Letter to the Editor

Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:05pm

Are [the Haslam administration and its supporters] paying for all the extra police that will be needed [for inauguration festivities this weekend] and all the other support services?
 There are receptions at the “Governor's Palace.” Will we get to see [the] party bunker? Who pays for the use of the mansion, parking, security? Taxpayers of course.

Posted by “Kosh III”

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: bill haslam

89 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 8:08

Good morning
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_bl_WZYzJ_8k/Sq7tMdIBW8I/AAAAAAAAB7Y/g3CS7ohRdso/IMG_4875.JPG

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 8:12

Hmmmph. They should have it in Bredesen's Bunker, then open that pit to the public as an example of Democrat's cheerful spending at taxpayer's expense.

I'm so glad Bredesen is done. His crowning achievement was the failure of TennCare; an example to the entire Nation that the concept of free health care can't work. Too bad BHO didn't take notice.

TANSTAAFL, Bredesen, Democrats, Dirty Socialists. Learn it.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 8:13

Nemo, you little worm. Good morning to you too.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 8:14

I don’t know the answer to that Kosh. Maybe there is but I think it is a part of life. If you pay a bill by snail mail there is the extra cost of stamps added on to that bill. Even if you pay by e-banking there is the cost of electricity, to power the computer.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 8:17

Shut up pig boy.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 8:20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWHgUE9AD4s

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 8:33

The Anti-Defamation League has denounced Palin's remarks, claiming the blood libel reference is "fraught with pain in Jewish history."

Blood libel refers to a rumor that has fueled anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews since the middle ages. Throughout history it was used to justify violence against Jews, from violent riots to the Holocaust .

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpps/news/sarah-palin-blood-libel-comment-sparks-controversy-dpgoha-20110113-fc_11413736

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 8:40

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Hits New Ratings Low, So What Are The Political Implications?

http://www.businessinsider.com/sarah-palins-alaska-hits-new-ratings-low-2010-12

By: Antisocialite on 1/14/11 at 9:04

serr8d, I don't know why I am even addressing you since I expect little more than an insult in return, but here it goes. Are you familiar with the Veterans Administration? It's that fine institution that takes care of our wounded soldiers after they get back from serving our country, I happen to think it's a great idea, and guess what... it's socialized medicine. Now this might be a bit much for you to take in since I'm sure it creates conflict between your hyperbolic rhetoric concerning the 'evils' of socialism and your sense of patriotism, but rest assured the VA is socialized. And what's this, lo and behold, a Time magazine article (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1376238,00.html) touting the VA's superiority to private institutions. Of course, as with any large institution there have been issues, Walter Reed being the most recent debacle, however those problems were taken care of soon after in a very efficient manner. Now you can spout off as many talking points about socialism as you want, but the facts are right there for anyone to look at, just please don't take Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh's word for it. Trust me, they are more interested in selling advertisements and fattening their own wallets than helping the country.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 9:11

Nemo, I think Palin lifted the "blood libel" from other conservative blowhards and was entirely clueless about it's meaning.

In other words, I don't think she's smart enough to have done this on purpose.

By: Antisocialite on 1/14/11 at 9:14

Please forgive me, STOMACHS, that's what I meant to say, 'fattening their own stomachs'.

Yeah it's juvenile, but I just can't help myself when it comes to those two twits.

Sorry, looks like I mistyped again, the 'i' in twits should be an 'a'.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 9:17

Don't worry about it antisocialite, I did "it's" instead of "its". It is Friday, after all...

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 9:18

I think that is a good an explanation as any gdia. Her action has been that of a child at a birthday part that was not her birthday.

By: dargent7 on 1/14/11 at 9:21

gD: Toyr correction is even wrong. It's "Tits Friday".
re: Palin. Palin is so dumb and just a skirt who can regurgitate the Republican mantra, she didn't know Giffords was JEWISH.
This gaffe may have legs and sink any Presidential run in 2012.
For the love of God, I hope so.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 9:21

Hell Antisocialite, if that is your big flaw then I am the storm. Right gdia! lol

By: yogiman on 1/14/11 at 9:25

Antisocialite,

I hate to get into your 'dogfight' but I would consider the VA taking care of vets injured in the line of duty as being (basically) the same as "daddy' taking care of his "kids" who had stubbed their toe.

