Is Tennessee on the Edge of Legalizing Political Bribery?

The state of Tennessee is trying to reform its electoral system – by flooding it with corporate cash. A new bill has been approved in both the state House and Senate committees – that will allow corporations to contribute directly to political candidates – and increase the amount of money that political action committees – or PACs – are allowed to throw behind a candidate of their choosing.

As House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said about the new bill, “It’s going to be like an arms race with Democrats and Republicans trying to compete for this corporate cash.” Of course – when both parties are working to get corporate cash – guess whom they’re not working for? You and me and the rest of the working class.

There may be a lot of things wrong with elections in America – but I don’t think TOO LITTLE corporate cash is the problem.

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JLC's picture
JLC 8 years 24 weeks ago
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What Dr. Batra pointed out regarding the relationship between deficit reduction and economic crashes has been pointed out by economist Randy Wray and other MMT economists: Per Dr. Wray:

"With one brief exception, the federal government has been in debt every year since 1776. In January 1835, for the first and only time in U.S. history, the public debt was retired, and a budget surplus was maintained for the next two years in order to accumulate what Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury called “a fund to meet future deficits.” In 1837 the economy collapsed into a deep depression that drove the budget into deficit, and the federal government has been in debt ever since. Since 1776 there have been exactly seven periods of substantial budget surpluses and significant reduction of the debt. From 1817 to 1821 the national debt fell by 29 percent; from 1823 to 1836 it was eliminated (Jackson’s efforts); from 1852 to 1857 it fell by 59 percent, from 1867 to 1873 by 27 percent, from 1880 to 1893 by more than 50 percent, and from 1920 to 1930 by about a third. Of course, the last time we ran a budget surplus was during the Clinton years. I do not know any household that has been able to run budget deficits for approximately 190 out of the past 230-odd years, and to accumulate debt virtually nonstop since 1837.

"The United States has also experienced six periods of depression. The depressions began in 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893, and 1929. (Do you see any pattern? Take a look at the dates listed above.) With the exception of the Clinton surpluses, every significant reduction of the outstanding debt has been followed by a depression, and every depression has been preceded by significant debt reduction. The Clinton surplus was followed by the Bush recession, a speculative euphoria, and then the collapse in which we now find ourselves."

The reason is that running surpluses takes money out of the private economy (the nongovernment sector) because the government takes more money out of the economy through taxation than it adds to the economy through government spending.

gerald's picture
gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#2

Are Satan’s disciples guilty of hate crimes? I believe definitely these devils are guilty of hate crimes.

A university town in Alabama is devastated by a tornado. This red state wants the federal government to help rebuild the town with taxpayers’ money. This same red state refuses to increase taxes on the rich and on corporations and now they want tax money for help. Why should Alabama receive any taxpayer money? These acts of nature will continue and more and more money will be needed and so tax increases for the rich and for corporations are needed and required.

Jeb Bush will be the great white hope riding into the ring with his white horse as the Anti-Christ Party’s great white hope. Jeb will be elected the next president. You can bank on my prediction. Why do you believe that Satan’s disciples are flooding Latino talk shows? Jeb’s wife is a Latino!

I am not happy that I have to shock Thom’s posters with words like Anti-Christ, Satan’s disciples, and devils. If you can offer me different names, please let me know. Thank you for any help in this matter!!!

Progressives are grasping to be excited at anything. Here is an example. The polls reveal that Nazi governors’ numbers are low in the polls. Polls do not excite me because the Nazis will always remain in the majority. Here are my reasons. Our electronic voting machines are rigged. Factual! The Nazis will eliminate from voting – low income people, students, and racial minorities. Factual! In heavy Democratic districts voting booths will be scarce so that the voting lines are long. Factual! The lobbyist party with the money will pay off politicians to vote a certain way. Factual!

The poem below by Langston Hughes reveals his feelings and thoughts and his feelings and thoughts are similar to my personal feelings and thoughts.

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609

JLC's picture
JLC 8 years 24 weeks ago
#3

Just following up on my previous comment above. I just heard you announce that James Galbraith is on your TV show tonight. What a great guest to have on. Prof. Galbraith is very familiar with MMT (Modern Monetary Theory), which I referenced above. I hope that, in your discussion with him, you get into his view of the government deficit and why it is not a problem and why budget cuts and austerity measures at this time will be disastrous for the economy. In short, Prof. Galbraith can explain that, since we went off the gold standard in 1971, there is really no difference anymore between the government printing bonds or the government "printing money" -- both are just liabilities (IOUs) of the US government, one bears interest and the other doesn't. As a result, there is no solvency issue or bankruptcy risk for the US government as it cannot run out of US dollars that it alone creates. The only constraint with respect to deficit spending is inflation and right now, with unemployment and underemployment very high and lots of excess capacity in the economy, inflation does not pose any risk.

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jkh6148 8 years 24 weeks ago
#4

OFF topic I know, but republican politicians should be charged with crimes against humanity and genocide! THEY do not want the middle and lower classes to receive a living wage or decent health care both of which result in a slow death from exhaustion due to hard work and death from lack of good health care.

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:

Killing members of the group;

Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

THEY are social darwinists who believe the government should help the rich live long and prosper. THE government should let the rich exploit the working class until they die from hard work and exhaustion. AND the government should just let the poor die off from starvation and disease because they never will amount to anything anyway and are a drain on the rich.

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iamfreespirited 8 years 24 weeks ago
#5

We are unwilling surfers on a tidal wave of legalizing corporate crime, and yes buying elections is still a crime. The leaders of mega-corporations steal our resources, energy, homes, savings, elections, schools, churches and common institutions, slumify our infrastructure, deny us "workers" healthcare and living wages, systematically make us doubt ourselves, move us repeatedly all over the country and world splitting us from our families and friends, cause deliberate trauma, poisoning and suffering. These are effective mechanisms of keeping people weak, tired and stressed so they do not revolt against the tyrants of slavery and abuse. We must scrape ourselves up off the road and revolt with every speck of energy we can access from the universe.

dianhow 8 years 24 weeks ago
#6

Surplus's cause depressions ? Thats pure Hogwash Every time we run up huge debt- give massive tax cuts to top- pay for nothing - wage long wars we get into big trouble. Reaganomics - Bush - Goldman FED boys made it far worse by givng huge cuts to CO that sent good jobs overseas.& pushing Free not fair markets & Trade . This led to a giant bubble that exploded ..leading to a recession- depression - Bush Paulson global crash TARP Clinton left a surplus-balanced budget -created millions of new jobs ...simply by some careful cutting & raising top tax rate a bit. Thats what we need now NOT more corp / billionaire cuts- loopholes & oil, gas subsides. Bush 's tax cuts did nothing for jobs, wages or our standard of living .

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fatfax 8 years 24 weeks ago
#7

400 Americans Massacred in ONE day from Tornado's. Why the F--k are we spending Billions of dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq to "PROTECT" our homeland, We should be investing those Billions into developing space age state of the art Tornado , Earth quake, Sunami warning systems. OOOhhh it's the terrorist's that are gonna kill us all, how could i forget... sorry my mistake.

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2950-10K 8 years 24 weeks ago
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Thom your right, laws making it ever easier to flood the system with corporate cash both nurture and perpetuate a dysfunctional democracy which expresses the will of only a select group of people. When Cleisthenes first introduced the concept of democracy in 509 BC, democracy meant "PEOPLE POWER" coming from the Greek word demos. Their system was also far from functional. A huge segment of the population not represented were slaves and women.

How is it possible that after 2500+ years we have not progressed beyond ancient civilization when it comes to representative government? Our founders clearly intended "WE THE PEOPLE", much like Cleisthenes intended "PEOPLE POWER". If we are to progress the answer is Democratic Socialism, even if it's a Scandinavian model. It's both a democratic and humanitarian method of rule. The current system of, " those with the gold make the rule" , has proven over and over again to be a miserable republican failure.

