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April 20, 2012

Brainerd High principal offers wake-up call to Tea Party

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Brainerd High Principal Charles Joynes offered a stern wake-up call to a group of self-described "white guys" Thursday night when he spoke to the Chattanooga Tea Party.

"What if you had been born to a single mother in the Harriet Tubman projects?" he asked. "If it were not for the grace of God, that could be you."

After his speech in the Century Club Banquet Hall on Harrison Pike, the whole room gave the inner-city principal a standing ovation, and some men put wads of cash in Joynes' hands afterward. They told him to use it for the students at Brainerd, for the ones who didn't have a cap and gown to graduate, for the ones who can't afford the field trips or the sports equipment.

"I'm just a white guy," said Tony Rubik, a Bakewell resident. "I don't know a lot about the black community. But I'm going to find out now what I can do."

Read more: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/apr/20/principal-offers-wake-up-call-to-tea-party/

read this

April 11, 2012

Do you think that ZImmerman has already left the country?

His lawyers said they are dropping him because they can't get in contact with him, then this morning they said he is in hiding for his own safety. Has he already made a run for the border?

Boyce Watkins is beginning to think so - http://www.kulturekritic.com/2012/04/uncategorized/trayvons-parents-think-zimmerman-is-a-flight-risk-i-think-hes-already-running/

April 7, 2012


they are sitting the stage real good to lead up to the 16th-20th

March 30, 2012

to me I don't think it matters if Trayvon was beating up Zimmerman

I was going through this in my head.

I've read the "stand your ground" law and I think I understand the self-defence aspect.

Here's the thing, to me.

Zimmerman calls 911. He knows police are coming. He keeps following Trayvon.

Everybody agrees on that so far.

Then there are discrepancies in the stories.

Zimmerman's story is that Trayvon attacked him, broke his nose, beat his head on the sidewalk.

Then at some point Zimmerman pulls out a handgun.

What gets me, and this is just me personally, is why did he have to pull the trigger?

I don't really see that it matters who pushed who first or last, Zimmerman is the guy in charge.
I mean, he knows the police are coming. He has the pistol so he is in charge of the situation. He has the control.

Why doesn't he yell "freeze!" "Stop!" "Put your hands where I can see them!" "I Swear to God if you move I'm going to shoot you!" "Get the fuck down on the ground now! NOW!"

I have a hard time believing he couldn't subdue the guy.

I just have a hard time understanding that a bigger guy with a pistol can't control a 17-year-old long enough for the Police to get there.

And it isn't that the "stand your ground" law makes that OK. He has to reasonably be afraid for his life or serious bodily harm. How would he reasonably be afraid that the guy he is pointing a pistol at is going to kill him before the police get there? I mean really?

And that's the legal side - the moral/ethical side, I don't see shoot first. Man, if you are going to shoot somebody you try to avoid it first. I don't see how he couldn't have avoided that. I said the other night that there were a ton of ways he could have gotten out of that situation without killing the guy. Legally that might not be murder 1 or even 2, but morally it is just pitiful.

Didn't your Dad's tell you over and over - that if you pull that trigger it is a done deal there is no going back? Done, final, last resort. Don't do it unless you mean it.

I think it was cowardly.

I think Zimmerman should be on suicide watch - he's got a lot to live with.

Just my opinion and of course I don't know any more facts about it than anyone else.

March 8, 2012

See, he's an uppity black man

I followed the link to hannity show about the secret hidden tapes.

I watched about five minutes of it, and I couldn't bear with it anymore.

What a bunch of idiots. An idiot carnival.

They took a joke "I hid that during 2008 but I don't care if they see it now" and act like it is a grave admission of some horrible guilt.

The little geeky blog commenter guy says, and I'm paraphrasing "and this demonstration was not about diversity. It was about a professor going on a voluntary sabbatical in protest of a tenure decision. And that was about diversity, so that there would be more women and minority faculty. But this wasn't about diversity, it was about radicalism."

It was radical because "just months before, the professor had given a speech in Chicago where he said that the civil rights movement had been a sham because there was still racism." See, radical!

I mean, really, that's what the guy was saying.

The point they are making is "See, we told you! He really is an uppity black man!"

That's what the whole "radical agenda" is, uppity black folks having the nads to say that people (like these dumbasses) are racist.

See, there I go playing the race card.

February 15, 2012

Ridgeland High School art teacher wins ring, plans to sell it to buy classroom kiln

Chattanooga Times Free Press



"I don't have any need of a diamond ring, but I really desperately need a kiln for my classroom," said Couey, the school's visual arts instructor. "If the school had the money, they would pay for this. But they don't have the money.

The band raffled the engagement ring, which was donated by a widowed "band mom" who wishes to remain anonymous, to help raise the roughly $25,000 needed to buy new band uniforms.

The month-long raffle, timed so the ring could be sized for Valentine's Day, raised $9,160, Band Director Rick Chambers said.


my comment: National interest? I don't know. But of all the news I've read in a while this was the awesomest story.

Couey's ring has three solitaire diamonds and six accent diamonds set in 14-karat white gold. It's about a size 9. To make an offer, email her at erikacouey@walkerschools.org.


January 26, 2012

Anti-gay bill and Rep. Richard Floyd's remarks draw fire in Nashville

Chattanooga Times Free Press-


NASHVILLE — The father of a young gay college student, whose 1998 murder in Wyoming spurred national discussion about hate crimes, said today that Tennessee and several other states have “become a bully pulpit in more ways than one.”

Dennis Shepard, who son was killed in Wyoming due to, according to court testimony, his sexual orientation, said two pending bills dealing with gay issues “disturb me” and he urged state lawmakers to work instead “toward an all-inclusive law toward hate crimes.”

Shepard’s comments came at a news conference at Legislative Plaza where he spoke out specifically against a bill that seeks to create a religious exemption in the state’s anti-school bullying law and another measure known as the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The amended bill says teachers can only discuss “natural reproduction” with students in grades K-8.

On another front, Shepard was critical of recent remarks made by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, who has introduced legislation barring transgender persons from using public restrooms and store dressing rooms if they do not fit the gender listed on their original birth certificate.

My comment:
In Tennessee there is a bill being considered that would grant a "religious exemption" to the anti-bullying law, making it possible for students to bully gay students and say that it was their "religious belief" and therefore avoid prosecution under the law. Another bill would prevent teachers from discussing homosexual relationships.

There is a poll on the linked page relating to the story if you want to give a little DU love.

January 12, 2012

Transgender people must use birth-gender bathroom, says Chattanooga lawmakers’ bill

from the Chattanooga Times Free Press


NASHVILLE — A Chattanooga lawmaker says he makes no apologies for his bill that prohibits transgender people from using use public bathrooms and dressing rooms that don’t match the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, said today he introduced the bill after reading a news article about a Texas woman who said she was fired from Macy’s after blocking a male teen dressed as a woman from using a dressing room.

“It could happen here,” Floyd said. “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.”

Floyd’s bill, sponsored by Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, in the Senate, makes such acts a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine.


my comment: there is a poll on that page if you want to pass on a little DU love...

December 19, 2011

Katniss Everdeen vs. Lisbeth Salander

straight up fight to the death on neutral ground - who you got?

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