From the Department of Hell Freezing Over: Lawmakers might actually do something good for the state this session. Even more unbelievable, it will help protect us from gun nuts. Here's the story:
Crazy as it may sound, even mentally ill people who have been involuntarily committed to institutions as a danger to themselves or others can go to a gun store on the day of their release, pass the background check and walk out with a firearm in Tennessee, just like that.
That's because Tennessee doesn't send the names of even the dangerously mentally ill to the FBI's national instant background check system. Even after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, where the young killer could buy guns even though he had been found mentally unsound, no action was taken in Tennessee to prevent such a tragedy here. The governor knew about the problem, but said it was too much trouble to "aggregate that data."
Finally last week, the legislature began taking action to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns. Under this bill, Tennessee will send to the FBI the names of anyone deemed mentally ill by a court in this state.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to avoid a situation such as the Virginia Tech massacre," says Rep. Henry Fincher, D-Cookeville, sponsor of the bill.
How Cooper makes friends and influences people
There he goes again. Jim Cooper is making friends and influencing people as only he can, this time telling the Washington Post that a lot of his hillbilly colleagues in Congress are dumbasses who don't know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare.
"Routinely, for example," he said, "a lot of my rural friends will say we can't recruit doctors to rural areas because Medicare pays too little. But Medicare pays pretty much market rate. Medicaid pays much less than that. So I'll say, 'Don't you mean Medicaid?' Then they'll say that they're not on the Health Committee. But these are the most important programs in the country for their constituents!"
While this is doubtlessly true, does Cooper have to say it? This is the congressman who disdains pork-barrel spending so much that he'd rather watch Center Hill Dam collapse than vote for an earmark. That's standing on principle! This is also the guy who made disparaging remarks toward Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi over the economic stimulus package. Remember that? Does he expect to do anything in Congress? Um, maybe for us, his constituents? If so, then he sorta needs to shut his trap and play the game, at least occasionally. That's why we sent him to Washington.
Here's our question: Does Jim Cooper know the difference between a know-it-all smartass and an effective congressman?
Roy Herron: flip-flopper
News flash for Roy Herron: Voting like a Republican in the Senate might have worked nicely for you so far in your little political career, but it will cause you trouble in a statewide Democratic primary.
Last week, the Democratic candidate for governor was forced to phone liberal bloggers Ilissa Gold and Sean Braisted to explain what the hell he was thinking when he voted for the Republican resolution urging Congress to reject the pro-union Employee Free Choice Act. In an email, he explained that he switched his vote to no and claimed his first vote was just a little bit of confusion on his part. He was distracted and pushed the wrong button.
Then it came out that he also voted for the resolution in committee, and he was forced to explain himself again. This time, he said he voted for it in committee without really understanding what it meant. OK, senator, but that raises questions about whether you're living on this planet. Democrats and unions all over the country are making a big push for passage of this legislation, and you were clueless?
We think Herron actually hasn't been trying to figure out what he thinks about this legislation. He's been trying to figure out whether voting for it is a good or bad thing for his gubernatorial campaign. Let's see, do we want labor support or business contributions? We can't resist this: Herron actually did vote for it before he voted against it.
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