More Political Dirtbaggery: The Stephen Fincher Edition

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Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN) wants to cut food stamps, a lot. He quotes the Bible from the House floor saying the poor deserve to starve, and said the government should not steal “other people’s money.” Fincher should know a thing or two about that. As a wealthy Tennessee farmer, he personally collected $3.5 million in federal farm subsidies over the past decade. And the same Farm Bill he voted for that cuts food stamps by $21 BILLION over the next decade expands crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the same time period.

A typical politician. He’s happy to take and unwilling to give. He’s a disgrace. But again, disgraceful politician is needlessly redundant.

Kids These Days… And their Parents Too…

A missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe, though 700 miles away from home. It turns out the Texas teen had gotten into an argument with her parents about a boy she met online via Xbox and decided to run away. She snuck out her bedroom window, took her brother’s car, and set out for Kentucky to meet up with her 12-year-old beau, reports the Houston Chronicle.  A Tennessee state trooper pulled over the girl in Nashville after he noticed her car matched the description in an Amber Alert. Though a few years away from getting her learner’s permit, she somehow managed to navigate 700 miles cross-country. (She still had another 130 or so miles to go.)

As she crossed Texas none of the lawmen down there apparently thought anything was amiss…  Same must have been true in Arkansas.  At least our troopers here are alert.

Meeting people online… one might as well take out a Craigslist personal ad and hook up with a pedophile.  Do kids these days not know how dangerous online meetings are??  Are their parents not telling them stringently enough?  Come on parents, do your job.  Here’s an idea- know what your kids are doing.

(And if you say ‘but I can’t’, well then, you should never have become a parent in the first place.  Taking care of your children is YOUR responsibility- you can’t slack off and then blame the difficulty of it all for your indolence and apathy).

Murfreesboro Tennessee Absurdity

On behalf of sensible Tennesseans, I apologize to the world for the feckless and senseless anti-Islamic racism exhibited by some of the residents of Murfreesboro and the hate-mongers seeking to deprive American citizens of their right to practice their religion freely in a building of their own.

It is absolutely inconceivable to me that these ‘god-fearing ‘Mericans’ wish to deny their fellow citizens religious liberty.  It is appalling and it is authentically disgusting and I’m ashamed of them.  They are far more a threat to American democracy than any decent Muslims simply wishing to worship.

A judge ruled Tuesday that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must stop because the county government failed to give adequate public notice of the plans. Chancellor Robert Corlew issued his opinion that plans for the mosque approved by the Rutherford County Planning Commission are “void and of no effect”.   “After consideration of the law and the evidence presented, the Court finds that the action of the county was not sufficient to provide the type of notice to citizens of the county that such matters were to be presented at the meeting of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission which should be expected under law,” the ruling stated.

If it had been a Church under construction or a Synagogue no such ruling would have been made and we ALL know it.

So again, decent people, I apologize for these wicked anti-democratic sub-Christian people.  They don’t represent Tennessee and they certainly don’t represent me or Christianity.

If You Have 30 Children, Pay For Them Yourself

Is there anywhere in the world that this is ok?  Is there anywhere where someone can blatantly sow his seed without considering the consequences and then cavalierly ask others to put up the money to support the children he’s fathered?  This is authentically sickening-

A Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children with 11 different women is asking the state for a reprieve from his child support obligations.  Knoxville man Desmond Hatchett, 33, earns the minimum wage but has had his salary garnished since he had his first child 14 years ago, TV station WREG reports.  Despite telling a reporter in 2009 that he was done having babies Mr Hatchett has fathered another nine children over the last three years.  It’s putting pressure on his meagre salary with half of his earnings going to the mothers of his numerous families.

Unfortunately for the many mothers of Mr Hatchett’s children the state cannot take more than 50 percent of his salary so some women receive only slightly more than US1$ per month for each child.  The state said it has no way to force Mr Hatchett to stop having children.  In 2009 Mr Hatchett told an interviewer “I had four kids in the same year. Twice.”  He is believed to be the Knox County record holder for the most children fathered.

The mothers of these children are equally responsible.  If you can’t afford a child, don’t have one.  If you can’t afford 10, don’t have 10.  If you can’t afford 1, you sure as heck can’t afford 30!!!!!  What depravity.

