Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Metro Nashville Health Department Sends Letter Addressing the ‘Injustice’ of Kyle Rittenhouse’s ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict: Report

by Rod Williams - The Metro Health Department sent the following message in an email to members
of the department. 

On November 19th, 2021 Kyle Rittenhouse, a young white man who shot and killed two people and wounded one other during last year’s demonstration following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police Department officer, received a not guilty verdict.

We recognize that these injustices can cause distress and harm for the BIPOC communities and exacerbate trauma instilled daily through acts of racism and the pervasiveness of white supremacy and oppression.

We recognize these injustices can cause distress and harm to the BIPOC community.

We recognize these injustices can cause distress and harm for BIPOC communities and exacerbate trauma instilled daily through acts of racism and the pervasiveness of white supremacy and oppression.

We must move forward collectively to disrupt systemic racism and reaffirm our shared values of equity and inclusion publicly and through practice. MPHD is committed to providing a space for healing for anyone struggling to process, experiencing distress, and or needs additional resources to support their colleagues.

If you are feeling impacted by these events, please do not hesitate to reach out to the director, Dr. Gill Wright III; Deputy Director Dr. Melva Black; or the Bureau of Health Equity  Dr. Stephanie Kang. 

This is an outrage.  Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty. Justice was served.  The top management of the Health Department should be fired!

The above letter is excerpted from a report in The Tennesee Star, to read the full story follow this link

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1st Annual Conservative Collaborative Christmas Party

A classy and fun Christmas party with some of middle Tennessee’s best conservative groups!

About this event

Join several of Middle Tennessee’s best conservative groups for a collaborative Christmas Party! Featuring guest speaker Congressman Dr. Mark Green, Christmas music by DJ Josh Edwards, festive lighting by Tobi Maier, and a collaborative planning effort from these incredible conservative groups:

Davidson County Republican Party 

Americans For Prosperity 

Nashville Sentinels

917 Society

Nashville Republican Women 

Tennessee Republican Assembly 

Davidson County Patriots

Biblically Conservative 

Latinos for Tennessee

Tennessee American Chinese Chamber of Commerce 

Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group 

Tickets include 2 drinks & light appetizers. Tickets are limited and will sell out fast! The event will kick off at 5:30pm with drinks and food. The formal program will begin promptly at 6pm. The remainder of the evening will be a long anticipated and highly coveted opportunity to meet, mingle, and network with all the members of these diverse conservative communities!

For tickets, follow this link.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Most crime in America is Black-on-Black crime


The source of the above is the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer.

If you assume, that America's crime problem is a problem of the dysfunctionality of the African-American community, that would be a valid assumption.  Most crime in America is Black-on-Black crime.  African Americans make up 13.4% of the population. 

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6 family members shot, 2 fatally, in shooting at apartment in West Nashville. But were they Black?

by Rod Williams-  This story of a murder in West Nashville is all over the news.  I have read it from several sources.  We know the names of the parties involved, we know their ages, we know the gender, we know where it occurred,  and we know the motive was most likely robbery. We can see a picture of the apartment where the shooting occurred. We know one of the dead is one of the intruders who was a convicted robber. What we do not know is the race or ethnicity of the parties involved.  

They do not have Spanish surnames. First names are "Christian Akail," "Zacquez," and "Tavarius."  That sounds sort of Black. 

Maybe it would even help solve the crime if people knew the race of the people involved. Am I the only one who would like to know that fact?  

I assume race or ethnicity is not reported, because of political correctness.  We do not want to stigmatize minorities.  We do not seem to mind stigmatizing men.  Why is gender freely reported but not race or ethnicity? If the motive for not reporting race is to cause people to not think of minorities as more criminally inclined than the majority, it is not working.  When I see a story like this, my default assumption is that it is an incident of Black on Black crime.  I wonder how many other people make the same assumption. Lack of knowing the race of the parties involved may cause people to assume more crime is committed by Blacks than there is in reality. 

To read more about this tragic shooting, see link, link, link

Below is the Metro press release.

Investigation Continuing into Friday Night's Fatal Gunfire Inside Torbett Street Home

November 27, 2021, - Homicide Unit detectives are continuing in their efforts to establish the motive behind Friday’s 9:45 p.m. gunfire inside 2815-B Torbett Street that left six members of the same family shot, two of them fatally. A 29-year-old man believed to be one of the two suspects who entered the home was also shot to death.

The two brothers killed are identified as Zacquez Sherrell, 18, and Tavarius Sherrell, 15. Wounded were their 40-year-old mother, two of their sisters, ages 16 & 20, and their 13-year-old brother. They are all expected to recover.

The 29-year-old deceased suspect is identified as Christian Akail Johnson of Nashville, a convicted robber. According to the victims, Johnson and another individual entered the residence armed. Robbery is among the motives being considered for the gunfire. Three guns were recovered from inside the residence. It appears the suspects gained entry after knocking on the front door. The series of events following their entry remains under investigation.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Public Meeting on Outdoor Homelessness

Date: November 30, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Description: Everyone is invited to attend.
Facilitated by Vice Mayor Jim Shulman.

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Memphis, TN Reported One of the Highest Murder Rates in the US

by Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square, Nov 22, 2021 - The rash of deadly violence came during a tumultuous year in American history. The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures and left millions of Americans out of work. The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer rattled confidence in American law enforcement and sparked nationwide protests. Firearm sales soared, resulting in the proliferation of tens of millions of new guns. 

Some experts speculate that each of these factors likely played a role in the rising homicide rate. While it may be years before the precise causal factors are identified, the effects are being felt in communities across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists homicide as a contributing factor in the historic 1.5-year decline in life expectancy in the U.S. last year -- trailing only COVID-19 and accidental deaths, like drug overdoses, in significance.

Memphis, Tennessee, is among the U.S. cities with the highest homicide rates. There were a total of 289 murders reported in the city in 2020, or 44.4 for every 100,000 people -- well above the national homicide rate of 6.5 murders per 100,000.

Even though homicide is the least common form of criminal violence -- accounting for less than 2% of all violent crimes -- places with high homicide rates also often have high overall violent crime rates, and Memphis is no exception. There were 2,352 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 people in Memphis in 2020, compared to 399 incidents per 100,000 nationwide.

