I don't usually write about Knoxville stuff. Because it's boring mostly.
But, anyhoo, I just got off the phone with Ron Peabody. I'm sure you've heard of him. He hates the homeless. No, I'm kidding. But he has been against the local Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and is recently working with Compassion Knoxville to help redesign it. Or something.
But, I'm rambling. He just filed his appointment for political treasurer (he picked Ruthie Kulhman) for seat C. (That's a city-wide seat by the way.)
Other candidates currently running for that seat are Terry Milligan, Finbarr Saunders (who has long championed the TYP) and Sharon Welch.
Peabody said he'd issue a news release about his candidacy tomorrow morning. He also said he'll resign tonight from Compassion Knoxville.
And now Compassion Knoxville is headed by one of TYP 1.0's most ardent (and, I would argue, aggressive) supporters in Stephanie Mathey.
Hate to say I told you so, but...
Oh, who am I kidding. Told you so, Knoxville.
(Finbarr. Easy choice. Don't know Terry or Sharon, but I do know Finbarr from when he was our District 4 rep. Perfect fit for city government.)
Does Peabody know about any issue other than homelessness? Cause he's gonna have to talk about other stuff, and I've never seen much sign than he understands it.
Peabody doesn't even know about homelessness. I attended about 20 minutes of one of the first Compassion Knoxville meetings (it was all I could stomach), and this guy didn't even know what area localities were doing TYPs as well (Asheville, Chattanooga, Nashville) and which ones were actually succeeding in getting the public on board with their plans (Chattanooga's the best local example; Nashville is running into hell in regard to funding theirs last I heard).
Let me put it to you this way, Anonymous - electing this guy would be a lot like electing Victoria DeFreese.
(Now dance, puppet, dance... she never had a chance...)
The only other subject I ever heard him speak on was the Hillside/Ridgetop Plan, and he made a hash out of that.
BTW, I think he has about as much chance getting elected to Council as DeFreese does.
"The only other subject I ever heard him speak on was the Hillside/Ridgetop Plan, and he made a hash out of that."
As the Co-Chair of Compassion Knoxville Ron defended affordable housing. That makes sense. And how does someone who makes $35k a year afford a $400,000 house? Compassion Knoxville has been a success. Regular people had a chance to participate. Much better than the PR push of the TYP.
Hey, look at that. Peabody's got at least one supporter.
Too bad most Farragutians can't cast ballots in city elections.
“I learned in researching the Ten Year Plan that too many decisions were being made by too few people in Knoxville”, Mr. Peabody said.
This Saturday June 11th the Peabody for Council campaign will have a petition signing event at the Sequoyah Grille in Western Plaza from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Oh, GOOD! That's right down the street from me! Don't know if I'll sign the petition, but I definitely have a question I'd like to ask him:
If he's so ready and willing to abandon his position at Compassion Knoxville to run for office, what assurances can be offered to the city's voters that he won't turn around and do the same thing for higher office if elected to THIS office?
I don't really feel like voting for someone that may not be committed to sticking around, to be honest.
Hey Paone, why aren't you running for Council? All bark and no bite?
During the recall amendment initiative I promised I wouldn't until I was 48. Isn't attacking the messenger considered to be pretty bad form?
"Isn't attacking the messenger considered to be pretty bad form?"
It was a question.
And as far as attacking, isn't that all you do? How you defend Finbarr after what you've said about TYP makes no sense. You must not have seen the Debusk Lane vote where Finbarr praised Jon Lawler to high heaven. Either you are uninformed, or you are jealous that someone else rebooted the TYP when you couldn't. And BTW, the work of Compassion Knoxville is mostly over. You opine, you don't research. You should have known that.
Wow, more attacking the messenger. No offense, but that tactic's pretty old. Still, you DID ask, and it IS common courtesy to answer questions.
* By all means, no. It's just one thing I do.
* Because Finbarr can disagree with me civilly on the matter. Also, he did great work in District 4 while he was our county rep (and my house still fell within District 4 - sadly, both are no longer the case).
Failing to support a proven commodity based on one ideological difference doesn't make any sense.
* Oh, no, I watched that meeting. Finbarr's free to say whatever he wants about whomever he likes. I'm free to disagree with it, and... well, seeing as how it turned out with Lawler, it was what it was, wasn't it?
I mean, it's not like Finbarr was singing praises about bin Laden or anything. Geez.
* Hell, if Ron wants to take my plan verbatim and run it as his own, getting all kinds of money/power/women in the process, fine.
If he wants to take another plan and do the same thing, also fine.
So long as the end result is a good plan that works and is cost-effective, I don't care who gets their ego stroked over it.
* I'm aware they're preparing to release a report, and if that's what Ron's idea was in regard to replacing TYP 1.0... well, that's kinda strange. I mean, what are we going to do with a simple report?
Who compiled the report?
What information is in the report?
Who were the people that analyzed the information in the report?
Does the report carry any recommendations on how to move forward?
How much did it cost to assemble this plan?
But the most burning question of all:
If Ron's so ready to leave Compassion Knoxville before the job's accomplished, then what kind of assurances do City voters get that he won't leave THIS job before his term's up?
Or is that too hard to answer?
Excuse me: It should be "How much did it cost to assemble this REPORT?" not "How much did it cost to assemble this PLAN?"
Finbarr Saunders was one of 4 Commissioners who voted to exile homeless people at Debusk Lane with no transportation and no safe means to walk to food and medicine. 15 other Commissioners voted down the TYP at Debusk Lane.
So Finbarr was nice to Paone. That isn't enough.
