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  1. Yeah, remember the key word at the beginning of...

    Yeah, remember the key word at the beginning of this was "opportunity." There is always the possibility (probability?) that they will squander said opportunity. Most politicians, regardless of party,...
  2. The previous legislation was blocked when the...

    The previous legislation was blocked when the Republicans were in the blocking business. Now they are - or should be - in the achievement business. If they are smart, they will propose and pass...
  3. I'm not a Republican (or a Democrat, for that...

    I'm not a Republican (or a Democrat, for that matter), but the GOP does have an opportunity to show the American public that it can to more than just block Obama's initiatives.

    On immigration,...
  4. Old and cranky, but doing OK. I'm off this week...

    Old and cranky, but doing OK. I'm off this week so naturally I threw off my sleep cycle so that going back to the office next week will be as difficult as I can make it. Hope you're doing well too.
  5. Only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots...

    Only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2014 election. I don't know what that says about the average person's morals or intelligence, but it certainly indicates that the average...
  6. Thread: Changes

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    As the Can of Soup, you will be on par (or on the...

    As the Can of Soup, you will be on par (or on the plate?) with the Earl of Sandwich. That trip to London appears to have been a life-changer.
  7. Thread: Changes

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    My dearest Can, 1. It appears you have to...

    My dearest Can,

    1. It appears you have to petition for a court order from Knox County Circuit Court. There are restrictions. And ramifications (don't know what the deal would be for Social...
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    Well, it's mostly used by people in the business....

    Well, it's mostly used by people in the business. Most people use "ashes," though the cremains are not ash.
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    Yes, and it has been for a long time. Webster's...

    Yes, and it has been for a long time. Webster's notes its first known usage dates back to 1947. My dad was a funeral director, and it's been used in the industry for as long as I can remember.
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    Though I'm sure Walker Percy was capable of...

    Though I'm sure Walker Percy was capable of taking nice photographs when he wasn't writing novels, I believe you meant to refer to Walker Evans.
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    Yes, but if you want 1 and 3 to fail, but 2 and 4...

    Yes, but if you want 1 and 3 to fail, but 2 and 4 to succeed, then you've got a problem. Best thing is to vote. Period.
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    Well, your vote always counts. It just depends on...

    Well, your vote always counts. It just depends on what you want to accomplish.

    Amendments must pass with a majority of votes that are cast in the governor's race, not the amendment. So the higher...
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    Apparently not. The AP reported that a federal...

    Apparently not. The AP reported that a federal judge ruled that Green and Libertarian party candidates must be listed as independents, though the litigation over the state's signature requirements is...
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    Write-in candidates must register with the state...

    Write-in candidates must register with the state before votes for them can be counted. A write-in vote for Elmer Fudd will not be counted.

    http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/forms/ss-3072.pdf
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    Unlimited free use of a hovercraft is a...

    Unlimited free use of a hovercraft is a fundamental right that needs no constitutional change to take effect. Knock yourself out.
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    For what it's worth, the News Sentinel endorsed...

    For what it's worth, the News Sentinel endorsed approval of all the city charter amendments. And, while it might be satisfying for you, you cannot write in"that thing that Victor did, let's fix...
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    I try not to pay attention to the betting line....

    I try not to pay attention to the betting line. It's all about enticing gamblers, not about who will win.

    That said, UT has an excellent opportunity to win and take a giant step forward. First of...
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    Bingo, Ringo.

    Bingo, Ringo.
  19. Thread: Poetry

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    Anthem for Doomed Youth BY WILFRED OWEN What...

    Anthem for Doomed Youth
    BY WILFRED OWEN

    What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
    — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
    Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
    Can patter...
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    One of the things that makes college football fun...

    One of the things that makes college football fun to watch is that teams can change so much from year to year. UT was quicker and more aggressive, particularly on defense, than a year ago. That said,...
  21. ScarJo? Is that something like TaySwi? If you...

    ScarJo? Is that something like TaySwi? If you can't muster the appropriate level of veneration, at least show some respect.
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    KNS does not commission polls and I know of no...

    KNS does not commission polls and I know of no other local news outlet that does.

    Don't know about the rest of the state, but a similar thing happened in Anderson County:...
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    Here's Jack McElroy's column from last Sunday...

    Here's Jack McElroy's column from last Sunday about our coverage of the Fansler-Pridemore race:...
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    Toby, you're a hoot. Playing devil's advocate,...

    Toby, you're a hoot. Playing devil's advocate, you challenge Chapman as an arterial road by defining it as an arterial road ("It mainly feeds workers into the city."). I admire your audacity.

    JWP...
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    The rate doesn't go down year to year. It is...

    The rate doesn't go down year to year. It is adjusted every four years after the county-wide reassessment. Courtesy of the administration, I have a handy-dandy chart showing the rates, the tax...
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