All data used in this story is from the FBI's 2020 Uniform Crime Report. Only places with populations above 25,000 based on five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey were considered. Limited data was available in the 2020 UCR for areas in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, though these places were not excluded from analysis.

(For the list and ranking of the most murderous cities in America, follow this link.) 

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Gov. Bill Lee to chair committee aiming to place right-to-work law in Tennessee Constitution

Gov. Bill Lee to chair committee aiming to place right-to-work law in Tennessee Constitution 

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Biden's hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering results in a travel ban on eight African Nations amid ‘Omicron’ Variant.

by Rod Williams, November 26, 2021 - Today President Biden, amid the discovery of the new highly infectious “Omicron” variant of the coronavirus, imposed a travel ban on eight African countries.  The ban applied to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. These are all majority Black countries.

You may recall that in February 2020, Biden criticized Trump for his xenophobic response to the coronavirus crisis. The mainstream press, popular cultural influencers, CNN and MSNBC pundits, and many Democratic politicians denounced Trump's ban on Chinese travel as hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering.  To show her solidarity with the Chinese people Nancy Pelosi, toured San Francisco's Chinatown and hugged some Chinamen. 

Biden is right to impose this travel ban on these African countries.  Trump was right to impose a travel ban on China.  Biden, Pelosi, late-night TV talk show entertainers, and a whole lot of other people owe Trump an apology.  I am not going to hold my breath and wait for it to happen. 

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Thursday, November 25, 2021


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Happy Thanksgiving


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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Tennessee has the 10th most cost-effective highway system in the nation.

by Rod Williams, Nov. 24, 2021-  Reason Foundation's 26th Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including urban and rural pavement condition, deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, spending per mile, and administrative costs per mile of highway. Tennessee ranked 10th best.  For a more in-depth look at the data, follow the above link. 

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Bellevue Breakfast Club speaker is Dr. Ming Wang, Sat. Dec. 4th

 From Lonnie Spivak:

Greeting Breakfast Club Members,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you will join me Saturday, December 4th, for our final breakfast club of the year as we prepare for redistricting and the upcoming elections. I will have a personal message and we will be joined by Dr. Ming Wang. Our meeting will being at 8:30 am at Plantation Pub, located at 8321 Sawyer Brown Rd. 

I hope to have a count of everyone attending, so please reply to the email to let me know if you can make the meeting.  lonie@lonniespivak.com

Thank you.

Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics), is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon, philanthropist, and a co-founder of the non-profit Common Ground Network that has published the “Common Ground Bible Study”.

 As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape China’s Cultural Revolution – during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of hard labor and poverty. He came to America with only $50 and earned two doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, and graduated with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT. 

 Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to help blind orphaned children from around the world. 

The film “Sight” is based on Dr. Wang’s autobiography “From Darkness to Sight” and co-stars Greg Kinnear.

Why Christian conservatives are not connected with the minorities and how we can do better?

Ming Wang, MD, PhD

Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics)

Co-founder, Common Ground Network, Co-founder, Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group

Director, Wang Vision Institute, drwang@wangvisioninstitute.com, www.drmingwang.com

Christian conservatives are not connecting with the minorities!

  • 20% of U.S. population are Hispanic Americans (voting 8:2 progressive);
  • 18% of U.S. population are African Americans (9:1);
  • 6% of U.S. population are Asian Americans (7:3).

 These three minorities are 44% of U.S. population today, and is projected to become the majority, in 10-15 years, for the first time in U.S. history!

  • Medium age of whites = 58
  • Asians = 29
  • African Americans = 27
  •  Hispanic Americans = 11

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

University School of Nashville Is the Best School in The Nashville Area.

by  Grant Suneson, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square Nov 15, 2021 - Parents want the best for their children, including the best school experience. This, of course, includes getting good grades and performing well on state and college entry exams, but that is not all.

Students also benefit from a positive school culture, participating in extracurricular activities, having individualized attention from teachers and counselors, and learning in a diverse environment.

Though there are hundreds of excellent schools across the country, each major city and metropolitan area has one school that stands out as the best in its area.

Located next to Vanderbilt University, University School of Nashville is the Nashville, Tennessee, area's top school. The school earned an A+ overall grade from school data platform Niche as well as A+ grades for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep.

University School of Nashville has just over 1,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The school also has an average graduation rate of 100% and a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

To determine the best schools by city, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2022 K-12 School & District Rankings from Niche, a platform for education data. The Niche ranking is based on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as reviews submitted to Niche. City boundaries are based on Census Bureau definitions for places. We identified the best school in every city for the 50 largest U.S. cities based on five-year population data from the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey.

(To see the complete list follow this link)

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Kyle Rittenhouse is still no hero

by Rod Williams, Nov. 21, 2021- I am pleased that Rittenhouse was found not guilty, but I agree with this article.  He should have stayed home.  Last summer when BLM and Antifa were terrorizing Nashville, I went armed. If I would have found myself in the midst of a mob attempting to do me bodily harm, I would have used deadly force to protect myself. However, I avoided areas where there were protests. I avoided the interloop of the interstates.  I figured a route of non-interstate roads provided opportunities to avoid the conflict if the terrorist decided to block a roadway.  I am not a coward, but I think it prudent to avoid conflict rather than seek it out. I am not ready to abandon civil society.  I am not ready to take the law into my own hands. Rittenhouse's not guilty verdict should not be interpreted as a call for an armed citizenry to confront rioters. We still have the ballot box and when city or state officials do not do their job by maintaining order we can vote them out of office.


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Saturday, November 20, 2021

How much would it cost to reduce Global Warming? $131Trillion is one answer. Last year the world's GDP was $85 Trillion.

Money is a sticking point in climate-change negotiations around the world. As economists warn that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will cost many more trillions than anticipated, WSJ looks at how the funds could be spent, and who would pay. Illustration: Preston Jessee/WSJ

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We'll Always Have Paris


by Rod Williams, Nov. 15, 2021- The Glasgow version of the Conference of Parties (COP) came to an end on Sunday, and it is hard to call it anything other than a failure. As the Wall Street Journal said, "Glasgow produced little of consequence. How could it have done otherwise? The conferees who warn that the Apocalypse is nigh absent draconian energy policies are disconnected from political and economic reality."

