Thursday, July 26, 2007


Democrats showing poor campaign strategy?

Now far be it for me to tell the Democrats how to run their ship, but I've noticed something that seems a bit misguided. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has gone on the air attacking Republican incumbents in three states. One of those states is Kentucky, and that candidate is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Perhaps the DSCC has some internal polling that shows something that none of the rest of us know, but this seems as errant as a SCUD missile. I simply can't see a veteran like McConnell getting knocked off in Kentucky with Hillary Clinton on the top of the ticket. Just ain't gonna happen.

To make the decision even better, the Democrats still have to run a primary to see who faces McConnell in 2008, and there are multiple candidates there. Plus, they are fundraising for their gubernatorial campaign that is currently ongoing. (And if they fail in picking off embattled Governor Ernie Fletcher, then they need to give up entirely.)

Of course, the Democrats are still reveling in their 2006 victories and might have enough money to throw around so haphazardly. It just seems to me that it would be better off buying Al Franken a brain in the politically unique state of Minnesota instead of challenging Mitch McConnell in the Bluegrass State.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Liveblogging the move?

I don't think so.

But we are closing today and moving over the next 24 hours, so VOLCon will have to wait.

Hopefully, everything will be back to normal by Wednesday evening. I look to provide a few more pictures of our new surroundings then, too.


Friday, July 20, 2007


Sad but True

Credit: Conservative comic Dick Locher.


Thursday, July 19, 2007


Key to U.S. Senate in 2008 could be New Hampshire

Those curious as to if the Republicans can take back the U.S. Senate in 2008 may need to look north.

I think Senator John Sununu has done a fair job, but he may have trouble on his hands if Harvard Institute of Politics Director Jeanne Shaheen gets into the race. Early polls (which tend to be poor indicators of success, mind you) show Shaheen with a double-digit lead in a hypothetical race against Sununu.

The Republicans couldn't stand to lose any of their existing seats if they have any plans on being in the Majority come 2009.



Busy, Busy...

Sorry, folks, but there won't be too much on the blog front today.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Cobb Liveblogging the Senate All-Nighter

Sharon Cobb, liberal trooper that she is, has been up all night liveblogging the Senate's "debate" of the measure to withdraw the troops from Iraq. Anyone who has liveblogged an event (and I have done several) will respect Sharon's efforts.

It's a good read. Even though Sharon and I are basically in agreement on our troops in Iraq (my position has been and currently is that we should have removed Hussein and then come home, so we are in agreement that our troops should not be in Iraq at this time), you do need to read her comments with a bit of a filter. She really doesn't like those Senators who would vote to keep our troops in Iraq.

My position is a bit different because I come from the perspective that we were in a no-win situation from the beginning. Come home and the region potentially explodes into a regional turf war. Stay, become an occupying force, and lose thousands of troops with no real endgame. Both of those options are losers, so I can't fault someone with an opposing loser viewpoint just because they chose the loser viewpoint different from my loser viewpoint.

The Senate should vote on the measure some time this morning. I predict that it will fail in a vote closer than most pundits expect. Of course, it's practically moot anyway, as the bill awaits certain veto from President Bush.

Let's be honest - this is political posturing by the Democrats as the presidential campaign gears up. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


"Great Hair, John."

I couldn't resist. From Jimmy Kimmel Live!:



Bush's and Clinton's - Political Soul Mates?

Pastor Chuck Baldwin thinks so.

I don't know. Certainly some good evidence to connect the two - both anecdotal and actual - but it certainly seems a bit of a stretch on its face.

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Ghandi the PC Geek

I hadn't bellied up to the Buffet in a few days, so I thought I would do so this afternoon. What I found there made me spew Coke out of my nose:

Dear Norton AntiVirus,

I have recently installed updates to your products and wish to inform you that your product can kiss my ass.

And in Comments:

I got to speak with “Ghandi” too, and my conversation was basically an echo. I had to ask him to repeat everything he said because I could barely understand him. Being rather tech savvy and IT certified, this wasn’t a killer obstacle for me but was pretty frustrating. Naturally, his solution didn’t work He suggested I wait 24-hrs and try again. Fat chance.

If you've ever had to contact Norton's tech support (which is all housed out of their office overlooking the Bay of Bengal), you know this to be the truth.



