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Re: “Two Takes

Senator Corker WAS asked about Syria and North Korea...immediately after this "town hall" ended. If his "unbelievable" remark was in some way meant to lambast the audience for not asking the "right questions" or for not asking about Syria and N Korea, not only is that rude, but completely false. Here's the video of him being asked these questions very directly by an informed constituent.

Also, he may be on the Foreign Relations Committee, but that's HARDLY the ONLY set of issues he votes on. Pretending that his constituents are somehow mislead or ignorant because people were upset about the full spectrum of issues he votes on is misleading, at best. Our elected officials DO NOT have the authority or even the moral/ethical right to define or determine what issues their constituents are concerned about. His office said 99% of the calls they got on DeVos were against her and yet he voted for her anyway. Local media needs to hold him accountable on his disdain for his constituents and their concerns.

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Posted by Emily Fulmer on 04/21/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Two Takes

@Jennifer Morris - I suspect the rumors to which Jackson alludes in his opening paragraph are correct. Senator Corker has all the bona fides of a proper Republican presidential candidate. As such, this 'Travel around the Volunteer State' was likely designed to keep backers and local party intelligentsia abreast of the recent changes in the currents that flow back in the Dismal Swamp that is Washington, and what plans our own Godzilla has therein. Stops would therefore be organized in their strongholds. And downtown Memphis ain't exactly one of those. Thus the location, methinks.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Two Takes

Interesting article. With respect to Syria and North Korea, Senator Corker absolutely would have been asked questions on that topic if he'd spent more time with his audience. He stopped taking questions after only about 40 minutes. It should be noted that people were literally standing in the room with a giant ~7 ft. "Veterans for Peace" flag in his full view. And based on what I recall, he did discuss Syria by way of lamenting that action had not been taken years ago when it could have saved more lives. (He neglected to take ownership of the fact that the GOP opposed giving President Obama the authority to act at that time, but that's another matter and he was generally more supportive than the rest of his party on that particular issue...) Overall, I applaud him for taking time to speak with his constituents; but I do it at a very low decibel level because choosing to meet at a coffee shop 30 miles outside of a major metropolitan area at 8:00am on a weekday (when he literally traveled into that major metropolitan city for lunch) was a very weak move. He could have easily hosted a real town hall after 5:00pm within the city limits of the town he was there to visit.

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Posted by Jennifer Morris on 04/21/2017 at 12:24 PM

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@Memphomania - You're right. Mr. Sneaky Easter Bunny would never let you know what was happening in the Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doors. Just waggles that puffy cottontail, and believes everybody is fooled into thinking that he's a dumb little country bunny.

But nothing could be further from the truth...…

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Two Takes

"At the end of it all, someone said the obvious, that he ...had not been asked about the current crises in Korea and Syria. He shook his head slowly but gave an indulgent smile. "Unbelievable," he said."

Asking Corker about Klownstik's foreign policy? Might as well ask the Easter Bunny about her plan for Middle-East Peace.

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Posted by Memphomania on 04/20/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Two Takes

You're right Love.

The only way to solve the problem with the youth of this community is to pay their fathers enough money to be able to support their mothers to be able to stay at home and raise them.

But until we fix the poverty problem, financial pressures will continue to destroy relationships and force children to live in broken homes.

What motivation does a child have to contribute to society, knowing full well that no amount of compliance will be rewarded with a living wage? Better to commit a felony and get room and board, or claim mental illness and get disability.

FedEx's part time only jobs certainly aren't the answer.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/20/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Libertarians are often defined as extreme right wing republicans by liberal democrats. I think many of us are sick of politics as usual and of self serving politicians on both sides of the aisle. I feel many people are like me with a social attitude of live and let live so long as no one else is hurt, and want government to have a limited role. We need government to build and maintain infrastructure, and keep us as safe as possible. We do not need government telling us where to can empty our bladders and what some people can smoke.

As a Memphian, I can both city and county property taxes, and I am overcharged for the "services" I supposedly receive. Most of us that live in the city cannot think of what the county does for us aside from running the jail.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/20/2017 at 11:40 AM

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There have been many "programs" to "help" disadvantaged young people. The only people being helped are the principals of these "non-profits." The principal of the Urban Child Institute was paid in the neighborhood of 900 grand a year. He probably did not want to be paid this much, but I'm sure the board of directors insisted for all the good he was doing for the children. /sarc.

