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Re: “County Mayor's Team of Young People Help Clean Up City

Perhaps City and County leaders could also start encouraging business owners/managers to keep their parking lots clean. Every parking lot in Shelby County is littered and I've never, ever seen an employee out picking up trash.
I've worked retail jobs in other cities and parking lot duty was always part of it. Doesn't seem to be the case in Memphis.
How about some fines on business or development owners for allowing their parking lot and sidewalk areas to always be trashed. The revenue collected could pay for this program to continue. Every Kroger store in town would have to clean up or pay up.

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Posted by nobody on 06/21/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

I'll admit I haven't lived in a lot of places, but the places I have lived all had the jail downtown just a few steps from the courthouse.

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Posted by nobody on 06/21/2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

Josephine - Nobody is talking about destroying the statues. Your heritage will still be intact. (BTW - it may be your heritage, but it's certainly not mine. I have no connection to Forrest or Davis)
Why should anybody care if the statues are moved? Neither man has a particular connection to Memphis. These statues could just as well be in any number of southern towns.
Forcing Memphis to keep them and house them in urban City parks is just ridiculous and goes against the entire democratic process that America is supposed to be based on.

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Posted by nobody on 06/21/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

@FUNKbrs
All I know is that a jail should be near the courts. But not necessarily right dab smack in the middle of things. I did sit down with a community leader once when I was on a task force for panhandling. This community leader said they pick up panhandlers in other parts of town and drop them off at 201 to "inconvenience" the panhandler. You can see the problem from there, I suppose.

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Posted by Julie Ray on 06/21/2017 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

Leaving the statues would be the liberal position, because the definition of liberal means:


Definition of liberal
1 a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts liberal educationb archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
2 a : marked by generosity : openhanded a liberal giver b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way a liberal meal c : ample, full
3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : licentious
4 : not literal or strict : loose a liberal translation
5 : broad-minded; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
(Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary…)

Allowing the statues conforms to this definition.

If you want to talk about Orwellian, changing the definition of a word for political gain seems more in that vein.

The conservative stance would be the preservation of the Union implied by "United States of America" and the refusal to give sanctuary or honor to those opposed to that Union, such as Confederates who actively sought to destroy it.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/21/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

The statue controversy is an Orwellian stunt to stir debate among the masses to take our mind off the fact the leadership of the city has allowed crime to spin out of control, our crumbling infrastructure, shortage of decent jobs, and failing schools.

If all the statues were removed today, there would be the same amount of felonies, lack of good jobs, and failing schools tomorrow. The only people that would really benefit would be the lawyers. If it is so effing important, so morally right, why aren't the civic minded lawyers working pro bono?

The local democrats are setting themselves up for another failure because they care more about being drama queens than tackling real problems.

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Posted by LoveBC on 06/21/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Council Delays Plan to Axe UrbanArt Commission Contract

Still waiting to hear from all those Memphis artists UAC has helped.

Otherwise, looks like a similar situation with the Memphis Music Commission that actually stifled local artist growth and ultimately it's removal led to a revitalization of the local music scene.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/21/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “MATA: Trolleys Nearly Revived, Funding, & More

@barf
I got the "buttercup" checked off on my card. Now if I can get "cuck," and "snowflake" I could get a full alt-right Bingo.

If motivating the electorate was working, protest would not be needed. How convenient you have forgotten poll taxes, literacy tests, and a school to prison pipeline that pins felonies on children with the specific intent of stripping them of their voting rights. I'll pretend the Klan doesn't exist, because you'll probably deny that historical fact as well.

Yet when activists do exactly this and attempt to clear the records of felons and get people registered to vote, they are charged with voter fraud. Here's a source of a least on case. Don't worry, there's more if you want another one.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/joelanderson/this…
ia-grandmother-went-on?utm_term=.uoXp6d10w#.mkgq8vd0L

Sometimes when you throw a punch, you hurt your hand, but that's no justification for letting someone beat the hell out of you without fighting back. In this case that broken hand is a broken public transit system.

Now, if the people beating the hell out of you twist your broken hand as punishment for defending yourself later on, what kind of people does that make them? HINT: not the good guys.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/21/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

Josephine Bass, I didn't think it was possible, but you made CL sound like the sensible one.
Sims, how dare you say bad things about cigarettes and alcohol!

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 06/21/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Council Members: Mayor 'Disrespected' Council on Beale Bucks

Sayre's law states, in a formulation quoted by Charles Philip Issawi: "In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake."

Small town local politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes often are so low.

Our local paper just quoted the CEO of Service Master saying no one called him from local government when he announced the company was possibly leaving town. Did the council discuss this on Tues? No, but that would happen in a big city where the Council would hold the Mayor accountable over job retention.