Maybe we should change the wording of Democratic Socialism to DEMOCRATIC FUNCTIONALISM, even though I hate being apologetic due to a moronic demonization of the term socialism. Let's hope this pure form of democracy becomes the good place we all end up!

gerald's picture
gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#9

HEAVEN

On April 29, 2011 Thom for one of his segments talked basically about life after death. I will share with you some of my ideas and thoughts about life after death. Let me share with you some information on me. I am a sinner and only through the mercy of God will I have any chance to be with God and the communion of saints in heaven. My background is not philosophy (I did have two courses in college), religion, and theology. I have never had an out of body experience. I did have a massive heart attack in 1994. As I was in the emergency room, I did feel the presence of Mary, the mother of Jesus, over my bed to protect me against death and the devil. According to three doctors I beat the odds.

John Paul II, while he was pope, he said that hell is not a physical place. Hell is more like the realization we will never be with God and His communion of saints. I have thought about hell as brimstone and fire, a place of total hatred, and never to see the beatific vision of God for all eternity.

I am going to share with you an experience while my wife and I were visiting Yellowstone National Park. In the park there are two or three small waterfalls near each other. To reach these falls you have to go to a downward path for about one hundred feet. The downward path is not steep. As I reached the end of the path near the falls, I found myself in a totally quiet place, no wind or sound from the leaves. I felt totally at peace. I believe that heaven is a place where a person feels totally at peace; where there is an eternity of love; and where the beatific vision of God is shared with us upon our death. We will also be thankful to God for His mercy.

We will be in heaven in a spirit form. After God comes down for the Last Judgment and the souls are divided between heaven and hell, our bodies will return to you and me for eternity and our final destination. The Son of God will be in heaven with His human body. To be in hell will be like an endless nightmare where hatred never dies.

reasonjr's picture
reasonjr 8 years 24 weeks ago
#10

Since when did polititians. . . I mean CROOKS, work for us?

Where's it going to end? The day they breathe their last breath and not a second sooner.

Well, I gotta get back to cleaning my guns. Y'all have fun!

lindsze's picture
lindsze 8 years 24 weeks ago
#11

2950-10K - I agree with you. However you did miss out one of the group - natives... They were left out then and they are still left out now.

lindsze's picture
lindsze 8 years 24 weeks ago
#12

You got the facts right... The Americans are not important but the foreign oil and control are... We quickly send aids to Japan but we forget about New Orleans... How do you rationalize that?

Quickest way to start helping the Americans again is:

1 - Move the jobs and manufacturing back to US

2 - Elect other parties excluding Rep, Dem and Tea

3 - Stop military spending on foreign countries.

4 - Rise tax on the rich and corps etc etc etc

lindsze's picture
lindsze 8 years 24 weeks ago
#13

So,reasonjr, do you think violence on violence is the answer?

JLC's picture
JLC 8 years 24 weeks ago
#14

Don't get me wrong. I am not in favor of tax cuts for the rich at all. Income inequality in this country is one of our biggest problems, as Thom often points out, and I believe that substantially raising taxes on the rich and making the tax rate structure highly progressive again in a key means of addressing income inequality and making our economy run better. What I am saying is that we cannot let deficit hysteria stand in the way of additional government spending and stimulus (targeted to Main Street, not Wall Street) to help pull the economy out of this hole and to alleviate the suffering of the working class, middle class and the poor, and/or tax cuts for the working and middle classes (which would put more money in their pockets which they will spend, which will stimulate the economy - - unlike tax cuts for the rich, who are more likely to save than spend such tax cuts). I have been listening to Thom since 2003 or 2004 and I fully agree with him that we need to roll back the Reagan tax cuts, and I like what Robert Reich has been saying in recent columns about raising taxes on the rich while significantly lowering taxes on everyone else to get the economy going. Such additional government spending and tax cuts for the middle and lower classes should be undertaken even though they may temporarily increase the deficit further, because the focus right now should be on the recession and not the deficit. My point in citing Randy Wray above is that all government deficit spending is spending INTO the private economy (nongovernment sector) and is not necessarily a bad thing if it is spent on programs for (or tax cuts for) the middle and lower classes rather than on giving away more money to big banks and Wall Street, and that, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, running a surplus for anything more than a very brief period of time is actually not a good thing for the economy.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 8 years 24 weeks ago
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Lindsze, You're correct in calling attention to an often overlooked and ugly fact of American history. Colonial egocentrism and modern day prejudice have marginalized indigenous people. Why in 2011 we still don't get the self evident truth, that all men are created equal and possess certain unalienable Rights, dumbfounds me.

I'm a descendant with direct male lineage to an indentured servant who in 1637 had to work off his passage at a manorial estate called Fort Orange, near present day Albany,N.Y. I bring this up because of the place and time. Not far east of there that same year a Puritan force slaughtered 500 Pequot indian men ,WOMEN,and CHILDREN! Considering the position my ancestor was in, I can only hope he shed a tear or two when he heard the news. The oppressed and unrepresented are all brothers and sisters.

gerald's picture
gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#16

My wife has a knitting class one day per week. In the class is a woman whose aunt is approaching ninety. She lives in Florida. Her driver’s license needs to be renewed. Plus, she needs to reregister to vote. The aunt needed the original birth certificate, the original marriage license, her husband’s death certificate to prove she is a widow, and proof of permanent residency for Florida, such as a home, townhouse, or condominium. I do not know if an apartment, senior citizen home, or trailer qualifies for permanent residency. Florida is harassing the elderly, taking away their freedoms and rights, and removing them from the voting booth. They seek to always be in the majority. Our Supreme Court that really runs Nazi America will vote in Florida’s favor. The Catholic Mafia on the Supreme Court is anti-poor and anti-working class. The U.S. Supreme Court is an extension of our Anti-Christ nation.

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leighmf 8 years 24 weeks ago
#17

Tennessee Walker PACS: NAVPAC is a Walker Republican/T + Klan Unit. I would like to challenge Donald Trump to uncover a PAC earlier than NAVPAC, 1963, sold to North American Van Lines in 1970 which was sold to Pepsico in 1968. (See 1963, at least)

The results of clandestine securities trading over a 140-yr. timespan is not an easy read. If one possibly can bear the time line and mull over it slowly, pondering the subliminal corporate nomenclature, American, Star, General, National, Union, Liberty, International Keystone, Amerada, Adamar, AZTAR, Ramada,Treasury Island, Marriott Host. Oh the way is most criss-crossed, yet with much scrutiny, has become predictable.

Luckily, we need only understand that every crooked path is underlain with valueless railroad mortgage bonds, a substance very few apparently choose to study, though of valueless railroad bonds has been made the financial foundation of our everything.

1834 Old National Bancorp founded

7/1/1854 $1,000,000 5% Bonds of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Company due 6/30/1884

1864 First Tennessee Bank, National Association 165 Madison Avenue Memphis,TN 38101 FDIC Certificate #: 4977 Date Established: 1/1/1864; see 2004 below, First Tennessee National Corporation (cf Fort Wayne National Corporation and Lincoln National Corporation 351140070)

First American National Bank 326 Union Street Nashville,TN 37237 FDIC Certificate #: 4956 Date Established: 9/1/1883 = Regions Bank 417 North Twentieth Street Birmingham,AL 35203 FDIC Certificate #: 12368 Date Established: 1/1/1928 )

1884 Oregon Ry stock plummeted in Scotland; bank failures in New York;THE ORIENTAL BANK FAILURE- "Justice Chitty" ; Robert Fleming first trip to America; Quaker Orange Co., Inc.

due 6/30/1884: 7/1/1854 $1,000,000 5% Bonds of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Company

1886 "The new directors of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway Company, who have just been placed in full control of their property, have to congratulate themselves upon one of the most speedy and complete reorganizations which have recently been effected..Robert Fleming, of Dundee, Scotland, who represents the foreign interest, who has already acted in this country for the foreign holders of Denver and Rio Grande stock and bonds, and who is now on his way here on behalf of the Texas and Pacific Rio Grande division bondholders; George W. Smith, of Kountze Bros., and others in the South...There is a great deal of wild talk about the excellent prospects of the reorganized company and of the high prices which the new securities will command as soon as issued." The Anglo American

1909 Harriman National acquired Liberty National; East Tennessee Land Co = Harriman Land Co

1909 (FL) SOUTHERN PAVING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Document Number 800110 Filed 07/02/1909 State TN Status INACTIVE Filed 04/01/1940; once again, Fort Wayne Bank Building -110 and 110 Dulles Burns.

