Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Why Do They Hate Tennessee??

Benton (AP) -- Polk County Sheriff's officers have arrested two county election commissioners and the county Republican Party chairman in a ballot box scuffle.

Election Registrar Sula Jenkins says commissioners Bill Frady and Steve Gaddis "manhandled" her. Jenkins is a Democrat, Frady and Gaddis are Republicans.

The registrar says the commissioners wrested a ballot box from her grasp Saturday as early voting ended for the state primaries and snapped an extra padlock on it.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Just as members of the Carter County Commission prepared to vote on a proposal to raise property taxes, three men and a woman burst in with guns drawn and took hostages.

"There will be no new taxes, everyone here is going to vote no," one man announced as he held a gun to the head of the county finance director. One of the intruders fired into the air.

Only after some commissioners in the east Tennessee county scrambled for cover and a commotion ensued did the county's emergency management director announce it was a security drill. The intruders were acting. The guns were loaded with blanks.

"There is enough real terror going on," said an angry Jim Lynch, who witnessed Monday night's frantic meeting from the audience.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Iraqis visiting on a civil rights tour were barred from city hall after the city council chairman said it was too dangerous to let them in.

The seven Iraqi civic and community leaders are in the midst of a three-week American tour, sponsored by the State Department to learn more about the process of government. The trip also includes stops in Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Iraqis were scheduled to meet with a city council member, but Joe Brown, the council chair, said he feared the group was dangerous.

"We don't know exactly what's going on. Who knows about the delegation, and has the FBI been informed?" Brown said. "We must secure and protect all the employees in that building."

Elisabeth Silverman, the group's host and head of the Memphis Council for International Visitors, said Brown told her he would "evacuate the building and bring in the bomb squads" if the group entered.

All this, PLUS the previous winner...

Government in Tennessee is amusing, if not effective.

Another Family Values Republican

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican congressional candidate James L. Hart acknowledges that he is an ``intellectual outlaw.''

He is an unapologetic supporter of eugenics, the phony science that resulted in thousands of sterilizations in an attempt to purify the white race. He believes the country will look ``like one big Detroit'' if it doesn't eliminate welfare and immigration. He believes that if blacks were integrated centuries ago, the automobile never would have been invented.

He shows up at voters' homes wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a gun, and tells them that ``white children deserve the same rights as everyone else.''

Despite his radical views, Hart may end up winning the Republican nomination because he is the only GOP candidate on the ballot in Thursday's primary. His presence in the campaign has embarrassed Republican leaders, who were blind-sided by Hart after they didn't bother fielding a candidate. Democratic Rep. John Tanner has held the seat for 15 years and is considered safe in November.

Republicans now desperately hope that a write-in candidate will stop Hart.

``I would characterize him as a racist, an elitist,'' said write-in candidate Dennis Bertrand, a financial analyst and former military officer. ``His idea of ... genetically altering the human race in order to build a super race with super intelligence is appalling.''

Much of Hart's platform revolves around eugenics, which arose in the early 20th century as a pseudoscientific movement to solve social problems by preventing the ``unfit'' from having children. It inspired 33 states to pass laws that allowed the sterilization of some 65,000 people, and Nazi Germany used the U.S. examples to justify programs that sterilized and killed millions.

Hart, a 60-year-old real estate agent, knows his views on eugenics are far from the mainstream and viewed as racist by most people.

He insists his beliefs have nothing to do with racism and everything to do with ``favored races'' from Europe and Asia and ``less-favored races'' from Africa. To achieve his goal of a country populated by ``favored races,'' Hart proposes eliminating both welfare and immigration.

``If an individual demonstrates the ability to produce and contribute to society, he or she would be encouraged to have more children. People on welfare would not,'' Hart said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Bertrand says he found out about Hart's views after returning from active duty with the National Guard and going on the Internet to learn more about the race in Tennessee's 8th District. He says he is running to make sure Hart does not win the Republican Party's endorsement.

``I was just appalled by what I'd seen there,'' said Bertrand, who has been active in local politics for years. ``It had nothing to do with the beliefs I have, or of any Republican I know -- or any Democrat or independent for that matter.''

Bertrand immediately was endorsed by the statewide grass-roots group TeamGOP, which called for Republicans to ``unite against the politics of hate.''

The 8th District covers the mostly rural counties of northwest Tennessee, stretching from north Memphis to Clarksville. Many of the counties have large black populations.

The two candidates continue to actively campaign for the nomination -- Bertrand visiting local GOP gatherings and Hart going door-to-door with his unorthodox, gun-toting approach.

``Every person who opens the door -- as long as they're white -- I'll say, 'I'm James Hart. I'm running for Congress. My name will be on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Republican primary. I think white children deserve the same rights as everyone else.'''

This guy REALLY needs to win this Primary. With him as the Republican Nominee the Party will have to run WAY away from him, which should cost Bush* some votes in what may be a VERY close State in November...

Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced today that "The British are Coming!! The British are Coming!! during an early morning ride through Philadelphia.

Speaking to reporters while letting his horse rest he also advised South-Central Pennsylvania to be on the lookout for a large Army led by one Robert E. Lee...

The Republican Economy

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday the federal budget deficit will grow to $445 billion this fiscal year, a new record likely to fuel election-year wrangles about President George W. Bush's economic policies.

Layoffs occurred at the second-fastest rate on record during the first three years of the Bush administration, a government report has found.

In the government's latest survey of how frequently workers are permanently dismissed from their jobs, the layoff rate reached 8.7 percent of all adult jobholders, or 11.4 million men and women age 20 or older. That is nearly equal to the 9 percent rate for the 1981-1983 period, which included the steepest contraction in the American economy since the Great Depression

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Americans' overall income shrank for two consecutive years after stocks plunged in 2000, the first time that has effectively happened since the current tax system was put in place during World War II, according to a published report Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow on Monday put the ball squarely in Congress' court on the debt ceiling issue, warning lawmakers the U.S. government could not be financed past November unless they act to raise the limit.

In a letter sent to Capitol Hill leaders, Snow said the debt subject to the current $7.384 trillion limit will be hit around late September or early October. Even if the government takes certain accounting maneuvers to stay beneath the ceiling, as it has done in the past, Snow said, "we can finance government operations no longer than mid-to-late November 2004."

Of course, all the news is not bad...

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, posted record profit of $5.79 billion yesterday, and Royal Dutch/Shell saw its earnings rise 54 percent, thanks to higher prices for oil and natural gas.

As higher oil prices continued to inflict pain on major consumers like airlines and trucking companies, oil companies reported big profit gains. On Tuesday, British oil giant BP, the world’s second largest oil company, posted a second quarter profits of $3.9 billion — a 23 percent jump from a year ago. The company said profits for the first half set a record.

On Wednesday, Houston-based ConocoPhillips' said second-quarter profits surged nearly 75 percent, to $2.1 billion. The company credited strong refining profit margins and high oil and gas prices. And Amerada Hess Corp. Wednesday said profits climbed 14 percent in the second quarter to $288 million. The company also cited by rising oil prices and surging refining profits.

How much more of this bunch can America afford??