October 2008 Archives
The fall 2008 Economic Report to the Governor was released today, and it said the path forward is nothing other than "downright ugly."
It cites housing starts at their lowest since 1945, job losses every month, and a shrinking Gross Domestic Product as indicators.
The report's authors expect the GDP to keep shrinking through the middle of 2009.
Fung and ABC are asking voters from every state to register at myfairelection.com. After they've -- that is, you've -- cast your ballot next Tuesday (or sooner), you can then log on again and report how your experience was: one to five stars, plus a few comments about specifics. If you've registered in advance, you can also submit your ratings via email (perhaps live from the scene, from your Blackberry or Palm).
As of this writing, only three people have signed up in Tennessee--just one in Knox County.
Joe Killian is an elitist media journalist de politico for a North Carolina newspaper, the Greensboro News-Record. Ooh well isn't he neat. He was covering a Sarah Palin rally at Elon University yesterday, a radical liberal college, and when he laughed at the college kids fighting with the Palin supporters outside the event, some fat slob kicked him to the ground from behind, haw haw haw.
Barack Obama may actually believe, as he stated yesterday, that Roe v. Wade "was rightly decided." But it may be very lucky for him, as the son born of that woman, that it hadn't been decided a dozen or so years earlier.
And, today, in explanation:
I aimed to use a concrete circumstance and a hypothetical to get people to (as I put it) "think more carefully about the valuable role that protective abortion laws play." I don't see what is remotely objectionable about that, especially as I clearly refrained from opining that Obama's mother would have chosen one path over another.
Hey, remember when they fired Christopher Buckley for this post?
If you want to know your home's estimated value, go here, and click on Home Price Calculator.
Data from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors show the median sale price of a three-bedroom home fell 4.4 percent in September, to $142,500.
Total residential sales fell 27.8 percent, to 931, while the average market time was 105 days.
The U.S. Supreme Court, siding with Democrats, freed Ohio officials from a lower court order that might have limited participation by new voters in next month's presidential election.
Today's ruling means Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, doesn't have to provide county election boards with lists of new registrants whose information doesn't match up with government databases. A federal trial judge had ordered Brunner to supply the lists by today.
Bad news, Cormac McCarthy fans -- The Road's movie adaptation, featuring scraggily Viggo Mortensen, has now been pushed back from its original soft release dates of Nov. 14 and Nov. 26 to "at least December." The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the apocalyptic movie may even be pushed into the new year.
From September 2007 to September 2008, educational and health services added 6,100 jobs. Local government educational services employment increased by 1,900. From 2007 manufacturing was down by 10,000. Professional and business services lost 6,800 jobs; leisure and hospitality lost 5,700.
The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.
And Harper's Magazine's Scott Horton already has an idea for the Bush legacy name, a la "The Great Communicator" or "the New Deal President."
Despite Barack Obama's protests, the truth is very clear that Barack Obama is the most liberal member of the United States Senate. The ad will be televised nationally.
"Us Brits really have beaten the Americans at their own game and it is really great that we have done that. It really is revolutionary for the UFO world."I, for one, am 100 percent convinced.
Here's how Tennessee voted:
David Davis, R, Dist 1: Nay
John "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr ., R, Dist. 2: Nay
Zach Wamp, R, Dist. 3: Yea
Lincoln Davis, D, Dist. 4: Nay
Jim Cooper, D, Dist. 5: Yea
Bart Gordon, D, Dist. 6: Yea
Marsha Blackburn, R, Dist. 7: Nay
John Tanner, D, Dist. 8: Yea
Stephen Cohen, D, Dist. 9: Yea
Wamp's the only one who changed his vote from Monday.
Complete vote here.
Criticizing John McCain's health care plan, Biden said that McCain would tax health care and "then you're going to have to replace a $12,000 -- that's the average cost of the plan you get through your employer; it costs $12,000 -- you're going to have to pay -- replace a $12,000 plan, because 20 million of you are going to be dropped. So you're going to have to place -- replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you've just given to the insurance company."
"I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are."
Tonight's the first vice presidential debate, and the latest opinion polls out there all seem to suggest that McCain VP pick Gov. Sarah Palin has more work to do than Sen. Joe Biden.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released today, confidence in Palin--who just weeks ago was thought to be the answer to the McCain camp's prayers--has eroded. From the Washington Post:
Though she initially transformed the race with her energizing presence and a fiery convention speech, Palin is now a much less positive force: Six in 10 voters see her as lacking the experience to be an effective president, and a third are now less likely to vote for McCain because of her.
Okay. Had enough of that nonsense? Me too.
Believe it or not there are things going on in local politics, too. In just a few minutes, the Knox County Elections Commission will tell us whether or not seven proposed amendments to the County Charter will appear on the November ballot. Oh, and the petition for liquor by the drink sales in unincorporated Knox County. Take a look at the very vague agenda. Check back tonight for updates.