Archive for June, 2005

Black Confederate in Blount County

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

H.K. Edgerton, an African-American supporter of the Confederate flag, arrived in Maryville today after marching from Johnson City to protest the banning of the Rebel flag from Maryville High School football games. He was spotted by Bubba and Say Uncle.

Cagle’s Column

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Metropulse columnist Frank Cagle weighs in on recent developments in state politics, including the recent push for ethics legislation, the prospects of a Republican challenging Bredesen, another Republicans chances against Tim Burchett, and the widespread support for Ed Bryant in the Blogosphere.

Resolution Seeks to Oust Newton

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Rep. Chris Clem (R-Lookout Mountain) has introduced House Resolution 0167, which seeks to oust Rep. Chris Newton (R-Cleveland), who was arrested in May during “Operation Tennessee Waltz.” This comes after Tennessee GOP Chairman Bob Davis asked Newton to resign.

Back in Boone

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

I am in Boone, NC today. More, as well as some photos, later!

Challenging Bredesen

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

An article in today’s News-Sentinel covers “Scooter” Clippard’s decision not to enter the race against Bredesen, and also mentions some possible Republican challengers for Bredesen: Beth Harwell, Ron Ramsey, Jim Henry, and Mark Norris, who says he will not run if Harwell or Ramsey enter the race. But will anyone declare? Time will tell.

Three Years of “Bakering”

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Today is the third anniversary of Mike Hollihan’s blog, Half-Bakered. Stop by and congratulate him!

Bush’s Speech

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

I watched President Bush’s speech tonight concerning the war in Iraq. The President essentially reiterated the need to stay the course in Iraq, and outlined progress that has been made in the country, and in the Middle East at large. Obviously, this speech was designed to rally public support behind the mission in Iraq, that seems to have declined in recent months.

I think President Bush did a good job. Though he’s not the greatest orator who ever lived, he is an effective communicator – and it showed tonight. Bush’s refusal to abandon the mission, and his strong belief that we are doing the right thing came through loud and clear. Look for the poll numbers to inch upward again – as they often do after a Bush speech.

Having said that, there is no doubt that the Democrats will continue to harp on the negatives and the gloomy view portrayed in the media will continue. Bush is waging an effective war in Iraq, but he has been losing the public relations in America. In order to change this, he must continue to speak directly to Americans, as he did tonight. If he does, he will maintain public support; if not, his numbers will continue to decline and we may see some major losses for Republicans in the midterm elections next year. President Bush has the power to do even more good things. Let’s hope he delivers.

Clippard Won’t Run

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Nashville Businessman B.C. “Scooter” Clippard, who had been considering a run for governor, has decided not to run, citing his lack of interest in running a negative campaign. The GOP field remains vacant.

Shelby Foote, 1916-2005

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Shelby Foote, one of America’s greatest Civil War historians, died today at his home in Memphis. He was 88. Foote is best remembered for his three volume history of the Civil War. History buffs everywhere will miss this brilliant man.

Via Michael Silence

Iran’s Future – And Ours

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Joel Rosenberg takes a look at the recent “election” in Iran, and what it means for the region and for the world. The news is not comforting.