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WSJ: Top 10 liberal superstitions
  I’m not a huge fan of lists, but this one is not bad. It’ a Wall Street Journal Top 10 list of liberal superstitions. 10. Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared with men. 9. The Keystone XL pipeline would increase oil spills. 8. ObamaCare is gaining popularity. 7. Voter ID laws suppress minority turnout. 6. Genetically modified food is dangerous. 5. Global warming is causing increasingly violent weather. 4. Raising the minimum wage helps the poor. 3. Republican candidates always have a big spending advantage over Democrats. 2. Government spending stimulates the economy. 1. Spending more money improves education.

Wall Street Journal: The Top 10 Liberal Superstitions
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Maine governor, nurse, reach impasse
  Maine Gov. Paul LePage vowed Thursday to use the "full extent of his authority" to deal with a nurse who is defying the state's quarantine after returning from treating West Africa Ebola patients. LePage's office said in a written statement that negotiations have failed despite "repeated" efforts to work it out. Hours earlier, the governor suggested he would drop his demand that nurse Kaci Hickox be quarantined if she would agree to a blood test. "This could be resolved today," the governor reportedly said. "She has been exposed and she's not cooperative, so force her to take a test. It's so simple." It's unclear what the state government can do unless and until they get a court order, which they have been seeking. Earlier Thursday, Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home and rode away on mountain bikes. They were followed by state police cruiser -- though police cannot detain her without a court order signed by a judge. Hickox attorney Norman Siegel said his client also would appeal on constitutional grounds if a judge grants a request to keep her in quarantine. "I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," Hickox said. She contends there's no need for her to be quarantined because she's showing no symptoms of Ebola. --- Maine law allows a judge to grant temporary custody of someone if health officials demonstrate "a clear and immediate public health threat." Generally, states have broad authority when it comes to such matters. But Maine health officials could have a tough time convincing a judge that Hickox poses a threat. Guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend daily monitoring, but not a quarantine, for health care workers like Hickox who have come into contact with Ebola patients.

Fox News: Maine governor says talks failed with Ebola nurse, vows to use ‘full extent’ of his authority
Landreiu: Louisiana voters 'unfriendly' to blacks and women
  Sen. Mary Landrieu, you’re behind in the polls. What will you do now? How about “insult the voters.” Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is taking heat for calling Southern voters racists and misogynists. Not in those exact words, but the translation is correct. In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, explained President Obama’s unpopularity by saying “…the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” adding, . “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.” And what about her own re-election problem? Same answer: “It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves.” Landrieu’s comments were jumped on by her main opponent, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who said the people of Louisiana have suffered under Obama’s policies, and instead of insulting them Landrieu needs to focus on policy. “When people in Louisiana look at ObamaCare and his regulatory regime and him going after their job, that’s the reason they oppose him, that’s the reason they oppose her,” he said. “She supports him 97 percent of the time.”

Fox News: Dem Sen. Landrieu takes heat for comments about Southern voters
Early voting down 17% in Tennessee
  Early voting is down 17 percent in Tennessee, compared to the last mid-term election, but only six percent in Williamson County, a difference that suggests conservatives are more interested than liberals in this year’s mid-term election. The figures run through Wednesday. Early voting ended Thursday. There was a surge of voting on Wednesday – at least in Davidson County, where voting was down 15% compared to 2010.

The Tennessean: Early voting turnout down 17 percent statewide
Planned Parenthood opens clinic to respond to ad
  Nashville’s Planned Parenthood opened its abortion clinic to TV cameras Thursday to try to prove it’s not a dangerous place. Fox 17 reports: “The procedure takes about 5 to 7 minutes and Steven Hershkowitz with Vote No on 1 says there are rarely complications. ‘Abortion is incredibly safe. It's not technically a form of surgery because you're not really cutting tissue,’ said Hershkowitz.” Planned Parenthood took the unusual action in response to a “Yes on 1” campaign ad featuring a call involving an abortion patient. "This is the Women's Center we need an ambulance ASAP," "Does she have any abdominal pain?" the dispatcher asked. "I'm sure she does, she's in the middle of an abortion," the caller responded. An attorney for the center said they were unaware of the call until the ad ran on TV. The ad claims the call was made in June. Attorney Tom Jessee said the call had nothing to do with the abortion itself, and compromised the privacy of the woman making the call.

