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One of the earmarks of racism and bigotry is taking a defined group of people, say those living in a self-segregated community, and ascribing them as of one opinion.
Obviously you don't live in Sevier County Tennessee. If you did, you would know that "LOCAL RULES do indeed take precedence over State Law. Heck, I once proved that the Election Code had been violated in the State Courts of Sevier County and the Judge held the local rules prevailed. On another occasion, I proved that the Chapter 13 of the TCA was totally ignored in the development of land. I provided a letter written by then Planning Director for the State of Tennessee, Don Waller, that blasted local Government's for failure to follow Title 13. The Judge in the case, the same State Judge as in the prior case, said on the record that the State of Tennessee had no business telling the local Government what to do.
Yes, this all flies in the face of how our Nation was founded. But face it. We have been overthrown from within without a single shot being fired. That happened when immunity laws protect those who swear oaths to protect and defend the constitution and fail to do so.
We are indeed upside down and backwards.
Over 9,000 in attendance last night. The game presentation by the Redbirds was outstanding, especially the postgame fireworks. A good night was had by all. It's quite apparent the answer to the question in the article is a resounding 'Thank You' from the Memphis baseball community. Well done Redbirds and Memphis!
"I'm not racist! Racism is associated with ignorance and cruelty! Just because I live in a self-segregated community and honestly believe my segregated community is superior to larger richer integrated communities nearby doesn't make me racist!"
The Nazis and Confederates both prided themselves on politeness and intellectualism. The Nazis went so far as to invent the multistage rocket that made satellite technology possible. The Confederates as well were famous for their skills in agriculture and the productivity of their plantations. Many slave owners honestly believed life was better for blacks under slavery than it would have been in Africa, and the Contraband period directly after the Emancipation Proclamation was very, very rough on the Freedmen. Black taskmasters under the slave system could be argued to have had more rights and authority under slavery than was available to any black person under the Jim Crow era
Racists honestly do think they're good people and can be very smart and charming. Kittens are soft and affectionate too, but that doesn't keep them from occasionally eating the goldfish.
He shall rise again!
He sure does rock that comb-forward Caesar haircut!
Ah gee it was an honest mistake that he stuffed away and forgot a piece of evidence that could have shredded his case. A perfectly natural reaction, as opposed to, say, thinking, oh crap this shreds my case, what am I going to do if the defense sees this?
Isn't marijuana the biggest cash crop in the state as was hemp in Kentucky before it was criminalized. The struggle isn't so much with the conservative Christians as it is with corporations.
I think the main issue for me, is that the actual impact and effect of current law, is to tip people who might otherwise be at least marginally productive, and thus contributing to the tax base, into a spiral that leaves them unproductive, and instead a drain on public resources. It's a waste, more or less. And I wouldn't be so quick to assume that Norris can't see this. He's a pretty bright fellow.
Yes, I think we were both thinking along the same lines. I don't think Memphis will have the likes of Norris in their corner on this issue. That said, I would personally like the state to be more progressive and allow for citizens to possess a small amount of marijuana (e.g. not for re-sale, not driving high, etc).
"I'm with CL here. I believe what black people tell me in regards to police relations, by and large. Of course, sometimes people lie and make shit up. But then, so do police, and they know, generally, they can get away with it.'
No argument from me.
My perceptions are the same as yours, that relations are pretty poor. The police and the black community do have some serious trust issues, and neither side is blameless. I also think you are right that the police can tend to get away with bullshit while the average black person cannot. Unless they have the funds to hire good lawyers, in which case race does not matter that much. CL and had a great conversation last week about the effect of TV and smart phone cameras. I will bet that in the Tulsa case now in the news, without those TV cameras, the gentleman killed would have been accused of "lunging" at the policewoman or some such. Works the other way too, of course.
Not retired, just self. And if I lived in Franklin I'd be checking the deadbolts on my doors.
All I can add to this generally very well reasoned discussion is puff puff give.
I'm surprised they haven't written in to complain about the quality of the photo. It's not flattering at all.
" is probably a function of those young black men coming into contact with law enforcement more often than another group. As opposed to the laws being more strictly enforced against them."
I'm with CL here. I believe what black people tell me in regards to police relations, by and large. Of course, sometimes people lie and make shit up. But then, so do police, and they know, generally, they can get away with it.
The whole reason why marijuana was classified as a hard drug in the first place back in the 1920's was because (and this is a matter of record) minorities like black people were believed to be using it much more than good white folks. Marijuana use has negative implications, but on the whole, it does FAR less damage than does alcohol. Every argument used against legalization of MJ is an argument twice over for making alcohol illegal.
Considering your intelligence I would have to guess you are often unwilling to assume anything not happening within your presence and your personal experience is at least of late, may have been quite sheltered. So I respect your opinions with that caveat.
I have personally experienced racial inequality in the use of police discretion more than once or twice and that personal experience may color my opinions as well. I am also willing to believe what my black friends tell me.
I am quite capable of expressing my own beliefs without your help, thanks.
But since you chose to comment, it should have been clear to you that my issue with the Council passing any ordnance on marijuana possession is not strict enforcement against one portion of the population or the other, nor whether the new ordinance would promote more racial justice.
I have no idea whether the police choose to use their powers of discretion toward any race more than another. My guess is that if the possession laws are more often enforced against young black men, it is probably a function of those young black men coming into contact with law enforcement more often than another group. As opposed to the laws being more strictly enforced against them. But that is merely my guess, based on an assumption that police officers do not like having to appear in court any more than the rest of us.
The only problem I have with the Councils action is that they do not have the authority to change state law, and if they persist, there will be blowback with consequences.
I love it how Apop is constantly pointing out how corrupt police help keep crime rates low by looking the other way when minor crimes are committed by good ol' boys that don't mean no harm.
Now of course he believes in strict enforcement for them "types" he don't cotton to, yessir.
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