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Re: “Shelby County Politics Wrap Up

There's a substantial difference between looking at history to understand past social injustices, and using it as an excuse or crutch to cynically give up on trying to improve things. Every day you get up in the morning, you have an opportunity to change your world for the better. There are people in Memphis who can see that, and who have put substantial effort into making their world better. This is as true at REHS as it is in many places.

If you don't think things can get better, you have surrendered before you have even started to fight. That's the definition of a loser. If you think you can do nothing but lose, you are most certainly going to live out that self-fulfilling prophesy.

Logic dictates a different approach.

Every new school year, a whole new crop of faces shows up at class at REHS. If we can look at them with new eyes, and expect them to perform, and expect them to excel, then there are a certain number of them who are going to do it, by golly.

Tell me what happens when we just write them off. You know the answer to that too.

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Posted by OakTree on 09/29/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Shelby County Politics Wrap Up

@Funk

You also might need to be aware that all funding for schools at the county level is mandated by state law. That tax money goes into the county's Educational Fund and expenditures from that fund are released , on a per student basis, only to the Local Educational Agencies operating in that county. Those monies cannot be used for any other purpose, including turning farms into low cost suburbs.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 09/29/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Alchemy Owner Takes Over Sports Junction

Great because the bartenders were HORRIBLE!!! They'll tell you its no specials but when you look on Facebook on the Sports Junction page and show them the specials for that day...then they remember the specials!

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Posted by Black2948 on 09/29/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Gimme Shelter

and the City Council is going to spend 6 weeks talking about criminalizing panhandling. great priorities. SMGDH

Posted by TrippinOnMemphis on 09/29/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Shelby County Politics Wrap Up

@Funk

I think the record is pretty clear that the defunding of MCS was accomplished by the Memphis City Council who chose to withdraw their financial support, and not by Shelby County Schools. Some $70 Million a year as I recall. Unless you can describe how any tax base is "intentionally defunded". In that case, I would be very curious who the intentional defunders were and their motivation.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 09/29/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Best of Memphis 2016 - Food & Drink

an unmitigated waste of time, space, & resources for every category except "Best head shop" or whatever they now call it. That's the one area in which MF readers have knowledge & experience.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 09/29/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Scent of a Woman President

Grove and Hillary sitting in a tree...

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Posted by Chris Davis on 09/29/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “How Many Games Are the Grizzlies Going to Win?

48 and the 5th seed in the West.

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Posted by East Memphis Mark on 09/29/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Shelby County Politics Wrap Up

The only thing wrong with REHS is the racists who defunded it when it started to integrate. I stuck with REHS (c/o 99) after I saw all my racist co-students (definitely not friends) bailed out for Craigmont's "optional" program (read: white kids program).

If Memphis City Schools hadn't been intentionally defunded through the erosion of the tax base for segregated suburbs in the county, Raleigh Egypt would be a great school, and MCS would not have been forced to surrender their charter.

Education is what prevents crime. Any education system that is not properly funded will produce criminals. The school system was intentionally defunded to turn farms that were abandoned in the Dust Bowl into low cost suburbs that turned a huge profit for real estate developers. Turning your back on your neighborhood was wrong then and it is wrong now.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 09/29/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Scent of a Woman President

@Jeff,

Whatever it is, I don't like it, because I'm pro trade. Either she's shifting just to chase votes, which I think is garbage, or she's taking a stance that I don't agree with in the first place.

I agree that you should change your positions as you learn more and grow. I just don't buy that she's really changing her thought process so much as she's gauging where she needs to stand for votes.

@CL,

I do think the media is always overly excited to jump on attacking Johnson when he makes a mistake. I'm trying to figure out why that is. Do the numbers suggest that Hillary is losing more votes to Johnson? If Johnson's primary support are voters that would normally vote Trump, then you would think the media (outside of the conservative media) would want to encourage Johnson as a viable option.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 09/29/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Scent of a Woman President

Yep. What Jeff said. If I still held the same views today I held when I was 25, I'd be against gay marriage, for example. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with changing one's views or opinion on a subject or issue. Unless one is a hidebound partisan cultist.

Posted by Packrat on 09/29/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Scent of a Woman President

Jeff,
Don't bother with the sugar coat. Sure, maybe Victoria Emanuel is better than Mousseolini, but she's still inbred Euro trash.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/29/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Janis Fullilove: Shot at and Downed by a Memphis Policeman in 1968?

Today they would have emptied an entire clip into her ponytail.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/29/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Janis Fullilove: Shot at and Downed by a Memphis Policeman in 1968?

A story of delusion as told by a delusional drunk. Shot right through her ponytail?

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 09/29/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Lipscomb, Greensward, and Lance

I think those parents chose a private christian school because most private schools are christian. Public schools have been systematically defunded for teaching evolution and non-whites. If you have to choose between sending your gay child to a public school that is run like a prison where he will have to fight the other students, and sending your gay child to a christian school where he will have to fight the administration, you would have to choose the administration; at least the administration isn't allowed to rob him in an alleyway.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 09/29/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Best of Memphis 2016 - Media

Can we give Dave Brown the title "Best Weatherperson Emeritus?"

Posted by Clyde on 09/29/2016 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Best of Memphis 2016 - Food & Drink

When the Flyer voters miss the mark, they really miss.

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Posted by Clyde on 09/29/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Best of Memphis 2016 - Staff Picks

Best day to be a Memphian? Naaaaaaaa.

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Posted by Clyde on 09/29/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Lipscomb, Greensward, and Lance

So in your mind BC, there's no difference between an openly gay young man and a closeted (alleged) abuser of young men?

Are you called LoveBC because you love the stone age?

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Posted by Jeff on 09/29/2016 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Lipscomb, Greensward, and Lance

Maybe Lance and Robert would make a good couple.

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Posted by LoveBC on 09/29/2016 at 8:22 AM

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