Saturday, May 22, 2010

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

The reconstituted excrement that passes for popular music today just can't compare with The Killer.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Mr. Speaker Campfield

You don't need to adjust your internet video stream, that really was Stacey Campfield presiding over the Tennessee House of Representatives Thursday:

When Representative Campfield was presiding over the House yesterday, some members could barely get the words "Mr. Speaker" out of their mouths. Many others, though, have grown to respect Stacey Campfield because they know where he stands and that his convictions are solid and unwavering. Over the years, his constituents have indicated that they respect him even more than many of his legislative colleagues do-and that's why we may soon be calling him "Senator Campfield."

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pledge Could Backfire

As nearly everyone knows, I strongly favor the idea that in organizational votes members of the Tennessee House or Senate who are Republicans should support the nominees of the House Republican Caucus for the officers of those bodies. However, I truly believe that making members sign a loyalty oath is not a good idea and, as we have seen, could backfire:

I'm also a political traditionalist in the sense that I believe that whether you supported someone in a Caucus Leadership vote or not, the opening rolls are the one time when parties need to stand together as one and support the Leadership. Family fights ought not to be held on the House floor.

Making members sign a "loyalty pledge" of any kind looks like a desperate political move on the part of the House Republican Caucus. I'm not saying that members and candidates should not be told that there will be political consequences if they do not stand together on the organization of the House or Senate-that needs to be made explicitly clear to every single member of the GOP Caucus. Such a conversation should be saved for a Caucus meeting, however, and making people sign loyalty pledges looks as though leadership otherwise wouldn't have the support of its own rank-and-file, and that isn't a message we as a party need to send. I would argue that making people sign such a pledge acts as an invitation for the questioning member to say "why did they make me do that" and to break their pledge as though they felt cajoled into signing.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Governor Grandstander

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has done a little grandstanding of his own:

If anyone has grandstanded politically, it is Governor Phil Bredesen, who had already vetoed the bill but waited until yesterday to release that veto knowing that an over-ride has the potential to drag out the legislative calendar when the General Assembly is trying to wind down. Bredesen waited until today to release his veto message because he knows his objection will be flouted, but he wants to make a political show.

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Tuesday Was a Rand Evening

Fabian Story hosts David Oatney and Phillip Burnette as we discuss the anti-establishment results in key primaries Tuesday, what these mean for the mid-term General Election, and how they impact Tennessee.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PODCAST: The State of the 2010 Election Campaign

Tennessee Republican political operative Fabian Story joins David Oatney as the two discuss the state of the 2010 election campaign so far in Tennessee and around the country. We'll discuss the depth of voter discontent, the anti-incumbent and anti-establishment moods in Tennessee and around the country, and how the 2010 vote is making news around the world. Chicago-area conservative blogger, activist, and podcaster Warner Todd Huston also joins the program to discuss the impact of local "tea parties" on this year's electoral process. We'll make a few prognostications, and also talk about David Oatney's race for the GOP State Executive Committee in Tennessee.

Listen here!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Raid Rainy Day Fund, Spend On Fish Hatcheries

Does it make sense to you for the State of Tennessee to raid the rainy day fund for other programs, but spend $16 million of current revenue on a fish hatchery in Carter County? State Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) doesn't think so:

State Representative Stacey Campfield recounts that Tennessee House Speaker
Kent Williams apparently told the House Republican Caucus that they ought to support raiding the State rainy day fund to save certain programs. Under the Kent Williams theory of fiscal discipline, we should bleed the rainy day fund dry to "save" certain departments from budget cuts while he writes in a whopping $16 million to the budget for a fish hatchery in Carter County. Needless to say, many Republicans (as well as Democrats with consciences, I'm sure) have a problem with that kind of thinking, including Republican Jimmy Matlock of Lenoir City.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ascension of the Lord

Since Our Lord's Ascension into Heaven took place 40 days after his Resurrection, we know that it happened on a Thursday, and Ascension Thursday has been a Holy Day of Obligation throughout the whole Catholic world. It is still a Holy Day for much of the world, but in the United States and Canada, many dioceses have transferred the celebration of this feast to Sunday, ostensibly to insure that more people participate in celebrating the day.

I have always thought that eliminating the Holy Day of Obligation waters down the special significance of Christ's Ascension.

Acts 1:1-11:

The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach, Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.

They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments.

Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven.

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