If you don't want to take my word or the Wall Street Journal's word for it, Children's Crusade leader Greta Thunberg said it. “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” Thunberg said. “The COP has turned into a PR event, where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets, while behind the curtains governments of the Global North countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.” (link)

Not that I expect this child to have any insight as to how to fix it, but she is right in calling it a failure. Not that Glasgow was a total absolute failure. Progress was made on a carbon-trading agreement which may lead someday to a standardized trading carbon credit system. The way carbon credits work is that if a government can’t meet the emissions plans it submitted to the U.N. it could buy credits to make up the difference. This could produce good results.  If you recall when acid rain was an issue, it was successfully reduced by a system that relied on "cap and trade," which created a market for acid rain emission reduction credits.

The problem with carbon credits is that there is no standardization and little regulation of the market. Often, carbon credits are nothing but a scam and greenwashing. Any effort that moves toward a legitimate carbon credit market is a positive development. However, there is a long way to go before anything like a real trustworthy market for carbon credits is created. A global carbon market won’t happen overnight. There is a long way to go and time is running out. Unfortunately, this minor move toward someday having a standardized global carbon credit trading system is about the only positive thing to come out of Glasgow. 

The development that got the most attention was that instead of waiting five years for countries to submit their next round of carbon reduction pledges, the Glasgow Climate Pact calls for countries to gather again next year with revised pledges.

The goal of the Paris Accords is to keep the rise in earth's temperature from exceeding 1.5°C rise above preindustrial levels.  We are not on target to make that happen. So delegates agreed to go back and redo their homework and come up with better pledges for reductions. To avoid the 1.5°C rises, the world needs to eliminate a lot of carbon emissions and reach net carbon neutrality by 2030. That is not that far away and we are moving further from the target, not closer.

I am not hopeful. There is nothing to indicate next year will be any better than this year. In fact, with an expected cold European winter, European countries are looking at increasing the use of coal. With inflation rising in the US and many other nations, now is not an opportune time to adopt policies that will increase utility prices. There is no reason to be optimistic that Paris will achieve anything. The Paris Accords is not a treaty.  One, country can not require another country to act. It doesn’t require nations to do anything but merely urges or requests them to do so. Also, it creates no system of incentives or disincentives for achieving a target. To say the least, it is difficult to get 197 countries to agree on anything and then follow up. Some of the 197 countries may not even exist next year. Many that do will have different dictators.

Paris is a romantic idealistic dream of the world getting together holding hands singing kumbaya, and solving a common problem. The world doesn't work that way. The Paris Accords are a joke. We need to ditch the Paris Accords.

The seven wealthy democracies of the world need to focus on a solution. The solution needs to recognize that there needs to be a price for carbon and embrace carbon border adjustments. The G-7 has enough economic clout that the rest of the world will fall in line.

For more on Glasgow COP-26, see the below links:

COP26 Climate Deal Shows Fragility of New Emissions-Cutting Pledge - WSJ

Glasgow’s Climate of Unreality - WSJ

Was COP26 in Glasgow a success? | The Economist

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Metro Council delays voting on resolution to end emissions testing program until next year

Metro Council delays voting on resolution to end emissions testing program until next year 

It will be back on the agenda January 4, 2022.

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Democrat spending plan to give $billions to the wealthiest. It’s a blue state millionaire bailout.

by Rod Williams, Nov. 19, 2021 - In case you missed it and in case you think Republicans are the party of tax breaks for the wealthy, you need to be aware that the pending build back better plan contains massive tax breaks for the very wealthy.  The party that demands that the wealthy pay their fair share, is about to give a big tax break to millionaires.  Not all millionaires, but coastal millionaires, primarily. 

Now, I am not opposed, in principle, to tax breaks for the wealthy.  After all, the wealthy do not hide their money under a mattress.  Money not confiscated by the government is money that goes to work in the economy creating more jobs, a greater GNP, and more wealth.  The wealthy can only spend so much of their wealth, so any wealth in excess of consumption by the wealthy is an investment in the economy. Saving = Investment, and the wealthy "save" more.  Taxation, pulls money out of productive use, for the most part.  Not that we do not need some level of taxation, but taxing the wealthy makes less money available for economic expansion and less money available for the not-so-wealthy to borrow. 

The pending Biden tax break for the wealthy is particularly offensive because it targets which wealthy get the break.  It is a subsidy to the wealthy of California, New York, and other Democrat-run states. It is a tax break for the wealthy coastal elites. 

As the Washington Post explains it, "The second-biggest program in the Democrats’ spending plan gives billions to the rich."  

The House is expected to vote this week on President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation. The social spending bill includes investments in clean energy and affordable child care — but it also includes a $285 billion tax cut that would almost exclusively benefit high-income households over the next five years.

The measure would allow households to increase their deduction from state and local taxes from $10,000 to $80,000 through 2026, and then impose a new deduction cap through 2031. It’s the second-most expensive item in the legislation over the next five years, more costly than establishing a paid family and medical leave program, and nearly twice as expensive as funding home-medical services for the elderly and disabled, according to an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

What is the motivation for this? Currently, with the cap on the amount of deduction one may take on their federal taxes for money paid in local and state taxes, this provides an incentive for local and state governments to moderate their spending.  This also levels the playing field between fiscally responsible states like Tennessee which has no state income tax and spendthrift states like New York.  My perception is that Democrats want to punish the fiscally prudent states and encourage more states and localities to tax and spend. They want more of the nation to be like California, New Jersey, New York State, and New York City rather than like Tennessee and Florida.  

Next time you hear some economic illiterate repeat the claim that the Republican Party is the party of the wealthy and the Democrat Party is the party of the "working man," or the "common man," you might want to ask them to explain this massive tax break to the wealthiest. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Robby Starbuck's campaign fundraiser with United States Congressman Madison Cawthorn, Nov. 20th.

From a Robby Starbuck email:

Great news!!!

We have a fundraiser November 20th in Nashville with United States Congressman Madison Cawthorn in support of Robby Starbuck's campaign and our fight to take the majority in Congress. It'll be an open wine & whiskey bar with small plates to eat.

Expect a performance from an amazing country artist, a speech from Madison, a speech from Robby's wife, a speech from Robby, mingling, meeting new freedom fighting friends and for those who buy VIP tickets, a private Q&A with Madison and Robby + a discussion about the future of Congress!

