Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Professor Carol Swain to visit Bellvue Breakfast Club

BELLEVUE BREAKFAST CLUB
SATURDAY, June 4, 2011
8:00 AM  BREAKFAST (Dutch)
TEE'S FIRESIDE CAFE'
7114 HWY 70 SOUTH
(same shopping center as TJMaxx & CVS Pharmacy)

                                                      Special Guest
Carol Swain            
                                                              
                                Professor Carol Swain
                         Current Prof of Political Science @ Vanderbilt,
                     Seen on Hannity on the "Great, Great American Panel"
                                           Author of "Be the People"
Meet your Metro Council candidate for the 35th District,
-Tonya Jones-

Thanks for your support!
Betty Hood

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Sidewalks to nowhere

This is not Nashville, but it could be.  I love sidewalks and bike paths and green ways but do we have to build sidewalks so stupidly?

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Romney supports ethanol subsidy

If I needed one more reason to oppose Mitt Romney's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, he gave it to me. "I support the subsidy of ethanol.  I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution in this country," Romney told a gathering in Iowa. (link)

Romney has no principles. He can not really believe that. Almost everyone agrees that ethanol has been a failure. Corn for ethanol competing with corn for food has led to higher corn prices and this has led to hunger in the third world. The increase in corn production has led to an increase in pollutant run-offs which has created a large dead area in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It takes almost as much energy to produce a unit of ethanol energy as the energy produced. And, corn-based ethanol may be a greater contributor to global warming than oil. Corn-based ethanol is an inefficient source of fuel and would not exist without government subsidies and protectionism.

Even Al Gore has come out and admitted ethanol was a mistake and he has said the only reason he supported it as a senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination was to gain the support of Tennessee and Iowa farmers.

We should be eliminating all subsidy for agriculture. Most farm subsidies are welfare for rich Hollywood "farmers" and Wall Street "farmers" and large corporate agricultural interest. Subsidies distort the market place and should be ended. With the government borrowing forty cents of every dollar it spends, we must get serious about cutting unnecessary spending.  Agricultural subsidies are not only unnecessary, they are counter productive. While all agricultural subsidies are bad, ethanol subsidy is just nuts! If one is not willing to cut ethanol subsidies, what are they willing to cut?

In many ways Republicans or no better than Democrats when it comes to pandering to their welfare constitutincy, they just have a different set of recipients of government handouts. I am looking for a candidate who will take a principled stand for less government and fiscal and economic sanity.  Romney is not that candidate.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day: Arlington by Trace Adkins


A beautiful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.

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Debra Maggart: hero to conservatives and villain to liberals.

There was a great profile of Representative Debra Maggart in this morning's Tennessean.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Obscene oil company profits

Not so obscene after all; actually quite modest.
Compared to other American industries, the oil and natural gas industry’s profit margin are mid-range compared to other industries – 5.7 percent for each dollar, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.

Those industries making much higher net income/sales percentages on the dollar include beverage and tobacco products (21.7 percent), pharmaceuticals (19.4 percent), computer and peripheral equipment (17.3 percent) and chemicals (14.7 percent). (link)

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Big Oil? That's me!

Corporate management owns only 1.5 percent of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry. The rest is owned by tens of millions of Americans through retirement accounts (14 percent) and pension funds (26 percent).  Mutual funds or other firms account for 29.5 percent ownership and individual investors own 23 percent of oil stock holdings. (link)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Government has not yet fixed the housing crisis the government caused

"The Obama loan modification program actually cost taxpayers $200,000 for each of the 375,000 loan modifications that were completed." Read more : no-government-fix-for-housing-woes

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Punk-Rock Libertarian in Ronald Reagan’s Court

Barry Donegan
by Barry Donegan, May 16th, 2011, Liberty Republican Forum

My foray into Republican politics probably started more as a form of protest than anything else, but once I got my foot in the door, it became clear that, for those interested in freedom, only the Republican Party has the appropriate organizational structure to give rise to an insurgent libertarian mainstream movement. (link)

Comment

This is a great article by Barry Donegan, a former Regional Vice Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party. It is full of practical advice; a kind of, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" guide for insurgent Republicans.

