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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Channeling Sarah Palin, Campfield Denounces Obama's 'Shuck and Jive Song and Dance'

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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State Senate clown Stacey Campfield is offering his post-election analysis on his blog. He joins many GOP finger-pointers in blaming Chris Christie (whose name Campfield can't spell) for President Obama's victory. To Christie, Campfield says: "Your [sic] dead to me." We're certain this is breaking Christie's heart. How dare the New Jersey governor tour his storm-ravaged state with the president of the United States? What was he thinking?

Then Campfield tosses in a little old-fashioned racism, referring apparently to Obama's entire first term as a "shuck and jive song and dance." Campfield probably was imitating Sarah Palin, who caught flak for condemning Obama's response to the attacks in Benghazi as a "shuck and jive shtick" in a note on her Facebook page. Racism is really effective in just about any context. Here's the Knoxville senator's post:

Well we didn't win them all but I was close in most of my predictions. Republicans picked up some seats in both the house and senate. We retained all our congressional seats and Romney won Tennessee big. Chris Christy? Your dead to me. NJ might have won but the rest of the nation lost. I was a fan but you were the momentum killer. If it weren't for him I think Mitt would have won. Obama is going to really have to step up. The shuck and jive song and dance will only continue to cripple our nation and the issues are too big.

Ah well there is always next time.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rep. Joe Carr Clarifies His Position on Rape: 'I Didn't Say What I Just Said Again'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

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Criticized for reportedly saying he agrees with Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about rape and pregnancy, Murfreesboro state Rep. Joe Carr tried to clear things up by speaking to his hometown newspaper from the Republican National Convention. Carr denied saying it, then he said it again:

“I understand there is a body of scientific evidence out there that suggests that a woman who has been violently raped has some biological mechanism that may inhibit her ability to conceive,” Carr said.

Carr noted, however, that he didn’t have any idea if that body of evidence has been vetted, and he did not recall speaking to a reporter.

So let's get this straight: Carr has heard it's true that women possess some heretofore unknown powers to prevent pregnancy, but he won't go so far as to vouch for it personally because he hasn't read it in any medical journal or anything scientific like that. That clarifies matters. Who knows if this surprising biological finding about women has been fully peer reviewed? When talking to the media about abortion, a politician can't be too careful. Carr is smarter than he looks.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blogging from RNC, Campfield Keeps Sensitive Side in Check

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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State Sen. Stacey Campfield is having a blast at the Republican National Convention and keeping his fans updated on his blog. So far with the festivities just getting under way, he's managed to offend women, African Americans and residents of virtually the entire Gulf Coast.

Under the headline, "Akin wrong? Not so fast ..." Campfield has linked to the commentary of a Knoxville anti-abortion activist who defends Rep. Todd Akin by writing "it has long been believed that stress can interfere with normal reproductive processes. Certainly rape is stressful."

In another post, Campfield revealed "I couldn't give a rat's ass" is the catchphrase of the Tennessee delegation.

"It is all a reference to Sen. Jim Summervilles comments on what he thinks the black caucus can do with their input into a legislative hearing on higher ed. ... If I only had a dollar for every time I have heard "I loved it. He is so right....Of course we cant say it out loud!"

And that little storm out there that's freaking out all those Gulf Coast sissies? Campfield scoffs. "All I can say is if this is a hurricane then East Tennessee has one about every other week. Seriously. It's not that bad. Some minor wind and intermittent light to medium rain. Nothing bad at all yet."

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Stacey Campfield Hits the Big Time

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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Congressman Todd Akin’s unfortunate remarks about rape and pregnancy have produced an image-shaping PR bonanza for at least one Republican. That lucky guy is state Sen. Stacey Campfield, whose own unusual sex theories are popping up everywhere now in the flood of big-picture commentaries about GOP imbecility.

Of all the stupid things Campfield has said, the one about AIDS seems to hold the most fascination for students of ignorance. You know the one. AIDS originated with “one guy screwing a monkey,” Campfield says, and it’s "virtually impossible" for heterosexuals to contract HIV through sex.

Campfield is becoming renowned all over the World Wide Web as a cutting-edge dimwit. Google Campfield and you will find his thoughts on display right there with those of such GOP luminaries as Rick Santorum, who said pregnant "rape victims should make the best of a bad situation" by regarding their pregnancy as "a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you." There also are the weird beliefs of many lesser-known Republicans such as Arizona state Rep. Kimberly Yee who thinks women get pregnant two weeks before sex.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

What Happens if Tennessee Opts Out of ObamaCare?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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So glad you asked. Jeff Woods checks the collective blood pressure of the Volunteer State — and measures the costs of thumbing our nose at the Affordable Care act — in this week's Scene cover story:

If Tennessee opts out, preventive care remains unaffordable for the state's citizens who are still uninsured, so emergency room visits don't decrease and everyone's premiums don't go down. What's more, Tennesseans still help pay for the program through our federal income taxes — only for every other American to enjoy.

And it's all to try to save $300 million in state dollars annually — a cost Republicans say the state can't afford, but which we probably will incur anyway no matter what we do.

