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That's A Lot Of Fraud

Ben Cunningham says medical fraud costs taxpayers $60 billion a year.
Jun 13, 2008 12:44 PM

Poll Centric

Greg Siskind wishes his elected leaders would start bending towards the polls:
The last several years certainly fit in to the passions category. But recent polls are indicating that Americans are less interested in immigration. If that continues, members of Congress can get back to making immigration policies that they believe are in the best interest of the country as opposed to policies made out of fear of the political consequences.
Jun 13, 2008 12:43 PM
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MTV Sponsored Obama Propaganda

(via Sean Braisted)
Jun 13, 2008 12:39 PM

And Don't Ya Come Back Here Lest You Come Correct

The NashvillePost.com staff gives Eric Crafton a bit of an English lesson.
Jun 13, 2008 12:23 PM
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Photo Finish

Sean Braisted makes a connection he is sure of between Beecher Frasier's boss and Barack Obama.
Jun 13, 2008 12:18 PM

Tullahoma Terrorist Fistjab III: Why Does Beecher Get A Pass?

The Tennessee Democratic Party in their statement addressing the implication of terrorist ties to Barack Obama seem to throw state Democratic executive member Fred Hobbs under the bus, while Lincoln Davis Chief of Staff Beecher Frasier gets a pass even though, according to the article, Frasier would not complete disavow the statement made by Hobbs. Question: Why does the state executive committee member draw the ire of the State Dems and not Frasier? Wade Munday, spokesman for the state Democratic party, tells Post Politics that Frasier was not addressed in the statement because the wording of the article. Although the City Paper frames Frasier's comments a certain way only the words "terrorist connected" are actually in quotes:
"It appears that the comments of Beecher Fraiser were not directly quoted as were the comments attributed to Mr. Hobbs."
So until Beecher Frasier clarifies his statement it seems there will be no rebuke from the party.
Jun 13, 2008 12:12 PM
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The Tullahoma Terrorist Fistjab Con't: Did Beecher Fraiser Throw The Liberal Wing Under The Bus?

The comments of Beecher Frasier, Chief of Staff to Congressman Lincoln Davis, in the Nashville City Paper where he was reluctant to completely dismiss the possibility that Barack Obama has terrorist connections has raised the ire of the netroots. A blogger at Daily Kos suggests that Frasier's stance is a deliberate political ploy designed to throw a progressive candidate to the wolves to enhance his bosses conservative street cred:
One thing to know about Beecher Frasier. In 2005, he conducted a smear campaign against the Democracy for America organization in Tennessee, saying that they and Howard Dean were a threat to the Democratic Party. Frasier tried, unsuccessfully, to accuse DFA members from going on local radio shows in East Tennessee to talk down his boss, Congressman Davis. When Frasier brought his accusations to the state party Chairman, Bob Tuke (now running for U.S. Senate), Tuke investigated Frasier's claims and found them to be complete lies. It should be noted, too, that Beecher Frasier was a key figure in Harold Ford Jr.'s campaign for Senate in 2006. Insiders say that Frasier repeatedly advised Ford to run to the right and throw the liberal wing of the Party under the bus. You'll remember that Ford lost very narrowly - possibly because of this strategy - making Tennessee the only Democratic Senate seat that the Party lost in '06. Remember. Lincoln Davis is planning on running for Governor of Tennessee in 2010. Beecher Frasier will almost certainly be his campaign manager and if Davis wins, he'll be a key advisor - if not the Chief of Staff or Deputy Governor - in a Davis administration. Do we want a know-nothing loser who uses Republican talking points to attack the presidential nominee to have such a strong influence on Tennessee's possible future Governor?
The blogosphere is wild and woolly on this one and will likely remain so until a clarifying statement is released.
Jun 13, 2008 11:39 AM
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Enlightening Opinion On English First

An opinion on English First from outside the elite chattering classes:
If I lived in Nashville, I’d sign that puppy in a heartbeat! It SHOULD be our national language, but there are too many pandering to folks who seem to be too flippin’ lazy to learn the language and assimilate into society.
For a more "cosmopolitan" vision take a hit from your Brainstem.
Jun 13, 2008 11:12 AM

Tullahoma Terrorist Fistjab: Davis Chief Of Staff "Assumes" Obama Not Terrorist Connected, Can't Be Sure

Both Bill Hobbs and Sean Braisted note an interesting few graphs in an article about Congressman Lincoln Davis's refusal to endorse Barack Obama, despite being a Edwards supporter earlier in the cycle:
Fred Hobbs, a state Democratic Party Executive Committee member representing part of Davis’ district, said he understands why Davis is not endorsing Obama and is “skeptical” of the Illinois senator himself. “Maybe [it’s] the same reason I don’t want to — I don’t exactly approve of a lot of the things he stands for and I’m not sure we know enough about him,” Hobbs said when asked why he thought Davis wasn’t endorsing Obama. “He’s got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be.” Davis was not made available for comment. His chief of staff, Beecher Frasier, said he doesn’t know for sure if Obama is “terrorist connected” but he assumes he’s not.
The Tennessee Democratic Party releases a statement in rebuke of their state Executive committee member:
“The Tennessee Democratic Party is united behind our party’s nominee, Senator Barack Obama. Mr. [Fred] Hobbs is obviously misinformed, and his statement highlights the perpetual efforts of the Republican Party, especially here in Tennessee, to turn internet smears and highly offensive gossip into their party’s message against Senator Barack Obama as we head into the General Election. Instead of debating the issues, the Tennessee Republican Party continues to rely upon slanderous and salacious tall tales. They are borrowing from the playbook first written by Richard Nixon and employed in the race against Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Tennesseans of every political persuasion are tired of these tactics.”
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Jun 13, 2008 9:49 AM
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Ownership And Legitimacy

Security is lax at state buildings reports Marc Stewart:
There is an informal agreement to allow some people, such as Legislative employees and lawmakers, to pass through the metal detectors if they have proper identification. However, the audit reveals in 49 separate instances that troopers allowed "unchallenged access" into key government buildings. The report notes, "At most, it was observed, the troopers only glanced at the people who were passing three to four feet away from them. Sometimes, the trooper never looked at all. No attempts were made to view identification badges closely enough to verify ownership and legitimacy."
Jun 13, 2008 9:36 AM