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August 15, 2013

Sen. Stacey Campfield pushing 'Merry Christmas' bill

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

NASHVILLE — Inspired by Texas legislation, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has introduced a “Merry Christmas bill” for Tennessee that he says will assure schoolchildren and their teachers have a legal right to use what the bill calls “traditional greetings” during “winter celebrations.”

“This stops all these silly lawsuits that say you can’t say ‘merry Christmas’ or ‘happy Hanukkah’ or have a Christmas tree,” said Campfield, R-Knoxville, who has pre-filed SB1425 for consideration by the General Assembly in 2014.

While unaware of a specific case where Christmas has become an issue in Tennessee schools, the senator said he knows of people “afraid of lawsuits” and passage of the bill would provide them with reassurance.

“The ACLU is always freaking out about that stuff,” Campfield said.

Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/14/campfield-pushing-merry-christmas-bill/

Stacy Campfield says to teachers "you can't say 'gay,' but you can say 'merry christmas.' just make sure the kids test scores are high enough if they are going to get TANIF."
July 30, 2013

gop actually makes an honest statement

they said "Tennessee: What America should look like." Well, that reveals the truth of their agenda, right there. Favor the rich, keep the working people in low paying jobs, and forget about quality of life, health care, and education.

Tennessee: What America Should Look Like.

High school graduation rate 42
college graduation rate 42
cancer deaths 45
cardiovascular deaths 44
children in poverty 32
diabetes 44
infant mortality 45
low birthweight 42
preterm birth 40
obesity 35
occupational fatalities 36
physical inactivity 48
poor phys. Health days 42
premature death 43
preventable hospitlizations 46
violent crime 47
heart disease 41
high blood pressure 48
income disparity 41
stroke 43
teen birth rate 41
underemployment rate 32
unemployment rate 34

From a state with one of the most regressive sales taxes in the country, that lost 16.5K jobs in June, that burned through 5.2 billion dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

But some crazy right wing think tank voted us the "3rd freest state," whatever that means.

July 26, 2013

Donut shop hopes to get President Obama's attention


One local baker is thrilled about President Obama's visit, so much that she's named a donut after him.

"I did a little Google research and found out that he enjoys salted caramel milk chocolate candies. So, we created a chocolate donut that has a salted caramel icing on it in his honor. It's called the Obama," said Julie Davis, Julie Darling Donuts.


Julie Darling donuts are absolutely incredible - if you are ever in Chattanooga you should go by and have one. They are the best ever.
July 25, 2013

Hey Bro's, a cool story

my mother in law lives south of Clermont, near walt disney world. If you know the area, we often take a "back road" to the parks, well, its not so back roads anymore as gps has figured it out, down sherberth road. One day in May, we were driving back and around the corner in front of me an SUV flipped over - it was light rain, but the SUV was going to fast. I pulled over immediately, my wife and I hopped out and called 911. The SUV was up on a bank on its side so I was worried it would flip back down if the kids (they looked like teeangers) tried to climb out. So I talked to them through the window and got them to stay calm and still until the police arrived and could help stabilize it. They were really freaked out but held my eye contact and listened to me as we talked and they stayed calm. The police got there very quickly and emergency crews just a minute later. We got the kids out and everybody was OK.

I haven't seen this on the news yet so I thought I should let you all know about it.

June 18, 2013

Pilot Flying J guilty pleas: Radford, Stinnett, Clark admit to mail fraud counts

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE — Three former Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty today in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy to defraud customers out of diesel fuel rebates.

That brings the total to five who have admitted their roles in the scheme that became public with a massive raid on Pilot’s West Knoxville headquarters in April.

Earlier this afternoon, co-worker Jay Stinnett entered a similar plea.

This morning, Kevin Clark admitted to one count of mail fraud.

Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jun/18/pilot-guilty-plea-former-regional-sales-manager/

kee[ going up the ladder, come on come on.
May 10, 2013

Jason Richwine (the idiot from the pic of the day)

The idiot with the dissertation linking ethnicity and IQ. Here is a video of this guy from 2008 from cspan. He is a racist. He is a smug self-important little racist. I wish that I could have been on his dissertation committee.

May 4, 2013

NRA official: ’Culture war’ more than gun rights

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association kicked off its annual convention Friday with a warning to its members they are engaged in a “culture war” that stretches beyond gun rights, further ramping up emotions surrounding the gun control debate.

NRA First Vice President James Porter, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who will assume the organization’s presidency Monday, issued a full-throated challenge to President Barack Obama in the wake of a major victory regarding gun control and called on members to dig in for a long fight that will stretch into the 2014 elections.


“This is not a battle about gun rights,” Porter said, calling it “a culture war.”

“(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors,” said Porter, whose father was NRA president from 1959-1960.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/may/04/nra-official-culture-war-more-gun-rights/

the new nra president is an angry old blowhard
April 29, 2013

Chattanooga bomb squad disables two explosive devices in Red Bank

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Chattanooga police bomb squad disabled two devices in a Red Bank apartment after a barricaded man was taken into custody early this morning, authorities said.

Chandler Wynn Mauldin, 24, of 4223 Tacoma Ave., is in the Hamilton County Jail on $140,000 bond, Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said in a news release. Mauldin is charged with two counts of assault and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Christol said authorities were called to Mauldin's apartment about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on a report that he had an explosive device. Mauldin refused to open the door and told police he had a bomb and several weapons, Christol said.

Several nearby families were evacuated or told to stay indoors. Red Bank and Hamilton County Sheriff S.W.A.T. teams, the Chattanooga Police Department bomb squad, emergency services and the Red Bank Fire Department staged at a nearby parking lot.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/28/emergency-responders-alert-red-bank/?breakingnews

copy cat?

Eta looks like a troubled kid. Arrested at 18

and 21

and 23
April 23, 2013

scouting for all vs. astro turf

all of a sudden I am seeing ads on the internet for new web sites concerning Boy Scouts of America and gay membership.

I followed a link and they look pretty slick.

Compare the scouting for all website, obviously low budget an home made by former scout volunteers with their names listed in the about us, that has been chugging along for years:


or the inclusive scouting network:


That describes itself on the about page as "the official coalition of concerned parents, scout leaders, etc." but lists no names. I got in an ad on facebook. It is paid for by the "National Christian Foundation," which describes itself as "the largest Christian grant making foundation in the world."


from the "Family Research Council&quot listed by SPLC as a hate group). It has a web cast on Sunday that they are trying to get churchs to host.

Why I don't understand is, who pays for these web sites opposing lifting the membership ban? That has got to cost some money. What is in it for them?

edited to fix a link and to add:
I think these are astroturf facebook pages-



April 19, 2013

be advised we have four robots working on him right now

from police scanner.

They are saying that the guy on the ground is in his 60s. The tv news seems to be acting like it is suspect 2, but that doesn't match the scanners.

"we have a few objects inside the house, we have five out (PEOPLE?) but still objects in the house
we're all set for now, cheif we just haven't gotten inside the house yet

They gave a very American name and dl #, I am not going to write it because I don't know what is for.

they are at 30 Adams in the basement.

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