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Sadly I won’t be able to make it, but I will be there in spirit!
Piers Morgan is a complete moron!!
“And it’ll be done to people like you!” Did he really say that? Did Morgan actually THREATEN Senator Campfield? On national TV? Why can’t we ban idiots??? Oh, that’s right…there are WAY too many! We just don’t have enough room in our prison system thanks to the CRIMINALS! The gang bangers who get their hands on ILLEGAL guns and shoot children!
I’m snooping, and see an email notification of about Hardin County TN. I don’t think I’ve seen more than 2 or 3 planes….teeny weeny ones, mind you…flying over the area in the entire time we’ve lived here. So, why, pray tell, is the federal government, aka US, as in taxpayers, country wide, giving a grant to a itty bitty airport that barely does any business? I mean, it can’t be a big grant, since there are six of them, but still…it’s our money, and I’d really like to know. If the county wants to makes some repairs or some such, shouldn’t the county, or whoever uses that airport pay for ‘em? Just a thought. If any one has a clue, please let me know!
Six Tennessee Airports Receive Aeronautics Grants
Six Tennessee airports will be getting federal and state aeronautics grants totaling more than $281,000.
The state Transportation Department announced last week that grants will be going to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport in Jackson, McGhee Tyson in Knoxville, General DeWitt Spain in Memphis, Millington Regional Jetport, Savannah-Hardin County Airport and Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville.
The grants are made available through the department’s aeronautics division.
It administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of the state’s public aviation system.
– The Associated Press
And his wife, Ashley, is a treasure too! If I hadn’t opened my eyes long enough to peruse through my email, I might have missed this little tidbit of VERY good news!
Tennessee insurance companies would be prohibited from participating in the state’s federal health care exchange that will provide federally-subsidized medical insurance under a bill approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee.
Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with his bill (HB476) and, once Tennessee approves it, other states are likely to follow and doom the federal health care program.
“With this bill, I bring you the opportunity for your children and grandchildren and my children and grandchildren to save billions and billions of dollars of money being borrowed against them by the federal government,” said Dennis.
The “Achilles heel,” Dennis said, is that the federal law still allows states to control insurance companies. Thus, by declaring a state’s insurance companies cannot use the health care exchanges set up under Obamacare, the law can be negated, he said.
But for the love of all that’s holy, do NOT tell those jackwipes in D.C.! I’ve no doubt they’ll come up with some E.O. or other unconstitutional B.S.
Dennis also contended that Obamacare would take business away from state insurance agencies writing policies for private insurance that is not subsidized by Obamacare.
But insurance company lobbyists and an attorney with the state Department of Commerce and Insurance said passage of the bill would likely mean that out-of-state insurance companies would wind up serving Tennesseans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“It’s going to be very frustrating for us not to give Tennesseans the option to purchase on the exchange and have the option of the subsidy,” said David Locke, lobbyist for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee.
The assclown is a LOBBYIST….FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY! I seriously doubt he, or BC-BS give a flying flip about the common man. U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn, also my rep, has been trying for years to get a bill through that would allow people to buy insurance from other states, even if that company didn’t have an office in the state you live in. Well, we know how well that’s gone over with the fat cat insurance lobbyists. Apparently, there are many companies that do not like competition, and will spend big bucks to influence our so called representatives to squash any and all….like a bug!
The bill declares that no insurance company licensed to do business in Tennessee can be part of a health care exchange established by the ACA. Gov. Bill Haslam recently declared that Tennessee will not set up its own state-operated exchange under the federal law, leaving the state exchange to be operated by the federal government.
Tony Greer, general counsel for the department, said the bill is “trying to nullify the (health care) exchange provision of the ACA.”
Well DUH, socialist dude! That’s the whole idea! 70% of Americans did NOT want this crap they foisted on us, and thank goodness there are honorable men and women, still concerned with those who sent them to office to SERVE in OUR best interest. This ObamaCare crap is NOT in our best interest!
He also disagreed with Dennis’ “Achilles heel” proposition. The ACA does have a provision saying that it will preempt any state law that is in conflict, he said, and Dennis bill would likely be deemed in conflict since it tries to keep the federal law from working in Tennessee.
Uh no…sorry, once again, socialist dude! The 10th Amendment clearly states that we CAN nullify unconstitutional federal law! False Assertion 1: That States can’t nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because the Constitution doesn’t say they can do it. False Assertion 2: That Nullification is literally impossible. People….seriously…. y’all need to education yourself before making such idiotic statements! Sadly, we live in an age of ignorance.
The upshot, Greer said, could be the federal health exchange authorizing companies not licensed in Tennessee to sell federally-subsidized insurance within the state while companies with a Tennessee license could not. He said some Tennessee-based companies could choose to “become unlicensed companies” so they would be able to sell the subsidized policies.
