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Re: “Marketing Fear

Just another opportunity for Mike Williams to push his personal agenda at the expense of the rest of the community. It's no wonder he lost his bid for mayor. What a divisive and counterproductive message! Well said, Mr. Ross!

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Posted by OakTree on 02/21/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Marketing Fear

"billboards aren't for everybody to see"
The morning chuckle

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 02/21/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Marketing Fear

those billboards aren't for everybody to see, they're for the city gov't to see so they can be edged to MPA compliance. additionally, it shows the dues paying members that their dues aren't being wasted and their leaders are doing something. although it amounts to nothing.
it's an easy item to point to by the MPA leaders and say; we're working on it.
yet another classic example of dues paying members being hustled by dues taking leaders.
sorta like the taxpayers being hustled by the tax getters........

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Posted by Brackston on 02/21/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Marketing Fear

Steve,
Thank you for expressing so clearly this viewpoint which I happen to share. I would really like to restore MPD's benefits along with a pay raise in excess of any reduction made over the last several years. However, the MPA's tactics make my support for such actions impossible. They are actively undermining the very investments and tax base that would fund such benefits which in turn makes it even more difficult for city hall to provide additional financial support.

Even if the MPA were correct (which they are not) in directly correlating the # of cops with the city's crime rate, their message still undermines their goal. When MPD pay and benefits were at a level being sought by the MPA, Memphis was still saddled with one of the (at times THE) highest violent crime rates in the nation. Saying I have a choice between paying more or less, yet this city will still be one of the most violent places in the US is hardly a convincing argument.

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Posted by barf on 02/17/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Marketing Fear

The bottom line here is Mike Williams is and always has been a joke as president of the MPA. He was a joke when he ran for city mayor. Not only is it stupid but foolish to erect billboards with this message. Basically they're telling the tourists to stay out of Memphis. Tourism happens to be one of the major revenue generators for the city. If the tourists decide to not continue coming to the city then guess what MPA?? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know the answer. Again, Mike Williams is a joke and the members of the MPA should get rid of him immediately.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 02/17/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Twitter Diplomacy

Night, how is that government healthcare of yours?

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Posted by datGuy on 02/16/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Twitter Diplomacy

Nightcrawler, And don't forget taking back the medals from all those loser POW's.

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Posted by ern on 02/15/2017 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Twitter Diplomacy

It doesn't matter to me if President Trump uses Twitter or not. As long as he builds the Wall, reinstates and enforces the laws of our free Republic, repeals the Marx-Gruber-Obama (un)Affordable Healthcare & Citizenry Control Act, cuts taxes, defends and follows the Constitution and protects my freedoms and liberties, he'll get my vote in 2020.

Anything else President Trump does is just insignificant and irrelevant fodder for debate among America haters, pro(re)gressives, socialists, communists, Democrats and a select group of university political science professors.


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Posted by Nightcrawler on 02/15/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

Correction: Bannon, not Brannon.

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Posted by Jake Moe on 02/02/2017 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

I am willing to join hands across the aisle to strangle an existential threat to our country. I am quite opposed to some of the conservative platform (do not read this as Republican, because Trump has co-opted the GOP,) but we have MUCH bigger problems in the White House than we have differences between conservative and liberal. Steve Brannon is the Joseph Goebbels of our time. Trump is a totally self-immersed bully who has the intellectual depth of a magazine cover. if he is not impeached, he will destroy the United States - and that is not hyperbole.

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Posted by Jake Moe on 02/02/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

The author certainly makes lofty promises and it sounds very noble but that is not going to play out in a dignified way for a couple of reasons. First, a significant number of people like what Trump is doing and saying. They want to roll back abortion rights, LGBT rights and various other entitlements. They want to go backwards. They want conservatives on the Supreme Court and they want the United States to be not a republic that reflects the tension of pluralism but a Christian theocratic capitalist nation. I am not one of them but let's not pretend there is not a significant number of people who have been praying for a political opportunity like this.

Next Trump is not running the show, he is a figurehead for Steve Bannon and his vision. Bannon is despicable but he is not stupid, he does not just do "off the cuff" like Trump, he is strategic and clever. They are floating "soft" executive orders now but things will get real soon enough so along with finding ways to get rid of SS and similar programs a war with a muslin nation is on the table and anybody who thinks otherwise is incredibly naive.

