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Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

Vasco de Gama Smith. Brilliant. Jeez, you guys are way head of me. I think I'll return to my crypt.....
Unless it's about the cartoon of Plimpton and Jerry Lee Lewis, wait wait, that was Jerry no lee Lewis. How would that be funny?
I got nothing

Posted by CL Mullins on 07/25/2014 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

@Jackson

I am suprised that you would double down on your use of racially charged code words.

Anyone with the slightest bit of training in cryptography knows that "da Gama' in the native Portuguese means 'Painless" or more accurately, "The Painless One". Given that Vasco de Gama was a notable pioneer in dentistry as well as sea exploration, the clear racial reference is to Vasco Smith, Memphis Civil Rights leader, black man, and consort of Maxine Smith. Further, all code experts know that in 1498, Vasco de Gama, as a political ruse, impersonated one of another faith in Mozambique. Thus, the clearest meaning is to a black person that impersonates one of another faith. In order words, it is a right wing slur on President Obama.

Shame on you.

You thought you were being clever, but the local group of code breakers has found you out and you are finally displaying your true colors.

Posted by ArlingtonPop on 07/25/2014 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

Me(m)phistopheles is not your name ... We know what you're up to just the same. God save the children from Queen Georgia Tann. Some are "Unbought and UnBossed" Chisholm 1972 ... Of lessons learned. Counting the days.

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Posted by D. W. Griffith on 07/25/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

@CL

Yes.

One of the participants was Harold Godwinson, which is a euphemism for Harold Favoriteson, clearly a code word for Harold Ford, Jr.

And since Harold lost the battle, this is an obvious attempt to smear an Africann American politician as a loser.

Hell, everybody can see that.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 07/25/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

Pop and CL, wow! Now, you guys really ARE natural cryptographers. Hmmm. We can do this for a while. Try this one: I also "failed to mention" anything about the exploratory voyages of Vasco da Gama. Or anything about George Plimpton's career at The New Yorker. What does that tell you?

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 07/25/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

Battle of Hastings refers to Harold II, future Senator from NY.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 07/25/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

@Jackson

"Battle of Hastings"!!!

I am really suprised that someone of your reputation, working for a progressive newspaper, would dare to employ such an obvious racial slur.

Have you no shame, sir? At long last, have you no shame?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 07/25/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

"D.W.," my advice to you is not to go looking for any jobs as a crytographer or code-breaker. I don't think you have the knack. But best wishes all the same.

I also "failed to mention" the Battle of Hastings in 1066. And you know what that means, don't you?

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 07/25/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

Jackson Baker, although your article is riddled with racial innuendo, I submit this for your perusal; "Republican Paul Boyd, who has the distinction of being his party's ranking African-American official in county government, rode the GOP tide to an upset win four years ago and has worked hard to build his public image, even to the point of turning up at Democratic Party events this year." (Jackson Baker, are you too politically correct to call him what he is the GOP's 'Token Negro'.) You further write to clearly distinguish Mr. Chism for "having the same last name as outgoing County Commissioner Sidney Chism, a well-known party presence but no relation." but failed to mention he (William Chism, Jr.) also shares the same family name as George Chism, a European Republican Shelby County Commissioner. (Maybe they all descended from the same plantation?). Jackson Baker, your choice of words also 'alleges' that Chism "... remains someone most of his party mates could not pick out of a lineup." A lineup? Really? I guess I can say the same of you to my 'party mates', Jackson Baker ... I would not be able to pick him out at a Klu Klux Klan rally. They all look alike or do they? The coded racial rhetoric is what it is.

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Posted by D. W. Griffith on 07/25/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Joe Brown, Champion of Diversity?

Thanks for the plug JB.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/25/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

Innovation and technology change things. If taxi services actually sent the closest driver to you when you called, these services wouldn't be as popular. If cabs actually answered the phone when you called, these services wouldn't be as popular. If cabs had the ability to take credit/debit payment as easily as these services, they wouldn't be as popular. If cab drivers were as friendly, knowledgeable and sociable as the drivers for these services, they wouldn't be as popular. If taxi services were as easy to deal with in general as these services, they wouldn't be as popular. Taxi services have operated with an industry regulated monopoly that has prevented anyone with a better idea from entering the market. Technology is changing that. This is the future of car services. The taxi services should get on board before they get left behind.

