Thursday, December 01, 2011

No Hiding

When you comment on a major news site, you should stand by your words with a name:

V=The Examiner now essentially forces commenters to post via their Facebook accounts, and the number of vitriolic or (for lack of a better word) just plain ignorant comments seems to have been drastically reduced, and instead we see thoughtful comments that contribute to the discussion. E.W. Scripps and the Knoxville News Sentinel ought to consider adopting a similar policy for their websites. If you believe in what you are saying, then it shouldn't be something that you are attempting to hide behind on the internet.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Lesson In the Cain

What is happening to Herman Cain should be a lesson to potential Republican candidates in the future:

If the allegations against Herman Cain do prove to be his undoing and moot the time he spent in Tennessee, let it be a lesson to anyone considering running for the presidency in the future: What you consider your "private life" really matters. If you ran around on your wife years ago, or you engaged in behavior that was inappropriate at one time but you'd never dream of doing that now that you've settled down, you had better approach it openly before your campaign gets serious or it will come back to bite you. It would be better, if you intend to involve yourself in major national politics, to deal openly with your past before you begin. If the skeletons in your closet are going to stand in your way, it is better not to waste your party's time or the voters' time.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Constables in the crosshairs

Tennessee's rural constables may be targets for abolition:

Contrary to what the people at the News Sentinel might think, most constables aren't crooks or Buford Pusser wannabes, they are just volunteers trying to bring a little more safety to their rural communities, and they give of their time and often spend money they don't have in order to try and do so without looking stupid. Instead of trying to abolish the office, most of us should be saying thank you to our Constable. We are usually just a little safer for the extra pair of eyes and ears.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Not-quite Endorsement

Governor Bill Haslam has a favorite, he just isn't making it official:

 Well, let's see, Governor Haslam's father, brother, and a great many of his closest political friends-people we might consider to be Haslam's "inner circle" have all made a choice, and their pick is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney-you know, the one who was pro-choice and became pro-life when it was politically expedient-hed who becomes a lot of things when it is politically expedient.

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