I am not a Ron Paul supporter myself, but was an "old Goldwater faithful" and a YAF'er and have at various times felt like an insurgent in the Republican camp so I can relate to much of what Barry says. I have at times found myself frustrated with one or the other faction in the party, but always knew that I had more in common with Republicans than Democrats and despite internal disagreements knew it is the Republican Party that stands for liberty and common sense.

In 1976 I was a passionate Ronald Reagan supporter but when Reagan lost the primary to Gerald Ford, I only licked my wounds for a day or two then began volunteering for Gerald Ford. It was the right thing to do. A Ford presidency would have been preferable to the Carter presidency. We are not a parliamentary system. Our system demands compromise and playing nice or one is simply a novelty act on the sidelines.

Barry's advice and insights include, "Be Friends with everyone," "Do the job you were elected to do," "choose your battles," and, (I especially like this one) "People in local politics do not get phone calls from the Bilderberg Group or the Council on Foreign Relations, so there is no reason to make a conspiracy out of everything and start calling people names." Good advice.

It has been a pleasure to get to know Barry Donegan and call him my friend.

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Ken Jakes Demands Records re David Torrence

Ken Jakes is the kind of crusader for honest government and justice we need in the Metro Council. Last week he took action on the Fair Board issue and this week, David Torrence. This is not something new for Ken Jakes. He has a track record of fighting corruption, incompetence and abuse of power on the part of Metro Government. He is a thorn in the side of corrupt, incompetent and arrogant bureaucrats and politicians. Too often people get elected to Council and then never speak out on the floor and never raise issues. They get elected and then want to get along with everyone and not make waves.  Ken Jakes would not be that kind of councilman.  

Below is Ken's latest effort to force ouster proceedings against David Torrence. 

Ken Jakes
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Ken Jakes"
To: toryjohnson@jis.nashville.org, "sue cain"
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:19:12 AM
Subject: Public record requests

Mr.Tory Johnson and Ms. Sue Cain,

On May 20,2011 I hand delivered a complaint letter to both of your offices against David Torrence as a first step in ousting proceedings as per State statue regarding a citizens right.

Our Davidson County Council who are elected by the people passed by resolution requesting that ouster proceedings be taken against David Torrence. I know the resolution itself has no bite to it or really is just a request but at least it should show that this is the will of the people.

The people are looking to the both of you to just do the right thing and start the proceedings. Mr.Johnson let's not forget that you yourself are an elected official and in my opinion there are duties and responsibilities that go with your office and failure to perform your duty and responsibility could be looked on by the people as negligence.


It appears to me that by now having been no legal action taken it will not be one forth coming. So that I may proceed to take legal actions I make the following Public Record Request to inspect and review.

1. Mr.Johnson from your office my request is below:
All emails, letters, hand written notes, or any other documented material concerning the case against David
Torrence as requested by the Council and complaint letter by me. This pertains to any by you or any of your
staff.

2. Ms.Cain from your office my request is below:
All emails, letters, hand written notes, or any other documented material concerning the case against David
Torrence as requested by the Council and complaint letter by me. This pertains to any by you or any of your
staff.

When this is ready for my review please notify me. It is not necessary to review both request at the same time.

I am willing to spend as much time in review as necessary. This information to review is so that I may have all records so I may start to prepare my case against David Torrence.

