It's interesting how the issue of modern day slavery seems to attract so little attention from people would debate endlessly on slavery occurring 150 years ago. It may speak to the beneficiaries beyond the obvious pimps and johns.
You'd think a Frenchman would be accustomed to snobbish restaurateurs.
Great to see all the little pieces finally falling into place.
Two different beasts, transvestites and transsexuals, although they do often frequent the same watering hole. The TVs tend to be a fun crowd (gay and straight) while the TSs are real serious, mostly, and considering what they have in mind, you figure they would be. A somewhat convoluted sub strait of TSs are those who desire the surgery so they can live as gay members of their targeted race. For instance, a male pre op and post op would still be attracted to women. This would indicate the possibility of some deep wiring snafu in the brain for all transexuals.
And a little advise for all the morons out there, do not harass a transsexual, they will mess you up bad, and then who are you gonna complain to.
Gee, you guys might cut Nathan Bedford Forrest some of the "personal growth" slack, too.
Gee, OakTree, you wouldn't begrudge a Senator a little personal growth would you? He didn't quite make the leaps Richard F. Pettigrew made but he could sure play a fiddle.
I am a very politically incorrect gay man. I neither understand nor celebrate transgender issues. I think it is a tragedy when someone can't accept himself for who and how he was created. But as you said, it isn't my call.
Drag isn't related to transgender. I don't do drag myself, of course, but I find it entertaining. I don't know why.
I have to admit that us confirmed heterosexuals just do not understand the drag queen phenomenon.
We had a young fellow at work decide he was he wrong gender and he started the painful process of converting himself into a woman.
He was a right nice looking as a young man. But the ugliest woman you ever saw.
Never did understand what he wanted to accomplish, but then, it was not my call.
You could not be more accurate.
One other thing, too. It is more that just a growing acceptance that the municpals are going to form and have a right to do so.
There are several members among the Elected Seven who are very genuine in their desire to improve education in Shelby County regardless of whether, in Tomeka 's words,"there are one or fifty school districts".
These are not career politicians, or those with political ambitions. They really do care.
The working relationships necessary to accomplish a "Grand Bargain" have developed over many months of working together on the Unified School Board and the TPC before that. Those relationships have developed the trust necessary to get this thing done. Our view is the untrustworthy on both the Unifed BOE and the SCC will be gone shortly and the rest of us can get on with it.
Apparently, Judge Mays does not know that his role in the merger is finished July 1st.
He said last a couple of weeks ago he might wait until September 1st to make a decisison on the expansion of the Shelby County School Board.
You better help and send him a note telling him he is finished with any oversight July 1st, because he does not realize that.
i don't understand your point about any person being elected by all the citizens. Aren't the City Council and the SCC elected by districts? The Elected Seven were elected by county-wide districts. What difference does that make? Is their authority somehow less is they are elected by districts?
And sorry, a later school board cannot just nullify a valid contract. All any school board can do is set policy, they are not a law-making, or law changing, organization. If they make a written agreement, with consideration given and taken, the laws of the State of Tennessee, or federal contract law, will govern their behavior. The terms of that contract must be fulfilled.
If no agreement is reached on the disposition of the buildings, we will press the point in Federal court, with the SCS BOE as defendants. Regardless of what the legislature does. Given the existing case law and history of school building dispositions in Shelby County, I sure like our chances.
But that is not going to happen. This will be settled out of court.
You say there is nothing for Memphis to lose and you are dead wrong.
I expect some of the details to come leaking out over the next several months, but Memphis schools are going to gain big time financially in this agreement. Not only in cost avoidance, but in leveraging their existing investments in technology, people and infrastructure. Frankly, the municipals will gain financially as well.
The Win-Win is being negotiated (unofficially, of course).
You may be sure nothing will be announced until after September 1st, but leaks will occur.
Every decade since 1970 we hear the same thing. "Memphis is growing! That's what the data shows!" then he census comes out and we find out that the interim data was incorrect. Oopsies!
It's quite possible, even likely, that a majority of the board members don't see any value in obstructing the inevitable out of belligerence. So if they choose not to try to obstruct, as a majority, it's a done deal. They can sign an agreement for displacement of that property, and that will be that. I know that for you it's all about anger and belligerence with the suburbs, but not everyone is on that boat with you. Many don't see the benefit in spending money and efforts fighting a battle they know they can't win in the end. There is nothing to gain for anyone with delay, other than those like you who just want to to down kicking and screaming.
