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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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 TNResponsibleTransit@gmail.com. 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.
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
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.
Growing gains and pains - part 2 April, 11, 2014 - Franklin, Tn - Mayor Ken Moore shows me two communities that may represent the future of family living in Williamson County, and discusses planning - and annexation - as we look at how some of Middle Tennessee's rapidly growing cities are dealing with their population explosion.
Growing pains and gains - part 1 April 10, 2014 - This kicks off a special project - during which Nashville's Morning News tours different rapidly growing parts of middle Tennessee to determine how they are, and plan, to minimize their growing pains and maximize their gains. We start in Franklin, TN.
Thank you Mikey Aug. 16, 2013 - Your humble host doesn't need credit, but it was nice of Mikey to do this.
Good guys finish dead Aug. 1 - The logical conclusion to the slide from capitalism to socialism is an eventual breakdown of civilization. Conservatives are going to have to break a few of Congress' collegiate rules to prevent that from happening. They need a lot of Tea Party support to do that.
Sen. Johnson withholds support from Lamar Aug. 1, 2013 - Sen. Jack Johnson says he disagrees with Sen. Lamar Alexander "vehemently on some very important issues," and he recently asked that his name not be used to promote an Alexander event. But, Johnson stopped short of saying Lamar needs opposition in the 2014 primary.
Tea party rallies against Lamar July 21, 2013 - About 300 tea party activist from Middle Tennessee and around the state rallied against the reelection of Sen. Lamar Alexander Saturday afternoon, outside a Lamar campaign event in Smyrna. Here's my report.
Independence Day message July 4, 2013 - Here's my tribute to the Declaration of Independence and its signers, with a bit of commentary thrown in - plus audio highlights from HBO's John Adams, the mini-series and a 1986 Independence Day speech by former President Ronald Reagan.
Corker defends immigration vote June 28, 2013 - Sen. Bob Corker defends his vote on the Gang of 8 immigration bill and responds to the criticism of his vote.
Dear Daughter, Dear government June 13, 2013 - Good parenting and good citizenship follow parallel paths for good reason. It's up to you to judge whether you would give this advice to your 16-year-old daughter and your government.
Kentucky Linemen visit studio May 31st, 2013 - The Kentucky Linemen, another of the great volunteer performers who stepped forward on Armed Forces Day, come to the studio for a visit, and to debut a song for a cause that's near and dear to them. Enjoy the visit, the song, and visit emesarmy.org for more information on the girl who inspired the song.
Tour the new Nashville USO lounge May 26, 2013 - Under the headline, everything old is new again, we finally have a USO lounge at the Nashville Airport. It opened just a few weeks ago.
The USO has been supporting American troops since 1941, an offspring of WWII. The goal has always been to bring a little happiness into the lives of active duty military men and women.
Sometimes, that’s in the form of live entertainment in the battle zone. Sometimes, it’s the only enlisted recreation lounge on an Army base, like it is at Ft. Campbell. Sometimes, it’s a comfortable place for a travelling soldier, sailor, marine, airman or coastee to take a load off, have a snack, watch some TV, play video games, use the Internet, or talk with his or her spouse.
The latter is what the USO Lounge at the Nashville Airport is, and it is dependent on public support for donations and volunteers.
After my Armed Forced Day concert (which I may try to make an official USO show next year), American Legion Post 88 and I donated the proceeds to the Nashville USO, and I shamelessly used the small $1,060 donation as leverage to get Ft. Camptell and Nashville USO Director Kari Burgess to give Gary Drennon, Tom Lacroix and me a tour of the new USO lounge. Gary is a past state commander of the American Legion. Tom is Post 88 commander.
While Gary and Tom visited with the volunteer on duty at the front desk, I got Kari to give me the tour.
If you would like to donate money, you can do that online at uso.org/donatenashville.