Fox News: Planned Parenthood Opens Clinic Doors to Respond to Political Ads
Haslam administration picks new test, aligned with common core
  Gov. Bill Haslam's administration intends to award North Carolina-based manufacturer Measurement Inc. with a more than $100 million contract to develop and produce standardized tests for the state's public schools. The Tennessean reports: The state notified five companies Wednesday that Measurement Inc. had the best evaluated proposal of companies that bid to create assessments for English language arts and math. If and when the contract is officially awarded to Measurement Inc., it will produce tests beginning next school year to replace pieces of — or at least alter — the outdated Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. The new tests would align with the state's current Common Core standards. But in the next session, lawmakers may again choose to weigh in on testing, particularly as the fight over Common Core in Tennessee has boiled over. Haslam, looking to quell the noise, has called for a "full vetting" of the standards through a public review process — that process, though, won't be complete until the end of 2015.

The Tennessean: Tennessee names top pick for Common Core test contract
State board takes no action on AP History course
  The state Board of Education took no action Thursday after a discussion of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course. Jane Robbins, of the conservative advocacy group American Principles Project, argued the new framework is “leftist” and focuses too much on negative aspects of U.S. history as opposed to “heroes.” She wanted the board to adopt a resolution that expresses “official disapproval” with the new test, and to potentially boycott the AP course if the framework isn’t changed. Trevor Packer, a senior vice president for The College Board, which helped develop the new course framework, called Robbins’ criticism “absurd” and he’s received overwhelmingly positive responses from teachers nationwide since enacting the changes. None of the board members offered their own opinion. The board offered the hearing after several state Republican lawmakers called for a review of the course. Board Chairman B. Fielding Rolston said the hearing fulfilled the requirements of the legislative request and said the board couldn’t take any action on a resolution it just received moments before the meeting.

The Tennessean: State board takes no action on AP U.S. History test
WSJ: Top 10 liberal superstitions
  I’m not a huge fan of lists, but this one is not bad. It’ a Wall Street Journal Top 10 list of liberal superstitions. 10. Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared with men. 9. The Keystone XL pipeline would increase oil spills. 8. ObamaCare is gaining popularity. 7. Voter ID laws suppress minority turnout. 6. Genetically modified food is dangerous. 5. Global warming is causing increasingly violent weather. 4. Raising the minimum wage helps the poor. 3. Republican candidates always have a big spending advantage over Democrats. 2. Government spending stimulates the economy. 1. Spending more money improves education.

Wall Street Journal: The Top 10 Liberal Superstitions
Pa. trooper killer caught
  A seven-week manhunt ended Thursday when authorities arrested the suspect in the deadly ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper. Authorities arrested 31-year-old Eric Frein on multiple capital offenses. U.S. Marshals found Frein in an airport hangar near Buck Hill, the same general area where they had been searching for him. They called him out and he surrendered without incident. Frein allegedly opened fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one highway patrol trooper and seriously wounding another. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Police revealed information from a journal found in the woods in which Frein allegedly described shooting the state troopers. They also detailed campsites where Frein was believed to have hidden, cooking over small fires even as heavily armed police hunted him. Police found pipe bomb booby traps and a gun resting against a tree, but had only had a handful of unconfirmed sightings of Frein.

Fox News: Death penalty eyed for Eric Frein, suspect in Pa. trooper ambush, after arrest
Flow of fighters to Syria unaffected by airstrikes
  More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials. The United States and its allies have carried out more than 600 strikes so far in Syria and Iraq, bombings aimed primarily at slowing the Islamic State’s advances and allowing the Iraqi military and moderate opposition forces in Syria to regroup. Rear Adm. John Kirby, spokesman for the Pentagon, said this week that the strikes are “disrupting” the Islamic State’s operations but acknowledged that any major offensive against the group “may still be a ways off.” The trend line established over the past year would mean that the total number of foreign fighters in Syria exceeds 16,000, including more than 2,000 from countries in Europe, carrying passports that would enable them to travel relatively freely in Western countries.

