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Archive for 22 January 2008
Have you ever been in a group of people, who are so knowledgeable, you try to take it all in, and end up being able to retain very little? Well, I just spend four hours with some really smart folks! One lady has to be the ‘smartest woman in the world’, and it AIN’T Senator Shrilldebeast! I’m really hoping she’ll decide to start her own blog, so I can link to her….a LOT!
A small contingent of The Tennessee ConserVOLiance got together this evening, for dinner and some serious chat. Right now, I’m kicking myself in the hinder! I took my camera along, and completely forgot about it! So, no pictures.
All in attendance were as dismayed as I am about Fred Thompson dropping out of the race. He actually has/had a lot more support than what the media let on, and I don’t mean just in the blogosphere. It seems the second choice will be Mitt Romney. Why? Well, look at the rest of the field, and you’ll know. Ok, yes, there is more to it than that. Although there is some skepticism about his less than conservative stand in recent years. If his ‘conversion’ is genuine, then there shouldn’t be a problem. His religion? Not a problem. I don’t know how enthusiastic I’ll be, but….
H/T:Â The Tennessee ConserVOLiance.
I turned north from Lawrenceburg on my way to Brentwood.Â Saw something ya don’t see much….a wagon with two of the biggest dadburn horses pulling it, smack dab in the middle of a U.S. highway.Â Kind of neat actually.
A few minutes later, I heard Rush say Fred Thompson had pulled out.Â Â I almost ran off the road!Â Not a good idea when you’re doing about 70 mph.Â Now what do I do?Â I understand that his family comes first, with him mom being sick and all.Â the fact he didn’t do quite as well as hoped in S.C. is a factor.Â But I really, REALLY, wish he had waited until after Super Tuesday!Oh, and I have to ask…what do people do in Brentwood?Â Good heavens!Â I don’t think I’ve ever seen such HUGE houses on fairly small lots.Â Well, with an average house, it would be a good sized lot.Â Those mega mansions….not so much.Â Well, whatever they do to earn a living, they do it DAMN WELL!
The gubmint messing with the stock market, not letting the system work itself out hasn’t made my day either!Â Every time they stick their fingers in something, they screw it up.
Hardin County schools are closed today because of the winter weather advisory that was issued on Monday, according to Superintendent John O. Thomas.
The schools will be open on Wednesday.
It’s freakin’ RAINING!Â It was raining at 6 this morning.Â It’s still raining!Â RAIN people!Â They closed the schools because of RAIN!
Have we really become such a nation of sissies that the superintendents of the schools feel it necessary to close the schools due to RAIN?
The Federal Reserve Board, citing a weakening economic outlook, Tuesday cut its target for the federal funds rate three-quarters of a percentage point to 3.5%.
The Fed’s rate cut was highly unusual ahead of a scheduled meeting next week; it followed a broad selloff in overseas stock markets. In a statement, the Fed said it took this action “in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth.”
Do they do this just so the stock market will go up for a while? If so, why? Isn’t it normal for there to be up turns and down turns? Not being an economist, and not having a clue how the stock market really works (I know a little, but….), I’m really curious why they don’t let the market do, what it’s going to do, whatever that is. I don’t think instant, temporary fixes are all that great of an idea.
Fewer abortion providers may be one of the primary reasons that abortion rates have dropped in Tennessee, pro-choice advocates say.
The number of abortion providers in the state declined from 33 to 13 from 1992 to 2005, according to a recent national report. A Tennessee anti-abortion advocate attributes the decline to increased education of women about “the horrors of abortion.”
This is a bad thing? I think it’s great! If women have to travel farther, then perhaps there will be some second thoughts. Perhaps more precautions will be taken in advance, instead of using murder as birth control.
The Democratic presidential front-runners clashed angrily in a debate Monday night, with Sen. Barack Obama accusing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband of repeatedly distorting his positions and Clinton asserting that Obama is trying to run away from his record.
Well, that’s what the Clintons do! Although, B. Hussein’s record really isn’t as impressive as he’d like you to think, neither is the Shrilledebeast’s.