I personally use Uber or Lyft 2-3 times a week. I live close to downtown and don't want to hassle with parking, worrying about a DUI, etc when going out for a night. These services help alleviate parking problems, they keep people in urban areas from having to walk long distances either to their homes or to their cars, potentially becoming victims of robbery and/or assault. They cut down on DUI's by people who would rather just drive and risk it than deal with a taxi service and the time involved in getting a cab to pick them up at home. They offer a valuable services to both the cities and people they service. I myself would pay more for the service, which is usually about 2/3 that of a regular taxi service. People don't just use these services because they're cheaper than taxis - they use them because they are EASIER, FASTER and SAFER. Memphis should work WITH these companies to help continue to provide a valuable service rather than fighting against them to shelter an outdated model that does nothing but collect more permit and inspection fees. Do something FOR the people of Memphis instead of just protecting ways to derive revnue FROM the people of Memphis.

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Posted by MTBlake on 07/25/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Gripes, Groans, and Grudge Matches in Shelby County Elections

The reports of the GOP's death are greatly exaggerated.

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Posted by tomguleff on 07/25/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

A lame car lately had me using both Uber and Lyft, and the average wait time for a response was something like 10 minutes. I haven't used a conventional taxicab in a while, but I don't recall getting serrvice that quick as a matter of course. Has anyone made a reliable comparison?

Posted by Jackson Baker on 07/25/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “U of M Project Aimed at Reducing Marijuana Use

$400,000!!! How many lives could you really affect in positive ways with that kind of cash, instead of spending it on Just Say No wankery? However, if he wants to spoon out some of that gravy, I'd be happy to teach a drugs-r-bad-m'kay-ra-te class. 50 grand over two years, graduate with a black belt in awesome, help me pay off my house.

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Posted by Jeff on 07/25/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

I saw a downtown carriage horse sporting a giant, pink mustache. Well-played, Lyft.

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Posted by Dave Clancy on 07/25/2014 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Joe Brown, Champion of Diversity?

An interesting take on all this by my colleague Chris Davis, containing this estimate of the broadside from Judge Joe: "Brown's subsequent apology for the attempted public shaming generously allows that gays have nothing to be ashamed of, blaming the victim of the intended gay smear because she doesn't do more to support LGBT rights."

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 07/25/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

^Not really. Most cab drivers in Memphis aren't unionized.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 07/25/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

I'm really enjoying how this is unfolding. Allow me to summarize, as I see it: cabbies are upset because their market share is being threatened by a competitor who potentially will be able to get around being extorted by a Union and Memphis Government. Memphis Government is resisting because there are currently no precedent or legal provision on how they can similarly exploit these new services.

Am I getting this right?

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Posted by Anon on 07/25/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Joe Brown, Champion of Diversity?

I hear Joe Brown supporters complain that the issues aren't being discussed. Well, it appears that the only "issues" they want discussed are the ones THEY choose.

When it comes to the elected offices of the judiciary and the leading criminal prosecutor of the county, I think that the ethical and moral turpitude of a candidate should top the list of ISSUES when considering the candidate.

In weighing Shelby County's choices for the office of D.A. objectively, Amy Weirich's work ethic and prosecutorial record is preferable to what Joe Brown offers.

As for her "policy" on LGBT issues...publicly, Ms. Weirich supports all victims of domestic violence (See Bianca Phillips story on "Love Doesn't Hurt"). Amy Weirich has supported this event for three consecutive years since becoming Shelby County D.A.

Lastly, there is no record, no evidence or even the appearance of rampant subrogation of the rules of law by this D.A or the assistant D.A.'s serving in the office. These allegations are wrong at best, and scurrilous lies and innuendo at worst.

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Posted by Jeremiah_Johnson on 07/25/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Lyft and UberX In Talks City Officials About Permitting

Lyft and Uber *are* taxi companies. They don't get paid a flat rate by drivers for usage of their "technology", but rather these companies get a cut of the fare on a per ride basis and based on the total distance traveled. Use of their technology is also contingent on rankings of driving ability and meeting very specific vehicle criteria, and (in the case of Lyft) affixing a company logo to your vehicle.

I could care less either way about this ridiculous permit controversy; but their whole argument about merely being "technology companies" or "ridesharing companies" is about as disingenuous as it would be for eBay to say they're merely a "technology company" or a "product sharing" company. They're not. Ebay is an online broker for merchandise, just like Uber and Lyft are online brokers for transportation service.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 07/25/2014 at 11:02 AM

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