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Re: “Donald Trump is no accidental hillbilly

I hear you, Vernon. So many of us in Appalachia are listening, but as you know, we need people outside to care too. I hope it gets better.

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Posted by Danielle Costello on 08/25/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Remember When Memphis Comment Trolls Wanted to Remove Public Art?

Hegel was a big fan of "Your Mama" jokes.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/25/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Remember When Memphis Comment Trolls Wanted to Remove Public Art?

I believe it was Hegel (another German philosopher) who said, "Es ist nicht so lustig, wenn es deine Mutter ist?"

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/25/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Donald Trump is no accidental hillbilly

"Where, then, are the voices from West Virginia communities that have suffered at the hands of Big Coal? Where are the people profiled in documentaries like Blood on the Mountain and On Coal River?"
We're here. We're speaking out, but it seems like we're the Whos in "Horton Hears a Who." We're yelling it from the mountaintops, but our voices are drowned out by the ongoing blasting, choked out by the dust clouds, and denied by former "advocates" who claim that "mountaintop removal is essentially over."

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Posted by Vernon Haltom on 08/24/2017 at 6:36 PM

Re: “When you’re a minority in a world of majorities.

I attended both protests last weekend; the anti-KKK protest in Health Sciences Park, and the DACA march down Beale.

As much as I support the removal of the statues, I feel this issue is being used to overshadow the more important issues of living people in this country seeking acceptance in our community.

The DACA march was nearly 4 times the size of the Health Sciences protest, and DACA itself is a pressing issue to people who are living and making their legacies in our community right now, not over a century in the past.

However, for one reason or another, the press has chosen to focus not on DACA, which is urgent, pressing, timely, and actionable, but on confederate participation trophies which affect only people's pride, not their opportunities in life.

I feel the arrests were spurious, and used to draw attention away from DACA.

Apparently they were successful.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 08/24/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “When you’re a minority in a world of majorities.

Stolen from a Facebook meme:

You know what's also history? Taking them down.

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Posted by Michele Somers Cullen on 08/24/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Meet the Tennessee Lawmakers Who Think Running Over Protesters Should Be Protected

YouTube: TNGOP Rep. Matthew Hill's Racist "Obama Birther" Rhetoric

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Posted by GotNoUseForGOP on 08/23/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Meet the Tennessee Lawmakers Who Think Running Over Protesters Should Be Protected

A very specific problem with HB0668 codswallop legislation sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill is that he does not know the definition of many big words --- in this case, the word "riot" --- as defined by the Tennessee Code. The jejune Jonesborough representative is essentially desiring the enactment of government inspried repraisals directed at protesters walking in the street who will be injured, maimed, or killed by counter-protesters driving motor vehicles.

The November 9, 2016 student protest in Nashville is well documented by "The Tennessean" and this publication describes these Broadway protesters defamed by Rep. Hill as consisting of approximately 100 local teenagers and Fisk University students (news photos suggest that these protesters were mostly young African-American females) who walked on Broadway with a metro police escort to the protest the policies of then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

While these same Nashville protesters may have been "tumultuous" (loudly expressing their concerns), these "Not My President" student protesters were not reportedly engaged in any "violent conduct" (a specific element of the T.C.A 39-17-301 defining the word "riot") as falsely asserted by the Rep. Hill.

To be more specific, the Broadway student protestors were not engaged in activities that "damaged property, caused serious bodily injury to other persons, or substantially obstructed law enforcement or other governmental function", and more to the point, these Fisk University student protesters were reported as walking and working with the Nashville metro police escorts as to allow traffic to safely cross Broadway intersections along the entire protest route.

And unlike the perpetually petulant and spoiled Rep. Matthew Hill, I also imagine that most (if not all) of these Broadway student protesters do not have parents who own radio stations from which they can freely disseminate their own redress of grievances with government. Rep. Matthew Hill's filing of his mean-spirited HB0668 legislation appears to be racially motivated and would likely violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Hill files anti-protest, anti-abortion bills

Nashville students protest Donald Trump presidency
Ariana Maia Sawyer and Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean
Published 3:50 p.m. CT Nov. 9, 2016 | Updated 6:54 p.m. CT Nov. 9, 2016

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Posted by GotNoUseForGOP on 08/23/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Defining and Defending the First Amendment

I'm with Charles on this. Anything we can do to stick it to the Catholics is ok by me.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 08/19/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Remember The Time Andy Holt Said Nathan Bedford Forrest Was a Civil Rights Leader?

Andy Holt's greatest contribution to the Lost Cause is to make Forrest appear more worthy when compared to, say, Andy Holt.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/19/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Pick a Side

It just goes to prove, yet again, how people like the Nazis could ascend to dominate Germany back in the day and why they have become as organized as they are now: there are always a significant number of individuals who believe there can be nuances and room for compromise with such groups and philosophies. Papen, Hindenburg and Chamberlain might have opinions on such an approach. There is also a significant minority who believe that visiting the violent acts perpetrated by such organizations with counter violence is equally disgusting. I guess prior generations of American military members are guilty of similar counter violence seeing as they also fought and killed those who adhered to Nazi/white supremacist beliefs- within the borders of Germany no less!

