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Written on State ABC Cracks Down on House-Infused Spirits. Can Tennessee's Cocktail Culture Survive?:

I thought this was a very objective and detailed article. Thank you!

Written on Puzzling Through Some Current Retail Trends:

It is far cheaper to buy calorie dense junk food than it is to buy healthy food. My partner and I were having this same conversation in the car the other day.

Papa Murphy's isn't "prepared" food, so you can buy a pizza with an EBT card. So-called "energy drinks" can be purchased with an EBT card.

The problem we run into in our society is that we are attaching a moral value to a food item. Somehow it is immoral to purchase a Snickers with public funds, but it's okay to buy a jar of peanut butter and some chocolate chips.

Yes, it rubs me the wrong way that some people often waste public resources in this way, but should there be a socio-economic class distinction between those that can buy soft drinks and those that cannot? I don't know.

Maybe it would be good for the USDA to establish a list of items that can be purchased with food stamps rather than trying to keep up with items that cannot be purchased. How that list would be determined I couldn't say.

Written on The Last Train to Knoxville:

I wish we had a rail system that passed through East Tennessee. It would be awesome to be able to buy a ticket and ride to D.C., New York, or down to New Orleans.

At the very least, a rail system between the three Grand Divisions would be nice.

Can you imagine buying a ticket to go to Nashville for the day to shop, or to lobby your state Senator?

Written on The Lies of Satan:

Not that the writer of this letter cares, but the Bible
gives two reasons and only two reasons that the two cities,
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed:

1. Angels were sent to rescue Lot and his family because the
Lord had decided to destroy the cities for their wickedness
and inhospitality.
2. Lot could not find a single righteous person in the city.

"A free society such as our forefathers founded was based on
Biblical truths"

Name one, please.

George Washington: To the United Baptist Churches in
Virginia in May, 1789, Washington said that every man "ought
to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the
dictates of his own conscience."

Thomas Jefferson: In a letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787,
he wrote, "Question with boldness even the existence of a
god."

John Adams: "I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to
the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the
history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what
calamities that engine of grief has produced!"

James Madison: "During almost fifteen centuries has the
legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have
been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and
indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the
laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."

Benjamin Franklin: "Of all the systems of religion that ever
were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty,
more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more
contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity.
"

The Declaration of Independence: God in the Declaration
does not describe Christianity's God. It describes "the Laws
of Nature and of Nature's God." This nature's view of God
agrees with deist philosophy but any attempt to use the
Declaration as a support for Christianity will fail for this
reason alone.

Treaty of Tripoli: ""As the Government of the United States
of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian
religion..."

So come on with the lame overused cliche, "christian nation"
blah, blah, blah.

Summary: Against intelligence there is no defense so strong
as the armor of ignorance.

Written on Kip Williams Marches On:

One comment about Alex's comment. A lot of people did start
to trickle out midway though the rally. I'm only 38, but
after waiting in the street and then marching from 11:00am
to 2:00pm (or was it 3:00pm?) I was exhausted.

The speeches given were brief and to the point, but with so
many speakers, I didn't have the stamina to wait around
until the end. I suspect others felt the same.

I've got 100 or more photos taken during the march posted if
anyone wants to look at them:
http://manicsquirrel.com/photos

Written on Kip Williams Marches On:

I too was at the march. There were people as far as I could
see. It was overwhelming and very moving to see how many
people came together. I would say the 200,000 estimate is
fairly accurate.

I too was disappointed with lack of support from nation LGBT
organizations. For some of them to come around only at the
last minute, I feel they really hurt march by discouraging
the turnout.

Kip is a sincere young man who is always fired up. I'm
really proud to have a fellow Tennessean involved in this
effort.

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