Help with my Laundry

So we are looking to purchase a new washer and dryer for the new house, and we have narrowed it down to two quiet models - the Bosch Nexxt 500 series and the Whirlpool Duet series.

Anyone have any experience that might help us?

The last pair that I purchased from Best Buy are staying with the soon-to-be old house.

I am intrigued about the amount of water and electricity saved by the Bosch model. It seems very eco-friendly. Anyone know where Al Gore stands on this choice?



Harry Potter and Ocean's 13

It hasn't been all work lately, of course. The VOLConWife and I were able to make it over to the Parkway Drive-In just outside of Maryville this past Saturday night for a double feature. I'm always amazed at how many people have never seen a movie at a drive-in theater. I used to take dates to them all of the time when I was in high school in Sullivan County. There's nothing like picking up a bucket of chicken and sides at KFC, throwing some sleeping bags and folding chairs in the back of the pick-up, and watching a double feature for $5 a head under the stars.

In any case, we saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix first. It was a decent movie, exploring the pressures that Harry is facing at such a young age. However, it wasn't the best of this series of movies. In fact, I would rate it right in the middle, behind the 4th and 2nd installments and ahead of the 1st and 3rd films. Of course, that is a bit harsh since this is obviously a set-up for things to come. I expect great things out of the 6th movie, which is slated for release in November of 2008. Also, this movie really interjects the evils of politics into the storyline, as the truth is put down by a overbearing political administration. So that was a bit interesting, for sure. Overall, I gave it a 6.7 - which is certainly above my average rating but not in line with what one would expect for a movie that might gross $1 billion worldwide.

The second film, Ocean's 13, was better than Harry Potter and certainly much better than Ocean's 12. Good acting, good plot (which I'm not going to give away here), and not so many ridiculous twists that you wonder which of these films was really about magic and which was based in reality. Overall, I gave it a 8.1.



Blackburn's 1st TeleTownhall to be held Tuesday Night

Marsha Blackburn and her staff are embracing new forms of technology. First there was the introduction of monthly blogger conference calls. Now the Congresswoman from Tennessee's 7th Congressional District is instituting a series of townhall-type meetings via telephone. I'll be interested to see how this is received by the residents of Marsha's district.

Here is the press release:

Blackburn Tele Town Hall Coming to Your Town

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Representative Marsha Blackburn's (R-TN) will hold a series of telephone town halls over the next two weeks with residents of Tennessee's 7th Congressional District. She will be updating her constituents on the latest legislation facing Congress and getting feedback on issues that are the most important to our community. Calls will be made to the residents of the 7th district and they will be asked to participate by telephone.

The Teletown Halls are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, July 17 - 6:15 pm CDT
Shelby County and Memphis Metro Area

Thursday, July 19 - 6:00pm CDT
Williamson and Davidson Counties

Tuesday, July 24 - 6:15 pm CDT
Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Chester, Henderson and Decatur Counties

Thursday, July 26 - 6:00 pm CDT
Montgomery, Cheatham, Hickman, Perry and Wayne counties.



Divorce Law is not the Major Cause of the Increase in Divorce over the past 50 Years

Who says so?

A study by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (IMAPP) shows that the creation of no-fault divorce laws in a given state only results in a 10% increase in divorce rates over the next decade. However, forces such as increased selectivity by young singles and knowledge of the system eventually cause a correction in that increase after ten years pass.

MSNBC has a short piece on the study. It's quite interesting and shows that fault divorce - which has been around for ages and is primarily rooted in adultery and cheating spouses - is still the primary vehicle for the destruction of families today.



The Huddleston's are on the move

Two reasons for my lack of consistent posting over the past few weeks can be directly tied to our impending purchase of a new house and our eventual selling of our current house. I'm happy to report that both of those goals look to be coming to a conclusion very soon.

Our new location will be in the Wyngate subdivision, about a mile from Knoxville Center and the new Harvest Park Centre (with the new Target, Marshalls, Circuit City, and other stores).

As I mentioned in the past, our move is necessitated by our new baby boy (due date: Christmas Eve) and Slammin' Sammy, who joined our family in early 2005. With two new additions since we moved into our little house on Woodlawn Pike, the time was right for an upgrade. (Even if it is tough to give up my tailgate pad. I guess it's back to traditional tailgating for this Vol fan...)

