published Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Mayor Andy Berke sets ambitious goals for government

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    Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is proposing a major overhaul of city government, eliminating four departments and creating three new ones.
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Mayor Andy Berke calls his re-organization of the city's governmental departments a "bold" departure from past years, and to some extent that is true. If it actually is bold, however, it's not because he has just abolished four departments and created three others, or that he plans to use a corporate-style structure to winnow the number of people who will report to him.

Rather, it's bold because he has now established two departments that, by their title and definition, will require his administration to be responsible and accountable for some socioeconomic goals that no previous mayor has had the courage to seriously undertake, or even talk much about.

These two units are the Department of Economic and Community Development, and the Department of Youth and Family Development. These departmental labels and functions will cover some of former duties of the now abolished Parks and Recreation Department. But they apparently will have much larger goals and responsibilities, particularly in poorer urban neighborhoods where student achievement levels are low, where poverty, crime and gangs flourish, where innocent residents live in fear, and where good job opportunities have been limited historically by bus routes, skills and a bleak environment of deadened aspirations.

Berke has talked a good deal about his agenda for steering help to impoverished neighborhoods, families and at-risk youth from an early pre-kindergarten age through high school. So it's fair to assume that he intends for the city, with at least some help from parents and community leaders, to establish learning, reading and mentoring programs that would help kids at various ages before they start school, or when school days end.

He hasn't, however, gotten to the point of delivering specifics about how to engage city government in these areas, the specific programs he intends to promote, and how he will coordinate any of these with the school system and city resources. Similarly, he hasn't described how he intends to blend the city's broad economic development and job recruiting activities, which are chiefly handled by the Chamber of Commerce, with increased job opportunities for young men from poorer neighborhoods and with educational gaps.

Regardless, Berke is on the spot to produce a vigorous and multi-faceted effort that mirrors his promise for helping youth, families and neighborhoods that haven't been doing well on their own. And he eventually will be judged on the outcome.

Financing for any new initiatives probably will not be sought from the new City Council. Berke hasn't broached the idea of seeking new revenue, and with seven of the new council's nine members new to the job, the council isn't likely to consider a tax increase either. Growth in the city's tax base from new buildings and businesses in the improving economy may provide some financial flex, but the budget still will be tight.

Berke's vision and direction will be tested in other areas, as well. He has taken the transportation segment out of the Department of Public Works, apparently with the smart intention of making the city's approach to transportation more comprehensive and holistic. Under the new transportation department, street repair and road planning budgets will reflect the broader concerns of public transit, alternative transportation (i.e., bicycle and pedestrian routes) and neighborhood needs, as well as commercial and job growth and existing congestion.

One area that hasn't been publicly addressed so far is growth planning for downtown and in the suburban sections of Hixson and Brainerd. Since the Littlefield administration eliminated the former Urban Design Center, downtown growth hasn't been wisely shepherded. One-story franchises have been allowed on building sites that should have been held for multi-story, multi-purpose, architecturally compatible buildings that would build on the revitalized downtown's image, and generate far-higher tax revenue over time. Similarly, no attention for street-scape and aesthetic improvements have been given to the commercial strips of Brainerd Road, Hixson Pike and Highway 153.

City leaders should realize the cost of neglected building standards downtown and in core suburban areas, and the considerable future economic benefits of nurturing and preserving scenic beauty in our built environment. If Mayor Berke is willing to tackles bigger goals, he will put our built environment on his bold list as well.

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aae1049 said...

huh? "Growth in the city's tax base from new buildings and businesses in the improving economy may provide some financial flex."

The city's sales and property tax "base" is flat from pre and post windfall of corporate welfare programs from the working poor and middle class. The "new" don't pay property taxes, only for the school portion. So, What are you talking about?

Growth for municipalities is measured in sales tax and revenue, please show us the growth in revenue.

Property tax revenue for the city grew from two major factors 1) Annexation, 2) a 19 percent property tax increase in 2010.

April 23, 2013 at 6:41 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Call him Mayor Bowater because he's so foggy, with an agenda behind the outer fog?

