Friday, May 14, 2010

Lonnie Spivak, Republican seeking the 5th Congressional District seat

Lonnie SpivakThe following questionnaire has been submitted to each candidate running in the Republican primary seeking the nomination for Republican candidate for Tennessee's 5th Congressional District. This seat is now held by Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper. Whoever wins the primary on August 5 will most likely face Cooper in November.

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from, what to you do for a living, what is your educational background, your political experience?

I am a native Nashvillian, who grew up in Bellevue and attended Hillwood High School. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta to pursue a fine arts education at the Art Institute of Atlanta. After a year in Georgia, I decided I wanted more than just a Fine Arts degree (FA), so I transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, where I majored in Graphic Design and minored in Computer Sciences. I later attended Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the mid-nineties.

For the last twenty years I have also been a political activist — fighting to preserve the Constitution and other founding principles of our Republic. I have been on the front lines of many causes including the Tennessee Income Tax Protest. For the last eight to ten years, I have been non-partisan objector, fighting Republican policies with as much fervor as those proposed by Democrats. For that reason I consider myself more of a Tea Party candidate. That said, I still feel that we (conservative Republicans) are on the verge of revitalizing the Republican party with conservative ideals and principles and deemed that so important that I remain a Republican, rather than third-party candidate. On a personal note…

My wife Staci and I were married in 1996 and later had two beautiful girls.

Why are you running for this office?

My goal is to save our Republic from Progressives and others with socialist agendas in our government. I aspire to represent the many citizens who share the sentiment that we are under attack by an administration that is out to “fundamentally transform the United States.”

Ultimately, I want to ensure that our nation remains a Constitutional Government based on liberty for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

What do you see as the primary issue is this race?

Three core issues will shape the outcome of this election.

First: The agenda of the Obama administration, including but not limited to stimulus monies, TARP, Cap and Trade, and Healthcare Reform

Second: The unemployment rate and this Administration’s and Congress’s failure to address it by helping the private sector to create new jobs

Third: Illegal Immigration and National Security

If you are successful in winning the Republican nomination and you are successful in defeating Jim Cooper, when serving in the US Congress what issue will be your primary focus? What will be your priorities?

I will be focused on preserving the Constitution. To do this I will focus on reducing the size of government, lowering taxes, repealing the Healthcare Bill and returning our government to Capitalist principles.

When I make my decision who I will vote for for this office, not only do I want to vote for someone who has solid conservative values and who I think would make a good Congressman, but I want to vote for someone who I think can beat Jim Cooper. Best person and electability may not necessarily be the same thing. I have heard that it will take anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million dollars to mount a successful campaign. Do you have the support, the time and resources to conduct a winning campaign?

Without a doubt, money is vital to any political campaign. Your assessment that it will take somewhere around $500,000 and a large grass-roots campaign is accurate. This year, however, is different than any recent election year in Tennessee Politics. In a normal election cycle, a Republican candidate, in the fifth district, would receive around 40% of the vote if he/she spent $1 or $1,000,000.

This year’s election will be different for a number of reasons..
1. Republicans will appear first on the ballot for the first time in more than 100 years.
2. There is great unrest in the country and an active anti-incumbent movement.
3. The Republican base is highly motivated and averaging a 14% increase in voter turn-out.
4. Independent voters are trending Republican in large numbers.
5. Democrat turnout to date is down 9%.
6. Jim Cooper’s voting record.

If one wants to know more about your campaign or contact you how to they do that?

I can be contacted through the web site ( by e-mail ( or through the campaign phone number 615-530-6289.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

An Evening with Ann Coulter

Ann CoulterThe National Fiscal Conservative P.A.C. is hosting an inaugural event, an evening with Ann Coulter on May 29, 2010 from 5:30-9:00pm at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville. The evening will feature a Meet and Greet with Ann, an elegant 3 course dinner and a program to follow culminating with Ann’s remarks as the highlight of the event. The final item on the agenda is a book signing.

Also Appearing: Con Hunley, Marsha Blackburn, Glen Casada, and Jack Johnson.

The cost for the event is $175 per person to attend the pre-event networking with a cash bar, dinner, program, Ann’s remarks and the book signing. Seating will be “Reserved” by name with reservations being assigned from the front of the room to the back of the room on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets for the Meet and Greet with Ann are available at $500 per ticket. This grants access to the entire evening, beginning with the Meet and Greet at 5:30 through the book signing. There are only 48 of these tickets available.