You can contact Kari about volunteering or making donations in kind at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 931-542-3078
Meet the next famous 'Taylor' May 24, 2013 - One of the volunteer performers at my Armed Forces Day celebration, 17-year-old Taylor Bennett, and her parents, joins me in the studio. Here's one to keep an eye (and ear) on.
Legislative Townhall Meeting in Franklin - part 1 April 27, 2013 - First half of the state legislative townhall meeting in Franklin with the Williamson County delegation - Sen. Jack Johnson, Rep. Charles Sargent, Rep. Glen Casada and Rep. Jeremy Durham.
Legislative townhall meeting in Franklin - part 2 April 27, 2013 - Second half of the legislative townhall meeting in Franklin, covering the 2013 legislative session with Sen. Jack Johnson, Rep. Charles Sargent, Rep. Glen Casada and Rep. Jeremy Durham.
Corker sees positive signs in Obama outreach March 6, 2013 - Sen. Bob Corker discusses spending reforms on which Republicans and Obama might agree, and should, he says, be working on. Corker is one of a handful of Republicans to which the president has reached out with phone calls and dinner meetings to try to seek common ground on fiscal reforms.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: EEOC Commissioner slams new guideline on criminal BG checks Feb. 23, 2012 - An EEOC commissioner levels damning charges against her fellow commissioners' action to issue updated guidelines that pose the threat of lawsuits against private businesses that conduct criminal background checks on employee prospects - even if state law demands it. This is a major challenge to the 10th Amendment by a seemingly rogue group of federal regulators.
Duet: Fudge and Obama Jan. 22. 2013 - Enjoy (and share) this short montage featuring Rep. Marcia Fudge, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and President Barack Obama. Fudge was participating in a Washington University Panel discussion and Obama is delivering his 2nd inaugural address.
Analysis: Obama's 2nd inaurugal Jan. 22, 2013 - Here's my analysis of President Obama's 2nd inaugural address. George Washington, he ain't. High marks for the poetry - the "music" if you will, but the message, the "lyrics" didn't match the music.
PARODY ALERT - The future of Day to Pray Jan 17, 2013 - The inventor of the time machine offered me a ride to the future. I chose Jan. 17, 2060 to see what kind of world my grandchildren would be living in when they're my age. Please don't tell Mike Huckabee what I found.
Age highlights economic freedom Jan 12, 2013 - Things start happening to people in their late 50s and early 60s that are fairly remarkable. This premeditated Ralph Rant just might be the prologue to my (eventual) audio book.
Bonfire anyone? Jan. 7, 2013 - In this premeditated Ralph Rant, I invite Tea Party groups to join me at a bonfire April 15th. Let's all pour some fuel on to the grassroots fire it will take to eliminate the corruption in the federal income tax system. Symbolically burn your own rewards to let Congress know we want them to eliminate deductions and credits - and lower rates accordingly.
School Security Roundbatle Dec. 20, 2012 - This is the "raw" tape of the roundtable we broadcast in seven parts on Nashville's Morning News. (It's 38 minutes long, so it will take a while to load)
Tennessee to consider Texas 'armed teacher' plan Dec. 18, 2012 - Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas says he will pursue a plan in the next session of the general assembly to allow local school district to train and arm teachers if they so choose. Texas already does this, and at least one Texas district is taking advantage of the local control.
New monster a 'committee' production Dec. 18, 2012 - There is a growing population of a new menace walking among us, and he may be a unique product of the "village" it supposedly takes to raise our children.
Johson warns: Medicaid is going to expand Dec. 13, 2013 - State Sen. Jack Johnson warns Medicaid is going to expand in Tennessee, through the "woodwork effect" when Obamacare chases reluctanct people (alaready qualified) into the program - regardless of whether Gov. Haslam accepts the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by Obamacare. I sneak in some analysis of the legislature's posture on the issue.
DesJarlais denies misleading on abortions Nov. 30, 2012 - Congressman Scott DesJarlais denies that he misled the public with past denials of allegations regarding his past, in regard to abortions. DesJarlais also discusses the issue of state Obamacare exchanges, and fiscal cliff negotiations.
