policies that could be reversed with the proper triggers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You were how close?

So my cousin (PJ) wanted to go see the inauguration. I think as a child he was dropped on his head.....repeatedly as he is a huge Obama supporter.

Anyway after a few calls I was able to wrangle him a few tix.

How close did he end up? Well, he was in the same area as the Tuskegee airmen and actually ended up sitting in Katy Perry's seat after she got moved to a better seat. I am not sure how much better it could get short of her on the stage.

When I went to see W. for his first nomination he was a dot on the horizon. I don't think my cousin had the same problem with his view. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152460401000523&set=a.10152460399990523.960399.580170522&type=1&comment_id=18648732&ref=notif¬if_t=photo_reply

Freedom of religion fought by UT

A lawsuit being fought by the University of  Tennessee alleges the university is limiting religious freedom by creating bans against street preachers who are not sponsored  by an approved religious organization.

Carr vs. Sharpton

Thought of the day.

I feel so sorry for the president. Just Look at the economy he inherited!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thought of the day

The graveyards are full of people who thought they would stay young and live forever.

The pending Obamacare collapse.

I was on the George Korda show yesterday and had a great time.  One of the best parts was when George had on a gentleman who works with the Cato institute.

While he really was on to talk about Obama and his new anti second amendment policies I threw in a question about how Obamacare was going. I mentioned how I thought it was going to collapse under its own weight before too long.  He did not hesitate. He agreed. It wasn't an "If" It was a "when". He agreed it was all going the opposite of how the administration had planned it. Costs were shooting up and implementation was not going anything like they had hoped. The only question was when the democrats would give up on the ghost.

Of course, the longer they weight, the more it will cost but that is nothing new for liberals. They can never seem able to accept that what they want does not work when implemented in reality.

Radio walk.

I will be a guest on George Korda's radio show "State your case"  today at noon on FM 100.3. You can listen live here.

After that I will be attending the pro life rally  "Walk for Life" at Calvary Baptist Church, 3200 Kingston Pike, just down from UT. The rally is starting at 3:00 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Quote of the day.

"So, a right to abortion is "essential to a woman's equality, autonomy and dignity."?
It is moral insanity to claim that the dignity of one group of people is contingent on their possessing the right to kill another group of people."

On state education reform.

Last night I was on the TV show "politics  knoxville" with Steve Hall. We touched on several education issues I have been working on as well as some I have worked on in the past that are coming up again now.

"What  about charter schools?, should there be the limits on vouchers?". "Should vouchers only be for the poor and if so, what is poor? Should it only be for kids in failing schools? Or should it be for kids in all schools?" We ran the gambit.

My personal feeling  is"Go big or go home". We have been ranked 46-48 for as long as I can remember in public education. It is time we tried something different.

The state has made an obligation to "free" public education but not all costs are fixed. Yes, the state has to pay a set percent for each child in fixed costs (buildings, heat and air, lights, repair men, etc.) but some of the costs go with the number of children in the class. If by chance say 30% of the kids went elsewhere costs to that school would diminish also. I think that amount should be used as the amount for a scholarships. They are working on a formula for that now. I think it could be in the 80% range. After that, I see little reason to set any other limits.

As for charter schools,  I traditionally support local control as long as it is being done in a fair and judicious manner.  In Nashville that is not the case, while the state had set the standards that had been met by the charter applicants  the locals were refusing to grant any  applications. I suspect heavy pressure from the teachers unions (who traditionally fight such advancements)  on the school board members was the key factor.

The state cut the Nashville school systems funding by millions as a result but the school board refused to budge. I guess the school board members personal income outweighed the needs of the school children.

If the locals continue to refuse any reasonable changes for failing schools you can expect to see more state involvement.

Word of the day

Barackracy - The additional layers of freedom choking government created by the current federal administration.

The employees agree, they don't have to work for the boss.

I have been getting a lot of calls and e mails about legislation other states are proposing saying they will not support any federal gun ban or that we should have nullification powers of
Laws the state does not agree with or there should be no federal taxation or regulation on products made and used in Tennessee.

The idea is not new. In fact I think I have had it and run it for two or three years at least. Yes, I still support it but we have a bigger issue. The attorney general. You see he has already opined that all products are federal products and therefor subject to federal regulation. Not only that, he has opined he would not prosecute any federal agent doing regulation on someone who felt they were exempt from regulation. And that those people who thought they were exempt would still be prosecuted.

