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  • Was the South Ever Confederate, Anyway?

    07/05/2015 11:52:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Knoxville Mercury ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jack Neely, director, Knoxville History Project
    Everybody has an opinion about whether the Confederate flag is good or bad. They’re all dug in. Some are certain it’s racist and the very signature of evil. Others say it’s purely an expression of Southern pride and reverence for ancestors who fought and died a long time ago. Some of them have devoted careers and personal reputations to these propositions. A newspaper column is not going to change any minds. The Civil War is a big bagful of ironies and paradoxes, and not a recommended study for folks who like to keep things simple. It would be a particular...
  • Entire Tennessee county clerk’s office resigns over same-sex marriage licenses

    07/04/2015 5:55:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    WKRN ^ | 07/03/2015
    DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The employees of the Decatur County clerk’s office in west Tennessee have resigned from their positions. Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler all said their resignations was due to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages. The decision reportedly clashes with the employees’ religious beliefs. Their last day will be July 14. Currently, the Decatur County’s clerk office will not issue a same-sex license.
  • Police ID suspect killed in shootout with former CNN reporter as Memphis fugitive

    07/03/2015 6:36:59 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    KOB News Albuquerque ^ | 7/3/15 | Blair Miller
    Thursday night, Albuquerque police identified the man killed in a shootout at a west side Motel 6 with former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro as 27-year-old Tomorio Walton, who APD says is an absconder out of Memphis, Tennessee. APD spokesperson Tanner Tixier said it is unknown how long Walton had been in the Albuquerque area.
  • Trump: Obama calls some immigrants "gang-bangers" -- where's the outcry?

    07/02/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    The Rebel ^ | July 2, 2015 | The Rebel Staff
    Donald Trump is not the most cautious speaker in the Republican presidential primary field. The Donald speaks his mind -- and it is this personality trait that often lands the red-topped billionaire in political, and often legal, hot water. The outspoken real estate mogul, whose net worth is currently valued at US$4.1 billion, has most recently been on the receiving end of a torrent of criticism over comments suggesting Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and drug dealers. Speaking at the New York launch of his presidential run on June 16, Mr. Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending...
  • In Tennessee, Obama Sings Davy Crockett

    07/01/2015 9:23:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/15 | Charlie Spiering
    The president appears more willing to burst into song after some rave reviews for his rendition of Amazing Grace. During a conversation about Obamacare in Tennessee, President Obama took a question from a man named Davy Crockett. “You don’t have a beaver cap,” Obama said to the man as he asked about about pushing through his application for social security. “Y’all remember that TV show? Actually a lot of people are too young here,” he said before singing a few bars of the tune. (Video)
  • Tennessee store owner posts “No gays allowed” sign

    07/01/2015 6:33:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    On a slow news day, it was either this or the fact that Twitter’s blowing up right now over the NYT’s suggestion that peas would make a fine addition to guacamole. Since only one of those stories has seeped into other major newspapers (so far), that’s the one I’m blogging. Although, for the record, I like peas and think they’d be an intriguing, if not necessarily triumphant, ingredient in guac from a textural perspective. Let’s not wet ourselves over experimental recipes after we, as a people, just got done spending two weeks debating the pros and cons of pizza with...
  • [TN] Demonstrators with Confederate flags greet president

    07/01/2015 5:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Supporters of the Confederate flag were seen waving the flag outside of the school this afternoon where President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his remarks on health care later in the day. The demonstrators were gathered across the street from Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison. They said they hope the president will come outside and speak to them so he will understand what they’re all about. “We just want him to understand that this is heritage, that there is not any bit of hate coming from these flags. We can’t be held accountable for one man making that...
  • Sociology Prof: "Whiteness is Terror"

