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The Jackson-Madison County Library Board of Trustees meeting will be held on at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the board room of the Jackson-Madison County Library, 433 E. Lafayette St., Jackson, Tennessee. The tension is getting thicker as services are deplinished as opposed to contractual agreement…. at what point will the management team give up the ghost.

The Japanese Beetle is making early rounds in Jackson and our roses are taking a beating. Can’t wait till they move to the other plants. Beetles feed voraciously on flower petals and leaf tissue between the veins, skeletonizing leaves and leaving them with a lace-like appearance. Leaf death often results. When beetle populations are high, significant foliar damage leads to reduced plant vigor and yield. Grubs do the most root damage as they enlarge in September and October, but plants rarely sustain enough injury to show ill effects. What to do?

  1. Handpick adults or tap infested leaves over a container of soapy water – the beetles will fall in and drown.
  2. Avoid baited traps: they attract extra beetles that will increase damage.
  3. Floating row cover can be used on low crops.
  4. Early or late corn plantings circumvent feeding injury.
  5. Neem and pyrethrum sprays are “organic” insecticides that may be effective.
  6. There are many predators, including grackles, starlings, moles, shrews and skunks, but few native insects prey on Japanese beetles.
  7. Lawns irrigated in summer attract egg-laying adults. Maintain neutral soil pH to lessen egg and grub survival.

Tennessee enacts strongest ban on explicit sex-ed in U.S. after oral sex demo.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 26, 2012 – A new law banning explicit sex education, spearheaded after an anti-AIDS group two years ago demonstrated oral sex on anatomical models in front of high schoolers, took effect in Tennessee this week. The law emerged after one Nashville parent in 2010 learned his 17-year-old daughter’s class had seen the performance of “safe” oral sex by the anti-AIDS group, Nashville CARES. “It took me by surprise,” Rodrick Glover told The Tennessean at the time. “My daughter thought it was pornography.” In response, the Tennessee gay news source Out and About targeted Glover as numbering among “fundamentalist bigots” who oppose the methods of Nashville CARES because the group “does not discriminate based on sexual orientation and, in fact, is considered to be gay-affirming.”

Editor’s Note: I know I am on that list… feels good.

Defense Industry, Manufacturers Could Lose more than ONE MILLION JOBS, Pushing Unemployment to 10 Percent

The looming threat of sequestration is proving to extend beyond the walls of the Pentagon, making its way into the political arena as the November elections get closer. Not only will the additional $500 billion in defense cuts have an effect on the lives of more than 1 million government contractors and manufacturers, but incumbents up for re-election in November could face defeat as voters associate the spiraling economy and the major cuts. Sequestration cuts are set to automatically take place following the failure of the deficit-reduction super committee. “I don’t see it cannot [have political ramifications],” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon. “We’ve been 40 months above 8 percent unemployment. I would think that would have a very negative impact. The people that haven’t been focusing on it [sequestration], haven’t been thinking about it, are going to get a real wake up call.”


In just a few hours, a vote is expected in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on H.R. 459, our Audit the Fed bill! The committee will start its meeting at 10 am eastern today, so if your representative sits on the committee and you haven’t yet called Congress, time is running out! You can find a list of the committee members here. A victory in committee today would give us incredible momentum going into July’s vote on the House floor. Even if your representative is not on the committee, please contact their office to urge their support for Audit the Fed this July. After years of hard work, we stand on the verge of turning a strong, full audit of the Federal Reserve into the law of the land. So let’s finish the fight, starting with today’s committee vote!

Say what? Pay up, EEOC tells a cafe owner, for not taking on a hearing- and speech-impaired applicant for a cashier’s position [EEOC press release (Albuquerque’s Savory Fare Bakery and Cafe agrees to pay $20,000 and offer other relief), h/t Roger Clegg; related on cases where concern about cross-intelligibility between employee and customers leads to charges of “accent discrimination”]

The War on Poverty: $15 Trillion and Nothing to Show for It Fifteen trillion dollars: That’s how much American taxpayers have forked over in the name of helping the poor since 1964. And what do we have to show for it? A poverty rate that has barely budged, an entrenched bureaucracy, and a population — like that of Greece and Portugal, two welfare-state basket cases — increasingly dependent on government handouts. These are the conclusions of a recent Cato Institute report on the American welfare state by Michael Tanner, Cato’s director of health and welfare studies and author of The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society. It is hardly an encouraging read, to say the least. When President Johnson declared war on poverty nearly half a century ago, writes Tanner, “the poverty rate in America was around 19 percent and falling rapidly.” Increasing prosperity brought about by the free market, coupled with strong civil institutions such as churches, charities, and fraternal organizations, was already accomplishing the unthinkable: making poverty, the general condition of mankind throughout most of history, a rarity in the United States. A rising tide, as Johnson’s predecessor observed, does indeed lift all boats.

