Monday, July 6, 2015

Well, it looks like the Koch Brothers' agenda

….. is proceeding right along as scheduled here in Tennessee:

"There is some talk among Republicans of changing state law to allow partisan competition for municipal offices and for local school board seats, now also officially nonpartisan under a current state statute. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, supports such a move……..
“The role of the state party is to get Republicans elected on all levels,” Smith (Gov. Haslam's spokesman) wrote."

'Red to the Roots"

All of this is by design….and it is heavily financed, NOT a "grassroots" effort.

"Now the council (ALEC) is looking to take its blueprint for influence over statewide lawmaking and drill it down to the local level. It has already quietly set up, and is making plans for the public launch of, an offshoot called the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”.

Don't forget that that these two guys have had their hand in the "war against women" in all states as well as their group Americans for Prosperity making sure that Insure Tennessee (using the ACA) is not going forward.

How long before Tennessee looks and operates just like Kansas, South Carolina, Michigan or Wisconsin? And by latching on to the extreme fundamentalists and NRA to blindly move this effort along…..……how long before the US looks just like the theocracies that we go all over the world to "preach the ways of democracy?"

OK folks...

…please tell me WHY on earth is this country so gung-ho to celebrate one of the darkest, and most destructive eras in this country's history?

Yes, it should be studied and commemorated in it's TRUE historical context… help us see how far we have come as a people (hopefully). But this one has me really baffled:

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No, I really get it. There were two sides at odds with each other over the fate of third side that had no say in any of it at the time. It just seems a bit out-of-touch considering the animosity  today.  (Tho, I did not see any "stars and bars"……) And they are just quilting projects from a really cool company.

Friday, June 19, 2015

No Shiat, Sherlock…..

Side note: The majority of Republicans surveyed — 74 percent — consider the flag a symbol of Southern pride, while the majority of Democrats surveyed — 72 percent— believe the flag is indicative of racism.       NBC

It may not have been "politically correct," or even sensitive, to say it but Lindsey Graham put it out there for the whole world to see:

"At the end of the day it's time for people in South Carolina—to revisit that decision would be fine with me, but this is part of who we are. The flag represents to some people a Civil War and that was the symbol of one side. To others it's a racist symbol, and it's been used by people, it's been used in a racist way. But the problems we have in South Carolina and throughout the world are not because of a movie or a symbol, it's because of what's in people's heart. You know, how do you go back and reconstruct America? What do we do in terms of our history?"

That, my dear Republican presidential wanna-be, is the problem….going all the way to the beginning of the confederacy itself. 

 rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”
"Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. 
Alexander H. Stephens in his Cornerstone Speech, 1861 prior to the Civil War. 

Yes..and "what is in their hearts" is racism, superiority, hate and ignorance. This is all perpetuated BY the Right Wing, whose sway on the south DEPENDS on such beliefs. And of course, NOW they want to push the tale that the Civil War was simply a fight for "states rights" against the big ol' bad federal government. Plain and simple.

Lyndon Johnson had it right:If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."  Today, a winning strategy…….

                      Also, about that flag:

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Let me see if I get this straight: in a tolerant country a company should be able to do business with only those people that adhere to their same religious beliefs, and not be accused of discrimination. That's what Jeb Bush just said.

    Those two basic concepts seem to come down to this, in my mind.

    Tolerance: showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

    If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen….. 1 John 4:20

    "Liberty of conscience is protected by the First Amendment, but freedom from discrimination is protected by the Civil Rights Act. Like many areas of the law, the issue of discrimination and freedoms is constantly evolving, but the first few decisions in cases involving same-sex couples have found that businesses do not have the right to refuse service to gay or lesbian customers any more than they do to those of certain races or nationalities."

    I say we let the "free market" decide this matter for us, not the courts. I have seen time after time the fish symbol on cars, vans, in the yellow pages (remember them?) to denote the faithful from the heathens, such as myself, I guess. (I was raised Southern Baptist years ago myself.....) I have even seen In His Name Dry Wall Installation here in Tennessee, complete with cross on the side of the white van…...

    All "Christians" operating businesses in the public arena should, therefore, proudly display this symbol on their windows to let us know of their solid faith. And then WE could decide whether or not our beliefs are in alignment to patronize the establishment. Then no one would be offended…and GoFundME would not be necessary. 

    Everybody else could display this:

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Insure Tennessee Failed, But Lawmakers Doing Great

    Folks in Tennesse remember this:

     "... the public has the right to know the Medicaid expansion program is going to bankrupt Tennessee.…..Now we’re taking it out to where the public can see it. As long as everyone is doing the right thing and following free-market principles they should have nothing to worry about.

