Letters to the Editor

Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 11:00pm

Monday morning facial

When The City Paper came on the scene I had high hopes it would be different, and that [commentaries] would not be driven by a leftist agenda.

So much for hope.

Liz Garrigan’s column in which she basically mocks people of faith is a perfect example. I won’t be reading your rag again. Go the hell!

John Mallernee, 37215

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188 Comments on this post:

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 12:00

Captain, I'm convinced that most Tennesseans still live with a field hand/share cropper mentality; that they owe their lives to the man in the "big house", now known as the corporations. What they fail to realize is if not for them out there pickin' cotton, as it were, there would be no "big house". I've never met people with such a low regard for what it is they contribute, what they are willing to accept, and how oblivious they are to the power that they have.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 12:02

That's OK, Captain Nemo, Pain has enough influence with the big guy in the sky to cover us both. Ain't that right, Pain?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 12:02

wow, brrrk. that's a heck of a statement. i never thought about it in that light, but you are correct.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 12:06

I'm on it, Loner. You made the prayer list due to your "white lung" condition.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:06

Why d.o you think so many companies move to Tennessee? Boss Hog is alive and well in the south.

By: Funditto on 8/10/09 at 12:07

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 9:39

Fun, did you get to see your rookie play?

I'm not sure. Don't know anything about football - I just watch those games for the commercials - and not so sure I want to learn. I did however, have a beer.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 12:08

Blanketnazi2, I might have been reading to much Deepak Chopra when it occurred to me. :-) In any event I'm sure I may have started a Scheißesturm.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:09

Good about Loner. Now I can rest.lol

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:09

Good about Loner. Now I can rest.lol

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 12:09

That's cool. The important thing is that they were shiny. Points are given for that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 12:14

what's for dinner?

http://imgur.com/Nyb81.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:19

That is idgaf baby picture.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 12:20

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:19
That is idgaf baby picture.

lol - i thought it was all the babies that were aborted in the ditches this past weekend. chief would believe that.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 12:22

need to check out of the hotel now. I will check in at the airport if I can. If not see you tomorrow.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 12:24

safe travels, Nemo!

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 12:28

Blanket,

"Group Of Rich People Wants To Pay More Taxes, Not Less"

Ironic that. They want to pay more taxes? Then why don't they simply give more to the government?

"Funny that they aren't whining about "wealth redistribution.""

Of course not...they are true believers in wealth redistribution...however, they want EVERYONE who is wealthy to participate in it. Why don't they simply give more of their money to the government and leave those who want to keep theirs alone?

Talk about trying to force one's dogma onto another person.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 12:28

Hmmmm...could be Brrrk. The Southern aristocratic tradition has deep roots, I'm sure. It's a form of feudalism, IMO.

The time-honored, though flawed ideas of Divine Rights and Divine Preordination are ancient and may not be eradicable. But we can hope.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 12:31

brrrrk,

How IRONIC!

The field hand/share cropper mentality you mention is similar to what I consider those who want the government to take care of them "because they know better than we do".

Those who want the government to take care of their personal needs like healthcare, at the cost of their personal freedoms and financial gain, do have a low regard for what it is they contribute, what they are willing to accept, and how oblivious they are to the power that they have, IMO.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 12:36

So much for "astroturf: operatives! LOL Guess Rep Scott is in for a real chewing in the public arena for chewing on a genuine constituent...or at least he SHOULD be!

Georgia Democrat yells at local doctor over health care

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/back-story/2009/aug/08/georgia-democrat-rages-against-local-doctor-over-h/

"Tensions are running so high at town hall meetings that Rep. David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, yelled at a local doctor concerned about health care after mistaking him for an "astroturf" political operative looking for a fight."

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 12:41

Before I forget, Bnakat, I finally answered your accusations, allegations and insinuations which you left on my blog and apparently here on the NCP comment boards.

