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Sorority offered free drinks to members to vote in Tuscaloosa City Board of Education race



The email, sent to sorority members residing in District 4 from a ranking member of the chapter's executive board, encourages members to vote for Cason Kirby and Lee Garrison in exchange for incentives including free drinks at two local bars and limousine transportation to the polls.

Kirby challenged incumbent Kelly Horwitz for the District 4 seat and Garrison ran for board chair against Denise Hills. Both were elected by slim margins in Tuesday's election, though neither Horwitz nor Hills conceded the race by the end of the day.

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"They would really appreciate/need your vote to win this election. It's going to be really tight, and it is SO IMPORTANT that they get the Greek Vote. I told both of them that I would do my best to make sure that I got every Chi O that was registered to the polls. There is a big incentive for you going as well!!"
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Students have been more vocally involved in this year's school board campaign than in years past, with the College Democrats canvassing on behalf of Kelly Horwitz and several sororities and fraternities displaying Cason Kirby placards in their front lawns.

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Read more here:
http://blog.al.com/tuscaloosa/2013/08/sorority_offered_free_drinks_t.html#incart_2box

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The husband of one of the candidates is a UA law professor - this story from the Tuscaloosa News has the full text of his e-mail to the Faculty Senate concerning this:
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20130828/NEWS/130829765?tc=cr

look at this young man

we often think about how the younger generation will be more open and progressive, more diverse. We often think about how the internet and improved communication will allow the younger generation to have better understanding of others.

but we can't assume that they aren't going to get it all wrong.



From the page:
http://www.tradyouth.org/2013/08/stormfronts-smoky-mountain-summit/

I was greatly honored by getting to meet many of my heroes for the first time. Shaking the hand of Dr. David Duke and having him praise my activism was one of the proudest moments of my life. I was greatly humbled by being asked by Don Black to take the the podium at the conference. Getting to share the stage with the great minds of our movement was exciting and a huge honor. One of my personal inspirations, Mr. Sam Dickson (one of my absolute favorite and personally inspiring voice within the movement), had a phenomenal speech at the conference and I greatly enjoyed getting to pick his brain over the course of the weekend.

The torch is being passed to the next generation, myself included, and a great part of this weekend was seeing multiple generations of activists coming together and working together. The oft-lamented infighting within the White Nationalist community is subsiding. As the real activists stand together, the naysayers and provocateurs are increasingly ignored. The purpose of every speech was geared towards forging a path forward, not living in the past. The call for youth organization, a dedication to Tradition, and a move towards real world activism solidified for me personally that our movement is ready for a group like the Traditionalist Youth Network.

I am a proud Southerner and an active member of the League of the South and was able to rub elbows with secessionists from all over the nation. The rhetoric of “taking America back” is thankfully fading. As my ancestors decided 152 years ago, getting out of the Federal empire is the only solution to the survival of our culture and our race. The Enlightenment ideas of Jefferson and the deist Founders can only end in cultural, religious, and racial suicide.

White Advocates are coming to terms with throwing away the Masonic dishrag with fifty stars, and pledging allegiance to Tradition and a new future for our people. White Separatism, respectful of regional and cultural differences, is the only path forward. The Constitution is an anchor tied around the neck of Europeans on this continent, yet so many of us have been clinging to it as a life raft. The talk of Stormfront was not “should we secede” but “when, where, and how we should secede.”

After same-sex couple victory in Collegedale, church ousts gay detective's family

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Collegedale's decision to grant benefits to same-sex couples was a victory for Kat Cooper, a gay detective who championed the months-long effort that made the Chattanooga suburb the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of its government employees.

Cooper's mother, Linda, stood by her side throughout the process. She held tight to her daughter's hand at a July meeting over the issue. And the two embraced after the City Council's 4-1 vote on Aug. 5.

But those small acts of support translated into collateral damage that left Linda Cooper and other relatives separated from their church family of more than 60 years. And one local advocate for gay families says the church's stance was the most extreme he's heard of in years.

Leaders at Ridgedale Church of Christ met in private with Kat Cooper's mother, aunt and uncle on Sunday after the regular worship service. They were given an ultimatum: They could repent for their sins and ask forgiveness in front of the congregation. Or leave the church.



Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/21/repent-or-leave/



Not much more I can say - the church kicked out Cooper's mother, aunt and uncle because Cooper is gay and came out in public to fight for equal rights.

Hardy Elementary School embraces the power of prayer

A host from late breaking news suggested that I post this in this forum. I was a little relunctant to, because I didn't want to start a thread of just "prayer doesn't work" posts. I'm interested in the church and state issue - a church used to meet in this school building, and now they are visiting the building when it isn't school time to bless it. In the photo, the principal and assistant principal are participating. The story says that administrators, teachers, parents and students participate. So what do you think? Can a school host religious ceremonies as long as it is "after hours?" I wonder if by the principal's particiation if there isn't at least subtle pressure to participate for employees as well as families.

Source: chattanooga Times Free Press

Jackie Moore gripped the handle of a classroom door at Hardy Elementary School, bowed her head and asked God to make safe the children who study in that room and in rooms throughout the school. And to help them learn.

As Moore prayed, Principal Anetta Ferguson leaned her head on the door and cried.
"I want the children to have a great day every day regardless of what goes on outside," she said.

Moore, a member of Love Fellowship Baptist Church, and Ferguson were among more than nearly two dozen people who walked the hallways of Hardy Elementary School this week and prayed. The group included teachers, school administrators, church members, parents and students.



Read more: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/17/school-embraces-0010the-power-of-prayer/?local
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This happens only after school hours = do you think it is OK?

Hardy Elementary School embraces the power of prayer

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

ackie Moore gripped the handle of a classroom door at Hardy Elementary School, bowed her head and asked God to make safe the children who study in that room and in rooms throughout the school. And to help them learn.

As Moore prayed, Principal Anetta Ferguson leaned her head on the door and cried.
"I want the children to have a great day every day regardless of what goes on outside," she said.

Moore, a member of Love Fellowship Baptist Church, and Ferguson were among more than nearly two dozen people who walked the hallways of Hardy Elementary School this week and prayed. The group included teachers, school administrators, church members, parents and students.



Read more: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/17/school-embraces-0010the-power-of-prayer/?local



This happens only after school hours = do you think it is OK?

Sen. Stacey Campfield pushing 'Merry Christmas' bill

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

NASHVILLE — Inspired by Texas legislation, state Sen. Stacey Campfield has introduced a “Merry Christmas bill” for Tennessee that he says will assure schoolchildren and their teachers have a legal right to use what the bill calls “traditional greetings” during “winter celebrations.”

“This stops all these silly lawsuits that say you can’t say ‘merry Christmas’ or ‘happy Hanukkah’ or have a Christmas tree,” said Campfield, R-Knoxville, who has pre-filed SB1425 for consideration by the General Assembly in 2014.

While unaware of a specific case where Christmas has become an issue in Tennessee schools, the senator said he knows of people “afraid of lawsuits” and passage of the bill would provide them with reassurance.

“The ACLU is always freaking out about that stuff,” Campfield said.

Read more: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/14/campfield-pushing-merry-christmas-bill/



Stacy Campfield says to teachers "you can't say 'gay,' but you can say 'merry christmas.' just make sure the kids test scores are high enough if they are going to get TANIF."
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