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Nullification Is For The Birds!

Like most teenage boys growing up, when it came to date night nothing beat a good suspense thriller with your steady girlfriend.  My favorites were always Alfred Hitchcock movies, and the best of the best was The Birds   Mother … Continue reading

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An Indentured Servants View of the American Revolution and Founding of Tennessee

On the 12th of February, 1749 Richard Mynatt, cook, of London, England signed a simple one page agreement.  With his signature he agreed to four years of indentured servitude to Thomas Lee, a wealthy Virginia plantation owner.  In exchange, Richard … Continue reading

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Where’s the Big Idea? Lies, Damn Lies & Big Data

I’m old enough to remember when political parties rallied around principles.  They won or lost on the quality of their ideas and how well those ideas resonated with the American people. Everyday we witness the abandonment of Big Ideas for … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Independence Day Remembered; July 5, 1899.

Pleas Wynn and Catlett Tipton were publicly executed for the murders of Laura and William Whaley at the Courthouse on July 5, 1899. Theirs was the last hanging in Sevier County.  The circumstances of their crimes, as well as the … Continue reading

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KnoxNews Columnist Greg Johnson Called out by Colleague; Resorts to Internet Trolling

A rule of thumb in social media is “don’t feed the internet trolls.”  A time proven axiom in politics is “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Before I violate both dictates, I’ll stipulate KnoxNews.com … Continue reading

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Senate Set to Double “Debt Tax” on Student Loans; But Votes to Subsidize Illegal Border Crossings

Leave it to Congress to find a way to tax the American Dream.  This week the US Senate voted to subsidize the “land of milk and honey” dreams for those crossing the border illegally. Next week, however, the interest rate … Continue reading

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Bureaucrats Say the Darndest Things

“We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously….But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security … Continue reading

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