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Archive for 20 August 2008
Yeah…. I would say this is a MOST interesting concept. We’ve been forced to accept a nominee that not one single person I know, supported. Yes, there were a variety of supporters for Romney to Thompson to Huckabee, but NOT ONE for McCain. So, how did the ‘right’ end up with a ‘left’ nominee anyway ?
The idea of having to compromise my principles has been extremely repugnant to me, so when such an idea comes along, I will surely have to investigate further.
Heh. Well, no, I guess not. I’m not one of the biggies in Tennessee. Not for the lack of trying mind you, but hey, I’ve only been on the TN BNN a month or two. Even if I WAS at #2 last week, and at #3 THIS week. sigh…
Pull up a keyboard and let’s see what’s on Tennessee’s mind today.
Over at Tiny Cat Pants, blogger Aunt B is tearing into the governor. Elsewhere, the Blue Collar Muse is kicking around the left wing. At Nashville 21, Sean Braisted is weighing in on the conflict in Georgia. Bill Hobbs thinks Barack Obama might be a drag on the ticket for Tennessee Democrats.
Links added by yours truly. Well, except for one, and I can’t figure out if they got the name wrong, or my links are messed up.
Welcome to the Tennessee political blogosphere: where citizen journalists, amateur pundits and wiseacres with broadband access endlessly type and snipe.
It’s a well established, highly organized and highly readable subculture with a devoted following among political junkies, casual Web surfers, politicians and reporters alike.
Organized? Well, ok. Yeah, maybe it is at that. There are several websites in Tennessee dedicated solely to bring some semblance of order into an otherwise random venue. TennesseeFree and The Tennessee ConserVOLiance are just two that pop into mind at the moment.
Bloggers come and go, as we’ve all seen over the last few years. Some, work hard, and dedicate a lot of time putting their heart and soul into sharing opinions, news, and views. Others, get a wild hair, and say “Hey! I’m going to be a blogger today!” Then fall by the wayside, when either boredom sets in, or actual LIFE gets in the way. I’d say it’s even possible for a really GOOD blogger/writer these days to make a few bucks, IF they want to. Not me…I wouldn’t even know where to start. Heh. Although the Mr might appreciate a dollar or two contribution to the kitty.
Much of the credit, or blame, for Tennessee’s unusually organized and cohesive political blogosphere tends to go to University of Tennessee law school professor Glenn Reynolds, who operates one of the most widely read political blogs in the nation, Instapundit.
Professor Reynolds seems to get quoted a lot in various areas. Just an observation.
“The Tennessee blogosphere is pretty mutually supportive for the most part,” said Reynolds, who rarely focuses on Tennessee politics, but has helped countless Tennessee bloggers reach a wider audience over the years by pointing his readers their way. “They may be more courteous to each other than bloggers in general.”
For the most part, I will agree with his assessment of Tennessee bloggers. I have yet to come across across a blogger, left or right, who personally attacks fellow bloggers from the opposite side ‘of the aisle’. It’s rather refreshing actually.
Cogito ergo blogito — I think, therefore I blog — is the motto of Ken Marrero, who blogs as the Blue Collar Muse.
Yes, he definitely thinks! And quite well too, actually! If you’ve never checked out his stuff, I can assure you, it’s well worth your time.
“I got tired of watching my wife and children roll their eyes while I yelled at the TV,” said Marrero, a Hermitage resident who owns a small recycling company and who has been blogging for about 18 months. In the words of a friend, he “went from yelling at an inanimate object to pounding on one.”
I can certainly relate. However, sitting down to the keyboard does NOT keep me from venting at the idjit box now and then, as the Mr can attest.
All in all, bloggers are the media of the moment. No doubt, there will be something coming along in a few years that will replace all the armchair pundits, but until that time, look for new sites to crop up, old favored ones to fade away, and a cornucopia of opinions. Cuz you know what they say about opinions…..
