Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who leads in the 5th Congressional District?

I don't know. However, I suspect that Jeff Hartline and Cece Heil are the two front runners. Just from talking to other informed observers, these are the two names I hear most often mentioned as the two most serious candidates. From listening and observing them, I think they are two of the most qualified. Many feel the primary will boil down to these two. There are two other attractive candidates, however, that I won't name but that I think still have a good shot at running a competitive campaign. Everyone else is a very long shot.

Talk show host Steve Gill conducted an on line poll which produced 2,516 votes and produced the following results:

Hartline 31%
Heil 20%
Hall 19%
Schwartz 8%
Miranda 8%
Spivak 7%
Kumar 6%
Reis 1%

There are two other candidates with active campaigns, Tracy C Tarum and Jarod D. Scott, that are not listed in the Gill poll. I don't know if they were not included in the Steve Gill poll originally or if they garnered no votes. If they were not in the original poll then they should have been.

I would not assume that this Steve Gill poll is necessarily reflective of the candidates standing among Republican voters. Steve Gill has had Jeff Hartline on his program and has not had the other candidates, so regular listeners to the Steve Gill show have had exposure to Jeff Hartline and may not have had the same exposure to the others.

Today is the last day of the 2nd quarter financial reporting period. After today we should know who has the financial support necessary to compete.

At the end of the first quarter reporting period which ended on March 31st, Brendan Finucane was the leading fundraiser and reporting having raised $62,575. Finucane has since dropped out of the race however and has endorsed Jeff Hartline. Jeff was the candidate in third place in the money raising competition at the end of the 1st quarter having raised $45,155. Second place in the money competition was David Hall reporting $47,189. David's money however came from his own funds which shows the candidate.s commitment but does not show public support. Jarod Scott reported $16,689. Patrick Mirnad had raised $5405. None of the other Republican candidates reported any funds. By way of comparison, Congressman Jim Cooper reported a $407,611 war chest.

The 1st quarter report should not taken as an indication of what we can expect in the 2nd quarter report. We know that Cece has been raising lots of money. The second quarter report will tell us who are the serious candidates. Now is the time for the candidates to do some serious soul searching and think about whether or not they should continue their campaign. If a candidate does not report having raised some serious money by now, it may be time for that candidate to look at the field of candidates and withdraw and throw his support behind the competitive candidate who most represents his views. It is time to narrow the field to serious candidates.

We need a candidate to come out of this primary with a lot of support. Candidates need to ask themselves if at this point they are simply stoking their own ego and just taking up space or if their continued campaign is contributing to the defeat of Jim Cooper.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Watchdog Groups Unveil $260 Million in Government Waste

2010 Tennessee Pork Report provides nearly 100 examples of wasted tax dollars

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today released the 2010 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing $260 million in waste, fraud, and abuse at all levels of Tennessee government. Tennessee’s free market think tank partnered with Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s leading taxpayer watchdog, to publish the report. This marks the fifth annual Pork Report published by the two groups.

The wasteful spending revealed in the 2010 Pork Report adds up to a substantial loss for Tennessee taxpayers. Instances of waste include:

  • $15 million for a swimming pool in Kingsport.
  • $3.95 million in excess fees collected by state professional regulatory boards.
  • $1.6 million to fund state-owned golf courses.
  • $1.5 million to help smokers kick the habit.
  • $450,481 for two statues in downtown Nashville.

“Taxpayers are sending a clear message that they want accountable, transparent, and less intrusive government,” said Justin Owen, acting executive director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “The political nepotism, outright theft, craven fiscal abuse, and general stupidity described in the Pork Report will only add fuel to taxpayers’ ire.”

The report does not merely expose wasteful spending by state and local governments, but also offers solutions to eliminate waste while promoting a more responsible and transparent government. It serves to act as an informative and valuable resource for legislators and taxpayers alike.

Examples of government waste, fraud, and abuse outlined in the 2010 Pork Report come from state and local government budgets, media reports, appropriations bills, state audits, and independent research conducted by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

An electronic version of the report can be found at:

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through the ideas of liberty. Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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Schwartz has detailed strategy in 5th

June 28, 10:54 PM Nashville, Political Buzz Examiner, Mike Morrow

Republican candidate Bob Schwartz is remarkably candid about how he believes a Republican can defeat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in what is generally considered a solidly Democratic seat in the 5th District.(link)

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Meet Miss USA, a Muslim from Dearborn Michigan.

As we all know all Muslims are potential terrorist and those of the Muslim faith will never moderate and join the American mainstream. All Muslims are religious fanatics and fundamentalist just waiting to behead you and impose Shari law in Americamuslim Miss USA.

Muslim Miss USAMuslim Miss USAMuslim Miss USA

Does she really look that scary to you? I would not mind if she attended a mosque in my neighborhood.

I would like to get with her for some interfaith dialogue.

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Is it time to round up all the Muslims and put them in camps?

In 1942 approximately 110,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and placed in “war relocation camps” following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This was authorized by an Executive Order issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1988, the Congress passed and President Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment, blaming the internment on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.”

Those who think that could not happen again should not be so sure. 1942 was not that long ago and unfortunately I do not think we have a greater appreciation of constitutional rights nor greater respect for our fellow citizens now than we did then. We can still fall victim to race prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership.

In 1942, the census bureau helped make the Japanese round-up possible by providing confidential information on Japanese Americans. The government now has more ability to locate and track people and has more information on the American people than they did in 1942.

The one thing that so dismays me and makes me think that we are not a better people now than we were in 1942 and that our liberties are no more secure, is that I see as great a threat coming from the right as I do from the left. I do not expect better from the left, but I am disappointed in the right.

