Thursday, January 31, 2013

House Refuses to Honor Black Official Who Won't Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Henri Brooks
  • Henri Brooks
The state House refused to honor Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks today with a resolution as one of "12 Who Made a Difference," an annual list of community leaders by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The resolution's sponsor, Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, said some members of the House's white Republican supermajority opposed honoring Brooks because she refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance when she served in the legislature. Brooks left the House seven years ago. It probably also didn't help that Brooks is an outspoken black woman who wears her hair in dreadlocks. Miller postponed the vote on the resolution after learning it would have lost.

"I knew what it was — the fact that Henri, as far as I'm concerned is a very effective legislator but some of the things she did that a number or people disagreed with, like not pledging allegiance to the flag. I guess that's something they remember," Miller said.

Campfield Tells Constituent to See a Shrink, Take Meds

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

As part of our continuing series titled How Did This Assclown Ever Make It Into the Legislature? comes this email exchange between Sen. Stacey Campfield and one upset constituent:

Senator Campfield,

I am writing to you today as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass roots parties that are making their voices heard.

Telisha Arguelles Chris Cobb

And the senator's reply:

You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medications these days.

Yours in service,

Sen. Stacey Campfield

Cobb must have sent these emails to Knoxville's Metro Pulse too because the Pulse did its own blog post: "We are of course not surprised that Campfield would be so rude, but we were still taken a little aback. Therapy? Medication? Just because you disagree with someone?"

Update: Campfield admits to TMZ he sent the email. "When somebody gets into insulting or cussing or something along those lines, it breaks down communication and is not respectful," he said. "I’m not here to be their piñata."

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'No Hurry' to Decide Medicaid Issue, Ramsey Says

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

With yet another press release today, state Sen. Brian Kelsey sought media attention over his opposition to ObamaCare. He proudly announced 16 of the Senate’s 33 members have signed onto his bill to prohibit the state from expanding Medicaid.

Meanwhile, in what will come as a real buzz kill for Kelsey, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey was telling reporters that Kelsey’s bill is going nowhere, not this year anyway. Gov. Bill Haslam insists he’s giving “careful thought and consideration” to this issue and not until he’s finished thinking will the legislature do anything, Ramsey said.

Ramsey himself confessed he couldn’t care less when something’s decided. As far as he’s concerned, the only real issue is whether hospitals are telling the truth when they say it’ll put many of them out of business if the state refuses to expand Medicaid.

“Hospitals will be left in the lurch,” Ramsey acknowledged. “But hospitals are notorious for inflating numbers and what the true problem is. The governor is working hard with experts to figure out what is the true cost, the exact cost and not take for granted what the hospitals are saying is true.”

As for the hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans waiting to learn whether they will become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Ramsey never mentioned them. To Ramsey, apparently, these people might as well not exist.

“I’m in no hurry,” he said of the timetable for a decision. “I don’t know. Whenever. There’s no deadline. There’s no reason to do it anytime unless the hospitals want it done.”

Larry Crim is Running for U.S. Senate Again

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Larry Crim is running as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. There. You've been warned.

After the Mark Clayton debacle, some blamed the media for allowing a person who believed the United States was building a 400-yard-wide secret highway from Mexico to Canada to run in — much less win — a U.S. Senate primary undetected. To which we say, fair enough. Yes. Our bad.

To Democratic officials who held the fourth estate responsible for the embarrassment — and there were some of them — consider that mea culpa not intended for you. You know, don't piss on your leg and blame us for not raising the alarm that you're pissing on your leg. Or something.

But anyway, letting bygones be bygones, consider this an attempt at holding up our end of the bargain.

Larry Crim will be a candidate in the 2014 Democratic Senate primary. His last name starts with a "C" so he may well appear at the top of the ballot. (He is currently the only Democratic candidate running.) Read more about him here, and here, and here.

And here. And here's his campaign website, where you can read about federal proposals he supports, and peruse his resume.

Friends don't let friends nominate U.S. Senate candidates by accident.

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Ramsey Lectures Media: Stop Asking 'Silly' Gun Questions

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:02 PM

After the NRA unseated House Republican bigwig Debra Maggart last summer to punish her for opposing a gun bill, angry GOP leaders woofed their outrage and vowed to show those crazy bastards who’s the boss in the next session. Well, here we are and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is falling all over himself to ram through the very bill that the NRA wanted in the first place.

Today, Ramsey swore his bill will whiz through the Senate in two weeks’ time despite strong opposition from the state’s businesses, schools and law enforcement—just about everyone, in fact, except the NRA and the state’s gun freaks and their tools in the legislature. Ramsey wants to let handgun permit owners put their pistols in their car trunks and go anywhere they please. With your Glock in your trunk, for instance, you could drive right up to the front door of little Johnny’s elementary school.

