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Re: “District 95 Showdown

Hi again Walt. Say, did you happen to actually, you know, READ the Tennessee budget that I linked above?

You claim, "..our state government is bloated with over spending..."

Which is measurably incorrect. In fact, Tennessee has the best record of any state in the Union when it comes to operating in the black. We are always #1, #2, #3, in that regard, year after year. We wouldn't even HAVE a surplus if we were overspending. So that's just a bunch of malarky.

Then you say, "..It's funny how uncivil you are just and attacked my candidate because I expressed my support for someone you oppose..."

Which isn't even an English sentence. What the heck are you trying to say? I'm not attacking anyone, and I certainly don't oppose or EVEN CARE who the Libertarian Party candidate is for District 95. I back the Greens, actually. And we don't have a dog in this fight.

What I DO insist on though, is that if you come on this message board and make claims about this or that, that you back up these claims up with facts. And honestly Walt, you are sucking pretty badly at that right about now.


You continue, "..Make this about why the candidate you support is better than other candidates not about attacking people based on who they support, which has nothing to do with the individuals running. I think I have you pretty much pinned down as not being an oak tree and know exactly who you are. Good luck..."

What are you trying to say, Walt? You know exactly who I am? Huh. I think most people here on this site know exactly who I am. As in, what my real name is, where I go to church, who I work for, what kind of drinks I prefer... the whole nine yards. I know who most of them are too. So what?

But what's the 'good luck' for? Are you threatening me? Or stalking me? Should I be worried? Do I need to call the cops?

I know who your name is attached to also.

And Pete's for that matter.

How about you just admit you are wrong, and acknowledge that Governor Haslam passing the gas tax bill is actually a benefit to the large majority of Tennesseans? Mathematically?

How about you stop trying to foist off your political opinions as 'facts', when things are a lot more complicated than your 'Libertarian' talking points?


Thanks in advance.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

I recognize those facts you posted, the systematic problem with it is our state government is bloated with over spending. I'm not gonna go into details here, because this is about the candidates and not about attacking voters. It's funny how uncivil you are just and attacked my candidate because I expressed my support for someone you oppose. Make this about why the candidate you support is better than other candidates not about attacking people based on who they support, which has nothing to do with the individuals running. I think I have you pretty much pinned down as not being an oak tree and know exactly who you are. Good luck.

I'm civil and not attacking any candidate, individual, or party nor accusing people of ignoring facts. I welcome you to a Libertarian Party meeting to discuss these issues with you, but in the meantime I stand behind Jim Tomasik and being the best candidate for State Rep, many other candidates running may be better fit for City Council of Collierville but not State Rep.

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Posted by Walt Granecki on 04/21/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Two Takes

@Emily - Yeah, so I watched your link. And as a retired military officer, I can tell you that your 'informed' individual was neither well informed, nor really even interested in whatever Senator Corker had to say in answer. She was hostile, and interrupted him more than once, without letting him get in a reply. He was incredibly polite to her despite this, and carefully tried to figure out what her specific concerns were. Yet in the end, all she wanted to do was try to make Corker the target for her disdain for Trump. Despite the fact that Corker has been quite vocal during these last few months, in trying to keep Trump on task in international affairs.

This sort of bullying behavior certainly doesn't reflect well on any citizen who considers themselves to be a liberal thinker, and more particularly, just gives ammunition to conservatives, who argue that there is no point in even trying to engage in healthy discussion with partisans on the other side of the aisle, because they act like this.

I suggest, if you are at all interested in remaining relevant politically, in either state or national politics, that you retain the language of civility within the debates of our time. Because failure to do so will not result in your side winning. It will just make moderates like me completely ignore you.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “4/20 at Overton Park, Not Very Lit

Shoulda been at Banbury Shire ;)

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 04/21/2017 at 2:46 PM

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: “How to Gumbo

You go Clyde!

Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 1:28 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: “How to Gumbo

These ladies are good. I aim to take them down Sunday!