Certainly it is the Obama administration that is the immediate threat to our liberties, attempting to curtail our rights by the mandate to purchase in the health care act, by the attempt to suspend the secret ballot by card check, by attempts to gain control over the Internet, and by partial nationalization of the financial sector, the auto sector, and the energy sector of the economy. The threat to our liberties has never been greater. The degree to which power is being concentrated in the White House is unprecedented.

It is the right however, carrying signs proclaiming their love of the constitution and respect for the founding fathers, that may be an equal or greater threat. Many on the right show little respect for freedom of religion, free speech, due process and property rights.

In Murfressboro we see a Muslin group wanting to build a mosque. The mosque meets the zoning and land use requirements of the property, yet there is public demand that the building of the mosque be stopped. A leading Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional Distinct nomination has joined in the demand. There is a fear that all Muslims are actual or potential terrorist and that this mosque will be a terrorist training school.

Let me make this clear: I support efforts to track down terrorist. I want a vigilant government that protects us from those who would do us harm. I do not want to suspend the constitution in order to make it easier to catch the bad guys however. I don’t want to deny rights to other American citizens because they practice a certain religious faith or because of their appearance or ancestry.

A democracy means more than simply majority rule. If we don’t hold the right to freedom of religion sacred, if we do not respect our constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom to assemble, if we can change the rules and deny someone the right to develop their property just because we don’t like what they are going to build, are we any better than the socialist of the left? Our rights are not to apply just to the majority. The majority do not need a Bill of Rights. If today we can deny a Muslim congregation the right to build a mosque, tomorrow we can deny the Mormons or Church of Scientology the right to build a house of worship. Is freedom of religion only for members of the Church of Christ and Baptist?

Is the tug of war between the right and the left simply about who exercises dictatorial power and who gets to pick the winner and losers? Is it devoid of any real understanding or respect for freedom? Is all this talk on the right about us being endowed by our Creator with inherent and inalienable rights just convenient rhetoric to score points?

As I watch the debate about the building of a mosque in Murfressboro, I fear that if we had another 9-11 type attack on America that we would see a demand that the rights of Muslim be suspended and they all be rounded up and locked away. This demand would not come from the left but from supposedly constitution-loving, small-government advocating, freedom-loving right wingers.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Mosque in Murfressboro

There has been considerable opposition to the proposed building of a mosque in neighboring Murfressboro. Many in middle Tennessee see a Mosque in Murfressboro as a terrorist training school and as a step in the establishment of Sharia law. I am not convinced. If someone will provide me some evidence that that is true, I will considerate. So far, all I have seen is unfounded allegations and bigotry.

I believe Muslims can be good citizens of America and good neighbors. I have never been convinced that Islam is the enemy of the United States. Certainly American's are being killed by Muslim extremist but Americans are also fighting alone side and dieing for our Muslim allies.

Growing up in a Baptist fundamentalist community in rural east Tennessee, I remember a time when Catholics were all suspected of being disloyal. Catholics, it was alleged, were loyal to the Pope and could not be good Americans. It is now embarrassing to recall the anti-Catholic sentiment of the time, but preachers did preach fear and hatred of Catholics from the pulpit. The anti-Catholic sentiment at that time was as strong as the anti-Islamic sentiment I see today.

This is not to say, that their is not reason to be suspicious of the spread of Islam. The madrases being build across the world have been used to spread an extremist ideology and have been training grounds for terrorist, but that does not mean every mosque is a terrorist training school. Those who are educating and alerting Americans to the dangers of the spread of radical Islam are to be commended, but their is a difference between educating people to the dangers of an extremist brand of Islam and spreading fear and hate of all Muslims.

If all you hear is the voice of the opponents of the Murfressboro Mosque, you may want to hear from the Muslims of Murfreesboro who are proposing to build the mosque. Does this sound like the voice someone who is planning to build a terrorist training school and is set on destroying America?

Statement of Imam Ossama Bahloul

Since the human beings are all related, they share the same parents, Adam and Eve. God encourages us to know each other and care about one another. He said in the Holy Quran,

O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of God, is the best in conduct. Lo! God is All-Knower, All-Aware.
By obeying His orders we will be able to enjoy our life socially and otherwise regardless of our differences in terms of religion or philosophy. This will allow everyone to know that having a disagreement can not lead reasonable people to have hate in their hearts toward any other. It is a message of love that God wants us to understand, practice and maintain in our daily life simply because if you love God you will not be able to hate anyone.

As a clergy dealing with people, I have come to realize that stereotyping can lead to hate. It can be a huge partition between one another. This is why I often advise our congregation to reach out to others, simple because the majority of the people are nice, adopting the proper view. People with radical views remain a small minority of Jews, Christians, Muslims or other. Instead of giving these small groups the opportunity to contaminate our life, why don't we spread the message of love and show that we care about them. It can be a way for them to find the truth and to change their view.

Since there are many different sects contained within each religion I want to remind our congregation and let our neighbors here in Murfreesboro know our type of belief. We believe in Islam, the message of peace toward all of mankind. We look to all people in our community as our neighbors that we love and care about. We are against any kind of violence, emotional, physical or any other kind. We believe that all people are equal regardless of their gender, financial situation or the color of their skin. It is also part of our religion to obey the constitution of the USA and to respect the laws of the land we life in. We care about our city, state and country. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has its own identity and only supports organizations that lead people toward peace and is against any organizations that lead people toward any type of hatred.

I want to take advantage of this opportunity to send an invitation for anyone to feel free to contact us through the office or email for me to answer any questions.

May God watch over our city, state and country, and may God bless our nation.


