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Re: “All Hands On Deck

Good god, people. Have you never heard of (or used) hyperbole. And, this is the Letter From the Editor. It's not a news article. Hyperbole, opinion, whatever, is perfectly acceptable.

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Posted by nobody on 12/01/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Greenprint Summit Highlights Potential Impact of Ambitious Project

As a person who is planning to use the Greenline to commute home from band practice tonight, I'm super excited about this.

The Greenline at night is really the best, especially for late night cat watching. Outdoor cats apparently line the edges of the Greenline at night for hunting, and their eyes shine bright in the dark under a bicycle headlight. I saw a cat with one blue and one yellow eye two weeks ago. I also saw a herd of blue eyed deer a month ago.

If you haven't used the greenways at night, you're really missing out. The cold is the best time for riding, because you don't sweat as much.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 12/01/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Tiger Football: The Rising Continues

You are right on the money, OakTree. I knew things were going well, and I knew some of the stats, but not all of the ones listed here. It just confirms my thought that we made the best hire we could have hoped for in Coach Norvell...and the future is DEFINITELY bright in Tiger Town.

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Posted by David Morelli on 12/01/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Cohen Introduces Amendment to Scrap Electoral College

@FUNKbrs - The problem is that unless the Congress is truly 'representative' of the electorate, then it devolves to a Patrician/Plebeian division, creating different sets of rules for the ruling class and the average people which they rule. Having people stay too long in the seats of power, creates such a division.

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Posted by OakTree on 12/01/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck


I agree with the provision that trade must be more than free, it must be fair.

Which is the gist of Trump's complaints against the various trade agreements now in force. Is he right about that? I don't know. But he is surely in position to make the changes he wants.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 12/01/2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

Don't take parenting advise from a Clinton.
Ditto on the United Technologies thing.
I'm afraid the 35% tariff was faux populism like his baseball hat. Donald is way too much in debt to tick off corporate America, which is in debt to China.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 12/01/2016 at 4:05 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck


The irony here is that Trump's stance on keeping jobs in the US, to my knowledge, has been the type of stance a Democrat would usually take.

I'm personally a free trade person, and the type of things you have to do to keep jobs in the US typically end up limiting trade. That one does seem like something he's planning to keep as a focus area.

If he does, and if he's successful in keeping more blue collar work in the US, he's going to be very popular come 2020 when it comes time for re-election.

Of course, I think we'll have our next cyclical recession during his Presidency, and a lot of people will blame him for that, even though it'll just be our typical 8-10 year economic cycle at work. However, if the recession holds off longer than normal, to more like 12 years, and if he is successful in keeping jobs here, he's going to poll really well in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, etc. in 2020 again.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 12/01/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Cohen Introduces Amendment to Scrap Electoral College

Yeah, if the congress-to lobbyist revolving door wasn't bad enough, let's term limit congress so lobbyist is both the superior paying, the superior experienced, and the superior power position.

If experience is a good quality in a mechanic, why would it be a bad quality in a congressman?

It would only be bad to have experienced congressmen if you were trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the american legislature....

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 12/01/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck


Oh, I would never make fun of Donald's children. I agree with Hillary that he should be proud of them.

I don't know all the terms of the negotiation settlement between Carrier and Trump, but since Carrier is owned by United Technologies, one of the largest defense contractors, the possibility of losing billions of dollars in defense business just might have been an incentive for Carrier to keep those jobs here and further incentive for them not to violate the terms of the negotiation. Besides, I think that $7 Million is in the form of tax incentives that will be granted over ten years, rather than in cash.

I did like the threat that Donald made a couple of months ago... Leave and build your products somewhere else if you must, but expect a 35% tariff on those items if you bring them back for sale in the US. I was thinking that might be plan that Congress could support, too. I would hate to be in Congress and defend a vote against it.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 12/01/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

PS Clyde,
You do realize that Twitter quotes are Trumps not Maddows. I believe your next response should be, "nuh-uh"

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Posted by CL Mullins on 12/01/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

Please don't make fun of Donald's children. As far as success in the business world. how many times has Fred Smith or Bill Gates or Warren Buffett gone bankrupt. (actually I don't know, but am guessing none)
One of the lessons I leaned from Roy Acuff, esteemed Republican and Country Music Hall of Famer, is that you shouldn't wait for the train to hit the crossing before you start singing the blues.
et al,
What keeps Carrier from leaving with the money next year.
When I was a kid I was charged a $20 exit fee to get out of Mexico. How about a billion dollar exit fee for businesses seeking to leave the US. Or maybe just build a really big wall.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 12/01/2016 at 3:28 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

I don't agree with all of Trump's angles by any means, but he's certainly taking action.