When is the last time the Council proactively talked about job creation or retention? The lack of living wage jobs is a slap all over my body. A failing bus system is a slap to my face and rather than playing hardball with the Mayor spend that energy recruiting new business to open in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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Posted by BP45 on 06/21/2017 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Council Members: Mayor 'Disrespected' Council on Beale Bucks

I hope the council doesn't do a drive by since they got "dissed."

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Posted by LoveBC on 06/20/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

CL, since we gutted NASA, we will have to send them to the moon using Russian rockets.

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Posted by LoveBC on 06/20/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

Mullins, The North instituted the Jim Crow law in the South which was very much
the same as the one in the North. The blacks did not want to integrate ever and they have not integrated. They want the power and the money. Your other statement made no sense to me. Leave the Statues alone, they don't kill, they don't speak, you don't have to look at them. This is our heritage and we were the South's Cotton Town on the Mississippi before and after the War. The North invaded and captured Memphis city early on, but the people never lost their spirit. You and this group of know nothings are out to defame and disgrace Gen. Forrest and President Davis, and you may hold sway in Memphis now maybe that all the good people have left because of your kind, and in that case Memphis will be another crime ridden NOLA and Chicago, perhaps even a slum Detroit. If so, it will be your fault and not the statues.

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Posted by Josephine Bass on 06/20/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Council Members: Mayor 'Disrespected' Council on Beale Bucks

@nobody

What would $7.50 be?

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Posted by PersonalAccountability on 06/20/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Gannett to Sell Commercial Appeal Building

Who needs a building when your writers take turns writing about the same three topics every week:

1. Removing the Forrest statue.
2. Juvenile court problems
3. Lousy Grizzlies draft picks.

A large table on a Starbucks patio can hold that much talent.

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Posted by PersonalAccountability on 06/20/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Wahlburgers Opening on Beale

Excited to see this come to Memphis.

Posted by katsann on 06/20/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “MATA: Trolleys Nearly Revived, Funding, & More

Funk-
Please note that I did not "blame the victims". What I did was illustrate the unintended consequences resulting from specific actions. Nowhere did I ever remotely suggest that Mrs. Parks or any of the residents of Montgomery should have tolerated codified segregation. Unlike you, I prefer to learn about historic events including both the positive goals achieved and any unexpected consequences be they positive or negative. Hindsight being what it is, we can learn from this milestone event. While the boycott brought about justice where basic human rights are concerned, it also proved to have a negative impact on mobility for those who were most vulnerable to the tyranny of distance. If you were able to open your mind, even slightly, you would understand this is directly related to the fact that those participating in the boycott focused their energies on the finances of the transportation company that was abiding by local law and ordinances (unfair as they were) as opposed to focusing that ire on the local governmental body that created said ordinances. Once the Montgomery City Lines succumbed to the financial impact of the boycott and considering that the municipal population was highly averse to an increased tax burden inherent in operating a now public transit company at the same level of service, the only possible outcome was a reduced level of service. I would assume that taking all the results into account, that reduced mobility was a small price to pay for social justice.

It seems that the primary issue here is you prefer the universe operate in a way where all effects to any action are singular, unidirectional and are exactly as you intended. In that Funkiverse, it seems that a private provider of a service can be driven out of business to achieve a worthy goal and then be forced to remain operational simply because the service that was provided is important. Sorry buttercup, but the effects of any significant action radiate outward in many directions at varying speeds. You cant burn your house down to protest property taxes and then blame the government for suddenly being homeless. Sometimes our actions have unintended consequences but even when these consequences may be undesirable, they are no less ours to own.

If mobility were truly important to the majority of a citizenry, they would elect local officials that shared that viewpoint who would in turn create legislation to support greater options for transportation. At the very least, this same citizenry would have supported the dedicated revenue stream proposed a few years ago.

Besides, I find your entire premise faulty. While you are placing entirely too much weight with the issue of ethnicity, as usual, the primary divide can be defined by income, educational attainment and beliefs regarding taxation.

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Posted by barf on 06/20/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

LoveBC,
Why do I feel that if you were a rocket scientist, you'd support sending them to the moon?
Bigtime21,
For god's sake, turn off the tv!

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Posted by CL Mullins on 06/20/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

G 1 ,
That's what y'all said about Jim Crow, and how'd that work out?
However your security blanket is safe as long as you don't want to run it up a public pole.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 06/20/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Group to Talk Next Steps for Removing City's Confederate Statues

You fools are wasting your time. By law these statues can't be touched. The city it's self has has spent millions and been denied twice and what makes you think a bunch of nit wits can do something the city could not and the state will not let it happen.

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Posted by G 1 on 06/20/2017 at 5:00 PM

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