I saw my first drag queen crossing Madison to JWags in the late 80's. I was driving out the parking lot of Bellevue Baptist with some friends. I don't remember if it was a Sunday night or if we were headed out on church visitation. Though recognizing myself to be gay, I was incredibly naive. I remarked on "what an ugly woman that is" when one of my friends burst into laughter, telling me it was a "drag queen".
Robert Byrd? You are quoting ROBERT BYRD???
Kudos to Kelly for refusing to bump other customers for a celebrity.
Kelly is a good guy and a great chef. Best restaurant in Memphis. Maybe Tony can make reservations well in advance for their next road trip to Memphis.
ArlingtonPop and Diogenes323
I am not saying that Ritz and whoever were not elected by the people, but they were only elected by the voters of their district, not by the combined votes of all of the citizens.
It is also an established fact that anything done by a previous legislative body can be repealed, modified, etc. That is the beauty of this wonderful democratic republic. As the late Robert Byrd said ," This body will not be ruled by the dead hand of the past."
ArlingtonPop or maybe it was Diogenes, a publicly elected official can't be held personally liable for the cost of lawsuits, when acting in their official capacity. If any contracts are broken by a new legislative body that was signed by the former, the taxpayers will still foot the cost. Even ArlingtonPop will attest to that.
The NAACP still has resources to bring lawsuits. Most lawsuits brought by the NAACP are funded by lawyers from liberal ranks and institutions either giving money directly or providing lawyers, pro bono (free) to assist in the case. Same for the ACLU, etc.
I never predicted that any other organization and/or individual will file separate lawsuits, I only said that the possibility is there. One never know what people will do. I do know that the NAACP and others are looking for the right type of case that they can send to the U. S. Supreme court, the same as conservative organizations look for the right type of case involving abortion and gun rights. Why should liberals be any different? Maybe this is the right case, maybe not. I wouldn't know. But, the possibility is there.
As of July 1, Judge Mays will have concluded his oversight of this merger. That will be a closed part of this case. Nothing else will go before him on this part of that litigation. He will only be dealing with the second part, the 14th amendment challenge.
Finally, it would be prudent for the unified board not to sign any agreement concerning the schools. They know and you know that without the schools, you have no msd, that is until you can get facilities to house those students. The General Assembly doesn't meet again until February, 2014. Legislation and possible lawsuits if they try to order the schools to be given to the msds could take quite a while to litigate and settle. In the meantime, your kids will still have to go to school. Use common sense, there is no downside for Memphis to delay, obstruct, etc the school buildings situation.
Send the mayor a cold TOPS sandwich dry, with cold fries. No Spurs fan deserves better here!
This is because the USA is a nation of excessive laws and legalism. Coupled with the fact that the legal system have to have something to do, so they go after this place. The owner gets shaked down, and now everyone has to pee in a cup and have their life examined to work in this sh-thole.
Many judges, lawyers and cops would have to get jobs if it weren't for all these stupid laws that benefit no one and protects no one. When stupid suburban cops do alcohol stings with 19 year olds with a perfect looking ID.
I was just thinking yesterday in my supermarket in the city that I live in now, that it is so nice to live somewhere where I can buy a bottle of wine or liquor in the supermarket, and that I can buy alcohol 24/7, including SUNDAY! Tenneshit sucks. Corrupt, stupid, violent, indifferent, filled with tea party asshats and fascist cops.
OTP - the POTUS is responsible, at a minimum, for every single thing that any appointed official in his administration does, plain and simple.
There will be no dismantling of the IRS. Actually, it remains to be seen whether any of the civil servants will be fired and the firing sticks. Ms Lerner is on paid administrative leave with pay. She is a civil servant with attendant civil service protection. Now the appointed people can and some probably will be fired, but the IRS will go on along its way as before.
This is not the first time individuals and/or groups have been unfairly targeted by the IRS and it won't be the last.
Dagon, please explain exactly what you mean by the, welfare/redistribution apparatus? The federal government spend only 6% of it's budget on all of it's welfare, food stamp, housing programs, etc. Now, when you compare that small amount to the welfare given to corporations, farmers (hell, some don't even grow crops) what is doled out in public assistance to the poor is peanuts. Hell, the corporations, U. S. have between 2 and 3 trillion dollars stashed in overseas banks and the gop won't let them be taxed accordingly.
So, Dagon, you made a public statement, so, please come back and be specific on this welfare/redistribution apparatus. You put yourself on the spot, not I. I am tired of people posting things that they don't really know about and don't take the time to research. Ignorance will be the downfall of this republic, not the politicians, for if we search for truth, we can control the politicians, we vote them out.
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