Breaking News! The Ark of the Covenant… Has Been… Found…

And it’s in Gatlinburg, TN….  Or at least one of the bazillion mockups is…

The art director of a new exhibition in the Smoky Mountains area says the design of the Ark of the Covenant has been influenced by the movies.  The exhibition “Temple Treasures of the Ark of the Covenant” has opened at the Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  Art director Mark Pedro said he is now carving the cherubim that sit atop the ark.

I thought Simcha carved them already…

The exhibit includes more than 100 life-sized figures about the life of Jesus Christ. There also are collections of ancient coins and gems along with epic movie posters and biblical artifacts.

I sure hope no one visiting the exhibition thinks the Ark of the Covenant was around when Jesus was.  That would be a terrible misunderstanding and a historical blunder of immense proportions.

Rick Womick Is an Embarrassment to Tennessee, and the United States

A Tennessee lawmaker is drawing intense criticism after calling for the removal of all Muslims serving in the U.S. military. Republican State Rep. Rick Womick first made the controversial remarks Friday during a conference on Islamic extremism in America. “Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military” and “if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me,” the U.S. Air Force vet told Think Progress.

Personally I don’t trust this witless imbecile to represent anyone or anything in the great state of Tennessee. He is an embarrassment and I hope that the voters in his district toss him from office at the first opportunity.

More Political Hypocrisy: Drunken Curry with a Gun

Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd, a lead sponsor of a law allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars,was arrested on charges of drunk driving and possession of a gun while under the influence.  Police say in court documents the Collierville Republican was pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday.  Todd allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer.  A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver’s seat and the center console.

Doubtless another ‘family values’ Republican who thinks the laws he and his legislative cohorts write apply to everyone but himself.

Pastors Really Shouldn’t Get in Fights, after Weddings (Or Ever)

Police say a Tennessee man died after hitting his head in a scuffle with the pastor who presided at his daughter’s wedding.  Decatur County District Attorney Hansel McCadams says police were called twice to a dispute between 58-year-old Joseph Tucsnak and Pastor Chris Warren at the wedding on Saturday.   Then on Monday, the prosecutor says Tucsnak returned to the church in Parsons, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville. McCadams said Tucsnak went to his vehicle and came back with a hand in his pocket and lunged at the pastor.  Police say the pastor then pushed Tucsnak, who fell and hit his head on the pavement. He died Tuesday.

Pastor Warren must have skipped class the day they covered the Sermon on the Mount.   You know, Reverend, that whole ‘turn the other cheek’ thing?

I Get so Enraged Sometimes

The local news is reporting

Tennessee state agencies have been told to assemble plans for cutting up to 30 percent from their budgets in preparation for expected reductions in federal spending. A letter sent by Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes calls on agencies to submit their plans for two sets of 15 percent cuts by Wednesday. Emkes says in the letter that national credit rating agencies have asked the state how it will respond to deep cuts in federal spending, which make up about 40 percent of Tennessee’s annual budget.

What is it about basic economics these politicians don’t get?   Funding cuts = job cuts = higher unemployment = less taxes raised = less income = more funding cuts… are they REALLY that idiotic? Really? I think if anyone should lose their job it should be elected people. They’re USELESS.

The Tennessee Trailer and the Priceless Painting

Praise Frosty! That’s the name of the 73-year-old man who had a priceless portrait of Jesus Christ sitting in the closet of his Tennessee motor home.

The painting, which has been missing for 150 years, was based on the “Veil of Veronica” — according to legend, a sweat cloth that a Jesus groupie dabbed upon his face right before his crucifixion, imprinting his likeness into it and imbuing it with magical powers. It’s therefore thought to be an actual painting of Jesus Christ’s face.

And how did it turn up? A woman named Kelly Ghormley burgled Frosty’s home; when she discovered the painting among the goods she’d made off with, she tried to pawn it off to a nearby church. The church instantly recognized that it might be a work of some significance, and it was. So significant, in fact, it was blessed by Pope Leo XIII, who reigned from 1878 to 1903.

So, you just never know what you’ll find in a Tennessee Trailer.