"Family development" ought to mean encouraging to parents to be married before they become parents, to get good advice before they get married and avoid getting into a canoe half a mile above Niagara Falls, and to work out difficulties and stay married afterwards. I see the hate-filed monogaphobe bigots in D.C. set some tax line at $400,000 for single people and $450,000 instead of $800,000 for married people. Maybe the city attorney and the ACLU could sue to stop this discrimination against the monogamous lifestyle, which is no doubt genetic, and thus improve society.

April 23, 2013 at 6:54 a.m.
rumrunr said...

Andrew, Andrew, Andrew... But, you do make me laugh.

April 23, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.
jesse said...

It's starting to look like Mayor Andy is a student of the "if you can't dazzle them w/brilliance ,baffle them w/ B.S." school of politics!

Also known as "b-b stackers" and "smoke blowers"!!

April 23, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

I agree with jesse. Andy Berke is an empty suit. Frail. Timid. His big and bold plan is to rename departments and move around some people. Baffling.

Don't blame me, I voted for Other.

April 23, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.
timbo said...

Berke is an embarrassment...but not for me..I live in the county.

The North Chatt government.

April 23, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

"Slick move," is what I thought. This restructuring is all about playing on the names of things. On one hand, he'll tell local Republicans he got rid of their most hated departments and people. On the other hand, he'll tell local Democrats he expanded and improved services. Meanwhile, the cynic in me says that what will happen is that important sections of the City government will fall into disrepair.

Starting new organizations requires leadership, vision and motivation. While a newly elected official might have those characteristics, career public service employees often do not. Instead of being fired up about new change, it's likely that someone who has been in City government for years has probably seen these types of swift re-vamps from every newly elected administration. They will hunker down to survive the chaos. This means that initiative will not get exercised. The immediate reaction is that employees will need to be policed and regulated. Internal friction will be created.

The too-sudden arrival of dramatic change is a novice leadership mistake. We'll see what the Mayor has done after the changes are in place and fully operational for about two years. Meanwhile, the perception of employees, inside the City government itself, will be a key indicator of the likelihood of success.

Having vision is not enough. The leader has to lead. If no one follows, then catastrophic failure will be the result.

These actions are not likely to inspire following. Fear is not enough. Fear of political firings is common among government employees near election time. Aggravating that fear will not inspire genuine initiative. Instead, it will provoke defensive and selfish reactions. Those will be corrosive to unit cohesion and performance.

Years ago, a Captain once told me that government officials will always be expected to do more with less: fewer people, fewer resources, less money, less time. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to recognize that somewhere along the way, organizations subject to those crushing pressures will come to a breaking point. We can't always do more and more with less and less.

It's the appearance of doing more with less that's the political charm. It's the effect of destroying departments that will crush loyalty among existing employees. It may be a bold step in the wrong direction.

April 24, 2013 at 8:29 a.m.
magenta said...

see the tea baggers are cranking up the hate machine before the ink dries.

April 24, 2013 at 8:42 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

There you right wing nuts go again. If the mayor or any other public official is not a republiecon you give them hell for no justified reason. All of you need to be rounded up and dumped off at the nearest looney bend (ie Moccasin Bend). This city and backward stuck in the past county needs bold new changes from the old white man mentality, it has to start somewhere. Instead of the negativity, #itching and nit picking, try and add something positive to the community (which I doubt you right wing nuts have the mentality to do) or shut the hell up so the rest of us can get on with makiing this a better place to live. Everybody is tired of your stupid old crabby lady mentality.

April 24, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Lightkeeper, your thoughts that the posters prior to you should just "shut the hell up" leads me to question if the left wing nut thinks only his or her opinion counts. Unpopular speech is not incorrect speech.

April 24, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Easy123 said...


That isn't what lightkeeper said. Lightkeeper said, "Add something positive or shut the hell up."

See the difference? This isn't the first time you've mischaracterized what others have said. You're deceitful like that. Or maybe you just have a reading comprehension problem. Either way, it serves to discredit you.

