Archive for November, 2003

Davis to Endorse Clark

Friday, November 28th, 2003

Congressman Lincoln Davis, the Democrat representing Tennessee’s Fourth District, has decided to endorse Wesley Clark for the Democratic nomination. This is hardly a surprise. Davis ran for congress last year posing as a conservative Democrat, but has voted largely in sync with liberal Democrats. While Davis claims to be conservative, he has taken plenty of money from liberal groups, and has paled around with well known liberals, like Al Gore and Nanci Pelosi. Clark’s numerous flip flops are well documented. Davis and Clark are both largely political opportunists, whose core beliefs have been sacrificed, which makes them natural allies.

It’s football time in Tennessee again, and tomorrow UT will face arch rival Kentucky. Kentucky has been a Jeckyl and Hyde team this season, having come a hair away from upsetting Florida, and pushed Arkansas into 7 overtimes before falling 71-63. On the other hand, they also lost to Vanderbilt two weeks ago. Tennessee has been looking good since their victory in Miami, and hopefully that trend will continue. The last time UT and KY met in Lexington, the Vols fell behind 21-0, but rallied to win 38-35. Let’s hope they don’t have to rally this year. My prediction… Tennessee 45, Kentucky 20.

As of right now, assuming Texas A&M doesn’t mount a huge rally, I am 6-0 (1.00) for the week!

My other picks: Alabama over Hawaii, Georgia over Georgia Tech (hope I’m wrong on this one!), Florida over Florida State, West Virginia over Temple, Missouri over Iowa State, Southern Miss over East Carolina, Memphis over South Florida, Boise State over Nevada, Virginia Tech over Virginia, Maryland over Wake Forest, Bowling Green over Toledo, Syracuse over Rutgers, and Pittsburgh over Miami

Record last week: 18-3 (.860)
Overall: 35-8 (.810)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2003

Just a quick update to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! We definitely have much to be thankful for.

One of the things we should be most thankful for is our servicemen and women, stationed all over the world, protecting our freedom. I was very surprised when I heard about President Bush’s surprise visit to Iraq. This was a very classy and brave thing for the Commander-in-Chief to do. Thank you, Mister President, and thank you troops!

Gore, Knoxville, and Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

I intended to update this yesterday, but due to Blog City being down, I was unable to do so. I have now returned home, and thus have to get by on AOL, which is not very much fun. Still Thanksgiving is upon us, so I am in a good mood. It is in this mood that I review recent developments in the world in which we live.

Yesterday my column ran dealing with the problems of UT’s Issues Committee. I have now heard that Justin Rubenstein has been suspended from the committee, and that Warren Denning, who admitted the club favored liberals, has lost his voting privileges. The latter is somewhat puzzling; after all, Denning only said what everyone already knew. Why punish him for pointing out the obvious? Don’t most of the members, who have perpetuated the bias, deserve some blame? Denning is no more responsible than they are.

Today’s Daily Beacon has an interesting article about the enforcement of seat belt laws, commonly referred to as “Click It or Ticket.” Though I am sympathetic to wanting to protect people from accidents, and I agree that it is downright stupid not to wear a seat belt, I must say I oppose such laws as this. “Click It or Ticket” only serves to protect people from themselves, something I don’t feel the government should be involved in. Protect citizens from things beyond their control, not their own (dumb) choices, I say. Walter E. Williams had a great column about this a couple months ago.

In Knoxville news, there are some things to be thankful for. First of all, the city council voted against using tax dollars to fund a new hotel. While I personally would love to see a new hotel (or any new business in Knoxville), I do not support using tax dollars to fund it. If the hotel was such a great idea, why hasn’t a business already opened it? The taxpayers have already demonstrated they oppose the funding, as evidenced by the 15,000 who signed the petition. I do support allowing it to be decided on a referendum, however.

Mayor Victor Ashe also had a great idea. He has suggested banning subsidies to all hotels. I realize this only amounts to a temper tantrum from the mayor, but I still think it’s a good idea. The less government interferes in business, the better.