    07/01/2015 9:32:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 76 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 7/1/15 | Aurelius
    Zandria Robinson, who taught Sociology at the University of Memphis, stated that whiteness is "terror," among other inflammatory statements online. She was dismissed yesterday from the college for her blatantly racist statements. What eventually led to Robinson's firing were the following racist tweets: The University of Memphis eventually learned about these ridiculous tweets, as well as comments that she didn't want her children "in school with snotty privileged whites," and have subsequently dismissed her:
  • Supreme Court's same-sex ruling roils conservative Tennessee House Republicans

    06/30/2015 11:03:46 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 10 replies
    Chattanooga TimesFreePress ^ | July 1, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- Nearly half of Tennessee's House Republican Caucus met "in a state of shock" Tuesday to discuss whether to hold a special legislative session in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. They discussed topics such as what, if anything, state lawmakers can or should do in areas like protecting clergy who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies because it would violate their religious beliefs. At least 33 of the most conservative members of the 73-member GOP Caucus packed into a conference room in Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell's office for more than an hour. They...
  • New laws in Tennessee include 48-hour waiting period for abortion

    06/30/2015 4:46:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    whnt.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Associated Press,
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new Tennessee law that requires a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion is one of many new laws taking effect on July 1. The abortion measure passed during the recent legislative session affects all seven of the state’s abortion clinics. Another measure will require abortion facilities performing more than 50 abortions a year be held to the same health and safety standards as other out-patient surgical facilities.
  • Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Bill to Protect Pastors Who Object to Marrying Same-Sex Couples

    06/30/2015 6:29:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Tennessee lawmakers are drafting a new bill expected to protect pastors who refuse to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for religious reasons. The bill, named the "Tennessee Pastor Protection Act" by its creators Republican Reps. Bryan Terry of Murfreesboro and Andy Holt of Dresden, say their goal is to provide legal protection for clergy who might be forced to perform same-sex marriages on church property after Friday's Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the U.S. image: http://images.christianpost.com/full/84701/republican-rep-andy-holt.jpg?w=262 Republican Rep. Andy Holt (Photo: Press Release/andyholt4tn.com) Dresden, Tennessee, Republican Rep. Andy Holt. image: http://graphic.christianpost.com/images/homepage11/enlarge4.png "It comes as no surprise that...
  • Henley Bridge gets rainbow-lit for marriage equality (Knoxville, Tennessee)

    06/29/2015 10:09:48 PM PDT · by Semper Mark · 18 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Chuck Campbell
    The Henley Bridge became a rainbow of lights Monday evening in recognition of last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. In a Facebook announcement, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said the decision was made “to celebrate the historic ruling,” which made same-sex marriage the law of the land. (Excerpted) Read more...
  • Controversial Bust at TN Senate Chambers

    06/24/2015 6:26:29 PM PDT · by Bronzy · 35 replies
    http://www.newstalk987.com/2015/06/23/controversial-bust-at-tn-senate-chambers/ ^ | Posted on June 23, 2015 | Filed Under: Local News, Local News Reel 3
    A bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and an early leader in the Ku Klux Klan, sits in an alcove outside the Senate chambers at the Tennessee statehouse. Photo: Dave Bouche – The Tennessean
  • Memphis Mayor Wants to Dig Up Dead Confederate War General (Nathan Bedford Forest)

    06/26/2015 9:58:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park in the latest and perhaps most despicable example of the anti-Southern cleansing spreading across the nation. “Which African-American wants to have a picnic in the shadow of Nathan Bedford Forrest?” Wharton said in a Thursday press briefing.
  • Memphis mayor wants Confederate general’s grave removed(Spot the bigot)

    06/29/2015 3:10:55 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/29/15 | j chasmar
    Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced a proposal last week to remove the statue and grave sites of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife. “These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the Democratic mayor, who is black, said in a news conference, a local NBC affiliate reported. Mr. Wharton told The Associated Press that he wants the statue removed from Health Sciences Park and “returned to Forrest Monument Association that had it placed there.” He said the graves of the noted KKK leader and his...
  • Obama Takes ACA Victory Tour to Tennessee, Where 28,000 Lost Insurance Coverage

