February 2010


State Rep. Susan Lynn says she isn’t trying to fight the political battles of the Civil War again. But she isn’t afraid to push to restore Tennessee’s “sovereignty”.

Lynn believes it’s time Tennesseans reworked their relationship with the federal government. And she says one of her jobs as a state legislator is to open that dialogue, even if it means sparking confrontation with political leaders in Washington, D.C.


Well. Not quite sure what to say about that.


Hat tip to the blogger and post I can’t remember enough about to give real cred to…(sorry! Seriously!)

“Curling iron”.

aka: curling iron

Curiosity wins. (to the curious, just writing the words “curling iron” is supposed to give your blog, like, 1,000 more hits a day, according to some local blogger who I’m having a bad time re-locating.)


It wasn’t “curling iron”, but rather “hot curlers”

And I found the blog!



“hot curlers”

AKA: hot curlers


Over 1,000 hits a day, here I come!




And then, before the words were out of his mouth, he said, “But we’ve got to do something about health care costs. My wife has breast cancer. She got it 11 years ago. Our insurance is $2,000 a month. We couldn’t afford it if our employer weren’t helping us do that. So we’ve got to do something.”

And that’s about — that’s where we are. But we think to do that we have to start by taking the current bill and putting it on the shelf and starting from a clean sheet of paper.

I also think we should consider starting again from scratch. Look at chart 11-7. Everyone else is able to get the same healthcare we get for their WHOLE POLULATION, by paying what we pay for Medicare and Medicaid alone. I think we need to go back to the drawing board and ask “How do they do it?” and emulate it.

Part of how they do it, I know, is overt rationing. Rationing sucks, but overt rationing is better than covert rationing.

Overt, transparent rationing + the freedom to buy extra healthcare = the answer.

Let’s get real. Let’s support HR 676. The other proposals aren’t going to work, and are just going to make “us” look bad in the end, because they’re just going to make it all more expensive. We NEED healthcare rationing, and we NEED it to be transparent. THAT’S how you reduce costs. We also need the freedom to buy “extra” healthcare, and need to give doctors the freedom to recommend the treatments they find ideal. This is messy, tricky stuff, but it’s not unworkable. It’s not hopeless. We can do this. We just need to get real.

They had to do a study to figure this out?

Top 5 ways to make your totally grassroots campaign appear to be astroturfing:

1) be really secretive about your funding sources

2) make your main arguments a combination of debunkable falsehoods and meaningless, yet progressive-sounding euphemisms

3) solicit the help felons if necessary

4) accuse your opponents of paranoia

5) make sure to make actual activists your public “face”

…just sayin’.

Two websites on consolidation.

One, more pro (as far as I can tell):


Good website. It could use a bit more meat, though, in terms of facts.

Stuff like this:

Why are some people talking about this now?
Some elected officials and community leaders believe that the current economic crisis calls for government to be more productive, efficient and responsive, and that our community’s future depends on our ability to act with shared ambition and unified purpose. They think that a totally new government should be explored as a means to these ends.

And this:

Aren’t there other options to improve government?
Some people have suggested that more annexations by Memphis or more contracts between city and county government would be better. Mayor Wharton says that based on his experience and research to date about other communities, it appears to him that the improvement that produces the greatest impact is a unified Memphis and Shelby County Government — eliminating fragmentation and duplication, producing more accountability, powering economic growth, and eliminating the divisiveness of race and geography that all people of good will want to end.

…isn’t really useful information. HOW would it produce more accountability? HOW would it power economic growth? Claiming that it would result in “eliminating the divisiveness of race” seems fundamentally implausible. In fact, I can see (sadly) it making things worse on that end, in the short term, at least.

Ok, now the anticonsolidation website:


Same sort of thing coming from the other side, now. This page is full of potentially interesting facts, but without sources, it’s not helpful. And claims like this:

Loss of a sense of community

To who? I’ve lived all over the metro area, and Cooper Young is the only area where I’ve gotten a “sense of community” anyway. And I doubt consolidation is going to cramp the CY hipsters’ style.

So, to the pro-consolidationists and the anti-consolidationists, y’all could both be making stronger cases. Give me a vision of how it could be great, or terrible, or whatever.