Not exactly, but darn close!
You may have seen it before, but it’s worth watching again.
Thanks to brother in law Tom.
The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land, compiling data that will be stored for 15 years and may be used in criminal and intelligence investigations.
Officials say the Border Crossing Information system, disclosed last month by the Department of Homeland Security in a Federal Register notice, is part of a broader effort to guard against terrorist threats. It also reflects the growing number of government systems containing personal information on Americans that can be shared for a broad range of law enforcement and intelligence purposes, some of which are exempt from some Privacy Act protections.
Huh? Ok, we have a border that is leaking like a sieve, with all kinds of illegal activity going on, right? Now, I get the idea of patterns with people, even legal citizens. We have a few who should be UNDER jails of our own. However, just how much money is being spent on tracking businessmen going to and from meetings and such across the border? I’m sure it happens on a frequent basis, and I don’t mean the ‘dirty dealings’ types of meetings either. So, instead of making sure the fence gets built, keeping track of invaders, they’re putting little numbers in little boxes to see who went where, how many times? Do I have this right?
Nebraska ranks sixth nationally in wind potential but only 20th in using wind to generate electricity.
It’s the kind of underachieving that would get a football coach fired.
But Gov. Dave Heineman and others involved in the development of wind energy said Nebraska is beginning to overcome some of the hurdles that have kept it out of the top 10.
In fact, the governor said Tuesday, Nebraska could climb into the top 10 within the next decade — an ambitious goal that would require more than a seven-fold increase in the state’s wind-generating capacity.
Wonder how much the Queen Moonbat has invested in this little adventure? I’ve only been through Nebraska a couple of times, and no offense, but there ain’t a whole lot there. Seems y’all have got a lot of potential for some windmills farms. Might as well make use of it, right?
The United States and Poland have raised the stakes in the new Cold War with the signing of a deal for a US missile defence base to be situated in a country bordering Russia.
The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice and the Polish foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, have signed the pact at a short ceremony in Warsaw to applause from a specially invited audience.
The 10 US interceptor missiles will be deployed 115 miles from Russia’s western border. But just as significant is the US decision to agree to Polish demands for a battery of Patriot missiles as a reward for hosting the missile system. The Patriots are meant to protect Poland from short-range missiles from neighbours — such as Russia.
Given recent events, I question why it’s taken so long. As Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” We didn’t ‘verify’.
Tzuberi began the race, which took place off the Qingdao beach at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, in fourth place in the overall competition. To win a medal, he knew he had to finish the last race at least four places ahead of the three competitors in front of him. In the event, he finished second in this morning’s race, overcoming a false start; he returned to the starting line when he thought – mistakenly – that his start had been disqualified. He managed to make up for his delay, passing the first float in third place, and ultimately reaching second place.
They’re removing baseball and softball from the Olympics, but they have windsurfing? Excuse me, but does anyone else find that a bit….well…..STOOPID?
A combative Barack Obama said Tuesday that Republican John McCain “doesn’t know what he’s up against” in this election and challenged his rival to stop questioning his character and patriotism.
Obama, campaigning in a state where he hopes to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in more than three decades, implored his supporters to fight for the presidency.
“Our job in this election is not just ‘win,’ although I’m a big believer in winning,” Obama said during the rally. “I don’t intend to lose this election. John McCain doesn’t know what he’s up against.”
Petty rantings of an immature politician? Honestly, I don’t know what he’s got his knickers in a twist about. McCain pretty much cleaned his clock at that forum set up on Saturday. The man speaks of nothing but winning, but not the why, hows, and wherefores. And BTW, B.? McCain may not know, but WE do know what we’re up against….and it ain’t purdy! (Why do I hear B. Hussein’s voice in my head going….’neener neener neener’?) Oh, and given your less than stellar performance on Saturday, I’m actually looking forward to a real debate or two. Should be fun.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said he won’t recommend a replacement for slain state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney before delegates gather in Denver next week for the Democratic National Convention.
