All beautifully said. Btw, in what is a king-sized irony seldom (if ever) remarked upon, there are several clips of Owens and articles from the 1936 event in which the great athlete expresses himself as having a great time at the Olympics and completely downplays any effort to draw a political moral from his victories. The "Owens-versus-Hitler" motif was as absent from his mind as it was from Riefenstahl's. It may have served a useful purpose, but, basically, it was our side's propaganda.
The refusal of liberals to recognize the impact of immigration on working class communities drives these voters into the improbable ranks of the right wing.
Thank you Uber and Lyft for making for hire transportation easy and efficient and thus lowering the drunk driving rate.
Fortunately, Fox News was there to snap up the talent.
P-squared, the Purple Church, whatever you call it will always be a part of Memphis history. That place was another level...at least so I've been told.
1. No one said food carts are unsafe or that foods other than hotdogs are unsafe. The article indicated that the Memphis Health Dept is not staffed to regulate the food carts. Hot dogs are 'fully cooked'. I bet the food vendor can sell chips also, right? And bottled sodas. The point is that the Health Dept has MUCH more responsibility when checking out a place that actually handles and cooks raw food. Hot dogs are easy.
To afford additional inspectors we could raise taxes on everyone OR here's a novel idea, increase the permit/inspection fee so that the carts cover their own costs of inspection to certify their cart is sanitary.
2. Restuarants with fixed locations are investing in employees, rent, taxes (a lot more than just sales taxes) - investing in your community. We all benefit from this investment. So yes there should be somewhat of of a level playing field in terms of protecting them from a competitor setting up on their sidewalk - I bet an 'established' hot dog cart would get pretty angry if he arrived one day and two other hot dog carts were on 'his' corner even though he has no claim at all to a specific corner and has made no investment supporting that corner, only invested in himself.
Now don't take this comment to mean that I believe fixed location restaurants are the best and only option we need. I have eaten from food carts and trucks in the past and will in the future, I just see the commenters being pretty negative about the fixed locations and I think that is unfair.
38103 - on what basis do you claim 'not one thought about what was actually safe'? I bet you have none other than general snark. If any of us were in charge of writing regulations about safety for food carts, wouldn't it be smart to start with restaurant regulations and then take out what we don't need and then consider what needs to be added to account for the non-fixed location (not connected to city water/sewer, no electricity, ice is less reliable than ac powered refridgeration ....)
Bubbah/Jeff - if you feel employees at a restaurant are not washing their hands, video it and send to the Health Dept. In other words, do something about it rather than blindly paint all restaurants this way and blindly assume all food carts are washing their hands frequently with their non-running water.
Jeff yes moving food outside has an impact on the safety. Raw food must be kept properly refridgerated. A food cart generally has a limited amount of water available for washing, uses ice for refridgeration, is open to airborne contaminants such as dust, leaves, etc. Not that they cannot be safe, but be fair - there IS a difference and in Memphis the Health Dept had not made an investment in learning how to keep food carts safe.
Purely from an economic standpoint it makes tons of sense. How much of our public resources are dedicated to pot "criminals?" How many people are we paying to incarcerate due to breaking marijuana laws?
If it's legal, instead of paying all these prices, you can regulate and tax the product. You create legal industries, where the businesses, employees, and consumers all pay taxes on the transaction. Today, those transactions are all tax free. Also, by not loading up the population with criminal records, you make people more employable, which is a good thing for the economy as a whole.
I'll also add that the advent of synthetic marijuana and the continual chase to ban new strains of that is a spin off of having marijuana be illegal. If marijuana is legal, people don't need to seek a "legal" alternative substance. Those synthetic marijuanas are getting more and more dangerous the more that they keep banning the new combinations used.
CL, I like your reference to the Baptists and the Boot-leggers. In this case it's the Baptist and the Pharmaceutical Lobbies.
Hi Oak. My comment was tongue and cheek (pun intended). :)
The past is gone, Timeout4. That chapter in Memphis history is over forever.
Took for granted what you had until they closed down Platinum Plus. Gosh, I'm starting to tear up...
You can have a discount on your ticket using the following link: https://www.valpak.com/coupons/printable/theatre-memphis/62326
Oak, I am truly jaded because the system itself corrupts.
All in all looks like one fine productive day, too bad y'all had to go and split it all up.
I think a strong corrupt political beast can be a counter balance to capitalism as long as the corrupt know whereof their power/profits are derived and so provide.
Bruce: Looks like you’ve been missing quite a bit of work lately.
Mr. X: Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve been MISSING it, Bruce.
I'm not that jaded yet, Jeff. Still a little of the 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington' left in me. Without idealism and refusing to accept corruption as the dominant paradigm, then the corruption only gets worse. So no, I'm not kidding myself. I'm expecting more. And I think we should call out corrupt politics when we see it.
Q: "Did you expense the lap dances?"
A: "I did the job I was hired to do!"
Q: "Did you expense the lap dances?"
A: "YOU'RE GODDAMNED RIGHT I DID!!!!"
Oak, Smitty, don't kid yourselves. That's what politics is about and what it has always been about. The only real difference is between the competent crooks, who can get things done and win the elections they're supposed to win while lining their pockets, and the incompetent ones who can only line their pockets, and have no real idea how to govern, or even any desire to govern.
Oak, if they administer that test, they'll be locking people up who haven't used anything at all!
Which, in my opinion, would be a good idea. Mr. Pontiac who nearly wrecked me this morning, when he tried to fit between a box truck and a concrete barrier, seems a prime candidate for road removal.
Scott - first Tennessee, then Mississippi and Arkansas. Then the world!
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