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Re: “Want new jobs, Gov. Haslam? Then prepare to swallow a hard-right agenda

governor and a legislature that understand GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION. As an out-of-state businessman, I can tell you my next store will be in Tennessee. http://www.prowordpress.net/

Posted by disti on 07/05/2011 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

Jeff Woods, you are the only one on the crazy train!!!!!

But you're right, there are more pressing needs right now, like the need for Hussein to produce Bin Laden's long form death certificate! I smell conspiracy! I hear my main man Stacy Campfield is looking into it as we speak and will be introducing a bill soon! Kudos Mr. Campfield!

Posted by Angry White Patriot! on 05/02/2011 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

One of his bills would require public schools to "create an environment" in which teachers "respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues" — namely, evolution and climate change.

We need to teach those spell casting so I nominate at least on period ever week for spell casting.

Posted by Kiljoy616 on 05/01/2011 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

Ah it is a Bizarro World indeed. But is not like this is new it took years in the making but we finally we are truly getting there.
I don't believe any of these Republican politicians even know what they are babbling about they just try to do on up on each other to see who stay in power next election cycle.

Posted by Kiljoy616 on 05/01/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

Stellabardo the retardo, EVERYONE in Tennessee is REQUIRED BY LAW to hold PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. The Department of Safety issues non-license identification. Anybody who is so gimpy they can't pick up an ID is too gimpy to make it to the polling place. Anybody who is so poor they can't afford $6.00 to get an ID probably can't afford bus fare to get to the polling place either. So, in effect, smellaretardo, you are arguing to continue practices which enable voter fraud, which makes you a typical Socialist Democrat.

Posted by Genius IQ, Bachelors Degree, 5 technical certifications. You? on 05/01/2011 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

Hmm, can you say "poll tax"?

Posted by notguilty on 04/29/2011 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

Idiot brain, old people with walkers and folks too poor to own a car don't have a compelling need for drivers' licenses. So should only people who own and operate motor vehicles be able to vote? Hmm, pretty extreme. Except to the TN GOP looking to disenfranchise anyone who might vote against them. And that voter fraud thing cuts both ways. What about that inability-to-verify-voting-machine-results gambit?

Posted by stellabardo! on 04/28/2011 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Is there a right-wing plank too extreme for GOP legislators to adopt? Not so far.

How does requiring photo ID make it tougher to vote? You're already required to have a photo ID for a number of transactions, why not voting? You're required by law to have a photo ID for driving, does this indicate opression of oldsters and minorities? No, what photo ID does is make voter fraud, a reliable source of Democrat votes, more difficult. I suggest you have a brainstorming session there at the Scene, and try a little harder. I do commend your wonderful imaginative creativity.

Posted by Hmm, not so extreme on 04/28/2011 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Murfreesboro's proposed Islamic community center has become a magnet for anti-Islamic fervor far beyond the city limits

Living among them, no choice, the stares, their attitudes are obvious.
Integrating into our society is not their objective, being nice, smiling, is
not happening. You either are totally ignored, or stared down and its
scary daily living, if you call that living. Our soldiers died for this? NO.
There is not one example I have of niceness, women and children included.
The United States of America is in deep trouble.

Posted by Nomore AmericanPie on 03/27/2011 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Want new jobs, Gov. Haslam? Then prepare to swallow a hard-right agenda

Is the author arguing TN should adopt the liberal agenda of CA and IL -- raise taxes and promote public employee union entitlements and unlimited public entitlements for illegal immigrants? Take a look at those states and then look at ours. The contrast between what works and what doesn't couldn't be more stark.

Posted by Brook on 02/05/2011 at 10:46 AM
Posted by unclesam328 on 02/03/2011 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Tennessee's outmoded lethal-injection process has accomplished what activists couldn't: effectively stopping the death penalty

Perhaps they should consider substituting a dose of lead for the chemical cocktail.

Posted by Emmett_Flatus on 02/03/2011 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Conservatives want judges to sing for their supper and submit to contested elections — but will that pimp out the bench?

