Holden will be the "Fall Guy"...lose his job and that will close the case. We will never find out if elections/ (2010) was stolen. I do not have that much confidence in the FBI and our justice system. A forensic expert came to Memphis and in her findings were infact the 2010 election was tainted. More votes than voters, early poll book debacle and admitting over 5,000 votes were lost due to the fall guy a (black) democrat made the mistake. The public must know the republican players of the 2010 election starts from the hidden bottom players to the Judge...the rest is history. If the FBI do their job, not just Holden should go to jail but all of the players names need to be known and sent to jail...I will keep up with this one.
This is a great post and captures what a lot of Grizz fans are thinking and going through.
I do think it is somewhat foolhardy to judge and evaluate the team right now, in light of all of the injuries. I maybe being naive towards the financial reality of keeping this team's core together but I believe that, though the injuries may ruin this season's playoff chances, I don't think they ruin the ideal of the this Grizzlies team, which has been (in the last 2 seasons) a borderline contender in need of a significant upgrade at the SF position.
As a fan, I would be willing to sacrifice this season to get that player - mainly because we are headed in the direction where that seems to be the best outcome from this nightmare.
Makes one wonder. The republicans are so worried about voter fraud that they implemented a voter id law, which, to this date, there has never been any meaningful amount of voter id fraud recorded in the last 30 years.
I said it then and I will say it now, there was never any problem with voter fraud requiring restrictive voter ids. This is just another attempt by the gop to maintain their control over the government by impeding the ability of it's democratic voters to vote.
I have always stated that the problems in voting security is the election commission itself. They have constantly refused to add a paper trail for the voting machines and at every opportunity have screwed up the vote, ballots and/or counting.
Well, it is just like the suburban voters, gop, have always cried, we have friends in Nashville, it is becoming evident that the democrats have friends in higher places, the federal government. Let the FBI do a thorough investigation.
An excellent idea. Make the city livable in the fundamentals and stop shoving downtown projects, Elvis, BBQ and Beale Street down everyone's throats.
OTP, that happened centuries ago. The commie, hippie, dark-skinned Jesus of the Bible is nothing like the Lord of the Gospel of Prosperity preached by so many churches today. But then again, from the earliest times his images were modeled on the iconography of Zeus/Jupiter, in order to appeal to the target market of Greeks and Romans, ages 18-45.
Because that's where the money is and was, now and ever shall be, riches without end, amen. Amen.
I said that we hadn't heard all the story when the first no confidence vote happened.
Thanks for the positive story. This is indicative of the types of investment all public education should make. Let's move from who got what to what can be done to improve the whole. There is opportunity for the arts, science, corporate, professional athletic and general business entities as well as others to invest in development of our students into thriving citizens. Let's not let best get into the way of better.
I was asked a few years ago by representatives of one of the legacy school systems for ideas for improvement. My suggestion was to utilize the various industries throughout the entire area to show real life application and promote interest. Something as simple as controlled visits to a construction site would show mathematic, physics, project management, communication and art skills. I think back to my high school days. There was a young man who didn't do well in school and was labeled as slow. His love was baseball. He could sit and quote baseball player statistics all day. I don't know where he is today but I know that if someone had grasped on to his interest in baseball, they could have used that to motivate and thus improve his academics.
Dear Central Parent
All your instruments are paid for by the school system or donated by Stax. Do you have any idea how much this costs? Many of the legacy MCS high schools have more than $50K in instrument inventory. None of the legacy SCS schools have had the privileged. In most SCS schools, you have to obtain your own instrument to play in extra curricular activities.
Music travel for all legacy MCS schools was paid by the system. This includes parades, national appearances and competitions - all paid by the system. Just take a look at the budget. I know exactly how much the choir and band at received at Central. It is one of the schools I worked closely with. You should also take a look at the travel schedules for schools like Overton. They have substantial support from the system to this day! The SCS programs are not so lucky.
