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I am an ordinary citizen running for US Representative because our congressional district is represented by a long term incumbent who is standing in the way of progress on solving global warming ( and standing in the way of progress on nearly everything else).

Election 2018 vote for RENEE HOYOS

I wrote this site for my campaign – which I lost. The ideas and issues are still relevant. Just put in the name of RENEE HOYOS as the good guy and TIM BURCHETT as the bad guy. Actually Tim is a nice person but his election will be a step backward and Renee will be the voice of the future.

Bob Scott

WHO POINTED THE GUN

I did not write this but everyone who vilifies “the LEFT” needs to read it over several times (but they won’t)

0 THE BLOG 08/07/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
Right-Wing TN Church Shooter is Fan of O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage

By Jonathan Kim

On Sunday, 58-year-old Jim Adkisson entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a children’s performance of the musical “Annie Jr.” In a guitar case, he carried a shotgun and 76 rounds. Adkisson killed two church members, Greg McKendry (60) and Linda Kraeger (61), and wounded six more before he was wrestled to the ground as he tried to reload. What was Adkisson’s motive? From RawStory:
A report from the local Knoxville news details the findings from Adkisson’s home, along with key statements from a document written by Adkisson related to an apparent motive behind the violent attack that rocked the suburban community:
“Adkisson targeted the church, [Investigator Steve] Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, ‘because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets.’

“Adkisson told Still that ‘he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.’”