Ossama Bahloul

Imam of The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Obama refused to commit US resources to clean up the spill and refused foreign offers of help

“There are 2000 skimmers in the United States; we haven’t even asked for those skimmers to come to the gulf.”
“The Dutch came into my office yesterday and said we have these super skimmers and have been offering them.”
“Twenty-one offers from seventeen countries have been denied.”

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Green Hills "Eggs n Bacon" Summit

Saturday, June 26, 2010
Nero's Grill - Green Hills
Breakfast Buffet - 8:30 am ($10 cash, no credit cards)
Meeting begins at 9 am (Sharp!)

Guest Speakers:
Congressman Zach Wamp, Candidate for Governor

5th Congressional District Candidates:

Rod Williams, organizing to win elections
Kathleen Starnes, DCRP Chair
Peter and Gail Voysey - Event Chairs, Green Hills

This event sponsored
by the
Davidson County
Republican Party

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hartline continues to rack up the endorsements

NASHVILLE, June 23, 2010, Hartline for Congress – The Hartline for Congress campaign's fundraising effort continues to set the pace in the Tennessee 5th District congressional race, attracting more of the Nashville area's top business leaders to the effort to raise the significant sums necessary to wage a successful campaign to defeat entrenched incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper.

In addition to a very busy schedule of fund-raising events, the campaign announces four more business leaders joining the Hartline for Congress Finance Committee this week: Lewis Rankin of J.E. Crain & Sons Inc.; Axson West of Southeast Ventures, Jeff McNeese of DTS America Inc., and Chris Powers of Care Solutions.

“Jeff Hartline's message is being heard and people are responding, and encouraging others to join the effort to send Jeff to Congress and stop the runaway cycle of spending, debt and taxes that Jim Cooper has contributed to and enabled with his strong support of the liberal agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” said campaign finance committee chairman Andy Miller.

“These fine people are stepping up to make certain that Jeff's campaign has the resources it needs to tell the people of the 5th District about the real Jim Cooper record – a record of voting to add trillions of dollars to the national debt, and a record of voting for endless 'stimulus' spending sprees, industrial bailouts and massive expansions of government into healthcare, banking and many other sectors of the economy,” Miller sad. “That's the job-killing, business-destroying record that Jim Cooper does not want to talk about – but Nashville’s business community has stepped up to support Jeff Hartline because they know our economy cannot take much more of the damage inflicted by the Cooper-Pelosi agenda.”

The newest additions join an already very-impressive list of Tennesseans from diverse business backgrounds who are helping the Hartline campaign raise the large sums of money necessary to wage a winning congressional campaign. The list includes: Connie Allen (Fridrich & Clark Realty), Earl Bentz (Triton Boats), Mike Blackburn (Petra Capital). Samantha Bouler (HCA Healthcare), Clyde Bright (Hollinsworth & Bright), Stuart Campbell (Stites and Harbison), and Crom Carmichael (private investor), Mike Conyer (private investor), Kent Davis (retired), Ralph Drury (The Drury Group), Jim Elder (Elder Advertising), Jay Garrett (ESI), Tony Giarratana (Giarratana Development LLC), and C.J. Gideon (Gideon Wiseman), Clyde Hutchinson (HealthMark Medical), David Ingram (Ingram Entertainment), Rob Ivey (Salix Ventures), Joey Jacobs (Psychiatric Solutions), John Jacobson (Riley Warnock & Jacobson). David Keith (Dixie Detectors),and Steve Kress (Aegis Capital & Management), Monty Lankford (TLC Medical), Garry Latimer (Diatech Oncology), Bill Lee (The Lee Company), J.T. Lemons (Ocoee Outdoors), Holland McKinnie (attorney), Ken Melkus (Welsh Carson), and Rock Morphis (Heritage Group),
Greg Pilant (Graystone Pharmaceuticals), Stephen Prather (Chas. Hawkins Company), Steve Smith (Haury & Smith), Richard Speer (private investor), Willie Stokes (Davis Stokes Collaborative PC), Bill Southwick (Healthmark Partners), and Rod Thurley (RV Service and Sales), Jack Tyrell (Richland Partners), Rick Uselton (Uselton Shooting Sports), Billy Webb (HealthPort Technologies), Michael Whittington (U.S. Air Force, retired), and Brent Willis (

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Stanley McChrystal for President!

Stanley McChrystal

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Jay Sekulow of ACLJ Endorses CeCe Heil

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has endorsed Cece Heil in the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District race. ACLJ is a law firm and educational organization that focuses on constitutional law, primarily arguing religious liberty cases. Mr. Sekulow has argued several important cases before the Supreme Court.

Mr. Sekulow was in Nashville this past Friday night at the fundraiser at the home of Dr. Mark and Laurie Houston. He was there to give the inside story on how important this coming election is going to be for our Nation's future and to say that with CeCe in Congress he would never have to worry about her vote. Jay praised Cece's competence and understanding of federal law and her passion for justice.

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There is Still Time to Register to Vote

Register to VoteThere is still time, but not much time, to register people to vote in order to vote in the August election. Voter registration in Tennessee for the August primary ends July 6, 2010.

If you have conservative friends or relatives that are not registered, please get them registered.

You can go to this link and you can download a voter registration form. Page three of the link has the actual form. Page one and two have a sample form and instructions. Once completed, the form must then be mailed or hand-delivered to the election commission.

If you attend a conservative church, you may want to ask your pastor or church leader if you can conduct a voter registration drive. You would have two Sundays to have the voter registration drive: June 27th and July 4th. This is not a partisan activity. It is simply offering a service to the members of your church to enable them to carry out their civic duty. This would be easy to do. All you need is a table, some of the forms that you can download and copy, and a sign saying, "Register to Vote."