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Posted by barfolomew on 08/18/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Many Sides: The Mantra of Evil

Well said sir.

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Posted by Sputnik57 on 08/18/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Pick a Side

Check you empathy here. Sure Donald bad mouthed Duke earlier but after a few too many, rolls over in bed the next morning and..... oh no not again!
True enough, but Nazis? No real shading here.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/18/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Defining and Defending the First Amendment

Sounds like Charles here is a fifth columnist for Sharia Law.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/18/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Pick a Side

Pick a "side"? No, Bruce, not every issue is black and white and without nuances and room for compromises, even though raving polarizing angry coo-coos of your ilk on both sides of the aisle want it to be and have largely succeeded in making it so.

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Posted by Cory901 on 08/18/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Pick a Side

Nice reverse of guilt by association. Because Duke likes the policies of Trump does not equate with Trump adhering to the views of Duke. Trump has spoken against Duke decades ago and recently. This magazine, being allegedly 'neutral', seeks to integrate Secular Humanism as god of society.

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Posted by Charles Gillihan on 08/18/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Defining and Defending the First Amendment

The entire Constitution was written by representatives of the States as a 'chain' upon the Federal Government. It isn't negative sanctions against States at all. A State can even have a so-called State religion. Read all the early Preambles to the State Constitutions? All of them mentioned Jesus Christ, the Bible, God the Father, etc. How many Muslim Churches do you think we had in the early colonies? The First Amendment was based upon a separation of institutional jurisdiction. The First Amendment was a warning against Congress to keep away from dictating a national religious and institutional requirement for the nation. Given the general Christian consensus at the drafting of the Constitution (see the Federalist Papers for examples), the First Amendment was to keep Congress from choosing sides with a particular denomination within Christendom. New York can choose to actually dictate a State religion if it were to so choose by a majority of their representatives; so long as their State Constitution allowed it. the word 'Congress' is in the First Amendment, not the word 'State'. The legal issue is therefore irrelevant to whether a Muslim or any other religion may build in New York. It depends upon the New York State Constitution, not the U.S. Constitution in those regards. Since religious 'type' is not a particular duty listed under the category particulars of the General Welfare Clause, the Federal Government has no jurisdiction in a case of this nature. Your appeal to the First Amendment is therefore misguided.

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Posted by Charles Gillihan on 08/18/2017 at 6:53 AM

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Posted by Tony Mutu on 08/18/2017 at 1:46 AM

Re: “Many Sides: The Mantra of Evil

My mother had the misfortune of being born in Poland in 1938. Hidden by Ukranian nuns as a favor to her father, she survived the Holocaust by changing her name and pretending to be Catholic. Miraculously, her mother and her uncle survived as well. She has never met, never seen, the father who arranged to have her saved. He and everyone else were wiped out. To this day, my mother cannot look at any symbols of naziism. As the child of a Holocaust survivor, I am the reverse; I cannot look away. I confront it at every turn. I have lost people who I thought were friends because of anti-Semitism. Professionally, I joined a line of work that allows me to confront racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and all the products of fear and hate on a regular basis, in ways that occur both subtle and blatant. I have tried very hard to live by the words "never again."

I have tried never to give in to violence. I am ashamed that, in my youth, I briefly flirted with the Jewish Defense League, a group back then that was only too willing to engage in offense against those they believed were a threat, like the Skinhead. I learned firsthand about the costs of violence. I buried that down, and hoped - believed - that the need for literally combating hate on the streets instead of in our workplaces and courtrooms (where it should be) would never come again to my doorstep, advocated by public institutions or officials bestowed with the public trust. I convinced myself that, no matter our political persuasions, hate and fear-mongering would remain on the shadowy fringes of society.

But I, and all of us, are going to be tested as this resurgence of old fears and hates - packaged anew - continues to grow. Like you, I will not be silent, and I will not stand aside. Like you, I too live on a street with neighbors I care about that could be in any town, anywhere in the US. And, if the time does come, like you, I too own a tire iron.

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Posted by Rich on 08/17/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Meet the Tennessee Lawmakers Who Think Running Over Protesters Should Be Protected

@ glen

It's not "due care" it's "do care" as in, you only have to not run people down like animals in the street if you "do care" but you have the option to "don't care."

Because it's important that people who are considering constitutionally protected civil protest fear for their lives, you know, to shut them up and keep them suppressed.

Gotta Make America Great Again, and by "again" they mean how it was before Civil Rights.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 08/16/2017 at 2:47 PM

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