Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather
By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's a state agency that's supposed to help meet the housing needs of the Tennessee's neediest families.
But a NewsChannel 5 investigation discovered the Tennessee Housing Development Agency also spends lots of money having fun.
Watch this. I am very disappointing. Party, party, party! Stretch Limo's, renting out the Country Music Hall of Fame, a roomful of balloons, massive spending on frivolous stuff.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -
The chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union has called on Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais to resign after reports that include the congressman once urged a mistress to terminate a pregnancy.
Chairman Lloyd Daugherty said in a release on Tuesday that DesJarlais' actions have "reached a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable." (link)My Comment
The TCU is wrong. I stand by my position stated yesterday: Hold your nose and vote for DesJarlalis. I would rather have a rascally Republican rather than a saintly Democrat. We have too much at stake to give away a seat. If he votes right, and there is ever reason to believe he will continue to vote right, that is what is most important. If Republicans can get him elected this term, then in two years he can be challenged in a primary if we can find a more morally pure candidate. He was separated from his wife at the time and anyway, the inappropriate actions were 14 years ago. Maybe he is a changed man.
If it was earlier in the game and we had time to find a replacement to run, then I could be persuaded to throw him overboard, but to do so now is to hand the Democrats a seat they could not win. Republicans, Stand by your man.
“From the start of this campaign my goal was to go directly to voters with a message of job creation, lower taxes and smaller government,” said Dickerson. “Talking one on one with voters in every neighborhood in this district is the key to victory and I’m proud to announce that we have knocked on over 60,000 doors across Senate District 20.”
Dr. Dickerson’s campaign has been actively door knocking since March with the help of countless volunteers and supporters. The campaign knocked a total of 30,857 doors during the Primary, a three way race Dr. Dickerson won with almost 50% of the total vote. In the General Election, the Dickerson campaign has knocked on 31,585 doors since August alone. Including the Primary and General the total number of doors knocked by the Dickerson Campaign is 62,442.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from volunteers all over the district,” said Dickerson. “This has been a team effort and we have run a grassroots-oriented campaign to hear from voters across the political spectrum. While we have seen tremendous financial support, it is even more humbling to see everyone that has invested their time. The encouragement that we see at each door is what gives us the drive to work hard so that District 20 has a strong, sensible voice in the State Senate.”
Steve Dickerson is a practicing physician and founding partner of Anesthesia Services Associates. Dickerson attended the University of the South in Sewanee graduating with a B.A. in History. He then received his medical degree at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. Steve Dickerson has been married to his wife Katrina for 20 years and they have three sons, Reid, Evan, and Bennett.
For more information about the Steve Dickerson campaign or to schedule an interview with Dr. Dickerson contact: 615-519-1896 or visit www.votestevedickersoncom.
Monday, October 29, 2012
From the Metro Government, Planning Department.
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The “General Plan” – direction for our community’s futureWhat should Nashville look like in 20 years, or 25, or 30? And we don’t mean just the city – we’re talking about the entire region, our county and others nearby. Metro planners are starting work now on a new General Plan which will provide a vision and guidance for growth and development in Davidson County and influence future progress in much of Middle Tennessee.
Who’s leading this project?Metro Government is part of a coalition of business leaders, government agencies, educators, religious institutions, and individuals which all contribute and provide leadership to the development of the General Plan. It is a true community effort, with many different people and interests represented.
All of the team members live and work in the Nashville area, and share a common goal - helping Nashville and Middle Tennessee grow and prosper in a way that will be good for the economy, the environment, and the people of Davidson County and the surrounding counties.
have joined the team
How long will it take, and how can I be part of it?Creating the best and most usable Plan will take about three years. Right now, we’re setting a baseline understanding of where we are today. Next, we’ll start considering where we want to be and how to get there, efficiently and sustainably. Today, at the beginning of the process, is the best time to get involved. Join us, and have a real influence on your community’s future.
If you want to get involved at the beginning in the next plan of Nashville, here is the chance. I have submitted my application. Rod
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A second woman who says she had an affair with Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) has come forward in an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, saying it began when he was her doctor.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press is providing the women anonymity but they say they have verified her identity and she was listed as a "potential witness" in Desjarlais's ex-wife's divorce filing. The women also said Desjarlais smoked pot.