8/17/1909 Consolidation of International Life Insurance Company (formerly John Hough, Fort Wayne Agent) and Great American Life Insurance Company

11/12/1910 Tate L. Earnest, cashier of Unaka National Bank, Johnsonville, Tennessee, shot himself in a hunting accident. He was treasurer of the Tennessee State Bankers Association and the brother-in-law of former state senator R. Walter Dickinson, a wealthy resident of Virginia.

1/27/1913 Merger of International Life Insurance and Tennessee Life Insurance- see 1936

10/11/1918 Jefferson, Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad : 10/11/1918 : 12/08/2006

11/22/1918 (FL) ROSEWOOD STOCK FARM Number 801102 Filed 11/22/1918 State TN DISSOLVED 06/04/1936;

Rosewood, Florida being noted as the site of the Rosewood Massacre in 1922, an event about which some people in Fort Wayne seem to have had foreknowledge.

1919 Alcoa (TN) was incorporated under its present name in 1919.

1/22/1919 United Southern Bank of Humphreys County 122 West Main Street Waverly,TN 37185 FDIC Certificate #: 1477 Date Established: 1/22/1919 Date of Deposit Insurance: 1/1/1934 Inactive as of: 7/1/1983 7/01/1983 July 1, 1983 Merged: First American Bank #16830 = Regions Bank #12368

11/12/1919 (see Mammoth Coal below, 2004) (FL) MAMMOTH GROVE INCORPORATED LAKE WALES FL Number 801210 Filed 11/12/1919 State IN DISSOLVED 06/04/1936 Agent MASON, E. C. MAMMOTH GROVE LAKE WALES FL Officer/Director HOWE, B. A. 120 BROADWAY NEW YORK NY PD CARTER, O. M. 1008 PEOPLES GAS BLDG. CHICAGO IL VD MASON, E. C. BOX 67 LAKE WALES FL VD YOUNG, CLYDE LAKE WALES FL S JONES, FRANK G. 1417 FIDELITY BANK BLDG. MEMPHIS TN D KAHN, ISIDOR OLD NATIONAL BANK BLDG. EVANSVILLE IN

10/19/1921 AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY Number: C1269398 Filed: 10/19/1921 Status: active Jurisdiction: TENNESSEE Address 458 N AMERICAN GENERAL CENTER NASHVILLE, TN 37250 Agent CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS CSC - LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE 2730 GATEWAY OAKS DR STE 100 SACRAMENTO, CA 95833

1925 PARKER-SLACK INCORPORATED MEMPHIS TN Filed 07/08/1925 State TN CONVERTED TO NOTES 06/04/1936 Agent NOBLES, J.E. C/O BANK OF TITUSVILLE & TRUST CO. TITUSVILLE FL Officer/Director PARKER, B.S. PARKVIEW HOTEL MEMPHIS TN PTD SLACK, W.M. BANK OF COMMERCE BLDG. MEMPHIS TN VPD BOYD, H.R. BANK OF COMMERCE BLDG. MEMPHIS TN SD WILKINSON, EMMA M. BANK OF COMMERCE BLDG. MEMPHIS TN D TUCKER, S.D. BANK OF COMMERCE BLDG. MEMPHIS TN

1930 From Publix history: "Publix, a privately-held company operating stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida."

1932 (FL) QUINCY COCA COLA BOTTLING COMPANY 1900 REXFORD ROAD P.O. BOX 31487 CHARLOTTE NC 28211 Number 125880 FEI Number 590413770 Filed 01/01/1932 MERGED 12/27/1988 Agent C T CORPORATION SYSTEM 8751 WEST BROWARD BLVD. PLANTATION FL 33324 Officer/Director MOORE, JAMES L. 1900 REXFORD ROAD CHARLOTTE NC P HARRISON III, J. FRANK 1900 REXFORD ROAD CHARLOTTE NC VD MURREY,JOHN W.,III 1100 AMERICAN NAT'L BAK. CHATTANOOGA TN S SINGER, DAVID V. 1900 REXFORD RD. CHARLOTTE NC

1936 "It will be remembered that in the case of the strong International Life Insurance Company of St. Louis, Toombs, the man who bought it was permitted to steal the assets of the company to pay for it, and hence had paid exactly "nothing" for it. And now it develops that those who. bought the Missouri State Life Insurance Company of St. Louis for $100,000 charged that amount up to the assets of the Company, paying for it with the company's own money as per the International deal, thus paying exactly "nothing" for it. Is there no way to stop such crooked deals?"

11/2/1938 TENNESSEE, ALABAMA, & GEORGIA RAILWAY COMPANY Officers 3 COMMERCIAL PL NORFOLK, VA 23510 H860410 ACTIVE/COMPLIANCE 11/02/1938 DELAWARE Agent County F. KENNEDY HALL 577 MULBERRY ST 1500 CHTR MED MACON, GA 31201 BIBB

6/9/1939 "Roy C. Toombs declares that his assets foot up $75 as he declares himself a bankrupt. This is the same man who swamped the International Life Insurance Company of St. Louis, making away with three or four million dollars of the company's assets".

10/18/1944 Alabama Tennessee and Northern Railroad Company Place Of Inc: Mobile County Date Of Inc.: 10/18/1944 Dissolved.: 12/31/1970

12/16/1946 TENNESSEE GAS AND TRANSMISSION COMPANY Entity No. 354266 Filing Date 12/16/1946 Letter of Consent No Address 123 S BROAD ST,% C T CORP SYSTEM PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania USA 19109 County Philadelphia Jurisdiction

1947 (The National Life Company, parent of "First National, Old National") (FL) AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY% AMERICAN GENERAL CENTER NASHVILLE TN 37250 Number 807243 FEI Number 620306330 Filed 01/17/1947 State TN Status ACTIVE MERGER 12/24/1997

TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE COMPANY 0042078 : ACTIVE : 07/29/1947 : 1001 LOUISIANA Address Line 2: City: HOUSTON State: TX Zip: 77002-5089

2/17/1951 BOATMEN'S NATIONAL MORTGAGE, INC. : 4041 KNIGHT ARNOLD RD, MEMPHIS, TN : Control Number: 197208-032 Creation : 8/1/1972 Inactive : 7/14/2000 Original Creation: 2/17/1951 Original Creation State: TN Other Names 8/1/1972 TENNESSEE NATIONAL MORTGAGE COMPANY 2/15/1995 NATIONAL MORTGAGE COMPANY

10/29/1953 (FL) BUSH BUILDING COMPANY 809529 FEI/EIN Number 620145950 Filed 10/29/1953 State TN WITHDRAWAL Event Filed 05/28/1987

11/25/1953 (FL) BAPTIST FOUNDATION OF TEXAS 809569 Filed 11/25/1953 State TN DISS Filed 10/21/1974

12/11/1958 PIPELINE OIL CO. State TN File Date 12/11/1958 141 PROGRESS PARKWAY MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043

12/31/1958 Dixie Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan State Of Inc: Tennessee : 12/31/1958 : ADAMS, KENNETH L ROUTE 3 BOX 17 ANNISTON, AL Prin Address: 2523 GLASS STREET CHATTANOOGA, TN

9/16/1961 (FL) SOUTHERN STATES DEVELOPMENT COMPANY 1300 FT WAYNE NAT'L BANK BLDG PO BOX 1400 FT WAYNE IN 46801 Document Number 815603 FEI Number 356014826 Date Filed 09/16/1961 State TN DISSOLVED 11/21/1984

11/16/1961 (FL) MAYFLOWER NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY 1055 ST CHARLES AVE SUITE 600 NEW ORLEANS LA 70130 US Document Number 815771 FEI Number 726009630 Date Filed 11/16/1961 State TN Status ACTIVE

1962 First Madoff Failure

1/20/1962 TENNESSEE GAS ASSOCIATION 0085262: ACTIVE Date of Formation/Qualification: 01/20/1962

4/2/1962 (IN) INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY: 6400 POPLAR AVENUE , MEMPHIS, TN 38197 : Control Number: 194342-002 Status: Active Creation Date: 4/2/1962 : Original Creation State: NY

4/2/1962 (FL) STANDARD IRON & STEEL COMPANY Document Number 817021 Filed 04/02/1962 State TN DISSOLVED 06/07/1966

In 1963 is the first PAC I have discovered, which was NAVPAC, incorporated 8/8/1963 the date Minnie Kryder's Estate was appraised.

