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February 01, 2007

HCDP Meeting Cancelled


Due to inclimate weather, and school closings across the region, tonight’s meeting of the Hamilton County Democratic Party meeting is cancelled. We will hold the meeting on February 8, 2007 at the same location and time. We will provide more information tomorrow about the meeting. 

Check top gifts for bridesmaids on the next post.

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January 30, 2007

The State of the Union Stinks

Tonight, our guest is Dr. Robert Swansborough, is joining us in a discussion of the State of the Union and the President's State of the Union address. We will discuss the President's domestic agenda, including the renewal of the unfunded No Child Left Behind act, and the President's foreign agenda including his plans for a troop surge and to hold Iran responsible for supporting insurgent activity in Iraq.

Join us this evening on WGOW 102.3 and on http://freespeechamerica.us at 7 p.m. for our discussion of the State of the Union and whether our State of the Union stinks.

Free Speech America-- Voicing America's Opinions on the Interactive Broadcasting System

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January 29, 2007

Can Clinton win?

On Sunday, January 28, 2007 the Associated Press reported "Clinton takes responsibility for Iraq vote." Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton did two things. First, she blamed President Bush for his misuse of authority given to him by Congress to act on Iraq. Second, as the Associated Press reports that Clinton states "I take responsibility" for [my] role in allowing that to happen."

Mrs. Clinton, making a "presidential" campaign swing in Iowa this weekend, met with Democratic activists making the statement “I have said clearly and consistently for quite some time that I regret the way the President misused his authority...he misled Congress and the country on what he was seeking and what he intended to do."

As the first woman running for president, Clinton is obviously taking responsibility for her vote on Iraq while throwing a rock at the president for his misuse of power. Clinton wants to be President, and it appears by her statements on Iraq she is willing to fight to win.

The question is will Clinton taking responsibility for her vote on Iraq help her win the election. Is Senator Clinton offering a sufficient explanation to rank and file Democrats regarding her support for going to war in Iraq? Perhaps, even more important, can she win as a woman? If Senator Clinton was a man, would her path to the White House be easier?

In its article, the Associated Press reports that Clinton also expressed confidence that voters were ready to elect a woman president. "It's one of these issues that evolves over time... I am very confident I can see it unfold."

Senator Clinton will see it unfold, as a woman her greatest challenge may be the fact she is a woman—Clinton’s greatest obstacle is her sex—

With her bold statement on Iraq, one thing is for sure-Clinton is serious about her run for the White House; she now must be serious on overcoming her greatest obstacle—

She is a woman.

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January 28, 2007


In Tennessee, the Lt. Governor serves as speaker of the Senate. The Lt. Governor is elected by the members of the State Senate. Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita ended Democratic Lt. Governor Wilder's term. State Senator Kurita voted with Republicans to end Lt. Governor Wilder’s term as the nation’s longest serving Lt. Governor. State Senator Kurita says she voted her conscience in voting for a Republican to replace the Democratic Lt. Governor.

With her vote, Senator Kurita gave politics in Tennessee another black eye. Her vote and subsequent appointment to Speaker Pro Tem of the State Senate shows voters back room deals are alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee. Senator Kurita’s vote for Republican Ron Ramsey is obviously a “Let’s Make a Deal” vote—Ron Ramsey is now the most powerful State Senator and Rosalind Kurita is now his number two.

Senator Kurita states she voted her conscience; she states she is a Democrat, and her vote is good for Democrats and the people of Tennessee. Senator Kurita leaves the impression that this change in leadership is a wake-up call for everyone to put politics aside by casting votes for the best interests of the people of Tennessee. Senator Kurita proclaims no deals were made, no promises were given, she claims her vote is a vote of conscience—after her vote of conscience the man she votes for appoints her to Speaker Pro Tem of the State Senate. Can anyone say “Let’s Make a Deal?”

By appointing Senator Kurita to “the number two position,” Senator Ramsey shows he is no better than Senator Kurita-both made deals for positions of power. In this Let's Make a Deal move, Senator Kurita obviously jockeyed for a position of power in the Senate. In return, Senator Ramsey obviously made a deal for a position of power in the Senate.

