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Archive for 5 December 2008
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again! Time for the weekly front page news from Podunk. Ok, I got the paper yesterday, but yesterday was basically a dead day for me, so, tonight will have to be acceptable.
$100,000 closer to goal
Local country music star Darryl Worley opened the third annual Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Telethon with a donation of $100,000 from the 2008 Tennessee River Run.
Worley has also announced that the Darryl Worley Foundation’s Board of Directors is increasing their total pledge from the original amount of $250,000 to $600,000.
That’s quite a hefty, and impressive, increase.
Annual show will fill children’s empty stockings
Help make the holiday special for an underprivileged local child and treat yourself to a night of family entertainment at the same time by attending the 24th Annual Country Christmas show Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Hardin County High Achool auditorium.
Dang. Missed it tonight. Well, we’ll probably miss it tomorrow night too.
Crump must cut spending
Recession is creating shortfall in revenues
The national recession which economic experts this week acknowledged began in December of 2007 has apparently come to Crump.
City revenues, including sales tax receipts, have been lower than normal for about a year, according to Crump City Administrator Pam Hardy. It has no property tax.
Well, first off, the only business (of which there are very few) I’ve seen around here that is ever brisk, is the flea market, and as far as I know, ya don’t pay sales tax on that stuff. Second, does this mean they’re going to decide a city property tax will increase revenue? Cuz if that’s there thought, then they need to think again. Creating a tax on folks who don’t have any money to spend makes ZERO sense. To reduce the pay of the few full time employees wouldn’t help either. Putting them below the poverty level is just down right absurd. Nope. I don’t have any answers either, other than perhaps trying to bring in new businesses? I mean other than another XXX adult store. sigh…
Despite the economy, Clayton workers still give
Plant has been hit by the recession but predicts recovery
Despite layoffs and work slowdowns, employees at Clayton Homes’ Savannah plants have given $10,000 to make the Christmas season brighter for Hardin County’s underprivileged children.
The Clayton Homes Foundation contributed another $5,000 to the Country Christmas organization which annually takes hundreds of needy local kids on a holiday shopping spree.
One thing about the country folks, even when times are tough, they can always find a way to give a little more to those who are in need.
Renew car tags now without ever getting out of your chair
Hardin County Internet junkies rejoice! You can now renew your Tennessee license plate online.
You’ll pay for the convenience, however, Hardin County Clerk Connie Stephens notes.
Well, welcome to the 21st century! Only 9 years late! Sheesh!
Christmas downtown has new features
The Savannah Arts Commission annual Christmas even is Saturday, Dec. 6, in downtown Savannah.
Many activities are planned for the day, including rides on the new Savannah Trolley through the historic district of Victorian and Antebellum homes.
Cool. Might have to check this out.
Lake area Yule parade is Friday night
In the mood for another Christmas parade?
Then you’re in luck because Pickwick will be the place to be for a seasonably festive Friday night.
Welp, missed this one too, but since it’s also ‘seasonably’ cold outside, and I don’t do cold……
A planned Museum of Tolerance in western Jerusalem is creating another rift between Jews and Muslims.
An American Muslim group says the museum is going up on the site of a Muslim cemetery and it wants construction stopped.
Israel’s supreme court, however, ruled that the museum is being built on land that’s been used for decades as a parking lot without complaint from Muslims.
Let me see if I’ve got this right. It’s perfectly ok to park a good number of cars over your dead relatives for decades, but it’s not ok to create a museum in the name of tolerance?
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles has asked the SWC not to build on the site. In a letter to SWC on Thursday, CAIR-LA said, “the land on which you plan to build is the site of a Muslim cemetery, a historic landmark, and a place revered by many.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never considered a parking lot to be a historic landmark, or something to be revered.
According to historians, the planned museum site “was once the largest Muslim cemetery in Palestine,” CAIR-LA said. Companions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and Islamic jurists and scholars are said to be buried there.
Ok, here’s a question: Who built the parking lot? Why was there no outrage when the parking lot was put there?
According to the SWC, Muslim scholars and religious leaders have ruled that a cemetery that is not in use for 37 years is considered “mundras” – an abandoned cemetery that has lost its sanctity.
Well, there ya go! No problem. It’s no longer ‘sanctified’.
SWC noted that Muslims themselves have either proposed or completed construction projects on cemetery grounds over the years.
For example, in 1946, the Muslim mufti of Jerusalem planned to build a Muslim university on the entire cemetery. It was never built. And during the time of the British Mandate in the 1920s, parts of the cemetery were used for “development purposes,” including the Palace Hotel compound built by the Grand Mufti himself.
“Documents prove…the existence of building plans on the area of the cemetery that were prepared with the approval of the Muslims themselves,” Israel’s Antiquities Authority says.
I’d like to know why CAIR would have anything to say about what is going on in Israel, anyway. Aren’t they the thorn in the side of America? Not Israel?
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, the Mufti of Jerusalem, was quoted as saying that the court decision harms Muslim holy sites.
But Hier rejected that criticism: “The opposition to the move is not motivated by religious concerns but is a political attempt at a land grab by Islamic fundamentalists,” Hier was quoted as telling the Jerusalem Post.
One of those fundamentalists, Sheikh Raed Salah, heads the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It was Salah, a man with ties to Hamas, who brought the case before Israel’s High Court in early 2006.
Wow. Now there’s a shocker. (insert massive sarcasm here) It’s really hard to view these….’people’…as anything more than terrorists. Terror in the streets or terror in the courts, it’s all manipulation to bend those who don’t bow to Mecca five times a day to their will.
