Politicians don't rule, the people rule! Well, how did Barack Hussein Obama get elected and re-elected as president, both times getting over 50% of the popular vote and a ton of electoral votes. Oh, that is right, the people rule, so, I guess a majority of the people voluntarily gave the reins of power to Obama. God! I love this country!
The funny thing about all of these, so-called scandals, not one piece of evidence has came forth linking President Obama with his personal hand in them. Believe me, if that evidence was out there, it would have been found.
So, rather than you people sitting around making up things that you can't show any proof on, let the democratic process take place. Let the GOP House impeach the president and send it over to the senate. See how far that will go.
Yes, you republican conservatives, write your congressmen and house members and call for the presidents impeachment. Heck, I would love a good laugh about now.
Well, at least our DA got to have her press conference right in front of the club during the shakedown....I mean shutdown.
Isn't that what this is really all about?......the "press conference"? For the most part, thats all the "war on drugs" has lead to. Endless press conference after press conference; each one telling us how we are winning the "war on drugs" after some small timer is busted with a few pounds of dope.
I mean really, how lame has it gotten? We have several states that have made it legal to smoke dope, while we have DA stand out in front of a club and call it a nuisance, because folks are smoking dope in the club.
Why are you so skeptical about facts from credible sources when it does not agree with your way of thinking?
I don't care how you parse it, the fact is that there is a movement of people, especially generation y, that are preferring to live in urban cities, rather rent than buy. Google the internet on the subject and articles will buttress this. Hell, when you go to downtown Memphis after 6pm, all you see are mostly younger whites and blacks, mostly middle-middle or higher income people. There are virtually no vacancies in mid-town. Hell, vacancies are even hard to find in Hickory Hill. Whitehaven is full and with a median income of 40k and more.
Grove, understand that everyone don't have the values and desires as you and others like you do. Hell, take a good look at Germantown. It is aging. Look at the average age of the people living and moving to Germantown?
California real estate investors are buying houses left and right in Hickory Hill, Fox Meadows and renting them out.
Please don't talk to me about businesses being boarded up. Shopping Malls are going down all over the U. S.. Big Box Stores are having a hard time too. People, especially the younger, generation y, population prefer small, specialty stores that cater to their life style. They prefer casual, semi-fast food restaurants with specialty foods to traditional sit down restaurants. Younger people don't want to mow lawns, plant flowers, etc. They would much rather have it done for them. they want the flexibility of being able to move at will.
Face it Grove, as I often tell you, times are rapidly changing, if one doesn't change with it, they had better get out of the way, for they will be run over. These younger people don't want to be like us, they don't want to be tied down to a mortgage, that is like an anchor to them.
Grove, for an old man, I still have good instincts and can see far off when change is coming. If you would open your eyes and diversify your relationships, you could see it too.
If the articles I read are accurate, then it's the economy that's currently driving the shift to urban centers, which would mean that a recovery would lead to a shift back to suburbs. Now I really do wish Memphis well.
I, too, would like more details. Do we know what age group this growth is in? To what socioeconomic level? Yes, that needs to be known, if these are children born to single mothers on welfare it doesn't bode well for an invigorated Memphis.
If President Obama had a -R after his name the Democrats would be on him like white on rice.
Good for them.....handle it like real men do. Ain't no big thang! We got bigger fish to fry around here.
Just back from out of town.
It is funny that when I tried to convince Grovereb84 about the population of Memphis, he and most of you readers laughed at me. Well, what more do I need to say?
There are many people who wants to see Memphis as a dying city, but, it won't happen. As the economy gets better, Memphis' population will either maintain or go up, albeit gradually, keeping up with the new jobs.
The problem with you suburbanites is that you only look at things through your partisan eyes. You make the same mistakes when looking at national politics.
Memphis is the hub and that is that. New jobs anywhere in the metro area will only help Memphis. Unless the jobs pay very well, the choice for people to stay will be Memphis. So, hurry up and finish the I-69 loop, get more businesses for Southaven and Olive Branch, Memphis residents need the jobs.
...so much ado about nothing. Slow news day.
Overall, I like Judge Potter too. He has perhaps one of the most un-enviably jobs in this city: tackling the never ending- in fact growing- issue of blight and decay. This issue of course is perpetuated by individuals such as one Mr. Carter who apaprently owns property but does not have the financial wherewithal to keep it code compliant which begs the question of whether he should be allowed to continue to own said property at all. Should Potter have been informal with Carter- no, probably not. But then again, I know my reaction to someone who said they can’t fix up their property because they don’t have any money might be a lot worse- especially if they are a landlord. It’s like a driver who causes a wreck and blames it on the fact that they have problems with their eyesight. Judge Potter seems to be fulfilling a thankless job- like bailing water on the Titanic.