Those vets had/have put themselves on the line of danger for our nation. Don't you feel our nation owes them anything but a small paycheck while the are "able" to serve?

By: dargent7 on 1/14/11 at 9:26

"Toyr" s/h/b Your....the editor regrets the error.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 9:29

Antisocialite, I think that most of us would not mind paying a bit more in taxes IF there was a fixed end to the taxes, and they were fair, and that fixed endpoint was codified and unmovable. But it’s never ending, the Left’s caterwauling of the social plights that WILL require more and more taxes of those who actually toil. And at this junct-ure taxes can’t, won’t support the social network the Dems envision; they will resort to printing monies, borrowing monies, and going into unspeakable debt to entities we’ll never be able to repay, just to attract voters to their party. Krugman the Keynesian, who has a piece in today's NYT blegging for more social spending, is becoming more and more unhinged as the debt grows; I expect his fat head to asplode at any time when the reality of exactly where we are penetrates his defense of ideology.

By: govskeptic on 1/14/11 at 9:30

Apparently been the same for all Governor's for many-many
years! So, where the beef?

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 9:32

Oh, and who said anything of Veteran's Administration costs? I fully support whatever it takes to heal our wounded soldiers.

It not them I spoke of. You have a sock drawer full of strawmen. Keep fresh batteries on hand, m'kay ?

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 9:37

Heh. Sarah Palin death tweeters, egged on by Democrat Alinsky-style operatives like Markos Moulitsas of Daily KOS and the Media Matters group (just to name a couple) have run into a buzz-saw of publicity.

Here's Nemo's sorts in action.

http://vimeo.com/18733744

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 9:47

"I think that most of us would not mind paying a bit more in taxes IF there was a fixed end to the taxes, and they were fair..."

That's laughable. I would compare the reaction of any (proposed) tax increase to Nashville getting one inch of snow. Panic, terror and irrational knee-jerk reactions galore.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 10:12

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 8:29
Antisocialite, I think that most of us would not mind paying a bit more in taxes IF there was a fixed end to the taxes, and they were fair, and that fixed endpoint was codified and unmovable.

Does this take in the cost of living and materials? Anytime I hear a candidate say that they will not raise taxes, it tells me that this person is not facing reality.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/14/11 at 10:13

B/T/W

PIC: Rush Limbaugh's Bullet Hole Billboard Near Tucson Shooting
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/pic-rush-limbaughs-bullet-hole-71536

By: Funditto on 1/14/11 at 10:39

Blaming Palin's silly little graphic on a horrible event only feeds her delusions of grandeur. I wish everybody would ignore her so she can leave the public spotlight and take care Branch or Tree or whatever she named him.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 10:49

Funditto, you're a mom, right?

Nice to see you attacking kids.

Dope.

By: yogiman on 1/14/11 at 10:55

I bet she's a demoncrat, too, serr8d.

By: Funditto on 1/14/11 at 10:59

Attacking kids? That's silly. What's the little guy's name? I wonder if Sarah even knows. She a pathetic example of motherhood, IMO>

By: bfra on 1/14/11 at 11:07

Fun - I agree with you and in noway see that as attacking a child. On the other hand, I do see someone, Palin, that has exploited her children, with the hopes of political gain.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 11:12

Both Funditto (ISIT2008YET?) and bfra are so ideologically polarized that neither have a clue as to what's right or wrong anymore.

Anything for the CAUSE!, right, girls ?

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 11:15

Pot, meet kettle.

By: serr8d on 1/14/11 at 11:22

gd, you need to be running around the block a few dozen times to make up for that box of donuts you inhaled this morning. )

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 11:24

Good morning, Nashville!

Elaborate coronation ceremonies for Governors is out of style these days; Mr. Haslam needs a style consultant.

Seriously, the "worm" and "pig boy" stuff is not helpful.

As for Mrs. Palin, she will have to atone to the Jews, or kiss her presidential ambitions goodbye...her speech writers blew it.....I do not believe that Sarah Palin could have ever crafted her "blood libel" text all by herself; the 8-minute, self-serving speech had too many big words and too many lofty concepts for it to have been written by such a limited and shallow mind as Palin's.

Sarah needs to hire a gaggle of Jewish speech writers...her career would be back on track on no time.

