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Re: “Memphis Students Protest Gun Violence With Walkout

I will use small words and short sentences for you, Crack:
Genuine compassion is good.
Valuing the loss of human lives based on their political usefulness is bad.
Exploiting the deaths of children is very bad.
Manipulating school children and exploiting the results of that is bad.
Relating the Parkland murders to sexual harassment, police brutality, etc. demonstrates exploitation, not compassion.

And, FYI, the City ambulance crew didn't provide oxygen (or a working IV, or help getting into the ambulance, or a real barf bag).

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/22/2018 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Memphians Respond to State Punishment Over Statues

Would someone explain to me just why Tennessee taxpayers 200, 300, or even 400 miles from Memphis should be forced to pay a dime for our celebration - soon after we made it clear that we don't give a damn what they think about historic statues (or anything)?

Frankly, they view Memphis as the equivalent of petulant, self-absorbed teenagers demanding we be treated as adults while also demanding free rent, keys to the car, and an unlimited allowance.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/21/2018 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Memphians Respond to State Punishment Over Statues

Yes, it's hard to believe the over 5 million Tennesseans outside the city of Memphis (with a population of roughly 650 thousand) don't live and breathe to serve our needs and desires.

And certainly the tolerant, comradely discourse here (e.g., "Chump change, you racist dipshits." will encourage them to do so.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/21/2018 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Forget Trump

How sad that there are lawyers and educators in our community who write columns like this to disparage those who enforce our laws when these laws don't agree with their personal beliefs and sensibilities.

What we should disparage are the lawyers, educators, and citizens in this country who did not denounce DACA as an unconstitutional Executive attempt to circumvent (or actually violate) laws passed by Congress.

If we are truly a nation of law, change the laws you don't like - don't ignore, circumvent or violate them.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/20/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Bredesen Can’t Be GOP-Lite

Wow, Jen, a great history lesson! Well, for those prefer social media to history books.
Here's some questions for you:
What President (a Democrat) ran for re-election promising to keep the US out of World War I while he and his Administration was doing everything possible to get us into the war?
What President (a Democrat) ran for re-election promising to keep the US out of World War II while he and his Administration was doing everything possible to get us into the war?
What President (a Democrat) authorized the development of the atomic bomb and what President (a Democrat) authorized the atomic bombing of two cities of minimal military value?
What President (a Democrat) sent ill-equipped, unprepared US troops to fight in Korea?
What two Presidents (Democrats) change American involvement in Southeast Asia from a handful of advisors to over 1,000,000 troops (over half of them in direct combat at one point)?
What President (a Democrat) sent US troops to southeast Europe, swearing they would only be there a year - and they were still there over five years later? (Hint - the same President bombed more countries than both Bushes - the joke was he couldn't send his Secretary of State to talks in Ireland because she'd end up calling in air strikes on Belfast and Dublin.)
What "honorable" President (a Democrat) promised to close Guantanamo Bay and get all US forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan - and did none of it? (But G. H. Bush is a liar because he compromised with a Democratic Congress on a tax hike rather than let them shutdown most of the Federal government.)
Just askin'...

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/20/2018 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Memphis Students Protest Gun Violence With Walkout

It's wonderful these students and others are appalled at the murder of 17 young people in Florida by a person with an undeniable, long history of violence and mental illness - all of us should be.

But shouldn't we also ask why are so many NOT appalled at the other murders of dozens, hundreds, and thousands of other innocents?

Seventeen people were killed and 10 wounded by the "DC Snipers". 150 people were killed when a mentally ill German copilot deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps. Three were killed, sixteen lost limbs, and hundreds more injured by the Boston Marathon bombers. Dozens have been killed by vehicle attacks around the world in just the past few months.

Where was and is the concern and protests for those and many, many other precious human lives? Why are we not focused on what really went wrong at Parkland and fixing those things, rather than participating in demonstrations for the "cause of the week"?…

Is this "movement" out of genuine concern for those 17 dead young people in Parkland or is it an excuse and callous exploitation for broader political purposes? Look at this article; virtually every currently popular political cause has been dragged into this:
- hold elected officials accountable,
- engage students in the political process,
- know your rights,
- sexual harassment,
- police brutality,
- registering to vote,
- improve mental and emotional health services in school,
- hire more guidance counselors and social workers,
- expand restorative justice practices (which existed and obviously failed at Parkland),
- "protecting" students and their families from being forced to obey immigration laws or suffering the legal consequences.

It used to be said, "the only thing worse than reason without compassion is compassion without reason." Well, isn't compassion ruthlessly manipulated for selfish motivations (no matter how supposedly noble) worse than both these?

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/20/2018 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Free Manuel Duran!

Nope, Crack - learned that one too - should have waited in the lobby of our building and offered $60 cash for a ride to the ER.

(And what's a pay phone? And why would I commit a heinous act of "cultural appropriation"? They punish college kids for such "atrocities" these days.)

PS - watched an excellent movies about Jews in Hungary during WWII last night, Walking with the Enemy. Now there's ya some real oppression!

Posted by ALJ2 on 04/17/2018 at 4:17 PM

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