Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nothing pretty or nice about it.

Coal companies are busy courting Congress, again.  Two important amendments are coming up for a vote, please call your Representative and tell them to oppose Amendments 109 and 216.  The phone number for Congress is 202-224-3121.

I called my newly elected Republican Representative's office this morning and was treated quite rudely by his staff person.  I told the aide to please let Rep. Fleischmann know that I am one of his constituents and am opposed to changing the protections in place for our rivers and streams from mountain top removal, and I hope he will oppose Amendments 109 & 216.

While I was talking instead of listening to me, his aide began talking to someone else in the office.  I was furious and said "Are you even listening to me?  I am one of Chuck's constituents."  He then stated, oh..."what's your name and address?"  I had already told him my name when I called but repeated it again.  If this is how constituents are treated by Chuck Fleischmann's office, he might not see a lengthy career as a Congressman.  This would be wonderful to me since Fleischmann spent $700,000 of his own money to win the primary nomination.

So, please call your Representative and let your voice be heard.  If they are rude to you, please tell your story about them to everyone you meet.  People need to know how arrogant, insular and mean our elected officials can be once in office.

Here is more background on the Congressional amendments to de-fund the EPA, from  I Love Mountains

Amendment 109 -- Would remove the EPA’s ability to evaluate mountaintop removal permits and would reverse all of the actions taken by the administration over the past two years to safeguard Appalachian streams and communities.

Amendment 216 -- Would remove EPA’s ability to veto “dredge and fill” permits that do not meet Clean Water Act standards. The Spruce No. 1 Mine permit was the first time the EPA used this authority in relation to a mountaintop removal site.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Comcastic Commandos Kill the Olbermann Show

Countdown with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's Top Rated Show, abruptly ended last night leaving viewers and guests in a state of shock. One of the guests, Josh Marshall, creator of Talking Points Memo  had been on the show twenty minutes before Keith's announcement of the final show.  He had no inkling any of this would take place.  The crew and Keith were all upbeat and friendly.  Here's part of his piece on it:

I doubt I would have had any heads up or known anything was happening if Olbermann was going to go off the air. But I was a bit more stunned than I might otherwise have been because I was just over there. And I did not have any sense that there was anything any different than normal going on. Everything seemed calm and pretty sedate. I didn't sense anything different in Keith's manner or affect (though it's not like we're tight and I would have been the person to notice.) There were a few more people than I'm used to seeing in the studio -- maybe two or three, seated, who seemed to be there to watch. (Something I don't remember seeing before.) But nothing that made me think twice that anything odd was going on.
I'm sure we'll be hearing soon enough what on earth happened here. But color me stunned. And really disappointed.

It is no secret, there is a merger taking place on Monday between Comcast and NBC (parent company, and that Comcast upper management does not like Keith Olbermann.  MSNBC has already replaced his show with Lawrence O'Donnell and added Cenk Unger to their line -up.  O'Donnell will be pretty good, but Cenk is a disaster.  He's well known at the Daily Kos for being a self-important shill, and a horrible writer.  My friend, Kestrel, did a spoof on Cenk, the gist of it is below, to read the whole thing go to: Obama sucks.-Please-listen-to-my-radio-show.
Wow. this President.
I voted for hope and change.
I didn't get too much change and I'm losing hope.
But I DO hope you will listen to
my radio show
from 6-9a EST Monday through Friday.

Doubtful I will watch Cenk or MSNBC anymore.  Good night and Good luck to Keith Olbermann. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

TNDP Chair Race: Chip Leads in Endorsements from Executive Committee

There are four candidates running for TNDP Party Chair - Chip Forrester (current chair),  Wade Munday,  Matt Kuhn, and Gordon Ball.  Last night, we had the party debate.  I thought both Chip and Wade did well.  Matt seemed too negative and aggressive to me.  His tone was intimidating.

 I like that Wade has worked for Boston Children's Hospital, as a fundraiser.  This is a noble and important thing to do, one has to have an enormous amount of empathy and a big heart to do this.  That said, it is much easier to get donations for a well recognized children's hospital that is on the forefront of research, than it is to get Democratic party donations in Tennessee.  The first pulls at your heart and you want to give, plus it is tax deductible.  The latter needs a little more persuading.

