Friday, May 30, 2008

Fragile Fifteen changed

Although I am not so vain as to believe I had anything to do with it, Knox heritage changed the fragile fifteen merely a week and a half after my post about "Knoxville Politics and Lawnmower boys".
They have now interspersed the non specific items throughout the list.
Which rock do they want to hide it under next time?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

John McCain and the Media

I know that McCain isn't the most conservative republican we could have picked. But the media is playing up his differences with hard core conservatives to drive a wedge between us and him.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. Not voting for McCain and allowing a democrat in the Whitehouse, with a democrat supermajority in the house and senate, is like burning down your house to prove that the wiring is faulty.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Knoxville Politics and Lawnmower Boys

The recent hoopla over the new water tower in south Knoxville has pointed up the main problem with local politics. Petulant city council representatives getting mad every time they don't get to put their bootprint on a project.
Yes Joe Hultquist, this means you.
Because Baby Joe didn't get to sign off on the tower project we now have a new committee to preserve our precious hilltops from usurpation by the people that actually own them.
Next thing you know, we'll have a committee to preserve our precious valley floors and then our precious hillsides and then the precious intermediate zones and planar areas.
It's just another mechanism of control being siezed by our "progressive" (read communist) council members.
There is this mentality that pervades council that if it isn't sanctioned specifically by council and subsidized by a TIF that it should never be considered.
There is another mentality that pervades council, and Knoxville as a whole. It can be summed up with this statement: "We'uns wants thangs to git better but we don't wants nuthin' to change"
and "We'uns needs better jobs but we don't wants nuthin' built 'round hyere."
This suits the people in Sequoia Hills rather well. It keeps them in a supply of lawnmower boys.
If they can keep opportunity out of South Knoxville, it keeps wages low.
It is getting to the point that we can't even sell off decrepit old school buildings like South High School and Anderson elementary and Flenniken Elementary to add land back into the tax rolls without some jackass waiting to get a piece of the TIF pie. Not to mention the possibility of adding to the School Building Fund.

When we have groups like Knox Heritage lying in wait with a Fragile Fifteen, who's final five items are intentionaly non specific in order to make it possible to jerk up any building in town and start yelling"it's historic! you can't tear that down!" It is impossible to have any meaningful discourse on improving the lives of our citizens.
Knox heritage has NO specified criteria for declaring a structure as "historic".
You can just get up and say"it's grandaddy peed there." and it will be taken seriously.
They even declared part of a housing project as historic. Just what Knoxville needs...a monument to failure. Literally.
The next thing you know, they will try to declare one of Jim Clayton's Trailer Parks as historic!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fareed Zakaria Misses IT!

In Newsweek :

Mr. Fareed Zakaria has just declared American exceptionalism dead. He has also made a point of saying that the rest of the world is catching up to us, and even surpassing us. That American hegemony in the world is waning.
I have news for you Mr. Zakaria. The rest of the world is BECOMING American. They have adopted our ways. Right down to adopting the flash and glitter of Hollywood in Bollywood. The way they have attempted to surpass Las Vegas in casino speldor. The fact that they compete for the worlds largest building.
They have become us. America is not losing influence Mr. Zakaria. It has just opened franchises.

More later..............

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Global warming cover story

This guy is trying to make excuses for the fact that global warming isn't real. It was reported by Bloomberg as credible. Will this crap never cease? :

Sure, it's a new way to keep the farce going. Why not?
A ten year trend of new ocean currents that just happens to coincide with the discovery that the world isn't warming right now after all.
Why, it's just so plausible! Isn't it?

Boxer owned for Racism

An inconvenient debt.