Judicial elections kill. At least 25 miners in West Virginia, to be exact. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-19/g…)

Before April of 2010, big-coal juggernaut Massey Energy persistently refused to comply with federal mine safety regulations, as well as state and local laws. (http://www.businessinsider.com/massey-ener…)

Don Blankenship, Massey's head honcho, paid $3 million to turn his buddy Brent Benjamin into Mr. Justice Brent Benjamin, West Virginia Supreme Court. Justice Benjamin then helped decide a case overturning a $50 million jury verdict against Massey. Not a bad day at the office, if you ask me. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=new…)

But the U.S. Supreme Court didn't quite see it that way, and reversed the W.Va Supremes, saying Justice Benjamin's connections Mr. Blankenship could jeopardize his appearance of impartiality, and that, in turn, required recusal by Justice Benjamin. (http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2008/2…)

Knowing that you've purchased the protection of your state's highest court gives one a certain measure of chutzpah in determining whether to comply with laws that court may one day determine if you broke. The only way you get to know that is if the judges can be bought and sold in judicial elections. And that, at least in part, is why 25 families lost a loved one last year in the Upper Branch Massey mine disaster.

Or, according to someone who should know: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/opinion/…

Despite all the policy reasons why judicial elections are horrible in mind, Tennessee's Constitution says what it says. The only getting around it is to jump through bunch of semantic hoops, which we've been doing for a few decades nowe, or else just amend the damned thing.

The current horde in the legislature probably isn't too keen on amending stuff, though. Unless it's the Constitutional right under the 14th Amendment to be a citizen of the U.S. if you're born here. That we can do away with.

Posted by Seriousish on 01/28/2011 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Conservatives want judges to sing for their supper and submit to contested elections — but will that pimp out the bench?

We continue to conflate election finance corruption with popular elections. Is money really free speech? Because free speech certainly isn't money.

Posted by tonygottlieb on 01/27/2011 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Want new jobs, Gov. Haslam? Then prepare to swallow a hard-right agenda

tpaine, if government is not the solution why are these social conservatives using the government to promote their Christian Right agenda? Why does Christianity need the support of government to thrive? Is it really that weak on its own?

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Posted by packrat on 01/21/2011 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Want new jobs, Gov. Haslam? Then prepare to swallow a hard-right agenda

Well, hurray!! FINALLY, and governor and a legislature that understand GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION. As an out-of-state businessman, I can tell you my next store will be in Tennessee.

Posted by tpaine3 on 01/21/2011 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Phil Bredesen looks back in the twilight of his governorship

The Tennessee Teachers have been put in a no-win situation. We can't control what happens after school that affects the students performance in the classroom. RTT funds won't solve the problems. More parental involvement is needed.

Posted by Upset Educator on 12/25/2010 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Disgusted Tennessee Democrats say killing the state party could actually make it stronger

Here are some helpful hints for the Democrat Party from your friendly local conservative:

1. Don't spend money you don't have. Certainly don't sell debt to the the Red Chinese in order to fund illegal immigrant amnesty. It's our country, not theirs.

2. Instead of looking for votes in every dark, dirty corner, push an agenda that speaks to the majority. That's what democracy is: rule of the majority. I know it pains you to care what white men think, but we are people too. Don't we deserve some of your boundless compassion?

3. Realize this is a capitalist economy. We plan, we create, we build, we sell. Here you work for what you want. We deserve to reap the benefits of our hard work. We're not interested in excuses from lazy crybabies.

4. Do not underestimate your constituency. They may not know exactly why you stink, but they can smell you.

Posted by America Triumphant on 12/14/2010 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Disgusted Tennessee Democrats say killing the state party could actually make it stronger

The Democratic base has repeatedly been given every reason to just stay home. They are doing just that. We must quit trying to "out-republican" the opposition and return to Democratic values of improving society by helping the people who need it, (ie working poor, students, middle class, oppressed minorities, etc.) While politics is becoming all about funding, appealing to the wealthy, who by the way already have a Party of support, has proven faulty. We must trust in the facts that it is still "one man, one vote" and do the right thing instead what seems on the surface to be the "safe" thing. Worst case, we lose doing what's right instead of lose while selling out our principle. At best we see a resurgence of populist, southern Democrats.

Posted by tangledupinblue on 12/13/2010 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Disgusted Tennessee Democrats say killing the state party could actually make it stronger

The Dude has subrogated his judgement to FOX news.

Posted by RecipeMom on 12/12/2010 at 11:39 PM

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