BTW, notice how the allegation that this Tucson massacre was an act of "anti-Semitic terrorism" has quietly disappeared. The shooters mother is Jewish, therefor the shooter is a Jew.

Rather than attempting to portray this shooting as an act of "anti-Semitic terrorism" committed by a self-hating Jew, DHS and the ADL have decided to leave the Jewish angle out of the equation.

No, you will not hear this being called an act of Jewish terror.... if the shooter were Muslim, then this would be an act of Muslim terror, of course. Sadly, the double standard comes into play once again.

Holy Wars Suck.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 11:32

"gd, you need to be running around the block a few dozen times to make up for that box of donuts you inhaled this morning."

Speaking of children...lol

By: Funditto on 1/14/11 at 11:51

Just imagine if a democrat:
1.Preached abstinence over Sex Ed then had a teenage daughter turn up pregnant
2. Had a special needs child but instead of staying home and caring for him, amped up public appearances and travel, leaving him in someone else's care.
3. Put the whole family on a reality show.
4. Quit their job as a public servant mid-term to make even more millions.

I could go on but really.

I'm certain if a dem did these things, Rush's head would spin from so much he would spew about them.

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 11:53

Blood Libel Palin, the Quitter-In-Chief.....I think that the FOX News Bimbo has stepped in deep feces and she's tracking it in.....she's stinking up the room.

This is good news for Eric Cantor, the lone Jewish Republican in the US House and it's new majority leader...as Palin's Presidential chances shrink, Cantor's grow.
Eric Cantor is smart as a whip, articulate, young and good-looking.

In a spontaneous debate, Cantor would rip Mrs. Palin a new one. Cantor could hold his own in a debate with Pres. Obama.

By: budlight on 1/14/11 at 12:07

Funditto on 1/14/11 at 9:59
Attacking kids? That's silly. What's the little guy's name? I wonder if Sarah even knows. She a pathetic example of motherhood, IMO>

Compared to whom? Youm? Funditto. Are you mother of the decade? She is as good a mother as anyone can be in this era of parenting, ie, gov'ment stepping in on all aspects beyond conception.

I thought her speech was well thought out. The blood on the doors was lambs blood, wasn't it?

By: dargent7 on 1/14/11 at 12:10

Funditto is right on. Palin's resume' is getting more sour and stinking at every public appearance.
She's just burying herself at every turn.
My God, QUITTING as Alaska's gov. isn't enough for these herd mental midgets to cast her aside?
Then the Bulls-Eye chart, selecting Giffords' district?
Now the "Blood Libel" comment, obviously not knowing Giffords is Jewish?
How much more does FOX News and the American people need to warrant the dismissal of this twit?

By: Funditto on 1/14/11 at 12:10

I didn't watch it. When she comes on I change the channel. She's a media whore who contributes nothing to the well being of anyone in this country. In fact, I believe she has done way more harm than good.

I'm not claiming to be mother of the year, bud.

Geez.

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 12:11

Absolutely, Funditto....if any Democrat did those things, they would be vilified. Palin does it and the right applauds her for it.

You could extend the list to include flirting with secessionists and secessionism; according to reports, she delivered an address at the Alaska Independence Party's convention. First Dude, Todd Palin, was a card-carrying member...again, according to reports. (Where is the outraged media on that one?.....crickets....)

She used her high office to pressure the AK State Police to harass her son-outlaw...using the first dude as the enforcer figure. No Dem could do that and avoid the wrath of Rush.

As AK Governor, She supported aerial wolf hunting; where is the "sport" in that...Democrats supporting such a slaughter would be tagged as enabling "sadistic killers"......but then again, that might earn them NRA support and GOP approval.

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 12:13

Correction Pailn's Sister's ex, not a son-outlaw, was the target that Sarah and Todd tried to hit...mea culpa.

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 12:16

Our troll is now born-again? Oy!

By: Funditto on 1/14/11 at 12:17

I will not spend a minute of my valuable time reading about her or watching her. She's more of an embarrassment than GWB and that's saying a lot.

By: treefrogdk on 1/14/11 at 12:19

"CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others." thank you Ambrose Bearse.....

By: treefrogdk on 1/14/11 at 12:21

and i'm a liberal.

By: pswindle on 1/14/11 at 12:23

Palin's fifteen minutes are up. She probably knows it now or is she in the crosshairs. Will the Haslam rich friends pay for the police and other government employees that are needed for this swearing in. I doubt it.

