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Outside the Downtown Blue Bubble

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On the way home, we stopped in Tennessee. If you haven’t been in the Piedmont mountains during fall you are missing something

Took an extended walk in the early evening and found ourselves on the Tennessee campus. One adjective to describe it, hilly. This flat lander isn’t used to hiking around a campus. In the Midwest we walk!

While we were walking, we saw a chili cook off and ran into a guy hiking in some Tennessee Volunteer garb. He said, “Where are you guys from?”

“Chicago” , I said.

He said, “Well, you are in a red state now. People here want Sarah Palin for President and lots of em are racist.”. Pause. “Who’d you vote for?”

Now, I was born at night but not last night. Not wanting to risk a confrontation in a strange town I said, “I’m from Chicago. I am sure I voted a lot in the last election”.

He then told me how racist it was in the south. Of course, I have been all over the south in the past few years and have actually found race relations to be better here than in the north.

By the way, Knoxville is a nice little town. I think I like Nashville a little better but I’d love to see this place on a football weekend.

I didn’t challenge my blue acquaintance on anything and left him to his walk.

It’s good to get out of my downtown Chicago blue bubble. Most of the folks I see day in and day out are Obama supporters. Outside of that small area, I don't find a lot of support fo the President.

With the economy as bad as it is and with the policies he has proposed so unpopular, does he have a chance?

How many states do you think he’ll win?


Fire Ron Zook.

Not sure if I agree with this or not. I do think Newt’s correct, anyone but Obama.

Great article on Siri.

If you like Mad Men.

Get ready for some fireworks. November 2012, we should decide once and for all.

Great story on finance and the Chicago Cubs.

Now, we watch Italy twist in the wind.

The biofuels disaster.

Bacon Girl has a calendar.

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