Up for Debate: Big stories of 2012

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:59pm

What do you think the biggest stories of 2012 were — in national news, local news, sports and entertainment?

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By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 6:22

Good morning, Nashville.

What do you think the biggest stories of 2012 were — in national news, local news, sports and entertainment?

The big national news was the presidential election, of course...the GOP primary was arguably the biggest entertainment story of the year...a gaggle of grandstanding GOP goofballs...very funny.

The big sports news, may be the cancellation of the fall 2012 NHL games and possibly the entire season....the NHL itself could collapse?

The big local news? That's hard to say...the Tea Baggers' take-over of the Tennessee legislature has provided us with all sorts of entertainment...the entire nation has had a few good laughs, thanks to the Coonskin Cap state.....thanks, we needed that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:32

I agree that the national news was the presidentail election and the liberal wins for gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

Dejarlais is probably the big local story (embarrassment).

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:34

Hurricane Sandy and the shootings at Newtown would also be at the top as well as the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 7:43

Desjarlais, the gun-sucking Tea-Bagger, brought some unwanted attention to the Volunteer State...same goes for Curry Todd (Todd Curry?)...the DUI lawmaker guy with the loaded handgun.

Biggest Hoax of 2012: gotta be the Mayan End Times....or the "Fiscal Cliff".

Most daring stunt of 2012: gotta be the Red Bull stratospheric sky-diver.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:47

Loner, did you read where Boehner told Harry Reid to go F himself? Geez, there's some leadership for you. I want to know if he said that before or after the alligator tears.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:48

As for Curry Todd, unfortunately down here it made the news for a couple of weeks at most. That sort of behavior isn't all that shocking in a red state - says a lot about the culture, doesn't it?

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 7:50

Most out-of-touch-with-reality mayor of a large US city:

Gotta be Mayor Mike Bloomberg, of NYC; he was going to go ahead with the marathon, until his underlings started to revolt...then hizzoner got the message...Bloomberg's nanny-state style of governance reached new levels in counter-productive folly.....the 20 Oz. fountain drink is now banned in NYC.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:53

Yeah, that sucks but it's better than the guns in bars legislation down here - lol!

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 7:56

Just another drunken gunner, zig-zagging down the pike...no biggie in Nashville, TN?

I did not hear about the F-bomb, Bn. The tongue was loosened by the demon alcohol? A tear-stained and slurred apology may be forthcoming?

Congress is good for a laugh at times, but not much more...special interest campaign funding has caused most of the gridlock....these guys and gals are Beholden....with a capital "B".

By: yogiman on 1/3/13 at 7:57

I agree the presidential usurpation was the biggest news of [not only of the year, but of the last decade] because our congressional "leaders" would allow the same man do it twice.

Most of the other news stories are simply repeats of news stories in different locations with different names.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 7:59


A Democratic source familiar with one particular exchange told CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were sitting on a sofa in the White House.

House Speaker John Boehner breezed in and his first words to Reid were "Go f*** yourself."

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 8:09

Guns in bars does set a new standard in ludicrous legislation. The law's proponents actually believe that the Founders had universal, unrestricted, unregulated gun ownership and universal, unrestricted, unregulated gun use in mind when they adopted the 2nd amendment. Those fellas were idealists, but they were not crazy or evil; they never intended the deadly consequences of their actions....they had no crystal balls.

Oddly, of all the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, the right to keep & bear arms remains the most inviolate and staunchly defended of the ten....the one that folks seem willing to die for....and willing to let you and I die for too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:10

Yet it seems that every week there is another story on the local news about a child playing with a gun and shooting itself. And there is no outcry for gun safety. Unbelievable.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 8:12

Interesting link, Bn....Boehner ought to know all about the art of f*cking oneself....he has just about f*cked himself out of a job.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/3/13 at 8:14

LONER......The old hippie street evangelist brought up an excellent point yesterday when he suggested that a 10% cut in spending and an end to all of the Bush tax cuts would be the only way to bring this country back to financial reality.

