“I’m not going to say I didn’t,” said Waldron. “I’m not going to say I did.”
If he did, Waldron said, it was by error, or he was making a return call to an incoming one that he missed, not realizing what the number was.
Whether he did or didn’t make the calls — or someone else made the calls — on a city-issued phone, Waldron said he knows it will never happen again.
“I have decided for safety and the best interest of all to turn my city phone into the city and purchase my private phone. No one will have access to it,” he said.
We're just finding out all kinds of weird things Christian politicians in this state believe are Christian beliefs. First, Ron Ramsey, believing that Christians should run around shooting people, and now Blount County Commissioner Karen Miller, who doesn't seem to believe that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. This is contrary to most mainstream Christian understandings of God (though probably a great relief to every masturbating teenager), but whatever. Karen Miller is not leaving it to God to know what's in her heart or the hearts of her fellow Blount Countians. She wants to send Him a resolution.
From the Huffington Post: "A Tennessee county plans to take up a resolution begging God for mercy and asking that the deity not smite their community 'like Sodom and Gomorrah' because of the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage."
They're reporting that the resolution reads in part:
"WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.
WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids."
This is hilarious, not just because she thinks God isn't able to know this stuff unless they tell him, but also because she's sinning in saying so. The very same guy, Paul, that said God hates gays said that women need to shut up and not take leadership positions over men. But there she is, taking leadership over everyone in the county, male and female, and, from the sound of the resolution, trying to exert leadership on our many male politicians.
Karen Miller, you're just as bad as those homosexuals you're so worried God is going to smite us over. Maybe you should go home and think quietly about how your actions have contributed to our about-to-be-smote state. Or you could think about extending to your gay neighbors the same generous interpretation of Paul's words that you've extended to yourself. Either one.
Steven Hale covered all but one of the important points about Ron Ramsey's ridiculous efforts to reframe Jesus' message from "love your enemies" to "kill your enemies before thy kill you."
That important point is this: Nobody can carry a gun at Ron Ramsey's workplace, except for trained law enforcement.
Ron Ramsey wants you to carry a gun because Ron Ramsey will not extend to you the same luxury of not spending your days in fear of being shot to death that he has. Ron Ramsey is one of the most powerful people in the state. He could tell the NRA to suck his butt and, unlike most politicians in this state, he'd end up with wet cheeks. So, Ron Ramsey could do many things to make our state safer. He could pass stricter background checks. He could pass a law that required gun owners to have liability insurance on their guns. He could introduce a mandatory waiting period and close gun show loopholes. He could require that guns be licensed and he could require that people get trained before they receive their licenses.
In other words, he could lean heavily on the "well-regulated" part of the second amendment. It's right there, in the text. The government has a right to create a "well-regulated militia" out of all these folks who want to own guns.
Ron Ramsey doesn't have the political courage to grant us the luxury he lives and works in every day. He could do it, but he's too chicken shit. Since he's worried for the people he likes and too cowardly to help them, we're left with this harebrained idea of "Christians who are serious about their faith" all getting guns.
Tennessee, if having more guns were truly the answer—and not smoke Ramsey was blowing in order to disguise the fact that he's too cowardly to do what must be done—he'd invite guns into his workplace.
That he doesn't tells you all you need to know about Ron Ramsey's true feelings about firearms.
Family members of some survivors said their relatives told them that the gunman, identified as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, specifically targeted Christians. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed that.
“‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them,” Stacy Boylan, father of Anastasia Boylan, 18, told CNN. “ `And if you’re a Christian, stand up.’ And they would stand up and he said, `Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them, and then he kept going down the line doing this to people.”
He said his daughter was shot in the spine but survived.
Amendment 3 directly contravenes Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-6-111(i)(2)(c). Most — if not all — contractors bidding on or procuring public building project work for Metro would be required to be licensed contractors under the Act. Metro is prohibited by the Act from imposing any additional requirements on such state licensees or their employees and Metro is prohibited by the Act from discriminating against licensed contractors because they are not Metro residents. But that is what Amendment 3 does: it imposes additional requirements, namely residency requirements, on licensed contractors and it discriminates against non-resident contractors. Thus, Amendment 3 conflicts with a state statute.
"This delay in implementation will give us all a chance to research best practices in other cities and for my office to meet with members of the Metro Council, the business community, labor leaders and other stakeholders to develop guidelines that will meet our goals of training and hiring more Davidson County workers for jobs funded with their tax dollars."
This is fair, I guess. But FWIW: I really don't "love a fight." But I'm not afraid to fight. There's a difference. https://t.co/eURULfwUeS— Pinkston for Schools (@WillPinkston) October 1, 2015
As with most other topics, Pinkston has some strong opinions about priorities the next director should take.
- A focus on pre-kindergarten expansion
- Adoption of English Language Learner initiatives
- Efforts to improve reading in early grades
- Reduction of standardized testing time
- Turnaround strategies to remove 14 Metro schools from Tennessee’s “priority list” for poor performance
- Lobbying for more funding at the state level (Metro is ranked 54th of 67 urban school systems in per-pupil funding at $9,000)
- Creation of a teacher recruitment and retention plan
- Stopping unabated charter growth
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