E.E.’s Choice 9/30/06 – Interview of Elihu Embree

What made you decide to blog?

I want to make a difference.  I want to help people understand the issues that are facing America.  We have many issues that we are facing.  The politicians let us know what many are, about this time.  The thing is, they really do not tell us about the issues that mean something.

What are you referring to?

Well, there are many issues that are damaging to our Constitution.  Examples are the McCain-Feingold trash, the (un)Patriot Act, non-Congress declared wars, restrictive gun laws, anti-Christian laws, and laws restricting true freedom of speech. 

Are you really just out to get a particular party or those of a particular political persuasion?

Absolutely not!  I consider myself to be a Republican.  I have voted for Republicans and Democrats.  I will continue to vote for both, and even Independents.  I look at how the individual stands on the Constitution.  I fear that our nation has lost an understanding of the Constitution.  We need to stand on its principles. 

Isn’t voting for 3rd Party candidates just wasting a vote?

Sadly, I would have to say yes.  Some times, they have won, but usually we do not give them enough votes to make the major candidates fear them. 

Where do you stand on the issues?

I am generally considered a Conservative on the issues.  I believe that the best government is that closest to the people it serves.  I believe in government from the grassroots.  We should attempt to place most issues in the hands of the most local government possible.  For example, education should be put in the hands of the parent.  National security cannot be handled completely at the county level.  Individuals can take some of the measures into their own hands.  The people can own guns.  The community can set up watch plans.  The city/county can have a police force.  The state has a police force and some military force.  The national government maintains the FBI, CIA, and most of the military.  We have federalism so that we do not have an overbearing national, central government. 

What do you think about single-issue voters?

Well, many people are.  That is how it is.  One thing will determine how many vote.  I don’t like to do it, and it has its weaknesses.  In our system, it causes one political party to take one side and the other party to take the other side.  The Republicans may have the better idea.  Well, on another issue, the Democrats may take the better side.  Now, I have to decide which is the lesser of two evils.  I do not wholly like the Republicans.  I do not wholly agree with the Democrats.  If it is a very important election, I feel that I cannot let the Dems win, so I vote for the Republicans.  I have just positively endorsed everything that I see wrong with the Republicans.  If we had a multi-party system, we would force parties to ally with other parties.  We might see a government that is extremely strong on preserving the Constitution, strong on security, and that is environmentally friendly (not tree hugging friendly).  And all of that would come about with us voting for the issues most important to us.

What is your view of the future of American politics?

I am optimistic.  With the rise of bloggers, I feel that there is now a medium which can save our nation.  If we miss our chance to mobilize with this new medium, however, I see nothing else on the horizon to save us. 

Published in: on September 30, 2006 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hot… Not… 9/29/06

Sports

Local

Hot:  The Tusculum College Lady Pioneer’s Soccer team is undefeated at 8-0-1 on the season.  They are ranked at 10th in the nation and they upset the number 3 Carson-Newman Lady Eagles on Wednesday. 

http://www.tusculum.edu/athletics/soccer_women/releases/WS_09-27-06_CN.htm

Not:  The Tusculum College Pioneers Men’s Soccer team was ranked 22nd in the nation to begin the season.  They got into some trouble while working the Bristol Race when a large sum of money was stolen by some players.  Since then, the season has been suspended and the coaches have resigned.  The offending players have not been punished.  http://www.fireed.blogspot.com/

State

Hot:  Tennessee Vols’ starting QB, Erik Ainge, is 70-106 for pass completions at .660 with 8 TD’s and 5 INT’s (going into the
Memphis game).  He has improved greatly since last season, and he is looking to get UT back to a bowl game this season.

Not: 
Tennessee Titans Head Coach, Jeff Fisher has made questionable moves this season, and his team has not won a game since December 11, 2005. 
http://www.firecoachfisher.com/

National

Hot:  Paul McCoy ran for 658 yards in a high school football game.  McCoy piled up his yardage on just 29 carries — an average of 22.7 yards per attempt — and scored 10 touchdowns as Matewan beat Burch 64-0 on Friday. McCoy racked up 477 of his yards scoring on TD runs of runs, which covered 69, 1, 52, 56, 52, 20, 31, 84, 87 and 25 yards.

http://sportsline.com/general/story/9695943

Not:  Terrell Owens was reported to have committed suicide this week.  He came out saying that he had not, but details are sketchy.  He has caused several distractions over his football career.  Let’s hope that he gets the help he needs if he did attempt suicide.  http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0927061owens1.html

Politics

Local

Hot:  Candidate for US House District 1, David Davis, picked up another endorsement this week.  The National Federation of Independent Business gave the latest endorsement.  David Davis’s website is filled with endorsements, while his opponent’s website lists none.

