published Monday, July 14th, 2014

Stop pork spending on 'roads' projects — and more letters to the editors

Stop pork spending on 'roads' projects

The Highway Trust Fund is going broke, and members of Congress (including Sen. Corker) are scurrying to find new revenue (tax increases) to address the shortfall.

Originally created to support interstate highway system construction, the trust fund has since been used as a pork barrel. Instead of being used for roads and bridges, funds have been diverted to such things as walking trails, landscaping and ferry boats.

A prudent Congress would restore the viability of the fund by discontinuing this unintended spending. Tax increases, which threaten our fragile economy and add to the inflation potential, should be the last resort.

Another solution is to discontinue the trust fund and transfer responsibility back to the states. The Transportation Empowerment Act proposes to do exactly that.

The act would eliminate the federal government as the middle-man who redistributes (often unfairly and punitively) the taxes collected by the states for projects chosen by Congress and not the states. The act would reduce the bureaucratic burden, retain the tax monies within the state that collected them and provide for a more effective and efficient use of funds targeted at specific state infrastructure needs.

Please urge your congressmen and senators to co-sponsor the act.

MIKE BUDNICK, Winchester, Tenn.

Sen. Alexander needs to go

It is time to replace Sen. Lamar Alexander with a true conservative who will take a firm stance against the Obama administration and work to develop and pass common-sense legislation.

Alexander has been weak on most of the major conservative issues and does not have any intention whatsoever of fighting Obama on immigration, the fiscal deficit, foreign policy, gay rights or the overreaching government bureaucracy.

He is an entrenched member of the traditional RINO Republican Party, and it is time for him to go. His recent refusal to debate the other Senate candidates shows that he is afraid to face his public on the major issues.

Either Joe Carr or George Flinn would be a much better choice.


America spurning Mideast Christians

Former presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan, an oft-published commentator, noted that Vladimir Putin has "planted his flag with the Christians of Iraq." Russia sent fighter jets to Iraq recently.

We also know that Putin stood with Assad of Syria and the Christians of Syria. Soon the entire Middle East will look like Saudi Arabia; that is, without any Christians.

Where is America while the blood of Christians flows?

It appears we continue to side with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the rest of the Hagarenes. This foreign policy is not new for Washington. Don't forget we chose Mohammedans in Kosovo and Serbia over the Christians there.

The leader of the Chaldean church in Iraq recently agreed with Mr. Buchanan. "The West (USA) is not Christian," he said. He went further and noted that President Putin has done more and that they would look to Russia for help.

Apparently, the Middle East Christians see where our flag is planted -- next to the black flag of the caliphate of ISIS and other "moderate" vetted terrorists.


Fleischmann the ethical choice

I voted for Weston Wamp the first time he ran. I will not make that mistake again.

Wamp and The Times editorial page editor (July 3) agree that Democrats should "crossover" vote in the Republican primary, which is legal in an open primary state like Tennessee; however, is it ethical?

Wamp naively proposes to "negotiate" with Democrats in Congress to help them pass their socialist agenda. They passed Obamacare without even consulting with Republicans.

Obama issues executive orders and federal regulations without negotiating with Republicans. With whom will Wamp negotiate?

Name one Democrat who wants to negotiate; possibly Nancy Pelosi? Sens. McCain, Graham, and Alexander want to negotiate. Maybe Wamp can negotiate with them.

Do you want the Democrats to select the Republican nominee for the 3rd District?

Fleischmann correctly stated in the televised debate that Wamp probably should have run in the Democratic primary. Fleischmann may not be the most charismatic congressman; however, he does vote the way I want him to vote at least 90 percent of the time. Isn't that what you want your congressman to do?

We have enough unethical congressmen already. Why would we send another one to Congress?


Vote Hazlewood for state House 27

The residents of Tennessee's District 27 are very fortunate that someone of Patsy Hazlewood's integrity, qualifications and expertise decided to become a candidate from that district for Tennessee's House of Representatives.

I met Patsy a number of years ago when I was a banker and she was an executive at BellSouth. Even then, she exhibited the attributes of a successful leader. I found her to be someone who set high goals and successfully followed through on those goals, all the while gaining the respect of her peers.

When I became CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Patsy served as my first chairperson. During that time, the Chamber was in need of a radical reconstruction of its mission and direction. Patsy's vision was instrumental in transforming the Chamber into the company it is today.

