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Re: “A Compromised Greensward “Solution”

Kyle Veazey just made a monumental and idiotic mistake in his statement. Based on his own words, the conceptual footprint is not the governing document. That means that the footprint of the parking lot could in fact be MUCH LARGER than that shown in the public document. There is nothing in place preventing such a design from being proposed. We wont know what portion of the Greensward will be paved until a private design firm, entirely controlled and informed by the same city government that deemed it prudent to so readily relinquish so much of the Greensward to the Zoo at various points in this process, provides us the complete design. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the design firm was already heavily involved in numerous contracts with the Citys Engineering Department, the dog in your lap is worth 2 on the run.

Sounds like Veazey and Sean Spicer took the same online public communications class.

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Posted by barf on 06/23/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

"When I say"... translation: I did a piss poor job of explaining a a poorly developer concept the first time, so let me change it by saying something else. You did nothing to address my points regarding the fact that you apparently believe that the lives of those who do not earn an income apparently hold no value, so the rest of your comment is worthless. Your posts also indicate that any value you place on your own life is entirely dependent on your income which in turn is largely dependent on the everchanging whims of our economic system (the man and whitey). No wonder you are so frustrated, your value changes daily based on international exchange rates and future GDP forecasts. Let there be no doubt though, the only individual on the Flyer site that is consistently dragging your feet, griping, complaining, and whining via their posts is staring at you in the mirror. It is a sad and pathetic existence, you have my sympathy.

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Posted by barf on 06/23/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

I think a life is worth a great deal more than a mere wage, no matter it's sum. Based on your comment, someone who is unemployed is worthless until they are once again earning a wage as are children who have yet to be employed. What about the parents that chose to remove themselves from the labor pool in order to raise their children or take care of an aging friend/family member?
It is a VERY deep concept, so please take your time, but wages are not an indication of the value of a life. They are indicative of the value of a skill or service being provided.

From your responses, it sounds like you think the lives of individuals such as those mentioned are worthless. It is so glaring an omission, how could anyone assume you were being serious?

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Posted by barf on 06/22/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

I am going to chalk this up to you being facetious.

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Posted by barf on 06/22/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Memphis to Receive Support for Fighting Violent Crime

Funk- are you really equating income to the value of human life?

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Posted by barf on 06/22/2017 at 10:27 AM

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: “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

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