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Re: “Undercover Findings

The way to improve the situation at MAS is to do what the Pets Alive group is doing--volunteer to help get animals adopted or taken into credible rescue groups. Pets Alive is doing an amazing job. Individuals with connections to rescue groups can do this work on their own. Within the last few months, I have pulled 10 dogs for rescue. They are all in loving homes far away from Memphis. MAS dogs are very appealing for rescue, because they are healthy, completely vaccinated, and micro-chipped at a very small cost. Every single time, I dealt with extremely helpful and compassionate MAS staff, including Dr. Coleman and Glenn Andrews. One Tuesday evening, I saw him sitting with a big black and white pit bull mix and a little girl. They were all quietly playing, and it was clear that the dog and the child loved each other. I asked someone what was going on, and was told that the mother had come in to reclaim the dog, but the cost with fines was $180 and she didn't have it, so Glenn was minding the dog and girl while several people tried to help work it out. I left some money, but I don't know how it ended. Other times I saw him come to adopters aid with newly adopted frightened or rambunctious dogs. His concern for the dogs was always conspicuous. I've seen him calmly manage people fighting to adopt a particularly desirable dog by insisting on the rules. My guess is that the dogs that the investigator of the old MAS saw going out the door with Glenn or with Glenn's permission were ones he was trying to save. I believe he was one of the staff who helped me save a just-dropped-off injured puppy who was on her way to the needle. I don't know how it was accomplished, but I suspect it broke rules. That dog now lives in New Jersey and is a beloved member of that family.
Please spend your energy helping the animals. Exposing the evils of the old Herrington MAS was good and effective. Now it is time to devote energy to making MAS as good as it can be. Every creature saved is a step forward.

Posted by L3 on 04/16/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Remembering the Alamo — Plaza, That Is

There is an advertisement sign for the Alamo Plaza still standing across from the Love VFD at Love, MS on Hwy 51 in Desoto County. Pretty Cool. That was what caused me to look up this article.

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Posted by DCDS on 04/16/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: ““Open Carry” Gun Bill Killed

Jackson, great job on the open-carry scoop. You are THE MAN when it comes to Mid-South political reporting.

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Posted by GWCarver on 04/16/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: ““Open Carry” Gun Bill Killed

I give OTP a hard time, but I'm absolutely certain if I ever met him in person we would be friends. Hope he's OK.

Posted by GWCarver on 04/16/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Undercover Findings

d.u.a. -- You are "slightly entertained"???? Are you sick? You've obviously had too much of the kool-aid that Rogers and Wharton are drinking. There are still people there that "do what they love" by watching the cruelty and abuse right in front of their eyes . . . yet never saying a word.

Posted by LA on 04/16/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Making History

I was stationed at NAS Memphis (in Millington) from Nov 1972 thru Feb 1973. One of my favorite memories of that time in the mid-South was attending a Deep Purple concert at the Coliseum, Dec 14, 1972; and yes, I still have the ticket stub. They were touring in support of "Machine Head" ... so not every would-be guitarist was playing "Smoke on the Water" just yet. Their opening act was Fleetwood Mac ... with Bob Welch on guitar and Bob Weston on vocal (most likely supporting their "Penguins" album). I would see this same line up again in Wichita, KS May of '73 ... this time they added Rory Gallagher before Fleetwood Mac. .... Tony Czech, Memphis, TN

Posted by Tony Czech on 04/16/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “No New Taxes, Pension Reform Keys to Wharton's New Budget

On November 4, Tennessee Ballot Measure SJR1 is on the ballot, which is the Constitutional amendment that will prohibit any state or local taxation of payroll or personal income. This will pass with upwards of 90% of the vote statewide.

It seems like the payroll tax has been a wish of many on the Memphis city council, even though it's not lawful now. (The amendment eliminates any and all gray area). Since this option is going to be permanently eliminated forever, they need to start getting their financial house in order. They cannot raise sales taxes any higher and that leaves the property tax, which leads to people leaving the city. Memphis will not be able to annex any additional areas, as the recent legislation has crippled their ability for that.

I don't know what Wharton and the city council are going to do about the unions and pensions. Tough decisions lie ahead.

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Posted by bjc123 on 04/16/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “No New Taxes, Pension Reform Keys to Wharton's New Budget

Forget about the city council, what does Nashville say about AC's budget?

Posted by tomguleff on 04/16/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Guilt Assuaged By Ethnic Dining

I'm there. So there.

But the sure-fire way to assuage guilt is to cook the food yourself, as authentically as possible, on a $6,000 six-burner range.

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Posted by Jeff on 04/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “House Resolution Seeks To Defend Tennessee Marriage Amendment

Yet another example of these rural "representatives" trying to impose their provincial mindsets on the rest of the state.

Posted by Terry Scott on 04/16/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Q&A: Five Questions with John Hollinger

@Kevin,

You failed to ask the most important question...what's the deal with Tayshaun's playing time, and do they talk to Joerger about those things?

That's honestly what I'm most interested to know, exactly how much face to face discussion and back and forth the front office has with Joerger about line ups and substitution patterns.

It's possible I was mistaken about the move to not retain Hollins, but I assumed at the time that the purpose of the move was to get someone into the head coaching role that would have an open dialogue with the front office and use their statistical tools to impact in-game decisions.

