Seriously, Campfield Just Disqualified Himself from Public Service in the State of Tennessee

There are four cities in Tennessee that every resident of Tennessee should be able to locate on a map: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.  Tennessee is bordered on the south side by three states–Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, which everyone in Tennessee should also know.  Memphis, home of the DELTA BLUES, serves as the urban center for folks living in the Mississippi Delta, as well as folks in parts of Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky.

These are basic, basic geographical facts of our state.

I quote in full from today’s post by Campfield, because, if he has any dignity, he will soon take it down, hang his head in shame, and report to one of the elementary schools he’s so hellbent on regulating for remedial state geography.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Georgia willing to take Memphis

As I brought up jokingly in the past I sort of laughed at the thought trading part of Memphis to Georgia. It looks now like Georgia is seriously wanting to take one mile of Memphis to get some of the water rights.

posted by the rep @ 9:44 AM

America, I should not have to spell this out for you as well, but I will.  Look at the map over at Knoxnews.   The very map which Campfield must have looked at when he looked at that page to link to it.


See?  SEE?!  If it didn’t occur to him that it would be supremely stupid and weird for Georgia to want Memphis, which isn’t even anywhere near Georgia, which anyone who lives in this state and serves this state in a governing capacity should know, it says right on the map “Chattanooga.”


Campfield has broken me.  He wins.  I quit.  I have to go lie down.

23 thoughts on “Seriously, Campfield Just Disqualified Himself from Public Service in the State of Tennessee

  1. Well, it explains why we’ve failed to just go down there and shoot anyone who tries to take our water. We’re all busy marching to the other end of the state. Boy is Mississippi going to be surprised!

  2. You don’t think Campfield maybe just thinks that if you put Memphis and Atlanta together in the same state you’d have a pretty happening scene?

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  4. might i suggest you trek on over to “Teh Rep’s” page and, since he allows for a star-rating system for each post, give that one four stars.

    heck of a job, stacey

  5. I have a better idea; let’s give Memphis (and all the territory from there to the border) to Illinois, so all of Little Egypt can be in the same state. Let’s auction Campy off to the highest state bidder, though. There’s got to be some place that feels low on flakes in the legislature.

  6. It gets worse in his comments. When someone points out to him that Memphis is nowhere near Georgia, he pastes a clip of an article that clearly says something about MISSISSIPPI taking part of Memphis.

    I’m not sure what’s worse, what he did in the first place or the fact that he copied & pasted something that said jack about Georgia.

  7. Maybe his Tennessee geography is perfect, and he just thought that Georgia was the state to Tennesee’s southwest. Mississippi must be over by Utah somewhere.

  8. Maybe we should have a qualifying exam for state legislators – someone could propose it and call it “Stacey’s Law.” Lynnster’s right, I don’t think he even gets how he piled on his own error in his blog comments.

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  10. Good Lord what a jackass, glad I don’t live in his district. It’s bad enough we have to live in the same state. Maybe we could strike a deal with Georgia, if they take Stacey Campfield and we’ll give them some water.

  11. Heads up! He actually admitted (in the comments) his mistake and actually said the words “I stand corrected”.

    And changed the headline of the post to say “Mississippi willing to take Memphis” instead of Georgia.

    I guess I should cut him some slack for failing to edit the post itself – it still says Georgia instead of Mississippi.

    But he actually owned up to a mistake for a change. That’s something considering the source.

  12. From today’s AJC:

    Though the Tennessee line has been where it is since an erroneous survey of 1818, legal precedents indicate the U.S. Supreme Court would likely rule that the line should be moved to the 35th parallel, where Congress intended it to be, the document says.

    The memorandum argues that cases and legislative action going as far back as 1802 and as recently as 1990 form the legal bedrock for Georgia’s case.

    It also cites a Tennessee Valley Authority study from 2004 that says Georgia could draw 264 million gallons of water a day from the Tennessee and not hurt reservoir levels or downstream users.


  13. Actually, this has become even more interesting to me based on that. First, parts of this land appear to have been in dispute since before Treaty of Beufort, which established Georgia’s border with South Carolina (which, at the time, hypothetically stretched to the Pacific) because at time your northern border was based on a boundary neither Georgia nor South Carolina had actually surveyed and so your Northern border, until 1787 was far enough south that, had that border stood, Dalton would have been in Tennessee.

    And, in 1989, in Georgia v. South Carolina, the Supreme Court ruled that Georgia had ceded some territory to South Carolina that South Carolina erroneously thought was theirs, because Georgia had failed to notice South Carolina acting like it was theirs.

    Which, would also seem to be the case here.

    The second problem I see is that Alabama and Mississippi have also clearly established their northern boundaries based on the erroneous 1818 survey (a survey, by the way, that Georgia should have known would be erroneous because your own surveyor complained that, without accurate equipment, that would be the case). If Georgia can have a mile of Tennessee, and that becomes Tennessee’s southern border, then Alabama’s state constitution declares it’s northern border is Tennessee’s southern border.

    If our southern border should be a mile north, that affects at least Alabama, too (Mississippi, in typical Mississippi fashion no longer establishes its boundaries in its state constitution, so I don’t know if they’d bother to try to come north, too.

    But, I think the AJC’s right in that regard. This is more serious than just a little water spat with Georgia (but seriously, if you’re having water issues, maybe now’s the time to give up water rides at your theme parks), because of the implications with Alabama and Mississippi, too.

    It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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