Did Senator Kurita vote her conscience or did she vote for power? The answer is obviously that she voted for power. If Senator Kurita’s vote is a vote of conscience, she would have turned down any position of power offered to her by State Senator Ron Ramsey. Instead, within days of her vote she accepted a position of power.

Senator Kurita had an opportunity to prove she voted her conscience by turning Senator Ramsey’s offer of power down. Instead, she made a deal.

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January 27, 2007

From Free Speech America

A post by John Bailes. Join Stuart James and John Bailes, with guest Dr. Robert Swansborough, for a discussion on the State of the Union Tuesday January 30, 2007 on WGOW 102.3 FM and on http://www.freespeechamerica.us Free Speech America-Voicing America's Opinions on the Interactive Broadcasting System

With Democrats in control of Congress, President Bush chose to divide his State of the Union (SOTU) address evenly between domestic issues and foreign/military issues. Each of these broad issues received about 20+ minutes in a 49-minute speech last Tuesday night, Jan. 23, 2007.

Below is a breakdown of his SOTU in minutes and issues. Notice that domestic policy is addressed in the first twenty or so minutes, obviously nodding to Democratic power. But why no mention of Katrina progress? Too obviously a disaster for this administration? Too painful a domestic issue for this president? Too tragic.

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Bush the Decision Maker


The Washington Post, in an article titled “Bush Defies Lawmakers to Solve Iraq" reports:

"Declaring "I'm the decision maker," President Bush yesterday challenged congressional efforts to formally condemn his Iraq plan, while Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned that a proposed Senate resolution criticizing the deployment of additional troops would embolden the enemy.”

Mr. President, you have been the decision maker for over six years now—where are you, as the decision maker, taking us as a Nation, globally and domestically? Despite your calls for cooperation with Democrats your arrogance continues—you may be a decision maker, but the decisions you are making require modification, and require cooperation with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Your attitude, your Vice President’s attitude and the attitude of your advisors show all of us the spirit of cooperation you proclaimed as part of your State of the Union has no meaning. You continue to have a "my way or the highway" approach to governing this nation.

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January 25, 2007

Cheney: Iraq an Enourmous Success

Vice President Cheney defends the strategy in Iraq after the President's State of the Union. From the Washington Post.

Defending Iraq War, Defiant Cheney Cites 'Enormous Successes'

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 25, 2007; A01

Vice President Cheney said yesterday that the administration has achieved "enormous successes" in Iraq but complained that critics and the media "are so eager to write off this effort or declare it a failure" that they are undermining U.S. troops in a war zone, striking a far more combative tone than President Bush did in his State of the Union address the night before.

In a television interview that turned increasingly contentious as it wore on, Cheney rejected the gloomy portrayal of Iraq that has become commonly accepted even among Bush supporters. "There's problems" in Iraq, he said, but it is not a "terrible situation." And congressional opposition "won't stop us" from sending 21,500 more troops, he said, it will only "validate the terrorists' strategy."

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January 24, 2007

Bruce Plante's Last Word on the State of the Union

Bruce Plante told us on Free Speech America he was working on a cartoon commentary on the State of the Union. We could not leave the subject without posting his work on this subject. Next week we will address the State of the Union on Free Speech America-Voicing America's Opinions on the Interactive Broadcasting System.

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January 23, 2007

Bruce Plant Cartoon Commentary A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Editorial cartoonists serve a valuable purpose in giving comment on the news of the day. These cartoons are sometimes poignant and at other times controversial. Many are humorous, making a humorous comment on the day's news.

There is an apparent trend in the United States where newspapers are no longer employing full-time editorial cartoonists. If this trend continues, most cartoonists will become freelance, with newspapers not having a full-time staff cartoonist to use art in commenting on the issues facing us.

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Bush Supports March agains Roe v. Wade

March against Roe v. Wade
The Associated Press --Abortion opponents march Monday in Washington on the 34 th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. President Bush spoke encouragingly to the marchers.

