published Friday, September 7th, 2012

Drew’s views

HEADLINE: District 7 City Council candidate, Chris Anderson, publicly says he’s gay.

THE RECAP: Anderson, the first openly gay candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history, is running against current City Councilman Manny Rico. Rico said Wednesday that he does not see Anderson’s sexuality as important to the race.

DREW’S VIEW: While many of Chris Anderson’s political beliefs are not in line with the free market, limited government tenets championed on this editorial page, his bravery is to be commended. Still, being the first openly gay political candidate in Chattanooga comes with responsibility, pressure and more than a few unknowns.

 Win or lose, Anderson will make it easier for other gay individuals to become politically active in Chattanooga and, for that, he is a pioneer who should be admired. Manny Rico also deserves praise for not committing the vulgar mistake of making Anderson’s sexuality an issue in the campaign.

Let’s hope that voters consider Anderson’s vision for Chattanooga, rather than his sexuality, when voting next March.

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HEADLINE: $1 million Powerball win in Chattanooga

THE RECAP: A $1 million winning Powerball ticket has been sold in Chattanooga, according to the Tennessee Lottery Corp. It is the 92th ticket sold in Tennessee worth $1 million or more since the lottery began in 2004.

DREW’S VIEW: It’s important to point out that playing the lottery is absurd. As the saying goes, the lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math.

 If there’s one benefit of lotteries, however, it’s that they allow the government to raise money from only the people who are willing to provide the revenue. That means that I’m not being forced to pay for some kid’s lottery-funded scholarship that allows him to take Women’s and Gender Studies classes at Austin Peay while spending most of his time playing Madden on his Xbox and figuring out how to make a bong out an iPad case and an old pizza box.

 Since the lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math, it’s little wonder that the people who win don’t understand how little they’ve actually won. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t turn down the money, but it’s just not nearly as much as it seems.

 The $1 million Powerball winner has an option of receiving their money in a lump sum amount or in an annuity of equal annual payments for 26 years. For $1 million, the lump sum payout comes to about $540,500 before taxes. Annual payments would be about $38,400 a year before taxes. But, since the tax man takes 35 percent of any lottery winnings over $600, the lump sum is actually closer to $351,000 and the annual payments are only $25,000.

 By collecting the $1 million Powerball prize, the winner can buy a nice house or retire a few years early, but that’s about it.

 Fortunately for the Chattanooga-area winner, Tennessee does not tax lottery winnings. New Jersey taxes lottery winnings at 10.8 percent and Maryland takes 9.25 percent of winnings. New York City residents lose 12.62 percent of their lottery winnings to state and local taxes. That means that the lump sum payment on a $1 million Powerball ticket would be less than $307,000 in New York City — or about the cost of purchasing a single parking space in a nice part of Manhattan.

 ”Drew’s views” is a roundup of Free Press opinions about Times Free Press stories from the previous week. Follow Drew on Twitter: @Drews_Views.

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daytonsdarwin said...

Great editorial, Mr. Johnson. I, too, applaud Chris Anderson for his courage. It would be great to see someone else in the seat that Manny Rico has held too long.

Rico has been attached to Littlefield's rump like a blood-sucking tick on a dog.

It's time Rico was replaced with someone who thinks as an independent, rather than the bobble-head, brain-dead, Littlefield yes man.

Congratulations, Mr. Anderson. You're fresh air chasing away the stagnant and polluted Manny Rico.

September 7, 2012 at 7:52 a.m.
conservative said...

Regarding Chris Anderson,

"his bravery is to be commended"

CORRECTION PLEASE,

His depravity is to be deplored:

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:22-32

September 7, 2012 at 9:19 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

When you talk about depraved, look at the Bible. A murderous, paranoid, schizophrenic, Middle Eastern tribal deity with violent mood swings. He slaughters innocent men, women, and children just to sooth his wrath. He encourages rape, slavery, death to non-belivers, ethnic cleansing, and bigotry.

And those are his good points.

A 2000 year-old book of fairy-tales that promotes a narrow-minded, power-hungry sect, full of idiotic creationism and anti-science. A book and god when followed literally produces mental midgets like "Conservative,Ken Orr and Branch Davidians, and depraved obsessives like Fred Phelps, Pat Robertson, and Mike Huckabee who claim Jehovah as their personal hit-man.