http://www.rightforcongress.com/

Not: 
Tennessee House Candidate for District 7, Fred Phillips, is accused of lying about receiving an endorsement from the NRA after his website declared the endorsement when, in fact, not only did he not receive the endorsement, but his opponent did. 
http://www.jamaoliver.com/?p=191

State

Hot:  Harold Ford Jr., U.S. Senate Candidate for
Tennessee, is shown to be leading Corker by 6 percent in his campaign’s latest poll.  While there is a great chance for the poll to be biased, the Ford Jr. Campaign has been gaining.  The election may be a close one.

http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section=9&screen=news&news_id=52329

Not:  Al Gore has discovered that cigarette smoking is a “significant contributor to global warming.”  This adds to his other scientific achievements such as his invention, the internet.  Seriously, he has taken on a great work.  Protecting the environment is a noble cause, but his hysterics borders on the wacko.  http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2006/09/gore_cigarette_smoking_causes_global_warming/

National

Hot:  The US Senate passed a bill to build a 700 mile fence along the Mexico-US border.  They actually got something right. 

http://upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060930-094856-7817r

Not:  Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida) resigned over sexual advances made toward underage boys (Click here for a .pdf file of some of the messages).  I hope that there is a criminal investigation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Foley

International

Hot:  Javier Solana, EU Foreign Policy Chief, was set to meet with
Iran over nuclear talks.  He has many great accomplishments (
Click here).  He is someone that causes me some concern, but he has been on fire.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060927/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear_9

Not:  At a UN meeting, the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, referred to President Bush as the devil.  Maybe Pat Robertson was on to something.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c5PPIEziA

Published in: on September 29, 2006 at 8:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Philosophical Thoughts – 9/27/06 – Religion

Many people have said over the years, it is better to believe in a God than to not, because if you do not believe in a God, then you might be in trouble if you are wrong?  And if there is no God, then you lost nothing.  Is this really a good way of thinking?  I say no. 

Is it possible to just say, I believe such and such?  Or, must you have some experience to bring you to that knowledge?  If you prescribe to the idea above, I must question your sincerity to that religion.  Is your faith truly strong enough to say that you really believe?  Or, is it merely a hypocritical act where you only go through the steps in saying that you believe?  Also, is one who behaves in this manner going to stay with that religion in the hard times?

Give me some feedback!

~ EE

Published in: on September 27, 2006 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Focus on the Issues – 9/26/06 – 2nd Amendment

The 2nd Amendment says “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

What does this mean?  Does it mean that as citizens we need to be part of a militia and own guns?  Does it mean that since we do not have a militia, there is not a need to keep and bear arms?  Does it mean that we only need weapons for hunting and protection from home invaders?  What does it mean?

I want your input!  I am not going to tip my hat on this one.  I will give my answer on Saturday.  On Saturday, I will interview myself.  Umm… don’t laugh.  I promise to do a superb job.  I do need ideas of whom to interview for next week.  Submit ideas.  I need to start the process early next week to have everything ready by the following Saturday. 

Published in: on September 26, 2006 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

EE’s Pig of the Week – 9/25/06 – MSHA

The first Elihu’s Pig of the Week Award winner is…. (drum roll please)…. Mountain States Health Alliance.  The administration has proven themselves to be real pigs (people indiscriminately greedy and selfish). 

First off, they were able to block a certificate of need from being awarded to Wellmont, thus blocking competition.  My first question is, ‘why is there even a need for a CON?’  Why should the government get to decide if there is a need?  Should that not be consumer and producer driven?  Why would Wellmont spend money to open a new hospital in the Johnson City area if there was not a demand?

Now, Mountain States Health Alliance has decided that there is a need for a new hospital in Johnson City, but only if it is MSHA owned.  Granted, it is supposed to replace MSHA owned facilities.  I urge everyone, for the sake of competition, to take action.  Let’s demand that the CON to be turned down.  Maybe we should add that it be turned down, unless Wellmont’s CON is approved. 

Also, it is my understanding that MSHA is now outsourcing its environmental services to a company based out of a new state.  Most of the employees are apprehensive as to what will happen.  Many are now looking for new jobs.  Environmental Services management is possibly also facing a loss of employment.  Information is still coming out, and much of this is speculative.  MSHA employees are already underpaid and overworked.  Is it possible that it is a scheme to outsource other jobs?

MSHA, CONGRATULATIONS!!!  You earned the first ever Elihu’s Pig Award!

~ EE

 Also, if you want to support MSHA and their Pig-like move you can do a support letter to the person listed below.  Or, if you are like me, you can write a non-support letter to the person below.
North Side/Specialty Replacement Hospital
Mountain States Health Alliance
Letters of Support Request

Please address Letters of Support to:
Ms. Melanie Hill
Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 850
Nashville, TN 37243

Project:
This project is the result of careful planning by MSHA to allocate its resources to meet the existing and future needs of the community, and includes the following steps:

(1) Relocation of the 13 Franklin Transitional Care Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) beds from Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) to Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital (QRH). MSHA will de-license 13 rehab beds for a final bed complement at QRH of 47 rehab beds and 13 SNF beds.
(2) Construction of a new hospital with 80 licensed acute care beds, an emergency department, surgical care and miscellaneous support services as a replacement facility for NSH and JCSH.
(3) Transfer of remaining 64 acute care beds from NSH/JCSH to JCMC.

