Up for Debate: Corporate tax breaks

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:23am

Do you approve of Mayor Karl Dean's use of corporate tax breaks to spur development in Metro? Or would developments such as those planned by HCA as well as Gaylord and Dollywood have happened on their own?

137 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 11:19

Seems to me a school dress code would have addressed the pants problem. This really is silly, and a waste, and abuse of power. I'll not be voting anymore, they're all fools.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 11:24

Slack...for the Slackerados:

Oh, they're banning saggy pants, in Old Tennessee.
They done banned Charles Darwin, too.
They're strip-searchin' everybody...for anything...thanks to the USSC
They're searchin' me; they're stripping you.
But they're banning saggy pants, those naughty baggy pants....in Old Tennessee.

(I hear a blues harp solo in there too.)

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 11:26

At least, Loner, you're refusing not to vote for someone you know everything about. I'll admit, that's better than voting for one you had no idea who he was; except he was black.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 11:35

I thought I heard a troll fart....nah, I'll ignore it...eventually the gas will dissipate.

Could be time to sign-off?

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 11:40

First Revision:

Oh, they're banning saggy pants, in Old Tennessee.
They done banned Charles Darwin, too.
They're strip-searchin' everybody...for anything...thanks to the USSC
They're searchin' me; they're stripping you.
They're searchin' you; they're stripping me.
But they're banning saggy pants...those naughty baggy pants....in Old Tennessee.

By: Moonglow1 on 4/3/12 at 11:41

Moonglow1 Hedge fund trading is driving up gas prices. No democrat or repub is addressing this cost driver.

By: gdiafante on 4/3/12 at 11:42

Thank god that the legislature has mandated that kids have to have their pants pulled up. But they didn't go far enough. They should return to the 1940's dress style (and current senior citizen style) of requiring your pants to be pulled up just below your nipple.

Until they do that, they're just postponing this for future generations to address.

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 11:45

First they came for the saggy pants, I said nothing ..

By: gdiafante on 4/3/12 at 11:45

I agree, Moonglow. But, it's an election year and simpletons like to blame someone.

March was pretty warm here, I blame Obama. He could have respent the TARP money creating a massive solar-deflecting disc that could have lowered the temperature of the Earth, but he didn't. A good leader would have. He obviously wants the Earth to warm. He's the devil.

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 11:51

''They'll have to pry my pants from my cold, dead, arse cheeks..

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 12:21

Well, Loner,

Since I don't blow gas like the hard farts you and your fellow posters are making, I'll have to accept me blowing wind with just a poot.

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 12:35

You might not hear them, but you'll sure smell them.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:04

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 12:45

First they came for the saggy pants, I said nothing ..

The Slack is most definitely BACK. Some say the Slack's a twit...I say he's a wit....who gives a sh*t.

Slack, did you like my 12:40 post?

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:17

Got 35 news stories on Tennessee Pants Google News search.

Here's one:

Source:
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/blog/morning_call/2012/04/tn-senate-approves-saggy-pants-bill.html

Cut-paste:

"Tennessee Senate approves saggy pants bill"

Memphis Business Journal
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:57am CDT

The Tennessee Senate unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit students from wearing saggy pants in school, The Associated Press reports.

The bill would codify a common element of school dress codes — a prohibition on students exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment," the AP reports.

Two other states, Arkansas and Florida, have similar laws.

The Legislature killed a similar bill three years ago that carried a stiffer penalty, including a $250 fine and 160 hours of community service. The Senate bill allows school districts to administer a less severe punishment.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:23

So. if some muffin-topped high school hottie wears low-waisted jeans over a high-cut thong, in Tennessee, Florida or Arkansas, will she be arrested and strip-searched?

Tennessee's High School Hotties should unite and defy the law by wearing high-cut thongs under their low-waisted jeans...and maybe a tube top too....just to arouse the Puritan's wrath.

By: BenDover on 4/3/12 at 1:28

gd, I'd lean more toward the 60's... à la Don Draper if we're going to start mandating... but for the most part I like business casual.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:29

On the last day of school, the students should all go to school wearing their underwear over their outerwear...just as a final gesture of defiance before Summer break...they can't arrest & strip-search them all....can they?

By: brrrrk on 4/3/12 at 1:30

BenDover said

"gd, I'd lean more toward the 60's... à la Don Draper if we're going to start mandating... "

Gee, why am I not surprised...

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:35

Not a single voice of reason in the TN Senate?

