Mon
Aug 5 2019
11:47 am

With voter suppression, gerrymandering and outside money, the GOP now rules. To bad they don't represent citizens, except for rich corporate ones.

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You need to read this:

The employee argued that, on a technical level, content from Republican politicians could get swept up by algorithms aggressively removing white supremacist material. Banning politicians wouldn’t be accepted by society as a trade-off for flagging all of the white supremacist propaganda, he argued.

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Sat
Aug 3 2019
06:33 pm
By: WhitesCreek

As we all know, it was for over a century known as the Grand Old Party, G.O.P. No one could in truth call the organization that now. It is certainly not Grand, and it is questionable that there is enough resemblance to the old party to legitimately call it the Old Party. No. In truth it is now nothing but a fanatical personal cheering squad, not unlike that of the Nazi and Fascist organizations of the 1920-1930s. One can close one’s eyes and almost hear the echoes of “sieg heil.”

Remember the German roots whence our own fuhrer sprang.

Gerald Largen writes the truth!

Fri
Aug 2 2019
06:27 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Fri
Aug 2 2019
05:28 pm

Fri
Jul 26 2019
05:18 pm
By: WhitesCreek
Fri
Jul 26 2019
04:26 pm
By: mushy

tams

Wed
Jul 24 2019
04:43 pm

Rep. Will Hurd: "Did you think that this was a single attempt by the Russians to get involved in our election or did you find evidence to suggest they'll try to do this again?"

Robert Mueller: "It wasn't a single attempt. They're doing it as we sit here"

Tue
Jul 23 2019
06:51 pm

I'm not a Calfee fan but this takes guts!

Casada's message to a group of rural lawmakers: vote for Gov. Bill Lee's school vouchers bill - or else.

"If we didn't vote for the education savings account, we would have a primary opponent," Calfee recounted.

NewsChannel 5 asked, "So you had a Republican threatening to find an opponent for you in the Republican primary."

"For everybody in the room," he answered.

We followed up, "There's no doubt in your mind that that was a threat."

"Yes, it was a threat."

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Things you might want to remember about Robert Mueller as he testifies before Congress this week: First of all, contrary to Trump's claims, Mueller is a life long Republican. I suspect House GOP will attempt to assassinate the character of this great and principled man.

"Robert Swan Mueller III (/ˈmʌlər/; born August 7, 1944) is an American lawyer and government official who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013.

A graduate of Princeton University and New York University, Mueller served as a Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War, receiving a Bronze Star for heroism and a Purple Heart. He subsequently attended the University of Virginia School of Law. Mueller is a registered Republican in Washington, D.C., and was appointed and reappointed to Senate-confirmed positions by presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Mueller has served both in government and private practice. He was an assistant United States attorney; a United States attorney; United States assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division; a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C.; acting United States deputy attorney general; and director of the FBI."

Everyone who met Lee will be saddened by her passing. Proud to have known her.

Russell was also a conservationist working for protection of wilderness and national lands and rivers. In 1966 she helped to organize the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP). In 1976 TCWP helped to obtain protection of the 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and obtain National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Obed River.[7][8] In 1992 Russell received the National Parks Conservation Association's (NPCA's) Marjory Stoneman Douglas award.

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Sun
Jul 21 2019
07:46 am

From 2006 to 2012, nearly 40 million prescription pain pills went to Roane County: 105 pills per person per year.

Washington Post article

5.8 million pills from a single pharmacy in Harriman. 4.3 million pills from a single pharmacy in Kingston.

Mon
Jul 15 2019
06:47 am

I personally feel this to a great extent. I even regularly talk with friends who know it's true and yet will still vote Republican. What has happened to us?

...climate scientists often resemble Sarah Connor of the Terminator franchise, who knows of a looming catastrophe but must struggle to function in a world that does not comprehend what is coming and, worse, largely ignores the warnings of those who do. “An accurate representation” of the Connor comparison, one scientist darkly notes, “would have more crying and wine.”

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Tennessee bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman developed Mountain Dew as a mixer in the 1940s.[10] Soft drinks were sold regionally in the 1930s, and the Hartmans had difficulty in Knoxville obtaining their preferred soda to mix with liquor, preferably whiskey, so the two developed their own.[11] Originally a 19th-century slang term for whiskey, especially Highland Scotch whiskey,[12] the Mountain Dew name was trademarked for the soft drink in 1948.[10]

Wikipedia

Mon
Jul 8 2019
12:59 pm

A few get all the attention, but here's an interactive list of what we have here, what they look like and what they sound like. For instance there's this little guy who comes out every year:

annual cicada

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Sun
Jul 7 2019
06:17 pm

This is too freakin' weird!

Former Rep. Barry Doss Defends Byrd, Says “A Lot” of People Molest People...Is that any reason to expel someone from the Tennessee House or Senate?

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Now go suscribe to (and support) the whole thing!

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Sun
Jul 7 2019
05:31 pm

Uh oh!

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This is pretty strong stuff.