I invite you and anyone interested to check it out. Here's the link:

http://new-york-loner.livejournal.com/22374.html

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 12:57

Chief, Doctors represent America's grass roots? Sounds phony, ergo the term "astroturf" or fake grass - totally synthetic, expensive and conducive to bodily injury - that's astroturf and that's the Republican alternative to genuine Health Care reform.

The unabashed hypocrisy is overwhelming. The Republican Senators and Representatives and their families all enjoy top-notch Health Care benefits, compliments of We, the People; yet they would deny universal basic coverage to those in our society who are most in need.

How many of these Republicaan naysayers have opted out of their generous, government-provided, health care benefits and decided to go it alone? Any numbers on that, Chief?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:02

55% believe that the Town Hall protests are orchestrated by lobbyists:

http://www.cnn.com/

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:03

So Unions have promised to "directly engage with boisterous conservative protesters"

Unions To Take On Conservative Groups Health Care Town Halls
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/06/unions-to-take-on-conserv_n_252720.html

And of course we all know that violence ensued as a result. NOW the Union leadership is worried about threats they are receiving as a result...and they're surprised??? I have news for the unions and anyone else who wants to try to suppress the Freedom of Speech, assuming that is their goal...that's not going fly in this country. If violence is given, then expect same...if civility is given, then expect it to be returned.

Unions Receive Increasingly Scary Threats Of Violence For Town Hall Participation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/08/unions-receive-increasing_n_254704.html

"The AFL-CIO isn't the only labor organization to be on the receiving end of threats of violence. During a day in which a woman called up its national office threatening to use her Second Amendment rights should her First Amendment rights be repressed, officials at the Service Employees International Union continued to be deluged with emails and phone calls with ominous undertones. "

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:09

Blanket,

55% believe that the Town Hall protests are orchestrated by lobbyists:""

Considering this is a CNN poll, I am surprised the number isn't a great deal higher.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:10

gosh, perhaps you should quote Fox "news."

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 1:10

Charity's Political Divide
Republicans give a bigger share of their incomes to charity, says a prominent economist

"When looking at households with equivalent income, the working poor give three times as much as welfare recipients. Mr. Brooks writes that the very act of receiving welfare may make recipients more liberal — and hence less likely to give.

http://philanthropy.com/free/articles/v19/i04/04001101.htm

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:13

How much have you donated this year, CAH?

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:13

Lobbyists or not (per the CNN poll), it appears they are getting favorable opinions from the public.

Rasmussen Poll: Town Hall Protesters 41% Favorable, 35% Unfavorable Options

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.politics/browse_thread/thread/e86764673367f78f/e4620435d970d7c5?lnk=raot

"Forty-one percent (41%) of U.S. voters have a favorable opinion of the
people opposing health care reform at town hall meetings now being
conducted by members of Congress, according to a new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey.
But 35% view the protesters unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) are
not sure what they think of them.
Given the partisan anger prompted by the town hall meetings, it’s not
surprising to see a similar divide in the survey. Fifty-five percent
(55%) of Democrats have an unfavorable view of those opposing the health
care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the leaders of their
party. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republicans and the plurality (48%)
of voters not affiliated with either party view the protesters favorably."

By: MamaG on 8/10/09 at 1:15

As a person who has worked in churches for the past 5 yrs, I can tell you, it is not individual churches (or at least not the smaller ones) that are trying to force-feed their dogma to the masses. It could be the larger ones, I don't know for sure. It could be the "associations" connected with (controlling?) the specific denominations. Again, I don't know. I do know that at the current church I work for, we try to get out into the community and help people as much as we can. We cannot hand out money to every person who calls or comes by asking. (Believe me, I've heard every sob story under the sun and then some!) Alot of the smaller. community-area churches like this one, are struggling just to stay open these days.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:18

Blanket,

"gosh, perhaps you should quote Fox "news.""

Why not? You quote CNN "news".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:26

Hey, Mama. How was the tomato fest? 8~)

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 1:34

Was it saucy?