This is bad news. Does it disqualify him from office? No. Not in my book. It is kind of slimy and makes him less than the idea candidate, but I would still vote for a personally flawed conservative over a personally moral liberal. Legalizing abortion, bankrupting our country, and advancing an agenda that destroys our liberty is a greater sin than any personal transgressions.
The events happened fourteen years ago, while he was already separated from his wife. Dating a patient is a violation of a doctors ethics, but really is that such an ethical lapse? It may be technically unethical, but there is no allegation he took advantage of venerable women. The smoking pot? I don't care. I would bet that if the truth be known, most people of the baby boomer generation have smoked pot. We have a president who snorted coke and a previous president who smoked but says he didn't inhale. Smoking pot is no big deal.
The most troubling thing is the effort to talk a mistress into having an abortion. I am having a hard time buying his explanation of those events. It sounds to me like he really was trying to talk a mistress who he assumed was pregnant into getting an abortion. Nevertheless, I am sure Scott Desjarlais will vote pro-life and that is more important.
Voters with conservative values should not let the fact that Scott Desjarlais has feet of clay lead them to voting for a Democrat who will vote against all of their values. While we would want our legislators to be moral people and role models, we are voting for legislators; not choosing ministers. If you are in DesJarlais district, please hold your nose and vote for him anyway.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Your first time, do it for free stuff! Great parody of Lena Dunham 'My first time' video.
Today, November 1st is the last chance to early vote. Polls are open until 4:30PM.*
Avoid the lines on election day and make sure you get your vote in for this election. If you haven’t early voted yet, please vote today!
Belle Meade City Hall 4705 Harding Pike
Bellevue Community Center 656 Colice Jeanne Road
Bordeaux Library 4000 Clarksville Pike
Coleman Park Community Center 384Thompson Lane
Crossings Event Center 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Davidson County Election Commission 800 2nd Avenue South, 1st Floor
Edmondson Pike Library 5501 Edmondson Pike
Friendship Baptist Church 1109 32nd Avenue North
Goodlettsville City Hall 105 South Main Street
Green Hills Library 3701 Benham Avenue
Hermitage Library 3700 James Kay Lane
Madison Library 610 Gallatin Pike South
(* For Democrats, I think the polls are open until 7:30)
Saturday, October 27, 2012
“Craig Fitzhugh should be ashamed and embarrassed that he would flat out lie to voters in his district,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
I am by no means a prude, but this Obama ad really is in poor taste. Why should I be surprised and expect more from this President?
Actress Lena Dunham says, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.” She is speaking of voting. I guess the President thinks this is the way to reach the young voters of America. Show how cool and hip and irreverent you are and they will vote for you? I hope most college age people are not that shallow.
What could you possibly have been thinking? The ad you have launched featuring a young actress equating voting for you to a sexual act is offensive to me, to millions of women and to the stature of the office you hold. As a father of two beautiful girls, how could you possibly have allowed this to be aired? Did you approve this? Did someone on your campaign staff actually think this was a good idea? It is offensive, repulsive and should be removed immediately. It is beneath the dignity of the office you hold. Mr. President, are you and your Democrat colleagues so focused on sex and reproductive rights that you really think that is the single motivator for women? Are you not aware that women in 2012 are focused on jobs, the economy, economic opportunity? Women are running companies, serving as the human resource director of companies and helping employees solve problems. Women are doctors, lawyers, teachers, sales managers, marketers. They handle problems in the workplace by day and manage their families by night. They are concerned about the healthcare of their families and are the drivers in healthcare decisions, making 85% of all healthcare decisions. Many women are heads of households. Many are the primary wage earners for their families.
Do you know that many women are voting this year because they have $16T reasons to go to the polls? Debt and out of control spending are at the top of their list. They are concerned that you don’t want to pass a budget. They are concerned that the future for their children is being capped and traded to the countries that own our debt. How can you possibly look these moms in the eye when you have equated their vote to ‘the first time’? Are you really serious?
I find it ironic that you have time to approve such a message but you don’t have time to find out what happened in Benghazi . By the way, we are still waiting to hear directly from you when you were told of the attacks. Did you know before you put your head on the pillow that evening that you had an Ambassador and staff that were in danger? Did you know it was a terrorist attack? When you hob-nobbed in Las Vegas, did you know it was not a video? Was getting out on the campaign trail, seeing your Hollywood friends and raising campaign cash more important that fighting terrorism and defending those who are giving their lives to defend us?