I have heard that I was heading back to the 1st Congressional District to challenge David Davis in 2010, that I was moving to Blount County to run for General Sessions Judge, and a few other rumors. Obviously, none of these were true. Our family was obligated to stay in the 6th District - Tennessee's 6th Senatorial District. When Angela made a commitment to serve in her capacity as State Executive Committeewoman for the 6th District, we made that commitment for a full term. It would have been irresponsible to abandon her position after less than one year of service and particularly at a time when the SEC is busy choosing new officers.

When you are involved in politics, moving is a difficult prospect, because not only are you having to pick out that perfect house but you are having to run to the computer and see if said perfect house is in the correct district. Angela and I experienced this in 2004 when we moved from D.C. and were looking in the Seymour area for a house in 1st Congressional District. This time around, we were looking at Tennessee Senatorial districts to make sure that Angela stayed in the 6th District.

Does that mean that I am not running for office in the next few years? Perhaps. I have outstanding representation in the State House at our new home with Rep. Bill Dunn. State Senator Jamie Woodson is running for reelection next year and I suspect will be serving the 6th District for some time.

But there are a few other options. If I were to believe that an honest man could interject himself into the Knox County Commission and do some good without being destroyed by the forces of corruption that exist in Knox County politics, then there is a seat in the 7th District of Knox County that should be available (either because he runs for another county office or has become politically vulnerable). There are also the rumors that Congressman Duncan may be looking to retire soon. That would certainly be interesting, with many of the corrupt Knox County politicians trying to jockey for position and the ever-persistent rumors that Congressman Duncan would like to pass his seat to his son in the same way that it was passed to him by his father. In either case (facing corrupt local politicians or fighting a family dynasty that borders on a monarchy), I would certainly be interested.

In any case, I am so amazed at all that has happened thus far in 2007. I am blown away by God's blessings on our family. The miracle of a child on our first attempt. A new home for our family. Estimates of over 115% annual growth at The Huddleston Law Firm.

It certainly has been an amazing year - and we're not even to August.

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RIP, Joann Cheek

First off today, I would like to send my condolences to the family of my friend Vance Cheek. Vance's mother, Joann, went home to the Lord on July 5th.

My deepest sympathies are passed to the entire Cheek family. They are in my prayers.

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Friday, July 13, 2007


Interesting Tidbit in the Fight Against Earmarks

According to the National Taxpayers Union, only 42 Members of the House of Representatives have a 100% record of voting to strike wasteful earmarks (via the Flake Amendment).

Of those 42, four are from Tennessee - Marsha Blackburn, David Davis, Jimmy Duncan, and Jim Cooper.

The lone Tennessee Republican not accounted for in the fight against earmarks is Zach Wamp. Interesting, I thought.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Update on the Baby Front

We had another appointment with the OB yesterday, and everything is going just fine.

Since Angela is at 16 weeks (as of this past Sunday), we decided to take a gander during the ultrasound to determine if we could detect the sex of the new addition. And...

We are thrilled, of course. I'm sure that other members of the family have mixed emotions. My parents were hoping for a girl, as all of the offspring of this generation have been boys. My paternal grandfather - who was big into genealogy - had wanted me to have a son for some time now, as it was the only chance for the family name to continue (as I am the only grandson). I think my sister wanted us to have a boy because she has two herself. Angela's parents just wanted a grandbaby - no preference as to gender - as our children are the only grandkids they will have.

The funny thing is that Angela and I have always wanted a boy. However, knowing that the Lord works in his own time, we almost expected a girl because it seemed that was what most everyone else wanted. Also, all of our friends and colleagues due within the next few months are having girls, so we kinda figured that we would be much the same way. For the past two months, we have been resigned to the fact that this baby was a girl. I guess you could say that we are a bit shocked at the news. But pleasantly so, of course.

Now comes the great name debate. We had worked solely on girl's names since May, narrowing it down to eight of them. Boys names? Not really sure. As Angela puts it, the first item of business is whether or not there will be a "Robert L. Huddleston, IV" or not. I'm not sure. I like the idea, but I want the "L" to be a different "L." The question is: does that constitute a "IV" if what the "L" stands for changes? Most people say "no." I say "show we the written rules."

