J Thom 
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Re: “Herenton Contends Term-Limits Referendum a “Fraud” Aimed at His Candidacy, Will Sue

I would have recommended a "No" vote on the referendum because extending the term limits from 2 to 3 terms is just bad for all parts of local government. However, realizing it would hurt and smack in the face of King Willie, I might change that to recommend a "Yes" vote.

Guess 5 elected terms and a personal resignation wasn't enough for ya willie boy? Do you really think people still like you?

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Posted by J Thom on 10/18/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Three Predictions for Tiger Football

Referencing poor quality of defense by the sheer stat of points per game is quite inaccurate. They run a much faster-paced offense than in 2011, and even faster than Fuente's years, which keeps the defense on the field longer. Everytime Tony Pollard takes a kick-off to the house, that keeps the offense off the field. The defense will get worn down from the extra time and possessions on the field, as well (which speaks volumes to the depth on defense for this year).

A more accurate, albeit not perfect, metric would be the defenses percentage of stops per possessions compared to 2011 and subsequent years. You would give your readers more reliable information with those statistics.

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Posted by J Thom on 08/28/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen Win

Speaking objectively, Lenoir came across as a bit too preppy, perhaps stemming from his days as a college football player at Bama. Interesting coverage of his former issues with abuse covered in the CA back in mid-July. Lenoir just didn't seem that relatable. I myself would have willingly voted for Luttrell, but have strong reservations aligning with the Lenoir side.

That said, I believe conservatives and liberals alike could take solace in that Lee Harris has now knocked off two members of the infamous Ford family, and a Sidney Chism. That alone is a massive cleaning up of the local political scene. Since his defeat to Cohen in a crowded 2006 US Rep. primary race, Harris has generally only run in races where and when he has a good chance of winning, and has thereby established his reputation as a candidate that can win. That will bode well for his future, as it's evident he does hope to continue growing in the political scene.

It is good to see perennial anti-City-of-Memphis candidate Tom Leatherwood finally lose. Hopefully, he will retire from his career-political life. I never understood why so many in the county ever voted for him. Politicians at the local level who are anti-City-of-Memphis need to generally be weeded out from local seats. They are a cancer.

Going back to the unrelatable perspective, like Leatherwood, Lenoir, and Terry Roland, that is a problem Marsha Blackburn will certainly face. She's just way too snooty and I can see many Republicans having a hard time voting for her, even the far-right wing aligned ones.

Should be an interesting fall!

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Posted by J Thom on 08/03/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Strickland Proposes De-Annexation of Two East Memphis Areas

ALJ2, what promised services? (Excluding delayed trash pickup which were responsibilities of the vendor Inland Waste who's contract is being rebid this fall)

Just curious, why have the other area municipalities (Collierville, Germantown, Arlington) annexed in the past against the will of those residents? Pretty sure if Memphis hadn't annexed the Eads area, Arlington would have already annexed every part of South Cordova all the way to the Germantown limits.

Not sure what you think my reference was to the "shoot themselves in the foot" comment. I'm pretty sure you're aware it was different leadership in Memphis that annexed these areas. As they're trying to right the ship now, deannexation leaders needs to work with Memphis whether you like it or not, or the jobs that pay salaries for these $500k homes in unincorporated Shelby County will leave Memphis because they're sick of snotty suburbanites trying to hurt the city that provides the resources they need to operate and provide good jobs in the area.

And for full disclosure, I live in a home I own in unincorporated Shelby County.

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Posted by J Thom on 07/10/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Strickland Proposes De-Annexation of Two East Memphis Areas

I never will understand the % of people who knowingly purchased homes in Memphis-reserve land at a day/time when Memphis was frequently annexing and could do so only by ordinance, and then these people act "shocked" when they get annexed.

I don't think crime or issues in the Memphis area will go away simply by being just outside the city limits from a technical perspective vs. inside the limits previously. You'll save on city taxes and then have to schedule your own trash pick-up, but it is critical for the city to have a solid plan and for deannexation leaders to demonstrate the ability to work with Memphis city government, as the majority of jobs that keep property values high in unincorporated Shelby County are located within Memphis (eg. FedEx, AutoZone, International Papers, all of whom are headquartered in Memphis limits and knowingly so when they were built, as they want Memphis city services).

If Memphis shoots itself in the foot (which won't happen) and deannexes everything without a plan, becomes financially insolvent and declares bankruptcy, I'm sure the business community who provides jobs in the area will take notice. When jobs leave, property values plummet and I guarantee unincorporated Memphis would then see a much greater decline in property value equity than the amount paid now in taxes.

We need a plan, but a responsible plan, and I'm sick of suburb and Memphis leaders working against each other. We need leaders to work together to be effective in Cordova and everywhere in this community!

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Posted by J Thom on 07/09/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Memphians Respond to State Punishment Over Statues

It is not conservative to childishly bully a town by budgetary measures in response to statue removal that conservatives, liberals, and all unashamed people of society wanted removed in the first place. It is petty and harmful to the Republican party on a national scale.

Conservatives have historically stood for small gov't intervention and control, which was an angle I could get behind and support. But now, at least in TN I'm not sure what they are. I don't know who to support in either party, but real conservatives sure aren't present in most of the TN House seats. Just a bunch of small-town dummies.

Conservatives nationally would've rejected this legislative piece of filth in a heartbeat. Only in Tennessee...

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Posted by J Thom on 04/18/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Weekend Review: Focus on Willie Herenton, Phil Bredesen, and Bob Corker

How exactly did Herenton not prepare a proper successor when he himself was the biggest failure in the City Mayor's office since the city regained it's charter in the 1800's?

Herenton may have been a good mayor with decent ideas in the 90's, to which I owe him credit, but since then he became an arrogant snob. When he mentioned that there was a conspiracy at MLGW to get rid of Joseph Lee, it was fairly obvious to anyone with a brain and an objective mind he'd lost it.

Whether or not you think A.C. Wharton was a failure, and that Myron Lowery, Herman Morris, or Carol Chumney would've been failures, be it known Herenton was worse than any of them.

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Posted by J Thom on 04/17/2018 at 1:46 PM

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