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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

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

Change the laws!

1. Mandatory execution for 1st degree murder. No appeals. Execution will be 1 year after being convicted. No more lethal injections. Firing squad or hanging. Money saved.

2. Make the living conditions and the food in the prisons horrible. Right now it's a resort to these criminals and they will tell you so. Compare our prisons to those in Mexico or Africa and it's a joke. When they are released they never want to come back.

3. Implement stop and frisk. Yes, start profiling.

4. Maximum sentence for major crimes. Carjacking, burglary, drive by shootings, armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault. No deals.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 06/20/2017 at 4:09 PM

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

Funk,
Au contraire, you are so white, of the liberal variety, a peculiarly myopic bloom, with an opportunistic slanted root structure impinging often on native flora..

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Posted by CL Mullins on 06/20/2017 at 4:07 PM

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

Why is the $10 charge racist? Why is $5 not racist?

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Posted by nobody on 06/20/2017 at 4:02 PM

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

@barf

I kept waiting to see when you'd eventually blame the victims, and I was not disappointed. If only Mrs. Parks had tolerated racism as a necessary evil, the bus lines could have remained fully funded.

Gosh, I sure wish I was smart like you. Then I'd see that the profit created by institutional racism fully justifies it's inhuman means.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/20/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

I am not exactly holding my breath. We all know violent crime, in a nutshell, is related to the high rate of illegitimate birth rates of repeat criminals, lax enforcement (cops afraid of becoming political fodder, i.e., Freddie Gray case in Baltimore), low amount of time served of repeat offenders to keep jails and prisons uncrowded in both the adult and juvenile systems, (Shelby JC is under Fed watch which has resulted in more delinquents being but in foster homes and less being bound over to adult jail). The chronic criminal will always refuse to become legitimately employed, but the fence sitters are likely to become involved in crime if there is a lack of economic opportunity as in often the case in Memphis.

We can reduce crime if we are willing to pay the price. This means not being intimated by criminals, punishing criminals to deter crime, and getting off the silly psycho babble politically correct bandwagon. Yes, we may have to pay more taxes to build more prisons and hire and better train more correctional officers.

Criminals in Memphis have no fear of the criminal justice system. They see the CJ system as a minor inconvenience. This has to change or this community will be destroyed. A quick case in point is the demise of the Mall of Memphis which was destroyed by crime, and the perception of crime. Several mall workers loss their livelihood because of worthless POS punks.

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Posted by LoveBC on 06/20/2017 at 3:30 PM

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

There are some real idiots on this council particularly Joe Brown and Jamita Swearengen. Every issue with them is about race and both continue to make monthly asinine comments during council meeting. The council should have left the Beale Street Bucks program as it was. Personally, I'd rather pay $10 and receive $8 in Beale Street Bucks than pay $5 and receive nothing. Basically, $8 > $5. Who didn't know this? Oh yeah, our council members. Thank goodness for term limits.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 06/20/2017 at 3:01 PM

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

How about expanding concept & activities to schools?

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Posted by Kathryn LeLaurin on 06/20/2017 at 2:40 PM

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

Funk- as CL asked, who is being accused of defunding public transit in your comment? Are you talking about the federal, state or local level (or all of the above)?

Mrs. Parks was protesting the segregated order of boarding and seating arrangement, not the level of service being provided. Regarding the government hating black people and their defunding buses as it relates to Mrs. Parks, the boycott that she helped inspire was not directly aimed at the government or elected representatives of Montgomery. Instead the boycott was against Montgomery City Lines, a subsidiary of privately owned National City Lines which enforced the ordinance passed by the city- perhaps to a greater degree than specified in the actual ordinance (depending on interpretation of the law). Ridership on the Montgomery City Lines was 75% African American at the time of the boycott. Thus, the boycott resulted in a loss of almost $7 million for the company over the course of one year. This loss occurred at a time when reinvestment in the companys infrastructure was critically needed to help offset increasing competition from private automobiles. The company never recovered financially from the boycott. Facing insolvency, the city took over management and operation of the bus company via a public transit organization. Declining ridership and increasing car ownership rates coupled with a desire to avoid a significant increase in local taxes forced bus service be scaled to match available funds.
It is a great irony that the actions deemed necessary by African Americans in Montgomery helped lead directly to the demise of the service they wanted to improve.

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Posted by barf on 06/20/2017 at 2:30 PM

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

Ordinances equal laws that must be followed. Resolutions are requests that may be followed. Thus the differences in needing a constitutional majority (7 votes) or a simple majority of those present and voting. Also difference in public input time (3 readings for ordinances) where resolutions can be written and passed on the same night.

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Posted by GSF on 06/20/2017 at 2:08 PM

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

There always seems to be some article that lends itself to comments regarding why Memphis cannot seem to keep pace with its peer city group at any given moment. A council member who states, "...we have been slapped all over the body" qualifies as an exhibit for those discussions. Pretty sure this deserves a call to HR.

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Posted by barf on 06/20/2017 at 1:36 PM

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

Strickland: Now ACTIVELY trying to destroy Memphis's heritage and traditions.

It's getting hot out here, who in the hell decided to #turnofftheAC?!

But now that we're #stuckwithstrickland I guess it was just a matter of time before the #nashvilleshill turned traitor.

It sure would be a shame if there was a massive protest of this overtly racist and inexcusable abuse of power. I mean wouldn't it be ironic if a measure designed to reduce crowds of Memphians actually drew crowds of protestors?

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/20/2017 at 1:02 PM

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

I thought it was funny.

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Posted by natalya1299 on 06/20/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Wahlburgers Opening on Beale

I'm just looking forward to the Sweetie Pie's sign being removed. I really did want Sweetie Pie's to move in. But once they didn't, all it does is cause visitors to inquire about it and then you have to go through a whole Memphis history about how they backed out, blah, blah, blah.

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Posted by natalya1299 on 06/20/2017 at 12:25 PM

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

Good Lord. If you're offended by this, I humbly suggest you venture into the Real World and develop some actual problems.

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Posted by Duranki on 06/20/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Puck, Yes?

You can't support a team that doesn't support you. 20 minutes south is a completely different state.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/20/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Puck, Yes?

Uh there are a LOT of people in Memphis who support the Preds... maybe you're just talking to the wrong people.

And Funkbrs, we still have the RiverKings, they just moved 20 minutes south. You can, and should, still support them.

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Posted by Kori LaVire on 06/20/2017 at 9:31 AM

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