January 31, 2012
The current cleavage in Tennessee politics -- and in national politics as well -- is between those who believe that the world is fundamentally just and fair and people get what they have coming to them, and those who see people suffering from injustice, inequality or plain bad luck and think, "There, but for the grace of God, go I." The first group sees America as a giant mooch-ocracy larded with special interests and entitlements; the second sees a country with a social safety net under attack. When the economy becomes firmer again, that cleavage may change.
Posted by doctormatt at 10:39 PM
The Tennessee General Assembly has taken another big step toward long-sought recognition as the most contemptible legislature in the land. This time, lawmakers have earned quick ridicule by introducing a bill aimed at keeping transgender people out of public restrooms. Thanks to Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, for this thoughtful proposal. Under their bill, it's a criminal offense--complete with a $50 fine--for transgender people to use restrooms designated for the sex other than the one listed on their birth certificates.
That puts transgender people in a quandary, since it's legally impossible for them to change their sex on their birth certificates in Tennessee.
Posted by doctormatt at 9:41 PM
December 24, 2011
Commissioner blesses the food... in Christ's name
(Any Jews or Muslims, Atheists etc. not invited to eat at this public funded government event.)
Posted by doctormatt at 2:53 PM
Posted by doctormatt at 11:11 AM
June 28, 2011
ACLU to sue over Tennessee law - crime to "transmit or display an image" online that's likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotion distress"
A new law recently signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to curb Internet harassment has caught the eyes of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The new law makes it a crime to "transmit or display an image" online that's likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotion distress" to someone who sees it. The law carries a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.
"This new law creates a chilling effect on expressive political, artistic and otherwise lawful speech and also turns political activists, artists and others into criminals," said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director, in a news release. "In addition, anyone with an online presence, such as social media users, becomes vulnerable."
The ACLU said it plans to file a lawsuit against the new law on First Amendment grounds, arguing that the lack of clarity in the law regarding what is offensive or disturbing makes the law overly broad.
Posted by doctormatt at 7:17 PM
July 23, 2009
Congressman Steve Cohen
Posted by doctormatt at 9:25 PM