The real social pathology is the high rate of illegitimacy in the community. Men need to be men and provide for their children. Good parenting is a tag team operation, one parent can easily be worn down emotionally, financially and legally just to name a few challenges. Breaking up families brings in federal 4E dollars for state and local agencies, and these dollars are passed on to the non-profits.

King Willie knows this, and he wants a piece of this pie.

If King Willie ever gets this operation off the ground, no doubt it will crash and burn like every other program he has ever started.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/20/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Hey Walt. No problem with the links. Only problem, is you don't like the facts.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 7:25 AM

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Wow looks like the libertarian meeting just let out.
I assume Tomasik and all y'all are against government funded gall bladder surgery, but for some reason Jim Tom fails to post his pro-Cholecystitis stance on his web site.
"fastest growing party" whose best candidate ever crashed and burned in the last presidential election.

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 04/20/2017 at 5:13 AM

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"(N)ot big on teamwork." Yet, the Libertarian Party is the fastest growing party in the country.

Being pro-life doesn't mean you want it legislated. It's a moral stance. When I say I'm pro-life, it means I don't want to pay for it when someone is using it as birth control.

Also, why are all the anti-Tomasik people using pseudonyms? If y'all feel so strongly about your principles, don't hide. We're not.

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Posted by Chad Sulton on 04/19/2017 at 11:10 PM

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Oaktree, do you see the systematic problem with the links you provided?

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Posted by Walt Granecki on 04/19/2017 at 10:26 PM

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Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You people who continue to promote the D's and R's please continue and we will all be insane.

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Posted by Heber Arnold on 04/19/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

That's okay, we understand that you prefer people in public service who will continue to increase your taxes, let major cities take over your property that depreciates your property and pay more taxes for crappy services. We understand that politicians in general say whatever it takes to get elected. This is not the case for Jim Tomasik. This is not something he relishes for himself. As a Libertarian, he hates big government. He feels like it's his duty to fight for the individual. He truly does want the government to leave your pocket book, uterus, marriage and your guns to be left alone.

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Posted by Heber Arnold on 04/19/2017 at 9:56 PM

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Clyde, No. Libertarians are not big on teamwork.

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Posted by Dayn Rand on 04/18/2017 at 5:51 PM

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Didn't Tamsik play QB for the Bears?

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Posted by Clyde on 04/18/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

@Walt - Hey. Been away this weekend. Just noticed your question:

"Oaktree, in what world is $2,000,000,000 considered small? "

This world, Walt.

I don't think you realize how much it costs to pave a single mile of road. The following .pdf document outlines the average cost of construction for a single mile of various types of road:

How many road projects is that little amount going to cover? Got a calculator? How many miles of road in Tennessee are substandard, and need immediate attention from years of neglect? Are you starting to see my point?

The total budget for the State of Tennessee in 2016-2017 was $34.78 billion:…

This is how Haslam's plan to increase the gasoline tax would help everyone:…

And it isn't even really two billion dollars. This is a better picture of how much money we are really talking about:…

It's only prudent in business, or even in your own family finances, to hold reserves for downturns. Spending every amount you manage to scrimp and save is just plain dumb. Most adults know this. That's why we try to keep money in the bank. Even when we plan on future capital outlays, by getting more income through overtime or a second job, we still try to hold a goodly bit in the bank. It's what adults do.

Of course if you're a juvenile, you wanna go out and blow all your ready dough.

I understand. Being an adult is hard.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/16/2017 at 8:19 PM

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Herr Bcher, Check his web site. But if Jim Tom does not advocate legislating abortion, his statement of being pro-life is simple pandering. But what would you expect from someone who runs for any political office at the drop of a hat, anytime, anywhere.

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 04/15/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Mia, Libertarians do not advocate legislating abortion, check your premise.

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Posted by Cody Bücher on 04/15/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Tomasik doesn't even live in the District.

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Posted by Dave Cambron on 04/15/2017 at 12:12 PM

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