Friday Miscellany – TN Addition

1. Tennessee House votes to keep UN election monitors out : “Tennessee House lawmakers voted Thursday to ban United Nations election monitors from observing state elections.”

2. Tennessee Lawmakers Take On Roadblocks, License Scanners : “No state, county, municipal or metropolitan form of government law enforcement officer shall participate in, lend assistance to, or be present in any official capacity at any voluntary motor vehicle checkpoint or stop conducted by a private company or research group to collect a human sample from consenting motorists stopped at the checkpoint for research or statistical purposes,” Senate Bill 1485 states.”

3. The Tennessee State Guard : The Tennessee State Guard is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department. It is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 58-1-401. The Tennessee State Guard, which is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department.” This could be an option for those who want to be of service but who don’t want to join the national guard (No enlistment contracts), or a “militia group” but they prefer former military.

4. Tennessee Football Coach fired for making Obama song : Tennessee middle school assistant football coach, age 26, fired for a song he wrote and played! This could be the next number one hit country song. It’s the best effort yet at encapsulating the outrage at the oversteps of this government in an entertaining song. Apparently, the guy was fired over the song because some parents complained. If you like it, help it go “viral” by passing it along to everyone you know.

5. Bill Legalizing CBD Oil Advances In Tennessee : “Tennessee could be the next state to legalize cannabidiol, or CBD, a marijuana extract low in THC that may help children with seizure syndromes.”

6. Tennessee Lawmakers Take A Stand Against Knife Control : “In what must be considered a victory for the little-known but very real knife rights movement, the Tennessee legislature has repealed the state’s ban on switchblades.”

7. Tennessee Sends Religious Anti-Discrimination Bill To Governor : Tennessee lawmakers approved a bill on Monday that seeks to expand religious liberty protections for students in public schools. The Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act, which passed the state Senate 32-0, would permit students to express religious beliefs in their homework, artwork and written and oral assignments without academic punishment or discrimination.

8. Flying Cumberland Plateau Rivers

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Comments

  1. Looks like TN is moving it a direction to take the fear out of everyday activities.

  2. Today’s post shows that Tennessee is the place to be!

    #4. LOVED the song!

  3. ozhillbilly says:

    I need to move to Tennessee!

  4. patientmomma says:

    Good for the state folks, they are trying to keep our rights for us! Got to love ‘um!

  5. It’s not all good in Tennessee, folks:

    “Beginning Saturday, March 1, students and staff at Tennessee State University will be required to present identification badges at any time that can also track their movements in and out of buildings, according to a local-news report.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372240/tenn-state-university-requires-students-wear-trackable-ids-alec-torres

    • akaGaGa

      Those are new rules for the Tennessee State University students and teachers on school grounds only and it’s not a GPS type system it only shows what door that the teacher or student entered. Many employers across the country have this type of security system implemented at the workplace already – I’ve worked at several places that required an ID to get into the work place…

      • MD,
        Probably both entering and leaving. Generally on a campus these are more for the security of the students than anything else. If someone disappears, their last known whereabouts and general habits can be useful to track and perhaps find them.

  6. tommy2rs says:

    A heads up for owners of Ruger American Rimfire rifles

    Ruger Recalls Select Ruger American Rimfire Rifles
    http://www.ruger.com/RugerAmericanRimfire22WMRFRecall/index.html

    We have determined that Ruger American Rimfire™ rifles chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) and .17 HMR manufactured between November 17, 2013 and January 8, 2014 were manufactured without a vent hole. This hole appears just below and behind the serial number on the left-hand side of the receiver. The hole does not serve any function during normal operation of the rifle, but is a safety feature and may help vent gas in the event of a problem such as a ruptured case head or bore obstruction, for example. We want to recall the rifles and add the vent hole.

    How to determine if your rifle needs the retrofit
    First, only Ruger American Rimfire™ rifles chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) and .17 HMR within the serial number range 830-34831 to 830-43880 are subject to the recall. If your rifle is chambered in .22 LR or falls outside of this serial number range, it is not subject to the recall. If you do have an Ruger American Rimfire™ rifle chambered in .22 WMRF (Magnum) or .17 HMR, you need only examine the left side of the receiver, just below and behind the serial number. If there is a hole there (Figure 1), then you do not need to return the rifle. If there is no hole (Figure 2), then the rifle should be returned.

  7. Perhaps a little off topic, but EMP would affect TN as well: Newt Gingrich and former CIA Director James Woolsey are in the news on protecting from EMP. More here:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/newt-gingrich-s-plan-to-stave-off-the-apocalypse-20140328

  8. About #1 – What exactly is TN’s objection to UN election monitors being present? I would assume that all relevant statutes are being followed so, in the face of the controversy regarding the photo id laws, would not having an objective observer there to assure the rest of the country that elections are on the up and up be a good thing?

    • CS,

      We do not need or want the UN to monitor anything or any foreign entity telling us when or how to do anything.

