Wednesday, May 05, 2010


God Taking Out the Best Cities?

Jon Stewart asks - why New Orleans and Nashville?

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Tennessee House Session Cancelled

The headline here is not surprising, nor is the decision to delay the elections in Davidson County for a week or two. Both actions seem rather automatic given the tragic circumstances.

But am I the only one who got a chuckle out of Speaker of the House Kent Williams' e-mail? You know, Mr. Speaker, when people think that you're a moron functioning as a puppet of Jimmy Naifeh, it's probably not the brightest thing in the world to admit that you ran this - one of the easiest decisions for a chamber leader to ever make - by him. I mean, buddy, he was the only other legislator mentioned in the e-mail.

If you're thinking (as I am) that Speaker Williams needs to return full-time to his restaurant in Elizabethton, consider a donation to a real Carter County Republican:

Jerome Cochran for State Representative
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Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643

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Red State Update: Middle Tennessee Flooded

Only hours after I was complaining that no national figures seemed to care that one of the 25 largest cities in America was underwater, two world-famous celebrity-types adopted the Nashville flood as their cause.

Thanks, Jackie and Dunlap!

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Monday, May 03, 2010


Another Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us

As many of you know, Angela, the boys, and I were in Nashville Saturday for the Republican State Executive Committee meeting. We were there when the rains came - and came - and came. Thanks to God's grace, our way home - Interstate 40 - was the only major road out of Nashville that wasn't inoperable due to the flooding. While the drive home was difficult, I've driven in worse in Chicago and the Shenandoah Valley. When looking at pictures from friends in Middle Tennessee over the past couple of days, it would be ridiculous for me to complain about the drive taking nearly four hours to complete given the destruction that my fellow Tennesseans are experiencing, the aftershocks of which will be felt for months and perhaps years to come.

What really upsets me, though, is that no one outside of our own seems to care. Tennesseans - our family among them - gave from our wallets, with our time, and through our prayers when such disasters as Hurricane Katrina and September 11th hit our fellow Americans. Our response was swift and significant. Does anyone feel that anyone - the media, the government, our fellow Americans - are overly concerned with the death and destruction that have ravaged the Volunteer State over the past couple of days?

Perhaps we are at the end of the world and I didn't notice. Reinforcing that statement is that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann - yes, THAT Keith Olbermann - seems to be the only person bringing attention to Tennessee, a state that in no way resembles his political perspective. (You can look out your window for the flying pigs now.)

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This video is just one of many amazing accounts that will be relayed over the next few days of landmarks that we all have seen or frequent. In fact, this past Saturday, we stopped by Opry Mills for a late lunch on our way out of town. (I had promised Leo that if he was a good boy during the trip that we would eat at Rainforest Cafe, so I was keeping my promise in the face of what I knew would be a difficult trip home.) It now appears that where we were was under 8-10 feet of water within hours of us having been there. Incredibly sad, folks...

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