Jan 7 2022
04:04 pm

On Jan. 6th, here is what our congressman chose to tweet:

Jan 6 Tim Tweet.png

Two matters of ethics:
1) ignoring this important anniversary
2) giving financial advice, considering his pre-pandemic stock dump. From the Tennesseean (May 26, 2020):
Burchett reported just one transaction – selling between $1,000 and $15,000 in stock of Denny’s, the breakfast restaurant, on Feb. 12.

Nov 7 2021
04:04 pm

Sent to lots of news organizations earlier today. Let's see who uses it tomorrow. --Mark Harmon

News Release For Release: Nov. 8, 2021, 12:01 a.m.
Mark Harmon for Congress Contact: Mark Harmon (phone numbers listed here)


Exactly one year from today voters will choose a new Congress. In our area that likely means voters will choose between Republican incumbent Tim Burchett and Democratic candidate Mark Harmon.

Today Harmon challenged Burchett to agree to a series of televised debates.

“The voters deserve at least two, preferably three or more, debates. We can have various topics and formats such as town halls, but the key is to trust the voters,” said Harmon. “Let’s see if Tim Burchett has the courage to accept this challenge, or instead will cower behind his party label and his mountain of corporate campaign cash.”

Harmon is a professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee, and a former Knox County Commissioner. Burchett previously has been in the state legislature and was a Knox County Mayor.

Burchett refused to debate his previous opponent, Renee Hoyos, in the last two congressional contests for Tennessee’s House District Two.


Jul 29 2021
03:09 pm

My opponent, Tim Burchett, is among 228 Republican legislators who have joined a "friend of the court" brief favoring Mississippi's case asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

My position on abortion rights is clear--trust women, and do not impose any level of government between women and their care givers and their choices. If this anti-woman effort is successful, it will not eliminate abortion. It will just eliminate safe and legal abortion, leaving that option only to the wealthy.

It is time for the pro-choice majority in Tennessee to rally to candidates like me--to defeat threats like Tim Burchett.

Both our US Senators, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, also have signed this brief rolling back women's rights--as have US House members Chuck Fleischmann, Mark Green, Diana Harshbarger, and John Rose.

Jul 8 2021
07:10 am
By: Mark Harmon

It appears my little start-up congressional campaign has freaked out Rep. Tim Burchett. He's fundraising from it. Here's part of what Burchett blurted.


It's all boilerplate nonsense. He even alludes to me getting support from Hollywood moguls. That isn't happening, but if you'd like to help, a check would be nice--Mark Harmon for Congress, PO Box 27185, Knoxville TN 37927

Feb 2 2021
04:13 pm
By: Mark Harmon

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, forecasting another six weeks of Republican obstruction on Capitol Hill.

Jan 13 2021
10:41 am

Our local congressional representative, Tim Burchett, issued the following about his vote last night regarding the 25th Amendment.

"Congress does not have the constitutional authority to invoke the 25th Amendment, and Vice President Pence said he will not do so."

Not exactly. Section 4 of the 25th Amendment reads, "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal offices of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office..."

Congress also plays a voting role if the President disputes the conclusion. Further, Congress is quite capable of passing a "sense of the House" resolution about what should happen. Thus, Burchett's statement is incomplete and misleading (and trying to cover his outrageous Trumpism, ignoring Trump's incitement of insurrection).

Dec 16 2020
02:05 pm

In Xanadu did Joe Biden
A statesman pleasure-dome decree:
Potomac, the sacred river, ran
Through Senates measureless to man
Down to a Chesapeake.
So, the Mitch domain’s infertile ground
With filibuster is girdled round;
Yet Rose Gardens are bright with generous plans,
Where blossomed many helpful hands;
And here were forests of Obama success,
Enfolding sunny spots of hopefulness.

Nov 27 2020
09:29 am
By: Mark Harmon

A reminder that today is the annual Buy Nothing Day, a protest against excess consumerism/materialism.

Oct 13 2020
01:50 pm

I think this explains things well.

Hoyos v. Burchett

Oct 9 2020
08:05 am
By: Mark Harmon

Congressman Tim Burchett was a "no show" for last night's League of Women Voters (plus other groups) online debate. Following the group's rules, Burchett's opponent, Democratic nominee Renee Hoyos, was given three minutes to speak and then asked to exit the forum.