2/4/1963 LIGHT AND POWER UTILITIES CORPORATION OF FLORIDA 1000 N. ROME TAMPA FL Number 266800 Filed 02/04/1963 MERGED 01/20/1970 Officer/Director REITER, MURRAY MEMPHIS TN PD COHEN, MAURICE MIAMI FL VD BERNSTEIN, EUGENE MEMPHIS TN SD GREER, MARGARET MEMPHIS TN

8/8/1963 Navpac, Inc.

8/8/1963 (GA) THE MAGNAVOX COMPANY OF TENNESSEE Officers 1700 MAGNAVOX WAY FORT WAYNE, IN 46804 Control # H856744 WITHDRAWN

8/8/1963 THE HOTEL BUILDING CORPORATI : 194384-037 Creation : 8/8/1963 Inactive: 1/1/1970

8/8/1963 NAVPAC Corporate Record is Lost But the Indiana Secretary of State has a notation of the creation . Creation : 08/08/1963 Merged into North American Van Lines 12/31/1970 headed by Frank H. Kryder's cousin-in-law, K.W. Maxfield.

8/8/1963 Estate of Minnie V. Kryder appraised by Melvin Azar 00000?

4/1/1966 TENNESSEE GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY Entity No. 235217 Filing Date 04/01/1966 1635 MARKET ST PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania USA 19103 County Philadelphia 04/01/1966 President JACK L THOMPSON Secretary KARL A STEWART Treasurer WILLIAM G FERKO Vice-President VIRGINIA L KEARNS

5/6/1966 (FL) LINCOLN AMERICAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY.11815 N. PENNSYLVANIA P.O. BOX 1911 CARMEL IN 46032-4572 Document Number: 819559 FEI 620594777 Filed 05/06/1966 State TN WITHDRAWAL 04/20/2000 Officer/Director HILBERT, STEPHEN C. 11815 N. PENNSYLVANIA STREET CARMEL IN

5/20/1966 NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES INC Legal Name: TRANSTAR SERVICES, INC.: c/o W.E. Pitts, Esq. 115 Franklin Road, Suite #144, BRENTWOOD, TN 37027 : 194488-069 : Created 05/10/1966: Inactive 12/28/1994

10/28/1966 CONTINENTAL CHURCH BUILDERS, INC. Control No.: H853004 Creation Date: 10/28/1966 Dissolve Date: 1/9/1992 Jurisdiction: TX Principal Office Address: 2811 COLUMBINE PL NASHVILLE TN 37204-3103 Agent : C T CORPORATION SYSTEM Office Address: 1201 PEACHTREE ST NE ATLANTA GA 30361 Agent County: FULTON

1968 TRANSTAR SERVICES, INC. Number: C0559344 Filed: 12/19/1968 Status: surrender Jurisdiction: DELAWARE Address 1102 SEVENTEENTH AVE S #1300 NASHVILLE, TN 37212 Agent C T CORPORATION SYSTEM 818 WEST SEVENTH STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90017

1/13/1969 Incorporation of Fort Wayne National Corporation, "founded 1982" when The Kryder Company, Inc. expired.

NIC 1969-01-17 FIRST TENNESSEE NATIONAL CORPORATION located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other. (First Horizon)

in Allen County, IN, Colonial Bank assigned its mortgages to First Horizon ; Interwest assigned its mortgages to First Horizon

(Note: First Horizon and Deepwater Horizon)

(Was in Magnavox/Fort Wayne Pool) OLIN MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORPORATION Document Number 822781 Filed 05/14/1969 State TN WITHDRAWAL 05/06/1970 277 PARK AVENUE, SIXTH FLOOR NEW YORK NY

MERGED 01/20/1970 LIGHT AND POWER UTILITIES CORPORATION OF FLORIDA 1000 N. ROME TAMPA FL Number 266800 Filed 02/04/1963 Officer/Director REITER, MURRAY MEMPHIS TN PD COHEN, MAURICE MIAMI FL VD BERNSTEIN, EUGENE MEMPHIS TN SD GREER, MARGARET MEMPHIS TN

6/4/1970 (FL) TENNESSEE CORPORATION ("Fort Wayne Bank Building, Inc.") 110 WEST 7TH STREET TULSA OK 74102 824629 Filed 06/04/1970 State DE WITHDRAWAL 10/15/1984 Officer/Director BOCKELKEN, H.E. 110 WEST 7TH STREET TULSA OK PD FRICK, LINDA 110 WEST 7TH STREET TULSA OK D SMITH, R C ASST 110 W 7TH ST TULSA, OK 00000 T FRICK, LINDA 110 WEST 7TH STREET TULSA OK S ROBINSON, H.M. 110 WEST 7TH STREET TULSA OK VD

NIC 1970-12-31 FIRST TENNESSEE NATIONAL CORPORATION changed from Domestic Entity Other to Bank Holding Company. (First Horizon) 2000

10/26/1971 LINCOLN NATIONAL MIDSOUTH CORPORATION Control No.: H856542 Creation Date: 10/26/1971 Jurisdiction: TN Principal Office Address: PO BOX 1110 FORT WAYNE IN 46801-1110 Officers Title: CEO Name: HAYNES, ROBERT D. P Address: 1300 S. CLINTON ST. FORT WAYNE IN 46801 : CFO Name: ROESLER MAX A Address: 1300 S. CLINTON ST. FT. WAYNE IN Title: Secretary Name: HAAS, RICHARD A. Address: 1300 S CLINTON ST FORT WAYNE IN

1972-05-15 TENNESSEE VALLEY BANCORP, INC. located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Bank Holding Company. (aka later Commerce Union)

1972-05-15 COMMERCE UNION CREDIT CORPORATION located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Finance Company.

Other Names 8/1/1972 TENNESSEE NATIONAL MORTGAGE COMPANY (1951 Boatmens)

1972 FORT WAYNE MORTGAGE CO. Number: C0671030 Filed: 12/18/1972 Status: surrender Jurisdiction: MICHIGAN Address 301 S PERIMETER PARK DRIVE STE 210 NASHVILLE, TN 37211 Agent ** RESIGNED ON 08/02/1989

1973 MAY SECURITIES CORPORATION 4925 GREENVILLE AVE. - SUITE 1000 DALLAS TX 75206 Filed 05/30/1973 State TN WITHDRAWAL 05/12/1976

9/10/1973 TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE COMPANY : PO BOX 2511 , HOUSTON, TX 77252 : Status: Active Creation Date: 9/10/1973: Original Creation State: DE Other Names 9/10/1973 PERFECTION AUTOMOTIVE (Assumed / Elkhart County) 2/8/1988 TENNECO INC (Former)

NIC 1974-06-07 KIMBROUGH-KAVANAUGH INCORPORATED located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other. (aka Commerce Union)

2/20/1975 FPC launched investigation into gas hoarding during the fuel shortage: "Pipeline firms ordered to submit data were Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., Consolidated Gas Supply Corp., Michigan-Wisconsin Pipe Line Co., Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, Sea Robin Pipeline Co.. Southern Natural Gas Co.. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., Texas Gas Transmission Corp., Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corp., Turnkline Gas Co. and United Gas Pipe Line Corp. The 58 natural gas producers cited included such major oil companies as Amerad-Hess, Amoco, Atlantic-Richfield, Chevron. Cities Service, Exxon, Getty, Gulf, Mobil. Phillips. Shell, Sun and Texaco."