I hope Chip and Wade can work together.  I see a bright future for Wade in Tennessee politics.  His age and experience were the main factors against his candidacy.  Both of those things will change and there will be nothing to stand in his way.

As for Chip, my husband and I joined the finance council a year before I even ran for Executive Committee.  We liked that he cared enough to call and visit us.  We were treated with dignity and not as just a Democratic Party checkbook.  Whether one gives the party $5 bucks or $28,000, all deserve respect and their voices heard.  Chip has done this.  I proudly endorse him for Party Chair.  Here is the letter I received a short while ago, I snipped off the end of it, just gave the important parts.

Dear State Executive Committee Members:

I am honored and proud to have the support of the Executive Committee members listed below.  In addition to these public supporters, I have 4 additional members of the Executive Committee who have pledged to vote for me on January 8th but have asked their names not be publicized until the election on Saturday.  I am deeply honored to have these 42 members of the Executive Committee’s support for my reelection.

Executive Committee Members Endorsement List:
Mike Hampton, District 1; Linda & Bruce Dotson, District 2;  Richard Dawson, District 5; Sylvia & Harold Woods, District 6; Barbara Wagner & Dan Lawson, District 8; Sally Love, District 9; Chantelle Roberson and Chris Anderson, District 10; Sandra Lusk & Terry Lee, District 11; Guy Derryberry, District 13; Dr. Geeta McMillan & Dennis Gregg, District 15; Kristen Cullen District 16; Mary Patterson & David Harper, District 17; Jeanette Jackson & Bill Bassett, District 18; Inez Crutchfield & Jerry Maynard, District 19; Angelia Cannon, District 20;  Kim Smith & Keith Jackson, District 22;  Elisa Parker & Jonathan Faill, District 23;  Paige Burcham-Carlton, District 24;  Martha Shepard &  Richard Dunavant, District 25;  Mike Kiddy, District 26; Gale Jones Carson & Jay Bailey, District 28;  Joyce Adams, District 29;  Hazel Moore, District 33;  Ex-Officio Members: Sonja Fox, President, Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women; Rep. Mike Turner, House Democratic Caucus Chair

This letter is in direct conflict with Doug Horne's.  Mr. Horne's letter is below and I have put in bold a couple of notable things that rubbed me the wrong way.  His tone turned me off completely.  

Good morning Democrats!!

Hope all is as well as possible and you enjoyed the holidays. We look forward to seeing you this friday and saturday for the TNDP meetings. 

Matt Kuhn is having a reception from 7:00-9:00 pm on friday evening at the Pinnacle room atop the Sheraton Hotel on Union St,  a block from the party offices. You are most certainly invited, come and enjoy the party!!

It looks like Matt has the votes to win the Chairman race. With Justin Walling endorsing Matt and casting his votes to him and I think Wade Munday will do the same thing before the vote on saturday afternoon, Matt Kuhn will be the next Chair of the party, with your vote and your help.  

I sure think this is good; because the house caucus chair Representative Mike Turner and senate caucus chair Senator Lowe Finney, most all bigger donors to the party and 6 ex Chairs of the party(including me), Governor Bredesen, Congressman Cooper, Tanner, Davis, Gordon and Congressman Clement and most all elected democratic candidates and certainly the defeated candidates( 15 in the house and senate) want a new face, a fresh start as our TNDP Chairman on Jan 8th. 

Also we are out of money in the party and the major contributors tell us they are not going to contribute to the party funds, if we don't have a new Chair. 

I look forward to seeing you on friday evening at Matt Kuhn's reception atop the Sheraton and on saturday for the Chair vote. 

Be safe in your travels to Nashville. Let's start a new chapter in our Tennessee Democratic Party, that is well funded and do something different and be bold and courageous and "Elect Democrats for a Change!!! "

Doug Horne
Past Chair of the TNDP
Knoxville businessman.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A little rant about adjectives, nouns and the TNDP

Over the past two months, I've received many letters from candidates who wish to be Tennessee's Democratic Party Chair. A few of the letters have contained an improper and egregious error stating  "the Democrat message" and  "Democrat Party".  Democratic is an adjective and should be used.  An adjective is something that modifies a noun. A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. In this case, Democratic describes the Party and message. A Democrat is a noun.  Why am I explaining all this?  Isn't this basic?

