I just saw a "CNN Poll" that says at least 52% of the commenters on this site wouldn't believe any evidence that was on videotape that proved that Mike Brown was a thief and a bully and totally responsible for the actions that resulted in his death--or---a videotape that proved that Brown's step-father is totally responsible for the burnings of businesses in Ferguson, MO, when he said "Burn the Bi--h down! Burn the Moth-- F--ker down!"
Darren Wilson was a decorated police officer (he had received a commendation for his service) who had never fired his weapon before in the line of duty. Why don't some of you reverse racists get acquainted with some facts of the case? The tape of Mike Brown robbing the convenience store minutes before his encounter with Wilson is considered a "strong-armed robbery" because he shoved and intimidated the store clerk who tried to confront him. Dorian Johnson, Mike Brown's sidekick, was proved a liar during the Grand Jury testimony--the physical evidence discounted and proved that his story was false. The physical evidence--blood, shell casings--supported Officer Wilson's story. Brown was NOT shot in the back and the "kill shot" to the top of his head, along with the direction he was running, are consistent with Wilson's account that Brown was charging toward him. I hope this account of the "facts" doesn't disturb the people ranting on this forum.
There is not a liberal bone in my body--I identify more closely with the fiscal conservatism of the Tea Party--and I demand, as a taxpayer, that Catanzaro must go! He has become an embarrassment to the college and to Chattanooga. He is thinking with the wrong part of his body and is apparently too feeble-minded to understand what a laughingstock he has become. As for Haynes, she should be fired and deported. No community college anywhere needs to be paying someone like her six figures!
I have lived a very long time and been involved in Tennessee politics since I was a teenager. My father was a city councilman and the three-term mayor of the small West Tennessee city in which I spent my childhood. My father was a democrat--every successful politician in West and Middle Tennessee was a democrat in those days! When I started to college, I just knew I was a democrat, too! But in my first presidential election, Barry Goldwater was running against Richard Nixon and even my father had a problem with Goldwater's plans. Things have changed--a lot--in Tennessee and in the whole country! I voted for Richard Nixon that first time and, little by little, as I worked hard to get an education and start a teaching career, I found out that I was NOT a democrat. I resented the teachers' unions that used my money to support candidates I didn't agree with and I resented teaching in a classroom next door to a tenured teacher who was not fit to be there. A lot of us who were born democrat puppies, opened our eyes as time passed and we found out that we were republicans. Now, my elderly father, long retired to his farm, has Marsha Blackburn as his congresswoman and he loves her and agrees with her on everything. The country has become more polarized and divided in the past six years than I have ever seen it and I have been paying attention closely. Something has got to change! I just hope that we survive as one country--looking at the red and blue map on election night was very scary!
Bravo, Clint! Great editorial! I have feared for the last six years that my country was too far gone down the progressive path of liberalism to ever be recognizable again. The president can read the tea leaves about what he thinks all of the non-voters were turned off by all he wants--they gave up their right to have their opinion counted and he better start dealing with the reality of what the people who did vote want: Nothing to do with his policies that, yes, were on the ballot.
Clay Bennett is so partisan that he doesn't understand that the Dems put in even more money than the Republicans! He should be happy that he will have even more conservatives to lie about in his pitiful scratchings!
Mayor Berke seems to have the same problem as the head librarian who travels the world at taxpayer expense while destroying all of the books in the library and Jim Catanzaro who travels with what everyone is assuming is his mistress all over the world at taxpayer expense--all Democrats who believe that talking and making speeches is an excuse for not putting in the real work that their positions require--just like Barack Obama!
It is time for him to go. He is making a fool of himself and if he has any friends, they should talk to him about how he is now perceived in the community.
Catanzaro is making a joke of Chatt. State at a time when our two-year colleges are more important than ever. Everyone tiptoes around what they think is REALLY going on with the bimbo from Barbados. She needs to return to her native island and take Catanzaro with her!
As I recall, Dorothy Cooper DID vote---just like anyone else could who requests any help they may need.