Joe Carr : It's not the numbers, stupid Nov. 14, 2012 - State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) tries to steer the public conversation on economic development, health care and education away from a competition of numbers to a competition of principles.
Federer: Historical view of the 2012 election Nov. 12, 2012 - I should charge for this history lesson, but consider it a gift from William and me. You could buy one of his books if you feel compelled to pay tuition - at www.AmericanMinute.com
Ralph's Veterans Day speech Nov. 12, 2012 - Please forgive the young heckler you will hear from time to time. He is the two-year-old child of a soldier killed in action in Afghanistan. His mother was a special guest, and I welcomed his running commentary on my speech to the Veterans Day lunch hosted by Aegis Inc. President David Black.
Harwell noncomittal on vouchers Nov. 1, 2012 - Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell walks a fine line on what promises to be one of the more contentious issues in the state legislature in 2013 - school vouchers. Harwell is reluctant to embrace vouchers, while maintaining allegiance to the principal they represent.
Medicaid expansion more than budget issue Nov. 1, 2012 - I respectfully disagree with Gov. Bill Haslam that the decision whether Tennessee should accept the expansion of Medicaid prescribed in Obamacare is "largely a budget issue."
Harwell cedes lead on vouchers to Haslam Nov. 2, 2012 - Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is yielding to Gov. Haslam's task force on school vouchers. This could be Haslam's ticket to higher office if he plays it right.
Tamny: Auto industry orchestrated own demise Oct. 29, 2012 - In this Nashville's Morning News with Ralph Bristol Special Report, the editor of Forbes Opinion and Realclearmarkets.com, John Tamny, argues against the prevailing opinion that has largly driven U.S. monetary policy in the past 40 years. As a bonus, I've included the reaction from the home office.
Brandi's broken, bleeding heart - part 5 and Ralph Rant Oct. 22, 2012 - This concludes my series of eyewitness news and comment regarding the generational welfare addiction that has spread despite welfare reform, with a bonus Ralph Rant on the intervention that lawmakers will have to execute in order to break the addiction.
Brandi's broken, bleeding heart - part 4 Oct. 19, 2012 - Witness can produce wisdom. After a front-row seat in the projects for two years as a private security firm, Brandi and William offer some sound advice on policy changes that could solve some of the problems that propogate generational welfare, and the resultant destruction of mankind.
Brandi's broken, bleeding heart - part 3 Oct. 18, 2012 - If you can only listen to one part of this series, this is probably the most important part - so far. The only drawback is, there's not much Brandi in this part. We'll fix that tomorrow.
Brandi's broken, bleeding heart - part 1 Oct. 16, 2012 - Part one of a Nasvhille's Morning News with Ralph Bristol special report, "Brandi's broken, bleeding heart: Your tax dollars at work in the projects; witnessed by a husband and wife private security firm, hired by owners of the privately-owned Section 8 Housing.
Carr joins fight against state exchange Oct. 15, 2012 - Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) joins the fight against establishing a state exchange - with a couple of ideas of his own on the way to proceed.
i need cash nowinstant loans onlineonline Sept. 21, 2012 - St. Rep. Joe Carr discusses the news that the Illinois governor has included in his budget a federal bailout of his state's pension system. We discuss how this kind of taxpayer bailout would destroy the principle behind the 10th amendment.
i need cash nowinstant loans onlineonl Sept. 17, 2012 - It was pretty early Monday morning that I took parts of three segments to make the case that President Obama has gone to great lengths to hide an embarrasing security screw up in Libya. I'll look for a good time to repeat it, but just in case you miss it again, here it is - uninterrupted.
i need cash nowinstant loans online Sept. 17, 2012 - Since my Facebook friends seemed to like Gracie the cat's Facebook pose, I thought you should also hear her commentary about the untimely human reponse to her desire for rain. This is an opinion show, after all.
