Ok, I'm calm now. It was too early in the morning for that. Anybody for "Occupy Chattanooga, The Littlefield Edition"? "We are the 99% that want to see you out of office!" I have poster board and I'm not afraid to use it.
DUDE! WE'RE SICK OF YOU! I'M TIRED OF SAYING IT IN NICE WORDS! GET OUT!
God needed to help our country prior to Occupy anything, that's why everybody is occupying.
Bad mouth a movement if you must, but do not take away anyone's right to protest peacefully. That could be the most unAmerican move you could ever make.
And when it comes down to it, I'd rather be a dirty hippy than a clean hypocrite.
I'm so glad to see that so many people have missed the point of the Occupy movement! It's not about what anybody is "owed" financially, it's about watching those who have destroy the economy for those who have not. To my knowledge, nobody in the Occupy movement is asking for a handout when they say, "We are the 99%", they are asking for jobs, livable wages and affordable prices on everything. They are asking to be considered as citizens of this country and asking for their voices to be heard.
Regardless of what they are asking for, this country provides its citizens with the right to free speech and the right to assemble peaceably. I know a great many people will disagree when I reference the often misattributed quote of "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism", but to let your country go down the tubes without a fight is a shame and a disgrace. Many of the citizens of this country are willing to stand by and complain, but make no real move towards change. At least the people in the Occupy movement are standing up for something they believe in.
They should be allowed to peaceably camp and congregate. Even if I didn't somewhat agree with them, I would believe this notion. If you stand against this, then don't be surprised when you aren't able to stand for your own beliefs. Please, if you're not going to be part of the solution, than at least don't be part of the problem.
After a moment, I've decided that you're "Do you work?" comment is downright offensive, Scoopaway. It didn't really hit me how derogatory you meant that comment to be, but let me tell you, there are a great many intelligent, capable and well-deserving people without jobs in this economy.
Before you start praising Littlefield for the jobs he's brought in, because you're clearly going to do so, let me remind you that the majority of those jobs are warehouse/physical labor jobs. I do not look down on those positions at all, I have friends who have benefited from those jobs. Some of us, however, have great brains and crap bodies that cannot be fixed. Also, many of the Volkswagen positions that are administrative require you to be bi-lingual in German.
Not all who wander are lost and not all that are unemployed are losers as you would imply.
Amazingly enough, it wouldn't surprise me if that was Littlefield himself, really. I was thinking the other day about how he responded so unprofessionally to the recall group by launching personal attacks. They never launched any personal attacks on him except saying that he was lousy at his job, which ...well...truth. It blows me away that he can dismiss the voice of the people so readily when it's against him, but if those votes had been for him, he would have screamed like a toddler to make sure they counted.
I wouldn't worry about him appointing anyone, unless he's got more friends he needs to fund. Although I just had a horrible thought, what if he appoints Walter Williams! Good lord, we'd just have to burn the city down and call it a wash. He could probably appoint Marti Rutherford, too. I'm going to stop before I give him an idea he decides to use, but I'm also going to stop by the store and stock up on poster board and markers in case that happens. Anybody got any good sign ideas?
It always amazes me how Littlefield automatically switches into "Hurt Puppy Overdrive" when somebody brings up something that he's done to hurt the city. I'm sure Ron thinks that if Paul steps down, all this will blow over. It's time for Chattanooga to get outraged and show them that this isn't the case.
I think what you're all missing out on is the great Tennessee tradition of elevating our elected officials to a god-like status where they can do no wrong. This has been going on at least as far back as Andrew Jackson, if not longer, and it certainly includes Blanton and the Tennessee Waltz bunch. Clearly, our very esteemed mayor couldn't possibly be supporting somebody who has sexually harassed and then retaliated against his victims after they called him on it!
I'm sick to death of being sick to death of the current administration and their dismissal of any problem that doesn't suit their cause. I haven't, since kindergarten, since a group of adults so committed to portraying everything as sunshine and roses.
I think this latest scandal should cement that the current administration cares nothing of the citizens, city employees or for that matter, anybody else who gets in their way. If the mayor is going to let this man, who has a documented history of sexually harassing women, keep his high-ranking, highly paid position in city government, it means he has no problem letting him loose on a city of unsuspecting female citizens. Not only that, but to allow the use of city attorneys in defending him! Well, why doesn't he have all of us just line up so Paul Page can check our teeth and see if we're "fine stock"? I can't believe that anybody isn't completely outraged by this. We should all be down at City Hall, demanding that Paul Page be forced to resign. I can't think of one single reason why the mayor shouldn't be out the door with him.