    06/29/2015 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Supreme Court gave President Obama a reason to be giddy about the status of his signature health care legislation on Friday, upholding Obamacare subsidies for individuals living in states without state based Obamacare exchanges. He promptly held a presser at the White House, beaming that the Affordable Care Act was “here to stay.” Now, it appears he’s taking his victory tour to Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a former nurse, suggested that maybe the president should have done a little research before choosing her state to promote his pride and joy. “During his visit to Tennessee, perhaps President Obama...
  • Memphis Mayor Wants to Literally Dig Up Confederate General and Move Him

    06/29/2015 11:07:05 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 49 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 6/29/15 | by Alex Griswold
    Memphis Mayor Wants to Literally Dig Up Confederate General and Move Him by Alex Griswold Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has called for the removal of the grave of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park, along with an attached memorial. “These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” Wharton said in a press conference Thursday. Most historians believe that Forrest was also the first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, although he later distanced himself from the group as they became more violent. “This is...
  • Federal Judge's Order Allows Two TN Abortion Clinics To Remain Open

    06/28/2015 9:38:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    newschannel9.com ^ | June 27 2015 | newschannel9
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee abortion clinics will not have to shut down on July 1 after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1REsBmk) U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp issued an order on Friday that blocks the state from enforcing a new law requiring clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. The clinics claimed in a hearing there was no way they could obtain the licenses in time to comply with the new law.
  • Three Tennessee abortion clinics sue, seek to block new laws

    06/26/2015 10:35:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean
    Three abortion clinics and an obstetrician-gynecologist have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to immediately block two new Tennessee abortion laws set to take effect on Wednesday. The legal challenge asks that a court immediately block a law that requires clinics performing 50 or more surgical abortions each year to be regulated as ambulatory surgical treatment centers.
  • The Latest on Charleston shooting: Memphis mayor wants Confederate statue, grave out of park

    06/25/2015 8:57:13 PM PDT · by middlegeorgian · 99 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 6/24/2015 | Asociated Press
    10:30 p.m. The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, says he thinks a statue of Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest should be removed from its location at a city park. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said he would like to see the statue removed from Health Sciences Park. Wharton said the graves of Forrest and his wife, also located at the park, should be relocated as well. Health Sciences Park was called Forrest Park until the City Council voted in February 2013 to change the name. It...
  • TN Democratic Party accused of trying to make money from Charleston tragedy

    06/23/2015 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 6 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free-Press ^ | 6/23/15 | Andy Sher
    An email today from Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini that links last week's shooting death of nine people at a historically black Charleston, S.C., church to the 1940 murder of a West Tennessee NAACP activist is drawing fire from state Republicans because it includes a link where readers can contribute to the Democratic Party. State Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes charged in a statement that Democrats "are seeking to raise money off of a tragedy. They're trying to profit from a horrific situation. That is inappropriate in every sense of the word. It's disrespectful to a community that is...
  • Shots fired into Saint Matthew Church on Pendleton Street (Memphis, Tennessee)

    06/18/2015 9:39:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WRCB-TV ^ | June 18, 2015 | Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shots were fired into Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in the 2000 block of Pendleton Street. Officers were told that one of the church's pastors noticed a bullet hole in the front door of the building. It is unknown when the shots were fired, because no one else was at the church at the time. At this time, investigators say there is nothing indicating that the shooting is connected to the shooting in South Carolina. WMC Action News 5's Jerica Phillips is on the scene now to learn more information.
  • Loss of Health Care Subsidies Would Impact South More than Anywhere Else

    06/16/2015 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Macon) ^ | June 16, 2015 21:23 UTC | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — (...) The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the subsidies can continue for 6.4 million people in 34 states who use the federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov. (...) More than 4.1 million people, or nearly two out of three who could lose their subsidies in the case this year, live in just 13 Southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/16/3799971/loss-of-health-care-subsidies.html#storylink=cpy
  • Cruz Rejects Call To Drop Anti-Shariah Activist In Tennessee

    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is rejecting a call to drop an anti-Shariah activist as his state chairman for Tennessee.</p> <p>Kevin Kookogey, a former chairman of the Williamson County GOP, once criticized Republican Gov. Bill Haslam over the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.</p>
  • Who be Tennessee's pick for the GOP presidential nomination?

