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Re: “Memoir chronicles the life and times and music of Jim Dickinson

In 1964 a classmate asked if I would join a new club he wanted to start at Messick for people who liked folk music. After he persuaded the principals we really needed this new activity, we met after school to discuss new records, learn songs, and listen to local performers. And that is how I first encountered Jim Dickinson -- sitting in a circle at Messick as he played his guitar. Later I would hear him at The Bitter Lemon, usually with Sid and Jimmy. I left Memphis in 1975 and had no idea what Jim had done until my brother-in-law gave me It Came From Memphis for Christmas.

I never forgot meeting Jim or hearing him. I look forward to reading his book, which arrived in my mail today. Memphis was a special place to grow up, and it was wonderful go be in the presence of so many talented people.

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Posted by Linda Hopper on 03/24/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Pence Cancels Memphis Visit

Plus he has a couple funerals to attend this weekend for the "Don'tCare" bill and the Congressional Republican Caucus.

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Posted by Memphomania on 03/24/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

#fakenews. Forrest not KKK Founder... US congressional investigation said so.

Stop the hate.

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Posted by Lunelle Siegel McCallister on 03/24/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime


I didn't know I had ever lost them.

Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/24/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over


Literacy tests were one of many Jim Crow laws passed by racists to discriminate.

The Civil War was always about slavery as acknowledged by the states when they 1st attempted to leave. Examples:

In the words of Mississippi legislators back in 1860: "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world"…

In the words of Texas legislators in 1860: "all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights* [emphasis in the original]; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations;"…

Removing the racist blight would cost no money at all if it wasn't for a law passed by racists to protect that wretched statue against the will of people in Memphis. Blame them!

What kind of person defends them Dong? or any of the racist stuff I mentioned?.

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Posted by datGuy on 03/24/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime

ArlingtonPop you and me on the Black Sea, our toes tickled by the shifting sands. Detente is a wonderful thing. Where speedos are worn by the masses no matter how massive! I'm glad you have come to your senses.

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Posted by ern on 03/24/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

John Spain, are you calling Michael Hutson a liar? If we can't get our stories straight, real historians will run amok, and then where will we be?!

Long Duck Dong, yes, uneducated electorate ==> ;) ;). And those who do not hold property {{}}-*!!!!

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Posted by ern on 03/24/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime

If a cop pulls you over for a tail light being out, and catches you with a half empty bottle of Stoli, a blunt full of dank, and a snoot full of toot, is he a bad cop?

No. He's just doing his job.

No one should ever be penalized for speaking the truth.

If the truth hurts you, there is something wrong with you, not the truth.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

dat Guy:
Not renaming parks ==> about not wasting time and tax dollars. > Well, yes.
Literacy tests ==> about ensuring an educated electorate.> Might one assume you're in favor of an uneducated electorate?
Civil War ==> about states rights. > Your lousy grammar aside (see Literacy tests, esp. as they apply to the rules of plural nouns, above) - Not much of an historian are you? Perhaps more accurately, you're a "Selective Historian."

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 03/24/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Remembering the "Miracle Child" Robert Raiford

From about 1991 till about 1995 that was my spot! I would hit Raiford on Sundays for the "SEX-O-MATIC" and Wednesdays, I guess for Ladies night. I had a ball each and everytime I went. My favorite Raiford's quote is... "This is not a Buck club! This is a Players club! If you want to get Buck go to Rivercity (on the corner of Jackson & Dunlap)!

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Posted by ksm359 on 03/24/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

Debigail - it's not just "blacks" that want the statue moved. I'm a "white" and I feel it has no place in a City Park.

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Posted by nobody on 03/24/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime


I really don't care that the information was "incindentally" collected, but that it appears to have been improperly disseminated for political reasons as opposed to actual national security reasons.

As to anyone talking with Russians, I would think that we want people in government that know people in other countries and have dealt with them before. That seems reasonable and prudent.

