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State senator Stacey Campfield (Doofus-Knoxville) is really making the headlines this week. Every website from Wonkette to TMZ is having barrels of fun over his rudeness to a constituent to his latest version of the "Don't Say Gay" bill to his "starve dumb kids bill to his wacky blog.
Now Metro Pulse reports that Campfield has become persona non grata at a grocery in his district.
That seems about right.
Speaking on CNN Monday night, Blackburn said: “If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why has he not referenced it at any point in time as we have had this gun debate that is ongoing? You would have thought it would have been a point of reference.”
Blackburn went on to challenge Obama to a skeet-shooting contest.
Personally, I think Blackburn should first be required to accompany Dick Cheney on a hunting trip, before she's allowed to stand next to the president with a gun.
A report just published on thedailybeast.com sheds light on several new developments in recent months, including the discovery that THC (the psychoactive ingredient in pot) kills brain cancer cells. Such news can only add more fuel to the push to legalize medical marijuana, a measure which narrowly failed in Arkansas in November.
From the Daily Beast story: A team of Spanish scientists led by Manuel Guzman conducted the first clinical trial assessing the antitumoral action of THC on human beings. Guzman administered pure THC via a catheter into the tumors of nine hospitalized patients with glioblastoma, who had failed to respond to standard brain-cancer therapies. The results were published in 2006 in the British Journal of Pharmacology: THC treatment was associated with significantly reduced tumor cell proliferation in every test subject.
Around the same time, Harvard University scientists reported that THC slows tumor growth in common lung cancer and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” What’s more, like a heat-seeking missile, THC selectively targets and destroys tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unscathed. Conventional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, are highly toxic; they indiscriminately damage the brain and body.
And so it begins ...
As has been widely reported, the Republicans now hold a "super-majority" in the Tennessee General Assembly, meaning Democrats don't have enough numbers to slow even the wackiest bills from the GOP's lunatic fringe.
For example, this little gem proposed by Stacey Campfield (Loon-Knoxville). State Bill 0132 "requires the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school."
In other words, if you're getting welfare payments and your first-grader flunks Crayola 101, those payments will diminish or end. If you don't have money to feed your kids, well, that'll show the little bastards, won't it?
If we thought Tennessee's legislature was the country's laughing stock last year, just wait. I'm afraid we ain't seen nothin' yet.
As Snopes points out, Charley Reese did write such a column. However, it didn't have all the stuff added to the end of the column that seems to accompany it in Internet posts. Nor was it "Charley Reese's final column."
Charley Reese was a crotchety libertarian columnist for the Orlando Sentinal for many years. The Flyer ran his column via syndication for several years after I became editor in 2000. Those who venerate and send around Reese's "last" column would probably be quite surprised to learn that Reese, who was a veteran and a blue-collar guy, came to despise the Bush/Cheney adventurism in Iraq, thought the U.S. kow-towed too much to Israel, favored gay marriage, and thought John McCain was a horrible candidate.
Charley was a hell of a writer, and not one easily categorized as liberal or conservative, as we like to do these days. If you're interested, you can read his "real" final column, and many other of his columns, here, on the Flyer website.
It's very simple to sign up. Just go here and fill out the online form. You supply your address and designate how large an area you'd like to know about. I use a half-mile as my designation. You then get a daily email, letting you know about every crime, large or small, committed in your area.
I highly recommend it.
Well, yes, all of the above. Check out this video wrap-up of 2012's weather.
Landeros is meeting the public and press at noon on Thursday at Fleet Feet (4530 Poplar Avenue), to further raise awareness for his fund-raising quest and share some of his experiences.
For more information — and lots of great photos — check out the Facebook page for Operation Cheer.
To Our Friends in the Media from Harold Byrd, President Bank of Bartlett
I was called today by a friend, Loren Smith, who is a teacher at Bon Lin Elementary School. One of Loren's prize pupils is Ms. Darian Lang, daughter of Policewoman Lang, who was senselessly slain today during a drug investigation.
Loren asked that we (Bank of Bartlett) set up an account in memory of Policewoman Lang in honor of her service and to benefit her family. And we gladly have complied with his request. Donations can be made at any of Bank of Bartlett's 8 locations and online at www.bankofbartlett.com
Darian's grandmother, Mrs. Taylor, just called me to thank Loren who comforted Darian today.
May God be with this family an give comfort.
Amen to that. And may we all be generous and thoughtful during this horrific time for our city and nation. BV
The idea is simple. You give $365 – a dollar a day – to make our community better. Those daily dollars are pooled with others' donations. Each year the members choose a theme for the grants and then invite nonprofits to submit applications about a program that fits the theme. That’s GiVE 365 in a nutshell.
Through the end of December, you’ve got a chance to triple your gift because of two matching gift challenges. The group is more than halfway to its goal of getting 100 members needed to get the maximum match.
Here’s a link to a video from one nonprofit that received a grant in 2011.
In GIVE 365's first year, grants went to organizations working to build community – in whatever way the organization members defined it. One grant went to a group building skateboard ramps for inner-city kids (Splinter Youth, Inc.). Another helped pay for free concerts at Overton Park. Another helped low-income women trying to re-enter the workforce (Dress for Success).
The next year, the focus was self-sufficiency. This past year, the grants went to organizations helping to improve high school and college graduation rates.
GIVE 365 now has 261 members, and growing. The organization has given $135,000 in grants to 23 organizations in its first three years.
Barring a near-impossible artic freeze dropping in for the rest of December, the year 2012 will officially be the hottest on record in the U.S.
It has also been ranked by the NOAA as the "most extreme," on record. This means: "... the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top-10 percent and bottom-10 percent extremes in temperature, precipitation, and drought.”
Climatologist Jeff Masters says: "…the U.S. heated up considerably in November, notching its 20th warmest November since 1895, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in their latest State of the Climate report. The warm November virtually assures that 2012 will be the warmest year on record in the U.S. The year-to-date period of January – November has been by far the warmest such period on record for the contiguous U.S. – a remarkable 1.0°F above the previous record. During the 11-month period, 18 states were record warm and an additional 24 states were top ten warm. The December 2011 – November 2012 period was the warmest such 12-month period on record for the contiguous U.S., and the eight warmest 12-month periods since record keeping began in 1895 have all ended during 2012."
Ahh, but it's just weather. Nothing to worry about, right? Apparently, there's not much we can do about it, anyway.
Speaking on CNN, Smith called the idea that raising the tax rate for the nation's top earners will hurt the economy "mythology." Huffington Post has the video.