You may argue "get rid of the attorney general!" Well, at the federal level he goes with the president. That election didn't work out so well this last time.

At the state level, we tried (or at least some of us did) to change that as well, you see we do not appoint him. The state Supreme Court does. That is constitutional. To change it so the legislature or the governor appoints him or he is elected, we need 2/3 of the legislature to go along with a change of the constitution.

 They didn't.

Some argue we should defund the attorney Generals office and give the powers to a solicitor general of our choosing. We can't do that either. How do we know?

 The attorney general told us we couldn't.

So, we are stuck with the current group that appointed him. The Supreme Court. How are they "elected by the people"  as the constitution requires?  By a selection of a board made up mostly of trial lawyers.

How is that an constitutional election?

Just ask the attorney general or the Supreme Court. They will tell you it is.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thought of the day

If I started an insurance company I would call it "Conservative Insurance" the inexpensive alternative to "progressive insurance".

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Conspiracy nutter"

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone inferred something I was talking about was just some crazy conspiracy.....That later turned out to be happening or about to happen.

Just last year I was trying to pass legislation that said gun ownership of parents is not business of a doctor and records on gun ownership in a home could not be kept by them.

"Just another crazy conspiracy. It's not happening or going to happen" they said.

 Today Obama presented his plan for more restrictions on gun owners. Among them was  number 16.  It's goal is "clarifying" that nothing in Obamacare restricted doctors from asking about and keeping records on gun ownership in a home.

After some more research by my house sponsor I am finding doctors are actually getting more Medicaid funding if they ask and keep records on who has a gun. They are called  "Meaningful use questions" and the more questions about who owns and who does not own guns the doctor turns over to the government the more Medicaid funding the doctor is likely to get from the government.


Yesterday I went to the city county building to do a little paperwork.  As most people know my real profession is real estate. Several times I end up going back to my roots and doing some form of repair or carpentry.

Anyway, when I went through the metal detectors I emptied my pockets and one of the things I had in my pocket by chance was a small 10 foot plastic tape measure. The guard said she had to confiscated it until I left the building.

While I don't expect any special treatment because of my title I thought it was ridiculous. I said "Seriously?? What am I going to do? Measure someone to death with it?"

The guard told me I could sharpen the little nub at the end of the tape and cut someone with it. The nub is about half the size of my pinkey finger nail. I thought about saying how I was more likely to give someone a nasty paper cut by extending it out and letting it snap back, but I held my tounge.

Luckily, I didnt have a 15 footer. I would probably be on some terrorist watch list  by now.

I rolled my eyes and signed the envelope so I could get the tape measure back as I left. I might need it. It's a tape measure crazed world and when all the legal tape measures are finally confiscated only criminals will have tape measures. Till then I will just live my life on the edge with my secret weapon, the dreaded, deadly 10 foot plastic tape measure!

"It sounds different when Jeb says it."

For years legislators have been pushing vouchers or "opportunity scholarships" for Tennessee school children. I myself had tried to move the bill few years ago under the old administration. For the last few years Brian Kelsey has been trying to get it through.

Last year the governor stopped it and said he wanted to study it. He had the study committee but they didn't really come up with any great shakes. Several speeches at the Republican national convention talked about vouchers and school choice. Still nothing.  It looked like the governor was going to sit back and  defer to the will of the legislature.

Then Jeb Bush showed up for a day and said it was a good idea.  Now the governor is for it and will make the bill part of his legislative package.

You know there are people with good ideas North of Florida. Some of the ideas don't even come from governors. In fact I will go so far as to say there are some good ideas being presented here in the Tennessee legislature that might be worthy of some positive attention.

BBBBBBBut Solar is cool!!!

Yes, for a few years solar was all the rage at the capitol. Some legislators (and a governor) couldn't spend taxpayer dollars fast enough on projects that private money knew would be a flop.
Now, guess what?
It flopped. 
How much green cash  is  "green energy"  taking away from the Tennessee taxpayers? The Nashville business Journal hits some of the numbers....
 Nashville Business Journal analysis in 2011, drawing on public records from state agencies, found that more than $676 million in state, local and federal dollarshad been invested or committed to Tennessee's solar industry.
According to our research, Tennessee committed $245 million to Hemlock, including things like job training and energy savings. The state committed $83 million toWacker Chemie AG, a Germany-based company that has delayed the opening of its $1.5 billion plant in East Tennessee until 2015.