Anyway, just thought I would share the news...


Monday, July 09, 2007


More Bad Science from Al Gore

George Reisman, who knows a thing or two about economics, has shown that he also knows more than Al Gore about science.

Reisman takes apart Gore's recent op-ed in the New York Times in this piece over at

Anyone who is looking to Al Gore for scientific knowledge is in worse shape than one of the masses who turns to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for the news. At least the boys at Comedy Central provide some semblance of intellectual honesty with most of their comedy routines. Gore, on the other hand, is, as Reisman posits, either oblivious to the science about which he is preaching or making this stuff up as he goes along.

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"The Other Man" of a Cheating Wife Gets Sued in Illinois

Here's an interesting story on a rare lawsuit in Illinois - one by a husband against a wife for cheating under an alienation of affections statute.

I'll let the story speak for itself, but you may find it interesting that the 8 states which still have valid alienation of affections laws are Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.

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A Busy Few Days

Apologies for the lack of posting over the past few days, but it simply could not be helped. On Friday, I was visiting a client to whom I was appointed to represent at Northeast Correctional Complex in Johnson County.

Over the weekend, I was also able to attend the NHRA drag races at Thunder Valley in Bristol, Tennessee, play in a golf benefit near Blountville (where our team of three shot a 65 in a four-ball event), and participate in a BBQ at Bays Mountain in Kingsport.

Lots of work. Lots of play.


Thursday, July 05, 2007


Robin Smith to Seek Tennessee GOP Chair

My apologies if this is old news, but I have been out and about in Blount and Sevier Counties today and am having to post by remote even now.

At 10:35 this morning, I received word that current Vice-Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Robin Smith, was throwing her hat in the ring in an effort of being named the next Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Robin is very popular with the members of the State Executive Committee, so one has to consider her one of the favorites for the position.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Blackburn Talks Illegal Immigration

Here's a press release I received from Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's office that I neglected to post earlier:

Blackburn Consults Local Sheriffs to Combat Illegal Immigration

Henderson, TN -- Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) met today with several members of Tennessee's law enforcement community, including sheriffs of eight West Tennessee counties to discuss the availability of federal funding and programs to aid local law enforcement in the fight against illegal immigration.

"Illegal immigration is not an issue that only affects the large cities, but also has tremendous impact on the rural areas of the Country. We are living at a time when all states are border states, and all towns are border towns," said Blackburn

The two programs Blackburn highlighted today are the SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistant Program) and the 287g waiver. The SCAAP program provides for direct federal dollars to offset the cost of housing captured illegal immigrants, while the 287g program allows local law enforcement to tap into federal resources and training.

"One of the ways we can lead in Congress is to keep our constituents up to date with the latest information and provide tools that are critical to fighting illegal immigration. One of my top priorities is to make sure we are an active partner in the fight to keep our communities safe."

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Al Gore's Son Caught Harming the Environment

(Note: Normally, I wouldn't run with such a story regarding a politician's family, but since the liberals and their bloggers have made it a point to diminish the war of words to that level (just off the top of my head, I'm thinking about Bill Frist's son, Bob Corker's daughter, and anyone with the last name "Bush"), it may be time to "go there.")

An AP headline that just crossed the wire:

Al Gore's Son Arrested on Drug Suspicion

A few thoughts:

1) What is Al Gore, Jr.'s reaction to a report of his son burning something that might be adding waste products to the atmosphere?

2) Is all forgiven because Gore, III was caught in a Prius?

3) Wait a minute - Al Gore, III got a Toyota Prius up to 100 miles per hour?!?! Was he being towed by a car with a real engine or a low-flying jet?

4) In all seriousness (ignoring the fun above), my thoughts and prayers go out to Al, Jr. and Tipper. They have some tough decisions ahead with how to deal with this problem (not Al, III's first, by the way), and with celebrity rehab being more chic than helpful, the options are limited.



Update on TN GOP Chairman - Smith Exploring Options

As I noted yesterday, Tennessee Republican Party Vice-Chairman Robin Smith is exploring her options. I think that she'll eventually put her name forth as a candidate for the Chairman's role being vacated by Bob Davis.