If any of that sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve been hearing the exact same claims coming from the right wing’s most prominent stars and spokespeople for years. It’s all there: liberals are ruining the country, Democrats are letting the terrorists win, liberals hate America, the liberal media is bamboozling the nation.
Carol Smallwood, a longtime acquaintance of Adkisson’s, said he hates “’blacks, gays and anyone different from him,” which is also consistent with right-wing ideology. In a four-page note Adkisson left in his car, he explicitly noted his hate for the “liberal movement” — the Unitarian Universalist church is well known for its liberal stances on homosexuality, civil rights, opposition to war, women’s rights, and multiculturalism. While another major cause of Adkisson’s rage was his inability to find work and having his foodstamps reduced, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV noted “[Adkisson] did express frustration that the liberal movement was getting jobs.”
And how do we know that Adkisson was a consumer of popular right-wing thinking? Anticipating that he would be shot by police, Adkisson left the door to his house open to make it easier for authorities to enter. He didn’t want his motive and the ideology it sprang from to be a secret. From the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Inside [Adkisson’s] house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.
The right has already begun and will continue to claim that Adkisson is just a crazy nut, is not really a conservative (or is actually a liberal), that his stated motive of carrying out right-wing ideology means nothing, and that it is “inappropriate” to discuss politics in relation to such a heinous crime. But they are wrong on all counts. While Adkisson’s money problems surely caused him to snap, it was the words of the right’s loudest voices and brightest stars that gave him the justification for his rampage. Some quick Google searches turned up these quotes from prominent right-wingers:
“I’ll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo — every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress.” — Sean Hannity
“To fight only the al-Qaeda scum is to miss the terrorist network operating within our own borders… Who are these traitors? Every rotten radical left-winger in this country, that’s who.” — Michael Savage
“Liberalism is the greatest threat this country faces.” — Rush Limbaugh
“It is not a stretch to say that MoveOn is the new Klan.” — Bill O’Reilly
“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could.” — Glenn Beck
“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too.” — Ann Coulter
“I don’t see any difference between [Arianna] Huffington and the Nazis.” — Bill O’Reilly
“The Islamofascists are actually campaigning for the election of Democrats. Islamofascists from Ahmadinejad to al-Zawahiri, Oba — Osama bin Laden, whoever, are constantly issuing Democrat talking points.” — Rush Limbaugh
“There are things in life worth fighting and dying for and one of ‘em is making sure Nancy Pelosi doesn’t become the [House] speaker.” — Sean Hannity 
Obviously, this merely scratches the surface of what issues daily from the mouths and keyboards of right-wing pundits.
And let’s make one thing very clear: these are not quotes from the fringes of the right, opinionated actors, and anonymous bloggers marketing to a small number of depraved kooks. These are from the right’s best-selling authors, their most popular radio hosts, and their most prominent TV personalities with audiences in the millions. Just this month, ABC Networks and Premiere Radio Networks gave Sean Hannity a five-year $100 million contract and Clear Channel gave Rush Limbaugh a staggering eight-year $400 million contract. O’Reilly, Savage, and Coulter’s books consistently land on the New York Times’ best-sellers list, many at #1. In fact, all three of the known right-wing books found in Adkisson’s house were NYT best-sellers.
Let’s just call this what it is: the right wing openly, proudly, loudly, and repeatedly advocates violence against liberals and Democrats. In fact, they are paid millions to do it and are given national platforms to spread their message. You cannot say that liberals and Democrats actively and purposefully want to destroy the United States and equate them with Nazis, Al-Qaeda, and the Ku Klux Klan, then claim that you don’t want them to get hurt. You can probably guess how Hannity, O’Reilly and their ilk feel terrorists should be dealt with, and it isn’t a fair trial with the full protection of the law and the Geneva Convention.
Now the right will claim that it is the left that is hateful and violent and that the left is “just as bad” or worse. To that I say: Prove It. And I don’t mean some comment on a blog from crazylib420 — I mean a quote from a prominent, best-selling liberal or Democrat who commands salaries in the millions of dollars. Show me when Arianna Huffington, Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers, Al Franken, Michael Moore, Rachel Maddow, Markos Moulitsos, or someone from the “liberal” media repeatedly said that the News Corp. building should be blown up, Republican senators should be executed, that the only way to talk to conservatives is with a baseball bat, or that John McCain should be assasinated. If liberals are truly more violent than conservatives, this should be an easy task. Yes, Keith Olbermann has said that George W. Bush and his administration practiced fascism with their criminal collusion with telecom companies to spy on Americans without warrants, but that would only be offensive if you didn’t know what the definition of fascism is (according to Encarta: any movement, tendency, or ideology that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism).
The right-wing myth that it is actually liberals who are hate-filled and violent would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous. Because it is this perception that liberals are out to physically harm or kill conservatives that justifies the right actually committing violence against those whom they consider liberals. If conservatives feel a violent “war” is being waged against them by minorities, gays, judges, and liberals who want to see America destroyed physically, culturally, and spiritually, how are they supposed to fight back? The right consistently uses violent and warlike words and imagery to describe the domestic enemies they face, including the “liberal” media that Adkisson also blamed for the decline of America.
Adkisson did not open fire in that church because he was obeying imaginary voices in his head and did not know right from wrong. The voices in his head were from the likes of Savage, O’Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, and Limbaugh, and they were telling him exactly what was right (conservatives) and what was wrong (liberals, gays, minorities, Democrats) and who he should blame for all his and the nation’s hardships. I haven’t read the books Adkisson read, but I’m guessing they did not fill him with love and tolerance. My guess is that the books accomplished exactly what they were written to do — fill readers with fear and rage towards liberals. Adkisson himself said that he would’ve rather killed liberal leaders, but thought that killing liberal voters was a suitable alternative. Would Ann Coulter, who claimed “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building”, disagree?
Meanwhile, back at FOX, they have imposed a near media blackout of this story, despite the involvement of its two biggest stars. I’ve watched enough FOX to know that stories about mass shootings, sensational murders, and missing white children/women are their bread and butter, filling the times when they aren’t attacking Democrats. But as of 9:28pm PT, a search of the foxnews.com website turned up not one story about the shooting. Neither O’Reilly nor Hannity mentioned the shooting on the Monday or Tuesday after the shooting. In contrast, both O’Reilly and Hannity devoted large blocks of their shows to the Virginia Tech shootings, and FOX did stories about it around the clock. But when their books helped provide the justification for politically motivated murder, Hannity and O’Reilly apparently can’t be bothered to address it, or even acknowledge that it happened. O’Reilly and Hannity are quick to blame violence on video games, rap music, liberals, and the decline of American culture, but they are silent when the hatred they explicitly espouse is acted upon. By not covering the story, FOX, O’Reilly and Hannity are not just protecting themselves, but also the violent right wing ideology that created the Frankenstein’s Monster that was let loose on the victims of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Even though FOX won’t cover this story, it cannot be allowed to fade because some network or editor feels the murder wasn’t gruesome enough or the body count was not high enough to officially constitute a national tragedy and the accompanying media frenzy. Because no matter what conservatives will say, this shooting in Knoxville says something very important about the right wing and the messages its most prominent, powerful, most highly-paid voices are sending to millions of Americans. To be honest, I’m surprised that incidents like this are not more common, though I suppose it happens every time a gay person or any other minority is attacked simply for being who they are. But if a bout of economic hardship is enough to cause a right-wing true believer to aim a shotgun at his imagined liberal oppressors, this sad episode may be repeated for years to come.
(Research for this post by Max Schulman and Colin Eldred-Cohen) 
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Bob Scott letters to the Sentinel editor