The moderator and timekeeper then proceeded with the only other office on the agenda, State Senate District 6. Both candidates did show for that one.

Why is our local congressman ducking debates?

Oct 1 2020
10:37 am

Not only is Donald Trump bungling the national response to COVID, he also seems to be at odds with the Roman poet Ovid. Here are some relevant Ovid quotes/translations:

"Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts."

"Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves."

"If you want to be loved, be lovable."

"No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with all to keep it."

Sep 11 2020
11:34 am

Tiger Tiger, burning bright, 
In forking rivers of the night; 
What mortal call on 9-1-1, 
Could frame thy fearful location?

Aug 8 2020
10:17 am

Songs start with a familiar tune. In this case it's One Night in Bangkok. Then you start seeing how it should change.

Thigh-land, Oriental setting

And the Prez don't know that the Prez is saying

The creme de la creme of political worlds 

In a show with everything, and this loser
Time flies. Doesn't seem a minute

Since Yo Semite was how he stepped in it
(edit here)
One night in Thigh-land makes an orange man stumble

Not much D'Souza can try to save

One night in Thigh-land and the fake guys tumble

Can't be too careful with the words you say
I can feel covfefe walking next to me
Siam's gonna be the witness

To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
(edit here)
Get thai'd, he's a presidential tourist

Whose every move's is hardly purest

I get my kicks below the waistline, sunshine
(edit here)
One night in Bangkok makes fake tough guys grumble

Get the British Open for his company

I can feel corruption walking next to me.

Jun 29 2020
03:11 pm

Now you may be ready to gather friends for something more complex, perhaps finding a karaoke version of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

The lunatic in our White House

The lunatic in our White House
Remembering tweets he sneers and then he laughs

Got to keep his loonies on the path

The lunatics in the House

The lunatics in the Senate

Newspapers hold their folded faces to the floor

And every day their website brings us more


Jun 19 2020
01:15 pm

Here's an additional tune for our virtual Front Page Follies. It references a certain undeserving recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Old Man blather
That old man’s blather
He mus’ say sumpin’
But don’t know nuthin’
He jes’ keeps trollin’
He keeps pie-hollin’ along.


Jun 15 2020
07:44 am
By: Mark Harmon

In past summers around this time I’d be part of a team scripting and rehearsing for Front Page Follies, an East Tennessee gridiron show making fun of local, state, and national politicos all for the benefit of journalism scholarships. Follies has been gone for almost two years now, a victim of budget issues—and any revival has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless, humor remains an important coping method in crises. Thus, I’m sharing with all of you a satirical song variation, one can do at home or on Zoom with friends. Let’s start with this simple solo item you likely will recognize:


May 8 2020
07:46 am
By: Mark Harmon

Today is the first day to request absentee voting (that is, a mail-in ballot) for our election coming up August 6th. It is a federal and state primary and a county general election. Here is a link to the form for Knox County, Tennessee. I took it from the Knox County Election Commission website this very morning.


Notice anyone 60 and older (or meeting any of several other listed conditions) may apply to vote this way.

Applying to vote by mail for the Aug. 6 election may be done May 8 to July 30. I recommend doing so early. That way you can correct for any problems/oddities that pop up in the process.

For the November 3rd election, same process but the application period to vote absentee (by mail) is August 5 to October 27.

If you live in Tennessee outside Knox County, I found these links to the form and any questions from the State of Tennessee.


Cordially yours, Mark Harmon

Apr 30 2020
11:28 am

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston U. and GA Tech have created a COVID-19 Simulator. I just ran the numbers for TN. Keeping current intervention strategies for 16 weeks yields 372 deaths by Aug. 31. Going into lockdown reduces that number to 277, but going to 16 weeks of minimal restrictions yields approx. 27,000 Tennessee deaths. Let's keep that in mind when folks glibly talk about reduced restrictions.

Apr 27 2020
08:13 am

President Trump now wants to remove any honors for the Noble Gases. "Neon, too flashy," he tweeted. "Krypton is just a made-up Superman thing. No one wants radon hanging around."

Apr 18 2020
06:50 am
By: Mark Harmon

I think Trump is suffering from Premature Reactivation.

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