Saturday, July 30, 2005
"Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order."
"Yippies, Hippies, Yahoos, Black Panthers, lions and tigers alike --I would swap the whole damn zoo for the kind of young Americans I saw in Vietnam."
My favorite is this one:
"Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages."
Thursday, July 28, 2005
"We jog, run, camp, fish and build furniture. But, do we ever cross the line?
I'm Bill McCartney...It's 4th and Goal!
I know men who can take raw wood and a few nails and create a family heirloom. And then there are those who can listen to a sputtering engine and pinpoint the problem without even popping the hood. Other guys fly fish or fry up a gourmet meal.
Some of us are music lovers, avid readers and huge pet fans. These interests help fulfill us, but sometimes we can get caught up filling our days...and evenings...and weekends...Pursuing activities that leave our families in the dust.
Take our interest in man's best friend. Our animals are companions for kids, protection for the home and just plain furry fun for the whole family. But, with all the extras and supplies available, there can be a tendency to get a little carried away.
We've got doggy beds, doggy diet chow, and special canine clothing. People primp their pooches, put them up in pet hotels, and even take them to counselors, when they're not sure what's dogging Fido. Things can easily get out of hand.
While we enjoy our outside interests and hobbies, do we let these "extras" become sore spots in our lives? Do they absorb far more time, energy and money than we should be sacrificing?
Any diversion can draw us away from the relationships that we make life worth living. Let's ask ourselves what's more important, fulfilling our own needs or being a father to our children? What will they remember longer? The shiny wax job on the classic 'vette? Or, all those times we got on the ground and wrestled around with them?
Guys, we can take our hobbies to the extreme, pouring money and time into efforts that have no lasting value. Anything we put ahead of our wives and children, wether a pedigreed pooch, a workbench full of tools, or a super-deluxe convertible, says something about who we are, as men. Let's keep first things first and stay clear of anything that pulls us away from our first priorities as fathers and husbands."
Bill McCartney was the head coach of the University of Colorado football team for years, leading them to a co-national Championship. He is the former President and one the founders of Promise Keepers.
"...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." Phillipians 4:8
"THIS WEEK ON THE HHH SHOW:July 25 - July 29 Wednesday Hal`s on vaction this week and so we`ve got some guest hosts to fill in with lots of interesting topics! Angie will be back for the first part of today`s show and Mark Harmen will pick up on the eight o`clock hour with guest Jim Gray, the Knox County Democratic Chairman." Source from newstalk website.
I had a couple of sources, question if he could do this from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm due to the seperation between employment responsibilites within Knox County Government and partisan politics. When I questioned my sources they informed me that Chairman Gray is employed daily for County Clerk Mike Padgett.With the proof that was presented to me, I was rendered speechless and have no answer.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Ms. Adcock a democrat activist that was employed throughout the Victor Ashe administration was not retained by the Haslam administration.
Monday, July 25, 2005
The sound-off program has been on air at WIVK for along time. I can remember listening to it when I was a teenager. That has been sometime.
Sad to see Frank move off radio, however, I am sure he will stay with his metro pulse (sorry South Knox Bubba) gig and the website.
Friday, July 22, 2005
This was shocking to all in attendance, especially Knox County Democrat Chairman Jim Gray.
July 21, 2005
On April 5, 2005, I pledged to faithfully serve the Party by supporting its efforts. My personal commitment was to work to overturn the embarrassing disparity of Democrat to Republican officeholders in Knox County.
It seems to me that my personal commitment, to politically balance the elected officeholders in Knox County, is not shared by the majority of leadership in the Party.
The Truman Day Dinner historically has been the biggest social event of the year, and a successful fundraiser to help local candidates. To cancel the Truman Day Dinner, in my opinion, is an egregious act of disloyalty to the faithful Democrats in Knox county and East Tennessee at-large, who expect and support this annual event.
This, in my opinion, is a direct reflection of ineffective leadership at the top. We were told in June that there was a committee actively working on details. We now know that in fact there was no committee in place and was formed only a few weeks ago.