In thinking about socialism our government – almost without exception only gets involved or takes something over when the private sector can’t or won’t do that something in the best interests of the country. I have worked where companies polluted the environment and they would not stop unless they were made to stop. Kingston Pike in Knoxville was once a private toll road- can you imagine if all roads were little toll roads? They have private armies in some countries- no one thinks that is a good idea. Private health care has resulted in many people who don’t get the care they need. Well paid publicly employed police are needed to protect all the public and prevent corruption. The availability of patents is really appreciated by inventors. The private sector can do many things very well but often regulations are needed to prevent a race to the lowest cost regardless of any unpleasant consequences.
Unregulated capitalism quickly deteriorates to oligarchy. For a great example look at what happened to the poor Russians- they went in a few months from communism to unregulated capitalism with wealth concentrated in a few oligarchs. There should always be evaluation and correction but capitalism with well considered regulation and some functions run by government is the best current system even if people who don’t like government involvement want to label it a dirty word-SOCIALISM. If this be socialism, make the most of it.

Single Payer Medical
I have had medical insurance- I am currently on Medicare- for most of my adult life and I appreciate the feeling of security it gives me. The people who are against Obamacare and single payer insurance do not have any thing that will give everyone the feeling of security that we who are insured have. I pay more for my insurance than it pays for my illnesses and surgeries and I am happy to do so.
Medicare for all would be a very good system- Medicare has one serious problem, however. The US congress decides how much the doctors and hospitals are paid and congress- particularly when controlled by Republicans- will not pay what is needed for doctors and hospitals to thrive. A good single payer system- like Medicare for all- would be a benefit to our country and a person who knows about Medical costs like Phil Bredesen could really help -in that or in any debate on changes to the medical care system. The pharmaceutical industry spent 2.3 billion dollars in this decade lobbying and It shows incredible lack of understanding of reality for a recipient of a lot of that money to criticize a person with a degree in physics who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and founded a large health maintenance organization. Or maybe she thinks voters won’t bother to discover that Phil Bredesen knows what he is talking about.

Please do not elect a climate denier to anything.
Carbon dioxide is a waste product when people burn coal, oil and natural gas and it is mostly disposed of into the atmosphere. Worldwide fossil fuel burning will result in about 35,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere this year and this will raise the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 411 to about 413 parts per million, When I first saw the Keeling curve ( look it up) I thought it was interesting but not worrisome- the carbon dioxide yearly rise was only about 2 parts per million- but it has kept on going up from 315 to over 410 ppm and is still going up.
What does carbon dioxide do in our atmosphere? It controls the earth temperature. If we had no carbon dioxide in the atmosphere all the oceans would freeze. Do climate deniers know that? If we have too much carbon dioxide the oceans will get too warm and the ice caps will melt and raise the oceans by several hundred feet- goodby Florida!
Our generation must quickly stop extracting fossil fuels from the ground and go to massive solar power installation. We have the technology now- we never had it before and we have been given the technology just in time. All that is needed is the political will to lead the world into power generation without carbon dioxide.
People in the past have done remarkable things- the Egyptian pyramids, the pre Columbian Indian towns made without iron, the mound builders. Now it is our turn to do something wonderful for our children but like the great wall of China it can’t be done without political leaders who have the ability to understand the damage climate deniers are doing right now and stand up as leaders.
Everything else can wait- we humans have to turn the Keeling curve downward and do it now.
Do not vote for any candidate for any office who will not promise to lead on cutting out carbon dioxide emissions by massively increasing renewable power generation. Find out who they are.