Republican is both an adjective and a noun.  Again, this is basic but the underlying message is a candidate who wants to be Party Chair should know this.  If I have to tell this to a Party Chair candidate, should they even be our Party Chair? How will someone be our messenger when they make ignorant mistakes like this?  They would sound like George Bush and that is totally unacceptable.

As Wiki states: "Democrat Party" is a political epithet used in the United States instead of "Democratic Party" when talking about the Democratic Party.[1] The term has been used by conservative commentators and members of the Republican Party in party platforms, partisan speeches and press releases since 1940.[2]
When Democrats chose to use this, they are repeating Republican smears of our Party.  It is similar to using dog whistle politics meaning the usage of coded words that only certain groups can hear.  It may not be offensive to the general population, but to some, in this case Democrats, it is a slur.  So why would a person who wants to be Chair of the Democratic Party do such a thing?  Are they ignorant or purposefully demeaning us?  Either choice does not strike me as a palatable option.

Last summer, I heard Congressman Lincoln Davis say "Democrat Party" and I just cringed.  It is ridiculous for him  to talk like that.  Also, it shows how much time he spent listening to Republican talking points versus the Democratic talking points.

The use of Democrat Party has been banned at NPR.  Chris Matthew's of Hard Ball took exception to both Sarah Palin and Rep. Darrell Issa's use of the term and chided them for it.  It is easy to understand why those two polarizing Republicans would engage in such puerile antics, but it isn't easy for me to understand why Democrats would do such a thing.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My questions for the TNDP Party Chair Debate

I'm a newbie on the Executive Committee for the TNDP, so I have kept an open mind about all the candidates.  They are all fine gentlemen and have their hearts in the right place to help our Democratic Party.  There will be a debate on Monday night put on by fellow Executive Committeeman Brad Parish, 12th District.   It is open to the public.  I invite everyone to watch, by going here to TN Debates

We were invited to submit questions, since I know very little about the history and sides of the candidates, my questions were pretty basic, they are:

What does being a Democrat mean to you?

What is your position about a 95 county strategy?  If you support it, how would you implement it?

If you are not chosen as Party Chair, will you still support and work with the elected Chair?  Will you continue to support both financially and through boots on the ground the TNDP?  Will you strive for unity through continuing support of the Chair?

The TNDP has seen a steady decline for the last decade, including Vice President Al Gore's loss, the House, the Senate and Congressional Seats.   What do you think are the factors for this?  How would your leadership change this direction?

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Tennessee Style

My New Year's Resolution is to get back writing on my little ole Southern Liberal Living site.  In order to start the New Year off right, here is some southern style food  that we will share with you.  We will start early and eat tonight with leftovers for tomorrow.  Here's the menu:
* Collard Greens
*Bayouland Beef Stew & Vegetables - Serve over white rice
*Sylvia's Blackeyed Peas (the most important ingredient to ensure good fortune in the New Year). No need to buy dried beans, soak for 12 hours, etc. when you can buy better-than-homemade blackeyed peas in a can by Sylvia.
*White Rice
*White Lightning (optional, but highly recommended-Thanks Gary)

You might think that collard greens are a completely avoidable vegetable; au contrare. Here's the recipe:
*1 bag whole collard greens
*1 white or yellow onion
*1 red onion
*4 cloves garlic-minced
*Your choice of meat-in our example we use Conecuh Hickory Smoked Sausage, available at Publix or Wal-Mart (you can substitute pork or beef barbecue, country ham-whatever).
*Zatarain's or Tony Sachere's seasoning
*Olive oil
*A beer or two
*And maybe some chicken or beef stock (organic of course) if you so desire. You can substitute water if you prefer.

Start by cutting the root end from the greens, leaving about two inches of the stem on the greens (you'll see why in a minute). Wash the greens and stack in the sink like cord wood with the stems all aligned and pointing in the same direction.

Dice the onions and the garlic and sautee in the olive oil for about 4 minutes or until tender in a large stock pot.