One citizen of thousands who is totally disgusted with this issue,

Ken Jakes.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Green HIlls Breakfast Summit- Metro Elections Saturday


Michale Craddock
Charlie Tygard
Rise & Shine, Join Your Fellow GOP'ers
GREEN HILLS BREAKFAST SUMMIT
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Swett's - Green Hills - 2209 Abbott Martin Rd

Breakfast begins at 8:15 am ($8.75 cash, no credit cards)
Meeting begins at 9 am (sharp)
METRO ELECTIONS SATURDAY, WITH:
 MICHAEL CRADDOCK, Candidate For Mayor
CHARLIE TYGARD, KEN JAKES AND RENARD FRANCOIS, 
Candidates For Metro Council At-Large
DAVE PATTERSON, Candidate For Metro Council District #4
COME MEET THESE CANDIDATES, HEAR FROM THEM ON THE ISSUES
AND GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
Event Chairmen - Peter and Gail Voysey
Dave Patterson
Kathleen Starnes, DCRP Chairman 
Ken Jakes
This event sponsored
by the



Davidson County Republican Party

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

County GOP Opposes Cable Fee Hike

Nashville, Tenn. –According to a news report this morning in The Tennessean, Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Nashville government are proposing major increases in the fee cable television subscribers pay for public, educational and government access channels, known as PEG programming.

Metro Government plans to charge and collect millions of dollars in higher fees from Davidson County television subscribers to make PEG channels available in high-definition quality, put new cameras in the mayor’s media room, purchase a mobile production van and build a new production studio. The media report states that Metro Nashville’s plan is to charge customers of Comcast Cable a 1,200 percent increase in their monthly PEG fee.

Kathleen Starnes

The Davidson County Republican Party opposes this plan, and offers the following statement by County GOP chair Kathleen Starnes:

At a time when families are watching every dollar, Metro Government is proposing huge fee increases on just about every household that has cable television service, so the government can go on a shopping spree and buy a bunch of toys for the IT department. The Davidson County Republican Party believes this is bad public policy and terrible timing in light of the economic challenges facing families.

Mayor Dean presented his budget and made a big deal about ‘no new taxes,’ but this is a tax increase, plain and simple. Government should be making plans to rein-in spending, not fattening its wallet for a spending binge on fluff, like making programs such as the Bat Poet and Something about Zombies available in high definition. The priorities of this administration appear to be out of step with Davidson County families and their budgets.

Let us be clear – the County GOP considers an open and accessible government an essential ingredient in its relationship with taxpayers. Metro Channel 3 works just fine and serves an important purpose, but it does not require new expensive bells and whistles, or expansion for the purpose of providing homemade TV shows and other non-essential programming. I encourage all residents of Davidson County to voice their opposition to this proposed fee by contacting their local council member and the Mayor’s office. County Republicans plan to make this fee increase a campaign issue and demand opposition to it by the candidates we endorse.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Council Candidate Ken Jakes files complaint against Fair Board

Ken Jakes
Ken Jakes, who is running for the Metro Council for an at-large seat, has filed a formal complaint with the Metro Attorney calling for the removal of Katy Varney as chairman of the Fair Board. Ken Jakes, is a long-time political activist and has previously taken legal actions against the city and forced changes in city policies in other unrelated matters.  Ken has a record of challenging city wrong-doings and winning.  A formal complaint filed by Ken Jakes will most likely not be ignored. I am enclosing an email which Ken wrote the Metro Attorney which explains the basis of his complaint. I have removed the email addresses of Ken and Sue Cain, but am otherwise posting in full as written.


From: "Ken Jakes"
To: "sue cain"
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:17:45 PM
Subject: Formal complaint


Ms.Cain, please except this email as a formal complaint by a tax paying / registered voter of Nashville and Davidson County, that you as the attorney of Davidson County start proceedings for the removal of Katy Varney as chairman of the Fair Board. Please review :

 In a report by Channel 4.
 Rose told Channel 4 that he believed Varney was aware that there were only 100,000 paid admissions last year. He said he presented his numbers to Varney the night before the May 3 meeting during a negotiating session.
"We disclosed how we came up with our numbers and what we felt like was workable for us," Rose said.

