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Re: “City Council Calls for a Backup Plan to Remove Forrest Statue

As a backup plan, I would suggest, in light of events 50 years ago, that the city back several garbage trucks up to the statue, tie it off and pull it down.

Posted by CL Mullins on 10/19/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

I think TM decided to mount it on the Lohrey stage, fully aware that it's really Next Stage material, because of the perceived set requirements. If my understanding's correct, it's a remarkable sacrifice/gift on TM's part.

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Posted by Gordon Ginsberg on 10/18/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

Very good take on this play. I did wonder why this wasn't done in the little theatre.

Posted by Billy Pullen on 10/18/2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

I have to agree with Tommy Foster. Personally I find aquariums and zoos quite depressing. But I would pay good money to watch the Animal Liberation Front try to liberate a couple of alligator gar from a thousand gallon tank.

Posted by CL Mullins on 10/18/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Memphis Fire Department: Critical Changes Needed to Improve Services

Geez Herbert, when did you get off the farm? The "improvement plans" have been around for decades, they are called "stairs". You think that there is a truck with a ladder that can reach the top of the Empire State Building or something?

As for the 911 calls, the data is available here: http://www.memphistn.gov/Communications
As you will see, the local 911 response time has been less than the national average (20 seconds) since November of last year. The current average for Memphis is 8.75 seconds. 93.6 % of calls are answered in 20 seconds or less. More than 50% of calls have been answered in 20 seconds or less since at least August of 2016- the earliest time period on the chart.
Hope that helps.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/18/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

Crack-
As hokey as Herberts idea may be, he may also have a point regarding the creation of an aquarium when an abundance of such facilities already exists. In April, the Times Free Press noted that the number of visitors to the Tennessee State Aquarium in Chattanooga has never surpassed its first-year totals and that the Atlanta Aquarium continues to have a notable impact on attendance in Chatt. The TN Aquarium is still on solid footing, but has embarked on a series of expensive expansions to help compensate for the competition. I happened to spend a day in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans recently. That facility is very tired with a manager noting that they too have seen attendance decrease as other cities added large aquariums to their list of attractions. Had we built such a facility 10-15 years ago when the idea was first suggested, it may have served a larger role in developing our citys competitive edge for tourist dollars. Now, its more like: So youve got an aquariumyou and everybody else. When so many other places have X back home, they are less likely to spend time and money going to X while in another city. Unless we were in some place like San Diego, we would not waste the time going to a zoo in another city when we have a great one here.
Not to say we should not also build an aquarium for purely the local/regional draw, I know my family would join assuming Archimanias design/involvement does not have the its usual impact of making the proposal unfeasible.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/18/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “New Mural Installed on Highland Strip

Funkbrs, I think he was in junior high in '68.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 10/18/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

Kook, those yankee bastards done took the Pippin up to Wisconsin, maybe we should take one of their giant cheese wheels. God knows we shouldn't imitate those successful cities. Hey how about a reenactment of the Battle of Memphis, 3 times an hour and still give us 15 minutes to sell a bunch of Chinese made Confederate memorabilia.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 10/18/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Memphis Fire Department: Critical Changes Needed to Improve Services

Interesting. I was chatting with a retired firefighter a few weeks ago, and he mentioned the City has no equipment that can reach people trapped in buildings above the eighth floor or so. I was very interested since I live on the ninth floor of a Midtown building. Does anyone know if this is true, and if the City has any improvement plans in this area?
Has anyone heard if the 911 system has been improved to meet the national response time standard on more than 50% of 911 calls?

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Posted by Herbert Kook on 10/18/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

One option I long thought of for redeveloping the island was: renaming it Liberty Island, building a real exhibition building for the Memphis Belle B-17, running the WWII documentary and the later Hollywood film on the Belle throughout the day, giving a brief history of Memphis as tied to the river and wars (e.g., as part of the Volunteer state and Millington NAS's role in WWII), throwing in the carousel and Zippin Pippin from Libertyland for the kids, and capping things with concerts featuring local talent. Oh well, never mind... Instead of doing something unique and preserving our past, we can now again imitate cities such as Chattanooga, New Orleans, Seattle, Baltimore, etc.

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Posted by Herbert Kook on 10/18/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Dana Kirk (1935-2010)

I am very shocked after reading this news :( he is still my favorite because he is in my heart now.He taught us real meaning of life and i ll definitely write an essay about his life and will publish them in my personal blog http://eaerc.com/">Science Conference for his fans and for friends.

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Posted by pharmacist Tehmina Tahir on 10/18/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “New Mural Installed on Highland Strip

Loeb hasn't been able to do anything right in my eyes since 1968.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 10/18/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

Aquariums are not cruel if the fish are given proper space. Also most freshwater aquarium can have fish that never have been in the wild
That being said that you are that critical of an aquarium I assume you are probably vegan an against everything.

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Posted by tanganykian cichlidguy on 10/18/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

It never ceases to amaze me how hoppin' Bass Pro is every time I go there, or how often I find myself picking up the odd bit of gear when I'm downtown. Bass Pro only seems ill placed until you realize they have one of the best selections of guns and ammo in the city, and if there's any place where you might feel the need to carry a gun, it's Downtown Memphis.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 10/18/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Brooks Leaders Confirm Interest in Riverfront Move

Has anyone considered the flood risk to the Brooks priceless collections?

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Posted by Sarah Cook on 10/18/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

Whether be someone there to restrain the tourists coming over from Bass Pro?

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Posted by CL Mullins on 10/18/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Historical Commission Votes Down Forrest Waiver

Herbert,
Do you think the ACLU would have fought for the erection of a giant swastika in the middle of Skokie on public land? If this statue is free speech, then it is yelling at Memphis' window 24/7 and thereby a nuisance.
I think you will find anti slavery protestors agreeing with you however. The statue of Forrest belongs in somebody's museum with other pornography.

Posted by CL Mullins on 10/18/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

Imagine that youre enjoying life with your family and friends, until one day someone comes and takes you away from them. Your captors keep you jailed inside a glass box and give you food that youre not used to eating. The air in the box is different than the air youre used to breathing at home and it makes you sick. Groups of people pass by and stare at you through the glass, every day for years on end, but no one ever helps you escape.

The next time youre looking for a fun weekend activity, leave visiting the aquarium off of your list and head to the beach instead. You can help terrorized animals trapped in prisons by explaining to your friends and families why they should avoid aquariums, too.

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Posted by Tommy Foster on 10/18/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Brooks Leaders Confirm Interest in Riverfront Move

If it does happen, this would be a great opportunity for the Eggleston Trust to make the old Brooks into the Eggleston Museum.

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Posted by Tommy Foster on 10/18/2017 at 5:04 AM

Re: “New Mural Installed on Highland Strip

murals are painted.

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Posted by Amos on 10/18/2017 at 2:56 AM

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