Friday, July 31, 2015

Guns in Parks Guns in Parking Lots Guns at Concerts...Are We Nuts?

Crockett Buzz for 7-31-15


Lawmakers push for legislative hearings on Tennessee prison understaffing

Tennessee man arrested near Capitol faces gun charges

AG says guns OK in parks, even if they’re leased out for a concert

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hillary Goes Green (ish)...Gas/Oil Companines Say EPA Regs Bad Asthma Good for Your Children...

Morning Energy Report

TN State Rep Tells County Clerks to Break Law...Really He Did (Buzz for 7-29-15)

Tenn. Lethal Injection Trial Continues With Dueling Experts

The absolute worst advice we give Americans struggling to pay rent

Womick to county clerks: Ignore AG; no gay marriage licenses

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GOP: Special Session for Gay Marriage Not Healthcare Buzz for 7-22--15

Campaign Finance Reform Is Good for Businesses | Commentary

David Fox's brother revealed as donor behind Super PAC

Really, it’s time to shut down the GOP: A deeply unserious party, hijacked by lunatics and Fox News, is driving us all into a ditch

GOP legislators still fretting about gay marriage opinion

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What the World Thinks of Us (Hint: It's Not Pretty)

NZ Herald columnist Paul Thomas told it like it is in a Friday column titled The Greatest Threat to America?


 The world is watching our presidential contest with amazed incredulity. Each of the GOP candidates is exposed as is our amazing inability to determine what is important to the future of America.  And then there's the freak show that is Donald Trump...

You might expect a tycoon/buffoon cross to be a political player in some Latin American failed state or backward former Soviet republic, places with no democratic tradition or public institutions that have stood the test of time and no such thing as “the people” in the sense of an educated, civic-minded citizenry.
The fact that so many Republicans are comfortable with the thought of this monumentally unqualified individual in the Oval Office shows how warped the party has become. To borrow the rhetoric of their candidates, the party is now an existential threat to America’s leadership of the global community.
Geez, this is embarrassing! I urge you to read and try not to hang your head too low.

The View from New Zealand

Friday, July 17, 2015

From Our "Trump is an Ass" Dept.

Donald Trump will never be President. He's a publicity hound and  gets that with the current despicable campaign finance laws he can support his billionaire lifestyle with campaign donations from gullible people regardless of their net worth. So he goes for the Presidential PR ride at our expense. Republicans appear to be that gullible. Yes they do.

I really don't care who the Republican base gives their money to except that it turns out that they inflict their idiot candidates on me. At that point I have a problem. 

Trump has this big thing about dissing immigrants. He lives very close to a massive monument that has this inscription on it:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" 

Most of us have heard the last five lines but not the rest of it. How many of you have ever heard "Mother of Exiles" as something on our Statue of Liberty? 
So when Trump calls Latino immigrants all the things he calls them, he never acknowledges that they are seeking freedom in their way. No, they are "rapists" and worse. "Mexico is sending us their drug addicts and rapists." Trump said that. 

Trump lives in New York, the state that recently had a prison outbreak of drug addicts and rapists. Very big news, that! So where did the woman who said she helped them escape say they wanted to go? One to Canada..the other had the dream of making it to Mexico. Mexico! Donald Trump, in his alter ego as American Patriot, was complicit in sending a rapist, murdering, drug addict to Mexico. Except that the authorities captured the guy before he made it. 

Thank goodness America never sent their drug addicts, rapists, and murderers to Mexico. That would have lowered the American psyche to the level of every body else in the Western Hemisphere. Where we belong!

Old Times There Are Not Forgotten ...And More From the Buzz 7-17-15

Old Times There Are Not Forgotten ...

Impeach Haslam for following the law?

Investigators seek motive behind Tennessee shooting rampage

AP on Chattanooga shooting (Haslam, Obama comment)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

State Dems Call for Disciplinary Action Aganst Rep Womick...More From the Buzz 7-16-15

Rick Womick's Crazypants Alternate Universe Version of Bill Haslam Sounds Like Fun!

Harwell: State could have $400 million extra for road

Tennessee sorry for 'sexist' anti-DUI campaign

Democrats, GOP reject Womick's impeachment talk

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Can We the People take our Country Back from the Super PACs? (Looks Bleak)

Crockett Buzz for 7-14-15

Dawn of the planet of the superPACS

Let’s make the South stop lying: The right’s war on our history — and truth — must be defeated now

Dying, naturally, is our right

Conservative 'Super PAC' bankrolls ads for David Fox

Monday, July 13, 2015

From Our"TN Is Run By Idiots" Dept: Today is Nathan Forest Bedford Day in TN (How Embarrassing!)

The Buzz for 7-13-15:


Remembering John Seigenthaler on 1st anniversary of his death

Confederate flag down but what happens now

Law makes TN mark 'Nathan Bedford Forrest Day' Monday

Friday, July 10, 2015

90 Years Ago Today Chamber of Commerce Stunt Spirals Out of Control...Scopes from the Buzz 7-10-15

There are better Southern legacies to celebrate than Dixie, and there are bigger battles to fight than the rebel flag

Fincher’s shift on Export-Import Bank — and loans — reviewed

Remembering the notorious Scopes 'Monkey Trial' on its 90th anniversary, and how a crafty PR stunt became a landmark battle of faith versus science

State Lawmaker Continues Battle With EPA

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TN Legislators Urge AG to Sue EPA Because States Have Right to Pollute Air and Water... Poison Your Children...Freedom!

This makes me sick to my stomach. The TN Farm Bureau sometimes looks like a total tool of chemical companies.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

House Majority Leader Says Too Many People Want Nathan Bedford Forrest Removed so We Should Hold Off...and More TN Jokes from Crockett

State representative wants refund for new state logo

The Christian Terrorist Who Vowed to Kill Muslims and May Go Free

It's Been Forty Years, Gerald McCormick — How Much More Slowly Can We Go "Too Fast?"

Citing 'hysteria' over Confederate symbols, McCormick plans to slow down his effort to remove Forrest bust from state Capitol

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thousands of Freshmen Could Lose Scholarships...Gerrymandering...Obama Gives Cancer Survivor a Lift...Crockett Buzz

Thousands of Tennessee college freshmen in danger of losing scholarship

It’s worse than gerrymandering: This is the reform we need to restore democracy, competitive elections

Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuit on abortion measure

As Donald Trump surges in polls, Democrats cheer

Madison cancer survivor gets surprise lift from Obama

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Real Reason Haslam Did Not Meet With the President of the United States of America

From the TFP:

"Gov. Bill Haslam did not greet the president at the airport, and doesn't plan to attend the president's speech. Although there is nothing listed on the Knoxville Republican's public schedule today, Haslam spokesman David Smith said the timing didn't work out for Haslam to meet with the president.
Haslam had "meetings" Wednesday, Smith said. He didn't elaborate."

We are now told that Haslam was busy working out the structure of the new Department of Irrelevancy, which he will head.