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

APop,
I can't help but post this, I just can't
The potential for wise ass remarks is thru the roof
1st, I love Pomp and Circumstance in the background.....
http://www.commercialappeal.com/videos/new…

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/20/2017 at 7:37 AM

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

@Nick

I yield the field.

Your logic is unassailable.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/19/2017 at 10:14 PM

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

ArlingtonPop, Felon to politician is a lateral move. Night watchman is a step up.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/19/2017 at 9:48 PM

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

@Nick

Oh, sure. That's no thing.

In Memphis, all things are possible.

Former members convicted of felony public corruption can be re-elected to the Memphis City Council.

And do it all over again.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/19/2017 at 9:19 PM

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

I thought this was all going to get better when they renamed the city parks . . .

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Posted by PersonalAccountability on 05/19/2017 at 9:19 PM

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

Wow, did not know that felons could get jobs as night watchmen.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/19/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

Would agree with MemphisTigers about Poplar adjacent to Overton Park. I would note the reason drivers go so fast is it was simply designed that way with multiple, wide lanes permitting high speed travel. If we want slower traffic the street will need to be reconfigured as a boulevard not a highway.

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Posted by apok on 05/19/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

We desperately need police radar in front of Overton Park on Poplar. Recently, one young woman was killed crossing the street there and another woman was seriously brain-injured by drag racers. Drag racing and speeding are common there every evening. I rescued an impaired man lying in a lane of traffic there last fall, at my extreme peril and his. Do whatever it takes to enforce the law on Poplar. I see parked squad cars all over town, up in parks and behind buildings. Put them on our streets.

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Posted by MemphisTigers on 05/19/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

I think what is even worse than unsafe streets is un alert drivers and/or distracted drivers. Some sweet young thing almost plowed in to me the other day since her glaze was on a smart phone instead of the road.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/19/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “The White League

Oak,
At what point does racist, marbleized or bronzed, graffiti become a cultural element. And if there is " general human tendency to macerate and dismember, and stomp into nothingness, all culture elements of what has been conquered." isn't that a human element worthy of expression?
Is the White League really more worthy of celebration than Speck? Isn't he something of a godhead with blackheads when it comes to the violence dem white folks sought to glorify?
And quit dissing the Chitimacha, they're still here right where they've always been.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/19/2017 at 4:14 PM

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

Well said, LoveBC.... And I agree...

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Posted by OakTree on 05/19/2017 at 3:30 PM

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

Oaktree, I was a parole officer during the booming times of the mid 90's where even a blind felon could get a job as a night watchman and I was still working my ass off chasing after criminals. What I meant was that using psycho-babble to treat crime as a mental disorder is inherently flawed and has not, or will not ever work.

While I agree with most of your points, I will further add that criminals are not the sharpest tools in the shed, with most having IQs at least a standard deviation below the norm. Even the lowest skilled jobs nowadays are fairly complicated and it is hard for the average criminal with a lack of both brains and work ethic to hold a job, and later move up through the ranks.

Anti-social behavior/criminality is a very complicated dynamic that even our collective intelligence cannot fully explain in Memphis Flyer blog spots. What raises my ire is politicians siding with criminals and tsk tsking us tax payers for having the audacity for complaining about criminal behavior. We need a WWII mentality of unconditional victory over crime.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/19/2017 at 3:10 PM

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

Gibbons is paid more than $100k to create PR copy for himself. Nice gig.

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Posted by Memphomania on 05/19/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Remembering the 'Mats

The guy Len, on this thread,with the comment about the past, might have to be forgiven as his post is old and he may have mended his ways. I hope, because Jim was a mighty figure and a great man. I had the pleasure of getting to ask him endless questions when I was a studio flunky. He was gracious and open. He is a memphis fixture, whether he is alive or not, As sure as Elvis, Charlie Freeman, Chips Moman, WC Handy, Alex Chilton and Stanley Booth are.I hope you have been schooled by now Len. I recommend Jim's autobiography. Its a great read.

Posted by Nelson Sams on 05/19/2017 at 2:02 PM

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

So no sno-cones, then? I came for the sno-cones.
Bugger.

Posted by OakTree on 05/19/2017 at 1:53 PM

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

@LoveBC - Welp, our current Attorney General likes the ides of going back to the 1990's Greatest Hits in his approach. Me personally, I don't think that's going to help at all. It didn't work then, when the economy was better, and it won't work now, when the economy is worse. People will do SOMETHING with their hours. If they have no skin in the game of the modern economy, they will do antisocial stuff. This isn't psychobabble. It's just the facts. If you don't believe me, look at Brazil. Or Romania.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/19/2017 at 1:44 PM

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

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