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Will Liquor Lobbyists and Christian Crazies Stop Wine in Supermarkets Again?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Popular demand rising for Mad Dog 20/20 in supermarkets
  • Popular demand rising for Mad Dog 20/20 in supermarkets
At the Capitol today, supermarkets kicked off this session's Quixotic campaign for the right to sell wine. Polls show Tennesseans overwhelming favor wine in grocery stores. So of course, the legislature refuses every year to make it legal. In fact, despite an onslaught of fawning media coverage, the bill always has died ignominiously in subcommittee without ever even making it to the House or Senate floor—the victim of a seemingly unbeatable lobbying combination: Liquor industry lobbyists and Christian crazies.

This year, the bill’s sponsors are taking a different tack and they think it’s a game-changer. They’ve altered the bill to allow referendums on the issue in cities that already permit liquor by the drink or retail package stores. This way, weak-kneed lawmakers can claim they’re not really voting for wine in stores but only to let the people decide.

Also working in the bill’s favor are Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, both of whom are for it and have supposedly stacked the appropriate committees to adopt it.

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Campfield Makes Jay Leno Show as Punchline of Dumb Joke

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

After years of determined effort, Stacey Campfield finally might have achieved his highest plane in life—last night he became a punchline in a Jay Leno monologue, and Tennessee Democrats are delighted for the senator. Nashville Rep. Mike Turner, the House's No. 2 Democrat, led off his weekly press conference this morning with the news of Campfield's spreading fame.

"Stacey Campfield made the Jay Leno show last night," Turner informed reporters. "I’ve always wanted to do that, but I guess I’ve never sponsored a bill crazy enough to get on there. But we’ll try harder this year. I’m probably going to write Jay Leno and tell him to identify these people as Republican legislators because we don’t have any Democrats making the news nationally. It’s going to eventually end up hurting our state business-wise, and it’s just embarrassing. But there seems to be no end in sight."

Leno poked fun at Campfield for trying to punish welfare kids for doing poorly in school, then going on MSNBC and making himself look stupid by using the term "rocket surgeons." In defense of Campfield (yes, you did actually just read those words here at Pith) we think he was making a little joke. On the other hand, it's true, of course, that Campfield is basically illiterate as he demonstrates just about daily on his blog.

It Could Be Worse: Mississippi Is Trying to Outlaw Zeus's Sex Life

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:02 AM

So, sure, right now we're the laughingstock of the nation as everyone yet again turns to Stacey Campfield and his latest attempt to be this state's archvillain (see Jeff Woods' post, for instance).

But folks, I'm happy to report that Mississippi is coming to our rescue. Seems that legislators caught wind of what Zeus has been up to for the past 10,000 years, and Rep. William Tracy Arnold is having none of that nonsense in the Magnolia State. As reported by the Clarion-Ledger:

The legislation also seeks to clamp down on human-animal hybrid trafficking. One clause makes it illegal to transport or receive such a hybrid “for any purpose.”

Notably, the way the bill is written, it would not outlaw freak accidents in which, say, you were bitten by a radioactive spider and later developed spider-like qualities. It is only illegal to “intentionally or knowingly” create a human-animal hybrid — like, say, the Animorphs.

It seems unbelievable, especially because Mississippi HB0819 specifically states, "That the laws of the State of Mississippi should be based on accurate scientific data." There's not a lot of accurate scientific data about the rise of human/animal hybrids.

But I'll be damned. The bill devotes all of Section 14 to making sure Mississippi doesn't end up with any native-born centaurs, minotaurs, or beautiful women from swan eggs:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WTF? Lamar Says Video Games Bigger Problem Than Guns

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

'Don't Say Gay' Returns with Outrageous New Tattletale Provision

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Sen. Stacey Campfield
  • Sen. Stacey Campfield
Speaking of Stacey Campfield (and who isn't?) his notorious “Don’t Say Gay” bill is back for this year’s session with one really special little enhancement—a tattletale provision requiring schools to out gay children to their parents. It's for the child's own good, of course. Campfield titles his bill "the Classroom Protection Act."

Campfield’s bill hands-down has attracted more publicity than anything else the legislature has debated in years, easily beating out the the new monkey bill and the transgender bathroom bill. The Senate actually adopted “Don’t Say Gay,” forbidding any mention of homosexuality and permitting only discussion of “natural” reproductive processes in sex education classes before the 9th grade. But its advocates in the House gave up on it last year after the embarrassing discovery that the bill actually liberalized sex ed in Tennessee. That’s because state law now bars any kind of sex ed before the 9th grade.

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