It produces claimants of god like G.W. Bush who talks to Jesus and declares war and right-wing neo-cons like John Hagee who pray for Israeli bombs to fall in Iran so Armageddon will begin. Then the magical Jesus will take those same neo-cons to an imaginary hereafter (with special seating next to Jim Jones, Hitler, and other mass murderers).

So preach, pray, and rant. Fortunately, your idiocy will drive thinking people out of the fold of Biblical literalism into the realm of humanism, science, and reason.

September 7, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.
DMartin said...

Conservative- I agree with the editor, Anderson's bravery is to be commended. He has to worry every day about people like you beating him over the head with the Bible.

September 7, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.
conservative said...

"Manny Rico also deserves praise for not committing the vulgar mistake of making Anderson’s sexuality an issue in the campaign."

Are you serious? Sexuality has always been an issue in any political campaign when it has surfaced in a candidates life. Many sitting candidates have been thrown out of office when their sexual affairs and sexuality have come to light.

This is an issue of morality and most here in Chattanooga will recognize that.

September 7, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

conservative sputtered: "This is an issue of morality and most here in Chattanooga will recognize that."

Most of Chattanooga will recognize your morality as bigotry, hate-filled religious nuttery, and homophobic self-loathing.

September 7, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.
conservative said...

"Anderson, the first openly gay candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history,"

better - Anderson, the first openly homosexual candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history,

even better - Anderson, the first openly sodomite candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history,"

best - "Anderson, the first openly sexually perverted candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history,"

September 7, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Keep going Conservative. You're getting votes for Anderson with every post.

There's nothing that says Rico needs to be defeated like a bigoted Rico defender. Are you on Rico's payola roll or just a freelance bigot on an eternal hunt to sniff out gays?

September 7, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"That means that I’m not being forced to pay for some kid’s lottery-funded scholarship that allows him to take Women’s and Gender Studies classes at Austin Peay while spending most of his time playing Madden on his Xbox and figuring out how to make a bong out an iPad case and an old pizza box." - editor

I'm pretty sure there are very few students choosing Women's and Gender Studies as a major. Imagine the number of students who will become doctors or teachers or engineers or scientists or business executives who are benefitting from those lottery scholarships. Just as some people game the system in welfare or food stamps or Medicaid, that is not an excuse to condemn or try to dismantle all social safety nets or tax dollars for education, or in this case, the lottery. The vast majority of recipients benefit greatly from such funding and there is much more good that comes from it than there is waste.

September 7, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
conservative said...

"Let’s hope that voters consider Anderson’s vision for Chattanooga, rather than his sexuality, when voting next March."

Well, you brought up his "sexuality" while omitting his vision. This could easily be construed as a subtle way to make his sexual perversion an issue and to get yourself off the hook for homophobic charges.

Very clever of you!

September 7, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Again, Conservative you think WWJD (Who Would Jesus Damn)? Isn't it great to be Chattanooga's Best Christian Homophobic Inquisitor?

But please, stop pestering the sheep and livestock.

September 7, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Anderson, the first openly sexually perverted candidate to run for elected office in Chattanooga history." - conservative

Con-man's thinking is about as twisted and "perverted" as it gets. I don't know which is worse - Preacher Orr's constant Bible babble or con-man's incessant regurgitation of mindless right wing hate speech. And then there is joneses. Those guys ought to form their own tag team - call themselves the holy rolling right wing whacked-out lib stompers. Only they never really do much lib stomping - they just think they do...in their twisted little perverted minds.

September 7, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.
conservative said...

"Anderson, the first openly gay candidate"

A subtle suggestive way to get others to use the same introduction thus making voters constantly aware of an immoral candidate.

Very good!

September 7, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Gross conny! Why are you so titillated with what gay OR straight people other than yourself do behind closed doors?

I can tell from your fervent interest in such things that you are probably a nasty, wild, perverted, freaky freak in the sack under those plastic sheets of yours.

But I'll refrain from trying to imagine any of your neked shenanigans as vividly or with as much lust and jealousy as you seem to enjoy imagining others.

What a nasty nasty boy you are, does the sky-daddy approve of those dirty slippery thoughts you can't seem to control??

