Archive for September, 2005

Bredesen Announces Opposition to Income Tax

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen announced yesterday that he is will continue to oppose a state income tax is elected to a second term. Bredesen had left the door open for an income tax in his second term during his 2002 campaign.

Bill Hobbs, of course, is skeptical.

Don Adams, 1923-2005

Monday, September 26th, 2005

I was saddened by the death of Don Adams. Adams starred as Secret Agent Maxwell Smart in the ’60s comedy series “Get Smart” and later as the voice of “Inspector Gadget”, two of my all time favorite TV shows. Thanks for the laughs, Don…

Bush Consolidates More Power

Monday, September 26th, 2005

President Bush wants to federalism hurricane relief efforts, thus removing governors from the decision making process. It could also involve the repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, a law passed just after Reconstruction that prevents the use of federal troops as police officers.

I wonder whatever become of the concept of Federalism, once a major component of the Republican agenda. It seems that more and more agencies and government actions are being put under federal control. This, of course, give much more power to Washington, and vastly decreases the rights of the states.

Is Bush bent on ruling with an iron fist, as the Left maintains? Of course not. But more power in the hands of Washington, and especially the power to use military personnel as police officers on American soil, is a very dangerous prospect. How would President Hillary exercise such extreme power? The potential for abuse is just too great, folks. Unintended consequences always need to be considered.

Centralizing power is usually a bad thing. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen here.

Tennessee Wins!!!

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Watching this game in the first half, I thought a blowout was on the way. I was wrong! Tennessee rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to defeat LSU in Baton Rouge 30-27 in overtime. To say I was pumped would be an understatement.

With that win, I improve to 19-5 (.792) for the week on my predictions, and 84-20 (.808) on the season. I remain tied with Todd Yarbrough.

Praying for Sharon

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Nashville blogger Sharon Cobb is having surgery for cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. While she is away, Katherine Coble will be keeping us updated on her condition.

Valley of the Blogs

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Michael Silence has created a new directory of East Tennessee blogs.

My New Neighbor

Friday, September 23rd, 2005
A spider that has taken up residence just outside my apartment.

View From Edgemont Road

Friday, September 23rd, 2005
The view from Edgemont Rd, just off highway 221.

College Football Prognostications, Vol. IX

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

One again, it’s time for my weekly football picks:

Ohio State over Iowa (W, Ohio State 31-6)
Minnesota over Purdue (W, Minnesota 42-35 OT)
Miami over Colorado (W, Miami 23-3)
Penn State over Northwestern (W, Penn State 34-29)
Michigan State over Illinois (W, Michigan State 61-14)
NC State over UNC (L, UNC 31-24)
Clemson over Boston College (L, BC 16-13 OT)
Alabama over Arkansas (W, ‘Bama 24-13)
TCU over BYU (W, TCU 51-50)
VA Tech over Georgia Tech (W, VA Tech 51-7)
Florida over Kentucky (W, Florida 49-28)
Virginia over Duke (W, Virginia 38-7)
Notre Dame over Washington (W, Notre Dame 36-17)
Maryland over Wake Forest (W, Maryland 22-12)
Michigan over Wisconsin (L, Wisconsin 23-20)
Marshall over Central Florida (L, UCF 23-13)
USC over Oregon (W, USC 45-13)
Georgia over Mississippi State (W, UGA 23-10)
New Mexico over UTEP (L, UTEP 21-13)
Arizona State over Oregon State (W, ASU 42-24)
South Carolina over Troy (W, SC 45-20)
Wyoming over Mississippi (W, Wyoming 24-14)
Vanderbilt over Richmond (W, Vandy 37-13)
Tennessee over LSU (W, Tennessee 30-27 OT)

Fluttering Around

Friday, September 23rd, 2005