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

~ 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.

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.


Published in: on September 2, 2006 at 8:16 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.

~ EE


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