Uh…no. Actually, that would be a criminal act. It’s against the law for any insurance company not licensed in a particular state to sell insurance in that state. I know…I tried. See? Ya jack wagons, should have passed Marsha’s law while ya had the chance. Morons!
After their testimony, Dennis, an attorney, said he still disagreed with the conflicting assessments.
“I don’t believe anything in Obamacare allows an out-of-state company to sell to Tennessee residents,” he said.
When it comes right down to it, there is nothing Constitutional about this whole chitworks! People can NOT be forced to buy something they don’t want, Congress can NOT force citizens to go against their religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court (see the above link) is NOT the final say in anything, contrary to what many may believe these days. The federal government is severely limited in what powers it is granted, BY THE PEOPLE. It might be a REAL good idea for them to remember that, and start upholding that ‘dusty old document’ they swore to uphold and defend!
The bill was approved 6-2 – the two no votes coming from the only Democrats on the subcommittee. The bill now goes to the full Insurance and Banking Committee next week. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, is also scheduled for a committee vote next week.
Color me SHOCKED that the no votes were from BIG GUBMINT Dims! And by the way, Sen Gresham is my state Senator too! Heh. Hey! What can I say? We have some very smart folks in our district, who elect very smart reps!
Savannah Police investigators started their week off with an uncommon crime for their city. Peggy Alexander, 71, was found dead inside her some Sunday morning by her son.
“This not one of our most prevalent crimes we do have homicides we had one a year ago and one several years ago it’s not one we see weekly or monthly,” said Chief Donald Derr of the Savannah Police Department.
Our little corner of rural Tennessee isn’t exactly known for it’s murder rate. Yes, we have burglaries, and a lot of meth busts because of all the back roads and such, it’s easy to hide out, and the odor from the ingredients isn’t noticed by the neighbors due to the distance between the houses. But murder?? We have at the most, 2 in one year, but mostly it’s none.
Savannah Police with the help of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged Alexander’s son Christopher Knight, 32, and his wife Tonya Knight, 18. They each face a count of first degree murder.
According to the affidavit, the two killed Alexander, Sunday morning. Soon after, Christopher admitted to using her debit card to withdraw $60 from her account. Afterwards, he called police.
I just don’t understand people anymore. To murder your own mother takes a special kind of evil. Why? Just because she wanted to move out? Or because he stole $60 from her? Where’s the logic? There is none! I pray she rests in peace now that she is away from the evil that was her son.
I have made mention of Publius Huldah quite often, and linked to many of her papers that pertain the the Constitution. She, I guess you’d call it, testified in front of the Tennessee Senate. The woman is a genius when it comes that important document, and the Federalist Papers. Sadly, many of our elected officials are not as familiar with the Founders and their views as they should be.
It’s unfortunate that they only gave the speakers five minutes each. I’m sure the Senators could have learned quite a bit if they had allowed P/H more time. If you ever had the opportunity to hear her actually give a speech, take it. She is a dear friend, and never ceases to amaze!
If I hadn’t had to go to the doc…again…I would have been in Nashville to watch P/H take the Senators to the wood shed. Heh!!
If you can tolerate the nonsense, have at it! P/H starts about the 1:03 mark. There are questions and answers, which aren’t not included in the video above, and Kelsey is looking like an horse’s ass.
The whole session:
The Washington, D.C.-focused website Politico profiled Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday, describing him as “the most important Republican governor you’ve never heard of.”
Contrasting Haslam’s style to the bombast that wins clicks on video websites and appearances on cable news, Politico writer Alexander Burns said Haslam could be a model for the national GOP on how to govern conservatively. The piece listed Haslam’s credits as passing civil service reform, tort reform, new teacher tenure rules, tax cuts and charter school expansion.
The news hook was this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. But, of course, this was the sort of piece any ambitious politician loves — especially when their party is looking for leaders. Politico gushed that Haslam might have greater plans.
Coming from Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased writing, if I were Haslam, I’d take that as an insult. Then again, perhaps he likes being praised by the left wing hacks? Cuz heaven knows, he’s sure not being praised by Tennessee conservatives!
And while you are snooping that page, read the bit about Brian Kelsey, supposed R from Memphis, and Mae Beavers. It just amazes me that people like Kelsey, and there are many like him in many elected offices, will spew what ever comes to mind, mangling history and facts, to their own embarrassment. It’s a shame the Tennessean doesn’t have better informed writers, who would do a little research, and come up with a few facts. I guess that’s asking too much of the lame stream, eh?
Four more soldiers have been arrested accused of stealing 798 30 round capacity M4 magazines from Lexington’s National Guard Armory.
Lexington Police said none of the magazines were loaded at the time of the theft.
