Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Woof! Da Big Dog! Clinton will be in Nashville, Thursday September 9th

and it is free! Be there at 5pm Nashville Time at the Hilton downtown for a night of it, Democrats!! We all love President Bill Clinton and Gov. Ned Ray McWherter, well they are coming out to help the next Governor of Tennessee, Mike McWhorter.

The invite will be up on this site tomorrow. Allright, Hamdems, who wants to drive? Who wants to help pay for gas? Who wants to organize a bus so none of us have to drive? Let's hear it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Temple Grandin's movie won 5 Emmy Awards

and was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards. Temple is an autistic woman, who has been able to communicate what it is like to have autism. She has a Doctorate in Animal Science, and has developed humane ways to treat livestock. Her life is interesting and impressive, HBO did the story on her. HBO's movie on Temple Grandi I am unable to access it, but here is one from BBC on the The Woman Who Thinks Like A Cow :

A brief trailer of the HBO movie.

Congratulations to Temple Grandin.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I Swear

I, Sandy, solemnly swear that I will faithfully fulfill the duties of Member of the State Executive Committee for the Tennessee Democratic Party, and that I will obey the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and of the State of Tennessee, so help me God.

Yay. I was sworn in today at the Capitol in Nashville.

In order to get the feel of a Southern politician, I wore my seersucker suit. You won't see me in that again, but today was special, plus it is before Labor Day.
Nashville,Capitol This makes me look tiny. I like that. If only it were true!
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Nashville,Capitol Our First Flag -1777- George Washington selected it.
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I love this place. I love my TNDP. Here's our next Guv, Mike McWherter:

The Big Dog! Clinton is coming to Tennessee for Mike McWherter

Oh, yeah! Just returned from Nashville where Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter said President Clinton will be here on September 9th for a rally for Mike McWherter.
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Whoot! Go Mike!.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Adolf Ochs would never allow this smear piece: Times Free Press asks "Is Obama Muslim?"

On the front page of the Metro News this morning, from the Chattanooga Times Free Press
Is Obama Muslim? by Perla Trevizo

For some, whether President Barack Obama is Muslim or Christian is still up for discussion. But a local man says the country has more important things to talk about.

Still up for discussion? Please, Ms. Trevizo did not do any fact checking into Obama's religion. It isn't hard to find. He is the President of the United States. She should have tried the White House Biography page or read his two books he wrote. She must have missed his membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Hard to believe all this was missed by her and the editors at the Times Free Press.

No, it probably wasn't an error on everyone's part instead this is a Straw Man fallacy taking place here. As Wiki defines it:

The straw man fallacy occurs in the following pattern of argument:

Person A has position X.

Person B disregards certain key points of X and instead presents the superficially-similar position Y.
Thus, Y is a resulting distorted version of X and can be set up in several ways, including:
* Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent's position and then refuting it, thus giving the appearance that the opponent's actual position has been refuted.[1]
* Quoting an opponent's words out of context – i.e. choosing quotations that misrepresent the opponent's actual intentions (see contextomy and quote mining).[2]
* Presenting someone who defends a position poorly as the defender, then refuting that person's arguments – thus giving the appearance that every upholder of that position (and thus the position itself) has been defeated.[1]
* Inventing a fictitious persona with actions or beliefs which are then criticized, implying that the person represents a group of whom the speaker is critical.
* Oversimplifying an opponent's argument, then attacking this oversimplified version.

Person B attacks position Y, concluding that X is false/incorrect/flawed.

This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious, because attacking a distorted version of a position fails to constitute an attack on the actual position.

Getting back to the article, it proceeds with:

“It is unfortunate in this politically divided atmosphere that these issues keep on coming up when we have far more important issues we have to deal with,” said Dr. Azhar Sheikh, an internal medicine doctor in Cleveland, Tenn., who is also Muslim.

Catch that end phrase " Dr. Azhar Sheikh, an internal medicine doctor in Cleveland, Tenn., who is also Muslim." Who is also Muslim? Why the word "also"? Oh, I get it. How tricky, so deceptive it makes me sick.

Ms. Trevizo then cites the Pew poll about 18% of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim and shares with us the opinion of a Tea Partier. Of course, the Tea Party woman also alludes to not knowing where he came from... i.e. the Birther view.

Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build the mosque there, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it.

Stella Fletcher, a Ringgold, Ga., resident and co-founder of the Catoosa Tea Party, agrees with Sheikh, saying there are bigger issues to deal with. But she also said she doesn’t know if Obama is Christian.

“He claims to be Christian and, until he says different, we have to accept what he says,” she said, adding that these are her opinions and not those of the Catoosa Tea Party.

But she said she has never trusted him as the leader of the country.

The writer then interview a Muslim for his take:

For Kabah Raheem, an imam, or religious leader, at the Islamic Center of Greater Chattanooga, the only thing the poll reflects is that Obama is “just trying to be the president for the whole people and deal with what’s right,” he said.

“If he was Muslim, he would be practicing his religion,” he said. “He is trying to be fair as president.”

The writer ends with this poll which seems to be the most truthful thing in this whole story. I wonder if she and the Times Free Press realize they are perpetuating this fallacy. Of course, they do.
In the poll, six in 10 of those saying Obama is a Muslim said they got the information from the media, with the largest portion — 16 percent — saying it was on television.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is a merger of the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Free Press. The Chattanooga Times became a prospering paper after the Civil War when Adolf Ochs bought the company in 1878. Ochs came to Chattanooga after the Civil War and was an influential leader in both business and in ethics. In 1896, Adolf Ochs acquired the New York Times. He would not allow any "yellow journalism" to take place at the New York Times. He wanted the business to be clean like the Chattanooga Times. Within months of his acquisition, the New York Times motto became "All the News That's Fit to Print". This is still used as their motto.

The New York Times obituary from April 9, 1935 is a fascinating read in terms of his life and history. From the obituary:

But his greatest monument is invisible--the principle of clean, temperate and impartial presentation of news and of higher standards in advertising. These are now such commonplaces of decent newspaper practice that many newspaper men of today may think they have obtained from time immemorial. But they did not secure a foothold easily or automatically; they did not prevail in New York City until Adolph S. Ochs came to town from Chattanooga and risked everything he had on his faith that not only could such a newspaper be published but that there was a public which wanted it.

Mr. Ochs was more than a publisher. He was a man who had faith in humanity and who backed that faith by all the intelligence, all the energy and all the fighting spirit that was in him.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some folks will stop at nothing to win an election

Crazy stuff. Naturally, it comes out of Florida.

What kind of guy would run a truck off the freeway in Miami in order to remove mail going to the post office? Not a very bright one. What is even worse about it, is this man is running for Congress now, as a Republican from Miami. Craaaa...zay, muy loco.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dear Lord, Please make Basil Marceaux the GOP winner

in the Tennessee gubernatorial race. He already has the endorsement of Red State Update. How much more of an endorsement can a Republican wish for? He's an internet sensation. He's run so many times, this must be Basil's time now. Please, Lord, hear my prayer.