You may pay for your tickets online at the NFC PAC website or by mailing your check with a note as to the seating package you desire to: NFC PAC Attn: “An Evening with Ann” 236 Gardenridge Drive Franklin, TN 37069
Download a flyer for An Evening with Ann Coulter for more information.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Al Gore's new California Mansion

Al Gore's MansionAs reported in the April 28, Los Angeles Times, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings."The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms."
Al Gore
Wow, what a fine house! How big is that carbon foot print now Al? Not only must that big mansion consume a lot of energy and produce a lot of carbon but flying between Nashville and Montecito must produce a lot of carbon, I would guess. But you buy off-sets, right? No, you don't have to buy them, you own the carbon off-set company that sells carbon off-sets. Is that not right? How do you do that? Do you award your self off-sets?
Now, just a few years ago you were only worth a measly $2 million dollars. How did you get so rich? At one time you said "every penny" you made off your global warming work went to a non-profit and you were not enriching yourself off of spreading the global warming hysteria. So, how did you make your money? Tell us the truth, Al. Is being green putting a lot of green in your pocket?

In this video from a year ago, Congresswomen Marsha Blackburn ask these questions and you were oh so offended. Well, give us some answers, Al. I suspect you are a hypocrite.

By the way Al, I have my own carbon off-set firm I am trying to get off the ground. Please check it out. I would welcome your investment. I would like a piece of this carbon off-set action. Read about it here: Green Elephant Enterprises.

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Record Fund-raising in Fifth Congressional District

NASHVILLE – Congressional candidate Jeff Hartline of Mount Juliet is raising record contributions for his campaign to unseat incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper. First-quarter financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission show that, of the several candidates for the Fifth District Republican nomination, only Hartline raised significant sums of money from individual contributors.

Hartline raised almost $45,000 during the first quarter - more than any Republican has ever raised to run against Cooper in the 5th district - with all of his contributions coming from individual donors. None came from political action committees and none came from Hartline’s personal funds. Hartline is the only candidate for the Republican nomination who raised a significant amount of money from individual donors.

Since the end of March, the Hartline for Congress campaign has added a new finance chairman, Andy Miller, and has seen a surge in contributions and commitments that will push the campaign's financing well into six figures by the end of the second quarter.

I’m running to represent the people of the Fifth district, not the party bosses and Beltway groups interested in perpetuating a spoils system,” Hartline said. “I’m running because the people of the Fifth deserve a congressman who will stand up for their economic and civil liberties, not sell their birthright of freedom and bankrupt the nation.”

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Nashville, It Won't be Shaken by no Storm

<a href="">Won't be Shaken by No Storm by Erika Chambers</a>

I just found this song and I love it and find it very moving. It expresses the spirit of Nashville. It is fitting.

I live on high ground and was unharmed by the storm. Several large trees were downed in my neighborhood and several houses were badly damaged and some cars were destroyed from the falling trees but our neighborhood was not flooded. The only inconvenience I had from the storm was going without power for about twelve hours. I have sisters and other relatives who live here in Nashville and they all survived the storm without sustaining damage.
Nashville Flood downtown
Over 13 inches of rain fell in two days. That is a lot of rain. To put it some perspective, the average annual rainfall for Nashville is 48 inches. The devastation has been massive. Thousands of people are left homeless. Hundreds of homes will have to be bulldozed. Regular homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage and most people whose homes were flooded will not have flood insurance. Areas flooded that have never been flooded before and in areas that are no where near a stream. Whole areas of town with hundreds of homes were flooded.
Nashville Flood Opryland Hotel
I am sure many small businesses that were barely hanging on simply won't reopen. Opryland Hotel, the big resort hotel and convention center here in town was flooded and will not reopen for at least six months. Opryland does about a quarter of the city's convention business and employs over a thousand people. No one yet knows how many people will be out of work because their place of employment will be closed. Many people not only lost all of their belongings in the flood but lost their job.
Nashville Flood
Every time you watch the local news or talk to people you hear more heart-breaking stories and stories of how people's lives have been effected by this disaster. You hear of churches that sustained major damage and businesses that were destroyed. I was at a meeting today and I talked to someone in the music business and they were telling me about a warehouse that serves the music industry. It flooded and Vince Gill lost several priceless guitars that were stored there. Tour buses and a lot of sound equipment and instruments were stored in the warehouse and it was all lost. One doesn't think about all the different sectors of business and society affected by this storm.
Nashville flood
To see everything a family owns reduced to garbage is heart breaking. Everyone know some one who has been a victim of this storm.

Nashville has responded tremendously. Neighbor's pitched in and helped rescue neighbors during the flood. Boat owners went on rescue mission without any direction. People with chain saws have pitched in and cleared trees. Many churches have organized crews to help people clean up. There was no rioting or violence or looting. You have not heard of price gouging. People have been supportive and shown kindness to strangers. Friday night a TV telethon raised almost $2 Million and a radiothon raised half-a-million dollars. Volunteers have provided water and food and toiletries to people housed in temporary shelters. Various benefit concerts are planned and the Country Music Festival announced that half the proceeds from the CMF will go to flood relief this year. Taylor Swift donated $500,000 herself.

Despite the generosity of the Nashville people, the need is great. This city that I love is hurting. If you would like to donate to the relief effort, on the top of the sidebar I have a link to a site that offers a choice of charities collecting to help in the recovery effort.

Please keep Nashville in your prayers.

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