I truly wish whoever it is that owns/bottles/markets Willingham's sauces and rubs would consider opening a restaurant here. When it was on Brookhaven Circle, Willingham's was where I would always take guests for, in my opinion, the absolute best Memphis BBQ ribs. Bring back the W'ham!!
I will always remember meeting John in 1993 at Memphis In May. And, I will forever carry his words of advice in my heart and head, "It' ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Thanks John for being such a great man and character. Those of us in the barbecue community will do some cooking in your honor. Memphis, you have truly lost a GREAT MAN!
Everyone in heaven is so lucky because now they get to eat your BBQ . Peace to your family and loved ones.
Just proves our city council and the ones who elected them are all jackasses! Worry about the killing and raping and other crimes caused by those who oppose the names of these parks and put a stop to that! Renaming a park because of bullshit people who have nothing better to do than bitch and moan! Earn your pay city council. Try bringing your city together and taking care of your people rather than bring up shit that turns memphians against each other! SELFISH JACKASSES!!!
R. I. P. : JOHN WILLINGHAM. YOU SHALL BE MISSED ON SO MANY LEVELS! YOU WERE TRULY AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL.
John Willingham was a good man and an even better barbecue chef, a statement which I hope attests to the heavenly quality of his ribs. He and I were on opposite sides of the political divide, but that never once figured into our personal relationship, or even, to wit, our political associations. He was always willing to hear the other side of the story, and he was absolutely fearless when he believed he needed to take an unpopular stand on a matter of principle. I owe him a great deal of debt for the times he has helped me, and that's probably only a small portion of the goodwill he will take with him into the hereafter.
I'll miss seeing his signs in yards every election.
A GOOD MAN, friend, mentor. Brilliant. Open-minded. I'm a better person from your influence. Godspeed.
He had a heart of gold. My friend, you will be missed.
For once Cohen is correct.
Just what R's need to p--- off more people. Why don't they wait until June or July to lose next years elections. I can't hold my nose long enough to vote Dem but it looks like there is no sense in voting otherwise.
I hear you loud and clear on your issues with disclipline.
I also hear that the munis will have some job openings soon.
Yes, I believe the fight will continue until Mays gives the blessing on the munis. I don't like being a pessimist all the time, but I don't see those 7 board members running the show on the board by themselves. I don't think Mays will allow a pro munis majority to rule the board. If he did, it would make things a lot easier, but I don't think it will be the case. The law, legislature, and time are on the munis side now. I think it is now a game of "legal attrition."
I am for MCS/MCS 2 cleaning/ rebuilding their own house. I don't see that happening, although some of the changes agreed to by the board are going the right direction. Notice, some.
They can't get teeth into their discipline policies and the policies need to be over-hauled in this area. Until they start doing something about students who break the rules, who are habitual class and school cutters, who are constantly insubordinate to their teachers, constantly tardy, constantly use their cell phones, - much less those that get in fight after fight and they are back only after a scant few days each time, those that commit vandalism, steal items in the school. See, in my view these kids are not punished. No one from the middle class would want their children going to the urban schools in Memphis. They are unable to sufficiently punish the "wrong doers."
Has no one noticed the absence of the great communicator oldtimer? He must be very very sick or worse not to be adding his legal opinion here.
Well, could be.
But the SCC is not in a great position. First, these negotiations will be between the school boards, so what issues do the munis have to negotiate with the SCC? The SCC has no legal standing on the facilities, especially on the buildings, which are public property and not the property of the SCC. Besides, has not the SCC taken the (legally indefensible) position that the buildings "belong' to the Uniifed System? What would be the legal basis for any SCC lein? If the Memphis insists that they have some "ownership" position in the county school buildings, then the suburbs have an ownership position in the school buildings located in Memphis. That is not workable.
I think all we are going to see from the SCC is some blustering. If they want to go to court over the resegregation issue, that is their right, but they are going to lose on the law. There are now several court cases that establish the principle that the munis have the right to zone school access to only bona fide residents if they wish. We don't want to do that, but we could.
I have no doubt the SCC will make it as difficult as possible, but that is OK, it is expected. I just don't think there is much they can do at this point to stop the munis. The Unified BOE, as Grove points out, willl be collaborative if the current elected seven are the only members. Even if Judge Mays orders elections in December, we can reach an agreement with these seven before that time. If he allows the SCC to appoint their cronies in September, it will mean another round of court hearings on the buildings, but this time, the BOE must find the cash for a fight and they are going to be up against at least two prior court decisions that go directly against them. Not to mention the legislature which will act if they need to do so. Not a formula for success.
In the larger sense, the Unified System and the munis have something to offer each other. There are ways each can use the other to save money and improve the delivery of education. We are willing to stop fighting, start collaborating, and get on with working together for the benefit of the children. What we don't know yet is the posture of the Unified BOE. If they want to fight, what else can we do but fight as well?
When and why did we start electing stupid people to be in charge of state government? And where have the dems fled to?
@AP & GR,
I have my doubts that Ritz & Co. will go down that easily. I don't think that they will just lay down like lambs. I would not think they will do any deal until all the main court possibilities are moot and Judge Mays tells them so. I believe they will try to shake the munis down for substantial alimony, as short a wedding as it will be. (With a lien on the school buildings, if you will). They will want some type of money arrangement to support MCS 2 in perpetuity. After all, they do want to keep playing sports, which in some schools, seems to be more important than academics.
It would be nice if their were a "grand bargain." But those seem so difficult to get these days.
I would be in the group that would support a GB. But I think that would be a loss for Ritz and I believe he will go down fighting with the ship, as the ship slowly sinks into the ocean of urban darkness.
That would be something else AP, if all of the battle and posturing ends with reasonable discussions and agreement.
I think if the school board stays as it is, that's exactly what we will see. They'll negotiate a deal over the buildings and the children now and for future years. Hopefully that works out, so we can all move on to getting back to the kids.
And Drift's last post is important. If the Appeals Court is recommending full text publication, it means that the rules and principles of the Nashville decision are to be used as precendential. That means that the rules and principles in theis decision are binding on lower courts in the 6th jurisdiction, which includes the Western District of Tennessee and Judge Mays.
We all want to keep the unincorporated students now assigned to the muni schools. These talks that are about to begin between our leaders will tell the tale. Certainly, the Unified BOE can refuse to assign those kids to our schools, and we absolutely have the right to close our borders and take, under 49-6-3104, only the kids we want. That will put the Unified System in a really bad spot, and that could be the way it shakes out.
But I don't think so. What I expect is that our leaders and the Unified BOE will reach a "grand bargain". We will get the buildings without going to court to enforce our rights, and they will have us either educate those children at little or no cost to them. I would not be at all suprised to see one or more of the Munis operate schools that are technically not within their boundaries, Bolton and Barrett's Chapel, for example.
I was musing with one of our guys the other day and we were speculating that after all this multi-year drama, wouldn't it be ironic that the whole thing ended quietly with a handshake between the parties ? Then we all get back to education.
I think that's one of the big reasons why the suburbs all had the feasibility studies done assuming we would work out a way to keep our current student population.
First off, none of us want to displace any current students, but also in a case where intent is going to have to be proven, it will be difficult to prove intent to discriminate when the suburbs seeking districts all have clearly stated an intent to maintain their current enrollments if at all possible.
That's assuming someone sues the individual suburbs. Suing the state is a bigger uphill battle. Proving the state was acting with intent to discriminate will be next to impossible unless subpoenas yield some smoking gun type emails involving multiple legislators.
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