$4,000 is nothing for all the money they will make this weekend
Call the dude "hoss" once...not ok, but not unforgiveable. But, after dude protests the moniker, the judge uses it again, quite intentionally....very disrespectful and unprofessional. His honor owes the man an apology.
Luckily veggie dogs grow on trees and don't have to be planted, no ground cultivation, no irrigation system or fertilization. No harvesting, no processing, no transportation to warehouses, distribution centers and markets. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if stuffing some ground up cow into a piece of pig intestine has a smaller carbon footprint that your veggie dog ... and it sure sounds tastier.
I've been in Judge Potters court many, many times and it can be less than formal. Many people appearing before him are return customers, some over and over again, so many times that he kind of knows them, that's no excuse, if the reference was objected to he should have apologized. Sorry to hear about his serious health issues, I like the guy.
The enviro court is a mixed bag. Sometimes it's a blessing--providing a needed venue for addressing property problems that plague our communities. Other times it is, itself a nuisance for folks that have been caught up in a personal battle of wills with Code Enforcement. I don't know if it's changed since the last time I was in there and told to stop acting like "Perry Mason", but the thing that stood out to me was that there wasn't a court recorder, leaving me to wonder if one would have any meaningful recourse should one disagree with the judge.
""It appears we are seeing a leveling off of movement from the city as we approach the merger of the school systems," said Maura Black Sullivan, assistant chief administrative officer for the city of Memphis.".......Ms. Sulliavan, are you really trying to insinuate that the "merger of the school systems" is a driving force in the apparent increase in the urban numbers...........really?
One would have to see the breakdown of the increase to get a more accurate picture, but to say there is a "leveling off movement" is merely supposition..........it could just as easily be that existing households have increased with displaced family members in the "I stays" category as well...............heck, I live next door to a family that I couldn't tell you how many people live in the house with all the coming and going of family members "staying"...........first there was the original members. A grandmother, grandfather and their grandson and his wife who moved back from out of state to care for his grandparents. Then the grandfather passed away and a daughter and her two teenage children and grand baby moved in to live off the grandmother when they had been evicted from their house. After several incidents prompting MPD visits, the grandson and his wife, having had enough of what he called "ghetto" kin folk leaching, moved out . Next there was the "player" son who moved in with grandma, another uncle, for awhile there was another teenage grandson...........heck it's grand central station over there with family members moving in and out and the surprising fact is that you never see any of them leaving for work. Somebody must be getting some kind of income if the number of empty beer cans I pick up out of my side yard are any indication though.
My SIL was teaching in one of the city schools and has complained numerous times about the constant inflow and outflow of many of the students in her classes as they move from one household to another and back again during the school year........
So this is one Memphis resident who will take the "increase" with a grain of salt at face value until I see the details.......
Memphomania is correct....Judge Potter owes the man an apology in this instance. With that said, J42 is also correct. Judge Potter has developed a model environmental court that has garnished respect from across the nation in its approach and successes, but it is time for Judge Potter to step down. There comes a time in anybody's career where their abilities start to diminish, their temperament changes either by age, health or ego and they see themselves as the "god" of their little kingdom...........Judge Potter has found himself in that category. Time to retire Judge.
You're right that Judge Potter has a good reputation and for a long time he was a good judge, with a good temperment who did treat most people in his courtroom with proper respect.
And, it's in no way proper for a judge to call anyone appearing in his/her court "hoss." If the shoe were on the other foot and Mr. Carter had address his Honor as "Hoss," you can bet it would not have gone well for Mr. Carter.
Judge Potter, as most everyone familiar with the goings-on down at 201 knows, has of late suffered many health related problems. He rarely even appears on the bench in his own courtroom and actually has gone to the legislature and gotten approval to have a few lawyers, who are unelected by the people, to sit as special judges in his courtroom.
Judge Potter's personal problems have definitely had a negative impact on his temperment on the bench and he should, by all means, resign. It's a shame that a man who once was such a good judge refuses to resign, as he should.
OK, I see your point. My bad feelings towards Memphis are showing. I admit to harboring them, and I will try to be mindful of keeping them out of my comments.
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