“It’s important to do it relatively quickly, but you don’t want to rush to it,” Beebe said Tuesday. “It’s the kind of decision that can be long-lasting, so you want to make sure you take enough time so you can make the correct and proper choice.”
Beebe said he will take the next several weeks to look at possible replacements for Gwatney, who was shot and killed in his office at the party headquarters last week. The gunman, Timothy Dale Johnson, was shot dead by police after leading them on a 30-mile chase.
Well, no, I don’t suppose there is a reason to rush a decision, but wouldn’t it be prudent to have someone in charge? At least temporarily? I would think they’d have a few folks who had been backing up Gwatney, and could do the job, at least for now.
As many as 182 Tennesseans may have had unauthorized criminal justice database checks run on them by a state patrol lieutenant who was placed on administrative leave Tuesday — more than a month and a half after the agency started the investigation.
Gov. Phil Bredesen seemed to downplay Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Ronnie Shirley’s actions, characterizing him as a “nosy” officer rather than someone out to misuse the information obtained on private individuals through the unauthorized checks.
Shirley is the politically connected officer who fixed a speeding ticket in 2004 for Bredesen’s top aide at the time, Deputy Gov. Dave Cooley. The officer escaped discipline when top patrol officials concocted a fake punishment to throw off the news media and the public, a deception later reported by The Tennessean.
Well, there’s a real interesting connection there, eh Phil? I’m not saying anything….just making an observation. Out of curiosity, I wonder what party affiliation those 182 have/had?
The next president, whether Republican or Democrat, will make a Syrian-Israeli peace agreement a priority only if the two sides, meeting now in Turkey, make substantial progress before the inauguration.
That is what a foreign policy adviser to Senator Obama told Syria’s foreign minister last month while on a visit to Damascus. While the trip was not connected to the Obama campaign, Daniel Kurtzer nonetheless provided Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem with some advice of his own.
“I urged him to move ahead in the Israel-Syria negotiations as much as possible so that whoever is the next president would not start from too far down the track,” Mr. Kurtzer, a former American ambassador to Israel, said yesterday in a phone interview. “I did not say anything about Obama or McCain. I said whoever is the next president is not going to want to inherit a process that isn’t going anywhere.”
Is it really the job of a campaign adviser to offer advice to a foreign country? Seriously. I’d question a McCain adviser doing the same thing. Personal opinion, I’d have to say no. Unless either B. Hussein, or McCain was speaking, personally, to the folks, as their role as U.S. Senators…. Is it just me, or did someone step a bit over the line?
Taliban militants shot dead two women in the troubled northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar after accusing them of being prostitutes, police said on Wednesday.
The hardliners crushed the face of one of the women, apparently using rifle butts and stones, and left a note warning that others engaged in “immoral” activities would meet the same fate, they said.
“We warned these whores but they did not stop their business,” said the note left with the bodies of the women, one of whom was in her 20s and the other in her 40s, police said.
I tried to find out what their ACTUAL crime was, but there was nothing specific. As best I can figure out, they may have run a ‘beauty shop‘? Does anyone else have a serious problem here? Does anyone else see a need to turn that area into one GIANT field of glass? These are not people that can be reasoned with, or negotiated with….they are evil, pure and simple, and evil must be destroyed.
“The people of Iran are not surprised by positions taken by the American officials to deny the successful achievements of Iranians,” Qashqavis aid in a statements.
“It would be a surprising shock if the American officials welcomed the honorable progress of the Iranian nation.”
Yes, we are all so very impressed by Iran’s most recent technological advances, like…….Photoshop!
Honestly, I thought he was dead…..gone to the great peacock world in the sky! Perhaps that was seriously wishful thinking on my part. Well, now he’s up on the roof, crapping all over everything, pecking around, getting on my nerves.
Yes, I know. Shoot him. But in my current lack of sleep condition, do ya really think that would be such a wise move on my part? Naw….didn’t think so either!