He's already talked to members of Congress about a revised tax plan, hopes to get one on his desk in the first 90 days. He's already talked to them about the repeal and replacement of the ACA, plans to attack that immediately.

As noted, he already got involved in the Carrier deal and very publicly kept over 1000 jobs in the US, which fit along with some of the narrative he used to get elected. Also, note that right after the Carrier deal, China's heavily government driven news released an opinion peace saying how the US won't be able to bring jobs back from China.

What that signals is that China is very afraid after seeing that he actually took action, and they're trying to re-assure their citizens that all is well, when they very well might be in danger.

I think Trump has issues with narcissism, and I do think that a lot of his campaign rhetoric was just that, rhetoric. However, he seems hell-bent on taking action and doing so immediately. At the very least it's going to be interesting to watch, and I do at least look forward to having a slightly bigger paycheck after he lowers my taxes.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 12/01/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

The government is giving Carrier 7mil not to take their jobs elsewhere. The plants were making profit and payroll, but choose to screw American because investors want more profit for sitting on their ass. So Donald wants to give Carrier 7mil to a profitable company not to desert the Great Nation that gave it birth.
Obviously you Trump apologists hate free enterprise.
Trump is an icon for corporate socialism.

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Posted by Dayn Rand on 12/01/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Cohen Introduces Amendment to Scrap Electoral College

We really need term limits in the senate and house. But a career congressmen like Cohen would never introduce or vote for such a bill. When our great country was founded, politics was never meant to be a career, rather a chance for a changing body to introduce fresh ideas. Someone would do a term or two, and then back to the farm, the law practice or commerce.

It has been said the only way to lose a congressional seat was to be found with a dead girl or a live boy. I prefer the saying that money is the mothers milk of politics. Cohen, et al have war chests in the millions and control the power bosses that have the control of the purse strings, media and power apparatus. Basically a regular guy or gal does not have a realistic shot of being a congressman.

If HRC or Al Gore would have won the electoral college, Cohen never would have introduced such a bill. With the republicans in control of the house, senate and soon to be presidency, this bill is a waste of paper - nothing more than feel good politics.

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Posted by LoveBC on 12/01/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Cohen Introduces Amendment to Scrap Electoral College

The numbers are still coming in, but the last count showed Clinton won by over 4 Million votes in a single state, California. Meaning she lost in the other 49 by about 2 million votes.

Which in my mind proves the wisdom of the electoral college.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 12/01/2016 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Mid-South's First Virtual Reality Lab Coming to U of M

Congrats to the U of Memphis, but I'm not sure that the title of this article is correct. Rhodes College has had a virtual reality lab, run by Computer Science professor Dr. Betsy Sanders, more than a year now:

Posted by Stacy Pennington on 12/01/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Cohen Introduces Amendment to Scrap Electoral College

Bravo to Rep. Cohen for continuing the work of perfecting the Union!

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Posted by Chris McCoy on 12/01/2016 at 2:42 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

You can join the Sierra Club and others at our Holiday Party tomorrow night Friday Decmber 2...…

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 12/01/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “All Hands On Deck

I have to agree with AP and Clyde and Nightcrawler here. There is ample evidence that Trump is successfully using non-standard methods to get the results he wants. That these results COULD NOT have been obtained by a 'business as usual' approach is never addressed by those who have, a priori, decided to believe he will never be a productive president. Their prejudice, as in the root of the word, to pre-judge before all the evidence is in, is quite plain.

It's actually quite possible to be a supporter of local activist initiatives and still want to be optimistic, and wait and see what happens once our unproven president-elect is in office. He is likely to rewrite the rule book in many ways which make the media and the elites uncomfortable. I kind of like that. But he's also an agent of chaos. I worry about that as well.

So how's about we just do like I recommended before, and take a chill pill?
We'll find out all we need to know in a couple months.

Alarmist articles before inauguration just jazz people up for no good reason.

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Posted by OakTree on 12/01/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Long Road Cider Opening this Weekend

Wow! Awesome!! Can't wait!!!

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Posted by Spanky Paul on 12/01/2016 at 2:34 PM

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