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Re: “For $399/Mo Nashville Gym Offers Workouts Inspired By Alt-Right Philosophy

Well I'm not one to judge the gay porn stuff, and who couldn't use a little purge now and then, but when I get home I'm not really in the mood to battle

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Posted by crackoamerican on 08/01/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “For $399/Mo Nashville Gym Offers Workouts Inspired By Alt-Right Philosophy

Nashville? A bastion of white supremacy attracting disenfranchised white millenials from the coasts who have been gentrified out of the neighborhoods they grew up in? You don't say....

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 08/01/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

Funk, I don't know about your youth but "back in the day" the Boy Scouts were everywhere. I had friends in a chapter largely serving the Lamar Terrace that had their officilal pocket knives confiscated. Well at least the BSA tried.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 07/30/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “WREG to Be Acquired by Conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group

Because news agencies now fall into political/ideological niches, one has to be a more intelligent digester of the news. It starts with understanding WHAT you're watching. You cannot get all your news from ONE source. You have to switch around. I suggest you switch around WHILE breaking news is happening. I am continually switching between CNN, FoxNews and MSNBC. It's fascinating how differently they approach a topic. For instance, when the news broke that former (fired) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn only agreed to testify if he was granted immunity (unquestionably, a big story), if you were watching FoxNews at the time, you wouldn't even know that that story had broke. CNN and MSNBC were all over it. Yet, on FoxNews ... not a peep? Why? Is it because FoxNews didn't know about the event. No! It takes time to figure out how you're going to spin this into not-a-bad-thing. And, of course, that's EXACTLY how they spun it. To the Trump supporters: Are you sick of winning, yet?

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Posted by demerling on 07/28/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

For the record, my earlier random seeming comment was in response to another post that's been removed.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/27/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

I'm sorry you felt or were excluded (reads like condescension, but I really mean it) and it was/is not fair. At least some in the BSA have started to recognize some of the problems over the years. We did have kids from families that could not afford the uniforms, books, camping equipment, etc. that were necessary, but we had Troop supplies and other parents were able to provide enough in the way of hand-me-downs to help cover the gaps. Had most of the Troop had the same constraints, I'm not sure there would have been enough to go around. Depending on the activities of the particular Troop, income can be a hurdle to being involved and while the Council was trying to address the issue (at the time), it was not enough.
At its core, I personally believe the BSA is a worthwhile organization. Aside from the values and basic skills taught, it resulted in my spending more time with my father than I might have otherwise. Can't say I would feel the same way had I been in a Troop that reacted as some did at the Natl Jamboree. A big part of the issue here (as in so many other topics): the character and lessons being taught is dependent in part on the involvement of the parents. If a Troop is led by a bunch of outspoken morons, it's going to rub off on the Troop.

Keep in mind that, as you noted, going to the Nat'l Jamboree is not cheap. Our Troop never attended. Because of the camping equipment needed, you really need to get there by car. The result is that attendance is going to be biased towards those who are closer to the venue and those with the $$ to make the trip. In this case, you end up representation bent towards those from Appalachia and the nation's upper-middle/ high income suburbs.

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Posted by barfolomew on 07/26/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

I was too poor and too from the wrong neighborhood to be in the boyscouts.

I used to feel like I'd missed out, but now, not so much.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 07/26/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

Being an Eagle Scout myself from a troop with minimal diversity (which reflected the demographics of my local community), I can testify that Trump's mic would have had a better chance of being cut some 20 years ago in during our more diverse regional version of the national jamboree. Discussion of politics was typically shut down if it did come up in scouting. Our fathers/leaders were very much against our local troops being used a political hostages/props. We rarely interacted with elected officials while they were on the clock. The only politicians I remember being invited to speak (locally) we're those who had been in the BSA or GSUSA as youths. Otherwise, it was far more common (and interesting) to meet and listen to community leaders and members of the armed services.

I'm am neither proud nor am I ashamed to admit that if you were to place 10-year-old me in that crowd, I probably would have clapped too. Not because I support or agree with a single word that dip $h!t says, but because at that age I was taught both by my parents and within the BSA that any elected official was deserving of your respect if not your attention/understanding. The equation was: they spoke, you clapped. Of course, at the time Reagan and Clinton represented the extremes of the political spectrum. Unless someone stood on stage and yelled out "Hail Satan" or something to that effect, most of what was said by the few active politicians that did participate went in one ear and right out the other.

