I admire your restraint in calling those miscreants "humans'.
APop, dunno per se. I said 'may speak to the beneficiaries' as a question, to look beyond the obvious. Of course as the article shows, there are parents involved, not always to blame. There's perhaps a sense that this is a low priority crime since the victims have nothing. Politicians are paid off in cash or product.
It is slavery though. If slavery was worth tearing apart a nation, then you'd think there's be more than the periodic expose'.
Legalization of prostitution would have some affect, but these transactions occur for many or most at a subterranean level often involving children that would never be legalized.
We'd all like to see the pimps drawn and quartered, but this probably would not be much of a deterrent with these humans.
Oh shoot, again. Freudian slip. I meant brick and mortar. But brick and mortal makes ghoulish sense because close to 2 decades haven't the transfer of school buildings from SCS to MCS been a quick, slick deadly kiss on the cheek to SCS?
Close to deadly is enduring one year of Ms. Hart's "bifurcate" sports/band funding.
Close to deadly is enduring one year of such blatant Memphis hypocrisy.
At least, on August 2014, we will see the light at the end of this Delta tunnel.
Oh shoot. Apologies. I was referencing the future formation of the MSDs. This was an article about Haslam's Lincoln Dinner which quickly segued during the comments into a battle of words and insights regarding the legitimacy of Shelby County, TN MSDs.
With all the terrible national and international news lately, isn't it wonderful to find locally, in this tiny sliver of SW TN, proof that hard working individuals, filled with conviction, can make a positive change in their local community?
Even after two years, my eldest son still tosses the YES! sign in the gutter when he has to mow the lawn. Such a cynic, but August 2014 he will see the meaning and learn another lesson in perseverance.
For 14 years I have walked through the SCS system of brick and mortal knowing the administration of our children's education needed to be chiseled down to the cities in which their families reside.
Or, it may be that modern day sex slavery is a crime while slavery of 150 years ago was not only legal, but a social institution as well.
Or, it may be that we fought a bloody Civil War over the slavery of 150 years ago while modern day slavery poses no such risk.
Or, it may be that we pay taxes to support a number of police officers whose duty it is to catch and punish the miscreants and trust them to do their job.
Or, it may be that the average citizen cannot arm themselves, take the law into their own hands, and punish the evil doers, and therefore there is little else they can do.
Or, it also may be that the vast majority of people have no idea that this sort of crime exists.
Perhaps we can nail this down. Who exactly are the beneficiaries, beyond the pimps and johns, whereof you speak?
It's interesting how the issue of modern day slavery seems to attract so little attention from people would debate endlessly on slavery occurring 150 years ago. It may speak to the beneficiaries beyond the obvious pimps and johns.
You'd think a Frenchman would be accustomed to snobbish restaurateurs.
Great to see all the little pieces finally falling into place.
Two different beasts, transvestites and transsexuals, although they do often frequent the same watering hole. The TVs tend to be a fun crowd (gay and straight) while the TSs are real serious, mostly, and considering what they have in mind, you figure they would be. A somewhat convoluted sub strait of TSs are those who desire the surgery so they can live as gay members of their targeted race. For instance, a male pre op and post op would still be attracted to women. This would indicate the possibility of some deep wiring snafu in the brain for all transexuals.
And a little advise for all the morons out there, do not harass a transsexual, they will mess you up bad, and then who are you gonna complain to.
Gee, you guys might cut Nathan Bedford Forrest some of the "personal growth" slack, too.
Gee, OakTree, you wouldn't begrudge a Senator a little personal growth would you? He didn't quite make the leaps Richard F. Pettigrew made but he could sure play a fiddle.
I am a very politically incorrect gay man. I neither understand nor celebrate transgender issues. I think it is a tragedy when someone can't accept himself for who and how he was created. But as you said, it isn't my call.
Drag isn't related to transgender. I don't do drag myself, of course, but I find it entertaining. I don't know why.
I have to admit that us confirmed heterosexuals just do not understand the drag queen phenomenon.
We had a young fellow at work decide he was he wrong gender and he started the painful process of converting himself into a woman.
He was a right nice looking as a young man. But the ugliest woman you ever saw.
Never did understand what he wanted to accomplish, but then, it was not my call.
You could not be more accurate.
One other thing, too. It is more that just a growing acceptance that the municpals are going to form and have a right to do so.
There are several members among the Elected Seven who are very genuine in their desire to improve education in Shelby County regardless of whether, in Tomeka 's words,"there are one or fifty school districts".
These are not career politicians, or those with political ambitions. They really do care.
The working relationships necessary to accomplish a "Grand Bargain" have developed over many months of working together on the Unified School Board and the TPC before that. Those relationships have developed the trust necessary to get this thing done. Our view is the untrustworthy on both the Unifed BOE and the SCC will be gone shortly and the rest of us can get on with it.
Apparently, Judge Mays does not know that his role in the merger is finished July 1st.
He said last a couple of weeks ago he might wait until September 1st to make a decisison on the expansion of the Shelby County School Board.
You better help and send him a note telling him he is finished with any oversight July 1st, because he does not realize that.
i don't understand your point about any person being elected by all the citizens. Aren't the City Council and the SCC elected by districts? The Elected Seven were elected by county-wide districts. What difference does that make? Is their authority somehow less is they are elected by districts?
And sorry, a later school board cannot just nullify a valid contract. All any school board can do is set policy, they are not a law-making, or law changing, organization. If they make a written agreement, with consideration given and taken, the laws of the State of Tennessee, or federal contract law, will govern their behavior. The terms of that contract must be fulfilled.
If no agreement is reached on the disposition of the buildings, we will press the point in Federal court, with the SCS BOE as defendants. Regardless of what the legislature does. Given the existing case law and history of school building dispositions in Shelby County, I sure like our chances.
But that is not going to happen. This will be settled out of court.
You say there is nothing for Memphis to lose and you are dead wrong.
I expect some of the details to come leaking out over the next several months, but Memphis schools are going to gain big time financially in this agreement. Not only in cost avoidance, but in leveraging their existing investments in technology, people and infrastructure. Frankly, the municipals will gain financially as well.
The Win-Win is being negotiated (unofficially, of course).
You may be sure nothing will be announced until after September 1st, but leaks will occur.
Every decade since 1970 we hear the same thing. "Memphis is growing! That's what the data shows!" then he census comes out and we find out that the interim data was incorrect. Oopsies!
It's quite possible, even likely, that a majority of the board members don't see any value in obstructing the inevitable out of belligerence. So if they choose not to try to obstruct, as a majority, it's a done deal. They can sign an agreement for displacement of that property, and that will be that. I know that for you it's all about anger and belligerence with the suburbs, but not everyone is on that boat with you. Many don't see the benefit in spending money and efforts fighting a battle they know they can't win in the end. There is nothing to gain for anyone with delay, other than those like you who just want to to down kicking and screaming.
I saw my first drag queen crossing Madison to JWags in the late 80's. I was driving out the parking lot of Bellevue Baptist with some friends. I don't remember if it was a Sunday night or if we were headed out on church visitation. Though recognizing myself to be gay, I was incredibly naive. I remarked on "what an ugly woman that is" when one of my friends burst into laughter, telling me it was a "drag queen".
Robert Byrd? You are quoting ROBERT BYRD???
Kudos to Kelly for refusing to bump other customers for a celebrity.
Kelly is a good guy and a great chef. Best restaurant in Memphis. Maybe Tony can make reservations well in advance for their next road trip to Memphis.
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