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Re: “Tennessee Fights Feds For Right To Screw Municipalities Over Broadband

TnRamber, given the current state of politics, it is legitimately difficult to judge whether are politicians are that desperate for their 30 pieces of silver, or as Martin Luther King might say, they are that sincerely ignorant and conscientiously stupid about freshmen economics.

I honestly believe, based on my interactions with them, that are legitimately are that stupid. They are well-meaning individuals, but they are profoundly ignorant on major issues. One legislator delighted in telling me how they learned about how to improve broadband from Broadband for America, until I pointed out that was a well-known astroturf group funded by Big Cable, paid to tell legislators exactly what Big Cable Wants them to know.

Others seem to have drunk the Libertarian Free Market Kool-Aid, and can't quite understand that the economics of broadband is different than the economics of a loaf of bread. I lean libertarian myself, but I've actually passed economics too, and have enough sense to know there are a lot of edge-cases. They don't.

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Posted by Mathew Binkley on 03/24/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Nashville Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson to Sponsor Medical Marijuana Plan

Min said, "I say legalize it, regulate it, grow it, and tax the snot out of it. It's a win-win for everyone in TN."

Agreed.

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Posted by tnramber on 03/24/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Court Fight Over State Education Funding Officially Begins (Updated)

It's high time that the school districts of this state take the state back to court to get the funding that should have come through following the last lawsuit.

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Posted by tnramber on 03/24/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Tennessee Fights Feds For Right To Screw Municipalities Over Broadband

The reason that we (the legislature) prevent municipalities from providing internet connectivity is that the commercial ISP's have filled the legislature with the only thing that they care about, money and lots of it.

Here in Chattanooga, EPB has made great strides for affordable high speed internet connectivity with customer service that exceeds what is available through Comcast and AT&T. Comcast has complained loudly throughout the process while more and more people are seeing through their BS and moving to the service that provides the best speed and the best customer service. And the commercial operators just can't stand the thought that their monopoly like status is being challenged.

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Posted by tnramber on 03/24/2015 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Court Fight Over State Education Funding Officially Begins (Updated)

I'll make the popcorn. Someone else mix up a pitcher of margaritas.

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Posted by Min on 03/24/2015 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Tennessee Fights Feds For Right To Screw Municipalities Over Broadband

The United States *invented* the internet back in the 60's. Today, thanks to idiotic laws like Tennessee has, our state is rated 36th out of 50 for speed, and due to similar bad laws in other states and at the federal level our country is rated 27th in the world for speed, behind several of the former Soviet Bloc countries.

In the 21st Century, good-paying jobs will go where the Internet is, just like good-paying jobs in the 20th century went where electricity was. If commercial ISP's like Comcast, Charter, and AT&T refuse to provide decent service, why do we prevent municipalities and electric co-ops from doing it for their constitutents?

(And if we require hairdressers to pass tests so their ignorance won't harm their customers, why can't we require elected politicians to pass freshman economics with a B or higher for the same reason?)

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Posted by Mathew Binkley on 03/24/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

No, it's pretty clear Betsy does not enjoy living here.

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Posted by Hudson on 03/24/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

Hudson, I am a native of this state and have lived here my entire life, 55 years and counting. Betsy doesn't hate this state, nor does she hate its people. However, it appears that she hates the stupidity, the lying, and the unrepentant bullshit perpetrated by our legislators and their handlers. Whether you believe it or not, she speaks for people like me who are tired of the bullshit. So why don't you just get your head out of your ass and go crawl back under your rock.

Thank you, Betsy, for keeping watch.

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Posted by tnramber on 03/24/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

"Betsy, if you hate the state of TN and its people so much, why do you continue to live here?"

Because only a coward or an opportunist leaves a place she loves, rather than staying and working to make it better. People who only stick around as long as they always get their way are selfish, self-centered assholes who can't be counted on when times get tough.

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Posted by Min on 03/24/2015 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

Clearly this bill was pushed by the transabdominal ultrasound lobby.

Seriously, it's just about the money. IF you don't have insurance, who pays? If you have crappy insurance, who pays? Will TennCare pay or will it be considered part of the abortion process so we can't have public dollars pay for that?

When this issue first came up a few years ago I asked my OB/GYN about why we needed this and she said it was to confirm how far along the pregnancy was and to make sure the woman wasn't lying.

