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Re: “Members of UT Health Sciences Community Want Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue Gone

It's past time and a worthwhile effort. But a Politico poll this week indicated 40% of African Americans don't really care. I think this explains why-

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Posted by Jeffrey Goines on 08/18/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “2017 Ostranders — Picks, Pans and WHO GOT ROBBED!?!?

No such thing as a small part? Clearly you've not taken a good look at our President.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris Davis on 08/18/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “2017 Ostranders — Picks, Pans and WHO GOT ROBBED!?!?

"You wanna know my secret? I'm a liar. A flat out liar." - Mercy "Haint" (via me, via playwright Justin Asher)

Kudos to all the nominees, and huge props to everyone in the Memphis theatre community not nominated - in print. Not nominated in print. Without you, the nominees would not be nominees. This stuff is a team sport, and guess what: There really is no such thing as a small part.

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Posted by Michele Somers Cullen on 08/18/2017 at 1:47 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: “Cohen to Introduce Articles of Impeachment against Trump

Steve always does what he can to protect us - and I am proud he was the one to first make this move. The county and the world need to be saved from any more of Trump's madness and bind hatred.

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Posted by Peter Ceren on 08/17/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “A Strange Death in Court Square

Claude is buried in Chapel Hill, Public Lot #2 at Elmwood; he has no marker, but I know his approximate location (pretty darned approximate, I'd say).

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Posted by Patrick Whitney on 08/17/2017 at 12:00 PM

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: “Believe Me: A Benefit Concert For Alyssa Moore

If anyone knows how to contact Alyssa Moore, please have her contact C L Tim Williams at (901) 544-3469 concerning a prospective speaking engagement. Thank you in advance.

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Posted by ctimwilliams on 08/16/2017 at 4:20 PM

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

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

So, why give additional civil immunity to someone already exercising due care? Is he talking about a different kind of "due care"?

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Posted by Glen Park on 08/16/2017 at 12:06 PM

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

Please note that the language linked to above does NOT reflect the amendments the sponsors added. The public isn't allowed to see them until the bill clears the full committee.

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 08/16/2017 at 11:18 AM

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

What if I have reason to believe they might be protesting'?

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/16/2017 at 11:00 AM

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

Both men's legislative records are linked to the bill-tracker site with abstracts. But if you're not inclined to click, here's the abstract for SB0944: "
Tort Liability and Reform - As introduced, provides civil immunity for the driver of an automobile who injures a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way if the driver was exercising due care. - Amends TCA Title 19; Title 20; Title 29, Chapter 34; Title 54 and Title 55."

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/16/2017 at 10:41 AM

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

"But, your Honor, I swerved several times before I hit that protester..."…

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 08/16/2017 at 10:41 AM

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

I would like to see the actual wording of the bill to check the facts. Is your headline factually correct??? Is your opinion correct??? Wish you would have given us the actual wording of the bill.

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Posted by Frank Ballard on 08/16/2017 at 10:34 AM

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