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Arbor Authortarianism

Nashville needs some:
Other cities like Charlotte, Birmingham — and even Murfreesboro — dedicate millions of dollars each year for to plant and take care of city trees. Not so in Nashville. Right now, nobody is assigned to do that specific job, and there isn't money budgeted for it.
Jul 25, 2008 7:27 AM
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Angry Alexander

Terry Frank praises Lamar Alexander for showing a bit of fight:
Did you hear Alexander?  The diplomat on the political battlefield, Alexander actually tells the Dems they are attacking the energy/gas problem with all the “urgency” of naming a post office.  Their solution he says, is to talk, talk, talk. Thank you, Senator!  You’re right on!  Now pound your shoe on the desk.  It’s OK to get fired up.  As the American economy trembles under the pressure of the energy cost burden, getting fired up and taking it to the obstructionists is not a bad thing.  No, it is needed ASAP.
Jul 25, 2008 7:24 AM
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No Class

Caleb Hannan thinks Eric Crafton said something wrong:
But then Crafton did the unthinkable. He executed a verbal faux paus WHILST on the phone with a copy-hungry blogger. To whit... "English is the success language here in the United States," said Crafton. "And to not help and assist people in communicating in English relegates them to second-class status." Yikes. Did ya catch that? Crafton mangled a talking point advocating for English-only fluency. As the kids say: He done messed up.
Jul 25, 2008 7:22 AM
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Comparing And Contrasting

PrezVid juxtaposes Barack Obama's speech in Berlin with other famous speeches by Americans in that city.
Jul 25, 2008 7:18 AM

An Opportunity

Pat Buchanan sees another opportunity to seize the promise of the post-Cold War peace-dividend:
From 1989 to 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the U.S.S.R., America had an opportunity to lay down its global burden and become again what Jeane Kirkpatrick called “a normal country in a normal time.” We let the opportunity pass by, opting instead to use our wealth and power to convert the world to democratic capitalism. And we have reaped the reward of all the other empires that went before: A sinking currency, relative decline, universal enmity, a series of what Rudyard Kipling called “the savage wars of peace.” Yet, opportunity has come anew for America to shed its imperial burden and become again the republic of our fathers.
Jul 25, 2008 7:16 AM

Post Racial Politics

Shelby County Mayor thinks we are at the cusp of a new age:
”With Barack Obama, we have entered upon a post-racial world and a post-racial politics,” Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton said Wednesday, expressly agreeing with a conclusion of that kind offered by 9th District U.S. Representative Steve Cohen during the congressman’s recent televised debate with Democratic primary opponents Nikki Tinker and Joe Towns. Wharton agreed with Cohen that his own two mayoral victories, Obama’s success in this year’s Democratic presidential-primary race, and Cohen’s congressional win in 2006 were all of a piece – each an instance of cross-racial voting. “He’s entitled to say that,” ventured the mayor, who said he took pride in such an analysis as applied to his own success.
Jul 25, 2008 7:13 AM

No Second For America First

Vibinc begs to differ with Charley Reese and puts forth his plans for a modern, enlightened foreign aid program:
The solution is a shade of grey that most pundits, writers and readers are unwilling to acknowledge. We have to get past our Cold War era funding of foreign military. That world no longer exists. We have to invest more in educating and insuring people. We have to invest more in sustainability through new methods of powering transportation, and the infrastructure to support these new methods. We have to help our own people in these ways, as well as people abroad. This means redirecting our foreign appropriations from military projects to educational, infrastructural, and health care projects. We have to take the long-term goal of creating opportunity abroad in order to create more opportunities here at home. It’s the rising tide analogy. Most importantly, we have to get past the myth that foreign and domestic spending are somehow mutually exclusive.
Jul 24, 2008 6:26 PM
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A Heaping Helping Of Hispanic Haterade

Tim Chavez warns some new Tennesseans about the culture he imagines exists around him:
For all the 1,200 Nissan employees who have moved here and been overwhelmed by the cheap cost of housing and the lower tax burden, remember that there are no bargains in life. You get what you pay for, or what people in the Old South and here in Tennessee don't want to pay for. And we're cheap here when it comes to investing in enlightenment and tolerance. You'll discover the heavy price being paid by your soul and conscience -- and those of your children -- to live here.
Jul 24, 2008 6:17 PM
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The Meaning Of Pork

Brendan Loy isn't buying a poll which claims that most people are against "pork" even for their own district:
But what does the answer mean? In a word, nothing. The concept of "cutting some money that would come to your district" is just that -- a concept, and an incredibly vague one, at that. How much money? For which projects? Nobody things their favorite federally-funded project is "pork"; surely the cuts would come from some other, less worthy project!
Jul 24, 2008 6:09 PM
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The "No Agenda" Mayor

East Tennessee conservative blogger David Oatney announces his run for Mayor of White Pine, Tennessee:
I didn't really run because I have an agenda, I am running because I really do desire to serve the community. I have some ideas, sure-and plenty of concerns-but in a place like White Pine, it is very hard to say of your opponent "so-and-so is a bad person," or "I am better than so-and-so." It is even difficult to say "I am a better choice than so-and-so." You might have better ideas than your opponent or opponents, but it is very hard to go negative against them.
Jul 24, 2008 6:04 PM