Other places, such as places of employment or apartment complexes or sports bars may let you conduct a voter registration drive as long as it is non-partisan. If you think most of the people you would register are likely Republican voters, do it!

This election cycle is vital, but if folks are not registered, they cannot vote.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

You are invited! Reception for Eric Crafton

Are you really invited?
Yes. I am on the host committee and I am inviting you. I hope you can make it.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Help Elect Eric Crafton.

Please mark your calendar and attend this important event:

The Priest Lake Republican Summit

New temporary location:
The Spirit of Life Church , 3646 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville , TN 37013 (map)
Date: Saturday June 19th, 8:30AM-10:30AM

Meet two of the Republican candidates for 5th Congressional District and help elect Eric Crafton to the office of Juvenile Court Clerk.

Special Guest
5th Congressional candidates David Hall and Cece Heil
Special Guest
Eric Crafton

Eric Crafton is the Republican nominee for the office of Juvenile Court Clerk. The election is August 7th. This is an important election.

Eric's election is important to the children of our community:

  • One of six children at some time will be in the juvenile justice system.
  • Learn about Eric’s proposed Helping Hand program designed to make a difference in the lives of children while in the system.
  • Eric has the skills, experience and competence to professionally administer this important office and restore dignity to an office disgraced by the current office holder.

Eric’s election is important to the future of the Republican Party:

  • Eric’s opponent is part of the old guard court house crowd and Democratic machine.
  • The Democratic Party has controlled Davidson County ever since reconstruction. It is time to change that and this is a start.

  • Republicans need to win. This will give us momentum leading to the November elections.

Please attend this meeting get to know Eric, his plans for the office of Juvenile court clerk and what you can do to help him win this election. Pick up your yard sign.

Free Coffee and Pastry

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tennessee's next governor continue to hold double-digit leads over Democratic candidate

According to Rasmussen the next Governor of Tennessee will be a Republican! Knoxville's mayor Haslam leads the pack with a lead of 50% to 32% over presumed Democratic nominee Mike McWherter. Wamp and Ramsey are tied, beating McWherter 44% t 33%.

This is great news! Not only is it great news because we can almost be assured the next governor will be a Republican but if the top of the ticket is a Republican this is good news for Republicans further down the ballot. This means that Republican state representative candidates and senate candidates and Republican U. S. representative candidates. and Republican courthouse candidates have a better chance than they otherwise would have of winning elections. Many Democrats will be discouraged and stay home. This is a Republican year!

Another encouraging finding of this recent poll is that Tennesseans favor repeal of Obamacare by a 63% to 30% margin. This does not mean we can relax and assume our good Republican candidates are destined to win. It means the public is conservative and are inclined to support our candidates. It means that if we work hard they have a chance to win. It is still an uphill battle.

We all need to pitch in and open our wallets so they have the money to challenge the entrenched liberal career politicians and we need to volunteer to work the polls on election day and put a yard sign in our yard and work the phone banks and host a neighborhood "meet and greet." We have an opportunity to win elections if we work hard and don't blow it.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

David Hall, candidate for Congress, is hosting a FREE Cut the Pork BBQ

The Just Vote Hall Tour
David Hall, candidate for Congress, is hosting a FREE Cut the Pork BBQ @ Edwin Warner Park - Pavilion 11). Register to win a personalized copy of Senator Fred Thompson's book, Teaching the Pig to Dance. Plan to attend for great family entertainment, food, fellowship and fun! Wife Michelle is running for State Exexutive Committee in District 20, son Dave Hall is running for State House in District 50, and Daughter Alexandra Shea is running for Davidson County Register of Deeds.
Click here to for an audio invite!
Here's the details:
Friday, June 18, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Edwin Warner Park (Pavilion 11)
Rain or Shine
50 Vaughn Road
Bellevue, TN

RSVP by email to Michelle@JustVoteHall, by calling 615.730.8696 or on the Facebook Event Page

Come visit with your conservative candidate for Congress, David Hall, as he proclaims true conservatism to the voters of the 5th District.

Enjoy FREE barbecue as David explains why 2010 will be our year! This is an event you don't want to miss, we will be giving a signed copy of Fred Thompson's book "Teaching The Pig To Dance" to one of the lucky participants! Great family fun, food and fellowship!

Comment: Please note that reposting a candidates press release or invitation to an event does not constitute an endorsement by The Disgruntled Republican. I may or may not make an endorsement in this race. I encourage everyone to get to know all the candidates and take advantage of any opportunity to hear them speak. I will eat anyone's free barbecue.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sontany: "You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women."

