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Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

crime is a product of social excess...

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Posted by still living in berclair on 05/19/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Q&A: Council Chairman Talks Lunch, Travel, and Investing in Memphis

There is still no reason why council members and county commissioners shouldn't pay for their own lunch or bring it. No one is saying they can't eat, but tax payers should not be providing their lunches or breakfasts.

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Posted by Pamela Cate on 05/19/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Residents Weigh Merits of Racist Tourist District Against Chances of a Dark Apocalypse

The big black box with yellow text that reads "PARODY" at the top of the article might be a subtle hint.

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Posted by Planx Constant on 05/19/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

Thuggery has gotten a hold on my dear city of Memphis. Nobody can deny that. One of the root causes of this crime epidemic is directly related to the high amount of births to unwed, and thus usually overwhelmed mothers which is of course one of the unintended consequences of LBJ's Great Society.

Another issue driving the continuing crime is gang violence. Gang's are fundamentally businesses enterprises that mostly make money by selling drugs. They take advantage of dumb kids to do their dirty work for them so the poor dumb kids can have a sense of belonging to an organization. The first Freakomonics book did a good job detailing out this type of organization.

Memphis was slow to respond to the gang threat and did not officially acknowledge there was a gang threat well into the early 1990s. Ask any city cop, more likely by now retired city cop how their careers could be seriously impacted by saying the g-word. This see no evil, hear no evil allowed such gangs as Vice Lords, Bloods, et al to get a foot hold. "There's no shark, Sheriff Brody."

It has also become fashionable by so-called progressives to attack cops whenever a criminal is killed by a cop. Remember Darius Steward, the running from justice child molester, and Freddie Gray, the I'm gonna stand up in the police van and bang my head against the walls of the police van and get a settlement? In Baltimore, police have lost their mojo and now let the criminals run wild since the cops don't want to the persecuted by Marilyn Mosby and her Nazis.

We are trying to "treat" criminals with goofy, very expensive psycho-babble that has not proven effective. I say lock up the criminals, and take them off the streets. Really, treating criminals with psychology is ever bit as stupid as treating gays with the "hole mole no mole" forced psycho-babble.

Criminals are every bit as dangerous to us as the Axis powers were to my parents generation. We need to start taking this threat seriously.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/19/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Bartender Turns Off TV During Band Set, World Ends

Commercial Appeal headline: "Bartender Ends World! Conservatives Hardest Hit!"

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Posted by Terry Twyman 1 on 05/19/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Highly Invisible

Did our President take his golf clubs? Lotta sand on those courses.

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Posted by Tom Prestigiacomo on 05/19/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The White League

@CL - I am quite aware why they were erected. In fact, I've pointed that out, their history, and the reaction to Reconstruction that they truly represent, here in the Flyer multiple times. I am also aware of how the standard of moral acceptability in the general population changes over time, such that what once was tolerable, no longer is so.

I get it. But that isn't really what I'm talking about.

What I'm talking about, is the general human tendency to macerate and dismember, and stomp into nothingness, all culture elements of what has been conquered. I'm trying to get at what the long term effects of that are, cumulatively, for us, as a species.

Because what is lost by that tendency is significant. The Chitimacha are just an example. Reductio ad absurdum arguments about Richard Speck are specious.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/19/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “The White League

I've lived in the Memphis area for about 20 years. However, I was born and raised in the northeast so I'm originally, well, a Yankee I guess. My impression of these monuments has always been, outside of being in a historical battlefield, inothing more than symbols of hate.

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Posted by Timeout4 on 05/19/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The White League

Oak,
These monuments were erected to further the lost cause, to threaten the populace. Removing this monument doesn't obliterate the history, although leaving it in a pile of rubble would make more sense and contribute to the discussion.
Hey, you wouldn't expect the community to allow a Richard Speck memorial outside the South Chicago Community Hospital?

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/19/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Marco Pavé: River King

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Re: “These Days

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Re: “Redd Kross

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Re: “Vinyl Heaven: It's Record Store Day

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Re: “Beale Street Music Festival 2017: Sunday

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Re: “Beale Street Music Festival 2017: Saturday

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Re: “Beale Street Music Festival 2017: Friday

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Re: “Spaceface release one of spring’s essential albums

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Posted by owaed on 05/19/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “The White League

@CL- I thought I was pretty clear about cultural chauvinism, and the tendency of political victors to try and obliterate whatever came before them, or against which they have previously struggled. It's one of the worst characteristics of mankind. That concept appears to me to be applicable here.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/18/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Q&A: Council Chairman Talks Lunch, Travel, and Investing in Memphis

Boyd kind of skirted the question of a bagged lunch being brought by each member.

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Posted by Timeout4 on 05/18/2017 at 9:04 PM

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