It is early days and while the mostly peaceful protests are encouraging, people may get protest fatigue, or the protest may become more chaotic, difficult to tell right now. I blame the Dems for picking Clinton who ran a lifeless campaign and the Republicans are so empty and lacking in anything coherent or marketable that they allowed themselves to get outmaneuvered quite easily and now they will double down and support Trump because the alternative is admitting the GOP is intellectually bankrupt and completely incompetent.

Given all that there is going to be no room for Dems and Republicans to work together in thoughtful resistance and frankly I would be irritated to see Dems making alliances beyond temporary ones because it would be like the frog giving the scorpion a ride across the river. It would be nice to see some spine from the Dems, the Republicans can work their own shit out. But sorry no, the author is off on another planet with stakes this high things will I fear take several unexpected turns some of which will not be peaceful

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Posted by Paula Langley on 02/02/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

LoveBC, ditto

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/02/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

I blame the lack of leadership in both the republican and democratic party for the rise of Trump. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Trump had 16 opponents of all which were "more conservative and Reaganish" than thou. Of course, Trump stood out and got all that valuable free publicity.
And of course in the democratic primary, Her Royal Highness Hillary was expected to be handed her birthright against a bothersome socialist and then easily cruise to the presidency because she stood by her man all those years.
It bears saying, again and again, to the so-called leadership of both parties to really get to know the citizenry, knock off the game playing, and show some leadership.
The democratic party is in ICU, and the republican party is in triage.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/02/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Unite Against Trump!

Fabulous assessment of the chaotic events of the past few days. Hopefully we will eradicate this monster, this psychopath from his position and from hurting more humans in his quest for his intent for dominance of the world!

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Posted by Silvia Merediz on 02/02/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Detoxing Drug Laws

"Who am I to judge?" Wow you could've saved yourself a lot of typing.

Posted by CL Mullins on 02/01/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Detoxing Drug Laws

If Steve Cohen is so interested in his constituants why isnt he trying to work with the new president to fix the unbelievable murder rate in his own city? I think his interests lie more with trying to convince people that the constitution was written and intended for refugees. I find it unbelievable that a United States Congressman does not understand that a refugee does not have constitutional rights until they enter the US legally.Possibly this is why he has not a clue as how to fix the problems in Memphis. Kind of sad I think. I also read where he thought that Warren Zevon (singer/songwriter of Werewolves of London)predicted the rise of Donald Trump. Haa haaa That sounds a bit far fetched to me as I really dont believe in Psychics..but who knows, maybe Mr.Zevon was in the vacinity of someone smoking "medical" marijuana and had a vision. Who am I to judge?

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Posted by Greg Guess on 02/01/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “It’s Memphis’ Water!

Brichy, convolution is a kinda revolution. The man is keeping you down, there are more trees today than ever, i hide my pills under my tongue, you know very well which one. Yaaaayyy! Please return my favorite things.

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Posted by :) on 01/05/2017 at 12:36 AM

Re: “It’s Memphis’ Water!

Start here. (Sorry Bruce): https://water.usgs.gov/edu/earthhowmuch.html

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 01/04/2017 at 9:34 PM

Re: “It’s Memphis’ Water!

I don't have to assume the obvious, as in it is obvious that you didn't know that the water you use to flush your toilet is potable.

Take your own advice, and don't ascribe an opinion to me and then argue against that opinion. It is a complete waste of time and when you do so it is indicative of your lack of interest in anything about me other than my capacity as a foil for your inanity, and example of which is that you think that potable water is a declining resource. It isn't. There is more potable water today than in any time in the past, and that is because we make it so via our industrial and technical expertise.

Why don't you go read a book or something. Learn a little more about the world around you that you claim to care about so much, something that doesn't include skewed nonsense presented as fact. In other words, no fake news.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 01/04/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “It’s Memphis’ Water!

Bricabrac, why would you assume that? Ascribing an opinion to another person and then arguing against that assignment does eliminate the need to actually interact. Potable water is a declining resource. it was inevitable. People are designing shower heads, even toilets to assuage this.
Again you are stuck in the Mom other kids are doing it excuse.

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Posted by Nick R on 01/04/2017 at 8:57 PM

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