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House Guests

There was a surprise in store for members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association during our field trip to Washington, D.C. last week. We expected a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol, similar to one my wife and … Continue reading

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Roger That

Gary Loe and Roger Kane were winners in the Tennessee House of Representatives election held yesterday. I’m happy for both of them. Gary is a friend from church. Roger has been the driving force behind the Karns Community Fair for … Continue reading

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Fortnight-ification

Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking that the Fortnight for Freedom is only about contraception. The two-week period of prayer and study is actually about religious liberty and the freedom to practice your beliefs. Opponents of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Mind?

“What is that s— on your face?” The question was posed by one of my daughter’s friends about a year ago. The friend was trying to be “sassy” and apologized profusely when my daughter explained that it was Ash Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Contra-tution

Bacon cheeseburgers are delicious. All restaurants should serve them. In fact, the government should force Indian restaurants and Kosher delicatessens to serve them too. Better still, the government should force Hindu and Jewish business owners to give free bacon cheeseburgers … Continue reading

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Virginia Real

Shortly after Northern Virginia was rocked by an earthquake, my sister called to tell me about it. She felt a violent shaking, as opposed to the rolling motion that characterizes many California quakes. She wanted to know what to tell … Continue reading

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Dakota of Many Colors

When planning a road trip, one of the first things I do is check RoadsideAmerica.com. As a result, the World’s Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota, was on our agenda from the beginning. “Dakota Thunder” is easy to find from … Continue reading

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Statue of Limitations

Of all the valuable artwork visible during my tour of the U.S. Capitol, the statues of famous Americans were the most memorable to me. Sure, I looked up at “The Apotheosis of Washington,” which was discussed in Dan Brown’s “The … Continue reading

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Congressional Records

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. took time to visit with about a dozen constituents from back home on Thursday, including my wife and me. We had arranged for a staff-led tour of the U. S. Capitol, which began in our … Continue reading

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Caul and Response

No wonder Grandma was such a fan of Liberace. According to Wikipedia, he was born with a veil, meaning his head was covered with the amniotic sac. Her husband, a/k/a my grandfather, was also born “in the caul.” Earlier this … Continue reading

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Manure Maneuver

Governor-elect Bill Haslam hopped out of a car and started walking down Gay Street just after passing us at the Christmas parade in downtown Knoxville last night. The grand marshals were Ashley and Sherry Johnston from “The Biggest Loser.” Members … Continue reading

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Pilot Project

Downtown Knoxville has gotten noticeably better in the eight years I have been performing with Einstein Simplified. Unlike some of my friends from church, I get downtown often. Bill Haslam became mayor of Knoxville the year after I moved to … Continue reading

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Game Time

Thankfully, Election Day means an end to the political robocalls I’ve been getting from “Voter Alert,” “Vital Message” and worst of all, “Private Caller.” Some of them are so poorly done, I can’t tell who they support. This usually happens … Continue reading

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Snipe Hunt

“Bandit” signs are all over the place during election season. The signs in West Hills looked different to me than similar signs a few blocks away. In that neighborhood, a corner snipe had been added to emphasize that Randy Walker … Continue reading

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