Today's Chattanooga Times Free Press seems to indicate that I am correct in my suspicions. After some time to reflect and pray on the matter, I think you'll see Robin as a serious and formidable contender for the position.

On other fronts, my phone rang off the hook yesterday. I have yet to speak with any State Executive Committee member who endorses the idea of Van Hilleary as Chairman, although it is clear that Van likes the idea. I haven't heard one way or the other on Ed Bryant, and I'm waiting until tomorrow to contact him so that he can spend the 4th with his family. As was noted yesterday, Jim Bryson isn't a candidate for the position.

Several legislators are looking at running, and it is my position that they should not run unless they are willing to resign their elected position. My objection is two-fold.

First, there are the new ethics laws. Bob Davis addressed this yesterday in the conference call, referencing the limited role that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was able to play in the Statesman's Dinner this past year. Rep. Campfield says that the Ethics Commission believes that the Party Chair could raise funds during the legislative session. I don't see how they can read T.C.A. Sec. 2-10-310(a)(1) and come to that conclusion. My disagreement on that point is noted and, like their opinion, worthless. While the Commission would first hear the case, they are not the final arbiter of the issue. A case brought by the Democrats seeking to hurt the GOP in Fred Thompson's home state would eventually end up in the courts. It would be that judge's opinion (more than likely a chancellor in Davidson County, whom, if memory serves, are all Democrats) that would matter. Is that a route that Republicans want to take in an important election year that could be the most important for the Party at the state and national level in recent history?

Second, I have a beef with legislators wanting to hold a full-time job - heck, it's more than a full-time job - as Chairman and continue to serve in the legislature. As one grassroots activist said to me yesterday, our legislators haven't passed one bill of consequence for conservatives this entire past session. As that activist put it, the legislators need to work on being better legislators before they try to add running an entire state political party to their list of responsibilities. I might not be that harsh, but you have to remember that these people who are so led to serve in the legislature are also husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, church members, community activists, entrepreneurs - and the list goes on and on. It's hard to be excellent at all of those roles, and it just seems a bit audacious to try to add Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party to all of that when there are others who are less burdened.

That being said, people are going to do what they are going to do. If Bill Dunn - who has been rumored to be interested - decides that he is being led to be Chairman and resigns his position in the legislature, I am announcing here and now that I will be a candidate to take his seat in the State House.

In any case, this is going to be an interesting month for our Party.



Independence Day

What a beautiful day to celebrate our independence, our status as free Americans! The VOLConWife and I have little planned - certainly nothing as exciting as Stacey Campfield, who sounds like he has one outstanding 4th of July tradition there.

I liked this post about the sources of liberty so much that I decided to reprint it from last year. Enjoy!

We often see photographs of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. That's all well and good, but it's my opinion that we don't see the photograph of "the real thing" nearly enough.

This from the Family Research Council:


What's So Glorious about the Glorious Fourth?

And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty
II Corinthians 3:17

Everyone should be a patriot. Whatever your country, whoever your people are, you should love your land and love your countrymen. And where does this love of country begin? That great English friend of liberty, Edmund Burke, said it began in the home. "We begin our public affections in our families No cold relation is a zealous citizen." So it's not surprising that we who stress the importance of the family in American life also foster the celebration of patriotism. Many countries have beautiful vistas, grand architecture, and stunning achievements to celebrate. As Christians in America, we have all that and more. We have liberty. The great contests of today are all about liberty. For some, liberty means they can burn a flag or put a virtual picture of an unclothed minor on the Internet. They think liberty means they can end a pregnancy or end a marriage--on demand. We hold to an older view of liberty. We believe that we are all created equal. And we believe that our Creator is the one who endows us with our natural rights. Today, that belief is challenged. In Europe, in Canada, and in America, a different view of human rights is advanced. This view says that our rights are those--and only those--that we as a human community can agree upon.

Thomas Jefferson did not agree with the modern thought of "rights". He said "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." America's Founders agreed with Jefferson on this. And when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, he was not speaking only as one brilliant young delegate from Virginia. That document, he said, "was to be an _expression of the American mind." We should not be surprised that the author of the Declaration of Independence thought that religious liberty was the first of freedoms, the foundation for all other liberties. That's why, we believe, the First Congress put religious liberty first among the freedoms listed in the First Amendment. Jefferson went further. He said an attack on religious liberty was an attack on liberty itself.