I no longer support the Knox County Party Chairman, and therefore I can no longer fulfill the oath and my sworn pledge to support the Party when I took office on April 5, 2005. I resign from the distinguished position of 3rd Vice-Chairman of the Democrat Party of Knox County Tennessee Board of Governors 2005-2007, effective immediately, this 21st day of July 2005.
July 21, 2005
It appears that the Democrats will not have a Truman Day Dinner in preparation for the 2006 election cycle.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
We need Judge Roberts Now, more than ever.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
To think that thousands and millions of people worldwide actually travel to a store at a specific time to purchase a book.
At least young and old are reading. And remember it is Fiction.
Friday, July 15, 2005
If you are an active reader of my blog, you are aware that I am against gay marriage protection. Now, those of you that are liberal and pro-gay, can call me a homophobe, hateful and a bigot. As a former elected official, I have had worse things said about me to my face and by cowards that said it behind my back. I know who my enemies are. Derogatory words by illiterate people have never caused me concern, because you demonstrate your motives with what you say.
If you want to see the destruction that gay marriage provides, look to Norway, Denmark and Sweden, whose leaders embraced "de facto" marriage between homosexuals in the nineties. In Norway 80% of first born children are conceived out of wedlock, as are 60% of subsequent births. This is evidence that gay marriage leads to the destruction of the traditional marriage.
The legalization of gay marriage leads to polygamy and other alternatives to one-man/one-woman unions. In Utah, polygamist Tom Green, who claims five wives is appealing a judgment against him. The ACLU of Utah has actually suggested that the state will "have to step up to prove that a polygamous relationship is detrimental to society"
Legalizing gay marriage will be harmful to children. Homosexuals are rarely monogamous , often having as many as three hundred or more partners in a lifetime. Children like things to stay just the way they are, and they hate change. Some have been known to eat the same brand of peanut butter throughout childhood. Public schools in every state will be required to teach this perversion as the moral equivalent to traditional marriage, thus continuing to confuse and hurt the defenseless, children.
These are but a few of the problems with the protection of gay marriage. I encourage you to read this book and to go in depth into the issue of protecting traditional marriage. Help protect America from sliding into the state of Sodom and Gomorrah.
" And more education for your money, not just more money for education."
It is unfortunate that Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen doesn't have the same values. Governor Phil made millions on managed health care and can't fix TennCare, which was his #1 campaign promise. Governor Phil then creates a pre-k program to chew up dollars like a buzz saw, when he has yet to solve the low test scores, especially in the urban areas.
There is a political reason for Bredesen, his legacy and results will not be held accountable for success until the first pre-k'er graduates high school in 12-16 years. By then Governor Phil will be in a retirement house in Townsend, TN next door to Governor Don, sharing laughs and coffee on the front porch.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
There is a sidebar story about a couple of Texas legislators that blog from the floor of the legislative chambers. I kept looking for State Representative Stacy Campfield's name in the story. With the growing blogsphere, there will be additional stories.
This is a great awareness story for individuals not currently in the blogsphere.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Would I have purchased a copy and read it for any other reason. Probably not. This goes back to the philosophy that Newt talked about in Winning the Future and that I have always practiced with my kids. The only exception, I tried to read Harry Potter when my oldest son started reading them with the first release but I just couldn't. Otherwise when my kids are reading a book, I read it also. My kids are baffled sometimes when they start singing a song from the radio they hear and I complete the line. As a parent, we should always be aware of what is going on in the culture, community and with our kids.
Now back to the book, Dr. Bass has had an interesting life. The stories from the Indian burial sites in South Dakota and how, when he was pressed for a tight time line to find the burial site. He used the ants to determine the burial sites. The stories of Colonel Shy and Dr. Bass missing the date of death by 113 years.
There are so many great stories in the book. The Zoo Man chapter was especially interesting to me. The reason is that from 1994-1998, I served on the Knox County Jail Inspection Committee. I was appointed by the Knox County Commission, I served as a member one year and Chairman for the additional three years. In that capacity the committee would speak with Thomas "Zoo Man" Huskey and all other inmates of the four Knox County Correctional facilities to check their housing conditions and to ensure that there were no grievances for mistreating by officers or administration.