Washington Post: Airstrikes against Islamic State do not seen to have affected flow of fighters to Syria
Lamar dodges amnesty question
  July 28, 2014 - The audio version of a Ralph Rant by the same name.
Rafael Cruz to rally Nashville Tea party crows
  July 16, 2014 - Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, prepares for his starring role in the Nashville Tea Party "We the people" rally.
Laura Ingraham to stump for Carr in Nashville
  July 16, 2014 - National talk show host Laura Ingraham discusses why she's coming to Nashville next week to stump for Joe Carr in his race against Lamar Alexander.
Carr defends Haslam against 'lying' charge
  April 4, 2014 - Rep. Joe Carr to VW. If you have proof Haslam has gone "all Sopranos' on you, have the courage to come forth yourself.
'Minimum'is not 'living'
  March 27, 2014 - This is for those who believe they are "stuck" in a minimum wage job, and think a higher minimum wage is the solution.
What is a free market?
  March 17, 2014 - Everyone talks about the free market, but exactly what is it?
Organized business v. Common Core Opponents
  March 17, 2014 - Here's my analysis of the campaign by organized business to protect Common Core.
Rep. Mathew Hill updates fight to repeal Common Core
  March 14, 2014 - Rep. Mathew Hill (R-Jonesborough)discusses the floor fight in the Tennessee House over Common Core, and where the fight goes next.
Looney defends Common Core
  March 14, 2014 - Williamson County School Supt. Dr. Mike Looney defends Common Core, even as he professes ambivalence about the program. He begins by answering that some central planning of the economy, and education, is beneficial.
Womick leads 'war on core'
  Mar. 11, 2014 - Rep. Rick Womick (R-Rutherford Co.) takes questions about his effort to repeal the Common Core education standards - with Common Core supporter Mark Hill, chief policy officer with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, joining the discussion about half-way through the program.
Mr. Obama, tear down these walls
  Jan. 31, 2014 - Here's a "reenactment" of my rally rant on the occasion of President Obama's visit to Nashville.
Carr accuses Lamar of protecting Obamacare
  Jan. 24, 2014 - State Rep. Joe Carr, running for U.S. Senate against Lamar Alexander, accuses the senior senator from Tennessee of siding with the defenders of Obamacare.
Sen. Stacy Campfield - Is Lamar in trouble
  Dec. 4, 2013 - State Sen. Stacy Campfield of Knoxville discusses why he thinks Sen. Lamar Alexander is running scared.
Matheny seeks 'vertical' ammunition industry in Tennessee
  Nov. 26, 2013 - Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) discusses the heightened Congressional interest in the problem of terrorists coming to the U.S. through our refugee program. He also introduces the prospect of recruiting a "vertical" ammunition industry in the state, to "guarantee ammunition to Tennesseans for generations to come."
RNC plots to squeeze out South
  Nov. 5, 2013 - A Daily Beast report makes it sound like the RNC is trying to squeeze Southern voters out of the presidential selection process. Listen and see if this makes sense to you.
Lamar ad - what he should have said
  Nov. 15, 2013 - A few people wanted to hear this again.
Matheny leads refugee cost investigation
  Oct. 2, 2013 - Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, discusses the fiscal, security and federalism issues surrounding a large population of refugees from war-torn Muslim countries.
Black, Blackburn balk at Obamacare defunding plan
  Sept. 13, 2013 - Middle Tennessee Rep. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn are not on board with a "shutdown showdown" with President Obama over funding for Obamacare.
Taxation Townhall highlight
  April 12, 2010 - Author, historian William Federer was a big hit at our Taxation Townhall Meeting on April 9th, 2010 . Here's his 3-minute lesson on the history of concentrated power. [I'm re-posting by popular demand.]
Obama v. Obama - on red lines
  Sept. 4, 2013 - No need to elaborate.
Gowdy says public, media needed for scandal justice
  Sept. 3, 2013 - South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, discusses the Obama administration scandals and Obama's plan to bomb Syria. He strongly suggests Congress needs more compelling witnesses and media interest for justice to be served in the scandals - and he's very skeptical of a national interest in Syria sufficient to put American lives at risk.