The issue is more than Roe v. Wade, the issue is the right of privacy the decision speaks of--a right the Supreme Court states exists under the United States Constitution. If the anti abortion movement, and the extremists supporting the movement succeed, much more than the right of choice is at stake, the right of privacy is at stake.

The issue is crucial, it involves the right of women and ther rights of all of us to privacy under the constitution.

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Plante's Cartoon Commentary

Tonight on Free Speech America--Bruce Plante, Editorial Cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 7pm on WGOW 102.3 and at http://www.freespeechamerica.us


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January 21, 2007

Bruce Plante: Mr. Corker Goes to Washington

Harold Ford Jr. and Bob Corker were in a tight race for the United State Senate. The race was expensive and brutal. During the campaign Bob Corker, a multimillionaire, put his money in the race. Here is a clever cartoon regarding Corker's wealth and the influence of money in Washington. Mr. Plante will be our guest Tuesday at 7pm on Free Speech America on WGOW 102.3 and http://freespeechamerica.us

Free Speech America--Voicing America's opinions on the Interactive Broadcasting System

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January 20, 2007

The Inaugaration


I sat in the cold weather and listened as the Governor told a story about an old man, a boy and a tree in addressing more than 2000 people in Nashville today. Making education and the future of Tennessee’s children the centerpiece of his address the Governor told the following story:

There is a story about the old man and the boy walking in the woods. One day, they come upon a huge, old oak tree. They stop a moment and the boy looks up with dreams in his eyes, and says, “Someday, I’d like to get to the top of a tree like that.”

The old man looks down at him and smiles and says, “Son, there are two ways of getting to the top of that old tree. One way is when your time comes to climb to the top—it’s really hard, you might fall, you’ll certainly get scratched up some. The other way is to sit on an acorn and wait for it to grow.”

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Governor Bredesen's Inaugration

Political Capital—Phil Bredesen Has it to Spend

The scene is patriotic--red, white and blue bunting on the stage, an American Flag the size of a small convenience store hanging down in front of the Legislative Office Building, and blue skies with bright sunshine and high clouds illuminating the area where Governor Phil Bredesen will be inaugurated this morning at 11 am CST. People are already gathering at the site of the inauguration, braving the thirty degree weather (much warmer than the 19 degrees four years ago). Inaugural workers are setting up seats, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is securing the area. It is 9:15 am CST.

After a decisive reelection, Governor Phil Bredesen begins his second term today. The Governor won all 95 counties in the State of Tennessee. If any politician has "political capital" it is Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.

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January 19, 2007

Overturning Roe v. Wade

From Free Speech America http://freespeechamerica.us Voicing Opinions on the Interactive Broadcasting Service

Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade? Here is an article from Slate Magazine on the subject. The artilce is found at http://www.slate.com

Happy Birthday, Roe v. Wade
On the ruling's anniversary, its fans should celebrate another case, too.
By Kenji Yoshino
Posted Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at 12:10 PM ET

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade next week, any celebration of that 1973 opinion must include a celebration of the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In Casey, the Supreme Court upheld the legal right to abortion. Along the way, the justices articulated a systematic test for when they could overrule their own precedents—and in applying it, found that Roe did not present such an instance.

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January 18, 2007

A New Beginning

On the Move Again

On February 1, 2007 the new Hamilton County Democratic Party, the party of opportunity, values, and common sense will have a meeting of its Executive Committee. It is time for our party to solidify our position in Hamilton County, the city of Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and this country. Consequently, on February 1, 2007 we will have a meeting of the Executive Committee to discuss the "state of the party", the election of officers for the party for the upcoming two years, and the continued funding of our great party headquarters.

2006 was a year of progress for the Hamilton County Democratic Party. During 2006, we effectively used our headquarters to obtain key victories in rebuilding our base in this County, and in this state.

Take for example, Billy Long, the Democratic nominee for sheriff, who effectively capitalized on the political climate, campaigned hard, winning the office of sheriff. He worked closely with the Hamilton County Democratic Party on strategy and the get out the vote effort. It worked, he won.