    Well, the public can see this and the hypocrisy emanating from it: 

    "More former and retired Tennessee state legislators are covered by the state employee health insurance program than are current members of the General Assembly — including some who have moved on to other public office, others who haven’t served in more than 30 years and some who were convicted of crimes, state records show."

    Can't have the ordinary citizens and taxpayers footing the bill (subsiding low incomes) for these poor folks health insurance. Wouldn't be prudent. They need "some skin in the game." Or to quote a Tea Party member comment: 
    "... doesn’t justify spending money we don’t have and forcing other people to pay for the medical care of people they do not even know." 
    But as long as you've ever served the state of Tennessee…in any capacity for any amount of time….and are no longer there, for any reason, the taxpayer can foot YOUR insurance premiums. And the state can subsidize part of it, just like ALL employer-funded plans do.

    "Former state Sen. Edgar Gillock of Memphis is enrolled; he left the Legislature in 1982 after being convicted of taking $130,000 for his influence in awarding government contracts."

    Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, defended the state health coverage for sitting lawmakers Wednesday. But didn't seem to know the whole story: "That’s something I’ll have to check into and get back with you,” he said.

    Yes, let's get it out there where the public can see it. Not that it matters. This Republican run state does exactly what it wants anyway…..voters be damned. 

    "They (Americans For Prosperity) have a full-time staff, they've poured in a lot of money indirectly and directly," said Ingram, who was registered to lobby last session for a pro-Insure Tennessee business group. "It's largely to push whatever agenda they have and influence, frankly, our elected officials, our issues, disproportionately more than any of us as individual voters can.

    But that's another continuing story….

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Out Of State Interests Pushing TN Policy

    It's probably just an exercise in futility….but four major Tennessee newspapers are trying to make people of my state aware of what is actually going on here. It is going to be a four part-part series. 


    "…. the outside interests are trying, engaged on such controversial issues as Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal and gun laws, all the way down to less-noticed matters such as experimental drugs and state subsidies to parents of children with specified disabilities…...
    "The Koch-founded AFP made defeat of Insure Tennessee its top priority this year…..""Other interest groups engaged in Tennessee range from the National Rifle Association, which has had considerable success in enacting gun rights legislation, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has taken to introducing a package of bills drafted at the national level each year that are distinct from the agenda of its state affiliate, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and hiring its own lobbyists…."

    Unfortunately, the GOP base in this state…..the gun loving, gay hating, Bible carrying, racist, antiabortion, "Obama is going to put us in camps" thinking, hate the poor…….will just say it's all liberal propaganda. Tennessee is just like Texas…only with different letters. 

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    New Twist: For Your Protection: "Reserve " Cops

    Seems like there is an interesting twist to Mr. Reserve Cop: 

    "Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World."

    Sooooo.….did he forget the difference between a taser and a handgun? And why can't other 73 year-olds get (BUY) new jobs in their fields? Just asking…..

    This is one truly great article. I am not even going to change a word for a personal blog…just read, and pass it on.

    "And that’s why our state legislature wants ordinary citizens out armed and concealed-carrying, in parks and schools and everywhere else. They don’t have to pay for that, do they? These are volunteers “playing cop,” too

    “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” 

    This is how civil society dies. It starts by denigrating all things public — public employees, public schools, public servants of all kinds. Make “public” a bad word, tell everyone you can do a better job yourself (or the private sector can)."

    As a liberal gal in the same Red State, I have a constant headache from banging it against the wall….daily.

    Oh, and this: 
    Icing on the cake.

    Friday, April 10, 2015


    What part of that do you NOT understand, Southern Baptists ??

    I am soooo sick of these "conservative Christians" thinking that they are the arbiters of truth and light for the rest of this country. And I am sick and tired of them using their "religious freedom" to force the rest of us to live the way THEY think we should. And I am REALLY disgusted with the fact that they continue to disparage the poor, make them jump through hoops for assistance, shame them for being in their poverty……all the while these same churches do NOT contribute one darn cent (by way of taxes) to the betterment of this country.

    Everybody in the SBC should pray for the Supreme Court to decide THEIR way:
    • God can turn the hearts and minds of the justices to do his will (Prov. 21:1). Pray for the Supreme Court justices, that they would be receptive to the arguments being made passionately before them.
    • God can guide the mind and speech (Exod. 4:11-12). Pray for lead attorneys who will be arguing on behalf of the states seeking to uphold marriage. Ask God to give them clarity and wisdom, for their arguments to be persuasive, and for God to give them favor before the justices.
    • God can give understanding to make sound decisions (Prov. 2:6-8). Pray for those who disagree with us, that God would help them understand and respect the opinions of those whose definition of marriage is grounded in the biblical witness……...

    Did you get that last one about "respecting the opinions of those who disagree" with them? Oh, the hypocrisy doth the flow like wine on Communion Sunday.