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Comment Archives: Stories: Politics

Re: “Angry Mayor Responds to Critics on Statue Removal

Move that grave marker and his body back the Elmwood where it should be. There with the other dead of that era and there ideals. Do not forget there are still millions of actual slaves making our stuff every day. They are the underpinning of our way of life and that needs to see change. We would be hard pressed to find anyone in America really willing to do what that would take. Forrest continued the slave trade after emancipation with the "prison lease system" encouraging the incarceration of the poor nd uneducated which happened to be at that time newly freed slaves. http://slaveryfootprint.org

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Posted by Eric Swartz on 08/22/2017 at 9:55 AM
Posted by CL Mullins on 08/22/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Angry Mayor Responds to Critics on Statue Removal

Since the Charlottesville attack, all Confederate monuments pose an imminent threat to the safety of local citizens as targets for Alt-Right violence.

Imminent threat of physical harm and loss of life has different implications than merely being "offended."

However, our weak mayor has to decided to take this call to duty as a personal insult, as opposed to an opportunity to be the hero that helped heal the scars of racism still festering in our city.

#stuckwithstrickland #toohotwherestheAC

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 08/22/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Angry Mayor Responds to Critics on Statue Removal

The mayor's response was essentially, 'But look what I've done for you ungrateful people,' and 'I have a black friend.' The lack of comprehension in this response speaks volumes. The mayor, despite his protestations to the contrary, is not helpless. Other cities have removed theirs, despite laws with actual consequences. This Tennessee law has NO PENALTY for breaking it. It's a toothless, unjust law protecting a monument to the false idol of white supremacy. These monuments do not belong in our city. Rev. Barber was speaking to this issue recently, and he mentioned that the monuments placed in the Jim Crow Era, (like Nathan Bedford Forrest was,) were voted into existence in a time when no women or people of color could vote. That means white men gave the permission for the monument to NBF to be placed in our public park. And who holds the reins of power in our city now, in 2017? White wealth. Has anything really changed? Citizens last Saturday were out in numbers to make their voices heard, and they got police brutality in response, and tone-deaf words from our mayor. Come on, Memphis. WE CAN DO BETTER.

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Posted by Edie Love on 08/21/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Angry Mayor Responds to Critics on Statue Removal

He isn't the idiot here at the moment! He just wants to do things by the law! Unlike some people that just want it done NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Brandy Keyser on 08/21/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Angry Mayor Responds to Critics on Statue Removal

He isn't the idiot here at the moment! He just wants to do things by the law! Unlike some people that just want it done NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Brandy Keyser on 08/21/2017 at 10:11 PM

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: “Doubling Down with David Kustoff

Birther smirther. This calls for a search for a death certificate. I believe the Thurmond Rule adopted in '03 prohibits the undead from holding Federal office.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/07/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Doubling Down with David Kustoff

Arises at night. Eats once a day. Avoids reflection. He may not be a vampire, maybe a really smart lizard. Nonetheless, constitutionally, there is no reason that Count Kustoff should not represent West Tennessee, I mean if it can be proven he ain't a lizard. Once we see his birth certificate I say, welcome to all children of the night.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 08/07/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Holding on Tight

Quindarious McGhay would be 13 years old today if Bill Giannini hadn't killed him. He'd be starting his last year of middle school next week. But Quindarious was killed by Bill Giannini two weeks before his 9th birthday - and three days before Santa was going to come.

Good ol' boy Bill is not only 5 years old, but he's enjoying his cushy job as a lobbyist and is hoping to run the gubernatorial campaign of a good ol' boy Republican buddy.

And Amy Weirich still has Quindarious' blood on her hands.

To my knowledge, Giannini has still never spoken to Quindarious' family, and has never issued an apology of any kind. He certainly hadn't when this article was published.

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Posted by Michele Somers Cullen on 08/04/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Cohen Tells It!

Addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. i agree to.
www.news-politics.com

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Posted by ZomirulH on 08/03/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Ricky Wilkins, battling cancer, to Head “Mem-Power Conference”

There are other dates for the conference that weren't mention.

July 31 at 6pm for MEM*POWER at Mt. Pisgah CME on Park, and August 5 at 1pm at the local NOI headquarters on Vance, and August 10 at 6pm at Word of Faith on Sharpe.

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Posted by JrGolferMom on 07/29/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “It’s Alive! Local Democrats Resuscitate the Official Shelby County Party

Michael Weakly, maybe they can return to their roots and elect a Bilbo or Faubus.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 07/24/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “It’s Alive! Local Democrats Resuscitate the Official Shelby County Party

I'd love to see the Democrats come back from the dead because I want at least 2 choices at an election, but as long as they are aligned with the Libs who did all the revolting stuff they done they'll never be the same again.

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Posted by Michael Weakley on 07/24/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Roland vs. Lenoir: Next Year’s Mayoral Battle Flared Up in County Budget, Tax-Rate Debate

What jcov40 said.

(And, jcov40), yes, "reappraisal" and "appraisal" are the terms of art.)

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 07/20/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Roland vs. Lenoir: Next Year’s Mayoral Battle Flared Up in County Budget, Tax-Rate Debate

As with all reappraisals, thousands of homeowners in the county will receive tax increases. some will pay the same taxes and many, perhaps thousands, will get tax cuts. That would have been true wherever the rate was set. Since a reappraisal affects each property owner individually, it is impossible during a reappraisal year to set a rate that would give everybody a tax cut without bankrupting the county. It is possible to calculate mathematically the
percentage of appraisal increase that would result in a homeowner's paying the same property taxes this year as last year. At the adopted $4.11 rate, it's 6.3 percent. Had the rate been set at $4.13 it would have been 5.8 percent. Homeowners whose appraisals went up more than 6.3 percent will pay higher county property taxes in the coming year than they did in the past year. Those whose reappraisals went down or increased less than 6.3 percent, will have a tax cut. If you want to know whether you and your neighbors will be paying higher or lower taxes or the same, go to the county assessor's website and check the reappraisal values compared to last year's values. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 07/20/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Karl Dean in Memphis Next Week

As stated, prominently in the second paragraph, LWC. But, upon further inspection, I can see why you added your note. My original language was not as precise as it is now (or as I remembered writing). I added a word or two, for (ahem) clarity's sake.

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Posted by Jackson Baker 1 on 07/05/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Karl Dean in Memphis Next Week

Just to clarify, Dean is there to help raise money for the Tennessee Voter Project and not his own campaign, correct

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 07/05/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Last Weekend's NAACP Centennial Celebration Looked Back — and Forward

LoveBC,
Well if you're gonna kiss some ass, for me, female voters is the way to go.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 07/02/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Last Weekend's NAACP Centennial Celebration Looked Back — and Forward

The ascension of Trump to the presidency, which required the heavy participation of white working/middle class voters that were probably former democratic voters, is purely the fault of the leaders of the national democratic party. They managed to spilt the party between working/middle class blacks and whites, assuring republican dominance. Evidently, the so-called leadership is blind to this reality.
Harold Ford is exactly right. I give Jr. credit for seeing how psycho the national democratic party was back in the 1990s when he became a US representative and a blue dog.
With a majority black populace, Memphis will continue to be a democratic stronghold for the foreseeable future. The local dems are so-self centered, they cannot see past their own elections and do not help out their colleagues.
However, it appears that Tennessee is now a solid red state, and the republican that wins the primary will also the be next governor of Tennessee, and electoral college votes will continue to go republican.

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Posted by LoveBC on 07/02/2017 at 2:48 PM

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