Maybe things have changed, but the lessons I was taught in the BSA focused on self-reliance, community service and what it means to be a good citizen. These same lessons have much to do with my centrist political bent as an adult. I was (and remain) as proud and thankful for the kind and congratulatory words in the letters I received from Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush as I am of the letters from Presidents Carter and Clinton.

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Posted by barfolomew on 07/26/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “When Boy Scouts are Political Props

On a roll, on a bun. Long as it's tasty...

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/25/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Editor To Staff: "Work From a Coffee Shop."

Surprised and pleased to see your comments regarding husband, Dale Enoch, and The Commercial Appeal. I'm glad someone else remember those days.

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Posted by Joan Davidson Enoch on 07/25/2017 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Made in America

Is it lying if you can pardon yourself and anyone/everyone else (as stated in a recent rash of tweet-rage)?

Here's to eyeing the eastern horizon with a hopeful watch for CL's Vikings.

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Posted by barfolomew on 07/24/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Editor To Staff: "Work From a Coffee Shop."

I remember Dale Enoch very well -- a worthy rep of the CA and a fully competitive reporter during the time I worked for the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and even a star of the Gridiron Show. The "Commercial," as legitimate Memphis oldies called it, had genuine reach over there.

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Posted by Jackson Baker 1 on 07/24/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Editor To Staff: "Work From a Coffee Shop."

These days, whenever I read something about the Commercial Appeal, I feel pain in my gut and want to cry. In the early 60s, my husband was hired by the CA as a sports reporter in Jackson, TN. Following graduation from college, he moved to Memphis to became a reporter covering politics and government. After several years, he became CA Bureau Chief of the Little Rock Office and covered general news, politics and government in the tri state area, which included the Arkansas Legislature.

We moved to Little Rock the day after we got married in '66. In those days, newsmen and news women took great pride in what they wrote and worked hard to produce accurate, well-written pieces which were proofe by very demanding editors in Memphis. The CA furnished a hard back book of rules for writing which the news force had to follow to the letter. Excellence was the object and it was not unusual for an editor to fling a story back on a reporter's desk for a re-write.

All of use connected in any way to the CA were extremely proud of the work done there and knew people could trust their news. When Gannett purchased the paper, we knew things would change for the worst as excellent journalism was no longer important to that company. Very sad.

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Posted by Joan Davidson Enoch on 07/23/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Editor To Staff: "Work From a Coffee Shop."

It would be the first interesting change in a long time.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/22/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Editor To Staff: "Work From a Coffee Shop."

I think Bruce is onto something in his suggestion that the CA become a true afternoon paper. But I doubt that fits in the corporate template at Gannett.

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Posted by Dwayne Byrd on 07/22/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Jared Kushner and the Big Con

Excellent, Randy.

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Posted by Linda Hopper on 07/21/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “RDC Announces Plan to Raise Atlantis

Okay-I had to look up candiru fish. I was laughing really hard until I did that. Now, my life is consumed by guarding my genitalia.

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Posted by Julie Ray on 07/21/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “RDC Announces Plan to Raise Atlantis

It's possible that Lenderman was being manipulated by a candiru fish that entered his body the usual way becoming a conduit for Atlantean messaging.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/21/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “RDC Announces Plan to Raise Atlantis

I concede that it is entirely possible that over the course of thousands of years the lost city of Atlantis could have migrated from the bottom of the Strait of Gibralter across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico and upstream through the Mississippi River to a site "just west of Mud Island." As well, "psychic contact with the Atlanteans while in an ayahuasca-induced trance state" and consultation with the Atlantean Council of Wisdom all seem like something that could happen. But come ON, do you really expect us to believe Linderman used the words "totally cool?"
I cry foul!

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Posted by Julie Ray on 07/21/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Fancy Art Critic "Knocked Out" by Memphis Pedestrian Crossings

City of Memphis: please do something to the pedestrian crossing at Poplar and Dunlap.

Dutiful LeBonheur employees keep getting struck by vehicles crossing the street on their way to work!

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Posted by Ron Gray on 07/21/2017 at 12:29 PM

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