Serving as President of the United States is a privilege that is afforded to few in our country. When you became the 44th President, you accepted the responsibilities of preserving this nation and protecting us from foes, foreign and domestic. Sir, you need to reign in the inappropriate behavior, retract your Rolling Stone comments and get this First Time ad off the air. You should be conducting yourself like the American people expect their President to conduct himself.
Member of Congress
P.S. I can guarantee that I am working my hardest and doing my best to build a victory for my side of the aisle and my candidate, Governor Mitt Romney. And, yes, on November 6, I fully believe that you will find that “we the people” have decided to “be the people.” We are building this victory and will look forward to looking back at this election victory and saying, “Yes, we did build that! We have built this country and it is here to stay!”
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Benghazi: Were CIA Operators Told to ‘Stand Down’ During Attack & Were 3 Urgent Requests for Military Back-Up Denied?
Explosive new allegations surrounding the Benghazi attack emerged this morning, with FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin reporting that sources have confirmed that three urgent requests for military assistance sent from the CIA annex were all denied. Additionally, CIA operators were told to “stand down” rather than respond when shots were heard around 9:40 p.m. on September 11. Following the alleged developments, Charles Woods, father of ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods who was killed in the attack, spoke out on Glenn Beck’s radio program.(link)The more we learn about Bnegazi, it looks with increased certainty that the Obama administration ignored warnings prior to the event that would indicate our consulate should be reinforced or withdrawn, that the administration watched drone aerial transmission of events on the ground in real time, that a plea for help as the attack was underway was ignored, and that the administration lied and provided a story they knew to be untrue claiming the attack was a spontaneous eruption resulting from a YouTube video insulting to Islam.
If this was any other administration, the press would be screaming for answers instead of soft-peddling the story. The mainstream press is so enamored of the Obama presidency they have lost all objectivity. This should be a bigger story than was Iran-Contra or Watergate.
If Obama is not voted out of office on November 6th he should be impeached. Also, throw in as an impeachable offense the Fast and Furious cover up. President Obama is a totally despicable human being and is a disgrace to the office of the Presidency.
CAN WE SAVE UNDER-PERFORMING NASHVILLE
SCHOOLS VIA TENNESSEE'S "TRIGGER LAW"?
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Green Hills Satellite Campaign Office4108 Hillsboro Pike (Next To McDonald’s)Coffee, Pastries and Fellowship at 8:30am
Program Begins at 9 am
--And Potential Of The Tennessee 'Trigger Law'
Don't miss hearing from one of the 'movers and shakers'
on this compelling topic.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Today the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the
state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification at
polling places and ruled that election officials must accept an ID
issued by the Memphis library.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey released the following statement on today's appeals court ruling:
"While allowing library cards clearly violates the legislative intent of this law, the court rightly affirmed the law's constitutionality. Just yesterday, we saw Democrat Party voter fraud efforts make national news in Virginia, as the son of a U.S. Congressman was caught on tape explaining how to commit fraud at the ballot box. This is exactly the type of illegal behavior our law will stop. Tennessee's voter ID law is necessary, proper and completely constitutional. This has been made plain by the courts and remains undisputed."
To see the video mentioned by Gov. Ramsey, see the next post on this blog.
Published October 23, 2012 Associated Press DENVER – There are 300 more suspected noncitizens on Colorado's voter rolls, Secretary of State Gessler announced Tuesday in the latest chapter of a contentious national debate over what Republicans say is vulnerability in the voting system. Read more:
Brad Staats For Congress,October 25, 2012,
Brad Staats is a small business owner in Nashville who is responsible for hiring people, balancing a budget, and making a payroll. He has worked to be a job creator and understands the economics and discipline of building a business. On Obamacare, Staats says, “My friends in small business are terrified about the future and most of them tell me that they have no plans to expand, fearing any additional financial burden may place their businesses in jeopardy. Requiring them to comply with job-killing regulations is keeping them from expanding or even considering it.” Conversely, his opponent has little experience in making a payroll and has proved by his voting record he has little experience in balancing a budget.
“Jim Cooper was complicit in making sure this legislation passed the House in 2010. He bears responsibility for the thousands in Tennessee who will either lose their jobs or not be hired as a result. If Obamacare is allowed to proceed into 2014, healthcare in Tennessee will be provided by the same institutions that are destroying the economy with waste and corruption. I believe Tennesseans have little interest in losing their autonomy for their personal healthcare decisions.”
