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Re: “Bike, Pedestrian Projects Win $2.2M in Grants

Toby - what is the status on the b-cycle bike share program? Many cities public transit systems partner with bike share programs.

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Posted by BP45 on 02/24/2017 at 11:28 AM
Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 02/24/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

Bannon needs to work on his thigh grabbing skills if he wants his movement to go anywhere.

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Posted by ern on 02/24/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Chris,

So all Republicans are bigots? Some are just quiet about it?

That's a new one to me. The one thing I do think the Left should be learning quickly though is that the name-calling play isn't working anymore. That's one lesson you could learn and learn quickly. People are tired of it, and they no longer cower or hide their views when it's used.

Being a fiscal conservative has NOTHING to do with bigotry. Wanting small government with control passed to the states for most fiscal issues is NOT bigotry. Wanting a strong military in order to maintain a dominant world position is NOT bigotry. Calling someone a bigot for having those views is a tired play, and it doesn't get the reaction that it used to get. It's like how people used to take political views from Hollywood actors seriously. It was a novelty for a while, but eventually most of us got over it and recognized that they had no more insight on the world than any other Average Joe.

Calling all conservatives bigots is no different than calling all Democrats lazy welfare queens that just want to live off the government dole. Do some of those exist in each party? Sure. Broad brush painting though doesn't tell the tale at all.

I saw that MTV video released not long back where they did New Years Resolutions for white people, telling us how we could do better next year. I was appalled. That type of stuff is exactly the type of stuff that will continue to alienate a large portion of traditional Dem voters.

Until the Dems figure out a way to get over the name-calling and actually try to put together a coherent message of opposition that attracts back those who have left them, they'll flounder for a little while...at least until the Republicans get themselves divided even worse than the Dems are currently.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 02/24/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

Chris,

So, it's just deja voodoo? Really? Script flipping da rap it kinda like dat? That is, possibly the most racist thing I've ever heard.

But hey, the entire English Language is said to be "racist" so I suppose Spencer was just trying not to be racist when he changed to another language and called the press golem. But then, that would be cultural appropriation I suppose.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 02/24/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

APop,

You need to turn the sound down on the TV. Turn it down.

Even though greatest conservative poster ever.

The real polls show it.

Your syntax, infected.

Sad

Hard to type with enormous hands.

Lax on the use of "I"

Who elected Henny Youngman anyway?

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/24/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

Bric: In that instance Obama was absolutely flipping the script and trolling in the classic vein. It was an unfortunate, if hilarious miscalculation. Pop: A lesson you and your folks don't seem to be learning -- Those are your projections and words. Nobody has to identify with any of them. Your poop: pick and fling as you see fit. Spencer chooses to identify with various synonyms for descriptors I've used -- except for "shit bag," as far as I know. Milos -- He said all that stuff. So did the fringe voice of Main Street all those years ago. They were all invited to some version of the mainstream party. (Well, until the public but mostly symbolic disinviting). I understand it must be frustrating for moderate Conservatives to see all these ugly, flagrant manifestations of the things moderate Conservatism has quietly propped up for years.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 02/24/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Chris,

Speaking of playbooks...you've called 32 dive from the Left playbook with this article.

Bottom line, the Democrats are in this spot because they forgot the Middle America working class. They went too far left and became more of a social left party, ignoring the poor working class in Middle America.

The Dems have been losing seats in Congress since 2010, and they lost this Presidency for that same reason.

Are some Republicans bigots? Sure. Is Bannon a bigot? Absolutely. Are bigots the reason Hillary lost? Nope. That's because the Dems chose Hispanics over the working class. They chose social issues over fiscal issues.

It's the reason I've said that no party can sustain a run of power in this country. It's impossible to please all of your constituents. You'll eventually take some for granted when you're in power, and you'll lose them by ignoring them. The Dems took the working class for granted, and they paid for it in the Rust Belt.