This is rough data but here is the equation

U.S. Tax Revenue 2,170.000,000,000
FED Budget 3,820,000,000.000
New Debt 1,650,000,000,000
National Debt 14,271,000,000,000
Recent Budget
Cuts 38,500,000,000

Let us remove 8 zeroes so the Simple Six can understand this and pretend this is Blanketnazi's household budget

Annual Income 21,700
Money Spent 38,200
New Debt on
Credit Card 16,500
Balance on
Credit Card 142,710
Total Budget
Cuts 38.50

This is the Democrats and their 47% constituency at work. This is why the the street evangelist would not tackle the details of how you would cut 10% out of the budget either through cuts or taxation.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:16

Yep, he pretty much has, Loner. But I don't know what would be worse - Boehner, Ryan or Cantor.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:17

In a way it makes me happy. If someone is that pissed off it means they're losing the battle.

By: yogiman on 1/3/13 at 8:25

May I ask a stupid question, Loner? How many have been shot in a "beer joint" since that law was passed? How many guns have even been used (fired) in a "beer joint" since that law was passed?

I haven't heard of any. Have they been keeping it a secret?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:31

According to a recent article in the Tennessean, the recent guns and bars law is a threat to Tennessee's tourism. International press has been given to the guns and bars issue, and neighboring states that compete for tourism.


Allowing guns in restaurants that serve alcohol is largely an issue of dollars and cents - and not commonsense. The new legislation comes with a heavy price tag for the restaurant owner.

By: bfra on 1/3/13 at 8:32

Blanket - That sounds more like an allowance Raspy's keeper gives him. Except for the credit card, bet she doesn't offer him those.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 8:34

Bn, I went to that CNN link, about the F-bomb...I tried to post a modified cut/paste of my 8:12 comment there...too few asterisks, I guess...the post never made it through moderation...this is one reason that I love the NCP; it's free speech and it's immediately posted.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:34

bfra, he looks more clownish every day. He doesn't have the knowledge to post anything of substance.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:35

Loner, I've never bothered to try to post on CNN.

By: BigPapa on 1/3/13 at 8:42

I dont think Dejarlais was the biggest local story. It was salacious, for sure but locally there had to be something bigger than that guy.

The NHL thing is interesting. I think if the entire league went under it would be the best thing. It's just a financial shell game waiting to implode. If Bettman ever leaves there could be some big changes.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:49

BigPapa, what about scoring the new TV series "Nashville" and actually hiring local legends to be in it instead of out of state people pretending to be local legends? :)

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 8:51

Thanks for the lesson in macro-micro-economics, Professor Rasputin.

Let me reiterate; a 10% across the board cut in federal spending and a simultaneous 10% across the board increase in federal tax rates should not cause a meltdown in our economy and a collapse of the USA itself...that would be "austerity lite", IMO....the pain & sacrifice would be shared by all, not just some; but all of us would benefit in the long run, if the US Congress could balance the budget...or at least come close....and that calls for fiscal restraint and some form of austerity....this recent deal does not resolve the core issues...the "cliff" was a hoax? Or is it just down the road?

A 5% cut in spending and simultaneous 5% hike in taxes would have been a better compromise, IMO....but no, they just kicked that can of worms down the old dirt road... they even took a few bows, as they cheered and congratulated each other in front of the cameras. Behind the cameras, the federal politicians are whistling in the dark....dropping F-bombs as they go....and this passes for leadership in America today.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:55

No other congress in our history has held our economy hostage like this. It is a hoax and grandstanding at the cost of the American people. Anyone with any money sense knows that debt is used as leverage and the main focus is revenue. The Bush tax cuts should have expired a long time ago and are largely responsible for the deficit. That and military spending which the congress approved. (Remember - congress approves ALL spending. The president can't just rack up debt when congress holds the purse strings.)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:56

And let's not forget that Bush cooked the books and the deficit Obama inherited was much larger than Bush's administration copped to.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/3/13 at 9:01

LONER.....We normally are miles apart in life philosophy but you and I are right on target when it comes to issues like your 8:51

I am like everyone else I want my cake and you should not begrudge me because you have none. HOWEVER for the sake of the country and the future you and I are right on target.