”No Country for Old Men” and ”There Will Be Blood” led with eight Academy Awards nominations each Tuesday, among them best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem — but whether any actors would show up was in doubt because of the writers strike.
”No Country for Old Men,” a crime saga about a drug deal gone bad, ”There Will Be Blood,” and a historical epic set in California’s oil boom years will compete for best picture against the melancholy romance ”Atonement,” the pregnancy comedy ”Juno” and the legal drama ”Michael Clayton.”
Ya know what? I don’t give a happy crap!
Collections of the three most important Wisconsin taxes increased less than 1% in the second half of 2007 – falling far short of the 3% assumed growth needed to cover state expenditures this year and raising fears that deep spending cuts will be necessary.
Every unexpected 1% drop in collections from those taxes means state government will have $120 million less a year to spend. If tax collections don’t pick up, the shortfall would quickly wipe out the projected $67 million surplus Capitol leaders had hoped for this fiscal year and force reductions across state government.
Here’s a clue…..STOP SPENDING LIKE DRUNKEN SAILORS! Try cutting taxes. It’s been proven to stimulate the economy. Maybe folks like us, will stop leaving the state? Just a thought.
“I see more participation this year than I have in a long time,” said Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, who attended his share of events. “There is a certain seriousness I have not seen in these ceremonies. There is an individual resolve I have not seen before.”
The change starts from within.
Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to get into Canada, as border agents with better access to American criminal databases are turning people back for offenses ranging from assault to drunken driving to shoplifting.
Canada has had better access to criminal records since the Sept. 11 terror attacks but lawyers say they are now using the records more aggressively.
This might not be a bad thing, but honestly, do the Canadians really need to fear for their safety from a shoplifter?
A potential conflict of interest involving a congressman’s wife, the governor’s brother and a state legislator has kept a new $82 million ethanol plant from receiving a valuable state financing incentive.
Under the rules, no incentives can be given if the company has even a single investor who is a lawmaker, statewide elected official, state department director or a parent, sibling, spouse or child of any of those officials.
So far, Show Me Ethanol has been unable to comply.
That’s because its investors include state Rep. John Quinn, R-Chillicothe; his wife, Mary; and Andy Blunt, the brother of Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. Also invested in the plant is Lesley Graves, the wife of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.
Is there anyone who goes into ‘public service’ anymore, just to serve the public? Or is it all just a ‘get rich quick’ scheme! sigh… This all might be quite innocent, and they might not have known they were violating some rule or other, but it all stinks to high heaven. And I still believe ethanol made from corn is a REALLY bad idea!
Gov. Haley Barbour struck a cautious tone during the first State of the State address of his second term, telling lawmakers that Mississippi faces tight financial times that reflect the uncertainty of the national economy.
He said legislators will have to make tough and potentially unpopular decisions about the state budget. Medicaid needs millions of dollars to get through the next few months and most state agencies are requesting significant spending increases for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Where is it written that states have to spend more than they take in? When did that become some sort of unwritten rule??
Frederick Meyer reported a laptop, a Palm pilot, a GPS unit and a digital camera stolen from his home â€” only to have most the items left in front of his house a few days later, according to a subpoena filed in court Monday.
Meyer reported the items stolen Nov. 3. Three days later, Meyer said he received a call from a blocked number in which the caller said he had the items.
The caller also said he had Meyer’s Glock pistol. Meyer didn’t realize the gun was also stolen but checked and found it was missing, the subpoena said.
The caller told Meyer his items would be returned within a day.
Less than two hours later, the doorbell rang. In his driveway he found most of the items, except for the GPS unit, according to the subpoena.
Not your common, every day, occurrence! A nice thief?
University of Nevada political scientist Dr. Eric Herzik says former President Bill Clinton has become a drag on his wife’s Democratic presidential campaign.
Is that headline suppose to be news? It’s common knowledge!Â Maybe he’ll drag her bid for president down so far, he’ll save us the agony of putting up with her too much longer? Just wishful thinking I guess.