The Rev. T.J. Graham, best known in Nashville political circles as the black voice of nativism, is firing back today at those responsible for the creation and dissemination of 'Barack the Magic Negro', a parody sung to the tune of 'Puff the Magic Dragon' by parodying the parody. It's called 'Barack the Magic Hero' and its got its share of controversial lines:
"Obama said come join us. Republicans can ride, too. Just look way in the back of the bus we've saved a seat for you."Read all about it here and listen to the whole song below:
Jan 27, 2009 11:12 AM
Rep. Bill Dunn and Rep. Brian Kelsey have already denied involvement in a group described in a Metropulse article as a confederation of conservative Republicans committed to ideological purity in the state legislature. Via email, radio talker Steve Gill (also mentioned in the article) describes the as-yet unnamed, unannounced group:
There is a group that is in the formative and discussion stages. Dunn, Kelsey and other legislators are in the category of legislators that we have talked about as the kind of legislators we would want to have involved. I have not talked to either of them at this point. I don't know if they have had any other contact from those who are involved in the development of the group. The same is true of some of the other names mentioned. Some have weighed in, others have not been contacted yet. There are others not listed who have expressed interest as well. We are seeking input and developing a more concrete plan with some of the key individuals involved and then hope to be able to take that basic plan to a wider audience to seek additional input and involvement. There is a draft working paper that has some prospects listed that is apparently the basis of the Metropulse article. It is not a PAC that will be targeted at any particular legislator, including Steve McDaniel. The idea is to support conservative house and senate candidates in both primary and general election campaigns. The Left has poured millions into state races, including into Colorado for example, and there is no counterbalance in Tennessee at this point. Here is a link that gives some insight into how the extremist Left is turning its attention to state races, including plans to insure that they are in position to put their "allies" into positions that decide those races. The principles that are included in the draft working paper are intended to provide a discussion point for clarifying the type of conservative issues that have broad support among Tennessee voters. Most, if not all of those issues, poll well over 50-60% among Tennessee voters so they are clearly not "wedge" issues. They are mainstream issues to Tennessee voters. I would expect that by mid-January we should be in position to make a formal announcement of the intents and purposes of the group.
Dec 10, 2008 10:01 PM
UPDATE: Rep. Bill Dunn states in the comments that he is not a member of any group of the type described below and Rep. Brian Kelsey has posted on the original article the following:
This is Rep. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown). The statement that I am a member of any so-called "RINO Hunters" group is 100% false. Please remove my name from this posting immediately. I don’t have anything to do with this group (if it even exists) and haven’t been contacted even once by anybody who does.A group of Tennessee conservatives are reportedly getting together to pool their money in the pursuit of taking down a few moderates:
The group is attempting to find 15 founding donors good for $20,000 each for each election cycle ($10,000 annual) and other donors to achieve a $375,000 annual budget. The acting chair of the group is Steve Gill, a Nashville radio talk show host. The group also includes major Republican Party donors like Lee Beaman, A.J. McCall, Jimmy Wallace, and James Peach. Legislative members include Republican state Reps. Bill Dunn, Frank Niceley, Brian Kelsey, Donna Rowland, Glen Casada, and Bill Ketron, among others. The group has a list of 18 conservative positions having to do with opposition to a state income tax, Second Amendment protections, pro-life, traditional marriage, pro-business, repeal of the Hall Income Tax, strict border enforcement, and pro-drilling for energy independence.
Dec 10, 2008 6:13 PM
The producer of Steve Gill's radio program can't believe that a product featuring this cartoon visage of Barack Obama on a box of waffles would be controversial:
“We are very surprised by the charges of racism for a product based simply on political satire,” said Noelle Federico of Nashville-based Gill Media Inc., which represents Obama Waffle creators Bob DeMoss and Mark Whitlock. “It is quite unbelievable that people would attack a harmless box of waffles with such vehemence,” Ms. Federico said. “We are not making a statement about anything with this product, we are simply in the business of political satire.” Mr. DeMoss and Mr. Whitlock were selling boxes of the waffle mix, which featured a caricature of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for $10 each at this weekend’s Voter Values Summit in Washington, D.C., according to The Associated Press. The summit’s organizers cut off sales of the waffle mix Saturday, the AP said. Wade Munday, a spokesman for the Tennessee Democratic Party, called the novelty item “a classless advertisement.” He said they did not show respect for Sen. Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee. “Those aren’t the values I grew up with,” Mr. Munday said.MORE: The Hobbsichord Pith In The Wind WKRN Sean Braisted Tiny Cat Pants
Sep 16, 2008 7:38 AM
Bruce Barry chastises Steve Gill for reporting in error the amount of folks who tuned in for Sarah Palin's convention speech:
This will strike some, understandably, as relatively small-bore prevarication in the grand scheme of things. But it came in the form of a direct and unqualified assertion of outright fiction as truth by a guy whom Mueller introduces on air as a “media and political expert.” Will WKRN correct the record and rebuke its “expert”? Or is the point of Mueller’s panel each Sunday to showcase expertise as the fine art of propaganda?Only one problem with Barry's critique of Gill here. It doesn't line up with the Associated Press's reporting of the numbers. UPDATE: Grantham goes Nielson on both Gill and Barry.
Sep 8, 2008 11:26 AM
Steve Gill this morning was talking with his listeners (or at them) and raised an interesting beef about the Bredesen administration's proposed buyout of state employees. Gill predicted that not only would the buyout end up costing more than projected he also believes that the buyout will not save as much money as is predicted. The buyout, he seemed to be saying, was ill-advised. Gill also questioned whether the so-called Bredesen Bunker should have been built as the money used for the renovation on the Governor's Executive residence could have been used for these employee buyouts. Some points here that conservatives should consider. This buyout is purported to be for non-essential employees. These employees, that will be voluntarily dismissed from service from the state, are, in fact, the very kind of government job conservatives always rail against. What Bredesen is doing here is purchasing a reduction of the state bureaucracy. He is reducing not only the government's size here, but also its scope. Conservatives often complain that once big government moves in, once it is entrenched, it is impossible to unroot. The power of inertia, they believe, keeps big government going. What will happen with this buyout is the opposite. Once these non-essential jobs have been emblazened with the non-essential tag they are unlikely to be filled again, even in fat times. These workers and their salaries, this reoccurring government expense, will be gone forever. If you are a conservative, is not this one-time buyout of big government, a step in the right direction -- no matter what the cost ? On the flipside, the Bredesen bunker is, in fact, a one time expense. It is a capital expenditure as opposed to a reoccurring expense. It is not bureaucracy. Furthermore, the conservative must consider this: What if the Bredesen Bunker had not been built? What if that money had not been outlayed? Well, the Steve Gill's of the world might say, we would not be in this budget crisis. We would have been saved from this "catastrophe." But if we were saved from this budget shortfall then Bredesen would have been saved from having to make these tough choices. The thing is, if you want to say that bunker is responsible for the budget mess, what you must also admit is that if it wasn't for the bunker this buyout would not have been necessary, these nonessential jobs would continue to be filled and the leviathan would continue to drift along. So following conservative logic and conservative principles was the Bredesen Bunker a good thing or a bad thing?
May 20, 2008 11:16 AM