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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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Fleece Navidad; US Senate Moves Christmas to July With Immigration Bill

“At over 1,200 pages and 24 lbs., the Senate Immigration Bill is so laden and unwieldy, the Armed Forces could use lugging it around as a gender neutral test for combat duty.”  Frank Niceley While the debate raged for weeks … Continue reading

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Tennessee Politics Old School: Cas Walker

Over the years, Tennessee has had an abundance of colorful, plain spoken and populist politicians.  Few match the legendary Grocer, Cas Walker, in either  outspokenness or longevity.  From 1954-71 thousands of East Tennessee families began their day with the Cas … Continue reading

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Government Lost in Space; Debtstar of the Republic

“You know Government is out of control, when Congress speaks in trillions of dollars, while scientists still talk about billions of stars.” – Frank Niceley There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way.  If every dollar of our National … Continue reading

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The Courage to Stand Alone Makes Duncan Outstanding on Farm Bill

“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. ” ― David Crockett These … Continue reading

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