April 24, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Lightkeeper is a left wing nut, clearly telling other posters to "shut the hell up." Positive speech, meaning it must be acceptable to Lightkeeper. Unpopular speech that offends the left, is not incorrect speech. The above posters clearly do not share his views of the Mayor. So, he directs the other posters to "shut the hell up." Absurd and controlling actions on his or her part.

April 24, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"Lightkeeper is a left wing nut, clearly telling other posters to "shut the hell up."

You are obviously a liar that either has terrible reading comprehension or is purposefully deceitful. Which is it?

"Positive speech, meaning it must be acceptable to Lightkeeper."

That is a blatant lie. No where did Lightkeeper say that the positive speech must be acceptable to him/her.

"Unpopular speech that offends the left, is not incorrect speech."

It certainly can be.

"So, he directs the other posters to "shut the hell up."

Again, that isn't what lightkeeper said. Lightkeeper said, "Add something positive or shut the hell up."

The sentence is not a direct command.

You're a liar. Or your reading comprehension sucks. Or you're an ignoramus. I guess 'all of the above' is a possibility too.

"Absurd and controlling actions on his or her part."

You're a habitual liar and/or a fool. Your psychosis has been duly noted, crazy lady.

April 24, 2013 at 11:48 p.m.
lightkeeper said...
<p>@Timbo..To say what the mayor of Chattanooga does doesn't affect you because you live in the county is the dumbest statement ever made, of course it does. You must be a real hillbilly to come up with something that stupid. This is a METRO AREA AND A METRO COUNTY,ie METRO CHATTANOOGA wheather you want to accept it or not,its a fact. That type of mentality is the very reason Chattanooga and Hamilton county is at least thirty years behind other METRO AREAS, its an embarrassment. Chattanooga's coming for you Timbo..we're horny.

April 25, 2013 at 4:46 a.m.
jjmez said...

Easy123, glad to see you figured this one out. The term deceitful is much too generous though. It goes much deeper and sinister than that.

April 25, 2013 at 9:10 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Lightkeeper, did in fact write that the other posters could "go to hell."

Many conservatives have posted that they do not post on TFP because of the personal attacks continually made by Easy off his meds. I don't deem this as Easy's blog.

Conservatives should post here with an expectation of not being directed to "go to hell."

The same Left Wing Nuts write derogatory comments against Christianity intended to offend conservatives to the maximum extent possible. Ya can't both ways left nuts, telling conservatives to "go to hell," and be anti Christian. I mean for these left wing nuts, hell would not exist,right? So directing people to "go to hell," would be a privilege you Christian haters lost. :-)

In the future, refrain from telling conservatives to "go to hell" because you disagree with their views. It is just rude.

April 25, 2013 at 9:54 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

"where good job opportunities have been limited historically by bus routes, skills and a bleak environment of deadened aspirations."

Same old ****

April 25, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

Thank you Easy, and yes jjmez, Easy's term deceitful is much too generous, and yes it does seem to go much deeper than that, my point exactly. As I stated in my earlier post, any public official who is not a Repub-lie-con, the right wing hate machine's RPM's is pushed to its full throttle. Any public official that hints at helping those less fortunate to help themselves or growth or progress as the new mayor has suggested, and the negativity begins. When everyone progresses the entire country benefits, or is there some deep seated evil in some conservatives that prevents them from that realization. That to me suggest that the right wingers are racists bigots that don't want to see those different from themselves succeed and could care less due to this evil about anyone unless it fits their deceitful old white man conservative agenda. Just listen to congress, take from the poor and give to the rich while claiming to be Christians. Jesus nor the bible condones that type of behavior, but satan does! Yes very sinister indeed.

April 25, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Lightkeeper, I am sure the other 8 posters, did not appreciate you telling telling them to "go to hell," for simply having their conservative belief system. See that it is the issue, with the left wing nuts, you think only your opinion matters.

April 25, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

@ aae1049... I never once told anybody to go to hell.You show where I said that. I was taught to never use that term, you sir, like Easy said are a lier, your reading comprehension sucks and the truth pushed you over the edge (which happens quite often with right wingers), or you truly are an ignoramus. Thats why no one pays attention to Repub-LIE-cons.