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Family-Friendly Legislation-a Shell Game

David Fowler's Pro-Family Agenda

David Fowler is actively writing opinions on the Chattanoogan.com, the last being titled "The Prospect for Family-Friendly Legislation." David Fowler artfully hides behind two things-diplomacy and history. He is using his experience in the State Senate, and the recent news of the election of a new Lieutenant Governor, to support a religious right agenda-using diplomacy and history to advance his family friendly legislation. His agenda is political, not moral. His agenda is political, not religious. His agenda is not in the best interests of the people of the state.

A close reading of Mr. Fowler's pieces clearly show the readers that Mr. Fowler has one purpose; the purpose is to advance a right wing agenda relating to "family friendly legislation." Simply put, Mr. Fowler has an antiabortion agenda in the Legislature, and he is using his editorial pieces to advance that antiabortion agenda. More important, it is clear that Mr. Fowler has an agenda to advance a religious right view of morals and, a religious right view of how we should believe in God.

Mr. Fowler has his right to express his views, and to advance the agenda of the organization for which he works. However, Mr. Fowler should directly state his purpose-passing family-friendly legislation that comports with the values of right wing conservatives-he needs to openly admit that his agenda is based upon a conservative religious philosophy, a philosophy designed to impose a certain view of religion on the rest of us through the political process.

In viewing Mr. Fowler's positions, the reading public must ask several questions. First, Mr. Fowler since when did we start legislating family friendly legislation instead of letting our religious leaders talk about it in our churches? Mr. Fowler, are our churches failing us, creating a need for political leaders to pass a family-friendly legislation? Mr. Fowler, since when did we stop allowing our families to dictate family friendly values, and start letting people in Nashville dictate our family values? Mr. Fowler, since when did family-friendly legislation take priority over having our religious leaders, in our local communities, help us in defining our values? Mr. Fowler, since when did we want our leaders in Nashville, or even in Washington, DC, to pass legislation on our morals? Mr. Fowler, why would we, as a diverse society, want elected leaders in Nashville to dictate our religious beliefs by passing "family friendly legislation?" Mr. Fowler, why is religion becoming so intertwined with government that we are forgetting that our founding fathers believed in religious freedom without government interference or influence? Mr. Fowler, isn't family-friendly legislation on our moral values a Christian mission in the political world? Mr. Fowler, why would we want politicians passing family-friendly legislation when family friendly legislation starts with the family, in our communities, and in our churches? Finally, Mr. Fowler is your mission a religious one, imposing a conservative view of religion by using the term "family friendly legislation?"

Mr. Fowler, you have forgotten that we live in a diverse nation made up of the diverse people from diverse cultures and diverse religious backgrounds. Having your family-friendly legislation ignores that diversity, imposing the will of the few on the will of the many.

I think it is time for all of us to recognize what Mr. Fowler means by "family friendly legislation." Family-friendly legislation is a mask, a mask for a right wing conservative movement imposing a conservative view upon a diverse world, using the political process to obtain that goal.

Stuart James

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January 17, 2007

Free Speech America: Cartoon Commentary-A Cartoon Is Worth a Million Words

Bruce Plante will join us on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 7 p.m. on Free Speech America at http://www.freespeeechamerica.us and WGOW 102.3. Bruce is an editorial cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. His cartoons are poignant and always thought-provoking. Bruce knows humor, and his use of "cartoon commentary" always keeps his "readers" smiling.

On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 please join us to discuss his work, and learn how Cartoon Commentary is an art form that is worth a million words.

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Clinton, Obama & Edwards

Clinton, Obama & Edwards--No, this is not the name of a law firm but the names of three high profile candidates "exploring" a run for President. We know it is hard to believe, but the race for President is on, with three of the highest profile Democrats putting their names out in the public, starting a new political season. With the 2006 elections hardly "cold" Presidential politics are heating up--can we make it through the political rhetoric for two years? Are Clinton, Obama and Edwards starting too early? Will Democrats blow this election before it even starts? Will the public grow so tired of all this stuff that in the end voter turnout will be low?

No one knows the answers, but one thing is for sure...

The race for the White House is on.

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From the Washington Post:

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January 16, 2007

A New Day?

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