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Posted by Clyde on 04/21/2017 at 1:06 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

Re: “Game 3: Grizzlies 105, Spurs 94: Grindhouse Forever

I almost felt bad for soon to be 40 Manu Ginobili. In 10 minutes of scoreless play, his wide open, uncontested 3 almost broke the backboard and his careless stepping out of bounds with the ball right into the 2nd half, which led to a Gasol 3 and 9 pt Grizz lead, well, you can see the basketball grim reaper knocking at his door. He was never even in position to hopefully draw one of his patented flops.

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Posted by East Memphis Mark on 04/21/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Update: Nary a Silo Will Tarnish Famous Vista

Great move. Sure wouldn't want expanded & productive industry/business to permanently alter the complete view of this majestic brown 2k mile long river.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 04/21/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The New New Plan for Memphis International Airport

Reading is fundamental.

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Posted by Thoughtful on 04/21/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Promenade Stand

Other cities having to spend millions to de-urbanize their riverfronts, while the some want to spend millions to do the opposite.

If there's one thing Friends for Our Riverfront can be proud of, it's that it kept the city from spending $300+ million doing the opposite of what smart cities do.

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Posted by Sue Williams on 04/21/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “The New New Plan for Memphis International Airport

@datGuy - Likely most of the increases are due to infrastructure changes related to the increase in amenities. As to who's responsible, the article states:

..This is a lengthy, complex process, and its crucial that we do it right in order to deliver the best possible airport experience for Memphis travelers, said Pace Cooper, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners. Weve made progress thus far, and more significant changes are on the horizon. These changes are all part of a project that will result in a modern, convenient, state-of-the-art airport for our passengers, airlines, concessionaires and other partners...

Seems pretty obvious to me.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Flawed Justice in Memphis

I hope Memphis can began combatting racist supremacist groups. In California their target prey are Mexicans and African American. Now here in Memphis Tn the victims and target prey are Single Women family homebuyers and African Americans led by Raymond Austin Earline Austin Sheila Austin Marcus Payne, Phillip Martin Jr, Charles Kinchelow Jr Georgia Denton other associates motorcycle club members Shea, Liz,Ira Morgan Jesse Chatman Teddy Carr and husband, Casey Austin, Betty Austin, Joyce Austin Darlena Austin, DeCarlos Kinchelow, Peggy Ray Nickelberry Toya Ray Polk Keemeesha Minor, Frenchie Loullen Detroit Mi. Charles and Terrance Owens, Lorraine Lo Baby Robinson, Veronica Cobb, Dave Wilburn, Kyle Louellen,Glenn Harper just to name a few committing hate motivated crimes and murders just like organized street gangs and organized.

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Posted by anonymous on 04/21/2017 at 3:20 AM

Re: “The New New Plan for Memphis International Airport

How did the price double for the negligible changes?

Who is responsible?

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Posted by datGuy on 04/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

And while I'm at it, the shape of Memphis, would be a 747 cargo jet...

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

If you don't like it, I think you need to leave, barf. I mean, there's gotta be something else for you to do in a place you want to be. If you don't like it here, move. A lot of us moved here, after living in other places, specifically because WE DO like it here.

"..most other people do not share your standards..."

Yeah, I think you are a little over the top there.

If you look at all the major cities in the Mississippi Basin, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, they all have experienced significant population loss from 1960 to 2010. This isn't peculiar to Memphis. It's related to structural changes in industrial production and agribusiness predominantly, which has led to changing employment patterns, and thus changing demographics of residence.

The city which has been hit hardest by this demographic shift is actually Chicago. So your premise about population loss, where people want to live, and why they move where they do, prolly needs a little work. People move to New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago all the time, even though their demographics show a general population shift out of their metropolitan catchment. They do it for all kinds of reasons. Cultural ones are a big thing, actually.

So I guess those people who move in, to quote you, 'do not share your standards'.