    06/15/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Johnson City Press ^ | June 15, 2015 | Robert Houk, opinion page editor
    There’s going to be an important race for the White House next year, but then again, every election for the leader of the United States and the rest of the free world is important. It must be so, because a presidential election is the only time many Americans will step into a voting booth. The 2016 campaign is well underway, with Hillary Clinton already taking shots from would-be Republican nominees. As of this writing, there are 20 declared GOPers and at least five other credible Republicans still mulling bids. Of course, Hillary is also under fire from a self-professed socialist,...
  • Bear attack victim's father: 'I woke up and saw a bear dragging him' [Smokies]

    06/11/2015 3:51:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 74 replies
    WCPO ^ | 6-10-15
    Several trails, campsites closed GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- An Ohio father fought off a black bear that was attacking his teenage son at Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend. Greg Alexander's teenage son, Gabriel, was dragged by a bear from their campsite at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, WCPO sister station WLOS reported. They were 40 miles into what was planned to be a 50-mile backpacking trip. "I woke up to (Gabriel) screaming, and I saw a bear," Alexander told WLOS. "And it seemed to have bitten (Gabriel) in the head and was dragging him that way across the ground...
  • Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists

    06/09/2015 4:05:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 9, 2015 | Andy Sher
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." In announcing Kookogey's appointment, Cruz on Monday called him "a consistently strong voice for conservative principles and an active member of our party for a number of years. "His experience and knowledge of both the landscape in Tennessee and the issues that...
  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz names anti-Shariah activist Kookogey as Tennessee chairman

    06/09/2015 1:56:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has named anti-Shariah activist Kevin Kookogey as his state chairman for Tennessee. Kookogey, a former chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, was unsuccessful in his bid to coalesce tea party support for a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander last year....
  • Senator Reveals Obama Hiding Iran Nuclear Deal Document

    06/04/2015 3:36:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/6/15 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is scrambling to quell concerns ahead of a Congressional review of the impending Iran nuclear deal that is approaching a June 30 deadline, but one US Senator reports Obama is refusing to reveal a document detailing the full scope of the deal. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he and other Senators are trying to obtain a document with the exact details of what the administration has already agreed to - but their requests are being refused. "There is a document that explains what Iran is...
  • Gore, Dean, and Kennedy: Their Speech Instructor!

    06/07/2004 12:11:05 PM PDT · by texson66 · 31 replies · 284+ views
    Self | 7 June 04 | Texson66
    Driving home from work last Friday ( 4 June 04), I heard Sean Hannity playing some of the Democrats' speeches (Gore, Kennedy, and Dean) from the last few months. Sean and Gingrich (his guest) analyzed the false logic in the speeches, but it was the tone, the hatefulness, and pace of the delivery of the speeche that really caught my attention. The longer I listened the more I think they all had taken speech instructions from Hitler!
  • Jeb Bush fights lonely battle defending Common Core

    05/31/2015 8:24:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/31/15 | Ashley Killough
    As opposition to Common Core began to swell in Tennessee, Jeb Bush showed up to an education forum in March of last year, advocating for state officials to keep the higher standards in place. Now, a little more than a year later, Bush returned to Nashville Saturday night to address the state's GOP dinner, but his push for the state to hold onto Common Core didn't succeed. Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill to review the controversial standards and rebrand them with a Tennessee-specific focus. The bill was widely viewed as a compromise between Common Core...
  • Tennessee man pleads guilty to plotting attack on Muslims