2/20/1975 1900279928 WELLS FARGO PETROLEUM CORPORATION Agent: W C KILGORE 314 S MAIN ST WETUMKA, OK 74883 Effective Date: 2/20/1975

3/29/1976 created in Indiana FORT WAYNE MORTGAGE CO (owned by Union Investment Company): P O BOX 111089 , NASHVILLE, TN 37211 : Control Number: 197603-871 Creation Date: 3/29/1976 Inactive Date: 6/5/1989 : Original Creation State: MI

NIC 1977-01-01 FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF MEMPHIS, THE was renamed to FIRST TENNESSEE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMPHIS and moved to 165 MADISON MEMPHIS, TN. (became "First Horizon")

6/10/1977 (FL) CHURCH FINANCE PLAN OF AMERICA, INC.Document Number 838571 Filed 06/10/1977 State TN Status INACTIVE 01/26/1979 Address 4806 CHILDS DRIVE P.O. BOX 16874 MEMPHIS TN

1977 NAVCO INC: 600 PIONEER BK BLDG , CHATTANOOGA, TN : 197711-054 Creation : 11/2/1977 Inactive Date: 7/31/1989 Creation State: TN

4/14/1978 (IN) FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION : 3610 HACKS CROSS ROAD , MEMPHIS, TN 38125 : 197804-424 Active Creation: 4/14/1978 : Original Creation State: DE

NIC 1978-11-21 ADAMAR, INC. located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other. aka RAMADA; City of Evansville Casino AZTAR, also at Carruthersville MO

4/13/1979 (IN) MUNICIPAL SECURITIES INCORPORATED : 5350 POPLAR AV , MEMPHIS, TN : 197904-676 Creation : 4/23/1979 Inactive : 2/19/1999

6/8/1979 SCOTTISH INNS INC: 515 TWO MIKE PKY, GOODLETTSVILLE, TN : 197906-290 Creation: 6/8/1979 Inactive : 11/28/1988 : Original Creation State: TN

NIC 1979-11-30 Institution is closed. ADAMAR, INC. located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other. (RAMADA )

NIC 1979-12-31 OAK RIDGE GOVT EMPL FCU located at 112 ADMINISTRATION ROAD, OAK RIDGE, TN was established as a Federal Credit Union.

NIC 1979-12-31 MAGNAVOX EMPL CU located at GREENEVILLE, TN was established as a State Credit Union.

1980 (Seaboard World Airlines, Inc.) Foreign Profit THE FLYING TIGER LINE INC. 2005 CORPORATE AVE. MEMPHIS TN 38132 Document Number 847083 Filed 09/30/1980 State DE

"From 1981 through 1992, Mr. Rymer was Executive Vice President of First American National Bank of Tennessee." = Regions Bank #12368

(First National=Old National and Fort Wayne National) FIRST NATIONAL SAFE DEPOSIT, INC. (FOREIGN PROFIT) Officers PO BOX 1314 CHATTANOOGA, TN 37401 J2507 84 05/26/1982 TENNESSEE Registered Agent C.T. CORPORATION SYSTEM 1201 PEACHTREE ST NE ATLANTA, GA 30361

1982 NORTH AMERICAN ROYALTIES, INC. 200 E 8TH ST CHATTANOOGA, TN 374022201 Incorporation [09/14/1982] Forfeiture [11/15/1996]

5/10/1983 MORGAN, KEEGAN & COMPANY, INC. (FOREIGN PROFIT) Officers FIFTY FRONT STREET MEMPHIS, TN 38103 J350707 ACTIVE/ 05/10/1983 Inactive 04/11/2003 TENNESSEE C.T. CORPORATION SYSTEM 1201 PEACHTREE ST NE ATLANTA, GA 30361 FULTON

NIC 1983-06-15 MAGNAVOX EMPL CU was renamed to NAP EMPL CU.("North American Properties")

NIC 1984-07-19 COMMERCE UNION LEASING CORPORATION located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

HERMITAGE HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Charter Number: O00002307 Creation Date: 5/29/1985 State of Business.: TN See Deloitte, Hermitage, below

NIC 1985-06-13 NAP EMPL CU was renamed to CONSUMER CREDIT UNION and moved to 400 ELKS STREET GREENEVILLE, TN.

7/22/1985 TENNESSEE GAS MARKETING COMPANY : P O BOX 2511, HOUSTON, TX 77252 : 198507-645 Creation : 7/22/1985 Inactive : 10/24/1997

12/27/1985 GUARANTY TRUST COMPANY: 316 ROBERT ROSE DR, MURFREESBORO, TN 37129: 2006122200235 Status: Active Creation : 12/21/2006 Inactive : Original Creation Date: 12/27/1985 Original Creation State: TN

NIC 1986-01-22 OAK RIDGE GOVT EMPL FCU was renamed to OAK RIDGE GOVT FCU.

9/25/1986 North American Trust Company, Inc. State Of Inc: Tennessee : 09/25/1986 Withdrawn.: 05/27/1999

9/14/1987 MID STATES COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY : THE KRYSTAL BLDG 600 , CHATTANOOGA, TN Creation : 9/14/1987 Inactive: 10/31/1988 : Original Creation State: DE

11/25/1987 TENNESSEE SOUTHERN RAILROAD COMPANY, INC. 0197243 : ACTIVE Date of Formation/Qualification: 11/25/1987

6/2/1988 (has name changed to ReMAX) XAMER, INC. ) Officers 1 BURTON HILLS BLVD STE 220 NASHVILLE, TN 37215 Control # J812169 06/02/1988 TENNESSEE Registered Agent Agent Address Agent County MCPHERSON, HOWARD E. S-205,4360 CHAMBLEE-DUNWOODY R ATLANTA, GA 30341 FULTON CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MCPHERSON, HOWARD E. S-205, 4360 CHAMBLEE-DUNWOODY ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30341 CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER HILL, THOMAS HENRY S-150, 750 OLD HICKORY BLVD. BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE 37027 SECRETARY KESTNER, MICHAEL S. S-220, ONE BURTON HILLS BLVD. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37215

8/31/1988 (FL) AMERICAN RACING EQUIPMENT, INC.19067 S REYES AVE RANCHO DOMINGUEZ CA 90221 C CRESCENT CENTRE DRIVE SUITE 600 FRANKLIN TN 37067 US Filed 08/31/1988 State DE Status ACTIVE Agent CT CORPORATION SYSTEM 1200 S. PINE ISLAND ROAD PLANTATION FL 33324Officer/Director Title HANGE, R C 73 BRIDGEPORT ROAD NEWPORT COAST CA 92657 P JENNINGS, K P 19067 S. REYES AVE RANCHO DOMINGUEZ CA 90221 VP WALKER, M J 6044 MANOR PLACE BRENTWOOD TN 37027 TS WEBER, LARRY J 801 CRESCENT CENTRE DR., STE. 600 FRANKLIN TN 37067 AS AAA CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. Old Name: CASTLELORD 5, INC.

NIC 1988-12-19 AMERISTAR INSURANCE COMPANY located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other. (Note Transtar, Navistar,Star Bank, Order of the Silver Star ad infinitum)

5/7/1990 AMERICAN FARM MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC. : 200 HIGH RISE DRIVE, SUITE 100 , LOUISVILLE, KY 40213 : 1990050475 Active Creation : 5/7/1990 : Original Creation: 6/8/1989 Original Creation State: TN

7/25/1990 Prior Name: FLEMING GUARDIAN INSURANCE AGENCY OF TENNESSEE, INC. ( 7/25/1990) Prior Name: HYDE INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. ( 1/23/1990) T: Not Active (Voluntary action) : 820 GESSNER, STE. 150, HOUSTON, TX 77024 : 8001 CENTERVIEW PARKWAY, STE. 202, MEMPHIS, TN 38108 Est. in Louisiana: 8550 UNITED PLAZA BLVD., BATON ROUGE, LA 70809 Qualified: 04/30/1973

NIC 1991-01-01 SEVENTEENTH COMMERCE PROPERTIES CORPORATION located at NORFOLK, VA was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

NIC 1991-01-01 COMMERCE UNION CREDIT CORPORATION was acquired by SOVRAN BANK/TENNESSEE.

(Rymer)"He was also Executive Vice President of Boatmen's Bank of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1992 through 1997."