Abortion letter
We got a blind phone call from a man who said he represented a “ pro life “ organization. This was a misrepresentation- he represented an organization that opposes legal abortions. The pretext is that Roe vs Wade initiated millions of abortions and repealing it will save millions of unborn children. Anyone who favors legal abortions is a baby killing murderer. The facts are never stated- only the emotional scream that the Democrats are evil people who “rip the innocent baby out” and murder it and sell the parts for a profit.
Worldwide about half of all pregnancies are unwanted and about half of the unwanted pregnancies end in abortion – whether they are legal or not. If you really want fewer abortions then you need to have abortions safe and legal so you can know how many there are and devise policies to reduce the number. If you want to stop all abortions you should move to another planet. Making birth control readily available seems to be the most effective way to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and concurrently the number of abortions. Good education also helps.
Under presidents Clinton and Obama the number of abortions in the United States was trending down. The Republican fight against birth control and safe, legal abortions will reverse the downward trend and there will be more abortions but screaming about murdering babies will still blind many well intentioned people and raise money and influence votes. And people who voted for Trump and believe Fox News are probably not willing to understand this.
If you think outlawing abortions solves problems then maybe you think outlawing alcohol and drugs solves problems?

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Is one of our country”s treasures.

I have worked in refineries and chemical plants and I know they are serious sources of air pollution because the operators cut corners and ignore spills and venting. A responsible company would not be building next to a national park and the fact that a company plans such a plant is evidence that it is irresponsible and it will have poor management. Responsible management starts at the top and there is essentially no chance the plant will be run to minimize air pollution. It will be run to lower operating costs. I ask you to google Bhopal to see how poorly irresponsible plants are run. The Bhopal plant management removed the air conditioning on a tank and didn’t even reset the alarm temperature- and killed thousands of people. I have seen how poorly some companies act and the fact that this company is siting a plant next to a national treasure is an Indictment- whatever they pontificate about how great they are.

There is a more suitable location. Large-scale industrial development does not belong next to a national park.

I hope you care about America’s natural and cultural heritage. I hope you will reconsider the significance of this storied landscape and relocate the refinery to a more suitable location where Theodore Roosevelt National Park will not be affected.

I appreciate your consideration.

Bob Scott, Why Grapes in the Washer?

Why would Bob Scott- or anyone else- put grapes in his washing machine?
I have to toot-my-own-horn in my run for US Representative so I want to illustrate my ability to visualize solutions to problems that are not obvious – and certainly not obvious to most congressional Republicans (who control a congress with an approval rating of 13 Percent). Please vote after you read this story.
When I lived near Princeton I had a small farm (very small) with a lot of concord grape vines. I harvested about 500 pounds of grapes and I planned to make juice by stomping the grapes ( yes, barefooted) and squeezing the juice out using cheesecloth. The stomping works fine but there is a reason people don’t use cheese cloth for this- it is S L O W. I was in my basement (and my wife was elsewhere) and I realized that we had a wine press in the basement. It was being used as a washing machine most of the time. I rinsed out the washing machine and set it on spin cycle and dumped in crushed grapes. The juice came out the drain line. It worked beautifully. Since then I have always evaluated our potential replacement washing machines for suitability in squeezing grapes.
I was born with an ability to make a high score on tests of mental ability- I am a member of Mensa. This mental ability coupled with a wide experience gives me insights into solutions to problems. Many of my solutions are idealistic but there are enough pessimists everywhere to counterbalance new ideas and work for a consensus solution to problems.

Anyone can find my positions if they wish to be informed.

