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Re: “Hog & Hominy to Become the First Restaurant Honored with a Nobel Peace Prize

Just had lunch there for my first H&H experience. WOW. It's a bit pricey, but worth it.

@Jeff: If I were judge in this county, no child would be allowed to be named "Poutine". There is only one Poutine, and it belongs in Quebec. A child with that name in Shelby County might not be accepted by the local Poutine-loving citizens of French Canadian descent.

Posted by ChrisP. on 09/18/2013 at 2:22 PM

Re: “City Will Shift to “Defined Contribution” Pension Plan for Employees, Chief Little Says

"No, I read it right, you didn't."

Yeah, I guess that direct quote that I provided from your article was too confusing. Thanks for helping me understand.

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Posted by ChrisP. on 09/17/2013 at 9:31 AM

Re: “City Will Shift to “Defined Contribution” Pension Plan for Employees, Chief Little Says


That article that you referenced makes some interesting points, including:

"Today, the city’s retiree health care obligations continue to drain the budget and are central to its insolvency.

The city also missed opportunities to rightsize retirement benefits. For instance, when the State of Michigan switched from pensions to 401(k)-style plans in 1997, Detroit failed to follow suit."

Was your intention to point out that Detroit should have been more disciplined in how it covered its retirees, as well as how it helped them fund their retirement? As usual for you, your cited reference says exactly the opposite of what you think it says.

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Posted by ChrisP. on 09/16/2013 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Re-Segregation Claim Apparently Still Alive in School-Merger Case

Clearly, Hopson is a racist. He hates the inner city childr ... wait, no, it's got to be Armstrong that is the racis ... OWWWW! Brain cramp!

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Posted by ChrisP. on 08/23/2013 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Re-Segregation Claim Apparently Still Alive in School-Merger Case

@PM: I find your position completely without merit, so your attempt to speak for me or any of my fellow suburbanites is hereby rejected.

Also rejected is your attempt at algebra:

"In the Shelby County case, the courts will be asked to approve the withdrawal of ALL the suburbs from the Shelby County Schools, changing it from a white-majority and integrated district to not merely a Black-majority district but nearly an ALL-BLACK district. "

I can't explain why you're wrong about intent, because you will refuse to listen. I can explain why you're wrong about your math, because it's irrefutable.

Let's say the city of Memphis accounts for 100,000 students and you want to consider them to be 100% black. Let's also say that the sum of all suburban students is equal to 50,000 and you want to inaccurately pretend that they're 100% white. OK, add them together, and you have 150,000 students that are a majority ... what? ... class, what's the answer? Yes, BLACK is the answer.

Somethin' ain't jiving in your math, PM. How can the current version of the SCS be a majority white, yet by losing just the suburban students you'd go to "100% black"? I think you've got a problem with your logic, just as you have a problem with your comprehension for the support of locally-controlled municipal schools.

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Posted by ChrisP. on 08/23/2013 at 3:30 PM

Re: “County Children Plunged into Apocalyptic School-Like Hellscape

"But, the blame is on the county commission and the suburban residents for balking at the full request that the BOE made for adequate funding, a lot of this could have been avoided."

"Suburban residents"? Excuse me, OTP, but didn't you frequently (and correctly) point out that Memphis voters are a majority of the voters of Shelby County, and that "the majority rules"?

If Memphians wanted to adequately fund the school system, all they had to do was have their representatives on the commission go ahead and push a county tax increase through for the schools over the objections of the suburban reps, just like with every other vote that winds up 8-5.

Why are you now blaming the powerless minority bloc for your representatives' lack of action?

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Posted by ChrisP. on 08/16/2013 at 2:40 PM

Re: “County Children Plunged into Apocalyptic School-Like Hellscape


I Googled what you said. Since you didn't have the decency to post a link to what you believed to be relevant, I had to go with what looked most likely.…

It looks to me, as with every other rabbit hole that you've suggested people pursue, that this does a grand total of nothing for your case.

" 1 The Amendment by its express terms provides that ''[n]o State . . .'' and ''nor shall any State . . .'' engage in the proscribed conduct. ''It is State action of a particular character that is prohibited. Individual invasion of individual rights is not the subject matter of the amendment. It has a deeper and broader scope. It nullifies and makes void all State legislation, and State action of every kind, which impairs the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States, or which injures them in life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or which denies to any of them the equal protection of the laws.''

... continuing quote ...

"As it grew more sympathetic to federalism concerns in the late 1970s and 1980s, the Court began to reassert a strengthened state action doctrine, primarily but hardly exclusively in nonracial cases.

Operation of the state action doctrine was critical in determining whether school systems were segregated unconstitutionally by race. The original Brown cases and subsequent ones arose in the context of statutorily mandated separation of the races and occasioned therefore no controversy in finding state action. 9 The aftermath in the South involved not so much state action as the determination of the remedies necessary to achieve a unitary system. 10 But if racial segregation is not the result of state action in some aspect, then its existence is not subject to constitutional remedy."

OTP TAKES ANOTHER SWING, GETS ANOTHER MISS. This whole case reeks of mootness. It's been mootified! We're all wallowing in a great morass of mootification!

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Posted by ChrisP. on 08/16/2013 at 12:14 AM

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