Legacy SCS schools have booster programs to pay for the entire program. The only cost to the old system is the teachers. All travel was at the cost of parents and paid for by dues and fundraising.
The same applies to sports and many extra curricular activities.
I'm thinking that Gov Haslam doesn't hate poor and working class people. It's possible. I'm thinking the seeming psychotic disregard for realities is actually a very rational plan to make money. Now who stands to make money by the state actually losing money, or as a coincidence of the state losing money?
Homersimpson - While I appreciate the sentiment, you are sadly mistaken if you think Central gets substantial funding for their music programs. They have nominal band dues and little else, other than a limited number of district owned instruments. (Interesting that the strings programs were not discussed. They receive even LESS funding!) That's the same with most legacy MCS schools. Legacy SCS schools such as Arlington have substantially higher band dues as well as massive booster clubs which raise funds via alumni and parent donations. You pay to play, in a sense. Central's uniforms - they came from Cordova a few years ago - Cordova's boosters bought new ones. The patch on the shoulder covers the Cordova logo. Central, Overton et al literally make magic from nothing. Which is what music, and dedicated teachers, have the power to do.
The thing you have to remember when you hear Antonin Scalia speak is that, really, he's a fucking idiot.
Well, no longer does any citizen of Lakeland have any room to criticize the residents of Memphis or whom we elect to lead our city. The bankrupt and inept Chris Thomas is like every poor Memphis politician all wrapped up into one.
Beautiful post. Amen!
Actually music education is a substantial part of math education in the very early years. When you learn the patterns that are found in music it easily translates into mathematical skills. All three of my kids are proficient in more than one instrument and my 12 years of classical piano training are still part of my regular daily activities.
JR - I'm confused. Are you denying that the legacy MCS schools provided extensive funding for the extra curricular music activities while legacy SCS did not. In fact, it's still happening. The bands at Houston, Collierville, and Arlington have not received near the funding that Overton, Whitehaven or Central have received. When Dru Davidson says "We have 100 percent instruction in K through 5 in Shelby County Schools. Every child in a public school in the SCS receives music education. There are 100,000 kids served" they are NOT talking about the high schools.
Davidson is legacy MCS. I think he did a phenomenal job setting up the relationship with Stax. Stax provides instruments, finances, and lessons to a huge number of kids. And it was his brain child to make Humes into a arts magnet middle school that will feed into Overton. Davidson can relate music to any subject. And I applaud him for his efforts.
At each of the schools I have worked at, we have incorporated music physics into the curriculum. The music students, both instrumental and vocal, love providing samples for my physics students to analyze. Pitch, tone and beat are all related to physics. I have watched students absolutely blossom when they understand the how of the amazing music they can make. I can proudly say I sent one kid to Ole Miss to study the physics of acoustics and his scholarship was both based on both musical talent and academic achievement. A sound engineer in the making.
BTW Whitehaven's band kicked ass at Put Up or Shut Up last Sunday. They were amazing. I think my hearing is finally back to normal.
Very well said, Mr. Smith.
Sounds like Les has spilled some of his Kool-aid. Someone get him a refill, quick.
The other day a comment was posted on this site by one "jcov40", I suspect he, like you, is an old news man that has covered local government for quite a while, and you both deserve our attention. In his comment he said
"It has been clear for some time that Wharton is not very adept at running a government. He is a nice fellow but his experience is in the legal field and that doesn't necessarily prepare you to head a major governmental administration."
Mr. Wharton was county mayor, now city mayor. My question to you and jcov40 is, how long is it going to take for him to figure it out? Time is running out on Memphis.
PS Keep up the good work, I enjoy your commentary.
And yet, Scalia would have government going down in our pants. If that ain't overreaching....
Of course, Jamie Farr as Jesus, he's no Omar Sharif, but nice smile kind eyes. Time to hit photoshop.
I've got to go with you on the Sheba thing, you don't have to be wise as Solomon to know that Ethiopian women are so very fine. Hell, the men are quite pretty, but not enough to break kosher over.
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