I have written a website- http://BobScottforCongress.com

I have written 32 posts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bob.scott.5070″

I have written 71 tweets on
“https://twitter.com /BobScott2014”.

A Heritage High School student put me on Instagram and I have 13 posts on “https://instagram.com/BobScottforCongress“.

Also I have made several You tubes- “https://www.youtube.com/user/scottforcongress
and the News Sentinel you tube at “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COBfvOTjEvw&list=PLkqznQp9RRA_8yxZukdU948wZ8sP1Py3C“.

I HAVE FAITH IN THE DECISION OF INFORMED VOTERS !

On November 4 every person who is registered to vote has a civic duty to cast an informed vote. In the August election the uniformed voters combined with the blind partisan voters were about 60 percent of the Knox County voters. Every informed voter needs to get out and cancel the vote of an uninformed voter-
AND IF THERE IS A GOOD TURNOUT THEN THE INFORMED VOTERS WILL CARRY THE DAY !
It will only be a good turnout if you- the reader of this- vote

I, Bob Scott, will send a message to many Facebook pages. Since I hope there will be 200,000 votes cast in the second congressional district- I need every person interested in fair elections to LIKE AND SHARE my message with all their social media contacts and urge all their contacts to get out and be informed voters.

The Most Negative Campaign Ad of ALL

Fluffy Dog Theatre

I, Bob Scott,  Candidate for US Representative, disapprove of this NEGATIVE campaign ad I am writing ( I disapprove of all negative campaign ads)

I say most (but not all) of the people  who have early voted are from the 30,427  “Knee Jerk Republicans* who are the voters who put ignorance ahead of thought and voted for unqualified Eddie Pridemore to replace highly respected Knox County chancellor Daryl Fansler in August 2014.

In their endorsement of John Duncan the Knoxville News Sentinel said that “his opponents­- Democrat Bob Scott…..have little hope of putting a scare into Duncan, much less winning.” 

Jimmy Duncan spent about $8 per vote in his primary and his opponent got about 40 percent of the vote. Jimmy has spent very little in the general election and he is not scared.

Based on past elections:

There will be about 20 percent of the voters who will vote for Bob Scott, the Democrat.

There will be about 30 percent of the voters that usually vote for the Republican (but many of those voted for a change).

There will be 50 percent of the voters who will vote for either a Republican or a Democrat but if they don’t get out and vote then the Knee Jerk Republicans will win again.

The most negative thing from the Duncan point of view would be If the young people and the other people the Republicans are trying to suppress will get out and vote. There could be a surprise. 

If people turn out and a surprise happens, a Bob Scott WIN WILL BE BY ONLY ONE VOTE!  Will it be your vote?10751379_10205097743023985_10205097740903932_42349_2519_bI stood by a fire hydrant at market Square in Knoxville and thought that it hadn’t been used much since the old market house burned. But in all the years since that fire people have accepted the inconvenience of parking somewhere away from the fire plug and walking a few extra minutes because  parking somewhere away from the fire plugs is their civic duty. I estimate the value of the cumulative lost time since the big fire for this fireplug to be $30,000 .  Voting is also our civic duty and our one vote has as little effect on the election outcome as parking one time next to a fire plug has of impeding the firemen. But the firemen go out to a fire many times a week and each time they need access to the fire plug. We all do our civic duty.

I watched this cute dog trying to get educated about the other dogs (candidates) and then it decided to not do its civic duty and walked away. Are you a voter or are you like a cute fluffy dog that won’t do its duty?

*As depicted by columnist Betty Bean before the August election “Daryl Fansler… will win another term on the Chancery Court bench…. if he had to have an opponent,… “Eddie” Pridemore will give us a good idea of the number of knee-jerk Republicans in Knox County.”

R.I.P. Greatgrandmother

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I, Bob Scott,  walk this earth because two women did not have abortions when I think they should have had them. My greatgrandmother, I do not know her name, died during the childbirth of my grandmother, and my grandmother Scott was raised by relatives. I believe my greatgrandmother should have had an abortion if it would have saved her life. Some people believe that the child is to be favored in such a situation so maybe some people would say an abortion was not justified.