NASHVILLE, TN, 6/14/2010, Tennessee Republican Party – Today it was reported that Democrat State Rep. Janis Baird Sontany made questionable comments regarding female Republican state legislators. According to the blog that posted the comments:
“Rep. Janis Baird Sontany (D-53) said of female Republican state legislators, ‘You have to lift their skirts to find out if they are women. You sure can’t find out by how they vote!’"
“Rep. Sontany’s comments are very strange and definitely inappropriate,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “Questioning the other side’s voting record is one thing, but using this verbiage to get your point across is petty and insulting.”
According to the blog, the comments were made at an event honoring Democrat Congressman Jim Cooper which was attended by a number of Democrat legislators and candidates. The blog continued:
"Sontany joined her fellow Davidson County Democrats for a legislative breakfast to honor U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper at the United Steelworkers building. Other state legislators at the breakfast were Sen. Douglas Henry (21) and Rep. Gary Moore (50) plus several candidates for legislative office.”
“It is a bit disturbing that Rep. Sontany would speak this way about her colleagues just because she felt she was in the presence of ‘friends’,” continued Devaney. “I would hope that Congressman Cooper and the other Democrats in attendance would denounce these disrespectful remarks.”
This remark by Sontany says volumes about how Democrats think about people. They do not see them as individuals who can think for themselves; people are blocks of voters who vote their identity. Liberals go ballistic when a Black leader such as J. C. Watts or Colin Powell or Clarence Thomas or Michael Steele emerges as a Republican. All Blacks are supposed to stay on the liberal plantation. If they are conservatives they have betrayed their race according to the liberal mindset.
Likewise, all women are supposed to toe the feminist line and be for expanded government and advocate for things such as equal gender representation on boards and committees, mandated family leave, and government wage laws that ensure men earn no more than women despite what the market may determine to be the value of various jobs. Women are supposed to be for bigger and bigger government because, after all, it is "for the children." Women are also supposed to be for a defeatist foreign policy and non-violence, because women are by nature peacemakers.
And, lord knows they are all supposed to be for "a woman's right to choose." To a liberal, feminism is not about advancing the statue and expanding opportunities for women but is about advancing the liberal big-government agenda. So when a strong conservative women comes along, she must be a man in drag according to the liberal mindset.
Liberals hated Margret Thatcher and they detest Sarah Palin. Liberal women feel conservative women are betraying their gender. Liberals don't admire strong women, only liberal women. Liberals are especially hurt and offended this year by the emergence of a new class of strong female Republican candidates. Republican women are kicking butt and liberal women don't like it. Women are supposed to stay in the liberal kitchen of identity politics.
Janis Sontany needs to apologize for her crude and insulting remarks. A strong Republican women need to run against Sontany next time she is up for reelection.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Hartline Campaign intercepts smear campaign

This weekend I received the following email from some one named Kimberly Kay:

From: Kimberly Kay
Subject: Jeff Hartline Article - correction and more information
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 9:03 PM

I read the article, in the Tennessean this morning, about Mr. Jeff Hartline. The paper mentioned that Hartline's cabinet shop was based out of Wisconsin, however, Worth Custom Woodworks LLC was actually in Nashville, TN. I have attached scans of the court records. Mr. Hartline's cabinet business was sold at an absolute auction last year and he is scheduled appear in court tomorrow concerning a recent judgement. I was unaware that Hartline had secured Rep. Johnson's endorsement. I'm not sure why, since he has recently been involved in a lawsuit and has at least one judgement against him. This isn't the first time either, in 1994-96 he had several more judgements, all associated with his LLC "Hartline & Assoc.) Again, I thought you might find this information interesting and I've attached the court records.
The attached court record did not shed any light on the allegations and I was still not sure what to make of this. If Kimberly Kay thought I was going to rush to blog about this, she was mistaken.

I know that honorable people are often sued. I am just an average citizen, not an independent businessman, and have had to sue people twice in my life and was counter sued both times. Also I was once sued for a very minor dispute involving an item I sold at a yard sale, if you can believe it. In addition I had some very damaging untruthful allegation made against me in a divorce proceeding. If one had only published the allegations in the suits and not my counter suit or not published the results of the suit, I would look like a pretty bad guy.

I know this: Because someone alleges something in a law suit does not make it true. Anyone can sue anyone for any reason. Many honorable people have been sued. If you have never been sued or sued anyone you have probably never done much of anything.

The allegations spread rabidly and several people contacted me wanting to know what I knew about this. I didn't know anything. No one was alleging any wrong doing on the part of Hartline, they were just seeking information and forwarding something of interest.

Today Hartline released the following press release:

Worth Custom Woodworks
Summary: Jeff Hartline is paying off about $5,000 in debts incurred by a former employer
who failed to pay vendors.

  • Jeff Hartline was hired in 2007 to manage the shop for Worth Custom Woodworks, a new custom cabinetry shop owned by two local custom home builders.

  • Jeff was never an owner of Worth Custom Woodworks.

  • On behalf of the company's owners, Jeff hired the staff, directed the purchase of equipment, set up the shop, established relationships with vendors and sold business for manufacturing.

  • Worth Custom Woodworks opened as the housing sector began to decline, leading to a drop in business for its owners’ home-building business and, of course, less demand for cabinetry produced by Worth Custom Woodworks.

  • In 2008, Jeff went to work as a manufacturer’s rep for a company that supplied components to cabinet shops. Jeff’s former employers at Worth Custom Woodworks assured him that he would be removed as a guarantor of any of the company’s debts.

  • In summer 2009, more than a full year later, the owners of Worth Custom Woodworks closed the business amid the broad decline in new home construction, and sold the company’s assets at auction.

  • Several months later, Jeff received calls from a couple of his former employer’s vendors about unpaid bills. Jeff directed them to the principals to have the invoices paid. When they were unable to contact the former owners of Worth Custom Woodworking, the vendors sought payment from Hartline because, despite the assurances of his prior employers, he was still listed as a guarantor on the vendor files.
Although no fair-minded person would think it right that an employee would have to pay off debts incurred by his employer, Jeff has stepped up to pay from personal funds about $5,000 in debts to two vendors who were left “high and dry” by his former employer.
As far as I am concerned the issue is settled. Jeff's explanation sounds reasonable and it sounds as if went beyond the call of duty to do the right thing. I have responded to Kimberly Kay asking her what is her interest in this and her motivation.

I am please that none of Hartline's opponents tried to make hay out of these allegation. If any candidate has anything damaging or controversial in their past it is better that it be exposed now than in the general election, should that person win the nomination. I commend Hartline for addressing this head-on and early. Case closed.