I REALLY hate that bird, and all his little birdies that ‘went’ before him!
Congressman Steve Cohen says he will push to incorporate Isaac Hayes’ name into the name of Memphis International Airport.
Cohen said he made a mention of the change at the tribute to Hayes held Monday and got a huge response.
Cohen is drafting a letter to the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority suggesting the name change.
The letter will also go to City Council members, County Commissioners, and both mayors.
Cohen said right now there is a lot of public sentiment and support for the name change and their support could make it happen.
Really? A lot? 50% – no! Well, I suppose those 43% could be counted as a majority, if you’re a Dhimmi. Ya ever wonder why people bother to respond to polls if they have no opinion? If you don’t have an opinion, don’t put one out there. People are very strange like that.
He told us he’s also going to contact Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley to see if they will help support the move.
Cohen says Elvis has Graceland as a memorial, but Isaac doesn’t have a home to do the same.
Stax Rock & Soul Museum includes exhibits about Hayes but is centered around Stax and not Hayes.
There was a move several years ago to rename the airport in Elvis Presley’s honor, but Cohen says Elvis had been gone for a while and already had a memorial in Memphis and since Hayes just passed away the move has a better chance of being passed.
Cohen points out other cities have honored musicians such as the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in New Orleans.
I could see them changing it to Presely. I can NOT see it being changed to Hayes. Why? Well, no offense to Mr. Hayes, or his family, but he was no Elvis Presley. No, it’s got nothing to do with the style of music…I actually prefer Hayes, for the most part. It’s got a whole lot to do with name. If I were to go almost anywhere in the world, and ask a stranger on the street about Elvis Presley, you can be fairly sure they’d know who I was talking about. Hayes? You could say “Shaft”, and they MIGHT know. Just might. Louis Armstrong? A world renowned name, so yeah, that’s ok too. You think Armstrong, you think St. Louis. Oh, and “Hello Dolly”, but we won’t go there.
Honestly, if they really want MY humble opinion? Leave the name alone. It’s in Memphis, it should be called Memphis. I really hate to go to airports and not have a clue as to what city I’m in.
And besides…..no offense Rep. Cohen, but don’t you have something better to do? Like get your hind end back to D.C. and get this drilling mess dealt with…..RIGHT NOW!?
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
That’s what time I opened my eyes, and haven’t been able to shut ‘em since. Am I just a wee bit annoyed? Oh, now THERE’S an understatement! Since I didn’t get to sleep till about midnight, I’d say this day is a waste, and it hasn’t even started yet.
So, what do folks do at this time in the morning? I have NO idea. The sun isn’t even up. I’m not going to feed the cats yet. They can bloomin’ wait till that rooster starts making racket over on the other side of the trees! And he’s a late sleeper!
I suppose I could think of something, but I’d kind of rather not wake up the Mr. Not that I think any noise I would make could actually wake him up. Prop him up in a corner, that man could be out like a light in nothing flat! I suppose the house could fall down on him, and that might get a grumble out of him? No. Probably not. Must be nice to sleep like that!
So, why am I awake? Why, medication of course. What other reason could there possibly be for a reasonably sane, and extremely lazy woman to be up this early? Jeeeez! Silly question! You know there’s something really wrong with a med if one of the BIG side affects is freakin’ INSOMNIA! That’s not the only one, but it’s the complaint I have at this particular point in time. Said I had to finish it all. Pfft! We’ll see!
Well, I’ve got my coffee made. Broke up one cat fight already, commented on another blog, broke up another cat fight, tossed Mr Spot in the garage…….NOW what?
Well, I came across this cute little thang shared by Barbara T at Let’s Get This Right!
Hmm…. looking again, is ANYONE’S head that much bigger than the body? I think those tires are OVER inflated!
Hmmm…… Coffee turned out pretty good this morning. I think I’ll have some more!