Saturday, March 13, 2010

Storming the Court

Yes, I know that storming the court can be dangerous...

But banning it outright is nothing more than pooping the party, and the Southeastern Conference has banned the old tradition.

Mike Slive is clearly a Florida plant...

I'm not saying that officialdom should not have the right to monitor the situation and to clear the court by whatever means necessary-including force-if the situation were to get out of hand.

But I've been involved in several court-stormings in high school and college, and not only am I here to tell the tale, I wasn't hurt, and other than being hugged by jubilant players, coaches, classmates, and friends and in high school a few cheerleaders, I didn't find myself remotely in any danger. Each time this experience has been memorable and has served as a wonderful booster of student espirit de corps.

But the SEC has to poop the party....

A storming of the court in the 2007 Horizon League Championship Game (Wright State 60, Butler 55)


Friday, March 12, 2010

Support Your Local Sheriff

Tennesseans need to get it right on the constitutional powers of our county Sheriffs:

It is rather sad that Tennessee has need of an amendment to clarify the duties of an office which has existed in this State since before it joined the Union, and which duties have long been established in the common law of this State, and to a lesser degree the common law of the United States. The unfortunate reality is that some counties have diminished the powers of the Sheriff either by making the false assumption that a charter or metropolitan form of government trumps the State Constitution, or that because their county has a long-established custom of the Sheriff not doing much, that the Sheriff is not, in fact, the chief enforcer of the law within any given county.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

War Is All Hell...

...And Tennesseans are apparently going to be treated to the observance of personal political warfare in the 17th State Senate District:

I am terribly glad that I do not live in the
17th Senate District. Here are two strong conservative women that I admire who are literally committed to a set of political principles and ideals that are nearly identical, and which I, for the most part, happen to share. These two ladies hate each other with a passion that seems so deep that they both appear prepared to destroy themselves politically in order to keep the other from being elected.

The situation will leave a potential opening for the Democrats in November, and in a year when they all know (and will never publicly admit) that they stand to lose seats in the House, the pickup of such an important Republican seat in the State Senate could save the Tennessee Democratic Party. If political primary blood runs as high as the horse's bridle in Wilson County, Democrats could take advantage of the situation by simply campaigning as the outsiders who are free and clear of the Beavers-Lynn War to End All Wars. Local Democrats in Middle Tennessee could not have dreamed this scenario in their wildest midnight fantasies.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Niceley Fought

Tennessee State Representative Frank Niceley needs to keep up the fight for sovereignty:

Many have said that Frank Niceley's legislation is a very extreme measure, and that it is, but the tendency of Congress in particular and the federal government as a whole to ignore the wishes and desires both of the States and the people in this day and age is very great. Note that Niceley's bill likely would have at least made it out of subcommittee if the Republicans had a one-vote advantage corresponding to the one-to-two vote advantage the GOP has in the full House of Representatives.

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Fat Free Half and Half-Not of God

My wife has decided that as part of our Lenten pledge to engage in reducing our food intake that she would purchase fat-free half and half for us to use in our coffee-we both drink copious amounts of the bean juice.

It tastes alright, not as good as real half and half-and yes, there is a noticeable difference in taste, though it isn't bad. The problem comes when you read the ingredient label and see corn syrup and titanium dioxide.

Titanium dioxide?

This is supposed to be half and half-half milk, half cream. It is not supposed to be fat free, cream is not fat free. That is not natural...titanium dioxide in half and half? Fat free half and half is not half and half, it is corn syrup, titanium dioxide, and skim milk.

It can be argued that skim milk is a natural product (though this is questionable) since it is basically milk with all of the fat removed. However, there is nothing natural about half and half with titanium dioxide. It is not a natural product that is part of God's creation.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

How Much Trouble Is Print News In?

I just finished reading an interview with E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne in the Northern Kentucky University alumni publication Northern (Boehne and myself both have in common that we graduated from NKU). Rich Boehne is the man who presided over the closure of the paper where he got his start in the news business, The Cincinnati Post, as well as Colorado's oldest newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News.

What does Boehne say about the future of print journalism or newspapers?

The consumer and the advertiser will make that decision. [A newspaper] may not be seven days a week, and it might not be a product that is everything for everyone. I think in this fragmented media world, that’s probably a thing of the past.

[Print newspapers] may need to head a little more up-market. Instead of taking out content, what about putting content in and charging more? What about testing it to see if people will buy it?

That doesn't translate to me into a statement of confidence in the future of print media. It has been known for some time that Scripps' television and other media subdivisions are doing rather well, but that most of Scripps' print news properties are struggling, as is the company's print news division generally. One has to wonder if Scripps will eventually sell the Knoxville News-Sentinel or close the paper completely as the need for its print division declines.

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Farr Apparently At It Again

Tennessee Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr has gone off of his medication again:

The latest proposal Governor Phil Bredesen has for taking money from your wallet very likely came from the mind of his Revenue Commissioner, the despot Reagan Farr. Farr, of course, is the same man who proposed to
station State revenue agents at the border to stop Tennesseans from buying cigarettes in other States (constitutional rights-what constitutional rights?). Now, the revenue czars want to tax the breakfast at your hotel.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Mean It This Time

Let's hope the move for constitutional reform is real this time:

The tea party movement is talking about some important things, such as placing strict limits on the power and authority of the federal government, abolishing the federal income tax and the Internal Revenue Service, and restoring the powers of the States under the 10th Amendment to govern their own affairs more fully without interference from Washington. We heard that kind of talk in 1994 as well, and recall that it led to the "angry mob" dramatically changing the complexion of Congress. What was not sen was the kind of fundamental change we heard political leaders talk about on the campaign trail during that historic election cycle.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Word From the Front Lines

Luke 13:1-9:

And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloam, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.

He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground? But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it. And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Nicole and I went to Sunday Mass at Holy Cross in Pigeon Forge Sunday morning, and I have to admit that after the events of this week, we thought we might hear something from the pulpit about it. What we did hear actually came from Holy Cross Deacon Larry West, who preached the homily at the 8:00am Mass we attended.

"I'd love to meet with Pastor Hatcher [of Connor Heights Baptist Church] and share with him what our faith is about, and show the love of Christ to him."

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