He's right about the structure of our government. It was designed so that the government couldn't get a lot done.
That's a good thing. We don't want our government overreaching, and in general they don't and/or are incapable of doing so.
Jesus most likely looked like your typical Israeli or at least some sort of Middle Eastern look.
I get why he's white in pictures though. It's a much easier sell for religion if Jesus looks like you do.
On Santa, Dave Chappelle explains why Santa couldn't be black:
Love me some Chappelle.
Yes, the schools being empty are a result of Memphis losing population in the form of not gaining population at the rate everyone around them has.
The US is about 35% larger than it was in 1980 in terms of population. The greater Memphis area experienced similar growth to the US average. Memphis city's population, however, is stagnant over that same period. As Memphis city grew from within, people left the city at a fast enough rate that Memphis city never saw the growth.
As Memphis annexed new area, the number of people that Memphis would annex would leave the area, creating an opportunity for population shift within the new Memphis borders. There are blighted neighborhoods now in parts of Memphis, and it's those blighted neighborhoods with no population density that drive the school closures.
So yes, you can claim the population is the same as it was in 1980, or maybe 1% larger, but that is the result of the city growing from within at a faster rate and losing population at the same rate as its experienced growth.
The school closures are the fruit of the labor of running people out of the city over the years. A city is no different than a business in that it has to market itself to its customers (residents/potential residents). When you fail at marketing yourself, you lose customers to competitors (suburbs/other metro areas).
Yes, in a democracy, the majority rules, but in a local government, the majority would always be wise to consider heeding at least some of the minority's concerns, to avoid losing that population and tax base.
In each of the neighborhoods that will lose a school, it's happening because past residents wanted out of that neighborhood. Those residents were afforded a way out of that neighborhood because other residents in other parts of the city chose to leave the city, opening up the opportunity for a trickle down of movement.
Ultimately, the annexation strategy is to blame, because the city continually chose to chase after those that decided to leave the city with annexations rather than trying to chase after them by improving the product offering within the city. With those annexations, those that didn't want to be a part of the city left, which meant that you now had the same population in a larger area, and the trickle down movement left the least desirable neighborhoods empty.
It's unfortunate, but the school closings are the result of 30 years of bad government decisions.
That's why I still believe the best move for Memphis would be to retrench, deannex, and try to rebuild the core of the city. Keep most of North Memphis, South Memphis, along with Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis, so you can utilize the wealthier tax base to rejuvenate the other areas starting with downtown and them moving into North and South Memphis.
Then, you may start attracting population growth within a smaller cost base. If done successfully, you may have nearby areas proposing Memphis annex them, so they can be a part of the area. It's probably too late for that, and it'll never happen, but the urban sprawl is killing the city financially.
The Grizzlies got better by dumping Rudy.
I'm curious what this ownership group has done that's "cheap". If you're talking about the Gay trade, other than not getting much back in return, the Raptors now understand exactly why we were so willing to part with Gay. Other than that, they're right up against the luxury tax line. I don't know what else you want them to do.
With Rudy, last year's team may not win 50 games. They won 56 largely because of the Rudy dump and the subsequent offensive renaissance they experienced due to the elimination of a black hole from the floor. That team last year certainly doesn't get past the Clippers in the first round with Rudy on the floor for 38 minutes a night.
As far as your assertion about last year's team being "average" players. Conley is a Top 10 point guard in the league, just one step below the elite PG level. Tony Allen has been the league's best perimeter defender and was last year. Marc Gasol was DPOY last year, and he's one of the best offensive scoring centers in the league. Basically, it's he, Brook Lopez, and Dwight Howard when you're discussing the best NBA centers. (I consider Duncan a PF still.) Z-Bo, though he's been up and down at times, has played at an All-Star level and did for much of last year. The WORST player in the starting line up when we had Rudy last year was Rudy himself. If you were to rank value to the team out of those 5, it went this way, 1. Marc, 2. Mike, 3. Z-Bo, 4. Tony, 5. Rudy
Last year's team was not devoid of talent. They were a very talented team. Gasol has been this team's best player for a few years now. They had hit their stride and went on a 4 game road winning streak right before he went down. The team was 7-5 at the time, even after a slow start. Since Gasol went down, they have gone 3-8. This is not coincidence.
We can argue about what Hollins WOULD do with his best player out with injury, but Hollins never dealt with an injury to someone as important on both ends as Gasol, so it's all conjecture.
As I've said before, let's measure this team's results with and without Gasol. When he comes back in January, we will see what they do, but I'm not expecting a big turn around until that point. Even then, a lot will depend on how rusty Gasol is. If he comes back at full strength, this team will play .600 or .650 ball after he returns. Will that be enough to get back into the playoffs? I don't know, but we will see.
I agree with you on the desire to win a championship. It takes a lot of good fortune.
Even OKC hasn't won a championship yet, even though they have the second best player in the league and a second Top 10 player.
It takes having a veteran team, great players, and some good fortune with injuries. It's also always going to be more difficult in a market like Memphis that doesn't naturally draw free agents.
But at least the stock market is rolling at all time highs, benefitting the wealthier among us.
I'm still shocked we haven't seen more outrage from the Dems over QE. You would think that fiscal policy benefitting the top 20% or so, and the 1% most, would be a GOP trickle down idea, but I haven't seen many Dems railing on the Fed policy.
You'd think at least the Occupy Wall Street faction would be out in full force blasting QE, but you don't see that either. Maybe the housing market will see an extra boost though with all these folks buying third homes with their stock market gains.
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