COMPLAINT FOR RAPE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTS, SEXUAL ABUSE, FORCIBLE TOUCHING, ASSAULT, BATTERY, INTENTIONAL AND RECKLESS INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, DURESS, FALSE IMPRISONMENT, AND DEFAMATION

Plaintiff was subject to acts of rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury by the Defendants that took place at several parties during the summer months of 1994. The parties were held by Defendant Epstein at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Epstein at 9 E. 71st St. in Manhattan. During this period, Plaintiff was a minor of age 13 and was legally incapable under New York law of consenting to sexual intercourse and the other sexual contacts detailed herein. NY Penal L § 130.05(3)(a).

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TVA Continues to block solar power!

It’s baffling that as a “public power” entity, TVA is not investing more in solar. TVA’s own analysis showed that building more solar would save money for the public it claims to serve. Investing in more solar would also avoid putting ratepayers on the hook for risky, long-term continued investments in non-renewable resources that adversely impact public health and customer pocketbooks. How can Tennessee be so far behind states like Florida, who installed more solar in one quarter this year (860 MW) than TVA claims it is capable of building in any single year between now and 2038 (500 MW)? When TVA removed arbitrary constraints from solar in their IRP analysis, solar additions increased as much as 50%. Clearly there is even more room for economic solar in TVA’s resource mix and it’s unclear why TVA isn’t taking advantage of this economic technology.

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Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

TDEC issues advisories after smallmouth bass in Abrams Creek, Little River exceed mercury trigger points...
Smallmouth bass in Abrams Creek and Little River exceeded mercury trigger points recommended by both the EPA and FDA.

TDEC has said it considers the source of mercury within Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be atmospheric deposition. According to the EPA, atmospheric deposition due to the global burning of coal is the most frequent reason for elevated levels of mercury in fish. TDEC will post warning signs at public access points and will work with the National Park Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to communicate this information to the public.

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Why Isn't the Publication of Political Propaganda "Something of Value" to a Campaign?

Calling any Trump speech "electrifying, patriotic,and unifying" is a stretch by any rational standard but this one was full of obvious lies. Of course any column by Ms Charles is usually full of distortions and flat out lies as well, so perhaps she either can't discern fact from fiction or doesn't care. Her claim that 10,000 people were camped out in the rain for "45-plus hours" is a flat out lie. Here's the fact check from CNN:

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Fri
Jun 21 2019
08:35 am
By: WhitesCreek

Earth and Sky is a great resource for the interested. Today is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day in the southern one. It's not the hottest day because of the thermal flywheel effect. It just takes time to warm up the ground after winter. The Sun heats us up and the Earth radiates heat back into space, with the maximum temperature typically reached in Late July or early August. For temperatures to remain in the "life zone" heat energy received from the Sun must be balanced by the heat energy the Earth radiates back into space. If the Earth can't radiate all of the heat it receives from the Sun, things warm up forever.

Lots of things affect this balance. Right now in Earth's history, the atmospheric content of carbon dioxide is a growing hindrance to the Earth maintaining the appropriate temperature for life as we know it. By every metric known to science, the Earth is heating up. This is global warming and it is our fault. By burning fossil fuels we have raised the CO2 content of the atmosphere to a point that the Earth cannot radiate an equal amount of heat into space and it is heating up. The fix is easy. Stop doing the thing that is destroying our climate.

We have no where else to go.

I hope you enjoyed Spring 2019. The storms of Summer are upon us.

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Tue
Jun 18 2019
04:31 pm

Another rare plant in Roane County!

clematis

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Fri
Jun 14 2019
10:57 am
By: WhitesCreek

“All of us know, if you were to ever be contacted by a foreign entity, your first call is the FBI,” Blackburn had said to reporters hours before blocking the bill. “I don’t care if it’s Russia, Norway, China, whomever.”

Except not Trump:

In a new interview released this afternoon by ABC News, President Trump tells George Stephanopoulos that he’d take information from a foreign government if one offered dirt on his 2020 opponent. “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening.”

FEC Chair: Didn’t Think I’d Need To Clarify, But Taking Foreign Dirt Is 100% Illegal

Here's good run down on the whole sordid Marsha mess:

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Fri
Jun 14 2019
10:26 am
By: WhitesCreek

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. As a reminder to some of my neighbors here in the South, THIS is the flag of the United States of America.

flag

Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) blocked an effort by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to pass a bill via unanimous consent requiring campaigns to report any offers of foreign assistance to the FBI.

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Wed
Jun 12 2019
06:53 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The drowning death of 2-year-old Steven Pierce has caused state officials to close off access to Cummins Falls. The boy was among dozens of people caught off guard by flooding at the park. Thirteen had to be rescued from teh waters.

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Mon
Jun 10 2019
02:24 pm

Update: I 40 is open!

Officials closed all westbound lanes of I-40 at mile marker 7.5 in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a rockslide on Monday. Crews reported finding several boulders in a ditch near the roadway and two others on the mountainside that "needed to be pushed up the mountain before they fell," Uchiyama said.

One westbound lane is expected to reopen by 7 p.m. Monday, Uchiyama said. He didn't have an estimate as to when all westbound lanes may reopen.

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Eco Warriors and Politics

Science and Stuff

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.