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis--a conviction in the minds of the people that their liberties are the gifts of God, that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?

Daily, we see militant efforts in our schools, in our colleges and universities, in our public media, to remove that conviction from the minds of the people. When an outstanding young high school graduate has her microphone turned off because she might mention Jesus, we see this militant spirit at work. When members of Congress try to ban by law the mention of Jesus' name in our military, that same militant spirit is working its will. Attacking God, they also attack liberty. When we think of the Fourth of July, we remember holidays past. We remember our grandparents and aunts and uncles, many of them now gone to be with the Lord. We celebrate the joys of today and we look forward with hope to the prospects of future "Glorious Fourths." We pray that our family circle will be unbroken here and beyond. It should be a day of family picnics, trips to the lake, and blankets spread out for a concert of "Stars and Stripes Forever" followed by fireworks. Let us celebrate with baseball, hot dogs, apple pie. We should rejoice in the good things God has provided. We should also remember those brave young Americans who are serving around the world to keep us free. I pray that you and yours will have a glorious Fourth of July.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Tennessee Republican Party Update

OK, I just talked to my "inside source," and I have a few introductory tidbits on the conference call that did happen earlier today.

1) Bob Davis is resigning, effective August 4, 2007.

2) The State Executive Committee will meet on that date to select a new Chairman.

3) In response to a question from an SEC member regarding serving in an elected position in the General Assembly and as Party Chairman, Bob Davis referenced the new ethics laws that prohibit fundraising while the General Assembly is in session. When thinking of the Statesman's Dinner and other opportunities in a presidential election cycle, I concur that it would be unwise to have a Chairman who is also an elected official. Such a person would have to resign from his or her post if selected by the SEC as the new Chairman.

4) Van Hilleary spoke on the conference call. Why this was allowed to happen is a good question. I understand that Van is the National Committeeman, but unless he was on the call to notify SEC members that he was not a candidate for the position, then he shouldn't have been speaking on the call.

More to come later.

MORE: I just received the following press release from Bob Davis:


(Nashville) - The following is a statement from Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis:

"During the last three and a half years our Tennessee Republican Party has made incredible strides towards majority status. During that time, I'm proud that I played a small role in electing Bob Corker to the United States Senate, Ron Ramsey as the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in 138 years, and strengthening our party organization statewide.

"We've tried to lead with conviction and integrity, and other than being a father and working for Fred Thompson, it has been my highest honor to serve as chairman.

"The good Lord leads us down different paths throughout life, and the time has come for me to move on. Therefore I am resigning my chairmanship effective August 4th.

"Let us all remember our common bond and promise to the next generation: to leave this place better off than when we found it."



Mark Warner to run for Senate?

Interesting piece in yesterday's Washington Times regarding the possibility of former Senator Mark Warner possibly rejoining the U.S. Senate if current Senator John Warner (RINO - Virginia) were to retire.

The GOP in Virginia has been more focused on themselves lately (as they well should after letting Jim Webb get elected), prepping a formidable candidate in Tom Davis for when John Warner is put out to pasture.

The problem is that Mark Warner - who raised taxes in the Commonwealth like he was founding a socialist state - was beloved when he left office. I can only imagine that Virginians are suffering from the voter equivalent of spousal abuse syndrome, in that the more than Warner hurt them, the more they loved him. Yeah, it's just too weird.

In any case, if Mark Warner does run, then the prospects of the Republicans taking back the Senate diminish greatly - to the point where it isn't really realistic to talk of such things.



Rumors about Bob Davis

Everyone seems surprised (although they probably shouldn't be) that Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis will be stepping down to join Fred Thompson's quasi-campaign, possibly as early as today. (I have heard oodles about a conference call with the State Executive Committee this morning where Bob will resign, but all that I know is that as of 9:00 A.M. this morning, my wife, the State Executive Committeewoman for the 6th District, had heard nothing about any conference call.)