Asked again if Varney had heard the 100,000 figure the night before the board meeting, Rose said, "I think she knew. I think she knew that."

Varney said she didn't know.

"I find that very curious," she said. "We did not."
I am filing this complaint because,in the words of Mr.Rose it confirms my complaint, ( Mr. Rose words, "the night before the May 3 meeting during a negotiating session." )

My complaint that you take actions is pursuant to the State of Tennessee Sunshine Law.

Tennessee's Sunshine Law
"The General Assembly hereby declares it to be the policy of this State that the formation of public policy and decisions is public business and shall not be conducted in secret."
                                  Title 8, Chapter 44
                                (T.C.A. 8-44-101-201)

Further in my complaint, There were three bids for the 2011 State Fair with Mr.Rose's group being the lowest bid submitted. His group did not have as much financial backing or experience yet they were offered to submit a new bid proposal while all the while having private / close door negotiations.

The people of our City just went through serious issues with the fair Board. The position of chairman has just recently been filled. It is my personal opinion that shenanigans have already started again.

Please take action on my behalf and all the citizens of Davidson County who believe that government should be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC,

Ken Jakes.  

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

West Nashville Summit Report: Metro Council Candidate Dave Patterson

Dave Patterson
From Matt Nemeth, Moderator, West Nashville Republican Breakfast Club

Hello All!

We were honored yesterday to have Dave Patterson speak about his candidacy for Metro Council in District 4!  Dave did a great job talking about his background, experiences and vision of what Nashville can be.  Some interesting things about Dave include:

- He has spent more than 15 years as an officer in the United States Army and Army Reserve
- He is a very successful businessman
- Dave believes in low property taxes for the city
- He and his wife are members of Our Savior Lutheran Church

When elected, Dave will become an important and effective leader in Metro Council.  He has a great vision to bring business to Nashville and make this area very competitive for small business.  I donated to his campaign earlier today.  You can do so and learn more about Dave at his website: http://www.electdavepatterson.com.

Thanks again to all who attended!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day and see you all next month!

Regards,
Matt Nemeth

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Friday, May 13, 2011

It is time to pull the plug on the Chamber!

Tennessee's Chamber Maids
The Wall Street Journal, MAY 13, 2011
Nothing is worse for freedom and opportunity than when big business conspires with big labor. Behold the spectacle in Tennessee, where the Chambers of Commerce in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville have joined with the teachers unions to kill education vouchers.
That proposal, which has already passed the state senate, would give thousands of low- and middle-income parents in failing school districts private school options. The Tennessee Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act would provide vouchers of between $4,000 and $5,000 per child to families with an income up to ...
To continue reading the article you must be a subscriber to the WSJ so I have not bothered to link. The above portion is the essence of the story anyway. The article goes on to say that the Chambers trashed vouchers and told absolute lies claiming  that "there is no empirical data demonstrating that vouchers improve student achievement," and that private schools lack "accountability" and won't be subject to "high academic standards."

This is an outrage!  "High academic standards?" Our urban public schools are failing us miserably. There is overwhelming evidence that contradict these claims of the Chambers. Children in failing schools deserve a decent education. I wonder how many members of the leadership of the various chambers send their children to public schools?

In March I attended a meeting of First Tuesday and the topic was "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" and along with a representative of Mayor Dean's office and a spokesman from the State Department of Economic and Community Development, Mr.Ralph Schultz of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was a guest. What I came away with from Mr. Schultz comments was this: The city of Nashville pays the overwhelming money to support the community development function of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce but almost all of the new plants or corporate headquarters locating in the Nashville area are locating in the Nashville bedroom communities. Nashville pays the bill and Cool Springs, Lavergne, Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet are getting the benefit. I thought, "we are suckers."

Now, on top of that, I learn that the Chamber is actively campaigning against education reform!

