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Sonny Boy questions District Attorney Bill Gibson's
purpose in vowing to "donate" some campaign money to a private firm.
turns thumbs down on Putnam Pit parade request, then claims to set
hall first rejects, then offers to work with two females who sought Good
Friday permit to mourn the crucifixion of the constitution by city and
county officials. Shipley says employees just didn't know what they were
talking about. 'It happens to us all, he said. Of course, it's a little
different when the employees' action result in the denial of a fundamental
right. We don't all make those mistakes.
manager takes intelligent action
state restaurant health reports
mouse poopies at Spankies'
liars, pants on fires
Joke No. 1 of the week:
DA candidate T. 'Michael the
Bigot' O'Mara pledges . . .
'No more political prosecutions'
if he is elected district attorney.
Oh, T. Mike, you slay me!
Heck, that's a good one, Mike,
considering you said in a deposition that you prosecuted a speeding ticket
because the city council wanted you to. Then there was that gem of yours:
"Your honor, we can't have Yankees coming down here speeding." You are
the essence of what you whine about -- a thoroughly disingenuous, pompous,
politically driven, greedy good old boy blowhard in a cheap suit, and you
think there is no one too stupid to vote for you.
Joke No. 2 of the week
Attorney William E. Gibson pledges in a newspaper ad to give campaign advertising
money to help children -- er, we know you are not a rocket scientist, Billy
Boy, but wasn't that newspaper ad an advertisement? You get it, don't you?
Ad, advertisement, it's just a shortened version of the same word. ['Short'
means 'not long.' Like 'dumb' means 'not smart.'] Why didn't you
use some of that sign money to help children?
Dog X photo
Bob run for D.A.
of Bob: As a special treat, you can click
here and listen to Bob's campaign theme while the file downloads
STATE OF MINNESOTA AND BLUE CROSS
AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA, PLAINTIFFS,
PHILIP MORRIS, INC., ET. AL.,
of the following defendants named in federal civil rights suits would you
be most likely to vote for in a three-way contest for district attorney
general in Tennessee's Thirteenth Judicial District?
William E. 'I got my high school diploma
by the skin of my teeth' Gibson
T. Michael 'You want civil rights violations,
I'm your candidate' O'Mara
Michael 'I didn't know you couldn't
prosecute someone you also are suing in a civil case arising from the same
facts on a contingency' Knowlton.
T. Mike 'Oil Can' O'Mara
your vote by email
The federal 'cookie'
lawsuit is headed for trial.
U. S. District
court rejects Cookeville's motion for summary judgment and dismissal; orders
hearing to set trial date.
drags feet in settlement offer, which is withdrawn
The next time you vote - look closely at the ballot.
Notice the positions that
are uncontested. Do
you think that's because the people in office are so
beloved, and respected
by the public that the collective will of the voters
filters up to gratefully
hand them another free ticket for another eight-year
ride on the Gravy Train?
From The Independent
By c.d. "Sonny Boy" norman
On the Coomer theft front
don't screw us
no more, no more.
It's been quite awhile now, Lewey; aren't you
going to sue me for defamation
because I told police that . . .
County Clerk of Courts
IS A THIEF
taking prisoners' money without authority?
Come on, Loo Us, sue us. It's me, Geoff Davidian,
come and get me. Let's get some discovery going before election day. Of
course, if it's true, you won't sue me. That's the only reason you won't
sue because then everyone will know how you stole money from people in
This year, you will choose the people who will steal
from you for the next eight years
in outside election observers to assure only those with the most votes
steal from you
send observers everywhere else. Why not send Jimmy Carter or Fidel Castro
to Cookeville, where last election there was outright fraud and tampering
with voting machines? Why heck, it's just down the road from Al Gore's
Republican congressional hopeful
Byron Looper, who is challenging U.S Rep. Bart
Gordon [D-Tenn.], said he is considering asking for election observers
from other states or countries to guarantee a fair election this year.