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Jeff Harline of Planet Rabid, says Scene writer.

Jeff Hartline as the perceived front runner in the Republican primary seeking to win the nomination to challenge Jim Cooper is the man with a target on his back. His views are scrutinized today in a piece by Bruce Barry in the Nashville Scene entitled, Jeff Hartline: Congressional Candidate on a Mission from Planet Rabid.

Barry features some of Hartlines more "extreme" positions and calls Hartline a "far-right true believer" and says his ideas are "downright scary." Barry is speaking of idea like abolishing all federal entitlement programs except for social security, abolishing the Department of Education, ending the requirement that hospitals provide emergency care to the indigent. Barry concludes that Congressman Cooper could be venerable to a challenge from a moderate Republican but that Hartliine, "a Tea Party-esque extremist, is not that challenger."

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

State Party to Charles Williamson: Remove the ‘Bull’ video

Charles Williamson to State Party: I don’t toe the Party line.

State Republican Party officials have asked House District 51 Republican candidate Charles Williamson to remove his “bull” video. The video which aired on youtube four days ago has already received over 1200 hits. I have reposted the video on this blog and the Davidson County Republican Party has also posted it.

Davidson County Republicans Party Chairman Kathleen Starnes says she likes the video and she had it posted on the DCRP website. "I love it," says Kathleen, "I had it put on the website. I just learned of this controversy but I have no intention of removing it. If this video is controversial, controversy is what we need. It catches people’s attention. "

The video features Charles Williamson, who is a bison rancher, feeding his buffalo and walking and talking in the feed lot. In the spot he says, “My opponent supports the state income tax, and that’s bull.” He says a two or three other things about positions his opponent has taken and after each one says “and that’s bull.” In the last segment of the clip Charles says, “And Tennesseans are tired of this bull” and he stomps a piece of buffalo dung.

The request to pull the ad came from Tennessee Republican Party Political Director Adam Nickas. According to Charles, Nickas expressed concern that the video sent the wrong message and that the Party was fearful that with this add Charles would not be taken seriously.

Charles told Nickas, “I don’t toe the party line” and that he would not be removing the video.

I am awaiting a comment from Nickas and also have requested a comment from State Party Chairman Chris Devaney and State Party Executive Director Gregory Gleaves. I will post their comment when I get a reply.

I love the video. The Party is trying to tell Charles Williamson to change his image and message and to toe the Party line, yet they are not giving him much support in his campaign. And, that’s bull!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


NASHVILLE, TN, 6/10/2010, Tennessee Republican Party- Late last night, Democrats successfully killed legislation to protect Tennesseans from Obamacare. The Tennessee Health Freedom Act made it to conference, but during the final vote on the conference report, 39 Democrats voted no and kept the bill from reaching the 50 ayes needed to pass.

"Obviously the majority of Democrats in the State House support Obamacare for Tennesseans," said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. "These Democrats seem to believe that a trillion-dollar government-run disaster that damages our economy, harms small businesses, raises taxes, and slashes seniors' Medicare benefits is good policy for our state. They couldn't be more wrong. Democrats have chosen to blatantly disregard Tennesseans' concerns about government-run health care and proved once again how out-of-touch they have become with voters in this state."

Last night's vote took place on a conference report which was the result of merging HB 2622 and SB 2560, both of which were passed earlier in the week by the State House and State Senate. The conference report can be found here.

Democrats voting against the conference report are as follows:
Rep. Armstrong, Rep. Borchert, Rep. Brown, Rep. Camper, Rep. T. Cobb, Rep. Cooper, Rep. Curtiss, Rep. J. DeBerry, Rep. L. DeBerry, Rep. Favors, Rep. Ferguson, Rep. Fincher, Rep. Fitzhugh, Rep. Fraley, Rep. Gilmore, Rep. Hackworth, Rep. Hardaway, Rep. S. Jones, Rep. U. Jones, Rep. Kernell, Rep. Litz, Rep. Maddox, Rep. Moore, Rep. Naifeh, Rep. Odom, Rep. Pitts, Rep. Pruitt, Rep. Richardson, Rep. Shaw, Rep. Shepard, Rep. Sontany, Rep. Stewart, Rep. Tidwell, Rep. Tindell, Rep. Towns, Rep. J. Turner, Rep. M. Turner, Rep. West, Rep. Winningham.


The Tennessee Health Freedom Act failed by only six votes. Three of the Democrats who voted against the bill could be replaced by Republicans this November.

Representative Sherri Jones is being challenged by Duane Dominy for State House seat 59. Duane is currently a Metro Councilman representing Council District 28.

Representative Gary Odom is being challenged by Tim Lee for State House seat 55. Gary Odom is a long-time House Democratic leader who engineered the backroom deal that made Republican turn-coat Kent Williams Speaker of the House. A defeat for Gary Odom would be a real cause for celebration.

Representative Mike Turner is being challenged by Bison Rancher and small businessman Charles Williamson for State House seat 51. You may know Mike Turner for having said that he believes those who oppose Obama's policies must be racist.

Representative Ben West is retiring and not seeking reelection. Rep. West's vote against the Tennessee Health Freedom Act is disappointing. West is a respected legislator and generally perceived as the last of the dying breed of conservative Democrats. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination to replace West will be to the left of West in this conservative-leaning district. The Republican nominee for House seat 60 will be Jim Gotto who is currently a metro councilman representing Council District 12. Many believe Jim Gotto is favored to win this seat, however the Democratic machine is expected to pour everything they have into this race to keep this seat in Democratic hands.