It is time to pull the plug on the Chamber. Local businesses should refuse to join or renew their membership in the Chamber.  The city of Nashville should withhold funding and should not renew any contracts with the Chamber. Tourism and convention promotion is a valuable function provided by the chamber, but I have no doubt that we could find one of our talented public relation firms who would love to contract to provide this service.The Chamber should not get a single dime of public support!

Candidates for Metro Council should be asked if they will commit to withdrawing support for the Chamber which is not working in our best interest and does not deserve our support.

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Saturday May 14: Donelson/Hermitage Breakfast with Debra Maggart

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Ryan's Steakhouse
3435 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage

Dutch Treat Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

GUEST SPEAKER
Rep. Debra Maggart
Republican Caucus Chair, Hendersonville
Rep. Maggart will provide an update on bills
currently in the House of Representatives

EVENT CHAIR: Betty Cannon
DCRP SUMMIT COORDINATOR: Rod Williams

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maggart Still Prefers Collective Bargaining Ban


 May 10, 2011
Despite her recent move to revert to a weaker version of a ban on collective bargaining among Tennessee teachers, she said she'd still prefer to fully ban collective bargaining.



Tennessee State Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, says a plan to ban collective bargaining among teachers may have 50 votes in the House, but if it doesn't it, the two chambers may have to hash their differences out.

House Reverts to Scaled Back Collective Bargaining Plan

by Andrea Zelinski on May 11, 2011
House Republicans are, for now, sticking with a bill that limits labor union influence in teacher contract negotiations with local school boards.
But even though House Bill 130 doesn’t entirely eliminate formal collective bargaining, Democrats suspect that’s the direction things are headed once the bill reaches the House floor.
A House Education Committee voted 11-6 Tuesday to advance a measure that restricts the issues teachers’ unions can haggle with school districts over. The unions could negotiate issues such as pay, benefits and working conditions but could not bargain over issues including merit pay — for example, when teachers get paid extra to work at troubled schools.(link)

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Montana Bear Tragedy

This is a very sad story about a bear.

Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife because they become dependent and don’t forage for themselves any longer. It is such a tragedy to see what has been done to our country’s wildlife!
The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect U.S. wildlife. 
 
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Animals that formerly were self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democrat Party.    They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance.  This photo is of a black bear in Montana turned Democrat.  He's nicknamed Bearack Acorn Obearma.  It is believed that he has become a campground organizer.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Dave Ramsey Gets Matt Collins Fired

by Matt Collins

I have been a talk radio producer at 99.7 WTN / Cumulus Media since October 2005 until Thursday May 5th 2011. I was the longest running continually employed part-time producer at the station. Even though I have never worked for Dave Ramsey, he brutally and unfairly got me fired regardless of the fact that I was not his employee and did nothing to damage or harm Dave Ramsey or his product. My transgression? I was politely critical of Dave twice in one day on Twitter from my personal account, using my personal computer, and in no way represented or associated myself with my actual employer in my comments or profile. That’s right, Dave sought out my employer and leaned on them to fire me simply because I was minimally and politely vocal about not agreeing with Dave on a political point.(link)

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Thoughts on the code name "Geronimo" for Osama bin Laden

Some Native Americans and sensitive NPR-listener types and politically correct liberal moralizers and MSNBC fans are appalled at the U.S.military's use of the code name "Geronimo" for Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. After bin Laden was killed, the military sent a message back to the White House: "Geronimo EKIA." EKIA stand for "enemy killed in action." The use of the code name "Geronimo" may offend some, but I don't care. I am just glad they killed the evil bastard. God bless our military, the CIA, and the United States of America.

