Archive for February, 2008

Photos from Chimney Rock, NC

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Photos taken December 28, 2007.

Cross posted at Hillbilly Savants

Quote of the Day

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Rich Haley ponders why Tennessee head football coach Philip Fulmer is paid more than basketball coach Bruce Pearl:

Pearl leads his Vols to a #1 ranking in the upcoming AP poll.

Fulmer leads the nation as well, but only in number of players he’s had arrested.

I guess that’s why he gets paid so much. He needs the money to bail his team out of jail.

Desperation Time

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Desperate times have arrived at the Hillary Clinton campaign as they circulating a photo of Barack Obama wearing Somali clothes during a visit to that country in 2006. This of course is intended to play into the “Barack-Hussein-Obama-is-a-secret-Muslim” nonsense that’s been floating around the internet and talk radio for a while now. Hillary is attempting to appeal to xenophobia and ought to be ashamed of herself.

The fact that Obama wore the traditional local garb while visiting a foreign country should not surprise anyone with even the slightest understanding of international politics. As Bob Krumm points out, statesmen have worn the local garb during foreign visits for centuries.

Ultimately I think this will backfire for the Clinton campaign, only reinforcing the perception of her willingness to do anything to win. Hillary Clinton should also be careful about circulating such pictures, as there are similar ones of her available to anyone willing to look.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

Nader Tries Again

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Republicans are happy to learn that consumer advocate Ralph Nader is running for president yet again:

“You have to ask yourself as a citizen, should we elaborate the issues that the two (parties) are not talking about?” Nader said. He said voters are feeling “locked out, shut out, marginalized, disrespected” on issues from the Middle East, Enron and Katrina to bungling by both parties.

“In that context, I have decided to run for president,” said Nader, who turns 74 this week.

One wonders what Nader is trying to accomplish at this point. It’s his fifth run at the White House, and in no election other than 2000 has he been much of a factor. He received very little media attention in 2004.

The article goes on to note that Nader might not be welcomed back into the Green Party fold, and that Nader has not yet decided if he will seek that party’s nomination or run on another ticket or as an independent. If he seeks the Green Party’s nomination he will face a tough challenge from Cynthia McKinney, who, as a former member of Congress, would be considered quite a heavy hitter by Green standards. I suspect Nader will run as an Independent, as he did in 2004.

Mountain Falls

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Off US 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

#1 Here We Come

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

#2 Tennessee defeats #1 Memphis, 66-62, in an instant classic. What was only an obscure in-state rivalry a few years ago became the biggest game in the nation. It’s amazing how much Bruce Pearl has accomplished at Tennessee. Vol fans will be talking about this one for years to come.

Starry Happenings

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Brendan Loy has some good photos and information about the lunar eclipse, meteor shower, and the spy satellite that was shot down last night. I actually went to Roane State’s Tamke-Allan Observatory last night to watch the eclipse, but sadly clouds prevented us from a good view.

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

One interesting result of the unfounded gossip the New York Times is running as front page news is that now Rush Limbaugh and others are rallying around McCain:

Limbaugh and other conservative commentators rushed to defend McCain on Thursday against a potentially damaging article in The New York Times, embracing a maverick they have often attacked.

“You’re surprised that Page Six-type gossip is on the front page of The New York Times?” Limbaugh asked as he began his radio show. “Where have you been? How in the world can anybody be surprised?”

This may also result in, as Laura Ingraham argues, McCain distancing himself from the media, which many critics have claimed share a too cozy relationship with the Arizona senator. I doubt there is any truth to this allegation, but if voters perceive it to be true, it could be harmful. On the other hand, it could also help McCain unite his party.

Obama, McCain Win Big in Potomac Primaries

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Republicans:

John McCain won big in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Not surprising, as the polls mostly predicted this and these states/district, other than Virginia (which is becoming less so) aren’t exactly Evangelical strongholds, which have been responsible for Huckabee’s victories. I have to think McCain is starting to get annoyed at Huckabee, as he has no chance of winning and yet hangs on, serving as a reminder to McCain’s weakness among some conservatives. If Huckabee thinks this is his ticket onto the McCain ticket, he’s sadly mistaken.

Democrats

Barack Obama is the big story here, as he destroyed Hillary Clinton in all three primaries. He is now unquestionably the frontrunner, and Hillary needs to do something fast if she wants to win. Having said that, I wouldn’t write her obituary yet. The Clintons are nothing if not resilient. They’ve been in tougher spots before, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the Democratic nod yet.

Cross posted at Tennesseefree

This Takes Me Back

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

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The sad thing is that although I haven’t seen this video since I was in elementary school 20 years ago, I still remember every word of the song. Full song available here (It can’t be embedded, for some reason)