The above could be noticed as far back as the 1980s. Gentrification plans and using manufactured crime and gangs in targeted areas to justify removal of homeless and the poor.
For every new required new test added in order to graduate some old test or condition should be removed. Like (1.) having to perform so many hours of volunteer work as a requirement in order to graduate. If volunteering comes with conditions, then it's no longer volunteering and ventures over into forced labor without pay. The other one I recall was (2.) Students having to write a report or essay of some kind with an outline approved by the school. This led to a lot of students being forced into a summer program, although they passed all tests, wrote the report/essay and outlined it, but just because the outline wasn't written in the format they wanted it, the students were forced to attend a summer class and receive their diploma without being allowed to graduate and walk across the stage with their classmates. I'm not sure if this practice still exist with local schools and their administration, but it were certainly at play just a few short years ago.
America's children are being tested into dumbness. They're retaining little to nothing of what's being taught because so much emphasis have been placed on testing. Some otherwise very smart students have failed because of testing and dropped out, and some pretty dumb students have been able and allowed to to test and pass through various means.
I am talking a local cartoonist. Racially polarizing, you mean Bennett's work?
I'm talking about the printed version and the hateful and bigoted cartoons that's often been depicted on the right side of the TFP. Apparently you don't get the printed paper, or if you do you choose to ignore the hateful, racially stereotype cartoons that's been drawn on the right side of the paper for decades. Those were not included in the online version of TFP for a very good reason. Most certainly because they were just far to bigoted and hateful.
The same rightwingnut types who started a campaign to go after Austin, and have been trying to get rid of Bennett for sometime now, have turned their sights on Gerber. I'm proud to know that Gerber and the rest are taking a stand and not backing down. These individuals only operate in groups, because it gives the impression that they have a large supportive audience (they don't). I doubt seriously if these people can go to the bathroom without holding one another hands. Makes it difficult to impossible to get through the door at the same time, though. So they pee and poop their drawers more often than they make it to the toilet.
Your local law enforcement, the stores you shop, facebook myspace, google etc. have carried out just as much and even more intense surveillance of your movements for years without you even knowing it, and certainly without your consent or even bothering to obtain a warrant to do so.
I neither care for nor agree with NSA powers. I'm just saying your local law enforce and the rest have being carrying on the same much longer than NSA was ever established. When they said they got their info from a confidential informant, at times that may have been true, but mostly it wasn't. They've been monitoring cell phone conversations and much more for years. Remember, that's how they busted a gathering of teens and young adults years ago at RiverPark on Amnicola Hwy. They were listening in on and monitoring cell phone conversations. That's how they busted that guy over in North Chattanooga a few years back who had a marijuana grow operation in his house. They were monitoring his electricity use through a smart meter installed that had replaced the old type electrical meter.
Which gave the appearance of him being mentally unstable, and not at all professional. Then when I saw him on local media, I knew my interpretation of him wasn't at all off the mark.
I don't disagree but the tfp should not act so surprised.
TFP isn't acting so surprised. Drew and his gang are in major meltdown because things didn't go as they planned. Their plan was to turn the wrath of all conservatives across the country against TFP. They didn't get their wish, and they don't have a backup plan.
I agree, moon4kat. The truth is right wingers started a campaign to rid the TFP of any liberal writings or opinions, and turn it into a conservative only newspaper. Now all that doo doo is coming back to slap them all right upside the head. By their attempts to smear the TFP nationally, they've shown the spotlight on their own bias and ignorant agenda. Now they want to play the injured, misunderstood party.
LB, Johnson's firing went national because he and his supporters wanted it that way, believing they would gain support. Instead, from what I've been reading from other news sources around the nation on the matter, especially the ones he and his friends contacted originally, it's rapidly backfiring on Johnson, his minion supporters and placing local conservatives in an even more negative light.
LB, they do print conservative cartoons on the right side of the editorial page. I'm guessing the reason they never included them in their online version is because many were far too hateful and racially polarizing, and they didn't want that image or reputation for Chattanooga where people could pull up those images from around the nation and the world online with a few simple keystrokes. I'm sure, TFP can go pull up a few to show the mean spiritedness the right has spewed in cartoons over the years from the right side of the paper to satisfy your curiosity.
re: "However, some of them were penned by clever liberals sending up such missives to cast conservatives in the worst possible light"
I seriously doubt it, wwwtw. Everything and then some Jason has written in his editorial, I've personally heard straight from the conservative horses mouth. Especially local conservative horses. YOU ROCK! Jason, for telling the truth, and exposing for all the world to see.