In national news, an intelligent man once said that knowing when to shut up was a virtue. Apparently, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks never learned that lesson. The songstress and part-time foreign affairs expert is enlightening us again with her limitless intelligence, and basically said “screw you” to any fan who has the audacity to disagree with her worldview. At least she’s not still whining about being censored. That’s definitely something to be thankful for.

Something not to be thankful for is the new persciption drug benefit in Medicare, passed by a Republican Congress, and with the support of President Bush. It’s ironic that Democrats opposed it, since they generally support this type of thing, but I guess partisanship is the name of the game. Mark my words, this is only phase one towards a larger goal: nationalized healthcare. Many seniors don’t even want this bill. It’s a shame that those who do don’t mind burdening younger people with high taxes for the rest of their lives.

Some quick football predictions: Ole Miss will handily defeat Mississippi State tomorrow. On Friday, Louisville will beat Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) will beat UCF, LSU over Arkansas, Texas over Texas A&M, and Marshall over Ohio. Look for my other picks later in the week.

In closing, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! Remember, despite it’s problems, American remains the greatest country on earth. Never forger that!

Thought Police Target Daily Beacon

Monday, November 24th, 2003

On my way to class this morning in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, I was greeted with a number of flyers. These flyers declared that Daily Beacon was a “conservative rag,” and speculated that it might be operated by Fox News. Another flyer called for a boycott of the Beacon (boycotting a free newspaper? Think that will be effective?).

The idea that the Daily Beacon, or any student newspaper at any university this side of Liberty University or Brigham Young is laughable. In the case of the Beacon, it certainly is more balanced that most student newspapers, as it does have two conservative columnists (myself and Sukhmani Singh Khalsa). However, virtually every other regular columnist is liberal. Apparently, having two conservative columnists makes a newspaper a “conservative rag.”

I would suspect that these flyers are tied to the controversy engulfing the UT Issues Committee and conservative columnist Sukhmani Singh Khalsa, who exposed the committee for the bigoted propagandist machine that it is. People are starting to talk, and the story has reached the national media, as Fox News has picked up the story. Locally, Sukhmani appeared on a local radio station to address the issue, and Eye on the Left has picked up the story. The Daily Beacon also published four letters today, two of which are supportive of Sukhmani’s position (Sonja Oswalt and Adrienne Royer), and two of which are critical (Tracy Windeknecht and Melissa Adams) How’s that for fair and balanced? Adams rallies around the flag of free speech. Tell that to Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Update: Oklahoma’s NewsRadio 1000 has picked up the story. Also, the petition drive made it into the Daily Beacon’s crime log (Sat, 11:47 AM).

Boyd Makes Us Proud, Issues Committee Makes Us Ashamed

Saturday, November 22nd, 2003

The UT College Republicans were asked to leave while attempting to gather signatures for a petition requesting action be taken against the liberally biased Issues Committee. A group of police officers were sent by the Dean of Students J.J. Brown (no relation, I assure you) to order these students to leave. I arrived in time to see the officers talking with the students. College Republicans member Justin Cook explained the situation to the officers, who appeared sympathetic. They then acknowledged that since the signatures were being gathered on a sidewalk, they could not force the students to leave. The officers were very respectful, and apparently working only under the orders of Dean Brown.

As I see it, what we have here is a clear case of attempted suppression of speech. The students were peacefully trying to gather signatures for their petition, which they obviously have the right to do. As was reported yesterday, action is not likely to be taken against Justin Rubenstein, the Issues Committee Member who described Sukhmani Singh Khalsa as a “raghead.” I guess some speech is more free than others in the eyes of the UT Administration. I will be reporting more about this situation as I learn it.

Also, WBIR Channel 10, The Tennessean, and Instapundit have picked up the story. Look for this story to go national!

Also, today is the fortieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. My fellow Beacon columnist Le Evans had this sympathetic column about the event. George Will had this more critical column about Kennedy.

Finally, my football prognostications this week went especially well, as I have an 18-3 record (.860) for the week, and a 29-8 overall record (.780).

