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Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

I only intended to say we can not afford all the things we would like to do. The board's eagerness to do good and avoid guilt is sometines incomprehensible.

Most on this board have rarely encountered a real or preceived injustice, or better yet, a chance to spend tax dollars that they could not find true necessity.

I'll repeat myelf:

"B Phillips is in charge of the go fund me list. And, it is long but easy to get on."

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Posted by john on 04/15/2014 at 9:22 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Flash Boys, Retweet Rules, and Everybody Talk About Pop Music

A link you missed:

"WASHINGTON, DC (April 15, 2014) — The nation's prolonged flow of legal immigration has changed – and continues to change – the political landscape. A new Center for Immigration Studies report, 'Immigration's Impact on Republican Political Prospects, 1980 to 2012', finds that each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county's population reduces the Republican share of the two-party presidential vote by an average of nearly 0.6 percentage points.

"This shift is relatively uniform throughout the country, from California to Texas to Florida, regardless of the local party's stance on immigration. It is due to immigrant communities' lopsided support for big-government policies, which are more closely aligned with progressives than with conservatives. As a result, survey data show a two-to-one party identification with Democrats over Republicans. Increased immigration also significantly expands the low-income population, making voters overall more supportive of redistributive policies championed by Democrats to support disadvantaged populations...."

http://www.cis.org/immigration-impacts-on-…

Posted by Donna Locke on 04/15/2014 at 9:07 PM

Re: “As the city grapples with public transportation, Nashville neighborhoods want more attention for sidewalks

I was lucky to grow up in a city where sidewalks were the norm.

Nashville's glaring absence of sidewalks was one of the first things I noticed when I moved here decades ago. While there has been some improvement, many if not most of Nashville's sidewalks are not readily repaired once they fall into disrepair.

Public works will keep on top of the situation, though, when a citizen takes the time to call.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by stacyharris on 04/15/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

There is something missing here. Are these kits in question from crimes that haven't been solved, have been solved, or both? If the perpetrators have been arrested, what need is there? If the perpetrators haven't been arrested then its dereliction of office and duty not to have them tested for DNA. But to bring special attention to Memphis is downright racist.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 04/15/2014 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

Damn the bastards! You should destroy your HCP in protest.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 04/15/2014 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

The Council voted tonight to defer the resolution to the meeting on May 20. It now goes to the Charter Revision Commission for consideration.

Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

john, you made a claim about "important" rape cases and then immediately backed away when challenged, saying you have no idea what that means. Would you like to use Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" definition?

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

At the end of the day, all that really matters is that Jones Lang LaSalle gets promptly paid.

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Posted by Puttingonthefoil on 04/15/2014 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

Scavenger,

I have no idea. That is not the point and you and the Pragster know it. It is hard to understand but it appears you are going to just have to live with it.

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Posted by john on 04/15/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

scavendish, you just got my vote for the best comment of the day.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 5:51 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

Serious question: Which ones are important, John?

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Posted by scavendish on 04/15/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

Sooner or later the majority on this board is going to understand they can not have everything they want. The conservatives in power in Tenn are teaching this hard lesson.

We will all be better for it. At $500 a pop plus a labor intensive exercise it may be many will never be done. That does not mean the important kits/cases are not done.

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Posted by john on 04/15/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

The good news is that soon, hardly anyone will be raped "at knifepoint," like the woman in the Tennessean article. Now everyone will have guns, including rapists, and he can just shoot her, which will end all this discussion. thank God our legislature focuses on the really important things in life!

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Posted by commentator on 04/15/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

Since councilmembers represent a district, reducing the number by definition would cause redistricting. Who loses then?

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Posted by Roger on 04/15/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

yoyo, the bill would have allowed open carry with no permit. There would be no restrictions and no training. Having that many guns in the hands of untrained people at all times would inevitably cause an increase in accidental shootings and gun deaths.

You can't isolate one part of what the NRA does and say everything about them is peachy keen. You need to judge them by the totality of what they do. They just go too far.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 4:12 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

Washington has nothing to do with this legislation. It's a state bill.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

Shame on you in Washington that won't designate funds for those who have been raped! I can't help but wonder if you were raped would you find this piece of legislature worthy of more funding?

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Posted by Karen on 04/15/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Local News, 'Say Anything,' and the Pulitzers

"Local News, Off College Presses" may be descrbing the future of local news in Nashville. We all suffer from the Tennessean's refusal (or lack of ability) to cover local news and state and local political news in a meaningful way. Their latest website redesign does nothing to alleviate those concerns. This story may reveal the future of local news coverage.

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Posted by Former Tennessean reader on 04/15/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

Pragmatist: You're arguing with insufficient information. The NRA provided the blueprint that many, if not most, states copied into law with some local variances. (Check out the wording between the statutes of Kansas and Tennessee.) The NRA is especially responsible for the reciprocal agreements for legal carry between states. Warning: get stopped in Oklahoma and you have to immediately tell the officer you're armed.

I do believe I read that the bill has been defeated but I didn't have an opinion one way or another about open carry. However, If I was a bad guy about to go into action I would think twice if I saw a holstered handgun in the vicinity. One other thing - those allowed to carry openly would probably face the same qualifications and restrictions as HCP holders: no history of drugs or violence.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 04/15/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

All of these are bad ideas, except maybe Barry's on one office at a time.

What they ought to do is eliminate term limits altogether. Term limitations are fundamentally anti-democratic provisions promoted either by people who think that voters are too stupid to make decisions for themselves or whiney losers who cannot manage to get elected unless they rule out their strongest opponents. We have term limits already; they are called "elections."

What job of public trust -- as all government jobs are -- should just ignore a criminal history? Gilmore's amendment is ill-conceived as it stands. There should, of course, be some reasonable and fair standard applied to applicants. A 20-year-old marijuana bust, or an old DUI, or even a more serious offense (once sentence and probation are over) should not be a permanent bar to ever getting a job. Automatic disqualification from consideration because of a past infraction definitely would be unjust, but revealing the truth about one's history up front should not be hampered either.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 04/15/2014 at 1:59 PM

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