Robby's seat is what many are calling "The Majority Maker". Basically if we win this seat, Republicans are highly likely to have the majority in Congress. The NRCC just named it as an official target for their list of seats to flip in order to create a majority in 2022! That's huge news but Democrats plan to spend MILLIONS trying to keep this seat because they know it'll likely tip the balance of power in America. We need your help! You can help us fundraise by getting your ticket now at the link below.

VIP portion of event begins at 5:30PM, Full event begins at 6:15PM! More info in the link below. 

Buy tickets now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robby-starbuck-fundraiser-with-us-congressman-madison-cawthorn-tickets-206106639507

If you have any questions email KT@Starbuck2022.com

This is an event you don't want to miss! 

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Williamson County Monthly Mix and Mingle


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Metro Council to decide the future of emissions tests in Davidson County

Metro Council to decide the future of emissions tests in Davidson County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — ... The EPA has given Davidson and surrounding counties the green light to end vehicle emissions testing.

Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties will get rid of the requirement on January 14, 2022.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

School Board Campaign Training, Nov. 19th and 20th


Starts Friday, November 19 Fri 19: 5:30 PM - 9:00PM
Sat 20: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location Courtyard by Marriott 2001 Meridian Blvd 2001 Nashville/Franklin, TN 37067

Cost $35.00

Rod's Comment:  Leadership Institute provides some excellent training.  


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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Get real about Climate Change. Part 5: It's Time for America to Embrace Carbon Border Adjustments

By Bob Inglis & John Sweeney, reposted from Real Clean Energy, October 21, 2021 - In just a few weeks, the countries of the world will convene upon Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26). This gathering—where international agreements on climate change are debated, negotiated, and sometimes, scuttled—presents an opportunity for the U.S. to reassert its role in shaping global climate policy. And if America is truly interested in fostering more international cooperation on climate action, carbon border adjustments should take center stage.   

Ever since the Rio climate conference in 1992 that kicked off the UN Framework on Climate Change (thanks to President George H. W. Bush’s leadership), most global climate summits have ended in disappointment. The 1998 Kyoto Protocol negotiated by the Clinton Administration never went to the U.S. Senate for ratification. The much-lauded Paris Climate Agreement championed by the Obama Administration fell short of treaty status and was quickly abandoned by the Trump Administration. Congressional Democrats' current logjam over President Biden's climate agenda is yet another case in point for why durable, bipartisan climate policy is desperately needed. 
The carbon border adjustment (CBA) offers the U.S. a real opportunity to embrace a policy mechanism that will not only reduce carbon emissions, but also position some key U.S. industries (like steel) to benefit. CBAs have been promoted by pro-market environmentalists for years, and finally seem to be catching on. In July, the European Union introduced a border adjustable carbon tax, and a CBA has been in and out of the constantly evolving package of infrastructure and climate proposals working their way through the U.S. Congress. Policymakers who genuinely care about climate change should strongly consider supporting a CBA—or advocating for one at COP-26.  
The mechanism works like this: a country imposes tariffs on carbon-intensive imports but exempts from the tariff goods that come from countries that have imposed a tax or other fee on carbon dioxide emissions. A CBA would prevent countries with carbon pricing mechanisms from being unfairly penalized for their climate efforts, while also establishing a clear financial incentive for businesses to minimize carbon emissions. Eventually, these carbon tariffs put pressure on trading partners to follow suit and introduce their own carbon pricing regimes. The competitive advantage for countries that implement carbon pricing is two-fold: not only do their exports remain competitive, but they also generate extra tax revenue at home rather than sending it abroad. 

The disadvantages to countries that fail to price carbon are similarly magnified, and exponentially so as more countries join the carbon pricing club. We believe a CBA would directly benefit U.S. industry by rewarding the cleanliness of our products compared to imports from emissions-heavy countries like China and India. For instance, a May 2021 study by the Climate Leadership Council found that the U.S. steel industry has a major carbon advantage over foreign competitors, which on average emit 50-100% more CO2 per ton than their U.S. counterparts. A CBA could therefore make US steel more economically competitive, potentially increasing sales by 7-9%. 

The U.S. could lead on global CBA adoption in a few ways. One path forward (albeit a political long ball) is to quickly pass a border adjustable carbon tax through Congress. Such a move would not only keep our exports competitive, but also secure our position as a global clean energy leader. The other option is to put the CBA on the table at COP-26. This would be a baby step, but progress nonetheless. 

Winston Churchill once quipped, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.” American politicians and business leaders have been debating climate policy for decades without concrete results. We now face an opportunity to lead on the world stage. A cleaner, healthier century beckons; bold action now on carbon pricing will ensure it remains an American century. 

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC4 1993-1999; 2005-2011) leads republicEn.org, a growing group of conservatives focused on free enterprise solutions to climate change. John Sweeney is a national spokesperson for RepublicEn.org who works in the financial services industry.

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Resolution filed to end vehicle emissions testing in Davidson County


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Sunday, November 7, 2021

In response to demand I remove Hattie Bryant's essays, I extend an invitation to Quincy McKnight to respond.

Quincy McKnight
by Rod Williams- Yesterday, I received a call from someone whose name did not register and whose name I did not record who claimed to be an attorney representing Quincy McKnight. Quincy McKnight is a declared Republican candidate intending to challenge Jim Cooper for Congress.

The caller said the information contained in Hattie Byrant's essays regarding McKnight, published in this blog, contained false information and he demanded I remove those posts.  He said the NAACP was concerned about the post and legal action was being contemplated. At some point, the caller said my attitude was typical of that of "white people."  The call ended abruptly on an unpleasant note when I lost my cool and uttered an obscenity and hung up.

Via the person on the other end of the line, before the conversation deteriorated, I extended to Quincy Mcknight the opportunity to write an essay responding to the essays written by Hattie Bryant.  If McKnight thinks the post contains false information, I told the caller, I extend to Mr. McKnight the opportunity to set the record straight.  If he did so, I said, I would be glad to publish it.

I don't even know that the person calling even actually represented Mr. Mcknight.  Perhaps not. As a Republican,  I would think McKnight would not play the victim race card.  In any event, I would like to take this opportunity to extend to Mr. McKnight the opportunity to use this blog to reply to the essays written by Hattie Bryant. 