Constitutional law roundup from my good friend Walter Olson As everyone waits for the ObamaCare ruling…

  • Justice Kennedy often votes with right half of Court on economic issues, left on social — if only there were a word for that [David Boaz]
  • SCOTUS decisions on evidence, Indian law remind us of inadequacies of “red-blue” stereotype of Court divisions [Hans Bader]
  • “Can the Government Destroy Property Values ‘Temporarily’ Without Compensation?” [Ilya Shapiro, Cato]
  • New book on how a 1987 Supreme Court decision opened up Indian gaming [James Huffman reviews Ralph Rossum, LLL]
  • “That’s Not Kosher: How Four Jewish Butchers Brought Down the First New Deal” [Steven Horwitz, The Freeman]
  • Except for, like, not demanding damages or trial or things like that? Declaration of Independence described as “founding lawsuit.” [John Goldberg via TortsProf]
  • New book reviews in Federalist Society “Engage”: Richard Epstein on John Inazu, Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, and Robert Gasaway on Michael Greve, The Upside-Down Constitution]

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” –Thomas Jefferson


When it comes to inevitabilities, people always refer to death and taxes – but there’s a third item that’s even more of a sure thing. I’m referring to the goofiness of the left. Death is inevitable, but not always predictable. After all, people die at all ages and under diverse circumstances. In much the same way, taxes are always going to be around, but not everyone pays the same ones or at the same rate. However, when it comes to the chowderheads who take pride in identifying themselves as liberals, progressives, statists, socialists or just plain Democrats, as surely as the sun will rise in the east, you can bet the farm that before it sets in the west, any number of these boobs will have you shaking your head and wondering if they’re being serious or just going for the cheap laugh. For instance, Obama’s EPA, otherwise known as America’s storm troopers, have begun forcing refineries to blend 8.6 million gallons of something called cellulosic biofuel, made from wood and non-edible plant life, into their oil. I’m not sure what good it’s supposed to do, but I’m guessing it’s the chemical equivalent of Hamburger Helper. If you’re wondering why, if I don’t know its purpose, I object to the EPA’s fining companies that don’t follow orders like good little Nazis, it’s because there is no such product! Nobody is bothering to manufacture it, as the EPA is well aware, but it’s just another way for the dictatorial bureaucrats to flex their muscles and another way for the Obama White House to levy taxes by calling them fines.

Obama preaches Planned Parenthood, gays in the military to high school students

DURHAM, New Hampshire, June 26, 2012 ( – President Obama touted his support for funding Planned Parenthood, forcing religious employers to pay for birth control and abortifacient drugs, and ending the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy on homosexuality at a campaign event before high school seniors in New Hampshire on Monday. Obama told the students that, by voting for him over GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, “You can decide that instead of restricting access to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make sure that in this country, women control their own health care choices,” reported. Obama was referencing his showdown with GOP House leaders over funding to the abortion giant last year, and his high-profile war with Catholic Church leaders over the birth control insurance mandate, the target of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) ongoing “Fortnight for Freedom” national prayer campaign this month.

Pentagon Holds First Gay Pride Event The sad part is the Capt. feels he has been accepted…..

In June 2011, Capt. Matthew Phelps had already served for nearly a decade in the Marine Corps, hiding the fact that he was gay because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the law that barred gays from serving openly. He had just begun his new job as a company commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and, even though the 20-year-old law was just months away from ending, he still did not want to come out, for fear of being dismissed from the Corps. What a difference a year and repeal made. “A year later … a week ago last Friday, on June 15,” Phelps told a standing-room only crowd Tuesday at the Pentagon’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride event, “I, Capt. Matthew Phelps, was invited to attend [a] pride reception at the White House. And I thought, how amazing is it over the course of a year, I could go from being fired for being who I am, to having champagne with the commander-in-chief — on cocktail napkins with the presidential seal on it.”

Are American’s Really this Stupid? Don’t look to any change come this November as far as the U.S. Congress. The same outlaws will get reelected after winning their primaries and it will be back to business as usual come January. Remember that Rassmussen poll I cited above? 78% of the American people believe the outlaws in the U.S. Congress are governing without their consent, yet they have gone to the polls and voted to reelect the same parasites in dozens of primaries. You hire someone to do a job, they do just the opposite and you turn right around and give them your vote – again……

For a friend and partner who on several occasions guarded my life during those long days and nights in very far away places and in a very dangerous time. I think of him often.
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil; how many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
when everything was still. I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington .


Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.


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