It was interesting to read about the case of Chigger Hardin who two years after he died, was discovered outside the Tri-State Crematory. His body was believed to be in an ash box. How working with the families Attorney from Cleveland, TN Bill Brown they were able to properly dispose of Chigger Hardin's body in the way that he wished to have his earthly body disposed of.. A proper cremation. I consider Bill Brown a friend, he currently serves on the Cleveland City School Board, I was able to make his acquaintance while we both served on the Tennessee School Boards Association Board of Directors and the Tennessee Legislative Network of the Association.
The one major disappointment that I have in this book, is that as Dr. Bass dealt with the loss of his first wife of 40 years, his mother and his second wife. His father died of a self-inflicted gun shot, when Dr. Bass was much younger. Dr. Bass departed from his view of God and an afterlife.
"All my life I'd been a believing Christian. I wasn't without doubts-what thinking person ever is?-but still I trusted in the existence of a loving God. I'd grown up in the church;I'd taught Sunday school for years; I'd taken youth groups to Mexico for summer mission projects. But that instant in the ER - the instant Annette died - I seemed to feel my religious faith die, too" "As I thought more about it in the bleak days and weeks that followed, I decided the Bible had gotten it exactly backward."
He goes on to to quote a Greek philosopher some 2,500 years ago. I suspected at the time I read this that it was his grief speaking and surely at the end of the book. A Sunday school teacher, youth mission leader and practicing Christian would resolve that this is the grief speaking. Not a follower of our loving and living God.
And then in the chapter Ashes to Ashes he explains driving to Noble, GA home of the Tri-State crematory. In what I took as sarcastic tone (my interruption's, I could be wrong) "A sign directs the faithful to Center Point Baptist Church ("Where Jesus is King"), a few hundred yards down the road on the right."
And finally in one of the last chapters of the book entitled And When I Die, he removes all doubt. "Once upon a time I believed in an afterlife. I believed in it for fully sixty years after my father shot himself. But when Ann died, and then Annette died, and suddenly nothing I'd grown up believing about God and heaven made any sense to me any longer. We're organisms; we're conceived , we're born, we live, we die, and we decay. But as we decay we feed the world of the living; plants and bugs and bacteria."
I am not sure that is real relevant to have this thoughts and ideology on God and the afterlife spread throughout the book. However, I am not the author and Dr. Bass is.
I do not understand how a man that is considered an expert witness in life and death cases in courtrooms all across America. A man that has seen the complex human body in the its most defenseless state and he has concluded (due to tough breaks) that there is not a God directing the affairs of men and women and how the only joy and life that we have is here on earth, that there is no afterlife. That belief by Dr. Bass is amazing to me.
Does Dr. Bass have a right to have his beliefs and do I have a right to my beliefs? Absolutely. Do I believe Dr. Bass is wrong and I am right? Yes. Would Dr. Bass think that I am wrong and he is right? I would assume so. When our individual lives are over. We will know know that answer, individually.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Some worthy excerpts from Wining the Future are:
On Public Employee Unions: "America is a better country for the dedication of Samuel Gompers and others who worked to create the union movement. But the union movement as it stands today has become an obstacle to America's economic growth because the union leadership is often resistant to necessary change." Newt talks about how the Private sector unions have had to change to compete, however, the leadership of public employees unions is the worst. The public employees unions do not face the same pressure to change in order to compete. "They want to get as much out of the taxpayer as they can, and they want to avoid job changes for their members as much as possible.""They have become the most politically active union in the country. The more they control the school boards, state legislatures, and congressional delegations, the more they can deliver for their members and game the system to their favor." Amen Newt.
On Balancing The Federal Budget: "We must replace administrative public bureaucracy with entrepreneurial public management to get the kind of improvements in productivity in the public sector that have happened in the private sector." "We must privatize government agencies including the airports, Amtrak, the post office and the Tennessee Valley Authority. We need to develop partnerships between government and the private sector for those systems that need to remain in government but would benefit from the entrepreneurial drive and additional human and financial resources a private partner can bring to bear."
