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Re: “Bulls 108, Grizzlies 104: A Game of Ghosts

Thanks Kevin, good reading and a noteworthy and accurate account of the continued problems of race relations in this country.

Posted by Dan on 01/16/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Cohen Won't Attend Trump Inauguration


Peaceful transitions of power after elections, as the Constitution requires, are not normal?

Posted by ArlingtonPop on 01/16/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Cohen Won't Attend Trump Inauguration

Bravo! Thank you Congressman for standing with Mr. Lewis and others who proclaim: This is not normal.

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Posted by BP45 on 01/16/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

Let's not forget the very beginning of how we got Trump.


Jeb Bush ran an attempt to become Bush III, and crush all opposition that operated by traditional means. He was very much a "NEVER" candidate for the Left and moderates within the Republican Party. No traditional Republican could stand in his path.

Republicans shouted "GIVE US THE TRUMP!" with the same nihilistic venom normally associated with the phrase "GIVE US BARABBAS!". They knew full well they were throwing their party's chances of success down a ravine, but preferred another 4 years of democratic presidency than Jeb.

Hillary would have stomped the brakes off Jeb, and would had a close run against Kasich.

Hillary used the exact same techniques Jeb used against Trump in the Primary, but the Ron Paul Revolution hadn't occurred in the Democratic Primary yet and Hillary was allowed to successfully manipulate the primary, which in the good old days would have been considered a display of political acumen.

But not in the post Ron Paul era. Ron Paul could have beaten Obama, and the backlash of Primary reform in the wake of the Obama victory made Trump unstoppable. The Democrats should have learned their lesson the easy way and enacted their own post Ron Paul Revolution reforms....

But they didn't, because Hillary had been waiting her turn after giving Obama a pass, and she needed the game to remain playable so she could play it.

At this point the "GIVE US BARABBAS!" argument of nihilistic rejection of the political process had gained more strength, not lost it. The average voter was tired of having their options dictated from above, and only given blue and red options for two basically identical candidates. The age of the classical logical fallacy of the false dilemma was over.

The information age is an age of transparency. We no longer falsely assume politician's are clean because they successfully do their dirt in secret. This is why no amount of scandal will shake the Trump presidency. We're numb to it.

The Republicans know what the Democrats need to learn; the other foot connected to the one on the back of your neck will be firmly planted in local soil. Success at the state and local level has all the real reigns of control over society. The Federal Government is a policing agency for local government, and every body hates being told what to do. Putting an idiot in the white house makes perfect sense when you realize president is a sheriff, and most people are outlaws.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 01/16/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Project Brings Buskers Downtown

I don't understand this "slots" thing.

Cops have been running buskers out of downtown for "Not properly portraying the blues tradition" since at least the 70's.

This is why we don't have buskers. Not because people don't want to busk, but that they don't want to risk being hassled by the cops for the small money busking provides.

Which raises the question of what these "slots" are about. If busking were legal, there would no apportionment of busking licenses, and then nu-speaking the word "slots" to hide the fact that somehow busking had been made illegal by oppressive unnecessary policies.

Why are there only 50 slots? Who decides who gets a slot, and who doesn't? Will the slots be filled by people who actually plan on subsisting off money earned from busking, or from musicians from other places trying to earn their Memphis merit badge?

Why can't people from the city that invented Rock and Roll play their music in the the street as loud as they want to? Any body who complains about music has no business living in Memphis to begin with.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 01/16/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Oooh! That Naughty 'Playboy' Attack Ad on Harold Ford Jr.!

I find Harold Junior's point of view refreshing at worst and tremendously encouraging at best. I watch him primarily on "Morning Joe", and would not describe his outlook there as consistently conservative. He seems to be as neutral as the rest of us, when it comes to making such judgments. Those folks for whom every utterance, every speculation has to be couched in liberal or conservative terms or its validity is suspect are curious folks indeed. They could live in my neighborhood, but I doubt that anyone would pay attention to them. Carry on, Junior! You can carry my petard into any fray without declaring your allegiance... RobtheElder

Posted by RobtheElder on 01/16/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Report: New Zoo Lot Would Take an Acre of Greensward

Toby, Thanks for the great article. I do hate to say that your headline is wrong- the Zoo's new lot (if they use 10'x20' spaces) will be about 11.4 acres. and 1.14 acres of that are specifically due to the over-sized parking spaces.

I agree with Eric Gottleib's corrections, and I ask that the Flyer publish them, and also to make sure that the online version is correct. I do want to add this detail- the 415 additional spaces add 3.32 acres to the parking lot (if the spaces were to remain 9'x19').

Regarding the Zoo and the OPC "splitting the cost evenly", again the article was incorrect, and Eric was correct. The Zoo and OPC agreed to split the cost, but no specific percentage was agreed to. I note however that the Zoo is almost 20 tomes larger than the OPC (based on budget size, number of employees, and dollars received in fund-raising). It would be very unreasonable to expect the OPC to contribute any amount close to what the Zoo could contribute. Also note that the OPC will be "contributing" land to the Zoo's parking lot, and the value of that land should be included in the OPC's "contribution" amount.

