Saturday, December 26, 2009

Question of the Weekend

The Tennessee General Assembly will convene in a special session on education to address federal Race to the Top funding on January 12. That session leads to our question of the weekend for reader response.


Friday, December 25, 2009

The Nativity of the Lord


In the 5199th year of the creation of the world, from the time when in the beginning God created heaven and earth.

From the flood, the 2957th year.

From the birth of Abraham our father, the 2015th year.

From Moses and the going-out of the people of Israel from Egypt, the 1510th year.

From the anointing of David as king, the 1032nd year.

In the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel.

In the 194th Olympiad.

From the founding of the city of Rome, the 752nd year.

In the 42nd year of the rule of Octavian Augustus, when the whole world was at peace.

In the sixth age of the world.

JESUS CHRIST, the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost, and nine months having passed since His conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judah of the Virgin Mary, HAVING BECOME MAN.


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

And It Came To Pass...

Luke 2:1-20:

And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.

And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:

For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath showed to us.

And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Elected School Superintendents

When the Tennessee General Assembly convenes in a special session on education January 12th, one of the things they may be discussing is allowing for elected county school superintendents in Tennessee again:

Since the special session at hand concerns education, word has reached The Examiner that proposals may not stop with how to dispense incoming federal funds (which some members are said to oppose taking because of the strings attached. Rep. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) confirmed to The Examiner this afternoon that he intends to introduce legislation that would allow individual counties the option of deciding locally whether or not to elect their own school superintendents. "We're going to try to include the option of locally elected school superintendents in the final proposal that comes out of the special session," Niceley said Wednesday.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Democratic Devil-May-Care

Democrats are bailing, bolting, and playing devil-may-care as an election year looms:

Doubtless, liberal Democrats will say that Parker Griffith's switch is not surprising, considering that he comes from one of the most conservative districts in an already conservative State, but the problem with this kind of thinking is that when either political party has a national majority the size that the Democratic Party currently enjoys, that majority cannot and will not survive without a representative conservative as well as liberal element-in other words, when your numbers are this high, you need both wings to fly.

The sudden and rapid decline in Democratic fortunes is certainly being reflected in the Tennessee General Assembly, where Democratic operatives and members seem to be taking a devil-may-care attitude in the actions they take (as in "we are going to get trounced anyway, so what the Heck"), as reflected by the mailing of a Christmas card over the weekend showing a senior Democratic staffer flipping the bird to receivers and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The realization that the Democrats may take a beating in the 2010 General Election may also be a big reason why Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams is trying so hard to be re-instated as a Republican to run on the 2010 ballot.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

He Did Not Have Holiday Relations With That Christmas Card

Tennessee House Democratic Leader Gary Odom's Chief of Staff says he didn't send the obscene Christmas card featuring him flipping the bird:

That is good to know, but just who did, and where would they find a picture of Skip Cauthorn clearly flipping someone the bird in order to put it on a Christmas card to send to legislators-especially Republican ones? While it is certainly not inconcievable that someone would sabotage Cauthorn, and by extention Cauthorn's boss Gary Odom (indeed such trickery is all too common in the political world on both sides of the aisle), it does seem more than a bit odd that the outright denial didn't come as soon as Friday night or Saturday morning, as soon as knowledge of the card's existence became public. I didn't realize that many legislators had received the card until I got private messages from some of them with notes like "did you see that crap Odom's guy sent out.." and "this is really low, the Dems must know the ship is sinking." One House member even called the card "sexist."

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:39-44:

And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Judah. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.

And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

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