April 25, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
lightkeeper said...
<p>@aae1049..And the problem with a lot of you right wingers is, you can't read nor comprehend, nit pick, or accept the sinister reality you create, lie about it when its pointed out to you and blow things out of proportion. You need glasses, a pair of hearing aids and a good dose of Prozac. So get over it

April 25, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

"Less fortunate", so anyone achieving was fortunate, or lucky?

April 25, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.
lightkeeper said...

@ LaughingBoy...If thats all you got out of reading my post, you just proved my point. Now thats laughable

April 25, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

I read it. The problem is when helping someone help themselves turns into decades long "assistance." The young, elderly, mentally or physically disabled, should get help. Others, often, have wasted their opportunities.

Do you understand many in bad predicaments were not "less fortunate?"

April 25, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
lightkeeper said...
<p>@LaughingBoy..Lets agree to disagree. I agree with you that some people do wast opportunities, not all. There's people from wall street to main street that waste opportunities, thats no excuse for the conservative attitude, its deeper than that when it comes to some republicans.They are racists and can't stand the fact that a little of their tax dollars may be helping any man woman or child that really needs the help because that person might happen to be black, hispanic ect. Don't play dumb. Do YOU understand that many in bad predicaments "are" less fortunate because of the way they grew up, (Jim Crow laws) with absolutely nothing. We'll not go around the nit pick bush on this subject. Whenever the truth is pointed out to you, the nit picking begins to change the meaning and subject of an opinion

April 25, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"The young, elderly, mentally or physically disabled, should get help."

Over 90% of the people on welfare, food stamps, etc. fall into those categories.

"Do you understand many in bad predicaments were not "less fortunate?"

The vast majority were simply "less fortunate" and became poor, disabled, sick, old, etc. through no fault of their own.

April 25, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Easy how many poor are high school dropouts, compared to lower/mid/upper middle class?

April 25, 2013 at 1:46 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Here are some figures, not from Fox news but from PBS's Frontline:

"How costly is the decision to drop out of high school? Consider a few figures about life without a diploma: $20,241

The average dropout can expect to earn an annual income of $20,241, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF). That’s a full $10,386 less than the typical high school graduate, and $36,424 less than someone with a bachelor’s degree. 12

Of course, simply finding a job is also much more of a challenge for dropouts. While the national unemployment rate stood at 8.1 percent in August, joblessness among those without a high school degree measured 12 percent. Among college graduates, it was 4.1 percent. 30.8

The challenges hardly end there, particularly among young dropouts. Among those between the ages of 18 and 24, dropouts were more than twice as likely as college graduates to live in poverty according to the Department of Education. Dropouts experienced a poverty rate of 30.8 percent, while those with at least a bachelor’s degree had a poverty rate of 13.5 percent. 63

Among dropouts between the ages of 16 and 24, incarceration rates were a whopping 63 times higher than among college graduates, according to a study (PDF) by researchers at Northeastern University. To be sure, there is no direct link between prison and the decision to leave high school early. Rather, the data is further evidence that dropouts are exposed to many of the same socioeconomic forces that are often gateways to crime. $292,000

The same study (PDF) found that as a result — when compared to the typical high school graduate — a dropout will end up costing taxpayers an average of $292,000 over a lifetime due to the price tag associated with incarceration and other factors such as how much less they pay in taxes."

Who forces older teens to drop out of high school? Regardless of upbringing they're old enough to make the right decisions, or not, on their own.

April 25, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...


"Who forces older teens to drop out of high school? Regardless of upbringing they're old enough to make the right decisions, or not, on their own."

The vast majority of high school drop outs do not drop out for no reason. Many work or have other responsibilities. Others get caught up in gangs. Poverty is a viciously cycle. Most of these people could make "right" decisions there whole life and still be poor.

What "wrong" decisions did disabled people make? How about children? Elderly?

April 25, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.
Lr103 said...

The TRUE Christians I've known would have never done to others nor said the nasty things about others many of these hypocrits and imposters on this board have said and done to others. One in particular who regularly have spewed nasty and hateful comments and committed atrocities against individuals they took a dislike to, then abuse the position of authority of their spouse as a cover.
Now, they're claiming the persecuted and attempting to switch gears, and change strategy when they're the ones who've been on the giving end of persecution, stalking and harassment.