I think that Davy Crockett would be ashamed to see what TN has degenerated into....his buckskin pants might be too baggy...his coonskin cap might offend animal rights activists...but he could still carry his Kentucky Long Rifle into a bar...thank God for that.

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 1:36

I know we're not all in the modern day status as you, Loner, but it makes me wonder: When did this begin to happen with the kids wearing their clothes down around their ass? When did the kids begin to want to be "different" from the other kids?

Worse, when, and why, did the schools allow it to start happening? Could it possibly be after the union takeover in the education departments?

I wonder: How do those kids compare to bettering their education in school to the "common dress" kids?

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:40

Pee Yew...troll flatulence @ 2:36...lighting some Nag Champa incense....

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:44

Slack....after a rip in the universal space-time continuum....caused by a huge black hole centered in Tennessee...a confused and awed Davy Crockett stumbles into a gay piano bar in Nashville....

By: brrrrk on 4/3/12 at 1:55

yogiman said

"I know we're not all in the modern day status as you, Loner, but it makes me wonder: When did this begin to happen with the kids wearing their clothes down around their ass? When did the kids begin to want to be "different" from the other kids?"

Gee yogi, you really are as dumb as you seem. Kids have ALWAYS been like this.... surely you're old enough to remember the Ducktail? Then there was Elvis, the Beatles, etc..... Society has always been a moving target.

I'm increasingly beginning to believe that the biggest difference between the "left" and the "right" is that the "left" recognizes that change is inevitable and as such, try to make the transition as reasonable as possible.... while the "right" stands with both feet planted firmly yelling "No, No, No!!!" like petulant little children.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 1:58

Well said, Brrrrk.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 2:04

In my day, the coolest footwear a high school male could wear to school was a pair of stolen rental bowling shoes...the kind with the loud red & green leather and the size clearly marked on the back....only the coolest of the cool dared to wear those babies to school....that was in the early 60's.

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 2:06

Loner... your 12:40 post, pure gold. Maybe next session the legislature can address, heavy petting in the back of Dad's station wagon.

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 2:17

Pants should be worn Joe Namath style, pockets should line up 4'' past waist line.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 2:17

Thank you, Slacker...yeah, heavy petting can lead to a Dirty Sanchez and who knows what after that....tail-gate tea-bagging, under the cap, in the bed of the pick-up truck? These things must be addressed by the lawmakers!

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 2:24

Seriously if the school Principles can't enforce their own dress code, all is lost.
More police officers will be assigned to schools, I suppose.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 2:27

Gd alluded to it earlier...Johnny Carson once remarked about how, as a man ages, his trouser's waistband creeps ever higher on his torso....if and when he reaches an advanced age, his waistband is up over his head and he has to open his fly... to see where he's going. The late great Johnny Carson was one of the very great ones, IMO.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 2:32

Yeah, the panty police...the undercover underwear police....looking to bust kids...and then strip-search them....where is Fruit of The Loom, BVD, Haines and their lawyers, to defend these young American citizens?

The kids should show their contempt by going commando...and letting it all hang out....no more underwear...the underwear makers have let the kids down...down to their ankles....the kids should burn their undies in a giant bonfire of the vanities....and go natural.

By: brrrrk on 4/3/12 at 2:34

slacker said

"Seriously if the school Principles can't enforce their own dress code, all is lost.
More police officers will be assigned to schools, I suppose."

Sounds to me like the schools need their own version of Dolores Umbridge.

By: Loner on 4/3/12 at 2:37

Maybe tomorrow's Up for Debate question will address the pressing saggy pants issue....if so, I have a suggested Headline:

Do Tennessee State Senators Have Their Panties In A Wad Over Saggy Pants?

Any feedback on that?

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 2:38

Sorry, brrrrk, I'm only dumb to juveniles such as yourself who don't know what life was like in my earlier years of childhood. I was a grown man when your childish ways entered the scene.

By: brrrrk on 4/3/12 at 2:38

Santorum misleads at best.... and at worst, tells an outright lie.

"Santorum Claims ‘Seven Or Eight’ Univ. California Schools Don’t Teach American History"

http://www.mediaite.com/online/santorum-claims-seven-or-eight-univ-california-schools-dont-teach-american-history/

By: slacker on 4/3/12 at 2:40

brrrrk, I was thinking Miss Hathaway.

By: yogiman on 4/3/12 at 6:47

Well,
I see where Barry Soetoro hass told the Supreme Court how they should vote on his Obamacare bill. He reminded them they are appointed judges, not elected.

I guess he knows more about how they must vote than they do themselves.