You are jealous of Ron Peabody and you need to get a life. You attack everyone but Finbarr Saunders. And that is very weird. And what about NRR? And Hillcrest? How was Finbarr good to anyone other than Finbarr?
Huh. I guess we're scraping the bottom of the Messenger Attack barrel. In order:
* Basically accurate. The hyperbole could use a little work, but the vote WAS 15-4 and Finbarr WAS, unfortunately, one of the four that voted in favor of the Debusk site if memory serves.
* You're right. It isn't. Thankfully, the guy's got a solid track record of responsive and responsible service without any of the ridiculous attitude one sees from the common county politico.
My opinion. Yours may vary.
* By performing acceptably civil and competent civic service.
I'm kinda bored of all this, so if you don't mind, I'll just holler at Ron on the 11th. But thanks anyway. :-)
"Thankfully, the guy's (Saunders) got a solid track record of responsive and responsible service without any of the ridiculous attitude one sees from the common county politico."
Ask my parents about Finbarr. They lost their retirement when Jake and CH Butchers banks went under. You aren't from here, you don't know what happened. You could not be more wrong about a "solid track record".
Your opinion is uninformed. As such, it is not relevant. You know what you've been told. And people aren't talking about Finbarr's banking days. A lot of people went to jail. Some didn't. Go to the library and look through the microfiche. You claim to be a crusader. Go find the truth.
Hoo boy. Mitchell's making the blogging rounds, apparently. In order:
* Yep. That's what I said.
* Okay. I'll ask them. Who are they? I'd love to know how Finbarr Saunders caused the loss of these individuals' retirement savings during the Butcher scandals of the early 80s.
So, prove it. (And you're right. I'm not "from here". Is this supposed to be some kind of negative or something? Lots of people aren't "from here". Should their opinions be discounted as well? Or just the ones with whom you do not agree?)
* I did. Nothing special. Perhaps you'd care to demonstrate why my "opinion is uninformed". Or how it is "not relevant".
I mean, in actual reality. I'm sure in your own mind, you've got all the "proof" you need.
Hope you're at the petition event. See you there if you are. :-)
"I'd love to know how Finbarr Saunders caused the loss of these individuals' retirement savings during the Butcher scandals of the early 80s."
That is asinine. No one said Finbarr caused the Butcher Banks to fail. You have been banned from a lot of website in this town multiple times. Now I see why.
Wow. It's kind of like dealing with Baghdad Bob. You said:
"Ask my parents about Finbarr. They lost their retirement when Jake and CH Butchers banks went under. You aren't from here, you don't know what happened. You could not be more wrong about a "solid track record"."
What does their unfortunate alleged loss of their "retirement when Jake and CH Butchers banks went under" have to do with Finbarr, and why would you invite me to ask your alleged parents about it, if you weren't attempting to infer Finbarr had something to do with it?
No, really, for once I want to hear what you have to say. I'm going to bet ahead of time that it's nothing more than a personal attack that directly and blatantly dodges the question above, since that's what historical record shows is your typical response to such direct queries.
Maybe, for once, you can actually prove me wrong and answer differently. It'd be one time I'd love to be wrong.
I went and signed Peabody's petition, and also pointed out to him four individuals that filled out his petition sheet incorrectly. Can't say I never helped the guy. (Also met up with Ruthie. She's a reader, Donila. You should be flattered. A class act all the way, whether one agrees with her or not.)
Told him he's fourth on my list at present, but that I'd give him a fair shake. Looking forward to seeing what happens.
And, for once, the Mighty Farragutian's response.
Oops. Looks like Brave Sir Mikey ran away. Again. Just as well, I suppose.
"So, prove it."
How? Microfiche can't be copied. Were you even born when the Butcher Banks failed? You're the crusader, dig for the story. Those that were here know.
Can I call 'em or what? ;-)
Sorry, your reply doesn't answer my question. Please try again. The question, restated for your benefit:
"What does your parents' unfortunate alleged loss of their "retirement when Jake and CH Butchers banks went under" have to do with Finbarr, and why would you invite me to ask your alleged parents about it, if you weren't attempting to infer Finbarr had something to do with it?"
(But I'll be nice and answer yours. Microfiche can, indeed, be copied. Here's a very basic method for you:
Oops. Almost forgot to predict the response.
Probably the same as the last - another dodge of the question, followed by a half-hearted attempt at a personal attack. Hell, I bet I could post that question a million times and get a million of those same "responses".
Damn, wouldn't it be nice to be wrong for once?
Well, Terry Milligan and Sharon Welch are out of the running as far as I'm concerned, seeing as they both signed Hubert Smith's nominating petition for City Council Seat A.
Which wouldn't be a bad thing in and of itself had Hubert not gone and solicited Avon "Racist" Rollins' signature on the same petition about 10 days after Rollins saying the following about Beck critic Terry Caruthers:
""When the county was paying our custodial bills, we worked with a less expensive person to provide custodial services. The same thing with lawn care. We try to be very frugal with our resources. Ms. Caruthers is non-African American. I don't know what her ulterior motives are. She might have a bias.""
I find it quite disturbing that an individual who has professed, for QUITE some time, to be a fan of civil rights (matter of fact, I think Hubert threw a great-and-grand event celebrating civil rights icons back in January '09 - can't remember what he charged attendees per head, though)... yet actively sought the support of a thus-far unapologetically racist Rollins MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER SPOUTING THAT GARBAGE.
Last I checked, Hubert's an avid reader of the paper, so I doubt he missed it.
So what's the scoop, Hubert? Because I'm going to keep asking until I get an answer.
Post a Comment