Don't listen to Mickey. Here's the rational way to vote on the amendments:
1-No way! For obvious reasons that rational people don't need to have explained to them.
2-No - there's no reason to change this.
3-No - again, no reason to change this. No reason to lock ourselves into it.
4-Yes - why not give the VFW a chance to have bingo? Gees louise.
I am “Pro-Life” within reason which is why I plan to vote “NO” on Amendment 1. I do not trust the ultra-conservative, tea party d-bags in Nashville seeing as they are far more interested in scoring points with voters instead of vetting ideas and thoughtful legislation among the medical community. Something as sensitive and as serious as this issue should not be subject to whatever party happens to control the legislature at any given moment.
"I'll accept the life of the mother and since pregnancy itself comes with inherent health risks I'll have to give into rape and incest ... that's as far as I can bend."
"I'll accept" already puts you in a problematic position. You are assuming that YOU know what's best for an individual in a healthcare/financial/very personal situation based on your speculative premise of what personhood actually means. Without knowing, and you (nor any elected official) will never feasibly know, everyone seeking an abortion, neither you or the government have any business butting in.
With all due respect, I don't think enough was said on the Memphis ballot initiative regarding the Civil Service Commission.
For those reading this article who (like me) don't know what the Civil Service Commission is, here is some information from the City of Memphis government website:
"The Civil Service Commission conducts hearings to review disciplinary actions, limited to suspensions, dismissals, or demotions of any employees not exempted from the provisions of the Charter and Code.
"Selection Process: Members are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of a majority of the City Council."
I wanted to know more about the changes being proposed, so I went digging and found this story by WREG-TV Channel 3: http://wreg.com/2013/07/17/changes-to-memp…
The only thing on the Flyer website I could find about the Commission was this informative Q&A by the inimitable Mary Cashiola from 2005 with the then chairman of the Commission: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/qanda-…
There, that's enough said.
If you want to see the natural progression of what happens next, look no further than the Magnolia State and the Lone Star State. Traffic to Mexico from Texas for the procedure, third world infant mortality rates and education/health outcomes for Mississippi. He who controls the womb, controls the world.
I believe that ours is the only nation which allowed the vanquished of an armed rebellion to not only reintegrate, but to celebrate what was in essence treason. Any other place, the leaders would have been tried and executed, lands expropriated, families exiled or executed and their supporters persona non grata.
Also, I am fascinated by the ability of the planter aristocracy to get yeoman farmers to die for a cause which was counter to the economic interest of the majority of Whites. And it continues to this day.
There's no such thing as a free lunch OR a free market, Mickey. Markets can be and ARE rigged to benefit interested parties.
"If you think it was ALL about slavery, you are terribly misinformed."
The Civil War was ENTIRELY about Civil War! Don't believe me! Look at the "break up letters" the Confederate States wrote to the Union and the SINGLE reason they gave.
When Mississippi broke away, they put slavery front and center that it was because of slavery.
"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth." ---From "A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union"
Georgia also put the issue of slavery front and center in their notice of leaving the Union.
"The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery. They have endeavored to weaken our security, to disturb our domestic peace and tranquility, and persistently refused to comply with their express constitutional obligations to us in reference to that property..."
And then of course the first one to break away, South Carolina, had their beef with the Northern States taking away their "rights" to own slaves.
"We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States."
Finally there was Texas who threw in their belief in slavery and its justification for breaking off.
"She [Texas] was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slave-holding States of the confederacy."
Abortion results in the death of a living being, pure and simple. The question becomes, under what circumstances is this acceptable? Ignorance, carelessness, indifference? Rape, incest, life of the mother? Believing that the death penalty is sometimes acceptable, I suppose I can't rule all abortions out. I'll accept the life of the mother and since pregnancy itself comes with inherent health risks I'll have to give into rape and incest ... that's as far as I can bend. That being said, I am still among the undecided on this amendment.
Applying the reasoning and motivation that has resulted in the preservation of holocaust sites, I may actually agree with the whole “Leave the Park Names” crowd. It is important to be reminded of our shared history in very real and physical ways. We should be reminded that the evils committed in the past were not perpetrated by sub-human, possessed or evil incarnate beings. They were “regular” people of their day with friends and families who loved and despised, lived, breathed and died and had the same basic needs as any person today. They were average by many standards but were noteworthy for the despicable acts they committed and perverse culture they defended. We need to be reminded that evil can sometimes be endorsed and justified by a culture or society. We must always be on guard to protect ourselves and our fellow citizens from ideas and practices that may seem permissible today but will in fact be regarded as barbarian in the eyes of history.
Or hell, let's forget about the whole thing.
It’s a fine line and I for one do not know where it should be drawn.
Enter dis sh*t
We have no "Right Wing Leaning" Senators here in Tennesse
Perhaps the market decides.
Chris Shaw is a genius.
1=Yes, 2=No, 3=Yes, 4=No.
and #1 will NOT overturn Row-v-Wade, that would take a US amendment. (or just telling the courts they have no jurisdiction) And NO I am NOT for changing the US Constitution.
1=Yes, 2=No, 3=Yes, 4=No.
I agree with the sentiment expressed, but as far as memorializing Hitler’s holocaust against the Jews, that is in fact being done. For example, Auschwitz concentration camp is largely preserved, serves as a site for a museum focused on the camp and its activities, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
The Civil War was fought for many more reasons than most people do not understand. If you think it was ALL about slavery, you are terribly misinformed. It happened...the Confederacy did exist. To deny our history is to deny ourselves. Time for all of us to accept what happened and move on. However, moving on means that we acknowledge the past rather than rewrite it.
There is nothing "evil" about a trial lawyer who provides legal services to victims who have or will be damaged by the negligence, greed and selfishness of others.
Why should a common voter or anyone with moral principles, compassion and patriotism vote for Alexander again; a do-nothing phony ideologue who cares not a whit for common people and is more concerned about ingratiating himself with millionaires, tax evaders and special interests than helping those who can't afford to buy his support? Think he can get through the “eye of a needle”?
The rest of the world views us as racist rednecks - so you're saying we should live up to their expectations, then, right?
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