My grandfather Ferris was a happy man with two children and a loving wife. His wife then died in childbirth and the child also died. My grandfather, a widower, then married my grandmother and so on. My grandfather’s first wife should certainly have had an abortion if it would have saved her life. Of course, I would not be here. What is needed is common sense in administering abortions safely when they are needed and giving support- a lot of support- to women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy.

We Tennesseans are voting to give our legislators the right to deny an abortion to save the life of a mother. One long look at our current Tennessee state legislature is enough to convince me that I would never trust their judgement in such a matter. If you don’t intend to use a prohibition, why ask for it? I ask you ” What kind of a person would deny a woman a lifesaving abortion?” A Tennessee Republican legislator?

Vote “no” on amendment 1.
Actually, I voted “no” on all of them- I will wait for a legislature controlled by intelligence, not ideology.

Save the Innocent Babies- Really

I , Bob Scott, am certain every congressional candidate gets several of these post cards:

Dear candidate: More than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies have been legally killed by abortion since 1973.
Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend the Sanctity of Life and protect the unborn.
That’s why I urge you to pledge 100% support for the Sanctity of Life on the Candidate Survey you recently received from the National Pro-Life Alliance.
Signed, Nell

My reply is this.

Dear Nell: Probably more than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies would have been ILLEGALLY killed by abortion since 1973 if abortions had been against the law and 5000 pregnant women would also have been killed in botched abortions.
I looked up the National Pro-Life Alliance and their goal is to make abortions illegal. Desperate women have found a way to abort an unwanted pregnancy where abortions are illegal. If you really want to prevent women from aborting pregnancies then work to provide realistic sex education, free contraceptives, compassionate counseling and generous financial support to mothers- and when necessary, safe abortion facilities. You will have to give up the idea of throwing it all on desperate pregnant women and you will need to accept paying higher taxes to really demonstrate that you accept a solemn responsibility to defend the sanctity of life and protect the unborn.
President Obama has done more to reduce the number of abortions-by including contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act- than any other person our country has ever seen.
That is why I urge you to pledge !00% support for me, US Representative candidate Bob Scott, and other candidates who will work to defeat the National Pro-Life Alliance attempt to revert to a failed policy and who ,instead, wish to use the resources of our country to support women who want plan their families and raise healthy children in a good environment.
Signed,
Bob Scott ,candidate for US Representative in the Tennessee Second Congressional District

I , Bob Scott, am certain every congressional candidate gets several of these post cards:

 Dear candidate: More than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies have been legally killed by abortion since 1973. 
Congress has a solemn responsibility to defend the Sanctity of Life and protect the unborn. 
That's why I urge you to pledge 100% support for the Sanctity of Life on the Candidate Survey you recently received from the National Pro-Life Alliance. 
Signed, Nell

My reply is this.

Dear Nell: Probably more than fifty-six million innocent and defenseless unborn babies would have been ILLEGALLY killed by abortion since 1973 if abortions had been against the law and 5000 pregnant women would also have been killed in botched abortions.
I looked up the National Pro-Life Alliance and their goal is to make abortions illegal. Desperate women have found a way to abort an unwanted pregnancy where abortions are illegal. If you really want to prevent women from aborting pregnancies then work to provide realistic sex education, free contraceptives, compassionate counseling and generous financial support to mothers- and when necessary, safe abortion facilities. You will have to give up the idea of throwing it all on desperate pregnant women and you will need to accept paying higher taxes to really demonstrate that you accept a solemn responsibility to defend the sanctity of life and protect the unborn.
President Obama has done more to reduce the number of abortions-by including contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act- than any other person our country has ever seen.
That is why I urge you to pledge !00% support for me, US Representative candidate Bob Scott, and other candidates who will work to defeat the National Pro-Life Alliance attempt to revert to a failed policy and who ,instead, wish to use the resources of our country to support women who want plan their families and raise healthy children in a good environment. 
Signed, 
Bob Scott ,candidate for US Representative in the Tennessee Second Congressional District

News Sentinel Endorsements- Good and Bad

The Knoxville News Sentinel endorsements- good and bad from the perspective of Bob Scott

Gloria Johnson deserves everyone’s endorsement!

