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From Clarksville Online:
David Sirota, author of the acclaimed book The Uprising, will hold a reading, question and answer session and a book-signing/reception at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on June 26 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Alliance for Progress. The Uprising examines the re-emergence of populist politics on both the Right and Left in America. The book, published by Crown, was released on May 27th. The Uprising is all new, firsthand investigative reporting from across the country, showing how populism has become a dominant political force in both national and local politics.
Jun 19, 2008 12:27 PM
In his first general election ad, Barack Obama reminds us that he was raised by white people from Kansas and that he has internalized those values so there is no reason to fear him: "I ain't no G, I'm just a regular failure I ain't straight outta Compton, I'm straight out the trailer." ~ Kid Rock
Jun 19, 2008 11:54 AM
Bill Hobbs wants to make sure that you know that there is a Republican candidate in the Fourth District who actually live in the District. By omitting another candidate and titling his post "Two for the Fourth", Hobbs also wants you to know that the third Republican candidate in the district, Don Strong, is not a "high-quality Republican." UPDATE: Bill Hobbs tells us that he merely forgot about Mr. Strong. His post has been updated.
Jun 19, 2008 11:40 AM
Say Uncle takes issue with the assertion that gun violence is "everyone's problem":
It is everyone’s problem. But there is predominately one socioeconomic group that comprises an overwhelming majority of both victims and perpetrators of gun violence. And, basically, until we can all put on our big boy pants and talk openly about that, there will be little impact on gun violence.
Jun 19, 2008 11:22 AM
I've alluded a couple of times to the fact that Barack Obama's problems in Appalachia, which had seemed to be so pervasive before, suddenly seem to have righted themselves. While he is not running as strong as Hillary Clinton probably would in the region, his numbers now look fairly normal for a non-Southern Democrat.
Jun 19, 2008 11:20 AM
Senator Fred Thompson used as an attack dog surrogate for McCain in conference call with reporters:
This showed that “the majority of the court doesn’t take this as a real war,” Thompson said, and “I don’t think Senator Obama looks at this as a real war for which you would apply real war rules – that is Geneva Convention but no more than that if it works to our detriment.”SEE ALSO: Audio
Jun 19, 2008 11:09 AM
Read the full press release and audit by the Comptroller's office:
We also determined that the Nashville location does not reconcile inventory to the accounting records for accountability. Reconciliation of assets sold is an essential control to determine if clerks are selling tags and decals but retaining the receipts for their own financial gain. Because many receipts involve several thousand dollars and because applicants occasionally pay their registration fees in cash, a clerk could easily sell the tags and decals, keep the money, and the theft would likely not be detected. In addition, based on our observations of current practices of the Motor Carrier Section, staff have the ability to alter the system to show that a company’s registration is active when in fact it should be on suspension due to lack of payment. This ability could allow staff to cover up misappropriated funds since the company would never know that the payment was not actually received by the state.SEE ALSO: Grantham Is Talking
Jun 19, 2008 10:53 AM
Nathan Moore has had just about enough of Moveon.org's "Alex" ad which raises the prospects of a military draft were John McCain to ascend to the presidency:
Iraq is not Vietnam. Repeat, Iraq is not Vietnam (rinse, repeat, and repeat again). The only person to propose re-instating conscription is Charlie Rangel, a New York Democrat. There are absolutely no similarities to the Vietnam conflict, other than our military is in a foreign land, which is hardly historically remarkable. The gloomy view of the future wrought by MoveOn.org against poor “Alex” is grounded in some alternate, ideologically skewed reality. The force size in Iraq is smaller by multiples than it was in Vietnam. The casuality rate, and the casualties themselves, do not compare. The enemy is not a surrogate for an enemy super power. The enemy has no government, and the desert is a heck of a lot harder to hide in than the Indochina jungle. Thinking of Iraq as Vietnam II requires a certain reliance on anecdotal reasoning. The similarities are immaterial. Hence, “Alex”’s mother is just not that bright.
Jun 19, 2008 10:02 AM