To read the essay's that the caller who claimed to represent McKnight demanded I remove, see these links: link, link, link

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Quincy McKnight Campaign Fails to Raise Cash

Hattie Bryant
by Hattie Bryant- At FEC.gov you can find this statement, “An individual running for federal office must register and file financial reports when he or she raises or spends more than $5,000 in contributions or expenditures.”

This has been hard for Quincy McKnight a candidate for the Tennessee 5th District congressional seat. You may have read the two articles I wrote about him. These are easy to find: How is Quincy McKnight financing his campaign? And, Update: The Risky Business of Quincy McKnight.

As you’ll learn from my earlier posts, I am tracking this candidate because I believe that candidates like Quincy McKnight are damaging our process. His FEC filing reports show he has not been successful at garnering donations from third parties, and it appears he is using his candidacy to gain access not available to the average citizen. 

For example, at the February 2021 CPAC meeting in Orlando, many saw Quincy dining with Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Green. Following his return from Orlando, Quincy often bragged in local area gatherings of his CPAC meetings and dinners. It's clear CPAC occurred after Quincy declared his candidacy, but his FEC report shows no contributions/donations until May and fails to claim any late February (CPAC) expenses. Interestingly, following that dinner with Congressman Jordan, Thomas Datwyler, Jordan’s own campaign treasurer is now listed as the treasurer for Quincy McKnight for Congress. (If you read the earlier articles, you recall that a trusted local CPA who served as the original treasurer for McKnight for Congress campaign quit because Quincy did not report any donations or expenses.) 

Here’s the current FEC cash report of the candidates running for the 5th. 

I have found mistakes in the current report filed by Mr. Datwyler, and contacted him via email and voice message that I am expecting him to file an amended report to fix the mistakes. As he has not responded so far, I’ll watch and wait for Mr. Datwyler to make right the Quincy McKnight For Congress Inc. FEC report. 

Just maybe he will be the second treasurer to quit. 

 Anyone who throws his or her hat in the ring should be vetted, challenged, and questioned before anyone is asked for a donation. The good news is that Quincy McKnight is not a candidate for the Republican Party—no one is. To become a candidate a person must obtain a nominating petition when redistricting is completed. That petition requires voter signatures, and the petition must be submitted to the State Election Commission by noon on April 7, 2022. At sos.tn.gov we read, “Primary candidates must also file a duplicate of the petition on that same deadline with the chairperson of their party’s sate executive committee.” 

Voting records are public and I know from seeing Quincy’s voting records that he does not qualify to run as a Bona Fide Republican. The party state and/or county executive committees will determine this to be the case. 

If character in candidates matter, you might want to know that he still has a wife, and yet he still lives with the girlfriend. Perhaps you, like me, were told that he will marry the woman he lives with; that has not happened. I was told by a high-profile politically involved woman who is invited to the wedding that this would happen in October. According to the Circuit Court on November 3, 2021, there was a divorce file opened in 2018 that was dismissed in 2019. There is a 2020 file for divorce open but no divorce. 

As an active volunteer in the Davidson County Republican Party, I stand amazed that this campaign pretends to stand. We deserve better. 

Hattie Bryant lives downtown Nashville and is active in civic affairs. You can learn about her at https://www.authorhattiebryant.com. 

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How is Quincy McKnight financing his campaign?

by Hattie Bryant -Running for office can be complicated, especially when it comes to campaign finance. At the time of this writing, we have four candidates running for the 5th congressional seat. Jim Cooper, Jacquelyn Kelly, Robby Starbuck, and Quincy McKnight. As a Republican I find it interesting that according to the public records found at https://www.fec.gov/data/elections/house/TN/05/2022/ that as of the end of the 2nd quarter, Jim Cooper is way ahead in the race for cash. 

While it’s good for us to know what the Democrats are doing, at this point I am doing research on the two Republican candidates because I have never voted for a democrat in my life. My goal is to make sure we have the best, serious candidate as we just might have a shot to unseat Cooper in 2022. 

Until a few days ago, I was in an organization with McKnight’s girlfriend and when I heard he was running, I asked her about him. In person she told me that he lives with her then she texted me, “He’s got more money than probably any candidate that will run.” 

McKnight texted me, “I’m self-funding my campaign…Troy Brewer is my treasurer.”  When I went to https://quincyforcongress.com I find on the home page a large “DONATE” opportunity. When he ran into my friend in the Washington D.C. airport, he told her that he was there because a certain congressman was going to do a fundraiser for him. 

These mixed messages inspired me to do my own personal research on this candidate. Here’s what I found. 

Looking Back at 2014 
I have only lived in Nashville since January of 2019, so I wasn’t here when Mr. McKnight ran for the state senate in 2014.  A Tennessean article from August 6, 2014, states that when McKnight ran for the GOP nomination in Senate District 21, he “had not filed any reports with the Tennessee Registry of Election until this afternoon.” The article also refers to Drew Rawlins, Tennessee’s Registry of Election Finance then-election executive director, who reiterated that candidates for state offices are required by state law to file campaign financial disclosures even if they haven't raised or spent any money. Very few candidates completely ignore the requirement, and the ones who do generally aren't campaigning seriously, he said. McKnight said in this article, "We did raise money; however, it just didn't get (reported) turned in.” 

Here is a screen shot of when and what McKnight filed in that race seven years ago. 

Not sure if the article is what got McKnight to do a filing, but you can see that he did file his first-quarter report, due 4/15/2014 four months late and on the same day as this article appeared. You can also see that in January of this year, 2021, he filed reports that were required of him during that campaign season of 2014. 

The minutes from the Tennessee Ethics Commission meeting held on December 16, 2014 show that it fined McKnight $1,000 for failing to report. I have no idea if he paid the $1,000 fine, but in January of this year, 2021, he filed reports that were required of him during that campaign season of 2014. If you search these records yourself for the treasurer of the McKnight campaign, you’ll see that he served as treasurer of his campaign which is perfectly legal. 

The address is where his wife lives even now according to how she is registered to vote. 

