Fred Phillips…

http://matthewlistens.blogspot.com/2006/10/rep-matthew-hill-lies-about-tennessee.html#links

I was reading this post.  Something jumped out at me that I had not seen when reading the original article in the Johnson City Press.  Phillips states, “The fact is, Bredesen’s administration didn’t hire any of those people. And they surely wouldn’t have been hired as a Washington County deputy sheriff.”  Who are “those people?”  Is he talking about the one’s who received the advancement?  Is he talking about the one’s who gave the advancement?  What were the punishments? 

Also, why are people not asking another question?  The whole mess had to do with political favoritism.  Bredesen supporters were moving through the ranks.  (If someone believes this doesn’t happen in state affairs they are crazy.  It has always gone on.  It shouldn’t, and when it does the leaders should be accountable.)  Well, Bredesen wanted to clean things up.  Right?  So, what does he do?  He hires an outside firm who will be fair and everything will be kosher there.  Right?  Wrong!!!  He hires Kroll, Inc. with a $200,000.00 no bid contract.  Their “senior person” in Nashville is… Michael Shmerling.  Who is he???  Oh, he donated $12,500.00 or more to the Bredesen campaign from 2002 to the present.

Now, Phillips, who oversaw the THP during the scandal, wants to come home and run for State House.  If he wins, which may be possible, let’s hope he doesn’t get caught up in anymore scandals.  He seems to be a good man who may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time.  But… isn’t that true with those who were caught up in the Tennessee Waltz Scandal?

 ~EE

Published in: on October 17, 2006 at 11:13 am  Comments (1)  

SOF – Elections

Okay, so many of you have noticed that I took a bit of time between posts.  Some unforeseen circumstances have caused me to take time away, and these circumstances will continue to do so, so there will be some minor changes coming that will effect the layout of this blog.  Plus, I have not jumped into local issues as much as I would have liked.  So, here is your chance.  There are some local elections and statewide elections.  Let’s have some dialogue about these.  The following elections are here in the SOF area:

Jonesborough Mayoral Race – Roger Dillow v. Tobie Bledsoe 

State House District 1 – Jon Lundberg, Kevin Smith, Jerry Dykes, John Robert Harrison

State House District 7 – Matthew Hill v. Fred Phillips

State House District 9 – Mike Harrison v. Lewis Hopkins, Jr.

State House District 11 – Charlotte Leibrock v.  Eddie Yokely

State Senate District 1 – Steve Southerland v. Duran Williams

US House District 1 – David Davis, Rick Trent, Michael Peavler, James Reeves, Mahmood Sabri, Robert Smith

US Senate – Bob Corker, Harold Ford, Jr.,  Ed Choate, David Gatchell, Bo Heyward, Gary Keplinger, Chris Lugo

TN Governor – Jim Bryson, Phil Bredesen, George Banks, David Gatchell, Marivuana Stout Leinoff, Charles Smith, Howard Switzer, Carl “Twofeathers” Whitaker

 Give me your feedback on each race.  Who will win?  What is the key to victory?  Who gets your vote?

Published in: on October 12, 2006 at 12:03 pm  Comments (1)  

3rd Party?

With the discussion about Libertarianism that has taken place in my first post, I thought that I would post a link to a site that I found.  It will give your “ideal party” at the end.  Leave me some feedback and let me know what it said you were and your thoughts on it.

http://www.3pc.net/matchmaker/quiz.html

~ EE

Greetings!

Hello and welcome to the State of Franklin Blog.  I am Elihu Embree, but you can call me Elihu, EE, or E.  If you want, you can research the name Elihu Embree using a simple Google search; however, he was the creator of The Emancipator, which was the first abolitionist newspaper in the United States, which just happened to be printed in Jonesboro.  I plan to further his legacy of attacking current social ills peppered with just discussion of current and historical events, especially in what I will refer to as the State of Franklin. 

As a credibility builder, I will debrief you on my prejudices.  I am extremely Conservative on many, if not most, issues.  I do take a Libertarian approach to many things in the political realm from time to time.  I simply despise the militant pro-abortion crowd that actually seems more pro-abortion than pro-choice.  Very rarely will you hear me refer to them as being pro-choice, because I do not feel that they are.  The ones who place themselves out there, generally are more pro-abortion.  I dislike the two-party system.  It has allowed us as a nation to come to a point where there are few differences between our governmental leaders.  I long for a day when we have a multi-party system where we can vote for a candidate who truly fits our belief system, and we can feel good about it, because we are not made to feel that we are wasting a vote. 

 Our state, Tennessee, has a great history, much of which has taken place in the area known as the “Lost State of Franklin.”  Many of us have heard the adage that Tennessee ends at Knoxville.  Well, the last time I checked, politicians in statewide elections generally win or lose, depending on whether they carry East Tennessee, much of which is East of Knoxville.  I may or may not be a spokesperson of the majority of our area, but I do want to provoke some thought for our area, and the entire state.  Heck, if you are not in Tennessee or in the United States, maybe I can still cause you to think.  I do wish to have your feedback and comments.  If it is not vulgar, I will post it.  I want this blog to be as family-friendly as possible.  If something will be questionable, I will make sure that there is a disclaimer.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will check back regularly.    

 ~ EE