If I have to take a hit in order for the House and Senate and Executive branch to cut spending I am all for it.

It is pure fantasy but I bet you as a Democrat and a liberal and I as a Republican and an arch fiscal conservative (not Tea Party) could come up with a solution that would benefit all future generations.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 9:09

I was given the title: "Master Flamer" in December...today, the title: "old hippie street evangelist" has been conferred upon me...by a member of the cloth, Brother Rasputin, the mad monk....I am flattered.

Yes, I guess that I am an old hippie...and I do stand on a street corner for one hour every Monday with a sign that reads: HOLY WARS SUCK.

I added another sign recently: NO MORE HOLY WAR....the cross, the star of David and the Islamic crescent embellish the text. Doesn't this make me an anti-evangelist?

BTW, I do not yell and scream passages from the Bible or anything else when I stand my vigil...usually alone....my partners have burned out on the idea....but after seeing the scarred face of that Afghanistan war veteran, last Sunday, my determination has been renewed...yes, I guess that one could say that I am a zealot....with a lower case "z".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:10

Wow, how could I forget - another top story of 2012 was the controversy regarding the Murfreesboro mosque.

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 9:11

Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:10
Yet it seems that every week there is another story on the local news about a child playing with a gun and shooting itself. And there is no outcry for gun safety. Unbelievable.

I have not seen any public outcry for parental responsibility, Blanket. When I was a child, we were taught to stay out of locked rooms and closets and gun cabinets. Optimal word: Locked.

Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 8:31
According to a recent article in the Tennessean, the recent guns and bars law is a threat to Tennessee's tourism. International press has been given to the guns and bars issue, and neighboring states that compete for tourism.

And yet all of that didn't deter 50,000 at the fireworks on a rainy cold night. The only snaffoooo was a bunch of taxi drivers who didn't want to help out stranded people who needed rides in the cold and rain. Metro will weigh in on that, I'm sure.

Guns are not the problem. PEOPLE are the problem. It takes a person to fire a gun or to irresponsibly put one where a child (or anyone else) can reach it.

I don't think a child being shot is any worse than running over your own child due to not paying attention, or to stabbing your child, or starving it, or any other type of harm. People who harm their own children, don't deserve to have them.

Biggest story of the year for me: 2013 food is going to cost more and we're getting a cut in our take home pay (if we are employed).

By: Rasputin72 on 1/3/13 at 9:13

LONER......At least you stand for something. I can think of 500 things worse than being called an "old hippie street evangelist"

The only thing that would get my goat would be if someone identified me as a member of the "Simple Six"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:15

The 2% payroll tax break should never have happened in the first place. And 2012 showed the lowest unemployment rate in the last 4 years.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 9:16

The Loner-Rasputin Compromise of 2013....that would look great on a page in an American History textbook....on that, we agree, Rasp.

How do we end the bread & circus? I say, "Let them eat cake."

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 9:19

Here's a story coming to our country soon if we don't stop the intrusion on our freedoms:

"Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. In a country comfortable with a firm state role, most people don't question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay"

I did not know that in Germany you have to get the gov-ment to approve the name you select for your child. Socialism at it's finest.

Raspy, you are too intelligent to be in the Simple Six - or shall I say too thoughtful. I presume Loner, bfra, Captnemroid are 3 of them.

Loner may be a nice guy and all that, but he hates everything and everyone that or who does not agree with him.

Loner did you actually have a conversation with the "horrific" face as you refer to the guy? Did he have a name? Did he hate everything and everyone as much as you do? I doubt it. He is probably grateful to God to be alive. People are strong, Loner. They can withstand much and still love God and themselves.

Research the guy on all my children show - war vet turned actor.

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 9:23

The Governor's attempt to shove Great Hearts down Nashville's throat was a pretty big local story....and Metro Council members voting themselves free healthcare insurance for life caused a bit of a flap, as I recall....and the sweetheart deals with Frist's healthcare business....that caused a brief stir.