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News was first to tell you about Bells Police officer Jonathan Walker’s arrest. Now, four of his fellow guardsmen, Richard Walker, 42, Jeremy Camper, 32, Ronald Clark, 38, and Ryan Bromley, 24 have all been charged with theft over $1,000.
“We teach our grandsons to respect soldiers for what they do, now, how can I turn around and say you need to respect these people,” said Lexington resident, Cindy Denison.
Officers said they recovered 593 magazines on the date they were reported missing, and on February 15, 200 more were recovered.
If members of the National Guard, who are meant to protect the people, are nothing more than common thieves, why should we have any trust in them at all? No, not all Guardsmen are scum, the majority of them are honorable men and women. Unfortunately, trash like this, who would steal from us….yes, US, because we pay for those magazines…who’s to say they wouldn’t come into your home during a crisis, and rob you blind, or even, God forbid, fire on you? To me, this is worse than a kid robbing a convenience store. We put our trust in the Guard, we don’t trust the petty thief trying to make a fast buck.
And I have to ask….if they were empty, what would be the point? Yes, I know, such magazines are getting hard to find, but then again, so is ammo.
A unanimous vote was taken Thursday night by the board of alderman in Crump on the future of its city’s police department.
The city was considering doing away with the department all together and letting the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department take over patrols and answering calls.
The board voted in favor of keeping their own department, which includes three full-time and one part-time officer.
The joy of living in small town America is the fact that there are so few people! But as with any town, just about anywhere, we do have our own problems to deal with on a regular basis. One of the very sad facts of living in a rural area, is that there is a meth lab epidemic, which has been dealt with quite well, I must say! The back roads leading no where are a great attraction for the scum bags who want to destroy, not only their own lives, but others as well, in the hopes they’re going to get rich. Pfft!
Hardin is a pretty good sized county, and to put that much pressure on a not so huge sheriff’s department doesn’t make a lot of sense. Their HQ is on the other side of the river, and the response time in an emergency wouldn’t be all that great, considering the very winding roads we have farther down the road. And yes, we do have quite a few hills around here too.
I have to say, I am pleased with the councils decision. I believe they did the right thing in keeping our little police department going. Now, if we could just get that new young guy to chill!
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is opposing a National Rifle Association-backed effort to block public access to the state’s handgun carry permits.
Ramsey tells The Associated Press that the ability to scrutinize the identities of people with handgun carry permits strengthens gun advocates’ arguments that they are worthy of carrying loaded firearms in public.
Ramsey is 1 of the Legislature’s top gun rights advocates and he’s behind this year’s bill that would allow gun permit holders to keep their weapons in their cars no matter where they are parked.
The last serious effort to seal the records passed the House in 2009 but failed in the Senate.
Republican Rep. William Lamberth of Gallatin, the bill’s main sponsor, says he wants to protect permit holders’ privacy.
If he is such a 2nd Amendment supporter, then why is he against protecting permit holders’ privacy? That doesn’t make a lot of sense. And according to the 2A, people shouldn’t have to ask the permission of the government, on any level, to have a weapon. Yes, the mentally ill should be scrutinized when attempting to purchase, but law abiding citizens are “the militia”, so……
And to think I supported him in the primary for governor.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining like minded Constitutional (and one leftard) Tennesseans at a forum on the 2nd Amendment. It was a packed house!
While looking for a parking place, I noticed a very large painting of Ronald Reagan on the side of a building. Trying not to run into anyone, after guessing it was the local Republican party’s headquarters, and of course, I was right. I didn’t get a picture of it (it was freakin’ COLD), but did find one in the Cookeville paper with the ad for the forum:
Sheriff David Andrews and Rusty Welch, chairman PCRP.
Apparently, Putnam County is one of the lucky ones to have a permanent building for the HQ.
After arriving, I got to chat with a few folks. I was pickled tink to see Paula and Publius again after so long! ALWAYS a good time! And I finally did get to meet their spouses as well. LOL We often wonder if the other halfs actually DO exist. Now, I know. Now, if I can get the Mr to go to the shindig where P/H is speaking tomorrow evening….. Heh.
There were four speakers. P/H, Constitutional genius…and that is NOT an exaggeration,
TN Rep Joe Carr – District 48 (wherever that is),
John Harris….executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association,
and Putnam Country’s Sheriff David Andrews….president of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association .
I wish I had used what few brain cells I have left, and brought my video camera so I could record Publius’ speech. Unless you actually hear her speak, there are no words to describe her brilliance. All of the speakers were good, and mostly informative, but when a person gets an immediate standing ovation before she even finished the last syllable, you KNOW…this is one person who has it RIGHT!
Rep Carr spoke of a bill nullifying the potential federal gun grab, which yes, we ARE allowed to do! States have the ability to nullify any federal law that is unconstitutional. And let’s face it, Obama’s plans ARE unconstitutional.