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 1:41

Blanket, last year I gave 12% of my income to charities who took no more than 5% for operating costs. Not as much dollar wise as before I retired, but the percentage is still about the same.

Unlike most people, I did't even deduct it from my income taxes. I never have. I don't believe charity should be deductable, though it is necessary, sad to say.

In addition, I also donated time and work to various causes, including teaching seniors how to use a computer at a local senior center.

How about you?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:42

lol!

By: dargent7 on 8/10/09 at 1:45

CAH: That's your answer, for abject stupidity, 3 quotes from Hillary Clinton, as to why you parked your brains elsewhere from your skull, as to why you didn't rise up and vocally question why Bush was invading the wrong country? As it was known, bin Laden was a Saudi, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi...even my grandmother knew Saudi Arabia would be the logical starting point for the "global war on terror".
But, 7 years later, what's on sale at Kroger in the meat isle supercedes rationality.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:47

about the same, CAH. i served last year as the president of a neighborhood non-profit and worked 1 day a week as a volunteer for a literacy group. i also give about 10% plus other types of donations to charities.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 1:49

CAH, were your charities of the faith-based variety or secular? Just curious as to your definition of a charity.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:49

Groups I support: Second Harvest Food Bank, Room at the Inn, ASPCA, Humane Association, Goodwill, AmVets, Pencil Project, Homework Hotline, Neighborhoods Resource Center, Kiva, Hands on Nashville.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:51

Heh, guess the liberals are looking for a few good students...to pay them to look like "concerned citizens". LOL

TALENTED LEADERS needed to work for healthcare reform $11-16/hour

http://www.redstate.com/absentee/files/2009/08/reform-for-hire1.jpg

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 1:53

I can feign concern for $16/hr.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:54

dargent7,

"That's your answer, for abject stupidity, 3 quotes from Hillary Clinton, as to why you parked your brains elsewhere from your skull, as to why you didn't rise up and vocally question why Bush was invading the wrong country?"

I'm rather curious...do you still believe Hillary was correct with her quotes? If so, then how do you reconcile those quotes with Pelosi saying protesting Healthcare reform is unAmerican?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:54

house, i feign concern every day at work!

By: MamaG on 8/10/09 at 1:55

Blanket, I never made it to the Tom. Fest. I had some other things that came up and took precedence, I'm sorry to say...but there's always next year. I did eat some homegrown tomatoes over the weekend, so I count that as my own private fest! lol

The church I work for now hosts Room in the Inn, the homeless people they help, rather, one night a month from Nov-Mar. We feed them dinner, converse with them, pray with/for them, give them a warm and caring place to spend the night, give them items they need to keep warm (coats, gloves, hats, etc.) and a sack lunch to take with them. It is a really good cause to help with.

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 1:56

Loner, All were secular in nature. Wounded Warriors is one. Others were medical, like St. Jude's and Vanderbilt Children's Hospitals. Both are non-profit in nature. My definition is to give a hand up, not a hand out.
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Blanket, did you take a deduction off taxes?

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/10/09 at 1:56

House,

Go for it...I bet you can feign concern with the best of them! LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 1:58

CAH, no. i never do. why do you ask?

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 1:59

Dargent. As I said before, you have your opinion and it is not the same as mine. I do support your right to state your opinion. Why won't you support mine?

By: gdiafante on 8/10/09 at 1:59

How cool, a pissing contest about who gives more...now that's the spirit of giving.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 2:00

MamaG, even though I am not religious I like the work that Room at the Inn does. I really like their art therapy program. I also have a great amount of respect for Charlie Strobel. He is a very good man. I also give to Magdaline House because I appreciate all that Bekah Stevens does for the community.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 2:01

By: gdiafante on 8/10/09 at 1:59
How cool, a pissing contest about who gives more...now that's the spirit of giving.

yeah, ain't that the truth. *sigh* time to start quoting the dictionary again...