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Advertising Advocacy

Al Gore's environmental advocacy org, The Alliance For Climate Protection, debuts a new ad:
"We are more than a million strong, from across America," the announcer proclaims. Six pairs of people come to sit down together on the couch that has appeared in each of the "We" campaign ads, each holding signs that express their differences. "Burgers" and "tofu," reads one pair, while others highlight "blue collar" and "white collar," "East Coast" and "West Coast." The pairs are physically very different, as well, and the spot closes with a young white boy and an older black woman sharing a sign that simply says: "We." "You can’t solve the climate crisis alone, but together, we can," the announcer concludes, urging viewers to visit the organization's Web site.
Jun 18, 2008 4:02 PM

But They've Got People Skills

Governor Bredesen on the buyouts:
"I urged them to focus on middle management, which like in any business tends to get a little big around the middle," Bredesen told reporters after a bill signing ceremony.
Jun 18, 2008 3:53 PM
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If It Happens You'll Know Who Did It

Angelia has some fantasies about political sign destruction:
Also popping up all over the county are Mike Faulk and David Davis’ dang-near billboard-sized signs. It seems most of these have been intentionally placed in areas where one cannot go barrelling through the signs in their Toyota at a high rate of speed leaving behind nothing but a trail of manic laughter and a pile of debris…. not that I’ve fantasized about doing that or anything.
Jun 18, 2008 3:36 PM
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Obama's Islamic Pickle

Anti-Muslim bigots dislike him because they think he is Islamic and Muslims dislike him because of the moves he makes to assure folks he is not Islamic:
The men said the volunteer, a twenty-something African-American woman in a green shirt, asked if their friends looked and were dressed like the young men, who were all light-skinned and wearing suits. Miller said yes, but mentioned that one of their friends was wearing a headscarf with her suit. The volunteer "explained to me that because of the political climate and what's going on in the world and what's going on with Muslim Americans, it's not good for [Aref] to be seen on TV or associated with Obama," said Koussan, who is a law student at Wayne State University. Both Koussan and Miller said they specifically recalled the volunteer citing the "political climate" in telling them they couldn't sit behind Obama. "I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me. Are you serious?'" Koussan recalled.
Jun 18, 2008 2:43 PM

Bredesen On The Gore Endorsement

Phil Bredesen discusses how the endorsement of Al Gore may impact the votes of average Tennesseans:
Bredesen didn’t say that former Vice President Al Gore’s endorsement of Obama will sway large blocs of voters in the state. Gore lost Tennessee during his 2000 failed presidential bid. “I think Al Gore is respected in Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “It can’t help but help (Obama) some in the state of Tennessee. I think in any major political office, endorsements are at best a light touch on it. Most people make up their own minds about whether they want Senator Obama or Senator McCain. But I think Al Gore is well respected and may help some people to see the way toward Senator Obama.”
SEE ALSO: Nashville Scene
Jun 18, 2008 2:38 PM

Recalling McCain's Public Praise For The Prosperity Gospel

The New Republic:
McCain's transformation is so complete that at a recent town-hall meeting in Nashville, when asked to name an author who inspired him, the candidate — who once described televangelists of the Jerry Falwell genus as "agents of intolerance" — put none other than Joel Osteen at the top of his list. "He's inspirational," McCain said. Standing at the meeting, I didn't write Osteen's name down in my notebook — apparently because my brain refused on some level to accept that McCain had actually said it. Of all the vile, fake, lying-ass, money-grubbing shyster scumbags on the face of this planet, there is perhaps none more loathsome than Osteen, a human haircut with plastic baseball-size teeth who has made a fortune selling the appalling only-in-America idea that terrestrial greed is actually a form of Christian devotion. "God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us," Osteen once wrote.
SEE ALSO: Sean Braisted
Jun 18, 2008 2:06 PM

Funding Behind English First Remains In The Dark, Like Nashville's Illegal Immigrants

Everyone's favorite diversity reporter attempts to unmask the funding behind English First:
To circulate a petition like Crafton’s in Nashville, it’s necessary to file a document with the Davidson County Election Commission stating the name of the organization, its mailing address and the name of the treasurer. Nashville English First has done so, listing its treasurer as Lewis Lampley, an amiable Vietnam vet and retiree. Reached at home, Lampley says that he stands behind the measure because, “The unifying factor in this nation is our language, and the key to relationships is language…. We want more completeness of relationships.” Asked about the relationship between Nashville English First and the money fueling it, Lampley is less clear. “There’s a number of people, and they may or may want their names publicized,” Lampley says of the donors bankrolling the robocalls and mailings. “They’re private citizens.” Asked if the organization is a 501(c) tax-exempt group, Lampley first says yes. But pressed on it, he concedes that he “didn’t do the legal work” to set up the organization but would find out who did. Lampley has yet to get back to us on that. Eric Crafton himself is no more helpful clearing up just who’s behind Nashville English First or what kind of organization it is. Is it a charity? “I’m not exactly sure what you’d call it,” Crafton says, adding that he’s certain the proper forms had been filed with the county election commission. “I don’t know all the technical terms, and I didn’t actually fill out [the forms].” Where is funding for the initiative coming from? “From folks,” he says.
Jun 18, 2008 1:45 PM
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What Is Your Favorite TNGOP "Lie"?

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Jun 18, 2008 1:04 PM

Miles To Go

Angelia reports on how popular scooters are getting in her neck of the woods.
Jun 18, 2008 1:01 PM

Wild Willy Kraus, City Manager, Out In Oak Hill

Ken Whitehouse reports that embattled Oak Hill City Manager Bill Kraus is retiring from his post:
When asked if the recent election that saw the defeat of Vice Mayor Tommy Jacobs, a vocal supporter of Kraus's, led to Kraus being asked to "retire," Alsup said no. "For a little town, this is almost a 24 hour a day job that was wearing on him," said Alsup, "He has been talking about this for a few months and wanting to spend more time with his kids."
We covered the Kraus saga rather extensively back in the WKRN days. Alas, the Volunteer Voters archives have been removed from News2's servers but you can see some posts that contain dead links to that work here. Whitehouse has been all over this as well. Root out around the archives for the backstory.
Jun 18, 2008 12:54 PM