That being said, I would like to know which side that person is on, and that is also reasonable and prudent.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/24/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “'Modern' Retail Center Coming to Midtown

Lemme guess -- a nail shop, an auto parts store, and a bank....oh, and the obligatory dry cleaners. Yay.
Kidding. I hope they have some good stores.

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Posted by Chris in Midtown on 03/24/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Alexander to TVA: Don't Buy Wind Power

When the price of fossil fuels (including natural gas) skyrockets in coming years, we'll wish TVA had locked in long term fixed rates on wind power that is currently being offered at less that what coal costs and only a bit more that the currently artificially low price of gas that has resulted from over development of shale resources.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 03/24/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

Michael Hutson, it was the Independent Order of Pollbearers. Preach on, sir.

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Posted by John Spain on 03/24/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime


I don't know what the truth is about any incidental collection of information that involved either Trump or members of his team. The information that Paul Manafort worked a decade ago as an advisor to some foreign leader does not impress me very much.

What is a bit scary is that if the incidental information that was collected resulted in these people being unmasked and the collected information widely disseminated. If one of those entities that received the information was in the Obama White House, that will be a problem.

It did strike me that Mr. Shiff, on learning of the existence of this information, immediately attacked Mr. Nuenes for going to the President, rather than attacking any improper handing of the collected info. What that means, who knows? But high politics is in play and given a chance, will supersede the truth.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/24/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime


He major difference is that the stuff leaked about the trumpster was collected by the national security apparatus whereas the Clinton campaign stuff was on an unsecured server.

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/24/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Down by the Riverside

"Our position has always been that we have incredibly great bones for our riverfront," McLean said. "It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It doesn't have to have big, silver-bullet projects."

This is the group that actually killed a lot of the momentum that was starting to develop by being opposed to tall buildings with green space on the riverfront. The thought of a few tall glistening buildings possibly offices and hotels scared them. They didn't want the buildings to be over 12 stories. Really? Who thinks like that? They actually are satisfied with those two outdated eyesores of parking building located on Front Street rather than structures. I remember this battle vividly. The Front Street corridor overlooking the riverfront is undeveloped and has been a joke for decades. It looks like 1973.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 03/24/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Down by the Riverside

@ nobody

As a dude who biked from East Memphis where I work to downtown to go see the Rev. Horton Heat/ Unknown Hinson ft. Jason D. Williams at the New Daisy last week, let me assure you it is neither exhausting nor unsafe. In fact, I would have enjoyed it considerably less if I would have had to drive or park a car. I was even able to lock up my bike within eyeshot of a police officer stationed on the edge of 4th and Beale, and it was completely intact when I returned to it at 2am.

I know many people are too chicken to ride bikes around Memphis, but driving a car for the first time is scary too.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/24/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Whistle-Blower’s Crime

What I find entertaining is how this has paired with the Wikileaks Clinton stuff.

It really helps to show how partisan a lot of people are. There are many who cheered the Wikileaks effort and chided Democrats for trying to deflect blame to those who were leaking rather than allow the focus to be on the information being leaked. Many of those same people are attacking leaks right now when it comes to the Trump surveillance question.

It's the same in the reverse from the other side with many Dems who were all against leaks and deflecting from the actual information being leaked, and now they seem focused on the information being leaked, while telling us it shouldn't matter how it came out.

It's not just people, but the media. I enjoy reading both CNN and Fox most days for this exact reason. I like to watch the partisan reaction to similar incidents.

It's rare though that you get such similar situations back to back where you get to compare reactions from the left and right to highly similar situations happening to both parties. It makes it so easy to see how difficult some people, and the media even, have with maintaining an impartial opinion on anything related to politics.

It's a simple question. Are leaks bad when they expose corruption? Yes or no, and the answer shouldn't change based on whose party is the victim of the leaks.

In my personal opinion, I want to see leaks on the Dems and the GOP. I want the corruption of both parties exposed as much as possible.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 03/24/2017 at 8:49 AM

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