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 9:26

Loner, here he is: J.R. Martinez, a wounded veteran and motivational speaker, compared the emotional toll of his burn injuries to a friend's betrayal.
“My best friend was that mirror,” Martinez told a packed McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College, where the Iraq veteran-turned-actor spoke about his life and career Wednesday night.
Martinez suffered third-and second-degree burns to more than 34 percent of his body after a Humvee he was driving hit a land mine in Karbala, Iraq, in 2003. He spent almost three years at Brooke Army Medical Center (now San Antonio Military Medical Center), where he became a peer mentor for other wounded troops.
“I thought, ‘How can I live like this,' and all of sudden I got really angry,” he said, recalling the anger and depression he felt after seeing his scarred face for the first time.
His mother and a nurse who urged Martinez to talk to another burn patient helped him realize he had to stop being angry. “San Antonio, Texas — I call it my new birthplace,” he said.
After his recovery, Martinez became a motivational speaker and eventually turned to acting. A three-year stint on “All My Children” led to his appearance last fall on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars,” which he won.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/DWTS-winner-can-laugh-about-his-war-wounds-3442638.php#ixzz2GvVQ6MfL

By: BenDover on 1/3/13 at 9:28

Big story? Barrack Obama... ran deficits $1,000,000,000,000 a year over trend... maintained unemployment on average of 8.5% not including the people who gave up on finding work... raised our welfare roles to 1 in 6 people... increased the national debt by $6 trillion over 4 years ... and was somehow re-elected as President Thrifty over a guy with a proven track record of turning around failed institutions.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:28

Yeah, Great Hearts was a big story too.

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 9:28

: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:15
The 2% payroll tax break should never have happened in the first place. And 2012 showed the lowest unemployment rate in the last 4 years.

I agree on this. I wonder what unemployment will look like in 2013? People are already getting laid off. That means more crime (in some cases) when people get desperate.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:29

"a guy with a proven track record of turning around failed institutions." Wow, that's laughable! He drained companies of assets and kicked the employees to the curb. I wouldn't call that a good track record.

By: BenDover on 1/3/13 at 9:29

2012... year of the duped voter...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:30

bud, if you agree with my statement then why are you complaining about less take home pay?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:31

2012....year of GOP bitter grapes.

By: BenDover on 1/3/13 at 9:31

Have you considered what happens to America when Bernanke's piggy bank runs out, Blanket?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:32

•The economic outlook is mixed however, according to the national association of business economics job growth will range from adding 125,000 to 173,000 per month in 2013
•According to the national association of colleges and employers, campus hiring will increase 13 percent over last year by employers in pharma manufacturing, computer electronics, manufacturing, finance, insurance and management consulting firms.
•DHR International sees hiring growth six months earlier than government reports. 2012 was strong in a variety of industries including telecom,computer systems, healthcare/life sciences, retail, manufacturing and engineering.
•Job demand will increase in health care/ home care; computer science and technology; wireless apps; science and engineering and related through a variety of industries.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:33

Ben, we would have more revenue to help pay the deficit if the GOP didn't block the jobs bill, wouldn't we?

By: Loner on 1/3/13 at 9:34

Bud continues to self-bullshitize...she easily rationalizes the senseless carnage, the crippling, the maiming and the deaths....then accuses me of being a hater...a member of the "simple six" and yesterday, she questioned my patriotism and loyalty to this country.

I served in the US Army honorably, 1967-69....and I served my community as a Rural Letter Carrier for a couple of decades...I paid my dues....what about you, Miss December 1966?

As for the simple six....simpler does not mean less advanced....and simple is not the same thing as stupid...everyone knows the wisdom of the KISS acronym: Keep It Simple Stupid.

The "simple six" is OK by me....you'll have to find a better personal insult, Bud...the "simple six" thing is a badge of honor.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/3/13 at 9:35

Manpower surveyed 18,000 employers nationwide and found 17% plan to add jobs, 8% plan to cut, 72% anticipate no changes and 3% are undecided. One Manpower representative told FOX6 News it’s the best first quarter outlook they’ve seen in five years.