i need cash nowinstant loans online I sincerely believe that Mitt Romney would consider this Ralph Rant to be the love offering it is intended to be. Governor, please trust your instincts. Everyone thinks they know just the right message, but I would ask you, “How’s your message working for you?” Then I would ask, “Is it really your message?” It’s not too late for a message reset, and this suggestion is from someone who may trust your instincts more than you do.
i need cash nowinstant loans online Sept. 11, 2012 - In the parlance of my Nebraska sandhill days, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have "high-centered" on questions about their tax plan. I hope they will consider this a helpful push in the right direction.
i need cash nowinstant loans onlineonli Sept. 7, 2012 - David and Diane Black join me to discuss their affinity for Music City Honor Flight, and receive the 2012 'Kilroy Cup' for their unique level of support.
i need cash nowinstant loans online Sept. 5, 2012 - If you are sick of fair and balanced talkiing-point shoutfests, wash your ears out with this 15-minute uninterupted actual debate on the auto bailout between Richard Davies of ABC News and John Tamny, editor of RealClearmarkets.com and Forbes Opinion. This would make a great commuter ride, as long as you don't play it in the Nashville Market between 5 and 9 a.m. Central.
i need cash nowinstant loans online Aug. 16, 2012 - Dinesh D'Souza says he has now "sealed the deal" on his theory that President Obama is intentionally weakening the United States and distributing much of our wealth to the rest of the world.
i need cash nowinstant loans onlineonline payday Aug. 8, 2012 - When I walked out of the barbershop, I kept saying to myself, "Hair always grows back. Hair always grows back." Because you asked for it, here's a podcast of the story of the worst haircut ever - the one I'm sporting right now.
i need cash no July 9, 2012 - It's always fun to talk with ABC's Richard Davies, who is finding it harder and harder to be optimistic about the economy, so on this date, he sought out and found a surrogate optimist.
i need cash now June 29, 2012 - Jim Brown, executive director of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) warns of the landmines ahead for small business now that the Supreme court has sanctioned Obamacare - unless Congress reverses itself after the next election.
i need cash now June 20, 2013 - It is with regret that I have decided to end my weekly segments with Sam Donaldson. I have enjoyed our sometimes spirited disagreements on policy issues, and our ability to disagree in both a civil and friendly manner. I find Sam's charge and defense thereof a racial motive in the opposition to President Obama to be indefensible and offensive - to a degree that renders me incapable of maintaining the civility that is necessary for the segment to be productive.
i need ca June 12, 2012 - Metro Councilman Steve Glover says he's willing to try to get support for cutting $62 million from Mayor Dean's budget and tax increase. If he can deliver, I believe the offer is worth considering.
i need cash n June 12, 2012 - Sen. Bob Corker explains why he's "infuriated" with President Obama's performance on economic issues. He also discusses the politically sensitive issue of coal regulation.
i need c May 9, 2012 - Rep. Darrell Issa, chairmen of the House Government Oversight Committee joins Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) and me to discuss Issa's contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder. At the end, I use the occasion to challenge them both (really the GOP in general) to grow a pair on the student loan issue. DesJarlais has been instrumental in giving me access to several GOP leaders. He joins us briefly, then steps aside until the end.
i need cash now April 30, 2012 - Here's a recap of Rep. Joe Carr's expression of disappointment with the Senate sponsor of his Emminent Domain bill, which died this year for lack of action in the Senate.
i need cash now April 27, 2012 - In another example of "rogue is the new normal," the Obama administration tries to worm out of an embarrasing and accidental truth-telling incident by one the president's hand-picked top EPA administrators. This story should get a lot more attention.
i need cas March 27, 2012 - You'll notice at the end of this Ralph Rant, I'm prompting producer Tommy to give me the name of his Metro Council Member. He gives me the name of his State Legislator instead. Part of the problem with stopping local abuses of power is that voters don't know who represents them.