We have a unique opportunity to change the make up of the House this year. Elections do matter. Remember this vote on The Tennessee Health Freedom Act this November when it come time for you to cast your vote. If you want to help these good Republican candidates get elected, go to their web site and contribute and sign up to volunteer in their campaign.

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‘God Bless Texas’ and the Texas State Board of Education

Cynthia Dunbar
Cynthia Dunbar

Last night I had the opportunity to hear Cynthia Dunbar, a member of the Texas School Board speak at a campaign rally for Cece Heil. I discovered that Cynthia Dunbar and Cece Heil are sisters. Ms Dunbar spoke for almost an hour. She was eloquent and scholarly. She was not scary at all and she did not have horns and a tail.

Among informed liberals, Dunbar is one of the most hated women in America, somewhere in the ranks of Sarah Palin and Phyllis Schlafly. She has been accused of wanting to keep American school children dumb and has been called a Christian Taliban. There have been death threats on her life. She is controversial because she has led the fight in Texas to insure that history books used in the Texas school system accurately present the Judeo-Christian heritage of America and present a proper understanding of the founding principles of our county and for her advocacy of what should be included in the text of history books. Since Texas is one of the largest purchasers of school text books, the textbooks written to satisfy Texas are often used in the rest of the nation.

Face it; no social studies or history text is free of bias. I just prefer my text books with a little pro-American bias. Not all historical documents can be studied and not all historical figures can be included in a text book. What to include and what to exclude is a value judgment. Whether Cesar Chavez is more important than Newt Gingrich or Jerry Falwell is a matter of opinion. Whether to call America a “Democratic Society” or a “Constitutional Republic” is a matter of values. When should the term “expansion” be used and when should a text use the term “conquest?” When should a text refer to people as “global citizens” instead of “American people?” Someone has to decide. Should our economic system be called “capitalist” or “free enterprise?” Does it matter?

Far from dumbing-down school children, the conservatives on the Texas school board advocated a more challenging curriculum. Some of what you have heard about the Texas text book controversy, Ms Dunbar said is simply not true. Thomas Jefferson is not deleted from the history books, slavery as a cause of the civil war is not glossed over and Senator Joe McCarthy is not praised. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is not included, however, because the liberal faction on the school board opposed it. The motivation for opposing the inclusion of this act is surmised to be because it was a Republican piece of legislation and liberals wish to maintain the fiction that all civil rights advances occurred because of Democrats.

I myself am in fact a pretty secular guy and a fairly liberal Christian, but I have absolutely no fear that Ms Dunbar wishes to turn America into a theocracy. I was very impressed by her speech. I am pleased that Ms Dunbar is able to influence what is in American text books. I would rather have her on the text book committee rather than any liberal I know.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Joe Kirkpatrick drops out; endorces Ramsey

NASHVILLE, TN, 6/9/2010, Ron Ramsey for Governor – Today, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was pleased to welcome the endorsement of former fellow candidate Joe Kirkpatrick in the bid to become the next Republican Governor of the state of Tennessee. After 13 months on the campaign trail, Kirkpatrick today announced both his withdrawal from the gubernatorial race and his endorsement of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey for Governor.

Ramsey released the following statement:

“I have been pleased to spend many months on the trail getting to know Joe Kirkpatrick and what he stands for. An honorable and steadfast Conservative andidate, he has earned my respect over the many events we’ve had the chance to participate in together during this race.

“I’m glad to have Joe’s support as he makes the decision to step away from the race
today. With passion, he helped guide the gubernatorial discussion back to vitally important constitutional issues, which is precisely where it needs to be. I agree whole-heartedly with Joe’s Conservative view that the next Governor must focus on protecting both personal rights and state sovereignty.

“I’ve always said, and I know Joe agrees, that we must run this state the Tennessee way and not the Washington way. I am the Conservative candidate with the experience and the leadership who can deliver on that promise. Together, we can advance and give DC the boot.”

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Charles Williamson would make a great State Rep. - and that's no bull!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cece Heil, Republican seeking the 5th Congressional District seat

Cece HeilThe following questionnaire has been submitted to each candidate running in the Republican primary seeking the nomination for Republican candidate for Tennessee's 5th Congressional District. This seat is now held by Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper. Whoever wins the primary on August 5 will most likely face Cooper in November.

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from, what to you do for a living, what is your educational background, your political experience?

I come from a very politically involved family. My father holds a doctorate in education; he is a rancher and a retired state senator. My mother has practiced law for 63 years and is a retired judge. As such, I don’t remember a time that I was not engaged in the political process. I learned at a very young age how important it is to elect solid conservative leaders at every level of government. I followed in my mother’s footsteps and went to law school.

Shortly after graduation my father encouraged me to run for Congress in Missouri. I was the Republican nominee and had 22 counties in my district. After that race, my life took a wonderful detour when I met and married my husband. We have 2 children and we have started and run four small businesses, besides my law practice. My husband is in the band Sonicflood, and we own the band, a record label, a publishing company and a production company. I have practiced law for almost 20 years, with a focus on Federal Legislation and a passion for the Constitution.

Why are you running for this office:

As a small business owner and attorney very active in politics I have had many people ask me to run against Jim Cooper over the years, but it was never the right time. This year is different, as Jim Cooper is obviously very vulnerable and while at Congressman Blackburn’s Women of Distinction luncheon, I actually received a mandate to run from Dana Perino (President Bush’s press secretary). But the main and most compelling reason that I am running is for my children and the future of this Nation. Our Nation is in a desperate situation as the current Administration has a Fascist bent on ruining our Constitutional Republic. I know that I have the education, skill set, knowledge, friendship and support both in the 5th district as well as Washington to get our Nation back on track quickly. I will protect our Constitutional Republic and restore the power back to the people as my loyalty is to my God and my Country.

