Friday, November 11, 2011

We Remember Them

There is a reason that in some parts of the world, they call it "Remembrance Day.":

Such would become the pattern in the 20th Century. Winston Churchill privately rejoiced over Pearl Harbor, because he knew that it meant that Americans would bring our fighting men and women to the rescue of the free nations of Europe and Asia, who were on the verge of needing to arrange some kind of truce with the Nazis and with Japan by mid-1941 in order to avoid being completely overrun by them.

In Korea, Americans intervened to keep all of that then-isolated Asian country from falling under a Communist regime that many people there did not want. That regime still exists in one-half of Kora, as the " starving baffling hermit kingdom" of the world. The other half remains free, prosperous, and an emerging economic powerhouse thanks in no small part to the American soldiers and Marines standing guard at the 38th Parallel.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy About-face

Governor Bill Haslam has done a complete 180 on Occupy Nashville:

By dropping the charges, the administration will begin to deflect positive attention from the sit-in at the Capitol, and once again force the question: What purpose does this sit-in serve, and what do the protestors want the Tennessee General Assembly to do? What demands do the protestors wish to put on the Speakers of the House and the Senate, or the Governor? What good will being there do when the General Assembly does not convene again for over two months?

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Apathy Day in Knoxville

An important election where very few people vote:

Voting has reportedly increased somewhat since this morning, but turnout has still been very low (it is being reported on "the Twitter"-to borrow a phrase from Senator Doug Henry-that some Knoxville precincts haven't even seen 80 voters today), and that is somewhat depressing. Local elections like those taking place in Knoxville and part of Knox County today are the ones that do more to impact people's daily lives than national elections do, or probably ever will. Presidents and Congresses do not pave streets, cover bridges, lay sidewalk concrete, decide property or sales tax rates, or enforce building and zoning codes. City and county officials and State legislators decide when and how much of that kind of work-the daily grunt work of government to provide the services we need to live our daily lives-gets done. Knowing that, you would think that a whole lot more people would want to make their voice heard.

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Hard Knox for Padgett

There are two choices for Mayor of Knoxville, but one has a much better chance than the other of not driving the city straight into the ground:

Mark Padgett is far from a perfect candidate, and it is true that the odds of a victory for Mr. Padgett tomorrow are very long indeed. He is, however, by far the best of the two remaining candidates. We might not agree with his family politics at our house, but it can't be argued that the Padgett fasmily has a love and a passion for Knoxville and Knox County that can scarcely be equalled. People in Knoxville have two choices in for Mayor tomorrow-one of those choices might not make the city into a total wreck, but the other one almost certainly will not, and that person would be Mark Padgett.

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