The News Sentinel failed to recognize a fatal flaw when they endorsed Dr. Briggs instead of the better candidate, Cheri Siler. Dr Briggs- perhaps for political expediency- opposes the state participation in the Affordable Care Act which is incomprehensible to me. Cheri Siler will make a great state senator and the News Sentinel should have thanked Dr. Briggs for defeating Stacey and then

they should have endorsed Cheri Siler.

I expected the News Sentinel to endorse Jimmy Duncan- they would have lost some subscribers otherwise. However their endorsement is flawed. Jimmy Duncan has indeed been serving on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure but the big question for that committee should be ” how do we get the money to do what is needed?”. “CFR Progress Report and Scorecard, Road to Nowhere, explains, other nations are building new highways as the United States’ crumble. U.S. transportation fell from fifth in the World Economic Forum’s rankings in 2002 to twenty-fourth in 2011, passed by nations such as Spain, South Korea, and Oman…….Current infrastructure requires more investment—for instance, one in nine U.S. bridges are structurally deficient—while new projects are needed to address issues such as road congestion, which costs American drivers $101 billion annually in wasted time and fuel….” How can a man who signed the Grover Norquist pledge (below) be of any help in solving our nations REAL PROBLEMS?
(“I, ______, pledge to the taxpayers of the ______ district of the state of ______ and to the American people that I will:
One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
Two, to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”)

What the News Sentinel really missed is Jimmy Duncan has been co-chair of the Clean Water Caucus. This is a man who thinks “climate change is a rich man’s issue”- the fox is guarding the henhouse. In particular Jimmy Duncan listens to Patrick Moore instead of James Hansen and he doesn’t understand the science of global warming- only the politics. You can pass a law to repeal science but words can’t stop the rise in carbon dioxide in the air.
The News Sentinel implies that Duncans conservative stance on issues is an asset when it only means his thinking is tied to the past. When Jimmy Duncan was first elected to congress the internet was beginning to stir and technology has been racing since then and leaving almost everything conservative behind.
The News Sentinel mentions his legendary commitment to constituent service and he does it well but so do all the other US Representatives and so will I, Bob Scott, if elected.
Last it is said that “his opponents­ Democrat Bob Scott…..have little hope of putting a scare into Duncan, much less winning.” Jimmy Duncan spent about $8 per vote in his primary and his opponent got about 40 percent of the vote. Jimmy has spent very little in the general election and he is not scared.
Based on past elections:
There will be about 20 percent of the voters who will vote for me, the Democrat.
There will be about 30 percent of the voters that usually vote for the Republican but many of the people who voted against Duncan want a change and if half of them vote against the incumbent then I would get 6 percent of the vote.
There will be 50 percent of the voters who will vote for either a Republican or a Democrat and if they split 60/40 like the Republican primary voters then I could get 20 percent for a total of 46 percent.
If the young people and the people the Republicans are trying to suppress will get out and vote there could be a surprise.
If it happens. a Bob Scott WIN Will BE BY ONE VOTE!

Elect Bob Scott & Expose Secrets

If the love of money is the number one root of evil then the love of SECRECY must come in a close second.
Everyone knows of a lapse or error or crime (or good deed) of their own or of someone or some group they want to protect. We try to keep it SECRET. The common ways to keep a secret are to keep it hidden or to lie about it. A little secrecy is good and it smooths our lives. Secrecy in public things is rarely good in the long term- but too many people think their particular secret is an important exception.
There are secrets that I, Bob Scott, want to expose to the public and I will work on these if I am elected US Representative.
1.what is in the fluids used for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (“fracking” for short).
2.what are the computer programs used in voting machines.
3.what are the ingredients in consumer products.
4.what are the names of the people making big election campaign contributions.
5.what is the stated purpose of election campaign contributions by corporations.
6.I am certain that you, the reader, can give me many more.