Once the onions and garlic sauteed, take a handfull of the greens by the stem, and proceed to your cutting board. With the leaves evenly spread, start rolling the greens until you have a what looks like an egg roll. Using a large prep knife, start chopping the greens along the roll (the slices will resemble a spring roll, sushi roll or something like that. Discard the stems. Once chopped across the roll, chop longways until the greens are fairly well diced.

Start adding the greens to the pot, along with your choice of beer, stock or water. Add the meat(s) and seasoning to your taste. You can also add some hot sauce at this point if you wish. A small dose of white lightning for the cook will help at this point.

Continue adding all of the greens, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for about an hour. Yum. Not to worry if you just can't do collard greens. This recipe will work with turnip greens or mustard greens if you prefer. Some kinda good, yeah.

Chef Folse's Bayouland Beef Stew & Vegetables

Happy New Year's y'all.  May 2011 be a wonderful year for everyone.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

InsaniTea prevails. Tea Party rules the GOP Primaries. GOTV, America!

Last night, Christine O'Donnell defeated longterm and well respected Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware GOP Senatorial primary.  O'Donnell is a 41 year old, unmarried, obsessive, nutty holy roller. I will add, a closet nymphomaniac to the list for she continuously  brings up sex or ridicules her opponent's masculinity .  O'Donnell  goes beyond regulating women's right to privacy with Roe v. Wade, she doesn't even settle with abstaining from sex.  Nope, she wants to stop masturbation and thinks co-ed dorms are a radical plot designed to encourage orgies. This unmarried, 41 year old is lecturing kids on sex.  This is laughable.   From Salon:

Dorm life has evolved into a blending of the sexes, from coed buildings to coed floors, coed bathrooms and now even coed rooms.
"What's next? Orgy rooms? Menage a trois rooms?" asked Christine O'Donnell, spokeswoman for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Del., which publishes a college guide.
All this coedness is outside normal life, said Miss O'Donnell. "Most average American adults don't use coed bathrooms - if they had the option of a coed bathroom at a public restaurant, they wouldn't choose it." Coedness "is like a radical agenda forced on college students," she said.

What is it with the GOP and obsessing about sex?  It is a symptom of mental illness is what it is.  They are transferring their own feelings of repression on to the rest of the good ole USA.  As loony as that is, they have far more dangerous ideas that are not laughable.  Downright ugly, racist and psycho-pathic ideas appear nearly every day from the new GOP.

Here's a sampling of what the GOP has come up with this year, from Bill in Portland Maine:
  1. Abolish the Department of Education and the EPA 
  2. Repeal the health reform bill
  3. Threaten to secede from the Union
  4. Shut down the government 
  5. Privatize Social Security or phase it out all together
  6. Tax cuts for the super rich
  7. Convert empty prisons into poorhouses
  8. Apologize to BP for their oil disaster
  9. Repeal the new financial reform bill
  10. Resort to "2nd Amendment " remedies if they don't get their way.
  11. Repeal the 14th, 16th and 17th amendments
  12. Round up undocumented workers and ship 'em back
  13. Outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest
  14. No masturbating!
  15. Ramp up off shore drilling and give only token support for alternative energy.
The list doesn't end there, here's some of mine:
  1. Barter with your Doctor, offer him chickens for your cancer treatments. -Sue Lowden, GOP candidate for Nevada Senate. 
  2. Repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Rand Paul 
  3. Repeal the American Disabilities Act - Rand Paul 
  4. Tea Partiers believe global warming is a hoax, see Joe Miller and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin).  Johnson blamed the earth's warming temperatures on sunspots.  He ignored the overwhelming evidence proving increases in carbon dioxide emissions and ignored 80 years of sun spot data, especially the last 15 years where the earth's temperature has increased but sunspots have not.  
  5. Sharon Angle, NV- Senate candidate for the GOP, has called workers on unemployment benefits "lazy"; yet, all the while she is living off her husband's federal pension. 
This is the Republican Party platform.  This is the face of the GOP this election.  They call for limited government except when it comes to individual privacy.  They are ignorant, hypocritical, racist, and corporate shills.  If you don't want to see this happen to our country, get out and campaign now, America.  Get out and vote for the Democratic Party candidates.