E.D. On the comeback

After a few years off the dreaded E.D. Has decided to make a comeback. That's right. Eminent Domaign for private businesses. Government stealing small, private land owners property way from them so  they can give it to big politically connected private land owners.

David Oatney has the new threat in Jefferson County.

I have the legislation to stop it. Now I just need a house sponsor who is willing to help push to pass it.   

Thought of the day.

This blog goes to 11.

H&R block only advertises for 2% of business

I was watching some TV last night and an H&R Block commercial came on.

 It was touting how they had gone through the entire "Obamacare" bill (all 930 pages) and were ready to help people navigate their way through all the new taxes.

Doesn't she just look thrilled to help you with all your new taxes and penalties....


I thought only the top 2%. We're going to pay new taxes. Why would H&R Block only want 2% of the populations business?  I mean isn't the 2% so rich they already have private accountants? I would doubt they need to go to a H&R Block to get their taxes done. So you mean to tell me the 98% are going to have to pay new taxes with Obama??

Shocked, shocked I say.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thought of the day.

What would happen if we changed movie ratings from R to X or XXX based on violence?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Quote of the day.

"Want a list of Tennesseans who own guns? Get a Telephone book."

Who would have guessed that would happen?

Hemlock semiconductor is laying off and sounds like it  is on the verge of shutting down before it even gets open and started.

The billion dollar plus plant is Another solar energy success story that cost Tennessee taxpayers untold millions of dollars. Who could have guessed?.....Oh yea, the free market who didn't want to invest in it because they knew it would flop. That's who.

The picture in the article says it all.

The " private sale loophole"

The city paper talks about the "loophole" of private transferred guns. 

Indeed, background checks do not appear to have a Minority Report-style ability to predict future crimes, committed by individuals with no criminal past. They do, however, keep firearms away from already prohibited persons.
In 2012, excluding the month of December (for which records are not yet available), 15,255 people in Tennessee were denied purchase of a firearm due to a failed background check, according to the TBI. That number represents just over 4 percent of all attempted purchases from gun stores or other licensed dealers in the state. Additionally, 407 wanted persons were identified as a result of the TBI’s Instant Check System.
The system, which applies to pawnshops or other businesses where an individual might try to sell a gun, allows the retailer to run a check on the weapon. It resulted in the identification of 412 stolen firearms. However, such businesses are not required to run a check on weapons brought into their store, nor are individual gun owners required to report a gun missing or stolen. 
The City Paper was not witness to any transactions at the gun show in Williamson County, or while strolling the aisles of the Internet, that were verifiably illegal. But given the statistics on the number of attempted purchases denied in stores — as well as estimates that up to 40 percent of all gun sales occur in the under-regulated secondary markets — it seems possible that a number of them might have been transactions involving prohibited individuals. It’s a question that gun regulation advocates have been asking: After a shop owner’s actions prevented an illegal sale, how many buyers went to the gun show next?  

Robotics and education.

I watched an interesting segment on 60 minutes last night talking about robotics. While a lot of it looked like excuses for the jobless economy it did make some interesting points. There are large industries that are being taken over by robotics.

The auto industry is a great example.  Jobs that used to be done by humans are starting to shift to robotics that can do the same jobs at a faster and cheaper rates then the Chinese labor market. In fact, so much so, that some industries that had gone overseas for cheap labor are now moving back home because a robot can do the same thing as cheap as Chinese labor and the business can save on tariffs and shipping by moving the business back home.

It re emphasized something I have been seeing and thinking for some time.

Technology all around us is exploding at an incredible rate. I toured a local college that trained people in these fields and they agreed  that we are in the process of a huge technical shift.  Their numbers show it. Their classes are filled. Some had a year waiting period just to get into the schools. Not only that but they had something I had been talking about for years. A requirement that 60% of their graduates get a job in their field of study upon graduation or they lose state funding.

Guess what? They are at over 70% job placement in the field of study for their graduates.

Can you imagine if we put that same standard on the fields for regular college education? How quickly the  majors would shift.

Stay tuned....

Thought of the day

How long until we can ask Seri about the economy and investments?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Good Gill

Steve Gill pens a letter to the editor on the probable negative effects of our new limited democratic republic.

Thought of the day.

There is a difference between being in favor of  arming teachers and being opposed to disarming them.

Friday, January 11, 2013

150 to 3

Thats the number of positive Feedback calls received after one town decided to allow janitors to be armed on school grounds to protect students.

