Archive for September, 2005

NAACP Wants Campfield Censured

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Nashville NAACP President Arnett H. Bodenhamer is demanding that State Rep. Stacey Campfield be censured over a controversial statement he construed as equating the Tennessee Black Caucus with the Ku Klux Klan.

A general rule in politics is that politicians and political operatives always engage in “piling on.” As soon as a politician or pundit comes under fire, virtually all of his political enemies immediately begin unloading rounds on him. Stacey Campfield may or may not have been over the top in his statement. I don’t know, but frankly it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to me.

On the other hand, the call to censure him clearly is over the top. Yet again, we see an attempt by the Left to silence voices with which they disagree. If Campfield is so wrong, then take your case to his constituents. Yet instead, we see yet another attempt to bury the opposition.

Stacey Campfield has been outspoken in Nashville, much more so that most freshman legislators. I suspect that may be part of the reason he’s been attacked so frequently. But I’d rather have a representative who stands up clearly and strongly for what he believes in than one who stays silent and always votes quietly with his party.

Sharon Returns

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

I am happy to see that Sharon Cobb has now returned home from her surgery. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with her.

Traveling the Parkway

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Football Prognostications, Vol X

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

It’s Friday, so you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for my weekly college football picks:

Texas over Missouri (W, Texas 51-20)
Virginia Tech over West Virginia (W, VA Tech 34-17)
Michigan State over Michigan (L, Michigan 34-31 OT)
Wisconsin over Indiana (W, Wisconsin 41-24)
Virginia over Maryland (L, Maryland 45-33)
Louisville over Florida Atlantic (W, Louisville 61-10)
Iowa over Illinois (W, Iowa 35-7)
Tennessee over Mississippi (W, Tennessee 27-10)
Texas A&M over Baylor (W, Texas A&M 16-13 OT)
North Carolina over Utah (W, North Carolina 31-17)
Colorado over Oklahoma State (W, Colorado 34-0)
LSU over Mississippi State (W, LSU 37-7)
Wyoming over UNLV (W, Wyoming 42-17)
Southern Cal over Arizona State (W, USC 38-28)
Alabama over Florida (W, ‘Bama 31-3)
Minnesota over Penn State (L, Penn State 44-14)
Clemson over Wake Forest (L, Wake Forest 31-27)
California over Arizona (W, Cal 28-0)
Kansas State over Oklahoma (L, Oklahoma 43-21)
Texas Tech over Kansas (W, TX Tech 30-17)
Auburn over South Carolina (W, Auburn 48-7)
Vanderbilt over Middle Tennessee (L, MTSU 17-15)
Notre Dame over Purdue (W, ND 49-28)
UTEP over Memphis (L, Memphis 27-20)
UCLA over Washington (W, UCLA 21-17)
Boise State over Hawaii (W, Boise State 44-41)

Big Government Republicans

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Frank Cagle:

Bush may still be popular with the branch of the Republican Party that only cares about abortion, stem-cell research and displaying the Ten Commandments, but the fiscal-conservative small-government don’t-tread-on-me wing of the party has had enough.

Read the whole thing.

Roberts Confirmed

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The U.S. Senate has confirmed John Roberts to become the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Roberts received the vote of every Republican, plus 22 Democrats and an Independent. We shall see how the Roberts court rules.

Blooming Goldenrod

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Bredesen Says No to TennCare Forum

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, confirming what most observers already knew, announced his opposition to a special session on TennCare. Bredesen contends that such a session could lead to new taxes. Some legislators of both parties had been calling for a special session.

I wonder what Tim Chavez’s next column will be about?

Fog Rolls In

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Delay Resigns

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Tom Delay has been indicted, and has stepped aside from his leadership post. Delay, of course, proclaims his innocence, declaring the charges to be political persecution.

As expected, people on the Left and the Right have lined up, declaring him guilty or innocent. So did he so anything wrong? I have no idea. Obviously, Democrats have been after him for a long while, and I’m sure politics do play a major role in this whole episode. But that doesn’t make him innocent. Ultimately, I suspect Delay will beat these charges, but my stance on the matter is simple: If Delay is innocent, I hope he is acquitted. If he is guilty, I hope he is convicted.