Free Speech Suppressed at UT

Saturday, November 22nd, 2003

The UT College Republicans were asked to leave while attempting to gather signatures for a petition requesting action be taken against the liberally biased Issues Committee. A group of police officers were sent by the Dean of Students J.J. Brown (no relation, I assure you) to order these students to leave. I arrived in time to see the officers talking with the students. College Republicans member Justin Cook explained the situation to the officers, who appeared sympathetic. They then acknowledged that since the signatures were being gathered on a sidewalk, they could not force the students to leave. The officers were very respectful, and apparently working only under the orders of Dean Brown.

As I see it, what we have here is a clear case of attempted suppression of speech. The students were peacefully trying to gather signatures for their petition, which they obviously have the right to do. As was reported yesterday, action is not likely to be taken against Justin Rubenstein, the Issues Committee Member who described Sukhmani Singh Khalsa as a “raghead.” I guess some speech is more free than others in the eyes of the UT Administration. I will be reporting more about this situation as I learn it.

Also, WBIR Channel 10, The Tennessean, and Instapundit have picked up the story. Look for this story to go national!

Also, today is the fortieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. My fellow Beacon columnist Le Evans had this sympathetic column about the event. George Will had this more critical column about Kennedy.

Finally, my football prognostications this week went especially well, as I have an 18-3 record (.860) for the week, and a 29-8 overall record (.780).

Conservatives Under Fire at UT

Thursday, November 20th, 2003

The UT Issues Committe, as you no doubt know, is undeniably leftist. They have almost exclusively brought liberal speakers to campus, including Scott Ritter (who was on Saddam Hussein’s payroll), Howard Zinn, Ralph Nader, Sy Hersh, and others. The lone recent exception was Tucker Carlson. This fact is obvious to all casual and honest observers, so it came as no surprise with my friend and colleague Sukhmani Singh Khalsa wrote a column about it last week, and brought into question their $90,000 budget, financed by the students and taxpayers.

Not surprisingly, this column enraged the committee, who proceeded to send out e-mails about it. Little did they know, they had forgotten to remove a former member from the list server. This member had resigned after attempting to make the committee more balanced, and having all his suggested speakers shot down. In an attempt to make the committee more accountable, he made the e-mails public.

Some of these e-mails included pure, seething hatred. Issues Committee member Justin Rubenstein compared Sukhmani (who is a Sikh) to a terrorist, and said, “if you see one of those ragheads, shoot him right in the fucking face.” Another member, Warren Denning, acknowledged that the committee is indeed liberal leaning, and that they had “nothing to apologize for.”

The actions of the Issues Committee are so outrageous that they made front page news in the Daily Beacon, and will be covered on the Knoxville CBS affiliate, WVLT Volunteer TV tonight at 5:30. Sukhmani also wrote this column about the incidents, which ran in the Daily Beacon today. The UT College Republicans also issued this press release.

This whole episode illustrated how intolerant liberals are, and how they have a virtual stranglehold on UT (and most colleges). Justin Rubenstein should be held accountable for his words, in a similar manner as how they dealt with a fraternity involved in a blackface incident last year. Unfortunately, while many of the faculty rightly condemned the incident, so far the faculty hasn’t followed suit this time. Whether or not they do so will say a lot.

In the meantime, the Issues Committee needs serious reforms. These far left speakers they bring on our dime must be balanced. Rubenstein and the committee’s faculty advisor, Edee Vaughan, need to be held accountable. Such bigotry (both religious and ideological) should not be subsidized by our money!

Issues Committee Update

Thursday, November 20th, 2003

Just a quick update on the Issues Committee scandal: Both WTNZ and WATE have picked up the story.

