Friday, February 04, 2011


Cold medicine by prescription only?:

There is another proposal, however, to make all sales of pseudoephedrine products prescription purchases, something supported by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The problem with this idea is that while the ingredients in these cold medications are indeed used in the production of meth, the medicines themselves are otherwise inexpensive cold and flu remedies. Prescription medicines are often far more expensive than their non-prescription counterparts, even if there is a non-prescription dose of the same product.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

A Clash Over Layoffs?

Will Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the General Assembly face off over State employee layoffs?:

While a strong Republican majority in the Tennessee General Assembly is likely to maintain insistence on budgetary and fiscal discipline, a legislative session that goes beyond early May will still be prone to produce a budget that might feature some of the less desirable elements of what we might refer to as political sausage-making. Many Republican candidates ran on platforms of streamlining State government and scrapping unnecessary State bureaucracies and the bureaucrats that go with them. Yet Governor Haslam continues to insist that he doesn't intend to cut any State jobs this year.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011


The judicial fight over the health care law has an impact on every Tennessean:

The so-called "Obamacare" Health Care law is flawed for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that in the end it will undo many of the changes that have been made in Tennessee to TennCare to make it more cost-effective and save the State budget from TennCare causing it to collapse on itself. The legislation mandates greater coverage for the poor, elderly, and disabled, but it does nothing to address health care costs within the bounds of the federal Constitution, and that will lead to the truly helpless receiving rationed care, and even encouraged in the so-called "right to die."

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Keep and Bear

The Tennessee Constitution both re-enforces the right to keep and bear arms and allows the wearing of arms to be regulated:

In 1796, Tennessee was still not only a rural place, but along with States like Kentucky and Ohio, formed part of the country's western frontier. Carrying a gun wasn't just good for protection, but was vital to survival. Why would these frontier people give the government the explicit ability to regulate it?

It may be because dueling was also very common in those days (see Jackson, Andrew and Sevier, John-Gay Street-Kingston Pike confrontation and duel), as was taking the law into one's own hands-often because the nearest law could literally be days away from you, and that is how Tennessee's system of rural constables developed.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Rights and Responsibilities

Even the right to bear arms has responsibilities with it:

However, running around Radnor Lake with a miniature AK-47 in plain sight just to be showing off does not advance the cause, or best demonstrate the reasons that many Tennesseans believe that self-protection ought not be limited to those with permits. What it does do is simply frighten people and draw undue attention to the weapon carrier. How does that really advance the cause of gun rights? What it really causes is the unknowing to say "who is that crazy fellow running around with that really odd looking machine gun pistol strapped to his hip."

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