Damn skippy! And about flipping time too!
Courtesy of Chris from Racine.
Backers of an attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in the District next year are re-evaluating their strategy in light of political realities, including a California referendum last month in which blacks voted overwhelmingly for a constitutional amendment to prohibit the practice.
“It’s a little tricky right now,” said D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat and one of two gay members on the city’s legislative body. “And it’s a very considerable list of stakeholders who need to be strategically engaged.”
The American people do NOT want same sex marriage! WE have spoken! Let it go. You’re doing your ’cause’ more harm than good. Y’all are like a bunch of small children having temper tantrums wanting to get your way when the grownups tell you ‘no’.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker continued his tough-love approach with the U.S. auto companies Thursday and called for the United Auto Workers to take deep cuts in wages and benefits to make General Motors Corp. competitive.
Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, gained attention last month with his aggressive questioning of company and union leaders, who are asking for billions of dollars in federal assistance. He was at it again Thursday as the same group made a return appearance before the committee.
Ya know, it’s not the wages I mind so much. Everyone who works hard should earn a decent wage. It’s the utterly absurd benefit packages they insist on that chaps my hide. Even a ol’ broad like me can figure out: When a company has to pay out an excessive amount for benefits, it eats into profits. No profits, no expansion. No expansion, no new business. Prices go up, business goes elsewhere. Then you have the execs putting on a show in D.C. begging for taxpayer money. As far as I’m concerned…file bankruptcy, regroup, start over with some common sense, and get rid of the freakin’ union!
Charges could be announced as early as Monday in the shooting, which left 17 civilians dead and strained U.S. relations with the fledgling Iraqi government. People familiar with the charges said they might include an aggressive Reagan-era anti-drug law cracking down on assault weapons.
Prosecutors have been reviewing a draft indictment and considering manslaughter and assault charges for weeks. A team of prosecutors returned to the grand jury room Thursday and called no witnesses.
Though drugs were not involved in the Blackwater shooting, the Justice Department is pondering the use of a law, passed at the height of the nation’s crack epidemic, to prosecute the guards. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 law calls for 30-year prison terms for using machine guns to commit violent crimes of any kind, whether drug-related or not.
Why do I keep getting the feeling this is a ‘suck up’ case? Sucking up to the Iraqis. Since I wasn’t there, and I don’t know all the details, I can’t say for sure, but every time I read about this incident, I just have that gnawing feeling something isn’t right. IF they did just start firing willy nilly at civilians, yes, they should be prosecuted. But this is Iraq we’re talking about here….where ‘civilians’ look and dress just like the bad guys.
John Wyma, one of the governor’s closest former aides, has been cooperating in the probe and helped lead to recordings of the governor and others, the Chicago Tribune is reporting, citing unnamed sources.
It was not known when the recordings were made or what evidence, if any, was gathered from them.
Then why bring it up? Tell me when you’ve got some REAL news to report, K?
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for United States President-elect Barack Obama to press hard for Israel to make further territorial concessions to the Palestinian Authority.
No….NO….and HELL NO! This is a tiny country, and for them to give up even more territory to people who want them dead is ludicrous. Land for peace is NOT a common sense approach, never has been, never will be. A MUCH Higher Authority gave this land to Israel, and for mere men to tell them to give it up? I don’t bloody well think so! As a matter of fact, the so called Palestinians, who are mostly Jordanian should go ‘home’!
Democrats are growing impatient with President-elect Barack Obama’s refusal to inject himself in the major economic crises confronting the country. Obama has sidestepped some policy questions by saying there is only one president at a time. But the dodge is wearing thin. “He’s going to have to be more assertive than he’s been,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., told consumer advocates Thursday.
Frank, who has been dealing with both the bailout of the financial industry and a proposed rescue of Detroit automakers, said Obama needs to play a more significant role on economic issues.
“At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he says we only have one president at a time,” Frank said. “I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.”
Psst! Fannie Frank! We have ONE president at a time, and it ain’t Obama! If I’m not mistaken, he shouldn’t even be referred to as ‘president-elect’ until after the 18th! And while we’re at it….why haven’t you resigned? Since you, personally, are responsible in large part, for this fine mess we’re in right now!
A 24-year-old Ohio man is being accused of driving drunk after he told police he was a federal agent “conducting brake tests” after he was caught doing “doughnuts” on a snow-and ice-covered airport runway in Beaver County.
According to a criminal complaint, on Nov. 22, Michael Montgomery of Streetsboro, Ohio ignored orders to stop spinning on the runway of the Beaver County Airport. The airport is about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Jiminy crickets! What a ma-roon!
Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader Michel Aoun accused the United Nations on Thursday of “covering up all harms committed by Israel against the Palestinian people,” adding that the world body “resolves world problems based on the will of great powers.” “The United Nations has always failed to condemn Israel due to the veto right and we see it in oil fields with or without a resolution,” Aoun said during a lecture at Damascus University.
“Some [powers] are exerting pressures to abrogate the Palestinians’ right of return to their homeland,” he added.
First, it is NOT their homeland. The Good Lord didn’t give it them. Second, who is coddling whom? I don’t see the Palies being pressured to give up anything. And just who’s ‘constitution’ calls for the total annihilation of an entire people? Give me a break!
State prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against a man indicted Thursday in one of the worst mass murders in Memphis history.
Jessie Dotson, 33, was indicted on six counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
The Lester Street massacre on March 2 claimed the lives of four adults and two children and left three other children critically injured with stab wounds.
It’s a real shame this low life piece of garbage can’t be executed six times!
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.