Archive for November, 2005

McCain Vs. Clinton?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Thomas Sowell:

Nightmare for the 2008 Presidential election: Hillary Clinton versus John McCain. I wouldn’t know whether to vote Libertarian or move to Australia.

Supporting the Troops

Monday, November 28th, 2005

CJ of A Soldier’s Perspective:

I agree that those who do not support the war can be supportive of the troops. As a matter of fact, I’m anti-war in general. I think most soldiers are. The last thing most of us want is a war. I’d be more than happy to go 20 years, retire, and never have to fire a shot at a living target.

The problem with today’s anti-military crowd isn’t their motives, it’s their actions. Like it or not, protesting in Crawford, DC or anywhere else with calls to “pull out now” are not translated into support by soldiers. It’s actually a slap in the face to what we’re doing. When soldiers are found trying to talk to these people at anti-war rallies, they’re treated like dirt, spit on, and chastised. That’s not soldier support. Does the anti-war crowd seen on CNN reflect every anti-war American? No, not at all. If you support our soldiers but not war, then an appropriate action would be to write your congressman that we finish the job in Iraq the right way and let it run its course to avoid future wars. Let him/her know you don’t support this war, but understand that we’re there now and need to finish the job. It’s also time to stop disrespecting the office of the President. It’s okay to disagree with his doctrine or decisions, but he’s still our President. He was voted into that office TWICE.

It’s important that we do this one right to avoid the next one. If we simply pull out without leaving Iraq to defend itself from internal or external threats we’ve only created more future wars. The terrorists will be emboldened and more will support their cause.

UT Has Competition

Monday, November 28th, 2005

A body farm in Iowa? Say it ain’t so!

Is The South Still Southern?

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

A five part series in the Memphis Commercial Appeal examines Southern culture and heritage:

Are Southerners losing their distinct identity? Maybe, maybe not.
Black and Southern, a label of pride, tinged with pain.
So, did your mama raise you in a barn?
Oxford – where literature and illiteracy collide.
Turning the ‘Southern’ accent off, or on.

Via TeamGOP.

Diploma Factory

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

This doesn’t look very good:

By the end of his junior year at Miami Killian High School, Demetrice Morley flashed the speed, size and talent of a top college football prospect. His classroom performance, however, failed to match his athletic skills.

He received three F’s that year and had a 2.09 grade point average in his core courses, giving him little hope of qualifying for a scholarship under National Collegiate Athletic Association guidelines.

In December of his senior year, Morley led Killian to the 2004 state title while taking a full course load. He also took seven courses at University High School, a local correspondence school, scoring all A’s and B’s. He graduated that December, not from Killian but from University High. His grade point average in his core courses was 2.75, precisely what he wound up needing to qualify for a scholarship.

Morley, now a freshman defensive back for the University of Tennessee, was one of at least 28 athletes who polished their grades at University High in the last two years.

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University High, which has no classes and no educational accreditation, appears to have offered the players little more than a speedy academic makeover.

A Great Idea for TennCare

Friday, November 25th, 2005

A church group from Franklin e-mailed Tennessean columnist Tim Chavez with an idea concerning TennCare:

The group proposed the creation of a TennCare Relief Fund:

“Establish a small committee (non-political) to administer it on a volunteer basis. Establish criteria and priorities for recipients, and keep it simple. Request seed money from all churches in Tennesseee (a special collection), and then expand to ask for Tennessee celebrities (country music and sports) to do fundraisers. Start slowly by perhaps providing funds for prescription drugs.”

Chavez calls it an “interesting idea,” though he dismisses it in favor of a government solution since it doesn’t fit his agenda of bashing Bredesen. Yet this is a very good idea, and the church group deserves praise for it. Too bad Chavez didn’t include the name or address of the church, so donations could be sent.

While on this topic, I’d like to recommend two good posts concerning the TennCare situation and those who use faith to advocate socialized medicine – one from Glen Dean, and one from Mark Rose.

Draft Scandal

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who was also a high ranking diplomat in the Clinton Administration, has long claimed he was drafted by the Kansas City A’s in 1966. However, and investigation by the Albuquerque Journal determined that he was not. His response is classic:

“After being notified of the situation and after researching the matter … I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A’s,” he said.

This seems like something he would remember.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone gets their fill of turkey!

The Democrats’ Real Strategy

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Donald Sensing:

So, knowing that the plan was to redeploy troops beginning next year, the Democrats decided to get in front of the wave: Demand the troops be sent home NOW and then when the Pentagon announces the plan to redeploy, take credit for it.

Ramsey Out

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey has decided not to run for governor. Meanwhile, the popularity of state government has slipped. Gov. Bredesen now has a 52% approval rating, down from 62%. The state Legislature’s popularity now stands at 34%, down from 45%. Of course, a few years back during the government shutdown, the Legislature had even lower numbers – and almost all of them still won reelection. Go figure.