"I believe there has been significant political posturing on this issue. While I do have concerns about this legislation, this bill seeks to set up a verification process similar to what exists in our state's major cities, and I have been supportive of these efforts."
This is the bill that the ACLU urged the governor to veto. ACLU director Hedy Weinberg called it un-American and warned it would lead to racial profiling. Once again, we have been witness to the awesome influence of the ACLU in this state. Who needs civil liberties anyway?
For more from Weinberg, see The City Paper interview.
On Bob Mueller's show, Steve Gill defends Lou Ann Zelenik's outrageous statement about the Islamic community center in Murfreesboro. Gill goes on a rant against mosques that have been funded by extremists in this country, implying the Murfreesboro Islamic center will send suicide bombers into our midst. Just before the show ends, the other panelist, Bob Tuke, manages to point out that Gill is full of it.
"We're not talking about religious freedom here. We're not talking about just a standard religious mosque or a Buddhist temple. We're talking about certain mosques that are being funded by the Muslim Brotherhood by money that is associated with Hamas and Hezbollah. You need to follow the money."
In its first few games, the United States proved to be a worthy world competitor against all odds — or most odds, anyway. We'll call the England game a lucky break (thanks, Robert Green). It was a lucky break well deserved after being screwed by terrible officiating in our last two matches, though. A disallowed goal against Slovenia kept the U.S. from a win instead of a draw, and another disallowed goal in its match against Algeria almost kept the Yanks from a win. But in the 91st minute, during stoppage time added on to the end of the game, America's hero Landon Donovan swept in to save the red-white-and-blue.
At that moment the U.S. secured a first place spot out of Group C, Donovan cried triumphant tears, and the crowd at Dan McGuinness here in Nashville erupted into a "U-S-A" chant followed by a chorus of, "When the Yanks go marching in!" England defeated Slovenia on Wednesday to take the second-place spot out of the group, a less desired place to be as they go on to play Germany in the next round.
The U.S. goes on to play Ghana today in round two, and a win will send the Yanks into the quarterfinals against the winner of a matchup between Uruguay and South Korea. All three are very beatable teams for the U.S., and being on this side of the tournament bracket is much more favorable than where England sits. Whoever wins the match between England and Germany will see the winner of Argentina v. Mexico in the quarterfinal.
In Church Hill, Tennessee, a man peeping on women in the dressing room of a thrift store finds himself on the receiving end of 10 women's fist sandwiches.
So, years ago, the AFA did some sort of online poll on gay marriage or something. This was long ago enough that there were still people and entire organizations that clearly didn't really "get" the Internet. They obviously intended for the poll to be filled out by their constituency and serve as evidence for the nation's deep-seated resentment and opposition to The Gays. Unfortunately, though, since anyone could vote, it didn't go their way. They wound up with poll results overwhelmingly supporting gay marriage. I think they eventually just took down the poll. AFA, meet the Internet. Funny stuff.
Anyways, because I signed up for their site to vote in the poll, I wound up on the AFA's mailing list. The AFA, if you don't know, stands for the American Family Association, which is a fairly nutso right-wing Christian group. It probably sounds annoying to be on their mailing list, but I've remained on it because of the sheer hilarity. The entertainment value I've derived is worth it alone.
Since the election of Obama, however — who is a radical left-wing socialist Muslim extremist, don't you know — the tone of these email messages has really amped up a notch. What's amusing is that the panicked alerts, combined with the fact that they hold views opposite to mine on a very fundamental level, have resulted in the convenient fact that I periodically get email from them with what boils down to daily good news. Examples:
The list goes on. Pretty funny. You know you're diametrically opposed to an organization's agenda when their hyperventilating email alerts all sound like pretty good news. I think I'll stay on the list. They'll keep me abreast of everything this country is doing right.
The difference between Shelby and the other 20 counties in West Tennessee is the potential of our political impact. No Democrat in a statewide election can win without us. That’s the reality. But we have to be inspired to show up to deliver the votes, and that’s just not happening right now. Add that to the voter fatigue and general sense of malaise and it spells disaster for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Mike McWherter. Haslam and Wamp understand this, which is why they’ve spent so much time and so many resources here. Their appearances and the build up of their campaign organizations in Shelby County are both about their looming primary, and a recognition that firing up their base here now will likely pay off in November.
The absence of any McWherter campaign structure in Shelby County just reinforces the feeling that once again we’re being taken for granted, or worse, forgotten.
There’s little doubt in my mind that McWherter will win Shelby County. That’s not in question. The question is by how much, and how many votes will be delivered. The answer to that question will likely decide the outcome in this statewide election.
Now the Memphis Flyer's Jackson Baker is piling on: "I mean, even I can afford the time and money required for a simple back-and-forth between Memphis and Jackson. (Or Memphis and Nashville.)"
Here's Bob Corker on his stormy meeting with President Obama, the Tea Party, the Gulf Coast calamity, his problems with Elena Kagan, and his own political ambitions: "I'm one of those probably handful of senators who doesn't wake up every morning when they shave and think they're looking at the next president."
It was only a matter of time before an unscrupulous politician tried to gain a little mileage out of all the angry opposition to the Islamic community center in Murfreesboro. Lou Ann Zelenik proudly stepped into that role today by issuing a statement that not only exploits but inflames racial prejudice and religious intolerance.
"We Americans pride ourselves on being a tolerant people, but tolerance does not require naïveté. Our nation is at war with Islamic extremists. Radical Muslims are killing our servicemen and servicewomen everyday. They say [they] want to kill us, and time and again they have backed up their words with action."
She had the spectacular gall to quote Martin Luther King, as if he would agree with her hate-filled message.
"As Martin Luther King said, 'in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,' so let us not be silent. Stand strong for our God, our families, and our country. God bless you all."
The crazy thing is that Zelenik, a construction company owner who can self-finance her campaign, might actually win the Republican primary in the Sixth Congressional District. If she does, she'll probably win the fall election, too. If you think Marsha Blackburn is freaky, just wait until Zelenik goes to Washington.
Of all things. We must issue more Phony, Lying "Liberal" Alerts.
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