Gracious. This headline reminds me all over again why we cancelled the TimesFreePress. What nonsense.
Once again the 'nanny state' tries to make another grab at our freedoms...this time, it's internet freedom. The legislation pending -- cosponsored by our own Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander -- falls under the guise of preventing online piracy issues/copyright infringement/etc. Will it end up like the healthcare initiative....so lengthy, no one really READ it...so generically worded that the internet superhighway becomes another branch of the mainstream media?? Will we learn-- somewhere 'down the road of course-- of the DOJ being granted the right to censor at will, websites they disagree with?? What in the world are they thinking??? How about enforcing the laws already in place....do they really think this 'grab at greater control over the masses' will effectively stop those issues??? I've no doubt both our senators feel 'they know best'...funny, they don't have to abide by the same laws as those they put in place for us. I'm ashamed to say that we've supported and voted for both of them. I can assure you we will be cognizant of their past performance when it comes time to vote.
OWSKnoxville: 1) I apologize! Glad you're registered to vote!!
2) My family has 5 (YES FIVE) nurses in it and I KNOW they are without doubt, underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated.
3) Never said you weren't entitled to your rights to peaceably assembly or to free speech, did I?? Never claimed you had to earn them...what makes YOU think you're the only ones sick and tired of the way things are in this country?? We just disagree on the way to make the changes necessary.
4) ALSO never said you were a bunch of dirty hippies! HA! Hopefully you aren't like the ones we're seeing in NYC. Let me know, after this is over, what big change OWS has effected.
I still stand by what I said earlier...God help our country.
Can we all remember our reaction to 9/11?? We were attacked from the OUTSIDE, and we rose to the challenge. We came together as Americans, we suffered together, we shared, we prayed, we resolved to MAKE IT... check out this video clip of a boat lift many may be unaware took place. One of many examples of courage and resolve that we need now more than ever. http://www.shoebat.com/videos/boatlift.htm (you can google search 9/11 boat lift and find this video)
For the difference is, TODAY we are being attacked from WITHIN. The agenda of many in power today is to divide and conquer, and we’re playing along. Likely, a number of OWS protestors may be sincere in believing this as a way to highlight their struggle. But in reality, they are pawns in a far more dangerous game. Lenin, hero to Marxists/Fascists and Communists alike, made some remarkably astute observations regarding the breeding and manipulation of ‘useful idiots’ for his purposes:
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death.
Liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
One man with a gun can control 100 without one.
Fascism is capitalism in decay.
So I say to OWS, don’t fall into the trap of being used to destroy the fabric of a country that has allowed you the freedom to protest peaceably. Work within the framework of the law to precipitate change; register to vote. And then do it.
Many are understandably frustrated/exasperated at what's going on in our government today, but their angst should be focused at the source of the problem..WASHINGTON and the current administration. How sad that we have folks who think their camping out in downtown Chattanooga will really address any of these issues; their demands? how about ALLOWING them to live in Iraq or Iran or ANYWHERE in the Middle East for a few months; lets see how their protests are received. I have family members who have died in the defense of our freedoms, died so that idiots like this bunch can demand their 'rights' and feed this entitlement mentality. God help our country.
Some of you need to learn to read, CAREFULLY. This isn't a republican or democrat thing -- the two opposing it are republican legislators, but the governor has signed ON to it (also republican) and Gerald McCormick is fighting for us to honor the commitment we made when we initially agreed to the deal...he's also republican. Leaf and NorthChatter both made good points ...it'll be built here or somewhere else, so we might as well reap the benefits.
1) I'm thankful we live in a country where we can have differing opinions and debate issues, aren't you?
2) Caustic comments accomplish little. The opening line of the article was: "Thousands of women who get their birth control at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department soon may find themselves with little or no access to the services if county commissioners cut off funding." Hence the question. Thank you Dan, for the clarification.
3) I realize this is a world of soundbite expertise...but if you read my entire post, you'd see that I certainly believe we need the health clinic..and suggested that alternative approaches which are proven to WORK might be incorporated in the 'family planning'... a way to lessen the number of unplanned pregnancies, perhaps? A way to provide children for many couples wanting to adopt children perhaps? that's why my comment about strings tied to funding...Just a thought...not insisting that anyone agree. If that's already being done, maybe there's a way that would bring better results?
Clearly you care about the health of women in Chattanooga, as do I. Is the GOAL is to address the symptom rather than the cause? Regardless, we agree the clinic is needed.
