Friday, October 31, 2008


McCain in Ohio

I'm watching the GOP nominee addressing a rally this morning in Hanoverton, Ohio. Maybe it's me because I'm suffering from election fatigue (and maybe that's just fatigue in general), but he sounds really energized. No, seriously, I mean it.

This is the John McCain that America has needed to see over the past few months. (Maybe with a different tie - strange red-pink color choice...) He's excited, optimistic, feisty, willing to mix it up. Kinda makes me think that Sarah Palin has been rubbing off on him.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the MSM is wrong. Fresh off an AP poll this morning that showed 1 in 7 voters not established in their voting choice, maybe this isn't "too little, too late" on behalf of the Arizona Senator.


Thursday, October 30, 2008


Red State Update: Maryville Townhall Meeting

Tuesday night at Maryville College was a special night. In fact, it might have been the most raucous night at Maryville College since the school's one keg party (which is a legend that still lives to this very day).

Jackie & Dunlap of Red State Update held a Townhall Meeting at Maryville College - which, as one alumnus puts it, is the school that put the "liberal" into the "liberal arts college" - in an effort to both entertain and enlighten. At least one of those goals was achieved Tuesday night. When informally polled by Dunlap, about 20 of the nearly 200 people packed into the venue showed some support for John McCain (and those would have been me, a few elected Republicans, some of Lamar Alexander's staff, and about 7 students). You can guess who had the other 180 people (although there wasn't much guessing who the women wearing all purple and carrying a black mannequin head with a purple wig were supporting - at least they took off their tin foil hats for the show). Dunlap said that he understood, though, because all Maryville College students had to take an oath while touching the Covenant Stone (that sits in the middle of campus) to vote Democratic for the rest of their natural lives.

Jackie and Dunlap did a great job with improvisation, especially given that Maryville College's sound system was apparently the same one used by Marx when he was trying to redistribute wealth. Early on, the microphones were discarded (forcing Dunlap to disrobe, much to the delight of the female members of the crowd), and the boys went on the strength of their own voices for the rest of the night. This also cut out several of the musical numbers, but there were plenty of songs to keep the crowd going.

Jackie & Dunlap heavily involved the audience in the show. From the start, they worked the room, even saying that I looked like a judge (which sounds like my first endorsement for a random judgeship should I decide to run for one). Many ground rules were also in effect, including that hope would not be mentioned ("There is no hope here."), that military pandering and pandering to the Religious Right would be mandatory, and that one segment would have to be devoted to saving the environment.

Jackie sang a new song, which may have been titled "Need a Little Churchin' Up." I'm pretty sure that it sets a new international record for the number and variety of bestiality references, but I will have to check with Guinness.

Other topics discussed were Al Gore's negative tanning beds ("sucks the tan right out of him"), the need for Dunlap to sell their latest CD, "How Freedom Sounds," because he's up to his neck in a time share pyramid scheme, Obama's ties to William Ayres ("What kind of p^%$@ terrorist has a living room?"), how McCain should have had an Obama impersonator do some robocalls that made Obama sound like a hippy on drugs, and how one -ism has been put down ("sexism") but that it doesn't help Joe Biden (who suffers from "assholeism").

Dunlap then channeled Conway Twitty (or so he said) and sang a little ditty that involved him sexually harassing the women in the audience. As you can tell from the picture above, Dunlap had the women all over him, to the point where I almost had to call for security to help him for fear of him being hurt by the co-eds in the crowd.

Shimmy Sham, the liberal dummy, also made an appearance. However, he was short-lived, since he's on the faculty at Maryville College and had to attend a faculty meeting.

There were a few other revelations during the show. Jackie revealed that he probably wouldn't run for President in 2012 because he doesn't want to upset Sarah Palin. (I can't be sure, but I think Jackie might be a bit sweet on the Alaskan Governor...) Also, Jackie and Dunlap revealed that they have a big time fan in the person of Karl Rove. (They said that I could announce this here, and that they would be making a big announcement about it on a later YouTube.) Apparently, before they left to come to Blount County, the boys received a letter from Karl Rove - in his actual handwriting. It's just another sign of how much influence this duo from the 'Boro are gaining.

Their fame isn't going to their heads, though. They stood around, talked with fans, posed for pictures, and signed autographs for an extended period of time after the show.

I had a great time. If you're ever lucky enough to have Jackie and Dunlap come near your town for a Townhall Meeting, fake debate, or even a bar mitzvah, make sure to check them out.

