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Jesus Christ Ferguson

They are firing rubber bullets in to the neighborhood now into people's houses

that stream is dead. Other's here: http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-live-ferguson-residents-protest-michael-brown-shooting/

star wars clone wars

we've been watching the sixth season (well, the 13 episodes they made before Disney bought Lucas and pulled the plug). We just finished the arc with fives and order 66. I thought that was a great story line that really added to the overall story. So I'm glad for the extra episodes. But I wish that somehow they had occured before the Ahsoka Tanno series that ended season 5. I really wish that the last episode of season 5 had been the series finale, that these episodes from season 6 had occurred before, I get the impression that Filoni wasn't sure about a season 6 and wanted to make sure that Ahsoka was wrapped up in a way to avoid order 66.

help with server conundrum

This isn't a tipping question. Let me say I always tip well. And I'm a friendly person and joke with servers and have good interactions.

And this is probably just me and it is my problem.

But it creeps me out when the server puts their thumb in my plate. Like last night we took the kids to a casual chain restaurant. I got a salad, and it came in one of those casual chain restaurant salad bowl/plates, and the server is gripping it by the edge with his thumb just hanging in my salad.

It creeps me out.

Is it just me?

Is there not another way that they can carry those things? I think it is because they are carrying so many plates all lined up on their arms.

Could they just use a tray? Put the bowl with a plate underneath?

But the conundrum is this. How can I communicate that? I tipped the guy a little over 20%. I'd be aghast to say anything. Is there a way to communicate that its creepy to me and I wish they wouldn't do it without being a jerk? Without getting the poor guy in trouble? I know he's just doing his job and I appreciate that.

Is there a way to communicate that?

I need to crow

a lot of people won't get this. Maybe no one will.

I'm 45 and have bought a new car once before in my life. A ford. We had a hard time when the economy crashed and we've been trying to get back on our feet for the past six years.

We got to a point where our family is going to need a new vehicle. I've usually had used, and honestly that makes a lot of sense to me, but my wife and I were talking about a getting a new one for reliability rather than putting money in an old one.

So we were going to try and see what we could do.

Last Saturday we were planning on going to volkswagon and trying to get a passat.

Now, this is a big deal for us. My wife has had four saturns in a row. Right now she has a plastic sided made in Springhill vue. I've had three Fords, an oldsmobile and a pontiac.

We live in Chattanooga. But we lived in Michigan for the first eight years we were married and buying an American-American car was always important to us. We see it as a part of being American. I know that people have different attitudes about that and that is great, but it is our point of view. No worries.

So, we were pretty sure that the volkswagon plant here in Chattanooga was going UAW and we were going to get a "foreign" car that was made here in Chattanooga. For us that was a statement that it was it made here locally, and I've always only wanted American cars, but since they were going UAW we were going to do our best to get one to support them.

This vehicle will mostly be my car and my last four vehicles were trucks but I was talking myself into it.

Then last Friday night they voted it down. It was a surprise because they had always been leaning pro-UAW and VW wanted them to do it.

We didn't go to the VW dealership for the test drive last week.

We talked about it and decided we didn't want one.

Today we went to the ford dealership that sold us our last two used cars. To see what we could do.

They gave us a great freaking unbelievable deal on a new car.

They sold us the ultimate F-U republicans car that I can think of.

A ford C-Max. We bought a hybrid! A tree-hugging hybrid! We bought a new hybrid. That was built in DETROIT FREAKING MICHIGAN by UNION working AMERICANS.

For the same price a base Passat would have cost.

F-U TENNESSEE GOP!!!!!!! F-U and your "look what the unions did to Detroit" BS. That's me tooling along throwing you a bird.

State incentives for Volkswagen may depend on UAW vote, legislators say

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

A state senator said today that future financial incentives for expanding Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant may hinge on how workers vote this week on whether to accept the United Auto Workers.

Should workers vote for UAW representation, “I believe any additional incentives from the citizens of the state of Tennessee for expansion or otherwise will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee senate,” said State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga.

Also, state Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, urged VW workers to vote “no” on the UAW.

“The taxpapers of Tennessee reached out to Volkswagen and welcome them to our state and our community. We are glad they are here. But that is not a green light to help force a union into the workplace. That was not part of the deal,” the House majority leader said at a press conference.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/10/state-incentives-volkswagen-may-hinge-uaw-vote-leg/



The world freaks me out sometimes. VW wants the UAW to come in so the plant can have a works council like all other VW plants do. But the right wing is freaking out hard. I guess they forget that the GM (former Saturn) plant in Springhill is a UAW shop. They must be worried about their nissan buddies. I can't help but wonder what the Germans think about this.

VW officials defend company actions over Chattanooga election

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Volkswagen officials in Chattanooga today defended the company’s call for an election, saying the potential for setting up a works council labor board is a part of a proven business model.

“The Volkswagen Group is proud of its record of cooperation and co-determination between employees, management and the communities in which we live and work. Our works councils are key to our success and productivity,” said Frank Fischer, chief executive of VW’s Chattanooga operations, in a statement. “Our plant in Chattanooga has the opportunity to create a uniquely American works council, in which the company would be able to work cooperatively with our employees and ultimately their union representatives, if the employees decide they wish to be represented by a union.”

