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Overnight: The Natchez Trace runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee

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Image from the video: Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.

The Natchez Trace runs, as the post title says, from Natchez, Mississippi, on the Mississippi River itself, to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. It's 444 miles long and is, itself, a national park, administed by the National Park Service. It is a limited access highway with a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. Since no commercial traffic is permitted and there are few gas stations (I actually know of only one which closed down a few years - I'm not sure if there are any further north), the big RVs seldom travel it. In fact, except for certain stretches few vehicles travel it at all because it's only two lanes, the speed limit is strictly enforced, it is poorly or not at all lit, and the woods are full of deer and other animals.

I love it.

Because of the danger of hitting a deer at night, I travel it very slowly and stop often just to be in the middle of the Mississippi wilderness.

I looked at one video which was a time lapse of the entire trace and, as time lapses do, the entire distance was covered in a matter of minutes, giving you the impression you were traveling at 100 mph. Nothing could be further from the actual experience. The trace is for taking your time and savoring.

Enjoy.

Oh, here is the Wikipedia entry about the historical trace.

Note: this beautiful road / national park would not have been built without the backing of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - FDR: Another wiki..

Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.

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Overnight: 'I'm Not Marsha' (I'm Melissa!) Blackburn - Great TN Political Ad

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This is *Melissa* Blackburn, not Martha of the same last name

Great campaign ad for Melissa Blackburn, who shares the same last name as Marsha Blackburn but is a very different candidate - and not for the same office.

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Marsha Blackburn '16? Please proceed.

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If you liked mocking Michele Bachmann and her laughable (and futile) aspirations to be a credible presidential candidate, you'll love mocking Marsha Blackburn. Well, sans the Pray the Gay Away husband.

And the jaunty little jigs:

WREG-TV in Memphis is reporting that Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn may very well run for president in 2016. Or so says one of her aides.

The aide told RealClearPolitics.com she will start the process of testing the waters at a GOP rally in New Hampshire this weekend.

The political website says with such a wide-open race, she may have a shot as the only Republican woman considering a presidential run.

I'd LOL, but with GOP gerrymandering and unlimited fundraising the way they are... oh what the heck, I'm LOLing.

As for her being the only Republican woman considering a run, how's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

Marsha Blackburn of *over-talking hosts and opponents on the Tee Vee Machine* fame should cause many to haul out the popcorn. Stay tuned...

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Tuesday Links

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BUSTED: Tennessee Governor Offered Volkswagen $300 Million in Incentives to Reject UAW Union (Video)

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Tennessee Sen. Corkersucker Just Screwed The South - Volkswagen Plant TN

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Oh, tip-toe around all you want, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. You put your private parts and your nose into a place they didn't belong and now you've not only screwed over your home state, but perhaps the entire south. Hope you're feeling pretty good right now.

The issues was the unionizing vote taken a few days ago at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If the vote when for the union, the workers would be covered for additional benefits and in some cases, raises. Not bad if you're a worker. Interestingly the company, Volkswagen was for it.

But other auto manufacturers in the South, noted for their Republican anti-union, anti-labor stands were not so happy. It would mean workers would want to work for Volkswagen instead of their lower paying counterparts. Heavens. That could mean an increase in the living standard for these people. Who would want that?

Certainly not Sen. Corker. He broke with tradition and actively inserted himself into the union election. This may actually be a violation of the National Labor Relations Board rules -- but let's put that aside. Let's say he skirted the issue just enough to be legal and not persecuted (which still remains to be seen).

The Tennessee senator came out and used unnamed sources as saying, well, here's exactly what he said, according to HUFFPO:

"I've had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga," Corker said last week.

Now how politician-y can you get. He had conversations but doesn't say with whom? And those unnamed sources "assured," not guaranteed him that a vote against unionization would bring a new plant to Chattanooga.

Seems that's not the case at all. So Senator Bobby Pinocchio Corker, before your nose grows so long it causes you to do a face plant into the ground, why not reveal this source of your information? Whoever it was, doesn't seem to have fed you the truth. And how do we know that? Why from the Volkswagen people themselves. Reuters:

Following the union vote, the head of Volkswagen's works council told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the automaker would hesitate to expand in the U.S. South.

"I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the South again," said works council leader Bernd Osterloh.

So, now how do you feel, Senator Corksucker? You not only drove a future Volkswagen plant out of your state, but also out of the South. How many jobs did you just fu** your constituents out of?

You're such a Republican. Cost Americans good paying jobs and then call out the President on how little he's done to stimulate the economy and create jobs. It's hard to accomplish both of those when you individually and the Republicans as a party are so hell bent on ruining America.

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