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Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

@CL

Just messing with you.

I was actually there. I am guessing 95% of those in attendance never knew anything happened. The High School's orchestra was playing, attention was on the young people as they processed in, and I think the cops got there pretty quickly. I never saw anything and did not know anything had happened until I got a call the next morning asking me to check out the Arlington Facebook page. So I am happy it did not interfere with the graduation ceremony, which went off without a hitch.

Arlington is a pretty small town but we can only identify two of those participating. The larger woman in the brown dress lives in Oakland and was an invited guest. The woman in the striped pants is her sister, lives in Lakeland, and is a parent of a graduate. Don't know who the rest are.

Too bad they chose to behave badly and miss the graduation.

Actually, some of the local comments I have heard out here are pretty funny. Mostly centering on the person's fighting technique and the size of her butt.

Pity the school has been associated in name with this. We are pretty proud of our 500 kids who graduated and the $31 Million in scholarship money they were offered. Proud too of those who were recognized as going into the service of our country by joining the military right after graduation. I feel really sorry for the young lady graduate who was the daughter and niece of these fools. She does not deserve the attention she must be getting from her friends.

There was more talk yesterday about the six year old kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. A minor incident at a graduation is very small indeed compared to the pain that child's family will feel forever.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/20/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Memphis Music Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

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Posted by Macle Johnson on 05/20/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

APop,
No idea, but I do feel a little guilty taking some measure of pleasure. Those kids had to put up with this.....
But that chunky guy giving the woman a hip bump, .... And at Bellevue Baptist....
Even in Arlington, as Rob Jungklas said, "It's a Memphis Thang"

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/20/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

@John Spain: "Most people find the statue offensive because they've been misinformed for years by the media, or they don't know the full story. The story of Forrest becoming a Christian, having a change of heart, and dedicating his later years to repairing race relations in the South.

Forrest's speech to the Independent Order of Pole-Bearers Association July 5, 1875..."

Unless you argument is totally insincere, John Spain (that is to say, total b.s.), you and other supporters of the long dead Nathan Bedford Forrest as "a Christian" should not have any problem with both removing the remains and statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Health Sciences Park in the Medical District and the reburial of the Forrest and his wife under simple grave markers --- sans any Confederate flags and symbols --- within an area historical African-American cemetery.

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Posted by ElmerGantry on 05/20/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

@CL

I have not seen that.

What happened?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/20/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

@John Spain: "Let's not be fooled. Let's consider the real reason this has become an issue. The UT Medical Center desperately wants the land the park sits on to expand their campus. THAT is the reason Forrest Park is in the crosshairs, not some altruistic desire to "do good" by our corrupt City Council."

I reside across the state in East Tennessee (actually live closer to Canada than I do to Memphis) and I support the repurposing and renaming of Forrest Park for the expansion of the UT Medical Center - it seems to me that most residents of your city would be city would be in favor of advancing the good of all your living residents instead of blocking progress and deifying the mostly evil acts of a long dead individual.

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Posted by ElmerGantry on 05/20/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

APop,
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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/20/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

@Nick

I yield the field.

Your logic is unassailable.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/19/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

ArlingtonPop, Felon to politician is a lateral move. Night watchman is a step up.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/19/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

@Nick

Oh, sure. That's no thing.

In Memphis, all things are possible.

Former members convicted of felony public corruption can be re-elected to the Memphis City Council.

And do it all over again.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/19/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

I thought this was all going to get better when they renamed the city parks . . .

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Posted by PersonalAccountability on 05/19/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

Wow, did not know that felons could get jobs as night watchmen.

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Posted by Nick R on 05/19/2017 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

Would agree with MemphisTigers about Poplar adjacent to Overton Park. I would note the reason drivers go so fast is it was simply designed that way with multiple, wide lanes permitting high speed travel. If we want slower traffic the street will need to be reconfigured as a boulevard not a highway.

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Posted by apok on 05/19/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

We desperately need police radar in front of Overton Park on Poplar. Recently, one young woman was killed crossing the street there and another woman was seriously brain-injured by drag racers. Drag racing and speeding are common there every evening. I rescued an impaired man lying in a lane of traffic there last fall, at my extreme peril and his. Do whatever it takes to enforce the law on Poplar. I see parked squad cars all over town, up in parks and behind buildings. Put them on our streets.

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Posted by MemphisTigers on 05/19/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Safer Streets Wanted in the City

I think what is even worse than unsafe streets is un alert drivers and/or distracted drivers. Some sweet young thing almost plowed in to me the other day since her glaze was on a smart phone instead of the road.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/19/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “The White League

Oak,
At what point does racist, marbleized or bronzed, graffiti become a cultural element. And if there is " general human tendency to macerate and dismember, and stomp into nothingness, all culture elements of what has been conquered." isn't that a human element worthy of expression?
Is the White League really more worthy of celebration than Speck? Isn't he something of a godhead with blackheads when it comes to the violence dem white folks sought to glorify?
And quit dissing the Chitimacha, they're still here right where they've always been.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/19/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

Well said, LoveBC.... And I agree...

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Posted by OakTree on 05/19/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

Oaktree, I was a parole officer during the booming times of the mid 90's where even a blind felon could get a job as a night watchman and I was still working my ass off chasing after criminals. What I meant was that using psycho-babble to treat crime as a mental disorder is inherently flawed and has not, or will not ever work.

While I agree with most of your points, I will further add that criminals are not the sharpest tools in the shed, with most having IQs at least a standard deviation below the norm. Even the lowest skilled jobs nowadays are fairly complicated and it is hard for the average criminal with a lack of both brains and work ethic to hold a job, and later move up through the ranks.

Anti-social behavior/criminality is a very complicated dynamic that even our collective intelligence cannot fully explain in Memphis Flyer blog spots. What raises my ire is politicians siding with criminals and tsk tsking us tax payers for having the audacity for complaining about criminal behavior. We need a WWII mentality of unconditional victory over crime.

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Posted by LoveBC on 05/19/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Murder Rate Holds But Violent Crime Up in City, County

Gibbons is paid more than $100k to create PR copy for himself. Nice gig.

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Posted by Memphomania on 05/19/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Remembering the 'Mats

The guy Len, on this thread,with the comment about the past, might have to be forgiven as his post is old and he may have mended his ways. I hope, because Jim was a mighty figure and a great man. I had the pleasure of getting to ask him endless questions when I was a studio flunky. He was gracious and open. He is a memphis fixture, whether he is alive or not, As sure as Elvis, Charlie Freeman, Chips Moman, WC Handy, Alex Chilton and Stanley Booth are.I hope you have been schooled by now Len. I recommend Jim's autobiography. Its a great read.

Posted by Nelson Sams on 05/19/2017 at 2:02 PM

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