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But, some anti-union VW plant workers have complained they feel the company is colluding with the UAW to steer the election results in the union’s favor. They have said, for example, they’ve been denied the opportunity to address groups of workers at the plant, which the UAW has been able to do.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/08/vw-officials-defend-company-actions-over-chattanoo/



I've never heard someone complain that the corporation is conspiring with the union to try and force the union on them. Right wingers are so crazy. They are. They are just nuts.

A question about schools and holidays

I have a question that I would like to hear opinions on.

I think that generally it is a good idea to introduce children to other cultures and other beliefs.

So here is my question. Today is Dec. 6. Do you think it would be a good idea at a public school for Krampus to visit fourth grade classrooms?

It happened in my children's school today. I know it was with good intentions of teaching about folklore. The German teacher dressed as Krampus and came into a math classroom, slapped desks with a stick and gave a boy a lump of coal. And the folktale was explained that in Germany Santa Claus keeps the nice list, an Krampus keeps the naughty list and brings naughty kids coal, spanks them with a switch, and carries children off in a sack to eat them.

Some of the kids were pretty freaked out.

Was this OK?

I feel bothered by it, but I'd like to hear some other opinions that might talk me down.

Krampus:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

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Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore; however, its influence has spread far beyond German borders. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, northern Friuli, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December (the eve of Saint Nicholas day on many church calendars), and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.
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Man shoots, kills elderly man with Alzheimer’s at Walker County, Ga., home

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press


A 34-year-old Chattanooga man shot and killed a 72-year-old man who rang the doorbell around 4 a.m. today at a home in a new subdivision off North Marble Top Road in rural Walker County, Ga., Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

At a news conference this afternoon, Wilson identified the shooter at the house on Cottage Crest Court as Joe Hendrix of Ooltewah and the victim as Ronald Westbrook of Walker County.

Wilson said the victim, who had advanced Alzheimer’s disease, had been walking around for about four hours and almost three miles before the incident occurred. He said Westbrook was lost and rang the doorbell and turned the door handle at the home, where Hendrix was visiting his fiancee.

The woman, who was not identified, called a 911 dispatcher and was on the phone with that person when Hendrix took a 40-caliber handgun outside and confronted the victim in the yard behind the home, the sheriff said.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/nov/27/homeowner-allegedly-shoots-and-kills-prowler-outsi/



The man who was killed had his dog with him. He was shot three times. The dog wouldn't leave him for an hour while the police investigated and animal services finally took him away.

No charges have been filed.

Video of UTC student arrested near evangelist goes viral, sparks controversy

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Controversy has arisen over the arrest Thursday afternoon of a 24-year-old student near a female Christian evangelist who's reportedly been haranguing students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

A 3:58-minute video, apparently shot with a cell phone, titled "Police brutality on UTC campus," had close to 2,500 views on Youtube this morning.

UTC Police Sgt. Willie Trueitt arrested Cole Montalvo for disorderly conduct. According to Trueitt's incident report, Montalvo tried to get past a perimeter of cones set up around the evangelist.

"Due to some mishaps of the last visit from the evangelist, a perimeter was set up … to keep students from bothering or getting in the evangelist face/space," Trueitt wrote in the report.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/nov/15/utc-arrest-bicyclist-near-evangelist-sparks-contro/



The headline should have been "college student beat up by police after calmly telling crazy woman to stop screaming at people."

I don't know if you have seen this sort of thing on college campuses in other parts of the country. Basically crazy people come on campus and yell to students about what sinners they are. This is right in the middle of campus on the main cross road.

Here is the video clip that the "evangelist" herself put on youtube:

Study makes a case against paddling, finds link between corporal punishment, failure to graduat

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Kids who are paddled at school are more likely to be black, more likely to be poor and more likely to be boys. And that's why a UTC professor studying the issue says schools should rethink their policies on corporal punishment.

Poor and minority children already face an uphill educational battle, with lower overall academic achievement and lower graduation rates.

And Darrell Meece, an education professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, says paddling only makes things worse. His dive into data on corporal punishment found that kids who are paddled are three times more likely not to graduate high school.

"Children who are living in poverty, children who are in minority groups are less likely to graduate in the first place. We know that," he said. "Corporal punishment exacerbates that, it makes it even less likely that they graduate. These are vulnerable kids already."

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/nov/11/long-term-study-makes-a-case-against/



19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools. Many will argue that this is one "tool" among many that educators can use, and so they should have access to it. Others will argue that they were paddled and turned out "OK" (I was paddled as a child in school, but I also never sat in a car seat, never wore a bike helmet, and rode in the back of my Dad's pickup truck). My response is that if someone developed a "tool" that made building houses less expensive, but 20 years later half of the houses that were built with that tool had fallen down, we wouldn't want to use that tool. There would be many people who could say "my house was built with that tool and it is still standing fine." but I wouldn't want to build my house with it. My take is that today the children with the least social capital are the most likely to experience paddling in school. We know that these also are the children who are least likely to graduate. We can show them that school is a predictable, safe place for them to be, or we can show them that it is scary place where people will hit you to get you do what you want and you probably don't want to be here in the first place.
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