Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tennesseans Blackburn, Frist will speak at GOP convention
WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been added as speakers at the Republican National Convention next week.
Former senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the convention in St. Paul, Minn., and Blackburn of Brentwood also will speak that night, convention officials announced Tuesday.
Elsewhere...Marsha made "news" in Denver...
The party of President George W. Bush and his would-be successor, Arizona Sen. John McCain, has sent a slew of its leading stars to crash Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama's party in the electoral battleground state of Colorado.
"Barack Obama was AWOL, nowhere to be found on the issue of immigration," said Florida Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Others played up tensions in the Democratic party fueled by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's loss in the primaries to Obama, which has dominated convention coverage this week.
"When you talk to Democrats, there's a lot of disunity," said Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn at the same news conference with [Mitt] Romney and Diaz-Balart.
The Republicans hold their convention in St. Paul, Minnesota next week. Not a model of unity themselves, many party members are said to be staying away.
All the more reason to get into the Democrats' act. One Republican operative said this week would be "more fun" than St. Paul anyway.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (Okla.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
A primary topic is how sex is "encouraged" by university staff, and that these kids choose to abstain and are angry that sex is being discussed without censorship.
My biggest (superficial) observation: no one would ever want to have sex with these people in the first place! (something Glenn probably knows a lot about, thus enter the little girls) Yuck!
Nashville, Aug 21 - Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) concluded her three day trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) and returned to Nashville this morning. Her visit to the extreme northern section of Alaska convinced the Tennessee Representative that drilling there is practical, environmentally responsible, and essential to American energy independence. Blackburn was particularly struck by the potential growth for American jobs that energy exploration in ANWR would represent. “ANWR represents a vast resource that was taken from the people of the area by the Federal Government by eminent domain. Their only compensation was 2,000 acres they could exploit for oil. Then the Government cruelly came back and restricted that exploitation; seriously damaging the welfare of the people who live in the area. Denying them the right to drill, and denying America the oil we need for energy independence is unfair to Alaskans and all Americans.”
What I found was a vast coastal flat almost the size of my home state of Tennessee. This refuge was taken from the local population by the Federal Government in the 60s. At the time, residents were promised a 2,000 acre plot they could develop for energy purposes. Those 2,000 acres- 10% of the size of a suburb of Nashville – are the issue at hand.
We are talking about an area with so much potential energy that residents actually cut out slabs of oil rich sand for use in heating their homes. I suppose they could cut down trees if they wanted to, but the nearest forest is 100 miles away.
Bottom line: the environmentalists concocted a misinformation campaign about this landscape and perpetuated a fundamentally unfair policy.
It is a policy that is hurting Americans when they can afford it least. The Democrat imposed restrictions on energy have already had an effect on the price at the pump. It is an effect each of us knows all too well.
This week, the Tennessee Valley Authority, an agency designed to provide affordable power, announced that natural gas and coal prices are forcing it to raise rates by 20%. This is a country rich in both resources. That TVA is finding energy resources hard to come by is further indication that Democrat energy policy is misguided.
My colleagues and I have put forward reasonable legislation that will achieve all of these goals. We are ready to vote today, all we need is for Speaker Pelosi to bring her colleagues back to town.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Toby Keith Throws Support Behind Obama
Country Star Says Democratic Candidate 'Best' Since Clinton
LOS ANGELES -- Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is getting a little bit of support from one of the big names in country music.
Toby Keith said that he's backing the Illinois senator and fellow Democrat.
Keith is best known among non-country music folks for his post-Sept. 11 song, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."
The song features lines aimed at the Taliban in Afghanistan like, "We lit up your world like the Fourth of July."
But Keith has said the song was more of a patriotic tune than a pro-war song.
The county music star said that he was impressed that Obama visited Afghanistan to learn about the region.
Keith, a self-described Democrat, said Obama is "the best Democratic candidate we've had since Bill Clinton."
Monday, August 18, 2008
I’m running because Marsha Blackburn has asked me to soften the district’
Our source attributes the above quote to Monty Lankford, who is running for Congress in the 4th district.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Minnesota's 6th District Rep. Bachmann: No need to fix Global Warming, Jesus already saved the planet
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R):
"[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she's just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet -- we didn't need Nancy Pelosi to do that.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Why do you think that is?
And why has their endorsement been so studiously ignored by our watchdog media?
(Imagine if a similarly storied ultra-right lunatics had endorsed John McCain? Though, of course, there is no group like that on the right.)
Still, won’t it be pleasant finally to have a President that the same hard-line Communists who supported Joseph Stalin can support?
This is the kind of “unity” Mr. Obama will bring us.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Could a Jones native become McCain's running mate?
By Noah Lee Sanford, The News-Commercial
Tenn. Congressman Marsha Blackburn may very well be a part of history in the making when senator and presidential hopeful John McCain names his running mate.
Blackburn, 56, grew up in the Powers community outside of Laurel. Blackburn was an active member of the 4-H Club and graduated from Northeast Jones High School. She received a 4-H scholarship which she used to attend Mississippi State University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Although she's surrounded by men in Congress, Blackburn refuses to use her gender as an issue.