NIC 1992-01-01 SOVRAN BANK/TENNESSEE was renamed to NATIONSBANK OF TENNESSEE and moved to 1 NATIONSBANK PLAZA NASHVILLE, TN. (aka Commerce Union Bank acquired Liberty Bank (21481) in Brentwood, Tennessee, now Bank of America 3510)

(NIC 1992-01-02 GERMAN AMERICAN CAPITAL CORPORATION moved to 31 WEST 52ND STREET NEW YORK, NY.)

4/22/1992 FLEMING FOODS OF TENNESSEE, INC. TN File Date 4/22/1992 6301 WATERFORD BLVD. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73118

2/26/1993 SOLEUS HEALTHCARE SERVICES OF CENTRAL INDIANA, INC. : 2714 UNION AVE EXTD , MEMPHIS, TN 38112 : Control Number: 1993030014 Status: Active Creation Date: 2/26/1993

NIC 1993-05-27 Institution is closed. AMERISTAR INSURANCE COMPANY located at NASHVILLE, TN

NIC 1993-06-14 OAK RIDGE GOVT FCU was renamed to OAK RIDGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

NIC 1995-11-09 COMMERCE TRADING CORPORATION was renamed to TENNESSEE NATIONALEASE CORPORATION and moved to CHARLOTTE, NC.

4/15/1996 KEYSTONE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES TN, INC. 500 WILSON PIKE CIRCLE STE 115, BRENTWOOD, TN : Control Number: 1996040831 Status: Active Entity Creation Date: 4/15/1996 : Original Creation Date: 9/12/1986 Original Creation State: TN Other Names 10/19/2001 FENDERS & MORE, INC.

NIC1998-10-22 FIRST HORIZON MONEY CENTER located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Finance Company.

NIC 1998-11-01 (Magnavox/North American) CONSUMER CREDIT UNION moved to 311 CCU BOULEVARD GREENEVILLE, TN

NIC 1998-11-13 NATIONSBANK OF TENNESSEE, N.A. was renamed to NASHVILLE MAIN BR and moved to 414 UNION ST NASHVILLE, TN and became a branch of BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

NIC 2000-06-30 (First Tennessee) FIRST HORIZON INSURANCE SERVICES INC located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

11/15/2000 DELOITTE SERVICES LP : 4022 SELLS DR, HERMITAGE, TN 37076 Control Number: 2000122800489 Status: Active Creation Date: 1/1/2001 Entity Date to Expire: 9/9/2999 Original Creation Date: 11/15/2000

11/19/2000 AMERICAN INSURANCE SYSTEMS, LLC DBA: : TN Filing: 11/19/2001 Status: INACTIVE Standing: GOOD : WITHDRAW/DISSOLVE/CANCEL Defunct Date: 05/06/2002 Address: 810 CRESCENT CENTRE DRIVE # 320 FRANKLIN, TN 37067 Agent: C T CORPORATION SYSTEM County: LARAMIE Address: 1720 CAREY AVE. SUITE 200 CHEYENNE, WY 82001

"OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Assets: $9 billion Headquartered in Evansville more than 140 banking offices in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, Old National Bancorp hit the Big Board in February when it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. That followed a record year in 2001, with a 15 percent increase in per-share operating earnings and the integration of its three latest acquisitions: American National Bank in Muncie, Heritage Bank in Clarksville and Permanent Bank in Evansville."

8/28/2001 PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS, INC. 0413368: ACTIVE Date of Formation/Qualification: 08/28/2001 Place of Incorporation/Organization: FL : 3300 PUBLIX CORP Address Line 2: PARKWAY City: LAKELAND State: FL Zip: 338113311 Other than USA: Registered Agent: Name: C T CORPORATION SYSTEM Address Line 1: 800 S. GAY STREET Address Line 2: SUITE 2021 City: KNOXVILLE State: TN Zip: 379299710

NIC 2001-12-31 SYNAXIS GROUP, INC located at NASHVILLE, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other (becomes First Horizon) 2007

2002 PUBLIX TENNESSEE, LLC. 0429981 : ACTIVE Date of Formation/Qualification: 07/12/2002 : 3300 PUBLIX : CORPORATE PKWY City: LAKELAND State: FL Zip: 338113311 : C T CORPORATION SYSTEM Address Line 1: 800 S. GAY STREET : SUITE 2021 City: KNOXVILLE State: TN Zip: 379299710

7/11/2003 S & S RECOVERY, INC. DBA: Incorporation State: TN Initial Filing: 07/11/2003 Defunct : 01/26/2004 Mailing Address: 5739 STAGE RD., STE 105 MEMPHIS, TN 38134 Agent: C T CORPORATION SYSTEM County: LARAMIE Address: 1720 CAREY AVE. SUITE 200 CHEYENNE, WY 8200

"Covington pled guilty on September 5, 2003, to mail fraud and failing to file federal income tax return. According to the indictment, from June 1997 until at least January 1998, Covington devised a scheme to defraud persons who believed that they were investing their funds in a hotel project in downtown Nashville using his corporation, OCVOC Investment Holdings, Inc. Covington instead used these funds for his personal living expenses.

Covington contacted individuals and corporations to raise needed capital to obtain additional majority funding from other corporations, such as General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) and the Marriott International, Inc.

IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent Michael K. McElroy testified during Covington's plea hearing in September that Covington entered into a written agreement with Investment Holdings, Inc., a Tennessee subsidiary corporation headed by Anthony Cebrun, which was formed by Medical Care Management Company, Inc. Medical Care Management Company, Inc., was a Tennessee corporation formed by Cebrun to manage the business affairs of Access Health Systems, Inc., which provided medical care for TennCare recipients."

NIC 2004-04-20 FIRST TENNESSEE NATIONAL CORPORATION was renamed to FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL CORPORATION and moved to 165 MADISON AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN.

NIC 2004-06-10 FIRST HORIZON MINT DISTRIBUTION, INC. located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

9/27/2004 MAMMOTH COAL COMPANY TN 9/27/2004

1/10/2005 INVISIBLE EMPIRE INTERNATIONAL KEYSTONE KNIGHTS OF KU KLUX KLAN, INC. 0484870: ACTIVE : 01/10/2005 Place of Incorporation/Organization: TN Principal Office: Address Line 1: 65 CR 674 Address Line 2: City: WYNNE State: AR Zip: 72396

5/9/2005 SENIORTRUST OF FLORIDA, INC. 2714 ARCHER AVENUE MURFREESBORO, TN 37129 Incorporation [05/09/2005]

NIC 2006-03-28 FIRST HORIZON ABS TRUST 2006 - HE1 located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

NIC 2005-06-30 COMMERCE UNION MORTGAGE located at BRENTWOOD, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

NIC 2005-10-23 OAK RIDGE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION was renamed to TENNESSEE MEMBERS 1ST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

NIC 2006-11-21 FIRST HORIZON ABS TRUST 2006 - HE2 located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

6/22/2006 "Mr. Jon T. Rymer was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate as the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on June 22, 2006. He was sworn into office on July 5, 2006. Mr. Rymer is a member of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and has served as Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee since July 2008.

He was also Executive Vice President of Boatmen's Bank of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1992 through 1997.

As a banking executive, he held leadership roles in projects and activities ranging from running major business units to mergers and divestitures, systems conversions, and business and strategic planning. During his years with the accounting firm of KPMG LLP, he provided services to scores of banking clients on matters of process improvement, assurance processes, and internal auditing. His clients ranged from international banks to community banks, thrifts, and credit unions. This experience fostered an understanding of banking operations and an appreciation for the concerns of bankers and customers alike.

Mr. Rymer has served for 28 years in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army. His awards include the meritorious service medal with oak leaf cluster and the humanitarian service medal. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in June 1981. He also was awarded a Master of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in August 1996. Mr. Rymer is also a Certified Internal Auditor and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Inspector General School. "

expired 12/08/2006 : 10/11/1918 Jefferson, Alabama, Tennessee & Northern Railroad : 10/11/1918

NIC 2007-06-28 FIRST HORIZON ABS TRUST 2007 - HE1 located at MEMPHIS, TN was established as a Domestic Entity Other.

NIC 2008-06-30 Institution is closed. COMMERCE UNION MORTGAGE located at BRENTWOOD, TN

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Joe1 8 years 24 weeks ago
#18

Imagine this.