September 7, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.
conservative said...

"Anderson, the first openly gay candidate"

Why are sodomites allowed to identify themselves with such a harmless term?

We don't allow other immoral people to use harmless identifiers to cover their immoral behavior.

For instance, we don't allow theives to call themselves "borrowers." And we don't allow murderers to call themselves "life coaches."

September 7, 2012 at 1:01 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Then instead of Conservative, we should call you Pathetic.

September 7, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
dao1980 said...

I'd call ol' conny King Perv for the strange things he's leaking across the forum today.

Though the "calling murderers life coaches" is pretty darn funny. I'll definitely be using that one in my stand-up routine this weekend.

Of course I'll give credit to conny by prefacing whatever joke I use it in with, "So I heard some porn addicted bible thumping creep talk about picturing naked folks doing private stuff, and then he said......"

September 7, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.
joneses said...

Who cares about Chris Anderson's sex life? Why is his sex life so important? Wierd

September 7, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

joneses said...

Who cares about Chris Anderson's sex life? Why is his sex life so important? Wierd (sic)

Bible-thumping, ignorant, bigoted, homophobes —like Conny.

September 7, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.
conservative said...

Will City Councilman Manny Rico often tell his supporters that Mr. Anderson's homosexuality is not the issue in the campaign thus ever reminding them of the same?

September 7, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.
dao1980 said...

I've never agreed with anything joneses has ever posted... until now.

Happy Fridee!

September 7, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.
joneses said...

Why would Chris think his sex life was so important that he had to announce it to the world? Weird.

September 7, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

joneses said... "Why would Chris think his sex life was so important that he had to announce it to the world? Weird."

To take the offensive against a whisper campaign by Rico.

In the 2004 mayoral race Littlefield's camp started the rumor that his opponent, Ann Coulter (not the neo-con blond human-twig on Fox News), was a lesbian. Though not true, the whisper campaign got Littlefield elected.

Anderson was politically smart in announcing that he's gay. While I'm sure Rico will use that in private meetings and behind doors as a tactic to discredit Anderson, if Rico publicly mentions it now Rico will only hurt himself.

Similar to the planned press conference next week when Rico will announce he's not the Pillsbury Dough-boy, though he does giggle and gush when Littlefield rubs his tummy.

September 7, 2012 at 7:26 p.m.

Conservative probably needs to learn about all the thieves and killers who do proclaim themselves heroes, or capitalists, or investment strategists.

September 8, 2012 at 1:36 a.m.
rolando said...

Immorality/depravity in one's personal life ALWAYS laps over into one's political/public life. Always.

For without morality, one has no base for social responsibility and other traits necessary for our leaders. Morality is essentially and ultimately based on a belief in a higher power of one sort or another...someone/something who/that is an ultimate arbiter of one's social worth. Unfettered publicly acclaimed immorality is amorality...

In short, do we really need another amoral political "leader"? They seem to abound in the Democrat Party...perhaps because it encourages them. Our President-for-now seems to have hired them exclusively to fill out his failed Administration.

September 8, 2012 at 3:55 a.m.
rolando said...

Keep on ignoring the dolts, conservative. They cannot stand to be ignored.

September 8, 2012 at 3:56 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

rolando wrote: "Morality is essentially and ultimately based on a belief in a higher power of one sort or another...someone/something who/that is an ultimate arbiter of one's social worth."

Spoken like a true Bible-thumper. I'm sure you need an imaginary Sky Daddy to rein in your immoral conduct, bigotry and ignorance, but it doesn't seem to be working. Pray harder!

September 8, 2012 at 7:52 a.m.
jesse said...

Screw a buncha so called "morality" what we NEED are some leaders with "ETHICS"!

If there is such an animal!!

September 8, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
jesse said...

Screw a buncha so called "morality" what we NEED are some leaders with "ETHICS"!

If there is such an animal!!

September 8, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Rolando and Conservative, The next time you leave Bible tracts in the men's bathroom at Big River Grill, could you print them on softer paper, or at least have a bulls-eye on them for target practice?

Might as well get some use out of them.Thanks.

September 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
jesse said...

Hey darwin? you are better than that! Why bother to bring yourself down to their level? The best answer to idjits is just ignore them!! Which on this forum leaves you w/almost no one to relate too!lol!