We were among thousands without power for days, yet we became acutely aware of how blessed we really are. So many suffered unimaginable, horrific consequences from the storms...and throughout the ordeal, EPB crews performed heroically-- under the most extreme conditions! So when I read of complaints, I can't help but recall an event that happened years ago...
For 3 agonizing days, sometimes in total darkness, 9 PA coal miners huddled together to keep warm. One had drilled into an adjacent, abandoned mine, releasing more than 50 M gals of frigid water, and causing their portion of the mine to collapse. As water was filling the shaft, one called to warn a 2nd crew to get out. The men described craning their necks to keep their noses above the rising water. When the miner who had made that fateful drill hole had become separated from the rest, several risked their lives to search for him and return him to the group. A lunch pail with a sandwich and cans of soda floated by; They all shared in the bounty! Freezing temperatures and fear began taking its toll. . the group took turns placing the ‘coldest’ man in the center of the group, using their body heat to warm him up and then replacing him with another. They talked together, they sang together, they prayed. . .Together. And fearing the inevitable, they tied themselves together so that all their bodies would be found if they drowned. You see, they had decided early on that they were either going to live or die as a group. Rescue workers struggling to reach them gave them only a ‘1 in 10’ chance they’d make it out alive. Yet make it out they did! As I thought back to the disaster of this past week, I began to reflect on the importance of teamwork.. Sometimes it takes a crisis to bond a ‘team’ together into a ‘family’, doesn’t it?! And the way those miners responded made all the difference. NONE died of starvation. NONE died of a heart attack or hypothermia. None were separated from the group; all were reasonably healthy when rescued. Remember that 2nd crew? Had the call NOT been made, they would've all be dead. . they were in a lower part of the mine.
So where am I going with this? We're in big trouble, and I'm not speaking only of the tragedies we've just suffered. Economically, politically, socially, spiritually...the water’s rising; we're a nation on the brink of disaster.
Somehow we have to pull together, to stop the whining and focus on encouraging each other, to be willing to make the 'tough' choices just to get to the other side of the storm.
Perhaps I’m being overly dramatic.. Yet it occurs to me that, when we concentrate of the ‘good of the group’ rather than individual needs, and are free to focus on the ‘goal’ rather than the problems we encounter getting there. . . Success is an inevitable result.
Shouldn't we collectively give it a shot?
Bless you Commissioners McClure and Graham!
Yes, there is a difference between the 'morning after' pill and RU486, which actually terminates a pregnancy.. but what are we financially condoning here? Over 4000 local women last year came to the health dept -- for this alone, or for all women's services? The 'morning after' pill is not meant to be taken routinely...it's a large dose of oral contraceptive... plus it doesn't address the hazard of AIDS or STD's....but our wise and all knowing government, certainly the reason 'planned parenthood' still exists, has no business here.
It's difficult to make a reasonable judgement from a newspaper article alone, but I have a suggestion: why not make a visit to AAA Womens Services (Choices) on Vance Road and see what's working there? Surely others are horrified by the fact that over 50M babies have been aborted, not to mention to tragic toll each abortion takes on the mother. YES, we need to provide help to these ladies, and YES there is a better way that's working right here in Chattanooga. Are there 'strings attached' to this grant money that would prohibit implementation of an approach similar to that of a AAA/Choices program?
As for the previous comment about providing jobs...WHOA. Did you ever consider that programs like social security WORK because we have a base of population that is working to support the older population...and we've nearly eradicated that BASE via abortion? From a purely economic standpoint, this is suicide. How sad that jobs trump life.
I'm tired of being silent on this! What a JOY to hear that our commissioners are willing to take a moral stand. Perhaps there is hope after all.
AMEN Rolando! We are counting on the state of TN to 'protect' us from and unreasonable and intrusive federal government, and we need all the JOBS and ancillary benefits we can muster. MORE IMPORTANTLY, TN is one of the few 'states' that apparently will take a stand for old fashioned values; a deal is a deal, and for these two 'weaselly' legislators to attempt to void the deal at this juncture just tells me they need to find another profession. Perhaps in Illinois?? We'd certainly be willing to assist in their defeat when the time for their re-election comes up.
States that have Amazon fulfillment centers have reaped the benefits; I LOVE our Mom and Pop stores as well as the giants like WalMarts.... but this apparently met the criteria of 'non-retail' when the deal was made. We ALL need each other now just to survive the coming economic armageddon, and we expect our legislators to get some spine here.
Bravo Gerald McCormick!