April 25, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.
aae1049 said...

What is a "true" Christian I would be interested in hearing that definition.

Do true Christians enable corruption in local governments that reek of such matters? I mean would Christians just remain silent while gov staffers ran a private LLC's out of government offices. The truth should not scare you so much.

Are you suggesting, we the people, just shhh about theft of public resources.

What an assumption that any couple would have identical perspectives and missions, and would even need their spouse for their professional pursuits. Most women are professional in their own in their own right long before marriage. silly boy.

Are you a sexist?

April 25, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.
Lr103 said...

If some people weren't such a tragedy, they'd be funny. It's amazing how they attempt to twist words to their advantage. The things they've said and done to others went far beyond any concerns for corruption, and there was nothing professional about their hateful tactics. Those things said and done, some on other sites, have been well documented and perserved. Others took note of them. Real Christians were dismayed and shocked by the nastiness and hatefulness. Some things can't be deleted or erased.

April 25, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Little Chicago Watch has more supporters than detractors, and are very comfortable in our position that bids should be advertised for competitive pricing, and running private LLC's out of city offices is public corruption.

The tragedy is all your buddies were fired,so goodbye.

Real Christians think it is OK to steal from the taxpayers? absurd thinking.

April 25, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.
Lr103 said...

LOL!! Don't pretend naive. The other nasty, hateful stuff on those other sites.

April 25, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Our only website is, and our facebook page is ChattaLeaks. The watch group is awesome.

If you are referring to my open communication with other groups, tough. My personal dialogue does not exist to please a pack of ruthless and corrupt, backbitters. Unlike you, I never hide behind a user name. My name is always used up front.

Apparently, you like to follow my posts? Are you a stalker?

April 25, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Easy123 said...

You're a known liar, aae1049. The bad part about it is that people actually know who you are and, for some reason, you think that's a positive thing. Most people would refer to someone that does what you do as a, and I'll put this lightly, "lying female dog". Surely a "Christian" woman wouldn't do things that would lead others to refer to her so harshly!

The majority of your posts directed at others are filled with blatant lies and you twisting their words and taking them out of context. Like I've said before: you're either extremely deceitful, functionally illiterate, or an ignoramus. Those are your only options.

You aren't a piece of fecal matter. You are every piece of fecal matter from the beginning of time until the end. You are the sum total of all excrement personified. You are a loathsome, hollow- hearted mound of bile and puss masquerading as a human being. You are an emotionally tone-deaf, abominable travesty whose every post is as rotten as it is disingenuous. If there is one molecule of human decency in your entire body, I feel extreme pity for it.

Wasn't there a commandment about people like you? Something about "bearing false witness"? You're going to double Hell with gasoline panties, crazy lady.

April 25, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.
jesse said...

Wow easy! If you feel that way about someone you just disagree with what would you say to someone you REALLY disliked? Maybe you could benifit from seeing a shrink!!

April 26, 2013 at 4:43 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123 That is so childish referring to people as "facal matter." Like Jesee, I do believe you are mentally ill. You seem to be very disturbed by another that disagrees with you to a level you cannot cope.

Other conservatives have written they do not post here because of you. Well, I don't think we should stop posting because of your mental illness.

Unlike you, I chose not to hide behind a user name like the coward your really are. Yes, Easy123 I have a lot of friends, they know me, and yes it is a very positive thing.

April 26, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.
Lr103 said...

fecal or "facal" matter is pretty tamed compared to the derogatory, hateful terms this one has used to attack others on other forums, easy123. They weren't carried out in a personal manner or concerns for corruption either.

You'll have to watch your back too, easy123. I've been told from someone who has personal and insiders knowledge this one uses their honeys position as a high ranking member of CPD to go after individuals they've taken a dislike to. Going so far as to have info gathered about them and having them placed under surveillance. The present chief may want to watch his back, as this one might be aiming to have him replaced with theirs. Just the thought is frightening, for the next chief to have a seriously mentally unstable, manipulating spouse at their side.