She always faced challenges head-on and worked toward collaborative solutions through dedication and hard work. In short, Patsy is the clear choice. She is a true leader who has distinguished herself through her professional career; her personal, church and family commitments and her volunteer community service.

I encourage you to vote for Patsy Hazlewood on Aug. 7.


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lkeithlu said...

It is not the job of the West to promote a particular religion or get involved in religious disputes.

PS Pat Buchanan makes Pat Robertson look sane.

July 14, 2014 at 7:13 a.m.
LibDem said...

It makes sense to elect for 6 years a Republican to combat President Obama's last two years. We're talking about some slow minds here.

I'm sure Mideast Christians crawling into bed with Mr. Putin will find themselves in good hands.

July 14, 2014 at 9:09 a.m.


Jesus Christ of Nazareth said, {Mark 16:15-16}

"Go ye into all the world,

and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

I agree with the Apostles St. John and Simon Peter; Acts 4:19 (AKJV)

"But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye."

July 14, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You are welcome to go to the Middle East and convert anyone you like, Ken Orr.

July 14, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.


Jesus Christ of Nazareth said, {Mark 16:15-16}

"Go ye into all the world,..."

July 14, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.


'All' the world.

Malleus Deum

July 14, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

Hi Ike +(:>

July 14, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Last I checked, US foreign policy is not dictated by the bible.

July 14, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.


'Remember Cape Henry'


Malleus Deum Verum

July 14, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Not evidence, Ken. We are not nor ever have been a theocracy. It is not in the country's interest to spread Christianity using the government. Especially where it is unwelcome. I know you cannot comprehend this, but Christianity is no better or worse than any other religion, and there is no more or less evidence to support it as opposed to other religions.

July 14, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

People like Ken Orr and con-man and other fundamentalists who think that Christianity is the ONLY true religion are precisely what's wrong with Christianity. If more Christians would simply adhere to those aspects of Christianity that are inspirational, uplifting, and love-centered, without their repugnant self-righteousness that compels them to try to force their beliefs on everyone else, then it might be a real force for good. But Christianity, with its overemphasis on its being the ONLY way to believe, is not only NOT the only way, it is the WRONG way, and it does more harm than good.

July 14, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.


If someone could help me with some facts, I will appreciate it. I read that the most prophecies claimed by any religion besides Christianity is less than 15; and these at a huge stretch; Not even statistically significant. [other than Christianity which claims around 2,000>>>with extreme statistical significance]. I wonder if this fact...a fact +(:>

Malleus Deum Verum

July 14, 2014 at 7:46 p.m.


And, by-the-way, while we are discussing the 'great' religions of the world, here is something to think about:

'The modern day custom of celebrating Ramadan in the White House was started in 1996 by Hillary Rodham Clinton during the three-day celebration Eid-al-Fitr.'



What happens when a liberal Democrat who supports homosexual sex is told they must embrace Islam?

Muhammad Aashiq Illahi Muhajir Madani, a modern-day Mufti (jurist), wrote Illuminating Discourses on the Noble Quran, 2nd ed. trans. and ed. Mufti A. H. Elias, (Karachi: Pakistan, Zam Zam, 2003). In his commentary on Sura 4:15-16, he is open to the interpretation that the two verses speak of homosexuality, so he provides two hadith that he considers reliable, which deal with punishing homosexuals (vol. 2, pp. 365-69).

This early ruling repeats the one that homosexuals must be burned:

With regard to the method in which these people [homosexuals] are to executed, Abu Bakr after consulting with Ali and other Sahaaba [companions of Muhammad], ruled that they be burnt.

Mufti Madani’s next citation says that convicted homosexuals should undergo this terrible punishment (cf. Maududi vol. 2, p. 52, note 68):. . . Ibn Abbas ruled that they be thrown headlong from the highest summit.

Malleus Deum Verum

July 14, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

What happens when you base your perception of reality on isolated anecdotes?

Fact is, you have no evidence to support your religious beliefs. Neither do they. Therefore they are of equal value. Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Shinto, Pagan. It is arrogance to an extreme to impose one's religion on anyone else. Respect for the world's religious diversity, mixed with a bit of humility, is needed here.

July 14, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ken Orr, show me a Biblical "prophecy" that has come to pass outside the realm of metaphor or symbolism or numerology and I might begin to take those 2000 "prophecies" seriously. The vast majority of those so-called prophecies are suspiciously highlighted with the oft-used phrase "so that prophecy might be fulfilled." The many forgers, interpolators, and admitted holy liars (such as Eusebius) had all the time in the world during the Dark Ages to rewrite the Bible to make the New Testament conform to the "prophecies" of the Old Testament. All other prophecies that Christians like to think have come to pass today or are about to come to pass are only wild imaginings of those Christians who want to THINK that prophecy is being fulfilled.