      • seeuncourt says:

        the UN has no authority

      • axelsteve says:

        un = united nothing.

      • A fair point, I am just trying to understand the hostility in this issue. I neither want nor need the Lifetime channel on my satellite dish, but it’s presence doesn’t negatively impact me either. And let’s face facts, much like the Lifetime network can’t ruin my day, UN overseers can’t do much of anything about the elections. Granted I may just be too far removed from the issue, but it seems to me there are bigger things to get angry about.

    • Per Hiero Desteen says:

      CS, the UN is not an objective observer.

    • CS,
      Do you realize that you used U.N. and objective observer in the same context. The same U.N. that puts countries with horrible human rights abuses on the human rights committees. WOW!!!

    • JeffintheWest says:

      If I were living in some other state, I’d be a good deal more interested in knowing that MY elections were up to speed as opposed to worrying about what Tennessee is doing. You all could start by putting in place Voter ID laws to ensure that people are voting who are legally allowed to, and that they aren’t voting more than once. That seems a LOT more useful to me than bringing in some dirtbag from Cuba to “monitor” our elections.

      • JeffintheWest,
        I’m not sure if TN was one of the states trying the voter ID with photo law, but I think they were, and they were immediately sued by the DOJ for trying to curtail the minority vote. There were numerous southern states under some type of oversight from previous laws that hindered minority voting in the past, and these were used as a tactic by Eric Holders DOJ to allow continued fraudulent voting.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Well I know it, but Holder should be in jail on Contempt charges anyway (to say nothing of failing to uphold the law — hell, he’s been hawking justice to his racial cronies like it was cabbages in the marketplace for years now), so his position lacks gravitas in my opinion. Besides, why should Voter ID laws serve to suppress minority votes more than White votes? I’ve known just as many lazy and stupid white people as I have those of color. It seems to me that requiring people to show ID to vote is an absolute no-brainer that any moron could see would help minimize the kinds of voter fraud and illegal voting that we’ve seen so much of the past few election cycles.

          I would note in passing, by the way, that the Supreme Court recently overturned the law that required states like Tennessee or Texas to submit to special review of their laws on the grounds that such reviews had long since passed into the “no longer necessary” category and that the states should once again have the right to govern themselves in accordance with the desires of their people as opposed to the dictates of the central government.

        • Well those previous oversight laws were leftovers from the civil rights movement in a time when there was a real need for the election process to be more strictly regulated in many of the southern states.

          Regardless of that though, how rampant do you think fraudulent voting is. I have never seen any article or survey (that gave numbers and not a vague assertion that it really is a problem) that claimed more than a fraction of one percent of the vote as being given fraudulently. I remember an article i read about Pennsylvania where (for the year being studied) there were like 8 proven cases of voter fraud. Let’s multiply that by 100 just to be safe in estimating for unproven cases, that’s still 800 votes in population of over 12 million. I think having to show id is not a bad idea but if one can’t make a case for such a law, without trying to scare people into it, then it’s time to reevaluate

        • Rob Crawford says:

          Thing is, the international vote monitor groups express amazement that the US doesn’t require ID for voting.

  9. This is a bad thing, without question, you can be free to carry that knife, practice the religion of your choice, not have to give DNA samples, but if “they” know where you are every minute, how free is that?

    • RJArena,

      Those are new rules for the Tennessee State University students and teachers on school grounds only and it’s not a GPS type system it only shows what door that the teacher or student entered. Many employers across the country have this type of security system implemented at the workplace already – I’ve worked at several places that required an ID to get in…

  10. Arthur X says:

    Good to see Tennessee is moving in the right direction.

  11. RB in Alabama says:

    #3 I’m glad Tennessee is still supporting the State Guard. Alabama’s governor, I’m truly sad to say, recently stood ours down.

  12. 6. I was not aware of a knife control movement in the US, but I live in a red, 2nd amendment kind of state where such a proposal would be ignored or laughed at.

    • RedC,

      I think you might have missed the point – this was about repealing the state’s ban on switchblade knives – in most states, such as Texas, Montana, New Mexico, Alaska, etc. switchblade knives are illegal as far as I know…

      • THanks for the clarification.

      • Go Tennessee!! And by the way, Texas did away with the no switchboard law last September as well as a few other b.s. laws. Support these legislators that show enough gumption to push these bills through!!
        And the u.n. has no authority to monltor, observe, question, or even smell of, any process happening in this country!!! Would be very interesting to see them show up at the volunteer fire dept in Shady Oaks, Tx on polling day.

  13. JeffintheWest says:

    I wish more states would do #3. I’d join.

  14. Dang it MD. I’ve been here building the homestead for too long to move, but you’re making TN look better by the day. I know I would save a ton of money on taxes too!!!

  15. Tactical G-Ma says:

    MD
    On a different topic:
    I went to order from Amazon tonight and the ad on the side bar doesn’t show. Something new or is it me?

  16. I moved from Colorado to Tennessee about 6 months ago when Colorado started to turn in the wrong direction. Best decision I ever made.