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Re: “The Coliseum: Should it stay or should it go?

We need a mid-sized, top-tier college in the fairgrounds space. Memphis will not be competitive in the future if investments are not made now to retain and attract talented young people to the city. The site is a perfect fit. Midtown would take on a collegiate atmosphere (with CB, Rhodes, UofM nearby) that is sorely missing in this city when compared to other municipalities of similar size. Galvanizing industry, organizational, and political support for a new college would be a huge undertaking, but it would be much more productive long-term than spending $220+ million on a youth playground. Too bad we don't have leadership that is strong enough to pioneer this effort. The best this city's leaders can do is bring a suburban-suited development into the 'Central' core of the city.

Anyway, save the coliseum. The new school could use it.

Posted by Alan on 02/26/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The Rant (February 26, 2015)

What would Jeremy Wright say about all this?

Posted by Clyde on 02/26/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Next Stop: Belize

Les, always remember that you can leave Memphis, but it never leaves YOU. :)

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 02/26/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Hats in Ring for Vacant Democratic Chairmanship

Note update, J.R.

Posted by Jackson Baker on 02/26/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Hats in Ring for Vacant Democratic Chairmanship

JB you missed one.........Del Gill....Very much qualified

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Posted by JustRight on 02/26/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “The Rant (February 26, 2015)

I've never cared for Rudy. His views on my inherent rights always pushed me away from him. Somehow, he thought New Yorkers couldn't be trusted exercising their constitutional inherent rights, unlike citizens in other cities and states. Of course, the NYC elitists enjoyed their rights, but it was taboo for everyone else. I summed him up as a threat to American freedoms and liberties and never looked back.

But Rudy's spot on about Obama, and only a simpleton who has been living in a leftist progressive hole for the last seven years would not know it. Of course, leftist progressive extremists would disagree with Rudy. That's a given.

As for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, what he forgot about executive administrative performance, creating budget surpluses and putting the people's money taken from them by corrupt public unions back in their pockets, Obama will never know. If the timid and passive Republicans decide to back him for president in 2016, he just might win. At this stage, they're not gonna' win the White House with anyone else. It's a long time until November 2016, though, we'll see.

And finally, leftist/progressive Democrats are not spineless; they're anything but. To find the real spineless politicians in D.C., look no further than the sorry lot of the current Republican establishment blue bloods.

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Posted by Nightcrawler on 02/26/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “The Coliseum: Should it stay or should it go?

Save the Coliseum. It can still be a vital use to the city. I can't imagine that it would cost more to upgrade/repair the coliseum than to tear it down and build this sports complex that no one seems to want except Wharton and Lipscomb. I don't trust Robert Lipscomb's or Kevin Kane's assessment of the building since they both want to tear it down. And that no-compete clause with the FedEx Forum was the most stupid business decision this city has ever made.

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Posted by Pamela Cate on 02/26/2015 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Memphis United Wants Better Board to Police the Police

Even without subpoena power the board can still make a difference. When you are weaker and smaller than your opponent, you have to use your disadvantages to your advantage. So when you investigate a case and the police refuse to cooperate, you call attention to their lack of cooperation. Show the media how the police repeatedly crush any attempt at an honest independent investigation of their activities. Use your lack of power to create a public relations nightmare for them.

What you absolutely don't want to do is create a good working relationship with the police department. If the investigations of the board are to be trusted, they must be adversarial. Otherwise, they'll eventually get chummy with the people their supposed to be investigating. Public relations experts know this and, if forced by law to cooperate with the board, they will attempt to cultivate friendly relations with the board members in order to control the outcome of the investigations. In many ways, it would almost be better not to have subpoena power, because (as we know) power corrupts.

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Posted by Jeff on 02/26/2015 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Oh, Puck

And if you try anything tricky, we'll send our goons to straighten you out.

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Posted by Jeff on 02/26/2015 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Next Day More Reflection Than Notes: Grizzlies 90, Clippers 87

Fantastic in the sense of “seems like a fantasy, rather than real.”

Z-Bo contested jumpers and Marc Gasol low-percentage fades always bring me back to reality. Also watching OKC give us a hard time every time.

Fantastic is beating OKC or the Spurs in the playoffs. The scariest part of being a Grizz fan is the growing belief (just like last year) that it really could happen.

Posted by Tristan Loney on 02/26/2015 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Music Fest Mayhem

My picks: Jarekus Singleton (just had a great blues rock show at Lafayette's); Memphis' own Preston Shannon, Prosevere, and Will Tucker (you have to see this young guy play blues guitar!). P-Funk and Robert Randolph. You guys will love Ana Popovic, who can totally shred a guitar.

Posted by MemphisTigers on 02/25/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Music Fest Mayhem

Don't miss Savoy Brown, old school, heavy metal English rock at its finest. Some of their members were in town last year for the Blues Foundation awards, and they after-partied at Earnestine and Hazel's and put on a killer show with some other old English rockers.

Posted by MemphisTigers on 02/25/2015 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Good Jobs Lost

airshafer,
And throw into that mix the HB1 visa component.

Posted by crackoamerican on 02/25/2015 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Music Fest Mayhem

ANA Popovic Rocks!

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Posted by Mike Gardner on 02/25/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “MPA's Williams Promises Viable Campaign, "Suits to Boots" Policy as Mayor

Union Boss or not. Mike has shown his love and concern for the City of Memphis. He has stood up to the Mayor & City Clowns to let them know they are hurting the proud City Employees. Yes there are slackers, thugs & clowns mixed in. But at the heart of all of it there are more good employees then bad. The good are leaving because this has harmed our families. Voters you get what you paid for. Put someone looking out for Memphis not themselves. Ask yourself why some things happen, does the Mayor need a new car yearly ? Does he need a marked Police Cruiser outside resident every morning while your children may go without a crossing guard ? Look at the WHOLE picture not just pieces & make a choice you will not regret after a year.

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Posted by Misery on 02/25/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Good Jobs Lost

There are a glut of scientists right now. Universities have been churning out an oversupply of PhD trained scientist for nearly 20 years. This lady has the training and skill set, however she's competing for jobs that PhD scientists are filling that are 20 years younger than her and are cheaper. The market seems hot but in reality it's tough out there these days.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/0…

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Posted by airshafer on 02/25/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Music Fest Mayhem

Sunday ??? What happened ??? No one else to do Sunday ???? Sounds like the Blues tent is the place to be.

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Posted by mphseason on 02/25/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “At the Swine & Wine for Cozy Corner

Don't forget about Chef Gary Williams from Deja Vue. He's the man.

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Posted by Clyde on 02/25/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Allegiant Brings Low-Cost Air Service to Memphis

Flights to all 3 destinations look to be only on Fridays and Mondays. Which is a good start, but not ideal for cruisers, as you'll likely have to spend a night on at least one end of the cruise.

Still, great start!

Posted by better_by_design on 02/25/2015 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Music Fest Mayhem

Thanks for pointing out Dead Soldiers. I was country when country wasn't cool.

Posted by Clyde on 02/25/2015 at 11:44 AM

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