Freedom for teachers

You probably will.

Senator Jim Summerville has a good idea for something that should be done.

From the Tennessean....

Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, filed a bill Thursday that would require all lottery advertising to prominently include this notice: “Warning: You will probably lose money playing the lottery.” If enacted, it could make Tennessee the first state lottery with a warning label.
Summerville said his goal is to make consumers more aware of their chances of winning.
“We have warnings on cigarettes, and we should have warnings about lottery tickets,” he said. “States that sponsor gambling should fully disclose the risks.”

Not bad!

Forbes ranks Knoxville as the 2nd happiest place to live and work in the U.S.A. Based mostly on business and employment factors.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


It's frustrating to me when I repeat to a reporter over and over that my legislation only allows teachers with SRO training the option of being armed if the school refuses to pay a for a SRO (safety resource officer) and the school refuses to take responsibility for the students safety.  That no one is mandated that they take a course, they are not mandated to carry, nor are they mandated to confront any situation if they did so chose to take the courses and carry.

 And still the headline reads  

"Lawmakers mull mandating armed teachers  bills"

Thought of the day.

The person who prints the "Don't blame me, I voted for Romney." bumper sticker will make millions.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The hill has Hills

The Hill boys (Matthew and Timmothy) make some Tennessee history as the first brothers to serve together in the House of Representatives.

Now for the king of the hill on the hill competition.

Was that legal?

Yesterday Ron Ramsey was re elected Lt. Governor by a vote of 29 to 4. The 4 other votes were for Democrat leader Jimmy Kyle.

 Not that it really matters but Kyle was never officially nominated for the position.  Not that the Democrats were not given a chance but No one wanted to put forward his name. Then when the roll call vote was taken 4 members said his name.

I know parliamentary procedure pretty well but I am not sure if those 4 Kyle votes were valid votes or not.  If a person has to be nominated then those votes  should not be counted. If they do not have to be nominated then why have the nomination process to start with?

UPDATE: I checked with the Lt governor because he had the same question. He checked with our parliamentarian and he said the nomination was not a requirement. Previous to the vote Kyle had asked to do the vote by acclimation. The suspected reason for that was he knew he did not have the support of his own democrat members in the vote and did not want it highlighted by an actual public vote.

Quote of the day

"How about this trade. We  will take one South American illegal that wants to work if  they  take one U.S citizen that won't."

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Rhee and me.

I just got back from a conference on education reform with nationally known DC education reformer Michelle Rhee. While she also pushed school vouchers and a reward system for honestly high performing teachers she also was talking about a new way to fix the way Tennessee funds our schools. Currently the state funds schools though the BEP formula. I mentioned how convoluted and complex it was and asked if there was a single legislator in the room that understood it. Not a single  hand went up.

One legislator called it similar to being in an abusive relationship. We don't think we like it but we don't  know any better so we keep going back year after year.

Rhee said she had studied our spending model and called it probably the worst in the nation if not about the worst she had ever seen. She said she was going to be coming out with some proposed changes to make the formula better  fit for the direction we were going and more in line with what most other states do.

She mentioned her top goal first was to get a high performing teacher in front of every student but agreed that parents need to play a role as well. She admitted she didn't have a lot of ideas and  wasn't  quite sure how to motivate a parent who did not care it their kids passed, failed, skipped or quit school. I mentioned how I had legislation last year  that would cut benefits for a parent whose child was not moving in the right direction. And she seemed quite interested.

After the meeting broke up we chatted about the concept and she said she wanted to work on the legislation with me to see if we could get it done. Her support could really help this idea move forward and maybe even take it to the next level.....

More later.

Just like back when.

30 and 21 those are the results of a caucus poll on how many republican legislators in the house wanted to limit the bill introduction to 10 bills  (30 votes) and 15 bills (21 votes)

Of course that was a secret ballot.

 I think the vote would be similar if the committee assignments were already decided but several legislators expressed fear of retaliation against them and their possible committee assignments if they publicly voted against the speakers plan previous to those assignments being made.

Dividing the caucus is not a good way to start things off .

A better plan

The house speaker has said she wants to reduce government by reducing the number of bills presented.  While I question the logic in that it will only change the form the bills come in, it also will limit the legislatures ability to restrain government as it takes a bill to remove a restriction or a law.

If the goal is to restrict government how about  we restrict the number of bills that increase taxes, fees or cost the state additional revenue. 