In 1996, Looper, property assessor in Putnam County, Tenn., alleges someone
switched names on voting machines, voters were told they could not vote
for the Republican candidate in the general election and voting machines
were sealed without neutral observers. Imagine . . . and right down
the road from Al Gore's daddy! Gordon has not responded to The Pit's
request for comment.
"Revenge is one of the grand principles
in the divine administration of human affairs. There is everywhere the
working of the everlasting law of requital: man always gets as he gives."
Don't let them get away
with it again
of politicians becomes its most vulgar just before elections.
They act like they've been faithful to the voters.
What they really want is forgiveness but
they don't have the humility -- or the decency -- to ask for it. Unfortunately,
they are forgiven nonetheless, not because they deserve forgiveness but
no one opposes them for re-election.
Geoff Davidian, Putnam Pit editor
"My choice early in life was either to be
piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any
Harry S Truman (1884-1972)
"A politician is a person who realizes you
can't fool all of the people all of the
time but is willing to give it a try."
computer records withheld
waning months of Cookeville council's tenure
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --Dissatisfied
with a mere five federal civil rights suits against Cookeville, the city
gave a one-two punch to the constitution this month by refusing press access
to computer files maintained in the conduct of business, and refusing to
provide access to an investigative report of a department head forced to
resign allegedly for viewing pornography on city computers.
How many more people will take part in his cover
up before the house of cards falls?
After access was requested to the computer of
Gail Fowler, City Manager Jim Shipley's assistant, she reused to provide
it. However, long after closing hours, she was seen frantically working
at her computer, possibly backing up her files in case they are subpoenaed
. She would not want them to be destroyed after a request was made, no
On Friday, Feb. 20, Cookeville attorney Samuel
J. Harris made a public records request for files showing investigations
into improper usage of the Internet. About four hours later he received
what has become the standard Shipley-O'Mara reply. "No such files exist."
In his attempt to not look less ignorant than
District Attorney General William Gibson, O'Mara is leading the city into
the wilderness and the bread crumbs just might lead them back to jail.
Maybe that's why O'Mara's running for DA.
The Arizona Daily Star'se-magazine,
that government computers, including those in the offices of Pima County
supervisors, had been visiting pornography sites.
than 40 percent of the managers and professionals in the Hillsborough County
School District used their computers to reach Internet sites unrelated
to their tasks. Tribune staff writer Doug Stanley reviewed the
electronic files of 64 school system supervisors and found that some officials
had gone online to plan vacations, buy stocks, learn more about hobbies
and shop. A security guard was forced to resign after it was found he had
accessed "adult" Internet sites.
in Cookeville. . .
City Manager Jim Shipley
and City Attorney T. Michael O'Mara, who has worn out his welcome at City
Hall and hopes voters will let him destroy what's left of the District
Attorney General's Office after eight years of William Gibson, are spending
your money fighting to keep you in the dark. Why is Cookeville fighting
so hard to withhold Internet files that other governments recognize as
public? They're already covering up the forced ouster of an employee for
allegedly visiting porn sites. Another department head sells baseball cards
on the Internet during official business hours. They don't want you to
know how shamefully run city hall is, and they'll spend your money to cover
up. They protect each other so that those they protect will protect them.
Who's protecting you?
|Putnam County political primer
rights, civil wrongs
Three candidates for Thirteenth Judicial
District attorney general are named in federal civil rights suits; the
Putnam County circuit court clerk has one against him and city officials
lead Cookeville into a handful of others. Hold on to your constitutional
hats, and welcome to the Hub of the Upper Cumberland.
know them is to disrespect them
'Now, I must ask every
one of you City of Cookeville public officials, even though you are all
related to Big Boss, to stop surfing to porno sites during work hours until
after the election.'
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Putnam Pit articles,
influence in the newsroom may be unspoken, but it's censorship nonetheless
Images of the zealous governmental censor
imply that censorship is an intentional act. However, the restructuring
of media in the United States is creating latent forms of censorship that
are just as potentially damaging as overt censorship.
Peter Phillips writes from Sonoma State University and Project Censored
for page 2:
Confessions of a control freak
Sue us, Lewis. Prove you're not a thief
How many dead babies in DA Bill Gibson's back yard?
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