Reasons supporting the need for this project include the following:

• More than 30 years old, NSH was built in modular fashion with several areas of NSH that do not have sprinkler systems. The dollars needed to develop NSH into a hospital of the future is simply too cost prohibitive.
• Both NSH and JCSH have mostly semi-private rooms which are not conducive to patient privacy, HIPPA regulations, and infection control. Private rooms achieve higher patient satisfaction and facilitate family involvement in care of the patient.
• With the new facility located in Med Tech Park, it is convenient to the medical community, where multiple physician practices are relocating.
• Reallocation of beds in Washington County will relieve the congestion at the crowded JCMC campus while reducing the need for additional construction at JCMC.
• By consolidating the 2 facilities it will enable the complementary services at the sites to more efficiently operate. The ER at NSH and the operating rooms from JCSH will be combined to develop a hospital capable of providing a full array of services while reducing the need for duplication of such services as two labs, pharmacies, dietary departments as well as other support services.
• A new facility will complement JCMC in providing adequate facilities to deliver healthcare services to meet the needs of the community over the next couple of decades.

Published in: on September 25, 2006 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Focus Above – 9/24/06 – If Your Faith is Off

2 Corinthians 5:7

“We walk  by faith, not by sight.”

When my son Karl was about eight years old, I introduced him to the game of golf. I gave him a little starter set of clubs and took him out to the course with me. Karl would tee up his ball and whale away at it with his mightiest swing. Usually he sprayed the ball all over the place. But since he could only hit it 60 or 70 yards at best, his direction could be off by 20 degrees and his ball would still be in the fairway.

As he grew up and got a bigger set of clubs, Karl was able to drive the ball off the tee 150 yards and farther. But if his drive was still 20 degrees off target, his ball no longer stayed in the fairway; it usually went into the rough. Accuracy is even more important for golfers who can blast a golf ball 200 to 250 yards off the tee. The same 20-degree deviation which allowed little Karl’s short drive to remain in the fairway will send a longer drive soaring out of bounds.

This simple illustration pictures an important aspect of the life of faith: Your Christian walk is the direct result of what you believe about God and yourself. If your faith is off, your walk will be off. If your walk is off, you can be sure it’s because your faith is off. As a new Christian, you needed some time to learn how to “hit the ball straight” in your belief system. You could be off 20 degrees in what you believed and still be on the fairway because you were still growing and had a lot to learn. But the longer you persist in a faulty belief system, the less fulfilling and productive your daily walk of faith will be. As you grow older you will find yourself stumbling through the rough or out of bounds spiritually if the course you have set for your life doesn’t agree with Scripture.

For many adults, a mid-life crisis is the result of basing their concept of success and fulfillment on the world instead of on the Word of God. Tragically, many of our children and teenagers are heading for the same fall because their beliefs are not founded on Scripture. As a result, their lives are often bankrupt before they leave high school.

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/devotionals/544808.html

I found this on the web.  How true it is.  In my blog, I hope to never cause any error for anyone, whether it be in a religious or other type of walk of life.  I hope my blog becomes a light to others.  I want it to be a forum where ideas can be discussed.  If I am ever in error, let me know.  Even if it is something minor.

~ EE

Published in: on September 24, 2006 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ideas

I am working on a few ideas for this blog.  Seeing how it is new, I need to do a few different types of things to attract more readership.  Here in the beginning, I have added something every few days.  In the near future, I hope to add things daily, if not a couple of times a day, but I have to make sure that it does not take away from my other posts.  If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. let me know.  Either post it here or email me at elihu_embree@yahoo.com

~ EE

Published in: on September 7, 2006 at 8:58 am  Comments (1)  

Nutty Northern Neighbors

Some fellow passengers are questioning why an Orthodox Jewish man was removed from an Air Canada Jazz flight in Montreal last week for praying.

The man was a passenger on a Sept. 1 flight from Montreal to New York City when the incident happened.

The airplane was heading towards the runway at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport when eyewitnesses said the Orthodox man began to pray. 

“He was clearly a Hasidic Jew,” said Yves Faguy, a passenger seated nearby. “He had some sort of cover over his head. He was reading from a book.

“He wasn’t exactly praying out loud but he was lurching back and forth,” Faguy added.

The action didn’t seem to bother anyone, Faguy said, but a flight attendant approached the man and told him his praying was making other passengers nervous.