John Harris (TFA) spoke about the bills that 2nd Amendment advocates have aided in pushing through the state legislation. Isn’t it amazing that many small donations from regular folks can unseat an incumbent with hundreds of thousands of dollars from big corporations? He also spoke of the history of how TN’s gun laws came into being, siting the racism of the DEMOCRATS after the Civil War. Fact, many gun laws came into being due to the fact that Democrats did not want freed slaves to possess a means to protect themselves from the terrorist arm of the party, the KKK.
Sheriff Clark shared where the Association stands on the issue of gun grabbing. The sheriffs of Tennessee will NOT violate their oath of office, which includes the phrase “to protect and defend” both the U.S. Constitution, and the Tennessee Constitution. I spoke to him briefly after the forum, to ask him if most county sheriffs are on board with upholding their oaths of office, including Hardin County, and he told me that to the best of his knowledge, ALL county sheriffs will not violate that oath.
Afterward, another evil smoker, Tom, (and the back of Paula’s head) and I were standing outside, freezing our hinders off, and talking about the forum. It seems he brought the idea of a class, taught by Publius, for potential conservative candidates, and maybe those who are already holding office, on the Constitution. It’s quite obvious that many who are elected and hold office are absolutely clueless about that document, and what they do know, is so mangles, they tend to confuse what they THINK with what is reality. I think it’s an excellent idea!
Once we were able to drag P/H away from her HUGE fan club, we all went out to eat. There were two other ladies with us, but for the life of me, I can’t remember their names. For that, do apologize! Blame the meds! I always do! Heh. A most excellent time was had by all 8 of us…after we left Chili’s and went to Logan’s! Obviously, the conversation was quite lively, and politically centered. Good people. good eats, and good times! It’s a shame they all live way over here where it’s too flippin’ cold for these old bones!
I’m SO excited! I’ll be heading to Putnam County, on the other side of Nashville, to attend an event with some like minded folks. It’s been so long since I’ve seen P/H (REAL Constitutional scholar, Publius Huldah), and she is going to be the featured speaker! WHOO HOO! We don’t hold the fact that’s she’s a lawyer too against her. I’ll also get to see a few other folks I haven’t seen in…. like….forever, meet a few I’ve talked to, but never met, and then, there’s Paula too! Heh. Just kiddin’! Honest!!
From the FB page:
2nd Amendment Forum on Gun Rights will include speakers Publius Huldah, Constitutional attorney; Rep Joe Carr who will discuss his new bill HB 0042; John Harris, Exec Director of TN Firearms Association, and Sheriff David Andrews, President TN Sheriffs Assn, who will be talking about the enforcement of any attempts at bans or confiscation by federal agents.
This is a hugely important topic that all TN citizens should take part in, since we are seeing this federal administration “taking aim” on gun ownership. This is not a partisan issue, this is an AMERICAN issue and I encourage ALL citizens to come whether you are Democrat, Republican or Independent.
Yep! I’m gonna be there!
The only…..ONLY….reasons for a person in Tennessee to EVER give up his/her carry permit:
If someone comes along and says you have to give it up, and your weapon(s) and you haven’t been issued one of these, and the reasoning for their claim isn’t listed here, then, tell ‘em to go pound sand!
Shared by Jerry.
The 2013 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is off to a good start with several pro-gun bills being introduced. Even though last session ended on a sour note, your NRA-ILA is confident that we can take many legislative steps this year to further protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Tennesseans. The following pro-gun bills have been introduced:
- House Bill 6, sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), would allow K-12 school personnel to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized by the school superintendent, has had 40 hours of basic school policing training and uses frangible bullets.
- House Bill 9, sponsored by state Representative William Lamberth (R-44), makes all information contained in and pertaining to a handgun carry permit application or renewal application and the status of a handgun carry permit confidential and not open for public inspection. State Senator Ferrell Haile (R-18) has sponsored the Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 108.
- House Bill 10, sponsored by state Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), prohibits the allocation of state or local public funds to the regulation or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule or regulation that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2013, that imposes restrictions on citizens who lawfully possess or carry firearms in Tennessee. Senate Bill 40 is the companion bill.
- House Bill 108, sponsored by state Representative Sheila Butt (R-64), provides that a public or private employer cannot require an applicant for employment or an employee to disclose information about the ownership or storage of a firearm in the applicant or employee’s vehicle.
- House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), allows those with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-4) has filed Senate Bill 142, the companion bill to HB 118.
- Senate Bill 76, sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7), limits the number of handgun carry permit records that can be reproduced in a single day to fifteen.
- Senate Bill 77, also sponsored by Senator Campfield, allows certain persons employed by a local education agency as a faculty or staff member at a K-12 school to possess and carry a firearm.