By: gdiafante on 1/14/11 at 12:39

Palin's not going anywhere. Just look at the attention she gets here, an obscure local website.

"I will not spend a minute of my valuable time reading about her or watching her."

No, but you'll spend the morning talking about her. That keeps her around.

By: Loner on 1/14/11 at 12:40

Good one treefrog....lots of truth in there.

John McCain created a monster. Would Palin "go rogue", if Eric Cantor got the GOP nomination in 2012?

Her ego knows no bounds.....A 3-way race, with Palin in it, would guarantee an Obama second term, IMO.....but maybe not.....If Jewish votes and Israel-related donor money went to Cantor, not Obama, then Eric Cantor might get more electoral votes than Pres. Obama.....but nobody would get the needed 270.EC votes. In this Palin-Obama-Cantor scenario, the Republican-controlled House would decide the winner, as I understand it.

Whoever emerged victorious from a tight 3-way race would be de-legitimized by the sore losers.....violence could ensue. If so, capital would take flight and hard, bad times could follow.

By: slacker on 1/14/11 at 12:43

Sweet Sarah can't get the Repub. nomination, I'm sure she is aware of that. She keeps riding that publicity wave, mostly provided by the liberal pundits & bloggers, and keeps raking in the money people seem to want to give her. The only danger she might create, is running as a third party candidate, siphoning votes, & assuring Obama's re-election.
I'll pay attention to her when she poses for Playboy.

By: Antisocialite on 1/14/11 at 12:45

Yogiman said:

Those vets had/have put themselves on the line of danger for our nation. Don't you feel our nation owes them anything but a small paycheck while the are "able" to serve?

Absolutely! There is no question that we owe this to veterans for their commitment to this country. While I have serious, serious problems with both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the mistakes and lies that brought us into those conflicts are the responsibility of George W. Bush and now, to a lesser extent, Barack Obama and their respective administrations, not the men and women fighting in them.

However I believe you and I differ in this regard, I would like to see those benefits extended to everyone else in the country. After all, does a policeman or firefighter deserve any less credit for putting him or herself in harms way simply because they aren't in the service? How about the blue collar worker helping to manufacture the munitions, or vehicles that those soldiers use. Or the state workers that help build and maintain the roads that allow for those men and women to actually get to work and do their jobs? The point is that we are all citizens of the United States of America and the country itself is an amazingly complex system, in which a major disruption to any one of these sectors, from food service employees to entrepreneurs, will have serious consequences for the country as a whole.

serr8d said:

Antisocialite, I think that most of us would not mind paying a bit more in taxes IF there was a fixed end to the taxes, and they were fair, and that fixed endpoint was codified and unmovable.

Let me ask you this serr8d, will you be honest enough to come back to this forum after you have filed your taxes and tell us exactly how much MORE you paid this year than in years past? Because if you are like 90% of Americans you are going to see a decrease... and this is why a lot of the right wing talking points fail to make the grade... they are simply not grounded in reality. The 'socialist' threat is nothing more than a convenient myth that keeps talk radio hosts and television personalities ratings up, because it scares the crap out of many people who unquestioningly take them at their word (a grave mistake). Yes there are certain problems with our current entitlement programs, but scrapping them altogether is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater, just ask any senior if they want their social security or medicare benefits curtailed... I'll guarantee they don't. Why should future generations of Americans, many of whom have been paying into the system for years be denied the privileges of the so-called 'Greatest Generation'?

I feel it's also worth pointing out that codified and unmovable are two characteristics that no politician, Republican or Democrat, is going to really get behind... it's just not the way Washington works.

serr8d also said:

And at this junct-ure taxes can’t, won’t support the social network the Dems envision; they will resort to printing monies, borrowing monies, and going into unspeakable debt to entities we’ll never be able to repay...

So am I correct in assuming that you are totally against the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well, after all they were paid for TOTALLY on credit by the Bush administration (I believe Obama has since rectified this). I'm sure you were also raging about the unprecedented growth of government under Bush as well, Homeland Security and the TSA ain't cheap you know. If borrowing and 'printing' money is your pet peeve then Bush must rank close to the bottom on your list of greatest Presidents, correct? And on that same token Clinton must be your hero since he did leave office with a surplus... right?