Jesus is a fairy tale figure. The entire Bible is a compilation of ancient myths. Take your blinders off, sir. The truth is there if only you dare to look and think for yourself.

July 14, 2014 at 9:49 p.m.


All I am saying is that 'I Love You' in truth. I do not want to ever know that even one ounce of harm comes into your life. I genuinely want you to go to a better place than this world in the hereafter. Is there anything wrong with that? I believe Jesus when He says; John 14:6 (KJV)

6 "...I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me."

July 14, 2014 at 10:23 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Sorry Ken. Don't believe in an afterlife. No evidence to suggest there is one. Make the most of this life.

July 15, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.


Where is that place of dreams? Where are you when dreaming? Your body is indeed in one place, yet, you (in that particular state of dream consciousness)are in an entirely different place. If one died during a dream, would they continue to dream?

What about astral projection? When you think of, and imagine, or, visualize a place other than where you are...where is that place in your thoughts...where does it exist?

No one has seen dark matter/dark energy, yet, a few scientists say it is there, and many other scientists believe it is there. Many people testify they have come back from the dead, like the many scientists who say they know dark energy is there. Neither can prove it by the scientific method.

You believe in many things you have not seen nor can prove. You choose to believe in other's testimonies for some of these things, and, choose to not believe in others. Why? Some of these things will affect your moral lifestyle, some will not. Some will affect your eternal life, some will not.

Malleus Deum Verum

July 15, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Dreams are a function of a living brain, Ken, not evidence of an afterlife.

Astral projection is woo, not evidence.

Dark matter is not evidence of an afterlife.

Strike three, you're out. Scientists have been trying for decades to find evidence of anything supernatural. They haven't yet.

July 15, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.
Plato said...

The problem I see with MIKE BUDNICK's suggestion - requiring states to pay for all road maintenance and construction is that several western states that have sparse populations but large land masses would bare a disproportionate charge per capita to maintain what are now federal highways while smaller more densely populated states like in the northeast would have a disproportionally low tax burden.

I think we should keep federal highways under the auspice of the federal government, but we do need to belly up to the bar and pay for them.

July 15, 2014 at 1:32 p.m.
Plato said...

Count me in as one of those "unethical" Democrats who will vote for Wamp in the Republican Primary. Fleischmann is nothing more than an obstructionist who makes little if any effort to actually legislate (do his job). At least Wamp apparently understands what it means to legislate and is not so obstinate to think "its my way or the highway".

This country is made up of many people with many differing views. Fair legislation is an effort to reasonably represent as many of those views as possible while still focusing and addressing the issue at hand in an effective manner. Those in office who think otherwise are narrow minded, selfish, and self-serving - a perfect and fitting description of Congressman Fleischmann

July 15, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.


That's the totality of the point of the matter: We pick and choose what/whom we will believe. No One has ever proven to me that a dream stops if the brain dies during a dream. No one has ever proven that dark matter/energy exists.

I know that I have far more evidence of the Truths of the Holy Scriptures (Bible) than I do proofs of x number of other things (dark matter) which other people choose to believe in. I have taken an extremely safe route based upon irrefutable factors. Others choose 'Russian Roulette'. If Jesus doesn't exist (ludicrous), when i die...I win! If Jesus does exist (Yes He does), when i die...I win!

Malleus Deum Verum

July 15, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

You don't have "evidence" of any truths whatsoever of the Bible. It is an entirely fictional work, with NO scientific or historical evidence to give it validity.

The fact that you say that you "have taken an extremely safe route" indicates that you entertain some degree of doubt. To use your faith, even in the smallest way, as an insurance policy to guarantee eternal life for yourself in heaven is not righteousness, wisdom, or morality, and to think that your God is one who would allow such a "pass" for mere blind obedience is reprehensible.

You don't realize it, but you are not gaining anything by "taking the safe route" and in fact you have sold your very soul in doing so. You will have lived your entire life never knowing how liberating it is not to be tied to your childish concept of a two-dimensional caricature of a God, not having the freedom to think for yourself, free of a deity who would claim to punish you for daring to do so. Sir, you have sold your soul to silly, nonsensical, primitive beliefs, and you will have never seen how awesome and wondrous life is outside the confines of those narrow, limiting beliefs.

