Moral decline--- the usual suspect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zivr__LnHk…
I too, was left confused after reading this column. C'mon Les. Focus. More laws, and even fictional JACK McCOY, couldn't have stopped the moral decline that contributed to these high profile incidents. It's sad, but time to face the truth. 2 children are dead due to thugs, and yet, our youth culture sees this behavior...as role model material. Communities can 'come together' and Pastors can preach from the pulpit, but nothing changes. These innocent children are STILL dead. No amount of hand wringing, nor Jack McCoy fantasizing, will bring them back. TV is fantasy.
Regarding the school fights.... We must be prepared to see more. Almost every cell phone, now contains a video camera, and TV stations looooovvvvveeee live drama that holds an audience. In the past, most of these fights would not even be known, outside the school yard. Today, the cell phone video, makes it possible to neatly wrap up a 'thrilling' news segment, the same day of the incident. The more preposterous the video, the more news segments. The more the public can be stirred up, the better an opportunity for a money grab. [Heard today that the call is now for the hiring of 15 new school psychologists to be placed at the problem schools] Yep. Same solutions. More tax payer cash...can cure our problems. As Dr. Phil famously says; 'hows THAT WORKIN FOR YA'
The BP incident. Hmmm. An innocent BLACK man was brutally beaten...by a crowd of BLACK youth, while protecting a WHITE Woman. [There is a movie idea here, but it doesn't fit the main stream media template] The youth involved, were primarily attending a neighborhood 'PREP' school. Makes you think of those private schools where all the boys are dressed in white shirt, ties, and navy blue blazers. You imagine that most of these 'PREP' school students, are planning on applying to Harvard, or maybe Yale, etc. Nope. THIS...is Memphis, where we put on our blinders, and make believe that most of these students are NOT preparing for a cell, and future education, at 201 Poplar.
Forget 'Coming together' and lighting candles, and marching for...whatever. Take care of YOUR family, and YOUR neighborhood. Withdraw YOUR children from those schools that have a culture of violence. Home school your kids if possible. DEMAND school vouchers for EVERY deserving student, and realize that those NOT DESERVING, are not college material, nor even high school material. Those who cannot behave in civilized society, need to be separated from civilized society. Relaxed, Conceal Carry laws will soon put a dent in out of control mob violence. As the victim warned our Police Chief, and our Mayor; the youth are fortunate he didn't have ready access to his weapon. [The 'Great Equalizer,' also has a history of working for the good of society.] You can wait on Politicians to solve your problems. You can wait on Police to respond to another senseless neighborhood shooting. You can believe that the destruction of the morals of the nuclear family has no bearing upon our increasing crime rate. Or....YOU can choose to protect YOU and YOURS. I'm going with the latter. Reality is sometimes not pretty, but the first step in addressing a problem, is to admit that a problem exists.
Don't forget his participation in the state health plan, 80% of which is paid for by taxpayers,
offered only to full-time state employees, excluding members of the legislature.
This was intelligent commentary. I can see why you are confused.
The BassPro store on Sycamore View does a good business. Will its current clientele drive downtown to the new one?
I think the big miss is the absence of the Trolley/ Street Car to cart visitors from Bass Pro around Downtown. Sorry, Trolley busses (Like Showboat busses) are just a sad and inexcusable replacement.
The Street Cars could have been a perfect device to get visitors out of the retail environment and into the city streets.
(I hope the Flyer will investigate what went wrong with the management of the Trolley system don't let the CA do all the investigative reporting in town.)
Kelsey's version of "liberty" is what you might expect from a person who grows up as a child of privilege in a wealthy family, is coddled even into adulthood, and has never had to worry how to make a living, where he will find the money to pay this month's utility bill, or how he will go about getting a child educated on limited funds. He has nothing in common with regular people.
Maybe we should cancel Memphis in May for the Bass Pro opening. I'm surprised no one has suggested this, because it's brilliant. It will prove, once and for all, that this city will do anything for Bass Pro's smile.
“And, do you mean to tell me, with 640,000 citizens, we couldn’t have found somebody else?” lol ......... Look who's talking? The entire administration of this city should be candidates for jobs in another city , far far away.
Is this a pro gun control opinion, a tougher on crime opinion, or just musings from Les?
A few thoughts:
1) Vince certainly was playing much better. He was doing a lot of non-stat book type things too and generally making plays, along with the more noticeable jumpers he hit.
2) If Afflalo doesn't come back and loosen up the offense for Portland, this series won't make it back to Memphis. Under their current construct against this Grizzlies team, I don't know that I see Portland breaking 90 in a game. They need Afflalo, or someone, to step up, hit some shots, and get things opened up.
3) I suspect that the early portion of Game 3 will be the best punch Portland has. They're going to come out with the crowd behind them and throw all their best haymakers. If the Grizzlies can weather the storm, get the game in the mud later, and make the comeback to pull out Game 3, I think Game 4 could be a formality. I'm with you on the split, but I honestly don't see it as a split unless Portland wins Game 3. I don't see Portland winning Game 4 if they lose Game 3.
Normally, I would worry about the potential for a sweep causing too much time off leading to some rust, but I think this team could really benefit from a decent break, especially Conley.
I do hope Gov.Jindal makes it to the debate portion of the Republican demolition derby.
Riverside Drive closes down at the same time every year. Every year. Every. Year. (every year).
What!? A retail/dining giant that wants to keep their customers in house? You have got to be kidding me? Somebody alert the media! We must put an to this!
And a road being closed? Oh my god! It's the worst thing that's ever happened.
CL, I hope you're right, because somebody needs to do something about the barbecue in the rest of the state.
I can't tell you where I saw Tennessee Snake Handlers or who they opened for, because everything about that night was illegal.
Yeah I'm a Negative Nancy, but I'd say the pedestrian bridge is that oil leak the used car salesman is telling you not to worry about - they'll get it fixed before you pick up the car. It's never going to happen.
Bass Pro has zero interest in seeing their customers leave their cars parked in Bass Pro's parking lot and walk across a bridge to eat and shop somewhere other than Bass Pro. No doubt Bass Pro has told the city as much. What building more rooms in the Pyramid has to do with building a bridge, I don't know, but if you believe Lipscomb, I've got a bridge of my own that I'd like to sell you.
And shutting down Riverside Drive at the same time as the Bass Pro opening - that's the most Memphis-as-fug that has ever been fugged. My gob, it is so smacked right now, I can't even.
Hey, I resemble that snark.
So what you're saying is, on opening night, the ground floor will be flooded again. Progress!
This is Tennessee. The legislature feels they can control all aspects your life; who you can marry, how you can pray and what to do with your chickens. Soon there will be only one way we can barbque.
I think that this crap is stupid and that it should be up to the owners of the fowl to decide what is done with their fowl. I mean they raise and care for them. They keep their pens clean, keep them clean water, feed, and give meds when needed. I dont think its anybodies business what they do with their fowl. I have seen alot of these fowl and they are taking better care of than alot of the pets these so called animal rights activists have and have adopted out. In my opinion these so called animal rights activists and tree huggers are just jealous because the gamefowl breeders/lovers have everything they dont " love, great friends, respect, great families" so with that being said I think they should mind their own business because gamefowl have been around long before they was.
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