That would help in our goal to have smaller, more efficient government. And a heck of a lot less bills at the same time. 

Monday, January 07, 2013

Thought of the day

When the coaches half time plan is "Maybe the other team won't come back out" you know the game is over.

Thought of the day

For years I almost had to pull a gun to get any votes on faculty carry legislation. Now it looks like there may be a gun fight to see who gets to run it.

88% of Tennesseans want my gun bill.

In a recent poll by the Tennessean, 88% of respondents were in favor of legislation that would give schools the options of either a safety officer or allowing teachers with aditional training to arm themselves.

88% in favor of the two options my bill gives.  Got to love that!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

What's the real problem?

Caution!! Harsh language and depictions of extreme violence!!!  

And of course tons of liberal hypocrisy.

Thought of the day.

Number one cause of death among youths? Drowning.

Conservative response? "Lifeguards, swim classes"

Liberal response? "Ban water!!"

Three way gun fight

The Tennessean tells of the three different guns on campus proposals coming from the Legislature.

The only thing I do not like is the title (Move to arm teachers Picks up steam in TN). 

My bill (unlike others) does not arm teachers. It allows teachers to arm themselves if they choose to get SRO training in addition to having done all that is needed for a handgun carry permit. That is why I think my bill is superior. No one would be forcing anyone to do anything they may not want to do. There  will also be no cost from giving the option to teachers. If no one wants to do it there is no cost. When you mandate that someone has to be or do  something that adds a cost and I think the cost will doom other proposals.

From the article...

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, is proposing a measure that would let teachers with handgun carry permits bring their guns to school, with the permission of the local school system. The bill also would  require  teachers  to go through special training, and it would allow them to load their guns only with “frangible bullets,” ammunition designed to break apart to minimize the risk of ricocheting.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, says he has drafted a bill that would require districts to assign at least one resource officer, typically a sheriff’s deputy or other armed police officer, to every school or to allow teachers to go armed.
“We’ll probably have several co-sponsors,” he said. “There seems to be a lot of interest in it. I’ve had very, very little negative response, at least from people in Tennessee.”
State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, also plans to introduce legislation proposing three options for schools — to have a trained student resource officer on campus; allow faculty members who are handgun carry permit holders to take student resource officer training so they can carry a gun at school; require the school system to assume liability of its students.
“Gun-free zones don’t work, and that’s been proven time and time again,” Campfield said.

There is also an on line poll you can take part in on the issue.

Saturday, January 05, 2013


More on the "things that will never happen" happening.

Sometimes I hate being so right.

As predicted. The lobbyists are starting to come in and push the freshman hard to carry their legislation. Legislation they're not prepared for yet. Legislation for smaller groups is being pushed aside. Soon the smaller groups will be forced to hire lobbyists to push the bills they need passed. This could end as a huge mess.

Friday, January 04, 2013

New Year goals

I have been on a sort of remodeling kick as part of my new years resolution. I fixed all the doors that were just a little off in my house. I probably killed my poor garbage man after I threw out a ton of stuff  I have had just laying around. (anyone want an old TV of fax machine?) I have a pile of old clothes set to go to goodwill in the morning. I went shopping for a new table but couldn't find one that fit my space so  I decided to build a legless one and do a sort of wood inlay pattern. I still have to get the glass for the top but its almost there. One of the neat things about the table will be when ever I want I can just lift up the glass and put down some new pictures or art work.


 My list of  projects yet to go, finish Vespa in the background, put in new closet doors in my bedroom, build a better entertainment system for my room, then paint all the rooms in my house, put in new carpet in all the bedrooms then clean every thing. Is that too much of a goal to have done by Tuesday when I go to session and kick into my new workout regiment??

Al Gore didn't want to pay his "fair share".

Well what do you know? liberal hero Al Gore wanted to make sure the sale of  his TV station to Al Jazeera  was done before the new year so he could get out of having to pay any new taxes implemented in the cliff talks as well as any taxes for the new year.

It's funny how when he was all big in left politics he supported the "attack the rich" tax philosophy. But now,  when he is in the private sector and fighting for his financial life he suddenly gets more conservative and does all he can to avoid taxes.

 If more taxes will help society and employ more people why avoid paying the tax? Is Al now one of the "Evil, greedy rich"? 

UT admits wrong on gun ban.