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Gay Couple Hangs Palin, Torches McCain

Read this story.

Now re-read it, but replace Palin's name with Obama's.

So you think that if I hung a stuffed Barack Obama from the tree in my front yard that I would even be allowed time to remove the offending implement? Or would the enlightened liberal thought police have already torched my house before I got home?

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Buchanan: The First 100 Days

Pat Buchanan looks into his crystal ball at the first 100 days of an Obama Administration.

It's not a pretty picture.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Bumper Sticker Humor

As seen on a car in Blount County:

The Best Reason to Vote for John McCain...

is Barack Obama.

I think that pretty much sums it up.



Update on Red State Update

I will have a full rundown of last night's hilarity in Maryville - the Red State Update Townhall Meeting - for tomorrow morning. For those who missed it, you probably will regret it for the rest of your life.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Red State Update: Maryville College TONIGHT!

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Monday, October 27, 2008


Red State Update - Coming to Maryville

Folks, blogging isn't the only thing that's been "off" lately with me. I'm burned out - burned out on practicing law, burned out on this election cycle, burned out on this cough of mine that I just can't seem to shake (although the antibiotics are helping with that).

I need to recharge.

And hopefully that will start on Tuesday night at Maryville College when the only good thing to ever come out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Jackie and Dunlap from Red State Update - invade Maryville College (a school that puts the "liberal" in "liberal arts").

The Town Hall Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 P.M. and should last for 1.5 hours. Did I mention that it was free to the public? Yes, that's FREE people! How many free things are you going to get this week? Not coming to this - the biggest political event in East Tennessee since the election of Greene County's Davy Crockett to Congress in 1826.

The event will be held at Isaac's Cafe in Bartlett Hall. I've heard that several prominent Blount County residents are already camping out for premium tickets, so get there plenty early!

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Friday, October 24, 2008


Knoxville Being Invaded by Inbred Alabama Football Terrorists

To mark the occasion, we provide some deserved taunting, "The Ballad of Nick Saban":


Friday, October 17, 2008


SCOTUS to Weigh In On Rampent Voter Fraud?

Interesting news out of Ohio:

COLUMBUS: Ohio's top elections chief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a dispute over whether the state is required to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility, a spokesman for her office said Thursday.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, filed an appeal the high court late Wednesday, said spokesman Jeff Ortega.

On Tuesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with the Ohio Republican Party and ordered Brunner to set up a system that provides names of newly registered voters whose driver's license numbers or Social Security numbers don't match records in other government databases.

Apparently, there are well over 200,000 ACORN-tainted new voting registration applications that have mismatched data in Ohio alone. Conservatives best start fighting back against this obvious corruption, lest their system of government be stolen from them forever.

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Sweet Caroline (Da Da Da...)

What a fantastic comeback by the Sox tonight, trailing 7-0 at the 7th inning stretch. Cue Neil Diamond, Big Papi hits a tater to get the crowd back into the game, and J.D. Drew takes care of business in both the 8th and 9th innings. The next thing you know, Boston wins with the biggest postseason comeback since the Cubs gave up an 8 run lead in 1929.
Hopefully, the Sox have saved MLB from a disastrous ratings-killing Phillies/Rays World Series.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Democrats' Job Program? Become Mistress to Democratic Congressman

Scandal Engulfs Florida Democrat

Apparently, being Democrat Congressman Tim Mahoney's boy toy pays better than most jobs. Maybe I should... Nah. Not worth it.

UPDATE: Apparently, Congressman Mahoney is trying to expand his "job program." The AP wire is pointing to a new claim that Mahoney has apparently been diddling another woman - in addition to his wife and to the mistress referred to above.

I hope that Congress doesn't appropriate another bailout to cover Congressman Mahoney's trists.

I imagine that the voters of Florida's 16th will be electing the already competitive Tom Rooney - a former Army JAG officer and member of the Rooney family that owns the Pittsburgh Steelers - come November.

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I Think I Know the Answer to This One...

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The Disturbing State of Our Union

First, read this column by Pat Buchanan that paints a bleak picture of where America stands in terms of debt, finances, and global commitments.

Then, try to imagine what caliber of leader that it would take to meet these challenges head-on. Quite frankly, I can think of only a few of our best presidents that could handle this mess (Reagan, Washington, perhaps Lincoln).

