Letters to the Editor

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 10:48pm

No job shortage here

Last week, my friend who works for the state of Tennessee sent 50 state jobs openings to his mailing list. I looked over the list and found just five jobs [I think] are critical to providing services to people.

This got me thinking: Why is the state is hiring 50 people to do jobs like wildlife manager when the governor is cutting important services like limits on hospital visits for TennCare recipients, and deleting speech therapy and physical therapy for patients on TennCare. I am an animal lover but I think people are more important than animals.

The government thinks it is more important for the prisons to have staff for a store where prisoners shop instead of helping 50 disabled people on the family-support program or providing services for people with mental illnesses.

I think the state should spend the limited money in the budget more wisely for the people of Tennessee.

Lorri Mabry, Nashville

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392 Comments on this post:

By: MamaG on 2/5/10 at 11:47

Loner, not only that, but, the NFL won't even allow a theater in NOLA to air the game on a big theater screen! Says it is a copyright infringement...What a crock of BS!! All they were trying to do was have a place for folks to gather and cheer for their home team.

Who dat say we can't watch da Saints on big screen? Watch US! LOL

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 11:47

We're having a SB party, but I don't think we remembered to invite anyone.
I expect a very small turnout. Hopefully, I'll be too drunk to notice.

By: Kosh III on 2/5/10 at 11:48

SB Sunday? Who gives a frak? I am going to Radnor with my hiking meetup group to do Ganier Ridge and back.

By: MamaG on 2/5/10 at 11:48

I'll be watching the game at home too. Just going to visit some friends for a little early day "cheer."

Dusty, thanks, I'm sure we will!

By: bfra on 2/5/10 at 11:48

Son's birthday party and watch the SB!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 11:49

you belong to the hiking meetup group? i hear they're really strick - if you don't RSVP to enough of them or if you don't show up you get axed. is that true?

By: MamaG on 2/5/10 at 11:49

You gonna hike at night, Kosh? The game doesn't start until like, 7pm.

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 11:50

True, Blanket...they'll tell you "don't go take a hike".

By: MamaG on 2/5/10 at 11:51

bfra, my dad's b'day w/h/b this sunday.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 11:52

lol, house. then i need to join the hell meetup group. oh wait, maybe i already have...

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 11:53

MamaG, SB is at 5pm.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 11:54

Loner will like this :)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6141CY20100205?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 11:56

10:55am ST
Fri 2/5/2010
Calendar Sunrise: 6:59am
Sunset: 5:09pm

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 11:58

only 600 showed up at Opryland last night.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/?fbid=1BZTIeT0exi

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 11:58

By: MamaG on 2/5/10 at 10:40
What's everyone got in the bag for SB Sunday?

I flipped off Palin...I'm going to Disney Land

By: Kosh III on 2/5/10 at 12:00

you belong to the hiking meetup group? i hear they're really strick - if you don't RSVP to enough of them or if you don't show up you get axed. is that true?

Yes, true, unless there is a legimate reason like snow etc.
There are over 2000 members so the competition to sign up for a hike can be fierce and it's not fair for someone to be a noshow instead of letting someone else have a spot.
But it's a great group that does some neat hikes.

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:00

Who doesn't watch the Super Bowl...it's a freaking American holiday now...

I'm scrambling to find a damn TV stand now...

By: bfra on 2/5/10 at 12:00

Mama - Guess I am kinda partial, but that is a special day for me.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:01

Kosh, i'm glad that meetup group is so successful!

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:02

gdia - me :)

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:03

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 10:58
only 600 showed up at Opryland last night.

That is great news!!! :)

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:03

You're loss, Dusty. It's like Thanksgiving with more beer and minus all the relatives...you know...fun.

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 12:03

Kosh, any plans to hike up both peaks of the 2 Mt. Kilimanjaros?

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:04

s/h/b your

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:04

Over the year, the Tea Party grew from dozens to hundreds of loosely linked groups around the country.

But as it expanded, the protests became more partisan in nature, and the Tea Party established itself as an uprising to the right of the Republican Party. While independent voters were reacting against the polarization of the two major parties, the Tea Partiers wanted Republicans and Democrats to become more polarized, Avlon said.

"What happened over the course of the summer as the town hall [meetings] got hijacked, you started to see a new kind of activist taking over the Tea Party movement," Avlon said. "As the fringe has blurred with the base, you've seen more unhinged attacks proliferate, and there still hasn't been a transition to a positive agenda."

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/03/tea.party/index.html?hpt=Sbin

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 12:06

Good question, Kosh...how will Doctor Who travel through time w'o the tardis? This 21st century PC plague could jeopardize the future of the entire universe, and beyond....has the Shriver dynasty thought of that?

Kosh, it is inevitable, American English will eventually produce an acceptable second person plural form of "you", one that reflects reality. The English were good at wiping out native cultures, but the natives got even by buggering the mother tongue. The English may have destroyed many indiginous peoples, but there language has taken a beating in the process. I guess that accounts for something.