Where will it end? Well, possible when the country is incorporated and the CEO’s run the country. At that time the Congressmen and Democrates will no longer be need by there masters, they will find themselves in the same predict as the rest of us.

Such as the Tea Party who are deceived into deciding against there own interest, so are the representative who are deciding and legislating to their demise.

If one thinks it can not happen. Today’s CEO’s fire employees because they are no longer needed, and to improve the bottom line. When the representative have given all that is requared by them, they will no longer be needed.

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#19

LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD

At one time the tree we now know as the dogwood attained the size of a forest oak. Its wood was hard and firm, a favored timber of the cross. Jesus in His hour of death paused to make a compassionate promise.

“Because of your regret and pity for my suffering, I say unto you that never again shall your species grow stalwart enough to be fashioned into a cross. Henceforth, you shall be slender and bent and twisted. And your blossoms shall be in the manner of the cross – two long petals and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with blood.”

“And the heart of the flower shall be a S crown of thorns and all who see it shall give thought that it was on this manner of tree that I was crucified. And it shall come to pass that this tree will not be mutilated. Neither shall it be destroyed in wanton waste, but cherished in my name to mark my death upon the Cross of Calvary.”

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#20

I believe that most people who make comments on Thom’s blog will admit that they have learned much from listening to his radio show. We know that Thom is intelligent and in his early school years he was placed in a gifted program. Gifted students can learn more quickly than average students. Thom was able to learn quickly. He is a progressive person and he believes that America has a future. I am twelve years older than Thom and no way close to his gifted intelligence. Age does have some value. I must disagree with Thom and say that the United States of Mortal Sin does not have a future.

Even Einstein is no way near as intelligent as Satan’s disciples, the conservative crazies, the GOP, the Republicans, the Libertarians, the Tea Baggers, the Lobbyists, the rich, and American corporations. These groups are brilliant.

You have only to see the Florida law and others states will model their state similar to Florida’s law. These crazy people will remain in control forever.

I am not a psychiatrist but I am only an average person who can offer an opinion. I would have to say that the United States of Mortal Sin, aka an Anti-Christ nation, is certifiably crazy where most Americans are psychotic. People may disagree with me but there can be no doubt that most Americans are sociopaths, the lunatic fringe. Believe it or not!!!

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#21

Thom, here is an article that may be of interest to you.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110501/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_john_paul_ii

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#22

Operant Conditioning

When we study Satan’s disciples in the United States of Mortal Sin, we will soon realize that these devils have been conditioning us to be cannibals. I have recently watched the movie, SOYLEN GREEN. With world wide food shortage as well as in our ANTI-CHRIST nation a blink of the eye away, Americans will have to be conditioned to eat ground human body processed meat. After each meal Americans will lick their chops and say, “Yum, Yum!”

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juddyak 8 years 24 weeks ago
#23

Gerald,

I agree that everyone should have the opportunity to vote and I am not a fan of having to provide all of this stuff as well, however what is your solution for ensuring only American citizens vote? I would assume that you are not an advocate of individuals who are not citizens to vote?

I live in Oregon and have enjoyed getting to vote by mail, it increases the odds that at least I will get my vote in the mail - not saying it addresses the point above.

Judd

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#24

@juddyak, thank you for your comments! I would like to see ACORN return to have citizens register to vote. Since I am over 60, I can vote by an absentee ballot. Voting by mail may require more scrutiny of qualified voters. I believe that the voting booths should open on a Tuesday of the scheduled date, such as 7:00 AM and the voting booths close at 11:00 PM on Wednesday. That would mean the polls would be open for forty hours. More voting machines in urban areas! A treasonous act for rigged electronic voting machines! Welcome more low income voters, the aged population to vote, and racial minorities to vote! Be a true democracy in our country before we preach, kill, and maim human populations in other countries about democracy! I am definitely for all AMERICANS to vote and all AMERICANS should be encouraged to vote by making all AMERICANS feel like they are AMERICANS!!!

I believe that American corporations and the American rich are not true Americans because spew too much hatred toward the poor and working classes in our country.

Judd, I hope that I have in some ways answered your concerns!

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#25

@Judd,

When we were visiting our son on the West Coast, we had a chance to see the movie, “I AM.” There were four words in the movie that I remember. These words were cooperation, sympathy, love, and connection. I believe that these four words should be part of every Americans’ vocabulary.

You may know or not know the name of Leo Buscaglia. He was a professor at USC in California. He taught a class on LOVE. He would also give talks at conferences, workshops, meetings, etc. After one talk a woman came up to Dr. Buscaglia and asked him if he had or could name any superheroes in his life. He said to the woman that he did not have any superheroes because whenever there is talk of superheroes, he pictures these heroes on a toilet and they become regular persons.

Common Humanity

A person made a comment about Leo Buscaglia who said that there were no super human beings. When a person is taking a crap, we can view him or her as common humanity and there are no super humans.

I said that maybe negotiations should take place in a communal bathroom where every negotiator is sitting on a toilet at the same time. These negotiations could center on justice and peace. People would meet as part of common humanity and everyone is the same and no egos to separate the people. Common humanity is necessary in discussing serious world issues.

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#26

Zeitgeist-Part 1 is located at this site:
http://stellarhousepublishing.com/videos.html

Why do they hate us? Why do we hate us? Here's one reason:
"...Bayer knew that this drug was infected with the AIDS virus they yanked it from the market in America and then they dumped it in markets overseas? - They had to figure out a way, Joe, to make a profit on a product that they could not sell in America So they made a huge profit. They dropped the product in Japan, Spain and France. By the way, Joe, government officials in France that allowed that, they'd actually had to go to prison for it. In America, not one corporate executive from this company has been indited or even permanently investigated by our Justice Department."--from: (see page 15 of the transcript)...this video/transcript mostly has to do with Economics and banking. They go into a little of what the banking system is and how it came about. How they create money out of thin air...etc.

http://vimeo.com/13029324
Here is a transcript of this lecture to go along with the video.
Transcript:
http://dotsub.com/view/cf0f91f3-8133-4982-ae43-2479e6253a2c/viewTranscri...

Incidentally, I was passing through a Home supplies store the other day and noticed that Bayer also is now selling "insecticide" for your gardens...I hope they don't get the insecticide formula mixed with the aspirin! But what the heck, if they do, they can probably just dump it on some other country.

Here's another very good video called Zeitgeist for anyone who hasn't already seen it....I watched it a few years ago...I also think I heard Thom mention having seen it himself recently. This particular version is in English but has Spanish subtitles:

http://vimeo.com/1506008?ab Zeitgeist in English with spanish subtitles.

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#27

Osama bin Laden is Dead!!! Just heard it on the news. Now maybe they can bring the troops home? Yeah, right!

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#28

@Palindromedary, going after bin Laden was a phony excuse to go to war and rape the natural resources from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. The United States of Mortal Sin is a war machine and a seller of weaponry to kill God's children. We are the EVIL empire!!!

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juddyak 8 years 24 weeks ago
#29

Gerald,

I think we look at this the same way, the more that vote the better. However, I would comment that it just dirties things up when we have to start redefining words for our own porposes. Not that I disagree with your comments about rich and corporations, but it is such a simple thing as to what an American is, and by saying rich should not vote just leaves the definition of who should vote up for discussion. Everyone should vote if we like their view or not.

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#30

@Judd, I worked with someone who said that I have a dry sense of humor. The rich will always vote.

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#31

Camilio Mejia

I would like to share with you some very powerful words from a person whom I consider a disciple of Jesus.