If you search yourself, you will find that all of McKnight’s reports look like this: 

Again, I was not here in 2014. For those of you who were, did you ever see a yard sign? Did you ever attend an event where he spoke? Did he have a website? Did he have any flyers? Did anyone donate to the campaign? These reports say no to all of those questions. (Please note: Tennessee does not have a spending or income threshold for filing financial reports as does the Federal Government.) 

Let’s look at 2021 
Troy Brewer is a CPA who over the years has served as treasurer for many Republicans running for state and federal officers. Troy Brewer was treasurer for Mr. McKnight and filed FEC Form 99 Statement of Candidacy, for Quincy McKnight for Congress on 2/19/2021. Candidates who are self-funded have the same reporting requirements as any other candidates. Neither of these reports could be found on the FEC database and shows no data available in table for Mr. McKnight. Also, once a candidate for Federal office, House of Representatives, meets the spending or income thresholds mentioned above, they are required to file a personal financial disclosure with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. A search of the Clerk’s database could find no report filed for Quincy McKnight. Information about this requirement can be found at https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/registering-candidate/other-agency-requirements/” 

On 7/14/ 2021, Mr. Brewer resigned from the campaign. I called Mr. Brewer to ask why and he told me that Quincy had not provided the information needed for the report due on 7/15/2021, so he resigned as treasurer for that campaign. You can find Mr. Brewer’s letter of resignation as campaign records are open to the public. Go to this link https://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00769950/1526750/ then choose “View Miscellaneous Document” to see this: 
To: Federal Election Commission 
Ref: Report Analysis 

As of July 14, 11:59 pm, I resign as Treasurer of Quincy McKnight for Congress Committee, FEC ID C00769950. Effective Immediately. 

Thank you, 
Troy Brewer, CPA 
Now that Mr. Brewer has resigned, Mr. McKnight was required to replace the treasurer in 10 days and that has not happened. Here’s an excerpt from a Federal Election Commission Letter to Mr. McKnight:

Dear Candidate: 


 August 3, 2021 

Response Due Date 09/07/2021 

It has come to the attention of the Commission that your treasurer for Quincy McKnight for Congress Inc. has resigned and the Commission has received no information regarding a new treasurer. A treasurer must be appointed within ten (10) days of the resignation of the previous treasurer. (11 CFR § 102.2(a)(2)) It is required that for any committee to conduct any business, they must have an active treasurer. Failure to appoint a treasurer will result in the inability of the committee to accept contributions and make disbursements. (11 CFR §§ 102.7(a) and (b)) 
More Questions than Answers 
Typical of the government it does not make finding things so easy. So far, I have not found any record of Quincy McKnight’s personal financial disclosure. Not sure if he’s done it or if I’m just not so good at discovery. I can’t find any records of Mr. McKnight owning property which I asked him about and he texted me, “I have a trust. It’s private. All my financials and private info are in a trust.” Sure, trusts are legal. 

Here’s the score today for the race to win the 5th: 
Cooper $783,697.13 
 Kelly $140,423.89 
 Starbuck $44,131.30 
 McKnight $0 

How does this make you feel about Mr. McKnight as a candidate? What does it tell you about him? How is he financing his campaign? What will Jim Cooper’s opposition research uncover about this candidate? Since this is a small part of my research on this candidate, I am betting Cooper’s campaign staff has more than I have. Good for us all to know sooner than later. 

Hattie Bryant is a Nashvillian active in civic affairs and is an author. You can learn about me at authorhattiebryant.com.

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Update: The Risky Business of Quincy McKnight

Hattie Bryant
by Hattie Bryant - Anyone reading this column probably knows that Quincy McKnight is running for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District seat. Because of my past work experience I know his type and, frankly, he gives me the creeps. 

From 1994 until 2007 my husband and I produced a television series called Small Business School. It aired on most PBS-member stations and was sponsored by IBM, BusinessWeek, AT&T, the United States Postal Service, Mass Mutual, Travelers, Dun & Brandstreet, Microsoft, Verizon, Thomson Learning and Qwest. We re-purposed these programs into video companions for 50 college textbooks for Thomson Learning and Prentice-Hall. I am an expert on small business. 

Mr. McKnight represents one of the archetypes of small business owners. An expert at merchant payment processing, he is a salesman, par excellence, with a big, bold, charismatic personality. This type of businessperson (think owners of car dealerships) can succeed at building a business but only when they are able to hire process leaders to manage the backend. This is what Mr. McKnight has never been able to do. 

Before Mr. McKnight launched the merchant payment processing company Covenant Pay Partners (CPP) in March of 2020, his other merchant payment company QPay failed. While Mr. McKnight purports he sold QPay, the TN Department of Revenue records show otherwise as QPay remains on the books but is designated dormant since 2007. From what I’m told, Mr. McKnight had to look for a job as he needed cash. Perhaps more importantly, he needed cash to satisfy payments due to rulings by a bankruptcy judge.  

Yesterday I spoke to an executive with a large merchant card processor in Nashville who told me that in September of 2019 Mr. McKnight applied for a position at his company. This executive said Mr. McKnight’s resume is total fabrication. For example, Mr. McKnight says he worked for JP Morgan, no. He has never worked for JP Morgan. This company took Mr. McKnight through its multi-visit interview process and on a scale of zero-10 he scored zero on every part of the interview process. 

This information alone is enough for me to disqualify Mr. McKnight as a candidate to work for us in Washington D. C. Yet, there’s more. 

Mr. McKnight did get a job at NaviHealth I believe. I have no idea what he did there but, in that time, he met his now partner, Dan Percey. According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Percey has an MBA. Apparently, Mr. Percey saw in Mr. McKnight the charming, charismatic person many see, especially women. Mr. Percey learned process leadership to earn that MBA so just maybe Mr. Percey could be the process leader to help Mr. McKnight succeed. By the way, others in the community have tried to help Mr. McKnight but even the elders of his church purportedly failed, and they had to ask him to leave the congregation. I was told, “He was thrown out of his church.”  