September 8, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

They make it too easy--but you are right. It's like squashing cockroaches in the corner of the kitchen and I'm wearing cowboy boots.

September 8, 2012 at 2:24 p.m.
aae1049 said...

I guess in terms of political strategy it is incumbent on Manny Rico to trump gay, with a claim of bisexual, or who is the most gay.

Yawn, I could care less about their sexuality. In fact, gross, I really don't want to know, or have an image of elected individual in such matters.

September 8, 2012 at 5:58 p.m.
rolando said...

Dayton said in reference to me, "...your immoral conduct, bigotry and ignorance..."

Now Dayton'sDolt has no idea who I am, whether I own a Bible [or a Torah or even a Koran], nor if I am a bigot, ignorant, or immoral.

However, we KNOW he has no morals to speak of; we know because he told us he is an athiest...and therefore has no valid foundation on which to base his morals and has a high probability of being a practicing homosexual.

As for "ETHICS", Jesse, there can BE no ethics without morals. Something besides "Me and mine and screw you". [The ethics-deprived Dimocrat motto].

September 9, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
richarddawkins said...

anderson deserves neither praise nor condemnation for being gay.

the gay community wants equal rights and treatment.

as a sraight guy im neither lauded nor persecuted for being straight.

September 9, 2012 at 12:58 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

rolando said...

Dayton said in reference to me, "...your immoral conduct, bigotry and ignorance..."

Now Dayton'sDolt has no idea who I am, whether I own a Bible [or a Torah or even a Koran], nor if I am a bigot, ignorant, or immoral.

Sure I do. Your bigotry and ignorance flows out of your mouth. I am an atheist. If you're an example of a fine Christian, you'll send more people to the ranks of skeptics, agnostics, and atheists that I could.

Keep up the good work, Rolando. Fred Phelps is proud of you!

September 9, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
jesse said...

Rolando's reply about morals as opposed to ethic's shows either stupidity or ignorance ,to be charitable i'm gonna go with stupid,no one could be that ignorant w/o being stupid too!

September 9, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
rolando said...

The was no "morals as opposed to ethic's" [sic] in my comment, jesse. "Morals as a basis of ethics", yes. The first leads into the latter.

September 9, 2012 at 4:10 p.m.
rolando said...

dayton -- As I implied, Progressive Democrats -- such as you, evidently -- are no judge of bigotry, immorality, or ignorance being too heavily infected to be competent [along with carrying a heavy dose of intolerance].

After all, your convention leaders had to overrule their obviously opposed delegation to even get the mere mention of God onto your platform. Two-thirds in favor of including Him, my backside. After the third voice vote against, he simply ignored them. [That ruling must have rankled, huh? ]

September 9, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

I am upset that neither the Republican or Democratic Conventions mention my personal savior, The Flying Spaghetti Monster (May You Be Touched by His Noodly Appendage) and Live in the House of His Holy Pasta forever. Amen.

September 9, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.
jesse said...

you are wrong roho! ethic's and morals are two diff. varmints! Morals are what you don't do because it's a sin!(actualy no such animal!) Ethic's are your life's guide posts! things you make a conscious decision to abide by out of a sense of self and who you are!!

September 9, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.
rolando said...

Oh. for Great Spaghetti Monster's sake, jesse.

Merriam-webster.com:

Definition of MORAL

1- a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical

b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior

c : conforming to a standard of right behavior

d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment

e : capable of right and wrong action

2 : probable though not proved : virtual

3 : perceptual or psychological rather than tangible or practical in nature or effect

Definition of ETHIC:

1 - plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

2- a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction

b plural but sing or plural in constr : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group

c : a guiding philosophy

d : a consciousness of moral importance

3- plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)

"Moral" implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong -- the basic moral values of a community. "Ethical" MAY suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity.

Simply put, the standards of MORAL behavior are set by a group or society; ETHICAL behavior in determined by the individual's morals and mores.

Obviously, ethics cannot exist without morals.

September 11, 2012 at 1:08 p.m.
Leaf said...

Ethics and morals can both exist without religion. And religion can exist without ethics and morals.

Rolando, why don't you read Plato's Republic? I think you would find it interesting.

September 12, 2012 at 10:17 a.m.
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