If You Wish to Help the Victims of the Southern Tornadoes…

Here’s some information which may interest you-

Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief (TBDR) teams have been active all week since the first storms came through West Tennessee on Tuesday.  For the most part, our associational and church DR teams have responded in their local areas to the immediate needs of the local community.  As search and rescue operations have transitioned into recovery efforts, these local teams have begun clearing downed trees and assisting victims as they can.  Many of our local teams along with their churches have established small feeding ministries as needed.  The Sullivan Baptist Association feeding unit is set up at FBC of Greeneville and began serving meals on Friday night.  We do not anticipate much further in the way of feeding operations at this time.

On Thursday of this week, the Disaster Operations Center (DOC) was activated at the Baptist Center in Brentwood.  TBDR volunteers contacted every associational DOM or DR director in TN, for an updated assessment of needs.  In almost every instance, the local DR teams felt capable of handling the damage in their areas.  Where assistance was needed neighboring DR teams have been activated.  We do anticipate that as assessments continue and additional needs are discovered that additional teams may need to be activated to the hardest hit areas.  Both our state and local TBDR leadership are very sensitive to not overwhelming an area with volunteers.

On the regional level, Alabama was the most devastated state.  The Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Ministry is working throughout the state and beginning to identify locations that need help and that can support (shelter and feed) volunteer recovery teams.  The Florida Baptist Convention is responding first, as they had no damage recently.  We do anticipate as fresh water and access is restored to many areas of northern Alabama, that Tennessee teams will be needed.  Our TBDR leadership is in regular contact with the Alabama leadership and will activate teams to Alabama as soon as they are requested.  Long-term recovery efforts in northern Alabama are expected to rely heavily on Tennessee teams.

A special fund has been established to assist in the immediate and long-term disaster relief efforts through the Tennessee Baptist Convention.  Churches and individuals may give on-line with a credit or debit card or by sending a check to TN Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN  30724, with the designation, “DR – Spring 2011 Tornadoes and Storms.”

For the latest information on Tennessee Baptists response to the storms, check the TBC  web site regularly.

There are other aid agencies, but this is the one I trust to use donations well and wisely.

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Downtown of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Stacy Swallows (a tragic name if ever there were one) is accused of holding teens at gunpoint in a cemetery.

Police have accused a high school teacher of holding teenagers at gunpoint after he found them ghost-hunting in a Tennessee graveyard. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says deputies went to Shipley Cemetery, outside of Chattanooga, on Saturday night after a complaint of shots fired. Police say they confiscated an assault rifle from 45-year-old Stacey Swallows. Several teens, ages 16-19, told deputies they had gone to the cemetery after reading an online ghost story about it. They say as they were leaving, Swallows blocked the road with his vehicle, pointed the rifle at them and told them to stay until police arrived.

Come on now, who hasn’t wanted to hold teens at gunpoint until the police arrived?  I guess the guy just snapped.  But ‘ghost hunting’?  No- they were there to do mischief and then made up some lame story when they got caught (as teens are wont to do).   And by the way, the fact that the guy is a teacher is totally irrelevant.  If he were a garbage collector would they have mentioned that?   It wasn’t a school cemetery and he wasn’t armed on school time or school property.  He was just a guy who probably had gotten tired of teens vandalizing a cemetery and decided he had had enough.

It’s Been Raining a Lot

The Wolf River in Fentress County, Tennessee, ...

We’ve had quite the last 24 hours here in the Volunteer State.  Heavy rain here last night knocked out the power for about 3 hours.  Still worse,

Drenching rains swept away a home, trapped drivers in their vehicles and derailed a train in Tennessee, and forecasters expected more heavy showers to fall Thursday over the Southeast. The downpours Wednesday hit some of the same parts of Middle Tennessee that were inundated with severe flooding in May, but forecasters don’t foresee it wreaking the same kind of havoc. Portions of Middle and East Tennessee as well as areas of southern Kentucky and western North Carolina and Virginia have been under flash flood warnings or watches.

Just up north of us in Fentress County, a major road was washed out too. And over in Putnam County (where our daughter went to College) there’s been incredible flooding- with over 7 inches of rain in 24 hours.

More rain is expected today…