I have a favorite story (sort of involving watermelons).
I was working on a project for my company, Shell Chemical, to make Temik insecticide for another company. I found information on toxicity that was disturbing. Temik was very toxic and the solution we would be making was bad enough that if a worker got 4 cubic centimeters (a teaspoon) on the skin and didn’t get it off it would be lethal and the antidote wouldn’t work! The toxicologists were upset that I, who was considering how to design the plant, had found this out. This attitude of the toxicologists led to the federal government legislated requirement for safety data sheets on everything.
The Shell workers handled Temik solutions carefully with protective suits when they put Temik solution in a truck but the truck drivers said that when the trucks were unloaded there were no protective suits (secrecy at work?).
Several years later I read that a large watermelon recall had taken place because Temik was in the watermelons- maybe someone was keeping another secret.

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-07-14/news/mn-6355_1_melons

If the love of money is the number one root of evil then the love of SECRECY comes in second.
Everyone knows of a lapse or error or crime (or good deed) of their own or of someone or some group they want to protect. We try to keep it SECRET. The common ways to keep a secret are to keep it hidden or to lie about it. A little secrecy is good and it smooths our lives. Secrecy in public things is rarely good in the long term- but too many people think their particular secret is an important exception.
There are secrets that I, Bob Scott, want to expose to the public and I will work on these if I am elected US Representative.
1.what is in the fluids used for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas ("fracking" for short).
2.what are the computer programs used in voting machines.
3.what are the ingredients in consumer products.
4.what are the names of the people making big election campaign contributions.
5.what is the stated purpose of election campaign contributions by corporations.
6.I am certain that you, the reader, can give me many more.

I have a favorite story (sort of involving watermelons).
I was working on a project for my company, Shell Chemical, to make Temik insecticide for another company. I found information on toxicity that was disturbing. Temik was very toxic and the solution we would be making was bad enough that if a worker got 4 cubic centimeters (a teaspoon) on the skin and didn't get it off it would be lethal and the antidote wouldn't work! The toxicologists were upset that I, who was considering how to design the plant, had found this out. This attitude of the toxicologists led to the federal government legislated requirement for safety data sheets on everything.
The Shell workers handled Temik solutions carefully with protective suits when they put Temik solution in a truck but the truck drivers said that when the trucks were unloaded there were no protective suits (secrecy at work?).
Several years later I read that a large watermelon recall had taken place because Temik was in the  watermelons- maybe someone was keeping another secret.

http://articles.latimes.com/1985-07-14/news/mn-6355_1_melons

Look to the Morning Star O Skeptic and Be Wise

Look to the Morning Star O Skeptic and Be Wise

Because its lovely sulfuric acid clouds reflect a lot of light the planet Venus would be colder than our Earth if carbon dioxide wasn’t in both our skies. Both planets have nitrogen in the air but it is carbon dioxide that determines the surface temperatures.
Without carbon dioxide both planets would be below freezing and all earths oceans would be like the Arctic Ocean.
Fortunately for Earthlings we have a little carbon dioxide in our air and it causes our average surface temperature to be a (relatively) toasty 60 degrees F.
The Venusians are not as well off as we on Earth and their air is mostly a lot of carbon dioxide (as in a whole lot of carbon dioxide) and the average surface temperature on Venus might indelicately be described as a “Hellish” 860 degrees F. On Venus our zinc pennies would melt.
People all over the Earth are burning enough coal, oil and natural gas to steadily increase the carbon dioxide percentage in our air and it is not an insignificant amount and it will increase the average temperature of the Earth.
I, Bob Scott, candidate for US Representative, MS chemical engineer, retired Pellissippi professor, who taught heat transfer, agree that it is legitimate to debate the rate of the effects of increasing the carbon dioxide content of the air. It is irresponsible of my opponent, John Duncan, attorney, career politician, to characterize people who understand the problem as “environmental extremists”.
Venus is the brightest morning “star” . Look up to the morning star and then get down to work on Earth to solve the carbon dioxide problem we people have brought upon ourselves- and the first thing to do is elect Bob Scott !!

Bob Scott's photo.
Bob Scott's photo.