    05/19/2015 2:38:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies
    A man who ran for Congress last year in East Tennessee has pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a small Muslim enclave in New York. Federal agents began investigating Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain following a Facebook posting in which he claimed a community outside of Hancock, New York, was planning a terrorist attack and "must be utterly destroyed," according to the plea agreement entered last month.
  • Jihadis Launching Attacks on US Soil from Base in Tennessee

    02/22/2015 5:39:27 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 37 replies
    Patriot Newswire ^ | 2/20/15 | Timothy Tuttle
    Folks. We have received a very disturbing report from the outlet Bradley County News, based out of Tennessee. I think the people there need our help. They need us to listen, be aware, keep our eyes open, and not be so overly concerned with offending someone, that we take action to stop this. Please read every single word of this report. From Bradley County News, with respect: US and TN Terrorist Camps have launched Jihad, prepare for future attacks 02/20/2015 0936 am They are in your neighborhood. They walk the streets with you. They shop, dine and eat with you....
  • Civil War Historical Marker Ceremony To Be Held In June In Cleveland

    05/14/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies
    TheChattanoogan ^ | May 14,2015 | Staff
    The latest Civil War-related historical roadside marker will be dedicated during a special ceremony next month in Cleveland. The marker commemorates the difficult time during the Civil War when much of Bradley County lay between Union and Confederate lines. During this period, homes and businesses were vandalized and robbed by both pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces who took advantage of the prevailing lawlessness. This marker also commemorates the courageous actions of War of 1812 veteran Joseph Lusk II, who at 73, defended his home with determination against a group of outlaws attempting to steal his mules. He shot and killed one...
  • Update: Man charged with homicide in pregnant girl's attack, baby's death

    05/14/2015 2:43:04 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 18 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | May 14, 2015 | Shelly Bradbury
    A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has been charged with criminal homicide after police say he beat a 15-year-old pregnant girl and killed the baby she was carrying. Police say Justin Armour attacked the girl on Tuesday in a vacant house near 2201 East 3rd Street. She gave birth to the stillborn baby — who Armour fathered — early Wednesday morning. Medical staff believe the baby died because of trauma from the assault, according to police. The girl was five months pregnant. The girl and Armour had a history of domestic violence. The girl, who will not be identified by the Times...
  • Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

    05/14/2015 12:45:29 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/22/2016 | Becky Oskin
    PASADENA, Calif. — Shattered cave formations in the central United States may preserve one of the longest records of powerful earthquakes in this region. Historical records from European settlers provide vivid accounts of deadly earthquakes in states such as Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. For instance, in 1811 and 1812, people saw the ground ripple like ocean waves when the New Madrid Fault Zone unleashed earthquakes thought to be greater than magnitude 8. However, no written accounts exist from before Europeans arrived. And most earthquake faults in the Midwest are hidden deep beneath the surface, so scientists can't dig into the...
  • Could SEC Football Strength Be Equaled by 'SEC Presidential Primary' in '16?

    05/14/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In recent presidential primary cycles, the influence of Southern states -- with the exception of Florida, whose "Southern status" is perhaps more locational than anything else -- has been minimal. While pundits like to say that GOP presidential nominees have relied heavily on a "red state" electorate based in the South, that same base has had little to say in determining the nominee. After all, neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney had much in common with the region. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp sensed that voter turnout intensity in the region could be stronger in November 2016 if...
  • Jonesborough church sign offers to remove Obama stickers [Tenn]

    05/13/2015 4:51:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Lauren Haviland
    A sign put up at a Washington County, Tennessee church has people talking. A News Channel 11 viewer contacted us, complaining about the marquee outside. What you read on the sign depends in which direction you travel down Old Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough. On one side, Jonesborough Baptist Church advertises its Sunday school starting at 10:00 AM. The other side, something totally different, an offer more than an invitation making a point that's purely political. "Oh my goodness," Caryn Vest of Kingsport said when she saw a picture of the sign. Close to the sign are several flags, including...
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • 500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel

