Saturday, November 27, 2010

Football vs. Finances

The University of Tennessee's football team is in better shape than its budget, apparently:

While the football team is showing major signs of improvement, the university itself faces $56 million in budget cuts next year because it relied on stimulus funding to avoid making cuts before now. Eleven members of the university's staff will face layoff in June at the end of the current fiscal year. Like other State agencies, the University of Tennessee padded its budget with stimulus money rather than make necessary cuts when they needed to be made, and that means more layoffs and could mean that students will pay an even steeper price in the form of far greater tuition increases. Instead, the university just had to take its stimulus funding and avoid the inevitable. Are more going to suffer than otherwise needed to because of the university's financial choices?

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Mayflower Compact

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.

IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

Mr. John Carver,
Mr. William Bradford,
Mr Edward Winslow,
Mr. William Brewster.
Isaac Allerton,
Myles Standish,
John Alden,
John Turner,
Francis Eaton,
James Chilton,
John Craxton,
John Billington,
Joses Fletcher,
John Goodman,
Mr. Samuel Fuller,
Mr. Christopher Martin,
Mr. William Mullins,
Mr. William White,
Mr. Richard Warren,
John Howland,
Mr. Steven Hopkins,
Digery Priest,
Thomas Williams,
Gilbert Winslow,
Edmund Margesson,
Peter Brown,
Richard Britteridge
George Soule,
Edward Tilly,
John Tilly,
Francis Cooke,
Thomas Rogers,
Thomas Tinker,
John Ridgdale
Edward Fuller,
Richard Clark,
Richard Gardiner,
Mr. John Allerton,
Thomas English,
Edward Doten,
Edward Liester.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Right Stuff

Who said conservatives were going to get the shaft in the new Tennessee House of Representatives?:

In yesterday's column I discussed the reality that despite all the noise that the press and members of the party opposite-such as Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory)-about the Republican Caucus slapping conservatives in the face, one only need to look at the race for House Majority Leader to discover just how powerful conservatives really are in the Tennessee GOP. On December 8th, House Republicans will choose between Rep. Captain Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), USN (Reserve) and Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), a man perhaps best known for his fiery temper on the Tennessee House floor the day Kent Williams did the deed nearly two years ago. Both of these men are principled conservatives, or what we in the movement might call "true believers."

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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Conservative Moment

Conservatives, you really are in control in Tennessee:

While moderates may think themselves triumphant, let us look clearly at some of the realities where conservatives are concerned in the Tennessee Republican Party, and why all of this talk of little conservative control is nothing more than people believing what they'd like to.
Yes, the more moderate Haslam won the Republican nomination for Governor in August, and we all knew that this year the Republican nominee was the winner in November regardless of who that person happened to be. However, in campaigning for the General Election Haslam made it clear that he would veto any attempt at an income tax, would not stand in the way of the General Assembly further expanding gun rights in Tennessee, and would support and sign any pro-life legislation that hit his desk. As an indication of just how bona fide pro-lifers consider Haslam to be, the Legislature's most outspoken pro-life member, Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville)-the man who brought you SJR 127 in the House-supported Bill Haslam from the very beginning. Dunn has also always been one of the General Assembly's most conservative members, and many members on the right in Nashville, such as State Senator Stacey Campfield and his House replacement, Representative-elect Steve Hall, list Bill Dunn, a former House Republican Leader and current Calendar and Rules Committee Chairman, as one of the biggest among their political examples or mentors. For a moderate candidate, Haslam sure is doing a lot of outreach to the right by having someone like Bill Dunn in his camp. There is also the reality that the conservative vote split among two other candidates, along with the fact that there were three East Tennesseans seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. Bill Haslam isn't stupid, he knows that the political base that elected him in November is a conservative one and he has thus far behaved accordingly.

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