"You always will have people who say gender is a hindrance or a help. I'm just privileged to serve with many great men and women. I hope more women will run for Congress," Blackburn said, noting that there aren't many conservative women serving with her.
She has held many positions within the Republican Congressional Caucus. With such a conservative record and strong fiscal and social credentials, many Republican leaders want her to run for higher office - possibly governor of Tennessee in 2010 - but Blackburn won't speculate. She's focused on her current office.
"I don't look at what will be potentially. Right now, I'm running for re-election and I'm looking toward that campaign," Blackburn said, noting that her future is "God's job."
For months now, as political pundits look through polling crosstabs and demographic breakdowns, analysts have come up with several names that would be good Vice-presidential choices for McCain, and Blackburn's name has been mentioned many times, most recently in the Los Angeles Times by well-known political journalist Jonah Goldberg.
Noted in the article was that Rep. Blackburn would "please the [conservative] base and put the gender card in play," that she was a "low-risk choice," and that if McCain wants to choose a woman, Blackburn would be the best choice. Although many pundits believe she has a shot, Blackburn disagrees.
"That's a hypothetical. It's always an honor to be considered for other offices, but it's not going to be me," Blackburn said, adding that she expects McCain to pick someone who can help him geographically by bringing a swing or normally Democratic state into the Republican column. "You'll see Senator McCain choose someone who can bring him a state. Tennessee is reliably Republican."
No matter where life takes her - to the Senate chambers, the Tennessee Governor's Mansion, or maybe even to the White House - it began in rural Mississippi, and Blackburn doesn't forget it.
God's job? If Congressman Blackburn's work is God's job, we're all screwed. Obviously there aren't many conservative women. Why would a woman want to work to strip herself of her rights? Maybe the fascist ladies of the House (Michele Bachmann, Marilyn Musgrave, Virginia Foxx, Candice Miller, Thelma Drake, Mary Fallin, Jean Schmidt, Sue Myrick, Jo Ann Emerson) could answer.
In a TN-07 Repub primary recap from the Memphis Commercial Appeal...
As Thursday's results became evident, Leatherwood acknowledged that he faced a tough challenge in the race, not only overcoming Blackburn's incumbency, but her campaign spending, too. The last financial reports showed Leatherwood spending about $130,000, while Blackburn's reflected $1.1 million, but her campaign staff said they used about $600,000 in the run against Leatherwood.
That allowed Blackburn to send out a pair of mailers saying Leatherwood supported illegal immigration and taxpayer-funded health care for the immigrants. Her claim was based on Leatherwood favoring a bill providing more federal aid for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Blackburn voted against the measure.
"We had a lot of momentum built up at the end of June and the first of July, but those two mailers hurt us," Leatherwood said. "She knew I didn't have the resources to negate that untruthful information she put out."
This might be below the belt, but after this crusade by Voight to lead conservatism in Southern California, I don't forsee a reconciliation between him and his daughter, Angelina, in the near future ...remember... Republicans hate the U.N. and the idea of peace. Angelina represents the U.N. Hmmm.
Now Glenn is talking about female goats and their private parts. I guess he now prefers sexy goats to little girls.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Well, Congressman Marsha Blackburn held on quite well to TN-07's Republican spot. I still feel good for biting my tongue telling the poll worker here in Brentwood that I was choosing to vote in the Republican primary.
Marsha Blackburn --- 65%
Tom Leatherwood --- 35%
I have to give Tom props though. He put the spotlight on some of Marsha's crooked ways which could undoubtedly be used against her in case (shudder) she decides to run for governor in 2010.
On to bigger news.
Although the TN-09 Dem primary was expected to be closer, Steve Cohen (who is in the #1 spot of congressmen I'd love for TN-07) knocked out Nikki Tinker who tried to portray him as a Klan member...even though he's Jewish. Thus, Cohen will represent Memphis for another 2-year term.
The BIGGEST news in Tennessee congressional races:
Phil Roe of Johnson City has ousted 1-term Congressman David Davis. According to the Tennessean, an incumbent hasn't been defeated in a primary in TN-01 since 1930.
Phil Roe --- 50%
David Davis --- 49%
From what I can tell, Roe seems to be a more moderate and respectable Republican. Although he espouses the normal right-wing credentials (pro-life, NRA member, blah blah blah), Roe has actually served on a City Planning Commission which right-wingers hate, obviously because it means "Big Brother" coming in and advising developers not to destroy a community. Remember Republicans looove big roads, big cars, big yards, and big hate.
On a green note, as mayor of Johnson City, Roe oversaw the installation of LED bulbs, swapping out city SUVs for Priuses, and using methane gas from landfills. Contrast this with Marsha's point-of-view...Tahoes instead of bicycles, concrete instead of trees, fear instead of everything.
Roe also makes two pledges: 1) a maximum 10-year term, and 2) no taking of any PAC money. Those are some serious pledges, especially for Republicans. He also is one of the few Repubs who criticize Big Oil, and has targeted David Davis for courting Exxon.