    05/05/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Over 500 organizations are calling on Congress to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting board that is part of ObamaCare. The panel at issue is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and is charged with coming up with ways to cut Medicare spending. Legislation to repeal the board sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. While some opponents of ObamaCare have called the IPAB a “death panel,” the board is banned by law from recommending changes that would ration care or require seniors to pay a higher share of costs. Its reforms...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Rubio, Paul, Cruz vote to allow Obama to lift Iran sanctions

    05/08/2015 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 96 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2015 | Newsmachete
    As many of you know, I'm a big fan of Ted Cruz, but when he does something wrong, it's important to call him on it. In this case he, along with Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, voted for a bill that will effectively allow the President to lift sanctions on Iran. Normally, here's how treaties work: the President negotiates a treaty with another country, like the deal he is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons development. Once the treaty is negotiated, it's submitted to the Senate. Two thirds of the Senate has to vote to approve, or ratify, the...
  • Ted Cruz: Why I voted YES for Corker Iran bill

    05/07/2015 3:55:30 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 226 replies
    TheRightscoop ^ | 5/7/2015 | RightScoop
    Cruz- “This bill was a missed opportunity. If Congress had acted to defend our constitutional authority – if Congress had adopted the Cruz-Toomey amendment – then we would be able to stop a bad Iran deal. Instead, the odds are now overwhelming that under these ground rules President Obama will negotiate, and Congress will acquiesce to, a terrible deal that allows Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and will endanger the lives of millions of Americans and our allies. “I voted no on cloture because we should have insisted on amendments to put real teeth in this bill. Ultimately, I voted...
  • TN Gov. Haslam signs measure for lifetime handgun-carry permit

    05/01/2015 7:04:15 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 13 replies
    AP via wrcbtv ^ | 5/1/15 | AP
    NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows Tennesseans to get a lifetime handgun-carry permit. During the recent legislative session, the House passed the measure 90-3, and the Senate approved it 30-2. Haslam signed it this week. Before the new law, a permit was valid for four years. Now, Tennessee residents at least 21 years of age can pay $500 for a lifetime permit. A criminal record check will be done every five years.
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • BEN AFFLECK HAS ANOTHER NINE SLAVEHOLDER ANCESTORS FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH (214 slaves total)

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
  • Tennessee: Park Carry Legislation Signed into Law

    04/25/2015 1:22:47 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 3 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 24, 2015
    After a hard fought and long awaited result, your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that House Bill 995’s conference committee majority report was signed into law this morning. ~snip~ The report removed the ability for municipalities to opt-out of park carry, thus removing a patchwork of laws throughout the state of Tennessee that could turn law-abiding Tennesseans with handgun carry permits into unintentional criminals.
  • In-state tuition bill falls one vote short (Tennessee)

    04/23/2015 10:13:52 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 21 replies
    WSMV TV (Nashville) ^ | Apr 22, 2015 | Hayley Mason
    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A bill that would offer in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in Tennessee failed to pass the legislature on Wednesday. View from the Hill State lawmakers argued for more than two hours on the bill that has been four years in the making. The issue had bipartisan support, but many teetered on if this was an education issue or about immigration reform. Ultimately, the bill failed by a single vote. Several students dressed in graduation caps and gowns came to the state House to support the bill. They carried signs to represent the jobs they hope to...
  • Backers of Tennessee in-state tuition for undocumented students say they'll try again next year

    04/23/2015 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 20 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | April 23, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- As the Tennessee House debated a bill Wednesday that could determine whether he can eventually afford college, 15-year-old Carlos Reyes was in the balcony. In the end, the bill to allow some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities failed by one vote, 49-47. Fifty votes were needed to approve the bill, which had passed in the Senate. The measure is dead until next year. "It does make me feel kind of upset," said Reyes, a high school student from Murfreesboro whose parents brought him illegally to the U.S. "I really hope they pass...