So you know, slut shaming and hurdles, basically.

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Posted by Southern Beale on 03/24/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

Enough already. A woman has the right to have an abortion if she wants one, no one else has the right to stop or impede or harass her on the process, and no one needs or deserves or should ever expect a "reason" or any other justification from her.

And no one who objects to the regressive, mean-spirited, invasive, misogynistic laws being passed by these hillbilly buffoons in the General Assembly should be invited to leave the state. Making our state better is a much preferable option than just totally surrendering it to unworthy yahoos like Hudson.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 03/24/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Whiskey Sour: Making Laws in a Dumb Way Leads to Dumb Laws

That is like the Jack Trail, why is not called the Tennessee Spirits Trail? This just shows the kind of weight they throw around because they have more money than any other distillery in TN.

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Posted by Sabrina Noblitt Kimball on 03/24/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Governor Commits to Additional Education Funding, Unsure How He'll Do It

How "committed" are you to something if you can't be bothered to find a way to pay for it?

This is a universal problem among Republicans.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 03/24/2015 at 11:12 AM

Re: “People Issue: Vanderbilt Professor Lisa Guenther on Her Infamous Course, Policing, and Incarceration

It's the training the cops receive. There's not enough emphasis at the academies on how to handle an arrest in a sensitive manner after being assaulted or shot at. Maybe Dr. Guenther could offer her services.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 03/24/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

"No new abortion laws are going to be passed because of Amendment One," they said.

I said it then and I'll say it now: Amendment One proponents are giant liars.

Further, these sorts of cases are incredibly expensive to fight in court. Planned Parenthood and NARAL have deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep pockets. Take them on at your peril.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 03/24/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

Hudson I take it you've never met Betsy so you have no clue whether or not she's really "pissed off all the time". Maybe there's a lot she enjoys about living here, and maybe she's doing more than just writing for the Scene to try and make this a better place for everyone.

Good for you, though, if you really like the status quo. It must be nice to be part of the privileged class.

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Posted by Fred on 03/24/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Rick Womick Makes Me Wish Women Were Being Oppressed by Smarter People

Betsy, if you hate the state of TN and its people so much, why do you continue to live here? Do you see yourself as some kind of activist capable of affecting change through your profanity-laced Scene writing? If you are so morally opposed to the forces shaping life in the state and you are so willing to belittle the people who reside within the confines of the state's borders, why don't you move somewhere where the politics are more to your liking? Life is too short to be pissed off all the time.

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Posted by Hudson on 03/24/2015 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Everything Is Broken: My Two Years at the U.S. Department of State

Stumbled on this after searching for DOS PSC. Having been a PSC until recently. I actually met you at OBO and I do remember you; frankly not surprised you moved on to bigger and better educational and career opportunities.

I left a good corporate job with a huge company under the guise of joining as a PSC 'for one year before converting to a GS' position. Boy was my face red. 50% healthcare reimbursement and pretty much nothing else. At the time that was ok but as I get older and have a more demanding need for a solid future, I see how much bs this actually was. Not only that but after leaving, your federal government experience doesn't really count. You're not given the same paperwork and forms to qualify you as a status employee. PSC's get screwed over and over. And ironically, still are forced to live up to the same standards (and then some) as fellow GS.

I understand this post was not intended to be about PSC's but I found it and I've had just enough coffee to be mouthy. Hope you are well, this is a 4 year old post but I trust your life has moved on to bigger and better things.

Posted by Samantha on 03/24/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Private Homeland Security Task Force Continues to Brief Legislators

"This group is easy to manipulate."

john = troll

"I have 2 degrees, science both"

We have been down this road. Which science are you now claiming to be an expert in? If you had any training or experience in a relevant climatological science, you would have mentioned it long ago.

"I did not go to Harvard"..."I had a full scholarship to Harvard"

Thanks for admitting your earlier statement was a lie. We already knew it, but it's nice that you have dropped that particular pretense.

"if you continue posting here, skip comments about minor errors in the future."

Once again, you are not the moderator of this board. When you screw up, we have the right to respond.

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Posted by Well? on 03/24/2015 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Whiskey Sour: Making Laws in a Dumb Way Leads to Dumb Laws

Stupid people make stupid laws. Look no further than our state capital and who is passing laws.

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Posted by hadji on 03/24/2015 at 8:38 AM

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