Finally, Bob Tuke won the Dem primary to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, while Marsha, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper (D-Nashville), Lincoln Davis (D-Pall Mall), Jimmy Duncan (R-Knoxville), Bart Gordon (D-Murfreesboro), John Tanner (D-Union City), and Zach Wamp (R-Chattanooga) will surely hold on to their seats.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Washington politics can get confusing; however, this week's antics by Republicans like U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) provided a mind-boggling mix of theatrics and hypocrisy.
While a majority in Congress left Washington for their home districts and an August recess, a few members stuck around to speak to an empty House chamber, offer grand orations to powerless microphones, and debate members who were not even present.
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports:
"It's time for Congress to go to work!" demanded Rep. Price -- the same Tom Price who, when Congress was busily working this spring, offered one of the many motions to adjourn.
The Republican beef: that Congress left town without authorizing offshore oil drilling. Problem is, while Congress did nothing about fuel prices, the average price of a gallon of gas fell 23 cents over the past month -- evidence, critics might say, that Congress should do nothing more often.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser remarked concerning the Washington charade, "The going rate for Marsha Blackburn's shenanigans is $85,000- the amount contributed by oil companies to her campaign coffers."
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
"It is a great honor to represent the scenic stretch of Tennessee from Clarksville to Nashville, to Memphis. Anchored by Tennessee’s great metropolitan centers, the heart of my district is the rural engine of Tennessee’s economy and home to the men and women who work the land every day. These are the true environmentalists and conservationists, those for whom clean air and clean water isn’t an abstract notion, but the vital force that keeps the corn, cotton and soybeans growing.
Contrast them with the other “environmentalists”. These are the latte’ sipping earth-first-istas who believe corn is more appropriately poured into a gas tank than into corn meal muffins. Their environmental experience is a drive through the Napa Valley. “Pay more, drive less” is an option for them because they don’t have to depend on hauling goods to market to make their living. After all those spinning classes, they think nothing of a brisk bike ride to the office.
My constituents and I live a very different lifestyle. While the trial lawyers and green peacers sip proseca and chat politely about the fate of the ridge crested woodchuck; my constituents pile their kids into the mini-van and head to church, summer camp, swimming lessons, and baseball practice. They don’t want the liberal elites to make it more expensive to dream big dreams and turn those dreams into reality."
Now let's make a 180...from the Tennessean...
U.S. Rep. Marsha and Chuck Blackburn at the Swan Ball held at Cheekwood on Saturday, June 14, 2008.
The romance started at the front steps of Cheekwood Mansion. From the moment guests arrived Saturday, June 14 at the 46th annual Swan Ball, Nashville's premiere white-tie charity event, organizers beguiled them with a setting of gardenia-scented twilight. The event benefits Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.
The 800 guests stepped into the wonderland eager to enjoy the events' offerings: a chance to see old friends, hear headline entertainer Diana Ross and admire the parade of formal fashions.
Barbara Bovender came clad in a sunshine yellow Oscar de la Renta that she said she chose for the color and flattering cut. The gown shared the show with an 18-carat white gold cuff on her wrist by the ball's featured jeweler, Verdura. "It's the ultimate in the social season here," Bovender said.
I tell you, that Marsha must be one country bumpkin kinda gal! I have to give props to a comment left regarding the story..
"'m sorry to have missed it, but I got some grease on my rented Tuxedo, while jump-starting my truck.I wanted to bid on that rifle... bad."
In other news from the Tennessean...
Early voting turnout in Tennessee increased about 25 percent over the last presidential election year. Nearly 210,000 people cast their ballots before early voting ended Saturday. That's compared with about 167,000 early votes in 2004.
Monday, August 4, 2008
The Senate passed this bill to address rising tuition costs and remove obstacles that make it more difficult for students to attend college.
Sen. Lamar Alexander voted NO.
Sen. Bob Corker voted NO.
Who needs college?
Apparently he's OK with flip-flopping when the candidate is genuinely changing his/her mind. Does that ever happen? He's seeking Ann Coulter's input. Good idea.
"The truth matters. Barack Obama is a Marxist."
Sunday, August 3, 2008
"It is simply irresponsible for Congress to adjourn for five weeks without taking any action to address the skyrocketing price at the pump. Congress has the power to dramatically reduce Tennesseans' energy costs, and put America on the path to long term energy independence. Unfortunately the liberal leadership of this House lacks the will to get the job done.
I call on the President and the Speaker to call Congress back into session. Perhaps in Washington’s August heat we can provide Americans the relief they deserve.”
“Given the detrimental impact high gasoline prices are placing on the American economy, and my constituents’ desperate cry for relief from the pain at the pump, I believe the time to act is now. The Democrat congressional leadership’s recalcitrance demands immediate action, and should you call for a special session of Congress, I will fully support your decision to force action on legislation to ease the price at the pump.”
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Registration and checkin @ Heritage Foundation
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Rep. Tom Feeney
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Virgil Goode
Sen. Jim Inhofe
- Are you tired of student fees being used to promote liberal causes?
- Are you concerned about the blatant advocacy of radical leftist ideas in your classroom?
- Are you being pressured by the politically correct agenda on your campus?