DeMint argues for Obamacare defunding plan
  Aug. 9, 2013 - Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, in the first of two live interviews, argues the plan to defund Obamacare is the last, best chance and only workable plan to stop or repeal the President's signature healthcare law, which DeMint believes is uniquely destructive to America.
Heritage Action locks horns with Corker
  Aug. 7, 2013 - Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler rebuts Sen. Bob Corker's position that efforts to defund Obamacare are "silly" and "political."
Corker dismisses Obamacare defunding effor as political
  Aug. 7. 2013 - Sen. Bob Corker called into the program Weds. morning and continued the running debate over efforts to defund Obamacare.
The AMP - an experiment in public transporation
  Aug 3, 2013 - A Nashville's Morning News report and analysis on the issues involving a proposed Bus rapid transit system, The AMP, which would dramatically effect traffic and business on one of Nashville's busiest city streets. And that's just the beginning. [long download][runs 23 minutes]
Ralph Rant: Get to the 'top' of this
  May 22, 2013 - To preserve the Republic, Republicans in Congress cannot stop until they get, not "to the bottom of this," but "to the top of this."
ABC Analyst: IRS decision goes close to Obama
  May 21, 2013 - ABC political analyst Trey Hardin talks about his blunt assestment of the origin of the IRS scandal. “I can say with a very strong degree of certainty that people very close to the president not only knew but authorized that,” said Hardin, and much more.
Opponents rise against BRT
  May 15, 2013 - In this premeditated Ralph Rant, I break the news of a new group that has formed to oppose Nashvill'e planned Bus Rapid Transit on West End Ave.
Rick Williams, BRT opponent, speaks out
  May 15, 2013 - Rick Williams is a member of the steering committee for TNResponsibleTransit, the group opposing the planned Nashville Bus Rapid Transit on West End Avenue. You can reach him at This is the group's debut media interview - in its new campaign to stop BRT.
Tennessee Tea Party leaders respond to IRS scandal
  May 13, 2013 - Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party and Mark West, President of the Chattanooga Tea Party, respond to the IG report that busts the IRS for targeting Tea Party Groups for harassment in 2011, prior to the 2012 election.
Sen. Rand Paul on guns, immigration, taxes
  April 18, 2013 - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul discusses the failed gun bill, the immigration reform bill ahead, and the right strategy on taxes.
Leahy launches 'The Real Conservative National Committee'
  April 4, 2014 - Author, Breitbart correspondent and tea party activist Michal Patrick Leahy discusses a new organization formed to improve the ground game needed to help elect more conserative candidates to Congress, starting in 2014 with the GOP primary for U.S. Senate
Alexander on coal regs - Round 2
  June 14, 2012 - Sen. Alexander returns to respond to some of the reaction to his stand on new coal plant regulations.
Alexander defends coal regulations, says he will run again
  June 13, 2012 - Sen. Lamar Alexander defends his stand in favor of new coal plant regulations - explains why he belives Medicaid is to blame for higher college tuition - and says he intends to run for reelection in 2014.
Exclusive: The first hand account of "The Last Man to Die"
  May 11, 2012 - A 92-year-old Cookeville, TN WWII veteran solves a 67-year secret behind one of the most famous WWII photographs.

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Ralph Bristol is a 30-year veteran of radio and TV broadcasting. He is a US Air Force veteran and holds a BS degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Ralph was a radio and TV reporter, anchor and news director in Missouri and Illinois before joining WORD Radio in Greenville/Spartanburg, SC in 1995.

In the spring of 2007, Supertalk 99.7 WWTN beckoned Ralph to Nashville. Ralph defies political labels, and has no partisan loyalties, but can best be described as a libertarian/conservative. Ralph writes and speaks extensively on education, tax and economic issues. In his spare time, Ralph terrorizes golf courses, invents useful things with sharp tools and dead wood, and entertains audiences with irreverent humor and contrarian insight. Invite him to speak to your group at your own risk.