Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Goji Money for the Hills

A particularly interesting private business venture of the conservative State of Franklin PAC President Kenneth C. Hill (father of Rep. Matthew Hill, R-7H, Jonesborough) is his online merchandising web site peddling Goji berry extracts (pills and liquids). Doesn’t this seem a little odd considering the Hills’ supposed faith beliefs?

You can read some info from "The Gogi Story" here: "Sacred Goji Waters"

During the Tang Dynasty (around 800 AD), a well had been dug beside a wall near a famous Buddhist temple that was covered with goji vines. Over the years, countless berries had fallen into the well. Those who prayed there had the ruddy complexion of good health, and even at the age of eighty they had no white hair and had lost no teeth, simply because they drank the water from the well. From this legend, a poem was crafted. You can hear it here.

Reconstituted goji juice from whole Lycium barbarum fruit; grape juice concentrate;
pear juice concentrate; apple juice concentrate; pear puree and natural flavor;
with sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate added to maintian freshness.Contains no added sugar, artificial colors, sweetners or flavors."

The supplement information label for the goji juice shows that this beverage has four grams of sugar (and 20 calories ) per ounce of the miracle goji juice with the recommended useage of 1 to 3 ounces daily --- that is to say, up to 12 grams of sugar and 60 calorien per 3 ounce serving.

And if you are really serious about limiting your daily intake of both sugars and carbohydrates, perhaps you should stick with the less expensive Coca-Cola (tm) option, as Coke (tm) (USDA National Nutrient Database: Carbonated beverage, cola, with higher caffeine) has both less carbohydrates and sugars (3.33 g) than the goji juice cocktail.

Althought Goji juice does have more sugars and carbohydrates than does Cocla-Cola, Cola-Cola lacks any vitamins --- could Dr. Enuf be the best choice?

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Rusty, David & Hilly boy defeated!

Clearly they did not have a clue. I like how in the earlier article about this issue Hilly boy is completely silent. I guess Rusty had not sent him his script yet.

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Republicans Change Course

Now Governor Bredesen is the bad guy for dropping all those people from TennCare. I think our politicians are blown by the wind. They must have heard from people who were getting dropped. They said they would call every hour.

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Another great Hilly boy quote

"We get wrapped up in the legislative side of it but it is really the community support. The bottom line is we are all members of East Tennessee and we knew what was best for us."

You can read it here. I would never have guessed that he was home schooled.

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Democrats Resist Ethics Reform

Here we see the Democrats didn’t like the idea of legislators having to wait one year before going to work as lobbyists. They need to get over themselves because we have way too many lobbyists as it is. Also, I don’t really care about special license plates, so let’s get rid of them. Lastly, I have no qualms about HB736 and don’t see why the Democrats do.
The following came from Republican Leader Tre Hargett’s Capitol Hill Week in Review for March 17, 2005.

A second bill, brought before the State Government Subcommittee by the same Republican sponsor, called for a mandatory one-year "cooling off" period for retired or defeated legislators who are considering a career in lobbying. The bill, HB247, is a simple way to discourage employment deals from interfering with official legislative duties. Despite the sponsor's description of the bill as a single step in dispelling any public perception of undue influence upon legislation by outside sources, Democrats labeled the bill as discriminatory and a hindrance to earning a living following service in the legislature. HB247 ultimately failed on a strictly partisan vote, with Democrats refusing to accept a proposal that is the current law in the United States Congress.

Further, before the House Committee on State and Local Government, Democrats slowed the passage of a Republican-sponsored bill to limit granting legislative license plates to only legislators and their immediate family members. Last week, Democrat members of the State Subcommittee killed the simple regulatory spirit of the bill by amending it to completely prevent any distribution of the plates - even to legislators themselves. This week, the bill was sent back to the subcommittee for even further discussion.

Finally, during a Wednesday meeting of the House Elections Subcommittee, Republicans proposed a bill to ban political action committee (PACs) contributions for 20 days prior to an election and also to require disclosure of those funds 17 days prior to the election. The bill, HB736, simply brings current law up to speed with Tennessee's early voting schedule - an opportunity seized by nearly half of all Tennesseans in the 2004 election. Democrats stated that the bill was unfair because it eliminated the last-minute fundraising efforts of candidates who can't raise funds earlier in their campaigns. Although the bill had previously been rolled by members of the subcommittee for further discussion, it failed again to receive passage from the subcommittee due to time constraints, and will receive further scrutiny next week.

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Republicans Resist Ethics Reform

When it comes to ethics reform in Tennessee’s government the politicians just can’t get along. The Republicans want new legislators to undergo four hours of ethics training. The Democrats countered with 40 hours, which of course upset the Republicans. Four hours is all you need when Gregory money is funding you. By the way, the financial disclosure laws for Tennessee's lawmakers rank 44th out of the nation's 50 states, according to the political watchdog organization Center for Public Integrity.
The following came from Republican Leader Tre Hargett’s Capitol Hill Week in Review for March 17, 2005.

During a meeting of the House State Government Subcommittee, Republican legislators defended two separate bills designed to hold legislators to ethical standards both at the beginning and the end of their careers. One bill, HB267, called for a four-hour ethics training course to be conducted by the state legislature for all newly-elected members. The training would allow for uniform introduction to the rules, regulations and standards of the House. This would especially be helpful during sessions immediately subsequent to the current one, which is seeing high numbers of ethics legislation pass through its committee system. However, the spirit of HB267 to provide a concise introduction to the ethics of the body was obstructed by Democrat-sponsored amendments to require a forty-hour training period without the typical daily financial allowances granted to traveling legislators. The committee passed the bill as amended for consideration in next week's meeting of the full House Committee on State and Local Government.

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Citizens Who Don't Like Hilly boy

There are plenty of people in the 7th district who don't approve of Hilly boy. Here's a voter who was disappointed by Hilly boy. And here is another one. Other voters beleive today’s close minded contingent in Northeast Tennessee does not get just how much their backward ways are going to cost us. This voter did not choose Hilly boy, and neither did this one.

While I am thinking about it, here is a listing of Hilly boy's dirty money, and here is another one. And just for kicks, here is an example of a Patton success that Hilly boy could only dream of. Enjoy!

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