“The attendant actually recognized out loud that he wasn’t a Muslim and that she was sorry for the situation but they had to ask him to leave,” Faguy said.

The man, who spoke neither English nor French, was escorted off the airplane.

Air Canada Jazz termed the situation “delicate,” but says it received more than one complaint about the man’s behaviour.

The crew had to act in the interest of the majority of passengers, said Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stewart.

“The passenger did not speak English or French, so we really had no choice but to return to the gate to secure a translator,” she said.

The airline is not saying if the man was told he was not allowed to pray, but a spokesperson said the man was back on board the next flight to New York.

Jewish leaders in Montreal criticized the move as insensitive, saying the flight attendants should have explained to the other passengers that the man was simply praying and doing no harm.

Hasidic Rabbi Ronny Fine said he often prays on airplanes, but typically only gets curious stares.

“If it’s something that you’re praying in your own seat and not taking over the whole plane, I don’t think it should be a problem,” said Fine.

The Jewish group B’nai Brith Canada has offered to help give Air Canada crews sensitivity training. 

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2006/09/05/qc-hasidicprayeronplane.html

I totally realize that this makes the news because it is somewhat unusual, but I have to wonder what is going on.  Canada tends to be more liberal than the United States, and so we would think that they would be more accepting.  I guess not.  Well…. It does not apply here because ofthe fact that it is a Jew praying.  Jews are monotheistic, and that would mean a belief….  Oh no…. in only one God…. or G-D (for any Jewish readers).  The United States has declared on terrorists, but Leftists have declared war on monotheists.  Beware!  The Leftist’s Axis of Evil (in order of dangerousness):

 Christians, Jews, then Muslims.

~ EE

Published in: on September 5, 2006 at 10:26 pm  Comments (1)  

EE College Poll 9/5/06

1. Ohio State

2. Texas

3. Southern Cal

4. Auburn

 

5. Notre Dame

 

6. Florida


7. West Virginia

8. Florida State

9. LSU

 

10. Georgia

 

11. Michigan

 

12. Louisville

 

13. Iowa

 

14. Oklahoma

 

15. Tennessee

 

16. Virginia Tech

 

17. Miami

18. Penn State

19. Clemson

 

20. California

 

21. Oregon

 

22. Nebraska

 

23. TCU

 

24. Alabama

 

25. Texas Tech

 

~ EE

Published in: on September 5, 2006 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Misused Verses

When I think about Bible verses that society misuses, I can think of quite a few, but there is one that really sticks out in my mind. I cannot tell you how many times just in the last few years that I have heard “he who is without sin cast the first stone” misused so that as person or group in a leadership position can get out of making a big decision. Many of the other verses misused have to do with judging and about personal morals, where the person in question will use the verse to justify risqué behavior. This has to be the one that sticks out the most there.
I hope to spur some conversation, so I am not going to be very specific, but I will pose a few situations where it has been used. For one, I have heard of religious organizations and churches that had a leader or a pastor who fell into temptation and they have been charged with molesting children, committing adultery on their spouse, or committing other questionable acts. I have also heard of other civic organizations and schools where leadership gets caught in precarious situations. When those in charge are forced to step forward and make the tough decisions concerning the person’s future considerations with their group, the leadership gets weak-kneed and passes the buck. They try to hide it or sweep it under the proverbial carpet, but others know what has happened. It cannot be hid. Some are angry or upset that the leadership shows a huge lack of leadership ability, and they must take it on themselves to fix the problem. Then what happens? The leadership becomes angry because they feel that their leadership abilities (or lack thereof) are being questioned. They lash out at the ‘opposition’ and say those words… “He who is without sin…”
From what I have observed, nothing good ever comes out of this. The leadership ability of those in power will always be questioned. I mean, they did fail those below them didn’t they??? The closeness of the group and the trust and relationships become strained. That group will never be the same, even if the leadership makes the tough decision later.
I feel that we need to always keep site of who caused the problem. Was it the ones who felt that the leadership made a bad decision? Is it the leadership who wanted to pass the buck? No, it is the one who committed the offense. We must never lose sight of that. We must also wish the best for that person. After all, they do have a problem. My advice is, if you are seeking or thinking of seeking a leadership post, make sure that you are not going to cause a problem. Do not put yourself in a situation where there will be a temptation to cause a problem. Also, if you desire a leadership position, there are going to be problems outside your control that will pop up. You must make sure that you can handle it. Think of your best friend. Will you be able to make a decision against him/her? If not, don’t take on leadership. If you find yourself in the situation later, do not pass the buck. You owe it to the group to make the decision. If you just cannot do it, then you must resign. Get out. Admit you cannot do it, and allow others who can make the decision to step it and take your spot.
Do you disagree with what I have said? Do you have any other ideas? Let me know.

~EE

Published in: on September 2, 2006 at 8:16 pm  Comments (1)