Now, if it makes you feel better, the Republicans aren't any more stable than the Dems are. There is a large segment of traditional Republicans that don't agree with Trump's direction or much of his rhetoric. Some held their nose and picked Trump this go around in order to avoid Hillary. I know A LOT of these people. Some voted Third Party...(hand raised). If Trump continues down this path, he will lose those voters with time, as long as the Dems put up a viable option that's closer to center-left, especially if they find one that appeals to the working class.

The Republican Party can't be taken very far in Trump's direction, because those who get excited about his rhetoric are only one vocal segment of the party. Unless they can appease the rest of the party (they won't), they'll lose power back the other direction soon enough.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 02/24/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

@Chris

Choose the description that best suits you, Chris.

Bitterness, venom, bile, unfocused rage, pity party, whatever.

It is what it is.

You might hold some of it back, tho.

You are going to need it later.

We are only in the top of the first inning of this Presidency.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Start Seeing Trolleys (But Not Ride Them)

Free marshmallows for all passengers.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 02/24/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

Most white people in Memphis are too apathetic or self-absorbed to even acknowledge the glaring racial inequalities in that city, muchless do anything about it, and Memph is a perfect example of this.

Carnita Atwater brought up some important points, and Memph's response was to be dismissive and perpetuate some baseless, anti-Semitic "alternative facts" about Jews being rich and powerful rather than address the very real racial disparities in Memphis.

Jews haven't "moved on", and anti-Semitism certainly hasn't either... in the last two weeks alone, over 60 Jewish Community Centers recieved bomb threats from various white supremacist groups... groups with politics and worldviews that don't differ all that greatly in my experiences from the average middle class white Memphian.

It always is astounding to me that anyone could seriously say "black people are lazy" in a city that literally would never have existed without the unwaged and undercompensated labor of African-Americans.

It isn't that African-Americans are lazy, its that white people in Memphis continue to benefit from the accumulated wealth, power, education, and social capital of previous generations that African-Americans were excluded from and continue to be. It's the real world equivalent of inviting someone to play Monopoly 2/3rds into a game and berating them as "lazy" and "irresponsible" because they can't amass the resources to beat you.

Like the aforementioned game, the material reality of today is rigged by the material history of yesterday, and that is precisely why black history is so important.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 02/24/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The Resistance: Memphis Activism Sprouts Everywhere

Oak,

Actually, Chris Davis has a long list of names he calls people. Very long.

It's almost as if he never made it off of the playground, intellectually speaking.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 02/24/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

So, when Obama called people "bitter clingers", that was "Another classic attack on Lefties"?

Who knew!

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 02/24/2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Busy Beavers

Turn signals are a communist conspiracy put in place years ago by the government, in order to control people in the free exercise of their vehicles. I say keep them guessing! Either don't use them, or use them all the time. That way they won't know what you're about to do.

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Posted by OakTree on 02/24/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

"Bitterness" -- Another classic attack on Lefties from the old playbook. If they don't like the GOP's white nationalism, bigotry, contempt for the poor, corporate immunity, environmental destruction, rigid unequal gender roles, homophobia, [and] xenophobia, call them bitter. Unless they're black, then call them, "angry." The beat goes on Pop. I'm not anything but in the groove.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 02/24/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Conservatives Have an Identity Problem. It's Called Their Identity

My, oh my.

Such venom.

Such bitterness.

And the Nathan Bedford Forrest is still there, too.

Sad.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 02/24/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “New Beer and Liquor License at Memphis Airport Means You Can Get Crunk at Your Gate

Did I write dunk passengers, I meant drunk pissengers.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/24/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Resistance: Memphis Activism Sprouts Everywhere

@BaBs - Seems fair. I'm a fake commenter, and all my comments are fake.

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Posted by OakTree on 02/24/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Start Seeing Trolleys (But Not Ride Them)

Thought some were newer designs?

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Posted by OakTree on 02/24/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “New Beer and Liquor License at Memphis Airport Means You Can Get Crunk at Your Gate

I recommend Valium, personally. And a hoodie, so you can pull it up and sleep.

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Posted by OakTree on 02/24/2017 at 7:52 AM

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