July 15, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.


Let me describe it for 'whosoever will'...

I believe Jesus when He says; John 14:6 (KJV):

"...I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me."


"...I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

2 Timothy 1:12 (AKJV)


Malleus Deum Verum

July 15, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.
conservative said...

Sometimes the word of God saves the sinner, often the word of God will smoke out and reveal those who hate Him.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

July 15, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.
conservative said...

Jesus is the most loved person in the world and Jesus is the most hated person in the world.

Those who hate Him the most can't control it nor hide it.

The word of God smokes them out.

July 15, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.
RShultz210 said...

Rickaroo said: "Jesus is a fairy tale figure." While I agree that many of the prophesies seen in the Old and New Testaments have failed of fulfillment, the one fact is that almost every peer reviewed scholar today that studies religion, religious literature, and history agrees that historically there is more than enough evidence to prove that Jesus of Nazereth existed. Whether you agree with His teachings notwithstanding, He did indeed exist.

July 15, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.


conservative-Holy Warrior-this, I believe is the smoke that smokes them out: "Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because He was wroth. 9 There went up a smoke out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it."

"Through the brightness before Him were coals of fire kindled. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven, and The Most High uttered His voice. 15 And Ge sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them."

II Samuel 22

Malleus Deum Verum

July 15, 2014 at 9:40 p.m.



"This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep...for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Thank You ***RShultz210...Matthew 25:23


July 15, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

The bible is a claim, not evidence.

July 15, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

..."the one fact is that almost every peer reviewed scholar today that studies religion, religious literature, and history agrees that historically there is more than enough evidence to prove that Jesus of Nazereth existed." - RShultz

Wrong. The only thing that many of them agree on is that someone named Jesus most likely existed, as a mortal teacher/preacher, but was not necessarily of divine origin. But Jesus was a very common name then, and itinerant preachers/philosophers were a dime a dozen. Nothing that Jesus supposedly said was particularly unique. His every utterance had already been spoken or written before by the pagan religions that preceded Christianity. To accept his divinity is purely a leap of blind faith. There is NOTHING scientifically or historically that validates his miracles or his resurrection. No scientific or historical evidence (other than a few relics that have all been proven to be fake, or specious at best) exists to validate that JC ever lived.

There is a fast growing, well researched movement afoot that makes an excellent and credible case for the mythicism of Christ, showing that he was never real but rather he evolved into a literal figure, out of an amalgam of the many mythical Sun gods that existed before he supposedly did. Jesus is nothing but an allegory for the sun (as God) as it makes its way through the sky, with the 12 disciples symbolizing the 12 signs of the Zodiac, culminating in the Winter Solstice, where the sun seemed to "die" for three days and then be reborn again. The sun was worshiped as God by the pagans and JC is just a natural outgrowth of the expanding of the sun-god motif.

Once you see that Christ is mythical, then the nonsense of the entire Bible actually begins to unveil itself, and you can see it for what it is. The story of Christ is just as ridiculous and far-fetched as the story or Noah and the ark or Moses and the parting of the Red Sea or Jonah living 3 days in the belly of a whale.

July 15, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

RShultz, to further elucidate how history and the Bible are incongruous with each other:

  • The town of Nazareth did not even exist at the time when JC was supposed to have been born.

  • The Romans did not have a census at the time of Jesus's supposed nativity whereby the citizens were expected to travel to their place of birth. A census was later established but it did not involve anyone having to uproot themselves for it.

  • There was no such custom of Pilate or any Roman ruler allowing the people to decide who would go free and who would die (as in the story of Barabbas, Jesus, and the mob of Jews).

  • According to Roman custom and law, burial was strictly forbidden for those who were crucified. Their bodies were left to hang on the cross as a deterrent to crime and insurrection. The story of Jesus being allowed to be taken from the cross and be buried is as much a tall tale as every other aspect of JC's supposed life.

  • The only thing that the Bible got right about King Herod is that he did indeed exist. But there is no record - NONE - of his having slaughtered thousands of innocent infants, as he supposedly did in his quest to keep Christ from being born.

The only thing that makes sense, if you are a rational, truth-seeking person, is to acknowledge that the Bible is nothing but a collection of one primitive supernatural tale after another, with no basis in fact or reason. It is one thing to draw upon its few verses of wisdom for inspiration, but to claim that is the inerrant word of God is pure folly and the epitome of an immature mind.

July 15, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.
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