“I am only a regular person who got tired of being afraid to follow his own conscience. For far too long I allowed others to direct my actions even when I knew they were wrong. I cannot accept this award on behalf of those who have truly refused and resisted. There are far too many of them who deserve the honor more than I. I will, however, accept the award on behalf of those who are still quiet, those who are still afraid to speak their minds. Not too long ago I was one of them. Not too long ago I was ordered to be part of a war that I knew in my heart was immoral and criminal, a war of aggression. Many have called me a coward. Many have called me a hero. I believe I can be found somewhere in the middle. For those who have called me a hero I say that I don't believe in heroes but I believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. For those who have called me a coward, I say that they are wrong and that without knowing it they are also right. They are wrong when they think I left the war for fear of being killed. I admit that fear was there, but there was also the fear of killing innocent people, the fear of putting myself in the position where to survive means to kill. There was the fear of losing my soul in the process of saving my body, the fear of losing myself to my daughter, to the people who love me, to the man I used to be, the man I want to be. I did my job as a soldier. I commanded an infantry squad and we never failed to accomplish our mission, but they who called me a coward, without knowing it, are also right. I was a coward for not leaving the war, for having been a part of it in the first place. Refusing and resisting this war is my moral duty, a moral duty that called me to take a principled action, a moral duty that was clear and the accomplishment was urgent. I failed to fulfill my moral duty as a human being and instead I chose to fulfill my duty as a soldier all because I was afraid. I was terrified. I did not want to stand up to the government and the Army. I was terrified, afraid of punishment and humiliation. I went to war because at the moment I was a coward and for that I apologize. One of the reasons I did not refuse the war from the beginning is that I was afraid of losing my freedom. Today as I sit behind bars I realize there are many types of freedom and that in spite of my confinement I remain free in many important ways. I am confined to a prison but I feel today more than ever connected to all my brothers and sisters throughout the world."

dnarnadem 8 years 24 weeks ago
#32

"The Clinton surplus was followed by the Bush recession, a speculative euphoria, and then the collapse in which we now find ourselves. The reason is that running surpluses takes money out of the private economy (the nongovernment sector) because the government takes more money out of the economy through taxation than it adds to the economy through government spending."

This does not follow. Clinton Surplus. Bush and Co. reduce taxes for the Rich. Start 2 Wars, Allows a Mortgage Meltdown. We go into a Recession. We do a bailout to the tune of hundreds of Billions. The Debt increases anyway. And you say, following your logic, that we are still collecting too many taxes from the Rich, which is almost nil or none for the Mega-Corporations? That taking money out of the economy via taxes is bad and causes recessions?

ANY Government spending is money going BACK into the economy - unless this money goes to BIG corporations who then take that money and spend it overseas to increase THEIR profits!

Taxing the Corporations and the Super Rich is GOOD for the economy, because that money can then help pay the debt which we owe and pay interest on, so that we can then use a bit of it to help the American people collectively and which benefits the MANY instead of the very few already super rich!

Sorry, your theory DOES NOT COMPUTE!

dnarnadem 8 years 24 weeks ago
#33

In the first quarter of this year the Oil Mega Multi-Nationals Corporations have made record Profits - $$$26-40 Billion!!

And we are paying $4-5.00+ gas at the gas pump! Everything made with oil - UP! Everything shipped with Oil - UP!

Don't you get the feeling that these Mega-Corporations are waving a BIG Middle Finger at the American People, taunting us? That they are laughing their collective criminal minds at the American People and basically stating to every American - We are more powerful than any Nation or Government! Basically screaming at The American people - Stop Us If You Can or dare!

Well we can and we eventually will!

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#34

@Gerald:
"going after bin Laden was a phony excuse to go to war and rape the natural resources from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya"
Yup, I sure agree with you there! The cockroaches that have control over this country are a pestilence that greedily commit mass murder in order to get what they want. I listened to the news telling about how Osama bin Laden is dead but they also quickly said "oh, but there are still lots of Al Qaida that need to be taken care of". It wouldn't matter if all there were in Afghanistan were sheep herders, our propaganda ministers will still tell us lies to keep us there. Now the question is are the cockroaches cooking up another false flag operation (like 911) saying that our killing OBL will cause a blow-back attack from terrorists? The politics and financial situation in the US is so dire now that everyone is not buying into the stupid lies that are being told to them about the economy....printing more money and throwing it into the banking system and trying to create yet another bubble in Wall Street (the Dow is up kind of bull-sh!t) while many Americans don't have jobs and are worried about where their next meal is going to come from and where to find shelter....the cockroaches might use another false flag distraction. Where can we expect to see this happen next? New York again? Chicago, DC, San Francisco? I'm sure the cockroaches have already found their patsies and are getting them set up to take the fall like last time. Question is...will people be stupid again like last time and go on the war path against the nations set up to take the blame or will they catch on and see that they are being used as useful idiots for the wealthy cockroaches who are engineering the whole disgusting scenario?

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#35

I took another quick peek at the Boob Tube and I see that the cockroaches are plying their propagandist trade...warning that we might get an attack in retribution for OBL's death. They are building up the propaganda. They have, just like in similar manner in Arabic countries where the people demonstrate with the hands in the air when the cameras are turned on them, an idiotic staged flag waving display by a bunch of useful idiots who are falling for the same stupidity and showing their same ignorance of who their real enemies are. The tiny group behind the fence, waving their flags, are skillfully encompassed by the camera to make it look like there are a lot of them. I wonder if any of them had lost their jobs or their homes due to the criminalities and ponzi schemes of the ruling elite cockroaches that they are now helping. Do you think our government can get away with yet another false flag operation...another stand down of air force and other supposedly protective organizations? Who are they going to sucker as patsies this time? Will you fall for the same crap again?

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gerald 8 years 24 weeks ago
#36

@Palindromedary, war is a waste of human life and of money that can be better used for the common good. I like the term elite cockroaches.

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#37

Like General Smedley Butler said "War is a Racket" and the criminal "murder inc." corporations and weaselly, gutless politicians continue to gain wealth and power by killing people. They trash human rights and our constitution and besmirch our names while pretending we are a nation of honor and dignity. We are on the same path as NAZI Germany.

I can barely watch the news on TV without disgust in what I am hearing. They claim they killed OBL and they hide the evidence, yet again (hiding evidence...they're good at that) by saying they "gave OBL a traditional Muslim burial...at sea". Uh, duh, how dumb do they think we are? How gullible do they think the people are? There's a pattern here...they hastily shipped all of those steel beams from the WTC over seas to be melted down before anyone could investigate. That's destroying evidence of a crime scene. Looks like they are doing the same thing with OBL's body. So we are just supposed to believe these lying twits that they killed OBL? How do we know that OBL wasn't killed years ago? How do we know that OBL is not still alive...still a CIA asset? Can't believe anything the government or their network lapdogs tell us....it's all suspect...propaganda. They are getting us prepared for another false flag event to further imprison our minds and freedoms. The news media are really laying it on thick, aren't they? Really playing up the probably lies that OBL was the "mastermind" behind 911. The real masterminds are key powerful people in the US and probably Israel.

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#38

Now they are hauling out Colin Powell to tell us some more bull. Colin Powell lied to us once...didn't he? He lied, like a good soldier (puppet), for his master deceiver, Bush to get us into the wars and now he is being presented as someone we now should believe? Yeah, right. How gullible are the American people after all of the exposures of lying about WMDs and mushroom clouds?

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Palindromedary 8 years 24 weeks ago
#39

This all smells like a political ploy....I hope no one falls for it.

dnarnadem 8 years 24 weeks ago
#40

"The tiny group behind the fence, waving their flags, are skillfully encompassed by the camera to make it look like there are a lot of them"

That would be a STATIONARY Camera looking at Lafayette Park! Man, where is your Critical thinking when it counts?

And the Flag wavers - COLLEGE students, all who would of been 10-12 years old when the Trade towers were Bombed! They remember the horror. By the way, did you lose anyone on those planes, in the towers, fireman, and rescuers?

Patriotism is dead in America for the few moronic individuals who think that Freedom is a given. People have died, are dying and will forever die for what you now enjoy, FREEDOM! There really are bad people out there who really do want to kill you and do you harm. The quicker you realize that the faster you will come to realize that freedom is not free!

I, to this day, still honor my fellow 50,000+ dead Vietnam veterans who died fighting in Vietnam. There may have been 101 bad reasons why America fought that war, but those dead heroes were there fighting for America. That goes for all the other wars we fought. I will not let simpletons and conspiracy theorists like you and some others on this blog defame and besmirch their names and memories! Go live in Pakistan if you hate America so much! I’m sure they’ll welcome you with open arms!

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