Archive for January, 2005

How Conservative is Bredesen?

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Many Democrats, such as South Knox Bubba, are frustrated by Gov. Bredesen, whom they percieve as being too conservative, maybe even a sellout to his own Democratic party. On the other hand, many Republicans have supported Bredesen strongly (this may be partially due to the governor’s high poll numbers.

Thus Bredesen is conservative, right? Not so fast, as today’s News-Sentinel indicates:

Gov. Phil Bredesen said he is adamantly against putting a proposed “taxpayer bill of rights” into the state constitution, but he will not actively oppose an amendment to forbid gay marriage.

Questioned during an interview about proposed state constitutional amendments, the governor said he thinks popular election of the state comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state is a bad idea but is less strongly opposed to permanently banning a state income tax.

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“I think the taxpayer bill of rights is a bad thing that goes to the heart of my ability to operate government day-to-day as opposed to some of the other things that are out there,” he said.

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The governor said he believes the constitutional amendment unnecessary since state law already prohibits same-sex weddings, but “I won’t actively urge defeat” of the proposal.

He said gay marriage is “a vastly different issue from tolerance for gays.”

The jury is still out on Bredesen. I have given him praise in the past, and will continue to do so when he deserves it. I will say that I find myself mostly agreeing with the governor on gay marriage, so it isn’t a total loss. Many conservatives won’t be as understanding as myself, however.

How Conservative is Bredesen?

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Many Democrats, such as South Knox Bubba, are frustrated by Gov. Bredesen, whom they percieve as being too conservative, maybe even a sellout to his own Democratic party. On the other hand, many Republicans have supported Bredesen strongly (this may be partially due to the governor’s high poll numbers.

Thus Bredesen is conservative, right? Not so fast, as today’s News-Sentinel indicates:

Gov. Phil Bredesen said he is adamantly against putting a proposed “taxpayer bill of rights” into the state constitution, but he will not actively oppose an amendment to forbid gay marriage.

Questioned during an interview about proposed state constitutional amendments, the governor said he thinks popular election of the state comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state is a bad idea but is less strongly opposed to permanently banning a state income tax.

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“I think the taxpayer bill of rights is a bad thing that goes to the heart of my ability to operate government day-to-day as opposed to some of the other things that are out there,” he said.

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The governor said he believes the constitutional amendment unnecessary since state law already prohibits same-sex weddings, but “I won’t actively urge defeat” of the proposal.

He said gay marriage is “a vastly different issue from tolerance for gays.”

The jury is still out on Bredesen. I have given him praise in the past, and will continue to do so when he deserves it. I will say that I find myself mostly agreeing with the governor on gay marriage, so it isn’t a total loss. Many conservatives won’t be as understanding as myself, however.

Anti-Semitism and the U.N.

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Suzanne Fields exposes some warts on that great “humanitarian” organization, the United Nations.

Anti-Semitism and the U.N.

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Suzanne Fields exposes some warts on that great “humanitarian” organization, the United Nations.

Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Evan Coyne Maloney is back with another video. This time he’s trying to bridge the gap between Red America and Blue America. It’s a shame he didn’t talk to my Daily Beacon colleague Thomas Walker.

Shameless plug: I was featured in one of Evan’s films last year, Brainwashing 101.

Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Evan Coyne Maloney is back with another video. This time he’s trying to bridge the gap between Red America and Blue America. It’s a shame he didn’t talk to my Daily Beacon colleague Thomas Walker.

Shameless plug: I was featured in one of Evan’s films last year, Brainwashing 101.

A Gas Station With an Identity Crisis

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

So on the way back from the UT basketball game tonight, I stopped at the Texaco on Sutherland to fill up my car. While pumping gas, a sign was pointed out to me which informed the reader that Texaco cards were no longer accepted, but that Shell cards were. This is at a Texaco station, mind you. I wanted to ask the cashier, but she was really creepy, so I just took my gatorade and left. It was a very confusing time.

A Gas Station With an Identity Crisis

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

So on the way back from the UT basketball game tonight, I stopped at the Texaco on Sutherland to fill up my car. While pumping gas, a sign was pointed out to me which informed the reader that Texaco cards were no longer accepted, but that Shell cards were. This is at a Texaco station, mind you. I wanted to ask the cashier, but she was really creepy, so I just took my gatorade and left. It was a very confusing time.

Prager on Universities

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Dennis Prager has some tough words for American Universities:

But for most professors, neither finding truth nor seeking wisdom nor teaching is the primary goal of the university; promoting leftist ideas is. Most Americans know this to be true — hence the chasm between most Americans and the university. But many Americans do not wish to acknowledge this. To come to realize that the highest institutions of learning often do not value learning but seek to propagandize their children (largely against everything they, the parents, believe in) is too painful. Most people can’t confront the fact that, unless their child is studying the natural sciences, they have paid huge sums of money for their child to be able to share bathrooms with members of the opposite sex, read columns in college newspapers about American evil and tongue techniques for better oral sex, binge drink and, with a few noble exceptions, be propagandized.

Ouch. Read the whole thing.

Prager on Universities

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Dennis Prager has some tough words for American Universities:

But for most professors, neither finding truth nor seeking wisdom nor teaching is the primary goal of the university; promoting leftist ideas is. Most Americans know this to be true — hence the chasm between most Americans and the university. But many Americans do not wish to acknowledge this. To come to realize that the highest institutions of learning often do not value learning but seek to propagandize their children (largely against everything they, the parents, believe in) is too painful. Most people can’t confront the fact that, unless their child is studying the natural sciences, they have paid huge sums of money for their child to be able to share bathrooms with members of the opposite sex, read columns in college newspapers about American evil and tongue techniques for better oral sex, binge drink and, with a few noble exceptions, be propagandized.

Ouch. Read the whole thing.