At long last the University of Tennessee has admitted that what they have telling people about guns for years has been wrong. For years they have told people that allowing any guns on campus would lead to shoot outs. That guns in cars would lead to shootings. But in a change of events UT has now admitted that guns have been allowed in cars on campus for years now and there have been no issues.

Also in the Humphreys article, House Speaker Beth Harwell seems to be in favor of my legislation as  a solid starting point that both businesses and gun owners may rally around in solving the guns in parking lots issue.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Not so fast my friends.

The Metro Pulse lambastes Rep. Richard Floyd for his legislation making people use the bathroom of the sex on  their birth certificate.

 They call him "hard to take it seriously", "nut job",  because he submitted  "insane pieces of legislation" even calling it a "hate crime" and that "the state Legislature is specifically targeting the civil rights of the LGBT community."

But it seems the evil Mr. Floyd can just look to the future and see where all the LGBT  P.C. laws are taking us.  All he has to do is look outside our state borders to where the P.C. laws have already been implemented.

Through the secular-”progressive” looking-glass, the term “sexual orientation” has, in a few short years, evolved to accommodate an ever-expanding fruit basket of carnal appetites. First it was “LGB” – liberal shorthand for “lesbian, gay and bisexual.” Then they added a “T” for “transgender.” That’s cross-dressing. You know, fellas like 45-year-old Clay Francis (aka, “Colleen”).
Mr. Francis enjoys macramé, long walks on the beach, wearing lady’s knickers and showering fully nude with 6-year-old girls.
Because it’s illegal to “discriminate based on the basis of gender identity,” and since it’s the only “tolerant” thing to do, this brave bellwether of the persecuted LGBT victim-class has secured the “civil right” for him and other men to fully expose themselves to your daughter in the locker room at Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen State College.
But slow down, Dad. According to the law, if you have a problem with Mr. Francis baring all to your baby girl, then you’re the problem. You’re a “transphobe” (“homophobia’s” evil twin sister, er, brother … whatever). Deck this sicko for terrifying your first-grader and you’re off to jail while “Colleen” is off to the “Human Rights Campaign” for a commendation as the latest victim of an “anti-LGBT hate crime.”
Rosa Parks in drag, I guess.

Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/12/a-politically-incorrect-guide-to-sexual-orientation/#LX5EpyWagpxL7Fsr.99 

Thought of the day

If you believe in life after death how can you not believe in life before birth?

Welcome to the club

I don't get to say it often but the Metro Pulse seems to have seen the light on bio fuels........of course they are $70,000,000.00 late (in Tennessee taxpayer dollars) but at least they are finally recogniseing it for what I said it was 6 years ago.

From their year in review article...

Biofuels Boondoggle?

In 2007, when state government was flush with revenue, then-Gov. Phil Bredesen channeled $70 million to the University of Tennessee for what was called the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative. The goal was to demonstrate the feasibility of converting what was envisioned to become hundreds of thousands of acres of home-grown switchgrass into cellulosic ethanol for motor fuel processing plants throughout the state that would both boost Tennessee’s economy and help reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil.
That same year, Congress enacted a Renewable Fuels Standard that called for the production of 500 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol nationally by 2012 as a stepping stone toward 16 billion gallons by 2022. Together with the 14 billion gallons of ethanol that’s already being derived from corn, that would displace more than 20 percent of the 138 billion gallons of gasoline that were then being consumed in the U.S.
But now five years have passed, the $70 million has all been spent, and there’s no sign of a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Tennessee anywhere in sight. (J.S.)

Liberals are getting to where they can see problems well after the horse has left the farm. Now if we can get them to look a little more forward.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Bill limits on WATE

Jessa Lewis of WATE does a piece on bill limits.

Thought of the day.

When a junkie robs  a rich man to pay for drugs no one cares. When  the junky starts to steal from everyone, people realize there is a drug problem. 

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Thought of the day.

Fewer bills will lead to more votes on big bad bills.

I guess it's time.

Here we go again. If you are new, here are my rules for comments.

As predicted..

At the end of the year my Christmas wish for the legislature was for me not to be proven right so much.

Just a few days later and I see I am not getting my wish.

I predicted a few weeks ago that bill limits would have negative effects. Many poor, small issue groups who are not tied in with big lobbying firms would feel the brunt of the bad idea. That big lobbyists would become more powerful and needed, to fix issues.   That rookie legislators will end up carrying legislation beyond their capabilities. That many issues that may need addressing will not get addressed. It looks like it is already starting to come to pass.