Actually, I doubled down on Memphis and moved to Tha 'Bush after I left Raleigh. Then I quadrupled down on Memphis and moved to Crosstown. I'm currently set at octuple Memphis levels as I currently live south of the tracks in Cooper Young.
The one positive is that I think Conley may finally be earning his first All-Star bid next year by the way he's playing right now.
This is the time most of the national guys will see him, and he's putting on a show. This is the best I've ever seen him play.
Wait... no new taxes.... (I've heard that one before)
...but new "fees"...?
A tax is a tax, whether it be a percentage or a one time fee.
How stupid does Strickland think we are? Why can't we just admit we raise taxes when we raise taxes? And who are the real estate who just magically increase the market values of property after gentrifiers buy it at a steal? Why weren't they held responsible (they are state licensed after all) when they magically decreased property values? Last time I checked when you buy a house, you don't get to own the house next to yours. Why is it legal that the value of the house next to yours affects the value of yours?
Whenever there is the chance for a county commission or a city council to increase their power and available patronage funds by fiat, you know they're gonna bite that bait. It's as predictable as mosquitos going after your blood every summer. Thing is, the only thing to swat 'em on the nose with is legal proceedings. And that takes considerable time and money. So what happens next is liable to be a court crawl, with an uncertain and hazy outcome.
It's nice to see no-nonsense responsible government in action.
Looks good on my end.
My thought is that their constituents did not know at the time that their representatives were corrupt. As it turns out, those constituents were wrong in several cases and the rascals were thrown out, Durham and Todd coming to immediate mind.
But at election time, you have got to field good candidates, which the Shelby County Democratic party has not consistently done. In most cases, that is. Ms Johnson, Mr. Stanton and Mr. Wharton being glaring exceptions to my general comment. I personally like Mr. Harris a lot, although he has a bright future in state politics and I doubt we will see him again at the local level.
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Are you one of those crazy white people who ran out on Raleigh?
It is crappy candidates and the concomitant corruption. So why didn't the same conditions sink the Republicans?
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My 11:03AM post.
Again, my original post was giving my opinion as to why the Shelby County Democratic Party was losing elections.
Why you are bringing in gentrification, racism, Constitutional interpretation, or Bebee Arkansas into that topic is beyond my ken.
I noticed you didn't reply to me. I wonder why.
Do you know what I spent the weekend doing? Comforting my friend because literally everyone we grew up in is dead, in jail, or addicted to drugs, and we are the last two of our kind left.
We grew up in Raleigh. Remember before racism, the Jackson overpass, systematic school defunding, and a general smear campaign turned Raleigh from one of the best neighborhoods in Shelby County to one of the worst. As kids we used to explore the ruins of the country club which is now off James Road behind Jamesbridge apartments.
My childhood memories lie under literal pile of rubble which used to be called Raleigh Springs Mall.
Of course, I did this comforting in Beebe AR. I hope that makes you feel like a winner.
I mean, I understand, AP. Admitting racism is racism is the only flaw in "Smear, evacuate, devalue, sell, redevelop, promote, re-populate" cycle of gentrification. Once you admit it's racist it starts to become illegal and legally actionable under constitutional protections.
And we all know how selective certain rural types are about which parts of the Constitution they like.
Buy hey, what is my opinion worth? I'm just one of those crazy white people who won't move out of the city.
Ms Hantouli, having clearly identified herself with the Memphis Feminist Collective, should be held accountable for having ENDORSED A RALLY IN HEALTH SCIENCES PARK! Hypocrisy knows no limit. https://www.facebook.com/memfem/posts/1895549154058193
Draw your own conclusions about her love or hate for the statue in the park.
Good Lord... There have been near endless streams of special projects for all of those places since the 1980's. I personally donate time and other resources to a number of them now. Trying to tie the failure of the Democratic Party to urban poverty is exactly backwards. It's the failure to retain working class whites that has made the difference. If the Democrats run good candidates to the contest, no matter where they are from, you can get a coalition to elect them. And it is bound to stay that way, because Memphians are wise to that kind of race-baiting argument.
You are saying that the Shelby County Democratic Party cannot find enough attractive candidates because they are from disparaged communities and they are all stinky bait?
What communities are Cheyenne Johnson and Ed Stanton from?
They are multi-term Shelby County Government officeholders and they are Democrats. Democratic office holders who get significant support from Republicans.
I seem to recall Mr. Wharton was elected County Mayor twice, and he was also a Democrat who got significant support from Republican areas.
Could be you have the wrong touchstone as to why the Shelby County Democrats have taken such a beating the last two elections. I think so, anyway. It was not racism that caused your defeat, but instead your crappy candidates.
You are spot on when you said: "I have no idea... why..."
Answer: So Why does a fisherman keep his BAIT in a Bucket with no nourishment and very little water?
Ever notice how crabs behave in a bucket with no nourishment?
Just remember - the more the crabs rip into each other, the stinkier they become - and the better BAIT they are for the BIG GAME FISH.
Ever notice how the disparaged communities of North Memphis, South Memphis, Frayser, Orange Mound or Southeast Shelby County are systemically eliminated from better educational, job and entrepreneurial opportunities in this county? Well, "they" ultimately succumb to the "survival of the fittest theory" and become "the stinky bait" for the BIG GAME FISH of the criminal justice system's police-bailsmen-attorneys-judges-probation-corrections, hospital, prisons, rehabs and cemeteries or the concrete jungle just-in-time worldwide distribution system, headquartered in Memphis, that usually employ grown people part-time at less than $13/hr with limited to NO benefits.
After initiation as BAIT, most are no longer qualified to vote - which is the WHAT of this "Party story" in a demographic area like Shelby County.
Please remember, any community selected for BAIT DUTY will behave in exactly the same way as the ones I listed above!!! Have you ever noticed which community is NOW crying the loudest from the current opioid crisis?
Meanwhile, thanks for the response(s)... keep-em coming!!! (smile)
...a duly elected 2015-17 Member of the Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee
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Apop: For liberals, EVERYTHING is about racism. Weather, sitcoms, hair care, icebergs, road conditions, cereal choices, and the infield fly rule. It's simple, yet brilliant.
I have no idea why my simple, and self-evident, comment about running good candidates as a necessity for winning elections has morphed into comments regarding racism, States Rights, South America and the residual effects of slavery on the modernizing of cultures.
I know, I know, numbers can't be racist unless you start counting the number of racists, then that's racist because we all know they have the States Right to be racists if they really want to be.
Or maybe, just maybe, slaves and their descendants have specific, resolvable, and pertinent issues with the residual effects of Slave Culture as it continues to stubbornly resist the Americanizing force of the the cultural Melting Pot which improves and modernizes all cultures with hybrid vigor regardless of their place of origin, ethnic heritage, factual validity, or practical effectiveness.
Look at South America. They stubbornly held on to slavery longer than any other part of the New World European colonial diaspora. They are also the worse off, riddled by war, murder, drugs, gangs, and corruption.
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