Snowden, Be Not Proud - And Response

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Snowden, be not proud. Though some have mistaken thee
For brave or patriotic, thou art not so.
You have brought dishonor upon yourself.
You have sought to pierce the protective cyber-shield
Of this great nation. You have sought to destroy
That which prevents others from destroying us. 

Your ego claims that you have the only answer and
That NSA must be crippled and damaged great
For the sake of your neurotic notion of privacy. 

Look carefully in your mind upon the mental images
Of innocent people, good people,
Leaping from burning Towers to certain death
On New York streets. Those images should haunt you. 

Look, too, at the images of young people, beautiful people,
Now in therapy from the Boston Bombing.
As they struggle and learn to use their artificial limbs,
They are the brave. 

Then, know this and know it full well;
If a future event causes such death,
Destruction, mayhem and mutilation,
You are guilty. -- Just as guilty as if you had lit the fuse. 

You are neither brave, nor a patriot. You have betrayed and done grievous harm
To a nation that has been defended by generations
Of the brave and the patriots. 


Jody Baker 

 * * * 

Snowden, maligned by Baker's tim'rous quill,
Hold high your head, and freely speak the truth.
Pusillanimous men rage, voices shrill,
While coveting your brav'ry and your youth.
They worship State, demanding that you kneel,
Claiming that they are truly, Patriots.
They fear the Fiend that, bravely, you reveal,
And they hate you, because you cower not.
Images of bloodied young they invoke,
And try to place that Sin upon your head,
Failing to see that, long before you spoke,
Were these victims maim'd, broken, bruis'd, and dead.
Government, as Parent, they all desire.
Security, not Freedom, they require.
 
Kevin Hargis
Chattanooga



Guns Are Here To Stay

Let's get something straight - guns are here to stay.  Let us assume for the moment that a law was passed tomorrow making all guns illegal in the United States; the government would need to search every home, vehicle, business, dig-up every yard, tear every wall apart to find them, and I mean every home.  I wonder what else they would find in the process?  Now ... (click for more)

Gun Free Schools Are Sitting Targets

More laws banning the guns will not work, criminals don't care what the law is. Anybody that thinks we can get rid of the guns so bad people don't have access to them is a fool. I challenge our local leaders to get armed security in every school so the kids are not sitting ducks against a crazed lunatic killer. And lock the schools up so people can't get into them. School's ... (click for more)

1 Dead, Another Injured In Shooting On Carousel Road

One man was shot and killed and another man injured in a shooting on Carousel Road lateTuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 5:25 p.m. One man was dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a hospital. Carousal Road is off Greenwood Road in a neighborhood behind Taylor Funeral Home on Wilcox Boulevard. (click for more)

City Council Approves TIF For Extension Of MLK Boulevard To The Riverwalk

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to extend MLK Boulevard across Riverfront Parkway to the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead at the Riverwalk. The agreement is with Evergreen Real Estate of Nashville to build the extension across property it has already begun to develop at the site across from the old Newton Chevrolet and Kelly Subaru. The developer ... (click for more)

Howard Nips Red Bank In McGary's Final Home Game

Two consolation games were played in the District 6-AA basketball tournament Monday night at Howard’s Henry Bowles Gymnasium and one was much more significant than the other. The Brainerd Lady Panthers had a strong fourth quarter to finally pull away from Tyner en route to a 48-34 victory while the Howard Hustlin’ Tigers escaped a hungry Red Bank team by a 71-68 final that was ... (click for more)

Howard Plays Like A "Miss Basketball" As Bradley Rips Lady Canes For 5-3A Title

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In each of the last eight seasons, Bradley Central coach Jason Reuter hasn’t come close to winning the District 5-3A Coach of the Year award, an award voted on by the league coaches. In those eight years, however, Reuter has directed the Bearettes to a district tournament championship. Every year. Just like clockwork. That’s a tradeoff Reuter ... (click for more)