Those conclusions are mostly derived from a cost-benefit study conducted earlier this year by the University of Memphis. Assessing the economic impact of the health care law, the study found that an additional $7.5 billion in federal money would be spent in Tennessee in the law's first five years. In 2014 — the first year alone —the study estimated an extra $454 million in federal spending would create 7,573 new jobs, growing to 29,440 jobs in 2019.

Had the agent of this good fortune been something other than the dreaded "ObamaCare" — say, the opening of a new industrial plant somewhere — the study might have ignited a wild statewide celebration. Instead, the study has been little noticed and hardly mentioned since its release in March, at the height of the maelstrom over the health care system overhaul.

Read the entire story here or find a Scene box, take two and call us maybe?

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Tennessee Town Celebrates Mark Twain's Conception

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 5:30 AM

You know, I know this has been a slow news week. And going out and interviewing the people of Jamestown, Tenn., about their great pride in being the place where Mark Twain was conceived is one way to fill time.

But I feel like this news report raises more questions than it answers. Is celebrating the literary-history-changing fuck completed by Mr. and Mrs. Clemens promoting gateway sexual activity? Can a town really claim a fetus? I mean, I roll my eyes when Indiana is all, "Abraham Lincoln lived here," as if it counts and Abraham Lincoln actually lived there.

And most of all, have the people of Jamestown actually read any Twain?

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Stacey Campfield: Do as He Says, Not as He Does, Because He Doesn't Remember What He Does

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Stacey Campfield has taken to his blog to expound on the Trayvon Martin situation and to answer questions about whether we have a similar Stand Your Ground law.

I have goten a few questions on if Tennessee has a "Stand your ground" policy. As I recall I am pretty sure we do have it in Tennessee.

As Say Uncle points out, we do have such a law. Stacey Campfield, in fact, sponsored it. I guess it didn't make much of an impression.

You'd think that Campfield would have some sympathy for a dead kid. But apparently not.

I am sorry but people wearing pulled up hoodies do apear ominous and I don't care what color the person is. If I saw a person in A pulled up hoodie (expecially in the summer in Florida) I would fear the person was trying to concele their identity for some nefarious reason. Seldom a good thing.

Wow, so Campfield is nervous about people who cover their heads in the rain, in the "summer" of February. So, covering your head is concealing your identity, possibly for some nefarious reason, but covering your whole face with a luchador mask before you go to a football game is all in good fun?

Or is this Campfield's way of admitting that he is up to nefarious things and we should rightly fear his ominous presence?

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Friday, March 9, 2012

George Takei Makes Fun of Our Nutso Homophobic Legislature Again

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

In a fireside chat, George Takei has a message or three for Tennessee lawmakers and their LGBT-unfriendliness as of late. But it's not all talk — he's sending them presents, too. If these don't help our local "friends of Dorothy," as Takei calls them, grow a brain, a heart and some guts, respectively, then perhaps the erstwhile Mr. Sulu can deliver some more persuasive goodies by hand: He'll be in town for the Star Trek convention in June.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

ACLU Denounces Principal for Telling Gay Kids They're Going to Hell

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM

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Update: The principal has resigned.
"Haywood County School District's swift action makes it clear that they do not condone the type of harassment and targeted discrimination that was taking place at the high school," the ACLU's Weinberg said. "We applaud the Haywood County School District for affirming students' right to be who they are and to be free from bullying by school leadership."

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The ACLU is demanding that school officials rebuke Haywood County principal Dorothy Bond for harassing gay children and threatening to expel them for showing affection for each other. At an assembly in February, Bond said gay students are "not on God's path," according to parents. She also said gay people are “ruining their lives.” While Bond was at it, she threw down on pregnant girls, telling them their "life is over."

“Students should never be made to feel like they are unwelcome at their own school, especially by school leadership,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “We expect school officials to clearly state that they do not condone this type of harassment and targeted discrimination, and to take action to ensure that it does not happen again.”

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Rep. Womick: 'I Don't Trust One Muslim in Our Military.'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM


Carrying the great American tradition of baseless xenophobia to new lows is Tennessee state Rep. Rick Womick, who had these kind words for Think Progress at Friday's "Preserving Freedom Conference" — on Veterans' Day, no less:

Personally, I don't trust one Muslim in our military, because they're commanded to lie to us through the term called taqiyya. And if they truly are a devout Muslim and follow the Koran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me.

Womick is far from the first person to advocate purging Muslims from the U.S. military: Two years ago, the American Family Association's "Director of Issue Analysis" Bryan Fischer capitalized on the tragic shooting at Fort Hood to proclaim:

[T]he more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday's massacre is living proof. And yesterday's incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers.

Most recently, GOP Presidential candidate (and allegeged serial harasser) Herman "9-9-9" Cain has warned that Islamic law will eventually corrupt our judicial system, and he invites you to call him crazy for it.

While Tennessee is certainly no stranger to uneducated and politically motivated attacks on Muslims by fundamentalist Christians, Womick's comments most certainly put him in the running for a big fat Boner Award all his own.

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