I'm sure they have those types of discussions. I'm just curious how often and what the tenor of those discussions is, and I'd also be curious to know if the front office agrees with most of the fan base about Tay's overusage.

Listening to Geoff and Gary yesterday, they were making the point that they believed the front office let Lionel go because they believed they could get similar results with someone else who would work with them. They both agreed that the front office was proven to be right in that assumption this year. I agree too, but I do still see some of the same stubborn line up decisions hampering the team this year, similar to under Lionel. The real test, to me, will be how Joerger handles the playoffs. Match ups dictate line ups and rotations quite a bit in the playoffs, and it becomes a game of adjustments.

If you're successful in Game 1, the other team will make adjustments for Game 2, and you'll have to counter. If they're successful, then you have to make adjustments and counter. It becomes a back and forth of creating mismatches and exploiting weaknesses of the other team. That, to me, is where the coach makes his money. During the regular season, it's a lot more about playing your best, settling on a good rotation of back ups that can spell your starters, and letting the players get it done. In the playoffs, coaches really come into play.

For example, last year, it took Lionel a couple games to realize that playing Tony in the 4th quarter was a necessity against the Clippers. Once he did, the Grizzlies took over that series. Against OKC, it took him a couple games to trust that Tony could actually play on Durant, but even without that realization, the Grizzlies were just a bad match up for OKC with Westbrook out. That series depended much less on coaching adjustments than a normal series, because OKC had little to no counter move.

The Spurs series was rough though, largely because Hollins never could fully commit to the adjustment he needed to make, which was playing Bayless and QPon extensively, moving at least one of the two into the starting rotation in order to open the paint for Marc and Zach. Those moves can be tough to make, which is why that's when a coach earns his keep.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 04/16/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Guest Post: What's Wrong with Zach Randolph's Defense?

@38103,

I can't decide if you'd make the WORST blogger in the world or the BEST.

It's one of the two, but you definitely wrote this whole column in a much more compact form. It made me laugh, because you're right. This whole column could be summarized in "he's slow and can't jump".

Posted by GroveReb84 on 04/16/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “House Resolution Seeks To Defend Tennessee Marriage Amendment

Chris in Midtown,
".....will be in the trash heap of history... As a Midtowner you should know about cockroaches. They may retreat behind the baseboards, come out only at night, but they will always be with us.

Posted by CL Mullins on 04/16/2014 at 9:01 AM

Re: ““Open Carry” Gun Bill Killed

No more OldTP....Really?

I guess the end of days is finally here.

Thank you Bruce. ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou.....

Posted by circle314159 on 04/16/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “No New Taxes, Pension Reform Keys to Wharton's New Budget

41 million dollars went into the useless and ugly boat dock called Beale Street Landing. Another 30 million went into the old Sears Building and AutoZone Park. There's 71 million dollars there alone. And we haven't even started looking at money that was given to rehab Raleigh Springs Mall (now they want to spend more money to demolish), money that was given to rehab Hickory Ridge Mall (it's now mostly vacant), and money that was basically given to corporations as bribes to keep them from leaving Memphis, which they wouldn't have been thinking of doing in the first place if the city government had held the line on taxes and had provided basic, reliable city services like garbage pickup and public safety. More money was thrown into the Pyramid to lure a bait shop. Memphis chooses to not provide city services to residents, and then divert that money into salaries and perks for elected officials and funds for grandiose redevelopment schemes. And all the while the streets grow pock-marked and full of holes, streetlights aren't replaced, crime spirals out of control (regardless of how the administration lies and tells us it's down), the city abandons its school system, employees are forced to take a pay cut, libraries and community centers are being closed, and thousands of people make the rational decision to move out each year. And then people in city government have the nerve to suggest that those who move out should be hit with a payroll tax.

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Posted by progressivememphis on 04/16/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “No New Taxes, Pension Reform Keys to Wharton's New Budget

Just because the mayor proposes a shift to 401Ks, and even if the council approves it, does that mean it will happen? Won't that have to be approved by the unions? And won't the unions fight it?

I'd be taking a long, hard look at the pension fund and demanding some real numbers. I'd want to know where all the money went, and why, since the market has more than recovered, the value of those pensions haven't recovered as well, before I started agreeing to shift my retirement over to a 401K.

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Posted by Jeff on 04/16/2014 at 7:19 AM

Re: “House Resolution Seeks To Defend Tennessee Marriage Amendment

"Last gasp" is correct. Soon Joe Carr and his sorry ilk will be in the trash heap of history along with the segregationists of yesteryear. Meanwhile, they will waste our tax money passing useless resolutions and defending discriminatory laws that will soon be void. Marriage equality is winning!

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Posted by Chris in Midtown on 04/16/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: ““Open Carry” Gun Bill Killed

JuliusJones posted..

No need for that. Just get one of those longish coats Doc Holliday and Wyatt wore. You'll be able to get to it pretty quick..
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Problem with that JJ is that I'd have to go to the trouble of getting a carry permit. I was so hoping not to have to bother with all the paperwork and such.
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Posted by mejjep on 04/16/2014 at 5:11 AM

Re: ““Open Carry” Gun Bill Killed

Crazy hip, CL...

Posted by mejjep on 04/16/2014 at 4:58 AM

Re: “No New Taxes, Pension Reform Keys to Wharton's New Budget

@DB

They get what they asked for. Obamacare.

Posted by Hadji on 04/15/2014 at 10:16 PM

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