April 26, 2013 at 8:06 a.m.
aae1049 said...

LR103. what a coward for posting this under a hide throw rocks at people under assumed names. stupid, my family is nearing retirement.

BTW I was the technical investigator for the civil enforcement for the state OGC for TDEC. Yes, the state of Tennessee trusted me to get the goods for civil litigation, Long before I married. I am a technical investigator by profession. That is what I meant that you are sexist, you assume, I would need help. That is wrong.

Your EAC people should of been fired, and yes this is work I happily contributed too. Local journalists knows that I do my own research. You are grossly sexist, my abilities don't require a man's help.

You only think you know. The watch group is successful is addressing public corruption from your friends, and we are just getting warmed up. Yes, we do have a licensed private investigator, but no po po.

LR103, thanks for your interest, follow us on ChattaLeaks, so you can defend corrupt public officials and appointees, we just won't be joining ya on those pursuits.

April 26, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.
hixsondave said...

Wow, you would think taking a couple of pills a day would be as Easy as 123. Guess not.

April 26, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.
Lr103 said...

See what I'm sayin', east123?

April 26, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.
aae1049 said...

I have no expectation of privacy, and make no apologies for the watch group activities, or that I married a po po late in life. If the watch group outing Be Magazine and those thieves in EAC bothers ya, tough.

If you think for one minute I relinquished my own education and career because I married someone, you are idiots. I was a single parent with a baby for 6 years alone, prior to marriage, Yep, I am real dependent on a man for my efforts.

You diminish me professionally because I married someone, Idiots.

Been fun, gotta go. :-)

This is my favorite Watch Group Piece on Littlefield group, Be Magizine LLC would be number 2.

April 26, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.
aae1049 said...

OMG sniffle sniffle, I married an emergency service worker when I was 40 and lost all my education and professional work experience, because I married. Oh, cry cry how will I overcome this?

:-) Easy123 LR103-Your go to in Defending Corrupt Public Officials 24/7

April 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Easy123 said...


I've dealt with this kind before. Keep exposing them. As you can see, it makes them squirm.

April 26, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy123, You have exposed nothing, stupid. I have listed my name, my husbands, our watch group...

BTW I do know who you are? We met on facebook and you were blocked.

Signed, April Eidson

April 26, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
Easy123 said...


See how upset they get? Just stay on them. Liars hate that.

April 26, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049 the liar,

"You have exposed nothing, stupid."

I have exposed your deceit and/or idiocy and/or severe lack of reading comprehension, stupid.

"BTW I do know who you are? We met on facebook and you were blocked."

LMFAO! You're delusional, crazy lady. I don't have a Facebook and you haven't the slightest clue who I am. See how easily I got you in a tizzy? I'm in your head now. But let me assure you, I'll continue to expose your deceit/idiocy whenever you start spewing it.

April 26, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
aae1049 said...

We cannot stop laughing, you and LR103, couple?

Have discussed who I am, my husband, our employment. Your turn, who are you little minions?

Let's see how long it takes me to find out. You know test my skills.

April 26, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Easy123 said...


"We cannot stop laughing, you and LR103, couple?"

That sentence is unintelligible.

"Your turn, who are you little minions?"

It's not my turn to do anything. I don't have any minions. I just know bullsh!t and lies when I see them.

"Let's see how long it takes me to find out. You know test my skills."

Don't hold your breath. Skills? LMFAO!

April 26, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Ok, I accept your challenge.

April 26, 2013 at noon
Easy123 said...


Good for you, crazy lady.

April 26, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
fairmon said...

It appears we don't have a parochial government but a totally dysfunctional government. In my opinion Obama is a pitiful leader that spends more time campaigning and blaming than managing the countries affairs effectively. His approach is a public media flogging of those disagreeing with him

Check out the increases in education and government. The number of students has doubled (2X) in 50 years while administrative positions increased 7X with poor student learning results. The government has a similar growth story. No telling what it would have been without the technology advances that has enabled businesses to flatten and reduce the administrative hierarchy while expanding the span of managers control and responsibility.

April 26, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
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