According to publicly accessible business records, Quincy McKnight and Dan Percey formed Covenant Pay Partners as a registered Independent Sales Organization (ISO) sponsored by Wells Fargo, a member of the Visa Credit Card Association. Mr. McKnight holds 51% and Mr. Percey 49%. This arrangement is not because Mr. McKnight has the leadership ability to be the majority owner, it is because Mr. Percey is smart. Making Mr. McKnight the majority owner means Covenant Pay Partners qualifies for the Small Business Administration 8(a) program for disadvantaged business. This means Covenant Pay Partners has access to work that Mr. Percey, as a white man, could never approach. Today the black business owner has even more advantage than the law allows as big corporations are now all “woke.” A large corporation will make it part of their own marketing strategy to find black and brown-owned companies to buy from since the Federal Government has a goal to award at least 5% of all its contracts to 8(a) certified businesses. Can’t you just see Mr. Percey’s cash register ringing in his head?  

I know much about this minority-owned business approach because I have attended many national meetings of the Small Business Administration. I have met many men like Mr. Percey who use minorities as their front. Of course, it’s legal. The certification process is arduous, and at this time I do not know if the certification has been completed but on the website of Covenant Pay Partners, we see this:  

As a minority-owned business, Covenant Pay Partners is intimately familiar with the challenges such companies face; we strive to support and promote racial equality and all those who seek it.  

From what I gather, Covenant Pay Partners offers its services to retailers, and it has nothing to distinguish itself from dozens of local competitors other than by exploiting its minority-owned status. Go to the website of any other payment processors and you’ll see that they all offer the same services. Covenant Pay Partners owns nothing and has no proprietary technology as it, like their competitors, uses existing payment facilitators such as NuCor and First Data to process payments for merchants. These facilitators charge for the transactions coming through their platforms, so Covenant Pay must add to that charge to make any money.  

Therefore, how does a merchant card processor differentiate itself in the marketplace?  

In my assessment, Mr. Percey hit on a brilliant idea. He, like most of us discovered that in 2019 PayPal, one of the largest card processors in the world, enlisted the Southern Poverty Law Center to assist in determining which customers to allow onto the PayPal enterprise and which to exclude. Guess who PayPal excludes? Conservatives. It is not inconceivable that Mr. Percey calculates if they run Mr. McKnight as a Republican for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, it’s a win-win. First, a win for Covenant Pay Partners as it will scoop up the companies dismissed by PayPal. Second, it’s a win for the local Republican party as we certainly need a black or brown face, right? We are way too white.  

The problem with running Mr. McKnight for public office is his history is a mess. Wives and other women everywhere create a sticky wicket. A few sources reveal that many pushed Mr. McKnight to marry his current girlfriend, Hana. A quick scan for marriage licenses indicates that hasn’t happened. In fact, it hasn’t happened because Mr. McKnight is still married to his second wife.  

Then there’s the problem of Mr. McKnight’s failure to comply with election rules when he ran in 2014 for Tennessee State Senate District 21. Specifically, the TN Bureau of Election and Campaign Finance (BECF) and the TN Registry of Elections Finance (TERF) indicated that Mr. McKnight failed to file required campaign finance documents and missed several mandatory reporting dates. Furthermore, the Tennessee government ultimately fined Mr. McKnight after he ignored a notice to appear before the Election of Registry Finance. Since he is currently running for TN’s 5th Congressional District, it’s obvious he cleaned up his missed obligations to the Tennessee gov’t which included the payment of his delinquent fines.  

According to the Federal Election Commission, Mr. McKnight filed his FEC Forms 1 and 2 in February 2021. He hired Troy Brewer as his campaign’s treasurer. As the first to declare for the 5th district, no doubt Quincy gained attention from some powerful people in the political class. Several sources indicate Mr. McKnight received calls from Ward Baker regarding campaign advice and the need to clean up his personal life. Rumor has it that Quincy owed child support with an arrearage of many thousands of dollars.  

In spite of all this, one can guess the business plan for Covenant Pay Partners. Through Mr. McKnight’s run for congress, he makes contacts with business leaders and politicians. He then forwards those contacts to Mr. Percey who converts those business contacts to CPP clients. Recall Mr. McKnight’s close contact with Vernon Jones in early 2021?  

Are you ready for this? Vernon Jones endorsed Mr. McKnight, right? Everybody knows that and many old guard white Republicans were very impressed. In fact, Williamson County Republican Party paid travel and hotel expenses for Mr. Jones to speak on October 30, 2020. I can not confirm how many days he spent in Nashville or if he spoke for other groups while he was here. It would not surprise me if somehow Quincy McKnight met Mr. Jones around that time.   According to WCRP members, Mr. Jones spoke with several groups to include the Young Republicans.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, you may have noticed on the CPP website that Vernon Jones was named Vice President of Government Relations for Covenant Pay Partners. Wonder what he was paid or is currently paid to work for Covenant Pay? You can see the connection: Mr. Jones leverages his high profile to engage businesses and politicians. He then introduces Mr. McKnight who passes the contact to Mr. Percey. Mr. Percey converts the contact to a CPP client and Mr. Jones receives a commission on the deal. For a while, Mr. McKnight bragged that he was picking up Edible Arrangements headquartered in Atlanta. It’s not a giant leap of logic as to whether Mr. Jones brokered this connection. Perhaps someone can pick this up and dig a little deeper.  

It appeared all headed in the right direction for Mr. McKnight…until recently.  

Information from the FEC indicates Mr. Brewer resigned in July as Mr. McKnight’s campaign treasurer. Additionally, the FEC records that the Quincy McKnight for Congress Campaign raised zero dollars since launching his campaign. This is disastrous for a candidate especially when running against an incumbent with a one-million-dollar war chest, a second democrat in the primary with a criminal record sitting on top of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in campaign funds and a Republican challenger, Mr. Robby Starbuck, who reports nearly fifty thousand in campaign funds after only a few weeks in the race.  

Regardless of Mr. McKnight’s personal difficulties and his former campaign complications, Covenant Pay Partners probably calculates that keeping Mr. McKnight in the congressional race promotes their very small business which contains only a few 1099 salespeople and furthers this small business’ chances of becoming a national powerhouse. Just think if Mr. McKnight wins this race, he’ll be another Hillary Clinton pay-to-play politician.  

