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Wouldn't reporting stolen guns help with resale? Aren't pawn shops, etc., required to check to see if a gun is stolen?
I agree that this isn't enough. Didn't they just add a fingerprint scanner to the iPhone? Maybe it's time we tie a specific weapon to an individual gun owner? That could go along with "2aID," my proposal for a national gun owner identification card for all gun owners who support voter ID. :)
Well I, for one, am offended by the comment "Everything in Mississippi offends somebody." ;)
But I'm perfectly willing to focus on the flag.
It's just the guy who instigated the Ole Miss riot -- whipping up the mob while secretly working with the Kennedys in a sad attempt to save himself from political embarrassment -- is pretty high on the list, too.
"Ross is standing like Gibraltar, he shall never falter,
Ask us what we say, it's to hell with Bobby K.
Never shall our emblem go
From Colonel Rebel to Old Black Joe."
(from Dixie by Curtis Wilkie).
@mmorgan I'd like to hope you are right -- it would be absolutely wonderful if people could get on board and I agree that it should be obvious.
Of course, all you have to do is look at @tsmith above and see that the headline (this is a blog entry, BTW, so we allow a little commentary) might be justified.
I've been calling it the "Welty Reservoir" for years. :)
Yup, there's some return to a local economy because there's a big building sitting there.
The fundamental point, though, is that the "multiplier" for local businesses is considerably higher -- usually 1.5 to 3 times the economic impact of chains.
by Todd Stauffer
I don't really have a dog in the hunt over the Outlet Mall, which to me seems like a mixed bag on the development front, but I think proponents are white-washing two issues.
First, it is worth noting that, generally speaking, big box retail doesn't create new purchasing as much as it moves people's purchasing from local independents (and, these days, other big box retail). You only need so many socks and jeans and shoes. (Some people, I understand, "need" more shoes than others.) So the net effect of big box development is generally to move buying patterns. As a result, more of the dollars spent leave the local economy -- big boxes don't use local banks (as much), don't employ local accountants, don't often use local advertising agencies, etc.
Second, small business rarely is subsidized at the same level of large developers and chains in order to "bring jobs" to the marketplace -- something that supposed market conservatives should admit is an unfair competitive advantage for larger entities. $24 million is about $15k per job created, if 1600 is the real number. (Again, this isn't Wal-Mart we're talking about, so it's an open question as to whether the wages offered will depress the market or raise wages generally; I suppose either is possible.) But if you gave me $15k to create a job at the JFP, I'd be happy to oblige -- of course, nobody ever seems to present that option.
The truth is that creating 1600 jobs in Pearl will probably, ultimately, move those jobs from somewhere else, because the demand for the goods in Pearl will not be conjured up from thin air; that demand will be taken from other businesses. The best spin you can put on it is that these businesses (a.) might employ some marginally higher number of people because they're corporate and relatively inefficient and/or (b.) the jobs they're taking are being taken from Alabamans, and we hate those people. :)
I guess, for me, it comes down to this... why is it the government's role to mitigate a developer's risk on a venture like this, when it's clearly likely to harm other businesses in the region? And, is this fair if the same subsidies aren't made available to others?
Hey Jan, when it comes to the JFP, you're ALWAYS dealing with an impossible deadline. :) Thanks for pulling it off!
I let @carolinarebels comment through not to discuss or refute it so much as to display it as an example of the cogency one seems too often forced to suffer when this topic arises. (As a reminder, in case you just joined us, the article is about removing the Confederate battle flag from the Mississippi state flag in 2013 or thereabouts. As a general rule, you're also reminded to disagree agreeably. :)
As I noted above, the secession ordinances and declarations" are two different things. The ordinances* were really one text ratified by each seceding state; the declarations were public reasons offered by four of them.
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