Brad Staats is a private businessman in Nashville and the Republican candidate for the 5th District Congressional Seat including Davidson County, Dickson County and southern Cheatham County. You can find out more about Brad Staats at www.bradstaats.com or on Facebook.
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Publication Date: January 1, 1935
What does one need to know about politics? In some ways, Nock has summed it all up in this astonishing book, the influence of which has grown every year since its publication. Nock was a prominent essayist at the height of the New Deal. In 1935, hardly any public intellectuals were making much sense at all. They pushed socialism. They pushed fascism. Everyone had a plan. Hardly anyone considered the possibility that the state was not fixing society but destroying it bit by bit. And so Albert Jay Nock came forward to write what needed to be written. And he ended up penning a classic of American political commentary, one that absolutely must be read by every student of economics and government.
One realizes many important points about Nock when reading this. First, he was brilliant, original, and courageous. Second, he hated politics -- indeed he hated politics so much that he wanted a society that was completely free of it. This is why he is often described as anarchist. Third, he surely was one of the great stylists of the English language in the history of 20th century writing. Those who have read Nock know that there is something about his writing that tugs very deeply on one's conscience and soul. This book will linger in your mind as you read the daily headlines. He makes his points so well that they become unforgettable.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
statement, clearly speaking out of frustration as he watched President Obama wilt under the scrutiny of the second presidential debates where he was challenged repeatedly by Republican Mitt Romney.
“I don’t think he understands the Constitution of the United States…He’s the president of the United States. You don’t say, ‘you’ll get your chance.’”
The new October 25, 2012 Farmers Market Commission meeting agenda is now available. You can find the agenda at the link:
Farmers Market Commission Agenda
The Farmers Market Commission is one of the Metro agencies in need of a citizen watchdog. This agency has been plagued by mismanagement and waste. I wish a citizen who can understand financial spread sheets and budgets would regularly attend the farmers market meetings.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Boston Herald's endorsement is strong and unequivocal. Here are some excerpts:
Four years ago the voters put their faith in a man who offered vague promises of hope and change at a time when any change looked like a good idea and hope was in short supply.To read the entire editorial follow this link.
What this nation got in Barack Obama was a president who used an economic crisis to further his redistributionist agenda — and, not surprisingly, failed miserably at restoring American prosperity. Oh, he brought change all right — to a government-knows-best philosophy that has given us four years of high unemployment, higher gas prices, a $16 trillion deficit, and a job-killing regulatory environment.
.....this nation can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama, four more years of his divisive class warfare rhetoric, four more years of his Chicago-style eco-cronyism and four more years of an administration that will lie and obfuscate — even about the death of a U.S. ambassador — to save its sorry hide.
During the last four years the world has become a more dangerous place. We can’t afford four more years of a leadership vacuum.
I again watched the debate at a debate watch party at the Republican Party storefront office in Green Hills.
In my view, the debate was a tie or maybe a slight win for Romney. Romney appeared calm and collected: Obama appeared contemptuous and irritated. I think Romney made no mistakes that would detour the momentum of the campaign and Obama was not reassuring and was not able to paint Romney as reckless or adventurous in foreign policy.
I thought a high point for President Obama was when he dismissed Romney's charge that we have fewer Navy ships than we did in 1917. I or course, do not know what the correct number of ships are that we need but I thought Obama's logic was valid. In a different era when troops can be ferried by air to trouble spots around the world, we may not need as many ships as at some point in the past.
I thought a high point for Romney was when he described President Obama's Apology tour of the Mid-East.
....the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations.
And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.
Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.
That needed to be said!
I also think Romney presented a good argument is saying that Iran is four years closer to a nuclear bomb and that we have wasted the last four years and should be taking stronger actions against Iran.
On many points Romney and Obama agreed and often where there was disagreement if was minor and nuanced, not polar opposites. In many cases it just comes down to who you trust more to execute American foreign policy.
I am not sure how the debate will play with most Americans. The American people are war-weary and I am not sure they want to maintain vigilantes in the world. I, however, think we must remain strong. The world is still a dangerous place and we must stay engaged. To keep the peace we must maintain strength.
Romney did not come across as hawkish or bombastic. I think he came across as steady and serious and presidential. I think Obama came across as weak and indecisive. I hope America sees it that way.
For a video and text of the debate, follow this link.
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