North Korea: Heaven on Earth

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

I already did one update a little while ago, but this was just too good not to comment on. It seems that our good friends at the National Council of Churches sent a group of what Lenin referred to as “Useful Idiots” to North Korea under the guise of religion. These news stories are so surreal they are difficult to believe that they were written with a straight face. Take for instance this quote: “…sobering to us was the North Korean understanding of the role that the U.S. played in creating and perpetuating the division,” according to Victor Hsu, one of the Fellow Travelers. I wonder if Hsu thinks Korea would be better off united under Kim Jong Il (who, shockingly, isn’t mentioned)? Then they could all starve in unity! The more I learn, the more convinced I become that the NCC REALLY is a communist organization.

Here’s some more “news”, which appears to be plagiarized from North Korea State Newspapers. Here’s some more fun quotes:

“…urge the President to continue with negotiations with North Korea.” Yeah, since it worked so well for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

“The ecumenical community to continue to nurture their ties with the Christian community on the Korean peninsula and to renew its cooperation in common advocacy, information sharing and regular visits, particularly to the isolated Christian family in North Korea.” Why exactly are they isolated? And aren’t you worried that visiting them might get them in trouble, since practicing Christianity is a capital offense there? Maybe the regime makes exceptions for Commie-Christians, though.

“We encourage the international community particularly those countries in the region, to participate as actively as appropriate. It is our conviction that diplomacy and negotiations remain the best approach for finding durable solutions.” Yep, by “those countries in the region” we all know they mean China, Vietnam, and Laos. And again, diplomacy and negotiations did work for Clinton and Carter, didn’t it?

“The international community to respond generously to the 2004 UN Appeal for US$ 200 million for North Korea humanitarian assistance. The delegation is deeply concerned about the severe drop in the quantity of aid on the part of the U.S. government. It urges the Bush administration to continue the American tradition of generosity and compassion in regard to the UN North Korea Appeal by raising its contribution substantially over the 2003 level.” Oh yeah, nothing like giving your enemies, who have threatened to nuke you, more money so they can build up their army and construct more WMDs. Great plan for peace, NCC!

President Bush in London

Wednesday, November 19th, 2003

President Bush is now in London, and is receiving royal treatment from the Queen. I’ve never been a big fan of the royals, but I must say I’m impressed with them making Bush a guest in Buckingham Palace (the first U.S. President since Woodrow Wilson). We definitely have good neighbors across the pond with the royal family.

We also have some bad neighbors, as evidenced by the protestors who are greeting President Bush. These protesters aren’t antiwar, they are a unique conglomerate of Islamic radicals, socialists, and communists. They care nothing about peace, they only want the destruction of American, capitalism, and Western culture. They are also being egged on by London’s socialist mayor. Too bad they can’t all be as principled as Tony Blair. Amir Taheri has a great article on the true nature of these “peaceniks” at National Review Online.

I am always a big fan of cutting back on government, and it appears as though Knoxville Mayor-elect Bill Haslam may be doing just that. Hopefully Haslam will continue in this direction, which is in stark contrast to outgoing Mayor Victor Ashe’s administration.

Yesterday my column dealing with the Israel/Palestinian problem ran in the Daily Beacon. I expected this to be a controversial one, and today this response was printed. I will respond briefly to this response. First, there is no comparison between Israel and South Africa’s Apartheid. Do Palestinians sometimes get treated unfairly? Perhaps. But to say there is a comparison between the two situations is insane when there are Muslims serving in the Israeli Parliament. How many Jews are there in the Palestinian Authority? The letter writer also mentions Israel’s military and nuclear strength. Perhaps that in itself is proof the Israelis position is superior. Israel could wipe out the Palestinians if it wanted to, but doesn’t.

Also, the UN condemnations of Israel only proves my point that the UN is an anti-Semitic organization. As for Arabs also being Semites, yes, technically this is true. However, anti-Semitism is universally understood to be directed towards Jews. The letter writer is really splitting hairs here. As for Turkey’s oppression of the Kurds, it was totally irrelevant to the point of my column. I do stand corrected on the point about the Guardion, however…

Word to the wise: Read the Daily Beacon tomorrow. There will be an interesting story!

Finally, I guess I would be remiss not to mention Wacko Jacko’s latest scandal. If he’s guilty I hope he goes away for good.