Thanks to the efforts of the Shrivers and Sarah Palin, a current list of PC-problematic words must now include these 74 words:
bastard
bastardies
bastardise
bastardised
bastardises
bastardising
bastardization
bastardizations
bastardize
bastardized
bastardizes
bastardizing
bastardly
bastards
bastardy
bustard
bustards
costard
costards
custard
custards
custardy
dastard
dastardliness
dastardlinesses
dastardly
dastards
dotard
dotardly
dotards
leotard
leotarded
leotards
mustard
mustards
mustardy
petard
petards
retard
retardant
retardants
retardate
retardates
retardation
retardations
retarded
retarder
retarders
retarding
retards
ritard
ritardando
ritardandos
ritards
stardom
stardoms
stardust
stardusts
superstardom
superstardoms
tardier
tardies
tardiest
tardigrade
tardigrades
tardily
tardiness
tardinesses
tardo
tardy
tardyon
tardyons
unitard
unitards

Thanks are in order for my online source:
http://www.morewords.com/

By: Kosh III on 2/5/10 at 12:06

"You gonna hike at night, Kosh? The game doesn't start until like, 7pm"

7?? Shows how little I pay attention.
But I can and do hike at night depending on time of year and location. For instance, the park in Madison I usually use is open fields and the ambient light of the city is sufficient.
I especially enjoy getting out on the weekends(weather allowing) well before dawn and walking in the dawn's early light.

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:06

Blanket, most rational people can see that. It's the irrational ones that are at Opryland right now.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:07

House - can't indulge any more but did Denali in 86 :)

Gdia - I enjoy the parties too - just not a big fan after the strikes - football and baseball both a bunch of spoiled brats :(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:07

"But if it just empowers the extremes in the party, then I think when extremes control parties, when wingnuts hijack a political party -- ultimately, they take it off a cliff."

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 12:08

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is in my Bucket.

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:08

Dusty, If I stopped paying attention to every occupation that has spoiled brats, I'd have to live on Mars.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:11

gdia - I'm strong;y in favor of colonizing Mars :)

from my blog:

The visionary Robert Heinlein, shortly before his death in 1988, wrote an article laying out in detail how to inexpensively terraform Mars over a hundred year period to make it totally habitable for human occupation. This is only one of many possibilities that an active space program could explore. Another is mining the asteroid belt for its precious minerals. Orbiting farms, factories, and habitats suspended by the gravitational pull between Earth and the moon is yet a third. Tapping into the almost unlimited power of the sun via gigantic solar power generators could eliminate the need for the pollution of coal and oil power plants and the risks of nuclear meltdowns.

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:13

Dusty, with all due respect, I believe "Total Recall" proved that it would take only a few minutes to make Mars habitable for human occupation. duh.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:13

gdia - so you argue with Heinlein! :)

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:15

Yes, his work is garbage!!! I follow the work of Heineken.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:15

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 11:07
"But if it just empowers the extremes in the party, then I think when extremes control parties, when wingnuts hijack a political party -- ultimately, they take it off a cliff."

Exactly - which is why I say cheneyrushpatpalin are the biggest threats to the future of the R party! :(

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 12:17

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 11:13
Dusty, with all due respect, I believe "Total Recall" proved that it would take only a few minutes to make Mars habitable for human occupation. duh.

With Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Marsinator.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 12:18

bfra: "White on Rice", The Beatles "White Album"....."don't shoot until you see the white's of their eyes".....you are a racist.

Anyone know of a gay piano bar with a large screen TV?

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:18

gdia - when I was stationed in Europe they would have beer promos at the club when they sat out cases of free Heineken the GI's wouldn't touch it would rather pay for the drinkable brands :)

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:19

d7 - Players on Church :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:21

Trax near the fairgrounds - if you're brave enough! lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:22

ok, Trax doesn't have a piano but it does have a couple big screen TVs!

By: Kosh III on 2/5/10 at 12:22

Loner.
English is good at borrowing words from other languages as well. Did you know that "trek" as in Star Trek is an Afrikaaner/Boer word?

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 12:24

Great ideas, Dusty, only thing is, we don'y have an electrical extension cord long enough to reach any orbiting, solar-powered, macro-electricity generators. I suppose that a "power beam" could be devised, I would not recommend living near the beam, however; one micro vibration in the trajectory of the generated beam could be hazardous to living things in the area.

We now know more about Mars than Heinlien did in his day. Terraforming is tough when there is not enough gravity to hold an atmosphere....that's the physics of it...without adequate atmospheric pressure, ice sublimates, water vapor escapes into space. If man ever goes to Mars, he will be living in an artificial environment, such as in a high-tech cave or in a spacesuit. You just can't beat the math and the physics of the matter....Mars will never be a hospitable home to Homo sapiens, IMHO.

By: DustyU on 2/5/10 at 12:24

loner did you catch my 10:54 post?

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:25

There's nothing wrong with Heineken. I prefer dark beer like porters, stoudts or nut brown ale, but Heineken is good too.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 12:26

Bizzaro World News

Moments after Palin was sworn into office, she place a speed dial number of her hair styles into the Red Phone in the Oval Office

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 12:26

Darge, rednecks love the White Album...favorite song: "Happiness is a Warm Gun".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 12:27

me too, g. Heineken is ok in my book.