Chill, barf. It's ok to love Memphis, even when it has issues. Relax.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Commercial Appeal Changes, 17 Laid Off

I worked for several newspapers in the 1960s, and went to work for WHBQ-TV in 1969. I saw the old Memphis Press Scimitar afternoon paper fold in the 1970s, and the downward spiral of journalism in general in the decades following that. I was one of the unfortunate reporters let go in 1990 when WHBQ was sold to the low-brow Adams Communication Co. They lost over $10 million when they in turn sold the station to Fox; it was poetic justice. The recent layoffs at the CA are just further evidence of the sad state of journalism in America. I'm a native Memphian and treasure the many years I covered events in my old hometown. I'm saddened by the present state of affairs in local journalism, but that is the reality, and I don't ever see things turning around. I think what opportunities still existing in journalism will more likely be found in the small towns and rural communities. But journalism quality overall seems pretty dismal. The national media has become so left-wing biased and mean-spirited, that many viewers and readers have abandoned it. It's a sad state of affairs. I left Memphis many years ago for the Missouri Ozarks, and now retired, I can concentrate on my golf and flyfishing and leave the worries to someone else. Bill Anderson

Posted by Bill A on 04/20/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

Bric- I'm sorry, but you are hopeless. 1980? Really? No one cares about 1980 to 2010. If you applied the same span of years to the areas I noted, it would cast a shadow over you "dynamic" growth of our local suburbs. Perhaps you realized that and we're attempting to cover for the fact that Germantown has grown by around 1900 people in the last 15+ years despite an abundance of undeveloped acreage (north of 3000 acres by one recent estimate) within the municipal boundaries. Collierville also reflects a dramatic decrease in it's rate of growth between 2000 and 2015. A rate which continues to fall despite the enormous areas available for development within it's existing boundaries and it's annexation reserve area. Let's play by your standard that real population growth is the major indicator of a dynamic, high quality of life place. Apparently more people than not have a different view than yours concerning quality of life here. It's weird, because if suburban Memphis and the metro as a whole was indeed on par with the places mentioned, employers and the general population sure seem bent on depriving themselves of the good life by choosing overwhelmingly to locate almost anywhere else but here- unless it's low pay, low skill distribution activity. From 2011- 2013 a net migration of -16,000 people (more people moving out than in) chose to leave Shelby County. In 2013 alone 560 more people left Shelby for other counties in the Memphis metro than chose to move into Shelby. In that same year, 763 more people left for Nashville and it's suburban counties than moved to Shelby Co. Over a thousand more left for the Dallas/ Ft Worth metro than arrived and the deficit increased to over 1500 for Austin's Travis Co alone. The numbers are even in the red for places like Pulaski County (Little Rock) and Knox Co. Maybe it's an income thing, right. Maybe these people just can afford to live in o e of the most affordable metro areas in the country. Shoot, that's not it because in 2013 alone, the average income for those movies g here was over $4,800 less compared to those hightailing it out of here.

All of Shelby County beyond the Memphis city limits grew by a paltry 35,000 over the last 17 years. Meanwhile, Plano alone grew by twice that amount during the same period. However, I should have realized that you cannot comprehend that growing from squat to squat and a half is a peas to pumpkins comparison when you mentioned Dallas grew by 200,000 people. By the way, if I had wanted to add Dallas I would have, but seeing as the conversation was comparing suburbs to suburbs in my last post, I did not. Your pesky critical reading deficiency strikes again.

Not sure why you decided to randomly insert density information as population density except that you seem to equate density with quality of life. Odd you would mention that for no apparent reason. Then again, who cares what someone like you thinks about Southlake's density? Specifically when it's median household income is almost twice that of Collierville- an amount that far surpasses the differences in cost of living.

Highland Park is completely built out and it has an aversion to high density and rental housing, thus the flatline. However it does boast an exceptional quality of life which has resulted in exceptionally high home values. These values in turn have eroded the rental housing market and resulted in the demolition of multifamily uses in favor of single family infill in a process that began in the mid 1950s. An oversimplified summary is that as property values have risen, all but the wealthiest students at neighboring SMU have been forced out of homes that have then been converted back to single family occupancy over the years. To bad you have no knowledge of these or the other areas mentioned. Maybe that's why you cannot understand that Memphis and it's suburbs are very "meh" by comparison.

No need to refer specifically to North Mississippi as it does not change any of the results in a significant way. The reference to the suburbs mentioned was directly tied to quality of life in those locales. Face it, just like AP, the quality of life in suburban Memphis (and the Memphis metro as a whole) may suite you just fine. It just turns out that most most other people do not share your standards. It's pretty obvious when most people are choosing to live anywhere and seemingly everywhere else.

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Posted by barf on 04/20/2017 at 7:24 PM

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