Regarding "What is your point?" You said: "Christianity doesn't do that". I simply pointed out that Christianity has and continues to exhibit its own instances equal to "convert, pay jizya, or be killed".
While my personal religious beliefs are those of a conservative christian, I do not ignore actions committed in the name of Christianity by professed christians.
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.
David, I think the how is easy. Simply put, the Tigers don't have many -- if any!!! -- thoroughbreds. Not much firepower. It's been a long time since Memphis has trotted out a basketball team so bereft of raw athletes and/or skilled basketball players. But I don't blame it on Tubby Smith. At least not yet. Given him another or year or two to at least moderately upgrade the talent and continue to coach up that talent.
I seem to remember this publication, just a few short years ago, touting the strength of the Democratic party and the fact that it was going to reign for possibly even decades due to demographic shifts in the population.
While I still think demographics don't favor the Republicans long term, I said at the time that things don't ever shift one way for very long.
The reason for that is because you just can't please that many people. The Dems have become synonymous with social justice issues, gay rights, racial issues, immigration, etc., and in doing so, they largely left may of their labor union and working class friends behind.
The Republicans capitalized on that.
That's always going to be the case. It looked like things were going to be heavily Republican for a while through the 80s. Demographic shifts and ideological shifts within the parties changed all that, ushering in the Clinton era of Dem control. Follow that with the swing the other direction, and then back again with Obama.
I will say it again. There will NEVER be a run where one party controls this country for an extended period. I don't care what demographic patterns say or how those demographics are voting today. It won't stay that way.
Even when the Dems had a lengthy period of controlling both the House and Senate during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the White House still never stayed in their possession for more than 8 years consecutively.
No party will ever be able to please a majority of the country for that long of a period of time. You'll eventually alienate parts of your base by favoring other parts of your base in ways that hinder others.
Since 1980, there have been only 4 years where the Dems controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency (1993-1995 , 2009-11). Likewise, there have been only 4 years when the Republicans have controlled all 3 (2003-2007), though the Republicans will at least be able to add 2017-2019 now too. The Dems will regain control of the White House soon and probably the Senate/House at some point soon too, but the potential era of Dem domination is not on the horizon. It's not on the horizon for the Republicans either.
Only hope for NC2A is win the conference tournament. And that is a very impossible long shot with limited players.
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.
"I don't care." "Total bullshit."
Someone's been watching Presidential news conferences. Cute in its own way.
Mullins, TN culture warriors are more prone to plant the bomb at the church and run off before they singe their sheets.
I don't care. But, while we are at it, what's the difference between Sha'iyah, Hujjatiya, and Bada'iyah?
Give Sharia a Christian name and plenty of good Tennesseans would be strapping on bomb vests for the greater glory of Jesus.
Bricabrac, what's the difference between Southern Baptists, Quakers, and Seventh Day Adventists?
Duck penis, button up you rain coat and move along.
For all the non-difference this non-event produced, future non-events should be conjoined with "National One Day Without Chupacabras, UFOs, Loch Ness Monsters, Attractive Feminists, & Lucid Liberals".
Historically? Hell, historically speaking there are horrors upon horrors across all of humanity in a never ending stream until recently. Is that supposed to make us all guilty of everything? Is that supposed to excuse any behavior or belief for all people everywhere for all time? Are you saying that we should bring back the draw and quarter because, heck, we did it before? What is your point?
Where in the US today does anyone have to pay a government tax based on religious belief?
Where in the US today does anyone have to convert or die because the law says so?
Are you intending to say that we should all convert or be killed?
But historically, Christianity has enforced those same 3 basics time and time again.
Sharia would demand three things (for starters) of all persons, either convert, pay jizya, or be killed. Christianity doesn't do that.
Wow...and How... :-(
I personally feel that the freedom of a society is inversely proportional to the level of involuntary compliance demanded by it.
The path to state religion is paved with religious laws. How is our governance superior to Sharia if it shares the same basis?
I spent 2/3's of my life studying christianity, first pentecostal and then southern baptist. It was working in the church behind the scenes that finally killed my faith.
Back to reality. What meaningful, productive legislation has the state legislature accomplished in the past three years? Culture warrior stuff doesn't count.
First, I would ban anyone whose name began with a cli.
Second, nationalized health care.
Third, universal conscription with some leeway as to when the 2 years is served.
Fourth, jobs in lieu of welfare.
Fifth, if armed conflict is called for all effort must be made to kill heads of state rather than collateral damage/murder.
Sixth, eliminate tax exemptions, write offs, corporate welfare etc. Run businesses like a business.
There is a few more, but I got a beer on ice.
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