Regarding Tina Sullivan's statement that she would be willing to push the project's completion date, and what she was told that "shrinking the space sizes would require another vote by the council, a process that would take a least six weeks". I note that the July 19 resolution was written and passed on the same day, and in fact the 10'x20' requirement was added to the resolution in the Council's Executive Session at the very last moment before the resolution was approved in that session. So obviously, the Council could do it in one day if they wanted to, and certainly the details point to the fact that making the change is well justified.

Regarding the comment that "changing the plan at this point would probably add cost to the project", Eric Gottleib again made useful comments- 1) grading and paving the additional land required by the 10'x20' spaces would be much more than the additional planning cost, and 2) the larger land space of a lot with 10'x20' spaces would increase stormwater runoff with the associated costs to the neighborhood and Lick Creek.

I repeat Scott Banbury's comment, that my detailed analysis which Toby referred to can be found at-

Thanks to all for their comments- I'm always impressed when people can pay attention to so many information sources. The Flyer I think is the best local "traditional media" source, but we can excuse them for their minor errors, especially if they correct them.

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Posted by Dennis-Lynch on 01/15/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

25! Of course I've never been to Jack London Square sober.

Posted by CL Mullins on 01/15/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

@CL - According to the article, they were sidestepping the freight, and didn't look for the Amtrak coming on an opposing, separate track at about 25 MPH. Even at 25 though, a train hits you, you are gonna feel it. Hope they recover fully. Though at his age, Yoshi's may be the last gig he plays.

Posted by OakTree on 01/15/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

As I remember, trains travel about 5 mph past Yoshis and thru Jack London Square so.... I think they may have been doing what musicians stepping outside of clubs have been doing for generations.
But still dammit.

Posted by CL Mullins on 01/15/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

@CL - Yeah, no kidding... I have to have at least 20 albums he played on around here someplace...

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Posted by OakTree on 01/15/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “The Past for the Future

Looking back is always a fraught endeavor. It is necessary, because without the understanding of the path that our world traveled to get to this point, young ones now growing up might fail to appreciate all the changes that their forebears precipitated, by their mighty struggles of the past. The other side of that coin of course, is that turning around to look, can imbalance us in our here and now, as we face the tangible challenges of our present, by giving us the illusion that those struggles are over, and that things are so much better now. And recollection of past pain can harden those who lived though it, when they look back, and are reminded of the cruel and unnecessary suffering which they, and loved ones now long gone, endured.

Yes things are much better. Fundamentally. But in many ways, the tribal nature of our culture, and the human tendency to xenophobia and prejudice, have not changed very much at all.

So if we as a people do anything on MLK Day this year, I pray that it is to meditate on the singular Truth, that all of us, in our own daily lives, can do more to walk in the shoes of The Other, no matter whether that Other lives on the far side of a racial, or political, or religious division.

Because the fact is, that it is US and our conscious or subconscious demonizing of those who might be different from us, that creates the animus which drives atrocities, both historic, like the ones we note by these markers ones, and also those of the present day, which have no markers, and may therefore be harder to see and appreciate.

Posted by OakTree on 01/15/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

Motherfucker! Garibaldi is a national treasure. Tower is the best.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 01/15/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

@Nick - Huh? If you're talking about Amtrak, you don't have to wait, it just did:…

But you really can't get anywhere on the trains in America anymore. There used to be so much passenger traffic in the US, even up to the Vietnam War, that it was common to get orders to a new duty station accompanied by a train ticket to get there. Now, besides the NE corridor, they are almost nonexistent.

Maybe we need to invest in bringing them back...

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Posted by OakTree on 01/15/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Not My Problem

Oaktree, Not only are there still trains, the big one is a runaway. But let's wait until it hits something before rushing to judgement.
Mullins, I'm more a junior Parker fan.

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Posted by Nick R on 01/15/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Scooter City

I've recently discovered kick bikes. Don't rule them out. If life is an art then how cool is it to know your getting the lowest impact whole body exercise possible every time you kick bike. There's a bike culture in Europe that has gone over to kick bikes as an alternative to regular bikes because though not as fast they cover the same distances feeling invigorated rather than suffering the usual bike butt, neck, back problems from conventional bikes. Safer for for many reasons starting with they are completely at home on the side walks. With a little courtesy they blend well with pedestrian traffic even inside shops. Stop and go transitions are a breaze. Some use them for the last mile solutions on commutes too. My wife and I just ordered a his and hers Crussis "Actve" models from

Posted by Bob Canada on 01/14/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Tigers 62, USF 56

Nice comeback for a home win. I hope that Chad Rykhoek comes back soon. You don't know what you have until it is gone!

Posted by Salim Rivers on 01/14/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The Past for the Future

It demands moral courage to embrace painful truths particularly when wounds are still festering and created a toxic racial atmosphere. What must a community do if no healing remedy is applied? The sickness has metastasized and normalized by a sick social structures. Hopefully,uncovering the truth will offer new hope for a death denying culture.
Rev. Louis Hudson III

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Posted by L Hudson on 01/14/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Memphis Bound Gilbert Gottfried Talks Trump, TV, Life on the Road

So now I have this mental image of Mary Tyler Moore... No... That just ain't right..

Posted by OakTree on 01/14/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Wine-speak

If you can't tell the difference, then it's all immaterial. On the other hand, if you can, then it's relatively easy to identify the bouquet of verbose ignorance.

Posted by OakTree on 01/14/2017 at 11:36 AM

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