Lots of names are flying about regarding a placement for Bob Davis. While Bob has been an extremely effective leader for the Tennessee Republican Party, our key advantage over the Democrats in this state is our depth. Think of the Democrats as the Cleveland Cavs, with a few good front-line players, and the Republicans as the San Antonio Spurs, with depth at every position to spare.

State Senator Paul Stanley, Larry Kidwell, Jim Bryson, Van Hilleary, Ed Bryant - all have been linked to the position.

One thing that seems to be quite wrong comes from Nashville's The City Paper, which states that Robin Smith, the current Vice Chairman of the TRP, is not expected to be interested. I don't believe that's true, but I also know Robin and while I'm sure she would excel in the role as Chairman, I doubt that she would seek the position if it caused any division in the Party. Robin wants to see Republican majorities in both Houses of the General Assembly, and she would do nothing to jeopardize that outcome (such as causing rifts in the Party). Basically, the SEC would have to be firmly behind Robin Smith for her to become Chairman.

Personally (read: not speaking for the State Executive Committeewoman), we have lots of great candidates here. I would love to see Robin Smith ascend to Chairman, but there are a few other great candidates that would do a great job, as well. That being said, there are a few others being mentioned that would probably not do a good job.

If I hear anything else, I'll pass it along.

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Monday, July 02, 2007


Tennessee Firearms Association July Meeting

Just a reminder that the Knoxville area chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association will be meeting Tuesday evening, July 3rd, at Bob's Mountaineer Restaurant (which has a very nice salad bar on the buffet).

The speaker for July's meeting is Officer Todd Gilreath of the Knoxville Police Department's Bomb Squad. No word on whether there will be any demonstrations or explosions, but I'm crossing my fingers.

Monthly meetings are held at Bob’s Mountaineer Restaurant, 10321 Chapman Highway (Rt. 441) in Seymour, TN. A pre-meeting social hour is from 6 PM to 7 pm during which you may wish to eat dinner either from the menu or from the buffet. The meeting will begin at 7 PM and end at 8 PM. Participation by those in attendance is always encouraged.

Gun owners, persons involved in the shooting sports, Second Amendment supporters and interested public are urged to attend, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND.



"See this movie or Die Hard"

The VOLConWife and I had the chance to see the fourth "Die Hard" movie in the series, titled "Live Free or Die Hard," yesterday at Regal's Pinnacle 18 at Turkey Creek.

In my opinion, it was the best of the four "Die Hard" movies. It's non-stop action from beginning to end, and you don't even notice that 2 1/2 hours have passed by the time the credits are rolling. Combining fantastic stunts, plenty of explosions, and Bruce Willis in his most famous role makes for one heck of a July 4th movie.

Keeping in mind that I love "end of days" type movies - where the terrorists aren't retarded like Star Wars' storm troopers and actually have a plan to bring down our way of life - I give "Live Free or Die Hard" a mark of 8.9 out of 10. That makes it the second best movie I have seen this year (behind "300," which received a 9.4).

There are several conservative and anti-bureaucratic themes in the movie, as well. Heck, the anarchist computer geek who acts as John McClane's sidekick in this installment (played by Justin Long) comes to see that there is more to America than corporate greed and an evil government.

Also within the past few weeks, the VOLConWife and I (appropriately) saw "Knocked Up." It's a good movie, not as funny as "The 40-Year Old Virgin," but does provide some laughs and even inspires in parts. I must have liked it, because I gave it a 6.8 out of 10 (which barely beats out the third installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean," which I dare say took a great deal more money to make). I think I probably subconsciously penalized "Knocked Up" for the incessant drug culture scenes, but that's just a guess. The language is a bit rough, too, in places where it doesn't need to be.

The thing that got me about "Knocked Up" is that I heard all of the pro-abortion forces stewing about the movie. Here's the thing, and this is important for understanding them - they were mad that Katherine Heigl's character chose to keep the baby. Uh, yeah, that's pretty amazing. I guess one could file that under more evidence that there is a pro-abort side in this debate and not a pro-choice side at all.

Plus, it's not like it would have been a comedy if she had aborted the baby, right? It just would have been another tragedy.

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Is there a Knox County GOP anymore?

Anyone know how long the Knox County GOP's website has been down?

It seems that the Knoxville Young Republicans are still going strong, but was not responding as of Monday morning.


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