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Thoughts on the extra-judicial execution of an unarmed man

Navy Seals and the CIA went into Pakistan, violating that nations sovereignty, and committed an extra-judicial execution of an unarmed man and I don't care. I am just glad they killed the evil bastard. God bless our military, the CIA, and the United States of America.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Welcomes Justice

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro joins in with all Americans in expressing our thanks to President Obama and the couragous members of our armed forces in this great success in our fight against terrorism. The ICM feels that a great justice has taken place. Both the ICM and the Muslims of Murfreesboro will remain vigilant in our stand against radicals of any kind and any act that results in the death of innocent people here in the US and around the globe.

We pray that God bless this great country of ours and that God ease the pain of those who lost loved ones and have suffered in this fight.(link)

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We share the joy and sense of relief with the nation that this evil person met his end.

The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) congratulates the US government and our neighbors on the death of Osama Bin Ladin, a terrorist who was responsible for the death of several thousand innocent lives. We commend our forces that conducted a successful raid that brought justice to this murderer. We share the joy and sense of relief with the nation that this evil person met his end. We again reiterate that we denounce the act that killed American-Muslims and Non Muslims. We appreciate President Obama that US is not at war with Islam and Osama Bin Ladin did not represent Islam.

We hope the death of terrorist AlQaeda leader Osama Bin Ladin will lead to a decrease in the number of innocent civilian deaths worldwide. The violent actions of Bin Ladin and his followers violated basic Islamic teachings and resulted directly or indirectly in the deaths of many innocent lives.

ICN endorsed the fatwa (religious ruling), against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by hundreds of U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. The fatwa stated in part:

“Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs.”

Amir Arain, M.D.
Director, Public Relations
Islamic Center of Nashville (link)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

There should be a very hot place in Hell ...


There should be a very hot place in Hell reserved for anyone who could steal her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother’s money and buy herself a new swimming pool, toys, and rental properties.  Anyone who could do that is a heartless evil bitch.  

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It is not 72 virgins...it's a 72 year old virgin.

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Murfressboro Mosque Leaders Speaks About Bin Laden's Death

Watch the Video.
"We don't celebrate the death of any human being, but in this case, I believe justice has been served," said Saleh Sbenaty of the Islamic Center of Nashville.

"We were hoping he would be captured alive because we need to know more about al-Qaida and his collaborators so we can dismantle this terrorist organization," Sbenaty said.

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Bill to end union contracts passes Senate

The Tennessee General Assembly
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
Bill to end union contracts passes Senate

  Measure increases collaboration between local school boards and teachers
(Nashville) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R – Blountville) emphasized his ongoing support for Senate Bill 113, a crucial piece of education reform legislation sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) which passed on the floor of the Senate last night by a vote of 18 to 14.

The bill cleared the Senate committee system two times after being amended to make explicit the increased collaboration the bill fosters between teachers and their local school boards.

“Union contracts have hamstrung our local school boards for too long,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “More than a year ago our state raced to the top and planted our flag as a beacon for education reform in the nation -- but our journey is not over.”

“In 1978 the General Assembly gave a monopoly to one government union and allowed that union to strangle the hope of education reform in this state,” said Sen. Jack Johnson. “This bill rectifies that mistake and gives power back to locally-elected school boards and teachers. The passage of this measure is necessary if we mean to continue on the path of education reform we have embarked upon.”

“We have a historic opportunity to make this session of the General Assembly a landmark for the cause of reform. This bill creates a collaborative environment between teachers and their local board which will ultimately result in putting a quality teacher in every classroom.”

“This bill has been debated extensively and amended effectively,” Lt. Governor Ramsey continued. “I’m proud of the Senate for passing this measure and I trust the state House will follow suit.”

The bill as amended will end long term union contracts that local governments and taxpayers cannot afford and provides for a policy manual that would outline how every local school board will set policies on salaries, wages, benefits, including insurance and retirement benefits, leaves of absence, student discipline procedures and working conditions for teachers.

The companion House bill sponsored by Rep. Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) is currently awaiting action in the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

Comment: I am proud of Lt.  Governor Ramsey, Senator Johnson and Rep. Maggart and our Republican State legislators. Elections do have consequences.  

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