Keeping in mind the quotes: “Your brand name is only as good as your reputation.” – Richard Branson “Your personal brand is a promise to your clients… a promise of quality, consistency, competency, and reliability.” – Jason Hartman  

The statements below are what people I have talked to who have either interviewed Mr. McKnight for a job or who have worked with him in business have to say about his actions and reputation: 
  • He spends more than he makes. 
  • His net worth is probably zero. 
  • He has stiffed attorneys around town. 
  • He treats his business like a personal piggy bank. 
  • He makes contacts while running for Congress and playing rich guy in local bars. 
  • He’s undisciplined in every aspect of his life. 
  • He lies more than he tells the truth. 
  • He’s not a serious businessman. 
  • He’s not a serious candidate. 
  • He doesn’t have a trust. 
  • He doesn’t have investors. 
  • He’s immoral, unethical, and deceitful. 
  • He lives with a girlfriend while he still has a wife. 
  • His sisters have nothing to do with him.  
At a recent meeting of the Cheatham County Republican Party, an active member caught Mr. McKnight as he removed candidate Robby Starbuck’s campaign print material from a table and threw it in the trash. Mr. McKnight then placed his own campaign material on the table.  

As a Republican for decades, I have never been more embarrassed for my party. Keep in mind that Bill Freeman, the largest Democrat donor in Nashville, owns the Nashville Post and the Nashville Scene. If Mr. McKnight continues his congressional campaign, we are bound to see what Mr. Freeman’s team of reporters already have ready to print to make it easy for Jim Cooper to win big and keep us Republicans on the defense. They won’t be near as kind to Mr. McKnight as I have been. 

Hattie Bryant is a Nashvillian active in civic and political affairs and is a successful author. You can learn about me at authorhattiebryant.com.

Also see, "How is Quincy McKnight financing his campaign?" by Hattie Bryant. 

This 8/25/2021 update contains minor changes made at the request of the author. Rod

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The National Republican Congressional Committee targets Jim Cooper.

By BRITTANY BERNSTEIN, National Review, November 3, 2021- The House GOP campaign arm is now targeting an additional 13 Democratic House seats ahead of the 2022 midterms after Republicans had a number of surprising successes on Election Day, including a win for Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial election. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) now has its sights set on the seats of Representatives Greg Stanton of Arizona, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Darren Soto of Florida, Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Frank Mrvan of Indiana, David Trone of Maryland, G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Annie Kuster of New Hampshire, Teresa Leger Fernandez of New Mexico, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, and Jennifer Wexton of Virginia. 

The new additions bring the total to 70 House Democrats who will be targeted ahead of the 2022 midterms. (link)

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Monday, November 1, 2021

How To Turn The GOP Green, an essay by Andrew Sullivan

by Rod Williams - Andrew Sullivan is sometimes described as a "neocon."  That term once actually meant something before it became a pejorative to denounce George Bush. Sullivan is a British-American author, editor, and blogger and the former editor of The New Republic, and the author or editor of a bunch of books.  He describes his political philosophy as "liberal conservatism."  He has insights and while I am more socially conservative than he, I think Sullivan is a smart guy with astute insights. 

Recently Sullivan wrote an essay,  How to Turn the Republican Party Green, in which he says we need both parties engaged to prevent environmental catastrophe. The way we do it says Sullivan is, "framing things with the following triad: “nuclear power, economic nationalism, and owning the libs.” 

Sullivan wants to “give Republicans cultural permission to save the world. Which means, in part, not saying we are going to ‘save the world,’ and keeping Al Gore and Prince Charles out of it.” 

Sullivan says that as the Climateers move further to the left and take apocalyptic, irrational, cult-like, policy positions, it has given an opening for those who take a more sensible approach.  "Nuclear is the key," he says.  Below are excerpts:

Nuclear is the key. Lefties hate it. They really do. And it is completely irrational to both hate nuclear power and believe that climate change is an urgent, existential threat.

When you hear that humans just need to find a reliable, plentiful energy source that doesn’t blacken our lungs and burn the planet to a crisp, remember that we have already found one.

 In America, in the mid-20th century — and just in time! Once again, our American technological ingenuity saved our asses. Nuclear power provides energy as effectively as fossil fuels but does not add anything to carbon emissions. It provides consistent energy in a very compact space, especially compared with wind and solar. It is not dependent on the weather. But for some reason, in the early-21st century, we decided to back away from nuclear.

Worse: leaders like Angela Merkel actually vowed to completely close down nuclear power — massively increasing Germany’s energy costs, giving Putin huge leverage, and now helping to cause a huge spike in electricity across the continent.

Compare Germany’s energy plight with France’s, whose energy supplies are more than 70 percent nuclear. France spends about half of what Germany does on electricity — and produces just one tenth of the carbon emissions. That’s why Macron is busy re-booting nuclear power; why Boris’ Tories are rushing to entrench the UK’s relatively low-carbon economy with more nuclear plants; and why several EU states are now petitioning the EU to designate nuclear a sustainable source of energy. For good measure, the new Japanese prime minister just announced, “It’s crucial that we re-start nuclear power plants.”

And yet the United States, the country that invented this technology, is racing in the opposite direction. In one projection from late 2016, “the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas has estimated that up to 40 percent of all U.S. nuclear capacity could be closed over the next decade or so.” New York shuttered a major plant this year — and fossil fuel emissions immediately jumped. California is following the path of Germany toward abolition with just one plant left. Only two new reactors have been activated nationwide in the past quarter-century. Biden’s BBB plan has half a trillion in it for moving away from carbon. But try to find any funding for new nuclear. That’s a policy that will make climate change much much worse. It’s a policy that is already causing an uptick in carbon emissions. But the environmental movement and the Green New Dealers back it.

 It doesn’t have to be that way. Imagine if the Democrats had unveiled a big new building program for nuclear plants alongside investing in renewables. It would have immediately transformed the debate. There’s already GOP support. Money quote from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine: “If we are worried about carbon emissions, as we should be, you cannot get any type of attainment without using nuclear energy. You take away nuclear energy in the state of Ohio, we’re never going to reach any ability to have clean air.” Nuclear counts for 52 percent of our non-carbon energy. And we want to reverse it? Are we nuts?

It is time that adults step up and do what needs to be done to combat climate change.  It is clear to me that we will never make progress on combating climate change as long as the climateers are the ones making policy.  It is time for rational people to take the issue away from the quasi-religious romantics who now dominate the climate debate.  I cannot help but feel climateers are more interested in owning the issue rather than solving the issue, and that their policies actually make the problem worse. The only hope for actually doing something about climate change is if Republicans engage. 

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