What do you see as the primary issue is this race?

The primary issue in the primary election is to make sure we elect a candidate who can beat Jim Cooper. We must also make sure that we elect a candidate who is poised to take action immediately once in Washington. We need someone who can personally read the massive bills that are being presented and have the skill and knowledge to craft legislation to protect the people. We can’t afford to elect someone who has good intentions, but will have to hire a 3rd party to read and interpret the legislation for them as well as to craft any response. I am the only candidate who has the education, ability and experience to personally read, understand, and craft the legislation needed to protect the citizens of this Great Nation.

If you are successful in wining the Republican nomination and you are successful in defeating Jim Cooper, when serving in the US Congress what issue will be your primary focus? What will be your priorities?

As Obamacare is the most urgent problem that needs to be addressed, my first priority would be to push for a Concurrent Resolution that states that Obamacare is unconstitutional, therefore it is null and void (Am. Jur.) as such, it will not be recognized or funded and shall further be stricken from the records. The President does not have to sign a Concurrent Resolution, so the law would be immediately stopped. My focus would then turn to reducing taxing and spending dramatically, and thus promote immediate economic growth. I believe that I am the only candidate that already has the conservative connections in Washington to make this a reality.

When I make my decision who I will vote for for this office, not only do I want to vote for someone who has solid conservative values and who I think would make a good Congressman, but I want to vote for someone who I think can beat Jim Cooper. Best person and electability may not necessarily be the same thing. I have heard that it will take anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million dollars to mount a successful campaign. Do you have the support, the time and resources to conduct a wining campaign?

Jim Cooper is a Harvard Law graduate, as I am also an attorney who has actually practiced for almost 20 years, I have no doubt that I can hold my own with Jim Cooper in any forum. Further, since my practice has focused on entertainment, I am uniquely positioned to represent two of Nashville’s top industries (music and religious publishing). I am also thrilled to have the support of Gary Bauer, Jay Sekulow, Mat Staver, Ken Blackwell, Tony Perkins, Cynthia Dunbar, Jennifer O’Neill, Dr. Mark Houston, Lex Luger, Nikita Koloff and many others. As such, my campaign is dedicated and has the ability to raise a substantial amount of money, as well as running a very aggressive grass roots campaign. I am confident that I will beat Jim Cooper.

If one wants to know more about your campaign or contact you how to they do that?

My website is where you can find out more about my position on all the issues, links to Facebook and Twitter as well as contact information.

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Another David Hall radio commercial.

I like this better than the Star Wars commercial.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Cynthia Dunbar in Nashville & the battle for History in Textbooks

Cynthia Dunbar Endorses Cece Heil in 5th Congressional District Race

Nashville, 6/7/2010, CeCe Heil for Congress. The campaign for CeCe For Congress cordially invites you to a discussion, reception and book signing with Cynthia Dunbar. Ms. Dunbar is the author of One Nation Under God (How the Left is Trying to Erase What Made Us Great). She is also an elected member of the Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE) and Assistant Professor at Liberty University School of Law.

If you have watched the battle in Texas regarding our American history in the Texas curriculum, you have definitely seen Cynthia Dunbar. She has been at the forefront of that debate and has been featured on FOX News, CNN and MSNBC with Chris Matthews for her successful work to restore accurate American history into the curriculum set by the board and was a featured speaker at the recent TN Tea Party Convention in Gatlinburg , TN.

Please join Ms. Dunbar to learn more about our American history; the foundations of our Republic; how to keep history being taught in our classrooms; the importance of being engaged in a local level and the responsibility to elect officials who understand and can defend our Constitution.

Wed., June 9th 2010
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Studio Berry Hill Studio
Berry Hill
2923 Berry Hill Nashville , TN 37204

Please respond to: so we can have adequate seating and refreshments available. And please feel free to share with your friends, contacts, post online or anyone you think would be interested in restoring American history in our schools. One Nation Under God will be available for purchase that evening.

Cynthia Dunbar has endorsed CeCe Heil in the 5th Congressional District Republican Primary and is speaking in support of her candidacy.


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David Hall's Radio Commercial

I have not heard it on the radio yet and not sure where or how often it is playing.

"Illuminating Tennessee with brilliant thoughts, shinning words, eternal truths." Does it work? You will notice it. It stands out. However, it is a little over the top. It sounds like the start of a Star Wars movie. For more on the Hall campaign visit Just Vote Hall.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Cece Heil endorsed by Campaign for Working Families

Cece HielCece Heil, candidate for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District, has received the endorsement of Campaign for Working Families. CWF is a non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise candidates to public offices.

CWF was founded by Gary Bauer in 1996 to represent the interests and values of America's traditional families in the political arena. Since then it has raised millions of dollars for conservative pro-family candidates across America.

CWF also produces an annual scorecard where they rate Senators and Congressmen. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper received a dismal 9% score from CWF in the most recent scoring, the next to the lowest of any of Tennessee’s nine congressmen. Cooper did score higher than Memphis’s Cohen, however, who scored a perfect zero. Tennessee Congressmen Roe, Duncan, Wamp, and Blackburn scored perfect 100% ratings in the last scoring.

Gary Bauer, chairman of CWF, has been a long-time political leader of what is sometimes referred to as the “religious right.” He is a former president of the influential Family Research Council.

In making the endorsement of Heil on behalf of CWF, Baur said, “Your tireless leadership in support of pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise polices is greatly valued by CWF and all our members. I’m proud to stand with you in the fight for faith, family and freedom!”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this endorsement,” says Cece Heil. “When serving in Congress I will prove worthy of this vote of confidence.”

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