This point is right on. Governmental agencies should only perform the task that are essential to the mission of the agency. My personal philosophy for years has been..If you can find in the phone book, Government ought not be doing it.
On The Key to 21st Century Success - Science and Technology:
"We should set as a goal eliminating 50 percent of the education bureaucracy outside the classroom and the laboratory and dedicate the savings to financing the improvements in math and science education."
He hits the point on the education bureaucracy (in the past I have referred to it, as the education Mafia)
"We now have curriculum specialist who consult curriculum consultants who work with curriculum supervisors who manage curriculum department heads who occasionally actually met with teachers. The more we have spent on education, the smaller the share we have spent on inspiring and rewarding those doing the educating."
On Getting Government to Move:
"Every Agency and every project must have:
1. A definition of success:
2. Strategies to achieve success;
3. Specific strategies necessary to succeed;
4. Specific tasks to compete the projects;
5. A requirement that customers, private sector experts, and Congress be consulted as a reality check on the bureaucracy."
This is a not a novel idea to those of us with years of private sector business experience. To government bureaucrats that have never been employed outside the government this is as
realistic as them taking the next flight on the starship enterprise. All Government agencies should look toward bringing in individuals to key positions that have spent a considerable amount of time in the private sector, justifying and competing for their paychecks every week.
The characteristics of any good "governmental change agent" is set up every agency and every project using the 5 point plan outlined above.
On What You Can Do to Win The Future:
Newt talks about what you should do as a student, as a teacher, as a parent, as an alumnus, as a voter and ultimately as an American. I am going to highlight the portion as a parent and then as a voter. Because that fits me, more than the others. As a father reaching 40 quickly, the alumnus fire is leaving me as I approach paying for three college educations in the near future.
"As a parent you should pay attention to school campuses, textbooks, class activities, and special projects. You should visit your child's classes and meet the teachers. You should complain if the textbooks, the curriculum, or special activities are biased and teach values incompatible with your own. You should insist on accountability so you can know whether your child is learning and whether or not the school is functioning effectively. You should insist on and be very supportive of discipline as the first key to an effective school, and the principal should know that he or she could count on you for support even if it is your child who needs disciplining."
As a former school board member, in the four years that I served we adopted and purchased many different textbooks and not one time did any parent call the board members or appear at a board meeting to acknowledge that they examined a textbook or complained about a specific textbook. I have a copy of a history book that is used today, that has severe re-writing errors. By the way, it was purchased before I became a board member.
I am a product of the Knox County School System. I made the decision to enroll my children in public education. I stay abreast of issues with each child's classroom and curriculum and when task like leaf collection are assigned that do not fit with the curriculum, I let the principal know. My role is to be a responsible parent, first and foremost. My wife and kids are the most precious gifts that God has blessed me with. I am certainly not worthy with what he has blessed me with.
"As a voter, your school board, state legislator, governor, and federal officials serve you. Hold them accountable."
I am amazed at some of the people that get elected to positions. They don't want to get yelled and/or cussed at. They never attend community meetings. They never accept speaking engagements in their community. They rely on someone else on their board to speak in their community and never take positions. I am not sure if it because they do not study the issues
or understand the role they play. Maybe they need the position so bad they feel to keep their head down and never make anybody mad will keep them without any opponent and sure of a government paycheck for 12-18 years.
I on the other hand, attended all the community meetings that I could the four years that I served as an elected official. I was the first and only school board member in the history of the Knox County School System to host town hall type meetings at every school in the district all four years. They were called "Community School Night". I studied all the issues and made the decision that I felt represented my community and my core beliefs. In hindsight, it took a ton of time, and I am enjoying the view from where I am today.
I will be posting my thoughts on each book.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
The Battle Cry website is a great source of information on what the youth of today are facing and how we as believers and youth leaders can do to help them face the temptations and struggles they see every day. We can talk and counsel them, but ultimately they make the hard and tough decisions.
Thank you for your concern.