Now look at our options for the White House. Do you honestly think that any of them are capable of this task? The third party options aren't the jokes they normally are (OK, so Cynthia McKinney is), but they aren't even close to being ready for the reigns of leadership. Obama? Please. This is so far over his abilities and experience that we will never be able to address what is before us as a nation under an Obama Administration. McCain? Perhaps, but his behavior on the campaign trail has been a neutered version of the man I knew (and feared) in the Senate. If he were to govern as he has legislated in the past, he might be able to deal with some of these problems. Probably not all of them, though.

Buchanan paints a grim view. He normally does. I just want someone to start talking solutions, minimize the rhetoric, and start answering the questions that we can no longer afford to ignore.

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The Duncan BBQ

For the first time in many years, I missed last night's Duncan Family BBQ in Knoxville.

I very much wanted to spend time with my friends there, especially current Congressman Jimmy Duncan and future Tennessee Senator John Duncan, III.

Of course, I have been having a wonderful week here in South Carolina with my family, and I wouldn't trade that for anything - even free BBQ, bluegrass, and friendship. (And if you had seen Leo crawl across the green of the 6th hole at Shipyard last night and put the ball in the hole and then stand by the pin, you would know how much "Da Da" loves his boy.)

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Monday, October 13, 2008


The Working Class Revolt

From Dr. Helen Smith of KnoxVegas:

So basically, Democratic women are the ones most likely to support raising taxes on the top earners. That's probably good since they might possibly be the only ones left working after men and Republicans decide it's not worth the trouble to pay a good deal of their income for programs they don't want, should Obama be elected.

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The NRA Line on Obama

I've got to give credit to my former employer, the NRA. I was very interested in how they were going to finesse the 2008 White House race as soon as it became apparent that a GOP nominee with a poor record on gun owners rights was going to take on a Democratic nominee with an abysmal history of respecting the Second Amendment.

The NRA answered by attacking Obama through e-mail and press releases, as an Obama presidency obviously hurts those who respect the Second Amendment. However, the NRA hasn't really propped up McCain, which more than likely would have angered significant numbers of their membership. Of course, McCain (and the NRA) has been helped by strong firearms advocate Sarah Palin bringing the only true credentials to either ticket.

The NRA has done a good job of finessing the national race. It's a shame, though, that they have done such a poor job here in Tennessee of using their political influence to make sure that pro-gunners control the General Assembly. But that's a topic for another day...

Here is what the NRA had to say today about Obama:

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

- Senator Barack Obama (April 6, 2008)

Obama's Gun Control History

- Running for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, Senator Obama supported banning "the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." Senator Obama also supported waiting periods and background checks to purchase all firearms.

- In 2001, Senator Obama voted against a bill to allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon when they have a valid order of protection out against another person.

- In 2003, Senator Obama voted in support of legislation that "would have banned most of the privately held hunting shotguns, target rifles, and black powder rifles" in Illinois. He also voted in support of a measure that would have prohibited multiple sales of handguns within a 30-day period.

- In 2004, Senator Obama voted against legislation "drafted to protect homeowners from being prosecuted in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion."

- In 2004, Senator Obama expressed his opposition to right to carry concealed weapons by saying, "I mean, I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry."

- Running for the U.S. Senate in 2004, Senator Obama received an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. Senator Obama advocated national legislation banning concealed carry.

- In a 2004 candidate questionnaire, Senator Obama supported banning assault weapons.

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Friday, October 10, 2008


Oregon's, Like, So 1980's...

It has taken Oregon nearly twenty years to catch up with Tennessee on the issue of whether embryos are mere property in divorce proceedings.

In a case from Blount County in 1989, it became case law in Tennessee that embryos could be viewed as mere property in a divorce proceeding and if one of the divorce litigants wanted to kill the embryos then they were free to do so. (This was the ruling of Tennessee's liberal Supreme Court, which differed somewhat from the Court of Appeals holding and substantially from Judge Dale Young's trial court ruling.)

Oregon, always behind the times, has now followed Tennessee into the abyss. All of the embryos in the cases were killed.

There are no good answers here, and these circumstances put courts into no-win situations. That much is clear.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008


The Mortgage Industry and Congress - One in the Same

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I had a final hearing today in a criminal case on which I have spent more time than probably any other. I don't have to tell you the result, as I will just say that I am very upset. For an attorney that has admittedly felt burnt out lately and has been seriously contemplating a permanent change of career, this probably wasn't the best time for an adverse ruling.

And I'm not sure who I am madder at - the prosecutor, the judge, myself?

In any case, I need to blow off some steam. Hit it, Angus...

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Is Obama the Anti-Christ?

At least one Tennessee conservative is asking the question, referencing Scripture, and can't discount the possibility.


Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Record Voter Turnout Not Only Predicted, But 100% Guaranteed

How do you know that more people will vote in this election than in any other? Well, it sure helps to have more people registered to vote in a county than actually live there.

Obama's connections with ACORN warrant an immediate investigation by the DOJ. I would say that would be the necessary course of action just for what is happening in Indiana. Then add the voter fraud that is occurring (apparently at the bidding of ACORN) in Connecticut, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Missouri. By hook or by crook, right, Barrack?

I'm just a bit confused, though. If the election is over - as the mainstream media has all but guaranteed - for the White House, then why are the Democrats involved in such blatant acts of voter fraud?

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Thursday, October 02, 2008


Early Snow in Colorado

Oh, you mean it wasn't snow on the ground? Then what was all of the white stuff surrounding former UT running back Travis Henry?
Geez. What a mess.

I loved "Cheese" when he was at UT. I even have a UT helmet and National Championship hat that he autographed for me. He's just a punchline now. First there were all of the positive marijuana tests. Then it was revealed that he apparently was trying to repopulate the planet with random women while not paying any child support. Now he's apparently a drug lord.

But probably the most ironic part can be read in the leaked affidavit. Travis Henry - the man who ran for 4,000 yards in his senior year of high school football, the leading rusher in UT history, and an All-Pro in the NFL - was run down from behind by a cop after a short pursuit on foot.
Exactly how does all of this happen?

UPDATE: From a reader:

"Since Cheese is going to be going away for a long time and won't be around for his kids, perhaps UT should allow all of his kids to come to Saturday's game against Northern Illinois. That should fill some of the seats and provide some much needed good will to the younguns."

I don't think Travis had that many kids. Estimates for Saturday's expected crowd range from 70,000 to 85,000, which means that there will probably be between 20,000 to 35,000 seats available. Not even Wilt Chamberlain could have produced that many kids.

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Favorite VP Debate Moments

I looked this up earlier this week, and it still cracks me up so many years later.

I wish I had the whole clip where Stockdale runs up alongside Perot. Priceless...

MORE: Hotline



Quote of the Day

OK, so he wrote it yesterday, but you get my point...

"Rosalind Kurita is not even on the ballot. I ask you, if the Tennessee Democratic Party can’t beat a woman who isn’t even on the ballot straight up without resorting to painting her an income tax supporter because of the owner of the venue of her fundraiser, what good is the Tennessee Democratic Party?"

- A.C. Kleinheider

MORE: I'll answer that question - they're not worth a damn. The only thing they have proven good at over the past few years is staying out of the way of Harold Ford's campaign in 2006 and disenfranchising voters of Tennessee's 22nd Senate District.

I have no problem giving respect to a worthy adversary. Not a problem there. However, it would not be accurate to label the Tennessee Democratic Party in that way.



When is a $700 Billion Bail-out Not a $700 Billion Bail-out?

When it costs at least $850 billion. Oh brother...

MORE: Look, folks. If the assets are being essentially bought by the government, this isn't as bad as it seems on its face. If the vast majority of the loans are not defaulted - and I think that's a certainty - then the government can expect to recoup a substantial amount of the money it is injecting into the banking industry. As a practical matter, that's not a bad deal. Even with a 3% default rate (which is the number I keep hearing from people with more economic knowledge that I possess), the government could stand to eventually profit from this deal.

Yes, I most certainly understand the ideological objections to the bail-out (i.e. - the CEOs made their bed, now let them sleep in it, etc.). However, as I have put forth previously, if you want to stand on your ideological ground here, you had better have a solution to the problem. Credit is based so much on perception, and the general perception is that doing nothing in this situation will bring forth a global credit scarcity that no one in my generation or the generation of my parents has ever experienced.

Doing nothing is not an option.



Debate Parties

Undoubtedly, there are many debate watching parties set for tonight. After all, the liberals have set a trap to expose Sarah Palin. The problem is that they sent a pompous Yankee career politician and a snob author to finish off the Alaskan hockey mom.

In any case, the Washington County Republican Party - certainly one of the most organized county parties in Tennessee - has asked me to get the word out that their debate watching party will be at the Jonesborough Republican Headquarters (125 E Jackson Blvd., Suite 4) beginning at 8:30 P.M.

I'll probably be watching the event from the house if Blount County doesn't have a formal event planned. At least that way, I can feel free to yell at the television freely.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Cartoon of the Day

I wish I had a nickel for every time I posted this, but...

I miss Ronnie.


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